Monday, May 31, 2010

Cheapo/Not-So-Cheapo Group Break: 2006 EPIC

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and following that I will be on vacation. This means that I will be holding this month's group break a little earlier than usual. For June we will be opening four boxes of 2006 Upper Deck EPIC. Lots of good stuff available in this product, five packs per box and three cards per pack with at least one game-used or autographed card in every pack.

I inspected the checklist closely and came up with a fair pricing structure. All of the current teams are represented, some more than others. A few teams will clock in at less than five dollars, while other marquee clubs will have a much higher price tag, based on a greater likelihood of getting a great card.

I'm changing things a little. For starters, payment must be immediate. Like... within five minutes of claiming your team. If I notice your comment indicating team preference but no payment has been made, I will delete your comment, thus opening your team to be claimed by someone else. I will be ordering the boxes on Thursday, June 3. Payment for your team can be made to:

And as always, please include your screen name, real name, team, and mailing address as a note in your payment message.

Here are the teams with the price following each one.

Rays $4.86: Chris Mays (paid)
Yankees $38.80: Jeanette (paid)
Blue Jays $5.90: Peterson (paid)
Red Sox $38.80: Cardsplitter (paid)
Orioles $38.80: beardy (paid)

Twins $21.37: Thorzul
Tigers $16.53: Peterson (paid)
Indians $6.85: stusigpi (paid)
White Sox $15.88: Thorzul
Royals $5.71: longlivethewho (paid)

Rangers $19.38: Thorzul
A's $14.54: Todd Uncommon (paid)
Angels $14.54: Thorzul
Mariners $8.85: Jonathan @ RGB Cards (paid)

Phillies $19.95: arfmax (paid)
Nationals $5.71: Zpop (paid)
Marlins $8.56: Hamrammobtown (paid)
Mets $28.36: BA Benny (paid)
Braves $12.83: Chris Mays (paid)

Reds $38.80: Thorzul
Cardinals $38.80: Ike's Cards (paid)
Cubs $38.80: darkship (paid)
Pirates $20.52: Todd Uncommon (paid)
Brewers $21.94: Thorzul
Astros $8.00: stusigpi (paid)

Padres $10.55: Peterson (paid)
Giants $22.95: Todd Uncommon (paid)
Dodgers $38.80: gcrl (paid)
Rockies $4.27: Thorzul
Diamondbacks $5.43: Thorzul

Remember, claim (and pay for) your team by Thursday at 5:00 pm Central. Good luck, hope you get something good!

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Card Shop

Alright, I'll level with you. I was already safe at home, packs of cards in tow. Awesome stuff, too, stuff like 2009 Upper Deck X, and a bunch of those Looney Tunes Comic Ball thingies.

Then, tragedy struck. I just crushed the last pack out of the park, lots of great cards, and in the midst of all that ripping, I got an owie.

A massive owie. Massive.
At least I got something good in that pack.
2009 Upper Deck X #UDXJ-KM Kendry Morales Game-Used Jersey



Friday, May 28, 2010

If 1993 Topps Finest Refractors Were Serially Numbered...

...what do you think the print run on each card would have been?

I'm just putting this out there. From my understanding, refractors came one per box. I believe that the base set contains 199 cards. Putting this in the perspective of the times, stuff like Donruss Elite was numbered to 2500 or so (I think), but the print runs were so high that there are probably still literally warehouses full of unopened 1991/1992 Donruss out there.

As a collector in the waning years of my golden age of collecting, I can't recall seeing 1993 Finest anywhere. I do recall guys in stores opening up packs of Flair (of course being oh-so-careful by using a boxcutter), but no Finest. I suppose if we could find out the number of cases produced, multiply that by the number of boxes per case, then divide that by 199, we would have our answer. Perhaps this has been addressed before, but it's fresh in my mind now because of the Yount refractor from this week.

Or perhaps I'm just searching for answers in life... like the reasoning behind any Ivan Calderon card selling for more than $12 (which one was going for last night when I checked on eBay). The sound of that transaction is not unlike the sound of one hand clapping.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Look at This Stuff, Isn't It Neat...?

