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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Set: 1949 Bowman (Rate)

Card: #82 Joe Page

Joe Page was a relief pitcher who played all but the last year of his career with the Yankees, winning two World Series during that time. He played in three All-Star games and led the American League in saves twice.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Set: 1986-87 Fleer (Rate)

Card: #27 Joe Dumars

Sometimes getting lost in the shuffle behind the star-power of Isiah Thomas and the brashness of the Bill Laimbeers and the Dennis Rodmans, Joe Dumars was an indispensable part of the "Bad Boys" Pistons teams, instrumental in the 1989 and 1990 championships, garnering Finals MVP honors in ’89. This card goes for around $30-$35.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Set: 1949 Bowman (Rate)

Card: #226 Duke Snider

Duke Snider was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1980. He played 18 seasons in the Major Leagues and appeared in 6 World Series. This, his rookie card from 1949, fetches over $2000 in near-mint condition.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Set: 1986-87 Fleer (Rate)

Card: #12 Manute Bol

Hailing from the Sudan and towering at 7 feet, 7 inches, Manute Bol was the tallest player the NBA had ever seen. This is his rookie card after a season in which he set the rookie record for most blocked shots in a season (397). Manute played 10 years in the NBA, averaging 3.34 blocks a night. He now focuses his energy on doing humanitarian work.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Set: 1952 Topps (Rate)

Card: #1 Andy Pafko

Card #1 from the renowned 1952 Topps set, this card is a rare find in excellent condition. Being #1 in the set meant that it usually ended up on the top of card stacks and got the brunt of the wear and tear of being rubber banded and stuffed in pockets.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Set: 1963 Topps (Rate)

Card: #200 Mickey Mantle

In mediocre condition, this card will pay your car note. In good condition, it'll pay your mortgage...plus utilites.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Set: 1956 Topps (Rate)

Card: #84 Bert Rechichar

Back before productivity enhancers, players didn’t take plays off, not even after change of possession. Bert Rechichar was drafted in the first round out of Tennessee and played defensive back, linebacker, halfback, returned kicks and punts. Oh, and he also kicked and punted, and actually held the NFL record for longest field goal, a 56-yarder in 1953, a record that would stand for 17 years until New Orleans Saint Tom Dempsey kicked a 63-yarder.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Set: 1986 Topps (Rate)

Card: #161 Jerry Rice

This is the rookie card of the incomparable Jerry Rice. The greatest wide receiver of all time, 3-time Super Bowl Champion, MVP of Super Bowl XXIII, the holder of every single major NFL receiving record... Ok, Randy Moss broke his "Most Touchdown Catches in a Season" record the other day, but Rice did it in a 12-game, strike shortened season. This card ranges in price from $90 to $150, depending on condition.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Set: 1963 Topps (Rate)

Card: #18 Buc Blasters

Pictured are Smoky Burgess, Dick Stuart, Roberto Clemente and Bob Skinner - all four players part of the Pittsburgh Pirates team that had previously won the World Series in 1960. They are featured, with bats in hand, as the "Buc Blasters", no doubt for their hitting prowess - Smoky Burgess having hit .328 in 1962, Bob Skinner .302 with 20 HR, Clemente .312 (.351 in ’61) and Dick Stuart with a batting average of .301 with 35 HR in 1961.

On the defense side of the field, Dick Stuart was actually notoriously known as not being the best fielder. He was nicknamed Dr. Strangeglove and his 29 errors in 1963 still stand as a record for 1st basemen, but fortunately, it’s his hitting that’s in question here. Roberto Clemente was 27 at the time, about a decade before his tragic death.

This card ranges from around $75 to $80 ungraded, to over $200 for a PSA 8.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Set: 1989 Upper Deck (Rate)

Card: #13 Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield started off his career with the Milwaukee Brewers. Six teams, 480 home runs and plenty of controversy later, he's now with the Detroit Tigers. This is his rookie card from Upper Deck's inaugural set. It ranges between $8 and $12.

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