Saturday, October 20, 2018

8th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - Championship Series Review


Well now.  I'm a bit disappointed.  But I it's been a great season as a Brewers fan.  Just wish they could have pulled one more out.  Anyways the Series is set.  We lost another 16 players.  We had 15 players correctly predict that either the Red Sox or the Dodgers will be winning the World Series.  And we have 4 players that correctly picked the match up!!! Nicely done guys.  Looks like the Red Sox are the odds on favorite with the group and if they win will have a 3 way tie going to games and maybe even homers to break the tie.  If the Dodgers pull it out bbcarz takes home the prize all by themselves.  Alright I'll have a summary after the series and the door prize winner.  Thanks for playing everybody.

Matt - Red Sox over Dodgers, 6 games, 17 HR - PIMP

Robert - Boston over Chicago in 6, 12 HR

Fuji - Astros over the Dodgers in 6, 20 HR's

RAZ - Astros over Braves in 6 games with 14 home runs total.

night owl - Astros beat Cubs in 6. 16 HRs.

ketchupman36 - Red Sox over Brewers in 6, 20 HRs

Jeff - Astros over Dodgers in 7, 15 HRs

JediJeff - BoSox over Brew Crew in 5 games, 11 ding dong dillies.

CaptKirk42 - Red Sox over Rockies in 5 games, 20 Homer Simpsons.

Sport Card Collectors - Red Sox over Dodgers. 6 games and 18 homers

Nachos Grande - Astros over Dodgers, again. 6 games. 18 home runs

John Sharp - Astros over Brewers in 6 games. 19 HRs.

Scribbled Ink - Astros over Brewers in 5 games, 8 Homers -  PIMP

Sportzcommish - Astros over Brewers in 5 with 17 homers.

shanepatrickwrites- brew crew over boston in six, 16 homers, three by yelich

defgav - Brewers over Astros in 7, 12 dingers

The Angels In Order - Red Sox over Dodgers in 4, 5 HR.

jasongerman9 - Red Sox over Brewers, 7 games, 19 home runs. PIMP

Jafronius - Red Sox sweep the Brewers (4). 7 Homers

Dion's IP Autos only - Red Sox over Brewers in 6 games 18 home runs.

Jeff S - Dodgers over Yankees 7 games, 11 HRs

Matt Prigge - Brewers over Astros 7 games 19 homers

C Erne33 - Astros over Dodgers 7 games 19 homers

Trevor P - Red Sox over Brewers in 6, 14 homers - PIMP

Brett Alan - Astros over Braves, 6 games, 12 home runs.

Greg Zakwin - Dodgers over Astros in 7 Games, 15 HRs

Defenders50 - Brewers over Indians in 6 games, 18 HR.

gregory - Red Sox over the Braves in 7 games, 12 HRs.

Robb - Brewers over Yankees in 6, 13 HR.

bbcardz -Dodgers over Red Sox in 7, 22 HR

Brandon - Dodgers over Astros in 6, 15 home runs

Wilson -Astros over Dodgers in 7, 13 HR - PIMP

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

8th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series on the Web - Divisional Series Round Up

We've got our final 4 for the League Championship Series' starting tomorrow!!  And with that we have to say goodbye to some of our contestants, but not too many.  By my count we only lost 7 through the wild card and divisional series.  Looking through the picks the odds on favorites are Boston and the Astros, so we will lose about half our field when that series gets decided.  And I haven't looked to see if every combo is the in the field, but it looks like someone will have correctly guessed the match up too.  Alright let's go Brewers!!!  See you all after the Championship Series!

Matt - Red Sox over Dodgers, 6 games, 17 HR - PIMP

Robert - Boston over Chicago in 6, 12 HR

John Miller - Braves over Houston in 7, 28 HRs

Fuji - Astros over the Dodgers in 6, 20 HR's

RAZ - Astros over Braves in 6 games with 14 home runs total.

night owl - Astros beat Cubs in 6. 16 HRs.

ketchupman36 - Red Sox over Brewers in 6, 20 HRs

Jeff - Astros over Dodgers in 7, 15 HRs

JediJeff - BoSox over Brew Crew in 5 games, 11 ding dong dillies.

