Sunday, November 30, 2008
Back on topic. What's so unusual about a Game Used Peyton Manning card? Follow me this. Take a look at it. Read it. I know the foil didn't scan well, but give it a shot.
Yep. That's right. A Game Used Goal Post Cover card of Peyton Manning. Have we already ran out of jerseys, pants, socks and jocks that we need to start using stuff like this???????
Seriously? Take a lesson Topps and Upper Deck... I stopped collecting for 13 years because of the crap that was going on. Don't make me do it again.
Now the real question..... How the hell did I get this card in the first place?
Saturday, November 29, 2008
This is the story of that 49th bonus pack.
If you're familiar with OPC stickers, or the Panini versions, you know that you could pick up an album, and then buy packs of stickers, each of which would have their own special place in that album. Well, I didn't get an album. And I haven't been able to find one yet. But I can't wait anymore.... The trick is though that if you're not familiar with identifying the players by facial recognition, there was no way to tell you who the heck it was.
There begins the game. See if you can remember who these guys are....
For the Quebec Nordiques, #22
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The latest package arrived yesterday. A 300 count box filled with Braves wonderfulness.
We start with Murph.
...and new ones...
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Anyways... Greg was having a giveaway. 1993 Upper Deck. If it's free, it's me. I'm all in.
For the complete story, and box break, click here. Here's a mass scan of what was sent...
Yeah baby. That is Chipper Jonesyou see front and center. I sent off a pile of '91 Fleer Dodgers that he needed for his set. A big ole stack of yellow. What I didn't know, was that Greg snuck in a few random Braves to make it interesting.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Silver foil stickers! Logos! and an aerial shot of Fulton County Stadium! (they don't scan well, but you get the idea, don't you?)
So many players to choose in that set, like a dimunitive Ronny Gant. And the always popular Jeff Blauser.
Monday, November 24, 2008
So if you're anxiously waiting for a package from me, it's on it's way. Thanks to everyone I've either traded with, or are in the midst of trading. You guys are awesome.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Anyways, I still need 24 cards for my set. There are 37 cards in a cello pack, let's see how I do.
Pete Smith was picking out through the top of the cello wrapper. A good omen.
Willie Wilson - Royals (does he bunt on every card he has? or is that just me?)
John Cangelosi - Pirates
Kevin McReynolds - Mets
Pascual Perez - Expos
Howard Johnson - MVP insert set
Charlie Hough - Rangers
Kevin Bass - Astros
Rolando Roomes - Reds (Holy alliteration, Batman!)
Mitch Webster - Cubs
Puzzle Pieces 10,11,12 Carl Yastrzemski
Puzzle Pieces 19,20,21
Will Clark - Grand Slammers cello exclusive insert set
Ellis Burks - Diamond Kings
Darrin Jackson - Padres
Bo Jackson - MVP insert set
Dennis Rasmussen - Padres
Greg Cadaret - Yankees
Eric Plunk - Yankees - I need him!!!!
Craig Lefferts - Giants
Ozzie Smith - NL All Star
John Kruk - Phillies - I need him too!!!
Tracy Jones - Tigers
Brian Dubois - Tigers Rated Rookie
Joe Orsulak - Orioles
Scott Sanderson - Cubs
Allan Anderson - Twins
Norm Charlton - Reds
Mark Lemke - Braves - Yeah!!! LEMMER!!!!!!!!
Tim Crews - Dodgers
Jay Howell - Dodgers
Bill Spiers - Brewers
Joe Magrane - Cardinals - Another one!!! That makes three!
Kirby Puckett - MVP insert set
Frank Viola - Mets
Mike LaCoss - Giants
Junior Felix - Blue Jays
Greg Brock - Brewers
Not bad I guess. I got three cards I needed, and two Braves. And a lot of memories brought back.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
That's right. $5. I bought three blasters because they only had three blasters. Math is simple kids.
If you need a recap of Pack One, click here.
Now that you're back....
Elizardo Ramirez - Reds
Cincinnati Reds team card
Tony LaRussa - Cardinals
Todd Helton - Rockies
Mickey Mantle Home Run #202 1:9 packs
Frank Catalanotto - Rangers
Eric Chavez Gold Glove - A's
Hanley Ramirez NL ROY - Marlins
Bronson Arroyo - Reds
Eliezer Alfonzo - Giants
Nick Markakis - Orioles
Ian Snell - Pirates
Hideki Matsui - Yankees
B.J. Ryan - Blue Jays
Brian Schneider - Nationals
Jake Peavy - Padres
Josh Gibson Home Run #260 1:9 packs
Eduardo Perez - Mariners
Chone Figgins - Angels
Classic Combo Delgado/Wright - Mets BOO!
B.J. Upton - Rays
Scott Podsednik - White Sox
Jay Gibbons - Orioles
Generation Now Andre Ethier 1:4 packs
Andre Ethier - Dodgers
Vladimir Guerrero - Angels
Michael Barret - Cubs
Joel Zumaya - Tigers
Own the Game Brandon Webb 1:6 packs
Clay Hensley - Padres
Austin Kearns - Nationals
Chris Duffy - Pirates
Brad Ausmus - Astros
Unlock the Mick 2KSports Video Game Cheats 1:18 packs
Chris Duncan - Cardinals
Chuck James - Braves! Finally!!!
