Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Delivery Time! Cardboard Heaven Almost Delivers Four Away from Seven and Eleven

It's hard to come up with words that rhyme with heaven!  A few days ago, I received a surprise package of cards from Cameron over at Cardboard Heaven.  Cameron almost sent me seven and eleven (that's 18 total) - in actuality, it was 14 cards but they were all wanted and all appreciated!  Let's take peak:

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen:

I have no idea what the story is with Gypsy Queen.  It seemed to be panned across almost all the blogs (look at some of the arguments against the set by commenters on my own blog for instance).  Then, after Topps appeared to cut back production, all of the sudden retail blasters flew off the shelf (indeed, many retail blasters had as many hits in them as did full hobby boxes)!  Finally, within a few short weeks of the set's release, it had all but disappeared.  Oh sure, you can still drop almost 200 bucks and land yourself a box on some of the online sites (such as Baseball Card Exchange) but otherwise it's gone.

Now, given how so much of the product was gobbled up (at least at retail), I would have thought that building the base set would have been moderately easy.  I bought myself a few blasters, I landed the Reds (and I think the A's for some reason) in at least one group break of Gypsy Queen and decided to build the remainder of the set via trades.  That was in the early summer.

Flash forward to after Thanksgiving and I'm still quite a ways away from completing the set.  However, Cameron did help me out by sending seven more Gypsy Queen cards that I needed my way - including a pair of short prints and an insert!

The base cards:

The short prints:

The insert:

In addition to the Gypsy Queen cards, Cameron also sent me a few more cards from the 2011 Topps set - including the last remaining Diamond Duos insert card that I needed from Series 2.

He also sent a few shiny diamond cards my way...

And last, but certainly not least, he sent me three (count 'em three) different Barry Larkin Die Cut cards.

All three were new to me - and all three are great additions to my collection of Larkin cards.  I'll show off one of them here - you'll have to wait for the rest to appear in their own post.

Thanks for the great bunch of cards Cameron!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - check out my want list and make an offer!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Topps Tier One Group Break: Only 3 Slots Left - Help Me Fill It Up Tonight!

Here's the deal:

I'm busting a half case (6 boxes) of Topps Tier One.  Each slot is worth two teams, one of your choice, one randomly assigned.  I'll allow trading.  There are tons of good teams available (and remember, this product is loaded with hits of former players too).  For instance, there are are some nice Ichiro cards for the Mariners (unclaimed so far), Anniversary autos of Tony Gwynn (Padres, also unclaimed), etc.  Take a look at the available teams and don't miss out on what should prove to be a great way to end the 2011 season of Nachos Grande Group Breaks!  And remember, I've pulled a Cal Ripken Jr. auto, a Johnny Bench jumbo patch, and an Albert Pujols dual relic in "cheap" group breaks earlier this year...don't be the one to miss on the next amazing pull!

I am also throwing in a complete team set of base cards from the 2011 Topps Lineage set.  Thus, everyone is sure to get a stack of cards!

Furthermore, if I can get the last three slots filled tonight, I have another special addition that I'll add to the group break (and it's of the currently unopened variety).  It should add an extra element of "hits" for people, plus a bunch more cards...  However, that will ONLY happen if I fill the break tonight.  I've already ordered the Tier One ought to be here soon and I'll be ripping the packs, posting the contents as I always do, and shipping the cards out as quickly as possible (mostly to avoid the upcoming holiday rush at the post office).

Treat yourself for the holidays - buy a my "high end" group break!

Box Break: 2001 Topps Gold Label - Packs 21 & 22

We are down to the final four packs.  I can tell you that there is a hit in the box - but you'll have to wait until the last two packs are posted to see it.  I like to look to see if there is a "thick card" when I open the packs up and then set aside that pack until the end.  Thus, you'll have to wait one more round of posts!

Pack 21:
25.  David Segui

50.  Jermaine Dye
52.  Jim Edmonds
68.  Luis Castillo
79.  Nomar Garciaparra

I scanned the back of the Segui card because I felt a photo that scary simply had to be shared!  I'm not the most photogenic guy out there but good Lord that's a bad shot.

