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Monday, October 13, 2014

Ask Me Anything About Trading Cards

There, got your attention.

I and another blogger are trying something new soon. I think it will work out rather well but I'mma keep my mouth shut about it until we get it going good and proper. We could use your help though...

If you so desire, ask Matt and I anything about trading cards. Anything at all. As long as it's about trading cards or related ephemera. Nothing else though, just trading card stuff. No, don't ask me about personal stuff, I ain't answering. Just cards. You can ask what that card is up there if you like. Or not. Ask whatever you want as long as it's about trading cards, related trading card ephemera or the collecting of said cards and/or ephemera and we'll answer. Some of the questions at least. Eventually, probably. Just leave a comment on this post or shoot me an e-mail if it's a rather personal trading-card-related-question-ONLY.

Ok you.

You there, you know who you are.

The one typing up the question "Which Hanna-Barbera character would you most like to bang".

You are why we can't have nice things.

The rest of you fine upstanding card collectors may continue typing your questions and thank you for your support.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mobile Friendly Wantlist - 1971-1981 Topps

Because the other ones are a pain in the ass to scroll through on my phone

S1 - 14 45 55 64 100 110
S2 - 140 149 160 164 195 210 230 233 250
S3 - 264 268 273 284 282
300 305 309 314 320 324 325 327 338 351 356 365 374 384 385 388
S4 - 400 412 415 430 440 447 450 451 452 454 456 469 490 493 495 497 499
504 509 511 513 514 518 519 520 521
S56 - let's just say all of 'em

S3 - 299
S4 - 401 420 434 439 441 447 470 484 498
S5 - 531 539 540 549 550 560 572 583 589 591 595 596 597 598
600 602 604 606 613 614 623 628 636 638 640 643 645 649
S6 - let's just say all of 'em

S1 - 50 63 84 90 130
S2 - 140 142 160 175 190 199
201 202 206 220 235 243 245 255 257 260 264
S3 - 270 271 273 279 287 290 292
300 308 310 318 320 324 329 334 336 347 349 354 355 358 360 362 364 365 366 368 369 370 377 378 380 384 388 389 392 396
S4 - 397 398 
401 402 405 408 411 416 418 429 430 432 433 434 439 446 448 451 453 454 457 458 461 465 468 469 472 475 480 481 483 484 486 487 489 493 495 497 498 499
508 509 511 518 520
S5 - let's just say all of 'em


1 2 6 14 15 18 20 23 24 28 32 33 46 48 49 50 70 79 81 89 90 92 93 96
105 106 110 113 123 125 128 130 134 135 136 147 150 156 160 169 175 180 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 194 199
200 202 204 208 210 213 215 216 217 218 219 221 225 229 230 236 245 251 259 262 264 276 279 280 281 284 289 291 293 299
300 305 306 308 311 312 315 319 321 322 328 331 335 341 344 350 358 361 364 371 376 378 379 380 383 384 387 394 396 397
402 405 412 414 416 419 421 422 432 442 444 449 455 481 486 496 497 499
502 504 513 515 516 522 523 527 528 531 528 540 544 550 551 553 556 559 560 561 576 579 580 594
601 607 608 610 611 617 620 621 622 624 625 630 638 639 642

10 19 20 24 46 50 55 68 70 73 80
100 118 120 172 179 180 185 196
205 216 240 262
321 331 340 342 345 347 362
400 405 421 427 441 443 462 477 481
500 504 519 531 542 550 534 573 581 593
600 650 659 

2 20 26 27 34 35 41 43 48 51 60 62 70 71 74 81 91
100 106 116 127 130 140 144 148 151 152 155 159 164 170 172 173 176 178 179 184 196 197
200 260 207 209 211 213 220 234 248 250 259 277 278 283 285 289 292 294 295
309 327 338 354 356 366 387 390
400 401 411 420 425 428 430 433 434 438 439 441 451 454 467 470 471 474 477 478 479 485 487 488 489 490 491 494 498
500 503 504 514 515 521 523 525 532 533 543 546 547 554 532 575 580 585 586 587 598
600 610 613 615 620 621 622 632 635

