Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Packening: the recap-ening

Thanks once again to the folks who made the time to attend my Packening live stream on Youtube last week!  I had a blast busting somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 retail packs and giving away a ton more.

On that note, I'll start with the giveaway's winners.  That's right, winners plural--just about everyone that showed up got some sort of prize!  Here's who they were and what they got:

Grand prize of 50 packs (equivalent of one order):  Chris of Nachos Grande
10 Dollar Store Topps packs from the Mid 2010s:  Paul of Scribbled Ink
10 junk wax packs:  Chris of The Collector and John of John's Big League Baseball Blog
5 2006 Topps hanger packs:  Fuji of the Chronicles of Fuji

Congrats to each of you and thanks for your support, as well as that of the other guys who hung out for a bit.  It was a great time and I hope to do something streamable in the future since everyone seemed to enjoy it.

And now what many of you are probably here for:  the results.  I'm currently cropping the live video since there's a lot of dead air for the first roughly 12 minutes.  Once that's done I'll likely embed the video here for your viewing pleasure, though if you're like me and prefer to just see the goods, look right below.  For what it's worth I didn't have time to show every single card, and I also skipped showing a good number of the packs because things ended up taking much longer than I had initially planned.

Anyway...
The two biggest hits were a 2007 Ultra Hitting Machines Materials jersey of Jim Thome and a 2014 Topps Update RC of Red Sox star Mookie Betts, easily the most valuable card in the bunch.  I've set aside the jersey for Paul as he's a Thome collector, and I'm keeping the Betts for now as it'll fit in nicely with my RC collection.  I'm just not the type to risk the usual eBay BS to try to cash in on it, and I especially don't get into grading, so I'll happily enjoy a top notch RC!
Next up is three scans' worth of Tigers.  Miggy was the PC guy I pulled the most, though in terms of trade bait he got a run for his money or was beaten by Ichiro and/or Kenji Johjima, a couple guys heading Fuji's way.  The Lineage Stand-Ups and Opening Day Stadium Lights inserts were definitely highlights.
Plenty more familiar faces here.  I filled in some gaps old and newer with some '91 Ultra guys and a trio of Ian Kinsler, including a shiny Heritage parallel.
Early 90s issues of blog favorites Tony Phillips and Mickey Tettleton were sights for my sore eyes (seriously, that was a lot of pack busting!), and I liked adding something new of former Tigers star Max Scherzer.
When it came to PC pulls nobody topped Junior Griffey, even if I only needed the last card in the bunch you see above--his 2015 Topps Archives base.  If only I knew one or more people that also collect Griffey....
Former blog namesake Curtis Granderson came up twice alongside Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn, former Wolverine Barry Larkin, Junior Ripken, and a (RC) of current blog namesake JV.  The Lineage Granderson and Ultra Gwynn were the only newbies here, but again, more trade bait is a good thing.
These last couple scans cover the remaining keepers for me.  Arrieta's card is a RC and might be decent trade bait if he can get its value back up a bit.  Johnson and Robinson are HOFers I was happy to keep.  And the Topps trio of Chipper, including the weird/fun Hot Button game card, will happily slot in with the others I've kept of him.
Last up is this bunch of star players from the Dollar Store Topps packs that, again, represent some good trade bait opportunities, especially when I dig into TCDB more.

Pretty much everything else is going into trade packages or my trade box sorted by team, with the exception of a decent stack of '89 Donruss and a larger one of 2006 Topps.  I figured I'd see if anyone who reads this needs some set-fillers, and eventually those can go on TCDB as well.

I realize this relatively short summary may make you think my return on $100 in retail packs was fairly light, but I think I got my money's worth of fun and trade bait with some bonus cards for myself.  And on that note I'd absolutely recommend picking up a few of these packages from Wal-Mart, with a suggestion of two to four to give you a nice variety and better chance of landing something good.  Fuji already mentioned he had a couple on the way and I hope others do and decide to show them off somehow because they're interesting to check out.

With that out of the way I'll be back to trade posts again next!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

2019 trade package #6: Parts of My Past

I've been wanting to post a nice summary of the results of The Packening but got bogged down with other stuff this week, including a bit of flooding in my basement that pretty much ate up my whole afternoon today (though nothing really got damaged, which is great).  Also, I'm way behind on covering a few other things, including the show a couple weeks ago, plus some outstanding trade packages.

