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! 

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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!

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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. 

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Monday, March 8, 2021

2016 Topps Chrome!

I am still on the lookout for the remainder of this rainbow. I have the superfractor but I cannot find the gold refractor! Go figure!



This is the blue, blue wave and green refractors. I do like the look of the blue wave. I believe I also have a Miguel Cabrera blue wave that I pulled myself in 2016. I'm assuming Howard hit a double off the wall the way he's running hard out of the box and looking up at the ball. 

Thanks for reading! Almost Baseball time!
 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

A nice card!

I usually don't spend big(ish) money on cards like this. As I mentioned before I am chasing this master set. It's not going to be easy. The Griffey auto might never surface. I easily got the 2nd most expensive card though. 



My first and only Jeter auto! It's on card with a bit of a smudge but it's still nice. I put in a massive bid on ebay at the end and got it for well under my max (thankfully!). 

I'm still chasing half the warp zones, only 2 Pyrotechnics and Griffey and Manny Ramirez auto. I still need a bunch of reciprocals but those are readily available so I'm not concerned about completing those. 


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Sunday, February 21, 2021

A shiny Rhys!

 I've been slowing down overall with my Rhys Hoskins side PC but I do have a bunch of nice cards in it now. Notably the rookie year Heritage Red Ink is a highlight. I wasn't expecting to find this card at a good price so I jumped on it when I saw it. 



It's the foilboard of Rhys Hoskins. This subset only come in factory sealed sets and no guarantees as to which player you are getting. They are numbered out of 190 but who knows how many actually will surface. The scan doesn't do the card justice. The foilboardiness of it (made up word) looks really good in person. Pick up a common just to check them out. 

Spring Training supposedly starting soon!

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Superfractor!!!

I was able to add another superfractor to the collection recently. It came up as a good deal so I jumped on it. This is the only card of this series that I own but I hear/see on the internet that the base cards are pretty nice in person. Topps has gotten a big kick lately out of Chromeing basically everything. I like shiny so its fine with me but I hope it doesn't diminish the brand overall. We shall see! 

Either way here is the Didi Gregorious Super from Allen and Ginter chrome!

The swirlies look nice on the card. I was glad to see the Phillies sign him for 2 more years. He was solid for them last year and I think he's a good player. If the Phillies can get some luck on the bullpen who knows they might be competitive. Nola and Wheeler are legit and I don't think the batting order is that bad. They still have Harper, Didi, Hoskins, Realmuto, McCutchen and if some other bats wake up they could put up some runs. I was happy to get this one into the collection!

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

A Double Dose of Vlad!

Vlad the original! I have started to go after the entire master set of 2000 Upper Deck Ionix. I have found a couple big cards. I think these 2 qualify. It's actually my first Vlad auto which fits into my Hall of Fame collection. 



I didn't realize the label slid out. That's ok. When I complete the auto set I may crack this one out anyway. I don't care that it's graded. If anyone has a line on the Griffey Jr for the auto set please let me know!

Also, I was able to grab this rare insert for cheap. It was on ebay and the seller auto accepted my offer. I was willing to go higher but I'll take it! I've made decent progress on this set, going to start having to get the word out for the ones I'm missing though! 

Thanks for reading! Any Warp Zones or Griffey ionix autos out there let me know!
 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Finest Flashbacks!

I had previously shown the team set for the Phillies that I picked up from this set. It seemed to be a very popular set out of the gate but the prices have settled a bit. If I remember correctly the Luis Robert base card was pushing 200 now I've seen it go for 50-60. (I have not bought it). I was able to pick up 1 Phillies base refractor. These were 1 per box. I know they had colored refractors too but the original 93 set only had base and I feel that's more of a true flashback.  



Pretty shiny. Let's see how the scan compares to the original. 


Pretty close. I've yet to complete the team set for the modern version. Maybe 1 day. I've been super focused on other baseball card endeavors at the moment. I completed the 93 Finest Refractor Phillies team set a while ago. It's nice to have them since they always seem to be going up in price. They are nice cards and have easily withstood the test of time (seeing as how many times Topps love to reprint them). 


This one above is from 2013 Topps Finest. This is the base version. I have the refractor version numbered out of 25 just can't locate the scan at the moment. 

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Hall of Famer?

There is debate amongst the baseball people if this guy deserves a Hall of Fame nod. Either way he fits into my collection and personally as much as I'd like to see it I'd lean towards no. Defensively he was great before his shoulder got messed up but offensively I feel like he didn't do enough. 



 I promise the card has a bottom. I was glad to add a nice Rolen rookie to the collection. He did get a jump in votes this year to 40%.

Here are some career stats:

Rolen finished his career with a .281 batting average, 316 home runs (15th among third basemen), 1,287 RBI (14th), 1,211 runs scored (16th), 118 stolen bases, eight Gold Gloves (only Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt won more at the position) and a 1997 NL Rookie of the Year award. 

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Monday, January 18, 2021

What a RIP!

I did not buy any boxes of Topps Rip this year. I don't know how popular the product has been on the secondary market either. I personally don't collect too many random mini's. Although, I was able to grab one unripped ripped card for the PC. It's nice that someone left this one intact and it wasn't expensive on ebay. 



 The black variation out of 50. I don't think that has any bearing of anything is good inside. I didn't scan the back but it says it could be an exclusive mini base card or exclusive mini image variation base card or an exclusive mini autograph card, Tear if you dare! I like the Ginter rip cards. I've only ripped one of the few that I have (Paul Molitor for those that are wondering) (Also, have 2 Howard's, and 2 double rips intact (Hosmer/Perez and Kershaw/Maeda)) I feel like a lot of the ripped cards in this set were ripped since that was the main point of buying it. 

Phillies made a real offer to Realmuto. We'll see if he takes it, don't think he has too many big bidders at the moment. I like the Archie Bradley signing. Reasonable price and not a long term deal. 

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Mini cards.. but big attitudes! (I was having a tough time on a title)

 I was able to procure 2 nice Ryan Howard cards for the collection recently. These are both from 2020 Ginter X. I technically don't have the rainbow cause I do not have the base mini. Not super worried about it but I've yet to see one. Go figure. 





Red mini out of 5 and Silver mini out of 1! They look nice together. I'm not a huge mini collector (see what I did there) but I now have these ones and 3 wood minis from A&G. Those would be the highlight of my collection. I have a couple EXT mini's but I don't know how many Phillies I'm missing. Probably most of them. 

I just started the process of sorting about 7K Phillies cards I had randomly in boxes. This may lead me to getting to a point of having a legit want list beyond the 80s. I may not put every set on the proverbial list because I don't want to type that much but I figure I can start with Topps Flagship and branch out from there. I may have a lot done, who knows?! (process will probably take several months, better yet lets make it a 2021 goal)

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Warp Zone! Another rare insert!

I recently posted the Derek Jeter that I was a bit surprised I won for so cheap. This next card was not cheap and I had to overcome an aggressive bid with 4 seconds left. Luckily, I was able to land it and begin my official quest to hunt down this insert set. It won't be easy and will probably take a while to find all the cards but that's the fun of it! Toying with the idea of going after the autos in the set too. I know some are readily available and cheap but some of the bigger names I've never seen before. 


 A sweet Griffey! I wonder if the Junior Junkie has this one! Hopefully he wasn't the other bidder, I hadn't considered that at that time. 

The slowest moving baseball offseason continues. Will anyone be signed? Does every owner fear losing money? (that was rhetorical the answer is yes) 

Thanks for reading, if you have any lines on a Warp Zone let me know!