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October 2011
Adrenalyn Codes - Mantle Sketch - Panini Americana + More
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Dear Sports Card Show,
The codes on your Adrenalyn Free Code pages do not work and say invalid when I type it into the Panini website - what's the deal?

Answer:
The Adrenalyn codes only work 1 time - for one single person only. So someone redeemed it before you. They typically go very fast on those pages - within 20-30 minuets probably. We wish you luck the next time.
Tuukka Rask Adrenalyn Ultimate Signature Card

Dear Sports Card Show,
I just opened up a pack from 2011 Topps Series 1 Baseball and was very lucky and got a Mickey Mantle sketch card.  It's from artist Chris Henderson.  The picture is of Mantle's 1952 Topps rookie card.  How much realisticaly is this card worth?

Answer:
Hello, thanks for the e-mail - I've seen lots of the 2011 Topps Update Baseball versions that are autographed by some players - the ones by 'fans' tend to go for less. I would estimate a retail auction value of $75 - $100 - considering most sell for under $75 and are autographed by a player. That's my best guess, but a Yankees/Mantle fan (or Chris Henderson's friend/family) might pay into the low $100's for it.

Dear Sports Card Show,
I was greatly disappointed with 2011 Panini Americana cards. Thankfully I only bought one pack. Panini puts James Dean on the cover and use words like 'legendary' & 'Hollywood'. I got an athlete & 2 astronauts that have nothing to do with Hollywood, and the 2 "stars" are not even D-list! Cha Cha in Grease and Flick from X-mas story?? Really? We at least got a good laugh out of it.

Answer:
That's too bad, I actually haven't bought any from this year but they do seem like they might not be the best purchase. At least you were able to get a laugh out of it! Hopefully your next purchases are better. Thanks for the message.
c

Dear Sports Card Show,
I have a Hank Aaron card from 1971 Topps Baseball that has Ken McMullen's biography and stats printed (off-center) on the back by mistake. The card itself is in fair to good condition otherwise (no creases, 2 sharp corners and 2 rounded corners). Could you give me any kind of estimate as to its value? Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:
Good question, sounds like a printing error, and usually there isn't much added value over what the 'normal' ones sell for on eBay.

However, being Hank Aaron - it's possible collectors are willing to pay more, but probably not that much more than a similar condition copy. My guess would be a collector would pay 1.5 - 3x more for this card if they never seen one before, but I'm just guessing.

Either way, it's a nice card and certainly has some value. With the right promotion and buyers, you could do well on it. Hope that helps,
1971 Topps Baseball Wax Pack

Dear Sports Card Show,
I can't tell the difference between a 2011 Bowman Platinum, Ruby, Emerald, etc.  Is it the background color that denotes that?

Answer:
Hello, thanks for the e-mail. Yes, it is the background color (and/or serial number) that denotes what parallel you have. You can see some of the colors here: 2011 Bowman Platinum Refractors

Hope that helps, let us know if you ever have any questions.
2011 Bowman Platinum Bryce Harper Purple

Dear Sports Card Show,
Hi - I need help.  I have a redemption card for an autograph rookie variation superfractor parallel of Freddie Freeman card number 173. It expires 8/31/14.  Can you please tell me how do i get this card?

Answer:
Thanks for the e-mail, you are going to want to follow the instructions that should be detailed on the backside of the redemption card.

For more information about Topps redemptions visit: http://redeem.topps.com/

Once you follow the steps to redeem the card, they typically arrive in 4-8 weeks, but vary depending on the card/season. Make sure you give them an address you know you'll be living at for a while. Hope that helps.