Monday, January 31, 2011
Dad – The name plates are on my nook Color. Aside from the baseball card packs and Isaac’s Nintendo DSi, the nook color was a godsend as we waited through all of the lines.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
These will look cool with the Jon Jay autograph from a Target pack.
This matches the Colby Rasmus jersey card I bought at the Flea Market over the summer.
And this one matches a Joe Mather autograph my dad bought at a past Winter Warm Up.
Dad - I'm actually looking forward to catching Ankiel and Mather playing for the Braves this summer when working out of the Atlanta office.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Cardboard Collections announced the February Group Break this morning. The break includes one box each of 1992 O-Pee-Chee, 2005 Topps Total, and 2007 Upper Deck Elements.
Check out the actual post here:
Dad – Eli was extremely nice, especially considering we were in the last group of the day and he had been signing for nearly two hours. Still, I’ll remember him most for helping to bring Wainwright to the Cardinals.
Friday, January 28, 2011
My first thought was… wow that was a bit strange. My second thought was… I wonder if he just gave me a pack with an autograph? Sure enough, one of those packs had a rookie auto card of Wade Davis.
I got to thinking about this and how easily he could have given me two packs from the top of the box and kept the hot pack for himself… or all the hot packs from all the boxes for that matter. But then I got to thinking about all the nice hits Isaac has pulled out of packs from this guys shop. I remembered how he usually shuffled packs as soon as he opened a fresh box to confuse pack searchers. I thought about his “NO PACK SEARCHING!!!” signs on his counter. And I gave him the benefit of the doubt.
Heck, Isaac and I were in his shop two weeks ago to buy supplies (SWMBO demanded card clean up in Ike’s room) and Isaac was adamant on buying the last, lone pack of Goudey on the counter. A pack that had been sitting there for the better part of 8 – 9 months (maybe longer if you had the time and inclination to carbon-date dust). A pack that I and about every other customer passed over thinking there was no way the last pack of a dealer box could possibly have anything interesting (aside from Cardinals of course). A pack that only an unjaded, innocent kid might want. A pack that ended up having a Yankee autograph… but more on that card later.
From the Retail Packs during the day. They also had 2009 Cereal Boxes for $6! We bought the last one but didn’t get much. The X packs were cool – a Peavy jersey card and some cards for my favorite players binder.
And back to the Hobby Packs at night. Two autos from the Astros and Cubs. Boo!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Forgot to include the Wally Moon auto’s in this morning’s post. He was at the Warm Up promoting his upcoming book. In addition to signing in the autograph room, he was also in the vendor room at his own booth signing cards depicting the book cover.
Dad – I highly recommend that folks going to next year’s Winter Warm Up to book the package through the Hyatt and not through the Cardinals. Guests who book rooms and passes through the hotel have priority access each morning which means no waiting in the miles long line just to get into the Warm Up (or even inside the building). Guests have assigned line spots on the second floor and are allowed upstairs to the autograph areas before general admission. For us, that meant getting in and out of one autograph line and into a second before most fans ever make it into their first.