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McDonald’s launches its new sizes of Big Mac sandwiches today and as part of that celebration it is releasing 10,000 serial-numbered bottles of its Special Sauce to the public.
They’re free — but they’re only found at selected locations for a limited time on a first-come, first-served basis … if a visitor knows the password. The only other way to get your hands on one? Check out giveaways on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Some states have just one or two locations — meanwhile Houston, Texas, has five — while some states have none at all. That means there will be a market on eBay — simple supply and demand — and there’s already one there with a bid.
A little-known Nintendo game then is a well-known Nintendo game now — at least to serious collectors who are known to fork over plenty of cash for it.
It’s Stadium Events, and it’s a game that’s so serious for collectors that in its original packaging it evokes comparisons to someone you might know if you’re into baseball cards.
“I never had a Honus Wagner,” said Tod Curtis, a Bedford, Ind.-based orthodontist, who seriously collects NES games and was interviewed as part of an ESPN The Magazine story on this game and its legacy. “That’s what this game is to this hobby. I don’t know how many Honus Wagner cards are out there compared to how many Stadium Events there are. If the game is really that rare, you can see in 20 years it coming up at Christie’s, where people are going to pay $900,000.”
The story is a fascinating one with plenty of parallels to the card-collecting world, and, not surprisingly, the tale has prompted the attempted sale of a high-grade copy of the game.
It’s a leading candidate for the most-influential and most-innovative brand of the year and one dealer who took on the challenge of collecting the 2016 Topps Now baseball card set feels now might be the time to sell.
A collection of more than 665 standard Topps Now cards along with the All-Star and Off-season sets. It doesn’t include the myriad of autographs and Relics that were offered throughout the year — or any of the team sets or Cubs championship cards made on the side, but just building the standard set is challenge enough.
There wasn’t just one surprise on Election Day — and this other surprise has continued to pile up votes of another type — you know … bids — on eBay.
They are Decision 2016 Series 2 sketch cards and these card-sized drawings of politicians and others beyond Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have given the cut autographs in the product a run for their money.
Focused basketball collectors on the Blowout forum recently noted an uptick in high-grade 1986-87 Fleer stickers, which makes sense since that landmark release is a heavily collected set.
But the sale of a Michael Jordan sticker from two years later — a set that’s much easier to find — might spark even more interest as a PSA 10 copy of an 1988-89 Fleer MJ sold for big bucks Tuesday night on eBay.
On Saturday, Bartolo Colon hit the first home run of his big-league career. On Sunday, that memorable moment became a Topps Now baseball card. On Monday, it became the highest-selling Now card ever with 8,826 copies sold.
Every once in a while, a player takes over the spotlight in a sport and leading non-collectors to be so intrigued that they battle for cardboard in online auctions without the typical (restraining) mindset of what something should sell for.
There’s nothing wrong with that — if they want it and they’ll pay it, that’s what it’s worth to them right then.
Right now, Stephen Curry is that player, and, right now, one of those cards is his 2009-10 Topps Rookie Card — one of 27 RCs that he has and one that has no frills and shows him in the simplest of forms. It’s essentially a mugshot in a T-shirt or warmup jacket as Topps was finishing its run with the NBA license at that time.
This no-thrills piece of cardboard — and its parallel counterparts — are scorchers that just might surprise collectors right now.
Either Bryce Harper or Mike Trout who will come to mind first if it’s a debate of who’s the best in the game, but sometimes it’s fun just to look at the outrageous asking prices for these types of players’ key cards on eBay.
The 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Refractor you see above leads the league among current auctions for Harper, checking in with an asking price of $24,999.99 Buy it Now. (No, seriously, go look.)
As goofy as that one might be, consider that the top Trout price — one reportedly paid — is even higher. That one’s for a BGS 10 first Bowman Chrome Refractor auto with a serial number matching Trout’s No. 27 on the field.
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Maybe it’s the single eyebrow. Maybe it’s the chance at a pair of polo shirts. Maybe it’s just the oldschool Hornets logo.
Maybe it’s just because it’s Anthony Davis that this pair of cards — a duo of Panini America show promos limited to only 499 copies; the left being the first, the right being the last — is worth a look.
