Wednesday, July 29, 2015



I finally accomplished highlighting all of my Griffey cards on the checklist! I don't have a huge amount of Griffeys like Junior Junkie, but for someone who took 10 years off collecting Griffey, I think I am doing okay. Just in the past year I have added around 100 new ones from trades with more soon on the way. My collection mainly consists of base and insert cards, but I guess you gotta start out at the bottom of the mountain before climbing it.

Now without further ado, I would like to reveal to you my accurate Griffey numbers (up til now).....HERE WE GO!

Ken Griffey Jr. Cards:

Like I said, nothing huge but I am slowly growing. I hope to continue to and not miss anymore time.

Shiny Goodness, A Grady M Mail Day Part 5: The Finale!

In the finale of my Grady M mail day, I take a look at the SHINY goodness that a Grady M mail day always brings. This one brought some greatness as well.

First up, Heritage Chrome and refractors. The Shields are both refractors despite my pic not showing it that well.

Up next is rainbow parallels from Topps 2015 including one for the Yanks PC.

Bowman makes an appearance as well. Here and

Here. I really like the look of these. Got two big hurts and a Bernie for the Yanks PC.

I had never seen Cooperstown up close til this mail day. Pretty impressive parallels including a cracked ice.

I wished Panini carried these over into a new Pinnacle product. I loved these not only for the design, because there were different levels to collect. Some were tougher to pull than others and they actually had some value.

More paralels. Love the glimmer.

And then I will end this mail day showing with my favorite parallels, outside of Chrome, Prizm ones. Some great ones here too especially the Red/White/Blue.
A tremendous mail day from Grady as always. Thanks again buddy for the great stuff for my PC and I am putting together a package, though slowly, to ship back to you as well. I look forward to the next as well :)

I hope you all have enjoyed this 5-part mail day series.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Contest Mail Day From Baseball Card Breakdown Part 2:Flowing With Goodness

Yesterday, I posted the first half of my contest winnings from Baseball Card Breakdown blog, you can find those HERE. Today, I am posting the rest and hope you are ready!

First up, I start off where I ended yesterday with more Yankees. One that really stands out here to me is the Finest Abbott. Loved that Finest design.

Up next, a Ruth and sweet Mantle Reprint

Now we move on from baseball for a second for some GGGGGGMMEEENN! I am expecting big things this year from Moore. He has gotta step it up filling in for JPP.

I will always remember this guy. He was amazing and unstoppable when not injured. Other than that amazing Tyree catch, Smith was the guy who helped them win the Super Bowl with big catches in that 4th quarter.

KEN GRIFFEY! Pops as I call him.

And here comes Junior! I am in love with these Simpson's magnets that Baseball Card Breakdown put together. This is another rare piece for my Griffey PC and it also has one of my favorite shows

And to end this mail day showing, a SICK Roy White auto. It's also CHROME!!!!
Overall, I just wanna thank Baseball Card Breakdown Blog for this great mail day and can't say thanks enough. If you haven't checked out his blog yet, please do so it's on my blog read list. Some great reads on there and you can also find him on Twitter for a fun follow @breakdowncards

My Favorite 2015 Stadium Club Base Card: A Grady M. Mail Day Part 4

Upon flipping through Grady's mail day, I stumbled upon one Griffey card for my PC. It's a card I have been wanting.

Unlike a lot of collectors of today, I get excited over a base card. Especially a well done one. When I saw the preview for the Ken Griffey Jr Stadium Club base card I knew I had to have it. Not just because it would help towards #MissionGriffey, but it's simply just a great picture.

What says baseball more than a father and son simply just having fun together? Who doesn't remember playing catch in the backyard with dad? I remember my father and I taking wiffle balls (we didn't want to use baseballs as it was a bit dangerous in such a small area of field) and we would duct tape them shut to act like a baseball. We would pitch and battle for hours. My father had a similar pitching style like Randy Johnson and oddly enough he hadn't had his hair cut for awhile and that resembled Johnson's as well. I, well, I was Griffey. Trying to imitate that swing was impossible but I did my best. I did get the best of my father after a couple years of playing as my power hitting finally did him in.

This card is a great reminder of how fun baseball is to play and how much fun I had playing it. I also dig the throwback uni's as well and the expression on both of their faces.

Now I gotta pass a question onto you, what base card or cards do you have in your collection that stand out to you and does it have any memories attached to it?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Contest Mail Day From Baseball Card Breakdown Part 1:The Yanks Are Coming!

THE YANKS ARE COMING! THE YANKS ARE COMING! Well, actually, they are here. And a lot of them showed up.

Last week I won a contest on Baseball Card Breakdown blog (one of the many blogs on my read list you guys should check out if you haven't yet), Yes, I know. I go through streaks of winning contests. I don't do anything different than the rest who enter contests do. I just happen to pick the right numbers, score or RT at the right time. The horseshoe sometimes fits and other times I am my feet are too big. It's all about luck.

Today, I received my winnings. I didn't know what to expect and was blown away with how much was sent.

