Card of the Day: Lance Alworth 1967 Topps #123

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’67 Topps Pete Rose On Pawn Stars

One of my favorite T.V. shows to watch is Pawn Stars, which you can find on the History Channel, Monday nights at 10:00 p.m.  I find it really entertaining and educational.  Last week a guy walked into the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop and tried to sell five Pete Rose 1967 Topps baseball cards.  As soon as I saw these things I knew they weren’t real.  The guy who brought them in was pretty upset when he couldn’t sell them.  After this show aired last week, it sparked some interesting conversations over on FCB and other sports card forums.

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Card of the Day: Chuck Howley 1967 Philadelphia #53

In 1971 Chuck Howley won the Super Bowl MVP Award for the Dallas Cowboys.  The only problem is that the Cowboys lost the Super Bowl that year.  This was the only time the MVP Award was given to a player from the losing team.

Last night while watching the World Series Chase Utley hit another pair of homers.  If he hits one more he’ll pass Reggie Jackson on the list of players who have hit the most home runs in the World Series.  Even if the Phillies lose, would it be possible for Utley to be the MVP?  Nobody in particular has stood out for the Yankees, except for maybe Johnny Damon.  Either way, the Phillies are making their mark on the ’09 World Series which for the past few years has ended after 5 games.  There hasn’t had to be a Game 6 for quite sometime.

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Card of the Day: Cookie Rojas 1967 Topps #595

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Ryan’s True Rookie?

The debate about what is and is not a true rookie card has been going on for a lot longer than you think.  One of the most popular vintage cards has to be the Nolan Ryan / Jerry Koosman 1968 Topps RC.  But did you know that Ryan actually appears on an earlier card?  Ryan played for a short time with the Mets in 1966 and has is name on the back of the 1967 Topps Mets Team card.  This doesn’t seem to influence collectors very much because the ’68 Topps gets a lot more attention.  I just think its funny that in today’s hobby the first cards to feature a player are consider true rookies (at least by collectors and not the MLBPA) and the second year cards usually aren’t worth as much.  In the case of Nolan Ryan, its totally opposite.

The ’68 Topps is heavly counterfeited.  Be sure you know what to look for with those Rookie Stars.

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Card of the Day: Mickey Mantle 1967 Topps #150