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Top search terms on eBay

January 2, 2011 Leave a comment

There’s a great site called What’s Hot Weekly that provides really interesting eBay data like most watched items and top search terms. You’re able to drill down by category so I always head to Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop > Cards > Baseball. I check the most watched items at least once a week. You’ll find some amazing cards when you search the list.

Today was the first time that I’ve used the Most Searched feature. I found it very interesting when I looked up the top 10 searches in the Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop > Cards > Baseball category.

auto
mickey mantle
stephen strasburg
lot
2010 bowman
topps
psa
2010 allen ginter
strasburg
triple threads

The thing that immediately struck me is that Stephen Strasburg appears in the list twice. His full name and his last name appear separately. Even though he won’t come near a major league mound until 2012 his cards continue to be very popular. Collectors obviously aren’t scared off by his injury.

Another thing that really jumped out at me was the position of BGS relative to PSA. PSA, as you can see in the list, appeared as the 7th most popular search. BGS was way down at 116th. SGC even appeared higher in the list. BGS used to be toughest and most respected grading company on the market when they first launched their service. Since then, the BGS 9.5 grade has lost its luster as it has become a fairly easy grade to obtain.

Topps Chrome Baseball Wrapper Redemption Mail Day!

December 4, 2010 Leave a comment


I sure was happy to see these arrive in the mail today. I kept seeing results of breaks on all the bulletin boards and was starting to get impatient. I sent two cases worth of wrappers, so I received 24 packs.

Topps sends them in a large manila envelope with a smaller padded envelope inside that contains the packs. They’re definitely packaged to prevent damage. The cards overall are in great shape. There are some flaws, but nothing major. The really nice thing about these cards is that they’re flat! The chrome curl doesn’t exist on these. The centering is nice for the most part as well.

24 packs should yield 4 complete sets, 2 green refractor packs and two other random packs. Well, that’s exactly what I received. The bonus for me was that the two random packs both were the packs that contain Buster Posey. As you can see from the picture, I also received Buster Posey as one of my green refractors. I’m really happy with the results.

4 – Babe Ruth
4 – Lou Gehrig
4 – Jackie Robinson
4 – Ty Cobb
1 – Ty Cobb Green Refractor
6 – Mickey Mantle
1 – Mickey Mantle Green Refractor
6 – Buster Posey
1 – Buster Posey Green Refractor
6 – Ike Davis
1 – Ike Davis Green Refractor
4 – Stephen Strasburg
4 – Mike Stanton
4 – Jason Heyward
4 – Carlos Santana
4 – Mike Leake
1 – Mike Leake Green Refractor
4 – Austin Jackson
1 – Austin Jackson Green Refractor
4 – Tyler Colvin
4 – Starlin Castro

2010 Topps Chrome Baseball Value Pack Break

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I went to Wal-Mart this morning to pick up some random stuff. I had no intention of purchasing cards, I swear, but what kind of person would I be if I didn’t just take a peek at the selection? To date, I’ve not been able to find any substantial amount of 2010 Topps Chrome Baseball value racks. I’d had no problem finding football but baseball had eluded me. There was a full hook this morning so I grabbed four of them.

The offering is exactly the same as the football version. Each rack comes with three retail packs of 2010 Topps Chrome Baseball (4 cards per pack) and one bonus pack of three orange refractors. The price is $8.95 per rack, just like football.

Every break that I’ve read online speaks of the poor quality of Topps Chrome Baseball this year. I can confirm these claims. The first thing I noticed was the curve of the retail packs. All the cards have the familiar chrome curve to them, but worse than usual. Football didn’t seem to have this problem, at least not this bad. The surface defects of the cards I’ve reading about is there too. There are lines, scratches and dimples on the surface of at least half the cards. I can handle refractor lines, they’ve always been around. The scratches and dimples are just poor quality control by Topps. The centering on some of these cards is pretty bad too.

On to more important things, the cards. I think I did really well on the orange refractors. The highlights were Mickey Mantle, Carlos Santana, Starlin Castro, Ike Davis and Joe Mauer. In the retail packs I didn’t fair as well, the highlight was a Stephen Strasburg. I also pulled four refractors and four x-fractors. Check out all of the pictures below as well as the pack odds.

