Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Computer!

New computer arrived! Seems to be working. I am able to type and use the space bar without lagging the whole system. I have to get my scanner up and running on this one probably have to download some drivers. Will do that sometime this week. In the mean time here's some cards I received not too long ago.


These came in a PWE from Oscar over at All Trade Bait All the Time! He is on my list to hit back with hopefully in the next month or so. I need to put packages together and I owe too many people at once. I have some decent stuff to send (I think?) but if the packages aren't good let me know and I'll make them better. He is one of the handful of Dodger collectors out there. Really unpopular team..

By the way, MLB.tv is great. I have a smart tv and it's just one click of a button and you're watching any game (thats not blacked out). Really great idea.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Slow Computer

This computer I'm currently using has become almost unusable. It's gotten old and is basically falling apart on me. I did order a new computer so I'm just waiting for it to be shipped. I already backed up all my files on a jump drive. I hope to post more frequently when typing isn't a chore.

Hope everyone enjoyed the first week of the baseball season. Phillies are a solid 3-3. I can't complain taking 2 of 3 from the Nationals and one of them in a crazy 17 run outing. Also, that Angels come back was unbelievable. That's why Baseball is the best sport. There is no time limit, anything can happen.

Here's a few Ryan Howard's. I know he hasn't officially retired yet. There was a rumor that the Braves were interested but I kinda hope that doesn't happen. I can't cheer for the Braves. If he ends up an American League team later in the season it'd be much easier to still cheer for him and that team. No conflict of interest there with my Phillies fandom.



Can't wait for my new computer! Happy Baseball season! Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Purple Benny!

I did mention in a previous post that the wife and I made a Toys R Us run and cleaned them out of blisters. The biggest card we hit was easily this one:



And he smacked a 3-run homer today! The Opening Day purples are sharp this year. Probably planning on picking up a few more if I can.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Happy Opening day!

Or opening 3 games and the rest of the games on Monday. Phillies start at 4 o clock in the afternoon. I'll be at work but hopefully catch a bunch of it on the radio on the way home. Also, Happy start of Fantasy baseball season. I was already against Melancon, Bumgarner and Tanaka in my head to head league. Works for me! (Obviously tons of games to go for week 1 but I'm content with them not winning or getting a save and giving up runs on day 1)

Also, Wife and I took a trip to Toys R Us today. We cleaned out the blister packs of Opening day and Series 1. The Purple parallels look really nice. I'll get em scanned soon. Did manage to hit the Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada from Opening Day. The best from Series 1 was the Kris Bryant Purple. Always fun to chase those. 

It is weird that Ryan Howard is no longer on the Phillies. The true end of the Championship era. Not a single player left on the team.

About to watch this guy take on the Cardinals..

Pretty nice Archives rookie card of Javier Baez. It was given to me by a co-worker. He has an extremely niche collection (only Rookie gold cards of modern stars). He would love a Trout but I think they run in the 1000 range and he isn't willing to spend that.

Thanks for reading, Go Phillies!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 Topps Series 1

I'm late to the party since a whole bunch of other sets just got released. My wife bought me 2 blasters so we could see the new cards. One blaster I thought was really good. One not so great. The manu patch card things that are one per blaster look nice this year.

Pulled a soon to be Yankee regular Aaron Judge (at least I think he'll get a legit shot) and now injured Sonny Gray. He looked really good 2 years ago and then it kinda fell apart last year. Hopefully he puts it back together.

The 1987 set is pretty cool. One blaster had the Bregman, Benintendi and Glasnow. The other one had the three veterans. All good players obviously but the rookies is where its at in cards these days. 

