Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Authorized Upper Deck Internet Retailer?

While checking my e-mail this afternoon I got this message from Dave & Adam's Card World.

March 30th, 2011 Dear Colbey,
We are pleased to announce that we have been selected by Upper Deck to be one of only a few Authorized Internet Retailers in the United States. Unfortunately, this agreement dramatically changes who we can sell to:
  • We can no longer sell to Canada until the product has been out for a full year
  • We can no longer sell to stores or re-sellers until the product has been out 90 days
Upper Deck has also made some changes that make it vital for customers to purchase their product from Authorized Retailers. In the unlikely event there is a product issue with your box or case (damages,collations,missing cards, etc...) Upper Deck Customer Care will be able to assist you. If you purchase new Upper Deck product from a non-authorized re-seller Upper Deck will likely not be able to assist. Additionally, if you need help with redemptions and purchased from an Authorized Retailer you will get enhanced customer support.
For collectors and box breakers there has never been a better time to buy new Upper Deck products from us!

Important: In the event that you purchase a box from us and attempt to re-sell it within 90 days of the product's release date, it is highly likely this will be found out by the Upper Deck Hobby Enforcement Team. If the box is tracked back to you as the seller, Upper Deck will be providing Authorized Retailers with a Do Not Sell list, meaning you will not be able to acquire Upper Deck product in the future.
If you are interested in purchasing new Upper Deck product from us your intent must be to open the product, not to re-sell the boxes.

Interesting.  I don't see this effecting me much since UD doesn't hold a baseball license.  I guess this is good in terms of helping direct traffic through hobby dealers.  I still think Panini's effort to support brick & mortar hobby shops is better.

So what do you think about this?  Will it have any impact on your buying habits?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Delivery Day

Before learning last week that I am now "poor" I did pick up a few cards that will be slowly arriving (hopefully) this week.  The first small package of cards contained a few blue parallels from 2011 Topps Opening Day and one UD minor league card.


I still believe Topps handled these blue parallels in Opening Day better than the gold parallels from the base set of Topps.  Hudson is #d 1496/2011, McCann is #d 1410/2011 and Uggla is #d 0848/2011.  I also grabbed a photo shopped card of Lance Berkman #d 1630/2011.

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I also found another Todd Hollandsworth card that I didn't have.  This time it was a 1992 Upper Deck minor league insert, Player of the Year #PY9.  I wonder if Nomo's Sushi Platter or Night Owl have this card in their collection?

Ball in the backyard kicks off April 7th

While I'm not a Chicago White Sox fan, I do enjoy going up I-77 a few miles to Fort Mill, SC to catch a few Charlotte Knights AAA ball games each year.  1) tickets are affordable and 2) it's the closest I get to MLB in person most of the time.  I try to hit Atlanta once a year to catch a Braves game, but the logistics don't always line up.  So I'll have to settle for catching the Gwinnett Braves when they roll into town April 23-25.

This year the club opens the season at home against the Norfolk Tides (Orioles) followed by the Durham Bulls (Rays).  Since I'm a National League guy I'll have to catch up on the AAA American League prospects to figure out what other match ups I should try to catch this season.

Any AAA teams I should try to catch in 2011?  If a stud on your team is starting the season in the minor league let me know.  Throughout the season the Mets, Indians, Pirates, Phillies, Reds, Red Sox, Twins, Yankees, Nationals and the Tigers farm teams will be making a stop.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Catching up on trading...

With everything going on in my world recently I've let several really good trades go unnoticed and I wanted to take a few moments to give props to everyone that has sent me cards over the last few weeks.


I'll start off with hiflew from Cards from the Quarry.  I noticed he had a few 09 Goodwin Champion cards that I didn't have so I shot off an e-mail.  After a few days I received a package in the mail with those said Goodwin cards and a few extras that I didn't expect like these great 1993 Fleer Tom Glavine Career Highlights!


Michael from Nomo's Sushi Platter has participated in several of my past group breaks and has been a great trader.  I contacted him about a Nomo jersey card I picked up at a local card show and he offered up a nice 08 UD Timeline Josh Hamilton jersey card.  He also threw in some random Braves cards that I didn't have.  Another great trade.


The next stack of cards I received in the mail wasn't necessarily from a trade.  Greg from Night Owl Cards just sent me a package for no reason, don't you just love those kind of packages?!  Among the cards were a few shiny 2011 Topps Platinum Diamond parallels, a few Todd Hollandsworth cards I didn't have along with several Braves and a few other cards for my various PCs.



