May 29, 2012

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

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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: