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

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 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.

This month's edition of "What Tha?"

In these posts, I will explore the moments when the hobby ever so slightly crosses the line from decorum and fellowship into ... "What Tha?"

Don't expect a major rant or sudden feelings of outrage. In fact, all I'm trying to get out of you is a simple: "Dude, that's not cool."

OK ...

I was in the drug store yesterday. As usual, I did a slow scan of the long checkout area, because this particular store sometimes displays baseball cards.

They had some. Rack packs of Heritage and last year's Chrome. Pretty good stuff for a drug store. Especially on this side of town.

But dopey me had to pick up one of those rack packs of "100 Baseball Cards, including 10 Hall  of Famers!" because they're cheap, and because I've done pretty well pulling relics out of the things.

But apparently they save the bastard repack rack packs for the corner drug stores. While the fancy rack packs are hanging 6 feet in the air, living the high life and eyeing the cute checkout girls at Target, the drug store rack packs are dusting the dirty floor at ground level as they watch big Barry groom his nose behind the counter month after month.

The pack I bought there was absolute trash. Ninety percent of it was every junk wax year you can imagine. Almost all cards I have three times over. A generous portion of it was this:

Lovely '91 Fleer.

OK, I know Smed will get on here and say that he actually NEEDS some of those cards. And Bo will join in and ask what everyone has against '91 Fleer.

But the rest of you get me, right?

Also, I don't know if you can make it out but almost every one of those Fleer cards are Padres. Fifteen percent of the pack was Padres cards! A full 15 PERCENT! From 1988-91. How can Padres fans argue that their team should be taken seriously when I pull stuff like this?

But none of the above was the "What Tha?" moment. I mean I've purchased plenty of repack crap in my life.

No, the "What Tha?" moment came about halfway through the pack when this fell out:

Huh? Whazzz this? A guy in a helmet? A baby blue uniform? A football? ... This ... this ... is a FOOTBALL card!

In a pack advertising 100 BASEBALL cards!

I know I've sung the praises of these rack packs in the last year, but I am officially amending my statement.

I recommend the occasional purchase of these 100-card rack packs when you happen to be in TARGET. Target only.

Stay away from the dust eaters at the drug store that employs big Barry.

You don't know what you'll catch.

(P.S.: The home run poll is up on the sidebar).