Sunday, February 24, 2013

Daughter's Bryce Harper Collection

My kid's Bryce Harper collection so far. Still some we need but we're pretty happy with it at this point.

Next post I,ll show her Ross Detwiler collection.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Michael Jordan Wheaties Baseball Card

I like this card a lot, but I can't seem to find another like it on the web. I remember getting this in a box of Wheaties. Very exciting.

My daughter is very excited. Her Ross Detwiler auto showed up in the mail today. I'll post pictures of her newer cards soon.

Anywho, figured I'd update the old bloggorino. Peace!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Allen & Ginter: not terrible, but not terribly exciting either.

Picked my kid up some Allen & Ginter packs tonight from Target. Interesting cards. I honestly don't like them as much as the regular cards. Did pull a mini Strasburg and mini Bob Knight though. Also got a regular sized Richard Petty. Overall though, the cards just feel a little cheap and over-priced. I'll probably stay away from packs of these going forward and just buy the one offs that my kid needs for her collection.

Can't wait for Heritage to come out!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

When you're little you assume you're going to be rich.

Steroids and PEDs has at least partially screwed that up for me. I certainly wouldn't be rich but I'd at least be able trade or sell some of these dozens of Bonds, Clemens, and McGwire rookie cards. And be able to afford a few boxes of the 2013 topps. I would love to be able to buy a case of each of Series 1, Heritage, Archives, Series 2, and Updates as they are released.

The sheer joy of watching my kid open packs of cards is unmatched. It's like Christmas morning.

I'll never forget opening packs and finding that card I was looking for. Bryce Harper is my kid's George Brett. And I'll never forget trading a 1980 Rickey Henderson for a 1960 near mint Mickey Mantle. That card was beautiful and I can't even bring myself to look at it online anymore. This trade occurred in 1982. This kid on my street had a huge collection and his dad was rich compared to my parents. He had all his cards in the soft plastic sleeves even. Mine were in rubber bands, sorted by teams. About 3 years later I made the mistake of trading the Mantle to a local dealer for store credit. I wanted boxes of 1985 Topps and made the trade. It did yield several good cards, at least until the PED scandal arose. Oh well, live and learn.

Lesson: my kid runs all trade offers through me before final decision. I'm sure that kid's dad wasn't too happy about the Mantle/Henderson trade.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Excited for 2013 Topps Heritage release

Can't wait for Heritage. I have this link bookmarked on my iPhone. I want 10 cases!!!

Back in the Topps saddle, and boy howdy has it evolved!

Lucky for me my daughter likes baseball. So I have an excuse for collecting cards again. She loves it and I love it. I collected cards religiously from 1980 through 1988. Topps, Donruss, and Fleer. Complete sets and multiple box breaks were the norm for me and my little brother. We also stormed local flea markets and card shows for vintage card additions for our collection. I would periodically pull out the cards to reminisce and occasionally pick up a pack or two or some George Brett cards for my collection. After years of not collecting my parents gave me the complete 2012 series 1 & 2 base set for Christmas. From that point on my daughter and I have been hooked. I now pay close attention to release dates for the insane amount of topps baseball editions. I am also regularly browsing ebay for deals on the cards I want. The glut of new cards, inserts, parallels, etc was very overwhelming at first. But I think I have a pretty good handle on it now. I'd like to become a case breaker/dealer but don't see the interest level to be high enough to make a decent profit. So for now it's just collecting and maybe the occasional trade/sale.

The level of excitement my kid has for all these various versions of cards takes me back to 1980 when there was only one version of card. She wants them all! I can't imagine if there were this many choices and editions when I was a kid. I would've lost my ever loving mind over it. And I would've never been able to afford it.

Anyway, I'm very excited over the series 1 cards and looking forward to the 2013 heritage release. I plan on buying a box for my kid on march 3rd when they become available.

My favorites from series 1 are of course the Bryce Harper #1 regular and the out of bounds short print (had to get that on ebay). Also love the inserts, relics, and die cut cards. If I was able, I'd buy 10 cases for each release and to hell with selling them. I just love sorting them and building sets. Also love sleeving them up in cases and adding them to my kid's collection.

Does anyone make real money selling new cards?