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 –


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!




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 –


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!


I really like the box and pack design.


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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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


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


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.


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


These are available for trade.


As is this!


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


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!

Hobby Box Break #15 – 2015 Gypsy Queen

A few weeks back I was on a focus group for the new exhibit  Martin Luther and the Art of the Reformation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. I believe it will be showing at the MIA from October 2016-January 2017 and then onto Chicago, New York, and Wittenberg. If you have a chance to check it out at one of those places, do! It looks really cool and they are doing a correlation of the invention of the Printing Press’s role in spreading the Bible and Martin Luther’s ideas with the current era’s inventions of the internet and social media.

For two hours of my time and opinions the MIA bequeathed upon me a shiny $50 Visa gift card. I traded that gift card and ten bucks for another 2016 Topps Series 1 Hobby box from my local card shop, Three Stars Sportcards. I was able to complete my base set from the box and also received three pretty good hits.

A Harper Camo SP

Willie Mays Coin & Stamp #/50

Another Clear Acetate – Papi & the Prince (Yep. I bought two boxes and pulled a clear acetate from each! That’s 2 out of 3600 cards in the world!)

Since my budget is pretty limited I sold those cards (those are my actual listings!) and returned to Three Stars Sportcards to splurge on a box of Gypsy Queen! Here’s what I pulled!


Four “hits” per box for $95 is pretty good but I probably would have never bought it if I didn’t have the money from my eBay sales. You get 25 packs with a total of 250 cards. $0.38/ card is a little pricey for me since I’m mainly a set collector.


Here’s my first card. I had been buying some discounted Target blaster boxes and really fell in love with the design and the card stock.


I think every pack came with a mini card. These are my variants. At this moment I’m not collecting the minis so let me know if you’d like to trade for any of these! I also have a mini 328 Eckersley ,334 L. Hernandez, and 264 Rios 56/99 (bronze/gold?). Let me know what you need for the base minis and I’ll see what I have!


I really like the hand drawn picture on this Basics of Base Ball mini. I think I’ll hold on to this one.


These are my regular size SPs. All of these are for trade since I’m not willing to spend the money to collect them. I also have  312 Palmer, another 318 Morgan, 325 Sparky Anderson, 336 Rivera, and 341 Konerko.


My two autos! Do I have any readers from St. Louis? These could be yours!


A nice Jeter relic with a pinstripe and a REALLY nice looking mini Verlander. I like the frame on the mini but I”m pretty sure I have a few readers who collect Tigers. Both of these are for trade!


This is a bronze paper-framed variant #’d 354/499 for trade. I really like the look of the paper-frames and have a page or 2 of the white ones. I also have Greinke 088/499, Street 011/499, and d’artaud 198/499 in bronze for trade. If anyone has some white-frames they don’t want send them my way please!


Cool looking insert. I think I’ll hang onto this.


These are pretty cool, too, but I’m not going to collect them. For trade! I also have GS-3 Adam Eaton, GS-5 Mike Aviles, GS-6 Dustin Ackley, and GS-9 Alex Gordon.


I’m going to collect the Queen’s Throwbacks, though! I love the pic of Nelson Cruz. I do have another copy of Kipnis (QT-25) for trade.


Walk off winners are also available for trade. I also have GWO-4 Ortiz, GWO-7 Freese, GWO-14 Perez, and GWO-24 Walker.


Within my hobby box was a mini box containing these variants. All of them are available for trade.


In my 2nd Hobby box break I pulled a 1/1 Platinum Jose Abreu RC checklist. I may have beaten that with this box!


I do a lot of selling on eBay and knew that Trout cards are pretty much the most popular of the current crop of players. I have no idea what this card will go for but I started the bidding at $40. Here’s the link to the auction – MIKE TROUT auto.

So, with my $50 gift card and whatever this auto sells for I pretty much got a FREE box of 2015 Gypsy Queen for two hours of my time at the MIA! Tatanka!


187 of 300 base

34 minis

26 inserts

1 AUTO redemption.

Here’s my WANTLIST if you can help me complete the set!

Thanks for reading!