Monday, June 30, 2008

Card of the Week (and a couple days)

I'm back again, with another cool card in my collection. This little gem is the oldest card I have.

It's a 1951 Topps Red Back card of Dave "Gus" Bell. I bought it on eBay for $8.50. I've been trying to find one card from every year that Topps made cards, and this is where it all started. It's a really dinky card, which makes the transition to the jumbo '52s seem really weird.

The Bell family is famous for having 3 generations of major league players (Gus, Buddy, and David & Mike). The Boones (Ray, Bob, and Aaron and Bret) and the Hairstons (Sam, Johnny & Jerry, and Jerry Jr. & Scott) are the only other families that can say this.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Pack Break: 2008 Topps Heritage

I've been meaning to do a pack break on here for a while, but I always sorted my cards out before I could write down what I got. Well, I've got a pack of '08 Heritage (my favorite set of the year) that I surprisingly haven't opened yet. Let's see what we got.

100 Jack Cust
272 Aaron Harang
111 Reds team card
138 Steve Pearce Rookie Stars
piece of (surprisingly good) gum
358 Hideki Okajima
265 Aaron Rowand
C75 Billy Butler rainbow refractor #309/599
C55 Hanley Ramirez rainbow refractor #520/599
196 Jose Valverde black back

Whoa! I managed to get 9 cards in a nominally 8 card pack, and two of them were back-to-back rainbow refractors! I've only pulled one in all of the other packs I've opened put together, and to get two of them back-to-back is amazing. It makes up for the '08 Topps fat pack I got earlier today that only had one insert (a crappy Mantle history card) in it.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Card of the Week

Holy crap! I was doing pretty good there, posting every couple days, then life just jumped on me. You all probably think that getting a new post out of me is like pulling teeth, which is one of the reasons I haven't posted in the first place. Everything is healing nicely (to quote Frank Zappa), so I thought I'd celebrate my "glorious" return to blogging by posting one of the coolest cards I've pulled in a long time.

This Chipper Jones card came out of a pack of 2003 Fleer Focus Jersey Edition.The subset it's in is called Materialistic. The picture is actually printed on a huge piece of jersey-style fabric. It's apparently printed on something like what they used on their away jerseys, which makes me wonder if there's a home jersey version. To answer your question, no, dayf, it's not for sale or trade. :-P