Friday, April 20, 2018

Payday Pack - Make Your Daddy Proud

Last year, I bought a box of repacked packs, with the intent of having some Payday Pack posts in reserve in case I need something quick and easy to throw online or just to break up the monotony of what's currently out there. This is one of those days. I have a bunch of posts lined up for the next few weeks, and needed something simple. Today, I present you with a healthy dose of  2016 Topps Update!

3rd Place

2016 Topps #US199 Brandon Moss

Brandon Moss did something to make the man on the Jumbo Screen happy. Why would they show this man? Perhaps Brandon's dad was at the game? This mystery man gets more card space than Brandon, and inquiring minds want to know!

2nd Place

2016 Topps #US111 Josh Reddick

What's the 912 tattoo for? Is it an area code? Bible verse? The combination to his high school gym locker? This is a bigger mystery than the man on the Jumbo Screen!

1st Place

2016 Topps #US131 Tyler Flowers

Tyler Flowers did a thing, and now he's being swallowed up in an endless array of hands. This reminds me of that creepy scene from the movie Labyrinth where the "Helping Hands" keep groping the young heroine:



Others Not Appearing On Stage:
#US67 Blake Snell (RC)
#US20 Junichi Tazawa
#US189 Jonathan Lucroy
#US140 Eduardo Nunez
#US195 Carlos Beltran
#US264 Cody Anderson (Rainbow Foil)
#MLB-9 Robinson Cano (ASG)



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Repack Haiku #47 (Jordan Danks)

Played with brother John
Once hit go-ahead homer
To give bro the win

2012 Bowman Chrome #25 Jordan Danks (RC)

Yep, it really happened on August 25, 2013

Monday, April 16, 2018

Bring Back The Deans!

Last week's haiku featured a 1987 Topps card of the Seattle Mariners. It reminded me of the Team Leaders cards in general, and how Topps in 1986 "honored" each team's dean - the longest tenured member of the club. I always thought it was a cool concept, and I wouldn't mind if Topps brought that back.

1986 Topps #456 Braves Leaders (Dale Murphy)

I looked up and found which players would be honored if Topps did bring this idea back. Three teams traded their dean this past off-season: The Marlins (Stanton), Pirates (McCutchen), and Rays (Longoria). Who replaces them as the team's official dean?

Longest Tenured Players

 

2018 Topps #231 Joe Mauer

Twins: Joe Mauer (4/5/2004)

Cardinals: Yadier Molina (6/3/2004)

Mets: David Wright (7/21/2004)

Mariners: Felix Hernandez (8/4/2005)

2018 Topps #58 Ryan Zimmerman

Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman (9/1/2005)

Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia (8/22/2006)

Royals: Alex Gordon (4/2/2007)

Brewers: Ryan Braun (5/25/2007)

Reds: Homer Bailey (6/8/2007)

Orioles: Adam Jones (3/31/2008)
Tigers: Miguel Cabrera (3/31/2008)

2018 Topps #350 Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (5/25/2008)

Yankees: Bret Gardiner (6/30/2008)

Rangers: Elvis Andrus (4/6/2009)

Indians: Michael Brantley & Carlos Carrasco (9/1/2009)

Giants: Madison Bumgarner (9/8/2009)

Braves: Freddie Freeman (9/1/2010)

Pirates: Josh Harrison (5/31/2011)

Rockies: Charlie Blackmon (6/7/2011)

Angels: Mike Trout (7/8/2011)

Astros: Jose Altuve (7/20/2011)

Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt (8/1/2011)

2018 Topps #232 Nate Jones

White Sox: Nate Jones (4/8/2012)

Blue Jays: Aaron Loop (6/14/2012)

Rays: Chris Archer (6/20/2012)

Cubs: Anthony Rizzo (6/26/2012)

Padres: Robbie Erlin (4/30/2013)

Marlins: Derrick Dietrich (5/8/2013)

Phillies: Cesar Hernandez (5/29/2013)

Athletics: Marcus Semien (4/6/2015)

It's an interesting list. A few notable star players, but a healthy dose of unexpected guys. What do you think? Should Topps bring back the deans?


Friday, April 13, 2018

Hockey Cards from Cardboard History - Pack #3

Continuing along with the bounty I received from Billy at Cardboard History, here's the 3rd pack I opened up:


This pack has a ton of goalie goodness! 29 cards, and over half of them featured goalies from the Between The Pipes sets! Here's a few cards that stood out to me:

2017-18 Upper Deck Artifacts #90 Ryan Johansen

We'll start out with some UD Artifacts that I got. These are some very sharp looking cards - very crisp design, although the team logo is a bit hard to see within the foil.

