30 December, 2012

A trade with The Dimwit 2

You can see what Sam of The Daily Dimwit got from me at his blog.  This is what I received in return:

Front.  2012 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football, yellow printing plate rookie autograph of Bernard Pierce (Baltimore Ravens running back), #'d 1 of 1.  Awesome!  Pierce is a great young player.  He got 89 yards rushing and 4 yard receiving today in a loss to the Bengals.

Back.  Thank you, Leaf!  These plates were used to print the "TD Countdown" inserts, which are serial numbered to the player's final college year touchdown total.

And, most of all... thank you for the trade, Sam!

13 December, 2012

Cardboard Conundrum group break haul

I recently participated in a hockey group break over at Cardboard Conundrum.  We busted one box each of 2010-11 Panini Luxury Suite, 2011-12 In The Game Enforcers, and 2011-12 Panini Rookie Anthology.  I picked the Los Angeles Kings and got the Carolina Hurricanes as my randomized second team.  I actually did pretty poorly on the group break, as I only received two base cards - one of Jeff Carter and one of Jeff Skinner, both from Rookie Anthology.  However, Matt was kind enough to throw in a hit for me!

2012-13 UD Artifacts, Autofacts autograph of the captain, Dustin Brown!  Very nice.

It is my first signature card of Brown, and it is a very nice one at that.  Thanks Matt!

10 December, 2012

Winners of the card giveaway!

No more entries for the card giveaway will be accepted, found at my previous post.  The secret number between 1 and 100 is:

Congratulations to Spiegel for winning Set #1.  He was the closest for guessing the number 21.  Also, congratulations to Spankee for winning Set #2.  He guessed 33, which was the next closest.  They both got their first choices of card sets.  Gentlemen, please email me your mailing addresses so that I may send you your prizes (check my Blogger profile page for my email).

06 December, 2012

Card Giveaway and Part 3 of Dan's Other World Crazy Group Break Haul

Well, that was an unreasonably long pause between group break posts!  I have been in San Diego the past two weeks.  Here's a selection of various cards I received in Dan's The Other World group break (mostly Dodgers):

That Finest Orel Hershiser card is super cool.

Since this is the last post about Dan's group break, I will do a card giveaway!  There are five of them in total, but I will give them away in two sets.  It is easy to enter this game of chance.  I will think of a number from 1 to 100... now!  I have now written that number on a dummy card with my new surf colored Sharpie marker (yes, I am proud of it) and taken a photo of it next to the date and time - 12:40 AM on December 6, 2012 to be exact.  Simply guess the secret number that I wrote down in a comment on this post and also mention your first choice of the two sets that you would prefer to receive if you win the giveaway.  (It would also be nice, were you to follow me on Google - left side of my blog.)  Here are the cards you can win:

Set #1.  Three prospect autos from 2007 Tristar Prospects Plus!  From top left, clockwise: Eddie Kunz (heh), James Simmons, and James Adkins.  I have no idea who these dudes are, but maybe you do!

Set #2.  Two game-used jersey cards from 2008 UD Goudey.  Russell Martin and Josh Beckett.  Dan was awesome enough to throw in these two extra hits, but unfortunately I am trying to minimize my collection of relics.

So there you have it!  Have fun guessing the number between 1 and 100.  Naturally, closest number gets first pick of the card sets and next closest gets the set that is left.  I will leave entries open for a few days to a week at most.

14 November, 2012

Dan's Other World Crazy Group Break Haul: Part 2

Here is part two of my haul from Dan's The Other World big group break.  I forgot to mention in the last post that Dan has nice bumper stickers for his blog:

Thanks for the sticker, Dan!

Here are all my cards from the 2011 Leaf Valiant boxes, and my favorite one from 2007 Tristar Prospects Plus:

Sean Doolittle prospect autograph from 2007 Tristar Prospects Plus.  If you did not know, Doolittle is a converted relief pitcher for this year's surprising (to most people, at least) Oakland A's.  Very cool.  I was looking for a Sean Doolittle auto, and it was a pleasant surprise to get one in the group break.

You might have to click on this photo to enlarge it for a better look.  Very nice prospect/rookie signatures from 2011 Leaf Valiant.  From left to right: Francisco Lindor (shortstop, Indians #1 prospect), Travis Harrison (Twins), J.J. Hoover (Reds rookie, pitched well in the bigs this year), and Marcus Knecht (Blue Jays).

I really have to remember to take photos of new cards before I store them away.  One more post about Dan's group break to go!

