Saturday, February 27, 2010

Free Topps Codes from Dr. Wax Battle

So I'm home, and I'm bored, and make the pilgrimage to Toms River to see Dr. Wax Battle.

He shows me a box he got from Topps, digs into it, and hands me 19 of the Million Card Giveaway code cards.

Yeah, you read right. He just gave them to me. No questions asked.

Want to know what I got?

1980 Jim Anderson

1980 Craig Chamberlain

1963 Lew (Lou) Burdette


1972 Jay Johnstone

BTW, Temporary Insanity is absolutely frickin' hilarious.

1967 Wayne Causey

1972 Ron Woods

1979 Rick Miller

1977 Dock Ellis


1978 Ray Burris

1972 Larry Dierker

1966 Al Worthington

1972 Gary Sutherland

1980 Larry Hisle

1977 Dick Tidrow

1979 Bob Watson

1976 Cubs Team Card

1962 John Blanchard

1976 Roger Metzger

1960 Johnny Antonelli

Thanks a lot Doc!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I mean, this is a no-brainer!

Topps: If you make this card, this year, I will forgive you for all your past sins (i.e. Poley Walnuts, Kazuo Uzuki, 2008 Stadium Club, et al) and absolve you, in advance, of any future indisgressions.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Deacde Gummies: The Winners.

The Hobby has spoken, and there were no surprises in the results.

Overall Product and Best Retro-Themed Product of the Decade: 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter

Card and Rookie Card of the Decade: 2001 Bowman Chrome #340 Albert Pujols

Base Set of the Decade: 2007 UD Masterpieces

Insert of the Decade: 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights Propaganda

Autographed/Game-Used Set of the Decade: 2006-09 Topps Allen & Ginter Framed Relics/Autographs

Hobby Innovation of the Decade: Cardblogging

Worst Product and Most Meaningless Product of the Decade: 2008 Upper Deck Documentary

Worst Base Set of the Decade: 2008 Upper Deck X

Most Disappointing Product of the Decade: 2008 Stadium Club

Worst Insert of the Decade: 2008-09 Yankee Stadium Legacy

Worst Gimmick of the Decade: Manufactured Letter Patches

Thanks to everyone who participated, and we'll see you again in ten years!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

WAX BOX ASSASSINATION! 2010 Topps Series One

One Hobby box of 2010 Topps Series One (supplied by Topps)
36 packs per box, 10 cards per pack

The Video

The Pulls

Base Set: 251 of 330 (76.06%)


6 Gold (1:6, numbered to 2010) R. Weeks, R. Spilborghs, G. Gonzalez, K. Hart, R. Cedeno, A. Iwamura
1 Black (1:96, numbered to 59) HanRam/P. Sandoval/A. Pujols
1 Framed Silk Collection (100 cards, 1:373, numbered to 50) I. Kinsler


12 The Cards Your Mother Threw Out (58 cards, 1:3) J. Robinson, R. Jackson, T. Seaver, R. Yount, E. Murray, D. Gooden, G. Sheffield, C. Jones, C. Ripken, P. Martinez, R. Johnson, A. Gordon
1 The Cards Your Mother Threw Out Original Back (58 cards, 1:36) B. Gibson
6 History of the Game (25 cards, 1:6) Radio Microphone, Babe Ruth, Night Baseball, Babe Ruth, TV Camera, Interleague Play
9 Turkey Red (50 cards, 1:4) R. Howard, J. Bench, E. Banks, V. Martinez, Z. Greinke, M. Holliday, M. Kemp, R. Sandberg, J. Hamilton
6 Tales of the Game (25 cards, 1:6) '52 Topps, M. Mantle, C. Fisk, O. Smith, J. Hamilton, D. Ortiz
9 Legendary Linage (50 cards, 1:4) T. Cobb/C. Granderson, T. Speaker/G. Sizemore, R. Jackson/A. Dunn, S. Musial/A. Pujols, H. Greenberg/R. Braun, J. Robinson/M. Kemp, T. Seaver/R. Halladay, D. Eckersley/M. Rivera, N. Ryan/Z. Greinke
4 When they were Young (18 cards, 1:6) R. Doumit, R. Martin, R. Nolasco, S. Olsen
9 Peak Performance (50 cards, 1:4) B. Ruth, L. Gehrig, A-Fraud, G. Sisler, T. Seaver, D. Ortiz, D. Wright, R. Maris, T. Cobb


1 Peak Performance Autograph: M. Tolbert

Product Rating: 3 1/2 Gumsticks (out of 5)

There are too many inserts and not enough base cards in the set. The one-per-box autograph is not listed on the checklist -- nor is it listed on the back of the box. I like the design of the base set, but did we really need Russell Martin's baby picture on a card? Or another year of Turkey Red?

