Oakland A’s ’18 Bowman Platinum Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Matt Martel on being the lucky winner of the Nick Allen 2018 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects Auto.  Once Matt Martel sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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Oakland Athletics ’17 Topps Tier One Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Matthew Stupienski on being the lucky winner of the Mark Mulder 2017 Topps Tier One Prime Performers Auto #’ed/300.  Once Matthew Stupienski sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Oakland Raiders Poker Chip Pin

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Al Davis was a gambler, gangster, and one of the most feared men in professional football.  Davis didn’t let anything stand in his way.  He will always be remembered as one of the most controversial owners in NFL history.  If there was a rule he didn’t agree with, he had no problem breaking it.  That’s why I thought this Oakland Raiders poker chip pin would do well for this week.  These are easy to find and aren’t that expensive.

Braden Gives Collectors More Reasons To Bust ’07 Exquisite

First off I’d like to say congrats to Dallas Braden for pitching the 19th perfect game in MLB history.  I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to retire 27 batters in a row.

Braden is one of those players whose actual rookie cards contain the famous “Rookie Card” logo.  Usually collectors treat “First Year” cards with more respect than the funky logo ones.  But in this case Braden doesn’t have any “First Year” cards to go after.  2007 Upper Deck Exquisite Baseball has become a very popular product and I constantly catch collectors busting boxes online.  Having the chance of pulling a Lincecum or Braden signature, along with other popular rookies and veterans will only increase the demand of this product.  ’07 UD Exquisite Baseball is one product Upper Deck did extremely well on.  Braden’s perfect game will just add fuel to this popular brand.

Now, go dig out your Dallas Braden cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dolphins Win Again!

This is the best season the Dolphins have had in a long time 🙂

How to Spot a Fake Rickey Henderson 1980 Topps RC #482

Rickey Henderson is one of best players to ever play the game.  His 1980 Topps rookie card #482 is one of the most popular rookie cards a collector can have.  Below are some tips that will help you spot a fake version of this card.

  • Take a look at the words “Rickey Henderson” at the top of the card on the front.  A fake version of this card will have a name that is made of many small dots instead of solid black ink on an original.
  • On a fake Henderson rookie, a green and white dot pattern will make up the background of the “A’s” logo.  On a real version, the green background is a solid color.
  • A counterfeit Henderson rookie will have a broken circle around the © logo on the back.       

If you are a fan of Rickey Henderson, please check out Man of Steal.  It is one of the best blogs about Rickey Henderson collectibles.

$18.00 + for this

Can you believe that the Oakland A’s website is selling Jose Canseco 1986 Fleer Rookie cards for $18.00 plus shipping.  Who would spend that much for this card?  Your lucky if these sell for $0.99 on eBay.  I can’t imagine that people are actually buying them.