Thursday, June 20, 2019

Some 'older' inserts

I hate to call these old inserts, cause then that means I'm old and I don't feel old so I'm not old. Solid logic there. I always enjoy a good late 90's early 2000's insert set. I feel the creativity in the industry really ramped up because of all the competition and everyone was trying to stay relevant (also wow did they print a lot of cards!) Some rarities still hold value but most of the cards did not. Made getting back into collecting all that much more fun to pick up cards that were expensive back then and are not now.

Check out these inserts!

Upper Deck Ionix Mark McGwire and Greg Maddux Pyrotechnics inserts. I remember opening this box back when it came out and enjoying it. There are lots of different cool inserts and the cards have a nice stock to them.

What are your favorite 'old' insert sets?

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

A Plate for Printing!

I don't specifically collect plates but I have quite a few Ryan Howard ones from random purchases through the years. I do like when the picture still looks good and isn't all ink stained up from the printing process. I think this one qualifies as nice.

This is the 2016 Topps Chrome Cyan Printing Plate. I do not have the superfractor of this year. It has been on ebay since 2016 for 400 dollars and I am just not willing to pull the trigger on the over spend. I have overpaid for Superfractors in the past but that was when it was the last card needed for a rainbow. I would still be several cards away from a rainbow in this case. Unless I hit the lottery, in which case I already have a plan to buy every single Ryan Howard card on ebay because who cares about price at that point. That mail day would be epic!

Thanks for reading, let's not talk about the game today (Braves won 15-1 yikes)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A sweet Orange Hoskins!

I picked this card up in an Inception auto lot. I figured I'd pay about what I paid for the Hoskins anyway so the other cards were just bonus. I plan on eventually selling or trading off the other cards since they don't fit my collection but some of them are pretty nice with the patches and the autos. I love the look of inception just box prices these days price me out so singles buying has been my thing lately. Always on the lookout for a fun or good deal but not too disappointed when I deem everything is overpriced. Pre-sales are crazy these days. I would love to continue my What's in a Case series with Topps Chrome but I haven't been able to budget a case in each year at this current rate. (I've hit some good cards out of these cases!)

Anyway /end rant, Here is the card this post is about.

A low numbered (9 of 10) Hoskins Patch auto. I know it's not his rookie patch auto but that's ok. It's one of those really visually pleasing cards that will stay in the collection a long time. I've been selective about which Hoskins autos I pick up and I am now up to 6 autos of his. Pretty solid! The most expensive one is the blue auto I showed in the previous post since it's Bowman and the cheapest one is probably the Bowman Tek one (although I love the look of those cards).

Thanks for reading, maybe another HR derby at the Phillies ballpark tonight!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Dark blue... light blue!

I recently picked up this rare-ish Ryan Howard card. Last year I saw with my wife Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness in concert (formerly Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin lead singer) It was a fun show and this card is blue so it totally ties into one his hit songs. Work with me on this I'm a sports card blogger.

The tape is on the top loader. It's the 2003 Bowman's Best Rookie Relic with the cool Phillies logo stamped into it. Based on odds these were 1 in 22 boxes and apparently only 10 of each player. Don't know how accurate that is but they do not come available very often. I actually paid less for the red one that I have which is twice as rare. Both of them look nice next to each other.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

BIG trade for me!

As all of you that read these parts of the internet know I collect Phillies mainly but have side PCs of Ryan Howard, Frank Thomas and a growing one of Rhys Hoskins. (I'm trying to be selective on that PC but it's still fun to find some gems)

I recently completed a higher end trade on blowout cards. I've traded a couple times on there and haven't had any issues. Also, have traded 100s of times on here and maybe have had 1 or 2 problems but nothing crazy. I got ripped off once as a youngster when I did Magic cards online. Don't worry guy I memorized your name and address. Anyways onto happier things.

Maybe I lost a little on total value but I don't care I traded 2 non PC cards for a card I plan on keeping.

I gave up this...

I pulled these personally myself back in 2013 and they basically sat in a box for along time until I saw the Yelich go from a 20 dollar card to a 300ish dollar card. Figure strike while the iron is hot. 

