No, that’s not Javon Kinlaw pictured on his 2020 Score Football rookie card and a young South Carolina Gamecocks fan is not happy about that.
13-year-old Asher Mezzatesta discovered that the card made for Kinlaw, a defensive tackle, actually pictures former Gamecock tight end K.C. Crosby. The mistake was likely made because both players wore number 3.
“He gets one rookie card and it’s not going to come back. He had to sign a ton of misprint rookie cards,” a frustrated Asher told the local newspaper.
It’s unlikely Panini will print a corrected version, but Kinlaw should have plenty of other rookie cards—hopefully showing him and not his former teammate.
Beckett Grading will temporarily close its Dallas location for drop off and pickups starting Monday due to a continuing rise in COVID-19 cases. The company says it’s making the move to protect its employees and customers. Mail order submissions are not affected.
A major west coast newspaper is putting together a business-oriented story on the exploding interest in sports cards during the last several months. I spoke with the reporter this week. Their story should be out shortly.
Topps dropped a new on-demand set on what will be the Opening Day of the 2020 season.
“Summer Blockbusters” packs contain 21 cards: the full 20-card base set plus one chase card with randomly inserted autographs of MLB legends.
It’s a summer/tropical theme with cards of current superstars, rookies and some past greats.
You can get details on the inserts and see more samples here.
If you’ve ordered some Topps Project 2020 cards, you’ll have to wait a little to get them.
The company remains bogged down because of large quantities of some cards that were ordered several weeks ago. Customers ordered tens of thousands of certain issues during the spring when interest in the project was at its zenith and Topps is still catching up.
The company says it’s now working on shipping card number 94, which was released in late May. Cards numbered 171 and 172, featuring artists’ latest takes on the 1954 Ted Williams and 1993 Derek Jeter, were released on Thursday while an ’84 Don Mattingly and 2001 Ichiro were dropped on Wednesday. Each card is available for 48 hours.
You can see an ongoing list of the print runs and more here.
MeiGray has opened its latest auction of game-worn shoes. There are 14 pairs up for grabs, most from NBA games played earlier this season, but one listing is a little different.
The first game-used shoes from projected 2020 lottery pick R. J. Hampton are listed with an opening bid of $800.
A five-star recruit coming out of high school, Hampton opted to play professionally overseas before entering the NBA Draft. He wore the Size 13 Blue and Pink Li-Ning Speed VI shoes while playing for the New Zealand Breakers during the 2019-20 National Basketball League season there.
The shoes are photo-matched to the Breakers’ games on November 9, 2019 against South East Melbourne and on November 24, 2019 against Adelaide.
If you’re desperate for something different to collect, FOCO has a line of player and team facemasks and gaiters for all sports.
The company says they’ll be “worn by a majority of MLB players throughout the season showcasing their team logo and jersey number.”
While autographs aren’t likely going to be possible this year, I suspect we’ll eventually see a few of these signed to commemorate this crazy sports year, maybe even during private signings in the coming months.
There are collegiate versions, too, with school logos and colors.