Thursday, March 30, 2017

Custom cards from Corky

Last week I posted a 'wish list' of custom card requests for female athletes and a couple of my favorite celebs (and one web celeb). Corky, author of the blog Pack War, was generous enough to accept the challenge. He put together some killer customs for me, and here they are:

From the Fox TV series Pitch, by way of 2017 Topps Heritage (or '68 Topps, if you prefer)

 UConn basketball legend Breanna Stewart, 1970 style:

USA hockey star Hilary Knight:

Another USA star, and another design from 1994:

 A trio of Jennie Finch cards. The first two borrow from 1992 All-World Football:

And a horizontal photo in a 2013 Topps frame: 

There's one more custom card in this batch - which I'll display proudly on my other blog

Corky, thanks so much for crafting these beauties!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

100 Word Post - new cards from COMC

Robert ($30 A Week Habit) recently had a contest where he would purchase five cards on COMC for any collector who entered, provided they write a 100-word post about the cards they received from him. The writer in me thought this was a fun idea for a contest. Unfortunately I did not read about Robert's contest until after he had purchased the cards. 

No matter. It just so happens that I cleared out my COMC inventory at the end of February. Using store credit earned through COMC challenges, I purchased just enough cards to earn a $5 shipping credit (and cover the cost of having this batch shipped to me.) There are 62 cards in the batch. I shall now attempt to write a 100-word post about all of them. Starting.... now.

I've wanted this forever:

Low numbered trade bait:

 Color match. Nice catch:

Vintage Giants:


Nearly perfect. Bottom is a bit rough:

Canadian sunset card:

Under 50 cents each:

Former Devils coaches:

Team set starter kit:

40 cents or less. I love this set:

These cost slightly more:

Zach attack:

Zacha attacka:

Big base under two bucks each:

Cheap refractors:

Teams I collect. The Pedro is my fave:

Set filler upgrade:

Logoless legend. Cool teal border:

Put Hoff in the HOF:

Future Golden Knight?

Three Stars:

 This did not scan well.

Beautiful set.

My first Topps Now card.

 Thanks, Papi!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Heritage Break Part III: All the inserts and a 19/68 Hit

This is the third (and probably final) post of cards from my 2017 Topps Heritage 5-box break. I might discuss the base set in a future post, but I want to get to some trade goodies I received over the past week (and my incoming COMC order) so I'll end Heritage Week with the inserts and relics.

I was sort of amazed that I didn't pull any duplicate inserts over the 120 packs. That said, I didn't complete any inserts sets, either. For my 2007 Topps Heritage set I completed the full set (including SP's) plus all variations, and I thought I had completed the basic insert sets - but if I did, I no longer have them. Not sure what I'll do with this year's Heritage inserts, but here they are:

Topps Game inserts (11 out of 30)

Baseball Flashbacks (6 out of 15)

News Flashbacks (7 out of 15)

Some of these cards (and others that I didn't pull) are sad reminders of what a depressing year 1968 was in America.

New Age Performers (10 out of 25)

Then and Now (6 out of 15)

Notice that Topps is re-using the same photos for the insert cards. Lazy.

Now for the hits...each box promises an autograph or relic, and after opening the first two boxes I was worried that the Real One autographs were one per case.

Since I bought less than half a case I was afraid the odds were against me, and I'd get stuck with five fairly pedestrian relics.

I got four relics...

Near the bottom of the third box I pulled this beauty, a red ink Real One auto of Astros superstar Carlos Correa:

Apparently these red ink autos are parallels of the regular autographs... and numbered to 68 in recognition of the 1968 set. What's even more awesome is that this particular card is numbered 19/68:

I assure you those are creases in Correa's jersey, not the card.

I bought these boxes purely for the enjoyment of the base set, not to pull a big hit. That said, if I hadn't pulled even a standard auto I would have been disappointed. This Correa card was the cherry on top of a '68 sundae. 

Hope you all enjoyed reading about this Heritage break. I'll be sending some base and buyback packages in the mail soon.  

Enjoy your weekend!