Wednesday, June 30, 2010

2010 Topps Experiment II: Update #4 (Bipped!)

The latest offering for this experiment came from one of the best blogs out there, Stale Gum. Over the past few months, I've been Bucked by Chris, then Brewered, and now he's sent me some 2010 Topps. I am cautious.

Things started off fine with a nice big stack of Topps. I needed somewhere in the area of 50 of the cards sent, so that's a nice chunk getting knocked out there.
The Favorites:
#350 Bernie's Bash Brothers
More celebrating from Prince and Braun. This is truly a golden age for Brewers collectors. Let's not forget the late-1990s/early-2000s when there almost wasn't a single insert card of a current Brewer produced.

#649 Casey McGehee
The rest of the world says his name as "McGee," but in my household that thing has three syllables.

A choo-choo!


Ohhhhhh nooooooo, the choo-choo is headed right for the water. Oh the humanity!

#492 Brian Wilson

Topps needs to do a special Brian Wilson card where he poses in a bathrobe, mimicking the Annie Leibovitz photograph. Too good of an opportunity to pass up.

There was also a big stack of Topps Attax, only one of which I am keeping.

Awww, crap, Bipped again! I know this calling card.

Dude sent 57 1987 Topps Andres Galarraga cards. I chose to make a tree out of them. Merry Christmas, motherfucker!

Wow, that was quite the kitchen sink post, as in everything but.
Thanks, Stale Gum.

Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Topps Experiment II: Update #3 (Someone Accidentally Sent Me a Super Short Print)

Another day, another bunch of 2010 Topps Series 2 cards. A nice pile came from a new blogger on the block, Two Strikes. My top three that I still needed:
#594 Andy LaRoche
What a great photo. It's rare that you can tell exactly what happened on a card. LaRoche most likely had to make a diving stab to his left, get himself back on his feet, and then attempt to throw the runner out at first. Clumps of dirt tell the story on this one, what was probably the proudest moment of the Pirates' 2009 season.

#340 John Buck
I've been paying closer attention to catchers' masks recently. I'm surprised that not all backstops have switched over to the hockey-style mask like the one Buck is wearing here. I suppose some guys like the easy removal of the straps-over-the-head old-school version in case of foul pop-ups.

#572B
BUCHHOLZOMBIE!
Oh yeah, the ultra-rare Clay Buchholz Zombie Variant!

I can't believe I was the first person to acquire one of these. Straight to eBay with this one-in-eight-cases SSP!
Zombie-fying famous icons is nothing new, as of late, and I'm glad to see Topps join the party. Marvel Comics has done it...

...DC has followed suit...

...and heck, even Jane Austen is not immune.
Buchholz doesn't want K's on this card, he's after BRAAAAAAAAIIIIIIINNNNNS.

And can you guess a zombie's second-favorite food?

Ironically, it's pie.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

2010 Topps Experiment II: Update #2

Another bunch of 2010 Topps hit my mailbox. These came from I Don't Know... 3rd Base. Let's check out a few of the highlights.

First card in the series, Ryan Braun. He's being haunted by a giant floating head as he makes a sliding catch. It's kind of like Zardoz, except with baseball.

See?

Well, maybe the mathematical equation is a little closer to something like this:
2010 Topps #331 Ryan Braun = Zardoz + Baseball - Sean Connery in an Orange Diaper

Moving on... #353 Jason Heyward. This is the better edition of this card, in my opinion. Agent Cooper's, too.

And we close things out with former Green Bay Packers head coach Lindy Infante trying to prevent Jimmy Rollins from turning two.

Thanks, IDK3B, your help was appreciated!

Oh, and the call for what-whats seemed to work earlier, so give me a what-what if you've seen Zardoz. Personally, I rented it on VHS back in 1997 or so, and I now own it on DVD.

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Pack of Cards From Dollar Tree: Guest Starring... My Wife!

Somehow I talked my wife into joining me in this video where I open a pack of cards I got from the Dollar Tree. Let's hope she doesn't savage me too bad.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Set Completion: Comics Edition

Last week I went shopping at one of my local Half Price Books, and I was smart enough to bring my handwritten JLA comic book checklist with me. With just one issue needed to complete the 125-issue series (about a ten-year span), I quickly hit the long boxes and was elated to hit gold.

JLA #78

I had a subscription for about a year or so, but the rest of the series had to be pieced together on the fly. For something I started collecting during my freshman year in college, this is quite the personal accomplishment, relatively speaking. The scrap of paper the list is on has made it through countless places of residence and has never been lost, a miracle in and of itself.
Hells to the yes.

