Thursday, February 26, 2009

Body Count Thread

Here is the thread for next weeks 2 hour long episode. Looks like a bloody one. Prize is yet to be determined, but I will make it good. I'd like to see at least 10 guesses here - even if you don't watch it doesnt matter.... just throw a guess out.

how many kills for Jack?
Everyone else?

Take it easy - results will be up late next week

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wow - A Winner!

It all goes to MMayes of the 1972 Topps Blog!

My friend guessed it perfect with 1 kill for Jack (Dibaku's guard) and 2 for everyone else! (Sean killing his girlfriend/fellow terrorist aiding twatwaffle, and then Marika in effect killing herself by causing the car crash)

So my friend - all the prizes are yours! Please mail me with your address and I will get your prize out to you by the end of next week (when i have a chance to unpack it). Also - be sure to tell me what team you would like your cards to come from!

I will put a post up for next weeks 2 hour special - it will count as one episode, so make sure your guesses reflect 2 hours of death. And for those of you who don't watch - the previews definitely showed a machine gun battle - so get those body bags ready -- could be a big one!

I wont have cable or Internet at the new place until Tuesday of next week, (same day mlb 09 the show comes out for PS3) so I may not post up the winners until the end of the week. but I promise to do you all a solid - I dont know what the prize is going to be yet - It may just end up being a surprise, but it will be a good one.

Take care and Congrats! All the points for weeks not guessed right will carry over to the end of the year if the season ends and there are unclaimed prizes.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Body Count Thread

We all know the rules -

all guesses by 9pm EST on this thread

up for grabs
100 card teams set
rookies of johnson, Sosa, biggio, Baines, Schilling
09 Topps Munson Patch Card
09 Topps Ronny Paulino Auto
08 Allen & Ginter Johnny Damon bat card
and now added to the fold
A pack of 09 UD and 09 Topps series 1!

Good luck and keep the guesses coming!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hiatus -

So the move is in 7 days - all the cards have been packed for a while - I would not anticipate any posts for about 10-14 days or such - take care everyone - this means all you will see is the body count posts on Monday (and the next if need be) and winners will be announced as I can - any trade requests will be handled when I am settled in - shoot me a line and I will stay in touch about it. Take care everyone!

New Address
125 1/2 Helen St
Binghamton NY

dont send me anthrax or anything ok?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Gifts From Across the Pond

A few weeks ago I agreed to a trade with John of the Pursuit of 80's (ness) blog
and then subesquently totally forgot about it. Well about a week ago this package came in the mail and I remembered then that he had asked me to put a package together AFTER receiving this one - So here are some quick highlights from what he sent me, and I will be getting his package together later today!

First we have a 1999 Topps Auto card of Mo Bruce - this is a name I have not thought of in years... I just remember him being reasonable touted and then obviously since is a new name for even some Mets fans, he didnt do too much. But I love obscure Mets cards and I really like his auto too.

Next we have a2008 Heritage Mike Pelfrey. I think that Pelf is quickly becoming one of my favorite Mets and not for his play on the field (of course that helps) but its for being just a big dork. Lately in spring training he has been caught wearing a helmet due to his recent flipping of a golf cart, and has been relentlessly teased by teammates for crying at the end of Marely and Me (The dog dies). I like Big Pelf
Next we see a few 08 Topps all star rookies - I sometime wonder how they chose the players? were all of these guys Gold Cup Rookies in the past? Is that the obvious connection I never made? I didnt not like when Wiggy got traded, but it opened the door for D Wright, so I guess I really cannot be too upset. I am also very happy to get another one of these Ron Swoboda cards - I hope to get him to sign one TTM.

I scanned Mr Hundley in next because I guess when I was collecting in the 90s I must have LOVED Todd Hundley. When going through some old boxes of cards a few months ago I found a stack of what must have been 80 hundley (lots of doubels) all put together - I dont remember being a Hundley super collector, but maybe I am.... who knew?

Finally, I posted up a few Jose's for my wife. He has always been her favorite Met/Player because "He's fast and funny". I cannot argue

Thank you so much John, your cards will be allocated now!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

2008 Upper Deck Timelines Box Bust

So, in the spirit of getting this all done before the move so I can get everything put away properly - this is going to be just a quick show of the 2 shitty hits I got.

who wants them?

