The changing of the MLB guard is a marathon that is not yet complete. While on the backstretch, it still has a few miles to go. What began with farewells to icons like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Chipper Jones and Ivan Rodriguez between 2012 and 2014 has culminated in the meteoric rise of fresh faces that have reinvigorated a game that trudged along after the steroid … [Read more...] about 5 MLB Prospects Worthy of September Call Up…and Collector Interest
by James Morisette There was plenty to talk about in 1973, a turbulent time in American history. The Vietnam War was almost in the rear view mirror and millions of U.S. citizens and returning soldiers sought to return to normalcy. Skylab went to space that year. And the Godfather earned the Oscar for best picture. Meantime, The Sting and Last Tango in Paris both arrived on … [Read more...] about 5 Must Have 1973 Topps Baseball Cards
by James Morisette To many young basketball fans, the name Mark Landsberger does not register in the memory bank. But to many older fans of the game, Landsberger is best known as the Los Angeles Lakers defender that got immortalized by Philadelphia 76ers star Julius Erving (AKA Dr. J) in one of the most memorable plays in NBA history. It would have been a great … [Read more...] about Julius Erving Basketball Cards Recall Pro Basketball’s Transition
by James Morisette Women with expensive taste for handbags have Coco Chanel. Men who can afford to purchase high-end sports cards will soon have 2012 Upper Deck Exquisite football. While information about the latest Exquisite brand is still trickling out (to include a full player checklist), Upper Deck has released some very basic information about this premium football … [Read more...] about 2012 Upper Deck Exquisite Football Packs 5 Autographs Per Box
by James Morisette NCAA-licensed Upper Deck is set to release a fresh design of its mid-end 2013 edition of SPx football and the final checklist has been released. SPx will provide collectors less cards than in prior years but Upper Deck promises more quality. This year, Upper Deck has reduced the number of cards in SPx hobby boxes from 72 cards (18 packs per box, … [Read more...] about Upper Deck Hoping Less is More in 2013 SPx Football
In 2010, Topps breathed new life into the baseball card industry when it released one of the most star-studded rookie and prospect laden products since 1992. Led by Stephen Strasburg, Jason Heyward and Buster Posey; and later by Bryce Harper, Starlin Castro, Aroldis Chapman and Madison Bumgarner; Bowman reaped record sales of this game-changing brand. With aggressive … [Read more...] about Is Hobby Hype Machine Ignoring Miguel Cabrera?
by James Morisette Fresh of a successful rookie campaign, Topps is poised to bring back one of its bigger sellers from last year’s football card releases. Set to hit store shelves in December, 2013 Topps Strata resolves to give collectors even greater access to sleek autographed relic technology than it did last year, including the much coveted shadow box autographed … [Read more...] about 2013 Topps Strata Football Preview