Ebay Pickup – Hanley Ramirez

2010/04/02 1 comment


Today is easter week-end and I have a friday off, something that basically never happens with my job.

This reminded me how much I liked picking up cards in the morning, there are great deals out there with these early auctions.

Today was another Baseball auto for the upcoming season. Nothing too fancy but Ramirez is a legit player and I don’t think that these autos will decrease in value.

For less than 10$, I consider this a steal.

Play Ball Countdown — 2 days. Can’t wait!

Categories: Ebay Pickup

Baseball Season — Who to Collect

This year’s babseball season is really close as we speak and I will definitively take a look at Sunday’s opening game. I’m a long time baseball fan and I was all about the Expos in the 90’s and early 2000’s but after the move to Washington, I drifted out a little bit. Videogames kept me interested a bit but then EA dropped the MLB license after MVP 2005 and that’s when I totally invested myself in the NFL and NBA. With the NHL being the center of the universe here in Montreal, there was no room left for the MLB in my spare time and hobby money.

But this is over…

The hype this year is really interesting, the prospects are intriguing and I really want to buy some more Baseball for my own collection. But then again, who to collect?

Baseball as a huge history of Vintage cards and unlike Basketball or Football, they tend to keep their value as time goes by. But Vintage on the secondary market is a pain in the neck and it’s a gamble I’m not familiar with at the moment.

This leaves me with the recent years products and the lack of UD as of now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the biggest fan of UD’s way of doing business but for the collector, if we only consider the cards and products, they are hands down the best. Panini is trying to reach some new heights but they have some adjustements to do and since I hate stickers auto, I really do miss UD.

So, my question is, what to buy?

I’m trying to search the Bay for some cheap autos of ‘prospects’ and ‘projects’ but I like bustin wax and I’m lost in the abundance here.

And also, I don’t really know who to collect since the Expos are not around anymore.

So my project this summer, other than my baby girl who’ll come in June, will be to figure out the whole baseball hobby and find my niche.

If I did it with basketball some years ago, I certainly can for Baseball now.

Bare with me, I will become a baseball collectors, starting with Carl’s Crawford box breaks.

PLAY BALL!

Categories: Uncategorized

More Baseball Autos

I’m actually suprised by this but I am really into the upcoming baseball season.

Since the Expos left Montreal for Washington, I’ve been avoiding the MLB as much as I could since it hurted too much. Losing a franchise is almost like losing a child for abroad. It’s been fun but you know he might never come back, and that is saddening.

But this year, with the Strasburg madness and all the young guns coming out, I’m actually excited.


I picked this beauty on Ebay for 4$ (shipping included) and I love it. Yes it’s a sticker auto but this was really cheap and, I love auto.

Baseball is almost there, right after the March Madness. Let’s get dusty people.

Categories: Mailday

GU Out – That spoils the fun

Well, opening day of the March Madness was a sad one for me.

I watched the serious no-show that Georgetown pulled last night and the way they got ousted in convincing fashion by Ohio (who?)

At the ten minutes mark of the second half I just let go and switched to the Marquette game. Boy I was in a bad mood and I had to deal with a group of Bruins fans next to me at the pub and for those of you who are not aware, Bruins fans are not well received in Montreal.

So that was NOT a fun evening.

On the plus side, GU gets to keep the core intact next year if Monroe decides to stay for another year. Anyway, he hurted is draft stock so bad with this stinker of a game that he might as well stay and try to win a Big East tourney with the Hoyas.

I think I’m gonna buy me some Roy Hibbert cards to ease the pain away.

Hope you hade more fun than I did and from here on now … Screw you Ohio and go Tennessee!

Categories: Uncategorized

March Madness – Go Hoyas

Are you ready ?

It’s crazyness all around the place here and we (and by we I mean me, my best friend and my blackberry) are ready for the Madness.

My Hoyas are seeded at number 3 but do have the toughest bracket of em all, which is not good. Maybe Monroe will them a long way but I don’t see we can overcome Ohio State and that crazy dude Evan Turner.

So what to watch during this week?

Upset of course a nd it’s time to speculate for the hooby. Who’s going to be next year’s rookie sensation.

John Wall or Evan Turner? Maybe a sleeper like Cole Aldrich.

