Flashback Product of the Week: 1991 Score Mickey Mantle Dealer/Media Mailing List Set

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Mickey Mantle hasn’t had any new cards made for about five years.  The Mantle Estate parted ways with Topps after 2012 claiming the market had been too saturated with his cards.  Personally, I believe it was all over money.  During that time, no manufacturer was allowed to print cards of the great #7.

His estate seems to be loosening up a bit.  This week we learned new Mickey Mantle cards are going to be offered through the Panini Eternal line of collectibles.  Panini can make cards of him, but none of them will contain a Yankees name/logo.  Mickey Mantle and the Yankees.  Yankees and Mickey Mantle.  They go together like peanut butter and jelly.  It looks odd.  Mickey Mantle would’ve fit well into the Topps Now program.  Unlicensed Mantle cards kinda makes the family look desperate.  Although Topps isn’t the only company to make cards of Mickey Mantle over the years, its the first manufacturer I think of when it comes to his stuff.

For a brief moment in time, it was possible to pull authentic on-card autographs of Mickey Mantle.  Today’s collectors are mostly likely use to seeing his autographed cards come in the form of cut signatures, but it didn’t start out like this.  Mr. Mantle was around long enough to see the start of pack inserted autographs before passing away in 1995.

Collectors opening packs of 1991 Score Series 2 have the opportunity to pull an autograph of Mickey Mantle.  They’re individually numbered out of 2,500.  I can’t tell you how many might be left in packs, but it wouldn’t surprise me if a few were still hiding in there.

In addition to those autographs, that second series also had seven Mickey Mantle inserts.  Score sent out a special version of these inserts to dealers, members of the media, and whoever else was on their mailing list.  All seven cards came packaged in a pinstripe promo pack.  The cards inside look almost identical to the ones found in the standard second series packs.  Other than the serial number, Score’s name on the back is surrounded by a red box.  Five thousand of these sets were produced.  I don’t believe its possible to find any Mickey Mantle autographs tucked away inside these promo packs.  Sealed promo packs cost about $20 each.

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Press Pass ’12 Racing Inscription Quantity List

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If you haven’t noticed by now, drivers within 2012 Press Pass Racing included some unique inscriptions.  As you can see above, Landon Cassill went a little crazy.  Below is the entire inscription quantity list.
  • Marcos Ambrose – Devil Racer (9)
  • Trevor Bayne – Tbayne + fish (2 Silver, 2 Red, 2 Blue, 2 Sig Series Tire, 2 Sig Series Glove)
  • Greg Biffle – Stocks to watch MMM, F, S, X, AA, IBM (6 Red auto w/ inscription, 4 Red inscription only)
  • Landon Cassill – Birthplace circled, glasses/moustache drawn on (1 Blue), “Call Me XOXOXO” (1 Silver), Grocery List (1 Silver), Gumby w/ sketch (1 Silver), Ebay buy it now $50 (1 Silver), whale sketch (1 Silver), I’m playing Call of Duty right now! (1 Silver), Go Dale Jr! (1 Silver), Oh no! Shark! (1 Silver)
  • Jimmie  Johnson – 5X Champ (5 Silver, 2 Red, 3 Blue)
  • Mark Martin – #5 (10 Silver)
  • Paul Menard –  Burn Rubber (4 Silver), Thunder and Lightning plus hands (5 Silver)
  • David Reutimann – Beak (5 Silver, 5 Red)
  • Tony Stewart – Smoke (10 Sig Series Shoe)

Leaf Announces Pete Rose Legacy Reverse Negatives SP List

For those collectors opening boxes of 2011 Leaf Pete Rose Legacy, you better take a close look at your base cards.  Leaf announced today that there are several reverse negative short print variations.  This applies to the following base cards: #2,6,16,20,23,27,30,32,34,37,38,43,47,51,52,54,60.  Leaf has stated that these reverse negatives come 1-2 per case.

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The cards in top loaders are examples of reverse negatives.

’11 Leaf Valiant Baseball SP’s

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2011 Leaf Valiant Baseball hits the market tomorrow and Brian Gray has announced the Short Prints that can be found.

