Hobby Box Break #17 – 2016 Gypsy Queen

I’ve been buying the 3 packs + 3 blue frame cards hangers at Target since the set came where I pulled this beauty –

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It’s numbered 11/25 and should sell for somewhere between $30-100. Here’s the auction link – Schwarber auto.

With that pull I justified the purchase of a hobby box. Here’s my break!

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I really like the box and pack design.

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My first card. When I first saw the design a few months back I wasn’t too impressed but now I’m really digging the color and simplistic design. It reminds me of Greek or Roman Marble architecture

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Six short prints all of retired players. I think Kenta Maeda was the only current player listed as a SP. I’m going to hang onto the Satchel Paige but the rest are available for trade. I also have 346 Alomar and 350 Seaver for trade.

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I have a streak of pulling THOR SPs! In my 2016 Heritage box I pulled his regular SP and here I nabbed his action variant. I’m going to hang onto this as well.

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I didn’t collect these in 2015 but I like the design enough to hold onto these this year. I do have a double of the Votto for trade, though.

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Who wants to see some dingers?

I love this insert set! I think there are 30 total cards to collect (no Bonds, though!) so I’ll need some help! Let me know if you can help me out!

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And since there are only ten to collect for this set I might as well go for it. I do have an extra Donaldson for trade if you need him.

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I picked the Kluber box! Any fans out there? These could be part of a nice trade package for you!

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My other two hits weren’t too exciting for me. I’ll gladly ship these out to you, too!

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I’m collecting the blue Retail frames and will have my wantlist needs updated shortly. This purple will likely find it’s way to A Cracked Bat.

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I don’t usually collect minis but these are awesome! I’ll need some help with these, too!

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These are available for trade.

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As is this!

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These are from the mini box and are all photo variants. I’m going to keep the Ichiro but the others are for trade.

FINAL TALLY –

185 of 300 base

34 minis

26 inserts

Zero doubles!

My wantlist can be found here – 2016 Gypsy Queen!

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Topps Now – Arrieta’s 2nd No-Hitter

The past few years I’ve watched more Cubs games than Twins. This is partly do to my lack of Cable TV. I do get a monthly MLB.TV subscription once or twice a year and since the Twins are blacked out I watch the Cubs.

I think I started watching last night’s game around the 5th inning.

Since it was such a great game to watch I finally bit the bullet and bought a TOPPS NOW card.

http://www.topps.com/collectibles/trading-cards/topps-now-featured/jake-arrieta-2016-topps-now-card-30-only-available-until-12-30-pm-4-23-16.html

Rather than pay $10 for a single card I opted for the 5 for $30 option.

I’ll probably post one on COMC in the next few months so that means I have three copies to send to trading partners.

Let me know if you’d like a copy and we can hopefully work out a deal!

Dances with Trade #8 – Bloggergraph

Time to catch up on trades.

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Chris over at fanofreds.blogspot.com sent over some 2016 inserts, 2015 Archives, 2011 Lineage,  and some custom minis including the two shown! Is a custom autographed card of a blogger a Bloggergraph?

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Julie over at acrackedbat.blogspot.com sent over some 2016 Inserts, 2015 Gypsy Queen, 2015 Archives, and several Kershaw and Jackson cards including the two shown. Clayton Kershaw and Bo Jackson are definitely my top two player collections and I don’t mind getting doubles. Whenever you need to pad out a package to me you can slip in some Kershaws or Bos!

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Jared over at cmmdto.blogspot.com sent over some 2015 Gypsy Queen and some Kershaws including this 5 x 7 monster from 2015 Archives.

I’ve also completed a trade with Canadian blogger, Mike, from Not Another Baseball Card Blog.

As well as some trades with nolansdugout.blogspot.com and lifetimetopps.wordpress.com.

It’s been a busy year so far with trades! Thank you so much to everyone for your generosity and willingness!

I have a second call out for FANTASY BASEBALL enthusiasts! The league I’ve been in for the past 6+ years has an opening for one manager. Let me know ASAP if you are willing to join. The generic league info can be found at my previous blog post.

Thanks for reading and let me know if you’d like to trade!

Fantasy Baseball Slots Available

One of the best times of the year is fast approaching – Fantasy Baseball season!

I’ve been playing in a friends’ league for the past 6+ years and we have one or two team slots available!

It’s a 5 x 5 Head-to-Head league with playoffs. There is a $20 buy-in and 1st and 2nd place are paid out at the end of the regular fantasy season as well as the fantasy playoffs.

Let me know if you are interested in joining and I can send you the link to the league!

Hobby Box Break #16 – 2016 Topps Heritage

Here we go! Heritage is my favorite set of the year and I picked up my box last night. Here’s what I pulled.

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Trout is on the box. That’s three years in a row that he’s been featured on the box. Congrats on the hat trick!

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My box topper was a ad panel. I’m not really a fan of these since they feature cards in the set. I’d prefer a buyback or one of the rarer pulls.

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Who wants it?

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These three packs are traveling to the three lucky fellas my kids and I pulled from a Crown Royale sack. Congrats and thanks for reading-  John H, Chris R, and Jeff W!

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My first card was this Reds team card. Frazier is currently a White Soxian(?), though.

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Short Prints! My budget keeps me from collecting these each year. I really like the Cano pic, though!  I think I have a few readers who collect the Master set so I’ll probably be dividing these out. Let me know if you’d like 1-2 of them!

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THOR gets a close-up! Sorry about the glare on these pics. I didn’t notice how bad it was until I started writing. I’m going to hang on to Noah since there are a few SP’s I’d like and he’s one. I think I should have received 8 total in my box so chances are one of the 3 packs I sent out has a shortie.

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I do collect the THEN & NOW, now (presently (at this moment in time)). I also collect Kershaw so I’m happy with this pull!

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I also enjoy the history lesson on each FLASHBACKS insert. I’ll need plenty of these to complete the sets!

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My favorite animal is a Tiger. This is actually a pretty simple but pleasing design. I don’t collect Relics, though, so this one is set aside for Julie at A Cracked Bat.

I just noticed that I didn’t pull any Chrome. Did they finally do away with it? I’m not really a fan so that’s nice if they did.

Final Tally-

170 – base (425)

11 – inserts

1- relic

1- ad panel

7 – SP

NO doubles!

I think I’m going to buy the base set off eBay since I didn’t really pull money card from this box that I could turn into another box.

Let me know if you can help me with some of the inserts, though!

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Also, let me know if you need some of my base!

Thanks for reading!

 

Addiction as Therapy Giveaway #2 – 2016 Topps Heritage

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It’s time for my annual thank you giveaway to my readers!

On Wednesday I’ll be purchasing my first hobby box of the set and shipping out a sealed pack from the box to two lucky readers!

To be in the drawing for a pack all you need to do is comment on this post once. I’ll be posting a video of the drawing on Tuesday March 1st 12pm CST so the chance to enter will be cut off about ten minutes before then.

Thank you for reading and keeping the addiction alive!