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David Gonos

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Card Collector since '75. Fantasy sports writer for 20 years at CBS, SI, MLB.com, NFL.com & The Athletic. The only reason I started playing fantasy in 1989 was to "collect" these players on my team!

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3 days ago

2024 Topps Heritage = Fun Rip! HOF Auto!

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I’m normally more of a Topps Archives fan over Topps Heritage, but since the 2024 Topps Heritage set harkens back to the 1975 Topps design (my favorite ever), I had to get a hobby box. These cards are beautiful, complete with the MVP subset. A ton of great rookies, too.

Here’s my hobby box rip video: https://youtu.be/8-G_PsW6EZY?si=nX8fWWf6UCN80BJN

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8 days ago

“Kids Crate” in Legacy Sports Cards in Vegas

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Came across this the other day and thought it was a really cool idea to get kids involved in different types of collecting. $60 price tag, tho, so maybe not great. But it seems like they have such a good variety in them. I want it for adults! (I realize I can just buy these, but I want different stuff.)

Topps Mystery Blasters have been a lot of fun, but now i hope Fanatics does something similar with multiple sports in a couple years.

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9 days ago

Mini McFarlane’s were Always Awesome

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I have a couple McFarlane figurines left from about 20 years ago, when my desk space at work was covered in chotchkies like this. But I always loved this mini Ichiro drag bunt mini figurine.

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10 days ago

What If Topps Had Young Guns For Baseball?

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This is something I wrote for my free Substack newsletter last week, and I thought it would be a fun discussion here,

Obviously, Connor Bedard is a huge talent, but the scarcity of his Young Guns rookie card makes for an exciting chase! That got me to wondering how the baseball card hobby would be much different if Topps chose to have a Young Guns-type insert in their flagship sets to serve as a player’s true rookie card?

Panini does something similar already with silver holo cards, but those are a little more rare than Young Guns because it’s not an insert set based solely around rookies. Plus, you can get the standard base rookie without the silver variation, which would be like Upper Deck offering a non-Young Guns base card, too.

Baseball churns out an amazing amount of rookies every year (I’m guessing more than other sports?), so their version of Young Guns would have to be quite extensive.

Imagine tracking down Wyatt Langford’s Young Guns insert in 2024 Topps Series 2. How valuable would Juan Soto’s 2018 Young Guns be? The 2011 Topps Update Young Gun cards of Mike Trout would break the bank!

Kudos to Upper Deck for creating scarcity in a product, while not cannibalizing themselves. They could have made Young Guns into a numbered parallel only, making it close to impossible for a Wal-Mart shopper to have a chance at it.

Upper Deck’s hockey product gives customers a chance at a valuable card, despite its retail wrapping.

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11 days ago

C.J. Stroud: The 2nd-Most PSA-Graded Athlete in March

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I thought it was interesting that Stroud is second behind only Shohei Ohtani as far as athlete's cards getting graded by PSA in the month of March. I also thought it was interesting that there aren't any basketball players on here that weren't drafted after 2003. But you have three baseball players and three football players whose rookie cards came out in the past three years.

And I just pulled my first Prizm Stroud (Fireworks insert), so I'm happy about that.

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