Sunday, May 28, 2017

Baseball cards on cards

Yesterday, I showed some cool basketball cards Kerry fromCards on Cards sent me. Of course, the package also included a healthy amount of baseball cards too, because duh!

I’ve seen Gary Sanchez cards come to a screeching halt in card packages, and Aaron Judge is headed for the same treatment. I don’t blame any of your guys, as their cards are fairly valuable right now, and can be moved to acquire things that fit your collection better. However, that didn’t phase Kerry, as he sent me a few of each of those guys:
I really like 2017 Gypsy Queen. Just a cool looking set, and very different from the past few years.
This is the first 2017 Topps Stickers card (err, sticker) that I’ve gotten. I always like the simplicity of the design, and wish Topps would make a full-sized set that looks like this.
I won’t lie, I literally LOL’d at this Robin Ventura card. It’s from Upper Deck Game Face, and that’s the best you could find of Ventura's "game face"? Hilarious.
Kerry was kind enough to turn these team-issed cards over so I knew they weren’t regular base cards. Much appreciated!
A few cards from some mid 2000s sets. Godzilla has always made for some fun cards.
I’ll close the post with a high-end basecard of CC. I can’t imagine how many of these get tossed because they aren’t juicy hits.
Kerry, thanks for another great package!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Basketball cards on cards

Kerry from Cards on Cards is one of the most generous bloggers out there. His mailings are always stuffed with cards he knows I’ll like. He must bust a ton of product too. Kerry, what are your secrets?!

I am the beneficiary of Kerry’s pack-busting in multiple ways. First, he sets aside Yankees for me. Second, he sets aside Knicks for me. I haven’t collected basketball cards since high school. I actually collected more basketball than baseball at that time, if you can believe that. However, I love getting Knicks cards now, not because of the guys on the team (since they suck), but it’s fun to see what products from other sports look like.
2016-17 Donruss used the same design as football and racing. Unlike baseball, they wisely used team colors on the cards. I thought this picture of Joakim Noah was hilarious, because that’s the exact same face all Knicks fans are making after his very forgettable first year in NY.
Ok, a card of a player I actually like. Porzingis is a stud. This is from Panini Complete, which I have no idea about. I assume it’s one of their lower end sets, sort of the Opening Day of NBA (keep me honest, hoops collectors). It’s a nice card though. Clean design. Simple, but nice.
I think I asked Kerry to set aside a Malachi Richardson card for me at some point. As a Syracuse alum, I appreciate getting cards of guys that wore the orange.  I’ll probably try and send this to Malachi TTM next season.
Some basketball cards look pretty cool horizontally, and this is definitely one. It allows for some great action shots. I love that NBA Hoops brand still exists, as those were a staple in my basketball-collecting days.
More Hoops, and another cool image. Swat Team! Get out of Kristaps’ face.
There have always been some cool Team USA basketball cards. I mean, these are pretty unforgettable from back in the day:
I like this Carmelo card a lot with the USA Basketball shield front and center.
While not new, these were some of the coolest cards of my childhood. While we all loved 1993 Upper Deck baseball, 1993-94 Upper Deck basketball were sweet too, and Skylights was a great, great subset. Love that the Twin Towers make an appearance here too.

I love the sampling of basketball. It’s so much fun to see what else is out there.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Aaron Judge: Topps NOW poster boy

I've been sucked into buying Aaron Judge Topps NOW cards to the point of feeling very guilty if I miss one. Ridiculous, right? I actually did miss one the other day, now I'm scrambling to find it.

While I did turn to Topps for one of them, I have gone to eBay for the others, as they are a bit more affordable.

I love the card from Fenway on April 26. Not only did Judge make a great catch (he's not just a masher), but his HR was special too. Everyone had been talking about Judge homering over the Green Monster. So what did he do?
He went opposite field to right for a HR. That was so freaking cool, and showed what a great hitter he is.
I do appreciate that Judge's catch is on the back, versus the usual write-up. This card had a print run of 2,151, and was the first time he was featured in '17.
The second isn't particularly interesting - Most HR by a Yankees player under 26 in April. Got all that? But it was in the middle of Judgemania and I got swept up. What can you say? This card sold 1,101 copies, which actually makes it his rarest Topps NOW not counting the 1/1s and special print runs.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Big. Fun. Game.

Several years ago, Napkin Doon started the Big Fun Game. Essentially, it was a White Elephant/Yankee Swap type of game where one randomly guesses what is behind closed doors, or steals a prize previously unearthed by a different participant.

It was always great fun when Napkin Doon ran the game, and I'm still bitter over losing out on a 1958 Roberto Clemente. I always liked to steal to stir the pot, and that was a bitter taste of my own medicine.

Well, the Big Fun Game antics were brought to another level recently by Wes over at Willinghammer Rising aka JBF. I believe he even sought the permission of Napkin Doon for the naming rights. Wes is more of a gentleman than the Doon, so that should surprise no one.

