Buy Me A House (and this card)

The card you see below is absolutely awesome. In 1993, there was so much great wax to bust that certain products got lost in the hustle. I mean, who would want to bust Best when Finest and Refractor technology was being introduced? I may have at some point in my life busted “junk wax” from Best in the 90s but to say it was less than memorable would be an understatement.

That still doesn’t change the fact that this card below is a true gem of a card. It’s an early, certified, on-card autograph from an “off-brand” manufacturer of a future Hall of Fame inductee and probably the #2 guy in our hobby for at least a few more years. Yes, the card is numbered to 1,200, which is like a million by today’s standard but it’s still a neat card which recently sold for just over $400 on eBay.

In 2015, if you can get some sucker to hand you four-hundred dollars for a junk wax era card with a little flash on it, damn it … take that money and run as fast as you can. So, you can imagine with that recent sale you might find another few of these cards popping up with a slightly higher price for those millions of Jeter fans and collectors who missed out.

So what’s a reasonable price? $425? NO. $450? Naw. $500 dollars? Try $85,000.

That’s not a joke. The seller, “Quixsilver92″, is asking for that insane price because he’s insane and because he hardly works or something due to anxiety and wants to buy a nice house in a good neighborhood. He also assumes Jeter collectors can afford to drop nearly $100 grand for a cheap card to gift a total stranger who claims to have just finally started making “decent” money.

Am I being an asshole or just poking a little fun? I guess I don’t feel so bad after reading his eBay auction update in which he claims collectors are being “ugly, hateful, and patronizing”. Gee, I wonder what would cause that kind of response with such a sensible, totally legit, Derek Jeter autograph auction? Hey, if you’re looking to buy a house for a complete stranger, click the link and have a field day.

Nothing to see here. Just a badass MF card right here.

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Leonard Nimoy joins the Wax Morgue

Today, beloved actor, director, author, and voice of ‘Galvatron’ in Transformers: The Movie, passed away at the age of 83. Thankfully, Nimoy’s autograph can be found in lots of different products in our hobby, with most being on-card and featuring great designs. Aside from Star Trek card issues like the one below, both Donruss/Panini and Leaf have issued multiple autographs of the ‘Spock’ actor.

One particular card sold for just $75 on February 22 just a few days before Nimoy’s death. Don’t expect those prices ever again thanks to the many autographs currently hitting eBay and collectors hoping to take advantage of beloved actor’s death. Like any other hobby rush, you can expect Leonard Nimoy’s certified autographs to drop down in price but not before the eBay vultures make their money.

“This is the end of the road, Galvatron.”

You can check out Nimoy’s final tweet, composed just four days ago, below. TMZ reports Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease as the cause of death.

 

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How Illegal Is This Card?

With today’s technology, it’s easy for almost anyone to make cards that look as good as what’s out there. In some cases, even better than what’s being put out by the big companies. I often wonder just how far you can push before the team of lawyers at Major League Baseball take notice. I’m sure you could make thousands of cards without a problem if it’s in your collection but what about when you attempt to sell them on the secondary market, mainly, eBay?

When I stopped collecting in 2009, there were a ton of custom card makers out there (some good, some awful) making stuff and sometimes even trading for their work. I never once spotted one for sale before but when I go on eBay now, they are everywhere. There are people making patch cards like the one below and someone even making a custom SuperFractor. I’m no lawyer but isn’t describing the card as a Superfractor worth Topps suing? How about using the New York Yankees logo?

I want to believe collectors are not being fooled by these cards and just want to add as many cards to their collection as possible, even if said card was made in a 14-year old kid’s PC at mom’s house. While doing a search through Completed Listings I discovered that some of these cards sell for as high as $60+ dollars? With an unknown print run and no business practices or rules, someone could print an endless supply of these and sell them all over.

As for the Jose Canseco below, when I spotted it on eBay I immediately jumped in excitement. Not for the design or patch but because I thought it was a 2014 release I somehow missed. Now that I know it’s a custom it’s just another card I’m going to pass on. I’m a Canseco fan but there’s still WAY too many official cards for me to pick up before getting into this whole custom card nonsense.

It’s available for a .99 cent opening bid for anyone braver than me.

Manufactured patch? Check.

 

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Topps Breathes New Life Into 25-Year Old Card

Back in 1990, there weren’t a whole lot of cards to collect. You had the big four consisting of Topps, Upper Deck, Fleer, and Donruss (in that order). You had Classic, Score and Sportsflics on the low-end. Plus you had Leaf’s debut and Bowman, in their second year back. Also “oddballs” but those didn’t count back then. If you were a player collector of say someone like Jose Canseco, you had maybe 20 total cards to chase.

