I completed a really nice blind trade with fellow blogger Tom from the blog Angles in Order.
One of the cards that I got in the package was this really nice looking 2012 Topps Albert Pujols Golden Greats insert that I didn't already have for my PC, and that now means that I have 263 Pujols in my collection.
A couple days ago, I completed another trade with a guy named Michael that I meet on Instagram. I traded him two signed baseballs of HOF players, Bobby Doerr, and Monte Irvin, and in return he sent me this very sweet 2004 Topps Tribute Stan Musial relic, Lou Brock relic, and a nice stack of Cardinals vintage.
There was so much good vintage, and one of them was this 1965 Topps World Series "The Cards Celebrate". This is a pretty awesome card, and back in 1964 was when the Cardinals beat the Yankees in game 7 of the World Series to win it all. I'm glad that I was able to pick this up in the trade.
Next vintage card that I got was this sweet looking 1968 Orlando Cepeda game card. I don't have many cards of Cepeda in a Cardinals jersey, so this was also a really nice add to my Cardinals vintage collection.
One of the nicer vintage cards that I really wanted, and I
got was this 1966 Topps Red Schoendienst manager card. Red is up there with my top 5 favorite Cardinals HOFer's. Red led the Cardinals to the 67, and 68
NL pennants, and won the 67 World Series.
The highlight of the vintage cards was this 1964 Topps 1962
"National League Strikeout Leaders" with three HOFer's on it. There
is Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, and Bob Gibson, although this cards has some kind
of tape damage on it, it is still a great card and will be going into my Bob Gibson
Last, but not lease is this awesome 2005 Diamond Kings Heritage Collection Lou Brock Relic #D/100. This and the Musial relic were the two mail cards that I was wanting in the trade, but I did end up getting some very sweet vintage as well.
Thanks Michael for the awesome trade, and I hope that we are able to do some more trades in the future!
I promise that this will be my last post about what I got
from William from when he had come over to visit I bet that you guys are either
getting tired or reading about it or just don't read it at all, but there was
just so much to show that I didn't want to put it all in one post, so let me
First, I got this really sweet Saber Stars insert from Topps
series 2 of Matt Carpenter. I would really like to get more of these, if there are
any more Cardinals.
Next, I got 5 of the Topps 'The Future is Now' inserts, three of Michael Wacha and two of Kolten Wong. My Michael Wacha's are starting to grow bigger now, which is really nice considering I haven't had to buy any of them.
the Wacha's I got these two Albert Pujols that I needed for my player
collection, I now currently have 264 Albert's now and have reached my 2014 goal
of adding 50 new Albert's to my PC. I had 203 when I said I wanted to add 50
more, and now I have added a total of 61 new Albert's, I’d say that's pretty
good, and heck I still have 5 more months to add even more.
Last, but not lease I got this 1982 Stan Musial 'Baseball Greatest Hitters'. I have been trying to add a lot more Cardinals HOF stuff to my collection lately, so this was definitely a nice add to my HOF stuff, and my Stan Musial's.
As I said in my last post that me and William both busted boxes of 2013 Topps minis, so I will be showing you guys all of what I got in my box. (Everything you see that is not a Cardinal is for trade)\
My relic that I pulled out of the box was the Joey Votto, which is a pretty nice card, but I witched I would have pulled something a little better like. I know that this will at lease make some good trade bait from some Reds fans out there.
Next, you usually pull 6 of these chasing history insert cards, as you can see I only have 5 shown above because I pulled a Cal Ripkin Jr and gave it to William. I did pull some nice ones such as Ty Cobb, Yogi Berra, A-Rod, Yu Darvish, and Johan Santana. This is the only insert that they have in the minis.
I have yet again to pull another gold of a Cardinal, last time I pulled one of Yadier Molina. This time I pulled one of Daniel Descalso. The gold are #D/62. I think that this was the best pull out of my entire box. I wish that Daniel got a lot more playing time than what he dos, he is such a good defensive player.
