5 Historic Bald Eagle Trading Cards

Happy Birthday America! The USA is the best country in the history of the world.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, and fireworks. America is #1!

To celebrate, here are 5 historic trading cards featuring our national bird the bald eagle.

1933 R78 Jungle Chewing Gum – Bald Eagle #37

2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids American As Apple Pie – U.S. Arnie #5a

1956 Gum, Inc. Adventure – As American As The Hot Dog #29

1992 Panini Wildlife in Danger – Bald Eagle #76

2021 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Feathered Creatures – Bald Eagle #FC-100

Remembering The Unreleased 2010 Topps Avatar Widevision 3D Set

2009’s Avatar raked in almost $3 billion worldwide. After all of these years it continues to hold the top spot. That’s incredibly impressive considering the films which have been released since then.

At the time of Avatar’s release there were no plans of a coinciding trading card set. Seeing that Avatar was the start of a new film franchise without a track record it makes sense that a card company wouldn’t want to take on the risk. If the movie bombed nobody would have purchased the cards. This is probably why we don’t have card sets for the first Rocky and Ghostbusters installments.

Upon the world getting caught up in Avatar fever, Topps decided they would produce a set of cards. Topps planned to release them around the time Avatar was coming out on DVD and Blue-Ray.

The 48-card checklist would have used a new type of 3D technology that wouldn’t require the collector to view them using those crazy 3D glasses. If you’re familiar with the 2010 Topps Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back Widevision 3D set, that is most likely what the Avatar cards would have looked like.

Autographs and sketch cards were also in the works for this set before it got canned.

Avatar’s DVD and Blue-Ray release came and went, but no cards arrived. Why was it canceled? Nobody knows for sure. Various reasons could have been the cause.

I’ve only watched one movie in 3D, and that’s Avatar. Its visually stunning. Judging by the would-be checklist this set was packed.

Checklist

Base:

  • James Cameron’s Avatar #1
  • The Planet Called Pandora #2
  • Jake Sully Reborn #3
  • Armed and Dangerous #4
  • A World of Wonder #5
  • The Forest is Alive #6
  • Hammerhead Dead Ahead #7
  • Threat of the Thanator #8
  • She is Called Neytiri #9
  • The Woodsprites #10
  • Judgement of the Na’vi #11
  • The Ways of Shahaylu #12
  • Targeting The Hometree #13
  • The Hallelujah Mountains #14
  • The Mountain Banshee #15
  • To Love an Alien #16
  • Scaling the Hallelujah Mountains #17
  • The Threat of Tsu’Tey #18
  • In the Banshee Rookery #19
  • Test of a Warrior #20
  • “Let’s Dance” #21
  • Jake Seals the Bond #22
  • Entering the Clan #23
  • Kindred Spirits #24
  • First Strike Against the Na’vi #25
  • Defending the Dreamwalker #26
  • Quaritch’s Folly #27
  • All for Jake Sully #28
  • The Future in Their Hands #29
  • Forming a United Front #30
  • The Na’vi Take a Stand #31
  • Invasion of the Sky People #32
  • Defending Pandora! #33
  • Operation Shock and Awe #34
  • An Unstoppable Force? #35
  • Pandora’s Brave Princess #36
  • Direhorse Warriors #37
  • The Battle for Pandora #38
  • Conflict in the Sky #39
  • Rocked by the Air Attack #40
  • Trudy’s Finest Hour #41
  • The Monsters from Space #42
  • March of the Ampsuits #43
  • Neytiri’s Thanator #44
  • Titan Against Titan #45
  • Foes to the Bloody End #46
  • Death of a Dark Dream #47
  • Toward a Hopeful Tomorrow #48

Autographs:

  • James Cameron – Director #1
  • Jon Landau – Producer #2
  • Sam Worthington – Jake Sully #3
  • Zoe Saldana – Neytiri #4
  • Sigourney Weaver – Dr. Grace Augustine #5
  • Stephen Lang – Col. Miles Quaritch #6
  • Joel Moore Norm – Spellman #7
  • Giovanni Ribisi – Parker Selfridge #8
  • Michelle Rodriguez – Trudy Chacon #9
  • Laz Alonso – Tsu’ Tey #10
  • Wes Studi – Eytukan #11
  • CCH Pounder – Moat #12
  • Dilpeep Rao – Dr. Max Patel #13

5 Historic Easter Trading Cards

Happy Easter Every Bunny!

