Famous Fabrics Preview

Creative Cardboard Concepts distributes products such as Sportkings and various ITG products.  I’ve never owned anything made by any of these manufacturers, but I just received an e-mail containing new images of their Famous Fabrics product and I think they look awesome.  This product is very limited (according to Creative Cardboard Concepts).  You can check out more information about Famous Fabrics over on their blog.  It is scheduled to be released 2-24-10.

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As a big Phillies fan, this triple jersey of Burrell, Howard and Rollins celebrating the ’08 Championship looks awesome.

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They even have the Dolphins covered too.  I swear I’ve seen this design done before with a football product from the late 90’s featuring jersey relics.

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I’m not a big Pirates fan, but I sure wouldn’t mind pulling this card.  Would you?

2001 Topps Rookie Reprints

This is one card I wish I would have purchased while attending a show a few weeks back.  When I first saw it I thought it was fake, but then I learned about how Topps created a whole set of Rookie Reprints back in 2001.  These relic/autographs actually look pretty cool.  They’re difficult to pull which can make them more expensive even though its just a plain piece of jersey.  This is something that I’d like to see more of.  Usually when you see a card thats too good to be true it probably is, but in this case its not.  Topps did such a good job of keeping each of these cards looking as close as possible to the real thing.  I also like the fact they made refractor versions for cards like this.  It gives you the idea of what your favorite player’s rookie would look like if refractor technology was around back then.

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1997 UD Legends Football Returns Again

Images and information about the new 2009 Ultimate Collection Football has been public for about a week, but I wanted to share with you some info I obtained about the 1997 Legends signatures that are one of the biggest hits with this product.  Just like last year, collectors can pull autographs of Hall of Famers/retired players from ’09 Ultimate Collection that are designed just like the famous 1997 UD Legends set.  Last week’s product preview showed that Darrell Green will be included, but I’ve learned of a few others that collectors can look for this year: Bruce Smith, Dan Marino, Warren Moon, Drew Bledsoe, and Mike Alstott.  These cards are usually case hits and quite difficult to pull.  Mike Alstott must feel like signing stuff this year because before 2009 he didn’t have a ton of autographs.  Out of that list, I believe that the Marino will be one of the most valuable since he has such a large collecting fan base.  I know I’d love to pull one of those.  I also learned from Upper Deck that they have been trying to get signatures of Dolphins HOFer Nick Buoniconti, but haven’t received a response yet.  Buoniconti is one of the members of the Miami Dolphins Perfect Season team, and doesn’t have a certified autograph and/or relic.  Hopefully thats one they can get for future products.

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Ruby Parallels

I’ve mentioned on here before that one of my favorite products of the 90’s was 1997 Skybox Premium Football.  It wasn’t a high-end product at all and you weren’t suppose to get any “hits” per box.  There were no relics, but you did have the chance of pulling an autograph.  I just really enjoy the design of the cards.  I can still remember attending a small card show in Harrisburg and purchasing a Dan Marino base from ’97 Premium for my Dolphins collection.  Even with all the autographs, my favorite inserts would have to be the ruby parallels.  The ruby inserts are each serial numbered to 50 copies and are very hard to pull.  I’ve only seen them on eBay and never in person.  Most of the time these rubies are worth more than the actual autographs from this product.  Being a Dan Marino fan, I’d love to add a ruby Marino to my collection.  I’m sure if one shows up for sale, its going to be very pricey.  I’m seriously think of purchasing a box of ’97 Skybox Premium just for the heck of opening something old.  I bet it would make for an interesting break.

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Card of the Day: Dan Marino 1996 UD SPx Holoview Auto

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Card of the Day: Dan Marino 1984 Topps Instant Replay #124

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No, this is NOT his rookie!

Errors: Not Just For The Basic Set

Error cards usually appear in products that contain a large base set like the regular Topps or Upper Deck sets.  This usually happens because there are so many cards to keep track of and there is bound to be a mistake made somewhere (others may think its done on purpose to hype up the product, but thats a whole different story).  But thats not the case with this Dan Marino card.  This one comes from the 2008 UD Ultimate Collection Legends insert set.  On the front it displays the number 32 and has the letters “RB” for Running Back.  Thats fine, but Dan Marino never wore the number 32 and was never a running back.  Upper Deck must have been asleep when making this card.

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Card of the Day: Dan Marino 1996 Upper Deck Jersey

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Multiple Marino Photos

Today I found two different sellers using the same photo while trying to sell a Dan Marino 1984 Topps RC #123.  The first seller, keepersinccards, seems to have a bunch of Marino rookie cards up for sale using a few of the same photos.  The second seller, breaks407, looks to be using one of the same photos from keepersinccards.  If you take a look at the completed sales for keepersinccards, you will see a bunch of other Marino rookies.  The same photos are used over and over.  The Dan Marino 1984 Topps RC #123 is one of the most counterfeited cards on the market today and there is no way I would purchase one from either of these sellers.  It could be the scanner, but the color is way to dark for me.

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Card of the Day: Dan Marino 1989 Panini Sticker

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