11 November, 2012

Dan's Other World Crazy Group Break Haul: Part 1

Last month (October) saw the conclusion of the most lengthy group break that I have ever participated in.  Dan over at The Other World hosted the massive group break, in which we busted open one box of 2011 Leaf Ink, two boxes of 2011 Leaf Valiant, two boxes of 2010 Panini Century Collection, one box of 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars, and two boxes of 2007 Tristar Prospects Plus.  The idea for the break started in April, but because it was a complicated draft-style break, it took a while to finish.  I did, however, have fun and enjoyed the rather epic group break.  I am also satisfied with the cards I received from it.

I'll post the cards I got in separate parts to keep things more organized.  Here is what I ended up with from the two 2010 Panini Century Collection boxes:

James Cagney, Hollywood Materials Souvenir Stamps stamp-wool thing, #'d 021/250.  This is the third time I've pulled this card; it is currently listed on Ebay.  I think the material is part of a scarf or a sweater.  I did not want this card, as I've owned one at two previous times, but it fell to me in the draft.

That's a nice hue of blue.  Bette Davis, stamp-relic, #'d 020/250.  I have never actually seen any of Davis' films, but it is still nice to have a relic card of an American screen and stage legend.  What I have seen are her hand prints at Grauman's Chinese though.  Does that count?

Deion Sanders jersey swatch, #'d 16/25.  Seems pretty rare for a standard base jersey card variation.  I think the swatch is from a Reds uniform?  There are no multi-sport pro dudes anymore, which is disappointing.  I was always delighted to pull Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson cards in my youth.  Michael Jordan too, naturally.  Pinstripe!

Steve Cauthen, Sports Souvenir Stamps stamp-auto, #'d 26/66.  I have a shifting fascination with horse racing, horses, and jockeys.  There has never been a catalyst for me to become full on obsessed with horse racing though.  However, I could easily see myself following and also betting on it.  On the one hand, I really enjoyed the time I went with my girlfriend to watch the races at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley.  On the other hand, my main interest in horses is that I want to eat one.  So there's that.

Lou Brock, Souvenir Stamps on-card autograph with relic, #'d 04/10.  Hall of Famer, two-time World Champion, broke Ty Cobb's stolen base record, 3,000 hit club, 2nd all-time in bases stolen, annoyed Koufax, never booed, and probably a super cool dude.  Unfortunate that he played for the Cubs and Cardinals and not his boyhood favorites, the Dodgers.

I might run a contest to give away some of the cards I received after I finish posting the rest of my group break haul.  Thanks to Dan at The Other World for running the break!

10 November, 2012

Sponsored box break: 2012 Press Pass Legends Hall of Fame Edition

I am so lazy at posting.  It is disgusting.  I recently did a sponsored box break for 2012 Press Pass Legends Hall of Fame Edition, courtesy of Atlanta Sports Cards.  Here is a link for the video break.  But, why watch a poorly filmed and awkward video box break when you can just view the awesome high-quality photos I am about to post below?  I will mostly let the cards speak for themselves.

Here is the tin in which the cards came packaged.  It is actually a very large box to hold a small pack of four cards.

Willie Brown!  Hall of Fame cornerback for the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, #'d 74/99.  All the cards are shiny refractors.  This is the second Willie Brown autograph card I've pulled, and both are going to be listed on Ebay soon.

Dick LeBeau, #'d 43/65.  A great defensive player for the Detroit Lions and defensive mastermind, currently with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Leroy Kelly, Hall of Fame running back for the Cleveland Browns, #'d to 75.  I greatly enjoy watching the new Browns star running back, rookie Trent Richardson.

Now here's a gem!  "Big Game" James Worthy, Champions inscription autograph, #'d 3/3.  Check out that insane refractor action.  Worthy is the only worthy "Big Game James" in my book.  Go Lakers!

If you are open-minded to new music, check out this new blog I am contributing to, called "hey, check out this new shit."

22 October, 2012

Los Angeles does have one team in the playoffs...

The Los Angeles Galaxy already clinched a spot in the Major League Soccer playoffs, that is.  Game 7 of the NLCS is tonight.  If our rivals, the SF Giants, win then they will be playing against the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.  Sigh, Dodgers.  Well, at least there's the Galaxy to root for (they did win the MLS Cup last year, in fact), and some sweet card pick-ups to dull the pain!

