For the week of October 8th, 2007
This week's Card of the Week is owned by Kary Haller (aka
Reinholds, Pennsylvania. Here's what Kary has to say about his pick for card of
This is a 1976 Topps card of Reggie Jackson. This was his last card in an A's
uniform as he went to the Yankees in 1977. I started collecting baseball cards
at the age of 9. We had a general store right across the road where we lived. As
kids we would walk along the highway collecting all the glass soda bottles we
could find so that we could turn them in for the 5 or 10˘ refund and buy all the
packs of cards that we had money for. Although I was a Phillies fan and there
was nothing better than pulling a Mike Schmidt or Greg Luzinski card out of a
pack, it was just as exciting to pull Reggie Jackson or any of his teammates
because the A's had just won 3 consecutive World Series and my neighbors and I
knew the entire lineup. How I wish we could go back to the days of buying cheap
packs looking for our favorite players because they are the ones we wanted to
have. And as long as we got our favorite players, it didn't matter if the card
was a little off center or had a dinged corner. Too often today it seems we play
the card pack lottery spending $5-$10 on a pack hoping to pull the expensive
card which we might not want to keep anyway. Many times we come away without
much in return. Whenever I see the 1976 Topps Reggie Jackson card, it reminds me
of the good old days of collecting baseball cards simply for the fun of it and
it makes me wish I could go back in time for just one day and open a few more
1976 packs hoping for Schmitty,the "Bull" and Reggie.
For the week of September 10th, 2007
This week's Card of the Week is owned by Dan English
bupps) from Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Decided to open a box of SPX football. With the 1st four packs I got GU's of
Donovan McNabe, Carson Palmer, Drew Bledsoe & Dante Culpepper. You can guess
that I was wondering if this was a good decision. After a Tom Brady single,
Kenny Irons dual and a H. B. Blades auto I was sure I was going to leave a lot
at the local money pit but then out of the 2nd to last pack I got my Rookie Auto
Jersey #'d 231/299 of JaMarcus Russell. My thoughts about the box changed a lot.
For the week of August 20th, 2007
This week's Card of the Week is owned by Debbie Sisson-Barbay
Here's what Debbie has to say about her special
This is one of my favorite cards because of the unique story
attached to it. I often go to Mariners games with player cards of the visiting
team with the hope of having them signed. Over the years I've had a few signed,
but this was the first time I thought to bring a game-used card with me. It was
the only game-used card of a current Oakland A's player I had and I was hoping
to get it signed that day. After batting practice, I was amazed to see Rich
Harden walking up to the stands only 25 feet from where I was standing. I was
able to go over and ask him to sign my card which he did. The card is a 2005
Bowman Heritage Pieces of Greatness jersey insert which books $8.00 on Beckett,
but to me it will always be a 1/1 with the added autograph obtained in person.
For the week of August 20th, 2007
This week's Card of the Week is owned by Peter Whitmore (aka
peter445) from Murrieta, California
This is obviously a great old card of a memorable player. However, this card
is much more than that to me. It is a symbol of my close relationship to my
dad. My parents divorced when I was very young and I would see him every other
weekend. He caught on that I was into baseball cards (1986 Topps, at the time)
and so he and I would go to local swap meets and search up and down the aisle
for that elusive bargain. I remember getting a 1983 Donruss Factory set for $5,
a 1972 Nolan Ryan for $3, 11 Rickey Henderson rookie cards for $35...I could go
on and on. I'd find 'em, he'd shell out the dough for 'em.
This card, however, set the wheels in motion. Its story occurred before any of
the above. On a Saturday when it wasn't my turn to come down, my dad still
attended the swap meet. He picked up a book that interested him and asked the
vendor how much it was. Dissatisfied with the $5 price, he flipped through the
pages to reveal the above 1957 Topps Duke Snyder, along with a 1962 Topps Willie
Mays All-Star card. "I'll pass on the book, but how much for these two cards
here?" Five cents a piece was the reply.
Imagine the size of my smile when my dad handed them to me the following
Saturday! I had the two best cards in the world, but an even better father.
Shoot. Come to think of it, I think I still owe him that 10 cents...
For the week of August 6th, 2007
This week's Card of the Week is owned by Mark
Gatorade5) from Chalfont,
This is a very exciting card I found. This year in school, I found an old Tom
Seaver card in my Language Arts Book:) in Near-Mint Condition. The book was made
in 1989 and my card was made in 1986. I think I was pretty lucky to get such an
For the week of July 30th, 2007
This week's Card of the Week is owned by Philip
flipperphil) from Silver Creek, NY . Here's the story behind his prized
Albert Pujols card:
I collect only Albert Pujols. I started about a year and a
half ago, with a handful of Pujols my nephew gave me. I now have about 1,400
Pujols, 16 RC’s, and around 200 game used. Albert was a rookie in 2001, so I
obviously knew I would never pull a rookie card of him, but how wrong I was. We
talk often at work about baseball and I happened to mention my new found hobby.
