Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2010 Topps Series 2 Jumbo Case (Live Break) So Stop by...

Picked up this case for $570 last week it was going for $680 this morning from the site I bought from but I think now its sold out.

Box 1
Variation: Ozzie Smith
Black: Everth Cabrera
Jersey: Phil Hughes & Pablo Sandoval #/99(Redemption)
Auto: Matt Tolbert
Red Hot: #6

Hughes came in the first pack so that got me pumped to start. A little disappointed about the redemption jersey.

Box 2
Printing Plate: Jeremy Hermida
Auto: Chad Billingsley
Hat Patch: Frank Thomas

Boring Box for me missing a few things I thought every jumbo box would contain.

Box 3
Auto: Jason Bartlett
Hat Patch: Carlos Delgdo & Andy Pettitte
Jersey: CC Sabathia
Red Hot: #10

New York state of mind box but come on Carlos Delgado? Don't get me wrong Carlos is a nice guy he used to come into my restaurant but this set doesn't fit. The Pettitte look sweet.

Box 4
Auto: Dallas Braden
Hat Patch: Max Scherzer
Jersey: Ryan Dempster & Mark Teixeira
Variation: Thurman Munson

That Munson variation is very cool

Box 5

Box 6

Kind of disappointed with the break was expecting much more.

Monday, May 24, 2010

2010 Bowman = A bunch of Idiots working at Topps

So I was looking through my Yankees cards and came across a 2009 Bowman Chrome Brian Baisley card and one of his in the 2010 set. Both say 1st Bowman Chrome card. Does Topps take us for Idiots?

I know they currently have a monopoly but come on. Hes not even a prospect anymore he was released by the Yankees in spring training. Topps should be ashamed of themselves.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Been Busy

I have been extremely busy with work this week. I worked about 72 hours over the last 6 days. It sucks very much. I really haven't got to sort through Bowman much or have time for a review. I did want to let you guys know I recently completed 2 trades.

1. On Card Autos

2. Drews Cards

Monday, May 17, 2010

Phil Hughes Additions

So Phil Hughes is pitching tonight and looking for his 6th win of the year. I have recently added 5 beautiful Hughes cards.

The top 3 cards I picked up on EBay. The Topps T206 was redemption I got back in the mail. The bottom card was also an eBay pickup and is a artist proof #/10.... Thanks for checking out my collection Lets Go Yanks!!!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Gave 2010 Bowman Another Chance an pulled this......

Went to the card show in White Plains this afternoon and bought 2 boxes of 2010 Bowman Hobby to try my luck and did pretty well. (at least with 1 major hit)

Never pulled a Superfractor before

Saturday, May 15, 2010

2010 Bowman 4 Jumbo Box Break: Major Anticipation to be Majorly Disappointed

Product: 2010 Bowman
Boxes: 4 Jumbo Box
Packs: 12 Packs / 12 Pcks
Cards: 32 per pack
Price: $125-144 per Box

Box 1 Jumbo
Bowman Pros Orange: 2
Bowman Prospect Blue: 2
Bowman Chrome Pros Ref: 2
Bowman Chrome Team USA: 2
Bowman Chrome Team USA Ref: 1
Bowman Chrome Team USA Blue Ref: 1
Connor Mason #/250
Bowman Chrome Team USA Orange Ref: 1
Sean Coyle #25
Bowman Chrome Pros Blue Ref Auto: 1
Felix Doubront #/150
Future Game Jersey: 1
Tyler Flowers #/99

Box 2 Jumbo
Bowman Pros Orange: 1
Bowman Prospect Blue: 1
Bowman Chrome Pros Ref: 1
Bowman Chrome Pros Blue Ref: 3
Dustin Ackley, Jhan Martinez, Pedro Ciriaco
Bowman Chrome Team USA: 3
Bowman Chrome Team USA Ref: 1
Bowman Chrome Pros Auto: 2
Jefry Marte & Grant Green
Bowman Chrome RC Auto: 1
Daniel Hudson

Box 3 Jumbo
Bowman Prospect Blue: 1
Bowman Chrome Pros Ref: 2
Bowman Chrome Team USA: 3
Bowman Chrome Team USA Ref: 1
Bowman Chrome Pros Ref Auto Redemption: 1
Craig Clark
Bowman Chrome RC Auto Redemption: 1
Michael Brantley

