Sunday, June 12, 2016

Woogie and The 1 Week Haul

Happy Sunday Fwiends!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer of 2016 so far.  My Orioles are in first place and are looking good offensively! (Pitching continues to be another topic)

Speaking of pitching I got to watch a show down between two of my nephews in their last Little League game of the season.  My nephew Brodrick pitched for his team the Royals while my nephew Andy played utility fielder for his team the Orioles.  The first time Andy faced Brody he popped out right to Brody on a first pitch swing.  Brody 1 Andy 0

However in the 3rd inning and Andy's second time facing Brody he ripped a hard grounder past the short stop for an RBI single.  Brody 1 Andy 1

It was great to see both of them succeed on the field and each have their own little highlight.

Here is a stellar shot of Brody on the mound.

Aside from watching Little League and listening to the Orioles on The Fan I've been busy tooling with my collection.

I come to you from a place of joy and sorrow and of loss and gain...

I recently decided to part with a couple of big time cards in my collection in return for a rather large haul of cards that I've been looking to collect for some time now.

It's never easy to give up a card that you rather enjoyed owning but sometimes it is a necessity in order to achieve a certain outcome.  When this happens to me I usually fall back on a good tune to help me memorialize my dearly departed...

I usually go to the Boyz II Men well on occasions like this but today I decided to say goodbye a little differently.

That's right fwiends... it's time to break out this classic and knock the dust off you're CD player.
From the 1985 Film and Soundtrack The Breakfast Club comes Don't You (forget about me) by Simple Minds

First I'd like to say good bye to a big timer from my collection and a card that was fundamental to the start of this blog.  

Goodbye Sweetspot dual relic Ripken/Murray

your patches were the sickest and I sold you away for less than I should have... but it gave me insta paypal that I used to start a new relic collection and for that I'm grateful and will never forget the place you held in my collection.

Goodbye old friend

With you leaving my collection I was able to purchase 7 2010 Topps National Chicle Relics to get me on my way to completing the 38 card relic set.

I actively bought packs of this product when it first came out and loved the painted design and the checklist being a good mix of stars, hall of famers, and star rookies at the time like Buster Posey.  I had a couple of the relics that I pulled but ended up trading a while back but I had always had the notion to complete the set in the back of my mind.  So when I saw the 7 available at an excellent price I had to move something of value and after completing the 75 mini relics and 206 booklets my collection is thin on high value cards.  So I made the tough choice and ended up with these!

So with 7 out of 38 I set out to see what others I could acquire when I saw on ebay one of the 3 toughest cards in the set to acquire in the form of this beauty.

A great seller on ebay had this card up and I reached out to him to see if he would be up for a trade.  A majority of the time when I ask this on a card of this caliber the general response is "No" and I get it.  You sell on ebay to get cash, but sometimes you find a collector and things turn out differently and that was the case this go round.

We agreed in principle that he would hook me up with Gehrig in exchange for another big fish from my collection and a fellow "Iron Man".

Yes, that's right... I gave up my 2015 Panini National Treasures Game Ball Cal Ripken Jr. auto /10, but for my first Gehrig relic it was a no brainer to me.

So long Cal

Now he also had a couple others online and I asked about an additional trade to see what else I could get towards the set and he told me he'd check to see all that he had.  When he got back to me it turned out that he had all of them I needed with the exception of Ruth and Mantle, the other two toughest pulls in the set.

So with that we hammered out the details of the deal and I sent him the following...

In exchange for...

Aside from my first Gehrig relic I also got my first Rizzuto relic, Munson relic (with absolutely sick swatch including pin stripe), Hank Greenberg relic, and Pee Wee Reese relic.  Not to mention a Jim Palmer game used bat card! Many of these cards I had no clue what I'd be getting and the number of relics I got with a pin stripe was amazing!  In fact every Yankee jersey card is a pin stripe with the exception of Robinson Cano and Joba Chamberlain.  Joba appears to only have the gray swatch, but Cano has a pin stripe and I'll be looking to upgrade my swatch.

