2010 Upper Deck Tape Measure Shots

May 28, 2010

I really think there should be more fuss over this particular insert set.  These cards look awesome.  So clean, and to the best of my knowledge they are actually a little tiny bit original.  Sure, Upper Deck broke pretty much every legal and ethical rule available to them by putting out their baseball cards this year, but I haven’t seen a Topps card that I liked this much in a while.


2009 Topps 206 Hamilton Base

March 4, 2010

I picked this card, and a couple of the mini versions up in a quick trade that came my way via the blog world.  I am really not too sure what to think of this photo.  On one hand, I love it and on the other hand I think its stupid.

I think I would like it better if there weren’t so many parallel versions, especially minis.  Its actually very hard to make out any of the details on the mini versions.

Triple Threads – Hammer

January 20, 2010

This isn’t my big pickup (hopefully that is in transit), but it was part of a purchase off CheckoutMyCards.com, which is a site I am growing to love more and more every time I visit.  I am considering getting a box of cards together to sell there.

My first purchase from 2009 Triple Threads is this jersey card, numbered 23/27.  Cool looking card, but I must say – they could have sharpened the die cuts they used for the ‘Hammer’ writing.  They look a little bit mangled.  Still, I picked this card up for $10, and I am happy to have it in my collection.

Also, for those of you who read or follow my hockey blog – Cards on Ice has a new home at www.hockeycardblog.com.

2009 Upper Deck X

September 5, 2009

Upper Deck X is one of those products I am glad I don’t have to break.  Hamilton had a fairly sizable list of cards, but they were easily obtainable (except for the fact that there were 4 plates for every card on the checklist).  I picked up most of them off eBay, and then Marie over at A Cardboard Problem hooked me up with one of the Exponentials (I think E^4).

I didn’t scan the base card, nor the die cut parallel of the base card, but the Exponential inserts are actually quite sharp, so I’ll show the whole range of them here.  I am assuming they go in numerical order with increasing odds, so that is how I am going to present them here.

The easiest one, and in my opinion the nicest design.  The blue foilboard really pops.  Its a busy design, but every once in a while a busy design is OK.

For whatever reason, UD switched the Exponential 2’s to a horizontal design.  Still a lot of blue, though.  Still a cool looking card.

Exponential 3’s were my least favorite.  So much effort was made blending the other four designs, and then they just cut this version of the card in half.  Blah.

A lot of black on the Exponential 4’s.  Nicer than the 3’s though.

Always nice to cross a set off my checklist (X is my second 2009 set, after SP Legendary Cuts), even though I don’t have any of the plates.  They aren’t a high priority for me anyways.

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Hamiltons

August 27, 2009

I am working through Topps Allen & Ginter right now, both for my sets and my player collections.  My sets got a good start when I broke two boxes of the stuff.  My player collection did not fare nearly so well from those two boxes.

In my first box, I got one lousy Hamilton card.  You would think it would be the base card, but no – I managed to hit the Josh Hamilton Dick Perez sketch card.  All things considered, I was pretty happy about it.  Its a great looking card, and it harkens back to one of the greatest Josh Hamilton moments of the 2008 MLB season – the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium.

In my second box, I doubled my haul of Josh Hamilton cards.  I hit two of them.  Unfortunately – one of them was a double of the aforementioned sketch card.

I considered the math for a little while.  If the math holds, should I not end up with four Josh Hamilton cards out of my next box of Allen & Ginter?  Then I realized – I am not that lucky.  I contented myself with the National Pride insert that came out of the second box, and a sketch card for tradebait and called a halt to the box breaking for the product.

That’s when the completion project turns its focus outwards.  And as it so often does – help came from Marie over at A Cardboard Problem.  She dropped me a note asking if I needed a Hamilton base card (which I didn’t hit in two boxes).  I was pleased.  Later, I made a deal for another copy for my set (I am horribly obsessive – I can’t have one card fill two slots.  If Hamilton has a card in a set I am doing, I need two copies).

Marie also dropped me a note that she had obtained a Hamilton code card at a show.  I wish we had card shows up here during the summer.  Being in a hockey dominated market, shows are pretty much exclusive to the winter months.  I also don’t get any baseball blasters in stores, but let me save that rant for another day.  There are racing blister packs, but no baseball.  Yes, racing.  I love Canada, but baseball cards at Wal-Mart would just make it a little bit better.

The code cards are kind of neat.  I am not much for codes, but I am a geek, so I would have liked a shot at it.  Ultimately, the code was cracked before I had received my first box to break.  I guess it wasn’t quite as hard as the code maker thought.  Oh well, it happens sometimes.

I still need a few more cards out of 2009 Topps A&G, including the box toppers, and all the minis (easy ones and hard ones), but the set is well on its way.

2009 UD Piece of History Franchise History Patch

August 23, 2009

I have a lot of Josh Hamilton cards.  I just checked with my Beckett collections, and the current count is 275 different cards.  Twenty-one memorabilia cards, 17 autographs, and 79 serial numbered cards.  Of that number – not one of them was a patch.

That changed today.  I snagged this beauty off eBay via a best offer.  It came to me from Hong Kong for $27 shipped.  There is a minor ding on the upper left hand corner on the rear, but it doesn’t take away from the eye appeal of the front.  Its a four colour patch, serial numbered /25.  Lots of stitching , as well.  I think it is a pretty good way to break into the patch segment of the Josh Hamilton market.

Updates here have been sporadic for the last little while.  I have been swamped, as I am trying to finish up my PhD (or at least most of it) by Christmas.  I still read all the blogs I used to, comment when I can and post my cards when I have some free time to do some scanning, but grad school has been consuming my life for 6 years, and I would be very, very happy to have it done.

CNNSI: The Last Iconic Baseball Card

August 19, 2009

One of my favorite places to kill time on a slow workday is The Vault at CNNSI.com.  Basically, free (ad-supported) access to every Sports Illustrated article ever published.  There have been some duds, and there have been a lot of gems.  There is always a way to kill a few idle minutes.

The new issue (I’m not sure if it has even hit newsstands yet, features former football player Marc Buoniconti on the cover.  Its a great story.

The article that caught my eye though was about baseball cards.  Luke Winn takes a tour through Upper Deck’s headquarters, including the Game Used Jersey room.  It features pretty much what you would expect – oodles and oodles of game used memorabilia.  It also offers the somewhat terrifying prospect of Miley Cyrus cards being inserted in future products.  Um….yay?!?  Cargo pants from Farrah Fawcett, a briefcase from Sammy Davis, Jr.    Upper Deck has all this stuff.

The article also delves into the somewhat uncertain future of cards.  They are not anywhere near as possible as they once were.  Twenty years ago, things were good.  Twenty years ago when the last iconic baseball card was issued – Ken Griffey, Junior’s 1989 Upper Deck rookie card.  One of the interesting features is notes about the airbrushing done to make it look like Griffey was in a Mariners cap. 

Basically – read the article.  It talks about the good times in collecting, and some of the bad times as well.  Its worth a readto get perspective from someone who is outside the hobby.  Too much self-examination is never a good thing.