Friday, December 4, 2009

Minor League Ripken Card Going Crazy

Chris from pointed out an interesting Huggins and Scott auction for a 1980 WBTV Charlotte O's Cal Ripken card. It's graded as a PSA 8 and is already up to $1500 with five days left. Cool auction and it's always cool to see pics of great players back before they made it to the Show.

1980 WBTV Charlotte O's Cal Ripken Auction

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Topps Announces Six Super Short Print Variations in 2009 Heritage High Numbers

Topps has announced that there are six of the super short print variations in the 2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers set:

#15 Dustin Pedroia New York Yankees Team Logo
#83 Derek Jeter Red Sox Team Logo
#250 Albert Pujols All-Rookie Design
#563 Pedro Martinez Black & White Head Shot
#569 Alex Rios Black & White Head Shot
#545 Neftali Feliz Black & White Image

2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers Checklist

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The First 2009 Topps Heritage High Number Variation...Or The Eighth Regular Set Variation?

A new Topps Heritage super short print variation has shown up in the 2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers set that is just hitting collectors hands this week. This card is a Dustin Pedroia card with a NY Yankees logo. However, it's a card from the original 2009 Topps Heritage set, it's the #15 Pedroia card. But this variation was not included in any of the regular set packs as Topps confirmed the seven super short print variations as the only seven in the original set. So I'm not sure which set this qualifies for...or if it matters. I will check with the seller to see if I can get a copy of his scan of the card (I always get permission first), but here is the link to the auction on eBay with a scan of the card.

2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers Dustin Pedroia Super Short Print

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Get Out Your Jordan Rookie Cards

If you have a nice Jordan rookie and haven't had it graded yet, it may be time to send it in. Since I don't have one, it's not an option for me. But I'm always interested to see what high end cards sell for and Beckett writes that a BGS 10 Jordan rookie recently sold for $200,000! Amazing. Bought by a collector in the solar energy field. Apparently he's making the world and himself greener. Take a look at the Beckett article for more details.

Friday, November 13, 2009

2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers Preview

For the second consecutive year, Topps will release a Topps Heritage High Numbers set as an addition to the regular set. The new set is scheduled for a November 18th release date. If you are familiar with the 2008 High Numbers set, then you are already familiar with the 2009 set as they are almost identical. You can view the preliminary 2009 High Numbers checklist here:

2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers Checklist

Just like the 2008 set, there are 220 cards in the set including 35 short prints and 75 rookie cards. They are numbered from 501-720, continuing the original 500 card set from earlier in the year. The insert cards are the same as well, including a 15 card Rookie Performers set, a ten card Then and Now set and a ten card Flashbacks set featuring highlights of the 2009 baseball season.

There are three 100 card chrome sets. The regular chrome cards are sequentially numbered to 1960, the refractor cards are numbered to 560 and the black border refractors are numbered out of 60. There are 16 different Real One Certified Autograph cards with blue ink versions and the rarer red ink versions which are hand numbered out of 60. There are also five different Real One dual autograph cards that are numbered out of 25.

The 2009 Topps Heritage High Numbers set has several different types of relic cards. There are 40 Clubhouse Collection relic cards that are each numbered out of 60, five different Clubhouse Collection Dual Relic cards that are numbered out of 60 and three different Flashback Stadium Relic cards that are numbered out of 60. Ten of the Clubhouse Collection relic cards have autographed versions that are numbered out of 25 and there are five different dual relic cards that are autographed and numbered out of 10.

The most sought after Topps Heritage cards are the cut signature autograph cards, and the 2009 High Numbers set has 13 of them, each numbered one of one. For some odd reason, they are split into two different years with 10 of the cut signatures coming from 1960 and three of them coming from 1959. Maybe they had three left from last year that the forgot to include in the set.

