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Technology not making it easy to obtain physical World Series Tickets

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Technology is a fun topic to debate. I sometimes find myself thinking about how it’s hurt certain aspects of my life, as well as my hobby. And at the same time I find myself thinking how technology has helped everything in a positive way.

Today, my brain has brought me down the road of World Series Tickets.

Technology helped me in October score tickets to Game 5 of the World Series so that my sister and I could see my favorite team clinch the series.

It was technology that allowed me to complete a transaction in which I sent money over an app in exchange for two tickets to the game; tickets that came in digital form.

The experience was amazing, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. At the same time, I find myself with a strong desire to obtain a physical ticket from the game.

On the night of the game, after Boston clinched the title, eBay had lots of options, most of which were a bit shady. There were a few traditional tickets, but then a bunch of scammers started selling PDF files of digital tickets and selling them as physical copies. It didn’t take long before the auction numbers started to dwindle and listing began stating that they item for sale was a print out of a PDF.

While that scam appears to have slowed, I still find myself without a physical ticket.

I found myself in a similar situation in 2014 after attending Game 4 with my brother-in-law. We saw the San Francisco Giants — his favorite team — take down the Kansas City Royals at ATT Park. We got the tickets through an app as well, so we had no physical tickets. I was able to somewhat rectify the issue about a year later when I found for sale at a Flea Market an actual ticket from Game 5. Sure, it wasn’t MY seat, but it displayed nicely in my lanyard.

I keep hoping that I’ll run into a 2018 Game 5 ticket because I want to fill this empty lanyard from 2018.

As it is now I am contemplating printing out a screenshot of the tickets on the app, but I know true physical tickets exist and damnit I want one. But thanks to technology they are harder to find that ever before.

Do you have a line on a physical ticket from Game 5? Is it available? Hit me on Twitter @cardboardicons.

The annual free Topps Now Mike Trout has arrived

Posted in Misc. with tags , , on February 22, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

I was at work earlier today when I started seeing other collectors receive a surprise in the mail today from Topps.

Needless to say my surprise arrived today as well as they are sent to customers of the service from the prior season. Here is the 2019 Topps Now Card from Topps advertising the new season of “Now” cards.

I’m pretty happy to see the holographic Topps logo on the freebie card. If memory serves me right, the logo wasn’t on last year’s. Of course I could be wrong.

2019 Topps is like 10 days old … now what do we buy?

Posted in Box / Pack Break, Misc. with tags , , , , , , , on February 9, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Funny thing happens every year. The new Topps flagship hits stores and we buy like crazy.

Then the newness wears off and some of us are left wondering what else we’re going to buy.

My son and I just went to Target to get some groceries and I grabbed three 2019 Topps Series One packs and put them in the cart.

Then something happened. I started thinking that I was going to spend about $9 on three Topps packs when I only need like two cards for the set, and I’ve been buying Kershaw parallels on eBay. In short: I didn’t NEED these packs.

As we returned to registers to pay for our items, I told my son we’d put one pack back and then he and I could each open a pack and then make a trade. However, when my son learned a pack was for him and not for me, he asked for a pack of Prizm basketball instead. I wasn’t too keen on spending $2.99 on four Prizm cards from a loose box that likely had been searched in some fashion.

So we talked and I wound up putting my Topps pack back, talked him out of the Prizm — we opened a fair amount during the holidays — and grabbed a Panini Contenders blaster instead. He remembered these cards were designed to look like a ticket and we hadn’t opened any this year.

I let him open the blaster and keep everything. He didn’t do too bad; he even pulled two Steph Curry cards, which is perfect timing because I’m taking him to his first Warriors game tomorrow against the Miami Heat.

In Memoriam: Frank Robinson (Aug. 31, 1935 – Feb. 7, 2019)

Posted in In Memoriam, Misc. with tags , , , , , , , on February 7, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

1957 Topps Rookie Card.

They have NBA Prizm where?!

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , on February 7, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

As a kid, it was not uncommon to run down to the corner store, whether it be an independent liquor store or a 7-Eleven and find sports cards for sale.