I will be getting a want list together - any doubles will be up for trade if there is anyone else out there building this set - lets get together!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Body Count Contest

Not a single person lost their life last night on 24. Duane came closest with a guess of 1 kill by the hands of others - that means he will get a point towards the end of season prize. Here are the standings as they are now

Chris - 1 point
Andy - 1 point
Don - 1 point
Duane - 1 point

2009 upper Deck Series 1 box 2

All right, so here goes box 2 -

for other peoples favorites - I know that Chris @ Stale Gum is a big fan of Chase "fuckin" utley, a know a certain lady with a "problem" who likes her Pujols (get your minds out of the gutter!), and Dave is a big fan of Mr. Longoria.

Next up are a few of my favorites from box 2 - I love the new Hebrew Hammer Ryan Braun, I have a bit of a man crush on Soto thanks to being on all of my fantasy teams last year, We have Wright, Beltran, Santana -whats not to love? And the rest of the homegrown B Mets to make the big club next year Dan "The Irish Hammer" Murphy who means business and John Niese who has sweaty palms!

A few more inserts - Reyes for me, CC For thorzul, Chipper for Days, Manny #'d to 99. also, I did not bring up how much I do not like the history subsets -I don't care about what happened, I don't care about some suits bullshit predictions (I know they don't really believe them, but this is a waste of my time). also, I don't feel good having a bunch of cards now of high school kids... just weird to me.
Finally we have the hits
Elijah Dukes "Inkredible" - trade bait
Aramis Ramirez 2 swatch 144/149 - trade bait - I am an Aramis Magnet on these GU cards
Phil Hughes Quad swatch (w/ 3 stripes) #'d 10/15 - This one I like - a normal one I'd trade right away, but 4 swatches, only 15 made of an over hyped Yankee? if he ever gets his shit together I might be able to turn this into something I really want... so this one goes aside for the time being.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Body Count Thread

I'm gonna leave this up for the week. Let's see if we can someone to take the whole prize

We know the rules yes?

if not check out prior posts - its easy

Jack kills ____
others Kill_____

up for grabs

* Thurmon Munson Manufactured letter patch (T)
* Rookies
* 100 card team lot
and this weeks addition
2009 Topps Career Best auto of Ronny Pauling
2008 Allen and Ginter Johnny Damon GU bat relic (framed)

all comments must be in before 9pm easterm on Monday

Lets try to get more than 4 people this week - even if you dont watch, throw a guess out there - its worked for Chris!

The Most Recent Blog Bat Around - Why I Sat Out

The idea of value and what will be worth money in this hobby 10 years down the line is a question and that is fundamental to collecting, well to most of us. A lot of us are more than willing when we have that extra money lying around to go down to our hobby shop/ebay store/target etc... and drop some coin for a chance to get that big hit, that last card we need for a set and so on. I'm no different - I've already busted 3 boxes of 2009 product. I've started arranging trades to finish those sets up, and hopefully I will be able to help other people hit that same goal as well.

Now of course as much as the next one, I don't like seeing something I paid $80 for all the sudden being sold for $35, but it happens. We all know about those cards from the late 80s and early 90s that carry almost next to no value now. So yes, while that stinks for a lot of us who were hoping to retire off of all those Albert Belle rookies they are now just want list filler. But I have to say I owe my currently being back in this hobby to those boxes of junk wax.

A few years ago I was super bored, went on ebay, and bought a lot that had boxes of 90 Donruss, 87 Topps, 89 Score. and just like that - I was back - It took a while - almost a year and half before I even considered buying new product - which I now do more often than I would like.

I sort of went off topic. I wanted to talk about why I did not participate in the bat around, and while I write this, I realize I probably just should have used this answer for that -- (disclaimer - I really did enjoy reading what everybody had to say on the topic). But for me, I understand that for some people this is their job and this is how they make their money. But the idea of value and hobby for me are counter intuitive - I do this because it is fun. I enjoy looking through the cards, putting them in order, chasing down a set, and all that goes with it. If I get a card thats "worth" a lot of money - it goes in the same box as my Hunter Pence rookie - sure one is worth just about nothing and the other could be "worth" a few hundred bucks - but that means nothing to me. These are cards that I will hang on to because I like them - if nothing else, they get to be trade bait if i see some cool Mets stuff someone else has opened.

