Friday, January 23, 2015

Grab Your Team - 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary Limited Factory Set



I'm getting ever closer to getting my crap in order so I can resume some trading. I swear I've been saying that for the last year, but things are starting to fall into place. My want list and trade lists will be revamped and updated very soon. I've got a CRAP TON of stuff I'm not keeping either and will be looking for a new home. I'm thinking about filling up a large flat rate USPS box with everything (sets, both complete and incomplete of base Topps, Heritage and more) so if that sounds like something you'd pay the shipping on let me know and we'll work something out.

Now, the real reason for this post. Upon my cleaning up I found this factory set of 2011 Topps baseball. Now before you write this off, pay close attention. This is a set I won from Topps so the cards aren't your regular 2011 issue. Nope, for starters the Diamond Anniversary logo replaces the normal Topps logo and in silver foil above the name is "factory set limited edition". 

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I hope that I haven't waited too long and that there are enough people interested in these variants.

A quick scan of eBay shows many commons from this set selling at a buck each. However I thought why not make team sets (contains both series 1 & 2) and let them go for $4 shipped? This would cover my shipping expense and get the cards into the hands of collectors. I looked at doing this for free, but if I'm being honest I don't gave the money to cover shipping for everyone. Lack of money is one of the reasons I cut back drastically on my card purchases.

I'm currently working on putting together a want list for 2014 Allen & Ginter & Gypsy Queen, so if you have a lot of unwanted base cards and maybe some minis/inserts, I'll take whatever you have as payment.

So if $4 shipped sounds fair to you, then all I ask is that you please leave a comment claiming your team or teams. (If you are interested in more than 3 teams, let me know and we'll work out a discounted price.) PayPal address is flywheels@yahoo.com. You can then e-mail me your shipping address. I ask that everyone gives me your address again as I have a new laptop and haven't switched over all of my files yet. As teams are claimed, I'll update the list below.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Atlanta Braves - Cardboard Collections
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
Chicago Cubs - The Underdog Card Collector (PAID)
Chicago White Sox - Tim B. (PAID)
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
Colorado Rockies
Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals - Josh D.
Los Angeles Angels - Angels In Order (PAYMENT PENDING)
Los Angeles Dodgers - The Underdog Card Collector (PAID)
Miami Marlins - The Underdog Card Collector (PAID)
Milwaukee Brewers - cynicalbuddha (PAYMENT PENDING)
Minnesota Twins
New York Mets - Mark Kaz (PAID)
New York Yankees - Tim B. (PAID)
Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates - Pirates Treasure Room
Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres - The Underdog Card Collector (PAID)
San Francisco Giants - arpsmith
Seattle Mariners - Tim B. (PAID)
St. Louis Cardinals - madding
Tampa Bay Rays
Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays - Al Kawamoto
Washington Nationals

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Buzz - Charlotte Hornets on Social Media

Between Christmas and New Years, my wife and I spent a few nights in uptown Charlotte to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. Despite living just down I-77 in Rock Hill, SC now and growing up in Charlotte, I rarely find myself in uptown. It's always nice visiting, but with all the growth Charlotte has gone through I feel like I'm a visitor in my own town!


One of the evenings while uptown, we walked next door to the Time Warner Cable Arena and caught the Charlotte Hornets vs Milwaukee Bucks game. This was the first time I've been back to the arena since the Bobcats to Hornets transition. I haven't had the opportunity to tour any other NBA arenas, but I'm still amazed by the "cable box" each and every time I visit. I love the subtle changes that have been made in favor of the teal and purple returning. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me so I was only able to get a few pictures on my phone.


Just inside the arena, near a decent sized eating area I found these large 'Hornets Greats' pictures. I don't believe these were here before. The first group, far left is comprised of Muggsy Bogues, Dell Curry and Larry Johnson. The middle group is comprised of Kelly Tripuka, Alonzo Mourning and Kendall Gill. The group on the right is comprised of Glen Rice, Jamal Mashburn and Bobby Phills.


Just to the right of those Hornets pictures is the practice court for the team. You can grab a (incredibly over priced burger) and sit by the large window that separates the arena from the court. While we were strolling by, Hornets forward Marvin Williams was on the court taking a few shots.


We were staying next to the arena at the Hyatt House so we got to and inside fairly quick. This was my first look in person at the new court and looked great. I love the subtle honeycomb design on the court. Even the new arena is starting to grow on me. Even the scoreboard is really impressive. Did you catch the small Air Jordon logo underneath the screen?

