Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The fine print

I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who forgot to cancel their Collector Crate subscription.  I'm not sure if I just missed the fine print or they put it up after I ordered my one box, but I ended up getting sent and charged for another box.  I sent Collector Crate a snarky email and they were more than willing to refund my money, but in the end it was probably my fault anyways, so I bit the bullet and now I'm the proud owner of another bronze level box. So I'm going to share it with you.

Since I didn't know I was getting another box I couldn't put in three teams I'd like to get stuff from as a result I got stuff from all over the board.

In this month's box I got a nice selection, and I mean that, of packs, the manila envelope of goodies, a bag of sunflower seed, another plastic baseball featuring the Yankees, a pair of cheap sunglasses with the Yankees logo on them, two stickers, Mets and Tigers, and another small pennant featuring the Mariners.
I was actually really impressed with this month's selection of packs.

I won't bore you with the contents of each pack, I'll just show the good stuff.  The two packs I was most interested in were the mid 90's Leaf packs.  I don't think I opened any Leaf Limited or Preferred back then and both were both pretty top end at the time.
Super shiny.
Preferred comes with one metal card.  The pack was very heavy.
Here are the inserts and hits I got from everything else.
It was really nice to see that the retail pack of Masterpieces yielded a relic.

My goodie envelope was pretty thick
And that was because there was two extra cards.  The Griffey rookie was nice and it was also nice to see that my relic and auto were of players of I've heard of.  It's also cool to see Collector Crate doing some exclusive stuff like this custom Jeter art card.

Overall I would say that this box was a vast improvement over my initial box last month, the pack selection was better, the hits were better and even the extra stuff, though I don't want any of it, was better.  Luckily I have a buddy who's a Yankees fan that lives just down the street from me, so I know whats going into his Christmas present.

cb out.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A trade with A Cracked Bat

I love finding new blogs. I also love finding new blogs because of trades. I also like that there's a new female voice in the collecting blogosphere.  Recently Julie who writes the blog A Cracked Bat, emailed me that she had a card I had had on my Yount want list for quite a while and it was mine for my address.  How could I pass that up.

What we have here is one of Mr. Yount's cards out of the 2012 Panini Cooperstown Collection set.  This was a retail blaster exclusive and was one of the last inserts, other than Robin's auto from the set, that I needed. This is his Hall of Fame Classes Team card.  This is one of at two cards in the set that doesn't actually show an image of the Robin.  I suppose that makes them easy to produce since you don't have to send an image to the airbrusher.  And believe it or not, but these cards are kind of hard to find, hence the reason it's been sitting on my want list for over 2 years.

Thanks Julie, I'll have to dig some Tigers out for you.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

COMC announces it's Black Friday Promotion

Once again COMC, aka Check out My Cards, is offering a Black Friday promotion.  This is always one of it's biggest promotions of the year and if you've got some store credit or a little extra money burning a  hole in your pocket it's a great time to find some awesome deals.

That being said it's nothing really mind blowing.  They are offering free shipping once again on orders over 10 cards.  This year they are giving away $10,000 worth of shopping sprees.  And if you ship over 100 items you get a $5 store credit.  Plus sellers tend to offer big discounts to move cards this time of year and I always come away with a decent haul.

You can check out the full announcement on their blog HERE.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A one sided trade with Tony L.

You all know Tony L by now. He writes the Brewercentric blog Off Hiatus Baseball Cards.  He came screaming onto the scene earlier this year, with his blog all shiny and new, with passion and excitement and posts.  Man that guys posts.  Go check it out HERE.  He started in February and already has posted over 240 times!! My god I wish I still had that drive.  I look at my sideboard and I'll be lucky if I put out 100 posts on this blog this year.

But it's nice to see another like minded collector, lover of the Brewers and their players, especially Robin Yount.  It's been lonely since Brian over at Thorzul Will Rule went almost exclusively to Twitter. And it seems like all the other Wisconsin team themed blogs have all pretty much died out.

Anyway, chances are if you read my blog, you probably read his, and if you read his, chances are you've traded with him.  Seriously seems like every other trade post is one with a trade with Tony.  That guy is everywhere.  Well now I get to do one too.

Tony is a regular commentator on my Yount blog.  Which is great because it's nice to have someone comment.  He asked if I had a 1982 Brewers Police set.  I did not and now I do. I still have to reciprocate.

Now Brewers Police sets are an interesting thing. This 1982 set is the first in what would be come a tradition in Wisconsin.  As a kid growing up I didn't spend a lot of time in Wisconsin as my father was in the military, but almost every summer he would take his 30 days leave and we'd head back to northern Wisconsin for vacation. That also usually meant we were in town for the 4th of July parade and it was during the parade that the local police officers would pass out these cards.  Each town had there own imprint on the card.   This set was given out by the Milwaukee Police department, but you can find 100's of town variations.

A couple things about the police issues.  They are oversized. Which sadly makes them hard to display and store.  It's a big set, 30 players this year.  The cards are unnumbered, but depending on where you look them up they are either listed by player number, which is how they are checklisted on the team card below or are listed alphabetically.

And just about everyone is in the set. But t most of the value comes from just 3 players. Robin, Rollie, and Mollie.

All the backs feature something that player "says".

Thanks Tony. Great cards and I hope to get you back soon.