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Flashback: Memorial Day and What’s Important

on May 25th, 2015 by James B. Anama

(This post was originally published on May 26, 2008.)So I had just finished scanning the 2007 Topps Distinguished Service Set so I could post it here, and then it occurred to me that I was doing something wrong. Here I was ready to post something about…

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This Blog is Seven Years Old??! Well Happy Anniversary!!!

on May 21st, 2015 by James B. Anama

While sitting here in front of the computer this morning, it occurred to me. It’s May 21, 2015.I’ve been busy with work and we’re due for a three-day weekend soon.But there’s one thing I forgot to do and I want to get this out of the way before the end…

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Ichiro is Back on Topps!!!

on May 12th, 2015 by James B. Anama

It looks like whatever deal Ichiro Suzuki had with that rogue card company is now over.In 2013, many collectors (myself included) noticed that a certain recently traded Yankees player was not in any of the Topps products the company brought to the mass…

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Once Again, I Return on the Fifth of May After a Month Away

on May 5th, 2015 by James B. Anama

If you’re looking for me, I’ve found myself on my own sojourn. Just like last year, April turned into a busy month. But unlike last year, the Cubs are doing well (a winning April for the first time in years). The White Sox? Not so much.

I’ll tell you though, I had a feeling this was going to happen with the White Sox.  I mean think about it. The last Chicago team added an All-Star outfielder, an All-Star pitcher, and a lights out All-Star closer at the same time?

The 1991 Chicago Cubs (George Bell, Danny Jackson, Dave Smith).

Remember how well they did in 1991? Of course you do (77-83, 4th place NL East).

Anyway, it’s Cinco de Mayo!!!

¡Ah! ¡Cinco de Mayo!

While everyone celebrates with margaritas, tacos, and all that great Mexican food, let’s take a quick moment and review what Cinco de Mayo is.

According to Wikipedia:

It celebrates the day back in 1862 when the Mexican army overcame all odds and beat the French forces at the Battle of Puebla. This is not Mexico’s Independence day (that would be September 16), nor is it a national holiday (it is celebrated voluntarily), outside of Mexico. But in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is a day to honor Mexican heritage and pride.

In 2009, I created an All-Star Team that consisted of native-born Mexican baseball players. Yes, there are many players of Mexican descent in baseball, but these guys were born en los Estados Unidos Mexicanos (and before you send me nasty letters, this is the formal name of the country). As of May 4, 2015, 116 players can claim Mexico as their birth place. Two of them recently made their MLB debut as a matter of fact.

2014 Topps Pro Debut Roberto Osuna #32

Roberto Osuna (from Juan Jose Rios, Sinaloa) made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays on April 8 against the Yankees, entering the eighth inning as the third of three relievers in the inning. He struck out the first batter he faced, Alex Rodriguez, and induced Stephen Drew to fly out to right, ending the inning (the Blue Jays eventually lost the game 4-3). Born on  February 7, 1995 (that’s right…feel old now people!!!), he is the youngest player in the Major Leagues (also the only player born in 1995). The card you see above is the second of two Pro Debut cards of Osuna. His first Topps Pro Debut card came in 2013.

Arnold Leon (from Culiacan, Sinaloa) debuted for the Oakland Athletics on April 22 versus the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He entered the ninth inning against the Halos, the third of three pitchers that night, and allowed one run on two hits in what would be a 9-2 win over the Halos. No Topps cards yet to speak of…yet.

After consecutive years of taco night here at home, we’re having a simple dinner of quesadillas and Mexican rice and beans. Figures, we’re going against the grain of Taco Tuesday, but that’s what my wife and I had for lunch.

I (finally) bought myself a box of sheets for my cards, so maybe I’ll find time to put my series 1 set in a binder. That’s what will keep me busy for a while watching either the Blackhawks take on the Wild, the Cubs vs. the Cardinals, or the White Sox extend their streak against the Tigers.

¡Viva México!

