Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 375: 1996 Select - #32

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Select
Card number:  32

I am not afraid to admit that I love the 1993 Select set quite a bit.  Unfortunately, the magic of the '93 set never seemed to wear off on most of the later Select sets.  In the case of the 1996 Select set, there's nothing glaringly wrong with the card per se...it's just a boring card.  The front image is the same two hitting images of Barry Larkin that we get on just about every card while the back features vertical stats (which are a no-no in my book).  Also, why is the team logo so stinking small on the back of the card?  Also, why is Larkin's face outlined with a red box on the card back?  Come to think of it, I guess there is plenty of stuff wrong with this card - including that smokey (?) background used on the back of the card.  Even so, I still appreciate the addition to my Larkin collection (even if I'll never chase the rest of the 1996 Select set)!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Delivery Time! Sports Cards Ate My Brain - The Ken Griffey Jr. Countdown (#12 - 10)

Yesterday, I began counting down a bunch of awesome Ken Griffey Jr. cards that recently arrived in mi casa courtesy of Scott (from Sports Cards Ate my Brain).  Today, it's time to continue our countdown beginning with #12!

#12:  2000 Upper Deck Black Diamond

This is a shiny, textured insert from the 2000 Black Diamond set (a set that I've never opened up a single pack of in my life)!  Much like the 2000 Topps Finest card from the first part of our countdown, this card makes heavy use of the color green...definitely a strange choice for a team named the Reds!  No matter, I love this card despite the overabundance of flying words in the background...and that green color!

#11:  2001 Fleer:

I'm not exactly sure why Fleer decided to pair Ken Griffey Jr. (one of the greatest of all-time) with Jackson Melian (a guy I've never heard of...and I'm a Reds fan).  Furthermore, I have no idea why it was necessary to serially number this card - but Fleer did it.  The gold numbering on the back is 0454/1750.  Not the rarest of cards but still pretty cool - and with all the Griffey Jr. collectors out there I'll gladly take any serially numbered card before they all get scooped up by everyone else!

Speaking of getting cards scooped up, I interrupt this Griffey Jr. countdown momentarily to show off a few of the non-Griffey cards that Scott sent me.  For your viewing pleasure, I present a pair of autographs.

Brandon Larson's auto is quite nice - both in terms of the actual scribbling and the card design.  I can even forgive the sticker part since the card is numbered 011/100 on the back!  The Steve Gibralter card, on the other hand, simply states "Congratulations!  You have just received a limited-edition autographed card" on the reverse of the card...and since this is a 1995 edition I'm guessing limited-edition means somewhere around the 10,000 card mark!

I always appreciate Reds' autographs though - so thank you Scott!  Now, let's get back to the Griffey Jr. cards.

#10:  2000 Bowman Chrome:

I'm generally not much of a fan of Bowman but I can appreciate these shiny, space-themed insert cards all day!  I think the best part of the entire card is the fact that the team logo is nestled inside a flying fireball.  You don't get to see that every day!

Many thanks for the great cards, Scott!  I'll have more from the awesome Griffey Jr. selection in the upcoming days - stay tuned!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Delivery Time! Sports Cards Ate My Brain - The Ken Griffey Jr. Countdown (#17 - 13)

About a week or so ago, I received a small flat rate mailer from Scott over at Sports Cards Ate My Brain.  Scott and I had traded a few times back in 2012 and 2013...but then according to my records at least we didn't have a single swap in 2014.  Luckily, it's 2015 now and Scott and I are back to our usual trading!

The envelope that Scott sent me was full of goodies including some Reds' hits, some 2015 Topps Series 1 cards, and a big pile of Ken Griffey Jr. cards.  Since I love Griffey Jr - I'm starting with him for today's Delivery Time! post.

In fact, Scott sent along 17 different Ken Griffey Jr. cards.  Just for fun, I've decided to rank all 17 of 'em in a series of blog posts beginning with this one!

