’16 Stadium Club & ’15 Prism box breaks

Posted in Box / Pack Break, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

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I won a gift certificate from Blowout Cards earlier this year and it’d been sitting in my account for months.  I decided to use it last week and just a few days ago the boxes arrived. I love Stadium Club and Prizm offered two autos per box at a discounted price so it seemed like a decent buy.  Here are the results.

I’ll say this upfront. Panini America’s Prism is always fun to open, although I think we’d all like it more if the cards had logos. I like the design,  the quality of the cards and I the parallels. These boxes have two autos and four numbered parallels per box.  I did OK given the price point.  My autos were James McCann and Addison Russell, which was a parallel. My parallels included a Barry Bonds /125, Stephen Strasburg /99 and Cole Hamels /42.

 photo 1FDB2955-9BBF-4EA4-835C-9DC814AC92ED_zpsey0opswu.jpgThe real reason I decided to order the cards was because I really like Stadium Club. I love the photos, which is what brings be back to the product every year that Topps decides to bring it back.  As you know, each box contains two autographs and a slew of parallels and inserts.  My haul wasn’t half bad.  The autos included one of a young Mets pitcher Steven Matz whose signature I didn’t already own, and my parallels were solid — black parallels of Corey Seager and Babe Ruth, gold Mike Trout.  And I pulled one of those tough (1:256 packs) Triumvirate Illuminators (Prince Fielder) and a photo variation of Greg Maddux.

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Two packs of WWE Undisputed 2016

Posted in Box / Pack Break, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve caught the wrestling bug again in the last few years and along with my enjoyment of sports (entertainment) comes a love for related cardboard. In 2015 I bought a box through an online breaker of Topps’ first “high-end” wrestling product. I enjoyed it quite a bit. This year I decided to try my hand but on a lesser scale. I bought into two separate breaks.  Both were 10-spot hit draft style. Here are my results:

The first break I wound up dead last in the draft, so I wound up with these:
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The hit here is the Bray Wyatt relic, which isn’t a huge draw for many.  The remainder of the pack was OK quality wise.  The Ultimate Warrior is serial numbered /99.

In the second break I believe I placed 6th in the draft order and ultimately had to choose between packs containing a Nia Jax NXT Autograph or Xavier Woods Autograph. I chose the Woods, whom I actually enjoy and feel has solidified himself as somewhat of a social media star with his video game work.

 photo 8D69B5C6-5E5C-4FA6-96B4-34813932512C_zps80e1uxi1.jpgAside from Woods, it’s not a bad pack.  That Diesel/Shawn Michaels tag team insert is pretty sweet, you get two “King” in Macho Man and Wade Barrett, and of course the Jim Ross is serial numbered /99.

Do you see something you like here?  I’m willing to trade any of these — except probably Woods — for 2016 Undisputed Ted DiBiase base and parallels, or Tag Team inserts and parallels of Money Inc. (DiBioase/IRS) or Mega Bucks (DiBiase/Virgil/Andrew The Giant).

Reach me on Twitter at @cardboardicons or e-mail cardboardicons@yahoo.com

2016 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw is my new favorite card

Posted in Misc., Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on July 8, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

Being a card collector, new cards releases of my favorite players always bring joy into my life.  Roger Clemens will forever be my favorite player, but Clayton Kershaw is my second favorite. And his 2016 Stadium Club card is now my new favorite card.

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Take a look at this card and you see Kershaw celebrating with catcher AJ Ellis.  A keen Dodger fan knows this exact moment when the two embraced at the conclusion of Kershaw’s one-hit, 13-strikeout performance against the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 30, 2015, to clinch the National League West title on enemy territory — at AT&T Park.

I am not a Dodger fan. I am a Red Sox fan. But why is THIS card my new favorite?

Because I was there. And I also captured this moment from near the Giants’ bullpen along left field.

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It was a magical performance by Kershaw, who got the best of the Giants who were led into the game by their ace Madison Bumgarner. It was billed as a pitching classic from the start and while Bumgarner wasn’t great that night, Kershaw definitely was and now I will not only remember the performance based on what I saw, or the pictures I took, I will remember it with the assistance of this Topps Stadium Club card.

New Elite Series inserts added; want list updated

Posted in Newspaperman on July 7, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

As you may or may not know, I’ve been chasing the old school Elite Series baseball inserts.  You know, the ones from the 1990s that helped spark the insert craze. I’d previously completed the first three years of inserts — 1991-1993, including the specials and autographs — and have since moved onto the next three years.

In one of my recent COMC.com shipments I received nine new inserts for my 1994-1996 sets, highlighted by the 1995 Kirby Puckett in the center of this image.

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You can see my updated needs here. Have something I need?  Hit me up via e-mail (cardboardicons @ yahoo.com) or on Twitter @cardboardicons.

