December 07, 2012

Shameless Plug: Here I Go Again...

...with another shameless advertising plug for some of my cards on COMC.  This post will focus on the cards I have for sale from the year 1987.

But first, let's set the mood with a super smash-hit from '87:

Such a memorable video with the sensual Tawny Kitaen showing off her flexibility on top of a couple of Jaguars (the cars, not the big cats or football players from Jacksonville).

Ok, onto the cards:

December 03, 2012

Shameless Plug: The Oldest I Have

There is a ton of vintage cards listed on COMC for sale but unfortunately, I am not the one selling them.  So in this shameless plug I am listing the oldest cards I do have for sale on the site.

1969 Topps Deckle Edge #14 - Rick Monday - Courtesy of
1969 Topps Deckle Edge - Rick Monday
This 1969 Deckle Edge card is the oldest card I have listed on COMC.  Isn't this the most beautifully centered card you've ever seen? Ok, not so much.

December 01, 2012

Shameless Plug: Randy Johnson

So I have over 1000 cards listed on COMC for sale and I figured I will do some shameless advertising on my blog.  So for today's plug, how about a few cards of the Big Unit himself, Randy Johnson.

*Clicking the pics will open COMC in a new window* wink,wink, nudge, nudge

1992 Diamond Kings
1992 was the first year Randy led the league in strikeouts.  He also led the league in batters hit by pitch that season.  Ouch.

October 24, 2012

One Blaster of 2012 Topps Update

I figured it was about time I contributed another post to my blog.  So how about a little post of this 2012 Topps Update blaster I picked up this afternoon.

Wow, look at all the gold.  I don't think I have ever received this many serial numbered parallels in a blaster box before.  I also got two packs worth of the Walmart blue border cards but no need to show them here.

September 22, 2012

The Gift of Giving

It's been a few days since I last posted because working 12-hour shifts has a way of putting a damper on one's free time. 

I had about 3000 cards sitting around in a box and I was wondering what do do with all of them.  These are mostly common, low-value cards that really aren't worth selling unless I sold them in bulk and I almost went that route but I decided to do something else with them.

September 15, 2012

A.P.A.D. - September 15th, 2012

Today's Pack:  2010 Topps Football

Yesterday, I went from shortest to tallest but since football is all about mass, let's go by weight this time.

185 Lbs.

September 14, 2012

A.P.A.D. - September 14th, 2012

Today's Pack:  2009 O-Pee-Chee

Gonna switch up my post format for some of these "A Pack A Day" posts with a little info from the back of the card.  Let's do this one shortest to tallest.

5' 9"

September 13, 2012

A.P.A.D. - September 13th, 2012

Today's Pack:  2011 Press Pass Football

I have griped about the eclectic nature of 2011 Press Pass before and I pretty much feel the same way after opening this pack.  I guess the Face to Face insert and Rahim Moore parallel would be the highlights of the pack.

September 12, 2012

A.P.A.D. - September 12th, 2012

Today's Pack:  2008 Upper Deck X

Either Upper Deck seriously overproduced "X" in 2008 and/or it didn't sell very well because if you have ever purchased a repack box, it more than likely will contain at least one pack of 2008 Upper Deck X.

September 11, 2012

Check Out My Canes: The Mad Stork

Out of all the former Miami Hurricanes football players that I collect, I realized that my collection was missing one of the greatest Hurricanes to ever play in the NFL.  So I hit up COMC to add some cards of this all-time great to my Hurricanes collection.

The Mad Stork, Ted Hendricks.

September 10, 2012

A.P.A.D. - September 10th, 2012

Today's Pack:  2011 Score Football

A day after the Dolphins were dismantled at the hands of the Houston Texans, this pack brings me a little solace as the Ray Lewis card heads to my personal collection.  The Joe Webb card on the bottom is your standard Score glossy parallel.

September 09, 2012

A.P.A.D. - September 9th, 2012

Today's Pack:  2008 Upper Deck Series 2

This was a nice fat pack with 18 cards.  2008 Upper Deck had some very nice photography that lends itself well to a card designed without a border.  I especially like the photo on the Bill Hall card.

September 08, 2012

A.P.A.D. - September 8th, 2012

Today's Pack:  2010 HIT Low Series

With myself being a huge fan of collegiate football, it's always great to rip a pack of cards featuring players in their college uniforms, even though this pack served up two cards of the Gators.

September 07, 2012

A.P.A.D. - September 7th, 2012

Today's Pack:  2011 Topps Series 1

It really doesn't feel like over a year has passed since 2011 Topps flagship hit the shelves.  Time sure does fly as you get older.  Nothing really to elaborate on here as everyone has pretty much seen all these cards before.

September 06, 2012

A.P.A.D. - September 6th, 2012

Today's Pack:  2010 Panini Rookies & Stars

Well I didn't get any rookies and I didn't get many stars in this pack.  But there were 10 cards in this pack...

September 05, 2012

A.P.A.D. - September 5th, 2012

Today's Pack:  2012 Topps Chrome

What a nice dusty scan.  That's one of the reasons I hate scanning Chrome cards.  The Duda card on the bottom is a refractor that came out of the pack will a nice little ding in the upper left corner.

September 04, 2012

A.P.A.D. - September 4th, 2012

Today's pack:  2009 Absolute Memorabilia Football Retail

It seems as though this was a quarterback themed pack of cards.  The only non-QB card is the Quinten Lawrence rookie card and it is numbered to /499.

September 03, 2012

A.P.A.D. - September 3rd, 2012

Today's pack:  2009 Topps Heritage High Series with 2 Topps Update cards

Once again, nothing too exciting about this pack.

I did learn that Derek Holland's nickname is "Dutch Oven", that made me snicker a little bit.

September 02, 2012

I'm Really Gonna Miss Chipper Jones Next Season

In case you missed it, the Braves were down by 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th when Chipper comes to bat with 2 on and 2 out.  Chipper came through once again by hitting a 3-run walkoff bomb to right-center to prevent a sweep at the hands of the Phillies.  Hopefully this will help kickstart the Braves for the remainder of the season.

Maybe this photo will end up on a card someday.

The Return of A.P.A.D.

So I decided to bring back my "A Pack A Day" series that I used a lot in the earlier portion of 2011.  I love ripping packs as it is a great way to pass the time as well as serve for some easy filler posts for the blog.  Today's pack rip features a retail pack of 2011 Topps Prime.

Nothing much in this pack.  I did manage to pull a Dolphins rookie card but it was a card I already had in my possession.

Let's hope Miles Austin does well Wednesday night for the sake of my fantasy team.

September 01, 2012

The Card Hobbyist August in Review


Post Count: 19

Nineteen posts make August my most prolific blogging month so far this year, granted that Gint-A-Cuffs contributed a lot to that number

Total Pageviews: 927

The blog received nearly double the amount of pageviews in August than it did in July.  It's amazing the difference a few more posts can make.  If you write it, they will come.

August 29, 2012

Critters, Famous Figures, and Stewed Rat: A Trade Post

So here are some cards that Adam from ARPsmith's Sportscard Obsession was kind enough to send my way in exchange for some Ginter to help him on his journey to complete his set.  I really lack the motivation and writing ability to give this post proper elaboration so you won't see many words once the colorful pictures begin.

August 27, 2012

The Hardships of a Fickle Team Collector

Once again I am changing the way I collect cards.  After reading this post on All the Way to the Backstop and this post by Capewood, I realized that I had the same problem they face as team collectors.

Being a huge Atlanta Braves fan, I ultimately wanted to get my hands on any card that featured a player in a Braves jersey.  As a kid, whenever I ripped opened a pack and saw the Braves jersey on a card, I was stoked but nowadays, when I flip through my binders, I only get that feeling when I see certain cards while all the other cards leave me with a feeling of apathy.

August 26, 2012

What's in the Cards for the AFC East in 2012?

New England Patriots

3 Base Cards
1 Parallel (Gronk glossy)
1 Insert
In the Cards Prediction Score = 7 points

Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are two of the most dynamic tight ends in football and they seek to continue the Patriots dominance over the AFC East in 2012

August 25, 2012

What's in the Cards for the NFC East in 2012?