2011 Upper Deck World of Sports, Landon Donovan autograph.  I like that Donovan wrote "#10."

Landon Donovan is probably the most well-known currently active US soccer player, though Clint Dempsey is definitely making his name in the English Premier League.

20 October, 2012

Orel Hershiser

On this date, 24 years ago, the Dodgers won their most recent World Series title against the Oakland A's.  Orel Hershiser had a hell of a season that year.  He won the Cy Young and World Series MVP awards, among several other accolades.  It took me a while to acquire an Orel Hershiser autograph card, but I think this one was well worth the wait.

2010 Panini Century Collection, Orel Hershiser prime patch auto, #'d 13/50.

What a photo!

09 October, 2012

Two favorites from recent group breaks

These cards are from two different Daily Dimwit group breaks.  The volume of photos I've been taking of new additions to my collection has decreased, mostly because my camera (a Samsung Galaxy S3) is not the most effective thing to use for these purposes and the lighting in my room is unfavorable.  But, on to the cards!

2005 Topps Pristine, Jimmy Key game worn uniform relic.  This is from Sam's September group break.  Not #'d.

This one is awesome.  2008 Upper Deck SPX, Jim Thome Winning Materials patch, #'d 52/99.  It is definitely one of the best-looking patch swatches I own.  From July break.


01 October, 2012

Me and Misty

Well, almost.

That is one awesome autograph card though!

Go Dodgers!  Welcome to October.  It is a cool 105 degrees today.

30 September, 2012

Tiger Woods!

At least he didn't lose outright in the Ryder Cup, eh?  I, however, won because Upper Deck mailed me my redeemed Tiger Woods autograph card (from my previous post) pretty quickly!

Here he is.  Very nice!  And what do you know, the image depicts the Ryder Cup.

Think the Dodgers will make the wild card?  What a bollocks year.

14 September, 2012

Tiger! Tiger! 2012 Goodwin Champions box break!

I was bored last week and stopped by Hall of Fame Baseball Cards in Arcadia to buy stuff.  I purchased some supplies and a box of 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions.  The shop is located at 319 E. Foothill Blvd., Arcadia, CA 91006, and they are having a Davey Lopes signing tomorrow (Saturday, 9/15) starting at 10 AM.  Let me know if you plan on going, though I have not decided if I will attend yet.  Now, on to the hobby box, which is definitely one of my best box breaks this year...

'Zo, looking dapper.  Selling or trading this one, I think.

Troy Aikman!  Nice haircut, dude.

Abby Wambach mini-yellow printing plate, one of one!  Sweet.  I believe this is my very first miniature printing plate.

Holy shitballs.  Zoom in for full effect.  Tiger Woods autograph card!  Or rather, a redemption for a Tiger Woods auto!  I better get this card, or there is hell to pay.  Tiger is a "Group A" signature, so he is seeded as 1:1977 packs.  Metal.

Do you think Davey Lopes would be cool with writing "Party Hard" as an inscription for me?  Kevin Kouzmanoff did...

Kevin Kouzmanoff signed baseball

10 August, 2012

2012 Leaf Best of Baseball box break

Man, I have so many overdue posts I need to write.  Here's a quick one, to hopefully get me back into it.  I opened a box of 2012 Leaf Best of Baseball that I purchased from Atlanta Sports Cards via their sponsored box break program.  Here's the link to the video box break - goo.gl/B5lQL - but, you can just see the photo of what I pulled below:

Speaks for itself, hm?  Click to enlarge.

What a break!  Boo yah.

16 July, 2012

08 July, 2012

Hello Kitty Dodgers bobblehead

My girlfriend and I went to Japan Night at Dodger Stadium last week.  The Dodgers were giving away a Hello Kitty bobblehead.  Here are some photos of it:

Front of box.

Top of box.

The cat.  Front.

Fat.  Back.

It was good to be back at Dodger Stadium again, and it was a win to boot!  I would even say that it was an exciting game.

Also, Dodger Stadium security is a bit lax.  I always carry around a Benchmade utility knife with me, but this was the first time I forgot to take it off and leave it in the car (as I usually do when I go to a sporting event, music venue, or airport).  But, nope, dude waved me right in.  No way a skinny hipster-looking Asian dude would have a super sharp knife, right?  It's not like I was trying to sneak it in or carry it for nefarious reasons, because I would have left it in the car if I remembered before I sat down.  Obviously some people (the "wrong" element at ballgames) could do so though?  Troubling.

