Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Bad Wax is closing in on half a million hits and Chemgod is holding a contest to see who can get closest to the actual time and date of the 500,000 hit. Stop by the site and leave your guess for your chance to win.
Also, if you are interested in creating your own custom cards or just enjoy seeing what other people create take a look at Chemgod's Custom Card Blog. There are some very original designs that could easily compete with some of the big boys in card design.
Banner courtesy of Badwax.net
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Since Panini purchased Donruss in March they have signed exclusive deals with the NBA, the NFL Draft, a number of NBA Lottery picks, the NBA Hall Of Fame and most recently stole Kobe Bryant away from Upper Deck. Apparently Panini has come to America with no intent on sitting in third place behind Topps and UD.
Signing Kobe Bryant was no small feat and you wonder what else may be up their sleeves in the near future, only time will tell. How will this affect the upcoming Panini basketball sets?
Monday, September 28, 2009
The collector has since eaten half the sandwich but is currently offering up the second half of the sandwich for auction. The current bid is a little over $120 with 6 days left in the auction. For your winning bid you will receive the half of sandwich along with a COA that has been voided and is missing the actual certifying hologram sticker.
You have to wonder who thought it was a good idea to certify an autographed sandwich? I do understand that the autograph itself was authentic therefore logically could be certified but this is definitely an interesting dilemma.
I do have to say, it does take a wild imagination to even think about having someone autograph a sandwich and that Blake Griffin has a sense of humor for actually signing it.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I can come up with a number of options I would opt for before I laid down a dime for a graded SLU card. Just a few random selections: A Game-used Autographed Away Jersey, Game-used Autographed Shoes and the ULTIMATE Ken Griffey Jr Autograph card. This card is the shit; it is the autograph to have no matter whom you collect. Griffey and Mantle together, does it get any better?
So, in the end the choice seems obvious… a game-used auto jersey, game-used auto shoes and the Gold Crown of Griffey & Mantle autograph cards with well over $2500 still left over. Being a Griffey collector the choice is easy.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Obviously absent are players currently under contract with Upper Deck like Derek Jeter and Ken Griffey Jr.
The boxes contain 5 cards, plus a Mystery Pack, and are expected to have a SRP around $230 each. Included in each box will be 3 base cards and 2 hits. The 2 hits will be one Relic Card #/25 and either one Autograph or Relic Card #/10 or less. The Mystery Pack will contain a Base Parallel card that is numbered and framed or contain a Cut Signature from Classic Baseball or Historical Figure.
One thing that you will notice, besides the Base cards, the hits are the focus of the card design. Many of the inserts are basically relics and sticker autographs with a tiny image of the player. The Chronicles, Sterling Moments and Jumbo Swatch inserts are the worst offenders of the entire set. I know people love to pull relics but when you have to flip the card over so you can read the player info to figure out whom you pulled then something seriously went wrong during the design phase.
Friday, September 18, 2009
This is a cool insert, I would love to pull any of these fossils but I don’t see the connection between dinosaur fossils and hockey. What brought UD to create an insert like this for the Champs set?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Player: Jeff Bagwell
Team: Houston Astros
Set: 2002 Fleer Flair - Jersey Heights (Hot Numbers)
Card # : No #
Serial # : 001/100
Description: This is one of the cooler patches that I have pulled. A white grass-stained jersey swatch, the edge of lettering appears along the right side. Colors include, white jersey, black, gray and red edging.
Why does Fleer create a bad ass patch and then center the white jersey portion? Really, you have a 3 color patch off-center and under the die-cut window while the white jersey stands dead center. Woohoo!!!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
What happened to Jake Delhomme today? If today is a sign of things to come, his better years are well behind him now. Delhomme went an abysmal 7/17; 73 yards and 4 interceptions plus 1 fumble lost. That equates to a 14.7 Passing Rating, a miserable outing on any level. Carolina may be in for a very long season if this keeps up and a sudden down turn in the value of his cards will surely follow.
A few weeks back I started with grabbing up some packs of 2009 Topps Football. A basic set with some potential to it mainly because of the photography. I have to say that the photography for this set is quite good, the action shots are amazing and from what I have seen there are not many poor selections used for the cards.
