Real Steal: David Ortiz Autograph

I thought this would be a good title for a segment that involves really good steals I’ve had buying either cards or boxes. Since I had such a great steal last night, I thought I would share it with you guys.

So I was browsing my Twitter messages and saw a new site out there similar to CheckOutMyCards.¬† SellMyCardsOnline is similar in that you send in your cards to them and they post them on the site. You set your price and wait for them to sell. That’s it. COMC is a little deeper in terms of what you can do, but I digress.

I saw they had a Featured Card of the Month that someone was selling. It had a $20 price tag. My first thought was…why is this card priced at $20? Who would sell it that low? I checked eBay real quick and saw recent sales around $60. I wouldn’t resell it, but I was checking to see if maybe there was something I missed. Apparently, I wasn’t missing anything.

So I immediately bought it. Now I’m just waiting for it to arrive. Want to see which autograph it is? Well it’s not the EXACT card, as it’s no longer up on the site, but it’s the card.

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen David Ortiz Autograph

An on-card autograph of one of the stars of my Boston Red Sox for the price of a blaster box? That’s a real steal. Now I just have to wait for it to arrive in my mailbox.


Preview: 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball

Coming out for its sophomore season on April 18, 2012, is the return of a 2011 hit. 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball is back after a great first season where collectors were extremely happy with the products and the hits in the product. (Despite Topps screwing up on the hit collation.)

The basic structure of the set at 350 cards, minis, and paper parallel inserts is just about the same. You’ll get just about everything that appeared in last year’s product once again, including some new hits. Every box will contain 4 hits at 2 autographed and 2 game used relics per box.

Some of the autographs on the checklist are spectacular with players like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Ken Griffey Jr. amongst others. And again, all these autographs will be on-card which makes this product look that much better and can also be found in mini form. You’ll also find your standard bat and jersey relic cards as well and the combination relic/autograph cards.

Some new inclusions in the “hit” realm are patch cards and 1887 Indian head pennies embedded into the cards. I know I’ve given Topps flak for embedding coins into cards but I like the 1887 pennies in here.¬† Also included is the “Gypsy Kings” insert set, kind of mirrored off the “Gypsy Queens” from last year. These “Gypsy Kings” are a fictional 1887 team with “autographs” and “relics”. Again, if these count as one of my hits when opening this product I would be pissed.

It seems like 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen should be another hit for this season. It should retail at right around $100 and while prices shouldn’t go up too much as it wasn’t heavily produced last season, it still looks like a worthy break once again.


Today’s Interesting Blog Post: All About Cards

It usually takes a lot to get me to write something about what someone else has written. You may remember the last time I did it was the epic set of 2011 Topps Series II Monopoly baseball cards. This was a huge buzz around the blogosphere and even my post got a few people to go out to Wal-Mart and search for the elusive boxes. I do apologize for you wasting your precious gas money on that. But this time, you stay home.

One of my favorite sites to check out reviews of products and compare them to my own is All About Cards. I think he is a great reviewer of products and we often have the same ideas when it comes to the products we are reviewing. I mean, I am a huge self promoter but I really do like visiting his site for reviews. But the other day he posted a post so thought provoking, I have to share it with everyone.

Who Are the 2011 Topps Gypsy Queens?

I mean, this post is actually quite interesting. It really makes you think and look at cards just a little bit differently when you see something completely different. The level of detail and the keen eye it took to figure this out was actually pretty good in my opinion. If you don’t read that post, you are really missing out.

And I do enough self promotion around here so make sure you check out his blog for some extra review goodness of the latest cards to hit them streets. I approve of his reviewing and if I approve of it, it has to be good. My word has to mean something nowadays?

I Come Bearing Gypsy Queens!

I needed eggs. We finished up our carton last night and it was such a beautiful day today, I offered to drive over to the store and pick up the much needed protein. It takes me 10 minutes to find the eggs, meaning I probably shouldn’t be in a grocery store. But there is a great part of this grocery store. This store contains blaster boxes of cards.

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me post that I finally found 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball. In actuality, I found 3 blaster boxes. I decided to take 2 and leave 1 for the next customer. Now I can finally see what all this hype is.

Box 1 featured 4 Red Sox cards:

Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez, Jimmie Foxx, and Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth is actually in a Red Sox uniform and is a short print! Of all my Red Sox cards, I don’t think I own one Ruth in a Red Sox uniform so that excites me. The other short prints pulled were Jay Bruce and a Brian McCann mini. I also pulled a mini red back of Matt Kemp.

My inserts in Box 1 were as follows:

Future Stars: Mike Stanton, Neftali Feliz

Sticky Fingers: Derek Jeter, David Wright

Home Run Heroes: Jose Bautista x2 (really Topps?)

Wall Climbers: Mike Stanton, Franklin Gutierrez

The Great Ones: Mickey Mantle, Robin Yount

Finally I hit a Gypsy Queen, Havalia. While at first I didn’t care about these cards, I must admit they can be quite entertaining. Have you actually read the biographies of these gypsies? Here is Havalia’s biography:

I also have had damaged goods. However, when she tried to turn me into a wild boar I left her.

Box 2 featured 3 Red Sox cards:

Kevin Youkilis, Lars Anderson (RC), and finally a Dustin Pedroia mini. Lars Anderson seems to be haunting my pulls in baseball recently. While not necessarily a bad prospect to have haunt you, his real rookie cards were a few years ago. Plus he’ll be traded eventually as he is sitting behind another guy I pulled, Adrian Gonzalez. My short prints from this box were Carlos Pena, Freddie Freeman (RC!), and a Brett Sinkseil Black Mini (RC). Why couldn’t it have been of Freddie? My red back in this box was BJ Upton.

My inserts in Box 1 were as follows:

Future Stars: Gordon Beckham, Ike Davis

Sticky Fingers: Jose Reyes, Brandon Phillips

Home Run Heroes: Johnny Bench, Carlos Pena

Wall Climbers: Franklin Gutierrez, Jason Heyward

The Great Ones: Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson

My Gypsy Queen is that hottie Oriana. With looks like those, I can imagine how many men she may have turned into wild boars. Let’s see:

Well that’s not very climactic. Although I wish she could rub some of her magic potion on some of these retail boxes I’ve received lately. I haven’t hit a GU or Auto in a blaster box in God knows how long.

I probably should of bought that last one too.

But in all, Gypsy Queen is Allen & Ginter without all the non-sports cards (except those Gypsies). The design is okay, but the photos of the players end up looking really good and like canvas. I’m just happy I didn’t pull an autograph of a Gypsy. I might buy some more boxes but odds are with hobby boxes around $150, it’s definitely not going to be hobby.

If anyone needs base to complete their sets, let me know.

What Box To Break?

Well I was hoping to bring a nice surprise retail break today of Gypsy Queen since everyone else is doing it, but Fred Meyer did not have any Gypsy Queen to be had. Sorry, I’m not going to drive a half-hour to try Target or go get shot at my Wal-Mart 20 minutes away. So with no Gypsies or Queens to be had, I pocketed the money to wait. There was a plethora of 2010 blasters available at my disposal, but nothing I really wanted. Oh, and NO HOCKEY! Why do I have to live in a state without any hockey love. Our WHL team is in the finals and they can’t even fill the lower bowl at the Rose Garden. So, my attempt to bring Gypsy Queen has failed.

So that leaves me with pretending I had cards to open. I was stuck looking at previews of products soon to come out. Sure, I have a little money in my PayPal account but it’ll take forever to get a hobby box here. Plus, I WAS going to save the majority of it for a couple boxes of 2010-11 Upper Deck Ultimate hockey but it was delayed…again, like every other Upper Deck product. I think it was pushed another month to June 24th. Same thing happened when I wanted to buy The Cup last year. I had the money available and they kept pushing it back. I ended up spending the money on something else.

Okay, I’m done ranting on that.

But a good thing did happen today. After I got home from failing to find some GQ, I looked in my mailbox and received a package from Panini. In March, I had opened a box of Certified hockey up in Edmonton and did not receive the correct number of hits. I’ve never requested a replacement before as I figured it was just luck of the draw but this time I did. I sent in all the information and my replacement was received today. It was this:

2010-11 Certified Certified Champion Jordan Staal Auto #/50

Not bad for a replacement, wish it was his brother Eric though. It’s definitely better then nothing and I thank Panini for sending me the hit I was missing in my box.

Speaking of boxes, I really want to open some boxes. I want to open one hobby box from each sport and review it here, preferably using each of the major card companies. So I need ideas. I also wouldn’t mind just one from each card company so we can see what each one brings to the table.

I would like at least one Topps, one Panini, and one Upper Deck. If I have anything extra I could try some ITG too. What should I review? Let me know your thoughts.