Something (from A Cracked Bat)

Mail day from A Cracked Bat
Mail Day from A Cracked Bat
Mail Day from A Cracked Bat

Happy Valentine’s Day! Last month, hobby blogger extraordinaire Julie of A Cracked Bat posted a boatload of images of baseball cards that she was offering up free for the asking (limited to nine cards per person). So I went ahead and took her up on her offer. Julie also surprised me with a couple of cards from my 2018 Topps Heritage want list.

2019 Topps Rainbow Foil #15 and #614, 2019 Topps Heritage Now And Then NT-6 (Trevor Bauer)
2019 Topps Rainbow Foil #15 and #614, 2019 Topps Heritage Now And Then NT-6 (Trevor Bauer)
2017 Topps Update Untouchables #U-11, 2003 Topps Own the Game #JOG-3 and 2018 Topps Archives #268
2017 Topps Update Untouchables #U-11, 2003 Topps Own the Game #JOG-3 and 2018 Topps Archives #268
2000 Topps Hank Aaron Reprints #1 and 1997 Topps Willie Mays Reprints #13
2000 Topps Hank Aaron Reprints #1 and 1997 Topps Willie Mays Reprints #13

I love collecting the Hank Aaron and Willie Mays reprint cards. I think I have about half of each set. I really need to inventory them and put them in binders along with the main 1997 and 2000 Topps sets.

2018 Topps Heritage #427 & #488 & NAP-1
2018 Topps Heritage #427 & #488 & NAP-1

The two left-most 2018 Topps Heritage cards above (V-Mart and Jake Marisnick) were the two want list cards that Julie sent—so thoughtful! Those two cards are short prints and I now need less than 50 short prints to complete that portion of the set.

That reminds me, I still need to get together a trade list and want list for my 2018 Topps High Number cards. And then I gotta make room for 2020 Topps Heritage while still working on completing 2019 Topps Heritage. It’s always something

Don’t Get Me Wrong (Topps)

2020 Topps (cropped screenshot)

(Edited 2/13/2020) If you’re like me, you can’t wait for Topps Series 1 to be released. (In case you didn’t know, Topps Series 1 official release date is Wednesday February 5th.) Besides opening up the packs and beginning the process of building the set, I also enjoy reading reviews of this product. Past reviews have always been very informative and bring to light some errors/variations/peculiarities in these cards. In fact, there already seems to be a pretty major mistake in the Series 1 checklist. Tthe Twitterverse and hobby blogosphere (see Night Owl’s The lone Ranger post) have already noted that the 2020 Topps Series 1 checklist has only one Rangers base card in it. I’m pretty sure Rangers fans are not happy about that. The case breakers and some of their customers probably aren’t happy about it either.

2020 Topps Decades' Best 1960's LA Dodgers
2020 Topps Decades' Best 1960's LA Dodgers

Moving along, here we have an image of one of the yet-to-be- now-released Series 1 Decades Best insert cards. Is it just me or is there another Topps goof in this card image? This card (most likely numbered DB-24) shows Sandy Koufax and more Dodgers celebrating their 1963 World Series-clinching victory against the New York Yankees. This is great except for the fact the Dodgers don’t wear RED numbers on their backs.

I obtained this image from a screenshot of a Topps video called “Breaking 101: How to Join a Group Break“. The video promotes joining the Series 1 case breaks at the Topps Million Card Rip Party (held at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium on Tuesday February 4th). The card appears in the 85-second video at about the 1:03 mark.

Here’s the original black-and-white photo from Getty Images:

From Getty Images (Original Caption) 10/6/1963-Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax is mobbed by his teammates, after winning the fourth straight World Series game against the New York Yankees.
From Getty Images (Original Caption) 10/6/1963-Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax is mobbed by his teammates, after winning the fourth straight World Series game against the New York Yankees.

Back in 1964, Topps did it right. The 1964 Topps World Series Summary card #140 photo may be a little fuzzy but there doesn’t appear to be any glaring errors here. Sandy Koufax is being mobbed by teammates wearing blue numbers on their backs–as he should be.

