Fake ’18 Panini Illusions Football Autographs Start To Surface

Earlier this week I blogged about those elusive missing autographs that have been coming out of 2018 Panini Illusions Football.  I warned you that people would take advantage of that misprinted COA, and start signing them in an attempt to pass them off as the real deal.  Well, that didn’t take too long.  A seller on eBay that goes by “tolpul0” from Twin Falls, ID took a misprinted Sam Darnold card, signed it themselves, and is now selling it as an authentic autograph.  What a total crock!  Its sold too.  Last I saw it had one bid for $20 with a few days to go.  Not only is the autograph a terrible counterfeit, but its on-card.  Authentic pack-pulled examples are all signed on stickers.  PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

It would be nice if those who pulled a misprinted error could exchange the card for something.  The least Panini could do is give an official statement on the matter and/or give us an estimated print run of the errors.

WARNING: Missing Autographs In ’18 Panini Illusions Football

Last night while browsing through the card topics of the day on Twitter, I came across something interesting.

Apparently some of the cards coming out of 2018 Panini Illusions Football contain Panini’s autograph certification message on the back, but lack the actual autograph itself.  Contacting Panini wondering how you can get your autograph hasn’t brought the happiest of news either.  According to those who have talked to Panini on this, you won’t be eligible for an autograph.  These cards were never intended to be autographed, but somehow received Panini’s COA printed on the back.  Its an error.  Some of the players this has happened to include Baker Mayfield, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Randy Moss.  Just doing a quick search on eBay shows even more.  From what I’ve seen, this error applies to the Living LegendsIllusionists, and Mystique inserts.

Please be aware of what you’re buying.  It wouldn’t take much for a scammer to forge a signature on the front, and attempt to pass it off as the real thing.  That COA easily opens the door for people to do this.

You have to admit that its pretty ironic that something like this happened with a product called Illusions.

Card of the Day: Rick Ankiel 2000 Topps Gallery Autographs

Upper Deck Bringing Ohtani Autographs To The 39th National

One of my favorite activities to participate in while attending the National Sports Collectors Convention are the wrapper redemption programs.  I mainly focus on Upper Deck and Topps as they both seem to do the best work.  While attending the 2016 National in Atlantic City, I pulled a decent amount of valuable promos from both companies.

Upper Deck is the first manufacturer to give us a glimpse as to what their promos will look like for the National this year.  Have you heard of this guy named Shohei Ohtani?  Only a few people have been hunting for his cards 🙂  From the looks of it, he will have autographs randomly thrown into Upper Deck wrapper redemption packs.  Upper Deck seems to be bringing back the Prominent Cuts theme.  As we get closer to August, more details pertaining to VIP sets and wrapper redemption programs will become available.

I can imagine Topps will have Ohtani autographs too.  They’d be crazy not to have them.  Upper Deck has been using the Prominent Cuts name for National promos for awhile.  One of these years I’d like them to put that Fleer brand into use.  I believe Upper Deck stays away from creating special parallel promos for the National because Topps does that with their products.

The 39th National Sports Collectors Convention takes place 8/1-8/5 in Cleveland at the I-X Center.  Be sure to pickup an official t-shirt beforehand.  TRISTAR has already announced a hefty autograph lineup.

Jim Thome Topps NOW Autographs Beginning To Surface

When it comes to picking up new single cards for my collection, I can be quite picky.  Some collectors have bubble mailers arriving everyday.  That certainly isn’t me.  Former Phillies broadcaster, Harry Kalas, is the main person I collect but he has very few cards.  In fact, at the current time I believe I only need four more cards of his.

I’m a big fan of the Topps NOW program.  Once again, I’m picky about what cards I purchase, but I’ll jump on one when I really like it.  So far I’ve made two Topps NOW purchases this year.  The first is this Jim Thome 2018 National Baseball Hall Of Fame Electee Autograph #’ed 5/49.  I bought this card on 1/25/18 and it arrived on 3/3/18.  Not a bad wait time.  This is the first Topps NOW autographed card I’ve purchased.  These sold out so fast I didn’t think I had a chance at getting one.  Ever since Jim Thome played for the Phillies I’ve been a big fan.  He has a great signature too.  It almost takes up the entire width of the card.  If you weren’t able to buy one directly from Topps, I’m sure some will be hitting the secondary market shortly.

My second Topps NOW buy of 2018 is a Phillies Road To Opening Day Team Set.  Topps keeps track of who buys these sets, and if your team does something special you’ll receive an exclusive card.  This is something that Topps started last year.  I think it adds a fun element, and gives you something to watch for.

