Monday, March 9, 2015

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Heritage

I have this love / hate relationship with Heritage baseball. It's akin to a Jeckyll / Hyde scenario. There's that sweet feeling of opening packs, looking at cards, sorting them, building the set.
Then there's the harsh reality of needless short prints, stupid gimmicks, and questionable parallels and inserts.

Topps has nailed the card stock with Heritage. They should do away with that plasticky, glossy crap that they use on the base set and use this. Can you imagine the bliss?
But too many collectors want that, so Topps will never do it.

Since I already started building the flagship set, and I still haven't finished any other Heritage sets, combined with my ambivalence of the '66 set itself, I was going to forgo starting this year's Heritage offering.
Still, I had to buy a few packs, right?

There was a box open on the shelf at the last trade night at one of my local shops. They opened two packs, and pulled the shiny purple parallels in each pack. Hot box! Wooo!!!!

Um. No.

They then pulled the box off the shelf for store use and opened another box for pack sales.

wow.

Not cool.

Moving on.....

Out of the new box, I took the top three packs. They felt good. Clean. Crisp. Gently tearing open the first pack of this new box there is this smiling back at me.


One last hurrah.

Maybe I will chase this set, but I doubt it. At least, not for awhile. I can't find many trade partners for flagship, so I figure Heritage would be doubly tough.
Besides, what card can I pull that will be better than this?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

2015 Topps Baseball - EDIT

2015 Topps baseball Series 1

Just a place to put things for now... when my scanner and I settle our differences, I'll have lots of pretty pictures and plenty of things to say...

Anybody have a hammer?

List is updated as of 02/26/15  Anybody else want to swap?

Needs...
#'s 2, 3, 17, 33, 94, 102, 103, 109, 113, 137, 152, 164, 191, 222, 227, 233, 312, 350

I have a few doubles as well if anyone needs..
4, 6, 10, 16, 20, 26, 28, 36, 39, 41, 45, 45, 55, 58, 66, 67, 70, 76, 76, 78, 80, 83, 86, 86, 90, 97, 99, 100, 100, 104, 106, 110, 112, 116, 125, 125, 127, 127, 129, 133, 135, 136, 139, 139, 139, 144, 144, 146, 147, 151, 157, 158, 158, 161, 161, 163, 163, 163, 165, 169, 170, 174, 175, 176, 177, 180, 185, 185, 188, 188, 192, 192, 194, 197, 199, 202, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 212, 212, 213, 216, 221, 229, 229, 230, 230, 239, 239, 240, 242, 242, 243, 245, 247, 247, 249, 250, 252, 253, 254, 256, 256, 257, 259, 260, 263, 263, 265, 265, 265, 267, 268, 269, 272, 273, 275, 285, 285, 285, 286, 289, 292, 295, 298, 300, 301, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 313, 316, 316, 320, 323, 323, 324, 327, 327, 330, 331, 331, 335, 339, 340, 341, 343, 343, 345, 347, 347

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Old Topps...

I suppose before I buy any new Topps, I should try and finish off some old Topps first. Well, my Braves team sets anyways... nothing so ambitious as an entire set.

Maybe this year though. If I can find some trade partners....

Here's what I need for the past couple of years worth of Bravesness...

2014 Topps - no idea. I haven't found a checklist for this year yet... so I'll put that on my wantlist first.

2013 Topps - 46, 105, 115, 201, 222, 257, 344, 357, 418, 444, 477, 540, 576, 581, 610, 614

Updates - US45, US173, US255, US298

All Star Stitches - ASR-CK1 Craig Kimbrel (is this a jersey card???)

Making Their Mark - MM-45, MM-48

Post Season Heroes - PH4, PH5, PH12


2012 Topps -

Updates - US166, US166B, US250, US268, US314

Blockbusters - BB28

'87 Style Minis - TM-136

Gold Futures - GF11, GF34, GF35

Gold Standard - GS31, GS35

Golden Greats - GG52, GG53, GG86

Prime Nine Home Run Legend - HLR3

Retired Rings - HA

Team Rings - CJ


2011 Topps - 135B Murphy, 505B Maddux, 600B Smoltz, 640B Matthews

Updates - US143, US152

Kimball Champions - KC110

Diamond Duos DD17, DD20, DD25,

60 Years of Topps - 60YOT-61 Spahn

Topps 60 - 102, 139, 146

Monday, February 2, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

2014 Topps Heritage Baseball

I've completely lost my 2013 Heritage... and my mind...


2014 Topps Heritage Baseball

1, 13, 20, 22, 28, 33, 34, 47, 58, 61, 89, 107, 117, 119, 126, 127, 135, 136, 138, 145, 148, 152, 154, 156, 171, 175, 179, 185, 205, 210, 211, 219, 224, 228, 231, 241, 242, 247, 260, 266, 278, 288, 298, 299, 344, 354, 355, 356, 359, 363, 375, 377, 394, 403, 407, 415, 426, 427, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 438, 439, 441, 442, 443, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468, 469, 470, 471, 472, 473, 476, 477, 479, 481, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 488, 489, 490, 491, 492, 493, 494, 496, 497, 498, 499, 500

2012 Topps Heritage Baseball

wow.. this one turned ugly fast... I hope I have another stack somewhere...


