Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 O-Pee-Chee Hockey 2 Box Break

My favorite hockey set was 2007-08 O-Pee-Chee.  I've been waiting for a new design to come close to that one.  There haven't been many.  Thus, I really haven't built a set of anything hockey in a good while.  I pulled the trigger on 2017-18 OPC when I got my boxes of baseball Update.

These aren't bad.  Got about 33% dupes from both boxes.  Picture above is the sorting after opening.  Dupes on the left below, my set on the right.  Ended up with about 40% of the set or less.

The Retros are my favorite part.  The playing card inserts are kinda neat too. Nice to get a foily Backstrom for my Caps PC.  PK is available for a Capital version.  These are my Retros and card deck so far.  Will show the dupes in a jiffy.

Can do without the minis, but they make good trade bait.  Sorry, Auston and McKinnon are gone already.  The rest are up for grabs.

Here's a better look at the black shiny ones.

And the regular size black parallel shiny ones.  They are serial numbered.  Also trade bait.  These are a better base design than the base itself.  The little variation of the black bands looks much less cluttered.  Of course, collecting a set of these is just about frikkin' impossible and way too expensive since these are numbered out of only 100.

Here are my regular base shiny.  Available.

And the Retro dupes...except for McKinnon, who is bound for another collection already.

And finally, a good look at PK.  These are the only hits in this set.  No autos or gamers.  Just manu-patches.  They're nice, but it would be great to get something real out of a big set like this.

Who's down wit OPC?  (Is that too outdated a reference yet?)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 Topps Update - Box #2 Still Meh

Finally cracked my second box of 2017 Update.  Was hoping for the big hit I sometimes get from boxes that I buy from this particular vendor, but unfortunately, no dice.  I think my hit is tradeable though.  Got some decent inserts and short print variations, but the rest was stunningly mediocre.

The Rookie Cups (this year's excuse to reprint iconic star cards) are a step up from the gold back advertising from last year.  The Zimmer and Benintendi Salutes are up for grabs.  I might be persuaded to release Chipper and maybe Clayton too.  I like the look of the Untouch Ables (it's not one word) and may try for the legend shortprints.  The '87s and MLB are staying with me.  Bo is for my PC.

Moncada black looks really cool with the ChiSox uni, but he's on the waiver wire too.
Any of the buybacks are trade bait too.

Which one of you Jays fans wants it?  Would love to get an Oriole or National for it.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Blog Bat Around : Six Or Seven Degrees Of Kevin Bacon

Took the weekend off, so I wasn't able to buffer this with something more card related in between.  But who says there's such a thing as too much Kate Upton?  I should have a couple more of these with more baseball players.

Collecting Cutch started this one about linking favorite baseball players to Kevin Bacon.  Usually, the links are only a couple segments long, but I managed to extend this chain in order to include some lovely ladies.  

Justin Verlander

just married
Kate Upton
; ;
who was in
The Disaster Artist (2017)
Kristen Bell

who was in
Movie 43 (2013)
Kate Winslet

who was in
Movie 43 (2013)
Julie Ann Emery

who was in
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
Kate Beckinsale


who was in
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Cuba Gooding Jr.

who was in
A Few Good Men (1992)
Kevin Bacon

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Well Fellas, There Goes Another One....

Just like this past summer, another sex symbol is officially off the market.

World Series Champion Astros pitcher Justin Verlander just became the luckiest guy in the world this past Saturday when he married supermodel Kate Upton in Italy.

He's having quite a good year.

Or Life, really.

I mean, waking up to this every day?

Way to go Justin!

Monday, November 06, 2017

The Right Washington Team Wins!

I've really got to build up a cache of posts to get ahead by a week or so, but until then, I'm still excited about the Redskins' miraculous comeback win last night in Seattle.

Seattle kicker Blair Walsh had missed three field goals throughout the game, giving Washington the chance to take the victory late in the fourth quarter.

Instead of the usual collapse or missed opportunity, the 'Skins offense drove down the field in the last few minutes.  Josh Doctson finally came up with a clutch catch that brought it to the one yard line.

They reviewed to confirm that he hadn't actually scored.  Then Rob Kelley punched it in.

There was still a minute to go, and even though Russell Wilson and the 'Hawks had been kept out of the end zone pretty much all game, they drove to midfield with seconds left.  One Hail Mary to decide the game.

And D Hall makes the play!  Washington wins!

Friday, November 03, 2017

The Trophy Has A New Home

Congratulations to the Houston for capturing the MLB World Series title last night!  Always nice to have a new winner, especially when it's a smaller market team.  And these guys were good all year, they deserved it.

