Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2010 Bowman Chrome Half Box Break with Video

Opened my first few packs of 2010 Bowman Chrome today, actually my first packs of Bowman Chrome ever! So I figured I might as well go for another first, shooting video of the rips. Didn't get any big cards (that I know of), but it was fun. My good video camera is broken, so this is iPhone video and someone sent me a text while the video was shooting, which is why you get about a 10 second shot of my hand at the end. Apparently you can't stop the video without acknowledging the text message first!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Nuns Sell Holy Grail (of Baseball Cards)

Saw an interesting story on the Dallas Morning News website today. Someone donated a T206 Honus Wagner card to a group of nuns, who then auctioned it off through Heritage Auctions in Dallas. It's a pretty rough example of a Wagner, but it still sold for $262,000. The card was donated to the nuns by a brother of a former nun (who passed away). A miracle from a pack of smokes?

Rare Honus Wagner baseball card donated to nuns sells for $262,00

Thursday, November 4, 2010

RIP Sparky

The first non-Royals manager I can remember knowing the name of...had to be Sparky or Billy Martin. Obviously the Big Red Machine was great, but I also remember being amazed by the 1984 Tigers. Seemed like they would go 162-0 for a while. Can't remember how many games they won to start the season, but seemed like a bunch at the time. Unfortunately for me, they beat the Royals in the ALCS, but what a great season for Sparky and Detroit.

1973 Topps Sparky Anderson

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bowman Chrome Golden Ticket

OK, what the heck is this? This has to be a joke, right. There is no pic or scan, and the price is so ridiculous that this has to be a joke. And if it were real, no way Topps would not use it in the marketing promos...

2010 Bowman Chrome Golden Ticket on eBay

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

2010 Bowman Chrome Checklist and Preview

Every year, Bowman Chrome baseball is one of the most anticipated sets of the year. If you like to speculate on young rookies and even prospects who are years away from the major leagues, then this is the set for you.

Check out the
2010 Bowman Chrome Checklist

The 2010 Bowman Chrome set has a scheduled release date of tomorrow...Wednesday Nov. 3rd. Hobby boxes will contain 18 packs of 4 cards per pack. There are 110 new minor league prospects in the set, as well as 20 Team USA players that are mainly in high school (or at least under the age of 18). One card that jumped out at me was the Team USA card of Bubba Starling. Bubba is one of the most highly recruited high school quarterbacks in the country, from the far south Kansas City suburb/town of Gardner and he's already got several baseball cards including a dual auto! And of course there will be Stephen Strasburg auto's...what 2010 set would be complete without those? Each hobby box will produce one auto and seven parallel cards.

2010 Bowman Chrome Base Cards

The base set for 2010 Bowman Chrome consists of 220 cards--180 veterans and 40 rookies. Each base card has a refractor parallel (numbered out of 500), a Blue refractor (#/150), a Gold refractor (#/50), and Orange refractor (#/25), a Red refractor (#/5) and the coveted Super-Fractors which are one of one cards.

2010 Bowman Chrome Team USA Cards

This 20 card subset features the under 18 stars of Team USA. A lot of these players probably have not even decided yet whether to attend college or try their luck in the minor leagues. The same parallels that the base cards have exist for the Team USA cards.

Each Team USA card also has an autographed version plus parallels including refractors (#/199), Blue refractors (#/99), Gold refractors (#/50), Orange refractors (#/25), Red refractors (#/5) and the one of one Super-Fractors. There are also ten Team USA dual autographed cards, featuring two players with an auto from each. The dual auto's are numbered out of 500.

2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects

Each hobby pack should contain two Bowman Chrome Prospect cards. These 110 prospects continue the first 110 prospect set that appeared in the regular 2010 Bowman Baseball set. Parallels include refractors (#/500), Blue refractors (#/150), Gold refractors (#/50), Orange refractors (#/25), Red refractors (#/5) and Super-Fractors (#1/1).

