Monday, October 30, 2023

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

I did it again - Bulk Buy - $110

[Jim Nantz voice]

Hello friends.....

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I bet you thought I was dead!  I'm not....but you can always hope.  :-)

I'm back because I have been perusing Craigslist and Facebook for cheap card lots recently.  Found this one this older guy one town over has an Ebay business...and is trying to wind it down/get out completely.  Super-friendly guy.  Long story short, these were not his best-best cards (ie, won't be finding any J-Rod rookies, Wander, Ohtani, etc.) which he is still selling online, but there are still lots and lots of inserts and parallels, along with the occasional lower relic/auto cards, and a TON of recent base cards.  Everything is from the last 4 years.  Lots of Prizm, Chrome, etc.  Fun, shiny stuff. 

All the packs have been opened and then he used these blasters to just store the cards he couldn't sell outright.  Every single one of those boxes is packed much more than one blaster's worth of cards in each. 

I counted 57 blaster-sized boxes, 4 almost-complete factory sets of 2022 Topps (removed the image variations and the relic), and the large 2-row box that is almost all football rookies and parallels.  Picked up a handful and it had 8 Devonta Smiths in it.  :-)   He estimated 12,000 cards, but it might even be more than that.  

Distribution is approximately 40% baseball, 35% football, 20% basketball, and 5% hockey (who collects hockey?).  

It's a lot of volume but at that price ($110) I just had to pull the trigger.  He said he originally started it at $400, but has been dropping the price since he got no takers and wanted to get rid of it.   Bought a Brock Purdy rookie and a few Breece Hall cards from him on the side for my Iowa State PC, too.  

This is going to be a fun rip/sort with my son who is very interested to get into all of these.  Am very happy based on what I've seen so far.  Might take us awhile to get through it, but we'll get them into sets, then start putting stuff up on TCDB for trade! 

Any recent players that you are collecting?  I can keep an eye peeled for them.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Bulk Buy - $30 - Not Too Shabby

What's this?  A new post?  Don't get used to it.  ;-)  

Perusing Facebook Marketplace last Saturday night, I came across a new ad.  A guy was trying to sell a medium flat-rate box of cards.  His ad said 2,000 cards and the only picture looked something like this:

He wanted $30 + $17 shipping.  However, he was local to me (15 mins away) so I could pick-up without the shipping charge.  I messaged him and asked "How much of this is junk wax?"   He said "None.  It's 2014 and 2019-present."  Intriguing.  We set up a time to meet Sunday and I grabbed it without digging into it any further.   He said he buys blasters and this is all from there.  8 stacks fit in the box.  Let's show it off in chronological order and see how I did.


1990 Topps - 8 cards

What????!?!  I was promised no junk wax!   It's OK.  These were the only junk in the whole box, so I'm not disgruntled.   These are going in the trash, though.  :-)

 2012 Panini Triple Play - 6 cards, 1 insert

Don't need any of these, but maybe that Zimmerman sticker can find a home.

2014  Topps Update - 328 cards, 3 inserts

Lots of base here!  They left in stars here (Jeter, Miggy, etc.), but there was no Mookie Betts rookie (of course).  

Only inserts were the 3 mini die-cuts (below).

Props to this guy -- condition on all these cards in the box was top-notch.  Definitely looked pack-fresh.

2018 Topps Finest - 2 cards

These are in the same picture with the minis above.


2014 Topps Heritage - 251 cards, 5 inserts

There was a VERY healthy stack of these, but they had definitely been picked-over in the past.  Not a lot of major stars.  Fun to see a clean-shaven Charlie Blackmon, though.  Inserts here were "Then and Now" and "New Age Performers".   

2020 Topps - 9 cards from S1, 40 from Update, and 67 from Update Chrome

I was very happy when I started finding Chromes of Ichiro, Ripken, Judge, Jeter, etc.  I never buy these, but Chromes aren't cheap, right?   Aren't they like 50 cents-per-card coming out of the packs?  

2021 Topps - 109 cards, 7 inserts

Got a decent stack of these, and was really happy to get 3 Medallion cards of HOFers!  I haven't bought a lot of new cards, so all of these will supplement my trade-list on

2021 - Topps Heritage - 210 cards, 9 inserts

Another sizable new stack!  I feel like the guy I bought from has pulled out most of the rookies from this set, but left everything else.  Nice to see Tatis, Vlad Jr, Soto, etc.  Jimenez is chrome/999, and Kepler is red.

2021 Topps Gypsy Queen - 43 cards, 4 inserts

Another Tatis.  An Ohtani.  A Tarot Verlander.  Looking good here!

2021 (2022 release date) Topps Big League - 57 cards, 19 inserts

I got very excited when I saw these.  Didn't they come out, like, LAST WEEK??  I was thinking I would go buy a $20 Target blaster to get a taste for them, but now I don't have to.  Maybe he was mistakenly Wander hunting?  This is about 75% of a full blaster, including the blue blaster parallels.  Two of the oranges were Royals, so Mondesi and Benintendi will go right into my PC, and there were 3-4 Royals base, too. 


2021 Donruss Optic - 10 cards, 1 insert

Small stack here, but includes a nice Yaz insert that will probably go to a collector kid at church who told me that Yaz is his current favorite player.

2021 Donruss - 59 cards, 3 inserts

These were picked over in terms of pulling out the obvious inserts, but still had an Ohtani base (and a good-looking Salvy for me).  Don't think he noticed the variations on the names/cities.   Got a KESTDADDY, WINDY CITY, and THE 6 variation.  

2021 Diamond Kings - 4 cards, 2 inserts

Here's all of them.  Didn't know Sammy Sosa was still getting hobby love, but here he is.  It's a nice-looking card, IMHO.

2021 Absolute Retail - 93 cards, 34 inserts

2021 Absolute Retail GREEN - 25 cards, 18 inserts

The final set in the box.  Forgot to take a picture of the whole stack, so just pulled a few inserts/parallels for this picture.  Quite a sizable stack.  There are LOTS of inserts in this set, so those are fun to get.  A mix of current and OLD timers (saw a Frank Chance in there).  

Bieber is Red Retail/99.   I'm not sure why there are so many GREEN parallels of both the base and the inserts, but there are a lot.  They look neat, so I'm OK with that.  


2022 Topps Series 1 - 469 cards

Definitely some Wander and insert hunting going on here.  Giant stack of base cards only in here - all for trade if you need something for your set-build.


1,785 Base Cards

   111 Inserts/Parallels

1,896 Total Cards

1,896???  That's less than the 2,000 he advertised!  FRAUD.  I think I'll ask my credit card company to do a chargeback.  :-)  JK - in the world of cash bulk buys all sales are final -- caveat emptor!  I'm actually very happy - I definitely consider this to be worth my money, and will have a lot of fun keeping some of these, and trading the rest away.  If you read this far and see something you need - let me know!!

Question:  What was the last bulk buy you made, and how did you find out about it?

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Check your Ebay Account - $25 Coupon

Word on Twitter tonight was that SOME Ebay accounts (not all) were getting a coupon for $25 off a $25 purchase (before shipping + tax).  

Coupon Code is : HAPPY25

Put some item in your cart (over $25) and enter that code to check if it works before you fuss over this too much.  

I checked my account and it happened to work.  Picked up some 2011 Allen and Ginter inserts, a 2019 Kurt Warner jersey card, and two cookbooks that my wife wanted.  Total of $28 for goods + $6 shipping + $1 tax - $25 coupon = 10 bucks for everything out-of-pocket.  

You could sort by Buy-It-Now, Free Shipping, and limit it to $25+, and you might only be paying a little bit for sales tax if you see something you like.  Enjoy the hunt!  Let me know if it works or doesn't work for you!


Friday, August 21, 2020

Is it Football Season Yet?


I have done a pretty good job of staying AWAY from the Ebay during quarantine, but during a little browsing the other night, this caught my eye.  It's got TWO Iowa State guys in Montgomery and Butler, so this fits my collection quite nicely.  Montgomery had a decent rookie season for the Bears, and Butler got hurt in camp and missed the whole thing.  He is ready to show this year that he was worth that 4th round selection.  

This one is #/25 and has two jersey pieces.  The Montgomery is from the shoulder stripe, while the Butler is a patch corner.  Shipped it was well under $10, so I consider that a much better purchase than buying a box of NT and hoping for some Cyclones.  

Question:  Do you have any cards that show two (or more) of your player collections on one card?

Thursday, August 20, 2020

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