Tuesday, March 31, 2009

2009 Topps Heritage: Loose Target Packs

I bought a bunch of loose 2009 Topps Heritage packs from Target with the idea of pulling some of those nifty Mayo inserts. It worked, I ended up pulling two of the Mayo's...

The complete pack contents:

6: Brandon Inge - Needed it!
32: Reliable Rookies - Cueto & Bruce
36: Lyle Overbay
39: Mike Cameron
53: Adam Jones
66: Jesse Litsch
76: Jared Weaver - Needed it!
82: Scott Baker
91: Kevin Millwood - Needed it!
100: Jair Jurrjens - Needed it!
102: Adrian Gonzalez

104: Chris Davis
105: Brad Penny
118: Chris Lambert
133: Luis Cruz
135: Devon Lowery
141: Wade LeBlanc - Needed it!
152: Jorge Cantu - Needed it!
154: Rich Aurilia
173: Brandon Phillips
181: Josh Johnson
182: Carlos Zambrano
188: Joey Gathright
189: Mike Gonzalez - Needed it!
213: Dusty Baker
215: Bobby Cox
221: Jim Leyland
222: Charlie Manuel
235: Ryan Freel - Needed it!

238: Ronny Paulino
244: Trevor Hoffman
257: Mark Teixeira
268: John Lackey
269: Jeremy Hermida
293: Joe Blanton
298: Aaron Cook - Needed it!
299: Daric Barton
306: Scott Linebrink
318: Evan Longoria

324: John Lannan
335: Kelly Johnson
338: Milton Bradley - Needed it!
340: Ian Snell - Needed it!
341: Vladimir Guerrero
345: Aaron Harang
354: Chris Snyder - Needed it!

372: Brian Schneider - Needed it!
389: 2008 World Series - Game #5
411: Paul Bako
412: Ted Lilly

Short Print:
442: Joe Mauer - Needed it!
475: Derek Lowe - Needed it!

Topps Mayo:
TME-ARI: Alex Rios - Needed it!

TME-IS: Ichiro - Needed it!

New Age Performer:
NAP9: Carlos Quentin - Needed it!

Then & Now:
TN6: Bob Friend & Johan Santana - Needed it!

Monday, March 30, 2009

2009 Topps Heritage: Target Blaster #4

This blaster represents the eighth blaster of 2009 Topps Heritage that I have purchased (4 from Wal*Mart, 4 from Target). Will I continue my run of high percentage of cards needed or will the last blaster be a total flop? Only one to find out...

Base cards:
4: Edinson Volquez

11: Ross Gload
20: Matt Capps
22: Khalil Greene
25: Paul Konerko
26: Miguel Tejada
41: Dave Bush
48: Vernon Wells
59: John Maine
62: Greg Maddux
64: Matt Harrison
69: Ray Durham
85: Justin Verlander
101: Gio Gonzalez
127: Gaby Sanchez
129: James Parr
134: Phil Coke
137: Kila Ka'aihue
145: Jesse Chavez
167: Jeff Mathis
171: Matt Joyce
191: Jonathan Broxton
198: Chris Dickerson
201: Chad Tracy
205: Yunel Excobar
211: Manny Parra
212: Manny Acta
224: John Russell
234: Juan Pierre
239: A.J. Burnett
242: St. Louis Cardinals
254: Brandon Lyon
263: Dioner Navarro
264: Cole Hamels
282: Chris Volstad
294: Mark DeRosa
295: Casey Blake
297: Aaron Boone
300: Ryan Howard
304: Jake Peavy
306: Scott Linebrink
331: Troy Glaus
333: Anibal Sanchez
344: Rafael Furcal
345: Aaron Harang
349: Steve Pearce
355: Rick Ankiel
358: Yuniesky Betancourt
359: Willy Taveras
369: B.J. Ryan - needed it!
389: 2008 World Series - Game 5
392: Chad Cordero
393: Ryan Doumit
411: Paul Bako
414: Miguel Cabrera
419: Brian Roberts
425: Chad Billingsley

Short Prints:
458: White Sox Coaches - needed it!
472: Melvin Mora - needed it!

