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.