While its good for some people - it doesn't rub me the right way when I see links to your ebay store on the page. there have been times in the past where I see someone working on a set so I send some cards or sps their way (of course they send something back, so I know I do not have a leg to stand on here) but then I see those cards on E-Bay a few months later. I view it like if you have a dog you need to get rid of - you want to send it to a nice a home where it will be loved - not brought to a puppy option.

I didn't really plan this post out well - I'm just writing off the cuff - and maybe I sound like a jerk off or maybe I've made sense to someone - hopefully it just made a little sense at all to anyone. But to answer the question of what I think is going to be worth having in 10 years - I answer who cares whats valuable so long as you have something that you love and enjoy

2009 Upper Deck Series 1 Hobby Box

OK - So last week I grabbed up 2 boxes of 09 UD hobby - I planned on spacing them out a bit more than this - but I am moving in about 10 days which means that my cards need to get packed and my focus most move on for a few weeks - so you may see a post up here or there, but probably not until we are totally settled in the new place - I might schedule up some TTM posts or something - we will see.

Anyway - here are the results from box 1 - i'll show off box 2 tomorrow and also get my want list up. This first group of cards is for all my fellow bloggers - I know I haven't seen as much Upper Deck on the blog scene as Topps, which I feel is okay, since I really like the Topps product better this year (and last year i got totally hard for UD) -so if you haven't seen your favorite players yet - here you go. We've got Granderson for Grand Cards, Martin For the Night Owl, Miller for Mario, Chipper for Dayf and Captain Canuck, Mauer for Gelman, and a few "Linceys" for Bailey.

Next up were my favorite cards from the box, which of course are Met-centric. Of course Wright and Reyes - the centerpieces of this franchise - we have a great photo of L- Millz, My ROY preseason pick Travis Snider, and a few local Binghamton Mets who grew up last year, Nick Evans and Bobby Parnell.

Next up are just a few of the inserts received. No one cares about YSL, no one cares about documentary. I don't care about the Upper Deck Legacy, and I really don't care about these - as far as the insert card goes, Topps totally busted a good one all up on upper decks proverbial face. The OPCs are nice - I'm glad I got Wright, but really - don't care. The Stars of the Game are nice - Glad I got Wright, but really, who cares - and the rivals.. whatever. All but the Wrights are available - I will be pursuing all the Mets from these however, so if you also don't care, keep me in mind for those.

And Finally, the 3 box hits - First we have a triple swatch of Chris Duncan 73/99. Trade block
Brandon Phillips 2 swatch 134/149 - Trade Block
Troy tulowitzki game used swatch and auto 44/99
So, the Tulo I Might hang onto for a while seeing as this is my only card with both a GU and Auto on it - but I am sure eventually if I see a Met I need and someone comes calling for old Troy here, I wont shed a tear to see him go.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Card Show Goodies

I Went to the local card show last Sunday to get some supplies and pick up some more cards towards my Topps inserts -

One Dealer had some boxes of singles for sales, one was labeled rookies/Game Used 3/$10

And this is what I pulled from there - We have an 85 Donruss Kirby Puckett. This is man who did nothing half assed - we all know he was a fantastic player who had to retire too young, who also died to young. however, thanks to Sports Illustrated we also know that he was a world class asshole who one time used an electric saw to get through a door that was impeding him from hitting his wife. Baseball has more than its share of these polarizing figures.

Next we have a Sweet Spot classic Will Clark bat card. Nothing bad to say about Will - He and Griffey JR had the best left handed swings of all of their contemporaries - great, great player.

Finally, just because I needed to find one more I took this ugly Topps Gallery Roberto Alomar bat card. whatever.

Now Finally - the purchase that made me happiest

Oh yeah. I have wanted this card since I was 9. $2

Fuck Face MOJO! I kinda hate myself now.

Also - I just wanted to give a quick shout out to Dan @ Grand Cards for being a great trade partner. He sent me a bunch of cards for my 07 Topps UH set for a few Grandersons and a card I did not yet own, the Galaragga GU card from 08 Topps - He was super patient when it took me way longer than expected to secure the card from my buddy who was the owner - so everyone release your Granderson's to Dan and he will take care of you.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

the Rest of the box

So Here's the deal - I really just want to file all the cards and such, but I have this box with all the cards still in wrappers and I Just don't feel like doing it anymore - so what we will do is tell you this.

I got the whole set.

I will just scan in some of the best of rest here.
I had to include Santana and Niese here - total Mets bias. One of the hot rookies from the set Mat Gamel - he needs another T. The Mickey Card is classic and i Love the photo on the Upton Card. Pee Wee Reese was the only Legend Short Print I was Able to pull

Here are some great photos of Milledge and Sizemore making a few web gems. A- Roid. Thats it.

These Legends are easily the best insert Topps has done since I have been back into collecting.
Thanks for reading - next week we will have breaks of 09 UD Series 1 and 08 UD Documentary

Friday, February 13, 2009

2009 Topps Jumbo Series one Pack 6/10

Half Way There

33 Jose Guillen

29 Jerry Hairston

306 Javier Vazquez

194 Jeremy Guthrie

294 Brandon Boggs

55 JJ Hardy

249 JHack Hannahan

181 Jerry Manuel

219 Sin Soo Choo (Bless You!)

32 Daric Barton

232 Gabe Kapler

175 Jeff Samardzija

44 Geoff Jenkins

141 Mark Teahen

271 Cliff Lee Cy young

273 Brian Roberts

276 Geovany Soto ROY

196 Jason Motte RC

184 Bobby Parnell RC (Once saw him do whiskey shots when pressured by fellow teammates who kept calling him a little girl)

TTT22 Tim Lincecum Topps Town

TR27 Aubrey huff Turkey Red

LG3 Christy Mathewson Legends of the Game (the Christian Gentlemen - oddly enough, I Have NEVER been called that)

RH29 Francisco Rodriguez Ring of Honor (these cards actually make me mad)

281 Tug hulett Gold 941/2009

LGCP-TM Thurmon Munson stupid manufactured Patch card (16/50) with a T for The Wall - this is stupid - so so so stupid - which is why it was this weeks prize for the Body Count Contest)

157 Webb/Haren Classic Combos

147 Howard/Wright/Gonzalez League Leaders

139 Matt Stairs Postseason highlights

127 Cabrera/Quentin/Rodriguez League Leaders

5 John Lackey

28 Mike Lowell

36 Kevin Slowey

173 Manny Delcarmen

21 Jack Wilson

188 Josh Bard

111 Troy Percival

244 Sean Rodriguez

303 Zach Duke

69 RichAurilla

88 Fredi Gonzalez

225 Aaron Cook

222 Mark Sweeney

192 Collin Balester

170 CC Sabathia

256 Reggie Abercrombe

260 Manny Ramirez

Set 218/330 - 66%

Really - these patch cards are totally stupid and lame and such - I'm excited to give it away to someone who might like it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

2008 upper Deck Timeline Want List

, 51, 52, 54, 55, 58, 59, 63, 64, 67, 73, 76, 77, 81, 85, 86, 87, 90, 91, 95, 96, 99, 109, 110, 112, 121, 123, 125, 127, 128, 130, 132, 135, 141, 144, 149, 150, 153, 156, 159, 167, 171, 172, 175, 176, 177, 181, 187, 188, 190, 197, 198, 199, 207, 208, 212, 213, 216, 218, 219, 220, 221, 224, 226, 227, 230, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 244, 146, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 269, 270, 272, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 284, 286, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 298, 300, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 317, 319, 321, 322, 323, 328. 329, 330, 331, 333, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 345, 347, 348, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 356, 357, 359, 360, 361, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 380, 381, 382, 384, 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 400

goddamnit. I need alot more than I thought - Looks like this will be the 2008 product im still getting boxes from in 09.. so long as they stay @ around $35/each.

I do have plenty of doubles - so please - lets help each other out

3/12/09 - Chris from Nachos Grande sent me 13 more!
3/13/09 - Adam from Thoughts and Sox got me 2 more towards the set
3/28/09 - Jim from Garvey, Cey, Russell, Lopes got me about 10 closer!
5/21/09 - Steve from White Sox Cards sent me Jr Towles - 1 closer!

2009 Topps Jumbo box pack 5/10

on we go!