News Flashbacks:
NF4: Civil Rights Act of 1960
NF6: USS Seadragon - needed it!

Then & Now:
TN10: Whitey Ford & CC Sabathia

New Age Performers:
NAP6: Tim Lincecum - needed it!

Chrome:
C90: Evan Longoria - needed it!

Out of my final blaster, I got a grand total of 8 cards out of the 64 cards that I needed (12.5%). ..and the majority of those were inserts (though I even pulled an insert duplicate!) Obviously, this blaster was a complete dud. I'm missing a lot of base cards...and this blaster did very little to change that! I have a hunch it's beginning to approach the time where I should focus on trading for what I need as opposed to buying blasters...

Sunday, March 29, 2009

2009 Topps Heritage: Target Blaster #3

My 2009 Topps Heritage binder is slowly filling up. Will the third blaster from Target fill up more of my 9-pocket pages or will it be a blaster of doubles this time around? Only one to find out...

Base cards:

8: Gil Meche - Need it!
16: Chris Perez - Need it!
31: Raul Ibanez - Need it!
43: Washington Nationals - Need it!
53: Adam Jones - Need it!
55: Nate McLouth - Need it!
66: Jesse Litsch - Need it!
67: Omar Vizquel - Need it!
71: Darin Erstad - Need it!
72: Detroit Tigers - Need it!
73: David Price - Need it!

79: Carlos Pena - Need it!
93: Rickie Weeks - Need it!
97: Kevin Kouzmanoff - Need it!
98: Shaun Marcum - Need it!
104: Chris Davis
105: Brad Penny
106: David Eckstein
110: Johnny Cueto
133: Luis Cruz - Need it!
135: Devon Lowery
172: Cameron Maybin - Need it!
186: Joel Zumaya
187: Bronson Arroyo - Need it!
188: Joey Gathright
190: Luke Scott - Need it!
202: Troy Percival - Need it!
210: Ryan Zimmerman - Need it!
213: Dusty Baker
218: Ozzie Guillen - Need it!
221: Jim Leyland - Need it!
222: Charlie Manuel - Need it!
223: Lou Piniella - Need it!
228: Jeff Suppan - Need it!
237: Xavier Nady
244: Trevor Hoffman
245: Carlos Guillen - Need it!
253: Alex Cintron - Need it!
255: Blake DeWitt - Need it!
260: Power Plus - Ramirez & Ethier - Need it!
261: Scott Kazmir - Need it!
280: Tim Wakefield
283: Jeff Clement - Need it!
288: Jeff Francis - Need it!
293: Joe Blanton - Need it!
305: Alfonso Soriano
312: Aaron Rowand - Need it!
318: Evan Longoria - Need it!
319: Mike Aviles - Need it!
343: Clayton Kershaw - Need it!
348: Todd Helton
364: Feliz Hernandez - Need it!
370: Jason Giambi
371: J.J. Putz - Need it!
375: Garrett Atkins
380: Prince Fielder
391: 2008 World Series - The Champs Celebrate - Need it!
410: Matt Cain - Need it!

Short Prints:
477: A.J. Pierzynski - Need it!
497: Roy Halladay - Need it!

News Flashbacks:
NF8: Presidential Debate
NF9: John F. Kennedy - Need it!

Chrome:
C99: Carlos Lee - Need it!

Chrome Refractor:
C97: Max Scherzer - Need it! (though I'm not planning on completing the refractor set).

Overall, I needed 47 of the 64 cards in the blaster (73 %). This was my third Target blaster, and so far (amazingly enough) the percentage of cards I've needed has gone up with each blaster. I would have thought that after opening 7 blasters this wouldn't be true...but I guess I hit some poor collation in the beginning. The base set pages are beginning to fill in, though very few of the 9-pocket pages actually have all 9 cards in them right now, so I've still got a ways to go. Luckily, there's another blaster to sort through!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

2009 Topps Heritage: Target Blaster #2

After opening up my first Target blaster (which was chock full of inserts), I was expecting great things from the other three blasters. Blaster #2 quickly brought me back to earth - the blaster contained three short prints and the rest of the cards were base cards. No chrome, no inserts, no "hits", no nuthin'.

