Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sports Card Show - Findlay, OH September 5th

Awesome Card Shop will be hosting another baseball card show in Findlay, OH on September 5th at the K of C Hall. I've heard through the grapevine that their last show was a rousing success and if you live anywhere nearby you'll want to check out the September show.

Baseball Card Show Details
The Knights of Columbus Hall
701 West Main Cross Street
Findlay, Ohio
Date: Sunday - September 5, 2010
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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2010 Topps Tim Tebow Sketch Card Autograph 1/1

There will be hundreds of Tim Tebow rookie cards released this season but few will be as unique as the 2010 Topps Sketch card, autographed and serial numbered 1/1. The sketch appears to be Tebow doodling possibly his favorite play and collectors will be lining up to get this 1/1 treasure.
Topps has come out with a bang in 2010 with their inaugural release of the year, it's classic Topps set, and it has been a huge hit thus far. One of the most popular football cards on eBay last week was a Tim Tebow/John Elway dual autograph serial numbered /25. Bidding topped out at $265.00 and I am sure many more dual auto's will make there way onto eBay in the coming months.  If I had to take a guess, I would think that the bidding for this 1/1 sketch card will fetch more then the Elway/Tebow dual autograph, but maybe collectors would rather have a dual autograph instead, we shall see.

Watchers: 133
Current Price: $149.50
Final Price: $752.37
Auction Ends: September 2

Saturday, August 28, 2010

2010 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper Red BGS 9.5

The Washington Nationals were dealt a devastating blow earlier this week when they learned that prized pitcher Stephen Strasburg will have to undergo Tommy John surgery, effectively ending his season and putting 2011 in doubt as well. Nationals fans will turn their lonely eyes to the teams 2010 number one overall pick, Junior College Phenom Bryce Harper, and hope he can live up to the hype that has buzzing around him for years.

Collectors also felt the aftermath of the Strasburg injury, as all of his rookie cards have plummeted in value to record lows with sellers now willing to accept anything they can get. Bryce Harper now steps into the hobby forefront and one of his key early cards is currently for sale on eBay, a 2010 Bowman Chrome Red Refractor #/5 graded BGS 9.5. The sub-grades are: Centering 9.5, Corners 9.5, Surface 9.5, and Edges 9.

Harper may take some time to reach the majors which might be a good reason to sell high on him right now. For one, he will be learning a new defensive position as he won't be playing catcher in the big leagues. He is also still very young, remember he got his G.E.D. after his Junior year of High School so that he could go play J.C. ball in Nevada this past season. Even the lowest level of minor league baseball will be a huge jump in skill level for Harper and at some point he will face struggles. That will be the best opportunity to buy is when he has a few bad weeks, or months, at the minor league level. Prices for Harper's rookie cards will remain hot throughout 2010 and probably well into 2011 unless he struggles early.  Keep in mind that with the injury to Strasburg the Nationals may be more inclined to take their time with Harper and that will create many buying opportunities before he hits the major leagues.

Bryce Harper 2010 Bowman Chrome RC RED Refractor /5 BGS 9.5
Watchers: 96
Current Price: $2,125.00
Final Price: $2,925.00
Auction Ends: August 29

2010 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper USA Superfractor 1/1
Watchers: Unavailable
Buy it Now Price: $19,999.99 Or Best Offer
Superfractor - Serial Numbered 1/1

Friday, August 27, 2010

2001 Bowman Chrome Albert Pujols Auto Rookie PSA 9

Three words come to my head when I see one of these cards for sale. I WANT ONE! The 2001 Bowman Chrome Albert Pujols Autograph RC card might be the crown jewel of modern day baseball cards. Pujols recently hit his 400th career home run and remains the premier hitter in all of baseball.

Buying a 2001 Bowman Chrome Pujols Rookie is a serious investment. These cards have sold for well over $1,000.00 for many years. Pujols does not have very many rookie cards available which is rare for a top player to have such a slim supply on the market. His 2001 Bowman Chrome Autograph is serial numbered to just /500 copies which further fuels the frenzy when one does hit the market. There are currently only five for sale right now on eBay, four with buy it now prices and one PSA 9 up for auction. The cheapest price with a buy it now is for a BGS 9 that will set your wallet back $4,699.99.