06 July, 2012

Panini comes through in a big way

In my experience, Panini products can be inconsistent as far as quality of hits and value are concerned, but they are generally good in terms of card condition, collation, and entertainment.  Most importantly, however, Panini has a great customer service infrastructure - especially compared to the other heavy hitters in Topps and Upper Deck.

Redemptions are super annoying.  One could even venture to say that redemptions are decidedly immoral and dishonest in a business sense.  Card companies should be obligated to fulfill their redemptions.  If only they were legally, and not just morally, obligated to do so (and not even then) - right?  Perhaps at this point many hobbyists deem them to be a necessary evil.  None of this is news.  When I have had to deal with redemptions, though, I never had any major issues with Panini.  Compared to Topps and Upper Deck, Panini just does their job, as any card company should do.  Panini took the time to build an efficient, organized online system for customers to submit redemptions, get replacements for damaged cards, make quality assurance requests, request authentication, and even to just ask random questions.

I have an apoplexy every time I deal with Topps' customer service.  I'd rather get punched in the testicles repeatedly by Manny Pacquiao than deal with Upper Deck again.  The amount of disrespect these two companies have shown me in the past is akin to them punching my sister in the face and then taking a massive dump in my favorite Dodgers hat.  Also, after reading numerous interactions and customer experiences online, it seems like you have to brown-nose Topps or bribe Upper Deck to get any help with your redemptions.  Yes, if you watch video box breaks on YouTube where someone opens old Upper Deck product and receives an expired redemption, you will sometimes notice someone who comments about how they mail the expired redemption card along with a Pizza Hut gift card so that the employees at UD will hook them up.  Fucking Pizza Hut?  Just do your jobs.  We all know the cards (or equivalent) are already there, you criminals.  I once pulled an expired redemption card for a Fred McGriff Sweet Spot autograph and Upper Deck sent me back a Michael Young single swatch jersey relic.  Really?  That was really the best you could possibly do?

Before this post gets too long... bottom line, Panini isn't perfect by any means, but at least they try.  Any of these companies could take almost two years to get you your redeemed card (which was the case for me here, and if at all the same one you redeemed in the first place), but I have never felt like Panini secretly hates me for some reason and is punishing me for some imagined slight.  Like how Michael Bay punished us all with Transformers 3.  No, I am not overreacting to any of this.  Also, I can't be the only one with such shoddy customer service experiences?

Left: Bill Walton, Private Signings on-card autograph.  Right: Kevin McHale, Private Signings on-card auto.  A pair of Celtics greats.  I do not know what set these cards come from.  Preferred?  Hoops?  Black Box?

I originally redeemed two Tom Gola signature cards from 2009-10 Panini Hall of Fame.  Imagine my surprise when I saw these two beauties come in the mail instead!  Absolutely awesome.  Panini came through in a big way for me, and I appreciate it.

2011/12 Panini Limited Basketball box break

I purchased this box from my local card shop.  Panini Limited is only the fourth basketball release from Panini for this past season.  Slim pickin's!  Dumb lockout and dumb Miami Heat.  Here's the video box break:

Sorry, image is a bit blurry. I was filming it too closely.

Boo yah.

27 June, 2012

This guy...

...is pitching right now.  Yankees not in the lead against the Indians.

2012 Tribute, Andy Pettitte signature, #'d 60/99.

It took me a while to finally acquire a Pettitte autograph card.  He was one of my favorite pitchers when I was a kid.  Well, I'm not technically a kid anymore and he's still pitching!

Yankees took the lead.

*Update: And a comebacker just destroyed Andy's shins and ankles.  Way to jinx it, Arno.

22 June, 2012

My first booklet

For a period of time this year, between the end of January and middle of May, I had nothing to do.  Literally, nothing to do.  Or, at the very least, nothing of much import or urgency.  It was probably the first time in six years that I had some actual, serious downtime.  It was weird, and I'm not entirely sure whether I liked it or not.

So what did I do with that all that free time?  Not much, really.  I drank copious amounts of beer, played a large amount of video games, and started up this blog again.  Hell, I didn't even post that much.  Lazy bastard.  Well, now I'm back home in glorious Southern California and a package arrived the other day that reminded me of my favorite card shop, in a region of the state I called home for several years (and a place I will actively try to never move back to - sorry, Nor Cal, I just like it here):

Bilal Powell yellow printing plates from 2011 Panini Playbook, autograph-relic booklet, #'d 1 of 1.

I never thought I'd actually pull one of these things.  I guess I still haven't - technically speaking - because I pulled a redemption for this card instead at my old local card shop.  I like it though!