Pack 22:
3.  Albert Belle
11.  Ben Molina
91.  Rick Ankiel
100.  Shawn Green
And a Class 3 parallel of:
27.  Edgar Martinez

The Edgar is a nice parallel - I really do like the Class 3 cards quite a bit!  The Albert Belle is a duplicate.  In fact, I now have pulled seven duplicates out of the box...yucky!  I'm not sure how close I am to the full non-shortprinted set though.  The short prints are skip-numbered which is just about the most annoying thing a baseball card manufacturer can do.  Once I finish opening and collating the last two packs, I'll see exactly what cards I'm still missing and update my want list accordingly.

Topps Tier One Group Break: Only a Few Slots Left (Red Sox, Braves, +)

We are down to the final FIVE slots in my Topps Tier One Group break.  The sign ups are active - and I'm still looking for a few more participants.  There are still a bunch of good teams available including the Red Sox (seriously?!), Braves, Tigers.  This product is loaded with stars of today and of the past, so a lot of teams have a chance for some really nice cards.

I've already announced that in addition to the six boxes of Topps Tier One that I'm busting (for a total of 12 autos, 6 relics, etc), I'll also throw in a full base set of Topps Lineage for each team.  In addition, if I can sell all 15 slots before tonight, I'll throw in a second surprise...

Even if you aren't interested, I would appreciate a plug on your blog so that I can fill this thing up.  Remember, there are only 5 available slots as of the time I wrote this post..  Each slot is for two teams (one of your choice, one randomly assigned).

Monday, November 28, 2011

Topps Tier One Group Break Sign-Ups (Plus Topps Lineage Bonus)!

Yesterday, I announced the sign-ups for a Topps Tier One Group break.  Go here to check it out (and to sign up) - plenty of good teams still available!

Box Break: 2001 Topps Gold Label - Packs 19 & 20

I've got two more weeks of teaching, two more weeks of taking classes, and then a week of finals (both to write/grade and to study for/take).  Today marks the beginning of the craziest time of the semester...  Will we get some kind of crazy pull in today's packs?

Pack 19:
12.  Bernie Williams
36.  Gary Sheffield
53.  Jim Thome
64.  Ken Griffey Jr.

82.  Pedro Martinez

Nothing super rare (in fact all the cards were commons) but I landed a Griffey Jr. card that I didn't previously own.  That makes this pack a winner in my book!

Pack 20: 
47.  Jeff Cirillo
49.  Chan Ho Park
74.  Miguel Tejada
89.  Carl Everett
And a Class 2 parallel of:
100.  Shawn Green

Now that's more like my usual luck, I pulled a Dodger parallel.  I don't usually get anywhere near the amount of Braves that I have had in this box, but Dodgers...well, I get more of those than I usually know what to do with.  It's a good thing that some of the most active traders on the blogs are Dodger fans, at least I don't have to look at Dodger cards sitting around for very long.  

Once again, I managed to get two packs full of cards that I needed - I'm inching closer and closer to having the non-shortprinted set complete!  At one per ever 52 packs, I don't see myself ever completing the rookie short printed cards though, which is too bad.   In fact, I should just be thankful that I managed to pull one of the rookies in this box!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Topps Tier One Group Break is On! Sign Ups Here!

A few weeks ago, I tried to gauge interest in a Topps Tier One Group Break.  Based on the comments, it seemed like people would be interested in the six box (half case) option.

Here's what we'll be busting:
1 Six Box case of 2011 Topps Tier One (1 pack per box, 7 cards per pack).
Each pack contains 2 autographs, 1 relic, 1 parallel, and 3 base cards.
$35.00 per slot
(Each slot has one team of your choice (first come, first serve) and one randomly assigned team.)

In addition, assuming I sell all 15 slots I'll throw in a full base set of 2011 Topps Lineage divided up by team.  Thus, EVERYONE will get two full team sets from Lineage (one from their selected team, one from the assigned random team) AND all cards from the Tier One boxes for each of the two teams. Remember, you get to choose your first team, the second team will be randomly assigned.  Trading will be allowed up until I start busting the boxes.

Please send PayPal payment immediately to the address listed in my profile by doing the following two things:
1.  Send payment as a gift and include no other information in your payment.
2.  Send me an email stating you sent payment AND from which account you sent the payment, along with your mailing address and your team choice.