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

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Let the Bryant-Mania Begin

on April 17th, 2015 by James B. Anama

(Before I begin, I’d like to take a moment to say thanks and God Bless Francis Cardinal George, who passed away this morning due to complications to cancer. Rest in Peace, Your Eminence.)In 2010, we had Strasburg Mania.In 2012, it was Harper Mania…

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2015 Topps The Jackie Robinson Story

on April 15th, 2015 by James B. Anama

In amongst all of the cards Topps included in packs of 2015 Topps Series 1 was a ten-card set featuring Hall of Fame second baseman Jackie Robinson. These cards were exclusively included in packs sold at Target stores across the country. These were bea…

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Reports of 2015 Topps Team Sets are Showing Up on the Bay

on April 10th, 2015 by James B. Anama

When the Cardinals/Cubs game was rained out on Tuesday, reports came out that fans who did show up bought Cubs cards for the players to sign. The thing was that these did not have the regular card numbers, but CHC-1, CHC-2, etc.That could only mean one…

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Opening Day is Here!!!

on April 5th, 2015 by James B. Anama

It’s Easter Sunday. He Has Risen!!!A month of spring training games have now whittled the rosters down to 25 players each (plus those on the DL, of course). This is it. Every prognosticator has made their choices as to who will win it all, but the game…

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Happy Kazuo Uzuki Day!!!

on April 1st, 2015 by James B. Anama

Let me just say that I love this card. It drives a certain Hobby blogger (now Twitter fiend) to the brink of insanity. But I think it’s great.Long story short, on the heels of Daisuke Matsuzaka, Topps decided to add a card of the next great Japanese pi…

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2015 Topps Team Set Preliminary Checklists

on March 25th, 2015 by James B. Anama

As the 2015 MLB season is almost upon us, it is time for the writer of this humble, little blog, to do a bit of Internet searching. What for, you may ask?For any information regarding the 2015 Topps Retail Sets.In fact, last night I received a Twitter …

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Enjoying the Hobby…One Tweet at a Time. #BlogtheHobby #Collect #TheHobby

on March 21st, 2015 by James B. Anama

If you follow a lot of the Hobby Bloggers on Twitter (like me @bdj610 for example), you will notice that many of us are very passionate about the Hobby we all enjoy. Opinions about collecting cards, regardless of the topic, are positively or negatively expressed 140 characters at a time.

Many times I agree with what’s written, other times, not so much. Nothing wrong with opinions, both good or otherwise. It’s great that there is a forum out there that everyone can share their points of view without repercussions. But sometimes, the negative statements bug me. And here’s why.

I love collecting Topps cards. Always have since I first learned about them in 1987 and then after seeing some of the neighborhood kids playing with them the following year. Collecting baseball cards exposed me to the game of baseball, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Before the interwebs, baseball cards were the best source of information about players and the teams. And let’s face it, some of the designs were fantastic too. Now I’m sure if the neighborhood kids were trading Donruss or Fleer cards that I’d have become a loyal Donruss or Fleer fan. But they collected Topps. So to me, Topps was it.

Back to my point.

So on Thursday, March 19, one of the Hobby Bloggers (I think you know where I’m going with this and who I am talking about) went on his usual rant about his problems with the Topps Company. He’s done it before, always finding something to nitpick about Topps and their recent lines of baseball cards. From “added value” (or the “lack thereof”) to his increased hatred of short-prints (gimmicks), to the surprises (he wants full disclosure of everything for some reason) that Topps puts out there. He just finds something to complain about.

Yet he doesn’t even collect them. And has happily said so.

And I’ve always wondered…

“If you hate what Topps puts out to market, and say you don’t even buy their new stuff, WHY ARE YOU STILL IN THIS HOBBY IN THE FIRST PLACE??!”

Now I’ve said it before, but no Hobby is perfect. Whether it’s stamps, coins, Beanie Babies, dolls, cow figurines, or even baseball cards, there are always things people can find that are good and bad about them. I would be totally naïve to say that everything Topps is great as well. I’ve had my questions about what they’re thinking from time to time. But I still enjoy collecting the cards. I don’t let the extreme SSP’s, the variations, the Lincoln sightings, the sparkle cards (this guy likes to call them twinks…and I’ll get to that another time) get to me because, with some exceptions, I’m not really on the hunt for them. For me, and I think many casual collectors, finding one of these cards in a pack is a bonus and makes for a pleasant surprise (or a quick buck if I’m desperate).

