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Another 2009 Topps 206 error spotted: Honus Wagner

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on December 10, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Just spotted this one, it’s probably an uncorrected error though: Check out the spelling on Pittsburgh on the Short Print version (left).

2009 Topps 206 Blasters are out: Buyer Beware, ridiculous odds!

Posted in Box / Pack Break, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Been waiting all week to see the 2009 Topps 206 Blasters to hit retail store shelves, and when I found them Wednesday I was thrilled. Problem: The odds for any for the hits are off the charts. Autographs are EASIER to get in Blasters than relics. The easiest signature can be attained 1 in every 162 packs while the easiest relic falls 1 in every 672 packs. Autographs are almost five times easier to get than relics! There are two ways to interpret this: 1) Topps is giving Blaster Buyers a better shot at signatures; 2) Topps is milking Blaster Buyers for every penny.

These odds won’t make a difference to set collectors; Blasters offer an extra pack and cost a dollar less than buying seven random retail packs. But for basic collectors, Blasters may not be worth the money — the hits are at least three times harder to get. Is this fair?

The main problem with retail products is pack searchers are everywhere. Within 10 minutes of a retail box being placed on the shelf, someone has rifled through it and yanked the hits. So what are retail shoppers left to do? Buy blasters, which contain packs that are not searched. The problem here though is that Topps is making the collector work even harder for their hit.

There’s always the option to buy a hobby box, and given the stats that Cardboard Problem presented on Wednesday, that is looking like the best option for basic collectors.

Top packs is from a Blaster; bottom is basic retail. Check out the odds.

Topps 206 Retail is LIVE! (error alert)

Posted in Box / Pack Break, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Finally found some retail 2009 Topps 206 at Target (H/T A Cardboard Problem, via Twitter), picked up three packs from two searched boxes. Nothing major from the packs, the standard amount of base cards, three thick gold border parallels and three minis, including a Polar Bear back, which are seeded 1:10 packs.

The Jimmie Foxx mini pictured to the right is a Piedmont (common) back and was the first mini I pulled. I LOVE minis of retired players. That is why I went gaga over 2008 Allen and Ginter — I adored the Baseball Icons set, which I am still working on, by the way. The only bad thing about this Foxx: He’s shown as a Philadelphia Athletic and not a Boston Red Sox.  Oh well.

The first thing I noticed about the card was that it was stained on the back. As it turns out, Topps added the staining on every card to give it an authentic tobacco feel. I thought someone really spit on it. (check out the shoddy video break here) Anyway, kind of a neat idea. I dig it.

The other two minis I pulled were of Josh Whitesell (Piedmont) and Trevor Cahill (Polar Bear). When I went to scan the cards, I realized that the Cahill was an error. First I noticed that they had Cahill listed as a D-Backs player, then seconds later I noticed it had the same card number (289)  as the Josh Whitesell, who actually does play for Arizona. Looks like Topps got the backs screwed up on these two cards. Kind of ironic that out of three packs I end up with these two. Anyway, has anyone else noticed this? I wonder if the error was corrected.

Cahill (Polar Back) is an error

Yes, Houston Collector, you can have this card. (it's the chunky parallel)

Aside from the minis, this product is rather ho-hum for me. The design (front) is exactly the same as the 2002(?) Topps 206 set, so that is somewhat disappointing. But I understand there’s not a lot of wiggle room when you’re re-creating a set like this. Not when you’re honoring the 100-year anniversary. I very much dislike the gold chunk parallel cards, although they are better than a blank deterrent card. And the card backs are rather ugly, in my opinion.

As far as the base cards I pulled, I’m happy to have ended up with two Red Sox cards. And  I enjoy the cards of Kenji Johjima (jailhouse pose) and Fausto Carmona (whose got his eyes closed). Find the cards of Chicago players Mike Fontenot and Alex Rios amusing (looks like the flames of Hell behind them). And The Jay Bruce is pretty solid, although I feel like I’ve seen this pose 52 times already. Go figure.

What I can’t figure out is why Topps decided to add “American League”  and “National League” on the back of some of the cards, yet left it off of others. Hmm.

Seven vintage cards headed to Beckett for slabbing

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

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’re already aware of this, but in case you missed it, I have decided to send some cards to Beckett for grading. Not exactly hot news in our industry, but Beckett is running a 50 percent off promo through the end of the month; this seemed like a good time for me to get a few things out of the way. I know some of you feel grading is a sham, and to a certain extent, I don’t care for it either. That is why I’ve been using Beckett Grading lately for slabbing and authentication purposes only. I’ve got some cool vintage cards that I wish were in Beckett slabs. So here is what is on the way to Dallas: 1909-1911 T206 Nap Lajoie (portrait); 1909-1911 T206 Christy Mathewson (dark cap), 1954 Topps Ernie Banks rookie; 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente rookie; 1956 Topps Jackie Robinson (white back); 1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski rookie and my 1967 Topps Venezuelan Babe Ruth. I asked for authentication and slabbing only on the T206s, which are in horrible shape; the Banks rookie, which is a sweet card, but has a date stamped in ink on the reverse; and the Ruth, which is definitely Gem Mint as you can see from THIS PICTURE. And I actually want grades for the Yaz (probably a 2.5), Jackie (3-4?) and Clemente (2-2.5). None of these cards is going to net me a small fortune, but they’ll look much nicer now in my graded card display case, which is 99 percent BGS. Brand Loyalty, baby.

Card of the Day: 1909-1911 T206 Piedmont Christy Mathewson

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

You thought the Nap Lajoie I own was in bad condition, check out this badboy. If this card were out of its SGC graded case, I’d have to wear gloves while holding it because the card appears to have mold spots. But all of this is fine. I mean the card is nearly 100 years old. This is a 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Christy Mathewson card, one of three cards “Big Six” has in the set, and I am proud to say I own one.

Mathewson was one of the first five players to be inducted into the baseball hall of fame, along with a few guys you might have heard of: Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Walter Johnson. Continue reading