Top Ten Cards I Just Re-found…

Lemme explain.

Our Twins binders and card boxes are usually out so we can sort, add new pickups, etc. Meanwhile, the majority of our sets we’ve worked on in the past are usually in single row boxes and stored in the closet. That may have to change however, as I found several cards that shouldn’t be hidden or relegated to the minor leagues of storage anymore. :).

Honorable Mentions:
Eric Thames – 2011 Topps Update US288, 2011 Bowman Chrome 87, 2011 Bowman Chrome 87 Refractor.
Trevor Story – 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects BDPP84.
Joc Pederson – 2012 Bowman Prospects BP104
Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2012 Bowman Prospects BP66/2012 Bowman Chrome Prospects BCP66.

Onto the fun stuff.

#10 – Xander Bogaerts – 2012 Bowman Prospects BP105, 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospects BCP105.
#9 – George Springer – 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects BDPP81, 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Chrome BDPP81.
#8 – Jacob deGrom – 2014 Bowman Prospects BP73(2).
#7 – Yu Darvish – 2012 Bowman 209(2), 2012 Topps Archives 119, 2012 Panini Prizm 151.
#6 – Yoenis Cespedes – 2012 Panini Prizm 159(2), 2012 Panini Prizm Rookie Relevance RR3.

#5 – Anthony Rizzo.

2011 Topps Update #US55.

Not quite with the Padres anymore. Wonder if Ivan would want this? :D.

#4 – Bryce Harper.

2012 Bowman Prospects BP10, 2012 Panini Prizm USA7.

The Bowman card is nice, but that Panini background is perfect. We love it when they mix Team USA and the other World Baseball Classic/international tournaments with their country flags. We even liked the Bowman state flag parallels they did based on the player’s state birthplace. Anything that’s different than just a colored border parallel is a plus.

#3 – Jose Altuve.

2011 Topps Update #US132.

How Many Altuves is this worth?

#2 – Paul Goldschmidt.

2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Chrome #108, 2011 Topps Update #US47.

We knew that we had one of his rookie printing plates, but forgot that we had these rookies. Win.

#1 – Mike Trout.

Who else? You probably were expecting this to appear after the previous 2011 Topps Update appearances, and you’d be right. We broke nearly two cases of 2011 Topps Update, because at the time we were both working and money wasn’t as big of an issue. WITHOUT even knowing that the seven Trout rookies we would pull would be worth so much, so quick. A shame we didn’t pull any of the parallels. :(. But then again, we got a Harmon Killebrew rookie out of one of them, so we shouldn’t complain. :D.


#anthony-rizzo, #bryce-harper, #eric-thames, #george-springer, #jackie-bradley, #jacob-degrom, #jose-altuve, #mike-trout, #paul-goldschmidt, #trevor-story, #xander-bogaerts, #yoenis-cespedes, #yu-darvish

3 more Diamond Kings boxes

Today being Babe Ruth‘s birthday, I figured I would share the last several boxes of DK that never got posted here. I hit it big at the casino one night, and awarded myself with a few boxes. No Babes here, we all can’t have nice cards like Eric:

First, the minis:

Not a bad lineup, as of 2016 season’s end there’s 17 All-Star games, 5 World Series titles(Henrich), 3 MVPs, 2 Rookie of the Year awards across these four players. A combined 472 HR, 1626 RBI, 113.3 bWAR, with 46-30 WL record, 812 strikeouts, and a 3.29 ERA. Could pick a worse four minis, and this is without the other two minis from t he third box. :).

Pocket pool of letters in his name, Xander Bogaerts leads the ‘hits’ section. Something he’s done a lot of since making it to the big league in 2013 as his 162 game average of 180 hits demonstrates. The two-time Silver Slugger(2015/16) added All-Star next to his name in 2016 for the Red Sox. Pretty plain jersey relics, numbered to 99.

2015 All-Star, mashes at the plate, finished 6th in Rookie of the Year voting(2015). Bright young star, a card to hold onto for now. :).

A prospect in the truest definition of the word, Zimmer’s yet to make an MLB appearance and sits in AA as of 2016. 3.22 ERA with 285 K’s in 232 innings pitched. Not much of note here, plain jane relics, not a huge name… NEXT!

CardJunk‘s favorite! Jason Heyward. Four Gold Gloves as a RF – first player in three successive years to play for three teams and win a Gold Glove each year, 2010 All-Star, and 2016 World Series champ who should surpass 1,000 career hits this year he only needs 74.

2016 All-Star, World Series game six hero. Numbered 1 of 99! #EbayJuanofJuan. Plus, look at all that dirt on the right patch. Filthy.

Goldy! Four time All-Star Game participant, two Gold Gloves, two Silver Sluggers, two second place MVP finishes. Numbered to 25! Needs to work on his ‘Harmon Killebrew’ signature though.

