Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2012 Topps Laziness / Beautiful Tim Hudson

My promise to you.  I will not flood this blog with post after post after post of 2012 Topps.  Outside of my pending group break I plan to keep the 2012 Topps post minimal.  That said I wanted to share this.

I watched Chris Olds' Beckett video the other day on YouTube and I was happy to see an awesome card of Craig Kimbrel hunched over on the mound getting ready to throw some gas.  Later on in I ran across a different card of Kimbrel in his sharp red jersey.  Since Topps hasn't released anything about the SPs I thought maybe, just maybe I got lucky.  Turns out the red jersey is #87 while the latter is #20.

The thing that got me all worked up however is the back of the card.  Just take a look.

Do you see what I see?  It's the exact same card back!  C'mon Topps.  I'm glad you made 2 Kimbrel cards, but couldn't you at least come up w/ a different back?  Perhaps a brief story on how he won the NL Rookie of the Year award or something?  Heck, I'd even take a write up of his and the Braves September collapse!

However all is not lost.  Topps redeemed their selves with this awesome photo of Tim Hudson.  I will be chasing the rainbow.

It is evident in my opinion that Topps has upped the quality of the photography for this year's flagship set.  I've seen lots of great play at the plate action shots among others already.

Back to the Huddy card.  I wish they would've made mention of the game he hit this homer he's starting at.  I'd even take a card with his batting statistics.  Now that would be a "game changer".

Super Bowl Countdown - Carolina Panthers Patch Edition Day #2

5 more days until the big game my team has nothing to do with!  Staying on offense we'll head over to the WR position and check out a nice card of Steve Smith.  To bad the shiny foil front of the card doesn't show better in the scan.

2007 Donruss Gridiron Kings Steve Smith patch #07/50
2007 Donruss Gridiron Kings #07/50

Monday, January 30, 2012

Super Bowl Countdown - Carolina Panthers Patch Edition

In preparation for the Super Bowl this weekend that my team isn't a part of I thought I'd share some nice Carolina Panthers patch cards in my collection.  We'll kick off the feature with DeAngelo Williams.

2010 Panini Epix Deangelo Williams Highlight Zone patch #37/50
2010 Panini Epix #37/50

Topps Diamond Giveaway Haul

Right after I entered my 45th code into the Diamond Giveaway site I knew I was done.  I've been trying and trying to trade some of my 60's and 70's cards for more Atlanta Braves die-cut diamond cards with no such luck.  So I decided it was time to ship the majority of the cards.  A big padded envelope showed up this weekend with my cards.  Most of them are available if anyone wants them.  Just let me know and I'm sure we can work something out.

1965 Topps Steve Hamilton #309   1967 Topps Randy Hundley #106

1968 Topps Jesse Gonder #617   1975 Topps Ted Kubiak #329

1976 Topps George Stone #567   1978 Topps John Montague #117
1978 Topps #208   1979 Topps Juan Beniquez #478

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2011 Topps Mike Minor   2011 Topps Tommy Hanson

2011 Topps Martin Prado

I still can't get over how beautiful these die-cut cards are in hand.  Ever since I got these 3 I had tons and tons of trade offers.  Glad to finally have them in my possession.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Trade with reader Jeffrey Wiltse

It seemed as if I was in the middle of a trading drought.  I didn't have the time to browse many want lists and I wasn't receiving any offers.  All of this changed over the last week or so when I started to get trade offer after trade offer in my e-mail's inbox.  One of these offers was from reader Jeffrey Wiltse.  He was working on completing his 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter set and also set his eyes on some 2011 Topps Gold parallels.  In return he offered up a variety of cards for several different insert sets I've been slowly working on.  Here are a few of the cards that filled some holes in the sets.

The 2008 Topps Historical Campaign Matchups are greatly appreciated as they put a big dent in the want list.  Same goes for the 2011 Kimball Champions and the 2 SPs from 2011 Allen & Ginter put me ever so close to completing my first ever A&G set.  Thank you so much Jeffrey!

Sunday Verse

John 6:35

Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

Have a fantastic day everyone!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

February 2012 Group Break Randomization

2012 Topps is almost here!  That means February's Affordable Group Break is almost here!  According to Blowout Cards our boxes should ship Wednesday.  I'm hoping that means we'll have the boxes in hand by the weekend.  It's going to be a big weekend.  It's my weekend off from work.  Super Bowl.  Group Break.  Fun times are ahead!

Back to the group break.  Here are the teams already claimed.  If you haven't paid yet please do so.

01) Atlanta Braves (Cardboard Collections) (PAID)
02) Baltimore Orioles (Justin G.) (PAID)
03) Texas Rangers (Play at the Plate)
04) Toronto Blue Jays (moremonkeys138) (PAID)
05) Colorado Rockies (hiflew) (PAID)
06) New York Yankees (NY Hitman 23) (PAID)
07) Cincinnati Reds (Potch) (PAID)
08) Philadelphia Phillies (daddyohoho) (PAID)
09) San Francisco Giants (arpsmith) (PAID)
10) St. Louis Cardinals (IkesCards) (PAID)
11) Boston Red Sox (jaybarkerfan) (PAID)
12) New York Mets (TheBrooklynMet) (PAID)
13) Milwaukee Brewers (cynicalbuddha) (PAID)
14) Washington Nationals (Cool Breeze) (PAID)
15) Cleveland Indians (Baseball Dad) (PAID)

That leaves us with 15 great teams that will be thrown into Random.org's list randomizer.  We'll hit the button 3 times and go with the results.




So the final results are as follows:

  1. Angels - Cardboard Collections
  2. Cubs - Justin G.
  3. Tigers - Play at the Plate
  4. Athletics - moremonkeys138
  5. Mariners - hiflew
  6. Astros - NY Hitman 23
  7. Pirates - Potch
  8. Dodgers - daddyohoho
  9. Marlins - arpsmith
  10. Rays - IkesCards
  11. Padres - jaybarkerfan
  12. Diamondbacks - TheBrooklynMet
  13. White Sox - cynicalbuddha
  14. Twins - Cool Breeze
  15. Royals - Baseball Dad
Feel free to trade your 2nd team.  You have until the boxes arrive to do so.  Just please make sure to leave your trade comments here on this post and or e-mail me to make sure I know who is swapping teams.  Thanks again everyone for your support!