Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2017 Allen & Ginter Case Break: Part 2 ...TRADE BAIT!

Here's the rest of my case.  Every card here is available for trade.

Gotta make a bit of an exception on the very first card... I'm kinda partial to it, so unless you've got a really good reason for wanting it (I'm influenced by sob stories), you probably won't get it away from me.

Kinda hard to see, but the Donaldson is numbered 7/25.

I'm in the process of redeeming this card, so until I actually receive it, you can't have it.  :p  That does it for the autos.  In all, I got six of them, two framed relics, two World Baseball Classic relics, and two RIP cards as my non-full-sized relic hits.

My two remaining "special" relics.  The Big Papi is nice.  The Sugano... not so much.

Full-sized relics.  I've got tons of them.  I'm not scanning them all, sorry.  Here's a list of what I pulled (this includes a little retail as well).  Yell at me if you're looking for one of these.

FSRA-BSM Ben Smith               FSRB-CH Cole Hamels
FSRA-DO David Ortiz FSRB-CSA Chris Sale
FSRA-DP Dustin Pedroia   FSRB-CY Christian Yelich
FSRA-DW David Wright            FSRB-FF Freddie Freeman
FSRA-GP Gregory Polanco   FSRB-FH Felix Hernandez
FSRA-GS Giancarlo Stanton   FSRB-GSP George Springer
FSRA-JL Jon Lester                    FSRB-GSP George Springer
FSRA-LT Lyle Thompson   FSRB-JBA Javier Baez
FSRA-MCA Miguel Cabrera   FSRB-JDG Jacob deGrom
FSRA-MCO Miguel Cotto          FSRB-JU Julio Urias
FSRA-NJ Nick Jonas            FSRB-KM Kenta Maeda
FSRA-PG Paul Goldschmidt   FSRB-MTA Masahiro Tanaka
FSRA-PG Paul Goldschmidt     FSRB-NC Nelson Cruz
FSRA-RO Rougned Odor   FSRB-NC Nelson Cruz
FSRA-VJ Valarie Jenkins   FSRB-SM Starling Marte
FSRA-VM Victor Martinez        FSRB-SP Stephen Piscotty
FSRA-YC Yoenis Cespedes   FSRB-WM Wil Myers

On to the parallels!  This one was really special.  I did a short post right after opening the box a month back with the link to the video in which I opened this.  Suffice it to say, I was excited.  Glossy full-sized parallel of Clayton Kershaw!

No glossy, wood, or metal minis in this break.  I did get one silk (see yesterday's post), so the next rarest mini parallel are these Brooklyn backs numbered to 25.

I received four of the no-number mini parallels.  These are rumored to have a print run of roughly 50.

The next rarest mini parallel are these black bordered minis.  I really like the look of them this year.  Oh, heck no, you can't have this super-cute panda bear.  I just picked out my favorite to show you.  If you're really looking for black minis, this is what I've got at this moment.  Just be warned that my extra minis tend to be extremely volatile as I trade them around a lot.  This site usually remains fairly updated with my current collection if you're curious.

2 Albert Pujols
67 Allie LaForce
70 Vashti Cunningham
99 Teoscar Hernandez
165 Jayson Stark
256 Andy Katz
332 Yangervis Solarte

I've acquired a decent number of these hot box foils as well.  I'm going after the entire set, but these are extras I've accumulated over the past month.

1, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 22, 26, 31, 37, 38, 46, 50, 65, 70, 71, 78, 85, 94, 98, 108, 121, 122, 127, 129, 133, 136, 142, 143, 154, 156, 162, 163, 165, 168, 174, 177, 182, 185, 186, 188, 195, 198, 206, 208, 216, 217, 220, 223, 226, 230, 232, 235, 241, 244, 245, 247, 249, 252, 255, 260, 262, 272, 279, 286, 288

I should also mention that I still have plenty of base (though not a ton of SP's) if you're looking to acquire that.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

2017 Allen & Ginter Case Break Recap: Part 1

It's been quite some time since I broke into the first pack of my case of 2017 Allen & Ginter.  I recorded all my box breaks and threw them up on YouTube in case you're interested, but they're quite long and not really the best quality either, so I wanted to provide some scans here of what I actually got.

I wanted to do it a bit differently this year... meaning these posts.  So today's post will cover the hits I got that are already out the door.  Yep, these cards have unfortunately been traded, sold, or given away in the past month already.  You can expect trade bait in my next post if that's what you're looking for.

These first two full-sized relics went out to a Yankee fan from some random Facebook group I'm in.  It's a pretty good starting point as these aptly showcase the two different full-sized relic styles in this year's set.  Back when they started inserting these full-sized relics as hits in 2013 I absolutely hated them.  They were quite boring looking cards that essentially mimicked the base card design and added a scrap of cloth.  It was even more disappointing when Topps decided to produce two different full-sized relics and basically now guarantee one of each in every box (odds are 1:24 for both designs).  This makes it so that you only get one "real" hit (at least in my opinion) in each hobby box.

2017 was made slightly better by the change in design of these basic relics.  They're different and original which really helps feel like you've pulled something worth calling 'a hit'.  I appreciate that.  While I still don't really have a desire to collect these, I applaud the improvement and encourage more use of frilly plant like things... like on the Sanchez.

Here's yet another full-sized relic, but its quite different in that its serially numbered and features subject from the World Baseball Classic.  This was given away as part of a prize in my contests.

A few things about this card.  First, this (along with another you'll see tomorrow) counted as the "third category" type hit.  So the box it came in produced three full-sized relics as its hits.  Super disappointing.  Second, this design stinks... really stinks.  It's extremely boring and the blocky square cut-out for the relic doesn't help.  When it was originally announced that Allen & Ginter would contain some cards featuring the World Baseball Classic from this past year, I was optimistic.  I actually really like the general idea of the World Baseball Classic.  Yes, there are definitely some things that can be improved upon, especially logistics-wise, but I enjoyed watching MLB players on different teams getting legitimately excited for games.

