Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Piece of Yankee Stadium History

This has to be one of the coolest stadium seat cards I have ever owned. And now that Yankee Stadium is no more, it is even cooler.

Monday, December 29, 2008

How Far Would You Go For Vintage Cards?

Hopefully not this far! According to an article on Sports Collectors Daily, a 28 year old man was arrested and sentenced to prison for attacking a sports card dealer in Pennsylvania with a crowbar and stealing $47,000 worth of cards. He was out of prison on parole from a previous offense at the time. And you thought overgraders on eBay were bad!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Would You Pay $1 Million For This Card?

I ran across this auction and it truly amazed me. Granted, this card is autographed, but I'm thinking $1 million may just be a little high for this particular card. The description is good for a few laughs though, and be sure to check out the questions/answers below the description. They may give you a few laughs as well. So what card would command a million dollar asking price? Take a look for yourself and decide how much you would be willing to pay for this card. There is a "Best Offer" option!

The Million Dollar Card

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Anyone Want Some Babe Ruth DNA?

I ran across another amazing card on eBay the other day, a 2008 SP Legendary Cuts Babe Ruth Hair Cut Signature card. It is a 1/1 card and contains both a cut signature of the Babe and a strand of hair from the Bambino himself! I wonder how they got the hair and why Mr. Ruth signed something that has the word "Shoes" printed on it. The seller has a "Best Offer" option on the card, but don't expect this beauty to go for a firesale price. If you are a Babe Ruth collector though, this is a pretty unique card. Check out the link to view more details about this card.

2008 SP Legendary Cuts Babe Ruth Hair Cut Signature

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Greg Maddux Was Truly Amazing

I know this is about a week late, but Greg Maddux might have been the most amazing pitcher I have ever seen in person. He did not have a blazing fastball, although this fastball was probably slightly above average. He did not have a curve that made your knees buckle. Instead he used knowledge of the game and the situation at the current time of the game and combined that with an amazing ability to locate pitches wherever he wanted to win 355 games and post some of the most incredible ERA's ever (as compared to the league average of those given years). Even in his 23rd season at the age of 42 he still put up respectable numbers (4.22 ERA and 1.20 WHIP). He probably could pitch a few more years if he wanted to, but instead we will see Mr. Maddux in Cooperstown, NY five years from now.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

T206 Wagner Hits eBay!

The "Holy Grail" of sports cards has hit eBay. That's right, the T206 Honus Wagner card. And this is not your usual scam either. The card is a well know example of the Wagner card, is graded by PSA and is for sale by a reputable dealer. The T206 set is one of my all-time favorites, but unfortunately the asking price is a little high for me at this time! Take a look at this beauty of a card.

T206 Honus Wagner

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Largest Sportscard Dealer!!

The other day I ran across a sports card seller on eBay who is so incredibly huge, it is unbelievable. This dealer has over 1 million separate sports card listings on eBay right now! To be exact, they have 1,144,572 cards listed. I believe they are all singles too, no lots or sets. They are all store listings, which are 3 cents each to list unless they worked out some type of special deal with eBay, which means that if they paid the standard store listing fee, they paid over $34,337 in listing fees over the last 30 days! It even says in their listings that they are in the process of listing their entire 30 million card inventory on eBay! I don't even want to think about how much time and labor that will take. Who is this dealer of epic proportions? Here they are...

The Largest Sports Card Dealer

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Card that Did Not Exist

If you follow Topps Heritage much, you are probably aware that Topps just released the 2008 Topps Heritage High Numbers set, a follow up to the 2008 Topps Heritage set. What you may not realize is that for the past month, there was one card most people thought did not exist...the C285 chrome Jerry Hairston card. Several of the refractor versions have shown up on eBay, but no regular chromes. Until a few days ago. One popped up with a buy it now of $10,000 but the auction was pulled by the seller. Now a second has appeared, and is going as a standard auction with a 99 cent starting bid and no reserve. At the time of writing this, it is already over $50 with more than 6 days to go until the end of the auction. How much is it at now and how much will it end up at? Here is a link to the auction to find out. This one should be very interesting.

2008 Topps Heritage C285 Jerry Hairston

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Bill Ripken and the *@#& Face Card

If you were a card collector in the 80's, you will definitely remember the Bill Ripken card that created quite a stir in the hobby. If you are not familiar with the story, Bill Ripken is the brother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. and also played for the Orioles for a few seasons. The 1989 Fleer card of Bill showed him posing with a bat on his shoulder, and on the bottom of the bat, there was a profane phrase written in sharpie that is very easily seen on the original card. The card created a huge stir and skyrocketed in value almost overnight. Fleer pulled the card and reissued it with quite a few different corrected versions, 12 total versions according to the CNBC article. I found it interesting that Bill admitted to writing the phrase on the bat, but that it was much smaller than it appeared on the card, and he feels that Fleer intentionally enhanced the letters for publicity. If they did, it definitely worked.

