Monday, July 4, 2011

New Indians eTopps card!

I have been a fan of eTopps since 2002.  Why not before that? Because I was an idiot and misunderstood the concept of eTopps. In my defense, I had been heavily into the CyberAction digital cards at the time (or near that time) and I thought Topps was doing the same thing (that is, digital-format cards).

Any way, eTopps usually takes holidays off from releasing new cards (which never made sense to me because, I mean how hard is it to launch new trading cards that you already have all the info? I digress. Often), but today, they released a Lonnie Chisenhall card.

I am not a big fan of the design this year, and I miss the long-gone days of the eTopps logo being glued to the front of the card. To me, it was one of the things that separated the set from others.  Of course, that was when there was actual competition for baseball card makings. You know, like two years ago or so...

Well, Chisenhall made his MLB debut about a week ago and went 2-for-4 with an RBI. I just hope he can avoid the injuries that seem to be plaguing the Indians this season.

The IPO for this is 6 bucks. No thanks.  I'll wait for the price of his card to drop off, then pick it up in the aftermarket.  After all, isn't that what eTopps is all about?

So you like free stuff? How's this for a contest?

Step right up! Well, actually, you have to step right OVER to this blog for a contest to win free stuff!  And hey, if you dont want the free stuff, enter anyway and send it to me!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

4-Buck Oddball Pack Break

Anyone up for an oddball group break?  This one is about as oddball as it comes.  I've got 139 packs plus the bottom of a Fleer Star Stickers box (cards neatly cut up).  Like last time, just leave a comment to claim your team or teams then send a GIFT through Paypal for $4 each to  You get anything/everything with your team (see notes below regarding multi-team cards)!

I will do a live break (possibly stream it to UStream, otherwise post it "live" here like I did the other one) on or about July 16, 2011.  Please send your gift(s) by then.  You can also send me a check if you do not have Paypal (just email me). Your gift covers everything: cards, shipping, packaging!

So, what packs do I have?  Here is the breakdown:

Two (2) packs of 1986 Baseball Buttons Star Buttons
One (1) pack of 1987 Sportflics Rookie Packs (Pack 1)
One (1) pack of 1987 Sportflics Rookie Packs (Pack 2)
One (1) pack of 1989 Swell Baseball Greats
One (1) pack of 1989 Bowman (31 cards in the fat pack, okay not so oddball)
One (1) pack of 1985 Donruss Action All-Stars (Oversized)
One (1) pack of 1986 Donruss Pop-ups (1 card in pack)
One (1) pack Donruss Baseball All Stars (3 cards per pack)
Two (2) packs 1990 Topps Doubleheaders (2 mini cards in one plastic stand per pack)
Two (2) packs of 1989 Topps Doubleheaders All Stars (2 mini cards in one plastic stand per pack)
Two (2) packs of 1984 Fun Foods Baseball Pins
One (1) pack 1988 Topps Baseball Coins
Two (2) packs 1987 Topps Baseball Coins
Two (2) packs 1989 Topps Baseball Coins
Twenty-four (24) Packs of 1990 Topps Heads-up
Thirty-Six (36) packs 1986 Fleer Baseball Star Stickers
Thirty-Nine (39) packs 1985 Topps Rub Downs
Twenty (20) packs 1983 Topps Foldouts
Four (4) cards from bottom of Fleer Star Stickers Box

Atlanta Braves - Dayf (PAID)
Baltimore Orioles - BRNW (PAID)
Boston Red Sox - AdamE (PAID)
Chicago White Sox - Jeff L (PAID)
Chicago Cubs - Jon (PAID)
Cincinnati Reds - FanOfReds (PAID)
Cleveland Indians - Tribecards (HOST!)
Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros - Kiley B (PAID)
Kansas City Royals - Tim (PAID)
California Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers - Ernest (PAID)
Milwaukee Brewers - BRNW (PAID)
Minnesota Twins - BaseballDad (PAID)
New York Mets - BaseballDad (PAID)
New York Yankees - Ryan L (PAID)
Oakland Athletics
Philadelphia Phillies - Jim (PAID)
Pittsburgh Pirates - Hiflew (PAID)
San Diego Padres - Jon W (PAID)
San Francisco Giants - Matthew R (PAID)
Seattle Mariners - BRNW (PAID)
St. Louis Cardinals - Tim (PAID)
Texas Rangers - BRNW (PAID)
Toronto Blue Jays - Duane (PAID)
Montreal Expos

** Topps Rub-Downs feature multiple players on each "card." I will attempt to distribute the cards as equally as I can among the chosen teams. I will also try to keep duplicates to a minimum.