#17:  2008 Bowman

For anyone that's ever read my blog, it's not a big surprise to see Bowman near the bottom of any countdown list.  This particular Bowman design isn't awful (though I couldn't tell you what year it was from without consulting the back of the card).  What is sort of awful about the card is the photograph (Griffey seems so far away) and the fake signature at the bottom of the card in gold foil.  Ugh, the foil really ruins it!

#16:  2008 Topps:

This is one of those Trading Card History cards that Topps made a bazillion of in 2008.  There's nothing particularly wrong with this card - its low ranking is mostly due to the high caliber quality of the remaining Griffey Jr. cards that Scott sent my way!

#15:  2008 Topps:

Maybe I have something against cards from 2008?  I honestly had no idea I ranked three consecutive '08 cards at the bottom until I began typing this post!  This card is actually numbered TB4 which makes me think it might be from a Reds' team set rather than the usual base set.  I just never fell in love with the circus dots design of '08 Topps - but I do love the image that Topps used for the card.  Griffey looks like he's having a good time!

#14:  2000 Bowman Chrome:

Ok, this card was one of the hardest cards to rank.  Is it the worst card?  The best card?  Why the heck did anyone think it was a good idea to make an insert set of baseball players called "Teen Idols" anyhow?!  I will say that my favorite part of this strange card is the Reds' team logo lurking in the middle of the star.  It's a small touch that really adds to the overall look of the card!  I must also admit that while this card looks awful in the above scan, it's actually quite nice to look at in hand.

#13:  2000 Topps Finest:

We end today's portion of the Griffey Jr. countdown with a pretty solid All-Star insert card.  The background is a bit weird but otherwise I like the card.  I think the dark green color (which I like) saved this card a bit as I could have easily ranked the 2000 Bowman Chrome card above this one on another day.  This card also scanned like garbage - you can barely make out the green at the top of the card (so you'll just have to trust me I guess)!

That's it for this round - stay tuned though as I'll have more from Scott's great trade package in the upcoming days!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 374: 1996 Leaf Preferred - #38

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Leaf Preferred
Card number:  38

The Leaf brand was a brand that I all-but-totally ignored during my childhood.   Oh sure, I bought plenty of Donruss, but Leaf?  No thanks.  Blech.

This particular card is a perfect example of why I generally shied away from the brand.  The overall design is incredibly blocky (not in a good way) and the use of foil (minimal as it is) is still infuriating.  Furthermore, the two photos that Leaf chose to use are among the most boring photos of Larkin that I've ever seen.  You can barely make out Barry's face in the front image while the photo on the back makes it look like Larkin is about to lose his lunch...  Blech.

Oh, and did I mention that you only get one year's worth of stats...and barely that even.  Seriously, only eight categories of statistics?  Blech.

The only thing that's good about this card is that I own it because I'm a Larkin completionist!  It's safe to say that I'll never purposely purchase any other '96 Leaf Preferred cards (except for that Steel insert card of Larkin that I don't yet own...and it's gold parallel too).  Oh yeah, there's also a Press Proof version of the above card.  So I guess I ought to buy more of the set after all.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Delivery Time! Sportscards from the Dollar Store Sends Goodies!

The recent group break kept me busy - so busy, in fact, that I didn't get a chance to go through the couple of trade packages that arrived during the group break!  Well, it's time to right that wrong right now with a package from Douglas over at Sportscards from the Dollar Store.

Douglas actually joined in my recent break - and this package was basically a bunch of cards to make up for me having to ship to Canada now that the Post Office charges an arm and a leg to ship north of the border.  Seriously, I had Douglas' cards packed up in a small flat rate mailer and I was told it would cost me over $20 to ship that...so I threw the entire box in a bubble mailer that I bought on the spot at the post office...saved about $4 even with buying an overpriced mailer.


Anyhow, let's take a look at some of the goodies that Douglas sent my way...that's way more fun than talking about shipping charges!