Luckily, I don't buy Heritage for the hits, or even the inserts (though I do try to complete the insert sets). So, how did I do for my set? Read on.

What I got:

12: Jeremy Guthrie - Needed it!
15: Dustin Pedroia
27: Nick Blackburn - Needed it!
28: Nick Markakis
35: Andy Pettitte
52: Chris Young
58: Conor Jackson - Needed it!
70: Tom Glavine
77: Kelly Shoppach
84: Yadier Molina - Needed it!
88: Russell Martin
99: Lastings Milledge - Needed it!
112: Scott Lewis - Needed it!
113: Brandon Moss - Needed it!
115: Knuckler & Fork: Wakefield & Papelbon - Needed it!


120: Fernando Perez - Needed it!
121: Angel Salome - Needed it!
128: Scott Elbert - Needed it!
132: Mat Gamel
136: Matt Tuiasosopo - Needed it!

138: Andew Carpenter
146: Ramon Ramirez
151: San Francisco Giants - Needed it!
157: Juan Uribe
173: Brandon Phillips - Needed it!
176: Corey Patterson - Needed it!
183: Pittsburgh Pirates - Needed it!
184: Boston Red Sox
194: Pat Burrell - Needed it!
197: Orlando Hudson - Needed it!
209: Randy Wolf - Needed it!
225: Joe Torre
232: Jay Payton - Needed it!
233: Kerry Wood - Needed it!
236: Ryan Feierabend
251: Manny Ramirez
252: Brian Bannister - Needed it!
257: Mark Teixeira
262: Mark Teahen - Needed it!
269: Jeremy Hermida - Needed it!
271: Lance Berkman - Needed it!
275: Skip Schumaker
287: Moises Alou - Needed it!
289: Carlos Delgado - Needed it!
308: Zack Greinke
326: Ichiro

328: Jesus Flores - Needed it!
330: Franklin Gutierrez - Needed it!
332: David Ortiz
350: Javier Vazquez
351: Ben Sheets
352: Cincy Clouters - Votto, Encarnacion, & Bruce - Needed it!
353: Luke Hochevar - Needed it!
376: James Shields
381: Atlanta Braves
385: World Series - Game 1
387: World Series - Game 3 - Needed it!
405: Robinson Cano
409: Kurt Suzuki
417: Martin Prado
422: Matt Kemp - Needed it!

Short Prints:
432: Glen Perkins - Needed it!
441: Fausto Carmona - Needed it!
449: Nick Swisher - Needed it!


Overall, I needed 36 out of the 64 cards in the blaster (56%). It's rare for me to need over half of the cards out of a blaster after opening (and sorting) five previous blasters. If nothing else, I suppose it is a sign that I'm still nowhere near completing the set...


I was quite happy with the actual cards this time. I especially LOVE that Cincy Clouters card. (On the other hand, I didn't love pulling the Corey Patterson card...bad memories, but at least I needed it for my set.)


Two more blasters to go and then I'll be posting my want list (and my list of cards for trade)...

Friday, March 27, 2009

2009 Topps Heritage: Target Blaster #1

A few days ago, I talked about my pulls from four different 2009 Topps Heritage blasters from Wal*Mart. In an effort to give each retail giant a fair shake at my hard-earned dollars, I found myself in Target and ended up buying four blasters there as well.

In my four blasters, this blaster had the most in the way of inserts... Did it have any cards I needed for my base set though? Read on.

What I got:

4: Edison Volquez
11: Ross Gload
20: Matt Capps
25: Paul Konerko
26: Miguel Tejada
29: Johan Santana - Needed it
41: Dave Bush
59: John Maine
62: Greg Maddux

64: Matt Harrison
69: Ray Durham
77: Kelly Shoppach
82: Scott Baker
85: Justin Verlander
129: James Parr
132: Mat Gamel
134: Phil Coke

137: Kila Ka'aihue
145: Jesse Chavez
154: Rich Aurilia - Needed it
167: Jeff Mathis
171: Matt Joyce
191: Jonathan Broxton
198: Chris Dickerson
207: Aubrey Huff - Needed it
211: Manny Parra
212: Manny Acta
219: Bob Geren - Needed it
224: John Russell

