Astros ’17 Topps Museum Collection Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to y2jbrak on being the lucky winner of the Roy Oswalt 2017 Topps Museum Collection – Archival Autographs #’ed/99.  Once y2jbrak sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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Astros ’17 Topps Museum Collection Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Roy Oswalt 2017 Topps Museum Collection Archival Autographs #’ed/99.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2017 Topps Museum Collection Box Break & Review

And the luck continues…

Museum Collection has and always will be the typical product that I enjoy opening.  That certainly goes for 2017, especially after you see the awesome cards that I pulled.  Every box contains (4) mini-boxes each housing a “hit”.  Inside you should find at least (1) on-card autograph, (1) autograph relic, (1) quad relic, and (1) jumbo relic.

Although this is a heavily “hit” driven product, there is a base set to collect.  The base set consists of (100) cards covering rookies, current stars, and legends.  Parallels include:

  • Copper/Gold
  • Sapphire Blue #’ed/150
  • Amethyst Purple #’ed/99
  • Ruby Red #’ed/50
  • Emerald Green #’ed/1

Outside of the base set, there is only one insert – Canvas Collection Reproductions.  These mimic the original Canvas Collection sketches found within the product.  If you can’t afford the original sketch or don’t want to wait for it to popup, the reproductions look great in any collection.  Both Aaron Judge and Alex Bregman have rookies in here.  In addition to the original sketches, a select group of players also have autograph sketches.  Talk about some sweet looking cards.  Between Canvas Collection Original Autographs and Gypsy Queen Original Art Patches, its only a matter of time until we see booklets featuring original sketches, jumbo patches, and autographs.  Those would be cool to see someday.

Like I mentioned before, the “hits” are what totally drive this product.  The patches and on-card autographs are amazing.  I really like the Premium Prints Autographs and Museum Framed Autographs.  Pieces featuring dark backgrounds with autographs in paint pen are slick looking.

Fans of the 2017 World Baseball Classic have been finding the first relic cards from that event in here.  Allen & Ginter and Dynasty will also contain WBC relics.  Those uniforms can create some insane patches.

Overall, my box was a blast to open.  Box prices are around $210.

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relic

  • Francisco Lindor Single Player Signature Swatches Dual Relic Auto Redemption

Auto

  • Roy Oswalt Archival Autographs #’ed/99

Relics

  • Joc Pederson Momentous Material Emerald Green Laundry Tag MLB Logo Patch #’ed/1
  • Joey Votto/Adam Duvall/Brandon Phillips/Billy Hamilton Primary Pieces Gold Quad Patch #’ed/25
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu Meaningful Material Copper Patch #’ed/35

Parallels

  • Freddie Freeman Amethyst Purple #’ed/99
  • Edwin Encarnacion Sapphire Blue #’ed/150
  • Josh Donaldson Copper/Gold
  • Jose Altuve Copper/Gold

Insert

  • Giancarlo Stanton Canvas Collection Reproduction

Notable Base

  • Alex Bregman RC #94
  • Yulieski Gurriel RC #99
  • Jackie Robinson #66

On Location: Inside The Penn State All-Sports Museum

Located inside Beaver Stadium is the Penn State All-Sports Museum.  Shortly after it opened in 2002, I remember taking a tour through it.  That was long before Sports Card Info existed, and I’ve always wanted to go back.  That’s exactly what I did over the weekend.

This museum is a mecca for Penn State fans.  Between the two floors it covers major moments from every sport they’re involved in.  Penn State memorabilia galore.  Given that the school was founded in 1855, it has a lot of history.  Football probably gets the most coverage, but all sports get their good share of recognition.  You don’t need to be a Penn State fan to appreciate all of the historical artifacts on display here.  Just being a sports fan is enough.

Once you’re finished visiting the museum, a guide will take you into the stadium.  Getting to see the field without anyone else around is really cool.  Usually the place is packed with 100,000 fans.

Before leaving, I stopped by the gift shop and found a new pin for my collection.  I was looking for a bobblehead, but didn’t find any.  The closest I got to a bobblehead was a Penn State-themed nutcracker.

I didn’t realize that John Montgomery Ward attended Penn State.  He assisted in helping them start their baseball program, and played one season for them in 1875.  Then he got kicked out for stealing some chickens.  Ward eventually went on to have a very successful professional baseball career.  The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted him in 1964.  You can find cards of him in the 19th century Allen & Ginter and Old Judge sets.

If you’re passing through State College, PA I highly suggest stopping.  They don’t charge for admission, but donations are appreciated.

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The 1886 College Nine.  Standing: Halter, Jackson, Rose, Mock, Quigley, Mitchell.  Seated: McLean, Gibson, McClaren, Lencz.  Robert Gibson actually made it to the pros.

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Vintage Penn State baseball memorabilia.  Two game baseballs from 1905 and one from 1906.

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John Cappelletti’s Heisman trophy

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1986 National Championship trophy

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1969 Orange Bowl trophy

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Early 1900s basketball jersey.  Game ball from 1921.

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The Gene Wettstone Most Valuable Gymnast Award

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The Nittany Lion mascot is based on the eastern mountain lion which went extinct during the late 1800s.  This one was shot in 1856.  Considering the techniques for stuffing an animal back then are nothing like they are today, its in great condition.  Its probably one of the finest examples of a taxidermied eastern mountain lion.

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Sears sponsored fencing trophies.  When was the last time Sears could sponsor anything?

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Card of the Day: Conor McGregor 2016 Topps UFC Museum Collection #14

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Choo ’16 Topps Museum Collection Patch Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to James Sanders on being the lucky winner of the Shin-Soo Choo 2016 Topps Museum Collection Meaningful Material 3-Color Patch #’ed/50.  Once James Sanders sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Choo ’16 Topps Museum Collection Patch Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Shin-Soo Choo 2016 Topps Museum Collection Meaningful Material 3-Color Patch #’ed/50.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!