Search for Bill Ripken *@#& Face cards on eBay

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Saunders the Red-Nosed Starter

In the spirit of the holidays:

Saunders the red nosed starter, had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows
All of the other pitchers, used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Saunders join in any pitcher games (of pepper)
Then one muggy SoCal day, Scioscia came to say
Saunders with your nose so bright, won't you start on the mound tonight
Then all the Angels loved him, and they shouted out with glee
Saunders the red-nosed starter, you'll go down in history (with 17 wins and a 3.41 ERA in 2008).

Oh yeah, pick some sunscreen!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Babe Ruth Card for A Buck?

That's right, some lucky card collector or entrepreneur won a vintage PSA graded Babe Ruth card for one dollar. If you are on eBay much, you probably have seen their Doorbuster holiday promotion, but if you haven't seen it yet here are the details. Every day from November 24th to December 26th, eBay is having doorbuster promotions with items starting at $1. Most of these are regular auctions, but each day there is one grand prize that is listed as a Buy It Now item for one dollar. The only sports card is the Ruth card, but there are some other fantastic prizes as well. Unfortunately there must be people constantly searching for these items because they typically are sold within one minute of when they are listed. Here is the vintage Ruth card that was won for a dollar:

PSA Graded Vintage Babe Ruth Card

Here are all of the prizes, including a Corvette on December 1st:

11/24 Panasonic 65" 1080p Plasma HDTV
11/25 Kawasaki Jet Ski
11/26 Playhouse Kingdom Mansion Kit
11/27 Babe Ruth Card
11/28 Stainless Side by Side Fridge (with LCD)
11/29 Motor Scooter
11/30 Couture Gown
12/1 Corvette
12/2 Men's Suit
12/3 Robotic Lawnmower
12/4 Home Personal Sauna
12/5 Playskool Kota The Triceratops
12/6 Human Hamster Ball
12/7 Ping Golf Clubs
12/8 Square Cut Diamond Ring

Good luck if you decide to try to win any of these items!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Topps Heritage High Numbers

The latest set from Topps Heritage hit the market this week, the 2008 Topps Heritage High Numbers set. This is a second set that adds an extra 220 base cards and short prints onto the regular 2008 Topps Heritage set, plus extra chromes, autos and insert cards. I haven't bought any yet, but from the looks of what has been opened so far, chrome cards and auto's are much easier to pull than in the regular Heritage set. So far the best card of seen from this set is this Duke Snider/Clayton Kershaw dual game used jersey card. Pretty sweet! I think I'm gonna have to pick up a few packs.

2008 Topps Heritage High Numbers Checklist

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Topps Heritage Packaging?

When I won an auction for some 2008 Topps Heritage short prints a few weeks ago, I knew I got a good deal. But I did not count on the bonus of the the Topps Heritage cards being packaged just like your average neighborhood kid from the year 1959 who collected cards would store his or her cards. Now tell me this does not bring back some memories.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's Finally Over

If you enjoyed this year's presidential election, you may enjoy the cartoon style Presidential Predictors cards from Upper Deck. Search for more Presidential Predictors cards at:

Upper Deck Presidential Predictors cards

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Mitchell Report

The Paul Mitchell Report that is. Ran across this video and thought it was pretty funny.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Congrats to the City of Brotherly Love!

Congratulations to the Phillies, the 2008 World Series champions. Hard to believe it's only the 2nd time Philly has won it all. They played a great series. If you are wondering how much it would set you back to get a jersey signed by the Phillies, I stumbled across one on Ebay. Check it out at:

Phillies Signed Jersey

It says it is a World Series team signed jersey in the description, but the description does not state if it was actually worn by a player during the series. Congrats to the Phils and for everyone else, it's only 4 months until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Who Is Your Favorite Player of All Time

Growing up in Kansas City, my favorite player was of course, #5 George Brett. Sabermetrics guys will tell you there is no such thing as a clutch hitter, but after watching Brett play, I tend to disagree. George seemed to come through for the Royals in clutch situations on a nightly basis. The Royals actually had important games back then too. If you are under 30, you probably won't remember that, but from about 1975 to 1985, the Royals and Yankees battled for the AL Pennant on a yearly basis. One of my greatest regrets was when I got the chance to sell George Brett a computer. I was working at the local Gateway computer store, and George came in. He happened to be good friends with the owner of Gateway, Ted Waitt. I instantly recognized Mr. Brett and made sure I was the sales rep to take care of him. He ended up buying a top of the line laptop and almost every accessory you can think of. He then asked if I could set it up for him. Being young and stupid, without thinking I blurted out that all you have to do is plug in a few things to the back of the laptop and turn it on. This was indeed true, but I missed out on the opportunity to talk baseball one on one with one of the games all time greats. So George, if by some strange twist of fate you happen to read this, let me know the next time you need a computer set up. I'll fly to KC and set it up free of charge. Well, my only charge will be one great baseball story. Go Royals!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


