Card of the Day: Aundray Bruce 1990 Action Packed #1

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Card of the Day: Yoan Moncada 2017 Topps Heritage Action Image #117

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Card of the Day: Santa Claus 1994 Action Packed #SC2

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1993 Action Packed Racing

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“I love my new cellular telephone.  It only costs $10.00 per minute.” 

With the recent fall of Press Pass, NASCAR collectors have no clue as to where they’ll see their next racing product.  Of the current manufacturers that are still in business, Panini is the only one that appears to have the money to take on another brand.  Will they?  I don’t know.  Panini seems to be buying up everything today.  I personally would like to see what Topps or Upper Deck would do with a NASCAR license.  Topps issued some NASCAR eTopps cards in 2003, but that is really the extent of their racing experience.  From 1995 to 2000 Upper Deck released some nice looking NASCAR sets.  I don’t see Leaf grabbing up the NASCAR name.  If Panini were to get control over NASCAR, they could bring back some of the old Pinnacle and Action Packed products from the 90’s.  Whenever and whoever makes the next racing product needs to take into consideration the things NASCAR collectors haven’t seen much of yet.  Items such as Shadow Boxes, sketches, and those fancy art/relic cards found in products like Gypsy Queen have yet to make it into the hands of NASCAR fans.

Like I said before, Panini could revive the Pinnacle and Action Packed products if they get into the NASCAR business.  The now defunct Action Packed released their first racing set in 1993.  Their cards were known for having curved corners and raised embossing.  They were also quite thicker than your standard card too.  This was common for most of their products.  1993 Action Packed Racing doesn’t hold a lot of value today.  The 24k Gold cards still get some attention and are probably the most desirable.  From what I know, this is the only product to ever have braille on a portion of the cards.  Premier Edition boxes sell for about $20.00, while the Series II and Series III go for under $10.00.

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1991 Panini Action Cards 100 Dream Cars

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During the early 90’s, Panini of Canada had a division called Action Cards.  Action Cards produced a handful of card products based on very expensive cars.  One of their earliest products is the 100 Dream Cars set.  Its pretty straight forward meaning it doesn’t contain any chase cards or SPs.  Each card in the set features a full color photo on the front with a short description on the back.  Boxes contain 36 packs, and you can barely give them away to collectors.  Sealed boxes can easily be found for under $10.00.  Action Cards went on to produce a few more Dream Cars and Antique Cars sets, but eventually flamed out.

You know, I’m surprised one of today’s manufacturers doesn’t bring this idea back.  I’m not saying create an entire product based on cars, but they could throw some relics in their stranger sets.  People like you and me will probably never be able to afford to own fancy cars like this.  But wouldn’t it be cool to own a card with a piece in it?  At least you could tell people that you own part of a Lamborghini 🙂  That would bring the ladies running.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1976 Fleer Team Action Stickers

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Fleer took an interesting approach with their 1976 Team Action Stickers set.  The 66-card set features action shots only and focuses more on the play going on in the picture rather than the players.  There are two cards for each NFL team and one card for every Super Bowl.  Given that this product isn’t focused on the individual players, the cards aren’t in high demand.  Collectors want player driven cards.  Despite all of that, collectors must have been purchasing them because Fleer continued to release a Team Action set well into the 1980’s.  There really aren’t any key cards to look for, and this product is probably more valuable in set or sealed box form.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1990 Action Packed All-Madden

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Starting in the late 80’s, Action Packed popped on the scene trying to get a license to produce cards.  At first they didn’t have a lot of luck, but then things started to turn around.  It wasn’t too long before they helped to contribute to the overproduction problem that plagued the 90’s.  One of Action Packed’s earliest products had them teamed up with football legend John Madden.  1990 Action Packed All-Madden is a 58-card set that could be found in both pack and factory set form.  Action Packed sets were known for having rounded corners and embossed lettering/photos.  They look very similar to your standard credit card.  The players included within this annual team were selected by John Madden.  As you can imagine over time most of these players have fallen off the radar.  The only card worth talking about would be the Emmitt Smith #9 rookie.  Emmitt Smith may have very well been one of the greatest running backs to ever play in the NFL, but this card holds very little value since about ten billion copies were made.  Action Packed did make a promo card of former Bears running back Neal Anderson that was provided to dealers and collectors that read Sports Collectors Digest.

Action Packed released a steady line of products throughout the 90’s, but dwindled off around 1997.  You have to give them a lot of credit given the fact they got to team up with John Madden on a handful of projects.  To many, Madden is a football god.  For being one of the NFL’s best known celebrities you would think John Madden would have a ton of cards, but he doesn’t.  The name John Madden is better known throughout the video game industry.  The few autographed cards he does have go for major bucks when they surface.  Just check out these:

Flashback Product of the Week: 1983 Donruss Action All-Stars

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It cracks me up when I look at this box and see the phrase “MR. RETAILER This carton contains 2 FREE packs for 60¢ EXTRA PROFIT”.  Mantle is also misspelled.  Donruss was known for rushing their early baseball products.  Its common to find lots of errors.  Its pretty bad though when they don’t catch a spelling mistake on the front of the box.

The 1983 Action All-Star set only contains 60 cards.  They are slightly larger in size measuring 3.5″ x 5″.  That makes storing them a little harder.  Its not like there are any major cards in this set worth protecting.  It was so overproduced.  Sealed boxes can be found for under $10.00.  It was marketed as depicting major league players in a new style, but I’m not seeing what the new style would be.  The 63-piece Mickey Mantle puzzle is probably the most popular thing within this product.  A complete puzzle can be picked up for $5.00 or less.

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Cardboard Double Take – Reese & Rollins

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Collectors were astonished when their eyes fell upon the 1953 Bowman Color set.  Never before had they seen such beautiful imagery conceived on cardboard.  One of the most impressive looking cards considered by many would be #33.  It features a leaping Pee Wee Reese attempting to make what looks like an impeccable double-play.  Up until this time, collectors didn’t get to see many action shots like this featured on their cards.  Some believe this to be a reverse negative, because it looks as if the runner is going from third back to second.  The runner could have been running in the wrong direction too.  Given that this photograph was taken during a spring training game, you have to imagine that anything could have been going on.

Centering and focus are the two main issues with this specific card.  Some can be blurry.  If you are looking to add one to your collection, poor condition examples can be found for under $100.00.  Ones that are pack fresh and look fantastic can be worth thousands.  If you want a nice one, expect to pay $300.00 to $500.00.

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Since the production of the ’53 Bowman Color Reese, there has been countless action shots included within card sets.  It has become a hobby standard by now.  I’m sure there are shots similar to the Reese, but not as similar as this Jimmy Rollins 2007 Topps Turkey Red #10.  Not only is Rollins throwing in the same direction, but the runner is facing the same way too.  I’m sure the Reese inspired this piece of work.

Card of the Day: Mark Chmura 1997 Pinnacle Action Packed #109

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