One (or Two) Card Challenge

Alright fellow bloggers.  I’m down to needing one (okay, actually two) cards from the 2011 Topps Update Series.  Cards #175 and 253.  I’m asking you to fulfill a Night Owl patent pending  one card challenge.  More info found here:

Now, I’m not expecting anyone to actually send me card 175.  You see, that is Mike Trout’s rookie card.  I would probably be better off trying to find a discounted blaster or repack box and pulling one myself.

Card #253 is another story.  Someone out there has to have a Scott Linebrink card, right? This could be the first time this sentence has been written, but, I will trade heavily in your favor for a Scott Linebrink card.

So someone, anyone?

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2013 Topps Heritage Blaster Review

In what is now an annual tradition (if only because it has now opened two straight years), I found some blasters of 2013 Topps Heritage at Target last night.

Here are my unsolicited thoughts:

First, what a weird coincidence, but this set looks exactly like the 1964 Topps Design.

Take a look at this scary card # 275 of Kevin Youkilis.


I am excited for 7 years down the road when they recreate the 1971 set. I will most likely be collecting the set this year and I should probably start saving some coin for that now.

I also pulled a Target Red Variation from my blaster of CC Sabathia. Can you count the # of chins?


Pulled a nice chrome variation of Michael Bourn:


Overall you know exactly what you are getting with Heritage. Cards that are a reasonable facsimile to 50 years ago with some inserts and oddball variations.

As always, let me know if you would like anything that I pulled as I won’t be keeping much.

Here is a numerical listing: 6 13 14 16 25 28 44 50 51 60 72 77 79 92 106 117 118 134 138 150 161 167 169 170 180 182 192 203 218 222 223 249 252 262 267 275 276 297 299 303 313 319 322 324 340 344 347 355 363 364 368 381 383 384 385 386 388 391 397 401 412 420 423 424 447 490 491


New Age Performers NAP-WM Wade Miley

So we have a big-headed former President winning DC’s sausage race and Sydney Poitier winning an Academy Award.

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Get on over to Uncle Doc’s!

He still has five spots left in his fabulous 2013 MLB Tournament.

Go quickly!

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1971 Complete Set Accomplished

Allow me a moment to bask in the satisfaction that comes from a complete set. This one is all the more special as it is the first vintage set that I’ve been able to put together.

Here is the final card I needed and his place in the page that completed the set for me:


Final Page

Here are a couple of my favorite pages as well:

Clemente Page

Banks page

Tough to go wrong with pages that include Mr. Cub and Clemente.

As I mentioned in a previous post, this set looks amazing in a binder. I’m contemplating which vintage set to go after next, but I doubt it will give me the same pleasure that the ’71 has. The classic look of the black border has me enamored.

Okay, I lied. I will probably chase the 1969 set next, so if anyone out there can help me out please visit my want page. Shameless plug for my own blog!

Additionally, I’m planning a contest as celebration of completing the set. Be on the look out in a day or two to see what I have for the winner as well as the contest entry itself.

Thank you to all who helped complete this set! I’m excited that 2013 will be the “Year of Vintage” across the blogosphere. (Disclaimer: 2013 may or may not actually be the “Year of Vintage”)

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Welcome Back Hockey (With a pack break of 09/10 UD Series One)

I was overjoyed to awake early this past weekend and find that the NHL and NHLPA had finally agreed in principle to a deal to end the lockout. I missed hockey. Tired of the overpaid players and whining I gave up watching the NFL this season. Even my beloved Steelers. I’m not a fan of the NBA, so the NHL was the only professional sport I was planning on investing my time, energy and talents in for Winter 12/13. The lockout threw a wrench in to that plan, but I could not be happier that hockey is returning soon.

A 48 game season should be exhilarating to watch as no team will be able to sustain a long losing streak if they want to make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

To celebrate the end of the lockout, I found a discounted pack at Target of 09/10 Upper Deck Series One. I like buying the cheap hockey cards to use as TTM fodder. Without further ado, here is what I received:

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Go Sid!

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I only plan on keeping the Wideman to send as a TTM for a friend who is a big Caps fan, otherwise feel free to let me know if you see anything you want. I’ll send it to you gratis!

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Nearing the End

I’m not even going to address how long it has been since my last post.  Mentioning it in the previous sentence doesn’t count.

It has taken me some time (not nearly as long as I thought), but I am current one card short of completing the 1971 Topps set.  ONE CARD.  I’m at 99.87% completion.  

The one card I need: Jim Palmer #570

I have a couple best offers out on eBay right now, so hopefully in a day or two I will have it incoming.  If not, if anyone out there has one for sale, trade, barter, giving away, etc. please let me know.  

I will do a much bigger write-up/celebration when I have the entire set completing and in-hand.  It looks great in a binder.  

I wish I had calculated/kept track of all my purchases for the set.  I’d love to see what I’ve spent per card as I’ve tried to keep costs very low.  I know I’ve overpaid for the last dozen or so and I don’t even care.  I am so pumped to have this set almost complete.

As a thank you, the first person to comment can have this duplicate card from the ’71 set of Luke Walker.  Image


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Topps Archives Review // Take My Cards

I tried to stop myself.  Really, I did.  I resisted the urge to stop by Target on my way home from work.  I avoided the card aisle on an inadvertent trip to Target with the family picking up housewares.  I convinced myself to indulge through others retail experience.

It worked.  For about a week.  Then I folded and bought one pack (seriously, only one) of 2012 Topps Archives.  When I first heard about this set I was excited.  Part of the set would be dedicated to the ’71 Topps design, my personal favorite.  Then I remembered it would be all glossy and not at all indicative of the great cardboardy feel of the true ’71 set.  I was less excited after this realization.

I then re-convinced myself it was cool and I should collect at least the cards from the set that mirrored the ’71 design.  So I bought the pack, and instantly regretted it.  Don’t get me wrong, the designs are cool.  You can’t go wrong with paralleling some of the top designed Topps base cards from the last 60 years.  1984, 1977, 1980, 1971 and 1954.

I opened my pack with anticipation, but was instantly bummed.  As much as I wanted to love the set, I couldn’t turn my malaise for Topps recent offerings around.  I even got a short print in my pack, but it was a 1992 Ron Gant redux.

Well, my disappointment can be your gain.  See all the cards below?


They can all be yours.  They are card #’s: 15 47 73 98 148 192 193 and 228.  Just leave a comment on this post.  If more than one person comments I’ll random the names at 7pm EDT tomorrow (5/31).

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