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Coming Soon: 2009 Cardboard World Series

Posted in Cardboard World Series with tags , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

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Topps Spokesman David Wright getting assaulted caught on cardboard

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Topps Spokesman David Wright was assaulted by three teammates earlier this year after stealing the show during a World Baseball Classic game. Wright jacked a home run and teammates Kevin Youkilis, Derek Jeter and Shane Victorino pummeled him before he got to the plate. Youkilis gave him a Karate Kid crane kick to the back, Jeter went with the Dusty Rhodes style elbow and Victorino looks like he is trying to stab Wright, but forgot the knife.

No charges have beeen filed against Wright's attacekrs

No charges have been filed against Wright's attackers

When asked why Wright was still smiling after the game, the trio of attackers told reporters, “Hey, we’re baseball players, we don’t know how to fight.”

Red Sox fan cheering for the Yankees to win World Series

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

JeterringsI’m going to say this right up front, and you can bash me if you want — I want to see the Yankees win the World Series.

This is borderline blasphemous coming from a Red Sox fan, I get it. But for the good of the game, I want to see the New York Yankees bring home  a title. I want to see Derek Jeter get his fifth ring and A-rod his first. I want the rest of baseball to feel like the Yankees slighted them once again so that the Evil Empire will truly again be considered the Evil Empire. After all, how scary is a villain if he has not had some recent success in being a bad guy?

You see, when it comes down to it, I am a fan of baseball, a fan of the game’s history. I’m not a narrow-minded A-hole whose season ends the second the final out is cast upon his team. I don’t simply jump to another sport because my squad is out of title contention.

I cheer good plays, even if they are against my Red Sox; I celebrate momentous home runs no matter who hits them, even if they are by Aaron Boone and Bucky Dent; and I believe that a team like the Yankees — considered to be the most successful franchise in the history of the game — should taste a championship at least once a decade even if only to serve as a remembrance of the past.

A Yankee title will add to the lore of the game, and also reinvigorate the hate for the franchise. Simply disliking them because they spend a ton of money is not enough. For the good of baseball, we must see a Yankee victory this year. You know you’d love to hate that.

2009 Goodwin Champions Blaster Break

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Stumbled into a local Target and what do I see? A small stack of 2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions staring at me. Yes, the retail version of this product is live. Not only were there a handful of blasters, but also a gravity feeder, which someone apparently rifled through before I got there. Someone remind me why Upper Deck is using nearly transparent wrappers for the retail product? Gah. Anyway, here is the break of my one and ONLY blaster — 12 packs, 4 cards per pack. All will be for trade except for any Red Sox.

Pack 1: Phil Hellmuth, Hunter Pence, Ryan Braun, Jonathan Toews

The very first Goodwin card I see is Hellmuth. Hmm ...

The very first Goodwin card I see is Hellmuth. Hmm ...

Pack 2: Alex Rodriguez, Carl Yastrzemski, David Ortiz MINI, Phil Niekro

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Pack 3: Matt Cain, Lyndon Johnson, Nate McLouth AUTO, Stephen Drew

Happy to have pulled an auto, but my luck has been off. That's topin for another post soon ...

Happy to have pulled an auto, but my luck has been off. That's a topic for another post soon ...

Pack 4: Curtis Granderson, Bill Rodgers, Rollie Fingers MINI, Matt Ryan (college)

Pack 5: Nick Markakis, Carlton Fisk, Josh Johnson, Carlos Delgado

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Is UD going to use the same shot of Fisk in every release? This is a repeat of Goudey.

Pack 6: Derrick Rose, Grady Sizemore, Derek Jeter MINI, Robin Roberts

Can't go wrong with Jeter

Can't go wrong with Jeter


Pack 7: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Chien Ming Wang, Alexander Ovechkin BLACK MINI, CC Sabathia

I'm not a hockey guy, but I believe Crosy and Ovehckin are Nos. 1 and 2 in the sport.

I'm not a hockey guy, but I believe Crosby and Ovechkin are Nos. 1 and 2 in the sport.

Pack 8: Kristi Yamaguchi, Ben Roethlisberger (college) mini, Great White Shark ANIMAL SERIES, Ken Griffey Jr.

This is what happens when the sports leagues go with exclusive contracts.

This is what happens when the sports leagues go with exclusive contracts. Barf.

Not sure if I like this one better than the Allen & Ginter Great White Shark card.

Not sure if I like this one better than the Allen & Ginter Great White Shark card. /sarcasm

Pack 9: Michael Beasley, Todd Helton, Akinori Iwamura, Koji Uehara

Pack 10: Vlad Guerrero, Jeff Samardzija, Adrian Gonzalez MINI, Alexander Ovechkin

Pack 11: Kevin Garnett, Roy Oswalt, Al Gore Nobel Peace Prize Anniversay card, Joey Votto

For a split second, I thought this was a instant-win scratcher card of some sort. Nope.

For a split second, I thought this was a instant-win scratcher card of some sort. Nope.

Pack 12: Chad Reed, Brooks Robinson, Jake Peavey MINI, Joe Dimaggio

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Comments: From the first card (Hellmuth) to the last (DiMaggio) this blaster of Goodwin Champions was entertaining. Can’t argue with an on-card auto of a Major League star — even if he is is pictured in the uniform of his former team.

From a broader perspective, Goodwin Champions is indeed UD’s answer to the wildly popular Topps Allen & Ginter set, but it does feel like a slight variation on Goudey — which really was not that impressive. As is the case with A&G, the minis are pretty neat, but hard to store.

As far as people represented in the set, it is refreshing to see a set where Micket Mantle IS NOT a big draw. Not to hate on Mickey, but Topps really has harmed his cardboard legacy. As collectors, we shouldn’t groan every time we see a card of one of the game’s greatest stars, but that seems to be the case these days. I was more than happy to see Mr. DiMaggio though.

Thrift Treasures Part VII: Bo Knows Baseball Cards

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

111_1375I love baseball cards. The first thing I look for whenever I go into a thrift store or visit a flea market is a dingy little box that may contain cards. Sometimes they are the two-row “shoebox” version, other times they are the typical boxes that people use to store their complete sets. And sometimes they are random boxes that once held big blocks of cheese or candles. Truthfully, these are the best.

I hit two thrift stores this week and for less than $10 — or about the price of three searched 2009 Upper Deck retail packs — I walked away with two boxes of cards (about 1,500 total) and a unique Bo Jackson advertisement piece that HAD to come home with me. The Jackson piece, which I’ll write about first, cost a whopping 49 cents!

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