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Card of the Day: 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco rookie

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Before he sold his soul to the Devil Bud Selig, started turning tricks fighting former football players in Atlantic City, and claiming that Madonna wanted to have his child, Jose Canseco actually was a hell of a baseball player. In fact, he was almost worthy of the Hall of Fame. Canseco was the first man to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in one season (1988), has Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards to his name, owns (at least I think he still owns it) a championship ring and was one of the most feared sluggers in the game for nearly a decade. 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

Card of the Day: 2005 Prime Patches Portraits Logo C.C. Sabathia

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

With C.C. Sabathia’s trade over the weekend to the Milwaukee Brewers, I felt it time to discuss this particular card: 2005 Prime Patches Portraits Team Logo, serial numbered 136. This card features a swatch of Sabathia’s game-used road uniform with a three-color patch from the team’s logo, which was sewn into the chest of the jersey. What I’ve been unable to discern is if this patch is from the infamous Indian head mascot — which is highly controversial — or from the script “I” the team has taken a liking to in recent years. At first I figured it was the Indian head mascot, but the patch is a bit rigid for that. Notice straight lines and apparent 75 degree angle at the bottom. Anyone have any insight? As for the card and Sabathia itself, I always wondered how other team collectors feel about memorabilia cards of players who are traded from their teams. I think there is some initial sorrow, and the market softens tremendously. But in the long run, do team collectors — and by those I mean who collect everyone who ever donned their team’s jersey — really care? Personally, if I had a chance to acquire a sweet Johnny Damon patch from his days with the Sox, I would not be able to pass it up. But that’s just me.