Friday, April 30, 2010

2010 Press Pass Stealth NASCAR Racing Checklist

The newest Press Pass NASCAR Racing product is scheduled to release on June 2, 2010. Hobby and retail boxes of 2010 Press Pass Stealth Racing will feature either Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Dale Earnhardt Sr on the front. 2010 Stealth Racing hobby boxes will have 1 autograph and 1 race used metal card per box.

Be Sure To Check Out:
2010 Press Pass Stealth NASCAR Racing Checklist

Some of the big names featured in the 2010 Press Pass Stealth autograph checklist include, Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Michael Waltrip, ++ many more!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

2009/10 Panini Adrenalyn XL Basketball Free Codes

If you play Panini's new Basketball Trading Card game online, Adrenalyn XL, then you will want to check out the Panini Basketball Blog for a chance at 6 free Adrenalyn cards to be given away this week.

The blog will release the codes for the 6 cards over the course of the next few days. Here are the Adrenalyn cards that they have up for grabs.
  • Devin Harris
  • Johan Petro
  • Chris Bosh
  • D.J. White
  • Blake Griffin Gold Signature (1:8 Packs)
  • Julian Wright
Be sure to check out:
Panini Basketball Blog
Complete 09/10 Panini Adrenalyn Checklist

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

2010 Topps National Chicle Stan Musial Autograph

One of the top autographs off the 2010 Topps Chicle baseball checklist is the Stan Musial on-card beauty. What's not to like about this card?  You'd have to be a DIE HARD Cubs fan to take issue.

The first 2010 Topps Chicle Stan Musial autograph has hit eBay, so it is worth checking out how much it ends up selling for.

2010 National Chicle Stan Musial Auto
Watchers: 12
Current Price: $49.99
Final Price: $86.00

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2010 Topps Chicle Autograph Pulls

The first wave of 2010 Topps National Chicle autograph cards are hitting eBay, let's take a look at the most watched cards so far.

Be sure to check out the complete checklist of 2010 Topps National Chicle Baseball here.

2010 Topps National Chicle COLBY RASMUS Autograph
Watchers: 11
Current Price: $21.50
Final Price: $44.30













2010 Topps National Chicle Pedroia Papelbon Auto 25/25
Watchers: 12
Current Price: $24.50
Final Price: $50.99










 2010 Topps Chicle CARL YASTRZEMSKI Autograph
Watchers: 6
Current Price: $36.99
Final Price: $69.08

Sunday, April 25, 2010

1966/67 Topps Bobby Orr Rookie Card KSA 9

The card generating the most buzz on eBay is this 1966/67 Topps Bobby Orr RC graded KSA 9.  With 251 watchers, it is the most watched card across all sports.

Earlier this month we tracked the price of a PSA 7 66/67 Topps Bobby Orr RC that saw the bidding end at $4,519.99. It will be interesting to see the price difference between the PSA 7 and KSA 9, because let's face it, KSA graded cards do not garner as much respect as ones graded by PSA.

1966-67 Topps Bobby Orr #35 RC Grade 9
Watchers: 251
Current Price: $4,250.00
Final Price: $5,350.00

Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 ITG Spring Expo Wrapper Redemption Program

Got a press release from In The Game announcing their participation in the Toronto Sportcard & Memorabilia Spring Expo from April 30 to May 2. The company will continue it's tradition of holding a Wrapper Redemption Program and here are all the details from ITG:

Toronto, ON - In The Game announces 2010 Toronto Sportcard & Memorabilia Spring Expo plans.

In The Game is pleased to announce that we will once again continue our long standing tradition of attending the Toronto Sportcard & Memorabilia Spring Expo from April 30 to May 2, 2010.

In The Game will hold our popular Wrapper Redemption Program featuring several of our 2009-10 products, including Superlative Hockey Volume Two - which is slated for release during the first day of the show!

