Thursday, July 30, 2009

George Brett FTW!

And no, this has nothing to do with baseball cards.

Monday, July 27, 2009

An non-parallel, non-game used, non-autographed insert that will not suck.

UPDATE: My laptop is still out of commission. It'll be a few days before I get it back and I'm resorting to posting from my parent's house.

Pity, the humble insert. In an era where autographs of obscure Single-A relievers, or a card with the crotch of some backup catcher's pant leg pass as "Big Mojo Hits," the plain-vanilla insert has become a mere afterthought. Granted, the card companies haven't been putting much effort into them lately; but every once and a while, they come up with a concept that makes even the most jaded Hobbyist stand up and take notice. For 2009 Updates & Highlights, Topps may have come up with such an insert.

'09 TU&H will feature a 30-card insert set done in the style of World War II-era propaganda posters (think "Rosie the Riveter," and "Loose Lips Sink Ships" kind of stuff). The posters are the work of Boston-area artist Chris Speakman -- a self-described "Lifelong lover of sports with a passion for history." I describe his work as completely original and kick-ass.
Speakman's been producing his propaganda posters for years now, and most of his work has a definite Red Sox flavor to it. However, he's begun to branch out into the other MLB teams as well.
Check out his website at

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Stale Gum Places Lap Top on DL.

BARRINGTON N.J. -- Stale Gum has placed Lap Top on the 15-day Disabled List with a broken left hinge, an injury that has been bothering it the last few days. The injury is not blog-threatening, and Top hopes to be back in action in about two to three weeks.

Stale Gum manager Chris Harris noticed last Saturday a small protusion coming from the lower-left corner of Top's LCD screen, but kept him in the game. It wasn't until he attempted to shut Lap Top down for the evening did he notice something.

"I was posting to YouTube the first part of my 2009 Topps Magic Football video break, when I tried to shut down for the evening. But the screen was stuck," said Harris. "I knew it was bad, and that's when I called the Geek Squad."

To replace Top, Harris said he will continue to update his blog by driving to his parent's house and using their computer; but warns his fans on to expect too much original content for the next few days.

Friday, July 17, 2009

The cardblogosphere continues to amaze.

I want to give the cardblogosphere, and the rest of the alternative Hobby media, a great big pat on the back.

Not only has a cardblogger already cracked the 2009 Allen & Ginter code, but minutes later Wax Heaven scooped everyone.

At the time of this posting, no other Hobby media outlet has published this news. Great job.

On-Location Box Break: 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter (Part Four)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

UD's MJ Fail.

Directly from the press release...

“Michael Jackson was a unique entertainer whose performances routinely exceeded expectations as he continually tested the boundaries with his music and dance,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s director of Sports Brands. “After witnessing the outpouring of love at his memorial, we knew the public would appreciate this commemorative collection to celebrate his larger-than-life persona. Both sport and music fans alike will no doubt reminisce about the memorable halftime performance.”

So naturally, the death of Michael Jackson calls for a set of gimmicked inserts in a baseball card set no one cares about; stamped with the logo of another baseball card set no one cares about; commemorating an event that happened at a football game; and to add a little extra to the creep factor, it's in a product marketed to "The youth baseball fan."

Look at that last clause again: Michael "Jesus Juice" Jackson is in a baseball card set MADE FOR KIDS!

Great job Upper Deck!

On-Location Box Break: 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter (Part Three)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

On-Location Box Break Preview

It's not quite as awesome as ripping a box on Jefferson Burdick's grave, but it's pretty damn cool nonetheless.


A Comparison: 1998 SP Authentic vs. 2008 SP Authentic.

This is an experiment in video gonzo journalism. A little something different. Enjoy.

Box Break

Base Set: 107 of 198 (54.04%)
2 doubles

Parallels: NONE

8 Sheer Dominance Silver (42 cards, 1:3) G. Maddux, The Big Rat, L. Walker, R. Alomar, R. Clemens, M. Vaughn, J. Thome, J. Bagwell
2 Sheer Dominance Gold (numbered to 2000) Chipper, D. Jeter

1 Chirography: R. Clemens /400

According to Beckett, Roger Clemens signed only 400 copies of his '98 SPA Chirography cards -- although the card itself is not serial-numbered. They lists it at $60-$120. Even if this card fetches the more realistic LO end on eBay, this card all but pays for the box.

Compare that to the three junk autographs I got last year, and a winner is 1998 SPA.

For comparison's sake, here's my break of last year's SPA.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

That yo-yo guy in TA&G.

Ladies and gentlemen, 2008 World Yo-Yo Champion, John Higby.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Monday, July 06, 2009

The Jersey Shore Junkwaxapalooza! 1996 Pinnacle Aficionado

Base Set: 76 of 200 (38.00%)

2 Artist's Proof (1:35) J. Damon, M. Newfield

2 Slick Picks (32 cards, 1:8) K. Griffey, Jr., J. Gonzalez

Autogamers: NONE

Sunday, July 05, 2009

The Jersey Shore Junkwaxapalooza! 2002 E-X

The Pulls

Base Set: 65 of 139 (46.76%)
20 doubles

short set: 61 of 100 (61.00%)
nEXt: 4 of 39 (10.26%) E. Almonte /2999, M. Byrd /1999, D. Sardinha, R. Chiavacci

Parallels: NONE


3 Behind the Numbers (35 cards, 1:8): J. Bagwell, L. Walker, K. Griffey, Jr.
2 Hit & Run (30 cards, 1:12): M. Piazza, A-Fraud


1 Behind the Numbers Jersey (1:24): J. Bagwell
1 Hit and Run Bat (1:24): NOE-MAH!
1 Hit and Run Base (1:120: That J.D. Guy

Vote Victorino 2009


Wednesday, July 01, 2009