July 31, 2010

Card Show Today....YIPEEE!!

Going to the monthly Card Show today with my step-son and wife. We are going to try and find the remaining cards he needs to complete his 2010 Topps set. Once he has a complete set, he likes for us to have a fantasy draft with them. Either we'll set them out by teams or sometimes he likes to separate them by positions. We then roll the dice to see who picks what teams we want to be. He usually likes us to pick ALL 30 teams, those are long drafts. We try to talk him into picking 3-5 teams each. Then we re-roll the dice to decide the draft order and we start picking. Each team has to have a player from each position, 5 starters, 3 relief pitchers, 1 or 2 closers (depends on how he's feeling that day) and a DH. He really gets into his fantasy drafts!!! My wife and I think it's great that he thinks of these things to do with his cards. He's been getting more & more into cards since we've been married. He's now starting to want more binders and supplies for his cards because he sees how I store my cards. This will probably be our day today...a little card show fun with my family!!

I'll post the results of our haul later.

July 24, 2010

Allen & Ginter Blaster Box

Yesterday I stopped at Target on the way home from Comerica Park, which the game was PPD, to buy some A & G. I wasn't going to buy any, but I've been reading and seeing what everyone has been getting and I wanted to see the cards first hand. I also had to stop and pick up a $5 Little Caesars pizza for the wife. When the pregnant wife is hungry...I need to get her some food!! Anyway...after we ate, I couldn't wait to open the box. The cards are beautiful just like everyone has said. I've always liked this set and have bought them in the past but it was always hard for me to complete. In fact, I bought a case in 2008 and I still have some boxes left. I've been thinking about doing a group break but I'll save that for a later post. Back to the cards...take a look at Pack 1....

NICE!! The cards are beautiful and a SP to boot! Pack 2......

Cool....a sketch card!! But, WAIT A MINUTE!!! I'm in pack #2 and ALREADY a DOUBLE!!! I got another TDIH Fukudome, unbelievable!! Let's check Pack 3...

HOLY COW!!!! What's going on?!?!?!? Doubles in the SAME PACK!!! OK...now I'm getting frustrated!!! I did get a Tigers cards! Hopefully pack 4 will be better....

DOUBLES AGAIN!!!! Oh wait....they're different cards.....Woosh!! On to pack 5...

FINALLY...a normal pack with a black bordered mini of Torii Hunter. Not bad! Pack 6...

NOW we're talkin'!! After 2 sets of doubles within the first 3 packs, I get another sketch card. I'll take it!! Pack 7...

Here we go again!! Another TDIH double...this one is of Robinson Cano! You'd like the subject list is long enough to not have doubles inside blaster boxes!! Well, let's see what the so called "Bonus Pack" has in store for me....

No doubles but the Morgan card has a crimp on the bottom of the cards from when Topps sealed the pack.

Over all I didn't do too bad...I did get a nice assortment of mini cards as well as 7 sort print base cards out of 8 packs. Based on the odds, I probably should have only gotten 4. The QC should be better for blaster boxes, doubles in the SAME pack should not happen!!

All these cards are up for trade for any 2010 A&G or Heritage Detroit Tigers. Comment or email me with offers. Thanks!!

Oh yeah....what do you think of a group break of a box of 2008 A&G along with a box of something else ('08 Series 1, Topps Finest or UD Premier). Unopened of course...if I get enough interest, I'll do it!!

July 10, 2010

Estate Sale!!!

I went to my first estate sale today. Well, not really my first but, it was the first time I've been to one just after it opened ad this is what I found! It was right around the corner from our house and it was advertised all week. I kept telling my wife that I was going and she said I wasn't allowed to bring "...any more junk into the house until I organized the junk I already had." I'm assuming she meant all the baseball cards I have scattered around the basement!

I left the house at 9:12 and if any of you have been to an estate sale right at open...it was a zoo!!! I walked in the first room and the first thing I saw was this box of cards. I thumbed through them and saw that most of them were from 1976. Not bad, then I saw a Tom Seaver and Jim Rice and the condition of the cards were excellent! (you can't go wrong with Hall of Famer's) I also noticed some hockey and football cards in the box. I don't collect them and I wasn't sure how much of the box consisted of them, but I picked up the box anyway. I looked around the rest of sale but I really couldn't concentrate while holding the box of cards. I just wanted to get home and sort through them. The price on the box was $25 and when I went to pay for them, I asked if they would take $20. It doesn't hurt to ask. The lady said, "How about $22?", so I took them.

Finally! I'm home with the cards and I can now see exactly what I have. Just knowing I have some '76 cards made me happy. Hopefully I can fill in some of the blanks in my set. I think the 3rd or 4th stack I pulled out, I found 2, well 3 of the best cards in the box. Do you see what I see??

Yep....next to each other were a 1969 Nolan Ryan aaannd not 1 but TWO 1970 Hank Aaron!! I let out a WOO HOO!!! and the wife asked if I found something good. By the way, she wasn't too upset that I bought some cards at the sale. I continued to sort the cards and by the time I was done, there were cards of 18 different HOFers. Most of them were cards from 1976 but hey...a HOFer is a HOFer!! the condition of the cards prior to 1976 were not the best but they weren't exactly terrible either. Here's the break down of cards that were in the box....

1967 - 4 cards
1968 - 5 cards
1969 - 37 cards
1970 - 15 cards
1971 - 53 cards
1972 - 2 cards
1976 - 449 cards

That's 565 baseball cards!!! Include the 5 cloth patch/sticker, 92 football, 243 hockey and 19 oddball cards...the total was 924 cards for $22. That's .023 cents a card. Not bad!! To me, it was a great find! Check them out!!