Wednesday, June 20, 2018

All the Series 2 Cardinals

It's a #CrackinWaxMailday with a case-load full of Cardinals from @CrackinWax to pore over. 

Occasionally it pays to think ahead. Since I've stopped buying the Topps flagship product in recent years, collecting the Cardinals stuff from these sets (still a priority) can become a bit of an afterthought. This is one of those rare times that I planned things out in advance, as I bought into a case break over at Crackin' Wax. I think I did pretty well for myself.

Of course, there are base cards. Many, many base cards. I believe I ended up with eleven total team sets. Fortunately, I should be able to dump a few of these on Listia, but if anyone here is interested in one, let me know. I do still need two cards from the (neglected) Series 1 team sets, plus a whole lot of inserts and special stuff.

This time around, there's only one player in the mix that's no longer with the team. We'll get to him in a moment. We also get a team card, some rookies and a rare Greg Garcia card. Seriously rare. This is his fifth season with the big league club and it's just his first Topps card. He also appeared in Bowman products in 2010.

Alex Mejia saw a bit of action late last year, but he's off the 40-man roster and back in the minors with the Cardinals organization. These are his rainbow foil and gold parallels.

It's an SP! I didn't know they were putting "legend" SPs into this set, so this was a nice surprise.

I still need a bunch of the "Topps Salute" cards from Series 1. In fact, I think this might be my first look at this design.

Carlos Martinez was well-represented, with his rainbow foil and vintage stock (numbered to 99!) parallels. The vintage stock card might be my favorite of the whole break. I wish the whole set could be like these. Only, you know, not so rare.

Paul DeJong should be back soon. Hopefully! This whole season feels like it's teetering on the brink of disaster.

Jack Flaherty has looked really good at times. The rotation appears to be pretty set for the future, at least, if the club doesn't end up making any significant moves.

Rainbow and gold Cafecito.

Here's the rainbow Matt Carpenter version.

Today's game seems to be steering back to homers! homers! HOMERS! This card just seems appropriate all of a sudden.

The tribute to the 1983 set continues with these All-Star inserts. I love new Ozzie cards!

Speaking of which, this is super awesome. I have one of these warm-ups (#1, of course) in my closet that I break out for special occasions.

This one had me stumped for a bit, because it's from the "silver pack" promotion. In Series 1, each of these had some fancy pattern on the card. Oh well, so much for continuity!

Great shot of Tommy Pham up against the Wrigley Field ivy. As much as I dislike the Cubs, every good outfield needs a photo like this on a card.

This is my first, er, negative photo parallel. I know these are hobby only, but I don't remember how rare they are.

This is another SP. This time, it's a photo variation.

Here's a Topps Salute card of Tommy Pham in his "Players Weekend" jersey. I feel like this was so hyped last season that it's probably coming back this season.

My collection is sagging under the weight of all of the different Pujols cards that I own, and Topps keeps finding ways to print them up in his old uniform.

I don't "PC" this guy, but I think he's up to #2 or #3 in total unique cards owned in my collection. Yikes.

Are these photos from the actual game they are commemorating? Of course they aren't.

The Pujols parade is over, and there's a new Sherriff in town. And that's the last time I ever make a Ryan Sherriff joke.

As mentioned earlier, Breyvic Valera is the lone Cardinal no longer with the organization that's in the base set. He was flipped to the Dodgers in a roster space crunch move right at the start of the season. Once again, these are the rainbow and gold versions, respectively.

At 15 seasons in the league, Yadi might just be a little tired of posing for dorky photos.

I also snagged Molina's gold parallel. I miss the old gold parallels, as I pretty much say every year now.

Apparently there was only one autograph pulled in the whole case (what?!), but I was lucky enough to snag two game used memorabilia cards. Here's DeJong in his former uniform number, which now belongs once again to Jose Oquendo.

And this is a black parallel (check the serial number!) of a Luke Weaver jersey card. Because everything needs parallels.

Feel free to hit me up if you have any 2018 Topps Cardinals stuff not pictured here. The want list will be updated shortly.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

It's Late

I'm tired. Here's a recent Listia win. 

I'm not sure how much life is left in the Listia website after their conversion from their own virtual currency system to some cryptocurrency that no one's even heard of. The price of said currency has plummeted to less than 3 cents per whatever, as Listia trudges on. I have no idea who and how much actual cash is being spent on the site, outside of people paying for postage to mail their stuff around the country. I can still find interesting cards on it from time to time, including this weird shiny "camo" Damian Lillard.