The Cards Your Mother Threw Out concept is great, but would have been even better had Topps waited a year.

And don't get me started about the Yan-kakke gimmicks.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Million Card Giveaway Pulls (LIVE)

The website is now live -- albeit very, very, slow. I've pulled 10 of the redemption cards so far, and I'll be updating them as I enter the codes.

CARD #1: 1988 #625 Frank Viola

CARD #2:
1976 #405 Rollie Fingers

First two cards, two Cy Young winners! Not bad.

CARD #3: 1961 #286 George Witt

CARD #4: 1970 #479 Dick Woodson

W00T! Vintage!

And here comes the junk!

CARD #5: 1987 #125 Bob Brenly

CARD #6: 1993 #354 Jay Bell

CARD #7: 2005 #605 Dave Roberts

CARD #8: 1987 #200 Pete Rose

OMG! Pete's last card!


CARD #9: 1988 #302 Juan Uribe

CARD #10: 1965 #419 Ruben Amaro





Saturday, February 13, 2010

C'Mon People

I'm the only one in the cardblogosphere who has yet to be Bipped.

I'm just saying.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Video Box Break and Review: 2010 Upper Deck Series One

One Hobby box of 2010 Upper Deck Series One (paid $75)
16 packs per box, 20 cards per pack.

Part One

Part Two

The Pulls

Base Set: 266 of 600 (44.33%)

Parallels: NONE


32 2009 Season Biography (2:1)
4 Portraits: J. Verlander, A.J. Burnett, J-Roll, N. Morgan
3 Pure Heat: C. Hamels, Cap'n Cheeseburger, J. Verlander
3 All World: C. Beltran, F. Hernandez, K. Morales
2 Celebrity Predictors: M. Fox/S. LeBoeuf, M. Carey/N. Cannon
1 Joe DiMaggio Baseball Heroes
2 20th Anniversary Baseball Heroes: HanRam, N. Markakis


1 Signature Sensations: M. Gamel
2 UD Game Jersey: J. Verlander, V. Guerrero

Product Rating: 3 1/2 Gumsticks

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

You've got, nothing better to do...

...except watch TV, and edit

Another two feet of snow will do that do you.

Hey, there's something you can do to kill a snow day! Go check out, and feel free to write something. We could use the help!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The $64,000 Question: Does This Guy Collect Cards?

Meet Ryan O'Hara, the new CEO of Topps. (And you thought it was that Mickey Mouse guy, or the Sklar Brothers)

But does he collect cards?

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Friday, February 05, 2010

2010 Upper Deck Checklist.

We did it! A checklist of all available cards in 2010 Upper Deck (base, insert, autograph, and gamers) has finally been compiled.

Go check it out!

And thanks to all who contributed.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Video Blaster Break: 2010 Upper Deck

Damn my phone is LOUD!

2010 UD Checklist: A Favor to Ask.

For those of you that have ripped packs of 2010 Upper Deck, I have a favor. I'm trying to build THE comprehensive 2010 Upper Deck checklist for, but have yet to come across one. So if you have any singles, I'd appreciate if you enter them into the wiki. Or, if you've never had any experience editing a wiki, you can e-mail them to me, or leave them in the comments.


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Is it possible to "Bip" yourself?

I was at a card show last weekend, and while plowing through a dime-box, I came across this gem.

That's 1993 Triple Play kids, absolute dime-box gold. And yes, it was on my wantlist.

It wasn't until after I got home that I noticed the front.

OH NOEZ!!11!


UPDATED: First Images: 2010 Upper Deck.

UPDATED: Trader Crack's has discovered what the base cards and the "Celebrity Predictors" insert look like.

Paper Chase posted pics of inserts and gamers.

Yeah, I ripped them off of eBay. Sue me.

I still haven't found any of the regular ol' base cards. But I'm sure they'll be popping up soon.

2010 Topps Series 2 info.

They still haven't fully released Series One to the Hobby, but the provisional checklist to Series Two has been released.

Check it out on the all new