2017 Panini Plates & Patches Football Checklist and Team Set Lists

Despite having just five cards per box, 2017 Panini Plates & Patches Football squeezes in a lot of variety when it comes to card types. That includes an autograph, a memorabilia card and a printing plate every time out.

2017 Panini Plates & Patches Football

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2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Gallery, Checklist and All You Need to Know

The 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations continue a longstanding tradition with the flagship set in recent years. The short prints offer a different look to select Series 1 base cards at longer odds. For some SSP cards, it means much longer odds.

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations

With so much to keep track of, let’s help make it a little bit easier for you. Here’s a break down of all the things to look for when it comes to 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball variation short prints.

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2018 Topps Home Run Challenge Details and How to Play

The 2018 Topps Home Run Challenge is the latest evolution of the company’s code cards. Like past programs, when a collector finds one of the special cards, it prompts them to hop online and enter the code that’s on the back of the card (you need to scratch it to reveal it).

But rather than simply unlocking a buyback card or prognosticating for a chance at a million dollars, this time it’s asking collectors to call their shot.

2018 Topps Home Run Challenge Mike Trout

And if you call it right, you get exclusive cards. Just for playing, you could win other prizes including the grand prize–a trip to the 2019 Home Run Derby in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Here’s a Look at Some 2018 Donruss Shohei Ohtani Autographs

In a few months, there’s a good chance that Shohei Ohtani autographs will have been in several products. But right now, they’re fresh and collectors in North America, Japan and other points in between are excited for them. Topps has peeked a live look at some cards slated for 2018 Bowman. But before those arrive, there’s 2018 Donruss Baseball from Panini.

They have the Angels signee on a few different cards–some pitching, some hitting and some that take it old-school.

2018 Donruss Diamond Kings Autograph Shohei Ohtani

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The Daily: 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Russell Wilson

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Russell Wilson

The Card: 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Russell Wilson #BDPP47

And Russell Wilson is a member of the New York Yankees. Yes, that Russell Wilson, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.

He joins the Yankees system in a trade with the Texas Rangers.

Is Wilson the next Bo Jackson? Probably not, but he will get plenty of photo ops thanks to a spring training invite. It also puts Wilson and Tim Tebow on New York baseball teams, opening up grounds for a faux rivalry.

Wilson was originally a fourth round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2010. The Rangers picked him up in December, 2013 as part of the Rule 5 Draft.

Russell Wilson baseball cards actually predate his football Rookie Cards. He doesn’t have an autograph in 2010 Bowman Draft, but he does have regular and chrome Prospect cards. Wilson is also on the 2010 Topps Pro Debut checklist.

Following the trade to the Rangers, both Topps and Panini made new rounds of Russell Wilson baseball cards, primarily in 2014. However, Topps did autographed patch cards for 2015 Dynasty Baseball.

The Daily highlights a key player or personality in the world of sports or collecting from the past 24 hours along with one of their key cards.

2018 Topps Throwback Thursday Plays ‘What If?’

2018 Topps Throwback Thursday looks back at some of the old sets and designs in the company’s portfolio and uses them to create new cards.

Packaged as an ongoing series of online-exclusive mini sets, each is done in a print-on-demand format. Available for a week on the Topps website, individual sets of six cards cost $19.99. Bulk lots of three sets are a discounted $49.99. Those looking for specific cards rather than full sets can usually find them listed on eBay even while they’re still available from Topps. Several dealers and collectors break apart sets and sell the singles.

Because sets are printed to order, production numbers can vary from set to set. Sometimes it’s by a significant amount, depending on the focus of the set and its checklist. Usually those with hot rookies sell the most, as demonstrated by the Aaron Judge Effect in the 2017 Topps TBT release. Other variables can also come into play.

Design samples don’t always come from baseball. Topps has a rich history in football, basketball, hockey, entertainment and more. They may not have the same mix of licenses as the past, but they can still apply a familiar look to a new product and player mix. This was apparent in the first set of 2018 Topps Throwback Thursday cards, which used the 1968 Topps Football design and used it for current MLB players.

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Comment Card: 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout

We’re working on an article about the 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout Rookie Card for an upcoming issue of Beckett Baseball Card Monthly and we’re looking for some collector input.

2011 Topps Update Mike Trout RC

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2018 Topps Baseball Factory Set Details

The 2018 Topps Baseball factory set is your way to fast-track a collection of the Series 1 and Series 2 base sets.

2018 Topps Baseball Complete Set Hobby Box

It’s a line with so much tradition and history that it carries over into how people collect it, just not the content. Some love the sport and may have a passion for cards — just not the work involved in putting a set together, sorting through doubles and getting inserts that might not be part of that tradition.

Enter the factory set. It comes with all the base cards nicely packaged in a custom box.

And some extra exclusives as an added bonus.

