Well just got back from my trip home for Christmas. I hope everyone had as nice a holiday as I did. Anyways, here's a mail day I got from dayf @ Cardboard Junkie that I received earlier in the week. Many of you have or will be receiving your gifts from dayf soon. Here's what I got...
Won another auction on eBay and I have a rack pack of '87 and '92 Topps on the way. I got this for $4.94 delivered and the '87 has a Bo Jackson RC showing so I'm feeling pretty strong mojo. I will probably have this sometime after Xmas so stay tuned.
I received an awesome package today from Daniel in New York state. I got over 300(!) commons I needed for '88 and '92 Fleer. Without a doubt my favorite of the bunch is this card right here. I had no idea this card existed. Fleer really jumped the gun on this one as Jeff King wouldn't have another card until 1990 as he didn't make his ML debut until 1989. Jeff King was a number one draft pick by the Pirates in 1986. They had selected Barry Bonds number one in 1985 so they had pretty high hopes for King as well. After several false starts he finally showed signs of becoming a run producer in 1993 and then after a few big years in Pittsburgh he was traded to the Royals where he had a few more big years before calling it quits for his real love, hunting and fishing. I can't get over how young Kinger looks on this '88 Fleer card as I always remember the full beard he had as a big leaguer. Anyways, big thanks to Daniel! Let me know what you would like in return...
On the top of the '91 Topps, '90 Donruss and '90 Score I got as a bonus with the boxes of '90 Fleer, I also won an eBay auction for two packs of '86 Topps! I kinda overpaid at $2.24 delivered but I had a hankering for some '86 Topps. I should have them by the end of the week so stay tuned.
So the two wax boxes of '90 Fleer came along with a ton of bonus junk wax! 4 packs of '91 Topps, 5 packs of '90 Donruss and 3 packs of '90 Score! I'll have those on future vids but first, the '90 Fleer.
Believe it or not some knitwit with too much time on his hands and way too much money (I think I read somewhere he spent over 15K collecting this crap) put together the entire Yankee Tedium Lunacy set (as Chris @ Stale Gum so aptly described it). That's over 6,600 insert cards folks. Not that I don't admire his patience, dedication, and skill but come on people. DON'T ENCOURAGE UPPER DECK! Now we're liable to get an even more ridiculous 20,000 card Yankee insert set next year. *sigh* On a totally unrelated note the Carrie chick in this video is smoking and I can't tell you how hot it is when she starts collating the cards like a pro. I think I'm in love. Oh well, she's probably married to some a-hole.
I know I usually worn against buying vintage wax packs. Let's face it. The only way you know a wax pack isn't searched is if you buy a whole factory sealed box, or if it's been professionally graded. But I got this one from a seller on eBay with 100% feedback after 174 transactions so I feel pretty good. Anyways, I got it for $4.49 delivered and an '82 Topps wax pack books for 5 bucks in Tuff Stuff so I got a deal. Assuming it's unsearched I got a 2% crack at a 50 dollar Cal Ripken rookie. I'll bust this one for A Pack a Day hopefully by the end of this week.
Yes. I know what you're thinking. Why am I obsessed with crappy '90 Fleer? Well my rationalization goes like this. After busting the first box I'm 262 cards shy of the set. Yup that's it. Gotta complete the set. Oh and I don't have the Sosa rookie yet. Yup. Books for 3 bucks in Tuff Stuff. Okay you got me. These packs are so crappy and junky I can't help myself. Resistance is futile. So I bought two more. For just $6.88 a box delivered by the way. Anyway I should have vids of this box break by this time next week so stay tuned. It will be insanely great. And I promise not to buy any more '90 Fleer. Pinky swear.
424 - Brian Roberts Wow I didn't realize he had 50 steals last year.
628 - Khalil Greene
456 - Orlando Cabrera UD got lazy and used the same pic of him on the front and back. Meh. Must have been the only one of him as a White Sox they had.
607 - Adam Eaton I love the daytime action shot on this one.
672 - Jason Botts
536 - Gary Matthews Great photo on this one. I'm still mad the Bucs let this guy get away before he blossomed.
585 - Kei Igawa
694 - Ryan Zimmerman
624 - Tadahito Iguchi
560 - Livan Hernandez
698 - Aaron Boone
667 - Rocco Baldelli Another card with the same photo on front and back. At least it's a cool spring training shot with two guys just chilling in the background.
576 - Ryan Church
704 - Brian Bocock RC
753 - Huston Street A's Team Checklist One thing I don't like about the team checklists and season highlights is that they don't look any different than the regular cards.