...Don't you think my collection's... oh, hello there. Sorry to go all Disney comeback on you, but I'd like to stop and share the newest acquisition to my Robin Yount collection.

Before I do, let me ask you how much you would be willing to pay for a 1993 Topps Finest Refractor card of Robin Yount?
COMC has one for $108.00.
The cheapest one on eBay is $115.00, but it's slabbed and, therefore, ugly.

Well, here's mine.

Try $37.99, shipped.

For good measure, here's the regular chrome Salieri to the refractor's Mozart.

For those of you expecting a rehashing of The Hardy Boys Casefiles #11: Brother Against Brother, you will be sorely disappointed. These two cards are at last reunited, and the mid-period Holy Grail of Yount collecting is now mine. It really is the centerpiece of the in-career Robin Yount cards issued, if you're not counting the 1975 rookie. There are still a few 1990s ones out there that are tough to get (or tough to pay for), such as the McDonald's/Score western states test issue from 1990, which I do have, but not many left for me to chase. Much like Matt LeBlanc in his pre-stardom ketchup commercial, the best things do come to those who wait.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Legendary Cuts Cards Have Been Sent

And another break is just around the corner. I want to do another one for June, but I will be going on vacation for part of the month, so I want to get it done earlier rather than later. Watch for the official announcement to come in the next few days. (I also need to make sure the camera situation gets squared away, too.)

Monday, May 24, 2010

If I Lived in SC I'd Be All Over This

250,000 cards for about $700? Despite the fact that most of it is junk, there's almost no way you couldn't make money reselling it. Too bad it's local pick-up only.

Those cans of Pinnacle are nothing short of a beautiful, hot mess. Clean-up in aisle seven!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Another Jersey Guessing Game

This time it was an odd Brewers jersey I spotted. As before, I will release a new clue as to the name on the back after at least three incorrect guesses. The first to guess correctly gets a thing. From me. Through the U.S. mail. For free.

Brewers Jersey
CLUE #1: Beverage
CLUE #2: Alcoholic
CLUE #3: Clear

Shortly after the release of Clue #3, Teddy Dziuba made the correct guess of "ZIMA." The much-maligned malt beverage officially ceased production in 2008. (Who knew it lasted that long?) In Milwaukee, however, there is at least one contrarian who refuses to let it die. Congratulations, Teddy, I'll include something extra with your group break cards when I package them this weekend.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Jersey Guessing Game

No, it's not regarding the number of STDs contracted by "The Situation" over the past thirty days. Rather, from my vantage point in the high upper deck last Sunday night, I was got a glimpse of a couple of strange personalized jerseys worn by other fans. My buddy was able to get pics of the two jerseys (one Philly, one Milwaukee), and I'd like you to guess what the names on the back are.

I will give you the first clue now. Once three unsuccessful guesses are made, I will release another clue. The first commenter to correctly guess the name on the back of the jersey will receive... something. At that point I will post the picture. Happy guessing!

Phillies Jersey
CLUE #1: 1990s film
CLUE #2: Top 250
CLUE #3: War
CLUE #4: Europe
CLUE #5: Gibson

We have a winner. With his guess of "William Wallace from Braveheart," commenter Ryan was the first to correctly identify the name on the back of the jersey, "BRAVE HEART." Though I have to say, dayf was tantalizingly close by guessing Wallace earlier. Ryan, please contact me so I can send you your prize.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

2006 SP Legendary Cuts Group Break Results


I was all excited to upload the videos I took yesterday, but when I tried doing so, all I got was a bunch of fucked up clips that iMovie tried to hack into a new clip every second or so instead of capturing the entire take from start to finish. Upon playback within the camera, I found the video to be unwatchable. I sincerely apologize for any mistrust this might cause, but this break was completely above board. We got a lot of nice cards, but you'll just have to settle for the scans. We'll take a look at the hits box by box.

