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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Football Metallic /50 Set.......Complete

It's finally done.  I've said that a lot over the years but perhaps this was the most frustrated I had been about completing one of these sets.  You see, the final card was the Jack Lambert.  Why is this frustrating?  Because I have seen this card twice before.  Once on ebay and once on check out my cards.  The seller that sold it on COMC had been in contact with me before.  He had said he thought he had some pf these but not to worry he would track them down.  Then he emailed me and said he had sent all of them to Comc and they'd be posted shortly and I shouldn't have too much trouble getting them.  I still remember where I was when they posted.  I had just got done playing a round of golf and had made it to a brew pub in Salem, OR call The Ram.  I saw the listings and there were quite a few I needed at the time along with some patches /50.

As I was putting them into my card, all of the ones I needed were bought by someone else.  Why does this tick me off?  As if you have to ask.  yes they are his cards and he can sell them how he chooses, still a dick move.

I figured it wouldn't be a big deal, plus I had many others to track down to complete the /75 set, let alone the /50 sets.  These football parallels have never really been that popular and it's not uncommon for me to be the only bidder on a lot of these cards.....that was October 2011.......

I have been looking for the Lambert in earnest for a three years now as I have been down to just the last few of the Metallic set.  Finally, last Wednesday it was posted on Ebay.

Tonight I won the auction for like $6 and the set is complete.  Now I just have 3 left for the Burgundy /25 set.  Barry Sanders, Desmond Howard, Paul Hornung.  Ironically, or not, I have the Hornung auto from the set, seems like that would be harder.  What I do know is that Barry Sanders Masterpieces parallels are a little tough to come by and I'm sure there are some hot cases out there with a bunch of his cards in it.  Second, I've seen a Hornung hot case so I'm sure the Burgundy versions are all nestled together.  To give you an idea of how this can affect the collation, I bought out a collection where a guy had busted about 6-8 cases and he had 6 Eddie Royal and 6 Kevin Dyson burgundy.  That's 25% of the production! He also had 11 Ladainian Tomlimson Green /75!  So collecting these sets can be a real shit show.  He had many other cards in quantity and of course, so do I.

On another note there are approximately 500-750 missing cases of this product.......sure wish I could find them.  Where do I come up with that number?  Well I have 5 complete patch sets, that's 300 patches and 10% of the production.  I have about 600 overall and I have bought just about every patch I can find with few exceptions.  Also, I've heard of no other collectors out there and the patches are mentioned so rarely...Where are the other 2400 patches.  Assuming 900 are in private collections somewhere and these people have no access to the internet and don't use ebay, that leaves 1500 unaccounted for at 2 per case leaving 750 unaccounted for cases....If you know of any, let me know.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I've been MIA again and sometimes they cost a lot.

I have been MIA, I know I know.  I recently started a job in Bend, OR and I have been looking for permanent housing out here and thus have no place to chase the Topps parallel sets that I have set out to build.  It' s really bumming me out especially since I was really ready to get at it when I was posting in February.  Funny enough, I used to wonder how people abandon their blogs...now it's a bit clearer.  Regardless, I am living in two places and so no place is home.

This does not mean that I am not minding my masterpieces collection.  In fact I am now one very big card closer to completing my quest.  I am still:

2008 Masterpieces Baseball Green /75
67 - Eric Chavez

short of all of the baseball sets /50 and above from both 2007 and 2008.

As to football I am missing the

2008 Masterpieces Football /50 Metallic
78 - Jack Lambert

away from the /50 and above sets as well as having completed 5 Red Framed Patch /50 sets....and growing.  I am still chasing the Burgundy set that is /25.  I picked up a mess of these four years ago now...damn it's been that long...and said hell with it and went for the set.  I am now three short since I just picked this up:

I had seen a reference to this card about 6 years ago but had never actually seen it.  Now I am left with

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Burgundy /25
5 - Barry Sanders
19 - Desmond Howard
67 - Paul Hornung

Let me know if you have any leads.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

2013 Topps Update 108 Ct. Rack Case Break

I decided to go ahead a bust the case while I had the time and it did not disappoint.  It's crazy how many cards one of these cases actually produces.  Collation was very good as I got 8-9 complete sets. I have them sorted by card but it's possible that I might have 7 of one or two of them.  It took me about 3 hours to sort them...my least favorite thing for sure.

