Other Stuff that Came Up

My box of cards is due to arrive sometime between 9am and 7pm today.  But before we get to that, let us look back.  Here’s a list of all the other things that came up in the week or so I’ve been trying to get my To Do List done.

I stumbled into an art trade with a very talented sketch card artist.  I’m really gonna have to step my game up to make an acceptable comic version of Gambit for her.

I may have found more cards for Marie of A Cardboard Problem.  I need to email her about those soon.

My Americana blaster break aroused the attention of the proprietor of the Shot Not Taken blog.  So we are now in the process of working out a trade that started with real life freakin’ ninja Gerald Okamura.

This one will be a ways down the road before it’ll be return the favor time, but Indians Baseball Cards.  And then some… has some random packs of kindness to offer.  And I took him up on a Mariners one.  I guess you can get in on multiple teams, which I’ll do once the Cubbies roll around, and maybe a couple other teams that aren’t otherwise likely to get much play.  So I’ll definitely have to send something nice in return down the line.  Fortunately, this is one I was fully prepared for, so I didn’t really have do go out of my way for it.

When asking Dayf about bubble mailers, I also got his address to send him some Braves and anything else I might have that would be useful to him.  My Braves are pretty much in order I think, so this one will be easy enough to do as well.

Aside from the sketch card, nothing too major or that I’m in a hurry on.  Just thought it’d be fun to mention everything else that popped while I was getting things ready.  I just hope I have enough bubble mailers for all new this stuff though!

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Allen & Ginter, We got BOTH of ‘Em!

I picked up my blaster of A&G last night, and… I think I picked the right one.  Let’s see if you agree.

Pack 1

61 Adam Dunn

18 James Loney

271 Paul Lo Duca

254 Hunter Pence

131 Todd Helton Mini

Crack teh Code Promo

106 Brian Schneider

Pack 2

192 Yunel Escobar

196 Edgar Renteria

112 Akinori Iwamura

336 Allen Fisher SP- Arm wrestling champion.

WL16 Konstandinos Karamanlis. Greece The World Leaders- Prime Minister is his official title.

AGR-TPH Travis Hafner JERSEY- w00t!  Finally got a hit of a guy who I can say is difinitevely NOT the worst player in the pack. *dances awkwardly and moral victoriously*

Checklist Three of Four

167 Marie Curie

Pack 3

266 Matt Kemp

53 Chien-Ming Wang

WGV16 The Battle of Thermopylae The World’s Greatest Victories- Speaking of moral victories, I think it’s fair to say this battle was one.  They held out long enough for the forces back home to be prepared and ultimately win the war, but they all ended up getting killed.  Moral victory, no?

234 Jared Weaver Mini

166 Bram Stoker

42 Luke Scott

Pack 4

46 Chris Young (Padres)- Team Denotation will become important later…

74 Khalil Greene

5 CC Sabathia

335 Phil Hughes SP

120 Derek Jeter Mini

US39 Paul Konerko (Rhode Island) The United States of America

223 Nyjer Morgan Pirates RC

Pack 5

155 Troy Tulowitzki

90 Jose Reyes

126 Chris Young (Diamondbacks)- Wait for it… WAIT FOR IT… keep waiting… there it is… yes…

46 Chris Young (Padres) Mini- WHAMMY~!!!!!!!!!!! Back-to-back different people with the same names!!

72 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers RC

154 Jesse Carlson Blue Jays RC

Nice to get two rookies I have yet to pull from A&G or elswhere.  I am so sick of Ian Kennedy and Max Scherzer.

Pack 6

222 Jeremy Bonderman

47 Chad Billingsley

195 Russell Martin

343 Bengie Molina SP

9 Ian Kinsler Bazooka Back Mini

US18 Jonathan Papelbon (Louisiana) The United States of America- It might already be too late to stick this in with all the other cards I’m sending to Shane.