Now if only I could get going on this blasted Green Lantern list...

The JLA series was begun by the great Grant Morrison in 1996. I jumped aboard about a year into the run, elated to find that the League, which has devolved into a sorry group of second stringers in titles like Justice League Europe, was only accepting the bravest and the boldest. No more Metamorpho, no more Vibe, not even any more of Power Girl and her gigantic set of tits. Can I get a what-what from all of the card collectors out there who are also into comics?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Set Completion: Bad Taste Edition

When you were in school, were you the type of kid who did the easiest homework first? Study advisors would tell you to start with the hard stuff, but me... I liked to just get something done to build positive momentum for the tough stuff. You know, like doing some worksheets that involved coloring to get you ready for reams of sentence diagramming. Finishing off my 2008 Upper Deck X set is a lot like coloring all of the pictures with a long vowel sound blue. Sure, it's done, but I'm far from satisfied.

The last two cards needed for the set (for which I chose to collect the base cards and their die-cut counterparts) were both die-cuts: #61 Jose Reyes and #68 Alex Rodriguez

They look like they are about to run into each other, with neither one looking where they're going. I think that's what happened at the offices of Upper Deck when the decision was made to go ahead with 2009 X, the follow-up to the 2008 debut. Two staffers were running wildly through the office hallways, trying to reach their boss to tell him to kill the brand. They arrived at a blind corner at the exact same moment, clunked heads and knocked each other out, only to awaken in the year 2010 to find their baseball division shut down. Speaking of 2009 X, I can only explain that I'm a fan of kitsch, so I'm trying to build that set, too. Wanna trade with me?

2010 Topps Experiment II: Update #1

I'm back from the Pacific Northwest (more on that in a later post), and I'm happy to report that the 2010 Topps Experiment: Series II is off to a great start. I received packages from two readers, Fabe and Long Fly Ball to Because, and I've already knocked out 121 cards from the set. I feel that we can break the mark established during the Series I experiment, with promises of more cards to come.

I've picked out a few cards that have caught my eye so far. In no particular order...

#543 "Bird Watching"
A perfect display of the boredom that can sometimes occur during the course of an MLB season.

#421 Doug Fister
New bestest name in baseball. It's a shame, really, that Fister was not born twenty-five or thirty years earlier, nor was Rusty Kuntz born an equal amount of years later. The Fister/Kuntz matchup would have been truly epic. Personally, I'm glad Doug's ancestors were too proud for the Latin digraph "Ph," and went right ahead with a straight "F." I'm just hoping Mariners catchers can handle the low inside stuff that Fister offers them. I hear he really likes to pound it in there.

#574 Milwaukee Brewers Team
Is it just me, or are the Milwaukee Brewers celebrating the shit out of 2010 Topps cards? We've already had the Prince Fielder Bowling Ball Celebration, the Braun/Fielder King Hippo Impersonation, and now there's a more traditional plate celebration to add in to the mix.

In related news, this 2010 Bowman 1992 subset card of Prince Fielder shows him either celebrating by boxing the air, or having one of his spells. Perhaps one too many or one too few of his happy pills, not sure which. Or maybe he just thinks he's a character in an episode of "Hong Kong Phooey." Magical.

#477 An Ad for freecreditreport.com
This is a business model I cannot believe continues to work. I'm not sure who's using this service, but I'm guessing most people know that they either suck with money or they don't. Are there really people using the site who are shocked to find out that they have $20,000 in credit card debt or a lien on a speed boat they could never really afford? I guess catchy commercials can sell anything.

Thanks for the cards, guys, you've gotten me off to a great start!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Trip to the Post Office

All of the group break cards were mailed today, so start looking in your mailboxes early next week, perhaps even Saturday for those of you in the Midwest.

A new group break with a unique participation aspect will be announced in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned.

Oh, and go to bed early tonight, folks, so you can wake up fully rested for USA/Slovenia Friday morning.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Great 2010 Topps Experiment: Series II

Alright, I gave it a couple of weeks, and I'm ready to start begging all of you so send me your Topps Series II doubles, or just any that you don't want.

If you don't know (or don't remember) what I'm talking about, here's where it all began. For Series I, you helped me complete the set within 35 days of my initial post. Let's beat that time, at least by a day. As before, I will just solicit any and all cards from the get-go, and when it gets down to a manageable size, I will start posting a want list for the cards I need. All doubles, as per the hallowed tradition, will be randomed off to a lucky reader once the set, cards #331-660, is complete.

