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Each month Upper Deck spotlights one of its hobby retailing partners and shares a few reasons why you need to visit their store. If you haven’t been to a card store lately and are in the New Mexico area, make sure to visit our Retailer of the Month.
Bubba’s Baseball Bullpen
8206 Menaul Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Open: 10:00AM-6:00PM Monday through Saturday
Jim Bennett owns and operates Bubba’s Baseball Bullpen in Albuquerque, New Mexico and collectors love visiting his shop. Jim was given the nickname “Bubba” in the service and he thought it sounded catchy for the name of his card shop. Visit Bubba’s Baseball Bullpen because they have great deals on boxes (old and new), supplies, Beckett price guides, figurines, novelty items, and individual cards. Jim also hosts a monthly trade night that you shouldn’t miss out on. It’s a great place to hang out and just talk sports!
He’s got a great selection of product and is always looking to help out his customers with completing sets. And more than anything, he seems to be getting a selection of hot product from most every sport these days. In the past month, collectors at his shop have pulled one-of-one cards of Cam Newton, Ryan Mallett and Ty Cobb to name a few. There was another pull of a dual autograph card numbered to just five copies of Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. With all these hot pulls Jim started looking at packs, especially those that had been left.
There’s an old saying that most collectors know, “Never leave a pack behind.” We frequently hear stories of collectors who left packs behind that held some really incredible cards. Well, with the high frequency of great hits being registered at Bubba’s, Jim took a look at a pack of 2011 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball that he said was just sitting on his shelf longer than normal, so he decided to open it.
“As I started to open it, I realized it was a booklet card so I knew I had something big,” explained Jim. “I shot out of my chair excited in anticipation of what it could be as there are some really unique booklet cards in the set. I paced back and forth for a minute and then looked at the front of the card and immediately saw the 1 of 1 marking. When I opened it up and realized it was a dual autographed cut signature card of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, my jaw dropped and I almost hit the floor. It doesn’t get much better than this!”
We agree Jim! Very Exciting! Jim is planning on selling the card through an auction service so stay tuned for more details on that. We are interested in seeing what a collectible this unique will sell for.