Flashback Product of the Week: 1991 College Classics Inc. – The “Heisman Collection” Series 1

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In 1991, College Classics Inc. entered into a three year agreement with the Downtown Athletic Club of New York.  College football fans know the Downtown Athletic Club of New York as the “Home of the Heisman Trophy”.  Between 1991 and 1993 College Classics Inc. produced three sets of cards based on past Heisman Trophy winners.  Every single player in each set is represented by their famous Heisman Trophy portrait that is on display in the Heisman Room of the Downtown Athletic Club of New York.

College Classics Inc. issued these in full set form.  No packs.  Series 1 consists of 20 cards.  They are individually numbered out of 100,000.  Cases contain 100 sets, and should have at least two autographed cards.  Dealers wishing to buy a case needed to do so from American Card Investors, Inc.  By purchasing two cases, you would receive a double matted, framed black and gold poster that was released by the Heisman Committee.  They were also suppose to produce 500 double matted, framed prints of all the Heisman Trophy winners.  According to College Classics Inc., each were to be signed by Archie Griffin.  Why you would have Archie Griffin sign a print that isn’t of him is beyond me.  I’m not sure how these were distributed, but it probably was another dealer promotion.

Dealers would have to spend $695.00 for a case.  That is about $7.00 per set.  So the original MSRP was most likely around $14.00.  As nice as these cards look, they haven’t appreciated in value much.  Sealed sets can easily be found for under $10.00 now.  The most valuable cards are the autographs.  But even those are extremely affordable.  In some cases these are the only autographed cards these players have.  Each are hand-numbered out of 200.

Series 2 was released in 1992, and is basically setup the same as Series 1.  Series 3 carries the most value because they only made 15,000 total sets.  College Classics Inc. went on to make other sets for baseball and basketball, then ultimately went belly up.  All of the negatives and printing plates used were sent to the College Football Hall of Fame.

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Magic Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Jameer Nelson 2010-11 Classics – Membership Jersey #’ed/499.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 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: Bill Walsh/Bill Belichick 2004 Donruss Classics Sideline Generals Auto

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Carlton Classics Jersey Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Dan on being the lucky winner of the Steve Carlton 2005 Upper Deck Classics – Classic Moments Jersey.  Once Dan sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Carlton Classics Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Steve Carlton 2005 Upper Deck Classics – Classic Moments Jersey.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, May 30, 2014 @ 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: Michael Crabtree 2009 Donruss Classics Significant Signatures Gold Rookie Auto

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Boone Bat Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Bob Boone 2002 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classics Bat Relic.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, January 24, 2014 @ 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: Tim Tebow 2010 Classics Significant Signatures Rookie Auto

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Ultimate Ullman Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Norm Ullman 2012-2013 Classics Signatures Auto.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, December 21, 2012 @ 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!!!

2012-2013 Classics Signatures Hockey Box Break & Review

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Your’re not going to believe it!!!  I just opened a Panini product that spit out (6) on-card autographs, no white boxes, and no redemptions.  I had no idea that was possible.  It was like witnessing a real life Christmas miracle right in front of my eyes.

This design reminds me of Pro Set cards from the late 80’s early 90’s.  That’s the first thing that went through my head.  Its not overly designed or covered in foil.  There are also a lot of great old photos.

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Social Signatures include the signer’s “Twitter handle”.  I enjoy seeing these types of things thrown onto cards.  Twitter lets you follow your favorite athletes, teams, and organizations so you can keep up on all their latest news.  Panini uses it a lot to when it comes to company news and customer service.  So does Topps.

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Boxes are currently selling for $180.00.

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The Classics brand hasn’t always been associated with high-end products.  Its usually set within the mid-level range.  Every box has (6) packs with an autograph inside each pack.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Cliff Ronning
  • Brian Mullen
  • Norm Ullman
  • Ed Van Impe
  • Geoff Sanderson
  • Chris Chelios The Originals #’ed/100

Banner Numbers

  • Scott Niedermayer #46
  • Jeremy Roenick #60
  • Mike Richter #56
  • Andy Bathgate #51
  • Ray Bourque #25
  • Dale Hawerchuk #70

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Overall, I give 2012-2013 Classics Signatures 4 ice cubes out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Its a bit expensive and just like most products you probably won’t get close to $180.00 worth of cards, but Panini did a great job designing this set.  I couldn’t tell you the last time I opened a Panini product and pulled (6) on-card autographs without the dreaded white box and/or finding a redemption.  If you don’t have the cash for a box, go for some singles.  They look nice and are cheap.  I sure wouldn’t mind seeing a football version perhaps at a lower price.

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