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Manufactured Patch Done Well

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

In most cases, people dread getting Manufactured Patches in packs. The one-per-pack Premier Stitchings card in Upper Deck Premier is a guaranteed stinker. However, manufactured patches are cheap to make and seem to be a mainstay in the hobby. Manufactured letter patches are featured in products across all the major companies, so they must be at least marginally popular.

I, for one, am usually against manufactured patches. However, one card in Topps Series 2 Baseball really caught my eye. It’s a manufactured patch card of Alex Rodriguez that features a replica of the commemorative Yankee Stadium Patch that all Yankees are wearing on their sleeves for the last season in Yankee Stadium.

I think its a neat looking card, and would be a great idea for a set. Manufactured patches of commemorative patches of different teams would be pretty awesome. I guess the more successful manufactured patch cards are replicas of patches that actually exist on authentic uniforms. Once card companies start making up random stuff to plunk down on cards, the manufactured patches go from cool, to just annoying space fillers.

Topps Allen & Ginter Fidel Castro Cut Auto

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Here’s an interesting auction for a 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Cut Signature of Fidel Castro, #’d 1/1:

Fidel Castro Front

Fidel Castro Back

Click here to see Auction

The owner of the card apparently disagreed with Topps’ inclusion of a Castro cut auto in its product, and covered the front and back of the card with his own social commentary towards the Cuban Dictator.

In most cases, drawing on the surface of a card will completely devalue it, but I’m not sure that holds up in the case of the Castro cut signature. As far as I know, it’s the only certified Fidel Castro cut signature to be released, making it truly one-of-kind.

Some people will probably consider this card “ruined” and worthless. Personally I think the inscriptions on the card make add to its uniqueness, and I’m sure that it will fetch top dollar.

According to the Auction text, all proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Center for a Free Cuba.

Why must you be so ugly?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

This card should be awesome, but instead its just ugly…

Brian Leonard Exquisite 1 of 1
Brian Leonard 2007 Exquisite Rare Materials Signatures 1/1

I collect high-end Brian Leonard Cards, but there is no way I would pay anything near the $549.99 BIN price for this card. The NFL Shield Patch and Laundry Tag are squished into the smallest possible window and the picture of Leonard makes him look like a some sort of chicken-legged dwarf.

Needless to say, I’m not a fan of the card design for this set. Seems like a waste of an NFL Shield to me.

Cross-Sport Dual Autos

Friday, March 21st, 2008

UD Black Basketball was recently released and despite my bad experience with UD Black Baseball, I think its a really nice set.

There are a couple of dual autos in the set that I thought were interesting because they feature a rookie paired with a non-basketball player.

Here’s Kevin Durant and Vince Young, two guys from the University of Texas.

Kevin Durant Vince Young Dual

And Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks and Acie Law IV. Banks is the great-uncle of Law.

Ernie Banks Acie Law IV Dual

And another Cross-Sport Dual Auto I ran into recently: Shaq and A-Rod

Shaq A-Rod Dual

Being an A-Rod fan I thought this was an awesome card and I was interested in bidding but the price was just too high.

The Presidential (Cut Auto) Race Heats Up!

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Welcome to TCB News, where our slogan is “As Fair and Balanced as Fox News”. Today we are going to take a look at the upcoming Presidential Election.

We don’t waste our time here with exit polls, or delegate counts, or facts, or any of those annoying little tidbits to track the progress of the Election. We have a much more reliable source of information: eBay. Lets see who the almighty market thinks will be our next leader.

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How OJ passed his time in the joint

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

I thought this OJ Simspon Auto was HILARIOUS:

OJ Simpson Auto Front
OJ Simpson Auto Back

I cannot imagine anyone sitting in prison signing autographs while on trial for murder….

Thanks to aceecards for sharing this card. If you have a chunk of time check out his collection on this post at Trading Card Central. He has some really nice cards from all sports, and some great stories to go along with them.