Jay O'Neill - Yankees over the Braves in 6 games. 20 home runs.

CaptKirk42 - Red Sox over Rockies in 5 games, 20 Homer Simpsons.

Sport Card Collectors - Red Sox over Dodgers. 6 games and 18 homers

Nachos Grande - Astros over Dodgers, again. 6 games. 18 home runs

Anthony Monforte - Cleveland over the Braves in 6, 16 HR's

John Sharp - Astros over Brewers in 6 games. 19 HRs.

Scribbled Ink - Astros over Brewers in 5 games, 8 Homers -  PIMP

Sportzcommish - Astros over Brewers in 5 with 17 homers.

David Switzer- A's over Rockies in 6. 17 HRs

shanepatrickwrites- brew crew over boston in six, 16 homers, three by yelich

defgav - Brewers over Astros in 7, 12 dingers

Adam Sanders - Indians over Brewers, 20 HRs

The Angels In Order - Red Sox over Dodgers in 4, 5 HR.

GCA - Indians over Braves in 7, 11 homers. PIMP

Matt Stupienski - Braves over Yankees in 6, 9 HRs


jasongerman9 - Red Sox over Brewers, 7 games, 19 home runs. PIMP

Jafronius - Red Sox sweep the Brewers (4). 7 Homers

Dion's IP Autos only - Red Sox over Brewers in 6 games 18 home runs.

Jeff S - Dodgers over Yankees 7 games, 11 HRs

Matt Prigge - Brewers over Astros 7 games 19 homers

C Erne33 - Astros over Dodgers 7 games 19 homers

Trevor P - Red Sox over Brewers in 6, 14 homers - PIMP

Brett Alan - Astros over Braves, 6 games, 12 home runs.

Greg Zakwin - Dodgers over Astros in 7 Games, 15 HRs

Defenders50 - Brewers over Indians in 6 games, 18 HR.

gregory - Red Sox over the Braves in 7 games, 12 HRs.

Robb - Brewers over Yankees in 6, 13 HR.

bbcardz -Dodgers over Red Sox in 7, 22 HR

Brandon - Dodgers over Astros in 6, 15 home runs

Wilson -Astros over Dodgers in 7, 13 HR - PIMP

Saturday, October 6, 2018

8th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - Official Entry Post


Sorry for the delay.  First I want to say thank you to all 39 people who entered the contest!!  I've been neglecting this blog all year and it seems I have less and less I want to try and find time to blog about.  But I do still contribute pretty regularly to A Pack A Day and post fairly frequently on my Robin Yount blog.  Ahem enough excuses, what I'm trying to say is that it's a great turn out since I don't blog here much anymore.  I've copied over your entries from the official entry post, so if you entered and I screwed up and you're missing let me know.  Also let me know if you shared or promoted the contest and forgot to let me know on your entry.  If you have a PIMP by your name it means you helped spread the word.  I also have to apologize.  In contests past I've let people who got in before the wild card games and one of their teams didn't make it update their picks.  I meant to do that this year, but forgot to mention it.  That being said if anyone would like to pick a team other than Chicago or the A's let me know by Monday!  You can't however change anything else about your pick.  Leave a comment on this post, please.
OK see you all after the Divisional Series' get done. 

Here are your official picks.  Good Luck

Matt - Red Sox over Dodgers, 6 games, 17 HR - PIMP

Robert - Boston over Chicago in 6, 12 HR

John Miller - Braves over Houston in 7, 28 HRs

Fuji - Astros over the Dodgers in 6, 20 HR's

RAZ - Astros over Braves in 6 games with 14 home runs total.

night owl - Astros beat Cubs in 6. 16 HRs.

ketchupman36 - Red Sox over Brewers in 6, 20 HRs

Jeff - Astros over Dodgers in 7, 15 HRs

JediJeff - BoSox over Brew Crew in 5 games, 11 ding dong dillies.

