Saturday, January 10, 2015

Checking In

You might have noticed (or maybe not) that I have been contributing to Cardboard Connection over the past few months.  The articles I write there are not unlike the ones that have appeared, or will appear, on this blog.  They just happen to reach a much larger audience.  While most of the posts on Cardboard Connection are informative in nature (in terms of products, hobby news, etc.), my posts are more opinion and story based.

I have to say it is awesome to be able to write about the hobby on a bigger stage.  I was an English major and a journalism minor in college, and while it is not my full time career, writing is still something I love. So, to be able to write on a larger scale about one of my favorite things in the world is pretty awesome, and I am grateful for the opportunity.

As for my personal collecting, I haven't been as active over the past few weeks due to the holidays, but I am really starting to get an itch to rip some wax.  I have participated in a few group breaks over the past few weeks, but they haven't yielded anything to write home about.  A trip to Target or Wal-Mart might be in my future, as I need a quick fix. 

One thing I am really looking forward to is happening at Crackin' Wax on January 17th...and it's the Ladies Night Break hosted by @LiteralQuirk.  I love the concept and also the fact that a percentage of the funds will be donated to charity. If you want to get involved, (guys or gals!), there are only four teams left as of this writing, so hurry!

Other than that, I am really looking forward to the Ravens vs. Patriots game today.  I honestly have no "feeling" about this game, but I hope it is competitive, and that my boy Joe Flacco continues his postseason supremacy!  

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Inception Inspection

I mentioned in the last post how much I like Topps Inception cards, no matter if they are football or baseball.  The Inception breaks are usually pretty affordable, and they yield nice, thick stock, usually on card autograph cards. Plus, the patches are usually pretty substantial in the product, and there are a lot of two, three, and even four color patches.

The cards I got in the mail the other day were from a random team style break at Layton Sports Cards. I got a "combo-team," the Bengals and the Falcons. Sometimes people think that getting a combo-team is a kiss of death in a break, but I have actually had a lot of luck with it, and I have seen a lot of awesome pulls for combos.  The truth is none of us truly know what is going to come out of a case, or a box.  That's all part of the fun!

So, on to the cards.

The two base cards I hit were AJ Green and Julio Jones. Both had decent games today.
I also hit a parallel Julio Jones, numbered to 75.
Two very nice hits came my way.  The Freeman card is actually a two color patch auto, even though the two color is a little hard to see.  The Jeremy Hill is a three color patch, which is numbered to 50. The patch is cool because you can tell hit came from the outside of one of the double zeros.
I saved the best hit for last. This is a very nice on card auto of AJ McCarron, numbered to 25!  I don't think McCarron has seen the field this season, and I am not sure he will in Cincinnati as long as Andy Dalton is there.  Although, if Dalton keeps throwing picks like he did today, McCarron could get a shot.