December 15, 2010

Trade With Prophet Got It

I've been meaning to do this trade post for about two weeks or more. Jimmy from Prophet Got It... hit me up about my Ike Davis autograph and I was happy to send it his way. He sent back a nice assortment of Reds cards including some newer cards that I haven't bought yet. I've been too busy liquidating my cards to buy the stuff that I want. Here's a scan of my favorites. The chromes are curving up after sitting on my desk so I figured this scan was as good as it's going to get as far as keeping them lined up. Thanks Jimmy! By the way, I really like that Sparky Anderson card. It's a nice card to honor one of the Reds greatest managers who is no longer with us.

December 4, 2010

Cards obtained from COMC

This is a small sample of the 250 or so cards I have coming my way from I've been acquiring this lot for months now and finally had them shipped during their Thanksgiving sale. Most of the ones i've decided to show are the Gallery of Heroes but I had to show this Vader card which is transparent like the Gallery cards. I can't wait to put that George Foster in aviators into an uncirculated case also.

December 1, 2010

More Circulated Favorites

It's been over a month since my last post but it doesn't mean I haven't been busy with card stuff. Getting the team lot project wrapped up was a lot more overwhelming than I thought. I've still got one more box to go out to Night Owl which will go out eventually. I've been doing a lot of Ebay business getting rid of stuff I don't want and know will bring a few dollars. I sold a Steve Johnson National Treasures Auto /99 for $60 just prior to the Steelers game which worked out well. I still have a couple of his other autos and now two of his orange refractors. One of which is for sale on Ebay.

I thought I'd give you all something to look at as I've added more cards to my Circulated favorites collection. These are my favorite cards that may or may not be worth anything but I put them into Topps Uncirculated cases once I pop the crappy card out.

The first is a Steve Johnson RC refractor. The second is a cool MJ card showing him dunking with the Sears Tower in the background. Then you have Rowdy Roddy Piper choking out the Junkyard Dog, a Brandon Phillips Beam Team auto card. These Beam Team and Gallery of Heroes stained glass cards are becoming my favorite cards. The last is an Oscar Robertson in a Cincinnati Royals uni. Too bad Cincy doesn't still have an NBA team. How gangster would that team be? Of course the scan doesn't do these cards justice.

October 23, 2010

Chrome Box Breaks

It's been awhile since I've posted anything. Been busy with work and doing work around the house. The Reds getting no-hit then ultimately swept out of the playoffs didn't help my desire to post anything Reds or sports related for that matter. I have been up to a few things card related lately though.

I pre-ordered two boxes of chrome baseball earlier in the spring/summer time. Mistake. The price has dropped about $20 per box since then. Oh well. Here's a bit of irony for ya; the same day I received my two boxes of chrome, I got my Mike Leake TTM auto attempt back. Notice I said attempt. Instead of sending my Ginter card back he sent a Mike Leake brand baseball card complete with a facsimile autograph. He must have needed my Ginter card or something. The irony part of this is one of the autos out of my chrome box was a redemption for a Mike Leake base auto. Not a refractor. I've seen his base autos on Ebay. I got a redemption. So two chances to have a Mike Leake auto in one day and I got anything but. Hey, i'm glad it's a Red, and I like Leake (minus the whole stealing my baseball card thing) but come on. I also got autos of Austin Jackson, Ike Davis, and someone who probably doesn't matter. I got a Scott Kazmir Heritage Black Refractor that got caught in the pack sealing crimper machine thing...great. I'm not even going to get it replaced because I don't care. It's not too bad so if someone wants it, leave a comment and i'll mail it to you for a Mike Leake Ginter card. Or nothing at all, I don't care.

Now the fun part. 2010 Topps Chrome Football. I typed it all out because I love this set. I liked the regular cards when they came out but the chrome is soooo much better. I originally bought two boxes; one for me and one for my brother. I opened them both so I had to order two more. One for me and one for my brother (which I did seal up in a box to ship so I didn't open it). The first two boxes were ok base wise. Standard number of refractors and one Red refractor of Beanie Wells (which is on Ebay). I got two great autos though. CJ Spiller and Dexter McCluster. The third box was about the same base wise. I got a red refractor of Ray Lewis (which is also on Ebay). The auto was...wait for it..........John Skelton. Awesome. But, it's cool. I'm actually collecting the autos for this set. Whether I finish it out when it comes time to Tebow and Bradford has yet to be determined. My hope is that my brother will get a pretty good box with a Best or Suh auto, we'll see. And if anyone is wondering, CJ Spiller would have been his. Sorry Chris.

