Monday, August 8, 2011

2008 Topps Trading Card History Hobby Starter Set

I picked up a box of 2008 Topps Trading Card History cards the other day. Nope, didn't go to Nationals in Chicago, I just grabbed a deal online.  Er, maybe.  As it turns out, this is a Hobby box containing "Starter Set" cards.  Each pack has 5 cards and there are 36 packs in the box.

Above, you see me holding one pack. You also see my daughter throwing the peace sign. Note that the pack itself is labeled "Cards 26-30." Sigh. So, each pack is labeled as to what's inside it!? Well, where is the fun in that??  Heck, I might as well be checking UPC codes to see if the packs hold some special insert or... er, uh, never mind.  Welp, in case you're interested:

TCH26 - 1982 Topps Ryan Howard
TCH27 - 1909 T204 David Wright
TCH28 - 1959 Topps Chin-Lung Hu
TCH29 - T205 Jimmy Rollins
TCH30 - 1966 Topps Ken Griffey, Jr

Well, I suppose all that's left to do is go through my checklist to see which Indians are in the set, then just open those packs. This is like the worst kind of pack-searching ever. I should feel ashamed.  I don't. But, I should. Just sayin.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's a contest, Dimwit!

Yeap, the Daily Dimwit is holding a contest - a giveaway, really:

Just go there, reply, spread the word and you can have a chance to score a cool card!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Searching UPC codes

We happened to be in Target tonight, so I walked over to the 2011 Heritage and checked the codes. Sure enough, there were a slew of "1849's" and a handful of "1922's." I picked an 1842 and my son said, "You better grab a 1922, too. Just to see. It might have the 'hit' in it."  I'm game, why not.  I also grabbed a pack of Panini Michael Jackson cards.  I know, it's a sickness, really.

The 1849 yielded NOTHING in the way of short-prints, inserts, or anything else beyond standard-issue cards.  Ah well, since Chris (at Stale Gum) had already busted the myth and found "dead packs," I wasn't holding out much hope anyway.  The "1922" pack gave me a "New-Age Performers" A-Rod. I guess that's a "hit."

The cards will be put into the "RPOK" box for later giveaways. (RPOK = Random Packs of Kindness, in case you're new to these parts)

As for the Michael Jackson cards, I pulled a pack that had a thicker feel than the others. I should have known better. The thick cards was a blank filler. So much for my pack searching ways.

The MiJac cards are actually pretty nice.  The "King of Pop" and "MJ" logo are in red foil.  The photos are shots provided by Bravado Media/Merchandising and Triumph International (the studio formerly known as MJJ Productions before his passing).

While in the hotel where we are staying, I saw some Arkansas Travelers schedules. I snagged a couple.  If you collect minor league schedules, let me know and I'll ship one to ya, free for the asking.

And then there were two... Thome hits HR 598!

Photo: AP/C. Carlson 

Earlier tonight, er last night, Jim Thome hit HR 598, bringing him just 2 knocks away from joining the 600 Club.  Of course, most people don't know this.  In fact, many folks, even baseball fans, have no idea.  Why not?  Because Thome is a nice guy who doesn't do drugs.  He was even voted Sports Illustrated "Nicest guy in baseball."  CONGRATS, Mr. Thome!  I can't wait to see the next two!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Night Owl strikes again!

When I got from work the other day, I found a bubbleope on the island in the kitchen.  Inside were cool cards from Night Owl himself!

First up, we have 2011 Topps Opening Day Carlos Santana.  I love the vibrant green against the dirt here. Photography classes will tell you to "never" take a picture such that the image is divided in half (vertically or horizontally).  Of course, one can really say "never" - especially when one wants the effect intentionally:

He also included a couple Sizemore cards: a 2011 Opening Day and a 2011 Bowman.  Each card features one of his characteristics - hitting and fielding, respectively - that is, when he isn't sidelined by injury:

Next up a 2011 Topps Heritage "Rookie Parade" featuring two tribers: Josh Tomlin and Jeanmar Gomez.  He also sent a 2011 Allen and Ginter Shin-Soo Choo!  I actually like these A&G's a lot this year.  i like the team logo in the lower corner. Nice effect:

Lou Mason comes to us on another 2011 Topps Heritage, plus we have a 1983 Fleer "Big Chiefs" card with Toby Harrah and Andre Thornon! I loved these 'inserts' as a kid. Well, I suppose by '83, I was a bit bigger than a kid.  The next card is a 1990 Topps Traded Carlos Baerga:

The Indians card fun doesn't stop there, either!  How about a 2009 UD O-Pee-Chee Scott Lewis, a 1989 Classic Greg Swindell, and a 2008 Topps Heritage Kelly Shoppach.  The Shoppach card is the same I used a couple years ago for a "custom" version I made (see below):

And now, for the team-collector's conundrum. Do you, as a team collector, add cards to your collection where the player is in a team uni but listed with another team (or in which the player is in another uni but listed with the team you collect)?  I am adding this to my collection if I don't already have it: 2009 UD Spectrum CC Sabathia.  Night owl threw in a "Sarge" Connally from the Conlon Collection, too:

The last two cards feature a 1994 Fleer Charles Nagy and a 2009 Topps Historical Commemorative Patch card of Duke Snider with the 1954 All-Star game patch:

A **HUGE** thank you goes out to Night Owl for these cool cards, and a trip down custom card memory lane to boot!  That is a bonus in my book. Thanks again!

*The custom Shoppach card was posted in 2009: