Thursday, August 16, 2018

2014 Topps Chrome Plate!

I've been fairly active on ebay picking up some odds and ends and some rare cards when they pop up. One such purchase is this one of one (four?) printing plate from 2014 Topps Chrome. For those of you that follow the blog and for those of you just stopping by I collect Ryan Howard and have a couple of rainbows including the 2014 Topps Chrome one. (including the Superfractor) I've yet to complete all of the plates but one day!

Pretty nice Yellow printing plate. I've only personally pulled 2 plates myself in all my years of ripping packs. A Adam Dunn from 2011 Topps Chrome and a McCutchen mini plate from Ginter (since traded) (still have the Dunn if anyone out there is a supercollector).












I suppose this is my 13th plate. Never really kept track cause I don't always actively seek them. On my way to becoming a Ryan Howard print shop one day!

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

A rare relic -- 2017 Topps Opening Day

I opened a bunch of blister packs for the purples Opening day a while back from 2017. I actually hit a pretty rare card. These relics fall 1 in 525 packs and there is only 10 in the checklist.

 Verlander is having another great season. Seems like he really turned it on after being traded to the Astros. I wonder if he'll make the Hall of Fame if he adds to his MVP resume.

Here are some of the other pulls from the packs. Always enjoy the mascot cards and some of the rookie cards from yesteryear.



The original plan was to sell a few of these. So far I've sold exactly 1 card from the bunch. The purples do look nice though. Not sure what's going to happen to that parallel without Toys R Us anymore.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A little bit of Heritage

I didn't break much heritage this year due to the price point (roughly 130 a box). I didn't feel the risk out weighed the reward. I don't mind losing money on a box because that's life but it does bother me a little bit if I spend well over 100 dollars for a product and get maybe 20 dollars in value out of it. I don't sell very many cards so most of my gains are unrealized gains for you accounting and finance people but I like having a collection that's fun to look at and holds a little bit of value. (In fact I have sold exactly 3 cards in the last 3 years) (I should probably sell a little more just to clear some stuff, nothing huge dollar) Anyway fun side factoid about me. My wife always jokes after I get big hit I tell her how much the card is worth and the very next sentence is that its PC so it doesn't matter. I think nostalgia usually wins out when I pull something big.

I didn't pull anything too big in this break..




This Stanton card is actually really tiny. It's the retail exclusive insert.

Three short prints and some inserts. It's a shame Judge broke his wrist. I am not a Yankees fan but I think he's good for baseball. He brings people to the seats to watch.

Excuse my scanner for chopping the card off but this was the hit of the break! A chrome (numbered out of 999) Corey Kluber. He's having a real solid season again for the Indians.

Also picked this up for cheap so I didn't have to chase the cards down..


The Phillies team set! Including the base Hoskins rookie of course. I have the Heritage Action (got that for 28 shipped) which so far I've yet to see it go cheaper so very pleased with the price. If Heritage wasn't so expensive because of Ohtani I would've been a buyer of a few boxes. It really is a fun break in my opinion and the cards are quality.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Phillies Gold!

A while back a seller was unloading their collection of gold cards from various Topps releases through the 2000s. The prices were reasonable (a quarter a piece if I remember correctly). I requested all the Phillies and got all the Phillies! Life lesson kids, if you want something say something, no one can read minds. Although that would be a cool super power to have. Read minds selectively, invisibility on and off and maybe super strength with flying. Just spit balling here.

Here's some gold




Pretty nice cross section of players. I do like the gold cards they pop out nicely and usually aren't very expensive. I still need to pick up the Hoskins from this year. I'll get around to it at some point.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Purple Rhys!

I wanted to make sure I got the Hoskins rookie purple from Toys R Us, since Toys R Us is no more. Not to happy in general about it being no more. Hedge funds suck at running businesses. I will never forgive Cerberus for destroying Chrysler but that's a story for another day.

Rhys has had quite a nice run after the All Star Break. Seven home runs in 8 games! He's batting like the way he should and can. I hope he emerges as the next big Phillies star along with Nola. It would be great if the Phillies made it to the playoffs and built up to a World Series in the next year or two.

Pretty nice parallels in general. I wasn't able to find any packs before the whole bankruptcy thing so I had to buy it secondary. I still have quite a few purple parallels from 2013 Topps. That year the Wife and I hit up several Toys R Us's over a weekend and opened like 70 blister packs or so. It was fun. Sold a few but still have a ton of parallels left. (including 2 Trout's!) Last one sold for 50 bucks on ebay not bad!

Thanks for reading! Go Phillies!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A little bit of Action!