2016-17 Upper Deck #87 Dwight King

A King playing for the Kings! I have to admit, though, my eyes keep heading towards the pretty Jersey girl behind the glass...

2012-13 In The Game Between The Pipes #63 Nikita Serbryakov

For a Canadian Hockey League team, that is one very USA-centric logo. I'm slightly confused by its mere presence.

2013-14 In The Game Between The Pipes #142 Ron Grahame

Wow, that is one impressive head of hair. I'd be smiling too!

As always, thanks again Billy! It's been fun going through cards I'm not familiar with, but definitely appreciate!








Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Repack Haiku #46 (Mariners Leaders)

Matt Young hangs his head
About to be taken out
Still led team in saves

1987 Topps #156 Mariners Leaders


Monday, April 9, 2018

Time Traveler Update #9



Joey Votto looked at himself in the mirror. He looked exactly the same as he did before, and yet, he knew his body was 2 years younger. It was the ultimate low-risk/high-reward procedure - by going back in time just a couple years, he could extend the life of his playing career without anyone noticing. Yet, he wondered exactly how far back he could realistically travel. Would five years be too much of a stretch?

"Only one way to find out!" Bill Frehan exclaimed, as if he was reading his mind. "I came back out of there many more years than you did, and I'm doing fine. It's not like you have any grey hairs to dye!" Votto took the words from his old friend into consideration. 

"OK, let's do it!"

*****

The latest trade came courtesy of Chris, who writes the blog The Collector. (He's been doing a fun series of posts based on a tour of sports team cities - you should go check it out!) Chris has made a few mentions of wanting to make a trade, and he finally pulled the trigger with my last update. The 2016 Topps Chrome Joey Votto and 1977 Topps Bill Freehan were in my possession for less than a week before I shipped them off to Chris. In exchange, he sent me some great cards from 1963:



But that's not all! Chris included some bonus cards as well:



I'm honestly amazed that I never thought of getting a Turn Back The Clock card as part of this experiment. They're the perfect time travel cards! Good thinking Chris!

I'm tempted to make a family-tree style graph once the Time Travel Trading series has wrapped up. From the initial trade of a 2018 Topps Ryan Braun, I essentially got these 6 cards, plus 10 others! Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!

The Time Travel Trade Stack:


2018 Topps
#135 Atlanta Braves (TC)
#LTM-CC Carlos Correa (Legend In The Making insert)

2013 Topps Update
#US84 Stephen Drew

1990-91 Hoops (basketball)
#168 Glen Rice (RC)

1990 Topps
#18 Carlos Quintana

1986 Topps
#401 Fernando Valenzuela (Turn Back The Clock)

1985 Topps
#66 Dick Williams (MGR)

1981-82 Topps (basketball)
#14 Moses Malone

1981 Topps
#63 Steve Renko
#704 Bill Travers

1979 Topps
#130 Bob Watson
#455 Bill Lee

1978 Topps
#24 Don Money
#193 Rich Chiles
#347 Terry Forster
#445 Mike Ivie
#471 Roy Smalley
#581 Lynn McGlothen

1977 Topps
#294 George Medich
#524 Rowland Office

1973 Topps
#18 Leroy Stanton
#36 Steve Barber
#98 Dick Woodson
#99 Carl Taylor
#102 Rudy May

1972 Topps
#374 Jack Heidemann

1971 Topps
#89 Ken Brett
#177 Hal McRae

1964 Topps
#305 Jack Lamabe

1963 Topps
#111 Al Jackson
#155 Bill Stafford

1962 Post Cereal
#58 Frank Malzone

1956 Topps Davy Crockett Orange Back
#54 The Alamo's Answer

1954 Bowman
#16 Jim Wilson

I've got one trade pending, otherwise this list is up to date. See something you like? Working on a vintage set perhaps? Make me an offer - all I require is an older card, even if it's just one year prior! Comment below or contact me on the Trading Card Database (TCDB name: Kep75). I need your help to keep this going!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Payday Pack - Hold Me Close Now Tiny Beni...

This edition of Payday Pack is a bit of a cheat. Rather than buy a pack on payday, I treated myself to a pack for my birthday last week. The local Wally World was down to it's last pack of Heritage, so I grabbed the remaining hanger box available.

Here are my 3 favorites:

3rd Place

2018 Heritage #118 Cody Bellinger (ASR)

Cody Bellinger does not like the sun in his eyes...

2nd Place

2018 Heritage #458 Jonathan Villar (SP)

I can't tell if Jonathan Villar is getting himself set for a football play, or just showing off some sweet dance moves...

1st Place

2018 Heritage - 1969 Decals #13 Andrew Benintendi

My Heritage purchases have been quite limited, yet this is the second Benintendi insert I've pulled (the other being his New Age performers insert). I'm apparently destined to have all his inserts...