As a 10-year old, impressionable kid new to America and now obsessed with baseball and its stars, there are some cards that will be forever burned into my memory. You see, it was different then. Last year, there were 781 Jose Abreu cards released. How many of those will become “iconic”, memorable baseball cards and how many will just sit in boxes collecting dust as another 700-800 cards are released of Abreu in 2015?

I’m not saying one is better than the other. I wouldn’t trade the technology of 2014 for the cards of 1990 any day of the week, ever. However, I would trade 1997 for 2014 but that’s another story we can cover in the near future. I’m not one of those collectors who bitches and moans about this or that. I’m just happy that nearly 15 years after my favorite player retired, I am still seeing amazing cards being produced.

1990 Bowman – #460

So imagine my surprise when browsing the Topps Vault this morning upon running into this sale. It was a Topps photograph, circa 1988 of none other than Jose Canseco. It comes from that same 1990 Bowman I have seen thousands of times over the past twenty-five years yet is somehow different and new. It’s like a missing puzzle piece I never knew existed.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know what makes this photograph worth $75 dollars but if they can put up his 1986 Topps Traded and 1987 Topps Gold Rookie Cup photographs, I would be a very happy, old school locator. Somehow, finding this photograph, which is now half a century old brought back a piece of my childhood and brought back some appreciation for this forgotten Bowman classic.

I guess some times, living in the past isn’t so bad …

Jose Canseco, young and full of Steroids

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Let’s Talk About These Awful Sketch Cards

Almost immediately after coming back into the hobby, I become fascinated by the products coming out of Leaf Trading Cards. It’s clear that Topps Company needs some real competition. Despite what some collectors will preach, to be a legit baseball card manufacturer in this hobby, you need MLB logos. To me, the only company that I believe can truly challenge the King of Baseball Cards, is Leaf. Upper Deck’s a shell of its former self and from rumblings among collectors, is on its final legs. Panini America AKA Donruss still has a long way to go, in my humble opinion.

That being said, Brian Grey really needs to step up the sketch card market game by 100% judging from all these God-awful cards I keep running into on eBay. Some of these cards look so bsd that I would be embarrassed to have my name next to it. On Twitter, Brian has already stated he is keeping an eye on these problem cards to keep from being accepted by Leaf so it’s time to call out the artists in questions. I am going to start with the three worst ones I have seen and will end it with one, great card I found this morning.

The Bad – 2014 Leaf Masterworks
Artist – Rich Molinelli

This 1/1 sketch card comes from a product that still sells for over $150 a box. In case you’re wondering, a box contains just three cards. The terrible card you see below, which was created by Rich Molinelli, was one of those three cards. It’s currently on eBay with a starting bid of $60.00, a price I seriously doubt the seller will get. Yes, it does feature an autograph but thanks to Topps, Donruss, and Leaf … Jose’s autographs have reached an all-time low worth. That’s great for me, bad for this guy who thinks someone will pay $60 for this monstrosity.

 

The Bad – 2014 Leaf Masterworks
Artist – Rich Molinelli

Here we go again. Someone please take away Rich’s pencils or at the very least Brian should demand his money back because unless Jose is some kind of Frankenstein monster, this does not capture his likeness in any way. Hey, it could be worse. MUCH, MUCH, WORSE. I will now forever associate awful sketch cards with Leaf products and so will many other collectors. In this day and age of Twitter, Facebook, message boards, and blogs … that’s not the kind of reputation you want following you around.

 

The Bad – 2014 Leaf Pop Century
Artist – Eban Morales

God almighty, this card is truly terrifying. It comes from a very fun product but this is just … scary. What happened to Jose’s face? Was he the victim of an acid-attack? Why is his left eyebrow so dark but his right not visible? Why was he given Dolly Parton’s lips? This is disturbing on so many levels. I’m not sure if I’m looking at a baseball card or a Garbage Pail Kid. The artist who created this is Eban Morales. Please, don’t ever do it again. This card had a $114 Buy It Now price but sold for an unknown Best Offer.

 

There you have three of the many awful sketch cards I have run into on eBay this month alone and only because I’m searching out the player I collect. In reality, there are hundreds of these bad sketch cards all over eBay and sadly most coming from Leaf. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen some really, really nice pieces here and there but there’s too much bad to remember the good. As for the best Jose Canseco sketch I have seen so far, it comes from Leaf and an artist named Jay Pangen. As you can see, good artwork helps sell cards.

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