This relic series really disappointed.  There are also apparently framed relics of World Baseball Classic subjects, but they have extremely small print runs.  I'm sure they're better than this full-size version, solely based on the fact that they're framed, but I'm not going to try and seek them out.

Framed hits!  Allen & Ginter has been saved!  Haha, this Sanchez went out in the Yankees trade and the Krazy George went out as a contest prize.  I don't think I've ever really complained about a framed Allen & Ginter card outside of the very in-your-face frame from 2010.  This trend will continue.  The framing on all these cards this year is simple, yet effective.  I love them.  

I was very sad to part with that Sanchez.  Krazy George, on the other hand, I couldn't care less about.  I apologize that the first 2017 framed auto you see on this blog is of this guy.  Oh well.

The remainder of today's cards were flipped on eBay.  I usually don't put much of anything up on eBay to sell, but I needed a bit of cash flow to fund a subsequent purchase of this year's Allen & Ginter X (more on that in another post).

Allen & Ginter went with a completely revamped design on their RIP cards this year.  I personally, am not a huge fan, but then again, I don't really actively collect these, so I'm not too concerned with it.  I briefly thought about ripping these open, but I've probably ripped five or six of these throughout my collecting days and I've never gotten anything other than an EXT mini.

Trea Turner RIP Card: $80
Randy Johnson RIP Card: $85

I love these silks.  I've had pretty decent luck pulling these in the past few years.  I put this up on eBay without any real intentions of selling it, but someone snatched it up paying my full (I thought somewhat ridiculous) asking price.  I guess I'm not complaining!

Julio Urias Framed Silk Mini: $35

The last card to sell on eBay.  I guess I got a Jose Altuve hot box!  Honestly, I don't really have a use/want for these printing plates unless they're specifically a player I really like.  They just don't do much for me, so to the chopping block it went!  Unfortunately, I later found out that The Daily Dimwit was interested in this card, but it had unfortunately already left the house.  Sorry bud!

Jose Altuve Framed Mini Black Printing Plate: $95

Total eBay earnings: $295 (well... $265 after fees)

Paying for more than a quarter of my case with four cards made me fairly happy.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Beginning a Bundle of Bombardments

I'm currently sitting at a desk at work designated for breaks (so people can use a computer on their break if they need to).  I got off my shift an hour ago and decided to stick around until the fight tonight.  It'll probably be a good atmosphere to watch, plus its free here... and I'd rather not spend the $100 it costs to get the fight on pay-per-view.

Sitting here waiting for the main event forced me to slow down a bit which is good since I feel like I've been going 100 mph recently.  What with work kicking into high gear paired with a couple recent vacations, I've had very little time for cardboard recently.  I've devoted the time I have had to both organizing and bindering my recent break, plus getting together a whole bunch of trades to get a jump start on this year's set.  If you take a gander at my updated wantlist, I think you'll see that I've done fairly well so far.

Suffice it to say that I'm on major trade post backlog at this point and I don't think it will get better anytime soon.

Today's trade post comes courtesy the Night Owl himself, a surprise package that arrived on my doorstep only a couple days after my case break.  I'm fairly certain the above card was the motivator for the package, as a while back Night Owl mentioned he despised this card and had no use for it.  I told him I could give it a home, and lo-and-behold, a month or two later and its here!

There was a bit of everything in this package, but it mostly contained a shared passion of ours.  MINIS!!!!  Not just any old minis mind you, but minis hand-picked from my want list.  You don't see too many full-body shots in Allen & Ginter any more.  It certainly makes this A-Rod mini stand out and this kind of variety was what made 2008 (the best year of Allen & Ginter) so special.

This card made me happy.  First, I had totally forgotten about Jack Cust as a player.  I remember him as a masher of sorts, but he seemed to have just disappeared from the league.  I went and looked up his stats and apparently he led the AL in strikeouts for three consecutive years.  That's doing something!  Second, the green background on this card makes me super happy.  This 2009 set has really grown on me throughout the years, so much so that it probably only trails 2008 as my favorite Ginter set.  The mini versions of the base cards really accentuate the colored background.

Case and point here.  A '09 Brad Hawpe next to an exceedingly ugly '10 version of the same.  Of all the Ginter sets I collect, 2010 probably has the most minis left that I still need.  I'm not sure I would be too upset if I never finish it.

Julius Caesar and Samardzija rounded out the minis included from my wantlist.  This mini plus a couple more from a few other recent trade packages made it so my remaining needs number only four for 2016 (116, 121, 194, 254).  That's quite exciting!

Night Owl also sent me a smattering of brand spankin' new 2017 minis.  Mind you, I received these long before I had a wantlist up for this year.  Heck, I received this before I had finished full sorting out my whole case.  Regardless, Night Owl somehow knew exactly what I had pulled because I didn't receive a single duplicate mini in this package.

The last card in the package was this 2015 Topps Stadium Club card of Julio Teheran.  Included within the penny sleeve was this note stating the card had a non-glossy back.  I took the card out to examine, and discovered that it did indeed have a very strange feel to it.  I think I agree with Greg that this probably isn't a parallel.  However, I know what really happened to this card.  I see past his shenanigans!  He was so mad at Teheran for pitching well against the Dodgers one evening that he took this card and rubbed it against his chair so hard that he made the gloss come off!  Then he sent it to me because it brought back bad memories.

Oh wait... that cant' be true.  Ughh, Teheran is 0-6 with a 5.52 ERA all-time against those Dodgers.  Eeshh.

Thanks for the package Greg, and great guesswork with those minis!