My ultimate watch? Montreal’s own Kris Joseph from Syracuse. Other than Greg Monroe, he will be my main collecting focus next year since it’s so rare that we have a possible lottery pick out of Montreal. And by rare I mean, never happened unless you think Samuel Dalembert is somehow a lottery worthy sensation.

So that’s that. Go Hoyas and, whispering low, Go Orange and Joseph.

Have a merry March Madness y’all.

Categories: Uncategorized

My First Auto Baseball Card

I’m not a huge baseball collector. Don’t get me wrong, I love baseball and I miss the Expos like crazy but still, I don’t really own any significant baseball cards other then some from the 90’s.

So it’s kind of a big deal for me to grab a Baseball Auto since I want to integrate them in my ongoing collection. So nothing major but it’s an Exquisite Dual Auto, so it’s not too shabby either.

Sad part is thta it’s too relatively unknown players but if you look really quick, you almost believe that you have a Ryan Braun (The good one) rookie auto. But evantually you look close enough and, well, you realize it ain’t the good Braun.

I grabbed this in a trade so even if the cards just vanish somewhere in my boxes, it’s cool to have a first. I’ll always remember my first.

Oh yes, I’ll always remember my first.

Categories: Mailday

2007 NBA Bowman Sterling Break

2010/03/11 2 comments

Well, you know how it goes. I was wasting some time on Ebay and stumble upon one pack of Bowman Sterling 2007 for less than 15$. I usually don’t like buying boxes or packs on Ebay but it was cheap and they look so sweet and shiny (ok, not really but I was looking for excuses to buy some).

So basically the pack/box contains 5 cards and you usually get 1 Auto per pack. That’s fair ratio and the gamble was cheap so, without further ado… THE BREAK!

BASE CARDS
45. Walter Hermann RC
48. Leon Powe RC

Both players are not even playing for these teams anymore but hey, that’s what happens with role players.

ROOKIE JERSEY
51. Saer Sene

I don’t even know where this guy plays at the moment. D-League? Europe? Pick-Up game in jail? Beats me but it’s in a Sonics uniform so it ain’t that bad.

LEGEND JERSEY
26. Pistol Pete Maravich

Sweet Pete Jersey, I can’t really complain here. And look at his head, this card is just plain weird looking.

ROOKIE AUTO REFRACTOR
78. Shannon Brown 028/199

It could have been way worst than Brown for the Auto. Far from a star, the guy plays for the Lakers and gets good spotlight. Always sweet to pull a rookie auto.

I’d say that for that price, I’d buy again in a heartbeat. You should try it, it’s a fun little break.

Categories: Box Break, Mailday

Buy or Sell! – Basketball Edition

For me, half of the fun of collecting is speculating. Trying to find some holes in the hobby patterns to squeeze the best possible cards out of the littlest amount of money. To do so, you have to closely watch the sports related to the cards and really, this is what makes the hobby so interesting. You get to gather cards and learn about the sports that you would watch anyway. It’s a win/win and being an educated buyer is a thing of beauty when you realize that you are not jeopardizing your kid’s future for a stupic rookie auto patch.

Since one of the point of this blog is to talk about my passion, I’ll give you some of my guidelines as of today in terms of Buying or Selling sports cards withint the www’s.

BUY

Joakim Noah / Al Horford / Corey Brewer

They rocked the NCAA with Florida and their title runs and since their NBA debut in 2007, they are improving suprisingly well. Horford was supposed to be the better of the three but Noah is making a strong case alongside Rose in Chicago. So why buy these guys? Here’s why.

Joakim Noah before his injury was one of the better rebonder/defender in the NBA this season. He plays for Chicago and their strong fan base and he also share the court with Derrick Rose who himself attracts a lot of media eye. So Noah gets tons of exposure and his rookie cards (Auto or Not) are still fairly cheap (Exquisite aside). His injury is not really severe and the Bulls might miss the playoffs this year so the price tag shall go lower on his cards for the summer season. That’s when you should buy them and in bulk for future trades and whatnots. Noah has a high-ceiling, a very popular city to play with and the Bulls will flirt with a high profile free agent this summer. This means more playoff runs in the future with Noah as the defensive center piece of the group. If he stays healthy he will be a defensive player of the year candidate and this, as well as a potentiel playoff run, will boost the price tags on his cards and that’s when you will get value.

Al Horford, to this point, is still a mystery to me. The Hawks are playing suprisingly good and Horford is almost having an all-star season. I though the cards would follow this reality but it is not the case. Horford Autos are still failry cheap but trust me, he will blossom into an all-star as soon as next year. The East is his to take with only Dwight Howard clugging his position. He is young, athletic and with the imminent departure of Joe Jonhsion he will become the focus on this Atlanta team alongside Josh Smith (who is also a Buy by the way). I will focus on Rookies and Autos for Horford but I think everything will gain value within a year so it’s not a really risky business to jump on his bandwaggon.

Corey Brewer is the biggest gamble of the gang. He’s coming back an injury this year but he his playing extremely well witout anyone noticing. He’s still the best perimeter defender on the T-Wolves team and now he can shoot the ball. Brewer polished his range during his time off the court and now he is an outside treat as well as a defensive stopper, this is extremely valuable to any team. Brewer’s rookies and autos are as cheap as you can get. I’ve seen his Exquisite Auto Patch go for 20$ or so, which is ridiculous. He’s a bit of a stretch in terms of long time value but I’m pretty confident that somewhere next year, or the one after, the Wolves will be relevant in the hobby and Brewer’s name will surface. Not an all-star player, yet, but will be somewhere in the Wolves future plans, especially if rubio decides to join. It is a stretch and a gamble but seriously, fortune favors the bold.

Out of the three, I will focus on Brewer and then Noah. Horford will join if the cards are coming cheap to me. Easy guideline to follow : NCAA Champions means strong NBA competitors.

Rodrigue Beaubois

Here’s a great gamble opportunity for you. Beaubois his everywhere in this year’s Panini products but no one really grabs him, except diggers like myself. Eventually, Jason Kidd will be out of Dallas. He will either retire or seriously slow down. This is when Beaubois will sneak his way in as an NBA starter on a strong NBA team. Beaubois can easily be the next Tony Parker (as French point guards go) but with better athleticism and court vision. According to Mark Cuban, Beaubois is the future in Dallas and it means a lot coming from Cuban. Beaubois showed some glimpses of his skills with Kidd sitting out this week and trust me, more is to come. All of his auto rookie cards goes for cheap, really cheap and they can only gain value withing two years.

Keep the name in mind.

Brook Lopez

Evantually we will forget about this shameful Nets season, maybe as soon as next year. Then, one name will rise and shine : Brook Lopez. He is a beast under the basket and a frequent post scorer. One of the best young center in the league stucked with a crappy team. Collectors are already aware of Lopez potentiel but still, the price tag is not that scary on him. Buy now or never because it will never be that low again.The Nets will stink the rest of the season away, grab a high lottery pick and then move to Brooklyn. Lopez fame will only grow as time goes by. It is the safest bet right now, Lopez will have a great NBA career and several all-stars to his resume.

Chris Bosh

Oh, you know this guy already right? All-Star, Toronto’s best player, I know you know him. But guess what? The hobby world did not catch up on him yet since he is stuck in Canada (aka Baksetball’s Forgotten Waste). Bosh is out of Toronto as soon as this July and wherever he goes, he will be the top dog of a team that people actually watches. Therefore, more exposure and more hobby value. You can’t go wrong with Bosh. Just Can’t!

SELL

Brendon Jennings

Don’t believe the hype, sell now while it’s hot. Jennings is out of Rookie of the Year contention and he is stuck in Milwaukee who might do the playoffs this year but won’t make an habit out of it. His cards are way overpriced right now and if you are lucky to pull one out of a pack, SELL IT in a blink of an eye. Even if Jennings lives up to the hype he will slow down a bit and stabilise in the hobby, which means a price drop.

Gerald Wallace

Earlier this season he was a ‘Buy’ on my list but it’s over now. His no-show at the dunk contest was a career suicide and he blew his first (and maybe last) great stage exposure. That’s just plain dumb. The Bobcats are riding well but Crash is not the centerpiece anymore and he will move sometime soon for another team (My bet is another crappy team) and we will forget about him. Enjoy now the little value he has left and then Move On. Bye Bye Crash!

DeJuan Blair

Blair is good, really good. But why sell now? Because both his knees are ticking bombs and might explode at any minutes. If he post some good playoff numbers, sell and show no remorse. The guy was great for Pittsburgh in the NCAA and he’s a beast off the bench for San Antonio but he is a rental at best and once he breaks down, it is over. I wish him well, I really do, but the lack of knees scares the hell out of me so I am staying away.