98 Akinori Iwamura

166 Jeff Baker

199 Shrek... I mean Ramon Castro

57 Jo Jo Reyes

2 Omar Vizquel

277 Asdrubal Cabrera

198 Conor Jackson

42 Jeff Francoeur

146 Glen Perkins

302 Brian Giles

49 Kazuo Matsui

182 Daneil Murphy (I went bowling with him and Jon Niese and other B Mets - I'll tell the story sometime)

3 Andy Marte

74 Trey Hillman

191 Shane Victorino Postseason Highlights

267 Michael Bowden RC

202 Gaby Sanchez RC

208 James McDonald

217 Albert Pujols MVP

134 Evan Longoria ROy (That makes 3 Longoria cards so far)

TTT19 Carlos Quentin Topps Town

TR45 Miguel Cabrera Turkey Red

LG4 Ty Cobb Legends of the Game (I read somewhere he often had a batting average well over .300 and a racism average of nearly .985)

RH17 Gary Sheffield Ring of Honor

86 Kila Ka'Aihue RC Gold 116/2009

CBA-RP Ronny Paulino Career Best Auto

145 Alex Gordon

227 Freddy Sandoval RC

278 Phillies Win the Series (I hate the Phillies, but this is a fantastic card)

259 Lincecum/Haren/Santana League Leaders

246 Upton/Crawford/Longoria Postseason highlights (4 Longorias! this is overkill)

221 Lee/Halladay/Matsuzaka League Leaders

209 Alfredo Amezaga

18 George Sherrill

264 Dave Bush

39 Stephen Drew

167 Aaron Harang

313 Jamey Carroll

218 Emmanuel Burriss

285 Justin Duchscherer

161 Brendan Harris

15 Nate McLouth

171 Jeff Bailey

100 David Wright (the Franchise!)

41 Mike Mussina

289 Josh Banks
59 Eric Gagne (you know - sometimes you want to say something bad about someone and all the comes out is an exasperated sigh)

305 Ivan Rodriguez

160 Evan Longoria gold cup (I think Longorias are sorted at a rate of 1 per pack)

133 Brandon Jones

Set 218/330 = 66%

2009 Topps Want List

So all the packs have been ripped, you've seen most of them so far - All my doubles are up for trade and here is what I am looking for to finish off my set

base - Complete
Topps Town - COMPLETE
Legends Of The Game - 1, 2, 6, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23
Turkey red - 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 15, 19, 22, 24, 28, 29, 30, 32, 36, 37, 39, 46, 49, 50

I'm not bother with Ring of honor - so i have some of those up for trade as well, im only keeping whatever Mets I get. So please - if you have any of these available for trade, let me know so we can work something out!

Phil from Cheese and Beer got me 6 Turkey Reds closer and down to needing only 1 of the Topps Town cards - thank you Phil!
3/13/09 - Some Turkey red and Topps Town and Legends from the junkie Jeff Wolfe!
3/26/09 - Chris from Nachoes Grande hooked up me with the Last Topps Town I needed, Hanley! Thanks meng
4/2/09 - 5 more Turkey Red cards by way of Greg @ Lake effect cards
5/26/09 - thanks to Scott at Hand Collated for 2 more Turkey Reds!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

2009 Topps Series 1 jumbo pack 4/10

On We go - I will post commentary with the card this time around other than the big list at the end....

290 Albert Pujols (and his junk making an appearance)

61 Berkman/Lee Classic Combos

65 Mike Pelfrey

257 George Kottaras RC

50 David Ortiz (giving a fist bump to God? he's not real David)

319 Brian Fuentes

314 Matt Treanor

275 Alex Rios

83 Ryan Garko

75 Rich Harden (real nice classic photo)

241 David Newhan

124 Reed Johnson

68 Kyle Loshe

316 Brian Stokes

52 Marco Scutaro

190 Chien Ming Wang

58 Travis Snider RC (my pre season pick for ROY)

312 Ryan Sweeney

45 Aubrey Huff

115 Kevin Youkilis (we all know he is a great player - but can you name any other star players right now who could look like any LESS of a great athelete?)

