Thursday, February 28, 2013
So... the winner is Jeffrey with "Got Astros?"
Let me explain... 1) It plays off the "Got Milk?" slogan, so people will "get it". 2) I hunt down Astros cards near and far in trades, sales, and any other method. I want Astros cards. I don't want cards of guys who were once Astros but now play for the Cardinals. (With all due apologies to Nolan Ryan, I will always his cards regardless of team, one exception to the rule is allowed, right?) 3) It's a true statement from day one of the blog and will be true until this blog is defunct. I want Astros cards!!!!!
Alright, so congrats Jeffrey, once I get your shirt size, I'll get the order placed! Thanks everyone who participated, I wish I had the moo-la to buy everyone a shirt for participating!!!!
As for the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Group Case Break... we are about to enter the last full month before product release. I now have just 6 slots remaining. Starting right now, all slots will be discounted $5 for anyone. All my current participants had a shot at $5 off, so now I give everyone a chance. That means the Rockies, A's, Marlins, Twins, and Rays will be $20 each. The Reds will be $30.
On March 15, these prices will all drop another $5... and finally, the last week of the break, they'll drop another $5.
So, here's your chance to get in cheap on this break! Click the link above, read the break rules, and then claim the team of your choice in the comments section!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I have been contacted by the fine folks over at DressUnited.Com, they are a sister company of Build-A-Sign.com and are offering me a bit of a promo: a free designed t-shirt for a review of their product. I have the color scheme and the logo of course, the problem is that I'm not creative enough to come up with a catchy slogan, something funny or on point to put on the back of the t-shirt. So I figured I would poll my audience and see what you have to say.
What should The Daily Dimwit slogan be? Should it be hilarious and irreverant, or topical and descriptive of things I do on this blog (mainly group breaks and showing off the ridiculous number of Astros cards I end up with)? You decide... leave a comment on this post with whatever you feel is the most appropriate slogan for my humble blog. The wife and I will look over all the entries and decide which one we can put on the back of a t-shirt without causing a riot.
So, I bet you're saying, "this is a contest Mr. Dimwit, what the heck is the prize for the winner?!?!?" Well, the first thing I'll do is pull some cards for you from whatever team you collect. Also, when I order my free t-shirt, I'll order another one and give it away to the winner. So, cards and a t-shirt! I know you all are chomping at the proverbial bit to think of something witty to say. Please don't let it be, "The Daily Dimwit: Where crappy contest prizes abound!"
Alright, contest opens today and ends whenever I feel like ending it. Most likely in 2-3 days as I figure anyone who is really interested will get their entries in today...
Have a great day everyone!
UPDATE: Multiple entries are not only ALLOWED, but encouraged!!!!!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Where are my fans of Colorado, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Oakland, Tampa, Cincinnati and the New York METS?!?!? You know you want in on this...
Monday, February 25, 2013
Or is it... I got into a brief exchange on Twitter with @ToppsCards after I said that it was apparent the Astros weren't important to Topps, and they said me saying that was unfair. Is it??? Is it really Topps? For years now we haven't been able to get a Biggio or Bagwell relic even though there are numerous retired Yankees, Red Sox and Mets (and plenty other "major market teams") getting all kinds of cards made, and some of these with resumes dramatically less than either of the Astros legends. Biggio gets teased in Series One for autos and relics yet since it's been out I've seen exactly ONE redemption card pulled or put on eBay for any Biggio relic or auto (and it was #'ed /10) Congrats to you lucky 10 who end up with one, because I certainly won't have the luck to pull it. Ridiculous Topps, stop the travi-sham-ockary and just rename your company NYTopps or something.
But for real, if you want to trade off any Spring Fever cards please let me know, I'd love to complete this set...
Cardboard Collections. This one got held up by USPS over some ransom postage, but eventually made it's way here... thanks Colbey!
Capt. Kirk's Trading Card Blog. I ended up with the Astros, Tigers, White Sox and Indians... and I have a BUNCH of White Sox, Tigers and Indians cards that'll go to lucky collectors with their next trade packages! Haha!
Thanks for the support everyone, your kind words meant a lot. Glad to be back!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
I did pick up a couple cards in the mail today, a nice trade with a Facebook acquaintance that ended up a lot better than my first Facebook trade experience. I got this Texans beauty:
Next up, another auto in my seemingly never ending 2011 GQ Auto Chase:
Hope you all had a great weekend! And go sign up for the last 8 slots in the 2013 GQ BREAK!!! DO IT NOW!!!!
After a lot of research and talking to some people in the know, it seems we may not see a finalized checklist until a week or two in advance of release, and that's just too long to wait.
Due to this, I have decided to go with my initial inklings for the pricing levels for each team. Each slot that has been claimed has been updated with the final "what you owe" or the "available for" dollar amounts. Please shoot me an e-mail when you think you'll be able to pay if there's going to be a significant delay. I'd like to go ahead and get the pre-order in ASAP so that we can lock in the very generous rate that Atlanta Sports Cards has offered. If there turns out to be a huge swing in the overall checklist (say, for instance, the Yankees end up with only 1-2 possible hits, yea right, then I'll do some refunds and cover the drastic change in expectations myself). I don't want to see anyone get hosed in this process.
There are still 8 slots left and 6 of them are at the lowest level of entry $25. The Mets and Reds are the only two teams left at a premium.
Anyone who is already in the break can take one of the 8 remaining teams at a $5 discount. Thanks everyone. If you're wanting to claim one of the 8 remaining teams, please do so via comment in the linked Group Break page.
Please e-mail me if you have any concerns.
