Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Contest Plug

Hey all. A quick contest plug before I hit the hay. A new blog called The Diamond King (cool name by the way) is getting his name out there with a contest and the prizes are real sweet. That's right prize's, 7 to be exact. Head on over and check it out.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

   Happy Memorial Day all. Time is short today so I will just use last years Memorial Day post to say thank you to all the fine people who have given all to serve this great nation of ours. I wish I had time because it was fun doing this post last year but a graduation party for a friends daughter and some errands have me running out the door shortly but this link says it all for me.


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Now Serving Sushi Here On The Buffet

   Hello all. To say I have been very busy lately is a huge understatement. Between extra work hours, assistant coaching a couple of my nieces softball teams, preparing for a graduation party for my son, opening (and repairing) my pool for another season, and redoing the landscaping and fence repairs in my backyard along with garage cleaning I have had next to no time for blogging and I really miss it and all you great people out there. I have been able to read and comment a bit from  while at work during down time and so at least I get to read some of the great blogs I enjoy out there. To all that I have proposed trades with out there, please be patient as I am working on them. While blogging has been scarce I have been able to acquire cards from my LCS's and other places so trade fodder is coming in. Any way I also have fallen behind on some trade packages so today while I have some time waiting for my pool to finish filling up I will get one done for you.
   While I don't like fish, I have become a big fan of Nomo's Sushi Platter. I actually have two trades in one to cover since we have made a couple in recent months. There were so many great cards so I will show a few of my favorites. Some Goudey and Masterpieces boxes he busted got the whole thing started but as usual things grew into a great trade.
    First just a few of the Mets included.

    The Rivals cards a real sharp in person and I love the Mr. Met on the Wright Goodwin.

   Some Yankees next.
    You know he was breaking Upper Deck so YSL's had to be in there. The Heritage work well for me since I am not buying much of them this year.

    Michael hit some of the non Met and Yanks players I collect in each package too.
     Vlad, Frank, Andre, Ichiro and even the liar Roger are always welcome into my collections.

    It's always a little more special to me when I get players I collect from the team that the person I am trading with collects. These Dodgers fit that bill coming from the Sushi Platter.
     All the Hershiser's increase my Orel collection by about 40%.

    Some more Dodgers I collect and some juicier cards.
    Two green framed (or is it Windsor, I can never remember the Masterpieces colors) look great and you can never go wrong with shiny X-Fractors.

 Now the heavy hitters in the two packages.
     The Vlad auto is my first sample of his penmanship, the Ripken is my first hit of any kind from the Iron Man and the Maine is a great looking auto too.

   Thanks a bunch for a couple of super trades Michael and I will surely love to have Sushi here on The Buffet any time!

     Gotta run, the water level is getting high now.

Keep rocking your cardboard dreams people!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Too Many Verlanders Never Has Too Many Traders! Bargain Group Break Plug Also.

    Hello all. Crazy busy at work and home along with many softball games to coach for my daughter and niece has kept me from posting much lately. Today I present just a small sample of yet another tremendous trade package from Dennis over at Too Many Verlanders. (formally Too Many Grandersons). I guess Justin Verlanders no-no against the Jays last Saturday (my sons 18th birthday by the way) has inspired him to change the name, I like it! It seem like Dennis and I are always involved in some kind of trade at all times as since this package of assorted treats arrived we already have begun talks for our next one (I just found another jersey card I think you may like Dennis). This latest Mailer of NY goodness hit all kinds of spots in my way to broad collecting wants. Let's start with the surprise cards and end with the meat of the trade.

     A small sample of the Mets he sent.
    There were several 09 Bowman golds in there, these are my favorite 3 along with a couple of Henderson's and a Ventura. Ventura reminds me of a good joke. How do you make an All-Star player? ............
     Trade him from the Mets!  Just as Jeff Francoeur.

    Next the Yankees made an appearance.
      More Bowman golds in a great mix of years and brands. He even hit the American flag collection.

     Football was more of the focus in this package too. A small glimpse of the Saints he sent over.
       Loving the black and gold!

         J. E. T. S.  Jets, Jets, Jets!
    The Masterpieces are sweet!

     Big Blue is next.
     The Eli Manning and Y.A. Tittle is my favorite base card from the huge mix he sent on over. There is a small taste of the great stuff I didn't know was coming. Dennis always knows how to hook me up.
  Now to the meat of this fine package.

     The Humber will look great next to the gold version I have and the Redman has a sparkled blue border like a cross of this years Topps sparkles and Opening Day's blue borders. Both on card autos too which is cool. The Albaladejo looks great also.

      More Big Blue treats too.
        A fun variety of autos to add to the collection. Moss, Barden, and Bomar sounds like a law firm.

     These are my two favorites of the awesome lot.
       D Brick is a nice one but the Aaron Brooks looks so awesome. The Topps Gallery cards are too sweet and thank goodness that they went on card with the auto and didn't sticker this way cool card. Sticker autos don't bother me as much as a lot of people out there but in this case it would have been just plain nasty.

    There it is, thanks Dennis, yet another fantastic trade and the next pile of cards I have for you is growing as we speak.

    On the group break front, Colbey over at Cardboard Collections has another one of his wallet friendly way cool breaks happening and there are good teams left. Some are even only $5 shipped so check it out.

That's all I got for now. Keep rockin your cardboard dreams!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Pack Rip and an LCS Score

   Hello all. Today I jump in on the Gypsy Queen craze that is the talk of the town so to speak.

 my job the other day had me working on the block right behind my LCS so I had to stop in and see what was new and exciting. Some great new stuff in the bargain box was a nice surprise and they had gotten in their Gypsy Queen boxes so I had to grab a couple of packs. At 8$ per or 2 for $15 I was a little hesitant but I figured why not. I don't see myself buying much at that price so I will probably only be chasing Mets, Yankees and a few other players. The owner had just finished a box so these came out of a brand new box he opened in front of me. The mini pack didn't have anything too crazy but they look good anyway. I grabbed the first 2 packs on the right hand stack and left with the hope of some good cards.  I will show one pack here and I have one pack over on BA Benny's Pack Rip Cafe. This is the second one I opened so that makes the Cafe's the first. Let's see which one was better.

   A Mariano and Jackie Robinson make a good start.

    Some decent players but not the cream of the checklist.

 A Votto bronze /999 is a nice score.

 I like the colored border on the inserts and an Angel Pagan  Gypsy Queen backed mini is very cool.

 Here are the backs on the parallels.

   Over all, not a bad pack. I love the feel and the artwork to these cards. The price will keep me from chasing the set so all the cards except the mini and The Mariano are for trade. Check out the other pack over on the Pack Rip Cafe and see which pack was better. While I was at the shop the owner handed me a pile of Topps tribute he just busted and hadn't even gotten them into the case yet but he gave me first crack at them. There were some sweet cards there and some were pretty pricey but he gave me a nice deal on this one so I jumped on it.

Topps Tribute Dave Winfield triple jersey /99

  I love that it's of him as a Yankee, it's funny how my luck lately has been in scoring great Yankee cards more often then Mets but that's OK, it will turn at some point and my Yankee collection is just that much better anyway.

  That's all I got for now. Look for more trade posts, other stuff I collect posts, some group break scores posts, and whatever else I can think of posts in the future. Keep rocking your cardboard dreams people!

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