Top Eleven Pulls To Celebrate Sports Card Info’s 11th Birthday

Today Sports Card Info turns eleven years old.  Thanks to everyone who checks in here on a daily basis.  Sports Card Info began when I was in college.  Many others were starting sports card blogs at the time, and I thought to myself “Hey, I can do that too.”  Lots of blogs have come and gone within that time, but Sports Card Info is still going.  I continue to keep it updated regularly.  At the very least there is a “Card of the Day” post every day.

Over the last eleven years I’ve pulled some amazing cards.  The last three years though have particularly been quite lucky.  In the past, I’ve pulled some cool stuff from Panini, Press Pass, In The Game, and Upper Deck.  But as you can see, for the last three years Topps and Leaf have been my jam.

To celebrate Sports Card Info’s 11th birthday, here is a rundown of the top eleven pulls I’ve had since the blog began in 2007.  Like I said, 2015-2018 has been extremely lucky.  Thanks again for stopping by.  Lets hope we make it to #12.

Babe Ruth 2017 Leaf Immortal Collection Game-Used Boston Bat Relic Purple #’ed 1/1

Brett Favre 2015 Topps Chrome 60th Anniversary Superfractor Auto #’ed 1/1

Frank Thomas 2017 Topps Luminaries Autographed Game-Worn Jersey Letter Patch Book #’ed 1/1

Aaron Judge 2017 Topps Finest RC Blue Wave Refractor Auto #’ed/25

Aaron Judge 2017 Topps Tier One Break Out RC Auto #’ed/140

Aaron Judge 2017 Topps Series 2 ’87 Topps RC Red #’ed/25

Ronda Rousey/Miesha Tate 2015 Topps UFC Knockout Dynamic Duels Auto/Relic Book #’ed/5

Neymar Jr. 2017/18 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Lightning Strike Auto #’ed/10

Babe Ruth/Shohei Ohtani 2018 Leaf In The Game Used Sports Reflections Relics Gold #’ed 1/1

Shohei Ohtani 2018 Topps Heritage High Number Real One RC Auto

Mike Trout 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition – 2013 Bowman Buyback Auto #’ed 1/1

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2011 Leaf Metal Draft Football Box Break + A Few ’11 UD Packs

I had the urge to break something open today, so I wondered down to my local card shop – Sports Zone Memorabilia, and tried a box of 2011 Leaf Metal Draft Football and a few packs of 2011 Upper Deck Football.
2011 Leaf Metal Draft Football
  • Christian Ponder Auto
  • Jordan Todman Auto
  • A.J. Green Auto
  • Roy Helu Auto #’ed 36/50
(4) Packs of 2011 Upper Deck Football
  • Kendall Hunter 1991 Upper Deck #20A-142
  • Ryan Williams 1991 Upper Deck #20A-173
  • Armon Binns 1991 Upper Deck #20A-61
  • Julio Jones Star Rookie #195
  • Davon House Star Rookie #157
  • Marcell Dareus Star Rookie #178
  • A.J. Green Saturday In Action #SIA-15
  • Ryan Mallett Historical Programs #HP-24
  • DeMarco Murray Class of 2010 #CO-20
  • Tim Brown Class of 1987 #CO-1

Grand Opening Pulls from Sports Zone Memorabilia

Today was the grand opening of Sports Zone Memorabilia located in Selinsgrove, PA.  It moved from Lewisburg, PA and is now on the strip right across from Applebee’s.  It has to be one of the nicest shops I’ve ever been in.  They have all kinds of cards, memorabilia, jerseys, and pretty much anything that deals with the hobby.  They even have coffee, chocolate, Wi-Fi and a big screen TV.  In this day and age, this is what a card shop should be like.

While I was there, I picked-up a box of 2010 Classics, 2009 UD Ultimate Collection, and a jumbo pack of 2010 Topps Football.  Check out some of my hits!!!

If your a sports collector, and your passing through Selinsgrove, I highly suggest you stop in at Sports Zone Memorabilia.

On October 23, 2010 Sports Zone Memorabilia will be having a Rip Party sponsored by Topps.  Only 15 people can attend and it costs $50.00.  I think we will be ripping 2010 Topps Updates & Highlights Baseball.  It will be exciting since I’ve never been to a Rip Party before.

Christmas Box Pulls: Season’s Greetings From Sanchez

I got some great stuff for Christmas this year.  I got a new blank football that I can use to get autographs on.  I don’t think I can fit anymore more signatures on my other one 🙂  I also got a 2010 Phillies calendar, Phillies coasters for my room, and a new Phillies mug.  I also received a box of 2009 Donruss Classics and 2009 Absolute Football.  It was a blast opening both of these boxes.  Check out what I pulled!!!