In addition to the regular prospect cards, there are 24 autographed prospect cards. Of course there are parallels of these auto's as well, including Blue refractors (#/150), Gold refractors (#/50), Orange refractors (#/25), Red refractors (#/5) and Super-Fractors (#1/1).

2010 Bowman Chrome Topps 100 Prospects

These are the top 100 "minor league" prospects...some of them actually played the entire 2010 season (like Neftali Feliz), but oh well. These show up at a rate of three per hobby box and have several parallels including refractors that are numbered out of 499, Gold refractors which are numbered out of 50 and Super-Fractors which are one of one cards.

2010 Bowman Chrome Printing Plates

Last but not least are the one of one Printing Plate cards. Each base card, prospect card, prospect auto card, and Team USA auto card has four different printing plate versions.

The 2010 Bowman Chrome set should be another wild set for speculators and as usual, it will be very interesting to see which prospects turn into big dollar cards.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Freddy Sanchez Mania

We all saw Freddy's big game last night in Game 1 of the 2010 World Series. Well, this morning I woke up to find that four of my eight 2010 Topps Heritage Freddy Sanchez short prints had sold overnight!

2010 Topps Heritage Freddy Sanchez SP

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2011 Topps Preview from Beckett

For everyone looking to kill a little bit of time while waiting for the much anticipated Lee-Lincecum duel, Beckett has released a preview of the 2011 Topps base cards. Looks like this actually was posted over a month ago but this is the first I've seen of it.

2011 Topps Preview

Monday, October 11, 2010

Was 2010 Delmon Young's Breakout Season?

At first glance, most baseball fans would say 2010 was Delmon Young's breakout season. He hit .298 with 21 HR, 112 RBI, 77 Runs, 46 Doubles and 1 Triple. Not too shabby. So for comparison sakes, I took a look at Delmon's stats on the back of his 2010 Topps Heritage card and realized that Delmon has put up some pretty huge numbers the past few years.

2010 Topps Heritage Delmon Young

In 2006, he only managed 30 At Bats, but still managed to score 126 runs, hit 40 doubles and 9 triples (on 16 hits no less). Delmon really took it up a notch in 2007, making the most of his 162 at bats by scoring a MLB record 645 Runs, an amazing 186 doubles and an impressive 38 triples. I can't believe he did not win MVP that year. 2008 was another fine season for Mr. Young. In 152 at bats, he scored 575 runs, hit 167 doubles and 28 triples. 2009 was a bit of a down year as Delmon only managed to cross the plate 395 times, hit 112 doubles and 16 triples in 108 at bats. His career stats not including 2010: 452 at bats, 211 hits (not sure how that happened), 1741 runs scored, 505 doubles and 91 triples. Amazing.

Friday, September 10, 2010

How Times Have Changed

It was only a couple of months ago when the first 2010 Allen & Ginter Stephen Strasburg auto was pulled and sold for over $3300. Now, as similar set, the Topps T-206 set has been released and there is a T-206 Strasburg auto redemption card about to end and it's at $140. It will be interesting to see what it ends at, but it's safe to say it won't be anywhere close to the original Ginter auto.

2010 Topps T-206 Stephen Strasburg Auto

Sunday, August 22, 2010

2010 Allen & Ginter Pack 2

Second pack of 2010 Allen & Ginter from my blaster box:

Ricky Romero
2010 Allen & Ginter Ricky Romero
Starting 2b for my hometown team. I wonder if Elvis is a common name in Venezuela or if he is named after the legendary singer.
2010 Allen & Ginter Elvis Andrus
At first I thought Nick Blackburn had been pitched on two days rest, but no...this is Ken Blackburn Paper Airplane World Record Holder. In 1998 at the Georgia Dome, his paper airplane stayed aloft for 27.6 seconds.
2010 Allen & Ginter Ken Blackburn
Casey McGehee...a short print.
2010 Allen & Ginter Casey McGehee
Creatures of Legend, Myth and Joy Three Little Pigs. Why are there four pigs on the card?
2010 Allen & Ginter Creatures of Legend, Myth and Joy Three Little Pigs
This Day In History. Robinson Cano was born on October 22nd, 1982. The first recorded parachute jump was made in Paris on October 22nd, 1797. Andre-Jacques Garnerin jumped from a hot air balloon 6,500 feet abover the ground. He landed successfully and unharmed!
2010 Allen & Ginter This Day in History Robinson Cano/First Parachute Jump

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

RIP Bobby Thomson

Hit one of the most famous home runs (and radio calls) in baseball history. Gone at the age of 86.

