Saturday, 29 August 2015

Stacks of Wax 2! Part 4.1! 2015 Topps Jumbo box break! The base!

Today, the base portion of the set. Tomorrow - inserts, parallels, and their ilk.

I will start with the bad news. That way I have something to look forward to when I get to the good news.

And the bad news is the only complaint about this box. Collation. Collation was ghastly. With a 500 card base set, I figured to get about 400 base cards with inserts, since Topps collation seems to be pretty good lately.

I barely broke 300, and ended up with about 85 dupes. That hurt. But, maybe I'll grab some retail and try to remedy that.

And now, on to the good portion of the base. Namely, the photo choices.

Here are some of the vertical base cards:
Great celebration shots. Great tackling shots. Great catches. But that Jamaal Charles, with him bursting through the curtain of rain is perfect.

But the horizontal ones aren't bad either:
The catch! A desperate attempt to stop Carlos Hyde, but the framing means my favourite in this bunch is the Keenan Allen.
We get some throwback uniforms.
And, probably my favourite of the choices, the use of draft day photos! It is nice to have some rookie cards that aren't from training camp, the Combine or The Rookie Premiere. It reminds me of some of the junk wax cards from Pro Set or Score. I've got one more of these, but that will have to be shown off tomorrow.
Looking deeper into the checklist, even kickers get some base cards.

Even a punter found his way in! Since I only have about 60 percent of the base set, there might even be more hiding in there!
Here's the backs of the cards. I'd like full stats, but what can you do? This from one of the many dupes, and it is the most recent card in my 2/14 collection. Sorry to 2015-16 MVP entry Marian Gaborik.
So, what card should I use to wrap this up? Although with Panini getting an exclusive, it might be a lot of people's final Topps base cards, I'm going to highlight someone for whom this truly is their final one.

Tomorrow: Inserts, Parallels, and Hits!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Stacks of Wax 2! Part 3! Crowned!

And now, the first box with packs that I dug into. 4 packs, each containing a hit. So, not a lot of extras in this one. With one box containing 500ish cards, I wanted the other wax portion not to be to filling. And here it is!

Pack 1:
And that is the very definition of a particular team being featured in a hot pack. Tom @ the Angels in Order is a Garoppolo super-collector, so that will be PWE'd in that direction at some point. And the hit is pretty interesting - I like Pro Bowl relics for the uniqueness factor, since you know which game the relic comes from.

Pack 2:

And here's the other relic. And another card bound for elsewhere with the Brady. The shinier of the two Rodgers is a gold holofoil parallel /25. Normally, at this point I'd link to the PACKERS! PACKERS WON THE SUPER BOWL! video, but that will come later.

Pack 3:
This is where I'll link to it:
Since there's a Packers hit in the pack. But, since I already have a Janis-graph courtesy of random group break late last year, that's likely bound for my COMC account. But, a new Bills base card will be staying here, as will a nice shiny /199 of last year Defensive ROY.
And my favourite card of the break comes out here with a Bills autograph. I've got one of his as well, but I can't have too many Bills-graphs. Manning and Luck are an appropriate combo for a Knights/Squires themed card. The Jimmy Graham /99 is the parallel in this.

So, definitely not a good book value base, but some keepers make it not so bad. And it was credit anyhow as opposed to cash.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Stacks of Wax 2! Part 2! Marquee!

Now, one of the two individual packs that was in the package. I added this just so I could break $250.00 in cost and then save $10.00 before shipping. Did I make a good choice with the pack in question? Let's see...
The first card out is a base card. The design is interesting as the front is shiny (and the stock is thick),
while the back is colourful, and pretty typical of something you might see on a Hoops or other lower end design.
Second card is something called a Swirl-O-Rama. It definitely is. I pulled 3 rookie inserts in this pack, and as of now, he is the only of the three no longer in the NBA, having returned to play in Russia.
And this is a black holofoil insert. Brian is still with the Hornets as of this posting, but the Charlotte version. Although this is a supposed holofoil, the black portion is not really shiny - although the ROOKIE on the bottom is.
Hey! Rookie #3 is an auto! Not a big name, but Shelvin Mack is kind of a cool name for an athlete.
And 4 more base cards to wrap this up. If I can't pull a Raptors card from it, a Celtics card is a nice way to end things.

And now, 1 pack and 3 boxes to go.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Stacks of Wax 2! Part 1! Get High with Heritage!

As I said in the box opener, I didn't really want to get this at full price. But, at half price, it is as good a time as any to wrap up the set.

For those of you that can't wait to see what auto I got, here you go:
Was it worth the wait?

On the plus side, at least this appears to be live now, since I did see some on ebay.

I could recap the contents of the box, but Mark @ This Way To The Clubhouse already did such a masterful job of it, there's no need for me to that. But I still want to post stuff, so here are my favourite card backs of the bunch!
Such as all the stats on the back of the LaTroy Hawkins.
Or a pronunciation guide on the back of the Rougned Odor.
But my favourites are the ones in this 4 way tie for first. Cuban League stats! Japanese League stats! AWESOME!

A bummer of an auto, but I really wasn't too concerned about that, since I was more interested in adding the final 100 to my binder.

Stacks of Wax 2! Electric Boogaloo!

Another pile of credit from COMC turns into credit from Blowout, and as before Stripes helps with the unpacking!
Box #1: 2015 Topps Football Jumbo - It is one of my favourite set builds of the year! Nice to do some damage to it via COMC/Blowout credit.
Box #2: 2014 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Complete Set - I thought I'd pass on this, since I didn't want to pay full price for this when it dropped. But getting it less than half of that seems like a nice way to wrap up one of my favourite designs.

Now we get into the random other boxes portion of this to round things out. Last time, I went for a base heavy Panini Basketball from 12-13 and an insert only Panini Innovation. This time, I opted for something in the middle.

Box #3: 2012/13 Panini Crusade Basketball Hobby Box - I like the Crusade cards, and figured I'd go for this as opposed to the next year, which had more Crusades, but fewer hits. And I've already got a bunch of Raptors from that year anyhow. So, more chase cards in the older product.
Box #4: 2014 Panini Crown Royale Football - Die-cut base cards? Why not?

And finally, individual packs:

1 pack of 2015 Topps Chrome Jumbo - Just because I knew this particular type of pack wouldn't be on the shelves at the LCS.
1 pack of 12-13 Marquee. I was just under $250, and if I reached that level I could save $10, so I added one hobby pack to get that level, so the pack ended up being free, with a few more dollars off the cost before shipping.

So, not as much in terms of pack busting this time, since there are only 10 packs in the jumbo box, but the total volume of cards should be around the same but I'm really looking forward to digging in.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Preparing for a Drop

I'm expecting a second COMC credit becomes Blowout Cards credit box over the next few days. So, this seems as good a time as any to finish off the baseball portion of the trade w/ Greg at P,TSIA.
Unfortunately, this is a dupe in my Delgado collection. Fortunately, this is still a need in my Blue Jays collection! But, even if that wasn't a need there, I'd still find a nice home for it as a Delgado super collector. After all, I'm now only 167 away from completing the set.
And some misc. Delgados for that binder.
The Mets portion of this wasn't the biggest. But, with a state parallel, a Stadium Club and a David Wright that I'm stunned I didn't have, this was still filled with goodness.
From a Wright I was sure I had, to a 2/14 card I was sure I had. Also a need, and I now have 20 Takashi Saito cards in that collection.
And one more (maybe future) Met. He put up decent numbers in 2013, but didn't pitch in 2014 and received a 50 game special in 2015. But, this is still a Mets card for binder purposes.
Two Expos in a mailer is better than no Expos in a mailer!
This is only a small portion of the CanCon portion of the envelope. But, it expanded nicely, primarily with these parallels.
And a pinstripe-y Justin Morneau.
And lets wrap this up with some more parallel fun. Shiny Blue Jays cards! And colour! And Ace!

And there wraps up another trade post. Thanks for all these and the original goodies. I'll still keep my eyes peeled for Ducks goodies at the Expo in a few months!

Monday, 24 August 2015

2015 Adventures in Repacks: Part 32 - An easy decision

Sometimes, deciding which 15 for $1 repack to get is an easy decision. Like this time.

2014 Fleer Showcase Wayne Gretzky - Such as one of the visible cards being a Gretzky. It doesn't matter what year/set the release is - they're always nice to add to a collection.
1993 UD Paul Ranheim
1990 Score Gary Nylund
2001 UD Challenge for the Cup Roberto Luongo -  Luongo is one of the guys who has been in the league for years, but it doesn't seem like it is.
1993 Parkhurst Tom Pederson
1993 Score Pavel Bure - Great photo from the junk wax era.
1993 UD Jeff Daniels
1989 OPC Benoit Hogue
1992 Topps Doug Brown
1995 Pinnacle Pat Verbeek - Is there such a thing as too much blue on a card?
1991 Future Trends 1972 Hockey Canada French Stan Mikita -  That's a mouthful of a set - but at least the card is interesting.
2002 MVP Miroslav Satan - It is a tragedy that he never played for New Jersey.
1991 Platinum Ron Tugnutt
1990 Bowman Allan Bester
2008 Ultra Daniel Paille - And the last of the visible cards.

A nice Gretzky, and a great photo on the Bure. A couple other decent cards fror the misc. collection make this a worthy repack.

Sunday, 23 August 2015


Sure, he's no relation to Jacques. Tyler never even played a minute of NHL action. But darned if I don't love his salute to one of the first mask wearers on his helmet. Although I really need the Carey Price version that is spending way too much time on my Top 10 wantlist.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Pack Sampler - 2 Packs of 2015 Chrome

2 packs of Chrome that were obviously sent to Southwestern Ontario instead of the Bronx by mistake.

Pack #1:
Things started off nicely, with my first Chrome card of 2015 being a Blue Jays card. If my usual formula of judging how much I'll like the set by the first card I see, I should enjoy Chrome.
And then it goes all Yankees on me. This scans terribly, but this is an auto. It is an initial graph with a squiggle between the letters. If my initials were B.M., I'd definitely add a squiggle between the letters as well if I were only going to sign my initials.
And here's the 2nd Yankees card of the pack break.
And a James McCann wraps up the first pack. Can't complain too much about a pack that yields an on-card auto.

Pack #2:
My only horizontal card of the break.
But I'm just treading water posting these guys...
since here's the second Derek Jeter in two packs. As I said, these should have been delivered to a card shop in the Bronx. The GoG inserts fall one per box. I'm thinking both the Yankee inserts will be part of my next mailing to COMC.
And the last card is a Chrome of one of my favourite photos out of the flagship set.

So, not too much in terms of getting PC cards, but the insert cards should let me recover some of what I spent on them in terms of COMC credit.