Monday, 20 June 2016

2016 Topps Opening Day

The second helping from Big B at Waxaholic -2016 Opening Day! I have two packs of this reasonably priced product, which always includes some interesting inserts such as mascots... not for everyone I would think. 
Heavily loaded with Yankees and Red Sox cards too.

The Red Sox available are:
#7 Brian Johnson RC
#9 Rick Porcello
#77 Xander Bogaerts
#98 Jackie Bradley Jr.
#103 Brock Holt
#112 Mookie Betts
#138 David Ortiz
#139 Dustin Pedroia
#166 Hanley Ramirez
#167 Henry Owens RC
#177 Eduardo Rodriguez

Pack 1:
#OD14 James Shields Padres blue border
#OD47 Kyle Schwarber Cubs
#OD72 Michael Conforto Mets
#OD101 Jose Iglesias Tigers
#OD163 Gerrit Cole Pirates
#OD175 Alex Rios Royals
#M-3 Rally Monkey , I will be honest I had to look this one up!
Pack 2:
#OD66 Sonny Gray Athletics
#OD85 Carlos Carrasco Indians
#OD138 David Ortiz Red Sox
#OD148 Robinson Cano Mariners
#OD162 Frankie Montas Dodgers
#OD200 Bryce Harper Nationals
#HH-13 Joey Votto Reds

Big Dave always a pleasure to find you in a pack!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

2016 Donruss Baseball Trading Cards

The first of many packs from the ever generous Big B from Waxaholic. Brian and I have often lamented about being baseball collectors outside the USA, so these are a welcome surprise. Thanks Big B.
With Donruss/Panini there appears to be no sitting on the fence.
Collectors love them, saying things like;  'superior to Topps', 'great design',  'thicker card stock' , 'great inserts'
or hate them, 'ugly, ugly, ugly', 'overly glossy', 'total junk'  and even accusations of reusing the same photographs. Some collectors just don't like them because they are unofficial and have no logos. 
As far as I'm concerned, who couldn't like at set that includes a chicken!

The Red Sox in the base set are:

Diamond King #4 Xander Bogaerts
Rated Rookies #44 Henry Owens
#69 Xander Bogaerts
#84 David Ortiz 
#118 Mookie Betts
#162 Rusney Castillo
#168 Eduardo Rodriguez
#185 Carl Yastrzemski
#188 Pedro Martinez

There are 8 cards in the pack and I have 1 pack! It contained:

#111 Ryan Braun Milwaukee
#117 Shin-Soo Choo Texas
#131 Yordano Ventura Kansas City
#164 Odubel Herrera Philadelphia
#168 Eduardo Rodriguez Boston
#195 checklist
#D82-3 Lorenzo Cain Kansas City
#TR6 Stephen Piscotty  St.Louis
(and a big lump of cardboard!)

Nice- one 1 pack and 1 Red Sox!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

2016 Topps Series 1 MORE value packs


Some 2016 Topps Series 1 Hanger packs courtesy of my old Headteacher, who took another trip (lucky bugger!), to the USofA in the recent school holidays. These packs were purchased from a Walmart in Florida. 


I partook in a group break with my fellow UK card collectors earlier in the year and was able to get 4 complete sets of Red Sox base cards plus a number of the inserts, including a lovely 1978 Luis Taint 65th anniversary Gold 1/1 card. So I don't need any of the base cards, although a few of  the inserts caught my attention;
 Berger's Best, a 65 card reprint set from each season since 1952 to honor hobby legend Sy Berger , the Wacky Packages promo stickers and I really like the stamp/coin combo cards but these are limited to Hobby and Jumbo. 

