Friday, February 5, 2016

February Contest Winner

I finally found some 2016 Topps today and I bought a lot.  Well, I had two $25 Target cards so I bought two blasters and 4 hangar boxes.

I know.

I recorded the first pack and I'll post that on Twitter @patpdude for all to see.

We had two correct guesses of Chris Colabello.

CaptainKirk42 and Jeff.  I randomed their names three times as is my custom and the winner is...


Congrats to Jeff.  Let me know if you want me to mail a hangar box your way or just the cash to buy your own.  Kirk will be getting a consolation prize as well.

Thanks everyone!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I still haven't found any 2016 Topps...so the contest is still open

I hit two Targets and two Walmarts yesterday with no luck.

I'll be hitting up the same two Targets today so...you still have a chance at the contest.

Good luck!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Super Traders break

In order to kick off my participation in Jaybarkerfan's Super Traders group, I've ordered a box of my own to break.  It should be here tomorrow and I'll video the break and post for all to see.

I know the box breaking isn't a requirement, but I enjoyed the way Wes kicked this whole thing off and seeing as how he pulled a Ranger for me, I hope to return the favor in my box.

I'll keep the box a surprise, but it's supposed to have multiple "hits".  I just hope it's not a dud box!

I know I don't have addresses for all the people in the Super Traders group so if you're in the group and you read this, please email me your address!

Thanks.

Monday, February 1, 2016

No post gets more hits than a contest post

It has been a long time since I've done a contest. I used to do them on the first of every month. Since Topps is about to drop 2016 Series 1 on us, let's do the contest like this.

The Prize: A 2016 Topps Series 1 Hangar Box. (Or the cash so you can buy your own and save me the shipping hassle).  IF my first card is a Ranger, I'll up the prize to a blaster.

The Game: Guess the first card I pull from my first pack of 2016 Topps. All you have to do is look at the checklist and pick a name from the list. You can have 5 guesses EACH day until I get my 1st blaster. If you give the contest some pub on your blog, you can have 8 guesses per day.

2016 Topps Series 1 Checklist

The same name can be used more than once and I'll randomize all the people who have the right name to get a winner. 

Sound good?  Let's get to it then. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Two Sundays in a row

A streak of 2 is pretty long for me these days. Unfortunately this one is not for something good. I find myself at Care United, our local generic doc in the box place, for the second consecutive Sunday. Last week it was bronchitis for me and it ruined my whole week. This week its my youngest son and I'm fairly certain he has the same thing. Fun times.

If there is a bright spot on this Sunday it would be that I have to go to work and cover 6 hours this evening for one of my peeps. That means I can probably get up a real honest to goodness post. I'm also thinking about a contest post for tomorrow.

Anyone interested?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Anyone up for a Game?

Everyone likes to play games right?  I didn't know about these 1968 Topps Game cards when I started collecting in 1981.  I remember seeing some over the years, but didn't think much about them because they didn't look like anything I'd ever seen.  

Sources tell me they were issued as a 33 card set that came in complete boxed sets and were meant to be used to play a game.  Now that I know more about them, I might need to complete the set.  I picked up these four from my old LCS friend.  They were just in a random box and I got them for practically nothing.  



I can take a Giant in my collection if it's vintage.  Or Will Clark.  I do think it's appropriate that this Giant Mike McCormick is a Strike Out.




Good old Richie Allen is a Line Out with runners unable to advance!




My man Al Kaline at least brought the runner home!




Of course, I had to have these when I saw Carl Yastrzemski.  Yaz was one of the players I collected early on because he was a well established star when I started.  He looks so young there!

When I get around to updating my want lists, I'll add this set to it.  It should be another fun one to go after.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

My best damaged card

Maybe the answer to me blogging again was to get a nasty illness.  This bronchitis is kicking my butt. My ribs are sore from all the coughing and as much as I want to sleep, well, let's just say the getting up part is unpleasant when the coughing kicks in again.  I digress...

We've all pulled damaged cards from packs before.  It could just be one card or every card in the pack might be damaged.  I was looking through a box of cards this morning and ran across the best card I've ever pulled that was "factory" damaged.  Here's a pic of the damage.




The damage is almost dead center running along the top edge for an inch or so.  It doesn't look like your standard crimping that happens when the packs are sealed.  It's much less uniform than that.  It almost looks like it was crushed or dropped.  The odd thing is the damage doesn't show from the back.

I'll admit, when I first pulled this card out of the pack and saw the damage, it didn't really bother me much because it was a prospect card and being the experienced collector that I am, I know most of those guys don't pan out.  I pulled this card back in the day when I was the hit man.  You know the type.  I'd bust a box of cards only looking for the hits.  Unlike a lot of those guys, I did NOT leave the commons or non-hits behind for the store owner.  I just left the cards in the packs, the packs in the boxes, and the boxes in a big storage tub.

It was a couple of years after I pulled this card from a 2001 UD SP Game Used Edition pack that I was going through those already opened packs and I ran across this guy who was bashing the ball.





You might have heard of him.  One Albert Pujols.  You can clearly see the damage up there just to the right of his cap.



This Super Prospects card is #388/500.  I never looked up the "value" of this card because I didn't want to be disappointed that the damage would forever ruin that.  As it is, I have a fairly limited rookie card of a player from a team I don't like, but who should go in the Hall of Fame. I guess that's something.