Sunday, May 09, 2021

2021 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Hobby Pack

 Wow it's really hard to find card products, well at least retail.  I decided, against my better judgement, to pick up a hobby pack of Diamond Kings on a recent stop in to Don's Sportcards here in Anchorage, Alaska.  I had stopped in to pick up a few supplies.  I hesitated on buying just this one pack, because hobby prices are INSANE!!! This pack was over $10 bucks, so let's savor it since it's been awhile since we've had a pack on here.








Two hits per box, 12 packs per box, and 8 cards per pack.  We have a 1:6 chance of getting one of the hit's.  

Diamond Kings does have a great selection of old timey players, HOFers, retired and current players.  Let's have a look at the base design.


Panini has made Diamond Kings into an artsy fartsy offering with inserts to match.  Seems like a lot of real estate is taken up by the border.  Here's the back



The backs have a small blurb, but no stats, which is kind of disappointing.


 
Here are the rest of the base cards:
This pack had a couple rookies in it.


Cards numbered over 100 are short printed, or at least that's what they say.  I pulled not one, but two SPs in this pack.
 






Sadly I didn't get one of the hits, but did pull this Aficionado of the 2020 AL MVP





Not a great pack, but it's been months since I've opened anything and it was fun.  In year's past Diamond Kings has been a fun rip, but sadly the current state of the hobby really has over valued this product.






Wednesday, April 21, 2021

2021 Topps Heritage Baseball

What is this? It's a pack of 2021 baseball cards. I was surprise to see a pack today at Target. It's bare and out of stock at every place that sell cards. When there's opportunity grab a pack. This is first baseball pack I purchased this year. I got is a 9 card pack of this year's Topps Heritage. The 500 card set is from 1972 Topps design.

264 - Lucas Giolito - front and back of the card. Giolito threw the first no-hitter of 2020 season

288 - Jon Berti

201 - Ryan McBroom

126 - Nick Castellanos - In Action card of Nick. This one feature his highlights from a game against his former team, Detroit Tigers.

88 - AL RBI Leaders - Jose Abreu lead AL in RBIs in 2020


48 - Shane Bieber - In Action card of former All-Star MVP. Back of the card showed AL ERA Leaders from 1975-2020

270 - Cesar Hernandez

43 - Jose Altuve - got an Astros. I will still cheer on my team.

328 - Jonathan Schoop

This is the pack of 2021 Topps Heritage. Good luck on finding a pack these days.

Friday, April 16, 2021

1999 Topps Super Chrome

Greetings...

Hope everyone is doing well.  If it weren't for everyone's favorite Buddha, ol' Jafronius would have been the sole poster for the first quarter of 2021.  That's a lot of posts of just me.  

This could be another effect of The Virus...all the current product was purchased by the flippers, so the APTBNL staff dug into their collections or old LCS inventory and posted what they could find.  Now, the old stuff has already been posted and the new stuff is not as hard to find, but you still gotta be lucky. No idea.

Anyway, here's something I came across the last couple of times I was in my L(ish)CS:


I usually dive into the big green tub of cheap old packs there, but I still wander about the store to see all the cards and packs I won't be able to buy.  The last two times I've been there they had an open box of these Super Chrome packs.  4 bucks for 3 cards was the asking price.  

According to Baseballcardpedia.com, Super Chrome was a 2 year effort, with 1999 being the final year.  Each set consisted of 36 cards and the design mirrored that year's Topps flagship set.  1998 had 36 players but 1999 only had 30, with 6 highlight cards.  Here's a link to the checklist if anyone's curious.

The only parallels were refractors, which came 1 in 12 packs.  There were 12 packs in a box.

Here's the first pack:


#5 - Kerry Wood (Refractor) 

Look at that, I lucked out and pulled the Refractor.  The card measures 4 1/8" X 5 3/4", so this is super chromey and super big!


Here's the back of Kid K.  You see the Refractor label at the top left and the Super Chrome logo at the top right.


#22 - Barry Bonds

I'm too lazy to look up 1999 cards online but I'm assuming Super Chrome is using the same image as flagship...I don't think Topps was into SP's and SSP's and SSSP's back then.


#21 - Moises Alou

That was the first pack.  I was quite pleased, so I picked up another pack the last time I was there.


#1 - Roger Clemens


#36 - Scott Brosius (World Series Highlights)

Here's one of the 6 Highlight cards in the 1999 set.  It's too bad 6 players had to be cut for the Highlights, but I guess this is the only way "Ferocious" could get into the Super Chrome set (Is that his nickname?  Probably not...I just like how it rhymes).


#35 - Sammy Sosa (HR Parade #66)

This is nice in hand though.  Yes, McGwire's 70th homer has a card in the set too.  That would be a Super Big Mac!


Here's the back of the card.  Not as Chromey but still Super!

Again, these cards are 4 1/8" X 5 3/4" so storing them would be difficult but not impossible.  For those like me who aren't good with fractions, here's Super Chromey Sosa next to regular Stadium Club Sosa:

If ol' Jafronius had used a Sosa rookie here instead, this part would be full of steroid puns.

Anyway, that's the pack.  For the record, these were enjoyable rips.

More eventually.  Have a good weekend, and thanks for reading!

Saturday, March 27, 2021

2021 Topps Opening Day

 I ended up picking up three packs of Topps Opening Day on my recent trip to one of my LCSs, Don's Sportcards, here in Anchorage, Alaska.  While nothing to write home about this was my best pack of the bunch


















My insert was this Clemens Legends of Baseball


My other two inserts from the other packs was this Rosie Red mascot.

And this Opening Day Indians card