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.

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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!

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.

Thanks for reading!

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.

Thanks for reading!

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.

Check it out!

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.

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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.

Thanks for reading!

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. 

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Cards from Bo!

I recently completed a trade with Bo.. check out his Blog, Baseball Cards come to Life! He is a regular poster and a good read. It was more of a blind trade. He said he had some Phillies cards set aside for a trade that did not happen. I was happy to send a bunch of cards over to him and he returned in kind. It was a massive stack of Phillies cards and he hit up a bunch of my set want lists. It's been a long time since I was able to knock off 2002 Upper Deck Vintage off the list. One day I will complete that set.

This is an oversized card from 1984. Back when Pete Rose didn't gamble on baseball and people liked him.

I really like the 1993 Topps Gold Morandini. It's a nice action shot and the 1993 Phillies were a great team. 

Some more nice Phillies cards. I just picked out 18 that I thought were scan worthy. Now I have to figure out my organization for all the cards I have. I have a few 800 count and 2500 count boxes full of mostly unsorted Phillies cards. There's a lot out there. One day I will organize it all. I'm mostly organized through the 70s (still working on those sets) but the 80s are tough and the 90s are crazy with all the releases. 

As always thanks for the trade and thanks for reading!