The 1989 Topps Orel Hershisher was a nice buyback. I actually like the 5 Tool inserts. They remind me of 1995 Fleer and I was a big fan of that set. My only complaint is its hard to tell if you pulled a color parallel. Hit a couple golds but I went right by them in the packs until I went back to look for photo variations. I hope Chrome this year looks cool cause I am planning on buying a case of it and reviving my what's ina case?! series. I missed doing that the last 2 years.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Blog Bat Around

I remember when these were posted more often but Mr Nachos Grande posted a topic that seemed fun. Check it out:

http://fanofreds.blogspot.com/2017/03/blog-bat-around-whats-hardest-set-that.html

The topic being what is the hardest set that you personally completed or are working on. There's been some good responses regarding vintage sets which would be cool to complete now-a-days. My 'hardest' set is more of a modern flavor. I personally (with added help from the wife) completed a 2012 Topps Chrome Sepia Set. (on a side note Hobby Boxes are listed at 300 dollars a piece now! wow!) If you didn't know that year Sepia's are numbered out of 75. It's a 220 card set. It was difficult to track them all down and also kinda expensive. I pulled the Derek Jeter out of my case back in 2012 but not the Harper or Trout or some of the other big names.

Also, this topic gives me an excuse to post up my set!











Not the best photos. I should probably re-scan this set, but you guys get the idea. Not much 2012 Chrome gets busted at the insane price it is now. I might own the only set in the world!!! I've yet to see another one at least.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Minor League Frank!

I picked up this card a month or so ago. I just thought it was different and definitely one I did not have for the Big Hurt collection. The case is ridiculously huge though. Not sure why PSA decided to use such a huge case. It doesn't fit in my wall displays. I've yet to crack out anything from these cases cause I don't want to take a chance and ruin a card.

1988 Ballpark Cape Cod Frank Thomas! Also, Jeff Bagwell was on this team. Pretty stacked! On a side note I just passed the 800 mark on unique Frank Thomas cards! Pretty cool. Always looking for random stuff and appreciate all the cool cards people have sent me (all of my Frank's are in binders except the autos and relics and graded)

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Who wants 1990 Topps?!

Anyone? Anyone? Buehler? My wife decided she wanted the thrill of pulling a Frank Thomas No Name on Front. She purchased all 4 1990 Topps boxes from one dealer. (9 bucks a piece not a bad price). That's 36 packs in a box times 15 cards.. that's a lot of cards in 4 boxes. Unfortunately, no NNOF's to be found, but we did hit these...




Three Frank Thomas's, Five Ken Griffey Jr's, Three Sammy Sosa's and a Partridge in a pair-tree. All kidding aside, 3 Thomas's out of 4 boxes not bad! We now have 6 Regular ones, 1 NNOF and 1 Autographed (JSA Authenticated) from 1990 Topps.

If anyone is trying to complete a set or just wants a pile of them for some reason, let me know shoot me an address they can be had for the price of saying something! Also, if you're in the northeast stay warm! Spring was in February, so Winter is now in March, that's how it works.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Card show fun!

This past weekend my wife and I went to the Philly Show in King of Prussia. We went on Saturday because I wasn't able to get an autograph ticket for Carson Wentz (sold out real fast). The crowd seemed to be pretty strong and some new vendors. Lots of super expensive vintage and a decent amount of modern and a couple wax dealers with a nice selection. Saw one real cool piece (forgot to snap a pic) a Abraham Lincoln cut auto. The guy was advertising it for a future auction. (estimated between 5-10K for that piece).

The big card I was able to snag was this one..

1963 Topps Willie Stargell rookie. I really bought it for the John Hernstein, but regardless its a nice high number from that year. Obviously not in mint condition but very presentable card which is what I strive for in my vintage collection.

Also grabbed some 1966's for my Phillies team sets.

Inching closer to completion. After getting this done I have to go back and catalog what I'm missing of the multi team cards. I have a few but I'm sure I'm not complete. The ridiculously expensive Grant Jackson card comes to mind.

Have some more cool stuff to show in the next post.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Happy March!

We are already 2 months into the year! Time has flown by this year. The hot topic in this neck of the woods is how mad everyone is at the 76ers for lying to the fans and being general jerks in the process. Will Embiid ever be healthy and will Simmons turn into a superstar? Or will the 76ers be drafting top 5 for the next 15 years.. which seems more likely? There is almost no buzz around the Phillies.. tickets might be pretty cheap this year. I went to the home opener last year, not sure if I can make it this year though (it's 3 o clock on a Friday). My main PC Ryan Howard hasn't hooked on with a team yet. He may have to wait it out a bit and see if someone needs a DH slugger in the American League. I hope he gets to continue playing if he wants too. Probably not much fun being forced out of your chosen profession.

This relic is from 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen. This design is really sleek, just a plain piece of jersey but the rest of the card really pops.

I've made a list of people I owe cards too. I have about 12 packages to put together. Hoping to send some decent stuff since everyones been so generous. Also, have a large pile of cards next to me that I need to scan! Hope all is well with everyone.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Baseball is coming back!

I listen to Sports Talk Radio on my ride to and from work everyday. They are starting to interview baseball people down in Clearwater. It's nice to hear about young pitchers. Phillies have Nola, Eickhoff, Eflin and Valesquez. If some of those guys hit their ceilings they could actually have a pretty good rotation. No comment on the lineup, but that's a work in progress. Need some discipline and power and who knows maybe get some more wins then expected this year.

Opened my first batch of 2017 Topps Series 1 yesterday. My lovely wife gave them to me a Valentine's day present. They were a fun rip. Nothing earth shattering but a few cool inserts and the design is neat.

I caught myself wondering the other day if Alex Rodriguez has any true friends. He basically lied to everyone with the whole steriod scandal. Does anyone like him as a person anymore or are they just in it for his large amount of money?


Here is a card of him form 1995 Fleer back when he probably had real friends (please note this is all speculation and I do not read TMZ so I really don't know) 

Wonder how the Hall of Fame voters are going to treat him in 5 years. Does he even get 5% of the vote? 

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

I'm Slacking!

I haven't posted in too long. I appreciate the cards people have sent me. I am making a list of people I need to hit back. I don't have any of the new cards but plenty of other things to send! (I mean other cards not random household items like staplers) Not sure if you heard but the Patriots won the Super Bowl. They're decent, but I'm still an Eagles fan through and through. Spring Training starts up some time soon. I haven't seen any of the 2017 cards in person yet. Enjoying the breaks online though seems like most people are generally happy with the set.  The NFL also did their Hall of Fame voting. I'm surprised Terrell Davis got in since his career was so short. He was undoubtedly great before he tore his knee up but that was it. I guess that's the comparison to Gale Sayers but I didn't think he'd make it honestly. Terrell Owens and Brian Dawkins should get in sometime soon. As much as TO wasn't liked personally his football playing was more then Hall of Fame worthy. I've met both Owens and Dawkins at autograph signings. Owens was a bit of a diva but has a nice sig and Dawkins was beyond nice to every single person really makes you feel welcome.


 Speaking of In person autos here's a couple of former Phillies great Garry Maddox. Pretty cool. Big fan of 1985 Topps in general so it's neat to have this card signed.

Thanks for reading! Need to scan and post more!



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fleer Mystique

Way back in year 2000 (wow that was a long time ago now!) I opened a box of Fleer Mystique. I remember enjoying it so if I ever see one again for a reasonable price I would buy it. Only football boxes currently on ebay because of Brady. That QB guy or something.

Check out some of the fun inserts.

Shiny Cal Ripken Jr High Praise!


2 Supernaturals Mark McGwire and Nomar Garciaparra. I met Nomar at all star baseball weekend in Pheonix a few years ago. He was nice. He signed my baseball. "To Brad Go Team USA! Nomar Garciappara". Solid penmanship as well. It's a shame his wrist injuries really hurt his career. He was one of the best when he was in his prime. Everyone knows about McGwire, Took Andro hit a lot of home runs, probably won't make the Hall of Fame. Although his numbers besides Home Runs are very borderline in my opinion.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Football is almost over!