New York Giants

 5 Base Cards
1 Insert
In the Cards Prediction Score = 7 points

Eli Manning seeks to lead the defending Super Bowl Champions on another run to an NFL title.  With receivers like Hakeem Nicks and the dancing Victor Cruz, look for Manning to put up big numbers again in 2012

August 24, 2012

What's in the Cards for the AFC North in 2012?

Baltimore Ravens

 6 Base Cards
1 Parallel (Boldin glossy)
Dreaded Combine Picture -1 point
In the Cards Prediction Score = 7 points

Upshaw looks to become the another linebacker to launch a successful career in Baltimore just as Terrell Suggs did years ago.  Ray Rice and Anquan Boldin look to repeat their strong offensive performances of last season.

August 23, 2012

What's in the Cards for the NFC North in 2012?

Green Bay Packers

4 Base Cards
1 Insert
1 Numbered Parallel (Jerel Worthy gold /2012)
In the Cards Prediction Score = 9 points

James Starks should become a more featured part of the Packers offense this season as last season he averaged over 4 yards per carry while Jermichael Finley remains a troublesome matchup for opposing defenders.

August 22, 2012

What's in the Cards for the AFC South in 2012?

Houston Texans

3 Base Cards
In the Cards Prediction Score = 3 points

Houston looks to repeat the success they enjoyed last season as JJ Watt and Brian Cushing lead a punishing defense.

August 21, 2012

What's in the Cards for the NFC South in 2012?

Here the links to the previous "In the Cards" posts:

NFC West
AFC West

Now the boxes will predict the competitive NFC South:

New Orleans Saints

3 Base Cards
2 Inserts
What's in the Cards Prediction Score = 7 points

Drew Brees will be looking to put together another historic offensive season with the help of running back Pierre Thomas and wide receiver Marques Colston.

August 20, 2012

What's in the Cards for the AFC West in 2012?

Continuing with the series that I started yesterday.

Today the blasters give their take on the AFC West:

Denver Broncos

2 Base Cards
1 Insert (Brock Osweiler Hot Rookies)
1 #ed Parallel (Brock Osweiler Artist's Proof /32)
In the Cards Prediction Score = 7 points

Tebow is out and now Manning is the man in Denver but young Brock Osweiler must develop quickly in case the elder Manning faces any health issues during the season.  Meanwhile, Elvis Dumervil looks for a repeat performance of a solid 2011 season.

August 19, 2012

What's in the Cards for the NFC West in 2012?

So I picked up a couple of football blasters from Wal-Mart this weekend and I thought it would be a fun little idea to let the cards make their own predictions on how the NFL season will pan out.  I opted for one blaster of 2012 Score and one blaster of 2012 Topps Football.  Here's a simple scoring system I put into place for cards to make their predictions:

Base card = 1 point
Insert/Parallel = 2 points
#ed Parallel = 3 points
Variation SP = 4 points
Hit Card (relic, auto, manupatch) = 5 points

Let's do this division by division shall we.  First up, the NFC West

San Francisco 49'ers

4 Base Cards
1 Parallel (NaVorro Bowman glossy)
In the Cards Prediction Score = 6 points

With two kickers and two defensive players, the cards predict that the defending NFC West champs will have to rely heavily on their defense and special teams as well as solid play from QB Alex Smith in order to be successful in 2012

August 17, 2012

Buildings, History, and Blubber: A Trade Post

I know all of you are tired of seeing Ginter on my blog but I just completed a trade with Chris over at Nachos Grande.  I sent Chris some Ginter off of his wantlist in exchange for some Ginter off of my wantlist.

August 13, 2012

Community Choice Collection: Ginter Winners

These are the winners, chosen by you to be added to the Community Choice Collection.  Thanks to everyone that voted!

It's no surprise that Phelps garnered enough votes to make it into the CCC.  The man just recently cemented himself as the greatest male swimmer of all time and he became the most decorated Olympian in history.  Winning 22 total medals with 18 golds is just ridiculous.

August 12, 2012

Gint-A-Cuffs IV: Round 8 - The Grand Finale

So on the same day that the 2012 London Olympics holds it's closing ceremonies, I am holding the closing ceremony of my Gint-A-Cuffs IV box.  Let's see if the final 6 packs and boxloader can get me to the 200 point mark.