To help me complete Series II, you can send your cards to:
Bill Boehm
1916 N. 52nd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Remember: The generosity of card bloggers knows no bounds.

And in case anybody's wondering, no, I will not be duplicating this stunt with Updates & Highlights. After all, that's my time to return the favor by letting you trade me... anything.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

CC: One More

One more CC card goes into the collection. And yet again, it's a base card that somehow flew under my radar. Weird, since I've had this Sabathia/Peavy jersey card since May of 2009, and a year later I realize I didn't have the base card.

2009 Upper Deck SPX #81

It's shiny.

Anybody buy any of this SPX stuff back in 2009? Anybody?

By the way, here's the current list of my collection.
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Gold Foil
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Gold (0313/2008)
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Black (56/57)
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Magenta Printing Plate (1/1)
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #39
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #39 Gold
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #162
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #162 Gold Stamp
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #242
2008 UD Documentary #3048 MIL103
2008 UD Documentary #3138 MIL106
2008 UD Documentary #3228 MIL109
2008 UD Documentary #3318 MIL112
2008 UD Documentary #3948 MIL133
2008 UD Documentary #4038 MIL136
2008 UD Documentary #4128 MIL139
2008 UD Documentary #4218 MIL142
2008 UD Documentary #4308 MIL145
2008 UD Documentary #4398 MIL148
2008 UD Documentary #4488 MIL151
2008 UD Documentary #4578 MIL154
2008 UD Documentary #4668 MIL157
2008 UD Documentary #4758 MIL160
2008 UD Documentary #4848
2008 UD Documentary #4398 MIL148 Gold
2008 Topps Stadium Club #10
2008 Topps Stadium Club First Day Issue SP #10 (463/599)
2008 Topps Satdium Club Photographer's Proof #10 (66/99)
2008 Topps Satdium Club Platinum Photographer's Proof #10 (1/1)
2008 Topps Stadium Club Magenta Printing Plate #10 (1/1)
2008 eTopps #54 (344/499)
2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot #18
2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #27 (081/350)
2008 Upper Deck SP Authentic #44
2008 Upper Deck SP Authentic Marquee Matchups (w/Ordonez) #MM-31
2008 Upper Deck SP Authentic Marquee Matchups (w/Mauer) #MM-43
2008 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Micro Magnet
2009 Topps #170
2009 Topps #170 Gold Parallel (0949/2009)
2009 Topps #170 Black Parallel (28/58)
2009 Topps #170 Target Black
2009 Topps #170 Target Old School
2009 Topps Silk Collection (35/50)
2009 Topps Magenta Printing Plate #170 (1/1)
2009 Toppstown #TTT14
2009 Toppstown #TTT14 Gold Parallel
2009 Topps Vault First Edition Blank Back (1/1)
2009 Upper Deck #212
2009 Upper Deck Team Checklist #476
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS Game Jersey Triple Swatch "MIL" (45/99)
2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee #OPC-6
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Dual Swatch "52" (136/149)
2009 Upper Deck #R6 Rivals (w/some guy on some other team)
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Gray Swatch "J"
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Quad Swatch "GAME" (08/15)
2009 Upper Deck #GG-CS Stars of the Game
2009 Upper Deck First Edition #166
2009 Upper Deck Documentary #4903 MIL-NLDS2
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum #54
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Turquoise Parallel #54 (10/25)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Black Parallel #54 (16/50)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Red Parallel #54 (016/250)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Green Parallel #54 (82/99)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Blue Parallel #54
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Jersey #54 (36/99)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Swatches #SS-CS (White Jersey)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum #54 Magenta Printing Plate (1/1)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum #54 Yellow Printing Plate (1/1)
2009 Upper Deck Spectrum Swatches #SS-CS (Red, Blue, White, Silver Patch) (24/25)
2009 Upper Deck SPX #81
2009 Upper Deck SPx #WM2-PS (w/Peavy, Game-Used White Jersey)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History #51
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Red Parallel #51
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Blue Parallel #51 (161/299)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Green Parallel #51 (041/150)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Gold (47/75)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Red (49/99)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Blue (923/999)
2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth (w/Zambrano) #CSC-ZS Green (064/149)
2009 Upper Deck Goudey #112
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Blue Frame #35-32
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Red Frame #35-32
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Green Frame #35-32
2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-in-1 (w/Santana, Hamels, Kazmir) Black Frame #35-32 (10/21)
2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini #112
2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini Black Parallel #112 (10/21)
2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini Blue Parallel #112
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Highlights #AGHS20
2009 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Stat kings Quad Swatch (w/Hoffman, Santana, Garza) #288 (082/500)
2009 Topps Unique Jumbo Patch #UJR-CS (03/40)
2009 Topps Unique Jumbo Patch #UJR-CS (06/40)
2009 Topps Unique Jumbo Patch #UJR-CS (40/40)
2009 Topps Sterling "Back-to-Back Warren Spahn Awards" Quad Gray Jersey #4CCR-62 (06/25)
2009 Topps Sterling "Back-to-Back Warren Spahn Awards" Quad Gray Jersey AUTO #4SCA-100 (07/10)
2009 Topps Sterling "Led MLB in CGs and SHOs in 2008" #5SCA-37 (5x Game-Used Gray Jersey SHO CG) AUTO (08/10)
2009 Topps Sterling "Led MLB in CGs and SHOs in 2008" (5x Patch) #5CCR-30 (1/1)
2009 Topps Sterling "One-Hitter 8/31/08" (3x Patch on Gray Jersey) #3CCR-81 (14/25)
2009 Topps Sterling Seasons Booklet Card 8x Jersey AUTO #SSA-34 (1/1)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

