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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Looking To Collect a Royal Rumble Favorite?

  Are you anxiously awaiting tonight’s WWE Royal Rumble like I am? Are you stuck inside with several inches of snow (22 to be exact) outside like I am? If so, here’s a look at my Top 10 favorites for tonight’s event and a key card for each that you may want to add to your collection.
A.J. Styles

 

2004 Pacific TNA Autograph ($7)
 

It’s been rumored for a few weeks now that TNA’s former golden boy has signed with WWE and may make his debut as early as tonight’s Royal Rumble. Will he win? I doubt it as debuting superstars aren’t usually deemed “WWE ready” initially. He’s a fan favorite that will get a huge crowd reaction if he shows up tonight but don’t count on him being the last man remaining. 

Roman Reigns

 

2015 WWE Topps Heritage Autograph ($25)

Reigns is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion going into tonight’s event but he’s also the #1 entrant giving him the most difficult hill to climb. Plenty of #1’s have won it all but The McMahons are definitely going to try their best to prevent that from happening. 

Brock Lesnar

 

2002 Fleer Royal Rumble RC ($20)
  

He’s probably the favorite to win it all tonight and he should be. But, after The Wyatt Family attacked him on Monday, will he lose focus and be distracted by them once again allowing himself to be eliminated?

Samoa Joe

 

2010 Tristar The Next Generation TNA Icons ($13)

Let’s face it. This pick is wishful thinking on my part as he’s just not in the title picture at the moment. However, I’d love to see him make his WWE main roster debut later tonight!

Daniel Bryan

2015 WWE Topps Autograph ($25)

Daniel Bryan has been off of WWE television for quite awhile now waiting to be cleared by WWE’s doctors. But, I have seen a couple rumors floating around out there that he was cleared earlier this week.  Were they true? Nobody knows for sure. But, if he makes his return tonight, he is automatically a top favorite to win.  

Triple H

 

2002 Fleer All Access Off The Mat Autograph ($500)

Triple H has to be considered a lock to return tonight. But, it remains to be seen if he’ll be a Rumble entrant or just an outside distraction to get revenge on Roman Reigns and help eliminate him. 

The Undertaker

 

1994 WWF Action Packed Autograph ($225)

The Undertaker is always a potential return for the Royal Rumble and thus year is no different. You know he’ll play s big factor in this year’s Wrestlemania as it could be his last. Expect Taker to show up tonight or tomorrow on Raw at the latest. Either way, enjoy the ride!

Finn Balor

2015 Topps WWE Undisputed NXT In Line Autograph ($50)

While there’s a good chance he’ll make his main roster debut tonight, don’t expect him to win. He’s an outside favorite but I would expect The Balor Club after Wrestlemania if he doesn’t show up tonight. 

Bray Wyatt

 

2015 Topps WWE Undisputed Autograph ($15)
 

Consider him a favorite only if his Family eliminates Brock Lesnar as that seems to be where his Wrestlemania story is heading. 

Kevin Owens

2015 Topps WWE Undisputed NXT In Line Autograph ($40)

This man should be WWE World Heavyweight Chsmpion very soon! I just don’t know if tonight is his night. If he loses to Dean Ambrose I would expect his chances of winning being higher than if he beats Ambrose. Remember last year’s Wrestlemania when Seth Rollins lost to Randy Orton then cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase during the Reigns/Lesnar match? Will history repeat itself? It’s very possible.  

A Peachy, Vintage #Mailday

While I’ve gotten back into picking up vintage cards for the most part, I primarily focus on football.  However, I saw this card on auction on a Facebook page, so I went ahead and made the first bid.  I never expected to win it at that price, but I did.

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I know the card isn’t in great shape, but high book on it is $50.  I ended up getting it for $8 – the $5 opening bid and $3 shipping.  Even when I did have some vintage cards a few years ago, I know that I never owned a Ty Cobb card.  Now, I do.