No, he’s not a ‘Star’ actor, but this A’s/Cubs and former Buck O’Neill scouted Left Fielder/DH looks amazing in green and yellow on card. A sweet curvy autograph to boot on this numbered to 49 card makes this my favorite of the three boxes.

If BlowoutBuzz‘s preview is any indication, my addiction may continue into 2017. Color you shocked, I know.

Oh, and Happy Birthday Babe. :).

#addison-russell, #billy-williams, #bryce-harper, #buck-oneill, #diamond-kings, #jason-heyward, #joc-pederson, #just-the-hits, #kirby-puckett, #kyle-zimmer, #mike-trout, #paul-goldschmidt, #ted-williams, #tommy-henrich, #xander-bogaerts, #yu-darvish

Loot Locker

Since the pre-war collector days there’s been a few hobby movements that have took off, and plenty more that have flopped. First, with enterprising companies trying to sell tobacco and gum to kids and baseball fans. Then came trying to sell star players in promotional ads for products. Since  ebay came around, there’s been a shift away from brick and mortar shops to online breaks and digital storefronts. Now there’s Loot Locker.

Similiar to Loot Crate, Star Wars Collector’s Bounty, et. al., Loot Locker aims to bring new products delivered to your doorstep monthly. We talked with their creator at The National, and had actually been looking forward to subscribing “…one of these months”, when our two boxes arrived for September and October. Our first box consisted of a few pieces of candy, several team bags, penny sleeves, top-loaders, as well as a few packs of Ginter, Topps Chrome and Diamond Kings. Nothing huge, but we did add one mini card to our #CardCat collection. While we didn’t hit a jackpot in our first box, I like the idea of being able to test new product at a fraction of the cost. I’m just going to go on ebay an order a team set for everything anyway, but it’s nice to see new stuff that I might not normally spring for when it comes to LCS purchases and trying to avoid Diamond Kings… Each month’s boxes’ product gets voted on at their website, which is a nice idea. Providing MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and at the time of posting this they’ve now had two months worth of non-sport too, which I know another__castle has found tempting. Either way, enough rambling. “Get to the pictures!” I get it. Sheesh. Tough crowd.

2 Packs of Topps Allen & Ginter

Previously mentioned #CardCat. I checked the checklist when these came out fearing another “Little Lions” set from Allen & Ginter, but with the exception of this one most aren’t house felines – thankfully!

Next to the Ferocious Feline mini was this guy. Love ’em or hate ’em for his political opinions, there’s no doubt that Boston probably wouldn’t have won in 2004 without his arm. Meanwhile, The Chairman of the Board looks ready to deal aces with his pinpoint control.

Not too much to share here… a Reds legend turned broadcaster, and a longtime Pirate – now Mets mini that’ll probably find it’s way to Eric at the next National. Joe Morgan shares #8 with Reds greats Kiki Cuyler, Ed Bailey, Don Pavletich, and Juan Samuel; and as the back states “greats” to wear #8 include Bill Dickey, Willie Stargell, Carl Yastrzemski, and Cal Ripken Jr.

1 Pack of Topps Chrome

Seeing double? I thought I was too as these were both back to back in the same pack. One’s a refractor however, so I guess there’s some improvement on 1990s collation…


Easily one of my favorite insert sets of the year, a mix of Stadium Club’s photography with 3D Studio Max looking photoshop work – I shouldn’t like these in Topps flagship/Chrome, but I really do – despite all rational thought.

2016 Panini Diamond Kings

A bit of an overdo on my printer’s auto-cropping hurts this scan, but not the card itself. Love it or hate it, Panini really does put out some nice products, I think everyone knows my love for DK, and while teased with a fat pack, I got the card spacer instead of anything sweet.

All in all, this wasn’t a bad sampling of four packs. I could have hoped for more with the actual rippin’, but my second box made up for that. :).

Box #2.

2 Packs 2016 Panini Optic

I’m still not sure what was going through their heads with the hidden refractor parallels, even the scanner picked up the difference between Chris Davis/Yadier Molina and the other Optic cards. Otherwise, a nice replacement for Prizm and competitor for Topps Chrome.

1 Pack 2016 Panini Diamond Kings

Didn’t really pull much in this pack, but the Jim Palmer insert helped in my 2016 DK master set. Again with the Mets mini-hits. E, you’ve got another one added to your pile.

1 Pack 2016 Bowman Chrome

Final pack mojo? With only four cards per pack, I pulled the nicest card from any of my Loot Locker boxes yet. #/150 Gary Sanchez RC! No Twins or #CardCats though, so this box was a bust. ;).

#billy-burns, #bryce-harper, #chris-davis, #curt-schilling, #gary-sanchez, #hunter-pence, #jim-palmer, #joe-morgan, #loot-locker, #michael-conforto, #neil-walker, #nelson-cruz, #ryan-braun, #whitey-ford, #yadier-molina