I’ve been pretty busy with work over the past few days. During that time several exciting things have happened. Beckett busted a case of 2008-09 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball: the hobby world complained. Becket busted a box of 2009 Donruss Threads Football: the hobby world complained. Becket busted a box of 2009-10 Topps Basketball: the hobby world complained. Beckett busted a box of 2009 Topps American Heritage: no one cared.
Several products were also either released or previewed over the past few days. In baseball we’ve got another retro set from Topps: Topps T206 100th Anniversary Edition. Tristar has announced Obak which will bring the vintage tobacco look to the minor leagues. Topps has also announced Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Widevision) for the non-sports fans out there (more sketch cards). Panini announced that they will carry the Elite brand over into the basketball line-up with as few design changes as possible (more shinny die-cuts… woo… hoo…)
The BGS 10 1986-87 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan RC recently sold for about the price of a luxury car: $82,000. I don’t really get behind the card grading industry, so I’m a little bias but…. ummm…. that’s just freakin’ dumb. The money could be better spent on a few Jordan autographs, a Lebron auto or two, some Kobe autos for good measure, and a moderately priced sedan. I suppose this sale and the recent Joe Montana BGS 10 sale both go to show just how important it really is to get your cards graded. There is no way this could have been a publicity stunt to drum up business.
I’ve got a quick take on 2009-10 Topps Basketball, review of Bowman 48, a preview of 2009-10 Panini Elite, and some other articles coming soon. Right now I’m off to pack up my cards and send them of to Beckett. I’m hoping my 1989 Fleer Update Albert (Joey) Belle RC comes back a 10…