Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

AJ Lee auto!

Finally landed an auto for my AJ Lee collection.

Aw, it's a cute one! (excuse the lines from the penny sleeve.)

Here are the rest of the cards in my AJ PC.

And a couple customs to round it out.

Definitely not my biggest PC, though it is my biggest female PC, so that's something. And the auto gives it a nice boost.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

COMC eases the pain of missing the card show

I couldn't resist placing another COMC order during their spring cleaning sale a little while back. It was my 3rd order on the site within a couple months. That's definitely more frequent than my norm. But hey, I missed June's local card show because I was in Hawaii (boo-friggin-hoo, right?), so this package of a couple dozen cards helps me get my fix of picking up some various new cards.

I always like picking up shiny, colorful Bowman parallels here and there. Manuel Margot is having a solid year for the Padres' AAA team. The card on the left is 2015 Bowman Draft Chrome Asia Exclusive Black Refractor, while the right is 2015 Bowman Chrome Prospects Blue Refractor (/150).

Keeping with the shiny, I made a little progress on my foolish 2004 Topps Chrome black refractor parallel setbuild.

Yangervis Solarte is a current Padre standout of whom I didn't previously have an auto (though Topps pretty much saturated the market, putting out a ton of his autos in 2014). These two ran me just $3.56 combined.

A couple more autos of notable Padres. Well, the Steve Finely card says Arizona, but whatever. Maybe I'll make an overlay for it someday. I wanted an auto of his to top off that passive PC, and this fit the bill for only $1.89 (#'d /499 to boot). As for the Khalil Greene, well I already have a few autos of his, but for just $1.74, I couldn't resist this one #'d /135.

I don't add cards to my Nate Colbert collection very often anymore, but this blank-backed oddball is kinda neat (1977 San Diego Padres Schedule Cards #NACO.3). On the right is a Michael Conforto (2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions Certified National Team Mirror Green #129) #'d /199 that was discounted thanks to a dinged lower right corner. I don't mind that much, and was happy to pick up an early card of his.

I grabbed another cheap Jon Jay auto. Poor guy recently broke his forearm and will be on the shelf for a while. I had an extra Tony Gwynn Socks overlay lying around, so I figured why not pair it up. I'll eventually find it a home.

NOT PICTURED: I also picked up a dozen ~50¢ needs for my 1965 Topps setbuild. Forgot to snap a photo before I filed them away; Oops. I'm at 61% complete now.

That's it for this time. Not a huge order, but I wanted to take advantage of that free shipping window.
Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 27, 2016

2016 Diamond Kings blaster

I recently worked out a deal with a guy named Jim S. who grabbed a few things off my Amazon wishlist for me. Included was a blaster of 2016 Diamond Kings which had some good stuff in it.

Howdy! That's a nice hit. Rob Refsnyder has been playing well for the Yankees.

Dual jersey relic stickergraph numbered 4/25. eBay tells me this is about a $10 card. If any of you Yankees fans have eyes for it and have a comparable card that fits in better with my collection, I'm up for trade offers.

Here's a red framed card numbered /99 on the back. Frankie Montas is currently with the Dodgers organization.

A smattering of inserts, heavy on catchers (surprisingly not in catchers' gear, which you'd think would be in Panini's wheelhouse thanks to less logos to worry about). Funny to see Jose Bautista's iconic bat flip on a Panini card, seeing as how it's sort of ingrained as a Topps card image by this point.

Here are some base cards of dudes I collect.

I thought it was odd that I pulled 2 Miguel Sano cards from the same blaster, but upon juxtaposing them, the uniform is obviously different. They both have the same card number on the back, so I guess one must be a variation or something. Seems kinda pointless.

So yeah, there were the highlights. It was a decent blaster, thanks mostly to the /25 auto I pulled. Diamond Kings tend to give you decent bang for your buck, so I like to rip some to check out, though I'm not sure I'll go out of my way to pick up any more this year.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A tension-filled trade-roundup

Ok, maybe there's not really that much tension here, but I'm grasping at straws for a theme for this trade roundup featuring a trio of unexpected mailings that arrived while I was on vacation.

First up is GCA. We had traded a month or two ago, and while it was a fine trade, I think we both felt it could have gone smoother. GCA, the stand-up dude he is, took it upon himself to hook me up with a few more cards.

Nice Al Kaline! With this card, I've completed up through the first and second series of 1971 Topps, and am two Word Series highlights away from finishing the third series. I'm in good shape with the fourth series as well. But it's the fifth and sixth which are the stinkers. I'll get there eventually, thanks in part to the generosity of traders like Greg.

A couple gold foil parallels of top-tier dudes I collect!


Some stars of yesteryear, highlighted by 3 Vide Blue oddballs. Yep, those 1972 cards...

OPC! Nice additions to my Vide Blue collection.

Big thanks, GCA! Great stuff! I'll try my best to round up some more cards for you soon.

