Thursday, December 6, 2018

Ichiro and Pujols!

Ichiro officially retired this year. No doubt he will be elected into the Hall of Fame in five years. Pujols is still trucking along (I would be too for the money he's making) but clearly is not nearly as dominant as he was with the Cardinals. They will both be no doubter Hall of Famers.

I've been trying to grab some rookies of them since most aren't outlandishly priced and it fits into one of my side PCs. The same seller had both of these at the card show.


The back of this card also has Hideo Nomo which is pretty cool too. Graded GEM or whatever. I didn't buy them for the grades but I do like the protection of the cards.

This card is pretty sweet. Two future Hall of Famers on one card. I do like a good vintage rookie with 2 guys on it and besides the Trammell and Molitor on one card you'd be hard pressed to find 2 better players on a rookie card (maybe Nolan Ryan/Jerry Koosman?)

Thanks for responding on the puzzle debate. Most of the puzzles aren't worth framing. We did glue together a Disney one that's 2000 pieces but to get a custom frame is going to cost too much at this time. Just started playing a new (to us) game called Sequence. It's fun lots of strategy involved. I always enjoy those types of games.

Fantasy Football playoffs start this week for most leagues. Good luck to you if you're in it. I made playoffs in 2 out of 5 leagues. I was hoping for 3 but the game didn't break right last week oh well. Hoping to win at least 1 Championship that would be a successful season!

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

It's not jewelry, but it's Tiffany!

The Wife and I spent some time in Oaks PA this Saturday at the Card show. It's the same one they did at the Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia but due to renovations to that space they moved the show to Oaks. (They are only a few miles apart venue wise) Parking was crazy, there was a Beer fest, a gymnastics competition and a Coffee and Tea festival all going on as well at the same time. The show itself I thought was really good. Lots of different dealers and lots of things to see. Tons of vintage and unopened and modern, anything to suit your tastes. I didn't have a crazy budget for this one but still managed to snag some cool cards. Going to show them in different posts but figured I'd start with the most expensive card I bought. 

Spent 60 dollars for this beauty fish (Brian Regan joke). I now have the 1990 Topps Tiffany and 1990 Bowman added to the Frank Thomas collection. This card gives me currently 824 different Frank Thomas cards. Even though I have way more Ryan Howard relic and autos I believe my Thomas collection has more variety. Granted there is more years to collect Thomas and he has plenty of cards in newer issues as well. Still can't beat the classics. Always enjoy asking for prices on cards I can't afford. I saw a few 1952 Mantles as usual, PSA 1's were 9-10 thousand depending on how messed up they were. Nuts!

Unrelated note. Occasionally the wife likes to put together jigsaw puzzles. (I help but not really) Regardless the debate is this, after she completes them she doesn't take a picture or anything just looks at it for a second and then puts it back in the box and then donates them. I'm all for donating after finished but I think she should at least take a picture for keepsake. The jigsaw puzzles she does are either 1000 or 2000 pieces so they definitely aren't easy. The question is to picture or to not picture? What would you do?!

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Let Er Rip!

I have acquired my third rip card that is complete intact. I have debated ripping the one (Salvador Perez/Eric Hosmer double rip) I doubt I'd ever rip the Clayton Kershaw/Kenta Maeda double rip. This one is going straight to the Ryan Howard PC. These are hard to find so thankfully I was able to work out a price I could live with with the seller.

2015 Allen and Ginter rip card out of 25. Wonder how many are out there in tact. I'll at least always have 1!

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

2018 Topps Chrome Sapphire Phillies!

This is the third year of Topps Chrome Sapphire. The first 2 years Topps released them as full sets with guaranteed Superfractors and other parallels included. The cost was pretty high. If I remember correctly 1,500 at release and then came down some after that. I never had any designs of buying the whole set but I picked up just the Phillies base team set of both years. They are nice looking cards. This year Topps changed up the format and went with more of a box break with autos included. It 199 a box with 3 autos and 1 in 4 chance of a Superfractor. Seems like most of the breaks I saw provided some value. I just wanted the Phillies team set so I didn't buy any. I did manage to piece the Phillies team set together through a couple purchases.

Check em out!




Rhys Hoskins is really not that dusty, totally on my scanner. Sharp looking cards. They will fit right in with my other Sapphire Team sets. The most expensive card was the Hoskins (12.00). I have a decent rookie card collection of him and one auto at this point. Not trying to go overboard but I hope him and Harper power the Phillies for years to come (I may or may not have insider information on Harper.. (I do not))

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Topps Archive Blaster break!

I picked this up a while ago but I neglected to share with my many many devoted readers. For this I apologize, but I will make up for it by showing you the good cards now! I always like to check out the card aisle in Target and Wal Mart. In my area its really hit or miss though. Occasionally get lucky and get a good blaster to open but often nothing. Always on the lookout for the elusive 2011 Topps Update that was never put out! Have yet to have that happen though.

Here are the contents of this break:


Hit a couple Phillies and a future Phillie (Arrieta).

I was lucky enough to get a numbered card of the best on base percentage guy ever Carlos Santana (Gabe Kapler's words not mine).

Now that the Eagles officially suck again (Thank god they won last year) Harper mania is in full effect. I am totally on board overpaying a 26 year old superstar. If it brings them closer to a World Series and back into contention do it. No reason to wait, they have no payroll right now and the only guys making real money are on super short term deals.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Silky Smooth

I will say despite my infrequent posts my title game has gotten strong. The silky smooth moniker is relevant I promise. Work really gets in the way of my blogging lifestyle. Although if my blogging lifestyle paid me the same as work well then I wouldn't work haha!

Season is obviously over. The team with the best record in the regular season won the whole thing. Not overly surprising they were obviously very good. All the talk on the sportstalk radio around here is Harper or Machado. I have a sinking feeling that we aren't getting either. I would love both of course (hey not my money). The Sixers completely whiffed on everything this off season. The Phillies might too. Either way we still have Hoskins who I obviously like. The pitching has to take a step forward this year. Nola was a beast but after that it was just cross your fingers that they don't get blown up.

Check out this 'silk' card!

2012 Topps was a good year. Nice design good looking parallels. I have a few of these silk cards now and would not be opposed to adding more!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Couple new Howard's

I picked up a good bit of stuff in August. No idea why but everything I was looking for seemed to pop up in rapid succession. I don't think I bought a single card in September so funny how that works. Gotta keep grinding!

Check out some new Howard's!

A pretty cool Just Minors auto. This silver version is numbered out of 200. Look how young he is before his career got going. 

This is the color swap variation from 2013 Heritage.I had gone after this card several times before finally landing one. Always had a specific price in mind so I finally got it for what I wanted. Figured there was enough of them out there that I could be patient. 

Just a quick hello today. Hope people are enjoying the World Series and not everyone's Fantasy Football season is already done!

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