Card of the Day: Ghost Marcell 2020 Dreams Fulfilled Negro Leagues Legends #78

Card of the Day: Sugar Ray Leonard 1997 Kenner Starting Lineup Timeless Legends

Card of the Day: Len Dawson 1997 Upper Deck Legends Auto

Product Highlight: 1986 Big League Chew Home Run Legends

Growing up in the 1980s I bet you can remember when Big League Chew hit the streets.  Big League Chew is unlike any bubble gum that fans had seen before. Packaged in a foil pouch, and the gum itself is shredded to resemble chewing tobacco.  Big League Chew is the brainchild of Portland Mavericks pitcher Rob Nelson. The idea was pitched to the Wrigley Company by MLB All-Star pitcher Jim Bouton. Fans were introduced to it in May of 1980, and it has been in production ever since.

In 2010 the Wrigley Company sold the rights to Big League Chew to Ford Gum. Various gum flavors and packaging styles have been added over the years. I’ve always enjoyed the artwork featured on their packages.

Gum chewers in 1986 were greeted with a baseball card inside their pouches of Big League Chew.  The entire set consists of only (12) cards.  Pouches each had one card and/or you could send away through a mail-in offer for a complete set.  Many of the cards found in the pouches were damaged through the packing process. All of the players in the set are members of the 500 Career Home Run Club.  The year on the card indicates when that player made it into the club.

Interesting fact. During the mid-1980s Ford Gum was owned by Leaf. Yes, the same Leaf that makes cards. If Ford Gum would’ve had the rights to make Big League Chew back then these cards would have the Leaf name on them.

Card of the Day: Josh Gibson 2005 Topps Pristine Legends #135

Card of the Day: J.J. Watt 2011 Topps Legends #119

2020 Onyx/Futera Unique Prospects & Legends Baseball Pack Break

Look what I was able to get my hands on. This is a pack of the new 2020 Onyx/Futera Unique Prospects & Legends Baseball. It continues to blow my mind seeing two card manufacturers come together and work on a single product.

This high-end release comes with (4) packs per display box. Housed inside each pack are (6) cards. Every pack contains an autograph, relic, or autograph/relic.

The base set consists of only (50) cards. There are (3) types of Heritage parallels that you can pull – Bronze #’ed/15, Silver #’ed/11, and Gold #’ed/6.

Every hit is limited to (10) copies or less. Autographs are all on-card. No stickers.

Futera’s metal-framed cards have always been my favorite. A lot more detail and attention goes into them compared to other metal-framed cards found in competitor’s products. Very ornate.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Luis Rodriguez Phenoms 24ct Gold-Plated Framed Auto #’ed/8

This card was signed on April 16, 2020 in the Dominican Republic.

Parallel:

  • Robert Puason Silver Heritage #’ed/11

Base:

  • Leonel Valera #43
  • Nolan Ryan #49
  • Ichiro Suzuki #50
  • Cristian Santana #38

2020 Futera/Onyx Unique Prospects & Legends Baseball Is Here

Futera and Onyx are at it again. For a second year in a row collectors get to enjoy their Unique Prospects & Legends Baseball set.

This week marks the release of this product. Some breakers have begun to open it, and singles have started to surface on the secondary market. Card companies collaborating on a single product certainly isn’t something you see today.

(4) packs come in every display box. Inside each pack is an autograph, relic, or autograph/relic. You can even use the empty display box as a storage container when your finished.

2020 Futera/Onyx Unique Prospects & Legends is packed with some incredible looking cards. Very ornate and fancy! They make the coolest looking gold-plated metal framed cards.

Card of the Day: Joe Montana 1997 Upper Deck Legends #178

Onyx and Futera Team-Up Again For 2020 Baseball Unique Prospects & Legends

An impressive new baseball product arrived last year, and it looks to be returning again in 2020.  Onyx and Futera plan to release 2020 Baseball Unique Prospects & Legends in October.  Two card manufacturers collaborating on a single product doesn’t occur much today, but it seems to be working for them.

This will continue to be a limited release.  Only (70) cases are planned to be made.  Housed inside each decorative box are (4) packs each containing a hit.  On-card Signatures, Game-Used Memorabilia, 24ct Gold-Plated Framed Cards, and plenty of “1 of 1s” highlight the primary pulls.  Each hit is serial numbered to (10) or less.

A 50-card base set is there to put together.  There are (3) Heritage parallels for each base card – Bronze #’ed/15, Silver #’ed/11, and Gold #’ed/6.

Yankees’ top prospect Jasson Dominguez is featured throughout the product as well.  Other notable players include Ronald Acuña Jr., Gleyber Torres, Ichiro Suzuki, Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Mike Piazza, Joe DiMaggio, Satchel Paige, Derek Jeter, and Willie Mays.

I’m a big fan of their 24ct Gold-Plated Framed cards.  They look very ornate and antique.  Because this is a Futera product, collectors get to take advantage of their Code for Collectors and Memorabilia Colour Grading services.  These tools enable you to see how rare your cards are, and the well-documented history as to how they came to be.

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