Which is why today I'll be showing off my latest PWE from Matt of Parts of My Past (formerly Sport Card Collectors).  This is actually the second PWE he's sent me this month, and the most recent trade package I posted here was from Matt, my fellow enthusiast of Griffey and all things 90s, including inserts.

Here's the latest goods, all Tigers edition:
Platonic ideal of baseball's three true outcomes and former Tigers catcher Alex Avila leads things off with his 2012 Topps Gold Rush parallel.  I remember these fairly well but couldn't recall how they were inserted, then found that they were an HTA set.  The only other instance of this set that appears in my collection is Chris Getz's issue as he's a PC guy, and the name appears a lot more frequently thanks to it original incarnation as a Score parallel.

Formerly effective (but still fun to collect) slugger Miguel Cabera is next on three different recent Topps issues.  The bookends--2017 flagship's Walmart Holiday Snowflake and 2019 Gypsy Queen Chrome--look nice enough, but the real winner here is a Red parallel of his 2018 Gold Label Class 2 card (#41/50).  Though not as fun as its earlier iterations, Gold Label remains a winner, and the red looks quite striking here.  I'm thankful that folks like Matt keep sending me quality stuff like this!

Sticking with the letter "C", there's future former Tiger Nick Castellanos on a 2018 Topps Fire Green parallel (#184/199).  That's never been one of my favorite Topps products, but I do like numbered parallels, and Castellanos is a guy whose cards I plan on keeping even when he leaves Motown.  I'll be sorry to see him go because he's been fun to watch as a hitter, but also hope he's the last bat-only player Detroit signs for quite a while.

Finally, Matt followed up his previous PWE with a card that combines two of that package's features:  Ty Cobb and 2019 Topps' 150 Years of Pro Baseball insert.  In this case the Georgia Peach's card is actually the 150th Anniversary version and therefore one of the product's many cards numbered to 150 (#136/150 here).  Numbered Cobbs are few and far between in my collection so this was a nice throw-in for me.

Thanks again for the second envelope in just a few weeks, Matt!  I hope you enjoyed your flat-rate box of stuff and I'm looking forward to seeing your posts on it!

Stay tuned for a couple more trade posts soon among anything else I managed to get posted soon.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

20 lbs of retail packs, live NOW

(I'm not kidding about the 20 lbs, either!)

From this...

to this...

to this
live on the screen of your choice!

Hit the Follow button on the right side of your window and then click here to come watch the packstravaganza and enter to win free stuff!  EDIT:  stream is now over, I may upload it at some point after I edit it.  Thanks to all who participated) Saint Matthew of Lesko demands it!
For those of you still here, here's the quick(-ish) breakdown of packs that came with my five 50-pack orders:

1988 Donruss 8
1988 Fleer 2
1988 Fleer (cello) 1
1988 Topps 2
1989 Bowman 1
1989 Donruss 14
1989 Topps 1
1990 Fleer 16
1990 Upper Deck 6
1991 Fleer 1
1991 Score 2
1991 Ultra 12
1991 Upper Deck 2
1992 Upper Deck 1
1993 Fun Pack 1
2006 Bazooka 2
2006 Razor Poker 1
2006 Topps S1&2 (hanger) 6
2006 Topps S1&2 (rack) 11
2006 Topps S2 (Wal-Mart) 1
2006 Topps Update 1
2006 Ultra 1
2006 Ultra (Dollar Store) 1
2006 Upper Deck S2 2
2006 Upper Deck S2 rack 1
2007 Bowman Heritage 5
2007 Topps (6 cards) 1
2007 TriStar Prospects Plus 1
2007 UD Masterpieces 2
2007 Ultra 1
2007 Ultra (Dollar Store) 4
2007 Upper Deck S1 (Dollar Store) 2
2007 Upper Deck S1 rack 1
2007 Upper Deck S2 1
2007 Upper Deck S2 (Dollar Store) 2
2008 Bowman 2
2008 Bowman Chrome 1
2008 Goudey 1
2008 Stadium Club 2
2008 Topps Opening Day 1
2008 Topps S1 6
2008 Upper Deck 1st Edition Update 2
2008 Upper Deck S1 1
2008 Upper Deck S1&2 2
2008 Upper Deck S2 2
2009 Topps A&G 4
2009 Topps S2 (Dollar Store) 1
2010 Topps Update 4
2011 Topps Lineage 5
2011 Topps Opening Day 3
2013 Topps S2 (Dollar Store) 2
2014 Topps S1 (Dollar Store) 7
2014 Topps S2 (Dollar Store) 4
2014 Topps Update (Dollar Store) 9
2015 Topps Archives (Dollar Store) 10
2015 Topps Hot Button 2
2015 Topps S1 (Dollar Store) 10
2015 Topps S2 (Dollar Store) 10
2016 Topps S1 (Dollar Store) 11
2016 Topps S2 (Dollar Store) 6
2017 Topps S1 (Dollar Store) 10
2017 Topps S2 (Dollar Store) 8
2017 Topps Update (Dollar Store) 9

The Packening: happening LIVE tonight!

