Monday, July 31, 2017

Back To Sleep

A while back Night Owl Cards and I had a conversation on Twitter where he tweeted me this.

This is basically Night Owl's way of explaining the insane hype what happens whenever a rookie comes up and has a great start to his MLB career. We've seen this phenomenon the last few years with flavor of the years like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Stephen Strasburg, Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge. This is essentially the only reason that Topps Chrome is releveant (those rookie card autos!).

This is the kind of insight I expect from the wise owl. He's been in the hobby longer than I have (even if you limit it to after his return), he's seen the rise of short prints, the shift from a single company releasing cards on a national level to a single company releasing licensed cards on an international level, everything.

In the schedule he tweeted, I'm usually in the 5-6 AM group, possibly even earlier :P. If you ever need a tip of who to really keep an eye out for in the lower levels of Yankees' minor league organization, well, I can at least direct to you to someone who can confirm if the guy I'm thinking of is the right one.

Then when the 6 AM - 8 PM group begins to start waking up and clocking into the office, that's usually when I clock out. I collect minor leaguers hustling their way to the top, not major leaguers.

Of course I do have exceptions.

Like my main PC-guy Luis Torrens.

Torrens has been a big leaguer for nearly four months now. I still collect him.

For good or for bad, he hasn't exploded out of the gate ala Aaron Judge. And he's in San Diego so no one cares about his future potential like people do with Andrew Benintendi. Those two factors keep his value very low.

So even if Torrens is a rookie right now and he's a candidate to either get rookie cards in Update, or sophomore cards in Series 1 (or neither as some of you have pointed out to me), no one is awake for him. Only me.

Well okay, maybe me and the rest of you who keep an eye out for him because you know I'm awake for him lol. You're all the best, BTW.

The fact that people never even woke up for Torrens helps me greatly when acquiring rare limited cards the like the one above.

This is from 2013 Bowman Chrome, meaning that my path to completing the master non-auto rainbow begins.

This printing plate was mine for less than a retail rack pack :P.

Will people wake up and be alert when Torrens has his first official card as a big leaguer? We'll see. Make cards of Torrens already Topps! To be honest though, I kind of see Torrens already skipping right past the 6-8 group and already being in the 9 PM group. No complaints from me if it keeps costs down. I wouldn't want the number of 1/1 Torrenses I have to stay at 12 now would I?

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Monday, July 24, 2017

Clone Break: 2017 Bowman Platinum

Rex has been assigned a new mission. Rescuing Yankees padawans from four rack packs of 2017 Bowman Platinum. A mission that could potentially result in something like a Gleyber Torres autograph.

To ensure the mission goes smoothly, both Rex and Kanan agreed to have different troops inspect different packs at different parts of the base.

Rex left the first one with red squadron near the "craneyard."

Already the mission is off to a success, with Clint Frazier right smack dab in the middle. How appropriate that Red Squadron rescues Red Thunder. Bonus points for the Bryce Harper too. Accompanying these prime nine, were the following.

An orange parallel of Jhailyn Ortiz numbered 17/25.

An exclusive prospect card (really just an unnumbered blue parallel) of Lewis Brinson.

And an insert of White Sox catching prospect, Zack Collins.

The back of the prospect cards look like this (the back of the veteran cards coming shortly).

Just then there was a small brigade of droid fighters who ambushed the clones.

Thinking quickly Rex used the power of the Red Thunder to put an end to the droids' attacks.

The attackers likely came with the Red Sox card in the pack. There may be a chance the base is infiltrated now.

Rex and Kanan took off immediately to go see how green squadron was doing with pack two.

By the time they arrived they found that the green squadron's position was under attack.

The only chance the clones had to save the port from being overrun was to see if they could get reinforcements within the pack.

The first nine cards provided nothing.

Here's a look at the backs of the veteran player cards BTW.

The exclusive prospect card was Nolan Jones.

The insert was a Rookie Radar card of NL ROY Cody Bellinger.

The situation at the dock grew worse, our heroes had to put their hopes into the very last card of the second pack.

BLARG! Another Red Sock!

This made the situation impossible to handle for Rex and Kanan.

Plot convenience, er I mean the force, called upon Rey and Satele Shan to take care of the droid attackers while Rex and Kanan were immediately called to the main hanger.

The main hanger was in ruins and very few of the ships our heroes had left were in working order. The third rack pack was really going to have to step up.

It did not.

The exclusive prospect card and the Next Generation insert were meh at best.

And the purple Platinum parallel of a Red Sock (numbered 171 of 250) brought the situation down to all new levels of bad.

Now the first order had barged in and our heroes were dwindling in number. Unless pack four contains a miracle, they're dead.

Inside the pack was Jedi Knight Tyler Austin, who could not help Rex or Kanan due to a sore hamstring, but brought word than an even mightier force was coming to help.

No, not the exclusive prospect card of Dawel Lugo.

BOOM! Judgement day is here!

With one mighty swing of his gavel, the honorable Judge sent The First Order back into the abyss. However, there were still droids to be dealt with.

