15 June 2017

Pack of the Day 164: Repack or Blaster?

I was at Target a month or so ago, and I was trying to decide what cards to buy. I heavily considered a few of the blasters on the shelf, but couldn't bring myself to spend the $20 it would take to get one. Instead, I grabbed one of those 10-pack repack boxes that costs $12. I think the one I chose had a pack of Bowman and a pack of Allen & Ginter on the front.

I kind of expected to find several packs of Triple Play in the middle of the box, but there was just one. I didn't scan it, because I have too much of that stuff. Portions of the other 9 packs are shown above.

The main feature of the Allen & Ginter pack was that all of the cards were heavily dinged on one corner. I scanned the Golovkin card because last year I opened a box of the stuff and pulled his autograph. I sold it for a pretty penny, enough to cover the cost of the box a couple of times over. There were a few cool Bowman base cards in the pack. I thought the 1990 Upper Deck pack was pretty cool. I got some pretty good photos out of that one, with plenty of mustaches on display. The 2016 Topps packs were full of Ichiro cards, with that 3000 Hits Club insert being the first.

There were three more Ichiro cards in the packs, with a base card and a couple of Chasing 3K inserts. I also pulled a relic card, featuring the injured Matt Harvey, one of the many banged-up Mets players. There's a little bit of a pinstripe along the right side of the swatch.

I scanned a couple of big sluggers from the 2016 Topps Bunt pack in Evan Gattis and Prince Fielder. Another Met made the cut from the Topps Chrome pack, with a David Wright Prism Refractor. I probably could have scanned the whole Stadium Club pack, but I stuck with one vertical and four horizontal cards. I've posted that Mariano Rivera card before, but that's a good photo.

Here are a few other standouts from that Stadium Club pack. The Teixeira card is a Gold parallel. Overall, I think the repack probably delivered more fun per dollar than most blasters do, even with the Triple Play pack and the dinged-up Allen & Ginter cards. Pulling a relic card was pretty cool, even if it featured a kinda dysfunctional player from a very dysfunctional team.

14 June 2017

A Sterling Singleton

I've got another short post tonight, as my wife has been out of town and I've been busy trying to keep things running here at home. I go to work pretty early in the morning, so the kids had to get up with me to get ready to go to the babysitter's, and by the time we got home each evening we were all wiped out. Yesterday we all crashed for a couple of hours after we got home. By the time I got dinner and laundry and bedtime done, there wasn't much time for anything else. I know some people manage to do the single parent thing for many years, but it's not the life for me.

This card is a 2014 Bowman Sterling Japan-Fractor, a parallel that was packed only in boxes of Bowman Sterling destined for Japan. The player is Jon Singleton, the one-time hot prospect who never really took off during his 2014 and 2015 stints with the Astros. He's spent this season down at AA, and probably doesn't have much future with the team. His batting average is low, but he gets on base at a pretty good clip due to a favorable walk rate. Maybe another team will be willing to give him a whirl, but it is probably more likely that he spends a few years in the minors and then washes out of the system. The 2014 Bowman Sterling set has a bit of a 1995 Fleer vibe to it, if the colors in 1995 were toned down a bit. This card is numbered # 06 / 25.

12 June 2017

Hakeem Olajuwon Court Relic

There was a pretty big NBA game tonight, with the Golden State Warriors taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers in an elimination game for the NBA Championship. From what my Facebook feed says, the Warriors were able to finish the job, handing LeBron James and the Cavs a 4-1 series defeat. I lost much of my interest in the playoffs after my Houston Rockets got eliminated in embarrassing fashion by a Spurs team that was missing their superstar, Kawhi Leonard, but I still kept an eye on the headlines.

As I often do when the Rockets are eliminated from postseason play, I turned my eyes to the Rockets of the past, specifically Hakeem Olajuwon, who led the team to two Championships in 1994 and 1995. He's not wearing a Rockets uniform on this card, though. He spent the last season of his career playing for the Toronto Raptors, as pictured in this 2001-02 Topps Heritage Basketball Articles of the Arena relic card. I think this is my first floor relic, and I always like getting a new relic type.

The back of the card certifies that it contains an authentic piece of the Boston Garden floor on which Hakeem Olajuwon played an NBA game. I guess it's something. It's not quite on the level of UFC mat relics, which can sometimes be matched to a specific sponsor logo at a specific UFC event. Then you can watch the fight in question and see if the fighter stepped on that logo or had their face dragged across it or something.

