Chicle Pack Break: Updated

Hey, everyone. A week or so ago, I broke 2 packs of Chicle and listed the results. Well, I got some scans hot off the printer of the highlights.

Sorry, the scan is little choppy. The cards are listed from left to right.

Row 1: Jackie Robinson, Johan Santana, Mike Cameron

Row 2: Rick Porcello, Nolan Ryan, Gordan Beckham

I really like the design of these cards, and I like the fact that they pay attention to little details, such as the sunglasses on Gordan Beckham’s head, or the dirt on Rick Porcello’s uniform. Little details like that really stand out in the overall quality of the cards. When I first heard about Topps marketing Chicle as a baseball product, I thought it wouldn’t work out as well as it did for football collectors because the baseball card market already has so many painted or “olde-tyme” sets such as Heritage, Allen & Ginter, or 206. But, to my surprise, it’s done very well.

Right now, I’m saving up for a card splurge where I’m hoping to pre-order 2010 Topps Triple Threads, buy a bunch (not buying a lot) of Red Sox singles off of the ‘bay (likely Pedroia patches or autos, Youkilis Patches or autos, etc) or maybe even a box of 2010 Finest. I’ve only got $50 so far, but birthday money’s still trickling in.

Tomorrow I’ll have a new player of the week up. I’ll be highlighting Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester.

Red Sox Card of the Day: 2003 Bowman Draft Kevin Youkilis (RC)

I got this one a while back this year at my local hobby shop in the “Current Red Sox Stars” box. I got it for $2.50, a steal compared to the $4.00 Book Value.

In other news, Topps announced that rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg will be included in the 2010 Topps Factory Set with a gimm….er….unofficial rookie card. As gimmicky as it might be, I might want to get a hold of a box anyways for the other rookies and exclusive team-oriented 4 card pack, of which I’d buy the Red Sox.

That’s it for now. Check in for tomorrow’s player of the week segment highlighting Jon Lester!

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You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me……

Is he human?

How he did what he did last night is nothing short of a miracle……

Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 batters in 7 innings of work while only allowing 4 hits and no walks… his Major League DEBUT! I mean, obviously the hype that’s been surrounding him and the fact that his nickname is Jesus shows that he has to have been one hell of a pitcher in the minors and in college, but the fact that this happened in “The Show” is surreal-Did I mention this was his MLB Debut? I mean, the last seven batters he faced he struck out, he reached 100 MPH 2 times, and hes only 22 years old! The amazing card aspect of this is that his Bowman base card is averaging $25.00 the ‘Bay, and I’ve only seen a few less then that that I’ll be pouncing on soon! Even Topps is hoping to benefit from “StrasburgMania” by making a press release stating that Strasburg will be featured in every 2010 Topps product from here on out. Hopefully, everything won’t skyrocket in price. It’s mass hysteria in the MLB and card world of Strasburg right now. My advice? If you want a chance to snag anything Strasburg related, do it now before it’s too late.

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Pack Breaks

Hey, everyone. Target around here is officially a ghost town when it comes to 2010 Topps and Bowman. The Bowman was wiped out and the Topps series 1 and 2 were gone. I should have gone earlier before they sold out. Anyways, I made something of it by picking up my first two packs of Chicle. Here’s a list of what I pulled. (Red Sox in BOLD)

Pack 1: Felix Pie, Carlos Quentin, Jackie Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Rick Porcello, and Johan Santana.

Pack 2: Mike Cameron, Gordan Beckham, J.A. Happ, Alfonso Soriano, Manny Ramirez, and Russell Branyan.

That’s it for now. Ill post some scans of some of the highlights soon.

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TTM Success

Hey, everyone. Well, an envelope, letter,  baseball card, and 8 1/2 months later, I finally got my first through the mail autograph. Kevin Youkilis was kind enough to not only sign a picture of himself that he provided, but to also send back a letter from himself and his foundation, “Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids”. I was thrilled to see this package sitting in my mailbox when I came home.Youkilis is such a fan favorite here in Boston, and you cant help but love the guy. He’s so good at the game he loves, and he unselfishly does so much for others off of the field. So, I just have to thank him for taking the time to sign a picture of himself and send back a personalized letter.

Today, I’m heading to my local Target to pick up some Bowman and Topps Series 2. I’m really hoping to get something decent out of Bowman, so I’ll have a pack break for you guys later on today.

So, I’ll post again later today. Thanks, everyone!

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Ubuntu: A South African Word meaning “I am what I am because of all we are”. (eg: The 2010 Boston Celtics).

Ubuntu is the definition of teamwork within itself. Deeply spoken, If an entire nation of South Africa can survive a partide using Ubuntu as their…way of life and entire existence, then the Boston Celtics have it. Their improbable run in the 2010 NBA Playoffs after a regular season of uninspired basketball has not only shocked the basketball world, but changed it, by leading them to the NBA Finals for the 2nd time in 3 years.

My First 1/1.

Ahhhhh…..I remember it as if it was yesterday…..

I was spending an otherwise rainy, dull, and dreary day at my local mall to salvage some speck of happiness of the depressing day.  Strolling through the mall, I passed one of my personal favorites card hot-spots, Newbury Comics. Then, knowing that cards make any day a good day, I went in without any hesitation. After looking the card section low and high, I saw a wide array of products I liked, but desperate times called for desperate measures, and I needed a sure-fire product with good odds, payout, interest, and collectibility, and that product was Bowman Jumbo. I decided to buy a pack, and with my anticipation building like a bottle rocket, I raced out of the store to find the nearest bench to sit down on so, If I tore into the pack and found a great hit, I wouldn’t fall to the ground when I passed out. After sitting down, I ripped into the pack, anxiously shuffling through the cards. But, as I palmed the cards, I felt a sharp, metal jab that surprised me. Thinking it was one of those annoying security tags, I flipped to that suspected pack-filler. When I arrived at that card, however, It was no security tag. I was holding in the palm of my hand a 1/1 Yellow Printing Plate of Kenneth Gilbert of the Chicago White Sox. I literally almost passed out on the bench. I had hear so much about these plates, yet never really thought about acquiring one. I could not believe what I was seeing. My day went from one of depression and gloom to one of pure euphoria. This card was a true treasure to behold, and my first 1/1. At that point, feeling like I was walking on air, I staggered up off of the bench like I had just been shot in the leg or had one too many to drink as a minor. This was what the big time felt like.

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