Friday, June 30, 2017

Help Me Out: eBay Auctions (Heritage SPs, Frank Thomas Auto, Archives parallels, & More!)

I would love it if you would check out my auctions ending within the next 24 hours or so.  I would love it even more if you would place a bid, especially on the various items that have no bids yet!  If you do happen to win an auction (or more than one) from me and you leave a comment here, I'll be sure to throw in some extra cards when I ship out your item(s).  Thanks for helping a guy out - after all, the goal of the eBay auctions is to help me raise money to pay for Allen & Ginter that is coming out in a few weeks!

Delivery Time! Night Owl Sends a Cat (?!)

You probably wouldn't expect an owl to ever deliver you a cat...and certainly not via the postal service.  And yet, back in May of this year, that's exactly what Greg (aka Night Owl) did for me.

Alright, to clarify that cat was, more specifically, a Sphynx - and it was a card, not a live animal.  In fact, the Sphynx card was the last "non-stupid short print" that I needed from the 2014 A&G Little Lions set.

I'll even ignore the slightly dinged corner while I put it in my binder.  After all, it's still in good enough shape (plus I'm more of a dog person than a cat guy anyhow).

In addition to the Sphynx, Greg also sent along a smattering of Reds including some Opening Day Reds that were new to me.  Of the three he sent my way, the easy choice for "best picture" goes to Billy Hamilton.

Unfortunately for Billy (and Reds fans), Billy can't seem to hit the ball or get on base with any sort of regularity which makes his speed almost meaningless in a game (although I suppose his speed does help him play good defense).

Thanks for the envelope of cards, Greg!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade please check out my want list and make an offer.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Delivery Time! A Cracked Bat Cracks My Want List!

Back in the beginning of June, Julie (from A Cracked Bat) and I agreed to a simple swap.  I was able to send her a few cards she wanted...and in return, I am now pleased to report that I am two cards closer on my quest to complete the 2007 Allen & Ginter Flags insert set.

Both of the mini cards are quite cool.  I specifically like how each has imagery incorporated into the design that would only work for the given country.  In fact, some day I'd love to see the Pyramids for myself in person...but until then, at least I have the Egypt card to serve as a proxy.

In addition to the two minis, Julie also threw in one more mini:

Chapman seems to be a kind of jerk these days (the whole "shooting at his girlfriend" thing really soured me on Chapman).  However, this one has a shot at making it into my mini Frankenset (whenever I finally get the opportunity to start putting it together).

And finally, two Museum Collection cards:

I don't have the budget to ever bust high end stuff like this, so I'm happy to land a pair of nice Vottos for my collection!

Many thanks Julie!  And, as always, if anyone else would like to trade - be sure to check out my want list and make an offer!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How Many POUNDS of Baseball Cards Did I Send Out Last Week?!

As you probably know, I recently completed my first group break of 2017.  As part of the break, I promised to send everyone a small flat rate mailer full of cards from the teams in their slot (each slot had two teams in it).  I used the medium flat rate mailers for the two people who claimed two slots (so those boxes were extra heavy)!

I had to split up my packing and mailings across multiple days, but for posterity here is what I mailed out (in terms of pounds).

Monday, June 19:
3 packages, total weight:  7 lbs 1.7 oz

Wednesday, June 21:
5 packages, total weight:  7 lbs 15.0 oz.

Thursday, June 22:
3 packages, total weight:  6 lbs 7.8 oz

Total USPS flat rate shipping charges:  $91.55

I have to admit, I didn't expect my mail runs to be that heavy!  Each package that I mailed had a wide range of cards - some had some cards from before I was born, most had plenty of cards from the 80s and 90s, and then various cards from the 2000s and on rounded out each box.  I also tried to include some inserts/parallels where I could.

In addition to the group break cards and the bonus cards, I promised to include some extra "hits" since I pulled a Joey Votto relic for myself in the break (it's rare for a Reds' hit to show up)!  Since everyone should have their cards in hand by now, here are the four bonus relics that I was able to include in various group break packages.

I also threw in a nice autograph for one lucky team (courtesy of a prize I won from Night Owl quite some time ago).

I hope everyone enjoyed the break!  I hope to hold another group break this summer - so if you have ideas of what you'd like to see in a group break let me know ASAP!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Trade Stack 79: 18 Cards Total - Now Including 2017 Topps Archives!

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: 6/27/17

Yesterday, I finally got around to posting my Trade Bait for 2017 Topps Archives (and I finally had time to update my want list with the set as well).  If you'd like to see what all I have for trade, you can find the full list here.  I need about half the base set for my own collection yet (which should make claiming the Trade Stack easier - shouldn't be too hard to find some cards for me now)!  You can find my full want list here.  And finally, before I get to today's addition to the Stack, I want to advertise my eBay auctions that are happening right now (here).  Lots of good stuff there including one of the best pulls from a pack that I've ever had.

With all of that out of the way, let's get to today's addition to the Trade Stack.  I have a pair of 2017 Topps Archives base cards - a super nice looking Todd Frazier and a Seth Lugo rookie card.  Perhaps you need one (or both) of them?  You'll get both by claiming the Stack as well as the other 16 cards that have already been added to the pile!

Remember, you get all of the cards in the Trade Stack in exchange for one (or more) cards off of my want list.

2017 Topps Archives:
208.  Todd Frazier - White Sox
267.  Seth Lugo - Mets

2016 Topps Gypsy Queen:
8.  Freddie Freeman (Braves)
113.  Joe Ross (Nationals)

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
Reg. back mini:
38.  Don Sutton (Dodgers)
A&G back minis:
252.  Didi Gregorius (Diamondbacks)
265.  Sam Calagione (Businessman)
The front and back of each mini card.

2014 Topps Heritage:
3.  AL HR Leaders 
4.  NL HR Leaders

1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
26.  Paul Shuey - Indians

2013 Topps Chrome:
119.  Michael Wacha - Cardinals

2000 Fleer Tradition:
255.  Cincinnati Reds
412.  Detroit Tigers

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated:
172.  Ken Griffey, Jr. - Mariners

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
180.  Ryan Riess (Poker Champion)
265.  Sam Calagione (Businessman)

1999 Upper Deck Collector's Choice:
254.  HR Leaders (Griffey, Jr. - Mariners, Walker - Rockies, McGwire - Cardinals)

2000 Skybox Metal:
Emerald Parallel:
235.  Matt Riley - Orioles

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:  14 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 68:  5 cards cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 69:  17 cards by Steve D.
Stack 70:  2 cards by Jeff Jones
Stack 71:  8 cards by defgav
Stack 72:  24 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 73:  1 card by NIght Owl
Stack 74:  3 cards by David
Stack 75:  4 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 76:  14 cards by Trevor P.
Stack 77:  15 cards by Dayf
Stack 78:  29 cards by Chris
Stack 79:  ?? by ??

The Great Reorganization: Step 25: Is 1985 Vintage to You?

As usual, my baseball card collection was mostly neglected during the past spring semester (work always keeps me busy, especially this year since I had to plan a course trip to Europe in addition to my usual duties)!  Because of work (and then the group break), I haven't had a chance to do any reorganizing of my collection since January...but luckily for me, that streak ends today!

It's time to take a look at 1985 - a year that I suppose some people consider vintage seeing as how it was over 30 years ago (boy that makes me feel old as a 1982 baby).  I, for one, do not consider '85 vintage...for me, vintage is pre-1980...and because of that, cards from 1985 are going to have to earn my respect or else they are destined to end up in my various trade stacks.

Let's see how the year in cards stacks up for 1985.

First up, the main set from 1985:  Topps.

The 1985 Topps set isn't my favorite design, but it's also not the worst design.  I actually like the design of the front of the cards quite a bit - but the dark green card stock with red lettering was a poor choice for the card backs.  No matter, this is the one set from 1985 that I already have completed - so it gets an easy "keep it" rating.