Box 4 Jumbo
Bowman Pros Orange: 2
Bowman Prospect Blue: 2
Bowman Chrome Pros Ref: 2
Bowman Chrome Team USA: 2
Bowman Chrome Team USA Ref: 2
Bowman Chrome Pros Auto: 2
Jefry Marte & Grant Green
Bowman Chrome Pros Auto: 1
Felix Doubront
Bowman Chrome RC Auto Blue Ref: 1
Eric Hacker #/250
Bowman Chrome Pros Auto Redemption: 1
Jaff Decker
Future Game Jersey: 1
Alcides Escobar

Overall Review: Coming Soon

Friday, May 14, 2010

4 Boxes of 2010 Bowman Jumbo Showed up at my door today... What a Disappoinment....

Just opened 4 boxes of Jumbo should have pulled 12 Autos but instead I pulled 6 Autos & 3 Redemptions. Not to happy.... Need to write a nice letter to Topps.. Off to the Yankees game full review coming soon...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Upcoming Release: 2010 Bowman

The excitement builds as 2010 Bowman is scheduled to be released a week from today. This could be the most hyped Bowman product in years. The major draw is that this product contains Stephen Strasburg first MLB Auto. It also contain Autos from top prospects Dustin Ackley, Donavan Tate, and Phillippe Aumont. It also now has triple relic cards from the futures game that are #/99. I kind of find it strange after looking at the sell sheet that the Bowman Prospect cards won't come in gold & there won't be any Xfractors. Will you miss the Xfractors?

My plan is to at least get a Hobby & Jumbo Box of this. My major goal is to figure out how I can get my hands on entire case of Jumbo. Will see because its a little pricey at about $1000 for an 8 box case. I have read on some forums that Strats Auto may fall at 3 per Jumbo case so it would take to much to get your loot back.

Sell Sheet from Blowout
Checklist from Blowout

Monday, May 3, 2010

National Chicle Contest Winner is.....

And the winner is Covered in Wrappers from A Cardboard Problem. She was the closest guess without going over. She gets her choice of the Brantley or Walker Autos I pulled plus the dupes from a team of her choice. Shoot me an email with your address and the team you would like and I'll shoot the cards to you ASAP. Thanks to everyone who entered.

The Final Breakdown for 2010 Topps National Chicle
Set: 275 of 275 (100%)
SP: 12
Dupes: 66

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Taking a Look at the Collection: Robinson Cano

One of the hottest players in Baseball right now is Robinson Cano. I currently have a really nice 145 card collection of him. I don't have any of his Autos but do hold 7 of his game used cards some of which I know Drew will be jealous of. I can't decide which of my cards are my favorite its a toss up with the 2007 Artifacts Jersey #/199 & 2009 Ticket to Stardom Dual Jersey Ticket card. Its looking right now that Cano can be an MVP & Gold Glove winner this year.

Don't forget about my Contest only a few more hours left....

Friday, April 30, 2010

2010 Topps National Chicle Dual Box Break with Contest!!!!

Product: 2010 Topps National Chicle
Boxes: 2
Packs: 24
Cards: 8 per pack
Price: $88 per Box (Includes Shipping)

Box 1
Chicle Variation Back: 7
Bazooka Variation Back: 4
Autos: 2 (Neil Walker / Koji Uehara)
Jersey Black Back Variation: 1 (Sandoval #/25)
Cabinet Card: 1 (Walter Johnson)

Box 2
Chicle Variation Back: 6
Bazooka Variation Back: 3
Black Back Variation: 1 (Sabathia #/25)
Autos: 2 (Pablo Sandoval / Michael Brantley)
Pants: 1 (Teixeira)
Cabinet Card: 1 (Nolan Ryan)

Review: Some of the art in this product is awesome and other cards are horrible. I think I did ok but not $176 worth. Nice box if your a Sandoval fan. There are way to many back variation for me I 'd rather the variation be on the front. I hate having to flip a card to find out if it different. I don't think I'll buy another box of this product I'm just looking forward to the Bowman release in a few weeks.

Contest: I will give 1 reader there choice of the Brantley or Walker Autos + whatever dupes I get of there team of choice. All you have to do is guess how many dupes I got out of the 2 boxes with out going over. Only open to US residents contest ends Monday.

