For The Ultimate Allen & Ginter Fan

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Any dealer that pre-orders two or more cases of 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter from Magazine Exchange will receive this Allen & Ginter electric sign.

This thing is a total chick magnet!!!  Light some candles, dim the lights, turn this bad boy on, and get ready to experience the pull of a lifetime!!!  Don’t forget your penny sleeves 🙂

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Dave & Adam’s Acquire Rare 90’s Football Box

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Dave & Adam’s Card World acquires a lot of unique products.  Recently they became the owner of a sealed box of 1997 Upper Deck Legends Football.  This is one of my favorite products from the 90’s, and finding a sealed box is quite rare.

Each box contains (20) packs in which you will find (2) retired/HOF autographs.  The base set consists of 208 cards, plus you have some nice inserts such as Marquee Matchups and Big Game Hunters.  At the time this product was released, packs cost around $5.00 each.  That comes to about $100.00 for a box, perhaps a little less.  Over the years, 1997 Upper Deck Legends Football has become very popular driving up the price of the autographs.  This in return drives up the price of a sealed box if you can find one.  If your feeling nostalgic and have some deep pockets, this box can be yours for the low cost of $1,199.95.  Its on sale and I believe they lowered the price after they initially listed it.

I would love to bust a box of this stuff, but that’s way out of my price range.  My first autographed card I pulled from a pack came from ’97 UD Legends Football.  It was of Detroit Lions RB Lem Barney.  I also remember pulling a Joe Montana Big Game Hunters insert.  If anyone decides to pull the trigger on this bad boy, I want to see what comes out.

Go For It! Roadshow Mystery Signature Solved

Last month I blogged about the Go For It! Roadshow that was put together by the HealthSouth Corporation.  During the show, I was given an autographed T-shirt by some of the professional athletes that took part in the show.  I had recently rediscovered this shirt after it had been packed away.  All of the signatures were clear to me except for one.

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The signature on the right had puzzled me for years…. until today.  One of Sports Card Info’s readers stumbled across that post and made it clear that it was Steve DeOssie’s signature.  DeOssie was a linebacker for the Cowboys, Giants, Jets, and Patriots from 1984 to 1995.  He has a total of 11 cards including one autograph found in 1992 Pro Line Portraits.  DeOssie was actively involved with the Go For It! Roadshow and his name sounds very familiar from that day.

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DeOssie’s 1989 Topps Traded #79T RC

Go For It! Roadshow – Rediscovered Relic With Mystery Signature

When I was in 6th grade at Cedar Crest Middle School my class went on a field trip to Hershey, PA to see the Go For It! Roadshow.  This was around 1997 or 1998.  The Go For It! Roadshow was an interactive educational health event for kids and was operated by the HealthSouth Corporation.  It was meant to promote healthy living and exercise.  The show ran from 1995 to 2003.  In 2003, a major accounting scandal unfolded at the HealthSouth Corporation and the show was canceled.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I found out we were going.  All I knew was that I didn’t have to sit in the class room for a good portion of the day.  When the show started, I quickly discovered that professional athletes were involved in it.  During the show, Bo Jackson walked by where I was sitting and handed me a t-shirt signed by all the athletes involved with this particular show.

Recently I rediscovered this shirt hanging in my closet.  It’s been in there for the last ten years.  I recognize three signatures – Bo Jackson, Matt Bahr, and Jennifer Chandler.  Bahr was a kicker for Penn State, played professional soccer, and went on to play with numerous NFL teams such as the Steelers, 49ers, Browns, Giants, Eagles, and Patriots.  Chandler received a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics for diving.  As for Jackson, well if you don’t know who Bo Jackson is stop reading this and go open a box of ’87 Topps in hopes of pulling an autograph 🙂

Here are a couple of photos.  Does anyone have an idea whose signature that is next to Bo Jackson?  I’ve never known.

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Bo Jackson / ???

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Matt Bahr / Jennifer Chandler

**Update**

The mystery signature is of former NY Giants linebacker Steve DeOssie.

Chase Utley’s Best Patch Card…Ever

Allen & Ginter has some unique stuff.  This Chase Utley Jersey Name Plate is one of those unique items they offer.  If I were the person to pull this from my box, I think someone would have to take me to the emergency room.  Totally nuts!!!

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Ever See An Anson Cut?

Cap Anson is considered by many the best 19th century baseball player.  He was the first player to ever reach 3,000 career hits and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.  Anson’s cards are by far some of the most valuable and sought after in the hobby.  From what I can find, he has only (6) cut signatures that could be pulled.  Its rare to find anything associated with his name.  Thats why I got a little excited when I saw a picture of the Anson cut signature pictured below.  It comes from 2004 Topps Tribute – Cut Signature Edition, and its the first time I’ve ever seen it.

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A lot of people don’t like the design of these cards.  I on the other hand do.  People say there should be a picture of the ball player on the card.  I respectfully disagree, especially when it comes to this set.  These autographs are extremely unique, and I think all the focus should be on the signature.

I’d love to see a manufacturer get their hands on an Anson relic.  I wonder what an Anson bat card would sell for?

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Party Pull

Last night I attended a Christmas party, and everyone that was invited got a gift.  I received 13 packs ranging from 1994 to 2010 and covered all sports.  The first pack I dove into came from 2006 Donruss Gridiron Gear Football.  I wasn’t expecting to pull any hits, but I did.  From just a single pack I pulled a Carnell “Cadillac” Williams autograph #’ed 2/5.  Imagine how surprised I was when I saw that?  There are lots of cool stuff still sitting in older products.

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