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Baseball Card Show Purchase #11 – Billy Ripken 1989 Fleer ‘F*CK FACE’ Card – The Real Deal!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #11 – Billy Ripken 1989 Fleer ‘F*CK FACE’ Card – The Real Deal!!!

With the purchase of this baseball card, I am able to scratch another one off of my ‘Top Ten Cards I Want To Add To My Collection List’.

This card had so much hype surrouding it in 1989 – I would have to say that for a non-rookie baseball card, this card is easily the most talked about card from my youth.

As a kid, I never had one of these.  I had seen tons of them, and their various ‘blacked out’ versions, but these things all cost a pretty penny back in the day, with some of them easily surpassing the $100.00 price point.

While at the show, I saw two of them.  One dealer was asking $10 and the other was asking $8.  With the help of another dealer, and the show’s top promoter, we were able to talk the dealer asking for $8 down to $5.00.

And then it was my turn to hand over a $5.00 bill.

Have a look:


I have wanted this card for a very long time.  And to be honest, I am really not interested in any of the other versions.  This is the one that I wanted, and I am really happy to have this very popular and highly-collected piece of cardboard from my childhood back in my collection.


The Biggest Error Card Since Billy Ripken’s Famous ‘F*&K Face’ Card???

I cannot believe that Topps did this.  And I cannot believe that I am the first blogger to catch this one!!!

What you see below is a 2008 Topps baseball card of Tony Gwynn.  Now I have no idea why Topps would issue a card of a player that retired way back in 2001, but they did and it’s a HUGE error on their part. 


But the mistakes don’t stop there.  In fact, they errors keep piling up!!!

First off, Tony Gwynn never played for the Milwaukee Brewers.  He only played for one team during the course of his 20-year career – the San Diego Padres.  And the autograph facsimile that Topps stuck on  the front of the card looks nothing like Mr Gwynn’s signature. 

I just cannot believe that Topps would make such a mistake.  I have searched through over 100 sports card related blogs in the last 24 hours in hopes to see that someone else discovered what I am calling ‘The Billy Ripken of the 21st Century’.  And not one person, not one of you has found this error prior to me.  This is truly amazing as I am not even a collector of the modern day stuff.  I know Tony Gwynn, and I loved watching him play, but surely there is at least one person out there that would have spotted this before me.

This is a proud moment at ’30-YOC’.  I am off to the post office to send my certified letter to Topps – wait until they get a load of this.  I see a feature article in Beckett in my near future!!!


Attention Player Collectors, This One’s For You!!!

I patrol eBay quite a bit.  If I had my way, I would spend quite a bit too.  I guess both good and bad things come from being a ‘disciplined’ collector.  It’s very rare that I will buy a single card due to the inflated ‘Buy It Now’ pricing and ridicolous shipping fees people will ask for just to ship 1 baseball card.  Instead I focus on sellers that offer value, whether it is combined shipping discounts or large lots of the cards I like.

If you’re a player collector, like me, you’re going to want to check out this ebay store – dan-o-78.  Although not for everyone, this seller has some very large lots of the players we love.  Guys from the 1980’s and 90’s that dominated the game.  And although the prices for these lots have high starting prices, the breakdown of these lots is just a penny or two per card.

Do you need 700 Roger Clemens cards – if so click here.  Is Tom Glavine your favorite pitcher?  If so, you’re going to love this.  If the Twins are  your favorite team, you’re in luck as he has a great Kirby Puckett lot for sale as well a smaller one of Rod Carew too.  Do you only collect Hall of Fame players?  Why not grab Brooks Robinson, Steve Carlton, Jim Palmer, or Tom Seaver and stock up on these baseball legends at very affordable prices?

In my opinion, eBay lots are the way to go for the player collector and I think that these are some of the best deals I have seen in quite some time.  There are a few lots I have my eyes on, and if times were different and money was no issue, I would be submitting bids on quite a few of these great lots!!!

Happy Shopping!!!

Another Baseball Card Shop Bites The Dust…

 While running errands wife my wife and kids yesterday I added ‘stop at card shop’ to our list.  I needed to get some plastic and although Wal-Mart usually has what I need we had no plans of going there while the card shop was close to where we would be. 

Usually they will just stay in the car when I run in.  That is until we saw this…. 


I guess there will be no more running to the card shop, huh?  This is the 3rd card shop that I have seen close down since my return to the hobby less than 1 year ago.  While I am not surprised by this, I am a little saddened by what has happened to our hobby.

Let me say that I am guilty of seeking out bargains.  The Internet has offered us a wonderful marketplace to buy anything we want, and it is almost always at a price that is much better than a brick & mortar shop can offer.  But still, my childhood of collecting included frequent trips to the card store searching for commons needed to complete sets amongst other things.  And the card shop was always the first place to get all of the new releases. 

Ughhh…  I guess this is one part of the hobby that acn fall under the category of ‘Back when I used to collect cards’.

I miss the Good Old Days!!!  I hope card shows aren’t next…

3 Packs of 2008 Topss Updates & Highlights

I cannot tell you what possessed me to do this but for the first time in 16 years I bought a pack of baseball cards. 3 actually. This morning I needed to make a quick stop at Wal-Mart and was waiting on line to check out at register 21. Register 21 is where they keep all of the baseball cards and other sports cards. This time I reacted without hesitation and grabbed a pack. Then another. And then another.

I chose the 2008 Topps Updates and Highlights issue. I have seen many blogs criticizing the design of these cards, but I find them to be quite appealing. I have no idea what kind of goodies lie inside of this issue’s packs but I proceeded without caution to rip open all 3 of them. Here are the results.

Pack 1 – UH44 Ryan Sweeney, UH128 LaTroy Hawkins, UH74 Corey Patterson, UH152 Steve Trachsel, UH127 Combos – Michael Young & Derek Jeter, UH202 Josh Hamilton, UH118 Justin Morneau & David Ortiz, UH274 Albert Pujols, UH239 Milton Bradley, UH77 Ervin Santana, UH323 Jorge Velandia, WMDP23 Matt Holliday



Pack 2 – UH91 Billy Buckner, UH247 Scott Podsednik, UH265 Tony Abreu, UH133 Tadahito Iguchi, UH232 Geovany Soto, UH167 Justin Morneua, UH18 Andy Phillips, UH244 Brandon Webb, UH191 Ian Kinsler, UH83 George Sherrill, UH197 Michael Young, UH197 Jason Varitek



Pack 3 – UH175 Luis Vizcaino, UH187 Rod Barajas, UH67 Jamey Carroll, UH232 Edinson Volquez, UH196 Dan Uggla, UH106 Josh Hamilton & Carlos Quentin, UH54 Grady Sizemore, UH35 Hanley Ramirez, Uh52 Derek Jeter, UH311 Oscar Salazar, UH233 Grady Sizemore, WBC25 Kosuke Fukudome



It was fun to rip open a few packs of cards.  But, the thrill of pulling out something I could add to my player collections obviously was not there.  Of all of the players I got, each one is new to my collection.  I may keep the Jeters and the Pujols card for my sons, but the rest are up for grabs.  If you see anything you need for your set, or team collection, or player collections just let me know and I certain that we will be able to work something out.

Who knows, I may buy more packs in the future.  But I am definitely a player collector!!!

Black Friday Sale for the Baseball Card Collector!!!

Check this out…  I received an email from www.checkoutmycards.com providing me with a $3 flat fee for shipping on any orders placed on Black Friday – November 28.

If you have never checked out this site, today is as good a time as any since the reduced shipping fee is only effective today.

Follow this link to get your $3 shipping. 


Happy Shopping!!