Cooper’s Phillies “Dream Team” Painting IS Coming To Fans

This evening I received an e-mail from Jamie Cooper.  Jamie is the artist who painted the famous Phillies “Dream Team” painting that is hanging in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.  He contacted me awhile back to see if I could help spread the word to see if collectors would be interested in a more affordable version of this great piece of art.  I’m happy to announce that after a few blog posts later the feedback has been overwhelming and Jamie has decided to bring this painting to the fans.  Thats the power of blogging!

Print Highlights:

  • It will be printed on 300gsm quality art stock
  • The size will be approx. 39 x 15 inches
  • Each print will come signed by Jamie Cooper
  • The print will be accompanied by an A4 sheet with the entire story of the painting including the many hidden secrets woven into the scene
  • Price is $125 plus postage and handling ($25)
  • The lithographic print on paper will be released in 2 weeks time, delivery within 4 weeks

For more information, you can contact Jamie Cooper at:

jamie@jcap.com.au

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Phillies “Dream Team” Painting Possibly Coming Soon To Fans

Upstairs at Citizens Bank Park hanging in the Phillies Diamond Club is one of the greatest pieces of Phillies artwork ever created.  The Phillies “Dream Team” piece was created by Jamie Cooper and features various Philadelphia Phillies from different eras.  It even has Harry Kalas interviewing Richie Ashburn to the right.  I wrote a post about this piece of work last January, and recently I was contacted by Mr. Cooper who wanted to know my thoughts about making prints of the piece available to collectors.  As of right now, only extremely high-end copies are available to collectors and can cost into the thousands.  Cooper would like to offer collectors a chance to own a copy of this print, but at a more economical cost.

What he is thinking about is creating a 45 x 18 inch print on 250 gsm art stock.  The price would probably be around $125.00 plus shipping & handing.  Right now this isn’t definite, but he asked if I would help spread the word informing Phillies fans that this could be something available.  In my opinion, its the greatest piece of Phillies artwork ever created.  It just looks so cool!!

Please let me know what you think of this idea.  Jamie is looking for some feedback to see if its worth going through with.  He has had a lot of requests to make the painting more affordable.

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This is a mock-up of what the print could look like.  The names of the players and the story of the painting would come on an attached COA.  If anyone is interested in purchasing a print, please contact Jamie Cooper at: jamie@jcap.com.au

Finally Print Media Free

The first time I picked up a price guide was back in the early 90’s.  It was a copy of Beckett Baseball with Michael Jordan on the cover.  The first time I actually subscribed to a hobby publication was after I purchased a copy of Tuff Stuff featuring Grant Hill on the front.  For years I received copies of Tuff Stuff before flipping over to Beckett.  Before I even thought of starting a blog, I locked myself into a long term subscription to Beckett.  A few months ago I started to receive notices from Beckett asking me to renew my subscription, and I confidently threw them in the garbage.  I’m not ashamed to admit that while starting Sports Card Info I kept receiving copies of the magazine, but it has been a very long time since I have opened one up.  I never saw the need.  Next month will be the first time I’ve never received a print publication that pertains to The Hobby.  Print media is dead and the blogs have taken over.  Price guides are a complete joke and you can get all the information you need online.  Before I started this blog, I was an active member of the Beckett Message Boards (BMB).  At the time, Kevin Haake was the editor of Beckett Baseball and he would ask members to contribute articles which would then be featured in the magazine.  I had a bunch of stuff printed in their magazine and I thought it was the coolest when the magazine came and I saw it in there.  After they changed their website, I left the boards and focused much more on blogging.  Why wait a month for an article to be published when I can do it instantly at my computer?

Does anyone see a good reason for you to subscribe to a print publication that deals with The Hobby?  I don’t.  You can save yourself a lot of money by reading the blogs.  That extra cash can buy you a lot of cards 🙂

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Inside these magazines I remember seeing ads for very large shows.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever get to attend some of them.

E-mail Back From Razor

If you remember, when I was at the Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show in Reading, PA almost two weeks ago, I pulled a Yogi Berra 2008 Razor Cut Signature card.  Viewing the checklist I saw there was ten or less of them made.  Last night I sent an e-mail to Brian who works at Razor to see if he could tell me how many exactly were produced.  This morning I received a message back from him stating there were about five made.  Mine is the only one I have seen so far.

