Collectors Corner #5 – March 15, 2019

The Evolution of Sport Card Shows

In episode five of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about the evolution of sports memorabilia shows, Michael Jordan trading cards in Hanes underwear, Magic Johnson’s exclusive deal with Press Pass, and the record-setting sales of two graded rookie cards. Eleven minutes well spent. 

 “Collectors Corner” airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here

Special thanks to Ron Barr and Sports Byline USA for the audio clip. 

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Collectors Corner #4 – March 8, 2019

In the fourth episode of Collectors Corner, Ron Barr and I talk about collecting sports autographs through the mail (TTM). For those who are unfamiliar with TTM, it is when you write to a player — usually at his team’s address if a current player, or his home address if he is retired — and send a fan letter and some items asking to be autographed. We discuss how to get started, some do’s and don’ts, and more. 

This clip is just 11 minutes — short enough to listen to on your next break. 

“Collectors Corner” airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here

Special thanks to Ron Barr and Sports Byline USA for the audio clip. 

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Collectors Corner #3 – March 1, 2019

After a week off (due to the passing of my beloved basset hound Gomez), Collectors Corner was back.

In the third episode, Ron Barr and I talk about graded cards, and grading companies like PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator) and BGS (Beckett Grading Services). We also discuss the Michael Jordan Fleer Metal Universe card that sold for over $350,000 at auction, the PSA 9 Bobby Orr “Test Issue” rookie card that sold for over $200,000. and National Hockey Card Day. 

Run time is 11 minutes. 

“Collectors Corner” airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here

Special thanks to Ron Barr and Sports Byline USA for the audio clip. 

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Romo + Modano = Romodano

2009 Upper Deck Heroes #488: 
Hometown Heroes Tony Romo / Mike Modano

I had no idea that this card existed. It features an illustration of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Dallas Stars center Mike Modano. If the two of them combined into a giant super monster, it would be called ROMODANO, play two sports, make $30 million per year…and breathe fire! 

Finding unknown gems like this is the reason why I love rummaging through quarter boxes at card shows. Although honestly, this could have been from a dollar box — and it was a dollar well-spent. 

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Get Canucks Hockey Cards at Subway

Free 14-Card Set at Subway Restaurants in BC

If you like hockey cards, live in British Columbia and enjoy eating sandwiches, then you’ll definitely want to eat at your local Subway restaurant a bit more often over the next few weeks. 

Starting on February 25 at some locations, and March 4 at the rest, participating Subway sandwich shops will be giving away packs of exclusive Vancouver Canucks cards made by Upper Deck. The promotion runs until March 29, 2019. 

Purchase a “Canucks Meal Deal,” which is a sub/chips/drink combo, and get a free pack of Canucks hockey cards. 

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A Closer Look at 10 Hockey Card Blunders

In the 100-plus years that companies have made hockey cards, countless mistakes have been made – from spelling a player’s name wrong, to getting a stat incorrect, to picturing the wrong guy. But every now and then, a card company gaffed so egregiously that you wonder if anyone was even paying attention. Here are the ten biggest hockey card blunders. Read the full article at Sports Collectors Digest.

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Review: 2016 Leaf Jack Eichel Collection

Not long after being drafted second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2015, Jack Eichel signed an exclusive deal with Leaf Trading Cards. As a part of that deal, only Leaf products could include cards autographed by Eichel. In late 2016, Leaf released the “Jack Eichel Collection,” a 30-card boxed set that showcases the Sabres’ young superstar. The big draw to the set is that it includes a hockey card autographed by Eichel. Unfortunately, that’s really the only upside to this otherwise mundane set. 

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Every 2018-19 Upper Deck Hockey Card Arena Giveaway

Get Free Upper Deck Cards at NHL Games

During the 2018-19 season, 17 different NHL teams, as well as two American Hockey League teams, will give away Upper Deck hockey cards. While these giveaway cards look similar to 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One Hockey cards, there are some differences that make these cards unique enough that they will appeal to player collectors, team collectors, or completest nuts like me. 

The Andrew Shaw card on the left is from 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One. The Andrew Shaw card on the right is from the Montreal Canadiens team set, which will be given away on December 15.

For example, the silver foil is removed and replaced with standard ink. So, all team logos are in full color instead of silver, while the silver “swirlies” at either side of the logo are replaced with a dominant color from the team’s uniform. The Upper Deck logo is also de-silvered, and printed in color. However, the most interesting change is that some of these cards use different photos than what was used on the standard 2018-19 Upper Deck Series One Hockey card. 

The first arena giveaway will be at the Anaheim Ducks game on Friday, November 23. The promotion will visit seven other NHL teams — and possibly several others — plus two AHL teams. Here is information on every team that is giving away these unique hockey cards, and how to get them.  Continue reading “Every 2018-19 Upper Deck Hockey Card Arena Giveaway”

Collectors Corner #2 – February 15, 2019

Each week, I co-host a segment on Sports Byline USA called “Collectors Corner,” where longtime sports talk radio personality Ron Barr and I discuss the world of sports cards and memorabilia collecting. 

In the second installment of “Collectors Corner,” we talk about photo matching sports memorabilia to prove its authenticity.

Run time is 11 minutes. 

“Collectors Corner” airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here

Special thanks to Ron Barr and Sports Byline USA for the audio clip. 

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Collectors Corner #1 – February 8, 2019

Last week was the debut of a new weekly segment called “Collectors Corner,” which will air Friday nights on the Sports Byline USA radio show. Each week, host Ron Barr and I will talk about the world of sports trading cards and collectibles. 

In the first installment, Ron and I discussed the state of the sports trading card industry and collecting game programs as an alternate to sports cards. 

Run time is 11 minutes long. 

“Collectors Corner” airs Friday nights at 9:25 p.m. CST. Find a nearby radio station that carries Sports Byline USA here, or stream online here

Special thanks to Ron Barr and Sports Byline USA for the audio clip. 

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