The Official Booklet From Hell

After Mark McGwire announced yesterday that he used steroids for 10 years including when he broke Roger Maris’s single season home run record back in 1998, I couldn’t help but think about this little piece of memorabilia I have sitting in a dark corner.  This Sammy Sosa / Mark McGwire dual gold card booklet commemorating that once magical season was produced by the Danbury Mint.  When I first started collecting back then I thought these gold cards were the greatest thing in the world.  I have a Mantle 1952 Topps Gold reprint and a Ruth too.  These gold cards aren’t worth very much to collectors today and can easily be found for a few dollars.  You could say this is the official booklet from hell.  I think you’ed be happier with a booklet of a terrible rookie filled with plain white swatches versus this thing.

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Holders For Those Booklets

Products such as Topps Sterling and Triple Threads have introduced collectors with autographed and/or game-used booklets.  These cards fold open to reveal some great looking cards for collectors to ad to their collection.  One of the biggest problems with these cards is that its difficult to find a holder that will protect the card, and at the same time be able to display it.  In the past, you might have been able to find a holder that could display the card, but in order for it to fit that card might have to be closed.  Browsing eBay, I found a collector who has designed his own holders that will hold both sizes of booklets while they are opened.  Judging by his feedback, a lot of collectors have been pleased with his work.  Unlike old screw down holders in the past, these holders do not press directly up against your cards.  Each holder costs $20.00 which is getting a little expensive, but you have to remember he isn’t a large manufacturer like Pro-Mold or Ultra Pro.  A lot of those booklets are worth a $20.00 holder because they can be so nice.  Be sure to check out his auctions if you have a nice booklet you’ed like to protect and display.

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