126 Orlando Hudson

31 Ian Stewart

330 Daisuke Matsuzaka

323 Vincente Padilla

258 Casey Kotchman

WBC Redemption Card

160 Evan Longoria Gold 1982/2009

RH19 Pedro Martinez Ring of Honor

LG17 Ted Williams Legends of the Game

TR8 Ryan Ludwick Turkey Red

TTT21 Chipper Jones Topps Town

David Wright wants you to do good in school

224 Max Scherzer

12 Andrew Carpenter RC

22 Longoria/Price Classic Combos (that makes 3 Price cards in the base set)

282 Chris Lambert RC

10 Dan Uggla (best fantasy team name - Beat with the Uggla Stick)

125 Roy Oswalt

223 Dave Roberts

20 Brad Lidge

297 Bud Black

19 Edgar Gonzalez

216 joe Maddon

247 Yuniesky Betancourt

120 Mark Texeira

291 Chris Coste

34 Brandon Inge

46 Brad Ziegler Gold Cup

17 Bobby Cox

109 Tom Gorzellany

317 Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Total Set 174/330- 53%

so glad to see a return to form from Topps

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

2008 UD Baseball Heroes Complete!

Just a quick shout out to my man Gritz!

Last week I got a package that included card #118 Chien Ming Wang to complete my set - All cards are now officially paged in the same book as my 08 Goudey set and it brought me peace to look through them! Sorry I cannot thank you by name as the emails have been deleted and the label the shipping store put on the package covered your return address and name! So let it be known I thank you and I am grateful. If you have any lists or anything like that I can look through, let me know!

Also a quick thanks to Cliff @ Capewood's Collections for getting me to within 15 cards of my 89 Topps set - if anyone has a box of those kicking around, much love if you take a gander at my list. Take is easy.

2009 Topps HTA Jumbo Box Break Pack 3/10

Okay - here go with another pack of 2009 Topps Series 1 Jumbo - I have to admit -I am loving this set far. Beats the shit out of the last 2 years, no contest.

298 Jonathan Van Every
195 tim Lincecum
119 Craig Counsell
262 Mike Gonzalez
265 Carlos Zambrano
143 Matt Joyce
184 Luis Ayala
150 Kosuke fuckudome (is he really deserving the # 150?)
288 guillermo Quiroz
35 David Price RC
140 Brandon Webb
243 Chase Headley
117 Ron Gardenhire
255 Joe Crede
295 Derrek Lee
205 Miguel Cabrera
79 David Eckstein
114 Chris Dickerson
162 Mike Cameron
25 Jon Lester
89 Lester/Bay Postseason Highlights
307 Burnett/Santana/halladay League Leaders
105 Francisco Liriano
63 Josh Outman RC
179 Rafael Furcal
87 Brad Hawpe Gold 617/2009
RH21 Johnny Podres Ring of honor
LG17 Bob Gibson Legends of the Game
TR23 Garret Atkins Turkey Red
TTT20 Lance Berkman Topps Town
292 Francisco Cervelli RC
293 Brian Bixler
299 Cole Hamels Postseason Highlights
309 Humberto Sanchez RC
321 Kazmir/Price Classic Combos
327 Phil Coke RC
283 John Baker
320 Miguel Cabrera
187 John Garland
197 Ronnie Belliard
185 Randy Johnson
269 Hunter Pence
168 Mark Derosa
220 Jay Bruce Gold Cup
48 Mike Napoli
280 Joe Saunders
99 Juan Castro
279 Ryan church
215 Ian Kinsler
296 Reid Bignac

Some Notes on pack- I officially hate the ring of honor set. anyone want to trade ring of honors for legends/turkey reds/topps towns let me know- I will only look to keep any mets that appear in that set. I can't complain about any pack that gives me 2 David Price cards and another great young ace Tim Lincecum. the Randy Johnson card looks exactly like a Randy Johnson card should. just after the release with that ugly mane flapping in the wind. Jay Bruce gold cup - makes me think about trading with friends years ago over who would get my Wally Joyhner gold cup rookie... Phil coke - I hope so... he'll probably be good like the 86 Mets. Hunter Pence looks like he is passing a stone. Bob Gibson - one of the greatest all time. love it

Set 131/330 = 40 %

Body count Results

Fresh off watching this weeks episode.
Jack had an overall kill count of 5
Everyone else clocked in with 6
This leaves us with a total of 11 kills for the episode.
No one guessed the actual correct amount of kills, thus the prizes of the patch card, the rookies, and the team lot will carry over til next week.
The closest guess this week was from past winner Chris over @ Nachos Grande with a total kill guess of 6. while this was 5 off the actual total, it still gets him a point towards the year end count. Here are those standings
Chris - 1 point
Andy - 1 point
Don - 1 point
Take care until next week and if your a bad dude, stay out of Jack's away - hes a bit trigger happy lately....

Monday, February 9, 2009

24 Body Count Official thread

It's that time again!