Reader Steve Drennen e-mailed me about a trade for several various cards from my trade lists.  In return he offered up several Braves cards and a few other cards for my PCs.  In addition he sent me several new cards for my batting pitchers collection.  It's been awhile since I've added any new cards so this was very cool.  At first I looked at a few of the cards thinking why did he send me these?  Then I flipped them over and all of the pictures on the back of the cards featured the pitcher either batting, holding a bat or in a batter's helmet.  Nice!


Similar to Night Owl's surprise package I also received one from the Sandlot.  He sent me some shiny Fleer Showcase Braves cards plus an old school Select Tools of the Trade John Smoltz, Josh Hamilton SP minor league and a very nice Hank Aaron among other cards.

I love trading for cards that I don't have so keep those posts and e-mail requests coming.  I'm trying to get my cards cataloged so I can get back on top of things.  Thanks to everyone for the great cards and trades.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Verse + State of the Blog

We got some really goods news today regarding my wife's unemployment benefits as they've been extended a few months.  This will help out my family in so many ways.  We're not out of the woods yet, but God is so good!

Psalm 62:7
"In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God."

The one sure thing in this world is that nothing is secure.  My wife has been out of work now for a year and half and her former profession (elementary education) just seems to be crumbling apart nationwide.  Look at the foundation that our country is built upon and take a look at what is happening in and around the community.  There is just so much uncertainty in the world today that I don't know how I would function without knowing the foundation that I have built my trust on. 

It's comforting to know that I'm standing on solid ground and that I always have a shelter when metaphorically speaking the storms come.

I would like to thank several of you out there that have shared your comments and prayers with me and for my family.  We hit a bump in the road so to speak this week when we found out that my wife's unemployment has already ran out.  We thought this would carry at least until June so to know we don't have this income to help pay various bills is a little unnerving to say the least. 

I mention this since will have some sort of impact on my blog.  You won't be seeing me post new pack or box breaks as I'll have to swear off spending for the time being on anything not deemed as a necessity.  I still hope to be able to do some simple trading so keep those e-mails and trade offers coming.  I should be able to hold affordable group breaks in the coming months so if that is one of the reasons you drop by here then you'll still be able to do so.  I have a new job offer on the table and it appears my wife may be returning to teaching (on-line) soon so we are hoping things wll start to turn around, but for the immediate things are going to be a little tough.  I'm hanging on though.  I've got the new baseball season just around the corner to look forward to and I still have plenty of things to blog about on both here and on my other blog, Random Toy Reviews.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Blaster Break - 2010 Upper Deck

We all know that most Wal-Mart stores have been carrying discounted blasters for sometime now while Target gets some of them from time to time.  I'm not sure when I found this, but Target had a blaster of 2010 Upper Deck for $9.99.  I remember standing there in the store thinking "do I really want to buy this"?  I've already got a big chunk of the set so I thought why not.  I guess in process of hosting monthly group breaks and such this blaster got pushed to the wayside until I recently found it while picking up a little.  I really wasn't expecting much out of the box, but I can say it was a fun break.  Here are a few of the cards the box served up.

#60 Matt Diaz

I'm really going to miss him this year.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have been horrible for last 15 or so years so I hope that translates into some playing time and opportunity for him to shine.

#UDGJ-MC Michael Cuddyer

My guaranteed hit of the box.  I know I've seen this design before.  What year did UD recycle this from?  Card is up for trade if any Twins want it.

#AW-11 Justin Morneau All World

Another Twins player?  First off I love die-cut cards.  The glowing planet in the back ground looks good on this design.  I'm toying with the idea of putting this set together since I think I can get most of the cards on the cheap side.

#SE-73 Heath Bell Portraits

I don't like these cards.  These look like a poor man's Obak.  Plus look at how the card is centered...or not centered.

#SB-103 Tommy Hanson Biography

I got several of these Biography cards, but this is the only one I deemed worthy enough of sharing.

#CP-3 & CP-4 Celebrity Predictors

I've seen these before online, but this is my first hands on exposure to these Celebrity Predictors.  Now I'm one to watch TMZ religiously or read the tabloids, but I don't hate these cards.  Granted I'm not in love with them nor do I care to track down the others in the set.  I know the guy is Justin Timberlake and my guess is the blonde is Cameron Diaz.  I can see however why baseball purist got upset when they first discovered these cards in their packs last year.  Next.

