Real Steal: David Ortiz Autograph

I thought this would be a good title for a segment that involves really good steals I’ve had buying either cards or boxes. Since I had such a great steal last night, I thought I would share it with you guys.

So I was browsing my Twitter messages and saw a new site out there similar to CheckOutMyCardsSellMyCardsOnline is similar in that you send in your cards to them and they post them on the site. You set your price and wait for them to sell. That’s it. COMC is a little deeper in terms of what you can do, but I digress.

I saw they had a Featured Card of the Month that someone was selling. It had a $20 price tag. My first thought was…why is this card priced at $20? Who would sell it that low? I checked eBay real quick and saw recent sales around $60. I wouldn’t resell it, but I was checking to see if maybe there was something I missed. Apparently, I wasn’t missing anything.

So I immediately bought it. Now I’m just waiting for it to arrive. Want to see which autograph it is? Well it’s not the EXACT card, as it’s no longer up on the site, but it’s the card.

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen David Ortiz Autograph

An on-card autograph of one of the stars of my Boston Red Sox for the price of a blaster box? That’s a real steal. Now I just have to wait for it to arrive in my mailbox.


Topps Unveils Bryce Harper “Rookie Card”

Yesterday on Twitter, Topps posted a picture of the newly debuted Bryce Harper’s rookie card. Let’s take a look:

Oh wait. That was Bryce Harper’s first card from Topps…from last year. Let’s take a look at the new Bryce Harper “rookie” card.

Topps is ready to insert Bryce’s “rookie” into Topps Series II coming out in a couple weeks, and I’m sure several others including the Golden Giveaway and whatever else they have planned for the “phenom”.

Personally, Bryce’s rookie card is 2011 Bowman. I don’t care about the MLB rookie logo, it’s not the first licensed card of Bryce made by Topps as that was made last year and most collectors would agree. The only way this new rookie will be worth anywhere close to the Bowman rookies is if Topps decided to short print this rookie…which might just happen.

Update: Topps has confirmed that Bryce Harper’s Topps Series II rookie will indeed be short printed.

Bryce will also be featured with autographs in Bowman, Allen & Ginter, Tier One, Archives, and the rest of Topps products throughout the 2012 season.

Panini Showcases World’s Longest Trading Card

Well Panini already has the world’s largest trading card, which I was able to visit at the Basketball Hall of Fame recently. But now Panini has outdone themselves once again.

Today they unveiled one of the five “World’s Longest Trading Cards” that were inserted as redemptions into the recent release of 2011 Panini National Treasures football. One of the redemptions also features an added bonus.

Every card of the 8-foot “World’s Longest Trading Card” is autographed by a NFL rookie that attended the 2011 NFL Rookie Premiere with a piece of prime memorabilia embedded into the card. Every piece of prime memorabilia is also signed by the player that wore it. The “bonus” for the one redemption is that every card also carries an inscription by the player.

This follows an announcement last week of the first ever “Shoeless” Joe Jackson bat barrel trading card as Panini continues to pursue new and interesting ways to develop trading cards.

The real question about this trading card is how are the people who pull the redemptions going to display such a tall piece of trading card history?

For more on the World’s Longest Trading Card, visit the unveiling on Panini’s blog.

The First “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Bat Barrel Card

It’s a thing of beauty. Words can’t describe what you are about to witness if you haven’t seen it already. Bat barrel cards have been made for a number of years now, but no bat barrel will have so much hype around it then this one below, the bat barrel of the one and only, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.


I know I’ve repeated over and over again what beautiful cards you can find in 2011 Panini Prime Cuts baseball. Even my preview of this product showcased some very nice cards. But those all pale in comparison to the beauty and mystique of this one of a kind collectible.

You want to talk about 1 of 1s? This is really the true 1/1. The first and only bat barrel card of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Once upon a time, a great player. Now, one of the most controversial players in baseball history. A man whom Babe Ruth even modeled his swing after.

It’s still up in the air to whether or not “Shoeless” Joe was part of the 1919 Black Sox scandal. But despite that, he was still one of the greatest outfielders of all time.

You can find more awesome cards from this product by visiting the official Panini America blog.

Preview: 2011 Upper Deck Exquisite Football

Topps has Five-Star, Panini has National Treasures, and the last to be released is Upper Deck’s 2011 Exquisite football. Exquisite has always been highly regarded amongst collectors, and still maintains that high regard despite the NCAA license as evidenced by last year’s successful product.

This year shouldn’t be any different. With a strong rookie class and Exquisite’s great rookie autographed patches, it should be a hit once again this year. Bringing some of the greatest football players of all time as well as some future great players, Exquisite is a product worth the price of admission.

And I’ve had good experience in the past too.

At 6 cards per box, this product has always been about quality instead of quantity. 5 of the cards are autographs though, and collectors love that. Besides your standard rookie patch autographs, UD Black will make a return in this product as well as some very cool autographs that look almost 3-dimensional.

You can expect the product to be in the $400 range when it releases, with an official date coming soon.