Friday, January 16, 2015

DACardsworld Purchase

Hey everyone! I recently finished off my Christmas money spending with an order of some clearance and low priced items from DACardworld. I love shopping their 2011-2012 stuff, it's right in that peak "we need to get this inventory out of here, but it's not vintage-y enough" price point that adds some value! First of all, I'll show off my purchase "filler purchases" that got me up to the free shipping threshold, the "Hit Parade" packs that promised 2-3 hits per pack:

There are inserts on the left column, autos in the middle and relics down the left side:
The only recognizable name from the autos is Jeremy Hermida. A very nice HOF relic there from Steve Carlton. It'll be a nice add to the trade bait folder!

Next up, freebie hit! If you order so much product, you get free stuff, I took a flyer on some Razor Poker cards not really expecting much! I got an auto out of the twelve hanger packs that came free!
I recognize Hoyt from the WSOP Main Event shows that were at the peak of popularity in my college days, and I played a LOT of poker back then as well. This'll go in my "Oddball" keepers binder!

I took a flyer on another product that got some bad reviews when it came out. 2012 UD SP Signature Edition is not the best in that it has no player photos even. Just wording and a sticker auto. So I got one pack that guaranteed 3 cards with one of them being a multi-auto card:
Ben Zobrist in the upper left, not bad. Denard Span on the top right, again not horrible. And the triple auto is Aaron Crow, Nick Franklin and Kyle Gibson numbered out of /25. I'm pretty happy with it for the price I paid. The triple auto has one listing on eBay at $400 OBO, I think I may list this one at $100 OBO and see if I get any takers. I think even $100 may be a bit high for those three.

Next up, I got a couple of retail gravity feeds of 2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends SUPER cheap. And I'm pretty happy with the results:
I ALWAYS love getting astronaut relics! That's Jack Lousma in the top left and Hoot Gibson on the bottom left. The upper right is a bronze proof of a lady soccer player and then the bottom right is a Tuskegee Airman Roscoe Draper. Very happy with the relics! Again, if anyone wants a complete set of this product, just let me know, all I'll ask is for you to pay shipping. I currently have 3 hand collated and once I do some more sorting I may have 2-3 more. I really like this product and it's cheap enough to buy hobby boxes and the like to get the hits at a reasonable rate.

Finally, I got a box of 2013 Panini USA Baseball. This is another underrated product in my humble opinion... For right at $40 you get a total of 6 hits and the autograph checklist is pretty impressive. Some of these Team USA guys are really starting to get drafted and the value is going to go up as guys make the majors. Here's my hits:
That's Jameson Taillon first up out of /800. Then a red auto Jose Trevino out of just /25! He's a Rangers prospect who had a decent run at short-season low A ball last year after being drafted. The redemption is for a vet, Jason Veritek. It shows to be expired but it ran through on Panini's website. I've found they still honor most expired redemptions (unlike Topps). Finally my relics are three guys I haven't heard of really, but I'll look them up for sure: Randal Grichuk, Carson Sands and Albert Almora. 

Thanks for stopping by everyone. Most of this is trade bait, so let me know if you're interested!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Couple of Recent Pick-Ups!

Here are a couple of pick ups off eBay and Twitter...
Dallas finally got some autos and such from Topps Supreme this year, great for the guy who secured the AL Golden Glove! This is a SWEEEEEEET Die Cut auto numbered out of just 45! How about that Milo Hamilton auto? Milo called Astros games for as long as I remember listening to them on the radio and am glad to pick up a certified auto of his! I have a TTM-type auto in the collection but this is a nice add and numbered out of /800.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What I Got For Christmas... For Myself...

So my very amazing sister-in-law got me a Dave & Adam's gift certificate for Christmas. I went through their catalog online and couldn't really figure out what to get. Finally I found a product they slap together called Hit Parade and thought, "Why not? If nothing else you end up with some trade bait, which has been something I have wanted to do more of! So... I picked up 5 of the 2015 Hit Parade, as well as two of their vintage re-packs from 1957 and from 1948-1955.

Each envelope of the 2015 Hit Parade contains a relic, an auto and a third card that can be any sort of insert, parallel or bonus hit... here's what I ended up with!
Nothing too amazing here. The Machado isn't numbered but a nice Oriole-Orange card and it IS a RC! The Jonathan Gray may be a nice one to hold onto for a few years to see if he breaks out. Apparently they thought I might be an Oriole fan... ha! The Glavine makes for a nice HOF'er relic too; as does the Molitor which is numbered /99! How about that Perkins on-card manu-relic. Topps, take note, UD had it right on the manu-relics. Add some value by putting an on-card auto with it and make them worth hunting for! The Brandon Woods Sweet Spot auto? GREAT idea, HORRIBLE execution. So, for the most part, it was a nice addition to the trade bait page but I didn't exactly win big here - not that I had super high expectations.

Ok, so here's the part I'm sure you all were waiting for!!!! The vintage!!!!! Ok, so first up is the 1957 pack, which I had hopes of pulling a decent player. These packs are a little pricier and come with 5 cards per pack:
So I didn't really get anyone I even recognize but the cards seem to be in pretty good shape for being nearly 60 years old! These will head to the trade bait page as well.

Finally, the 1948-1955 Hit Parade which also has 5 total cards; here I got some recognizable names!
First up in the left column is Sam Zoldak and Sid Gordon, sorry guys you aren't in the recognized category! But again, decent overall card quality. The Zoldak has some old tape marks on the back which I'm finding to be kind of common from these early 50's cards I've seen. Ok, second column is Leo Durocher as Manager of the NY Giants and Eddie Yost of the Washington Senators. Finally there is Preacher Roe of the Brooklyn Dodgers. At least I got (1) HOF'er from the vintage, even if Leo's card has the scribble of blue ball point pen across the front of it. Adds a little character! I know PERFECT vintage is bigger $$$ but I like vintage with a little bit of wear, lets me know that at some point there was a kid or collector with their grubby little hands on it, excited about the player on the front.