I guess that's about it. I've been selling a butt load of cards on Ebay as part of my purge of cards I don't care about any more. I'm not breaking the bank but I've got a nice little pile in paypal now.

I've still got two team lots to send out which i've been slacking on. The Dodgers for Night Owl, and every other team for Smed's Cards. I hope to get those out this coming week. The post office loves me right now. Luckily I have an unusually quick and unbusy post office where I live compared to every single other one I've been in.

I ganked these picks off of Ebay since I'm at work. I'm pretty sure my C.J. auto looks better but I have to say, I've noticed a lack of effort on a lot of these autos this year. However, they look 1,000% better than the baseball on-card autos which is strange.

**Side Notes: I'm adding John Conner as a player I collect now. Jets FB from Kentucky. I've also added a link to my ebay page on the right over there. Don't be alarmed, there's a couple Buy It Now's that are priced pretty high. That's because I really don't care if I sell them or not but I would take that much money over having the card itself. That is all.

September 30, 2010

Cincinnati Reds: 2010 NL Central Champs

Ok, so I may be a day or two late on this but who cares. The Reds are in and that's all that counts. I thought I might have a chance to go to game two in Cincinnati as I'm flying in on the 8th but it looks like they may not have home field advantage. To celebrate the Reds division championship, i'd like to share a couple links to my favorite Reds blogs who have covered the actual baseball part of the season better than I ever could.

1) Redleg Nation
2) OMG Reds

Here's a new blog that I saw featured on OMG Reds that does my new favorite thing, make custom cards. Does anyone now of how to print and make these custom cards real?

3) The Writer's Journey

September 24, 2010

Another Team Lot Return Package

I actually forgot that I had just gotten this box in the mail when I did the last post. This is from Scott of Smed's Baseball Card Blog. He received a box of the A's, Rockies, and Brewers (if I remember correctly). What I do remember is stuffing that box so full that i've got about 40 Brewers cards that I couldn't get in there. They're just junk wax commons so who knows, maybe i'll just throw them out or wait to pawn them off on someone else. Here is the top three that I picked from his return box. He had a pretty big box to send as well but these were all Reds and a lot of new ones too. Love the Dibble card.

September 22, 2010

Team Lot Return Package Post: Catching Up Edition

I've got four return packages to post this time. I haven't had a lot of time lately so here it goes...

The first package is from Dennis at Too Many Grandersons. He's a Tigers fan (Wolverines fan too but I won't hold that against him) and sent me a great return package of old and new Reds. The three I picked for showing off are the Joe Oliver autograph which is great, the Topps Tek Paul Konerko (plastic see through and refractor like), and an '05 UD Pros and Prospects Griffey. Love the throw back uni.

The next trade is one that I instigated as I found out that Chris from On Card Autos was a Cubs fan and I didn't have anybody claim the Cubs yet (big surprise). He sent a nice little package of Reds, most of them I didn't have yet. I chose the Big Red Machine, Red variation Volquez, and the big head Austin Kearns to show off. I'm gonna have to find some more of the big head cards, those are funny.

The next package came from within the state of Oklahoma from Jeremy of No One's Going To Read This Blog. He's a Mets fan who also requested the Packers. He collects OU Sooners too since he's from Norman. He sent a great package of newer Reds and also some Lions for my brother. I love the Jay Bruce Turkey Red, very classic looking (obviously). It's too bad Upper Deck sucks now because they always had great photography and card design. What was up with 2007 Upper Deck though? Horrible looking sets. I'm glad I didn't start back collecting in '07. Between UD and that Topps set, I probably would have quit again.

The last package came from the legendary Collective Troll. I think between a previous trade with me and trading with Chris from Nachos Grande, Troll didn't have too many Reds left to trade. But...he came through and was able to send a package with some Reds and 80's oddball stuff. I love this Topps Finest Volquez refractor. One of the shiniest refractors i've seen. Of course my scanner isn't going to show you that.

Well I'm caught up for now but should have a couple more coming at some point. I've also pre-ordered two boxes of Topps Chrome baseball and one box of Topps Chrome football so I may have some stuff up for trade.

September 15, 2010

Team Lot Return Package # 4

The next package I received was from Ryan over at O No!!! Another Orioles Blog. He sent a smaller box but it was loaded with newer Reds which was great. There were a lot of Larkins and Griffeys which is always a good thing. There were a lot of the current guys too like Votto, Bruce, Volquez, Cueto, and Arroyo. It was hard to pick three cards from this lot because there were a lot of parallels and chrome.

The Larkin below is a refractor like UD3 card. I'm not familiar with this set at all. That's the great thing about these trades, i'm getting to see a lot of different sets that I haven't seen yet. As everyone knows there were so many sets from the mid 90's up until last year. Some sucked but some were really cool. I love the plastic see through EX cards. Usually I have to look through COMC to find new cards but this is a lot easier.

The Phillips relic is an error card of sorts. The back of the card is for a Ryan Braun relic card. The Aroldis Chapman card speaks for itself. It was very nice of Ryan to include a card that's already priced at $10-20 with potential for more. I'd really like a Chapman auto but don't really feel like paying today's prices so I sent a card out in the mail to him and Leake. We'll see if they get returned or not which will definately be another post.

Check out Ryan's blog, it's a good one, especially if you're an Orioles fan.

Team Lot Return Package # 3

The third package I've received back is from Rhubarb Runner at “é rayhahn, rayhahn”. He sent along a pretty big package with all kinds of stuff in it. It had jumbo cards and mini relic cards that were removed from the frame. I think I like them better that way but I don't think i'll be removing any that I have. He also sent some vintage which is great. He's a Twins fan so check out his blog which is more than just baseball cards. Here's the three that I picked out to show off but again it was hard to narrow it down.

September 8, 2010

Team Lot Return Package # 2

The second return package of Reds came from Moremonkeys138 of Crinkly Wrappers. This was a smaller lot of cards than the first but had a lot more newer cards which was great. There were what seemed like team sets from Topps and Chicle. Here are the top three that I chose to show off from this lot. The Jay Bruce is a foil board card and shines like or better than a refractor.

September 6, 2010

Team Lot Return Package # 1

It's time to start posting some of what I've recieved in return for my team lots. I'll be getting a lot of packages in return so I've decided to post my three favorite cards of each return package.

My first package came from Mariner1 of Emerald City Diamond Gems. I received this package even before I sent mine out. It had about 300 or 400 cards. It was a variety of cards ranging from the 60's through today. It was hard to pick three cards because there was a lot of Bench, Foster, etc. Thanks Mariner1, pleasure trading with you!

September 4, 2010

30 Worst Baseball Cards of All-Time

I came across this link the other day. It's the 30 worst baseball cards of all-time courtesy of I'm not familiar with the site but there are some great cards here. I even managed to pick up a couple on COMC. I think Pete Ladd may be my new favorite player and Wally Moon has the best uni-brow ever.

September 2, 2010

Team Lot Update

I'm getting ready to begin "phase two" of pulling teams to trade for more Reds. Here's a list of what teams are already gone or spoken for:


1) Reds
2) Rangers
3) Yankees
4) Blue Jays
5) Twins
6) O's
7) Mariners
8) Red Sox
9) Angels
10 Giants
11 Cubs

Spoken For:

1) Rays
2) Pirates
3) Nationals
4) Indians
5) Dodgers
6) Mets
7) Tigers
8) A's
9) Brewers
10 Rockies

So the remaining teams are: D'Backs, Braves, White Sox, Marlins, Astros, Royals, Phillies, Padres, Cardinals

If you'd like to get in on phase two let me know in the next couple days. For those that didn't see the first post, I'm trading away the teams that I don't collect (all but the Reds) for Reds cards or other things that I collect which are listed on the blog to the right. The cards are commons, stars, prospects, and possibly a relic or auto (more than one if available). I'm keeping most of the chrome prospect cards so most of those will be base. I have included other chrome cards and some refractors though.

