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Manufactured Patch Done Well

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

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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

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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.

2008 Topps Co-Signers Baseball: Highlights and Lowlights

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

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Hey all, sorry for the lack of posts recently. I’ve been out of town for a while and busy with various work related tasks, but things have settled down a bit so I should be posting more regularly again.

2008 Topps Co-Signers Baseball came out a while back, and it didn’t really excite me. I think the story with this product is that the really big hits are super mega awesome, but 95% of the boxes probably won’t get you your value back. Here are a few interesting cards from the set that I managed to dig up:

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Fake David Ortiz Jumbo Patch?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

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Tell me what you think about these David Ortiz 2007 Topps Sterling Jumbo Swatches #’d 10/10.
The World Series Patch is on eBay right now (See Auction here).

David Ortiz 1David Ortiz 2

I still have some doubts that this is a fake patch. There are two sets of Ortiz Jumbo Swatches in 2007 Topps Sterling, each #’d to ten. Example:

David Ortiz 3David Ortiz 4

However, as you’ll notice the pictures on the cards are different in the two sets. Now is it possible that Topps mistakenly used the same card template in both of the 10/10 cards? Well, we’ve already seen their quality control in this set. So the jury is still out in my eyes. I don’t want to jump to any conclusions. What do you guys think?

The Presidential (Cut Auto) Race Heats Up!

Friday, March 7th, 2008

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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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Topps Sterling Switcheroo!

Friday, February 29th, 2008

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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.