Archive for Joe Mauer

Are Goodwin Champion minis underrated?

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

So the other day I completed a small trade for some minis from Topps Allen & Ginter, as well as UD Goodwin Champions. Among them were two black border parallels — a 2009 Allen & Ginter Albert Pujols and a 2009 Goodwin Joe Mauer. These two cards reminded me of a thought I had late last year — are Goodwin minis underrated?

Allen & Ginter gets a lot of love because people dig A&G with a passion. But what about Goodwin? Sure, it has been treated as an A&G knockoff, but truth is UD’s Goodwin line is a rendition of an old tobacco brand, just like Topps’ A&G.

The thing I like about the Goodwin cards is that there is a sense of realism about them. Aside from the cloudy background, UD used actual pictures on their cards, where as Topps’ ran the images through a filter on some photo editing software to get this artistic feel.

I suppose it’s a matter of taste; there really is no wrong answer as to which is better because they both are good-looking cards. I just think that Goodwin may not have gotten the credit it was due. Afterall, UD’s brand was cheaper and did have minis of Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Alex Ovechkin and Smarty Jones last year — all of which look pretty damn cool if you ask me.

Update on Joe Mauer TTM issue

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Got an interesting Tweet today from follower WillCampbell45 who sent along this link regarding Joe Mauer and his Through-The-Mail signing habits. Looks like my Joe Mauer autograph may be real afterall.

See the original piece HERE.

TTM Success — Joe Mauer

Posted in TTM Success with tags , , , , , , on July 29, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

This one is entirely open for interpretation. Insight is welcome.

So I get home this afternoon and lo and behold there is another TTM return envelope sitting here waiting for me, this time with the name “Mauer” written on it. I write the last name of each player I send to on the return envelope because I save them all; it helps me 1) know whose returned my envelope before frantically ripping it open, and 2) keep them organized later. So I knew this was from Joe Mauer. Now what was inside was unexpected — sorta. Mauer is a superstar. Period. When I send to players of his caliber, there is a 2 percent chance I get anything back, and if I do it’ll be a pre-printed postcard … which is what was within and pictured to the right.

BUT … before you click away thinking my success is really a failure, you have to read the back of the card and then pay attention to the blue ink at the very bottom. Whether that is REALLY signed by Joe Mauer is open for interpretation, but this signature — well, partial, anyway — has three things going for it: 1) Most players who are rejecting your auto request would not go through the trouble of personalizing a post card. 2) This was returned within two weeks of the All-Star break, meaning that it’s entirely possibly that Joe actually spent half a day or so returning fan mail. 3) It’s Joe Mauer, whose documented to be a pretty nice guy.

So take from that what you will. Personally it goes down as a partial success. Much like any signature obtained through mail, there is no way of telling for sure who really signed it. But that blue ink is indeed ON TOP of the printed layer and it does say Joe.

You can see my entire through the mail request/success list here.

Topps Million Trade No. 3

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on April 8, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve been getting a lot of interest in my vintage cards on Topps Million, and for good reason. I mean when anyone redeems a code on the Web site, they hope they see something made before 1980.

On Wednesday, I got an offer for one my present-day star cards, a 2005 Joe Mauer. I received the Mauer in a deal straight up for a 2005 Ken Griffey Jr. a few weeks ago. I obtained the Mauer because I was building a lot of Twins cards that I was hoping to trade to some Twins fan. But when I logged into Topps Million on Wednesday, I was confronted with an offer of two semi-vintage cards, a 1968 Dick Green and 1973 Dave Clark, and a 1986 Topps Eddie Milner. I pondered the trade, initially was going to reject it, and then thought about it some more. In the end I wound up accepting the deal because I love old cards, and I already own a physical copy of the Joe Mauer. When I go to have cards shipped to me, I would rather pay to have vintage commons sent to me than a fairly current Joe Mauer, especially considering I already own a copy of it.

Where’s the limit for the 2002 Bowman Chrome Joe Mauer rookie?

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

I’ll admit this, I had not been following the 2002 Bowman Chrome Joe Mauer autographed rookie since I acquired one about two years ago. After getting my copy, I figured the “pressure” was off, so there was no need to continue watching auctions on eBay. And then out of the blue last week I did a quick check and saw that raw copies were selling for nearly $250. That’s a whole lot more than what I paid for mine.

But this morning, a day after the Twins and Joe Mauer reportedly agreed to an eight-year $184 million contract extension, I am left wondering what the limit is for this card. Some will argue that the card would have a greater potential if Mauer moved to a larger market team, such as the Yankees or Red Sox. And I understand that argument. But I feel like Mauer is of a different breed. He’s already proven to be one of the best offensive catchers in the history of the game, and could very well end up being at the top of a list that includes Mike Piazza, Johnny Bench and Ivan Rodriguez. Mauer’s three batting titles and MVP award at the toughest position on the field, all before age 27, are huge accomplishments. Add to this that Mauer is a homegrown talent — he literally was born in Minnesota — and I feel the makings are there for a sustained level of success in terms of cardboard.

So without sounding like I just crowned him as the greatest player ever — I assure you, I do no feel that way — where do you think this card will top out, both long-term and short-term?

What has my mind spinning is that David Wright’s Bowman Chrome rookie from the same year once was SELLING at levels more than $500; and the same with Ryan Howard’s 2003 Bowman’s Best. Maybe the Mauer card is just starting draw the attention that it deserves, or perhaps it’s just peaking now.