Box 1:
Robin Yount Legendary Materials (150/225) (Damn, the one time I don't take the Brewers! Fuck me in the ass with something sharp!)
Cal Ripken When It Was a Game (18/99)
Paul Molitor Baseball Chrononlogy (224/550)
Will Clark Baseball Chronology Jersey

Box 2:
Cal Ripken Baseball Chronology Jersey
Phil Niekro Place in History Signatures AUTO (15/52)
Andre Dawson Memorable Moments (114/225)
Johnny Bench Baseball Chronology (536/550)
Cy Young When It Was a Game (405/550)

Box 3:
Fergie Jenkins Legendary Materials (007/199) (Jenkins...Ferguson Jenkins... shaken, not stirred)
Casey Stengel Baseball Chronology (405/550)
Lou Brock Baseball Chronology Jersey
Denny McLain When It Was a Game (245/550)

Box 4:
Lou Brock Legendary Materials (069/225)
Ted Williams Baseball Chronology (543/550)
Ralph Kiner Baseball Chronology Bat
Will Clark When It Was a Game (129/550)

And we got three short printed base cards, which all seem to fall above #100, if that was Upper Deck's plan.
137 Bill Skowron, 167 Pie Traynor, #120 Tommie Agee

So... it looks like that's it. I now regret not taking the Brewers, since that's a Yount I didn't have from this set. The Orioles did rather nice, along with the Cardinals and Braves. That Niekro AUTO is very nice. Also kind of a weird base set. Lots of Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, and Cardinals, but no Yankees or Mets in the non-SP base set. Overall, I don't exactly feel the average box yields much value with regard to purchase price, but I do suppose you're paying a premium for a decent shot at a cut signature.

Oh... did I neglect to mention who it was?
Joe Cronin Legendary Signatures CUT AUTO (16/30)

I'm very happy for Zpop. He's taken a spot in just about every break I've held, but has never seemed to come away with much. I hope this makes it all worthwhile.

And if you have any questions about this break, please ask and I'll do my best to answer.

Totally Awesome $40 Card Lot: Part 10 -- The Finale

I've stretched it out long enough. At last, the final installment of the Totally Awesome $40 Card Lot.

This first thing's not one of my favorite items, but it didn't really fit in anywhere else. Keeping with the theme of the massive amounts of Braves and Dodgers present, here's a Sandy Koufax postcard from some point in the 1970s. I found another copy of it online shortly after opening up the lot, but I can't now. There are no markings other than the name, so its place in history is anybody's guess.

The real star of this post, and the entire lot, is this final item. The pièce de résistance, if you will.

2001 Fleer Greats of the Game Bob Gibson AUTO

Okay, think back. This lot had all that vintage, all those Braves and Dodgers (which went to Night Owl and for which I received some cards that I need to post... sorry), all them Jeters, some nice Milwaukee Braves, some partial sets, and even that old All Star ballot. Got all that in your head? Well, do you think we really needed to add anything else to get up to the $40 cost. Nah, but an on-card autograph of one of the baddest mofos ever to stand 60' 6" away from one pants-pisser after another is some nice icing on the cake.

Thorzul FTW!

Monday, May 17, 2010

We Got a Cut!

The four boxes of 2006 Legendary Cuts arrived today. I just opened them and someone got a cut signature. Video will be uploaded and ready to view tomorrow.

Until then, I'll let you go to bed thinking it could be you. Then I will dash the dreams of all of you except one. Yes, I am a modern-day Willy Wonka.


Dayf is Very Perceptive

Last night I was in the middle of posting this, but I had to finish up quick because the couple with whom my wife and I were going to the game arrived earlier than I had expected. Thus the abbreviated, somewhat cryptic post.

Sometimes brilliant ideas pop into my mind, but I am not the one to bring them to fruition. Of the few guesses that were made, dayf's was almost 100% spot-on. I had the idea the other day that running onto the field (which, outside of Braden's perfect game, has been the biggest story of this young season) has hit a creative standstill. Now, while I in no way condone the act, I think I might be "The Jackass' Muse." (By the way, I fully support the tasing that took place in Philly. Idiotic behavior demands stringent consequences: Tasing was the perfect consequence, and should be established at all stadiums for such trespassing.)

