Happy Earth Day!

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Yep!  Even Earth Day has a card thanks to Upper Deck.

Cards You Can Be “Thankful” For

The Hobby is filled with a ton of strange and unusually cards you normally wouldn’t expect to find in a pack.  With so many products based around historical figures and events, it shouldn’t surprise you that Thanksgiving has found its way into people’s collections.  Upper Deck and Panini (Donruss at the time) steal the show when it comes to Thanksgiving themed trading cards.  Most of them aren’t worth very much, but to player/set collectors they could possible fill that hole which has been in their collection for years.

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From 2006 to 2008, Donruss printed base cards of their popular football products containing their Thanksgiving logo slapped on the front.  There were a few ways you could obtain these.  In 2006, Beckett inserted some of them into issues of Beckett Football Card Monthly.  You could also get team sets if you attended the football game that was playing that Thanksgiving Day.  Finally, Donruss inserted some of them in packs of their football cards that year.  From 2007 to 2008 you could get them at the stadium on Thanksgiving Day or pull them from packs.  Some of these cards contain rookies of popular (at the time they were popular) players such as Reggie Bush, Marshawn Lynch, and Jamarcus Russell.

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This year’s Upper Deck A Piece of History probably contains Thanksgiving’s two best cards in existence.  The one above features the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth and the one below could basically be considered Thanksgiving Day’s rookie card.  Scholars have debated for years when and where Thanksgiving originally started, but most have agreed upon the year 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation.  Its a topic that could be discussed by historians way into the night much like the topic of when and where someone picked up a stick and said lets play baseball.  I’m sure if pieces of the Mayflower were available for sale, Upper Deck would be all over them to insert into the next version of A Piece of History.

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Card of the Day: ’09 UD Piece of History Omaha Beach Sand Relic

This card seems to fit since its Veterans Day.  These cards can be found in packs of 2009 Upper Deck Piece of History and contain actual sand from Omaha Beach in Normandy France.

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2002 Playoff Piece of the Game Football Box Break

Last weekend I ordered a new football cube from Dave & Adam’s Card World.  Browsing through their inventory, I saw they had a box of 2002 Playoff Piece of the Game football.  I opened a ton of this stuff back in ’02 and loved it, so I decided to try another.  After ripping this box, maybe I should open some more.

Flashback Product of the Week: 2002 Playoff Piece of the Game

I can still remember my first trip to the Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show when it was held in Fort Washington, PA.  When I got through the doors I couldn’t believe the amount of dealers and cards I saw.  On my first trip there I ripped open so much 2002 Playoff Piece of the Game baseball and football cards.  Every box contained 6 packs and within each pack there were 4 base cards and 1 memorabilia card.  There was also 1 serial numbered memorabilia card per box.  This product only lasted for two years.  They did release another version in 2003, which contained no base cards but 1 memorabilia card per pack.  The 2003 Playoff Piece of the Game baseball product is where I pulled out my first autographed memorabilia card of Aubrey Huff.

Triple Jersey or Single

I was thinking about this today.  You see a lot of triple jersey cards of one player.  How do you know that there is three separate pieces of jersey in the card?  Maybe its one piece of jersey hidden behind three windows?