Card of the Day: Homer Bailey 2004 Bowman Heritage First Year #209

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Card of the Day: Adam Greenberg 2004 Bowman’s Best First Year Auto

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Literally The First Packed Pulled Autographed Card Ever Made

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Upper Deck’s first product hit the market in 1989 like a ton of bricks.  Premium card stock, anti-counterfeiting holograms, and tamper-proof packs showed collectors that Upper Deck was here to play.  Having Ken Griffey, Jr’s most popular rookie as the first card in the set didn’t hurt either.  Upper Deck was innovative and set a standard for card design/quality.

After the tremendous success of their 1989 baseball set, Upper Deck had to kick it up a notch if they wanted to keep things interesting for collectors.  For their 1990 set, they randomly inserted 2,500 Reggie Jackson certified autographed cards into packs.  This was above anything that had been done before.  It was the first time an autograph could be pulled from a pack of baseball cards.  Today its standard procedure to see autographed cards being pulled from packs, but back then it was a major deal.

Some collectors put a lot of emphasis on serial numbers.  First one, last one, and a player’s jersey number can all factor in here.  Personally, I don’t think it matters except for in this case.  The 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson autograph pictured above is serial numbered 1/2,500.  It is literally the first packed pulled autographed card ever made.  This card recently sold for $200.00, and its funny to think all the autographed cards you see today started with this one.

Card of the Day: Felix Hernandez 2004 Bowman’s Best First Year Auto

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First Glimpse Of Panini’s Hoops Cards In NBA Baller Beats

Lots of new gadgets and games are being introduced this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center during E3.  Just like I said in this blog post last week, one of the products being demonstrated is NBA Baller Beats.  I know this is a sports card blog, and I rarely talk about video games, but some of the in-game rewards are virtual Panini NBA Hoops basketball cards.  In the trailer above you get to see your first glimpse of these in the game.  Way cool!  I wish more trading cards were incorporated into video games.

Anyone who preorders NBA Baller Beats at GameStop will receive an assorted 3-pack of NBA Fathead 5×7 Tradeables.  This is probably one of the best ways I have seen trading cards and video games working together.

Card of the Day: Matt Kemp 2005 Bowman Heritage First Year #260

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Onyx Authenticated Readying First Card Product

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Onyx Authenticated is mostly known for providing collectors with authentic autographed baseball memorabilia.  It looks as if this June they will be entering the baseball card market.  Although not much is known about the product, a few things can be guessed.  For one, I highly doubt it will be licensed by MLB.  So you won’t find any of your favorite team logos here.  Two, I have the feeling it will be prospect related.  Here are some of the guys that will make up the checklist.

  • Bubba Starling
  • Will Middlebrooks
  • Jose Campos
  • Shelby Miller
  • Jameson Taillon
  • Gary Sanchez
  • Dorssys Paulino
  • Justin Nicolino
  • Eric Arce

Onyx Authenticated is suppose to release more information next week.  There will be auto/relics as well.  I think the gold/silver signatures will look nice on the black background, although that won’t be enough to make it successful.  I guess we’ll see.

Leaf Produces Andrew Luck’s First Licensed Cards

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Leaf has produced Andrew Luck’s first licensed football cards.  Leaf is selling them on eBay, and if your interested in purchasing one click here.  Luck was the Heisman Trophy runner up two years in a row, and will be one of the NFL’s next top prospects.

Collectors have a wide variety of choices when it comes to purchasing one of these cards.  Leaf made some limited to 500 copies all the way down to 1.  People are going nuts over them already, and they aren’t even autographed.

Leaf is planning to have autographs later.  It wasn’t too long ago that an Andrew Luck Leaf Executive Collection Cut Signature sold for $1,000.00.  What can I say?  Collectors love Leaf’s products.

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***Update***

Leaf has closed the auctions on the Luck Prismatic cards due to a few spelling errors.  I wonder if any misspellings found their way out? 🙂

Card of the Day: 2011 Upper Deck Captain America: The First Avenger Costume Relic

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Card of the Day: Jered Weaver 2005 Bowman Sterling First Year

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