What did you get for Christmas?

The Dec. ’09 Philly Show Report

After talking to one of my local shop owners, I didn’t know what to expect while attending The Philly Show this weekend in Valley Forge, PA.  I arrived at the Valley Forge Convention Center at about 9:15 in the morning and the parking lot didn’t seem too full.  Browsing around the show floor you could see that about one third of the dealers weren’t there.  I highly doubt it was the weather, but instead probably because of the increasing setup fees from Hunt Auctions.  Did you know Upper Deck owns Hunt Auctions?  Today was the first time I had heard that.  MAB-Celebrity was in charge of getting the autograph guests for the show, and I think they did a great job.  All of the signers this weekend were or still are Phillies.  Bringing all Phillies in is a great idea from MAB-Celebrity.  Being so close to Philadelphia it just makes sense.  Ever since Hunt Auctions purchased The Philly Show, MAB-Celebrity has brought in big name players like Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and Frank Robinson, but they really hit the jackpot when it comes to Phillies.  I had never seen so many people lined up for signatures.  This was by far one of the fullest shows I’ve been to.  The dealer that told me Upper Deck owns the show said he wishes they would bring in Michael Jordan and/or LeBron James and just let people get their photo with them for a few bucks.  If Upper Deck did that the place would be extremely packed, but I like the idea.  I hope they continue to bring more Phillies to the show.

While heading for lunch, I met the blogger who runs Phungo and he handed me some custom made Phillies cards for my collection.  The pack even included a card of Harry Kalas.  I also saw Chris Harris from Stale Gum from a distance.  When I started blogging, I never thought I would get recognized at shows 🙂  Thanks Phungo for the cool cards!!!!!!!!!

I got a few autographs, busted some wax, and pulled some insane stuff!!!!  Here are some of the highlights.

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Former Phillies catcher Todd Pratt

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Pete Rose signing my bat.  I hope he makes it into the HOF someday.

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Mike Schmidt

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Pratt’s signature is all the way to the right.

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Rose has such a huge signature.  It takes up a good portion of the bat and looks awesome.

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This Rose ’08 Sports Legends jersey #’ed/100 is the only single I purchased from a dealer.

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Pulled this Stafford autograph jersey/ball/jersey #’ed/299 from a single pack of ’09 Absolute.

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I took a chance with ’09 UD Black Football and man did it pay off.  This is my first Peyton Manning autograph and it is #’ed/18.  It also contains a piece of film.

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Tried a pack of ’09 Leaf Limited and pulled this Brees autograph jersey #’ed/25.

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Pulled this from my pack of ’09 Leaf Limited too.  Quad jersey relic of Turner/Peterson/Jones/Brown #’ed/100

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I wanted to try a box of ’09 Topps Unique.  Pulled this 3 color Freddy Sanchez patch #’ed/99.  While opening my box of Unique, another collector sat down at the table and started opening their box of Unique too.  They pulled an Utley jersey and an Ibanez autograph 🙂

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This was probably my best hit from ’09 Topps Unique and it isn’t even “game used”.  These Presidential Bat Barrels are quite difficult to pull.  I think they come one per case.

Overall, this was probably one of the better shows since Hunt Auctions purchased The Philly Show.  I think Hunt Auctions and MAB-Celebrity finally learned what draws in the fans.  Hopefully some of those dealers return for the show in March.  You can definitely say the “MOJO” was with me today, after seeing all the cool stuff I pulled like the Manning autograph.  I give this show 4.5 hot dogs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).

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Pulls/Promos/Pickups at the ’09 National

One of my favorite things about the National are the promos provided by many of the manufacturers and various other dealers.  I obtained most of my promos from Press Pass and Panini, but did pick up a few from Razor and Dave & Adams.  In addition to the promos below, I also received everything that was stated to be in the VIP package.  Click on each photo for a closer look.

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Razor Promo Set – Rich Franklin, The Kardashian Sisters, Donovan Tate, Johnny Chan, and an ’08 Razor Metal Michel Inoa.

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These are all promos from D & A, Press Pass, and Razor – Aaron Hicks ’08 Metal Plate, Brett Wallace Freedom Cardboard, Tim Beckham Freedom Cardboard, David Cooper Freedom Cardboard, LeSean McCoy ’09 Press Pass Legends #’ed/5, and I pulled a Red Ink auto of Ozzie Newsome as a promo from Press Pass

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More promos from Press Pass & Panini – Matthew Stafford ’09 Score Atomic #’ed/50, Matthew Stafford ’09 Elite #’ed/499, Jeremy Maclin ’09 Elite #’ed/499, Michael Crabtree ’09 Elite #’ed/499 and a Tom Jackson Press Pass Legends #’ed/5

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I pulled some really nice low-numbered cards at the National while obtaining some of the promos.  Everyone got excited at the Press Pass booth when I pulled this Mike Alstott signed printing plate #’ed 1/1.  This is the second 1/1 I’ve pulled during a National.  I also picked up an Elston Howard 2000 UD Yankees Legends jersey and a Lou Gehrig ’07 UD SP Legendary Cuts 1 of 1 filmstrip piece.