Were these Hit Parade packs AMAZING? I've venture to say no. Each has a "Tremendous 10" redemption program where 10 high value cards have redeemable inserts so you do have a slight chance at getting a PLUS high dollar card, box or case out of it. I may use these as fillers on future orders to get to the free shipping plateau though!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

So Topps redeemed... A redemption...

Months ago I bought a redemption card on eBay. Finally it has arrived and it was absolutely worth the wait.
Wow! Numbered /25! On card! Just a beautiful card! Thanks Topps!

One Heck of a Secret Santa!

I signed up for the Crackin Wax Elfster Gift exchange again this year! I pulled a fellow Astos collector and sent him a big goodie box. I was fortunate to get Tom O. and if any of you have gotten packages from him before, you know how generous he is! Here's a look at the loot! 
Ooopo... What's inside?!?!
Wrapped and all!
Box of loose singles, Triple Theeads base and such!
A blaster! With Ryne Sandberg commemorative patch!
A freakin sweet Astros hat! And finally:
A couple of sweeeeet McFarlanes of my Astros! 
Thanks Tom!!!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Collector's Crate Video Review

For those of you just dying to see me on video opening all the Collector Crate packs and stuff, enjoy...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Collector Crate! December Edition

Well, I am desperately trying to get the video uploaded but each time I try it says that it's going to take 800+ minutes. I don't know why. Maybe my upload speed is crap. But here are the highlights as far as cards going into the trade bait!
I got a box of 2007 Ultimate Collection. Looking at the checklist, I think I may have gotten one of the crappiest boxes EVER. If I went to DACardworld and paid $170 for this, I'd be PISSED. But it was a fun bust.

These (6) cards represent the (3) autos and (3) relics that come standard in any Gold Level Collector Crate. One could argue these (6) are better than the (3) I got in the Ultimate Collection box. Am I bitter? Of course not...

The great people over at Collector Crate threw in the Puckett RC. A nice card indeed, and as usual they threw in their monthly sketch card, this month it's Mike Trout. My scanner sucks and gobbled up the left edge of both the Puckett and Trout, meh.

Another fun month of busting cards from Collector Crate. There were 10 loose packs as well, but nothing came out of them that were exciting enough to throw up here on the blog. If I ever get YouTube to upload the stupid video, you'll see them all!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Couple of Trades

I recently completed trades with a couple of guys who I've had long running histories of trades! Always good to connect with collectors and swap our teams' cards again!

First up is Adam from ARPSmith's Sportscard Obsession, I sent him a Pedro Sandoval Tier One relic and got back some beauts! Here are the highlights!
A couple of amazing die-cut Springers! And of course the J.J.!!!! That's numbered out of /25! Thanks Adam!

Next up is my buddy Jeff from 2x3 Heroes! He had this amazing gold bordered auto sitting around and we put together a deal. Hope he liked his end of the deal because I love this card!
Jake has a chance to make a big splash this year with the Astros. Hopefully he solidifies the LF spot next to Dexter Fowler. Of course, as soon I hit "Publish" I'm sure I'll read a breaking story that Jake and Dexter have been traded by Luhnow. Ha! Jeff, thanks for the deal, I'm in your debt for sure!

Jeff keeps saying I need to host group breaks again. I say he's crazy. What say you people? Is there even room in the market anymore for blogger/breakers like myself anymore?

Monday, December 15, 2014

eBay Pick-ups!

A couple of cheap eBay pick ups I've forgotten to post!
Dallas had a BREAKOUT year this past season and I hope he keeps up the success! He won the pitcher's Gold Glove award in the AL, which I think is pretty cool. Got this card for like $5, couldn't believe the seller accepted my offer! This is a product I will be sniping cards off eBay for rather than buying boxes. I like Supreme but these days the risk is too much for my wallet.

Next up, a Marlin... wait? Why a Marlin? Well because traded for this prospect last year and I'm glad we did!
Don't get me wrong, I liked Jared Cosart but I really think Moran has a chance to be something special. He'll probably be at AAA this year with hopes of him and Correa forming the left side of the infield in 2016. Another under $5 pick-up, kind of crazy how autos and relics are so "normal" these days that two cards like the ones in this post can be had for $10. I'll take it!

Thanks for stopping by, I've added cards to my TRADE BAIT page, so please click and see what I've got available!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Trade with Rodney on Twitter

A military guy on twitter, Rodney, hooked me up with quite a deal for the Byron Buxton I pulled from Bowman Sterling! Here is the loot!

First up, some TEXANS and NASA!
The Mercilus is out of /399! While the Gold die cut Watt is out of just /25!!!! Gotta love that Lovell relic, although I do already have a copy so if anyone is interested in trading for this one, let me know!!!

Next up, SHINY Astros!
Springer on the top row! Morgan, Appel and Correa /99 in the middle and then some shiny Nolan Ryan on the bottom!

Finally, the meat of the deal! MORE SHINY STUFF!!!!
Three awesome Bowman Chrome Astros prospect autos! Nottingham and Martin are very low level guys right now, but Preston Tucker has shot up the ranks and may find himself at AAA Fresno (I think that's where our AAA affiliate is these days) this year. Another couple of Nolan shiny cards and then more Springer love. This is quite a haul for a single card. Some people may think I should have gone for more but I think it's a pretty fair deal based on the prices I saw on the Buxton auto on eBay.

Thanks Rodney, hope you enjoy the Buxton!