Cardboard Double Take – Reese & Rollins


Collectors were astonished when their eyes fell upon the 1953 Bowman Color set.  Never before had they seen such beautiful imagery conceived on cardboard.  One of the most impressive looking cards considered by many would be #33.  It features a leaping Pee Wee Reese attempting to make what looks like an impeccable double-play.  Up until this time, collectors didn’t get to see many action shots like this featured on their cards.  Some believe this to be a reverse negative, because it looks as if the runner is going from third back to second.  The runner could have been running in the wrong direction too.  Given that this photograph was taken during a spring training game, you have to imagine that anything could have been going on.

Centering and focus are the two main issues with this specific card.  Some can be blurry.  If you are looking to add one to your collection, poor condition examples can be found for under $100.00.  Ones that are pack fresh and look fantastic can be worth thousands.  If you want a nice one, expect to pay $300.00 to $500.00.


Since the production of the ’53 Bowman Color Reese, there has been countless action shots included within card sets.  It has become a hobby standard by now.  I’m sure there are shots similar to the Reese, but not as similar as this Jimmy Rollins 2007 Topps Turkey Red #10.  Not only is Rollins throwing in the same direction, but the runner is facing the same way too.  I’m sure the Reese inspired this piece of work.

Imitation Is The Greatest Form Of Flattery

“Imitation is the greatest form of flattery”


1971 Topps


2009 Upper Deck OPC

I don’t think they look alike at all 🙂  

Card of the Day #60

Pee Wee Reese 2008 Topps Triple Threads Jersey #’ed/36

Q & A – Are either of these Joe Sakic Rookies Reprints?

Question: I have been wanting to pick up a Joe Sakic RC Graded and there are many on eBay right now. I only wanted either PSA or BGS grading because those are the two I trust most. I was wondering how you can tell on these cards if they are reprinted or not? I saw your posts on reprints and the Patrick Roy was especially helpful but for some reason I am having a hard time here. I have included two auctions which I am interested in and am wondering if you could lend your expertise my way? Thanks, and thank you for the amazing blog site. It is the only one that I know of that really helps fight fake cards and informs people.Regards,

Answer:Those two auctions look to be very safe to me.  If either of those cards were a reprint at the top PSA or BGS would state that its a reprint.  I don’t remember hearing about Joe Sakic having any reprinted rookie cards out there.  His rookie cards don’t seem to sell for a large amount of money so people really don’t have a reason to make counterfeits.  Reprinted cards usually have a glossy finish, and the copyright date on the back in fine print is newer than the original card.  Thanks for the comments about the site.