That being said, I think that, if you're going to make a complete ass of yourself, at least be poetic about it. Here's my idea: The field runner dons the mantle of "Baseball Card Fairy." Wings, wand, and tutu are compulsory, along with a wicker basket full of... you guessed it, CARDS. The Baseball Card Fairy would liberally sprinkle junkwax-era cards all over his (or her) path on the field of play, perhaps even beginning within the seating area, kind of as a treat for the spectators putting up with suc h jackassery.

Sure, the cleanup time would be lengthened, but at least the fans get a bit of theatre. Not sure why this comes to mind now, but perhaps it's because my team sucks so very, very badly right now, especially at home.

Of course, I completely abhor this despicable practice, but I wouldn't mind seeing a variation on the standard practice just once.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Going to the Game Tonight

See if you can put this together.





I ain't doing it.
Make your guesses


The other day I received a large lot of Topps Unique cards. This lot amounted to the contents of maybe three boxes of $90-$100 product, minus a few big hits. For $22 dollars (including shipping) I got a ton of numbered rookie cards, a shit ton of red parallel cards, several inserts, a Soriano/Ramirez dual jersey card (meh), a Vlad Guerrero bat card, a Jack Cust AUTO, and this Magglio Ordonez patch card.


What in the world happened to the patch??? It looks like someone took an X-Acto knife and liberated it. From the looks of things, it very well might have been one of the serifs from the "X" in "SOX." I'm not complaining, really I'm not... I'm just curious about what happened to it. In the eBay listing this card is fully visible and pretty much looks like what's now in front of me, but I just figured it was like a single-color patch with some gray stitching.

Fully aware that I did indeed receive exactly what was in the picture, I have left the seller positive feedback. After all, this was a great deal, and he had to eat about $3.00 on shipping, too. I don't think this guy is the type to take this patch and slap it on something else to try to make a buck. If he wanted to do that he could have gone out and bought a cheap cap or old jersey and gone to town on it. I sent a nicely-worded message asking how the Magglio got in that condition. I haven't heard back yet, but I'll keep you posted should anything come of this.

To quote Alice: "Curiouser and curiouser."

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Baseball Cards: The Movie

This clip was suggested in my YouTube feed based on past viewings. I can't believe I haven't seen it until today, and I'll feel like a bigger ass than usual if someone has already posted this. It's five minutes. I probably laughed ten times in the first two minutes, and maybe once more in the final three, where it sort of falls apart. So, if you feel like investing two minutes, it's totally worth your time.

What the Eff is This Ess?

This post is very much off the top of my head, so do your best to follow along.

As per usual, I was cruising for some Yount cards this morning, and I ran across this.


OK, now I have to know where these come from. Here is the link to the card.
My curiosity was piqued. Here are a bunch more Special Olympics 1/1s. Where in the world did these come from? They appear to be some sort of insert buyback, possibly from 2001 Donruss, but I'm skeptical on the whole thing.

Some more searching found this card:

After that, some more digging found this eBay item, which explains quite a lot. In 1987 Leaf produced a small (18-card) set to promote the Special Olympics, with artwork by Dick Perez.

But those 2001s... man, I'm suspicious. Can an organization just buy a foil embosser and stamp away at crappy cards, then pawn them off as one-of-a-kind items? If so, where can I buy an embosser, and how interested would you be to own a 1987 Topps Bo Jackson Thorzul Will Rule Exclusive 1/1?

But then I looked again at those 1/1s. They are almost exclusively horrible, horrible, horrible, players.

What's going on here?

Actually, I looked a little closer, and the player selection isn't all that bad once you get to the second and third pages. I'm thinking there's no way this is legit. It's probably just a scheme those bastards down at Special Olympics cooked up to raise some funds. Thoughts on this? Can we let this one slide? Or is this practice simply, for lack of a more appropriate word, retarded?

(By the way, the guy selling that Yount is a dealer who has a shop here in Milwaukee. There's no way he's ever getting $200 for this thing.)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Customer Tracking Fail

Just thought I'd share part of an email from that arrived this week. Spectacular failure on just about every level.

Not having seen Christmas Memories, this is strictly conjecture, but I'd venture to say that the body count is slightly lower than in Shoot 'Em Up.

And probably not as many Monica Bellucci titty shots.

But at least 50% more nog of all varities, and double the goodwill towards men.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Totally Awesome $40 Card Lot: Part 9

We've come to the penultimate post concerning the awesome $40 lot of cards I picked up. There were a few more card boxes to make my way through, and in them I found...

...a large lot of 1995 Upper Deck Minor League cards.

From the piles above, you might think that this set is all about looking as weird as possible, letting your freak flag fly, and producing the baseball-playing offspring that look like the result of a particularly nasty three-way between Barry Bonds, Steve Bartman, and John Lennon. However, 1995 UDMiL is really all about...

...keeping your pitching arm covered and your masturbating arm iced...

...protecting one's cranium from all manner of unpredictable variables and wayward projectiles...

...and most of all, it's about gettin' everyone supersoaked for making fun of your (admittedly) bad-ass haircut.

Oh, and there was also this complete set of 1994 Upper Deck All Time Heroes.

What a cool set, one of the first true original legends sets. This set is worthy of a blog post of its own, or even a blog of its own, which I don't have time for now. I will say one thing, that I like the inclusion of some players you almost never see in other sets that have come since then. Ron Necciai, anyone? And the white Frank Thomas? One day I really need to sit down with this set and read it like a book. No doubt I'd learn something.

The finale of this lot is nigh.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Unpaid Teams Available: Brewers, Giants, Astros/Blue Jays

Some dudes didn't pay by the deadline, so I'm putting the Brewers ($13), Giants ($17), and the Astros/Blue Jays combo ($11) up for grabs. The Giants might be an awesome steal, since they cover the New York years as well as the San Fran ones.

First comment claims the slot, but payment must be immediate. Send to
Comment on this page if you want a team.

WTF am I doing? By abandoning the Brewers, I'm virtually guaranteeing we pull a Yount AUTO.

Brewers have been claimed.
Giants have been claimed.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Teams Available For Group Break: Athletics, Angels

Someone grab these teams so I can fill the break.

I'd also like to remind people that you have about 24 hours left to pay for your slot. At 5:00 PM these slots will be considered vacant and up for grabs. Actually, the earlier everyone pays, the sooner I can put the order in, and so on.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Group Break Reminder

Plenty of popular teams left. Four boxes of 2006 SP Legendary Cuts. Check it out here. Don't leave your team choices on this post, leave them on the detailed post.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

May Group Break Officially Open

The group break for the month of May is now open. We will be opening four boxes of 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts. You can look up the specifics yourselves, but the big prize to be won could be a cut autograph, which are inserted at a rate of two per case.

Back when this was released, the emphasis was still on legends, not current players. Because of this, the team formatting and price structure will be a little different. I did a lot of homework on the checklist, and came up with what I think is a price structure that fairly reflects each team's likelihood of receiving cards. Based on the odds, I have created four separate tiers of teams, each with a different buy-in price. I believe this will give potential participants many different choices relative to how much they are willing to spend.

As always, state your team preference in the comments and pay as soon as possible with PayPal. I will only consider opening this break up to mailed payments if I am having trouble filling it. As of right now, PayPal only. Payments will have to be sent by 5:00 PM Central time this Wednesday, or you will lose your spot. Also, please make sure you include your screen name, real name, address, and team chosen in the PayPal message. This went a lot better for the last break, and allowed me to get the cards out much faster without having to scrounge for addresses. Also, feel free to select as many teams as you would like. Multiple teams, however, will require immediate payment.

