Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Just call me the Prince of Reprints (archiving 2001 Archives)

Finally got my 2001 Topps Archives haves straightened out into a spreadsheet. It was a pain because this set is notorious for tiny, hard-to-read numbering on the back. But I guess they wanted to keep the cards looking somewhat true to the originals, so they kept the additional text to a microscopic minimum.

You might recall I got the starter lot of 2001 Archives from the Underdog Card Collector a few weeks ago. That also spurred me onto an eBay lot of the set's fancy little sister, 2001 Archives Reserve.

I'm more focused on this latter set now because, well, refractors are purdy, and plus it's only 100 cards, so the end is within sight (43 cards still needed). Regular 2001 Archives, on the other hand, still a whooping 358 cards left to go.

I really want to try to avoid the autos from either set however, since that would be a costly hole to go down.

But yeah, I've got my wantlist up now for 2001 Topps Archives Series One, Two, and Reserve. Check it out here and please let me know if you've got some cards I need and are interested in trading. Thanks!

2001 Topps Archives
20.44% complete

2001 Topps Archives Reserve
57% complete

as of 9/17/2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Trout refraction

Here's that shimmering Mike Trout you've all been clamoring for!

Nah, actually this is just a little filler post while I'm still out of town.

I got this card for free, remember? It's a beauty. And a good photo choice makes it so you don't think too much about the missing trademarked material. However, I think they should have said "Los Angeles of Anaheim Baseball Club" instead of just "Los Angeles Baseball Club" because I'm difficult like that. They really need to do something to distinguish cities with 2 teams.

Anyways. I'm exhausted from a big weekend in Louisville with the extended family. Looking forward to being back home tomorrow. Oh, and my cousin in Chicago got out of prison! He wasn't here this weekend, but we found out he just recently got released after 6 years. He's a good guy who just apparently had a bad lapse in judgement. Love you, Eddie!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

3 big guns down in 1971 Topps

I'm in Louisville for a family get-together this weekend. I've been here a few times over the years thanks to an aunt and uncle and a few cousins all living in the area. About 20 years ago, I took a tour of the Louisville Slugger factory. That was pretty neat. Got a couple mini-bats that I think I've since gotten rid of, including a Griffey one I'd like to have back. Then in 2004, I caught a Louisville Bats game, still the only minor league game I've ever been to. All I remember about it is being excited to see former Padre John Vander Wal in the lineup, the only name I knew. But no baseball-related activities planned for this trip, though I did watch Rookie of the Year for the first time on the plane/in the airport on my laptop. A couple weeks ago I watched Air Bud: 7th Inning Fetch. I'm really being thorough in my "classic baseball movie" watching, huh?

Anyways, I took to eBay recently to check off 3 notable absences of my 1971 Topps setbuild.

I just showed off my first vintage Stan Musial, and now here's my first vintage Ted Williams, coincidentally also a Happy Card candidate. Of course I still have a dream in my heart to one day own a vintage Teddy Ballgame as a player, but this manager card is pretty cool in its own right.

Have I mentioned yet that September is Clemente-mber here at Baseball Card Breakdown? Well, I should have, because it is. Stay tuned for a couple more Clemente posts before the month's out. This specimen has a pretty obvious crease through the width of the card, but as an A-lister high-number, this can be a pricey card, so I'm willing to settle for less than mint. Still an amazing card.

Finally, that's a nice looking Pete Rose. A minor crease below his bat, but again, I'm not too picky while putting this set together. Nice card. Feels good to check off #100 from the list.

Unfortunately, I made a typo in my 1971 Topps needs spreadsheet, accidentally typing "11" instead of "1" to mark off Rudy May, which of course messed with my calculations. So even with these 3 new additions, I've actually stepped back in my completion percentage since I had 10 phantom cards in my total number before spotting the typo. Bummer.

Here's the real progress:

63.16% complete
as of 9/12/14

Card show coming up in a couple weeks. I'm hoping to pick up a few cheap high-numbers and approach 500 cards down for this set.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Oh, it's a Happy Card of Stan Musial!

Checked off a long-time collecting goal this week by picking up my first vintage Stan Musial card.

1962 Topps #50

This is his penultimate Topps card from his playing days. Love it! Dare I say, this is a Happy Card! His last card, 1963, features kind of an uncomfortable grimace, as do most of his cards, to be honest. But this 1962 card features a nice big smile from The Man. (Topps liked the photo so much that looks like they used it again the next year as the smaller inlayed photo in his 1963 card.)

He would be a good player to have a recurring blog series about. You could do like "Stan Saturday" or "Musial Monday" or both. But here I am wasting this post on a Thursday.. oh well.