745 - Kevin Youkilis Season Highlights These cards serve no useful purpose. We get an extra card of Youkie with three sentences on the back to explain that he didn't make an error at first last year. Thanks Upper Deck.
With tomorrow being the the climax of this year's election season, what could be more American than ripping open a pack of 1990 Bowman baseball? Don't answer that. Anyways, I've decided to give what would otherwise be a boring pack break more of an exciting political feel. There are 14 base cards in this pack so we will determine a winner in the same spirit of our great democracy. 14 candidates. 7 primaries. 1 winner. Let's begin...
Upon opening we have an 18-year old shattered piece of gum spill out. Oh well. Consider it the Mike Gravel of this pack. An early non-contender. Moving on to the primaries we get our first two candidates... 305 - Jack McDowell Blackjack is sporting a red, white and blue jersey which automatically earns him patriot points. Plus he had a great career with the White Sox. Campaign slogan: Good pitching will always defeat good hitting. His opponent...
51 - Reggie Jefferson About the only thing going for Jefferson on his card is that he's posing with his bat. He had a brief career with his best years, if you could call them that, coming with the Indians. Campaign slogan: Walk softly and carry a big stick.
Your winner: Blackjack in a landslide.
Our next two candidates: 255 - Cal Ripken Wow. You can't beat a HOFer like Cal. Plus on the card photo he kinda resembles a young FDR. If FDR wore eyeblack ... and a baseball jersey. I'm afraid this is gonna be a tough act to follow for any card in this set. Campaign slogan: May 30, 1982. A date which will live in infamy.
288 - Jim Abbott Well let's see here. FDR and Jim Abbott. Two Americans with disabilities that overcame all odds to triumph in their respective careers. Oh wait sorry, it's Abbott versus Ripken. No contest. Campaign slogan: We have nothing to fear but fear itself.
Your winner: Ripken all the way.
Our next two candidates: 241 - Terry Kennedy Whoa. Talk about presidential parallels, with a last name like Kennedy this one has to be in the bag. Plus Kennedy was a pretty solid catcher for the Padres and Orioles for a number of years. I'm talking about Terry Kennedy not Jack Kennedy. Campaign slogan: Ask not what your catcher can do for you, ask what you can do for your catcher.
30 - Ryne Sandberg Bam! Just when you thought Kennedy had this wrapped up along comes another HOFer like Ryne Sandberg. Sorry but ya gotta give it up to Ryno. I mean just look at his card. He's got his batting gloves and bat ready. Campaign slogan: Ready to lead on day one.
Your winner: Sandberg in a sweep.
Our next two candidates: 137 - Kevin Elster Versatile infielder for a number of years in the 80's and 90's, but never a considered a star. Campaign slogan: You could do worse.
503 - Jack Daugherty Was a prospect with the Rangers in the early 90's but never amounted to much. Campaign slogan: You just did worse.
Your winner: Gotta go with Elster given that he actually had somewhat of a career but don't expect him to go much further than the primaries.
Our next two candidates: 147 - Ken Howell Kinda sounds like Colin Powell who just endorsed Obama. Howell is a pitcher which is like defense in baseball and on his card he has a stern look on his face so he could definitely be a Secretary of State, like Powell. Campaign slogan: Peace through strength.
383 - Gerald Perry Perry shares a namesake with former President Gerald Ford who was famous for a gaffe in the debates when he said the Soviet Union would not control Eastern Europe on his watch which ... um yeah ... they already did for decades. Campaign slogan: The Soviet Union will not ... uh wait ... it's called Russia now?
Your winner: Perry gave this one away to Powell, I mean Howell.
Our next two candidates: 192 - Ray Lankford Lankford carved out a descent career with the Cardinals. Campaign slogan: Why not me?
265 - Jeff Reardon Reardon is rocking an awesome Lincolnesque beard! That's enough for me. Campaign slogan: A nation divided cannot stand.
Your winner: Facial hair on a baseball card always beats no facial hair.
Our last two candidates: 293 - Bobby Rose Even though he's not related, he shares a last name with Pete Rose and the last thing a politician needs is bad press. Campaign slogan: I am not a crook.
428 - Alan Mills Mills was a .500 pitcher mostly for the Orioles. But his last name isn't Rose. Campaign slogan: I am really not a crook.
Your winner: Mills by a nose.
Now we get down to the nitty gritty. After hard fought wax pack primaries we are left with Blackjack, Cal Ripken, Ryno, Kevin Elster, Ken Howell, Jeff Reardon, and Alan Mills. Who will win the whole enchilada? Drum roll please ... the winner and next president of the United States is...
Well, things could be worse...
And on a serious note if you are reading this, don't forget to vote, if you haven't done so already.
I just bought 4 more wax packs of 90 Bowman baseball off the same guy on eBay and this time I won them for just $1.29 delivered. That's only 33 cents a pack! Watch me pull a Big Frank, Sosa or Juan Gone this time. Wouldn't it figure?
At long last, here's the moment you all (at least some of you) have been waiting for. As promised, 5 rack packs of 87 D-Russ in all of their vintage glory. Let's see what we get...
Ran out of time at the end but the remaining cards after Joe Cowley were Kirk Gibson, Mike Maddux, HoJo, Danny Tartabull, Tim Hulett, Dan Petry, Dave Martinez, Jack Morris DK, Glenallen Hill, Ruppert Jones, Bob Kearney and puzzle piece.
They're here! A 1982 Topps baseball cello pack that I won on eBay for $5.31 delivered. What a steal. Could there be a gem mint Cal Ripken, Jr. rookie lurking inside?!? 28 cards...let's find out... Top of the pack has Brewers Future Stars shining through. John Lowenstein showing on bottom.
333 - Milwaukee Brewers Future Stars: Frank DiPino, Marshall Edwards, Chuck Porter The only guy in the trio I recognize is Frank DiPino who was a bum reliever for the Cubs in the mid 80's.
171 - San Francisco Giants Future Stars: Bob Brenly, Chili Davis, Bob Tufts At first I didn't realize this is the Davis RC. And don't slight Brenly, a future World Series champion manager. Books for 2 bucks. My heart kinda sinks though as I don't think I'll be pulling a Cal after getting two of these team prospects cards so soon.
589 - Dave Stapleton Badly miscut.
537 - Doug Capilla Sweet powder blue with white pinstripes early 80's Cubs road jersey.
383 - Pascual Perez Pascual Perez! Not the error though. Just his rookie card, which isn't worth anything.
156 - Oakland A's Team Leaders/Checklist: Rickey Henderson, Steve McCatty Would've been a lot sweeter to get the regular Rickey card which is a classic photo.
526 - Montreal Expos Team Leaders/Checklist: Warren Cromartie, Bill Gullickson
679 - Sammy Stewart Badly miscut. Like the Stapleton.
732 - Mike Lum
142 - Dave LaRoche
96 - Kansas City Royals Team Leaders/Checklist: George Brett, Larry Gura
755 - Joe Morgan In Action
187 - Jeff Newman
527 - John Henry Johnson Sweet 80's perm hair.
Halfway through the pack we get an ancient piece of gum stuck to... a Topps album sticker! I didn't know they put these in the cello packs but that's awesome. The sticker is of Roger Erickson and is surprisingly undamaged by the gum nor are any of the cards. The gum is a big square piece as opposed to the rectangular pieces I remember. It is a very pale pink almost brown color and is frighteningly flexible. Minutes later after air got to it, it crumbled easily. Fascinating.
81 - Jim Palmer In Action Actually a really nice shot.
512 - Jerry Dybzinski
357 - Butch Hobson
52 - Larry Andersen I love early Mariner uniforms.
200 - George Brett Nice card number for a classic card. Books for 3 bucks.
560 - Doug Corbett Looking at the back of his card I notice in his rookie year of 1980 he was 8-6 with 23 saves and a 1.99 ERA in 73 appearances for the Twins. Wow.
334 - Aurelio Rodriguez
399 - Pat Zachry
107 - Wayne Krenchicki Not the Oriole I wanted.
415 - Don Baylor Classic card.
490 - Dennis Eckersley Love the photo on this one.
328 - Ed Farmer White Sox pitcher. Back of the card says, "Set club mark by registering 30 saves in 1980." I wonder who would break that one. Love the early 80's White Sox uniforms by the way.
735 - Rudy May First stat line on the back is from 1965. Wow.
747 - John Lowenstein Card is unremarkable other than it happens to be the best printed card in the pack. Ink and photo is crystal clear.
Well, all I can say is that pack absolutely ruled in so many ways. No Cal but getting the Chili Davis RC and a great George Brett card more than made up for it. Best fun I've had opening a pack in quite some time. You can't beat vintage Topps.
Picked up another 22-card pack of 2008 Topps baseball series 2 today. Let's see what we get. First, we get a stick of gum in it's own section of the pack with it's own wrapper and cardboard backing. Good grief, back in the day even the cards didn't used to get that nice of a treatment. Oh well, that's progress I guess. Yeah I know, wax stains. Onto the cards.
544 - Chad Gaudin Pitcher from the A's. Never heard of him but he tied for the AL lead in starts with 34 last year. Interesting.
