“Pin-Up” of the Week: 2001 Tiger Woods – What Famous Characters Might Say About Their McDonald’s Fries Promo Pin

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What we have here is a promotional pin made by McDonald’s back in 2001.  It features the likeness of Tiger Woods (but it also looks like Obama) accompanied by the phrase “McDonald’s Fries And Me… “Masterful””.  This pin is part of a set called What Famous Characters Might Say About Their McDonald’s Fries.  Other pins in the set feature Captain Kirk, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Elvis, Mr. T, and James Bond.  Its filled with quite the collection of real and fictional characters.  None of them are that rare, and can easily be bought for $5.00.  I think this is definitely one of McDonald’s coolest promos.

Card of the Day: Tiger Woods 2002 UD SP Game Used Edition Front 9 Fabric Auto/Shirt

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Card of the Day: Tiger Woods 2011 UD World of Sports SPx Shadow Box

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Card of the Day: Tiger Woods 2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Auto

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Card of the Day: Tiger Woods 1996 Sports Illustrated for Kids #536

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Mighty Fine Tiger Woods Patches

Tiger Woods had a terrible 2010.  Hopefully this year things will pick back up for him.  Below are some of the best golf patch cards ever created.  I’ve truly never have seen anything quite like it before when it comes to golf cards.  Woods has just returned these autographs to Upper Deck.  Only 10 of them exist, and they come from 2009-2010 UD NHL The Cup Hockey.  You can read all about it over on the Upper Deck Blog.  This is one redemption worth waiting for.  I don’t think they need the word “Rookie” across the top, but who cares, these things are nuts!!!

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Card of the Day: Tiger Woods / Michael Jordan 2010 UD World Of Sports Auto

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Card of the Day: Tiger Woods 2009-2010 UD Champs Relic

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Upper Deck Makes The Coolest Christmas Cards

Over the years, many manufacturers have created Christmas themed cards.  Some were made available to the public through packs, and others were provided only to company employees but slowly made their way on to the secondary market.  Some of these cards are more collectible than others.  If you ask collectors what they think of Christmas themed cards, you’ll most likely get a mixed response of reviews.  For those die hard player collectors they’ll snatch them up even if the card pictures their favorite athlete dressed up as Santa and contains some bogus relic.  From a design perspective, I think Upper Deck comes in first place when it comes to Christmas themed sports cards.  They just look really cool, and its funny to read some of the descriptions Upper Deck came up with for some of these cards.

A few years ago, Topps created a boxed set featuring a Santa Claus relic and on card autograph.  I don’t find any of those cards that eye appealing.  Pro Set is given credit to creating Santa’s “rookie”, and judging by completed sales it still has a strong demand.  But in the end, I believe Upper Deck has done the best job at creating Christmas cards.  They sure are gimmicky, but thats ok because its Christmas.

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Every Golfer Should Have A Little John Daly In Them

Within the last week we’ve learned that Tiger Woods has a woman in every country, and troubled basketball teams drink during half time.  I think everyone was shocked when they heard what Tiger has been up to for quite awhile.  It always seems like the people you least expect to get into trouble do.  Hopefully when this thing blows over Tiger will get back to playing great golf and not have any long term concentration problems.

One person that is accustomed to controversy and being in the public eye would have to be John Daly.  Daly doesn’t fit the traditional golfer mold.  In fact its not uncommon to find him playing a round or two without wearing a shirt or a pair of shoes.  He has had to deal with gambling, alcoholism, marriage, and weight problems.  Don’t forget about getting booted from a handful of tournaments for life.  He is a true party guy.  He usually doesn’t fly and instead takes his recreational vehicle to the tournaments he can play in and/or makes the cut.  Despite all of the problems he as had, collectors still purchase his cards.  Autographs will run around $30.00, and in some crazy circumstances almost all the way up to $100.00.

Golfers in particular seem to watch their image the most.  Maybe its because they get paid when they win a tournament, but that still doesn’t count for all of the endorsements.  I think every golfer should have a little John Daly in them.  So many seem to be so perfect when in reality they aren’t, just like everyone.  When they slip up or something goes wrong they don’t know how to react.  Its almost like that straight “A” student who gets their first “B” and goes nuts.  People need to fail in order to learn how to cope with the bad.  John Daly has had to cope with a lot of heat from the public, but he knows how to brush it off.  If it were Daly who crashed his car and had a woman chasing after him with a golf club last Friday, he would have invited you over for some BBQ and told you all about it 🙂

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