First up, some 2015 Topps Series 1 cards.

Thanks to Douglas, I can safely shut the door on Series 1...other than the retail-only Robbed insert set.  Douglas did his best there too though since he hooked me up with the Giancarlo Stanton card from that set.

Pretty nice card - and a nice insert set.  It says something though that Topps made (approximately) 300 insert sets in Series 1 and the only one I bothered trying to collect was the Robbed set.

In addition to the want list help, Douglas also sent me a smattering of assorted Reds.  I picked the two coolest to show off here beginning with a itty bitty Mike Leake card from 2015 Gypsy Queen.

That's a red mini numbered out of only 50 (in this case, 47/50).  Pretty cool - and the red border works well with Cincinnati Reds cards!

The final card of note was this rather shiny Brandon Phillips All-Star Stitches relic card.

The card itself is from 2013 - I'm assuming it's from the Update series but I have no idea if that's correct.  I do know tha tback of the card says that this piece of cloth is from Phillips' 2013 MLB All-Star Game workout jersey.  If the jersey that Phillips is wearing on the front of the card is indeed the workout jersey, then this bit of blue must have come from right around the neck line...there isn't any other blue except in the National League logo area - and that presumably is more patch-like in terms of material.

Even if I can't quite figure it out, it's still a great addition to my collection!  And that card is also numbered out of 50!

Many thanks Douglas - and I hope your group break cards have arrived by now..or else though should shortly (they were mailed last Saturday).

As for anyone else - if you'd like to trade be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Trade Stack 67: Putting my Extra 2015 Archives to Good Use!

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 serve...so 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:  6/25/15

With the recent group break taking up most of my blogging time, I've neglected the Trade Stack.  No matter, I'm hoping to reignite the passion with today's addition - a 2015 Topps Archives card from the group break!  If you didn't notice, I updated my want list with my own 2015 Archives wants...there should be an easy match here for a trade!

Remember, you get the entire Trade Stack in exchange for at least one card off of my want list!

2015 Topps Archives:
51.  Yan Gomes - Indians

1990 Score:
275.  Craig Biggio - Astros

2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball:
54.  Erik Schoenrock - Padres (aka San Diego Baseball Club)

2012 Bowman:
66.  Mariano Rivera - Yankees

2001 Fleer Tradition:
17.  David Segui - Indians

2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions:
19.  Dan Marino

1998 Topps Finest:
6.  Rusty Greer - Rangers

2000 Fleer Ultra:
31.  Dmitri Young - Reds

2000 Topps Opening Day:
121.  Jeromy Burnitz - Brewers

2011 Topps Chrome:
151.  Pedro Alvarez - Pirates

2012 Bowman:
18.  Yadier Molina - Cardinals

2009 Fan Pak:
63.  Carlos Zambrano - Cubs

If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.  

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!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  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:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 42:  1 card by AdamE
Stack 43:  1 card by madding
Stack 44:  10 cards by Commishbob
Stack 45:  1 (almost complete) puzzle by Baseball Dad
Stack 46:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 47:  5 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 48:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 49:  9 cards by Swing and a Pop-Up
Stack 50:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  9 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 56:  2 cards cards by Joe Frecker
Stack 57:  4 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 58:  2 cards by Chunter
Stack 59:  9 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 60:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 61:  13 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 62:  9 cards by Nick
Stack 63:  9 cards by buckstorecards 
Stack 64:  7 cards by Mark Hoyle
Stack 65:  2 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 66:  10 cards by Roger
Stack 67:  ?? by ??

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Looking for Help: 2015 Topps Archives!

Now that the madness of my 2015 Topps Archives group break is over, it's time for me to focus on how I feel about the Archives set.  After a bit of consideration, I have to say:  I like it!

