Topps Continues To Educate Collectors

For those collectors busting boxes of 2011 Topps Series 2, I highly suggest you take the time to read through the 7-card insert set called “Before There Was Topps”.  This set commemorates some of the most popular vintage card sets to collect before Topps started printing cards.  This is especially good, and I commend Topps for taking the time to educate collectors (specifically new ones).  The set includes the following:

  • American Tobacco 1909: T206
  • American Tobacco 1911: T205
  • American Tobacco 1911: T201
  • Exhibit Supply Company, 1921
  • Goudey, 1933
  • Gum Inc. 1939, “Play Ball”
  • Bowman, 1948-1955
Topps also did a great job in 2011 Series 1 with their 10-card insert set titled “History of Topps”.  I know collectors busting boxes like this aren’t looking for big “hits”, but in today’s hobby people don’t always look at the base cards.  These cards are worth taking a look at even though they aren’t worth a ton.  I love cards that educate collectors on card history.


Rolen’s On The Radar

I know it is fairly early into the baseball season, but one player that I did not expect to standout a lot would be Scott Rolen.  As of right now, Rolen is batting .289, with 13 HR and 37 RBI’s.  He has finally taken a leadership role with a team, something that he never really felt like he could do before.  In 1997 he was the NL Rookie of the Year and in 2006 won the World Series with the Cardinals.  If he keeps going at the pace he is at now, its very possible that he could have one hell of a season.

Back in 1997 I attended my very first card show in Lebanon, PA.  Scott Rolen was just a rookie and was signing autographs that day.  When I first arrived, the line was extremely long but I was able to jump to the front after one of the people running it grabbed me while Rolen was walking in.  I got him to sign a baseball before he even sat down.

Unlike a lot of newer players, Rolen only has two rookies…….. technically.  ’95 Bowman and ’95 Bowman’s Best is where you’ll find his rookies.  He does have a Gold Parallel in Bowman and a Refractor in Bowman’s Best, but certain publications don’t consider them true rookies.  I always like to see veteran players who have cooled off for a few years start to get hot again.


Card of the Day: Pele Sport Kings Series B Base


Card Annoyances: Overproduced Graded Base Cards


Here is another minor pet peeve I have – overproduced graded base cards.  What is the point of sending a card like this in for grading, especially to BCCG?  You see these things floating around eBay and card shows all the time, usually trying to find some sucker to bring in.  Its great if you like to collect sets that have been overproduced, I have nothing against that, but I just don’t understand the meaning of getting them graded.  I can see why collectors would get vintage base cards graded, but stuff from the late 80’s and early 90’s don’t need to be graded.  Except for rookie cards, I don’t think its worth getting the base cards graded.

Card of the Day: Terry Francona 2001 Topps Auto Base Relic

I usually don’t say this, but I’m really excited about the release of 2009 Topps baseball cards.  Like the past few years, Topps will be including relic cards containing pieces of uniform worn during the last World Series.  I can’t wait to snatch of some of those Phillies cards.


Interesting 1-of-1 Technique

The Topps Vault sells a lot of interesting items that you might not find anywhere else.  One of the items they have been selling for sometime are File Copy cards that come encased in a BVG holder, and labled a 1-of-1.  After reading the description on one of these cards, it sounds like Topps is calling these cards 1-of-1 just because it was their copy of the card.  I thought it was labled a 1-of-1 because maybe it had a blank back, like a proof, or perhaps Topps put a special foil logo on the card, but thats not the case at all.  Other than the holder they’re in, they are just like the regular cards you could pull from a pack.  If thats the way they think of 1-of-1’s, than all my cards could be considered 1-of-1’s because they are my copies 🙂 


Topps Vault File Copy


Basic 1975 Topps Jim Palmer

Card of the Day #112

Jimmy Rollins 2008 UDx #75

Do My Eyes Deceive Me……………………..

Or is this the first card of Brett Favre in a Jets outfit thats not a gimmick or redemption?  Looks to me like card #120 from 2008 Leaf Certified Materials is the real thing.  By the way, I really like this year’s design of LCM.


Check Those Base Card Boxes

Many people wish they could go up in their attic and find an old box of baseball cards that had been forgotten hoping to find some rare cards.  What a lot of people don’t realize is that they could have treasures right in front of their eyes.  Once in awhile I will go through my many base card boxes looking to see if anything stands out to me.  As the years go by, cards that were pulled out a few years ago and just considered base, may now actually be worth something.  Am I saying that every base card’s value is going to go up like vintage cards, no, but it can be true for first year and rookie cards.  Going through some of my boxes I remember pulling out some rookie cards of players that are good now, but weren’t doing well at the time they were pulled.  Hidden treasures can be right under your nose and you may never know it unless you look.

They can’t make a fake Iron Man card. Or can they?

Cal Ripken, Jr is one of the best to ever play the game.  He has some of the most collectible cards on the market.  Some of his most valuable Ripken cards don’t even feature him in the classic O’s uniform.  Many collectors are after his minor league cards.  Ripken’s 1981 WTF Rochester Red Wings card was produced by a college student to help pay for school.  Only 1,800 sets were produced not including the 50 uncut sheets.  Another favorite of collectors is his 1980 WBTV Charlotte minor league card.  These two sets of cards could be purchased back in the 80’s for only a couple of bucks.  Now those sets go for a ton because of what Ripken did.  Of course, since many collectors want these cards some people have found ways to make counterfeits.  While searching the internet I found a website that has a lot of info about Ripken, Jr and his minor league cards.  They supply a ton of information about how to spot fake Cal Ripken, Jr minor league cards.  I think it is important for any collector to read.  The site is titled “Ripken in the Minors“.  We don’t want Ripken fans purchasing these valuable cards and having them end up being fake.