Celebrity Drama

Mike Tyson Got it Wrong

Leaf hit a grand slam with the Mike Tyson inscription autographs released a few years ago. Below is one of those cards, which is currently on eBay. As you can see, it refers to Mike Tyson’s first career loss to the unheralded, Buster Douglas.

That event was tragic for many reasons. For starters, it was the beginning of the end for Tyson, who was at the time the undefeated and undisputed Heavyweight Champion. His career never truly bounced back and his personal life only worsened. Not only did Mike lose his belts and aura of invincibility, he also lost millions in endorsements.

As for Buster Douglas, he ended up losing his very next fight after coming in fat and unprepared against a young and still ferocious, Evander Holyfield. He would never again reach anything close to what he accomplished that night in Toyko when he knocked out Mike Tyson.

Here’s the thing; the card signed by Mike reads, “Buster Douglas got the best of me.” Not true at all. Mike didn’t train and was on a diet of narcotics and prescription drugs. His lifestyle and addiction to women, plus his partying beat him that night. Not only that but he knocked down Buster late in the fight and the referee gave a slow count, which was somewhere between 12-14 seconds. Even at his worst, Mike defeated Buster Douglas.

This card comes from the genius hobby mind of Brian Gray of Leaf BUT it’s an insult to any true boxing fan, not to mention Mike Tyson supporter. It’s a neat autograph but not something I could ever give my backing to because simply put, Mike Tyson got it wrong.

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Every Sinner Has A Future

While most of the collecting world has been obsessing over the Cubs and their new, baby faced power-hitter, Kris Bryant … I have been quietly enjoying the rebirth of Arod. Although it’s extremely early into the season, Rodriguez has been one of the best hitters in baseball all while missing the entire 2014 season, playing on rebuilt body parts, and being 39 years of age.

Suddenly, one of the most hated baseball players of all time (sorry, Jose) is an underdog figure who had a good chance to surpass the Home Run King and retire as the greatest slugger of all time. Even if his numbers are tarnished, so are Bonds’ but there is something bigger at play. The Steroid era is over and done with. Guys are no longer hitting 50+ home runs a year. It’s very likely that we will never again see a guy hit 600 home runs, and 500 home runs will too become a rarity if testing continues to be implemented.

So with every home run Kris Bryant hits, every card that’s released by card companies to exploit this newest phenom, I’ll be rooting for the old man with the bad hip to continue doing what he’s done his whole career, legally and illegally, mashing home runs. He may not keep this pace much longer but so long as he remains healthy and in a MLB line up, we may see something special in a couple of years. King or not, once Arod is gone … the steroid era of baseball will forever be buried and someday even forgotten. There will always be new cheaters but not on the level of what we saw in the 90’s and beyond. Only time and a little luck will tell us if Arod is the greatest cheater of all time or just another Jose Canseco.

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Only New York Could Make me Root For A-Rod

I’ve never liked Alex Rodriguez. There was always something off about him, even when he came up with Seattle as an 18-year old (I was 16 at the time). Before I knew of his cheating, I had a hint of it because back when I was training with Ozzie Canseco (in Jose’s home), Jose’s twin brother admitted to me that no one works out in this home more than Alex Rodriguez. That was way back in 1999.

It wasn’t long after Canseco’s career crashed and burned that I found out “bitch-tits”, the nickname given to Rodriguez by the ever classy Jose, was trying to sleep with Canseco’s wife. The hatred only grew as it was discovered that A-Rod was a cheater throughout most of his career. Then something funny happened. Life and baseball began beating down on Alex much in the same way it came down hard on Canseco.

Suddenly, due to injuries and suspensions, Alex Rodriguez hasn’t played in a full season since 2007, the year he won his third Most Valuable Player award. He’s no longer the baseball phenom of old but from the way everyone in the media and his own fans are beating down on him, he has somehow … by some miracle, grown into a tragic figure. Granted, a tragic figure with millions in the bank and more owed but still.

Now, at the age of 39 and with his body breaking down and rusty from not playing baseball regularly, A-Rod is just 107 home runs away from breaking Barry Bonds’ all-time home run record and a healthy half-season away from 2,000 career RBI. We can argue today about cheaters and what their stats mean or don’t but I will take Alex as the Home Run King of Baseball any day over the moody, un-friendly and fellow cheater, Bonds.

Finally, below is one of my all-time favorite baseball cards from my all-time favorite year of collecting, 1997. It comes from the great folks at Pinnacle Brands and the forgotten and very much disappointing Zenith Baseball release. This brand featured beautiful, full-bleed photos and amazing Dufex technology but not much else. The checklist was tiny and worse of all, it left out Jose Canseco.

$_58

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Will We See Bruce Jenner’s Transformation On Cardboard?

Hate it or love it, Bruce Jenner is an iconic and well-respected athlete. More recently, he has been the butt of pop culture references thanks to a reality tv show in which he played second fiddle to a domineering pig and her over-sexualized daughters. Who knew that the real storie on ‘Keeping up with the Kardshians’ wasn’t playing out on cameras?

At the end of this month, Bruce will say farewell to his life as a man and officially become a woman, something he says he has been or at least related to since the age of 5. Whatever his choice is, I support it. On card board, however, it may cause some confusion as Jenner has been prominently featured all over a hobby as a man.

It seems every company has featured Jenner on a card including heavy hitters like Topps and Upper Deck and even Panini America and Leaf. Even companies that are no longer around like Impel, put Jenner on a card. My favorite, though, comes from this early 90s on-card and serial numbered autograph from a release called Signature Rookies Tetrad. It will run you around $30-$40 dollars on eBay despite a print run of over 1,000.

There is still a lot of information on Jenner’s new life that remains a mystery, including what his new name will be. All will be revealed in due time but for now, we can all still enjoy the wonderful career of Bruce Jenner on cardboard.

 

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“Big Booty Daddy” Threatens Hulk Hogan’s Life

If you look up the word “loose cannon” in the dictionary, a picture of Scott Steiner shows up. Although it’s been more than a decade since he was a star, Steiner was recently banned from the WWE Wrestlemania ceremonies and now we are finding out it was because he made “terroristic threats” to Hulk Hogan’s girlfriend.

Steiner, who is known as a “stiff worker” and insane human being, has many certified autographs in the hobby, with the most wanted coming from Topps’ legendary WCW/NWO release from the late-90s. Those cards are hard to come by but Tristar did put out tons of Steiner sticker autos as well over a 3-5 year run.

More recently, Leaf Trading Cards released some absolutely awesome Steiner Goudey-style, on-card autographs which sell for dirt cheap on eBay. They are 100 times better looking than the Tristar TNA releases and worth a look if you’re in the market for the “Genetic Freak” Scott Steiner.

  

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