Spring has arrived. Hopefully a majority of the cold weather is coming to an end.

Its time to gather with friends and family. Eat a good meal. Hunt for some candy/money-filled eggs.

In between all of that be sure to check out my top five historic Easter trading cards for 2022.

1910 E45 American Caramel – Two Rabbits/Egg Basket – Easter Series

2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids – Food Fight – Peeping Paige #44a

1995 Dart 100 Years of Hershey’s – Chrome – Easter 1952 #C2

2019 Topps Allen & Ginter X – Egg #213

1995-96 Boston Market Florida Panthers – Hearth Honey Ham

U.S. Caramel’s Rare 1932 President William McKinley Card

U.S. Presidents are no strangers when it comes to cards. Entire sets dedicated to those who have held the highest office in the land have been made for decades. Some of these cards can be found today very easily, while others are next to impossible.

On this Presidents’ Day I’d like to talk about the 1932 U.S. Caramel Presidents set, specifically the William McKinley card.

A total of (31) cards make up the 1932 U.S. Caramel Presidents set. Each card features a U.S. President. (1) card came packaged with a caramel candy. Upon completing the set, you could redeem your cards for a 1-pound box of chocolate.

Purposely printed in fewer quantities, only a handful of William McKinley’s cards are known to exist. U.S. Caramel did this so they wouldn’t be handing out free chocolate to everyone. Plus they knew people would hunt for the McKinley card therefore selling more candy.

Why the canceled stamp and hole punch? U.S. Caramel would do this to those sets people sent in to deter them from using the same cards again and again in order to obtain free chocolate. If you wanted another box of chocolate, you would need to put the set together again.

Tactics like this were very common at the time. The Charles (Lindy) Lindstrom card from U.S. Caramel’s Famous Athletes set was printed in very few quantities as well.

If you think its cruel to purposely print fewer copies of a card to intentionally make a promotion difficult, that’s nothing. At least U.S. Caramel included those cards. Goudey completely left out Napoleon Lajoie #106 from their 1933 set in order to sell more gum. They had customers looking for a card that didn’t exist until later on.

5 Historic Thanksgiving Day Trading Cards

Happy Thanksgiving! Time to fill your bellies with food while surrounded by friends and family.

The Thanksgiving holiday is no stranger to trading cards. Tons of cards are dedicated to turkey day.

Here are my five favorite Thanksgiving-themed cards for 2021. Hope you have a nice holiday.

1890 N80 W. Duke Sons & Co. Thanksgiving Day – U.S. Holidays

Beavis and Butt-Head 1994 Fleer Ultra – Spanking The Turkey #6919

Richard Sherman 2015 Topps Chrome SP Photo Variation SuperFractor #’ed 1/1

1992 Tabb Investments/Prestige Derrick “DJ” Johnson Turkey Bowling Prototype #’ed/35,000

1954 Topps Scoop Pilgrims Land At Plymouth #104

ALERT: Watch Out When Buying These 2021 Topps Archives Baseball Autographs

Archives Baseball means retro designs and on-card autographs.

Collectors picking up singles on the secondary market need to carefully watch what they are buying.

Due to a printing error, every 2021 Topps Archives Baseball 1989 Topps Big Minis insert comes with the “Topps Certified Autograph Issue” message printed on the front. The COA which states “The signing of all Topps autograph cards is witnessed by Topps representatives to guarantee authenticity.” also appears on the back.

The 2021 Topps Archives Baseball 1989 Topps Big Minis come in two different formats – autographed and non-autographed. Only the autographed cards are suppose to have the COAs. Unfortunately the non-autographed inserts also have the COAs printed on them, and made their way into the product.

As you can imagine, printing COAs onto cards that weren’t meant to be autographed opens the door for a lot of scammers. Nothing is stopping someone from forging the player’s signature, and passing it off as a pack-pulled autographed card.