Albert Pujols 2001 Bowman Chrome Refractor Ref Auto PSA
Watchers: 100 (Most Watched Baseball Card)
Current Price: $3,650.00
Final Price: $3,800.00
Auction Ends: August 29

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

2010 Topps Tim Tebow & John Elway Dual Autograph

2010 Topps Football was officially released today, but cards have made their way onto eBay for the past several days. The most popular 2010 Topps card on eBay currently is a Tim Tebow and John Elway Gridiron Lineage Dual Autograph #14/25.
The 2010 Topps set features several cards of Elway and current Bronco Tim Tebow. Denver fans have got to be delighted that Topps was able to secure Elway and Tebow autographs on the same card, but the price will not be cheap if you are in the market for one. Elway is one of the greatest QB's to ever play the game, while Tebow is trying to shake off some bruised ribs to get back on the field during the preseason. The differences between the two QB's don't end there, Elway was known for a cannon arm while Tebow relies on his power and strength that made him one of the most decorated NCAA athletes of all-time.

The Gridiron Lineage Dual Autographs are serial numbered to 25 that feature a nice list of names and would make for a nice pull. Along with the Tebow/Elway card, some of my other favorites from the insert set are: Joe Montana/ Jimmy Clausen, Emmitt Smith/ LaDainian Tomlinson and Jim Brown/ Adrian Peterson. Be sure to check out the entire 2010 Topps Football checklist here.

Watchers: 114 (Most Watched Football Card)
Current Price: $227.50
Final Price: $265.00
Auction Ends: August 27

Monday, August 16, 2010

2006 Bowman Chrome Alex Gordon Superfractor For Sale Again

The 2006 Alex Gordon Bowman Chrome Superfractor Autograph 1/1 is on the move, the card is listed for sale once again on eBay.  In early May 2010, we reported the card was sold by a seller from Taiwan for $1,375.00. This time around a seller out of Chicago has it up for auction and it will be interesting to see if the card approaches the May selling price. Gordon has struggled mightily this season and has spent most of his time in the minors with AAA Omaha. 

The card appears to be in the same magnetic holder and it's probably safe to assume the condition of the card is the same as it was in May. The current seller doesn't list much of a description, the only comments about the card are, "The card is numbered 1 of 1 and is in mint condition. Shipping is $10. Signature confirmation will be included."

Gordon is trying to get his career jump started again and has put up a nice line of 260 AB .314 AVE 14 HR in triple-A Omaha. He is also dealing with a position change, playing LF instead of 3B. In 2007 he was rated the #2 prospect by Baseball America but has only hit .247 in over 1,300 MLB at bats since his rookie season in '07.  Sometimes players take a little while to develop and the good thing for Gordon is that he is only 26 and still has a few years to get an opportunity to show he can play again at the MLB level.

Update: POOOF! Gone from eBay without a trace :(

Update 2: Another seller was able to get the card and sell it on eBay for $855.00 and the auction ended on September 2.

2006 Alex Gordon Bowman Chrome Superfractor Auto 1/1
Watchers: 34
Current Price: $340.00
Final Price: ??????
Auction Ends: August 20

2006 Bowman Chrome SuperFractor Auto 1/1 Alex Gordon
Watchers: 76
Final Price: $1,375.00
Card Sold: May 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Free Panini Adrenalyn XL Football Codes All Season

From August 12, through the Super Bowl, Sports Card Radio will be giving away over 300 2010 Panini Adrenalyn XL Football Codes.  Make sure to check back early and often for your chance to get a code!
Each code is redeemable just one time through Panini's Adrenalyn Football website. Sports Card Radio will be giving away valuable parallel and insert cards that feature upgraded rankings to help you beat your friends online. Be sure to check out the videos on Sports Card Radio's YouTube for updates on which cards will be given away that week!

Monday, August 9, 2010

1997 UD Legends Walter Payton Autograph

One of the most popular football sets of all-time is 1997 Upper Deck Legends. Collectors fell in love with it's spectacular photography as well as the massive 162 on-card autograph parallel set. One of the key cards from the autograph set is currently for sale on eBay, Walter Payton #AL-4 - Short Print (Sp).
Payton's cards, specifically his 1976 Topps Rookie, are generally some of the most watched football cards on eBay. It's very rare for one of these 1997 Legends autographs to hit auction, and it will be interesting to see what the final price will be. The Bears all-time leading rusher passed away several years ago and that has fueled the demand for his autograph cards and the '97 Legends might be his most sought after autograph trading card. The 1997 Legends auto's are very popular because they are signed on-card. The Payton autograph is short printed and very scarce, Upper Deck has never announced a print run, but it is believed to be less then 100 copies.