My first rainbow is complete — 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed Ted DiBiase

Posted in Misc., Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 6, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

When Topps released WWE Undisputed last year I was absolutely floored by the quality.  And I was thrilled that the set featured cards of one of my all-time favorites, Ted DiBiase, “The Million Dollar Man.”

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I’ve got quite a few of the autos — that post will come later — but I have just concluded the rainbow of DiBiase’s base card, which is a feat that I never thought I’d complete.  A big thanks to Rich Layton, owner of Layton Sports Cards for hooking me up with the base gold 1/1 parallel. The Magenta printing plate arrived today via eBay.  The base card and the unnumbered red parallel are in my collection as well, but the serial numbered ones look more impressive.

Cardboard Icons Turns 8

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

WeaverBagIt all started here eight years ago today with a little post about an iconic 1951 Bowman Phil Rizzuto card. And what has become Cardboard Icons the blog and the opportunities this site have provided for me are things I never could have imagined.

When I started this blog in 2008 I had few connections to other collectors.  The Beckett Message Boards (the old ones, if you remember them) was my favorite way to communicate with other hobbyists. And when the company reformatted its Web site the message boards lost their steam and some collectors went looking for other places to talk shop.

For me, I decided to try my hand at blogging. After all, at the time I wrote for a living and had collected baseball cards for more than two decades (I’m actually coming up on three decades now). I was pretty much as qualified as anyone else to write about the stuff. And so Cardboard Icons the blog and persona were born.

I’ve always maintained that this site is really nothing more than a chronicle of my journey through this hobby. Sure, there were times early on after gaining some readership through connections that bigger ideas started to enter my mind, but many of those never really came to fruition. And honestly, probably for the better. Because what ended up happening was really  far beyond any of those “big” ideas that had entered my mind.

This blog started just about the time Twitter was starting to take off, and so I now had two platforms to share my stories and experiences, especially my passion for not only collecting, but also hunting sports cards and memorabilia through second hand stores, flea markets, etc. To this day the signature feature of this blog is the “Thrift Treasures” series.  The blog in an of itself was doing relatively well by my standards for the first few years. And then in late 2011 I discovered in a thrift store an item that would take the game to a whole new level for me — a 1977 game-used jersey of Hall of Fame Baltimore Orioles Manager Earl Weaver. Such items being found in such fashion are almost unheard of.

The discovery of that jersey ultimately aided in me fulfilling a dream of mine — being published as an author in Beckett Baseball magazine, a publication I had been reading since I was just 8 years old.

My first-hand account of finding the Weaver jersey opened more doors for me. It led to more writing opportunities for the magazine, which led to a trip to the annual National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore in 2012 where I got to meet Weaver just months before he died.  This journey was also picked up by Yahoo Sports’ Big League Stew, where author David Brown wrote: “A collector named Ben Aguirre must fancy himself a real, live Indiana Jones of sports memorabilia after recently finding not one, but two game-worn Baltimore Orioles jerseys — including one that used to belong to legendary manager Earl Weaver — at a Bay Area thrift store.”

In the following years I was able to assist in the creation of content for two special baseball magazines through Beckett Media and authored a monthly column for Beckett Baseball for almost two years. The column ended during the summer of 2015. And no, I am not bitter about it. The timing was right.

And so here we are.

By the standards of some of the larger and more popular (and way better, I might add) blogs, my near half-million page views aren’t special. But for a guy who really just started this as an extension of his own journey through the hobby that’s pretty remarkable. And I thank you all for contributing to the success I have enjoyed thus far by your continued reading and viewing of content on this blog.

Thank you,

Ben Aguirre, aka. Cardboard Icons.

In addition to this blog, you can also follow me on Twitter and on Instagram.

 

Thrift Treasures 106: Hello, Holograms

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on June 27, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

The randomness that are thrift stores are what I enjoy so much.  And among the random sometimes I find some odd items, such as this, a 800-card count box filled with standard 1980s cardboard and a small stack of late 1990s SPX cards. 

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One look at the box and you might find yourself closing it and moving on quickly.  But with the stack of SPX cards was really appealing given the $2.99 price tag on the box.  

We’ll get to the hologram hotness in a bit. But I’ll show the other stuff. There was a sizeable brick of 1983 Topps and among the highlights were two decent looking second-year Cal Ripken Jr. cards.
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There also was some 1993 Bowman, which yielded some rookies for my
collection and a second-year Mariano Rivera.
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Talk about random. Here’s a pair of Bill Belichick cards.
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And now the holograms. I LOVED the hologram-based SPX designs of the lates 1990s. They were distributed one card per pack and they were pricey upon release, somewhere in yhe $4-$6 per pack range if memory serves me right. well, this stack of SPX was just commons. It was star cards and parallels of the same. Fantastic!
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Total cost of the Treasures $2.99

You can see more Thrift Treasures posts Here.

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