Monday, 15 January 2018

Hobby Pack Sampler

I showed off some retail busts before my somewhat hiatus, so here's a couple packs of the hobby variety.
Lower end hobby packs, but still hobby packs.
A Raptors card is always a great way to start a break of a basketball product.
A punny insert.
And the rest of the base. Brown is not a good choice for a border colour. Or copper. Or whatever they call it.
From a set called Playoff, it is apropos that none of the teams in this pack are still playing. Heck, only 2 of the people among the 6 base cards played in 2016. Jim Zorn is sort of an odd pull for 2017, so that's nice. Ricky Williams seems to bounce between shown as a Saint and Dolphin on his card, but as a Bills fan, I prefer the former.
An insert.
An auto too! He has a really nice signature for a sticker auto as well. The J looks a little like a 2, but the rest of it is really clear. And if the whole football thing doesn't work out, he can just fall back on his degree in aerospace engineering. Like any young prospect.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Redeemed and Replaced (Kinda)

Getting back into things, and hitting the mailbag with a mailer from Panini.
Up first is this, which I received in a box break of 2012 Totally Certified. When it wasn't fulfilled right from the start, I assumed it was never made. I was half-right. It was made, but the video didn't work. Since I had this put aside for Wes @ Willinghammer Rising, I'd requested it be replaced with something Crimson Tide related. So, Wes will be getting the non-functional Richardson video player/card, along with these.
A Flawless card? That's well above what I expected. I hope to finally be able to get to a post office by mid-week to get these sent out, along with some other goodies.

Next up, this group break redemption:
I was sorta tempted to send the code to Dennis @ Too Many Manninghams just for the reaction when he entered it. Instead, I entered it, and requested something Bills-related.
This will do. He may have gone a bit off the sticker, but this is still a really nice addition with a new auto and relic of my favourite Bills alum. I love that Panini tends to help out with getting replacements that fit into your PC. Also, this is /15, so I'd think there might me more colours on the swatch, but I won't complain too much with the auto.

There you have it!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

One Card Only: Another First

The Raptors had two first round draft picks in 2016. In group breaks, I was a magnet for getting Pascal Siakam autos, and have 6 of them in my collection. Jakob Poeltl, on the other hand, eluded me. So, this COMC acquisition is the first hit of his in my collection.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

One Card Only: Am I Blue?

Due to circumstance, I'm going to probably be unable to post much until the weekend, so I'm just going to pre-write a series of one card posts. And this is as good a time as any to show off my first Jamal Murray relic.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Retail Sampler

One hanger pack of 2017 WWE Woman's Division and one hanger pack of 2017 Topps Gallery. That's quite the contrast of products, and ones I've been waiting way too long to finally post. Let's get to the scanning.
I'll start with the first of the two packs I busted. It opens up with an insert from the Moments set, and features an Aussie import.
Here are the base cards. Nice design - they look like something from a higher end set with all the white. My only complaint is that the image on Ivory's card has the belt covered up - although that purple scarf was also pretty iconic for her.
A rivalries insert, supposedly exclusives. I'd rather have had more base cards, TBH.
A couple more cards from the Moments insert set.
And some more base. At least they didn't recycle the image on the Billie Kay card.
Topps Gallery is up next. As a fan of painted cards, I was disappointed there were no blasters at the local Walmart, but a hanger pack will do. I really like the mix between images from games alongside the posed ones.
The canvas parallels. I was kinda hoping for a Court Kings feel to these, but they have the feel of the standard base cards.
Retail ends with a pair of inserts. I really love the look of the McGwire, with the action/portrait combo nicely reminding me of the 80s Diamond Kings. They just needed a hideously loud background. The last card is Expos content! And blue uniform Expos content as well! That's a great way to wrap up a post of two interesting, and interestingly different packs.

Sunday, 7 January 2018


The Buffalo Bills will have a playoff game today for the first time since the Clinton Presidency. Henceforth, let's see some Bills content from a half-case break of 2017 Panini Playoff.
I'll assume I did land the complete team base set here. There's the usual mix of active players, legends and rookies.
Only one parallel, but it is /49. I do like that it isn't a Rookie Premiere photo on this one, and they've used an in-game, albeit pre-season photo.
And one more! Sharp-eyed readers will note that this is the same photo as on the base card.
And a hit! My second autograph of Tre'Davious White joins my collection.

There you go! Done just in time for kick-off as well!