2012 Topps Heritage Baseball

2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 49, 51, 52, 54, 57, 59, 61, 64, 66, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 77, 80, 82, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 103, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 113, 114, 118, 120, 121, 123, 124, 127, 128, 130, 134, 135, 136, 138, 139, 140, 141, 144, 146, 147, 148, 149, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 159, 161, 162, 167, 168, 170, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 182, 187, 188, 189, 190, 192, 194, 200, 201, 203, 205, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 215, 219, 221, 227, 228, 229, 230, 232, 234, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240, 242, 243, 246, 251, 252, 258, 259, 260, 262, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 274, 275, 276, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 289, 290, 291, 295, 296, 298, 300, 301, 302, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 310, 311, 313, 315, 316, 317, 320, 322, 323, 325, 326, 327, 330, 331, 333, 334, 338, 341, 342, 344, 345, 346, 347, 351, 355, 356, 358, 359, 363, 364, 365, 366, 369, 370, 372, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383, 386, 387, 389, 391, 393, 394, 399, 402, 404, 406, 407, 409, 410, 411, 413, 415, 416, 417, 418, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, ------------------------- 500

Apparently I don't have a single SP... I think I have to go digging again....

Checklists

C1, C2

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

posted for posterity... that and to get my ass in gear on organizing this bloody mess.




2013 Gypsy Queen Base

7, 14, 15, 19, 28, 32, 62, 76, 81, 85, 87, 92, 97, 99, 103, 111, 114, 122, 124, 126, 131, 137, 150, 162, 177, 181, 183, 187, 189, 198, 204, 208, 213, 215, 221, 239, 248, 271, 277, 288, 295, 302, 304, 307, 309, 310, 318, 330, 334, 340, 346, 350

Collisions

CP-CF, CP-JB, CP-MM, CP-YM

Dealing Aces

DA-CC, DA-CK, DA-CL, DA-CS, DA-DB, DA-JV, DA-JW, DA-RH, DA-SS, DA-YD

Glove Stories

GS-BH, GS-CC, GS-DJ, GS-MT

No Hitters

NH-CH, NH-JW, NH-SK

Sliding Stars

SS-AJO, SS-BH, SS-CG, SS-DJ, SS-JM, SS-PF, SS-RH

Friday, January 9, 2015

Found a bargain? Or more landfill?


Our first local trade night of 2015 happened last night. It was a pretty good time. Bought some stuff, had some decent arguments about everything sports, and generally misbehaved for almost four hours.

Of the pile of stuff I came home with... two items were rather unusual. Well, unusual for around here.

Topps baseball factory sets.

Yep, in the heart of Hockey Town, I bought two Topps baseball factory sets.

2006.
and 2007.

No, we're not talking about vintage here. Or even close. But for $5 apiece, I caved.


The 2006 set is 659 cards... missing #297.

I wonder if Olbermann will lend me one.....

And of course 2007 with 661 cards.
I must admit, I put the original 2007 factory set that I had intended to purchase back on the shelf in favour of this one.
This one came with some "Rookie variation cards" AND a game used Barry Bonds card.
It's always good to have a relic card of a Hall of Famer.

What? Too soon?

Anyways, this card has a piece of base touched by Barry during one of his home run trots in 2007.

This version also cost me $10.

I'm thinking I should've gone for the regular $5 version.....

Now the big question is... do I keep them like this? Or crack 'em open?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mr. Jean Beliveau 1931-2014

 
A sad and tragic day as Mr. Jean Beliveau passed away late Tuesday night at the age of 83. I wasn't ready for this. It hit me. Hard. Harder than I thought possible. Hockey will never be the same.
 
The greatest captain in NHL history is gone forever.
 
He didn't have the most goals, or the most points. But he still was the greatest hockey player ever.
 
I don't want to get too caught up in his career numbers, as that isn't what made the man... but for you younger readers...
When he retired he was the leading scorer of the Montreal Canadiens. He currently ranks second. He has the most points scored in the playoffs. Still. By a very large margin.
507 goals, 712 assists for 1219 points in 1125 games.
10 All Star games
2 Hart Trophies
1 Art Ross trophy
1 Conn Smythe trophy
oh.... and 17 Stanley Cup Rings. 17. What's in your jewelry box?
 
But that's not what will be missed. It's him. His presence. It cannot ever be replaced.
 
The greatest Canadien ever, and an even greater Canadian.
 
The only thing that ever transcended his greatness on the ice, was his greatness off of it.


Mr. Jean Beliveau. August 31, 1931 - December 2, 2014