Friday, March 28, 2014

Ten Best Cards From a $30 Lot: #1

It's shameful how often this blog is updated nowadays. The last time I posted, Bill Clinton was president, the Doritos Locos Taco had not yet been added to the Taco Bell menu, and we were still knee deep in Italian popes. This post better make the delay all worth it. The envelope, please...

1960 Topps #10 Ernie Banks

If there was any question as to whether or not I had gotten my money's worth on this lot before, all suspicions are put to rest with this card. Ernie Banks are great in a non-threatening sort of way. There's the absence of that sinking feeling you might get when you get a card of a guy and it reminds you of the time he unilaterally crushed your team in the playoffs. Never happened. He's just Mr. Cub, and we salute him for it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Who Will Win the 2014 World Series?

A lot of people would have expected the Boston Red Sox to be World Series favourites – at least until the 2014 season had progressed further and the strengths and weaknesses of the sides could be properly assessed. However it is the Los Angeles Dodgers who the bookies rate as the strongest team at this (very) early stage in the new season, and the odds of 7/1 will make them a likely choice for the MLB betting punter who goes by the odds to minimise the risks. However the Dodgers might be a more risky wager than these odds indicate.

For starters, they have not done very much to improve their squad from last season – and that squad didn’t prove strong enough even to contest the Super Bowl final. To be fair, they won the NL West Division title and reached the League Championship series, while their form in the latter part of the season was the best in the MLB. However they haven’t lifted the Super Bowl in over 25 years, and will face stiff competition from defending champs the Red Sox and a resurgent Yankees. This is not to suggest that they aren’t capable of doing it, just that a bet on them at this stage is very much gambling - certainly compared with playing Hot Shot at a casino.

Of course a slot game like this is technically ‘gambling’ too – but your likelihood of a payout is far greater. Furthermore this baseball slot machine allows you to deposit $0.25 for each of the nine pay lines to activate them, so even if you are no high roller, you won’t go broke by playing it. It is the gambling kick with reduced financial risks that has helped make slots the favourite type of online and mobile casino game amongst those who game on a casual basis. However Hot Shot which can be found at also has the baseball imagery and sound effects throughout to appeal to hardcore fans of this sport, so you really can’t go wrong if you give it a spin.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Thanks are Due

I'm long overdue in thanking some people who have sent me some cards lately. First, the three-way trade between me, P-town Tom, and Wes went great. Thanks for the set help and the massive amounts of Brewers, guys. Not too long after that, I got an unsolicited package from BS. He sent me a bunch of base cards I needed from 2013 Topps. I have also neglected to mention that a guy named Justin (I think) sent me a bunch of oddball packs that I hope to open publicly soon. Finally, if there's anyone else I forgot to thank, the cards you sent were certainly appreciated.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Pull the Trigger 5.17 ($100)

I've kind of forgotten that I'm trying to get rid of these cards. Here's a new one for the pile that might entice someone to pull the trigger.

2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Stadium Scenes #SS-JP Jorge Posada Jersey (145/180)

Pull the trigger for $100.00 and you also get:
2008 Upper Deck Heroes of Baseball #90 Matt Kemp Light Blue Patch (02/25)

Lot of Early Fleer and Donruss Cards

2001 Team Topps Legends Joe Pepitone AUTO

Lot of 3 1981 Topps #490 Eddie Murray

2006 Upper Deck Epic Materials #EM-DM1 Don Mattingly Pinstripe Jersey (076/175)

2003 Upper Deck USA Baseball #J-1 Justin Orenduff AUTO Jersey (046/350)

Lot of 3 1991 Fleer Pro-Visions

Lot of 4 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Serial Numbered Cards

Yogi Berra Dover Reprint of 1951 Bowman

Lot of 8 Star Base Cards

Lot of 19 1984 Donruss Cards

1978 Topps #100 George Brett

Lot of 61 2008 Topps Heritage High Cards

Lot of 7 1984 Topps Star/Leader Cards

2007 Topps '52 Rookies #52S-TM Travis Metcalf Red AUTO (20/52)

Two 1978 Cards

Lot of 2001 Pacific Football Cards

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Letting One Go

Just recording an image of the first printing plate I ever pulled from a pack before I send it off in trade.

This Soriano is going off to live with a nice family on a farm. He'll have more room to run around there than he does here. We'll go visit him soon, I promise.