1958 Topps Bobby Thomson

1958 Topps Bobby Thomson

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

First Allen and Ginter Pack of the Year

Finally broke down and bought a blaster box of 2010 Allen & Ginter. Here is the first pack.

Mark Teahen...most might consider this to be not to great of a start. But I always liked Teahen when he was with the Royals, and even though he is with a division rival now, I still like him.

2010 Allen and Ginter Mark Teahen
Esmil Rogers rookie. Honestly not familiar with him, but all rookie cards are worth hanging on to for at least a few years.

2010 Allen and Ginter Esmil Rogers
The boy king, one of the most famous leaders in history.

2010 Allen and Ginter King Tut
Felipe Lopez. OK.

2010 Allen and Ginter Felipe Lopez
This Day in History Stephen Drew/The Battle of Iwo Jima. Stephen was born on March 16th, 1983 (OK that makes me feel old) and the Battle of Iwo Jima ended on March 16, 1945 (before my time, but have seen it on WWII documenteries on TV). I think I might like this insert set.

2010 Allen and Ginter Stephen Drew/Battle of Iwo Jima
Lords of Olympus Persephone. I'm a little rusty on my Greek mythology so I had to read the back of the card to find out that she is the Goddess of the Underworld, son of Zeus and daughter of Zeus's sister Demeter (no comment). She was abducted by Hades and later rescued by Hermes.

2010 Allen and Ginter Lords of Olympus Persephone
More packs to come soon.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Where Oh Where is the Allen & Ginter Retail!

I've read of blaster box and retail pack sightings in North Carolina, but so far no retail 2010 Allen & Ginter has hit Texas yet, at least none that I know of. I was hoping to open some during the All-Star game but it's not looking good for that.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

2010 Allen & Ginter Celestial Stars -- Unannounced Set?

Well, since Allen & Ginter blaster boxes have not hit the local Target's and Walmart's yet, I am still confined to eBay and various message boards for my A&G fix. I noticed this insert set on eBay:

2010 Allen & Ginter Celestial Stars Set

I found the Allen & Ginter Celestial Stars checklist but not much else about it. I did see on the Blowout message boards that they may (or may not) be the key to the 2010 Ginter code and that they appear to be falling at one card per case. They are all big name players. Anyone seen any retail blasters yet?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Tony Hawk Ollies Into Allen & Ginter

Now this is a cool Allen & Ginter relic. This is a 1 of 1 nameplate relic card and it includes a nice sized piece of one of Tony Hawk's skateboards. I love how the paint is messed up from some gravity defying tricks. Here is the listing on eBay (thanks to commons_for_u for letting me use the scan):

2010 Allen & Ginter Tony Hawk Skateboard Nameplate

2010 Allen & Ginter Tony Hawk Skateboard Nameplate

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2010 Allen & Ginter Mytholgical Relic Surfaces

If you followed 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter, you probably remember that there were some crazy auto's and relics including an autographed Invisible Man card where the auto could only be seen under a black light, and a unicorn relic card. Topps is at it again with this 2010 Jack and the Beanstalk Relic card with four actual beans in it. Here is the listing for the one that is already up on eBay:

2010 Allen & Ginter Beanstalk Relic

2010 Allen & Ginter Jack and the Beanstalk Relic

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

First Allen & Ginter Strasburg Auto Found

Wow, this was pulled by a friend of mine in Plano, TX (Triple Cards). He listed it just a few minutes ago at 99 cents and it's already over $100. I'm guessing it will finish over $1000. Should be fun to watch. The Strasburg mania is crazy.

