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Show #24 Kobe Bryant + Steroids & Cards + Oval Office

Last month’s contest winners were announced and so was this month’s contest.  To get one entry in this month’s contest take a picture of your favorite card and send it to us.  To get a second entry, include a story explaining why that is your favorite card. 

News The price of Postage Stamps will increase to forty-four cents on May 11. 
If you are a big TTM collector or send a lot of items in the mail, you might want to stock up on some forever stamps.

Joe DiMaggio signed with Upper Deck.  His first card will be with 2009 UD Series One Baseball.  It will be card number 0. 

Alex Rodriguez was caught using steroids from 2001-2003.  He came out and apologized to everyone about the incident.  We will see if this affects his card prices. 

Steroids & Cards Here is a look at some of the prices of some of the first players who were accused of using steroids. 

      Mark McGwire

      2002 Ovation Auto/Jersey #/25 – $350+

      Autographed Baseball – $150 

      Barry Bonds

      Autographed Cards – $50-$300

      Autographed Baseball – $100-$150 

      Jose Canseco

      Autographed Baseball – less than $75 

Oval Office Here is a look at some of the Presidential Products. 

    2008 Topps American Heritage has a 1/1 card for every President.  They cost around $75 a box.  A Barack Obama card can be bought for around $30.  Here are some of the highest selling cards.

               1/1 James Monroe Cut Auto – $2900

            1/1 John Adams Cut Auto – $1800

            1/1 James Polk Cut Auto – $1100 

    Razor Oval Office Edition costs about $2500 per box.  Each box is #/99.  It also includes 1/1 cards of each president, along with dual cuts.  Here is a look at how some of these cards have been selling. 

            1/1 George Washington Cut Auto – listed at $100,000 should probably sell for less

            1/1 Richard Nixon/Gerald Ford Dual Cut Auto – $800

            1/1 Harry/Bess Truman Dual Cut Auto – $1100

            1/1 Ulysses Grant Cut Auto – $7000  

Kobe Bryant Here is some of his current prices 

      Autographed Jersey – $550-$700

      Exquisite Autograph – $250-$400

      1996-97 Topps Chrome RC – $380 

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Show #23 `08 Baseball Draft + LeBron & Jordan + News

Big sports card news if you’re an NBA fan.  Topps and UD have both announced that they will not be making basketball cards next year.  Instead, an Italian card company, named Panini, will be the NBA’s only card producer for now. 

2008 Ultimate Collection Football comes out this week.  You can buy a mini-box of these for about $80.  These have 8-9 autographs per case which includes 3-4 Ultimate Rookie Signature Materials. 

UD Series 2 Hockey is set to be released on 2/24.  These cost about $55 a box, with 24 packs and 8 cards per pack.  On average each box has 2 memorabilia cards. 

Topps T51 Murad Basketball came out on 2/10.  It is based on basketball cards made in 1910. 
A box includes 24 packs with 5 cards per pack. A 24-pack hobby box includes
one autographed card and one relic card.

Topps Mayo Football was released and a lot of collectors thought that it wasn’t worth all the hype it received.  You should see prices drop a little for Topps Mayo Football. 

Topps UFC Round One is set to be released on 2/26.  It should sell for around $5 a pack.  For this product you might want to buy single cards, instead of a box. 

2008 MLB Draft

Here is a look at the Top 5 Draft Picks and their card prices. 

  1. Tampa Bay Rays – Tim Beckham – SS – Hit .246 overall in his first year in the minors along with 2 HR 14 RBIs and 2 SB.  A 19-year old who shows lots of potential.  You can get his Razor autograph for around $50.
  2. Pittsburgh Pirates – Pedro Alvarez – 3B – Has not yet played in the minors, but signed a major league contract with the Pirates.  He will report to Spring  
    Training.  During his senior season at Vanderbilt he hit .397 with 17 HR and 65 RBIs.  His Razor autograph can be bought at about $30.
  3. Kansas City Royals – Eric Hosmer – 1B – Hit .364 in his first minor league season.  Another very good, young prospect coming out of high school.  His Razor autograph can be bought for about $20.
  4. Baltimore Orioles – Brian Matusz – SP – A left handed pitcher who has been said to be able to reach about 95 MPH with his fastball.  He too, did not play a game in the minors this season.  His Razor autograph can be bought for $18-20.
  5. San Francisco Giants – Buster Posey – C – Hit .351 overall in his first season.  He also had 1 HR and 6 RBIs.  His Razor autograph can be bought for about $40.

Another prospect to look at is Justin Smoak.  He is a first baseman who hit .304 with 3 HR and 6 RBIs.  His Razor autograph can be found for $15.  He might be a better buy than Hosmer, so you might want to make sure you check his stats once the season starts.  He was drafted by the Texas Rangers.


Here’s a look at some prices of Michael Jordan and LeBron James autographs. 

