Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello Greg


I've been trying to get Greg Vaughn to sign for me through the mail for a few years now.  I've never had any success and was happy to see that he had a relatively high numbered autograph in this years Tier One.  Considering Robin Yount's auto in the set is numbered to only 50 this might as well be a 1987 Topps card.  I'm also quite certain the person who pulled this was very disappointed especially after what I snagged this for off of eBay.  Greg also had an autograph card in last year's Archives, but I'm glad I waited and picked this one up.  These Acclaimed Autograph cards were made for that signature.  A beautiful on card auto from the Brewers 1st round pick back in 1986.  I remember seeing Greg play for the El Paso Diablos back in I think 1988.  I also remember he was the reason I over paid for my 1989 Fleer team set.






Wednesday, July 15, 2015

My new favorite card of 2015

Oh hello there.  I know I've been pretty quiet here.  I have lots I can blame it on.  Family, job, summer in Alaska, my general ennui for blogging in general, the boring cardscape of exclusivity.  But in the end I just really haven't felt like blogging.  I mean I could always find something to blog about.  Anyways I've bought a couple packs of this years Stadium Club.  I'm glad Topps brought the set back down to the masses.  You can find Stadium Club in retail stores and hobby shops this year, They've increased the set size to 300 cards and also increased card thickness and overall it's a great looking set, but some photo choice are much better than others.  The per card price is a little high so completing this set would be expensive and/or a decent challange and it doesn't look like any of the base cards are short printed.

  I was a little disappointed Robin Yount wasn't featured in this year's set, but I'm glad to see they chose to put The Ignitor in a Brewers uniform instead.  And so far this is my favorite card this year.  Just a great photo. It fits the card perfectly, shows Molitor stealing, what I'm going to assume is 2nd base.  Dust clouds billowing from the slide, Paul's head up and looking at where the throw was, batting helmet slightly askew.  Just a great all around card.





The back of the card gives us a second Molitor photo to marvel at.  Looks like Topps picked Paul in posed pirate batting stance.

Anyone else have a favorite card so far this year?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Contest Pimp - Waiting 'Til Next Year's Bowman-a-palooza!

Ah Yeah!  It's been a while since I've popped up, but you should head on over to Waiting 'Til Next Year for a super easy contest/giveaway.  P-Town Tom is giving away some almost complete sets of 2014 Bowman Baseball.  Whether your first or last on the list you win!  Check it out

Monday, June 15, 2015

2015 Topps Baseball Series 2

I got my grubby little hands on a few retail jumbo packs on my recent run to the grocery store.  I grabbed two packs and featured one of them over at A Pack to Be Named Later, but I figure I'd feature everything from both here.  I won't bore you with the base cards.  You get 4 or 5 inserts and/or parallels per pack so I came out with about 60 base cards and no doubles.


 I did get a couple cards from my team.  It doesn't come though from the scan, but this Lohse card is a foil parallel.  The only noticeable difference from Series 1 is that is says Series Two over the card number on the back.
 Since this isn't suppose to be released yet we'll have to wait to see what inane variations Topps has come up with this round, but if you look close at the bottom of Kyles card you'll see the last  3 digits in the code # are 764.  All my base cards have that same code number so if it holds true all the variations will have a different number.

Here are the continuing inserts.


These 1st Home Run inserts are a carry over as well and again retail only.  I pulled one from each pack.






Topps does have some new inserts for this set.  First up is Stepping Out.

 and 'Til It's Over.

 I like the idea of both of these inserts, but I'm not wild about the design.  And like just about every insert this year they all have relic, autograph, and relic autograph versions, although not for every subject.

The last two inserts I do kind of like.  Hot Streak with it's Mission Impossible burning fuse.

 And Heart of the Order with it's use of baseball bats and wood grain.  Both kind of remind me of those great inserts from days gone by and of course seeing Jose in he's A's uniform helps with the Throwback Thursday feel.



I did get one decent "hit" if you want to call it that.  A pink parallel.  I'm up on my Orioles, is Flaherty any good?

Well there you go 72 cards worth of fun.  I'll be slowly piecing this set together so save your extras for me.

cb out.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Thrifting Anchorage Part 2


Another two pack of comics for $1.99.  I couldn't resist when I saw the Wanted #1.  Of course both comics in the pack would go on to be made into movies, but the Red issue was just a bonus.  I didn't bother to check the database at comicbookrealm.com at the time, but once I got home I was pleased to find out that the Wanted comic is the variant and actually worth a few more bucks.  




Next up some card finds!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

TTM Success - Matt Clark

I sent Matt Clark his only major league baseball card and got it back in record time.  Matt got called up last year and got 16 games in last year.  He's currently on the 40-man roster, but is sitting in Colorado Spring playing for Milwaukee's Triple-A team the Sky Sox.

Panini decided to feature him as one of the four Brewers cards in the Diamond Kings set.  I'm always appreciative of an auto, but a thicker Sharpie probably would have made this pop.  Not Matt's fault and I am glad to get a new TTM.


TTM Stats
Date Sent: 5/28/15
Date Recieved: 6/5/15
Address Used:
c/o Colorado Skysox
4385 Tutt Blvd
Security Service Field
Colorado Springs, CO 80922



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Thrifting Anchorage Part 1


I live relatively close to a Value Village thrift store.  It's convenient when I want to get rid of stuff, but from time to time I also find some great deals.  I try to stop in at least once a month.  My main goal is to try and find cheap Lego pieces.  I'm building a hoard for my son to play with when he's old enough.  

It's kind of laughable sometimes what stuff gets priced at at the store.  Sometimes I find stuff that I can't believe is priced so low and other times I wonder if the pricer was on crack because it's so high.  Recently I've noticed that they've been putting out two to three packs of comics.  Usually I don't bother because they're over priced and usually in terrible shape, but I noticed that most of the books were bagged and boarded and were priced at 98 cents per comic, so two packs were $1.99.  Most of the stuff didn't interest me as I've shifted away from comic books, but there were a few packs that had promise. And then I notice a pack that had the first two issues of The Shaolin Cowboy from Burlyman Comics.  I'd actually picked up most of the run of this series back when it came out in the mid 2000's, but had missed issue 2.  I'm a big fan of Geof Darrow's detailed art and story telling. 

I also thought I remembered that these were worth few bucks.  So I got on my phone and surfed over to Comicbookrealm.com and looked up the issues and yep they were worth a couple bucks. More precisely they were worth $55 bucks combined!  

Anybody else had luck at the thrift store?



I've been finding all sorts of good stuff and since I haven't had a whole lot to blog about will most likely making this a reoccurring theme in the coming months.

cb out