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210 lbs and a Cloud of Dust

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm, Instagram Portraits with tags , , , , , on February 17, 2013 by Cardboard Icons


Icon-O-Clasm: 1993 Elite Signature Series Will Clark autograph

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm, Instagram Portraits with tags , , , on February 14, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

It’s here! It’s finally here! Twenty years after its release, the 1993 Donruss Elite Signature Series Will Clark has come to the ‘Icon’s collection!

If you’re not familiar with this card, it was the last of the three Signed cards that Donruss inserted into packs from 1991 to 1993. The first was Ryne Sandberg, the second was Cal Ripken Jr, and the third is Clark.

All cards are serial numbered to 5,000; all were damn near impossible to pull from packs, and all still draw a premium on the market.

Here’s the funny thing though: Of the three cards, Clark seems to be the hardest to find on the secondary market is good condition. For some reason the signatures on Clark’s card faded like crazy over the years.

They usually approach and sometimes top triple figures when the ink is clear and readable. Obviously they go for considerably less when the blue ink has turned gray or even disappeared.

I nabbed mine in eBay from a reputable dealer virtually sight unseen. It was a bit of a gamble, but I’m thrilled with what arrived in the mail today.


Icon-O-Clasm: 2000 Greats of the Game Autographs Hoyt Wilhelm

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm, Instagram Portraits with tags , , , , on February 12, 2013 by Cardboard Icons


Kids point out previously unseen `boo boo’ on Griffey Jr. Topps card

Posted in Instagram Portraits with tags , , , , on February 5, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

GriffeyInstagramSo the other day I was tooling around the house before work and my daughter caught  me looking at baseball cards.  Normally when she and my son catch wind of me fidgeting with my cards, they both come over and start wanting to hold everything too.  Not a bad problem … if the kids are careful with the cards.  But my kids are 4 and 2 years old.  Cards are merely scrap paper to them, items that can be folded, torn and even colored on.  The cards usually get put away when they start wanting to grab them.

But on this morning I was in a good mood.  I placed a single 1990 Topps Ken Griffey Jr into a magnetic snap case and handed it to my daughter.  The reason for this was two-fold:  First, I was testing the durability of the magnetic snap cases (topic for another post). Secondly, I wanted to know what she (and my son) saw. I wanted to know what young kids see in this 23-year-old baseball, one featuring one of the greatest players to ever play the game, a card that I have many memories of, but one that is completely new to them.

I expected my daughter to point out the yellow “Rookie Cup Trophy.”

I expected my son to point out the bat on Griffey’s shoulder.

But they apparently both saw something that I had never seen before.

“What do you see?” I asked my daughter first.


“A boo boo,” she said.

“What?!  A boo boo?” I replied.

“Yes, right here,” she said as she pointed to Griffey’s left forearm.

My son then chimed in with the same answer: “Yeah, a boo boo!”


And there it was.  A boo boo, a patch of skin that had been rubbed off Griffey’s left forearm.  Something I had overlooked for two decades was immediately pointed out by my children.  Maybe I should let my kids handle my cards more often.


On a side note, I checked CheckOutMyCards to look at other examples of this card and it appears that on some versions of the card the red pigmentation to the injured area of Griffey’s arm has been muted.  Interesting. (H/T to Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds for pointing that out.)

2013 Topps Desert Camo Mike Trout … So Smooth

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm, Instagram Portraits with tags , , , on January 31, 2013 by Cardboard Icons


Reddick 3:16 Says I Just Robbed Your Ass (2013 Topps portrait)

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm, Instagram Portraits with tags , , , , on January 29, 2013 by Cardboard Icons


“Cowboy” Joe West, 2004 Bowman Heritage Signs of Authority autograph

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm, Instagram Portraits with tags , , , , , on January 24, 2013 by Cardboard Icons