Friday, March 13, 2009

What Are the Rewards for Not Eating Meat on Lent Fridays?

Apparently the rewards are beyond this life, because they have not lead to a card like this for me! Granted, I have some making up to do for the rest of the year, but I'm pretty good about not eating meat on Fridays during Lent. Cheerios for breakfast and fish and chips for lunch today (fish is exempted by the Catholic church for some reason). I know, great sacrifices right? Anyway, this is a pretty sweet card and thanks to the seller (mweiss13138krx) for letting me post the scan. They have about 10 more scans in the auction if you want a closer look or if you are interested in the card. It is an Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy card with cut signatures of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Dual Pope Cut Signature

Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy Dual Pope Cut Signature

Thursday, March 12, 2009

And The Number of Heritage Variations Continues to Increase

Kevin from the PSA boards (aka Heritage King) talked to his contact at Topps and they are saying that there are actually SEVEN super short print variations in the 2009 Heritage set. Of course we already know about:

"Thom" Glavine

Smoltz in BoSox Uni

Hanley in BoSox Uni

Fred Lewis with Randy Winn Pictured

The Beckett checklist is showing a variation for #58 Conor Jackson (A DBacks version and a Rays version) and a #407 Randy Winn variation with Fred Lewis pictured. The seventh is still a mystery, although there has been at least one person talking about a rumored Carlos Quention variation. None of these three latest variations have shown up yet. Check your cards!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pac-Man Meets Pac-Man Jones

Looks like Topps is doing it's best to combine the technology of video games with the classic feel of sports cards. They have partnered with a company called Total Immersion to create cards that become animated on a computer screen when held in front of a webcam. I am a bit skeptical about how the quality will be, but I am interested to see how it looks.

Topps Partners With Total Immersion

Monday, March 9, 2009

Poena Par Sapientia...Pain Equals Wisdom

Those were the words tattooed on John Odom's arm. Unfortunately John's story has come to an end. Although this blog is about sport's cards, I'll occasionally throw in a sports related story, and this one caught my eye. You probably don't recognize the name John Odom, he mostly languished in the minors and independent leagues and never made it onto a baseball card that I know of. But you probably remember his story. He was the player that was traded from on independent league team to another for 10 bats last year. He was able to brush off the trade for awhile, but it eventually got to him according to accounts from friends and teammates in this NBCSports article. It is an interesting read if you are a fan of the game. The article is two pages, so make sure to continue to the second page when you get to the bottom of the first page.

RIP John Odom

Sunday, March 8, 2009

More Retail Topps Heritage Case Busting Craziness

In an unrelated note, the 2009 Topps Heritage Mickey Mantle Cut Signature 1/1 auction ends today. It's already well over $1000:

2009 Topps Heritage Mantle Cut Signature Card

Unfortunately, no cut signature cards for me yet! Now back to my case results. After being the substitute coach for a five year old soccer double header, I was finally able to finish opening the second case. The results were a little bit less dramatic, but still way off the odds. I did finally get some regular chromes, but I pulled quite a few more refractors than chromes. Here are the results:

Case #2
61 SP's -- A little less than the expected 64, but close
16 Refractors -- Quite a few more than the expected 6, but closer than case #1
10 Chrome -- Quite a few less than the expected 19, but again closer than case #1
1 Black Refractor -- Nice card, about right for the odds (1 in 250 packs)
2 Red Autos -- Beat the odds big time (1 in 935 packs), but two autos in one case is not unheard of

Overall, a very nice case. However, there is more retail case news. A few collectors broke some retail cases on the PSA boards and one was fairly normal, but one was another 4 Black Refractor case! It did produce some chromes, but it was also much heavier on the refractors than the chromes. Crazy stuff going on with these retail cases. One of my red auto's is a redemption, but here is the one that was included. Not a star by any means, but still a nice card: