Friday, November 21, 2014

Another Twitter Pick-Up

I love seeing Astros cards pop up on Twitter, it usually means someone wants to sell it and avoid eBay fees! Works for me! $5 delivered got me this beauty:
Hopefully George never becomes trade bait for the Astros and all these cards I'm piling up get to stay in the permanent collection!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Please Help If You Can

Hey everyone, I know I just came back and I normally don't do this kind of stuff. BUT... a good friend of mine, former co-worker Julie... her son was in a car accident last month. He suffered some major head trauma. He is a senior in high school and while he has made it out of the hospital, he is completely having to re-learn how to walk & talk in rehab so he can hopefully get back to school soon. He's a great kid and couldn't have a greater family with his mom and dad. I put a widget in my side bar if you want to check it out. But if any of you oh so generous bloggers can help this family, I'd be very grateful. Literally every dollar helps. If you can't see the widget on the side bar, just click this link:

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/l0j6/aaron-needs-your-help


Again, thanks for just stopping by and reading this.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Collector Crate! November Box

This month is my second go around with Collector Crate! So far, I love it! I go for the Gold level box because really it's about my only pack or box buying opportunity up here in the panhandle. So, last month was pretty exciting stuff, let's see what the box holds in store this month!
Here's what the box looks like, nothing fancy, simple and understated, just like me. 
 So they throw in some items relating to the three teams you picked. I went for Astros, Rangers and Yankees, mainly for trade-ability factors. The sunglasses have a Yankees logo so you won't see them on this noggin! But fun items for sure, last month I got a Giants mini baseball and Pirates pennant. 
 Next up, a Buster Posey action figure. These are from Macfarlane but aren't the usual static figures, these have "OVER 20 MOVING PARTS" so you can pose them however you want... don't think these won't be used inappropriately by some less mature people in some way...

Let's get into the cards!!!!! First up, a sketch card print exclusive to Collector Crate!
 I like everything about this card except the Jeter part... definitely for trade... 

Next up, the (3) relics and (3) autographs that come standard with each Gold box!
Kemp, Sosa and Piazza on the relics, not shabby at all. J.P. Murphy, Vernon Wells and HOW ABOUT A SPRINGER AUTO!!!!! I do believe the Springer was on purpose based on the teams I selected as it was the top card in the manilla envelope, VERY happy Collector Crate is customizing in this way! 

Alright, how about the packs???? 10 Total with the Gold Box and a promise of some high end mojo!

I decided to do a picture of each pack and the best card I feel I pulled from each! 
First up, 2014 Donruss.
 The Gwynn /999 is nice, but this set just doesn't look great in my opinion. Can't wait for them to some day get a license. It will improve their product by 513%, at least, arbitrarily.

Another Panini product next, it was a nice thick pack, thought I had a relic. It was a blocker... 2013 Panini Golden Age:
 Yep, Honest Abe was the best card. Another product with decent intentions what went awry.

Finally, the last "junk pack" as I would call these first three. None of these are "high end" and again the lack of a license is a killer on the sports cards: 2013 Goodwin Champions.
 Cheatin' Tiger is the best in the pack. It was a lousy pack. Moving on. 

Ah, here we go with some Topps 2011 Allen & Ginter garbage...
 Somewhere along the way they stopped caring about A&G and just puked out sets like 2011 hoping collectors would fawn over it like they did in years past. Meh. RMS Queen Mary, welcome to the board, ghosts and all.

Next up, a product I busted a few boxes of in breaks and was very excited to see in my box last month and this, but alas I went hitless in this product two months in a row. I love their relic sets, and this product is the only one I've ever pulled a bat knob from! Quick, can anyone guess/remember who it was? Matt Pederson, you are not allowed to guess. 2009 Topps Unique
 The McCann /1199 is the best one in this pack!

Half way through, we get into some retro packs! 1996 Leaf Preferred! 
 If I was a fan of Barry Larkin (which I am not) I'd LOVE this metal card! Hopefully there is a Larkin fan who would love this card. I don't remember this set at all, but cool to open a pack!

I had high hopes of a Griffy RC in this next pack of 1989 Upper Deck, the set that started the Griffey fame!
 But alas my only Rookie was the rather disappointing Gregg Jefferies. Brought back some memories though, his was pretty well sought after as well!

Here's another set I don't remember and that I don't think I ever opened a single pack! 1993 Bowman with "Special Engraved Foil Card" in every pack!
 Mr. Larry Sutton, we never knew you, no really, I don't think anyone knows who you were, cool card though, very shiny!

Apparently, 13 year old me missed out on Topps Finest 1993, maybe I was just too poor to open this stuff.
I was hoping for a refractor that would sell for millions. Instead, All Star of Fred McGriff. Meh.

