Saturday, March 17, 2018

An affordable trip to the Pacific

Earlier this month, Colbey from Cardboard Collections held one of his patented Affordable Group Breaks. This time, it was for a box of 1993 and 1994 Pacific.

I'm a lover of the Pacific brand, notably from the late '90s and early 00s, but I still wanted in on these. One thing I noticed is that they did a great job on the card backs. Those are some great, full-sized images of the players.
And early on, they were in Spanish, of course!

I think I like the 1994 design the most. It took a big step forward from 1993, and I think it holds up pretty well. Simple, but nice.
And here's 1993:
Great cropping though. Would love to see this from Topps.

My second team slot was the Phillies, but not much to show there.

Thanks for the break, Colbey!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Jordan really is the GOAT

I've always loved the term "The G.O.A.T." when describing a player. For those that don't know, it's actually a positive! It stands for Greatest Of All Time. And while it's usually reserved for NBA players, recently a collector named Jordan dropped a surprise PWE on me.

Jordan reached out around the new year saying he wanted to send me a few Yanks. I totally forgot about it, so it was a nice surprise when I came home to an unexpected envelope of cards.

I certainly appreciate any and all Luis Severino RCs. This guy is going to be criminally under-collected over the next few years. He finished third in the AL Cy Young as a 23 year old. Folks, he's a good one.
There was definitely some shiny cards included too! Sadly James Kaprielian is now in the A's organization as he was part of the Sonny Gray trade. I've always liked this card of Cito Culver doing a jump throw, and the X-Fractor effect makes it even cooler.
Jordan, such a nice gesture. Thank you!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Major League mail forwarding

A few weeks ago, I sent then-Yankees prospect Nick Solak a TTM request at spring training. Solak is quickly becoming one of the most reliable signers out there, and I had a few extra cards of his.

I sent me request and then something happened.

He got traded.

I figured my TTM request was a lost cause, but I wasn't too upset. One of the top TTM rules is to never send anything you don't want to lose, so I wasn't too down on losing two cards of a Rays prospect.

But then on Monday, my SASE arrived with these:
It looks like the Yankees must've forwarded Solak's mail, which was very cool.

I should know better than to write off any TTM request. Glad to have these back, and I wish Nick the best of luck with his new organization.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hertiage breakin'

I was fortunate enough to buy a lot in Nachos Grande's three-box Heritage break. I'm glad I did too, since my Target has been bone dry when it comes to Heritage.

Gavin mentioned it, but the collation on the three boxes didn't seem great. Although not SPs, I was unable to land base cards of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Chad Green, or Clint Frazier. Not quite what you'd expect. I was still really happy with my haul below, but I definitely expected at least one of those guys.

I got on the board early with a Chrome Refractor of Didi Gregorius #'d to 569. These fall 1:61, so that was a good start for me. It's a great looking card too.
In the very last pack, there was a black border card. Although not serially numbered, it looks like these are limited to 50 cards of each and fall 1:51. Chris did a great reveal where we knew it was a Yankee, and I was praying for Judge, Stanton, or Sanchez as he slowly showed the card. It ended up being this guy. Not bad!
While I didn't get a Sanchez base, I still did pretty well with him, including two inserts and a couple of The Topps News All-Star cards.
I wasn't completely shut out on Judge!
I found the back of this card interesting, as it mentions that Cooper is no longer on the Yankees.
And there's Big Mike's (likely) last Yankees card. Good luck, sir.
As part of the break, we also got a random team. I was assigned the D-Backs, so I was hoping for a cool Goldy. And I got one!
Chris, you ran a great break - from the organization to the live stream to the shipping. Thank you!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Eff Miggy!

Screw Miguel Cabrera!

I'm not his biggest fan after the skirmish between him and the Yankees last year, notably Austin Romine. So when Paul from Scribbled Ink decided to hold a contest because Miggy screwed him, I was totally on board.

Here's my Eff Miggy 1/1. I especially like the unicorn tattoo.
Besides the sweet custom, Paul took care of me with Yanks. First off, a Jeter I've never seen. Cool Vegas theme!
He also included a blue parallel of the 2018 Jeter Highlights set, as well as one of the Topps NOW inserts.
I love cards of obscure Yankees, and I have to admit I did not remember Michael Coleman. Even cooler that it was a gold parallel. Great Topps Gold design, by the way. Huge fan.
Tino! I did not have the 2003 Gallery Rainbow Refractor. Great find, Paul!
I like this Reggie a lot. The gray border looks pretty cool, I have to admit.
Unrelated to the contest, Paul needed a 2018 Topps base card I had, and was kind enough to hook me up with four solid 2018 Topps cards, including two Judge base card, a Bellinger insert, and a Moncada foil.
Thanks for everything, Paul!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Zippy Zappy's methods work!

One of the best fellow TTMers out there is good 'ol Zippy Zappy.

I can't remember where I saw it, which leads me to believe it was on Twitter, but ZZ sometimes includes a card for that player that isn't of the player himself. Just a small gift for him to keep.

Hmm, I don't think I've ever done that!

On the back of Chance Adams' 2017 Bowman Chrome, the card said he models his game after Trevor Rosenthal, and idolized Willie Mays. Interesting.

I dug through some cards and couldn't find a Rosenthal, but I did find a Mays Turn Back The Clock from the mid-80s. So I included it in my TTM request to Adams.

My card came back signed, along with a post-it:
Cool! What a great idea, ZZ. Hope you don't mind me ripping you off.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

TTM success from a Yankees catcher

Yankees backup, backup catcher Kyle Higashioka signed two cards for me earlier this spring. He's definitely one of the best signers on the Yankees, as I've gotten him to sign cards through the mail in the past.

While I try not to send to the same guy multiple times, I did really want Kyle's 2017 Topps Update RC signed.
After nine years in the minors, he finally made his MLB debut last April. Gary Sanchez was down with an injury, so Austin Romine slotted into the starting role and Higashioka as the backup. He hit 21 HRs in the minors in 2016, so I was excited to see what he could do.

Unfortunately, he went hitless in 18 bats, and got sent back down to the minors when Sanchez returned. I hope he gets another shot this year for his first Big League hit. He certainly has persevered and deserves it!