Sunday, August 13, 2017

A few discount blasters

Whenever we hit up the local big box store, I'm always on the lookout for discounted blasters from yester-year (still dreaming about finding 30 2011 Topps Update boxes) Got the itch to open some packs and had a good time doing it. Pulled some decent cards.


The mini's were really good in 2016 Gypsy Queen. Hit a Gold a silver a short print and a short print rainbow all in the one blaster box. Not much on the big cards besides a couple of inserts and Ryan Howard. 

  Really like the photos and feel of the cards of 2016 Stadium Club. Might consider a case or a couple boxes if the price is right. The Darvish is a big hit in retail 1 in 200 some odd packs so was pretty happy to get one. Like the design of the insert too.

The Fergie is a nice numbered blue parallel. Decent card; side note; I really liked 2012 Topps Archives and opened a good bit of it, I didn't really like when they jacked the price up for some movie autos and then created color parallels for no reason. I've never seen someone chase a 'rainbow' for this set. Obviously though I will open discounted blasters!

Thanks for checking me out! (not that way);

Just ordered my Ginter box for Gint-A-Cuffs! Should be here soon!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Huge PC Card.. Ryan Howard!

I recently picked up one of the bigger cards for the Ryan Howard PC in a while. Yes Bat Knobs are awesome but this card was a chase card for several years. I had missed out on one at auction and thankfully was able to negotiate with the seller on this one to get it to a price I was happy with. This card just does not pop up often so happy to have it finally in my Ryan Howard collection.

2003 Bowman Draft Gold out of 50!

Ignore the dust on my scanner the card is in really good shape. Don't know what it would grade but don't care because its not leaving my collection.

Side note.. not baseball card related.. My wife insists that in order to make pasta you have to wait for the water to boil then put the pasta in. I'm saying it doesn't matter, just throw the pasta in as soon as you put the stove on. What say you?!

Thanks for reading and settling our pasta debate!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sign up for Gint A Cuffs!

Yes I'm using this post to pimp Gint A Cuffs. CLICK ME!! I linked the blog right there <----.

and also yes if you follow my blog you know I am the 2 time defending champion. I would like some competition this year. (Clearly I am superior at picking random boxes or ordering them online better then other people)

My last 4 boxes of Ginter have yielded a Trout wood mini (win #1), Javier Baez boxtopper auto (winner's box 1), Kershaw/Maeda Dual rip card (win #2) and Salvador Perez/Eric Hosmer Dual Rip card (winner's box 2). Yes I opened 2 boxes last year and hit 2 dual rip cards (1 in 720 packs for those that don't keep wrappers next to them at all times with odds). Yes I like the word Yes! So Join and challenge me! Who knows, you might win! (but probably not, I plan on three peating)

Obligatory card picture..




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 Bowman Platinum Break

My wife was kind enough to stop at Wal Mart and check if there was any of the new Bowman Platinum. She was able to pick up 2 of the collector's boxes which guarantee 2 autos per box. 40 packs total. Was a fun rip. The base cards are rather shiny and the inserts are nice looking. I was pretty happy with the break overall...


 Four really solid autos. The Torres sells pretty well on ebay last I checked. Rosario is the Mets number one prospect. The Dalbec is numbered out of 25.


Didn't get a Judge Rookie Radar insert but did hit the Bellinger. The Torres Orange was the rarest card of the break at 1:1:100 packs! 

This was the only Judge of both boxes.The Moniak was flipped the wrong way in the pack and the first 3 times that happened it was the auto of the pack. When I saw it the first time I thought Topps forgot to put the auto on it. I was annoyed but I'd live. Then I pulled another auto and I went back and checked, it's the Rookie variation (roughly 1 in 165 packs!) I was pretty happy about that pull being a Phillies fan.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Found cards!!!!

I recently (year and a half ago ish) moved to a new place. We unpacked everything got the card room up and running (most importantly!) I thought I had all cards accounted for. I was super careful to not let anyone move my nice cards or touch even the not nice heavy ones. Recently, I was watching some random breaks online and saw there was Clayton Kershaw autograph. I was like oh yea I should have one of those. I went to the card room to look and could not find it anywhere. I spent part of my day off last week going through boxes wondering if I stuck it one of my many 800 count boxes that I have on the shelf. Unfortunately, I found nothing. I asked my lovely wife if she had any ideas. She informed me that there was one thing we had not unpacked. Some old VHS tapes down in the basement. I kind of dismissed it but she decided to go look and low and behold the cards were sitting in some Upper Deck tins in there!

Disaster Averted!

The card that started the search..


 A pretty nice Clayton Kershaw on-card Five Star auto. He is pitching lights out this year. Glad I was able to find my only auto of his. The prices keep going up.



Some other goodies. A 93 finest refractor of Mitch Williams (I now own 3 Phillies, Dykstra and Hollins are the other 2) I do want to complete the Phillies team set eventually. Or the whole set but don't know if I have the resources for that. I'd have to abandon my other PC's and solely focus on that. The Harper was a gift from a friend, really crazy thick card. The Konerko was a prize from Jaybarkerfan in one of his fun giveaways. The DiMaggio is a shortprint Legend from 2012 Topps. The Bench Relic I traded for a while ago and same with the Hoffman from another blogger. The triple threads I purchased on ebay cause I liked the sayings. The Brett is a double sided relic. 



Two Hall of Famers are one good player up top, Bill Buckner, Andre Dawson and Fergie Jenkins (numbered out of 25). A Jedd Gyorko rookie auto, he's now a regular player in St Louis. 

The Koufax, Bauer and Roark came from a random box break. The Jim Palmer silver signature was an ebay purchase. I suppose I liked singles from 2012 Topps Five Star. The Nelson Cruz is a nice diecut auto from 2012 Topps Chrome. Love that set. The best auto of all Chipi. Also the famous Jim Abbott and the still trying to get it completely together Tijuan Walker.

The collection is back to 'complete'. Every card accounted for thanks to the wife!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

2017 Topps Heritage Break

I bought this box at a card show back in early March. With the way 2017 wax prices have been wish I would've kept it sealed. I only paid 75 dollars and if I'm not mistaken these hobby boxes are now running in the 200 dollar range. Which is crazy if you ask me.

Only scanned the best stuff..

A Aaron Judge base rookie card. Gotta love how his stuff is driving up almost everything. Topps should offer boxes that guarantee no judge for half the price. My box hit was the Freeman relic. He's back from injury at least. Pujols and Segura are the chrome cards. The Correa is the action variation short print. (probably the best card in the box) Didn't do well at 75 but definitely would've been way more annoyed if I had paid 200! Cards themselves are nice though. I've broken a few more things in the past couple days. Some good stuff in my opinion!

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Some sweet autos!

It's cool when you're friends know you collect and like to get you random things. My best friend has seen my collection and likes to contribute from time to time. He knows all things Phillies are always welcome. Check out the autos he gave me!

Pretty sweet cards. Ricky Jordan, Roger McDowell, Aaron Rowand (pre broken nose), Mike Lieberthal, Ruben Amaro Jr and Tommy Greene. A who's who of 90's Phillies. Greene's auto is very appealing on the Pinnacle card. Ruben had a long run with the Phillies as a player and as a front office executive. He did bring a World Series and tried to bring many just didn't work out as planned. I like that he just wants to be in baseball and decided to take a job as the Red Sox first base coach. Shows he doesn't really care about titles just for the love the game. Also, he was very available to the media which was good and bad for him but the new regime barely gets in front of the media it seems. Should be a job requirement since all the fans pay their salaries one way or another.

Thanks for reading!