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.

Thanks for reading!

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!

Thanks for reading!

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!

Thanks for reading!

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!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ryan Howard Rookie auto!

Been slow on posting. I know, busy month, but I did get in a new Ryan Howard for the ole PC. I'm still on the lookout for the rare stuff and anything that catches my eye. This is my 2nd copy of this particular card. The other one is BGS graded, just need a raw copy to complete the 'set'. (full disclosure I bought these graded did not send them in myself)

Numbered 49 out of 100. Solid auto of his. I wonder if he had Bowman Chrome autos what they would've gone for back in the day. He went nuts his rookie season and won the ROY. Aaron Judge is basically a shoe in for ROY (right?) and hes prices have gone insane. I've been enjoying this baseball season as a whole. Lots of good players to watch even with Trout out.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


I recently picked up this fun card for my wife. She is a avid squirrel card collector. If my count is correct she is now up to 3 different cards. Still searching for the ever elusive 2012 Topps Squirrel card for a reasonable price (there's a few ridiculous buy it nows). What I like about this 2015 version is that it's actually a Phillies card!

Look at the one lady ducking and the one exuberant young man taking a quick photo. Lots to see in this card. The guy in the red hat missed his chance at fame because something else besides the Squirrel caught his attention. I've always wanted to be in the background of a semi prominent base card (not too prominent I value my privacy and I would obviously be way too famous if it was a prominent card). Also, I would like to sit directly behind the dugout, those are some swank seats. I'm more of a Upper Deck baseball fan when I go to the stadium. I like 400 level behind home plate, can see the whole field with a good view of the beautiful Philly skyline.

Enjoy Squirrels, hope they don't eat all of your bird feeders!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A long foreshadowing post..

Since I'm such an astute writer. I did some foreshadowing in my previous post. I showed a pretty sweet Bat Knob that I had picked up a few years ago. Little did you know that I recently picked up another one! I have not 1, but 2 Bat Knobs in my Ryan Howard collection! I could, in theory, if I became a woodworker, build 2 brand new bats with these as the base of them.

It was surprisingly easy to install the scanner software on my new system. I should've done it a while ago my bad.

Without further delay here is my new Bat Knob!

Despite the no logo on the helmet it's a fetching card. I like the character of the knob itself. Clearly got some use from Howard and has his number written on the bottom. Now I have a horizontal version and a vertical version. I need the elusive diagonal version and the set will be complete.

Thanks for reading! Maybe one day the Phillies will be fun to watch again!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Going through the old scan folder..

Just perusing the old scan folder. I feel like some of these cards are underappreciated. I just picked up a nice Ryan Howard PC piece but I have not gotten my scanner up and running yet. I'm pretty busy this weekend (as I'm sure most people are since its the long weekend) but I want to get that done this week. I have a bunch of new things to scan and some old things.

Here is the card I was talking about..

A real sleek looking bat knob. I remember when these were first hitting the market and the prices were way out of my league. Thankfully they have come down to more manageable levels for non Hall of  Fame or vintagey players. I'm sure a Ty Cobb or whatever bat knob commands quite a premium.

Hope everyone enjoys the long weekend, hope the weather stays nice as well!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Because I want too..

Mic Drop...

Still excited to own the centerpiece of any Big Hurt collection!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Some stuff

Not the most creative title. Just showing off some random stuff.

I bought this card for a dollar when I was about 10 or so. It was in one of those local mall shows that rarely happen anymore. Still have the card all these years later. I'm have this card, the Mantle and the Phillies team set. One day I'll complete the rest of 1955 Bowman. One of my favorite vintage sets.

Check out the power on this card. Bo Jackson, Ruben Sierra and Mark McGwire. As far as I know Bo never took steroids but he destroyed his hip playing football. I watched that 30 for 30 on him and they showed how his entire hip popped out and he just kind of kept running. Sierra who knows, but McGwire "Let's not talk about the past" all but admitted he took quite a bit of Andro to hit all those home runs. I enjoyed 1998 as much as the next guy but it's a shame the way its looked back on now even though it really brought back baseball after the 1994 strike.