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2017-18 Donruss Optic Basketball Includes On-Card Rated Rookie Autographs

2017-18 Donruss Optic Basketball makes the Rated Rookies (and much of 2017-18 Donruss) shine. While the set still has some of the same retro vibe, the chromium stock changes things up both in look and feel.

2017-18 Donruss Optic Basketball

Autographs and colorful parallels run throughout much of the checklist with each hobby box promising one signed card.

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Shohei Ohtani Autographs in 2018 Bowman Baseball? Indeed.

Last week Topps teased a peek at an autograph signing they had with Shohei Ohtani. Cards were being signed, but they didn’t say where they’d be found. Now we know where some of them are going.

2018 Bowman Baseball.

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The Daily: 1970-71 O-Pee-Chee Darryl Sittler RC

The Card: 1970-71 O-Pee-Chee Darryl Sittler RC #218

February 7, 1976 Darryl Sittler scored six goals and got assists on four more. In the process, the Maple Leafs superstar set an NHL record with ten points in a single game. It’s a record that still stands more than 40 years later. In fact, nobody else has more than eight points.

By comparison, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin was recently named the NHL Player of the Month for January by recording 19 points over a dozen games.

Sittler’s ten-point game marks one of many big moments in his career. This includes 484 goals, 1,121 points and Hall of Fame induction in 1989. Sittler was also a member of the Canadian team that won gold at the 1976 Canada Cup.

Darryl Sittler has a Rookie Card in 1970-71 O-Pee-Chee. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the key cards in the set. Other RCs include Bobby Clarke and Gilbert Perreault.

Sittler is not in 1970-71 Topps Hockey.

The Daily highlights a key player or personality in the world of sports or collecting from the past 24 hours along with one of their key cards.

Jamey Eisenberg Wins Award for CBS Sports/Beckett Fantasy Football Feature

A feature on the top wide receivers that appeared in the 2017 CBS Sports/Beckett Sports “Fantasy Football 2017 Draft Guide” earned noted Fantasy Football author Jamey Eisenberg an award for excellence Tuesday night.

Eisenberg beat out four other nominees to win the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s 2017 “”Best Football Article – Print” for his “Best of the Best” feature detailing the elite eight wide receivers heading into the 2017 season. The piece was published in both the Spring and Summer issues of the 2017 CBS Sports/Beckett Sports Fantasy Football magazine.

“I was just proud to work with Beckett to produce a quality preview article on wide receivers,” Eisenberg said, “and I look forward to doing more of the same with our upcoming Fantasy Football articles in 2018 and the future.”

The FSWA’s award winners were announced Feb. 6 on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. This is the 14th year the FSWA has awarded excellence in Fantasy Sports writing and broadcasting.

2018 Rittenhouse Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Heroes and Villains Includes Iggy Pop Autographs

2018 Rittenhouse Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Heroes and Villains trading cards mark the first time the show has had a dedicated set of its own in more than a decade. While the product has a character-driven checklist, there are plenty of different inserts and other angles to flesh it out.

2018 Rittenhouse Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Heroes and Villains

One of those is autographs. Landing three per box, these include a mix of DS9 regulars, dual autographs and some notable guest stars. Among them? Punk legend and Stooges frontman, Iggy Pop.

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Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards and More

Be prepared to hear a fair bit about Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards in the years ahead. His cards have been capturing the attention of collectors since the first ones debuted in 2015.

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The Red Sox star entered 2017, his Rookie Season, atop Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects. The fact that he plays in Boston certainly added to the attention as well.

Having appeared in 34 games in 2016, Benintendi got an early taste of MLB play. The sample size was a small one, but it was enough to mean Rookie Cards throughout 2017 baseball card products from Topps and Panini.

The first Andrew Benintendi cards came out in 2015, not long after the Red Sox selected him with the seventh overall pick in the draft. Among those first cards are autographs in several prospect-driven sets including 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft.

Because his MLB debut came in the latter part of 2016, Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards were pushed into 2017. Starting with 2017 Topps Series 1, he had tons of cards released throughout the year. From cheap base cards to common inserts to super premium autographs, there’s something for everyone when it comes to 2017 Andrew Benintendi cards.

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2018 Topps Now WWE Resets Checklist for Second Series

2018 Topps Now WWE showcases big events as they happen. From title changes to pay-per-view showdowns, notable debuts and some returning surprises, it’s all fair game in the online-exclusive set.

2018 Topps Now WWE 2 Shinsuke Nakamura

Available only through the Topps website, usually for just 24 hours, this is a continuation of sorts for the print-on-demand line that debuted in 2016.

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2018 Upper Deck Marvel Annual 2017 Recaps Year’s Biggest Comic Events

2018 Upper Deck Marvel Annual 2017 trading cards take it back to the year that was. The set recaps everything from major events, character debuts, deaths (permanent or not) and more.

