Card of the Day: 1995 Edge Entertainment – Street Sharks Series 1 – Ripster – Promo #3

Hershey Bears vs. Worcester Sharks – 12/21/13

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I swear the Hershey Bears have the best chicken fingers.  They’re very crispy.  Then again, I think every place has the best chicken fingers.  Last night I got to see the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) take on the Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks).  The Bears lost 3-2 ending their three game winning streak.  While I was there, I picked up a new T-shirt, pin, and it was Joel Rechlicz bobblefist night.

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The first 5,000 fans received a Joel Rechlicz bobblefist figure.

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Hershey Bears RW Joel Rechlicz.  He actually has a bunch of cards from Upper Deck, including some from their high-end The Cup product.

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RW Brandon Segal

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Sharks Hot Rookies Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to ElectricFriar on being the lucky winner of the Tyson Sexsmith 2012 Score Hot Rookies Auto.  Once ElectricFriar sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!


New Book!


I’m almost done reading Joe Orlando’s Collecting Sports Legends: The Ultimate Hobby Guide and decided to pick up Card Sharks: How Upper Deck Turned a Child’s Hobby into a High Stakes, Billion-Dollar Business.  I know its not brand new, but it sounds like an interesting read about the hobby.  I highly suggest that you take a look at Mr. Orlando’s book.  It has a ton of beautiful photographs that any collector would love.  I found it very interesting to learn about the athletes and their cards.  Probably my favorite part of the book is the autograph section.  This is the first time I ever saw what a “Shoeless” Joe Jackson signature looks like.  Since Jackson was uneducated, he didn’t know how to sign his name very well and usually his wife would have to do it for him.  He did sign a few stock certificates that remain in private collections.  The section on the bats was also very good.  Did you know there are only about 20 Lou Gehrig bats around?  It really makes you think whether they should be cutting those up to include into trading cards.  The book does not go into the whole story about the famous Honus Wagner 1909-11 T206 graded an 8, but I wouldn’t expect it to because Joe Orlando is part of PSA.  This book fits many collectors and is must read, even for people that aren’t a fan of grading.

Has anyone else read Card Sharks?  If so, what did you think?