Will You Find All The 2014 National Beckett Cover Cards?

National attendees this year can keep their eyes open for these exclusive Beckett Cover cards.  These covers range from all different years and feature a lot of great athletes.

There are 16 cards in all.  How do you obtain these cards?  Last night I mentioned where you can find the Roberto Clemente coverThe Mickey Mantle July 1986 cover can be obtained at the Historic Autographs booth.  Johnny Manziel is available at Blowout Cards.  I also hear you’ll get one at the show’s entrance.  The 16th card is still a mystery, and you’ll need to stop by the Beckett booth to see how you can get that one.  As for the rest, that’s a good question.  I’d check around with some of the other dealers.

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Card of the Day: Bobby Bonilla 1989 Topps National League All Star #388


Flashback Product of the Week: 1999 Spectra Star/Marvel Fleer Tradition All Star Baseball Kites

“I’m going to the park to fly my baseball card kite.”  If that phrase doesn’t bring the ladies running towards ya, I don’t know what will.  If you’ve fully recovered from all the woman you got with the Allen & Ginter electric sign, you need to try this product.

These 28″ sled style toy kites were made by Spectra Star/Marvel back in 1999 and feature a giant Fleer Tradition baseball card printed on them.  Inside each package you will also find a standard sized 1999 Fleer Tradition card too.  The “set” consists of Ken Griffey, Jr, Greg Maddux, Mike Piazza, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and other stars of the time.

I had no clue that these even existed.  Last Saturday I saw one for the first time.  I’m sure there are some player collectors that live for stuff like this.  Just because you don’t see them too often doesn’t make them rare.  They’re barely worth anything.

Personally, I think this product blows.  Get it? 🙂



The King Of All Contests Winner Announced

Congrats to Andrew Barnum on being the lucky winner of the 2012 Essential Elvis – Essential Materials Elvis Presley Tweed Jacket Relic card.  Once Andrew Barnum sends me his mailing address I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks.


Flashback Product of the Week: 1997 ScoreBoard All Sport PPF Plus


You can’t talk about the 90’s without bringing up the now defunct sports card manufacturer ScoreBoard.  I think many of us remember waking up early on a Saturday morning, turning on the Shop At Home channel and seeing Don West and Kenny pitching some kind of sports related product.

Like a lot of products made at the time, All Sport PPF Plus was extremely overproduced.  Each (36) pack box guarantees (2) vintage cards, plus you can look for redemption cards that are for autographed memorabilia.  I wouldn’t trust the authenticity of any of the memorabilia that came from ScoreBoard.  Their COAs are way too easy to fake, plus when someone is throwing around that amount of “high-end” memorabilia it really makes you wonder.

ScoreBoard is one of the worst card companies of all time.  It wouldn’t surprise me if most of their memorabilia is fake.  Their cards are barely worth a thing in today’s market.  That’s why watching their infomercials are so much fun.  Enjoy!!!

A Cool Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Shane. K on being the winner of the Peter Budaj 2010-2011 All Goalies Stopper Sweaters Jersey card.  Once Shane. K sends me their mailing address I will ship this card out ASAP.  Thanks.


A Cool Contest! – NOW CLOSED

Its warm out.  So why not cool off by trying to win this Peter Budaj 2010-2011 All Goalies Stopper Sweaters Jersey card.  Good luck!!!


Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July  15, 2011 @ 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
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2010-2011 All Goalies Box Break & Review

Design: Photobucket

The design is pretty simple.  For a boxed set I wouldn’t be looking for anything spectacular.  I like the use of the color white on a card set, and Panini did well with that here.  Goalies can be some of the most decorated athletes, and they look really good on cards.  I can see why goalies get their own products.  I’m sure the thought has gone through their heads to make products based just on quarterbacks or pitchers, but I don’t think it would have the same effect as goalies.

Price: Photobucket

Boxed sets only cost $25.00.  For that price you get a 100-card set, 5 Up Close parallels, and 1 relic.  If your new to collecting and enjoy hockey, this would make a great product to start off with, especially for kids.

“Hit” Quality: Photobucket

All Goalies does not contain autographs.  Only jerseys and patches.  Most collectors will pull a plain colored jersey.  I received the following:


  • Peter Budaj Stopper Sweaters Relic
Up Close parallels
  • Martin Gerber #33
  • Jonathan Bernier #37
  • Tomas Vokoun #34
  • Jacob Markstrom #35
  • Scott Clemmensen #36
Overall: Photobucket

Overall, I give 2010-2011 All Goalies 3 goalie masks out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Its perfect for those young collectors that may not have a lot of money, but are still looking to bust something that guarantees a “hit”.

Interview with Jim Maser – The Pin Man

(Right – Jim Maser – The Pin Man, Left – Dave, and me in the middle)
Pins are some of the most popular collectibles, especially when it comes to sporting events.  If you’ve attended an All-Star Game, World Series, or Super Bowl, its likely that you’ve run into Jim Maser a.k.a. The Pin Man.  I first met Jim and his brother Dave during the 2009 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland.  I had never seen so many pins all in one place before.  Any pin collector would have a ball browsing through his inventory.
Recently I caught up with The Pin Man and he was nice enough to answer a few questions for the blog.  Be sure to check out The Pin Man on eBay.  He has a ton of great stuff.
  • How did you come to the decision to deal mainly with pins?

I got into selling pins by accident.  I discovered selling on eBay in 1998 and I bought a bag of pins at a swap meet and put them on eBay.  They all sold out so I got more and more and now I am the Pin Man.  I was also fortunate enough to be living in Southern California, which happened to be where three major pin makers are located.

  • Over the years, I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of cool pins.  What are some of the most interesting ones that you have owned?  Why did you find them interesting?

The most interesting pins that I had were prototype pins from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  They were interesting because they were the prototypes of many of the pins that were sold in Atlanta.  I ended up selling all of them to a few Olympic pin collectors.

  • What is the best part of your job?

I love working for myself and being able to make sure that all of my customers are always satisfied no matter what I have to do to provide that satisfaction.  I also love sports and being involved in some of the major sports events throughout the year such as the All-Star Game, World Series, and Super Bowl.  I also love the hustle-bustle of working shows and meeting new people.  I have also made a lot of good friends (like you) through this business.

  • What are some of the most in demand pins collectors are after right now?

The most in demand pins right now are Packers and Super Bowl 45 champions pins.  Also in demand are press pins.  Unfortunately the NFL lockout is going to put an end to the demand for the NFL pins.  I am also going to have an exclusive Opening Day pin for the Colorado Rockies that will be in huge demand on April 1st when I am selling at Opening Day.


  • Would you like to see pins integrated into trading cards somehow?

No I really don’t think that it works.  I believe that it has been tried by Score a few years ago and it just didn’t work.  I think the problem is that pins can’t be easily put in packs without the potential for damage to the cards.

  • Do you have a personal collection?  If so, what is in it?

I have a small personal collection.  I am originally from Detroit so I like to collect pins for the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons and Lions.  I also collect pins from events that occurred in Detroit like the 2005 All-Star Game and Super Bowl 40.

Want to learn even more about The Pin Man?  Take a look at this article by Steve Stoler of WFAA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth.

Card of the Day: Brad Lidge 2009 Topps All-Star Letter Patch