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- Kershaw can extend amazing run on MLB.TV 23Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw returns to the mound today as he puts his winning streak on the line versus the Braves as part of a full slate of games streaming live on MLB.TV. […]Oliver Macklin
- Simmons, Pujols power Halos past Price, Sox 23Andrelton Simmons crushed a go-ahead home run and drove in three runs and Albert Pujols added a pair of RBIs to fuel the Angels' 7-3 comeback win over the Red Sox on Saturday night, evening their three-game series at Angel Stadium. […]Ian Browne and Maria Guardado
- Bryce tags D-backs prospect; Nats hold on 23Bryce Harper hammered his 25th home run and added the go-ahead RBI double off D-backs prospect Anthony Banda in his MLB debut, and Sean Doolittle held off a ninth-inning rally for his second save with the Nationals. […]Jarrid Denney and Jamal Collier
- Price sees stellar streak end, but health intact 23Though David Price's streak of allowing three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts came to an end in Saturday night's 7-3 loss to the Angels, the left-hander continues to be an encouraging storyline for the Red Sox coming down the stretch. […]Ian Browne
- See them now: MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects 23Check out MLB Pipeline's newly updated list of the Top 100 Prospects in the game. […]
- Rox ride Marquez's gem, snap Bucs' win streak 23Rookie right-hander German Marquez tied a career high with nine strikeouts -- and was hot under the collar, when necessary -- as the Rockies ended the Pirates' win streak at six games, 7-3, on Saturday night at Coors Field. […]Thomas Harding and Max Gelman
- Cruz helps Mariners shrug off Yanks' late rally 23Nelson Cruz singled home Ben Gamel in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Mariners pulled off a 6-5 walk-off win over the Yankees in a back-and-forth affair Saturday night at Safeco Field. […]Greg Johns and Josh Horton
- Healthy Braun makes impact on Crew's lineup 23In his return to the Brewers lineup after a three-game absence, Ryan Braun showed the type of impact he can have when healthy. […]Adam McCalvy
- Statcast of the Day: Blackmon's speed, range 23While not considered to be among the fastest players in the Majors, during three plays in the Rockies' 7-3 victory over the Pirates on Saturday, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon proved what's important: He's as fast as he needs to be. […]Thomas Harding
- Judge, Harper and history's most majestic HRs 23Aaron Judge almost hit a ball out of Safeco Field on Friday. A night later, Bryce Harper launched a moonshot vs. the D-backs. Like many of the most jaw-dropping homers we can remember, both must be seen to be believed. […]
- Just days after return, Marte in midseason form 23Starling Marte dribbled a ninth-inning fastball from Greg Holland just past the pitcher's mound. Using his signature speed, he sprinted down the line, earning the infield hit without a throw. With the bases loaded, Marte had himself his third hit of the night, driving in the Pirates' final run in a 7-3 loss. […]Max Gelman
- Pipeline Preview: Alvarez making Double-A debut 23Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action. […]William Boor
- Flores' walk-off HR caps Mets' 6-run comeback 23Wilmer Flores' line drive home run into the left-field stands with two outs in the ninth inning capped off a six-run comeback for the Mets, as they beat the A's 6-5 at Citi Field on Saturday. […]Chris Bumbaca and Jane Lee
- Gibson helps Twins keep pace in Central race 23Early run support by the offense backed a solid showing from right-hander Kyle Gibson to ultimately help the Twins edge the Tigers, 6-5, on Saturday at Target Field. Minnesota staved off a late push by Detroit to snap its three-game losing streak to the American League Central rival. […]Shane Jackson and Rhett Bollinger
- Scrappy Crew ends skid with roller-coaster W 23It didn't fall easily, but the Brewers' longest losing streak of the season did finally fall. […]Adam McCalvy and Ben Harris
- With Deadline looming, Hellickson struggles 23The clock is ticking for Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies. […]Ben Harris
- Melky's 4-for-4 tops trade target performances 23With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching, Major League clubs looking to bolster their rosters for the season's stretch run have their attentions focused on a select group of players who could provide the boost contenders need for a postseason push. […]Austin Laymance
- Braves' Gohara, Sims impress in upper Minors 23The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound. […]William Boor
- Bucs, Rox benches clear after pitch to CarGo 23Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl apparently made his point. So did Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez. And evidently, there are some issue between the teams. […]Thomas Harding
- Managers Postgame: Black on win over Bucs 23Rockies manager Bud Black shares his thoughts on German Marquez's impressive outing and Colorado's offensive production in Saturday's 7-3 win. […]
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Category Archives: Sporting Life
Collector score: *** (2 Stars)
Sporting Life cards should not be confused with the original Sporting Life baseball cards, issued over 100 years ago. The original Sporting Life cards are very rare, beautifully made litho printed cards. This may be confusing to novice collectors.
The new Sporting Life cards are created by Jerrold Andrews III of Detroit, Michigan. Like Helmar Brewing (which is also a Detroit maker of inkjet-printed cards) this company is using an old and venerable name to market their products, which are sold on eBay. The inkjet-created Sporting Life cards are in no way connected with the original sports magazine or cards, a company which has been out of business for over 80 years.
The company claims that less than two dozen of each card is made. Recent selling prices range from $5 to over $200 for a single card. Like all cards created on an inkjet printer, these cards have no value as collectibles. This is because the inks used to produce them will last only a few years under the best of conditions. They will not survive long enough to acquire any age-related value.
In fact, as they get older they will begin to fade. As this becomes more and more noticeable, they will be worth less and less. This is the exact opposite of a collectible card, which becomes increasingly valuable with age. These cards are “worth” the most when they are brand new, and the older they become, the less value they will possess, as their condition deteriorates.
It does not matter if pigment inks are used, or archival acid-free stock, or art sprays. There is no current technology that will enable anything printed on an inkjet printer to survive long enough to become a treasured antique. Cards printed on a press, using traditional inks (offset-litho) can last essentially forever. Ink jet creations use water-based inks which are broken down by tiny molecules of moisture in the air, by light, and by ozone. Even if kept in museum conditions, they will not survive more than a few years.
The cards made by Sporting Life are attractive, and look like a vintage card ought to. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Like Helmar, they are intentionally damaged to make them look old. It’s a damn shame they won’t ever be as old as they look!
These cards may have some value as folk art or as a conversation piece, but they can not have any value as collectible cards, because they are only temporary.
PRICING: If you own one or more of these cards, and wish to sell it, how much should it go for? Assuming you’re going to be honest about it, you can’t really sell it as a collectible, because it is new, and because it is only temporary. So it becomes a modern reproduction, an “objet d’art” if you will. As with all art, it should be priced based on aesthetics and whatever similar items are selling for. There are people who buy these cards all the time, apparently knowing exactly what they are getting. In describing the item, I would advise that you avoid two terms: “rare” and “collectible” because inkjet-created cards are not rare, since they have a print run which is open-ended and can be easily reproduced by anyone. And, as mentioned above, they will not last long enough to be collectible.