Monday, February 8, 2016

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner - 6th Annual Almost the Easiest Superbowl Contest on the Web comes to an end



I was going to try and get this up last night, but ended up just passing out.  But we all know who won right?

For me, a guy who had no vested interest in the game, I'm glad it was close, at least up until the end. There were a lot more turnovers than I thought, but in the end I was surprised at how great Denver's defense looked and how soundly they won the game,

Alright the correct pick and all the correct tie breakers:

Denver over Carolina, 34 Points, and 6 turnovers 

And when the dust settled we had two players pick the right winning team and pick the correct opponent, but Greg came away with the win by predicting the actual total points scored! Unbelievable!

Adam Kaningher - Broncos over Panthers, 41 points, 3 turnovers.
Greg Zakwin - Denver over Carolina, 34 points, 2 turnovers.
Wilson - Carolina over New England, 60 points, 4 turnovers
Dion's IP Autos only - Panthers over Patriots 55 points 3 Turnovers

For those of you that don't know Greg writes the great blog Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle.
Congrats Greg, I'll be in touch soon.

Now for the rest of you what you've been waiting for the door prize.
After entering everybody who made a guess and adding the couple of people who promoted the contest for their extra entry, I randomized the list at Random.org three times and the winner is......drumroll........

Spankee from My Cardboard Mistress!
Well that was a fun contest, not for this Packer fan, but we had a great turnout and a great ending.  With the NFL season officially done now we can sit back and for those who enjoy the NBA and NHL the second half of those seasons and just over the horizon you can just start to see it peeking out is baseball.

Thanks everybody.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

6th Annual Almost the Easiest Super Bowl Contest on the Web - Pre Game reminder.

It's been two weeks since the Conference Championships and  I just wanted to remind the four that are in the finals and everyone who is still in the running for the door prize.  Good luck everyone!

The final 4!
Adam Kaningher - Broncos over Panthers, 41 points, 3 turnovers.
Greg Zakwin - Denver over Carolina, 34 points, 2 turnovers.
Wilson - Carolina over New England, 60 points, 4 turnovers
Dion's IP Autos only - Panthers over Patriots 55 points 3 Turnovers 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball Retail Odds

Just a FYI if anyone cares here is a scan of the odds off a retail pack.  If and when I get any hobby packs I'll scan those odds too.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 Topps Series 1 - Half-assed Review

So I was hoping I'd have opened a couple Jumbo hobby packs aquired from Bosco's Trade Night last night, but they hadn't gotten their shipment in so in the end I just stopped at the local Fred Meyer's and picked a handful of retail packs.  My review is only as good as the stuff I got from those packs.  I did get a nice assortment and sample of the insert sets and I did get to feast my eyes on the new base cards.

Let take a look at this years base cards.  It would be hard to follow last year's base set.  So colorful, so out of the box.  I can see from comments around the internet that last year's sets uniqueness had worn off for some, but I do still really like the set.  So this year Topps went borderless. They also went a little artsy fartsy with the fogging, but at least they didn't completely cut the player out of the background.  Over all it's a very solid design.  You've got the player name, team and position all neatly arranged and what I like to call the logo slash on the bottom part of the card.
 The backs are pretty typical.  Topps is using it's Series One designator again and I like the large card number in the upper right hand corner for easy collating.
I did notice that Topps went back and forth between which side of the card the slash was on.  I'm not sure if it's significant or just random, but it doesn't appear to be based on league or position.  I thought it might be related to numbering, like certain blocks have the slash on one side and other blocks of cards have it on the other.  Anyone know?
 It does create a cool effect if you place two cards side by side.

They could have made a cool bifold card, kind of like the ones Pacific use to put out.


Since 1992 Topps has had a gold parallel card and here is an example of this years Gold Parallel.

It might be hard to tell, but the card is a shiny foilboard and the fog is replaced by those gold hexagons.

Topps is continuing their First Pitch insert.  I guess this was pretty popular last year, although not one of my favorites.



