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Archive for February, 2008

Topps Sterling Switcheroo!

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Here’s a really unfortunate pair of mixed up patches on some otherwise awesome 2007 Topps Sterling Jumbo Swatches. I’m guessing that the people at Topps who made these cards don’t know that much about baseball.

Chien-Ming Wang Jumbo Swatch ErrorTom Seaver Jumbo Swatch Error

Obviously, the Yankees/Mets patches got switched in the Chien-Ming Wang Jumbo Swatch #’d 6/10 and Tom Seaver Jumbo Swatch #8/10. Sorry I couldn’t get a clearer pic of the Wang (teehee). The Wang still ended up selling for $124.08, even though it has a Mets patch instead of the correct Yankees patch.

Anatomy of a Fake Patch

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

This post is aimed at newer collectors who are starting out in the hobby. As we all know, patch cards are hugely popular because of their scarcity and general eye appeal. Oversized, multi-colored logo patches fetch huge premiums on eBay.

Unfortunately this has led to a large number of Fake Patches. Unscrupulous patch fakers will insert nicer looking patches into cards in order to jack up the prices. This is especially common with cards with large patch windows, such as the Absolute Memorabilia Jumbo Patches.

If a patch looks too good to be true, it probably is. You want to be careful, so here are some things to watch out for:

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As far as letter patches go, this is one of my favorites

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Brodeur182 from the Bench turned up this “letter” patch. I’ve definitely never seen one of these before:

Apostrophe Patch

It ended up selling for $100.03!!! Now I’m not too familiar with Terry O’Reilly, but I’m pretty sure his other letter patches aren’t selling for that much. Must be lots of Irishmen wanting to spell out their last names that drove up the price.

Weekend Pickup: Brian Leonard Patch 1/1

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

This came in over the weekend. Really nice Patch 1/1 from 2007 National Treasures Football and a great addition for my Brian Leonard Collection. I went to Rutgers at the same time as him, so I’m always on the lookout for any of his cool looking cards.

Brian Leonard National Treasures Patch

Some of the 1/1 Rookie Jumbo Patches have really nice pieces. If you collect any of the guys from the 2007 rookie class, keep an eye out for them. Here’s the few really awesome ones that I’ve seen:

Dwayne Jarrett National Treasures PatchKenny Irons National Treasures Patch Chris Henry National Treasures Patch

Superman wins the Slam Dunk Contest

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Dwight Howard won the Slam Dunk contest over the weekend, bringing some much needed freshness to the contest which has been weak over the last few years. This kid is a MONSTER.

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Of course with the added attention, Dwight Howard cards have seen a bump in price over the weekend. Its no secret that Howard is one of the most talented young players in the NBA, and at the young age of 22, I think his best years are still ahead of him.

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Alex Rodriguez SP RC

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

From time to time I’m going to post some of the cards from my personal collection so you guys can see what I’m into. I’m a big Yankees fan, so we’ll start it off with my favorite player, Alex Rodriguez, Mr. April himself.


1994 SP - His best “true” rookie card and condition sensitive. 1,027 graded BGS 9 out of 9,971 submissions.

I have another raw version of this card and it actually looks like its in better condition than the BGS 9. When I get enough cards together I’m going to send it in to be graded.