I think the Beckham on the Left & Stoner on the Right really suck

Another Hughes to the collection.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Investing in Cards: Ricky Romero

In high school I was very interested in the Stock Market I thought I wanted to be a stock broker. I was even in a club called the Stock Market and I won there yearly annual award twice. Everyone I spoke to told me not to go into that field so I didn't. Now I invest in the card market. I have had successes and some failures. My current investment is Ricky Romero who last week when I was watching his game against the White Sox he pitched a No-hitter into the 8th inning. So I searched Ebay for some of his cards. I bought 3 of his 2009 Topps Chrome Autos for $7.25 each. These cards look great as they are on card Autos. I thought this was pretty good deal. He currently has a 1-1 record and has looked extremely good in his starts. My investment goal is to sell them for over $20 each by seasons end. Do you think that's possible? Have you made a card investment before?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Taking a Look at the Collection: Andy Pettite

I want to start a new feature called Taking a Look at the Collection. I will pick a player and feature a card or two of theirs. I will try to do this at least once a week.

First up is Andy Pettitte he has been a favorite of mine for the last 15 years. Today Andy started the season opener at Yankees Stadium and pitched very well. The 37 year old 5 time world series champ threw 6 scoreless innings. Before last year everyone was saying he was finished but it looks like he still has a few good years left him. I have at least a hundred of his cards. One of my favorites is a 2005 Donruss Prime Patches I picked this up on Ebay a few years back for a couple bucks. It has a Bat, Home Jersey, Road Jersey & Glove its numbered to 150. I know he is featured in an Astros uniform but boy it is a nice card.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Topps Finest Redemption #1 ????

This Just In!!!!!

Topps just announced that Topps Finest Redemption #1 is Jason Heyward and that 10% of the cards made will be Autographed. Redemption #1 is now going for about $90 on Ebay. I think that might be a bit high for card that only has a 10% chance being an auto. Is he really the real thing?

Monday, April 5, 2010

2010 Topps Finest 3 Box Break

Haven't seen to many of these breaks over the blogs so I'm not sure how I did. I really wasn't to impressed with my break but here is how it went down.

Product: 2010 Topps Finest
Boxes: 3 w/ 2 Mini Boxes per Box
Packs: 6 Packs per mini box
Cards: 5 per pack
Price: $84 per Box (Includes Shipping)

Box 1
Letter Patch: 2
Daniel Hudson #16/25
Michael Brantly #104/134

Finest Moments Auto: 1
Dustin Pedroia

Rookie Redemption: 1

Base Green Ref: 1
Chipper Jones #41/99

Base Blue Ref: 3

Base Ref: 6

Base: 47

Box 2
Letter Patch: 2
Josh Thole #09/75
Drew Stubbs #193/217

Rookie Redemption: 1

Base Red Ref: 1
Pedro Viola #07/25

Base Green Ref: 1
Chris Johnson #10/99

Base Blue Ref: 3

Base Ref: 6

Base: 47

Box 3
Letter Patch: 2
Eric Hacker #48/75
Tyler Colvin #216/217

Base red Ref: 1
Mark Reynolds #25/25

Base Green Ref: 2
Tim Lincecum #37/99
Chris Pettit #50/99

Base Blue Ref: 2

Base Ref: 6

Base: 47

Dupes: 37

Set: 104 of 150 (69% Complete)

My Trip to Arizona Wrap Up Part 1

I got back from my week long vacation yesterday. It sucks to be back but I did take an extra day off today to get back in the swing of things. I'm just going to take a jog and relax today my alarm will be going off at 4:30am tomorrow to head back to work.

As for the trip Spring Training wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be. The last time I attended was back in 1995 and that was Florida I remember getting extremely close to the players and tons of players were signing. I went to the Astros camp and scored over 40 Autos. Well here is a little recap my trip.

On Thursday morning we headed over to Goodyear Ballpark to see the Rangers play the Reds. Neither team took batting practice which was a major disappointment. For the first hour I was there all I did was walk the park and watch some of the relievers have a catch with Saltalamacchia.

About 30 mins before game time the reds started coming out and kids started to swarm none of the big players were signing so I saw there weren't many people on the Rangers side so I headed over there. I only got 2 players Autos but they were 2 of the bigger ones Josh Hamilton & Michael Young. With the help of my Wife & Father I scored 4 Hamilton Autos & 3 of Youngs. Both players were extremely nice. I talk to Josh about the 2008 Home Run derby telling him I attended it and he said it was a lot of fun.

The seats were awesome 2 rows behind the Rangers dugout. Only disappointment was that there was netting over the dugout I guess safety trumps clear views.

