Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A box break, some buybacks and a HOFer's auto : Thanks Matt !

Matt sent me what may just well be my last cards of the year (*sob*). I got an awesome package from my friend Julie on Saturday (well, our friend, considering how great she is at trading with everybody (did I just call Julie a trading slut (sorry Julie, it's just that I really like the word "slut". Not for its meaning, but because of how it sounds)? I hope I didn't)), but I'll be showing this one off at a later time.

As is often the case now, Matt included the results from our ongoing box breaks series, this time with a box of Topps Update, along with our usual back and forth trading. And because Matt knows how to make me happy, he was also kind enough to include a couple of One Touch holders, as it's really difficult to find supplies here in France.

First, let's get those idiotic buybacks out of the way. Then again, I have to admit it's pretty cool to get one from 1961. And Wilbur will always be a neat name, especially in an old Astros uniform.

Some parallels.

More parallels, including a black bordered /64

 I got what I believe is the sole hit of the box. Though I can understand how annoying it must be to find a manu-relic instead of a patch or auto, I really kind of like it. Plus, it's Ted Williams. And it's quite hefty.

Plenty of Blue Jays for the PC ! Nice to have Tulo and Donaldson in a Blue Jays uniform. David Price is missing, though. Ah well.

So that's it for the box break. Always nice to add some 2015 Topps to the collection !

Now, for the trading aspect of the package :

 New guard vs old guard ! I really like Topps Tek, for some reason. Maybe because of the acetate feel that reminds me of the 90s. Great on-card autos.

I like Topps Tek, but I do think all the variations are silly. I'm still glad to have a low numbered one of Marcus Stroman ( /75)

More PC, this time with one of my favorite players, and a couple of very nice on-card autos, both numbered !

 I sometimes have a feeling Scott Rolen doesn't get the credit he deserves. Or maybe it's just me. Anyway, this is a nice design, though I suspect there are a ton of those to collect from those years !

And finally, I always know that Matt includes that one card that just blows the rest away. I don't know how he does it. Works each time. Last time around, it was a Cal Ripken Jr auto. This time, we stay with somebody who also played his entire HOF career at third base for the Orioles, albeit a generation before :

I promise never to say another mean thing about PANINI ! This is a great card and awesome addition to my collection. I've wanted a Brooks Robinson auto for a very long time but never pulled the trigger. And I can always count on my friends in the blogosphere to help me with such tasks.

Thanks again Matt, you know how much I enjoy our trades and friendship. Here's to next year !


  1. Awesome! I have a very similar post coming up tomorrow a.m....

  2. Man that is one serious package. Scott Rolen was the best defensive 3B for a long time, at least in the NL.

  3. Great cards, especially that Ted Williams.

  4. Great cards, especially that Ted Williams.

  5. I think that Ted Williams added about $4 to the shipping! We had a good trading year my friend. It will be hard to top, but I'm up to the challenge.

  6. Love the Williams. Mom going to grab one of them soon, The Brooks is sweet