Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Trade Post!

Alright, this was LONG overdue because I got this package in last week... but here we go. I got a trade working with Dennis over at Too Many Grandersons and when the package got here, I was amazed to find a 300-count hard box of Astros cards. There were a BUNCH of cards I don't have and that I've very excited about. Here in the scan, the two big highlights for me are the relic cards. First of all, this is my first Game Used BALL card and it's Bagwell/Berkman?!?!?!! Does it get any better??? OK, maybe Nolan Ryan and Joe Niekro, but serious, Bagwell/Berkman is pretty sweet... then he tops that with the Bagwell/Biggio card!!!! I tell you now, by the time they get in the HOF, I'm getting this card autographed and it'll be the prize of my collection. The other cards in the scan, I just thought were cool. The Ensberg is a refractor and the Hidalgo is a metal card, like it's a solid piece of metal, hadn't seen those before. Very cool... thanks Dennis... hope for many trades down the road!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Been a while...

Hey everyone... still alive here, just really busy lately and haven't gotten a chance to post. I've got a trade post or two to do, just haven't had the time... hopefully this week I can get those done. Also haven't gotten any cards of late. Doing some organizing and hopefully will get through some old boxes I had in storage to see if there's anything worthwhile in there.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Cheap Box of 2007 Upper Deck Series 2

Hey everyone, I got some extra cash and went on down to my local card shop. Yes, I buy my cards there, rather than at discount card shops online... we lose our local card shops and that's just another blow to the industry in my opinion... but I digress... Howard was able to make me a deal on a box of 2007 Upper Deck Series 2 and I went for it. He threw in a couple packs of 2009 Bowman Chrome and I pulled a Robbie Grossman refractor autographed card that #'d 63/250. Forgot to scan it, but if there are any Pirates fans out there who want it, it's for trade... onto the hits from the box: here you go...
The prize here for me is the Berkman jersey. It's mine, you can't have it. As for the rest, they are for trade. That's Juan Salas of the Devil Rays and Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins on the auto and jersey cards. Then a Soria insert that's currently running at about $8.00 over on the eBay. Anyway, I definitely enjoyed this box. Any of the base cards are available as well, so if you're trying to complete this one, send me a want list and I'll help you out!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Trade From Thoughts And Sox

I saw a post a couple weeks ago from Thoughts and Sox showing off a trade with Nachos Grande, so I sent Mr. Thoughts and Sox an email to work up a trade of our own... low and behold a deal was struck and today I got the plethora (BIG WORD) of cards that he was able to send my way... Thank you sir, a fair deal if ever I saw one and I definitely recommend any of you traders out there to head his way to see if you can make a deal as well! Thanks for the cards, definitely a BUNCH that I know I don't have... here are some highlights of the ones I liked most... The Topps Co-Signers Roy Oswalt is pretty sweet, the look on Berkmans face for the Ovation card is just classic Puma... the artwork of the Chicle on Pence's card is definitely original and I grew up on Bagwell's awkward stance (replicating it in little league did NOT work for me... just sayin')... The others are mini's from A&G that I needed... Thanks again!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Great Trade from Mike at BA Benny's

Mike, you continue to amaze me with the great trades... if you blog readers are looking for a great trader, get in touch with BA Benny's blog and he'll do right by you! Very fair and very gracious with the cards! Got a nice relic and an entire team set of 84 Topps Astros, thanks Mike... highlights below! By the way, about 100 cards total at least... didn't take time to count them all!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

New Goal... NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!!

Alright, after opening a bunch of 2009 Upper Deck product over the past few months, I've been intrigued by the 20th Anniversary set that they produced across their product line. Seeing that it would take me FOREVER to collect all 2500 cards in this insert set... I wanted to challenge the blog world... Can you all help me make my set by mailing in cards???? Here's the deal, if you send me the cards that you have and tell me your favorite team, I will put a trade package back to you with 1 or 2 cards for every 1 you send me (within reason), and it won't be cherry picked crap either... I have no affinity but for the Astros and even if you want Astros in return I'll let loose of some of my Astros in an attempt to make this come to fruition. I will also throw in some game used, autos and such in my return package to you. Email me at samuelpair@yahoo.com and I'll give you my address. I'll start a count on the side of the page for this set and hopefully I can get pretty close to completion with the help of awesome bloggers out there on the web! Thanks in advance for your help!

