Saturday, May 23, 2015

Of Group Breaks and Deadly Snakes

I've been very busy this week and haven't had time delve further into my Ginter insert set overview.  I promise I'll get a few done next week!  Much of the reason behind my "busyness" is that I've been spending the time I normally invest in this blog and baseball cards by instead organizing said baseball cards and getting my spreadsheet and cards out Zistle to look correct.  This work yielded a couple Zistle trades which I'm sure I'll showcase soon!!!

I also spent some of my time this week re-leveling our patio that is comprised of stone bricks.  One of our cats decided to leave me a present near my work, one that I've never seen a cat actually catch before.

A snake!  No... it wasn't actually a copperhead.  My cat isn't THAT awesome.  It was just a common old garter snake that was very much dead.  I'm not a super big fan of critters and creatures that you find in your backyard, but I do like birds and snakes quite a bit.  My cat has now killed both these things and deserves punishment.  I shall put peanut butter on top of his nose.  In addition, I need to find a way to train the cat to still catch things but stay away from the birds/snakes.  Perhaps greatly rewarding the catching of moles/rats/mice and the like is in order.

I'm babbling.

I did get some mail this week!

As I mentioned previously, I joined a group break hosted by Nachos Grande picking the Atlanta Braves.  The break featured five different hobby boxes:
  • 2015 Topps Opening Day
  • 2015 Bowman
  • 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen
  • 2015 Panini Diamond Kings
  • 2015 Topps Museum Collection
I was looking forward to seeing Diamond Kings, grabbing a bit more Gypsy Queen, and hoping to get something I liked.  I am also always a sucker for Bowman and I was hoping that this break would get rid of that Bowman lust for me.  

Let's start with that... cause it didn't.  I was hoping to get a few chrome cards; I got one.  I wasn't upset by any means, but it does mean that I'll probably be breaking a box of this sometime down the road... we'll see.  I probably did the best on Bowman as far as base cards go... but who buys Bowman for base???  Boring.

Speaking of base, the Braves did not seem to want to come out of packs for this break.  I got very few cards from Diamond Kings, shut out of bonus boxes and Museum Collection, and simply ended up with a relatively small stack of cards.  I was not to be bothered though... I'm really not that much of a team collector so I have no desire for oodles of base cards flying around my room in unorganized fashion.

Honestly though, I didn't get all that much for inserts either.  Here's the highlights:

I know... I'm not really doing the cards justice with such a crappy picture, but I'm tired!  It's 10:30 at night and I need to get this post up.  I really like the Teheran mini and the Spahn paper frame.  I'm telling you though... that mini isn't making me want to go grab any more Gypsy Queen...

The Teheran Franchise Flashback is from Opening Day and I guess the card is okay.  The design is a bit too much for me though.  Way too "in your face".  

I hit a Gattis auto!  It made the group break go from complete and total bust to... well, now I don't know what to think about this break.  I got a hit of a player who doesn't play for my team anymore and is by no means a great player... yet it's still a hit.  So I guess I'm happy?

My favorite card that I received (besides the generous gifting of a Munnatawket mini of Hank Aaron... THANKS CHRIS!!!!) was probably that Opening Day base card... yes, I said base card... of Andrelton Simmons.  I love cards that highlight defense, and this card does just that with an absolutely beautiful photo of the league's best defensive shortstop.

I feel I must note that this group break that Nachos Grande hosted was, in general, a great success.  He ABSOLUTELY killed it in the boxes he picked out getting all kinds really cool hits and inserts.  There were tons of people that made like bandits in this break.  I will absolutely be joining another one of his breaks in the near future... just probably* not the one he's doing now (case of Topps Archives). 

*Well, I don't think so at least.

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