2010 Allen & Ginter Strasburg Auto

2010 Allen & Ginter Stephen Strasburg Auto

2010 Allen & Ginter Strasburg Mini Up

Well, looks like this one is legit and it's on eBay now. Wish it was an auction so we could see the bidding frenzy and get a handle on the value of the card, but at least we know they are out there now. Here is the link to the Strasburg mini:

2010 Allen & Ginter Stephen Strasburg Mini

And now there is another one on eBay as a true one day auction. Less than an hour in and it's over $200. Hope it's legit as I would love to see where it ends:

Second Strasburg Mini

No Strasburg in 2010 Allen & Ginter? One May Have Surfaced!

Update: A poster on the PSA message boards says they have pulled a Strasburg mini and have contacted Beckett. A post on the Beckett blog said they confirmed that 100 plus cases had been opened so far with no Strasburg's pulled. So if this one is the real deal, it looks like the Strasburg mini might be a super, super short print!

Update 2: Looks legit. They just posted a pic of the card in hand:

Pic of Strasburg mini in hand

And it's up on eBay as well as a second Strasburg mini as a true one day auction. Should be interesting:

Strasburg's on eBay

Two Strasburg mini auctions appeared on eBay yesterday, but both were pulled early and seemed to have used the same pic. The sellers seem reputable judging from their feedback, so I'm guessing they got multiple cases and counted on getting a Strasburg mini so they went ahead and listed them with stock photos, then pulled them after they opened their cases and did not pull a Strasburg mini. There is word going around on the PSA boards that up to 100 cases of 2010 Allen & Ginter have been opened now and not one Strasburg card has been pulled. Perhaps all the Strasburg's will end up in retail because hobby ships out earlier. This could get interesting as their will be some extremely upset collectors if it turns out that no Strasburg's made it into hobby packs.

Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Allen & Ginter is Live

Looks like a few collectors have already received their cases. Here a few interesting cards already up on eBay:

First rip card I've come across. Looks pretty nice.

2010 Allen & Ginter BJ Upton Rip Card

National Animals cards. Don't know if this subset interests me, but the artwork is nice.

2010 Allen & Ginter National Animals

There are a bunch of relic cards out there. The red borders look good. Here is one of the top rookie's of 2010:

2010 Allen & Ginter Buster Posey Relic

Hopefully A&G will be at Walmart and/or Target soon.

Friday, June 25, 2010

2010 Allen & Ginter Box Break

Beckett got a couple of boxes of 2010 Allen & Ginter early and posted the videos of the breaks. The set was originally scheduled to be released on Wednesday June 23rd, but has now been pushed back to June 30th.

2010 Allen & Ginter Checklist

No huge pulls here, but still nice to see the actual cards. I'm not sure I like the borders of the full size cards this year, but I'll have to actually see them in person before passing a final judgment.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

2010 Allen & Ginter Checklist and Preview

It's only a few weeks until my second favorite Topps product is released. Hobby boxes and cases of 2010 Allen & Ginter are scheduled for a June 25th release. Hopefully retail blaster boxes won't be far behind. I put together a quick preview of the set. There are a lot of simlarities to previous Ginter sets, but of course there are several new insert sets. You can find the full checklist here:

2010 Allen & Ginter Checklist

The base set will be 350 cards, as it has been since Allen & Ginter was first produced by Topps. This includes 260 baseball veterans and 30 rookies, as well as 35 champions from sports other than baseball and 25 historical figures/places. There is also the usual comlete 350 card mini parallel set plus several more harder to pull parallel sets including Wood (numbered one of one), Silk (numbered out of 10), Bazooka back (numbered out of 25), No Number back (numbered out of 50), Black Border Minis and Allen & Ginter back minis.