However, this guy, and his defenders, continually whine and cry about Topps’ latest efforts while at the same time wonder why they aren’t coming up with new ideas to add to their products. It’s as if nothing satisfies them, or at this point, nothing will satisfy them.

Okay, so on with the tweets. This is the one that got me involved. I could easily add their names to what they wrote. I mean none of them read my blog and I’m very sure that the main guy un-followed me because of my LOVE of the Topps Company anyway. But because I did not go out of my way to get their approval to post their tweets on this humble little blog, I am going to change their names on the tweets.

guyno1: Does anyone at @toppscards even give a “expletive” that their products are (literally) uncollectable? (Don’t answer that, we know the answer)

Okay, so who’s “we” kemosabe? You and your fanboys who agree with every word you type? How can a company that focuses on collectibles make products that “are (literally) uncollectable?” And what makes you think that these people don’t care?

My response (and what got me involved in the conversation in the first place:

@bdj610: guyno1 @toppscards Funny, but many people believe otherwise. They’re still collectable. Maybe not to you. Maybe not your game anymore.

And then I piled on:

@bdj610: guyno1 @toppscards Maybe find a new #Hobby? I hear stamps are making a comeback. Coins too. Or you could start a button collection.

guyno1 @toppscards Not the pins, but actual buttons that would be used for clothing.

guyno1 @toppscards Plus, you don’t even need to have them mounted on cardboard.

That got his attention, and the attention of the people who share his views.

Here was another tweet, again started by our favorite curmudgeon:

guyno1: In a nutshell, everything collectors hate about @toppscards: RT guyno3 New post: Deep Heritage

One of his fans decided to chime in with this statement:

guyno2: guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 I would spend so much more on Topps cards if they would eliminate SPs from sets like H, GQ, Archives, TANG

Here was my response:

@bdj610: guyno2 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 Thanks to the WWW, it’s much easier to get the SP’s you want/need because it’s available online.

@bdj610: guyno2 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 And who even says you need them for your set? If you don’t want to collect them, don’t get them.

guyno2 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 and then don’t whine about how and why they make them. Or be patient…

And that drew the ire of the second guy:

guyno2: @bdj610 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 that’s an ignorant statement. There were no SP before the Internet.

What? Really? Card companies did not make short-printed cards before the internet? Now who made the ignorant statement? My response:

@bdj610: guyno2 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 but can you imagine if there were way back then? And yes, there were always SP’s/variations.

The main guy chimed in:

guyno1: guyno2 @bdj610 @toppscards guyno3 Ignorant statement, but not for that reason

Really? What part of my statement was ignorant? Thanks to the Internet, not only is it easier to find and even acquire these “hard-to-find” cards for your collection, but the information can be easily accessed that they even exist! What’s wrong there? And if you don’t want to collect them, then don’t collect them. But unlike the eponymous set, SP’s in products like Heritage, Gypsy Queen, Archives, and Allen & Ginter’s are relatively easy to find. And the hunt for them became a lot easier again, thanks to the web. He never really gave “that reason.”

@bdj610: guyno1 guyno2 @toppscards guyno3 Ignorant why? Because you refuse to accept the Hobby as it is now? Sorry you feel that way.

Second guy:

guyno2: @bdj610 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 hunting down 50-60 SPs one or two at a time is not my definition of easy either.

Who said it was ever easy? If it were that easy to get everything at once, how is it fun? I’d love to be able to do that, but I know where I stand financially and accept that it’s not realistic.

@bdj610: guyno2 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 I never said it was. But it’s that thrill of finding the one or two that keeps me going.

And isn’t that the point? It’s the thrill of the hunt. Whether you buy tons of packs, visit stores or shops, or even scour the Bay (or COMC, or Sportlots, or Beckett, or any other place online), when you find a card or two that you need and are able to get it at the price you want, doesn’t that excite you to no end (a 1992 Topps Jose Tolentino card comes to mind for me, and this was pre-Internet).

guyno2: @bdj610 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 glad it works for you. It’s the reason why I and plenty others no longer spend on those products.

Okay, and here was the line that got him:

@bdj610: guyno2 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 Then I have to ask, if you no longer spend on these products, why are you complaining about it.

