Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Things start as soon as I am done posting and the contest runs through Saturday December 4th with the winner announced Monday December 6th.
There are three steps to become eligible for the contest:
1- Become a follower of Pack War by clicking the FOLLOW link.
2- Please make a post on your blog talking about this contest.
3- Leave a comment here saying you have completed steps 1 & 2.
Selecting a winner:
1- The contest closes at 12:00 AM (Midnight) Sunday morning 12/5/10, all three steps must be completed by 11:59 PM Saturday night 12/4/10.
2- Each contestant will be assigned a number based on their posting order.
3- Using Random.org a number will be selected, this is the winner.
Good luck to everyone.
If you have any questions feel free to send em an email.
Monday, November 22, 2010
I have included a teaser view of the back of the card, feel free to guess as to who/what is on the front.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
After a collector pointed out that an Antero Niittymaki emblem patch from the Finland Olympic team jersey that was inserted in the Ultimate Memorabilia 10 release was game issued but not game used In The Game decided to do the right thing and “recall” the 1/1 patch card and they will be replacing the card with a new Niittymaki Ultimate Emblem card that truly is game used.
The jersey was purchased by ITG from the NHLPA and actually came with a COA from the NHLPA claiming that the jersey was worn by Niittymaki during the Finland-Belarus game on February 17, 2010 but a review of the game shows that Kiprusoff played all 60 minutes in goal. Niittymaki did not see any action at the 2010 Olympics as the team’s third goalie so none of his jerseys from the event can be considered “game used”.
In a time when companies are happy with labeling a card as “player worn” or even worse, no description, it is good to see that a company is taking the right approach to the situation. When ITG describes a relic as game used you can be certain that the relic has actually been used in a game.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I was happy to see a couple of young Cardinals, Wells and Fitzgerald, along father time himself, Matt Hasslebeck. I was a bit disappointed that the only other Seahawks that I pulled were actually players no longer suiting up in neon green, Nate Burleson (Detroit Lions), Deion Branch (Patriots) and TJ Houshmandzadeh (Baltimore Ravens).
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
A few weeks back I posted my submission to Thorzul’s Nightmare On Cardboard contest and I was lucky enough earn a tie for second place with Matt from Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius. Slangon from Condition Poor took First Place with his awesome transformation card, his card really stood out among all the cards this year.
As my prize I received an awesome Cracker Jacks 1, 2, 3 Strikes You’re Out! Randy Johnson relic card. Amazing card too, it is a bit larger than a standard mini and includes a cool purple pin stripe. I like the current red brick colors for the D-Backs but real men can wear purple. Not to mention Johnson played for both the Diamondbacks and the Mariners so a double dose for me. Thanks Thorzul, I look forward to next year.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Would you pay $70,000 for this card? Leaf is estimating that this real Joe Jackson autograph (most Jackson autos were actually signed by his wife) could eventually sell for $70,000-100,000 and they recently announced how this card could make it in to the hands of one lucky collector.
On December 7th, 2010, Leaf will be releasing the Leaf Cut Signature Edition Update and in 3 boxes there will be a special Lucky Clover Joe Jackson card. A 4th Lucky Clover card will be sent to the collector who presents Leaf with the “Most Complete” set of 2010 Sports Icons Update. One of the holders of these 4 special Luck Clover cards will walk away from the 2011 National with this very Shoeless Joe Jackson cut signature card, as a consolation prize the other 3 Lucky Clover card holders will each receive a case of 2011 Leaf Sports Icons Cut Signature.
Is $70,000 a realistic number? I understand that this is an actual Joe Jackson signature so you have to take that in to account, because Joe Jackson was illiterate his wife Kate Jackson signed most of his autograph requests though latter in his life he learned how to sign his own name so he could sign checks and legal documents and this appears to be one of his early signatures. The last “real” Joe Jackson signature sold in the early 1990s for $24,000 so I guess it is possible that this card may actually sell for $70,000 but I do not see a cut signature card ever selling for that price. In comparison his Will, a legal document that he signed in front of witnesses, has been estimated to be valued at $100,000 so that may put things in to perspective.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
This man has been there during the bad (very bad) times and he was there for the good times, he has seen some greats come through Seattle and he will be greatly missed by fans and players alike.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Years ago Donruss had one of the best “other” releases in the Americana series, a wonderful collection of sports and non-sports personalities that included some of the coolest relics and autographs.
In January 2009 Donruss announced the upcoming Donruss Century Collection but because the company soon saw its own demise the product never saw the light of day. Fast forward almost 2 years and Panini recently surprised collectors when they released preview information of the upcoming Panini Century Collection.