#BHA-4 Hanley Ramirez Baseball Heroes 20th Anniversary

Now these I like.  I believe Hank Aaron was the subject to UD's Baseball Heroes in 1991 - the first year I was exposed to the UD brand.  I really like the Masterpiece like quality of the painting used on the card.  I may have to look more into this set too.

#SE-1 Justin Upton Portraits

Another one of these cards.  This one is off centered too.  I'm starting to guess this is a problem with these.

#488 Jeff Niemann #d 40/99

Since there are no odds for inserts on the box or the wrapper I don't know what this parallel set is called or how hard they are to pull from packs.  Any Rays collector's out there interested?

This box exceeded all of my expectations, especially since I've paid far more than $10 on a blaster to not get anything of note.  I could see myself picking up another blaster or two of this assuming I can find one again.  For a set that lacked the MLB license I thought UD did a good job.  Most of the photos on the base cards are of typical UD fashion - beautiful.  Is anyone still working on this set?  Any traders out there?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Off the Field Appreciation - Todd Helton, Matt Holliday & Micah Owings

If you've followed my blog for awhile then you probably know that several of the players I collect cards of are Christians.  Yes - it helps that most of them are (or at one time were) great players of their respective games, but my reasoning for collecting their cards goes beyond their talent displayed on the field or court.  A lot of times we hear the negative news stories of professional athletes off the field getting into trouble.  I just heard this morning that Lawrence Taylor is now labeled a sex offender and has 6 years of some sort of probation.  In this crazy world we live in it's easy for anyone to fall prey to sin.  After all we all are human and fall short of the glory of God.  I don't mean this post to be preachy at all.  I respect everyone's opinion and whatever faith you decide to practice (if at all).  I just have always had a natural inclination to gravitate towards Christian athletes.

While visiting various sports sites over the last few months it's come to my attention of several players share my faith that I originally didn't know - Todd Helton & Matt Holliday specifically.  Now the last thing I can afford to do is start another player collection for someone else, but if I set parameters when it comes to collecting a new player(s) then it may work.  That said I've decided to passively pursue game-used cards of these two players.  Now I know that both are somewhat big names in the hobby and a quick scan of eBay shows a lot of different cards for these players.  What I don't want to do is just buy or trade for your run of the mill jersey card.  If I'm going to do this I want cards that either sport an awesome card design or features a swatch of jersey that just isn't white.


Take this card for example.  I pulled it from a box earlier this year I got for Christmas.  I was originally going to trade it, but the purple jersey swatch is really nice.  This isn't nearly as boring as some jersey cards of his that I've seen.  This is what I'm looking for going forward.  I like bat cards so I won't be as picky there.  Game used base cards are always worth buying IMO.

Sadly I don't have any game used cards of Holliday yet, but I think the first card I'm going after is his 2007 Upper Deck Elements game used jersey auto card.

Another player that I've read some great stuff about currently pitches for the Reds, Micah Owings.  I found his website via a Google search and I noticed her referenced the following verse as one of his favorites.  " Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. " (Hebrews 13:5)

Now for Micah I can probably make an exception and pick up whatever cards of his I can find.  I'll have to go back through my stuff and see if I have anything.  If anyone out there has anything of his that you don't want then please drop me a line.

I know there are other collector's and bloggers that collect these guys so I'm not looking to step on any toes.  I just wanted to share my latest collecting endeavor with the masses in hopes that someone out there may be able to help me out going forward.

Cardboard Highlights: 1994 Sportflics Javy Lopez Promo

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The next card to be showcased as part of Cardboard Highlights is this 1994 Sportsflics Shakers promo card of Javy Lopez.  I know that lenticular cards don't scan very well which is really unfortunate as I'm a fan of these outdated technology.  This card combines several of my favorite things on one card.  1) Lenticular technology, 2) promo card and 3) Javy Lopez. 

As this card is moved around the image of Javy changes from a simple studio shot to an action shot.  His last name grows and shrinks with each movement.  Even the letters in the round Shakers logo change and give a shaken look.  Of course this is a promo card or sample card as it's labeled so you get big black letters printed diagonally across both the front and back of the card.  To some this would deter from the card's collectibility, but to me it only adds a bit of flair.

