Upper Deck Commemorates 9/11 In SP Authentic Football


Upper Deck acquired a Hofstra jersey once worn by Marques Colston.  This jersey contained a unique September 11, 2001 commemorative patch.  Four different cards will contain a piece of this patch and will be found in 2011 UD SP Authentic Football.

This raises an interesting question in my head.  If you pulled one of these beautiful cards, would you feel comfortable selling it?  A patch will always carry a premium over a plain piece of jersey any day, but this patch is really special.  Lets face it, if the events of that terrible day didn’t happen, this patch wouldn’t exist.

Lancaster Barnstormers vs. Road Warriors – 6/11/11

Clipper Magazine Stadium is one of the nicest minor league ballparks.  Last night I went down to watch the Lancaster Barnstormers take on the Road Warriors.  Lancaster won 7-5 and only played six innings due to rain.  This park has some of the best food.  If you go, I highly recommend getting the chicken fingers and fries.  They are the best!

Before finding the seats, I went in the gift shop and picked-up three new pins for my collection.  This year’s team set isn’t out yet.  They aren’t expecting them until August.

The starting pitcher for Lancaster was Justin Segal.  He was fun to watch pitch because he has a unique delivery to the plate.




The Barnstormers are in the Independent League along with the Camden Riversharks and Long Island Ducks.  Former Phillies third baseman and 2008 World Series Champion Pedro Feliz plays for the Riversharks.  Lew Ford, former outfielder for the Twins plays for the Ducks.  Just in case anyone wondered where those two have been.

Remembering 9/11

Do you remember what you were doing on September 11th, 2001?


A Step In The Right Direction – Cards & Video Games Unite

Last year I wrote a post about how card manufacturers should try to enter the video game industry.  Well, it looks as if Sports Card Info has influenced Panini to do so 🙂  Panini and EA Sports have teamed up for the new Madden 11.  Panini has produced 50 exclusive Drew Brees on-card autographed cards that can only be obtained inside copies of Madden 11.

This is a great step in the right direction.  The video game industry is huge, and there isn’t a much more popular sports game than Madden.  This is the type of innovation I like to see within The Hobby.  I hope other card manufacturers decide to do the same with other sports.


A & G = Prime Target For Scammers

Because of its popularity, Allen & Ginter will always be a prime target for scammers.  Up until a few years ago, people could use a flashlight to see what was inside of a Rip Card, then Topps got wise and decided to place the mini card inside a black wrapper.  But with this set having so many different variations and parallels it will always be easy to fool uneducated collectors.

2010 Allen & Ginter has only been out for a couple of days, but altered cards have already found their way to eBay.  Take a look at this card:


Yes, this is a card about the revolving door.  Its not the most exciting thing in the world, but its an invention that you can see all around.  This card was not hand-numbered by the good people at Topps.  Instead it was numbered by some nut who claims its a one-of-one because this card got caught in an actual revolving door.


I’m not sure what the story is with this one.  The seller claims it came from the pack like this.  Its very possible for a card to get stuck in a machine, but of coarse they say its a one-of-one.  What do you think happened to this card?

Please be careful when purchasing a “rare” Allen & Ginter card.  Its very important to find out if Topps made it or not.

The Cardboard Connection Break – Part 1

Mike Smeth of The Cardboard Connection sent over a large box of cards last week since we have decided to do a trade.  This afternoon I made my way through the first row of the box.  Along with a ton of base, I discovered some nice hits, including a ten year old one-of-one.  Tune in next week for Part 2!

Monty Sheldon Mailday Includes A Very Rare Kalas Sketch

This afternoon I received a package in the mail from renown sports artist Monty Sheldon.  Inside was a birthday gift that I will never let leave my personal collection.  Monty took the time to draw me a Harry Kalas one-of-one sketch card.  This card is way beyond awesome!!!!!!!!!  It was extremely nice of him to take the time to draw this cardboard masterpiece.  This has to be the ultimate one-of-one in my collection.  You won’t be able to find another card like this anywhere else in the world.  You can’t imagine how surprised I was when I opened the package.  This has to be one of the nicest cards I own.  Now this is a true one-of-one.

In addition to the Harry Kalas sketch card, Monty also sent my three Phillies 2010 National Chicle SP’s, and he autographed a few Chicle cards for me including Michael Vick and Jimmie Foxx.

Be sure to check out Monty Sheldon’s website and auctions.


This card depicts Hall of Fame Phillies broadcaster, Harry Kalas, throwing out the first pitch.  Monty Sheldon even signed and dated the back of the card.  It is card number 64 in his 2010 Sketch Card Set.

’62 Topps Printing Plate Scam

I Am Joe Collector spotted a great scam taking place on eBay yesterday and I thought I’d dig a little deeper on the subject.  He found someone claiming they owned the actual printing plates from 1962 Topps Baseball and Football.  This person is attempting to sell each individual plate for $60.00 to $80.00.  If those were real plates and/or proofs, they’d be selling for a lot more money than that.  So far it looks as if only one person fell for their little scam.  I e-mailed the seller and asked where they obtained these items, and they claim to have purchased them at the Topps sale of 1989.  Topps did sell a lot of items from their “Vault” back in ’89, but these were not on the list.  In addition to that, these plates/proofs don’t even come with a COA from The Topps Company.


This is suppose to be a plate of Mike Mercer from ’62 Topps Football.  Don’t you love the authentic label they slapped on there?  Any idiot with a label maker could do this.


This is a nice PSA look alike grading holder.  If its too good to be true, it probably is.

I Didn’t Know Rookie Premiere Has Die-Cuts

THATS BECAUSE IT DOESN’T!!!!!!!!!! Take a good look at what someone did to this Ronnie Brown 2005 Upper Deck Rookie Premiere card.  They took a simple base rookie and turned it into their own die-cut one-of-one insert.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could ever cut into a trading card like that.  Some people will stop at nothing just to try and make a quick dollar.


Terrible Serial Number Scam

Serial numbering scammers are a pain in the you know what.  A few days ago I found a few collectors talking about this subject over on The Bench.  They uncovered a seller who has done probably one of the worst serial numbering jobs I’ve ever seen.  Take a look at these two basic Topps cards which seem to be “one of a kind”.



When was the last time you saw cards from a basic Topps set contain serial numbers that look like this?  Probably never.  If cards like this are numbered at all, its usually done with very small font on the back.  You also don’t find many regular Topps cards with one of one’s being printing as “01/01”.  They usually don’t put zeros before the one.  Luckily only a few of them sold and not all.  The Dunn sold for the most and a couple others went for $5.00.  This is just another case of when buyer’s don’t quite know everything about what they are purchasing.  Be careful out there.