Friday, November 29, 2013

How Good Were Sports Card Black Friday Sales?

Sports card retailers were in full force on Black Friday. Popular quasi-wholesalers Blowout Cards and DA Card World offered specials on boxes and cases. Here is a quick comparison of pricing between wholesale, and the best price from Blowout Cards/DA Card World to see who had the best prices on these select products.

Hobby stores buying wholesale Panini products were also eligible for Black Friday Packs with their orders. Internet sellers and group breakers were not eligible for packs.

Note: There were times Blowout and DA Card World were running specials where prices dropped on some of these products. The quantity was limited and sold out quick.

Product Checklist

2013/14 Hoops Jumbo Basketball

2013/14 Prestige Basketball

2012/13 Innovation Basketball

2012/13 Intrigue Basketball

2013 Cooperstown Baseball

2013 Golden Age Baseball

2013 Hometown Heroes Baseball

2013 Pinnacle Baseball

2013 Prizm Baseball

2013 USA Champions Baseball

2013 Bowman Platinum Baseball

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball

2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball

2013 Topps Series II Baseball

2013 Topps Series II Jumbo Baseball

2013 Certified Football

2013 Elite Football

2013 Momentum Football

2013 Playbook Football

2013 Prestige Football

2013 Prizm Football

2013 Prizm Jumbo Football

2013 Rookies & Stars Football

2013 Score Jumbo Football

2013/14 Score Jumbo Hockey

2013/14 Select Hockey

2013/14 Prizm Hockey

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Earl Thomas Autograph Signing NW Sports Cards

2-time Pro Bowl Safety of the Seattle Seahawks Earl Thomas will be signing autographs at Northwest Sportscards on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 4:00-5:00 PM. Check the NW Sports Cards website for details on pre-sale tickets and prices. NW Sports Cards is a fabulous card shop that has been in business for many years. Check them out if you are ever in the Washington area and especially if you want to see Earl Thomas. 
Contact information for Northwest Sports Cards:
3816 Bridgeport Way West
University Place, WA 98466
Phone: (253) 564-9204
Email: [email protected]
Website: Northwest Sportscards

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sports Card & Collectible Show - Duluth, MN

The Miller Hill Mall located in Duluth, MN will be host to a Sports Card & Collectible Show on Friday October 5th - Sunday October 7th, 2012 during mall hours. Lot's of items will be up for sale from area dealers including: new sports cards, vintage sports cards, tobacco-era vintage cards, autographs, pennants, bobble heads, sports magazines, gold, silver, currency, coins, collector supplies, comic books, sports plaques, sports canvas, plus more!
If you are a dealer in the Duluth, MN area and want to set up, contact Michael at [email protected] Tables are 8 feet long and are $60 for the weekend. A show hotel rate is available at the Fairfield Inn next to the Miller Hill Mall. There will be an area of the show where collectors can get a free quick appraisal of any of your sports collectible items.

Show Name: Duluth Sports Card & Collectible Show
Date: Friday October 5th - Sunday October 7th, 2012
Time: Mall Hours
Miller Hill Mall
1600 Miller Trunk Hwy
Duluth, MN 55811-5640

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball

It's back! Ok, sure, it's still with the college uniforms. Nothing can be done about that. But Exquisite is the godfather of modern day basketball card sets. You had 03-04 with LeBron, 07-08 with Durant. Over the years this set has produced some of the most sought after basketball cards on the market. Exquisite returns in 11-12, with an added surprise, one Michael Jordan autograph per case. Also per case you'll get another 'graph of either Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, LeBron, or Bill Russell. That comes straight from the horses mouth.
Scheduled release date is October 16, 2012. 1 pack per box with 5 total autographs per box. Look for a huge price tag per box/case because of the 1 per case Jordan autographs. The checklist should be eerily similar to the Fleer Retro set that came out just one month prior. Regardless of the NCAA uniforms, this set will be hot. Who knows what will happen on the secondary market. Fleer Retro boxes exploded upward to $500 a box (pre sale was $200).  Exquisite could be too high a gamble, but the basketball card market is strong worldwide and sometimes people underestimate that many of these cards go overseas. Baseball and especially Football cards are primarily only collected in the United States. Basketball is a global game with a huge following in many different countries.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

2012 Upper Deck Sp Authentic Golf

For the first time since 2005, Upper Deck will release 2012 Sp Authentic Golf featuring some of the biggest names on the PGA and LPGA tour. 20 packs per box with 4 cards per pack and 3 autographs per box. Because Upper Deck hasn't released a golf set since 2005, players who have never had a card in Upper Deck are eligible to have a rookie autograph card. Some of those rookie auto's include: Stockton, CA native Ricky Barnes, Dustin Johnson, Morgan Pressel and more.  Look for at least one autograph rookie card #/699 or less per box.
Some of the best sellers from the set will be some of the LPGA cards. Don't sleep on the female market. Players like Pressel, Brittany Lincicome, Natalie Gulbis and others have a huge following of fans who will be willing to pay good money for an autograph. Other big cards include, obviously, anything with a Tiger Woods autograph, and there are quite a few available in the set. The Immortal inks, serial numbered #/10, include names like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Woods and Ernie Els. Those will sell for a lot.

