Thats What I Call A Box Break

Check these two boxes of 2007 & 2008 Donruss/Playoff National Treasures.  The second box break is just sick.  (These are not my cards, but I sure wish they were).

eBay Pulse

Have you checked out the eBay Pulse site yet?  It can give you a snapshot of what some of the hottest selling items that are up for auction.  You can select the category that you want and see what is really popular.  eBay at one time had a link to this site on their homepage, but they never brought it back after the redesign.  Just thought it would be interesting for those collectors that like eBay and may not have heard about it.

The National Sports Collectors Convention

Two weeks from today collectors from all over will be at the Stephens Center in Rosemont, IL attending this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.  “The National” is one of the best places a collector can go whether they are brand new to collecting, or they have been around for years.  Last year I went to the convention for my first time and had a blast.  Tristar does a great job of getting athletes there for you to meet and get autographs.  If you plan to buy VIP tickets you will receive a bag full of goodies that are only exclusive to the that year’s convention.  One of the best items on your list of things to do is visit the booths of the major manufacturers like, Topps, Upper Deck, Donruss/Playoff, SA-GE, and Press Pass.  Not only is it good to meet people from the companies, but each of them do specific promotional stuff that you can get involved with.  For example, last year if you bought at least 5 packs of any Donruss/Playoff product and then opened those packs up in front of the Donruss/Playoff booth you would receive a silver pack that contained 2 Donruss Elite football cards that you could only get at the convention.  The same goes for Press Pass, Inc.  Last year, for every Press Pass Legends football mini box you opened at their booth, you would receive a pack that inside contained a Press Pass Legends card serial numbered to 10!!!  The Topps booth was one of the busiest, because for every box of 2007 Topps baseball cards you opened up, you would receive 2 Allen & Ginter cards that could only be obtained at “The National”.  Since Allen & Ginter is such a popular product, especially for set builders, the Topps booth was just packed all day long.  The prices at “The National” aren’t too bad since there are so many dealers under one roof.  Be sure to walk around, see everything, and grab a hot dog to eat.

Sometimes being different is a good thing

I have seen a lot of cards from the T206 set, including two of the world famous Honus Wagner cards, but this card I guarantee that you will never forget.  Almost everyday I check the sports card section on eBay and this week I came across a very different looking card.  See scans below.

This is the Don Mullany 1909-11 T206 Unknown Back Multi-Overprint card.  As you can see, the front of the card looks like a regular card, but when you turn it over the back seems to be printed over multiple times.  You can see there are a few different company logos printed on the back, but one of the most important images is the “ghost” of Cy Young.  This isn’t the first card from the T206 set to be overprinted, but it is most likely one of the most popular.  Probably back in the time when this card was pulled out, kids thought it wasn’t good to have because it didn’t look like the others.  In this case, being different is very good.  This week, this card sold for $9,750.00.  It sure beats out any error card in today’s hobby.

Wow! 312 packs of these

All I can say is WOW!  This is what I call a find.

What do the Braves and Tiger Woods have in common?

They both wear red shirts on Sundays.

Does Anyone Else Miss Topps Tribute?

Topps Tribute was one of my favorite brands of cards.  Topps made this brand of cards from 2001 – 2004.  These were a one pack thrill if you were willing to spend the $50.00 per pack price tag.  In my opinion, these had to have been some of the most beautiful cards that Topps ever produced.  In ever pack you were guaranteed a memorabilia and/or autographed card.  The 2001, 2002, and 2004 sets consisted of Hall of Famers and no rookies.  In 2003 Topps made a set called Topps Tribute Perennial Edition which featured retired and Hall of Fame players and they produced a product called Topps Tribute Contemporary Edition which contained cards of modern day players.  All of these cards were very shiny and had a refractor like finish.  The 2001 Topps Tribute set contains one of the first memorabilia cards of Honus Wagner.  The 2003 Topps Tribute Contemporary Edition has some great first year cards as well.  My personal favorite is the Hanley Ramirez autographed first year card gold version numbered to 25.  Another reason why these cards are one of my favorites is because I pulled out of a pack of 2004 Topps Tribute Cut Signature Edition the Willie Mays 1/1 Cut Auto.  That was the biggest and most valuable pull I have ever received.  I really wish Topps would bring back this product. 

$18.00 + for this

Can you believe that the Oakland A’s website is selling Jose Canseco 1986 Fleer Rookie cards for $18.00 plus shipping.  Who would spend that much for this card?  Your lucky if these sell for $0.99 on eBay.  I can’t imagine that people are actually buying them.

Traded for bats

On the news this morning I heard about a player named John Odom.  He is a minor league player who was just traded from the Calgary Vipers to the Laredo Broncos.  You would think that if Odom went to the Broncos the Vipers would get another player or perhaps money in return.  Thats not the case here.  In return the Vipers received 10 maple bats valued at $69.00 a piece.  This has to be one of the strangest trades ever made in baseball.  I wonder how many bats Alex Rodriguez is worth?

Congrats to the Winners

If you are a member of I’m sure that you remember the box break that the football team broke a few months ago.  It probably was the most controversial box break every where Upper Deck sent Beckett two boxes of 2007 Exquisite Football cards and they pulled out the Adrian Peterson 2007 Exquisite 1/1 autographed 2 color patch.  Well, since the people at Beckett are such nice people they decided to giveaway the cards they pulled.  May 21 was the deadline for filling out the survey to enter.  The grand prize was the 1/1 Peterson, first prize was a sealed box of 2007 UD Exquisite and the second place winner got the rest of the cards from the first box.  The winners are:

Grand Prize: Ryan Cope

First Prize: Kenny Delk

Second Prize: Jimmy Wolfrey

This has to be one of the biggest card giveaways ever.  Congrats to the winners!!!!!!!