Friday, February 15, 2013
First up, Roy from plain gray swatch... we made a Series one swap and I ended up with a stack of Astros and then these beauts:
Next up, David aka Rhubarb Runner... he's had some vagabond Astros hits in his "For Trade" list for a while, and I had some Twins relics that weren't gaining a lot of attention, so a deal was struck!
Next up is Daniel from It's Like Having My Own Card Shop, a rare breed: The Diamondbacks fan. Not a lot of bloggers out there trading, wheeling and dealing D-Backs, so when he inquired about the Brandon Webb manu-relic I pulled in one of my boxes of Series 1, I jumped on the chance to make a deal:
Speaking of fans of lesser-followed teams, I want to say thanks to Zac from The Underdog Card Collector. Zac is returning to the hobby after some time off (familiar story around here) and he sent me a nice stack of Astros, Rangers and Nolan Ryan cards the other day, I forgot to scan them before I put them away, but thanks Zac, and all of you take a minute to add Zac to your blogroll, google reader or whatever bookmark you use to follow all your blogs.
Finally, a package from good friend Dennis of Too Many Verlanders/Grandersons/MichiganWolverines/YouGetThePoint We've exchanged cards many times over the past few years and he thought he'd surprise me on my end of the latest deal... here's the loot:
For my 2013 Gypsy Queen Group Breakers ----- I will have an update in the next day or two on pricing. Things aren't coming together exactly as I had planned as far as the checklist being released, but I've found a reasonable solution and we'll get things moving along soon enough. I don't want this to drag out for weeks until the product finally releases, I want to secure everything and then patiently wait for the boxes to get here....
Thursday, February 14, 2013
1) 100-card base set: sorry but it's just too small. Surprisingly enough, there are 2 Astros in the set, someone at Topps must have been drunk. But in a 30 team league, certainly there are enough players on each team to give them 3 cards a set and make it 150 cards AT LEAST.
2) 11 cards per pack, one of which is an auto, for $20... well it's $20 if you were one of the lucky people to get a pack online during their window of sales, now it's going to set you back anywhere from $35-40 depending on which
3) Which brings up my third point... have you seen the autograph checklist? There's guys on there that only their mothers would recognize. And for the Astros, we have the one and only Carlos Pena!!!! Who we just signed!!! Who may very well be in a Tampa Uniform on this card, who knows...
To me, this is just another of Topps' mistakes, where they throw a set out there knowing people will fumble over each other to get their 10 packs and rake in the dough. It's a money grab. Well, if I want any of the cards, I'm sure I will find them cheap on eBay...
Monday, February 11, 2013
I will say this though, I have a certain amount of money that I'll be personally investing in this case break if I need to pick up the last few teams. With the number of teams already claimed, THIS CASE BREAK IS GOING TO HAPPEN. We are fully funded, so if you want it you can join in with confidence that this case break is 100% going to happen.
Alright, with that done, I need to show off my eBay purchase that arrived today!
Hope everyone else had a great Monday. And Jeroen, I got your envelope today, thanks for the Spring Fever cards, much appreciated!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Or follow this link:
Next up, a couple of Nolan Ryan pick-ups!
Finally, a nice pick-up even if it's a Mets-centric card:
Next up, reader Jeffrey sent me a couple of vintage Nolan's:
I also got another package in from eBay! The one silk card of an Astro this year:
Finally, I had entered a few case breaks for my Astros, hoping beyond reasonable hope that I'd get lucky and get one of the ultra-rare Craig Biggio autographs or relics. Of which, I now have had confirmation of just 1 being pulled in all of the world. Thanks Topps... I have Astros base sets out the wahzoo... plus these:
Friday, February 8, 2013
Slots would be for 1 team. And would be weighted based on the overall seeding of cards per team within the set. Mainly within the "value" categories of hits but also with consideration for base cards and inserts. The average cost per team would be somewhere in the $40 range, including shipping.
Here's another twist, considering there are 10 boxes with 24 packs, with 8 base cards (plus one mini and an insert or SP), that's 1920 base cards. Every slot would get at LEAST one set of base cards for a team set and we would pool the remaining duplicates into complete 300 card (non-SP) base sets with full sets of inserts. These base sets would be randomized amongst ALL participants. I'm thinking at least 2 of not 3 complete sets should be pulled from a case. So there would be that added bonus.
Of course each slot would get all their mini cards, hits and inserts. Most importantly, there would be a total of AT LEAST 40 hits in this case. The Gypsy King & Queen cards would be randomized.
I think this would be a really fun case to break. There are no checklists officially released as of yet, but if we are going to do this in April, I'm thinking I need to start the wheels turning on this.
First up, Dennis from Pictures of Men... I sent a couple of Jays his way and I ended up with a couple great cards that fit in my chase set needs:
Next up, a trade with Facebook acquaintance Richie. He wanted some Rays autos in my trade bait, and I was happy to oblige since I rarely find a Rays trader. He didn't have any Astros to send back, so I decided to pick up some quality trade bait:
Finally, the greatest card from this trade:
Have a great day!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
First, a silk from eBay:
Finally, I got my group break look from Colbey over at Cardboard Collections. I picked up the Texans in his first ever Football Group Break for $7... figuring I might get a nice Foster or Schaub... never in all my life did I think I'd hit mega-paydirt... FREAKIN' SWEEEEEEET... DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR!!!!! J!!! J!!!! WAAAAATTTTT!!!!!
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Well, I made the mistake of scanning everything I bought in two scans... so here it is:
Alright, that was my trade night! Any and all are for trade...
Monday, February 4, 2013
Well, I've already got another package from COMC on the way, including another Nolan Ryan that I can't wait to get in hand!
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
And as always, scans after the break: