Jewish baseball collectors have the opportunity to add a new card featuring Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig to their collection.
The 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter release includes standard, autographed and limited edition Bud Selig cards.
Selig's card is number 300 in the base set. His autographed card is, somewhat ironically, #AGA-BS, part of the non-baseball autograph card portion of the set (a complete checklist of the Allen & Ginter series is available at CardboardConnection.com).
As with most modern card releases, numerous limited edition variations of the Selig cards exist.
These include miniature, black framed and a 1-of-1 mini "wooden" design varieties of the base cards. There is also a one-of-a-kind glossy card variation. Several different card backs are also available, in the style of vintage T206 tobacco cards, as are one-of-a-kind printing plate variations (cyan, magenta, yellow and black).
An autographed variation also exists. A red ink signature — the standard signature card (pictured right) is signed in blue ink — variation has a limited printing of 25 cards.
For a checklist of these cards, see Beckett.com.
The standard edition and regular autograph cards are readily available on eBay and Amazon.com. The base cards sell for $1-5, with standard autographed cards listing for $40-$80. Prices for the limited edition and variation cards vary widely, depending on the issue type's scarcity.
Unsigned Selig base cards are available in the Beckett Marketplace for less than a dollar. As of this posting, no Beckett Marketplace retailers are offering autographed cards.
Will you be buying the new Bud Selig cards? Do you have other Selig memorabilia in your Jewish baseball collection? Let JSC readers know by commenting below.
For a look at Selig's other cards and collectibles, read JewishSportsCollectibles.com's previous postings about the Commissioner, including this posting marking Selig's 20th anniversary in office.