A Phillies great 1969 Topps Richie Allen. He had quite a solid career. In 1996 he received 18% of the hall of fame vote.Good enough to get a mention in the Hall of Very good, just not quite good enough to get into Cooperstown. His most similar hitter is one of the Killer B's, Lance Berkman. According to baseball reference his highest yearly salary was 200K a year. Thats less then the league mininum now. Crazy!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

My Ryan Howard Top Ten

I was perusing the blogosphere and came across Collecting Cutch's latest contest.. show off your top ten cards of your favorite player. As regular readers of this blog and everyone I talk too in any situation (grocery store cashiers love me, trust me) I PC Ryan Howard and Frank Thomas. Huge fan of The Big Hurt from the 90s and Ryan Howard was my favorite Phillies player of the Championship era that just ended. Since this is a Phillies blog we will be showing my top ten for Mr. Howard. (He was invited to my wedding but not sure if he got the invitation)

Without further delay..


From Topps Marequee the Titanic Threads Auto. Always was a fan of this set even though most of the swatches (all?) are plain. I like the look of the cards. It took me a while to track down this low numbered one and ultimately purchase it on ebay.


I have almost every parallel from 2012 Topps Museum Collection. I have to take inventory again but I might just be missing a couple one of ones and that's it. This patch was very elusive. I remember it hitting right after release and the person wanted 500 or best offer. Way way out of my price range. I decided to just watch it for a while. It disappeared off ebay and then finally came back but with just a straight auction. I believe I picked it up in the 60 dollar range. I way way overbid to make sure no one could snipe me at the last second.


This my only Howard super auto. I traded a 2012 Topps Chrome Ichiro photo variation for it. Pulled the Ichiro in my case in 2012 and turned it into a Ryan Howard Super.. no complaints there!


Just love the look of these Triple Threads cards. The big patch windows and overall visual appeal of the card. Very well done and looks nice in the card room.


Ryan Howard's "Best" rookie auto. I believe at the peak of his hype after his MVP season this was well over a 1,000 dollar card. Thankfully I did not buy it back then. I got it a much more reasonable price. No Ryan Howard collection is complete without this rookie auto!


My first ever rainbow completion ended with this card. (I got the whole rainbow graded after the fact). This was my big foray into really collecting a player. It was real fun tracking all the cards down and getting them all.


I'm counting this as one card. It's my 2012 Triple Threads Ruby 'set'. All 3 1/1's for the saying's he had in this set. The patches are very colorful. '198 Homers in 4 Yrs' '.313 58 149 2nd Season' and of course his nickname 'The Big Piece'. Never thought I'd see all 3 let alone be in position to acquire all 3.


My one and only bat knob card in my collection from Topps Tier one. Very well done cards and always a conversation starter.


My one and only bat nameplate card. It's real cool his whole name is in the window and easily one of my favorite Museum Collection cards in general. This card is super thick.

Last but not least my personal #1--

Yes this is one of 4 superfractors I own of Howard, but this one was 2 straight years of searching until it surfaced. I had every other parallel fairly easily except this one. It popped up on ebay one day before I was set to leave on my honeymoon with my lovely wife. It was up for auction but I didn't have time for that so I messaged the guy on ebay and offered him a more then fair sum. We agreed on the amount but he wanted gift and to take the purchase off ebay. (all big red flags I know) I vetted his feed back (all looked solid) and just said screw it and went for it. I gifted him the money and just hoped he was an honest person. I asked him to hold the card while I was away. I emailed him after the honeymoon and then he mailed the card to me. No problems or hiccups!

I will say it was fun going through my Ryan Howard scans to pick out 10 cards. I had picked out about 20 then had to narrow it down.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Shiny reprint!

I was reading through some of my old posts the other night. I sure did use a lot of exclamation points! Also, I was rich and had a steady stream of cards coming in. The stream of cards has stopped to a point. I still happily buy/sell/trade like any collector but just not as frequently. I am purposely saving up to buy a case of Topps Chrome this year so I can continue my 'What's in a Case' series. I always had fun writing that up and going box by box and giving my little breakdown. I've even occasionally hit some really cool cards.

The shiny reprint title refers to this card...

Don't remember if it was me or my brother that pulled this in a pack. Regardless it is in my possession currently. These were tough inserts in the 90s. Currently someone has a set on ebay of all 36 reprints for 60 dollars starting bid (not my auction nor do I know the person). Also, I have no idea if that's a fair price or not. This was in the 90s when I never dreamed I would actually own any Mantle card let alone 19 of them.

So far I'm enjoying baseball season. Been watching a lot of and there's been a lot of good storylines. The super stars Harper and Trout are doing their thing and the unknowns like Eric Thames are being ridiculous. Always fun! Already have tickets to go to 2 games this year and planning on at least 2 more!

Thanks for reading!

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, 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:

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!