2013 Press Pass Legends Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Don Prudhomme 2013 Press Pass Legends Pieces of History Driver-Worn Shirt Relic #’ed/50.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • 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 I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Topps Comes Through With HK Cut Signature Redemption

Lately Topps hasn’t been receiving the best feedback from collectors when it comes to their redemption cards.  Many are left out in the cold for months (sometimes years) wondering when they’ll get that card they’re due.  Unfortunately for some collectors the wait ends up in a total disaster.  They’ll get that bubble mailer in the mail, rip it open, only to find a replacement card not worth nearly as much as the card they were originally promised.  I don’t know what to say, other than they need a better system with improved communication.  An official Topps blog would be nice.

I rarely redeem redemption cards, let alone buy one.  But I certainly didn’t have a choice when someone posted the Harry Kalas 2013 Topps Series 1 Chasing History Cut Signature redemption for sale back in May.  Normally this is something I would never do, but I thought I’d take a chance on it.  My thinking was this.  Harry Kalas passed away back in 2009, and Topps didn’t have to chase him down for an autograph like they have to with many living players they issue redemptions for.  It was good enough logic for me to pull the trigger on the card.  After seeing that the Babe Ruth cut signature from 2013 Topps Series 1 was shipped, I was hoping the status on my card might change, and that’s exactly what happened a few days ago.

Here it is.  The Harry Kalas 2013 Topps Series 1 One-Of-One Chasing History Cut Signature.  He doesn’t have many cards, and this is one of the rarest for the former Phillies broadcaster/announcer.  Kalas rarely has cards appear in products, and that makes it even a bigger deal for me when I hear he is going to be included within something.  I have all of my Harry Kalas cards uploaded to Sports Card Album.  One of these days I’d like to get much more uploaded, as I have boxes full of relics and autographs I wouldn’t mind trying to sell.  Plus some other stuff I’d just like to show off.  At least this redemption card story has a happy ending.

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I’m still looking for the following HK cards:

  • Harry Kalas 1984 Tastykake Phillies Broadcasters #7
  • Harry Kalas/Gary Maddox/Richie Ashburn 1988 Phillies Tastykake Phillies Announcers #39
  • Harry Kalas/Chris Wheeler/Andy Musser 1990 Phillies Tastykake Phillies Announcers #35
  • 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game Mike Schmidt/Harry Kalas Announcing Greats Dual Auto #’ed/25
  • Harry Kalas 2004 UD Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Auto Black #’ed/100
  • Harry Kalas 2005 UD Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Auto Black Stitch #’ed/1
  • Harry Kalas 2005 UD Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Auto Red-Blue Stitch #’ed/40
  • Harry Kalas Sportkings Premium Back Redemption Sketches #’ed/1
  • Harry Kalas Sportkings Series E Top 50 Broadcasters Cut Signature #’ed/1

Card of the Day: John Hancock 2004 Upper Deck History of the United States – Etched In History Cut Signature

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A “Whiz Kids” Thank You

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April 9, 2013

Dear Mr. Chrisman,

It has come to my attention that “we the collective mind” at the blog: ENOUGH ALREADY seem to have won quite a few of your contests.  We are very thankful for what we have won in the past and present and it has come to be that we wanted to present to you a little “thank you” for the blog and the contests.

Being that you are a Phillies fan we found it to be only fitting that we would like to present to you an autograph of one of the infamous Philly “Whiz Kids” Andrew Seminick.  It was recently pulled from a History of Baseball Leaf Cut Signatures.  The autograph is absolutely beautiful and I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks again!

Tim Hertzog

http://annoyanceatitsfinest.blogspot.com

This afternoon I received the above letter and card as a thank you for all the contests and content I’ve been posting here on Sports Card Info over the last 5+ years.  Thank you very much!  This card will stay in my personal collection forever.

Card of the Day: Effa Manley 2012 Panini Cooperstown Bronze History

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Card of the Day: Christopher Columbus 2004 Upper Deck The History of the United States #38

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For you history buffs, about 45 years ago Columbus hopped on his ship Diversity and set sail for America.  Nobody knows for sure why, but on his long journey I think we can all agree that he was listening to Neil Diamond’s Coming To America on his iPod.

Something Else I’d Like Manufacturers To Do

Continuing with the Card History theme, I have another suggestion for Topps and/or any card manufacturer.  I would like to see an insert set dedicated to educating collectors on how to spot counterfeit cards.  Topps, Panini, and Upper Deck could pick out some of their most popular cards to be counterfeited and then state what to look for when purchasing one.  They could print a reprint on the front and then place all the info on the back.

We could even take it a step further.  Think of all the information that could be placed on those plain white fillers.  Lets say your opening a product that is known for great looking patches.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have some info on those fillers informing you on how to spot fake patches from that specific product?  I think it could really help.

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Card History Mailday

Cards educating collectors on the history of The Hobby is one of my favorite things Topps has done with some of their past releases.  2011 Topps Baseball Series 1 has an excellent 10-card set that provides collectors with the history of the Topps Company.  I’m glad to see Topps is reading Sports Card Info.  The set includes the following:

  • #1 – Topps is founded by the Shorin family
  • #2 – 1951 – First cards are sold
  • #3 – 1952 – Sy Berger creates the first complete set
  • #4 – 1957 – Topps sets the card size standard
  • #5 – 1972 – Topps goes public
  • #6 – 1974 – First Topps Traded set
  • #7 – 1989 – Topps reintroduces Bowman
  • #8 – 1994 – Topps moves from Brooklyn to NYC
  • #9 – 2007 – Eisner & Co. buy in to Topps
  • #10 – 2009 – Topps receives MLB exclusive

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I also picked-up this 2010 Topps – Tales of the Game insert that talks about how Topps dumped excess ’52 Topps cards into the Hudson River.

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Happy Earth Day!

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Yep!  Even Earth Day has a card thanks to Upper Deck.

Today’s Little Card Project

This morning I awoke and had the urge to sort through some of my cards.  For awhile I’ve been wanting to pull out all the cards that pertain to individuals and events that help shape certain sports and The Hobby.  Luckily for me, I have some kind of mutant power that enables me to remember where specific cards are stored.

I created an entire new album called “Pioneers & Card History”.  Most of the cards that fill this album come from products like ’09 Obak, but there are a few Legendary Cuts floating around.  I’m only two cards shy of all the base “Game Changers” that were part of TRISTAR’s Obak set last year.  The ones I’m missing are Jack Norworth who wrote the song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and William “Dummy” Hoy.  The Hoy cards from that product are extremely popular.  You can’t even find one base card up for sale.

Obak is really an underrated product.  In a lot of cases it features the first cards of people that helped shape the game of baseball.  TRISTAR plans to bring back Obak later this year.  Collectors can already find Obak update cards in 2010 Pursuit like Ernest Thayer (Casey at the Bat) and John Montgomery Ward (1st professional sports player’s union).  Other products may feature cards of people like Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth, and the hottest rookies coming through the pipeline, but Obak fills in the holes of people that have very few cards.  Of all the cards in this little collection, the rarest one would have to be the Alexander Cartwright ’09 A&G Silk #’ed/10.  I would love to have seen the Lena Blackburne cut signature from ’09 Obak.

I look forward to seeing who else will be included in the 2010 Obak set.  If anyone deserves a card, its Jefferson Burdick.  Obak sure would be the set for him to appear in.

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