Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dumb boxes

With this post, we'll wrap up my recent splurge on boxes from Dave & Adam's.

My cart was a bit short of qualifying for free shipping, so I threw in something else interesting to bump me over the threshold:

Hit Parade seems to be a card outfit that throws together higher-end and/or vintage repacks. This ran me the price of like 1.7 blasters. I figured I'd get a several various cool cards from the decade of the 60s. I should have probably read up on it more before adding it to my cart, though, because it sucked.

Here's what you get when you open up the box. It's a team bag with a few loose cards in it.

And there's the entirety of the cards. Eight commons from 1960 Topps. I could have plucked these from the 25¢ or 50¢ boxes from the vintage guy at the monthly card show. What a disappointment. The biggest name here is probably (the original) Frank Thomas, which also happens to be the worst-conditioned card. The only card that interests me at all is the Dodgers celebration card because it's bizarre and funny and has beer.

So yeah, this was the first Hit Parade repack I've bought and will likely be the last. You suck, Hit Parade. (More like Shit Parade, am I right?!) Not that I was expecting Willie Mays or anything (which I could have gotten for the price of this box, graded 3.5), but damn. Give me some value.

Anybody working on the 1960 Topps set? I definitely don't have plans to ever do so, so these are available for trade. (Update: Joe Morgan and Frank Thomas are no longer available.)

For my "free gift" I went with a 2014/15 Panini Prestige Basketball hanger box. I barely collect basketball cards at all, but it was the most interesting to me of the limited options.

Sorry the names are hard to read. Klay Thompson is the only guy who rings a bell with me here.

And a couple inserts. The Kyle Anderson clear card is kinda cool, though I don't know him. And everybody knows Dwyane Wade, so that's cool. But yeah, no hits for me in the basketball box.

All these are available for trade.

So that's it. This whole order was kind of a bust, for the most part. Really only the sweet Bo Jackson 5/5 Archives Signature autograph salvaged it. And the 2014 Prizm Draft box was ok, I guess. Otherwise, my boxes were underwhelming and overpriced.

It's hard to fault collectors who don't open packs and instead focus their dollars on specific cards they want on the secondary market. But dang it, it's fun to bust boxes! I suppose it's not that far removed from a gambling addiction, but as long as you don't go nuts...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Down to single digits with 1971 Topps

I've been aggressively working to finish off my 1971 Topps setbuild by the end of the year (because why not?). Counting several cards sitting in my COMC inventory (waiting for Black Friday free shipping), I'm now down to just 9 wants left.

1971 Topps needs as of 10/19/16:
648 Rookie Pitchers (Jon Matlack)
661 Chuck Tanner MG *
664 Rookie Pitchers (all named Reynolds!) *
680 Don Mincher
692 AL Rookie Pitchers
698 Brewers Team
724 Tom Tischinski
740 Luis Aparicio
750 Denny McLain

* Update: these two are now pending thanks to the generous mr. haverkamp!

If you can help out with any of these nebulous nine, in any condition, please let me know. I'll trade you generously! But let me know ASAP, because there's a card show this weekend, and I'll be on the hunt for these.

Currently in limbo is #751 Al Weis, which I won on eBay a couple weeks ago but hasn't shown up yet. :/ Might have to get a refund there. Update: this card finally showed up the day after originally posting this!

Anyhoo, let's check out a couple highlights of my recent pickups that are currently in-hand.

#700 Boog Powell is a nice card. I mocked up an "If they were full-bleed" version last year.

This is a great looking Dave Cash card. He's about to smack the little man off the All-Star Rookie trophy.

Once I finish the set, I'll have to decide if I want to try to upgrade some of those lower condition cards. When I started this project, I declared I wouldn't bother trying to upgrade at all, since those black borders make it a frustrating set to complete in "high grade" and it would suck the fun out for me to have to worry about that stuff. I think perhaps I'll eventually try upgrading stuff like writing/marking and really bad creases/rips and ridiculously miscut cards. But as far as typical rough corners/edges, off-centeredness, and minor creases, nah, that's fine with me. So Dave Cash there is safe in my set despite being far from mint.

And of course the 1971 Ron Cey #753. Oh wait, sorry, no, that's not a real card.. it's for a different project. A gcrl thing. I bet Night Owl wouldn't mind getting thrown a copy of this one, as well.

Well, thanks for visiting, the few of you guys who will read this admittedly not very exciting post.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Awesomeness is a Virtue

Daniel from It's Like Having My Own Card Shop was the lucky winner of my latest contest (for the Stranger Things customs), and while he definitely didn't have to, he very kindly sent me a thank you gift:

Ka-Boom! It's not often you get surprised with a card of that magnitude. And I know Daniel is a huge Dbacks/Goldy fan, so for him to part with this card says a lot!