Payment is to be sent to the following address:


Tier I ($26.00 apiece)
Yankees: equus (paid)
Red Sox: Cardsplitter (paid)
Cubs: arfmax (paid)
Dodgers: night owl (paid)
Cardinals: Chris Mays (paid)
Reds: Alex (paid)
Orioles/Browns: beardy (paid)

Tier II ($17.00 apiece)
Athletics (Philadelphia, Kansas City, Oakland): Beardy (paid)
Phillies: capewood (paid)
Tigers: I Don't Know....3rd Base (paid)
Indians: Mad Guru (paid)
Giants (New York, San Francisco): NY Hitman 23 (paid)
Twins/Senators: Zpop (paid)
Pirates: NY Hitman 23 (paid)

Tier III ($13.00 apiece)
Braves/Beaneaters: Chris Mays (paid)
Brewers: Joe from the South Side (paid)
White Sox: Alarion (paid)
Angels: Todd Uncommon (paid)
Mets: Teddy Dzubia (paid)

Tier IV ($11.00 for any two teams of your choice, first come, first serve)
Royals: Matt F. (paid)
Padres: BA Benny (paid)
Rangers: BA Benny (paid)
Expos: Matt F. (paid)
Astros: Todd Uncommon (paid)
Blue Jays: Todd Uncommon (paid)

I think I'm pretty solid on all of the Yount cards in this set, so I'm going to stay out of this break. That means the Brewers are available, folks.
In addition, if we get some kind of crazy cut that doesn't belong to any particular team, it will be randomed off among all participants. I know you can get something like a Ford Frick auto and stuff like that, though it's unlikely. I think I have the franchise continuity all figured out, but if we get something weird I'll be sure it gets to the right person. Good luck, hope you get the team you want.

Is That a Group Break I Smell?

Indeed it is.

Details to follow later today. And don't even think about claiming a team until the official post is up. Speculate at will.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Jody Gerut Hits for the Cycle!

Okay, I'll be one of the first to report this one the web: Minutes ago, Milwaukee Brewer Jody Gerut hit a double to become the first Brewer since 2004 (Chad Moeller) to hit for the cycle. With two out in the top of the ninth inning and up by a ton of runs, Gerut got his third chance for a two-base hit. It took a nice effort by a few players in front of him to even get this at bat, but he took advantage by lacing a double to center, becoming only the sixth Brewer to achieve the feat, joining the aforementioned Moeller, Mike Hegan, Charlie Moore, Robin Yount, and Paul Molitor.

2010 Upper Deck #290 Jody Gerut

This is the first Brewers cycle I have actually witnessed (on TV, of course) and it was a fun thing to see happen. It was also the first of the 2010 season. Who knows how many will occur this year?

Lookin' Good, Masterpieces!

This is NOT a trade post.
No, this is a report on the improvement of my collection's infrastructure and a thank you for the independent contractors hired to do the dirty work.
That contractor, readers, would happen to be longlivethewho from For Cards Sake. He submitted a low-ball bid to be the sole provider of raw materials to be used for my 2007-2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Project, taking the form of an empty box top from 2007.

Not bad for a no-work, no-show job. Usually I like to center the picture a bit better than that, but I wanted to be open to the possibility of adding a cover from the 2008 series in the future.
Oh, and he also threw in a nice Kareem reprint card from the 2001-02 Topps basketball set I'm slowly chipping away at.

Remember, this was not a trade post.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

About an Hour Left...

... to bid on one of my auctions ending today. Plenty of good stuff, including a big lot of those Jeters that ended up as part of that $40 dream lot. Speaking of which, whatever happened to that thing?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This, Little Boy, Is Why You Get Beat Up Every Day...

I found this book. In the interest of comedic timing, I'll sum up the "plot" of this tome, then fast-forward to the good stuff. Basically, it's a love letter to the "everybody is different, everybody is special" crowd, an affirmation of individuality written using fewer than 75 different words.

Here we go. Pages 16 and 17.

The follow-up, pages 18 and 19.

And that, young man, is why all the kids at school call you a "Sally." Best of luck on those middle school years.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Spell Check, Bitches

I love the unintended hilarity that results from misspellings on eBay listings.

Click out this nice little item ending today.

Basically, the first thing she needs to know is that she just got in way, WAY over her head. He's more man than any woman ought to handle.

What else ought a Yount woman to know? (Aside from always walking no fewer than five paces behind him whilst in public view.)