There are two football releases each year that I tend to
gravitate towards, Platinum and Chrome. They are reasonably priced and you get
a solid checklist of players. I reviewed a Platinum Football blaster back in September and now it
is time for a Chrome Football blaster (plus a couple of rack packs) break and review.
I was quite disappointed because I did not pull a single
Seahawk or Cardinal base card. My base pulls were QB heavy starting with Peyton
Manning, card #1 and ending with Colin Kaepernick, card #220. I saw many of the
rookies that have plagued my pack busting this year; Justin Hunter, Marquise
Goodwin, Le’Veon Bell and Giovani Bernard.
I did not pull any variations but I did get plenty of
refractors, 16 total. I start with three Refractors (not shown), four
X-Fractors, six Orange Retail Refractors, one Blue Wave Refractor, one Purple
Refractor (#/499) and one Blue Refractor (#/199).
Two 1959 Minis, including the Quinton Patton refractor
Two 1965 Tall Boys, which includes the only Seahawks
player that graced my packs
A Marquise Goodwin 1969 insert
Two 1986 inserts
A Die-cut Le’Veon Bell Chrome Rookie
The blaster boxes include a Rookie Relics card, mine was
This month’s Vintage Card of the Month is actually a
16-card set included in Wonder Bread packages in 1977 following the release of
Star Wars. The set is made up of 12 of the main characters and 4 ships. This
release was actually one of two sets included in Wonder Bread products during
1977, the other being Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In the 1970s and 1980s it seems like cards were inserted in to anything that
would draw a kid’s attention. Cereal, bread and snacks were often targeted to
tie in with a movie’s popularity.
The Star Wars cards have a nice design but the solid black
border unfortunately chipped easily, which can be seen on my Luke Skywalker #1
card. One of the downsides of cards from the era is the poor printing quality,
colors are off and pixelated. On the plus side, these are Star
Wars cards so nothing else matters. The back of the cards include a write up
about the character and because the cards were produced in 1977 the information
only describes the character during Episode IV.
I had a couple of these cards as a kid but they have since been lost in time. I picked up this set awhile back for around $12 to replace those lost to my childhood. As a kid Luke Skywalker was my favorite character but I have since been swayed to the Dark Side, I dig the bad guys now. In this set the Tusken Raiders card is my favorite.
2012-13 UD Exquisite Collection Basketball 16-time Michael Jordan autograph
booklet has been found. It was pulled Wednesday night (12/4) by someone at Dan’s
Sports Card & Games during a live break on Breakers.tv They have since
posted the card on their Twitter (and FB) pages.
LeBron version sold for $7,500 a little over a week ago, I wonder if his
Airness will top $10k?
Mandela passed away today at the age of 95 after months of health issues. Mandela
was a Civil Rights advocate and leader, fighting against inequality in South
Africa’s Apartheid laws. He was eventually arrested and spent 27 years as a political
prisoner before being released in 1990. He later went on to become South Africa’s
President in 1994 and even after he left politics he remained an
activist and the face of South Africans the world over.
will always remember him from the picture that was taken the day he was
released from Victor Verster Prison in February 1990, holding his wife’s hand
with his other hand raised in victory. I was a senior in high school and my
Mass Media teacher had the image blown up to poster size and hung it on
In 1994 the Seattle Seahawks were in a tough position;
the team owner Ken Behring (who was the most hated man in the Seattle sports world at the time, now it is Clay Bennett) was
flirting with moving the team to Anaheim, payroll was increasing, the Kingdom
was nearly 20 years old and ticket sales were dropping. Fortunately the NFL
rolled in to town in early July in the form of the NFL Experience, which is now
connected to the Super Bowl. A weekend dedicated to fans in the NFL’s version of
a theme park at the Kingdome.
With Pacific being a local company, they were based out
of Lynnwood about 15 minutes north of the Kingdome, they produced an 8-card NFL
Experience Seattle Seahawks set based on the 1994 Pacific Prism release. Now
the set is nothing special, essentially the same as the 1994 Pacific Prism release
but the backs are slightly different with the NFL Experience logo and the
player’s years with the Seahawks.
In 1994, while living in Arizona, I spent my free time
in my local card shop. I had recently returned to collecting in 1992 and it was
a way to build camaraderie with collectors. While opening packs of 1994 Pacific
Prism Football I pulled a Steve Largent, who was not on the set checklist. I
didn’t mind because I have been a life-long Seahawks fan and Largent is easily
my favorite all-time Seahawks player. I did notice the different back but I
didn’t know about the cards from the NFL Experience (and no internet to find
out) and nobody at the card shop could explain why it was different. I put the
card in to my football binder and didn’t think any more of it until I had moved back to Seattle in 1995. Surprisingly nobody at my new local card shop knew about the card either, I would have to wait until 1999 when I
attended a card show at the Tacoma Dome to finally get an answer.
