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Another iconic card added to the Icons collection

Posted in New Addition with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

Additions to my personal collection have slowed down in recent months, so when I make an acquisition that fits into that “PC” category, I shall share it.

Like many of you I have an addiction, a true sickness for cardboard. I say this somewhat in jest, but there is some truth to it. I spend more money on cards than I should; I even find myself buying stuff just for the sake of buying. Don’t laugh, you might be in the same boat but just not willing to admit it.

But rather than walk away from the hobby that has been a part of my life since I was 7 years old, the way I “right the ship” so to say is to find one card to add to my collection; one that i can point to and say, “THAT is why I collect.”

img_0879And today that card is the 2001 SP Legendary Cuts Game-Used bat card of the one and only “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.

When it comes to memorabilia cards I have many of the greats.

I have Mantle. I have Mays. I have Aaron.

I have Ruth. I have Gehrig. I have DiMaggio.

I have Mathewson. I have Cobb. I have Wagner.

And the list goes on …

But there has always been one player whose memorabilia card that has taunted me from a  distance. And now I can look at Joe Jackson eye to eye and clutch his card between my thumb and index finger like it were a big ol’ bass and say, “Gotcha!”

For a long time Jackson, the controversial baseball player whose legendary playing career is forever tied to the gambling scandal of the “Black Sox,” really only had one licensed memorabilia card, this 2001 Upper Deck release. More than a half-decade after the card’s release, Donruss (then owned by the company known as Donruss Playoff) lost its MLB license and with that came the release of various logo-less products. This “free reign” seemingly allowed them to produce cards of Jackson, base and insert cards, as well as memorabilia cards. Panini America, who now owns the Donruss name, continues to produce Jackson cards in all forms under various brand names.There now are several options for collectors when it comes to Jackson memorabilia cards.

Meanwhile, Topps, the only company with the MLB license, has not produced any cards, likely because Jackson has been blackballed — not unlike Pete Rose — from licensed products. His name is often met with a head tilt and a grimace as Jackson’s actions in the gambling scandal are still somewhat debatable, although time has shown that he may have been the good guy in all of it.

Nonetheless, Jackson is still a baseball icon. Over his 13-year career he notched a .356 batting average and tallied 1,772 hits. And while I don’t own any of his older cards, at least I can say that I now own a piece of Jackson’s bat and it’s not just on any card. It’s THE Jackson memorabilia card, which is one of the most recognizable in our hobby.

Just what I always wanted … A Gem Mint Michael Jordan rookie

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , , , on July 20, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I received a package from CheckOutMyCards recently chock full of items I wanted for my PC.  My intention was to write one post showing them all but that’d be quite lengthy. So I’ll go about this in a different manner and show items on an individual or group basis.

 I’ll start with a BGS 9.5 1994 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice rookie card of Michael Jordan. While it is no where near in demand as his 1986-87 Fleer basketball rookie card, this Gem Mint copy of this Jordan rookie will look fantastic in my collection with my BGS 6 Fleer basketball Jordan and 6.5 1986 Nike Postcard.

Jordan had three rookie cards produced in 1994, all by Upper Deck.  He has basic Upper Deck, the Collector’s Choice card shown here, and a Fun Packs card, which is not as easy to find, but hardly rare.

Right after I bought the Gem Mint copy, I picked up a raw “silver signature” parallel for about $1.  Why? Why not!

  
And for good measure I shelled out another $3 for two more Jordan baseball cards.  A 1994 Action Packed Minor Leagues card and a 1995 Upper Deck card featuring Jordan and Harry Carey. 

  
  

I pulled a 2013 Bowman Draft Black 1/1 … And it’s damaged

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

Dropped by my local card shop today — Southbay Sports Cards in Sunnyvale, Calif. — to pick up the new Beckett Baseball and a few packs of Bowman Draft. The unthinkable happened — I actually pulled a black parallel serial numbered 1/1. It was an awesome pull considering I only bought six packs. The scarce — hell, the Unique — card is of White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, a 17th round selection this year. But there is a downside to this story … The card came out if the pack with a smashed corner. I didn’t say dinged– I said smashed. Sad part is this damage happened at the packing factory; this pack came from a sealed box that was opened just minutes before my purchase… And it was the only card in the pack that wasn’t mint. I’m not going to go all irate and call out Topps. I’ll contact them about my options, but I just wanted to share this story since I know the product gets broken heavily, some of you track the 1/1’s, and it was an experience worth documenting.

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Kevin Hickey (Feb 25, 1956 – May 16, 2012)

Posted in In Memoriam with tags , , , , , , , on May 16, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

1982 Topps Kevin Hickey rookie card

Mark Buehrle’s signature is almost perfect

Posted in Card of the Day, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on August 9, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Well, I finally found what I’ve been looking for, only I’m a few weeks late. You see, when Mark Buehrle threw his perfect game a few weeks back, I immediately thought about one of the oddest signatures I own — the 2004 Donruss card serial numbered to 141. I’ve owned the card for a few years, and thought I knew where I had placed it. But you know how things go, when you really want to find something, you can’t.

BuehrleautosI’m a few weeks late, but the card, which I found Saturday while cleaning the house, is still worth mentioning because there have been a number of bloggers who have shown off their Buehrle autos and I’d venture a guess that almost none of them look like this 2004 Donruss card, shown on the right.

There has been much virtual ink spilled talking about how great of a guy Buehrle is, and how he is an excellent TTM signer; one example is this 2002 Donruss Originals card I received from him last season. But where was Buehle’s mind when he decided to sign this sticker with just his initials and jersey number? It may not be the prettiest “signature,” but this is without a doubt one of the oddest ones.

Blaster Break: 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

griffeysoxAs noted earlier, I decided against better judgment and purchased a Target Blaster of 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights to start my set. Here are the results pack by pack. And you know this kind of stuff is riveting, especially when you have ZERO shot at pulling anything worth a damn. So, there is a CONTEST at the end of this entry. Read on … Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2000 Ovation Ken Griffey Jr. (Reds)

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Eight years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. went home. He went from being a superstar in the Pacific Northwest to a hometown hero. He traded the Mariner blue for Cinicinatti Reds pinstripes. Then for some reason his health betrayed him like Mother Nature or the Almighty himself was a Seattle fan. Griffey became an injured star; a shell of his former self. And aside from a few milestone homers, since that move fans have been relegated to watching old highlights of The Kid, or low lights of him hurting himself while round third base in a spring training game or chasing a routine flyball. But before The Kid became an old frail man, he was the greatest player the game had seen in decades. And when he made that move to Cincy, this 2000 Ovation card was one of the first to picture Griffey in a Reds uniform. It was one of the hottest cards on the market. Continue reading