2006 Upper Deck Epic Break -- Box 1

Here's the first box. One thing I should note is that I misspoke when opening one of the packs. The Pee Wee Reese card goes to the Dodgers, not the Red Sox. I don't know what happened. My eyes saw the big "B" and my brain thought Boston. Apologies all around.

Two Terms That Should Never, Ever Be This Close In Proximity

Not too long ago, I won an auction for a bunch of cabinet cards. They came shipped in a large top loader that I assume was intended for 8x10 player photos. Last night, I was packaging up some of the extra cabinet cards for an eBay buyer who won some of the duplicates from me. And yes, I used the very same photo holder. The recycling of such materials sometimes unearths undreamed-of treasures.

I don't care if the original photo was printed on gold leaf paper and came with a 14 oz sirloin and a bottle of A1. The name "Carlos Baerga" should never, and I mean NEVER, under any circumstances, come that close to the phrase "$18.00."

That is all.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Pimpin' Ain't Easy

You ever meet one of those guys who was just great at everything?
Turns out, I collect his cards. Let me explain.

Last night I was looking through a photo album containing pictures of my honeymoon cruise from December, 2008. I came across a photo we took at one of the ports of call.

If you couldn't guess, yes, Norwegian Cruise Lines harnessed the power of Yount to tether the massive ship to the dock. Unfortunately, Robin could not be there in the flesh at this time of year, but word had it he could often be found stationed in the very same spot keeping the Norwegian Spirit from drifting out to sea using only his teeth. Manly.

While not anchoring multi-million-dollar maritime vessels, Mr. Yount also tried his hand at keeping his batting average up. Here is my newest acquisition.

1990 Topps Batting Leaders #15

If you're anything like me, it would take quite a lot to get excited about a Robin Yount card from 1990. However, this puppy is a relatively rare find.

In 1990, Topps sold some of its flagship set cards in 101-count blister packs, such as the one seen below.

But 1990, you cry? Wasn't that smack dab in the middle of the era of overproduction? Yes, but this card came with a catch. There was only one of these included per blister pack, and these blister packs were only sold at K-Mart. I'm guessing here, but I'd say that these were in relatively short supply in comparison to standard 1990 Topps wax packs. I had actually been watching another one of these Yount cards that had a BIN of around $17.00. A traditional auction finally popped up, and I snagged it for a few bucks. (A similar card, using the same photo, and sporting a red border, was produced in 1989. I'm still searching for one available at a reasonable price.)

Aye-aye, cap'n.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

That Is Some Straight-Up Bullshit

As someone who opined that the Brewers did themselves a disservice by doing some after-the-fact lobbying in an attempt to give CC Sabathia a no-hitter towards the end of the 2008 season, I do feel bad for Armando Galarraga and Tigers fans.

Not much more needs to be said on the subject, other than the way Galarraga proved himself to be a class act in post-game interviews. And not that I would sell it, but I am now much happier to own this card:
2008 Topps Chrome #? Armando Galarraga AUTO

Yeah, it's the one with the weird card number on the back that I wrote about back in November, 2009. Hmmm... just like Wednesday night's game, this card is slightly imperfect. Or is that odd sticker akin to Galarraga's positive attitude, an unexpected bonus that makes the cards and his game... dare I say... super-perfect?

I'm just hoping he gets another chance such as this one in his career.