Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Looks like Jeremy Hellickson is being added too:
Thursday, June 2, 2011
My initial thought when I came across these cards was "Meh." But then the small gears in your pal Napkin's brain starting squeaking to life and I saw some potential here. There are several things to like about this set. 1)The checklist is small (50 cards) and pretty strong. 2) The cards I am missing are pretty cheap on sportlots.com. 3) Most of the players in the set are still living.
My thinking is these would be great for autographs on cards of the living players in the set which is probably 90% of the checklist. I think if I could complete the set, get 15-20 autographed TTM and put them in nice pages, this could be a pretty special part of my collection.
I am kind of excited about this. I'll start sending out a few cards next week!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Well, imaging my delight when I discovered that some cards could talk BACK to me! As I stumbled across these Baseball Talk cards in the attic last week, I recalled my lonely, lonely nights of listening to baseball cards. How I ever had a girlfriend in high school is beyond me.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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Sunday, May 29, 2011
I thought my luck with the topps diamond cut cards was good. And I thought I did well to get 3 Bryce Harper cards from my Bowman blaster vs. Rack packs experiment the other day. I've topped those today and then some.
We are in a small Texas town this weekend visiting family, so I popped into the local Wal-Mart to see if they had any Bowman 2011. They did and I bought. And out of a blaster I pulled a Harper auto redemption! This is definitely the best hit I've ever had! I also snagged another Chrome harper and a sweet Bowmans's best Harper.
And yes I will be going back tonight for more Bowman.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
In one of the boxes from the attic, I found a couple of really neat Topps Micro Sets from 92 and 93. From what I can tell, these two years, as well as 91 were the only years Topps put this product out. I wish they would issue them again, because they are really cool. Here are some of the cards next to a standard mini card and a penny for scale:
I felt very old looking at these cards, alternately holding them closer and further and closer again to my eyes trying to find the right distance to gain focus. I didn't include it in the scan, but there are checklists in this set. I defy anyone without a microscope to read them. The 1992 set also included a 12 card "Gold" bonus set.
They also were one step ahead of themselves on the Diamond Parallel cards everybody is snapping up this year. The 1993 factory set came with a set of 12 "Prism" Cards:
So, I rationalized that some serious analysis was needed of the difference between a $20 blaster box, and (4) $5 rack packs. So I bought the necessary data input and brought it all home. I am still alive today, but only because I think I got pretty lucky with the pulls. First, a comparison of the contents:
|Blaster Box||4 Rack Packs|
|Orange Parallel (#250)||0||1|
|Blue Parallel (#500)||0||1|
|1st Bowman Chrome||14||14|
|1st Bowman Chrome Purple (#700)||0||2|
|Topps of the Class||1||0|
I counted the cards in the blaster at least 4 times, and yes, I did get two extra cards. However, I should have received 16 chrome cards but only got 14. Maybe getting the auto or the Bowman's Best card in the blaster had something to do with the allocation, or perhaps the exceptions are explained somewhere and I am just too lazy to look into it.
In terms of parallel cards, the rack packs came out ahead, hitting one blue and orange version. I also got two of the purple parallel chrome cards in the rack packs, but none in the blaster.
In terms of inserts, the blaster was much better. I really like the Bowman's Best set, but only got one card. I also was excited to see a Tim Beckham auto in the blaster.
So how did I do with the real reason folks are snapping this product up? Not too bad. I got 3 Bryce Harpers: 2 Base and 1 Chrome.
Here are the highlights:
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
1st: A big trade with BA Benny. He sent a whole mess of cards of my favorite players: Tony Gwynn, Darryl Strawberry, Ian Kinsler, Keith Hernandez, Michael Young, Josh Hamilton, and the list goes on. He also sent two really cool Michael Young Ticket to Stardom cards that include a game used jersey and a ticket from a Rangers game. That seems like a cool hit gimmick that should be continued in other sets. Here are just a few of the highlights from the trade:
I also had a small trade with Steve D, who does not have a blog as far as I know. We did a swap of jersey cards of NY catchers. I sent him a Jorge Posada 2005 Zenith, and he sent a Piazza T206 jersey, along with an extra Piazza Ionix card (which is very cool in hand BTW):
Monday, May 23, 2011
With a downpour.
I thought a Naturals day game would be a great way to kick off vacation this week. Unfortunately, the storms that have soaked and battered this area for about a month now made yet another appearance. My boy and I only got in one inning before we had to run for cover. I did get to eat a couple of $1 hot dogs and see top prospect Mike Trout strike out, but that was it.
I missed my etopps post, but the offering this week was pretty underwhelming.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The holes you see in this blurry photo are where 2011 Bowman was only 2 days ago. There were similar holes in the other Walmarts I hit yesterday as well. I guess I was lucky to get what I did. In fact when I got mine I a few days ago, came to the card section just as the sales rep was putting out the product. The next day.... POOF... GONE...
So Bowman 2011 is long gone in my neck of the woods. How about yours?
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Overall, I actually like the design of the base card pretty well. It's pretty clean and the silver type is nice looking. The 1st Bowman cards don't do much for me, but maybe they'll grow on me later. I'm going to bet I can buy a full base set cheap on eBay at some point soon, so I think I'm done with the wax. I'd rather buy Gypsy Queen or even some of the $14.99 value packs I suppose until Topps Series 2 comes out.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I probably would be open to trading this, but I would want a pretty good offer for it.
1 Tie: Albert Pujols
1 Tie: Ichiro
3: Roy Halladay
4: Derek Jeter
5: Jason Heyward
That looks like a pretty solid list to me.
There were 9 commenters who listed both Pujols and Ichiro, and after a quick spin through the randomizer, the winner of some cards arbitrarily picked by me is.....
Thanks for playing Captain. I don't think I have your address from any previous contests, so please email me when you get a chance. Here is what I will send you:
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Speaking of mothers, The Dimwit is a bad mother for trading me these GQ cards:
Big Fun Game: Gypsy Queen Edition.
I sent him some Astros relics and base cards too for my end of the trade.
The Dimwit, along with The Lost Collector, have taken up the invitation to play Words with Doon posted on my sidebar. I've enjoyed getting to know both of these gentlemen and their blogs but have not enjoyed the unmerciful beatings I've been receiving from them on Words. I think they cheat.