I hope to post what I get in return also. I've gotten two boxes back already from Larry of Emerald City Diamond Gems and Ted of Crinkly Wrappers. Thanks again guys. Great cards.

August 31, 2010

New COMC Purchases

Since I'm not getting my COMC lot shipped this month, I figured I'd snag the pics from the site and show off what I buy more often. Then I won't have to scan a bunch of cards later. Today's focus has been Topps Archives Reserve which is basically a chrome refractor version of older Topps cards. Very cool if it's a player you collect. I got a few Reds and a Fridge card. I found an '88 Donruss (Donruss Originals) of Griffey which is pretty cool. I love these new retro cards.

August 21, 2010


So I have another huge lot of Check Out My Cards ready to ship. I'll have to do the bulk ship which falls on the last week of the month. It seems like every month I either forget or don't want to pay the price of a hobby box for shipping. That's right, hobby box. I have approx. 320 cards waiting to be shipped right now. The cool thing is they're all cards that I want versus a hobby box where I might not get anything I really want. What I usually do is load $10 into my account at work and shop for cards throughout the day. I've found some really cool sets that I didn't know about just surfing around looking at specific players and years, etc. The latest sets I've been checking out are the mid 2000's Bowman Heritage. I really like these cards especially the variations like the Mahogany (Ginter wood anyone?) and the rainbow foil versions of the '07 set. Another would be the 2003 Fleer Platinum which has prospect cards that look like '88 Fleer. I also found a 2007(?) Topps Wal-mart Manny Ramirez card that looks like an '88 Topps. I'm a sucker for these reprints that feature new players on old cards or old players on newer cards. One thing I think is funny is I almost went all in on the Tony Hawk Ginter wood card on ebay lately but bailed out and I'm glad I did. After seeing the mahogany Bowman cards, it doesn't seem that special.

One last COMC thought, I have a box i'm working on to send to them so I can get my own cards up for sale. I'd like to be able to fund my account from stuff I already have. Anyone have a lot of success doing this? Anyone have any random thoughts about COMC?

August 12, 2010

Steroid Power!!

Random COMC purchase.

August 7, 2010

Team Collector Wanted: Angels

I really want to condense my collection and rid myself of all of my cards that I don't care too much about. I have a friend at work who I assembled almost all of my Yankees cards for and I've thought about working out trades like this for the other teams. While shipping may be a bit much, it would be worth it to eventually empty some boxes out of my closet. So here's how I would like it to work: I'll post one or two teams at a time. Whoever would like that team leave a comment. The only thing I would like in return would be something that I collect. I really don't care how many or what kind of card it is. You can wait until the box arrives or whatever. First team up is the Angels. If there is a team you are interested in you can leave a comment and I'll keep it in mind. If you're not the first one interested then tell me what you have to offer and I may contact the first person and take a best offer kind of thing. Included will be commons, stars, rookies, prospects, maybe relics or autos.

July 23, 2010

Tony Hawk Relic

Here's the latest card I picked up off of Ebay. The coolest part of this card is that every little piece is different. The Tony Hawk auto is about the only other Ginter card I'd like to have as i've bought the complete set off of Ebay. I would trade my Heyward auto for the Hawk auto if anyone has one or know's someone that does.

July 15, 2010

Trade With Priceless Pursuit

Joe from claimed the Darryl Strawberry cards I wanted to get rid of. He sent me a nice package of Reds cards in return. Here's a few of my favorites which includes a nice pack of 80's baseball tats featuring Pete Rose. I love the Janish refractor rookie and the '10 Topps vintage Bench '57. I love the '57 set for some reason.

July 10, 2010

Breaking News: Bowman Prices Officially Beyond Ignorant

Let me get this straight...The Strasburg 1/1's have all been found minus a printing plate or two and this product still continues to rise. The latest price for a jumbo box is $388.99. I'm not even sure if the Bryce Harper Superfractor has been found but if it hasn't who cares? One remaining super card does not warrant this kind of inflation. I'm not blaming Blowout totally, I've had nothing but good experiences with them. But $388? Seriously? Is anyone really paying this much? Are enough people paying $355 that the price can continue to rise? Unbelievable.

