April 20, 2014

Why Not Post Some Secret Santa Cards In April?

We are approaching the end of April so why not finally get around to posting the rest of my Crackin' Wax Secret Santa gifts! I ask for Packers autographs or relics, Milwaukee Braves, and of course Andy Pafko stuff. I've shown a Packers patch I received earlier and here are the rest of the package. 

My Secret Santa certainly came through with a great looking Andy Pafko autograph on a Wilson baseball signature card. Sure, my name's not Tony but what can you do?

The rest of my cards are some are of some Milwaukee Braves including three multi-player cards featuring Warren Spahn, the best Braves pitcher ever...and maybe the best left handed pitcher of the modern era. And before you start screaming about Sandy Koufax, remember that Spahn lost three seasons to World War II service. 

1960 Topps #230 Warren Spahn/Lou Burdette/Bob Buhl Mound Magicians
1962 Topps #58 National League Win Leaders
1962 Topps #56 National Leage E.R.A. Leaders

Howie Bedell didn't quite live up to his Star Rookie label as he played only in 58 games for the Braves. Frank Bolling was a two-time All-Star and an excellent second baseman winning the Gold Glove in 1958.

1962 Topps #76 Howie Bedell
1962 Post #146 Frank Bolling

Plus who doesn't love a Hank Aaron card? His 1976 card was Hank's in the flagship set has a player.

1976 Topps #550 Hank Aaron

April 19, 2014

Packer Pickups: Benson and Jones Autographs And A Franklin Patch

In this series I show off my latest Green Bay Packers pickups. 

Cedric Benson doesn't have too many Packers cards and I believe there are just autographs from the Valor, Five Star, and Magic sets but seeing as how he ended up playing in only five games in his one season with the Packers, that's not too surprising. This one was $6.00 shipped on eBay.

2012 Topps Valor #CA-CB Cedric Benson Autograph #161/200
I thought James Jones signing with the Raiders would mean that some cheap Jones cards would hit eBay and sure enough I found this one for $3.00. Jones is certainly in the running for "laziest signature" but at least the two J's together has some artistic flair. I wonder if he isn't partially responsible for the worst Packer autographs ever. I wonder if one day in the locker room Alex Green mentioned that he had to sign 500 cards for Topps and Jones said "I just sign two letters and I can get those done in an hour!"

2010 Topps Magic #134 James Jones Autograph
I'm a big fan of patch cards no matter who the player is and this three color path Johnathan Franklin RC for $5.00 was worth it.

2013 Topps #RP-JF Johnathan Franklin Patch Relic

April 18, 2014

Ripping A Pack Of DC Comics Justice League Chibis

I was torn between getting this pack of Justice League minis or a pack of the Hobbit themed ones. As you can see Justice League won out and I'm hopping for a Flash and Batman. So what did I end up pulling?

Well, the pack offered me the happy couple of Superman and Wonder Woman with Wonder Woman going to my wife. It was fun to pull a Green Arrow in the pack as he is one of the few people to have defeated Superman...kryptonite arrows didn't hurt either.

Topps 75th Anniversary Buy Backs

A few weeks ago I received a friendly e-mail from Adam over at Thoughts On Sox letting me know about an eBay auction that I might be interested in.  It was a lot of four vintage Topps cards that have been foil stamped to honor Topps 75th Anniversary. These came out of packs of 2014 Topps and are inserted one per box. One mildly interesting fact is that these first three cards were all cards that I won through the 1,000,000 Card Giveaway Topps had a few years ago.

1968 Topps #336 John Purdin 75th Anniversary Buy Back
1966 Topps #48 Paul Blair 75th Anniversary Buy Back
1973 Topps #315 John Odom 75th Anniversary Buy Back

The fourth card was the reason for the auction being brought to my attention, a 1958 Topps Andy Pafko buy back card. This might be one of the few Pafko cards you can pull from 2014 products.  

1958 Topps #223 Andy Pafko 75th Anniversary Buy Back
The card is a little rough on the back with some added pen marks but it's still fun to come across some "new" Pafko cards.

1958 Topps #223 Andy Pafko 75th Anniversary Buy Back Reverse

April 17, 2014

My Expanding Kole Calhoun Collection

Along with Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun is the most famous player to have ever played for the collegiate summer league team from my home town, the Eau Claire Express. Kole played for the Express each summer from 2007 to 2009 and was drafted by the Angels in 2010. He had the lucky role of replacing Albert Pujols in the Angels lineup after Pujols injured his foot. With Kole's connection to my hometown I've started collecting his cards and here are some recent arrivals from trades I've done with my renowned baseball card blog trader Mike D. 

2012 Bowman Platinum #AP-KC Kole Calhoun Autograph
Kole's 2012 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects card is my favorite of his cards.

2012 Bowman DP&P #47 Kole Calhoun Blue Ice RC
2012 Bowman DP&P #47 Kole Calhoun RC

2012 Bowman DP&P #47 Kole Calhoun RC

2012 Bowman DP&P #47 Kole Calhoun Refractor #267/300

2012 Bowman Chrome #188 Kole Calhoun RC
He made his Topps flagship debut in the Update Series of 2013 set.

2013 Topps Update #US-110 Kole Calhoun
2013 Topps Update #US-110 Kole Calhoun Gold #1570/2013

April 16, 2014

George Brett Inspired Lorde's "Royals"

The man who famously told this story...

went on to inspire this...

Apparently George Brett inspired "Royals" by Lorde...which really should read George Brett inspired the Grammy's 2013 Song of the Year. Here's the story and the photo that sparked the song.  

April 15, 2014

Another Day, Another Repackage

Much like my post from yesterday about my blind Packers box, this box of random cards was repackaged by Uncommon Sports Cards in Minneapolis. This $5 box was full of random baseball cards and it also guaranteed an autograph or relic card.

I'll spare you the random cards and just show you the autograph which I was surprised/excited to see was a Twin. Alex Wimmers was the Twins 1st round pick in the 2010 draft but had Tommy John surgery in 2012. He's currently on the road back towards the Majors and is pitching in Fort Myers with the Twins A+ team....so with a little luck this card might turn out to be a nice pull for me.

2011 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects  #BPA-AW Alex Wimmers Autograph

April 14, 2014

Ripping A Green Bay Packers Fan Box Fairfield Repackage

I love buying these team-specific boxes because as a team collector being guaranteed a Packer autograph or relic allows me to happily pay $11.99 for the chance of pulling something memorable [like what's shown on the box itself].

Today's box held a Quinn Johnson autograph from 2009 Score. It's a $5.00 card at best but I don't mind too much as I didn't have a Johnson autograph before. Quinn last played for the Packers at full back back in 2010 before going to the Broncos and then the Titans. 

2009 Score Inscriptions #385 Quinn Johnson Autograph #204/599