A friend at work had been given a Christmas stocking, in 2002 purchased at a
local card shop by his mother that was stuffed with all brands of cards from
2001, & 2002. Most likely something they had made up as it had Upper Deck,
Fleer, Topps Traded, & Donruss. His mother passed away a few days before
Christmas, and he was kind of bummed out about breaking them open. They got
stuck in his closet and had been there all this time. He offered them to me,
saying “I gave up collecting years ago, and will be happy just to pass them on
to someone who can appreciate them.”
He brought them in a few days later, and on our break, we proceeded to open
them. Imagine my surprise when I pulled a 2001 Topps Traded #T247 of
Albert, it is a fairly low book card as it only books for $80.00, but I felt
like a kid again getting that rookie card that I figured was an impossibility.
He gave me all the cards, even though I offered to pay him, when I told honestly
told him what it was actually worth he said, buy me lunch a few times and we
will be square. Nice friend, nice card.
For the week of July 22nd, 2007
This week's Card of the Week is owned by Michael Molek (aka
tribefan) from Amherst, OH . Here's what
Michael has told us about this classic card.
This is my favorite card of all time (thus far and it's going
to be hard to beat!). There weren't many game action shots back then and this
one is simply a classic!
Now my personal story about this card... It was late summer/early fall 1973 and
I was six years old visiting my cousins. Of course, I brought my pride and joy
with me... the box of cards I had accumulated all summer. My dad would bring
home a pack or two a couple times a week (probably pay day).
Well, my cousin had cards, too and the Clemente card was all I needed from his
small stack. Coming from a family of Pirates fans, he didn't want to trade it.
BUT, I ended up trading nearly EVERY double I had in order to get this Clemente
for my set.
Of course, I was trading because I needed it, not because of who it was. Little
did I know.
I have no idea what I gave up, probably a Schmidt RC (!), but it doesn't
matter... it's still the greatest trade I ever made!
For the week of June 25th, 2007
This week's Card of the Week is owned by Steve Frey (aka
semosports) from Poplar Bluff, Missouri .
Here's what Steve has to say about sweet card:
I finally did it! I pulled that elusive Albert Pujols Auto! As a live long
St. Louis Cardinals fan I'm always thrilled to pull a nice Cardinals card. But
Ive always failed to pull a Pujols auto. But this week a buddy convinced me that
if I opened a box of Triple Threads, he would do the same. Well peer pressure
got to me and I opened a box. My buddies box was below average with a dan uggla
auto being the best card. I opened my box and the first pack contained an Albert
Pujols Auto/ Two Piece Jersey and Bat numbered to 18. Everyone in the room
flipped out. I finally got the elusive Pujols auto!!
For the week of June 18th, 2007
This week's Card of the Week is owned by Javier
JAVIER) from San Juan Puerto Rico .
Javier has to say about this cool Bowman card.
This is a 2006 Bowman Heritage Black Brooks Brown I pulled from the first Bowman
Heritage box I cracked. The card is numbered 1/1. I read the backs, but I did
not see the serial no and did not know what I had until I compared it to other
Brown cards I pulled. I do not collect high-end or high value cards so this card
is the centerpiece of my collection
For the week of June 11th, 2007
This week's Card of the Week is owned by Brett
Here's what Brett has to
say about his customized football card
This is an autographed card of Mike Kozlowski, when I was growing up he was one
of my favorite football players. I had always wanted a card of his, but he
played before the card explosion of '91 so there was never a card made of him. I
decided to take matters into my own hands and make a card of him myself. I found
a nice picture and made this card and sent it to him to sign. I also decided to
make cards of all the Dolphins players who never had cards made of them.
Eventually I would like to be able to say I have one card of every player that
has played for Miami.
For the week of May 28th, 2007
This week's Card of the Week is owned by our
longtime member "Mrbaseball"
Here's what "Mrbaseball"
has to say about this fine looking card:
"This card of Mickey Mantle is my BEST ever packed pulled card. It is
from 2001 Upper Deck Legends Legendary Lumber. I pulled this beautiful bat card
of one of the greatest Yankees ever from a $9.99 2001 Upper Deck box I bought at
Target in San Diego. Just goes to show you, you can pull awesome cards from
inexpensive retail boxes! The card books for $150 in the June 2007 Beckett."
