Archive for November, 2006

Cal Ripken Jr. Joins Upper Deck as Spokesman

Auto Date Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Cal Ripken Jr. has signed an exclusive trading card and autograph deal with trading card powerhouse Upper Deck.  He will be included in upcoming Upper Deck sets and on packaging.

“I am excited to be part of another great team dedicated to providing collectors with the best quality collectible card items in the marketplace,” said Cal Ripken, Jr., first time eligible Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. “Upper Deck is well-known for being the leader in the collectibles industry, and I know that this is going to be a great relationship.”

Ripken, most known for holding the all-time consecutive records game streak at 2632 games, will most likely be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

[tags]Upper Deck, Cal Ripken Jr.[/tags]

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Topps Announces MLB Rookie All-Star Team

Auto Date Monday, November 27th, 2006

Topps has announced the members of the 48th annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.

The members are:

1B – Prince Fielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
2B – Dan Uggla (Florida Marlins)
3B – Ryan Zimmerman (Washington Nationals)
SS – Hanley Ramirez (Florida Marlins)
OF – Melky Cabrera (New York Yankees)
OF – Andre Ethier (Los Angeles Dodgers)
OF – Nick Markakis (Baltimore Orioles)
CA – Russell Martin (Los Angeles Dodgers)

PI – Justin Verlander (Detroit Lions)
PI – Francisco Liriano (Minnesota Twins)

The team is voted on by Major League managers and has been chosen since 1959.  There are 14 former selections who are now in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Their cards will be designated with a trophy on their card in Topps Series One.

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Tony Romo’s Cards and Performance Skyrocketing

Auto Date Friday, November 24th, 2006

 Since Tony Romo was named the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, his cards have been steadily increasing in value.  There are a few reasons that have led to the accelerated price appreciation.

  • Romo was not drafted so he does not have as rookie cards in 2003 sets as high profile quarterbacks such as Carson Palmer and Byron Leftwich.
  • The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most collectible teams and have one of the largest fan bases nationwide.
  • He has performed at a very high level since being named the starter.

A quick review of some of Romo’s rookie cards below shows what the latest price is in the Beckett Football Card Price Guide and what is being realized for cards on Ebay.


 Book Price

 Current Selling Prices

 2003 Bowman



 2003 Bowman Chrome



 2003 Leaf Limited



 2003 Leaf Rookies & Stars



 2003 Playoff Contenders (Autograph)



 2003 SP Authentic (Autograph)



 2003 Ultimate Collection



 2003 Upper Deck



A 2003 SP Authentic Gold Autograph (#’d to 25) recently sold for $1200.

[tags]Tony Romo[/tags]


Donruss Teams up for Online Trivia Game

Auto Date Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Donruss has teamed up with Blackdot, a producer of of games, to produce “Two-Minute Drill”.  The game will help support Donruss’ Thanksgiving Day promotion in which they are distributing over 100,000 packs of cards throughout the day in Detroit, Dallas and Kansas City.

Each pack of cards will have information that sends you to the official Donruss website to play the game and learn about collecting trading cards.

The trivia game is based on NFL player stats.  Players start on their own 20-yards line with 2 minutes left in the game.  You need to answer questions to travel the length of the field and score a touchdown.  The faster the questions are answered the faster you move.

As you can see below, the game shows photos of previous Donruss cards with a question relevant to the player chosen.

Cool game.

You can play it at:


2006 Topps Heritage Football Shortprints

Auto Date Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

There are over 100 shortprints in the recently released Topps Heritage Football.  Even though it has not been officially confirmed by Topps, information from collectors/dealers which are breaking large amounts of product points to the following cards:

95,100,101,107,109,111,121,123,125,127,129,131,133 and 311-407.

There are two different versions of cards 1-90.  There are red back and blue back versions.  Though they are not technically shortprints because the combined print run of the red and blue backs equals cards 91-310 there will be half as many red or blue backs as compared to non-Shortprinted cards.

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Leon Washington "Birdie Card" Prices Settling Down

Auto Date Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

After increasing to prices upwards of $100-200, the Leon Washington “Birdie Card” which garnered national attention has started to settle in at a lower price.

In auctions which concluded on Tuesday night on eBay, the selling prices for 5 different cards in separate auctions closed at $39.88, $46.00, $50.00, $50.00 and $52.99 respectively.

You can see what the fuss is all about in our previous post.

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eTopps offers Mickey Mantle set

Auto Date Monday, November 20th, 2006

Starting today (November 20th), Topps is offering an 18-card Mickey Mantle set. It will feature all of Mantle’s base cards from 1952 through 1955.

