Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Gonzo Box Break: 2009 Topps Finest

Bloggers Note: This is a Gonzo Box Break. To experience this video break properly, please follow these instructions before viewing.

1) Acquire a half-pint 10-inch hypodermic needle (the kind used for spinal taps & inoculating bulls).

2) Fill this full of rum, tequila, Wild Turkey, or Flying Dog Brewery's Gonzo Imperial Porter.

3) Inject the entire contents straight into the stomach, through the navel. This will induce a fantastic rush -- much like a three-quarter hour Amyl high -- plenty of time to watch the awful spectacle below.

4) Set to full-screen and press play.

One Master Box of 2009 Topps Finest Baseball -- supplied by the manufacturer for free.
Two, six-pack, mini-boxes per Master Box (MSRP $50/mini-box)

Base Set: 49 of 164 (29.88%)
short set: 48 of 150 (32.00%)
1 Autographed Rookie Letter Patch (14 manufactured letter patches, 1:2 mini-boxes): T. Snider EXCH


4 "Plain Vanilla" Refractors: J. Posada, X. Nady, HanRam, M. Garza
4 Blue Refractors (numbered to 399): The World's Fattest Vegetarian, K-Rod, T. Hudson, M. Tuiasosopo
1 Green Refractor (1:2 mini-boxes, numbered to 99): G. Meche
1 Gold Refractor (1:4 mini-boxes, numbered to 50): M. Buehrle
1 Autographed Rookie Letter Patch Refractor (1:4 mini-boxes): A. Solome "E"


1 2009 MLB Rookie Redemption (1:3 mini-boxes): #1

Product Rating: 2 Gumsticks (out of 5)

Remember when "Baseball Cards" had, you know, *BASEBALL* players on them?

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you this year's "Poley Walnuts."

And yes, this is an actual card that will be inserted into '09 UD2 packs.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

This has nothing to do with baseball cards, but...

... I got accepted to grad school today.

Anybody know of any decent card shops in D.C.?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

From The "You Knew This Was Going to Happen" Department: Topps Sues UD.

Those of you that had April 14th in The Stale Gum Lawsuit Pool, congratulations, you are a winnah!

From Bloomberg...
Topps, which was taken private in 2007, claims in a lawsuit filed today in Manhattan federal court that Upper Deck’s newest cards are using a design from Topps’ 1971, 1975 and 1977 cards.
Umm, ya think?

To review: This is a 1971 Topps card.

And this is a 2009 Upper Deck "1971 OPC" card.

Seriously, who didn't see this coming?

Monday, April 13, 2009

But He's Got, High Hopes...

I was going to publish my 2009 Topps Heritage gimmick article today...

... but I can't. No, not today.

The voice of my childhood, and of the WFC, has been silenced.

And somewhere, in that big ol' press box in the sky, Harry and Whitey are smoking cigars and catching up on old times.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Dr, Wax makes the New York Times.

This guy from The New York Times e-mails me the other day about a story on"this phenomenon of people opening packs of baseball cards online."

So I tell him, "Hey, you're in New York. Pay a visit to see Dr. Wax Battle. He practically invented the video break."

Nice to see Dr. Wax get some pub.

(Reg. required)

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Does Beckett bother vetting new blog contributors?

Warning, this link may not be SFW.

With that said, I'd like to meet this Ms. Shafer. (There, I said it. Don't judge me.)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009