Im a custom card expert!(kinda)

The past few days I’ve been looking though Bad Wax’s custom cards and I decided to try to make my own custom card. I knew absolutely nothing about making custom cards but luckily Bad Wax had a post on making custom cards so I used that. I went simple and used the 1979 Topps border that Bad Wax was using as and example and made my own Brandon Phillips custom retro card. ITs not amazingy good but I think i did an ok job for the first time making a custom card. Check it out let let me know what you think.

Brandon Phillips card

I’m gunna try to make more and show you them here.

2009 Topps Chrome Error card

I was looking through all the Topps Chrome auctions on ebay and was going to make a post about the popularity of 09 Topps Chrome and the value. Then I came across this error card of Will Venable(RC). The card has a sticker for the autograph of Venable, but there’s one problem, its not autographed! Im pretty sure this is the first reported error card in 2009 Topps Chrome so this is a pretty big deal(well at least I think it is).

If you go to ebay and type in 2009 Topps Chrome Error, you will find about 6 different auctions of error cards all from Will Venable. Topps really messed up on a Venable blue refactor that is missing its card number and autograph and is #’d to 199. This leaves me to wonder what other error cards will be pulled.

Venable Error NNO autograph

Venable Error autograph

Upper Deck’s Official Press Realease Responding to Exclusive

Carlsbad, CA (August 7, 2009) – On July 2, 2009, The Upper Deck Company and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) announced their renewed partnership to produce baseball trading cards for the upcoming 2010 season, building on the successes of recent years in rebuilding the trading card category through strengthened distribution, consumer-friendly pricing, dynamic products and interactive promotions designed to attract kids to the excitement of baseball cards. This license provides Upper Deck with the rights to feature current Major League Baseball Players on their trading cards, including the game’s most collectible and sought-after superstars.

“Looking ahead to 2010, we are 100% committed to building the highest quality and most innovative baseball cards in the industry,” said Upper Deck CEO Richard McWilliam. “We look forward to announcing more details on our product portfolio in the coming weeks.”

Since its inception in 1989, Upper Deck has been the market leader for both its ability to create top-quality super premium products and to develop innovative programs that promote baseball cards to kids. In the past four years alone, Upper Deck has committed more than $21 million dollars to increase kids’ interest in baseball cards. Through annual television advertising campaigns, numerous retail promotions and online initiatives such as Upper Deck’s Kids Rewards and the current UpperDeckU virtual world, Upper Deck has led the way in dramatically increasing household penetration of kids collecting sports cards from 8% in 2005 to a reported 44% in 2008.

The MLBPA license agreement provides access to more than 1,200 current Major League Baseball players, including all of its stars. Fans can look forward to finding cards featuring autographs and pieces of game-used equipment from the biggest names in baseball including Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr., and hundreds more. “Great cards of great players will continue to be the cornerstone of all Upper Deck products,” added McWilliam.

The license agreement between Upper Deck and the MLBPA ensures the company’s continued commitment to its existing consumer base, while at the same time building on its extensive investments to stimulate even greater interest among new users and kids.

“We’re looking forward to continuing the partnership with Upper Deck, a licensee that is clearly focused on the long-term growth of the trading card category,” said Judy Heeter, MLBPA Director of Business Affairs & Licensing. “We believe strong competition is generally good for consumers, and expect that our ongoing relationships with both Topps and Upper Deck will ensure consumer choices that lead to category growth.”

Wow, 21 Mil on trying to interest kids in cards?? Dontcha think Upper Deck would just realize that kids aren’t real big in this hobby? Guess Not. After maybe the 5th million maybe Upper Deck might consider investing their money somewheres else, maybe down the toilet I might suggest.  Oh…or improving their cards so they dont lose their Major League license, that too.

Upper Deck Suffers huge blow

As many of you have heard, the major story all around the card blogosphere, Upper Deck has lost exclusive rights to MLB baseball. The New York Times is reporting that Topps has won exclusive rights in a muti-year deal. Upper Deck can still produce cards but they have lost the right to MLB team logos and trademarks. My quick response, I’m not happy.

