Sunday, March 31, 2013

2011 Topps Series II Want List

2011 Topps Series II ( 97/ 330 = 29.4% )




Thursday, March 28, 2013

Magical 40% off sticker

     Doesn't everybody love the new expanded card section in Wal-Mart?  I sure do!  It looks like they have tripled the size they are devoting to cards!  In honor of the new expansion, I picked up 2 rack packs of 2011 Topps Series I at a 40% discount.  Now that's what I'm talking about!  Nothing better than seeing the set you are starting to collect on sale.

Now on to the rack packs!

The top pack wasn't the best with a Jackie Robinson Reproduction Card being the best one...
The bottom half wasn't any better but it did come with a Cognac Diamond, which I like very much.  Maybe I will make that one my long term set...
The second rack pack was much better with Pujols and Mantle.

The bottom half bring in another sparkly...
A Buster...
and Strasburg.

If this was 1988, I would be bragging to my brother about getting the best packs ever!!!!  But since getting back into collecting last year I have noticed that base cards have almost no value in the market whatsoever.  Overall, I'm pretty happy with the packs.  These are my first packs of 2011 Topps so they will all go in the binder.  Thanks for reading!

58 Base (58 needed)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

330 for 330

     Greetings everybody!!!  I have been gone from the blog for a little while but I have been enjoying reading all of the great blogs around the interweb.  The one thing I have noticed is that some people have a great card quest.  Either it be a personal collection of their favorite team or player, or maybe the crazy (in a good way) serial number insanity by Robert over at

     The problem I have is that I don't have a favorite team, nor do I have a favorite player.  For the longest time I couldn't think of anything that would keep my interest.... until today!!!

     Looking at my huge stack of 2012 Topps series I & II doubles, triples, quadruples, it hit me.  Why do I have all of these cards?  What am I going to do with 5 George Kottaras's cards?  I can't sell them on ebay and unfortunately almost all of the blogs I've seen have finished their 2012 sets.  So I am now stuck with a growing number of "useless" cards.  Never again!!!

     Starting with 2013 Topps flagship, I am only going to buy 330 base cards.  No more.  From those 330 cards I will trade my way to the complete set.  Impossible?  Well maybe...  Interesting? YES!!!  I now have a goal, or better yet a QUEST!!!  BRING IT ON!!!

Minis for Trade!

     I have decided to put most of my minis up for trade.  Please take a look and see if you need anything!  I'm looking to complete my 2012 Topps Series 1 & 2 and 2013 Topps Series 1 sets.  Thanks!!!!

2012 Gypsy Queen Mini Base

26 Brian Wilson
28 Michael Morse
31 Ted Lilly
65 Alex Avila
81 Alcides Escobar
82 David Wright
87 Jayson Werth
95 Dexter Fowler
110 Jose Bautista
135 Clayton Kershaw
136 Martin Prado
147 Mike Stanton
155 Yovani Gallardo
158 Rickie Weeks
162 Shin-Soo Choo
173 David Ortiz
186 Josh Johnson
221 Javier Vazquez
240 Tim Lincecum
245 Darryl Strawberry
255 Frank Robinson
257 Ryne Sandberg
268 Rod Carew
277 Vance Worley
279 Jeff Niemann
342 Darryl Strawberry
349 Dustin Ackley

2012 Gypsy Queen Mini Queen Backs

10 Roy Halladay
45 Madison Bumgarner (2)
59 Clay Buchholz
174 Josh Beckett
177 Nick Markakis
203 Matt Harrison
321 Jose Reyes

2012 Gypsy Queen Mini Straight Cut

126 Brett Myers
175 Nick Swisher
218 Colby Rasmus
234 Carlton Fisk
236 Lou Gehrig
282 Jordan Walden

2012 Allen & Ginter Mini Base

49 Jeremy Hellickson
57 Michael Pineda
74 Johnny Cueto
134 David Freese
218 John Danks
219 Ian Kennedy
306 Ryan Howard
325 Frank Robinson
332 Guy Bluford

2012 Allen & Ginter Mini Ad Back

43 Josh Johnson
74 Johnny Cueto
80 Brooks Robinson
82 Giancarlo Stanton
216 Corey Hart
280 Brandon Belt
333 Kelly Johnson

2012 Allen & Ginter Black Border

56 Jordan Pacheco RC
112 Chris Carpenter
255 Dayan Viciedobib

2012 Allen & Ginter - People of the Bible

PB-6 Daniel

2012 Allen & Ginter - World's Greatest Military Leaders

ML-10 Dwight D. Eisenhower
ML-14 Duke of Wellington

2012 Allen & Ginter - Man's Best Friend

MBF-1 Siberian Husky
MBF-3 Golden Retriever

2012 Allen & Ginter - Giants of the Deep

GD-7 Right Whale
GD-14 Bottlenose Whale