Jay O'Neill - Yankees over the Braves in 6 games. 20 home runs.

CaptKirk42 - Red Sox over Rockies in 5 games, 20 Homer Simpsons.

Sport Card Collectors - Red Sox over Dodgers. 6 games and 18 homers

Nachos Grande - Astros over Dodgers, again. 6 games. 18 home runs

Anthony Monforte - Cleveland over the Braves in 6, 16 HR's

John Sharp - Astros over Brewers in 6 games. 19 HRs.

Scribbled Ink - Astros over Brewers in 5 games, 8 Homers -  PIMP

Sportzcommish - Astros over Brewers in 5 with 17 homers.

David Switzer- A's over Rockies in 6. 17 HRs

shanepatrickwrites- brew crew over boston in six, 16 homers, three by yelich

defgav - Brewers over Astros in 7, 12 dingers

Adam Sanders - Indians over Brewers, 20 HRs

The Angels In Order - Red Sox over Dodgers in 4, 5 HR.

GCA - Indians over Braves in 7, 11 homers. PIMP

Matt Stupienski - Braves over Yankees in 6, 9 HRs

jasongerman9 - Red Sox over Brewers, 7 games, 19 home runs. PIMP

Jafronius - Red Sox sweep the Brewers (4). 7 Homers

Dion's IP Autos only - Red Sox over Brewers in 6 games 18 home runs.

Jeff S - Dodgers over Yankees 7 games, 11 HRs

Matt Prigge - Brewers over Astros 7 games 19 homers

C Erne33 - Astros over Dodgers 7 games 19 homers

Trevor P - Red Sox over Brewers in 6, 14 homers - PIMP

Brett Alan - Astros over Braves, 6 games, 12 home runs.

Greg Zakwin - Dodgers over Astros in 7 Games, 15 HRs

Defenders50 - Brewers over Indians in 6 games, 18 HR.

gregory - Red Sox over the Braves in 7 games, 12 HRs.

Robb - Brewers over Yankees in 6, 13 HR.

bbcardz -Dodgers over Red Sox in 7, 22 HR

Brandon - Dodgers over Astros in 6, 15 home runs

Wilson -Astros over Dodgers in 7, 13 HR - PIMP


Friday, October 5, 2018

8th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - Bottom of the 9th, Last reminder I promise.


Well the Wild Card games are done and the first divisional series games are in the books.  With that said you still have time to enter my World Series contest!!  If you've been waiting now's the time!

You have until noon Alaska time, or 4pm EST to enter.  And don't forget you get an extra entry into the door prize drawing for sharing or promoting the contest.  Please make sure to leave a link or note about the share on you pick.

Go HERE to enter.

Good Luck everybody, I'll have a summary sometime Saturday or Sunday with everyone's picks.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

8th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - 7th inning stretch


I'm home with a sick son today the bonus I upgraded my HULU account so I can now watch my Brewers play in the playoffs!!  Anyways the Wild Cards are over so just another friendly reminder to get you picks in for the contest.

For rules and to enter  Go HERE to enter.
I did find a nice little door prize for entering.

How about a 2011 Bowman Mike Trout Rookie Card?

Good luck everybody.  I'll be putting out a final call tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

8th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - Just a Friendly Reminder

We had a first couple days for the contest with quite a few getting picks in early.  Should be a great couple of early series.  Remember you have until Saturday to get your picks in and yes that means that you can wait to see who makes it through the Wildcard games.  But don't wait too long!

Go HERE to enter the contest and for full rules and prizes.


Sunday, September 30, 2018

8th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web - Official Sign up Post!!


Hard to believe it's that time of year again.  Also hard to believe this will be my 8th World Series contest.   And man a couple down to the wire divisional contests.  I've got my fingers crossed the Brewers can upset the Cubs in Wrigley tomorrow to take the division.  And while the divisions may not be decided the post season has.

Like years past all I want you to tell me is who's going to win the whole thing!  Of course it's likely will have more than one person pick the right team so we need some tie breakers as well.

So you'll also need to pick the opponent, the number of games the series will go, and total number of home runs hit by both teams.

