2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition Box Break & Review

Whoa!  I’m still shaking after ripping into this box.  You would be too if you lifted the lid and saw the card I pulled.

Buybacks are great.  There are lots of well designed cards floating around that don’t carry much value.  Buying them back and adding an autograph can make all the difference.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened a product and said to myself “Man, this card would look cool if it had an on-card autograph.”  That’s exactly what buybacks do.

2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition is a picture perfect example of a quick-thrill product.  Boxes range in price from $50 to $70.  Inside each box you’ll find (1) encased autographed buyback card.  Unlike previous releases, this product focuses on current players instead of retired stars.

Yes.  Products like this are a gamble.  But what product today isn’t?  The best thing about products such as this is that the format allows high-rollers to get their fix, while player collectors get to pick-up some very affordable autographs on the secondary market.  To put it simply, the format/price may not be for everyone, but the cards overall appeal to a large audience.

My favorite thing about buybacks are when Topps gets athletes to sign their rookie cards.  Then its a double whammy.  Not only do you get an autograph, but a rookie card too.

Here is what I pulled… brace yourself.


  • Mike Trout 2013 Bowman Buyback Auto #’ed 1/1


Flashback Product of the Week: It’s Academic Player Erasers

Back to school time is officially here.  In all honestly it probably returned in early July according to the retailers.  We all make mistakes.  I know I’ve made at least one in my life 🙂  Why not equip yourself with a Player Eraser from the It’s Academic line of school supplies?  That’s if you can still find one.

It’s Academic has been around for over twenty years.  They make tons of stuff that can be used in a school or office environment.  Book covers, locker accessories, and scissors are just a small taste of what they make.  Over the past two decades, they’ve worked with all kinds of name brands to help sell their products.  At one time (it doesn’t look like it anymore) they had a deal with the MLBPA.  One of their products to come out of this deal was a line of Player Erasers.  These are exactly what they sound like.  Pencil erasers in the shape of your favorite baseball players.  The checklist features twenty players, which seems a lot more extensive than what you’d expect from a product such as this.

  • Sammy Sosa
  • Mark McGwire
  • Derek Jeter
  • Cal Ripken Jr.
  • Mike Piazza
  • Jeff Bagwell
  • Craig Biggio
  • Frank Thomas
  • Greg Vaughn
  • Ken Caminiti
  • Bobby Bonilla
  • Albert Belle
  • Kenny Lofton
  • Roberto Alomar
  • Jim Thome
  • Chuck Knoblauch
  • Bernie Williams
  • Paul O’Neill
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Juan Gonzalez

Seeing that the deal was only with the MLBPA and not MLB, team names and logos had to be left off.  I see them as more of a novelty than anything.  A good conversation piece to sit on your desk.  As far as functionality, I’m not 100% sure how well they worked as an eraser.  On the back of the package, they advise you to rub the portion of the eraser you plan to use on a piece of scratch paper first in order to remove the decorative coating.  Otherwise you’ll end up with streak marks.  Given the checklist, I’d say these were released in the late 90’s.

Card of the Day: 2014 Upper Deck SP Authentic Sign of the Times Three Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer/Gary Player

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2015 Oakley Little League Baseball World Series Player Pin

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The 2015 Little League World Series came to an end last Sunday.  Japan beat Red Land 18-11.  Everyone has gone home.  All the pins have been given out.  Although it wouldn’t surprise me if some of the businesses in Williamsport still have some pins available.  I think they tend to order a lot of them.  Dairy Queen still had pins leftover from last year.

Starting in 2014, Oakley began to make pins for the Little League World Series.  Those pins were specifically made for the players though.  The only way normal people could get one is to trade for it or buy one on eBay.  That pin can run $100.00+.  Oakley returned to the Little League World Series again this year.  This time they brought two different pins with them.  Players got the all silver colored pin pictured above.  More of the 2015 player pins have popped up for sale.  But they still can be expensive at around $50.00 – $150.00.  The other pin they gave out looks almost identical to the one the players got.  The main difference is that the “2015” is in red and blue.  I think they may have been given to the public through some type of promotion at the Oakley booth.  Even those weren’t easy to get.

Flashback Product of the Week: John Player & Sons 1928-29 Footballer Set

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Like I said in my box break and review of 2015 Topps Major League Soccer, the MLS Minis are modeled after the John Player & Sons 1928-29 Footballer Set.

John Player & Sons was a tobacco and cigarette manufacturer from Nottingham, England, who’s roots can be traced back to the early 1830’s.  In 1893, they produced one of the first general interest sets in the UK simply called “Castles and Abbeys”.  After the success they had with the “Castles and Abbeys” set, future tobacco card inserts would feature film stars, models, nature scenes, military heroes, and sports figures.

In the United States, tobacco cards showcasing sports stars mainly dealt with baseball players.  Over in the UK though, you’d find football (soccer), rugby, boxing, tennis, and cricket.  The John Player & Sons 1928-29 Footballer Set is made up of 75 cards.  The first (50) were issued in October 1928, and the final (25) came out in February 1929.  Popular players in this set include Tom McDonald, Stanley Earle, David Jack, and Sam Cowan.  Even though these cards are old and were only available for a short time, they don’t carry much value today.  Individual cards that are in great condition sell for as little as a few dollars.  This set also includes rugby players, which could be the reason why collectors may not be that interested in it.  Sometimes dual-sport sets can do that.

Sports Card Info Is Runner-Up Winner In Panini’s 2014 NFL Player of the Day Hobby Blogger Promotion

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For a second year in a row, I’m happy to announce that Sports Card Info is a runner-up winner in Panini’s 2014 NFL Player of the Day Hobby Blogger Promotion.  Remember that large contest held last October?  Well I guess Sports Card Info did a good job in hosting it.

As a runner-up winner, I won the following:

  • $100.00 in cash
  • (1) Kelvin Benjamin 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day RC Jersey
  • (1) Blake Bortles 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day RC Jersey
  • (1) Sammy Watkins 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day RC Jersey
  • (1) AJ McCarron 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day RC Jersey
  • (1) Mike Evans 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day RC Jersey
  • Handful of 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day promo packs – pulled autos of Asa Watson, Connor Shaw, and a Johnny Manziel jersey

Thanks everyone who participated!!!

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Clowney Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Jadeveon Clowney 2014 Panini Player of the Day RC Jersey.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!