Update: Card taken off eBay - BOOOOOOOOO! :)

1997 Upper Deck Legends Walter Payton Auto #AL-4 SP
Watchers: 85
Current Price: $960.00
Final Price: ???????
Auction Ends: August 15

Thursday, August 5, 2010

2009/10 Panini National Treasures Stephen Curry RC

I live about an hour from Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors, and I know first hand that Stephen Curry has that loyal fan base very excited.  Curry was known as a sharp shooter during his time at Davidson, but his rookie season with the Warriors he displayed point guard skills that had head coach Don Nelson comparing Curry to Steve Nash. While I was very skeptical when I first heard Nelson say that on Draft Night 2009, Curry's play during the 09/10 season proved why he is a head coach and I am sitting on the sofa.
Two of the hottest basketball cards on eBay are a pair of 2009/10 Panini National Treasures Stephen Curry RC Patch Autographs.  Collectors have been waiting all season for some high end basketball from Panini and the buildup for this set has been strong and the new cards went live yesterday. The price of these two Curry National Treasure RC's will probably come in on the high end because they are the first to hit eBay. If you are in the market for one, I would consider waiting a month or so, and be sure to monitor the prices of the ones that do get sold.

Watchers: 84
Current Price: $61.00
Final Price: $224.72
Auction Ends: August 8

2010 National Treasures STEPHEN CURRY Patch Auto RC /99
Watchers: 103
Current Price: $92.00
Final Price: $265.00
Auction Ends: August 7

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

2010 Bowman Chrome Manny Machado Red Refractor /5

The Baltimore Orioles selected Manny Machado with the 3rd overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. The star high school shortstop played for Team USA and that allowed Topps to produce baseball cards of Machado and other USA stars including Bryce Harper before they were drafted.
In June, the Manny Machado Superfractor parallel serial numbered 1/1 sold for $1,225.00.  The card featured below is the Red Refractor parallel serial numbered 1/5. Machado has not signed a contract yet with the O's, but has a couple more weeks to hammer out a deal. He could choose to go to college, but I imagine the money will be too much to pass up and he will one of the top prospects to watch in 2011. 

Many baseball scouts have compared Machado to Alex Rodriguez, which would delight collectors if Manny ever put up the type of numbers A-Rod has during his career. It's also not known if Machado will remain a SS or will have to move to another position, like 3B, 1B or the OF.

2010 Manny Machado Bowman Chrome Red Refractor RC 1/5
Watchers: 38
Current Price: $201.87
Final Price: $560.00
Auction Ends: August 4

2010 Bowman Chrome Manny Machado Superfractor 1/1
Watchers: 100
Final Price: $1,225.00
Sold on eBay: June 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

2010 Donruss Classics Don Hutson Cut Autograph /50

On the wikipedia page for Don Hutson, it credits him as the first star WR in the NFL. He played 10 years in the league for the Green Bay Packers and Panini was able to get 50 cut signature cards that were inserted into 2010 Classics. Hutson passed away in 1997.

Hutson had a remarkable career, which also included some time on the defensive side of the ball. I was amazed to find out that he led the NFL in interceptions in 1940 with 6. He was all over the field because he also led the NFL three times in extra points made.  But it was Hutson's accomplishments as a wide receiver which he is most known for. He won the league MVP award twice and was the first WR in NFL history to have over 1,000 yards in one season.
The Don Hutson 2010 Panini Classics 'Classic Cuts' autograph, currently is the most watched football card on eBay. There is another 2010 Classics Hutson cut for sale by another seller for $200.00 (buy it now). We'll see where the Hutson cut featured below ends up at auction, .

It's been a slow buildup to the NFL season in terms of trading cards, with many collectors waiting to see which rookies will emerge from the 2010 draft class. I've noticed a lot of vintage cards, and modern cut autograph cards have been the hottest football cards during this off season. We'll see if that trend changes when the pre-season kicks off this week.

2010 Panini CLASSICS CUTS Don Hutson Auto /50
Watchers: 55 (Most Watched Football Card)
Current Price: $108.49
Final Price: $157.50
Auction Ends: August 3