Sunday, August 31, 2014

3 packs of 2014 Topps Chrome Baseball for the heck of it.

I'm back and I figured why not try to get a post in before the month is over. I hate having that empty spot in my post history you know.

I ended up stopping in at Don's Sportcards to see what treasures he had dug up.  He's currently helping sell off a big collection from a guy who use to own a card shop.  Most of the stuff is from the late to mid 90's, but there always seem to be a few treasures buried in the stacks.  But this isn't a post of what I found. I'm saving those for later.  

 While there I did pick up 3 packs of  the new Topps Chrome Baseball.  Chrome is one of those products you either really love or not.  I'm probably in the not category. Don't get me wrong the cards look cool, but all the set really is is a paired down shiny version of the flagship. At least Topps doesn't insert Chrome cards in it's flagship product and then put out a whole separate chrome product like it does with Bowman.  But that's a rant for another time. Lets see what I got.

Pack 1 was pretty uneventful. Except for the Puig.
 Pack 2 had a little more variety with the addition of the Paxton refractor and a former Brewers outfielder.
 But Pack 3 surprised me with something even better. Sure there was a Mauer, Castro and D'Arnaud, but also ....

  I've never heard of Onelki Garcia, but it is an on card autograph card and a blue parallel numbered to 199 too boot.

Over all not to shabby when I pull one of the two autos per box.  Still not my cup of tea, but always worth a few packs.  Everything is up for trade. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I think I'm in love...with a Ginter insert set!

Alright, I promised myself I wasn't going to do a Allen and Ginter post till I had something to really post about, but...

I will make no bones about it Topps' Allen and Ginter has been my favorite set to come out for at least the last 6 years (since I finally took notice of it).  The reason I like it so much isn't the look or that they look great autographed, both of which is true, it's for the oddballs included.  Both in the set and the inserts.  Every year I find at least one insert set I really like and this year is no different.  While I like a few of the mini inserts sets the one set I'm really gaga over is the Air Supremacy set.
As a kid who grew up an army brat and liked to build model air planes this set is awesome.  There's a great mix of old and new aircraft.

Here's the whole checklist

AS-01 B-17 Bomber
AS-02 F-22 Raptor
AS-03 Supermarine Spitfire
AS-04 P-51 Mustang
AS-05 B-52 Stratofortress
AS-06 AC-47 Spooky
AS-07 F-16 Fighting Falcon
AS-08 F/A-18 Hornet
AS-09 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
AS-10 Sea Harrier FA2
AS-11 Sopwith Camel
AS-12 F-86 Sabre
AS-13 F-15C Eagle
AS-14 EA-18G Growler
AS-15 V-22 Osprey
AS-16 Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
AS-17 B-25 Mitchell Launch
AS-18 MiG-15
AS-19 Hawker Hurricane
AS-20 F-15 Eagle

I've managed to pull 3 of the 20 cards in the set.  There is the blatant omission of any enemy aircraft except maybe for the MiG-15 and my favorite WWII aircraft somehow got left off the list.
Props if you know what plane this is.

Still by far the best insert set in the issue this year.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What a post??!!??

Well as July comes to a close and I realize I haven't posted once this month I figured I'd try to get something out.  I've been a busy beaver with work and it won't get any better till the end of August.  Mix in with that that my home time is occupied spending time with the wife and little guy.

While I was gone Series 2 and Ginter has come out and some of the early football releases from Panini. I've opened a few packs and do plan to put the sets together.

 Anyways I found time to pop into Don's Sportcards and he's been helping to sell off a guys collection.  Don told me he literally has a storage unit packed with cards.  Sadly most of those cards are early to mid 90's stuff, but he does have a few gems hidden here or there.  I've been picking up cheap old hobby boxes of non-sports cards stuff.  I'll feature those sometime later, but this trip I found something baseball related to take home.

A sealed 1993 Toys R Us Baseball set.
 Not only do you get 100 cards, but the bonus set of Stadium Club Master Photos too.

 Very interesting packaging.
The set comes seated in a little bitty store.

The main reason I picked up this set was it was cheap and it also featured one of my favorite players and new HOF inductee and a couple cards of his I don't own yet.

 Plus I'll get the Brewers team set from the box too.  You can see the full checklist here.

 I also got a Frank Thomas Master Photo, but since I don't have a good way to store these yet, I could bring myself to open the pack, but the the pictures are the same from their base cards.

Neat stuff. Anyone know what these went for new back in 1993?

Anyway, I'm heading back to work tomorrow, so we can probably expect the same blogging output for the next month or so.

cb out.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

2014 Topps Series 2 Gold Label Inserts - Did Topps really listen to me?

I keep bring this up, but I swear to god I told Topps they should do this, really!  A while back Topps asked for suggestions and ideas for upcoming products. I tried, but couldn't find the post or my comments, but rest assured I am all for sending feed back to the only MLB baseball card producer.  One of my ideas was bring back some old goodies like Stadium Club, Topps Tek and Gold Label.  But I suggested that instead of putting out a full series of each that they should include them as inserts in upcoming sets.  Well we all know that Topps is going to bring back Tek and Stadium Club as their own releases, but to my surprise when I started looking through the listings and checklist of Series to I saw these pop up.

It kind of made me laugh that Topps would actually use one of my ideas.  And to be honest I'm sure I'm not the only one who suggested this, but still cool to see.  I haven't seen one in hand, but from what I have seen these look like the framed rookie card reprints from last series.  But the difference is there are no parallels to these cards.  Just one set numbered to 99.   The checklist has a nice mix of active and retired players.

GL-1 Greg Maddux - Atlanta Braves
GL-2 Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics
GL-3 Albert Pujols - Angels
GL-4 Mike Schmidt - Philadelphia Phillies
GL-5 Joe Morgan - Cincinnati Reds
GL-6 Randy Johnson - Seattle Mariners
GL-7 Tom Seaver - New York Mets
GL-8 Steve Carlton - Philadelphia Phillies
GL-9 Johnny Bench - Cincinnati Reds
GL-10 George Brett - Kansas City Royals
GL-11 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
GL-12 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
GL-13 Roberto Clemente - Pittsburgh Pirates
GL-14 Ken Griffey Jr. - Seattle Mariners
GL-15 Nolan Ryan - Houston Astros
GL-16 Mike Trout - Angels
GL-17 Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates
GL-18 Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers
GL-19 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
GL-20 Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
GL-21 Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers
GL-22 Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles
GL-23 Felix Hernandez - Seattle Mariners
GL-24 Dustin Pedroia - Boston Red Sox
GL-25 Robinson Cano - Seattle Mariners

Luckily for me there are no players that I collect to chase down.

Monday, June 16, 2014

TTM Success - Jimmy Nelson

Just got back my other TTM I sent out before I left.  The Brewers #1 prospect Jimmy Nelson.  Jimmy got called up last year and pitched in 4 games for a total of 10 innings, but made his big league start earlier this year. He got called up for his first start on May 25th replacing an injured Yovani Gallardo.  And he won.  
He's currently on the inactive roster and back down in Nashville playing with the Sounds.
A great signature and quick return.

TTM Stats
Date Sent: 6/2/2014
Date Received: 6/16/14
Address used:
Nashville Sounds
534 Chestnut St
Nashville, TN 37203

On Tony Gwynn

There has been a lot said today on the passing of Tony Gwynn.  I probably won't add much to what could be said, but maybe I'll just add a personal note.  Back when I was starting to pay attention to baseball and started collecting baseball cards I use to put all the good players I'd pull into a binder.  Now you had to be special to get into the binder, not because I was particular on who I liked in baseball, but because back in the mid 80's 9 pocket pages were kind of pricey.  About a quarter a piece. You might pshaw that statement, but for a 12 year old with minimal funds and that fact that a cello pack cost about 10 cents more, those pocket pages were gold.

To get to the point a few years ago digging though my old cards I found a few of my old binders with the players I'd collected.  Besides my Brewers, I had a nice, and now mostly worthless, collection of Don Mattingly, Wade Boggs, Nolan Ryan, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Rickey Henderson, etc, etc, and Tony Gwynn.

I also had a soft spot for Mr. Gwynn after his son played for the Brewers for a few years.  Tony was only 54. And it's only been 7 years since he was elected to the Hall of Fame. Tony passed away from a fight with cancer of the salivary gland, most likely caused from using chewing tobacco.  Another great player taken way too early.

Friday, June 13, 2014

TTM Success - Jason Rogers - Milwaukee Brewers prospect

I sent out a few TTM's right before I left for my first job out in the field this summer.  When I got back today I had  one of my return envelopes waiting for me.

I sent Jason Rogers two of his 2014 Bowman cards and got them back in about a week.
Jason is currently playing for the Milwaukee's Double A affiliate the Huntsville Stars.

 Here are the TTM stats
Date Sent 6/2/14
Date Received 6/11/14

Address used:
Huntsville Stars
3125 Leeman Ferry Road
Huntsville, AL 35801