Others Not Appearing On Stage

#204 Travis Shaw
#283 Brett Phillips
#79 2018 Diamondbacks Rookie Stars (Banda/Sherfy)
#17 Zach Davies
#33 Gio Gonzalez
#207 Jorge Polanco
#99 2018 Twins Rookie Stars (Granite/Jorge)
#327 Yasiel Puig
#91 Josh Donaldson
#194 Roberto Osuna
#157 Cody Allen
#248 CC Sabathia
#259 Brandon McCarthy
#66 2018 Orioles Rookie Stars (Hays/Sisco)
#202 Dallas Keuchel
#2 of 30 Jose Altuve (1969 Topps Deckle Edge insert)
#355 Brandon Kintzler
#290 Jose Berrios
#257 Hunter Pence
#296 Reynaldo Lopez
#135 2018 Nationals Rookie Stars (Read/Fedde)
#348 German Marquez (ASR)
#305 Josh Bell
#383 Jose De Leon
#199 Jason Kipnis
#386 Alex Gordon
#185 Starling Marte
#400 Carlos Gomez
#181 Mark Reynolds
#84 Mike Clevinger
#4 2017 NL RBI Leaders
#127 Carlos Correa (AS)

Weird sorting in this pack - 3 of the first 4 cards were Brewers, then I had instances of back-to-back Twins and Blue Jays cards!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Repack Haiku #45 (Dion James)

As I stare ahead
Two men talk in the background
One more wears short shorts

1989 Fleer #594 Dion James

Monday, April 2, 2018

Hockey Cards From Cardboard History - Pack #2

I won a lot of hockey cards from Billy at Cardboard History. Here's the 2nd pack I'm opening, which also features a Sabres player on top:


49 more cards added to the collection! Lots of good stuff here, way too much to show all of it. Allow me to showcase a few of my favorites!

1991-92 Pro Set #365 Daren Puppa (AS)

 Puppa's All Star Mullet would be a great rock band name....

1990-91 Upper Deck #476 Wayne Gretzky (AS)

It's not officially a hockey collection unless you have at least one card of The Great One!

1990-91 Score #318 Daren Puppa (AS)

Another Puppa - I love the effect Score used here!

1992-93 Fleer Ultra #16 Pat LaFontaine

Hall of Famer Pat La-la-la-laFontaine with some protective face gear. He had previously missed a few months after breaking his jaw.

1979-80 Topps #134 Dave Schultz

So far, the oldest card is the treasure trove from Billy. That 1979-80 design is great!

2 packs down, 8 more to go!  Thanks again Billy!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Happy Birthday Chris Sale

Just a quick post to wish Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale a happy birthday!

2018 Topps Heritage #109 Chris Sale

Chris shares his birthday with such famous people as Vincent van Gogh, Eric Clapton, Warren Beatty, Celine Dion, Norah Jones, MC Hammer, and, well, me!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Time Travel Trading Update #8


Francisco Mejia peeked through the blinds of his hotel room. It's been weeks since he last left the room, and to be honest, he was still no closer to figuring out if it would be safe to venture out. It was only by divine grace that he overslept and missed practice with the Cleveland Indians. The same day the entire complex disappeared. From then, the news has reported on numerous unexplained mysteries around the country - baseball players just disappearing into thin air. For now, he was safe, and if it meant hiding out for awhile longer, so be it.

A knock on the door startled him. It would be his cousin bringing food and other necessities. Francisco opened the door to find two men in black suites. "Mr. Mejia, my name is agent Renko, and this is Agent Travers. We'd like to ask you a few questions about the disappearing athletes."

Mejia was about to speed when his eyes glazed over in horror. Two more men in suites came up behind the two agents, and they were exactly the same two men as the agents who just came in. "Dang it! We've been double printed!" Agent Travers exclaimed. As the four doppelgangers stared at each other, Francisco Mejia passed out and fell to the floor.

***

Kareem opened his eyes, and found himself in a strange place. Men in suits talked on little rectangular objects with looks of fear and uncertainty in their eyes. Suddenly one of them approached him. "Mr. Abdul-Jabbar, there has been a terrible mistake. You're not supposed to be here. Come with me and we'll get you home." The fogginess in his head only allowed him to nod as he was turned around and led into the same strange door from which he emerged.

***

Being on vacation, I got a little behind on my Time Travel Trading updates. This isn't a bad thing, as it allowed me to get caught up on the actual trades themselves. Since our last update, I've completed 2 more trades. First off, I received a couple of cards from one of my favorite sets from TCDB member alessandro11:


Love those Topps 1981 caps!



