(From Tuff Stuff Editor Scott Fragale’s 7th Inning Stretch Blog)
Witnesses To Halladay Perfecto Growing By The Minute
I’ve been fortunate enough to see some historical sporting events in my life but that never made me feel satisfied enough to not wish for more.
I saw Robin Yount capture his 3,000 career hit in old County Stadium and I witnessed the great Nolan Ryan pick up his 300th victory in the same venue on July 31, 1990. I was also fortunate enough to be in the Greater Milwaukee Open gallery the day Tiger Woods made his pro debut back in 1996. I was in attendance to witness the game’s greatest collection of steroid users ever assembled under one roof (A-Rod, Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Clemens and many more) at Miller Park for the too-good-to-be-true Home Run Derby and the infamous All-Star Game sister-kisser as well, but neither of the those events carry the same cache as the others. And I’ve got my ticket stubs from each and every one of the events in case anybody ever calls me on it.
Although my share of watching sports history unfold live is modest at best compared to some of the more seasoned sports fans I know, I’ve never been tempted to add to my list unnaturally. I appreciate having been at the various events because of the thrill and excitement they provided at the time and because of the great memories they provide all these years later. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for many other collectors. In fact, the list of "fake attendees" of a recent game is growing by the thousands as I write this.
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Upper Deck Names Former Shuffle Master Boss New President
Upper Deck announced June 1 the appointment of Paul Meyer as its new President. A proven leader with more than 20 years of executive-level experience, Meyer brings enthusiasm, energy and a finely honed vision to Upper Deck as the company embarks on its 22nd year in business.
"I’ve been following Upper Deck for years and I am confident I can provide the kind of senior leadership the company needs, given my background in consumer products and operations improvement," said Meyer, who most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Shuffle Master, Inc., the gaming industry’s premier supplier of automatic card shufflers and proprietary table games. During his five-year tenure with Shuffle Master, Meyer played an instrumental role in growing the company’s revenue from $58M to $200M. He also played an integral part in expanding the company’s international presence by negotiating major acquisitions overseas to significantly increase business.
Prior to Shuffle Master, Meyer served as President of the Integrated Solutions Division of Concurrent Computer Corporation and has held leadership positions in a wide range of industries, including toy manufacturing, video game developing and publishing and turnaround/restructuring consulting. He brings significant in-the-trenches knowledge to his new post at Upper Deck. His impressive track record made him a terrific candidate for Upper Deck’s Founder and CEO Richard McWilliam.
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Strasburg Card Sells For $16,403 In eBay Sale
Stephen Strasburg’s baseball card is living up to the hype.
Strasburg’s one-of-a-kind 2010 Bowman Chrome SuperFractor rookie card sold on EBay Inc.’s auction website, sold for $16,403 after opening at 99 cents. Strasburg, the No. 1 pick in Major League Baseball’s 2009 first-year player draft by the Washington Nationals, is in Triple-A and is scheduled to make his major-league debut during a series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 8.
Since joining Triple-A Syracuse on May 4, Strasburg has gone 3-0 with a 0.39 earned run average in four starts, striking out 27 batters while walking just four.
The equivalent card for Nationals rookie pitcher Drew Storen, who has a 1.69 ERA after being picked nine places behind Strasburg, is being sold on eBay with a "Buy It Now" asking price of $4,999.
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Rookies And Ripken Steal The Show In San Francisco
Randy Cook had one sale at the Tristar Collectors Show, held May 14-16 in San Francisco, that truly stood out. It was a Babe Ruth relic card and the buyer was a 13-year-old boy.
"He wanted something from Babe Ruth more than from anyone else," said Cook, a veteran Kansas City-based dealer and hobby broadcaster (on the Internet). "It was neat to see how much he was in love with Babe Ruth, because he knew and respected the fact that Babe Ruth is history."
Cook had a similar sale, er, sales at the Tristar show last June in Houston when the parents of two 8-year-old boys each purchased Ruth jersey cards for the boys.
"They chose Ruth over Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and every other current player," Cook said of the 2009 sale. "It seems like a lot of kids nowadays want old-time cards."
Greg Lambert of California Card Shark also had one very memorable sale at Tristar’s San Francisco show: 2010 Bowman Baseball ($84 for a regular box, $175 for the jumbo box). Yet Lambert sold a ton of 2010 Bowman – about 140 boxes, to be exact – thanks to Washington Nationals pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg.
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Collect.com Auctions Crew Head To East Coast Eyeing Consignors
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Mr. Memorabilia Store Offering Pelfrey Baseballs During Giveaway Promo
On Thursday, June 3 at noon. the Mr. Memorabilia store, located at 345 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, NY (Long Island) will be giving away free Mike Pelfrey baseballs to the first 10 people to the store at noon. (Only 1 ball per family.)
After noon, Mr. Memorabilia will be giving away $25 gift certificates and other raffle prizes every hour, at the top of the hour.
For more information, visit www.mrmemorabilia.org, call (516) 513-0758 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Now Accepting New Submissions For Tuff Stuff’s ‘What’s It Worth?’
Every collector has several memorabilia items they’re dying to know the value of. We at Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly are here to help. Starting with our next issue, we’ll provide you with a proven memorabilia expert so you can submit your descriptions and find out the value of your items free of charge. You simply provide a brief, yet detailed description of your item (along with an image if possible) and our new expert will provide his analysis.
In the near future you’ll be able to go to our "What’s It Worth?" page on the www.tuffstuff.com site and submit your "What’s It Worth?" questions. Until then, you can simply e-mail email@example.com or click HERE. Then check the next issue of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly and see if your item was selected for evaluation. The more unique the item the more description our expert will need so please be specific and include an image of the item if possible. Items sent to our expert for evaluation will be taken randomly and because we expect a large quality of submissions, we can’t guarantee your item will make the cut but we will evaluate as many as we can fit on our Tuff Stuff pages and many of those that don’t make it in the magazine will then be posted on www.tuffstuff.com.
We’ve gotten a great response to our "What’s It Worth?" feature thus far so keep the items coming. We’ll be posting your evaluations in the July cover issue of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly and every other issue moving forward. We’ll also be posting the evaluations on the www.tuffstuff.com website so stay tuned in to be both to see yours and all of the others.
Tiger Woods Signed British Open Flag
The item I would like to submit is a tournament-used 2nd hole pin flag from the 2005 British Open Championship signed by the winner, Tiger Woods. My long-time friend is the course manager and I have been lucky over the years to be able to obtain numerous tournament-used pin flags such as this one. I had it signed via a private signing with Upper Deck. It comes with the UDA COA and matching holograms.What’s it worth?
Evaluation: This was Tigers 10th major championship win in his career. The photo you sent shows a beautiful mold and smudge-free autograph by one of the greatest golfers ever. Because it’s a flag the was used in the tournament I would put an estimate value of $1,250-$1,500.
Next round of "What’s It Worth?" submissions will be featured in Sept. issue of Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly
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