Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Another Upset from Topps Now

Today Topps Now released cards # 361-365, highlighting some memorable moments on 16 August 2016 to include an amazing catch by Anthony Rizzo.

What they FAILED to do was a make card of Mitch Haniger setting a franchise record for the Arizona Diamondbacks during his Major League Debut by knocking in 3 runs while going 2 for 4. Oh, and those two hits were a double and a triple.

My only card of Mitch Haniger
2015 Topps Heritage Minors Orange 14/25

In the meantime, they make a Topps Now card of Noah Syndergaard tying (not actually BREAKING) the Met's single season record for HRs by a pitcher, which by the way is a measly 3. I get that HRs are hard to come by for a pitcher, but wouldn't it make more sense to release a card of him if he actually broke a record, like what Mitch did yesterday??

As I have mentioned before, the Dbacks only have 1 card from the Topps Now set, and it's of a decent pitching performance by Zack Greinke (whoop-dee-do).This continues to solidify my disdain for Topps and their new line of Topps Now. I have yet to compile the statistics, but from my observations, they focus strictly on the teams doing well this season, or simply the teams with a larger fan base who are willing to fork out $10 for a card. While I get their whole marketing strategy with this set (and are making a killing thus far), how is it fair to collectors of less popular teams??

This leads in to another issue I have with Topps and their set checklists from the year. Take for example the set checklists for the upcoming set 2016 Bowman Platinum (including the insert sets). As a Dbacks fan, why would I even want to look at a pack? But I'll leave that for another post.

Let me know what your thoughts and opinions are about this! Thanks for reading!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

National Baseball Card Day 2016

Today I participated in the Topps National Baseball Card Day. I found out about it just a few days ago via The set contains 50 cards with a chance to pull autographs. Card #50 is of Kris Bryant and is not found in the packs but can be obtained if you make a qualifying purchase of Topps products ($10 minimum).

I conveniently planned my wife's list of weekends errands around the two LCSs in town. She patiently obliged my proposal (bless her heart) to make the stops along the way and even went inside so I could get an extra pack! I had no idea what the turnout was going to be, so I arrived shortly after the shops opened. It seemed as though I was the only one who knew about the promotion. I entered the store and almost every customer was on the non-sports side. My wife and I asked about the free packs and the store owners walked over to a box loaded with packs. I then purchased a jumbo pack of 2016 Topps Chrome.

The next shop seemed to care even less about the promotion. I asked about it when I walked in and the store owner said he'll give me packs based on how much I buy (which I'm pretty sure he made up on the spot.) So I went over to his $1 bin and bought some vintage cards along with a jumbo pack of 2016 Topps Chrome. He handed me 4 packs of cards and I left.

Here's what I got!

Some vintage cards to add to my new vintage collection.

2016 Topps Chrome. I managed to pull an auto! The Youth Impact and Future Stars inserts are really colorful.

Some of the cards from the National Baseball Card Day set. Out of 6 packs I managed to NOT get Paul Goldschmidt. Yay...

And to top it off I got 2 Kris Bryant cards! Supposedly short printed? Not sure.

I hope you all had a chance to get to a participating LCS today for some free cards. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Catching up with Cards

Hello everyone! It's been a few months since my last post and a lot has happened in between.

The reason I was unable to blog was because I was preparing for a major job transition. I made it through the rigorous application and interview process, was accepted, and am now in the process of relocating the the east coast! However, none of that kept me from following my fellow bloggers and vloggers, follow the new card releases, trends, and news, and even making some purchases for my PCs along the way.

I have a few topics I have been wanting to write about to include the fact that Topps has only one Diamondback player represented in the ENTIRE Topps NOW set. I can easily name a few instances where players from the Dbacks deserved a card over players getting traded at the deadline or a player hitting their inevitable 1st HR (which now seems to be the standard for Topps. Way to be original.) Anyways, I'll save that for later.

In the meantime, here are just a few cards I have acquired over the past 3-4 months. Enjoy and thanks for reading!!

Paul Goldschmidt

Archie Bradley

A.J. Pollock

Yasmany Tomas

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Error Or No Error?