Hell, it was at 7-Eleven stores that I had two of my best pulls, a 2002 Topps Heritage Willie Mays auto relic, and a 2001 Upper Deck Hall of Famers Walter Johnson cut Autograph — the latter of which I sold and helped get me through a year of college.

But times have changed, and cards at these stores have pretty much disappeared.

So imagine my reaction when I picked up my kids Wednesday night from their moms house and stopped at 7-Eleven to buy some milk and saw this …

That is a TON of retail Prizm and Hoops … and at the same price you’d find it at Target, which is only a mile down the road.

I had the urge to clear the shelf … but I resisted. My son and I opened a fair amount of both Prizm and Hoops, and are working on the sets.

And so I walked away, but that sight is likely one I’ll never see again. I am curious though if this particular store will be selling cards going forward, or if this franchise decides to sell these since Warriors players Stephen Curry and Kevin Durrant are in the wrappers — I do live in the GSW market.

For what it’s worth, I have not seen cards at any other 7-Elevens recently.

Generous Friend strikes again – 1989 World Series Press Pin

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , on February 3, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

I have this one friend who is a hardcore game-used uniform collector. From time to time he brings me pieces to photo match for him, or to simply let me get hands-on with. Recently he brought me a lot he purchased that included a Buster Posey used equipment bag. In the lot were a pair of used batting gloves, a signed 2012 World Series ball (not used), a used Posey beanie cap, and two lapel pins, one of which I identified as a Press Pin from the infamous 1989 Bay Bridge World Series. The pins were gifted to members of the press in the press box. They are highly collectible, although the older ones certainly carry much more value.

I pointed this fact out to my friend and he said, “Cool. Now you have a Giants World Series Press Pin. It means more to you since you used to be Press.”

I asked three times if he was serious and he answered in the affirmative each time. He also gifted me the other pin, which I believe is also a press pin from the 1984 MLB All-Star Game played at Candlestick Park, then-home of the San Francisco Giants.

Both pins are made by Balfour, which has made both pins and championship rings for MLB and other sports entities. Thanks, Al, the gifts are always appreciated and totally not necessary.

2019 Topps release and the World Series relics

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

Today sparks the beginning of the new card collecting year as 2019 Topps is released in most hobby shops and online. And like every year for the last 10-plus years the set will feature an insert set honoring the World Series champions complete with relics and autographs

There should be some excitement for Boston Red Sox fans as once again they have championship cards to collect. But in some ways, the relics in the new Topps release feel second-rate based on what was offered months ago directly from Topps.

The reason I say this is because while the 2019 cards themselves commemorate the champions, the relics within the cards are not from the World Series. Hell, they even say as such on the front of the card.

Now, this is NOT breaking news. Over the last decade, Topps has refrained from identifying the year in which the items was used, and sometimes even don’t identify the fabric embedded in the card. And my point of this post is not to complain, or to poke fun at Topps. Rather, this post is to highlight the greatness of the Topps Now program.

Because if you as a Red Sox collector wanted a legitimate piece of the World Series, there were pieces available directly from Topps a day after the Red Sox claimed the title at Dodger Stadium. Topps made available a team celebration card that featured a small chunk of a base from Game 5. It was limited, but it does in fact feature a piece of baseball history.

The 2019 Topps World Series champions cards do indeed look nice, and I’ll reiterate that this post is not to disparage them. Heck, if I can get a few of them at a decent price at some point I will probably pounce on them. But for me, the smarter money was spent in October after the title when I secured my piece of the game. And to my surprise, the card arrived in relatively quick fashion.

My specific card is the Purple version, serial numbered 10/25. It features a white base swatch bearing hologram number JC698628  the authentication certificate via MLB then refers to the original hologram for the entire base
JC334202 which indicates the base used in this relic card was second base used during innings 5 through 7 of Game Five of the 2018 World Series, which means the base was actually stepped on by League MVP Mookie Betts and JD Martinez, who both homered in that game, in innings 6 and 7, respectively.

Of course, this relic from Topps Now is a bit more special to me than most. I managed to attend Game Five and see my favorite team of more than three decades hoist the World Series Championship Trophy before my very eyes.