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.