Friday, June 23, 2017

Not A Bad Vacation Pull

Believe it or not, I actually take a vacation. That vacation takes a lot of saving up for and it isn't usually more than a few days. I bet none of you even knew I was on vacay this week from Sunday to Tuesday. I go to relax at a beach and visit an LCS I visit every year. It's the only one I ever get to so I try to at least come home with something.

With the budget very tight this year, I couldn't bring home a hobby box and extra packs as usual. This year was actually one of my lesser visits when it comes to purchases. I couldn't however come home empty handed.

So for $20, I think I scored pretty well. You may wonder how I got this so cheap, well, I have spent much in the past at this particular shop and have become pretty good friends with the owners so they always give me a good deal.

This binder, you can never have enough binders, $1. Can't go wrong.

And then I busted 6 packs of 2017 Donruss baseball. I try to open some every year. I think it's one of the more underrated products out there all because people don't like the fact it doesn't have any logos. Well, I will tell you what, you are missing out. The overall product is very solid, affordable and can pack a big punch as you will see. I got these 6 packs for $19.

I surprisingly didn't hit one rookie card. Not sure what the odds are on those. I was obviously hoping to find a Judge. But I did pull a Brandon Belt parallel /49 and a Moncada The Rookies.

To my surprise, boxes only have 3 hits and this one looked to had been opened for a bit. So finding two jersey cards in my first three packs was a surprise. Too bad the players weren't better. Cool designed however.

Oh yeah, I did mention there was a third hit didn't I....well...that one was in there too. A very nice looking Significant Signatures purple 3/10 Ozzie Smith. Boo Yeah! I always pull at least something nice from this shop.

I do find the team choice for Ozzie a bit odd for Panini going with San Diego, cause how many of us think of the Wizard as a Padre? But Ozzie's sig is so nice I will ignore that fact.

Well, that's my showcase. I hope when I go next year I will have a tad bit more money to spend at the shop but feel for what I did spend, I did pretty well.

MLB Pick Em Week 12B

Below are the BONUS picks for this weeks MLB Pick Em challenge!

Because I messed up this week and posted all of the wrong game picks, there is a second part to this challenge. If you entered the previous one, you automatically got all of them right. Congrats, 5 easy points! You can read the small write-up I added in for Week 12A to catch you up on what happened.

The rules are different however for Part B. They will be TWISTED for the two games. You will earn two points for each game right, lose two points for each game wrong. 

GWAHAHAHAAHAHHAAHA. Yes, that's my inner Bowser.

The only other rule is you must be a U.S. Resident to enter or have an address in the U.S.

Here is TOMORROW'S games to pick winners of:
Colorado @ LA Dodgers
Houston @ Seattle

Here are my picks for the games

Leave your picks in comments below. You will have til 10:00 pm Saturday, June 24th 2017 to enter. Any entries left after that will be disqualified for this bonus but will still get the 5 points if entered on the other part.

Standings should be updated Sunday with JUNE'S winner!! Make sure you check the overall standings to see if you were the winner.

Good Luck to all that enter!


Random Card On My Desk: 1998 Topps Hall Of Fame Collection Willie McCovey

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Another Top Shelf Mail Day

Another football product released and another spot claimed in a Top Shelf Breaks by me. This time luck had my side as I finally landed a chance at something NY Giants with the NFC East. Only problem, I didn't land one single card of them.

But, I did land some nice ones.

Perine has been a highly touted guy for Washington and pulling a nice shiny parallel isn't a bad start to a mail day. Of course a Zeke insert doesn't hurt either.

Evans was undrafted and signed by the Eagles who stuck in on injury reserve. So not the best of pulls here but I know a VT fan that would appreciate it.

Gibson, a speedster drafted in the 5th round, could fill in the long time missing shoes of Desean Jackson and give Wentz another weapon. I like this pull.
Not bad to pull two autos in one $13 spot. I look forward to my next break.
If you wanna pull some hits like I did or even bigger "monsters" as they have pulled plenty, check out Top Shelf Breaks, HERE. You can also follow them on Twitter for break updates and for giveaways. Good people who look out for collectors and trying to make breaking affordable and fun.
Thoughts on my mail day is welcomed below!

Random Card On My Desk:2004 Topps Heritage "Old Logo" Pat Burrell

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Another Trade With Dub Mentality

In the last few weeks @DubMentality, who runs the Dub Mentality blog (please add it to your blogroll if you haven't yet or at least give it a read), worked out a trade to both help our PC's. I sent along some pretty cool items he knew about and in exchange, I took a blind trade knowing Dub wouldn't let me down.

And he didn't.