Michael Jordan

Autographed Jersey – $500 – $800

Autographed Photo – $250 – $275

Fleer Rookie Card – $900 – $1000

Autographed Shoes – $1500+

Autographed Baseball – $150 

LeBron James

Autographed Jersey – $375

Autographed Shoes – $375

SP Authentic Rookie – $700 

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How to protect your sports cards for future enjoyment?

Some tips on how to protect your expensive and not so expensive cards so you can enjoy them for years to come:

  • We place almost any card into a “soft sleeve” AKA Penny Sleeve.
  • Binder pages are okay, only for less expensive cards-as cards can be damaged easily.
  • Screw downs can damage cards, only buy screw downs that don’t press down directly on the card.
  • Card Saver 1 or 2’s are great for almost any card-they are not a rigid as “Top Loaders” but cards will not slip out of card savers. Also the grading companies prefer you to send cards in the card saver protectors.
  • Getting your card graded (slabed) is the ultimate in storage and protection.
  • BE CAREFUL when you get the card straight from the pack and place it into a penny sleeve-Use the bigger “jersey/thick card sleeves” even for thin cards, that way you can easily slip the card in without clipping the bottom edge/corner of the card.


  • A Bank vault is the safest place for the most valuable cards. (Too bad I don’t have any!)
  • A small safe or metal box is a good place to keep good cards in case something falls on the box it will not be crushed.
  • Under your bed is a bad place for cards-beds have been known to break.
  • Cold/Hot closets and garages/storage units are not good for cards-Chrome and vintage cards will be damaged in these climates.
  • If you don’t have renters/homeowners insurance-you will not get anything if your cards are stolen, damaged by fire, flood, tree falling…ect–Store your best cards in a place that is insured (Bank vault).
  • If you do have really expensive cards-make sure you have clear photos front and back of the cards stored in multiple places (forward them to an e-mail address and you will always have them) That way if they are stolen or damaged you can collect on your insurance or claim them if they are stolen.
  • Again, grading your best cards-ASAP is the best way to insure that they are encased in the best possible condition.  If you are nervous about sending your cards via the mail (as I would be) BGS/PSA travel to major cards shows and you can have cards graded their. Just drive safely!

    Just a few tips-hope they help

Are the cards I collected in the 90’s worth anything?

Are The Cards I Collected in the 1990’s Worth Anything?

By: Colin Tedards
Host of The Sports Card Show Podcast

If I had a penny every time someone came into our store with a box of cards trying to sell them I would have retired a long time ago. Most of the time I can flip through the cards really quickly and see what era the cards are from and find out right away if they are worth buying. Honestly probably 90-99% of the time, the cards have little value.

1965 CorvetteUnderstand that Sports Cards are like any other collectible, it depends on what you got.  Take Sports CARS for example-if you bought and kept Corvettes, Camaros, Chargers, ect…in the 1960’s…kept them nice and had them today-you would have a small fortune on your hands.  If you bought the same group of cars made in the 70’s and 80’s your investment wouldn’t be as nice. Not to say 10-20 years from now the 70’s and 80’s era of “classic” cars won’t be highly collectible, but imagine what the 60’s era will be at.

1990 Topps Sammy SosaSame thing goes with Sports CARDS. Most people collected cards in the 1980’s-mid 1990’s.  This is when cards were MASS produced AND easy to get.  When I say easy to get, I mean you could go to any large retailer, discount store, drug store, flea market, toy store, garage sale and card store and find sports cards.  Cards were everywhere and there were lots of Sports Card shops around the country.  Profit margins and demand on boxes/packs was A LOT higher back in those days so lots of people were selling the cards.

Chances are these are the cards you have-the baseball/basketball/football cards made between the years 1989-1996.  This is when a card was considered RARE if there was less than 10,000 copies. Problem is, when you collected those cards in 1990s the cards did have value and sold well.  Today its hard to sell most of that era of cards for more than $0.10 a card if you are lucky.  Taking these cards to card stores to sell is like taking a 1992 Ford Tempo to a classic car dealer to see if he is interested in buying it. Your better off in both cases to put a For Sale sign on it with a dirt cheap price and take what you can get.

Will this era of cards ever go back up? (Should I hold onto these cards?)

Short answer-No.

Long answer: Obviously I have generalized this era of cards. Some cards do have value and probably will be worth a little something in the future.  Some cards that come to mind are Brett Favre Rookies, Michael Jordan Cards, Cal Ripken Jr. cards, Shaq RC’s (although if you bought them back in 1992-1995 you probably paid a ton for them) Derek Jeter, Arod and some of the early Bowman/Sp baseball Rookies are excellent cards.  But most of the “common cards” even if they are star players are not worth much and probably won’t be worth much in the near to distant future.  If you are a real optimist you have to hope that a huge portion of these cards are damaged or thrown away to bring print runs down to a level that can support demand. This happened to most older collectors I know who had Mickey Mantles and other vintage cards-so it could very well happen again. (If I also got a penny for every time I heard someone tell me they had Mantles and Ruth’s but mom threw them away I would be the CEO at Upper Deck)

Michael Jordan Cards
Michael Jordan Cards

Derek Jeter Rookies
Derek Jeter Rookies

Brett Favre Rookies
Brett Favre Rookies

So to make a long story short if you want to build a solid collection start collecting again because the cards today feature autographs and jerseys of almost any player that has ever played. In my opinion these cards will not crash in value as much as the 90’s cards and they have the ability to go up in value because an autograph of Jeter, Jordan, Shaq should only get better and better as the years go on. Do you remember seeing cards with Babe Ruth Autographs on them in the 1990’s? Today’s products have them (one sold on eBay for $40,000) so you can hit the big one these days which make collecting really fun.