There is a nice mix of players (current, retired, and rookies) with quite a few interesting photos.  Sure, there are plenty of rehashes of photos as well but you can't have everything I guess.  The biggest drawback (from my perspective) on Archives is the cost - $100 a box is wayyyy to steep.  We did well with our group break but not every case will hold both a Bryant auto and a Joc Pederson auto.  In fact, I'd guess most cases won't hold either of those signatures.

Anyhow, I have decided to chase the entire 300 card base set - for now I'll be pretending the extra 30 short prints don't exist...though if you do have one available for trade maybe we can work something out.

I'm also going to chase after the entire ten card Will Ferrell insert set.  Thanks to the group break - plus a few generous group break participants, I currently have 4 of the 10 cards.

40% isn't bad...but I'd like to get to 100%.  I've updated my want list with what I need - so please, let me know if you want to work out a deal!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Delivery Time! Cards from Stubby! (Pt. 3: Purple Refractors and Sweet, Sweet Vintage)

It's time for the third (and final) post regarding a recent trade package from Martin (aka Stubby).  In the first post, I showed off some vintage Reds.  In the second post, I showed off some more modern Reds from Pacific sets.  Today, we end our exploration of the trade package with a bit of new and old!

Let's begin with the new - a pair of 2015 Topps Heritage purple refractors.

The purple refractors are pretty cool - and they weren't all easy-to-find since you had to get the right hobby box (I believe one hobby box per case had 24 purple refractors in it).

The Aroldis Chapman card is a bittersweet card for me because I imagine it is only a matter of time before Chappy is moved to a different team prior to the trade deadline.  This year's Reds' team has been putrid most of the time so I guess I can't blame management for shopping Chapman.  Still, it'll be sad to see him throwing 100+ mph for someone other than my Redlegs!

Shifting back to a time when the Reds actually managed to win a World Series - the decade of the 90s...  Here Stubby sent me a single representative of that era - but it's a winner in my book!

Yeah, I love getting Larkin cards!  ...but amazingly enough, that Larkin is only the 4th best card in this trade post.  The three cards that beat it out?  Continue reading...

Let's begin with a 1972 card...but not just any '72 - one of the best cards in the entire 1972 Topps set if you ask me:

That's a Johnny Bench that instantly makes my vintage Reds' collection much more impressive.  Nitpickers will say that the card is off-center but I certainly don't care - it's all that much more charming in my book!

Coming in at #2 in my spontaneous countdown is another Johnny Bench vintage card - this one from the previous year (1971).

That's a truly awesome looking card - I love everything about it.  The image is great (blue sky, big smile), the fake signature is easy-to-read without being distracting, and even the black border adds to the charm of the card.  Great stuff.

So what in the world could possibly beat the two Johnny Bench cards?


Boom!  That's a 1966 Pete Rose card.

Sure, it might have some paper loss on the front - and a creased corner or two - but I don't care.  No, this card becomes one of my favorite cards in my entire collection instantly!

Many, MANY thanks for all of the great cards Martin!  This was a fun box to work my way through - and the vintage (as well as the Larkins and Pacific) were all very much appreciated!

Monday, June 22, 2015

2015 Topps Archives Group Break: Box #10 (The Final Box - and it holds a one-of-one!)

We've finally reached the end of the fourth group break of 2015 here at Nachos Grande.  I'm already beginning to think about the fifth break of the year - I had thought about Series 2 but that's out already and I think people are probably sick of it...so maybe we wait until Ginter?  Any other suggestions?

While I wait for suggestions, let's finish off break #4 with our tenth and final box out of the 2015 Topps Archives case.  We had an AWESOME case - and we finish on a high note with a one-of-one card.  I'll get to that shortly, but first let's look at the other cards in the box!

We begin with the buyback card - it ended up being another Ranger.

That Len Randle in all of his 1976 Topps glory.  Out of the ten buyback cards in the case, we pulled two Rangers plus a Washington Senators card - the precursor to the Rangers!  That's 30% Rangers' buyback cards in the case - a great haul for BMan who had the Rangers but not a great selection for everyone else involved in the break.  All that said, I think most people should be happy with how their team(s) did - at least, I certainly hope that that is the case!