Total after 18 packs: 141 points
Points needed to reach 200 = 59

Pack #19

#191 Jason Bay
#198 Phil Pfister (physically photos phony phenom phantoms....phew)
#207 Cory Luebke
#243 Aramis Ramirez
#273 Gaby Sanchez
#298 Dee Gordon
#1 Albert Pujols mini

August 11, 2012

Gint-A-Cuffs IV: Round 7

Total points so far: 117
Average points per pack: 7.8 points

Pack #16

#118 Carl Yastrzemski
#146 Josh Beckett
#189 Lance Berkman
#244 Brett Anderson

August 09, 2012

Gint-A-Cuffs IV: Round 6

Starting on the second half of the box.

Total points so far: 88
Average points per pack: 7.33333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333

Pack #13

#1 Albert Pujols
#10 Dustin Pedroia
#270 Anthony Rizzo

August 07, 2012

Gint-A-Cuffs IV: Round 5

Reaching the halfway point in the box.

Total points so far: 63
Average points/pack: 7

Pack #10

#31 Jackie Robinson
#152 Ryan Vogelsong
#194 J.J. Hardy
#281 Matt Cain

August 06, 2012

Gint-A-Cuffs: Round 4

Total points so far: 42
Average points per pack: 7

Pack #7

#70 Aroldis Chapman
#83 Matt Joyce
#185 Starlin Castro
#202 Jaime Garcia
#205 Tony Gwynn
#237 Al Unser Sr.

August 04, 2012

Gint-A-Cuffs: Round 3


Pack #5

#68 Rickie Weeks
#138 Josh Willingham
#236 Scott Rolen
#297 Justin Morneau

Cards that made a difference

August 01, 2012

The Card Hobbyist July in Review

Just a quick review of the blog, collecting, and sports for the month of July.

Post Count: 7
That 2 more posts than last month but still not on the level I would like.  Next month should see a few more posts as summer begins to wind down and football season begins to get underway plus I have the Gint-A-Cuffs posts to boost my count as well.

Total Page Views: 573
Just about the same amount of page views that I got last month.  Thanks to all the readers

July's Most Popular Post
Erickson Caps Off a Decade of Excellence
I'm not really sure what attracted so many readers to this post.  Probably because it was my last post before a lull of 18 days of not posting.  Or perhaps I should add the words "Decade of Excellence" to more posts.

July 31, 2012

Gint-A-Cuffs IV: Round 2

The first two packs netted me a total of 10 points, lets see how I do in Round 2.

Pack #3

Cards that didn't amount to a whole hill of beans

#56 Jordan Pacheco (RC)
#90 Roy Halladay
#140 Mike Trout
#215 Dan Haren

July 29, 2012

Gint-A-Cuffs IV: Let's Get it Started - Round 1

Let's see how this box fares in the no-holds-barred battle for Ginter supremacy!

Pack #1

Cards that earned me no points at all:

#89 Edwin Jackson
#129 Michal Phelps (surprising that one of the greatest Olympic athletes ever is worth zero points)
#135 Michael Morse
#162 Jeff Francoeur
#258 Doug Fister
Mini #132 Daniel Hudson

July 27, 2012

It's That Time of Year Again

My hobby box of 2012 Allen and Ginter's has arrived and the Gint-a-Cuffs shenanigans shall ensue.  Stay tuned.

July 26, 2012

Check Out My Canes: QB Edition - How the University of Miami Became to be Known as "Quarterback U"

It's felt like an eternity since my last post and over a month since I started writing about this mail day.  It's about time I finish this thing up.

1993 Skybox Premium #68, 1994 Stadium Club #587, 1994 Upper Deck #273
The string of successful Miami Hurricanes quarterbacks began with Jim Kelly in 1979.  Kelly was an all-state quarterback from East Brady High School in Pennsylvania.  Kelly dreamed of playing quarterback for Penn State but then Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno only wanted Kelly to come in and play linebacker.  Kelly instead opted to join a struggling Miami Hurricanes program which was in dire need of success after a decade of futility.