The Dodgers used to be my other favorite team besides the Orioles back in the day, but since the Nationals showed up - and usually face the Boys in Blue in the postseason - my loyalties have moved.  Sorry again, Night Owl.  

Shout-outs to Marc at Remember the Astrodome, and Freya and her dad from SCF (bzross) and  They are the Astros fans that come to mind first for me.

I've got a few guys in my PCs that wore the orange in the 'Dome too.  I'm sure they're rejoicing in the championship.  Here's some of their cardboard.

Don't have one of these Cesars - will trade you for yours...I think this uniform is awesome.

J. R. Richard's career was too short.  Dig that jacket.

Ol' Joe did a stint after many years with the Dodgers.  Everyone knows his '78 Topps, but Hostess is a little more interesting and has what is probably a pic from the same photoshoot.

Check this uni shot.  Didn't remember the numbers on the pants.  Reminds me of the mid-80's White Sox (another classic uni).

Osteen did the same thing, though I'm not sure Osteen did much with the Astros, but there he is.

They had the shooting star jackets and unis at one point too.  You won't see anything that original these days.  It's all about the cursive team nickname and that's about it.

Oh, and speaking of new fashion accessories, congrats to Carlos and Daniella!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

2017 Update Box #1 (of 2)

Even though I've read nothing but lukewarm reviews of Topps Series 3 for 2017, I went ahead and ordered two regular hobby boxes.  I've heard a couple collectors have finished their sets with only one box, but I'm not sure if that was a Jumbo or a Regular.  We'll see.

First off, I'll get right to the part you guys like - the trade bait.  Got an All-Star jersey of McCullers, who I took note of in his last couple postseason appearances.  I had a feeling I'd hear his name for something significant again.  Hopefully, a Game 7 win.  (Sorry Night Owl, gotta let the new guys win.)

Also got a pink parallel Reddick, and the usual amount of gold and foil parallels.  Some blogger favorite teams and players in there.  The Salute inserts are available too.

Here too, are my buybacks.  Nothing major here.  Contents of both the above pics are available.

Keep in mind, I'll probably have another set of these two pics after I rip the second box.  I had half a mind to sort what I got in the first box and leave it at that, returning the second box as unnecessary.  But since the hit I pulled doesn't have any weight with me, I can't send the other box back without knowing that I wouldn't have pulled something incredible.  If I keep it, I'll get something OK, but probably not awesome (though from this vendor I actually have pulled a few Machados, etc.) but if I send it back, it would have a 1/1 super case hit inside, I'm sure.

After I opened the whole box, I sorted them into stacks of regular players (who have allegedly moved teams recently), rookies, All-Stars, and other team and event cards.  I separated the inserts, and then sifted through each pile to remove doubles.  Only got a few dupes, so at least that's nice.

So here's what I found.  There were a lot more "moving" players than I originally thought.  Now I didn't go so far as to print out the list of every player that was involved in a trade or free agent transaction during the 2017 season, but that wouldn't have been beyond my scope.  What I relied on instead, was the notation on the back of each card that I can barely see, but it's easy enough to read the last numbers.  So I sorted out the players whose transactions occurred in 2016 and 2017.  What we're after in Update is players who changed teams in 2017.  2016 moves should have been covered last year, right?

Well, apparently not.  Click on picture for better view:

The stack of 2017 players is smaller than the 2016s.  and those stacks are of course dwarfed by the stack of rookies, and rookies debuts (which are redundant and only exist because of the hype machine), and the additional few Rookie Combos.

Why so many?  Well you know by now.  It's the card company poilcy...


But I digress.  I haven't counted the stacks, but just eyeballin' it, it seems that rookies (and their redundant counterparts and Debuts) account for almost three times the "updated" players from 2017.  With so many significant traded players missing, there are still at least twice as many rookies. 

If I can figure out an effiicient way of researching it, I'm going to see if I can find out if this has been a trend over the last several years/sets, or if they really ramped it up for 2017.  Stay tuned for that and box #2.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Oh Heidi

Tuned into Intentional Talk on Thursday and my jaw dropped.  Heidi Watney was with the boys on the field at Minute Maid Park with the wind blowing through her hair.

Nice perk of a DVR...

I'm usually partial to brunettes, but she's an exceptional blue-eyed blonde.

This is why we check Quick Pitch, am I right?

Here's an idea....

 The original is pretty good.

But this is even better!