Tuesday, December 25, 2018

A birthday box of 2018 Topps Tribute

Merry Christmas, everybody! My mom has had a hot streak of getting me great high-end boxes for my birthday. First there was a box with two Mike Trout autos, and then a box with a Trout 1/1.

Will this year's box carry on the tradition?

Boom! It's not Trout, but this is still a terrific start to the box! I've got one Kris Bryant auto already, but it's an unlicensed Panini card so I'm thrilled to be able to add a legit-Cubs autograph to the PC. From peeking on eBay, looks like this card is already "live" so shouldn't take me long to redeem it.

As for the other autos in the box, there were a couple young guys with promise who haven't quite put it together yet (Bradley Zimmer [orange /25] and Lewis Brinson [green /99]), and an old guy, HOFer Phil Niekro [/65]. The box promises 3 autos, so that means the Bryant redemption was just a sweet bonus.

Lots of star-power with the relics, though the jersey pieces themselves are nothing special, just boring grey or white jersey swatches. But hey, they're all numbered under 100 and I sorta collect all these dudes, so I'm happy with these pulls. Max Scherzer, Ichiro, Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony Rizzo.

Decent base cards, too. Trout doesn't get shutout. The Benintendi is a numbered parallel (/99).

Good stuff.. thanks, Mom! No Mike Trout hits, but still plenty of good cards for my collection.

As for my December 24th otherwise, it was a nice evening at the in-laws. I'm a little sick of It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street every damn year, but it makes my mother-in-law happy, so I can deal with it, lol. It was a nice birthday. On social media, despite a few solid tweets, I lost 2 or 3 followers (what kind of monster unfollows someone on their birthday?!)-- can't please all the people all the time, I guess. Screw 'em. But yeah, was a good birthday overall.

A few classic pics from Baseball Card Breakdown's Christmas past.

Did you know that the holiday season of Christmas actually lasts for 12 days and begins on 12/25? Yep, while counting down to Christmas might be more popular these days, the 12 Days of Christmas technically lasts into January.

Going old school, I've got a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway starting now. Here are the rules: The eligible people are listed below, thanks to their recent commenting.. always appreciated. Y'all only get one pick.. once you successfully claim a prize, you're done. Just be the first eligible person to pick a prize (from the prize pool) by commenting on this post. Go! [Update: Chris took Day One, claiming the Tiant auto] Once there's a winner, you'll have to wait till the next day for your chance to pick again. And be specific.. if you just say "give me whatever" or something like that, your pick won't count.

Sport Card Collectors
Collecting Cutch
Julie Owens
Brett Alan
John Miller
The Lost Collector
Tony Burbs
Chris (The Collector)
Nick (Dimebox)
Billy Kingsley
night owl
Jon (Penny Sleeves)
Dennis (Too Many)
Trevor P
Zippy Zappy
Nick Vossbrink
P-town Tom
Jason (HeavyJ)
Greg Zakwin
Brian (Highly Subjective)
Coast To Posts
Jeffery Turri
Mark Hoyle
Rod (Padrographs)
Nick Sheren
Larry Presnall

Prize U - Luis Tiant 2003 Topps Retired auto
Congrats, Chris! 

Looks like people are still picking in the comments.. Sorry for any confusion, but the contest is "dead" for today now. Check back tomorrow for another chance.


  1. Oh, the irony. I'm the 1st to comment and I'm not even eligible. It's a sad,sad world. I'm at:https://adventuresofabaseballcardcollector.blogspot.com/ I'd get the priority mailing with hundreds of BB cards if I was eligible. Sigh...

  2. Congrats on the Bryant pull, hope you’ll show it off once it’s redeemed. And it’s an “extra” auto to boot.

    If i’m the first to clim a prize I’d like lot U - Tiant auto. Thanks and merry Xmas!

    1. That's a beauty--definitely would have been my pick if I'd had the chance. Congrats.

  3. I am first to comment and have the lion's share of selections????

    I am ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL over lot E. Love me some Wendy Peffercorn.

  4. I'll go with Lot C. Thanks! And happy birthday/Christmas/New Year!

  5. I would like the lot V. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas.

  6. Happy belated, happy Christmas, I'm stuffed on cookies. If I'm processing this right then Prize W is for me.

  7. I’ll go with S! Thanks so much. Merry Christmas!

  8. The fact that the Bryant was a bonus means that you don't really need it right?

    Lol, congrats on the great box. And I'll pass on the contest, I hope someone else gets something good with what was once my slot.

  9. Congrats to Chris. Is the Benintendi up for trade

  10. I assume by "wait till the next day" you mean there will be a new post to comment on each day. Just in case you mean to comment on this post each day, well, it's after midnight here on the east coast. Same selection as above. :)

  11. Merry Christmas, Gavin (and a belated Happy Birthday as well)! Congrats on the Bryant.

  12. That Stanton Ichiro is a cool pairing!

  13. Hoping my phone allows me to comment. It's still on and off when it allows me to lol. I am using the desktop today.

    Congrats on the nice pull and Happy Late Birthday!

    1. Yeah I have the same problem with my phone, which will probably eliminate me from getting something in this contest. Will be fun to see what others pick though.

  14. Totally late to the party! First off... Merry Christmas and congratulations on pulling the Bryant redemption. As for the prizes... if nobody claims prize Z, I'd love a shot at it. Big fan of Topps Retired autographs.

    1. Lol. Sorry... probably should have read the entire post.