The back of the card has the standard 90's look - ugly.  The block lettering used for his name, the gold foil used on the last name only - ugly.  The colors - ugly.  Needless to say I won't be spending too much time looking at the back! 

For me it's the front of the card where all the action is - pun intended.  Funny thing about this card is I've seen this promo version of the insert pop up on eBay way more often than the actual card.  Perhaps one day I'll get the production version to display along side this one.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Panini Redemption Cards Fulfilled!

I couldn't believe it when I checked the mail yesterday.  Panini America had sent me not one, not two, but three bubble mailers each with it's own fulfilled redemption card!  I redeemed these codes in early January 2011 and I already have these in hands.  I'm still waiting for Topps to fulfill a 2010 Topps Chrome autograph redemption!


Up first is a 2010 Panini Leaf Certified Mirror Red autograph of Panthers rookie WR David Gettis numbered 071/250.  I always like the old Certified cards and Panini has done a good job recreating this brand.


Next we have a 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear Gold Signatures autograph of David Gettis numbered 24/99.  Not my favorite Panini football card design, but I like the low numbering.


The last card Panini put in my mailbox was this 2010 Panini Limited Silver Monikers autograph numbered 055/199.  I should have scanned in the back of this card as it's the nicest of the trio.

Sure all 3 cards are sticker autos.  I'm just thrilled that Panini included a low draft pick (6th round) like Gettis in their autograph checklist and that they delivered in a relatively short amount of time.  At least if redemption cards must be used Panini delivered with the goods and made a collector happy.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Unless you're blogger Ryan G you can ignore this...

I've got everyone's group break stacks all packed up and ready to be mailed tomorrow with the exception of Ryan G who claimed the Giants & Mariners.  I can't seem to find your mailing address anywhere.  I hope you (or someone else) points you to this post so you can e-mail your mailing address to me today, Sunday the 20th.  If you don't have the e-mail handy - flywheels at yahoo dot com


Sunday Verse

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I don't know about you, but myself and my family have been going through some difficult times over the last 1 1/2 or so and it's always refreshing to be reminded - in this case this morning @ church - that nothing will ever keep us from His love!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Out of Order

Well I thought I was getting better as I've been fighting off the crud in my throat and lungs all week, but when I woke up this morning I told myself that I had enough.  I hate going to the doctor and I hate spending money on the doctor / prescriptions, but I went anyway.  An hour and half later and I'm told it's nothing serious, but to stay home from work for the next 2 days and take it easy.  All that said I'm taking a few moments to let everyone know that any cards I owe you whether it be your part of the group break or a trade we've discussed has been put on hold until I get back on my feet.  

I have some important things to do Monday regarding a potential new job (!) so I have to get better this weekend.  I do aim to drop by the post office this coming Monday so hopefully the meds the doc put me on will kick in and I'll get to feeling better real soon.  Until then I guess all I can do is lay in the couch and watch some March Madness and see my bracket get destroyed!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Box Break - 2011 Topps Opening Day

I know that the new Opening Day product is so yesterday now that 2011 Heritage has hit stores and everyone is busting packs and boxes looking for the inserts and autographs, but when you collect on a budget sometimes you have to forgo the more expensive releases and go with the more affordable pack/box.

In my book I'm not settling though as I love the base design for this year's Topps flagship brand and the lack of silver foil on the cards' front is appealing to me.  Sure the silver ink makes it hard to read the player position on some of the cards and others cards featured photo shopped pics of the players in their new uniforms, I love this year's Opening Day set.  I believe for a first time ever there is also a hobby version of the set - which I busted a box of.  One of the best part of this year's set in my opinion are the various insert sets.  There is a nice variety of insert sets with the glow in the dark Stadium Lights and the pseudo 3-D Opening Day Stars being my favorites.

My hobby box did an ok job with the base cards if you're a set builder.  Since it's a rather small set (220) cards I'm going after it so look for my want list in my sidebar to the right after I complete this post.  I did notice while collating the cards that the doubles I got were in multiples - sometimes 3 or 4 of the same card.  All of my doubles will be listed under the Trade Bait Baseball link.

As far as the inserts go some of them are carry overs from last years set such as the blue bordered parallels (#'d to 2011) and Mascots.  There are plenty of new inserts however to chase and we'll look at each one.

