Player Spotlight: Tim Lincecum
San Francisco Giants
2 Time Cy Young Award Winner (2008,2009)
Top 5 Tim Lincecum Rookie Cards On Ebay:
Be sure to shop around when looking for a Tim Lincecum Autograph. You will have many choices and price differences.
Check the price of this PSA/DNA Authenticated Tim Lincecum Autographed Baseball:
Then you will want to compare the price of that, to autographs for sale on eBay. Be sure to check how the autograph is authenticated.
Be very cautious of auto’s from companies you’ve never heard of.
In 2010 Tim Lincecum won a World Series with the San Francisco Giants
|Should I Subscribe To Beckett Magazine?
Beckett Magazine used to be considered the must have publication to know how much your collection was worth. The Up and Down arrows made looking forward to the next months Beckett very enjoyable.
While the quality of the content in the magazine is still very good, most collectors go to ebay for price history and value information.
It doesn’t mean Beckett has no place in the hobby. They are still considered a major player, and are the card companies first choice to give the scoop on a new product.
Here is a breakdown of some of the publications Beckett Media offers.
| Beckett Baseball Card
Prices of cards dating back to 1909. Doesn’t list every card, but highlights the key cards in most sets. The articles is what makes the magazine worth while. The Hot List and the reader questions are my two favorites.
Beckett makes it very clear that the pricing information in the magazine is for reference purpose only, and that it is not a recommendation to buy or sell any specific product. I wish the common card collector felt the same way. Too often, Beckett is referenced as the leader in trading card price data.
| Beckett Basketball Card
There are many other companies who compete with Beckett Baseball Card Magazine. The Basketball card market is less competitive. Beckett Basketball Card Magazine might be a good read for those looking for more information about basketball cards.
Beckett Basketball is very similar to Beckett Baseball. It includes a Hot List and reader questions. Some of the pricing of vintage Basketball cards are fairly accurate when compared to ebay. It’s worth the price if you are looking to expand your Basketball card knowledge.
| Beckett Football Card
The Football card market has exploded over the last 15 years. With the NFL being the number one sport in the United States, Beckett Football Magazine is a good publication to pick up to feed your need for all things in the Football card hobby.
Be sure to click the link and see if they are running any specials on Beckett Football. This wold be a great gift to a friend or for yourself!
Ultra Pro Product Review
This is a staple product for any collector with lots of cards to store. These standard Ultra Pro 3×4 Top Load Trading Card Holders can keep most of your cards safe.
Some of the thicker Jersey Cards will not fit into these holders. Ultra pro does make extra thick top loaders to fit these cards. I would also try using a Semirigid holder for thick jersey/memorabilia cards.
The Ultra Pro Soft Sleeve is a must to keep your common cards safe. Most collectors also use a soft sleeve, and then insert into a Top Loader or Semirigid holder.
I would pick up a bunch of these in bulk so that you have some laying around when you are busting your favorite box of cards. I have a soft sleeve of almost every single card I own.
I would not put your most expensive trading cards in a 9 pocket Ultra Pro Page. These are good for common cards, or building a set that does not hold much value.
The cards can easily get damaged by falling out of the binder or getting chipped when you flip through the binder page. They are a very good way to display a common set.
Putting a nice card in a Ultra Pro Screw Down Card Holder really makes the card stand out. There are some draw backs to screw downs. Putting them in and out of the holder can cause chips to the corner. Sometimes cards don’t fit quite well into them and they move around, also causing chips to corners.
I would use them on cards that you do not intend to grade. They make the card stand out, and if you are trying to sell on ebay or even just your local flea market, these screw downs can make your cards stand out.
These are BY FAR my favorite card holders. They make it real easy to slide the card in and out of. I always use these card holders with a soft sleeve. Great way to protect and they can usually fit the thicker jersey cards, which top loaders sometimes can’t.
If you are looking to submit your card to get graded by PSA or Beckett (BGS), you must use these card holders, or they may not accept your cards.
Topps Chrome Baseball
Topps Chrome Baseball is one of Topps longest running brands that delivers a “parallel” of their regular issue but with a special chrome gloss on each card. Known mostly for its refractor parallel cards that are typically rarer versions of the base and insert cards. The Mid ’90’s saw mainly inserts and parallels only…not even many notable Rookie Cards were produced. The late 90’s and on saw the insertion of Rookie Cards, Relic or Jersey Cards, and Autograph Cards (Mainly Rookies and Prospects)
It should be noted that some of the most popular versions of Topps Chrome can be found in the Traded & Rookies Version on eBay. This set was put together in regular Hobby Box/Pack form and sometimes in Factory Set Form. Either way these sets delivered some of the best Rookies of that year in Baseball. Keep in mind that the Box/Pack versions of Topps Rookies & Traded only have 2 Topps Chrome cards, the remainder are Regular Topps or another version.
Pete Rose Jr. #240
Corey Lidle #348
Troy Glaus #492
Michael Cuddyer #494
Jack Cust #495
Alex Escobar #206
2000 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Series 1
2000 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Series 2
2000 Topps Chrome Traded & Rookies Set
Larry Bigbie #209
Scott Downs #447
Ben Sheets #451
2001 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Series 1
2001 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Series 2
2001 Topps Chrome Traded and Rookies Box
Hee Seop Choi #291
Travis Hafner #296
2002 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Series 1
2002 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Series 2
2002 Topps Chrome Traded and Rookies Box
So Taguchi #426
Joe Mauer #622
Taylor Buckholz #675
Rich Harden #687
Chone Figgins #T196
Ryan Church #T243
Dontrelle Willis #T262
2003 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Series 1
2003 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Series 2
2003 Topps Chrome Baseball Traded and Rookies Box
03 Topps Chrome Checklist
Chris Duncan #201
Kevin Youkilis #216
Bryan Bullington #421
Joey Gomes #423
2004 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Series 1
2004 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Series 2
Yadier Molina #219
Zach Duke #220
Anthony Lerew #221
Kyle Davies #228
Zach Miner #232
2002 Topps Chrome Series 2 Checklist
Carlos Quentin #235
Conor Jackson #236
Jason Hirsh #243
Lastings Milledge #244
2005 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Series 1
2005 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Series 2
2005 Topps Chrome Baseball Update & Highlights
Ian Kinsler #214
Ryan Sweeney #217
Andre Ethier #221
Brandon Moss #222
Melky Cabrera #233
05 Topps Chrome Series 2 Checklist
Billy Butler #235
Chip Cannon #238
Glen Perkins #241
Justin Verlander #242
Andy LaRoche #472
05 Topps Chrome Update Checklist
Ryan Braun #198
Colby Rasmus #205
Ryan Zimmerman #208
Trevor Bell #221
Jay Bruce #222
Matt Garza #227
Andrew McCutchen #234
2006 Topps Chrome Baseball Box
06 Topps Chrome Checklist
Kenji Johjima #285
Prince Fielder (RC) #307
Justin Verlander (RC) #309
Mike Napoli #317
Francisco Liriano (RC) #336
Ian Kinsler (RC) #340
Hanley Ramirez (RC) #352
Dan Uggla (RC) #354
2007 Topps Chrome Baseball Box
07 Topps Chrome Checklist
Phil Hughes (RC) #281
Hideki Okajima #297
Andrew Miller #298
Daisuke Matsuzaka #330
Troy Tulowitzki (RC) #331
Alex Gordon #345
Alexi Casilla #358
2008 Topps Chrome Baseball Box
2009 Topps Chrome Baseball Box
Barack Obama SP
2010 Topps Chrome Baseball Box
2010 Topps Chrome ChecklistStephen Strasburg
2011 Topps Chrome Baseball Box
2012 Topps Chrome Baseball Box
Donruss National Treasures Football
Original Release Date: January 27, 2010
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Original Release Date: 1/28/2009
By now Playoff National Treasures Football is one of the most anticipated releases of the Football trading card season. Boxes yeild solid results and get the hands shaking in excitement. The numerous Patch Jersey Cards get collectors excited about “common” jersey hits and Autograph Versions add even more value to the set. The Rookie Cards are some of the most sought after cards of the year. Even the lesser known rookie cards still fetch large prices on eBay and the big names get $100’s and $1,000’s sales via auction.
A popular Box-Break product where collectors “pool” their money together and buy “spots” for each NFL team. Considering the price of a box is more than most collectors can afford on their own, it is a way to feel the thrill of opening one of football’s finest products. Picking the Cowboys, Steelers, 49ers and other teams rich with players is a good way to improve your odds.
Also popular on YouTube because of the MEGA Hits that can come from this box. Better find a box quick, this stuff dries up fast.
Original Release Date: 1/30/2008
Off the heals of the huge success of the 2006 release, ’07 was highly anticipated. The rookie class was headed by Adrian Peterson who’s cards we’re soaring after his record rookie season. It is interesting to note that JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, and Trent Edwards still hadn’t made much of an impression on the field leading to huge speculation on their card values.
Still a great set if your chasing legend and HOF players, however Rookies and Current players are featured more in this years version compared to 2006. Still many great cut-autographs and other vintage pieces, but the true chase cards were the Adrian Peterson Jersey/Auto RC and other big-name RC’s.
Original Release Date: 1/31/2007
Once believed to be the final football product from Playoff/Donruss, this product was LOADED with items that the company thought might be sold or never inserted in a product line. Probably one of the first true “values” at $500.00 per box, prices quickly climbed as collectors were treated to mega hits box after box. Not only a great set featuring some of the NFL’s legends & greats, the 2006 Football Rookie Class is one of the finest in the leagues history.
Led originally by Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, and Vince Young, rookie cards of Joseph Addai, Maurice Jones-Drew and Jay Cutler soon became the hot cards to find. Recently DeAngelo Williams and Santonio Holmes cards have seen a jump in their prices on eBay as of late. Lots of good stuff if you can still find a box that hasn’t been opened.
A fancy wood box and super thick card stock made this a collector favorite and set the stage for the future products to build on. Not only one of the finest Football Products of all-time, one of the best Trading Card Sets of All-Time.