Card of the Day: Rob Murphy 1990 Upper Deck #461

Advertisements

Card of the Day: Daniel Murphy 2010 Topps T-206 Auto

 photo murphy10t206_zpskin2r56a.jpg

Card of the Day: Dale Murphy 2014 Topps Update Strata Bat Auto

 photo murphystrataauto_zps8217ee98.jpg

The 35th National Has Begun!

Its official.  The 35th National Sports Collectors Convention has begun.  Autographs, cards, and promos are flying all over the place.  Every single collector in the world should be in Cleveland right now.

I arrived in plenty of time to obtain my VIP and Guest/Media credentials.  Then off to the VIP Party I went.  After eating some pizza and a cookie, the show opened to VIPs at 3:30pm.  Take a look!

 photo IMG_2181a_zps3062ac46.jpg

7x All-Star Dale Murphy signing at the Freedom Cardboard booth.

 photo IMG_2173a_zps434988e7.jpg

 photo IMG_2174a_zps7e8cc2c7.jpg

 photo IMG_2177a_zpsd2ab4d90.jpg

 photo IMG_2187a_zpsceb1d59d.jpg

 photo IMG_2178a_zps07a9a292.jpg

 photo IMG_2189a_zps035a1ecc.jpg

 photo IMG_2191a_zps7b0a8ace.jpg

 photo IMG_2184a_zps58b088ce.jpg

 photo IMG_2183a_zpsd3ed6cec.jpg

 photo IMG_2179a_zps8672268e.jpg

 photo IMG_2182a_zps60ce0ddf.jpg

 photo IMG_2188a_zps5b117cba.jpg

 photo IMG_2202a_zps4d4fd9c7.jpg

Now for the pickups.  While waiting in line for Dale Murphy, I just happened to be standing next to the Topps booth.  I decided to pickup a box of 2014 Topps Minis.  With every purchase of a Topps Minis box, you get a jumbo card made just for the show.  I picked Mike Trout.

 photo IMG_2195a_zps4bda1076.jpg

 photo IMG_2196a_zps017319c5.jpg

These OYO minifigures were actually the first promos I got upon entering the show.

 photo IMG_2198a_zps726d7a89.jpg

I stopped by Marty’s Sports Card Exchange and bought a box of 2014 Allen & Ginter.  The I went to Blowout Cards and bought another just so I could get the Johnny Manziel Beckett Cover card.  Both boxes were unwrapped at the Topps booth and I got my Abreu and Tanaka exclusive National mini promos.  I still need to go through my boxes to see what I got.

 photo IMG_2200a_zps2e1f828f.jpg

Crosscutters Host 8th Annual Hot Stove Banquet

 photo Hot-Stove-Logo-web_zps53091d44.jpg

The Crosscutters held their 8th annual Hot Stove Banquet at the Genetti Hotel last evening.  It was a night filled with old friends, new friends, great food, stories, giveaways, and autographs.  Some of the guests included Philadelphia Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg, Phillies third baseman Cody Asche, and Phillies broadcaster Greg Murphy.  Returning for a second year in a row was Montoursville native and former major league third baseman Tom O’Malley.

Whoever made the decision to hold the Chinese Auction out in the lobby is a genius.  This allowed for more tables in the ballroom and a lot more room to eat at your seat.  In the past things have been a bit cramped.  The only drawback to the evening was that everyone wasn’t able to get autographs from all the guests.  After obtaining signatures from Cody Asche and Greg Murphy, I went to get in line to see Ryne Sandberg.  Unfortunately they cut the line off for Sandberg right in front of me.  That’s alright.  I had never attempted to get three autographs during this sold out event before.  On a positive note though, when I returned to the table I discovered I had won a prize pack from the Chinese Auction.

 photo IMG_2085_zps9c24f782.jpg

Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg

 photo IMG_2087_zps6ba8244b.jpg

Phillies 3B Cody Asche

 photo IMG_2086_zpsaa24199d.jpg

Phillies broadcaster Greg Murphy

 photo IMG_5277_zps95119a42.jpg

The prize pack I won was donated by the State College Spikes.  It included a T-shirt, signed baseball, signed program, and a Stan Belinda mini bobblehead the Spikes gave away last year.

 photo IMG_2073a_zps1cb28b3a.jpg

 photo IMG_2072a_zpsc35a28cf.jpg

Flashback Product of the Week: 1993 Topps Stadium Club Murphy

 photo 9293tscm_zps33a18358.jpg

I’m sure a lot of Jeter collectors know what this is.  The 1993 Topps Stadium Club Murphy set consists of 200 cards, and was only available in a hobby version.  There are no packs here as the entire set comes packaged in a plastic box that is made to look like Jack Murphy Stadium which is where the 1992 All-Star Game was held.  Also packed with the set were 12 jumbo “Master Photo” cards.  The set is broken down into 100 Draft Picks, 56 All-Stars, all 25 members of the 1992 USA Baseball team, and 19 post-season highlight cards.

Here comes the confusing part, the year.  Despite the set having the 1992 Stadium Club design and the year 1992 printed all over the box, its actually a 1993 product.  These Murphy sets were released about a month after 1993 Stadium Club Series One.  Topps printed about 128,000 copies of the Murphy set.  Out of the 200 cards, #117 is probably the most popular.  This would be the Derek Jeter rookie.  Examples of this card that are in really good condition can be worth well into the hundreds.  Sealed boxes like you see pictured above currently sell for $150.00.

Some collectors think its a good idea to buy sealed sets with the pure intention of opening them to find a perfect Jeter.  This is not always going to be the case.  Those cards have been sealed together for the last twenty years, and with all that gloss there is a good chance they’ll stick together causing damage.

 photo jter93tsbm_zps3fe90941.jpg

Card of the Day: Dale Murphy 1989 Upper Deck Error #357

Photobucket