July 08, 2012

Check Out My Canes: QB Edition - Erickson Caps off Decade of Excellence

1991 Pacific #519 (RC) and 1994 Collector's Choice #364

Craig Erickson was a highly ranked quarterback prospect coming out of Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Erickson was favoring joining the Florida Gators out of high school but Miami coach Jimmy Johnson managed to sway him in 1987 to join the Hurricanes.  During his freshman and sophomore years, Erickson was a backup to incumbent starter Steve Walsh.  In 1989, after the departure of Steve Walsh and the arrival of new head coach Dennis Erickson (no relation), Erickson stepped into the starting role at quarterback and added his name to the growing list of successful Miami quarterbacks.

July 03, 2012

Check Out My Canes: QB Edition - When Opportunity Calls

Cards left to right, top to bottom:  1999 Press Pass #37, 1999 Fleer Tradition #264 (RC), 1999 Press Pass X's and O's #XO26

Scott Covington spent the majority of his college football career watching the games from the sideline.  Relegated to a back-up role his first 3 years as a Hurricane, Covington finally got his chance to be a starting quarterback during his senior season in 1998.

July 01, 2012

The Card Hobbyist June in Review

Just a quick review of the blog, collecting, and sports for the month of June.

Total Posts: 5 (not including this one of course)

In general it would seem that I was a giant slacker when it came to writing posts this month.  Some of you guys in the blogosphere could have 5 posts easily knocked out in 2 days.

Total Page Views: 585

Once again, this may seem like a drop in the bucket compared to most of the card blogs out there and is most likely the result of my meager post count but I still get that warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that I do have readers out there.

June's Most Popular Post

Community Choice Collection Winners from 1997 Select
After several posts featuring my retro box break of 1997 Select, it seems everyone wanted to know how the voting turned out for the Community Choice Collection.  There was some star power behind this post with names like McGwire, Sandberg, A-Rod, and Griffey plus a couple of turtles.

June 28, 2012

Check Out My Canes: QB Edition - Intangibles

 Cards from top to bottom, left to right:  2003 Press Pass Big Numbers #BN6, 2003 Bowman #146 (RC), 2003 Ultra #167 (RC)

June 25, 2012

June 24, 2012

Check Out My Canes: QB Edition

Surprise! Another blog post.

I recently received an order of cards from COMC that was slap full of football cards to add to my Miami Hurricanes alumni collection.  Even more specifically, all of these cards represent quarterbacks who took the field for the Hurricanes during their collegiate career.

In a shameless effort to boost my meager post count, I will feature each QB in his own post.

First up:

June 15, 2012

In the Doldrums

It's been nearly 2 weeks since I made a post because lately I have been really apathetic about blogging.  But I am not a quitter, so I'm just waiting for the blogging mood to return again before I will start cranking out some more posts.

I did rip a loose pack of 2012 Topps Series 1 I had sitting around yesterday and was surprised that I actually pulled a "hit":

It may not be the most exciting relic card to pull from a pack but at least it was enough to get me to write a post.

June 03, 2012

Community Choice Collection Winners from 1997 Select

First off I'd like to thank everyone who voted these cards into "our" collection.  Being a team collector, these cards are not cards I would usually keep in a binder but thanks to the voting, I am able to add some cool cards of non-Braves to a budding collection.

Here are the newest additions chosen by you:

May 29, 2012

Retro Box Break: 1997 Select - The Finale, Give me a Hand

Finally finishing off the box of '97 Select

Watch the video if you're wondering about the "Hand" reference, plus its a great song (just a strange video).

The final 6 packs after the jump:

May 28, 2012

New Blog Contest Alert

A new blog has emerged and as many have done before, Baseball Cards, Sports and Life is holding a contest to help gain some new followers.  So head over to this new blog and show him the support that exists in our great community!

May 27, 2012

Retro Box Break: 1997 Select - Part 4, Sunday Morning

Okay, so it's not exactly Sunday morning as I write this but the title is just a reference to this song from 1997:

Gwen Stefani exudes sexiness.

I'm still working on this box of '97 Select, but for this post, I decided to rip 6 packs instead of the customary 4 packs:

May 22, 2012

Retro Box Break: 1997 Select - Getting Close to Summer Time

Memorial Day is right around the corner bringing in the unofficial start of summer. But not yet, I have still have packs to rip and music to play:

This is one of my favorite songs from of one of my favorite albums of all time.

