Monday, May 28, 2012

Contest Sighting

Hey all.  I have a contest sighting over at Baseball Cards, Sports and Life. He's looking to boost followers and has a sweet card to give away so head on over and check it out.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mailbox Goodies

    Hello all. Today I was lucky enough to make a trip to Cape May New Jersey and back so I could drop my daughter off at a beach house she and her friends are staying at for the holiday weekend to celebrate their graduation from high school. After approximately 350 miles round trip with a mix of holiday weekend traffic, a stop off at CVS for a few things, and a quick detour to the LCS to grab a box of Archives (a post for another time but needs list is up) all I wanted was to get home and take a load off. My mail box offered a great pick me up when I saw a few of those great little packages we all love as card collectors.
    First envelope was a welcome back to Blogoland package from none other then my brother in blue and orange, The Brooklyn Met from Clear Cut Cards. Jason shot me an e-mail and a trade was born.

   It certainly couldn't be a Brooklyn Met package without some Mets. some Pagan's, a Pedro and some O D's.  I didn't buy but one pack of Opening Day this year so these are a great addition for me. First time since 2006 that I didn't build the Opening day set but they don't offer any different look then the flagship set any more so I have lost interest in doing the full set. If they change them like they used to I may return to them.

    Some crosstown rivals were in the mix. (Subway Series is around the corner). The Grandy Heritage sticker and the blue Tex /2012 top a great lot of Yanks. Throw in a couple of  Dontrelle Willis cards and a couple of 2012 Heritage knocked off my list makes this package a sweet pick me up when I got home.

   After that, a couple of E-Bay envelops round out the mailbox goodies.
 These are from a single auction for the Tom Seaver 04 Legendary Cuts jersey card in the center. The auction stated that there would be "bonus cards" based on the final bid price. I have no complaints as I was the one and only bidder and still ended up with 11 bonus cards that are from a nice mix of sets and years.

   This batch is from a lot of 17 cards I won from one seller. The Clausen patch cards were the first cards I found from the seller and a free combined shipping made me search a little further so these are my favorite eight out of the bunch I ended up with. My first Earl Campbell relic for the legends binder, an Archie Manning jersey along with a Bernie stripe and a fancy Tribute Vlad bat go great with two awesome patches on the Clausen's are a home run for me.

That rounds out the mailbox fun for me today. Thanks again Jason. Don't forget to check out The Pack Rip Cafe if you didn't see the 89 Donruss Pop-Up pack I ripped earlier this week.

Keep rockin those cardboard dreams!

Lets Go Mets!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Old School Players, New School Cards.

   Hello all. Not a lot of time today due to family commitments but I will show off  some cards of legendary players on modern cards with a premium twist. Old school on new school if you will.

2008 Donruss Diamond Kings #DK-30 Duke Snider sn'd 40/50

  The Duke of Flatbush! While I am not a Brooklyn Dodger collector, Duke Snider is a legendary player card looks awesome to me so it has a home in my collection. This DK series looks great, especially the bordered parallels.
   An interesting fact I came across, including Duke Snider only 9 players played for both the Brooklyn Dodgers and the NY Mets.

Bob Aspromonte
Roger Craig
Chico Fernandez
Gil Hodges
Clem Labine
Charlie Neal
Joe Pignatano
Duke Snider
Don Zimmer

2009 Upper Deck Black #32 Paul Hornung sn'd 171/250
American Flag Manu-Patch

   The Golden Boy, legendary Packers star. These many flag cards look sweet. I was torn as to which binder this card should go in but settled on my NFL Legends binder since it came with a Joey Porter card from the same set that will look perfect in my American Flag card collection.
 Interesting fact, he was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the 1967 expansion draft, but retired without ever playing for them.