If you buy your Heritage cards by the box or case, the make up is essentially the same as in previous sets. A hobby case yields 12 boxes of 24 cards, and just like in 2008 each pack will include six Topps Heritage cards and two Topps Updates and Highlights cards. The Updates and Highlights cards drive Heritage collectors crazy, but they are there again. Each box should contain an advertising panel featuring three players and one out of every two boxes should contain an original 1960 buyback card embossed with the Topps logo on the front. Every hobby box should yield one autograph or relic card. Unfortunately, the autograph checklist does not have many big name players, but last year there were a few last minute additions to the autograph set. Hopefully the same occurs this year. Either way, this set should tide Topps Heritage collectors over until the 2010 set is released in about four months.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Amazing One Card (x4) Collection

Amazing. Ran across this video on youtube and was simply amazed. This is one of the most sought after cards in the hobby, and this one collector has four of them! These four cards blow away my entire 100,000+ card collection, well at least monetarily considering an average PSA 6 goes for over $27,000! Even a PSA 1 Lajoie has an estimated value of $4000. But I bet he does not have the vast variety of KC Royals cards that I keep in the "not available for trade or sale" part of my collection. The card in question is the 1933 Goudey #106 Napolean Lajoie card. The card was not included in the regular set for some reason, but if collectors wrote a letter to Goudey requesting the card, Goudey would send the card out to the collector. Throw in the fact than Mr. Lajoie is a hall of famer and you have the makings of what most people consider to be one of the three most coveted baseball cards produced. Awesome.

Monday, November 2, 2009

$100 Per Pack?

As I was sitting at a table at a local card show that I was splitting with a friend, I was talked into buying a box of Topps Triple Threads. Boxes of Triple Threads at the shop are $190 and each box contains two packs of cards. That's right, two packs for $190! We split it three ways so I actually put $63 or so into the packs. Up until that point in my life, I had never paid more than $3.50 or so for a pack of modern cards. Opening the packs certainly was exciting, much like doubling down on 11 against a dealers 8 in Vegas and waiting to see what card you get. I probably won't be buying anymore Triple Threads anytime soon, but it was fun. Here are the highlights from the two packs.

2009 Topps Triple Threads Geovanny Soto Auto
2009 Topps Triple Threads George Sisler Game Used Bat

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Smartest Allen & Ginter Card Ever

I love Topps Allen and Ginter and being a bit of a math and science geek (I was a part-time physics major in college and I work in's a good think I collect baseball cards to make me seem cool!), I really love this card. I have the 2009 A&G Einstein base card out on my desk just because I think it's a cool card. Thanks to the seller (lts_cards) for letting me use these scans. I will be very interested to see what this ends up at. Here is a link to the eBay auction and a couple of scans of the card.

Albert Einstein Cut Signature

2009 Topps Allen and Ginter Albert Einstein Cut Signature Front

2009 Topps Allen and Ginter Albert Einstein Cut Signature Back

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Holy Card Has Been Taken Down

Looks like eBay took down the Jesus H. Christ auto relic card. Found a story/video about the card on youtube though. If you didn't get to see it, the video shows it. ***Warning: Video contains some profanity***

Thursday, October 22, 2009

And You Thought The Invisible Man Relic Could Not Be Beat

Allen and Ginter, eat your heart out. There is a Jesus H. Chris autograph relic card on ebay right now. It's up to $20 after one hour. This one is actually pretty funny. Here is a link to the auction with a pic of the "card".

Jesus H. Christ Auto Relic

What Did Cliff Bring Me Today?

Cliff brought me several Topps Heritage cards and several game used cards. Here is what I was really waiting for though!

2009 Press Pass Legends Saturday Swatches Josh Freeman

2009 Press Pass Legends Saturday Swatches Josh Freeman Back

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pujols Has No Bat

Many fans would say that Albert Pujols has one of the best, if not the best, bats in baseball. This Topps Allen and Ginter card may disagree though. Happened to run across this interesting card on eBay and the owner of the card (chines102581) was kind enough to let me post images of the card here. I've never seen a relic card like this, unless you include the 2009 Allen & Ginter Invisible Man relic card. Maybe the termites at Topps got to it. For more details on this card, or if you're an Albert collector and would like to make an offer on the card, here is the eBay auction:

2009 A&G Albert Pujols Game Used No-Bat

2007 Allen & Ginter Albert Pujols Game Used No-Bat
2007 Allen & Ginter Albert Pujols Game Used No-Bat CloseUp

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fox Predicts the Death of Baseball Cards

According to Fox News, in twenty years people may not know what a baseball card is! Don't think I agree with that, although the beloved hobby has definitely seen a decline in numbers over the last 20 years. I wonder what card the person in the video is trying to look up in Beckett. Looks like the back of a 1990 or so Topps card. You can watch the entire video at:

