Gypsy Queen Framed Parallels

I am generally a fan of parallel versions of cards.  Of course, some manufacturers get carried away, but to me many parallels have a look and feel that is significantly distinct from, and better than, the base version.  For examples, here are 3 cards that I came across today that I really like, 2015 Gypsy Queen white framed parallels.  These were in the retail value packs.

These pictures don’t really do the cards justice.  In person, I like how the base of the card is recessed and the white frame is placed on top and makes it “pop”, especially against a black background.  Looks better than brown border on the regular base cards in my opinion.  The 2016 has blue borders (and sometimes green, and probably red, purple, and several other colors) in the retail packs.  They look nice too, but I think the white ones look even better.  I only have three of these and am willing to trade them.  If you are interested please contact me. 🙂

Cards pictured:

2015 Gypsy Queen White Frame Parallels:

  • 41 Ivan Rodriguez – Texas Rangers
  • 201 Marcell Ozuna – Miami Marlins
  • 232 Matt Garza – Milwaukee Brewers

Some Shea Weber cards (before the big trade)

(sorry for the two washed out pictures, took photos with the cards still in toploaders)

Cards shown:

  • 2014-15 OPC Sticker Shea Weber Nashville Predators
  • 2015-16 Trilogy #49 Shea Weber Nashville Predators GU #105 /105 (blue jersey patch)
  • 2014-15 MVP #242 Shea Weber Nashville Predators Silverscript

NFL: Do we really need TNF? in London? on a Sunday? during the regular season?

Dear NFL,

I just want to say that I don’t think we need Thursday Night Football. Sunday, Sunday Night, and Monday Night Football are plenty.  Half the time I don’t even remember that there’s a game coming up.  When I do remember to watch and figure out what channel the game is on, the play appears sloppy and the teams don’t look as well prepared as on Sunday and Monday.  That’s assuming that I stay awake through another snooze-fest.  Special editions of TNF, especially the overseas games, are even worse.  I realize that your league is in the business of making money, but how many Europeans really care about an American Football game in London?  At least play the game at an American military base so the troops can enjoy it.  I can live with exhibition games overseas, but games that count in the middle of a regular season?  C’mon, man.  The NFL should play on only one Thursday a year, and that’s Thanksgiving.


Vinny B

2016 Topps Update Series

I’ve been looking forward to today’s release of the 2016 Topps Baseball Update Series for some time now!  This might be my favorite Topps release after Stadium Club and Archives.  I like seeing some of the younger players who made enough of an impact to earn a card :), traded players in new uniforms, and All-Star Game highlights.  David Ortiz is on the cover of the hobby box I got today at my favorite local card shop, DJ’s Sportscards in Renton, WA.   Wonder if there will be a bunch of inserts featuring him (haven’t looked at the checklist lately).  Will report back after I unpack the box!

Broke the box.  It was pretty cool!  Actually got all the base cards US1-US300 in the hobby box, plus 21 doubles.  Included are two cards for the elusive Gold Glover Matt Weiters (who has not been in most, if any, of the recent Topps releases).  Takes a bit of the challenge out of building the base set, of course, but allows me to focus on the inserts.  I think I’m going to work on the 10 “First Pitch” cards (got 6 of them already).  My favorite card is a Frankie Lindor All-Star Stitch workout jersey relic (gold patch), ASTIT-FL.  (Does anyone else think that abbreviation is funny?)  I also like the Fire inserts and the golds and rainbow foils that I got.  There was a 1/1 printing plate for card US220 Colin Moran Astros RC, I like how those things look.  I guess a cool auto would have made all this even better, but all in all I really like the cards I got in this box!   Here are a few pictures.  🙂


Rewind: 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Hockey

Just for fun 🙂

O-Pee-Chee Hockey cards crack me up!  Sure, they’re super low-frills, cheap, almost junky, and make me wonder, does anybody really buy this stuff?  Yet, they’re also appealing to hockey traditionalists, base collectors, and set builders — like me!  There’s something I like about sets that include “regular” players in addition to all the rookies and stars.  Even though we’re already up to 2016-17, I went the clearance route and got a nice deal on a couple of boxes of 2014-15 OPC (ok, plus a few packs) at my favorite local card shop, DJ’s Sportscards in Renton, WA.  Fun stuff!  Broke the boxes (256 cards each) plus some extra packs, and got 391/500 regular base cards (with 17 doubles), 25/54 rookies, 25/54 legends, 59 retro parallels, 17 rainbow parallels, 5 black parallels #’d/100, 22/100 stickers, 4/45 V Series A cards, and 1 auto.   I’ve included pictures of some of the cards I got and listed them below.  If you’re looking for rare autos, GU jerseys, low serial #’s, etc., with good resale or investment value, OPC is not for you, but if you’re a hockey enthusiast you’ll probably enjoy it!  I’m looking forward to completing a set of cards 1-500, with one regular or parallel card for each player.  (Have 412 players already, so this is very much feasible.  May buy a few more boxes or just do it through trading.) Contact me if you’d like to trade!