I picked these up on blowout from 2 different sellers. I like to peruse the buy/sell/trade and occasionally come across some cards I want. Haven't had any problems buying there. I've sold 2 cards there and had no issues there and have made 2 trades as well without issue. (One of them netted a Ryan Howard superfractor) All in all a good experience in that regard. The Nola was in a lot for 15 dollars that included an auto and most dealers at the show I was just at was pricing this 1 card at 15 so I think it was a really good deal. The Hoskins was 28 delivered. I've yet to see it priced below that on ebay or anywhere else for that matter. Very happy with the purchase.


Hoskins has started off nicely after the All Star break. I was happy to see he did well in the Home Run Derby even if he lost in the 2nd round. Hitting 20 Home Runs in 4 minutes is still impressive. Nola was the starting pitcher for the 16 inning marathon the Phillies had last night. I actually went to bed in the beginning of the 15th inning so I didn't see the end when it happened. Go figure, either way I'm glad they won cause they had such a quick turn around to play again at 12:35. It's gotta be demoralizing to lose like that after such a long game. Carried that momentum into the next game and won the series against the Dodgers. I hope the Phillies make some positive moves at the trade deadline. It would be real  nice to see some playoff baseball. The division is wide open with the way that Nationals are playing and the Braves are a young team.

Thanks for reading and Go Phils!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

2018 Stadium Club Box Break!

On the way out of the Chantilly Show we decided to pick up a box. Even if we didn't hit anything big the pictures and cards in Stadium Club are usually top notch. This was a fun break and I may consider picking up multiple boxes in the future if it's in the budget.

Onto the cards..

These were all the parallels in the box. The Sonny Gray is the Chrome that is 1 per box and I was happy to hit the Frank Thomas for the PC.

These were the inserts that were perfectly collated. Always nice to hit a Hoskins and a decent pair of Astros.

Got my promised 2 autographs. Just he base autos of Jack Flaherty and Tzu Wei Lin.I know Flaherty has been decent this year and should be staying in that Cardinals rotation.I know nothing about Lin though, hope he's good!


The Beam Team Insert are 1 per box. Happened to get Jeter. The Hank Aaron Black and White parallel are 1 in 48 packs. Pretty cool to hit a legend the card looks great.

The next 2 were the big hits!


2 Case hits based on pack odds.Pretty cool to hit in 1 box. The Trout Instavision falls 1 in 321 packs! The Seager Gold Minted Chrome fall 1 in 257 packs! Pretty solid out of 1 box! Probably came close to making my money back on the box if I sold it all but I don't plan too. The Trout card really pops.

Overall very fun break and the buy in wasn't crazy (paid 69 dollars). I'm sure people can get lucky and hit a really good autograph but even without hitting a big name auto the break can be good.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Chantilly Show Part 2 of 2!

This post is reserved to show off the 2 biggest non-card pickups of the day (come to think of it the only 2 non card pick ups) but I digress they are both awesome in their own right. My Wife and I have been working on getting some In Person Eagles autographs for a lithograph that I happened to get for free kinda randomly. I really liked the picture and thought it would look cool to get signed by each player. My wife was immediately on board and the quest began. One elusive signer was Jevon Kearse. He didn't play for the Eagles for a long time but he was always a fan favorite wherever he would go. His skills were undeniable he just had some unlucky injuries after signing with the team.

I will say this he was super super nice to everyone. Very impressed. I shook his hand (I'm about 5'10" normal-ish size) his hand was literally three times bigger then mine. I also asked him what it was like to play for the Eagles. He said Jim Johnson (Former Defensive Coordinator for those that don't follow the Eagles) was crazy. He would have him drop into coverage and the scheme to him was so much different then his Titans days. Even in my limited time to get my item signed he took the time to do it nice and added an inscription for free! Also he wasn't outrageously priced (45 dollars).

Check out the Lithograph, have 1 to go.. Corey Simon.. if you know him please let me know!

First here is me watching Kearse sign it and chatting with him. His shirt is awesome too.

The Terrell Owens auto is there just a little darker pen, but Kearse, Dawkins, Westbrook and McNabb all look good. Only 1 left!!! It's been a fun project and everyone has been nice even TO (he wore sunglasses indoors the entire time) 

I eluded to 2 items. The 2nd item is just cool, not something you see everyday. My wife spotted it at the card show but the price tag was a little high. I gave her some tips on negotiation she used none of them and still got the price she wanted. Way to go! 

That's me next to an 8 foot banner of Ryan Howard that was hung outside Citizens Bank Park on the light poles. We are now the proud owner of this banner. We haven't decided wear to hang it yet, many good ideas include using it as a window blocker in the card room, putting it in between the dining room and kitchen like a curtain, using it as a window shade for one of the front windows.

