Collecting Kershaw: EBay $25 coupon aids in landing this beauty

Posted in Collecting Kershaw with tags , , , on September 12, 2020 by Cardboard Icons

Auction site eBay has been sending out thanks to longtime customers, offering them $25 off any purchase of $25.01 or more. The offer was specific to certain accounts with the use of code lHAPPY25. It’s no secret; hell it’s probably worth trying if you have an account.

I love offers like these. It’s essentially “free” money. But I tend to make them a bigger deal than I should because aim always looking for the “right” deal.

Was I supposed to find something that costs a tad over $25 so I can say I essentially got something for free?

Was I supposed to use the $25 as an investment and see what I could get and flip?

Was I supposed to use that money toward something I wanted on my watch list but was overpriced?

There were so many ways to go with it. I contemplated buying another MLB authenticated Hit By Pitch ball for my Wall of Pain but wound up using the free $25 to knock down the price on something I really wanted: this 2019 Topps Big League Rainbow Foil Clayton Kershaw, serial numbered 022/100, which is his jersey number.

I’m one of those collectors who likes the serial number when it matches the jersey number. I won’t pay crazy money for it, but knocking $25 off the price made this a $12 card, which I absolutely could get with. The kicker? It was shipped in this one touch which is in good condition, that’s another added value.

In Memoriam: Louis Clark Brock (June 18, 1939 – Sept. 6, 2020)

Posted in In Memoriam with tags , , , on September 6, 2020 by Cardboard Icons

Collecting Kershaw: The first pitch from a historic start – The Winningest Left-Handed Pitcher in MLB History

Posted in Collecting Kershaw, Game-Used Items with tags , , , , , , on September 5, 2020 by Cardboard Icons

The mailman this week brought me two amazing baseballs, one of which will be the subject of this post; the other will come soon.

While Hit By Pitch balls are my niche in game-used baseballs, I also dabble in Clayton Kershaw items. I was able to acquire a ball from the Giants this week that has some historical significance.

Kershaw is at the stage of his career where he is passing folks on various statistical charts, and on 8/27/2020 he won his 173rd career game by defeating the Giants. The win made him the winningest left-handed pitcher in MLB history. It’s sort of a convoluted stat as it’s percentage driven and the number changes, but it is history.

Anyway, the ball that arrived today is the first ball Kershaw used that day against the Giants. The ball was used for warm up pitches and then for eight pitches spanning three batters.

Giants lead off hitter Mike Yastrzemski saw three pitches, the third of which he rapped into center field for a single – his 136th career hit. The ball was fielded by Cody Bellinger and thrown back to the infield where it was tossed to Kershaw for the next hitter.

Wilmer Flores saw two pitches from Kershaw, the second of which he blasted to right-center causing Bellinger to chase it down near the warning track, a play that was replayed on television with high praise.

Evan Longoria, a fellow 2006 draft pick, saw three pitches from this ball including a classic Kershaw knee-buckling bender that was on the inside corner but called a ball. On the third pitch, Longoria fouled the ball off the chalk of the batters box and the ball was removed from play, ending it’s lifespan.

I’m always a tad skeptical when I see balls that are authenticated as used for various batters, especially when they are out into play. So when I opened the package today and saw that this ball is hammered, it made me smile as again the Giants Authentics department left me with zero doubt as to the authentication.

I also ordered the associated Topps Now card pictured below.

In Memoriam: George Thomas Seaver (Nov. 17, 1944 – Aug. 31, 2020)

Posted in In Memoriam with tags , , , , on September 3, 2020 by Cardboard Icons
1967 Topps Tom Seaver Rookie Card

Team Lots for sale

Posted in Misc. on August 26, 2020 by Cardboard Icons

The follow team lots are for sale at the listed prices PLUS SHIPPING. The description for each team gives you an estimate of how many cards are included and some estimate on the number of certain players. I usually rounded down to account for errors.

These lots contain mostly 2008 through 2018 with some 2019 sprinkled in. There are some earlier cards as well, but the majority is from the last decade. The brands are mostly Topps related – flagship, Heritage, Bowman, Chrome, etc and others. There are also some Panini brands as well. Most of these are base cards, but there are some inserts and parallels included, also prospect stuff as well. There will be duplicates.

I realize that shipping is cost prohibitive when dealing with these kind of lots which is why I priced each team as a stand alone and am offering the following shipping options: ONLY SHIPPING TO UNITED STATES ADDRESSES AT THIS TIME.

Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail – fits 3 550-count boxes: $15

Large Flat Rate Priority Mail – fits 4 550-count boxes: $20.

I have included the number of boxes that each team is made up of. If you buy multiple teams I WILL COMBINE SHIPPING when possible. This may include combining teams into boxes if necessary. I am NOT looking to make money on shipping — I hate the cost, but its necessary. I am NOT offering other methods at this time.

If a team is listed as “Sold” or “Not Available” it is not available.

If you buy two or more teams I will offer a 10% discount on the team price. Payment expected after deal is completed; payment through Pay Pal only.

If you see something you want, contact me via Twitter: @cardboardicons. These will be sold on a first come, first serve basis … unless a larger deal is made. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

***** AL West *****

Mariners: About 830 total cards, featuring Felix Hernandez (~50), Ken Griffey Jr (~15), Robinson Cano (~40), as well as cards of Ichiro, Randy Johnson, Mitch Haniger, Edgar Martinez, and many more. All contained in 2 550ct boxes. Price: $25.