July 9, 2010

Dr. J

Just wanted to show off my latest Ebay pull. This is a 1996 Topps Finest Chrome Refractor Reprint of Julius Erving's rookie card.

July 4, 2010

Huge Ginter Hit

I received my box of Ginter from Blowout yesterday. Two of the hits were your standard lower end relics (Carlos Marmol jersey, Yunel Escobar bat) but the third will probably pay for the box. I got a Jason Heyward auto. I also got my first bazooka back hand numbered mini (Eric Byrnes) which is available for trade if anyone wants it.

July 2, 2010

Trade With SpastikMooss

I sent Tim (SpastikMooss) of The Great Sports Name Hall Of Fame a Tyronn Lue X-Fractor that I didn't want and he did. We've been emailing back and forth and i've found out that we have some similar collecting interests. I've also been inspired to streamline my collecting goals. Last year I bought anything and everything. I have some people I collect, some people I half-ass collect and a lot of stuff I accumulate. So the process has begun. Tim helped me out by sending me a nice stack of Reds cards old and new. He also sent along some transparent cards (ex. EX) that we're both fond of. Check out his site. He's a cool cat and has a fresh take on card collecting.

Any Darryl Strawberry Collectors Out There?

I have a stack of Strawberry cards from the 80's and 90's I want to get rid of. You can have them for nothing or take them and send me some Reds or something. Free cards! Send me an email or leave me a comment. First person to reply gets them.

June 30, 2010

Civil Rights Refractors

Here's two refractors that I chased down earlier this year from the American Heritage set. They're numbered /76.

Updated: New Picture showing refractorness

June 26, 2010

Gold Refractor Goodness

Here is a 2008 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Steve Johnson I won recently on Ebay. I know a lot of people out there don't know who he is mainly because he doesn't play much. The reason for me showing this is 1) because it's a gold refractor which is always cool to see and 2) to show off one of the players i'm collecting and am looking for. Johnson is a WR that played for Kentucky in '07. He's still with the Bills and hopefully will have a bigger role this year. The latest thing i've read is that he's lining up ahead of Hardy as the #2 receiver right now.

I'm having a hard time finding his chrome refractors as he only has a Bowman chrome card. I regrettably passed up an orange refractor on Check Out My Cards for $8. There is a regular refractor on ebay but it's like $5.50 with shipping. That's a little more than I want to pay for the regular refractor right now. All this made me think of some cards that I'd really like to have and i'm going to put up this new most wanted list.

1) Steve Johnson refractors
2) 2009-10 Topps Chrome Gold refractor Nate Robinson
3) 2008 Topps Chrome Andre Woodson superfractor auto (/10) (have two)
4) 2008 Topps Heritage Jay Bruce red auto (/59)
5) 2009-10 UD Masterpieces Wilt Chamberlain (still don't think this exists)
6) 2006 Allen & Ginter complete set (have '07, '08, '09)
7) 2010 Topps Opening Day Mascots (have a little more than half)
8) 2008 Topps Chrome Andre Woodson red refractor (/25)

That's all I can think of right now. If anyone has these or has seen them please let me know. There will be a reward for any these items or information leading to their acquisition.

June 11, 2010

WTF Blowout!?!?!!!!

This is getting pretty ridiculous. I was going to order two boxes of Allen & Ginter from Blowout but couldn't make up my mind. I saw they had an Ebay listing for it and it was originally $84.99. They had a best offer option (?) which I used and was denied. So I decided to pre-order two boxes of Topps Chrome at the nice price of $66 each. In the last two days the prices keep escalating for no reason. Every time I think about going to order Ginter, the price is $5 more than the previous day let alone 6 hours prior. As it stands right now Ginter is $104.99 and Chrome is $87.99. I think it's bull s**t that a distributor can jack up prices like that for no reason. I totally understand it's all about supply and demand but not everyone wants to spend stupid money on these boxes but would still like to get some of these cards. What's also bull s**t is there's people on the Blowout forums saying "I don't normally open baseball cards but I figured I'd get in on the craziness that's Bowman this year. Are these cards any good?" Seriously? I'm starting to listen to the people who are saying the "bubble's about to burst" on the hobby again. Obviously the Strasburg price was ignorant but this effects pretty much everyone who collects.

