Monday, November 28, 2022

2022 Panini Mosaic Team Break

 Shortly after taking part in a 2022 Topps Update group break, the same member from The Bench had a 2022 Panini Mosaic break.  The Cardinals spot in the 1 box break cost me $8.  I like the colored parallels from the last few years, so I figured I would give this break a shot.

I received 3 base cards.  Have I mentioned recently how great it is to have Pujols cards in a Cardinals uniform again?

2 more Pujols cards, including an insert and a Mosaic parallel.  This was a nice surprise because when I watched the video, it appeared to be a duplicate of the base card.

The final 2 cards were an Arenado Prizm parallel and a Molina insert.  Overall not bad for a little over $1 per card.  

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

A Trader I am Thankful For

I have a lot to be thankful for in the baseball card world this year.  I passed 25,000 different Cardinals in my collection.  My son and I have been able to attend quite a few shows.  I love spending time with him digging through bargain boxes.  First and foremost,  I am thankful for all the traders I have had the pleasure of dealing with.  It is our fellow collectors that make this hobby so enjoyable for me.  At the top of this list is Trading Bases member Ron B. 

Our ongoing open-ended trade has been going on for years.  I received a large package in August that included many nice Cardinals.  I sent him some return fire in October hoping to get even, but he jumped ahead with another package that arrived this past weekend.  

Because he is located on the East coast, Ron can find Cardinals a lot cheaper than I can.  All these Molina cards came from quarter boxes.  The 2018 Heritage Green numbered to 250 was a steal at that price.  The 2022 Donruss card is a stat line parallel numbered to 500.  

Going back a few years to 2012 and Topps Gold Rush cards.  I did not know these cards existed before this trade.  These were a redemption for Series 1 wrappers.

More Topps parallels including a nice 2019 Topps Gallery Orange parallel numbered to 25.  Despite its low number, I like the 2022 Orange O'Neill better.

Only 3 Panini brand cards in this package.  A Holo parallel, a pink parallel, and a silver wave Prizm numbered to 60.

Finish things off with a couple of nice autographs.  The 2017 Tek Blue Diaz is numbered to 50.  The 2017 Fire Reyes is numbered to 420.  I was a little heartbroken to see him non tendered last week.  I started watching him in 2014 when he played in Peoria.  Wish he could have stayed healthy, but I hope he gets another chance to pitch in the Majors.      

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Cardinals Lot from The Bench

I am almost ashamed to say I have had this lot of Cardinals sitting on my desk for 2 weeks.  Earlier this month The Bench member Scobes was running a sale with most cards costing a dime or a quarter.  I found quite a few Cardinals I did not have and ended up spending about $7 by the time I paid shipping.  They arrived 2 days after I paid and just sat on my pile of cards to be scanned.  I had some spare time last night before watching Monday Night Football to finally get to them.

For this lot, I chose to scan them in chronological order.  These 4 are from the 1990s.  The 1998 Finest No Protector DeShields is the best of this bunch, although the 1998 Crown Royale is also pretty sweet.

3 cards from the 2000s featured 2 red Leaf Press Proofs and a Bowman Gold parallel.  

The 2010s featured more colorful and shiny cards along with the first taste of Panini cards.  I will call the 2012 Panini Cooperstown Mize a Cardinals card, even though there is no mention of a team on it.  

The 2020s bring a lot of color.  Lime green, red, orange, gold foil, green, and chrome.  It is almost scary to think what colors will come in the next decade.  

1 lone card from this year is a red parallel.  Goes well with the Cardinals uniform.  There were a handful of other cards in the lot that I bought for trade bait.  The total cost per card including shipping was close to 30 cents.  Not a bad deal at all.    


Friday, November 18, 2022

Nothing but Panini

It has been a long time since I posted 5 days in a row.  Now that the weather is getting colder and the daylight hours are getting shorter, I have more time to make trades.  That leads to more trade recap posts.  Today's recap is a package from TCDB member philhigh.  One big thing missing from this trade is logos.  Every card is from a Panini brand.  Strange how that works sometimes.  

Panini did well to hide the logos on these Leaf  Certified cards from 2021 Chronicles.  Scanning them side by side makes it look like a booklet card.  

These are my first cards from 2022 Prizm.  Not much difference between this design and last year's.  

Altuve gets his own scan since it goes into my son's collection, not mine.  The card would look better with an orange outline similar to the red on the Cardinals' cards.  The black makes the card look too dark.

The parallels and inserts look a lot better.  Panini does a good job with the action shots for catcher's cards.  Once again a great way to hide logos.  

Thursday, November 17, 2022

USPS Finally Delivered

If you trade enough, you have most likely had a package lost in the mail.  In my 20 years or so of trading online,  I would guess my number of lost packages is less than 10.  Pretty good percentage all things considered.  I know 3 of those have been this year though.  I was thinking a recent trade with TCDB member Themissionsguy would be #4, but it finally arrived Monday.  It only took a little over 3 weeks to get from Nevada to Illinois.  

The bulk of the trade was cards from 2022 Topps Chrome including an Arenado insert.  I only need a Lars Nootbaar rc to finish the team set.

I am still finding inserts from 2022 Series 2 that I need like both of these.  Always nice to add an Ozzie to the collection.

Last are 2 parallels from 2021.  Knizner is from Update, DeJong from Series 1.  It would not shock me if neither one of these guys are with St. Louis in 2023.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

2 Box Team Break of 2022 Update

 Last week I bought into a box break on The Bench website for 2 hobby boxes of 2022 Update.  I did pretty well for the $15 I spent. 

I was 1 card shy of getting 2 full base sets.  Of the 11 Cardinals in the set, these are my favorites.  3 Pujols cards and 2 rookie cards.  The middle card with Wainwright, Pujols, and Molina is the best of the bunch.

I did well with hitting 5 inserts.  The Ozzie die cut, and Arenado Black Gold stands out in this group.

I was very lucky to get this black autograph numbered to 199 of Brendan Donovan.  It is a sticker auto, but still a nice card.  I love him as a player, but his autograph prices are a little high right now due to limited supply and his 3rd place ROY finish.  He does have an on card auto in Allen & Ginter, so maybe prices will change.  


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

TCDB 2 for Tuesday #24

November is half over today.  Before you know it, Christmas will be here.  I have not even started to shop.  Maybe next week when the Black Friday ads come out I will get in the mood.  Until then, I will spend time in the card room filing away trades like these 2 recent TCDB ones.  First up is a 3 pack from member TxRyan which arrived yesterday.

One gold from 2020, one gold from 2005, and an Inception base card from 2019.  I keep saying it, but one of these days I will finish a Topps Gold team set.  

The next trade envelope came from member Orry04.  This is my 8th trade with him.  He is one of the easiest guys to trade with due to his large want list and ample trade bait.

2021 Prizm Draft boxes have sat on the shelf of my local Walmart for a long time.  Glad someone else opened them so I do not have to.  The red velocity parallel Baez is a great looking card in person.  Also included was a Nolan Gorman insert from 2021 Panini Contenders.  I hope Gorman can cut down on his strikeouts next year and take over the full time DH role.  That is assuming he does not get traded this winter.

I did finish the 2022 Absolute Memorabilia team set with this Arenado card.  Edman is a silver prizm from 20212 Mosaic.  Wainwright is my first Cardinal from 2022 Topps Fire.  I have always liked this brand.  I know some collectors think it is cheap, but the designs remind me of Metal Universe cards from the mid 1990s.  

This collector is an Astros fan.  Every now and then he gets an Altuve duplicate that my son needs like this 2021 Topps Chrome sepia refractor.  I have sent him a few duplicates also.  Works out great.