Jackie Chan is INSANE!

I hate to admit that when it comes to action films, I am not much of an expert. I’ve never seen a movie featuring Bruce Lee, anything with Chuck Norris, or anyone else in that genre.

I was familiar with Jackie Chan after seeing ‘Rumble in the Bronx’ . After that, it seemed like Chan did an endless amount of sequels to ‘Rush Hour’ and that was the end for me. That was until I watched this video featuring his ten greatest stunts. It’s insane this man is still alive.

In case you were wondering, you can find certified autographs and “worn” memorabilia relics of Jackie Chan in several Donruss releases from 2008 & 2009. Typically, a certified autograph will set you back about $100 dollars on the secondary market.

You can see a sample here.

Ed McMahon gravely ill

The Tonight Show co-host and legendary TV icon Ed McMahon is reported to be serious condition in an undisclosed hospital in Los Angeles.

McMahon, 85,  whose home was recently foreclosed on, is battling Pneumonia and Cancer and has been bedridden for over a month.

For fans of the famous sidekick, McMahon has several autographs and worn relics in 2008 Donruss Americana & Donruss Threads. The autograph below, #’d to 470 copies last sold for less than $10 dollars on eBay.

UPDATE – 6-23-09

Ed McMahon has passed away.

All hail ’98 Donruss Crusade

Early in 2008 I wrote that 1998’s Donruss Crusade inserts were the greatest of all-time. Having seen one in person, I can honestly say it is the only time one can refer to a baseball card as being “beautiful”.

There are three parallels to the ultra-rare Crusade line. The Green is #’d to 250, the Purple to just 100, and the most rare version, Red, is numbered to just 25 copies. This was Donruss reaching a level of excellence that they will never again come close to.

Recently, a Ken Griffey Jr. Red Crusade made its way on to eBay. When the auction was completed, 36 bids were made and the final selling price reached two grand and change. Take a look at the scan below. It does not feature a certified autograph or worthless cut-up jersey/bat.

This card managed to sell while this beloved 2005 Babe Ruth Jumbo w/ stripe could not garner even one lousy bid despite how much love it gets from Beckett and every online community that exists. Clearly, those forgotten 90’s inserts have enough clout to attract collectors and they don’t even need the gimmicks that card companies employ today.

So, does anyone have a Jose Canseco ’98 Crusade for trade?

Pathetic numbers from my P.C.

I am working on the single biggest trade of my collecting life, involving Andrew Miller. While going through my collection this morning, consisting of 147 different cards, I made a shocking discovery. Out of 45 certified autographs in my collection, only 9 of them are done without a sticker label.

To put that into perspective, I have 10 in-person autographs from Miller and no one is paying me a dime to get it done. I think it’s time for one of the major companies to take initiative and put out nothing but on-card autographs for just one year. We know it won’t be DonPlaNi.

While some collectors are perfectly content with labels, it’s the fact that so many of them take away from the overall design of the product that bothers me most. Take a look at the mostly black 2007 Topps flagship with the holographic sticker labels as a perfect example.

Furthermore, so many labels are placed on cards backwards, upside down, and sometimes… they are even the wrong players. This doesn’t just happen every so often, it happens all the time. I have plenty of cards like that in my collection and it brings the personal value down quite a bit.

Check out this 2007 Upper Deck Premier ‘Insignias Autographs’ for a perfect example of a card that features an on-card autograph, excellent design work, serial numbering done right, and a good photograph. It’s not one of Andrew’s best cards but it’s most definitely in my top ten cards.

Should Donruss get an MLB license?

There’s two factions when it comes to Donruss/Panini with regards to the baseball card market. There is the side that is dying for Donruss to return to their glory years as they have grown tired of Topps and Upper Deck.

Then there is the other side who dies a little each time they think of Donruss returning and releasing hundreds of cards of one player each year like there were doing shortly before their banishment into non-licensed territory.

I am torn on the issue at the moment. For one, I absolutely loved Donruss releases from the late-80’s into 2000 but judging by their latest efforts, those guys are long gone. If you think Topps uses a lot of sticker autographs just wait till Panini releases 15 products all with stickers, similar designs, and one hundred different parallels.

As for the idea that Donruss “floods the market”, this is nothing new. Just take a look at the scan below. They have been doing this for ages now, just not as prominent as before. At least back then they used different photographs.

Seriously, how many  1989 Donruss Jose Canseco cards do I really need?

UPDATE: While putting my cards away I found yet ANOTHER 1989 Donruss.