Ignore the dust, I'm terrible at cleaning my scanner. Its a clean card. A sweet on-card blue auto of Rhys Hoskins! Super psyched to get this into the PC. I rarely if ever open bowman (the occasional retail here or there) so the odds of me getting this card were very low and I didn't want to buy it off ebay for the asking prices. Very happy with the trade! I don't feel that anyone lost the deal but even if the Yelich turns into higher value doesn't matter since I'm keeping this card. 

Thanks for reading and Go Phillies!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Quick Post!

Was busier then anticipated this week. Hopefully some things slow down with the upcoming holiday weekend. Just wanted to share this card that I've had in my scanned folder for a while.

2007 Topps Black Ryan Howard, Adam Dunn and Carlos Delgado. The who's who of Home Run hitters that year. I still think Delgado should get more consideration for the Hall of Fame. He was fun to watch. Dunn was your classic 3 outcome hitter. Howard of course was the greatest player of all time (there is no bias in that statement).

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bowman's Best!

Bowman's Best has been around a while. It is usually a nice looking set just doesn't have the crazy re-sale value that regular Bowman has. Anyone else see that Wander Franco red auto go for 22,500? He basically needs to be Mike Trout to make money on that right? If only I hit the powerball, I probably still wouldn't buy that but I would get other cool stuff.

Unrelated note, played my first volleyball match tonight. We won all 3 games, solid first showing. It was fun, I like volleyball.

Onto more card related pickups. This card rarely comes up on ebay and I probably overpaid but I don't care, might be years before I see another one.

I like the Phillies logo on the relic, but what makes this card rare is that this is a blue variation. For this set there was base blue and red. The Blue variations fell roughly 1 in every 22 boxes, the red's were twice as rare. I now have 1 of each!

I know I teased a big trade, but I haven't had time to scan this week. I will do it soon though!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Some Heritage cards!

The wife picked up some heritage packs from one of those box things. It was a fun break but got nothing crazy. Can't win them all. Did get a little lucky and hit a couple PC cards.

The Cesar is the Chrome out of 999. Shiny cards, although they basically curled directly out of the pack. Hopefully the top loader straightens them out. The other 2 Chrome cards were both Zach Wheeler. The one out of 999 and the one out of 568 (I could be wrong about that number card is currently upstairs). It was nice to hit the lower parallel.

The Rhys Hoskins is the action variation. I was quite happy to hit that card since I was probably going to buy it anyway. I have both action variations now.

Excuse the Guinea Pig hair, I scanned that a while ago. He will hopefully have a bunch more action variations in each subsequent year. It will be cool to put a nice looking 'set' together.

Teaser for next post, I made a 'high-end' trade and ended up with a pretty nice card!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Red white and BLUE!

Notice that I capitalized the word blue in my subject line. The reason being this card is Blue but also Red and White! But mainly Blue.Without further adieu I present a pretty nice Topps Chrome Blue refractor.

Excuse my scanner picking up all the dust on it. Too lazy to re-scan. Regardless look at that sweet swing. Hoskins is offically on all 3 of my fantasy teams. I had him in my keeper and drafted him in the 3rd in one draft. Stupidly I passed on him in my last draft so I remedied that by trading Justin Verlander for him a couple days ago. All is right in the world now that I can cheer for him and everything he does helps on multiple levels. Also he has a cool dog named Rookie on instagram.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Harper's First Phillies card!

Those sneaky people at Topps snuck in an unannounced short print into 2019 Bowman. When I first saw the Harper card I of course had to get one. I don't count the Topps Now card as his first Phillies card because it's not pack issued. To me, this is the first officially released Harper Phillies card. I know hes in a bit of a slump right now but he'll break out and even with him in a slump the team is playing ok. I've been to 3 games so far this year and am planning on 1 more this month and a few more beyond that. The stadium is crowded and fun to attend again. For the record I still attended when barely anyone showed up but it wasn't as exciting.

