Saturday, June 23, 2018

Longest Give-away ever

I have officially mailed the 5th package today. There was no rhyme or reason to the order. They were kinda heavy so I did 2 at a time and then mailed the last one this morning. My local post office has decent hours so that's nice. They open at 7 AM so I can typically get there before work if I have too. I hope the cards survive. I tried my best to package them pretty tight. Also, they are not in any semblance of order.. so have fun sorting and going through them!

This Ryan Howard card is supposedely out of 25 since its the red version. I grabbed it off of ebay since I didn't have one. Don't care that its graded but thats ok because I didn't pay the outrageous fees these days.

I had a thought to grade my entire 2012 Topps Sepia Chrome set. And then I looked at the cost. It would probably cost more to grade then it took my acquire all of the cards. I'll be happy looking at in a binder for the near future. Although would I get a PSA award for best modern set ( or something) if i went that route. Is that worth over a grand? Can you put a price on semi meaningless awards?!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Give-away has been Randomized!

All the cards are officially packaged up. My wife picked a random number to randomize. I have 5 large flat rate boxes to address and send. The top 5 are from random.org

List Randomizer

There were 8 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Stealing Home
  2. JWilden
  3. Jafronius
  4. Brett
  5. Chris
  6. Julie
  7. John
  8. Matt 

Congratulations Stealing Home, JWilden, Jafronius, Brett and Chris! Please email me your address (even if I already have it just want to make sure I don't mess these up) to brauer144@gmail.com

And since this is a baseball card blog.. look a card!

 A rare Gavin Floyd Ryan Howard dual autograph!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

I didn't forget still working on it!

Cards have been sorted out. My dining room table is currently a small mess. So far I have packaged up 2 large flat rates. I have to go by the post office and pick up a couple more. I have no idea whats in each. They will be random along with the 8 people that said they'd be cool with getting cards.

Wanted to show off this card..

Not sure if you can tell great by the scan this is a refractor. Apparently one of the short print refractors from 1994. I pulled it myself in a box a couple years ago. Pretty nice card.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Super quick update

I am almost done sorting out the cards then I am going to box them up and do the give-away. Have enough responses that I can give it all away. Not sure how many boxes they are going to fill though.

The Meadows card I posted a few posts ago is now SOLD! It's gone left positive feedback quite happy with the return but it was a fair deal overall.

Obligatory card:

One of my favorite Vintage cards. Still on the hunt for a Robin Roberts to pair with it!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Mega Box card and a give-away!

Hi Everyone in blog world. Brad is here again posting at your leisure. I recently acquired this pretty cool Bowman mega box card of Rhys Hoskins. There has been lots of talk on local radio about his May slump but I think he will be fine and start hitting the long ball again.

Super shiny..

I do like these cards. I've searched several targets this year and have yet to find any 2018 Bowman mega boxes. Worth a shot though. At least that's what I tell myself after wasting 5 minutes walking around target and not buying anything.

Ok.. onto the thing that most of you actually wanted to see. The potential giveaway. I've spent several days/hours this weekend going through my trade boxes (non hits) (my hits box is only one 800 count box that isn't full) I weeded out all the cards I don't want anymore to create space. It's a mixture of 80's 90s some early 2000's. I'm guesstimating around 10-15k cards. I am willing to give it away and pay the shipping costs. I did not pull hall of famers so plenty of good players in there. There is no Phillies cards cause the next project is to sort those and figure out what sort of doubles etc I have. If you are interested in receiving multiple flat rates from me for free please leave a comment. I'm asking nothing in return except enjoy the cards. If *no one* wants them then you will force me to go through and pull the hall of famers out and then I'll be recycling the rest.

Thanks for reading and I hope someone wants the enjoyment of a lot of cards! If multiple people want them I will random. I'm almost done sorting so you guys have a few days to comment and then I want to try and start boxing them up.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Rare Top Prospect card -- that actually made the majors!

As all of you readers know I am not a prospector. I enjoy watching and reading about the game but I don't have the time or the money to buy stashes of guys and then try and sell em all back into the world at the right time all while hoping to make some sort of profit and not lose 5k or whatever. I do like looking at other people's stashes though that's always interesting and sometimes they do  hit on the right guys just have to wonder how many random autos they have left over that are worth a buck or 2.

This is the card I am eluding too..


Austin Meadows Red auto out of 5 pulled by my wife at the 2016 National. I actually had this one graded not too long after and it came back in very nice condition. Considering we threw it in one of those COMC boxes without a penny sleeve (in hindsight not the best idea) during the national. Thankfully nothing bad happened to any of those cards. Even though this card was pulled from a pack I am trying to prospect it. It is definitely up for sale or trade if anyone has any interest. Regardless it's a pretty card and I wouldn't be overly upset if I ended up keeping it.

Also Austin Meadows is starting out well.

Through 3 games batting .455 with a HR and a SB. Clearly he's the next Mike Trout..

Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 14, 2018

It's my Birthday today!

I know I've been slacking in posting, but wanted to get something up today in honor of my Birthday! (how self serving I know) Regardless, I had already celebrated a few weeks ago by hosting a Phillies tailgate. Had a nice turnout as well 17 people came to the tailgate and 11 people were able to attend the game afterwards. Can't complain about that. Thankfully picked a good weekend. If I were to pick this weekend the game was literally rained out. My Wife and I ended up going to the game on Sunday to see DeGrom vs Nola. DeGrom lasted one inning because he threw 800 pitches (really over 40) but it seemed like 800 and somehow gave up no runs and no hits. It was a rather odd stat line. Nola looked decent, the Braves were getting mostly singles and he only gave up one big hit to Cespedes. All in all was a good time and the Phillies won!

This is an on-card auto of Ryan Howard from 2003 Diamond Kings. The picture cracks me up so I had to get this one. He looks genuinely annoyed that some pitcher decided to pitch inside to him! How dare they!

Anyway, hope everyone had a nice week and continues to enjoy life!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Another Rookie Auto!

This is my 3rd elite auto. I would love to have all 100 but some of them on ebay are priced kinda high (300+ dollars) I'm not willing to spend that unless I hit the lottery sometime in the near future.

I do like these cards though. Want to hoard them all! Side note, I'm currently watching Cobra Kai.. it's a lot better then I thought it was going to be. Go Phillies!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 27, 2018

A Wood like card!

This isn't quite the Trout wood mini (no longer in my possession) but this card does fit into get every card I can possibly get of the Phillies for semi reasonable prices. After some negotiating we came to a fair agreement and I was able to pick up this card.

None other then Bobby Abreu Triple Threads wood variation 1 of 1. The grade is kind of remarkable on these super thick cards. The auto grade isn't grade because it runs off the sticker but its still a bold auto without streaks so that doesn't really bother me. To put it into perspective the only other Triple Threads graded card I have didn't go so well.. (please note I did not pay for the grading fee on either card they were purchased that way)

Really awesome card.. but 6.5 ouch. Better off just admiring it in its natural form.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 23, 2018

An Ebay steal and a completed team set!

I was able to pick up the last card I needed for my 1993 Finest Refractor Phillies team set. I would check about three times a week if the Schilling would pop up at a reasonable price or for an open auction. I had bid hard on one but got sniped back in February. I bid 100 with 3 seconds left and it ended up at 118. Since then no new auctions hit until this one. The picture on this auction wasn't great. There was only 1 and you couldn't tell that the card had that refractor shine so you just had to trust the label. I stuck it on the ole watch list but was undecided on bidding. Near the end I decided to go for it and figured if it wasn't a refractor I'd just return it. I ended up winning it for 38 dollars! Massive discount from the last one.

Lo and Behold the shine!

Definitely a refractor! It's off center or whatever but the card looks great.

Here's the rest of the team set.

Pretty awesome to complete this. Never thought I'd own a single refractor of this set now I have 8! (the Phillies plus Frank Thomas). I've toyed around with going for the set but that would cost thousands and I just don't want to abandon my other pursuits for this one. I'll be content with getting all the Phils. Also 1993 was a fantastic year for the Phillies.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Some older cards!

I recently acquired one new old card and one old old card. I may have made up those distinctions. The new old card is new since it's new to me and new to my collection. The old old card is also technically new to me but it's a double but hey can't beat the price (free!!)

We'll start with the old old card:

Some of you may have heard of Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett. He had quite a good career but it was cut short due to eye issues. One of my mom's friends knows I collect cards and found a stack (about 100 cards) of 1985 Topps and just gave them to me. No McGwire or Clemens but the Puckett was hidden inside the stack!

I believe I spent 5 dollars for this card at the card show. I wanted a Dale Murphy rookie. He had quite a good career too just tailed off at the end. I personally think he is Hall of Fame worthy instead of the Hall of Very Good he is currently stuck in.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A few more for the PC!

I was able to snag a few more autos for the Ryan Howard PC! Pretty happy with these none of them are doubles and they look good.




They are all from 2004 and all numbered out of 100. The 2nd one really pops with the red background and the Phillies colors. I was looking at purchasing Phillies tickets today for some games and you can get outfield seats in the 8 to 10 dollar range. A beer at the park costs more and parking for that matter. Could be the weather it has not been particularly warm this April. I'm going to a couple games in the next few weeks. Always fun. I went to the Flyers playoff game with my wife. Had a good time at the game despite them losing. They played real well in the first period then got kinda housed by the Penguins the rest of the game.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A couple of old cards!

These cards were also picked up at the most recent Philly card show. Always a good time had by all (I do not truly know this but I want to believe it!) I was lucky enough to get a free autograph ticket for Bobby Shantz. I didn't have a card on me so I figured I'd find a decent card to get signed during the show.

I think I did well..

I chose to go with black cause I thought it would pop more. Mr. Shantz was super nice and personable to every single person. When I went up I asked if he remembered that year. He said 'Oh yes I remember it well, they spelled my name wrong on this card'. All in all a super positive experience.

Also grabbed this card of some HOF guy...

Since I finished my Topps 50s run, I decided to start going after the Bowman Phillies team sets (already have 1955). This will be a longer term project since the cards aren't cheap even for some of the commons. This copy of the card is super nice very clean.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Who wants "Rare" authenticated Dirt?!

Apparently I do! I actually really like the design of these cards and apparently they are pretty tough pulls in 2018 Topps Opening day. One in 1,772 packs according to cardboard connection. That's quite a tough pull. For 20 bucks I snagged this card off ebay.


It's authentic Game-used ballpark dirt. Doesn't say from which part of the Diamond or if some players slid into it at home plate. Or maybe its from the mound and some pitchers threw near it. Still a cool card as much as I poke fun at it.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

2 Cards from Bob Walk the Plank!

Many of you read and trade with our friend Matt over at Bob Walk the Plank! He writes an entertaining blog and actually posts regularly.. unlike some people. (alluding to myself) I have plenty of content just work is tiring. He was kind enough to add to my Ryan Howard collection out of the blue. I have a return package ready to go just need to get to the post office to send it off.


This patch is really nice. I never open Panini products so I wouldn't get one without purchasing or trading for it. Howard looks to be excited to be catching the ball in this picture.

  
This is obviously from Immaculate. One of Panini's high end boxes. They run roughly 200+ dollars a box. Kinda pricey! 

Thanks for the cards and I hope you like the return package once I send it!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

2 New Ryan Howard autos!

Recently there was a seller on ebay unloading a few rare and not so rare Ryan Howard autos. I think I went after all of them but unfortunately didn't win them all (no idea what the total price tag would've been if I won them all..) These 2 were my top 2 targets. Not sure if I overpaid but don't truly care because I wanted them for the PC. At last count including Balls and Bats and the like I now own over 50 Ryan Howard autographs. Pretty cool for us baseball card nerds!

As you can see the SP authentic numbered out of 10. This is the only one I've ever seen in ebay or in person and now it resides in my PC!

Really like the look of this Topps Finest auto. It's on card numbered out of 25 and the Red really works with the Phillies colors. Very pleased with the presentation. 

I'd prefer not to talk about Kapler attempting to bring someone in without anyone warming up. Just bad. 

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Baseball Season is upon us!

I'm super excited for Opening Day! Unfortunately the Phillies home opener lands on a day that there is no way I can make it, but I already have plans to attend 2 games in April. Hopefully they start off the season strong. I really like the Kingery signing. Such low risk money for huge potential. They bought out his arbitration years and then 3 option years of Free Agency. If he has any talent (and it sure seems like it) its a great contract for the Phillies and Kingery himself guaranteed his financial future. From what I heard on the radio (so obviously must be true) this is the first contract of this type for a player who has never played a game and wasn't on the 40 man roster. Jon Singleton got 10 million or so from the Astros but he was on the 40-man (also was traded to the Astros by the Philles).

To show some baseball card love here are my best Rhys Hoskins cards (I don't have very many been priced out of a lot of them)

This is the regular short print variation. I tried chasing the Super Short Print variation recently but it went for about 86 dollars and that was out of budget.

This is the base card. Honestly a way better picture then the short print.

Can't beat the shininess of this card. A recent card show pickup and looking on ebay I actually didn't overpay (imagine my surprise!) I really like the Silver pack cards this year. They really pop.

Thanks for reading! Go Phillies!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

1951 Bowman!

I recently started to go back and fill in the Bowman team sets for the Phillies from the 1950s. In my Topps run I did manage to complete 1955 Bowman (really like that set) but I neglected the earlier Bowman sets. I have the 1949 Bowman Richie Ashburn which is a big card but there are a few more key cards I need to acquire. Here is my start!





All of them in pretty decent shape. I'm thinking of getting them all in SGC Graded cases cause they look really nice in them. The Roberts is slightly lower graded because there is some staining on the back but nothing major. The Sawyer and Jimmy look real nice up close. Can't wait til I get all of these together and have them to display!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Cards and more from Dennis!

Work got a little crazy this week so I didn't have time to post but back at it! Priorities am I right?! I still have more card show purchases to show but I am long overdue in showing the generous package the Dennis over at Too Many Verlanders sent me. He actually sent to my old address and was patient enough to wait for the package to bounce back to him and then re-send. Much appreciated. I need to find something decent to send back.

All the Ryan Howard's were new additions. Always appreciate people looking out and finding numbered ones. It's hard for me to find them all! 

Look at that 2003 Bowman's Best auto rise! I now own 3 of them personally but I wasn't collecting in 2003 so I didn't pay the 350+ price tag. Howard finished with 382 Home Runs. Not too shabby. Definitely Phillies Hall of Fame worthy.

Everyone loves Dutch in Philadelphia. Very sad when he passed away from a brain tumor. He was extremely personable and would always take time out of his day to talk to people in public. I've never heard a negative word from him and the few times I've had a chance to meet him were all positive.

Look at all the big players at the Phanatic Birthday party! 

2006 was a good year for the Phillies. You could see the team starting to rise and the young talent really playing up to their capabilities. 

Mr Thome the Hall of Famer. Even though he blocked Ryan Howard for a couple years. (Thankfully they did not trade Howard for this reason) He was a huge signing for Philly. He was the guy they brought in when the new ballpark opened. It was a signal of the end of the last decade of losing and set them up on the right path to ultimately win a world series in 2008.

Thanks for reading and thank you for the thoughtful package!

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Couple more Rookies.. one future HOFer and one who knows?

I also was able to add a few more modern cards of rookies I wanted at the show. Paid basically fair prices. (25 for the Pujols, 20 for the Bryant) No crazy deal here but I didn't get ripped or anything. The Bryant enabled me to be done with 2015 Topps Chrome. I now have the 5 short print rookies and the Bryant Rookie. All I need is the Phillies team set but I'm not concerned about finding that. (Although no idea if some of you traded me some of them in 2015 I am not organized in my team sets for modern cards)

Without further introduction:

I believe this Pujols is considered the 'gold' one. Doesn't make a difference to me the card looks nice. His career has been quite remarkable. He should be a first ballot hall of famer.

I promise the Bryant isn't missing a edge. My scanner likes to crop sometimes. All the white specks on both scans are dust just ignore them. Bryant has had a real strong start to his career with an MVP and World Series ring. He's an exciting young player and I hope he keeps up the accolades and is one of the guys along with Harper, Machado, Trout that are the next generation of great players.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Franchise Rookie card!

According to Google that is his nickname! I was able to pick up this pretty cool rookie card at the show this past weekend. It adds to my other smaller PC of Hall of Fame Rookie cards!


I paid 70 dollars which I thought was a pretty decent deal already graded and authenticated.No real major flaws besides centering which is rather common in 1962 cards. No creases or anything like that. It will definitely look nice in my display case on the wall! This was actually my last purchase of the day. (Seller originally wanted 80 and we settled for 10 dollars less) I usually don't go crazy negotiating but usually if you ask or combine deals its easy to get 5 or 10 bucks off. If you do that for every deal that adds up to a free Lou Brock rookie card if you think about it! 