Each card in the set is individually encased and packaged in a specially designed box. They are sequentially numbered to 999. Each set will come with a letter of appreciation signed by both of Mickey Mantle’s sons. The complete set sells for $198 and each card will be individually placed in they buyer’s eTopps portfolio. The cards can then be traded individually.

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Controversial Leon Washington Bowman Card

Auto Date Thursday, November 16th, 2006

16.jpgA Bowman “Signs of the Future” autographed card of New York Jets rookie Leon Washington has created quite a stir.  The card shows Washington with his arms folded appearing to make an obscene gesture with both hands. Washington contends that he was making an ‘E’ with both hands to honor his hometown but that some fingers are hidden under his armpits. “All it is is that I’m from the East side of Jacksonville that’s my community,” Washington told The Associated Press.  “It looks funny, but maybe I should’ve taken the picture a different way.  That’s all it really is nothing more than that.”

As what usually happens when a card receives mainstream media coverage, the value has significantly increased in the last few days.  The card which would normally exchange hands on eBay for about $8-12 is currently selling for up to $100.  The price will probably settle down after the hype is over.

[tags]Leon Washington, Bowman, Error[/tags]

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2007 Topps Baseball Design is Revealed

Auto Date Thursday, November 16th, 2006

14.jpgTopps has released giant sample cards to distributors of it’s 2007 Topps Baseball.  Series 1 will be available in stores the first week of February.

Topps mailed giant promotional cards to distributors which featured David Ortiz, Topps Spokesman David Wright and Ryan Howard.  The back of the cards contained product information.

The cards are black with silver black lettering.  The Topps logo is up top with the team name and the players name below the photo is in block lettering with the last name emphasized.


All-New Topps Rookies Baseball – 1952 Edition

Auto Date Sunday, November 12th, 2006

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Many would agree that the iconic 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle is the cornerstone of the collectibles industry.  Featuring a clean design, a baby-faced Mick, vibrant colors and the signature of a future Hall of Famer, the 1952 Topps # 311 is a classic. 54 years later, 310 fresh faces make their Major League debut and all of them have dreams of superstardom–just like The Mick did.  And what better way to commemorate a rookie year than to get your photo on the 1952 design – just like The Mick.It’s a new generation fused with the hobby’s most beloved design…introducing Topps Rookies Baseball – 1952 Edition.

Here’s what to look for:


Features all 310 rookies from this season on the 1952 design.  All cards include the RC logo.  And of course, card # 311 is The Mick.


There is Chrome (#’d to 1952), Refractors (#’d to 552) and Gold Refractors (#’d to 52).


3 PER BOX!   Over 55 Rookies and Vets ink their name on these “Player Touched” autographed cards.  Look for Albert Pujols, David Wright, A-Rod, Justin Verlander (image attached), Big Papi, Jered Weaver, Joel Zumaya, Manny Ramirez, Ryan Zimmerman and more.  Also includes a SPECIAL RED INK EDITION parallel #’d to 52.


Featuring actual ticket tubs from a rookie’s Major League debut.  Includes Stephen Drew, Howie Kendrick and Mike Pelfrey.  Each is limited to 10.


Debut Flashbacks(20) – Clemens, Piazza, Ichiro, Maddux  and Garciaparra featured as a rookie on the 1952 design.

Dynamic Duos (15) – Featuring the best of the Rookie Teammates.

2006 Topps Rookies – 1952 Edition ships the last week of the year. Each 20-pack box GUARANTEES 3 AUTOGRAPHS.


Donruss to Distribute 100,000 Packs on Thanksgiving

Auto Date Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Donruss Playoff will distribute over 100,000 packs of trading cards at the 3 Thanksgiving Day games.  Those locations are: Dallas, Detroit and Kansas City.  The Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs game on Thanksgiving night will be the first prime time game of the Holiday in NFL history.

The packs will contain the following cards:


  • Terry Glenn
  • Julius Jones
  • Roy Williams
  • Jason Witten
  • Terrell Owens
  • Tony Dorsett


  • Jon Kitna
  • Kevin Jones
  • Roy Williams
  • Brian Calhoun
  • Ernie Sims
  • Billy Sims


  • Trent Green
  • Larry Johnson
  • Eddie Kennison
  • Tony Gonzalez
  • Tamba Hali
  • Marcus Allen

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Mastro Classic Collector Auction Record Results

Auto Date Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Mastro Auctions’ Classic Collector auction concluded on October 26th with record results.  The auction contained a mix of both sports lots and Americana lots.  The highest ending price for a sports lot was a 1910 E103 Williams Caramels near set which sold for $21,000+.



The top selling Americana lot was a single signed baseball by Pope Benedict XVI which sold for over $8,000.


For more results from this auction, visit Mastro Auctions