 

2008 Press Pass Legends Football Inscription Quantities

According to David Lee of Beckett Football, here are the inscription quantities of 2008 Press Pass Legends football cards:

Press Pass has again released exclusively to Beckett Media the quantities for the red ink and inscriptions variations in 2008 Press Pass Legends Football. These variations appear throughout the autographed inserts. Below is the complete list.

Troy Aikman
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Erik Ainge
Saturday Sigs
54 (red); 25 ‘Go Vols!’

Marcus Allen
Cards Still Outstanding

Adrian Arrington
Saturday Sigs
1 (red); 5 ‘Go Blue!’

Donnie Avery
Saturday Sigs
49 (red); 25 ‘UH’

Earl Bennett
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 25 ‘Juke’

Davone Bess
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 29 ‘D.Bess’ (red)

George Blanda
Saturday Sigs
50; 25 ‘JQ Blanda’
Legendary Legacy
22 (red)
LL Plat.
28 (red)

John David Booty
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 25 ‘JB’

Brian Bosworth
Saturday Sigs
44 (red); 7 ‘The Boz’; 6 ‘OU LB 44’; 1 ‘Boomer Sooner #44 (red); 8 ‘The Boz’; 3 ‘OU LB 44’; 1 ‘Boomer Sooner #44’

Adarius Bowman
All Conference
10 (red)

Colt Brennan
Saturday Sigs
25 ‘Aloha!’

John Brodie
Saturday Sigs
50 (red)

Brian Brohm
Saturday Sigs
25 (red); 13 ‘Go Cards!’; 2 ‘Cards!’
All Conference
7 ‘Go Cards!’
AC Plat.
3 ‘Go Cards!’

Dorien Bryant
Saturday Sigs
20 (red); 13 ‘Boiler Up’

Keenan Burton
Saturday Sigs
49 (red); 13 ‘Mr. Stacks’; 10 ‘Tre Easy’

Andre Caldwell
Saturday Sigs
51 (red); 25 ‘Bubba Caldwell’

Calais Campbell
Saturday Sigs
9 (red); 5 ‘The Big Show’

Earl Campbell
Legendary Legacy 
2 ‘Tyler Rose’ 
LL Plat.
22 ‘Tyler Rose’

John Carlson
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Anthony Carter
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 25 ‘AC 1’

Antoine Cason
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Jamaal Charles
Saturday Sigs
33 (red); 25 ‘J-Mall’   

Tashard Choice
All Conference
25 (red)

Cris Collinsworth
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Dan Connor
Saturday Sigs
48 (red); 1 ‘Go State!’; 16 ‘Go PSU!’
AC Plat.
2 ‘Go PSU!’

Roger Craig
Saturday Sigs
57 (red); 25 ‘Hi-Stepper’ (red)

Fred Davis
Saturday Sigs
61 (red); 25 ‘B.F.D.’

Eric Dickerson
Saturday Sigs
11 (red); 10 ‘ ED’
Legendary Legacy
9 (red)
LL Plat.
4 (red); 4 ‘ED’

Dan Dierdorf
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Dennis Dixon
31 (red)
25 (red); 18 ‘Droop’

Vince Dooley
25 ‘Go Dawgs!’ (red)

Early Doucet
25 (red); 25 ‘ED#9’

Harry Douglas
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Sedrick Ellis
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Brett Favre
Saturday Sigs
10 (red); 5 ‘Go USM’
Legendary Legacy
27 (red); 15 ‘Go USM’
LL Plat.
9 (red); 5 ‘Go USM’

Joe Flacco
49 (red); 25 ‘Go Hens!’

Doug Flutie
23 (red); 25 ‘Heisman 84’

Justin Forsett
47 (red); 25 ‘Go Bears!’

Matt Forte
51 (red); 25 ‘Roll Wave’

Tommie Frazier
50 (red); 25 ‘Touchdown’

Vernon Gholston
50 (red); 25 ‘Go Bucks!’

Randy Gradishar
51 (red); 25 ‘Go Bucks’

D.J. Hall
Saturday Sigs
10 (red)

Mike Hart
10 (red); 4 ‘Mike H20’
All Conference
5 (red)
AC Plat.
5 (red)

Derrick Harvey
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Lavelle Hawkins
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Chad Henne
Saturday Sigs
9 (red); 5 ‘Go Blue!’
All Conference
5 (red); 5 ‘Go Blue!’

Jacob Hester
Saturday Sigs
25 ‘Geaux Tigers’

Paul Hornung
Saturday Sigs
46 (red); 26 ‘Golden Boy’

DeSean Jackson
Saturday Sigs
60 (red); 24 ‘D1’

Craig James
Saturday Sigs
35 (red)
Legendary Legacy
61 (red)

John Jefferson
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Chris Johnson
Saturday Sigs
50 (red)
25 ‘Mr. 4.24’

Jimmy Johnson
Saturday Sigs
49 (red)
25 ‘Go Canes’

Josh Johnson
Saturday Sigs
10 (red)
4 ‘Family 1st’

Felix Jones
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 19 ‘Cool Cat’; 6 ‘FAJ 25’
All Conference
17 (red); 8 ‘Cool Cat’
AC Plat.
16 (red); 9 ‘Cool Cat’

Alex Karras
Saturday Sigs
50 (red)

Jim Kelly
Saturday Sigs
25 (red); 4 ’12’ (red)
Legendary Legacy
16 ’12’ (red)
LL Plat.
18 (red); 5 ’12’ (red)

Malcolm Kelly
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Billy Kilmer
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 25 ‘Go Bruins’

Jack Lambert
Saturday Sigs
20 ‘Stork’
Legendary Legacy
48 (red); 5 ‘Stork’

Floyd Little
Saturday Sigs
62 (red); 10 ‘Go Orange’ (red)
14 ‘Go Orange’

Chris Long
Saturday Sigs
10 (red)

Mario Manningham
Saturday Sigs
162; 5 ’86 Go Blue!’
All Conference
4 (red); 2 ’86 Go Blue!’

Leonard Marshall
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 25 ‘Big Cheese’

Ollie Matson
Cards Still Outstanding

Don Maynard
Saturday Sigs
25 (red); 25 ‘Country’

Tommy McDonald
Saturday Sigs
25 (red); 29 ‘Boomer Sooner’
Legendary Legacy
25 (red)

Hugh McElhenny
Saturday Sigs
49 (red); 24 ‘Go Huskies’ (red)

Darren McFadden
All Conference
2 ‘#5’

Leodis McKelvin
50 (red); 25 ‘McKel’ (red)

Rashard Mendenhall
Saturday Sigs
25 (red); 13 ‘Almost There’
All Conference
12 ‘Almost There’
AC Plat.
24 (red); 1 ‘Almost There’

Joe Montana
Saturday Sigs
1 red ink auto’d press plate

Warren Moon
Legendary Legacy
21; 25 ‘One Dog’
LL Plat.
25

Craig Morton
Saturday Sigs
24 (red)
Legendary Legacy
25 (red)
LL Plat.
25 ‘Go Bears’

Craig Morton
Saturday Sigs
24 (red)
Legendary Legacy
25 (red)
LL Plat.
25 ‘Go Bears’

Jordy Nelson
Saturday Sigs
25 ‘We Are K-State’

Tommy Nobis
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 26 ‘Hook ‘Em Horns’

Allen Patrick
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 25 ‘Showtime’

Kenny Phillips
Saturday Sigs
48

Darius Reynaud
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 25 ‘D.Ray’

Ray Rice
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 25 ‘Ray Ray’
All Conference
50 (red); 22 ‘Ray Ray’

Keith Rivers
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Eddie Royal
Saturday Sigs
25 (red)

Matt Ryan
Saturday Sigs
25 (red)
AC Plat.
17 (red)

Dantrell Savage
Saturday Sigs
10 (red); 10 ‘Savage Life’

Gale Sayers
Saturday Sigs
10 (red); 10 ‘Kansas Comet’ 
Legendary Legacy
20 (red); 8 ‘Kansas Comet’ 
LL Plat.
20 (red); 7 ‘Kansas Comet’

Owen Schmitt
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 25 ‘Big O’

Mike Singletary
Saturday Sigs
25 ‘Go Bears!’
LL Plat.
25 (red)

Steve Slaton
Saturday Sigs
28 (red)
All Conference
19 (red)

Kevin Smith
Saturday Sigs
10 (red); 5 ’24K’

Chris Spielman
Saturday Sigs
49 (red); 1 ‘#36’; 25 ‘Go Bucks!’