1 5 34 120 206 360 400 413 703 707

1 4 45 55 85 200 265 335 406 482?? 540 580 650

180 229 240 515 655

Friday, October 10, 2014


Richard D and Fleer just wouldn't approve

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Perfect Blaster - 2014 Allen & Ginter

It finally happened.
After years of ripping blasters I finally got the Perfect one.
This one right here:

Don't misunderstand me here, there are many different varieties of Perfect. If I got an entire Braves team set with inserts out of a blaster that would be perfect. A blaster of all short prints would be pretty perfect. Getting a relic or auto in every pack would be kinda perfect too. A box that was accidentally filled with Hobby packs that had Rip cards and 1/1 minis in them would fit the perfect bill. The whole box being crammed with loose mini inserts would qualify as perfect. A blaster containing a thick wad of $100 bills and a baggie of blue crystals would be perfect as long as Walter or the cops didn't find you. For purposes of this exercise, a Perfect Blaster will be defined as the best possible outcome for the contents of an everyday garden variety blaster that did not contain weirdness or shenanigans.

I haven't done a proper Ginter box break in a long time and I miss posting all the packaging and boolsheet so I'm gonna inflict you with some extra scans before I show you the goods.

Horizontal box front is artistic, Vertical box front is pure capitalism. We got the price, we got the licensees, we got the security warning, we got the age suggestion (who gives their 5 year old a blaster of Ginter), we got the #social #media bugs, we got a handful of mini card examples to show off the wares even though two-thirds of them don't have a chance of being in this box. The probability that I cut the Cabrera mini off the box and put it in my Ginter binder is high.

NPN means no purchase necessary and I mean to hold them to this promise. Everybody go mail in a 3x5 card and get free cards even though I'm the one who bought the blaster. Get those free cards from Topps! FIGHT THE POWER

Here's the wrapper. Very simple design that incorporates the generic 1800's era ballplayer art and the overly elaborate type font used in the card design. It ain't no Old Planter, but it's acceptable. The EXCLUSIVE MLB TRADING CARD LOGO plopped right in the middle is quite gauche. Packs with an Insert (read: humongous mojo hit) can gobble up one to four precious base cards. Suck it, set collectors. Once again, the pack is made of that silky smooth stuff that they make Heritage packs out of that makes @Thorzul's nether regions tingle.


Not on the box,

and not on the pack! Just don't tell me! I don't wanna know how hard it is to get a Pop Star Relic Book!

Here's what ya actually need to know:
  • There are 5 (FIVE!!!) full sized insert sets, they drop 1:2 packs. 
  • There's ANOTHER full sized insert set, these are retail only and fall 1:6 packs.
  • Oh yeah, there's yet another full sized insert set, this is the one with baseball players which has 100 non-numbered subjects for ease of collecting and they hit 1:2 packs.
  • Minis! There are all kinds of friggin parallels and you're sure to get at least a couple in a blaster, sucks for you if you want a base mini set lol
  • Mini inserts! There's 6 (SIX!!!!!) of these insert sets and they all combine to hit 1:5 packs. 
  • Oh yeah, there's also two more mini insert sets I think (now there's EIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!) that hit 1:288 packs that may or may not be retail exclusive I really don't know. 
  • And I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that there are Hobby exclusive mini inserts too and I really really like doughnuts.
  • Oh yeah there's a bunch of relics and autos but you won't get any of those and anyway they've Gypsy Queened most of the relics which really sucks because this product is all about those frames. 
  • Last and most importantly, Short Prints are still 1:2 packs, Thank Goodness.

Make sure you examine those odds closely kids, you never know where a Ginter Code clue will pop up!

That's enough nonsense (and besides I'm bitter that I don't have a box-topper to open) so let's move onto the base cards, shall we?

Let's start off the perfect box with six - count 'em - six legit Hall of Famers. 

