There’s Just Something About Those Gold Collectibles Relics

Maybe I’m paranoid, but something just doesn’t sit right with me when I look at these “Game-Used Memorabilia” cards made by Gold Collectibles during the early 2000’s.  Lets face it, these gold cards don’t have a lot of demand in The Hobby and they barely sell for anything.  I saw a card like this at a show last November (sitting right next to an NSA card) and wondered how authentic these pieces could be.  A majority of the time you’ll find these cards graded, if you want to call it that, by PRO or WCG.  PRO and WCG don’t hold any credibility, and grade almost anything that comes through the door a 10.  Unlike NSA cards, these Gold Collectibles relics are on player checklists though.  There is just something about them I don’t trust.  I sure wouldn’t buy one if I was looking for an authentic relic.  I think we can all agree on one thing.  These things are UGLY!!!

What do you think?  Do they deserve to be in the same category as those NSA relics?

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Revisiting 1997 Upper Deck Legends Football

North Las Vegas, NV (December 15, 2008) – When Upper Deck released its 1997 Legends Football set, it changed the industry forever. Collectors fell in love with the set for the simple, yet classic design, its incredible value, and the opportunity it presented to pull autograph cards from some of the greatest players in the game.

Something was missing in the set, however. Where were the current superstars? Players like John Elway, Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Troy Aikman and others were not included in the original set. Collectors will have their first opportunity to add those players to their 1997 Legends set when 2008 Ultimate Collection Football releases on February 11, 2009.

These new cards will have the same classic design as the ‘97 Legends set and all autographs will be hard-signed on the cards. These cards will also be numbered as part of the ‘97 set. Collectors can find one ‘97 Legends update autograph card per case on average.

“Collectors have been waiting for us to resurrect this set for some time,” said Brandon Miller, Upper Deck brand manager for football. “It was important enough to us that if we did it, we did it by providing collectors with the players who were not available on the initial checklist. Well, we’ve accomplished just that so football fans should be thrilled to add these cards to their set.

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A Christmas Story

About two years ago my parents wanted me to put together a Christmas list.  On the list I put a few packs and boxes of products that I was interested in.  Just for the heck of it I put a box of 2006 Topps Sterling on it, not expecting to get a box because our two local card shops usually don’t carry something with that kind of price tag.  When Christmas morning came I received a lot of great gifts incluing a Jim Brown / Barry Sanders / Walter Payton Triple Jersey #’ed/50, but the last gift was a little heavy.  As I ripped off the paper and looked at the box, it said 2006 Topps Sterling Baseball.  I was so happy to have received that box.  I quickly went over to the kitchen table and dove into it hoping to have a good box.  When I lifted the lid and removed the Mystery Pack I saw the words “Barry Bonds” on the wooden box.  I opened the box to see a Barry Bonds base card #’ed/250, beneath that I received another base #’ed/250, and finally the moment had arrived.  I looked down to see a Barry Bonds 2006 Topps Sterling Quad Memorabilia Autographed card serial numbered 1/1.  I was so excited I couldn’t contain myself.  I ended up selling the Bonds card about 8 months later the week he broke Hank Aaron’s homerun record.  One of our local shops purchased only 1 box to sell in their shop.  In my opinion, I think that 2006 was the best year for Topps Sterling.  All of the autographs were on-card, and the checklist only contained players that were retired and/or in the Hall of Fame.   That was one Christmas I will never forget.

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Card of the Day #51

Barry Sanders 1989 Score Rookie