What’s Inside A SportsCards.com Mystery Box?

SportsCards.com sells a variety of monthly subscription boxes, has an eBay Store, and their database allows you to see completed eBay auction listings long after they’re not visible directly on eBay anymore.  I received this box as a gift.

What was in this Mystery Box?

  • (1) pack of 2019 Leaf Draft Football
  • Fred Lynn 1976 Topps #50
  • Ty Cobb – A Word From – Sample Card
  • Marquese Chriss 2016-17 Donruss Newly Crowned Relic
  • Buck Leonard 1978 Grand Slam #36 BGS Authentic Auto

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Pin Highlight: Lord Darth Vader Star Wars Celebration 2017 40 Years Mystery Pin

The Last Jedi is here!!!  So many questions will be answered while new ones will take their place.  Its gonna be good.

Star Wars Celebration 2017 took place in Orlando, Florida.  Disney made a whole bunch of pins to commemorate this event.  One set contains twelve pins.  Two pins come packaged in a blind box.  You have no clue as to which pins you’ll be getting.

The checklist of pins includes:

  • Artoo-Deetoo
  • Han Solo
  • Grand Moff Tarkin
  • Lord Darth Vader
  • Luke Skywalker
  • Chewbacca
  • Stormtrooper – chaser
  • Princess Leia Organa – chaser
  • Aunt Beru – chaser
  • Uncle Owen – chaser
  • Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi – chaser
  • See-Threepio – chaser

The chaser pins are difficult to pull and are limited to 1,500 copies.

If the pictures on these pins look familiar, you’d be correct.  Most come from 1977 Topps Star Wars Series 1 Stickers.  Chewie’s pin uses the image from his Series 2 sticker from that same year.  I don’t believe Uncle Owen, Aunt Beru, and the Stormtrooper have stickers that use those exact pictures.  Those look to have been made just for this pin set.

Card of the Day: 2005 Bowman Heritage Mystery Redemption

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Mystery No More – Manziel Is Leaf’s Surprise

Its no longer a mystery.  Johnny Manziel or “Johnny Football” is the subject matter on the mystery art/cut signature card that has had collectors scratching their heads ever since the release of 2013 Leaf Metal Football and 2013 Leaf Valiant Football.  There was quite a bit of speculation that this mystery redemption was going to be of Manziel, but today it was all confirmed by Leaf.  Each one of those redemption cards is good for one of these very early cards of the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.  They all come certified by PSA/DNA and are encased in a BGS holder.  Leaf is one of my favorite manufacturers because they aren’t afraid to push the envelope and try something new.  I wouldn’t mind seeing more art/cut signature cards in the future, especially of deceased players.

Leaf CEO, Brian Gray, mentioned that he recently purchased a Bear Bryant jacket from Heritage Auctions.  He didn’t say if it was for his personal collection or for use in a future product.  An all Alabama product wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility.  Last year Leaf released Lombardi Legacy and it didn’t contain one Green Bay Packers logo.

I don’t think they look too bad, considering all the legalities they probably had to work through in order to make them.

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Star Wars R2-D2 Vinylmation Jumbo Mystery Chaser Pin

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, the internet almost exploded last week when we got word that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm for a little over $4 billion.  Disney plans to move forward and make at least three more Star Wars films starting with Episode XII projected to be released in 2015.  This will be the first Star Wars film not directed by George Lucas as he will be retiring and working on smaller projects.  As you can imagine, speculation on what the next three movies will be about is already flooding the internet.  It’s said that Lucas has the next set of stories written which have been under lock and key for years.   As a Star Wars fan, I was very excited to hear this news.  Back in 2005 I seriously thought we would never see another Star Wars movie after Revenge of the Sith.  From a financial standpoint it makes perfect sense to go on with them.  Star Wars merchandise is so collectible and fans will jump on the opportunity to own more stuff.

It would be fun to see Mark Hamill back in the role of a much older Luke Skywalker helping to rebuild the Jedi.  The same can go for Han Solo and Leia.  As it sits right now, almost everything is a rumor.  The only two things confirmed is that there will be at least three more films, and the stories will be all original.

Now lets get to this pin.  Disney and Star Wars have been working together for years.  This pin is rather large measuring 3″ by 2″ and is part of a Star Wars themed set.  Each pin in the set is shaped liked Mickey Mouse, but is made to look like a character from Star Wars.  It was released this past year in a boxed mystery set.  It is limited to only 250 copies which isn’t that many.  That’s probably why they sell for around $50.00.

Go For It! Roadshow Mystery Signature Solved

Last month I blogged about the Go For It! Roadshow that was put together by the HealthSouth Corporation.  During the show, I was given an autographed T-shirt by some of the professional athletes that took part in the show.  I had recently rediscovered this shirt after it had been packed away.  All of the signatures were clear to me except for one.

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The signature on the right had puzzled me for years…. until today.  One of Sports Card Info’s readers stumbled across that post and made it clear that it was Steve DeOssie’s signature.  DeOssie was a linebacker for the Cowboys, Giants, Jets, and Patriots from 1984 to 1995.  He has a total of 11 cards including one autograph found in 1992 Pro Line Portraits.  DeOssie was actively involved with the Go For It! Roadshow and his name sounds very familiar from that day.

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DeOssie’s 1989 Topps Traded #79T RC

Card of the Day: Placido Polanco 2000 Just Mystery Signatures Auto

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With all the licensing changes happening within The Hobby, I predict all cards will look like this someday.  The card above doesn’t state a team, player name, or any kind of logo other than the Just name on the front.  Let the collectors guess who the autograph is of.