I moved around the stadium and got some good shots spoke to some ushers who told me a lot of the Red regulars had already left town.

The Reds ended up winning the game with a walk off home run by minor leaguer Daniel Dorn.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Baseball Fever!!!

The Baseball season is just about upon us. I have recently caught the fever between watching 30 Teams in 30 Days on the MLB network to participating in 3 Fantasy Drafts in the last few weeks. I'm also extremely pumped for Phil Hughes being named the Yankees 5th starter he is finally going to get a chance. Last week to kick off my Baseball fever I purchased an 11 game pack of tickets to the Yanks. The first game is Monday May 3rd against the O's. Now for some even more exciting news. On Sunday morning I'm flying out to Vegas for 3 days then driving to Phoenix for 3 days. In addition to be happy that I'll be away from work for 10 days (I hope they don't call me to much). I will be attending 2 games the first is a Texas Rangers at Cincinnati Reds game on Thursday @ Goodyear Ballpark. I got the tickets off Stub Hub for dirt cheap ($8) only a few rows behind the first base dugout. The second game is at one my favorite ballparks Chase Field. On Friday night I will be attending the Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks. Not sure where the seats are just yet a friend got them for me through a client for free. Last time they got me tickets for the D-back was back in 98 and they weren't to far behind the First base dugout so will see. I'm going to try to post some photos while I'm away. The day I come back is opening night Yankees vs Red Sox it don't get better then this. Hope everyone has a great week.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Phil Hughes Additions!!!

Recently I purchased 2 really nice Hughes cards off Ebay that I needed. The first card is a 2007 Bowman Black Printing Plate 1 of 1. This is me 3rd printing plate of Hughes I hope to pick up some more soon. My 2nd purchase 2008 UD Premier Quad Jersey/Auto Inscribed #05/10. This card is a beauty and one of my Top 10 cards in my Hughes collection. A third card added to my collection is via Chris over @ On Card Autos. Its a 2007 Elements rookie card #/550. Thanks Chris your card will be on its way very soon. Hughes is looking pretty good this Spring there is a very good chance that he'll be the 5th starter for the Yankees.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

13 1/2 months and Chris Perez Shows up in my Mailbox

I bought a box 2008 Stadium Club when it first came out and pulled a Chris Perez redemption. I submitted for redemption on January 25th 2009 and it finally showed up today. They had asked me if I wanted a replacement for the card about 6 months ago and I said yes but they never sent a replacement I thought they forgot about me. But there in the mailbox it was. Its a really nice on card auto. He is currently a reliever in the Indians organization. I wonder what took so long to get this card produced?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Upper Deck response in regards to 2009 Signature Stars Box Break

So Upper Deck responded to my letter sending me 3 junkie cards and this letter.

You can see my original post right here.
The response is very vague and only discusses the shorted inserts. It does not discuss anywhere about all the dupes or all the USA cards.

These are the 3 cards they sent me for my trouble.

I think I wasted my time writing them a letter what you think?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Trade w/ garvey cey russell lopes

Recently I completed a trade with garvey cey russell lopes blog. I sent him a whole bunch of Dodgers cards. In return he sent me a nice stack of Yanks. If I wasn't so lazy I'd scan more but for now I'd just like to show off this Andy Pettitte 2009 SP legendary cuts game used jersey card. I had been looking for this card on EBAY in the past so this is great addition... Thanks.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Super Collector? w/ Poll

So what makes a super collector? Before I started collecting Phil Hughes heavily I collected Yankees prospect J. Brent Cox a 2nd round pick by the Yankees in the 2005 draft. So my question is what makes a super collector? Is there a certain percentage of cards that are made of a player you must own? Do you need Auto, Jersey & Base? Do you need to own multiples of each card? Can there be more then one super collector of single player? I consider myself to be a super collector of both Hughes & Cox. What you think? See stats below.... Don't forget to Vote at the bottom.