May 14th, 2007
05-06 Upper Deck Rookie Debut Threads Bulls Jersey Card
This weeks card is supplied by Aaron Birnell (member
abirnell) from Peru, Indiana
Here's what Aaron has to say about this card:
This is a Mint condition Michael Jordan 05-06 Upper Deck Rookie*Debut Threads
Bulls Jersey Cards it is by far my favorite card i have ever gotten. I pulled it
out of a box for $10. It was awesome to get a $187.50 card in a box worth ten
dollars but I was one of the lucky ones. It wouldn't be so much if I didn't care
so much for it but ever since it came out of the box, it has been in a glass
picture frame as seen on the picture.
May 7th, 2007
This weeks sports card of the week is from 1943 Ted Williams card from the WW11
years This card was selected by our club member Charles Gale (aka
from Winterport, Maine
Here's what Charles has to say about this unique baseball
This card comes from one of the few baseball sets issued during WW2, this set of
unnumbered cards, measuring 2-5/8" x 2-1/4" was produced in 2 major types and at
least 5 different subtypes. The cards feature crude color drawings that little
resemblance to the player named. They were originally produced in strips and
sold inexpensively in candy stores. The backs contain brief player write-ups.
One major type has the players full name, team, position on back. The second
type has only the players 1st and last name ,position and no team on the back.
M.P& Co. stands for Micheal Pressner and Company ,a New York City Novelty and
carnival Supply firm.
April 30th, 2007
This weeks sports card of the week is from 1967 Topps Football. This card was
selected by our club member Bob Swick (aka
football card fan)
from Wallingford, CT
Here's what Bob has to say about this card.
Broadway Joe Namath captivated a young 9 year old football fan like myself in
1967. Although he was only two years away from pulling one of the most poised
upsets in football history by defeating the established Colts in Super Bowl III,
Namath was talk of my school and area growing up a mere one hour away from New
York City which had an incredible two football teams, the Jets and Giants. I
started buying football packs in 1965 for a nickel a pack and loved opening up
both the Topps 65 Tall Boys and 65 Phillys. In 1967 as winter approached I
bought again more Topps and Philadelphia football packs. This card bring back
pleasant memories of a time long ago when real men played football for the love
of the game. This card is a 1967 Topps #98 and is worth $150 in NM condition.
To all the collectors out there-good luck with your collections.
For the week of
April 23, 2007
1970 Thurman Munson Topps Rookie Card #189
Beckett price guides currently lists this baseball cards value at $60-$100
This weeks card is supplied by Joseph Ciulla (member ID
kid4rock) from Cary,
Here's what Joseph has to
say about this card:
This is a 1970 Thurman Munson Topps Rookie Card. Although the Beckett book
value is $100, it is worth far more than that to me.
Like a lot of fans, the MLB strikes really reduced my interest in the game, to
the point where I stopped watching, and even unloaded all my baseball cards.
Like many people, I couldn't stay away. As a lifelong Yankees fan, watching
players like Jeter, Bernie and Mariano brought back fond memories and pulled me
back into the game.
When I got back to collecting, the Munson R/C was the first card I purchased.
Thurman Munson was a great player whose career was cut much too short. Thurman
had a .289 lifetime batting average, was ROY, earned 3 gold gloves, and made the
all-star team every year he played except his rookie year and one other.
Things I loved about Thurman... He always wore some kind of facial hair despite
Steinbrenner's ban against it. He and Carlton Fisk always had something going
between them. He had the most interesting pre-swing routine in the game.
Gone too soon, sorely missed.
For the week of
April 16th, 2007
05 Absolute Memorabilia Update Burleigh Grimes Tools of the Trade Jumbo
This weeks card is supplied by Sam Elliott (aka
Sportscardkid) Bellingham, Washington
Sportscardkid had to say about this card:
Ever since I started collecting hall of fame game used cards (I was about 9
years old now I am 14), I would sit down and look at my cards and see teeny
little swatches of jersey, its cool and all, but I always was hoping a card
company would just make a card that has a HUGE swatch of jersey. Soon enough I
saw the sell sheet for 05 Absolute Memorabilia Update and saw that they were
featuring HOF JUMBO jersey cards. I was so excited once it came out, I saved up
for the Burleigh Grimes, it ran me about $90. It even and has a thick stripe and
stitching. This card is #34/83. These are already drying up and the cash value
is already up to $150+. This is easily one of my top three favorite cards of all
time. Plus, how often are you going to see a huge jersey card of a guy who was
playing from 1916-1934???
