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Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Mystery Box of Masterpieces

As I said in my last post, I purchased a large collection of Masterpieces Football parallels and patches sight unseen.  I paid the big bucks but it was worth it.  Here are the highlights.  If any of you know where any of the last 50 cards I need are, please let me know.
The patches.  I needed the Dexter Jackson for my 5th set:
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These are /10 and 1:3 cases it seems:
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/25 Burgundy. I only needed a couple of these. The run 1 or 2 per case:
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/50 Metallic. I missed out on some I needed a couple months back. The Avery was one of them. Feels good to pick up a card that you know you missed before:
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/50 blue
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/75 green - Finally got the Barry Sanders. First one I have seen. I now just need the tyree/Manning /75 for the green set.
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Here are the rest of the Green/Brown/Blue.
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Now these are the silver that are numbered to the Jersey of each player. Because QB's have the lowest jersey number and are usually the most saught after players, these cards can be tough to find. There is a set collector out there:
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There you have it. Very happy with my purchase. Please let me know if anyone has any of these that I need.
This will continue to be updated for your collecting pleasure. 50 of 2571 to go. (98.06%)
Need 48
Green /75 need 1
of 105
3 - David Tyree

Light Blue /50 need 6
2 - Adrian Peterson
19 - Desmond Howard
32 - (Incoming)
60 - Malcolm Kelly
79 - Scott Norwood
83 - Tom Brady
86 - Vince Lombardi

Green Metallic /50 need 6
10 - Brett Favre
37(incoming)
78 - Jack Lambert
80 - Snow Plow Game
81 - Terrell Owens
103 - Chad Henne
109 - Jonathan Stewart

Burgundy /25 18
5 - Barry Sanders
10 - Brett Favre
13 - Champ Bailey
15 - Dan Marino
19 - Desmond Howard
22 - Harry Douglas
31 - Eli Manning
35 - Frank Reich
37 - Gale Sayers
39 - Herm Edwards
44 - Jim Thorpe
46 - Joe Montana
49 - John Elway
51 - Jordy Nelson
67 - Paul Hornung
73 - Lester Hayes
82 - Terry Bradshaw
83 - Tom Brady
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2008 Masterpieces Baseball Color Parallel Want list
Checklist SP checklist

Black
Complete

Red
Complete

Blue /125
Complete

Brown /100
Complete

Green /75 119 of 120
67 - Eric Chavez

Blue /50 need 10
7 - Evan Longoria
12 - Wade Boggs
16 - Jonathan Paplebon
39 - Roy Oswalt
46 - Robin Yount
48 - Ryan Braun
54 - David Wright
56 - Jose Reyes (incoming)
96 - Ernie Banks
105 - Tom Seaver
107 - Lou Brock

2007 Masterpieces Baseball
Green Linen
Complete

Green Windsor
Complete

8 for all 7
Serious Black /99
Complete
Black Linen /99
Complete

Blue Linen /75
Complete
Pinot /75 need (1)
33 - Chase Utley

Hades /50
Complete

Blue Steel /50 1
8 - Lou Gehrig

Rusted /50 9 6
4 - Bill Mazaroski
10 - Cal Ripken
22 - Babe Ruth
49 - Albert Pujols
82 - Tim Lincecum
83 - Billy Butler

Friday, December 30, 2011

The State of the Blog - Monthly Group Breaks return...possibly

It's been a few months, but here I am.  Many of you have been following my Masterpieces Quest and as you can see from my want list in the post below, I have made significant headway. 

I busted 26 cases of 2007 Masterpieces Baseball and am currently 8 cards short of all 7 parallel sets. That's about $15,600 in wax and still not complete.  I sold off all of the cards except for the parallels.  I had some great pulls too.  A Jordan 1/1 parallel I sold for $500, the Lincecum 1/1 auto went for $700 ish.  I'd say I have $6k out of pocket after sales, fees etc.  I didn't have any issues with buyers at all.  My main problems were expired redemptions and horrid cases.  There were some cases that I probably got $200 out of, maybe.  The auto checklist is excellent but the sp's and ssp's make recovery difficult.  I will say it is the most fun I've had in a long time.

For 2008 Masterpieces Baseball, I am 10 cards short of the /50 set and a Eric Freakin Chavez short of the Green /75 set.  I have been stuck on that for months.  To give you an idea, THE Eric Chavez Collector had the rainbow with the exception of the green /75.  According to Beckett, it is a $2 card.  The /50 set has been coming along nicely although I do have competition.  Some guy spares no expense.  He paid $50 for the Ryan Braun that came up a few weeks ago.....