Finally, the big daddy of them all, 2013 Bowman Sterling, where my redemption awaits (figuratively, not literally)...
The first card out of the pack was actually the Cosart, I knew it'd be a good pack...
 
And finally, the two big BOOOOOM cards of this Collector Crate!
Shelby "Don't Call Me a Cardinal" Miller gold auto /25!!! WOO HOO!!!
and...
Current Twins #1 prospect Byron Buxton! Everyone says we should have taken him over Correa, I'm fine with Correa but Buxton is no slouch. Both need to get healthy!

Ok, so I've got a lot of people asking me, "But Mr. Dimwit, is it worth it?" Well, here's my official stance on Collector Crate: I love it. Whether it's worth $100 for the Gold Box or not, it's a heck of a lot of fun to bust open! They put fun stuff in the box along with the packs. The packs hold a lot of potential as well. I'd much rather have this than a single box of any product on the market that I could buy for $100. Is it perfect? No. Some of the pack selection (like any Panini products or Upper Deck) is less than desirable. I ordered the baseball box, I'd like baseball cards. But I would never go buy a pack of Sterling on my own, so it's cool it's part of the deal. Last month my "big pack" was actually an unopened box of Panini Prime Cuts from 2012. So it's definitely worth the gamble for me, and I have a blast opening the product! 

This opinion is 100% my own, I pay full price for my Collector Crate and have no affiliation with them other than following them on Twitter. I have received ZERO compensation for this review. :)

Picked Me Up A Cheap Box or Two!

I saw Dave and Adam were having a sale and picked up a box for myself and a box for the wife! I was a huge fan of Americana Heroes and Legends, mainly because of the NASA Astronaut relics and autographs. For $45 I took a chance at pulling something historic!
Ok, so while not historic, I did end up with some great cards! The Fernandez is a PROOF numbered out of just /99, the Lindsey is a gold parallel numbered out of /159 and the Jansen is out of just /99! Not bad at all! I may keep the Jansen as I remember that Lillehammer Olympics quite vividly & remember watching the race that won him the gold (finally!). Although all three are at "TRADE BAIT" status for now!

As for the wife, I picked up a box of Season 1 & 2 of Downton Abbey cards! She loves the show, I'm not sure I quite get it, but apparently it's pretty popular. I tried one episode and really, anything British gets me sleepy... but she beat the odds and got 3 hits! Two autos and a dual relic!
Not a bad haul from Dave and Adam's!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Crackin' Wax Private Break

Christopher over at Crackin' Wax recently held his end of the year Private Group Break. I snatched up my Astros and ended up with a greater than expected stack of cards! Especially after the surprise box of Triple Threads!
A nice surprise getting an Altuve autograph! Not sure who this Feliz guy is, will have to do some research! The big surprise was the SPRINGER! I had been keeping an eye on the /100 Springer auto on eBay but it always went for a bit more than I really wanted to spend. It was great getting this auto in a surprise box! 

Enjoy your Tuesdays peeps!

Monday, November 17, 2014

What Do You Get for Carlos Pena?

A guy I follow in Twitter, @PaulWoodin1, had posted a picture of (2) of the /10 Carlos Pena jumbo relics from last year's museum collection. He was asking if anyone else had any of the others. I had one. I really didn't care for Carlos and he wasn't here in Houston even a full season, so I had to qualms letting go of it as I also had a couple of the other higher numbered parallels of the same card. So we struck a deal. Here's my loot:
I don't ACTIVELY go after any more Roy Oswalt cards, but if someone has one and are offering up, I'll take it if I don't already have it. Roy had a decent career, don't think he'll get a sniff at the HOF but I think he'll go down as one of the best Astros pitchers and was pretty clutch in my memory. Wesley Wright, it was nice knowing you, I'm not sure if he's still in baseball or not.
This was the clincher of the deal. I'd been wanting a Kent Emanuel auto and finally came across one in a trade! I think this guy may just pan out as a decent arm at the back of a rotation in a couple of years.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Clowning Around

Alright, I promise, eventually the bad puns in my post titles will stop, I just haven't been writing in a long time and the puns are just stacked up...

Here's another twitter purchase, think I picked up these two for $5 delivered... you really kind find some great deals on twitter if you have the patience and stay focused on what you're looking for!
A nice 4 color swatch of the 4 round pick! And then a patch auto of our 4th rounder this past year! Neither have done anything really significant this year, in fact Clowney has been a complete disappointment so far; hopefully that changes today in Cleveland!

Next up we have another $5 twitter purchase! I'm telling you, people just want a little cash to unload their lesser hits, works great for an Astros collector!!!!
They cut off Fowler's head!!!! Ok, I get it Panini, you can't show logos but that doesn't mean you can't show the helmet... whatever, there's a reason it and Towles' autos can be had for $5! I like the design of the cards for Prizm, the lack of logos is just a killer for me.