Paul Goldschmidt 2014 Five Star auto Rainbow Foil parallel #'d 12/25. Christmas Card of a top tier guy I collect: direct bulls-eye for my collection! Thanks so much, Daniel!

He even threw a few Gavin Floyd cards along for the ride. Sweet!

Again, huge thanks, man! I really appreciate it.

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I also recently got a great package from Mark Hoyle.

Check it out! 1939 Play Ball #60 Schoolboy Rowe Detroit Tigers RC. I sure love getting neat old pre-war (or thereabouts) vintage cards. Mark told me he recently came into a lot of Play Ball cards and ended up with a few extras to spread around. He picked this one to send me because Schoolboy Rowe has San Diego ties, finishing his pitching career in 1950 with a stint on the PCL Padres. Very cool.

As for the Yaz.. could you fill me in, Mark? The back is a standard "peel here" sticker thing, with no real identification or anything. The corners are perfectly sharp, so I'm assuming this isn't a true vintage sticker..? Regardless, it's a nice addition to my Yaz PC.

Some Sox, with a 2016 Paw Sox pocket schedule featuring Travis Shaw and Mookie Betts. Plus a Bowman card of current Padre Manuel Margot.

Goldy makes his second appearance of the post, this time on a 2016 National Baseball Card Day card I had been hoping someone would send me. Also a Dick Williams senior league card and a Garry Templeton tattoo, great oddball additions to those respective PCs.

While I try to limit my collection to cards-only, I make exceptions for top-tier dudes I collect, and Dick Allen is definitely one of them. Terrific to add these vintage Sports Illustrated magazines to my collection. The one on the left is a badass photo of Allen juggling in the dugout whilst a cigarette dangles from his mouth. And the issue on the right features a cover photo from his one year in St. Louis. Dick Allen as a Cardinal is something you don't see very often these days. Love it!

Great stuff.. huge thanks, Mark! I just dropped a package off for you the other day, so expect it soon.

Thanks again to Daniel and Mark.. a couple of the cardsphere's awesomest mofos and we're lucky to have them in our little community.

Monday, October 17, 2016

a box of 2016 Diamond Kings

Here's another box from my recent splurge of unopened product.

Yesterday I featured a box of 2014 Panini Prizm Draft. Well, here's some yin to go with that yang. 2016 Panini Diamond Kings. Both logoless, but DK aims for more of a vintage feel, so less shiny than Prizm, and obviously there are more recognizable names here than the draft pick product.

The first thing you need to know about Diamond Kings is the cards smell like damp ground after a fresh rain. That's kinda cool, I guess.

I got a blaster of 2016 DK a few months ago, but I still had a lingering hankering to bust a hobby box, hoping for something cool. So let's see how I did.

Let's kick it off with the winners of yesterday's big playoff game. I'm rooting for the Cubs, but credit where credit's due. Really I'm just excited that no matter who wins at this point, it's a team that hasn't won in a long time (especially with the Jays on the ropes). The Joc is an Artist's Proof parallel #'d /99.

My 2 promised hits left something to be desired. Stephen Piscotty is a decent pull, I suppose, and this relic/stickergraph is #'d /99. And this would have been a good box for a D-backs fan.. The Yasmany dual relic is #'d /49 (would have been cooler if they had slapped an auto sticker on it). And the black framed Socrates Brito is /99.

The pointless photo variations are kinda lame. Set collectors must hate this product. Same numbering on the back of each pair. Is one of these rarer than the other? No way to tell. I'm not gonna bother googling to try to find out.

Some decent inserts. And my luck pulling Pirates continues, as the lowest numbered card of the box was the Starling Marte mini, #'d 7/25 on the back.

And a few other keepers.

That was a fine box, I guess. But I definitely feel like I got my fill of DK this year now, and don't plan to pick up any more unless maybe if it's a screaming deal.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Do you think I Blew It with this box of 2014 Prizm Draft?

On more than one occasion, I've stated on this blog that I'm finished with the metallic chrome pajama nightmare that is Panini Prizm. But dang it, guaranteed autos, enough colored parallels to keep the break fresh, and a price that's hard to beat.. I keep coming back.

For just the retail price of a blaster, I threw a box of 2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks in with my latest Dave & Adam's order.

Let's check out the highlights..

A couple nice cards for me here! The Minors Gold inserts fall one per box, and you definitely can't do better than to pull Mr. Kris Bryant.

I've previously busted 2 or 3 boxes of this product, and I don't recall getting a Prospect Ranker insert before. It's numbered /100 on the back, and as a bonus for me, it's a Padre. I heard Michael Gettys had a big home run in the Arizona Fall League yesterday. So that's pretty cool.

