On Black Friday I pulled the trigger on a few boxes of 2012 Sportkings Series E from Blowout Cards. Former Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas had a cut signature inserted into this product, and I’ve never seen it surface. Sportkings also supposedly made a sketch card of him too that could only be obtained via redemption, but that too has gone undetected. In order to get a 1/1 sketch, you needed to spell out the word “SPORTKINGS” a few times, and then mail those cards into Sportkings. Every box had one base card containing a letter on the back, so it could get expensive. Whether or not that Harry Kalas sketch was redeemed is a total mystery. I don’t believe they let you choose which sketch you got. If you met the criteria, they probably shipped you what was available at the time. It was either redeemed, and is currently sitting in someone’s collection. Or it was still in their inventory when Sportkings was sold to Leaf. If that’s the case, who knows what happened to it. The only sketch card from this product I remember seeing popup was of Phil Rizzuto.
Sportkings ran what I think was a decent promotional program during the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention. For each box of Sportkings Series E opened at their booth, you received a raffle ticket with a number on it. That number would then be matched to a specially made relic card just for the show. It would either be limited to (19) copies or (1). I got lucky and received a Roberto Alomar/Eddie Murray Gold Version Dual Jersey #’ed 1/1. A collector offered me $200 for it, and I took the deal. Even though it was numbered 1/1, dual jersey cards usually never sell for that much unless they’re autographed or have crazy patches in them. I wish Leaf would continue this program in the future. At the time this promotion was offered, Dr. Price was still in control of the Sportkings name.
Here is what I pulled from my two boxes. No Harry Kalas cut signature. Its still floating around out there with a handful of other 1/1’s I need.
- Roberto Alomar/Paul Molitor Double Memorabilia Jersey Silver Version
- Paul Molitor/Ken Griffey, Jr./Scottie Pippen/Patrick Roy Decades 1990 Quad Jersey Silver Version
- Doyle Brunson #246 – letter “G”
- Mark Wells #237 – letter “T”
- Dick Vitale #222
- Martina Navratilova #251
- Dick Weber #224
- Annika Sorenstam #235
- Man O’ War #241
- Evander Holyfield #225