Friday, January 30, 2009

2009 Topps at Target!!!

No scans 'cause of the snapping, crackling, and popping but....

I went to the old Target tonight and found a 2009 Topps Series 1. They seem to have come a little early this year.

My first impressions:
1. Don't love the design. It blends late 90's score with current Upper Deck. But it might look awesome in chrome.
2. Topps Town cards are WAY cooler when they have different players on them.
3. I'll be buying a set of the Turkey Red inserts. (So that means I have a Lincecum that will be an extra if anyone is interested.

I bought 2 packs. I am going to try to limit my retail pack buying to 2 packs per release. (I am going to go in with my bro on a few hobby boxes of something or other) I'll keep you updated on how the self restraint is going.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Snap, Crackle, Pop!

Well, it was really more like "crackle, crackle, burn"!

I had a great post planned about Cesar Tovar. It was going to be funny AND informative. I placed the card on the scanner, hit the scanner tab and the crackling began. Then the burning smell. I reached for the AC adaptor and it was HOT. No Cesar Tovar post.

It's all for the best right now. Grad school has started back and once again I'm avoiding assignments like the plague. The card organizing is going swimmingly. I even sent out a few more of those Save the Cards packages and completed my end of 2 overdue trades.

Keep writing everybody 'cause I'm still reading!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Albino from The Princess Bride?

Still busy organizing.

Came across this card of Charlie Sands:After his playing career, he went into the farm boy/pirate torturing business.
Charlie has no highlights to speak of but the back of his 1974 Topps cards shares some interesting tidbits.
  1. Caught a 7-hour, 29 inning game. The whole thing? That's quite impressive. (Maybe if they made Westley catch for that long instead of using that water device, he would have been more than just mostly dead.)
  2. Won a World Series ring while just batting once in the 1971 Series. (Fred Savage was in the movie for 5 minutes and he still gets royalty checks!)
  3. Came back from a fractured knee cap that required 3 stars to demonstrate how painful it was to Charlie. (I give The Princess Bride 4 stars.)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Documentary Game Fail

Despite the excellent idea of documenting every game in the MLB season, Upper Deck swung and missed with 2008 Documentary. I bought 2 packs and made up a little game to see if it could make it fun to rip this lackluster product. Here were the rules I came up with:

+2 - Player on the front is mentioned on the card
-2 - Player on the front has nothing to do with highlights mentioned
+5 - Noteworthy game such as no-hitter, milestone reached, etc
-5 - Same photo used on 2 cards in the same pack
Mets Bonus +1 - Game in which Mets WIN
Mets UnBonus -1 - Game in which Mets lose

Not to spoil it, but it didn't work! Here are the lowlights:

Pack 1 - All 10 cards lost 2 points because no photo matched the game highlights. The pack gained back 2 points for featuring Mets' WINS. Total score = -18

Pack 2 - All 10 cards once again lost 2 points each for not matching. No Mets' wins and no noteworthy games. Total score = -20

Pack 1 wins a thrilling defensive battle by 2 points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are 2 Giants cards from pack 2. The card on the left pictures Matt Cain (I think) and highlights a game won by Barry Zito (Yes, Zito won a few last year). The card on the left pictures the aformentioned Barry Zito while highlighting a game won by Tim Lincecum. Surely, Tim is featured on some card fronts. Why not switch the photos? It would have taken mere seconds.
As for the design, I like it. Nice front, nice back!
Here is how to fix this product for next year.
1. Cut the set in half. One card per game, not two. Only the winning team gets the picture on the front.
2. Match the photo with some part of the highlight.
3. Place the pictued player's name on the front of the card.
4. Lose the commentary and the standings and give me the boxscore. If it's too big, I'll give in on #1 so that the box score for each team appears on their card.
5. Sell them as team sets. Either 162 cards per set or 324 if the box scores take 2 card backs.

Team sets on ebay are very high-priced right now on ebay.

If anybody beats -18 with a pack, I'd love to hear about it.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2008 Thanks

Regular readers may notice that I occasionally change the names of blogs for my own amusement. Treat it like a game. Try to guess the blog in question, then click to see if you are right. (Sorry for the lack of pictures. I have been using my last few days off to reorganize a bit and excitedly put all the cards in the mix.)

Big Thanks to Dan of the Inexpensive Holy Chairs for the 08 Masterpieces! I think I sent you some 1974 Topps in return. Collectors helping collectors is fun! Danny quotes Bob Dylan and gives away stuff. How cool is that?

Thanks to mystery card sender who I believe is Regular Collector Dude. He sent out a massive box of Mets and 2000 Topps and 2008 UD Heroes and the the list goes on. I was reading his blog one day and the shear shininess of the Finest football cards hurt my eyes. He has been on a busting frenzy as of late.

Also, thanks to The Wordsmith's Trek. He sent a box-o-Mets that was WAY better than the box-o-reds I sent him. There was also an uprotected Jose Reyes Retrofractor RC in there. I am sending a few vintage Reds to TRY to make up for the one-sidedness of this trade.

Thanks to Jon from the UK (I believe he started The Quest for Hair Bands/Rubiks Cubes-Like Stuff) for the 2nd helping of Mets. I'll gather some Sox in the new year.

P & L from Damaged Vertices sent some extreme shininess my way. Also, it was Met extreme shininess. That is the best kind. I am excited about them teaching us our ABCs in 2009.

Native Americans on 2.5 by 3.5 Paper sent a 12 days christmas gift. Don't tell anyone but I opened it before Dec 25th. David continues to be the most generous blogger out there. He inspired my Save the Cards giveaway. (Yes, there are still a few more packages waiting to be mailed!)

Pale Hoser sent me HAWK TAYLOR. His real name is Robert but the card says HAWK. Take that Andre Dawson!!!! Steve redistributed some of my White Sox in a trivia contest earlier this year. He has the most detailed want list on the web.

I won an ebay auction from Big Chips and Salsa for dirt cheap and he still sent me 3 Masterpiece cards to finish up the non-sp part of my 2008 set. Nice, Nice, Nice!

I hope I didn't leave anyone out. Thanks to everyone for helping me meet my goal for this year: To have more fun with my collection! The blog turns 1 tomorrow. It's been fun!