2018 Upper Deck Marvel Annual Top 10

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The Daily: 1962 Topps Babe Ruth #135

1962 Topps 135 Babe Ruth Babe As a Boy

The Card: 1962 Topps Babe Ruth #135 “Babe As a Boy”

February 6 marks the birth of a baseball giant. Babe Ruth was born on this day in 1895 in Baltimore. Like many heroes, Ruth’s origin story isn’t spectacular. But his youth laid the groundwork for not only the player he would be but the larger-than-life character he’d become.

It’s not just the home runs, World Series Championships and record-setting accolades that turned George Herman Ruth into “The Babe” or “The Sultan of Swat.” It was the persona that went along with it. He lived big. He lived fast. Sometimes Babe Ruth got into trouble. But, according to legend, any real pain inflicted was more on himself than those around him.

1962 Topps Baseball charts some of the highlights of the Bambino’s career and life with a special ten-card Babe Ruth Story subset. Kicking things off is a look at his younger years. This particular card pictures his days at St. Mary’s Industrial School, taken during Ruth’s teenage years.

As far as vintage Babe Ruth cards, this subset isn’t overly expensive, at least when you compare it to cards released during his playing days. In addition to the regular version, there’s also a Green Tint Variation. The scarce 1962 Topps Venezuelan set also has the Babe Ruth Story subset.

The Daily highlights a key player or personality in the world of sports or collecting from the past 24 hours along with one of their key cards.

2017 Panini Instant Football Debuts at the NFL Combine, Carries on as Season Unfolds

The NFL doesn’t take much of a break. Shortly after the last pieces of confetti fall at the Super Bowl, it’s time for teams to start prepping for the draft. 2017 Panini Instant Football sees the online-exclusive, print-on-demand line return for a second season.

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Local Card Shop of the Week: Middle Georgia Sports Cards

Charlie Heinisch Jr. has been “ripping packs” since 1979 when he was 7-years-old. By the early 1980’s he was set building, flipping cards and trading with neighborhood friends. Throughout his life, his love for the hobby has continued to burn strong and that love eventually led to opening booths in flea markets and antique malls to sell cards.

Being an avid hobbyist, he decided to open a shop in November 2015 with his family that includes Lisa, his wife, and their three sons. With some help from friends as well, Middle Georgia Sportscards and Collectibles is now one of the most popular Card Shops in Georgia. I visited Charlie to discuss the success of the shop and his thoughts on the current state of the hobby. Charlie’s popularity was evident the moment I walked in the shop and witnessed the steady flow of customers on this cold Saturday afternoon. I snuck in some questions between customers buying the newly released 2018 Topps and getting tips on how to store Five Star Autographs in cases. The experience at a card shop is like no other for those of us that call this our hobby!

Local Card Shop of the Week is brought to you by Southern Hobby, who has been serving the collecting community for nearly 30 years.

 

JS – Thanks for taking the time to speak with me, Charlie. You opened your store back in 2015. What led you to make that decision?

 

CH – It has really been a lifelong dream of mine to open a real card shop. I’ve tried flea markets and antique malls but really wanted my own shop. After a life changing event for me and my family, we decided that the time was right to give it a shot.

 

JS – You have been collecting for almost 40 years so you have seen a lot of innovation in the Hobby over the years. What are some of the major differences you see in shops today vs. when you were a kid?

 

CH – One of the major differences in shops today vs. before is that shops before had a lot of coins, stamps and other collectibles that could be found. It would be more difficult to do all of that today. Shops are more specialized now than the “full hobby shops” from my childhood. There were also more kids shopping back then than now. I think the kids from those days have all grown up and are coming back in the shop now. One of our goals is to pull kids back into the Hobby. We offer kids discounts on items in the store if they bring in their report cards. The parents love it, it promotes education and the hobby and it’s rewarding for me to see the kids enjoying the whole process.

 

JS – The state of Georgia has had a great 12 months in certain aspects when it comes to sports teams with both the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Bulldogs reaching the championship game in their respective leagues. On the other hand, the Braves and Hawks are not at the top of their game right now. What are some of the major players or teams that your client base focuses on and how have recent successes translated to your store activity?

 

CH – We have definitely seen success in the store from the teams on the field. Georgia is a strong state when it comes to support for their teams. Braves Nation is always going to be supportive of their team regardless of their success. Even with a down few seasons, Chipper being elected to the Hall of Fame has been a big positive. As for Georgia, the fans of that team are much like the fans for the Braves. They support their team in good and bad and we have had more good lately than bad. More success on the field equates to more success in the hobby. More people have been in the store recently looking for Georgia merchandise. It helps that Jake Fromm is from Warner Robins but the team’s success has been a boost.

 

JS – In addition to the above teams, I know that a new baseball team will begin playing in Macon, GA (about 20 miles north of you) in May of 2018. What can you tell us about that team? Do you anticipate any benefits of having a team so close?

 

CH – I am still learning about the Macon Bacon but I am very interested in working with them in the future to promote the team. I hope to be in contact with them soon to tie in some information from the upcoming season with the store.

