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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.


Icon-O-Clasm: 1998 Ultra Gold Medallion Ken Caminiti

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


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


Reliving childhood memories at Dollar Tree

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

By now, most of you know that Dollar Tree carries sports cards. Most of the stuff they sell isn’t highly sought after.  In fact, it’s downright junk.  I mean why would someone pay $1 for 2010 Topps Update pack containing 5 cards and no shot at any hits or parallels when you can spend $2 at Target or Walmart and get twice as many cards and have a shot at inserts?

But on occasion I find something worth while.  In this case, I found a little piece of my childhood.

The year 1988 was a special year for me as a collector.  It was my first true year of collecting.  Sure, I bought some packs in 1987, but it was in 1988 that I really got hooked on cardboard.  I loved Donruss for the Rated Rookies, and had fun finding odd-ball packs at random convenience and grocery stores throughout the area

At Dollar Tree last week, I found a sealed Cello Pack of 1988 Donruss … one featuring new HOF Roberto Alomar on the top.  Under normal circumstances I would have just chucked the pack to the side as this product is the epitome of junk.  But there was no way I could pass up on this pack given the card showing on top.

Truth be told though, that find was not as exciting as unearthing these two packs: 1988 Fleer Star Stickers and 1988 Sportflics.

The Star Stickers set is one that always intrigued me because in 1988 I could only find these packs at one store — a 7-Eleven near my grandfather’s house, which seemed worlds away at the time. I bought a handful of packs back in the day, hoping to pull any player from the Oakland A’s, probably the hottest team in the sport at the time. I didn’t have very good luck.

But on this day, I struck gold in the form of a Carney Lansford card — who ironically is from the area where I live.

Like the Fleer Stickers, packs of Sportlics were only available at one store in my area — a grocery store across the street from my house.   If memory serves me right, these packs were about 50 cents for a pack of three cards.  In 1988, this was pricey. Needless to say, I only bought a few of them when I was a kid.  So I was excited to unwrap one the other day.  Unfortunately the results were typical for what I would have pulled 23  years ago.

Doin’ Two Babes at the Same Time

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Made you look, didn’t I?

So here’s a hypothetical question I’ve been pondering as it pertains to my two Babe Ruth vintage cards: You’ve only got room for one of the pictured cards in your collection in the depicted condition. Which do you choose?

Your choices include a 1960 Fleer Babe Ruth in decent condition, off-center top to bottom and right to left, rounded corners and some surface wear; and a 1967 Topps Venezuelan Babe Ruth in horrible shape, akin to the remains of a bar of soap found in a single man’s shower.

Now before you answer, I want you to consider all the factors.

The ’60 Babe Ruth is older, in nicer condition and features him in action, sorta. The back also has his career statistics (pitching and hitting), which is a big plus. It is a vintage Ruth, a card of which you can be proud to own. It’s decently valued at $100 in Beckett Baseball, but copies can be attained on eBay for about $20 in similar shape. For any collector, such a card would be a nice addition.

The ’67 Ruth is newer and just beat to a pulp. It’s rough around the edges, the card contains FIVE corners because part of the card has fallen off, it’s got evidence of having been stapled to something, and the back is written in Spanish — no statistics. Beckett Baseball has it valued at $700. But here’s where things get tricky. You’re going to have a hard time finding this card on eBay. It was produced for the people in Venezuelan four decades ago. There has not been a copy of this card on eBay in forever.

Both cards are encapsulated and deemed authentic by Beckett Grading.

Knowing these factors, which do you decide is right for your collection: The more plentiful, better condition 1960 Fleer card, or the much rarer, yet worse condition, 1967 Topps Venezuelan?

Remember, we are only talking about the pictured cards in this condition. You MUST choose only one. The card you choose can and will be the only Babe Ruth vintage card you ever own.

The sweetest patch card I’ve ever pulled

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

There are some awesome patch cards on the the market these days, some of which are COMPLETE patches from jerseys. Just awesome. But in 2004, not many of those cards existed, collectors were left to collect multi-colored patch cards as this 2004 Hot Prospects Draft Edition ‘Double Team” card of Carlos Beltran.

This card is stunning in person. I pulled it from a box of Hot Prospects I purchased about two years ago. It features patches from his Astros jersey and Royals jersey. Both patches are multi-colored and feature several breaks. as you can see here. And to top it off, the card if serial numbered to just 50 copies.



Stupid Inserts Part III: 2001 Fleer Game Time “New Order”

Posted in Stupid Inserts with tags , , , , on November 7, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2001FleerGameTimeNewOrderJasonGiambi2001FleerGameTimeNewOrderJasonGiambi2Hate to be all negative and what not, but what the hell was Fleer thinking when they created this card? This is a 2001 Fleer Game Time “New Order” die-cut insert featuring Jason Giambi. Don’t get me wrong, the card looks pretty cool. I dig the die-cut job, and the holofoil on the right side looks nice.

But what the hell is the point here? Look at the lineup card filled out to the left. It’s for “Oakland,” and shows Giambi in the No. 3 hole, which is where he hit at the height of his career, particularly with the A’s. What’s “New” about that?

It looks like Fleer tried to create a “New” all-star-type lineup with Andruw Jones hitting leadoff, Nomar Garciaparra batting second, Giambi third, and Manny Ramirez cleanup, followed by Sammy Sosa, Ivan Rodriguez, Darin Erstad, Scott Rolen and Pokey Reese. Problems: Of the guys listed, only Giambi ever played for Oakland. and secondly, FIVE of the guys are not even in this friggin insert set, a 15-card billing that features all of the usual heavy hitters, but nowhere to be found are: Andruw, I-Rod, Erstad, Rolen and Pokey. Interesting, no?

Oh, an who the hell is Don Latham, the guy who is listed here as Manager? Was this HIS fantasy team back in 2000?