Artist Jared Kelley Returns To Work On SAGE’s Sportkings

Sports Card Info

Since the announcement that SAGE will be producing the next incarnation of Sportkings, little information has been provided about it.  So far, the two Walter Payton promo cards found in 2018 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series are what we have to go on.  Granted its only two cards, I do like what I see.  I’m a total sucker when it comes to artistic sets, and that is what Sportkings has always been.

On the reverse side of those Walter Payton promo cards, SAGE does list what we can expect:

  • Game Worn Cards
  • On-Card Autographs
  • Spectacular Patches
  • 1/1 Sketch Cards w/ Autographs
  • 1/1 Hand Painted Art Cards
  • Original 1933 Sportkings Cards

After some intense investigating, I’ve learned that artist Jared Kelley is working on some cards for the next edition of Sportkings.  Specifically the 1/1 Hand Painted Art Cards.  If that name sounds familiar, its because Mr. Kelley…

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A Look at the 21 Known Errors in the T205 Set

Pre-War Card Magazine

The 1911 T205 set is one of the most popular pre-war issues around. And the fact that it’s less than half the size of the monstrous T206 issue makes it more attainable for collectors.

T205 has 208 base cards in its standard set. That’s the number required to be considered complete. But while that number includes several pose variations, it doesn’t include the many errors found in the release.

Currently, there are 21 errors that are widely known to the hobby for a total of 228 cards. More are likely to exist as several have been found in recent years. I recently found one for John Titus just last year and documented it on this site. As I continue to dig more into this set, I expect to find others.

Here’s an in-depth look at the 21 additional known errors in the set.

1. Hal Chase – Frame Extends

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With Sportflics, collecting again is moving experience

Preserve The Hobby

Original Posting Date: April 10, 1994

Original Author: Ruth Sadler

In 1986, Optigraphics gave a new meaning to action photos on sports cards.

The company’s baseball card set was called Sportflics. When the cards were moved, the alternating photos made the image appear to move, too.

The idea wasn’t new. Such moving images, often caricatures, have appeared on pencil sharpeners, rings and other trinkets for years. But applying the concept to photos and baseball cards was new.

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Another First for Pinnacle Brands?

Wax Heaven

Last night I took part in a very fun podcast interview with Ryan of the R-Rated Sports Card Show. One of the things we discussed was my love for Pinnacle Brands. We already know Pinnacle was the first company to produce a pack-inserted “one of one”, the first to release “rip cards”, the first to release printing plates and are responsible for perhaps the greatest high-end product of the 90s, Totally Certified.

For their many innovations, Pinnacle Brands also hit their fair share of duds including cards in cans, cards with coins embedded into them, and other wacky ideas. However, as Twitter user MJ pointed out, Pinnacle may have at the very least been the inspiration for Topps’ rainbow parallels that either rule or plague the hobby these days, depending on what collector you ask.

Clearly, Topps was no where near these colorful cards in the late 90s. Topps had…

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Thinking Too Much About 2018 Topps Heritage

The Shlabotnik Report

I’m sure everybody’s already seen someone else’s post about 2018 Heritage, but I wanted to bring my own perspective to the newly-released set.  Some of this likely comes across as nit-pick-y, but I don’t mean it to be critical, it’s more along the lines of “Hey, I’m analytical and visually-oriented and I noticed this – isn’t it interesting?”

One of the first things I did was run upstairs, pull out my 1969 Topps cards and fetch a 1969 Topps Ed Charles card to put up against my 2018 Topps Heritage Wilmer Flores card:

One of the things I noticed off the bat was how much brighter the 1969 card is “in hand”.  The white border matches up nicely, but it seems to be more that the current photos are more saturated and “hi def”.

The second thing I noticed… well, “noticed” isn’t the right word because other people had pointed…

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Unrivaled: Why T206 Remains the Top Baseball Card Set of All Time

Pre-War Card Magazine

Over the years, collectors have offered differing opinions when it comes to the determining the best baseball card set of all time. With thousands of issues, after all, there are plenty choose from.

The 1933 Goudey set, full of its stars, squareness, and history of being the most recognizable gum issue is there. So is the 1951 Bowman set with its rookie cards of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays – the two most popular players for an entire generation of collectors. A year later came the landmark 1952 Topps set. All fine sets with credible claims as top five issues.

But if we’re serious about this thing, folks, there’s only one set that can stake a true claim to being the best issue in the best hobby around – and that’s the T206 white border set.

If you’re a newb to the pre-war era, here’s a rundown on the…

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Bean’s Assessment – Ultra PRO (@UltraProIntl) Black Border ONE TOUCH Magnetic Holders

A few weeks ago, Go GTS published an article about some new Ultra PRO items.  One Ultra Pro item in particular really intrigued me – the black border one touch.

I’m a guy that’s moved in the vintage direction in the last couple of years.  I understand that PSA is the grading company of choice for most.  Beckett appears to be the second most popular.  However, I prefer SGC.  The primary reason is the black bordered cases.  They are the most visually appealing to my eyes and I’m one that encourages collectors to collect what YOU like.


I shared the tweet on Twitter from my card account (@beansbcardblog) and was surprised to receive a handful of replies.  In general, I don’t receive replies when I’m sharing blog posts or industry news on Twitter.  All replies were positive and I was thrilled to see others sharing my opinion.

I wanted to get my hands on one of these to review and was successful.  I bring you my thoughts on them and a few pictures.

When I first saw the post my thoughts immediately went to vintage cards.  I mentioned that I SGC is my grader of choice but that just applies to vintage.  I have no preference on modern cards but due to being close to Beckett, if I submit anything it’s to them.

If I’m going to show show pictures of a vintage card, I might as well go big, right?


I definitely like the look better with the black bordered case.  What I liked better on this particular card was the back because of the color.


The red certainly pops against the black.  That leads me to where my thoughts went after vintage.  I am a Chicago Blackhawks fan and some of my favorite cards are ones with black or red borders.  It hit me that those red borders might look very nice.


Without a doubt, it lived up to my expectations.  In part due to a four year-old iPhone camera and part due to the shadow I couldn’t get around, the pictures do the actual look no justice.  If you’ve read my posts before, you know that I’m not here to blow smoke up anyone’s arse.  If I think something sucks, I’ll say it.

I do have one criticism of the product, but it won’t stop me from purchasing them.  Unfortunately, only the front piece of the two-part holder is black.  The back piece is clear.

This is the first time that I’ve reviewed something and assigned a “score.”  I’m going to use three beans as what I can assign, one for each “B” in the blog name.  I’m giving this product 2.75 out of three beans.

These aren’t out on the market yet but per the Go GTS post are scheduled to release in March.  So, what say you?  Do you have any interest in these whatsoever?  Why or why not?  PLEASE leave a comment below either way.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and maybe someone from Ultra Pro will read this.

Happy collecting!