Here are some views of the booklet closed:

I couldn't tell you where "home" is.  Maybe some historical figures and philosophers, perhaps wiser than you or me, can do that.  At least the cards will always somehow find their way to us nerds.

17 June, 2012

A closer encounter

I met Kenley Jansen yesterday at Paul's TV (inside a Living Spaces) in Monrovia, CA.  He was scheduled to sign from 12-1 PM.  Jansen showed up a bit late to sparse applause, but he signed rather quickly and was a pleasant dude.  Also, he's massive.  I was lazy and did not really get any photos of the event.  However, here's the baseball I got Jansen to sign:

Kenley signed his number... 74!  Sweet.  Jansen's autograph looks like kanji.

This was my first time at a Dodgers signing. I enjoyed it, though it was a rather quick (not the waiting) and workmanlike event.

Some of you may have noticed that I have not posted in a while.  I just moved back down to SoCal after six or so years in the SF Bay Area.  It's great to be back!  And how about them Kings?  Champions!

28 April, 2012


2009 UD Goudey, Dustin Pedroia on card autograph.  Gabagool.  My first and only Pedroia auto.

So I went to see Opeth, Mastodon, and Ghost at the Fox Theater in Oakland last night.  Pretty metal.

25 April, 2012

2011 Playoff Prime Cuts: sponsored box break


Here's a box break of 2011 Panini Playoff Prime Cuts baseball, sponsored by Atlanta Sports Cards.  Totally had the "itis" when I was filming - don't judge.

Nice looking cards, but these risky boxes are still pricey and could yield some super awful breaks.  I did pretty well with mine.

Thanks to Atlanta Sports Cards for the discount!

P.S.  Don't forget to check out Dan's group break!  Here.

An Otherwordly Group Break

Yo dudes!  Dan over at The Other World has a pretty sweet group break idea that could net people some awesome cards.  You can check out his post here.

As it stands right now, the proposal would be 2 boxes each of 2010 Panini Century Collection (one of my personal favorite sets), 2011 Leaf Valiant, and 2011 Leaf Ink (which I opened here).  I do enjoy mid- to high-end products, and these are some of the better ones at that.  As well, for $60 to $65 a slot (Dan's working on logistics, so the price could lower), I think people would get much value and fun from this break.

Anyway, I just wanted to help spread the word because I think it would be a hoot!

23 April, 2012

Cut cut cut

Cut signature, that is.

2011 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts, Carl Furillo cut auto, #'d 4/8.  We haven't forgotten about you, Carl!  Now why'd they have to go and chop off part of the "C" though?

How 'bout that trouncing we got yesterday from the Astros?  Ow.  Too painful.  I had to go watch Detroit vs. Texas and Kansas City vs. Toronto instead.  Yankees-Rangers starts in five!

18 April, 2012

Clem Labine

On this date, sixty-two years ago, Clem Labine made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

From 2005 Topps Dem Bums Autographs.

Labine could have pitched against Bobby Thomson in the 1951 National League pennant playoff, but that duty went to Ralph Branca instead.  The shot that followed was certainly heard around the world.  You might remember that I pulled a Bobby Thomson cut auto not that long ago.  Labine was a paratrooper in World War II and a great relief pitcher as well.  Dem Bums!

*Update: Apparently also today in 1950, Vin Scully joined the Dodgers broadcast team.  Awesome!

Exaggerated proportions

Man, it's been two weeks since my last post.  I guess I've been quite busy.  I traveled back home to Los Angeles about two weeks ago to be a groomsman at my college buddy's wedding.  An unexpected package from The Daily Dimwit was awaiting me when I got back:

Yay, free giveaways from the Dimwit and his sponsor, Breygent Marketing!  Thanks Sam!  I love comic art and these cards are great, exhibiting bold colors and excellent artwork.  The "Warlord of Mars" is, in fact, John Carter (created by Edgar Rice Burroughs) - main character of Disney's eponymously-named, massive box office bomb.

Red Sonja!  Badass, voluptuously-proportioned redhead barbarian.  While I do enjoy the Dark Horse Conan graphic novels, I unfortunately have not read any Red Sonja comics yet.

I am the least familiar with Vampirella out of these three characters.  One can construe that she is likely a vampire, though.  I am of two minds about her outfit.  Either that it does not seem very practical (no pockets), or perhaps it is just functional enough (to cover various bits and such).

Thanks again to Sam at The Daily Dimwit, and consequently, Breygent Marketing!