Saturday, August 29, 2015

eBay Treasures, Vol. I or: How I am Cheap

Before the eBay stuff, a trade came in the other day that I neglected, it came from tjhorak at the Trading Card Database. I sent...

1993 Ultra, Sandy Alomar, Jr.

1994 Donruss, Manny Ramirez.

2015 Topps Archives, Danny Salazar.

and in return I got...

 1992 U.S. Playing Card All-Stars, Ozzie Smith. Yes, it's a playing card, but it's also Ozzie Smith. One I didn't have. Don't judge me.

and 2003 Upper Deck Vintage, Albert Pujols. The card is in the style of the classic 1965 Topps design, which is one of the most recognizable and awesome designs ever. I wish I had more of these cards, they're hard to find for some reason, well at a price I'm willing to pay for them. lol 2014 Topps Heritage also used this design, which I am slowly collecting, but Pujols isn't in a Cardinals uniform in it, he's in some third place team's uniform...

Now onto the eBay stuff. Up first...

2010 Topps Factory Set: New York Yankees Edition. That's an Amazon stock photo. Got it on eBay for $5, another $5 for shipping. $10 in total, much cheaper than buying a box of series 1 and 2. Cheaper than what Amazon was selling it for too. It was also factory sealed, had the bonus Yankee cards in it, but all the cards were out of order, which is odd. Also, I didn't get it because it was cheap, I got it because I like the design of the 2010 Topps a lot, so I thought this would be the best way to go.

Up Next...

Random basketball card lot. No photos of it, so I picked one of the few I've scanned so far. Dominique in a Spurs jersey is strange. 400 cards in the lot is what was listed, I didn't count them, but there is a lot of them, nothing within the last ten years, nothing older than 1990. A lot of Finest cards and Upper Deck, I was expecting a good bunch of them from the "junk era" but there is actually very few....Another card out of the random lot was...

1992-93 SkyBox, David Robinson Team Ticket. Apparently this is an error card because it's bumbered 299, when it's supposed to be 305. That's cool...Oh, the lot was only $1 as well with $3 shipping. $4 for 400 cards, not too bad....Except I also got this in the box...

I want this out of my house as quickly as possible.

And last eBay treasure...

2011 Topps Heritage, Clayton Kershaw is one card of a small lot of cards I got. Slowly adding in 2011 Heritage, not going crazy on it yet.

2011 Topps Heritage, Babe Ruth Special sub-set #139.

2011 Topps Heritage - Baseball Flashbacks, Bob Gibson. Getting this is obvious.

2015 Gypsy Queen Mini, Ryan Howard.

2012 Topps Chrome, Eric Hosmer.

2011 Bowman Draft Pick & Prospects, Kolten Wong.

2014 Bowman, Kolten Wong rookie card. How can his rookie card be in 2014, when he already had a Bowman card in 2011? Baseball cards are so confusing!

2011 Topps Update - Diamond Anniversary, Lance Berkman. It's shiny and looks awesome, but it's not my favorite of the small lot...The next one is...

2015 Gypsy Queen Relic, Buster Posey. My love of these low-end relics are well documented here and my chance to pick up one of the best player relic card, I couldn't pass up. Plus I'm a sucker for Gypsy Queen. Total cost of this 9 card lot, that included a relic and an awesome parallel. $3.50, that includes shipping. One hell of a deal.

So there you have it, over 1,000 cards for $17.50. Not too bad.

No Panini opening today, I yapped on long enough. Still four packs to go on those.

As always, thanks for reading.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Death in the Family or: How I am Sad Over Something Inconsequential

Gaming. It's something I do frequently. I have a 360 and a One, sold my PS3 so I could buy Arkham Knight and the upcoming games Rock Band 4 and Fallout 4.

One of the features of the 360 and One are achievements (PS3 and PS4 have trophies). I was on a 447 day streak of getting achievements and yesterday that came to a screeching hault. I am saddened that it has ended.  I simply forgot about it yesterday and didn't remember. So, here I pay tribute to the games that helped me get to a 447 day streak...

Watch Dogs...Not a terrible game, terrible story though.

WWE 2K14...Just like every WWE 2K game.

Saints Row the Third...Far more enjoyable than I though it would be.

Peggle...Still fun after all these years.

Jeopardy!...Because I like trivia and it was only $1.

Forza 3...Because I wanted to abuse myself and win every championship.

Bully: Scholarship Edition...Because I never finished it back in 2008 when I rented it.

The Walking Dead: Season 2...Awesome game, awesome story. Wait, that was Season 1.

Skyrim...The funnest game I ever played. 300 hours on my character.

Motocross Madness...Because it was free.

Far Cry 3...Much like Saints Row 3, far more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light...Because it was free.

DJ Hero...Because I wanted to try it and it was hella fun.

DJ Hero 2...See above.

Foriza Horizon...I'm at a loss of words.

Tomb Raider...Because it was free and I already played it on PS3. I played that game twice in a year. What the hell?

Batman: Arkham City...More specifically Harley's Revenge DLC. Because I was too lazy to finish it when it came out.

