Potatoes, Ham , and Cheese

Potatoes, ham, and cheese

Potatoes, ham, and cheese

All you need in life are

Potatoes, ham, and cheese

song I sang to my 18 month-old daughter during dinner tonight.

I have a checklist of posts I need to do. Most of them involve the several trades I’ve completed with various readers and fellow blogmates. However, I don’t feel like scanning cards so I’ll talk about my associative addiction – fantasy baseball.

The 2015 season is almost upon us. I’ve been in a friend’s league for the past six years or so and every day I check my email multiple times hoping the draft date details are there. Alas, it is not so.

I LOVE the draft. I love the 20-25 minutes I spend every year prepping. It doesn’t take me long to decide who my sleepers are and what players I’m going to avoid. We do a live standard draft online but I do miss the days of getting together with everyone in person.

Life is about shared experiences. There’s a camaraderie in being in the same “league” as others and watching the MLB year unfold through day-to-day box scores and highlights.

This is a way to reach out. You are not alone. I am not alone. We love baseball in all of its forms.

When I score tickets from my wife’s work the kids and I hop on the light rail and watch the Twins play outdoors. Most of the time  I’m rooting more for the fantasy guys I have on the opposite team. This will hopefully change once the Twins can start finishing the year above .500 again. Besides, Oswaldo Arcia is one of my sleepers this year.

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I’m always looking to join another fantasy league, especially a rotisserie! After watching Silly Little Game it would be nice to give it a try. Let me know if you have a spot open for me and thanks for reading!

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Hobby Box Break #3 – 2015 Topps Heritage

As stated in my GIVEAWAY post, I wasn’t planning on buying a box of Heritage. Last year I bought one pack from The Big Red Bullseye and the cards fit snuggly in a single 9 pocket page.

I just don’t collect enough modern-day star players to warrant a meaningful return from buying an entire box.

But, after opening 22 of the 24 packs I have to admit I really like this years Heritage set! The card stock is thicker and more cardboard-ish than the Topps main set. The inclusion of the team managers and the team cards harkens back to the pre-90’s. The cards look great in a three-ring binder.

2015 Topps Heritage Box

2015 Topps Heritage Box

The first thing I saw after opening the box was this pack.

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And this is what popped out.

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I’ve never heard of Pappas but I’ll be on the lookout for him now while I’m playing my 20th season of OOTP Baseball.

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Watson was on my fantasy team for a while last year. I love the stare of intimidation he has for my previous sentence.

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This was my first insert. I believe it’s a chrome refractor #466/ 566.

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Here’s the short prints. I’m not going to collect them so they are all for trade.

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I don’t collect Trout either. This is the color swapped SP.  I really want the 2011 Topps Update set but I’m not willing to pay the price for the Trout RC. If anyone is willing to sell the update set without Trout let me know! This card is up on ebay already since I saw it was selling for more than $20. More $ in my paypal means more cards for me!

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My first Auto! I think I’m going to hold on to this as a memento even though I’ve never heard of Mr. Wakefield.

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Then & Now inserts. I really like the Kershaw and Koufax card. That’s a keeper! I’ll probably hang on to the Twins slugger, too.

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Another Kershaw. He’s one of the few Modern stars I collect.

2015 Heritage flashbacks

I like the history of the Flashbacks cards but not the design.

Final Tally-

176 – base (425)

11 – inserts

1 – auto

1 – buyback

10 – SP

NO DOUBLES!

199 total cards out of 22 packs. That’s about $0.37 per/card. That’s a little steep for set collecting, in my view, so I won’t be buying another box.

I do think I’ll try to complete the set through trades and perhaps a few Big Red Bullseye packs.

If you haven’t joined my GIVEAWAY – DO! FREE CARDS! My 4-year-old son will be randomly choosing the winner on Tuesday Night. Thanks for reading and let me know if you are interested in trading for any of the cards shown!

Addiction as Therapy GIVEAWAY #1 – 2015 Topps Heritage

2015 Topps Heritage Box

2015 Topps Heritage Box

I wasn’t going to do it.

There I was, though; My 18-month-old daughter, wrapped in her puffy pink jacket, sleeping on my shoulder; Staring down a stack of 2015 Heritage Hobby Boxes.

I bought one.

I like the look of last year’s set much more but that box was an additional $10.

I think I’m going to see how much of a complete set I get, minus short prints, before I decide if I’m going to collect the set or not.

Either way – Time for a GIVEAWAY!

Here’s what you have to do to enter.

1) Comment on this post with a team and/or player you collect.

2) Tell someone else about this GIVEAWAY through your blog, facebook page, twitter, or accost a stranger on the street.

That’s all!

Once I finish opening the box I’ll randomly choose a lucky winner. If more than 10 people enter I’ll also choose a runner-up.

Grand Prize Winner:

Will receive 1 unopened pack from my nifty 2015 Topps Heritage box plus some non-base cards of the Team/Player in their comment.

The runner-up will receive non-base cards of the Team/Player in their comment.

Open to USA residents only. I’m not willing to pay international shipping charges!

Who doesn’t like FREE cards?

Death's Head says, "Free cards, Yes?"

Death’s Head says, “Free cards, Yes?”

Dances With Trades #1 – Tatanka

When I first started to put some Topps sets together last year I stumbled across the Lifetime Topps Project during my search for info on the various subsets for each year. That blog was invaluable to me and I think it’s wonderful that I was able to complete my first trade online with the writer. I was able to fill in some of his wantlist and this is what he sent me back.

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I was able to get partial sets of 1987 and 1988 Topps from my sister and brother-in-law but there are still a few holes. Compared to the 2015 set, these cards look and feel archaic.

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I think this year’s set has received somewhat universal acclaim for its design. Seeing three different colored borders in this pic is truly appealing.

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Fernando going strong in Dodger Blue next to him trying to fight back to the bigs in the complementary orange. I fell in love with Fernando after seeing the 30 for 30 film on him.

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My great respect for Bo Jackson also came about after seeing his 30 for 30.

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Lifetime Topps threw in several Bo cards I didn’t have.

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I just realized Bo and Fernando are two guys who attempted to fight back after declining from their peak. That’s something everyone who goes through heart surgery attempts to do as well!

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I hate seeing him in a White Sox uniform but this is such a great pose and pic. Adding the Gold to the card really makes it classy, too!

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We’ll end the post with a smile! One of the main reasons I wanted to start a card blog was to complete some sets through trading.  Feel free to comment and let me know if you are willing to trade! I will keep on updating my wantlists and what I have for trade in return.