I head out of town for a week (Austin, TX was crazy this weekend after the Red River Rivalry win, but that's another story) and the Rays keep on winning. This is the most amazing story since the Rockies won the NL pennant way back in 2007. With the Rays up 3 games to 1, and leading 5-0 in the sixth inning of game 5, looks like Tampa Bay will filling out the right half of the 2009 version (2008 season) of the card below. Rays vs. Phils...don't think many predicted that matchup.

***Oops! The Sox came back and won game five. There will be baseball this weekend!***

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Allen & Ginter Stamps

I was in the post office a few weeks ago mailing some baseball cards out, and I noticed something very interesting. Normally, I don't pay any attention to the stamps that the post office is selling since I just use their automated machine and then get the heck out of there. But that day I had to go to the counter since I was mailing some cards to Australia (yes, there are baseball card collector's down under!), and a set of their stamps caught my eye. They are called "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" stamps and they picture a baseball player from the 1800's. Kind of reminds me of the original Allen & Ginter cards. The stamps look really nice, so I picked up a sheet of them. If you haven't seen them yet, I posted a scan of them below.

Monday, October 6, 2008


Holy Cow! Congrats to Tampa Bay. Four more wins and you're in the World Series!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Two and Oh

Well, all four of the first round playoff series are 2-0 now. It's looking like the Tampa Bay Rays will be heading to the ALCS, four wins away from the World Series! I wonder if anyone predicted that at the beginning of the season. They do have to head to Chicago now to face the White Sox on their home field, so they can't celebrate yet, but they are playing well. Best of luck to the Rays.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Say It Ain't So, Chicago

Cubs lost yesterday. White Sox lost today. Cubs are losing tonight 6-0. I love the city of Chicago. I love Wrigley Field. I'd love to see the Cubs win a World Series since it has been 100 years since they last won a World Series. It's not looking good this year though. Then again, the Red Sox came back from a 3-0 ALCS deficit a few years ago, so I guess there is still some hope. No matter what happens though, you've gotta love playoff baseball. And thinking about the how long it's been since the Cubs won a World Series gets me to thinking about my all time favorite cards, the T206 cards. Here's a little vintage Chicago tribute.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Congratulations Brewers!

Even though the Brewers lost today to the Phillies, I'd like to congratulate them on making the playoffs behind the brilliant mid-season acquisition of C.C. Sabathia. Thinking of the Brewers today reminded me of my favorite ballcard when was kid. The first packs of cards I ever bought were 1976 topps baseball cards, and my favorite card was #564, the 1976 Kurt Bevacqua Bubble Gum Blowing Champ card. I thought it was really cool that there was a bubble gum blowing championship in the first place, and I was amazed that Kurt Bevacqua was blowing a bubble twice as big as his entire head! The back of the card shows the entire bracket with winners of each match. There were 22 participants from 22 different teams, and somehow Kurt Bevacqua from the Brewers and John Steams received byes in the first round.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Crime Doesn't Always Pay

When a middle age man from Louisiana decided he wanted to make a quick buck by ripping off a couple of sports cards dealers, he got more than he bargained for. These sports card dealers didn't just file a police report, they went after the thief themselves! A little eBay detective work was all it took. It wasn't long before they spotted one of the stolen cards, a rare autographed Chris Paul card for sale on eBay. They put in a fake bid, won the card, and got the guys address by telling him they needed to mail him a money order. Maybe we should get these guys up to Washington to help out with this bailout fiasco. You can find more on this story at The St. Tammany News.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Topps Heritage Brought Me Back

Let's flashback to 2004. I was a sports card collector who was lost. Sure I still bought cards and sold cards on EBay, but it had been probably 10 years since I had opened a pack of cards. I was submitting a lot of T-206 cards to PSA for grading back then, so I was a frequent visitor to the great PSA (Collector's Universe) message boards. I ran across a small group of collectors who were raving about these Topps Heritage cards. Having been focused strictly on vintage cards at the time, I had never even heard of Topps Heritage before. But the concept struck something in me. The thought of current players on vintage style cards was very appealing. The 2004 Topps Heritage set was based on the 1955 Topps set, which happened to be one of my favorite Topps designs. So I hurried over to the local Target store and picked up a few blaster boxes (11 packs at the time, you bought 10 and got the 11th free) and I pulled the beauty below. And that was it--I was back in the wax pack game!