 

JS – If you had to pick, what one particular player, past or present, would you say is the most beloved in Georgia and is in the majority of local collections?

 

CH – The number one athlete in the state is Chipper Jones. He played his entire career in the state of Georgia and the strong fan base for the Braves grew up with him and feels like he’s family. When he succeeds, we succeed. When he goes into the Hall, we go into the Hall. I watched him his entire career but I see collectors who started collecting at the end of his career that still love him and go back and learn about his early career. I would say that a strong second is Dale Murphy because the whole state wants him in the Hall of Fame and thinks he deserves it.

 

JS – What have been some of the hottest products in your store in the last 12 months and why do you think collectors have been drawn to those?

 

CH –Topps Triple Threads has been very popular. It was popular here at the shop specifically because we pulled 3 Deca Cards, which are very sought after inserts with 10 autographs or relics and they are numbered to 10 or less. All Bowman products starting in April through the Bowman’s Best products in December are hot here. Collectors love prospecting and the Braves hot prospects have included Ronald Acuña and Kevin Maitan. Also, Topps Chrome was big because of the Aaron Judge autographs that were being found. For that matter, any product with Judge was hot.

 

JS – What have been some of the biggest hits pulled at Middle Georgia Sports Cards?

 

CH – As I mentioned before, we had 3 Deca cards pulled. One of those had names that included Nolan Ryan, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, Clayton Kershaw, John Smoltz, Steve Carlton, Roger Clemens and Dennis Eckersley. We also had a Ronald Acuña 1/1 out of Topps Pro Debut that was big. One customer pulled a John Wayne 1/1 Cut Signature out of Five Star. We also had a John Smoltz 1/1 auto/patch from Five Star. One of the bigger football pulls was out of Donruss Elite and was a triple auto of Don Majkowksi, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. We have had a lot of very neat stuff come out of the shop and there are several Acuña’s and Judge’s on the list. Most recently, we pulled a 1/1 Albert Pujols sketch card from 2018 Topps, which was coincidentally the same collector that pulled the 1/1 Acuña. (Interestingly enough, he walked in as I was wrapping up the interview and we discussed those pulls.)

JS – You deserve a lot of credit for bringing sports card shows back to Middle Georgia. I know that your store has been vital in providing options for collectors in Middle and South Georgia. Have you seen growth in the desire for shows, guest appearances and overall general interest in the hobby due to those shows?

 

CH – There is still a need for card shows because collectors love treasure boxes and hidden gems. You can’t find those on social media or eBay. Collectors need to still have the option to go through .35 cent boxes to find some of those special cards you are looking for. Card shows are still the best place to go for deals and trades. We have been fortunate to have guests like Alejandro Peña, Levi Walker a/k/a Chief Noc-A-Homa (former Braves mascot) and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rex White.

 

JS – Do you have a schedule for 2018 shows yet?

 

CH – We do, starting March 11, we will have a show on the second Sunday of each month at the Hilton Garden Inn in McDonough. Look for additional shows to be in Macon as well.

 

JS – Your Facebook page advertises a lot of events such as Trade Nights, Live Breaks and other contests. Can you tell us a little more about those events and how you try to engage your customer base through social media and online activities?

 

CH – As products release, we have breaks on the Facebook page. We don’t try to flood our customers with breaks because we are a hobby store first and not breakers per se. We do trade nights every other month here at the shop and it’s really like speed dating for card collectors. Traders set up TV trays around the shop and go from station to station making trade after trade. It’s a really fun event we have and it has received a great response.

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2018 Topps Baseball Parallels Gallery and Guide

The 2018 Topps Baseball parallel rainbow is one that incorporates color, patterns and even holidays. As has been the case for several years, every base card has several versions to chase, often when you’re a team or player collector.

Most years, these come through in the borders. But for the third consecutive year, the flagship set has taken a full-bleed approach. That means some of the parallels have to get a little more creative.

For many of the color-based 2018 Topps Baseball parallels, this is done with the addition of a subtle burst pattern cast in the card’s background behind the player. Waves flow up in both directions, creating a space where the color stands out a little more. That pattern is also a parallel tip-off in case the color change is too subtle.

Whether you’re looking to identify a specific parallel or want to know what you have to chase to build the rainbow, here’s a full list and gallery.

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2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football Features Early Rookie Ink

2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football brings an early start to the new season. The collegiate release focuses largely on 2018 rookies but, like past releases under the banner, veterans are also included from their amateur days.

2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football

Autographs are also a big part of the set’s hobby release where each pack comes with a signed card.

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Top Rookie Card for Every Member of the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII Roster

The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl Champions. Through all the drama, potential prop bets, halftime fashion debates, Nick Foles and the Eagles made sure there was no complete comeback for Tom Brady and the Patriots.

While Foles was masterful anchoring Philadelphia’s offense, make no mistake, this was a team effort. From a hobby perspective, this is a team of heroes, not necessarily superstars. Foles will be for a short time in the afterglow of the game, but a lot of people are likely to be cashing in on what they’ve been sitting on for the last five years.

