October 8, 2015

My Packer Season Ticket Update Is Here [2015 Edition]

It is hard to believe a year has gone by and that it is time to share another Packers Season Ticket waiting list postcard update. This year I've moved up to number 59,267 on the list to be able to buy Packers season tickets. I was originally a little over 70,000 on the list so I've completed about 15% of my journey up the list over 10 years...maybe it's actually time to start saving to be able to buy the actually tickets!

I tracked down all my previous postcards which is a minor miracle as I've lived in five different places [and two countries] since I initially put my name on the list back in 2006. The average of moving up more than 1,000 places is a bit off as the expansion to Lambeau Field a few years ago gave me a huge just up the list. 

It's still going to take me more than 50 years to move up the list at the current rate although the Packers themselves frequently says it only takes about 30 years to move to the top of the list. 

September 21, 2015

Living The Dream

You may have noticed a lack of posts on the blog over the past month and this has been mainly due to one reason: writing about baseball cards. Yes, that's right, writing about baseball cards...just not on my blog. For the past few weeks, I've been writing for The Cardboard Connection creating top 10 lists for them about vintage cards and the top 10 cards for a given player.

I've been writing about baseball cards on a mostly amateur basis since starting this blog in September 2008 and so it has been an interesting transition to go from doing what I love on a "when I have time" basis to doing it nearly every day. If you are interested, you can find my published articles HERE with many more to come.

All this probably means that Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius will probably be strictly devoted to my personal card diary of players I collect and my card show finds but I doubt my blog will ever truly be retired as writing about trading cards is something I truly love.

August 23, 2015

The Simpsons Lego Minifigures Series 2

While I have nearly the entire first series of Simpsons Lego mini-figures, it totally slipped by me that a Series Two was released in April. This set gives you the chance to get Comic Book Guy, Bartman, Fall Out Boy, and the Bouvier sisters. I find these on a big display at Target and are $3.99 per bag. Now these packs can sometimes be frustrating in pulling the same characters again and again but just like in Series 1 there is a way you can game the system and get unique figures each time.

These were my first two packs so I just did the old "feel test" and picked two figures that were obviously different. Pack #1 came up Milhouse as found Fall Out Boy! Besides inspiring the band, Milhouse famously won the role of Fall Out Boy in the Radioactive Man and was later replaced by Mickey Rooney.

Pack #2 found Selma...Selma wears a blue dress and Patty is red dress in case you have trouble differentiating the twins. Selma's been married to Side Show Bob, Troy McClure, and Disco Stu to name a few.

August 22, 2015

Topps Refractor Labeling


August 19, 2015

TCPS Podcast #TheHobby Interviews Series - Christopher From Crackin' Wax

The Trading Card Preservation Society starts a new #TheHobby Interviews series which will be a Better Know Your Blogger style collection of interviews conducted with trading card bloggers and people in the trading card industry. Today I call Christopher from Crackin' Wax to talk about his charity group breaks, designing trading cards, and our mutual love of the Minnesota Twins. Colligere Omnia!

You can stream the interview below, download it here, or listen on iTunes or Stitcher.


August 17, 2015

Ripping A Random Pack Of 2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee

As you can see, my "to be ripped and reviewed" stack for A Pack To Be Named Later is getting a little out of hand so I need to get back into the habit of regularly ripping packs. So let's start today with an odd ball one-off product from Upper Deck, 2009 O-Pee-Chee Baseball. In 2010, Upper Deck lost its baseball license and so we never got to see this product's true potential. I think I really did buy this for $1 from a clearance box at a card shop in Minnesota during a visit. And as TraderCracks says "when you find 2009 O-Pee-Chee Baseball, you buy 2009 OPC Baseball."

In my my six cards I was able to pull two stadium cards which is a subset of baseball cards that I collect! As you'll notice my card of Progressive Stadium in Cleveland has a black border which fell one per pack.

August 13, 2015

I Can Die A Happy Man Now, Kent Hrbek Followed Me

Well, I can die a happy man now! Kent Hrbek followed me on Twitter! Herbie! Herbie! Herbie! 

Kent is of course known for his humorous and unique baseball cards and as I was flipping through my Hrbek collection today I think that this 1995 Upper Deck card is my person favorite of him. What's your favorite Kent Hrbek card?

1995 Upper Deck #195 Kent Hrbek

August 12, 2015

Have We Seen The 2016 Topps Design Before?

How's that for a click bait post title? If you make trading cards long enough you are bound to get to the point in which creating new designs becomes tougher and tougher. The same is true with collecting. If you own and look at your cards long enough you'll start seeing patterns or similarities that may not really be there. For example, am I crazy or does the 2016 Topps design look a lot like the Cut Above insert set from 2012 Topps?

2012 Topps A Cut Above #ACA-14 Willie Mays
If only that logo was in the bottom right I think we would have a winner!