Your pick should look something like this.

Brewers over the Yankees in 5, 15 HR's

Here are your choices
National League
Milwaukee Brewers
Chicago Cubs
Atlanta Braves
Colorado Rockies
LA Dodgers

American League
New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Cleveland Indians
Houston Astros
Oakland A's

You'll have till Saturday Oct. 6th, 4pm Alaska Time, Noon EST to get your picks in.  Feel free to wait till after the wild card games if you want.  

So what are you playing for?  How about a nice stack of 6 1979 Hostess 3 card panels.  Most still have enough of the border to be nicely cut out.  Full discloser there is some staining on the backs of a few of these. But included is a nice Garvey/Schmidt and Stargell. Plus the prize will include a bunch of cards from the winners favorite team(s), that might include autos, relic, parallels, inserts, who knows depends on what I have and find in the stacks.

And as like usual there will be a door prize. Not sure exactly what that will be yet, but it will include cards of that winners favorite team as well.  Plus if you share or promote this post on social media or your own blog you'll get an additional entry into the door prize contest. Please leave a link to your share or promotion so I know you did it.  Alright get to picking! And I'll have reminders all week.


Monday, September 17, 2018

TTM Success - Franklin Stubbs

Wow it's been a long time since I've had a TTM success.  But it's also been awhile since I sent any out.  I had seen some recent success with Franklin Stubbs.  And the beauty is I also got to fill a hole in my TTM project filling in the 1993 Topps and Donruss spots.
Address Used: 
C/O The Visalia Rawhides
300 N Giddings St
Visalia, Ca 93291
Date Sent: 8/20/18
Date Received: 9/17/18



Thursday, August 30, 2018

A big old box of cards for National Baseball Card Day

So for National Baseball Card Day a couple weeks ago the son and I hit our two LCS's to pick up free packs and check out the deals.  While at Don's Sportcards here in Anchorage I spied a Super Shoebox full of randomness that I couldn't resist for $10.  Let's see what was inside.  

First off 1/3 of the box was 2012 Triple Play and close to another 1/3 was 1990 Topps, but mixed in was some great inserts, a few player collections, and even a card that paid for most of the box.


First up 3 1991 Fleer Ultra Ultra Team inserts.  Sadly one of the was not Bo Jackson
Next up a nice pile of Kevin Youkilis cards.
and a stack of Manny Ramirez..
What would a box of random 90's cards be without some Barry Bonds?
How about a stack of Evan Longoria?
Any Uggla fans?
Some Gary Sheffields.
A really nice collection of Arod, too bad I don't collect him.
Even more and rare Uggla cards!
A nice stack of 1990 Swell Baseball Greats.
This the stack that actually sealed the deal for me.  1989 Panini baseball stickers.  And it's almost a complete set.  And had a Robin Yount sticker I didn't have for my PC!  There was also an almost complete set of 1989 Topps Mini Leaders, which also had a new Yount for my collection.
Complete 2007 Topps Boston Red Sox team set
A little more randomness and gold from 2003.
Chipper rookie?  Yes please! And a cool insert of Chuck Carr, who? Yeah.  Oh 94 inserts!
2000 Pacific Prism Mariano Rivera Rapture Silver parallel.  Neat.
But the money card was this 2011 Phil Rizzuto SP Legends Variation.

In all I'm pretty pleased with the contents.  The Triple Play and 1990 Topps will be used to fill Halloween giveaway packs.  And getting two new Younts was surprising and well worth the price of admission, plus the box alone is worth almost $5, so all in all a fun buy.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Keepers - Darryl Strawberry edition

As collector's we tend to impose arbitrary rules to our collections and our collecting habits.  These rules help us focus on what type of collection we have.  I'm sure there are those out there that might argue with this logic, but it's these rules that separate a collection from an accumulation.  We can put labels on the types of collector's we are.  Team collector, player collector, set collector, autograph collector, etc, etc.  As a collector of cardboard I'm no different I have my own rules governing over how and what I collect, but......but there are those cards in my collection that break those rules.  Cards I keep and cherish in my collection, but don't fit into my collecting rules.  I call these cards my keepers.

