Card of the Day: Aaron Judge 2017 Topps Transcendent Framed Red Parallel Auto

Card of the Day: Aaron Judge 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter X #172

Card of the Day: Aaron Judge 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Pick Refractor Auto

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Card of the Day: Aaron Judge 2013 Bowman Sterling Prospect Red Refractor Auto

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Rolen Origins Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Scott Rolen 2005 Upper Deck Origins Old Judge Materials Jersey.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Card of the Day: Cannonball Crane 1887 N172 Old Judge Ready To Pitch

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Connie Mack’s Rookie Card

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again.  Someday I hope to own a card from the original Old Judge Tobacco set.  Being some of the first mass produced baseball cards makes these super rare and expensive.  While browsing eBay I came across a Connie Mack from this historical set.  Mack has at least two different cards and you barely ever see one thats real.  Most of the time you’ll find posters and reprints featuring this card.  In a way I guess you could consider this Mack’s rookie card.  One of the many problems collectors have with these cards is that they are usually found trimmed.  You can clearly see that with this Mack at the bottom of the card.  Even though this card has been altered, it still sold for over $500.00.  Every time I see a reasonably priced Old Judge card at a show, I quickly find that it has been altered.

Topps will soon be releasing a product called T206.  One of the big hits you can pull is a Ty Cobb booklet which features an original Cobb T206 on one side and a cut signature on the other.  I’d like Upper Deck to revive their Old Judge product and do something like that.  If they made a Connie Mack card like that Cobb, I’d probably go crazy!

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New Old Judge Pose Found

One of the ways I obtain topics to blog about comes from browsing various forums reading what collectors are talking about.  Last night over at the Collector’s Universe forum I saw a collector showing off a new addition to their personal collection.  A few months ago they came across an Old Judge  collection and purchased this card of Joe Miller.  After making the purchase, they discovered it was a new pose that had never been seen before.  When sending it in for grading, PSA even wanted the owner’s approval for the pose description.

I’m glad to see these discoveries still happening after all these years.  I don’t collect a lot of vintage cards, but I’d love to add an Old Judge tobacco card to my collection someday.  I’ve seen a bunch at card shows over the years, but they were either way out of my price range or were trimmed.

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Card of the Day: 1887 Old Judge Jack Dempsey

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Player Spotlight: Jim O’Rourke

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Jim O’Rourke will always be considered one of the best outfielders of the 19th century.  He made his major league debut for the Middletown Mansfields on April 26, 1872.  During his 32 year career in Major League Baseball, O’Rourke established a .311 career batting average, won the National League Pennant five times, and was the first player to get a hit for the National League.  He played in the minor leagues during his fifties, and made his last major league appearance on September 22, 1904 for the New York Giants.  When he was 60 years old, he played catcher for an entire minor league game.  In 1945 Jim O’Rourke was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  According to The Sporting Life, O’Rourke was credited with a throw of 365 feet, the next to the longest by any player.

As far as collecting goes, Jim O’Rourke has only about 20 cards made.  Some of his most popular cards would be his 1887-90 Old Judge, and 1887-89 Old Judge Cabinets.  He has no relic cards, but does have one cut signature made.  It can be found in the 2004 Topps Tribute HOF Cut Signature set, and is serial numbered 1/1.  His signatures are very hard to come by, and when one shows up, they usually sell for quite a bit.

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