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2001 and 2002 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Signatures and Bat Barrel Insert-Card Collection (15) Including Mickey Mantle
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $9,600
Collection of fifteen Upper Deck insert cards dating from 2001 and 2002, including both signature and bat cards. Unless otherwise noted, each signature has been scripted in blue ink (grading "10") and the cards are in Near Mint condition overall. 1) 2001 "Sweet Spot" signature cards (8). These cards feature the "sweet spot" panel of a baseball cover signed by the respective player. While we do not know how many of these signature cards were issued per player in general, the distribution for a few of the "bigger" names was quite limited. If known, we have listed the number of cards issued per player in parentheses after his name, with that number provided by the Standard Catalog. The players represented here are Mickey Mantle (10), Joe DiMaggio (150), Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Ken Griffey Jr. (100), Alex Rodriguez (154), Sammy Sosa (148), and Jeff Bagwell (214). 2) 2002 "Bat Barrel" cards (5). These cards feature a sliver of wood from a bat used by the respective player, which, ideally, include the player's stamped name from the barrel. Each card was quite limited in its distribution and the limitation number for each is written in blue marker on the front (duly noted in our listing). The players represented here are Cal Ripken Jr. (4/5), Frank Thomas (3/8), Tony Gwynn (12/12), Greg Maddux (3/5), and Reggie Jackson (11/13). 3-4) 2002 "Sweet Spot signature card of Ichiro Suzuki (numbered "86/145") and 2002 "Sweet Spot Classics" signature card of Cal Ripken Jr. (signature grades "8"). These cards are nearly identical in design to the 2001 "Sweet Spot" signature cards and feature the player's signature in blue ink on the "sweet spot" panel of a baseball cover. Total: 15 cards. LOA from James Spence/JSA. SOLD FOR $9,600
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