Saturday, September 30, 2017

Gint A Cuffs Conclusion!

We are sitting at +83!

Let's go!

Pack 17:
World's Fair +2
Pack Total: +2
Running Total: +85

Pack 18:
Lindor +2
Sports Fish and Fishing Lures +2
Teheran +2
Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +91

Pack 19:
Mattingly -1
Bradley Jr
What a Day Correa +2
Cain SP +1
Ellsbury Black Mini +1
Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +94

Pack 20:
National Parks 
What a Day DeGrom +2
1984 Topps Doug Geosdz
Brett A&G Back +2
Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +98

Pack 21:
What a Day Mattingly +1
Keuchel SP +1
Pack Total: +2
Running total: +100

Pack 22:
Gregorious -1
World's Fair +2
Gehrig -1
Pack Total: +0
Running Total: +100

 Pack 23:
Carpenter +2
Sports Fish and Fishing Lures +2
Pack Total:+4
Running Total: +104

Pack 24:
Revolutionary Battles +2
Miguel Cotto Relic +5
Killebrew SP Mini +3
Pack Total: +10
Running Total: +114

Unfortunately no massive hit to bring up my score. My reign of Gint A Cuffs Champion is over. I will hand my imaginary trophy over to the new winner. May he or she treat the trophy as well as I did these last 2 years. 

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Gint A Cuffs Part 2 of 3!

We are currently on +32 for the running total. And starting out with Pack 9!

Let's go!

Pack 9:
What a Day Buxton +2
Willie McCovey SP +1
Ron Darling 
Black Mini Kapral +2
Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +37

Pack 10:
Gardner -1
Worlds Fair +2
Hamels Relic +5
A&G Back Nola +2
Pack Total: +8
Running Total: +45

Pack 11:
Sport Fish and Fishing Lures +2
Black Mini Jones +2
Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +49

Pack 12:
Buxton Framed Mini Relic +8
World's Fair +2
Required Reading +2
Pack Total: +12
Running Total: +61

Pack 13:
Tanaka -1
What a Day Betts +2
Hanley Ramirez SP +1
Mike Morgan 1989 Topps
Tunisian Editor Dude +2
Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +65

Pack 14:
Bird -1
What a Day Price +2
Votto +2
Zimmerman SP +1
Magicians and Illusionists +2
Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +71

Pack 15:
What a Day Jones +2
Ty Blach SP +1
Brooks Robinson A&G back +2
Pack Total: +5
Running Total: +76

Pack 16:
Sports Fish and Fishing Lures +2
Jennings No Number Mini +5
Pack Total: +7
Running Total: +83

Pretty solid middle 3rd of the box. On a much higher pace now! Stay tuned for the last part!

Thanks for reading!

Gint A Cuffs ! Part 1 of 3!

I opened this box a while ago but I haven't been a good poster in general lately. The scores are due tonight at midnight so I will be scoring this entire box today. Thankfully, I scanned all the cards previously so it's just a matter of not being lazy and typing it up and cross referencing the rules as I go. Let's do it! Maybe I'll three peat.. but probably not!

For the purpose of this contest my Favorite Player is Kris Bryant and Favorite Team is the Cubs.

Box Topper:

Mike Trout Box Topper: +4

Pack 1:
Heyward +1
What a Day Sanchez +1
Warren Spahn SP +1
Steven Wright SP mini +3
Pack Total: +6
Running Total: +10

Pack 2:
What a Day Ortiz +2
Chilean Sailor Dude +2
Tom Browning 1990 Topps 
Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +14

Pack 3:
What A Day Kluber +2
German Marquez SP +1
Shatner +1
Glazer Mini
Pack Total: +4
Running Total:+18

Pack 4:
Ellsbury  -1
Judge -1
Revolutionary Battles +2
Pack Total: +0 (yikes)
Running Total: +18

Pack 5:
World's Fair +2
De Leon
A&G Back Reggie Jackson Mini +2
Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +22

Pack 6:
Sport Fish and Fishing Lures +2
Scottish Dude +2
Pack Total: +4
Running Total: +26

Pack 7:
What a Day Syndergaard +2
Wainwright SP +1
Pedroia mini
Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +29

Pack 8:
Schwarber +1
What a Day Wright +2
Smith -1
Colon SP +1
Pack Total: +3
Running Total: +32

Through 1/3rd of the box no hits have been pulled (3 to go!) but we are at a lousy +32. On pace for under 100 which will not get me close to the top of the leaderboard. Stay tuned in the next 20-30 minutes for when I write up the next post! 