I want to point out the use of Nolan Ryan’s high school basketball photo on his relic card; someone had to do some serious research to find this gem.
Schedule Release Date: December 22, 2010
Box Configuration: 5 cards per pack
2 Autograph cards
2 Memorabilia cards
1 Additional autograph or memorabilia card
Since the original inception of the Century Collection the product has changed from a $100/box to a $200/pack release. You now actually get 1 additional hit over the original Donruss planned release but gone are the base cards, the parallels and inserts. This set is now all about the hits.
Panini has put together a checklist that will draw attention from such a variety of collectors including both sports and non-sports collectors. The list includes:
I was fortunate enough to pull a James Cagney relic, one of my favorite actors, out of the Americana series a few years ago and I really look forward to continuing my luck with this release.
2 Autographs and 2 memorabilia cards plus an additional auto or memorabilia card
The checklist includes 2 of my favorite athletes of all time, Jim Thorpe and Lou Gehrig
Expensive at $200/pack
Interesting designs (I know, it is a plus and a minus)
I give this 4 out of 5 because there are pluses and minuses with the design. Some make you wonder why Panini went that way and others look complete. The checklist is also a huge plus but the price point is a huge minus.
I am not in a position where I can purchase any packs when they are released in December but hopefully around tax time I will be able to pick up some packs. This is one of those releases where you want to bust a couple of packs no matter if you like Panini or not because they did a wonderful job here.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Box Configuration: 5 cards per pack, 20 packs per box
4 Autograph cards including a 2010 Lottery Pick
This set has been a solid contender, excuse the pun, each year and looks to continue that trend with only one slight change, the manufactured prime patches now being included on the Rookie Ticket autographs.
Panini has changed the name from Playoff Contenders Basketball to Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball. The Rookie Ticket Autograph cards are being changed to now include a manufactured prime patch which some people may not agree with but I actually like it, the new look of the card now seems complete with the addition of the prime patch. I honestly would be surprised if these do not draw some big interest.
Some may find the “Place In History” autographs an interesting pull, an insert that focuses on players who were drafted by one team but were traded away without ever playing a game for the team. Players like Kobe and Charlotte and Pau Gasol and the Hawks. I think it is an interesting idea but the designers did not pull it well together, the set features a player with the draft team hat on imposed over a newspaper. I think they should have used the player image from draft day and somehow involved the team’s logo to tie it all together.
4 autographs including one from the 2010 NBA Lottery
200 Championship Ticket 1/1 cards
Seems to be a solid list of autographs including Amar’e Stoudamire, Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant.
Patches are manufactured which some people do not like
I will give this set 3 out of 5 because it is a standard set that meets expectations. The addition of the manufactured prime patch only adds to the Rookie Ticket Autograph cards. The only down side would be the use of stickers on an otherwise decent basketball set.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Today’s post comes from a blaster box of 2009-10 Panini Threads Basketball set, one of the pretty standard sets coming from Panini. I do like the use of action photos, basketball cards are one of the best options for the action collectors. Close up images and some of these photographers captured amazing shots.
The base cards that drew my interest originally would be the Durant card and the 2 ex-U of A players Mike Bibby and Andre Iguodala along with a jersey die-cut of Agent Zero himself, Gilbert Arenas. So a Durant and 3 U of A players were enough to make me smile.
My Al Jefferson is #/249 and my Tayshaun Prince, which is obviously a reddish/orange color on the front, has no numbering on the back. Any help deciphering this would be appreciated.
After going through the packs again I came across a collection of young and old stars. Some old dogs still holding their own in the league like Tony Parker, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Chauncey Billups. That is 6 NBA titles in just 4 players; given Parker has 3 of them but still an impressive list no matter what.
Next up are the young guns, along with Kevin Durant I also pulled his teammate Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Brandon Roy and CP3. While none of these players will be on a title winning team any time soon they are definitely on teams that can hold their own and may be a force in the future.
My last card is actually a trivia question type of card. Who went from being the #2 Pick overall in the 2008 NBA Draft to being traded away by the Heat to make room for King James and Chris Bosh? Why that would be that Beasley kid up there in Minnesota. You know that place where Garnett demanded to leave and Rickey Rubio refuses to play at. The good news is that if the Timberwolves try hard they may make it back over the 20-win season hump.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Does Topps even care about quality control or do they just deal with reactionary QC?
Topps, the point is that the missing and damaged cards should be dealt with before the packs get out in to the hands of the collectors especially when your company is known for poor quality control. You are tossing a bandage on the wound after the fact and still making the collectors jump through hoops to get the cards that should have been in their boxes originally.
