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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.

Thrift Treasures Part XV: Bo Knows A Bargain

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

TTXV2Who doesn’t love a good bargain. Whether it’s a legitimate bargain, or merely some sort of perceived bargain matters not. If I spend 50 cents and theoretically got just a few dollars in book value in return, does that constitute a bargain? It does when the loot evokes certain memories of card collecting days past.

Such was the case on Saturday when I stopped at a local comic/video game/card/junk shop. This place used to have bargain wax boxes, but they’ve ditched just about everything sports related. The only things remaining are some boxes of 2008 Topps baseball, some graded junk that is overpriced and two 3,500 count boxes of cards that are selling for a dime each.

I stuck to the bargain boxes and had a hard time spending a dollar. I know you’re thinking I’m a cheap bastard, but fact is I could not find more than five cards that were worth 10 cents each to me. But the five cards I did purchase are awesome.

Looks like Spree has THAT look in his eye.

Looks like Spree has THAT look in his eye.

One of the must-have cards I spotted in this box is this Latrell Sprewell rookie. Do you now hard these were to find back in the day, especially here in the San Francisco Bay Area. It almost seemed as if the Shaquille O’Neal parallel rookies were easier to find that these. This one is likely headed to my cousin as he was a huge Spree fan.

I feel the Earth move under my feet ...

I feel the Earth move under my feet ...

I’ve written about this card already this weekend and found it very fitting that I found this copy on Saturday, the 20th anniversary of the pictured event. To read more, click HERE.

Beltran wishes his name were LeBron

Beltran wishes his name were LeBron

The Juan LeBron/Carlos Beltran error rookie card — a classic. Book says $6, I paid 10 cents — You tell me what it is worth. By the way, this one came in a top loader, so I guess I kind of got the card for free. 🙂

Looks like an old school card show

Looks like an old school card show

Here is a 1991 Pro Set hockey Draft Pick insert/short print card. When this card came out, it was one of a handful of inserts that actually had me interested in hockey — the others being that cool 75th anniversary hologram and the Patrick Roy mask card. The San Jose Sharks were in their inaugural season when this set was released. Take a look at the back of this card, which clearly is in French. Look at the Top two picks. (Read here for more on that draft.)

With the No. 2 overall pick in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks select ... Pat Falloon. <insert groan>

With the No. 2 overall pick in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks select ... Pat Falloon. <insert loud groan from Sharks fans here>

And lastly we have one of the most iconic cards of our generation. The 1990 Score Bo Jackson football/baseball card.

Bo knows you STILL want this card ...

Bo knows you STILL want this card ...

... eventhough it is creased.

... even though it is creased.

I Survived the ’89 Earthquake

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1989quake1Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, an event that much of the world remembers as being the reason for the delay of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. For me, it hits home because not only did this stop one of the most anticipated World Series of my lifetime, but it was an event that I lived through. I was 9 at the time and home with my younger sister and a friend when the 7.1 quake struck. When these things happen to you, you tend to remember every detail. I’ve re-written my account of the incident a few times over the years, and if you care to read the latest one, you can see it HERE, and a more detailed one HERE. (Yes, that is a picture of me, 8 years younger and 50 pounds heavier.)

1989quake2I wrote about this very card last year on Oct. 17, but given that Saturday marks the 20th anniversary, I figured I’d drag out one of the favorite cards I own: the 1990 Score “Lights Out: Candlestick” card. If you lived in the Bay Area and collected baseball cards in the late 1980s and early 1990s, you know all about this card. For  good while, this black and white card rivaled the iconic Bo Jackson football/baseball Nike pose card that also appears in this 1990 Score set.

By looking at the stats for this blog, I can tell that I am not the only one who remembers this card. Every couple of days I get a few hits from people who appear to be looking for this very card. Well, here it is again, and this time I’ve included a scan of the back so that you can read all about what happened that day. The text on this card does not do the event justice, but I figure if you really wanted to know more about that day, you’ll be looking elsewhere, not at for a history lesson.