Sign-ups (Only 15 3 slots remaining - sign up quickly to participate!):
Arizona Diamondbacks
Atlanta Braves - Colbey (PAID)
Baltimore Orioles - William (PAID)
Boston Red Sox - apba66and0 (PAID)
Chicago White Sox
Chicago Cubs - Tunguska (PAID)
Cincinnati Reds - Nachos Grande (PAID)
Cleveland Indians - apba66and0 (PAID)
Colorado Rockies
Detroit Tigers - apba66and0 (PAID)
Florida Marlins
Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers - John (PAID)
Milwaukee Brewers - Cameron (PAID)
Minnesota Twins
New York Mets - Tunguska (PAID)
New York Yankees - John (PAID)
Oakland Athletics
Philadelphia Phillies - deal (PAID)
Pittsburgh Pirates
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants - Arpsmith (PAID)
Seattle Mariners
St. Louis Cardinals - Ike's Cards (PAID)
Tampa Bay Rays
Texas Rangers - Jeroen (PAID)
Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals

This should be a fun break - with 6 boxes each containing 2 autographs, 1 relic, 1 parallel, and 3 numbered base cards we should end up with 12 autos, 6 relics, 6 parallels, and 18 numbered cards...plenty of great stuff to get spread around!

Box Break: 2001 Topps Gold Label - Packs 17 & 18

I'm about ready to hit cruise control and coast through the final few packs.  I'm pretty sure I mixed up my analogies there, probably because tomorrow starts the work week and as such I'll be back to having to drive 5.5 hours on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Pack 17:
29.  Fernando Tatis
38.  Greg Maddux
84.  Preston Wilson
102.  Tim Salmon
And a Class 2 parallel of:
44.  Jason Kendall

It's nice to get a little Pirates love in a box.  Even though I'm a Reds fan, I live in Pennsylvania so I have a bit of a soft spot in my heart for the Pirates.  I don't actively collect Pittsburgh cards but if I'm never able to trade this one away that's ok with me.

Pack 18:
6.  Andruw Jones
44.  Jason Kendall

65.  Kevin Brown
85.  Rafael Fucal
98.  Scott Rolen

Nothing overly exciting in the pack but I did land the Class 1 card of Jason Kendall.  The Class 1 card has him featured in his catching gear while the Class 2 card has him batting.  I like that the parallels have different photos - it actually makes the different classes feel exciting.

As a pair of packs, the good news was that I needed each of the cards that I ended up getting.  My set is getting closer and closer to completion, I'm beginning to think it's possible to complete the set (minus the short printed rookies) with a single box...or at least come really close to completing the set.  

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Box Break: 2001 Topps Gold Label - Packs 15 & 16

I'm continuing my relentless charge through this box of cards!  Through the first 14 packs, I've found a bunch of cool parallels, a decent number of serially-numbered cards, plus a Barry Larkin base card.  What will the remaining ten packs hold?  Let's being to find out.

Pack 15:
4.  Jay Buhner
10.  Ben Grieve
31.  Eric Munson
54.  John Olerud
107.  Troy Glaus

Another rather dull pack.  In fact, this one was so dull I couldn't even find a good card to scan!  I picked the Glaus card mostly because I don't think I usually scan Angels cards.  The only saving grace for the pack was the fact that I needed all five cards for my set.

Pack 16: 
1.  Adrian Beltre
39.  Ivan Rodriguez
63.  Kazuhiro Sasaki

76.  Mike Sweeney
96.  Sammy Sosa

 Booooooooo.  This is the second pack with 40% doubles in the box.  I already had the Rodriguez and the Beltre card - they join the rest of the duplicates in the "for trade" pile.  All told, a pair or rather boring packs, made worse by the fact that 2 of the 10 cards were duplicates.  Oh well, they can't all be winner packs or else this product would have sold out completely a long time ago!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Trade Stack 31: Only the Third Double Digit Trade Stack Thus Far!

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  11/25/11

It's time for another addition to the trade stack - which means the stack is now sitting at ten cards.  It's officially tied for the second largest trade stack in the history the blog feature - and the entire thing can be yours for the low, low "price" of at least one card off my want list.  I'm also tired of the whole World Series theme now that November is almost over - so if this stack isn't claimed on this card, you can expect more variety in terms of teams/subjects starting with card #11.  Thus, all you Rangers and/or Cardinals fans might want to jump in now or else risk losing out on all that good stuff in the stack.  After all, with the latest Rangers card that stack has exactly five cards from each of the two World Series teams.  It's hard to beat that, right?