Before I kick off the gallery, I will say three cards are left off of it. They are Rodney Hampton's that will be done in separate segments like I do for all of my Hampton adds.

So let's kick off the gallery I am showing off!

Let's kick it off with a group of Giants. My first Score Giants of 2017 including my first Janoris Jenkins in a Gmen uni. I am always glad to pad a couple new Shepard and Perkins rookies too.

Some new Eli's for the PC including one from his rookie year.

I think it may be a TOOMAH. Now read that like Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is a new Toomer add, a card I haven't seen before and a nice 90's one. I also don't have a ton of Toomer in his #18 jersey.

Lee Rouson. If you read my article awhile back on how I met the guy at my church you would know the significance of this card. It's actually my first of him. Great guy, Super Bowl Champ and one to look up to.

Three new Prizm adds including a nice Shepard parallel.

9 Griffey's that I sadly have all of. It's really hard to trade Griffey's to me unless they are parallels because I can't get my lazy butt to do an online checklist. I have one all set up, just haven't taken the time to highlight the ones I have. But, The Kid is The Kid and I will keep em.

A few new Yanks here including Jeets.

I don't own a lot of older Yanks so this is a nice add.

And of course this is an epic add. Loving me some Judge for my PC. I didn't get this one from my box of Archives so Dub helped fill that void. Now need the Opening Day, Heritage, Gypsy Queen, and Bunt to help fill in the low end needs among all of the inserts (I have 0) and parallels. If you got em and don't need em, just let me know!

Dre! A new Andre Williams to the PC.

And another....(I have the parallel auto just not the base)
And another.
Nice pink Optic jersey card of Paul Perkins.

I think this only makes my third jersey card for Odell of his rookie year. Which is quite shocking knowing the amounts of them out there. Really solid add here.

And we finish it up with a really nice add, this guy is going to be a Pro Bowl Safety for many years to come. He is a ball-hawking play maker. This marks only my second rookie auto of his but this one is my favorite. Tek looks great.
A big thanks goes out to Dub for the mail day and for the trade. I have begun setting stuff aside for our next one which I am sure will be another great one.

I hope to make new updates to my Giants overall numbers tab in the next few days and will tweet it out when I do.

Random Card On My Desk:1960 Topps 1959 World Series The Champs Celebrate

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

REVIEW:2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball

Topps is starting to heat up just like the baseball season and more releases are flying on shelves.

This time around we find a sequel to Series 1. You pretty much always expect the similar finds in two except with some new players and a few new toys to play with.

My break of Series 1 was the best I ever had so let's see if Series 2 is the same. READ ON!

Each hobby box of 2017 Topps Series 2 baseball comes with 36 packs of 10 cards. There is either one autograph or one memorabilia card per box. Hobby boxes have been running around $70 each.
The base card checklist is 350 total cards deep showcasing superstars, young players and rookies  such as Trey Mancini, Amir Garrett, Jorge Alfaro, Hunter Renfroe, Manny Margot, Mitch Haniger, Jharel Cotton, Matt Olson, Dan Vogelbach, and Gavin Cecchini.

The design is the same as Series 1. One thing that caught my attention in Series 2 is the photography. Great selection of action and non-action shots. Also like in Series 1 there are team cards and nicknames as well embedded in the set.

I have included some of my favorite images from the base set. But, there were plenty others I could have chosen as well.

This one I thought was the coolest of the set.

While we are on the base card topic, as always, there are photo variations to find. Series 2 provides more of them, 50 to be exact, that are extremely tough to pull and are rare. There are some base card variations of the same player and there are variations that replace that player with a legend. Which those are really easy to spot.

Just like in past releases, just look at the bottom of the card to define if you have pulled an Sp or not. Here are the codes you need to define that, Base Code ends in 3535 and Variation Code ends in 3587

This product wouldn't be the same if it didn't have parallels. Well, it has many to choose from and you find a nice amount per box. But, not an overabundance which is good.

These are the golds. I will admit they are hard to spot with the way they were done with just the little splash of gold. I prefer the all of the white be done in gold as well and same goes for all of the parallels except the foil that are obvious.
Rainbow Foils fall 1:10 and look spectacular as always.

And to my surprise, a black that I didn't spot the first two times sorting. These are /66. Like I said earlier, would be easier to spot with the white being black as well.

Other parallels include:
  • Vintage Stock Parallel numbered to 99.
  • Mother's Day Hot Pink Parallel numbered to 50.
  • Father's Day Powder Blue Parallel numbered to 50.
  • Memorial Day Parallel numbered to 25.
  • Clear Parallel numbered to 10
  • Negative Parallel
  • Platinum Parallel numbered 1/1
  • Printing Plates Sequentially numbered 1/1
Insert time and there are plenty to find. At least one per pack.

