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World Series Loot … including a game-used item from Fenway

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on December 4, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

I’m fortunate to have friends who have great jobs.  One of my friends is a baseball writer for a major  internet news outlet.  Last month his job took him to the World Series, which led him to Fenway Park for the first time and forever made me a jealous man.

Well, being the good friend that he is, he managed to get some World Series items for me, and they are not the type that most people would get.  I’m not talking caps, jerseys, pennants or shirts.  I’m talking media stuff.  Which is cool because I used to work in the media and love the Red Sox.

Check this stuff out:

Here is a standard 2013 Boston Red Sox Media guide.  These were the same ones that were handed out and mailed to media members during the season. Tons of Red Sox information in this thing.

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Here’s the 2013 World Series Program.  Standard edition, sold at the venues in Boston and St. Louis.

IMG_3956Some random Game Notes and Post Game notes from Games 1, 3,4 and 6. These are photocopied sheets of paper with information that is typically handed out to media in the press box so that the writers can use them to craft their stories. The real gems here are the Game 6 notes — those are from the game-winner in Boston.  There are pre-game notes and some post-game notes.

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Here’s a 2013 World Series Media Guide with supplemental info for the Red Sox and Cardinals.

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A 2013 Roberto Clemente Award Ceremony pin — exclusive to the on-field presentation. IMG_3960

There’s only one item left. You’d probably expect that he snagged me a nifty Press Pin, but he didn’t.  He got one in Boston and one in St. Louis.  He said he’d give them to me if they weren’t “worth” too much.  I know there is a big market for press pins and when i did a quick eBay search (this year’s ones sell for $150 each) I handed them back to him, telling him I could not accept them.

So what is the last item?

It’s game-used grass.  From Fenway park. From the World Series clinching game. From behind the pitcher’s mound.

IMG_3961This item surprised the crap out of me, and honestly, is one of the coolest things I own.  When I was a boy watching Roger Clemens (my favorite player) pitch, I learned that Clemens would scoop up a handful of dirt after momentous occasions on the field. And in 1997 I mimicked this act when my high school football team won our regional championship, only I grabbed grass and not dirt.

My friend was not aware of this.  I asked him today what prompted him to grab a small patch of grass.

His response: “I was on that prowl for Ben souvenirs. Noticed that was a way I could grab a piece of history.”

Freakin awesome!  Now I have to find a way to store this.

Happy Fourth! My three game-used USA Flag patch cards

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on July 4, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Happy Fourth of July, folks.

Quick post here showing a few pictures of the three 2009 Upper Deck Premier Materials Team USA Cap Flag Patch cards I’ve managed to acquire. LOVE these cards.  All three of these cards feature a flag patch taken from a cap worn by the pictured player.

Chad Bettis, 1/4

Andy Wilkins, 2/4

Blake Forsythe, 3/4

COMC yields another beauty for the personal collection

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on January 11, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

It seems like every time I write these days, my posts have some sort of connection to CheckOutMyCards.com.

You’re probably tired of hearing about it, and I get that.  But if you use the site like I do, you’d probably be screaming about your personal collection additions too.

Take this 2000 Upper Deck Piece of History 3,000 Hit Club game used bat card for example.

It’s been a while since I’ve really bought a game-used card for my collection.  Once I obtained Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, I really had no where else to turn.  That is until I saw the opportunity to grab this Ty Cobb.

The early 2000 Upper Deck theme gamer sets such as this 3,000 Hit Club are very appealing to the eye.  Game Used cards have lost a lot of luster of the years, but cards like these always remind me of brighter days for the little slivers of wood and cloth clippings that have been embedded in our cards for the last decade or so.

The Cobb is something I kind of stumbled upon on the site, not really what was I setting out to buy.  But it’s a bonus when you can add such a cool card to your collection without 1) having to spend actual money from your bank account and 2) high shipping costs often seen on eBay.

Semiannual Card Shop Tour: The Results (Part 2)

Posted in Semiannual Card Shop Tour with tags , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

I feel a bit like a troll breaking my Card Shop Tour purchases into two posts, but truth be told, the singles themselves are worthy of their own showcase.

As noted in Part One, I went through binders upon binders of discounted relics and autos, and scoured through a showcase of discounted “better” autos and relics.

In the end I walked out with six singles on top of the packs I discussed in the initial post.

The first card was a 2009 Topps American Heritage autograph of firefighter/writer Dennis Smith:


A high-dollar card?  Not really.  But it stood out to me among the dozens of autographs featuring failed baseball prospects.  Smith was a firefighter for the New York City Fire Department and is an accomplished author.  Here some backgroundCost: $5

There’s something neat about buying an autographed card of a player who has since passed away.  Even neater when the card is a hard-signed copy, like this 2005 Topps Johnny Podres:

Podres passed away in January 2008, yet his autographs are still being released today.  Why?  Because Podres signed a slew of stickers for Topps. Podres auto appeared in the 2010 Topps 206 set as part of the framed mini set.  His signatures are not rare.  But it’s always nice to know that the subject handled the card on which they placed their pen. Cost: $7.50 (Marked $15, with a 50 & off sticker)

I don’t do a whole lot of football. But this year I am catching the NFL bug with both of my local teams playing well and the recent death of Al Davis.  And when I saw this 2005 Leaf Certified Fabrics of the Game Cliff Branch patch card, it made me think of … “the greatness of the Raiders.”

That is a black jersey with a silver patch, and appears to be from one of the numbers. The card is mint and is serial numbered 20 of 25.  I did a bit of internet research before I bought this and there are almost no Branch jersey cards “available” on the market.  They exist, they just are not being offered for sale.  This one seemed like a no-brainer. Cost: $12 (Marked $24 with 50% off sticker)

Patches are a bit of a theme for the day.  Here is another no-brainer: 2004 Ultimate Collection Game Patch of Jim Catfish Hunter /75.

The card is a bit quirky … it’s Jim Hunter without a beard and sporting his 70s Oakland A’s jersey, yet the swatch and patch are from a New York Yankee jersey.  The back of the card even states this as such.  Either way, this card hailed from a product that I believe was some where in the neighborhood of $100 a pack.  Cost: $7.50 (Marked $15 with a 50% off sticker)

Bonds. Love him, hate him, he is the All-Time Home Run Champion.

Check out that sweet patch.  Yes, it is legit.  This is not an eBay special — concocted by some a-hole with nothing better to do than defraud unknowing buyers.  This is a prime swatch card featuring a black jersey with a black and orange patch, and the gold border of another patch.  Cost: $20 (Marked $40 with a 50 % off sticker)

Umpires.  Nobody wants a card of an umpire, especially one that was signed by one.  Um, I do.  I always thought the 2004 Bowman Heritage Autographs featuring umpires were some of the coolest and inexpensive cards made. On Monday I got THE card from the set that I always wanted, Steve Palermo.

Some of you younger baseball fans — those born after Upper Deck made its debut in 1989 — might not even know who this guy is. Palermo was a Major League umpire until July 7, 1991 when he was shot during a robbery at a restaurant after a Texas Rangers game.  Palermo had come to the aid of two restaurant waitresses who were being mugged in the parking lot.  During the struggle, Palermo was shot and the bullet severed his spinal cord, instantly leaving him paralyzed and effectively ending his career.

Palermo has recovered to some extent and is now a speaker.

With all that said, what the hell was this card doing in the bargain bin?  Instantly one of my favorite cards. Cost: $5

Introducing the “Semiannual Card Shop Tour” (Part I)

Posted in Semiannual Card Shop Tour with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

About 18 months ago I discovered a new-to-me card shop about 45 miles from my home.  The first time I went there it was awesome.  The shop did things differently.  They sold items of their own, and they did a little consignment among their better customers.  The end result was binders upon binders of cards that were decently priced.