The Death of Baseball Cards...According to Fox

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It Never Ceases To Amaze Me

It never ceases to amaze me how much some modern cards can go for on ebay. I would expect for this card, a 2001 Fleer Platinum Albert Pujols Lumberjacks Auto to go for quite a bit, but I never would have guessed it would bring down this kind of $$$. The auction just ended last night:

2001 Fleer Albert Pujols Lumberjacks Auto on Ebay

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How $40,000 Becomes $5 Million

The USA Today ran this story about a couple of guys that invested $40,000 in some rare basketball cards and other memorbilia. Much like value stock investors looking for undervalued companies, Bill Schonsheck and Christopher Sanchirico had the vision in the late 1980's to foresee that basketball cards were truly undervalued compared to their baseball and football brethren. And did they make a great call. Their collection is now valued at around $5 million! Here are some of their cards:

Pics of the Cards and other Memorbilia

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ebay Makes a Change For the Worse

Wow is all I can say. Why would ebay do something like this? Hopefully this is a bug and will be fixed. If you go to ebay and click on the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop", then the "Cards" category, then "Baseball", you get the following sub-categories:

"New" and "Used". No more "Sets", "Lots", "Singles", "Graded", "1960-1969", etc. I checked my current active auctions and they have all been switched to the generic "Baseball" category. How does this possibly make things easier for buyers or sellers? Come on ebay!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Hole In The Wall Treasure

How would you like to be tearing down a wall in your house and happen to find an old baseball card inside of the wall? That would be exciting. How would you like it if you then found out that the card was a 19th century tobacco card of a hall of famer? Perhaps a card from one of the rarest baseball card sets of all time. Perhaps the only example of the card known to exist. This all happened to Mike Gazo at his mom's home in Tamaqua, PA. It actually happened 12 years ago, only Mr. Gazo did not know the significance of the card until recently. The card is an 1893 Just So Tobacco card of hall of famer Buck Ewing. There are only an estimated 15 or so of these cards from the entire set known to exist today, and a Buck Ewing card was thought to have been included in the set but one had never been found. Last week, Mike Gazo decided to find out more about the card as he was looking for things to sell to help pay some medical bills for his mother. The card will be auctioned off by Robert Edward Auctions in their next auction and should fetch several thousand dollars. It will be interesting to see the bidding on this one of a kind card. You can read more about the card at Rare Vintage Baseball Card Find.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Old Yankee Stadium To Be Inserted Into New Cards?

According to an article in the NY Daily News, the old Yankee Stadium is being carefully dismantled and pieces are being sold off by Steiner Sports. Perhaps Topps will pick some up, or maybe not since they won't have any competition for the next few years. As for the destruction of the stadium, it should be done by next June! Talk about being careful. In Vegas, they'd blow the whole thing up (or down) in 30 seconds. Then they would build a new $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium Hotel and Casino.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

2009 Bowman Chrome Delayed

Looks like 2009 Bowman Chrome is delayed again. Blowout Cards now has Sept. 17th as the estimated release date. It was originally Sept. 2nd I think, then Sept. 10th. Perhaps they are adding some last minute prospect phenoms that aren't on the current 2009 Bowman Chrome checklist. We can only hope.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

2009 Topps Heritage Variation #8

Well, I found another variation in 2009 Topps Heritage and this is the rarest one yet. In fact, it's the only one of it's kind that I know of. And I actually pulled it! This should bring huge $$$ at auction. I should probably send it to one of the big auction houses.

2009 Topps Heritage Standard Gum:

2009 Topps Heritage Baseball Diamond Variation:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Transparent Blog Move

OK, so I finally moved my blog to the domain I got for it about six months ago. Everything should be the same and all the old posts should be here. It did delete my blogroll so I'll be adding those back over the next few days. I should get them all, but if you have a blog that is linking to mine go ahead and send me an email just to make sure. New sports card posts coming soon!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Just Bought My First Football Cards In Years

Well, my suckerness for the vintage designs finally drew me back to football cards. Just as Topps Heritage drew me back to baseball cards after a decade long absence, Topps Magic has drawn me back to football cards. Instead of spending a bunch on packs, I picked up the 200 card base set on ebay for about $16.00 delivered. The cards arrived and I like them. I've regained interest in football cards now and might purchase some 2009 Topps Football cards as well. If anyone has already bought some and has an opinion on them, let me know. If you are interested in what cards are in the sets, here are the checklists:

2009 Topps Magic Checklist

2009 Topps Football Checklist

Here are a few samples of cards from my 2009 Topps Magic base set:

2009 Topps Magic LaDanianTomlinson

2009 Topps Magic Josh Freeman

2009 Topps Magic Bo Jackson

2009 Topps Magic Peyton Manning

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Baseball Card Year/Brand Quiz

Someone posted a link to this and I thought it was kind of fun. I am truly horrified that I got 15/15. Yes, even the late 80's/early 90's!