Cards Shown from 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee:

  • #1 Martin Brodeur NJ Devils
  • #505 Vincent Trochek Florida Panthers Marquee Rookie
  • #599 Peter Forsberg Quebec Nordiques Marquee Legend
  • #S-40 John Tavares New York Islanders V Series A
  • #S-HO Peter Holland Toronto Maple Leafs OPC Signatures
  • #598 Eric Lindros Philadelphia Flyers – Marquee Legend Rainbow Parallel
  • #139 Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators Rainbow Parallel
  • #293 Victor Hedman – Tampa Bay Lightning – Black Rainbow Parallel #092 /100
  • #ST21 Shea Weber – Nashville Predators (yeah) – Sticker
  • #ST10 Jordan Eberle – Edmonton Oilers – Sticker
  • #ST-22 – Sergei Bobrovsky – Columbus Blue Jackets – Sticker
  • #459 Dan Hamhuis – Vancouver Canucks – Retro Parallel
  • #2 Teemu Selanne – Anaheim Ducks – Retro Parallel
  • #S-11 Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators – V Series A

Basketball Cards

It’s a start. A few are even from this century.

I have a few basketball cards from the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  Since the Sonics left Seattle in such unfortunate fashion years ago, I haven’t been much into the NBA or even college basketball.  Anyway, I’m in the process of doing an inventory and realized that there would be some cool things about collecting basketball cards.  The NBA has smaller rosters, is more superstar driven than the three other major leagues, and has a decent number of superstars who spend the majority of their careers with one or two teams.  I think these factors make NBA cards palatable in terms of team or player collecting, as long as your player stays healthy and your team doesn’t skip town. I might even get a few more cards from this decade. 🙂



Cards shown:

  • Spud Webb Auto 2012-13 SP Authentic “Flashback” #73 North Carolina State 394
  • Ralph Sampson Autograph 2012-13 Panini Prizm #62 Houston Rockets 128
  • 2005-06 Topps Pristine Ray Allen GU JERSEY RELIC 361/500 SONICS
  • 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard Andrew Bogut #ed 187/285 #116!!!
  • 2006-07 UD SP Authentics #AF-VC Vince Carter Authentic Fabric GU Jersey
  • 2009 Panini #307 Stephen Curry Rookie
  • Clyde Drexler Patch 23/49 2013-14 Panini “Game Gear Duals” #34 Rockets 61
  • 2008-2009 Bowman Chrome Kevin Durant Card #69!!!
  • 1994 UD #470 Skylights Tim Hardaway Golden State Warriors
  • 1994 UD #475 Skylights Shawn Kemp Seattle Supersonics
  • 1994 UD #441 Breakaway Threats Gary Payton Seattle Supersonics
  • 2002-03 Fleer Hoops #HM-GP Hot Materials Gary Payton Seattle Supersonics GU Shorts
  • 1995 NBA Hoops #23 Will Perdue Chicago Bulls
  • 2005-06 SPx #WM-PP Winning Materials WM-PP Paul Pierce Boston Celtics Winning Materials GU Jersey and ASG Warmup
  • 2001-02 Topps Xpectations #CC-JT Jason Terry Atlanta Hawks NBA ASG GU Jersey
  • 2007 Topps Trademark Moves #TR-YM Yao Ming Jersey Relic #274 /299
  • 1992 UD #AWS David Robinson San Antonio Spurs Rebounds Hologram
  • 1993 Topps #205 50 Point Club Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
  • 2003-04 Topps Bowman Rookies and Stars Basketball #29 Brent Barry Seattle Supersonics
  • 1996 UD #179 Gary Payton Seattle Supersonics The Game in Pictures – Chillin’
  • 2005-06 Topps Bowman Rookies & Prospects #90 Dwayne Wade Miami Heat
  • 2003-04 Fleer #117 Lamond Murrary Toronto Raptors
  • 2003 UD #205 Vince Carter Toronto Raptors A.K.A. “Vinsanity”
  • 2004 UD #19 LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers RC
  • 1990 Skybox Assorted Cards
  • 1991 UD Assorted Cards