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What’s in that box? “Basketball Floor Box” edition

Posted in Box / Pack Break, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

By now if you’re a frequent visitor of the sports card aisle at Target you’ve seen these not-so-fancy looking repack boxes distributed by Fairfield. The boxes show you a piece of wood and boast that the lumber is a piece of game-used floor from the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.

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For $12.99 you get a piece of floor, three packs, a memorabilia card, a Kevin Durant rookie, and a pack of Teenymates. I’m not a basketball collector really, but I will say that the floor piece intrigued me. The Target I was at had two of these boxes, one of these had a plain piece of wood and the other had a two-tone piece that appeared to have some paint on it. I decided that I was intrigued enough to buy it and bring this post to you to share what was inside.

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We’ll start with the wood.  Funny enough when I opened the box the wood tumbled into my hand and I immediately thought it was a piece of a train track from my son’s toy bin. I wondered if there was any stamp of authenticity, but there was none.  Instead I later found in the box a small folded COA that spells out that the floor is from the Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.  The COA references “nbalab.com” which is Web site I’d never heard. And even to this day if you type up the address, you get a stale home screen, the words “Coming Soon” in the corner, and some verbiage about what the site hopes to bring to the world. In short, I’m still not sure if there is a direct association with the NBA other than the use of the logo and the three initials in the name. What does this mean about the authenticity? Got me. I guess if we have questions we can just e-mail Bill, as it says on the COA. Personally, I’ll take it for what it appears to be: A unique piece of wood purported to be from the NBA all-star game and from the court on which legend Kobe Bryant played. What’s it worth?  Less than $12.99.

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My memorabilia card came in the form of a 2008-09 Upper Deck Ben Gordon white swatch, which feels like some sort of patch and not your basic fabric. That’s a win … I suppose.

The Durant rookie is a 2007-08 Topps Retail factory Set Orange exclusive. They can be had for about $4 on COMC.com … if they were mint, which this one is not due to the fact that it bounced around inside the package.

My three packs actually surprised me as two of them were 2014-15 Prizm retail. I was fully expecting three 1990-91 Hoops packs. Only one of those Hoops packs made it into this box and both Prizm packs had Prizm parallels, which is a win I suppose. The Hoops pack was what you’d expect — a bit of a memory flashback from when I was a kid. And while not much of anything in that set is worth anything, I did get a Michael Jordan base card, which is always fun to see.

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I’ll spare your time with the Teenymates. Move along, nothing to see there.

Would I buy another? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean you should buy one if the piece of purported floor intrigues you.

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1965 Topps Steve Carlton

Posted in Newspaperman, Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , on February 11, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something here.  I honestly had tried three posts in the last two weeks but I could not get them uploaded.  It took me a little while to realize that in my near eight years since I started this blog I managed to use up all the space they allotted me for images. I had to figure out an alternative plan.; now I’m using Photobucket to host my images.

So here we are, back in business.

We’ll start with this awesome Rookie Card Upgrade.

Steve Carlton’s 1965 Topps rookie card is one that I have owned for quite some time.  And a few years ago I decided to have my copy graded so that I can add it to my showcase, It was slabbed at a 3.5 by Beckett Vintage Grading. I was content with that for a while.

974bb813-721c-4145-a738-a385409fac01_zpsovpo7q7dThen of course I managed to find a fantastic higher graded copy that was at a pretty decent price that I decided it was worth the upgrade.

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So now with this acquisition, that 3.5, which is well-centered, is available. $50 delivered to if you’re interested. Hit me on Twitter @cardboardicons

I’ve always wanted to … 

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on August 12, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

  
I go to a fair amount of baseball games.  Not a lot by any stretch of the imagination, but I go to four or five a year.  Over my 30 years of baseball fandom I have always wanted a game-used ball.

  
I’ve never caught a home run ball, not a foul ball, not a ball tossed to me by a player between innings. None.

In recent years MLB stadiums have begun selling game-uses items and I’ve always dreamed of buying something.  The items always seemed too expensive or I simply hesitated.

Well, Tuesday night, all of that changed.

My wife and I got free tickets to the Giants-Astros game in San Francisco.  They were 10 rows from the field, a gift from my sister, who has gotten them from a co-worker season ticket holder who couldn’t make it.  As it happened, Giants stud Madison Bungarner was on the mound.  Tickets for his starts are always at a premium.

What we got was an absolute gem from Bumgarner, who hurled a 5-hit, 12-strikeout complete came to earn his 13th win of the year; his 80th career victory.

It was probably the second most dominating pitching performance I had seen in person. It rivaled a game in 1999 in which Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez struck out 12 Oakland Athletics.  And it slightly edges out a Curt Schilling performance about a half decade ago in which he nearly no-hit the A’s. Schilling lost the biggest-hitter with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

I digress. After the game I went to check out the game-used merchandise and there were four used balls from the game left for sale.  Two were thrown by Astros pitcher Scott Kazmir and two were thrown by Bumgarner.  One was a foul tip that Jed Lowrie got a piece of in the second inning ($40) and the other was the ball that Houston outfielder Carlos Gomez singled to right on the ninth pitch of the game.  The Gomez-Bumgarner ball was originally $150, but had been marked down to $69.

  
I took the Gomez-Bumgarner ball. True it was more expensive. Yes, it was a hit and not a strike. But I liked that it was a star versus star and ultimately I could pinpoint exactly which play the ball game from.

As it turned out, it’s a pretty neat piece of “history.” Tuesday marked the first day in Major League history in which ALL 15 home teams won their games. The FIRST TIME EVER. 

After the game I caught the replay on TV and archives the video showing the entire at-bat, and the specific pitch in which this ball was thrown.  That was kind of fun.

Some other facts about the ball and game:

*This was Carlos Gomez’s 883rd career base hit.

*The ball was used for one play, handed from umpire Dana Demuth to catcher Buster Posey then tossed to Bumgarner who threw the pitch. Gomez then hit it to right and it skipped to Hunter Pence who then threw it to all-star shortstop Brandon Crawford, who then threw the ball out of play.  It was later authenticated by MLB — customary practice for game-used items being sold at stadiums.

*The ball was thrown during Bumgarner’s 80th career victory.

*Bumgarner struck out seven batters in a row, tying the Giants record.

*The picture below is a screen shot of Gomez on third base later in the first inning after the single.  My wife and I are in the shot. 🙂

  

Ball signed by Rickey Henderson circa 1982 gifted to me by co-worker

Posted in Misc., Newspaperman with tags , , , on July 11, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I work with some awesome people. Their generosity is off the charts sometimes.

One of my co-workers, who collects game-used San Francisco 49ers equipment, often brings items to me to look at and help photo match. 

Well, the other day he showed up and left a baseball on my desk.  The ball was signed by players of the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals. The first signature I could read was an obvious one, Rickey Henderson.

The co-worker then told me the ball was for me, a gift, but he wanted to know who had signed the ball.  He acquired it himself in the early 1980s but had forgotten exactly who signed it.

Well, I pinned the ball down to 1982, when my co-worker was 15. Here are the signatures.

  
  
  
  

Stadium Club needs added to 2015 want list

Posted in Newspaperman on July 5, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

  

Take a look at my  2015 Needs and let me know if you have anything.  Today I added TSC to the list and recently my Archives needs.

And if you’re so inclined I still have some 2014 Needs as well.  

I have base from most of these sets to trade, also inserts if you need them in exchange.  If you have a lot that I need I’m sure we can work something out.

Cardboard Icons the blog turns 7 Today

Posted in Newspaperman on July 3, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

It started with Phil Rizzuto. 

On July 3, 2008, I launched this blog with a post about a card that I had always coveted, the 1951 Bowman Phil Rizzuto. 

  
Today, seven years after I penned that first entry SEEN HERE, that post remains one of my favorite entries on this site.

I haven’t been as active here in recent years, due in part to family and job obligations, but also because the method in which we communicate has changed. I spend more time sharing information, opinions and nonsense via Twitter, where you can find me @cardboardicons

I still love this blog and still pay for the domain name because it’s an extension of me. This is where I get to say whatever I want, whenever I want, and chronicle my collection. And if I’m lucky enough some of you may actually read my thoughts.

My blog is not the best. It’s not the most active. It’s not the most intriguing.

I do thank @badnewsramen who showed me the blogging platform way back when. His podcast mutascale is a fun listen. 

I also thank Mario Alejandro (@waxmorgue) at the former Wax Heaven for aiding in my initial exposure. 

And I do thank Chris Olds (@chrisolds2009) at Beckett for giving me an opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream of being published in the very magazine in which I found the image of the aforementioned Rizzuto that inspired that first post.

And of course thanks again to all of you who end up reading this. I’ll keep plugging away when I can.

Thanks,

Ben

  

Golden Age “Bad News Bears” autograph set is complete

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , on November 17, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

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