Cooper’s Yankees Dream Scene Is Complete & Heading To Chicago

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What if, for one brief shining moment, the greatest Bronx Bombers in history could gather together—each in the ultimate prime of their careers—to swap stories, talk shop, pal around and have a ball…and what if WE were lucky enough to be flies on the clubhouse wall bearing witness to it all.

As I reported back in February, artist Jamie Cooper was beginning to work on the Yankees Dream Scene painting.  After numerous sketches and hours of hard work, Mr. Cooper has finished another one of his masterpieces.  This 4.5′ x 5.5′ painting will be auctioned off by Legendary Auctions on August 2nd in Chicago, right in time for the National Sports Collectors Convention.  Many Phillies fans are familiar with Cooper’s work as he is the artist behind the Phillies Dream Scene that now hangs in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.  The amount of research that Mr. Cooper puts into his pieces is amazing.  The Yankees Dream Scene consists of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Derek Jeter.  Just like with the Phillies Dream Scene, Mr. Cooper has thrown in a lot of little historical details that you might not see right away.

There is no word yet on whether or not reproduction prints will be made, but I’m sure if enough Yankees fans inquiry about it you’ll see it happen.  According to Mr. Cooper, “My goal is to get this out to all Yankees fans and drive interest in a full size Yankees piece on the scale of the Phillies Dream scene.”

Poehler Parks and Recreation Relic Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to KMH on being the lucky winner of the Amy Poehler 2013 Press Pass Parks and Recreation Dress Relic.  Once KMH sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Poehler Parks and Recreation Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for an Amy Poehler 2013 Press Pass Parks and Recreation 2-Color dress relic from Season 2 Episode 16.  Good luck!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 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!!!

2013 Press Pass Parks and Recreation Box Break & Review

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The 90-card base set covers various scenes from Seasons 1-4.  Each card in the base set is designed to look like a page from a comic book.  There are multiple images on every card separated by block panels.  When it comes to the autographs and relics Press Pass made good use of the color white which allows them to really pop.

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Boxes are currently selling for $63.00.

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Every box should contain at least (2) autographs and (1) relic.  I was surprised to see that other than the (1) foil parallel you get in each pack, there are no other inserts to look for.  With a strong autograph checklist, its safe to say the autographs are probably the real meat and potatoes of this product, especially the ones with inscriptions.  I like that Press Pass tells you which season and episode the relics come from.  They also picture the entire relic on the back of the card.  This use to be the practice with sports cards years ago, but it quickly died out.  You see this a lot more today with entertainment products.

I pulled the following:


  • Rob Lowe Blue Ink Auto
  • Parker Posey Blue Ink Auto


  • Amy Poehler 2-Color Dress from Season 2 Episode 16

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Overall, I give 2013 Press Pass Parks and Recreation 4 NBC peacocks out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Press Pass announced during the Industry Summit earlier this year that they planned to get into more entertainment properties.  Besides KISS and Elvis, Press Pass never really stepped away from the sports world.  There are a lot of television shows that have a strong following, but very little for its fans to collect.  I’d like to see Press Pass produce a set based on Seinfeld or Saturday Night Live if they decide to stick with NBC shows just for now.

One card I would keep my eye on, especially next year, would be the Chris Pratt autograph.  Pratt is scheduled to play Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy due to be released in August 2014.  If that movie is a success and for some reason they don’t make a Guardians of the Galaxy product, this card could be on the rise.

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2013 Press Pass Parks and Recreation Preview

During the Industry Summit, Press Pass announced that they plan to get into more entertainment properties.  Their newest entertainment product will surround NBC’s hit show Parks and Recreation.  Collectors will find (2) autographs and (1) relic card per (24) pack box.  The base set will consist of (90) cards covering scenes from seasons one through four.  Press Pass has seen much success with their other entertainment properties such as Elvis and KISS, so it makes a lot of sense for them to move into areas like this.  Along will all the main characters from the show, think of all the guest stars that could have autographs in this product.

I know its probably a long shot, but I would like to see Press Pass make an autograph/relic card of Will Ferrell’s character Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.  Given their long history with NASCAR, and the notion of wanting to make more entertainment driven products I think it would be a perfect fit.  Trading card products based on pop-culture television shows is nothing new, but there are a ton of unexplored areas that haven’t been touched yet.  Lets hope Press Pass can obtain a license to make Seinfeld cards.

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1997 SkyBox Premium Batman & Robin

While growing up, my first introduction to the world of superheroes came in the form of Batman.  I never really read the comics, instead I watched the cartoons, movies, and played with the action figures.  I grew up on four Batman films – Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), and Batman & Robin (1997).  These movies would be playing religiously in my house.

I prefer Christopher Nolan’s Batman films now to anything that came before.  Of the four I grew up on, Batman and Batman Returns are still fun to watch.  Both are down right gritty and somewhat lifelike.  Watching the Penguin rise out of the water while gushing blood at the end of Batman Returns may be to violent for some six year old kids, but not me.  I thought it looked awesome!   Batman Forever and Batman & Robin just look like a joke to me now.  But when they first came out, I loved them.   Batman Forever and Batman & Robin got too comical for me, especially now if I see them on.

As you would expect, each of those Batman films had a corresponding collectible card set.  Out of them all, the 1997 SkyBox Premium Batman & Robin cards hold the most value, specifically the autographs.  The base set consists of 70 wide-vision cards.  You can look for autographs of Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone and Joel Schumacher.  The autographs fall 1:360 packs.  Considering there are 18 packs per box, the odds of finding one is pretty difficult.  They all command high prices even to this day.  An Arnold Schwarzenegger autograph recently sold for over $300.00.

Boxes can still be found for under $50.00.

This is the Batman I prefer to watch for now.

Golf Metal Is LIVE & Comes With A Great Promotion


Golf Metal is live!!!  This is the first all golf product released in the last 7 years.  Boxes contain (2) base cards and (3) autographs.  When taking a look at some of the auctions, you can clearly see collectors have been missing a product like this.

The list of big pulls just goes on and on!!!
Leaf also has an interesting promotional program to go along with their release of Golf Metal.  Any collector that sends in the bar code off the bottom of their box of Golf Metal will receive a 3-card pack in return.  The pack will have (3) Leaf Limited base cards, and you can look for randomly inserted redemption cards. These can be redeemed for full-size pieces of golf memorabilia.  Leaf has items such as golf clubs owned by Michael Jordan and tournament used clubs by Jack Nicklaus.  Click on the flyer below for all the details on the program.


Gilyard Auto Patch Contest! – NOW CLOSED

Yesterday I busted a box of 2010 Panini Plates & Patches football.  My encased card was a Mardy Gilyard 2-Color Patch Autograph #’ed/699.  I’m giving it away.


Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, February 4, 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
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

And The Winner Is…

Congrats to Harry Barbee on being the lucky winner of the Velvet Sky 2010 TNA Xtreme autograph.  Once Harry Barbee sends me their mailing address I will ship them this card for free.

Thanks to everyone that participated.  I think its soon time for another Lil’ Teammates contest 🙂


Book Mailday!

UPS dropped off a package today, and inside was my latest purchase.  Its not a card, instead it was a copy of The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890).  Jay Miller, Joe Gonsowski, and Richard Masson have put together what looks like the most comprehensible book about the Old Judge brand from the late 1800s.  This book isn’t the easiest piece of reference material to find either.  It is a self-published book and would normally cost $125.00, but sometimes one pops-up for sale on eBay.  My copy only cost $40.00 and came with free shipping.  Tonight I will starting working my way through this beast and plan to blog about it as I go.