Yankees ’17 Topps Gallery Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Jimmy Bayless on being the lucky winner of the Tyler Austin 2017 Topps Gallery RC Auto.  Once Jimmy Bayless sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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Yankees ’17 Topps Heritage High Number Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Gregory Zakwin on being the lucky winner of the Aroldis Chapman 2017 Topps Heritage High Number Clubhouse Collection Relic.  Once Gregory Zakwin sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Yankees ’08 Topps M&M Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to hudsonfan15 on being the lucky winner of the Ross Ohlendorf 2008 Topps Moments & Milestones Rookie Auto.  Once hudsonfan15 sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Yankees ’15 Topps Chrome Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to y2jbrak on being the lucky winner of the Jose Pirela 2015 Topps Chrome RC Refractor Auto #’ed/499.  Once y2jbrak sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Bring Home Jamie Cooper’s Yankees Dream Scene Today

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Ok Yankees fans.  I’ve got some great news for you.  Jamie Cooper’s Yankees Dream Scene can now be yours to own.  Starting on Monday, November 17, 2014 Jamie Cooper will have Yankees Dream Scene lithographs for sale.  Each lithograph is printed on 300 gsm quality art stock, measures 26″ x 28″, and comes with a certificate explaining all the hidden details within the scene.  Jamie Cooper will also sign each lithograph too.  The cost is $125.00 plus $25.00 S&H for a single lithograph.  If you’re interested in purchasing one of these Yankees Dream Scene lithographs, please contact Jamie Cooper at: jamie@jcap.com.au 

This would make an excellent gift for that ultimate Yankees fan!!!

Legendary Auctions sold the original Yankees Dream Scene in August, 2013 for over $20,000.00 during the National Sports Collectors Convention.  Jamie Cooper’s work is incredibly well done, and you can spend hours analyzing all the little details he puts into his work.  He really does his research.  Phillies fans know his work from the Phillies Dream Scene that is now hanging in the “Diamond Club” at Citizens Bank Park.  Lithographs for the Phillies Dream Scene are also available.

The 35th National: Day #2

Day #2 of the 35th National was a fun one.  Then again, everyday at the National is fun.  I participated in promos from Upper Deck and Topps, then took some time to check out some of the many dealers found outside of the Corporate Area.  I even seemed to pull a little MOJO!

Here are the major highlights of the day for me.
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Diamond Stars paintings of “Cards That Never Were” – Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

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Van Mungo and Billy Werber Diamond Stars cards.

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Frank Crosetti Diamond Stars.

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1927 World Series (New York Yankees) Press Pin

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1902 Pittsburgh Pirates National League Championship Lapel Pin

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Dennis Rodman

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1992 Donruss Diamond Kings Supers.  This auction house had a complete set on display.  Only 10 sets are known to exist.

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I purchased 15 packs of 2014 Topps Baseball and took them over to the Topps booth.  In return I got 6 Allen & Ginter minis – (2) Jim Brown, Johnny Manziel, Mike Trout, Jadeveon Clowney, and Derek Jeter.

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Upper Deck started their wrapper redemption program this morning at 10:25 a.m.  Today’s promo cards were of Jack Nicklaus, Joc Pederson, Johnny Manziel, Archie Griffin, and Wayne Gretzky.  I also got one of those Magic Johnson Amazon.com cards.  Wait until you see what I got in the pack I needed to open in order to get these.

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In order to get my Upper Deck wrapper redemption pack today, I decided to open a pack of 2014 Upper Deck SP Game-Used Edition Golf.  Inside the pack was this Jack Nicklaus Inked Fabrics Shirt/Auto #’ed/10.  I also pulled a Nancy Lopez Tour Gear Dual Shirt #’ed/35.

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Crossing Paths With Former Yankees Batboy Fred Bengis

From 1959 to 1962, Fred Bengis had a dream job that many baseball fans would have loved to have.  He was the batboy for the New York Yankees.  Imagine going to work everyday and getting to hang out with guys such as Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, and Casey Stengel.  That’s exactly what Mr. Bengis got to do.

I got to meet Mr. Bengis and get a look inside his personal collection of stuff he has acquired over the years.  As you can imagine, he is still a big Yankees fan.  He had a front row seat to some of the greatest moments in baseball history, namely 61 in ’61.  Oh the stories he could tell…

For a real in-depth interview with Fred Bengis, check out this article over on MLB.com.

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Former Yankees batboy Fred Bengis

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Mr. Bengis’s original batboy uniform

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Fred Bengis pictured with Roger Maris

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The 1961 World Series ring he received

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Bat rack

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Jeter bat