Onto the cards:

May 19, 2012

Retro Box Break: 1997 Select - Mo Packs, Mo Rippin'

Four more packs of '97 Select. But first the music, this time it's some 1997 hip-hop:

When this song hit #1 on the Billboard charts, it made Biggie the first musical artist in history to have two #1 singles released posthumously. RIP Biggie

Onto the cards:

May 16, 2012

Retro Box Break: 1997 Pinnacle Select Baseball - Part 1

In this edition of Retro Box Break, I am breaking into one hobby box of 1997 Pinnacle Select baseball cards.  This box features 24 packs of cards with 6 cards per pack.

Here are the odds listed on the box for inserts and parallels:
Tools of the Trade 1:9 packs
Registered Gold 1:11 packs
Rookie Revolution 1:56 packs
Artist Proof 1:71 packs
Mirror Blue Tools of the Trade 1:240 packs

Hopefully I can get some nice Braves cards to add to my collection and if I'm really, really lucky, perhaps an Andruw Jones auto.

May 14, 2012

Community Choice Collection Winner #9

David Wright mini! 

Once again, I am surprised by the vote but I guess everyone else out there loves minis just as much as I do plus it doesn't hurt that the guy is currently sporting a .400 batting average.

This card also finishes off the first completed page of the Community Choice Collection.  Much thanks to everyone for participating.

May 11, 2012

PC Card Spotlight: Lee Maye - 1965 Topps


It may not be the most mint condition card in my collection but here's a Maye card for a May day.  Arthur Lee Maye played with the Braves from 1959-1965.  Maye dominated minor league pitching during his early career but that success never really translated into the big leagues mainly due to injuries.

Maye enjoyed his best season with the Braves in 1964 when he hit .304, drove in 74 runs, and led the league in doubles with 44.  The Braves repaid Maye for his successful 1964 season by promptly trading him to the Astros in May 1965.  Arthur Lee Maye passed away in 2002 at the age of 67.

Besides baseball, Maye had another talent.  He was a successful singer as well.

May 10, 2012

Pack Rippin': 3 packs of 2012 Topps Series 1

I don't have a snazzy introduction to this post so here is a little tidbit of baseball history:

Four years ago, on this date, Greg Maddux won the 350th game of his career as the Padres defeated the Rockies 3-2.  Maddux became the ninth pitcher in Major League history to reach the 350 win milestone.

"It seems like he's inside your mind with you. When he knows you're not going to swing, he throws a straight one. He sees into the future. It's like he has a crystal ball hidden inside his glove." - Wade Boggs

Now lets dive into these packs.

May 08, 2012

Community Choice Collection Winner #8


Joey Votto!  This vote surprised me a little bit.  Of course I wasn't expecting ARod or Woodrow Wilson to win this vote but I fully expected Ken Griffey Jr. would get the most votes.  But you all proved me wrong by voting for Votto's rookie card. 

Votto has become the face of the Reds franchise thanks to the 10-year/$225 million contract extension he recently signed, the largest contract in Reds history and one of the largest ever in baseball history.

May 07, 2012

Listia Pick-Ups

Over the past month I made quite a few card pickups on Listia.  If you've never used Listia, it's like eBay but uses a point system instead of a currency.  Basically you put something up for auction and in return you receive points that can be used in other auctions on the site.  It's a great low cost way to pick up some cards for your collections.

Here are a few cards I picked up recently from Listia auctions:

May 03, 2012

Pack Rippin': 2 packs of 2008 Topps

Why is that these repack boxes always contain so many 2008 packs?  Was there a small bubble in the baseball card market that year that forced manufacturers to produce extra packs?  Either way I decided to rip into two 2008 packs, one pack of 2008 Topps Series 1 and one pack of 2008 Topps Update.

Before I get to the nominees for the Community Choice Collection, I did manage to pull a Braves card from the pack of 2008 Update:

May 01, 2012

Free for Me!

Ok, finally time for another post.  I have been extremely unmotivated to do any blogging recently so I figured it was about time to put my laziness aside, at least long enough to write this post.

