Card of the Day: Sammy Sosa 2003 Upper Deck Super Patch

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The Official Booklet From Hell

After Mark McGwire announced yesterday that he used steroids for 10 years including when he broke Roger Maris’s single season home run record back in 1998, I couldn’t help but think about this little piece of memorabilia I have sitting in a dark corner.  This Sammy Sosa / Mark McGwire dual gold card booklet commemorating that once magical season was produced by the Danbury Mint.  When I first started collecting back then I thought these gold cards were the greatest thing in the world.  I have a Mantle 1952 Topps Gold reprint and a Ruth too.  These gold cards aren’t worth very much to collectors today and can easily be found for a few dollars.  You could say this is the official booklet from hell.  I think you’ed be happier with a booklet of a terrible rookie filled with plain white swatches versus this thing.

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For Your Hobby Amusement

I just had to laugh when I saw these cards.  Has anyone ever seen Fake Takes before?  They are totally non-authentic and are made just for your own amusement.  This Sammy Sosa is suppose to have a piece of cork in it.  I’ve seen others that feature a piece of betting slip which is supposed to have been used by Pete Rose.  I love the fact they say “Unauthenticity” across the top and the “Tenish” grade it received.  Believe it or not, but people have even been purchasing these things.  They only sell for a couple of bucks though.  Click on the picture to enlarge.  I’m sure you’ll get a chuckle.

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Card of the Day: Sammy Sosa 1990 Topps RC #692

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R.I.P Sammy Baugh 1914-2008

Sammy Baugh, who was the last surviving member of the 1963 Hall of Fame class, past away yesturday at the age of 94.  Baugh was one of the best quarterbacks the NFL had ever seen.  His 1948 Leaf rookie card is one of the most notable vintage football cards in the hobby.