Card of the Day: 2017 Bowman Topps Holiday Snowman

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(3) 2018 Leaf Holiday Bonus Pack Break

As I mentioned yesterday, purchasing a box of 2018 Leaf Valiant Football from Atlanta Sports Cards qualified me for (3) 2018 Leaf Holiday Bonus Packs.  Inside each pack is (1) autograph, relic, or printing plate.  Some of the cards are specially made for these packs.  Others are just old inventory they want to get rid of.

During the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention I pulled out this Babe Ruth/Shohei Ohtani dual relic #’ed 1/1 from a box of 2018 Leaf In The Game Used Sports.  It wouldn’t surprise me if the printing plates used to make that card end up in these packs someday.

Here is what I pulled:

  • Johnny Manziel 2018 Leaf Happy Holidays Auto
  • Mario Lemieux/Jaromir Jagr 2017-18 Leaf In The Game Used Hockey Dynamic Duos Black Printing Plate #’ed 1/1
  • Shinobu Asagoe 2005 Ace Authentic Signature Series Relic #’ed/500

Card of the Day: 2018 Topps Holiday Bowman Prospect Christmas Elf

4-Pack Break – 2017 Leaf Holiday Bonus Pack

When I purchased my box of 2017 Leaf Metal Draft Football from Atlanta Sports Cards, I received (4) 2017 Leaf Holiday Bonus Packs.  According to Leaf’s CEO Brian Gray, these were given to distributors based on 2017 purchases.  Inside each pack is an autograph, relic, or printing plate from a wide range of Leaf products.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Miles Plumlee 2012 Leaf Basketball
  • David Levin 2016-17 Leaf Metal Hockey Purple Parallel #’ed/15

Printing Plates

  • 2017 Leaf Q The Superlative Six – Joe Greene/Lawrence Taylor/Bruce Smith/Reggie White/Howie Long/Richard Dent – Yellow Plate #’ed 1/1
  • 2016 Leaf Lumber Kings Hockey 50 Goal Club – Rick Vaive – Magenta Plate #’ed 1/1

Card of the Day: Cole Hamels 2017 Topps Holiday Box #107

Card of the Day: Gleyber Torres 2017 Bowman/Topps Holiday Turkey Parallel

Flashback Product of the Week: 2007 Upper Deck Holiday Inn

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With less than two weeks until Christmas, families are getting ready to travel.  Hotel stays are a must for many in between holiday destinations.  When I travel, I usually stay at a Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, or Holiday Inn.  They seem to work the best.

It should be no surprise that hotels would want to hookup with a card manufacturer in order to promote their business.  The most recent example of this would be when the Sheraton in Atlantic City and Upper Deck got together last summer.  Room keys resembled Upper Deck cards for those people that stayed at the Sheraton while the National Sports Collectors Convention was going on.  Its not the first time cards have been turned into room keys, but not something done very often.  Items like that make unique souvenirs.

The 2007 Upper Deck Holiday Inn set is nothing earth-shattering, but an interesting promotion nonetheless.  For those members of the Holiday Inn Priority Club that stayed at a participating Holiday Inn hotel between May 31, 2007 and July 30, 2007 received a specially marked pack of Upper Deck baseball cards.  You got a pack for each night you stayed.  Inside each pack there are (4) cards – (3) base and (1) Cal Ripken, Jr. insert.  There are (5) Ripken inserts, and the entire base set consists of (60) cards.  You won’t find any rookies, relics, or autographs.  Adding at least one of those elements would have drastically increased people’s interest in this set.  All of these cards can be found for next to nothing today.

Holiday Inn isn’t a stranger when it comes to baseball.  In 1977 they slapped their name on (70) collectible player discs.  Given their age, they have a little more demand.  Merchandise from Mickey Mantle’s Holiday Inn in Joplin, MO is quite popular.  It doesn’t exist anymore.  Right now a Lowe’s occupies that piece of real estate.  You’ll regularly find memorabilia from it up for sale.  Postcards, pennants, menus, and matchbooks carry decent value.  Someone recently paid $250 for a sealed bar of soap.