Sosa Retires and Some Great Releases Now Available

Well, you leave for a week and lot happens in the sports world and hobby. Sammy Sosa says goodbye and makes a strong claim that he belongs in the Hall of Fame. I guess I missed that press conference and Sammy was never a player afraid to brag himself up. But my question is, is it really a story when you haven’t played in a year and a half to call a retirement press conference?

It’s amazing that a player who mesmerized the world only 11 years ago is cast aside like a utility infielder. It really speaks volumes for the sports world, and baseball in particular, these days.
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In the hobby, Legendary Cuts Baseball is now available from Upper Deck. The 100-card base set has countless, randomly placed inserts covering yesterday’s and today’s biggest stars via game-used memorabilia cards as well as autographed and signature-cut cards. Some of the “Legendary Cut” signature cards include scrawls from deceased baseball icons such as “Joltin’ Joe” DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Roberto Clemente, as well as deceased MLB executives including former Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley.

There’s also four color parallels (that’s four in all, such as blue, olive green, brown and red), but that doesn’t do much for me. It just means there are more autographs than what you originally thought.

I like the Generations Dual card that feature a legend and a modern-day player, such as Nolan Ryan/randy Johnson and Reggie Jackson/Prince Fielder cards. People love to compare anyway, and this is just another way to do so.

Upper Deck’s 2009 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball yields five cards per pack, with 12 packs per box.

And some news for Topps Magic Football, 2009 style: On the heels of announcing it would recreate college themed Topps Magic Football, one of its first ever sports card releases, Topps is pleased to now announce it has added a very important subject to the product…Jackie Robinson, Running Back, UCLA.
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Robinson entered UCLA in 1939 where he would become the first athlete in school history to letter in four sports…Football, Baseball, Basketball and Track.  And before breaking baseball’s color barrier, Jackie played semi-professional football for both the Honolulu Bears and the Los Angeles Bulldogs.
 
Topps is randomly inserting this limited edition card into packs of 2009 Topps Magic Football, which ships June 18.  Each hobby box guarantees three Autographs.

Nice to see some classic football cards entering the market to complement all of the modern stuff, like Chrome.

All in all, there’s a lot of good stuff going on, and there should be even more goodies and The National nears.

Finally, be sure to check out some signed NFL authentic items our sister publication, SCD, is giving away. CLICK HERE to check it out. 

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