392 - Joey Gathright
507 - Mark DeRosa
462 - Freddy Garcia Now we're talkin. First Buc I've pulled for this set.
472 - Shaun Marcum
475 - Adrian Gonzalez Powerhouse of the Padres.
478 - Geovany Soto Good young catcher for the Cubs.
489 - Joakim Soria
621 - Denard Span RC
349 - Mike Mussina I think he should be in the Hall someday.
558 - John Russell Sweet! Pirates manager.
566- Kevin Millwood
432 - Jason Kendall Longtime Bucco backstop. I was glad to see him finally make the postseason with the Brewers.
593 - Randy Wells RC
612 - Kelly Johnson
638 - Juan Pierre Looking at the back of his card I noticed that Pierre has managed to either tie for the lead or lead the NL in games played 5 times, at bats 3 times, hits twice, stolen bases twice, and triples once. Wow.
586 - Coco Crisp
419 - Bengie Molina
588 - Tony Gwynn (Jr.) Nice action shot of a hit. Just like his dad. Only slimmer.
541 - Adam (not Pacman) Jones
375 - Fausto Carmona
368 - Michael Bourn
A couple rookies and a couple Pirates. Not gonna complain. Love the design too, nice and simple and I like the retro circle letters at the top. A solid set overall I think.
Here's the wax box of 1992 Fleer baseball I got. Although there's not much in the way of rookie cards in this edition, it's still a great looking set that was fun to open and I got some cool inserts. The collation left much to be desired however with only 61% different cards in the box as opposed to the impressive 79% different cards in the 88 Fleer box. Only the first three video breaks I made for this box worked but here you go.
I received a couple bonus blister packs of 1988 Donruss baseball from the guy who sent me the 88 Fleer wax box I got off eBay. Here's a video of the first pack. The video I made of the second one didn't record right. Oh well.
I just received my 1988 Fleer baseball wax box that I sent away for on eBay and have finished busting it. Unfortunately my computer crashed several times recording the 88 Fleer busting videos and several won't play or upload correctly so I missing some of the vids but I managed to salvage most of them including the better packs. Thanks for bearing with me. By the way, out of a wax box of 540 cards only 112 were duplicates so 79% of the cards were different. That's very good collation as compared to the 92 Fleer box I opened with a pathetic 61% different cards. But more on that later.
So this is my first baseball card blog. I'm getting back into the hobby after a 13 year hiatus. Back when I was a kid I had thousands of cards in my collection. It all started sometime in 1987 when as an eleven year old I found a pack of 86 Topps Mini League Leaders in an assorted candy bag and was hooked. I soon completed an 87 Topps set from packs and was off and running. By 1995 I had thousands of cards from the 60s-90s. I stopped abruptly in 1995 due to a perfect storm of causes. One was going away to college and as I grew older I lost interest in collecting baseball cards. Also the 94 strike dampened my interest in baseball and I became more interested in football and hockey. And my team the Pirates was becoming perpetually uncompetitive in baseball's new economic climate. Lastly, the card industry was getting out of hand with 20 premium sets for each company and it was becoming more and more difficult to keep track, collect, and afford all the cards or even figure out what were the real rookie cards. I moved several times during college and each time I managed to drag my hundreds of boxes of cards along with me although I lost more enthusiasm doing so each time. I couldn't leave them at home because I knew my mom would make good on her threat to throw them out. Sadly during one of my moves I was forced to throw out my entire collection into a dumpster on a cold rainy day in 2001. I was so upset that I threw everything out because I did not want anything to remind me of it. Not even one card. And that brings us to the present. One day while surfing the internet I stumbled across unopened wax boxes on eBay for next to nothing and I thought wow I should buy some. Then I came across A Pack A Day and was hooked on the pack bust video blogs, especially Chris Harris' and I made up my mind then and there I wanted to that too!So here I am. The lucky first pack is a $3 cello from Walmart of 2008 Topps Series 2. Better late than never!
464 Rocco Baldelli 636 Rafael Betancourt 525 Gary Matthews 386 Julio Lugo 363 Brian Barton RC 374 Jason Jennings 643 Matt Murton 373 Casey Kotchman 650 Frank Thomas 569 Brad Hennessey 607 Ryan Spilborghs 604 Willy Mo Pena 634 Kenny Rogers 499 Milton Bradley 616 Jon Garland 559 Jonny Gomes 542 Adam Kennedy 377 Jake Westbrook 611 Garret Anderson 407 Johnny Damon 360 David Ortiz 437 Brandon Wood
I've just purchased a 88 Fleer Wax Box and 92 Fleer Wax Box on eBay that I will busting in the next couple days so stay tuned.