Edit: Yegads, Nathan Peterman is a Scott Norwood for the 10's.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 2.2 - Winter Baseball

2012 Opening Day - Fantasy Squad - And an insert starts it off.
2013 USA Champions - Tony Wolters
1992 UD - Dion James
1990 UD - Blaine Beatty - The first Met of this side.
1988 Fleer - Mike Dunne
1991 Fleer - Melido Perez

1991 Studio - Jimmie Reese - This is always a fun card to pull.
1988 Topps - Bob Melvin
1990 Legends - Johnny Podres - Retired player content.
1989 Donruss - Greg Harris
1984 Topps - David Green
1996 Leaf - Bob Hamelin - The guy who looks most like anybody's shop teacher.
1988 Topps - Ellis Burks
1995 Fleer - Doug Jones - Yegads.
1991 Topps - Tommy Greene
2004 Topps - Jesse Roman
2000 Tradition - Alex Sanchez/Steve Cox
2001 Traded - Chris George
2001 Stars - Jose Valentin - I guess Stars is the 'rare for repacks' set in this particular repack.
1987 Topps - Jack Howell
1988 Donruss - Al Newman
1993 Stad. Club - Charlie Liebrandt
1987 Topps - Howard Johnson
1992 UD - Bill Landrum
1988 Donruss - Kal Daniels
1989 Donruss - Ozzie Smith
1994 Ted Williams - Bobby Thomson - Nice to get a card of a retired player featuring a photo you don't see much of.
2006 Bowman - Orlando Hernandez - I'd completely blanked that El Duque had a short stint with the Diamondbacks.
1993 Fleer - Frank Tanana - Miniscule 'signed by Mets' in the lower corner? No other reference? Still counts as a Mets card.
1989 Score - Ozzie Virgil
1990 UD - Billy Ripken
2002 Donruss Fan Club - Edgardo Alfonzo - Even more Mets content.
1988 Score - Larry Andersen
1988 Score - Jeff Reardon
1993 Topps - Cecil Fielder
1998 Donruss - Ruben Rivera
1995 Stad. Club - Delino DeShields - A nice autograph-signing photo. I wonder if he signs it "I got traded for Pedro Martinez".
1989 Topps - Jody Reed
2012 Bowman Chrome - Forrest Snow - C'mon! This has to be a fake name! Right? Right?
2016 Bowman - Josh Staumont - Another repack winds up.

And there you have it!

Friday, 5 January 2018

2018 Adventures in Repacks - Part 2.1 - Winter Baseball

Another year-starting repack, as I work my way through the first half of a Dollarama 80-card baseball repack (or Cartes de Baseball, if you're been reading Waitin' Til Next Year this week)
2013 Heritage - Domonic Brown - Let's start with some Heritage.
2013 Topps - Derek Norris - Probably the card I've got the most copies of in the 2/14 collection.
1988 Topps - Jose Canseco
1991 Fleer - Eric Show
1991 UD - Kirk Gibson
1993 Leaf - Melido Perez - Must scan back of '93 Leaf!
1988 Topps - Jack Lazorko
1992 Donruss - Gary Cooper - But not the Gary Cooper that's dead.
1991 Nolan Ryan - Mets content!
1992 Pinnacle - Fred McGriff
1989 UD - Fred McGriff - Back to back Crime Dog!
1991 Topps - Dick Schofield
1992 Score - Teddy Higuera
1988 Donruss - Dave Martinez
1991 Topps - Bill Doran
2001 Topps Stars - Shawn Green - Very Union Jacky.
2005 Donruss - Octavio Dotel - Celebration time!
2001 MVP - Albie Lopez
2001 Bowman - Dee Brown
1994 Ted Williams - Cliff Floyd - Expos content! Sorta.
1988 Donruss - Larry Herndon
1990 Donruss - Glenn Davis
1980 Topps - Jim Beattie - The oldest card in this repack.
1992 Leaf Black Gold - Kevin Bass - A parallel. Somewhat unexpected.
1991 Fleer - Atlee Hammaker
1986 Topps - Alan Ashby
1989 Topps - Gregg Jefferies - A great pull by 1989 standards.
1988 Donruss - Rob Murphy
1989 Donruss - Rafael Palmeiro
1988 Score - Ken Oberkfell
1988 Fleer - Sid Fernandez - More Mets!
1990 Fleer - George Canale/Kevin Maas - Another card that would have been big at the time.
1987 Topps - Tony Bernazard
1989 Donruss - Hensley Meulens
1994 Stad. Club - Jeff Cirillo
1990 Donruss - Rick Leach
1989 Topps - John Shelby
2001 Donruss Baseball's Best Silver - Albert Belle - Another parallel.
1982 Donruss - Gary Roenicke - That mustache just screams "I own a Trans-Am and hang out by Baltimore junior high schools."
2010 Topps - Magglio Ordonez
2015 Chrome - Mike Foltynewicz - And Chrome ends it.

Some nice parallels, some team collection cards and some decent miscellaneous additions. That's a good start towards making it $3 well spent.