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The aforementioned blue bordered parallels are serially numbered to 2011.  Notice the numbering is actually stamped with gold foil.  The base set of Topps had the serial numbering stamped with that crummy black ink.

Other blue bordered parallels I pulled:
- #052 Placido Polanco (0228/2011)
- #063 Manny Ramirez (0142/2011)
- #105 Roy Oswalt (1029/2011)
- #162 Gordon Beckam (0976/2011)
- #178 Joe Mauer (0477/2011)
- #198 Adrian Gonzalez (1802/2011)


The Mascot cards feature each team's goofy mascot.  I didn't even know some of these teams had mascots!

Other Mascot cards pulled:
- #M-03 Baltimore Orioles 
- #M-04 Wally the Green Monster (x2)
- #M-06 Capper
- #M-10 Billy the Marlin
- #M-18 Pirate Parrot
- #M-20 Mariner Moose
- #M-23 Rangers Captain
- #M-24 Toronto Blue Jays
- #M-25 Screech

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Opening Day Stars features the same 'technology' Topps used for their 2020 set in last year's base set.  They have a pseudo 3-D, old school Sportsflic look.  Some people hate these, I personally love 'em.

Other Opening Day Stars cards pulled:
- #ODS-03 Alex Rodriguez
- #ODS-06 CC Sabathia

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Presidential First Pitch cards highlight various U.S. Presidents throwing out the first pitch through the years.  Some people hate it when politics are mixed with baseball, but at least these cards have more of a baseball tie-in than in past political insert sets.

Other Presidential First Pitch cards pulled:
- #PFP-01 Barack Obama (July 14, 2009)
- #PFP-02 Harry Truman (April 20, 1951)
- #PFP-03 Calvin Coolidge (October 4, 1924)
- #PFP-05 Richard Nixon (April 7, 1969)
- #FPF-07 George W. Bush (April 14, 2005)

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Spot the Error cards have you searching for the error.  The cards are basically the same on the front and back with the exception of the one error.  I've stared at a few of these until my eyes hurt.  I was easily able to spot the error on the Chase Utley card, but I'm really not good at these sort of things so I'm no surprised I haven't found most of the errors.  I can see these being a hit w/ the kids.

Other Spot the Error cards pulled:
- #01 Mark Teixeira
- #04 Chase Utley
- #05 David Ortiz
- #06 Ubaldo Jimenez
- #07 David Wright

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Stadium Lights (or Under the Lights as they were called on the sell sheets) are probably the best and most popular of this year's inserts.  When these cards are held under a light source and then placed in the dark you'll see the majority of the card glow in the dark!  I know its gimmicky, but it works.  The back of the cards list some night game facts which is a nice touch.  I know fellow blogger Night Owl was very excited about these cards when they were first solicited and he's right to be excited because they are very nice.

Other Stadium Lights cards pulled:
- #UL-02 Troy Tulowitzki
- #UL-06 Chase Utley (x2)

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Superstar Celebrations are also a holdover from last year's set.  Of course I was excited about the above Jason Heyward card.  I already have a full set of these coming so everything listed here will be available for trade with the exception of Pujols.

Other Superstar Celebrations cards pulled:
- #SC-03 David Ortiz
- #SC-06 Evan Longoria
- #SC-10 Carlos Pena
- #SC-11 Jimmy Rollins
- #SC-13 Albert Pujols
- #SC-14 David Wright
- #SC-20 Ichiro
- #SC-22 Cliff Lee


And yes even ToppsTown cards make an appearance here.  Yawn.

Other ToppsTown cards pulled:
- #TTOD-03 Hunter Pence
- #TTOD-14 Brian Matusz
- #TTOD-18 Desmond Jennings (x2)
- #TTOD-21 Austin Jackson

All in all it was a fun box to open.  Don't expect a whole of lot return on your purchase if you plan to resell these cards however.  I believe the set is made for kids since packs carry a MSRP of $.99.  Just like with my other hobby (action figures) kids are the life blood of the hobby and without them it's hard for some of the companies to continue on.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Group Break Finale

After a short break I'm back with the last round of loose packs to finish up this month's group break.  This break has been something else what with the surprise of the "brick" packs found in the box of 1994 Score and having to search out a replacement box.  Each team has ended up with many more cards then I figured so I'm hoping I don't lose out to much when I ship out everyone's cards this weekend or early next week!

