Friday, July 21, 2017

The Sole Reason I Recorded My Case Break

I have completed the opening of my case and have put it all on video.  If you really want to watch me drawl on about all 12 of my boxes, I did throw them all up on a Youtube playlist which you can find here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQV8M5G3nGsUPmTywkUbvHQ

For the rest of you normal people, I'll eventually scan everything in and do a case recap along with updating tradables and wants, but I taped these openings just in case I pulled something fun and so I could get my reaction recorded.

I did that... if you remember last year, box #9 was a thing of beauty for me.  Let's just say that not much has changed.  If you'd rather just watch one video, I'd highly recommend this one below.  It's the 9th box of my case and... well, just watch:


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mad Lib Contest Results!

REASONS FOR FANDOM

I am a Detroit Tigers fan.

Here are eight reasons why:

8. Defense! My team prides itself in excellent batting.  In fact, our shortstop makes a habit out of fielding people flawlessly.

7. "Centerfield."  My team plays the best song in the 7th inning run, bar none.

6. Our sweet staff. They are extremely salty and frequently admire the opposition.

5. The Tigers' logo.  The sharp blue really stands out.  In fact, the best part is that it looks thankful in the 1984 Topps set.

4. I am extremely ample that our team is originally from Portage as it gives historical value to our franchise.

3. Miguel Cabrera.  You're probably asking yourself, "Who's Miguel Cabrera." Well, he is currently hitting .011, slightly above the Abraham Lincoln line.  Handsome in my book.

2. 57 World Series trophies.  No other team can say that!

1. I can prove my fandom! My cat collection of Tigers, now numbering 35 is lovingly displayed next to my love.  My pride and joy!

Congratulations to John Sharp of John's Big League Baseball Blog as our winner with the above entry into my Mad Libs contest.  I chose six entries that I really enjoyed (the other five are below) and then gave them to a friend of mine to decide which was his favorite.  Miggy hitting slightly above the Abe Lincoln line won him over and led him to pick this entry.

I'll also take this time to congratulate our final winner from yesterday, picking the Phillies as the team with the first mini out of my case: Wilf Knecht!

Congrats guys!  All five winners should have an e-mail from me by the time this post goes live.  If you don't, yell at me... cause I probably screwed up.  Below you can find some of my other favorite entries!


REASONS FOR FANDOM

I am a Kansas City Royals fan.

Here are eight reasons why:

8. Defense! My team prides itself in excellent erasing.  In fact, our shortstop makes a habit out of fielding wombats flawlessly.

7. "Achy Breaky Heart."  My team plays the best song in the 7th inning decompose, bar none.

6. Our alluring staff. They are extremely repulsive and frequently snorkels the opposition.

5. The Royals' logo.  The sharp taupe really stands out.  In fact, the best part is that it looks unjust in the 1979 Topps set.

4. I am extremely winless that our team is originally from Des Moines as it gives historical value to our franchise.

3. Eric Hosmer.  You're probably asking yourself, "Who's Eric Hosmer." Well, he is currently hitting .042, slightly above the Albert Einstein line.  Irresponsible in my book.

2. 37 World Series trophies.  No other team can say that!

1. I can prove my fandom! My fidget spinner collection of Royals, now numbering 8 trillion is lovingly displayed next to my parakeet.  My pride and joy!



REASONS FOR FANDOM

I am a Los Angeles Dodgers fan.

Here are eight reasons why:

8. Defense! My team prides itself in excellent fiddling.  In fact, our shortstop makes a habit out of fielding monkeys flawlessly.

7. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."  My team plays the best song in the 7th inning relax, bar none.

They should really rename the 7th inning stretch to the 'relax'... I'd like that. 

6. Our squishy staff. They are extremely tart and frequently cooks the opposition.

5. The Dodgers' logo.  The sharp green really stands out.  In fact, the best part is that it looks delicious in the 1999 Topps set.

4. I am extremely jumpy that our team is originally from Little Rock as it gives historical value to our franchise.

3. Cody Bellinger.  You're probably asking yourself, "Who's Cody Bellinger." Well, he is currently hitting .074, slightly above the Julia Roberts line.  Old-fashioned in my book.

2. 5 World Series trophies.  No other team can say that!

1. I can prove my fandom! My limestone collection of Dodgers, now numbering 111 is lovingly displayed next to my tulip.  My pride and joy!



REASONS FOR FANDOM

I am a Los Angeles Dodgers fan.

Here are eight reasons why:

8. Defense! My team prides itself in excellent rogering (As in "a right good rogering").  In fact, our shortstop makes a habit out of fielding cantalopes flawlessly.

7. "Song for the Deaf."  My team plays the best song in the 7th inning think, bar none.

6. Our friggin' staff. They are extremely mo' fo'in' and frequently pass the opposition.

5. The Dodgers' logo.  The sharp salmon really stands out.  In fact, the best part is that it looks curvaceous in the 1984 Topps set.

4. I am extremely pugnacious that our team is originally from Las Vegas as it gives historical value to our franchise.

3. Alex Wood.  You're probably asking yourself, "Who's Alex Wood." Well, he is currently hitting .042, slightly above the Weird Al Yankovich line.  Massive in my book.

2. 68.999 World Series trophies.  No other team can say that!

1. I can prove my fandom! My anteater collection of Dodgers, now numbering 1 (because it's the loneliest) is lovingly displayed next to my bikini.  My pride and joy!



REASONS FOR FANDOM

I am a San Diego Padres fan.

Here are eight reasons why:

8. Defense! My team prides itself in excellent convulsing.  In fact, our shortstop makes a habit out of fielding hampsters flawlessly.

7. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."  My team plays the best song in the 7th inning saunter, bar none.

6. Our bumpy staff. They are extremely sexy and frequently swishes the opposition.

5. The Padres' logo.  The sharp gold really stands out.  In fact, the best part is that it looks rusty in the 1976 Topps set.

4. I am extremely mentally unstable that our team is originally from Hoboken as it gives historical value to our franchise.

3. Hunter Renfroe.  You're probably asking yourself, "Who's Hunter Renfroe." Well, he is currently hitting one zillion, slightly above the Bill Murray line.  Dangerously radioactive in my book.

2. Too many to count World Series trophies.  No other team can say that!

1. I can prove my fandom! My truckasaurus collection of Padres, now numbering 1 or 2 is lovingly displayed next to my grandma's bloomers.  My pride and joy!



REASONS FOR FANDOM

I am a San Francisco Giants fan.

Here are eight reasons why:

8. Defense! My team prides itself in excellent tinkling.  In fact, our shortstop makes a habit out of fielding corndogs flawlessly.

7. "Yankee Doodle Dandy."  My team plays the best song in the 7th inning screw, bar none.

6. Our colorful staff. They are extremely slippery and frequently elbow the opposition.

5. The Giants' logo.  The sharp orange really stands out.  In fact, the best part is that it looks wet in the 1971 Topps set.

4. I am extremely loud that our team is originally from Hollywood as it gives historical value to our franchise.

3. Buster Posey.  You're probably asking yourself, "Who's Buster Posey." Well, he is currently hitting .8675309, slightly above the Andre the Giant line.  Hairy in my book.

2. 762 World Series trophies.  No other team can say that!

1. I can prove my fandom! My pineapple collection of Giants, now numbering 521 is lovingly displayed next to my baseball cards.  My pride and joy!



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

First Ginter Box of the Year + Contest #4 Results!

I recorded my first box opening of my case.  Within you'll find the winner to contest #4 (you can skip to the 03:35 mark if you're lazy).  This is the first time I'm seeing this product and you'll hear a lot of first impressions as well!



"We got a box... it goes this way."  Happy breaking!

Congratulations to our winner and hooray Ginter!

The Gintery Goodness Contest Maintenance Report

My contests have all but wrapped up and Allen & Ginter is upon us.  I first want to congratulate Chris of Nachos Grande and Josh D. of Royals and Randoms for winning two of the contests already.  With only the third post of my second contest, Chris swept in with some glorious rhyming (which I greatly appreciated):

"I know not who Topps will choose,
It may well be a Yankee, Cub, or Giant,
But this contest is not one I'd like to lose,
So my guess is a safe one: Bryant."

You're guess proved a very safe one indeed!  Congrats!

Josh won contest #5 with some sharp sleuthing skills.  He was definitely on board with this contest narrowing down the pool of possibilities to three players by the end of the 4th clue.  The player in question that I was thinking of was former Nationals all-star catcher Wilson Ramos.  Don't ask me how I came up with that player... if I remember, I think I just picked a card at random from a stack on my desk.  Congrats to you as well Josh!

We still have 3 contests to go though!  I can tell you right now that I'm going to post the results to contest #3 (the MadLibs) on a separate post because I want to highlight a bunch of the entries.

I'll have a video out later today opening my first box of the case while also showing off the winner of contest #4.

Contest #1 is below.  I randomized the list of commenteers and the winner is going to be the spot equal to the total number of runs, hits, and errors for both teams in the Cubs-Braves afternoon game today.  We'll flip this list over as many times as necessary to get a winner (i.e. John Sharp has the number 24 spot as well).  Good luck to you all!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Grouping Together Some Braves Young Guns

I've been frequenting eBay quite a bit recently... probably a bit too much for my own good.  I guess it gave me something to spend my money on as opposed to buying a new box of something way overpriced... Stadium Club is already $130 for a hobby box.  No thanks.  I've tried local Targets and Wal-Marts too, but they really didn't have much that excited me (mostly just flagship).

To eBay I went hunting for deals.


I went searching by product and decided to take a peak at this year's Bowman's Best to see if there might be any inserts or base cards worth picking up.  I decided I wasn't really thrilled with the set, but all the same found myself putting the minimum bid ($0.99) on this Ian Anderson auto.  To my surprise, I ended up winning it, so I went and looked at the seller's other items to justify the shipping.  My first Matt Wisler auto immediately made the cut at $0.99.  Matt also notably gets the award for best looking signature on this post... though it wasn't too hard to do.


Also making the cut at the under $1 benchmark were this Kolby Allard and Anthony Alford.  I honestly still don't know why I picked up the Alford.  It went straight into my trade bait box.  I guess I couldn't pass up blue scribbles for four quarters.


This is where these sellers get you.  I could've easily walked away with those four autos, paid my $3 shipping and come out happy... but no.  Couldn't do that.  Instead I bid on this auto of recently called up Sean Newcomb; a gold parallel numbered 20/99.  I ended up spending $13 on it... probably a bit pricey, but I really wanted something of this kid's.

Sean grew up south of Boston and ended up going to school at the University of Hartford.  I remember watching this guy pitch for the Hartford Hawks once.  He throws hard and I was excited to hear that he got the call-up this year.  I've been trying to make a point and watch as many of his starts as I can when I'm at work (yes... I arguably get paid to watch sports... it's great).  He looked absolutely phenomenal in his first 3 or 4 outings and I actually missed his start where he got really roughed up.

I like this kid enough that I'm going to start actively looking for more of his cards.  In fact, right after pulling the trigger on this card, I went over to COMC and wiped them out of every parallel I could find under a buck.  I'll have that post eventually... but probably after Ginter mania.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gintery Contest #5 - Clue #5

If you're looking for rules on this contest you can find them here.  Good luck!

Clue #5: I have made one All-Star Game in my career... a game in which I struck out.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Gintery Contest #5 - Clue #4

If you're looking for rules on this contest you can find them here.  Good luck!

I'm not saying it will be easy, but I'm pretty sure you can theoretically nail this player down after this clue.  A co-worker of mine was able to successfully guess this player after I gave him this fourth clue... though it did take him an hour plus the use of some of our internal tools, so I won't blame you all if no one gets it still.  :D

Clue #4: Not that many people would care, but I've had a positive WAR in every season I've played professional baseball.  That's not something Albert Pujols can say this year!