Kevin, aka The Diamond King, was kind enough to offer up a free lot of Braves cards to the first reader to post a claim to it.  And being the sucker for free cards that I am, I jumped at the opportunity and Kevin did not disappoint.

I have nearly 1,000 Braves cards in my collection so it was quite the surprise when I opened the package of 31 cards (he only promised 25 cards by the way) and saw that every card that Kevin sent me was a card that I did not previously own.  Well done Diamond King, well done.

Enough of my gushing, here are the cards he sent me:

April 22, 2012

Community Choice Collection Winner #7


Garrett Atkins!  Once again an awesome photograph wins over the hearts of collectors.  This a great shot.  How often to you get to see the pitcher, catcher, batter, and umpire all on one card?  It's almost like watching an instant replay on a broadcast rather than looking at a static baseball card.  Good job collectors.

Make sure you check out the Community Choice Collection page to see all your winners.

April 20, 2012

Come Sail Away with a Ginter Mail Day

Got a package from COMC yesterday with a bunch of Ginter I needed.

Make sure you press play on the video before moving on to the rest of the post.  This is gonna be a long one.

April 15, 2012

PC Card Spotlight: 1967 Topps Norm Evans

In 1965, Norm Evans was drafted in the 14th round of AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.  The 6'5" 250-pounder from TCU only spent one season in Houston before he was picked up my the Miami Dolphins in the 1966 expansion draft.  The 1966 Dolphins struggled as expected for an expansion team going 3-11 in their inaugural season.  Evans once joked about the Dolphins receiving a standing ovation that year from the home crowd once they finally converted two first downs in a row. 

However, head coach Don Shula would turn this expansion team into one of the premier squads of the AFL in the early 70's and Norm Evans was a large part of that success.  Evans spent 10 years playing right tackle for the Dolphins and during that stint he played in 3 Super Bowls (winning two of them) and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1972 and 1974. 

April 12, 2012

April 08, 2012

Easter Pack Rip: 2012 Topps

Easter Sunday.

Half of a 2012 Topps Jumbo Pack.

Braves getting beat by the Mets (again).

Good enough reason to rip a pack.

April 07, 2012

Catching Up: CCC Winner and a Mail Day with some Ginter Happiness

I haven't been able to post much this past week due to a lot of distractions so I'm gonna cram all the stuff I wanted to post about this past week into this post.

First I'll start it off with the winner of the Community Collection Vote #5:

March 31, 2012

Pack Rippin': 2006 Topps

In this round of Pack Rippin' I decided to break open a cello pack of 2006 Topps.  This pack holds 22 cards...

What a disappointing pack.

I got 22 base cards.   No inserts, parallels, or rookies to bring a sparkle to my eye.  But there will still be a vote for a card to make it into the Community Choice Collection so I hand-picked the 4 cards from the pack with players who I believe put together a pretty good 2006 seasons.  First candidate is...

March 30, 2012

Community Collection Winner #4

And the 4th card to be added to the Community Choice Collection is...

..Miguel Tejada Black Border!

Another great photo on this card.  While Miguel is the central focus of the card, it is the other elements that make this such a cool photo.  The scoreboard in the background, the late afternoon sun, the pitcher delivering the pitch in the blurred foreground, and the nice complement given by the black border make this a really nice piece of cardboard (minus the dust specks of course).

March 24, 2012

PC Card Spotlight: Aaron, McCovey, Mays, Cepeda - 1964 Topps


The total firepower pictured on this little piece of cardboard is staggering:

2,315 Home Runs
7,120 RBI
54 All-Star Game Appearances
18 Gold Glove Awards
5 MVP Awards
3 Rookie of Year Awards
4 Hall of Famers

March 22, 2012

Community Choice Collection Winner #3

Wow! This was the closest vote yet as the winner was decided by a single vote.  A lot of cards received votes but two cards were neck and neck down the stretch.  Here are the two cards that got the most votes:

March 21, 2012

Need Some Votes

I still need a few more votes to add card #3 to the Community Choice Collection.  Click here to revisit the post and vote again even if you already voted before or you can just click the poll in the sidebar---->