Baseball Cards Year/Brand Quiz

Good luck.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

2009 Topps Chrome is Live

2009 Topps Chrome is live, exactly on schedule. It's a miracle! View the complete checklist here:

2009 Topps Chrome Checklist

I haven't received any of the cards yet, but scans are popping up on ebay. From what I can tell, they are decent looking cards and of course there are tons of rookies and parallels. The basic breakdown of the set is 170 veterans, 50 rookies and 22 rookie autograph variations. There is also a World Baseball Classic insert set made up of 100 players from around the world.

Parallels consist of 1 of 1 Printing Plates, 1 of 1 Superfractors, Red Refractors (#/25), Gold Refractors (#/50), Blue Refractors (#/199) and regular refractors which appear to be numbered to either 499 or 500 (Topps lists both in various places).

There are other sets that I like better, but these look like they are worth a few boxes.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Allen & Ginter Mantle Rip Card

If you were wondering just how much a 2009 Allen & Ginter Mantle rip card would go for, here is your answer.

2009 Allen & Ginter Mantle Rip Card

At this point the auction still has four hours to got but it's got a bid. I am looking forward to the day when I pull a card like this!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

2009 Allen & Ginter Blaster Boxes

Well, I am still waiting for my cases to arrive, so I broke down and picked up a few blaster boxes of 2009 Allen & Ginter from Target. Here are a few highlights (there weren't a lot).

This Beltran No Number mini was the only semi-big hit. Love watching Beltran play, especially when he was with KC.
2009 Allen & Ginter No Number Carlos Beltran
Here is the back of the Beltran card. The no number minis are hand numbered for the first time this year.
2009 Allen & Ginter No Number Carlos Beltran Back
Frank Thomas sketch highlights card. Pretty cool looking card.
2009 Allen & Ginter Frank Thomas Sketch Highlights
Black border mini.
2009 Allen & Ginter Black Border Mini Clayton Kershaw
National Heroes George Washington. Cool card, but now whenever I think of George Washington, I can't help but recall Slater's rant on Martha Washington and her "cash crop" in the classic film Dazed and Confused.
2009 Allen & Ginter National Heroes George Washington
World's Biggest Hoaxes. This is one of the subsets I was looking forward to.
2009 Allen & Ginter Worlds Greatest Hoaxes Anna Anderson
Creatures of Legend, Myth and Terror. Another subset I am semi-interested in.
2009 Allen & Ginter Creatures of Legend, Myth and Terror Chupacabra
My favorite current player, both for his brilliant pitching and quirky media quotes. Wish it was centered a little better.
2009 Allen & Ginter Zack Greinke Mini
Ryan Braun game used jersey card. I like the darker frames this year.
2009 Allen & Ginter Ryan Braun Game Uses Jersey

Sunday, July 19, 2009

So Close Tom. So Close

Tied for first in the British Open through regulation. Great memories. I watched more golf this weekend than I ever have. So thanks Tom for the great memories.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Help Needed -- $500,000 Collection Stolen (Atlanta Area)

Wow, I saw this and this really stinks for Henry. Henry is a poster on the PSA (Collectors Universe) message board and has asked collectors to pass this on. Help if you can and hope you recover your cards Henry. It looks like a truly amazing collection. The contact information is at the bottom of the post.

Major baseball card card collection stolen valued at over 500K.

Most bought on ebay and from major dealers over the past 3 years.
Many completed and near completed sets from 1970 to 1981 all psa graded (over 70% of these are registered with PSA under MintMoondog)
100s of PSA from the 60s - mainly 1970s:
Included PSAs are 3 complete and near complete 72 topps, 5 complete and near complete 75 minis (with approx 2000 extras), 2 near complete 76 topps, near complete 73 and 74 topps, near complete 77, 78 and 80 sets.
Thousands of rookie cards including 1954-56 Al Kaline in psa8, 14 psa 9 Yzerman rookies, 2 psa 10 Yzerman rookies, 40 Cabrera rookies, Pujols, 50 psa 9, and 20 psa 10 Barry Sanders Score rookies
Several raw complete sets including 3 from 1975 mini, 2 1972, 2 1973, several from the later 1970s, 20 1984 DR sets.
Several unopened cases including 2 1977 sealed vending cases, 2 mini cases, one sealed and one cracked recently won in the REA auction, one sealed 1979 vending case, 1 sealed 1981 vending case. one box with 14 1977 vending and 15 1979 vending boxes. Many many others too numerous to list.

4 paintings: Sandy Koufax and Shoeless Joe Jackson recently won in this years REA spring auction, one Bird and Magic Johnson #99/99 from Stephen Holland, 1 Blood Ryan from Stephan Holland.
These cards will most likely be sold out of the Atlanta/Duluth area of Georgia. Very few collections come from this part of the country.

A reward will be given for information leading to the arrest of the thieves.

2002 Silver Honda Accord with many distinguishing dents and scratches (well worn)

Contact information: Henry Moon 678-473-7819
Detective J. L. Smith 770-513-5327

Thank you,
Henry (MintMoondog)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Topps Releases Allen & Ginter SP List, Invisible Man Auto and More

2009 Allen & Ginter Checklist

The short prints are 301-350 as suspected. Other interesting notes:

There are several short printed blue ink auto's (print run after players name):
AGA-MC Miguel Cabrera 49
AGA-DW David Wright 49
AGA-JW Jayson Werth 49
AGA-JR Jose Reyes 49
AGA-JC Joba Chamberlain 49
AGA-DO David Ortiz 49
AGA-MH Matt Holliday 49
AGA-RH Ryan Howard 49
AGA-LM LaShawn Merritt 239
AGA-AT Anna Tunnicliffe 239
AGA-MZ Mariel Zagunis 239
AGA-WE Walton Glenn Eller 239
AGA-KA Kristin Armstrong 239
AGA-SB Stephanie Brown Trafton 239
AGA-DOW Dominique Wilkins 239
AGA-FE Frank Evans 239
AGA-AP Art Pennington 239
AGA-RM Red Moore 239
AGA-HS Herb Simpson 239
AGA-CP Clyde Parris 239
AGA-WW Willie Williams 239
AGA-MN Millito Navarro 239
AGA-BM Billy The Marlin 239
AGA-HT Hannah Teter 239
AGA-SD Shani Davis 239
AGA-CO Cat Osterman 239
AGA-RMA Robbie Maddison 239
AGA-BC Bob Crowley 239
AGA-RF Richard Fosbury 239
AGA-SW Steve Wiebe 239
AGA-WS Will Simpson/Archie Bunker 239
AGA-MM Mike Metzger 239
AGA-BBE Bryan Berg 239
AGA-IK Iris Kyle 239
AGA-BCA Brian Cappelletto 239
AGA-LO Loren Opstedahl 239
AGA-LC Lynne Cox 239
AGA-BY Brock Yates 239
AGA-JH John Higby 239
AGA-BK Burke Kenny 239
AGA-KM Kolan McConiughey 239
AGA-YM Yuto Miyazawa 239

The unannounced Creatures and Inventions sets each have five cards:
nventions of the Future
FI1 AeroMobile
FI2 Clock Defier
FI3 Protecto-Bubble
FI4 Here-to-There-o-matic
FI5 Mental Movies

Extinct Animals
EA1 Velociraptor
EA2 Dodo
EA3 Xerces Blue
EA4 Labrador Duck
EA5 Eastern Elk

There are five of the hated creature relics (each numbered to ten):
The Loch Ness Monster
The Invisible Man

There is also an Invisible Man auto which can only be seen under a black light (also only ten of these). I am sure these will be loved as much as the creature relics.

Elementary My Dear Watson

I did not even realize that the British Open started this morning, nor that my favorite golfer of all-time (Tom Watson) was even playing this year, nor that the 2009 open is taking place at Turnberry, the very same spot where Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus had one of the most famous finishes in British Open history in 1977. So when I turned on Dallas sports radio station The Ticket this morning you can imagine my shock when I heard that not only was Mr. Watson playing, but he is in the lead after the first day! Growing up in Kansas City in the 70's and 80's, you loved Tom Watson, even if you were not a huge follower of golf. Tom was right up there with George Brett and Lynn Dawson. He really was. And the 1977 British Open had a lot to do with that. Watson and Nicklaus both shot a 68 in the first round. They both shot a 70 in the second round. They both shot a 65 in the third round. It doesn't get any closer than that. They were tied going into the last day, ten strokes ahead of anyone else. They were tied after 16 holes on the last day. I can't really do justice for what happened on 17 and 18, the article linked above does a much better job. But suffice it to say that one player won by one stroke, and they finished with the lowest and second lowest scores in British Open history. Watson has won the British Open five times and faced the greatest golfer of all-time in the process (Tiger may be better but at this point Nicklaus still holds the records). At 59, I know there is almost no shot of Watson pulling off this miracle, but I'll be rooting for him and I now have a great reason to watch the tourney. Go Tom!

1981 Donruss Tom Watson

Friday, July 10, 2009

2009 Allen & Ginter Checklist Observations

Since my Allen & Ginter cards won't be arriving until next week, I figured I might as well take a look over the 2009 Allen & Ginter checklist. It's a virtual novella, but a few interesting things stood out to me. The SP's are not official yet, but it looks like they are 301-350 once again. Nice and easy to remember. There are 104 different relic cards. Wow! Speaking of relic cards, if you had to guess who was on the AGR-AR card, who would you think it would be? If you guessed Alex Rodriguez, you would be wrong. It's a different Alex...Alex Rios. ARod's relic card got the AGR-AER number. I know this is probably due to Rios coming before Rodriguez alphabetically, but it could be fitting due to ARod's recent issues and his absence from the starting lineup of the 2009 All-Star game. The "National Heroes", "Creatures of Myth, Legend and Terror" and "World's Greatest Hoaxes, Hoodwink's and Bamboozles" sets all look interesting to me. I'll probably try to complete those sets just to read the stories on the backs of the cards, even if they have nothing to do with baseball or even sports in general. There are also two unannounced surprise subsets, "Inventions of the Future" and "Extinct Creatures". These two sets seem to be rare so far as the singles seem to be going for between $7.50 and $20.00+ on ebay and I have yet to see a complete set of either one. Now all we need are some unannounced retail only subsets and this could be the most complicated set ever!

Check Out The 2009 Allen & Ginter Checklist

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Nonexistent Allen & Ginter Relic Card

There is a pretty interesting 2009 Allen & Ginter relic card up on ebay right now. It's from the Creatures of Legend, Myth & Terror subset and it is a Unicorn relic card! Obviously there is no real unicorn hair or anything like that in the card, but it is still an interesting and humorous card. It actually says on on the back of the card "The relic contained in this card is not from anything at all". Should be interesting to see what this ends up selling for and what other Creature relic cards pop up. Thanks to Shane (Castle Sports) for letting me use the scans of his card. Check out the auction to bid or for more details:

2009 A&G Unicorn Relic

2009 Allen & Ginter Unicorn Relic Front
2009 Allen & Ginter Unicorn Relic Back

Wow, Nails Gets Hammered!

Nails (aka Lenny Dykstra) has had to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. After a successful baseball career, Dykstra became a fairly well known writer for a large financial news website (CBS Marketwatch if I remember correctly) covering stock option plays. So how does someone who knows enough about the financial markets get to the point where he has less than $50,000 in assets and somewhere between $10 million and $50 million in debts! I always kinda liked Lenny, I hope he can get himself out of this mess in a respectable manner.

Nails Bankruptcy

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Rest of My Score Pack

A future manager!

The son of Brooklyn Dodgers great Joe Landrum (1950-1952)

Tony, better make sure your fly is zipped!

Now we know where Kevin Appier got his windup from.

Didn't Rob Lowe play Joel Youngblood as a hockey player?

Another rookie card, what are the odds?

A pretty decent hitter in his time.

A pretty decent pitcher in his time.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Random Pack of Late 80's/Early 90's Cards

Not everyone believes that the late 80's and early 90's were the golden age of card collecting. Surprisingly, I actually like the cards from the 1950's, 1960's and earlier even more than these modern beauties. But when I saw someone on ebay selling five packs of these treasures, I knew I must place a bid. So, for about $3 including shipping, I received five packs of greatness. Today I will show you the first pack, and 1990 Score Baseball pack. Doesn't get much better than that. I know you are probably dying to see what I pulled, so here they are:


Sweet, a rookie card!