Our tenth and final Will Ferrell card is the one depicting him as an Angel.

I was pleased to see that our case did indeed provide one of each of the ten different versions of Will Ferrell.  This is a set that I aim to collect - so if you have any that I need, let me know!

The final box of the case provided us with three parallels - two base card parallels and one auto parallel.  A nice way to end things if you ask me.

Our base card parallels were both of the silver variety.  First, this gorgeous Miguel Cabrera card for the Tigers.

A big congrats to Julie for that one - she gets a Cabrera numbered 129/199.

Our second silver parallel is Carlos Santana of the Indians.

I ended up "stuck" with the Indians - so if anyone is a big collector of cards numbered 116/199, hit me up.

That leaves us with three more scan-worthy cards.  First, our basic autograph.

That's Andruw Jones of the Braves - though how you get "Andruw Jones" out of that scribble is beyond me.  Seriously, can you make out any part of his name in that auto?  I know I can't.

Our other autograph was this gold parallel of Jose Vidro of the Expos (Nationals slot).

Jaybarkerfan had the Nats/Expos in the break so he is the lucky recipient of this card numbered 45/50.  I like that Vidro included his uniform number with his auto - pretty cool looking signature!  We actually pulled Vidro's regular autograph in this case as well - so maybe Jaybarkerfan will become a Vidro supercollector!

Finally, we get to the one-of-one that we pulled.  It's a printing plate of Matt Kemp of the Padres.

I was happy to pull this plate for a couple of reasons.  First, printing plates are seeded 1:865 packs (or about 1 per 3.6 cases) so it's always fun to pull a rare, unexpected card.  Second, I was happy to see that our one-of-one was a Padres' card since The Underdog Card Collector claimed the Padres a long time ago (back when Topps talked about a Tony Gwynn tribute in this year's edition of Archives).  The so-called tribute ended up being that Topps used the 1983 Topps design...big whoop.  At least this way TUCC (for short) still ended up with a cool prize from the group break!

The final reason I was happy to get this particular printing plate is that it is the magenta plate and not the yellow printing plate.  Everyone knows the yellow printing plates are the worst.

A big thank you to everyone who joined in the break - and for all of you who have followed along throughout the adventure.  We ended up with a great case - and I think pretty much every slot in the break got something pretty cool.  At this point, all I need to do is to pack stuff up - so expect your cards soon.  In fact, I fully intend to have the cards in the mail by the time you actually get to read this post!

*** Editor's Note ***
I am pleased to report that YES, I do have all the cards packaged up - with the final four flat rate mailers heading out in the mail today thanks to my wife making a trip to the Post Office for me (I have an 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM work day today so there's no way for me to make it to the Post Office).  The remaining flat rate mailers all went out this past Saturday - so it's possible that some of you will receive your cards today!  Enjoy - and thanks for participating everyone.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

2015 Topps Archives Group Break: Box #9 (A 1:619 pack Autograph!)

If you haven't been paying attention, we absolutely killed it with our case of 2015 Topps Archives.  It is almost to the point where I feel a bit guilty because you just know someone out there bought a case of Archives that was total garbage!

After pulling both a Joc Pederson auto and a Kris Bryant auto, you'd think we'd be done with the cool autographs...but you'd be wrong!  Read on.

Before we get to the autographs, let's look at some of the other highlights from Box #9 of our group break case.  We begin with the buyback card - a 1972 "tombstone" card of Paul Popovich for the Cubs.

That's yet another score for P-Town Tom...really just a cherry on his baseball card sundae that this group break provided him!  Actually, this might represent the nuts on the sundae, the cherry comes later in this box for Tom...

Before we get to that, here's our Will Ferrell of the box.

The Giants were claimed by P-Town Tom...and no, this doesn't count as his sundae's cherry.  It does, however, make me hungry with all this food talk.