The following list of players have legitimate 2021 Topps Archives Baseball 1989 Topps Big Minis autographs:

  • Byron Buxton
  • Bryce Harper
  • Barry Larkin
  • Christian Yelich
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Darryl Strawberry
  • Freddie Freeman
  • Frank Thomas
  • Ichiro
  • Joe Carter
  • Joe Mauer
  • Juan Soto
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes
  • Kyle Lewis
  • Luis Robert
  • Mariano Rivera
  • Mike Trout
  • Pete Alonso
  • Paul Goldschmidt
  • Rod Carew
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Yordan Alvarez

That same list of (22) players in addition to (28) others also have non-autographed 2021 Topps Archives Baseball 1989 Topps Big Minis. Those non-autographed cards with the accidental COAs printed on them are what scammers will take advantage of.

Legitimate 2021 Topps Archives Baseball 1989 Topps Big Minis autographs are hand-numbered to (20) copies. It wouldn’t take much for a scammer to hand-number a card they forged a signature on.

Unless you pull the card directly from the pack and/or are an autograph expert, purchasing any of the (22) 2021 Topps Archives Baseball 1989 Topps Big Minis autographs on the secondary market could be an authenticity gamble. You just can’t tell if it came from Topps autographed or was signed by a scammer. Obviously, if you find an autograph out in the wild of someone who isn’t on the above list it most definitely is a fake.

Topps did alert collectors about this mistake.

A similar situation happened with 2018 Panini Illusions Football.

Inside Bridgestone Golf’s Cancelled 2020 Promo Set

The hobby saw a surge of new collectors/flippers/investors in 2020. With the rise in popularity, it makes perfect sense for companies to issue cards to promote almost anything.

Bridgestone Golf’s days of making trading cards lasted about as long as Ryan Leaf’s NFL career. Ok. Maybe Ryan Leaf had a bit of a longer run. But not by much.

In November 2020, Bridgestone Golf thought it would be a good idea to print up some cards to use for promotional purposes.

The retro-style set consists of (5) cards and (1) sticker.

  • Tiger Woods #1
  • Fred Couples #2
  • Bryson DeChambeau #3
  • Matt Kuchar #4
  • Tiger Woods & Fred Couples #5

Whoever designed the set must have been a big fan of 1990 Topps Baseball. The card’s border clearly is a homage to that set. Photos have been replaced with animated images. Backs provide some stats while advertising Bridgestone Golf balls.

What led to the downfall of this promotion and denied it to collectors? According to a Bridgestone Golf Sales Rep it was Tiger’s agent. Bridgestone Golf is a sponsor of Tiger Woods, but apparently that doesn’t allow them to make cards of him. Tiger’s agent pointed out that his client has an exclusive trading card deal with Upper Deck, and demanded if the sets weren’t pulled legal action would take place. Deciding to save on legal fees, Bridgestone Golf cancelled the promotion and very few cards saw the light of day.

Bridgestone Golf pulled all photos of this promotion off of their social media. Although a Tweet from Darren Rovell briefly talking about it is still visible.

Its too bad this set was DOA. I know there are a lot of golf collectors who would’ve liked to get their hands on one.

2022 Topps Series One Baseball Design Revealed

Topps has given collectors their first look at the 2022 Topps Series One Baseball design. I think the design looks clean, and the player’s name is much easier to read compared to 2021.

One key element to designing a flagship set is making sure the design carries over to Chrome well. As we all know, Chrome is king in this hobby. I believe this design will do great on Chrome stock.

Here Is Parkside’s 2020 Santa Claus Card

Parkside Collectibles is an interesting manufacturer that makes cards for the National Women’s Soccer League, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Major League Lacrosse, and BIG3 Basketball.

In 2019, Parkside Collectibles issued a card featuring Santa Claus on it. I’m happy to announce this tradition has continued for 2020.

During the holiday season Parkside Collectibles issues these cards along with purchases on their website, and gives them out to their followers on social media.

I’m digging the ugly sweater design, and Parkside Collectibles sticker across the top of the top loader.

2020 Futera/Onyx Unique Prospects & Legends Baseball Is Here

Futera and Onyx are at it again. For a second year in a row collectors get to enjoy their Unique Prospects & Legends Baseball set.

This week marks the release of this product. Some breakers have begun to open it, and singles have started to surface on the secondary market. Card companies collaborating on a single product certainly isn’t something you see today.

(4) packs come in every display box. Inside each pack is an autograph, relic, or autograph/relic. You can even use the empty display box as a storage container when your finished.

2020 Futera/Onyx Unique Prospects & Legends is packed with some incredible looking cards. Very ornate and fancy! They make the coolest looking gold-plated metal framed cards.