Phil Hughes
% Owned (-1/1): 197/660 (29%) + 2(1/1)
Base: 74
Parallel/Insert: 48
Jersey: 17
Auto: 35
Patch: 11
Jersey or Patch/Auto: 16
#1: 2 Printing Plates from 2009 Goodwin
#2: 2007 Sweet Spot Auto Dual w/Felix Hernandez #/15
#3: 2005 Topps Chrome Red Xfractor #/65
#4: 2008 SP Authentic Dual Sig w/ Derek Jeter #/25
#5: 2007 UD Black Triple Auto w/Miller & Perkins #/5
Pics of Hughes Cards

Brent Cox
% Owned (-1/1): 50/68 (73%)+ 7 (1/1)
Jersey or Patch/Auto:32
#1: 2 Printing Plates 2006 Bowman Chrome Auto
#2: 2006 Bowman Originals Auto #/3
#3: 2006 Bowman Originals Auto #/1
#4: Owning 7 2006 Bowman Chrome Orange Auto Refractors #/25
#5: 2005 Topps RC Cup Dual Auto w/ Tom Seaver
Pics of Cox Cards


(Wife not so Happy)

Monday, March 1, 2010

2010 Topps Heritage Live 3 Box Break w/ Auto & Stamp Hit

Product: 2010 Topps Heritage
Boxes: 3 Boxes
Packs: 24 Packs
Cards: 8 per pack
Price: $70 per Box

Box 1
1961 Buyback: 1 (Marty Keough)
AD Panel: 1 (Braves)
Short Prints: 8
New Age Performers: 2
Then & Now: 1
Flashbacks: 4
Dice Game: 1 (Ichiro)
Ruth Chase: 6
Chrome: 5
Chrome Refractor: 1 (Markakis)
Jersey: 1 (Brandon Webb)

Box 2
AD Panel: 1 (A's)
Short Prints: 7
New Age Performers: 1
Then & Now: 2
Flashbacks: 4
Dice Game: 1 (Upton)
Ruth Chase: 6
Chrome: 4
Chrome Refractor: 1 (Santana)
Real One Auto: 1 (Billy Harrell)
Stamps: 1 (Crawford & Dempster #36/50)

Box 3
AD Panel: 1 (Angels)
Short Prints: 8
New Age Performers: 2
Then & Now: 1
Flashbacks: 4
Ruth Chase: 6
Chrome: 5
Chrome Refractor: 1 (Uggla)
Jersey: 1 (Crede)

Base Set 304/425 = 72%
Short Prints 23/75 = 30%

Review coming tomorrow....

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I have a bunch of cards in my collection that I don't collect and I just need to get them off my hands. Most of them are non-baseball. There all yours just contact me, let me know what you want & I'll send them to you. I would prefer to just send these cards out in lots but if you need only a few that's ok to.

2009 Goodwin Champions
16, 36, 45, 53, 55, 57, 61, 68, 81, 90, 90, 94, 99, 111, 116, 125, 128, 140 146, 161, 167, 174

2009 Tristar Obak
32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 43, 42, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, 70, 71, 72, 74, 74, 75, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100 + Checklist

2009 Tristar Obak Black
#99 William Howard Taft #13/50

2009 UD O-Pee-Chee Blue
RM7, RM9, RM10

2001 Upper Deck Golf
TT3 Tiger Woods
#121 Jack Nicklaus

2009 Allen & Ginter
23, 23, 24, 24, 24, 26, 33, 33, 33, 57, 81, 81, 61, 96, 97, 97, 97, 109, 109, 109, 112, 116, 132, 140, 143, 143, 143, 158, 158, 209, 209, 212, 212, 213, 228, 228, 228, 234, 237, 238, 243, 243, 246, 246, 249, 249, 259, 260, 278, 297

2009 Allen & Ginter Minis
33, 26, 61, 228, HHB8, HHB15

2009 Razor National Sports Collectors Convention
P1 Rich Franklin

First Come First Serve!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Trades & Additions to my Yankee Collection

Sent out a nice pack of Brewers cards to Ed over at Roll out the Barrel. In exchange ED sent me 2 beautiful 2010 Topps Patches. I really like the Tex one I have a lot of memories of the Inaugural season at the stadium. He also sent over a nice bright green Cano that was #'d.

I also added another bunch of Hughes cards this week. Chris over On Card Autos sent me a Cano/Hughes prospect card from topps total. I also picked up the other Hughes off EBAY. I got the Winfield from Anthony over at Mike Pelfrey Collectibles.Thanks to everyone who have helped me in recent weeks..

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

By Popular Demand

I redeemed another 15 cards this is what I received.

So now the redemption cards are going for about $1.50 a card on ebay. I like gambling so maybe I'll redeem my last 15 tomorrow or later if I can't hold out. My question now is how much will shipping cost to get all these cards and what condition will they come in. Do I want to receive these cards if they have rounded edges?