Saturday, January 19, 2013

Cardboard Connection Radio - Thank You

For those of you that don't listen to Cardboard Connection Radio, you really are missing out on the best show in any media that focuses on trading cards.  It airs twice per week (Wednesday and Friday nights) and averages over an hour per episode.  The hosts have been doing the show for quite some time and are extremely knowledgeable and current with respect to the hobby.  Check them out live every Wednesday and  Friday night or do what I do and download the shows as podcasts and listen to them whenever (on the subway, in the car, etc.)   The guests are top notch and they host giveaways every week.

I was the beneficiary of a recent giveaway, which I wanted to show here and also wanted to extend my thanks to the good folks at Cardboard Connection Radio - keep up the great show!!

This is what I received in the mail -

First up - three autos - including one from Mo Cheeks - who I was a big fan of growing up in Philadelphia during's the Sixers glory years.  

Next up - a pair of Jersey cards (including one from Antonio Gates who has been on my Fantasy Football team more times than I care to remember).

And lastly - a couple of guys from the other side of PA - a very cool Honus Wagner Manupatch and a Big Ben Chrome rookie card. 

Needless to say, I was thrilled to receive these cards when the showed up in my mailbox, but I am even more thankful for the great show these guys put on twice per week.  

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Target Super Value Box

I was at Target today and saw one of those value packs (10 packs for 11 bucks).  The two packs showing were an A&G pack and a Topps Chrome so I figured what the heck.

This is what the box contained:

Two packs of 2011 Topps Chrome and one pack of 2011 flagship plus 1 pack of 2009 upper deck. 

1 pack of 2012 Topps Opening Day, 1 pack of UD first edition and 1 pack of UD first edition update. 

2 packs of 1989 Donruss and 1 rack pack of 2011 A&G.  

The UD first edition cards are pretty nice (full bleed photography and one StarQuest insert card per pack).  My starquest cards were Griffey Jr. and Berkman.

The 1989 Donruss were (as you would expect) none too exciting; however, these packs always manage to yield a few cards that will make me smile:  

You can't go wrong with the Hawk, the Thrill and a young Craig Biggio (when he was a catcher!). 

Two cool inserts from the 2011 Flagship and nothing of note from 2012 opening day.

I've always been a fan of the diamond parallels and the caramel reprints are pretty cool too.  

The UD pack was pretty good - 

2 of the 4 base cards were Pujols and Johnson (as a Giant....)

And the inserts included this nifty Die Cut of Alex Rios and this shiny Joe Mauer

Speaking of shiny....

The Topps Chrome packs contained rookie cards of Conger and Hosmer and inserts of Kemp and Tulo.

Finally I got this Halladay insert and this A&G back from the Ginter back (plus a couple of cards I needed for my set).

All things considered...not a bad haul for 11 bucks.