Win This Mickey Mantle Hand-Painted Autographed Baseball

If you have Twitter, this is a contest that you need to get in on.  Piece of the Game is giving away the Mickey Mantle ball from their Baseball Authenticated Masterpieces product.  Authenticated by JSA, this autographed baseball also features the artwork of renowned sports artist Monty Sheldon.  In order to be eligible for the contest, all you need to do is follow Piece of the Game on Twitter and retweet this tweet.  You can get (50) additional entries if you purchase a spot in a break of this product from any of the qualifying retailers too.  The contest ends 1/21/19.  Good luck!

Expected to be released near the end of March, Piece of the Game’s Baseball Authenticated Masterpieces features actual game-used baseballs, autographed, authenticated, and hand-painted by one of the greatest modern day sports artists Monty Sheldon.  It truly is a unique product that we haven’t seen before.

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Frank Thomas ’17 Topps Luminaries Redemption Card Received

In the middle of November, I opened a box of 2017 Topps Luminaries Baseball.  Waiting inside was a redemption for a Frank Thomas Autographed Letter Book Card #’ed 1/1.  As soon as it was pulled, I redeemed it.

At 5:01 a.m. on 12/28/17 I received an e-mail from Topps informing me that my card had been shipped.  According to the tracking number it was scheduled to be delivered the same day.  By lunch time it had arrived.

This card kicks butt.  Booklet, on-card autograph, and game-worn jersey letter patch.  It didn’t really matter to me which letter they used, but I’m glad Topps chose the “T”.

When it comes to redemption cards, you never truly know how long it will take to get your card.  Everyone’s experience can differ.  Personally, I’ve never had to wait that long with Topps products.  Historically they’ve been fast and efficient for me.  The Topps website easily lets me track my redemption cards, while I find their communication skills flawless.  No problems at all.

Autographed Beckett Cover Cards Coming To The 2015 National

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The Beckett Cover Cards Scavenger Hunt is a popular activity to take part in for those lucky collectors attending the National Sports Collectors Convention.  I’m happy to say that it will be returning for 2015.

This year there will be (15) cards to find.  These cards can be found throughout the show from various dealers and case breakers.  In order to obtain these cards you most likely have to buy something from one of the dealers.  That is how it has worked in the past.  The picture below shows all (15) Beckett Cover Cards and where you can find them.  Just click to enlarge.  As you can see, Cubs rookie phenom Kris Bryant is featured on five of them.  All cards will be serial numbered as they have been in the past.  Golfer Jordan Spieth will have a cameo appearance on one of the cards.  Jordan Spieth really doesn’t have any cards yet, except for the one that came from Sports Illustrated for Kids.

For those collectors that obtain all (15) Beckett Cover Cards, you have a nice surprise coming your way.  When you stop by the Beckett booth and prove that you have all (15) cards, you’ll be given a blind package containing a special autographed card.  This is totally new for 2015.  These signed Beckett Cover Cards include Emmitt Smith, Bo Jackson, Frank Thomas, Cal Ripken Jr., Pete Rose, Stan Musial, Mike Modano, Jose Canseco, Dennis Rodman, and Mike Tyson.  Autographed cards will begin to be given out on Thursday, July 30th.  Only (50) autographed cards will be given out each day.

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Gwynn’s Leaf Q Cards Were NEVER Signed

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Not much is known about one of Leaf’s upcoming products called Leaf Q.  Leaf had a bunch of Leaf Q cards on display at their booth during the National.  From the looks of it, the product has that high-end autograph feel.  Almost like Five Star or Exquisite.  I should have taken some pictures because Leaf had a lot of cool stuff under glass.  Those damn Bench Warmer girls distracted me again.

Collectors actually got their first look at Leaf Q shortly after the death of Tony Gwynn.  Leaf originally planned to include him in packs of Leaf Q, but Gwynn passed away before they could get him to sign the cards.  Instead of placing the unsigned cards within the product, Leaf decided to cash in and put them up for sale on eBay.  Where the signature was planned to be, Leaf simply stamped the years he was alive.