2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes:
12.  Josh Hamilton

1998 UD Collector's Choice:
247.  Darren Oliver - Rangers

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter:
227.  Nelson Cruz - Rangers  

1998 Pinnacle Performers:
124.  Eli Marrero - Cardinals

1997 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
4.  Dmitri Young - Cardinals

2011 Topps Lineage:
189.  Jaime Garcia - Cardinals  

2011 Topps:
334.  Cardinals

2010 Topps National Chicle:
188.  Rich Harden - Rangers

2011 Topps Heritage: 
411.  Michael Young - Rangers

1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
Star Quest - Special Delivery
SQ41.  Ray Lankford - Cardinals  

Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!

Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  ?? by ?? 

Black Friday Sales?

Did anyone land any great sales?  And if so, did you do so by staying in the comfort of your own home or did you fight the crowds?

I stayed inside for the majority of the day, but I did land a few nice deals online for some family members.  I don't dare say any more in case one of them stumbles upon my blog and then I'd ruin their present.

I've tried to check in on Dave and Adams Card World - they were supposed to be having a bunch of "great" sales - but in the few instances where I could get through to the page without getting a "server overload" error message I didn't see anything that looked like a good deal, let alone a great deal. 

Box Break: 2001 Topps Gold Label - Packs 13 & 14

I'm writing this post ahead of time just in case I decide to brave the crowds and go shopping on Black Friday.  Actually, who am I kidding?  I'm much more likely to sleep in rather than try and shop on the busiest day of the year.  I might, however, venture into the online world and do some shopping there...we'll see.  No matter, you don't care about that - you care about seeing more sweet Gold Label cards!

Pack 13:
27.  Edgar Martinez

34.  Fernando Vina
42.  J.T. Snow Jr.
48.  Jeff Kent
And my first Class 3 parallel:
79.  Nomar Garciaparra (# 066/299)

The Class 3 parallels are quite nice - the front features two images (which I believe is a composite of the Class 1 and Class 2 images).  The Class 3 parallels are seeded 1:26 packs which makes them slightly more rare than one-per-box.  In other words, this card is more rare than the average relic card in the set!  Once again, I'd love to flip the Garciaparra for an equivalent Barry Larkin parallel from the Gold Label set if anyone happens to have one lying around...and seriously, if you have cool Barry Larkin cards still lying around it makes me think you hate me.

Pack 14:
9.  Barry Larkin

23.  Darin Erstad
101.  Terrence Long
105.  Tony Batista
And a class 3 parallel:
85.  Rafael Furcal

It should be no surprise that I landed YET ANOTHER Braves parallel card.  Good grief.  I might have the entire Braves team set in parallel form before this box is complete.  This Class 3 card is not sequentially numbered and thus inserted at a rate of 1:12 packs which suggests that I should get one more in the box.  All that aside, the best card in the pack is easily the Barry Larkin card.  That particular Larkin will eventually get a post in my ongoing Barry Larkin Collection Series (which I've been terrible about updating lately).  Who knows, maybe this will spur me to do some more posts on my Larkin cards?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Box Break: 2001 Topps Gold Label - Packs 11 & 12

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there!  In my life, I have a lot to be thankful for.  I've got a great wife, a wonderful family (and wonderful in-laws), a job, and a chance to further my education.  I've also got this box of 2001 Topps Gold that I landed for my birthday (from my wonderful wife no less)!  While you eat turkey, maybe take a quick break to peruse these packs (and any of the other previous 10 packs that I've posted already).   Enjoy the holiday!

Pack 11:
17.  Cal Ripken Jr.

51.  Jeromy Burnitz
104.  Tom Glavine
109.  Vladimir Guerrero
And a Class 1 serially numbered parallel
57.  Jose Cruz Jr. (# 738/999)

The Class 1 parallels have a nice gold hue to the background - they really stand out!  I think it would be awesome to have a full set of the parallels, but trying to complete that set now (a decade later) with cards all numbered out of 999 would probably be quite foolish.  Maybe Topps will revive the Gold Label brand someday and I'll have my chance to collect a set like that.