If he (and others) are no longer spend on those products (and they are well within their rights to do so), why complain? What is the point? You’ve just stated you’re not buying what their making. So focus your energies on something else other than whining and moaning about a product you yourself just said you’re not going to get.

guyno2: @bdj610 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 shame on me for wanting a more enjoyable collecting experience

So you enjoy crying about how you don’t like how the Hobby has evolved? You “want” a more enjoyable collecting experience?

Time to go all-religious.

I remember hearing a story long ago, and then somehow while flipping through channels, I came through the religion-based channels block and heard Joel Osteen (my parents watch his show from time to time so I recognized the guy) start repeating the story (in his own way of course):

A guy is praying to God. “Please God, let me win the lottery.”

The next day, he doesn’t win.

The following day, he prays again. “Please God, let me win the lottery.”

The next day, once again, he doesn’t win.

A few days later, same prayer. “Dear God, please let me win the lottery.”

This time, the guy gets a response from God.

“Son, meet me half-way here. BUY A TICKET!!!”

See, the guy just wanted to win, but he didn’t make an effort to do so. If he had done so by going to his nearby lottery agent, and bought a ticket, then at least he had a shot. But he didn’t. So praying to the high heavens wasn’t going to work.

My point?

If this guy wants “a more enjoyable collecting experience,” he’s going to have to find it.

@bdj610: guyno2 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 Wanting and Finding a more enjoyable collecting experience are two different things.

@bdj610: guyno2 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 You can “want” all you want, but what’s the point if you don’t go out there and find it?

Make an effort. If something isn’t to your satisfaction, wouldn’t it be better to find another solution than to complain about how what’s in front of you isn’t good enough? This can be applied in lots of situations, not just the Hobby (please use discretion because this solution doesn’t work in EVERY SITUATION).

And no I’m not saying that finding something else is easy. It never is. But if you really want to find enjoyment in this Hobby, you have to go out there and find what actually makes you happy.

guyno1: guyno2 Geez, I wish I had the unlimited bankroll and patience @bdj610 seems to have.

‏@bdj610: guyno1 guyno2 Patience I have. Bankroll, not so much. That’s why I have to maintain patience. Otherwise…reality sucks.

That should be self explanatory. I have patience, to a point. I try to practice this when it comes to whittling down my want lists. But sometimes, when it’s there in front of me, I have this fear that I might not find something better and then when I come back, the card I want is gone. So my wallet has taken heavy hits from time to time. I wish I had the money to buy everything I wanted, but I know where I stand. Should I buy the cards in front of me that I might not see again for a very long time? Or should I go to the grocery store and stock up for the week? Decisions, decisions, decisions.

@bdj610: guyno1 guyno2 You need to have patience. When you find yourself stressed about this or any Hobby, it’s time to find a new one.

The word Hobby is defined as: an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.

When the Hobby stresses you out, and you no longer feel relaxed, then why continue it? This goes back to finding another Hobby. Hobbies are supposed to be a release, a distraction, something to take your mind of the struggles of the real world and bring you back to a place that made you feel that all was right with the world.

And if this one isn’t doing right by you, then find something else that will. The Hobby of card collecting has so many other avenues to take, so when you find that one road hasn’t been good to you, there is another to explore. Try again.

guyno2: @bdj610 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 again though as long as it works for you that’s really all that matters right?

guyno2: @bdj610 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 THE HOBBY: Love it or leave it (expletive)!!!!! Great advice.

I don’t know. Maybe both of these guys should leave the Hobby. They sure aren’t positive influences in it. And again, for every one person who leaves, another one might come in for the first time looking forward to what may be one of the greatest things he or she has ever come across and becomes a collector for life. Who knows.

I mentioned patience earlier. A while back, the main antagonist of the story went to a card show and found some 2010 Topps legends SP’s in a bargain box. He took a picture of them (2010 Topps SP’s of Dizzy Dean and Honus Wagner…both I have by the way), and said something to the effects of “Fifty cent gimcracks. Explain how these “add value” again?”

@bdj610: guyno2 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 …I’ll give guyno1 props for…

@bdj610: guyno2 guyno1 @toppscards guyno3 getting those SP’s from 2010 at 2015 prices (which was a lot cheaper compared to) when I was getting them.