April 9th, 2007
1965 Topps baseball card #153 Norm Cash
Beckett price guides currently lists this baseball cards value at
This weeks card is supplied by Roger Pace (aka
rogrem) from Shamrock, TX
Here's what rogrem has to say about this fine looking card:
I have several Norm Cash cards
as well as pins and Magazine Covers. I was born in 1955 and never knew Norm
Cash, although I have a unique story of when I was young, which made me collect
cards of his through the year. This card posted is a 1965 Topps #153, immaculate
shape and corners, except for being slightly off-center. It only books for about
$5.00, but still a great one of my collection.
I grew up in Post, Texas which
many people refer to as the home of Norm Cash, although he was actually born in
Justiceburg, about 15 SE of Post. Justiceburg was by my memory probably only
about a town of 25 population, with only a gas station and Post Office, and the
Gas Station boasting it’s world famous ‘Sour Dough Bread’.
My Dad was Little League
Commissioner for many years in Post when I was young. I can remember my Mom
saying, he just as well move out to the baseball park, as many hours as he put
in working on it. Norm had a younger brother, Clyde Cash, who grew to be quite a
ball player himself, and was probably about 5-6 years older than I was. It had
rained most of the week, and my Dad said he had to go to Justiceburg to let some
people know that there would be no Little League ball games that week. (Being
the thriving community Justiceburg was, there were no phones, so my Dad relayed
the news personally). I went along, and was probably about 5-6 years old. I can
still remember to this day going to the Cash farm, barely making it in on the
muddy roads. Pulled up to the farm, and sitting out on the front porch in
rocking chairs were the parents of Norm & Clyde Cash. Today my memory of them is
Ma & Pa Kettle in the kindest way, as Mr. Cash had on his old coveralls and Mrs.
Cash was just a farm wife. But what stuck in my mind was when they took us in
the old farmhouse for a drink, there were pictures of Norm Cash on the walls,
and that was my first sense of who Norm Cash really was, and those pictures are
still very plain today in my mind. I can remember in my Jr. High School years
there was a book in the library about Norm Cash, which I remember reading over
Although I never knew Norm, I have collected many cards of his through the
years. Norm was drafted out of College to play football for the Chicago Bears,
but opted for baseball. He had a great career. He died in a boating accident in
1986. The Little League Field that my Dad spent so many years working on was
dedicated to Stormin’ Norm as Norm Cash Field in April 23, 2005, although my
family had moved from Post in the late 1970’s.
Week of April 2nd, 2007
1964 Topps baseball card # 566 Ed Kranepool.
Beckett price guides currently lists this baseball cards value at
This weeks card is supplied by Charles Boyter (aka
hotspurcoach) from Willingboro NJ.
hotspurcoach has to say about this fine looking card:
In 1964 I started collecting baseball cards. I think I paid 5 cents a pack and I
used to take all the Yankees and clothes pin them to my bike frame so the wheel
spokes made a noise like an engine! Looking back and thinking about how many
Mantle cards I destroyed almost makes me cry... and man that gum was hard!
What makes a great card? A classic design, with a great photograph of a
favorite player from your favorite team coupled with it being a little harder to
find. This baby is imaculate! Somebody loved this 1964 Topps card so I could
it was like just to be a kid again. AND.... this was a high number card, which
makes it a short print before short prints were in "fashion" (and overpriced).
Kranepool was 19 yrs old in 1964, and by the time he was 24 they had won their
first World Series. Ed was born and raised in NYC, and played his first game
Sept 22nd 1962 when he was just 17yrs old for the Mets. Ed retired in 1979 as
the only original
Met to have played in 2 World Series while winning a World Championship in 1969.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be like Eddie Kranepool, Ron Swaboda and Tom
This is one of my favorite cards in my collection and it sells for around $20
Week of March 26th, 2007
Our first Sports Card of the Week is a great looking baseball card, it's owned by
our longtime member "Mrbaseball"
Mrbaseball has to say about this card:
"As you all know by now IM a huge Yankees fan, but most importantly IM a Huge
Derek Jeter fan. The card pictured was a Christmas present from my wife a few
years ago. The card is a 2002 Fleer Maximum from the Derek Jeter Legacy
Collection, card is Autographed with a piece of Game Used Bat AND is serial
Book Value on this beauty is $250. What I love about this card is first of all
it is one of the best Christmas gifts I have ever received. I also like that
serial number is on the front of the card, as well as a great looking picture of
the Yankees captain as well as an awesome picture of the greatest sports venue
on the planet, Yankee Stadium. I hope you all enjoy this card, I sure do!!"