Additionally Pujols and Ortiz both have yellow swatches that I'd like to upgrade to add more pop to the set.  Overall, I can't believe how fortunate I was to build this set with in a weeks time and now get to look forward to chasing down my final two.  LOL, It always comes down to Ruth and Mantle.

If you're reading this and have one or both of these available for trade, hit me up!

Thanks for reading and I'll catch up again soon!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Woogies Wasteland

Been a long time girl...

Shouldn't left you...

With out a dope beat to step to


Some dope baseball cards.  

Last time I dropped in it was last October and my birds finished at 81-81 and have been picked to finish last in the AL East and close to last in the American League.

Guess no one told the Orioles that.

6-0 haters!  Last time my boys opened the season at 5-0 they won the World Series.  Obviously that is a stretch, but sure beats going 0-6 to start a season and my bums have started out worse than that!

So i'll take my 6-0 start and pray it goes to 7-0 tonight against those bastards in Boston.

I've had a good run lately with pullskies too and it wouldn't be fair to rob all of my adoring fans the chance to share in my pack ripping glory!

I'll hit the rewind button to the day that the Orioles signed Crush Davis to his long term deal.  I just knew luck would be on my side so I was able to navigate my way in to a random box break for the Orioles on a few different products, the highlight being a couple boxes of Panini National Treasures.

I actually had to purchase them from another guy who already had claimed them and about 20 other teams.  I offered him some cards just for the spot and he told me it was all good and that he'd let me have them.  Real cool move on his part too... Super cool dude.  He goes by Plugs, but that nether here no there...

In that team break I hit... and I hit big!

NT Game Ball Signatures 4/10

That was just the start of a nice little run I had.  When 2016 Series 1 came out I bought a Hobby Fat Pack and pulled an auto... (always nice to grab 1 of the 3 possible hits with out buying the whole damn box)

Henry Who Cares RC Auto from the Boston Bastards

Not too long after that I decided to grab a Retail rack pack on a whim at Target and of course pulled this beauty.  I'll never understand Hobby v. Retail pulls sometimes... It really can go both ways....

2016 Topps Series 1 Back to Back Bryant and Rizzo 12/25

I actually sold that little gem and cashed it on a couple of Star Wars Lego sets that my wife and I enjoy building together as well as this cool little vintage card from Fleer. ( I know... some people might think thats crazy, but i'm luke warm on any team outside of the Orioles and I'd rather sell high then hang on to it and get $50 down the road)

Right after I pulled that dual auto my boy Kirk over at Eutaw Street Card Board hit this bad bitch from the same LCS around the corner from my home. 

He still has it last I checked and is open to offers.  Hit him up on his blog and maybe he'll come out of retirement and write some stuff too!

I finished out my recent run with a few packs of the new Donruss and hit a couple of cards including this sweet prospect relic auto of Blake Snell the last great arm in the Tampa Bay organization.  I think i'll hold on to this one incase he makes a run at ROY later this season.

Also hit that Biggio relic and a Pujols Bat Kings Relic /25 from the previous year of Donruss.  

Believe me when I say that I am very much a part time collector these days, so when buying packs or breaks i'm batting like .600+ on pullskies.  Which only means a drought is coming for me so I think i'm just going to take a looonnggg break from packs.

that being stated...


I recently shipped some Blue Jays cards to Canada for a few Orioles relics including this 2001 UD Vintage Timeless Teams Boog Powell Bat Card. 

There are 3 other cards in this set for the Orioles including Mark Bellanger and Frank and Brooks Robinson.  Then a quad relic card featuring all 4 players.

Id like to complete this small set and put it in a display all together.  If you have any of the others (or any other dope Orioles hits) let me know and let's work out a trade!

As always... Thanks for reading.


and one more thing....

GO O's!!!!