The first card in my keepers collection is this great 2010 Topps Tribute Darryl Strawberry Auto Relic.
I personally pulled this from a pack over 8 years ago and even blogged about it back then.  That pack of Tribute marks the most I've ever payed or will pay for a pack of cards.  And I remember pulling it and thinking dang that's a pretty sweet hit.  If you grew up collecting cards in the 80s, like myself, you most likely had a few Darryls in you binder.  Regardless of his personal tribulations he was a fun player to watch.  I'm not a Mets fan or really a big Darryl Strawberry fan, but this card found a place in my personal collection.  Maybe it was the nostalgia, maybe it was the fact that this was my hit from the most expensive product I've ever ripped a pack of, or maybe it's just a sweet card.


Anyone have any keepers?

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Clearing off the Desk - Thank yous and a new addition

Been a busy couple of months here at world headquarters, but I would be remissed if I didn't at least make an effort to say thank you to a couple great bloggers and their generosity.

First up Chris aka Raz from Raz's Card Blog. He sent me an unexpected packaged a couple weeks ago.  Chris was the door prize winner and a finalist in my World Series contest from last year.

 First up was a pair of shiny Braun cards.
 A nice trio of 2017 Topps Holiday cards.  I didn't pick up any of the holiday boxes last year and these are my first 3 holiday parallels
 There was also a pair of 2017 Topps Mini cards.
 There was also this Eric Thames 2018 Donruss card.  I haven't had time to see if this the base or one of the many parallels available in the set.
 A nice Orlando Arcia Topps High Tek rookie card.  I have a small PC for Arcia (I know he's a Brewer and I would be collecting him anyway), but I'm cautious because every time I decided to add another Brewer to agressively collect the team trades them away (Scooter Gennett ahem).
For me the best card of the bunch was this Robin Yount card.  Anytime I can add a new card to my PC is a boon.  It might be hard to tell but this is the Rainbow Foil parallel.


Next up another Chris this time the proprietor of  Nacho's Grande sent me a nice little package as well.  Chris had ripped some 2018 Donruss and pulled a Brandon Woodruff autographed card. I had asked Chris before I left for my vacation if he'd be willing to trade for it.  The card is the blue parallel numbered to 99.   It's my first auto from the young player.


Chris also sent along a nice selection of Brewers cards (there were a lot more I didn't scan).
And a nice 2017 Topps Gallery Arcia Artist Proof parallel

 I still need to send Chris my end of the deal, but we've traded enough to know that I'm good for it.  I'm hoping to get my package sent next week.



And finally I broke down and bought another Topps Now card.  I have a feeling, like last year, this will be my one and only card, unless the Brewers manage to make it to the World Series and then all bets are off.  I picked up Josh Hader's recent card for setting a MLB record throwing 8 strikeouts in less than 3 innings.  That hair is dreamy and I've jumped on the Haderade train.


Thank you to both the Chris' the cards were great and well apprciated.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Collecting with laser beam accuracy




I figure I'd do my monthly post to make sure I let everyone know I'm not dead.  Especially since I'm on the edge of leaving for 2 weeks to see family.  I'd call it a vacation, but visiting family is never really a vacation.  Ahem.

If you follow me on Twitter, @cynicalbuddha, you know I've been knee deep in a massive Brewers team set organization and documentation this winter.  I've been a member over at the Trading Card Database for almost 10 years, but just recently started using their collector's tools to inventory my collection.  I've had a couple thousand Brewers cards sitting in boxes from trades and acquisitions that I hadn't organized.  My winter project was to start to sort through all that and figure out what I had, what I had dupes of, and rework my team sets needs list.  And I'm happy to say I'm still not even nearly done.
Although  I have made a little progress.
I also got tired of trying to remember what sets were which in my binders so I got a little anal about my organization and started making pocket checklists for each set.
I started doing this because trying to tell sets apart like the Turkey Red, Topps 206, or the thousands of set from the mid-2000's was hurting my eyes squinting on the backs of the cards.

