UPDATE: My Topps Double Play Rip Card

Earlier this year, I posted that I had pulled a 2016 Topps Double Play Rip Card of Jose Bautista.  As stated on the mini that was inside my rip card, I will win an Autographed Card from Topps should Bautista record a hit in an MLB Postseason game during the month of October 2016.

As it stands today, Toronto is firmly in contention for a spot in the AL Wildcard play-in game which will air Tuesday, October 4, on TBS.

Stay tuned for updates regarding my rip card status and I’ll post updates every step of the way!





They Do Exist! The First Topps/New Era/Lids Parallels Have Surfaced

Back in June, Topps released a nine card set that was exclusive to Lids and only available to customers that purchased a New Era MLB hat.  My original post explaining the promotion in further detail was highly read and the set became a pet project of mine.  I check eBay listings daily for “topps new era” and the inserts/parallels from this limited set have been scarce, as in only four have been posted on eBay since June 4!

Topps announced that both inserts and parallels were produced for this set yet only relics had surfaced on eBay.  I went so far as to contact someone at Topps and asked if the parallels were actually made or if they were scrapped at the last minute.  But, no response was ever received from Topps.

But, today I have good news! Two parallels have been posted to eBay and they belong to the same seller (and no, it’s not a coincidence).  One parallel is a Bryce Harper Blue #/99 and the other is a Buster Posey Red #d 1/1.


While I did say I had good news, the good news is only that the parallels have surfaced so their existence can be confirmed.  There is also some bad news to go along with this update.  The seller seems to have acquired these cards under less than reputable conditions.

Per the rules of the promotion, a customer would receive a four card pack  for each New Era MLB hat purchased at Lids.  I was also privy to some inside information because I still have some friends from my days as a Lids manager that still work at local stores.  Packs were distributed to stores in 100ct boxes with some stores receiving one box at a time until they needed replenished.

Remember when I said that the seller having both parallels was no coincidence?  That’s because he posted pictures of the five, yes FIVE, boxes of 100ct packs on his Instagram account (those pictures have since been removed). I contacted him and even sent him an email asking how he acquired so many packs….guess who hasn’t responded to my inquiry.  Somehow this collector/seller was able to acquire 500 packs of these New Era cards and even though I’m a little upset because I know there’s no way it was on the up-and-up, I am happy to know that the parallels do exist.

If you’d like to listen to Kin and I talk more about this situation, you can do so here!

New Acquisitions for an Already Completed Set

Kin Kinsley
September 24, 2016

I never posted about it, but a couple months ago I picked up a 1960 Hawes Wax Indy set.  This was one of my long term projects, but I was able to find a set at about 20% of the price that it was going to cost me to piece it together.  I was able to make it happen and got the set.

Most of the cards are in solid shape, though I know of three that I want to upgrade.  What I’ve taken to now is finding affordable copies of the card and buying them in hopes that they will be an upgrade to the existing set.

Open Binders had posted five cards from the set on eBay.  I made a purchase from them earlier this year and wasn’t disappointed.  I actually went to their website and made the purchase, helping them avoid eBay fees.  I like to help the “little guy,” as opposed to feeBay, when I can.

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LISTEN: Wax Ecstatic Episode #20 – Ahhh the People You’ll Meet Through a Pack of ’86 Topps

The podcast pauses going through the ol’ monster box for a special episode.

From Wax Ecstatic:

“Host Matt Sammon talks with Brad Balukjian, who is writing a book on the 14 random players pulled from a pack of 1986 Topps. How did he get the idea to chase down these players to see what they’re up to 30 years later? Plus your comments!

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TTM Success #33 – Like Father, Like Son

Kin Kinsley
September 23, 2016

I’ve always been a fan of father and son, or other relative, sports cards.  When I began my TTM journey, I hadn’t put any thought into this.  Somewhere between then and now it hit me that it would be cool to see if I could get some of these cards signed by both parties.  I finally have my first.

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LISTEN: Beckett Radio – September 22, 2016

From Beckett Radio:

“This week on Beckett Radio we go back and react to our interview with Joe Davis of GotBaseballCards.com and review what he is bringing to the Beckett Marketplace. We are also joined by Chris, the CBO if Top Shelf Breaks, as we get into high-end breaking, the NFL Draft, and a twist on Fantasy Football that you have to check out. All that, plus Matt Bible, Justin Bieber covers, and more”

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