Posts in category: Capewoods Collection
Donruss Chrome!

The first Topps Chrome cards were 20 years ago, in 1996. I wonder if their patent (assuming they had one) has expired.Of course this Panini product is not called Donruss Chrome, it’s called Donruss Optic.It has the exact look and feel of Topps Chrome. …

Champion Eaters on Cards

I finally found a couple of blasters of 2016 Allen and Ginter. I’m probably not going to do an comprehensive posts on the product, but just some cards that are of special interest.

The world of competitive eating seems pretty odd to me, especially any video I’ve seen is pretty disgusting. It doesn’t look so much like eating as shoving stuff into a garbage disposal. Anyway, this guy, whose 24, is studying nutrition when he’s not shoveling food into his face. When you’re a championship eater, apparently you don’t specialize. By the way, his nickname is “Megatoad”.

This wasn’t the first time Allen and Ginter featured a hot dog eating champion. Back in 2008 they gave us this guy.

Since this card, Chestnut, also know as “Jaws”, has one nine of the last ten Nathan’s championships, only losing to Megatoad in 2015. He is quoted as saying ″I will not stop until I reach 70. This ‘sport’ isn’t about eating. It’s about drive and dedication, and at the end of the day hot dog eating challenges both my body and my mind.″ He’s 33 years old. Wikipedia doesn’t mention him having a real job. Can you make enough each year doing this to live on? Maybe he gets all his food for free.

OK, just one more.

Thomas is 49 years old and it’s not clear from Wikipedia if she’s still doing this. Her last listed championship contest was in 2013. What’s amazing about here is she only weighs 98 pounds. One of her feats is eating 11 pounds of cheesecake in 9 minutes. Erp. She has 2 nicknames, “The Black Widow” and “The Leader of the Four Horsemen of the Esophagus”

2016 Topps Allen & Ginter – Finally

So every blogger and her brother have already written about 2016 Topps Allen and Ginter. Well, here’s my two cents.First off, it took forever for the product to get here to my corner of SE Texas and all I finally found was one value pack. One. The pack…

Book Club – July 2016 Reading List

11 books this month. Too much free time? I’ve also, perhaps, padded the total with some comic books. But they were fat ones.This book came out in 1985 and I probably should have read it before now. I read her new book a few weeks ago and started lookin…

1988 Topps Big

I pulled a sealed pack of 1988 Topps Big from a recent repack. Topps Big had a 3-year run from 1988-1990. I don’t ever remember seeing them for sale. Did you collect these when they were new? Ten years or so ago I bought a box of the 1990 product, so I…

1991 Topps Instant Win Game

In addition to cards from each set, I like to keep a copy of whatever promotion the card company was running with the set. In a recent repack I pulled an unopened pack of 1991 Topps. For whatever reason I didn’t have any of the promo cards from this se…

2016 Stadium Club – First Pack

2016 Stadium Club has finally arrived in my corner of SE Texas. I got 2 blasters and 2 rack packs at Walmart the other day.I’ve liked the past 2 years of this product and I think I like this year the best. Here’s what I pulled from the first rack pack …

1990 Upper Deck printing error

If you collect enough baseball cards you become aware of printing errors. Most are not that interesting but every once in awhile, I see something that attracts my attention.I found a pack of 1990 Upper Deck in the repack box I wrote about yesterday. I …

Repack box finds

I bought a 15-pack repack box distributed by www.worldsgreatestcardchase.com. On the box it says “The Big Find – A Ty Cobb 1909-1911 T206 Card!” Good luck with that.2005 Donruss Throwback Threads Donruss/Leaf had several sets back then with simila…

1987 Mike Schmidt Odd-ball cards

Fellow blogger and Facebook friend Baseball Dad, saw a comment I made on Facebook a few weeks ago that I wished I owned a Jeanmar Gomez Phillies card. Gomez, at the time had 14 saves and led the NL in saves. Mr. Baseball Dan (known as Jack to his friends) said he’d send me one. I got a nice package of Phillies cards from him the other day. Not only did he send me the Gomez Topps Heritage card but a few other items. As much as I liked getting the Gomez card, this was my favorite thing in the envelope, a Mike Schmidt card I didn’t have.

1987 Ralston Purina Collectors’ Edition #14 Mike Schmidt

According to tradingcarddb.com, there are 81 Mike Schmidt trading cards or other items (like coins or disks) available. from 1987. 81! Well, now I have 28. Thanks Jack!

Here are a few other Mike Schmidt odd-ball cards from 1987.

1987 Donruss Pop-Up #17 Mike Schmidt

These came with packs of Donruss All-Star cards.

1987 Fleer Record Setters #35 Mike Schmidt

This was one of several 44-card Fleer sets produced in 1987 that were available at drug and department stores. They came in a box like a box of playing cards. This set was available only at Eckerd Drug Stores. I found a complete boxed set at a card store in 2009 for 2 bucks.

1987 Boardwalk and Baseball #1 Mike Schmidt

These cards were produced for the opening of an amusement park in Florida called “Boardwalk and Baseball” as a 33-card boxed set. I got this one in a trade with a fellow blogger, Cardboard Junkie.

1987 Woolworth #8 Mike Schmidt

Like Fleer, Topps also produced small boxed sets (these had 33 cards) available in retail outfits. This card also came from Cardboard Junkie. And finally,

1987 M&M’s #3 Mike Schmidt

You’ve probably noticed that some of these cards don’t have logos. That’s because they didn’t have a license from Major League Baseball. This card was produced by Mike Schectner Associates (MSA) who produced many such sets in the 1980s and 1990s. I got this in my 2010 Summer Clearance Trade.

2016 Topps Archives Father and Son

I bought a blaster and a couple of loose packs of Topps Archives. I pulled 3 of the Father-Son cards.  And I like all three of them.First off we have the Griffeys, Ken and Ken Jr.I believe that there are several cards featuring Ken and Ken Jr. Thi…

Book Club – May 2015 Reading List

Only 6 books read this month. I’m never gonna make that 100-books read in 2016 goal.  Dang. Anyway, some interesting stuff this month.This was a free Kindle book I got through BookBub.com. It was OK. There’s a project going on in deep space to cau…

My 98,000th trading card

I got my 97,000 card in February.  Another 1,000 down.  I’m calling this my 98,000th trading card but I would guess that more than 95% of them are baseball cards.I’m currently working on the blaster and 2 Bowman value packs I bought last week…

2016 Bowman – First Look

Blogging has been sporadic and will probably remain so for awhile. But I got some 2016 Bowman and had to spout off.As usual, Bowman is split between 150 base cards and 150 Prospect cards. Each pack also contains 2-3 Chrome Prospect cards and the occasi…

2016 Panini Diamond Kings – the extras

I featured the base cards of 2016 Panini Diamond Kings yesterday. Today I’m going to cover the inserts and parallels.Before I start, let me note, that there are over 100 different parallel, inserts, and parallel to inserts, relics and auto cards in thi…

2016 Panini Diamond Kings – The base cards

I picked up a blaster of Diamond Kings at Walmart late last week. I debated buying two but I’m sort of glad I didn’t. I was a big fan of the early 2000’s Diamond King sets (especially 2004). I didn’t think Panini could do better.I did a little searchin…

Vincent Velasquez

In the off-season, the Phillies traded their promising closer, Ken Giles to the Astros for 4 players. One of those players was Vincent Velasquez.Valasquez started his 2nd game of the season, today, April 14. He was incredible.  He managed to throw…

1992 Donruss Rookies – Part 2

I posted the top 10 players in the set the other day, now just some interesting cards or players. Mondesi is the only player in this set who was named a Rookie of the Year. That was in 1994, when he beat out Manny Ramirez for the award. Although h…

1993 1915 Cracker Jack Reprints

In 1993, to celebrate their 100th anniversary, the Cracker Jack company released a 24-card set of mini cards recreating some of the 1915 set of Cracker Jack. I have the only Phillie in that set, Grover Cleveland Alexander.If you remember what the 2004 …

1992 Donruss Rookies – Part 1

My collecting goal this year is to beef up my past year’s Phillies collections. Sort of at random, I’ve been working on 1992. I needed 7 (of the 10) Phillies cards in the 1992 Donruss Rookies set and couldn’t locate them on eBay. But I did find the ent…

Movie Review: Batman V. Superman

Although I enjoy the Marvel Universe movies, I was a DC kid growing up, and Superman was always my favorite super hero. That’s why I had to see “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice”.I’m very much of a different opinion than many of the movie critics. W…

2016 Donruss First (and last) Look

Somebody must like Donruss or Panini wouldn’t have trotted it out for a third year. I have the same complaints about 2016 Donruss that I’ve had for the last two years. The design is unattractive, The photography is uninspiring, no team logos, and the b…

2016 Topps MLB Wacky Packages – Again

I threatened another post on this and here it is. Since the blaster box, I bought 4 rack packs and the Phillies related cards and the Astros card I didn’t have on eBay.Philadelphia cheese steaks are, of course, a Philadelphia institution so this was a …

March 2016 Reading List

I’m falling further behind in my goal to read 100 books this year.  I’m going to have to take a few weeks off and do nothing but read to catch up. Sounds appealing.I subscribe to a daily email called Book Bub which suggests Kindle books to read ba…

2016 Topps MLB Wacky Packages

Back in 2014 I bought a pack of Topps Wacky Packages Chrome Stickers (see it here). There was one baseball related card in the pack. Now, Topps has a whole Wacky Packages set devoted to baseball. And it’s a hoot. I bought one blaster and I may go get a…

2016 Topps Opening Day Surprise

I made a post about 2016 Opening Day last week and really wasn’t planning another one, because, what more could be said?  My post was based on what I found in the first of four 24-card rack packs I had bought.Then I opened the second pack and foun…

2016 Topps Opening Day – First Look

I didn’t see any blaster boxes of this product so I bought some of the 24-card rack packs. In keeping with my 2016 card-buying policy, that’s all I’m going to buy. I’ve never really been that enamored with Topps Opening Day, especially when they stoppe…

Pope Francis Rookie Card!

The Phillies issued a baseball card to commemorate Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia last year. I just heard about it on Facebook and managed to find one on eBay.Since Francis was elected to the Papacy in 2013, I’m not sure this is his ‘true’ rookie …