Under The Tree: 1999 Racing Champions MLBPA Superstar Yo-Yos Series 1

Happy Holidays! Time to look back and remember some of those favorite sports related toys you received as a kid.

When I was in middle school there was a major yo-yo fad. Where it got started and how it began still remains a mystery. All I remember one day is that yo-yos began to popup everywhere. It wouldn’t surprise me if some teachers still have those confiscated yo-yos at the bottom of their desk drawer.

In 1999 Racing Champions (yes I said Racing Champions) known specifically for their die-cast race cars issued a set of MLBPA licensed yo-yos.

The set consists of (10) player yo-yos:

  • Kevin Brown #1
  • Ken Griffey Jr. #2
  • Tony Gwynn #3
  • Derek Jeter #4
  • Greg Maddux #5
  • Mark McGwire #6
  • Mike Piazza #7
  • Cal Ripken Jr. #8
  • Ivan Rodriguez #9
  • Sammy Sosa #10

Another set of baseball yo-yos was issued by Racing Champions. This set consists of the same (10) players. The images differ from Series 1, and use holographic foil. Instead of a solid color the yo-yo itself is transparent with glitter.

I believe Racing Champions even had some specially made yo-yos for the National Sports Collectors Convention. You rarely see these.

The Racing Champions brand is still around today. It is currently owned by the Round 2 Corp. They make models, die-cast cars, slot cars, and model train accessories.

Card of the Day: Brandon Brown 2021 Optic Racing #76

Card of the Day: Joey Knuckles 1991 Maxx Racing #16

Consumer Probe: 1992-93 Case XX Racing Series Knives

No.  You’re not imagining anything.  This was a real product sold in stores.  What is it with racing fans and knives?  They seem to go hand in hand with each other.

A few different companies came together in order for this product to reach the shelves – Little River Knives, Case XX Racing Collectibles, and Maxx Racing.  From what I can find, at least three different sets were released between 1992 and 1993.  As you can clearly see, inside each package is a fully functioning folding pocket knife and an exclusive Maxx Racing card.  The cards come with red, blue, and black borders.  They also contain the Case XX Racing Collectibles logo in the corner.

I think we can all agree the most interesting thing here is the knife.  You just don’t see knives packaged with cards.  Its down right odd.  Each knife matches-up with the driver pictured on the card.  You’ll even find a facsimile signature engraved on the blade.  This has got to be one of Irwin Mainway’s products.

Anytime something is labeled “Collectors Edition” in this hobby the odds of it being worth anything are low.  All of these knives were massively overproduced and can easily be found today.  Most can be bought for $10 to $20 or less.  What they do have slightly going for them is the conversation piece factor.

Its ironic that you probably need a knife to get into the package.  No mystery here folks.  This product gets straight to the “point”.

Card of the Day: Edwin “Banjo” Matthews 1991 Pro Set Racing Legends #25

Card of the Day: Leonhard Seppala 1933 Sport Kings Gum Dog Sled Racing #48

Flashback Product of the Week: 1993 Action Packed Racing

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“I love my new cellular telephone.  It only costs $10.00 per minute.” 

With the recent fall of Press Pass, NASCAR collectors have no clue as to where they’ll see their next racing product.  Of the current manufacturers that are still in business, Panini is the only one that appears to have the money to take on another brand.  Will they?  I don’t know.  Panini seems to be buying up everything today.  I personally would like to see what Topps or Upper Deck would do with a NASCAR license.  Topps issued some NASCAR eTopps cards in 2003, but that is really the extent of their racing experience.  From 1995 to 2000 Upper Deck released some nice looking NASCAR sets.  I don’t see Leaf grabbing up the NASCAR name.  If Panini were to get control over NASCAR, they could bring back some of the old Pinnacle and Action Packed products from the 90’s.  Whenever and whoever makes the next racing product needs to take into consideration the things NASCAR collectors haven’t seen much of yet.  Items such as Shadow Boxes, sketches, and those fancy art/relic cards found in products like Gypsy Queen have yet to make it into the hands of NASCAR fans.

Like I said before, Panini could revive the Pinnacle and Action Packed products if they get into the NASCAR business.  The now defunct Action Packed released their first racing set in 1993.  Their cards were known for having curved corners and raised embossing.  They were also quite thicker than your standard card too.  This was common for most of their products.  1993 Action Packed Racing doesn’t hold a lot of value today.  The 24k Gold cards still get some attention and are probably the most desirable.  From what I know, this is the only product to ever have braille on a portion of the cards.  Premier Edition boxes sell for about $20.00, while the Series II and Series III go for under $10.00.

