It’s taken awhile—and apparently taken a small army to get it done—but Khalil Mack has finally signed his 2014 Playoff Contenders rookie cards.
Panini America announced Monday that it would begin fulfilling redemption cards that were issued upon the product’s January 15 release. No specific reason was given as to why it took so long to get Mack to sign, but Panini says it had to work with help of agents, player marketing reps and even the NFLPA to get the fresh ink back in-house.
Mack was playing for the Oakland Raiders at the time and his stock has risen considerably.
“Some redemption situations are more challenging and more trying than others and this was certainly one of those,” said Elizabeth Galaviz, Panini America’s Football License Acquisitions Manager. “But we never stopped working to get these cards back. We owe that to collectors and customers. It’s a mindset we take into every redemption situation. Some just take on a higher degree of difficulty. We’re thankful to check this one off the list.”
Panini says it will begin fulfilling Mack’s 2014 Contenders Football redemptions later this week.
Tiger Woods memorabilia is back on the radar thanks to his comeback-capping Masters win on Sunday. Even before the final round, one of his old putters drew a gallery of bidders.
Green Jacket Auctions sold one of Woods’ backup putters from his 2000 season late Saturday night for $88,809. Created by Scotty Cameron, the putter wasn’t used in competition but it’s possible Woods practiced with it. Cameron typically made one or two backups for Woods to use during that time frame but Woods stuck to one model virtually all of the time.
Few pieces of equipment made for Tiger or created for him have ever come to public auction.
Here’s a unique hobby shop promotion.
Bricks and Ivy, a sports card/memorabilia store in Hoopeston, a little burg in east central IL, is hosting a home run derby on May 11 in which customers will compete against Jose Canseco, who will then do an autograph signing at the shop. The event will take place at a local park and the signing will happen at the shop.
Two of the people who buy autograph tickets (they start at $29) will be selected at random to compete against Canseco while the third spot will be auctioned off.