When it comes to collecting, the biggest name on the Eagles is Carson Wentz. But injury kept him out of the end of the regular season and all of the postseason. He certainly helped the team get there, but Wentz doesn’t figure directly into the takedown of the Patriots.

Here’s a full breakdown of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl LII roster along with the most valuable Rookie Card for each player (and a link to their full RC checklist).

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2017-18 SP Game Used Hockey Box Busters

Join Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017-18 SP Game Used Hockey.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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How to Spot & Avoid a Fake 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Card

The 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Card is one of the top cards of the modern era. Unfortunately, that means that counterfeit copies are becoming a bigger problem.

“BGS saw quite a few of the Contender counterfeits at the beginning of the season and a few each month sprinkled in over  the season,” observes Beckett Grading’s David Poole. “Beckett Authentication has also seen a rise in people wanting the card’s autograph authenticated.”

2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Ticket Autograph BGS 9

Poole has some handy tips to help you avoid buying a fake 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Card.

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Can You Guess the Card Shohei Ohtani Is Signing?

Topps promised Shohei Ohtani autographs are on the way. And at least some are already signed and ready to go–with on-card signatures no less. Topps posted the following on Instagram:

😎 Ohtani autographs are coming! #topps #collect #thehobby #ohtani

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The question is, can you figure out what set it might be from? 2018 Bowman? Something else?

Leave your guesses in the comments below or let us know on Twitter.

The Daily: 1990 Pro Set Vince Lombardi Trophy Hologram

1990 Pro Set Vince Lombardi Hologram

The Card: 1990 Pro Set Vince Lombardi Trophy Hologram

On Sunday, Super Bowl LII goes down. And it’ll either be Tom Brady and the Patriots adding another page to their dynasty or Nick Foles helping the Eagles finish the job that Carson Wentz started.

No matter the way things finish and who raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy, there are plenty of angles to come at it, all of which makes for an exciting game. At least on paper. Once the kickoff takes place, you never know how it’s going to play out. And even if the Eagles jump out to a big lead, like 28-3, the Patriots could still find a way to win.

While we’re looking at the Super Bowl and the Vince Lombardi Trophy, February 2 also marks an important date in Lombardi’s legend. It was on this day in 1959 that he signed on as the coach with the Green Bay Packers.

And when they go on to name the sport’s biggest trophy in your honor, you know you’re doing something right.

When it comes to early inserts, the 1990 Pro Set Vince Lombardi Trophy Hologram is the thing of legend. Yes, it has 10,000 copies. And that’s a lot — by today’s standards. But we’re talking about 1990 Pro Set Football.

This is a card of mythical proportions. Finding one was like striking gold. Add to that, it’s a hologram — the original cardboard sparkle.

When it comes to value, most Pro Set cards haven’t held up. But the 1990 Vince Lombardi Trophy Hologram is one that has. It’s one of those transcendent cards fuelled by rarity (for the time) and being the chase for a generation of collectors.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks or by email.

Q&A with David Hunt, Owner of Hunt Auctions in Exton, PA

David Hunt is the president of Hunt Auctions. They’ve been in business for 24 years, focusing on the sports memorabilia industry. Hunt Auctions has clients in all 50 states and also participates in major shows and events throughout the sports world. Hunt also specializes in obtaining player collections from the families of the player or the athlete itself. Some of the players include legends such as Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Unitas, Roy Campanella, Walter Johnson and Thurman Munson.

We caught up with him in Minneapolis in the week leading up to Super Bowl LII.

BM: Who’s your Super Bowl pick and why?

DH: We’re from Philadelphia. So, as much as we’ve done this for 10 years and we’ve really enjoyed some exciting games, for us this year, it’s personal. There’s a business side of it and we’re going to have Vikings things, we’re going to have Patriots items, but I cannot sit here and say we’re not rooting for the Eagles. I cannot say that we’re not picking them and being from that city and understanding how passionate the fans are, I am 100 percent sure what this town will look like probably as of Thursday, if not earlier, and it will be a very strong showing of Eagles fans. Not only do I think that’ll they’ll win but from a business standpoint for us it could be one of the best ones we’ve ever done.

BM: Why do you think the Eagles will win?

DH: I think the Eagles will win because they have the exact right type of team. They can disrupt a very measured and professional team like New England, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. It doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee, but they’ve got the right recipe of people . The NFC Championship game was trending all Minnesota, the first touchdown, they were driving and then the entire thing went upside down and it was over. That could easily happen here, or it might not. It’s certainly got a chance.

BM: What did you collect when you were younger?