First things first, the super big hits!  Ok, I didn't buy this case for the hits, but I was a bit surprised I didn't get an auto.  Topps has been very good to me in the past.  In fact, I bought a retail case of 2008 Topps Mayo Football a few years back and pulled a good number of sp autos.  It also would have been nice to pull a serialed jersey or patch...again, not disappointed, just the way it is.

On to the inserts:
These are the 71 Topps minis, 1 per pack and there were 50 in the set.  I got the entire set, not sure about a second set.

These are the variations I got.  I would have expected to get more of these as they only fell about 1:13 packs.  I found all of them but 1 right away.

Topps gold /2013.  1:2 packs.  I got 53 of these....Going to be a long road collecting these sets.

Emerald Green, 1:2 packs, got 55 of them, no Puig.
Quick note on the blue, 3 per pack and got 324 of them.  I am a bit short of a set but I didn't get many doubles.
Camo /99.  Got 3 including Wil Myers...Is he a thing?  Of course I pulled a Chavez.  Teasing me since he is the only card I need to complete my Green Masterpieces set /75.
Pink /50 including Anthony Rendon

Blue Sparkle? /25

There are a few inserts I didn't bother with as they are the normal useless Topps bloat.  So there you have it.  I am thinking of busting a few more of these because they are so cheap and you do get a couple low numbered cards.  I may put together a couple blue sets and then sell the hand collated base sets.  If you see anything you want, make me an offer.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Today's Mail, Patches and Hockey

My case showed up today along with some singles and supplies that I bought as well.  BTW, I'm not sure what it is, but it sure does feel good to get cards put in sheets and cases.  Anyway, I probably won't open the case for a bit because I am in the process of moving.

Here are the two patches that I got for about $5 each:
Upper Deck serial numbered these on the back, but the baseball patches from the same year are stamped on the front.

And a couple of Hockey Red /25:

From what I understand, Gregg Kohn aka @ScoobyCub who now works for Leaf is the one that designed these products from a development standpoint.  In Hockey, the red is /25 whereas in Football they are /199 and in Baseball they are not serial numbered.  Blacks in Baseball and Football are common parallels and not serialed, but they are 1/1's in hockey.  When I am searching auctions, it takes me a bit to remember which is which.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Today's Mail, including Hockey

I wasn't home at 6 pm when UPS tried to deliver my case so I will have to wait until tomorrow.  In the meantime...Today's mail:

The Flacco Rookie is /150 and cost me $3, the Forsberg is /99 and cost me .99, the Podolak Green is /75 and was .99, Fisk is /125 and was .99 and the Drew Pearson /150 was .99.  All 5 shipped were just over $11.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Walter Payton /99

Today's mail.  Part of my order from DA Cardworld included 300 plastic sheets and new binders so I can get this stuff put away.

Interestingly enough, I paid $5 shipped for this card whereas some people think they have cardboard gold....Adam Dunn is no Walter Payton. I once wrote I post, I want to buy it now but do you want to sell it now...I run into that a lot with these cards.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Big Hurt and evidence of an obsession

As sorta promised here is a picture of the 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces Frank Thomas auto.  I've seen two others if I recall.  Keep in mind, I've been casting a wide net for 6-7 years.
One of my favorite cards.

The other day I mentioned that I had been searching for the Eli Manning Burgundy /25 and had found 3 in the past few months.  The second one in two weeks came in today.

I went looking for the other one and some cards to get sorted and ran across my burgundy doubles.  I took a pic and then realized that this is just half of my doubles.  These do not include my set to which I am 4 short.  Why did I title this an obsession?  Well let's do the math.  There are 86 cards in the burgundy set with 25 being made of each.  That means there are 2150 total produced.  Of those, I have about 200 or a little less than 10% of the production run.  That just isn't right.  Here's the half to give you an idea.
Just an FYI, Any of the graded cards I have were bought that way. I refuse to crack them out.