Card of the Day: Jay Buhner 1997 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Big Shots #17

Flashback Product of the Week: 1988 Topps/Sports Shots Folders

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This is one of those products that only crazed player collectors go after.  But just imagine how cool you would’ve looked walking around school with a 2-pocket folder that resembled a giant baseball card.  Watch out ladies!

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Sports Shots teamed-up with Topps to bring collectors various school related items that looked like baseball cards.  These folders were one of them.  Not a whole lot can be said about these things.  They made folders for 1988, 1989, and 1990 Topps cards.  Just like the actual cards from that time, these hold very little value today.  Lots and boxes can sell for $10.00 to $20.00.  But the demand isn’t really there.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1991 Premier Edition Soccer Shots

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I could never get into the whole soccer thing.  I never understood how they can play all that time and the ball rarely makes it into that huge net.  You spend most of the game watching the players run up and down the field.  The only exciting part is when they do score a goal you get to hear the announcer go nuts screaming GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Other than that, I don’t find it very entertaining.

Soccer isn’t as popular in the United States as it is in other countries.  I highly doubt it ever will be.  Despite all that, the U.S. does have its share of soccer fans.  World Soccer Promotions issued a soccer based product in 1991 called Soccer Shots.  As it is the case with many products from the early 90’s, these cards were overproduced to the max.  “Invest in Today’s Collectible” is the slogan they slapped on the front of each box.  If anyone took their advice seriously, you’re probably living under a bridge right now.  This product is basically worthless today.

The Soccer Shots base set consists of 100 cards.  There is only one card that carries a little value today, and that would be the Pelé insert #101.  The Pelé card came one in every six boxes.  It has an English and Spanish version.  You’ll also find a promo Pelé card World Soccer Promotions probably made for its distributors.  A full set with the Pelé insert can be found for under $10.00.  Sealed boxes go for next to nothing.  They also held a contest where you could win a Pelé autographed soccer ball.  I’m fairly certain that contest is over.

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Cardboard Double Take – Reese & Rollins

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Collectors were astonished when their eyes fell upon the 1953 Bowman Color set.  Never before had they seen such beautiful imagery conceived on cardboard.  One of the most impressive looking cards considered by many would be #33.  It features a leaping Pee Wee Reese attempting to make what looks like an impeccable double-play.  Up until this time, collectors didn’t get to see many action shots like this featured on their cards.  Some believe this to be a reverse negative, because it looks as if the runner is going from third back to second.  The runner could have been running in the wrong direction too.  Given that this photograph was taken during a spring training game, you have to imagine that anything could have been going on.

Centering and focus are the two main issues with this specific card.  Some can be blurry.  If you are looking to add one to your collection, poor condition examples can be found for under $100.00.  Ones that are pack fresh and look fantastic can be worth thousands.  If you want a nice one, expect to pay $300.00 to $500.00.

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Since the production of the ’53 Bowman Color Reese, there has been countless action shots included within card sets.  It has become a hobby standard by now.  I’m sure there are shots similar to the Reese, but not as similar as this Jimmy Rollins 2007 Topps Turkey Red #10.  Not only is Rollins throwing in the same direction, but the runner is facing the same way too.  I’m sure the Reese inspired this piece of work.