Next, our lone parallel of the box - a nice silver parallel of the Reds' Joey Votto.

The card is numbered 173/199...and it makes for a great addition to my personal collection...even if I'm pretty sure I've seen that particular photograph before.

That leads us to the autograph portion of the box.  First up, Tom's cherry.

Yeah, a nice Mark Prior auto in the 1989 Topps design.  It's a really crisp looking signature as well - probably one of the nicer looking signatures that we've seen in the case!

A hearty congrats to P-Town Tom for the absolute killing he made in this group break.  However, the best card of the box doesn't go to Tom...nope, instead it goes to BMan who claimed the Cardinals!

That's a 1990 #1 Draft Picks autograph of Kolten Wong (numbered 096/199) on the back.  The autograph is quite rare - seeded 1:619 packs (or about 1 per 2.6 hobby cases)!!

That's yet another awesome pull from our case...and we still haven't uncovered our one-of-one which comes in our final box of the break (stay tuned for that).

I hope everyone (whether you are in the break or not) has enjoyed this romp through our 2015 Topps Archives case.  It was a lot of fun to bust - and I'm pleased to report that as of the time I am writing this post that I have the majority of the case fully sorted.  All I need to do is finish sorting and then get to packing and mailing!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

2015 Topps Archives Group Break: Box #8 (Hitting the Topps Archives Lottery Jackpot!!)

After revealing the contents of this box, there should be no doubt in anyone's mind that we definitely hit the Topps Archives lottery jackpot (and yes, Archives is most definitely a lottery product this year - lots and lots of loser cases with only a few gems out there).  Happily, we landed a gem of a case!

We'll get to the winning lottery ticket in a second, but first let's take a gander at some of the other cards in the box (all still nice cards I should add).

Fist up, a Bernie Allen 1969 Washington Senators (Rangers) card.

The Rangers were claimed by BMan so he gets himself a nice looking 1969 card!  Oh sure, the card is definitely worn a bit, but that only adds to the charm of it if you ask me!

Up next, the Oakland Athletics' version from the wonderful Will Ferrell set.

I love the little bits of "information" on the back of the majority of the Ferrell cards.  On this card, we learn:
"After Will toiled for one inning at shortstop for Oakland, manager Bob Melvin yanked him for playing out of position.  'Well, I like to be creative out there,' Ferrell retorted."
Haha, good stuff!

Box #8 featured a pair of parallel cards for us - the first being this silver parallel of Garrett Richard for the Angels.

I ended up with the Angels in the group break so I'm stuck with this card numbered 130/199.  It's for trade should someone out there actually collect Angels' cards...

Our second parallel of the box is decidedly better, even if I don't get to keep it.  It's a gold parallel of Buster Posey (a nice hit for P-Town Tom)!

The Posey is numbered 16/50, though I don't think Tom will care much about this card as compared to the hit coming up for him...

Before we get to that, let's take a look at the other autograph of the box.

That's a Joe Oliver autograph which goes to my Reds - yay!  The bummer is that it appears that Oliver's sharpie was running out of ink at the time he signed my card...I still like it (the 1989 Topps design is awesome for autos) but it is a bit of shame nonetheless.

What's not a shame is our final card:

Yeah, it's a redemption card but who cares really?  That's the big ticket autograph in Archives (along with Will Ferrell).  Can you believe that we actually pulled it out of our case?  I know I was excited and I don't even get to keep it!!  A huge congrats to P-Town Tom for landing what will surely be a great looking Topps Archives autograph.

That finishes off box #8 - our easy winner for best box of the break (beating out the Joc Pederson silver parallel autograph box in my opinion).  Despite the awesomeness of this box, there are still two more boxes to show off - and each of those boxes has at least one really nice card in it as well (including a 1 of 1 in one of the boxes)!  Stay tuned for those two boxes and then the group break will be completed!