I got packages this week, and after sorting them all out I've added some great cards to my collection! Plus I bought a card to help replace a card that a fellow blogger magnanimously traded to me out of his own collection at a ridiculously low price... anyways, we'll start with COMC:
The last card in the COMC package was this beauty! BA Benny basically announced his return to the blog-o-sphere during our trade negotiations over this card. It was the last one I was chasing for my mini relic set and he graciously traded it to me knowing I needed it. Anyways, most of the time these were going in the $60 to $80 range on eBay as Munson, Ruth and Gehrig were the C Group of relics from GQ and were very hard pulls. The price apparently is starting to go down as there is one on e-bay with a BIN of $27.50. Anyways, I picked this one up for less than the cost of a blaster and hope to trade it back to BA Benny if he still wants it.
Next up, I have a trade with The Diamond King... he apparently has a pipeline for ridiculously awesome Astros cards... I owe him something for this trade, I just have to find something that fits in his wants!
Next up is group break loot from Kyle over at Jabo's... another great group break by Kyle and I got a very nice Jeff Kent relic from Pristine. That's an awesome looking set, I may have to do a box in one of my breaks (I know I say that a lot!).
Finally, Martyn over at Cards Beyond Oceans sent over an awesome "Just because" package... because he's awesome! He got the Astros in a group break and ended up with the great card below! He also sent a relic of "The Player Who Shall Not Be Named - and is currently a Marlin" that will go in my For Trade list... but the Paredes auto is AWESOME!!!!
As for my beloved Astros, we fired half the coaching staff last night in what I thought was a rather un-professional manner. The players found out via Twitter apparently. In my opinion you hold a team-only meeting after the game and explain what's going on. Not wait until everyone has left the ball park and send out word through the media that Mills and Co. have been fired. Anyways, the interim manager will have limited, if any, success at changing the losing ways this year. We're rebuilding and part of that is a lot of pain involved with watching young players struggle and Jordan Lyles give up 9 runs in an inning. It will get better, but I'm not thinking "competitive" is going to be a goal for another 5 years as the move to the AL is only going to make the rebuilding more challenging. Bud Selig: SCREW YOU, I hate you and will always hate you, there is no redeeming quality about you. You've treated Houston like a red-headed step child for years and many of us Houston fans feel towards you like a step-child might feel towards an abusive step-father. You're an idiot, you wield too much power and you used leverage against Crane in the sale to force this upon not only him as an owner, but on us as fans. I could care less about our "rivalry" with the Rangers. I am going to greatly miss our actual rivalry with the Cubs, Cardinals, Braves, Dodgers, and Mets that we've had through the past 50 years. I'm rambling and angry, I probably should go eat some breakfast.