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.