What other good ideas do you have to hang the banner? And who wants to help me stalk Corey Simon for an autograph.. (half joking!)

Thanks for reading and hopefully enjoying my stories!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Chantilly show Part 1 of 2 (lots of scans)

Hope everyone enjoyed my fanfest recap below. I enjoyed writing it. It was fun to think about what we just did and relive the experiences. The plan was always to go to the card show afterwards. Thankfully I am good at making plans so it all worked out. I booked a hotel room through work since it was cheaper and had no issues checking in or anything. Love the lack of hassles. This show was a considerably larger space then the King of Prussia show I typically go to. Some of the dealers were the same but a lot were different. The diversity of things in the room was pretty darn good. There was high high end all the way down to 10 cent boxes to dig through if you wanted. Also, tons of cool pictures and memorabilia to look at even if you aren't in the market (I need more wall space!)

Let's start with the card portion for part 1. I have diverse tastes from vintage to modern so I'm always on the lookout for a good deal or anything that catches my eye. Ended up buying 1 big card and a lot of little(r) cards.

We can start with the Rhys Hoskins portion of the show. I was able to bolster my Rookie Card collection. There is tons of variety out there. I really like the Bowman Sterling atomic refractor look. Very visually appealing cards.

From the same seller..

He had a bunch of Phillies in a dollar bin. Always love grabbing nice parallels for a buck. He ended up only asking 6 dollars for these 9 so I actually paid less. The Cliff Lee is numbered out of 25 and I'm a sucker for Topps Chrome Phillies parallels. I'll buy all of them at that price point.


Picked up these 3 cards in a 3 for 10 bin. The AJ Pollock auto is nice and on-card and of course 2 Phillies relics I didn't have so simple easy purchase.



One Jimmy is the refractor and one is the base. It was nice to grab both at the same time. The Franco (still a Phillies player for now) was just a cool looking die-cut insert. I realized I didn't have the Nola base rookie so I added it to the pile. Maybe Conforto will come back better next year when his shoulder issue is further behind him and that card will be more appealing on both sides.


A trio of future Hall of Famers. Figured I'd get the rookies now before they hit the Hall. Spent 20 on the Pujols didn't know if I overpaid but looking at ebay comps that's pretty in line. Got the Beltre and Ichiro in a package deal so their portion of the deal was 7.50 a piece which I thought was pretty reasonable.


The Phillies only current all-star. I like his auto its actually legible and these are all on-card rookie autos. I paid 10 a piece which was fair.

Also grabbed one more High Tek Auto. These cards are great in hand. This was the Phillies 1st overall pick Moniak. Paid 20 bucks. Small investment for sure but I didn't have an auto of his. Hopefully he pans out and makes it to the majors.

One super random card I grabbed for 5 dollars. Why not? Its Topps Tiffany and the picture is great.


Two more actual Hall of Famers. Last show I went too I bought the Dale Murphy rookie by mistake instead of the Dawson. Ended up buying the Dawson (12 dollars) from the same guy. It was an honest mistake I grabbed the wrong card. The Reggie feels good to add to the collection (scanner chopped off the border) It's not in perfect condition but it cost me all of 15 dollars! I didn't get it from a dealer. I was doing a deal for one of the Nola autos and this person next to me offered me 2 more Nola Autos and let me look through his other cards. He has the 2001 Bowman Chrome auto of Pujols. Was pretty awesome to hold that card in person. He sold me the Reggie Jackson, Ichiro, Beltre and 2 Nola Autos for 60 total. 

Last but not least, my most expensive purchase of the day.

A beautiful triple auto of Ryan Howard, Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols. This card really pops in hand. I might've overpaid by a little but I don't care, it was worth it. Don't often see triple autos from 2010 off of the internet. It was a good feeling to get a high end card of Howard from the show.

Side note, saw a person and a dealer do a 10,500 dollar deal with high end football cards. Also, saw a 1951 Bowman Mantle PSA 3(MK) sell for 3,100. This 3 with the mark looked way worse then my 2. I'm happy it sold for so much! The first dealer I went too had a rookie I was interested in, pulled out Beckett showed me the mark on the card and then quoted me the book value percentage. I politely declined and walked away. I'm glad the day went way better after that. Didn't really hit the Phillies 50s want list but thats ok I had fun hunting and finding other things.

Also, on the way out had some extra cash so bought a 2018 Stadium club box.It was a fun rip and cards are super nice. I will show the results in a future post.

Thanks for reading, stay tuned for Part 2 when we get the auto we've been hunting for 3 years!