Ginter Code cards will be back in 2010. Each card forms a piece of a puzzle to be solved, and the first to solve it gets some nice prizes from Topps. These codes are tough to crack, but a team of two figured it out in a span of about a week last year. I imagine Topps will try to make it even more difficult this year.

If you are a fan of Allen & Ginter, you know that some of the most sought after cards are the Rip cards. Each rip card is a full sized card that is serial numbered out of 99 (or less) and contains another mini card inside of it. You can choose to leave the card in tact, or rip it open to retrieve the mini card. These mini cards can only be found inside of Rip cards, and include the extended mini set consisting of card numbers 351-400, wood parallels of the extended set (one of one), red autographs (numbered out of 10) and Allen & Ginter Originals which are not original 19th century cards as it may sound, but original mini portraits of current baseball stars painted, signed and numbered by artist Jeff Zachowski.

Video Preview of 2010 Allen & Ginter

As with any modern Topps set, there will be a vast array of relic and auto insert cards. Allen & Ginter is no exception. There are regular relic cards and regular autograph cards, a complete 350 card parallel set of mini printing plates (one of one), a 50 card parallel set of mini printing plates for the extended series cards, a ten card set of Monsters of the Mesozoic relics (numbered out of 10) and a ten card set of DNA relics (one of one). There will be cut signature cards which are usually one of one, but Topps is keeping the details of these secret for now.

One of the great features of Allen & Ginter sets are the interesting and unique insert sets. This year you can look forward to a Lords of Olympus set featuring Greek gods, Monsters of the Mesozoic (dinosaurs), World's Greatest Wordsmiths (authors, playwrights, philosophers), National Animals, Sailors of the Seven Seas (great seafarers), This Day in History (history of baseball that is) and Baseball Highlight Sketch cards.

Last (and also least) is the MLB Logo Man Continuity Program cards. There are five of these in the Allen & Ginter set and they continue the set from other 2010 Topps products. If you get one of these, you will know it immediately as they do not look anything like the other Allen & Ginter cards.

I look forward to A&G every year because of it's uniqueness. I love the insert sets even though some of them can be very difficult to complete and I enjoy reading the backs of the non-baseball athlete and historical figure/place cards. Even retail should be here in time for the All-Star game.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

An Amazing 45 Minutes

Thanks to The Ticket in Dallas for pointing out this SI story. Seventy-five years ago, Jesse Owens put on an athletic display which some say has never been equaled. It happened at the Big Ten Track and Field Championship in Ann Arbor, MI. Here is a brief breakdown of what Jesse accomplished on his way to scoring 40 of OSU's 40.2 points that year!

3:15 PM Ties world record for 100m dash. May have actually broken the record.
3:25 (Yes, 10 minutes later) Breaks world long jump record by six inches.
3:34 (Yes, 9 minutes later) Breaks world record in the 220. Photos of Jesse towards the end of the race make it look like he is the only on on the track.
4:00 Jesse actually got to rest/prepare for 26 minutes before breaking the world record in the 220 low hurdles.

Pretty amazing, and the complete article does it much more justice:

SI article on Jesse Owens at the 1935 Big Ten Track Meet

2010 would have been a great year for an Allen & Ginter Jesse Owens card, but he's not in the preliminary checklist. Too bad. At least we have this 1983 Topps Olympians card:

1983 Topps Olympians Jesse Owens

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bad Boys, Bad Boys...Watcha Gonna Do?

Busted. Hope you haven't bought any vintage cards on ebay from 2010CardGuy! He was arrested in Florida for stealing vintage cards and then selling them on ebay. They included a 1957 Topps Bart Star rookie, a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie and a 1955 Sandy Koufax rookie. Here is the full article from SportsCollectorsDaily:

Florida Sports Card Thief Arrested

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2010 Topps Series 2 Pie In Face Cards

Check your 2010 Topps Series 2 cards closely. Just like Series 1, there are Pie in the Face variation cards including this Jason Heyward card on ebay:

2010 Topps Series 2 Jason Heyward Pie in Face Variation

I also found the following:

2010 Topps Series 2 David Price Pie in Face Variation

2010 Topps Series 2 Nelson Cruz Pie in Face Variation

2010 Topps Series 2 Ike Davis Pie in Face Variation

2010 Topps Series 2 Mitch Talbot Pie in Face Variation

All the Series 1 Pie cards were Yankees, at least Topps is branching out for Series 2.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Not too shabby of a pull. Probably my top Heritage pull in a few years.