Rex reached into the pack for the remaining card. Would it be a Gleyber Torres autograph?

No, it was a Nick Senzel Platinum Presence autograph numbered 47/50...

Despite not being a Yankees Padawan, the power of the rare specimen decimated the rest of the attacking forces.

With that our heroes had managed to rescue three Yankees and gain some more fun extras to help with their cause. Tune in again next time for the next clone break.


So that was my first clone break in like forever. Was a lot of fun to do this again. Thought it took a lot of time to set up all of these shots.

Anyway here's a brief recap highlighting this haul.

These inserts are very shiny in your hand. I'm impressed.

The orange parallel is of a Phillie but, hope he works out. As far as the purple parallel goes, you could do a lot worse than pull a Red Sock numbered to 250.

These were all of the "Exclusive Prospect" cards advertised on the rack packs. The scans make them look darker than they actually are.

Based on recently completed eBay listings, these three alone could've paid for half of the rack packs.

Throw in this and yeah, my $25 purchase has been more than fulfilled.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tons Of Dime Box Goodies

Over the past few weeks I've made more trips to Chameleon Cards & Comics than I did for all of last year. I'm not sure what exactly has changed, but it might be due to how I have some trades and Zaps in the works.

Anyway, every time I go, I head straight towards the dime box. It's small and often doesn't contain a whole lot quantity wise, but quality wise there's a lot of really great stuff in there. I often dig through the cardboard looking to ramp up my TTM reserves or get some nice misc cards for pretty much nothing.

Hello old friend

This time, I went with old MLB products and a few recent MLB products to serve as Zap fodder for trading partners. The Bowmans and whatnot will be for them to discuss. I'll instead talk about other things.

Before we begin, let me admit that I'm spoiled. Due to card shows and card shops having incredibly great dimeboxes (and nickeboxes) I won't pay more than 15 cents for late 70's, early 80's cards, or junk wax for that matter. This is why my COMC purchases are always limited to Yankees prospect flame outs or parallels meant to go to other collectors. This is also why I take full advantage when I actually do see these types of bins. Especially when I'm dealing in a no-man's land we all call...


Nobody cares enough to look or think twice at this crap but I (oddly enough) do. Why? Because when you're able to add HoFers and fan favorites for 10 cents each, you do it.

In all of these bargain bins, there are often some HoFers and nice names you know are worth more than 10 cents inside. Are they going to break the bank on eBay? No. But this way you don't have to spent 0.99 cents and possibly shipping to have it sent to you. Which is a deal in itself.

Sandberg showed up the most with five cards. Admittedly one of them isn't from his playing days, but I figure it'd be a nice card to send along to any Cubs collectors as Zip fodder.

To ensure that there's no anti-Brewers bias, the box made sure to have three Molitors inside of it. As well as three Schmidts. Sixty cents for six cards of two HoFers, not bad.

All of these cards were pretty much in the same section/column of the box. I'm guessing that the store just bought a bunch of this stuff from someone who wanted to get rid of it, but the person who sold it kept all of the good names together. Works for me.

The box is really making an appeal to Tony to ensure that it's not accused of Yankees favoritism. I can personally attest to the box's overall lack of Yankees BTW. There were more Sixto Lezcanos in the box than there were Yankees.

With all of that shown, off to the fan faves.

Always good to see names like Tommy John and Orel Hershiser in bargain bins.

And of course the box supplied it's fair share of cool shots too. All of which you've all likely seen before at card shows or on Nick The Dime Box King's blog.

All of these cards were rather fun. I know that they're not really all that special to most of us here in the states since we see these junk wax cards being sold for dirt cheap, but they're still HoFers and notable names and I still enjoy picking them up for literal pennies on the dollar. Especially since they mean more and are worth more to my friends overseas who don't have much access to cards made before 1995.

I guess I'll wrap up this gratuitous "just a bunch of scans with no substance' post with a few cards I picked up for personal reasons.

I picked up a shit-ton of Giants for a special trade I'm working on and the number of Jack Clarks in the box were right up there with the number of Orel Hershisers. This would've been a fun box for Giants and Dodgers fans to yell at eachother about.

Years ago when I got the Candelaria 8x10 photo custom signed for Bob Walk The Plank at a card show, I scrambled to find a Yankees-era Candy Man card to get signed for myself. It showed up two years too late in a dime box and I have no signed Yankees-era Candy Man card in my collection.

The late Dodger Bobby Castillo holds a special place in the fans of Dodger fans who remember him. He was also a member of the Chunichi Dragons so this goes into my Dragons PC.

Sobs... I still miss him...

Finishing off this post is the lone 50 cent pickup I made. This blue refractor of Tetsuto Yamada. It's numbered 120/150. Yamada is still one of the more notable bats in the NPB but he is having a down year this year. Hopefully the 25 year old can get back on track soon.

And that was my haul. In all I spent about $20 between this latest trip and my last trip combined. These dime boxes are awesome but when they add up, they really add up.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).