I had dragged my pregnant wife, bad call, to the
show and when I came across Pacific’s booth (The Tacoma Dome is about 50 miles
south of Pacific’s Lynnwood office) I started talking with the lady at the
booth, who happened to be Pacific’s VP of Advertising. She was able to
enlighten me about the card, it turns out that the Steve Largent card was to
only be part of the NFL Experience set, it was not supposed to be packed out in
The card is special to me, there is no additional value
to it but because I pulled it out of a pack at a friend’s card shop it has some
sentimental value for me.
We have all seen autographs fade over time, Upper Deck’s
Sweet Spot is probably the most notorious culprit, but I don’t think that I
have seen a sticker autograph fade. I came across this perfect example of a
faded sticker autograph. Karen Allen played Marion in Raiders of the Lost Ark
and Indiana Jones KoCS (horrible movie), which this card is from the card set
of the latter. What I noticed is that this card appears to have been signed
using a black pen while the other cards she signed using a blue pen. The blue
pen versions, that I have seen, all appear to be in great shape and sell for
around $25-30 each, this faded signature is the only black ink auto that I can
find and is being offered As-Is at $8.
Obviously pen choice has a great deal with how a
signature ages but as collectors are we now in the position where we need to be
concerned about sticker autographs fading?
I would not consider myself a lucky collector, my wife
has the lucky hand when it comes to opening packs. In the past couple of months
I have won a couple of contests including the box of Panini Beach Boys a few
weeks ago, but my big time luck seems to have changed last week when I received
an email from Beckett’s Chris Olds telling me I had won a Beckett contest. An email that actually left me speechless,
something that is quite rare.
A one of a kind (Beckett exclusive), 24k gold Kogei shadowbox
Koji Uehara autograph card. This card is freaking amazing and even cooler
looking in hand.
The card is a standard shadowbox card with three levels,
the bottom level is the gold card and there are two layers of acetate above
that. Uehara’s face is on the gold card, the full-body shot is on the lower
acetate level and the autograph is on the top layer and is hard signed. The
card is in a magnetic holder with a “VOID” sticker over the end, so it will be
staying in the holder.
The back is generic the info “2013 World Stars Toreka…”
is actually a sticker across the back. The sticker also includes the word
“BECKETT” marking it as an exclusive made for Beckett to do the Box Buster
video. The serial number in the bottom right corner is marked as “A* Products”,
when I pulled up the web site it is an art work studio so I am not sure what
the serial number references, maybe the studio was involved with the gold work.
Brothers Inc., the company that produces the World Stars set, makes some very nice cards. The 2013 set is made up of Kogei shadowbox cards, Autorait cards (autograph portraits), Autographed sketch cards, jumbo relics and re-packed buyback mystery cards. Each box contains 2 or 3 cards and runs around $175-200 per box. The product is supposed to be released right after Christmas.
This is one card that will never leave my collection. It
truly is a thing of beauty.
Leaf made an announcement that they are adding something special to their
Holiday Bonus Packs for their distributors, they are including a corn stalk
relic card that is tied to the “Field of Dreams” field in Iowa. Brian Gray took
part in the Team of Dreams softball game in September and decided to create
these relic cards for each of the former major leaguers that were in the game’s
lineup. The checklist includes Reggie, Bench, Carlton Fisk, Rickey Henderson,
Pete Rose and Frank Thomas plus a number of other ex-players and a couple of celebrities.
Each card includes a cornstalk relic from the actual field used in the 1989 Field
of Dreams movie.
part is written in jest)
as you can see, I created the first “cornstalk” relic card 3 years ago when I
designed this Malachai Children of the Corn relic card based on a 1972 Topps
card for Thorzul’s Nightmares on Cardboard III contest in October 2010. Now my
card was made using a fake corn stalk from a plastic corncob I got at Michaels and
eventually fell apart (the glue holding the husk broken away and the husk
crumbled) but still… Who do I need to contact to get my check from Leaf?
Thanksgiving, I hope you all have a safe and filling holiday.
is releasing 2013 Turkey Red Football through their online store on Friday November 29th (the day after Thanksgiving). The price will be the
same as previous years, $19.99, as well as the same pack out; 9 base cards, 1
mini parallel and 1 rookie autograph.
year’s boxes are still selling well, which should be expected considering the
rookie class, and usually goes for over $30. I wonder how this year’s release
will do on the secondary with a weaker rookie class? In previous Topps online exclusive releases I usually end up swaying back and forth on whether to buy or not and every time I have ended up missing out, this is one set I am certain I will not be buying. I do like the design though, the aged look works so well with these types of retro sets.
Last week 2012-13 UD Exquisite Collection Basketball was
released and one of the two biggest hits (the Jordan version is the other big
hit) was pulled on the first day, the 16-time LeBron James autograph booklet.
It was posted up for auction on 11/19 with a 99 cent opening bid but that did
not last for long, within 24 hours it had jumped to over $3,500. Now the 6 day
auction comes to a close with the final price of… $7,500
That breaks down to $468.75 per signature, is that a reasonable price for a LeBron sticker autograph? I wonder what the Michael Jordan 16-time autograph booklet would go for if it were put up for auction?