Card of the Day: Lou Piniella 1970 Topps Scratch Off

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Jamie Cooper Shows Off Latest MLB Painting

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Jamie Cooper recently showed off a portion of his latest masterpiece.  The artist behind the Phillies and Yankees Dream Scenes has been working on a painting for a private collector in the United States.  This piece takes place in 1933 at Comiskey Park, which is the site of the very first All-Star Game.  Over twenty of this private collector’s favorite baseball players will be featured in this painting.  Players include Mickey Mantle, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, and Hank Aaron.  I haven’t heard yet whether or not prints will be made available.  When the painting is complete, I’ll be sure to share a picture.

Outside of his U.S. projects, Jamie Cooper has been quite busy.  He recently did a series of caricatures which were used for an Australian Football League card product.  The caricatures were printed in 3D, and fall 1:60 packs.  I would highly suggest U.S. card companies to give his work a look.  I believe he could make some interesting looking stuff for American sports cards.  Next on his plate is a Dream Scene for the Spanish soccer club Atlético Madrid.

You can now purchase prints directly from Jamie Cooper’s shop.  His prints make great gifts.  Go buy something!!!

Card of the Day: Scott Rolen 2001 Donruss Studio Off The Wall

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Upper Deck Shows Off 6-Card 2014 National VIP Set

Here it is folks!  The complete 6-card set from Upper Deck for VIPs attending the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention.  As you can see it has Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr, Johnny Manziel, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Tiger Woods.

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Panini Shows Off An Early Look At 2014 NSCC Wrapper Redemption Set

We’re only 24 days away from the opening of the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland.  Things are starting to heat up.  You know me, I’m all about free stuff and that’s one of the best things about the National.

Panini has given us collectors a small glimpse as to what we’ll find inside those coveted wrapper redemption packs.  Right now all we’re getting to see are base cards.  For more pictures check out The Knight’s Lance.  Panini plans to bring back their popular VIP Party which you’ll most likely need to spend a few thousand dollars on product if you want to attend.  They’ll also have autograph guests at their booth too.  In my experience, Panini’s wrapper redemption programs aren’t something you need to rush through the door to participate in like some of the stuff you see with Topps.  Panini usually holds their programs at specific times.  Watch the lines!!!  Collectors have been known to lineup 2 hours ahead of time.

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Press Pass Shows Off 2014 Industry Summit Promos

Given that the 2014 Industry Summit is held in mid-March, it makes perfect sense for Press Pass’s promos to be pre-draft football related.  For those lucky collectors who plan on attending, check out some of the promos Press Pass plans to distribute.  It wouldn’t surprise me if they threw in a few autographed versions too like they have in the past.

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My First Card Show Purchase

For some reason tonight I felt like looking up Willie Stargell stuff on eBay and I found a card that takes me way back to my early days of collecting.  When I attended my first card show back in the mid 90’s, in addition to meeting Scott Rolen while he was working his way through the Phillies organization, I would try to acquire cards of players whose signature I had on baseballs.  The first autographed baseball I ever received was Willie Stargell when I was 3 years old.  That day at the show I was looking for a Stargell card, especially one that wasn’t too expensive.  I remember finding this Willie Stargell 1970 Topps Scratch-Off card sitting in the front part of one of the dealer’s boxes.  This was my first purchase I ever made at a card show.  After awhile I stopped obtaining cards of every athlete I met and a few years ago this card made its way into another collector’s hands.

What was your first purchase at a card show?


Photoshop Redemption Card Deception

After reading this, I bet you’ll never want to purchase a redemption card over the internet again.  I have talked to you about people using Photoshop to “enhance” the appearence of their cards, but this time I would like to talk about how people use Photoshop to travel back in time with their redemption cards.  Lets say you pull out a redemption card like the one pictured below.

Then you decide to scratch off the redemption to see what autographed card you are due to receive.

You find out its an autograph of a rookie that you have never heard of.  You wish you could go back in time and never have scratched it off.  Well, with Photoshop some sellers have discovered time travel.  People will scan the scratched card into Photoshop and “correct” the scratched part using the image of another unscratched redemption card.  Below is a “fixed”  version of the scratched off card.  People will put them up for sale making the buyers think it is unsctached.  Therefore, the seller gets money for the unsctached card, and get the card from the company since they already redeemed it.

I know people will read this and say I’m promoting sellers to do this, but if I wouldn’t show collectors this they would not know about it.  I wrote this to help protect potential bidders from falling victim to a scam.  Online redemptions are good for collectors because you don’t have to mail them in, but if you purchase one over the internet you could get stuck in a mess like this.  The mail-in redemption cards that most companies are getting rid of could protect you from a scam.  There are pros and cons on each side of the situation.