A New Eye on the Hobby

I, like many collected years ago and recently came back. Now i'm trying to make a name in the hobby all while collecting alone.

November 23, 2010 11:21 am

SET me up #collect

So recently fellow tweeter: @iamjoecollector impressively completed the 2008 UD Masterpieces blue border set #’d to 125.

(Seen here: http://www.iamjoecollector.com/?p=2505

He then followed it up with the question… What is the most difficult set you’ve had to complete? 

I don’t really have an answer for that. I’m about 2 cards away from completing the Topps Chrome Rookie Auto set. It was fun, but not necessarily difficult. I’ve built a bunch of base sets and a couple of Topps sub sets, but not a long term challenge.

Well I’ve been looking for a new project and I figured you all could help me decide. That’s right. I’d like all of your help in choosing my next mission. So which of the following should I go for:

1) #28, has for some reason always been my favorite #. So how about every #28 Topps base card of all time. Starting with Flagship and then who knows?

2) Allen and Ginter Complete Yankees MINI Team sets, including black border and A&G Back

3) 1979 Topps set. The seems a little boring, but it’s the year I was born, and I don’t think I own more than 3 cards from this set. So it would really be starting from scratch.

Tweet me your suggestion. I’ll keep you all updated on the progress.

Thanks in advance,

Nick

November 3, 2010 1:05 pm

Doctor Doctor, Gimme the news. I got a bad case of Bowman Chrome 2010

October 22, 2010 2:10 pm

I MUST BREAK YOU: 2010 Topps Update Jumbo Box

So I was very pleased with my 2010 Jumbo box until I tried inputting my Topps Million Card Giveaway Codes, only to find that all 10 of them were Invalid! So I dug through the dumpster here at work and got all of my wrappers out, let the headache of replacing these codes begin. Anyway here are the hits:

October 19, 2010 10:38 pm

A “Why we #Collect” Moment

As I sit here, a 31 year old man watching game 4 of the ALCS, I’m starting to notice the cynic I’ve become. I question replays of Home Runs, the necessity of Pitch counts and other things i would have never thought about as a kid. I even found myself saying to my wife, “These guys must be Chilly”. ICKKK, What happened to me?

This same annoying maturity has followed me into the collecting world as well. I find myself sometimes only caring about the “Big Pull”. Did I really get the intended value in that pack? Box? Case?

But every once in a while you have that moment, the moments that tosses all that cynical Bullshit aside….. I had that moment at a card show on Sunday.

My story is the same as everyone else’s. I collected junk in the 80’s, stopped early 90’s, came back a few years ago when I saw the Evolution. However, since I’ve been back I’ve only had a few nostalgic moments. The following one took my breath away.

So I’m at a card show, scoping out the overpriced new stuff, and tons of vintage. Same old cardshow crap. Then I see a guy in the back corner with a less than elaborate set up. He’s got about 15 boxes full of singles in toploaders with no pricing. The deal is, he gives you a bin and you load it up… The besst part: everything on the table is a Quarter!….Woo Hoo.

For $20.00 I go nuts I’m pulling up old Mattingly’s, random Mariano Rivera’s. Basically alot of the stuff I missed in 15 Year Gap I didn’t collect. I’m loading the bin like Supermarket Sweep, and that’s when I saw it.

A 1986 Rickey Henderson SPORTSFLICS triple action card!

Ok, ok This may not mean anything to any of you, and I know there was a big build up, but you don’t understand I have a pretty sweet Rickey PC and I don’t have this card. Not only that, I forgot these cards even existed! And there it was, in all it’s holographic glory, staring right back at me for the 1st time in 2 decades…for 2 bits! (Is 2 bits a Quarter? I hope so for the story’s sake). I Immediately was taken back to when I was 7 years old in my buddy’s basement, where my best friends tormenting older brother recently acquired this card and wouldn’t trade it to me no matter what I offered (which along with cards included 5 free bike washes). That Prick. Anyway, this was a real life moment, a moment I had forgotten but one that hit me right in the face like I got run-over by a Delorean.

You’re probably saying to yourself, “What kind of collector is this? He didn’t know about Sportsflics”, and You’d be right. It’s just one of those things that slipped away. But I got it back now, the moment…the memory…and more importantly, the card. All for just a Quarter.

If and readers/followers/twitterers have a similar story, please feel free to share it. I’d love to hear it.

Thanks for reading,

Nick

October 13, 2010 4:28 pm

OK Collectors, I need your help.

So I recently pulled this,

What I consider to be a great auto. It has all the components (In my opinion) of a great card. It’s a Dual Auto. A Yankee. A Living legend/Hall-of-Famer. And both Autos are On-Card. My Problem is the small Gash on the bottom left corner. I find that your eye is drawn right to it in person. Naturally this defect was not done by me, It came fresh out of the pack like that. Here’s my question. I like you have done many exchanges before, but nothing of this personal caliber, meaning, I would really like this exact card or something close to it in return but I fear that I’ll just end up with another non-Yankee of non-HOF’er dual. Maybe I’m overreacting and it’s not really that bad of a defect…….

So to send or not to send? That is the question. Your help is appreciated. 

Thanks,

Nick

October 8, 2010 2:17 pm

I MUST BREAK YOU: 2010 DEEE Edition

So I just stopped by my favorite hobby shop to bust some  2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition and I was very satisfied with my box. I pulled 7 autos (6+1 redemption), a Pam Anderson, and 23 Die-cut SP’s #’d to 200. I usually bust a box a year of this product and am Happy with the results. Enjoy the photos!

October 4, 2010 2:30 pm

By Request: Here’s a long vid of some cards I have available for Trade for those who were asking. Thanks for looking.

October 1, 2010 1:52 pm

TTT (2) Box break LIVE @dcssportscards #collect

September 2, 2010 1:16 pm

I MUST BREAK YOU: Topps 206 Box Break

August 30, 2010 1:45 pm
2010 WWE box break recap:

So I collect baseball cards, with the emphasis on Baseball. But a recent trip to my local hobby shop sparked some memories of when I used to be a huge wrestling fan. My fave set was always the 1988 classic set. This years cards looked nice, so I broke. The pic is of the hits. Keep in mind  this product has slot of cool inserts that I didn’t post. I probably won do anything with the rest of what I opened. Let me know if you’re interested in them and we’ll work something out.

2010 WWE box break recap:

So I collect baseball cards, with the emphasis on Baseball. But a recent trip to my local hobby shop sparked some memories of when I used to be a huge wrestling fan. My fave set was always the 1988 classic set. This years cards looked nice, so I broke. The pic is of the hits. Keep in mind this product has slot of cool inserts that I didn’t post. I probably won do anything with the rest of what I opened. Let me know if you’re interested in them and we’ll work something out.