Category Archives: baseball cards

Keep your eye out at the next garage sale













Next time you are perusing around a garage sale or yard sale or estate sale or wherever else old things might be for sale, look for some old album or book or stack of card and you might end up like this guy.  Some guy from Maine bought a bunch of junk from a yard and ended up with a baseball card with $92,000.  The card is from 1865, which (if my math is correct) is really freaking old.  This is before the Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first professional baseball team.  $92,00 isn’t bad for a stroll through some junk and some crude recognition of what might be valuable.  Now granted, the auction house probably took 30%, (things I learn from watching Pawn Stars) but it’s enough to take our recommendation and buy Premium.  Maybe even for a few of your friends.

I collected baseball cards for a while when I was a kid, but I was on the tail end of the phenomenon and never really got too into it.  I do have a couple Ken Griffey Jr. cards which are probably worth shit, but I like to pretend they aren’t.

The Baseball Show: Fantasy Draft Primer & Bustin’ Packs

This week on The Baseball Show, we talk about two things near and dear to our hearts: baseball cards, and fantasy baseball.

Mike, MJ and I all open various boxes of cards and then talk fantasy baseball before heading to the war room for our draft. If only I’d pulled something better than the Joey Votto pictured above.

Day Late Thoughts on MLB suing Upper Deck Trading Cards

Here’s a quick snapshot of the situation with MLB suing Upper Deck Trading Card Company:
Major League Baseball has filed a lawsuit against The Upper Deck Company, accusing them of trademark infringement for using MLB logos in their new line of 2010 baseball card products. Upper Deck produced MLB licensed baseball cards from the time of their inception in 1989 up until the January 1st of this year, when MLB opted not to renew their contract with Upper Deck and instead granted the exclusive rights to The Topps Company.

In Major League Baseball’s suit against Upper Deck they accuse them of releasing two new baseball card products, 2010 Upper Deck Signature Stars and 2010 Ultimate Collection Baseball, which illegally make use of MLB trademarks. They go on to say that Upper Deck “is on the verge” of distributing a number of additional unauthorized baseball card sets.

Alright, I’m a long ways off the cusp of the trading card industry; but I couldn’t help but take notice as MLB calls out one of it’s mainstays dating back to the days when I was a kid.

Upper Deck got started in 1989. Doesn’t everyone remember that 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card? I sure the hell do. It was the card. It put the Upper Deck company on the map and made them the trend setter in all-things cardboard for card collecting.
The cool kids all had Upper Deck Will Clarks. Other kids all had shitty bent Bowman Kevin Mitchell’s.

Remember when those glossy, new Fleer Ultra’s came out in 1992-1993ish? As cool as they were (and seemed), they failed to put Upper Deck out of the market.

Fast forward to present day, where a lot of money has exchanged hands for these two giants. MLB and Upper Deck should find a way to make this work. There is a lot of money to be made (if kids are still like they were when I was a kid in the late 80’s and early 90’s) if these two sides don’t ruin it all with greed.

Simple solution: come to some type of agreement with a dollar figure involved and allow Upper Deck to do their thing. When I think of baseball cards, I don’t think of Topps. My father’s generation might very well, but I think of the newer, more hip Upper Deck logo pictured above.

If Upper Deck ever goes out of business, I’d have to question the hobby altogether. So would millions of others who grew up in my generation.

Redsfest Report: Memoribilia

Alright so the first thing we were looking forward to at Redsfest was the memoribilia. We saw that on the map there was a Topps sponsored stand and a bunch of other memoribilia dealers set up. As a kid, we were intrigued by this type of stuff. We bought stuff all day long, baseball knick-nacks and just piled it up. Cards, figures, autographed shit. We couldn’t get enough of it. And why? There’s not much you can do with stuff you ‘collect’ after you buy it. We still don’t have a good answer for that, but it’s just fun to have stuff like that. After paying a visit to Redsfest and seeing all they had to offer in the way of cards and collectibles, we can safely say that we haven’t come close to growing out of that stage.

Of course if you have your girlfriend with you, it’s like pulling teeth to get any woman through a bunch of baseball card stands/memoribilia. So….. you send them looking for a Christmas ornament for the tree and then by the time she finds you again you have a Josh Hamilton rookie card waiting for her. She was disappointed that Josh Hamilton wasn’t there in the flesh, as she’s got a major crush on him. Hell, we had a crush on him. Once on the subject we started salivating thinking about a lineup including Jay Bruce, Hamilton, and Adam Dunn…. arrrrggghhhhhhh.

Speaking of our boy Bruce.

The one thing we wanted to get (we wanted a lot of things) but we had to come away with a Jay Bruce rookie card. We were successful in that. We also got a card of Bruce commemorating his 3 for 3 debut made by Upper Deck. We also picked up a couple of Homer Bailey rookie cards. We’re way past the point of convincing ourselves that baseball cards could be an investment. We just like having them until we lose them. We wanted to add Bailey to the kitty.
All in all there were cards of any player in Reds past or present. There were photos. There were bobbleheads. Autographed baseballs were everywhere. It’s a bad time to spring for memoribilia and it’s an even worse time to be selling it. If we were rich we would have walked out of there with bags full of this shit. We even saw a Ken Caminiti/Craig Biggio signed ball from their heyday. Kind of eerie, kind of cool.

Had to get a picture of those badboys. You own one bobblehead, you own them all. Mo Egger of 1530 Homer was nice enough to send us a Bruce bobblehead last summer out of the kindness of his heart, so we didn’t need to waste any money on this item. Yes, that is Tom Browning on the far left.

Eric Davis autographed ticket stubs. We loved Eric the Red as a kid. Who didn’t right? These caught our eye.
There was also free baseball card stands featuring nearly every member of the current Reds team. The cards were made by Topps and have a special ‘Redsfest’ stamp on them. We grabbed Scott Rolen, Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce (5), Ryan Hanigan, and Joey Votto that we can remember.
If you’ve got the money, and you have the time to look around Redsfest, you’ll find some really cool and unique collectible items. Basically anything you can name or dream up, they have someone there selling it.