Tuesday, March 03, 2015

2014 Panini Elite Extra Edition blaster recap

2014 Donruss Elite Extra Edition blaster box [$29.99 each at Target]

Pack one 
#9 Brandon Downes
#6 Dermis Garcia
#7 Aaron Nola - Status die-cut serial #'d 030/150
#42 Ross Kivett
#76 Dalton Pompey

Pack two
#86 Jose Trevino
#13 Jonathan Holder
#9 Jeff Hoffman - redemption for an autograph prospects card, '24 PT.'
#60 Sam Hentges
#51 Kevin Paolo

Pack three 
#31 Corey Ray
#24 Casey Soltis
#10 Andy Pettitte - Historic Picks insert
#75 Michael Suchy
#68 Richard Prigatano

Pack four 
#48 Greg Allen
#39 Jake Peter
#46 Chris Ellis - Status die-cut serial #'d 120/150
#98 Nelson Gomez
#81 Brandon Leibrandt

Pack five 
#74 Gilbert Lara
#57 Mark Zagunis
#99 Isan Diaz - Status die-cut auto serial #'d 03/25; on-card
#35 Jared Walker
#28 Lane Thomas

Pack six
#14 Reed Reilly
#10 Chase Vallot
#17 Jorge Soler - Elite Series insert
#52 Danny Diekroeger
#43 Grant Hockin

Monday, March 02, 2015

Card shop trip

I had some time to stop at this particular shop I don't get out to, but perhaps only a few times a given year - I guess this card shop has a deeper selection of cards to dig through because the owner basically rents out display space [probably between at least four or five different people], though the cards start to look the same because they feature mostly spring training teams.

I picked up 'old' Photofiles 8x10's of Torii Hunter, Michael Young, Ichiro x2 for a dollar each - I picked them up to get autographed, though Ichiro seems like he's on his last legs as an MLB player and never was an easy 'get' in the first place.

I picked up a lone 11x14 top loader $2 - maybe I'm trying to branch out to larger photos and need something to protect such photos.

Eight quarter cards - labeled from a specific box owned by a display space renter.
2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Vinnie Pestano #73 - refractor
2011 Bowman Chrome Eric Sogard #81 - refractor
2013 Bowman Chrome Francellis Montas #BCP 129
2014 Bowman Draft Francellis Montas #BSB-FM
2014 Bowman Platinum Jorge Soler #BPP 2
2014 Panini Extra Edition Jorge Soler #97
2014 Panini Extra Edition Jorge Soler #17 - Elite Series insert

2014 Topps Stadium Club Albert Pujols #60

Assorted quarter cards - I think these are the store owner's boxes; I guess he just had all the cards 'as is' for a quarter each, even though a box was marked '8 for $1' and a box marked '4 for $1.'

2013 Bowman Sterling Addison Russell #BSP-45
2014 Bowman Chrome #DDC-SB Corey Seager / Eddie Butler
2014 Bowman Chrome DDC-WP Matt Wisler / Joc Pederson
2014 Bowman Draft Chrome Franmil Reyes #BCP 13 - x5
2014 Bowman Draft Chrome Franmil Reyes #BCP 13 - refractor
2014 Bowman Draft Chrome Jose Urena #BCP 45
2014 Bowman Draft Chrome Jake Sanchez #BCP 88 - refractor serial #'d 386/500
2014 Topps Hector Sanchez #399
2014 Topps Chrome Marcus Semien #43 - refractor
2014 Topps Chrome Andre Rienzo #206

2014 Topps Chrome Ken Griffey Jr. #89TC-KGJ - 1989 Topps
2014 Topps Finest Matt Davidson #17 - refractor
2014 Topps Finest Marcus Semien #21 - refractor

2014 Topps Rickey Henderson #FV-RH - Finest Vintage insert
2014 Topps Update Jose Abreu US-100 - gold parallel serial #'d 1789/2014
2014 Topps Update Jace Peterson #US-174 - Red Hot Foil parallel
2014 Topps Update Jose Abreu US -325 - gold parallel serial #'d 1576/2014

2015 Topps Guilder Rodriguez #103 - x2
2015 Topps Paul Konerko #177 - I figure I'll end up with one of these eventually, though grabbed it just to have it in hand now.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

My wallet card - Joe checking out the Charlie Foxtrot

I spent just several days in Arizona when pitcher and catchers reported for spring training and was able to get just a couple of things signed at Dodgers camp - by manager Don Mattingly and Yasiel Puig.

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.