Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TTM Tuesday - Joey Chestnut

I love to eat and am not a small man, but I've got nothing on this guy.

Joey Chestnut is a competitive eater and has gobbled everything from asparagus to steak. The man once ate 141 hard boiled eggs in 8 minutes.

He is probably most well known for winning the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for 8 consecutive years (2007 - 2014) and again in 2016.

I got this card back signed a few weeks ago.I love the inscription! "EAT!!!"

Monday, May 22, 2017

GREAT AMERICAN Treasures - Wade Boggs

I've been trying to clean up the man cave a bit recently. Aside from the room being clean, another benefit is finding cards that I had forgotten that I bought.

I picked up this 2001 Leaf Rookies & Stars Great American Treasures Wade Boggs bat card off ebay for less than $9 shipped.

It features a piece of his bat that was used in the 1996 World Series. The back of the card features a picture of the actual bat.

This is one of my all-time favorite sets. The set has some amazing players and items. Hank Aaron hat card from his 755th HR game, Barry Bonds 500th HR ball, Mark McGwire 60th HR ball, etc. I only own one other card from the set; a Magglio Ordonez card. Everything else is a little out of my price range, so when I saw this at less than $10 I jumped on it.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

1986 Topps

I got an email back in April from a reader of my blog Nick offering me some help with my goal of collecting every Topps set from 1981 (my birth year) on.

Nick generously offered me a 1986 Topps set. It arrived several weeks ago, but I've been swamped with Little League baseball over the past couple of months and haven't had time to properly look through the set and do a proper post to thank Nick.

I started collecting baseball cards in 1988. I've got a plethora of cards from every year since. Prior to that though, I have very few cards, so to get a 1986 Topps set out of the blue like this is awesome.

Nick's 1986 Topps set is my 12th Topps set. Thank you Nick! Good luck with ttms! I'll be on the look out for some Griffey and Ichiro cards for you.

Here's a quick look at the 1986 Topps set.

Pete Rose was card #1. I like the simplistic design with all the needed components (team name, player name, and position) plus plenty of room for a nice photo.

Rose also occupied cards #2 - #7. This may be the closest I ever get to owning a Pete Rose RC.

Rose would add a few more Topps cards (87, 88, and 89) to his resume after the 1986 tribute.

Here's the rest of my card show loot.

I picked up these 2016 Triple Threads card for a buck each from a different seller.

I needed the Goldschmidt.

I picked up the Story RC because I was at Opening Day game in 2016 when he hit two hom runs against the D-Backs.

I picked up a 2017 Bowman D-Backs team set, plus an extra Goldschmidt from a different seller for 5 for $1.

This Gavin Lux Bowman Chrome was part of the 5 for $1 purchase. Let me know if you want it defgav. If you do, I'll send it your way.

Next up are a couple of Bowman Chrome inserts that were part of the 7 for $1 deal.

I normally shy away from unlicensed stuff, but at 83 cents I couldn't say no to this Brandon Drury jersey card numbered to 49.

We'll finish up with a few cards of former D-Backs. 

Aaron Blair was part of the Shelby Miller/Dansby Swanson trade so, he's with Atlanta now.

Matt Kata was one of the "Baby Backs" that got called up in 2003 and quickly became a fan favorite. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Triple Threads and Tribute from the card show.

Here's a few more cards from the card show today.

I mentioned this on Twitter already, but I'll put it out in the blogosphere as well. I am not a fan of the  foil autograph stickers, but I had to pick up this 2007 Topps Triple Threads jersey/autograph of Dan Uggla numbered to 99 when I saw it for 83 cents.

Here are a bunch of base cards from 2017 Tribute. 

The Bryant and Griffey set me back 83 cents each, but the others were only 14 cents each.

Tomorrow I'll finish off my card show recap!

Inception has me thinking and asking questions.

I went to a card show this morning and was pleased to find some 2017 Inception singles available at reasonable prices.

By reasonable I mean 6 for $5 ($0.83) for stars and parallels and 7 for $1 ($0.14) for semi-stars and commons.

Seven card boxes of 2017 Topps Inception are fetching $50+ on the open market, so I was happy to get a four card D-Backs team set for $1.25.

For reference, here is a picture of the back of a Goldschmidt card.

There are lots of parallels in Inception. I got a few. Here are a green (not numbered) and a magenta numbered to 99. These D-Backs were both part of the 6 for $5.

I didn't just stick with D-Backs though. I picked up some of the games biggest stars for $0.83 each.

Here are a few more Inception cards that were from a 7 for $1 box.

Alright, now for my thoughts on Inception and a few questions for you.

I like the design. It reminds me of Five Star a little bit. What are your thoughts?

The cards are thick. Too thick for a standard 9 pocket page. How do you store base cards like this? I usually don't use penny sleeves and top loaders on cards that cost less than a quarter.

And finally, who wants to see what else I got from the card show?

Monday, May 15, 2017

1972 Topps Billy Martin

Much has already been written about this 1972 Topps card of the infamous Billy Martin as the manager of the Detroit Tigers, so I will just leave you with a picture of a very off-centered copy I picked up at my LCS for a quarter.