Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sets I've completed

Don't mind me.

I'm on vacation, and part of my mission during these few days of freedom is doing card inventory stuff like this. What will probably happen instead is I'll end up painting the back hall or dragged to something my daughter considers "fun." Or both. But while I can, it's inventory time.

There may be more uninteresting posts of this nature for the next few days. Posting also will likely be sporadic. And then I'll hit you with a fantastic post that will make you keep coming back, only to find drivel like this.

Anyway ...

Sets I've completed:


1971 Topps



1972 Topps 



1974 Topps (incl. traded set)

1975 Topps



1975 Topps minis


1976 Topps (incl. traded set)



1977 Topps

1978 Topps

1979 Topps

1980 Topps

1981 Topps (incl. traded set)



1982 Topps (incl. traded set)

1983 Topps (incl. traded set)

1984 Topps

1984 Donruss

1985 Topps (incl. traded set)

1986 Topps

1987 Topps

1988 Topps (incl. traded set)

1989 Topps

1990 Topps


1990 Topps Traded

1991 Topps (incl. traded set)


2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

2006 Topps (incl. Update set)

2009 Topps

2010 Topps

2008 Topps Allen & Ginter


2009 Topps Allen & Ginter


2010 Topps Allen & Ginter


2011 Topps Allen & Ginter


2012 Topps Allen & Ginter


2013 Topps Allen & Ginter


2011 Topps Lineage


2011 Topps Lineage '75 mini


2013 Topps Opening Day


2015 Topps (incl. update)


2015 Topps Stadium Club



1981 Donruss

1981 Drake's Big Hitters

1988 Score

1976 SSPC

1993 Upper Deck

2009 Upper Deck OPC


More to come ...

(1972 Topps and a whole mess of uncooperative sets from 2008, I'm coming for YOU).

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Group breaks: timing is everything


I used to try to get involved in every single group break that any blogger put out there, and then throw a private little stink fit when someone beat me to the Dodgers in one of them.

I don't do that anymore.

Mostly that's because there are a lot more group breaks than there used to be, and it's because I have figured out that I can't afford to get involved in more than one at a time. I'm OK with that. I don't freak out -- too much -- when someone lands a card that I want in a group break that I chose to skip.

That's not to say I don't have my moments.

Colbey at Cardboard Collections held one of his many group breaks a little while ago, and I didn't get involved because I was broke. The break ended up being a complete Dodger fest. This NEVER happens, not even in breaks in which I'm not involved. Yankeefest. Sure. Bravefest. Definitely. Astrofest. Yeah, even the Astros. But never Dodgers.

After seeing the cards speigel landed from that break, Colbey didn't even get out the sentence "For my next group brea ..." before I said "I CALL DODGERS!!!!!!"

I know. Real mature.

His most recent break was from Topps Chrome, between 1998-2000. That was cool with me. I didn't have a lot of Dodgers from those sets.

Until ...

Dodger cards from those sets started arriving in my mailbox, totally unsolicited, immediately before the break.

This wasn't good. Timing is everything in a group break.

I actually ended up doing OK. Sure there were some Chrome dupes now, but that's not too big of a deal. My 1990 Fleer Dodger dupes point and laugh at my late '90s Chrome Dodger dupes.

Here is what I got that I needed:

1998 Chrome:


1999 Chrome:


2000 Stadium Club Chrome:


I also ended up with a cool insert from '98 Chrome:


Great card. I love the image of the Hall of Fame in the background.

And because Colbey does his group breaks right, he threw in a box of 2010 Upper Deck in the break and pulled me this card:


A serial-numbered card of my favorite player.

Colbey also added the Andre Ethier Walmart Diamond card from this year's Topps that you saw at the top of the post.

The break may have not been packed full of Dodgers as it was in his previous break, but what are you going to do? Unless you're a pack-searcher, part of the charm of collecting is being surprised by what you get. And I actually got some pretty nice cards for the best group break prices around.

Colbey's got another break going with Topps Marquee as the headliner. I find that interesting. But because my car decided that it's owner needed to spend a few hundred bucks on it, I'll be skipping this one, too.

But I'll be watching the results with my hands over my eyes.