Friday, August 29, 2014

How to Properly Open a Can of 1997 Pinnacle Inside

Over a year ago I was at my LCS and I bought a can of 1997 Pinnacle Inside out of a junk box for a dollar. I've been waiting until the right night to open it up, because I wanted to do it the right way. Enjoy.

That Mussina Diamond die-cut parallel clocks in at 1:63 cans. Pretty good hit, hopefully I can flip it to a die-hard Mike Mussina collector.

Also, the soup was good.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Garage Sale Finds

Back over Memorial Day weekend (yeah, sad, I know) I was up in Minnesota. One morning my sister-in-law, who is an expert at these sort of things, invited us to come along rummaging with her. Let's take a look at what I got.

The very first place we stopped was a garage owned by some real professionals. You could tell that putting out their wares was an every-weekend sort of deal, and that the garage was basically a permanent junk store. There were shelves upon shelves of VHS tapes, and I decided to hone in on the action genre. There's just something about an '80s or early '90s action movie on VHS that gets lost in the translation to another format. The price was right, too, as all tapes were only a quarter apiece. I spent $1.00 total on these movies:

1. Cobra
Never seen it, but looking forward to it. I was never really a big Stallone guy, but I hear this delivers.

2. New Jack City
Urban crime was never really my genre, either. I'm sure I'm making someone very jealous that I get to watch this for the first time.

3. Above the Rim
Ditto. In the interest of full disclosure, I've never seen Juice either.

4. Kickboxer
Now this one I have seen. That Tung Pao is a bad emmer offer.

A few houses later, we happened upon another perma-store garage, this one cleaner and better organized that the one previous. Apparently you pay for the reassurance that you're not going to catch a disease by thumbing through stacks of vinyl, so their tapes were priced at a buck each. I talked the lady down to 50 cents for each of these.

5. Kickboxer 2
Fuck yeah, that domestic violence dude from Step By Step! It feels good to be able to pair the original with its sequel.

6. Delta Force 2
I'm not real big on Chuck Norris movies, so this would be new to me, too. The lady selling them declared, "Ooh, I just love that Chuck Norris." Seal of Fucking Approval.

Finally, the last thing I'll share here was something I got back at the first garage with the quarter VHS tapes. I'm sure everyone has a holy grail of their own personal rummage sale search, and this one was one of mine.

Crossfire (Complete, No Box)

I only think I would have been more psyched if I had found a MIB Fireball Island, but this is pretty good. Crossfire is a stupid, pointless, draining, boring game, but its commercial from its heyday makes it seem totally awesome. The current resale market is pretty hot for this game, even for sets lacking the original box. When I finally get around to selling it, I'm hoping to see a sale price in the $35-$40 range.

Price paid: $3.00


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

May Group Break: Team #14 - Milwaukee Brewers

I should probably blog at least once a month, right?

Let's fulfill the July quota by concluding the May group break. I'll show off what I got with the Brewers slot.

Requisite Base Cards

2012 Allen & Ginter Corey Hart Black Mini, 2012 Panini Prizm Robin Yount Green Prizm, 2014 Topps Ryan Braun Upper Class

Those were all cards I didn't own before acquiring them, so they're all winners in my book.

See you in August?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Trade Lists Updated

I've spent the better part of the afternoon adding cards to my lists cards of available for trade. It feels good to go from a bunch of piles everywhere to an organized trade box. There's a lot more cards available in 1980, 1978, and 1976 Topps, and some cards in sets that haven't appeared before, like 1959, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1977, plus some new stuff in the early '80s lists. If you are building a set in any of these years, check out what I've got, and let's make a trade. Just find the year you're looking for in the sidebar.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

May Group Break: Team #13 - Texas Rangers

Before the deadline passed, BS jumped in to grab the Rangers in addition to his two other teams. Let's see how wise that was.

Team: Texas Rangers
Buyer: BS

Base Rookies

Shiny Yus and an Elvis
That Red Darvish parallel looks flippin' sweet.

A Metric Ton O' Profar
That '72 of him is a refractor of some sort.

Adrian Beltre Super Veteran

2012 Topps Nolan Ryan Gold Standard

2013 Heritage Adrian Beltre and Matt Harrison
Both are SP's.

2013 Topps All-Star Stitches Nelson Cruz

And now, the strangest card encountered in any group break...
1987 Topps Custom Don Slaught Patch Card
Seriously, I had no idea what to think of this card once it showed up in the lot. Not being very familiar with most of the retro-themed sets released in the last few years, I thought it could have been some special Archives card or something like that. A little digging around on eBay helped me find this auction that ended in March. So apparently this guy made the Slaught patch card on a lark, and then sold it for what had to be a loss (accounting for shipping costs). The buyer then didn't want to own it anymore and either sold it to someone else or put it in the lot that I bought. So very strange, all of it.


1975 SSPC Ferguson Jenkins

1997 Donruss Signature Series Rusty Greer AUTO

2001 Topps Noteworthy Alex Rodriguez

2012 Gypsy Queen Sliding Stars x2

2005 Topps Chrome Refractor Kevin Mench

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

May Group Break: Team #12 - Cleveland Indians

Today is my first day of summer vacation without any professional responsibilities, so it's a goal to have this MAY group break finished before the end of the third week of JUNE.

Team: Cleveland Indians
Buyer: cabz05

Base Rookies
Only three of them? Not a good sign.

2010 Topps Luis Valbuena Bronze Parallel (007/399)
Double-O-Seven on the serial number? Flippin' sweet!

And that's all she wrote.
Luckily, there were some nice Indians in my box of madness that should make it all worth it for cabz05.


2011 Topps Tribute Roberto Alomar Dual Jersey (18/99)
Hard to argue with a card like that.

2004 Throwback Threads Bob Feller Century Stars (0224/1500)

2006 UD Ultimate Lou Boudreau (214/799)

2001 Topps Jim Thome Own the Game x2

1996 Fleer Jim Thome Post-Season Glory

1995 Fleer Ultra Home Run King Manny Ramirez
I really like the Al 'N Ann's sticker on the penny sleeve here. A simple Google search found that Al 'N Ann's is a collectibles store in McHenry, Illinois. From their website, it looks to be more of a comic book store that sort of dabbles in sports cards than anything else. It also looks like the place to go on Free Comic Book Day to see women dressed up as costumed superheroes (if that's your thing).

I hope you were pleased with the extras, even if the main break haul turned out to be a stinker.