Monday, November 25, 2013

A MEGA Box Break!

I recently was visiting the local big box store and happened upon the card aisle (or purposely detoured to check it out). I happened to see 4 MEGA boxes. For those who don't know you get 5 packs of Topps Update and 2 Packs of the newly created set Topps Update Chrome. Seeing as how I am a huge fan of chome I figured this was right up my alley! And I figured correctly!

It was a fun break and beat the odds a bit! I will probably want the base set of these Chrome cards to put in the binder with my other Chrome set. I think they will be happy togethhhhherrrr! (sorry I randomly broke out into song thankfully you can't hear me)

The above was from the Update packs. The Profar gold is pretty nice. I like the shot and that it says "Rookie Debut" on it. A few minis and some other inserts as well. Nothing crazy out of these packs. 

Managed to get the Puig which is nice if I decide to chase the set. The Inserts are pretty nice with the shiny foilness of them. Harper's mo hawk is a bit ridiculous but hey to each their own. I'm sure if I had millions of dollars and I was 21 I'd sport a mo hawk cause I could. 
Hit one of the All-Star Stitches relic! Best part is I actually got one I wanted! It's sweet to hit a PC player and these fall 1 every 34 packs (or 16 boxes)!

Last but not least, hit a nice Mariano Rivera numbered out of 250. It's clearly off center but still nice to get one of his last playing days cards (I'm sure he'll have plenty of more cards produced). I'm not above trading it but I would have to get a pretty decent Philly type card back in return.

I had a good time opening up the MEGA boxes. 7 Packs for 15 bucks is a pretty solid deal. I don't think I will be buying any more but it gave me a nice start to the Update Chrome set and hopefully will complete it in the future!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Trade with The Lost Collector!

I recently completed a quick and easy trade with The Lost Collector! He collects Yankees and Mike Pineda. I was able to send him a bunch of those and he sent back a pretty cool package.

Also, he is the first person to successfully compare me to Pele and Madonna.. I am impressed. 

The Cole Hamels is a pretty cool card from Opening day. I never buy any (not sure why it's def in the price range and seems fun to open) so it was nice to get this insert I didn't have. I still need to search and catalog my Howard cards like the Thomas cards. It would be nice to know how many different ones I actually have. 

Vintage!!! I am still on a quest to complete every Phillies team set 1952-1985! I am almost done with the 50s which honestly is cool but still a ways to go! Anytime I get a vintage card in a trade I am more then happy!

Here was the card that started this trade! Super thick Manu Bat Barrel. Now I have this one, a game used bat barrel card and a Ryan Howard auto bat (to be shown at a later date). That has to be some sort of trifecta. 

Thanks for the trade! Always appreciate when someone finds a Phillies card and thinks of me! 

Thanks for reading! 

P.S. The awesome girlfriend picked up a sweet piece today for me out of the blue! Psyched about it! 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A New Book Card -- Mike Schmidt!

I recently made a purchase for this sweet book card from 2012 Five Star! This is actually the second one I have of this particular card but they are really nice. On card auto's and triple relics, nothing I can complain about. I thought the opening bid was a good price.. and then no one else bid! Love when that happens.

Check it out!

Hope the Phils new 3rd baseman Cody Asche can do half of what Schmidt did! This card will look pretty next to the other one.

I am in need of more magnetic books. Last time I purchased them they were about 9 dollars a piece. Anyone know where I can possibly find them cheaper?

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Trade with Reader Scott!

I recently completed my 3rd trade with blog reader Scott (if you have a blog let me know and I will gladly link you). He's real easy to trade with and has always sent really fast too! He somehow finds cards I want and makes fair offers so hey of course I'll say yes!

Check out the Big Hurts!

The masterpieces card is pretty sweet. I'm a big fan of the black border and artsy look. I like the Triple Play card from 1994 as well. I remember buying packs of those as a kid (before I got into the still popular Magic cards).

All in all very happy with the trade!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 18, 2013

In Honor of Draft Picks and Prospects -- Ryan Howard

As many of you know the prospecting product of the year came out recently. Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects. I've seen a few breaks, some good some bad. I can't say I know all the names of the youngsters but I am curious as to what percentage will turn into something. For every Mike Trout there's 300 Kevin Maas's right? Baseball is hard to be the best in the world at.

I showed my oldest rookie card in a previous post. This isn't my newest rookie card by any means.. but it is one of my favorites!

Check it out!

Chooch has officially re-signed with the Phillies! Even though the Phillies should probably re-build, I am happy about that because I like Chooch. The core of the 2008 World Series is mostly still here. I really hope they are eating their Wheaties and really bring it next year.  

The best part about this card is I saw it at a card show and inquired about the price. The dealer said to me 100 bucks cause its Gem and thats really hard to find. I was like ok and walked away.. I got the card online for about 17 dollars. 

Good times! 

Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Sweet Rookie!

I recently picked up the oldest card in my collection! I love vintage rookies and eventually (if I win the lottery etc) want to own all the hall of fame rookie cards!

Here is a nice start!

Richie Ashburn!!!

 The front has some obvious tape marks on it, but the picture itself is in pretty good shape for being so old. The back is super clean! All things considered I like the way it displays and plan on keeping it for a long time!

It was a good week with MJ and Whitey joining my collection!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Trading with a Community!

