Card of the Day: Robert Griffin III 2012 SAGE HIT Artistry Auto

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2012 Press Pass Rookie Football Preview

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Ever since Press Pass didn’t get their college license renewed, I haven’t been too thrilled about their football products.  This year they are going to kick it up a notch by making football versions of their popular NASCAR products such as FanFare and Showcase.  I think they’ll do well, but not as good as a product that can take advantage of college logos.  They could take a play out of Leaf’s book, and make a unique product that is made from a totally different perspective where logos don’t matter.  2012 Press Pass Rookie Football probably isn’t a product like that, but rest assured these autographs will be hot when they first come out.

In a press release, Press Pass stated they have signed Andrew Luck to an exclusive autograph agreement.  Press Pass will be the only manufacturer to have Andrew Luck unlicensed autographs.  Don’t worry, Luck will be in all the licensed college and NFL stuff.  Exclusives for unlicensed cards isn’t that big of a deal anyway.  As soon as the licensed stuff hits the secondary market, unlicensed cards take a major dive.  Exclusive or not, that’s what happens.  The last time I checked, Leaf was planning to have Luck cards too.  Leaf has a loop-hole though.  They don’t have a collegiate or NFL license, but they can use U.S. Army All-American photos.

2012 Press Pass Rookie Football is due out on March 21st.  Each box will contain (6) autographs.  FanFare, due out on May 9th, will have an autograph in each pack.  The base autographs will be featured on “chromium” technology.  I hope this looks something like Leaf Metal or the base cards found in 2009 Press Pass Stealth.  Showcase, which will be released in June, will feature the high-end type of “hits” you would find in their NASCAR product.

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Baseball’s True Rookie Card

When it comes to researching the origins of the game of baseball, your most likely going to come across some grey areas.  This is common among a lot of things that don’t seem historically important in the beginning, especially a long time ago.

One of the most historical cards to be made this year comes from 2010 TRISTAR OBAK (no surprise).  What surprised me is that its not included in the Game Changers portion of the set.  The card I’m referring to is of Col. John Stevens III.  This is the man who first owned Elysian Fields where on June 19, 1846 the Knickerbockers played the New York Nine in the first organized game between two clubs.  To me, this is the true rookie card of the game of baseball.

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On the reverse side, there is a picture of Elysian Fields.

Connie Mack or Connie Mack?

The day hasn’t come yet when I can add a Connie Mack game-used or cut signature to my personal collection.  I’m really picky when it comes to cut signatures.  I need them to be signed in ink and centered perfectly.  I want nothing to do with signatures that are half cut off just so it fits the card.  Perhaps the market wouldn’t be flooded with cut signatures if the manufacturers waited for the perfect signatures to come along.

I have a bone to pick with a few cards that have been out for a couple of years.  These cards come from 2007 & 2008 Donruss Americana.  I’m specifically talking about the relics and autos of Connie Mack’s grandson, Connie Mack III.  Imagine being a collector opening a pack of Americana, flipping through the base cards, and when you reach your hit, you see the name “Connie Mack” written on the COA.  For a few seconds you might be jumping for joy, but when you turn the card over its of his grandson.  That has to be a huge let down for a collector.  Instead of pulling a hit of one of the greatest managers in baseball history, you get his grandson who in 2005 was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Chairman of the President’s Advisory Panel for Federal Tax Reform.  I know people like to collect historical figures, but to me this is like pulling a card of Babe Ruth’s brother who works at Kinko’s 🙂

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