DH: I certainly started with baseball cards when I was very young, like probably all of us did in the Hobby and it evolved. I do have an antiques/art background, sort of the early baseball 19th century sort of the early folk art things. It really became difficult to collect after that because running an auction house like we do, it’s a complete conflict, so obviously we would never bid in our auction, so it’s very difficult to find the things that we’d like to have or I’d like to have so it would be more interest things I acquire along the line, being in Philadelphia working with the Phillies when the Phillies won in 2008 with the players they would give me something, just fun things like we all enjoy here.

BM: What was your favorite baseball card set and why?

DH: For some reason, I loved Donruss when it came out, which is interesting because when it first came out from a quality-level standpoint, it was what it was, but that ’84 Donruss set, I still love it. It’s one of those things when I decide when I retire,  I’m going to back and actually collecting the best one I can collect. I’m not really a card collector anymore, but that set I just always loved it. The cards that were in it, the whole Mattingly thing, it’s just fun.

BM: What’s a cool Super Bowl-related piece you’ve sold?

DH: One that was really neat for us is working with NFL Auction, with all of these interesting pieces that they get right from the players and teams. We did one the year the Saints won, it was crazy popular with Saints fans. The following year, because they collected it the year before, we ended up with the actual ball that was the onside kick that had changed that game.

And you think about all of the historic things that happened in NFL history, that is easily the most historic onside kick that has ever occurred and to have that actual ball and to really see what that meant to Saints fans was cool. There were fans when they would held it, they would cry. It really shows you how passionate football fans are, because that was a piece that represented a moment where they remember staying in their room or their TV or at the game where they were screaming or freaking out because that won it for their team and if you’re a Saints fan, you might have supported them for 20 or 30 years and not won anything and then that happened so I don’t know why but that was just a random piece that I just remember being very poignant. We’re very blessed and very lucky to being able to work with NFL auctions and honored to get these sorts of pieces.

Q&A with Former NFL Star Rich Gannon

Rich Gannon played 17 seasons in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders. Gannon flourished with the Raiders as he was a four-time Pro Bowler in the six seasons he was with the Silver and Black. He also led the Raiders to a Super Bowl XXXVII appearance. Oakland was defeated 48-21 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

BM: What is your Super Bowl prediction and why?

RG: You know, it’s so hard to predict. Obviously you would say the Patriots because of their experience, because of the football team that they have, the way that they’re able to handle success and the way they’re able to handle adversity and also situational football. But the Eagles right now, they’ve got a lot of momentum. Nick Foles right now, I think is really surprising a lot of people this postseason. When you look at the struggles that he had, week 16 against the Raiders and week 17 against the Cowboys, I thought he’d be one-and-done in the postseason. But they’ve been on the roller coaster and they’ve rode this momentum right now. I think it’ll be a close game, it always comes down to mistakes and turnovers. If you’re asking me to put a gun to my head to (say who) is going to win the game, I think it’s going to be the Patriots.

BM: Were the Eagles your team when you were growing up in Philly?

RG: Yeah, I loved them. They weren’t very competitive until 1980 when Ron Jaworski and Dick Vermeil were there, but that was a real fun year. I don’t have a horse in the race, but I would like the Eagles go out and play well and have that experience.

BM: What was your favorite card or set that you collected?

RG: I grew up in Philly, so we collected baseball cards and then football cards, probably more baseball cards and of course Phillies cards were really good to get and we’d flip for them, which that ruined the cards, but no one was thinking of that at the time. There was all kind of scams when you would show guys your good cards, but then flip them your bad cards. I still have, I wouldn’t call it a great collection, but I still have some football cards and baseball cards from when I was younger.

I would go to the five-and-dime and buy some cards and we would trade with buddies and with my older brothers. I’m sure it’s a big deal now, but back then when I was growing up, it was huge.

BM: When you got your own first card – 1990 Topps Traded – what was that like?

RG: It was really cool. You dream about that as a kid growing up that maybe someday you would be on your own card.

BM: What is your view on the Hobby and getting future generations involved?

RG: I’m a big collector. I collect antique advertising memorabilia, I collect old cars. I’ve always been a collector of things. I’ve got some old cards myself and I’ve got some signatures of some guys like Joe Montana and Joe Namath, guys that I’ve really gotten to know, especially Joe Namath. He was a huge childhood hero of mine growing up. I’ve gotten him to sign a helmet for me one time, that was the coolest thing in the world. I got a signed helmet, personalized, that’s pretty cool, because he was my childhood idol. I think it’s fun. I think the Hobby’s in good shape as long as kids continue to watch football and baseball and those type of things, they’re going to collect cards.

BM: Does Super Bowl week remind you when you were getting ready for your own Super Bowl you went to?

RG: Oh yeah, it’s a special week. The (game) we had it was one week, now it is a two-week turnaround, which is pretty standard. It’s amazing, it goes so fast. I just tell players to enjoy it, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

BM: What was your experience like, it obviously wasn’t the result you were looking for, but do you have fond memories of the game?

RG: If you don’t win, it’s not a great experience. There’s no other way around it. You work so hard all season long and it comes down to 60 minutes of football and if it doesn’t go the way you want… But still I always look back on it and there’s a lot to be proud of.