Anyway, I'm glad I was able to add a new relic type to my collection, and especially glad that the card features my favorite basketball player of all time, even though he's wearing the wrong uniform on this card.

11 June 2017

Danica Red Flag Prizm - Pocono 400

I've got a pretty quick one-card post today, because I am just not feeling it this evening. I've been on a new medication for the last week, and it makes me feel pretty tired. I've been taking a lot of naps as I wait for my system to balance out.

Today's NASCAR race was the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Danica Patrick continued a pretty good stretch, finishing in 16th place after her 10th place finish last week. Pocono has traditionally been one of her worst tracks, but she was able to get a Top 20 this time around. It wasn't without controversy, though, as she got some headlines for confronting some fans who booed her on Friday.

Today's card comes from 2016 Panini Prizm Racing, and shows off her car in Nature's Bakery colors. This is a Red Flag Prizm parallel, numbered # 19 / 75. I'm pretty sure I picked this one up from eBay, but it's been in my post queue since April and I'm not entirely sure.

10 June 2017

N20 Allen & Ginter Prize & Game Chickens 27: White Dorking Hen

It's been a while since I added to my N20 Allen & Ginter Fifty Prize & Game Chickens set build. These tobacco cards are over 125 years old, and it's not often that examples show up that are in good shape and also in my price range. July 2016 was the last time I picked up a card from this set.

This most recent addition features the White Dorking Hen. It is the 27th Prize & Game Chickens card in my collection, so my set is now 54% complete. I may have to relax my condition standards and/or open up my wallet a little if I ever want to collect the whole checklist.

Picture borrowed from FeatherSite's Dorking info page.
According to the internet, Dorkings are named after a town in England. They were developed by the Romans and brought to England, and they are the basis for a lot of other chicken breeds. They come in several colors, like Silver-Grey, Colored, Red, and White.

09 June 2017

Comic Book Sketch Cards by Anastasia Catris

I picked up a few sketches from the latest waves of March of Dimes sketches on eBay. The Princess Leia sketch I showed off a couple of days ago came second-hand from a person who'd originally picked it up from the March of Dimes charity auctions run by steve4mod. The ones I'm posting today came from bidding on the actual auction listings. There were quite a few nice cards in the last couple of waves from Year 6, but a lot of them went well outside of my price range. I was still able to land two very nice sketches by artist Anastasia Catris, though.

This first one features Captain Marvel, a character I'm a fan of, but one that I don't have much of a sketch collection for outside of one I purchased last year by an unknown artist. Now I've got two Captain Marvel sketches, and I am pretty happy with this one. I tend to be drawn in by bright colors and interesting backgrounds, and this sketch definitely has those qualities. It's a great depiction of the character.

I also won this sketch of Black Cat, one of Spider-Man's frenemies. I especially like the spiderweb in the background and the way Catris stylized her hair. I have to imagine that Black Cat is one of the harder characters to draw, as her suit is all black and her hair is white, which are respectively hard to highlight and shade convincingly. Those are two colors I really struggle with in my miniature painting.

These are two high-quality sketches that I really stole for a song. You can find links to Catris' store and social media profiles on her website, where she has original art for sale as well as commission information.

08 June 2017

Just the Hits from Another WWE Divas Revolution Blaster Box

I picked up a blaster box of 2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution back in April, and it's high time I clear out the rest of the April stuff from my draft queue. For a more complete rundown on the product, you can look up my 2-blaster break from January. Today I am just posting the hits.

I pulled this Silver parallel of Stephanie McMahon's base card, which is a pretty decent card to get. The Silver parallels are the most common in the product, but even they are only seeded 1:6 blasters. This one is numbered # 13 / 50.

More exciting for me was this event-used mat relic from Bayley's appearance at NXT Live in Belfast, where Bayley and Carmella defeated Peyton Royce and Nikki Glencross. Pretty fun stuff. I collect Bayley cards, so it was nice to pull one of her cards from this box. This one is numbered # 182 / 199. If you are a wrestling fan, I would recommend picking up a blaster of this product if you can find it. It's a pretty fun set, and the guaranteed hit per box is usually decent.