While we were waiting for the game to start, I flipped through the program, The Buzz, we were handed as we walked in. Inside is your usual scouting report for that nights game, plenty of stats, advertisements and other little bits of info. Towards the back of the program was a section called Player Headshots. 


Listed beneath each player were their various social media handles. Outside of Facebook, I'm not all that active in social media, but I do find myself following certain athletes and getting a kick out of their status updates and tweets from time to time (Chipper Jones immediately comes to mind!). I don't think I knew many of the Hornets players were on social media to begin with so I found this kind of interesting.

Players of interest:

P.J. Hairston
Instagram: @kangaroo.jack

Gerald Henderson
Facebook: /GeraldHenderson
Twitter: @GhJr09

Al Jefferson
Facebook: /aljefferson25

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Facebook: /MKG14Official
Twitter: @MKG14
Instagram: @MKG14

Lance Stephenson
Facebook: /StephensonLance
Twitter: @StephensonLance
Instagram: @stephensonlance

Kemba Walker
Facebook: /KembaWalker
Twitter: @KembaWalker
Instagram: @_KW15

Cody Zeller
Facebook: /codyzeller40
Twitter: @CodyZeller

Charlotte Hornets
Facebook: /hornets
Twitter: @hornets
Instagram: @hornets

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cards on Cards Delivers!

Hosting group breaks is a lot of work. I did a lot of hosting, but rare was I a participant very often. At the end of 2014 I jumped on a small group break that Cards on Cards was hosting. The box was for 2014 Topps Mini, something I hadn't acquired one single card of. I grabbed the Atlanta Braves (of course) and proceeded to forget about the break! Blame it on Kerry's issues with mail theft and the holidays.

Upon arriving at home yesterday my daughters greeted me at the door with a bubble mailer, curious as to what was inside. Lo and behold it was my minis! The Topps Mini set isn't my favorite, but my 2014 Braves needed some new blood and the price was right. My team did manage to get one insert, a serially numbered gold parallel of fireballer, Julio Teheran.

Kerry was also nice enough to send me a few Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Bobcats cards along with a NC State alum for my other collections. Thanks for hosting the break!


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Saturday, January 3, 2015

NFL Wild Card Weekend: Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Oh my. Who would have ever thought the Carolina Panthers would be in the NFL playoffs this year? At one point my beloved home town team went 60+ days without a win! I know a lot of fans hate the fact that a team with a losing record won the division, let alone are in the playoffs. However I'm telling you know - don't sleep on this team.

I'm not going to predict the Panthers are going to win the Super Bowl, but I do believe they have as good a chance as any team, especially with the way they've been playing over the last 4 games. A lot rides on the legs of RB Jonathan Stewart in today's game. If Cam can be himself and the running game is a beast, combined with a stingy defense, I think the Panthers can handle the red birds.

So with Carolina's big day I figured now would be a good chance to show off some new Kelvin Benjamin cards. I know he has dropped some passes lately, but overall how can you argue with a rookie WR with over 1,000 receiving yards?

   

   

I'm really digging these new Topps Valor cards. I like the matte stock used. I just may need to track down a team set. Prime of course continues to be the Stadium Club of football with the excellent, clear photography. The Score Hot Rookies looks better than recent years' efforts. The Rookie & Stars consistently has a nice, clean design and this year is no different.

GO PANTHERS!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Looking back at 2014

First off, Merry Christmas to everyone! I know my annual "year in review" post is a little early, but I find myself sitting at work on this quite and rainy Christmas Eve with nothing but time on my hands.

2014 has been a big year for me and my family. For this blog...well not so much. I hadn't planned for my activity to plummet as it did a few months into the year, but sometimes those things just kind of happen. Looking back over my posts from the year it was pretty easy to recap things...so here we go.


The first card package I received in 2014 came from no other than The Collector's Crack and was a Topps Finest card of Tim Hudson my collection was missing.


January brought the end of my Carolina Panther's playoff run, losing to the hated San Francisco 49ers. I was a great ride so of course expectations were pretty high for the 2014 season. Well if you follow the NFL at all then you should know by now the Panthers season hadn't gone as expected. However by some sort of divine intervention the Panthers are playing the Falcons in Atlanta this Sunday for the NFC South title. The Panthers are 6-8-1 going into this game. Crazy to think a team with a losing record can win the division, but then again I've seen crazier things happen. At least I have something else to look forward to after Christmas this year.


