Card of the Day: Willie Mays 2001 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Signatures

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Card of the Day: Willie Mays 1952 Bowman #218

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Card of the Day: Willie Mays 1952 Topps #261

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New Sheldon Sketches!

Yesterday, August 16, 2010 was the 90th anniversary of Carl Mays fateful pitch that did in Ray Chapman back on August 16, 1920.  Because of the tragedy of that one pitch, new baseballs were put into play after they got dirty which in turn ruined the pitching trade for those who were referred to as spitballers.

To commemorate this monumental event in baseball history, Monty Sheldon created two sketch cards.  One of Mays and one of Chapman.  They look really good, and you can check out his auctions here.

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Autograph Arithmetic

If you attend any large sports card/memorabilia shows where major athletes are signing autographs, I’m sure that you’re familiar with how outrageous some of the autographs can cost.  

Last weekend while attending the Philly Show, Willie Mays was scheduled to show up and sign autographs for his fans.  The cheapest price they were charging for his signature was $269.00 for any flat items.  The prices went up if you wanted him to sign anything else.  This got me thinking.  $269.00 is a lot of money just to watch someone sign a card or photograph.  You can easily pickup a Mays 2004 Topps Finest certified autographed card for less than $90.00.  Thats almost a 300% increase in price just to see them in person.  

Lets apply this information to Babe Ruth.  A Babe Ruth cut signature can be purchased online for about $4,000.00.  If Ruth was still alive today and showed up at a show to sign autographs, it would cost you about $12,000.00+ to watch him sign your item.  

Although it is fun to say you’ve met an athlete, sometimes its just better to go with the cards instead.

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The Philly Show Report

The Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show will always be one of my favorite events to attend.  This time was probably the most interesting show I had ever been to.  I arrived at the Valley Forge Convention Center at 9:00 a.m. right when the show opened.  Quickly finding out the show was downstairs in one of their giant rooms, I hopped on a elevator and went on down.  When I got there the line was very short (which didn’t last long because it soon went all the way up the stairs), and I purchased my tickets to enter the show, while at the same time looking to see when the autograph guests were going to start signing.  Entering the show, you could see that the facility was much older and run down.  Many of the dealers I talked to weren’t very happy with the way it looked.  I was told that setting up for the show was quite difficult because they would only allow 6 vehicles to pull up at a time to unload or load up stuff.  Being downstairs also made it almost impossible to get a cell phone signal which meant many dealers couldn’t accept credit cards.  Finally, Hunt Auctions requires a ticket to do almost anything – even the free stuff.  Around 10:00 a.m. I got in line to receive my free autograph of Marty Bystrom.  When I got up to meet Mr. Bystrom, the girl next to him asked if I had a yellow ticket.  I said no, and then she wanted me to go all the way back to get one.  Lucky for me, Mr. Bystrom was on the telephone and wasn’t paying attention and he signed my bat anyway.  Those yellow tickets didn’t cost anything, and nobody told us beforehand we needed them.  Hunt Auctions was adding so many extra steps people had a hard time following what to do.  You even needed to purchase tickets at the food court.  Then you would walk five steps to the right and hand someone your tickets in exchange for your lunch.  Hunt Auctions is addicted to tickets.  I’m surprised they didn’t make you purchase a ticket to use the bathroom.  They also should have had more lunch tables for people to sit and eat.  The men’s bathroom looked like a crime scene from CSI.   Hopefully Hunt Auctions can make these improvements for the September show.  This was the first Philly Show with them being the owners, so lets hope the second time around the facility and show run a bit smoother.

Ok, thats enough about the building and new owners.  Lets get to the good stuff…………. the cards and autographs!  I only felt like getting one autograph when I got there.  I didn’t wait in line very long to meet Marty Bystrom, which was a positive.  Larry Christenson was signing at the same time, but I didn’t feel like going to get more TICKETS.  I was able to see each autograph guest:  Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Willie McCovey, Marty Bystrom, and Larry Christenson.  Mr. McCovey I saw behind the curtain before coming out and Mr. Mays didn’t want photos taken.  

Browsing through the show, I came across a few of my favorite dealers.  I picked up a bunch of wax and a few single cards for my personal collection.  Boxes I picked up included:

  • (2) 2008 UD Ultimate Collection Football packs
  • (1) 2008 Donruss Threads Baseball box
  • (1) 2008 Playoff Absolute Football box
  • (2) 2009 Topps Heritage Baseball packs

Check out this video showing some of the highlights of what I pulled:

I bought two loose cards found under glass:
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Jimmy Rollins 2003 Fleer Patchworks 2 Color Patch #’ed/300

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“Shoeless” Joe Jackson 2008 Playoff Prime Cuts Dual Bat #’ed/50 – I finally pulled the trigger and purchased one.  Its one of the best additions to my personal collection.  This card will never leave.

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As you can see, a Gun Show was also taking place.  That came in handy for those angry card collectors that were shorted a hit in a box 🙂

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Larry Christenson signing autographs

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Marty Bystrom on the phone while signing my bat

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Frank Robinson walking into the food court

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Closeup of the Championship ring

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Mr. Robinson actually sat down at the table with me and ate a muffin while I busted a pack of ’08 UD Ultimate Collection Football.  He recognized that I took a few pictures when he walked in the building and said, “You should really ask before taking pictures.”  We exchanged a few words and then I headed back into the show.

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Inside the show

The next Philly Show takes place on September 25-27.  Even though this show had some minor annoyances, I had a great time.  I will be going back for the next one.  

In two weeks I will be headed towards Ephrata, PA for the Ephrata Recreational Center Sports Card Show put together by the Lions Club.  Darren Daulton is scheduled to sign autographs.  Be ready for another report! 

If You Had To Choose

Who would you rather see try and sell you a box of 1988 Donruss?

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Don West

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Billy Mays – This guy made the famous catch, right?

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Dan Ackroyd

I have to go with Don West.  He was really fun to watch.

The Triple Threat

This has to be one of the most valuable non-autographed modern day relic cards to hit the market.  It is a 1999 Upper Deck 500 Home Run Club Triple Bat Relic of Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays.  Currently this card is selling for $5,600.00 and has amounted over 30 bids.  The standard 500 Home Run Club cards from that set are rare to pull alone, but this triple relic is next to impossible to find.  This is the only one I have ever seen for sale, and is one of the coolest relic cards I have ever seen.  

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Card of the Day: Willie Mays 2008 Playoff Prime Cuts IV Auto Patch

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Card of the Day: Willie Mays 2001 UD Sweet Spot Auto

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