1964 Topps #140
1964 Topps #140

From the few mockups I’ve seen so far, the Decades Best insert cards look very attractive. I’m really looking forward to trying to complete the Series 1 100-card insert set. Of course this insert set will be continued in Series 2, most likely with an additional 100 cards. Series 2 jumbo boxes will even include 2-card packs of chrome versions of Decades Best as a boxloader.

2020 Topps Decades Best Willie Mays
2020 Topps Decades Best Willie Mays
2020 Topps Decades Best Ken Griffey Jr.
2020 Topps Decades Best Ken Griffey Jr.

The 2020 Topps Series 1 checklist lists two Decades Best cards featuring the Dodgers. Will the second card , numbered DB-85, have a similar error? I doubt it. I expect it will use a photo that was originally in color and not need to be colorized.

But how about Series 2? Will there be a similar error card? If so, will it be a Dodgers card or another team? Or will Topps have the time and resources to find and correct a similar error? If we’re lucky, there will not be an error card in Series 2. If we’re even luckier, the actual Series 1 Decades Best 1960s Dodgers card will be flawless and only the mockup will be flawed. Will we also see more Rangers base cards than any other team in Series 2?

For now we will wait and see. As Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders sings it,

It might just be fantastic
Don’t get me wrong

Stay tuned…

Night Owl (Cards)

Continuing the Backlog of Cards Sent to Me From Generous People series of blog posts, last month none other than Night Owl sent over a big stack of Dodgers awesomeness. It was quite a surprise to say the least–cards from all over the baseball card spectrum. Relics, patches, autos (IP even!), inserts, shiny, die-cut, vintage, oddball, serial-numbered, parallels, rookie cards, wrapper redemptions, online exclusives–they’re all here. Even a Ron Cey card is here. Here’s a sampling of what was sent:

2015 Stadium Club Legends Die-Cuts #LDC-03 and 2012 Topps Gold Rush #55
2015 Stadium Club Legends Die-Cuts #LDC-03 and 2012 Topps Gold Rush (Wrapper Redemption) #55
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game Dodger Greats Memorabilia #LAD-MW
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game - Dodger Greats Memorabilia #LAD-MW
2013 Topps - Chasing History Relics #CHR-HR
2013 Topps - Chasing History Relics #CHR-HR
2003 Topps 205 - Relics #TR-KI
2003 Topps 205 - Relics #TR-KI
2003 UD Sweet Spot - Patches #HN1
2003 UD Sweet Spot - Patches #HN1
2017 Topps Chrome - Rookie Autographs #RA-RS, 2017 Donruss Optic #14, 2018 Donruss Optic Purple #172
2017 Topps Chrome - Rookie Autographs #RA-RS, 2017 Donruss Optic #14, 2018 Donruss Optic Purple #172
2019 Topps NBCD #14, 2019 Panini Diamond Kings -2004 DK Retro Set #DK04-CK, 2014 Stadium Club - Field Access #FA-18, 2018 Topps - MLB Awards #MLBA-4, 2016 Topps Update - Fire #F-1, 2018 Topps - Legends in the Making Black #LTM-YD
2019 Topps NBCD #14, 2019 Panini Diamond Kings -2004 DK Retro Set #DK04-CK, 2014 Stadium Club - Field Access #FA-18, 2018 Topps - MLB Awards #MLBA-4, 2016 Topps Update - Fire #F-1, 2018 Topps - Legends in the Making Black #LTM-YD
2018 NBCD (SGA) #LAD-5, 2018 Topps - Target Cody Bellinger Highlights #CB-18, 2019 Donruss #133, 2019 Topps Total #133, 2016 Topps Archives - 1969 Topps Super #TS-JP, 2011 Bowman - Green #82 (serial #'d 217/450)
2002 Leaf - Press Proofs Red #28, 2007 Topps - Red Back #271, 2005 Donruss - Production Line OPS #PL-3 (serial #'d 983/1017, 1995 Leaf #267, 1995 Topps Traded & Rookies #40T, 1993 SP #98
2002 Leaf - Press Proofs Red #28, 2007 Topps - Red Back #271, 2005 Donruss - Production Line OPS #PL-3 (serial #'d 983/1017, 1995 Leaf #267, 1995 Topps Traded & Rookies #40T, 1993 SP #98
1987 Fleer #460 (IP autographed!), 1988 Topps #550, 1988 Leaf #122
1987 Fleer #460, 1988 Topps #550, 1988 Leaf #122
1978 Topps #630, 1978 Topps #168, 1979 O-Pee-Chee #178, 1971 Topps #188, 1971 Topps #145
1978 Topps #630, 1978 Topps #168, 1979 O-Pee-Chee #178, 1971 Topps #188, 1971 Topps #145