Some of the images actually amaze me at the detail that the photographer was able to catch. Take a look at Santonio Holmes tiptoeing down the line from the Super Bowl.
There are very few problems with the set; good checklist, most of the shots are great action shots and 1 hit per box (3 hits per Jumbo box). Not bad for a relatively inexpensive purchase. Some of the hits include Letter Patches, autographed Letter Patches, Dual auto cards and Jumbo Relic cards.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Today Topps released a sneak peak of an all-painted set, the 2009 Topps National Chicle Football set, which is scheduled to be released later this year. No other information has been released besides a preview of a single card, Mark Sanchez, and a list of the artists who provided work towards the set.
The artists include:
Being a vintage collector I love the original 1935 National Chicle set and more or less I have been impressed by many of the retro releases over the last few years but I do not see any connection between the original set and the Topps 2009 National Chicle set.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
In no particular order I present my top 9 who wore #9:
#1 The Splendid Splinter himself, Ted Williams
#2 The man known as Mr. October, only one name needed here… Reeeeeggggggiiiieeee
He wore #9 while playing 9 years for the Oakland A's.
While he wore #23 for most of his career, he wore #9 for his country when it needed redemption on the basketball court. I give recognition to the Dream Teamer Michael Jordan.
The final player to receive recognition was a hard-nose football player who gave it his all every time he stepped on the field and sadly lost his life at a young age, I give a special recognition to Steve McNair.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Player: Jose Canseco
Team: Chicago White Sox
Set: 2002 Fleer Platinum - National Patch Time
Card # : No #
Serial # : 7/150 Handwritten
Description: The worst thing about this card is that the patch is actually underneath the right side of the die cut.
Why the hell would Fleer create a patch card and then not even center the patch?
Friday, September 4, 2009
I am speechless; I believe this may actually top some of the delusional Craigslist Idiots.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The first release was the 2000 Football Set; a 12 card set that included some of the most popular players at the time including Peyton Manning, Randy Moss and Emmitt Smith. Almost all of the cards were limited to less then 1,000 and I was just lucky enough to purchase an Emmitt Smith card before everything was sold out.
Now 7 years later and it seems that eTopps may be loosing steam. With well over 1,000 releases many of the cards are selling for well below their initial release prices. There is only a small percentage that tops $10 and besides the Mickey Mantle Set none even top $100. Is this a sign of the future for the product or can it remain purely as a novelty with the occasional hit to draw in the collectors?
I understand that people are still purchasing digital cards from eTopps; I have even attempted to buy some myself over the years with little luck. I am just wondering if Topps should possibly limit their releases to just special occasions and limited sets and cut out the annual releases all together.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Today introduced another first for the expansion Seattle Sounders FC. With a hard-fought win against perennial favorite D.C. United at RFK Stadium, the Sounders bring home the U.S. Open Cup trophy. Not the greatest accomplishment that a team can win but definitely says something about this up and coming Seattle team.
The Sounders return to regular season play on September 12th when they return to RFK Stadium to play D.C. United again, but this time it is to battle for playoff position with the Seattle Sounders FC sitting 4 points out of an Automatic-Bid. Currently they are in first place for an At-Large bid to the playoffs but an Automatic-Bid would be so much better.
The set has some potential; some of the highlights include on-card signatures, a decent checklist and signatures signed in one of 3 different colored inks. There is no information about serial numbers or SPs, so I do not know if the colored inks differentiate the cards in any way.
On the flip side a huge sore spot is that the cards are generic and besides some foil and team logo they are essentially clones of the Panini 2009-10 Basketball Pen Pals inserts, which was previewed only 2 weeks ago. The sets are being released 3 months apart from each other; Panini should have re-created the Pen Pals set for their football release.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Roberto Clemente had an amazing 18-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates where he played in almost 2500 games, batted .317 with 240 HRs. He also won the World Series Championship twice. Even though he played for 18 years his career was cut short when he died in a place crash while attempting to deliver emergency relief packages to Nicaragua following an earthquake.
Upper Deck has the MLBPA rights as well as various agreements with players like Griffey and Jeter, could this exclusive Clemente contract be the first step in picking up the rights to retired and deceased players? That could give them plenty of options to continue producing baseball related products.