Saturday, December 27, 2014

Trade with Frankie !

A while back I was contacted by Frankie at My Life in the Sports Card Hobby. He was looking for a trade and you can always wake me up for a trade !! The trade took a long while to kick-off and I was completely to blame for it as I have been swamped by work, study and other stuff (sorry Frankie!!). Anyways Frankie was much quicker than I was so his package arrived earlier this week. Here are a couple of the cool cards Frankie send my way !

Let's start with my favourite, still active, pitcher, Kershaw !!

I love the Panini Pastime set and love the look and feel of this card !! Frankie also send me some more pitchers, here's Harvey and Robles (I had to look up who he was to be honest). It's a cool bowman mini numbered to only 50 !

A Yankee was included in the pack as well, Catcher Gary Sanchez. Let's hope he has a good year this year !

Frankie also included a nice Museum Collection card. Great set and a great card !

The last card of the pack was a cool All-star Stiches of Kershaw !!

Thanks a bunch Frankie for a cool trade !

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A new Smoltz...and some Glavine of course !!

Another quick post today as I am still swamped in my "non-baseball card collecting" life ! Meet my latest Glavine & Smoltz auto, an awesome Topps Supreme. A shame about the sticker autos (can we please stopp with this Topps!!) but still !!

To complete today's post here's another Glavine card that I was recently able to add. A cool 2004 Upper Deck SP card !

Thanks for visiting my blog today !

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Everyone !

Quick post to wish you all a Merry Christmas ! Hope you all have a great time with your families the coming days. Also let me thank everyone for another great year in the blogosphere, you have all been great and I feel lucky to be in touch with all of you to share the hobby (and more!).

As every blog post needs a card (in my opinion) here's Tom being part of 2014 Panini !

Thanks everyone and enjoy the Christmas break !

Monday, December 22, 2014

My Hometown Flag !

Quick post today with my latest Kershaw card, and a cool card it is !! Meet my latest 2014 gypsy Queen addition, Hometown Flags (4/5) !! Great addition to my Kershaw PC !!

Thanks for visiting my blog today !

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Breaking some Stadium Club !

I have been impressed with the (re)launch of Stadium Club this year. Great cards with some cool photos being used, probably the best photos used in any of the sets. After reading all my fellow blogger's comments and review of Stadium Club in recent week I finally gave in and ordered 3 boxes of Stadium Club !! The boxes arrived yesterday and here's the loot !!

Let's start with the "hits". Here's box 1, a Yankees "hotbox". As I wasn't expecting to break any boxes I had already gotten these two Yankees autos from eBay in recent weeks for a few dollars so both these are for trade in case anyone is interested ! Chris Owings I had to look up to be honest...

The 2nd box included a "Dutch" Auto in the form of Schoop !! The other two I had to look-up as well...

I like this cool Gonzalez, numbered to only 50. It was combined with two more rookies.

All in all, fun autos from mostly, to me, unknown players but this break was never about the "hits" for me and really all about the base sets and some cool inserts. So let's move to the inserts !! Let's start with Legends !! Great inserts so definitely going to try to complete this one !!

Next up, Luminous inserts, 3 fit together so I guess it's a large puzzle !

Next up, Beam Team inserts. I guess these have color variations as well as I pulled two different Tanaka cards...

More inserts were included in Stadium Club, meet the Future Stars !

Even more insert are in this set. Here's Field Access with my favourite Pitcher, Kershaw !!

The box had a variety of parallels as well. I am not a big fan of coloured parallels as it makes my life as a player collector way too complex. Still, it is what it is so we have to deal with it :-)) Anyways, I am not going to chase all the parallels in this set, only the Kershaw, Rizzo, Sabathia and Rivera ones. So all others are for trade. I have a small pile of "black" parallels (not sure if they are called "black" ones but instead of "silver/grey" the text is in a black frame) so if you are looking for any let me know !

In addition the the "black" parallels I noticed two "glittery" ones (also here no clue what they are called, rainbow maybe?). Clearly these seem to be rarer compared to the "black" ones.

Last parallels seem to be the "gold" ones, or at least in my box. They are one per hobby box, or at least in the three I opened.

That was it, all in all I had a lot of fun opening these boxes and it helped my complete the base set. Still, I would like to complete the Stadium Club inserts (and color variation of my PC guys) so happy to set up a trade and let me know if you are looking for any specific cards from this set !!

Thanks for visiting my blog today !

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I have been Zippy Zapped !

Yesterday I received a big yellow bubble mailer from Kenny H who most of you know by the name Zippy Zappy from the blog Cervin Up Cards ! Kenny reached out to me a while back and a cool trade was quickly born ! Here's what Kenny send me !

Let's start with some cool Sega CardGen cards !! I have never owned one but always have been intrigued by them, probably given they are Japanese. Also, I know Sega as a game console so think it's fun they have cards as well ! Kenny actually send me two, Rizzo and Sabathia !!

Not sure if they are from the same set and/or if the white or black background is a parallel or not but in any event I like these !! Next up, two beautiful cards, really like the Cano card and the Sabathia is not bad either !

Vintage !! Vintage was included as well with this 1972 Topps Rookie Stars !! Don't know any of them but still, looks like a great card !

Some cool Andy Pettitte cards were also included, SPx and Sports Illustrated !!

Kenny also include a bunch of Sabathia Parallel cards ! Given the lack of Target, Wallmart, Toys 'R US shops and others it is very hard for me to get my hands on these parallels so these are very much appreciated Kenny !!

A pack of 2010 Upper Deck was also included, or so I thought. Always fun when people send me unopened packs because I love "breaking wax"! However, I noticed this one had already been opened and Kenny had put in some cool cards to replace the UD 2010 cards, a wise choice !!

Here were two that were included in the pack, Glavine and Verlander !!

To finish off the overview here are two more from the pile that Kenny send me, Flair Greats and a cool Swisher card !!

Thanks very much Kenny for the awesome cards !! Hope you like what I have send you in return and looking forward to our next trade !!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

More Wood !!

A few months back I was able to receive my first "wooden" card, a cool wooden mini of the Bert Blyleven Gypsy Queen card. Earlier this week I received my second wooden mini !! This time one for my main collection: Glavine !!!

Here it is !!

Love the look and feel of this one !! Any of you lucky enough to pull or own a wooden mini ??

Monday, December 8, 2014

Rivera & Sabathia !!

Quick post today with my two latest Yankees additions, Rivera and Sabathia, my two favourite pitchers !!! Let's start with Immaculate Swatches, a cool thick card from Panini's Immaculate Collection.

In my view they did a good job on these !! Next up my latest Rivera ! 2014 Triple Threads !!

Rivera cards are slowing a bit but still included in most sets. I assume this will die down a bit in future sets but for now plenty of cards to chase !!!

That's it for today, thanks for visiting my blog today !

Saturday, December 6, 2014

More Gypsy Queen ! Nolan Ryan !

As most of you are probably aware I am trying to complete both the auto and relic set of 2011 Gypsy Queen !! This is a slow slow process but we are gradually getting there !! Here's my latest addition: Nolan Ryan !!

Of course, if you have any for trade always let me know !!!

Thanks for visiting my blog today !

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Another 2 By 3 PWE !

Just before Sinterklaas eve tomorrow (a children's holiday comparable to Christmas in the US) Jeff  at 2 By 3 Heroes send me a cool PWE, great timing !!

Here comes 5 cool cards !!! Let's start with some Sabathia !!! 2014 Topps Chrome, a purple refractor and a regular refractor !!

Next up, two more Sabathias !!! Pure Heat and Prizm !!

Let's finish of with the Flying Dutchman !!! A Bert Blyleven mini !!

Another cool PWE from Jeff. Thanks a ton Jeff !!!