Card of the Day: 2008 Upper Deck: The First Class

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This card basically wakes up in the morning and pisses excellence.

Famous Fabrics Preview

Creative Cardboard Concepts distributes products such as Sportkings and various ITG products.  I’ve never owned anything made by any of these manufacturers, but I just received an e-mail containing new images of their Famous Fabrics product and I think they look awesome.  This product is very limited (according to Creative Cardboard Concepts).  You can check out more information about Famous Fabrics over on their blog.  It is scheduled to be released 2-24-10.

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As a big Phillies fan, this triple jersey of Burrell, Howard and Rollins celebrating the ’08 Championship looks awesome.

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They even have the Dolphins covered too.  I swear I’ve seen this design done before with a football product from the late 90’s featuring jersey relics.

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I’m not a big Pirates fan, but I sure wouldn’t mind pulling this card.  Would you?

The Flying Dutchman Is Still Going Strong

There is no doubt about it that the Honus Wagner 1909-11 T206 tobacco card is one of the most popular, controversial, and reprinted cards in The Hobby.  Usually reprints of this card barely sell for much, beside some of the ’02 Topps T206 Wagner bat relics.  Recently sports artist Monty Sheldon decided to see what it would be like if he drew his own sketch card of Wagner in that famous pose, and I think it came out pretty good.  As you can see he modeled this sketch card after the photo of Wagner that was taken by Carl Horner.  The word “Pittsburgh” wasn’t on Wagner’s jersey, that was added after the picture was taken.  Collectors seem to really enjoy Sheldon’s sketch cards when looking at all the completed auctions.  His sketch cards seem to be more popular than ones inserted into packs.  The card below has already pass the $100.00 mark and I’m sure it will go higher.

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A Monty Sheldon Mailday

Today in the mail I received a package from sports artist Monty Sheldon.  Sheldon is famous for painting his Artballs of popular baseball players and will be doing some of the artwork in the upcoming Topps National Chicle Football and Baseball sets.  Last week I did an interview with him and as a thank you he sent over a few card sets that he created for promotional purposes.  Below you’ll find a few cards from each set.  I think they look very nice, and each set contains cards of players you don’t always hear about, especially from the Black Sox Scandal.  Click on each photo for a closer look.

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Babe Ruth from the 8-card Triple Fold Sheldon Series 1 set

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Christy Mathewson from the 36-card “Goudey” style Sheldon Series 2 set

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Sheldon Series 3 consists of 8 mini cards featuring players from the Black Sox Scandal

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This is one of 9 postcards that he sent me.  Its from his Series 1 postcard set he used for a gallery show back in 2006.

Card of the Day: 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner PSA 8

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Baseball Card Humor

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Maybe President Obama is more fond of the Turkey Red “Cabinets”.

David Copperfield Doesn’t Know Cards

This video has been on YouTube for about two years, but this is the first time I ever saw it.  You can clearly see the card he is using is a fake.  There is no way in @!&%# that I would allow him to use a real card for that. 

Card of the Day: Honus Wagner 2002 Topps T206 Bat Relic

This is one card I would love to have in my collection.  You rarely seen them for sale, and when you do they sell for a huge amount of money.  

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Topps even made a more scarce version with a red back thats limited to only 25 copies.  I have never seen one of these for sale.

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I Just Finished Reading “The Card”

Last night I finished reading “The Card” which is about the world famous Honus Wagner T206 baseball card graded by PSA an 8.  Not only does the book talk about this card, but it talks about the hobby in general and how greedy and corrupt some people really are.  Many people believe that the card has been doctored and should never have been graded by PSA.  Others claim that it has never been doctored and has never been changed since it was printed almost 100 years ago.  A lot of people think that it was cut from a sheet by a human versus a machine.  Having a human cut a card from a sheet allows the collector to have total control over how well the edges are cut.  The original owner of the card says he has photos of it as an uncut sheet which would prove that it was indeed cut by a human.  I have yet to find any photos of the card when it was still part of a sheet.  You get a good glimpse of what Honus Wagner was like when he was alive.  He sounded like a really good guy and enjoyed children.  In the book it states that Wagner would let kids sneak in behind him at games so they wouldn’t have to pay.  I wonder how many players do that today?  I would highly suggest that any sports card collector read this book.  It is very educating and entertaining that all collectors would enjoy.

I saw “The Card” in August 2007 during the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Would Honus Wagner have been a sponsor for Nike?

A lot of strange thoughts go through my head during the day.  Here is one of them.  Would Honus Wagner have been a sponsor for Nike?  If not Nike, then who?