Well, they were added value…back in 2010. And you’re buying them now, six card-years later, so yeah, the “added vaue” is gone. But you have them now for your collection. Be happy. Not cynical. They added value when the demand was high for them. Now? Probably not as the people who wanted them already have them. (I’m still looking for some by the way. Please see the sidebar).

After this exchange, all went silent. Both men probably had to go back to work and was spending their lunch breaks on the twitterverse. I did, however, make a new friend on Twitter.

@Icampintense: @bdj610 wow. Straight roasting people in that little post about Topps. Very nice!

‏@bdj610: @Icampintense Thank you. guyno1’s act of (mild expletive) about Topps and the state of the Hobby here on Twitter is getting as old as my love of it.

@Icampintense: @bdj610 I’ve had that dude muted for well over a year. Can’t stand him honestly. I prob spend too much time defending Topps.

@bdj610: @Icampintense I do too, but I love pushing his buttons, especially when he goes on his rants. Probably why he un-followed me.

Yeah, so I am a bit of a trouble-maker, aren’t I??!

And finally, the poor guy that got caught in the crossfire because his blog post was linked by our friendly neighborhood grump, chimed in:

guyno3: @bdj610 guyno2 guyno1 The point of this is that SPs featuring franchise players is a cheap ploy to make people buy more.

Congratulations. You win the prize for finally figuring out why Topps has been doing this in the first place!!!

@bdj610: guyno3 guyno2 guyno1 If you’re actively looking for them, then of course you’ll be spending the money.

@bdj610: guyno3 guyno2 guyno1 But for those who are not actively looking out for these, then getting one is a bonus and exciting.

Of course, Topps would create short-printed variation cards of Clayton Kershaw, David Ortiz, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, etc. Because they know collectors will want them for their collections, no matter what, even if they wind up whining all the way to their goals. Do you think collectors (with the possible exception of team collectors) would show the same clamor around SP’d cards of the mop-up reliever or third-string catcher? Not so much.

guyno3: @bdj610 guyno2 guyno1 …saying “don’t want, don’t get” is just silly. SPs are fine if they’re EXTRA, but not when they should be base

Which brings me back to my point about the Internet, and the easier access to these cards online.

@bdj610: guyno3 guyno2 guyno1 I’ll give you that for the non-eponymous items…but even in those sets, the SP’s aren’t that hard to find.

Let’s face it. The idea of the proliferation of short-printed cards would not work in a pre-internet age. Because the options of notifying people about having or wanting them would be limited to Hobby Magazines and classified ads. It would be an even more frustrating endeavor. But we are now 16 years into the 21st century. We have the technology and the information at our fingertips. Make use of them.

Make an effort to find happiness within this Hobby. It’s out there. You have to go out there and look. Believe me, it’s a lot more fun to find what makes you happy than it is to sit down and mope about the things that don’t.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

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Éirinn go brách! Celebrating at Home.

on March 17th, 2015 by James B. Anama

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. It is the day that honors St. Patrick, who is the patron saint of Ireland. It also commemorates the arrival of Christianity to the Emerald Isle. In fact, it is said (thanks Wikipedia) that he used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity.

My family will be enjoying boiled corned beef brisket with all the veggies (potatoes, carrots, cabbage) tonight. I would like to apologize to my sister for once again we will not be able to join her for dinner (it’s a school night, there are still dance classes happening). Meanwhile, I’ve been playing Irish music on the computer all afternoon, just to get into the mood.


If anybody says, “Top of the morning to you,” to you today, make sure to respond in kind, “And the rest of the day to yourself.”

Public Service Announcement (as my wife just said that she found the Bailey’s): As you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, please remember to celebrate responsibly.

Now for the baseball portion of the program. If you’re wondering, while there are many baseball players of Irish descent, 47 native-born Irish men made at least one appearance in the majors.
The last native born Irish player was Joe Cleary. Born in County Cork, Cleary only appeared in one game (08/04/1945) in 0.1 inning of work for the Washington Senators. But in that eventful inning, he struck out one batter (the good news), but allowed five hits, three walks, and seven earned runs to score. Saving time for the math, but seven runs in 1/3 innings equals an ERA of 189.