1985 Topps Traded:

The Topps Traded sets never appealed all that much to me, if I'm being honest.  I guess the idea was novel at the time but it simply didn't ever inspire me.  Luckily (?), I only own a single '95 Traded card (the Browning you see above) so this is an easy choice:  skip it.


When I was a kid, the O-Pee-Chee cards were sort of like finding a four leaf clover.  You heard about them, you knew they existed, but man, finding one in the wild was pretty rare (and kind of cool).  Unfortunately, my infatuation with O-Pee-Chee ended long before I gave up eating Lucky Charms for again, this is a "skip it."

Moving on to other brands, let's take a peek at 1985 Fleer first.

The '85 Fleer set isn't terrible,, but that's probably the best praise I can give the set.  Based on my relatively small sample size, I would say that the majority of images in the set are boring posed shots...that's fine for one or two photos, but who wants binder page after binder page filled with boring photos like that?  Certainly not me - and so, sorry Fleer but I'm skipping you too.

Finally, the only other set from 1985 that I have more than a handful of cards from:  Donruss.

This one is easy to decide - black borders are almost always a deal breaker for me...put black borders are terribly cheap card stock and it is a no brainer.  No thanks Donruss.

And so that does it for 1985.  In the end, I'm only keeping the '85 Topps flagship set - but when you look at the rest of the baseball card offerings from 1985, I think that's the decision that most people would make.

Let's hope my next update to my Great Reorganization project occurs before December...otherwise I'll never get my collection under control!

Monday, June 26, 2017

For Trade: 2017 Topps Archives

I have the following 2017 Topps Archives cards available for trade.  I also have updated my want list (see here).

2017 Topps Archives:  FOR TRADE
Last update:  5/9/2019

Base:  5, 7, 14, 17, 19, 21, 32, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 53, 60, 69, 74, 76, 77, 78, 81, 82, 83, 84, 87, 88, 92, 101, 101, 101, 105, 106, 106, 107, 116, 118, 118, 129, 129, 130, 130, 135, 144, 145, 147, 148, 148, 155, 155, 155, 162, 162, 168, 168, 169, 169, 174, 174, 174, 178, 178, 183, 183, 191, 192, 200, 200, 201, 203, 205, 208, 208, 208, 208, 220, 223, 223, 224, 224, 224, 225, 238, 238, 238, 242, 245, 247, 248, 251, 259, 260, 260, 260, 262, 262, 262, 264, 267, 267, 267, 270, 270, 271, 273, 278, 279, 279, 279, 282, 285, 285, 285, 294, 298, 299, 299

Bazooka:  59B- 1 (Carlos Correa), 10 Alex Bregman, 13 (Al Kaline), 15 (Kris Bryant), 18 (Yoan Moncada)
Derek Jeter Retrospective:  DJ- 8, 11, 13 19, 22
Retro Originals:  10 (Carlos Correa), 20 (Noah Syndergaard)
Topps Coins:  1 unopened pack of two coins

Peach:  103.  Alex Reyes (Cardinals) #104/199, 279 Kyle Seager (Mariners) #147/199
Light blue:  75. Ty Cobb (Tigers) #23/75

Barry Larkin Collection 528: 2000 Pacific Vanguard - #14 - High Voltage Insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  2000
Brand:  Pacific Vanguard
Insert set:  High Voltage
Card number:  14

The 2000 Pacific Vanguard set contained a mere 100 cards in its base set plus a fairly small number of inserts (but lots of parallels).  This is one of Pacific's final baseball card sets as they would give up their license at the end of 2000.

Looking at the insert card, the High Voltage cards were inserted one per pack.  However, to keep things interesting, Pacific made five different versions of each High Voltage card.  The regular version (shown here) along with four parallels:

  • High Voltage Red (serial-numbered to 299)
  • High Voltage Gold (serial-numbered to 199)
  • High Voltage Green (serial-numbered to 99)
  • High Voltage Holographic Silver (serial-numbered to 10)

At the moment, I don't own any of the parallels but at least I have the regular insert card.  It's a kind of cool (over-the-top) design.  I wouldn't want a full set of cards looking like this, but for a small insert set I think it works well.

I sure do miss Pacific...

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Final Group Break Post! (Packs 22 - 24 plus Video)!

This is it everyone, the last of the group break posts!

Update:  I mailed the final three group break packages on 6/22 so hopefully everyone either has their cards in hand by now (or you will within a day or so)!

First up, here's the video for the entire 2017 Topps Archives box break.  Do note that I didn't realize that I had pulled a rare (1:110 packs) variation at the time of the video.  You can find a closer scan of the card back in my blog archives if you'd like.

Now, let's get to the final few packs:

Pack 22:
20.  Jonathan Lucroy - Rangers
70.  Ichiro - Marlins
107.  Carlos Gonzalez - Rockies
168.  Orlando Arcia - Brewers
178.  Edwin Encarnacion - Indians
223.  Jose Abreu - White Sox
264.  Kyle Schwarber - Cubs
Fan Favorite Autograph:  Light Blue parallel:  FFA-JE.  Jim Edmonds - Cardinals  (#64/75)

Woah, that's an awesome hit for the Cardinals (who cleaned house in this break).  The light blue parallel autographs are seeded 1:146 packs)!

Pack 23:
7.  Billy Hamilton - Reds
38.  Luis Aparicio - White Sox
165.  Wade Davis - Cubs
170.  Nelson Cruz - Mariners
215. Tyler Austin - Yankees
265.  Randy Johnson - Expos
278.  Tom Seaver - Reds
Bazooka:  59B-20.  Mike Trout - Angels

A nice card for the Angels, I like the Bazooka cards a lot actually.

Pack 24:
5.  Tony Perez - Reds
59.  Rollie Fingers - Athletics
95.  Don Mattingly - Yankees
114.  Jose De Leon - Rays
184.  Teoscar Hernandez - Astros
241.  Justin Verlander - Tigers
257.  T.J. Rivera - Mets

292.  Adam Wainwright - Cardinals

And that does it for the group break!  I hope everyone had fun - and I hope everyone is happy with their hauls.  I may do another break later in the if there is a product (or products) you would like to see me open, let me know via the comments below!

2017 Topps Archives: Packs 19 - 21

We only have six more packs to go in the group break box - here's half of them.

Pack 19:
41.  Justin Bour - Marlins
91.  Adam Jones - Orioles
94.  Manny Margot - Padres
125.  Jackie Robinson - Dodgers
167.  Dennis Eckersley - Athletics
240.  Rick Porcello - Red Sox
282.  David Robertson - White Sox
Retro Original:  RO-8.  Justin Verlander - Tigers

The Tigers score a nice Verlander card.  I like it.

Pack 20:
78.  Nolan Arenado - Rockies
81.  Tyler Glasnow - Pirates
117.  Dee Gordon - Marlins
133.  Jake Thompson - Phillies
163.  John Smoltz - Braves
202.  Felix Hernandez - Mariners
239.  Kelvin Herrrera - Royals
Jeter Retrospective:  DJ-20.  Derek Jeter - Yankees

This is a 2012 reprint for the Jeter Retrospective set.

Pack 21:
21.  Jose Ramirez - Indians
53.  Freddie Freeman - Braves
77.  Nomar Mazara - Rangers
164.  Larry Doby - Indians
181.  Eddie Murray - Orioles
199.  Carlos Santana - Indians

226.  Hanley Ramirez - Red Sox
263.  Roberto Osuna - Blue Jays

The Indians were the big winners in that pack taking home three of the eight cards!

I'll have the final three packs of the group break posted later today (including the final hit of the break).  See you then.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 Topps Archives: Packs 16 - 18

Earlier today, we found a gray back variation card (seeded 1:110 packs).  What else might we uncover from our box of 2017 Topps Archives?