2001 Bowman Heritage #BHM-RK Ralph Kiner mini seat relic

  This Ralph Kiner seat relic is from Forbes Field, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1909 til 1970. As a Mets fan I always thought "Kiners Korner" was only the name of his Mets post game show but since learned that in his playing days at Forbes Field the left center field bullpen was dubbed "Kiners Korner" due to his habit of hitting home runs there.
   Fun fact, he is the only player to lead the league in home runs each of his first seven seasons in the league.

2001 Donruss Elite Back 2 Back Jacks #BB-45 Yogi Berra... sn'd 32/50
Game Used Bat

   A Yogi bat relic is too cool so when I saw this one I had to have it but when I flipped it over I was way surprised.............
   A Phil Rizzuto bat relic on the flip side. Oh I get it now, Back 2 Back. Sweet card! I tried to find any info on Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto hitting back to back homers but came up with nothing, anybody out there know if it ever happened?

    There you go, some old school legends on new school cards. I have to leave you with one vintage old school original card I recently got.

1963 Topps #473 New York Mets

    This card has certainly seen better days but still looks great in the Mets team card pages. If I come across another one reasonably priced I will see about upgrading but for now I still love it.

That wraps up my little contribution to Blogoland tonight.

Keep rocking those cardboard dreams!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I'm Back!!! + 2012 Gypsy Queen!

  Hello all!  It's great to be back out here in Blogoland! After a brief (about 9 months) hiatus I am ready to get back to regular posting here on The Buffet and on the Pack Rip Cafe (new pack tomorrow). While I wasn't posting I was still collecting and have some great new and old cards to share along the way with you.
   I must thank all the folks who offered the welcome back comments and e-mails when I posted the announcement a few days ago and can't wait to resume all the fun out here. Mariner 1 got my juices flowing again with some 1979 love along with a few other e-mails from others them a trade request from The Dimwit got me to pull the trigger on the return. I was also very touched to see a few blogs out there were kind enough to mention my return like it is a big deal (when it really isn't) although the Suzyn Waldman reference from Sam over at The Daily Dimwit  never gets less scary. If you never heard it check it out but don't say you weren't warned. As a New Yorker who heard that live when it happened and  many times since, it never gets easier. Thanks for the nightmares Sam.
  I already have 2 trades in the works and my want lists are updated as of today so I am all set. to rock and roll gang.

   I will return with some 2012 Gypsy Queen to get the ball rolling. I bought 2 boxes from my LCS as well as loose packs on other visits and have score some hits on the secondary market (E-Bay) also so I will share some of my favorites with you. I really like this set and 2012 is even better then 2011 in my opinion.  

First a couple of Mets of course.
   Good to see the Reyes as a Met since the jersey piece has to be. Topps got it right for a change by making the base and inserts reflect his new team the Marlins while the relics match the swatch from a Mets uniform. The David Wright was the first hit from the first box I opened so I knew I had to chase the set again.

   A couple of Pettite jersey's along with a legend like Eddie Murray were must have cards when I found their auctions.

    I am loving the minis and have become a huge fan of the minis from all different sets over the last couple of years. These are all regular backs.

    The bottom three here are Straight Cut backs while the top 2 are red backs. The Rod retail Gold was a cheap auction score.

    These premium minis are sweet! I actually pulled all of these myself so now I guess I have to chase the Gehrig mini rainbow, any help out there.

  Now here are some other relics and autos I have pulled along the way, traders if anybody is interested.

    The Braun auto relic redemption is probably the best in the bunch (lets see how long it takes to get here) but there are some other good ones in there too.

    There you have it, a small look into my 2012 Gypsy Queen endeavor. I have a want list on the sidebar but now have to go change it as while writing this post Sam from The Dimwit just e-mailed me with a bunch of cards I need. You rock Sam!! I also have to compile a list of minis I need.

That's all I have for the return of the Buffet. It's awesome to be back and thanks again for all the love out there for my blogs.

Keep rocking your cardboard dreams people!

Thanks For Reading!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Comming Soon

The Return

BA Benny's Baseball Card Buffet

Stay Tuned!