Saturday, June 9, 2018

Upcoming Allen and Ginter Charity Break!

Hey, everyone! I will be hosting an Allen and Ginter charity break in conjunction with CrackinWax's charity break! There is a poll on the right side of the Tribecards main page asking if you would participate in a CASE break or a BOX break. Let me know your thoughts!

Pricing will be determined after the checklist is available and will be modeled after the pricing schedule that CrackinWax uses.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Cards from Barry - A trade for Jack McDowell 1997 Score Premier Club

In 2017, Barry reached out to me after reading a post I had made about the craziness that was 1997 Score (linked below). He asked if I had an extra Jack McDowell Premier Club card for his player collection. To be specific, he has a collection of nearly every Jack McDowell card. At the time, I did not.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago (at the time of this writing), and I had purchased several boxes on the VERY elusive 1997 Score Team Set. For the record and for clarification, THIS is what the box looks like for the TEAM SET version which includes the Platinum Club and Premier Club versions:

The key is the arched "Collect all Team Set Cards" below the team logo. There were several team sets produced in this fashion. If you find a box WITHOUT the arched text, it is the "other" team set and does not include the Platinum nor Premier versions... Freakin Score, man... Alas, I digress... Often...

The odds of pulling a Premier Team card from a BOX is 1:31 packs. That means that there *should* be one in each box of cards. There are 15 cards in the team set. What are the odds of pulling the one card you are looking for? I have no idea. I'm not a math guy. Haha. As I busted open boxes, sure enough I came across a Premier Jack McDowell!! HOLY SMOKES!!

I was so excited! I immediately sent the images to Barry and we exchanged info so that I could send it to him right away. If you are familiar with my work, I am NOT a trader. I am no good at it. I never know what's fair or not, so when I come across someone who needs a card, I just send it. It's my way of keeping the hobby alive.

Barry would have none of that, though. So, he sent me a handful of 2018 Bowman Indians cards in appreciation! THANK YOU SO MUCH, Barry!!

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

2017 Honus Bonus Fantasy Baseball Indians Team Set

As I mentioned in a post over on A Pack To Be Named Later, I recently bought a repack box of cards which contained a couple packs of 2017 Honus Bonus Fantasy Baseball cards. I had never heard of these before and was instantly intrigued.

I also knew that collecting the whole Indians team set would be costly, given these cards aren't made anymore (Honus Bonus Partners, LLC, is now defunct) and packs/boxes on eBay range wildly in pricing. Luckily, I found a seller with a full 18-card set of Indians, so I grabbed it up.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

1998 Pinnacle Indians Team Snapshots

In the 90's, two companies that experimented with all kinds of ways to get folks into collecting were Pacific and Pinnacle (Score). One example presents itself in this set of "Team Snapshots." These items were sold in packs of 8 photos. There are 18 total images per team. Not every team had a set, though. Only 15 of the MLB teams were represented in the "Snapshot" sets. I'm glad the Indians was one of those teams!

I am posting a break of one pack over on A Pack To Be Named Later, which covers more of the design aesthetics, etc. But, I will tell you that it took me 7 packs to get the whole set. The main reason it took so many? #15 (John Smiley) kept eluding me.

The set comes with a checklist on top of all the packs in the box (these were sold in boxes of 25 packs). The snapshots themselves are 5x7 photos taken during Spring Training, or so it appears anyway.

Here is the full set of Tribers:

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Thome in The Hall!

When Jim Thome first showed up on the Indians roster, I felt it. I knew that no matter what he did with his career, he would always be one of my all-time favorites. He was likeable. He was a Triber. And, in very short order, he showed he was also a player.

Over his years in Cleveland, I loved watching him on TV when the Indians were on where I could see them. Throughout his career, he remained one of the “good guys.” I don’t mean in playability. He was way more than “good” in that regard. But, he was the guy who came to work and put in the effort when several other players were growing big heads, fighting drug use accusations and causing many fans to turn away from America’s pastime.

When he left Cleveland, many fans turned their anger toward Thome. Sure, he played a part in his $89mil contract with the Phillies, but I was angry with the Cleveland office who had once again turned the Tribe into the farm team to the rest of the league. The Indians continued their notoriety for dumping star players and perpetually existing in a state of “starting over” after having a great season.

From the beginning, I maintained he was one of the most underrated and unappreciated players in the league. He hit 300, 400, 500 homers and it went largely unreported, unnoticed. When he cracked 600, people finally started paying attention and heaping accolades on the “good guy of baseball” that were long, long overdue.

When talk of the Hall started before his retirement, I was convinced that he would probably never make it simply because he was so underrated. Fortunately, he had put is head down and gone to work throughout his career. As it turns out, a lot of folks in the BBWAA knew this work deserved to be recognized and rewarded. Thome entered the Hall with 89.9 percent of the vote, placing him between two other former Tribers: Roberto Alomar and Frank Robinson.

Mighty fine company.

Note: This post was supposed to go out on Thursday after the HOF announcement. I was in Orlando on business and forgot to push publish. D'oh!