I don’t have a problem with Leaf cashing in on Gwynn’s death.  Manufacturers do it all the time.  I don’t know how much cashing in they actually did because Leaf was selling these cards for quite a deal.  The problem I have is that these cards say “Authentic Signature” underneath the relic window.  Even though Leaf openly said in all their auction descriptions that Tony Gwynn passed away before they could get him to sign these cards, what stops someone from buying one and forging his signature?  Nothing.  I’m sure there are some people in this world that would fall for it too.

I would just like to reinforce that none of these Tony Gwynn Leaf Q cards were autographed.  If you see one that is signed, it is a fake.

Literally The First Packed Pulled Autographed Card Ever Made

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Upper Deck’s first product hit the market in 1989 like a ton of bricks.  Premium card stock, anti-counterfeiting holograms, and tamper-proof packs showed collectors that Upper Deck was here to play.  Having Ken Griffey, Jr’s most popular rookie as the first card in the set didn’t hurt either.  Upper Deck was innovative and set a standard for card design/quality.

After the tremendous success of their 1989 baseball set, Upper Deck had to kick it up a notch if they wanted to keep things interesting for collectors.  For their 1990 set, they randomly inserted 2,500 Reggie Jackson certified autographed cards into packs.  This was above anything that had been done before.  It was the first time an autograph could be pulled from a pack of baseball cards.  Today its standard procedure to see autographed cards being pulled from packs, but back then it was a major deal.

Some collectors put a lot of emphasis on serial numbers.  First one, last one, and a player’s jersey number can all factor in here.  Personally, I don’t think it matters except for in this case.  The 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson autograph pictured above is serial numbered 1/2,500.  It is literally the first packed pulled autographed card ever made.  This card recently sold for $200.00, and its funny to think all the autographed cards you see today started with this one.

Q & A – Why Isn’t My Sid Luckman Card Autographed?

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I get questions all the time from collectors passing by Sports Card Info.  99.9% of them go a little something like this – “I just purchased a card for $20.00, how much is it worth?”  Every now and then I get a really good question that deserves its very own blog post.  Today I received one of those questions.

Last night Sports Card Info was contacted by  a collector who told me they had a Sid Luckman 1997 Leaf Reproductions card that looks as if it should have been autographed, but isn’t.  As you can see in the above picture the collector sent me, in the upper right hand corner it says “[Authentic Signature]” but there is no signature.  There is a perfectly good explanation for this.

Deep within 1997 Leaf Football there is a 24-card set called Leaf Reproductions.  This insert set contains twelve current players (current as of 1997) and twelve former players.  Every card is serial numbered to 1,948 copies ironically due to the fact they are designed after the 1948 Leaf Football set.  The last 500 copies of the twelve former players are autographed.  The current players have no autographs.

All is good until we reach Sid Luckman.  Many believe the cards he did sign were released onto the secondary market by his family after his death in 1998, and not in packs of 1997 Leaf Football.  Luckman didn’t sign all of the final 500 copies of his card.  This results in what we have here.  One of the final 500 cards that should have been autographed.

The first 1,448 cards were released in packs.  None of these were autographed either.  The collector I talked to thinks he pulled this card from a pack.  In my opinion, Donruss either included some of the cards that should have been signed but weren’t into packs, or the Luckman family released the unsigned ones to the public along with the handful he did sign.

If you look this card up, you’ll see three different versions – autographed, non-autographed, and a promo.  But after seeing this card, there is really four.

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After seeing the serial number on this card, I thought I might be able to determine a ballpark figure on the number of cards Luckman actually did sign.  But looking at some of the autographed versions, it looks like he skipped around in the order that he signed them.

Its funny how a simple card serial numbered to 1,948 copies can get so complicated.

Nolan Ryan Autographed STEINER Photo Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to deemurdock on being the lucky winner of the Nolan Ryan Autographed STEINER photo contest.  Once deemurdock sends me their mailing address I will ship this photo ASAP.  Thanks to Orange County Sports Cards for supplying Sports Card Info with this awesome prize.

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