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Spotlight: 1993-94 Skybox Premium Cert. Auto

Posted by 1s1ah

This card, by far, is one of my favorites. The 1993-94 Skybox Premium set, on it’s own, was just a beautiful looking design, and the autograph completes the card nicely.

I’ve always thought the vertical white banner on these cards would lend so nicely to an autograph.

Isiah was signing at the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, but unfortunately I could not make it. But, I did happen to catch that there was the option to send items to the convention to be signed, so that’s exactly what I did.  When I received the card back a couple weeks after the convention, I was not disappointed.  It’s exactly what I wanted, signed vertically in blue ink. Couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

I also sent the card into PSA/DNA to be certified. Not that I have any question as to the legitimacy of the autograph (nor would I ever sell it), I just like the slabbing to protect the card. Also, this card is a work of art, and any work of art deserves to be in a nice frame :)

Spotlight: 1996 Collector’s Edge Time Warp TW7 Sample

Posted by 1s1ah

I picked up this addition to the collection recently.  It’s a sample version of the Isiah Thomas/Kerry Kittle 1996 Collector’s Edge Hard Court Time Warp #TW7.  The front of the card looks to be like the other non foil stamped versions, but the back has a hand written “sample” across the sequential number.  Faintly visible is a /1000 numbering where the number on the left side has a AU prefix indicating that it was an autographed version.  The wasn’t an autographed version of this card, but there was a /1000 version of the TW6 with Iverson.

These are the type of pick ups I love adding to my collection.  Who knows how many other copies, if any, exist of this card.

UER: ’00 Upper Deck Century Legends Legendary Jerseys Gold

Posted by 1s1ah


Pretty obvious to see what the uncorrected error is on the reverse side of this card is … the Pistons logo is printed on top of a Houston Rockets logo. The non-gold version of this card that I have does not share the same UER, so I’ll have to be on the lookout for another gold version to see if it’s just mine.

Spotlight: 2014-15 National Treasures Gold Logoman

Posted by 1s1ah

The good:

*It’s unique.  Points for originality.
*Overall appealing design.
*The image is crisp and not over-filtered.
*Nice use of gold foil on a black card design.
*On card autograph

The bad:

*Way too thick, hard to store.
*The metal logoman makes the card pretty heavy.  Why does a card need a piece of metal anyways?
*Black cards are prone to chipping on the corners and sides.  These seem to be no exception.
*The silver paint pen doesn’t allow for a crisp autograph.
*Boring card back.

Panini tried something a bit different with these.  Overall, I’m not a fan.  It would be so much nicer if it was a regular thickness, and replace the recessed gold metal logoman with a simple gold foil stamped logoman and reduce the print run the 25 or less.

Provenance: 2013-14 Preferred Signatures Platinum

Posted by 1s1ah

I was glad to add this 1-of-1 to my collection thanks to a head’s up from @motorcitycards5 on instagram.  From there a couple e-mails and a deal was done.

Here’s the case break that this beauty came from:

A Preferred Preview

Posted by 1s1ah

2014-15 Panini Preferred


Panini has their preview for the upcoming Preferred brand release on their blog.  The set looks stacked.  Very impressed. Check out that Crown Royale in the pic, that’s right, a never before used photo! That always pumps me up.  Both cards are pretty sweet.  I can’t wait to see the check list.

2014-15 Panini Spectra Preview

Posted by 1s1ah

2014-15 Panini Spectra


Panini has the2014-15 Spectra quality control gallery up on their Knight’s Lance blog.  Last year’s inaugural set of Spectra was somewhat of a surprise hit.  This year seems to be more of the same with the fun prizm effect that lends to a stunning “in-hand” card.

The official checklist isn’t out yet so I don’t know how many Isiah Thomas cards will be in the set aside from the above card from the QC gallery.  Isiah only had one card in the 2013-14 set; the “Double Team Jersey” insert with he and Joe Dumars.  There were two cards I have printing plates for from the “HOF Jersey Autographs” and “Marks Memorabilia”  that never made it into their respective sets.

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