Friday, May 14, 2021

Ryan Howard refractor!

 Today is my birthday! It feels nice when people reach out and say hey. 

Also, Ryan Howard wished me Happy Birthday! My family bought the cameo for me. It was really nice and it's pretty cool!

This refractor I picked up a while ago in person. I'm sure I didn't pay whatever the going rate is now. Everything is expensive and that's ok just means I'm worth millions in unrealized gains (I wish I'd totally sell a millions worth to retire haha) 

Also, have this nice card numbered out of 130. These seem to have been going up in price as well, they are harder and harder to come by lately. 

Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 26, 2021

The hunt continues!

I have made significant progress on my hunt for 2000 Upper Deck Ionix Master Set. Some cards have yet to pop up or I have yet to find them but I've found a few rare ones. The Warp Zone set which is super difficult to put together. I am down to 3 needed! Honestly, didn't think I would get that far. I even have 1 double! (not on purpose I actually pulled it from a pack!)  

These are the three I need:

Warp Zone: WZ4 Nomar, WZ6 I Rodriguez, WZ15 McGwire

This Griffey isn't super rare. It's pretty abundant online but I now have 2! It's still cool looking. I only need the Griffey Pyrotechnics to complete that insert set (I've seen 2 but I missed out on both unfortunately) 

The BIG card I need to find is the Griffey auto! Totally willing to overpay or offer way too much to get it. I've only ever seen a picture of it so I know it exists but I've yet to find it for sale or anywhere else for that matter. 

Thanks for reading and helping if you have any lines on the last remaining cards! 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

2020 Topps Update!

 I hardly opened any wax last year. I probably won't open much this year. I believe my only box last year was Ginter X (did quite well was happy with it, hit a Griffey Red mini and a non-sport auto numbered out of 5) I've been selectively picking up some Ryan Howard parallels. I really like the look of these 2. 

The top one is numbered out of 76 independence day parallel. For bigger name guys and rookies these parallels have been really popular. They seem to sell well. The bottom one is the Rainbow foil, much more common but none the less very pleasing card to the eye. 

I just finished watching the Phillies Braves game. I am a definite homer when it comes to the Phillies but Bohm was out, that being said he was called safe, so I'll take it! Acuna is a beast. That is all. 

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Monday, April 5, 2021

A couple of Rhys!

I've slowed down my buying some of Rhys. I have a decent little collection but I hope he really hits this year. I don't want to see him go the way of Maikel Franco (barely hanging around the majors). I picked these up for cheap but they are still nice cards. 

The top card is the color swap variation. Notice the white letters. The 2nd card is the green parallel from the silver packs. These are really nice cards in person. I have the green and the gold of Hoskins from 2018. They display real nice with all the shininess. 

Really great pitching start for the Phillies. I wasn't expecting them to hold a good Braves team down to 3 runs over 3 games. I know that's not realistic going forward but really solid start to the season. Let's keep it going!

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Red on red auto!

         Ryan Howard has been a lot of recent releases. I haven't been able to pick up everything and prices for him have been higher then I'm used to. Which is good and bad, I guess my collection is more valuable? But I have no desire to sell it. I like my collection of him, some really unique items and stuff you can't just find by searching ebay. 

Although.. I did find this card on ebay but there won't be many more if any that pop up. I like the red border with the Phillies colors, always works.

I paid 50 dollars for it. Which was fine but now I'm seeing lesser parallels go to close that or more and I just can't bring myself to pay more for something not as nice. Happy to add another low numbered hard to find Howard to the collection! 

Baseball season is right around the corner. Had my keeper league fantasy draft today and have my re-draft head-to-head league draft tomorrow. I took off work to watch baseball on April 1st! Going to be great! 

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

2000 Upper Deck Ionix 5 Box Break -- 1 big one!

 I was able to procure 5 boxes off of ebay for a price I felt comfortable with. I was originally planning to keep 1 sealed but eh I don't have that kind of will power. Each box is 24 packs per box. 4 cards per pack. I was specifically searching for the Griffey Auto because I've yet to see one surface (I'd overpay or pay market or whatever) (spoiler, I did not hit the Griffey auto). Regardless, these were fun to open and I did chip away at the master set I am going after. 

Lots of scans.. 

Shockwaves were the most common insert being 1 in 4 packs or so. I completed another set of them and have a bunch of triples or more. 

Next easiest to pull were the Atomics. Nice looking cards. All doubles or more as well. 

Next in line were the Bio Rhythms. Not as fancy as the atomics but still pleasing to the eye. 

The Awesome Powers fell 1 per box. It was nice to hit the Griffey, that's easily the best one in the set. 

The Pyrotechnics fall 1 in 72 packs so no guarantees to get any. Unfortunately these were both doubles. I still need the Bagwell and the Griffey to complete these insert set. 

Now here is the fun stuff. Yes, I hit 2 Warp Zones. Yes, they were in the same pack! I already had the Maddux but the Bonds is new! That was an amazing pack to open. And literally the next pack I got this...

A freaking Roberto Clemente Relic! There are no stated odds on these just listed as 350 across the entire print run. I wasn't including it in the master set originally but now I am! 

I got all the requisite reciprocals. Lots of doubles. I also now have 8 base sets if anyone cares. 

I still need the Jose Canseco, Manny Ramirez and Griffey Autos. (The Canseco I did buy in February but I think its lost in transit) 

The cards stuck together some but don't think any were damaged. I was quite pleased with how they came out of the pack. I'm inching closer to the Warp Zone insert set. Slowly but surely. It's been tough to find but fun!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, March 13, 2021

2000 Upper Deck Ionix Autos

These are not all the autos. I bought the Canseco but have yet to receive it. (been waiting almost a month so may have to get a refund and buy a different one). I do not have the Griffey or the Manny Ramirez (if you have a lead on them please let me know, especially the Griffey, willing to pay very strong!) 


Scott Rolen, Pat Burrell, Ben Davis, Carlos Beltran and Adrian Beltre. Beltre is a lock for the HOF. Previously, I showed the Vlad Senior auto. It's not a big auto set but has a bunch of good names. Ben Davis isn't expensive but he's actually a Phillies announcer now and I think he does a pretty good job. I like the cards are on-card and have a solid design. Plenty of white space to sign and most of the autos look bold and good even after 20 years. 

Thanks for reading!