The Night Owl put out a blog bat around a couple weeks ago and while I had thought about participating in it, I didn't, but it did get me thinking about my own current state of collecting.  To save myself a ton of money and space I decided that I wasn't going to do any more set building, at least for the foreseeable future.  I actually stopped last year before the 2017 Update set.  I still potentially plan to pick up factory sets, but building sets from packs and boxes has just become too expensive and I'm running out of space for all my dupes.

I've decided to focus on two main areas of my collection.  My Brewer's team sets and my Robin Yount player collection.   My other player collections have taken a back burner as well, but I still try to add to them opportunistically.

That being said I'm still looking to finish what I started and my set needs are up-to-date.  My Brewer's team set needs are still a work in progress.

So my goals this year is to focus my collecting with laser like precision and minimize and reduce my stacks of unwanted cards.  Will see how I do.

See you all next month.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Return of the Affordable Group Break

If you've been around the Blog-o-sphere awhile you may remember Colbey, aka Flywheels, use to put on an affordable group break pretty regularly.  He stopped for awhile, but it looks like he's itching to get back into it with a new facebook group and a new break.  There are a couple classic boxes of Pacific waiting to be ripped.  You get your choice of one team and then a random team from the remaining unclaimed teams.  Spots are only $7 and the includes shipping!! 

Still lots of great teams to choose from.  Go on over to Cardboard Collections or find the Cardboard Collections Group Break group on facebook to join.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Card Anatomy 2018


Well the 2018 card season started a couple weeks ago.  I decided a while back I would not be putting a set together from pack buying, but I did break down and buy a couple packs when Series 1 came out.   And my overall feeling for the card design is: I don't hate it.  How about that for an endorsement?  Let's take a really close look at the base card design and break it all down.

The front of the card is the glamorous side of the card, the party, the looker,  from now on I dub the front of the card the Mullet.  I just so happen to have a very nice scan of Mr. McCutchen's last Topps flagship card as a Pirate to look at.  Overall the basic design isn't bad.  I wouldn't go so far as to call it great or groundbreaking, but it's not bad.

This is the third year in a row that Topps has gone borderless.  I kind of miss the borders, but the 2015 set was a tough act to follow, arguably my favorite set in the last decade.  I've only casually looked through the set, but of the cards I've seen Topps has done a nice job with photo selection and the card design really reflects that Topps is letting the photos shine.
While the lower banner takes up a good section of the bottom of the card for the most part it's unobtrusive and presents the basic elements pretty well.  The player name is large enough to be easily read, team name present, team logo a tad large, but not imperious.  Waterslide?  Present, but I don't hate it.  The only gripe I have is the digital disintegration at the end of the name and team banners seems pointless and unnecessary.

Alright we've had our fun time to get to the business side of the card.
There's a lot going on back here.  The card number is large and readable, although I think it could have been bigger. It's also harder to make out with some of the colored backgrounds like the yellow here.  Once again Topps is putting the series on the back of the card.  Not a terrible idea, but honestly unless they are going to start putting our 3 or 4 different series again it's kind of pointless.  I will say having what series the inserts came out of is much more helpful.

We also are still only getting the last five years of stats on the back of the card I guess that's to make room for the much more important social media handles the player uses.  This is the second year for that addition and it seems timely and odd.  In 10 to 15 years will anyone care what McCutchen's Twitter handle was?  Would it hold up if Topps had put player's Myspace account on cards back in 2006? 

Topps also has just enough space for a short blurb or factoid.  I think McCutchen's trade took most people by surprise so can't fault Topps for the mistimed platitudes.

So to sum up, not terrible.  It seems Topps has this cyclical pattern of coming out with something pretty awesome, like the 2015 design, and then they tone it down and play it safe for a few years.  While the waterslide design seems a little funky it does show that Topps put some effort into the design.  I do like the full bleed photos on the front, but maybe it's time to mix it up with a border, or an inset photo or a back photo. 

So how do you guys like the set this year?