Pack 12:
3.  Albert Belle
40.  J. D. Drew
77.  Mo Vaughn
78.  Moises Alou

90.  Quilvio Veras

I don't have much to say about pack 12.  That's a boring group of players - and without any parallels it's a boring pack.  Even worse, I already pulled both the Mo Vaughn and the J.D. Drew cards earlier in the box break, so 2 of the 5 cards (or 40%) were duplicates.  Yuck!  Luckily, there haven't been many boring packs throughout the first half of the box - which has made this box bust quite a bit of fun so far.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Box Break: 2001 Topps Gold Label - Packs 9 & 10

It's almost Thanksgiving - and if you haven't gone grocery shopping yet I pity you...  I had to run to Wal*Mart (our only grocery store within 15 miles) last night to get supplies for a green bean casserole and there were people literally crawling on the bottom shelves and climbing on the upper shelves trying to nab the last cans of pumpkin and fruit cup.  Luckily, I didn't need any of the stuff that others were going crazy for...but still, sheesh.  It's nice to be back home and opening up packs of cards in the peace and quiet.

 Pack 9:
26.  Derek Jeter
39.  Ivan Rodriguez
77.  Mo Vaughn

110.  Tim Hudson
and a Class 2 parallel of:
15.  Brad Fullmer

Two things about this pack, first, Mo Vaughn sure fills up a baseball card doesn't he?  Second, I've found my first duplicate in the box - the Derek Jeter.  As players go, Jeter is probably one of the best to get duplicates of though since there are a lot of people out there who collect him (and the Yankees).  The Jeter will be available for trade, but I'll hold off on accepting any trades quite yet until I see which cards I still need from the set after collating the entire box.

Pack 10:
18.  Carlos Delgado
37.  Geoff Jenkins
59.  Josh Hamilton

83.  Phil Nevin
and a serially-numbered Class 2 parallel of:
21.  Chipper Jones (#641/999)

The box has produced seven parallels so far, four of which have been Atlanta Braves!  (Chipper, A. Jones, Maddux, and Veras).  I also found my second duplicate of the box, this time it's Carlos Delgado who has appeared twice.  That's unfortunate because it seems to be much, much more difficult to rid myself of spare Blue Jays as compared to spare Yankees.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Topps Lineage Set - Anyone Interested?

As you probably are well aware, I bought quite a bit of the 2011 Topps Lineage set.  As such, I have an extra base set or two (or three) that I'd be willing to trade away.  If I don't trade 'em, I'll probably list them on eBay but I figured I'd see if I could get any bites via trade offers first.  I'm mostly looking for stuff from my want list though I'd listen to offers for other complete sets and (especially) relics/autos from either 2010 or 2011 Allen & Ginter.  Let me know if interested, either via comment or email.

Box Break: 2001 Topps Gold Label - Packs 7 & 8

The box of 2001 Gold Label has been quite a bit of fun to open.  By the time this post is complete, I'll be one-third of the way through the box.  I'm still hoping to land some of those rarer Barry Larkin parallels from the set - so if you have any for trade, let me know!

Pack 7:
1.  Adrian Beltre

45.  Jay Payton
55.  Johnny Damon
86.  Todd Zeile
103.  Todd Helton

I find it interesting that Adrian Beltre was selected to be the first card in the set.  With all the stars, it seems odd that Beltre was given that "honor."  Don't get me wrong, Beltre has had some decent years but he's nothing compared to some of the other guys (heck, even Todd Helton from this pack probably would have been a better number one card choice)!

Pack 8: 
14.  Bobby Higginson
28.  Edgardo Alfonzo

58.  Jose Vidro
81.  Paul Konerko
And a class 1 parallel numbered /999
72.  Mark McGwire (#754/999)

The Class 1 parallels have a gold hue to the background and look quite snazzy.  This is the second one from the box (the other being Andruw Jones).  

Monday, November 21, 2011

Box Break: 2001 Topps Gold Label - Packs 5 & 6

In between playing Uncharted 3 and completing my own school work, I've also set aside a few minutes to sort through the different packs in my box of 2001 Topps Gold Label and post them here for the world to see.  Once again, I have to give credit to my awesome wife who bought me the box for my birthday - who knew my list of boxes that would "be fun to open" from Baseball Card Exchange would actually result in me getting a box of cards?!