There are some cards in 2012 Sp Authentic Golf for you even if you aren't a fan of golf. 30 players from other sports have base cards and several have autographs available in the set. The Parade of Stars base cards include: Michael Jordan, Aaron Rodgers, Bo Jackson, Wayne Gretzky and more. The Parade of Stars cards feature the athletes pictured playing golf.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pitch 4 Kids Sports Card & Comic Show

The Pitch for Kids organization in Poughkeepsie, NY will be hosting a sports card and comic show at the Mid Hudson Civic Center on October 28th, 2012.  Hours of the show are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. This will be a good size show where area dealers will be on hand to buy, sell and trade sports and comic memorabilia.
Pitch for Kids was established in 1995 and has given back to area local non-profit charities.  Over $250,000 has been raised over the years. They hold all types of events from softball tournaments to automobile/car shows so check them out if you are in the Poughkeepsie, New York area. Here is the link to the Pitch for Kids website for information on the events and what they do for the community.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Jean Segura 2012 Topps Finest Redemption #5

Milwaukee Brewers prospect Jean Segura rounds out the 2012 Topps Finest Baseball autograph redemption cards. Segura was traded to the Brewers from the Angels during 2012. The Finest autograph will feature Segura in a Brewers uniform and all collectors holding redemption card #5 from 2012 Finest can redeem it for the Segura autograph.
The five total redemption cards are #1 Starling Marté, #2 Brett Jackson, #3 Mike Trout, #4 Josh Rutledge and finally #5 Segura. Collectors will often gamble with these cards as it is not known what the five redemption cards will be when the product goes live. Topps took about a month and a half to release all the names for the redemption program. The release date of Finest was August 8, 2012 and they made the final announcement of Segura on September 21, 2012. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

1989 Pete Rose Banishment Document Up For Sale

Goldin Auctions will be offering the 1989 Pete Rose Banishment Document issued by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball for sale in their Fall 2012 auction. The five page document has a letter of authenticity from Rose himself as well as PSA/DNA authentication. Minimum bid is $100,000 with the auction starting on October 10, 2012.

In addition to the Rose banishment documents, over 1,000 items will be sold in Goldin Auctions debut auction.  Some of the guys associated with Goldin Auctions have been around the business for many years. Browse their company website for information and details about the upcoming auction. Other big items up for sale in the Fall 2012 Goldin Auction include: a 1934 NY Yankees Signed Baseball, a 1864 Abraham Lincoln Signed Civil War Document, and a 1995-96 Michael Jordan Game Worn Jersey. Goldin claims to have one of the lowest buyers premiums on the market at 10%. Meaning whatever you win the auction for, the buyer must pay an additional 10% on top of that price. Buyer's premiums are typical practice of all auction houses.

Will someone pony up over $100,000 to buy the Rose documents? That remains to be seen.  They come from Pete Rose himself, in the LOA, Rose says these documents are his personal copy. Certainly the 5-page document is one of the most unique pieces in sports collectibles. It's signed by Rose, Rueven J. Katz (Rose's attorney), Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti and Deputy Commissioner Fay Vincent. Here is the link to the auction which starts 10/10/2012.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fleer Retro PMGs Light Up eBay's Most Watched

Six of the most watched sports cards on eBay from September 12, 2012 - September 18, 2012 were from the 2011-12 Fleer Retro Basketball set and four of them were the Precious Metal Gems (PMG) insert cards. A total of five Michael Jordan cards and one Magic Johnson PMG Green ranked in the top 10. 

Collectors have flocked to buy 11-12 Upper Deck Retro Basketball pushing box prices north of $500 just weeks after release (originally solicited for $200 a box). The PMG's are not the only thing collectors are after, the rare Jambalaya cards are really rare, less then 25 for each player and a Jordan sold for $1,511.00 during the week. That might end up being a good deal, only time will tell but I'd scrounge up some money to pay at least $1,000 for one of those right now.
Besides the six Fleer Retro cards, a PSA 10 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie ranked number two on the top ten and sold for a little over $8,000.00.  A rare 1/1 Mike Trout rookie autograph from 2012 Tier One was the most watched baseball card checking in at number five on the list. Check out Sports Card Radio for a weekly top 10 list of eBay's most watched cards.