Pujols and Pete Highlight Leaf Metal Baseball This Year

Last year it was Ichiro.  This year Albert Pujols and Pete Rose, along with members of the 2012 prospect class, will highlight Leaf Metal Baseball.  I think Pujols will be more of the highlight than Rose considering all of the Rose signatures Leaf has issued within the past year.

Card of the Day: Albert Pujols 2012 Topps Heritage #290

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New Minifigures Coming From OYO Sports Toys

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OYO Sports Toys released this image today showing off some of their new minifigures that will soon be available.  I see Pujols, Ruiz, Reyes, Bautista, and Tulowitzki.  These little guys are so cool looking.  Remember, they are all compatible with LEGOS.

Card of the Day: Albert Pujols 2001 UD SP Authentic RC #126

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A Very Early Look At 2011 Topps Baseball

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Who isn’t ready for 2011 baseball cards?

Card of the Day: Albert Pujols 2010 Allen & Ginter Red Ink Auto

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2009 Topps Tribute Box Break & Review

It has been 5 years since I’ve opened a pack of Topps Tribute, and after watching a lot of breaks I decided to try a box of the new ’09 stuff.  It was a very fun 6 packs to open.  Check out what I got.  I think there may be someone over at A Cardboard Problem that might be interested one of my pulls 🙂

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The design of these cards is just amazing!  Each and every card in the set has a refractor like finish.  They don’t have any funky borders that make the card look too busy.  They just have a clean cut look to them.  I think out of all the different versions of Topps Tribute, this design is my personal favorite.  Having such a shiny surface does make every card in this set extremely condition sensitive.  They remind me of the cards from ’07 Bowman’s Best.  When holding the base cards on the side, it looks as if there are two cards stuck together when in fact its only one card.  Be careful not to pull the base cards apart thinking there is another card underneath.

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When I purchased my box from Blowout Cards on Friday it cost $226.99 with free shipping.  As of today the price has risen to $284.99 for a single box.  Its one of the most expensive products on the market, but having a small checklist of stars really helps increase the chance of pulling some great stuff.

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’09 Topps Tribute has a terrific combination of hits for collectors to pull.  Collectors can really take advantage of the small checklist which is packed with stars.  I like that your’re promised 3 autographed relics in addition to 3 stand alone relics.  Here is a list of the hits I pulled:

  • Nolan Ryan Blue Refractor #’ed/219
  • Derrek Lee Blue Refractor #’ed/219
  • Chase Utley Blue Refractor #’ed/219
  • Ryan Braun Black Refractor #’ed/99
  • Gary Carter Black Refractor #’ed/99
  • Stan Musial Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Albert Pujols Blue Triple Jersey Auto #’ed/75
  • Carl Crawford Gold Bat Auto #’ed/25
  • David Wright Black Jersey Auto #’ed/50
  • Evan Longoria Bat #’ed/99
  • Reggie Jackson Gold Dual Jersey #’ed/25
  • Alex Rodriguez Black Dual Bat Jersey #’ed/50

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Overall I give my box a solid 4 baseballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  This box was so fun to open and I received some great hits.  As far as my box goes, I got what I paid for plus maybe a little more which doesn’t happen a lot in today’s hobby.  If you have the money I would highly suggest trying a box before the price goes up any further.

Card of the Day: Albert Pujols 2001 Bowman Chrome RC Auto

When 2001 Bowman Chrome Baseball was released, this card was only made available through a redemption.  At the time, nobody had any idea this card would amount to what it is today.  While attending card shows, I still have to chuckle when I see a dealer trying to sell a box of ’01 Bowman Chrome trying to convince people they have a chance of pulling the Pujols rookie.  They lack to inform people that redemption has expired.

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Panini Got Pujols For ’09 EEE

I’ve never purchased a single pack of Donruss Elite Extra Edition Baseball because its usually filled with a ton of prospects.  Today Panini stated that for the first time they will be including current stars and legends in it’s upcoming ’09 version of EEE.  I sure wouldn’t mind pulling this Pujols autograph.  I’m glad to see that Panini could get Pujols to sign for them.  These cards look pretty cool.  I’ve always liked the design of Donruss EEE, but never had the need to purchase any of those cards.  Their die-cuts usually look great too.  You can read more about Elite Extra Edition over on Panini’s Facebook page.

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Awhile back, I was talking with one of my local card shop owners and they had an opened box laying on the counter with only one pack left.  It sat for many months and finally a collector purchased that last pack and pulled a Pujols autograph numbered to 15.  So the next time you see that empty box with only one pack in it, go ahead and take a chance 🙂

NOT A ROOKIE!

Albert Pujols is having a great season and his rookies are on fire.  Browsing eBay you’ll find tons of his cards selling for huge amounts.  But there is one thing that really makes my piss come to a boil and that when sellers try to pass off the card below as a true Pujols rookie.  This card comes from a retro set made back in 2006 and was given to shop owners during a “Rookie of the Week” promotion put on by Topps.  Yes it says “Rookie Card”, but thats far from what it really is.  The only good thing is that they haven’t been selling for much.  The highest one I found sold for $8.99, but thats not the point.  Collectors really need to know what they’re buying.  I like how it says “Late Addition” in the upper right corner.  That is a late rookie, about five years late.

Ok, thats my rant for the week 🙂

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