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2014 Press Pass Redline Racing Box Break

I would normally review a box like this on all the usual factors – Design, Price, “Hit” Quality, and Overall.  But in all honesty, the 2014 version of Redline Racing is barely any different from what we’ve seen already.  Nothing new at all.

Auto/Relic

  • Denny Hamlin Dynamic Duals Sheet Metal/Firesuit Red Ink Auto #’ed/50

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Auto

  • Dale Jarrett Redline Signatures Red Ink Auto #’ed/15

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Relics

  • Michael McDowell Redline Relics Firesuit #’ed/25
  • Jimmie Johnson Redline Relics Firesuit #’ed/50
  • Marcos Ambrose Pieces Of The Action Sheet Metal/Firesuit/Glove #’ed/25

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Parallels

  • Denny Hamlin Black/White #’ed/75
  • Regan Smith Black/White #’ed/75
  • Josh Wise Black/White #’ed/75
  • Joey Logano Blue #’ed/50
  • Brendan Gaughan Blue #’ed/50

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Inserts

  • Tony Stewart RPM #10
  • Jeff Gordon RPM #3
  • Danica Patrick Redline Racers #14
  • Kevin Harvick Redline Racers #8
  • Tony Stewart Redline Racers #15
  • Kyle Busch Intensity #1
  • Matt Kenseth Intensity #8
  • Jimmie Johnson Intensity #6

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Windshield & Truck Tread Relics Coming To 2014 Total Memorabilia

Press Pass seems to have given Total Memorabilia a complete makeover.  This is a great thing considering only after two years it was beginning to feel like Triple Threads (prior to it’s redesign).  The 2012 set reminds me of Ultimate Collection which I liked.  Last year’s set has that terrible pattered grey background that looks like the wallpaper you’d find in an old lady’s house.  2014 Total Memorabilia not only looks a lot better than it’s predecessors, but contains some new memorabilia that collectors haven’t really seen before.

The two new types of cards to look for include Dirt Track Treads and Clear Cuts.  Dirt Track Treads contain pieces of truck tires that were used at the first dirt track race at Eldora Speedway.  Clear Cuts (totally unrelated to Strata’s Clear Cuts) will have a piece of race-used windshield in them.  In addition to that, Total Memorabilia will have the standard firesuit, tire, shoe, and sheet-metal relics we’ve all seen before.  The only drawback I see are the big white boxes for the autographs.  Overall, I would say that this product looks better than their high-end Five Star set they plan to release later this year.

Every box has (5) autographs/relics, (5) NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaque inserts, (5) Acceleration inserts, (5) parallels, and (25) base cards.

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2014 Press Pass Racing Box Break & Review

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Very little has changed with this product’s overall design.  Press Pass just makes a few minor changes to the set each year.  I’d have to say that my favorite looking cards are the die-cut Aerodynamic autographs.

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Boxes are currently selling for $67.00

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This is Press Pass’s flagship racing product.  Its mainly for set collectors and not for your fast high-dollar thrill seekers.  This is the first time that Press Pass has included at least (1) relic and (1) autograph per box for this product.

I pulled the following:

Auto

  • Clint Bowyer Press Pass Signings #’ed/75

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Relic

  • Greg Biffle Burning Rubber Race-Used Victory Tire –  6/16/13 Michigan International Raceway #’ed/75

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Parallels

  • Jeff Gordon Ground Crew Black/White #’ed/70
  • Danica Patrick Snapshots Black/White #’ed/70
  • Austin Dillon Blue #’ed/35

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Inserts

  • Carl Edwards Replay #2
  • Jimmie Johnson Replay #18
  • Kevin Harvick Replay #9
  • David Ragan Replay #10
  • Matt Kenseth Replay #22
  • Jimmie Johnson Velocity #5
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr Velocity #1
  • Carl Edwards Cup Chase Contest Card #5

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Rookies

  • Justin Allgaier #41
  • (2) Austin Dillon #42
  • (2) Kyle Larson #43

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Overall, I give 2014 Press Pass Racing 2.5 hot dogs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  It is what it is.  Nothing dramatically different.  Collectors will eat it up because its the only choice they have.