Angels: About 770 total cards, featuring Albert Pujols (~75), Mike Trout (~15), Shohei Ohtani (~20), and many more. All contained in 2 550ct. Boxes. Price: $40


Rangers: About 730 cards featuring Nolan Ryan (~14), Joey Gallo (~30), Roughned Odor (~30), Adrian Beltre (~50), Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, And many more. All contained in two 550ct boxes. Price: $20.


A’s: About 875 cards featuring: Rickey Henderson (~23), Matt Chapman (~12), Matt Olson (~17), Marcus Semien (~16), Sean Manaea (~23), Jose Canseco (~11), Mark MCGwire (~18), Dennis Eckerseley (~15), Khris Davis (~55), and many more. TWO 550 Ct boxes. Price: $30

Astros: About 970 total cards including Jose Altuve (~85), George Springer (~69), Carlos Correa (~71), Alex Bregman (~47), Justin Verlander (~38), and many more. All contained in two 550ct boxes and one 400ct box. Price: $60.


***** AL Central *****

ROYALS: Not Available.

Indians: About 980 total cards including Francisco Lindor (~60), Shane Bieber (~12), Corey Kluber (~62), Bob Feller, Mike Clevenger, Carlos Santana and many more. The cards are contained in two 550ct boxes with a small amount in the side. Price $20.


White Sox: About 810 cards including Jose Abreu (~45), Frank Thomas (~32), and many more. Note: There are NO Luis Robert cards in this lot. These are contained in two 550ct boxes. Price: $25


Twins: About 890 cards including Joe Mauer (~50), Max Kepler (~14), Kirby Puckett (~7), Jose Berrios (~30) Miguel Sano (~28), Harmon Killebrew (~26), Eddie Rosario (~30) and many more. These are currently enclosed in two 550 ct boxes with some extra. Price: $20.


Tigers: SOLD


***** AL East *****

Rays: More than 800 total cards including Evan Longoria (~48), David Price (~15), Blake Snell (~15), and many more. These contained within two 550-count boxes. Price: $15


Blue Jays: About 930 total cars including Jose Bautista (~40), Josh Donaldson (~50), Troy Tulowitzki (~15), Marcus Strowman and many more. Contained in a 550-CT and 660 CT box. Price $20


Orioles: About 800 total cards including Cal Ripken (~25), Manny Machado (~65), Brooks and Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray, Adam Jones and many more. Contained in two 550-count boxes. Price: $30


Red Sox: SOLD


Yankees: SOLD

***** NL West *****

Giants: SOLD

Padres: SOLD


Rockies: About 840 total cards including Nolan Arenado (~40), Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story and many more. Inside two 550-count boxes. Price: $20


Diamondbacks: About 890 cards including Paul Goldschmidt (~50), Zach Greinke (~40), Randy Johnson and many more. Contained within two 550-count boxes. Price: $15.


Dodgers: About 1,000 total cards including Cody Bellinger (~60), Sandy Koufax (~22), Jackie Robinson (~10), Clayton Kershaw (~13), Walker Buehler, Duke Snider, Corey Seager and many more. These are in three 550-count boxes. Price: $50

***** NL Central *****


Pirates: SOLD


Reds: About 925 cards including Joey Votto (~70), Johnny Bench (~30), Barry Larkin (~25), Joe Morgan (~25), Frank Robinson, Tom Seaver and many more. Contained within three 550-count boxes. Price: $30.


Brewers: SOLD


Cubs: SOLD


Cardinals: About 1,200 total cards including Yadier Molina (~45), Lou Brock (~18), Albert Pujols (~8), Stan Musial (~17), Paul Goldschmidt (~18), Ozzie Smith (~40), Bob Gibson (~12), Adam Wainwright (~35), and many more. These are contained within three 550-count boxes. Price: $50

***** NL East *****

Mets: About 990 total cards including Jacob DeGrom (~55), David Wright (~40), Noah Syndergaard (~50), Tom Seaver (~20), Nolan Ryan (~15), Mike Piazza and more. These are contained in three 550-count boxes. Price: $40.


Nationals: About 960 total cards including Bryce Harper (~85), Stephen Strasburg (~50), Max Scherzer (~60), Anthony Rendon (~30), Trea Turner (~25), and many more. There are NO Juan Soto cards in this lot. These are contained in two 660-count boxes. Price: $50.


Marlins: About 690 total cards including Christian Yelich (-20), Giancarlo Stanton (~40), Ichiro (~30), Jose Fernandez (~20) and many more. These are contained in two 550-count boxes. Price: $15.


Phillies: About 830 total cards including Aaron Nola (~35), Roy Halladay (~10), Mike Schmidt (~25), Ryan Howard (~15) and many more. These are contained in two 550-count boxes. Price: $20


Braves: About 925 total cards including: Ronald Acuna (~5), Freddie Freeman (~75), Hank Aaron (~9), Chipper Jones (~20), Greg Maddux (~7), Ozzie Albies (~12), Warren Spahn and many more. These are contained in two 550-count boxes and a smaller box. Price: $50