Possible Paterno Relics Coming Soon?

Most likely not.  Thats why two Penn State graduates paid $9,000.00 for an autographed pair of Joe Paterno’s glasses.  Last month Paterno had eye surgery and he no longer needs those thick Coke bottle like glasses to see.  You can read the whole story over on ESPN.

Joe Paterno doesn’t have a lot of cards for collectors to add to their collection.  The cards he does have will hit your wallet hard because they are so rare and valuable.  Last year Razor and Panini created a few cut signatures that sold well into the high hundreds.  And if your looking to add an authentic 1950 Topps Felt Backs Paterno RC to your collection you better get ready to spend some big bucks.  I think it would have been great if Press Pass, Upper Deck, Panini, or Topps would have purchased this pair of glasses to insert into a set.  It wouldn’t be the first time a pair of glasses found their way into a pack.  A few years ago Topps included the eyeglass frame once used by Woodrow Wilson into a pack of Triple Threads.

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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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