Sell or Hold: 2012 Russell Wilson Patch/Auto Rookie

Well ladies and gentlemen, it is time for a brand new game called “Sell or Hold”!

This episode will take a look at one of the hottest young quarterbacks in the National Football League and a card of epic proportions! Well not totally epic as there are definitely some higher end cards out there, but it is a card that I have in my possession. Okay, basically I’m looking for cheap advice. But if it goes over well maybe I’ll do a few more of these when I have a wee bit of time.

SO! The question is… SELL OR HOLD!

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The finer details of the card: 2012 Panini Super Bowl Black Box Russell Wilson 3 Color Patch/Autograph #d/15.

What do you think? Someone offered to buy it off of me around the time of the release of this card, but he wanted a little below what I thought was the asking value.  I also decided to hold onto it due to Wilson’s success and the possibility of a long Seahawks run in the playoffs. Do I wait again to see how the Seahawks fare in getting to a Super Bowl? Do I sell it ahead of time?

Card of the Day: 2013-14 Upper Deck Trilogy Charlie Coyle RC Auto

Who is Charlie Coyle? Just a guy drafted 28th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. A decent Center prospect who was traded to the Minnesota Wild and scored his first NHL goal last season. He isn’t one of the stars of the rookie class, but he is making a name for himself in other ways.

Behold.

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Sorry for the terrible grab there. But the scan sucked.

Well now I’m not sure who Charlie Coyle is even more. Do his teammates call him “Dick”? Is this an homage to recently deceased Richard McWilliam? That can’t be you real autograph, can it be Charlie?

Charlie is obviously a jokester or a collector himself knowing that this would go into collector’s hands and could be worth a bit more than his usual autographs.

How Upper Deck Quality Assurance missed this? We will never know.

Update: Upper Deck states that the autograph is fake after contacting the athlete in question. Should you believe them? If you were the athlete, would you confess to doing that? Another thing we will never know.

Mancave Addition: Ted Williams Autographed Baseball (UDA)

This is big, big, news for me. For awhile now I’ve been looking into getting a Ted Williams autograph. I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to go about getting it either. There are plenty of items out there with his signature that you can find, but I wasn’t too fond of many of them.

One reason being is that Ted Williams has one of the more forged autographs out there on the market. There have been plenty of rumors circulating around the memorabilia world that his son used to fake his autograph on items when his health was declining. I’ve read a number of places online with information like that and I started to get worrisome. If I was going to buy an authentic autograph, I needed to make sure it was authentic before throwing down the cash to get that nice of an autograph.

So I started to look more towards something that wasn’t a card, picture, poster, or 8×10. I didn’t originally want a card anyway for this kind of autograph. Yeah, I’m a card collector, but I also want something that will transcend time. This is the type of item you give to your future son or daughter. For a little bit more money, what’s better than a baseball?

Again, with baseballs, there is an issue with bad authentication from third parties or authenticity questions. But then I found out that Upper Deck had a contract with Ted Williams in the early 90s and he signed a number of items for them. Personally, I love Upper Deck Authenticated (UDA). I find them to be one of the most trustworthy authenticators because of their process.  Step 1 is the most important to me. “Every autograph is witnessed by an Upper Deck Authenticated representative. After all, observation is the ONLY WAY to truly guarantee authenticity.”

After reading about Upper Deck’s old contract, seeing that the ball was signed in 1993 (pre-stroke mind you, so a better quality autograph), and the fact that it was UDA authenticated, I knew I had the perfect collectible.

Now I just need to find a sweet case for it. Ultra Pro recommended the “Z-Design” to me. How would you display it?

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Leon Sandcastle Rookie Card and Autographs Are Coming

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Panini America announced last week that despite Leon Sandcastle not getting drafted in this year’s NFL Draft, they will be producing cards of the future star cornerback.

Want to know where you can pick up the first 2013 Leon Sandcastle rookie cards? 2013 Score football. This $1.99 per pack product features all of your favorite veterans, the top rookies from the NFL Draft and of course, Leon Sandcastle.

His first autograph cards won’t appear until June though. The release of 2013 Panini Prestige football will feature some ink from the Sandcastle himself, amongst other top rookie from this year’s draft.

While he may not be playing in the NFL this season, Panini will still be bringing you closer to De…Leon Sandcastle.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good gimmick that the collectors would like to see. This is a great example. But would this be needed if the draft class was as good as last season? Would companies actually be considering this to drive hype with a weak rookie class? I’m not so sure. However, it really does add to the “fun” aspect of collecting. If Deion Sanders is really signing for these cards, it could add a pretty penny to some collector’s wallets as well.

Read more from Panini’s official blog about their plans for “the Sandcastle”.

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.