Q&A with Super Bowl Champ Greg Jennings

Greg Jennings played 10 seasons in the NFL – seven with the Green Bay Packers, two with the Minnesota Vikings and his final season with the Miami Dolphins.  Jennings produced a star performance in Super Bowl XLV where he helped lead the Green Bay Packers to a 31-25 defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jennings caught four passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns in the game, including the game-clinching touchdown. Jennings claims his biggest catch of his career was a third-and-10 grab for 44 yards that shifted the Packers momentum and helped secure the victory. Jennings was a two-time Pro Bowler and amassed 1,000 yards in three seasons as a Packer.

BM: What is your Super Bowl prediction and why?

GJ: My Super Bowl prediction is and, I’ve been 100 percent every single year, the team that scores the most points is going to win.

BM: What are your impressions on the two teams?

GJ: Honestly, my impressions on the two teams if you look at it on paper, the Philadelphia Eagles have an unbelievable roster, they have a great opportunity that’s in front of them. They have a great team. They should be able to get it done, Atlanta should’ve been able to get it done, Seattle should’ve been able to get it done. The thing about the Patriots is if you don’t put them away, if you give them an opportunity to be within striking distance in the closing minutes of the game, they’re so fundamentally sound that they’re not going to beat themselves. Then they have this guy that you may know, the most fierce competitor since Michael Jordan was in a team uniform, his competitive juices, everything about him takes over and he wills his team to victory and that’s Tom Brady. If Philly does what they should do defensively and offensively, they should get a Super Bowl LII victory.

BM: Does this time of the year bring back memories of your performance of when you scored two touchdowns in Super Bowl XLV?

GJ: It definitely brings those feelings back having the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl and when you’re around Super Bowl talk everyone brings up past Super Bowl winners and your name kind of gets mentioned. To have the performance like I was able to have because of my teammates, because of the guys like Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and James Jones and Donald Driver and the list goes on and on and on – Nick Collins, Charles Woodson… It’s special, it’s something that no one can ever take from you and it’s something that you’re in an elite group of people. Not everyone wins a Super Bowl, not everyone scores a touchdown in the Super Bowl, not everyone scores two and I’ve had the opportunity to do that and it’s a surreal feeling. And, mind you, those two touchdowns were still not the biggest catches of the game or of my career. The 3rd-and-10, hands down, was the biggest catch of my career. It shifted the momentum in the game, Pittsburgh had regained the momentum at that point, and it propelled us to ultimately winning the Super Bowl.

BM: Are you a memorabilia or sports card collector?

GJ: I used to be a big sports card collector when I was a kid, basketball in particular. I still have Jordan rookie cards and Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I used to collect religiously and then I fell off once I started pursuing sports and meeting some of those guys, it was like “Oh man, I really don’t need this anymore, I know this guy now.”

BM: What was your favorite set of basketball cards?

GJ: Upper Deck. I was an Upper Deck guy. Topps had some good cards, you would always get some good guys in Topps.

BM: How often do you wear your Super Bowl ring and how much do you cherish your Super Bowl ring?

GJ: I would say I never wear my Super Bowl ring, but typically for things like this, somebody will mention this and I’m like oh “Yeah, hey I have one of those, let me put it on the next time I do something.” It’s typically around Super Bowl time, like I forget it a lot. But, I mean, I cherish it, because it is a part of something special. It signifies that we did something that no one else can do that year but us and we have a memory, a little memento to remind us of that.

Q&A with Super Bowl Champion Matt Birk

Birk had a 15 year career at center which included 11 seasons with his hometown Minnesota Vikings and four with the Baltimore Ravens. Birk reached the pinnacle with the Ravens in his final NFL game as the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 during the 2012 season. He was a six-time Pro Bowler and the 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Birk also was able to hoist the Lombardi trophy again on Saturday, Jan.27 as he delivered the Vince Lombardi trophy to the opening of NFL Experience in Minneapolis – host of Super Bowl LII .

BM: What is your Super Bowl Prediction and why?

MB: I was very impressed with the way Philly beat the Vikings last week. I watched the film after the game and it was just impressive in all facets. They have the type of team to than can play the type of football to beat New England. [They can] get pressure with four. I think they can cover, they did a great job covering the Vikings receivers, I think they can cover the Patriots receivers. My gosh Nick Foles, people underestimate Nick Foles. He had a great year at Philly, but then got traded away to the Rams, when everybody with the Rams kind of got lost for a few years. I think people forgot that Nick Foles can play. All that being said, I’m going to pick Philly.

 

BM: What was it like for yourself to play in a Super Bowl?

