The Sean Taylor Flawless Cut Has Been Pulled

We’re roughly 24 hours into the release of Panini’s 2017 Flawless NFL Football and one of the most anticipated cards has already been pulled by a collector in Ohio.

Keaton Icard pulled the Sean Taylor Flawless Cuts numbered 1/1 yesterday from Triple Play Sports Cards & Memorabilia in Westerville, Ohio.

Pictures of the card were posted in a Facebook group Wednesday evening and offers for this cut autograph quickly surpassed a couple thousand dollars, which isn’t shocking since this is his first and only certified pack-released autograph. Autographs of Taylor on items such as mini helmets and 8×10 photos consistently sell for over $600 when accompanied by a reputable third-party authentication such as PSA.

While I applaud Panini for producing Taylor’s first autograph card and including it in a high-end release like Flawless, the finished product leaves something to be desired. The actual cut is half of a 2004 Topps Total Sean Taylor rookie card that must’ve been signed in-person which Panini acquired then authenticated before deciding to include it in this release. It’s ironic that Panini used a Topps card for this but that’s fine with me. The part that bothers me is the excess room on each side of the cut since it doesn’t fill up the entire window. I would’ve rather seen them use a cut from an autographed photo to ensure there was no excess for the finished product. However, all gripes aside, this is truly a unique, one-of-kind card that will be highly sought after. Just don’t be surprised if you never see it again after the eBay listing is complete. I can easily see this going into someone’s collection never to see the light of day again.

If you’re interested in purchasing this card, you can find it on eBay here! Keaton has it posted for sale in a 10-day listing. He also has plans to start a break page very soon so keep your eyes open for that in the very near future, too!

It’ll be interesting to see what the final price of this Sean Taylor card is with some predicting it will surpass $10,000. I guess we’ll know in 10 days!

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When a Gem Isn’t Actually Pristine

Earlier today, Blowout Buzz posted an article about a 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan / Jerry Koosman on eBay. However, this wasn’t any ol’ 1968 Topps rookie card that someone found at a yard sale and posted for sale. This one was listed at over $1 million and has been given the grade of 98 (on a 1-100 scale) by SGC. In other words, they graded it as gem mint and as a comparison, an SGC 98 would crossover to BGS as a 9.5 and to PSA as a 10.

This is indeed a rare card!

Based on what you can see in the picture above, the front of the card does indeed look like a card that could grade very high. The centering looks even. The corners seem sharp. It’s a very attractive card.

The issue I have is with the back of the card. It is clearly not a centered card. Being that it’s centered 30/70 at best on the back, why would SGC grade this card as a 98 gem mint? It’s anyone’s guess why it earned the grade it did but there has always been a rumor surrounding the grading of vintage cards by companies such as SGC, BGS (or BVG), and PSA. That rumor is that the fronts of vintage cards weigh more heavily in the overall grade especially if the front has substantial eye-catching appeal.

As is the case with the card pictured, the front is fantastic and while the back is somewhat off-centered, it supposedly doesn’t detract enough from the overall appeal of the card to lower the grade.

In my opinion, I’ve always hated when grading companies do this. A card graded as gem mint or pristine should be exactly that. It shouldn’t look “pretty good” and given a higher grade than it deserves because the card is desirable and eye-catching, especially if someone is going to list it at $1.2 million! Each grade should be treated equally and the back should count towards the grade as much as the front does.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section or tag me @jasondeanmartin on Twitter.

Unexpected Mailday From Texas

A few days ago I received a package in the mail with a card inside. Nothing more. Not even an explanation as to why I was receiving this bubble mailer from the Lone Star State. However, I knew exactly why it was mailed to me; Kin found something he thought I’d enjoy.

We do that from time to time. We’ll send each other random finds that the other collects and just send them to one another without notice or explanation.

This time I received the card pictured below. A 2006 Andy Van Slyke Upper Deck Artifacts jersey card.

I’m not a huge AVS fan as I always liked Bonds and Bonilla more. Plus, I think I still harbor bad feelings from getting snubbed by Andy when I asked for an autograph after a game at Three Rivers Stadium when I was a kid. But, I never turn down free cards and this probably wasn’t anything I’d ever search for so I’m glad somebody was smart enough to add it to my collection.

Buying Cards on the Cheap

Recently I sort of stumbled upon a new way to buy cards cheaply on eBay. How cheap? For less than the price of a postage stamp in most cases and I didn’t  even have to leave the house!

If you’re in a similar situation (my closest card shop is about an hour away), you’ve probably explored new ways to purchase cards in a cost-effective manor. In my explorations, I began purchasing cards of Bryce Harper for my personal collection for $.99 with free shipping using the Buy It Now option. Then one day I thought I’d take a shot at some auctions that a seller had started at a penny but these also had the perk of free shipping. So, I bid $1 thinking that in a worst-case scenario I wouldn’t be paying anymore than normal but there would a chance of me saving a few cents if I won the card  for less than my $1 bid. 

As luck would have it, I won one of the auctions for less than $1. I don’t remember the exact price but this buying method struck a nerve. 

For whatever reason I stopped using this method for a little while. However, I’ve recently started using this again and I’ve expanded my searches to include other players I collect such as Frank Thomas, Brooks Robinson, and Manny Machado. 

It’s working, too! I’ve been able to get a few steals and I’m loving it!

Here are some of my recent purchases:

Bryce Harper: 35 cents

Manny Machado: 38 cents

Brooks Robinson: 17 cents

Frank Thomas: 30 cents

I was able to get all four of these cards delivered to my house for $1.20! That’s a bargain for any card collector with the way the card shops have dried up. 

Give this method a whirl. I’m sure you’ll get a few bargains here and there. 

The Forgotten TTM Sport

January 24, 2017

Written By: Jason Dean Martin

Through the mail (TTM) autographs have been around for years, decades even as children and adults have pursued any means necessary for obtaining their favorite athlete’s signature. But, what I have often noticed is many collectors focus on the four major sports (baseball, basketball, football, and hockey) with auto racing being a possible fifth addition to that list.  Usually, professional wrestlers are left out when considering TTM options because they tend to travel more than any other athlete.  However, I’m here to tell you that these athletes cannot be overlooked as they can tend to actually be more accessible than athletes from the more popular sports and because a handful of wrestlers are former pros in the “big four” sports.

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Unique Ben Zobrist Mailday

Not too long ago Ben Zobrist made news by riding his bike to Wrigley Field. It’s not necessarily newsworthy, however, it was unique. Then Topps chose to make a card featuring him on a specially-designed bike with proceeds from sales of the card to be donated to Patriot Forward. I purchased one the day it was released and it finally arrived today. 



Not the most valuable card but definitely a unique piece of cardboard!

For more info on this card you can visit Sports Card Reference here

This TTM Is Mo-Mentous

My recent return is a legend of sorts from the 90s and early 2000s that played the majority of his professional baseball career in the northeast. He’s known for his size and the huge wad he would keep in his mouth while playing. And believe it or not, he was the highest paid player in the game at one point.

Who could it be?

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