Monthly Archives: September 2008

Upper Deck Baseball Heroes

I haven’t bought much for cards lately.  I guess it’s because I’ve got most of what I wanted out of the sets so far this year.   The hobby shop around here is run by a crook so that limits me to the Wally-World selection.  They have the baseball heroes for $1.97 a pack or a nine pack blaster for $14.95.  I did the math and opted for the blaster.  I didn’t do to bad.  I got four Cubs including the two black parallels in the scans.  I also got a Zambrano but I think maybe one of the kids got a hold of it because it’s nowhere to be found.  There is a GU of Chris Carpenter.  It’s a boring plain grey and it’s a Cardinal so it is going to be used for trade bait.  I also got my first DiMaggio card in my collection and it’s a blue parallel #’d to 199.  Then he decided to show up again with three of his friends on a nice quad card, including one of the greatest of all time, Roberto Clemente.  The blaster included a handful of old timers too, Boggs, Yount, Mattingly, Gibson, and Kaline.

All in all not to bad, I’m even thinking about trying to complete this set considering its only got 200 cards.

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What Do You Collect

The only set I complete each year is Topps.  I have every set from the year I was born to the present.  That’s 30 sets if anyone was wondering.  Even when I wasn’t buying packs I always picked up a complete set at the end of the year.  I also buy a handfull of packs from just about every set out there.  The hobby shop around here really sucks, so it makes it hard to get some sets.  This leaves me with a large amount of extra cards that I don’t really need or care to keep.  I keep all of the Cubs and just a few other players I like.  If I could trade my extra cards to people who really want them I would feel better than keeping them in a box in the closet.  So let me know who and what you collect and maybe we could put some trade packages together.

WANTS:

  • CUBS
  • Tim Lincecum
  • Micah Hoffpauir
  • Geo Soto
  • Denard Span
  • 1962 Topps

Don’t Wants

  • Everything Else

Let me know so we can do some trading!

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StubHub Is EVIL

Stubhub is evil and Ticketmaster are crooks.  I’ll start with Stubhub.  How long will MLB work alongside Stubhub before they realise they are the ones losing revenue.  It’s already happened at the new Yankee Stadium.  Ticket prices will sore over the next few years to the point the average fan will not be able to afford it.  I know everything is expensive nowadays, but we the consumers are setting the price by buying tickets at ridiculous prices.  Eventually we will be paying that for face!

My next gripe is with Ticketmaster.  These rat bastards are even worse than Stubhub.  Last weekend I tried to score four tickets for my wife and her friends to go see AC/DC.  To start with you could spend $40 to become a fan club member and obtain a password for a chance to get tickets before they went live.  I passed.  They go on sale at 10 am and I got the old PC all fired up and ready to go around 9:50 in the am.  They go on sale and immediately I ask for four tickets at the best available location.  Apparently all tickets are $89.50, which is already highway robbery if you ask me.  So now I try to figure out what the hell the squiggly word is in the magic box.  It was shovel. I went to a virtual line and I was seven minutes back.  In reality it was only about one minute.  I don’t know the conversion for time between reality and virtual reality, but it’s wicked.  Any ways I get told only single tickets were the only thing still available.  Just under that it says visit our sister site Tickets Now for tickets on the secondary market.  So sure I check it out.  Now all tickets are $219 or more WTF.  In a matter of minutes tickets went up $130 before I even had a chance to get any.  Now the show is in Chicago and people were selling tickets from all over the damn place, even Canada.  I just wonder how much MLB and Ticketmaster are pulling in off these secondary markets?  Bad for us Good for them.

With this all said, we got four for AC/DC off E-bay for $17 over face, not horrible.  And my beloved Cubbies made the playoffs so I’m going to try like hell not to donate to Stubhub.

I also want to congratulate the Brewers and their fans for making the playoffs for the first time  in 26 years.  I’d love to see a good interstate series between rivals in the playoffs.  It could only be topped with a cross town series to decide it all.  Also a big thanks to Mario for the mention over at Wax Heaven.  I’ll keep my eyes open in the midwest for any Andrew Millers you need.

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New Aquisitions

I just got these in the mail.  I got them off the-bay.  It was a lot of ten and I scored them for $5.98 shipped. There’s not a lot to brag about, but ten more bricks in the wall.

12\598  Real World Value: $12.45    Book Value:  $81.00

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Most Awsomest Set Ever!

Since I have a total of 0 readers so far and not a whole lot to read, I want to know what your perfect set of baseball cards would include.

What kind of parallels would you include, would the cards be chrome and shiny, or more traditional stock, what would the odds of an auto be and what caliber of player would they be.  How big would the set be and what kind of subsets would you include.

If I could put a custom set together The first thing I would want is a respectable selling price!  I would want the best looking base cards I could have.  Make the people want to put the set together, not throw them away after the get the hits.  I would use the same stock as the UD Baseball Heroes set, they just feel so good when you’re looking through them.  Instead of different colored parallels I would use different photos.  Kind of like the 08 Topps Favre cards.  You could put a base of Big Z and a parallel of him with a photo after his no-hitter or Griffey hitting his 600th.   I love pulling autos and GU but I hate it when it’s a  Johnny Estrada, or a Ronny Paulino type.  Why can’t we pull a Triple Threads quality hit out of a $2.00 pack?  Don’t guarantee one per box, but shit, just give me the chance.

I could keep going on and on, but I really want to here what you would do.  Let me know and maybe the Big Guys will listen and give us the most awsomest set ever!

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First post ever

I will start off by admitting I have no idea what I’m doing and I’m pretty sure no one will be reading this.  I recently started to put together a set of 1962 Topps.  I thought a blog might be a cool way to record my experience.  I figure it might be a good way to find a few sources of cards to trade for or buy.  I’m sure throughout the journey I will stray off topic and comment on everything related to baseball.  I hope I can keep it interesting enough to entertain a few readers for a couple minutes of their day.

Here are my first two cards of the set I’ve received.  They came from the-bay.  I paid $6.47 shipped.  The Santo is in better condition that some cards I’ve pulled out of packs this year!

2/598  Real World Value:  $6.47   Book Value:  $20.00

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