Card of the Day: Zach Ertz 2013 Topps Chrome 1986 Insert Auto

Card of the Day: 1957 Topps Lucky Penny Insert

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Review: BCW Tobacco Card Insert Sleeves

A package arrived in the mail for me yesterday.  I wasn’t expecting anything, but inside was a pack of the new BCW Tobacco Card Insert Sleeves.  Plus I got some really cool looking BCW branded box cutters.

The people over at BCW are always looking for better ways to help protect and display your collection.  One of their newest products are these tobacco card insert sleeves.  Basically, they’re fancy sleeves for your mini tobacco-sized cards.  The sleeve itself is the size of a regular card – 2.5″ x 3.5″.  In the center of the sleeve is a spot for your tobacco-sized card to fit.  This allows you to easily store your tobacco-sized cards in standard album pages, boxes, or holders.

Mini cards like this are everywhere today.  Storing them safely where they’ll be protected and easily accessible hasn’t always been a simple thing.  Now it is!  Before you would need to use those real small penny sleeves and holders.  Or you would place the mini card in a standard sleeve/holder where it could move around.

Could your collection benefit from these new sleeves?  You can buy them here.

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Won’t Fit

I must be doing something wrong.  I can’t figure out how to get my brand new 2008-2009 Topps Co-Signers Face the Facts insert card to work.  According to the directions, they are suppose to be interchangeable with others cards.  These fall around 1 per pack, and allow you to make your own basketball cards.  Apparently they are only compatible with other Topps Co-Signers cards.  I guess it was a big mistake cutting that Jordan rookie in half 😦


I didn’t actually cut a Jordan rookie in two.  It was done with Photoshop.   


Looking Back At Hobby Masters

Over the years there have been tons of various insert cards placed into packs.  Some stick around and others exit faster than you can blink your eyes.  The Hobby Masters inserts have been around for over 10 years and are probably one of my favorite insert cards that aren’t game used or autographed.  I can remember back in 1996 when I was just beginning to collect, I pulled a Frank Thomas 1996 Topps Hobby Masters insert.  This card wasn’t like anything I had seen before.  I can still remember looking up the book value and seeing $15.00 next to that card back in 96.  The Hobby Masters inserts changed designs over the years as they branched out into other sports such as football, basketball, and hockey.  The 1996 design is my personal favorite.  Depending on the year and sport, each set can range from 10 to 20 cards.

For those collectors who are new to the hobby

If there are any new collectors that read Sports Card Info, there is something that I have wanting to get off my chest for awhile.  Too many new collectors believe that the Dick Perez cards that are inserted into packs of Allen & Ginter are true 1/1’s.  I’m sorry to say, but the aren’t.  The 1/1 thats painted on the front is part of the actual painting that was used to make the card.  The painting is a 1/1 created by Dick Perez.  I have seen so many sellers try to tell new collectors these cards are 1/1 when they aren’t.  The Dick Perez insert cards like the one shown below can be found everywhere.


What if it didn’t catch on?

Did you ever stop to think what would have happened to the sports card industry if the memorabilia card never really caught on with collectors?  When the first memorabilia cards hit the market back in 1997 people were so caught up in the insert card craze and went nuts over any type of die-cut, low numbered card of their favorite player.  I think many collectors will agree that the 1990’s had some of the best insert cards that the hobby has ever seen, but what do you think the hobby would be like today without memorabilia cards?  I wonder what type of insert cards Topps, Upper Deck, and Donruss/Playoff would have inserted into all those packs that have been made in the last 11 years instead of memorabilia cards?  If card companies only made a few memorabilia cards per year instead of the thousands they do now, I bet more people would be thrilled to pull a one color jersey card of a player.  Collectors in today’s hobby aren’t even thrilled if they pull a jersey card of Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez due to the overproduction of these types of cards.  Back in 1997 pulling a jersey card of Ken Griffey, Jr was equal to pulling a Babe Ruth or Honus Wagner memorabilia card of today.  The problem is that when something like the memorabilia card was introduced, it became so successful every company wanted in on it, and thought the more they made the better.

$65.00 for a 1990 Pro Set Card

This was brought to my attention last night from a collector who commented on my post about the 90’s having some of the best insert cards.  He informed me about a card from 1990 Pro Set football cards that featured a hologram of the Vince Lombardi Trophy.  These cards were considered super rare back in 1990.  On the back of each card they were serial numbered out of 10,000 copies.  This can give you an idea of how much overproduction took place during this time in the hobby.  Its a good sign that cards are being overproduced when a rare card is limited to 10,000 copies.  The funny thing is that this card is still selling pretty well considering the time it was made.  A recent auction for this card sold for $65.00.  Back in 1990 these cards were so popular collectors would buy boxes of this stuff by the case.  Pack searchers really came about around this time, because this card contained a small amount of metal, pack searchers would use a metal detector to find this hologram.