Let's go ahead and give it the ol' Happy Card™ treatment.

Now that's a happy card!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I won a box of 2014 Donruss Series 2!

I can't remember which blog it was, but a few months ago, one of you guys out there was talking about how they commented on a "comment to enter to win" post on Panini's blog and they won a free box of cards. I wanted to get in on that action, so I subscribed to Panini's blog and tried to be sure to comment on "comment to enter to win" posts. Four or five attempts later, I was the proud winner of a box of 2014 Donruss Series 2!

Thanks, Panini!

These boxes run about $70 a pop, so this might be the biggest prize I've ever won.

Let's see. Once when I was a kid, I won a jar of candy by being the closest guess to how many pieces were in it. Then in the mid 90s I won some drumsticks for writing a limerick about OJ. A few years later, I won a prize pack from the band Mercury Rev with an autographed CD and stuff. And in the past year, I've won 3 or 4 contests from other card bloggers. I think that's about it as far as me winning contests goes. Could be worse. My girl has better luck. She won a nice TV a few years back, as well as several tickets to concerts and a couple beer festivals over the years. Yep, she's a keeper.

Anyways, it definitely brightened up my day to come home to that email from Panini letting me known I won and asking for my mailing address. I was a little worried I wouldn't be home to sign for the FedEx package, but luckily my lovely wife just so happened to take a day off work so she was around to sign on their second attempt. This is the second instance she's saved me by coincidentally taking off on a day Panini sent me a package with live signature required for delivery. I wish Panini would just use standard mail.

I gotta admit I haven't bought any Donruss product since 1992. (Well, I take that back, I did recently pick up a few packs of 2002 Donruss Originals... but I haven't bought any current Donruss product since 1992.) But I love to rip packs, and for free, yeah! Sign me up.

I'll spare you a pack-by-pack breakdown of the box and instead get to the good stuff. (I could bust out the toys for another epic break adventure, but I just did that with the Donruss Originals.) As I type this, I haven't opened the box yet (this post was written several days in advance of receiving the box, with the exception of the photos and red text), but looks like the $ick mojo hit$ to hope for are autos of Kershaw and Jose Abreu. So.. fingers crossed for one of those! But again, this box was free so it's all good.

It seems the consensus on 2014 Donruss is that the base cards ain't anything special, though there are some inserts that look pretty good.

I love certified autos as much as the next guy, but I find myself more and more reluctant to pay good money for sticker autos. Unless it's an otherwise perfect card or I'm getting it in a trade (or as in this case, won it for free), I'll probably pass and wait patiently for an on-card autograph instead. I'm not familiar with Ehire Adrianza, but he's got a kinda cool signature. That diecut Yordano Ventura is the lowest #'d card from the box (21/49).

That Trout Dominator might be my favorite card of the box. Nice looking card. If I had more time, I'd make a gif of it shimmering all about.. maybe another day.

And while the last pack of a box is often anticlimactic, the one had a pretty solid hit to end on a good note:

Bogie isn't exactly in contention for ROY these days, but he's still somewhat hot, right? An everyday-player in the bigs at only age 21.. that's pretty impressive. I've got a small handful of decent cards of his, now led by this shiny auto. Looking forward to seeing him improve next year. 

So there you have it. Thanks again to Panini for hooking me up with a free box of cards!

I'm not going after completing the set or anything, so this is all pretty much trade bait. I'll most likely want to hang on to the Trout and Bogaerts, but otherwise if something caught your eye and you want to work out a little trade, just let me know. (Lots of base cards available too, obviously.) Thanks!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Marquis Mania update

Brewer Buddy Tony L. dropped a couple 1990 Upper Deck Marquis Grissom #9's on me recently (plus a Bryce deckle for good measure).

So let's use this opportunity to see where I am in my goal of a binder full of nothing but 90 UD Grissoms.

After the therapeutic sensation of paging a stack of several cards from Sportlots, P-Town Tom, and Tony L., I arrived at a total of 25 full pages, plus 1 card on the spine.

That's 226 cards.

Just 774 cards left to go!

Thanks, Tony! And everybody else, if you've got any 90 UD Grissoms to spare, send 'em my way.

P.S. The always generous Matt from Bob Walk The Plank has a "comment to enter" contest going, so go comment to enter if you haven't yet!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bip-olar Disorder (refraction action)

It's been fun beefing up my Bip Roberts collection over the past few months.

Check out this 1993 Topps Finest refractor I picked up the other day..

This is my first one of these things. I've heard these are pretty much the first refractors known to man, and though not numbered, have a print run of just 241, which is very tiny by 1993 standards.