Archive for September, 2006

Topps confirms Turkey Red SPs

Auto Date Friday, September 29th, 2006

Per Beckett, Topps has released the list of Turkey Red SPs.  They are available 1:4 packs.  Also confirmed was that there are no shortprints in the parallel sets.

For a complete list of SP’s, you may visit

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From $20 to $200 in 10 Minutes

Auto Date Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

How does a card go up 1000% in 10 minutes?

19.jpgeTopps introducted RRO (Restricted Rookie Offering) cards during the baseball season.  These cards are made available at any given time for a period of anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 hours.  Once that time is up the only way to get your hands on one of them is on the secondary market.

The first football cards introducted by eTopps was an A.J. Hawk card.  It was only available on September 14th from 5:35 PM to 5:45 PM.  After this time elapsed the card was trading for $200 on the eTopps site.  There were a total of 183 cards issued.  Buyers are limited to 5 RRO’s and eTopps will never issue this rookie again as an individual eTopps card.

The highest completed auction ended at $201.54 on September 15th.  As of September 20th, the card was trading at around $155.

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Topps Offers First Ongoing Multi-Year Set

Auto Date Monday, September 18th, 2006

Topps has announced that 2006 Topps Turkey Red will pickup where last year’s set left off.  The 2006 version of Topps Turkey red will be numbered 316-630.

From the Topps Press Release:

18.jpgOne of the most anticipated baseball products of the year is just around the corner — 2006 TOPPS TURKEY RED.

It has everything the collector is looking for – a gorgeous design, a top notch autograph list (including exclusives Barry Bonds, A-Rod and David Wright), unique Relics, collectible parallels, a ton of rookie cards, Cabinet cards, B-18 Blankets and a great set to build.

And Turkey Red keeps getting bigger and bigger — for the first time in Topps history, it is offering a living set.  The 2006 installment of Turkey Red will feature cards 316-630, picking up where last year’s set left off.

All this and every 24-pack hobby box guarantees 2 Autographs and/or Relics and more than 30 Parallels!

Here’s what to look for:

Base Cards # 316-630 (Featuring 40 Rookie Cards and 15 Variations)

330 Parallels (Including Gold, Black, White, Red and the 1 of 1 Suede version)

23 Sequentially #’d Autographs ( Bonds, A-Rod, Wright, Johjima, Ryan Howard and more…also look for Gold, Black, White, Red and 1 of 1 Suede versions)

50 Sequentially #’d Relics (Features all the stars including Pujols, Bonds, Ichiro, Manny, Big Papi and more…also look for Gold, Black, White, Red and 1 of 1 Suede versions)

BOX LOADERS (Look for the popular Cabinet Cards (original Turkey Red size), Autographed Cabinet Cards, Dual Autographed Cabinet Cards, Original Cabinet Cards, B-18 Blankets and Original B-18 Blankets)

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Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card sells for $80,000

Auto Date Saturday, September 16th, 2006

17.jpgA PSA Gem Mint 10 1979 O-Pee-Chee rookie card of Wayne Gretzky recently traded hands for $80,000. 

Rick Snyder, founder and President of MINT State, brokered the sale between two of the company’s clients.

“Our consignor purchased the only PSA-graded Gem Mint 10 of Gretzky’s OPC rookie card in August 2005,” explained Snyder. “He made a recent decision to refocus his collection and asked MINT State to find a buyer. In less than 30 minutes, the card had sold to a private collector for $80,000, the highest price ever paid for a single hockey card.”Snyder continued, “Extremely high grade football, basketball, and hockey cards continue to escalate in value at higher rates than their baseball counterparts. The buyer viewed this as a rare opportunity to acquire the finest known rookie card of a major sport’s universally recognized all-time greatest player.”

It is the only PSA 10 Gretzky O-Pee-Chee ever graded by PSA.  According to the Beckett Grading Services population report, there have been 2 cards graded a Gem Mint 9.5 and none graded 10 Pristine.

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“Sleeper” Football Rookies for 2006

Auto Date Thursday, September 14th, 2006

16.jpgEveryone knows about the star football rookies this year: Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Matt Leinart, DeAngelo Williams and others, but there are some other rookies that have already had a positive impact on their team and may soon see an increased demand for their rookie cards.

Jerious Norwood – Drafted in the 3rd round by the Atlanta Falcons, he already is the backup to Warrick Dunn and will see extensive action this year.  In the preseason he led the Falcons and rushed for 215 yards on 30 carries.

Bruce Gradkowski – A 6th round pick of the Tampa Buccaneers, Gradkowski had an impressive preseason.  He completed 74% of his passes for 511 yards.  If Chris Simms continues to struggle like he did in the first game, Gradkowski may see action earlier than expected.

Marques Colston – With the trade of Donte Stallworth to the Eagles, this seventh round pick out of Holstra became a starter opposite Joe Horn for the New Orleans Saints.

Wali Lundy – Lundy was selected by the Houston Texans in the 6th round of the draft.  The injury to Domanick Davis thrust him into the spotlight and he was named the starter before game 1.



New Redemption Promotion Announced by Upper Deck

Auto Date Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

Upper Deck has announced a new redemption promotion that will be distributed throughout the following Upper Deck and Fleer NBA products:

  • Upper Deck Rookie Debut (2 per case)
  • Upper Deck Reflections (3 per case)
  • Fleer Ultra (2 per case)
  • Upper Deck Ovation (4 per case)
  • Upper Deck Hardcourt (20 per case = 1 per box)

The redemption product will be called UD Black.  Each pack will have one of the following:

  • UD Black Memorabilia Card (#’d to 99 or less)
  • UD Black Autograph Card (#’d to 99 or less)
  • Product voucher for an Upper Deck Authenticated Item
  • Chance to attend the exclusive Michael Jordan’s Flight School
  • $1000 Upper Deck Shopping Spree
  • Upper Deck Experience (includes airfare and accomdations for 3 Days/2 Nights)
  • A Trip to the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot including airfare and accommodations
  • Diamond Club Membership

From Upper Deck: “Never before has a basketball set been produced in which every card in the set is either an autograph card or a memorabilia card… Until Now.”




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Allen & Ginter Short Prints Announced

Auto Date Friday, September 1st, 2006

As reported by, Topps has released the list of SP cards in 2006 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball.

  • 12.jpgKen Griffey Jr. (#5)  Cincinnati Reds
  • Austin Kearns (#15)  Cincinnati Reds
  • Jason Giambi (#25)  New York Yankees
  • Travis Hafner (#35)  Cleveland Indians
  • Danny Haren (#45)  Oakland Athletics
  • Alex Rodriguez (#50)  New York Yankees
  • Ervin Santana (#51)  Angels
  • Bartolo Colon (#52)  Angels
  • John Smoltz (#53)  Atlanta Braves
  • David Ortiz (#54)  Boston Red Sox
  • Hideki Matsui (#55)  New York Yankees
  • Jermaine Dye (#56)  Chicago White Sox
  • Victor Martinez (#57)  Cleveland Indians
  • Willy Taveras (#58)  Houston Astros
  • Brady Clark (#59)  Milwaukee Brewers
  • Jon Lieber (#65)  Philadelphia Phillies
  • Mike Matheny (#85)  San Francisco Giants
  • Andy Pettitte (#105)  Houston Astros
  • Greg Maddux (#115)  Chicago Cubs
  • Mariano Rivera (#125)  New York Yankees
  • David Eckstein (#135)  St. Louis Cardinals
  • Jorge Cantu (#145)  Tampa Bay Devil Rays
  • Johnny Damon (#150)  New York Yankees
  • Ryan Langerhans (#151)  Atlanta Braves
  • Kris Benson (#152)  Baltimore Orioles
  • Curt Schilling (#153)  Boston Red Sox
  • Manny Ramirez (#154)  Boston Red Sox
  • Robinson Cano (#155)  New York Yankees
  • Derrek Lee (#156)  Chicago Cubs
  • A.J. Pierzynski (#157)  Chicago White Sox
  • Adam Dunn (#158)  Cincinnati Reds
  • Cliff Lee (#159)  Cleveland Indians
  • Derek Lowe (#165)  Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Miguel Cabrera (#175)  Florida Marlins
  • Tom Glavine (#185)  New York Mets
  • Brett Myers (#205)  Philadelphia Phillies
  • Michael Young (#215)  Texas Rangers
  • Shawn Chacon (#235)  New York Yankees
  • Matt Holliday (#245)  Colorado Rockies
  • Josh Barfield (#251)  San Diego Padres
  • Matt Cain (#255)  San Francisco Giants
  • Josh Willingham (#256)  Florida Marlins
  • Brian Bannister (#265)  New York Mets
  • Yogi Berra (#285)  New York Yankees
  • Jim Leyland (#295)  Detroit Tigers
  • Danica Patrick (#305)  Indy Car Driver
  • Jerry Bailey (#315)  Jockey
  • John Lackey (#325)  Angels
  • Queen Victoria (#335)  Queen of England
  • John Rockefeller (#345)  Businessman