Monday, February 19, 2018

2017 Sapphire Team set

I not so recently picked up this Phillies team set off of ebay. I believe I paid 1 dollar a card including shipping. Considering the cost of the full set is roughly 1,500 dollars if I remember correctly. You are guaranteed 2 random superfractors and some other parallels. I don't know if people piecing out the sets ended up making money though. They are pretty cards though. I now have both the 2016 and 2017 Phillies team sets.

 I don't love the way Topps did color refractors last year, but the atomic look is always nice. I hope this year they do away with the swooping colors through the players. When opening packs I often overlooked the parallels cause I didn't think it was obvious. I do plan on cracking a case this year (gotta get in early with the pre sales since last year I waited too long) so I want Chrome to look good!

Thanks for reading and I highly recommend shopping around for your team set. Always deals to be had!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

2017 Topps Gallery Break

I picked up one of those collection boxes at Wal Mart a little bit ago. I knew the breaks were hit or miss. I liked the base cards for the most part and the break was pretty fun. Nothing crazy though.

 These were the numbered parallels that I pulled. Posey is obviously a good name. Brinson was traded for Christian Yelich recently. He should get a lot of chances in the majors this year.

The Lopez was in the first pack. I do like the colored borders. His auto doesn't go for much at the moment so I'll probably hold onto it. He does have potential though and the White Sox have a lot of young talent. Joe Musgrove has a ring he was in a lot of products last year.

Overall fun break but for 70 dollars the value wasn't there. I won't be buying more but at least the cards are well made.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!!!

As you may have heard the Eagles won the Super Bowl! It's been an exciting sports week. Obviously, it was a really great game and it was great to beat the Patriots all these years later. Also, this game marked the end of Football season.. so on to Baseball soon! I know the Phillies won't  be great again but who knows maybe they'll surprise. They have some hitters this year just need to see what the pitching can do!

I have no idea where some of my Eagles scans are so in lieu of that you get another former Philly Champion, Ryan Howard! This is one of the recent rookies I picked up cause it was a big hole in my collection. 2003 Donruss Elite is a sharp looking set. Now-a-days its a logo-less autograph fest if you're into that sort of thing.

Also, big week for Brian Dawkins. He gets in the Hall of Fame and then he gets a Super Bowl Ring (he consulted for the Eagles this year). One of the nicer sports people I've ever met.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Another Sweet RC pickup!

I recently bought this card from everyone's favorite consigner Probstein. We all know some of the auctions are shady with shilling and the like but every now and then you can find a good deal on a card. I picked this card up for about 12 dollars plus shipping. Very happy with the price, not too many of them out there in this condition! I dabble in grading sometimes but not nearly as much as other people. I've had my 1952 Topps Phillies Team Set PSA graded. They look nice in the slabs all together. I've had a couple of modern cards graded as well by BGS.

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So close to perfection! Don't know how I'd get an Edges grade up so I will not be cracking this one out. I obviously have this card raw, but now I also have 9.5 and 10 copies! Gooooo Brad's card collection!

Side note.. I'm a big Eagles fan (shocking I know) so I'm super excited for them being in the super bowl. Trying to logistically figure out if I can afford to go to. I need the ticket prices to come down and then I might be road tripping out there. Not a 100% certainty by any means but I think it'd be worth it for the experience. Either way I hope they win and I think they will!

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Saturday, January 20, 2018


I've gone on a mini buying spree in the new year. Nothing insanely expensive but just cards I've been looking for happen to pop up and at prices I can get them. Someone put this up on ebay for 70 dollars buy it now. I thought about it for about 20 seconds and then it was mine! More then happy to pay 70 bucks for any PC Superfractor (I've paid way more to complete my Topps Chrome rainbows!) I checked my Ryan Howard numbered cards and I don't have any of the other parallels. Maybe one day I'll find the red one (out of 5).

Without further introduction..

Just a very aesthetically pleasing card. This is now my 5th Ryan Howard Superfractor (2012, 2013 and 2014 Topps Chrome and 2007 Topps Finest auto). I'm very impressed with my collection if I must say so myself (seeing is how I am the sole writer of this humble blog I guess I have too) Anyways, this card is display worthy and will be joining it's superfractor friends on my wall display!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

A Rare Ryan Howard!

I'm still active on the singles scene (baseball cards only ladies, I am married). I was able to pick up this nice parallel. They don't come up too often and was happy to see it was an open auction. Was under 20 dollars. I was willing to pay more so glad there wasn't more bidders.

Check it out!

2011 Topps Heritage Chrome black. These are numbered out of 62. I opened a case of 2011 Topps Chrome back then and I recall only pulling 2 of these in the case. At 2 per case on average (I'm assuming) they aren't easy to come by. The rarest card I hit in that break is an Adam Dunn Printing plate if any Dunn supercollectors are out there and was wondering where that is.

Nice card!

Also, on another baseball related note I went through my checklists today from 1952-1969 Topps. Looks like I'm missing only 1 card to complete my Phillies run. I'll purchase it soon. Getting the multi team cards and the high numbers have taken several years since I do not have an unlimited budget. It's one of my favorite PC collections though, very fun to look at.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Topps Redemptions Received!

I recently re-signed up for the Topps redemption site. I know of all the horror stories with redemption's and the potential long waits, but I wanted the cards in hand. My Harper rookie auto took about 2 years. These took about 2 weeks! Crazy fast turn around and the card are nice.

Red Ink auto of Manny Machado. These are usually numbered out of 67 but this year they got numbered out of 25! One of my better hits of the year easily.

A blue ink Goldy auto. Always a fan of his and this is my first auto. He's such a solid player and doesn't get the recognition he deserves being in Arizona and not very boisterous. I watched probably 80 Diamondback games last year (I like fantasy baseball) and he was a beast all year. 

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