Flashback Product of the Week: 1941 Gum, Inc. Uncle Sam/Home Defense

Gum Inc.’s 1941 Uncle Sam/Home Defense set consists of 144 cards.  #1-96 contain images of the main branches throughout the military, and #97-144 illustrate what it might have been like if WWII action had taken place within the United States.

These cards can be found relatively cheap.  They depict some great artwork.  I thought this would be appropriate for Memorial Day.

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#66 – Machine Gun Practice

Twelve Years Ago Tonight………………….

Twelve years ago tonight Mark McGwire passed Roger Maris as the single season home run king.  Bonds now holds that record, but 1998 was a great season for baseball.  Too bad that it all had to get ruined by steroids.

Back in ’98 the card below was on fire!  This thing went through the roof, and today it can be found for a few bucks.  Even though both McGwire’s and Sosa’s rookies are barely worth anything, their autographs are in high demand.

Ok lets here it.  How many of you purchased one of these during that season?

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Back From Baltimore!

Yesterday I took a trip down to Baltimore to scope things out for this year’s National.  While I was there I visited the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum too.

The Baltimore Convention Center takes up three city blocks and looks really nice.  I think there was a pet industry trade show going on yesterday because they had banners all over the place.  But overall I think it will be a nice place to have The National in August.  I didn’t have trouble at all finding a parking space.  In August we plan to park the car at the hotel and walk to the Convention Center each day.  I’m staying at the Hampton Inn at Camden Yards, which is right across from the stadium.

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The Sports Legends Museum sits right next to Camden Yards.  It was once an old train station and was the site of an assassination plot against Abraham Lincoln.  Inside you can sit on the exact bench Lincoln sat on while he was on his way to Washington D.C.  There are three floors of historical artifacts that were really great to learn about.  After the museum, I made my way over to Babe Ruth’s birthplace.  Check out some of the photos.  Click on each to enlarge.

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1895 Baltimore Championship Banner

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1983 World Series Trophy

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Babe Ruth has been traded!  On the bottom right-hand side is the transfer order.

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Championship pins and buttons – extremely old

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1895 Wilbert Robinson Mayo’s Cut Plug #33

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The biggest ’87 Donruss card I’ve ever seen!

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Kimono presented to Babe Ruth while over in Japan and a Jimmie Foxx All-American jersey.

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Frank “Home Run” Baker Yankees sweater

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Samari helmet presented to the Orioles while playing in Japan

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Colts General Manager Don Kellet made his famous $0.85 phone call and was able to obtain Johnny Unitas from the Steelers using this phone.  For $0.85 he got two Championships.

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Unitas’s many awards

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Johnny Unitas’s uniform

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Babe Ruth statue outside of Camden Yards

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Cal Ripken, Jr’s retired number

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Outside the Sports Legends Museum you’ll find these baseballs painted on the sidewalk.  If you follow them you should end up at Ruth’s birthplace.

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Look!  I made it!  The birthplace of the greatest baseball player of all time – Babe Ruth.  Unfortunately, I was unable to go inside because its not wheelchair accessible.  Being a historic building, I guess it doesn’t have to be.  I wonder how Ruth would feel about that?  The sign out front said “See Ruth’s Rookie Card”.

The Triple Threat

This has to be one of the most valuable non-autographed modern day relic cards to hit the market.  It is a 1999 Upper Deck 500 Home Run Club Triple Bat Relic of Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays.  Currently this card is selling for $5,600.00 and has amounted over 30 bids.  The standard 500 Home Run Club cards from that set are rare to pull alone, but this triple relic is next to impossible to find.  This is the only one I have ever seen for sale, and is one of the coolest relic cards I have ever seen.  

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I have a deal for you

Good old Don West.  Does anyone miss watching him sell you overpriced sports cards?  I do.  I found this video on YouTube and thought it was entertaining.  Some of these cards are limited to only 3,100 copies.  It reminds me of when the first cell phones came out.  “Its not a payphone, its a cellular telephone, and its only $8.00 per minute.”  This was filmed at the pinnacle of when cards were being overproduced.  If people are selling something on a Shop At Home Network, it probably isn’t very limited.  You couldn’t pay someone $200.00 to open this stuff today.  Enjoy!!!

 

Pin of the Day #2

This is another Cooperstown, NY pin that I purchased.  It says “Cooperstown, NY Home of Baseball”.  I think I found it at a card shop that had a whole wall full of pins behind the glass cases.

Those Aren’t Rookies – What The @#%!#

People need to do their research when buying cards, especially when you see them on HSN or QVC.  As you can see in the video below they try to pass off some cards as the true rookie card when they clearly aren’t.  Most of the cards in that video are inserts and are not true rookies.  The grading companies that are featured aren’t even that good.  WCG has been known for grading cards when they are fake and/or trimmed.  They will also give a Gem Mint 10 grade to anything that walks in the door.  Its true that some of these players cards sell into the hundreds but certainly not the ones they are selling.  The guy featured in the video use to be with a company called Scoreboard which doesn’t exist anymore.  Many of Scoreboard’s products had questionable authenticity as well.  He was always the guy in the background on the phone on those Shop at Home shows featuring Don West.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.