Pack 16:
15.  Brandon Belt - Giants
54.  Chris Archer - Rays
130.  Robinson Cano - Mariners
183.  Anthony Rendon - Nationals
192.  Ryne Sandberg - Cubs
208.  Todd Frazier - White Sox
285.  Michael Brantley - Indians
Peach parallel:  213.  Paul Konerko - White Sox (#165/199)

The Reds traded Konerko away back in 1998.  In hindsight, that was a dumb, dumb move.  As for the parallel, this is the second peach parallel for the White Sox in the box.

Pack 17:
13.  Jorge Alfaro - Phillies
52.  Bo Jackson - Royals
63.  Ryon Healy - Athletics
144.  Ken Giles - Astros
147.  Jose Bautista - Blue Jays
205.  Trea Turner - Nationals
247.  Matt Harvey - Mets
Retro Original:  RO-19.  Nolan Arenado - Rockies

The Rockies have done surprisingly well in the break - or at least I think so.  This is the third Rockies insert (by my count) to go along with a pair of serially numbered cards.  Not bad at all.

Pack 18:
6.  Ryan Braun - Brewers
93.  Matt Kemp - Braves
111.  Danny Salazar - Indians
120.  Dexter Fowler - Cardinals
145.  Hisashi Iwakuma - Mariners

201.  Roberto Clemente - Pirates
248.  Andre Dawson - Cubs
275.  Alex Bregman - Astros

And with that, we are down to a mere six packs remaining in the break.  I should be able to finish off the box tomorrow if all goes well.

2017 Topps Archives: Packs 13 - 15 (a 1:110 pack Hit!)

There are only twelve packs remaining in the final group break box!  Let's rip into the next three, shall we?

Pack 13:
76.  Curtis Granderson - Mets
86.  Drew Smyy - Mariners
116.  Curt Schilling - Phillies
159.  Pedro Martinez - Red Sox
200.  Kris Bryant - Cubs
224.  Bobby Abreu - Phillies
262.  Eddie MAthews - Braves
Gray back variation:  82.  Mike Piazza - Dodgers

The Gray back variations are seeded 1:110 packs - making this a great hit for B-Man and the Dodgers!  The easiest way to tell that this is a variation is the change in card stock (it is printed on the thinner "1992" stock).  You can also tell by the code on the backside of the card (the variations end in 2799 while the regular base cards end in 2782).

Pack 14:
4.  Goose Gossage - Yankees
37.  Jon Gray - Rockies
99.  Lou Gehrig - Yankees
129.  Yasiel Puig - Dodgers
169.  Starlin Castro - Yankees
267.  Seth Lugo - Mets
279.  Kyle Seager - Mariners
Bazooka:  59B-7.  Aaron Judge - Yankees

Another nice card for the Yankees, lots of Yankees love in 2017 Archives (especially with the full Jeter set).

Pack 15:
2.  Buster Posey - Giants
8.  DJ LeMahieu - Rockies
49.  Brian Dozier - Twins
139.  Phil Rizzuto - Yankees
191.  Sparky Anderson - Reds
238.  Gregory Polanco - Pirates
245.  Johnny Cueto - Giants

270. Mark Melancon - Giants

That does it for those three packs.  The big hit for this post was obviously the grey back variation.  We still have one more autograph yet to be uncovered from our box - so stay tuned for that (and more)!

2017 Topps Archives: Packs 10 - 12

Last night, we discovered our first hit of the final box of the group break.  There's no hit in this post, but there are other goodies to be discovered.

Pack 10:
60.  Catfish Hunter - Athletics
74.  Corey Kluber - Indians
143.  Willson Contreras - Cubs
I don't think I knew Willson had two "l's" in his name.
172.  Rich Hill - Dodgers
207.  Juan Marichal - Giants
213.  Paul Konerko - White Sox
269.  Reynaldo Lopez - White Sox
Rookie Stars:  RS-4.  Dansby Swanson - Braves

The Braves have done pretty well in the group break - this is simply the icing on Atlanta's cake at this point in time.