"Collectors have expressed to me personally how much they are looking forward to the release of Superlative Hockey Volume Two and there's no greater stage than the Toronto Sportcard & Memorabilia Spring Expo to bring it to them," said In The Game's President, Dr. Brian Price. "We've developed a sensational redemption program for several of our 2009-10 releases and we wanted to demonstrate our unwavering support for both collectors and the industry by our presence at this show."

Here's how the Spring Expo Wrapper Redemption Program will meet the needs of our collectors:

Superlative Hockey Volume Two

For the release of Superlative Hockey Volume One, In The Game made collectors feel like VIPs with a solid redemption program that included Superlative Combo cards. These amazing and extremely limited cards are back once again as your reward for opening a book of Superlative Hockey Volume Two and you will receive two cards when you open your book at the In The Game booth.

While a checklist of Superlative Hockey Volume Two Redemption cards is not available at this time, the cards will contain anywhere from two to six memorabilia pieces each!

Heroes and Prospects

In The Game will also be producing one-of-one versions of game-used memorabilia cards from the 2009-10 Heroes and Prospects product that bears a special foil stamp exclusive to the Spring Expo. In order to obtain one of these special cards, collectors will need to open one sealed Hobby box of 2009-10 Heroes and Prospects.

Since its release in January, Heroes and Prospects has been one of the hottest products on the market and collectors are sure to appreciate some of the amazing pieces of memorabilia that they will receive as their reward for busting a box at the In The Game booth.

Between The Pipes

One of this year's hottest releases, the hobby has been buzzing about the game-used memorabilia cards found in packs of the SOLD OUT 2009-10 edition of Between The Pipes and they will have an opportunity to obtain special one-of-one versions of these cards exclusive to the Spring Expo.

Loaded with oversized and colorful memorabilia pieces and featuring the best goalies from yesterday, today and tomorrow; most collectors will be very pleased with their redemption cards.

All boxes and packs must be opened at the same time and all wrappers must be submitted to In The Game personnel. Boxes MUST have shrink-wrap with the In The Game logo on it to qualify. The redemption card offer extends through all three days of the show or while supplies last and daily limits may be imposed. In The Game reserves the right to limit the quantity of cards per customer and strives to set a two-book limit for each customer redeeming books of Superlative Hockey during busy times and they will be asked to return to the end of the line to redeem further books. Box tops from 2009-10 Heroes and Prospects, Between The Pipes or Superlative Hockey Volume Two products opened at the booth will be marked in order to exclude them from the ITG-VIP promotion.

No other In The Game products can be redeemed during the 2010 Spring Expo. The program is subject to all of the other standard rules and regulations of the ITG Wrapper Redemption Programs.

2010 Press Pass Sam Bradford 'Boomer Sooner' Autograph

Last week Press Pass released the print runs for the Red Ink Inscriptions and the Sam Bradford 'Boomer Sooner' autograph was limited to 5.

The St. Louis Rams made Bradford the #1 pick in the NFL Draft, and his cards will be getting a lot of attention until he starts throwing INT's. A 2010 Press Pass Football Sam Bradford 'Boomer Sooner' inscription autograph is currently on eBay, and the price tag has already hit $300.00.

2010 Press Pass Sam Bradford Gold Autograph
Serial Numbered: 10/75
'Boomer Sooner' Inscription Parallel Print Run: 5
Watchers: 24
Current Price: $307.00
Final Price: $360.00
















Bradford and the #9 pick, Bills RB C.J. Spiller, are the hottest players so far, and will be the focal point of the early 2010 sets.  Their 2010 Press Pass cards have sold well, and collectors will be looking to the release of  2010 Panini Prestige to wet the appetite even further.

2004 Ultimate Collection Kirby Puckett Bat Barrel 5/5

Kirby Puckett fans are lining up to try and win a highly coveted autograph and game used card of the former Twins star.

With 54 watchers and over 4 days left on the auction, this 2004 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Kirby Puckett autograph with bat barrel card will get lots of attention as the auction closes. The piece of bat barrel even has Puckett's name, making this card very unique and desirable for any hardcore Puckett fan.