A few other reasons why in my opinion these cards will be less collectible in the future than any other era of cards is because of what came before them and what came after. The Pre 1970 cards are classics and are in short supply and high demand. They feature legends of the game that young collectors have only read about. Imagine the mythical status Mantle, Ruth, Jackie Robinson, ect will have in 10-20+ years.  Now compare that to the stars of the 90’s, Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Canseco, and most of those stars have steroids being the first thing you think of.  Yes Jordan, Shaq, Jeter, ect played then and had cards, but their cards AFTER this era are nice too (and the Ruth, Mantle cut signature cards are worth a fortune).  Autographs and Jersey cards rule today and these cards have a piece of the player on the card where as the cards in the 90’s just had gold foil or some silly subset name/design.

And don’t forget the two cliches of sports cards-you have to spend money to make money and you get what you pay for. If you buy $1.00 packs you’ll get a bunch of $1.00 cards.  But collect the right stuff (sometime not more than $4.00-$10.00 a pack) and you could improve your chances. A 10 year old pulled a $400 Reggie Bush Autograph from our store not too long ago out of a $3.00 pack, it happens.

Of course if you want a star players autograph you need to stalk them, get lucky, or pay usually $100.00 and way up, but in my opinion its not a bad investment. (Autograph of Retired/Players that have passed away are very solid long term investments and all those cards are found in packs released in the last 10 years or so)

Thanks for reading, good luck with your collection.

What Sports Cards will hold their value best over time?

Lots of former collectors (people that collected 10+ years ago) are amazed by the Sports Cards being made today.

You can get Game Worn Jersey Cards and Autograph Cards out of every product these days. This is exciting and new to a lot of new/former collectors.  There are also numerous low serial number inserts, rookies, base cards ect…and of course now you can grade cards.

Here is some advice that we pass on to those just getting back into collecting Sports Cards after collecting in the past:

  • Complete Sets are a thing of the past-no use in trying to build them to sell later-UNOPENED HOBBY BOXES/CASES SELL BETTER THAN COMPLETE SETS. Only complete sets for your own enjoyment-not investment.
  • Buying packs is gambling-The hobby is not cheap-if you want good cards-Manage your money well so you can get the most for your money.  Research the products to find out which ones have the best bang for your buck.  Every year a $3-$6 Pack product is better than a $8-$12 pack product. (Take 2006 Donruss Threads Football-Great product that was $4-$6 msrp-Liked it a lot more than pricier UD SPx)
  • Single cards are often best found on eBay. No hobby shop is able to carry every card or every player. If you like a team, player, rookie cards, autograph cards, or expensive cards-eBay is the place to find them.  You can find great values and extreme rip offs on eBay-so know what you are looking for.
    Just as an example-I bought so many Chad Johnson 2001 Rookies on eBay before anyone knew who he was. I bought several SPx Autograph/Jersey rookie cards for less than $15 and now its a $100 card.
    Tony Romo cards in the summer of ’06 and before that were all less than $50-Now look at his prices.
    Tom Brady was the same way-So if you know what you are doing, and get the right players/cards-you can see huge value from your Sports Cards investment (so tell the wife you need to keep watching Sports Center and playing fantasy football so you can keep up on all the hot players)
  • “On-Card” Autograph cards are slightly more collectible than sticker autograph cards.
  • The cards listed in Beckett magazine with the RC right next to them are slightly more collectible than the paralells you see listed after the base set.  (Doesn’t mean they are more valuable-just slightly more collectible)
  • Understand that cards/players will go up and down in popularity and value.  Lots of rookies come out hot, then even if they have a great career-they may not be all that popular.  A truly great player should go up near the end of his career if his cards were not collected all that much early in his career. 
  • SELL YOUR CARDS-Don’t think that every card/player is going to be worth something in the future. Not every player that has a great rookie year is a HOF.  Very few players become legends-many are hot for a season or two then they cool.  TRY AND SELL YOUR CARDS WHEN THE PLAYER IS HOT-
    Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck would be two good examples of players that would have been good to sell during the Super Bowl-their cards have dipped.  -DON’T GO TO HOBBY SHOPS TO SELL YOUR CARDS-IF ITS A HOT PLAYER/CARD-YOU WILL GET MORE MONEY ON eBay!  (we own a hobby store-we need to resell the card-we would give you %50-%75 the price the card goes on eBay no matter what the player is-so you might as well become the dealer and sell it on eBay)
  • GOOD LUCK-Just a few tips we have-Hope they help.