I was able to trade for some of the Berger's Best and couldn't resist purchasing some 'not too expensive' blasters of Wacky Packages, which I will share later and I will not hold my breathe for a stamp/coin card.
Each pack contains 36 cards , which is MORE VALUE than the single pack price according to the pack. 
Pack 1:
#19 Delino DeShields Rangers
#36 Miguel Montero Cubs
#43 Noah Sydergaard Mets
#49 Ike Davis Athletics
#52 Julio Teheran Braves
#57 Adam Lind Brewers
#69 Anibal Sanchez Tigers
#92 Darren O'Day Orioles
#108 Ben Paulsen Rockies
#130 A.J Pollock D-backs
#131 Adam LaRoche White Sox 
#132 Joe Ross Nationals
#137 Joe Panik Giants
#147 Dee Gordon Marlins
#160 Chris Sale White Sox
#174 Jered Weaver Angels
#183 Andrelton Simmons Braves
#193 Trevor Bauer Indians
#196 Hunter Strickland Giants
#198 Athletics team 
#217 Lance Lynn Cardinals
#237 Carlos Ruiz Phillies
#244 Matt Carpenter Cardinals
#262 Ervin Santana Twins
#282 Scott Feldman Astros
#288 Jake Lamb D-backs
#293 Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers
#315 Padres Team
#326 Kevin Plawecki Mets
#332 Blue Jays Team
#340 Victor Martinez Tigers
#344 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers
#BB-2  1953 Satchel Paige St Louis Browns
#GS-08 Nolan Ryan Rangers
#MLBD-40 Bernie Williams Yankees
#PIS-3 Jose Canseco Rangers

Pack 2:
#1 Mike Trout Angles
#6 Jimmy Paredes Orioles
#13 Craig Kimbrel Padres
#20 Andrew McCutchen Pirates
#21 WSH Game 4 
#25 Brad Ziegler D-backs
#28 Brain McCann Yankees
#76 Glen Perkins Twins
#107 Kevin Siegrist Cardinals
#109 Henry Owens Red Sox
#117 Liam Hendricks Blue Jays
#118 Jose Frenandez Marlins
#136 Michael Cuddyer Mets
#148 Yangervis Solarte Padres
#155 Yankees Team
#162 League Leaders AL RBI 
#170 New Order Astros
#177 Gregor Blanco Giants
#192 John Jaso Bay Rays
#215 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers
#218 Andrew Miller Yankees
#228 Matt Garza Brewers
#236 Juan Lagares Mets
#250 Miguel Cabrera Tigers
#274 Ryan Goins Blue Jays
#297 Tigers Team Gold 1904/2016
#304 Charlie Furbush Mariners
#318 Nationals Team
#320 Jake Peavy Giants
#345 Yonder Alonso Padres
#347 Jason Grilli Braves
#251 Chase Utley Dodgers
#B2B-12 Ruth/Gehrig Yankees
#FP-2 Gabrielle Giffords Mets
#MLBD-24 Satchel Paige Indians
#P-23 Craig Biggio Astros

Pack 3:
#2 Jerad Eickhoff Phillies
#5 Kyle Seager Mariners
#23 Jeff Francoeur Phillies
#39 Mark Trumbo Mariners
#41 Josh Harrison Pirates
#95 Kole Calhoun Angels
#96 Jose Bautista Blue Jays
#114 Brett Lawrie Athletics
#122 Melky Cabrera White Sox
#129 Kendall Graveman Athletics
#141 Colin Rea Padres
#146 Stephen Piscotty Cardinals
#150 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
#151 Jon Lester Cubs
#154 Hunter Pence Giants
#176 Brandon Phillips Reds
#180 Kevin Gausman Orioles
#210 Mike Zunino Mariners
#214 Chris Colabello Blue Jays
#219 Hector Olivera Braves
#222 Homer Bailey Reds
#235 Blaine Boyer Twins
#248 Braves Team
#249 Carlos Gomez Astros
#253 Nick Castellanos Tigers
#266 Jonathan Papelbon Nationals
#271 Kevin Kiermaier Bay Rays
#280 Brock Holt Red Sox
#303 Steve Pearce Orioles
#316 Jake Odorizzi Bay Rays
#335 Mitch Moreland Rangers
#348 Seth Smith Mariners
#MLBD-7 Yoenis Caspedes Athletics
#P-23 Craig Biggio Astros
#WOW-12 Starling Marte Pirates
#WRIG-21 Cole Hamels Phillies