04 ULTIMATE KIRBY PUCKETT GAME USED BAT BARREL AUTO 5/5
Watchers: 54
Current Price: $177.50
Final Price: $515.00

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2003/04 Kobe Bryant Exquisite Limited Logos Heats Up eBay

The hottest basketball card currently on eBay is this 2003/04 Upper Deck Exquisite Kobe Bryant Limited Logos patch autograph.

With the Lakers looking to repeat as NBA Champions, collectors are making sure they get a piece of Kobe before it's too late. The card is serial numbered 33/75 and features a large 3 color patch of a home - yellow Lakers jersey. Be sure to check out the complete checklist of 03/04 Exquisite Basketball over at Sports Card Radio.


KOBE BRYANT 03-04 EXQUISITE PATCH AUTO #33/75
Watchers: 117
Current Price: $1,600.00
Final Price: $2,247.00

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Collectors Concerned About Authenticity of 09 Ruth/Gehrig 1/1 Cut Auto

A very interesting discussion going on over at the Blowout Cards Forums, where some forum members are voicing their concerns about the authenticity of the Babe Ruth cut autograph from a 2009 Topps Triple Threads Ruth/Lou Gehrig Dual 1/1 Book Card.

A newspaper in Massachusetts originally printed a story about collector Aaron Norton pulling the card on Feb. 11th. Blowout Forums re-printed the story on February 12.  A person claiming to be Norton, said "the card had been sent to PSA DNA for verification."  That was on February 19th.

The card is currently on eBay, with no PSA/DNA authentication. Collectors on the forum are worried PSA/DNA rejected the Ruth autograph as a forgery. The auction still has over 6 days left and has a high bid of $5,800.00.  Let's hope savvy collectors can get to the bottom of this before the auction closes.

Update: Card taken off eBay. A member of Freedom Cardboard posted this response that s/he got from eBay:

Thanks for your interest in this listing:

200461554948 - BABE RUTH Lou Gehrig TRIPLE THREADS RELIC DUAL AUTO 1/1

While the vast majority of trade on our site is legitimate, we take many steps to protect our buyers from sellers who may offer items that are not authentic. One of them is to remove items reported to us as allegedly infringing through eBay's VeRO program. In this case, we removed the listing because the owner of a copyright and/or trademark in this product has reported to us that they believe the item may not be authentic.

We hope you'll understand that this action is intended to help protect you as a buyer.

Update II: Please be sure to check out Balk Four, and their write up about the card they did in January. Including pictures of other Ruth authentic autographs that do differ from the signature found on this 2009 Triple Threads Book Card.









NY Times: Upper Deck Not Paying Athletes

Wonder why you haven't received your redemption card from Upper Deck?  According to a New York Times article, the MLBPA has asked it's players to not return cards autographed to Upper Deck because UD is currently behind on it's payments.

The players union director for trading cards and collectibles Evan Kaplan sent an email out to player agents advising them to tell their clients: Not return to Upper Deck any autographs they had signed for the company or to enter into any new agreements with the company until the payments were made.

Yesterday, we learned that the company will continue it's layoffs that began in January. 119 people have been given a layoff notice in California alone. The company has also had to recently dole out multi-million dollar payouts to Konami (for counterfeiting Yu-Gi-Oh cards) and the MLB (for producing MLB cards without a license AND pay $2.4 Million it already owed). In addition, the NFL recently decided not to renew it's trading card license with Upper Deck.  It's widely rumored (and just plain common sense) that the reason why the NFL made it's decision is because of Upper Deck's current financial troubles.

Buy Upper Deck products -that contain redemption cards - at your own risk.

Friday, April 16, 2010

2010 Razor Sports Icons - Cut Autograph Set

Razor will release 2010 Sports Icons Cut Signature Edition in June 2010. The entire checklist is made up of cut autographs and Razor has even added dual cut autographs into the mix for 2010. Included in the dual checklist is a Tiger & Earl Woods 1/1 Autograph.

More information and pictures are forthcoming, including retail and wholesale price information. Here is the case and box breakdown for 2010 Razor Sports Icons.