Allen Iverson

A.I. is Over, finished, gone. It’s all dowhill from here and I think his legacy will be tainted so might as well sell now before everyone try to forget who was this reckless scorer. Allen Who? My point exactly.

If you have any suggestions, please feel free to add up to my list. It will change, obviously, but for now I hope it helps decide whether you want to be an investor or a seller in this crazy market that we love.

Categories: Trading Habbits

The Trade Value

After some box breaks this week, I was dealing with some traders and a question occurs to me: What is trade value?

My personal take on this is that if you asked for somebody’s cards, it means you have interest in getting it for your own collection; therefore, it is valuable to you. Afterwards, you shouldn’t use a book or ebay values to establish the fairness of the trade but your own desire for the cards and what you think is fair trade.

I just don’t get why people get so upset when you propose to trade them some players for their PC for good tradebaits. I mean, that’s the whole point of a trade bait, it is to trade for something you really want (like your collection). I understand that from the outside trading a young role player for a hall of famer is pretty stupid but if you collect said role players, where is the harm? Value is based on demands and when you request something, you establish a price higher than the usual demands, it’s just basic economics.

Trading online is a window of opportunity but sometimes, way too often, collectors overestimate their cards because they believe someone will give them max value for them. When a good card is pilling dust in your bins, it’s pretty much valueless regardless of who the player on the card is.

Maybe I’m just frustrated because people get upset when I propose good hall of famers auto high end for young rookies high end. The quest for max value is a pain in the neck for every trader and one day, I hope, collectors will stop this delusional non-sense and go back to the roots of it all … Trading cardboard for cardboard, not value and potential value.

Think about it, we were piling cards with rubbers bands and shoeboxes not so long ago and now we treat them like stock auctions. Delusion of grandeur is not the correct expression, but that’s the first one that comes to mind.

Categories: Rants & Opinions

2009-10 Certified NBA Hobby Box Break + Freebie Bonus

Another day, another break. It’s a fun week for me, everything is coming in at the same time. For this one, I used the DA Card World prices and got a brand new hobby box of Leaf Certified by Panini for the NBA. The card you see up there, good old Artis Gilmore, is the card that saved a pretty average break. DA throws in some free packs with purchases over 75$ and I had 3 08-09 SP Authentic Retail pack with my box. Everything was base card except this beauty of an on-card auto from the legendary Gilmore. I’m really happy about this card.

And now, on with the break itself.

This new set by Panini looks really really good. The overall design is pleasant, even for the base cards. The whole 1 hit a pack thing is fun to break through even though the sticker autos are always a drag for me. Nevertheless, I will probably buy this product again to try and go for some more inserts and maybe finish a base set.

Let’s see the breakdown of my box.

RED REFRACTORS /250
121. Andrew Bogut – 030/250
095. Samuel Dalembert – 240/250

BLUE REFRACTORS /100
038. Brandon Roy – 020/100

IMMORTALS SUBSET INSERTS
153. Frank Ramsey – 270/500

CERTIFIED IMPORTS SUBSET INSERTS
05. Hasheem Thabeet – 049/250

CERTIFIED CHAMPIONS SUBSET INSERTS
11. Magic Johnson – 356/500

CERTIFIED CHAMPIONS GAME-USED JERSEY
09. John Havlicek – 11/50

FABRIC OF THE GAME JERSEY
FOGWF. Walt Frazier – 19/50

FABRIC OF THE GAME AUTO JERSEY
FOGJH. Josh Howard – 18/25

FRESHMAN FABRIC ROOKIE AUTO JERSEY
188. Eric Maynor – 161/399

Some notes on this break and the overall set.

THUMBS UP:
– The Design, very good looking
– The Jerseys are plain but low numbered, which is good
– Inserts are FUN
– Different colors for the refractors is a plus
– 1 Hit per pack is a good way to go.

THUMBS DOWN:
– Stickers autos are EVIL, please stay away from those Panini.
– Two rookies hits in a box is low. Throw me some bases rookies or something.
– You could promote your products with someone else than Kobe for a change.

So, this product is definitively a BUY IT NOW while it’s hot. I don’t know if the value will hold but it’s one of this year better products from Panini for the NBA.

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