Just before I left for Florida, I received another trade offer from A.J. of The Lost Collector. This is my first trade of a card that I initially received from a prior trade. In exchange for basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, A.J. sent me these 10 cards:

Some modern cards

including a trade back to 2018!

1972 and 1977 goodness


Anyone working on the 1973 set?


One thing I wasn't counting on with this experiment was the generosity of my fellow traders. I was expecting mainly 1-for-1 trades, but with this trade my initial pack of 12 cards has netted me 31 cards!( Or should I say, netted you 31 potential cards!) With these two trades, I'm now officially caught up. There are no pending trades currently, and unless I get some new trade offers in, this may be the end result.

The Time Travel Trade Stack:


2018 Topps
#135 Atlanta Braves (TC)
#LTM-CC Carlos Correa (Legend In The Making insert)

2016 Topps Chrome
#185 Joey Votto

2013 Topps Update
#US84 Stephen Drew

2008 Upper Deck First Edition
#SQ-42 Derek Jeter (Starburst Common insert)

1990-91 Hoops (basketball)
#168 Glen Rice (RC)

1990 Topps
#18 Carlos Quintana

1981-82 Topps (basketball)
#14 Moses Malone

1981 Topps
#63 Steve Renko
#704 Bill Travers

1979 Topps
#455 Bill Lee

1978 Topps
#24 Don Money
#193 Rich Chiles
#347 Terry Forster
#445 Mike Ivie
#471 Roy Smalley
#581 Lynn McGlothen

1977 Topps
#22 Bill Freehan
#294 George Medich

1973 Topps
#18 Leroy Stanton
#36 Steve Barber
#98 Dick Woodson
#99 Carl Taylor
#102 Rudy May

1972 Topps
#374 Jack Heidemann

1971 Topps
#89 Ken Brett
#177 Hal McRae

1964 Topps
#305 Jack Lamabe

1962 Post Cereal
#58 Frank Malzone

1956 Topps Davy Crockett Orange Back
#54 The Alamo's Answer

1954 Bowman
#16 Jim Wilson

The time is now for you to make your offer! All it takes to be a part of the magic is to offer me a card older than the one you wish to receive!  Comment below or contact me on the Trading Card Database (TCDB name: Kep75). I need your help to keep this going!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Repack Haiku #44 (Joe Boever)

"Boever the Saver"
Led '89 Braves in saves
Threw a mean palm ball

1989 Topps #586 Joe Boever



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Cardboard History Radically Changed My Collection

I love hockey. It's my second favorite sport behind baseball. Despite this, I was never a collector of hockey cards. I appreciate them, I enjoy other bloggers writing about and sharing theirs, but when it came to my own personal collection, my focus was always on baseball. Here's my hockey collection as it stands now:


That's it - 47 cards. Most of them came from some packs I purchased on a whim last year, and a few came from a fantasy baseball win recently. But that's it - nothing noteworthy to say the least!

Until now, that is.

Billy from Cardboard History recently celebrated his milestone 500th post, and decided to hold a contest. I won, and as a result Billy generously stuffed a box full of hockey cards!


Each of these packs is stuffed with roughly 50 cards apiece in them. This is going to take awhile! So much so in fact that I think I can get quite a few blog posts out of them. Since there are eight packs, I'll devote a blog post for each one, going through and picking a handful of cardboard that catch my eye and stand out. At the end I'll compare my collection from this point and see how radically it's changed!

I'll start off today featuring one of the pack that has a Sabres player on the front:


This pack had 47 cards in it - just like that, I've doubled the number of hockey cards I have!

2015-16 Upper Deck Sam Reinhart

The big name in Buffalo right now is Jack Eichel, but Sam Reinhart is a good young player I like as well. He has genuine talent, and I think he could be a star player.

1991-92 Pro Set French #319 1991 Stanley Cup Champions

This is just an awesome card. This is how I want all championship cards, across all sports, to be depicted. Win as a team, celebrate as a team.

1991-92 Pro Set Platinum #8 Dave Andreychuk

I can't complain about a new Hall of Fame inductee!

1990-91 Pro Set #26 Alexander Mogilny (RC)

I remember all the hype Molgilny had when he defected from Russia and came to play for the Sabres. He was a great player, even if he didn't turn out to be the legend we were all hoping for. It's very cool to have his rookie card.

1990-91 Pro Set #25 Clint Malarchuk

There are some moments in history that you will never forget where you were when it happened. For Sabres fans, it's Clint's horrific injury. Ironically enough, just  a few days ago, his story was posted on the Players Tribune. You can't help but feel for the guy and everything he went through. The fact that he's taken his life experiences and is helping others is nothing short of heroic.

These are just some of the highlights! I can't wait to see what else in in store! Thanks again Billy!