Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2016 Topps Archives 65th Anniversary Box

I finally saw one of these boxes sitting at Wal-Mart and picked one up.  For the price I couldn't complain about getting a guaranteed autograph, although I don't have high expectations for pulling a big name player.

As you can see, these cards are reprints of other cards.  I took a picture of the back and put it down further below.  There are a few cool reprint cards in here, but nothing mind blowing.  Topps has reprinted some of these cards as "inserts" the past few years.

For my auto I got Scott Hatteberg.  The only reason I recognize this name is from the scene in Moneyball when he hits a walk off homerun to extend the A's winning streak. lol

I'll throw this onto the trade pile for anyone interested.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Topps 2017 Series 1

I purchased a few jumbo packs from my LCS last week.  Unfortunately, I didn't get any hits, but I got a few Cubs and solid inserts.

  • Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler base cards.
  • Chicago Cubs World Series champions card!
  • Kris Bryant and Kyle Hendricks League Leaders inserts.

  • Dansby Swanson rookie card!
  • Evan Longoria 5 Tool insert - cool looking insert.
  • A gold Shin-Soo Choo out of /2017.

  • These 1987 inserts are awesome.  Brings back fond memories of collecting this set as a kid.

After not getting any hits from the jumbo packs, I decided to hit up eBay and check out the autos for sale.  I ended up finding a Jim Abbott auto and an Addison Russell manufactured Jackie Robinson patch for cheap.

A few days later I jumped back on eBay and saw a couple of the 2017 Topps Hobby Silver Packs for an affordable price.  I grabbed both of those and pulled a Jose Altuve auto!  These are chrome versions of the 1987 inserts and look pretty nice.  I'm pretty happy with the players I received.

If you are interested in any of these, (minus the Cubs cards), let me know and we can work out a trade!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Mail Day #4 - Auto's and Inserts

I've got some bigger things to post, but I wanted to do a quick pick up post here before I forget.  I have done some trading recently with some friends on Twitter and picked up a few cards from eBay.  None of the Twitter pickups are Cubs.  However, I did go to my LCS and picked up a couple packs of 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League and found a Rizzo I didn't have in my PC.

First up is an Andy Pettite from 2016 Bowman's Best, a Harold Baines auto /50 from 2016 Stadium Club, and an Anthony Rizzo /199 from 2013 Topps Archives.

  • The Pettite insert is awesome because they used the 1996 design.  I plan on picking up more of these.  
  • The Baines auto popped up on eBay for cheap, so I grabbed it for trade bait.
  • Lastly, the Rizzo my LCS had, so I grabbed it for the PC.

Next up I have a couple of Gypsy Queen autos of Trevor Cahill and Christian Yelich.

  • The Trevor Cahill auto goes to the 2016 Cubs  roster auto/relic collection I started.  Check the PC tab on the blog to see how that collection is going.
  • Christian Yelich was part of a twitter trade I had.  He is a good young player that I think I'll start collecting when I see his stuff for cheap.

Finally, the two packs of 2016 Heritage Minor Leagues didn't give me much.  I got a cool insert of Billy McKinney and a blue border parallel /99 of Osvaldo Abreu.

I'll add the Harold Baines auto to the for trade section of my blog.  More trade items will be added shortly, now that I'm organizing my cards.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Awesome Mail Day! First Superfractor!

I use www.lonestarboxbreaks.com for case breaks and "pick a pack" from time to time.  I have had some decent hits before, but none like I had last week.  The way pick a pack works is you go to the site and buy random hobby packs with a number.  Then the packs are mixed up out of the box (on live video feed) and numbered randomly.

I purchased some packs of 2016 Donruss Optic Baseball and Football, 2016 Panini Classic Football.  I also was given a free pack of 2016 NBA Hoops.  Each pack purchased last week got you an entry into a drawing for a 2015 Spectra Garrett Grayson Superfractor.  I had 10 entries and actually won!

First up is the Superfractor I won.  It's of Garrett Grayson from the Saints and it's the first one I have ever had.  Looks really nice in person.

From Optic Baseball I pulled a Manny Machado green parallel 2/5 and a Buster Posey Diamond Kings gold parallel 3/10! 

For my NBA Hoops pack I pulled an auto of Dakari Johnson.  I don't follow much basketball, so I haven't heard of this player.

I would say I had some pretty good luck last week.  I'm not PC-ing any of these teams or players, so all of these are up for trade.  I'm always on the lookout for Cubs cards and I want to get some Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliot cards.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Gems Of The Game Blaster Box

Happy New Year!  After a very busy Christmas season for me I finally have some time to post some things I bought.  First up, I decided to take a gamble with one of those Gems Of The Game blaster boxes they sell at Wal-mart and Target.  You get 1 graded card, 8 regular packs, 1 fat pack and 1 bonus pack.

First, the graded card...and I got Cole Hamels from 2011 Topps.  Not too shabby of a player, although I'd be lying if I said I didn't wish for any Cubs player or a Trout, but I doubt they put many of those in there.

Packs number 1 and 2 are from USA Baseball Champions.  I did pull a numbered card of Ryne Stanek, but that was about it.

Packs 3 and 4 are from Topps 2012 Series One.  Some neat looking inserts, but again, mostly base stuff.

Packs 5 and 6 are Topps 2014 Series One.  More base cards and I got a Samardzija. MEH

Pack 7 is.....Pinnacle?!?!  This brand still exists in some capacity?!?!

Packs 8 & 9 are just stickers.  BOO!

Finally, the "fat pack" that was referenced on the box.  You thought it was gonna be a relic pack too, didn't you?  NOPE.  It's just a jumbo hanger pack of some Topps.

Well, that was a pretty disappointing box to get.  For $20 I didn't expect much, but when you throw in 2 sticker packs instead of real packs, you get negative marks for that.  I wouldn't recommend buying one of these unless its in the clearance section for $5.  The graded Cole Hamels is decent, but the card isn't very exciting to me.  If anyone wants the Cole Hamels I'll throw it into a trade for free.

Monday, December 5, 2016

New PC Additions

A while back I did a trade and picked up a couple of relic cards.  I had forgotten about this trade until recently.  The two relic cards I got are of Javier Baez and Greg Maddux.

The Greg Maddux is a manufactured patch, but I thought it was a pretty fun little card to get.  I also had some leftover Amazon gift card money and went on the hunt for some memorabilia.  I finally settled on a Matt Szczur autographed baseball with #trynottosuck inscribed below the signature.  

In the future I'll post all the current memorabilia that I have aside from my cards.  I've been collecting sports memorabilia since I was a kid and recently have been getting it back out for display.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Walgreens MLB Jumbo Value Box

Walgreens has these 100 card value re-pack boxes of baseball and football cards for $4.99.  It says on the box there is a hit in every fourth box, so I figured why not take a shot.  After sifting through the cards here are the ones I liked the most.

Check out the awesome Kent Tekulve!  I'm gonna have to start a PC for him ASAP.

Yu Darvish, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry and Steve Avery.

An Ozzie Smith, Stan Musial and Jose Canseco/Terry Steinbach/Mark McGwire combo card.

Lastly, Ryne Sandberg and Kerry Wood cards I didn't have in my PC!  I also got a hit!  An autograph of Miguel Negron 95/100.  Doesn't look like he ever made it to the majors, but it's nice to get a "hit". lol

As it turns out, this was a really fun box I picked up that had some cool cards to add to my PC.