It doesn't hurt that the picture on this card is a nice shot. Solid hitting pose ready to blast the ball into the stands (or swing really hard and miss haha)

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

2 Hanger Heritage high box break (massive hit alert!)

I had a Modell's gift card for 50 dollars that I had won at Fantasy Fest last year. I drunkenly threw a nerf football into a trash can and whoever sponsored that booth (pretty sure it was a car dealership) gave me a gift card. Fantasy Fest is an event thats happened the last few years towards the end of summer held down  by the stadiums at Xfinity live and they have different activities and sports people show up. It's pretty cool (and free!). For those that don't know Modell's is just a local sporting goods store. I went to one on my lunch break cause I wanted to buy a volleyball for the upcoming season. (I am captain of my team, we should be decent this year) Anyway, at Modell's near the checkout they had 2 Heritage High hanger boxes so I grabbed those and a bunch of hockey cards. I left those. Grabbed one other thing which I will show later.

I opened the first box and got nothing crazy but as I was free rolling due to my exceptional Nerf skills I was not upset.

The Miggy was the big hit in the first box. I do like the decal edges though. I now have that one and the Ohtani rookie. Gotta give Greg Holland a shout out. He had some major arm issues and seems to have gotten right this year and has had a really great start this year with Arizona.

Here is the big hit in the 2nd one. I gotta admit I saw the redemption blue and got a little excited. I was hoping for a big big name but it's cool pretty happy to hit a rare card.

Met starting shortstop Amed Rosario Auto Relic (from what I understand these are numbered out of 25) The odds on the box say 1:6,763 boxes!! Craziness! Couldn't believe a random hanger in a sporting goods store had such a rare card in it. I haven't redeemed it yet since it isn't a Phillies player so is there is a Met fan out there that wants to trade or buy I will be open to it.

Thanks for reading! What's your best retail hit? I think this is mine. I've hit some big hobby cards but usually not anything this rare out of retail. I did hit a numbered Austin hays auto from Topps Chrome which is nice but not nearly as rare as this.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Cards from Too Many Verlanders!

My trade posting and trading has really slowed down since I moved. It's not for lack of want just lack of reaching out and doing it. I feel like I have too many random cards unsorted and it annoys me. I want to have a more succinct want list (although my current want list isn't bad just missing a ton of Phillies cards just no idea which ones)

I finally hit my man back Too Many Verlanders with a return package. It was a long time coming and I hope he likes what I picked out.

He was kind enough to send me a stack of numbered cards.

A whole lot of Moments and Milestones. I know that set has like a billion parallels but one day I will get all the Ryan Howards (or not, if I were you bet the not) but I'll try! The Triple Threads base cards are pretty cool and Sepia parallel. Love me some Sepias (for those that don't know my greatest set achievement is a full 2012 Topps Chrome Sepia set, will have to re-post that in the future)

Thanks for the cards and as always thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

A Modern Day Masterpiece!

Happy Holiday weekend to everyone. Hope a slow work week up ahead (yea right). As I sit in my living room watching Top Gun (a classic) I thought why not post on my amazing baseball card blog. I have a few cards I need to scan this week some cool some not so cool but all cool to me so cool. (new record for using the word cool in one sentence)

This is the master piece.. from Upper Deck Masterpieces!

Numbered out of 50 the black parallel. This was when Upper Deck produced really nice looking cards. I wouldn't mind a type of set with these nice canvas looking cards coming out again. Might have to go back and buy some of these old boxes just to get a few more of these cards in the collection.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the week!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Called up!

Odubel Herrera is injured which is unfortunate due to his hamstring strain. He will be back at some point but this guy who is also often injured is getting called up!

Roman Quinn! The known speedster. He doesn't have a lot of power but boy can he run! I like the Topps Chrome on-card auto looks. they are typically nice cards and tend to age well. I picked this card up at the last card show I went for about 2 dollars. Figured thats fair to get my first Quinn auto.

Thanks for reading and Go Phillies!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Some Purple Cards!

Before Toys R Us went by the wayside.(still kinda sad about that) They were grossly mismanaged but that's a discussion for another day. Anyway, sometimes the Wife and I would make runs around Toys R Us in the area strictly to buy the blister packs with the loose purple parallels.

