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Pacquiao’s Topps Allen & Ginter cards packing a hell of a punch

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on July 20, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

It’s funny what joy an itsy bitsy piece of cardboard can bring to a grown man.

For more than a year I’ve been asking that someone, anyone create a Manny Pacquiao baseball card.  And finally, my wishes have been answered.

In March of 2010 I wrote this piece, practically begging Topps to include the Fighting Pride of the Phillippines in one of their sets.  AND FINALLY they’ve listened.  I hate to say I told you so but … oh who am I kidding?  We ALL knew that Pacquiao’s cards would pack a hell of a punch.

I am just glad that Topps wised up to the idea and got a deal done with Pacquiao to get his likeness into this annual set of sports champions.

The basic cards have been selling for $2-$5 on eBay, basic Minis have been grabbing $3-$8 and parallels of the minis usually fetch a few dollars more. And that’s on eBay.

I’m sure the cards will fetch a premium in the Phillippines, and other areas of the United States where Filipinos tend to congregate … like here in the Bay Area.

Daily City.  Milpitas. South San Francisco. Union City.  You know what the hell I am talking about.

But you wanna know where the gold is?  It’s in Pacquiao’s  signature.  His autographed card is selling for $750 to $1,000.  That’s about three times as much as I thought the cards would average.  For some reason, I do not think those prices will come down much, if at all.

Dear Topps: Where is my Manny Pacquiao card?

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on March 14, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

A quick plea to the powers that be at Topps. Where the hell is my Manny Pacquiao card? I don’t think you fully understand the following that this boxing champion has; therefore I don’t think you understand the amount of business you’re missing here. By simply adding a card of Pacquiao in any one of your releases you will have gained lots of business. You thought including Michael Phelps brought a boon to your business last year, Topps? Try adding this guy to Allen & Ginter, we know there are slots that have yet to be determined, at least that’s what your checklists say. You’ve already made cards of a horse, a snowborder, a fisherman and even a magician. Hell, you’ve created a card of a fictitious character based on his invisibility. So I beg you, please make one of Pacquiao — it makes sense.