PHOTOS: The 2010 National Sports Collectors Convention

The National is by far the greatest show of the year.  I saw a lot of people, opened a ton of packs, and participated in many of the wrapper redemption programs provided by the manufacturers.  I even had time to watch the Orioles take on the White Sox Friday night.  The marketing was much better this year, not only for The National, but for other companies too.  There were T-shirts, cups, and all sorts of promos flying around the Baltimore Convention Center.  Check out some of my photos.

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Panini

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Press Pass

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Sportkings

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Upper Deck

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TRISTAR

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Topps

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Brian Gray plans to bring the Leaf brand back starting with 2010 Leaf MMA in Sept.

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D & A Card World

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Blowout Cards

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FreedomCardboard.com

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This was one of the coolest artifacts on display at The National.  This is the bat Cap Anson used in 1897.  I had never seen anything of Anson’s before.

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Former Baltimore Colts running back Lydell Mitchell

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Member of the Miami Dolphins Perfect Season team, Earl Morrall

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1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier

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Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer

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This has nothing to do with The National, but Pickles Pub was right next to the hotel I stayed at.  Every night the place was packed.

Card of the Day: Harry Caray 2010 Razor Sports Icons Cut Auto

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Razor’s 2010 National Redemption Promos

This morning, Brian Gray of Razor Entertainment announced some of the redemption programs that will be taking place during the 2010 National this year.  Here is what collectors can look forward to.

  • Limited edition 4-card promo set featuring FEDOR EMELIANENKO, BROCK LESNAR, DOYLE BRUNSON AND MUHAMMAD ALI will be available.  EVERY card serial numbered.  Consumers will receive 1 card from the set per box of 2010 Razor product opened at the booth (cannot be combined with below offer).
  • For opening 4 boxes combined of the below, consumers will receive a 1-card Pop Century Bonus pack containing either a BLUE AUTOGRAPH NUMBERED TO 5 OR LESS (POSSIBLE HARRISON FORD!) OR AN ORIGINIAL POP CENTURY 1 OF 1 SKETCH CARD (these are the only pop century sketches for this release).  The ONLY products available for this redemption are: 2010 RAZOR POP CENTURY, 2010 RAZOR SPORTS ICONS, 2010 RAZOR POKER, AND 2010 RAZOR CUT SIGNATURE) .  (Cannot be combined with above offer).

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Razor’s Legends of the Diamond

Right now there is a product on the market that I wouldn’t touch with a 10 ft pole.  That product is Razor’s new 2010 Legends of the Diamond.  Each box contains (1) pre-1970 card graded by PSA a 7 or higher or (1) pre-1970 card that is autographed and authenticated by PSA.  I think the concept for the product is great, but the price tag is a little too much for me ($240.00 a box).  Unless you read the forums, its going to be hard to see what has been pulled from this product because nowhere on the PSA holders does it state Razor’s actual name.  For those collectors that enjoy hit or miss products, this one is for you.  Out of all the breaks I’ve seen, probably my favorite card pulled has been the Ted Williams 1950 Bowman PSA 7.  The one card people are looking for is the Mickey Mantle signed 1952 Topps #311.  I have a feeling when that card is pulled, you’ll see a decrease in this product’s price.  The only problem is that you’d have to match up the PSA serial numbers to see if its the actual one from Razor.  I’m sure there are a few collectors that have a PSA slabbed autographed Mantle from that set.  Perhaps after the price comes down I’ll give it a shot.

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Flashback Product of the Week: 2008 Razor Letterman Edition

Before Razor became obsessed with their cut signature products, they released a few baseball card products for prospect collectors.  One of these products was 2008 Razor Letterman.  Each pack contains one autographed manufactured letterman patch of a prospect.  If you were really lucky you could pull one of the Pete Rose autographs which is probably one of the better cards to find.  By this time, collectors had already been sharing their negative thoughts about manufactured patches which is why this product didn’t really catch on.  At least the autographs were on the patches versus stickers, which is what Topps did with their version of Letterman.  As soon as this product was released I had a feeling it wasn’t going to do well.  I do like that each card comes in an encased magnetic holder, and you have the chance to pull a redemption for complete team USA jerseys.  If your looking for a cheap product to bust, this might be right up your alley.  Boxes can be found for $40.00.  Each box has five packs with an autograph inside each pack.  Thats only $8.00 per pack.