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Next up is Night Owl surprising me with a nice lot of Dodgers and Padres.

Always happy to take anyone's Kershaw & Kemp dupes. Some good ones here.

Some Padres old-timers. I'm pretty sure that's the 2nd same Goose Gossage pin Greg has sent me.. but hey, I'm happy to have an extra now because that means I can put this one on my backpack rather than treat it as a collectable!

(Yeah, it's about time for me to retire this backpack. The zippers just aren't cutting it anymore.)

A few younger Padres.

And a couple sparkly 2011 Topps parallels. A Bowman mini Met breaks up the LA/SD card parade. Very happy to receive this shimmering Michael Conforto. Bummed he got sent down recently. He was doing great to start the year, but had been in a big slump for the past month. Hopefully he gets his issues worked out and is back in NY soon.

Thanks, Greg! I'll be sending you out a return soon.

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Finally for today, here's a 2-card PWE from Jedi Jeff. See, fitting into the "tension" theme of the post, he and Night Owl kinda went at it recently. Hey, disagreements happen, and sometimes they get a little ugly, even in relatively chill crannies of the internet such as the cardsphere.

Here we've got a Gwynn I'm pretty sure I needed from 2000 Topps, and a red wave refractor of a random Rockies prospect from 2014 Bowman, Kyle Parker. Beautiful card, but what makes it extra awesome?...

Christmas Card!

Very cool.. thanks, Jeff! I was able to scrape up a return PWE for you already, so expect that shortly.

Thanks again to Jeff and the two Gregs for the great cards!

Friday, June 24, 2016

I got a LeVar Burton auto.. but you don't have to take MY word for it.

Reading Rainbow, Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation.. now that's a frickken impressive triple crown of a résumé right there. Sprinkle in a dash of Big Bang Theory and Family Guy, and you're a pop culture icon, no question.

I wanted to snag a LeVar Burton auto for my collection, and I recently made that dream come true.

Pretty cool! And on-card! LeVar's got a pretty spectacular, intricate signature.. always nice to see as opposed to a couple quick squiggles. Very happy to add this one to my collection.

While I don't specifically remember LeVar's Family Guy guest appearance (I guess it's just these couple lines in a big TNG cast sequence?), I'll take it. I won't lie and say I'm a big Star Trek guy, but growing up, my mom was a loyal Next Gen watcher, so the show (and Geordi La Forge) is close to me whether I want it to be or not. Personally, I'm more of a Reading Rainbow fan. As far as educational kid shows, it was right there with Sesame Street and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood as the best around in the 80s.

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend, guys.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

a box of 2014 Panini Classics

I've posted about busting the two hobby boxes of 2016 Topps Archives I pre-ordered a few months ago (see the best pull of my life and the Fantastical Machine trilogy), but I also grabbed something else to help bump me past the free shipping threshold at Dave & Adam's: a box of 2014 Panini Classics Baseball. It's a pretty nice mid-level release that seems to be a one-and-done product, as there was no 2015 version and no word yet of a 2016 release on the horizon either. I've seen 2014 Classics on blogs and gotten 2 or 3 cards from eBay or traders, but hadn't ripped any of it myself. I even put it on my Christmas list last year, but Santa passed on it, so I had to take matters into my own hands. I'm glad I did, as it turned out to be a pretty solid box for me.

This would have been a nice box for a Red Sox fan. Not a bad David Ortiz jersey/bat dual relic /99. He's having a great farewell season, despite being in a lot of pain.
And while this is the Cecchini brother I don't actively collect, I don't mind adding a /299 auto of Gavin's big brother Garin. He was sold to the Brewers after last season, and has spent all of 2016 in AAA so far.

My other 2 hits were definitely solid, as well.. a couple auto/relic cards each #'d /299.
Nick Castellanos is a fine young third baseman who seems to get better every year.
Jameson Taillon made his MLB debut earlier this month and looks to be an important arm in the Pirates rotation going forward. My biggest complaint about 2014 Panini Classics (well, besides no logos) is that all the autos seem to be stickers.. all the autos I got, at least.

I got a couple Timeless Tributes rainbow foil (or whatever) parallels #'d /149, both guys I kinda-sorta collect a little-- Billy Hamilton and Mark McGwire-- so that's cool I guess.

Here are a couple big names you're not likely to pull from a new pack of Topps cards. It's still odd to me that Topps has been shunning Bonds, while giving love in recent products to Canseco, McGwire, Clemens, and Palmeiro. Maybe Barry won't sign with them or something?

I was happy to come up with a fat stack of keepers for my collection, a few of which are shown here.
Looks like Panini got a little out of control photoshopping out stuff, and photoshopped out Mike Schmidt's mustache! LOL

While most of my interest was with the old-timers, there are plenty of cool active stars in there too.

So yeah, this was a fun box to bust.