Still up for grabs

100 Card Team set of your choice
rookie cards of Baines, Schilling, Biggio, Johnson, And Sosa
And the prize for this week is a 2009 Manufactured Letter Patch from Thurmon Munson

you know the rules

How many will Jack wack?
How many will die by others?

all comments in by 9pm.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

2009 Topps HTA Jumbo Box Pack 2

Here is pack 2 - Lets see if we get a box hit this time

192 Colin Balester
222 Mark Sweeney
225 Aaron Cook
88 Fredi Gonzalez
135 Carlos Delgado
82 Miguel Cairo
240 Ryan Braun
111 Troy Percival
188 Josh Bard
21 Jack Wilson

118 Josh Johnson
80 Brian McCann
261 Jose Bautista
116 Omar Infante
28 Mike Lowell
5 John Lackey
324 Mark reynolds
301 Clint Barmes
157 Webb/Haren Classic Combos (I guess they are back)
176 Hamilton/Morneau/Cabrera League Leaders
201 Saltalamacchia/Hamilton Classic Combos (2 Hamiltons back to back)
206 Santana/Lincecum/Peavy LL
CBRAG - Alex Gordon Game Used Jersey
96 Dexter Fowler Gold 48/2009
RH15 Don Zimmer Ring Of Honor
LG16 Roy Campanelle Legends of the Game
TR43 Torii Hunter
TTT20 Lance Berkman Topps Town
273 Brian Roberts
271 Cliff Lee CyYoung
315 Hiroki Kuroda
248 Scott Lewis RC
231 Xavier Nady
32 Daric Barton
219 Shin Soo Choo
181 Jerry Manuel
87 Brad Hawpe
152 Cody Ransom
123 Casey Blake
101 Nick Hundley
194 Jeremy guthrie
306 Javier Vazquez
29 Jerry Hairston
33 Jose Guillen
142 Brad Penny
156 Carlos Pena
237 Aaron Cunningham RC
236 Kelly Johnson

86/330 - 26 %

Notes - So the Classic Combos are back, but the utilize them as checklists now which is great. Also got my first game used card - I like the design, if nothing else its different - something Topps hasnt done in recent years. Put me on record as loving the Legends of the Game and Turkey Red sets - also, making the Topps Town cards different, I want them all. Not sold on Ring of Honor though - lame

Saturday, February 7, 2009

2009 Topps HTA Box - Pack 1

Ok, my box FINALLY came in - Since there are 10 jumbo packs here, I will be going 1 at a time.

76 Marcus Thames
213 Jeremy Sowers
210 Geovanny Soto
328 Doug Mientkiewicz
260 Manny Ramirez
256 Reggie Abercrombe
170 CC Sabathia (Brewers)
228 Scott Rolen
47 Jose Valverde
239 Brandon League
235 Chad Billingsley
69 Rich Aurilia
303 Zach Duke
244 Sean Rodriguez
203 Jair Jurrjiens
268 Chris Burke
173 Manny Delcarmen
36 Kevin Slowey
238 Jorge Cantu
229 Cesar Izturis
127 Cabrera/Quentin/Rodriguez Leage Leaders
139 Matt Stairs Postseason Highlights
147 Howard/Wright/Gonzalez Leage Leaders
307 Burnett/Santana/Halladay League Leaders Black 56/58
143 Matt Joyce Gold 1936/2009
RH13 Derek Jeter Ring of Honor
LG7 Babe Ruth Legends Of The Game
TR25 Alex Rodriguez Turkey Red
TTT6 Ichiro Topps Town
13 ryan Langerhans
164 Bob Geren
169 Juan Miranda Rookie Card
184 Bobby Parnell Rookie Card
196 Jason Motte Rookie Card
276 Geovany Soto ROY
214 Scott Elbert Rookie Card
172 Yadier Molina
30 Ken Griffey Jr
183 Jason Michaels
141 Mark Teahen
44 Geoff Jenkins
175 Jeff Samardzija
232 Gabe Kapler
151 Carl Pavano
72 David Delucci
11 Fernando Tatis
189 Jay Payton
249 Jack Hannahan
55 JJ Hardy
294 Brandon Boggs

Set Total 44/330 13%

Notes - God this so much better than last years set - The design, the photos, the multi player cards (no classic combos!!!) - odd that all of the horizontal cards are packaged with each other and all of the rookies were next to each other. Another pack soon