Here are the parallels we got from 2017 Opening Day.

The best in this bunch are the Yoan Moncada rookie and the Gary Sanchez. Moncada might be worth something now that he's starting to play like a decent player for the White Sox. He had some crazy hype that was just too much to live up to right away. 

The Yelich is a nice hit. He has been really good at Baseball the last couple years. Last year won the MVP and deserved it and starting off really strong this year. 

George Springer is a good player. He's a guy I would not mind having on the Phillies (probably won't happen but I would be ok with him starting in Center over Odubel) Arenado yea he's ok, the regular 30 HR 130 RBI machine.

These parellels are pretty nice and shiny out of Opening Day. I always say that I plan on selling them just rarely get around to it. Pretty sure I only sold 1 card out of this bunch (not shown Andrew Benintendi) Well if anyone wants to buy or trade for any that's fine, if not no big deal I'll keep them.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

A little bit of Belly!

Gotta  give some props to a guy who did not have a great post season or regular season for that matter last year and is coming out of the gates hot. He looks like he changed his swing and is seeing the ball much better through the zone in the early going. His numbers agree with me hitting 6 HR's in the first week and some change. (no I am not talking about Mike Trout, he only has 5 HR's!)

Some rookie cards of Bellinger...

A base Bowman Chrome!

The Bowman Platinum base card!

The crown jewel of my modest Bellinger Rookie card collection. The Heritage High mini numbered out of 100 (pulled from a hanger pack way back when). Always appreciate some good offense. He is a young guy too, many more HR's to come.

The Phillies bullpen didn't blow the game today! Hoskins carried the offense with the big 2-run HR but him and Harpers On Base Percentage are over .500 which is obviously very good.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Fun first week!

Baseball is buzzing again in Philly. Even with the basketball playoffs about to begin with Simmons and Embiid everyone is talking Harper and the Phillies. Even though they lost today in brutal fashion, the offense has been hitting. Scoring 8 runs and losing is more on the pitching and defense then the bats. Harper has started strong obviously and I would love to see him stay hot as long as possible. My fantasy teams have been up and down, but it's a long season, I'll just coach them up (come on Trout hit some home runs!)

I picked this card up at the last card show. Yes I already had 1 but I'm a sucker for Frank Thomas Rookie Cards. I have a few of them. Can never go wrong with adding to The Big Hurt collection!

Also picked up this nice on-card Jim Bunning auto. Only my 2nd auto of his but I liked the look of the card and wanted a nice auto to add to the Phillies PC. Also, pretty sure I paid like 8 dollars for it so yea I was going to buy it regardless if I needed it or not.

Going to another Phillies game next week, looking forward to it!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Opening Day Review!

Or re-hash more then a review. My friend and I went to Phillies Opening Day again! This year was awesome. The place was packed and the crowd was really into it. We arrived around 11:45ish and parked in the K lot at the Linc (where the Eagles play) under the solar panels. The lot is directly across the street from the stadium. We brought some adult beverages and had hoagies for food. Didn't really feel like dealing with charcoal to put the whole grilling together. Hoagies are always delicious and a nice alternative. Two other friends met up with us since they live close by and hung out for a bit before the game. They went into Xfinity live to watch after tailgating. (For those that don't know Xfinity is a bunch of restaurants and bars in the parking lot of the Wachovia Center, they show games on a massive screen and everyone can watch)

We headed into the game around 2:15, the line to get in was insane. The metal detectors really slow the pace down.

All the lines were open but there is such a mass of people everyone is in line but no one is really in line correctly. They should hire me to fix this problem.

We were able to get in before the first pitch thankfully. We did miss the guy parachuting in though but that's ok.

This is Aaron Nola warming up. We were sitting 3rd base side (obviously) in the upper deck. Good view of the field so no complaints there.

This was Harper taking a pitch in his first at-bat. For his first at bat everyone stood up the whole time which doesn't happen too often for an at-bat in the first inning of a game. He grounded out to first base and then everyone clapped for him. Never seen that before at a baseball game. By the third at bat some yahoo behind me was yelling to trade him. Gotta love Philly.