Checklist Four of Four

273 Jay Bruce Reds RC

Pack 7

101 Adrian Beltre

241 Ryan Garko

36 Michael Young

54 Takashi Saito Mini

Crack teh Code Promo

217 Friedrich Nietzsche

286 Pat Burrell

Pack 8

164 Jorge Posada

225 Roy Oswalt

111 Dan Uggla

305 Randy Johnson SP

177 Evan Longoria Mini Rays RC

US19 Tim Stauffer (Maine) The United States of America

252 Callix Crabbe Padres RC

I think I did pretty well for myself with this one.  A not guaranteed jersey, a couple of nice inserts, good rookies and a couple of nice minis.  Can’t ask for any better than that from a blaster.

Hit me up in the comments section if you see something you like.

Until our next…

More Discount Cards from K-Mart #1

Went back to K-Mart to see if they still had any two blasters for the price of one left.  They did have one of those left, but they also had some newer stuff priced to move as well.  Some formerly $19.99 boxes were marked down to $10.99, and I ended up with three 2008 Upper Deck Heroes blasters that were $7.49 marked down from their standard $14.99.  This here is the contents of the first box.  The next boxes will follow soon after.

Pack 1

77 Hunter Pence

7 John Smoltz

188 Alex Rodriguez/Derek Jeter/Robinson Cano

109 Billy Wagner

151 Omar Vizquel Black Parallel

Pack 2

101 Joe Mauer

135 Chase Utley

78 Luke Hochevar Royals RC

40 Aramis Ramirez

156 Albert Pujols Black Parallel

Pack 3

157 Troy Glaus

72 Josh Willingham

183 Steve Carlton/Johan Santana

68 Hanley Ramirez

177 Carlton Fisk/Carl Yastrzemski Black Parallel

Pack 4

48 Adam Dunn

93 Chin-Lung Hu Dodgers RC

195 Mike Schmidt/Ernie Banks/Frank Robinson

YSL4299 Bucky Dent Yankee Syadium Legacy

47 Ken Griffey Jr. Black Parallel

Pack 5

25 Kevin Youkilis

117 Jorge Posada

100 Justin Morneau

136 Cole Hamels

21 David Ortiz Black Parallel

Pack 6

13 Tim Hudson

42 Jim Thome

200 Albert Pujols/Derek Jeter/Prince Fielder/David Ortiz

167 Michael Young

70 Dan Uggla Black Parallel

Pack 7

128 Eric Chavez

66 Ivan Rodriguez

16 Cal Ripken Jr.

80 Matt Cain

150 Rich Hill Black Parallel

Pack 8

111 Mariano Rivera

193 Nolan Ryan/Greg Maddux/Randy Johnson

112 Chien-Ming Wang

YSL4274 Ron Guidry Yankee Stadium Legacy

121 Yogi Berra Black Parallel

Pack 9

147 Tony Gwynn

90 Matt Kemp

152 Ichiro Suzuki

23 Jonathan Papelbon

46 Corey Hart Black Parallel

That’s it for this one.  I really like this set, it looks good, and it is a pretty top heavy set with very few scrubs.  This is a great one for set collectors, as far as I’m concerned.  And the black parallels are made of win.

For this box, any Cubs, the Griffey and Ortiz parallels, the quad featuring Ortiz, Ichiro, Hanley, and maybe Pence and Wang are keepers.  The Red Sox are already reserved, dupes (there will be some, as of later) not withstanding, and the triple with A-Rod has a destination in mind.

A few other teams have destinations in mind, but I haven’t sent any e-mails inquiring trade, so everybody not mentioned above is up for grabs, for player or team collection or set completion consideration.  Let me know if anything catches your interest.

Going Going Gone

Sale! #1

I was out buying those cases I send my trades out in Tuesday, when I stopped in at K-Mart… and there they were.  2008 Upper Deck X and Masterpieces blasters… buy one, get one free.  2008!  I couldn’t pass those babies up.  I haven’t had so many packs to bust in one sitting for a REALLY long time, and even though I didn’t pull anything spectacular, and my arm was actually hurting by the time I was done, I had an absolute blast.  Few things in the world are more fun than busting a lot of packs at once.

Before I get to the Upper Deck X breakdown though, I’ll mention that I also picked up PS2 game Raw Danger, a game I’ve been wanting to play since I first heard about it a good year-and-a-half+ ago, at K-Mart as well… for $4.99!  Not bad eh?  About $100 worth of stuff for $45 is prety good, right?

