A Sweet Birthday Present

I like surprises that show up for my sports card or sports memorabilia collection. This time is no different and I always thank my awesome fiancee for coming up with great things for me. While sometimes it seems she may not care for my collecting or understand why I do it, she always finds a way to add something great to my collection.

The last awesome thing she added was from last Christmas. She bought me a Jon Lester autographed photo from him celebrating after his no-hitter in 2008. It’s a beautiful picture and autograph that sit right against the wall I look at while sitting at my desk. This time, it’s something different.

How awesome is that? It has his autograph and an inscription of what appears to be his favorite verse.

The best part is that my fiancee told me how she utilized the information I have taught her over the years on how to determine whether an autograph is authentic or not, COAs, and legitimate online retailers of authentic memorabilia.

Maybe she does care for my collection but won’t admit it!

Happy Birthday to me!

Hobby Warning: 2011 Topps Inception Cam Newton 1/1 Auto Altered

This is going to blow some of your minds, especially you high end rookie collectors out there.

I was browsing some sports card forums today and saw something I thought I would never see, although it doesn’t surprise me. The “holy grail” of 2011 Topps Inception cards, the 1/1 Cam Newton autographed rookie, had been sold on eBay. When the buyer received the card, he noticed something a little strange on the corner.

After further inspection, the person who sold him this card for $1300 had taken a black sharpie and attempted (poorly) at coloring in the corners of this card as it may had been chipped or had a bum corner coming out of the pack.

Why someone would do this to a card is unfathomable, especially a card of that value. Obviously he was trying to get an extra buck. From what I understand it’s some idiot kid. This same idiot kid runs group breaks as well on eBay.

Sports Card Blog recommends you never buy anything from nicksellsgamesncards on eBay or iamboxbreaks as this seller can’t be trusted for obvious reasons.

It’s a shame that such a great card will forever be tarnished by someone taking a sharpie to the corners.

You can see the buyer airing this information and his complaints at this link right here.

Acetate Card of the Day: 2007-08 Upper Deck Ice Cam Ward Glacial Graphs

Man, that is a long title.

In case you are new to the blog, I am a huge fan of cards made with acetate or whatever they are made of that makes them see-through. I have always loved see-through cards and I love to collect cards of my favorite teams and players made this way.

My next installment is this 2007-08 Upper Deck Ice Cam Ward Glacial Graphs autographed card. You can see where the card is autographed, you can see through the card to the white thing on the other side, although I don’t remember where I took that photo.

I love the design of this card because while the top and bottom isn’t see through, the middle part which makes it “glacial” because you can see through it like ice, is autographed. I also like how Upper Deck has the photo of the player over the see-through spot which gives it some extra depth when looking at the card in person, almost like a shadow. If you turn the card over, you see the reverse image of the player while seeing the autograph from the other side.

No one really does the see-through cards anymore, but Upper Deck usually has an insert or two which goes back to this sort of design. I know Panini Contenders had one see-through subset this year, but I think it should have been designed more like this. And actually, I just came up with a great design concept for that specific insert set including the acetate component. If you want to know, you know where to find me!

I have a couple of see-through cards in my CheckOutMyCards account from back in the early 2000s, so when I get them sent out to me I will make sure I show you some more of my new favorites. Until then, if you have any acetate cards of the players or teams I collect, let me know! I’ll gladly take them off your hands.

Contest Winnings Mail Day

As I state in the below video, I normally don’t do mail days unless there is something really nice in there. I mean, who wants to see some common jersey or rookie autograph no one has heard of. I’ll keep my mail day videos to be something special to look at. This time is one of those times.

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In case you can’t view the above video, here is how I won this bad boy. Sports Card Forum held a VIP Contest for it’s VIP members and had it sponsored by Panini. The prize was well worth how in depth this contest was. Let’s talk about the contest first. The contest involved the entire Stanley Cup playoffs. Every game each day I had to guess one person who would score a goal. Every game. That’s a lot of research and commitment. I knew I had it in me, I mean, I’m a hockey fan and love the NHL Playoffs. I think it’s the best playoff system in sports next to the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Anyway, long story short, I won with 36 total goals correctly guessed over the course of the playoffs. Second place finished with 33. It was a long battle in which I was victorious. And to the victor goes the spoils.

This is not a PC card but will be used to get a PC card or towards my box breaking fund for the site. I wish I could give it away again, but I can’t afford to right now.

So again, I would like to thank Sports Card Forum and Panini for holding this contest. This is one of the nicest  1 of 1 cards I’ve ever had in my possession. Here are some pictures for those who can’t view YouTube at work, don’t worry, I got you guys covered.

2010-11 Panini Limited Material Monikers Patrick Kane Autograph/Prime Jersey 1 of 1

Sweet.

Panini: Madden 12 Hall of Fame Edition to Feature Autographed Cards

If you’re a video game fan, you know the importance of the date that Madden comes out. I know that everyone wants to see 2K Sports give it a shot again but since Madden is the only game in town, its the only option.

But this year, Panini has put out a great promotion if you wish to buy Madden.

Madden 12 Hall of Fame Edition features Marshall Faulk on the cover instead of Peyton Hillis in celebration of his Hall of Fame induction. It will be bronze embossed and look like this:

Pretty sexy if you ask me.

Buy Madden 12 Hall of Fame edition and pick up these goodies:

  • 1 of 4 autographed Panini Marshall Faulk cards celebrating his NFL Hall of Fame induction
  • A pack of Madden Ultimate Team cards to use on your ultimate team. A real pack. Did I mention they are all 99s?

Just like some of Panini’s products, inserted in one PS3 version and one XBOX 360 version is the hallowed 18 karat gold card featuring Marshall. Will Panini have more goodies for us that purchase the Hall of Fame edition?

There will only be 125,000 total copies of Hall of Fame edition so if you want a Marshall Faulk autograph and your pack of Ultimate Team cards you better act quickly. The added price bump for this edition is a total of $89.99. Not bad for a Hall of Fame autograph and the pack of cards, which in Madden would cost some extra dough anyway.

I know a certain Rams fan in this household that would love a Marshall Faulk autograph and it’s not me.