I just wanted to toss up a post that we're looking good for the great retail pack break of 2019, a.k.a. The Packening
happening here live tonight at 9pm EST.

A few quick updates:
  • Based on what I've seen from others, I'm not expecting my order to come in five separate packages.  Instead, it sounds like everything will be mixed up into one big box
  • As far as the giveaway goes for one of the orders, I'm leaning towards sorting out all the packs and then picking out a representative group of 50, e.g. I won't be giving the winner 50 1988 Topps packs or anything
  • That said, my blog, my rules.  I reserve the right to exclude someone from the drawing as I see fit, and I also want to point out that this is a completely free giveaway
  • Also, depending on the number of people that show up during the stream I may decide to give away more stuff--maybe a few random packs or a hit or something--if I feel like it
  • Otherwise I hope for this to be a fun stream where I bust up to 200 packs and give away 50 more while also piling up plenty of cards to send out in trade packages
  • While I'm at it, don't forget to follow this here blog if you aren't already so you can join the drawing!
Look for a YouTube link or something like that here (likely in a new post) around 9 EST tonight.  I hope to see you all there!
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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Big fun announcement: streaming a pack break with a contest!

So here's a few things I haven't done in a while that I'll be doing all at once:  busting retail packs, streaming, and hosting a contest.  Here's what's up:  I've been following a thread on Blowout about a deal Wal-Mart's offering online only, 50 packs for $20 (free shipping if you spend $35+).  That's $0.40 per pack, friends. 
The packs you get seem to vary a ton, with some people complaining about low-end, junky stuff, and others getting some nicer more recent packs.  There seems to be a mix of dollar store packs (what's up, Doug?), repacks/blisters, and other random stuff.

Check out that thread to get a better idea of what's coming in these, though I swiped an image for reference:
So what does that have to do with me and you, readers?  Well, I'll tell you!

I've decided to try a few of these for myself, so I ordered four (200 packs worth!) and will be streaming ripping them live when they arrive next week (due on Tuesday, for now).  I'm sure most of what comes out of them will be heading to trade packages, so that should be exciting for many of you aside from just seeing someone open a ton of packs.

BUT, even more exciting...
I bought a FIFTH package of these just for contest purposes, and I'll be straight up giving it away during the stream!  All US residents who are following this here blog will be eligible and I'll random it off at the end of the stream to one lucky viewer.

Sound good?  I hope so!  I'm tentatively planning on doing this at 9pm this coming Tuesday and will try to lock that down when I can confirm.  In the meantime, will interested folks please drop a comment letting me know if that date/time works?  I'd love to get as many people involved as possible.  Tell me what you think!

Monday, April 8, 2019

2019 trade package #5: Parts of My Past

Matt of the recently re-branded Parts of My Past (you may remember him from such previous titles as Sport Card Collectors) was cool enough to hit me with my first trade envelope of April, which was (eventually) enough to give me a kick in the blogging ass and post something over here.  As usual I knew I was in for stuff I liked since Matt and I are very similar collectors with a 90s insert-heavy focus (and, hey, I know a bit about renaming a blog too!).

Here's what filled out the PWE this time:
This was a Tigers- and Topps-heavy PWE with five (mostly) recent inserts from that brand, opening up with Matt "YEEEEAH" Boyd, a favorite of John's who's definitely growing on me.  That's his Gold parallel from this year's flagship product, #1476/2019.  His teammate this year, Miggy, follows on a Donruss Optic Pink Prizm from last year.  While Boyd seems to be on the upswing, Cabrera has been on a rough decline the past few seasons.

Next up is a pair of Tigers legends in Ty Cobb and Al Kaline on 2019 Topps inserts.  The Georgia Peach shares one of his two Evolution appearances with a player I don't recognize,
2019 Topps - Evolution Of #EO-24 - Equipment - Vintage Sunglasses, Modern Sunglasses - Courtesy of COMC.com
on a card that compares vintage and modern shades.  Mr. Tiger and a great vintage photo are the stars of Kaline's 150 Years of Pro Baseball chase card.  "Greatest players" is damn right, Topps!

