Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Box Breaks Team Style: Like Gum in eBay's Hair.

You can't look up "hobby box" and expect to go shopping for the best deal on wax anymore without scrolling past hundreds of recently-established "group breaks" available for purchase through ebay. I don't even have the patience to look inside one, but I assume they have some way of making the customer feel at ease about receiveing a few cards out of a box. how will any of these buyers (up to 30+seperate people?!) know what the other got? Mostly it bothers mw when shopping becasue there is no way to "exclude" these burrs from the browsing process.
I have got to stop shopping on eBay.

Cannibals!: Jameson Taillon Topps Pro Debut

Topps is so meta.

This is what Ihave to do. complain about retail wax. who the hell thought that I would be doing that someday? It all started with three straight bowman platinum blasters with autos in them, and it got out of control. I troll the aisle. I notice when things have been moved, I buy the 40% blasters when I want. When it comes to brand-new products...something is up.

I went to two wal-marts, I went to two targets, and what do I find?...one beaten up GQ value pack. "hidden" behind the 50% off basketball blasters.
Now I know someone is siphoning off the product. I literally never saw it hit the shelves, and now it has apparently gone, without my even knowing...and bring on the Bowman Blitz. That has likely come and gone as well.
I have got to stop reading box break forums.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I Named My Band Aid: 2004 Leaf Limited Monikers Paul "Dukie" Lo Duca

Frankly, I adore the simplicity of this card and the inclusion of a relic in the classic "Jersey number window treatment". but "Dukie 16" sounds more like a teenage WOW player or a Preakness winner than a player's "moniker". The straight-up lettering shows you that "dukie 16" is not real thrilled with having to write a nickname that he almost assuredly did not assign to himself, as the good ones never are, on 1000 or so stickers for Leaf.
I would get bored to Dukie.
plus the scan looks like a 10yr old wrote on their bandaid and stuck it on a GU card...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Duelling Autos: Ultimate Dual of Class

Regard two of the most consistently exceptional autographs of two charismatic, dominant pitchers (whom I both admire and covet other autographs of).

I have a new auto that really stands up, and can't wait to show it to you...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Hometown Hero: Justin Verlander and the Failed Card Sale

So I attended a street festival yesterday and brought some cards with me. Assorted GU, some random autos for a buck and a book full of refractors and #d cards from 03-now. I also had Glass Art marbles (which usually sell well for mother's day as I sold a few last year at the same event).

In summation, I sold one marble for 10 less than i paid 6 years ago, and gave away about 30 cards out of my "free cards" box. Nobody even picked up the binder...so I won't be doing that again.

The last card to be pulled was by a young man in bright sunglasses and a flat-brim celtics hat with a skinny build. He seemed interested enough so I told him to grab a few cards (as it was the only way to at least keep them at the table for a minute or two).

The card he picked last he came up saying "...and Justin Verlander, local Hero" (He's from about 10 min west in goochland)

well, when I got home to watch baseball tonight on tivo, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Justin has been continuing his ascention to the ranks of Nolan Ryan-like status. I know very well the comparison that I am making, and I know it may still be a stretch, but when I watch justin while he is ON...I can't help but think of the freight train-like dominance of Nolan on the mound.

I was just reminding my lady about watching him throw in the WS years ago in a lobby restaurant in an all-to-empty city of Wilmington, DE.

I was falling in love with my future wife...and Justin's fastball/change-up combo.

Great Job Sir. My hat is off to you once more.

Can you make it long enough to get 6?.....ok sorry I asked.