Mailday – 1954 Bowman Ralph Starkey PSA 6

I’m thrilled to finally have this card.  There have been plenty for sale on feeBay, but I was willing to wait until I found one at a price that I was happy with.

Ralph Starkey played at West Virginia University from 1951 until 1953 and was co-captain of the 1953 Sugar Bowl Team.  He was the 89th overall pick in the 1954 draft.  Continue reading


Seeing the Light

***This post was written by @LandofOzMayor***

Once every so often most people will have an “epiphany”, that is the moment in a cartoon when the light bulb goes bright over the head of Donald Duck.  I believe my sports marketing epiphany came to me when I was opening some packs of 2005 Upper Deck hockey cards.  I came across a Sidney Crosby rookie card and thought “ok,” then I came upon a Alexander Ovechkin card and I was crazy happy!  Then I thought a moment, wait, I am supposed to be more psyched about the Crosby card aren’t I?

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Mailday – 1948 Leaf Charley Trippi

When I first saw that Charley Trippi was still signing autographs through the mail, I took a look to see what vintage cards I could find of his.  All were at a price higher than I was looking to pay.  Persistence paid off, though.  I posted a couple of weeks ago about picking up a low grade 1950 Bowman.  A couple days later, I came across this beauty on Facebook.

I shouldn’t have ended up with it, but a great collector allowed me to get it.

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PACK BREAK: 2 Packs 2016 Topps Archives Baseball

Yesterday I stopped into Duane’s Sportscards to pick up a storage box.  Like most in the hobby, it’s tough to walk into a shop and walk out with only supplies.

I don’t collect modern anymore, but I have a general idea what’s out there.  I almost picked up a blaster of Archives a couple of weeks ago, but decided against it.  I do love the concept and designs in the Archives set, so I picked up a couple of packs while I was in the shop.

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2016 Topps Double Play Rip Cards: I Pulled One, Now What?

As you may have guessed from the title, I just pulled a Double Play rip card from 2016 Topps Series 2 after visiting a local Target. But, now I’m faced with a dilemma: rip it or cash in?

Here’s information about the rip cards straight from the Topps website:

You might want to check those box scores closely to see if you’re a winner in our latest in-product game, “Double Play,” which is only found in 2016 Topps Baseball Series 2.

But first, you’ll have to make a choice when you pull the Double Play cards – rip it or keep intact.

Double Play is a new game added to 2016 Topps Baseball Series 2 with baseball fans rooting for the player on the card to fulfill his predicted event. For example, if you rip the card and the mini card inside says Mike Trout hits a home run on September 18, 2016, – and he hits a home run on that date – you win the prize listed on the mini card.

The prizes range from a unique Topps card, an autograph card, memorabilia, MLB authentic items, a trip to the World Series, the All-Star Game, and much more.

No mini card is the same either.

There will never be a card that has the same player, date, event or prize listed on it making each rip mini card a 1-of-1. But the only way to find out what’s inside is to rip the other card.

Of course, you can always keep the outer card intact, leaving the mini a mystery and adding another unique card to your collection.

Q. What happens if the player is on the DL at the time of the date listed on the card?

A. The player is not eligible to win anything.

Q. What if the game is rained out?

A. The prize card is only eligible for the date in question, not any make-up games.

Q. If my player meets the requirements, how do I redeem the card?

A. The card needs to be mailed into Topps on the address listed on the back of the mini card.

Q. How do I know what prize I have won?

A. The prize is listed on the front of the mini card.

Q. Will I get my mini 1/1 card back after it’s sent in?

A. Yes. Since none of the mini cards feature the same content (player, date, event, prize), we can track the cards that are sent in and we will send them back to you to keep the 1/1 in your collection.

Being that each rip card is essentially a 1/1, this is the second 1/1 that I have ever pulled and the first from a retail pack. 

But, let’s get back to the real issue here: do I rip it and take the chance that Joey Bats comes through for me or do I cash it in?

If you follow me at all, you may have noticed that I have put it up for sale on a couple forums. Even though I’ve done that, I still haven’t fully made up my mind. I’d love to hear what the readers think I should do with this card!

Happy collecting!

I Never Thought It Would Happen To Me

I buy lots of cards from Target and Walmart. Those stores are probably where 75% of my purchases occur. But, until about two weeks ago, one particular thing had never happened to me even though I’d heard horror stories of it happening to other collectors. 

I purchased packs of cards at Walmart that had been opened, searched, resealed, and then returned!

To say I was shocked would be an understatement. But, I should’ve known something was wrong based on how the packs felt. The two packs I purchased were 2016 Score Jumbos that retail for just under $5. From the moment I picked them off the peg something felt different, which is exactly why I bought them. You could see through the wrapper that all the cards inside seemed to be the same (white borders, etc) so I assumed it was just a packaging mishap of some sort. 

Boy was I wrong! 

When I opened the first pack, I noticed right away that there was only one insert, as its full bleed color was easily spotted against the white borders of the Score base cards. In my head I immediately know something’s wrong. Then, as I’m looking at the cards around the one insert card (of Johnny Manziel) I see the problem. There were 2013 Topps football cards in place of the 2016 Score inserts that should’ve been in the pack!

Then in the second pack it was the same thing except there were no inserts from 2016 Score left in the pack! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!

Some fraudulent collector had purchased at least these two packs (and honestly probably more than two), taken most of the inserts out of the packs and replaced them with unwanted cards that look like the belonged, at least on the surface. They then returned the packs for a refund or at least store credit. 

Luckily, I was able to return the opened packs and Walmart refunded my money without hesitation but I still can’t believe this happened. 

If there’s one thing you learn from this story, it should be that even fraudulent hobbyists think Johnny Manziel cards are worthless! 

Happy collecting!