To get this straight, to replace missing hits or damaged cards:
Scan: Scan in the pack wrapper, UPC and receipt. I guess someone who buys a pack with damaged cards is S.O.L. because they do not have a box UPC to scan or how about those shops that do not give receipts or give hand written receipts.
Email: Send those scans to support@Topps.com
Send: Then you need to package up your damaged card, original receipt, pack wrapper and UPC and send them to Topps Customer Service at your own expense.
Wait: Then wait patiently...days, weeks or months to get the card in your hand that should have been in your box.
Being the pushy a-hole that I am I wrote Clay Luraschi of Topps regarding their poor quality control. For those that remember, I wrote My Luraschi back in July about them sending loaded boxes to Beckett and never received a response. Again I do not expect a response but I felt it necessary to at least put in the effort.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
As part of the conversations I have had with Candian artist Mike James I recently did an interview about his art work as well as his sports and team alligiences.
- I have to ask, are you a collector? If so what do you prefer to collect?
"I used to be a big baseball card collector starting in the early 90s - once I started painting full time in the 2000s I switched to being a hockey card collector - most of the paintings I was doing were of hockey players, so I used them as reference often. I have stopped collecting almost completely now - just buying the odd card here and there."
- How long have you been creating sports related artwork?
"I have been painting since the mid-90s. I started painting portraits on baseballs as a way to pay my way through university. Most of the work that I do now is sketches and painted jerseys. I was painting full time 7 or 8 years ago, but now I work full time, so this has become more of a hobby."
- What is your favorite sport and do you have a favorite player/team?
"Growing up, Cal Ripken was my favorite player, and I used to go to see the Orioles play every time they came to see the Blue Jays. I am still a big baseball fan and hockey fan as well (although I am Canadian but don't know how to skate!!!) - As for hockey, my favorite player is (Alexander) Ovechkin, but mostly because I really enjoy painting him as he is very distinctive looking."
- I have seen your work appear on jerseys, baseballs, canvases and sketch cards; do you have a favorite medium that you prefer to work with?
"I started with pencil crayons, and moved onto acrylics. I prefer not to use oil paint because I can't get the same type of detail that I can with the acrylics. I have only started using pencils again this past year."
- I first came across your work while writing a piece about the Topps You Sketch It cards. Using the Topps Sketch It cards you created a number of ACEO cards; will you continue using these cards or similar opportunities?
"I started sketching my own cards last year before the Topps 'You Sketch it' cards came out - the first custom group were not nearly as detailed as the ones I am producing now - took me a little while to get back into the swing with pencils as I hadn't used them in quite some time. I have done a number of the Topps cards now - mostly for collectors, but some of them I have sent in to Topps to see how they do."
-Is this where you sell your work or is there a way that interested collectors can find your work or get in touch with you?
"I only list items here and there to showcase my work when I don't have any other art on the go - my (eBay) user-name is all-star2002. If people are interested in my work, they can email me at this address: allstarillustrations- as long as they know that this is a part time gig, so never sure what my schedule is like."
- We have seen your work appear in the hobby before, in the 2003-04 Be A Player “Brush With Greatness” insert & jersey grand prize, do you have anything coming up in the near future that collectors can be looking forward to?
"Ahh...there are some things in the works, but don't want to give too much away...but if you look closely at some of the images that have been released from the new upcoming Heroes and Prospects baseball set...you might just see a pencil sketch or two..."
- Can you highlight some of your work over the years?
"The main charities/people that I have worked for over the past number of years include: The Children's Aid Foundation on and off in the 90s with painted baseballs of Blue Jays players, Shoot for a Cure, Great North Road - I did a few pieces for Frameworth, and I have also done numerous paintings for Jason Ward (of the Canadiens, Rangers, Kings etc...) and a number of other players as well
Keep an eye for a forth coming follow up to my conversation with artist Mike James, I will be completing my "Meet The Artist- Mike James" segment with a final posting including some more of his artwork and possibly a special contest.
Monday, November 1, 2010
This is truly an honor to have my blog included on a list with some heavy weight hitters like the Upper Deck blog, the Beckett blog, Sports Collector Daily and Night Owl Cards. I appreciate being included in this list and would like to thank Sheryl and Satellite Dish for creating a web site that takes the time to not only support their own community (satellites) but even goes beyond that to support and honor other communities like sports cards, video games, television and classic cars. We may belong to different hobbies but we are all the same collector inside.
I wanted to highlight one specific blog listed, Nearmint’s Vintage Football Card Blog. This site is a wealth of vintage football cards and is well worth the time to read through if you are a true vintage collector. As part of his web site he also includes a vintage football card gallery that includes checklists and images of football cards dating back to the 1888 Goodwin Champions set.