Carlos Zambrano Rip Card

October 18, 2008

I have a lot of scanning and posting to do today, as I hit up the money pit this morning, but I quickly scanned the most exciting part of the break to get started.  I did a box of 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter, and my first pack yielded this Carlos Zambrano Rip Card /99.  I haven’t ripped it….yet.  I wouldn’t like to give odds on it surviving the next 10 minutes, but I figured I’d at least scan it when it was intact.  These are really cool cards, and I was super pumped to pull it.

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Losing sucks.

September 21, 2008

My fantasy team is winning today, but the eBay account took a loss today on the card pictured to the left.  The listing is here. Went for $185.00.  I had predicted it would end up between $150 and $200, I was just hoping I would come out on top.  It happens.  Just figured I’d share the lows of player collecting (which, let’s face it, are really minor lows in the big scheme of things), to go along with some of the highs.

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Ginter Wood Mini 1/1 Tracker

July 24, 2008

If you are observant, you might notice that there is a new Link at the top of my blog.  If you didn’t notice it, take a quick peek, I’ll wait.  I have decided to attempt to keep track of the 1/1 Wood Minis from A&G as they surface.  I keep an eye on most major hobby sites, and eBay, so hopefully I can catch most of them.  If I missed one, or you happen to hear of one locally – I’d appreciate it if you could post a comment, or drop me an email.  If you can get a scan – that’s even better.  If I have scans, I’ll link them from the player name on the listing.

This has partly arose out of my selfish desire to track down the Hamilton 1/1, and also because I am just a little bit obsessive.  I doubt the Hamilton is in my budget (maybe it is in the box I have incoming), but I’d settle for getting to take a nice look at it.

And just for completeness – the tracker can be found here. I might move it, as I don’t really like the way Word Press renders the table, but if I can futz around with it a bit more, I might find something I like.  Any help on the project is appreciated.  I’ll update stats on it periodically as well.


A mini post

February 19, 2008

Black Bordered Mini I’ve always loved mini cards.  They are so cool looking.  Yes, they are a pain to sort, and even worse to store, but its like having all the good things about a card, concentrated into a smaller package.

As far as storage – they are awful for player collections.  I am a binder person, and I like to keep everything in order, so I can flip through and see what I need, and what I have.  These little guys slide around too much in the normal 9-pocket pages.  There are 15 pocket pages out there that fit these cards like a glove, but it rarely happens that I start a run of minis when I need to start a new page, so it throws that off as well.  Bottom line – I love mini cards, but they can be a giant pain as well.

As an outside observer of baseball cards, Allen & Ginter was one of my favorite sets to look at.  Now that I actually have a card from that set in hand, I am even more impressed.  They are just fantastic looking.  The black borders on the mini pictured here look excellent, but I am glad they just used them for a parallel. Something tells me A&G is one of those sets that look amazing when you line all the parallels up next to one another.  That should be fun.  Its my only little way of reducing entropy in the universe.  Every time a run of parallels gets completed, somewhere a building collapses to keep the universe in balance.