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The Pull of my Childhood: 1989 Fleer Bill Ripken “F*** Face”

Yesterday Jason posted about the pull of his life.  I thought it was a fun piece to read and judging by the amount of reads that it received, so did many others.  That told me that perhaps people would be interested in mine.

Jason has also posted a couple of times on errors and variations from the cards of our youth.  This card is certainly one of those.  While not the most “valuable,” it’s likely the most well known error card.  As I write this, I feel like this piece is all due to Jason.

I started collecting cards with the 1987 sets.  My uncle, who was a collector, gave me a 1986 Topps set for Christmas (of 1986).  I’m sure my parents just bought me a couple of packs of those 1987 Topps at first, but I can’t remember for sure (I would have only been eight at the time).  What I do remember is being hooked by those wood grain borders.  I obviously showed a continued interest and ended up getting more and more cards.  I also remember that each Friday, my mama would go to a wholesaler in Westover (across the river from Morgantown, West Virginia) and by me a box of 1987 Donruss cards.  My life was never the same after that.

For whatever reason, it seemed that Fleer cards were harder to come by in Morgantown early on in my collecting life.  I don’t recall ever getting a pack of 1987 Fleer.  I vaguely remember my dad getting me a couple of packs of the 1988 cards.  I believe he picked them up at the 7-Eleven on University Avenue, across from where he worked.  It was really cool  to have a few of those cards in my monster boxes, breaking up all of the Topps and Donruss ones.

One evening, it had to be the spring of 1989, my mama calls me in and asks me if I know about some Ripken error card and if I had it.  I didn’t – know about it or have it.  It was a Fleer and to that point, I didn’t have any.  She actually saw a story about the card on the national news.  I grew up only having satellite television, so it had to be one of the major networks that mentioned it.

I can’t say how much later it was until the next card show in my town, but I don’t believe it was too long.  There haven’t been steady shows in north central West Virginia in years, but in the late 80s – early 90s, there was one two or three times a year at the local Ramada Inn.  That was where, as I kid, I experienced my first card show autograph guest.  It was none other than Chicago Cub Doug Dascenzo.

Moving on…

That spring 1989 show, my mama must have come down with card fever after seeing that piece on the news.  We went to the table that was run by my local card guy, Bob.  Bob Bailey owned a (very) small neighborhood grocery store, and had a few singles displayed in the back of the store and always had packs in the front.  We didn’t have a local card shop in town at the time, so that little grocery store WAS my LCS.

I want to say that he was asking three or four dollars a pack.  Bob was a good man and he wasn’t price gouging.  He knew what the market was on them and was just asking for the going rate.  I was shocked when mama let me pick out two or three packs!  At that time, wax packs were 50 cents or so.  She was letting me buy these, and this was a woman that scoffed at 1989 Upper Deck, which was $1 a pack.  I was floored.

Packs in hand, we headed outside the ballroom to a spot where there were a few chairs.  Not sure at what point, but I opened a pack, and there it was!  THIS EXACT CARD:

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There was an “older” guy that offered to pay me a whole $10 for the card!  I’m pretty sure that I not-so-politely declined.  I probably would have said worse, but my mama was there with me.  I guess as long as cards have had real “value,” there have been people trying to take advantage of others.

I’ve gone through a couple of times in life where I’ve “left” the hobby, but that’s relative.  There was a point where I was down to just one four row box of cards.   However, this is one card that I have always kept.  Not sure why that price tag is on the back.  Maybe I did consider selling it at one point.  Maybe I needed to put it into a new sleeve when I was younger and that’s the only one that I had.  However, this card has been mine for 26 years now.  It will always have more sentimental than monetary value to me.

Sometime in the last couple of years, I added this Ripken variation:

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It’s cool to have because of the history of the ol’ 1989 Fleer #616, but it’s just a card to me.  It is nowhere in the stratosphere of the “F*** Face” card that I pulled as an eight year old.

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