Today I've got a selection of packs ranging from 2006 through 2009.  Most of these were generously donated by fellow blogger Ryan.  Without further delay let's get ripping:

Packs 1-4:  2006 Topps Series 2
Pack 1:
#489 Jason Bartlett (Twins)
#562 Jose Castillo (Pirates)
#398 Ryan Howard (Phillies)
#333 Ryan Langerhans (Braves)
#606 2005 Houston Astros
#362 Brian McCann (Braves)

Pack 2:
#555 Scott Rolen (Cardinals)
#331 Matt Holliday (Rockies)
#594 Buck Showalter (Rangers)
#455 Dontrelle Willis (Marlins)
#633 Josh Barfield (Padres)
#642 Brian Bannister (Mets)

Pack 3:
#403 Brandon Webb (Diamondbacks)
#336 Ted Lilly (Blue Jays)
#OD-RD Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - Opening Day
#493 Eddie Guardado (Mariners)
#633 Josh Barfield (Padres)
#651 Jose Reyes & Kaz Matsui (Mets)

The Opening Day insert will go to the Rockies since 1) they are the home team & 2) Diamondbacks weren't offered as a team to claim.

Pack 4:
#369 Mike Hampton (Braves)
#393 Brian Schneider (Nationals)
#SC-TM Thomas Mifflin - United States Constitution
#546 Andy Sisco (Royals)
#642 Brian Bannister (Mets)
#387 Ken Griffey, Jr. (Reds)

I plan to keep the Constitution card if no one objects.

Packs 5-8:  2006 Topps Opening Day
Pack 1:
#148 Francisco Liriano (Twins)
#142 Anthony Reyes (Cardinals)
#125 Carlos Delgado (Mets)
#163 Paul McAnulty (Padres)
#059 Andruw Jones (Braves)
#160 Darrell Rasner (Nationals)
#022 Ichiro - SI for Kids Funny Photos (Mariners)

Pack 2:
#151 John Koronka RC (Cubs)
#146 Walter Young RC (Orioles)
#041 Albert Pujols (Cardinals)
#109 Paul Lo Duca (Mets)
#139 Ryan Garko RC (Indians)
#095 Andy Pettitte (Astros)
#023 Craig Biggio & Jack Wilson - SI for Kids Funny Photos (Astros/Pirates)

Pack 3:
#088 Rich Harden (A's)
#113 Wily Mo Pena (Reds)
#133 Nick Swisher (A's)
#094 Johan Santana (Twins)
#019 Scott Rolen (Cardinals)
#099 Miguel Tejada (Orioles)
#020 Todd Helton - SI for Kids Funny Photos (Rockies)

Pack 4:
#051 Melvin Mora (Orioles)
#042 Zack Greinke (Royals)
#055 Joe Mauer (Twins)
#028 Nick Johnson (Nationals)
#087 Chien-Ming Wang (Yankees)
#143 Bryan Bullington (Pirates)
#013 Shannon Stewart - SI for Kids Max Action (Twins)

Pack 9:  2007 Upper Deck Future Stars
#003 Stephen Drew (Diamondbacks)
#017 Carlos Zambrano (Cubs)
#091 Rocco Baldelli (Rays)
#007 John Smoltz (Braves)

Packs 10-13:  2008 Upper Deck Documentary
Pack 1:
#1526 Braves
#1834 Orioles
#2516 Marlins
#2506 Tigers
#0208 Phillies
#0247 Mariners
#3666 Marlins
#3663 Tigers
#3705 Mariners
#2165 White Sox - Gold Parallel

Gold parallels are inserted 1:2 packs.

Pack 2:
#1818 Diamondbacks
#2102 Angels
#0148 Dodgers
#0138 Royals
#0811 Pirates
#0801 Phillies
#3278 Braves
#3275 Diamondbacks
#3272 Angels
#2080 Rangers - Gold Parallel

Pack 3:
#1522 Braves
#1830 Braves
#2520 Marlins
#2510 Tigers
#2941 Mariners
#2931 Giants
#3758 Astros
#3755 Marlins
#3752 Tigers
#2175 Reds - Gold Parallel

Pack 4:
#2747 Red Sox
#0034 Orioles
#2525 Astros
#2515 Marlins
#0217 Nate McLouth
#0207 Phillies
#3693 Phillies
#3645 Red Sox
#3642 Orioles
#2163 White Sox - Gold Parallel