Steve Spurrier
Saturday Sigs
50 (red); 25 ’66 Heisman’

Ken Stabler
No Ink Variations or Inscriptions

Gene Stallings
Saturday Sigs
39 (red); 25 ‘Bebes’

Jonathan Stewart
2 (red)
All Conference
7
AC Plat.
1 ‘Go Ducks!’

Limas Sweed
Saturday Sigs
37 (red); 22 ‘Big S’

Barry Switzer
Saturday Sigs
40 (red); 7 ‘Go Sooners’ (red); 16 ‘Go Sooners’

Aqib Talib
Saturday Sigs
53 (red)

Devin Thomas
Saturday Sigs
5 ‘Showtime’

Charlie Ward
Saturday Sigs
25 ‘C-Dub 17’ (red)
Legendary Legacy
20 (red)
LL Plat.
25 (red)

Chauncey Washington
Saturday Sigs
50 (red)

Charles White
Saturday Sigs
49 ‘#12 USC Forever’ (red); 10 ‘Whizzer White’; 15 ‘CW’; 52 ’79 Heisman; 401 ‘#12’

Andre Woodson
Saturday Sigs
7 (red); 7 ‘Go Cats!’ (red);  5 ‘Go Cats!’

Steve Young
Legendary Legacy
33 (red)

Alumni Association
Tommy McDonald/Brian Bosworth
28 (red); 1 ‘OU LB 44’ (red); 1 ‘OU LB 44’
Eric Dickerson/Craig James
20 & (red) 20; 20 (red) & 20; 10 ‘ED’ & 10 (red)
Cris Collinsworth/Steve Spurrier
42 (red)

Q & A – How do I tell between the different print patterns?

Question: My dad has some old baking cards.  I read your post about the dots vs. the lines or crosshatch and I can’t tell the difference.  I’m sorry for my ignorance.  When looking at the cards under a 16x magnifying glass I see what looks like flowers.  I have an old card that has been graded by PSA and when looking at the card under the magnifier, it looks like the same flowers.  Is there a difference in the print (flowers, dots, lines, etc.) between a card from 1911-1913 vs. 1950?

Again, I’m sorry for ignorance…but I’m looking to you as an expert! 🙂

Answer: 

Dear krclaypool,
 
Thats a great question.  If these cards are older and are your dad’s I don’t think we have to worry about them being fakes.  If you say the print pattern is the same when looking at the PSA graded card I would say no.  If PSA graded that card it is not a fake and the print pattern is fine.  The cards from the 1911-13 time were not printed as well as the ones from the 50’s but the process is about the same.  Cards from the 50’s were made for collectors.  Most of the cards from the early 1900’s were made for packs of cigarettes and not really collectible back then.  If you compare the print pattern of today’s cards you will see a huge difference.  Dot printing uses very small dots to make up the whole picture.  Lines or crosshatch uses small lines going in different directions to make up the picture.  The printer will also use different amounts of pressure to get the shade of color they are looking for.  The “flower” pattern sounds to me like dot printing  If I were you, I would send those old cards in for grading and/or certification.  Thanks for the question and I hope I was able to help. 
 
Andrew

Read The Fine Print

Fonts can be fun things to use.  They can make things stand out and look really cool.  Sometimes fonts can be very tricky as well.  When you find a rare card online that is valuable and you are thinking of placing a bid, please read the fine print.  Before you even read the fine print it is even better to look at the feedback record of the seller and how long they have been selling.  The next thing that you should do is read the description carefully.  Many sellers will show you a fancy picture of a great looking card, but then you read the description and its something totally different.  Its very important that you read the fine print.  Sellers that are trying to take advantage of you may use regular font for the description but then they may slip in some line thats in very small print just so you don’t see it.  They put it in the description so you can’t come back to them saying it wasn’t there, because it was, just very small.  This happens more often than you would think, usually with higher end cards because they are worth more.  I don’t know anyone that would have a reason to scam someone by selling them a fake 1990 Topps Sammy Sosa Rookie.  Please be careful.