Friday November 5, 2010
Looking for that perfect holiday gift for the baseball card collector in your life? The holiday season brings several baseball card events to the New York area, which means there are several opportunities to snag that rookie card your loved one has been dreaming of.
See the list at JP's Sports Rock Solid Promotions, and be sure to leave a comment below if you know of another event in your area.
Thursday February 26, 2009
Twenty years after his rookie card helped introduce a promising newcomer to the world of baseball cards, Ken Griffey Jr. is returning to the place his career started. Fittingly, Upper Deck is celebrating Junior's return to Seattle with several special cards.
The 1989 Upper Deck Baseball set was the company's first, and it helped change the hobby forever by upping the ante on the quality of cards and packaging. Griffey's rookie card (No. 1 in the set) caught fire as the then-teenaged phenom hit the big leagues in a textbook case of perfect timing.
Now that Griffey is a Mariner again, Upper Deck is paying its respects with a pair of cards that will be available over the next few weeks. The card pictured here is a short-printed insert that can be found in packs of 2009 UD Piece of History Baseball, which is set to go live in early April. A second card will be part of a promotion at participating hobby stores that will take place just before Opening Day.
With another round of fortuitous timing taking place, don't be surprised if Upper Deck has more Griffey-related goodies in store as the homecoming season progresses.
Image courtesy of and copyright Upper Deck.
Tuesday February 24, 2009
Perish the thought. SA-GE plans on releasing its first series of draft pick cards in March, and Donruss, Topps and Upper Deck will all be cranking up the presses just a few weeks after that.
It is a tad early to do a top 10 list of rookies to collect this year as I did for 2008 and 2007, simply because the NFL Draft plays such a big part in helping to shape that list. The opportunity for early playing time and the market a rookie ends up in both play big parts in his collectibility.
Still, it's not out of the question to point out some names to watch now that the scouting combine is underway. Quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez will try to emulate Matt Ryan, with intriguing and athletic Pat White also turning a lot of heads in Indianapolis.
There doesn't appear to be an Adrian Peterson in this year's crop of running backs, but there is depth led by the likes of Chris "Beanie" Wells and Knowshon Moreno. All-everything (but currently injured) Michael Crabtree, lightning-fast Darrius Heyward-Bey and super playmaker Percy Harvin are at the front of a speedy group of receivers, and linebacker Aaron Curry is talented enough to be the No. 1 overall pick.
There's no guarantee this season's top rookie will come from this group of names, but they're a good starting point to have in mind when opening packs of new football cards in the next few months.
Friday February 20, 2009
Just because one person completed Upper Deck's mammoth Yankee Stadium Legacy set didn't mean others stopped trying.
Upper Deck announced yesterday that a second person, Chuck Sauter of Pensacola, Florida, has finished putting together the 6,661-card insert set that commemorates every game ever played in the old Yankee Stadium. He follows Tommy Baxter of Little Rock, Arkansas, who pulled off the feat last November.
Sauter's story is interesting because he is a lifelong Baltimore Orioles fan who originally intended only to collect cards of the games that featured his favorite team. He eventually decided to tackle the whole thing, but it does drive home the point that there are a lot of different ways to appreciate the set without trying to accumulate all of the cards.
Sauter will receive the same prize package as Baxter, which includes a trip to New York to see the Yankees in their new home and a chance to meet Derek Jeter. That leaves three sets of prizes left for anyone else who's still thinking about taking on the Yankee Stadium Legacy challenge.