Flashback Product of the Week: 2007 TK Legacy Penn State Premiere Edition I

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Card companies rise and fall.  Some stick around, while others are here one day and gone the next.  Its been this way since the hobby began.  When you think of the major card manufacturers, companies like Topps, Upper Deck, Donruss, Playoff, Panini, and Leaf come to mind first.  There are a lot of smaller manufacturers that may not be around anymore, but still have quite the following.  One of those companies is TK Legacy.

For a large chunk of the 2000’s, TK Legacy released a handful of sets.  Most of these products were centered around specific college teams such as Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State.  They also made some bowling boxes too.

Before TK Legacy shut its doors, they issued a full product surrounding Penn State football.  Unlike other schools, this was the only Penn State product they made.  The Premiere Edition was the only edition.  Some schools had four or five products made.  Boxes contain eight packs each housing an autograph or sketch card.  Key autographs to look for include John Cappelletti, Lydell Mitchell, Lenny Moore, Shane Conlan, DJ Dozier, Curt Warner, Blair Thomas, Todd Blackledge, Chris Bahr, and Matt Bahr.  For a lot of these guys this is the only product they ever had cards in.  I’m sorry to say that Joe Paterno isn’t in here at all.  For a guy who barely has any cards, this would have been the perfect product for him.

The cards are fairly basic looking.  No fancy graphics or foil.  In my opinion, TK Legacy had some of the best football sketch cards the hobby has ever seen.  A few Ohio State sketches of Troy Smith and their mascot Brutus recently sold for $100.00 to $200.00 each.  Sealed boxes of their Penn State product sell for $140.00.  Some of TK Legacy’s boxes have been known to sell for up to $300.00.  I think the reason why TK Legacy cards are still so popular is because they included players that don’t have a lot of cards.  Die-hard fans of those schools want them.

Card of the Day: Jim Tressel 2006 TK Legacy #OS15

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Where Are The Football Sketch Cards?

I guess the same could be said for basketball, hockey, and racing too.  Sketch cards are some of the best inserts a collector can pull.  Each individual piece of artwork is different in their own way.  One thing I’ve noticed is that the sketch card market is dominated by baseball and other entertainment products.  I’m surprised that Topps never had sketch cards made for other sports.  I’d like to see Panini, Upper Deck or Press Pass pick up the ball and run with this popular idea.

TK Legacy doesn’t get a lot of cover within The Hobby.  You’ll probably be hearing less since they can’t use college logos because Upper Deck acquired an exclusive license.  With TK Legacy only making team specific products, its difficult not being able to use logos.  They did include football sketches of popular college players of the past.  Judging by some of the sales, collectors really enjoy them.  Perhaps this is a hint to whoever plans to make football cards this year, licensed or unlicensed.

I know I’d like to see more sketch cards of football players.  It sure wouldn’t hurt to have a few sketches of Marino or some players from the Dolphins Perfect Season team.  Right now I have one sketch card in my collection.  Its a Ryan Howard 1/1 sketch I won from Wax Heaven last summer.

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Maybe TK Legacy Should Get An Exclusive License

I think we can all agree that 2009 could be considered “The Year of the License” within this great hobby of ours.  With Upper Deck and Panini having a license to make NFL cards and UD having an exclusive license to make college football cards, some companies are going to be left out in the cold.  One company in particular that won’t be making college cards is TK Legacy.  You don’t hear a lot about TK Legacy, but they do seem to have quite the following online.  I couldn’t believe when I saw this completed auction for one of their Troy Smith autographs limited to only 10 copies.  Smith hasn’t had the best NFL career since he was a rookie back in 2007, but that doesn’t seem to matter for some of his fans.  Autographed cards of his numbered to 10 haven’t sold for that much in a long time.  Not even cards made by Topps, Upper Deck, Donruss/Playoff, Press Pass, or SA-GE have come close to that kind of money.  Perhaps the exclusive college license should have been given TK Legacy based on the sale of their cards.

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Gerald Ford’s Best Autograph?

One card manufacturer that you don’t hear about very often is TK Legacy.  They are known for making trading card sets geared towards specific college teams.  I only own one card made by TK Legacy which is my Jim Mandich autograph.  As a Dolphins collector I needed to have it since it is Mandich’s only certified autograph.  TK Legacy has made some great on-card signatures of college legends that haven’t even appeared in products made by Press Pass or SA-GE.  Probably one of the cards they are best known for making is the Gerald Ford autograph featuring him in his Michigan uniform.  This is one of a few Ford autographs that isn’t a cut signature.  At the time this card was made, you didn’t see too many Presidential signatures within The Hobby.  Being limited to only 50 copies, this is Gerald Ford’s best certified autograph.  I’d love to see them make a Joe Paterno autograph, but he doesn’t do too many signings for manufacturers.

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Card of the Day #1

Thought I would mix it up a little and switch to “Card of the Day” for awhile instead of a sports pin.  This is a new pickup I made last night.  Its a Jim Mandich 2002 TK Legacy autographed card.  Jim Mandich played for the Dolphins during their perfect season.  This is his only certified autographed card.  I have only seen two pop up for sale and I always missed them.  This is a great addition to my Dolphins collection.