Finally, a couple cards I picked up out of group breaks!
I decided I was done buying full boxes of Triple Threads after last year, and while it is fun to open a lot of times it's a complete swing and a miss. Most of the times I can get the Astros in a group break on half a case for under $20, it's worth the risk. A nice /9 Gonzo auto (I was STOKED when I saw him on the check list as an Astro, not so much when I saw Pudge Rodriguez on there as an Astro). L.J. Hoes is a curious case. He could be a decent 4th outfielder, but I definitely don't see him as a "Future Phenom". This should have been Singleton, Keuchel, Springer or even Robbin Grossman on this card. Just my two cents.

Have a great day of watching football everyone!

Twitter, eBay and a Break... how I've been filling my time...

So since I stopped blogging, the trades and interaction with you fine folks really came to a screeching halt. How else is a guy to get Astros cards? Well, I did a lot of hunting on eBay, picking up very specific cards, like the one below:
A SWEEEEEET card from the height of the Astros "glory days". Clemens, Lidge and Pettitte in Astros uniforms, just awesome!

Like I said in my I'm Back post... I was very active on twitter. Some poor sap would get the Astros in a Random Team break and end up with a "junk" like this:
On Twitter: Yea, I'd gladly take that off your hands Mr. Twitter Guy. $20? I guess I won't haggle, I mean he's an Astro so it's a crappy card right???? No one else wants it, but whatever, I'll throw you a 20 and be done with it... (Inside my head: YES YES YES YES YES YES, I got a Biggio auto/relic #'ed /49 for only $20!!!!!!!!!) Don't know why that was in my head, since this was a twitter interaction, but I spared the Hotwit the loss of hearing by not yelling it at the top of my lungs.

And then finally, group breaks. I really like the guys over at Friendly Box Breaks. They do affordable random style breaks of all kinds of products. In my boredom one night, I snagged a spot in an oddball product that is absolutely non-sports as you can get, but they try to make it sporty by throwing a soccer ball on it and the words WORLD CUP... gentlemen (and whatever my lesbian card collecting audience might be) for your viewing pleasure...
Bench Warmer... what a great name for a set... apparently they just sign up models to take pictures in skimpy clothing and then sign the cards. Am I complaining? Not one bit.  Oh, you card collecting super nerds want to know how the back of the card is designed? What fonts they use? etc, etc??? Well, who am I to deny you from appreciating the fine work of the Bench Warmer's editorial staff???
Yep, she's looking like she's ready for a soccer match for sure...

You pigs. ;)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Group Break Results... These Aren't the Ast-Droids You're Looking For

Ok, forgive the lame title and stretch into a Star Wars reference... but I joined a group break over at SixEightCards.com for a half case of Triple Threads, of course I picked my beloved Astros. It took well over a month and a half to fill the break, and during the course of it all the owner and I exchanged some e-mails about refunds and fear it'd never fill. Anyways, in the end he felt bad it took so long to fill and said he'd throw in a surprise for me once it broke. So... the break went down and the Astros fell completely cardless. So, for my $29.00 buy-in, I ended up with some more TRADE BAIT!!!!
So, all three of these are available...

By the way, I'm running into a problem with comments on this blog, and comments I'm leaving on others blogs; where comments are posting but the blog owner's e-mail rejecting the comment e-mail and the comment leaver getting a rejection e-mail. If you get that e-mail, send me a note at samuelpair@yahoo.com so I know you left a comment!

Going to try and start showing off some of my pick ups over the last 6-7 months... got a lot of new stuff... mainly Biggio but several other awesome cards as well!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Complete Names for $500 Alex

One of my collections became complete while I was on hiatus! Here's a full set of relics from 2005 Zenith of Roger Clemens! I had all but the "E" for a while and one finally popped up on eBay! I snagged it before anyone else could BIN!

*EDIT* thanks to several bloggers who emailed me picture edits with the pic above! Looks so much better!!!!!!! You guys are AWESOME!!!!

My scanner was not big enough to fit it all on one row... boooooooo... my OCD is flipping out right now... grrrrr...

Oh yea, and the winner of the contest is.... Matthew Scott! Matthew, please send me an e-mail with your team and address (I'm assuming Pirates of course!)

Thanks to everyone for leaving a fun comment... here's another problem I have... I had unsubscribed to all my blogs in feedly, so I'm slowly trying to add them back... but I don't want to miss anyone... if you have a link you can send me, either in a comment or e-mail, I want to get you all added back, or added for the first time if you are new or I didn't have your blog in my feedly list before!