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Give Brian Grey A Big Hand: Paterno’s 1st Certified Autograph

In today’s industry it seems like everyone has a card, including Billy the Marlin.  One of the few people who doesn’t have a lot of cards would be the legendary coach of Penn State Joe Paterno.  I have to give Brian Grey of Razor a big hand because collectors have been waiting years for someone to make a certified autograph of Paterno.  His first certified autograph was found in Razor’s 2009 Sports Icons product and is serial numbered 1/1.  Last year Paterno was suppose to have an autograph in Topps Mayo but for some reason it never made it in, even though collectors saw pictures of it on the sell sheet and promotional video.  Currently this card is selling for $36.00 with 6 bids.  The auction closes tomorrow night and I bet the price will go through the roof when it gets closer to ending.

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Update: The card ended at $238.00.

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.

Razor Entertainment’s ’09 National Promos + Exclusive Products

Thanks to VOTC for forwarding me the following info.

This morning I received an e-mail informing me on Razor Entertainment’s promotional events that will be taking place at this year’s National.  Razor has created a new product called Cut Signature National Edition which can only be obtained by dealers who are setting up at the event and buy directly from Razor.  They only plan to make a few cases to act as a preview to their feature cut signature product which is due to come out in December.  Cut Signature National Edition will feature signatures from some of the most famous people in the world ranging from sports, politics, music and film.  Famous celebrities such as John Wayne, John Lennon, Wayne Gretzky and even Michael Jackson are included within this exclusive product only found at this year’s National.  This would be Michael Jackson’s first certified autographed card within a product.

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Razor plans to have promotional events taking place at their corporate booth.  If you open any of the following factory sealed boxes you’ll receive a 5-card promo set and 1 bonus card:

  • 2008 Razor Cut Signature Encore Edition
  • 2008 Razor Oval Office
  • 2008 Razor Signature Series Baseball
  • 2008 Razor Letterman Baseball
  • 2008 Razor Historical Heroes
  • 2009 Razor Sports Icons
  • 2009 Razor Ink Archives
  • 2009 Razor Cut Signature National Edition

You can also receive the promo set if you open 3 2009 Razor U.S. Army Football sets.  In addtion to that, collectors who purchase a case of certain Razor products will receive a box Sports Icons.  Collectors will also have the chance to receive autographed cards of Bench Warmer Star Lisa Gleave.

UD = Razor?

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Sneaky people within the sports card industry?  No, that never happens 🙂  I know I’m not the first to report this, but look on the bright side……… at least I faster than Beckett.  They’re still waiting to be told what to write.

Way to go Wax Heaven!

What A Disgrace

Lets face it, you need to have some serious balls to purchase a pack of cards that cost $2,000.00+ per pack, and contains only one card.  Razor Oval Office Edition is the first of its kind, and certainly is the most expensive pack of cards ever created.  Today, Autograph Alert announced that some of the presidential cut signatures might not be authentic.  This has to be one of the biggest disgraces the hobby has ever seen.  How would you like to be told that the pack of cards you just spent over $2,000.00 for could contain a questionable autograph?  I probably would hed to the bathroom and throw-up.  There is absolutely no reason why some of the autographs should be considered questionable, other than the fact they were cheaper to purchase.  Its not like Razor had to control thousands of these packs.  They only made 99.  Talk about quality control going down the crapper.  Collectors should never have to question the authenticity of an autograph when it comes directly from the manufacturer.  Its going to be a dark day in the hobby when you can’t even trust the very companies that provide the cards we all enjoy.

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