Wednesday, July 23, 2014

May Group Break: Team #14 - Milwaukee Brewers

I should probably blog at least once a month, right?

Let's fulfill the July quota by concluding the May group break. I'll show off what I got with the Brewers slot.

Requisite Base Cards

2012 Allen & Ginter Corey Hart Black Mini, 2012 Panini Prizm Robin Yount Green Prizm, 2014 Topps Ryan Braun Upper Class

Those were all cards I didn't own before acquiring them, so they're all winners in my book.

See you in August?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Trade Lists Updated

I've spent the better part of the afternoon adding cards to my lists cards of available for trade. It feels good to go from a bunch of piles everywhere to an organized trade box. There's a lot more cards available in 1980, 1978, and 1976 Topps, and some cards in sets that haven't appeared before, like 1959, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1977, plus some new stuff in the early '80s lists. If you are building a set in any of these years, check out what I've got, and let's make a trade. Just find the year you're looking for in the sidebar.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

May Group Break: Team #13 - Texas Rangers

Before the deadline passed, BS jumped in to grab the Rangers in addition to his two other teams. Let's see how wise that was.

Team: Texas Rangers
Buyer: BS

Base Rookies

Shiny Yus and an Elvis
That Red Darvish parallel looks flippin' sweet.

A Metric Ton O' Profar
That '72 of him is a refractor of some sort.

Adrian Beltre Super Veteran

2012 Topps Nolan Ryan Gold Standard

2013 Heritage Adrian Beltre and Matt Harrison
Both are SP's.

2013 Topps All-Star Stitches Nelson Cruz

And now, the strangest card encountered in any group break...
1987 Topps Custom Don Slaught Patch Card
Seriously, I had no idea what to think of this card once it showed up in the lot. Not being very familiar with most of the retro-themed sets released in the last few years, I thought it could have been some special Archives card or something like that. A little digging around on eBay helped me find this auction that ended in March. So apparently this guy made the Slaught patch card on a lark, and then sold it for what had to be a loss (accounting for shipping costs). The buyer then didn't want to own it anymore and either sold it to someone else or put it in the lot that I bought. So very strange, all of it.


EXTRAS

1975 SSPC Ferguson Jenkins

1997 Donruss Signature Series Rusty Greer AUTO

2001 Topps Noteworthy Alex Rodriguez

2012 Gypsy Queen Sliding Stars x2

2005 Topps Chrome Refractor Kevin Mench

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

May Group Break: Team #12 - Cleveland Indians

Today is my first day of summer vacation without any professional responsibilities, so it's a goal to have this MAY group break finished before the end of the third week of JUNE.

Team: Cleveland Indians
Buyer: cabz05


Base Rookies
Only three of them? Not a good sign.

2010 Topps Luis Valbuena Bronze Parallel (007/399)
Double-O-Seven on the serial number? Flippin' sweet!


And that's all she wrote.
Ouch.
Luckily, there were some nice Indians in my box of madness that should make it all worth it for cabz05.

EXTRAS

2011 Topps Tribute Roberto Alomar Dual Jersey (18/99)
Hard to argue with a card like that.

2004 Throwback Threads Bob Feller Century Stars (0224/1500)
Classy.

2006 UD Ultimate Lou Boudreau (214/799)

2001 Topps Jim Thome Own the Game x2

1996 Fleer Jim Thome Post-Season Glory

1995 Fleer Ultra Home Run King Manny Ramirez
I really like the Al 'N Ann's sticker on the penny sleeve here. A simple Google search found that Al 'N Ann's is a collectibles store in McHenry, Illinois. From their website, it looks to be more of a comic book store that sort of dabbles in sports cards than anything else. It also looks like the place to go on Free Comic Book Day to see women dressed up as costumed superheroes (if that's your thing).


I hope you were pleased with the extras, even if the main break haul turned out to be a stinker.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

May Group Break: Team #11 - Chicago Cubs

Let's take a break from World Cupping and see what another team got in the break.

