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Card of the Day: 2008 Allen & Ginter Dustin Pedroia

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

08ginterpedroiaBig shout out to Dustin Pedroia today for being named the 2008 American League Most Valuable Player. Pedroia really had a fine season and carried the Red Sox when Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and Mike Lowell were out with injuries. Pedroia offered both power and defense to a Sox team that all season was depleted by injuries and boneheadedness. Although the Sox season ended with less than a championship, the team would have been nowhere near the World Series had Pedroia not stepped up. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1970 Topps Vida Blue / Gene Tenace rookie card

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Imagine a dual rookie card featuring an American League MVP and Cy Young award winner, and the MVP of a World Series. What would that be worth? Well, if that card were produced today in any of the Bowman Chrome sets we’d probably be looking at a card worth at least a hundred dollars, maybe more depending on what else the guys did in their career. But what about one featuring two players with the same accolades produced some 38 years ago? A whopping $4, or less than the price of a pack of 2007 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects.

Of course the card I’m discussing today in the 1970 Topps Vida Blue and Gene Tenace dual rookie card. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1958 Topps World Series Batting Foes (Mickey Mantle / Hank Aaron)

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron are indeed two of the hobbies greatest names, and on this 1958 Topps ( 418 ) World Series Batting Foes you get images of both players while celebrating a classic World Series confrontation they shared. Today I celebrate this card, I can’t believe it’s 50 years old, because it is my latest addition to my personal collection. There are no creases, no rips, no writing. Just a bit off-center and some tape residue, just the way I like my vintage. It books at $400, yet I got this, another card from the ’58 set (Mays/Snider Fence Busters [436] ), a Nolan Ryan autograph and more for less than 10 percent of what this card is worth. I attribute that to a poorly titled auction. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1953 Bowman Color Mickey Mantle

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 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 Mick. For about as long as I have followed baseball, Mickey Mantle has been a mythical figure to which I could not relate. I never got to see him play, and by the time I truly got a chance to understand his greatness, he near the end of his life. He died in 1995. I still have the Beckett Baseball Monthly issue dedicated to his death. That issue, which I took to school for a week, brought about lots of memories from other high schoolers who spoke of their father’s card collections. And it also caught then attention of one teacher who spoke of Mantle … and then about a newly emerging technology called deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA. Continue reading