Card of the Day: Rob Thomson 2008 Topps Yankees Gift Set #15

TeenyMates NFL QB Gift Set Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Tim Hertzog on being the lucky winner of the TeenyMates NFL QB Gift Set.  Once Tim Hertzog sends me his mailing address, TeenyMates will ship this set ASAP.  Thanks!

TeenyMates NFL QB Gift Set Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a TeenyMates NFL QB Gift Set.  Within this complete set are (32) TeenyMates quarterback figures.  One for each team in the NFL.  Inside you’ll also find a complete puzzle.  Actual retail price is around $49.99.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Saturday, October 8, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • U.S. residents only.
  • 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 TeenyMates can ship them this set for FREE!!!

Tristar To Provide Gift Bags As Case Breaking Pavilion Takes Center Stage At 35th National

It’s been awhile since I’ve opened a Tristar product.  I loved their OBAK sets they produced for a few years.  Now they seem to focus  more on wresting as far as cards go.

Below is a press release from Tristar that details their plans at the Case Break Pavilion which seems to be shaping up to be one hell of an addition to the show.


By now, it’s safe to say that the hobby phenomenon known as group case breaking isn’t going away anytime soon.  In fact it’s growing.  This important segment of the hobby will be featured center stage at the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention.  Cleveland’s I-X Center will be host to the hobby’s largest collaboration of case breakers ever seen in the hobby.  The inaugural Case Break Pavilion will be housed in a 12,000 sq. ft. arena, adjacent to the Corporate Pavilion and across from the Autograph Pavilion. Sports Collectibles, is the title sponsor of the Case Break Pavilion & Center Stage.  In the center section of the pavilion will be a multi-purpose stage especially suited for case breaking.  It will also serve as a formal setting for contests, new product releases, special events, autographs, and case breaking.  In addition, GTS Distribution has designed and sponsored the first ever “Case Breakers Lounge”.

Several contests giveaways and promotions will be incorporated into the case breaking festivities throughout the show.

Tristar will be offering “gift bags” to anyone doing an facilitating an online or live break of selected products at the National.  Gifts bags will include 1 autographed item.

In addition to the regular items in the gift bags, random bags will have redemptions for larger items that can be redeemed at the Tristar Merchandise Booth.

Tristar will also be offering a “Thank You gift bag” for the breakers to use at their discretion.

For breaks on the following Tristar products the Breaker will receive:

  • Signacuts Football –  6 gift bags
  • Series 6 Autographed Baseballs – 4 gift bags
  • Football 8×10’s – 6 gifts bags
  • Game Changers Baseball – 4 gift bags

Attending breakers interested with any questions may contact:

Janyce Mabra
Director of Packaged Goods Sales
TRISTAR Productions, Inc. 
Phone: (817) 312-6925 

The Perfect Christmas Gift For Any Phillies Fan

The Philadelphia Phillies have a ton of great stuff in their online store over at  But there is one item that might be a little more difficult to find.  I’m referring to the “Phillies Dream Scene” print that is modeled after the mural which is in the Diamond Club of Citizens Bank Park.  You might be able to find prints available for sale in art galleries, but you can always contact the artist, Jamie Cooper, at:

No Phillies fan should be without one.  I have a print hanging in my room and

it looks great.  Here is a little info about the print:

  • It’s printed on 300gsm quality art stock
  • The size is approx. 39 x 15 inches
  • Each print comes signed by Jamie Cooper
  • The print is accompanied by an A4 sheet with the entire story of the painting including the many hidden secrets woven into the scene
  • Price is $125 plus postage and handling ($25)


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Show These Cards Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Roses are red;
Violets are blue;
I can’t believe Topps made a Valentine’s Day set too.

The year is 1959.  Eisenhower was President.  The Dodgers defeated the White Sox in the World Series.  And yes, Topps created an entire set based on Valentine’s Day.  At this point in time Topps was on top of the collecting world.  They had already purchased their biggest competitor, Bowman, and it seemed like they could do no wrong.  Along with creating a popular baseball and football set that year, Topps made some crazy looking sets as well.  They released products such as Funny Monsters and Wacky Plaks.  If you’ve never seen Wacky Plaks, I highly suggest checking them out.  Some of the sayings you’ll find on them will crack you up.  I’m assuming that Topps released Funny Valentines around February that year, just because it seems strange to release this product at another time.  Its a 66-card set that features some cool artwork and entertaining punchlines.  This product must have been popular because Topps released another version in 1960.  Its still possible to find sealed packs that sell for about $35.00 each.  I’m not sure how a product like Funny Valentines would do in today’s hobby.  It probably wouldn’t do very well, not unless each box guaranteed an authentic arrow head used by Cupid himself or a serious amount of sketch cards.  Here is how I look at it.  If Topps can bring back Garbage Pail Kids, Funny Valentines has a chance.  Have a great Valentine’s Day weekend!  Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do 😉