Sunday Fun-Day Fun Facts

31 October 2010

Every card collector dreams of the ultimate find.  Whether at a card show, a yard sale, or in your grandfather’s attic, we all hope to get lucky and find the centrepiece to our collection.

In Baltimore, Maryland, the School Sisters of Notre Dame made that ultimate discovery.

The card was none other than the Holy Grail of baseball card collecting. The nuns found a T206 Honus Wagner in a safe deposit box with the typewritten note, “Although damaged, the value of this baseball card should increase exponentially throughout the 21st century,” according to Heritage Auction Galleries. The card was left to the School Sisters of Notre Dame by the brother of a deceased nun.

The card is damaged, said Heritage Auction Galleries, noting that “creases snake across the body of the card and a tack hole hovers over Wagner’s head.” The card is part of the T206 series, produced between 1909 and 1911. About 60 Wagner cards are known to exist. A near-mint-condition T206 Wagner card sold in 2007 for $2.8 million, the highest price ever for a baseball card.

Sister Virginia Muller was not aware of Honus Wagner before she received the donation but soon learned that the card would bring in a lot of money. The money will be distributed to School Sisters of Notre Dame ministries in 35 countries.

Nicknamed “The Flying Dutchman,” Wagner played for 21 seasons, including 18 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has a .328 career batting average and was one of the five original inductees into baseball’s Hall of Fame. The card was printed by the American Tobacco Company and production of the Wagner card was halted soon after it began rolling out and the card has become almost a mythical card to collectors.

On Saturday morning, the highest bid was $180,000.

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From Panini:

It’s a busy time of year at Panini America HQ. The past few weeks have featured the release of 2010-11 Certified Hockey and 2010 Absolute Memorabilia Football. On the horizon are 2010 Crown Royale Football and 2010-11 Score Hockey.

At the moment, Panini is conducting quality control for the highly anticipated 2010-11 Score Hockey.

Essentially, quality control makes sure that a product is delivering what it’s supposed to. The process takes place immediately after packout begins as a few early cases are delivered to the Panini office. As the packs are opened, Panini carefully records the cards pulled, the ratios, and the quality. The printing presses continue during this process and if the quality control process reveals any flaws or irregularities, the production manager can generally solve the problem. Interestingly, once the quality control cases are opened, all of the cards are collected and returned for re-introduction to the packout process.

From The Sports Card Expo:

There will be a free signing at the 2010 Fall Sports Card Expo in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday November 13th at 3:00 pm. The guest will be none other than Toronto Maple Leafs legend, Wendel Clark.

On Saturday, if you buy a Wendel Clark photo at A.J. SportsWorld booth you will  receive a free autograph ticket to either get the photo or one of your own personal Wendel Clark items signed (limited to 300). In addition, you can purchase a copy of Wendel Clark’s new book “Wendel: My Life In Hockey” at the A.J. SportsWorld booth and Clark will sign it at no extra cost.

From Classic Auctions:

Since 2001, Classic Auctions have successfully auctioned the private collections of numerous hockey legends including Jean Beliveau, Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Toe Blake, Howie Morenz, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne, Gilbert Perreault, Henri Richard, Darryl Sittler, Gump Worsley, Rick Vaive, Jacques Plante, and Elmer Lach.

This November 2010, Rogie Vachon’s amazing collection of treasures up for auction features his 1968 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ring, his 1967-68 Vezina Trophy plaque, and two of his personal Stanley Cup trophies. His purple goalie mask, famous for decades, will also hit the auction block.

Well over 1,000 lots are up for bids, including the 1996 World Cup of Hockey game-worn jersey collection and offerings from Wayne Gretzky Authentic and Upper Deck Authenticated featuring autographed memorabilia signed by Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Joe Montana, and more.

Other items available this November include:

  • Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita milestone and game-used items
  • 21 single lots of 1910-11 Sweet Caporal postcards.
  • Yvan Cournoyer’s 1972 Team Canada game-worn jersey
  • Paul Henderson’s game-worn Summit Series gloves
  • Paul Henderson’s team-signed, game-used hockey stick.
  • 17 Denis Brodeur photo negatives, along with the copyrights of the images, of his pictures of Paul Henderson’s Summit Series-clinching goal.

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Upper Deck’s second release of the 2010-11 NHL trading card season is on shelves and being broken as you read this. Blending low-numbered jersey and patch cards with Auto-Facts signatures and rookie stars, it adds up to one great hockey product. 2010-11 Upper Victory was released a few months ago and collectors have been dying for new products.  With Artifacts on the table and 10-11 Upper Deck Series One out in about two weeks, the market will be exciting.

If there is one set released by Upper Deck each season that deserves a checklist, it is Artifacts. With rookies, autographs, memorabilia cards, and parallels too numerous to mention, you’ll be checking out this checklist all season long.

2010-11 Upper Deck Artifacts Checklist

Typical Box Break Summary:

  • 3 Memorabilia Cards
  • At least 1 will be a dual- or triple-player card
  • 1 Auto-Facts Signature Card
  • 2 Rookie Cards
  • 1 Rookie Redemption Card
  • 2 Legends/Stars cards
  • 1 Parallel card

2010-11 UD Artifacts is currently available at Canada Card World.

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Bill Simmons of ESPN visited the recent National Sports Collector’s Convention. Home to some of the most interesting and bizarre memorabilia in the world, the NSCC is everyone’s dream weekend.

Live in Canada?  Can’t get the big event in the United States? Come visit the 2010 Fall Sports Card Expo in Toronto, Ontario in mid-November for more of the same!

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In The Game is announcing at least two redemption programs for the upcoming 2010 Fall Sports Card Expo in Toronto, Ontario. Who knows? There might be more too!

Ultimate Memorabilia 10th Edition

UM-10 will be released the day before the 2010 Fall Sports Card Expo on November 11, 2010. Collectors attending the Expo will be able to receive one redemption card for each pack of UM-10 opened at the ITG booth. Rumour is that the redemption cards will revolve around the number ten and Top Ten lists.

Superlative Hockey

ITG’s second redemption program will be for all the different editions of Superlative Hockey.

  • Superlative Volume One
  • Superlative Bleu, Blanc et Rouge
  • Superlative Franchise 
  • Superlative Volume Two

No details have been given on the redemption rewards however they may be similar to previous Expos.

In The Game’s sister-company, Sport Kings, will also have a redemption program in the booth next to the ITG booth for Sportkings Series D. Details have yet to be released.

In The Game will also be creating a special 45-card promo set for the Fall Expo called Team ITG.

The 2010 Fall Sports Card Expo keeps getting closer and keeps getting more exciting! In The Game and Upper Deck have stepped up to the plate, now let’s see what Panini has in the works.

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