Card of the Day: Danny Ainge 1982 Topps #125

Card of the Day: Everson Walls 1982 Topps #327

Card of the Day: Andre The Giant 1982 Wrestling All Stars Series A #1

Card of the Day: Uwe von Schamann 1982 Topps #138

Card of the Day: Terry Francona 1982 Fleer #188

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Card of the Day: Champ Summers 1982 Topps Traded #115T

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Card of the Day: Lee Smith 1982 Topps #452

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1982 Chicago Cubs Red Lobster

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Red Lobster!!!  Freakin Red Lobster got into the card business?

Yes they did.  In 1982, the Chicago Cubs and local Chicago based Red Lobster restaurants came together to create a 28-card set.  These cards were given away to Cubs fans on August 20th, 1982.  About 15,000 were produced.  The cards are numbered in order of the player’s jersey number and contain a facsimile autograph.  Of all the cards, Ryne Sandberg is the most desirable.  In general, collectors see Sandberg’s cards made by Topps, Fleer, and Donruss in 1983 as his true rookies.  But the Sandberg included within this set predates all of them.  This is considered to be his first card to feature him in a Cubs uniform.  Most of his other cards before 1983 have him in a minor league outfit.  Sandberg’s card alone is worth about $40.00 to $50.00.  Some examples have been known to sell well into the hundreds.  The second most popular card would be the Lee Smith.  Finding sealed sets are a little difficult.

Card of the Day: Ben Crenshaw 1982 Donruss Golf #20

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 1982 North Carolina Tar Heels National Finals Pin/Button

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Forbes has added 290 new billionaires to it’s list of the world’s wealthiest people.  One of those new billionaires is none other than Michael Jordan.  Forbes estimates that Michael Jordan is worth about $1 billion.  I wouldn’t even know what to do with all that money.  I’d probably start my own National.

The 1981-82 North Carolina Tar Heels went all the way winning the National Championship.  It was an iconic team led by James Worthy, Sam Perkins, and freshman Michael Jordan.  It was also Dean Smith’s first title.  I don’t think anyone watching could have predicted Michael Jordan to go on and become the legend that he is now.

This pin/button is an interesting snapshot of history.  It features head shots of the players.  Dean Smith is at the bottom center, and Jordan is two spots to the left.  The pin was probably given out as some type of promo.  Its highly sought after given the players that were on the team.  One recently sold for $60.00.