2018-19 Fleer Hanes Michael Jordan 30th Anniversary Pack Break – Auto Pulled?

The most important decision of your life…

Nope.  No autograph here.  Falling at a rate of 1:108,625 packs, I really didn’t have a chance anyway.  It makes me wonder if anyone will pull one of the ten Michael Jordan autographs.  You have to think that lots of people are just throwing these packs away.  I hope at least one autograph surfaces.

The local Walmart here in Selinsgrove, PA had one Hanes product left that came with a pack of Michael Jordan cards.  It was a package of (7) t-shirts housing a red pack.  A complete base set consists of (50) cards with Red and Blue Foil parallels.  All-Star inserts which have Gold Foil parallels are also possible to pull.  Once I actually got my hands on them, I was surprised to see how thick the cards are.  I was expecting them to be thin and cheap.  Terrific marketing campaign.

Here’s what I got:

Base

Parallels

Insert

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Marquis of Lorne – 140th Anniversary of The Original Trading Card

Every single day all over the world packs and boxes of trading cards are opened.  Its a hobby enjoyed by many.  To some it can be an addiction.  The idea of what could be in that next pack or box can be too tempting to ignore.  If it weren’t for the tobacco industry and their pack inserted cards, there is a good chance this hobby of ours wouldn’t exist.

What is the first pack-inserted tobacco card?

The gentleman who has the honor of being on the first pack-inserted tobacco card is John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell.  Good luck fitting that name on a jersey.  This dude was into a little bit of everything.  He was well traveled, well educated, and even married Princess Louise, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria.  Titles he held included being the 9th Duke of Argyll, and Marquis of Lorne.

Between 1878-1883 the Marquis of Lorne was serving as the 4th Governor General of Canada.  Quite impressive considering he was a British nobleman.  The Thos. H. Hall cigarette manufacturer of New York at this time decided to include a tobacco card of him in their Marquis of Lorne brand of cigarettes in 1879.  Unfortunately this brand didn’t sell well, and it quickly flamed out.  Very few cards survived.  It measures 3.125″ x 1.625″, the exact size of the cigarette packet.  The American Card Catalog officially classifies it as N519.

As of this writing, only four examples are known to exist.  One is in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Another is in the British Museum in London.  The other two are in private collections.

Only one of the four known examples has popped up for sale.  The same card has been sold twice.  In 1994 it sold for $11,500, and then again in 2009 for $15,275.  I believe it would be worth even more if it were of a sports figure.

I can’t stress how important this tiny piece of cardboard is to the hobby.  Prior to the 1879 N519 Marquis of Lorne card, advertisements such as this were handed out over the counter.  Not inside cigarette packs.  Despite the Marquis of Lorne cigarette brand not making it, the idea of cardboard inserts did.

You probably wouldn’t be opening that box or pack if this card wouldn’t have been printed.  Everything pretty much snowballed from this single card.  Starting in 1880, many more tobacco inserts followed.

SGC’s 20th Anniversary Coin

It has been a long time since I’ve gotten any cards graded.  For awhile I use to do it on a regular basis.  BGS and SGC were the main services that I used.  A few times I got lucky and my cards came back with high grades.  My Brett Favre 1991 Topps Stadium Club RC #94, and Ryan Howard 2003 Donruss Elite Status Die-Cut #’ed/57 both received Gem Mint 9.5 grades.

This year SGC is celebrating their 20th anniversary.  During the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, they had quite the display.  About $40 million worth of memorabilia was being shown off.  All on loan from various high-end collectors.  At the center of it was probably the most notable contract in sports history, the original copy of the 1919 trade of Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees.  Talk about an eye full.

A few weeks ago I saw these SGC 20th Anniversary coins popup.  They’re something I’ve never seen before.  I tried finding some information about them, but came up with nothing.  An e-mail was sent off to SGC.  I quickly received a response from their Director Of Operations/Customer Service Matthew Clark.  According to Mr. Clark, (300) 20th Anniversary coins were made.  SGC began handing them out during the National.  Its something they have done with other shows they’ve setup at since.

When I was in Cleveland, I only looked at SGC’s big memorabilia display.  I never went up to their submission booth.  That’s where they had to be giving them out.  Upon inquiring about the coins, Mr. Clark sent over a promo package to Sports Card Info.  Inside were (2) coins, SGC draw-string bag, and a SGC New Era hat.

Check out SGC’s newly redesigned website.

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Product Highlight: 1993 Maxx Hot Wheels 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

When I was a kid, my go to toys to play with were action figures.  I had bins full of them.  Batman, X-Men, Star Wars, you name it.  Like most adults I look back and wish I would have kept them in their original packaging.  But where would have the fun been in that?  Keeping toys sealed wasn’t even a thought.

Outside of the action figures, Matchbox and Hot Wheels weren’t that far behind.  I had a bin full of these too.  Although I don’t live in the house I grew up in anymore, it wouldn’t surprise me if some of those toy cars are still lodged underneath a cabinet or something.  The house’s current owner is probably completely oblivious that they’re still there.  Long forgotten relics of a childhood race that perhaps got a little out of hand.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels.  Twenty-five years ago Maxx Race Cards helped them celebrate their 25th anniversary with a commemorative set.  Issued only in factory set form, the set features what they call “the most memorable 25 cars from 1968-1992”.  The card fronts picture a Hot Wheels vehicle with a full-blown description on the back.  Collecting tips are even provided for each vehicle.

Here is the checklist:

  • 1968 Beatnik Bandit #1
  • 1969 TwinMill #2
  • 1970 Boss Hoss #3
  • 1971 Evil Weevil #4
  • 1972 Funny Money #5
  • 1973 Sweet 16 #6
  • 1974 Sir Rodney Roadster #7
  • 1975 Emergency Squad #8
  • 1976 Corvette Stingray #9
  • 1977 ’57 Chevy #10
  • 1978 Hot Bird #11
  • 1979 Bywayman #12
  • 1980 Hiway Hauler #13
  • 1981 Old Number 5 #14
  • 1982 Firebird Funny Car #15
  • 1983 Classic Cobra #16
  • 1984 ’65 Mustang Convertible #17
  • 1985 Thunderstreak #18
  • 1986 Poppa ‘Vette #19
  • 1987 Ferrari Testarossa #20
  • 1988 Talbolt Lago #21
  • 1989 GT Racer #22
  • 1990 Purple Passion #23
  • 1991 Street Beast #24
  • 1992 Goodyear Blimp #25

I don’t recall owning any of these specific vehicles.  I do remember picking up a few Hot Wheels cars at a yard sale when I was little, and later discovered they came from their famous Redline collection.

Maxx produced lots of racing cards during the classic junk-wax era.  Most of their sets carry little value today.  Cards of Dale Earnhardt are what they’re particularly known for.

This Hot Wheels set is one of Maxx’s oddball products.  Sealed examples are readily available, and can be found for nothing.

Doesn’t this Hot Wheels car look like a Superfractor?

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