Weird Ebay Card of the Day

I was browsing Ebay, and came across this Custom Art card of President Obama. The card features a 1955 Bowman design and the back of the card is blank and features the autograph of the painter.In this design, Obama is wearing and umpire cap modeling after the many umpire cards in 1955 Bowman. If your an avid Obama collector, or you are just a collector, this custom card will be a nice fit to your collection for right around 10 bucks.

So why am I calling it weird, because for one, I’m still wondering why there are this many Obama cards in the hobby. I know hes the first African-American President, but why all the cards.No, I’m not going to get into politics right now. The second reason, this card just looks weird with the umpires cap on. Of course, no disrespect to the painter as they did an excellent job.

Obama Weird card of the Day

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Vacation Pickups

As you know, I was on vacation last week. I went to Myrtle Beach and stayed in a really nice hotel. But anyway, before I left I looked up hobby shops in the Myrtle Beach area.

I found one within the area I was staying, Baseball 17. Baseball 17 was loaded with baseball, football, some basketball, and some hockey. There were complete sets, new wax, vintage cards, modern cards, and much more.

He had 6 Mantle cards, and a 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax rookie card. Unforntually, there was only 1 Joey Votto card, but it was a card I needed!

They were very friendly, but the owner based everything off of Beckett prices, which upset me.  Although much of it wasn’t at Beckett price, it was based off of it. I asked him how much he wanted for the Jeter rookie and he pulled out his handy dandy Beckett pricing catalouge, ugh.

 Baseball 17 is located on 4737 S KINGS HWY SURFSIDE BEACH, SC 29575.

Below is what i got at Baseball 17

2007 Bowman Jay Bruce(RC)

2007 Bowman Jay Bruce

2008 UD 20th Anniversary Jay Bruce(FREE)(RC)

2008 UD 20th Anniversary Josh Hamilton(FREE)

2008 UD 20th Anniversary Felix Jones(FREE)

2006 Topps baseball Rookie of the Week Frank Robinson(FREE)

2006 Topps baseball Rookie of the Week Jonny Bench(FREE)

2008 UD Goudey Brandon Phillips

2005 UD Travis Hafner/Aubrey Huff Duel Jrsy #’d 16/25

2007 Bowman Chrome Joey Votto(RC)

2007 Bowman Chrome Joey Votto

1993 Topps Derek Jeter(RC)

1993 Topps Derek Jeter

2008 UD Spx Brandon Phillips

1982 Donruss Diamond Kings Pete Rose

1982 Donruss Pete Rose

Are baseball cards being overproduced…Again?

While thinking about all the products in 2008 and the upcoming product releases in 2009, a question came to my mind, are baseball cards being overproduced? When you look at all the products in 2008, you see of course Upper Deck,Topps,Bowman,TRISTAR, and so on. What’s overwelming though, is to see around 20 different products from Upper Deck, and 16 different from Topps. 20 different products! Do we really need that many different products from one company?

It seems like Upper Deck and Topps may need to cut back a bit.  We have already noticed this by the rumors of UD closing their Carlsbad facilities in the future. Why not get rid of UD Doccumentary or UD X(well most collectors don’t like UD X, but I don’t think it’s terrible). Why not Stadium Club or Co-Signers.Really, if collecters dont like the product, (sales have got to show) why do they continue to  spend money making the product?  Plus, in this economy some collectors are being forced to limit or even give up the hobby to pay the bills.  It’s almost a waste to make the products that are there just to be there, even when the designs aren’t the best from year to year. Here’s the deal. Continue to make the products that collectors like, and get rid of the ones they dont, or maybe limit the production like what they did with Murad. They cant possibly suffer any major drawbacks from getting rid of a product not many like. Then again, im not an expert.

This is my opinion…whats yours?