Adam Lind - Blue Jays Rookie
Preston Wilson - Cardinals
Andrew Miller - Marlins Rookie
Distinguished Service - Monte Irvin US Army 1:12 packs
Emil Brown - Royals
Eric Byrnes - Diamondbacks
Dontrelle Willis - Marlins
Curt Schilling - Bloody Sox
Road to 500 ARod #4 1:36 packs
Generation Now Chase Utley 1:4 packs
Adam Loewen - Orioles
Rocco Baldelli - Rays
A quick breakdown:
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
So just feast your eyes on this.
Johnny Sain. Awesome.
First we'll use Spahn, then we'll use Sain,
Then an off day, followed by rain.
Back will come Spahn, followed by Sain,
And followed, we hope, by two days of rain.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
It started out with a single card in the pocket of a five year old boy. Evolved into an obsession of set building. I collected, and traded for, every hockey set from 1978/79 to 1991/92. Every single one. I bought packs, and traded my duplicates with friends to achieve these goals. But it stopped.
By '91, I was so sick of the card industry... we all know what happened. Being secluded in Northern British Columbia didn't shade me from it. I just didn't know others were going through it too. So I stopped collecting. Period.
Things changed. I moved to another province. Got married. I have kids. A career. A mortgage. But I came back. It was innocent at first. No. That's wrong. It was ebay. I wanted to see what everyone was talking about. So I signed up. Started searching for things. Found things. I had no idea what was in store for me. The scope of what could be found, 24hours a day. 7 days a week.
I purchased a few things. They arrived. I was hooked again. But it wasn't just me that had changed. It was the hobby.
When I left in '91, the best pull I had ever had was a 1991 Donruss Elite Doug Drabek. Remember those? (google it if you must, I'll wait)
Now, autograph cards? Jersey cards? Bat cards? Glove cards? Stadium seat cards? Ebbets Field Urinal cards?
It was impossible to buy a card of my favourite players. Hell, it was impossible to buy a box of cards. They were an endangered species. Everyone was busting them open and running to sell the hits. Card companies saw this. "We've struck gold!" they cried. "Everyone is buying cases and cases of wax! So if a few hits are good... more is better!!!" And they did. They started cutting up every jersey, glove, sock, and bat they could buy. It was like the Golden Oldies station, Crankin' out the hits!
It was impossible for me, the set collector, to collect, well, sets. I couldn't even buy wax. I certainly couldn't afford what people were asking for one card. Game used Auto Jock strap or not. It was expensive.
With painstaking effort, I became a team collector. My beloved Braves. Goodbye hockey, farewell football. As time passed, it was possible to find some of these case crackers who decided they would sell off their "worthless" base cards. Little did I know it was because the well was running dry on the hit parade. People were not as crazed over the hits anymore. Prices were lowering. The amount of hits kept increasing. Supply and demand. Still no wax boxes though. I didn't mind. It gave me a focus. Braves. From that, Chipper, Adam LaRoche, Smoltzie... I was having fun again. Heck, with the prices of the hits falling, I could get one or two every once in awhile. Still no wax though.
I can't quite pinpoint when, but the hobby changed again. Not the card companies. They've still got their blinders on, pumping out set after set of crap. Still revelling in the last decade's cash cow. No. It was the collectors. They changed.
Prices have fallen. Hall of Fame players game used gear is available for pennies. Autos are everywhere. But the writing is on the wall. Wax boxes are once again selling. For reasonable amounts to the savvy buyer. But not packs. I've been to large card shops that sell boxes only! They will not open them to sell individual packs. Why?
They know. They realize that they will not get their money's worth out of the box by breaking it up. How many posts have you read about box breaks? How many times could you go and sell or trade those contents for the $$$ paid for the box it came out of? Rarely? Never?
Times are changing. And I am back to being a collector. I'm buying boxes of cards. Collecting sets. Or at the very least, ripping packs of football with my wife, and busting Scooby Doo 2 wax with my daughters. Having a great time. Then, shipping off the doubles to someone I've met over blog world. Reading an email or a blog post from them about how much they enjoyed the cards.
Have I come full circle? No. You try building sets with all the SP's and parallels out there. But I'm trying.
Anybody want to help me finish off my 1990 Donruss? You know where I'll be.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Right. Who are you kidding? But the real kicker was....... there was no rhyme or reason to the stacks. Each stack had every sport, from 1970 to 2008... it would've taken a year to go through them all.
But wait. At the back. Look! Grab it!!!
A 1970/71 O Pee Chee Joe Watson! Sweeeeeet. Now some of you may or may not know who Joe is.
A brief history: Joe and his younger brother Jim were members of the Philadelphia Flyers during the '70's and '80's, including two Stanley Cup Championships in '74 and '75.
"But Brian," you ask, "Why do you care? We thought you liked the Canadiens and the hometown Flames?"