SBS Baseball created a team of All-Irish baseball players as part of their Foreign League. Imagine the World Baseball Classic without the US. Teams included as part of this league include teams from Asia/Australia/Africa, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Eastern Europe, England, Germany, Latin America, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Western Europe (14 total teams). I’ll try and run a season during my lunch break and will post results later to see how the Irish do against the rest of the world.

So now, a quick toast to everyone, Irish or just-for-the-day:

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be at your back.
May your cards collections grow to unmeasurable heights in both volume and value.
May the quest for new cards be swift.
May the journey of life treat you well today and always.
And may a certain North Side baseball team win it all this year (just have a decent season…please).
If you catch my drift.

Sláinte!

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

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39 at 39…Plus One

on March 12th, 2015 by James B. Anama

In many of his radio (and subsequently his TV show), Jack Benny, when asked how old he was, would say that he was 39 years old. This would always get big laughs from the audience, and the laughter would continue after the person he was talking to would…

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Well, That Was Quick…

on March 10th, 2015 by James B. Anama

One minute I was ready to write a post about Presidents cards in honor of President’s Day, and the next it’s the middle of March.Where did the time go?Better question: Where did I go??!If there are any readers of this humble, little blog left, waiting …

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Not Bad for $0.35…Ripken and Chipper Short-Prints? Excellent!!!

on February 8th, 2015 by James B. Anama

One of my goals this year is to try and clear out the extra cards that are sitting in boxes in my basement. They don’t count as part of my actual collection, and I am not counting them as part of the Card Census I’m working on to manage my collection.A…

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I’m Sorry, The Jeter Card Sold for HOW MUCH??!

on February 5th, 2015 by James B. Anama

Still upset that my local big box store did not have any 2015 Topps Series 1 packs out, I drowned my sorrows at the Dollar Tree to find that, even though I thought it ended, the store was still selling certain packs for a penny.So I got myself 35 5-car…

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2015 Topps Series 1 is Live…and I Missed It??!

on February 4th, 2015 by James B. Anama

Kidding. But I wish I was able to participate in the festivities!!!I know 2015 Topps S1 is live. I’ve seen videos (from Keith Olbermann to Topps case breaks). I’ve seen Facebook posts of people breaking open packs, blasters, boxes, cases, etc. and show…

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RIP Ernie Banks 1931-2015

on January 23rd, 2015 by James B. Anama

Just saw the news tonight. Ernie Banks passed away today at the age of 83 years old (he would have turned 84 at the end of January).No, I never saw him play. I don’t own an actual card of his during his playing days (from 1953-1971). But for as long as…

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The 2015 Topps Series 1 Checklist is Now Live!

on January 20th, 2015 by James B. Anama

As they promised last week, Topps has released the 2015 Topps Baseball Series 1 Checklist.Before we get to the guts of the list, they also posted one more picture:These are the rainbow foil parallels. Now I don’t collect parallels, and some took to the…

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A Long Overdue Update to the Sports Card Blogroll.

on January 19th, 2015 by James B. Anama

It’s been too long since I last did this, and I feel really bad for letting things get this bad at the Sports Card Blogroll. But it’s about time I clean it up and remove the blogs that haven’t been posting for the last six months or more (I think I saw…

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I’ve Lost Count of How Many Cards I Own!!! Time for a Card Census!!!

on January 18th, 2015 by James B. Anama

I am a very proud Topps Baseball Card Collector. (If you’ve heard me spew out the resumé, bear with me please).I own every base and traded Topps baseball card from 1976 through 2014 Topps Update Series. I also own many assorted sets, including:1983-19…

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Black and Gold, Black and Gold

on January 15th, 2015 by James B. Anama

I am reminded about one of the songs my daughter and her dance troupe performed to at either a competition or a recital a few years ago. It’s a song by some guy named Sam Sparro called Black and Gold.It’s one of those songs that as a parent I have to t…

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Let the Countdown Commence!!!

on January 13th, 2015 by James B. Anama

According to Topps’ Facebook page (and probably on Twitter, I haven’t checked), 2015 Topps Series 1 goes live on February 4. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2015!!!And to whet the appetites of the curious (and to show that they’re not kidding around…feast you…

