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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Oddball WVU Autograph Mailday

This mailday is one of the more random purchases that I’ve made.  Larry Krutko played football at West Virginia University from 1955-57 and then with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1958-60.  He only has one NFL card and I’ve not found one yet at a price I’m willing to pay.

I did find something else and took a chance on it.

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Mario Andretti #Mailday

When I was young, I enjoyed IndyCar racing.  We only had a handful of channels growing up and IndyCar would be on the “ABC Wide World of Sports” often and without much else to watch, I became fond of it.  Later I got into NASCAR more and stopped following any open wheel racing.  However, when I moved to Indianapolis in 2006, I fell in love with it.

Thanks to the company that I worked for, I was able to get to the track often without having to spend my own money to get in.  I was able to go places that others couldn’t (the garage and pit areas) that others couldn’t without spending a lot of money.  Over time, I met most of the IndyCar stars of the day, but I was never really a big autograph guy when I was at the track.  I preferred getting pics with drivers, if I could.  Thankfully I did acquire some autographs.  I was fortunate enough to get Dan Wheldon to sign a mini helmet for me.  It’s one of my most cherished collectibles.  Rest peacefully, Lionheart.

There are two legendary drivers that almost every person has at least heard of, A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti.  While I never had the chance to meet Foyt, I was able to once catch Andretti and get a picture with him at the track.

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I have a couple of Andretti certified auto from packs.  However, late one night I couldn’t sleep so what does one do?  Look at eBay on the iPad.  I’m not one to buy raw autos, but I saw a certified one that had been marked 60% off in a sellers store.  I’m pretty sure that I paid less for the item and the shipping than was originally paid to have it certified and encased.  I am very happy to have added a different auto to my PC.

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Maybe it was just destiny that I couldn’t sleep that night.  I rarely search Mario Andretti but I’m glad that I did.

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A Swell Mailday

I know that it’s been awhile since a mailday post, but rest assured we are still here.  This one is to add to my Frank Gatski PC.  If you’re curious why I collect him, feel free to go through some of the old “mailday” posts.  I can tell you that you’ll see more Gatski posts in the next few days.

Since “Gunner” has passed away, there aren’t many certified autographs out there.  The ones that are come from sets like Legendary Cuts and are limited to relatively small numbers and when you can find one, it’s asking a pretty significant price.  I know that I paid less for the piece than it cost to have it authenticated and slabbed.  I can say, that makes me happy.

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