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“Live” reveal of 1992 Score Ser. 2 pack with a “Franchise” (auto) insert.

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

On Wednesday I made a quick run to my local card shop and picked up another 1992 Score Ser. 2 box in search of the super rare ‘Franchise” insert cards, hopefully one that is signed.  Well, as the title of this post suggests … I got one!  Check out the “live” reveal …

In case you missed the other one I pulled, check out this one I pulled five months ago …

And here are what the autographs look like, I own all three single-signed cards:



Can’t pull one, might as well buy one

Posted in Hall of Famers with tags , , , , on September 13, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Over the last three weeks, I’d been taking a step back in the time machine and reliving memories of my early collecting days.  This road down memory lane included the purchases of two 1992 Score Series 2 boxes to take an extremely LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG shot at pulling any of the four 1992 Score Franchise Autographs, cards that were signed by Carl Yastrzemski, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, or all three.

That quest included a very cool memorable pull of an unsigned Musial card, which was the same exact card I pulled in 1992 when I was 12.  You can see the “dramatic” reveal in this video.

But that fun and inexpensive jaunt through two decades of every-changing baseball card technology history really made me want to own the signed version of the Musial.

True, I am a rookie card collector, but I have a soft spot for once-unattainable cards of my youth.  One of my favorite sets (or series of insert sets) is the Elite Series cards from 1991-1993.  I’ve started my photo gallery of the ones I own here.

Anyhow, back to Musial.

Despite the horrific odds of actually pulling the autograph of Musial — or Yaz or Mick — the cards are pretty affordable considering they are one of the first true pack-seeded certified autographs. So I set out to buy a Musial and I did.  And when it arrived on Thursday, I was even more delighted to see this note attached to the interior packaging:

Amazing.  So I am getting this gorgeous card from the ORIGINAL owner?!  I’ve got to send this eBay seller a message asking him to write me a few paragraphs about his experience pulling this card. And when — if — he responds, I will publish it here.

A quick word of warning though.  If you’re out to buy one of these for yourself, please … PLEASE … make sure it is a certified copy issued through Score and not Score BOARD.  The REAL, pack-seeded cards look like this on the back.  They are hand-numbered in black calligraphy pen. Adds to an awesomeness if you ask me.

Finding that Loving Feeling in a 20-year-old pack of baseball cards

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , on September 13, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Junk Wax — the stuff many of us grew up on.

I recently “discovered” that one of my local shops, South Bay Sports Cards had some of the 1992 Score Series 2 boxes — from the so-called junk wax era — sitting around for $9.99 a box.

A bargain? Not really.

But a fun gamble considering there is a long shot — and I mean looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong — shot at pulling inked cards of Baseball Hall of Famers Carl Yastrzemski, Stan Musial and Yankee legens Mickey Mantle. Heck, there’s even a triple-signed cards of all three guys.

The autographs were part of “The Franchise” insert set.  There are basic inserts that are reportedly limited to some 150,000 copies.  No, that’s not a typo. My”zero key didn’t get stuck.  That’s one hundred fifty THOUSAND.  But they are tough, probably harder than one per case.

The single-signed autographs are limited to 2,000; and only 500 of the triple autos exist.

Not scarce by today’s standards, but super-, mega-short printed for 1992 relatively speaking.

Anyhow, I bought a box last week, and lo and behold, the green greatness that is “The Franchise” was in my box.  But who was it?  Was it signed? Watch the video to find out.

Cardboard Porn: 1990 Score Bo Jackson Football/Baseball

Posted in Cardboard Porn with tags , , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Cardboard Porn: Because sometimes words just get in the way.

This is the third in an on-going series of card images titled “Cardboard Porn.”

He sure as hell aint no Nolan Ryan …

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on October 21, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

You’d be hard-pressed to find a pitcher from the 90s who didn’t spend much of his youth looking up to Nolan Ryan. And who could blame them. Ryan was the epitome of a power pitcher. He’d throw you in high and tight, and then break you off with a fastball on the outside corner. Kerry Wood loved him. Todd Van Poppel thought he was his son. And Roger Clemens tried to pattern his career after the Ryan Express, and to some extent he was better that his idol.

But what about Rick Helling?

Whomever decided to let Helling wear "34" should have been fired.

Whomever decided to let Helling wear "34" should have been fired.

On his 1993 Score card — which is NOT his rookie, see 1991 Topps Traded for that — Helling is touted for hurling a 91 mph fastball and a “nasty” slider. But what intrigues me the most about this card is that Helling is pictured WEARING RYAN’S JERSEY NUMBER. What the Helling is up with that? Don’t the people in Texas know that number is sacred. I don’t care if Helling is supposed to be the second coming of Walter Johnson, good ol’ 34 is not to worn by anyone, especially if the originator of “34” (Ryan) is still playing with the ball club.

Helling may have had a low 90s fastball and a “nasty” slider, but he sure as hell aint  no Nolan Ryan, and his career numbers showed that. Helling did wound out with a pair of World Series rings and managed to play with six ball clubs throughout his 13-year career, but posted an ERA near 5.00 while doing so. So what is Helling up to these days? He’s a special assistant to Major League Baseball Players’ Association leader Donald Fehr.