Product Breakdown:
Release Date - June 2010
12 Boxes Per Case
1 Cut Autograph Per Pack
Only 299 Cases Produced

2010 Razor Sports Icons Complete Checklist

2009 Topps T206 Baseball Pack Break

It's a rare day indeed that I will open a pack of cards, but I've always wanted to take a look at the 2009 Topps T206 cards and see them for myself. The Topps T206 cards are very impressive looking, but I am a little baffled at what looks like "oil" stains on the back. I know that it's supposed to give the cards a vintage look, but I think some collectors might think they got damaged cards if they aren't paying close attention to the set.

Nonetheless, here is what I got, and if anyone would like the cards feel free to email me at sportcardreport@gmail.com I would be happy to send them to you.

Dan Haren #62
Daric Barton #244
Carlos Beltran #169
Ken Griffey Jr. #223
Brian McCann #156
Babe Ruth Mini #287



Upper Deck Company Continues Layoffs

Blogger Two Packs A Day alerted Sports Card Report of a new round of layoffs at the Upper Deck Company. The EDD website now has an updated total of 119 notices given to employees. According to the website the new round of layoffs take effect May 10, 2010.

Here are the positions that were eliminated:

DESIGNER WEB  2
DIGITAL FILE PREP OPERATOR 1
DIRECTOR ART 5
EDITOR LEAD ENTERTAINMENT 1
EDITOR, LEAD ENTERTAINMENT 1
ENG. PACKAGING 1
ENG. SR. SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE 1
ENGINEER SR. SOFTWARE 1
FIRST/MID OFFICIALS, & MANAGERS MARKETING EVENTS 1
FIRST/MID-OFFICIALS & MANAGERS ASSOC BRAND 1
FIRST/MID-OFFICIALS & MANAGERS ASSOC PRODUCT  1
FIRST/MID-OFFICIALS & MANAGERS MARKETING PROGRAM 1
FIRST/MID-OFFICIALS & MANAGERS, PRODUCT 2
FIRST/MID-OFFICIALS & MANAGERS, WEB PROJECT 1
FIRST/MID-OFFICIALS & MANAGERSR&D/GAME DESIGNER 1
FIRST/MID-OFFICIALS MANAGERS, BRAND 1
FIRST/MID-OFFICIALS MANAGERS, CONTENT 1
FIRST/MID-OFFICIALS MANAGERS, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT 1
FIRST/MID-OFFICIALS MANAGERS, PROJECT 1
MIRST/MID OFFICIALS & MANAGERS FULFILLMENT 1
MIRST/MID OFFICIALS, MANAGERS MARKETING 1
PARALEGAL  2
PLANNER, EVENTS  1
PLANNER, SR.EVENTS  1
PRODUCTION ARTIST II  8
QUALITY CONTROL OPERATOR  3
REP SALES  2
SCHEDULER, PRODUCTION  1
SPECIALIST I, TECHNICIANS SUPPORT  1
SPECIALIST MARKETING EVENTS  1
SPECIALIST REGIONAL ORGANIZED PLAY  1
SUPERVISOR, FINANCIAL ANALYST  1

Read about the other layoffs that occurred in January here.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

2010 Historic Autographs - Baseball PSA/DNA Cut Auto Set

A group of auctioneers have gotten together to release an all cut autograph baseball set called 2010 Historic Autographs. Scheduled release date is May 7, 2010. 

According to the company, only 3,000 total boxes will be produced.  Pre-Sale box prices are coming in at around $170.00 at the retail level and about $150.00 at wholesale. 

2010 Historic Autographs Box Breakdown:
3 Packs Per Box
1 Card Per Pack
1 Hall Of Fame Cut Signature In Each Box
Each Card Is a PSA/DNA Slabbed Cut Autograph

The checklist is massive, 846 different players both past and present.
Entire 2010 Historic Autograph Baseball Checklist

1:100 Boxes will have a cut autograph of one of the following players: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Roger Bresnahan, Jackie Robinson, Walter Johnson, Tony Lazzeri, Mel Ott & Honus Wagner & more.

