Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The best kind of cards I'll see this month...

 This is a post of many thanks. You won't see the newest, shiniest hit product here today. Only a few cards sent to me by some old friends.

Or as I like to call it, the best kind of cards ever.

First up, some Allen & Ginter needs from Chris at Nachos Grande. Chris sent over a few from last year's offering.

The Murph!

My current fave, Freddie
The Greatest, Hank
Mr. One and Done.
Sharon's favourite...
Touki.
I have to admit, I like those better than some of the previous year's efforts.....


and now a couple from gcrl and his current blog, cards as i see them.
two of these were from my dirty dozen want list over there on the right side. the question i have is where the hell are the 37 copies of this card that i know i have somewhere?
but jim was nice enough to send me another just so i could cross it off of my list.
and look! actual cardboard. future hall of famer brian asselstine.

as well as a 2012 chippah! no. wait. a 2020 chippah!

Thanks boys! Much appreciated.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Look what I found! 2018 Donruss Optic Baseball.

Time sure flies when the world is ending. Hopefully we have a bit more time before The End of Days since I haven't watched season 7 of "Castle" yet.
As any baseball fan in Canada knows, finding football or basketball wax is IMPOSSIBLE. (Thanks for nothing Panini.)
Now that has trickled down to baseball. Sure I can go to my local shop and drop $2600 on a single box of 2020 Definitive, but I had left my American Express Centurion card in my other limo that day.
So a blaster of 2018 Donruss Optic baseball it is!

Just the highlights.... this stuff is a bit shiny for me. You could signal aircraft with this stuff.

Okay, okay, it doesn't look that shiny. I was lazy and scanned them with the sleeves still on. You even look at this stuff and it scratches. Sue me.

CHIPPAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So this blaster is an automatic win after the first pack.

Hey look! Another pretty good switch hitter.

The main fish himself. I'm tempted to sell my graded liquorfractor rookie of his... I could use the $3500.

Love the old school Rated Rookies. And it's OZZIE! But pink? Really? Shouldn't the Dodger rookies be pink?

Shohei. From what I hear, he goes both ways.

Five packs, so I show five cards. I was pretty happy with it overall. Especially for an unlicensed product.
I FORGOT TO SHOW YOU THE BACKS!!!!
Damn. Topps should take lessons on how to do a proper card back. They apparently have COMPLETELY forgotten that skill.

Did any of you bust this product? What was your favourite pull?

Monday, June 15, 2020

Cards on Cards for Canuck

Awhile back Kerry from Cards on Cards did a wee breakoff 2019 Topps of the Class.  And he opened it up to anyone to claim a team, for free, because he's like that. Of course, even though I saw his post 0.04056 nanoseconds after he posted it, the Braves were already claimed. It is that way in any and EVERY break online whether it be a generous free break, or a paid one.
This is my life.
So I took the local team. Local if someone in Phoenix considers the Yankees local. I figured the Blue Jays needed to come back to Canada.
I was lucky enough to get a couple of cards too! 
I ended up with two of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. I like watching him play. He's fun. I don't think he's in the Jays long term plans.... but for now he makes the games interesting. And baseball needs more of that. If there's ever baseball again, that is.


 I also received a Marcus Stroman. Marcus is now a Met. Poor Marcus. We should all feel sorry for Marcus.


But here's the best part. Even more than getting into a break for free.
Kerry sent over a few Braves in his PWE!

That's actually a cool pic. I normally don't like those shots where you can't tell who the subject is, but until we start to get team cards again (i.e. NEVER) This isn't bad.

Looks like someone dropped a paint can full of Swansons onto a canvas and ended up with this. It has a nineties vibe to it. I like it. Although it may not age well...
 Great googly moogly! A SMOLTZ! and I don't already have it!!!! WOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the cards Kerry! One of these days I'll try and return the favour.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

He shoots! He Scores!

A quickie post this evening. I wasn't able to find too many needs for my Score Braves team sets.
But I did come away with two.
Both from the 1990 Score Update set.

Franky Cabrera.
You've heard me freak about When Sid Slid a lot on this blog.... Well Franky here is the one who was called on to pinch hit and drove the grounder to right that allowed Sid to slide.
That makes him an All Time Brave.
Come at me.

Ernie Whitt??? A Brave? Blink and you'll miss it. Ernie played 15 seasons in baseball. 14 in the American League, and 1 with ATL. He didn't do so well in the N.L. One last hurrah for Baltimore in '91 and he hung up his mask for good.
Now we'll see who's been paying attention.
This post featured 1990 Score Update. My last post was about 1990 Fleer Update. Both sets had two Braves catchers in them. But they were different catchers. How many did the Braves use that year??

Seven. Not shown are Kelly Mann, Tyler Houston Jody Davis.

Kelly, along with Tyler Houston and Jody Davis were the catchers in the Score regular set.
Kelly and Jody Davis made the cut for Fleer.

It was Jody's last season in baseball. Kelly played 18 games as a rookie, and then never played again. Tyler didn't make The Show until '96. Played a handful of games for the Braves and was shipped to the Cubs.

As much as I love Fleer and Donruss.... I think Score may be my favourite. The '91 set is one of my faves of all time. (In spite of all the black and white photos of shirtless dudes.)

Any of you have favourite Score cards?


Oh, by the way, Nacho is having a Ginter contest. It's rather complicated, but hey, what else have you got to do? Go and enter. Tell him I sent you. You'll get a discount.  Nacho Grande


Friday, June 5, 2020

Fe-Fi-Fo-Fleer

Let's talk about Fleer baby, let's talk about you and me...… Hopefully you  now have that song in your head for the rest f the day.
In my never ending quests to finish up these Braves team sets, today we tackle early 90's Fleer. Fleer update specifically.

First, 1990.
Nick Esasky, who looks like an undercover police officer.


Jim Kremers! Now I am a HUGE Braves fan. But wo the hell is Jim Kremers? And what does he want?
A quick google search shows that he's actually known as Jimmy. And that his career lasted 29 games in 1990. He batted a whopping .110 with a homer and two RBI's.
Atlanta then shipped him to Montreal for Otis Nixon.

Greg Olson. Not the pitcher, the catcher. Unlike Jimmy, Greg lasted a bit more in the Bigs.

Jim Presley! HEY! My name's Jim Presley and I'm the new third baseman for the freaking Atlanta Braves!!!! Wait. Who's that rookie shortstop over there practicing at third??? He has a funny name too. Chipper??? Who calls their kid Chipper?

Then 1991. For those who thought the 1990 set was too bland, Fleer listened and gave you this for 1991. Hey, it is substantially better than 1991 Donruss. The worst set ever made.

Kent Mercker! One of my faves. Great career.

And Otis!!! We now know how Otis got here. See? You learn something new every day.

Terry Pendleton. Great at the beginning, but cost the Braves so many games near the end. Bobby Cox was loyal to his players though and kept putting him out there. Almost caused me to throw my TV through the window many times watching him "pinch hit"
More like "pinch strike out" Am I right?!!
Raffy!!!

I don't remember Juan too much. Although he pitched fairly well in the season and a half he was with Atlanta.


SID!!!!!!! YOU BIG BEAUTIFUL BASTARD!!!!!
Oh...… when Sid slid. It was magical.


This must be Freddie's older brother.

Gotta say, I have a soft spot in my heart for Fleer.

Do any of you have any Fleer fvourites?