Pack 4:
#26 League Leaders AL HR
#31 Travis D'Arnaud Mets
#47 Gio Gonzalez Nationals
#49 Ike Davis Athletics
#50 Salvador Perez Royals
#53 George Springer Astros
#89 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays
#105 Marcus Semien Athletics
#126 Papi and the Prince Red Sox
#127 Zach Lee Dodgers
#144 Jose Iglesias Tigers
#161 Phil Hughes Twins
#181 Twins Team
#185 League Leaders AL ERA
#188 Greg Bird Yankees
#203 Aaron Hill D-backs
#221 Ryan LaMarre Reds
#223 Christian Yelich Marlins
#224 Billy Burns Athletics
#229 Jesse Hahn Athletics
#242 Matt Wisler Braves
#261 Russell Martin Blue Jays
#263 Joc Pederson Dodgers
#278 Evan Gattis Astros
#289 Nick Hundley Rockies
#290 Zack Godley D-backs
#291 Asdrubal Cabrera Bay Rays
#292 Todd Frazier Reds
#306 Jarrod Saltalamacchia D-backs
#321 Hanley Ramirez Red Sox
#234 Steven Souza Jr. Bay Rays
#343 Drew Hutchison Blue Jays
#MLBD-14 Dwight Gooden Mets
#P-4 Bryce Harper Nationals
#WOW-5 David Freese Cardinals
#WRIG-20 Aramis Ramirez Cubs


Sunday, 5 June 2016

2015 Topps Heritage


It has been  a little while, but I have a number of packs sitting on my desk that I have yet to open and Big B just sent me a few more so I will continue to open packs in search of Red Sox. 
I joined a box break of the 2015 Heritage here in the UK last year-so there are no base cards I still need except the higher numbered short prints.  
Pack 1:
#104 Miguel Montero
#131 Checklist
#209 Tigers Rookie Stars
#238 Checklist
#251 David Peralta D-backs
#253 Arismendy Alcantara Cubs
#269 Bryan Price Reds
#369 Brandon Belt Giants
#400 Joe Mauer Twins

Pack 2:
#2 Melky Cabrera White Sox
#96 Tim Lincecum Giants
#183 Terry Francona Indians
#269 Bryab Price Reds
#271 J.J.Hardy Orioles
#275 Yadier Molina Cardinals
#285 Omar Infante Royals
#301 Erick Aybar Angels
#NR14 Nolan Ryan Rangers

Pack 3:
#38 B.J.Upton Braves
#63 Brett Lawrie Athletics
#107 Tigers Rookie Stars
#131 Checklist
#193 Chris Iannetta Angels
#287 R.A.Dickey Blue Jays
#308 Salvador Perez Royals
#377 Nick Swisher Indians
#THC449 Matt Harvey Mets

Pack 4:
#110 Anthony Rizzo Cubs
#120 Brian Dozer Twins
#144 Aaron Hill D-backs
#164 Rookie Stars
#190 Oswaldo Arcia Twins
#279 John Gibbons Blue Jays
#330 Carl Crawford Dodgers
#401 Rookie Stars
#485 Chris Carter Astros

A few other teams to spray around other collectors but not a single Red Sox in 4 packs- unfortunate. 

Saturday, 23 January 2016

2009 Goudey Graphs



I have been impressed with the personal collections of others , particularly those who amass collections of autographs.
There are 63 Goudey Graphs to collect. I will attempt over the coming months (years ) to collect all of these.
I have 20 and need 43 more.

GGAG Adrian Gonzalez San Diego Padres 
GGAV Mike Aviles Kansas City Royals 
GGBE Josh Beckett Boston Red Sox 
GGBH Bill Hall Milwaukee Brewers 
GGBM Brian McCann Atlanta Braves 
GGBP Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds 
GGBR Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles 
GGBU B.J. Upton Tampa Bay Rays 
GGBY Marlon Byrd Texas Rangers 
GGCF Carlton Fisk Boston Red Sox 
GGCG Conor Gillaspie San Francisco Giants 
GGCH Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies 
GGCK Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers 
GGCL Carlos Lee Houston Astros 
GGCU Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds 
GGDF Dexter Fowler Colorado Rockies 
GGDJ Derek Jeter New York Yankees 
GGDP David Price Tampa Bay Rays 
GGED Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners  
GGEE Edwin Encarnacion Cincinnati Reds 
GGEL Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays 
GGFC Francisco Cervelli New York Yankees 
GGFI Chone Figgins Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 
GGGA Garrett Atkins Colorado Rockies 
GGGP Gaylord Perry San Francisco Giants 
GGGS Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians 
GGHR Hanley Ramirez Florida Marlins 
GGIK Ian Kennedy New York Yankees 
GGJB Jeff Baisley Oakland Athletics 
GGJC Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays 
GGJF Jeff Francoeur Atlanta Braves 
GGJG Jeremy Guthrie Baltimore Orioles 
GGJP James Parr Atlanta Braves 
GGJU Justin Masterson Boston Red Sox 
GGKG Ken Griffey Jr. EXCH Chicago White Sox 
GGKK Kila Ka'aihue Kansas City Royals 
GGKS Kelly Shoppach Cleveland Indians 
GGKY Kevin Youkilis Boston Red Sox 
GGLM Lou Marson Philadelphia Phillies 
GGMA Matt Antonelli San Diego Padres 
GGMB Michael Bowden Boston Red Sox 
GGMG Mat Gamel Milwaukee Brewers 
GGMM Miguel Montero Arizona Diamondbacks 
GGMS Max Scherzer Arizona Diamondbacks 
GGMT Matt Tuiasosopo Seattle Mariners 
GGNB Nick Blackburn Minnesota Twins 
GGOH Orel Hershiser
GGPC Phil Coke New York Mets 
GGPE Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 
GGPF Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers 
GGRF Rollie Fingers Oakland Athletics 
GGRH Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 
GGRS Ron Santo Chicago Cubs 
GGSD Stephen Drew Arizona Diamondbacks 
GGSI Greg Smith Colorado Rockies 
GGTG Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves 
GGTR Tim Raines Montreal Expos 
GGTT Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies 
GGVM Victor Martinez Cleveland Indians 
GGWF Whitey Ford New York Yankees 
GGWL Wade LeBlanc San Diego Padres 
GGYG Yovani Gallardo Milwaukee Brewers
 

Saturday, 17 October 2015

2015 Bowman Baseball Value pack

This one has been sitting for a while gathering, dare I say it, dust. Shame on me.
The 2015 Bowman set consists of 150 base cards, including 30 Rookies. This is a reduction from last year,which had a 220 card base set. There are a number of base parallels including Silver, Purple, Blue, Gold, Retail-only Green, hobby-only Orange, Red, Black, Silver Ice, jumbo-only Red Ice and White Ice.  
Traditionally Bowman is known for its prospects, which has grown to 150 cards. These are also available in a number of parallels; Purple, Blue, Gold, Retail-only Green, hobby-only Orange, Red and Superfractor. There are also parallels that were released in the Asian market only Black and Red. 

The Red Sox checklist contains:
#27 Mookie Betts
#76 David Ortiz
#81 Xander Bogaerts
#117 Mike Napoli
#122 Anthony Ranaudo
#125 Rusney Castillo
#126 Bryce Brentz
#133 Edwin Escobar
#143 Matt Barnes
Prospects 
#BP34 Rafael Devers 
#BP57 Jantzen Witte 
#BP64 Jordan Betts 
#BP70 Carlos Asuaje 
#BP92 Henry Owens
#BP133 Trey Ball 
#BCP215 Simon Mercedes 
#BCP230 Manuel Margot
As of yet I have not collected any of the Bowman cards.

I have a value pack that contains 3 packs of 10 cards plus 3 yellow parallel cards (which are retail exclusive parallels).

Pack 1:
#69 Victor Martinez Tigers
#85 Kurt Suzuki Twins
#101 Greg Holland Royals
#126 Bryce Brentz Red Sox
#128 Cory Spangenberg Padres
#BP56 Hunter Dozier Royals
#BP84 Nick Petree Cardinals
#BP122 Hunter Renfroe Padres
#BCP26 Hunter Harvey Orioles
#BCP68 Raimel Tapia Rockies

Pack 2:
#18 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Marlins
#24 Alex Cobb Bay Rays
#75 Jacob DeGrom Mets
#84 Henderson Alvarez Marlins
#117 Mike Napoli Red Sox
#BP14 Marco Gonzalez Cardinals
#BP45 James Dykstra Whie Sox
#BP101 Rio Ruiz Astros
#BCP49 Sal Romano Reds
#BCP104 Robert Refsnyder Yankees

Pack 3:
#20 Paul Goldschmidt D-backs
#29 Ian Kinsler Tigers
#99 Ian Kennedy Padres
#145 Xavier Scruggs Cardinals
#BP10 Logan Moon Royals
#BP49 Sal Romano Reds
#BP138 Mike Yastrzemski Orioles
#BP150 Carlos Rodon White Sox Silver Ice
#BCP65 Gabriel Quintana Padres
#BCP118 Domingo German Marlins

Bonus pack:
#BP48 Erik Gonzalez Indians
#BP57 Jantzen Witte Red Sox
#BP142 Albert Almora Cubs

Not a bad couple of packs, three Sox and a famous Red Sox sibling.
The first pack had way too many 'Hunters'.

2009 Goudey Memorabilia

In keeping with my Pursuit of 2009 Goudey Graphs, I will attempt to complete the 2009 Goudey Memorabilia at the same time.
According to baseballcardpedia there are 84 memorabilia cards to collect,

I have 42 and need 42


GM-AB A.J. Burnett Toronto Blue Jays
GM-AE Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
GM-AH Aaron Harang Cincinnati Reds
GM-AJ Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles
GM-AR Aramis Ramirez Chicago Cubs
GM-BC Bobby Crosby Oakland Athletics
GM-BE Carlos Beltran New York Mets
GM-BG Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals
GM-BH Bill Hall Milwaukee Brewers
GM-BM Brian McCann Atlanta Braves
GM-BP Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds
GM-BR Brian Roberts Baltimore Orioles
GM-BS Ben Sheets Milwaukee Brewers
GM-BW Billy Williams Chicago Cubs
GM-CA Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
GM-CB Clay Buchholz Boston Red Sox
GM-CG Carlos Guillen Detroit Tigers
GM-CH Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies
GM-CL Carlos Lee Houston Astros
GM-CR Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles
GM-CS Curt Schilling Boston Red Sox
GM-CU Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies
GM-CY Chris Young San Diego Padres
GM-DA Johnny Damon New York Yankees
GM-DJ Derek Jeter New York Yankees
GM-DL Derrek Lee Chicago Cubs
GM-DM Daisuke Matsuzaka Boston Red Sox
GM-DO David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
GM-DS Denard Span Minnesota Twins
GM-DY Delmon Young Minnesota Twins
GM-FH Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
GM-FL Francisco Liriano Minnesota Twins
GM-GA Garret Anderson Los Angeles Angels
GM-HK Howie Kendrick Los Angeles Angels
GM-HR Hanley Ramirez Florida Marlins
GM-HU Tim Hudson Atlanta Braves
GM-JA Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics
GM-JD Jermaine Dye Chicago White Sox
GM-JE Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox
GM-JF Jeff Francoeur Atlanta Braves
GM-JG Jason Giambi New York Yankees
GM-JH J.J. Hardy Milwaukee Brewers
GM-JJ Josh Johnson Florida Marlins
GM-JM John Maine New York Mets
GM-JN Joe Nathan Minnesota Twins
GM-JO Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
GM-JS Joakim Soria Kansas City Royals
GM-JT Jim Thome Chicago White Sox
GM-JV Jason Varitek Boston Red Sox
GM-JW Jered Weaver Los Angeles Angels
GM-KF Kosuke Fukudome Chicago Cubs
GM-KJ Kelly Johnson Atlanta Braves
GM-KS Kevin Slowey Minnesota Twins
GM-KW Kerry Wood Chicago Cubs
GM-KY Kevin Youkilis Boston Red Sox
GM-LB Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals
GM-LE Cliff Lee Cleveland Indians
GM-MA Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
GM-ME Melvin Mora Baltimore Orioles
GM-MK Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers
GM-MS Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
GM-MY Michael Young Texas Rangers
GM-NM Nick Markakis Baltimore Orioles
GM-NR Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers
GM-NS Nick Swisher New York Yankees
GM-OS Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals
GM-PA Jonathan Papelbon Boston Red Sox
GM-PE Brad Penny Los Angeles Dodgers
GM-PF Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers
GM-PH Phil Hughes New York Yankees
GM-PN Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves
GM-RF Rafael Furcal Los Angeles Dodgers
GM-RJ Reggie Jackson New York Yankees
GM-RO Roy Oswalt Houston Astros
GM-RS Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs
GM-RY Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers
GM-SH Gary Sheffield Detroit Tigers
GM-TG Troy Glaus St. Louis Cardinals
GM-TH Trevor Hoffman San Diego Padres
GM-TS Takashi Saito Los Angeles Dodgers
GM-TT Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
GM-VM Victor Martinez Cleveland Indians
GM-WI Josh Willingham Washington Nationals
GM-YG Yovani Gallardo Milwaukee Brewers