I’m sure many collectors are happy, but you need to consider that without Upper Deck, there isn’t any competition, and no varietyin products. I really cant imagine going to a hobby shop and just seeing Topps. Sure, Upper Deck didn’t always have the greatest releases(Documentary, UDx etc.), but they still competed with Topps and had there share of good products. Just last month Upper Deck had renewed the licence with the MLB Players Association.

If the once powerhouse Upper Deck wants to stay alive in the hobby, they need to focus on design and not worry about not having rights to team logos. Try more game used relic on-card auto cards with a great design.

Topps can do whatever they want with cards now, and that might not be so good for adult collectors. Topps President Michael D. Eisner said that ““This is redirecting the entire category toward kids.”  Topps has already came out with more kid friendly products like Attax, and Toppstown. Who’s to say they wouldn’t make more. Topps goal is to get rid of the confusion that a kid has when they enter a card shop or store. We will have to wait and see what Topps does with there exclusive rights, but for now we can just wait till Goodwins Champions comes out, and what may be Upper Decks last popular product.

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Box Break: Part 1

We are excited to be doing our first box break on Will Work For Cards and what a product to start it off with! The most talked about product in the hobby, 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter is going to be our first box break. We will be doing this break in segments, so check back often. Now, lets get to the break.

1 box of Allen & Ginter guarantees 3 hits of any combination of autographed, relic, cut signature, rip card, printing plate. This part is all about the hits that were pulled.

My first hit was a C.C Sabathia jersey relic card. The card design is great, butI am still not to crazy about the border. It does add to the appeal of the card, though so its not horrible. The border also provides a unique design to relics because its unlike most game used memorbilia cards in the hobby.

C.C Sabathia Jersey Card

Hit number 2 was also a relic, but it was a non-baseball relic jersey of U.S Olympic Gold Medalist Glenn Eller, as the back of the card states it a trap shoot champion. Awesome.  And according to topps print run list of the relics this specific card has a print run of 249. You can view that list here. This is a nice non-baseball relic, as it was a gold medalist.

Glenn Eller Jersey Card

My third and final hit was also a relic, featured as a Pirate but as we now know, a Brave. Meh

Nate Mclouth Jersey Card

I’m kinda disappointed that I just got relics, but I say that lightly, because these cards are truly awesome. I think if I heard right, autographs fall at about 1 every other box. Allen & Ginter is a great buy for different hits, and so far its definitely lived up to expectations. Check back often for part 2 of my 2009 Allen & Ginter box break.

Yankees: Numbers In The 90’s

I am by no means, a Yankees fan, but last night when I was watching the Yankees, Red Sox game on ESPN they mentioned something that really got me thinking. 

They said that the relief pitcher in at the time, Alfredo Aceves, wearing number 91, is only the 2nd player in Yankees history to wear a number in the 90’s since Charlie Keller in 1952.  He sported the number 99.

Although Keller only played two games in 1952 he had a previous ten year span with the Yankees from 1939-1949, in that ten year time period he was a five time all-star, finished in the top 25 in MVP voting 4 times (including finishing at 5th in 1941.) 

He was released by the Yankees in ’49, signed by the Tigers, played two seasons there.  He was then released by the Tigers in ’51, then re-signed with the Yankees, playing with them for that single year, then was released and forced into retirement.

He had a lifetime .268 career batting average, a .410 on base percentage, 189 career homers, 1,085 career hits, and played in 1,170 total games.

He has many baseball cards too, including multiple cards in Upper Deck’s Yankee Stadium Legacy Set.  The most recent vintage card he has is in 1951 bowman.   This card could be yours for $10 bucks, shipped.


Now onto Aceves, he has played two years with the Yankees, he is 4-1 this year with a 2.59 ERA.  He looks as if he is a promising young pitcher with potential.

He has a card in both, Upper Deck and Topps’ flagship brands.

As too why I wrote this post, I really dont know.  I guess I am just highly intruiged by pointless little stats like these.

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