I pulled a couple auto parallels. The green parallels are #'d /35 on the back, and I know firsthand that they're very tough to come by, as the Gavin LaValley auto green parallel is the highest numbered card I'm currently missing in my LaValley supercollection. Imagine if I had pulled that instead of Kyle Freeland here?! That would have been an incredible pull for me. But alas..
I don't know much about Freeland, but he made it up to AAA this season with decent results, so it's likely he'll be pitching in Colorado before long. I feel like I've stockpiled a lot of quality Rockies cards since whenever the last time I traded with a Rockies collector was, so hit me up if you wanna work out a deal.

Pretty sure I pulled a Mitch Keller auto from this product in one of the earlier boxes I busted. But this /100 red parallel is nice, and Pirates hits are always welcomed around here for when I need to return fire toward Bob Walk. Keller had an excellent 2016 in A ball, striking out 138 and walking only 19 in 130.1 innings pitched.

Here are some more parallels. Carson Sands had a rocky year in the minors (5.91 ERA), but I'm sure I can find a Cubs fan to take this /100 red refractor off my hands. Brandon Finnegan pitched ok on a bad Reds team this past season. Cuban signee Dariel Álvarez, here on a /199 blue refractor, has gotten a little taste of the majors, though has yet to stick in Baltimore. John Richy and Derek Campbell, teammates in Clearwater this past season, are regular non-numbered refractors (yes, I know Panini calls them prizms, but I don't care.)

Scott Blewett hot box! Base card, Draft Class insert, Draft Class refractor, and autograph. Scott has the best looking signature of the box, I'll give him that. The 20-year-old had a respectable year in the Sally League, putting up a 4.31 ERA.

So there you have it. For 20 bucks, I got 3 on-card prospect autographs, plus a sweet Kris Bryant insert and a few more decent cards, so I'm considering this a good break.

I won't mind hanging onto these cards and hoping one or two of these kids becomes a star.. but that said, these are all available for trade except the two cards in the first photo. Plus plenty of base cards I didn't bother to post, if anybody's working on a team set. So just let me know if you'd like to work out a trade for anything. Thanks!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Like Benchwarmers but much more so

This post is somewhat not safe for work, just to warn you right off the bat. If you're the kind of virtuous person who shields your eyes from nudity, or if you're reading this in a setting with co-workers or family around who might be offended by that kind of stuff, please accept my invitation to navigate away to another website. Howbout some silly Bad Lip Reading?

And like with any "girlie card" post, I feel obligated to say that I have nothing but the highest respect for women. I was raised by an amazing single mother, who worked full-time and was still everything a son could hope for. Most of my best bosses have been women. My wife is an awesome lady who got her MBA this year and I'm in constant awe of all that she does.

I'm also a sucker for pretty girls and make no apologies of my healthy, respectful appreciation for attractive women, especially those with large breasts. That's just how God made me and I can't deny who I am. Thank you.

With all that out of the way... A few weeks ago Johnny's Trading Spot had a post with a bunch of non-sports cards and mentioned something about also picking up some good "adult" cards which he wasn't at liberty to post on his blog due to their graphic nature. I (after a couple drinks) commented that he should email me those forbidden scans, as I was interested in seeing what he got.

John kindly obliged and emailed me scans of some impressive cards signed by the featured subjects. I was particularly impressed by the Christy Canyon and Victoria Paris autos, a couple of my favorite classic VHS vixens. John also offered to hook me up if I wanted to become the unofficial #supertrader for adult cards. I thanked him for his efforts and stated he could feel free to throw in a couple such cards whenever he sends me baseball cards, but I did NOT want to be a naked lady supertrader. Well, that Johnny, he is not afraid to bomb his trader-buddies with a big lot of cards. When I got his Priority Mail Medium Flat-Rate Box a couple weeks later I was worried it might be a bunch of junk Padres, as that's usually what I get when someone gives me a bulk lot of cards. But nope! Several hundred naked lady cards, plus a smattering of baseball cards to round things out.

Let's take a look at some highlights.

Let's start with an auto. This one is only PG rated (though be warned they get raunchier from here, though I've censored them somewhat). Never heard of Monica Buck. According to her very brief wikipedia entry, she appeared in Weekend at Bernie's II and was a spokesmodel on the show Star Search.

I really like Stacy Moran. I think I was first introduced to her when she was a guest on Howard Stern's show, which I used to watch on E! back in the day (mid 90s). She was just super cute and seemed like a sweetie. So yeah, I'll go ahead and be a Stacy Moran card collector and am happy to score these cards. Also here are a couple additions to my Brian Giles PC that John sent along.