1:25 Boxes will have a cut autograph of one of the following players: Mickey Mantle, Paul Waner, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Dazzy Vance, Jim Bottomley, Connie Mack, Chuck Klein, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Gil Hodges, Nillie Fox, Eddie Collins, Dizzy Dean, Joe Gordon, Clark Griffith, Roger Maris, Satchel Paige, Ed Walsh, Cal Hubbard & more.

Monday, April 12, 2010

1990 Frank Thomas No Name On Front NNOF BGS 6.5

This was the card when I was a kid that everyone wanted. At that time I was 8 years old and I would look into Beckett Baseball Magazine and see that it was worth several hundred dollars, which was enough to make me keep spending my quarters to buy packs in hopes of pulling the 1990 Frank Thomas NNOF error card. I never did end up getting one, and I might just have to buy one at a card show or on eBay some day.

A few 1990 Topps Frank Thomas No Name On Front error cards will pop up on eBay from time to time, and one such example is a BGS 6.5 that is currently for sale. The sub grades given to the card are: Centering 8, Edges 8.5, Corners 6, Surface 8.5. 

1990 Topps Frank Thomas #414A NNOF Error BGS 6.5
Watchers: 47
Current Price: $113.50
Final Price: $310.00

2008 Jason Heyward Bowman Printing Plate 'Black' 1/1

So the kid can hit a little bit. I watched him flick an opposite field home run in San Francisco against the Giants that not a whole lot of left handed hitters can do in that park. Very impressive. The one negative to his swing is that he moves his head/body around a lot, and that may cause him to be prone to strike out and go into slumps because of that. Nonetheless Jason Heyward has the baseball card world on notice and his cards are heating up eBay everyday.

One of the more intriguing Jason Heyward Rookie cards to hit eBay the last couple days is this 2008 Bowman Printing Plate 'Black' 1/1 Autograph.

2008 Bowman Jason Heyward 1/1 RC Auto Printing Plate
Watchers: 50
Current Price: $305.00
Final Price: $661.69

2007 Bowmans Best Tim Lincecum Red Auto 1/1 RC

Tim Lincecum is off to another hot start this season, and collectors are keeping an eye on a very rare 2007 Lincecum Rookie card that has surfaced on eBay. A 2007 Bowmans Best Red 1/1 Autograph.

The card has a reserve price that the seller, moxacaine (100% Positive Feedback), says "is very reasonable considering the 2007 Bowman Chrome Superfractor Auto and 2007 Bowman Sterling Red Auto both sold for over $4500."

2007 Bowmans Best Red Auto 1/1 Tim Lincecum RC
Watchers: 69
Current Price: $920.00
Final Price: $1,375.00
Reserve Met: NO

Tiger Woods Autograph Prices After Masters

Before the tournament we took a look at the prices for an Upper Deck Tiger Woods autograph card. We got a small sample of cards from 2001, 02, and 03. With Tiger's return to golf this week at the Masters, I wanted to go through and track the pricing to see if any movement happens.

It didn't hurt that Tiger had a good first round, where he hit a couple eagles, but also left a few shots on the course.  He currently sits just 2 shots off the lead at Augusta National - which will play much more difficult in the next three days. It all shapes up to a weekend of Tiger Woods back in contention, in his first tournament back since his cheating scandal hit the news in November.

Not a whole lot of Tiger Woods auto cards ended on Thursday. I am sure some of the people sitting on a Tiger auto will be keeping a close eye on the tournament, and many sellers have already put up autographs on 3 day auctions. I will update this thread after Friday's auctions end.

Round 2 Update:  Tiger played a great round of golf in the 2nd round of the Masters. They moved a lot of the tees back and also put the pins in tougher spots, so scoring was going to be higher. He sits just two shots off the -8 lead held by Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter. Just one Tiger autograph card ended on Friday! So much for getting a lot of data! Hopefully on Saturday and Sunday we'll see more cards ending.