Team: Chicago Cubs
Buyer: P-town Tom


Base Cards
That '08 UD Fukudome somehow snuck in there. Odd.

2014 Topps Jeff Samardzija Gold (1324/2014)

2012 Topps Golden Moments Andre Dawson

2001 Upper Deck Pros & Prospects Sammy Sosa / Luis Gonzalez Bats
No one claimed the Diamondbacks for the 4,297th straight group break, so the Sosa is Tom's free and clear.


The Cubs' haul was short and sweet, but there were some extras to be found. Indeed.

EXTRAS

A couple of Sammy Sosas

2007 UD Spectrum Derrek Lee Patch (17/50)
Yes, this card would have been part of last year's second Card Draft that had to be cancelled. An exceptional looking patch, to be sure.


Thanks for taking part, P-town Tom!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

May Group Break: Team #10 - Washington Nationals / Montreal Expos

Man, we're deep into June. Sincere apologies to those who are still waiting for their reveal. Gotta start hustling on my end.

Teams: Washington Nationals / Montreal Expos
Buyer: Zpop

Base Cards
Hope you like this Anthony Rendon guy.

Harper and Strasburg

2014 Topps Bryce Harper Red Sparkle Parallel

2012 Topps Ryan Zimmerman Golden Moments Jersey

2013 Topps Heritage Ryan Zimmerman
Short print, baby!

2013 Topps Chrome Jayson Werth Purple Refractor

2013 Allen & Ginter Gio Gonzalez Black Border Mini

2013 Topps Chrome Bryce Harper


Pretty good job by the Nats, but no 'spos. A reach into the nether regions of a mish-mash of cards changes that.

EXTRAS
1980 Topps Elias Sosa

1980 Topps Jim Mason

2006 Upper Deck Future Stars Nick Johnson Pink Parallel (0766/1799)
Scans purple, but looks more pink (magenta, really) in person.

1976 Topps Larry Biitner
Lots of drawing on the back. Damn stupid kids.

2007 Bowman DP&P Jesus Flores Gold Parallel

1978 Topps Tony Perez x2

1998 Stadium Club Vladimir Guerrero

Any post ending with Vladdy sliding safely into home can be considered a good one.

Monday, June 9, 2014

May Group Break: Team #9 - Philadelphia Phillies

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Buyer: BS


Base rookies
Par for the course in this lot.

2013 Topps Chrome Cole Hamels
This was supposed to go with the other base cards, but my scanner separated Hamels from the rookies.

2011 Topps Heritage Domonic Brown Chrome (0887/1962)
An All-Star last year to a downright dismal .592 OPS in 2014 so far.

2013 Topps Chrome Roy Halladay Purple Parallel

2014 Topps Super Veteran Jimmy Rollins

2012 Bowman Platinum Cliff Lee Emerald Parallel
Why would someone like Cliff Lee even be in a product like this?


That was a pretty mediocre showing for the Phills, so thank goodness there were some extras from my box of randomness to be found.

EXTRAS

2002 Bowman Chrome Scott Rolen Xfractor (209/250)

2005 Topps Finest Bobby Abreu Xfractor (142/250)
Xfractors like a mug up in this mug.

2012 Topps Heritage Chase Utley Mini Sticker

2003 Fleer Genuine Longball Threats Jim Thome / Pat Burrell
Probably the most random card in the break so far.

1965 Topps Gus Triandos


EXTRAS FROM EARLIER
So in my haste to get the Yankees post posted on Sunday, I forgot to include the extra cards that I found. Here you go.

2013 Topps Chasing History Yogi Berra

2005 Leather & Lumber Big Bang Alex Rodriguez (0104/2000)

2001 Topps Golden Moments Bucky Dent

1978 Topps Jim "Catfish" Hunter

1996 Topps Bernie Williams

Sorry to fizzle out on the end there. I should have let Catfish have the finale. Oh well. Hope you like the cards, BS.