Nice, my favorite team!

One of my favorite pitchers from my favorite team!

A catcher action card, always exciting

Great Pitcher

You can't say enough about Oddibe McDowell

Lightning on the basepaths

There are more, but it gave me an error when trying to upload more images. I guess I hit the limit. I'll post the rest tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Crime Doesn't Always Pay

When two Phoenix police officers entered an abandoned house that was being foreclosed on, they thought they had hit the jackpot when they found several vintage baseball cards glued to a door (yes, glued to the door!). The younger officer was fired, but was re-instated with a suspension. The older officer quickly retired before any disciplinary action could be taken. The cards included several hall of famers including Willie Mays, Ernie Banks and Don Drysdale, but due to the poor condition of the cards, the estimated value of all 44 cards was (drum roll please)...$15.00.

Story from Phoenix CBS

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Big Unit Vs The Persians

OK, so the Nationals aren't quite the Persians, but it was pretty impressive anyway.

3 Wins

1989 Topps Randy Johnson

300 Wins

2009 Topps Heritage Randy Johnson

Congratulations Randy!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Wow, what a weekend of college baseball. A lot of baseball fans don't follow college baseball, so in case you haven't heard about the game that went on down in Austin, TX this past weekend, it was pretty wild. Texas is the #1 seed in the Austin regional, and in fact are the #1 overall seed in the whole College World Series. I believe Boston College was the #3 seed. They started play at 7:02 PM Satuday night and finished after 2 AM Sunday morning! That is because the game lasted 25 innings, an NCAA record. Some interesting stats pop out besides the fact that it was the longest game in NCAA history. Texas reliever Austin Wood (Fitting first name for a Longhorn) pitched 12 and 1/3 innings before allowing a hit! He threw 169 pitches in relief, and 120 of those were strikes. Big league pitching coaches are grinding their teeth everywhere after hearing that pitch count. Two Texas batters had 12 at bats during the game, each! Great start to the College World Series. Now if they will just get rid of the aluminum bats.

I don't have any Longhorns collegiate baseball cards (do they make them?) so this will have to do.

Colt McCoy

Monday, June 1, 2009

2009 Allen & Ginter Countdown: 1 Month

Only one month to go until the scheduled release of 2009 Allen and Ginter. I haven't decided if I'm going to get a bunch of A&G this year or not, but the video from Topps makes it awfully tempting. Topps has not released the full checklist yet, but the auto's and relics checklist is out, although it is subject to change as usual:

2009 Allen & Ginter Checklist

The Michael Phelps cards look really cool. I won't even make any Michael Phelps autographed ZigZag relic jokes since the cards look so cool. It will be interesting to see how much the gold auto Phelps cards go for. Here is the video preview from Topps:

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bowman Cards From the Grave

Found a couple of unique box break videos on youtube. If you have been around card collecting for a while, you have probably heard of Jefferson Burdick and are somewhat familiar with Mr. Burdick's story. But if you are not familiar with Jefferson's story, he is considered by many to be the original card collector. He created the American Card Catalog which gave names to many of the sets that we know today, including my personal favorite, the T206 set from 1909-1911. Jefferson passed away in 1963 is buried in central New York. Stalegum made a trip to Jefferson's grave site to film a live box break. I'm not a huge fan of box breaks, but this is definitely an interesting twist on the "traditional box" break video.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Throw In

I'm always a bit fascinated by the throw in cards that you sometimes receive when you buy a set or a lot and have it shipped to you. Most of the times the cards are probably just filler to keep the cards you paid for from moving too much during shipping, but some are nice bonus cards too. Here are a few I received the last couple of days with lots of 2009 Topps Heritage cards.

This first one is really nice. It's a 1975 Topps #325 New York Nets team card and it's in nice shape too. That's Dr. J wearing #32 in the front row.

1975 Topps New York Nets Team Card

The next group of cards were apparently from a Mets fan. Some nice players, even if they are from the mass produced 80's sets.

1986 Topps Dwight Gooden
1988 Topps Mark Carreon
1983 Topps Hubie Brooks
1981 Topps Dyar Miller
1988 Topps Dwight Gooden
1985 Topps Keith Hernandez All Star
1986 Daryl Strawberry All Star
1988 Topps Juan Samuel
1986 Topps Keith Hernandez All Star