Another Wally World Blaster...

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results... well, I guess just label me insane... I got another blaster from Wal-M*rt... and well the one guaranteed hit per box turned out to be of the same hit I got in the last blaster... same exact card... really pissed me off... COLLATE! DAMNIT!!!! COLLATE!!!! Why do we even bother with this hobby... I think Topps and Upper Deck execs must sit back and just laugh at us for continuing to buy... see video for disastrous results... all non-Astros cards are for trade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

2 Blasters and 2 Random Packs from Wal-M*rt

I visited my local Wal-M*rt ONLY because they sent me a $5.00 gift card in the mail randomly and I wanted some cards. The wife also was insisting I go and get me some... so thank you my dear... on to the cards! A 2009 X Upper Deck blaster, 2009 UD Icons blaster and 2 packs of 2010 Topps Series 1... Guaranteed 2 hits, I got 3!!!! BONUS HIT (and it's a sure-fire HOF'er)! No, I won't tell you the hits now, must force you to watch the video... no untouchable trade cards in all the packs except for the few Astros... Let me know if you want to trade!

Friday, September 3, 2010

2010 Topps 206 Box

So I swore that I wasn't going to do any of the Topps 206 this year because I felt they were a bit too much like Allen and Ginter, and I threw down far too much on that set. But when I got to the card shop today the boxes of 206 looked so shiny and lonely, I had to grab one... don't judge me! Video below and then past that is a scan of the (2) hits and then two numbered mini's... Pretty much any of this is for trade except the Astros cards...


The Mets auto is Fernando Martinez and the Astros is Felipe Paulino. The two mini's are a 58/99 of Carlos Ruiz of the Phillies and a "Topps Personalities" mini 157/206 of CFO Joe Del Toro. Interesting cards. The only duplicate out of the whole box was a Historical Events: Queensboro Bridge mini. 

Let me know if there's anything in the video you want or need more details of. Thanks!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fantasy Football Team

OK, so I know that there are two things people REALLY don't care to hear about: other people's kids and other people's fantasy football teams... well, since I'm not going to have kids, you get to hear about my fantasy football team. Why is this, you may ask... well because I'm not too much of a fantasy football player and I need to know if my team is any good and exactly what level of smack talking I should be doing... here's my team in no particular order:

Andre Johnson - WR
Peyton Manning - QB
LeSean McCoy - RB
DeSean Jackson - WR
Arian Foster - RB
Jermichael Finley - TE
C.J. Spiller - RB
Pierre Garcon - WR
Kevin Kolb - QB
Santonio Holmes - WR - I know he's suspended, but I have him stashed on IR until week 5...
Chris Cooley - TE
Montario Hardesty - RB
Laurence Maroney - RB
Jacoby Jones - WR
Giants - DEF
David Akers - K
Jabar Gaffney - WR

So what do you think? Glaring weaknesses????? Lots of Eagles and Texans, but I think they're both going to have good seasons...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Houston Astros are on a roll!!!!! PASS THE BUTTER!!!! hahaha

Alright, I know, that was a SUPER cheesy title to the blog, but after the 3-game sweep of the Cardinals I'm in a great mood. The Astros were dead to me at one point this season due to Ed Wade's complete incompetence up until the All-Star break and Drayton's stubborn mindset that the Astros, as they were constructed, were still going to make the playoffs somehow. Well, they blew up the team and wow what a difference 2 months makes...

Gone is Kaz Matsui aka Mr Anal Fissure... Pedro Feliz, Lance Berkman, and Roy O. In their places are a bunch of young players and rookies who are playing amazingly well. Drayton, on the off chance you're reading this, the current team is what this fan has been waiting to see for about 5 years. You see, it's not THAT painful to re-build and if you're doing it right, you can still draw fans. I ALMOST took off work today to go to that 1pm game, but couldn't get away. This was the first time all season that I was seriously close to ditching work because the team was enjoyable enough to justify it doing so.

Sorry everyone, but no cards on this post, but I will pass on this rather amusing post! ENJOY CARDINAL FANS!!!! HAHAHA!!!! Go ASTROS!