Trenton Brooks makes it!
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by defgav
2w ago
It's been a while since Baseball Card Breakdown has had back-to-back posts, but I was happy to learn this morning that Trenton Brooks got called up and made his MLB debut last night for the Giants, inspiring this quick post. Trenton becomes the ninth grad from Granite Hills High School to make the show.  I got a nice TTM return from him way back in 2016, signing my GHHS custom, graciously accepting the couple additional copies as my gift to him, throwing in a bonus signed card from his college days, and jotting a friendly little note for me on the back of the envelope. Glad he kept grin ..read more
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Lego-heavy Zapping
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by defgav
2w ago
Hey, let's get a quick post out to pair with a similar Zapping recap at the njwv blog today, as I too received another fun mystery package from Zippy Zappy a few days ago. The bulk of the mailer was a couple Lego Star Wars sets in various states of completion. I'll hope to build these back to their full glory one day. I don't have much in the way of cool minifigs, so these are very welcomed in my Lego tub. (Skateboarding Yoda will be displayed out for a while.) My Star Wars card collection consists basically of one modern completed set (Remember back when I went after the 40th Annivers ..read more
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Cardartin' check-in, Spring 2024
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by defgav
3w ago
I've still been spending a lot of my time on cardart pursuits.. Thinking up things to do to cheap old cards that might be cool/fun/interesting/ridiculous, then getting around to actually working on some of those ideas.  Here's a big project that was an endurance test for my short attention span, but I'm really happy with how it turned out: Randy Johnson rookie super rainbow display consisting of 9 mods of his Topps rookie card I'm currently able to make 9 different color "supers"-- silver, gold, yellow, pink, red, purple, light green, dark green, and blue-- so that works out per ..read more
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A little Bush and some Big Hurt
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by defgav
1M ago
Happy for Reggie Bush getting his Heisman back. Got a small PC going for him because he’s a "local kid" for me; went to a rival high school in my district a few years after I graduated. Some highlights of what I've got: In other news, the one "random card" in my COMC order (ie, not for a specific hobby project but just because I thought it was cool) was this die-cut Frank Thomas: This was an example of "music on cards" I didn't have, and yeah I thought it was cool. Frank Thomas CD collection is now up to a robust 2.25 discs. Actually that die-cut isn't quite a quarter of a CD. And the ..read more
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More moldy oldies
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by defgav
2M ago
Geena Davis here is taken out of context from an old SNL skit I saw the other day, but I figured it'd make for a quirky intro to another post documenting my quest to build a run of Topps flagship from the 70s. GCA kindly thought of me while at a recent card show and sent more help with the back end of 1972 Topps, still considered my top priority as far as trading goes. Now that's the kind of PWE I like to see. Much appreciated, my friend! I was already in his debt before this, but I've got a solid return shaping up to square things shortly. -   -  - --o Next up is a pack ..read more
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The card show comes to me
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by defgav
3M ago
Saturday was a first for me, having not one but two fellow cardbloggers hand-deliver boxes of cards to my door. How great is that?! First was Kevin from The Diamond King who was down in my neck of the woods Saturday morning for the local card show. Then in the afternoon, Rod from Padrographs dropped off another box while I was out walking Ruby. Plus I received one eBay pick up in Saturday's mail, one that happens to be a triple-bullseye for my collection: Christmas Card of a PC guy in my #1 set, 2004 Topps Retired refractors (and it was cheap). Oh, happy day! Starting off the recap with a roya ..read more
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70s progression
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by defgav
3M ago
I think it was around 2017 when I decided I'd make a run at completing all the Topps flagship sets from the decade of the 70s. Part of my motivation for this was to really open up my wantlist and facilitate trading back when the blogs were boppin'. But then that all slowed down plus the covid boom bumped up vintage prices, and so the "last updated" dates on my setbuild spreadsheets haven't been getting updated as frequently in recent years. But I keep up with them in a "slow and steady wins the race" outlook. It had been years since I traded with Scott Crawford, and it took us a few months of ..read more
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1988 Topps pack rip
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by defgav
3M ago
Quick pupdate: Happy to report Ruby is doing a lot better now. The tube is out and the stitches are scheduled to come out this weekend. She's always such a happy, high-energy dog that it was tough seeing her so miserable/drugged-up for those few days, but she's doing a whole lot better now. Just wanted to cleanse the blog with some better vibes after a stressed-out previous post, so let's grab something from my little stash of unopened packs and make a quick post out of it. Here's a pack of 1988 Topps. It's a set I like to work with for cardart because, well for one thing all 792 cards are e ..read more
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Incoming Cards™
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by defgav
3M ago
All is not well at Baseball Card Breakdown HQ, with my dog Ruby getting a serious injury in a dust-up after she playfully surprised a mean dog at the park. Not life-threatening, but there's a pretty nasty gash on her side, now stitched up with a tube. It'll likely be a rough couple weeks of healing but she should be back to her over-the-top self soon. I'm pretty exhausted from all the stress and hours waiting at the emergency vet the other day, but glad that day is in the rearview now. I've been meaning to do another one of those posts where I get around to showing off some incoming cards I've ..read more
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Lyman Bostock (guest post!)
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by defgav
3M ago
Eight years ago today, I posted about some Lyman Bostock customs whipped up in collaboration with a reader named Nolan. I'm delighted that he's taken me up on my call for a guest post to talk about his experience collecting this fascinating ballplayer with a tragic story.  - - - Lyman Bostock When I was around 12, baseball cards were my obsession. My life revolved around collecting. Didn’t matter what sets came out, I wanted everything. I was so excited when I found a very small stack of mid to late 1970s cards in a green plastic box at my grandparents house. The only card I ca ..read more
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