(This card is in the process of possibly being traded)
Last, but not lease was my pink. Out of all of the player I could have got I has to get Ryan Raburn. Really? Well it sure was fun opening these, but I just wished that I would have done a little better on it.
Last Sunday evening was when William first got here to visit. We hang out all day that day and I was able to show him my collection a little, we had some steak for dinner, and then we each busted are own boxes of 2013 Topps mini. William did way better in his box than mine.
He was able to stay until Tuesday night. It was really awesome getting to meet Will in person and getting to meet his son and wife. We did an awesome pack wars with some 90 and 91 junk wax, but was totally awesome to do.
I had an awesome time hanging out with him, and hope that we will be able to meet again in person sometime soon.
I busted a retail blaster box of Bowman about a month ago and was going to post about after I opened it, but it totally slipped my mind until today. I had to go dig out all what I got from the box that was worth scanning.
I was actually able to pull another auto and this one was of Alex Reyes and even better he's a Cardinals. This card right here was already worth my box and it came out of the first pack. I thought about just stopping there.
I really wasn't expecting anything else good out of the box after pulling that auto, but I guess my luck was going good that day because next card that I pulled was this Bryce Harper international. I know that this card will make some good trade bait.
After the Harper the next pack held another international, this one of Andrew Thurman. Andrew was a second round pick by the Astro's in the 2013 Draft. He is currently playing in low A ball right now, and not doing so hot.
I didn't pulling anything to good worth showing in the last couple of packs couple of packs, then I got this silver ice of Yovani Gallardo.
Next, I pulled this sweet Bowman Chrome mini of Billy McKinney. Billy got traded to the Cub in a big trade about a week ago. Billy was a first round pick for the A's and was 24th overall.
Last good card that I got was this Hunter Dozier Bowman chrome refractor #D/500. Hunter was drafted b the Royals in the 1st round and was 8th overall. Hunter was called to AA not to long ago and is doing pretty well.
Overall this was a pretty decent box and was worth my money.
I got this 2014 Panini American's Pastime Tyler Lyons gold #25/25 Ebay 1/1!! OMG!!!.
Tyler Lyons hasn't done so good last year or this year at all. He has been a backup starting pitcher a couple of times when one of are starting are hurt. Last year he went 2W 4L with a 4.75 ERA. He kinda sucks.
I completed a trade with Alex a while back ago, he had won one of my contest that I had about a month ago for two Topps mini pinks and we decided to trade while we were at it. Most of of the cards that he sent were complete surprise to me since he was busy with a bunch of stuff and couldn't get the packages out as fast as he would of like, so I think that he threw more cards in than what he would have.
One of the cards that I wasn't expecting was this 2014 Topps Heritage blue of Michael Wacha. I'm glad that he included this card because I don't get very many Michael Wacha cards anymore, especially color parallels because people want top dollar for his stuff.
Here is another really nice Michael Wacha cards that I'm glad that he sent. This is a Topps series 2 Breakout Moments Insert. This insert is the best looking insert that Topps has out of all series 1 and 2, and this will be another great addition the my Michael Wacha's.
This 2014 Topps Archive of Albert Pujols was one of the big cards in the package. You can't tell from the picture, but this the silver refractor version #D/99. I know that this card will be a great addition to my Pujols PC, also in the package Alex also had also throw in some Archives of some Cardinals, which was super nice considering I won't have to buy any packs now to try to pull any Cardinals.
Another really nice surprise card was this beautiful 2014 Topps Heritage Chrome purple of Albert Pujols. OK, so after seeing the 1965 Topps design on this years Heritage I was in love, and after seeing this cards, which is chrome and purple just makes you love these even more.
Finally, among all of those great cards was the main card that I traded for in the package was this 2014 Gypsy Queen Mini red parallel #D 99/99 Ebay 1/1! I knew when getting the card that it was going to be a little chipped on the sides and corners of the cards, but that didn't bother me at all because this card still looks very nice.
I still had several cards that I could have scanned to show off, but there was just to much awesomeness to show off at once.
Thanks Alex for the trade and I hope that we will be able to trade again sometime.