Q&A – What Can You Tell Me About This Danny DeVito Autograph?

Question:  I know this isn’t a sports card, but what can you tell me about this Danny DeVito autograph?

Answer:  Cool card!  In 1992, Danny DeVito portrayed the Penguin in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.  As a child, this was one of the movies I watched all the time.  For a film that was marketed towards kids, its quite dark.  That scene near the end where Penguin slowly walks out of the water bleeding to death sparked the attention of many parents.  I thought it was awesome.  Things like that are one of the reasons why the studio decided to go in a different direction for the next two films.  Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were fun to watch as a kid, but I can’t watch them today.  In my opinion, Batman and Batman Returns still hold up for me now.

Topps created a few different sets to go along with Batman Returns.  One of them being a Stadium Club set.  The unsigned version of this card originated from the Stadium Club set, but not the card containing Danny DeVito’s signature.

In 1993, Topps issued two sets based on Batman: The Animated Series.  They were split up between Series 1 and Series 2.  Despite not having anything to do with the cartoon, Topps randomly inserted these Danny DeVito autographs into Series 2 packs.  2,000 copies of his Batman Returns base card were signed.

I wish this card had some type of notation, foil stamp, or serial number printed on it.  Even though Danny DeVito has a complex signature, an unsigned base card and silver pen are all a scammer would need to attempt at making a counterfeit.  I think they’re a hard sell because of that fact.  An asking price for an example deemed authentic can be up to $250.  Its a great example of an early buyback autograph.

Oswald Cobblepot!

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How Can Panini Make Their New NASCAR Line Work?

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NASCAR collectors have gone over a year without any type of new trading card product.  Press Pass went out of business a few days into 2015, and that’s the last we heard of anything.  Over the last year when asked whether or not we’d see cards anytime soon, NASCAR would come back with a generic response but never really answered the question.  During the 2016 Industry Summit that question was finally answered.  Panini will be giving NASCAR a shot on a very limited basis.

It doesn’t surprise me that Panini is the one who will be making NASCAR cards.  D.J. Kazmierczak who once was the head of Press Pass, now is the VP of Sales/Product Development at Panini.  Plus they have all that sticker money from their big daddy over in Italy.  NASCAR driver Chris Buescher kinda left the cat out of the bag before Panini’s announcement when he posted a bunch of sticker autographs he just finished signing on his Instagram account.

You can tell that Panini is really testing the waters with this new deal.  They only plan to release four NASCAR products this year.  The brands include PrizmCertifiedNational Treasures, and a new product called Torque.

Panini is known for churning out one product after another.  Lots of cookie cutter stuff.  Releasing four products per year is how they should treat some other sports.  Trust me.  If NASCAR works for them, Panini will turn the printing machines on high.  I think initially it will be interesting to see what NASCAR looks like on these brands.  Over time, Panini will probably get repetitive though just like they do with everything else.  Collectors are so use to the designs Press Pass used, almost anything is going to look different to them now.  I hope Panini doesn’t make a mess of things with the NASCAR brand.  Starting off with sticker autographs isn’t the best sign.  Especially when Press Pass had so much on-card autograph content.  People that collect NASCAR have yet to really see any sketch cards or shadowboxes.  Too bad Panini isn’t known for either.  There are a lot of popular elements which have been used in other sports card products for years that haven’t been seen in NASCAR sets yet.  Including some of those things would make for a unique NASCAR product.  The key here is to do something different that NASCAR fans haven’t seen before.  Treating NASCAR like everything else they make will just end in disaster.  Perhaps getting into something digital would be the way to go.

Topps, Upper Deck, and Leaf I bet could’ve made some great looking NASCAR products.  Panini was the last company I really wanted to see NASCAR with.  But I knew it would be the first company to give it a try after Press Pass went under.

I haven’t opened a Panini product in almost two years.  Even though it didn’t qualify for any of their wrapper redemption programs, I decided to try a box of 2014 Elite Football during the National Sports Collectors Convention.  Panini should have some of their new NASCAR products ready for the National this year.  They would be smart to have them qualify for their promotions too.

Racing Rookies Can Be Mind-Blowing

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Next month Press Pass plans to release 2012 Total Memorabilia which I have referred to as FanFare on steroids.  In it, collectors will find Danica Patrick’s Sprint Cup Series rookie card.  That’s correct, Danica is getting another line of rookie cards since this is the first year she will be in the Sprint Cup Series.

When I think of her rookies, the first thing that comes to mind are some of the Rittenhouse cards released well before Press Pass got their hands on her stuff.  2006 Allen & Ginter contains some popular rookies of her too.  In 2010, she decided to take on NASCAR which is when Press Pass jumped all over her.  Now in 2012 we are getting a new set of rookies all over again.  She isn’t the first driver for this to happen to either.  Its happened to many others that have gone down the same path.

As these updated rookies keep coming out, they get watered down more and more.  Nothing ever beats someone’s first licensed cards.  You can especially see this when your dealing with baseball cards.

Watch out collectors, if she sneezes you might get another line of rookies.

The Official Pinnacle Can Opener

Pinnacle has finally released a device that helps you get into those packs of 1997 Pinnacle Inside.  Its the official Pinnacle Can Opener 🙂

  

Flashback Product of the Week – Pinnacle Inside

Over the years cards have been packaged in a lot of different ways.  Before Pinnacle died back in 1998, one of their last products they released was the second version of their Pinnacle Inside cards.  What made these cards unique wasn’t just the design of the cards, but the package they came in.  Instead of your standard wax or foil pack, Pinnacle Inside cards came in a clear plastic pack that was then inserted into a sealed soup can.  I don’t know where they came up with the idea that collectors would enjoy opening soup cans to obtained their cards, but this has to be one of the top craziest packaging ideas a card company has ever come up with.  WARNING!!!  DON’T TRY OPENING ANY OF THESE WITH YOUR TEETH!!!