Redemption Security

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If I could change one thing within the hobby right now, I would add more security to certain redemption cards.  Redemptions are a pain.  Sometimes it can take forever to receive the card, and many times you never get the actual card you were suppose to get.  Lately, I’ve seen a lot of slacking when it comes to the design of redemption cards.  Its true that most collectors throw away their redemptions once they get filled, but more security features have to be added.  Just take a look at the 2011 Topps Platinum Football redemption pictured above.  Anyone with a blank filler and a sheet of Avery labels could make a counterfeit one.  I know by saying that people will get ideas, but something has to be done about it.  Perhaps it will influence certain manufacturers to take more time in designing their redemptions.  Redemptions aren’t fun in the first place, don’t make them any worse than they have to be.

ITG’s 32nd National VIP Promos & More

In The Game will be including special coupons into the VIP packages this year for the 32nd National Sports Collectors Convention.  These coupons can be redeemed at the ITG booth for a 10-card set.  The complete set includes:  Mario Lemiuex, Patrick Roy, Steve Yzerman, Mark Messier, Tim Thomas, Steven Stamkos, Mike Trout, Manny Machado, William Shatner and Pam Anderson.

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Anyone who opens a box of Heroes & Prospects Baseball Series 1 or Series 2 low numbers at the ITG booth can redeem that box for a special baseball card made for the National.  Each card will be #’ed/20.  These cards include: Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson, Roberto Alomar, Paul Molitor, Bert Blyleven, Reggie Jackson, Bob Gibson, Stan Musial, Mike Trout, Adam Warren, Cam Greathouse, Deck McGuire and Brice Bentz.

For even more ITG promos for this year’s National, click here.

Some More 2011 Allen & Ginter Images

These images came directly from the 2011 Allen & Ginter sales sheet, which I saw for the first time last night.  Maybe this year I’ll purchase a rip card.  I’ve always wanted to own one of those.

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Just A Few More Images Of 2011 Press Pass Football

Ok.  I think this is the final preview of 2011 Press Pass Football.

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More 2011 Press Pass Football Pictures

No college logos, but I do like the Trophy Club cards.  Press Pass is looking at releasing 2011 Football on 3/23/11.

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More Promo Pins From The ’10 LLWS

After work today I went back up to Williamsport because I heard there were some pin vendors setup at some of the local hotels.  I purchased a ton of new pins for my collection, and I don’t think I even spent $20.00.   I was able to pick-up a few new promos from the Wilson Trophy Company, DPH Custom Pins, and the grocery store Wegmans.  Check them out!

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To get the Wegmans pin, all I had to do was eat two pieces of pizza and drink a soda.

Do More With Score

Historically speaking, the Score brand has always been a low-end product.  If your a collector on a serious budget, Score is where you want to go for cheap rookies of star players.  Bo Jackson, Barry Sanders, and Troy Aikman are probably some of the best known athletes to have their best rookies on a Score card.  I’d like to see Panini do more with Score products.  I think they do a great job of creating some good looking cards that can easily be picked up for little on the secondary market.  A lot of Score cards past and present are extremely underrated.  I guess its a good thing for those collectors trying to watch their wallets, but I think they should get more credit.  Just because a product doesn’t cost all that much to open shouldn’t mean the cards inside are worth less.  Panini should create more products based on Score.  They should keep the low-end products they have now and expand on them.  They could easily kick Score up a notch.  I’m sure many collectors would love to pull an autographed buyback rookie of the Barry Sanders ’89 Score rookie.  Aikman fans would be right up there with them.  I bet Panini could make one heck of a baseball set using the Score designs.

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This Peyton Manning 1998 Score rookie only sold for $0.56.