Anyway, with that all said, I thought I’d break it down for you.  Here is the Upper Deck X first.

Two Blasters, 10 Packs per Blaster, Six Cards per Pack, One Not Really Guaranteed, Guaranteed Jersey per Blaster.

Base-

51/100… Just over half the base set, so I may try to finish it.  I’ll put down what I need on the Want List Page I’m working on, to debut soon.

Duplicates-

15/100… 6 (Smoltz) 13 (Manny Ramirez), 15 (Josh Beckett), 22 (KOSUKE FUKUDOME~!!), 29 (Adam Dunn), 36 (Garrett Atkins), 43 (Hanley Ramirez), 57 (Prince Fielder), 62 (David Wright), 67 (Hideki Matsui), 76 (Ryan Howard), 81 (Khalil Greene), 83 (Greg Maddux), 97 (Vernon Wells), 99 (Ryan Zimmerman)

Except for Fukudome, these are all up for trade.

Die-Cut-

5 (Dan Haren), 10 (Nick Markakis), 12 (David Ortiz), 17 (Carlos Zambrano), 19 (Aramis Ramirez), 31 (Edison Volquez), 33 (Travis Hafner), 38 (Troy Tulowitzki), 52 (Vlad Guerrero), 54 (Russell Martin), 59 (Justin Morneau), 66 (Ian Kennedy RC), 71 (Robinson Cano), 73 (Frank Thomas), 75 (Jimmy Rollins), 80 (Adrian Gonzalez), 82 (Jake Peavy), 89 (Erik Bedard), 94 (Evan Longoria RC), 96 (Michael Young)

I’m keeping Ortiz, Vlad, Zambrano, Aramis and maybe Frank Thomas.  And it’ll take a good Kosuke Fukudome (one I don’t have), Geovany Soto or MAYBE Alexei Ramirez rookie if you want the Longoria.  The rest are officially up for trade.

Gold Die-Cut-

40 (Miguel Cabrera), 89 (Erik Bedard)

Same with these two, up for trade.

XPonential-

X1: Brian Roberts, Carlos Zambrano, Grady Sizemore, Todd Helton, Jimmy Rollins, Justin Morneau, Magglio Ordonez, Gary Sheffield

X2: Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Beltran, Chase Utley, Derrek Lee, Ken Griffey Jr., Matt Holliday

X3: Jimmy Rollins, Prince Fielder

X4: Alex Rodriguez, Jose Reyes

Zambrano, Lee, Aramis, and Griffey are keepers.  A-Rod goes into the A-Rod stack, which may have a home with Kimaloo now.  Prince goes into the Brewers stack meant for Thorzul if my lazy arse ever gets around to emailing him.  Nobody else have a specific destination in mind except for *maybe* the Phillies.

That goes for most of my cards, actually.  Only my Astros, Braves, Brewers, Dodgers, Phillies, Rays, Red Sox, White Sox, A-Rods now, and of course the favorites of Dinged Corners have specific homes in mind.  If you have another favorite team, let me know, I’ll get some stuff together.  And if you think you are one of the people I’m thinking of sending one of the above teams to, gimme a holla as well.

Oh yeah, the jerseys, such as they are…

Kenji Johjima and Jeff Kent.  Mleh.

How sad that the first Japanese catcher to play in MLB (and up until this past season, a top ten producer amongst catchers), and a first ballot caliber Hall of Fame second basemen would elicit a “mleh”, but such is the state of our world and our hobby.

Overall, I was quite pleased with this purchase of Upper Deck X, I got a surprising number of keepers and a good bit of trade bait, not to mention enough cards to justify going for the complete base set.  And the more I look at them, the more I like the base design of Upper Deck X.  There is something to be said for the design fitting the theme, I think.  And the XPonentials are swank, especially X3 and X4.

That’s it for this post.  Of course I have no scans or anything.  Sorry.  Ahem, hit me up if you see something you like.  Next time on BTHE, Upper Deck Masterpieces.  Lots of pretty base and absolutely nothing else. *thumbs… up?*

See You, Space Cowboy