HOF Rookie Card: 1933 Goudey Carl Hubbell BVG 4

Posted in Hall of Fame Rookie Cards with tags , , , , on November 18, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Perhaps the biggest PC addition to come out of my most-recent COMC Mailday was this 1933 Goudey Carl Hubbell rookie card graded a 4 by Beckett Grading.  

The centering is amazing. The back is clean. The surface is fantastic. The price was unbeatable.

Hubbell was a two-time NL MVP, nine-time All Star, a World Series Champion and hurled a no-hitter.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame on his third ballot and has his number 11 retired by the Giants organization.

Welcome home, Mr. Hubbell.

Icon-O-Clasm: Six Swatches of Separation — Rickey Henderson game-used cards

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2015 by Cardboard Icons


This needs to be said about our hobby and card “values” in wake of Rousey loss

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I’m not an MMA fan per se. I don’t buy Pay Per Views, seek Online streaming of events or even care really about who’s the champ of their weight class in whatever promotion.

But unless you were living under a rock last night there was no chance you were going to avoid the hot topic: Ronda Rousey getting knocked out by Holly Holm with a kick to the neck and a succession of punches to the face and head to end the fight and Rousey’s reign as baddest woman on the planet.

You’ve all seen the video or still images. No need for me to go there.

I watched this madness unveil on Twitter via countless reactions and a seemingly endless barrage of bandwagon jumpers.

But what started to upset me, as a card collector, was when discussions started to center around how a Ronda Rousey 2012 Topps Finest autograph sold on eBay for $1,300 before the fight and how blazing hot Holly Holm’s rookie cards immediately after the fight.

Rovell is not a hobby guy.  He’s a sports business reporter, so he’s always looking for a numbers angle. I don’t fault him for that.

While what he tweeted is true if you believe what you see on eBay, the perception of actual worth of a card gets misconstrued before, during and after big events such as the Rousey-Holm fight.

The reaction to Rovell’s tweet included mostly discussion about how the Rousey card is seemingly worthless now and how dumb collectors are.

Additionally, this conversation about the Rousey card then leads to a discussion about Holm’s card(s).

During the minutes that made of the entire fight, Holm’s card went on eBay from just a few dollars to one hitting triple figures.

While this is all true, what you won’t hear from the mainstream media outlets or via their reporter’s Twitter streams is that many of the immediate high sales on eBay for cards of people involved in significant events often go unpaid and the “worth” or “value” ends of being incorrectly reported to the masses. 

True, Rousey cards lost value generally speaking and interest for Holm’s card increased based on the outcome of UFC 193. But they surely are not to the extreme that some would have you believe based on the immediate numbers shown on eBay.

Collectibles by nature are volatile and what’s important for everyone to understand is that the value of a card is determined in the exact moment a transaction is actually completed. And a deal it’s not actually complete until cash or goods are exchanged and the items is delivered.


Discounted 2014 Bowman Platinum blaster pays off with Correa ink

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I made a quick stop today at a Target to see if they had any WWE Topps Archives (they didn’t have any) and ended up finding a stray discounted 2014 Bowman Platinum blaster hidden on the bottom shelf. It’s a fun product at $12.99 a box for eight packs because it has autographs of most of the young prospects and rookies.

I snatched up the blaster and hit the checkout line hoping that I would pull an autograph of either Kris Bryant — whose auto I still don’t own — or Carlos Correa, whose likely to be named American League Rookie of the Year.

You won’t believe me when I say I had a feeling I might pull a Correa autograph. The reason I say this is because I bought a Correa autograph (2013 Bowman Inception) earlier in the day. 

Well, guess what was hiding in the sixth pack …  I’ve had incredible luck with this product.  The same week it came out I opened a blaster and pulled a blue refractor Jose Abreu auto. That pull came the same week I bought Abreu’s 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects auto.

Now I have a dilemma: Do I keep both autos or move one? I love that I personally pulled a Correa auto but I really like the Bowman Inception one that was produced a year earlier and has a full signature instead of the shortened one on this Platinum.

On a side note: Carlos Correa’s shortened signature looks very much like Clint Frazier’s auto.


Icon-O-Clasm: “Cutting Corners” (1961 Topps Roger Maris)

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , , on November 10, 2015 by Cardboard Icons



In Memoriam: Tommy Hanson Aug. 28, 1986 – Nov. 10, 2015

Posted in In Memoriam with tags , , , on November 10, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

 Tommy Hanson

Aug. 28, 1986 – Nov. 10, 2015.


Thrift Treasures 99: An auto, a variation and the Heartbreak Kid

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on November 8, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I don’t get out to flea markets as often as I’d like, but we managed to get out this weekend.

We took the kids and some other family members to the monthly flea market at the local community college and while the kids were racking up good deals, for a while the only thing I had scored was this 1997 Playmates Figure of Shawn Michaels, the Heartbreak Kid.  

I felt like I was searching high and low for sports stuff and it just wasn’t there … At least something worth buying.

At one space I located a binder of 400 NFL cards in a binder that didn’t really intrigue me much. And then a short while later I thought I hit the jackpot as a dealer had a dozen 5,000 count boxes on his table.  Unfortunately the dealer said the prices of the cards vary from a quarter to a dollar but most of the cards were commons and massive quantities of unlicensed reprints. PASS.

But I did find a legit card table. I talked to the two guys at the table for a while and wound up with a few deals:

2015 Topps Heritage High Numbers Raisel Iglesias auto. $3.  
2015 Topps Heritage High Numbers Black and White variation John Jaso.  $5. He added the base card for free.

A pair of stamped Topps Originals and a 2015 Stadium Club gold foil Javier Baez. 3 for $1  

 A 2015 Topps Chrome Pink Refractor Nick Swisher, 2015 Topps Tek Ken Griffey Jr., 2015 Topps First Pitch Jon Hamm. 3 for $1 
Total cost of these Treasures: $10.10

You can read more Thrift Treasures posts here.


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