The start of the new year also means new Topps baseball cards. Turns out this was one of two boxes I bought for the entire year! Where did my excitement go? Well I have to say as much as I liked the base design of 2014 Topps, the inserts didn't excite me. Now before you go and say that you don't collect the flagship brand for inserts, I guess the "work" of collating cards and such that goes with set building was starting to take it's toll. Collecting should be fun and not feel like work. However I started to realize I was biting off far more than I could chew. I was trying to build too many sets. Too many insert sets. Ultimately trying to do too much.

One of my goals in 2015 is to get myself organized, get rid of some cards and clean up my trade lists. I sorely miss trading with others, but I'm not in the right place to try and resume that activity. I may buy a few random packs of 2015 Topps, but I'm getting out of set building. I'll try my hand at A&G later in the year, but I'm drawing the line there. Some of the sets I was working on I'll try to finish (someday), but others on my want list will be disappearing soon.


2014 saw only one Affordable Group Break. Sad I know. I took a lot of pride in offering past group breaks on a near consistent monthly basis. However I found these breaks, while a lot of fun, took me away from my own organizational time and cards I needed to catalog and scan started to pile up.

I really enjoyed the return of Donruss and I wanted to jump into the second series Panini offered later in the year, but I never quite got around to it. I am eager to see what Panini's plans are for the Donruss brand in the coming new year.


Perhaps one of my favorite posts all year on the blog was when I interviewed a friend of mine who was asked to supply some sketches for 2014 Topps Museum Collection (and several UFC products). I don't feel as if I have many talents, so of course I'm jealous of people who can write, sing, build things or in this case, draw. James Michael-Smith is an incredibly talented guy and it was a lot of fun talking with him and seeing some of his final work, not to mention watch him sketch these images.


May 20, 2014 is the day the Charlotte Hornets returned to the Queen city of Charlotte, NC! Thus far in the NBA season it's been a bumpy ride for the Hornets, but it's so refreshing seeing the teal and the purple on the court again. For those of you outside the NC/SC area you may not understand what the big deal of a name change is, but for those of us in the area it's been a pretty big thing. Now let's just see if the team can repeat what the former team, the Bobcats, did last season and make the Playoffs!


Being out of the everyday cardboard loop, the return of the Stadium Club Firebrand inserts cards were a welcomed sight. While I still have yet to finish the set (chalk it up to laziness), this was one of my favorite insert sets of the year.


I believe it was around August I got a small bubble mailer from My Cardboard Mistress. (honey, if you're reading this that is the name of a blog! I swear I'm not cheating on ya babe!) Inside was a nice patch type card of the Charlotte Knights (the local AAA baseball club) mascot, Homer the Dragon, a autographed patch card of a Carolina Panthers Wide Receiver bust (Joe Adams) and the above auto of "Googs". Adam remembered that I'm a fan of NC State and sent along a beautiful card of one of my favorite alums.


In late August my wife and I took a trip down interstate 85 to Atlanta to catch a game at Turner Field against the Oakland A's. My wife scored us some great seats in right center field, first row. We were basically just to Jason Heyward's right. It was fun all around. It was Zombie night at the park so there were a lot of cool looking people walking around. Several home runs were hit, a few near where we sat, the guy next to me heckling the A's Josh Reddick was actually funny...and oh yeah, the Braves won the game. 

Little did I know that was the last game I'd attend and see Jason Heyward (and Justin Upton) in a Braves uniform.


Even though my Braves had another horrible second half crash and missed making the Playoffs again, I enjoyed most of the season (minus September). I picked up a few nice cards throughout the year. One of the best things of the season was watching the hometown kid, Alex Wood find his own on the mound.

Looking back it seems as if not a lot went on in 2014, but that couldn't be more wrong. Not related to this blog necessarily, a lot of changes happened with my family. Perhaps the biggest was my wife returning to work! She went back to the elementary class room to teach 3rd grade this time around. Her teaching license for North Carolina had expired so it proved challenging getting her back in the classroom, but she eventually made it...a whole 3 days before the new school year started! This also meant we had to find a place for our two daughters. It was tough on us emotionally as the girls had stayed home w/ my wife since their birth. However we got them enrolled in an awesome church program nearby and the girls quickly adapted and accepted the change. It's so awesome to see them learning classroom skills, but also about Jesus. They have friends now and of course this means welcome to the world of children birthday parties galore!

