Upper Deck’s ’09 National V.I.P Promos

Upper Deck will be including a 10-card set in this year’s National V.I.P package.  The players include: LeBron James, Sidney Crosby, Derek Jeter, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Grady Sizemore, Peyton Manning, Gordie Howe, Ken Griffey, Jr, and Michael Jordan.

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Contest Winner!!!

The winner of Sports Card Info’s latest contest is Alan.  He wins a 34″ Cooperstown Bat Company bat.  Thanks to everyone that entered and be sure to look for more contests in the future.

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Here are the people that made it into the top 10:

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Cooperstown Bat Mailday

A few moments ago the UPS guy dropped off a package from Cooperstown, NY containing a new baseball bat for my collection.  One of my favorite things I like to collect are autographs on bats whenever I attend a show.  This is something that I have been doing since 2003 which started with Greg Luzinski.  As of today my room has 9 baseball bats, some with signatures and others commemorating something or are replicas.  Nobody would dare try to steal anything from my collection without getting bashed in the head 🙂  The bat I received today is probably one of my favorites.  I ordered it from The Cooperstown Bat Company where I have purchased many bats before.  This one has my blog’s name on it “Sports Card Info”.  I actually received my bat on Monday, but they misspelled the title forgetting the “s” in “Sports”.  I contacted them Tuesday morning and they sent out a corrected bat right away for FREE.  The Cooperstown Bat Company has excellent customer service.  It looks extremely nice engraved into the wood.  I can’t wait to get some autographs on it.

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Schlotzsky’s Mailday!

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The other day I received a wooden bat holder in the mail from The Cooperstown Bat Company and at first I had no clue why it was sent to me.  Then it all started to come together.  About a week ago I was contacted by Matrixx Pictures, which is a marketing firm out in California, and they wanted to know if they could send me something.  Little did I know that was the first part.  Matrixx Pictures is doing a promotional campaign for Schlotzsky’s, which is a restaurant franchise.  Today in the mail I received another package containing three different colored baseball cards.  Once I take a photo of these cards and upload them next week to their website, if I am one of the first 1,000 people I could win a personalized mini-bat.  I thinks that cool!  

When I started Sports Card Info, I never thought I would sponsored by Press Pass and have marketing companies like Matrixx Pictures want me to take part in a massive marketing campaign.  I love cards and blogging 🙂

By the way, you should check out the Schlotzsky’s Big League Club website.  They have a very addicting baseball game you can play for free.

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Interesting Mailday

Today when the UPS man knocked on the door, I thought he might be dropping off the next box from Press Pass, but that sure wasn’t the case.  When I looked to see where it was from it said “Cooperstown Bat Company”.  I scratched my head wondering what it could be because I don’t remember ordering anything from them recently.  Opening the box, I find that they sent me a small wooden bat holder that hangs on the wall.  I have no idea why they sent me this.  Has anyone else received anything like this from them?  Inside the box there was no invoice.  In the past, I have purchased four bats from them while visiting Cooperstown and I know they have my address.  Maybe its just a promotional giveaway.  I’m going to send them and e-mail to see if thats the case.    

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Yesturday’s Hobby Events

Thats the last time I do my math homework (ok maybe not)!  Late yesturday evening after finishing many hours of homework, I finally got to sit down and see what was going on within our great hobby.  To my surprise I found that there were two major events that had taken place right under my nose: (1) Upper Deck and Topps don’t get their license to create basketball cards and (2) Donruss / Playoff gets sued by MLB.

First off, I would like to address the issue between Donruss / Playoff and MLB.  Major League Baseball has decided to sue Donruss over their production of baseball cards.  Since Donruss doesn’t have a license they can’t use the logos from any baseball teams on their products.  Donruss thought they could get around this by “photoshopping” the logo off the player’s uniform.  This is a great idea, because it would allow Donruss, which is one of my favorite card manufacturers, to enter back into the baseball card market.  When Donruss Threads first came out, I started looking at the cards and could clearly make out the logos that were on the player’s uniform.  Even if Donruss did “white out” part of the logo, it didn’t take a damn Einstein to figure out what team logo was there.  I had a strong feeling from the beginning that this was going to happen, but I just didn’t know when.  I hope Donruss / Playoff gets out of this mess safetly, because I really enjoy their products more than any other card company.

The other major issue that I would like to talk about is the fact that both Topps and Upper Deck no longer can create basketball cards since neither one of them was able or wanted to keep their license.  Yesturday the NBA annouced that they have entered into an agreement with The Panini Company to make basketball cards.  When I read this, I thought to myself, The Panini Company?  I love Paninis, they taste real good when you pop them in the microwave for about three minutes 🙂  The Panini Company is mainly over in Europe and makes packets of cards.  They do a lot with card games and stickers for various collectible activities.  The Panini Company hasn’t had a huge part in American culture until now.  I think it will be interesting to see what The Panini Company can do with the basketball card market.  Maybe we’ll see autographed stickers, or even stickers that contain a relic.  I can’t wait to see an on-card autographed sticker (doesn’t that sound weird?).  I wonder how stickers will hold-up against counterfeiters?  I guess time will tell.

National Sportscard Authenticators (NSA)

National Sportscard Authenticators (NSA) is a card manufacturer and grading company.  They sell game used cards slabbed in their protective holders of players from all different sports.  On their website they claim that if they grade a card that has been trimmed or is counterfeit they will pay the cardholder $1,500.00.  I wonder how that really works?  If someone sends in a card for grading that they know it is counterfeit or trimmed and it comes back graded what is the person going to do?  Are they going to admit the card was doctored?  Probably not.  Even if you sent the card in and didn’t know it was doctored and it comes back graded, how does that help?  If you sent in a card in which NSA graded it you would have to remove it from the holder and submit it to another grading company like PSA or BGS just to get a second opinion.  The whole thing seems a bit confusing to me.  The serial numbering on the cards for example says “1 of 25”.  Why couldn’t they just stick with “1/25” for a serial number?  The way they have the cards numbered makes you think they are part of a set and not serial numbered.  Browsing eBay you can see that NSA cards don’t really sell that well.  Most of them don’t even sell at all.  Personally, I wouldn’t buy them, but thats just me.  Has anyone else had any experience with them?

Customer Service Professional

Did your box get shorted on a memorabilia or autographed card?  Did you receive a damaged card?  Or are you having trouble with receiving your redemption card you have been waiting years for?  If your answer is yes to all these questions, then you should have this guy call for you.

Goudey – The first sneaky card company

The Goudey Gum Company produced some of the best, and most valuable cards that the world has seen.  Back in the 1930’s the Goudey Gum Company was mostly known for their gum and not their sports cards that were included in each pack of gum.  During the early 30’s, America was in a depression and companies were losing a lot of money.  The Goudey Gum Company had a great idea on how to make some more money and stay in business.  They created a set of cards for their packs of gum.  This set included 240 cards of some of baseball’s best players.  In my opinion, the Goudey Gum Company was the first sneaky card manufacturer.  This is because in 1933 they purposely left out card number 106 in the set.  They did this so more and more people would buy their packs of gum.  Since more people bought the gum, trying to find card number 106 to complete their set, Goudey made more money.  About a year later, they came out and said they left out card number 106 on purpose.  In 1934 Goudey made card number 106 so people could complete their set.  Card number 106 was of Nap Lajoie who played many years before this set was even made.  This is a great example of how American history can be connected with the card industry. 

Pin of the Day #4

Today’s pin comes from the Cooperstown Bat Company.