The following cards are short printed in their base (GREEN) versions:

Short Prints (1/2 to 2/3 of standard prinmt run):

  • Alex Meyer
  • Blake Swihart
  • Danny Hultzen
  • Dylan Howard
  • Francisco Lindor
  • George Springer
  • Jed Bradley
  • Levi Michael
  • Mikie Mahtook
  • Trevor Bauer

Super Short Prints (1/3 or less of Standard print run):

  • Cheslor Cuthbert
  • Luis Heredia
  • Manny Machado
  • Zack Wheeler
  • Ichiro Suzuki
This is one product I’m really looking forward too.  I love the Crusade design.  Its actually releasing 8 days earlier than originally scheduled.  I’m heading to the Collectors Showcase of America show in Oaks, PA in a few weeks and I’m hoping to try a box.

’10/’11 Score Hockey Hot Rookies Signatures SP List

Seven players who signed for the Hot Rookies Signatures inserts are in much shorter supply than the other 10 players in the set.

  • #505 Nick Palmieri
  • #523 Nick Bonino
  • #527 Bobby Butler
  • #534 Philip Larsen
  • #535 Jared Cowen
  • #539 Zach Hamill
  • #549 Adam McQuaid

Score Hockey is a great product for new collectors, and you can view my break and review here.

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2010 Press Pass Portrait Edition Red Ink/Inscription List

For those collectors that don’t like going to Beckett’s Blog, here are the 2010 Press Pass Portrait Edition Red Ink/Inscription quantities that were released today.  You wouldn’t believe the amount of people that don’t like having to use their site.

Gridiron Graphs
Danario Alexander 51; 25 ‘DA’
Freddie Barnes 19
Arrelious Benn 3
Jahvid Best 11; 5 ‘The Jet’
Navorro Bowman 9
Sam Bradford 5
Dezmon Briscoe 50; 25 ‘Bris’
Jarrett Brown 24; 25 ‘J Brizzle’
Antonio Brown 51; 24 ‘AB’
Daryll Clark *No Red Ink or Inscriptions
Jimmy Clausen *No Red Ink or Inscriptions
Eric Decker 51; 8 ‘Go Gophers’; 16 ‘Go Gophers’
Dorin Dickerson 31
Anthony Dixon *No Red Ink or Inscriptions
Jonathan Dwyer 49; 19 ‘Diesel’
Jacoby Ford 50
Toby Gerhart 3; 1 ‘Touchdown’
Brandon Ghee 23; 24′-G-’
Mardy Gilyard 14; 6 ‘AKA Crazy Legs’
Jermaine Gresham
Rob Gronkowski 25; 12 ‘Bear Down’
Joe  Haden *No Red Ink or Inscriptions
Montario Hardesty 15; 6 ‘Go Vols!’
Aaron Hernandez 46; 19 ‘Chico’; 1 ‘Go Gators, Chico Suave’; 1 ‘Name, Chico’; 4 ‘Chico’; 2 ‘Chico Suave
Javarris James 94; 50 ‘JJ’
Mike Kafka 50; 24 ‘Go Cats’
Brandon LaFell 2; 2 ‘Ro Ro’
Sean Lee 9
Dan LeFevour 65; 7 ‘Fire Up Chips!
Ryan Mathews *No Red Ink or Inscriptions
Dexter McCluster 50; 25 ‘Run DMC’
Anthony McCoy 49; 20 ‘USC’
Gerald McCoy *No Red Ink or Inscriptions
Chris McGaha 50; 25 ‘Go ASU’
Joe McKnight 11
Derrick Morgan 25 ‘Dmorg’
Jason Pierre-Paul *No Red Ink or Inscriptions
Tony  Pike 50; 25 ‘Go Cats’
Andre Roberts 48; 1 Dre-Rob; 1 Dre; 1 Rob; 1 Spike the Bulldog; 3 Bulldogs; 1 Superman; 2 Electric Socks; 1 Military College of South Carolina; 1 Big Dog; 1 The Ring; 1 Drew-She; 2 Citadel; 1 Boo the Bulldog; 1 General the Bulldog; 1 Main Attraction; 1 Citadel Bulldogs; 1 Mr. Futuristic; 1 General & Boo; 1 Go Dogs!; 1 The Citadel
Zac Robinson 50; 25 ‘Go Pokes’
Charles  Scott 10; 5 ‘Chuck the Truck’
George  Selvie 50; 25 ‘Go Bulls!’
Jordan Shipley 25; 24 ‘Hook ‘Em’
Jevan Snead *No Red Ink or Inscriptions
CJ Spiller 2
James Starks 50; 25 ‘B-K’
Ndamukong Suh *No Red Ink or Inscriptions
Golden Tate 18; 5 ‘Go Irish’
Tim  Tebow 50; 2 ‘God Bless’; 1 ‘John 3:16′; 2 ‘Go Gators’; 12 ’08 Champs’; 1 ‘Phil. 4:13′; 2 ’07 Hesiman’; 1 ‘James 2:1-2′; 2 ’06/08 Champs’; 1 ’06 Champs’; 1 ‘Heb. 12:1-2′
Demaryius Thomas 48
Earl  Thomas 25 ‘???’
Alterraun Verner 48; 25 ‘Pick Six’
Donovan Warren 50
Joe Webb 5; 5 ‘Spiderman’
Juice Williams 18; 8 ‘Go Illini’
Damian Williams *No Red Ink or Inscriptions
Mike Williams *No Red Ink or Inscriptions
Corey Wotton 48; 25 ‘???’
Dez Bryant *Cards not yet returned
Greg Hardy 11
Ed Dickson 24; 25 ‘Win the Day’
LeGarrette Blount 15; 8 ‘LGB #9 Go Ducks’
Jeremy Williams 48; 25 ‘Laddy’
Sean Weatherspoon 50; 25 ‘MIZ–OU!”
Bill Stull 19
Rusty Smith 45 ‘Isiah 41:10′
Naaman  Roosevelt 346; 25 ‘Go Bulls!’
Stafon Johnson 88; 25 ‘G.H.A.P.”
Shay Hodge 48