Overall view from our seats.

My guy Hoskins in his first at bat. I didn't get a picture right before he cranked that Grand Slam!

Had an amazing time at the game. The weather was great, people were genuinely excited. Nola pitched great like most of last year. McCutchen started the game off with a bang when he hit that HR right away. Some inebriated fellow behind us went nuts and kept yelling that he had 1,500 dollars on the game. Quite amusing. I didn't see any fan incidents or anything bad at all.

Side note, this was only the 2nd Grand Slam I have ever seen a person. Last time I saw one live was in High school against the Dodgers when none other then Travis Lee hit it. I remember the game well because Gary Sheffield almost got tossed for arguing with the umpires.

Did some digging, found the box score to that game!

Travis Lee hit it off of Eric Gagne!

My drought of not seeing a Grand Slam is over!

Thanks for reading, cheers to many more games and Phillies wins this year!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Day before Opening Day!

Super psyched for tomorrow! The real season begins! Spring is in the air! (despite it being cold) I'm currently watching a documentary called Fastball and the first scene has Justin Verlander talking about baseball! I have my last fantasy draft tonight at 9 pm, all the injury news is out. Some insignificant (sorry Steven Souza Jr, sucks professionally and I would not wish that on you but for fantasy purposes doesn't matter) some significant (Francisco Lindor, hurt again! Might not be his year?) All I know is I'm a big Phillies fan and I already have Harper and Hoskins on 1 team and Hoskins on another, so double reasons to cheer for my own team!

I'll be going down to the stadium for the first game. I hope its buzzing like it was in 2008. Everyone hanging on every pitch and goes crazy when good things happen.

Also from a card point of view, I'm super interested in getting a Harper auto in a Phillies uniform. I was debating selling my USA one (not the Topps Chrome black) to fund paying for a Phillies uniform one. Or I'll just get a Phillies uniform one and keep the other 2. I collect like that.

 I was able to snag the Hoskins RC image variation for under 20 dollars. Pretty happy about that and the picture is fun.

Can't wait to watch this guy!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

A 3-Pack of Nola!

I've been on a Nola kick lately. I've amassed a few autographs some rare some not so rare but he always signs with a nice signature. He obviously is currently the ace of the pitching staff and is the Opening Day starter. Harper is seemingly getting it rolling in spring training. I hope he has his timing down when the season starts in FIVE days! I did my first fantasy draft before the Japan Series. I had 12th pick which is fine. I ended up getting Harper, Judge, Hoskins and Carrasco as my top 4 picks. I wanted Judge or Harper and when they both fell I said screw it and took both.

Here are the trio of autos I picked up at the last show.

This is a sticker auto but its a nice Rookie card auto from Bowman Platinum.

These Strata autos are really sharp. The window around the auto is acetate. 

I really liked the look of this auto. The red on red make it pop quite nice.

Pretty happy with the 3 pickups. Excited for the upcoming season. Even happier the Phillies signed Harper now seeing that every single player is signing an extension before hitting free agency.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Transcendent card!

I saw this card in one of the showcases in the Philly show. I asked the dealer to look at it outside the case and it is quite nice in person, so I decided right then and there I would buy it. Very tough decision making!

It's the Roy Halladay/Carlos Ruiz sketch card commemorating his no-hitter against the Reds in the playoffs. I remember watching that game in the Tropicana in Atlantic City since we were down there to celebrate my sister's birthday that year.

Only 11 more days until opening day! Can't wait!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Some Pretty good Pitchers..!

Earlier this month the Wife and I went to the Philly card show in King of Prussia. As I mentioned in a previous post. I just got around to scanning all the wares. Figured I would start with some 'oldies' but goodies. I didn't go all the way back to the 50s this time (still going for some old bowman but just didn't really look for it at the show)

These cards satisfy my unofficial but ever growing Hall of Fame RC PC. I haven't created a list (probably should since I've picked up quite a bit of random) so I pick up cards by memory.