Astros ’17 Topps Museum Collection Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Roy Oswalt 2017 Topps Museum Collection Archival Autographs #’ed/99.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 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!!!

Card of the Day: Stan Lee 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Goudey Autographs

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Preview: Museum Collection’s Canvas Collection Artist Originals Autographs

Its very difficult to impress collectors today.  Things are almost as if they’re at a standstill when it comes to innovation within the hobby.  We just see so much of the same stuff over and over again.  Every now and then we see little glimpses of something really worth talking about.

Museum Collection has been a big hit with collectors.  2014 Topps Museum Collection Football is scheduled to be released in February.  Topps plans to bring back a lot of the stuff that collectors enjoyed last year, plus they’ll be throwing in some new items.  One of those new items are the Canvas Collection Artist Originals Autographs.  James Henry Smith is the artist who made these little beauties.  There are ten cards in this set, each numbered 1/1, and will be signed by the athlete.  Leaf has made some athlete signed sketch cards in the past, but nothing quite as good looking as these.  This is our first look at them, and as you can tell they haven’t been signed yet.  If you’re not lucky in pulling one of the cards pictured below, Museum Collection does have it’s share of other original art pieces.

The autograph area seems a bit boxy, but I can only think it was made like that so the artist knew where to stop.

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Card of the Day: Billy Crystal 2009 Topps 1952 Autographs

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Historic Autographs Details Promo Plans For The National

Historic Autographs has detailed their plans for the 2014 National.  Check out everything they have going on!!!

Every person that opens a box of ANY Historic Autographs product (PURCHASED AT THE NATIONAL & OPENED AT THE HA BOOTH ONLY) will be given a BECKETT COVERS card that features Mickey Mantle from the 1986 Beckett cover as well as a complete 22-card HA Originals, 1909-12 art card set & a 42-card HA Originals, 1933 art card set.  So every Historic Autographs box bought at the National gets (3) free items.

For every box of the 2014 Historic Autographs Originals, 1941 or the 2014 Historic Autographs Originals, 1934-36 (released at the National) and opened at the HA Booth – the customer will get (1) of the National promotion PSA-slabbed Bob Feller cards (while supplies last) – plus the Beckett Covers card and (2) HA Originals art card sets listed above.

Buy (2) boxes of the 2014 Historic Autographs Originals, 1941 or the 2014 Historic Autographs Originals, 1934-36 and opened at the HA Booth – the customer will get your choice of (1) of the other FOUR promotional PSA-slabbed cards including (2) different Babe Ruth cards, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio – plus the Beckett Covers card and (2) HA Originals art card sets listed above (or their choice of a FREE HA Originals, MINI box or a Five Boroughs box).

For those who buy (3) or more boxes of Peerless, 2014 (at the National and opened at the HA booth), the customer will get (1) of the National promotion PSA-slabbed Bob Feller cards (while supplies last) – plus the (3) each of the Beckett Covers card and HA Originals art card sets listed above.

For those who buy (6) or more boxes of Peerless, 2014 (at the National and opened at the HA booth), the customer will get a choice of (1) of the other FOUR promotional PSA-slabbed cards including (2) different Babe Ruth cards, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio (while supplies last) – plus the (6) each of the Beckett Covers card and HA Originals art card sets listed above.

National ONLY Memorabilia Edition

This product is quite simple, each tin will have (1) redemption card that MUST be redeemed at the HA booth at the National – no exceptions – but the beauty of the product is that the customer will get a fantastic piece of SIGNED memorabilia for the lowest price possible.  The product will include mostly autographed jerseys along with some very nice HOF signed baseball bats, a few full-sized helmets and a handful of Stan Musial signed baseballs.  Highlighted by a wonderful LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers UDA-Authenticated jersey with ALL the other items being PSA/DNA authenticated.  The selection of jerseys is better than their very popular Jersey Edition from earlier this year – so this product is a great value price to those who like memorabilia.  All items can be seen at Booth #349.

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Historic Autographs will pay a $2500.00 cash reward to any collector that completes a 2014 HA Originals, 1941 72-card set and places it on the PSA/DNA Set Registry by noon Sunday August 3, 2014.  There are (7) possible sets so there could be multiple winners.  The collector gets to keep his set and the cash.  For those who put together the 2014 HA Originals, 1941 MINI 24-card set (and places it on the PSA/DNA Registry by noon Sunday August 3, 2014), Historic Autographs will give each of those winners a free PSA-Authenticated signed baseball (HOFs only).