Pack 11:
10.  Rio Ruiz - Braves
23.  Honus Wagner - Pirates
48.  Jim Palmer - Orioles
101.  Dansby Swanson - Braves
148.  Harman Killebrew - Senators
174.  Jonathan Villar - Brewers

242.  Matt Olson - Athletics
243.  David Ortiz - Red Sox

Pack 12:
68.  Lorenzo Cain - Royals
90.  Kenley Jansen - Dodgers
118.  Drew Pomeranz - Red Sox
155.  Cole Hamels - Rangers
260.  Bob Feller - Indians
273.  Ted Williams - Red Sox
299.  Luis Gonzalez - Astros
Derek Jeter Retrospective:  DJ-16.  Derek Jeter - Yankees

That's the first Jeter Retrospective from the box - we should find one more before all is said and done.

More group break packs to come...only half the box remains!

Friday, June 23, 2017

2017 Topps Archives: Seeing Double (a Hit!)

Happy Friday night everyone!  In celebration of the upcoming weekend, here are the next three packs out of the 2017 Topps Archives box...complete with our first hit of the box.

Pack 7:
27.  Jonathan Schoop - Orioles
79.  Brandon Crawford - Giants
121.  Marcus Stroman - Blue Jays
150.  Jose Quintana - White Sox
246.  Wil Myers - Padres
256.  Ian Desmond - Rockies
293.  Jose Altuve - Astros
Bazooka:  59B-18.  Yoan Moncada - White Sox

This is apparently a Moncada hot box - first a peach parallel, now a Bazooka insert.

Pack 8:
12.  Andres Galarraga - Expos
83.  Joe Morgan - Reds
136.  Rob Mandfred
173.  Carlos Martinez - Cardinals
186.  Monte Irvin - Giants
206.  John Lackey - Cubs
236.  Braden Shipley - Diamondbacks
Fan Favorite Autograph:  FFA-TWA.  Tim Wallach - Expos (Nationals)

You'd be forgiven if you thought we pulled this card already...we didn't, at least not exactly.  In the first box of Topps Archives we found a Tim Wallach peach parallel autograph.  This time around, we get the "regular" version of his signature card.  I won't lie, I was disappointed when we pulled this simply because it kind of stinks to get two autographs of the same (not great) player in a group break.  I would have liked to see the hits spread around a bit more.  Even so, I'm sure daddyohoho is happy with his Nationals team slot - Wallach does have a nice signature!

Pack 9:
22.  Raimel Tapia - Rockies
71.  German Marquez - Rockies
89.  Adam Duvall - Reds
103.  Alex Reyes - Cardinals
115.  Andy Pettitte - Astros
153.  Frank Thomas - Athletics

252.  Evan Gattis - Astros
290.  Kevin Gausman - Orioles

Have a great weekend everyone - and be sure to keep checking in here at Nachos Grande for the conclusion of the group break.  We are rapidly approaching the end of the box!

2017 Topps Archives: Packs 4 - 6

This morning I began the process of posting the contents of the final box of the group break.  It won't be long now until the entire break is finished.  Enjoy the last few packs!

Pack 4:
9.  Mark Trumbo - Orioles
56.  Eric Hosmer - Royals
154.  Roman Quinn - Phillies

I learned from the back of Quinn's card that he played for Williamsport, PA in 2012.  I probably saw him play live since Williamsport is the closest professional team to my house (they are a single A short season team).
161.  Anthony Rizzo - Cubs
192.  Ryne Sandberg - Cubs
212.  Jacob DeGrom - Mets
228.  Bob Lemon - Indians
254.  George Brett - Royals

Pack 5:
24.  Willie McCovey - Giants
35.  Brooks Robinson - Orioles
194.  Xander Bogaerts - Red Sox
196.  Chris Davis - Orioles
198.  Ben Zobrist - Cubs
231.  Mark McGwire - Cardinals
300.  Derek Jeter - Yankees
Peach parallel:  277.  Yoan Moncada - White Sox (#119/199)

Pack 6:
33.  Miguel Sano - Twins
44.  Julio Teheran - Braves
105.  Jake Odorizzi - Rays

131.  Jackie Bradley, Jr. - Red Sox
135.  Sonny Gray - Athletics
209.  George Springer - Astros
258.  Dustin Pedroia - Red Sox
271.  Justin Upton - Tigers

Not the most exciting three packs...but there's still plenty of packs yet to come!