In his career he stole 938 bases and had 900 RBI's. That's an interesting stat anamoly. 

Also the Cubs traded him to the Cardinals 2 years into his career. What a mistake that was! Can't win them all.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Some Rookie cards! (Rhys Hoskins!)

I have yet to open any 2018 Topps Series 1. Not sure I will this year but that's ok. I have no plans to complete the set or anything like that. I was able to grab some of cards of none other then Rhys Hoskins! He's the new power potential on the team and hopefully he lives up to it. I've listened to several radio interviews and he seems to have a good head on his shoulders. With the pitching staff I don't think anyone is expecting great things from the Phillies but maybe the lineup can hit a little bit with Hoskins, Santana, Kingery, Crawford, Odubel and Altherr. Lineup at least has potential!

Here is the base card (dealer was kind enough to throw it in after we made a deal for the other 2 cards)


A nice action shot

This is the Short Print variation photo that fall about 1 per box or so (from what I've been told)

This card really pops! It's super shiny in the light and numbered out of 50. I actually paid under ebay from the in person dealer and considering I was too lazy to look it up when I was standing there I'm pretty proud I judged the current market correctly. Even if Hoskins isn't great (knock on wood) this card is very visually appealing.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more cool stuff!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Another Shiny card!!

I am officially one card away from completing the 1993 Topps Finest Refractor Phillies Team set. I am missing the most expensive one of course, Curt Schilling. I was able to snag this Daulton at a decent price. Maybe overpaid by a buck or 2 but no big deal. It's in nice shape and its shiny!

Check it out!


Went to the Philly show last weekend. It was a blast. Tons of cool things to look at and it was super crowded. Granted (if you didn't know) the Eagles won the super bowl and a lot of the players came out to sign autographs. It's always awesome to see so many sports fans and collectors in one spot. I just finished scanning what I got and some other stuff so I plan on posting in the coming days!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A little shiny .. 1993 Finest Refractor!

I've been actively trying to complete my 1993 Topps Finest Phillies Team set. Sometimes the cards are hard to find at a fair price (that being the key) Sure always 1 or 2 on ebay at ridiculous buy it nows. Have to wait to find a reasonable buy it now or an auction. Without further introduction one of the most beloved Phillies John Kruk. I met him last year at the Phillies cook off that they did before a home game. It was a blast and all the players were super friendly. He was there along with Dickie Noles, Tommy Greene and even Schmidt made an appearance. Also, of course the Phillie Phanatic. JC Romero randomly showed up as well even though he technically wasn't involved in the event I think. They had a charity auction as well. I threw some tickets in but didn't win anything but thats ok.. I still got this card off ebay!


One step closer to completing a fairly rare team set. Opinions from the readers. One of mine was bought graded (Dykstra PSA 8) Should I bother to get the rest graded. I don't think I have any 10s cause they seem to be historically hard on these cards but maybe a 9 probably 8's to my untrained eye. Or should I just topload and display? What makes more sense to you?

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

A Gaggle of Shortprints!

Nothing like a good word to start off the post. And Yes I do mean Gaggle! I recently decided I wanted some part of 2015 Topps Chrome. I figured the only cards worth paying for since boxes are outrageously priced because of Bryant are the Bryant Rookie and the 5 Short prints. There was no stated print run of course but based on my inexact science and research they fell 1 or 2 per case. I didn't feel like dealing with multiple sellers so I found someone with all of them for sale and just made an offer. Thankfully, no negotiation they took it! So based on that I probably overpaid a little haha! Oh well I got what I wanted. You know the ABC's of life..Always Be Collecting!

Check em out!

Obviously has started a bit slow in his career, but he has all the tools. I watched a good bit of Twins last year (mainly all of Ervin Santana's starts) and he really started to come in in the 2nd half. 

Can't say enough about this guy. Superstar in the making. 

Also, this guy if Correa is 1 he has to be 2 for budding young shortstops.

Gallo never saw a pitch he didn't like to swing at! But when he hits it it sure does go a long way. If he can learn to walk some I think he can be a solid regular in the Adam Dunn type mold. 

All the talent in the world when he's healthy. Had a nasty injury last year. Hopefully comes back strong, even though I'm a Phillies fan I never root for injuries.

Topps did a nice job picking the short print players. Not a true dud in there at the moment. All players in the majors and could all have good careers or even better!

Thanks for reading!