I have completed quite a few trades this year, but this is my first one with Community Gum! He busted a box of Moments and Milestones and there is about 7,000 variations of Ryan Howard in that set. I have about 30 or 40 of them so I am well short of completing the set. I sent him what I could find of his various player collections and he sent me Ryan Howard!

Look at all those Moments AND Milestones! Home Runs, battering averages, stolen bases (probably not many for Howard) galore!

These are the ones numbered out of 25! I believe I have 20 or 21 of these now, which is awesome! 6,079 to go!

Die Cutting goodness. If you are interested in diecuts contact Community gum. He has a whole lot of them and they are really sweet looking cards in person. I highly recommend them for cutting bread as well (please do not attempt)

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I won a contest and got an awesome package!

I recently won a contest from My Cardboard Mistress! This contest was one of the longer and more involved ones I have seen. In this post from March 10th he lays out the rules. If you don't want to read it, it's essentially picking the team that will win the super bowl based on opening packs in a very well organized format.

My comment for picking the Broncos and ultimately the winner. (The Eagles were already taken)

Brad's Blog said...
Von Miller already said they are winning the super bowl.. so I will take the Super Bowl Champion Broncos

I did not pull a Ricky Williams out of the box, but in my opinion got 3 of the top rookies from the year. None other then D Mac, Jevon Kearse and Torry Holt! The photography in this set is mostly fantastic as well. It was quite fun to open and see the pictures. 

The Zach Ertz is the photo variation short print! I like the fly eagles fly pose! He's been solid this year playing as the backup TE. I think next year he will be the guy and take a big step forward in his role in the offense. 

 Also, included are three RC's of the most dynamic young QB's in the game today. Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck are both having great sophomore campaigns and are well on the way to their to the playoffs. RG3 is starting to come around from his knee injury and as long as they fix the defense next year they should be a scary team for my Eagles to face. 

He also included about 4 full team bags worth of Eagles cards! I scanned a whole bunch to show the diversity and interestingness. (made up a word!)  I like how it looks like the ball is floating in Reggie Brown's hands. 

Fred Ex would like to thank his hands for being so wonderful. I wish we still had Asante and B Dawk in his prime in the Eagles secondary. They definitely need some help.

I love cards with crowns on them. Whoever thought of that had a great idea. Asomugha was just cut this week by the 49ers. He did a great job stealing some money from the Eagles when he was here. I thought he was supposed to be the best and he really couldn't cover anyone. 

Just picked up Riley Cooper on one of my fantasy teams. Seems like him and Foles have some chemistry. I hope the Eagles keep it rolling against Green Bay today. Should be a good game regardless. 

Thanks so much for the contest winnings package. Exceeded my expectations and was very generous. This is just a small sample size of everything included. 

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Trade with Raz Card Blog!

I recently completed my first trade with The Raz Card Blog! He was really easy to deal with, I sent him a whole bunch of Royals including a sepia refractor he was interested in. I got back some very useful to me cards! (that was a poorly written sentence)

Anyways, anyone who hits some cards off my want lists is a good guy in my book!

Check out the Silver ices, I scanned 9 but he sent a couple more, I needed all of them! I am getting close to completing that set. If you happen to have any I need please let me know and I'm sure we can work out a deal!

 These cards will join their friends in the Silver Ice binder shortly. I have skipped all the necessary spaces so one day it will be full. 

Oh yea, he also 'threw in' a sweet Cliff Lee relic that I did not have! It has a cool stripe down the middle from this year's Ginter. I bought one box of Ginter this year and my best hit was a Maury Wills auto that I traded away about a week later. Love me some gint-a-cuffs though, very fun.

In conclusion go trade with The Raz Card Blog!

Sorry if this post was all over the place been under the weather this week.

Thanks for reading!

Also, thanks for all the kind words on the previous post. I am still excited to have the Jordan rookie! (I already had the sticker rookie so now I have both!)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

From Puig to Jordan.. !!

As all of you readers know (or if you didn't I am about to tell you) I am a big fan of Topps Chrome. It's fun to open and it's shiny and I am rarely disappointed by it. It's been my biggest rip of the year since I've gotten back into collecting. For those that followed my case break, I pulled some really good stuff including this monster..

So after hitting this card, I had 3 options, sell it on ebay (and deal with the fees etc), redeem it (and hope I get the card in a reasonable amount of time) (FYI still waiting for my 2012 Harper black auto) or trade it for one of my many chase cards that I want to be apart of my collection.

I took the card with me to a card show and decided to ask different dealers what they thought. Most of them more or less agreed that it falls between 400-600 retail. Which I thought was a fair enough estimate. I know these guys wouldn't pay that straight up cause they want to make a profit. After about 2ish hours (not sure how long but my girlfriend did wander around for a while) of negotiating, I was able to get this card! Never thought I would own one!

Check out this baby!

I pulled the trigger on a trade! Puig for MJ! This instantly goes into the top 5 in my collection! Maybe I could've got a couple extra dollars if I just sold it. But as far as a trade goes I'm quite happy with adding this iconic card and I'm sure the dealer flipped the Puig as fast as he could. So it's a win-win!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I'm still here -- Water card

Been crazy busy, but I will get back to regular posting in the near future. Have a large stack of cards to scan and gotta thank some people for trades and contests etc. In the mean time check out this funky card. It is actually full of water.

Good player too, borderline hall of famer in my opinion.

Thanks for reading!