Friday, February 27, 2015

2015 Topps Series I pack breaks

When it comes to loose packs, I'm more inclined to pick them up at my card shop, since there is peace of mind that the packs haven't been searched - even if the box isn't entirely 'new' and there have been multiple packs pulled already, I'll take my chances as opposed to a gravity feed at Target and/or Walmart.

Results vary, but I cling to the the idea hobby packs gives me a better chance to pull a card of note - regardless of actual value since flagship Topps costs $2 a pack.

Pack one
#184 Melvin Upton
#15 Joey Votto
#320 Shin-Soo Choo
#269 Jordy Mercer
#343 Shane Greene
#H-19 Mike Schmidt - Highlight of the Year insert
#237 Lucas Duda
#89 Michael Choice
#266 Brandon Phillips
#274 Ryan Zimmerman

Pack two
#178 Christian Yelich
#52 Fernando Rodney
#29 Brandon Belt
#190 Zach Britton

#CRH-FF Freddie Freeman - game used memorabilia card
#133 Daisuke Matsuzaka
#95 Junior Lake
#236 Zack Wheeler

Pack three
#37 Arismendy Alcantara
#169 Adam Jones
#197 Glen Perkins
#160 Washington Nationals team card
#288 Chris Parmelee
#50 Yu Darvish

#FP-13 Suzy - First Pitch insert
#100 Clayton Kershaw
#249 Jose Reyes
#157 Ubaldo Jimenez

Pack four
#74 Tyler Skaggs
#53 Nathan Eovaldi
#24 New York Mets team card
#38 Jordan Zimmerman
#48 John Axford
#FP-09 Tom Willis - First Pitch insert
#179 Jason Vargas
#164 Brian Schlitter
#152 Michael Pineda
#172 Didi Gregorius

Pack five
#16 David DeJesus
#252 Travis Wood - it's just a base card, but there is peeling on the upper right hand corner.
#263 Dillon Gee
#25 Jose Bautista
#9 Hunter Pence
#232 Andrew Susac
#H-18 Willie McCovey - Highlight of the Year insert
#39 Salvador Perez
#69 Justin Upton
#293 Zach Duke

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Topps Series I jumbo pack recap

In the last couple of years, a collecting ritual is to pick up at least one, loose hobby jumbo pack from Topps / Bowman products - it doesn't mean I won't end up buying any more hobby jumbo packs or even splurging for a jumbo box, but I've got to get that initial, hobby jumbo pack break out of the way.

#178 Christian Yelich
#52 Fernando Rodney
#37 Arismendy Alcantara
#169 Adam Jones
#197 Glen Perkins
#289 Matt Joyce
#255 James Russell
#166 Jenrry Mejia
#134 Brett Lawrie
#344 Manny Parra
#279 Coco Crisp
#1 Derek Jeter
#42 Todd Frazier
#61 Clayton Kershaw / Johnny Cueto / Adam Wainwright - 2014 National League ERA Leaders
#342 San Diego Padres team card - feat. Rymer Liriano?
#319 Derek Jeter
#43 Starlin Castro
#317 Clayton Kershaw
#314 Jackie Bradley Jr.
#298 Rymer Liriano
#215 Alejandro De Aza
#21 Brett Gardner
#38 Jordan Zimmerman
#48 John Axford
#297 Scott Kazmir
#A-15 Mike Piazza - Archetypes insert
#226 Dioner Navarro - Rainbow Foil parallel
Babe Ruth Call Your Shot game card
#FP-14 50 Cent - First Pitch insert
#CRH-DPA Dustin Pedroia - game used memorabilia card
#233 Carlos ruiz
#55 Trevor May
#216 Greg Holland
#99 Yonder Alonso
#335 Matt Barnes
#293 Zach Duke
#11 Jon Jay
#130 Mike Napoli
#27 Kendrys Morales
#198 Alexi Ogando
#47 Anthony Rizzo
#244 Bartolo Colon
#226 Dioner Navarro
#264 Tony Cingrani
#68 Lonnie Chisenhall
#46 Wilson Ramos
#118 Domonic Brown
#H-20 Fergie Jenkins - Highlight of the Year insert

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Topps Spring Fever pack

#SF-29 Ryan Braun
#SF-42 Adrian Gonzalez
#SF-49 Chase Utley
#SF-39 Michael Brantley
#SF-30 Billy Hamilton

My wallet card - Joe checking out the mountains

Friday, February 20, 2015

1971 Topps football Jack Snow #44

I wanted a card of former NFL player Jack Snow [passed away in 2006] to 'tie up' the bloodlines connection with his son J.T., whose career in pro baseball, I am more familiar with - since J.T. was a former Angel [though mostly a former Giant] who saved Dusty Baker's son from a collision at the plate in the 2002 World Series, was Gold Glove fielder at first base, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I moved the magazines around in my local Target's magazine section

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue used to be a big deal to me growing up through the early 1990's - but maybe I grew up, the Internet happened and I feel like the swimsuit issue was actually quite conservative despite SI trying to hype things up each year the issue comes out.

Because there are seemingly no actual collecting / hobby related publications anymore, I spend only a moment of my time at any magazine section these days - though not a hobby publication, the Baseball Digest of recent times looks pretty good compared to the ones I read 15-20 years ago.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Woodie Fryman - we lost

I was thumbing through some old-school/vintage cards and this 1973 Topps card caught my eye - I'm sure other card bloggers have riffed about the writing made on cards, maybe to scratch out a team name or to add some extraneous scribble [that may only have been understood by the kids who once had the cards].

I can imagine some bored knucklehead having this card in hand and drawing tears running down Fryman's face with a bubble saying, we lost - it's quaint and crude, but at the same time, it gives the otherwise forgotten card some character.

It might be cute to hunt down these 'defaced' beaters and trying to decipher the meaning behind those scribbles - whether it's something written on cards or something added to the image.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Matt Lindstrom

I just put away a couple of his loose cards last night and while he may have signed a card or two for me before - he is one of those journeymen still playing, I have at least five or six cards of that I don't know what to do with.

Now, it looks like he'll get a spring training try out after signing a minor league deal with the Angels - chances are he will not make the big league roster and might be stuck in AAA until another opportunity opens up, but who knows.

Random mail day - McKayla Maroney

These 2015 Topps First Pitch inserts are not hard to pull at all, though I picked up the Maroney outright for $0.50 - I might end up trying to complete the set for fun, since there are only 15 cards and I already have five or six.