Something new from ’62

20 04 2012

I really didn’t mean to be away from here for the last two and half weeks. In fact, when I started blogging again (or is it again again?) in February, I was hoping that I could post around three times a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – with the weekend off to refresh and spend time with the kids. It wouldn’t be the everyday pace that I tried to keep when I first started this thing up, but I’ve got a family now and other obligations that need tending, too.  I thought that three posts a week would be a big step up from the zero I had been averaging over the seven months prior, though, and armed with some thoughts, I was ready to roll.

Then came the real world once more.  Here’s a quick breakdown of how I spent my last eighteen days:

Work: 13 days
Birthdays: 3 days
Easter: 1 day

Those work days, by the way, are twelve-hour shifts.  Somewhere in there a guy’s gotta sleep. And catch up on all the stuff he didn’t get done because of everything else, so even if we pretend that all happened in that one extra day, it still leaves this:

Blogging:  0 days
Trading:  success!

The odd thing is that I did manage to squeeze in the time to work out a few trades.

You see, there are some sets that, when I see other bloggers are collecting them, get me to jump up and pull stuff right away for them. Almost all hockey sets qualify for this because hockey traders are so hard to find (but that’s another post.  I’ll probably have the time for that one sometime in May). 1979 Topps is another.

Why 1979 Topps, you may ask?  Well, 1979 Topps is not a highly traded commodity, so I know how frustrating it can be to find cards to complete the set.  In my own efforts to build this set, I’ve managed to build up a fair amount of duplicates in a variety of conditions, and it’s nice to be able to put them to good use.  So when I saw the Troll was putting together this set I was more than happy to put together a package that was Florida bound.  I wasn’t all that concerned about what I was getting in return.

Now, Troll didn’t send the same number of cards that I managed to find for him. But if you trade with the Troll you know that he’s not going to short change you either.

So when I opened the manilla that I had received, I was in awe seeing this one.  Troll actually sent along five cards from the 1962 Topps set and one from my 1972 set to boot, but this Pinson is a thing of beauty.  So now I’m back to his wantlists to try to find something more to make up for the difference.  I see he’s posted another one of my trigger sets, 2007 Topps, so when I get done with this, I’ll have to start pulling again.  But really no amount of 2007 Topps is going to equal this Pinson.

While the Troll Might Rule, it’s clear that ThorzulWill.  He and I worked out a quick swap for some inserts that brought me some minor joy of a completed set:

Thanks to Thorzul, my Diamond Duos from series 2 is now complete.  That leave series 1, and, when I finally get around to it, the Update set as well.  Once those late Diamond Giveaway codes expire, I get the feeling that those boxes will drop.  So until then I’ll wait, much like you do for my next post.


Value! In a box!

2 04 2012

Hey everybody!  Look what’s on the shelves of your local box store!

And check out what it says at the top? It’s 40% extra value!  My own personal estimate was a measly 25% extra value, but when I saw the number was actually 40%, I couldn’t resist.  I bought them all.

Actually I bought just one.  I  did pretty well with these last year, and message board inhabitants swear by last year’s Topps series 2/Bowman Chrome mixes as being the key to all the big hits.  So while I should be pulling cards for the Troll (sorry, man, it’s been a crazy week), instead I’ll be showing off what’s inside.

Here’s the only new thing in the box, an “exclusive CHROME refractor” which must be part of that 40% extra value.  Willie Mays is joined in the three card set by Mickey Mantle and, somewhat jarringly, Ken Griffey Jr.

The Kid’s inclusion makes sense, I suppose.  In light of Panini’s acquisition of the CMG contract, Griffey is arguably one of the top three retired hitters that Topps had left to include, especially since Bonds won’t allow this sort of thing.  But it’s weird to see a modern era player in the mix with two legends of the game, especially one who’s end years were marred by injury and steep decline.  I guess I don’t give Junior enough credit for his twelve years in Seattle.

Estimated % of value:  5-7%

Here’s a card I’m sure you’ve seen somewhere, and it’s my least favorite of the bunch.  And that’s saying something about a set I’m not fond of to begin with.

But I really dislike this card.  I’m sure it has something to do with my aversion to the Brewers to begin with and that whole Tony Plush thing puts me off, too.  Perhaps Brewer fans find it endearing the way Reds fans took to Farney.  Whatever the case, someone offer me something I’d like for this.  Please.

And the rest of the Heritage cards in the box looked a lot like this one, only without the weird look on his face and more cloudy backgrounds.  Boring.

Estimated % of value of Heritage stuff :  Don’t get me started

I somehow defied the odds and pulled fourteen cards that I needed for my set from this thing, including this one of Ryan Roberts.  I have no idea what’s happening to him in this picture.  Is there a squirrel in the basepath that he’s trying to avoid?  Is it a medical condition of some sort?  Has an overzealous security guard tazed him instead of the streaker that is just out of frame?  Whatever it is, it’s definitely an interesting moment to capture on cardboard.

With my wife opening with me, it was no surprise when she pulled a hit.  No quarter card, for sure.  But a pleasant surprise nonetheless.

A white jersey swatch of Jon Lester.  At 1:96, I’ve beaten the odds, which is always a treat.  And if it were an off day for me, I’d probably celebrate with a ninth inning beer.

Estimated % of value of  for 2012 Topps stuff:  one bucket of Popeye’s chicken with coworkers.

I do enjoy these boxes, and I wish I had more affection for the Heritage brand to make them really worth my while.  But I can’t  financially justify buying more of these when more than half of it is useless to me, so this is more than likely the last of these for the season.  No matter how much extra value they try and pack in.