Monday, February 18, 2019

Breathing new life into an old PC

I guess I can blame it on Twitter. All the cool kids are posting their latest hauls, trading and selling cards via the little blue bird and it's made me want to contribute as much as possible. I even recently changed my Twitter handle to the name of this blog. All this change however has also led to me breathing life into an old PC, Brad Fullmer.

Why I actually began collecting Brad Fullmer is lost on me. I recall watching him play against my Braves when he came up with the Montreal Expos, but why I actually picked him and decided to chase his cards...well your guess is as good as mine! None the less, I recently came across several cheap listings for various 1998 Topps Tek patterns and I pulled the trigger. 20 cards to be exact, which puts me at 21 now.

So I guess the chase is officially on again...not only for the rest of these Topps Tek cards but also his collection in general. Up next for me is hitting up the Trading Card Database and update my have and want lists for Brad Fullmer.

I also found a few other cards from the same seller that I didn't have, one of which was a hard to find 1996 7 Eleven oddball when he played for the Honolulu Sharks.

Last, but not least I found a low serially numbered parallel from 2002 Fleer Maximum. I think the parallel set is called To the Max and are numbered to 300. Funny how this card is virtually worthless to anyone not a Blue Jays or Brad Fullmer collector, yet how hard it can be to find and when you do it's not always cheap.

Still have a loooong way to go w/ this collection, but for now I may just keep an eye open for the other Tek cards and put my focus back on my first PC, Rey Ordonez instead.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

1995 Flashback Group Break Results

Thanks for everyone that participated again. Each time I go into hosting one of these breaks I wonder if there are enough people out there that even care to help make them happen...and you guys keep supporting me and I appreciate that.

All packages have been packed up and labels printed. Everything will go out tomorrow morning so keep your eyes on your mail box for later this week.

If you weren't able to watch last night on Twitter (@flywheels), here is a quick breakdown of the hits pulled from the boxes. Overall most of the teams had a nice stack of cards when it was all said and done.

Up first was the box of Sportflix and all of it's lenticular goodness.

Hammer Team fell at 1:4 packs so we had plenty of those divided up amongst the participants.

Detonators were 1:16 packs

Double Take were 1:48 packs. This one featured Mike Piazza and Carlos Delgado. It was randomly given away between the Dodgers and Blue Jays and ultimately went to the Blue Jays.

The Artist Proof parallels were 1:36 packs and went to the Dodgers.

Next up was the box of Summit. This was Pinnacle's effort at taking their Score brand to the next level with a thicker card stock and a more "premium" overall feel.

Nth Degree parallels were 1:4 packs and feature a sparkly rainbow sheen.

Big Bang fell 1:72 packs so we beat the odds with this one. Beautiful card in hand of Mike Piazza of the Dodgers.

New Age were 1:18 packs and we ended up w/ former ROY Billy Ashley...again of the Dodgers.

21 Club inserts were found 1:36 packs and this card goes to the Reds as we pulled Pokey Reese.

The last box would be Zenith, Pinnacle's first foray into the ultra premium level of cards (at the time). The black and gold look great together, especially in hand. Ripping this box was a lot of fun.

I know this card of Jeter isn't a RC, but I found it fun pulling a card of the future hall of famer from earlier in his career.

All-Star Salute inserts highlighted various efforts in the 1995 All-Star game. These were seeded 1:6 packs.

The Rookie Roll Call checklist features a lot of young players that never did much in the majors, but thankfully we got one of the better players. Love all the Dufex technology.

Last but certainly not least is one of the best looking cards I've pulled from 90's product in while. Z Team cards were a tough pull at 1:72 packs and this Griffey is an absolute beauty!

I wish I had felt better last night when I ripped the boxes, but it still was a lot of fun. Hopefully everyone will be happy w/ their stack of cards once it arrives. Until next time...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Affordable Group Break 2nd Team Randomization

Now that all the slots have been filled it's time to 1) say thank you again to those who signed up to participate and 2) randomize the unclaimed teams and assign them to each slot. As with in the past, trading is encouraged...just please post your trades somewhere public so that I know. I'd hate to send the wrong cards to the wrong person!

As a refresher, here are the teams that have been claimed:

01 - Braves - Cardboard Collections
02 - Royals - Royals & Randoms
03 - Giants - Nick Vossbrink
04 - Red Sox - Bulldog
05 - Cardinals - Cards on Cards
06 - Astros - The Dimwit
07 - Cubs - Matt Pederson
08 - Pirates - Wade Fisher
09 - Rockies - Adam Kaningher
10 - Orioles - Nick Dusenberry
11 - Indians - Ken Kinsley
12 - Yankees - Lost Collector
13 - Mariners - Tim B
14 - Athletics - Bulldog

So now let's take the teams that went unclaimed and load them into the list randomizer on and we'll see which teams go to which participants. Teams will be assigned in the order of this list, so the first team will go to me and the last team will go to Bulldog. Got it?

01 - Expos - Cardboard Collections
02 - Blue Jays - Royals & Randoms
03 - Twins - Nick Vossbrink
04 - Brewers - Bulldog
05 - Padres - Cards on Cards
06 - Tigers - The Dimwit
07 - Reds - Matt Pederson
08 - Angels - Wade Fisher
09 - Phillies - Adam Kaningher
10 - Mets - Nick Dusenberry
11 - Dodgers - Ken Kinsley
12 - White Sox - Lost Collector
13 - Marlins - Tim B
14 - Rangers - Bulldog

Alright, trading is open! Again, just make sure I know once your trade is confirmed so I can update it on my end and make sure you get the proper cards! See everyone on Twitter (@flywheels) Saturday night at 9 PM Eastern.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Google Shutting Down Google+ - How Will This Effect Blogger?

A few days ago I received an email from Google that they were closing their own Social Media platform, Google+. No surprise really, I mean who can complete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter? At first I didn't give it much thought, but then it dawn on me that I was using Google+ as my commenting system here on Blogger. It was an easy change to convert back to using Blogger for comments, but I thought I'd share the info with others just in case you hadn't heard.

Now back to your regularly scheduled baseball card blogging...

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