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Chasing dreams: the 2000 Greats of the Game autograph set

Posted in Hall of Famers with tags , , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

For more than a decade, I’ve been drawn to the greatness of the 2000 Greats of the Game autograph set.  I think I’ve shared the story before, but the very first pack of this product that I opened in 2000 contained the ONE card I really wanted from the set:  Nolan Ryan.  Yeah, I called my shot.  And yes, you’ve heard this before because I know for a fact that I’ve written about it before.

YazI toyed with the idea over the years of collecting the set.  It’s a gorgeous set, I know it’s highly collectible, and in my opinion, the checklist is absolutely stellar.  There are a few “duds” but that’s beside the point.  Most of the least-desirable cards can be had relatively cheap.

Well, it’s official, I’m declaring my war on the 2000 Greats of the Game gold-border auto set … with one exception, that Derek Jeter autograph that is limited to 150 copies.

Here’s my issue with the card:  It was a redemption only and was not released until 2001.  And not only is it a year older, it appears to have been made with a glossy card stock.  Eff that!  Part of the charm of the 2000 set is the smooth non-glossy texture.  It’s hard to describe, but it kind of feels like vellum paper.

Anyhow, I’ve added an updated list and made it public so that you can see what exactly I am missing.  Surprisingly, I am already more than half way to the set … although once I get to the short prints, I’ll be looking at some pretty pricey cards.  Lucky me.

 

The Home Run King and 4 other HOF autos for $25

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

It’s not hard to find hall of fame signatures on cards these days.  The price of these autographs has been dropping over the years, partly because collectors have so many different ones to choose from.

But fact remains: If you can get them at a budget price, you’ve got yourself a nice little collectible.

Over the last 10 days, I’ve acquired five hall of fame signatures for the low price of $25.

They may not be the most sought after cards of these players, but they are what they are — autographed.

The Hank Aaron shown at the top of this post is from a special 1992 Front Row set.  Some 25,000 sets were created, but 5,000 of them featured a card that was signed by The Hammer.  Problem is though that the cards are not certified.  Before paying $17 for this Aaron I compared it to others that have been slabbed by PSA/DNA and it looks to have the same characteristics.  I have no problem believing this is the real deal.  What I like about this Aaron is that it comes from 1992, a time when Aaron signatures were still relatively smooth.  Look at any of his newer autos, most of them are pretty jittery.

Before finding this Aaron auto, I found a lot of four 1994 Nabisco autographs for less than the price of three 2011 Topps packs.  Nabisco?  As in the cracker company?  Yep.

In 1994, the cookie, cracker and biscuit manufacturer created a four-card set that was part of a giveaway.  In a nutshell, purchasers sent in a few bar codes from Nabisco products along with the cost of shipping and handling, and in return they received ONE hall of fame autograph. I managed to get the whole set for about the same price someone paid for shipping and handling on one card. Awesome.

Duke Snider is a common signature to get through the mail (just add like $10) and he’ll sign whatever you send him.  But it’s nice to have a signature from the early 1990s, one that is not as shaky as his latest returns have been.

Jim Palmer autos can be had for $15 these days, but most of them are on shiny stickers that were produced by Donruss in the early part of the 2000s.  Hard-signed autos are always a plus.

Frank Robinson’s signature might be one of the most awkward looking legible signatures on the market.  I think his autos are more desirable on Reds cards, but there’s no complaining with this hard-signed card.

Gotta love a signature from Bob Gibson.  He was one of the most intimidating pitchers in the history of the game, yet has one of the most gentle signatures.

Card of the Day: 2007 Upper Deck Star Rookies Daisuke Matsuzaka autograph*

Posted in Card of the Day, TTM Success with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

matsuzaka1Holy bleepin bleep! Look what showed up in my mail box today. For the last two weeks I’ve gotten a weird feeling every time I’d checked my mail when returning from work. I sent out nearly 100 autograph requests during Spring Training this year and really didn’t have much success. But for some reason I got a feeling recently that one or two might trickle in now that the season is over. But never in a thousand years did I expect to see Matsuzaka — whom I sent to in July 2007 and had already written off! Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2007 Bowman Chrome Tim Lincecum autograph rookie

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Quick: Brandon Webb or Tim Lincecum for the National League Cy Young award? Webb won 22 games, but he sure as hell was not as dominating as Tim Lincecum. Lincecum won 18 games, led the league in strikeouts and finished second in ERA to perennial CY Young candidate Johan Santana. Lincecum is the Cy Young winner, hands down. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2000 Topps Traded Autographs Francisco Rodriguez

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Forty. That’s how many saves Francisco Rodriguez has as of this morning after nailing down another win yesterday against the Red Sox. He is now way above pace to catch Bobby Thigpen’s single-season record of 57 and what that means is … cards like these will start hitting eBay in droves and they’ll fetch way above what they normally would. The card I’m speaking of course is this 2000 Topps Traded autograph card, which were inserted one per factory sealed set the same set that includes Miguel Cabrera’s first Topps autograph. I pulled this K-Rod about two years go while hunting for a Cabrera, which books at $600. It was a crap shoot. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1990 Upper Deck Kevin Maas rookie

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 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.

The Yankees have always produced legends. Ruth. Gehrig. Mantle. But for each one of those guys who have had their names, faces and resumes engraved in bronze and placed in Monument Park, there are dozens of other legends whose accomplishments, or lack thereof, are engrained in the minds of fans and particularly of baseball card collectors. In 1990, the hobby had two major budding superstars: Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas. But at Yankee Stadium there was another youngster with apparent Ruthian power trying to make a name for himself. That was Kevin Maas. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2004 Sweet Spot Signatures Ichiro autograph

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve finally netted myself an Ichiro autograph. The card featured here, 2004 Sweet Spot autograph, has been in my collection now for four days and I am still in awe staring at it. Since Ichiro broke into the Big Leagues in 2001, I’d always wondered if one day I would own one of his signatures. He’s a great player with a world-wide fan base, and because of this transcontinental love fest for Ichiro, the prices of his collectibles are nearly higher than anyone else. And when it comes to autographs, we’re talking a whole different ballgame, which makes this acquisition of mine even finer. Ichiro had an exclusive autograph deal with Upper Deck during the early years of his MLB career. Neither Topps, nor Donruss, nor Fleer could produce an Ichiro card baring his signature. Continue reading