For The Ultimate Allen & Ginter Fan

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Any dealer that pre-orders two or more cases of 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter from Magazine Exchange will receive this Allen & Ginter electric sign.

This thing is a total chick magnet!!!  Light some candles, dim the lights, turn this bad boy on, and get ready to experience the pull of a lifetime!!!  Don’t forget your penny sleeves 🙂

Willie Mays Did Not Sign For The 2001 Fleer Stitches In Time Set

FreedomCardBoard.com has a really nice piece written up about the 2001 Fleer Stitches In Time set.  This Negro League driven set is one of the best out there and is undervalued in the hobby today.  The set consists of inserts, relics, and autographs.

One thing that can not be reiterated enough is that Willie Mays never signed the cards Fleer printed for this set.  Mays doesn’t like to sign items associated with the Negro Leagues.  I guess Fleer just thought Mays would sign them so they printed the cards up anyway.  The worst thing that could have happened, was having these unsigned cards find their way onto the secondary market.  It leaves the door wide open for counterfeiters.

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This is an example of the unsigned card that found its way out.  Its just sitting there inviting a counterfeiter to forge the autograph.  Not only does it have the blank area for the signature, but on the back is the Fleer COA.

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This is a perfect example of a forgery.  Some poor collector recently purchased it for $125.00.  In my opinion, the last name looks nothing like “Mays”.

I own a Willie Mays 2001 Fleer Stitches In Time relic, and its one of my favorite cards in my personal collection.

A Good Sign

Yesturday when I visited one of my local card shops, I saw a good sign.  There are a lot of people that think the bad economy is having a big hit on the hobby, but when I walked in that door yesturday it sure didn’t look like the case to me.  The cash register up by the front door is on a table that is pretty high, and the tape reached all the way to the floor.  I asked the owner how business was going?  He replied that they are selling a ton of high-end products by the box such as 2008 Bowman Sterling football.  This bad economy doesn’t seem to be hurting the card collectors in my neighborhood.  Its great to see a card shop that has been in business for over 30 years have a register tape reach all the way to the floor, especially when its full of expensive products.  A recent report on The Cardboard Connection stated that Topps and Upper Deck both have sold out of some of their products from last year.  I’m thinking that sports card collecting provides an escape for some people from the world’s problems.  For those people that think our hobby is in the crapper, I respectfully disagree.  I think our hobby is doing good, and I can’t wait to see what surprises come next.

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Getting The Best Autograph

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Its 2:00 p.m. and your standing in line at your favorite card show waiting to get an autograph.  Your fingers are tired from ripping wax, and your stomach is full with what you hope was a lukewarm hot dog you ate for lunch.  The last decision that you have to make for the day is what do you want the athlete to sign your item with.  What an athlete signs your item with can really affect the way the signature turns out.  Here is a list of common items that collectors get autographed and what type of writing instrument works best for that item.

  •  Baseball = Ballpoint pen
  • Football = Sharpie Marker
  • Basketball = Sharpie Marker
  • Hockey Puck = Sharpie Marker
  • Golf Ball = Sharpie Marker
  • Photograph = Sharpie Marker
  • Baseball Bat = Sharpie Marker
  • Sports Card = Sharpie Marker
  • Hat = Sharpie Marker
  • Jersey/Pants = Sharpie Marker
  • Helmets = Sharpie Marker
  • Index Cards = Ballpoint pen or Sharpie Marker
  • Pennants = Sharpie Marker
  • Shoes = Sharpie Marker
  • Poster = Sharpie Marker
  • Tickets = Sharpie Marker
  • Bobblehead = Sharpie Marker
  • Glove = Sharpie Marker

I guess you can see why Sharpie has a display at the National Sports Collectors Convention every year.