Friday, February 6, 2009

On The Way

1 Jumbo HTA box of 2009 Topps Series 1
2 hobby boxes of 09 Upper Deck Series 1
1 box of 08 UD Timelines

box/pack breaks will follow

What do you want to see first?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

TTM Terry Blocker

Here is a 1989 Score card of Terry Blocker that I received in the mail a few months ago. Terry was once a Mets first round pick (#4 overall in the 81 draft). He was eventually traded to the Braves where he saw his most career action but really had no success. A late attempt in his career at pitching saw him pitch 1 scoreless inning for the Braves. He was out of baseball by 1989.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Skills That Blow My Fucking Mind

So - I'm really not too sure on the legitimacy of this video - but I enjoy watching it and if its real its remarkable - if it's not real, I wish I could manipulate video this well (so it's impressive on one of two levels).

enjoy the mystery man.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

30 packs for $15 - 2007 Topps Update and Highlights

The next pack out of my repack box from Target was one of those 2007 Topps Updates and Highlights packs with 6 cards. I really was not expecting much from this pack. I am trying to build the set, still need around 100 cards so lets see what I got.

We have Antonio Alfonseca, Matt Desalvo RC, Ubaldo Jimenez RC, Prince Fielder Generation Now, Gil Meche All Star, Magglio Ordonez All Star.
While none of these cards are very exciting, I did need to Alfonseca, DeSalvo, and Jimenez for my set - so not a bad haul at all

Body Count Results - Episode 7

Well, Jack had his most active week so far, with a total of 5 kills. Everyone else clocked in with 10. this leaves us with a total of 15 kills for this episode.

Once again, nobody guessed the exact kill count, so the prize will carry over til next week. There were 2 guesses for 12 kills, but one was closer with Jacks count. they are below.

MMayes of the wonderful 72 Topps blog guessed 2 kills for jack (not with kindness) and 12 overall.

Reader Don guessed 12 kills total, with 4 by Jack.

Since he was closer, he will get a point towards the end of season prize if there is anything unclaimed by imperfect guesses.

Point Tallies

Don - 1
Andy (of the 88 Score Traded/Rookie Blow) - 1

The rookie cards and 100 card team lot will carry over to next week.

Monday, February 2, 2009

24 Body Count Contest Thread

Here we go again with another week of the body count contest!

Last week there was no winner, although Andy from the 88 Score update blog received a point towards a year end prize if there are still some unclaimed.

The prize that is carrying over is a 100 card lot from the team of your choice.

The prize this week are the following 5 rookie cards
1) Sammy Sosa 1990 Upper Deck
2) Randy Johnson 1989 Score
3) 1989 Topps Craig Biggio
4) 1989 Donruss Curt Schilling
5) 1981 Harold Baines Topps

Remember, we need 2 guesses,
1) How many Jack Kill
2) How many everyone else kills

All guesses must be in by 9 PM EST

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Right now I am at work and not watching the game.

Does anybody really care?

Go Cardinals I guess

Less Of Me

Well, it's been one month since I resolved to lose some weight. As you can see on the sidebar, when I started all of this I weighed a whopping 339 pounds. I am glad to see that I am now down to 322. that's 17 Pounds for the month - That is a great start towards my goal to be get down to 270 by year end. Let's hope I can keep it up.

Now when I started this quest I'd said I would do some kind of contest for the first person to say good job and answer a question that I posted.

Question - Who is the player with a mildly dirty name that I featured on my blog twice in one week? this was back when it all first started - so take a look at those archives!

The first person to put the answer in the comments will receive autographed cards from
Greg Cadaret
Shawon Dunston
Steve Farr
Willie Fraser
Greg Harris

These are doubles I have received in my TTM requests that I have to post up, but they are all here and up for grabs this weekend for kind words and a little research. Good luck. First to post answer and words gets the prize!

1 More card to go!

Thanks to a reader of mine named Duane - I only need card number


To complete my 08 UD baseball Heroes set! He was also kind enough to send me 25 89 Donruss and a few 89 Topps - Thank you so much! anyone with card 118 - I will love you long time.

He was also kind enough to include a small stack of Mets cards including a few Sportflics cards which you can (kinda) see below!

Also - There are 2 wax packs of 1989 Donruss in the package that I will be breaking at a later date!