Card of the Day: Ken Caminiti 1988 Fleer RC #441

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Card of the Day: Ken Griffey Jr 2013 Pinnacle Autographs

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Ken Griffey, Jr 1995 Team Pinnacle Pin

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Pinnacle is one of those manufacturers that attempted at merging collectible pins with trading cards during the mid-90’s.  Inserted into packs of 1995 Pinnacle Baseball Series 2 collectors could find redemption cards that could redeemed for a die-cast pin.  There were 18 different redemptions that could be pulled.  The Ken Griffey, Jr pin like the one pictured above can be found for under $5.00.  Others like Jeff Bagwell and Roberto Alomar are a little rarer and can sell for $20.00 to $50.00.

Here is a complete checklist:

  • #1 Greg Maddux
  • #2 Mike Mussina
  • #3 Mike Piazza
  • #4 Carlos Delgado
  • #5 Jeff Bagwell
  • #6 Frank Thomas
  • #7 Craig Biggio
  • #8 Roberto Alomar
  • #9 Ozzie Smith
  • #10CalRipken
  • #11 Matt Williams
  • #12 Travis Fryman
  • #13 Barry Bonds
  • #14 Ken Griffey Jr.
  • #15 David Justice
  • #16 Albert Belle
  • #17 Tony Gwynn
  • #18 Kirby Puckett

Topps Gains A Friend As Upper Deck Loses One

In 2012 collectors can look for Ken Griffey, Jr autographs to starting popping out of their Topps packs.  That’s right, I said Topps.  Topps landed a deal with “The Kid” and his first Topps autographs will be included in ’12 Tribute and ’12 Gypsy Queen.

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For years Upper Deck products were the only place you could pull a Griffey, Jr autograph.  With Upper Deck’s baseball card making days in the past, and Topps having the only MLB license, it makes perfect sense why they would sign him.

Having this kind of news come out today is just another indication of how Upper Deck is falling apart.  I don’t know how they’re surviving.  Hockey and soccer must really be bringing in the dough.  I hope they can hold on and regain their baseball license once again because I think Upper Deck makes extremely good looking products.  It’s been awhile since I’ve opened an Upper Deck product at all.

I’d like to see Leaf make a deal with “The Kid”.  He has an excellent fan base where a product like Pete Rose Legacy would work.  In addition to that, I’m sure nobody would be apposed to seeing a Griffey, Jr signed Valiant card.  His Crusade inserts are some of the most popular from the 90’s.  Can you imagine what an autographed version would be worth?  Many people say unlicensed baseball products just don’t work.  I respectfully disagree.  They can be quite successful as long as the manufacturer doesn’t go about making them as if they were licensed.  You have to go at it with a unique perspective in mind.  Leaf does this very well.

The card pictured below just screams irony 🙂

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Score Board’s COA Is No Better Than NSA’s

Its 2:00 in the morning.  You just got home from a long night of bad decision making.  Whats the next thing you should do?  Thats right, turn on Shop at Home and see what crap the people at The Score Board, Inc are selling.

Take a look at this piece of junk made by The Score Board, Inc back in the 90’s.  This Mark McGwire Diamond Kings “autograph” is numbered one-of-one and the seller is looking to get around $100.00 for it.  Too bad this thing is fake.  It would make one heck of an authentic card.  McGwire’s rookie may have gone down to nothing, but his relics and autographs are very collectible.  I wouldn’t trust Score Board’s COAs anymore than NSA’s.  Reading the COA they plastered on the back doesn’t state McGwire’s name anywhere.  Yeah, its certified alright.  Its a certified autograph of who is the real question.  Stay far away from Score Board’s stuff!!!  Its a good thing this company went out of business.

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Card of the Day: Ken Griffey, Jr 1989 Topps Traded RC #41T

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Griffey Watch!

The first Ken Griffey, Jr autographed 1989 Upper Deck rookie #’ed/89 has surfaced on eBay.  Right now it is selling for $1,110.00 with 12 bids.  This has to be one of the coolest cards created within the last 20 years.  I’m sure it will go much higher.

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Griffey Collectors, Start Your Engines

How would you like to be one of the lucky 89 people to pull one of these Ken Griffey, Jr 1989 Upper Deck buyback autographed rookie cards?  Ken Griffey, Jr is one of the most collected baseball players in the hobby and collectors go crazy over his stuff.  The first 13 cards are going to be signed in black ink, and the remaining 76 will be signed in blue.  This card reminds me of the Michael Jordan 86-87 Fleer buyback autographed rookie that you see popup for sale sometimes.  These will be inserted into packs on 2009 Upper Deck baseball.  If your a Griffey collector, prepare to dig deep in your pockets for one of these.

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Ken from Scoreboard is back

Last year I found a video on YouTube that featured Ken from the now dead sports card company Scoreboard, selling cards on HSN.  Just like back in the mid 90’s he was trying to pass off cards that he said were rookies when they really aren’t.  Everytime he is on HSN all the cards that they are selling are graded by WCG, who basically give any card in the world a Gem Mint 10 grade.  Searching YouTube today, I found another video of Ken, back on HSN last month selling more junk to new collectors.  All of those cards could be purchased on eBay, probably for less than $10.00 (that includes shipping).

Card of the Day #48

Ken Griffey, Jr 1989 Upper Deck Rookie