As always, celebrity fun with First Pitch makes their return. I don't think I could ever get tired of these.

A new insert in Series 2 is Major League Milestones. This helps celebrate milestone achievements from the 2016 MLB season such as David Ortiz passing Ted Williams' HR total and Albert Pujols joining the 600 HR club! These fell 1:8 packs

1987 Topps Baseball makes it return in Series to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this iconic design with an insert set! These have stars of today, future and past and have the feel of the original. They also are each foil stamped with the 30th anniversary stamp. This time they include Rookies and All-Stars. These fall 1:4 packs so you will find plenty of them. They also have red and platinum parallels.

New to Series 2 also is Memorable Moments that recap some of the greatest moments in Baseball history such as rookie debuts, pitching performances, home run records and walk-off wins. These fall 1:8 packs. I found a Griffey, so I am good.

Buyback cards fall 1 in every 6 packs and all but the most valuable cards will be stamped with a new foil "Rediscover" logo so they can be easily found. There will be multiple levels of rarity in the foil logos like blue, silver and bronze. I found a Tex in my box. It's kinda fun finding these especially for the older cards as I think the newer ones are a bit odd to find it with it on it. There are actually some collectors trying to chase all of these down.

Topps Salutes makes it's return for Series 2 and this time commemorate mid-season events highlighting customized MLB uniforms, celebrating top rookies, Spring Training, curtain call moments, vintage uniforms and the greatest legends of MLB. These fall 1:4 packs and also include a Red Parallel numbered to 25 and a Platinum Parallel numbered 1/1.

MLB Network inserts just like in Series 1. These fall one-per-box. This guy is one of the bigger names to get in my opinion.

Just like in Series 1, I pulled an Ultimate Card Giveaway card that I assume are one-per-box for a chance at a free Topps Now card. You can also win Free Topps Bunt '17 cards. Did I win, well, no. I have lost on both now. If you have won on these, would love to hear about it in comments!

Now time to reveal the hit!

My hit of the box wasn't the best, a single color swatch from Jay Bruce. It was my usual expectation for a hit as autograph odds are a bit tougher.

Other hits not found in my box but look great are, Topps Reverence Autograph Patch Cards,Major League Material Autograph Cards, Memorable Moments Autograph Relic Cards, Major League Milestones Autograph Relic Cards ,Topps Salute Autograph Cards, Memorable Moments Autograph Cards,Major League Milestones Autograph Cards,and 1987 Topps Baseball - Rookie & All-Star Edition Autograph Cards. Most of the auto relic cards have red /10 and platinum 1/1/ parallels.

Major League Material Cards, Memorable Moments Relic Cards, Major League Milestone Relic Cards., In the Name Relics, Cut Signatures, MLB All-Star Game Logo Patch Cards and finally, Independence Day Team Logo Patch Cards. Some of these also have much rarer parallels like red and platinum like the autographs.

Lots of hits to choose from as you can see.

OVERALL: My box was a tad lackluster, but it doesn't mean I didn't have fun. Isn't that the point of the hobby. I would say if you are looking at it for an investment end and just want a shot at bigger hits, I would go for a Jumbo Box which promises more hits. But, if you are just looking for something to bust that's at a reasonable price and available for both retail and hobby, this isn't a terrible way to go. Last few years the base rookie cards in here have held their value and occasionally you will find that big hit. But, I think flagship both series one and two targets us set collectors and those who just like a bust that isn't about all of the hits pizazz. It's about the fun, the photography and the stats which is baseball.

Look for a future giveaway with some of the cards you see above in the MLB Pick Em Promo!. Follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their main website, HERE, as well.

LT The Robot

NY Giants kick finishes up my awesome mail day from @imqualifying.

Up first some Donruss adds. Not sure which I have or don't, but pretty sure most are needed.

Jacobs and Cruz

A nice looking Sinorice Moss jersey card. It appears from the photo he is wearing an LT jersey....

And to finish up the mail day, I go back to 1992 Upper Deck with a FaniMation card of Lawrence Taylor. He appears as a sack taking destroying robot that won't back down. I bet this is what Joe Theismann saw coming at him on that Monday night game.
A huge thanks goes out to @imqualifying for her generosity in this mail day. I was blown away. I have a few things I wanna send your way when I get the chance to. But, I cannot repeat enough how much appreciation I have for this!
Thoughts on todays or past mail days from this box are welcomed in comments!

Random Card On My Desk:1990 Topps Magazine Ryne Sandberg