Then we hit a couple of my PCs.  The Iron Man is the subject of a 2018 Topps Storybook Endings card which highlights his 2001 sendoff, a season during which, the card notes, he made his 19th straight All-Star team.  In fact, the only years he wasn't sent to the Midsummer Classic were his 23-game cup of coffee in '81 and the following year, his first full season, after which he was named the AL Rookie of the Year.  Not bad, Cal!


And finally, a 2013 Topps Heritage insert matches up Detroit/Philly pitching great Jim Bunning with Detroit/Houston pitching great Justin Verlander, a guy I happen to collect once in a blue moon.  Jim's a HOFer who won more then 200 games, put up almost 60 bWAR, and, oh yeah, tossed a no-no and a perfect game.  Justin's gonna pass him in wins this year or next and eclipse his strikeout count to boot while boasting a higher bWAR already and a ring to go with his pair of no-hitters.  So yeah, these guys are in good company.

Thanks again for another surprise PWE, Matt!  As soon as I can figure out how to get some things packaged I'll have a GIANT return headed your way.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

3/23/19 show report: show-pening day

It might have taken a bit longer than expected but the Tigers came away victorious on Opening Day in Toronto behind strong pitching from Jordan Zimmermann (of all people!) and the bat of young OF Christin Stewart.  The pitcher needed just 70 pitches to get through 7 innings while allowing just one hit (a tough grounder up the middle) to mar his stat sheet while the slugging LF bashed a no-doubt 2-run shot to right for the game's only runs.  In a season that will likely be light on wins it was a fun way to kick off the season!

Let's celebrate said occasions with some cards from the second show I made it to this month.  As I mentioned last time I headed up to Troy this past Saturday mainly to meet up with Paul of Scribbled Ink.  It was just the second time I'd been up there after having previously been around a year prior, and I had the same general lack of luck due to my overall dislike of the sellers' offerings and prices, but that's because I'm so picky and obviously prefer my guy in Taylor.

I still managed to dig up a few things for me (as well as trade bait) in spending $11.50:
  • 4 $1 cards and 10 dimes from one seller for $5
  • 6 cards from a 6/$5 box, 2 from a $0.50 box, and 20 $0.05 cards from the other for $6.50
You know the drill:  check out a few fun things I scored over on TMM and peep the rest right here:
These five of Griffey came from the dime box of the first seller I mentioned, a pretty reasonable guy who also sets up in Taylor.  I remarked to Paul that it was fun finding stuff like this for even less than the $0.18 minimum on Sportlots.  The quintet of 1998-99 cards is right in my wheelhouse and I was glad to officially hit the 800-card mark for Junior.
I can't remember which seller was responsible for the 2000 Topps Gwynn variation (my third) you see above, but I can definitely thank person #2--who I always skip at Taylor for a few reasons--for the '98 Topps Flashback insert pictured first.  Out of the 6/$5 came the last PC guy I needed from this fantastic chase set (back when Topps put effort into inserts) and he now happily joins Griffey and Ripken:
Maddux joined Griffey at the top of the heap this time with five new cards of his own.  #s 3 and 4 came from the cheapie boxes and represent 2018 Stadium Club and '96 Pinnacle Aficionado.  Meanwhile the other three were the rest of my personal take from the 6/$5 and can be described by one of the best phrases in collecting:  serial numbered inserts!

#1 is the super cool 1997 Donruss Armed and Dangerous (#1609/5000) and takes me all the way back to when I enjoyed breaking boxes of another excellent Donruss product.  The second is a League Leaders insert from the otherwise unnecessary 2002 Donruss Best of Fan Club (#047/300).  It's difficult to tell thanks to the reflective foil in the scan but this one notes his 17 wins in 2001, good for 5th in the NL.  Speaking of that stat, we complete the numbered Donruss-branded trio with 2004's Elite Career Best (#0963/1000), which highlights his 20 wins in 1993, which was the second year in a row he reached that mark--a feat he never repeated.

We'll finish up with the last of the cheapies.  Cal shows off the fun of Score's '94 Select product with two fun fielding shots paired up on the front.  And my best $0.05 might have been George Sisler's 2011 Topps Marquee base, which I can finally add to the numbered Blue and Copper parallels I own.

I'll be glad to get back to more familiar territory next month but am glad that I found a few things at this show I could enjoy, while meeting up with Paul and swapping cards in-person once more was definitely the highlight!