GG Ruby
Freddie Barnes 15
Arrelious Benn 88; 4 ‘Illini’
Jahvid Best 1; 5 ‘The Jet’
Navorro Bowman 5 LBU’
Sam Bradford 5; 5 ‘Boomer Sooner!
Sean Canfield 10; 7 ‘Go Beavs!’
Eric Decker 9; 2 ‘Go Gophers’; 3 ‘Go Gophers’
Dorin Dickerson 73
Jacoby Ford 47; 1 w/o #
Toby  Gerhart 3; 1 ‘Go Card’; 1 ‘Fear the Tree’
Mardy Gilyard 11
Montario Hardesty 6 ‘Go Vols!’
Aaron Hernandez 10; 19 ‘Chico’; 2 ‘Go Gators’; 2 ‘Name, Chico’; 1 ‘Chico, Go Gators’
Jerry  Hughes 12
Brandon LaFell 4
Dan LeFevour 4; 3 ‘Fire Up Chips!
Rolando McClain 65
Anthony McCoy 49; 24 ‘USC’
Joe McKnight 49
Derrick Morgan 50
Charles  Scott 10; 5 ‘Chuck the Truck’
Jordan Shipley 16; 1 ‘Hook ‘Em’
CJ Spiller 2; 1 ‘Lightning’
Golden Tate 20; 8 ‘Go Irish’
Demaryius Thomas 25 ‘Bay Bay’
Joe Webb 5 ‘Spiderman’
Juice Williams 3
Greg Hardy 26
Ed Dickson 76
LeGarrette Blount 15; 1 ‘LGB #9 Go Ducks’;  7 ‘LGB #9 Go Ducks’
Bill Stull 10

GG Emerald
Freddie Barnes 19
Jahvid Best 1; 2 ‘The Jet’
Navorro Bowman 10; 5 LBU’
Sam Bradford 5; 5 ‘Boomer Sooner!
Eric Decker 4; 1 ‘Go Gophers’; 1 ‘Go Gophers’
Toby  Gerhart 3; 1 ‘Touchdown’
Jermaine Gresham 25
Montario Hardesty 2 ‘Go Vols!’
Jerry  Hughes 15
Brandon LaFell 4
Dan LeFevour 1 ‘Fire Up Chips!
CJ Spiller 2; 1 ‘Lightning’
Golden Tate 5; 6 ‘Go Irish’
Joe Webb 5 ‘Spiderman’
Juice Williams 1; 1 ‘Go Illini’
Greg Hardy 4
LeGarrette Blount 11;  8 ‘LGB #9 Go Ducks’
Bill Stull 10
Stafon Johnson 14 ‘G.H.A.P.”

