Thursday, March 22, 2018
Stopped by the ye old LCS this afternoon and grabbed a couple packs of Gypsy Queen. I really like this year's design. Continuing from last year's really over the top art deco style, Topps continues that with an equally detailed and slightly more colorful issue. The backs, well those are a different story.
Labels: 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Picked up a couple Opening Day hangers on my last shopping trip. I decided not to build any sets this year, but I'm allowing myself a few packs here and there of the new stuff. The 24 card hangers offer 3 inserts per pack.
The backs are identical to flagship except that card is noted as Opening Day under the card number.
The inserts are really what makes the set. You gotta love the Mascot cards.
Labels: 2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Labels: 2018 Topps Stickers
Monday, March 19, 2018
This one is for you Billy Kingsley. I know you like the Beach Boys as do I. No other band is associated more with surfing, California, bikinis, and the beach than are The Beach Boys. When this set was printed 5 odd years ago they had already hit their 50-year mark in the music business. Crazy to think that my parents had grown up with them as well as me and my kids and likely my grandkids. This 8-card Hobby Pack has a ton of inserts card odds printed on the back of the pack and The Trading Card Database has the complete 120-card set checklisted along with all of the insert sets. I'd love to get a Brian Wilson card as I don't think I have ever pulled one of those. Grab your Sex on the Beach drink and a pair of flipflops, we are going California Dreamin.
Flannels at the Beach....say what? Must be the Oregon-coast beach they are at.
#97: Dennis Wilson leading the rush. He definitely led a troubled life later on in his career, but not due to the shirtless overalls look.
#111: Bruce Johnston is still touring these days with Brian Wilson.
#29: Al Jardine - He actually played football with Brian Wilson in high school.
#72: I think I got a Mike Love hot pack as this is the first of a few.
#55: A mid-1970s shot of the group. I just realized my scanner is really dirty.
Top 10 #9: Here is my first insert. Part of the Top 10 set.... Dance, Dance, Dance....not one of my favorites
Here is a sample back.
There you go. I hope this starts your week off well and anyone have any good Beach Boy stories?
Labels: 2013 Panini Beach Boys
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Here's a super-sized pack of old Bowman cards, part of a random assortment of packs I purchased at a card show last month. Dig that $125 guarantee!
87 - Juan Pierre - The pack is front loaded with veterans (red cards). The first card out of the pack, Pierre, is a little rough around the edges. It's a good thing no one invested heavily in 2002 Juan Pierre cards.
20 - Jorge Posada - We know this guy. Posada was part of the Yankees late '90s dominance.
45 - Jeff Bagwell - Seventh ballot Hall of Famer!
91 - Magglio Ordonez - Here's a look at the back, which is a pretty typical Bowman card back. We do get a distinct full color photo here.
26 - Ryan Dempster - Overall, it's not a bad crop of vets here.
205 - Curtis Legendre - Now it's on to the prospects (blue cards). This generally means a bunch of guys no one's ever heard of.
204 - Juan Gonzalez - Hey, that's... nope, different guy.
196 - Brian West
178 - Kevin Deaton
191 - Antwon Rollins - A few more players I have no recollection of. This is, allegedly, the younger brother of Jimmy Rollins. His bio states that he temporarily retired "to pursue hip hop career". The dude makes films these days. Google can be amazing!
342 - Jason Kinchen Gold - The one-per-pack gold parallels are very similar to the base cards, with the primary differences being the thickness of the card and the facsimile autograph being in gold instead of black.
246 - Jung Bong - 1st ballot goofy name hall of famer.
248 - Erik Bedard - Bedard was a pretty big fantasy baseball name for awhile, as he always racked up loads of strikeouts, when he managed to stay on the field at least.
353 - Wily Mo Pena - Wily Mo seemed like he was a bigger name than his stats would indicate.
373 - Brad Hawpe - An early look at Brad Hawpe, a staple of mid '00 jersey cards.
227 - Christian Parker
201 - Nate Espy - Per the bio "compared to Mark McGwire by Piedmont's manager because of his monstrous homers and great eye."
377 - Ross Peeples
306 - Mike Peeples - Back to back Peeples! I have no idea if these guys are related.
278 - Brian Mallette - Not related to the backup NFL QB. (I mean, it's not even spelled the same.)
410 - Freddie Money - Probably had to endure a lot of "take me home tonight" comments in his life.
Labels: 2002 Bowman Jumbo HTA