Saturday, April 12, 2014
I'm kind of surprised Panini went with an opaque foil wrapper instead of just a clear cellophane considering that there were no surprises inside. I'm also glad that Panini didn't count my wrappers too closely, because I know I accidentally forgot to put one in the package I sent in. Now if they would just send me my 2 Autos they owe me from the box.
I think the most sought after card in the pack will be this Tanaka card, but who knows?
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I picked up this 2014 Topps Museum Primary Pieces quad relic featuring Rickie Weeks on a whim. I'll be honest as a Brewers fan I'm torn on Rickie. Rickie had been very dependable at second for quite a few years now. Of course last year wasn't all that hot and then his season ended early due to injury. There were quite a few rumors running around before the season that Rickie was going to get traded. But he's still here and sharing second base duties with Scooter Gennett. While looking over the auctions on ebay for some Brewers Museum Collection cards I couldn't pass up picking up this awesome card for under $3.00. All told with shipping I add a beautiful card to my Brewers team collection for right around a five spot and I'll take that any day. How much longer will Rickie be a Brewer? Will he rebound and have a stand out season? Who knows.
The lines on the card are from the penny sleeve.
Sorry this is a little late.
All I can say is it's about time. I've been a pretty loyal follower of Agents of SHIELD and with a few exceptions I'd been pretty disappointed. But with 5 episodes still left in the season holy crap have they turned it up a notch. I still need to see The Winter Soldier and I'm hoping to see it when I have grandparents around to babysit when we head south in few weeks.
I'm glad they finally made Skye less annoying and more of the team. I get that you have to build the character, but is it wrong I was hoping she wouldn't make after getting shot?
If you haven't seen this weeks episode go to ABC.com and watch it. NOW!
I also find it amusing that the Hail Hydra meme is sweeping the web.
That will be all.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Look what I found in my mail box the other day! I have to say if I this is the last TTM from Spring Training I get back I'll consider my effort a success. I've already gotten back two of my three current favorite Brewers young guns back and getting Khris' back makes it all three. He even signed it with silver sharpe!! A great looking signature, now I only wish I'd dug out one of his rookie cards, well there's always next year.
Date Sent 3/19/14
Date Rec 4/4/14
3600 N 51st Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85031
Saturday, April 5, 2014
This is actually my third success from Logan. I got him to sign a custom index card for me at Spring Training in 2012 and I sent him a Bowman card in 2013 at Spring Training. Well Topps finally put Logan on a Topps card in its Update Series last year and Logan was nice enough to sign two cards for me.
Date Sent 3/19/14
Date Recieved 4/4/14
3600 N 51st Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85031
Friday, April 4, 2014
When I had to move out of the man cave there were a few things I kept close at hand and my 2010 edition of the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards was one of those things.
I actually picked this up back in 2009. Just like new cars you can always get the next years version a little earlier. I've found the Standard Catalog to be indispensable when looking up information on sets. The printed portion of the Catalog weights in at 1560 pages and just under 5 pounds, but the book only covers issues up to 2000. Included with the book was a CD-ROM which had an additional 8 years of issues on it. It's a gigantic pdf and is a little awkward to use on the disk, so years ago I ended up printing it all off. Krause the publisher put out one more edition of this in 2011 and then a Vintage only book in 2013. I had thought about upgrading, but to be honest I don't use the book as a price guide, I use it for the volumes of information about each set and for the checklists and information on sets newer than 2008 is readily available online.
Still one of the best tools I have for my collection and I use it all the time for tidbits when posting on my Robin Yount and Rollie Fingers player blogs.
Anyone else love their catalog? Anyone prefer the Beckett Almanac?
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
To celebrate Opening Day, which depending on which Opening Day you choose could have been a couple weeks ago. Here at the Crack I celebrate the official opening day which is when everybody gets to play so that was yesterday. Anywho like I was saying to celebrate Opening Day lets open a jumbo pack of Topps Opening Day.
I won't bore you with all the base cards. They look just like regular Topps, but with the snazzy Opening Day logo. There are also guys not featured in Series 1 in this set. Here is Robinson Cano in a Mariners uniform, mmm, you can taste the photoshop.
Of course one of the favorite inserts is the Mascot set. I got Screech.
I just saw this over at the Knight's Lance. Panini has announced the three bonus Rated Rookie cards available when you mail in 36 wrappers. Not that it matters too much, but they didn't state which player would be on 201, 202, or 203, but here are the three bonus cards from Panini.