Packs 14 & 15:  2008 Upper Deck First Edition
Pack 1:
#222 Placido Polanco (Tigers)
#190 Manny Ramirez (Red Sox)
#157 Brian Giles (Padres)
#231 Jason Barlett (Twins)
#036 Rafael Soriano (Braves)
#005 Scot Shields (Angels)
#217 Jeremy Bonderman (Tigers)
#281 Carlos Muniz RC (Mets)
#263 Ross Detwiler RC (Nationals)
#SQ-20 Alex Rodriguez - Starquest (Yankees)

Pack 2:
#014 Mark Loretta (Astros)
#109 J.J. Putz (Mariners)
#208 Willy Taveras (Rockies)
#209 Brian Bannister (Royals)
#176 Brandon McCarthy (Rangers)
#144 Chris Ray (Orioles)
#278 Luis Mendoza RC (Rangers)
#297 J.R. Towles RC (Astros)
#270 Chin-Lung Hu RC (Dodgers)
#SQ-28 Brandon Webb - Starquest (Diamondbacks)

Packs 16-18:  2008 Upper Deck X
Pack 1:
#042 Magglio Ordonez (Tigers)
#028 Ken Griffey, Jr. (Reds)
#090 Rick Ankiel - Die-Cut (Cardinals)
#X-TT Troy Tulowitzki - Xpotential (Rockies)
#5955 Derek Jeter - Yankee Stadium Legacy
#080 Adrian Gonzalez (Padres)

Pack 2:
#060 Joe Mauer (Twins)
#046 Lance Berkman (Astros)
#006 John Smoltz - Die-Cut (Braves)
#X-CG Curtis Granderson - Xpotential (Tigers)
#062 David Wright (Mets)
#097 Vernon Wells (Blue Jays)

Pack 3:
#100 Lastings Milledge (Nationals)
#022 Kosuke Fukodome RC - Die-Cut (Cubs)
#X3-HR Hanley Ramirez - Xponential (Marlins)
#1775 New York Yankees - Yankee Stadium Legacy
#033 Travis Hafner (Indians)
#075 Jimmy Rollins (Phillies)

Pack 19:  2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom
#105 Justin Upton (Diamondbacks)
#005 David Wright (Mets)
#178 Roy Oswalt - Parallel (Astros)
#TTS-12 Joey Votto - Ticket to Stardom (Reds)
#116 Gary Matthews, Jr. (Angels)
#176 Chase Utley (Phillies)
#071 Carlos Marmol (Cubs)

Packs 20-22:  2009 Upper Deck First Edition
Pack 1:
#056 Aramis Ramirez (Cubs)
#036 Coco Crisp (Red Sox)
#001 Randy Johnson (Diamondbacks)
#255 Erik Bedard (Mariners)
#265 Troy Glaus (Cardinals)
#146 Joe Saunders (Angels)
#SQ-22 Prince Fielder - Starquest (Brewers)
#194 John Maine (Mets)
#171 Bill Hall (Brewers)
#164 Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)

Pack 2:
#240 Chris Young (Padres)
#047 Hideki Okajima (Red Sox)
#028 Adam Jones (Orioles)
#106 Gary Sheffield (Tigers)
#149 Chad Billingsley (Dodgers)
#113 Jeremy Hermida (Marlins)
#SQ-19 Miguel Cabrera - Starquest (Tigers)
#179 Joe Mauer (Twins)
#201 Derek Jeter (Yankees)
#292 Scott Rolen (Blue Jays)

Pack 3:
#047 Hideki Okajima (Red Sox)
#028 Adam Jones (Orioles)
#113 Jeremy Hermida (Marlins)
#126 Mike Aviles (Royals)
#244 Khalil Greene (Padres)
#SQ-14 Jake Peavy - Starquest (Padres)
#0182 Jack Nicklaus - 20th Anniversary Retrospective
#211 Andy Pettitte (Yankees)
#283 Michael Young (Rangers)
#289 Roy Halladay (Blue Jays)

Anyone want that Nicklaus card?

Thats it everyone.  The March group break is in the books.  Thank you to everyone that participated this month.  I can't do this without people signing up and supporting the breaks.  If you want to contribute loose packs or a box of baseball cards for a future group break please e-mail me.  Otherwise I'll most likely be back next month with another affordable group break.

The team tally list has been updated with the final numbers.  Make sure to check out the list to see how well your team(s) fared against the others.