I think i've decided to let all the idoits pay 2k or over for all the cases to bust and i'll buy my Ginter complete set for $30 on ebay and save a crap load of money. I also think that if I get a Strasburg auto superfractor in one of my "discounted" Chrome Hobby boxes, i'll post a video online of me ripping a fake one in half just to see what happens. Then I'll sell the real one on ebay the next week.

June 9, 2010

Getting In On The Strasburg Action Pt. 2

My '09 Strasburg UD USA card sold for a little over $11 which i'm still awaiting payment for (awesome) but I replaced that with the one I was wanting today. I bought some Bowman for the first time this year besides the Reds team set I bought on Ebay. I picked up some Jumbo rack packs from Wal-Mart today and the chrome Strasburg was in the second pack. Two things to note from this: 1) the rack packs have way better odds on refractors than the blaster boxes and 2) a lot of the chrome prospect cards are off center. 18 out of 48 are waaaaay off center and almost worthless. I'm going to send them in and see what happens. Last year I was shorted an auto two times out of two jumbo boxes and Topps sent me two in the mail so we'll see what they do with this. Anyways, check the Stras which I plan on keeping. Btw, I'm not sure how pissed I would be if this card was off center but i'm pretty sure it would be a lot.

June 5, 2010

Getting In On The Strasburg Action

Well, i've wanted to post before now but i've been pretty busy with work and a new house. I finally got my desktop cpu set up so it'll be a lot easier to just jump on the cpu instead of firing up my laptop every time. Anyways, for the lack of another reason for a post i figured i'd post a link to the Strasburg card I have up for bid on ebay. I know it's not a Bowman but hey, it's a Strasburg right? I figure now is the best time to get rid of it so if you'd like a cheap one it's at 99 cents right now.

I also have a 2009 Bowman chrome orange refractor Rene Garcia listed as well. You know you want it. Bowman is hot right now, get all you can. Support my Check Out My Cards habit.

May 20, 2010

Get Serious Joey Votto...

The Reds blew it today and are back in second place.

May 18, 2010

Smile Joey Votto!!

The Reds are in first place!!!

May 15, 2010

Best 20 cents ever spent?

I think so.

May 14, 2010

Custom Cut Auto #1: Walter Payton

This is an autograph I got on my plane ticket at O'hare airport back in the day . For the longest time I had this stuffed away in a small binder where no one could see it. After seeing cut autos that the card companys put out I decided to make my own. The ticket cover itself was falling apart so it really didn't matter if I cut it or not. Now it's in a protective case and can go with the rest of my collection. Payton was a nice guy and even talked to me in Jacksonville since we flew on the same plane.

May 13, 2010

Rajon Rondo

is turning out to be a nice ball player and I have a rookie auto card of his. I didn't follow him at Kentucky but from what I gather a lot of the local folks there weren't too big on him. Has anyone noticed he sounds like MC Pee Pants from ATHF?

The next couple of posts I plan to show off my Andre Woodson auto collection for lack of better ideas, but also I want to show off my custom cut autos with a fairly big name leading the pack.

May 6, 2010

The Infinite Baseball Card Set

I ordered mine, anyone else?

May 4, 2010

Reds HOF

Here's some pictures of the Reds Hall Of Fame that is just outside the stadium. Easily the highlight of the day (besides lunch and the beer sampler at Rockbottom Brewery in the fountain square) since Bronson decided to stink up the place during the game. Definately worth the $10 admission price and they also gave us a free hardback Opening Day book from 2004 that was originally $35. There's a lot of stuff that I didn't take pictures of like the entire 1990 team section that is being featured this year, but this is a nice sample.

Huge Joey Votto "fathead" outside the team shop which is actually the exit for the HOF.

Nice Pete Rose display

Very cool ghosts of Crosley Field painting

World Series Trophy, it'll probably be awhile until they add another one.

Nasty Boys

Hall Of Fame Plaques

I forgot to look at who I was sitting next to

My brother in the pitching cage. I'm not going to post our top speeds because it's pretty embarassing but I will say 90 feet seems a lot farther than it sounds.

Cool Big Red Machine mural inside the stadium

Cueto "fathead" inside the stadium