ITG Used Quad Jersey Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to mrhockeycard on being the lucky winner of the Joe Sakic/Joe Thornton/Theoren Fleury/Martin St. Louis 13-14 ITG Used International Influence Quad Jersey Silver Version.  Once mrhockeycard sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

ITG Used Quad Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Joe Sakic/Joe Thornton/Theoren Fleury/Martin St. Louis 2013-14 ITG Used International Influence Silver Version Quad Jersey.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, April 11, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2013-14 In The Game Used Box Break & Review

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From a design standpoint, there really isn’t anything new.  The design is pretty much the standard, nothing too innovating.

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Boxes are currently selling for $125.00.

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This product is all about the “hits” and ITG delivers.  No extra base cards, just the goods.

I pulled the following:

Single Relic

  • Mike Modano Autothread Auto/Jersey

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Double Relic

  • Dan Maloney/Tiger Williams Classic Scraps Silver Version Jersey

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Triple Relic

  • Patrick Roy Goalie Gear Jersey/Pad/Glove Silver Version

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Quad Relic

  • Joe Sakic/Joe Thornton/Theoren Fleury/Martin St. Louis International Influence Silver Version Jersey

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Overall, I give 2013-14 In The Game Used 3.5 zambonis out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  The design isn’t anything new, but the “hits” pack a quick punch.  Its one of the better ITG products I’ve opened.

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

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And The Winner Is…

Congrats to jo on being the lucky winner of the Jimmie Johnson 2011 Press Pass “Burning Rubber” Race-Used Tire Relic #’ed/50.  Once jo sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card out ASAP.  Thanks to everyone that participated!!!

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Press Pass Mailday!

Today in the mail I received an authentic Kyle Busch Race-Used Lug Nut from Press Pass.  This is either a replacement for my Phil Ivey redemption or a prize for participating in their recent Facebook contest.  Either way its really cool!

Update: It was for participating in their Facebook contest.

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Card of the Day: Mark Cuban ’05 UD SP Game-Used Edition Auto

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Flashback Product of the Week: 2001 Upper Deck SP Game-Used Bat Edition

2001 Upper Deck SP Game-Used Bat Edition is a good example of how manufacturers beat the crap out of a good thing.  Each 16-pack box contains an authentic game-used bat card inside each pack.  Just four years earlier the odds of pulling a relic card were in the thousands, and now you can get one in every pack.  Talk about overproduction!  I think the bat cards are well designed and the ones that contain autographs look great too.  At the time of its release, it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.  But if a manufacturer were to release something like this product today, I doubt it would receive the same reaction.  These bat relics are barely worth anything on today’s market.  Unfortunately this is what happens when manufacturers realize a concept is hot.  They overproduce the heck out of it and then what once was hot, isn’t anymore.  If companies played their cards right, they could have ridden authentic game-used relic cards out for a long time.  Instead they wanted to get rich quick.  If Upper Deck wasn’t having such financial troubles, it wouldn’t surprise me if they had a product in the works based entirely around their popular Shadow Box cards.

Boxes of ’01 UD SP Game Used Bat Edition can still be expensive.  You can find them for $150.00 to $200.00 a box.

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Chrome Proofs Are Garbage

Last night I received a question about these so called “Chrome Proofs” you see up for sale.  They wanted to know if these are authentic 1/1 proofs from the manufacturer.  The answer to that question in no.  These were once base cards from a Bowman Chrome set, and then someone dissolved away the cardboard and what was left is the chrome front.  When cleaned up it looks like a proof that came from a manufacturer, but in reality its nothing more than an altered base card made to fool collectors.

These cards fit nicely into the same category as those 1/1 proofs containing the multi-colored bars.  Those cards come from an uncut sheet that should have been discarded by the manufacturer but somehow found their way into the hands of a scammer who thought it would be a good idea to cut them up and try to pass them off as proofs.  Manufacturers really need to find a better way of discarding the leftovers of past products so they stay out of the hands of scammers.

While doing a little research for this post, one of the biggest sellers of these counterfeit proofs is none other than ljbiggestfan2, who also is a huge seller of NSA “game-used” cards.  For those people who defend NSA because you can’t admit you got scammed, just look at what else this person is selling.  It sure doesn’t add to the credibility of NSA.  Be sure to check out my other posts about NSA which have attracted a lot of attention from the collecting community.

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