I didn't have any money on the 2 championship games but yet I still watched. In my opinion the games did not live up to the hype. Just straight blow outs. Packers forgot to show up and Steelers just looked over matched. I hope the Falcons knock off the Pats in the Super Bowl. Brady is already in the Hall of Fame he doesn't need another ring. Matt Ryan is fairly local to where I grew up so that'd be neat to see him win.

Completely unrelated card.. my Michael Jordan Baseball rookie!

He was a star rookie in Upper Deck's eyes! He never quite made it in baseball but he was pretty good at that other sport. Hope everyone won lots of money betting this weekend!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Gint A Cuff's Winners Box Conclusion

Sorry for the delay. I really got into the show 'The Man in the High Castle' the last few nights. Just finished Season 1, really interesting. Let's jump right into it.

Running Total: +90

Pack 20:

Jonathan Gray
Mike Piazza
Mike Lamb
Baseball Legends Ruth +1
Don Mattingly -1
Marcus Semien
Yordano Ventura
Jason Kipnis Regular back

Not much going on in this pack +0
Running Total: +90

Pack 21:

Masahiro Tanaka -1
Leigh Steinberg
Frankie Montas
Natural Wonders Aurora Borealis +2
Mark Teixiera -1
Nolan Arenado
Luis Severino
Ryan Braun

Another +0
Running Total: +90

Pack 22:

Skylar
Howie Kendrick
Carlos Gonzalez Relic +5
Jake Arrieta
Tyson Ross
Eric Hosmer
Regular back Andrew Heaney

Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +95

Pack 23:

Number's Game Eckerseley +2
Baseball Legends Ford +1
Rollie Fingers
Adam Jones
Brown
Anthony Anderson
James Shields
Clayton Kershaw +2

Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +100

Last pack!


Drew Storen
Victor Martinez
Gio Gonzalez
Robinson Cano
Chuck Klein
Castro
Numbers Game Jackie Robinson +2
Regular back Carl Yaz

Pack Total:+2
Running Total:+102

Not sure if I missed any points. It's ok though this one was just for fun. The 102 doesn't put me high on the leaderboard but if I ever rip the double rip card that'd be +24 which would vault this box into 5th place! Very nice for the Winner's Box. Can't wait for next year's contest!

Thanks for following along! Pitchers and Catchers Report February 23rd! (or thereabouts)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Gint A Cuffs Winner's Box Part 3 (Check it out Royals Fans!)

This year between me and my wife we opened 4 boxes of Ginter. She participated in Gint A Cuffs and finished in the middle of the pack. She also grabbed an extra box and opened it at the National to get some of the Topps Promo Packs. (I opened 2 Topps Chrome boxes at that time) (rather fun rip but I usually like Chrome so no surprise there) I bought one box at the national to open for Gint A Cuffs and then got this winner's box.

Running Total was +55 from the previous post.

I'm not going to beat around the bush on this post.. this was the big card that was hit in the box. 4 total boxes opened in this household. 2 out of the 4 boxes contained a double rip card...


Dawn Spacecraft
Anthony Rizzo +2
Trea Turner
Richie Shaffer
Rob Refsnyder -1
Double Rip Card Alex Gordon Salvador Perez +15 (I have not ripped this card as of this posting)

Pack Total: +16
Running Total: +71

Always fun to hit such a cool card.

Pack 14:

Joe Panik
Jacob DeGrom
Watney
Carlos Santana
Natural Wonders Mount Everest +2
Brad Miller
Numbers Game Chris Sale +2
Ferocious Felines Canadian Lynx +2

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +77

Pack 15:


Clayton Kershaw +2
Steele
Kole Calhoun
Corey Seager
Cole Hamels +2
Aroldis Chapman -1
Yu Darvish
Jose Quintana

Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +80

Pack 16:

Billy Burns
Carlos Correa
Vinny G
Dennis Eckersley
Adrian Beltre
Evan Gattis
Ryan Zimmerman
Matt Holliday

Pack Total: +0 (yikes)
Running Total: +80

Pack 17:

Manny Machado
Mike Francesca
Tom Glavine
Xander Bogaerts
Dexter Fowler
Glen Perkins
Numbers Game Eric Hosmer +2
Black Border Carlton Fisk +3

Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +85

Pack 18:

Colin Cowherd -1
Andre Dawson
Miguel Sano
Billy Hamilton
Chris Archer
Hector Rondom
Numbers Game Madison Bumgarner +2
Regular Mini Kris Bryant

Pack Total: +1
Running Total: +86

Pack 19:

Jake Odorizzi
Carlos Rodon
Aaron Nola +1
Natural Wonders Dead Sea +2
Greg Bird -1
Starling Marte
Jonny Gomes
US Mayors +2

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +90

Only 4 packs to go. Didn't get a ton of points besides the Double Rip card. I could have 24 more pts mininum if I ever decide to rip the card. Can't bring myself to do it though. Would probably feel better trading for a hard to find Phillies card with a Royals fan then ripping it myself. Who knows though! Maybe we'll crack 100 but no way I'm getting close to my winning score of 153.5.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Gint-A-Cuffs Winner's Box Part 2

Let's continue the reveal. Always fun to win! On a non baseball related note 3 of the 4 wild card games were not interesting. Currently watching the Packers-Giants, hopefully will come down to the wire. I have no dog in these fights just want to see some good action. I'm an Eagles fan, we have quite a rebuild. Hopefully the schedule won't be so bad next year (Eagles had the hardest schedule in the NFL this year) Maybe they'll get lucky and sneak into the playoffs next year.

Onto the next pack!

Pack 6:

Anthony Rendon
Carl Edwards Jr
Raiola
Max Kepler
Mike Moustakas
Kris Bryant
Numbers Game Correa +2
Subways and Streetcars Passenger Train +2

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +24

Pack 7:

Jason Kipnis
Jen Welter
Curtis Granderson
Joey Gallo
Jose Altuve
McCoy
Numbers Game Jake DeGrom +2
A&G Back Jorge Soler +2

Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +28

Pack 8:

Orlando Cepeda
Henry Owens
Justin Bour
Joey Votto +2
Mark Trumbo
George Springer
Numbers Game Willie Stargell +2
A&G Back Chris Sale +2

Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +34

Pack 9:

Nomar Garciaparra
Giancarlo Stanton
Paul Goldschmidt
Brandon Moss
Baseball Legends Johnny Bench +2
Brian McCann -1
Numbers Game David Price +2
A&G Back Raisel Iglesias +5 (number 325 shortprint)

Pack Total: +8
Running Total: +42

Pack 10:

Adam Eaton +2
John Lackey
Luis Gonzalez
Luis Severino -1
Natural Wonders Devil's Tower +2
Addison Russell
Numbers Game Willie Mays +2
Lureates of Peace Addams +2

Pack Total: +7
Running Total: +49

Pack 11:

McBeth
Justin Verlander
Nomar Mazara
Baseball Legends Hank Aaron +2
Zack Grienke
Alex Gordon
Nick Castellanos
Regular back Manny Machado

Pack Total: +2
Running Total: +51

Pack 12:

Colin Rea
Roberto Alomar
Kevin Pillar
Mike Trout
Todd Frazier
Steve Schirripa +1
Andy Pettite -1
SP Mini Steve Carlton +4

Pack Total: +4
Running Total:  +55

Halfway through the box. If it all averages out I'd be at +110 which this year isn't that bad. That would've put this box in the7-9 range overall. We shall see if the points hold true to the first half. Only one hit has been revealed although the nice short print minis were shown as well. What lays ahead in Gint A Cuffs!

Thanks for reading, stay tuned tomorrow for the next part!