Friday, August 19, 2016

eBay autos plus a plate

Here are a few autos I recently picked up from eBay as well as a printing plate.

Kolby Allard was picked 14th overall by the Braves in the 2015 draft. He started this season in Rookie ball and has since been moved up to Low class A. Overall his numbers have been pretty good. At only 18 years old it's going to be a few years before he could possibly make it to the show.

Next is Braves outfield prospect Braxton Davidson who they took 32nd overall in 2014. He's currently at the high class A level and has had some struggles at the plate but has shown some potential for power. 


Carlos Rodon is a known commodity. He had a strong rookie years with the White Sox in 2015. This year has been a step back. But he is still young and has a high ceiling. 

I always enjoyed watching Garret Anderson play when I was a kid. He was always one of those players that hit for a good average and was a steady contributor despite not being a perennial All-Star.  

Black printing plate #1/1

Lastly I picked up this black printing plate from 2016 Topps Pro Debut of Aaron Blair. The Braves got Blair as part of the Shelby Miller trade with the Diamondbacks. He made his MLB debut earlier this season but has not pitched well. I am hopeful though that as he gets older and gains more experience he will become an important part of the Braves rotation.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Group Breaks and Cards for Trade

Howdy folks. It's been awhile. About six weeks actually. It's been a busy summer for me between work and vacation. In July I visited Washington, DC and Philadelphia catching a game in each city. I went to the game between the Nationals and Pirates that went 18 innings. The game ended up 2-1, and not because of good pitching. The hitting was pretty horrible. I attribute it mostly to the heat. It was HOT. But we stayed for the whole thing. I hope I never see another 18 inning game. That next Wednesday I went to a game between the Phillies and Marlins. It ended with a 4-1 Phillies victory that went by pleasantly fast. It also had the interesting distinction of zero walks being drawn by either team. I also got to see Ichiro take an at-bat, a pinch hit flyout. I'm glad I got to see him hit before he retires. 

Through all this time off from blogging I haven't stopped adding to my collection. Recently I joined my first few group breaks. The first I joined was Crackin' Wax's 2016 Topps Archives break. I would have preferred to have the Braves but they were taken, so I took the Orioles slot. I wasn't expecting to get anything of consequence but ended up getting this nice BJ Surhoff Fan Favorites auto.

I next joined a multi box break over at Nachos Grande. He was breaking a box each of 2016 Donruss, 2016 Diamond Kings, 2016 Topps Finest and 2016 Topps Legacies. He also threw in some assorted packs for good measure. I took the Braves in this break and ended up with the Pirates as my random team. I like the Pirates so that worked out well for me.

The Pirates random spot actually worked well since I got this Tyler Glasnow dual relic #10/25 from the Diamond Kings box. 


I also got this nice Hector Olivera card from the Topps Legacies box. The card is pretty nice. It uses thick cardstock and has nice coloring. However there is one big issue with the card, it has Hector Olivera on it. One of the worst acquisitions by the Braves in recent memory. Thank goodness they managed to unload the domestic abuser to the Padres and got someone who can maybe still contribute at the major league level in Matt Kemp.

The next  group break I joined was Crackin' Wax's 2016 Allen & Ginter case break. This time I was lucky enough to see the email that the break was open shortly after he sent it and I grabbed the Braves before anyone else could. Again I didn't expect much since the Braves were represented pretty thinly on the checklist. I wasn't able to watch the break so I just waited for the cards to arrive to see what I got. Lo and behold, I got a hit!!!!!


I can't seem to get away from this guy.

Chris is a cool guy though and often fills out the team bags with other cards of your team. This time one of the cards he included was this nice numbered Chipper Jones card from Upper Deck Ultimate Collection. This card fits into my collection better than any card pulled for me in all of the breaks. Thanks Chris!


So...Olivera. If any Padres collector, or anyone really, is interested in the two Olivera cards above as well as the 2016 Museum auto/relic below, they are available for trade. They have no place in my collection.

Friday, June 24, 2016

May Show singles- Part 2

It's taken me awhile to get all the cards posted from the show that was over a month ago. Due to my work schedule I usually just don't have the time or energy to put posts together during the week. I'm sure many of you understand. Anywho...