And So It Begins: The Final Group Break Box! (2017 Topps Archives Box #2)

I am happy to report that the group break is almost over - and you should all be receiving your haul in the near future (if you haven't already since I am a bit ahead of schedule in terms of writing the posts)!  Before we get to the first few packs out of the final 2017 Topps Archives box, I'd like to thank everyone for their support - and for following along with the break.  As always, if I can ever do anything better, feel free to email me your suggestions.

And now, let's get to the final box!

Packs 1 - 3:

Pack 1:
25.  David Dahl - Rockies
34.  Carl Yastrzemski - Red Sox
55.  Fernando Valenzuela - Dodgers
106.  Fergie Jenkins - Cubs
162.  Roger Maris - Cardinals
203.  Yasmani Grandal - Dodgers
298.  Addison Russell - Cubs
Rookie Stars:  RS-10.  Alex Bregman - Astros

The Astros (and thus Bru) get on the board early in this box by scoring the first insert we've found.

Pack 2:
45.  Javier Baez - Cubs
57.  Albert Pujols - Angels
98.  Jake Lamb - Diamondbacks
104.  Bert Blyleven - Indians
175.  Sandy Koufax - Dodgers
179.  Early Wynn - Indians
289.  Aroldis Chapman - Yankees
296.  Carlos Carrasco - Indians

The Carrasco card is a perfect example of a "new" 1992 Topps card.  Wonderfully done by Topps.

Pack 3:
32.  Juan Gonzalez - Rangers
82.  Mike Piazza - Dodgers
123.  Gary Sanchez - Yankees
171.  Kevin Pillar - Blue Jays
211.  Starling Marte - Pirates
287.  Paul Goldschmidt - Diamondbacks
291.  Hunter Dozier - Royals
Bazooka:  59B-4.  Yulieski Gurriel - Astros

Another nice card for Bru and the Astros!  Houston cleaned up in the first three packs out of the box.  Of course, we still have two hits remaining to be uncovered, plus plenty of other goodies.  Stay tuned for more soon!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Group Break: 2017 Topps Bunt Video!

Here is the video of me ripping the 2017 Topps Bunt box.

Only one more box remains - and I hope to start posting about that one tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

2017 Topps Bunt: Highlights from Packs 31 - 36 (in which we find a 1:209 pack card)!

This is it!  The end of the box of 2017 Topps Bunt.  After I get through this post, there will be one more box to bust (our second box of Topps Archives) and then I get to start packing and mailing packages out.  Hopefully by the time you read this post, I will have already started the packing/mailing process.  We shall see.

Before I can get to that though, I need to show off the final six packs from the box of Topps Bunt.  As always, we begin with the blue parallels.

The Braves waited a long, long time to land a blue parallel...but with the Freeman they got one just in time!

Two more Bunt code cards.

We ended up with 12 Bunt code cards in total (which is right on point since they are seeded 1:3 packs).  As I said before, I won't be keeping any of these for myself, so out of the 13 slots that were claimed by someone other than me, 12 of the slots will end up with a Bunt code card.

Next, our final three Programs inserts.

The Braves and Yankees each ended up with two Programs inserts, no other team had more than one in the box.

We found three more Infinite cards as well.

The Nationals and Cubs each ended up with two cards from this set.  No other team had more than one.

There were no Perspective cards this time around (they are seeded 1:4 packs and we already had found our expected nine in the box).  We did, however, find one more gem:

That's a green Infinite parallel of Drew Pomeranz for the Red Sox (numbered 90/99)!  The green parallels for the Infinite insert set are seeded 1:209 packs)!  That's a really nice hit for the Red Sox (and thus for Doc) and a great way to end the box.

Next up, the final box of the break:  2017 Topps Archives Box #2!

Stay tuned for more soon.