Archive for Rare baseball cards

Obama & Jackie Robinson 1/1 auto on eBay raises questions

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

So I peeked at the Beckett Blog today — I do this a few times a week — and noticed that Chris posted a LINK to the 2008 Topps American Heritage Barack Obama and Jackie Robinson 1/1 cut auto that is on eBay. The card is at $3,000 with 15 bids as of Monday morning. But as I looked at the auction, something really pissed me off about this card. If you’ve yet to do so, go read the auction description. The seller notes that the card was yanked off eBay in January so that Topps could switch out the Obama autograph with one CERTIFIED BY PSA. Compare the first auction with the second, the Obama autos are different, although both could be — and likely are — real. Does this strike anyone else as despicable. I mean I guess we should be thrilled that Topps wanted to make sure that the future owner of the card got a real Obama autograph. But I find this act troubling because if there was any question as to the authenticity of the first Obama autograph, then that 1/1 should have never even been placed into the packs. Kudos to Topps for the secondary move, but truthfully it should have never gotten to that point.

Card of the Day: 1961 Post Hank Aaron un-cut Panel

Posted in Card of the Day, Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

cbi1961posthankaaronsheetGot a quick hitter here. Today I present a very special collectible, one I picked up about a year ago for the bargain price of $15. Here we’ve got an uncut sheet/panel of 1961 Post baseball cards, featuring Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. It’s value? Unknown due to its rarity.

I knew when I saw this panel that I had to have it. The price tag was a bit steep — considering the odd pricing structure this particular thrift store uses and my penchant for being stingy at times — but the uniqueness of the piece made it a must have. Continue reading

Rare first 1869 baseball card unearthed in California

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

1869redstockingsbackofcardBack in September, my college buddy and one of my best friends, reporter/columnist Mike Osegueda at the Fresno Bee newspaper, wrote me an e-mail asking about baseball cards. It was an odd inquiry considering that Mike really hadn’t collected cards since the early 1990s. But he knew that I was addicted to the cardboard. He wanted to know if I had ever seen this card to the left.

One of Mike’s sources contacted him and shared this story about a female antique dealer uncovering this 1869 Peck & Snyder card featuring the Cincinnati Red Stockings, considered to be one of the first cards ever made.

Mike’s story was published today. Read HERE for all the details on this historical find. Truely amazing.

Card of the Day: 1991 Leaf “Gold Leaf Rookies” Jeff Bagwell

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

bagwellgold1In my mind, this is the card that started the insert craze. Chase cards have been around since the 1980s — see all of the Fleer and Topps All Star cards — but until the early 90s, they were nothing more than an afterthought, a bonus when buying a retail cello or jumbo pack.

But in 1991, Leaf hit the market with a bang, offering the “Gold Leaf Rookies,” some of the slickest looking cards in the world. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1994 Collector’s Choice Alex Rodriguez Silver Signature

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Alex Rodriguez has one rookie card that is a must have, that being the 1994 SP card number 15. But among the rookie-year issues there are a few of them that fetch a pretty decent dollar. The Score Rookie Call Up, Leaf Limited Gold Rookies and SP Holoview Red all sell for several hundred dollars. But in my opinion there is one card that gets over looked, the 1994 Collector’s Choice silver signature. Continue reading