It's a low numbered card, and I spent a very low amount of cryptowhatevers on it. I can't imaging listing anything like this on the site for auction myself, but I can't complain as a winning buyer. Someone has to be making something off this site, right?

The NBA Draft is less than a week away, and it will be very interesting to me to see what the Blazers team looks like by this time next month.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Spoiler Alert!

A sneak peak at some Group Break goodies. 

As I should have expected, the voting results on whether or not people wanted to be surprised or informed was fairly mixed. It's going to take me a really long time to get all this stuff sorted (and packed + shipped off), so I tried to appease both sides and just took a couple of quick photos. If you're still hoping to be surprised, now is a good time to go to some other website or toss your phone into the nearest ravine.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Quick Group Break Poll

Who wants to see the hits? 

The group break is basically filled at this point (just need to find someone's porch to ditch the college hoops cards), and I'm about ready to start sorting this stuff. Here is the question - do you want to see some of the stuff pulled from these boxes, or do you want to be surprised? Feel free to comment here or yell at me on Twitter. If I don't get much of a response, I am going to lean towards surprising you all, because I love surprises. That being said, when I pay for a break, I do sometimes go to a blog to see if there was a post where some stuff was scanned. But then again, this is basically a freebie.

I grabbed a few more minor league packs at the card show as well as a handful of cards from a nickel (marked down to 4 cents in bulk) box that I will add to the final mass. One of the fun cards that I bought for myself was this "1st Bowman Chrome" card of Jose Martinez, who is now the heart of the Cardinals offense some ten years later. Martinez had an extensive tour in the minors before having some success with his first extended big league duty last season as a member of the Cards. The man they call Cafecito somewhat famously destroyed PCL pitching to the tune of a .384 average and a batting crown in 2015 with the Royals AAA affiliate, but never got a call-up until the Cardinals came calling. I probably won't ultimately become a Jose Martinez super collector, but it was a fun card to find for four measly cents!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Few Slots Still Remain!

If you've already claimed a team, now is your chance to grab one more. 

Only a few slots are left in my 10th Anniversary break. Leave a comment on the original post to claim a spot, and then follow up with an email or direct message on Twitter with your mailing address. If you're having trouble commenting on the post, please reach out to me via email (or directly on Twitter.)

We have the Orioles, White Sox, Blue Jays and Nationals still unclaimed. There's also an NBA slot and slots for college football and college basketball. A couple of people wanted the "general weirdness" slot, but based on timestamps it's going to Padrographs. Also, the Orioles will be going to Matt S. if no one takes them. Poor Orioles.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Added to the Break!

There are still quite a few slots available for this free group break/giveaway. 

Among the myriad things that will be handed out for the 10th Anniversary Group Break are the contents of this box of 2006 Upper Deck Future Stars. Matt from Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits was extremely kind to donate this box to the break. As soon as a few more slots are claimed, I will start revealing some of the more desirable cards in the break here (unless you guys want to be surprised.)

There are plenty of quality teams/slots still left, so what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

CardConNW '18: 'Graphs

Cards from another locally based blogger. 

As the 10th anniversary here approaches, it bears mentioning that Rod of Padrographs was among the first group of people I traded cards with via the internet. I also got a chance to meet him in the local meet-up back in March. The Lakers fan (really?!) sent me some of his unwanted Blazers cards, as well as a nice batch of Redbird goodies.

Jeff Pendergraph was a draft pick of the Trail Blazers back in 2009, which is probably around the time I first traded with Rod. The rookie, now known as Jeff Ayres, is shown here with his Christmas jersey. This was probably the last time the Blazers were invited to play in the NBA's premium Christmas Day showcase, unfortunately. Ayres hasn't played in the league in a few years, but has kept active professionally in other leagues around the world.

Before I stopped collecting cards (think early '90s), I had no idea Action Packed made anything but football cards. Discovering their baseball stuff and, more recently, their Hall of Fame focused basketball sets has been a treat.

I never saw Damian Lillard play in college, so this card is one of those snippets in time that is a new experience for me. For all I know, Dame traveled to this planet on a spaceship and woke up one morning in the middle of a field with a Blazers jersey on.

We switch sports here. This is another gem from the early '90s that I had never laid eyes on before. This was around the time that Kodak also lent their name to the brand new Topps Stadium Club brand, in an attempt to give it an air of premium...ness.

Even if I didn't collect all things Heritage, I am quite certain I would be interested in this Deckle Edge insert set from 2018, modeled after a set from 1969 as usual.

Finally, is this a real guy? Scott... Hurst? I am not always great with the prospects, but if Baseball Reference says he exists, I guess he exists.