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

What's in Half a Case (Box 2!)

Onto box 2! It's fun hunting for the parallels when opening these boxes. I would search the back of the cards for the codes before I would hand the cards to my wife so she could sort them. We had a very efficient system going on. If only I could open cards for a living and she could sort cards for a living.

Check out the goods!

Two shiny chrome cards.

This is the action variation for Bellinger. I was pretty happy to pull the right player for this parallel set. I may decide to go after the rest of them since this was easily the most expensive one.

This card is the traded variation for Jose De Leon (1 in 461 packs) You see under his Height it says Acquired: Trade with Dodgers 1-23-17. Took me a while to spot it, had to side by side a base card and try and find the variation. 

A decent relic. Thor had a lost year this year with his lat injury. Hopefully he comes back strong next year. I'm obviously not a Mets fan but I appreciate a good power pitcher. He has electric stuff. 

Very solid box with the Bellinger and the traded variation in the 24 packs!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the next one!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What's in a Half a Case! (Box 1)

Technically half a case plus one box since I bought 7 boxes at the show. I got them for 63 a piece which was cheaper then anywhere else at the show and online that I've seen. Pretty solid price. I didn't bother to scan any base cards but I have at least 5 complete sets and maybe one card away from a 6th (so if anyone wants to trade or buy let me know!)

Onto the fun stuff!

This was the boxtopper. Pretty cool, an original from 1968 Topps buyback. Wish all of them had these instead of the Ad Panels that no one likes. 

My scanner does not like these borders. I promise I did not get horrible mis-cut cards in every box. This was a nice chrome card. They look nice in the 68 design.

 Pretty sweet Kershaw relic. It's gold numbered out of 99! 1 out of 170 packs! Was hoping to get an auto out of the gate but I will not complain about the best pitcher in baseball.

The Antonio Senzatela is the action variation (1 in 31 packs) and the Jeff Mathis is obviously blue bordered which are 1 in 61 packs. Always like beating the odds in a box/case!

Great start!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Philly Show Recap!

As I mentioned in my previous post I attended the Philly Show on Saturday. My wife was busy so I went solo. I still had a good time, I'm a bit of a extrovert and do well in crowds. Always willing to strike up a conversation if people want to chat. I spoke to a lot of dealers some new some old that I've chatted with many times. I came to the show with a budget (which I blew but hey who cares) and some specific targets in mind. Saw the usual assortment of Mantles that are way expensive and some other cool stuff. I thought there was a good mix of Vintage and Modern and pre-war cards. Also a decent smattering of Memorabilia and framed pictures. The card room is quickly running out of wall space so we're a bit selective on what we want to hang so I didn't get any of those.

Did grab some cool cards though!

We'll start with 2 high numbers from the 1966 set. I don't care that the one is graded an 8 it wasn't that expensive. The Taylor is not an 8 and he also had one in the same grade and wanted 4 times what I paid for the Larry Jackson. Said no thanks to that but pretty happy to grab these high numbers. If anyone who has collected 50s and 60s cards, the high numbers are tough. Expensive and can be difficult to find. My requirement for my Phillies team sets is no paper loss, I don't care about some creases or a beat up card but I just like the card to be whole.

Here is one of the big ones..

Very happy to grab this card. There was a few in the room and they ranged from 135-500 dollars. I bought on the lower end. It's one of those elusive high numbers that is outlandishly priced. Sorry Dodgers collectors I had to chase this one too.

Grabbed this McGwire for 10 bucks. Didn't have one in the collection. I know it went for a lot more money in the 90s so glad I waited!

This card gets added to my Hall of Fame rookie PC (I have no list just pick up guys I like). Was able to grab it for 65 dollars which I'm quite happy with. It has the off center designation but it doesn't look that bad. The card is super clean otherwise. Only saw 1 other dealer with the card and he wanted roughly 400 for the whole set and wasn't splitting it up. Which is fine, to each their own but I just wanted the single so right place right time to snag this card. (that was a poorly written story and for that I apologize if you are still reading)

This doesn't fit into my baseball collection, but I thought the card was awesome so I bought it. It's also from 1935 as you can see from the label, rather loved as well. Let's make Hoop-ee!

Picked up one autograph..

A signed 8 x 10 of the Phillie Phanatic! Only set me back 5 dollars and it's a cool picture. This we will frame and hang up in the card room.

Overall, had a great time at the show. It was pretty crowded which was nice to see and almost every dealer I spoke to said they were having pretty solid shows. Which makes me happy cause it means they will keep coming back and hopefully keep turning over inventory. I like to look at the showcases and spend a few hours immersed in card world.

Side Tangent.. I was walking by the PSA both just looking at some random things and this one guy was getting his items back. He was getting some autos authenticated. The look on his face when they said his Michael Jordan signed ball wasn't authentic. Looked like someone had punched his puppy. I walked away without saying anything figured it wasn't a good time.

The next show is in December and they already announced that Rhys Hoskins will be signing! Pretty cool!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the Heritage High number break!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

6 Hanger Break Heritage High Number

I'm really a fan of the Heritage High Number. The boxes aren't outlandishly priced (like regular Heritage) and the cards are a good card stock. The 1968 design is a good year and always fun to hunt for the variations. There was nothing huge in this break (no variations) but did hit one really really good card. I could tell on the side of the pack that one of the cards was smaller then the others so I figured I hit a mini out of 100.. then boom!

Kinda looks regular sized in my scan, but its the mini numbered 31 out of 100. Pretty happy to hit a nice card of the best player in the set.

I like the set so much I just bought 7 hobby boxes. I plan on cracking them one by one and posting. Wish my luck!

Also, I went to the Philly show today, had a great time and bought some other stuff. Will show it off shortly!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 18, 2017

A New Frank Thomas rookie!

At least it was new to me. This is my first 1990 Topps Tiffany card. I like the way it looks. Slowly but surely accumulating every Frank Thomas card known to man. Although I may have trouble with some of those rare 90s inserts since I know there are some big collectors out there that have them and I don't have the money to pry them away (until I hit the powerball).

Check it out..

Graded a solid 8. Which is fine by me, I didn't have to pay the 9 or 10 premium. As you can see the back is a different color then the typical 1990s Topps card. I now have the regular 1990 Topps card, the Topps Tiffany version, an autographed (certified) version and the No Name on Front. Gotta love me some 1990 Topps!

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Cards from Collecting Cutch!

I'm currently watching the Pirates vs Reds game so what better time to post about some cards I received from Collecting Cutch. If you couldn't tell by the name of his blog he is a big Andrew McCutchen fan and has quite an impressive collection. I'm glad hes had a bit of a bounce back year after all the trade rumors. Hope he continues to be productive.. even though I don't root for the Pirates he seems like a good person.

All I did was enter one of his contests.. not win and I still win! Always a big fan of Topps Chrome. Really wanted a case this year but the price point rose to a place I couldn't afford. Hoping it drops a bit more then maybe I can buy in later. Currently prices are 92 dollars a box which would come to roughly 1,100 a case. Still a bit overpriced in my opinion. 

This is a pretty sweet Shady relic from his Rookie year. He is arguably the greatest Eagles RB of all time. It's a shame Chip Kelly rolled in and literally traded him straight up for Kiko Alonso... no draft picks nothing. What a disaster. Imagine this Eagles team with a legitimate running back behind Wentz.

Thanks for the cards, working on a return package that I've had ear marked for you for a while!