I was also introduced to the world of camping earlier this year as my wife twisted my arm and purchased a pop up camper with part of our tax return. I do have to say it is nice being able to easily take a trip to the beach or wherever whenever we want. I believe we camped down at Myrtle Beach, SC 3 times this year for less than it would have cost us if we had stayed in a hotel room for a few nights! It was also a blessing that the girls really enjoy being outside and getting dirty while camping. Who would have thought that?!

On the blogging front, my first blog, Random Toy Reviews, really took off. I started getting some real exposure in the toy collecting community which brought on a lot of interesting conversation. I didn't have any real big toy purchases to speak of, but I did eclipse the mark of 100+ toy reviews. I also started a side project I call the Transformers Bio Card Database. Over the years many Transformers toys would come packaged with trading cards, especially the Japanese releases. Being a card collector these cards really appealed to me. However I couldn't find a real resource out there for these cards alone...so I created one...or should I saw I'm creating one. Lastly I recently created my 4th blog. This one is called Rugged Music. Over the last handful of months I've been actively re-visiting a lot of the music I listened to while in high school and stuff I discovered via my old church youth group. It's all Christian oriented and mostly rock, hair/heavy metal stuff. I know I don't have a lot of extra time, but it has been fun working on it thus far.

As for 2015 and this blog goes, I hope to get myself better organized. I hope to continue to share cards of my interest with others and even return some of the generosity I was shown throughout this year. I don't see myself getting back to where I was a few years ago for several reasons, but I'm not ready to let go of this creative outlet I call Cardboard Collections.

I appreciate all my fellow bloggers who have kept me on your blogroll. I appreciate all the comments and cards people have sent my way. I've said it before and I'll say it again. The baseball card community has some of the best people hands down I've ever "met on the internet". Here's to an awesome 2015!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Surprise Bubble Mailer

The stomach bug has been running rampant throughout my household the last 2 weeks so to say life has been crazy is a huge understatement. We've isolated the sick down stairs, so I've been essentially hiding upstairs. I've tried to make the most of my time being "stuck" upstairs by giving my hobby room a complete overhaul. I'm trying to give myself a better system for my cards and get myself organized so I can once again return to the world of (semi-active) blogging and trading.

Being out of the loop for the better part of 2014, I've been surprised to see that my humble blog remains on many of my fellow bloggers' blog rolls. I haven't had much to insert into the conversation since I my card purchases and trades have been virtually non-existant. So you can imagine my surprise when I received a rather large bubble mailer in my mail box the other day.

Dennis from Too Many Verlanders sent over a nice little selection of Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Braves. I of course wasn't expecting anything and I don't believe I've even communicated with Dennis lately, yet through his generosity he sends me his cast away cards.

One of my main goals is to get my collection lists updated along with my trade lists. My want lists will probably shrink as I'm going to narrow my focus to the annual A&G set. I'll try to finish out a few other sets, but no more trying to collect everything. Once I get this done there are several people, Dennis included, I feel the need to repay.

Here is just a sampling of some of the fun cards Dennis sent my way...







Even though the Panthers relic cards are of players that are pretty much busts (minus Julius Peppers), I still love getting relic cards. I appreciate the kind gesture. Now to get back to work on getting myself more organized!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 Topps Finest Atlanta Braves

It's been awhile since I've bought any new Braves cards, let alone a whole team set, so you'll have to excuse my excitement over this 2014 Topps Finest set. Being out of the loop a bit I didn't even know that Finest was having a 2014 release. Now that I have these cards in hand I'm loving the wild 90's design. Makes me want to seek out a few of the Refractors now.

#41 Jason Heyward

He hasn't even been gone for a whole month and I already miss him. I'm anxious to see what Markakis can do in right field, but boy does he have some big shoes to fill.

#45 Freedie Freeman

Freedie had another solid year at 1st base and I expect nothing less from him than in 2015.

#52 Christian Bethancourt

Evan Gattis who? Yup, looks like Gattis may be on his way out (to left field?) to make room for Bethancourt to be the everyday catcher. I liked what I saw from him defensively and I hope his offensive game starts to heat up this upcoming season.

#73 Craig Kimbrel

Release the Kraken! Craig continues to amaze me. I think by now people know he is a force to be reckoned with.

#96 Justin Upton

By the time the 2015 season rolls around I'm not sure this guy will even be on the team. I know his strikeouts were up there last season, his bat will be missed if he is traded away. I know you've got to give up something good to get something good. Let's just hope GM John Hart can work out a good deal because I know the other clubs will come knocking this winter.