Harry Kalas Black Stitch Auto Surfaces

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Sweet Spot was a fun brand when it was around.  Although after Upper Deck started to use that manufactured baseball leather near the end it took a nose dive.  Mainly because the autographs would bleed heavily into that material.  Some of those autographs were barely visible straight from the pack.  The regular baseball leather they started out with doesn’t bleed as much.  Just to be safe, I keep all of my Sweet Spot autographs in the dark no matter what material Upper Deck used.  Especially when it comes to those cards signed in red ink.

I enjoy Sweet Spot Classic from 2004 and 2005.  Phillies legendary broadcaster, Harry Kalas, has autographs in both sets.  If you’ve been following Sports Card Info, you know that I’m a big Harry Kalas collector.  He doesn’t have many cards.  The ones he does have rarely show up.  When I do get to add something to my collection its a big deal.

The last Sweet Spot Classic card I need of his is the Black Stitch Auto #’ed 1/1 from 2005.  A fellow collector stumbled upon my blog and noticed this card on my want list.  Twelve years ago, this collector just happened to be the person to pull it from a pack.  Its been sitting in their collection ever since.  I thought it had been lost forever or still stuck in a box somewhere.  The last I heard, this collector was thinking about selling it.  That was about a month ago, and nothing has surfaced on eBay.  I have a feeling its worth quite a bit considering the base version recently sold for $130.

Even though I don’t own this card… yet, I wanted to show it off.  Phillies and/or Sweet Spot fans should appreciate seeing it.

Below is a list of the Harry Kalas cards I need:

  • Harry Kalas/Mike Schmidt 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game – Announcing Greats Auto #’ed/25
  • Harry Kalas 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Black Stitch Auto #’ed 1/1
  • Harry Kalas 2012 Sportkings Series E – Top 50 Broadcasters Cut Signature #’ed 1/1
  • Harry Kalas 2012 Sportkings Series E Premium Back Redemption Sketches #’ed 1/1
  • Harry Kalas 2015 Topps Five Star Cut Signature #’ed 1/1

Card of the Day: Ryan Fitzpatrick 2005 Bowman’s Best RC Auto

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’05 Bowman Sterling Auto/Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Mike Conroy 2005 Bowman Sterling First Year Auto/Jersey.  Conroy never made it to the big leagues, but had a long career in the minors.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Harry Kalas Sweet Spot Red/Blue Stitch Auto Found

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Its not very often I get to add something to my Harry Kalas collection.  He simply doesn’t have that much.  And what he does have rarely pops up.  A few times a week I check eBay to see if any new Harry Kalas cards are listed.  If by chance any of his cards are listed for sale, I most likely already have them.  That certainly wasn’t the case last week.

Imagine my surprise when I found this Harry Kalas 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Red/Blue Stitch Auto #’ed 1/40 on the auction block.  I bet it has been 8-10 years since I’ve seen one of these.  It needed to be mine.  The seller had a high “Buy It Now” price on it, but I was able to get him way down.  I’m happy to announce this card arrived safely without any problems.  I have my entire Harry Kalas card collection on display at Sports Card Album.  The bobbleheads and stadium giveaways I have of his are thrown in here.

My HK wantlist is really getting down to the extremely rare cards.  It consists of (4) different 1/1’s, and (1) #’ed/25.

  • Harry Kalas/Mike Schmidt 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game – Announcing Greats – Dual Auto #’ed/25
  • Harry Kalas 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Black Stitch Auto #’ed 1/1
  • Harry Kalas 2015 Topps Five Star Cut Signatures Auto #’ed 1/1
  • Harry Kalas 2012 Sportkings Series E – Top 50 Broadcasters – Cut Signature Auto #’ed 1/1
  • Harry Kalas 2012 Sportkings Series E Sketch Card #’ed 1/1

I remember listening to Harry Kalas call Phillies games when I first started watching baseball.  When it came to collecting a specific person, I wanted someone that was associated with the Phillies but didn’t have tons of stuff.  HK fit that mold perfectly.  It would be cool to see him one day get a card in Allen & Ginter with the accompanying parallels.

Card of the Day: Heath Miller 2005 Upper Deck NFL Foundations – Signature Foundations

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Card of the Day: Justin Tuck 2005 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Rookie Signatures

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Flashback Product of the Week: 2005 Donruss Timeless Treasures

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At the end of the year in 2004, I had two of the biggest pulls of my collecting career.  While opening a box of 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game Football I pulled a Steve Young Letterman “U” Game-Used Patch #’ed/5.  A few days later I tried a pack of 2004 Topps Tribute Cut Signature Edition and pulled a Willie Mays Cut Signature #’ed 1/1.  That Mays autograph got me into an issue of Beckett.  At that time collectors still read the magazine, and I sent them an e-mail letting them know what I pulled.  Within that issue of Beckett, I saw the first preview of 2005 Donruss Timeless Treasures.

For the most part, 2005 Donruss Timeless Treasures is your run of the mill product.  Inside each tin you’ll find (1) pack with a “hit” numbered to 100 or less.  You also get (2) base cards and (1) insert.  Its not really known for rookies, but there are a few in here.  Justin Verlander is probably the most notable rookie you could pull.  Since the time this product was released, many of the other rookies have burned out.  Current stars of the day, and retired/HOFers is what you’ll find.  From a design standpoint, its alright.  There are a ton of foil sticker autographs.

The unique thing about 2005 Donruss Timeless Treasures is that it includes the first Jim Thorpe baseball relic cards.  At least that’s what we thought.  Although he is known mostly for football, Jim Thorpe played professional baseball from 1913 to 1919.  We had seen Jim Thorpe football relics for years, but never baseball.  As you can imagine, these cards were hot items when they came out.  Unfortunately, every single Jim Thorpe baseball relic card made starting with this product doesn’t have a happy ending.  None of them are authentic despite what the back of the card says.  The jersey was eventually determined never to have been used by Jim Thorpe at all.  You would think that Panini would address this issue head on with collectors, but that’s never happened.  Panini just sweeps it under the rug as if everything is fine.  People wanting to add these cards to their collection continue to spend hundreds of dollars on them because they think they’re real.  THEY AREN’T!!!  Even though Donruss/Playoff was the purchaser of the jersey, Panini still used it to make cards after they bought them.  Ignoring the issue is what makes me mad the most.

Card of the Day: Desmond Howard 2005 Topps All American Auto

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Card of the Day: Gerald Ford 2005 Topps Turkey Red #286

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Flashback Product of the Week: 2005 eBay Live! Pop Culture Classic Listings

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From what I hear, the eBay Live! annual conference was a pretty big deal.  I personally never attended any of them though.  But reading up on them, it sounds like sellers were treated like kings at one time.  eBay would listen to sellers, and offer fun classes to attend.  eBay is still the main place to buy/sell stuff, but I think that sense of community has really been lost.  Yeah, the message boards are still there, but it just doesn’t seem like it use to be.  eBay tends to care more about the buyers now.

Over the years, eBay has slapped their logo on tons of merchandise.  They use to have a store, but that closed up years ago.  Some of their merchandise has become quite collectible.  During the eBay Live! conference they gave out huge amounts of stuff.  That includes their own trading cards.

There was a card set made for almost every single eBay Live! event.  Each one has it’s own uniqueness about it, but the set made in 2005 seems to stand out the most to me.  Both from a design standpoint and subject matter.  eBay was celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in 2005.  They decided to create a set that commemorated the most notable items put up for sale up until that point.  The set consists of (13) cards.  Card fronts feature an animated drawing of a specific item on foil card stock.  On the reverse side, you’ll find a write-up about that item.  The checklist includes the following cards:

  • Real Arkansas Civil War Dirt
  • Size 12 Wedding Dress/Gown
  • Early Blown Glass Cathedral Pickle Bottle
  • 2005 Jay Leno Harley Davidson
  • The Meaning of Life
  • Gulfstream II Business Jet
  • Kidney For Sale
  • Oldest Known Pair of Levis Jeans
  • Ghost Cane
  • Ten Years of Community and Commerce
  • Pierre Omidyar’s Broken Laser Pointer
  • Shoeless Joe’s Bat
  • Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese

Shoeless Joe’s Bat refers to the famous “Black Betsy”.  It sold on August 7, 2001 for $577,610.  That was Joe Jackson’s main bat he used throughout his career.

These cards aren’t that difficult to find.  Ironically there usually is a good supply on eBay.  Its funny to think that eBay made cards.  But they did.