Round 3 Update: Woods putter started to give him trouble and he missed several short putts. Just a few shots back, Tiger has put himself in a position to win despite the 5 month layoff.

Round 4 Update: Once again, the putter and some wayward tee shots hurt Tiger in the final round. He even looked like he hit a few of his drives fat which I've never seen him do before. The putter, like in round 3, was not the strength of his game.

Sunday: UD Tiger Woods Autograph Card Sales: 

2002 SP Game Used Tiger Woods Auto Course Champion RP  $103.49
2003 Tiger Woods SP Game Used AUTOGRAPH AUTO SIGNATURE $315.01
2002 Tiger Woods SP Sign Of The Times Auto SP RARE HOT  $406.00
2001 TIGER WOODS SP AUTHENTIC RC AUTO #/273 BGS 9.5 $1,400.00


Saturday: UD Tiger Woods Autograph Card Sales: 


2002 SP Game Used Tiger Woods Auto Scorecard Signature RP $583.00
2002 SPA SOTT Tiger Woods Auto SP/400 BGS 9.5  $512.09

Friday: UD Tiger Woods Autograph Card Sales: 

2005 SP AUTHENTIC AUTO TIGER WOODS AUTOGRAPH MINT SP $599.00 (Best Offer)


Thursday: UD Tiger Woods Autograph Card Sales:

2001 TIGER WOODS SPA AUTO ROOKIE #79/900 PSA 9
Sold For: $2,400.00 (Best Offer)

2001 SP AUTHENTIC TIGER WOODS RC AUTO SPA /900 BGS 9
Sold For: $2,250.00 (Best Offer)

2001 Tiger Woods SP AUTO ROOKIE sign of the times black
Sold For: $717.79 (Auction - 14 Bids)

UD Tiger Woods Autograph Card Sales: Pre -Masters

2001 SP TIGER WOODS GOLD Auto RC #'d/100 BGS 9.5 Gem Mint
Sold For: $4,190.00
March 28, 2010

2001 SP TIGER WOODS RED SOTT Auto #'d/273 BGS 9.5 Gem 
Sold For: $799.00
March 28, 2010

2001 SP Authentic Tiger Woods AUTO 246/273
Sold For: $750.00
March 23, 2010

2001 Tiger Woods SPA auto numbered 179/273
Sold For: $700.00
April 4, 2010

2001 SP AUTHENTIC TIGER WOODS AUTO RC BGS 9
Sold For: $2,275.00
April 5, 2010

2002 SP Authentic Tiger Woods AUTO SOTT BGS 9.5
Sold For: $565.00
March 24, 2010

2003 TIGER WOODS SP AUTHENTIC SIGN OF THE TIMES AUTO SP
Sold For: $519.00
March 28, 2010

2003 TIGER WOODS UD SIGNATURE SWINGS GOLD AUTO CARD 16/35
Sold For: $500.00
April 6, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Artist Makes Good Money Cutting Up Baseball Cards

LaVern Brock isn't your average baseball card collector. Like many, Brock will spend hundreds of dollars on cards every month. Instead of keeping the cards for safe keeping, Brock cuts all the cards into tiny pieces to use in his baseball themed works of art.

Some of the work is really well done. It doesn't surprise me one bit that in an interview with AOL News, Brock said each piece of baseball card art sells for at least $5,000.00.  You can check out all the artwork by LaVern Brock on his official website, Baseball Card Art.

Brock is also unlike a lot of collectors, in that he actually liked the over-production on cards in the 80's and 90's because it allows him so many choices when producing his art pieces.

"In the '80s and '90s, there started to be more types of cards, and that allows me to make collages with more variety."

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

2007 UD Sweet Spot Barry Bonds 756* Asterisk Card

A few years ago Upper Deck pulled off quite a stunt with the release of the 2007 Sweet Spot Barry Bonds 756* Asterisk Card.