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This Blog Is Still Relevant…And I Have Proof!!!

on January 8th, 2015 by James B. Anama

On the twitterverse today (you can still follow me @bdj610), former Beckett employee, current Topps employee, and Sports Card Blogroll Hall of Famer Sooz (@yanxchick, you might want to follow her as well) wrote:Once again, it’s nothing new. Chris, when…

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Responding to an Anonymous Commenter: "Eponymous"

on January 7th, 2015 by James B. Anama

I’ve used the word “eponymous” for years on this humble, little blog, when it comes to talking about Topps’ regular baseball card sets. Because there really is no “brand” name for the baseball cards I collect, is there?I mean, there are products out th…

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My Wallet Card for 2015 #WalletCard @breakdowncards

on January 7th, 2015 by James B. Anama

On January 2, defgav, the guy who runs the Baseball Card Breakdown blog brought up a, well, not so necessarily new concept for collectors to do in 2015, but it’s something that has gotten many of the Hobby Blogging Community together on their site…

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Hallbound…2015!!!

on January 6th, 2015 by James B. Anama

The votes are in…Randy Johnson 534 (97.3%);Pedro Martinez 500 (91.1%);John Smoltz 455 (82.9%);Craig Biggio 454 (82.7%);Mike Piazza 384 (69.9%);Jeff Bagwell 306 (55.7%);Tim Raines 302 (55.0%);Curt Schilling 215 (39.2%);Roger Clemens 206 (37.5%);Barry …

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This is It! The Hall of Fame Announcement is Today.

on January 6th, 2015 by James B. Anama

When the announcement is made today at 01:00 PM CST on Tuesday, January 6, 2014, to let the world know who has been inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame, I will be at work. But I’ll still have the MLB Network on to watch the results live.Wit…

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RIP Stuart Scott 1965-2015

on January 4th, 2015 by James B. Anama

It was just before 10:00 CST this morning, and I was sitting at the social hall of our church when I first saw the news that Stuart Scott, who appeared on many of ESPN’s shows, from SportsCenter to the NFL and NBA pre-game festivities, passed away. He …

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You Know That Penny Per Pack Thing I Talked About at the Dollar Tree???

on January 3rd, 2015 by James B. Anama

It’s over.If you recall, my Christmas present from my son was a five-card pack of 2013 Topps Series 1 that he bought for a penny. I’ve given him some ribbing since that he could have made an effort to buy more…especially since he was budgeted a dolla…

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2015 Is Here…2015 Topps Series 1 Comes Soon…

on January 1st, 2015 by James B. Anama

The year 2015 is now ten hours young in Chicago. Last night, my family and I were at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by the family of one of my daughter’s long-time friends. They’re really nice people, and the food was rather good. It wasn’t a sit-d…

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My Christmas Gifts…So Far

on December 25th, 2014 by James B. Anama

At my age, I really don’t ask for much when it comes to Christmas gifts (if at all…nobody asks). Anything will do for me now. In the last few years, however, I’ve had to re-think that philosophy.A couple of years ago, I received a Magic 8-Ball for Ch…

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It’s Christmas Time Again…Fa La La La La

on December 24th, 2014 by James B. Anama

‘Twas the day before Christmas, and I shut down my work computer, I look around the house and notice that it’s been a bit of a subdued celebration. It wasn’t long ago that the kids wanted toys and games under the tree. This year, “just give us gift car…

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Hey, Did I Mention That the Sell Sheets for 2015 Topps Series 2 Were Live? I Didn’t?

on December 18th, 2014 by James B. Anama

So it’s been a busy month, well it’s been a busy year for me. The Hobby and this humble, little blog took a bit of a backseat as other things took priority. But apparently in the madness of it all, Topps released images of the sell sheet…

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RIP Sy Berger 1923-2014

on December 14th, 2014 by James B. Anama

Sy Berger, the Father of the Modern Baseball CardJust saw the news today that Sy Berger passed away.He started with the Topps Company long before they created baseball cards. It was he who was tasked by the Shorin brothers to develop the company’s firs…

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