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Rookie Card Upgrade 6: 1994 SP Alex Rodriguez

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , , on August 15, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

For the longest time I considered myself lucky to own a BGS 8 copy of the 1994 SP Alex Rodriguez.

It’s probably hard to remember now just how hot this card was in this hobby, but believe me, once grades get above an 8, things got pretty expensive. 

So when I scored an 8 on a copy I submitted to Beckett Grading about a half decade ago I was pretty happy.

Well, we know that A-Rod’s legacy has taken a major hit a few times since then and the value of his SP rookie has plummeted. And even with his resurgence this year, mint copies are now fairly affordable.

A few weeks ago while writing my column for Beckett Baseball, the one on stands now, I considered whether or not it was time for me to seek a rock solid mint copy of this iconic rookie for my collection. 

After moving a few extra pieces in my collection I found a nice copy to replace my BGS 8. Even with his checkered history, this is still a must-own card for rookie card collectors.


Playing the “What If” game with Allen & Ginter and Stephen Strasburg

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

By now you’re aware that the primary draws to 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter is indeed one of the two Stephen Strasburg cards. Obviously his autograph is THE pull right now as it is fetching in the neighborhood of $3,000. Crazy, I know. But Strasburg’s mini card is also what is drawing collectors to the product; they fetch $350+. As of the writing of this post, there were some 22 available on eBay and maybe another 20 or so that had already ended. And assuming that there are others that have been pulled and are being kept by collectors, it’s safe to say there are somewhere about 50 that have seen the light of day.

Now what’s interesting of course is that Topps says the Strasburg mini is not shortprinted. This begs the question: Then where the hell are they?

The question has been asked hundreds of times in recent weeks and no one has the answer. But they have to be out there somewhere, right? Cases upon cases of hobby product have been ripped and in the majority of instances, they have coughed up zero Strasburg cards. And with the product now live in retail stores, an even larger portion of the collecting market is busting this product like crazy looking for the Strasburgs. And of course they aren’t appearing here either.

But WHAT IF the collation of this product is so bad that there are blaster boxes of this product chock-full of Strasburg minis? Sounds crazy, right? But crazier things have happened with Topps and its retail-distributed products. Remember the guy who busted a 2009 Topps Heritage blaster and pulled 51 of the super short prints.

I badly want to stay away from this stuff, but the thought of what might be in those unopened blasters keeps drawing me closer to buying one every time I see them.

2010 Topps Heritage Blasters are LIVE

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

After much searching, it appears that the 2010 Topps Heritage Blasters have started to arrive in retail stores. I found two at a Wal-Mart in the San Francisco Bay Area (southeast Fremont). Out of the two blasters I managed to pull two relics (Cristian Guzman Clubhouse Collection jersey and Brooks Robinson Flashbacks stadium seat) and 8 SPs including a super short print Zack Greinke.

On a side note, don’t forget to enter the contest for an original 1958 Topps Hank Aaron / Mickey Mantle card.