In December 2007, a UD representative told Beckett Baseball Magazine that the card does exist "and it's one of the scarcest cards people will see in a long time." Early sales of the card were very high. $955 & $1,200 were the first two recorded sales.

At the time, Barry Bonds had an exclusive deal with Topps and it is widely thought that the card is as much a "cheap shot" at Topps as it is at Bonds. Read more about other controversial cards from 2007 here.

I've been watching a 2007 Sweet Spot Bonds Asterisk card pop on and off eBay for the last few days. The seller can't decide if he wants to just put it up for auction and let it run, or try and get a seller friendly buy it now price. Hopper331 currently has the 07 Bonds Asterisk card for sale priced at $1,400.00 or best offer. He had the card up for sale a few days ago but cut the auction short with 2 days left when the price was at $122.00. 

The seller does have some questionable feedback, but noting about selling 'fake' cards.  So this appears to be a legit version of the 2007 Sweet Spot Barry Bonds 756* Asterisk Card.  One previous buyer left a negative comment about a damaged Herbert Hoover 2009 UD Signs of History Cut Auto ($360.55), but the seller has sold quite a few high end cards in the past and received positive feedback. 

2007 Sweet Spot Barry Bonds 756 Asterik Auto
Buy it now price: $1,400.00

Jason Heyward Rookie Cards - Prices Soaring

The 20 year old rookie already had collector's attention before his debut 3-Run Home Run yesterday. Now it appears that the casual fans are jumping in feet first to get a piece of Jason Heyward while they still can.

Yesterday, we took a look at the most watched Jason Heyward Rookie Cards, and I am sure if I updated the list, a new batch of top Heyward RC cards would be getting lots of bids. Is it too late to buy at a good price? If Heyward's autograph starts selling for around what an Albert Pujols autograph would cost then you know things may have gotten carried away. So far, that hasn't happened, and it didn't hurt that Pujols also had a great opening day.

Key Jason Heyward Rookie Card Links:

Jason Heyward Rookie Card Checklist


Upper Deck Awards: Snapshot Of Everything Wrong With Hobby

You want to know an interesting fact? In my almost 20 years working in hobby stores, not one time, not one single time has a customer ever come in and asked me about a sports card forum or blog. NEVER. That's tens of thousands of customers. That's thousands of worthwhile conversations about the hobby. From some very smart and intelligent people. Never once has anyone asked me about a baseball card blog or forum. In fact, very rarely is eBay even brought up, unless I bring it up. 

It should come as no surprise then, that the only people who participated in the recently completed Upper Deck Awards were the people involved in the contest. The group of average collectors out there would dwarf any 30,000 member forum and certainly wouldn't care about Upper Deck's promotion. 

Thank the baseball card god's the average collector didn't pay any attention to this contest. The UD Awards did more then ruffle a few feathers and inflate a few ego's. It probably ruined a few relationships along the way.  How the contest played out also had undertones of everything wrong with the hobby.  Greed, jealousy, throw in some possible "counterfeit" votes and I couldn't think of a more proper way for an Upper Deck contest to end. 

Lost in all of this is who is at fault. Upper Deck. The company has laid off hundreds, admitted in court to counterfeiting Yu-Gi-Oh cards, owes the IRS millions because of questionable business practices, and yet a quick UD press release promising prizes can get many to ignore such facts. The contest was not well organized, thanks to Upper Deck.  Possible voting fraud was acceptable because Upper Deck used a generic poll website that allowed for such shenanigans.  It's been said some deserving sites, communities and box breakers didn't get nominated, which in the end might have worked out in their favor. 

Another contest from another card company is probably already in the works. Enter at your own risk.

09/10 Blake Griffin 1/1 Patch Autograph Rookie Card

Even sitting on the sidelines injured all season has not hurt the sales of some Blake Griffin Panini Rookie Cards. His 2009/10 Panini Certified 1/1 Freshman Fabric Prime Parallel just sold for $660.00 on eBay.

Is there value in buying Griffin rookies now that he has missed the entire NBA season?  Depends on what you think of his game, but keep in mind he is on the Clippers, who have been a sad sack franchise for many years, and where players go to see their career, and card values die.

The seller did an awful job at promoting this Panini Certified Blake Griffin 1/1 which might have hurt the final price. The title of the auction was "Blake Griffin Jersey Auto #1/1" not putting the words Panini, Certified, Rookie and/or RC, and 09/10 in his title could have cost him a few bucks.  Despite the high price tag, this card was not one of the most watched Panini cards, and many people probably missed this one unless they were specifically searching for Blake Griffin.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Most Watched Jason Heyward Rookie Cards

First Major League at-bat?  3-Run HR. If Jason Heyward's cards were already hot, they are about to hit another stratosphere. Here are the most watched Jason Heyward Rookie Cards on eBay:

Key Jason Heyward Rookie Card Links:
 

2008 JASON HEYWARD BOWMAN CHROME GOLD REF AUTO RC /50

Watchers: 155
Current Price: $700
Final Price: $1,225.99









08 Bowman Chrome Refractor Jason Heyward Auto SP #/500

Watchers: 46
Current Price: $181.51
Final Price: $213.01






2010 TOPPS PRO DEBUT JASON HEYWARD FUTURE PATCH 4/5 3CO

Watchers: 45
Current Price: $125.00
Final Price: $256.51






2007 Donruss Elite Black Status 1/1 Jason Heyward Auto

Watchers: 42
Current Price: $1,180.00
Final Price: $2,529.00

Reader Questions: Tiger Woods TTM? Babe Ruth Card Value?

Let's open up the mailbag and answer a few questions from readers of this blog who've had a few questions.

Dan:  What would be the best way to obtain new signatures, from Tiger Woods, on a collection of his "Rookie Cards"? Think if I mailed them to him , registered, return postage guaranteed , that he might sign /authenticate them?

Sports Card Report: Unfortunately, sending cards to Tiger Woods to get autographed through the mail could be quite a frustrating experience. I have never heard of anyone obtaining a Tiger autograph through the mail. Having said that, I do have an autograph from Woods that I obtained in person at a golf tournament in Illinois several years ago.

My best advice would be to try and go see Tiger at a smaller PGA event, or even one of his charity tournaments that he puts on. Sure it might be expensive to get in, but you and your children will get to see some great golf, and be sure to follow Tiger before and after he finishes his round. During practice rounds would be the best time to get his autograph, or right when he comes off the practice putting green.  Will Tiger change his autograph habits since his public relations nightmare of 2009?  I am not sure, but I've seen him sign in person at golf tournaments on several occasions so it was possible in the past, and he might be more willing to sign now to get back into the good graces with fans. Typically he DOES NOT sign during the tournament - only during practice rounds, but I did get my in person autograph on a Thursday, at the PGA Championship no less.

Ken: PULLED A 2010 TOPPS BABE RUTH PEAK PERFORMANE GAME USED PANTS CARD WITH A PINSTRIPE. ANY IDEA ABOUT VALUE ??

Sports Card Report: Thankfully, I found a similar card that just ended on eBay. A Ruth Peak Performance, with a pinstripe as well, ended for $197.00. 

Saturday, April 3, 2010

1954 Topps Hank Aaron Rookie Card PSA 7

We have been taking a look at the graded prices for the 1954 Topps Hank Aaron Rookie card, and one of the grades we were missing was a PSA 7.  Lucky for us, one is ending on eBay in two days. Here is the price data that we have accumulated so far:

Hank Aaron Rookie Card Prices: March 2010

1954 Hank Aaron PSA 8  $3,850.00
1954 Hank Aaron PSA 5  $625.00
1954 Hank Aaron PSA 4  $574.99
1954 Hank Aaron PSA 3.5 $430.00
1954 Hank Aaron PSA 3  $385.00
1954 Hank Aaron PSA 2  $345.00

1954 Topps Hank Aaron PSA 7 Rookie Card
Watchers: 47
Current Price: $1,500.00
Final Price: $1,787.00