2010 Topps Heritage Babe Ruth Relic

Thursday, May 20, 2010

2010 Topps Triple Threads Checklist and Preview

The preliminary 2010 Topps Triple Threads checklist is out and the set is due out in August. This set has always intrigued me, partly because the cards are nice (and somewhat over the top), but mainly
because they are insanely expensive. Last year while manning a table at a card show, I finally made the plunge and split a box with two other collectors. The box was
about $180 if I recall correctly and contained two packs of a handful of cards. I probably won't buy any packs this year but you never know. Here is the full preliminary checklist:

2010 Topps Triple Threads Checklist

The 2010 Triple Threads base set will feature 120 retired greats and current stars including Hall of Famers like Ty Cobb, Johnny Bench, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Cy Young and many more.
Every card is serial numbered and there are a few parallel versions of each card. Parallel sets include:

Sepia (#/525)
Emerald (#/240)
Gold (#/99)
Sapphire (#/25)
Platinum (1 of 1)
Framed Printing Plates (1 of 1)

Rookies and Rising Stars Autographed Relics

This is an extension of the base set, featuring cards #'s 121-168. Each card contains one on card signature and three relics from a rookie or young star. The base cards are numbered out of 99, and of course there are some parallels:

Sepia (#/75)
Emerald (#/50)
Gold (#/25)
Sapphire (#/10)
Platinum (1 of 1)
Wood (1 of 1)
"White Whale" Printing Plates (1 of 1)

Rookies and Rising Stars Autographed Relic Pairs

Six different folding book cards that each show two current star players, two on card signatures and six total relics. These are normally numbered out of 50 but there
are also Gold (#/25), Sapphire (#/10) and Platinum (one of one) parallels.

Autograph Relics and Autograph Relic Pairs

Eighty current players, with each card featuring an on card autograph and three relics. The Autograph Relic Pairs are a six card subset of book cards, each with two players, two signatures and six relics.
Most are numbered to 18, but Gold parallels are numbered to 9, Sapphire to 3, and Wood and Platinum's are one of one.

Autograph Relic Combos

Each of these beauties has three players, three autographs and three relics. There are fifteen of them, and they are numbered to 36 unless it's one of the following parallels:

Sepia (#/27)
Emerald (#/18)
Gold (#/9)
Sapphire (#/3)
Platinum (1 of 1)
Wood (1 of 1)
"White Whale" Printing Plates (1 of 1)

Autograph Relic Double Combos

These over-the-top relic cards have six players, 6 signatures and six relics on each book card! Six cards in the set and they are numbered to 3 or one of one (Platinum).

Legends Cut Above Relics and Dual Cut Above Relics

The Cut Above Relics are ten cards of great players such as Ruth, Gehrig and Cobb that contain a cut signature and three relics. They are one of one.
Dual Cut Above Relics are six book cards that feature two legends, two signatures and six relcs.

Presidential Cut Above Relics

Another six card book set (starting to sound like a pattern!) featuring a cut signature and three relics from a United States President.

Jumbo Plus Autograph Relics

A book card set of 16. One side of the book has the players autograph and two relics while the other side has one giant relic. Either numbered out of three...or one of one if it's a Platinum parallel.

Letter Plus Relics

A sixteen book card set with one player, one auto, two relics and a letter patch on each card. Numbered out of 3 or one of one if Platinum.

Singular Swatches

Now these are crazy! Judging by the simple name of the subset, you might not think so but guess again. These are book cards of a player that contain relics such as necklaces, wristbands and sunglasses. Next year I'm hoping for a U.L. Washington toothpick relic card!
Each one of these unique cards are truly unique...one of one.

