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The Great Purge of 2010 (Part III)

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

After three weeks of sorting, counting and boxing up cards, the time has come for The Sale. True, I’ve been selling cards for the better part of the last three weeks, and I have done fairly little to promote this cause other than my cathartic writings telling myself it was OK to part with my precious cardboard.

But finally the time has come for the much-anticipated portion of the Purge — the sale of the team lots.

Heading into this process I had one major problem that I knew would be a little off-putting: the cost of shipping. Sending one or two cards is a fairly simple process. But sending lots of cards anywhere from 200 to 1,300 can be a tad expensive, and so I have decided to use flat rate priority shipping for any lots that have more than 700 cards. Don’t be scared away by the $10.70 shipping cost for most of these lots, that is indeed how much it will cost to be sent.

Anyhow, here are links to all of the team lots I have available. All auctions end on May 7, about 6 p.m. PACIFIC. If so inclined place a bid on your favorite team. If not, thanks for reading. I’ll be writing Part Four sometime in the next few days.

American League


Oakland A’s (approx 1,150 cards)

Texas Rangers (approx 1015)

Seattle Mariners (725+)

Anaheim Angels (750+)


Kansas City Royals (700+)

Detroit Tigers (approx 600)

Chicago White Sox (700+)

Minnesota Twins (725+)

Cleveland Indians (1,000+)


Baltimore Orioles (600+)

Tampa Bay Rays (425+)

Boston Red Sox (850+)

New York Yankees (approx 1,350)

Toronto Blue Jays (approx 825)

National League


San Francisco Giants (approx 650)

Arizona Diamondbacks (approx. 625)

Colorado Rockies (approx. 500)

San Diego Padres (850)

Los Angeles Dodgers (750)


Houston Astros (750+)

Chicago Cubs (800+)

St. Louis Cardinals (725+)

Milwaukee Brewers (450+)

Pittsburgh Pirates (550+)

Cincinnati Reds (approx. 600)


Philadelphia Phillies (950)

Atlanta Braves (approx. 1,000)

New York Mets (900+)

Washington Nationals (approx 200)

Montreal Expos (375)

Florida Marlins (475)

See Parts One and Two. Stay Tuned for Part Four of “The Great Purge of 2010.”

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.

Card of the Day: 2009 Upper Deck Jonathan Papelbon

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2009udpapelbonListen, I love Jonathan Papelbon. As a Red Sox fan, it’s a treat to see him close out games. When he enters the game, you know the thing is over. This must be how Yankees fans have been feeling for the last decade or so with Mariano.

But if there is one thing that really irks me about Papelbon, it’s all this theatrical crap he does on the mound — specifically the cotddamn glare. I suppose it would not bother me as much if the television cameras weren’t always on him, but they are.

No matter what network is showing the Red Sox game, you can damn-well guarantee that if Pap enters the game, the camera will be zooming in on his face right before each pitch. And along the way the commentators will be talking some bullshit about how intense Papelbon is. And sometimes I understand why they do it … especially in the playoffs. I don’t condone it, but I get it; it gets people talking and it adds drama to a sport that many see as bland. Continue reading

Blaster Break: 2009 Upper Deck Baseball Series One

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2009udstarquestjeterWhen the 2009 baseball products began hitting shelves earlier this month, I told myself I’d buy one hobby box of Topps and won’t even touch Upper Deck. For some reason I’d become a bitter collector who all but banished any base Upper Deck product from my home. Well, I’ve got to admit something, the ’09 Upper Deck base cards look pretty damn good; I figured I’d snatch up a few retail packs if I saw them– If anything I could use them for TTM requests. Well, I still have not found single retail packs, but I did find a blaster, which offers a guaranteed jersey card. I bought it, telling myself this was the one and only. Blaster results within … Continue reading

Big shouts to Wax Heaven and Night Owl Cards

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2008agbaseballiconscampanellaMy mail man came extra early today and he might as well could have been Santa Claus. In the mail were two packages from fellow bloggers Mario from Wax Heaven and  Greg at Night Owl Cards … AND my three boxes of Topps Gallery, which I wrote about here.

Because I’m a fan of making things right, I’m going to show off the cards that were sent to me by these fellow bloggers before even discussing the Topps Gallery hobby boxes, which are still sitting here in their factory wrappers.

First, let’s look at the amazing stuff Mario sent me.

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Big thanks to Submarine Shane

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2008sweetspotdustinpedroia361Earlier this week I received a small padded envelope from Wax Heaven’s “Man On The Street” Submarine Shane. He contacted me about a week and a half ago, offering some Red Sox base cards he’d received from some products. Well, what arrived, was more than expected. In all, there were eight cards, three cards for my 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter set, a 2005 Leaf Limited Roger Clemens (Sox uni) SP /99, a 2007 UD Masterpieces Black Linen border David Ortiz /99, 2008 Sweet Spot base cards of Mike Lowell and Dustin Pedroia, and then this:

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Dear MLB Network, Part I

Posted in Dear MLB Network, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

johnmilescardThe last few days I’ve had the great pleasure of watching the MLB Network while watching over my newborn daughter during the day time and in the early morning hours. And one thing has become increasingly more apparent: There is no new content on this channel during the weekend.

For the love of God, can someone in New York mix in something new? I don’t care if I end up watching the Yankees pummel the Red Sox for an entire day. Anything but another re-run of the 1986 season. Continue reading