Archive for November, 2009

Apparently there have been widespread issues with damaged Young Guns being pulled out of 2009/10 Upper Deck Series One boxes, and thats not good since the Young Guns are the main hits from this product. The dealer manning the Atlanta Sports Cards table at the Sun-Times show in Chicago, this weekend claimed it wasn’t true, and didn’t know anything about it. 

But apparently, Upper Deck noticed there was a problem, and during the Spring Expo in Toronto they took steps to attempt to correct it.  The following was posted at quincy at Hobby Insider:

On Thursday when the issue first came to light, they had an urgent high-level meeting. By Friday, sleeves of fresh, unblemished YG replacements were being packaged up from the printers to be sent to Expo and overseen by no less a person than UD’s CFO (according Karvin). They were overnighted, expedited through customs and actively being put into use by Saturday afternoon.

Apparently, YG replacements are being given to distributors after the close of Expo with instructions to spread the word and expedite card replacement as best they can. Not an ideal solution, but a pretty good one.  So, now it appears that the Tavares Young Gun that I was so excited to pull has been reprinted by Upper Deck.  Fine, if they were going to oversee a one-to-one exchange.  Not so good if they are pounding these out to their distributors.  There are shady characters in this hobby, and UD is relinquishing control of the major hits out of their flagship brand.

UD made things right with collectors at the Expo.  My main issue is that UD seems to have dealt with this problem in a panic, rather than giving this some deliberate thought, probably because they were faced with a number of angry people at their tables at the biggest show of the year for hockey.  That’s all well and good, but while those collectors were angry, and in person – they are by no means a majority.  These collectors were compensated (as everyone should be), and then some received a few extras as well.

So, for the guy in Vancouver who pulled these damaged Young Guns, here’s the situation.  He either has to send them back to UD (at his cost, probably tracked to make sure they don’t go missing, and in the interim they are probably going to lose 50 % of their value), or attempt to track down a distributor and try that route.

So, after listening to me rant, you are probably wondering if I have a better solution.  I do, but UD has already had many chances to implement it – fix their QC/QA department.  Or even better – actually a hire a QC/QA department.  Barring that?  Eat the criticism you get in person at the Expo, and ensure all collectors have equal access to these cards – and keep them all in your hands.  There might be one backdoor at UD, but that’s better than having Tavares Young Guns trickling out all over the continent.

Atlanta Sports Cards – $57.99

DAcardworld – $62.95

Blow Out Cards – $57.99

2009 Upper Deck Sweet Spot – 6 Packs – 8 Cards per pack – $83.00

Pack 1

Shin-Soo Choo

Jeff Samardzija

Chad Billingsley

Josh Beckett

Joe Mauer

Clayton Kershaw

Michael Young

Grady Sizemore (74/75 Sweet Spot Sig)

Pack 2

Albert Pujols

Raul Ibanez

Jason Varitek

Russell Martin

Francisco Rodriguez

Troy Tulowitzki

Pincess Diana

Roy Halladay (Sweet Swatch)

Pack 3

Johan Santana

Cole Hamels

Miguel Tejada

Nate McLouth

BJ Upton

Justin Morneau

Hunter Pence

Ryne Sandberg/Billy Williams (Dual Sweet Swatch)





Pack 4

Stephen Drew

Chase Utley

Mark Teixeira

Cliff Lee

Miguel Cabrera

joey Votto

Javier Vazquez

Dexter Fowler (Rookie Sig Silver #65)

Pack 5

Carlos Quentin

Kosuke Fukudome

Hideki Matsui

Mariano Rivera

Hideki Okajima

Tim Lincecum

Hockey in Japan

Ryan Garko (Sweet Swatch)

Pack 6

Carlos Zambrano

Lance Berkman

Alex Rodriguez

Johnny Cueto

Freddy Sanchez

Ryan Braun

Nick Markakis (Sweet Swatch)

2007-08 Topps Stadium Club Basketball

8 Packs – 5 Cards per pack – $19.99 / $9.99 / $7.49

Pack 1

Andrew Bynum

Javaris Crittenton (X-Factor Chrome Rookie Auto)

Wilt Chamberlain

Elgin Baylor

Bob Lanier


Pack 2

 Chris Wilcox

Jason Richardson

Andrea Bargnani (Beam Team Game Used)

LeBron James

Pack 3

Chris Paul

Patrick Ewing

Corey Maggette

Corey Maggette (1st Day Issue 1883/1999)

Dwight Howard

Pack 4

Raymond Felton

Brandon Roy

Dirk Nowitzki

Rasheed Wallace

Mike Bibby

Pack 5

Ray Allen

Rafer Alston

Rashard Lewis

Dwyane Wade

Shawn Marion

Pack 6

Carmelo Anthony

Jason Terry

Ray Allen

Isiah Thomas

Joe Johnson

Pack 7

Adam Haluska (Chrome Rookie 705/1999)

Richard Hamilton

Jason Terry

Tim Duncan

Richard Jefferson

Pack 8

Jameer Nelson

Tyson Chandler

Rashard Lewis

Rudy Gay

Marcus Camby

Mr. Mint’s Revenge

Posted: November 15, 2009 in Baseball Cards, Mr. Mint

MrMintAl Rosen, once dubbed the “King of Cards” admitted he signed up for a memorabilia show in Queens this weekend to get back at a rival promoter who he claims reneged on a deal.  “That’s the main reason I’m doing this show, to rub a little salt,” Rosen said of his feud with promoter Jim Ryan, who runs competing conventions in Nassau and Westchester counties. Nicholas Hirshon has more on Mr. Mint’s revenge.

It’s been an intresting year for sport cards, in the last few months alot has happen, Topps & Upper Deck gone from the NBA for a Panini America exclusive, then Upper Deck bye bye baseball for the Topps exclusive, and now Topps is out of the NFL. According to reports Players Inc’s has decided to move forward with Panini and Upper Deck.