Next up is the mandatory Topps reprint insert set.  I could be wrong, but it seems like every year we get another insert set that is just like this.  While this is not my least favorite insert set this year, it is the most unnecessary.  I'm all for honoring Sy Berger, but I think someone could have come up with something better than a reprint set.  I am happy though that Robin Yount is featured in it and it's not his 75 Rookie, or 74 (See last post).  I got two of these, Molina and one of Ripken's two from the set.


You might be asking what is my least favorite insert set this year... And sadly it's another set that my favorite player is featured in.  Meet Back to Back.  I have no idea what 's going on here.  I'm guessing that it's suppose to look like two guys backing each other up or something.  Not very well executed. This theme has been done before, most notably by Donruss and now Panini with their Back 2 Back Jacks inserts.  I'm not sure if that's what the Back to Back is suppose to mean, since when you read the back, of at least this card, Josh and Troy have never gone Back to Back that I know of.


OK enough negativity.  I'll feature my favorite insert that I've seen so far. Perspectives.  From the few I've seen and held these are pretty interesting and I mean that in a good way.  They remind me of the TV show Fringe.  Anyone remember it?  The show use to set up scenes with these cool perspective titles in the show that were angled to fit the shot.  Just like this.  This is probably going to be the one insert set I try to put together.  And the few I've seen the photos are pretty cool too.  That Polonco is just a great shot.


Next up we have Walk Off Wins.  Meh. I'm very middle of the road here, don't hate it, but meh.



A cool concept insert featuring a position player who ended up having to pitch in a game.  Although after reading Stan's write up on the back I wonder how far Topps had to reach to fill this set out.  And from what I can tell only one of the cards actually shows the player pitching.

The last insert I snagged was a MLB Wacky Packages promo sticker.  Remember when card companies would put promo cards in other sets to promote another?


Overall I like the base set design.  It's pretty solid and I can't complain.  The color parallels look pretty good.  The inserts are what they are, other than the Perspectives set not much jumped out at me, but I also haven't seen a few of the insert sets in hand yet, so maybe another will grown on me.  Plus if your a Cubs or Royals Fan there are lots of Wrigley Field and World Series insert cards to collect.

I think I'm probably going to wait and just buy a set outright instead of trying to put a set together from packs.  I figure I can save myself about $300, but I know I'll be buying a few random packs here and there.

What do you guys think of this years flagship set?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Close Topps, Oh so close.

I've been pretty excited to see some new 2016 Topps Baseball cards.  It's always an exciting time for a baseball collector.  The new season is right around the corner and the cards are new.  I was also excited because my favorite all-time player, Mr. Robin Yount has 6 new cards to chase in the set.  Some are rare and uncommon, but a few are just regular inserts.  I was looking at images of a couple of his new cards that have hit the market and his Berger's Best insert card was up there.  Berger's Best is another reprint set, which we seem to get at least one of per year.  You would think that Robin would be featured on the 75 set, but that honor went to George Brett, no Robin gets his 77 Topps card reprinted and then I read the back, lets see if you can spot the obvious error like I did.




For those who didn't catch it, Robin's rookie year was 1974, but his first card or rookie card wasn't issued until the 1975 set.  Oh how I crave that 1974 mini version.  Although it would have been an interesting set, Rookie Cards that never were, did Topps already do one of those?

I think my plans are to curb my buying this year.  I'll be picking up a few packs of 2016 Series 1 tonight at trade night to get a taste, but I think I'm just going to buy a set, either wait for a factory version or just pick up a cheap hand collated set.

I already have a few opinions on a few inserts, both good and bad, what about you guys?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Contest Pimp - Play at the Plate at it again!

It's been awhile since the Contest Pimp has made an appearance.  Brian over at Play at the Plate has decided to come out of his contest hibernation and offer you up a free hanger box of 2016 Topps Series 1 just for guessing the first card he pulls out of his first pack of the product.

GO HERE to sign up.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

RIP Abe Vigoda


Just wanted to post a short note on the passing of Abe Vigoda.  I was lucky enough to get Abe's autograph through the mail back in December of 2010.  He unfortunately signed the backs of the customs I made and had I been on my game I should have sent to him again after he was featured on an Allen and Ginter card in 2013.  Abe was 94.