Pack 5:
15.  Brad Fullmer
26.  Derek Jeter
56.  Jorge Posada

75.  Mike Piazza
And a class 2 parallel of:
13.  Bobby Abreu

Eh, not the best of packs.  There were three New York players in there (2 Yankees, 1 Met) out of five cards...yuck!  However, I plan to collect the base set so I guess I had to get those guys at some point!  

Pack 6:
13.  Bobby Abreu

33.  Frank Thomas
57.  Jose Cruz Jr.
87.  Randy Johnson
and a numbered card:
2.  Danny Borrell (#620/999)

The Borrell card is one of 15 different short printed, skip numbered rookie cards in the set (and I believe all the rookie cards are numbered).  The Abreu in this pack is the more common Class 1 card.  Notice the difference between the Class 2 and Class 1 cards - the photo changes!  These are they types of parallels that I can support a bit more since they are more than just simply the same card with a new border.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Box Break: 2001 Topps Gold Label - Packs 3 & 4

In the first two packs out of the box, I landed two Class 2 parallel cards.  I was thinking that perhaps each pack had some sort of parallel (or the 1-per-box promised hit).  Apparently, that hypothesis was incorrect...and it only took until the third pack to find a counter example.

Pack 3:
5.  Alex Rodriguez

20.  Charles Johnson
24.  David Justice
66.  Kevin Young
70.  Magglio Ordonez

So far, the base cards have been rather nicely spread out amongst many different teams.  I'm thinking that this set would make for a fun box break as part of a group break some time.  I know I did 2002 Gold Label in a group break but I think I like the 2001 set better now that I've finally opened some of this set!

Pack 4:
18.  Carlos Delgado
40.  J.D. Drew
71.  Manny Ramirez
88.  Travis Lee
And my third Brave parallel of the box already - this one is a Class 1 Gold card.  It is sequentially numbered (out of 999) and is seeded at a rate of 1:8 packs.   Thus, if the odds hold, I should end up with three of these...and maybe if I'm lucky they won't be all Braves!
6.  Andruw Jones (#124/999)

If I were a Braves fan, I'd be loving this box so far...unfortunately, I'm not a Braves fan but I'm still enjoying the opening process.  So far, I'd be willing to trade any of the parallels for the equivalent Barry Larkin parallel in the set in case anyone is interested.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Box Break: 2001 Topps Gold Label - Packs 1 & 2

As I mentioned yesterday, I ended up with an unopened box of 2001 Topps Gold Label from my wife for my birthday.  I already busted the entire box (I was too excited not too when I unwrapped the gift), but I'll show it off in bite-size pieces.  Today, let's take a peek at the first two packs.

Pack 1:
8.  Barry Bonds

22.  Christian Guzman
73.  Mark Quinn
94.  Roberto Alomar
and a Class 2 parallel of:
38.  Greg Maddux

Pack 2:
32.  Eric Young
67.  Larry Walker
95.  Ryan Klesko
99.  Sean Casey

and a Class 2 parallel of:
90.  Quilvio Veras

As you can see, the box started with a strong dose of Braves - two different Class 2 parallels of Braves to be precise.  The Class 2 cards are seeded 1:4 packs which means there should be 4 more Class 2 cards in the remaining 22 packs.  As far as I am concerned, I can't tell a difference between the Class 1 and Class 2 cards (except on the back where it tells you the class).

The first two packs were a good start, I was happy to land a Red in Sean Casey right away.  I don't usually seem to pull Reds, so that was a pleasant surprise.  Now the real question is:  Will the rest of the box hold up?  

Stay tuned to find out.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Birthday Haul - Including Baseball Cards!

Well, another birthday has come and (almost) gone...but this might have been the best birthday since I was a little kid.  My wife got me an unopened box of baseball cards, my mother and father-in-law bought me the new Batman game for the PS3 and my youngest brother bought me Uncharted 3 (also for the PS3).  I also landed some new clothes (nice, but not nearly as exciting as the above stuff), a book on cd for all the driving I'm doing between grad school, work, and home (a bit over 10,000 miles this semester alone thus far), and a new blade for my table saw.

Of course, you guys (and gals) don't care about most of that - you just want to see the cards!  I'll show off the actual pack contents in a later post - for now, you just get a sneak peak.

Image stolen from BaseballCardExchange - but that's ok since that is where my wife purchased the box.