Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Topps Series 1 checklist is live!

This set looks like it will be my favorite released the past 5 years leaping over 2011.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Variation Shopping

I've been having an urge lately of buying variation SP's for my flagship sets.
When you have a collection as big as mine, you tend to get distracted on what to get.
I haven't purchased any of these in awhile so i hit up ebay for these jewels:

Paid: $4

2012 Topps variations are pretty tough to come buy at a decent price, i gobbled this one up pretty quick at this steal of a deal.

Paid: $5

Paying homage to his two no-hitters, one of the best pitchers in the game today, also has one of the more recent great looking variation cards i've seen in a Topps set.

Out of all of the variations you're going to see, this one is a personal favorite to me.

Paid: $5

Another Tiger? Another Cy Young award winner.

This being the third in a row, i thought i could switch gears and jump to this year's crop of postseason celebration variations.

Paid: $6

What is there to say about NOMAH? Will he get into the hall of fame someday? Perhaps. It would be pretty awesome if it happened, im not completely counting him out yet, anything could happen.

2013 Topps Update decided to use past all-star game uni's along with other legend variations sporting theirs. Pretty neat concept. I've always liked the idea of looking at Garciaparra in his 2000 All-Star Game Jersey. I felt like it was just yesterday that AS Game was played.

Friday, October 17, 2014

2014 Topps Update Recap

A couple of days ago i decided to assassinate some of the brand new 2014 Update.
I didn't bother recording this break because i was being lazy about it.

One blaster box plus 10, thats right TEN rack packs and still somehow i came up 24 cards short of a set.

I did find my first Yoenis Cespedes card in a red sox uni, so thats pretty awesome!

Parallels, Parallels, & more Parallels!

I couldn't image buying so many blaster boxes/rack packs and pulling these things over and over again. Pink, Camo, Red Foil and blah blah blah.

Me being a set collector the most annoying thing in the world is finding more of those things rather than base cards.

One "relic" i got out of the blaster box was this World Series patch card of Sandy Koufax:
These come one per blaster box.

I never really cared all that much about manu-relics but these look pretty cool and i am considering putting this set together.

Overall, i give this little break a B+, i think the set is really nice, granted it might have too many rookies i've never heard of, but hey which traded set doesn't? Ohh and those parallels. Lets hope someday in my lifetime, Topps will stop making these.

Next time i might just buy a complete 330 card set.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Vintage Pickups: 1963 Topps #210 Sandy Koufax

Well that didn't take very long did it? My most recent pickup was yet ANOTHER HOF'er from '63.

Sandy Koufax.

Another great one i plucked off ebay at a price i was amazed to see. I'll take the old stuff over the new crap they put out these days (topps chrome, bowman platinum, etc.) anyday of the week

Paid: $35

At 35 bucks, this was a complete bargain to me. I couldn't find any other one on the bay for a reasonable price. So of course, i jumped all over this.

It seems to me these days vintage is popping up all over the place at good prices.
It must be the newer stuff that grabs "collectors" eyes today.

I have more great ones coming, stay tuned.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Vintage Pickups: 1963 Topps #320 Warren Spahn

Im sure the year 1963 is a year that might seem familiar to most of you out there who read/follow this blog, for those who don't, 1963 Topps is my favorite baseball card set of all-time.

My 63' set just took another big step towards completion. I don't own many HOFer's from that set but im working on it.

Im not too picky as far as condition goes, as long as i complete this set, thats all that matters. I thought i found a gem of a deal when i saw this on ebay.

Paid: $7

Meet Warren Spahn.

A 363 career game winner, the all-time wins leader by a left-handed pitcher & he is considered to be one of the greatest pitchers ever to play the game.

I remember very well watching the introduction to the all-century team at the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park. I thought it was really cool being 14 years old, seeing legends of the past being united with the present.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

More Heritage Goodies

Earlier this week i went on sort of a spending spree on anything from 01-14 heritage.

the highlights:

Meet Andy Pafko. Now, i have no clue who this guy is. I only know his name because he's card #1 in the 52' Topps set.

I paid $20 bucks for this off ebay, i was actually very surprised i got it that cheap because in the past i've seen this card go for about $50-$65.

At $20 this is a "steal of a deal", and it'll really help build up my 03' auto collection since it's looking a little dry these days.

Prince Fielder is out for the season? wow, i almost forgot about that! Normally you don't see these bazooka mini's pop up online for a decent price, but this one did.

Paid: $7

It's the second most i've paid for a mini of any type with the exception of a 2013 bazooka mini of Andrew McCutchen.

I usually buy a lot of retail and i never seemed to find any of these in rack packs. Are they that difficult to find? I did manage to get two more different ones but......those results will come at a later time.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Random Pack break: 2014 Bowman

Yes. I am trying something a bit different this time, 2014 Bowman.

Since my last blog post, i have been gutting that 14' Heritage set like a fish and now i am happy to say that it's been completed.

But now i am bored. Around the corner is Series 2, so i thought i would have a random pack break.

Product Review: 2014 Bowman consists of 220 base cards, a ton of prospects, rookies, autos, & parallels. I used to be pretty interested in Bowman probably up until 05-06'ish when they started loading it up with parallels and rookies i've never heard of.

My most recent "bowman pack purchasing" has been almost non-existent. I can't justify paying 3 bucks a pack for a product loaded with only a 220 card base set. I don't value this brand as a big set builder unlike i do with vintage,Heritage,flagship.

I also enjoy the fact that i don't feel like chasing after 1/1 rookie parallel autos of someone i have no interest in collecting.

So, i thought i'd share with you my only 2014 bowman pack break (and probably the only one i will buy all year) 


#39 Andrew Lambo RC - we're off to a bad start, another rookie i've never heard of. Perhaps one of you Pirates super-collectors out there would enjoy this one.
#51 C.C. Sabathia 
#64 Yovani Gallardo
#73 Tim Lincecum
#149 Asdrubal Cabrera


BM-SDP5 Jace Peterson Mini Refractor - now, i don't ever recall bowman putting mini's in their product. Is there anyone out there that can tell me if this is a first? It seems like a trend in the hobby these days 

Chrome Prospects: 

BCP19 Billy Burns 

BCP25 Kris Bryant - i am not too familiar with the prospects in this product, but i can tell you this is one of the "good ones" Luckily for you guys, it's up for grabs if you want it. Maybe someday in 2020 he'll pop up in a flagship set, who knows.


BP49 Isiah Kiner-Falefa
BP57 Andrew Thurman

As i expected, this pack was a total flop. I hope all of you enjoyed this, because it'll be the last time i open up a pack of this stuff. It's all up for grabs.