Too true friends, too true. For the answer, we have to turn over the card and read the back. See? Right there where it says "Born:" Birthplace, Smithers British Columbia.
Joe and Jim's parents lived next door to my parents during the '70's while I was growing up.
It's like I was playing hockey! And winning the Stanley Cup! I mean, we're neighbours, right? that counts! Doesn't it?
Monday, November 17, 2008
You can have your '52 Mantles and your T206 Wagners... This is my most valuble card. It all started on a cold, wintery January evening in 1976. A mom took her 5 year old son shopping to the mall. Dragged through store after store... patience wearing thin... and then, there it was.
Magical. This new and yet fabulous object was right there. Laying on the floor! I was drawn to it. I picked it up... held it in my hands, turning it over and over.
My mom had turned around by this point, and seeing what I had done, came over and took it from me and thrown it back on the floor! No!
I couldn't stop thinking about it... what was that? Who was in the picture?
I had to see it again. So while my mom was paying for her purchases, I snuck back over and grabbed the card up off of the floor and crammed it in the pocket of my winter coat. All the way home in the car, I kept my hands in my pockets... running my fingers over the wonderful prize that I was keeping secret from my mom.
As I grew up, I followed hockey religiously... and collected hockey cards. I traded away, gave away, and threw away enough hockey cards to pay for my daughter's college education. But I always kept this one. In a box, as a bookmark, on a shelf... somewhere... it was always there.
I stopped buying cards in '92... started back again in '06. I had completely forgot about Ole Number One.
But I found it again. The memories instantly flooding back to me.
My mom has been gone for five years now... I miss her.... Feels kind of silly that a worthless shred of coloured cardboard means so much to me. More memories and feelings than I could ever express, let alone type.
Treasure that Pristine Gem Mint 10 Mickey Mantle. Me? I'll take my Ole Number One here...
Sunday, November 16, 2008
While he's not one of my favourite drivers, you can't argue with Jimmie's talent, or likability.
Friday, November 14, 2008
1976 Topps Baseball
#589, 592, 597, 631
1987 Topps Baseball
1990 Donruss Baseball
#14, 109, 135, 147, 151, 155, 201, 325, 421, 424, 462, 496,
511, 515, 533, 535, 541, 558, 569, 581, 584
2008 Allen & Ginter
#105, 170, 175, 221, 226, 262,
301, 304, 312, 313, 320, 325, 346, 347, 348, 349
State Flag Inserts
#2, 9, 27, 30, 39,
*** numbers in RED are in a potential trade.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
First off, a big congratulations to Braves catcher Brian McCann for winning a Silver Slugger Award. Very deserved.
But how in the hell can a guy like David Wright win one over Chipper Jones?
Chipper only, I dunno, won a batting title this season. If he hadn't got hurt, would've had a case for MVP...
Seriously? David Freakin' Wright?
Gene was a sometimes closer for the Braves during "the wasted years"... piching very well. his unusal submarine delivery often fooled opposing batters. To show their appreciation of Gene, Atlanta traded him to Kansas City in '87. For Terry Bell. Who? You ask?
Terry Bell. You know. The guy who had one at bat for Atlanta in his career. Yeah. Him. Oh, and he struck out too....
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
A trade brought him to the Braves in '88. He played in 92 games over three seasons before being released. A fairly marginal player you say? Hardly any time with the Braves? Why are you posting him, Brian?
Well, let me tell you. I actually got to meet Jody a few years ago when he was in Calgary as manager of the Calgary Outlaws in the Canadian Baseball League. It was a chance meeting, so I didn't have anything for him to sign... but it was still great as I got to hear a couple of stories from when he played.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
As I mentioned earlier, my wife came with me to the card show on the weekend. She likes this kind of stuff too... although only non-sports and Football. Only 2 out of the 20 dealers there had any wax boxes, and only one had anything but hockey. My wife picked out this box of 2008 UD Football. I paid $75 for it. Yes. You read that correctly. She's always had good luck picking out wax... let's see how she did this time. (That's called foreshadowing kids...)
16 jumbo packs per box, 20 cards per pack. and this, straight from the Upper Deck sell sheet;
Find three Memorabilia Cards in EVERY Box, on average!
Get one Rookie or Veteran Autograph per box, on average!
Look for HOT BOXES containing seven Numbered Memorabilia Cards and one Autograph per box, on average!
Search for rare Iconic Cuts mystery redemption cards featuring cut signatures of sports, entertainment, and history’s most recognizable names.
Collect all of football’s future superstars with four STAR ROOKIE cards in EVERY pack!
Uncover Masterpieces preview cards, falling two per box, on average!
The wrapper is shiny. Another plus according to my wife.
Base cards 1-200
Star Rookies 201-300
Star Rookie SP 301-325
Ouch. That's gonna be tough to complete. Let's see how we did in one box.
Base cards - all 200, plus 48 doubles
Star Rookies - 64 / 100 no doubles
Star Rookie SP's - 4/25
"Look for HOT BOXES containing seven Numbered Memorabilia Cards and one Autograph per box, on average!"