Monday, May 21, 2018

The Next (Epix) Collecting Adventure

There was something about the 90's that I just love when it comes to baseball cards. I didn't come into collecting until 1990 and all I knew at that time was Donruss, Fleer and Topps. I would collect for many years before my interest starting to wane a little. However in the late 90's the card companies really started to step up their game with different "technologies" used, such as a chromium finish, refractors and dufex finishes.

Trying to keep up with all the sets was nearly impossible for me so I had to settle for what I could find locally or at shows. Insert sets were a dime a dozen during this time period, keep in mind the game used relic cards didn't hit until around 1997 thanks in part to Upper Deck. In today's crowded market of baseball cards a lot of these great 90's inserts sets have fallen to the wayside, but there are some really interesting themes and designs.

It's not like I need to collect anything else, however one set in particular that caught my was the multi-tiered Crusade set in Donruss products. I quickly moved on however once I saw what the cards were trading for on the secondary market! I then moved onto another insert set that was inserted across several different Pinnacle sets...1998 Epix.

Epix is a 72 card set that were randomly seeded in packs of 1998 Pinnacle (1:21), 1998 Score (1:61) and 1998 Zenith (1:11). Each card came in 3 different colors, orange, purple and emerald. Approximately 70% of the cards are orange, 20% are purple and only 10% are emerald. Each player had 4 versions, "Play", "Game", "Season" and "Moment". Play were the most common with Moment being the hardest to pull.

1998 Score Rookie/Traded and 1998 Pinnacle Plus had their own Epix All-Star set, but I'm not chasing those at this time.

I like a good challenge and I figured trying to put this 72 card set together ought to be challenging, but doable. Of course I'm going to be asking for the blogging community and Twitter-verse for help in trying to assemble this set. I'm not sure if I'll start and focus just on the orange cards, or if I should just pick up whatever I can find. So far I have 3 cards, the two Andruw Jones cards above and one Greg Maddux "Play" orange.

I'm willing to trade and buy any cards from this set that I can find. If you can help, please consider sending me a message or contacting me on Twitter (@flywheels).

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Affordable Group Break 2nd Team Randomization

Well, I was hoping to fill this break up with more people, but alas the sign up window has come and gone with only one more spot claimed. That leaves 6 slots left that I'll claim. I chose a few teams that usually nobody wants so that some of the better unclaimed teams can go to the paid participants. Here is how the signs up ended:

01 - Cardboard Collections - Atlanta Braves
02 - Cards on Cards - St. Louis Cardinals
03 - Roy Galloway - Boston Red Sox
04 - Royals & Randoms - Kansas City Royals
05 - Nick Dusenberry - Baltimore Orioles
06 - Nick Vossbrink - San Francisco Giants
07 - The Angels in Order - Anaheim Angels
08 - daddyohoho - Philadelphia Phillies
09 - Royals & Randoms - Seattle Mariners
10 - Cardboard Collections - San Diego Padres
11 - Cardboard Collections - Colorado Rockies
12 - Cardboard Collections - Florida Marlins
13 - Cardboard Collections - Pittsburgh Pirates
14 - Cardboard Collections - Montreal Expos
15 - Cardboard Collections - Minnesota Twins

That left some good teams unclaimed that will be randomized for all. After we rolled the virtual dice to see how many times we'd randomize the list of unclaimed teams, here are the results!

01 - Cardboard Collections - Houston Astros
02 - Cards on Cards - Cleveland Indians Texas Rangers
03 - Roy Galloway - Chicago White Sox
04 - Royals & Randoms - Cincinnati Reds
05 - Nick Dusenberry - Detroit Tigers New York Yankees
06 - Nick Vossbrink - Oakland Athletics
07 - The Angels in Order - Los Angeles Dodgers
08 - daddyohoho - Milwaukee Brewers
09 - Royals & Randoms - Texas Rangers Cleveland Indians
10 - Cardboard Collections - New York Mets
11 - Cardboard Collections - New York Yankees Detroit Tigers
12 - Cardboard Collections - Toronto Blue Jays
13 - Cardboard Collections - Chicago Cubs

If you'd like to offer up a trade for your 2nd team, please do so on this post or at least message me and let me know of the deal so I can keep my list updated.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

2017 Topps Now: Dansby Swanson #59 (916 print run)

I still remember April 17th, 2017 like it was yesterday. Dansby steps up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, game tied 9-9 with the San Diego Padres. On a 1-2 count, he smacks a line drive out into left field just beyond the reach of the defender giving the Braves their win and first walk off of Dansby's young career as well as the first in SunTrust Park history.

Monday, May 7, 2018

2018 Topps Living Set Ronald Acuna #19

The mail man brought me a fat padded mailer today and I couldn't be happier with what was inside. When Topps launched their Living Set earlier this year, I wasn't sure what to make of it. $7.99 for a single card or $14.99 for the 3 cards released that week...not too bad. After all I've spent $9.99 on single Topps Now cards in the past. Nick Markakis was the first Braves player to be featured in the set...but I passed. I don't care that his card is trading for big dollars on eBay currently, but now that I have a card in hand I realize how beautiful they actually are.

The Braves' rookie phenom, Ronald Acuna, was called up from AAA Gwinett on 04/25/18 and has made an immediate impact. I don't have many RCs of his yet so I decided to jump on this Living Set card. While I wish they had used a different design, I love the card. At first glance it may appear to be just another Heritage type card, however the card stock used is a little thinner than Heritage. The other big difference is the photo isn't a photo, but a drawing of the player. These cards are really beautiful in hand. I'm starting to see why more and more people are jumping on this set and trying to build it now. That's not for me, but I will be cherry picking a few players moving forward.

I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the idea behind this set. Yea or nay? Have you bought any Living Set cards? If so, do you like them? If you haven't bought any, why?

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Group Break Update

Even though the sign ups have slowed down and we still have several slots still available to be claimed (and some good teams too!), I've ordered the boxes and should have them by mid-week. Once they arrive, we'll get the break going. Aiming for Thursday or Friday evening...depending on my travel schedule for work.

Any unclaimed slots will go to me as the host...however I'd rather not eat the money so be sure to tell your friends about the break. Only $8 gets you two teams, one of your choosing and one randomized.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Box Break: 2018 Panini Diamond Kings

My area has officially joined the "No Bowman" club, however there was a blaster of 2018 Panini Diamond Kings sitting on the shelf. This was the next "hot product" to feature Shohei Ohtani RCs...then the aforementioned Bowman product came out and it seemed as if no one cared about this product any longer. Below is a pack by pack break down of the blaster. At this time none of the cards are available as I'm thinking I may try to build the set...

Pack 1
053 Alex Bregman
Jacob DeGrom
Gallery of Stars

007 Mickey Mantle
085 Max Fried RC
043 Hack Wilson

Pack 2
011 Joe DiMaggio
Tyler Mahle
DK Materials (11/99)

Greg Maddux

001 Babe Ruth
018 Paul Waner

Pack 3
034 Ty Cobb
091 Greg Allen RC
Mike Trout
Trophy Club

075 Robinson Cano
032 Gabby Hartnett

Pack 4
049 Frank Thomas
007 Mickey Mantle
Gary Sheffield
The 500

089 Nicky Delmonico RC
047 Jim Bottomley

Pack 5
065 Francisco Lindor
023 Pee Wee Reese
Babe Ruth / Aaron Judge
Past and Present

005 Bobby Thomson
063 Kris Bryant

Pack 6
080 Aaron Judge
037 Chuck Klein
142 Brooks Robinson
021 Ted Lyons
078 Bryce Harper

Exclusive 3-Card Pack
Shohei Ohtani
Variation RC Artist Proof

Walker Buehler RC
Blue Frame

Mickey Mantle Collection

Well, well, well...take a look at the first card out of the bonus pack! I'm immediately shopping this card for something Braves. Overall I love the look of this set...from the painting of the players to the "canvas" feel of the cards. Panini has done another great job w/ this set. If you have any cards from this set you don't care to keep, please let me know!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

May 2018 Affordable Group Break

For the next edition of my Affordable Group Break we'll be going back to my roots and featuring products (Score) that should yield a mixture of base, Hall of Fame veterans with a chance of some parallels and inserts. Most importantly, this will be affordable at only $8 for two team slots! 

We'll start off with 1994 Score Select (Hobby). 24 packs, 12 cards per pack. When this debuted it was priced a little higher than I could afford and thus I didn't get a chance to experience this product much. A complete breakdown team by team can be found at the Trading Card Database.

When I can get both series 1 & 2 of a product, it's hard to chose sometimes which box to go this time around why not go with both series 1 and 2 of 1994 Select? Same configuration, 24 packs, 12 cards per pack. A complete over view of the set can be found at the Trading Card Database.

The final box will be one of the original products I proposed, 1995 Score Series 2 Jumbo. 24 cards per pack, 24 packs per box. Inserts include Hall of Gold, Rookie Dream Team, Airmail (exclusive to series 2 jumbo). 2 Gold Rush parallels per pack. For a full overview of the set, head back on over to the Trading Card Database.

We'll have 15 total spots available with the format of choose 1 team and the 2nd team will be randomly assigned once the break is full. Cost for each slot will only be $8 shipped. Since the 1988 only had 26 teams, two slots willAll cards pulled will be shipped. Packs will be opened Live in the Facebook group, including randomization of second team(s).

As with all of my breaks, there may be bonus packs/boxes and if any participants teams don't yield as many cards as the next guy, we'll I'll make sure to toss in more freebies.

If you're interested, all you need to do to claim your slot:

* Join the Facebook group (not required, but highly recommended)
* Comment with the team you want (first come, first serve)
* Payments will be by PayPal, (Goods & Services only)

I don't have a date yet of when we'll go live. Once the break is full and everyone has paid, I will place the order for the product. Once ordered, we'll aim for the following Friday or Saturday night to go Live. Please help spread the word to others that you know may be interested.

As with all breaks I host, I claim the Atlanta Braves. All other teams are up for grabs!

01 - Cardboard Collections - Atlanta Braves (PAID)
02 - Cards on Cards - St. Louis Cardinals (PAID)
03 - Roy Galloway - Boston Red Sox (PAID)
04 - Royals & Randoms - Kansas City Royals (PAID)
05 - Nick Dusenberry - Baltimore Orioles (PAID)
06 - Nick Vossbrink - San Francisco Giants (PAID)
07 - The Angels in Order - Anaheim Angels (PAID)
08 - daddyohoho - Philadelphia Phillies (PAID)
09 - Royals & Randoms - Seattle Mariners
10 - Cardboard Collections - San Diego Padres
11 - Cardboard Collections - Colorado Rockies
12 - Cardboard Collections - Tampa Bay Rays
13 - Cardboard Collections - Pittsburgh Pirates
14 - Cardboard Collections - Arizona Diamondbacks
15 - Cardboard Collections - Minnesota Twins