Lionel Messi For 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter

Below is my pitch for the Argentine FC Barcelona star to get his own card, and autographed card, in 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball.

Lionel Messi is one of the best footballers in the world right now. For those Americans, he is one of the best soccer players in the world right now. He just recently broke the record for most goals in a calendar year, a record held by Gerd Muller. In fact, he ended the calendar year with 91 goals, 6 more than Muller. That is impressive enough.

Football, soccer, whatever you want to call it is on the rise in the United States. It is one of the fastest growing spectator sports with Major League Soccer expanding to new markets and more people watching the EPL on the “tele” more than ever before. Who was the last international soccer star to appear in Ginter? Pele? That was 2009. (Maybe it wasn’t. But he is slated for 2013 Allen & Ginter!) Did we even see David Beckham? We’ve seen plenty American players like Hope Solo and Heather Mitts, Allen & Ginter could use a couple more soccer players instead of B list celebrities that no one ends up caring about.

The secondary market would be huge for Lionel Messi cards, especially autographs. He is a man beloved in Argentina and Spain, as well as around Europe for this talents on the pitch. It would also expose your products overseas with such a huge name. Lionel is 25 years old and just about hitting the prime of his career. He is going to continue to break records, win titles, and more awards. Although he lost the Player of the Year award to Iniesta, he did place a close second.

Topps, please bring international soccer to Allen & Ginter. If not Messi, maybe a big star like Wayne Rooney could make an appearance.

Some Beautiful Personalized Autos

I have kidney stones once again. I’m on meds so I am having a hard time writing something new and clear. Luckily, I had this pre-written and forgot to publish it. WARNING: Features hot chicks.

I can’t believe I have gone this long without posting these beauties. And by beauties, I really do mean beauties. Let’s do a little bit of the back story first before I get to the pictures of these awesome autographed cards.

The 2012 National was something that I really wanted to go to. I got permission from my soon-to-be wife at the time that I could go as long as I had the money for it and it didn’t interfere with my wedding. Well guess what? It did end up interfering with my wedding, so the National was a no-go for me.

Luckily, I have some wonderful friends in the hobby who wanted to help a friend in need. RJ is one of them and boy did he go all out in helping out a friend. He was able to get me a ton of personalized autographs from some of the hottest cards out there…including someone I have a sweet personal collection of.

Check these beauties out:

Now I’m not sure why these are showing up sideways, they are right side up on my computer…so I apologize for that.

Card of the Day: 2012 Topps Tier One Buster Posey Auto

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on their second World Series title in four years. Usually during a big event I like to showcase a card of the day featuring a player on that team and Buster Posey is a big part of that San Francisco Giants run to the World Series.

I heard on the radio today people already comparing him to Derek Jeter. Two titles in their first three years of playing the game and a superstar in the making. Buster Posey could be that type of player. A career franchise player who is well respected inside and outside the clubhouse. I love seeing players like that in the game, so I’m hoping he lives up to those expectations. That two run homer to put the Giants up one in the sixth inning last night was pretty clutch too.

I chose this card for a number of reasons, but mainly because of its beauty. I wasn’t a fan of the Bowman design the year he had his Bowman Chrome autograph, so that was immediately out the door for me. But 2012 Topps Tier One baseball is a beauty of a product and this card is one of the nicest ones out there for Buster. A well placed photo, a great background, and a HUGE place to slap that autograph, on card. I’d be happy pulling a beauty like that any day.

So congrats again to Buster Posey and the rest of the San Francisco Giants. What a great run you guys had.

NFL Week 5 SCB Rookie of the Week

Every week we have been recapping the best rookie performances of the week and showcasing some sweet trading cards you can find on the market of that player. Except for last week, who would of thought a kicker would have been the best rookie of the week? Only the “Legatron”.

This week, no kickers or punters. We had two performances in the NFL that stood out above the rest from first year players. Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins ran all over the field in his game. But that just wasn’t enough to beat the man who passed and drove his team to victory in the final minutes of the game.

Andrew Luck is our Week 5 NFL Rookie of the Week. The first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft beat the Green Bay Packers 30-27 in a real shootout towards the end. With his team down by 5 with under a minute to go, he was able to drive his team down for a score to win the game. 362 yards and 2 TDs against the Packers is no easy feat, and the victory sealed a signature moment in Luck’s young career.

With no Darelle Revis on the Jets, can Luck duplicate that performance this week?

His rookie cards took a turn up for the first time in awhile, but with already high prices, he needs more performances like that to take it to another level.

Upper Deck Evolution Video Trading Cards in 11-12 The Cup Hockey

As a surprise from Upper Deck, 2011-12 Upper Deck The Cup hockey features their newest versions of their Evolution video trading cards, featuring some of the hottest rookies in the game today.

Each card takes the form of a redemption, with a player randomly being assigned to the holder of the redemption. These redemptions are then sent to the collectors with the player unknown until the collector opens their package. It’s interesting as it makes you feel like you are opening a pack all over again, really hoping to pull a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Gabriel Landeskog.

Now one of the big questions from collectors, with Upper Deck’s rival providing limited signatures on their video cards, is whether these cards will contain some ink from the player on them. Well, sadly, the answer is no. But I recently emailed super UD guru in Marketing Chris Carlin to ask why they decided against autographs. I’ll let his response speak for itself.

In our quest to innovate, we are trying to develop different types of trading cards that do not rely on the same old drivers that make them collectible like memorabilia and signatures. By creating innovative new content we are hopeful to inspire collectors to hunt different types of cards where original content is the main driver. That is the goal with Evolution at this time.

I, personally, applaud Upper Deck’s stance on this issue. It really is about time to change the dynamics of card collecting a bit. With game used memorabilia pieces and autographs driving the current market, the industry could use a kick in its ass to find some new content that will inspire and create hype for a product.

At the same time, as a collector, I really wish these cards had autographs on them. I mean, at this point, where else can you find a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins video card…let alone one with an actual autograph on it? I will never stop loving autographs, so I really wish they would have included them on these inserts.

What are your thoughts on the omission of autographs? Do you agree with Upper Deck or would you rather have some signatures on those video cards?

Read more about the cards on Upper Deck’s official blog.