Here are the final cards I picked up at the May show.

Awesome addition to my HoF relic PC! I did not previously have any relics of Rollie Fingers or Reggie Jackson so this card checks two more off the list, as well as adding another for Catfish Hunter.




I thought this card was interesting. It looks like Panini put the relics in the wrong window. The relic on the right has a shiny gold patch. That's definitely not from a Tigers uniform and definitely is from a Brewers uniform. So it's an interesting error card.

After I made all my purchases I still had $10 so I bought a jumbo pack of 2015 Bowman and pulled this Luis Severino auto. Definitely one of the better autos to pull!

And that FINALLY wraps up my posts on the May card show. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

May Show Singles - Part 1

At this show I actually picked up enough singles to split into two post. This post will be about the non-hit cards. Most of these I got scouring through one dealer's dollar box. I ended up with some sweet cards for a buck each. The dealer I bought them from is always at the shows. He's a huge Yankees fan and originally from the Bronx. He's never told me that, it's just obvious by his accent and the fact that I've never seen him wearing anything other than a Yankees shirt. He's a nice guy but also a very pushy salesman. So I tread lightly around his tables. I have scored some nice deals from him before like that open, but full jumbo box of 2015 Bowman Chrome a couple shows back. Thankfully he was preoccupied with some other customers so I could look through his dollar boxes without him trying to get me to take an entire box.

1993 Upper Deck SP - Chipper Jones

2001 Topps Gallery - Chipper Jones Star Gallery insert

2000 Topps Finest - Chipper Jones Finest Gems

1997 Donruss Preferred - Chopper Jones X-Ponential Power insert

1993 Topps Finest - Greg Maddux Finest All-Stars

1998 Score - Tony Gwynn Loaded Lineup insert

I was really happy to find the Chipper Jones '93 SP card for only $1. Definitely a great addition to my collection. The rest were nice additions as well.

Friday, June 17, 2016

May Show Box 3- 2015/16 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase

I do normally stick to baseball cards but frequent readers will know that I am also a soccer fan. My team is Real Madrid, and while this may seem like I'm just picking a winner because they're a winner, I do have a local connection as my sister lives in Madrid and I have had the opportunity to see them play. As such, I was pretty happy with the result of this year's UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid winning their 11th European title. At the show my favorite dealer had these boxes at a good price. This year was the first time he dabbled in soccer cards and said he didn't do very well. So he was looking to unload his inventory. I picked up a box hoping to score a nice auto of a big name. It ended up turning out pretty well!!

Each master box contains two mini boxes, each mini box contains six packs, each pack has six cards. It promises two autos per master box.

James Rodriguez - Real Madrid

The base set design has it's pros and cons. I like the way they blurred the background to make the player really pop. And I like the cardstock they used which has a matte-like finish. However, by putting the player's name and team in silver foil it tends to blend in with the picture and can be hard to see, as is shown in this James Rodriguez card. Sometimes scans of cards can alter how the card looks but this isn't the case this time. It is just as difficult to read when you're holding the card in your hand.

Jeffrey Bruma - PSV Eindhoven
Green Parallel #93/99

Thomas Muller - Bayern Munich
Best of the Best insert

Again the silver foiling creates a readability issue.

Luis "Biter" Suarez - FC Barcelona (ICK)
Champions Pedigree insert

Yeah I don't like FCB nor Luis Suarez who has a history of biting other players and other dirty tactics.

Darijo Srna- Shakhtar Donetsk
Decorated and Dignified insert

Shakhtar is another of my favorite teams. 

Gianluigi Buffon - Juventus 

Gigi Buffon is one of the greatest keepers of all time. He starred for the 2006 World Cup winning Italian team and still plays at a high level as his career is winding down.

Selcuk Inan - Galatasaray 

I don't know muck about this guy other than he plays midfield for Gala and the Turkish national team.

Oliver Kahn - Bayern Munich

KABOOM!!! Kahn is arguably the greatest keeper of all time. Definitely a sweet auto to pull!! This would qualify as a "legends" auto I think as Kahn is retired.

So this was a fun product to open. Not something I would open more than one box of, but at $60 for the box which is cheaper than Blowout, it was worth it to hunt a big auto. And I got one!!

¡Hala Madrid!