GG Black
Freddie Barnes 12
Jahvid Best 1
Sam Bradford 5
Eric Decker 2; 1 ‘Go Gophers’; 1 ‘Go Gophers’
Toby  Gerhart 3; 1 Touchdown’
Jermaine Gresham 10
Montario Hardesty 2 ‘Go Vols!’
Jerry  Hughes 6
Brandon LaFell 1
Dan LeFevour 1 ‘Fire Up Chips!
Jordan Shipley 7 ‘Hook ‘Em’
CJ Spiller 2; 1 ‘Lightning’
Golden Tate 5; 4 ‘Go Irish’
Joe Webb 5 ‘Spiderman’
Juice Williams 1; 1 ‘Go Illini’
Greg Hardy 9
LeGarrette Blount 10
Bill Stull 9
Stafon Johnson 10 ‘G.H.A.P.”

Class of 09
Arrelious Benn 5 ‘Illini
Navorro Bowman 5 LBU’
Toby  Gerhart 3; 1 ‘Touchdown
Brandon LaFell 4
CJ Spiller 9; 1 ‘Lightning’; 1′Lightning’
Golden Tate 5; 3 ‘Go Irish’

Head of the Class
Arrelious Benn 25
Toby  Gerhart 3; 1 Touchdown
Brandon LaFell 4
CJ Spiller 9; 3 ‘Lightning’
Golden Tate 5; 2 ‘Go Irish’

Wal-Mart
Jahvid Best 3
Toby  Gerhart 3; 1 Touchdown
Brandon LaFell 3; 1 ‘Eye of the Tiger’
CJ Spiller 1
Golden Tate 6; 4 ‘Go Irish’

Target
Arrelious Benn 22; 2 ‘Illini’
Jahvid Best 3 ‘The Jet’
Toby  Gerhart 3; 1 ‘Touchdown’; 1 ‘Go Card’
CJ Spiller 5; 2 ‘Lightning’
Golden Tate 6; 3 ‘Go Irish’

Graduating Class
Brandon LaFell 5
Demaryius Thomas 5

2010 Press Pass Draft Pick Football Red Ink / Inscription List

I know this was posted last Friday, but you wouldn’t believe the amount of people that I’ve heard complaining that they have had to go to Beckett’s site to read the list.  Well, now you don’t have to.

There are two companies I predict will go out of business soon.  Those companies would be Beckett and Upper Deck.  Beckett is totally meaningless because of the blogs, and Upper Deck has financial troubles.  I’d rather see Upper Deck stick around 🙂