Speaking of the pack odds, I did find my refractor pulls from the retail packs a bit strange. Odds for refractors and x-fractors are 1:3. I pulled four of each in twelve total packs, clearly beating the odds. Purple refractors are 1:12 but I did not receive one of those. I pretty much saw these same rates in the football value packs too.

2008 Allen & Ginter Hobby Break – Red Autograph

November 18, 2009 2 comments

I’ve never opened a box of Allen & Ginter before. I’ve always liked the way they looked but never got around to buying a box. Well, last weekend I broke down and purchased a box of 2008 Allen & Ginter.

My first impression was the odd shape of the box. It looked more like a box of crackers than a box of baseball cards. Anyway, once I opened the first pack I loved the product. The cards look great and they’re perfect for autographs. I’m a big TTM autograph collector so a lot of these will be going out in the mail.

Enough talk, here are the cards that I got:

Mini Baseball Icons (1)
Rogers Hornsby

Mini Black (3)
Marie Curie
Andrew “William Ocean” Litz
Greg Smith

Mini World Leaders (2)
Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said
Robert Fico

Regular Mini High # (1)
Bengie Molina

Mini A&G Back (17)
Mickey Mantle
16 others. Is it normal to get so many?

Relics
Matt Kemp
Carlos Marmol

World’s Greatest Victories (1)
The American Revolution

Base SP’s (12)

Notable Base Cards
Evan Longoria RC
Jay Bruce RC

I was thinking with a few packs left that I got some cool stuff but the box just didn’t have enough bang for the buck. I really went into this hoping to get a Mini Bazooka Back. Much to my dismay, I did not end up with one. Instead, I got a Red Ink Autograph of Rampage Jackson numbered 6/10. I don’t watch MMA but I’ve heard of Jackson. I know that this has to be a popular card but I really have no idea what the value is. One of the regular versions sold on eBay for $51 so this one has to be fairly valuable.

Bottom line: Topps has made a fan out of me. This is a really fun break. The relics looks great and I love the idea of all the mini parallels. I’ll be purchasing another box in the future.

1952 Topps 5-Cent Pack on eBay

You don’t see these every day. It’s a 1952 Topps 5-cent wax pack. The pack is currently at $2,650.75 on eBay with just over eleven hours to go.

I’m not sure how or if you can tell if it’s a high number pack that might contain Mickey Mantle’s rookie card. Whoever purchases this probably won’t open it anyway. It’s such a rare pack that it’s better left unopened.

Vintage wax like this has to be one of the best long-term investments in the hobby. There’s just not much of it left and it will only continue to appeciate in price over time.

The same seller also has a more common 1952 Topps penny pack on eBay right now too.

Categories: ebay, mickey mantle, topps

2008 Topps Series 1 Blaster Break

April 14, 2009 Leave a comment


I stopped at Target on the way home tonight searching for the elusive 2009 Topps Heritage blasters. All my friends are able to find these easily but my local Target and Wal-Mart never have them, until today. I saw them on the bottom shelf and quickly snatched one up. I’ve been waiting to open one for so long. I love the design!

Anyway, as I’m looking at the rest of their stuff I noticed quite a few blasters that were 50% off. They had a bunch of 2008 Topps Series 1 which were the Target exclusives with the T205 inserts. They had 10-pack $19.99 blasters but also had one 5-pack $9.99 blaster. It was only $4.99 after the discount. How could I pass that up?

I wasn’t expecting much out of a $4.99 blaster but as you can see from the picture I did pretty well. The Obama card isn’t near as popular as it used to be but it’s still cool. Any Mickey Mantle card is good in my opinion. I also got the Isringhausen gold card and the Manny All-Rookie. The T205’s aren’t pictured but I got Albert Pujols, Joey Votto and Chin-Lung Hu.

I don’t think I’ll have time to open the Heritage blaster and post the results tonight so check back tomorrow for that.