Batman: Arkham Origins...I wanted to play it before Arkham Knight.

PowerGig: Rise of the Six String...Because I wanted to punish myself.

Grand Theft Auto V...Do I need to?

Zoo Tycoon...Because it was the only game I had for my Xbox One when I got it, because Best Buy sucks at shipping their products.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes...Because Amazon's shipping is fast and Best Buy's sucks.

Dead Rising 3...Because I love the franchise and zombies.

Forza 5...Because I wanted to bore myself with more racing than you can shake a stick at.

WWE 2K15...Still just like every WWE 2K game.

BioShock Infinite...More Specifically Buried at Sea: Episode 1...Because I love this game.

Nicktoons MLB...Because I'm an achievement whore and it was $1.

Mirror's Edge...Because I never finished...And still haven't.

Brother's: A Tale of Two Sons...Because it's awesome and sad. I do have a heart.

#IDARB...I don't remember what the hell this was.

Far Cry 4...I never finished it, because it's boring.

South Park: The Stick of Truth...Maybe the funniest game ever made.

The Orange Box...Specifically Half Life 2 and Half Life 2: Episode 1....Because I wanted to replay them.

Left 4 Dead...Because I was bored.

Forza Horizon Presents Fast & Furious...Because it was free.

Forza Horizon 2...Because the Horizon series is actually fun.

Batman: Arkham Knight...Well, it's Batman. I was Batman.

There we have it. The list of games that helped me get to a 447 day achievement streak...I will never forget them. Truth be told though, I haven't really been in the gaming mood since beating and 100% Arkham Knight, I had been using App achievements to bolster that streak.

Ok, since that's out of the way, the original title of this blog was going to be - The Panini Experiment, Day 5: Citizen Panini - because I've been naming the days after movie franchises, if anybody hasn't noticed. Day 1 was a generic title, day 2 was after Terminator 2, day 3 was for Die Hard 3, day 4  was for James Bond 4 and today's was suppose to be for the Toxic Avenger 4. But, whatever, lets rip into this Panini pack...

Jeremy Lamb, #248 rookie card. Double.

Anthony Davis, #241 rookie card. Double. I guess that's good to have. I bet Luke Zeller is next.

Luke Zeller, #298 rookie card. Double and Ha-ha.

Kent Bazemore, #256 rookie card. Double.

Isaiah Thomas, #214 rookie card. Double.

Bernard James, #271 rookie card. Double.

Mike Scott, #228 rookie card. Double.

I need to scan this next one....One momento por favor.

Front and back shot. Manu Ginobili and Gordon Hayward Matching Numbers. Not really feeling these inserts.

Caron Butler. #29. Freshness.

His name is Jonas. #86.

DeJuan Blair, #44.

Al Jefferson, #2. Why is this set alphabetized by first name? That's odd.

Eric Maynor, #60.

John Salmons, #84.

Adrian Dantley, #176. I have to give it up to Panini, they picked some great looking shots for the retired guys.

Pau Gasol, #133.

Larry Legend, #190. And what I said about the retired players getting greats shots. Scratch that. lol

Russell Westbrook, #148. That card is bright.

Luc Mbah a Moute, #106. Ironically enough, the same sound I make when eating peanut butter.

Tony Parker #164 rounds out this pack.

Doubles on the rookies, which I believe may be the case for the rest of the packs, I may have them all, I'm not 100% on that. Freshness all around on the current players and retired guys and a "meh" insert.

Final tally before I wrap up this long ass entry...274/300. Four more packs to go. 26 out of 80 need to be fresh.

Tomorrow will also be a long entry, maybe - if I can get to the post office, two big packages waiting for me (not in the gay way - not that I wouldn't mind). I've been waiting on both of them for awhile.

Thank you for reading come back tomorrow for more blabbing.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Panini Experiment, Day 4: Paniniball

Back with another opening of 2012-13 Panini Basketball, Im opening all the cards in real time, yesterday we got a bunch of new rookies and doubles of current stars leaving me at 244/300 for the complete set. So, lets rip into another one shall we...

First card out...

Josh Harrellson, #285 rookie card. Double. Didn't I get this yesterday? lol

E'Twaun Moore, #243 rookie card. Double.

Alec Burks #201 rookie card. Freshness.

Tristan Thompson, #210 rookie card.

 Nolan Smith, #268 rookie card.

Kemba Walker, #226 rookie card.

Gustavo Ayon, #283 rookie card.

Tyshawn Taylor, #240 rookie card.

David Lee, #41.

The former Mr. Kardashian, #98.

Elton Brand, #56.

Anthony Randolph, #14.

Hedo Turkoglu, #71.

Carmelo Anthony, #28.

Mike Dunleavy, #122.

Chris Webber, #179.

Paul Millsap, #136.

Oscar Robertson, #193.

Ron Artest, #118.

Zach Randolph, #175 rounds out the pack.

A solid pack there, two double and 18 cards worth of freshness.

Final tally after this pack, 262/300 for the set and five more packs to go. I need 38 out of thos 100 cards not to be doubles. It's looking more possible I might get the set.