Sunday, May 24, 2015

Topps Archives Group Break: Help Me Fill It! (5 Slots Remain): Braves, Orioles, Red Sox, Angels, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers, Blue Jays, & Nationals Available Still!!

I am hosting a new group break - a full case of 2015 Topps Archives!  This time around, it's buy one team, get one random team free - and I only have FIVE slots remaining (as of the time I wrote this post).  I desperately need to sell the remaining slots so that I can make the group break run - so go here to check it out and to sign up!  Many thanks in advance!

PS:  Don't forget there are possible Will Ferrell autographs announced for this product.  A bunch of teams that Will signed for are still available to be claimed!  I wrote all about the Ferrell autographs in an earlier blog post in case you missed that bit of information.  It should be a fun break!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 367: 1996 Starting Lineup

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Starting Lineup
Card number:  (not numbered)

As a kid, I never got into the whole Starting Lineup craze.  I guess I always had my fill of little figures with all the LEGO minifigures that I owned.  While I'm certainly not sad that I avoided Starting Lineup (I'd have no room for any of the figures these days), it has made tracking down the little baseball card that came with each figurine rather difficult at times!  In fact, I believe this is my first Starting Lineup Barry Larkin card - and it might be the only one I own as of now.  To be fair, I don't actually know how many other Larkin cards exist from Starting Lineup...that would require too much research for a holiday weekend!

Turning our attention to the card at hand, I have to say that this is one ugly card!  The front has vertical green font taking up 40% of the card - and the back is monochromatic and ugly.  And that font for the team name on the back...atrocious.

I'm happy to have the card in my collection but this would never, ever make me want to buy a Starting Lineup figurine...though I probably wouldn't be able to turn down a Larkin figure if push came to shove!

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Home Run Apple Hits a Home Run With Me!

As you probably all know, I'm in the middle of getting sign-ups for my newest group break (a full case of 2015 Topps Archives).  If you are interested in that, you can go here to sign-up.

For today's post though, it's time to take a look at some spoils from one of my previous group breaks...at least in a roundabout way!  In fact, what happened is Keith from The Home Run Apple sent me a few cards from my own want list as a way of saying thanks for one of the group breaks that I held earlier this year.

We begin our tour through the surprise package with simultaneous good and bad news.  The good part is that Keith tracked down one of the few 2009 Allen & Ginter's cabinet cards that I still needed.

The bad news is that my postal delivery person doesn't give a flying f*** about baseball cards.  She folded the package in half and then shoved it into my mailbox with nary a care in the world.  Thus, despite Keith using a bubble mailer AND wrapping the card in a cardboard shell, the card still arrived damaged...  I blame my postal worker though - and the card will be going into the binder regardless because I'm more interesting in completing the set rather than GEM MINT 10 cards!

The rest of the package of cards arrived unharmed which is good since Keith packed in a few other goodies including a trio of Gypsy Queen cards that I needed.

I can't adequately express how awesome it is to acquire some cards from my want list as a surprise mailing.  Simply awesome!  The Tony Gwynn card is particularly nice - though I also like the thematic elements of the Dealing Aces insert set.

Besides a bit of want list assistance, Keith also included a few assorted Reds for me including a fearsome foursome of Reds' parallels.

That's a lot of gold (and green) - including the one Topps mini that is numbered out of 62.  Very cool indeed.

Speaking of very cool - we end with a doozy!  A signature / relic card of Zack Cozart.

Cozart is mostly known for being an all-glove, no-stick kind of shortstop.  Not a bad player but not one likely to help you at the plate.  This year, however, Zack has found the hitting light it seems.  He's been dynamite at the plate and in the field...in fact, Cozart's play has been one of the few positives on the Reds' dismal-so-far 2015 campaign.

Many, many thanks for the great cards Keith!  As usual, should anyone else wish to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Group Break Sign-Ups: Only FIVE Slots Remain!!

That's right - we are down to only five remaining slots.  I really, really cannot afford to take all five slots for myself (Archives is expensive) so let's get it filled up!

Here are the remaining teams (go here to sign-up)!

Arizona Diamondbacks -
Atlanta Braves  -
Baltimore Orioles -
Boston Red Sox  -
Cleveland Indians -
Colorado Rockies -
Florida Marlins -
Houston Astros -
Kansas City Royals -
Los Angeles Angels -
Minnesota Twins -
Oakland Athletics -
Philadelphia Phillies -
Pittsburgh Pirates -
San Diego Padres -
San Francisco Giants -
Tampa Bay Rays -
Texas Rangers -
Toronto Blue Jays -
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos -

Remember, each slot gets you one team of your choice plus one random team.  Go here to sign up!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2015 Topps Archives Group Break: Will Ferrell Autographs?! Only FIVE Slots Remain (Braves, Orioles, Red Sox, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers, Nationals, ++!!)

I'm back again begging and pleading for people to join my latest group break.

Cases of 2015 Topps Archives are going for about $1000 right now which means I definitely need to sell all 15 slots in order to make the break work without busting my own wallet!  As of the time that I wrote this post, there are a TON of good teams left to choose from.  Which teams, you ask?

Well - here's who is available (with the most up-to-date list here):
Available teams (a * denotes a possible Will Ferrell autograph): 
Arizona Diamondbacks* -
Atlanta Braves  -
Baltimore Orioles -
Boston Red Sox  -
Cleveland Indians -
Colorado Rockies -
Detroit Tigers -
Florida Marlins -
Houston Astros -
Kansas City Royals -
Los Angeles Angels* -
Minnesota Twins -
Oakland Athletics* -
Philadelphia Phillies -
Pittsburgh Pirates -
San Diego Padres* -
San Francisco Giants* -
Tampa Bay Rays -
Texas Rangers -
Toronto Blue Jays -
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos -

Of the available teams, the Athletics, Angels, Diamondbacks, Padres, and Giants should all have Will Ferrell autographs as possibilities in the case!  You can read about that concept here.  I've marked those teams with an asterisk on the above list for your convenience.

Also, remember that each team slot is for ONE team of your choice plus ONE random team.  If you were to claim say the Giants, you might get the Athletics or Diamondbacks as your random team (if they go unclaimed) which could potentially double your chances of a Will Ferrell autograph!

Go here to sign up so I can quit begging!!