Sunday, October 19, 2014

Trade with Remember the Astrodome!

I recently completed my first trade with Remember the Astrodome! Shockingly, he is an Astros fan! I sent him all the hits I could find and he sent me back some cool stuff! Anyone who hits up my vintage want list, I like! In the last couple weeks I've knocked off over 100 cards from the 70s and 80s! Slowly chipping away from the Phillies team sets! I've had a lot of fun slowly building into these and look forward to the chase for the 60s cards!

Without further delay, here is the mentioned vintage!

1972 Topps was a good year for baseball cards. The design is very pleasing to the eye. Maybe after the Phillies quest is over, this set could be next! Who knows so many things I want to do! 

Two game used cards I didn't have! I really don't have many Roy Halladay hits at all! He will always be loved in Philly though. The guy was the man when he pitched. I did go to the game last year where he was honored to get his bobblehead and he gave a short speech before the game which was nice to see. The Topps Archives relics are hard to find sometimes. The autos were actually easier odds, go figure! Thanks for the trade, if I get some more Astros in the future will let you know!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Some More Ryan Howard's!

Cleaning up the old scan folder! Here's a nice SP from 2012 Topps (99 cents woo!)

This is quite a good photo. Ryan Howard in the batter's box with the heavy bar thing. A really nice background of Citizens Bank Park from the dugout vantage point.

This card is from 2009 and numbered out of 63! It's a now hard to find black parallel. I try and grab these as they are released because they tend to dry up in the market later.

Hope everyone is enjoying the playoffs. I have no rooting interest personally left.. so go underdog! I'd like to see the Royals win, they haven't won since the year I was born! Now that I'm old that's a long time haha! Anyways happy weekend, may the off season be fruitful for you!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I'm Back and a Trade!

I spent the last 5 days on the West Coast visiting my brother and attending a wedding. It was a really fun time but it's always nice to come back and sleep in your own bed! The blog light is officially back on! I wanted to share a trade that happened before I went on vacation.

The trade was completed with Sports Card Mask a Rade! He has gotten a line on a guy lately with a ton of relics and autos and cool stuff. I believe I sent him some Ginter or maybe some Chrome (don't honestly remember) and he responded in kind with some Phillies!

A nice smorgasbord of recent releases. I didn't have any Prizm or Donruss so nice to see those Phils in the package. The Hamels is one of those White retail parallels with the raised up frames. Very nice looking card. 

I like the retail Orange Parallels. They look pretty sharp. Mr Hamels had quite a good year for the Phillies. I know they have to rebuild but I still would like to see him pitch here, gives a good reason to go to the ballpark and watch a game! Hopefully, Lee will bounce back from his injury an become the guy he has been the last couple of years.

Thanks for the trade and thanks for reading!

Looking forward to posting over the next couple of weeks!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Some gold..!

Ryan Howard's of course! One's a diecut that is from the Golden Giveaway. I'd been looking for one of these for a while and finally one came up for auction and not buy it now! Got it way cheap! I never hit any cards from the Golden Giveaway. I didn't even attempt the Chase thing they had this year (I think that was this year)

I will say these cards are nice in person! Bold look!

This card is from America's Pastime by Panini. I didn't personally break any of it but I was able to snag this nice gold one! Nice airbrush on the helmet but overall nice looking card. Very classic look.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Little bit of Nostalgia!

The year was 1993. Topps Finest packs were out of my price range (I was 8 years old!). I didn't yet start my POG selling business so I had no money. I really really wanted a 1993 Finest Refractor. I would look at Beckett (remember when Beckett was semi relevant pre-ebay) and marvel at the insane prices of the Frank Thomas, Ken Griffey Jr and Cal Ripken Jr refractors. I would daydream of the one pack and the huge payday I'd get and retire and become a multimillionaire on the spot! Good times!

Although I was able to procure a Frank Thomas refractor last year (which is awesome), this little bit of nostalgia comes from last year's Topps Finest.

Low and Behold the Ryan Howard if he played in 1993 refractor!

This refractor is numbered out of 25. The ones in 1993, I believe the estimated print run was 241 copies. (No numbers were officially released but thank god for math nerds!) I waited patiently for this card, in the beginning the prices were outrageous because there was a few set collectors with deep pockets going after these. (The Trout went for over 1K!) Eventually, it came up for auction with a 99 cent opening and I was able to snag it for much cheaper then previous! Yay deals!

The MLB playoffs, even though the Phillies are out, have been quite entertaining so far. Hope the good games keep happening, lots of fun to watch!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Philly Show Recap!

I usually split this into several posts, but usually no one reads the last couple! (or maybe one of you) So.. I decided to put my thoughts and pickups into one post. My budget was undetermined up until right before the show. I went to the casino that week and won some money and that was my budget! We (Fiance and I) decided to go vintage heavy and maybe pick up some modern if it was something that caught our eye. We did well sticking to the plan.

I didn't get anyone's autograph in person. Roy Halladay had quite a line. It wasn't cheap though (99 dollars without inscription). It was cool to see him and Jim Bunning sitting one table over. Also, Hollis Thomas (former Eagles DT) was broadcasting on the radio (he is a massive human being).

Check out some of the stuff!

This is an auto from 2006 Topps Turkey Red. I wasn't collecting in those years so its always nice to get cards from them. What sold me on it is the On Cardness of it. I've gotten more picky with my Howard pickups lately and thats one of the deal breakers (unless extremely rare). Also, now I am up to over 90 Autos/Relics of Ryan Howard! Almost to triple digits! 

1964 Topps! Here comes the vintage focus. We took out a good chunk from 1964, Over 20 cards! 

1965 Topps! Another awesome set! (One day hope to get all of them) And a 1963 snuck in there as well!

Two 1957 cards, a couple high number 1961's (these are tough to find apparently) and a bunch of 1962's!

Overall, had a great time. Saw the usual dealers and some new faces. Always a ton of vintage and pre-war at this show. Also, the Frank Thomas NNOF does exist. I was able to see one in person for the first time in my life. Shame I didn't hit the jackpot at the casino to pay for that one.

We completed the 1957 Topps and 1963 Topps Phillies team sets! One card away from 1961 and real close on 62. Next show is in December. Not sure which day we will be attending (Sat or Sun) but we should be going regardless!

Made 2 box purchases as well (haven't scanned the cards yet) 2 boxes of 1989 Fleer. Hit 2 Griffey Rookies! Money in the bank!

After the show hung out with some friends and hit up mainline restaurant week. Delicious!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Trade with Sandlot Cards!

I recently completed my 2nd trade with The Sandlot! He is a Mets collector and has a nice Piazza collection. I sent him a bunch of chrome Mets from the case and he was able to help me out with some needs and include some cool stuff!

These are Dog Cigarette cards from the 1930s! Pretty awesome! These are the oldest cards currently in my collection. I don't personally own a dog but I like animals as much as the next person!

Nothing like an extremely well loved Jim Bunning! Saw him in person on Saturday! The 1971 Topps Phillies team set card is much appreciated and in quite nice condition. 

Here's a few of the freebie's that were thrown in. I like Pat the Bat, maybe when I no longer get Ryan Howard cards I'll go after rare Pat Burrell's. Who knows!?

Thanks for the trade and thanks for reading!