2017 Collecting Goals & an A&G Rip Card

2016 is long gone and the new year will bring several new sets. I’ve broaden my collection from the Topps Main release and Topps Heritage to now include Gypsy Queen and Allen & Ginter.

In an attempt to limit my spending and the quantity of cards in my home I think I’m going to pass on buying any hobby boxes of the 2017 series 1 & 2. At the end of the year I’ll probably buy the complete set box from Target and call it a day.

However, I do collect the team sets of both the MN Twins and the Cubs so I’m going to enter box breaks for each of them. If you have a favorite breaking group – let me know!

That leaves 2017 Hobby boxes of Heritage, Gypsy Queen, Allen & Ginter, and Topps Update.

Trading will continue to be a huge part of this blog, even though I rarely post my trades anymore (sorry about that trading partners!).

In 2016 I sent out packages 48 times! This year I’ll try and break the 50 mark!

For older sets, I still need to start 2003, 2005, and 2006 Heritage but I’d really like to cross a few of the other sets off my needs list first. My Heritage needs are here. Most likely I won’t be starting any more Heritage sets this year besides 2017.

Of course I will continue the blogs tradition of sending out some 2017 Heritage packs to my readers!

I’d also love to complete any of the Gypsy Queen sets. My needs for GQ are here.

When I started Allen & Ginter last year I only went back to 2011. This gave me a nice 5 year catch up mark. I grabbed some boxes of 2011 & 2014 since they seemed to be more reasonably priced than the rest. I then grabbed complete sets of 2012 & 2015 on eBay for less then $25 each. I had picked up a large 2013 insert lot on eBay but hadn’t purchased any boxes until Blowout Cards had a special a few weeks ago. I just broke up the box yesterday. Out came this –

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What should I do??????????????????????????????????

I feel like a have a few options.

1- Rip it

2- Don’t Rip it.

Yea. I think those are my options.

I’m going to marinate in those options for a few days. I’d love your feedback on what you think!

Back to my collecting goals – If I’m able to finish up one of the 2011-2016 A& G sets I’ll probably buy a complete set of either 2009 or 2010 (2008 set was purchase in 2016 Once I figured out I could get the earlier years for under $50/set).

I’ll also take part in the Gint-A-Cuffs competition. It added a new joy to opening a hobby box last year. If you are into A&G, I’d highly recommend checking the blog out!

As always, thank you so much to anyone who reads this as well as all of my trading partners. I truly appreciate all of the help and support!

Adieu!

 

 

Year End Wrap Up 2016

There are a few sets I’d love to complete thru trading.

2016 Topps Heritage

I only need 4 cards! If you have any let me know!

  • 444 Rizzo SP
  • 481 Pujols SP
  • Baseball Flashback BF-RM Roger Maris
  • Then and Now TAN-CC Cabrera / Clemente

2016 Topps Series 1 & 2

I need a bunch, still. Follow the link for my needs!

2016 Topps Update

Also a pretty vast list.

2007 Topps Heritage

These are mostly SPs but there are a few base, as well. I do have some 2004 Heritage SPs I’d be willing to trade for the 2007.

This past year has been great from a set collecting standpoint! I’ve made almost 50 trades with other collectors!

I also started set building Allen & Ginter from 2011 to current. I have a box set aside with a hundred or so inserts and minis ready to be traded. Let me know what you need and hopefully you could fill in some of my needs here.

Also, if you are a collector of Gypsy Queen minis I have several stacks I’d like to find a new home.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and here’s to a Happy New Year of the hobby!

Hobby Box Break – 2016 A & G part 4 – Gint-A-Cuffs VIII

75% of the box done and I have 87.3 points in this years Gint-A-Cuffs. Let’s see how the box wraps up.

Pack 19.

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The Casilla mini is a SP for +3 and the Bench Insert gives another +2 which is quickly cancelled out by the two Yankees.

90.3 Points

Pack 20.

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+3 for the black Andrus mini and another +2 for the Sale insert, and Kluber is on the favorite player list +2 but those Yankees keep popping up for another -1.

Point total 96.3 – 96.3 FM is the radio station of the MN Twins!

Pack 21.

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No Yankees! Hurray. Votto gives +2 for being a favorite player.

98.3 points.

Pack 22.

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Subways & Streetcars is a mini set I shan’t be collecting but it gives me +2. I will be piecing together the Natural Wonders, though. +2. Mr. Ichiro 3000 bumps me up another +2

104.3. I’ve broken a hundred!

Pack 23.

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My final hit is another plain Relic +5, but there’s a mini Yankee -1.

108.3 points.

Pack 24.

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Finishing up the box we have a measly +2 for the Stargell insert.

So, depending on any new amendments to the rules it looks like my Gint-A-Cuffs VIII points total sits at 110.3

 

Hobby Box Break – 2016 A & G part 3 – Gint-A-Cuffs VIII

Half-way thru my box and my Point Total stands at 43.

Here you can read Part 1 and Part 2 . Gint-A-Cuffs competition can be found here.

However, the Commissioner of Gint-A-Cuffs ruled that the Numbers Game inserts will be worth 2 points each. I pulled 6 in my first 12 packs so my point total now sits at 55.

Pack 13.

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Luke Jackson gives me +2 as a Favorite Player and the Baseball Legends also adds 2. Zoinks! It’s a Yankee though -1. Up to 58 points

Pack 14.

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Ferocious Feline +2, Numbers Game +2, Yankee -1.

61 Points.

Pack 15.

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Natural Wonders +2, Schirripa +1.

64 points.

These posts may be getting pretty boring. My apologies. I’m trying to hurry up and finish it before the MIA/ COL game starts since I want to watch Ichiro get his #3000.

Pack 16.

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SANO! +1 for being a Twin. Tanaka -1 for being a Yankee. Numbers Game +2, Baseball Legends +2, and an A&G backed mini +2 that is also a SP +3.

73 points.

Pack 17.

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My 2nd relic is on the Favorite Player list! Votto gives me a nice 8.5 points.

81.5 pts

I also noticed in the rules post that I get an additional 2.8 for my Rizzo box loader. I’ll add that now.

84.3 points

Pack 18.

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Eaton is on the Favorite Players Lists +2, Bird is a Yankee -1, Numbers Game +2.

87.3 is where I stand with six more packs to go.

 

Hobby Box Break – 2016 A & G part 2 – Gint-A-Cuffs VIII

Here are the next six packs of my hobby box break for the Gint-A-Cuffs competition.

7th pack.

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After the first quarter of the box my points stand at 19. Cowherd gives my a negative but Drury (Favorite Player List), Natural Wonders, and an A&G back mini each bump me up +2. Point Total = 24

8th Pack.

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Nothing.

9th Pack.

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The Mayor mini and Natural Wonder give me a total of +4 = 28 PTS.

10th Pack.

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Laureates of Peace mini is a nice pull (1:38) and is worth +2 but gets cut in half since I pulled my first Yankee! 29 points total.

11th pack.

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My first relic hit is worth +5 and the SP mini gives me +3. Points = 37.

12th Pack.

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My favorite player makes an appearance! Kershaw gives me +4 but there’s another Yankee to deduct 1. The Price is a black-bordered mini though so that gives me another +3.

Half-way thru my box and my Point Total stands at 43.

At this time only one person has posted their total on the Leader Board. That total is 81 so I’m on pace to surpass that. However, there are a total of 17 participants so chances are someone will get a nice hit to pop them over 100.

Thanks for reading!

Hobby Box Break – A & G 2016 -Gint-A-Cuffs VIII

2 x 3 Heroes recommended I join a fun little competition called Gint-A-Cuffs. This is the VIII installment and I believe the winner and the last place loser each will take home a shiny box of 2016 Allen & Ginter. Sign-up ended a few days ago and now I need to post the break of my 2016 A & G box, tabulate my score, and see how I fare in the battle. FIGHT!

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This is the first current year of Allen & Ginter for me. I think about 2-3 months ago the sets peaked my interest and I’ve decided to collect starting at 2011.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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A player I collect! Awesome! This box loader puts me at 4 pts. I’ll have to check with the commissioner to see if I get a bonus since he’s on the Favorite Player List.

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My first card pulled. Simply design, thick card stock, and a newness for me give this set high marks in my book. Other’s have been collecting A & G for ten years and are not too impressed with this year’s design. I like it, though.

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Here are the base cards from my 1st pack. According to the rules pulling Rick Klein give me a negative point so I’m now at 3.

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Ist insert. This is a cool little set that lists players from the same team and other greats who wore the same number. No points for Gint-A-Cuffs, though.

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Each pack contains a mini parallel but this also provides no point adjustment.

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2nd pack base. No points.

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Here’s a SP. Also, worth 0 points.

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A mini US Mayors card gives me +2, though! I’m up to 5.

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Pack #3. Nothing to see here.

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Another SP. Moving on.

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+2 for the Natural Wonders insert. 7 points for me.

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The Reddick mini does me no good or evil.

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Pack the fourth. Hamels (which auto corrected to “camels”) is a favorite player. +2 points rocking’ me to 9 pts.

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Another SP.

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+2 for a Baseball Legends insert. I love these types of sets. This Ginter box goes to 11.

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And a Black-Bordered mini. +3 = 14 points.

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Pack Five. Schwarber is a Favorite Player. +2 = 16 points. I’m wishing I would have picked Cubs as my favorite team. I think I’ve pulled 5 or 6 already and each would have been worth an additional point!

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Another Number’s Game.

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And a Pope mini.

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6th pack. A Twin! Since I picked MN as my favorite team I get +1 for Perkins. 17 points.

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Yep.

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A & G back on this mini gives me a nice +2. And I’m going to stop there on this post. After 25% of the box I’m standing at a respectable 19 points.

This is fun!