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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.

Awesome! (and eww…)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

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Looks like Upper Deck was tired of letting Topps have a monopoly on “DNA” cards. They will be releasing cut auto/hair sample cards of 10 historical figures in 2008 Legendary Cuts Baseball and 2008 Piece of History Baseball. I must admit these cards look really nice, even if I’m a bit iffy about having 200 year old hair in my cards…

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2007 Exquisite Football Analysis

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

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Exquisite Football is the Mac-Daddy of all football products. At around $500 for a box of 6 cards its also one of the priciest products out there. So what do you get for your money? Here’s what 2007 Exquisite Football has to offer:

Card #1: Base Card

Card #2: Rookie Signature

Card #3: Rookie Signature Patch

Card #4: Maximum Jersey

Card #5: Patch Card

Card #6: Random Autographed Card

The order may be different in each box but you are guaranteed to get 1 card from each slot.
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty of each card slot.

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07-08 UD Black Basketball Box Breaks

Friday, March 28th, 2008

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You know the drill. Here’s the 07-08 UD Black Basketball Video Box Breaks on youtube. List will be updated every so often.

I must say, I feel the urge to go out and get one of these boxes even though I got burned by UD Black Baseball. The Basketball version looks slightly better, even though its still loaded with no-name rookies and semi-scrubs.

Sportscardsraffles - 1

Chucklers - 1, 2 (Case Break, Not a great view on these)

FoxSportsCards - 1 (Mega hit, but redemption)

davidmaghe - 1

ZcoseSportsMarketing - 1, 2
ZcoseSportsMarketing’s eBay Auctions

mrnyceguy168 - 1 (Nyce hit!)

UntouchableSport - 1 (Pulled a card that I showcased in a different post)

Mainlyrookies - 1 (3 box break)
Mainlyrookies eBay Auctions (Most of the basketball has been sold)

emmitt22catch - 1 (Sweeeet Dual)

chri5784 - 1, 2, 3
chri5784 eBay Auctions

artyman60 - 1

Why must you be so ugly?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

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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.

I Call BS!!!! Beckett Exquisite Football Box Break

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

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Check out Beckett’s 2007 Exquisite Football Box Break. They bust two boxes and pull basically the two nicest cards in the entire checklist.

2007 UD Exquisite Football Break from Beckett Media LP on Vimeo.

I understand that UD wants to create buzz and show off their cooler cards, but is it really necessary to make it so blatant?? For those keeping track at home thats three 1 of 1’s, a quad patch auto, and a dual cut signature in two boxes…

Now Topps is also guilty of sending loaded boxes to Beckett to open on their box breaks. A while back they busted 2007 Topps Sterling Baseball and pulled a Joe Dimaggio Cut Auto.

Leave some hits for the collectors!!!!