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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TTM Success(es) #34 – It’s Been Awhile

Kin Kinsley
November 24, 2016

I’ve really slowed down on mailing out TTM requests. You may have noticed that I’m posting less as well. The two combined means has led to it being awhile since I’ve posted TTM successes. Many of you have commented that you like them, so today is your lucky (Thanksgiving) Day! Continue reading

Card Show Pickups

In our area, there is a card show at least two weekends a month.  Sometimes, it’s three.  Currently, we are in a stretch where we will have four in five weekends.  While it’s a good thing, there can be some bad.  When I mention some of the bad, don’t take that as any amount of complaining.  There are collectors across the country and even the world that would love to have a show one time a year in their area.

It’s nice to have a lot of shows.  In our area, they are run by different promoters.  You see a lot of the same sellers across shows but there are also sellers that only set up at a certain promoters’ shows.  I tend to hit the Johnson Sports Promotions shows and not so much the others, for particular reasons.

Where the problem can come in is that at a certain point, there’s just not much left for me to buy.  I like what I like and it’s a small percentage of stuff.  I can’t say that I have walked away from a show empty handed, but there have been instances of walking out with just a couple of items.

At the February 20 show, there was a seller that I hadn’t seen before and to my delight, he had vintage.  He was from Chicago, told me that he was visiting friends in Texas and decided to drive and set up at the show.  I’m glad he did.  He was the first seller I visited, hopeful that he would have things I’d be interested in.  He did.

His asking price on the cards was good for me.  The Browns I picked up for nostalgia sake.  I don’t care much about the NFL anymore but when I did, I was a Browns fan.  The 1955 Bowman Frank Gifford is a low(er) grade piece I picked up because it was 1955 Bowman.  I haven’t started “working” on the set, but I have quite a few of them now and it will eventually be a project.

The Gene Heeter and Bruce Bosley cards were each a buck or less.  This made them no-brainers to add to my WVU collection.  Finally, the Beliveau cards were also $1 each.  I knew they were older and that’s the sole reason I picked them up.  Not sure if I’m going to put them into my COMC store or what I will do with them.  They were purely an impulse buy.  I also picked up a low grade 1953 Topps Joe Rossi card and sent to Jason.

While I was at the seller’s table, a couple of guys that you may know from Twitter came over and gave me cards they thought I’d like.  They were right.

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2005 Topps All American – Chrome #32 Dick Anderson

Stephan brought this one over to me.  It’s no secret that I’m working on the 1955 All-American set (you can see what I have so far here) and this one is from the 2005 follow up.  I’ve considered working on the complete master set of this, but it’s likely more than I want to spend.  I’m very happy to have a start on it if I ever do, though.

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2013 Donruss Elite New Breed #30 Stedman Bailey

A couple of minutes later, Matt brought this one over to me.  He loves his Texas Longhorns and has a great collection.  This helps him appreciate how much I love my former Mountaineers and their cards.  Thanks, Matt!

Later on when I visited Stephan and Angela‘s table, they gave me another item.

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They know I like racing and decided to find them a good home.  I haven’t opened the pack yet, but I know that there is a Tony Stewart on the back.  Stewart had run the Indianapolis 500 a few times, so you know that he’s okay by me!

I walked around a little more, but really only made one other purchase, from Matt.

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1955 Bowman #37 Lou Groza

I picked this one up for the 1955 Bowman “collection.”  I have one, but an additional one at that price was something I wasn’t going to pass on.

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I also picked up some 70s card of former Mountaineers.  I love dime boxes, but it takes forever to go through.  I think I gave up after about two rows.  Not pictured are these cards that I sent to Richard in PA and also another box of 1986 Topps baseball.

All in all, I walked away a pretty happy guy.  I started discussing with some of the locals that maybe we should plan a day trip to Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio or some other area where we might find new sellers.  Well, new to us.  We shall see what the future holds.

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Dollar Box Pickups from Saturday’s Show

You may or may not have seen that on Saturday, I set up to sell at our local card show.  I feel like it was the most steady traffic that I’ve seen at a show since I moved to Fort Worth.  I may have seen more people in at once, but this show was hopping all but the first and last hour.  Even though there wasn’t as much time to look around as at other shows, I still made use of the early time I had.

My observation is that a lot of people don’t like to look through boxes of cards.  It seems that I am not “a lot of people.”  Matt always has a $1 box and he’s had new items at it at any show that I’ve made it to.   I don’t believe I’ve ever walked away without any cards from it.

I picked up eight cards from one set.  With vintage sets having smaller sets, picking up lots of cards makes it more likely that I will want to start working toward acquiring the set.  This is no exception.

This was the only non-football card that I picked up from the dollar box.  I did pick up a couple of others that I will post about in the future.  Dale Murphy was my first “favorite” player.

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I was SO going to be Dale Murphy when I grew up…I just knew it!

Somewhere along the line, I must have unloaded most of my Murphy cards.  That, or they were lost in the fire that burnt down my dad’s house.  I’ve decided to being passively collecting him again so I was really excited when I came across this one.  It’s in much better shape than the 1980 Topps I had before.  I’m sure of that.

I wasn’t born until 1979, so I know Merlin Olsen as a football announcer or the FTD guy or Jonathan Garvey or Father Murphy.  To most football fans, he is a Hall of Famer and picking up his card for a buck was a no-brainer.

I have a couple of 1955 Frank Gatskis and probably a handful of other cards.  It’s only a 160 card set, so I’m likely close to 10% of the way there.  I will probably just acquire any more cheap ones that I can come across and down the line start thinking about it.

I love dollar boxes.  I love vintage.  I really love dollar boxes that have vintage in them.

Vintage Football of the Day – 1953 Bowman #1 Eddie LeBaron

I don’t know how many times it’s happened, but Ken Griffey Jr. wasn’t the first athlete to have his rookie card be #1 in a set.  Eddie LeBaron’s first mainstream card saw him pictured on card number one.

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1953 Bowman #1 Eddie LeBaron

LeBaron passed away last year, but today would have been his 86th birthday.  He played 11 NFL seasons with the Redskins and Cowboys.  I’ll give you a nickel if you can tell me where he played college football without looking.  If you tell me that you said “Pacific,” I might call you a liar!

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Vintage Football Card of the Day – 1948-50 Safe-T-Card #6 Sammy Baugh

To be honest, I don’t know much about this card.  I saw it posted on the net54baseball.com forums and thought it would be a nice card of the day since it’s an “oddball,” I believe.

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1948-50 Safe-T-Card #6 Sammy Baugh

I hope that you enjoyed the look.  Please check back tomorrow for another!

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Vintage Football Card of the Day – Turk Edwards 1935 National Chicle #11B BVG 3

Turk Edwards spent his entire pro football career with the Washington Redskins franchise.  He originally joined the team in 1932, when they were the Boston Braves.  After his playing career ended, he was an assistant and later Head Coach of the Redskins.  Edwards was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

This particular card is currently on auction by Beckett Auctions.  If you choose to bid, good luck!  Let us know that you won!

Turk Edwards Chicle

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