My Dad, a Ball, Some Snow and Joe Torre

By Kevin O’Connor aka koconnor67

This is the kind of story that subtly illuminates some of the reasons behind our persona and our make up. It hints to how we become who we are and describes why our hero’s and champions earn their place in our hearts and minds, all the while performing consistent, ordinary and average, only to be revered as extraordinary. I believe everyone has a story like this if they slow down long enough to experience it.

Christmas was almost seven months ago yet I am reminded of a phone call I received from my dad right before the More >

MLBPA and Upper Deck Continue Long Standing Relationship

After twenty years in the baseball card market, The Upper Deck Company has been granted a new trading card license agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association. “We are thrilled to renew our commitment to the baseball card market and look forward to working closely with the Players Association to further grow the category,” said Upper Deck CEO Richard McWilliam.

The Upper Deck Company was founded in 1988 and revolutionized the trading card market with their first baseball card set in 1989. “Upper Deck has an unsurpassed record of delivering the most innovative, premium and authentic baseball trading cards, and More >

Topps Unveils 2009 Finest Baseball Rookie Redemption # 4

Topps announces the player redeemable for the 2009 Topps Finest Baseball Redemption # 4 is Julio Borbon, Outfielder, Texas Rangers.

Throughout the 2009 Major League Baseball season, Topps will announce the subjects for the 10-card Rookie Redemption set.  Each Master Box of Topps Finest includes one Rookie Redemption.  In addition, collectors can also find redemptions for Refractor (#’d to 199) and Gold Refractor (#’d to 50) versions.

Stay tuned for Rookie Redemption # 5!

  1. Matt LaPorta, Outfield, Cleveland Indians
  2. Tommy Hanson, Pitcher, Atlanta Braves
  3. Andrew Bailey, Pitcher, Oakland A’s
  4. Julio Borbon, Outfielder, Texas Rangers
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Todd McFarlane Has the Right Idea

By Brian Ferrell aka FlyerGuy22

Todd McFarlane has the right idea, at least in toys. I have to admit that I never had any interest in Starting Lineups figures growing up. What were you supposed to do with them? Then McFarlane introduced SportsPicks. They were a little bigger and a little more detailed. They were then licensed for all four of the major sports and they took off in popularity. They can be real nice to get signed and display next to your memorabilia (or take up a few shelves all on their own if you’ve been collecting them for a More >

Unofficial Review: 2009 O-Pee-Chee Baseball

By Jason Ciaramella aka ExeterJay

The much-anticipated OPC Baseball arrived in stores and hobby shops across the country on June 17th. This product had caused quite a stir among collectors of vintage, retro and throwback style cards, with the promise of a 1971 OPC parallel card in every pack. The concept of doing a retro theme parallel was a huge hit in OPC hockey this year, with a 1979-80 design that not only helped move wax off of the shelves, but also had great success on the secondary market with collectors scooping up lots and singles to finish off their sets.

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Topps Announces Red Hot Rookie Redemption #3

Topps announces the player redeemable for the 2009 Topps Baseball Series 2 RED HOT ROOKIE Redemption # 3 is Andrew McCutchen, Outfield, Pittsburgh Pirates.

Throughout the remainder of the 2009 Major League Baseball season, Topps will announce the subjects for the 10-card RED HOT ROOKIE program. Each Topps Series 2 Hobby Box includes (1) RED HOT ROOKIE Redemption, which can be redeemed online at

Stay tuned for RED HOT ROOKIE # 4!

  1. Fernando Martinez, Mets
  2. Gordon Beckham, White Sox
  3. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates