Monday, July 11, 2016

WOW - From Out of the Stadium to Stadium Club

Well that was amazing...

Just watched this guy hit 61 homers in about 80 swings one went 497 feet and another had a 116mph exit velocity. Insane.

I mean that was great and all but walking in my LCS Saturday to find a freshly ripped box of Stadium Club for me to dig thru was a little better to be honest.

I mean you can't really top images like this.

Or this...

In fact I'm just gonna shut up, I don't really have words to describe these beautiful pieces of cardboard but I grabbed 31 for 7 bucks.

Obligatory Braves shot.

Thanks for reading/looking

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Stadium Club Blaster

Friday. Yes it was Friday when I finally found glorious blasters of Stadium Club at a Target near me. I had stopped by last Friday and this Monday in search of the new product and to be honest I hadn't looked at too many of the images on purpose.

They had loose packs and hangers but I went for the blaster and Griffey was in my first pack. First card out was of Jayson Werth but i'm not making a National the feature card of any post on this blog.

My favorite part of Stadium Club the last couple years have been the black and white shots. Pulling a Braves player in 3 of the first 4 packs and 4 total in the blaster didn't hurt either.

Thank you Topps.

Who cares if these look a little like '97 Fleer, these things are freakin' beautiful. I wanna blow that Willie Mays image up and hang it in my living room.

My photos don't do these justice but here's 3 of my favorite cards of current stars.

"Dat me!"

The lone insert pulled was the Donald Trump of baseball himself...

Lastly here's the parallels. Probably keep the Aybar but the other 2 are up for grabs if anyone's interested. I grabbed 31 more base cards today at the LCS and will be getting a want list together soon for these if anyone has extras let me know.

Monday, July 4, 2016

All Trade Bait, All the Time

Oscar from All Trade Bait, All the Time sent me some awesome cards a while back and here they are.

This was the card that sparked the trade, Oscar pulled it right when GQ dropped so that shows you just how behind I am with trades/everything card related. I am almost done reorganizing everything out in the garage after losing my card room/office to my son. 

This is by far my favorite card in the package. Mr first ever baseball game was at old Atlanta Fulton County Stadium.

2 classic Braves sluggers on cards I didn't have. Aloha!

Freddie is having a pretty good year despite the big league clubs results lately. 

I want to thank Oscar once again for sending these. To all of my trade partners who are still reading, I have a ton of cards to pack up tonight for the first wave out of the garage. Wish They Still Came with Bubblegum is not dead I say!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I'm Not Dead Yet - Catching Up Quick

I'm still here folks, I have still been reading your posts and acquiring cards like a mad man just haven't had as much time to post. Maybe I burnt myself out a little bit with 25 posts in March. I also have been kicked out of my office/card room so that my son can move into it. More on that later, let's show off some cardboard.

Joined a box break of High Tek on instagram a little while back for $3 and hit this on card Andruw auto. Not bad

Hard as it was because I love Five Star cards, I waited and waited on this one to drop to around five bucks on eBay and snatched it up. Wisler is having a pretty solid sophomore season so far - 3.98 ERA, 1.12 WHIP over 72.1 IP in 11 starts. He also has a save somehow from when Fredi Gonzalez burned through his whole bullpen in 10 innings once. (farewell Fredi!)

Although I have yet to buy any of this year's Archives I did get this 2015 Archives card of Kevin Kiermaier signed in person at the 2nd Rays home game of the season, he has since broken his wrist and will miss most of the year... bummer. I will probably be going to buy some '16 Archives tonight actually

2 weeks ago I got to go to a Braves Extended Spring Training game featuring some of the kids drafted last year and a bunch of super young International players. That's Christian Yellich's brother Collin on the left and former Bowling Green catcher Trey Keegan on the right who's a nice guy. I was one of about 6 people there and stood here for most of the game. Pretty good time.

Back to cards, I sent this 2015 Bowman Chrome of Tyrell Jenkins out to him right after camp broke and got it back a couple weeks ago. He's knocking on the door in AAA.

As you all know the Braves SUCK this year, historically bad big league team. No way around it, so I look to the future. Pro Debut couldn't come soon enough for me and I was able to snag this Austin Riley auto for a pretty good deal on the Bay right after it released.

Grabbed the Braves team set and Dansby Swanson off Sportlots. Odd that Aaron Blair is shopped into a Gwinnnett Braves uniform but Dansby who was traded on the same day is in an Arizona affiliate uniform. 

Last prospect card I swear. Mike Soroka gonna be a good one I think. Oh CANADA! Ok I scored some old cards at the flea market and will be showing those off later this week after I get caught up on trade packages (Sorry guys!)

One more thing before I go - Has anyone ever stored cards in the garage? I have this large space cleared out in mine to turn into an office space and am going to EVENTUALLY finish the room but is it safe to store my cards out here until then? Thanks for any input and thanks for reading my blog as always!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

LCS Pit Stop - Bowman plus... Football?

 Hit the LCS the other night hoping to find some packs of Bowman. Even better for me someone had busted a box earlier and left all the base behind!

Love these press conference shots. That's my first Heyward as a Cub. The others are for trade, I grabbed a bunch of others for y'all as well.

The guy was even nice enough to separate the Chromes Dansby is tearing up AA, Ozzie is at AAA and Yepez just debuted for Rome (A) the other day

Braves have the youngest pitching staff in the majors and all these guys plus more in the minors. Hopefully they start trading some soon...

Yes! Dug these last year, even pulled a couple but there were no Braves to chase. 

I went to buy the baseball cards and while the guy was figuring up the price I spotted this shiny Karl Joseph card for somebody that lives in West Virginia and realized it was a 2016 card. 

Didn't realize Score put out a set already. Picked up a couple Gators and Austin Hooper who got drafted by the Falcons. Hopefully he works out better than the last TE we got from there.

3 Julios! Really dig that Franchise insert and a great shot on that Toe the Line card.

There was also a box of 2016 Panini Contenders laying out. Snapped up all the Gators. 

I think these are the base cards? This set confuses me. Nice card stock though. Panini doing a good job with thier newly exclusive license.

Really like the font they used on School, very 70's man.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mark Hoyle Sends Vintage Goodness

I recently got an email from the most famous non-blogging reader around - Mark Hoyle. He said he had some Braves to send me and a trade was set up.

This was me reading the email as I knew a vintage onslaught was headed my way.

I was not wrong, Mark obviously checked my want lists and proceeded to cross card after card off my vintage team set needs. Say cheese Rowland!

This will definitely motivate me to update said lists.

Hey that's not a Heritage!

1979's all around

Pretty good combo here

Mr. Hoyle didn't just send vintage though as shown with the Grilli sticker above and this awesome Andruw rookie I didn't have.

He also sent a nice mix of vintage Falcons

Some Phil Espositos for my semi recent PC of him. He does color commentary for the Lightning radio broadcast and is hilarious at times. Between him and Don Sutton I feel pretty lucky on the radio calls I get to listen to on a regular basis.

Mark sent me an email asking if there were any vintage hockey cards I was looking for, well since my team debuted in 1992 there is no such thing so I told him I collect Atlanta Flames as well even though they stopped playing 8 years before I was born.

I'm glad I did too because I had never seen either of these sets before. Thanks for all the great cards Mark, I should have a return package out tomorrow.