Twins ’18 Topps Gypsy Queen Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Jeff Snyder on being the lucky winner of the Zack Granite 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen RC Auto.  Once Jeff Snyder sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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Astros ’18 Topps Heritage Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Nick m on being the lucky winner of the Carlos Correa 2018 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Jersey.  Once Nick m sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Guess The Set – August 18, 2017

Drop what you’re doing.  Forget about those TPS reports.  Can you Guess The Set?  Tonight around 8:00 p.m. EST I’ll post the correct answer in the comment section and on Twitter.  Good luck!

Harrisburg Sports Card Show – February 18, 2017

It has been a long time since I’ve attended a classic shopping mall sports card show.  There has been a steady stream of them around, but none really worth going to.  On the Thursday night news during the sports segment, I overheard them state that there would be a show at the Harrisburg Mall February 17-19.  In addition to that, they also mentioned some Pittsburgh Steelers were scheduled to sign autographs.  This definitely sounded like a show worth checking out.

The Harrisburg Sports Card Show is put on by show promoter Carl Hisiro.  Autograph guests for the weekend included three Steelers – Jesse James, Stephon Tuitt, and Sean Davis.  Former Eagles wide receiver Vince Papale was also on the list to sign.  I decided to take my black/gold Penn State football and get Jesse James to autograph it.  I think it turned out really well.  By the looks of it, I bet they sold at least (200) tickets just for Jesse James.  That number might be low.  It makes perfect sense for a lot of collectors to want him given that he is a Steeler and went to Penn State.  The line moved fairly quickly as they called by ticket number.  I was #114.  While I was there, everything seemed to be running very smoothly.  It didn’t take long to get a ticket, they had merchandise you could buy to get signed, and Jesse James arrived right on time.

As for the card show portion, I’d say there were (20-25) dealers.  I didn’t see that many selling new sealed hobby boxes.  One dealer had a truckload of retail boxes though.  A good mix of vintage and new single cards could be seen.  One dealer had a few Harry Kalas bobbleheads, but I already owned them.  The one card I did inquire about was a Mike Schmidt 2001 Topps Archives Rookie Reprint Bat Relic.  There was no visible price on it, but the card was in a case with other cards listed for $10-$20.  After asking the dealer how much it cost, I found out there was a $50 price written on the back.  The lowest they would go was $40.  Well overpriced.

Overall it was a decent show.  The autograph guests are what caught my attention.  This takes me back to when I first started collecting, and met Scott Rolen at a mall show in 1996-97.

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Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Yankee Stadium Opening April 18, 1923 Press Pin

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Speaking of going back in time.  How would you like to have been a member of the press assigned to cover the opening of Yankee Stadium?  On April 18, 1923 there was a lucky group of individuals that got to do just that.  On that day the Yankees played the Red Sox.  The Yankees won 4-1 while Babe Ruth hit a three-run homer.  It is by far one of those moments many fans wish they could have witnessed in person.

Press pins were first issued to members of the media in 1911.  Its a practice that continues to this very day when it comes to special events.  Members that were part of the press that day in 1923 received a special pin that granted them exclusive access.  Merchandise from this game is beyond desirable.  Very few of these pins have surfaced over the years making them top sellers when an auction house gets their hands on one.  Like a lot of other press pins at the time, this one was made by Dieges & Clust.  It’s value can range anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Taylor Sacks Theismann – Spring Loaded Leg Breaking Pin

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November 18, 1985 the Redskins and Giants were playing on Monday Night Football.  This is one of those games that historians will never forget, specially one play.  Washington’s quarterback Joe Theismann was sacked by Lawrence Taylor, and when they both fell to the ground Taylor’s knee drove right into Theismann’s lower right leg.  It was a career ending injury for Theismann.  ESPN viewers voted it the NFL’s “Most Shocking Moment in History”.

I usually never know what Sports Card Info’s “Pin-Up” of the Week will be until the day I decide to post it.  This is by far one of the most entertaining pins I’ve found.  It depicts Taylor sacking Theismann.  Not only that, but Theismann’s lower right leg is on a spring which can be bent in order to reenact the famous break.  This pin is in no way affiliated with the NFL.  There are no team names or logos either, but we all know what play they’re talking about.  These have been known to sell for $10.00 – $20.00.

Topps announces Red Hot Rookie Redemptions 18, 19, & 20

#18 – Taylor Teagarden

#19 – Collin Balester

#20 – Lou Montanez