 Some guys name Randy, Pedro and Roy. They were pretty good. Pedro was a Phillies player for a short time. It was at the tail end of his career but he was still fun to watch. Halladay spent 4 years in Philly, although a short term he made a big impact. Won a well deserved Cy Young, threw a no hitter and a perfect game. Johnson I always wanted to join the Phillies when he was playing but it just was never in the cards. I wonder why the Pedro is so cheap and the Rivera goes for so much in the same set. Is it simply just the Yankees effect? I thought Pedro was pretty popular being on the Red Sox for a good chunk of his dominant years.

As I was typing this OBJ got traded. Didn't see that coming.. uh go Browns?!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Chrome Hoskins!

I recently picked this card up off of ebay. I really enjoy Stadium Club even though the technical value isn't there. I did enjoy the one box I opened last year. It was fun to open and the cards are pretty. The chrome cards come one per box. I'm really on the hunt for the gold minted variation. I saw one on ebay early on and got outbid but I haven't seen one since. If you have one or know someone who does please let me know! Willing to trade or just outright purchase. I'm flexible when it comes to that.

Check out Rhys rounding the bases, hopefully lots of jogging around the bases this year!

I chopped his name off via scanner, but that's ok I am not a professional scanner.

Eagles free agency has been a nice distraction to leading up to baseball. Howie is usually pretty active and this year was no different. Grabbing Malik Jackson and DeSean Jackson on day 1 (or the legal tampering period which is dumb) (we all know the deals are in place well before free agency opens)

17 days until Opening day!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 3, 2019


I'm glad my prediction in my previous post came true. He did sign somewhere at some time! It just happens to be the team that I am clearly a fan of and have been most of my life. Went to the Philly Card Show on Saturday. The casino finished the renovation on the floor. The layout was basically the same though but that's okay, I actually like the layout. Bought some stuff passed on some stuff and saw some stuff I usually don't see in person. Memorably the Mickey Mantle Ken Griffey Dual signed card from 1994 Upper deck. PSA 8 and signatures were authenticated. Of course he wanted 4 grand so slightly out of my price range but still fun to see.

I'm super psyched for the Phillies season and fantasy baseball season. I already had tickets to a few games before the Harper news. Hopefully be going to a couple more throughout the year as time permits. Thankfully already had opening day tickets! It will be awesome with the sell out crowd, rocking like its 2008!

These are the 2 Harper autos I own. I bought the UD Signature stars while waiting for the Chrome redemption (took 2 years).

Thanks for reading! Almost baseball season!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A Negative that's a Positive!

I kind of like the look of these cards. I was able to grab the Hoskins rookie a little bit ago.

Not my best scanning job but you can see the artistic integrity. I'm hoping for a big year out of Rhys. Obviously it would be good for the Phillies to have his power bat going all year. He had some ups and downs last year but when hes on hes a tough out.

One day Harper will sign a contract with somebody, that is my official prediction.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 22, 2019

A Rare-ish Ryan Howard Parallel

I picked this card up cheap on ebay but I know they are hard to come by. Numbered out of 99 but from several years ago so they are either still hiding in packs, locked away in collections or locked away in monster boxes and people don't know the retirement they are sitting on!

I cut off the numbering with my scan but it's the Gold Parallel from Upper Deck. Back when Upper Deck wasn't paying for its license but was using logos anyway!

On a side note Ryan Howard just got a job at ESPN. Pretty cool. I hope he's a good broadcaster/analyst and is able to get a bunch of air time. Always neat to see former Phillies in that role.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Happy day after Valentine's day!

I forgot to post on the day but in fairness I was working as usual. Then I cooked dinner for the wife (steak with peppers and onions). Just wanted to show off a couple red cards in celebration! The wife was also kind enough to get me a holiday box for the holiday. I do like the snowflakes on the card. The metallic ones are really shiny too.

Only ever seen one of these out in the wild before and the guy wanted 200 dollars. I got mine for much much less bidding on ebay.

This card is really nice. On-card auto in Topps Finest.

Some of the 'cooler' ice parallels (see what I did there)

A red factory set from 2011 Topps. (and a random Jesse Biddle refractor)

Hope everyone had a nice Thursday, looking forward to the weekend! Thanks for reading!