All-Star Jumbo Sleeve Patches

A 66 book card set of one of one cards, each featuring an All-Star player with their All-Star Patch relic, plus two additional All-Star Patches.

All-Star Laundry Tags

Another innovative relic set. These 66 book cards are numbered one of one and show a 2009 All-Star with their All-Star jersey laundry tag and two other patches.

All-Star Logo Man

A 66 card set of 2009 All-Star's with the MLB Logo Man patch from their All-Star jersey. These are also one one one.

All-Star Jersey Patches

You guessed it...66 cards. These feature a 2009 All-Star with three jersey patches. Numbered out of 9, or one of one if Platinum.

Bat Name Plates

A fifteen card book set of one of one cards. They have one player and three relics including a bat name plate.

Bat Knobs

A ten card book set of a single player with three relics, one of which is a game-used bat knob. Numbered one of one.


An 18 book card set. Each card has at least 24 relic pieces! Normally numbered to 18, parallels include Gold (#/90), Sapphire (#/3) and Platinum (one of one).

XXIV Legends

There are only five of these and they feature retired greats such as Mantle and Cobb. As the name indicates, these book cards have at least 24 relic pieces! These are one of one cards.

Jumbo Plus Relics

A 16 book card set featuring one player and two relics on one side and a giant relic piece on the other side. Numbered to 3 or one of one if Platinum.

Letter Plus Relics

A 16 book card set featuring one player and two relics on one side and a giant relic piece on the other side. Numbered to 3 or one of one if Platinum.

Jumbo Patch Combos

A ten book card set featuring three players and three jumbo patches. One of one.

Jumbo Letter/Number/Logo

A ten book card set. Each card has a cap logo, a jersey letter and a jersey number or front letter. One of one.


A 132 card set (three cards each of 44 players). Normally numbered out of 36 and have the following parallels:

Sepia (#/27)
Emerald (#/18)
Gold (#/9)
Sapphire (#/3)
Platinum (1 of 1)

Legends Relics

A 30 card set of some of the greatest to ever play the game. Normally numbered out of 36 and have the following parallels:

Sepia (#/27)
Emerald (#/18)
Gold (#/9)
Sapphire (#/3)
Platinum (1 of 1)

Relic Combos

A 60 card set. Each card features three players and three relics. Normally numbered out of 36 and have the following parallels:

Sepia (#/27)
Emerald (#/18)
Gold (#/9)
Sapphire (#/3)
Platinum (1 of 1)

Double Combos

An 18 book card set. These cards can feature up to six players and six relics. Normally numbered out of 36 and have the following parallels:

Sepia (#/27)
Emerald (#/18)
Gold (#/9)
Sapphire (#/3)
Platinum (1 of 1)

Wow, what a set. The new relics they come up with never ceases to amaze me. But, looking forward to the set as usual.

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Few More of My Heritage Goodies

Just getting caught up on all the Heritage madness now. Here are a few more of my highlights from 2010.

Brooks relics are always nice.

2010 Topps Heritage Brooks Robinson Relic
Black refractor of promising rookie.

2010 Topps Heritage Madison Bumgarner Black Refractor
First in a string of red ink autos. I ended up getting five or six red autos which are numbered out of 61, and only one blue auto which are supposedly more common than the reds. And that seemed to be a familiar storyline from what I hear. Hmmmm.

2010 Topps Heritage Billy Harrell Red AutoNice auto of a star player. Can't complain.

2010 Topps Heritage Al Rosen Red AutoSweet, a dual auto of a Hall of Famer and the top rookie in the set. Love it. I also love looking up some of these pitchers stats from before the day of the massive bullpen. Marichal started 457 games in his career and he threw...get this...244 complete games! In 1968 alone, he finished 30 of his 38 starts. Amazing.