I hit up the recent card show for the month of April and picked my way through a new nickel box. The seller is always at the show but this was the first time since the new year he showed up with his arsenal of baseball cards. This is obviously due to the fact the baseball season is under way. He is the one consistent seller at the show that keeps his table current with the seasons. All the other guys show up with the same stuff each month that everyone has already sifted through. They could use a lesson or two from this guy.

Now, on to the reason I'm writing this. I dug out a handful of 2012 Topps Heritage from this guy's box in a futile effort to build my set. When I returned home and began adding my new cards to my Zistle account, I noticed one card didn't quite fit in with the rest of them. Naturally, I began researching the variations and intentional errors Topps loves to include in Heritage. Nothing showed up for this particular card. 

Readers, please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe I have stumbled across a legitimate error from Topps, meaning this was not intentional. 

The card in question is shown below next to the errorless card. 

Notice anything? Of course not. It's because the error is on the back...

The card on the right is numbered 7 as it should be. The card on the left is numbered HP94 as though it were a chrome or chrome refractor, but it is not. 

Does anyone know why this is, or has anyone seen an error like this in their Heritage sets?

Let me know and thanks for reading!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Ebay Purchases: A Slew of Finleys

After committing to focusing on my PC of Steve Finley, my hunt for his cards began. I searched high and low, seeking out the relics and autos and found these for a pretty good deal:

This first card took nearly 6 weeks to get to me. I found it with an auction starting at $.99 and put a low bid in. No one else noticed the card (or cared to notice) so I won. After a week of no updated status on the shipment I messaged the seller and he claimed to be in a dispute with Ebay and would ship the card after the weekend. Considering I got it for less than a buck, I patiently waited. And waited. And waited some more. Finally after another two weeks I messaged him and the seller promised it would ship the next day. It didn't

It finally arrived after another few weeks (I really stopped caring at this point). I don't know if it was from the handling or the elevation change but the jersey "relic" was popping out of the card! I pushed it back in and it was fine.

Such a strange experience.

Moving on, I found another Finley relic, this time a patch!! I was so excited and I also won this one for $0.99. It arrived the next week and I immediately noticed the crease forming from the bottom left side of the patch all the way across the top right corner of the patch. This was NOT apparent in the picture on Ebay at all. I was pretty bummed, but after examining the card came to the conclusion that the patch itself was too thick for the card and eventually caused the crease. Oh well...

On a much lighter note, Jeff from WTSCWB sent me my very fist Steve Finley autograph card and inspired me to seek out another!

This one is numbered 18/25 and was listed at $9.99 OBO. I offered $4.50 knowing it had been sitting for quite a while and the seller accepted. I wasn't a fan of the funky retro look at first, but it's really grown on me. Plus the card stock is high quality and it's a very nice on card auto.

Now that I've got my fix of Finleys I'll be refocusing my hunt on some "modern" Dbacks cards.

Thanks for reading!

Trader's Log: Wish They Still Came With Bubblegum

Jeff over at WTSCWB sent a PWE waaaaaayyyy back in February (Don't worry, I didn't forget about you!)  He asked me if I had any Steve Finley autos in my collection. I told him I didn't yet have any but I had been looking for quite some time.

He changed that real quick...

2014 Panini Prizm Autographs

Bingo Bango (for all you Kim Komando fans out there). He hit me with this sweet shiny Panini Prizm auto! I'm a sucker for chromy cards.

2015 Topps Heritage #387

There seems to be a trend of folk sending me Shelby Millers. I have once again been Millered.

2002 Fleer E-X #13

And Jeff topped off his PWE with this nooice Fleer E-X acetate card.

Thanks for that awesome cards, Jeff!!

For Trade!

Hey everyone, I created a new page on my blog "For Trade!" Check it out!

My collecting life has had a very very slow go of it as of late. I still try to keep up with reading, but I don't have time to post much of anything at all.

I have at least 10 stacks of cards from fellow bloggers that have come in over the past 60 days. I'm slowly but surely scanning all of them and will be posting blogs of all the wonderful packages I have received!

Thanks for reading!