Just busted 2 boxes of 2008 Topps Series 1 hobby boxes. Since I'm still new and getting back into the game, I've not yet opened any Topps Series 1 from 2008, so this was fun, and I was suprised by the reasonably good pulls I received. Let's get to the results:
Box 1: Really like finding the Campaign 08 Barack Obama and Mike Fontenot Black 5/57
Other good pulls: Gold parallels: Bud Black, Victor Martinez, Jacque Jones, AL Leaders Saves (Borowski, Jenks, Putz) Campaign 08: Kucinich, McCain, Paul Gold Foil parallels: 167, 289, 185, 302, 88, 129, 6, 134, 321, 260, 105, 223, 217, 145, 65, 254, 17, 207 Notable Commons: Mickey Mantle #7, Future Stars FS1 Kazuo Uzuki Also got 6 year in review cards, 7 50th Anniversary All Star cards, 6 own the game cards, 6 Mickey Mantle cards, 6 Trading Card History cards, as well as commons of ARod, Ichiro, and DiceK.
Box 2: Couple nice cards in a Tom Gorzelanny highlights auto, and Curt Schilling world series patch relic card 359/499.
Other good pulls: Gold parallels: David Murphy, Robinson Tejeda, Willie Harris, and Dustin McGowan Campaign 08: Romney, Biden, Thompson, and Clinton Gold Foil parallels: 83, 292, 240, 75, 21, 236, 46, 118, 52, 122, 31, 43, 66, 170, 114, 239, 280, 270 Notable Commons: Mickey Mantle #7, Future Stars FS1 Kazuo Uzuki Also got 6 year in review cards, 7 50th Anniversary All Star cards, 6 own the game cards, 6 Mickey Mantle cards, 6 Trading Card History cards, as well as commons of ARod, Ichiro, and DiceK.
So the mayhem continues, the 2008 Tristar Projections High Numbers are about as impressive as the previous two packs. Nobody I know, well maybe I've heard of Sean Rodriquez, but for only 5 cards in a pack, that's still pretty lame...
Got a pack of 2008 Tristar Projections... I must say this is the damn-dest bunch of no-names I've ever witnessed. Seriously, you could introduce me to them in person and I still wouldn't believe these are baseball players. Who are these people?!
Got a pack of 1990 Upper Deck... Probably only decent card I'd be interested in from this pack would be a Sammy Sosa rookie card. I opened the pack, and actually got a pretty good pair in a Steve Avery rookie and Kevin Mass rookie. Back in the day this would have been pretty good. Nowadays, I can use them as kindling for a fire. Also notable is the Stan Javier uni-brow, and his matching uni-stache.
Got a pack of 1988 Fleer... In general, there are some reasonably decent cards that could be had from this set, such as the Edgar Martinez, Ken Caminiti, Tom Glavine, or Mark Grace rookies... I got absolutely no good cards from the pack, but would like to say that I think Atlee Hammaker is probably the most over produced guy on a baseball card during the late 80's! Seems like he's in every pack...
So I bought one of those boxes of cards that contain a bunch of random packs from different years, you know, just to see what I get. The first pack is a 1992 Stadium Club. Not much to look for here, as the best card you can possibly pull would be a Nolan Ryan. Unfortunately, the best (and only decent) card in the pack is a Roger Clemens...
Got mail today, 2008 Topps Heritage #650 Evan Longoria. Why is it so hard for Topps/Bowman to create a well centered card? I mean, I just bought a blaster of Upper Deck Masterpieces, and I was struck by how perfectly centered they were, I was impressed by this, and it shouldn't be impressive for a card to be centered, that should just be a given...
1941-99 Street and Smith Baseball Yearbook #2005 Casey Blake 1997 Dunedin Blue Jays Team Issue #3 Casey Blake 1998 Dunedin Blue Jays Team Issue #5 Casey Blake 1998 Dunedin Blue Jays Stickers Team Issue #6 Casey Blake 1999 Just Autographs #19 Casey Blake ST
1999 Syracuse Skychiefs Blueline #16 Casey Blake 1999 Just Autographs Die Cuts #13 Casey Blake ST Print Run 200 2000 Pacific Gold #436 Casey Blake Print Run 199 2000 Metal #211 Casey Blake PROS 2000 Salt Lake Buzz Multi-Ad #3 Casey Blake 2000 Just Autographs #BA35 Casey Blake 2000 Pacific #436 Casey Blake 2000 Syracuse Skychiefs Grandstand #6 Casey Blake 2000 Just Gold #111 Casey Blake 2000 Just #111 Casey Blake 2000 Pacific Platinum Blue #436 Casey Blake Print Run 75 2000 SkyBox Dominion #284 P.Munro/ C.Blake 2000 Pacific Premiere Date #436 Casey Blake Print Run 37 2000 Just Autographs Gold #BA35 Casey Blake JG Print Run 1 2000 Pacific Copper #436 Casey Blake Print Run 99 2000 Metal Emerald #211 Casey Blake PROS 2000 Just Autographs Black #BA35 Casey Blake JG Print Run 50 2000 Pacific Emerald Green #436 Casey Blake Print Run 99 2000 Fleer Tradition #403 C.Blake/ V.Wells 2000 Pacific Ruby #436 Casey Blake 2000 Fleer Tradition Glossy Hawaii #403 C.Blake/ V.Wells Print Run 1 2000 Fleer Tradition Glossy #403 C.Blake/ V.Wells Print Run 10000 2000 Just Black #111 Casey Blake 2001 Edmonton Trappers Team Issue #4 Casey Blake 2002 Edmonton Trappers Multi-Ad #2 Casey Blake 2003 Fleer Tradition Update Glossy #37 Casey Blake Print Run 100 2003 Indians Postcards #47 Casey Blake 2003 Upper Deck 40-Man Rainbow #118 Casey Blake Print Run 40 2003 MLB Showdown Pennant Run #37 Casey Blake 2003 Fleer Tradition Update #37 Casey Blake 2003 Upper Deck 40-Man #118 Casey Blake 2004 Bowman Chrome X-Fractors #51 Casey Blake Print Run 172 2004 Donruss Team Heroes Showdown Bronze #128 Casey Blake Print Run 150 2004 Playoff Prestige Xtra Bases Green #59 Casey Blake Print Run 150 2004 Topps Total Press Plates Yellow #21 Casey Blake Print Run 1 2004 Bowman Chrome #51 Casey Blake 2004 Topps Cracker Jack Mini Stickers #170 Casey Blake 2004 Fleer Tradition #110 Casey Blake 2004 Playoff Prestige Xtra Bases Red #59 Casey Blake Print Run 25 2004 Bazooka #169 Casey Blake 2004 MLB Sportsclix Extra Bases #20 Casey Blake U 2004 Topps Total Press Plates Black #21 Casey Blake Print Run 1
2004 Topps Total Press Plates Cyan #21 Casey Blake Print Run 1 2004 Topps Gold #577 Casey Blake Print Run 2004 2004 Topps 1st Edition #577 Casey Blake 2004 MLB Showdown #99 Casey Blake 2004 Topps Cracker Jack Mini #170 Casey Blake 2004 Bowman Uncirculated Silver #51 Casey Blake Print Run 245 2004 eTopps #4 Casey Blake/ 1420 Print Run 1420 2004 Fleer Patchworks Star Ruby #32 Casey Blake Print Run 50 2004 Ultra Platinum Medallion #60 Casey Blake Print Run 66 2004 Indians Gravity Games Upper Deck #3 Casey Blake 2004 USA Baseball 25th Anniversary Signatures Blue Ink #BLA Casey Blake/ 60 Print Run 60 2004 Topps Cracker Jack Mini Blue #170 Casey Blake 2004 USA Baseball 25th Anniversary Signatures Black Ink #BLA Casey Blake/ 180 Print Run 180 2004 Indians Team Issue #4 Casey Blake 2004 Playoff Prestige #59 Casey Blake 2004 Playoff Prestige Xtra Bases Black #59 Casey Blake Print Run 75 2004 Topps Cracker Jack #170 Casey Blake 2004 USA Baseball 25th Anniversary #17 Casey Blake 2004 USA Baseball 25th Anniversary Signatures Red Ink #BLA Casey Blake/ 10 Print Run 10
I just happened to be at Target, and the itch to buy a box of cards consumed me. (I swear this relapse has been 10-15 years in the making so I'm making up for lost time). Anyway, I picked up a blaster of 2008 Stadium Club, and pulled an Evan Longoria Auto!!! Sweet!!!! (disclaimer: I've never had a good pull from a blaster box until now.)
I was just looking at some of the 2008 sweet spot and thinking that the base cards are far better than the sweet swatch card. Taking away the potential value of the actual game used "piece" of fabric, the sweet swatches are by in large unartistic and less impressive visually than the base set. The base cards include the embossing of the baseballs seam, while the sweet swatches do not. The base cards fill the entire card with colorful pictures, while the sweet swatches fill only half the card with an uninspired player picture. In reality, shouldn't the quality behind the sweet swatch be better than the base set, so as to provide added emphasis, making the sweet swatch a card not only to be desired for it's potential monetary value, but also for the unique and attractive design.
Just took my first video of opening a box, since there was really nothing in the box that excited me, I just put everything double speed and added music... sorry for the poor video editing but I'll get better.
Got a great purchase in the mail today, figured if I'm going to start collecting Evan Longoria cards, I may as well get one of the high end autos to kick things into gear, so here it is, the bowman sterling auto...
Was just looking through my books from 15 years ago, seeing what all I have and verifying that they all are (for the most part), still worthless. This page was a small surprise, a few Manny rookies, probably worth all of $10 now, but they are all in nearly perfect condition.
As further evidence I had a decent start on a Ken Griffey collection before I went the way of the dinosaurs and fell off the face of the earth. Here's a look at what probably a million other kids had back in the early 90's...
Just busted a box of 2008 Bowman Chrome, and the hits (more or less) were an Evan Longoria base, Matt Latos auto, Esmailyn Gonzalez xfractor. I did get an Ichiro, Arod, Griffy and about 6 refractors.
And here's where I get pissed, the 6 refractors, were all POORLY cut!!!!!! Not a single one was well centered, and the Pedro Martinez even contains a slight bit of color from the card that was above it on the sheet!!!! Seriously, how hard is it to cut sheets straight?! I feel like I got a raw deal on this because these cards have little value, would not rate well. It's like buying an expensive shirt and finding out the arm lengths are different, buying a new car and the window shatters as you leave the lot!
Here's the Pedro!
Here's a pic of all the refractors, what a rip off...
So, to start off this blog, I thought I'd post a pic of the first big hit I've gotten of the year. I decided to pick up a hobby box of 2008 Sweet Spot, the one with 6 packs. It was a little hard to justify the $100 price tag at the local hobby shop, but I sucked it up. The first four packs provided little in terms of value, but the fifth pack I hit a great card, the Sweet Spot Bat Barrel Auto (in black) of Tony Gwynn. Since I'm not a Tony Gwynn collector, I've already sold the card to another collector, so it's gone, but I do enjoy having the pic and knowing that I pulled this great card.
Ok, so I'm starting this blog because I've recently relapsed and have become slightly addicted to collecting cards once again. I kid, I was never really ever addicted, and am not currently addicted, but I do enjoy the excitement of finding a great hit in a pack of random cards. (On the other hand, I greatly despise opening a box and getting nothing but useless inserts of no value either book or on the secondary market.)
The background, I started collecting right around 1985, just in time for the rapid expansion of card production and the intro to cards with little value. I continued collecting through high school (ie. into the early 90's). I have quite a few cards and used to collect Ken Griffey Jr., McGwire, and a few others. I actually have quite a few cards from the mediocre stars of that time period, and I think I probably bought the most cards during 1987.
So here I am now, all grown up, and as I was shopping for Christmas presents this year, I happened to pick up a blaster box from Toys R Us, and opened it. It was a box of Upper Deck Series 2, which contained a game used card. Granted I've been out of touch with the hobby for over 10 years, so seeing this got me excited and I started reading up on everything! I started buying hobby boxes, selling cards I didn't want on ebay (both from my original collection as well as new pulls). The itch needless to say is back, and I'm getting back in. I forgot how much I enjoyed being a kid, and of all the things I choose to be in my life, I choose to always have a bit of kid in me, and returning to this hobby is a great way to maintain some of the kid in me.
So where do I go from here? Well, simple, I plan to buy cards again (when it fits within the budget - as if I have a budget), post box break videos when I think of it, post pics of some of my hits (one of which I will post here shortly), buy missing cards for my collection when finding the card I want is not reasonable to do via box breaks. I've decided to start focusing on Casey Blake cards (since we went to the same school growing up), and I've already scored a 1999 Fleer Update. I'm also building a pretty good starter collection of Evan Longoria and Kosuke Fukudome (the name always makes me giggle a little inside). In addition, I enjoy the higher end insert autos and I may break some of those boxes every once in a while as well.
So there it is, my relapse back into card collecting... be easy on me, I feel like a newbie all over again!