On Monday I decided to venture out that way and incorporate a trip to another shop that is about 35 miles from my home.  I’ve made this trek before to both stores, but my trips always seem to be about six months apart.  Henceforth, I am dubbing this journey from here on out as the “Semiannual Card Shop Tour.”

There was nothing I was looking for in particular except for a deal.

Let me start off by saying that the card shop that was furthest from my house was a complete waste of time. There was nothing new in terms of bargain singles, and judging by the conversation I overheard between employees things didn’t sound too promising for this card shop.

The only thing I bought there were two packs of 2011 Topps Update and a single pack of 2011 Topps Heritage MILB.  The card shop doesn’t allow you to pick your own packs out of fear that someone might be searching, so they do all the grabbing for you.

Here are the results:

2011 Topps Update Pack One:

201 Topps Update Pack Two:

2011 Topps Heritage MILB

Despite the fact that I really don;t like other people picking my packs, I guess I can;t complain much.  Got a short print diamond parallel from the first Topps pack and a blue tint relic from my Heritage MILB pack.  Nothing major, but much better than a pack of commons.

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One of the great things about living in the San Francisco Bay Area is that there are quite a few card shops to choose from.  It might take a bit of driving to get to them all, but they are out there.  In particular there are three stores in my area that are owned by the same guys, but each store is unique.  One deals heavily in vintage, the other has a good mix of both, and the third has a pretty good size collection of bargain game used and relic cards among a mix of everything else.

The latter of the three shops was my destination on Monday.

I went through a handful of binders of autographs and relics, and then hit a showcase with better autos and relics that were all marked half off.  I also picked up the same cocktail of packs that I got at the first store.

Here are the results:

2011 Topps Update Pack Three:

2011 Topps Update Pack Four:

2011 Topps Heritage MILB Pack Two:

Pretty solid results from these packs.  I got to pick my own, which I had mixed emotions about.  There were only six or seven packs in each of the boxes remaining.  My expectations were low, and the result was a Paul Goldschmidt rookie, a Roger Maris  short print variation and an autograph.

So, wanna see the singles I brought home?

Stay tuned, Part Two is coming shortly … Part Two HERE.

The coolest auction you probably missed all weekend

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on March 15, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

It’s been a few years since game-used cards featuring slivers of bats have been relevant. Hell, there used to be a time you could sell a bat card of Juan Gonzalez for $20-$30. But when the craze started there were a slew of awesome cards produced including this 1999 Upper Deck 500 Home Run Club card featuring bat pieces from Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.

This limited edition card was sold this week in an auction you probably didn’t even get a chance to see.  The auction was red hot, yet only was viewed about 380 times by the time it ended about 10 p.m. Pacific on Friday night. Want to guess where the bidding ended? Just the price of a used car — $5,400. The bidding jumped $2,000 in the last 10 seconds.

What’s interesting to note here is the certificate on the back of the card. It says the bats are game-used, but mentions they were obtained by a third-party. Nothing inherently suspicious about the certificate, but it’s only worth noting due to the issues that we’ve seen in recent years with Upper Deck.

My Winning Package from Beckett (part 2)

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

As you are well aware, Beckett offers contests every Friday in which they give away a ton of collectibles every week. As much as people say they dislike Beckett, there certainly is no shortage of people casting their entries for the cards, no matter the prize. My feelings about Beckett are a little different that most of the prominent bloggers: I don’t hate Beckett (or the employees), and to some degree I find the magazine still useful, albeit not on the level it was a decade or so ago. But that is beside the point.

Two weeks ago I actually one of the Free Stuff Friday contests and the package arrived early this week; it contained a 08-09 Hot Prospects auto 3-color patch /399 of Marreese Speights, and a 09-10 SP Game-Used dual patch card /99 of Ben Wallace and Brian Cardinal. The Wallace is a single color patch, while the Cardinal is a 3-color, worn during his days with the Grizzlies. Anyhow, I am not a basketball collector so I am looking to turn these for the best baseball offer. Interested? Leave an offer in the comments section below.

Big thanks again to Beckett for the items. Keep the contests coming, the collectors love them.

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