Time to get retro. Apparently Penthouse was around way back in 1975, here's a card with a photo from back then. Raul Mondesi, also throwing it back, gives a thumbsup to this enchanting young lady.

I've got a solid little Carlos Delgado PC-- probably not too far away from getting him into my Hundred Card Club-- and here are a couple fine looking additions to it. And speaking of fine looking... er, here are a few pretty girls that caught my eye.

Benito Santiago and Tony Frenandez.. a couple guys I fondly remember as Padres, pictured here as Blue Jays. For some reason, John sent me a bunch of Blue Jays cards.. Whoo-KAAAY! That's cool. Also here are a few more pretty girls showing off what their mamas gave 'em.

On the other side of the above Tony Fernandez sticker (by the way, Topps should really revisit this set for an Archives insert!) was another former Padre, Wally Joyner. As a Mormon, Brother Joyner probably wouldn't be thrilled about being used to cover up dirty parts of adult film stars. Sorry, Wally. I've admired the work of these particular 80s ladies since I was a kid stealing dirty mags and VHS tapes from my best friend's dad (sorry, Doug, Sr!). I guess it's nice to get them represented on cardboard in my collection.

So those few cards I've shown are the keepers for me. But there are hundreds more that I would like to re-home.

Check it out.. an unopened box! It teases me with the potential of pulling an autograph of my aforementioned sweetheart, Stacy Moran, but I'll bet it's at needle-in-the-haystack odds, so I'm hardly motivated to bust this box. Anybody want it? (If you pull a Stacy auto, you gotta give it to me!)

Here are some cool arty cards, I believe from a Heavy Metal branded set. Anybody into this stuff? Let me know about a trade.

And I want to wrap up this post, but yeah, there are probably a couple thousand more cards I haven't shown here. Many complete and near-complete sets. (I almost feel bad about breaking up some of these sets picking out cards I like.. but only almost.)

Hmm, well.. Thanks for the cards, John! He sent along a list of customs he'd like me to whip up for him in exchange for these cards of pretty ladies. Yeah, I could probably help you out there, John.. Give me a few weeks. Though, dang, man! This package was crazy. Definitely a trade I'll never forget!

While I've picked out several keepers featured in this post, and no offense to John, I would really love to get rid of the bulk of these cards (after all, I'm mainly a player collector, not a set collector, and that applies to girlie cards as well!) And unfortunately, these aren't the kind of thing you can just throw in as bonus cards here and there, as I wouldn't want to offend anyone or put somebody in an awkward situation at home.

So can anybody help me out? Do you want some girlie cards? Mostly Penthouse and Hustler and that type of stuff. I'd be happy to part with cards for the price of postage (or the equivalent of baseball cards fitting in my wantlist). If you're interested in adult cards-- either a big lot or just a couple for kicks thrown in with a PWE-- please let me know. You can comment on this post, or if you'd like to be discreet about it, drop me an email and it'll be just between you and me.

But yeah, please! Help me out here. Lots of naked lady cards to get rid of. I don't want to be the naked lady #supertrader and don't want to just throw them away, so hopefully a few of you readers will valiantly take some of these cards of pretty girls off my hands!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Rolling the dice on a couple high-end boxes

I recently treated myself to a big order of a few boxes of cards from Dave & Adam's.

I took a shot on a box of 2016 Archives Signature Series, fully expecting to pull somebody like Jeff Conine or Carlos Baegra. Imagine my surprise when I actually hit a pretty good card..

Bo Jackson! The buyback is a 2014 Topps insert and it's numbered 5/5. Bo is a guy I've kinda collected forever, though he's never really been one of my top-tier PCs. But I'm extremely happy to pull this card and provide a clear highlight for my modest collection of the two-sport legend.

Glad I took a chance on this product and was able to beat the odds. That card could easily pay for the box if I wanted to sell it.

But I also bought a box of 2015 Topps Five Star, and was not nearly as lucky there.

Cue the sad trombone. Rafael Palmeiro has HOF numbers, but the PED stuff and finger wagging turned everybody off. Collectors have kind of come around on the other big steroid guys from the era-- autos of Canseco, McGwire, Bonds, and Clemens still fetch decent prices-- but not Palmeiro. His autos are quite cheap.

And Mike Zunino is a backup catcher with a sub-Mendoza career batting average.

That's it; those 2 cards. Pissed away a good chunk of change on that box. Luckily I opened it first, then the Archives Signature box right after, so Bo cheered me up.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Raffy and Zunino are available for trade if anybody wants them.

Some more (less exciting) boxes to bust here, but I'll save them for another post.
Thanks for visiting.