Normally with such a good sized mail day, I would just set out a few cards to show off, but this particular mail day I wanted to show off how full blown it was. I had so much packed into the box he sent, that I had to split this into two posts. The other part will be posted tomorrow. All I can say is there is an amazing guy over at Baseball Card Breakdown that's for sure.

This part of the mail day had a TON of Yankees. Brands, years and players ranged from all over. It was quite impressive to see all that was in there.

Enough with me rambling on, time to see some pics!

Cano and many more here:

Nice Rivera adds here:

Gotta appreciate how well this Bowman design was done.

A good mix of rookies and players here. Inserts as well.

Now we keep rolling with the final two pics that are all Archives. Great players too!

My impression of part one was excitement and my looking forward to sorting these into my Yanks binder. Most of these I don't have so this will help pad my Yankees collection a bit.

If you guys think Part 1 is impressive, stay tuned for tomorrow's finale!

MINI MANIA! A Grady M. Mail Day Part 3

In Part 3 of my Grady M. mail day, we look at a bunch of minis. The last mail day I received from him was loaded as well with minis and you won't hear any complaints from me.

So let's take a gander at which ones arrived this time.

We start out with a bunch from Gypsy Queen. One of my more favorite Topps products.

The Altuve is awesome. Gotta appreciate the Astros throwback uni's on a card.

Lot's of players swinging away here.

And we close up the Gypsy Queen part of the minis here.

Next up, some from Allen And Ginter. I like the pop culture addition to Allen And Ginter so these minis are a bit more fun.

Mini parallels here! Bam!
Mini mania has overtaken over a binder now with these recent additions. Would be fun to put together a full mini set from one product or the other, but could be a daunting task. Guess it depends on how far along I am first.

Thanks for reading and Part 4 will be posted up tomorrow!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

LOTS Of Baseball Inserts, A Grady M. Mail Day Part 2

Today's Part 2 of my Grady M. mail day consists of tons of baseball inserts. I should sit down sometime and see if I am close or have any of the sets from his multiple mailings. Maybe a project for another day.

Today's project was getting this second part of the mail day posted as I have three more posts to go after this.

Let's kick off today with some mini disks that came from 2013 Panini Cooperstown. Love the Young photo and could be fun one to caption. You know, "ooops, I did it again." "Promise I won't let another one rip at the table" "Wait, what are you trying to say?! I am smiling!"

Up next is a nice lot including a few numbered ones. I thought the Mauer Double Play card was pretty cool.

More Topps inserts from 2015 along with a few cards from Cooperstown.

Throwin it back a bit right here with inserts from Heritage and Allen and Ginter (plus Opening Day that got slipped into the photo somehow)

More goodness as we march on

Once again, big fan of the design of the top insert here.

Two more of my favorite inserts from Topps was Glove Stories and Robbed In Left/Right

Some great players here

And here. Along with some Stadium Club gold. My focus is still on the base card photos.

And still my favorite insert from Topps Series 1 and 2 in many years is the First Pitch insert. Love the celebrity/baseball mash-up. Now if I could only get the "Fluffy" one I desire.
Another nice round of inserts here. Like I stated above, I really need to sit down and gather them all together to see what sets I can accomplish. Yes, set collectors still do exist :)

Part 3 of my Grady M. mail day will be coming up soon!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I Miss The Hobby Episode 2

I miss the hobby.....back when card shows were around.There was nothing more fun than spending a few hours on a Sunday strolling through and hanging out at a card show.

Every third Sunday of the month, 20 years ago, there used to be a card show. This card show was located about an half hour from my house, so the trip wasn't too shabby, and was held inside of a VFW Hall. There wasn't a lot of tables usually set up, roughly 20 maybe 30 on a good day, but it was worth the trip to interact with other collectors and see if they had anything you needed. And of course to buy some unopened wax from the card shop owner who ran the show.

The cost to enter the show was $2 and it also gave you a ticket for a chance at prizes that were drawn every hour. The longer you were there for, the better chance you had to win a prize. It's been awhile but if I recall correctly, I must had won that four times at least.

Having gone to that show for many years also created many memories. The two that stood out the most was one I had shared on here previously about my friends uncle pulling the Joe Montana autographed card from 1996 Spx football right after I had bought packs from the same box. My second memory was pulling a 1996 Zenith Z-Team Emmitt Smith from a fresh box of 1996 Zenith. I had six offers up front for that card which later on I would end up trading. Oddly enough I am in search of one to add to my collection now in memory of pulling that one. They seem to be very tough to find as I all I can locate are "promo" versions.

In Episode 1, I shared how I missed having a card shop around and how I don't ever expect one around again, well, same goes for a card show too. It's a just something I have known for awhile and have dealt with in different ways. In this hobby, you learn to adjust.

Stay tuned for more I Miss The Hobby segments coming up!

Do you still have card shows you can go to? What's your favorite part? Least favorite? If you don't have one, how do you replace the feeling of having one? Let me hear your thoughts!