2019 Onyx Authenticated Vintage Collection Baseball Variation Guide

For those collectors ripping into boxes of 2019 Onyx Authenticated Vintage Collection, here is a handy guide to the variations that you can pull.

Only (4) players from the 22-card checklist have photo variations – Brent Honeywell, Taylor Trammell, Nolan Gorman, and Heliot Ramos.  Unsigned versions of these photo variations are limited to (30) copies each.  Autographed cards featuring these images are limited to Blue Ink #’ed/25, Green Ink #’ed/10, Red Ink #’ed/5, and Black Ink #’ed/1.

Its very important that you consult this guide before listing any of your cards for sale or buying any of them on the secondary market.  I’ve seen people attempting to pass off a base photo autograph signed in Blue Ink #’ed/200 for a photo variation #’ed/25.  You need to know what you’re buying and selling, especially since the serial numbers aren’t printed on the cards.  The value of a card with a base photo versus a variation can be dramatically different.

Non-autograph #’ed/30.  Autographed – Blue Ink #’ed/25, Green Ink #’ed/10, Red Ink #’ed/5, and Black Ink #’ed/1.

Non-autograph #’ed/30.  Autographed – Blue Ink #’ed/25, Green Ink #’ed/10, Red Ink #’ed/5, and Black Ink #’ed/1.

Non-autograph #’ed/30.  Autographed – Blue Ink #’ed/25, Green Ink #’ed/10, Red Ink #’ed/5, and Black Ink #’ed/1.

Non-autograph #’ed/30.  Autographed – Blue Ink #’ed/25, Green Ink #’ed/10, Red Ink #’ed/5, and Black Ink #’ed/1.

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2018/19 Topps Chrome Premier League Soccer Image Variation Guide

Below is a handy, side-by-side guide for those collectors looking for the image variations found in 2018/19 Topps Chrome Premier League Soccer.  There are (5) image variations to watch for.  Each has a refractor-like coloring, and the CMP code on the back ends in #08.  Base cards end in #88.  Superfractor versions of these variations exist as well.  The five players these apply to are Harry Kane #1, Romelu Lukaku #22, Kevin De Bruyne #50, N’Golo Kanté #63, and Mohamed Salah #100.

Harry Kane #1

Romelu Lukaku #22

Kevin De Bruyne #50

N’Golo Kanté #63

Mohamed Salah #100

A Look At Ryan O’Hara: Topps Gets A Social Media Upgrade

Yesterday, Topps announced that Ryan O’Hara would become its new CEO.  Departing is Scott Silverstein who has been with Topps since 1993 and will stay on the Topps board.

O’Hara holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.  This guy has spent so much time in school, he probably hasn’t opened a single pack of trading cards in his life…… just joking 🙂  O’Hara is coming over from TV Guide and TVGuide.com and in the past has worked for Nestle and Fox Sports.  Having worked for Nestle could possibly help Topps out with their candy business and working for Fox Sports means that he’s not totally lost when it comes to sports.

One area that I’d like to see O’Hara succeed in at Topps is their social media division.  O’Hara is one person that truly embraces social media and marketing.  This is one place that Topps drastically needs to make some improvements in.  Topps does send some products out to a few websites other than Beckett, but other than that, they really fall short of what some of the other manufacturers are doing.  They do have Topps Town and that iPhone card flipping app, but other than a few Tweets every now and then they don’t do anything too spectacular.  Don’t even get me started on the augmented reality stuff your suppose to do with a webcam.

On March 1, O’Hara will start as the CEO of Topps, and it will be interesting to see what changes he can bring with him.

What type of changes would you like to see at Topps?  For one thing, cover up the redemption codes so people can’t use them and then place the redemptions up for sale!

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Collecting Sports Legends: The Ultimate Hobby Guide

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Last weekend I was on Amazon.com looking for a good book to read.  I wanted something that dealt with the sports memorabilia industry, and I came across this book titled “Collecting Sports Legends: The Ultimate Hobby Guide“.  Today this book arrived, and it looks awesome.  There are over 300 pages featuring some of the rarest cards in the world from a wide variety of sports.  They showcase some of the best athletes through their collectibles.  Just browsing through it I came across a picture of a Mickey Mantle 1951 Bowman RC graded by PSA a Gem Mint 10!!!  I can’t wait to read through the entire book.  Every sports collector would enjoy a book like this, I highly suggest that you check it out.

Speaking of Book Value

This video was posted on YouTube 9/7/2008.  I think this guy, and that lady from the other video should get married.  They have so much in common.

Totally Brainwashed

Is it just me, or did this lady drink too much of the Kool-Aid?