** Topps Foldouts feature an accordion-style package with each card featuring two players (one on each side of each card). I will carefully cut the foldouts in the "white space" between players.  As above, I will attempt to distribute the cards as equally as I can among chosen teams.
** Some teams may be "over-represented" while others may be lacking.  There isn't anything I can do about that. As in any group break, some folks rake it in and others aren't quite as lucky. As always, I will toss in some additional cards/items to anyone that I feel didn't quite come out "in the good."
** Unclaimed teams will have their cards placed in a pile. That pile will then be distributed among everyone.
** I am taking the Indians in this break.  Duplicates/owned cards will go into my "giveaway/prize" pool!
** Other notes/rules may be added as necessary.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Lucky Breaks

I recently participated in two, er technically three, group breaks and a contest.  The first was a 2006 Ovation break in which everyone participating agreed to receive a full set plus any "hits" and extras of the team of their choice.  In addition to the team of their choice, each person was assigned a second team for which they would receive cards.  Thank to the Daily Dimwit's "true group break" thinking on this one.  Very clever way to go!  So, what did I walk away with?

First up, a Travis Hafner "Superstar Theater" card.  These are kinda cool in a cheesy sort of way.  It reminds me of something I would create.

Above are the base cards featuring Hafner, Martinez, and Sizemore.  The cards have that Ovation embossed baseball thing going on, and have always been one of my favorite sets.

The six-pack above shows off a game-used Hafner, two gold parallel Indians, and three Serially-numbered Dodgers.  Dodgers!?  Yeap, I was given the Dodgers as my second team, and pulling these made it all worth getting that team.  The Ethier is getting shipped to Night Owl to enjoy!

The second and third breaks come from A Cardboard Problem.  I initially signed up for just the Facebook break, but decided to add the blog break at the last minute.  Man, it's a good thing I did!

First up, we have a few Fellers:
I have to say, that leather nameplate is one sweet card!  I think it is time to update ye olde site banner!

I also snagged a nearly full 100-count box of base Series 2 Indians cards featuring 12 players (and lots of duplicates to go around!):
Why is it that Nix is the only one that gets a horizontal card? I mean, why bother?  Make them all verticals and call it good. Oh well, guess that's one of 80,000 reasons I am not on the Topps design team.

In addition to the base cards, I also managed a few cool inserts, parallels, etc:
Above, we see a few gold cards and refractor inserts plus I had a couple of Sizemore Toppstown code cards.  Oh, I also received a handful of the Diamond Giveaway cards.  I'll be exchanging the Toppstown codes for new clubhouse swag soon.  My daughter loves Toppstown.

Finishing out the Cardboard Problem group breaks, I snagged a couple Roberto Alomar and Manny Ramirez retro cards along with a Josh Tomlin autograph card. Sweet!

The last card I have to show came from a cool giveaway done by TheDiamondKing in which winners chose their preferred card from a list.  Through process of elimination (that is, someone else's selection), the cards were handed out in something of a "law of diminishing possibilities."  I was sort of in the middle of the pack for picking, so I chose the 2010 Topps Tribute Alex Rodriguez dual GU #'d /99:

Is that not one sweet card!?  Ohhh yeah!  My son is a huge A-Rod fan, so I may be putting this one in my non-Tribers collection.  Thanks, Kevin!

And, thanks to EVERYONE that held these breaks!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Quick question - Andre Ethier Ovation Card

UPDATE - yeah, already! I found it - NightOwl on Twitter. :-)  Sure, I could delete this post, but where's the fun in that?

Heya readers!
  Someone asked me about the Andre Ethier card I got in the Ovation Group Break over at the Daily Dimwit.  My apologies, but I cannot remember who asked about the card.  If you will let me know (and let me know where/how you asked so I can attempt to verify), I'll get the card to ya!