241: Corey Hart - Needed it
242: St. Louis Cardinals
246: Brandon Jones - Needed it
257: Mark Teixeira
263: Dioner Navarro
270: Chien-Ming Wang - Needed it
282: Chris Volstad
290: Jose Reyes - Needed it
295: Casey Blake
297: Aaron Boone - Needed it
300: Ryan Howard
306: Scott Linebrink
333: Anibal Sanchez - Needed it
334: Jimmy Rollins - Needed it
344: Rafael Furcal
345: Aaron Harang

349: Steve Pearce - Needed it
355: Rick Ankiel
359: Willy Taveras
361: Gerald Laird - Needed it
389: World Series Game 5
392: Chad Cordero
394: James Loney - Needed it
411: Paul Bako
414: Miguel Cabrera
419: Brian Roberts
425: Chad Billingsley

Short Prints:

429: Pedroia & Ichiro - Needed it
484: Chase Utley All-Star - Needed it
493: Ichiro All-Star - Needed it

Chrome:
C65: Ken Griffey Jr. - Needed it

Baseball Flashback:
BF4: Paul Richards - Needed it

New Age Performers:
NAP10: Ryan Braun - Needed it

News Flashback:
NF2: Bathyscaphe Trieste - Needed it

Then & Now:
TN4: Luis Aparicio and Willy Taveras - Needed it

Overall, this was a great blaster for inserts - usually you only get one or two and I pulled 4, plus a chrome and 3 short prints. (Spoiler: a later blaster from the same Target yielded NO inserts, so I ended "breaking even" in terms of the inserts.)

I ended up needing 22 / 64 cards in the box, which is approximately 34% of the box...certainly not a great percentage, especially considering that my binder has holes in it on every single page at this point. If nothing else though, I've got a bunch of these for trade fodder...I'll put together my list of duplicates (and a list of what I need) after I sort through the remaining three Target blasters.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Delivery Time! Trade with Dan from Grand Cards

I completed a plethora of trades involving 2009 Topps cards - and somehow I still don't have any of the three different base sets quite complete. However, that's not Dan (from Grand Cards) fault...he sent me a whole bunch of Topps black cards that I needed in return for a mere two cards that I had from his want list.

Here's what Dan sent me:
2009 Topps black:
2: Omar Vizquel
15: Nate McLouth

17: Bobby Cox
42: Jeff Francoeur
46: Brad Ziegler
57: Jo-Jo Reyes
109: Tom Gorzelanny

125: Roy Oswalt
166: Jeff Baker
220: Jay Bruce
291: Chris Coste
293: Brian Bixler
299: Cole Hamels - Postseason Highlight

Thanks again Dan. If anyone else wants to work out a trade, check out my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Jay Bruce Almighty!

Now that the World Baseball Classic is in the books, it's only a matter of days until the MLB season gets underway. With that in mind, in preparation for a Cincinnati Reds season that I hope can (somehow) not be a disaster, I present:

Jay Bruce Almighty.


Hopefully Bruce and the rest of the Reds are indeed almighty...though ask any Reds fan, we'd settle for "decent." Seriously, our hopes aren't high after all these years of losing...

Delivery Time! Trade with Brad from Couch Potato Chronicles

More yellow packages in the mailbox means more "Delivery Time" posts!

The latest envelope contained a bunch of cards sent to me by Brad of the Couch Potato Chronicles blog. I sent Brad a bunch of 2008 Allen & Ginter cards, and in return, Brad sent me a bunch of 2009 Topps cards.

Here's what Brad sent:

2009 Topps (white border):
20: Brad Lidge

42: Jeff Francoeur
49: Kazuo Matsui
79: David Eckstein
125: Roy Oswalt
162: Mike Cameron

223: Dave Roberts
297: Bud Black
302: Brian Giles

2009 Topps Turkey Red (insert set):
TR2: Evan Longoria

TR17: Conor Jackson

Thanks again Brad! If anyone else wants to set up a trade, look at my want list and then make an offer!