I picked mid-pack...not usually the best place for Big Fun Game placement. I made an early steal, snagging a Mookie Wilson signed jersey that I thought was super cool. But an item can only be stolen twice before it's frozen, and that was its first steal. I figured it wouldn't hold up, and it didn't. It was stolen from me quite quickly, bring back painful memories of that Clemente card. I gathered my composure and stole the prize I ended up winning:
Sure, I don't collect Mike Trout. But a jersey relic of the best player in the game? Pretty easy choice. It's not a card I would normally buy, and I wouldn't be lucky enough to pull it in a pack. The pick held up, and that was my prize. Success!

But like Wes would every stop there. Does he ever stop there? He padded the envelope with a team bag of Yankees. I gotta show off the Tinos first, because duh.
And a bunch of Jeters! I'm about to embark on a Jeter organization project to see how many I have. Most of these were new to my collection. How sweet is that Skybox Thunder?
Wes also threw in a cool Yogi managerial card, which will go in Joey's binder, as well as some other '90s releases.
Lastly, I'll show a very low numbered Andrew Miller refractor. Would look mighty nice with a signature on it...just sayin'.
JBF, thanks for your generosity and reviving the game.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Top Ten Tinos*

I’ve been meaning to enter Collecting Cutch’s contest about showing the top 10 Tino cards in my collection, but I’ve been crazy busy and just haven’t found the time. Now I have.

I’ve also been a little conflicted on what to show. See, last year I participated in Junior Junkie’s Best Binder Page, and I didn’t just want to re-hash that. I could have just chosen those nine plus one. But I felt like that’d be a little lazy of me.

So instead I gave myself an additional rule, hence the * in the post title. I’m going to show my Top 10 Tinos…from Pacific. I absolutely grow fonder of Pacific with each passing day, and some of my favorite Tinos come from this underrated brand. Brian, I hope it’s ok that I bent the rules a little bit. I did it in the name of new content, I swear.

I’m also going to cheat and show four honorable mentions. These are cards I scanned but didn’t quite make the cut. Man, bending rules left and right, eh? I hope I'm not disqualified.
Ok, now it’s time for my Top 10 Tinos from Pacific.  

10. 1997 Pacific Crown Collection #154
I’m starting off with a base card. While this might be too much gold foil for some, I’ve always been attracted to this set. I love the horizontal design in the instance, as it really captures Tino’s swing from a unique angle.

9. 1996 Pacific Crown Collection #404 Printing Plate
This is the only card where I’m allowing Tino to be featured as a Mariner. It’s also my only Tino 1 of 1. It also came from Brian of Collecting Cutch. Brownie points!

8. 1997 Pacific Prism Blue #52
I loved this set when it came out, and I remember the day that the base card arrived in my mailbox the summer between 7th and 8th grade. I had just started buying cards in the AOL forums, and this was one of my first purchases. This is the blue version I got a little while back on COMC. I’m a sucker for clearcuts to, and the area behind the headshot is acetate. Pacific loves acetate. I love acetate. Hence, I love Pacific cards with acetate.

7. 2000 Pacific Revolution #98
I had a hard time picking between 1998 and 2000 Revolution, but went with the slightly crazier Y2K edition. This was basically 1995 Fleer on more potent drugs. Think about that.

6. 1999 Pacific Crown Collection Checklist #10
These are hard to find! One thing I liked about Pacific was turning the team checklist card into an insert. This is diecut, to boot.

5. 2000 Pacific Prism #200
These had at least 13 variations, which is tough, and some were numbered. I’ve always like this drops one or whatever it’s called. Prizm was always a sweet set, going back to the early ‘90s.

4.  1999 Pacific Crown Royale #99 (Opening Day Issue)
This look is a classic from the brass knuckles set. I have a few different ones from different years, but it just reeks of an iconic Pacific look, so I’ll let this one represent them all.

3. 1997 Pacific Crown Collection Latinos of the Majors #LM13

There’s so much I like about this card. The big, block letters behind the player image is so great. Latinos of the Major Leagueswas a staple with Pacific due to the bilingual nature of the product, and while this one doesn’t quite read “Latino” like some of the others do, the in-your-face block letters seal the deal for me as one of the favorite cards in my collection.

2. 1998 Pacific Invincible Photoengravings #10
I’ve written about this card more than once. I love the design and texture of the card. It feels special. It feels premium.

1. 1998 Pacific Crown Collection In the Cage #11
This might be favorite Tino card of ANY brand. It’s a special card, both die-cut and laser-cut, and the design is just so awesome. Pacific always went wat out there with cards to resemble batting cages or foul poles or hockey nets. It also comes from a time where Tino was on the verge of stardom following his 44-HR effort, so it was an exciting year for me as a collector seeing my favorite player pop up in elite insert sets reserved for the game's biggest names. While he never quite made it to Griffey or Piazza or McGwire insert status, for a short time in 1998 card releases, he was right there.

Not a bad group of Tinos, if I say so myself. I’m sure I’m missing one or two amazing Pacific issues, but I’m content with this list.

Thanks for the contest, Brian.