2010 Topps Heritage Buster Posey and Juan Marichal Dual Auto

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Topps Heritage Scans

I've been so busy buying, selling, trading, packing and shipping Topps Heritage cards that I haven't had time to post (aka show off) some of my hits from 2010 Topps Heritage. Here are a few scans, more to come later...

Nice black refractor.

2010 Topps Heritage Joe Mauer Black Refractor
An example of a framed stamp card. These are numbered out of 50.

2010 Topps Heritage Mariano Rivera/Johan Santana Framed Stamps
Nice stadium seat relic.

2010 Topps Heritage Bob Gibson Seat Relic
HOF auto's are always nice.

2010 Topps Heritage Red Schoendienst Red Auto

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2010 Topps Heritage Is Live

My cases are scheduled to arrive tomorrow, but some have already received theirs and commenced ripping. I'm waiting on permission to post some of their scans, but they are too busy opening to see my email! You can see the scans here on the PSA board though. Cards look pretty nice. The colors are a little washed out but they seem to look better than the scans that Becket posted a few days ago. Tomorrow I'll have my own scans to post.

2010 Topps Heritage on PSA Board

Thanks to ssdawg77 for letting me post his scans. There are bunch more at the link above, so if these wet your appetite, take a look at the rest. Is it just me or do the dice game cards look like the old Strat-O-Matic cards?

2010 Topps Heritage Cards
More 2010 Topps Heritage Cards
Even More 2010 Topps Heritage Cards

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Just Opened Some 2010 Topps

This is the first bulk purchase of regular Topps cards for me in probably 20 years. The past few years I have starting buy wax again, but have stuck to the vintage style cards like Topps Heritage and Allen & Ginter. This year I decided to hop back on the modern bandwagon. I like the 2010 Topps cards. Look pretty nice and good quality. As usual, Topps threw in a few last minute surprises that were not on the preliminary 2010 Topps checklist such as the rare Pie In Face NY Yankee variation cards and an extra insert set called Legendary Lineage. Here are a few of the highlights from my first half case of 2010 Topps:

Hank Greenberg Peak Performance Relic Card (Always nice to get a hall of fame relic card)

2010 Topps Collin Peak Performance Hank Greenberg Relic Card

Christy Mathewson Variation Short Print (Base set variation card)

2010 Topps Christy Mathewson Variation Card

Robin Yount Variation Short Print (Another base set variation card)

2010 Topps Robin Yount Variation Card

Collin Balester Peak Performance Auto (Not familiar with Collin, but hopefully he's a top prospect!)

2010 Topps Collin Peak Performance Balester Auto

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Ultimate Cut Signature Card...?

When it comes to the fairly recent phenomenon of the cut signature card, it doesn't get much better than this. In fact, I don't see how any cut card could be better, at least when it comes to sports signatures. I think there was a George Washington/Abraham Lincoln cut sig card which was very nice, but for sports greats you can't get much better than the original five inductees in the MLB Hall of Fame. This card was produced by Upper Deck specifically for the seller and features cut signatures from Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson. Not a bad fivesome! Thanks to the seller (kevko-47) for letting me post a scan of the card. For more info on the card (and lots of more pics) or to buy or make an offer for the card, check out the actual listing:

1936 "The First Class" Cut Signature Card

Upper Deck The First Class Cut Signature Card

Monday, January 4, 2010

Now This Is A Cool Stamp (Actually Two Stamps)

I think I'll have to pick up these two stamps for my collection. Baseball Digest has an article about the new two stamp set honoring the Negro Leagues and Rube Foster with the awesome action artistic rendering below. I always love to see baseball related postage stamps. With all the buying, selling, trading through the mail and collection of sports related stamps by sports cards and memorabilia collectors, it amazes me that Cliff cannot come anywhere close to breaking even financially. Oh well, I will continue to do my part to help. Speaking of Rube Foster and the Negro Leagues, if you are ever in Kansas City be sure to visit one of baseball's true treasures, The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

USPS Rube Foster Postage Stamp