MB: It’s hard to answer that. I don’t know if I’ll fully processed it. It’s one of things, it’s kind of a surreal experience. I actually don’t remember very much of it. Not because I was concussed, it’s just one of those kinds of moments where your feet really weren’t touching the ground. When I look back at it, I’m just very greatful to play as long as I did. To have that moment where it just was pure joy with your teammates and with your family who sacrifices so much for you to be able to play. I look back on it, I’m grateful for it, it was a good moment. It’s just a game, life goes on. It was five years ago. It’s kind of neat to come back and do stuff like this.

 

BM: What was it like playing against Tom Brady?

MB: You’ve got to play up to your potential. Winning the Super Bowl is obviously the best victory, I’ve ever been a part of, but we’ve beat {Patriots} twice in the playoffs in Foxboro and I’ve never walked off the field more proud of the team. Because to go to Foxboro and beat Tom Brady in the playoffs, that’s as big of a task as there is.

 

BM: Are you a collector of sports cards or sports memorabilia?

MB: I used to be, but my mom threw out all of my stuff. Yeah, when I grew up, that was my generation, we collected, we went to the card shop. We saved our money and chewed the gum and tried to get the packs with the Darryl Strawberry rookie(1984 Topps) and all of that stuff.

 

BM: Are you familiar with your own cards?

MB: I’m not familiar with them, I’m shocked when people send them to me in the mail or bring them up to me to sign. It’s way cool, it’s pretty sweet. When you’re a kid, when you get a card, you get that information and just pore over that and just memorize it because that’s all you had, there was nothing else. Like (a certain player) batted .269 in 1974. That was awesome.

 

BM: Do you remember the year you started collecting?

MB: Early 1980’s – Topps, Fleer, Donruss. That was kind of where I started and it went from there.

 

BM: What is your view on memorabilia and collecting?

MB: I think it’s great. I have kids, it’s special to them. I think whenever I get stuff it just deepens that connection to a player or a sport or whatever. When I was a young boy, I looked up to athletes and to get their cards or whatever it is, I didn’t have the opportunity to get too many autographs. And as a player too whenever you see how much it means to kids, I think it’s great.

Exclusive Rick and Morty, Star Trek DS9 Promo Cards in Latest Non-Sport Update

The February/March issue of Non-Sport Update is starting to arrive in card and comic shops as well as mailboxes. Rick and Morty is on the cover and inside you’ll get some of the inside details on how the upcoming card set came about.

As always, there are plenty of articles and the price guide. But there are also a couple of promo cards you’re not going to find anywhere else.

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Natalie Blank, Panini’s Super Bowl Kid Reporter, Asks Players Big Questions Ahead of the Big Game

With Super Bowl LII fast approaching, Panini had Natalie Blank, their Kid Reporter in the trenches and interviewing members of both the Patriots and the Eagles.

With Trent Dilfer at her side, Natalie made the rounds at the Super Bowl LII Opening Night at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. The ten-year-old had a variety of big questions in her arsenal. And some came her way as well as local and national media wanted to know her story as well.

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You Can Buy the Head of the San Diego Chicken

Historic sports memorabilia comes in many shapes and forms. Usually it’s jerseys, trophies and equipment.

Sometimes it’s the head of a chicken.

San Diego Chicken Head Goldin Auctions Feb-2018 A 600

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The Daily: 2012 Big Bang Theory Seasons 3 & 4 Danica McKellar Autograph

The Card: 2012 Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Seasons 3 and 4 Danica McKellar Autograph #A16

It has been 30 years since the world was introduced to Kevin Arnold. Premiering after Super Bowl XXII in 1988, The Wonder Years was set in the late 1960s but tackled the teen years in timeless perfection.

For those who were adults in 1988, the show was glowing with nostalgia. One of its strengths was its ability to be critical of the tumultuous and angry era in history but still be loving towards it. For younger viewers at the time, it’s storylines of adolescent awkwardness, sibling strife and the challenges of climbing the gym class ropes were still as real as it gets.

And then there was Winnie Cooper, the girl next door. Although she was Kevin’s first love, she represented similar feelings for a lot of people, I suspect.

Played by Danica McKellar, it was an iconic role. And while it’s the one the actress is best known for, she has continued to act (and become a best-selling author writing empowering books about math).

Unfortunately, The Wonder Years has never been the subject of a set of trading cards (Kevin and Paul were collectors on the show, though). But some of it’s stars have appeared on autograph cards for other things.

That includes Danica McKellar who’s in 2012 Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Seasons 3 and 4. Since then, she has gone on to sign a second time in 2015 Panini Americana.

They might not be Winnie Cooper Rookie Cards, but they’re still a nice little connection to one of the greatest TV shows ever made.

The Daily highlights a key player or personality in the world of sports or collecting from the past 24 hours along with one of their key cards.

2018 Topps WWE Undisputed Features Autograph or Relic Per Pack

2018 Topps WWE Undisputed marks the fourth year for the high-end brand. Once again, the promise of an autograph or memorabilia card in every pack is the big selling point.

2018 Topps WWE Undisputed

Across a ten-pack box, collectors can expect to find eight signature cards and a pair of relics.

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