How about another Hall of Famer? Horizontal edition.

Awww, why not? ANOTHER Hall of Famer! Different sport edition! This card alone makes this box a winner.

They can't all be Hall of Famers, folks.
Well, unless it's a Hall of Fame themed set like Panini Cooperstown or something. This ain't that.

This is Batting Stance Guy...? I don't even know. Ginter has a quirky quota and this dude fits the bill.


Is Omar Vizquel still a stealth Hall of Fame candidate or have the Stat Geeks sharpened their knives and carved him up already.
Actually with all the asshole BBWAA voters out there Babe Ruth would be a stealth Hall of Fame candidate if he was on the ballot right now. "I JUST DON'T TRUST HIS NUMBERS EVERYONE KNOWS HOT DOGS AND BEER IS A PED"

The obligatory Ginter Bat Pose.

King Felix with the visible Neck Tattoo.

I don't know who this guy is either but I like the trucker hat, bitchin mullet and wrestling pose.

Now I don't have to pay a RC logo tax to my local card shop for these commons just because of that stupid icon on the card.

Base cards not pictured:
Jedd Gyorko
Shelby Miller
Tyler Skaggs
Diana Nyad
Hiroki Kuroka
Jeff Locke
Doug Fister

Even a Perfect box has common cards.What make these cards perfect is this:


I need ALL these suckas for my set. Granted, I haven't bought much of this product but I've gotten doubles out of my first two packs of the year out of Ginter before. Simply getting only cards you need is a Perfect box by set collector standards. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE

Short prints! And I need all these too! Got another Hall of Famer and a moose. Also the obligatory "What the actual fuck is that picture supposed to be???" card that has become a staple of Allen & Ginter sets. Seriously how does that picture represent a polar vortex what the hell is that mess

Set collecting's over. time for the


Let us look at the fun parallels and chase sets that consist of about a third of the cards in the box. Remember in 1994 when we thought Fleer's one insert per pack was madness, sheer MADNESS? How far we've come in that time.

Not gonna lie. I love, no, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this insert set with it's weird chalkboard design. I think black bordered cards are the #2 cardboard aphrodisiac after shiiiiiiiiiiny for giving collectors that fluttery feeling in their tummy. These things look cool and the four I got out of this box are legit A-List Hall of Famers to boot. Assuming Randy Johnson gets in. Everyone knows height is a PED.

Everything perfect has to have a flaw, and this is the flaw in my Perfect blaster. I would have preferred to get cards from four different insert sets out of the box (since there are five of 'em) but World Capitals ganged up on me. I love World Cup Soccer and Pokemon, so I'm happy with Brasilia and Tokyo.

Giant boulders look like big ol poopies! lololololololololol
You gotta let your inner child come out to play every once in a while, especially when you're opening up packs of baseball cards.

Planes are fun.

This set seems to have as much to do with coincidences as Alanis Morrissette's song had to do with irony but it works very well as a "Weird Shit That Happened That's Kinda Cool" set and I'm always happy to see one of those in Ginter.

There's the inserts, time for the m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-minis!

And these minis kicked ass.

Base minis: SNOOP! and the guy who ruined catching for everyone. Remember when catchers could get away with just calling a good game, throw out some runners and hit a few dingers every once in a while? Dangit Johnny, you made everyone look bad. Snoop's the best even when he's doing reggae side projects. Gotta get that Lion in the mini FrankenSet somewhere even though I technically finished it already.

SP mini: ELVIS. I have a soft spot for Elvis since he's an old Braves farmhand and he didn't make us feel worse about the Teixeira trade by winning a World Series.

A&G minis: Hall of Famers ALL DAY in this box. Joe still annoys the crap out of me even though he's not hurting my ears anymore. Jim Palmer I like as long as he's wearing pants.

Black? kinda border thing with lines... and little squares... in groups of three... for some reason... mini: Pedro! Another Hall of Famer, probably. Also this card should not be horizontal. Horizontal minis kinda suck. You can't tell me that picture wouldn't have worked better with a vertical card.

