Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Final Trailer

Card of the Day: Jim Thome 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition #17F

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X-Men: Apocalypse – Final Trailer

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Official Final Trailer

I’m really hoping this movie comes out well.  They might be pushing the envelope with so many new characters being introduced at once.  Plus the second trailer exposed so much.  Lets hope everything plays out and they’ve left some surprises.

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Unboxing The Uncle’s Cards #4 – The Final Unboxing

Its been over five months since I’ve given an update on the uncle’s cards.  Its not that I stopped going through them.  I just hadn’t found anything really worth talking about.  This past weekend I worked my way through the last few boxes.  There were lots of base/inserts from the 90’s and 2000’s, but nothing that carried a whole lot of value.  Even if I had found an individual card, it most likely would have been damaged.  Many of the cards in these final boxes were beat up pretty bad.  The most promising stack of cards I came across was a ton of 2001 Bowman Baseball.  I was hoping to find an Ichiro or Pujols rookie, but it never showed up.  The only note worthy card was a Miguel Cabrera #299 error, but it wasn’t in the best condition.

The last bin I went through was stuffed with loose cards, extremely thick holders which were empty, and old albums.  Working my way through the clutter, I did find three sealed boxes worth trying to sell:

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1995 Fleer

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1993 Topps Traded Factory Set

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2010 Topps Factory Set w/ 1958 Mickey Mantle Gold Chrome

There really isn’t much to look for in the box of 1995 Fleer.  The 1993 Topps Traded Factory Set has Todd Helton’s best rookie, but that’s about it.  All the value is in the 2010 Topps Factory Set which has a 1958 Mickey Mantle Gold Chrome card.

Don’t forget to check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of Unboxing The Uncle’s Cards.

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Cal Ripken Jr’s Final Game At Yankee Stadium Media Pin

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Baseball’s true Iron man.  Cal Ripken Jr played his final game at Yankee Stadium on September 30, 2001.  His last official game came October 6 of that year.  Ripken will go down in history as one of the best baseball players of all time.  Among all of his records, the 2,632 consecutive games played is probably his most notable.  On September 6, 1995 Ripken broke the 56 year old record set by Lou Gehrig.  Members of the media that were at Yankee Stadium that day received the above pin.  They are worth about $80.00.

Card of the Day: Pedro Martinez 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition RC

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Card of the Day: 1997 Grolier ER Trading Card

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This may seem a little out of the ordinary for a “Card of the Day” post, but sometimes its good to go outside the box.  Tonight on NBC, the long running show ER will be airing its final episode after 15 years, and I will be there to watch it.

When the first episode debuted to the public on September 19, 1994, I was in 3rd grade, and had a strick 9:00 p.m. bedtime.  When I reached middle school, I discovered the show by watching reruns in the morning during the summer.  After watching the first show, I  instantley became a fan.  I even got to see it more when I had multiple foot surgeries and needed to stay home from school.  As I got older I was staying up later and finally could watch the show in primetime.  I guess I can relate to the show since I have been in and out of the hospital so much in my life.  By far, ER will always be my favorite T.V. show.  I enjoyed watching all the drama and learning about the background of the characters.  It will be sad to see it go.

As for this trading card, it was made in 1997 by Grolier.  Its card number D-11 in this educational card set.  They measure 4×6″ and could only be obtained through the mail.  These can easily be picked-up for $5.00.

Even Yankee Stadium’s Dirt Gets Authenticated to Combat Fraud

Source – Bloomberg.com

By Erik Matuszewski

Sept. 22 (Bloomberg) — Mariano Rivera was like a kid in a sandbox after the final game at Yankee Stadium, down on his hands and knees digging up dirt from the pitcher’s mound for a memento.

His keepsake just isn’t officially recognized by Major League Baseball.

During the Yankees’ 7-3 win over Baltimore last night, baseball had a team of three authenticators on hand to verify just about anything connected to the final game at the 85-year- old Yankee Stadium — from infield dirt and bases to the lineup card. It’s all part of the sport’s effort to eliminate fraudulent memorabilia from the marketplace.

“Since we are the leading sport in terms of memorabilia, we decided to take the leadership position and create this program ourselves to protect our fans, players and clubs from all the fakes out there,” baseball spokesman Michael Posner said in an interview at Yankee Stadium.

Hundreds of items were officially recognized as game-used, receiving a sequentially numbered, tamper-proof hologram on the spot. It ensures that fans who may pay hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for the items are getting the real thing.

Among other items verified by baseball’s team of authenticators — all of whom have backgrounds in law enforcement — were balls, new bases every half-inning, rosin bags, dugout signs and several buckets of dirt shoveled off the infield long after the players’ celebration subsided.

Buckets of Dirt

While many players, like Rivera, scooped up dirt on their own following the game, the officially approved product was shoveled into buckets and sealed under the eye of an authenticator. The containers are then sent to licensees in Florida, where they’re opened by another authenticator to ensure no seals are broken. After that, it’s broken up into smaller lots and given a hologram, which destroys itself if removed from a piece of memorabilia.

“It’s a chain of custody, really, it’s like evidence,” Posner said.

Baseball set up its program in 2000 after a probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation found that more than 75 percent of sports collectibles were fakes. Other major U.S. sports leagues, such as the National Football League and National Basketball Association, also have programs to combat counterfeit memorabilia.

Rivera said he plans on keeping the dirt he gathered for himself, as a memory of the stadium in which he had 230 saves and was a part of four World Series-winning teams.

Property of Yankees

All of the authenticated items go to the Yankees and many will likely be auctioned off through the team’s Web site. Some will go to players, who have requested a piece of history.

Other items in Yankee Stadium, from lockers to urinals, haven’t yet been authenticated. They will before the stadium is torn down and the team moves into its new $1.3 billion home across the street.

“I’ve asked for my locker, first base, four seats from the upper deck,” the Yankees’ Jason Giambi said in an interview. “I’m going to pass it on to my kids. I wanted to get everything I could get.”