It was 15 years ago today that the NASCAR world changed dramatically as its biggest star died during the last lap of its biggest race.
Dale Earnhardt‘s final Daytona 500 was one that put the spotlight of both the media and collectors on the racing ranks like never before as The Intimidator’s life and his famous No. 3 Chevy were celebrated for all they had accomplished.
Countless diecasts, trading cards and other items were scooped up by collectors and new fans like never before back then. Today? The legend is still strong though the collectibles world has changed dramatically.
Earlier this month, a copy of the redemption topped the $2,000 mark, selling for $2,050 via a Best Offer in this auction. That has helped inflate asking prices for the card in active auctions as cards continue to be tucked away into personal collections.
Soccer is a sport that many collectors probably overlook because it’s not the traditional America-based pastime, but Panini America’s recently released 2015 Panini Select set shows there are a few reasons that they should pay attention.
It’s the Rookie Card of two NBA icons sandwiching a legend. It’s a relic from the past days of simpler cardboard from toward the end of the early Topps era. It’s a piece of cardboard perfection with all the flaws you’d expect from its time — and that’s got nothing to do with condition.
We should all know by now how good Stephen Curry is by his play on the basketball court.
But maybe we should look at his basketball cards, too.
The reigning league MVP and leader of the defending NBA champs has been hot on cardboard for a while now. How hot? Well, you might call it new-car hot as his high-end rare cards are often priced in small-new-car territory.
We all know which Rookie Card of Ken Griffey Jr. is the most-memorable, but there’s one rarer parallel-type version of one that recently sold for big, big bucks on eBay.
It’s the 1989 Bowman Tiffany card — one printed on glossy, super-bright stock only found in limited factory sets — and a perfect BGS Black copy recently dominated on eBay. With Griffey destined to get the Cooperstown call in a few hours, this one was worth the spotlight.
When Topps Chrome arrived in basketball, it was a bit simpler time than it is today — so much so that the brand was a retail-only release because the idea of merely Chroming a set perhaps wasn’t a sure thing.
Plenty of time has passed since 1996 and in that time so has the career of Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant who was a rookie back in 1996-97 Topps Chrome.
The best card in that landmark product is arguably Bryant’s Refractor version of his Rookie Card and this copy is the best of the best of the thousands that were pulled and saved since then.
A pair of 2015 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Mystery Redemptions have hit eBay since the set’s release on Friday.
And the first one has sold — for big bucks.
The card was initially announced as being for Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in The Force Awakens, but Topps unspoiled its spoiler by removing the reference to it being a card for her on the autograph checklist posted on its website.
Boyega plays Finn in the film, which opens today and this card is from 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek, which includes one autograph or sketch card in every box. He’s the only signer for the new cast members in the product and it’s his first run at a certified autograph.
The night Kobe Bryant confirmed that this season will be his last, all 18,997 fans in attendance at that night’s Los Angeles Lakers game received a sealed envelope with a copy of his farewell letter printed with a facsimile autograph.
It turns out there are a few more people out there that want them.
Jeff Gordon’s final lap could end up being one of his biggest ones as he’s one of the final four drivers in NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup — a winner-take-all playoff format that will make the final race of the season dictate the season’s champion.
It’s also the final race of Gordon’s career, which already has four Cup wins and 93 race victories in 24 seasons at that level — marks that place him among NASCAR’s elite no matter what happens today.
Sometimes you’ll run across an eBay auction that makes you stop and look because it features something unique, something you just haven’t seen in a long time or a deal where you have to stop and wonder.
Sometimes you just notice the number of the items sold.
One collector took the challenge of completing the 2012-13 Panini Flawless basketball set — something that can only happen a few times because every card from the super-high-end brand is limited to just 20 serial-numbered copies with a diamond embedded inside.
Now, it’s time to see just how priceless Flawless can be as the set is on the auction block.
Nolan Ryan is baseball’s strikeout king and one of the safest and most-collectable players in the hobby today.
But back when Topps was putting together its 1968 baseball card set, he was just a rookie pitcher for the New York Mets — a guy who was famously forced to share his Rookie Card with a teammate, Jerry Koosman.