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2010 Allen and Ginter Deals

June 16, 2010

2010 Allen and Ginter is scheduled to be released by Topps in late June. A perennial collector favorite, 2010’s version of Allen and Ginter will be sure not to disappoint once again. In each hobby box, look to find a combination of any three of an: auto card, relic card, cut signature, rip card, printing plate plus a box loader.

It’s always good to purchase from your local hobby shop, if you have one, because not only are you helping out a local small business, but hopefully you’re making a contact who will help you out learning about new products, and who may even cut you a break on some cards. But, if you don’t have a local hobby shop, here are the places to look online to find your best deal on 2010 Allen and Ginter hobby boxes.

Dave and Adam’s who I’ve found to be reliable and to offer good deals is selling hobby boxes for $105.95. As usual with Dave adn Adam, you get free UPS ground shipping if your order is over $150.

The Georgetown Card Exchange is offering a deal on 3 or more boxes of Allen and Ginter for $94.95 each. Not a bad deal, if you’ve got the dough.

Blowout Cards has limited inventory at a price of $95 per hobby box, and you’ll get free shipping if you purchase $5 more of any product (free shipping on $99 or more orders).

And as usual you just might find your best deal on eBay.

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Baseball Card News 05 21 10

May 21, 2010

Tuff Stuff Magazine released a great article

on how certain memorabilia cards are created. This article applies more to racing memorabilia cards than it does to baseball memorabilia cards, but it’s a great inside look at the process nonetheless.

The eTopps Big League Challenge returns for 2010, beginning on Monday, May 24th. Weekly winners and a Grand Prize winner of the game, involving 3 batters and 2 pitchers using fantasy stats each week from unlocked eTopps cards, will earn cases of Topps baseball cards and autographed baseball cards.

The Cardboard Connection recently had a nice post about 20 star rookie cards that can be found for under $20.

3 Top eBay Baseball Card Sales

  • 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144, graded PSA 7 – sold for $9,703 (auction)
  • 1909 T206 Ty Cobb (Bat off shoulder), graded PSA 7 – sold for $6,200 (best offer)
  • T206 Ty Cobb (Bat off shoulder), graded PSA 7 – sold for $4,730 (auction)

Here is an interesting additional recent sale on eBay:
1954 Topps Ray Blades #154, graded PSA 9 – sold for $2,550 (auction)

Releases

2010 Topps Series 2 is coming out next week on May 27th. You can find good prices on hobby boxes on eBay.

2010 Tristar In Pursuit of the Majors was released last week. You can find really good prices at Blowout Cards.

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Baseball Card News This Week – April 16, 2010

April 18, 2010

A recent review of the newly released book Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession, describes how the “market” for 1980s baseball cards crashed, and how collecting baseball cards for their monetary value can be a dangerous pitfall.  If you were investing in cards in the 1980s you may have lost a bundle.  If you were collecting the cards for your own enjoyment, you still have cards that hold value, perhaps sentimentally, if not monetarily.

With Upper Deck owing previous debts, and now having to pay what is deemed as a “substantial amount” for their recent lawsuit settlement with MLB, it’s not a surprise that, according to The New York Times, they are having financial difficulties and trouble paying the MLB players’ union.

The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 continues to be a top seller online, as one recently graded PSA6 sold for a cool $18,000 on eBay.   Here are three other recent top baseball card sales online:

  1. 1971 Topps Thurman Munson #5, Graded PSA 9 – sold for $12,995
  2. 1982 Topps Cal Ripken Jr. Rookie, Graded BGS 10 – sold for $12,999
  3. 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle #135, Graded PSA 9 – sold for $12,500

The 2010 Topps Finest baseball card release became available in late March.  Much interest was generated for this release when Topps announced that the #1 Rookie Redemption card would be for Jason Heyward.

Did you know……….at the Minnesota Twins new Target Field they have a wall of baseball cards lining the outside of the stadium?

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National Chicle Baseball Cards by Topps for 2010

January 9, 2010

Looks like Topps will be applying it’s successful National Chicle football brand to it’s (now MLB exclusive) baseball card brand.  On the Beckett Blog, Chris Olds wrote about the 2010 National Chicle baseball card set which Topps will release later this year.  

Looks like this release will have Canadian pharmacy all on-card autographs, which is a big plus for most collectors.Being a fan of the retro baseball card sets, I’m looking forward to this release.   I’d bet there are many other collectors that are with me on this one.

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2010 Topps Series 1 Baseball Cards

January 9, 2010

We’ll see our first baseball card release of 2010 in late January, when Topps releases it’s Series 1 Baseball, currently slated for January 27, 2010. 

As Topps stands alone on top of the baseball card heap as the “only official baseball card of Major League Baseball”, it’s initial offering to baseball card collectors is much anticipated.  In each hobby box you’ll find, on average, one autograph or relic card, and in each jumbo hobby box, you’ll find, on average, one autograph and two relic cards.

The design of these cards, in my opinion (because we know that card design is largely subjective), is one of Topps better outputs in recent years.  The script team name writing and colored half circle border give these cards both a classic and modern look at the same time. 

How much will you pay for a hobby box of this year’s first 2010 release?  Well, a jumbo HTA box will run you somewhere near $95.  Regular hobby box prices are all over the place right now on eBay, but some of the top online sellers have prices running a tad over $55.

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Baseball’s “LeBron” Is Coming

June 16, 2009

Did you read the June 8 issue of Sports Illustrated? If not, and you’re a baseball fan, you have to pick it up. Or just follow this link to read it. Pretty interesting story, huh?

Well, there’s an update. As detailed in the article on SI’s website, the young baseball phenom will look to get his G.E. D. and enter a community college in the fall. That would mean that he’d be eligible for the draft as soon as 2010.

If Harper is drafted in 2010, and proves hit baseball mettle quickly at the professional level, he won’t be as young as some say Fred Chapman was as a pro player, or as Joe Nuxhall was, but he will certainly be one of the youngest ever, and you will be seeing his baseball cards hit the market with quite a high value.

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