By: Andrew Harner, Editor-in-Chief
Hitting stores today, the two year reigning Product of the Year Topps Allen & Ginter returns for a third series.
Bringing back the 1880s design of the original Allen & Ginter baseball cards, Topps quickly gave itself an anticipated release on each year’s release calendar.
Allen & Ginter is a set for more than just baseball collectors though. Politicians, world icons and even animals have been featured in Allen & Ginter which was a feature of the original cards. This year, DNA relics and the chance to be on your own Allen & Ginter card in 2009 are two More >
By: Andrew Harner, Editor-in-Chief
I will be starting a new feature on Sports Card Forum Articles called One Hit Wonders, which is just what it sounds like: sets that have one series on the card market. Many of these sets had very unique aspects that simply weren’t appreciated by collectors, but others were just bad ideas made up by the card companies.
The first set in the series is 1996 Topps Laser baseball.
For 1996 standards, Topps Laser was a novel concept as die-cut cards were in style back then, and this set took it to a new level utilizing laser cutting.
A major More >
It all began with what probably was an honest mistake in 2006 when Topps accidentally had produced an Alex Gordon card for its base set before realizing he was ineligible to be in the release in accordance with the new MLBPA rookie card rules.
When people all across the hobby were talking about the different versions of the card, an idea was born inside the minds of Topps’ designers.
Next came the Photoshopping, then Poley Walnuts, then came the fiction Kazuo Uzuki, then Jon Smoltz, the Rip Master auto and now we have Kosuke Fukudome, Alexei Ramirez, Yasuhiko Yabuta, Johan Santana, Al Gore and Arnold More >
As featured earlier in the week, Upper Deck Series Two is continuing the Presidential Predictor series. However, the set still is marred by controversy.
A new card in the set has surfaced which declared Hillary Clinton the winner of the Democratic nomination.
Just as with the Series One version of Clinton, the version showing Barack Obama hoisting Clinton into the air was pulled from circulation by hand. But, people at Upper Deck are really people, so some of the cards slipped through the cracks (or was this an intentional marketing ploy?).
“We had the version of Obama lifting Clinton pulled as it became More >
What a week it was for Jay Bruce and for Topps.
Bruce debuted on Tuesday going 3-3 with a double, two RBIs and a stolen base.
Topps released Series Two baseball today and announced that Finest Rookie Redemption #2 would feature Jay Bruce along with his signature.
The redemption cards have taken off to as high as the $100 levels on eBay and will only go up if Bruce continues to put up numbers at his debut pace.
Steiner Sports Marketing has been served with a lawsuit by the MLB Players Association that claims the New York-based company is selling unlicensed products of current MLB players and infringing on the MLBPA’s trademarks.
Among the allegations in the lawsuit are trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting, unfair competition and breach of contract. At issue are some autographed photos produced and sold by Steiner Sports over the past year.
Steiner Sports had a license with the MLBPA that allowed it to produce and sell a line of signed and unsigned photos of active MLB players that featured the MLB Players Choice trademark. That license More >