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What Are Your Collection Holes That Need Filling?

Picking up single cards for my collection is not something I get to do that often.  I’m very selective as to what I buy.  The main person I collect isn’t even a player.  As a die-hard Phillies fan, I settled on former broadcaster Harry Kalas.  He has a small number of cards, and they rarely popup.  I have a good number of them, but there are currently five I’m looking for.

  • Mike Schmidt/Harry Kalas 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game Announcing Greats Dual Auto #’ed/25
  • Harry Kalas 2012 Sportkings Series E Sketch Card Premium Back Redemption #’ed 1/1
  • Harry Kalas 2015 Topps Five Star Cut Signature #’ed 1/1
  • Harry Kalas 2018 Topps Diamond Icons Cut Signature #’ed/4
  • Harry Kalas 2018 Topps Diamond Icons Cut Signature Gold #’ed 1/1

I spotted one of the Harry Kalas 2018 Topps Diamond Icons Cut Signature #’ed/4 a few months ago, but got outbid.

Outside of those Harry Kalas cards, there is one Topps NOW card that I’d like to get my hands on.  It features Scott Kingery, Todd Frazier, and Michael Conforto, and commemorates the 2018 MLB Little League Classic that was played at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.  I’d like to own one of the cards Topps made that contains a piece of game-used ball from that game.  Only sixteen total cards were made, and I wasn’t quick enough to land one when Topps listed them for sale.  I don’t live far from that ballpark, and always attend a few games each year for bobbleheads.  I’ve never seen one show up on the secondary market.

As of right now, those are the only singles I’m interested in.  What holes do you have in your collection that need filling?

Get Your 2018 NSCC T-Shirts Now

Thousands if not millions of packs will be ripped open during the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention that takes place 8/1-8/5 in Cleveland.  Will you be wearing the right attire when that pull of a lifetime comes along?  I’m happy to announce (4) new t-shirts that commemorate the National this year.  They’ve got one for baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.  According to the National, these will only be sold online.  As of this writing, using discount code “CLEVELAND” at checkout will get you $5.00 off your order.

I’ve already got my order in!!!

BCW Shoe Box House Makes Storing Your Collection Simple

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With the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention just on the horizon, collectors are always on the lookout for new ways to store their collection.  My friends over at BCW have created a new Shoe Box House that can hold up to six boxes.  Each box can hold 1,600 cards.  That’s a total number of 9,600 cards in all.

It took a bit longer than I had expected to put the whole thing together, but that’s mostly because the boxes I purchase are already assembled.  The main benefit to the Shoe Box House is that you can stack boxes on top of each other with ease.  You can easily go straight to the box you need and pull it out.  No unstacking needed.  I do think some short instructions would help, especially for those people that may have never assembled something like this before.

BCW offers collectors two ways they can purchase their Shoe Box House.

If you already have the white boxes, BCW sells the house alone.  But if you need the boxes, BCW offers a complete package deal tooBCW even offers houses that store 800-ct boxes.

BCW should hold a contest during the National to see who can put these Shoe Box Houses together the fastest.

The New Man Of Steel Trailer Is Here

Man Of Steel which is due out on June 14th is suppose to set the scene for future DC Comics movies.  So far I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen in all of these trailers.  In this new one, we get to see a glimpse at his heat vision.  The rumor around town is that Wayne Enterprises, Batman, and other DC Comics characters could be referenced in this movie.  I’m really looking forward to this one as DC has a lot of catching up to do when compared to Marvel.

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Card of the Day: Wayne Gretzky ’99-’00 UD MVP Draw Your Own Card

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Upper Deck had a good idea with this set.  Collectors could send in their own artwork, and the winners had their drawing placed on a card.

Design Your Own Refractor

The refractor has been a major figure within the hobby ever since it was introduced in 1993 Topps Finest.  Since then, the refractor has taken on new forms in the way of colors and serial numbering.  Collectors rip into packs and boxes in hope of finding that low numbered refractor they can show off to their friends or potentially sell for a major profit.  Below is a list of just a few of the most popular refractors that flood our modern day hobby:

  • Regular Refractor
  • Blue Refractor
  • Green Refractor
  • X-fractor
  • Gold Refractor
  • Red Refractor
  • Orange Refractor
  • Black Refractor
  • Superfractor

I know there are a ton missing from that list, but then its just a few.  I particularly like it when manufacturers run out of names and start combining other refractors together, for example the Gold X-fractor.  My question for you is this.  If you could design a new type of refractor, what would it be called?  

If I could design a new refractor, I’d probably stick with the color theme and go with a violet refractor numbered to #15.

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