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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.

Card of the Day: 2007 UD Masterpieces Lou Gehrig

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

**Note: With the All-Star game taking place this week at Yankee Stadium, I will spend the next several days showcasing cards from my Yankee collection.

Is there a more sympathetic scene in baseball history than that of Lou Gehrig standing in Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, giving his farewell speech? “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.” The speech is nearly seven decades old now, and yet the aforementioned phrase remains one of most memorable ones in the history of the game, and likely the most famous words ever spoken at Yankee Stadium. After being stricken with ALS, Gehrig was forced from the game in early 1939 at age 36. Dubbed the Iron Horse because of his durability, Gehrig played 2,130 games straight and collected more than 2,700 hits in his 17 seasons in The Bigs. He wound up with a career batting average of .340, slugged 493 homers and drove in 1,995 runs. Oddly enough the number of RBIs Gehrig collected is identical to the year (1995) in which Cal Ripken Jr. would break Gehrig’s consecutive game streak. The 2007 UD Masterpieces Gehrig card pictured here is no where close to being Gehrig’s most valuable (this one is only $6), let alone the most valuable one in my collection. But during a week in which we as baseball fans honor Yankee Stadium and it’s legacy, there is no other Gehrig card — neither autograph, nor game-used — that better encompasses the memory of Gehrig at The Stadium. Continue reading