BRONZE
Danario    Alexander    50; 25 ‘DA’
Freddie    Barnes    10
Navorro    Bowman    10; 3 LBU’
Sam    Bradford    5; 5 ‘Boomer Sooner!
Dezmon    Briscoe    47; 25 ‘Bris’
Jarrett    Brown    50; 25 ‘J Brizzle’
Antonio    Brown    49; 24 ‘AB’
Sean    Canfield    22; 7 ‘Go Beavs!’
Daryll    Clark    *No Red Ink or Inscriptions in Press Pass FB
Jimmy    Clausen    *No Red Ink or Inscriptions in Press Pass FB
Eric    Decker    60; 10 ‘Go Gophers’; 19 ‘Go Gophers’
Dorin    Dickerson    97
Anthony    Dixon    50; 23 ‘Boobie’
Jonathan    Dwyer    41; 3 ‘Diesel’
Jacoby    Ford    48
Toby     Gerhart    3; 1 ‘Touchdown’; 1 ‘Fear the Tree’
Brandon     Ghee    20
Mardy    Gilyard    *No Red Ink or Inscriptions in Press Pass FB
Jermaine    Gresham    50
Rob    Gronkowski    17; 13 ‘Bear Down’
Montario    Hardesty    10; 4 ‘Go Vols!’
Aaron    Hernandez    50; 1 ‘Name, Chico Suave, Go Gators’; 1 ‘Chico Suave, Go Gators’; 1 ‘Name, Go Gators, Chico’; 2 ‘Chico Suave’; 2 ‘Chico, Go Gators’; 1 ‘Name, Chico’; 17 ‘Chico’
Jerry     Hughes    *No Red Ink or Inscriptions in Press Pass FB
Javarris    James    51; 23 ‘JJ’
Mike    Kafka    50; 25 ‘Go Cats’
Brandon    LaFell    4
Sean    Lee    41; 15 ‘Go Lions’; 4 ‘We are Penn State’
Dan    LeFevour    31; 2 ‘Fire Up Chips!
Ryan    Mathews    *No Red Ink or Inscriptions in Press Pass FB
Dexter    McCluster    50; 25 ‘Go Rebs’
Anthony    McCoy    48; 35 ‘USC’
Gerald    McCoy    24 ‘G.K.’
Chris    McGaha    50; 25 ‘Go ASU’
Joe    McKnight    65
Derrick    Morgan    *No Red Ink or Inscriptions in Press Pass FB
Jason    Pierre-Paul    5; 5 ‘J.P.P.’
Tony     Pike    50; 25 ‘Go Cats’
Andre    Roberts    48; 1 ‘Cadets’; 1 ‘Go Dogs!’; 1 ‘Fine’; 1 ‘Dre-Rob’; 1 General & Boo; 1 Spike the Bulldog; 1 Drew-She; 1 McXane; 1 Dre; 1 Citadel; 1 Superman; 2 Electric Socks; 1 The Military School of South Carolina; 1 Big Time; 1 A Rob; 2 Dre-Day;  1 Rob; 1 Boo; 1 Spike; 1 Del Boys; 1 The Citadel; 1 Bulldogs
Charles     Scott    10; 3 ‘Chuck the Truck’
George     Selvie    50; 25 ‘Go Bulls!’
Jordan    Shipley    25; 36 ‘Hook ‘Em’
Jevan    Snead    13; 8 ‘Go Rebs!’
James    Starks    49 ‘B-K # ‘19′; 25 ‘B-K #19′
Golden    Tate    10; 3 ‘Go Irish’
Tim     Tebow    9 ‘God Bless’; 1 ‘John 3:16′; 8 ‘Go Gators’; 2 ‘08 Champs’; 1 ‘Phil. 4:13′; 2 ‘07 Hesiman’; 1 ‘James 1:2-4′; 1 ‘06/08 Champs, 07 Heisman, God Bless’
Demaryius    Thomas    50; 24 ‘Bay Bay’
Earl     Thomas    123
Alterraun    Verner    50; 23 ‘Pick Six’
Donovan    Warren    *No Red Ink or Inscriptions in Press Pass FB
Joe    Webb    9; 5 ‘Spiderman’
Juice    Williams    13; 7 ‘Go Illini’
Damian    Williams    47; 25 ‘Fight On’
Mike    Williams    *No Red Ink or Inscriptions in Press Pass FB
Corey    Wotton    *No Red Ink or Inscriptions in Press Pass FB
Dez    Bryant    *Cards Not Yet Returned (for all versions)

SILVER
Arrelious    Benn    108
Jahvid    Best    10; 2 ‘The Jet’
Sam    Bradford    5
Sean    Canfield    7; 5 ‘Go Beavs!’
Eric    Decker    12; 2 ‘Go Gophers’; 2 ‘Go Gophers’
Dorin    Dickerson    115
Jonathan    Dwyer    2; 17 ‘Diesel’
Toby     Gerhart    3; 1 ‘Touchdown’; 1 ‘Fear the Tree’
Brandon     Ghee    6
Joe     Haden    48; 25 ‘Go Beavs!’
Montario    Hardesty    10
Aaron    Hernandez    1 ‘Pops’
Brandon    LaFell    2; 1 ‘Shine Like New Money’
Dan    LeFevour    5; 2 ‘Fire Up Chips!
Anthony    McCoy    50; 25 ‘USC’
Gerald    McCoy    48
Joe    McKnight    10
Jason    Pierre-Paul    10; 10 ‘J.P.P.’
Charles     Scott    20; 11 ‘Chuck the Truck’
Jordan    Shipley    9; 7 ‘Hook ‘Em’
Jevan    Snead    13; 7 ‘Go Rebs!’
CJ    Spiller    2; 1 ‘Lightning’
Ndamukong    Suh    21 ‘Suh’
Golden    Tate    10; 4 ‘Go Irish’
Tim     Tebow    50
Earl     Thomas    2
Joe    Webb    5; 5 ‘Spiderman’
Juice    Williams    6; 2 ‘Go Illini’

GOLD
Arrelious    Benn    5 ‘Illini’; 5 ‘Go Illini’
Navorro    Bowman    5 LBU’
Sam    Bradford    5; 5 ‘Boomer Sooner!
Eric    Decker    8; 2 ‘Go Gophers’; 2 ‘Go Gophers’
Dorin    Dickerson    62
Toby     Gerhart    3; 1 ‘Touchdown’
Rob    Gronkowski    5
Aaron    Hernandez    1 ‘Chico, Go Gators’;
Brandon    LaFell    3; 1 ‘Ro Ro’; 1 ‘Beast Mode’
Dan    LeFevour    15; 3 ‘Fire Up Chips!
Joe    McKnight    21
Jason    Pierre-Paul    10
Jevan    Snead    12; 6 ‘Go Rebs!’
CJ    Spiller    2; 1 ‘Lightning’
Golden    Tate    9
Joe    Webb    6; 5 ‘Spiderman’
Juice    Williams    3; 2 ‘Go Illini’

BLUE
Arrelious    Benn    49
Jahvid    Best    1 ‘The Jet’
Sam    Bradford    5; 5 ‘Boomer Sooner!
Eric    Decker    6; 2 ‘Go Gophers’; 2 ‘Go Gophers’
Jonathan    Dwyer    44; 3 ‘Diesel’
Jacoby    Ford    50; 1 w/o #
Toby     Gerhart    2; 1 ‘Touchdown’
Jermaine    Gresham    21
Aaron    Hernandez    1 ‘Chico, Go Gators’;
Brandon    LaFell    4; 1 ‘Ro Ro’
Rolando    McClain    50
Dexter    McCluster    50
Jason    Pierre-Paul    5; 10 ‘J.P.P.’
Jevan    Snead    12; 4 ‘Go Rebs!’
CJ    Spiller    2
Golden    Tate    9; 5 ‘Go Irish’
Demaryius    Thomas    24 ‘Bay Bay’
Jo    Webb    10; 5 ‘Spiderman’
Juice    Williams    3; 2 ‘Go Illini’

GREEN
Jahvid    Best    5 ‘The Jet’
Sam    Bradford    5
CJ    Spiller    2; 1 ‘Lightning’
Ndamukong    Suh    3 ‘Suh’
Golden    Tate    10; 5 ‘Go Irish’

RED
Jahvid    Best    1; 4 ‘The Jet’
Sam    Bradford    5
CJ    Spiller    2; 1 ‘Lightning’
Ndamukong    Suh    1 ‘Suh’
Golden    Tate    5 ‘Go Irish’

POWER PICK
Arrelious    Benn    75 ‘Illini’; 2 ‘Illini’
Jahvid    Best    1
Toby     Gerhart    3; 1 ‘Touchdown’
Brandon    LaFell    2; 2 ‘Ro Ro’
CJ    Spiller    1
Golden    Tate    15; 9 ‘Go Irish’

PP SHOWBOUND
Toby     Gerhart    3; 1 ‘Go Card’; 1 ‘Fear the Tree’
Brandon    LaFell    4
Golden    Tate    7; 1 ‘Go Irish’