2008 Masterpieces Football has been interesting.  Still haven't seen a sanders or Tyree /75, but there has been a development.  Two days ago a guy was posting some parallels on ebay so I emailed him.  He said he had a few parallels and asked me what I would pay per card.  I sent him my list of what I would pay and here is what he had:

7 patch cards 21.00
74 red 74.00
67 blue /150  83.75
36 brown 54.00
32 green 64.00
22 blue /50 66.00
23 metellic /50 69.00
23 silver /pn 51.75
15 burgundy /25 60.00
10 blue /10 50.00
3 tw /50 15.00
1 tw /75 4.00

totals 612.50

Yeah, I paid the big bucks but I can't even get a case for that and I get 15 burgundy /25.  Here is the great thing, I have no idea which cards he actually has.  It will be like busting a vending box of parallels.  I do know one of the cards is a Swann/Sanders blue /50 time warp which I need.  I have also completed four sets of the /50 patches and am hot on the trail of a 5th set.  Will I ever stop collecting these....no.

Enough about Masterpieces.  One of the questions I keep getting is why I gave up blogging.  There are a few reasons.  I was/am so mad at Panini.  Their bullshit price fixing drives me insane and after criticizing them for it Panini stopped sending me review boxes.  There are plenty of other blogs out there that get Panini review boxes and many haven't met a Panini product they don't like.  I was accused of the same thing by a couple of people but I stand by my reviews and think they were fair. On to the price fixing, call it what you like, that is what it is.  $200 for a box of Gold Standard with possibly $40 worth of cards (quite often less)?  No thanks.  That is how all Panini products are these days.  Hell, even gridiron gear is $100 a box....ugh. Don't get me wrong, Topps leaves their share of floaters too. Marquee, Tier 1, Sterling, all just sticker dump money grabs.

So what's a Joe Collector to do?  Well I am going to look more at Non-sport and Leaf.  Leaf has been putting their money where there mouth is and putting out some great looking products.  Cryptozoic has been killing the Entertainment genre lately as well.

Secondly, I am going to bring back the monthly Baseball Group Breaks with a bit of a different structure if I have enough interest.  All of the crap teams are going to be taken out of the mix, but available if people want so let me know if you are interested.

So that's where I am at.  I've noticed the Masterpieces fake "buyback" and "redemption" auto scams have not been rearing their ugly head lately.  I'd like to think I had something to do with that, but not likely.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Dirty 115 - Wantlist 8/18/11

This will continue to be updated for your collecting pleasure. 41 of 2571 to go. (98.41%)
Need 48
Green /75 need 1
of 105
3 - David Tyree

Light Blue /50 need 4
2 - Adrian Peterson
32 - (Incoming)
60 - Malcolm Kelly (incoming)
79 - Scott Norwood
83 - Tom Brady
86 - Vince Lombardi

Green Metallic /50 need 3
10 - Brett Favre
37(incoming)
78 - Jack Lambert
80 - Snow Plow Game (incoming)
81 - Terrell Owens

Burgundy /25 17
5 - Barry Sanders
10 - Brett Favre
13 - Champ Bailey
15 - Dan Marino
19 - Desmond Howard
31 - Eli Manning
35 - Frank Reich
37 - Gale Sayers
39 - Herm Edwards
44 - Jim Thorpe
46 - Joe Montana
49 - John Elway
51 - Jordy Nelson
67 - Paul Hornung
73 - Lester Hayes
82 - Terry Bradshaw
83 - Tom Brady

2008 Masterpieces Baseball Color Parallel Want list
Checklist SP checklist

Black
Complete

Red
Complete

Blue /125
Complete

Brown /100
Complete

Green /75 119 of 120
67 - Eric Chavez

Blue /50 need 9
7 - Evan Longoria
12 - Wade Boggs
16 - Jonathan Paplebon
39 - Roy Oswalt (incoming)
46 - Robin Yount
48 - Ryan Braun
54 - David Wright
56 - Jose Reyes (incoming)
96 - Ernie Banks
105 - Tom Seaver
107 - Lou Brock

2007 Masterpieces Baseball
Green Linen
Complete

Green Windsor
Complete

6 for all 7
Serious Black /99
Complete

Black Linen /99
Complete

Blue Linen /75
Complete

Pinot /75
Complete

Hades /50
Complete

Blue Steel /50
Complete
Rusted /50 9 6
4 - Bill Mazaroski
10 - Cal Ripken
22 - Babe Ruth
49 - Albert Pujols
82 - Tim Lincecum
83 - Billy Butler