Insert minis: Got one of the 1:5 Larger than Life cards of William Tell (with bonus photo ganked off of Wikipedia yisss) and a one in 36 blaster mini of some kind of horse lizard. With these Ginter mini inserts, I try to just focus on getting a type set of them all and I did not have cards from either of these sets. I like William Tell too, he's got a cool overture.

Wasn't that a nice little box of Ginter? No doubles, lots of good inserts and a short printed lizard and OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT




no it's not waffles what's wrong with you Brian  




Every year there is a non-sport 'hit' card that I really want (WHEREFORE ART THOU ABE VIGODA) and I never get it because I have no chance of pulling it out of a pack and I can never find it when scrounging around the local shops. Welp, I hit it this time. I got the Silent Bob relic card. Hockey sweater even! NOSTALGIA'D RIGHT IN THE COLLEGE.

God bless you Kevin Smith for your goofy overly talky and somewhat awkward comedies that are really cool or totally lame depending on which way the wind is blowing in Hipsterville at the moment but are fun to watch anyway. And God bless Jay too, I need a little shred off one of his shirts now for the complete set YOU BETTER DELIVER IN 2015 TOPPS DO YOU HEAR ME.

Yes I made a whole lot of fuss about a $5 relic card  but dammit when you're scraping by hoping you can snag a blaster every couple of weeks when you get paid you gotta celebrate such an unambiguous win as this blaster was for me. Was this your perfect blaster? Probably not. You've already opened a box or a case or aren't even collecting this set and you have all these cards anyway and JEEZ this set is so bloated and Kevin's reality show is kinda dumb and it isn't even a framed relic SERIOUSLY. That's fine, you go open your perfect blaster. This one is mine and for a brief shining moment this hobby made me very happy. Which is how it's supposed to work, right?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Joy of a Completed Team Set - 1990 Topps

Equal parts joy and frustration in this one as after searching forever for a %E^@#&!! Tyler Houston rookie card I finally had to bite the bullet and buy it from the dude at the flea market who prices all his stuff according to his 1993 Beckett with Mike Piazza on the cover. A buck and a quarter for a Tyler Houston rookie! Egads! I'm not even all that crazy about 1990 Topps although at least the design is interesting unlike most of the other sets that came out that year. The set is also intriguing because you can see the Championship team slowly starting to gel together after years of dismalness in the late '80s. You can see all the pieces coming into place especially with the Traded cards and the probably mostly incomplete Pro Debut cards I threw on the sheet for the hell of it. Two Hall of Famers, two more potential Hall of Famers and Mark Lemke. Not bad for a team set from the Dismal years.

Hope you enjoy the Joy of a Completed X posts 'cuz I got a lot more where that came from.
(and not much else, sadly)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Joy of a Completed Set - Mars Attacks Heritage

Thanks to a trade with I recently finished up this nasty little set. Death, horror, doom and despair. Just hike the current state of the hobby AMIRITE? To celebrate I scanned the set in plastic pages poorly and plopped 'em in Picasa to show off to the World. By the World I mean the 3 people who still check this blog regularly and about 8000 loyal spammers in Southeast Asia. Hi guys!

However, when I saw the scans after they had uploaded I realized I put a horizontal set into pages vertically. A horizontal set with scattered vertically oriented cards. A horizontal set with scattered vertically oriented cards that also has a vertical insert set. Oh, and I didn't crop the scans so when you scroll really fast up and down the pages wiggle back and forth and make you seasick and then you see a disintegrated dog and a Martian with scrambled brains and you barf.

Just make the best of it and read the fronts right to left like Manga and then read the backs left to right (going down by column of course) and then when the backs flip to vertical, well...

There's numbers on every card. Y'all are smart, I'm sure you'll figure it out. Enjoy the gruesome.

Zap! Kapow! Now I can't get dropped off jaybee's Sports Card Blogroll until at least 2015!