The Philly Show Report

The Philadelphia Sports Card & Memorabilia Show will always be one of my favorite events to attend.  This time was probably the most interesting show I had ever been to.  I arrived at the Valley Forge Convention Center at 9:00 a.m. right when the show opened.  Quickly finding out the show was downstairs in one of their giant rooms, I hopped on a elevator and went on down.  When I got there the line was very short (which didn’t last long because it soon went all the way up the stairs), and I purchased my tickets to enter the show, while at the same time looking to see when the autograph guests were going to start signing.  Entering the show, you could see that the facility was much older and run down.  Many of the dealers I talked to weren’t very happy with the way it looked.  I was told that setting up for the show was quite difficult because they would only allow 6 vehicles to pull up at a time to unload or load up stuff.  Being downstairs also made it almost impossible to get a cell phone signal which meant many dealers couldn’t accept credit cards.  Finally, Hunt Auctions requires a ticket to do almost anything – even the free stuff.  Around 10:00 a.m. I got in line to receive my free autograph of Marty Bystrom.  When I got up to meet Mr. Bystrom, the girl next to him asked if I had a yellow ticket.  I said no, and then she wanted me to go all the way back to get one.  Lucky for me, Mr. Bystrom was on the telephone and wasn’t paying attention and he signed my bat anyway.  Those yellow tickets didn’t cost anything, and nobody told us beforehand we needed them.  Hunt Auctions was adding so many extra steps people had a hard time following what to do.  You even needed to purchase tickets at the food court.  Then you would walk five steps to the right and hand someone your tickets in exchange for your lunch.  Hunt Auctions is addicted to tickets.  I’m surprised they didn’t make you purchase a ticket to use the bathroom.  They also should have had more lunch tables for people to sit and eat.  The men’s bathroom looked like a crime scene from CSI.   Hopefully Hunt Auctions can make these improvements for the September show.  This was the first Philly Show with them being the owners, so lets hope the second time around the facility and show run a bit smoother.

Ok, thats enough about the building and new owners.  Lets get to the good stuff…………. the cards and autographs!  I only felt like getting one autograph when I got there.  I didn’t wait in line very long to meet Marty Bystrom, which was a positive.  Larry Christenson was signing at the same time, but I didn’t feel like going to get more TICKETS.  I was able to see each autograph guest:  Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Willie McCovey, Marty Bystrom, and Larry Christenson.  Mr. McCovey I saw behind the curtain before coming out and Mr. Mays didn’t want photos taken.  

Browsing through the show, I came across a few of my favorite dealers.  I picked up a bunch of wax and a few single cards for my personal collection.  Boxes I picked up included:

  • (2) 2008 UD Ultimate Collection Football packs
  • (1) 2008 Donruss Threads Baseball box
  • (1) 2008 Playoff Absolute Football box
  • (2) 2009 Topps Heritage Baseball packs

Check out this video showing some of the highlights of what I pulled:

I bought two loose cards found under glass:
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Jimmy Rollins 2003 Fleer Patchworks 2 Color Patch #’ed/300

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“Shoeless” Joe Jackson 2008 Playoff Prime Cuts Dual Bat #’ed/50 – I finally pulled the trigger and purchased one.  Its one of the best additions to my personal collection.  This card will never leave.

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As you can see, a Gun Show was also taking place.  That came in handy for those angry card collectors that were shorted a hit in a box 🙂

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Larry Christenson signing autographs

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Marty Bystrom on the phone while signing my bat

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Frank Robinson walking into the food court

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Closeup of the Championship ring

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Mr. Robinson actually sat down at the table with me and ate a muffin while I busted a pack of ’08 UD Ultimate Collection Football.  He recognized that I took a few pictures when he walked in the building and said, “You should really ask before taking pictures.”  We exchanged a few words and then I headed back into the show.

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Inside the show

The next Philly Show takes place on September 25-27.  Even though this show had some minor annoyances, I had a great time.  I will be going back for the next one.  

In two weeks I will be headed towards Ephrata, PA for the Ephrata Recreational Center Sports Card Show put together by the Lions Club.  Darren Daulton is scheduled to sign autographs.  Be ready for another report!