I’m pretty sure these cards were sent in response to the complete run of 2018 Topps Dodgers 60th Anniversary stadium giveaway cards I sent to Night Owl. I’m flattered that he kept me in mind all this time. So from one diehard Dodger fan to another, we give a rousing Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to Night Owl. Huzzah! Thanks so much! Stay tuned…

Happy (“Season of Giving” – Nachos Grande)

Note from Nachos Grande

Last month I was happy to receive a package of cards in the mail from esteemed fellow blogger Chris of Nachos Grande. Chris was kind enough to take some time to look through the few want lists I have on this blog and gifted me these great-looking cards (the 1969 Topps design is my 2nd favorite Topps design of all time):

Cards from Nachos Grande

Most of these cards are from 2018 Topps Heritage–Topps did a really great job of recreating the 1969 Topps baseball design (although it would have been even more faithful to the ’69 set if the team name of the Astros cards was actually “HOUSTON”). Chris also included an insert card from the 2018 Topps flagship set. I thought it was so cool that it was a 35th Anniversary 1983 Topps Barry Larkin, seeing that Chris has a huge Barry Larkin PC. Obviously, this was a duplicate and I’m grateful for it and all the others.

This was not the first time I received cards from Chris, as noted here in a previous Stadium Fantasium post. A big Stadium Fantasium standing ovation goes out to Chris! btw, I’m also happy that I’ve finally added my 2019 Topps Heritage trade list to the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block, so take a look. Stay tuned…

Do You Remember (the Astrodome)

Mailday from Marc (Remember the Astrodome)

Back in December, I made a rather sizeable trade on Trading Card Database with Bru of the Marc Brubaker blog (formerly Remember the Astrodome). I sent Marc some ’90’s oddball cards (1990 Jumbo California Sunflower Seeds, 1993 Upper Deck Denny’s Holograms, 1996 Denny’s Holograms, a 2019 Topps Heritage Max Scherzer Candy Lid, a 2019 Topps Heritage Khris Davis Scratch-Off and a nice original 1969 Topps #458 Curt Blefary of the Astros). Marc sent me a big stack of cards I needed to move closer to completing various sets. Check ’em out:

Mail day from Bru (Remember the Astrodome)
Mail day from Bru (Remember the Astrodome)--love the packaging and the note!
A nice assortment of cards from Bru
A nice assortment of cards from Bru

Most of the cards I received are 2019 Topps Heritage (including a couple of short-prints) but I also received a 2018 Topps card and a 1996 Denny’s Hologram card of Tony Gwynn. I really love the 2019 Topps Heritage set and I’m happy that Marc put a huge dent in my want list. This set is about 87% complete. But tracking down those remaining short-print cards and those pesky Action Variation cards will take considerable time (and probably money). Still, at least I now have most of the inserts.

Scan of some the highlights of the trade

A warm Stadium Fantasium standing ovation goes out to Marc for this awesome trade. I look forward to more trades with Marc. Stay tuned…

Right Place, Wrong Time (for a Secret Santa Post)

2019 Secret Santa

Yes, I should have posted my Secret Santa gift last month but rumor has it that it’s better late than never. Thanks to Jon of A Pennysleeve for your Thoughts, a total of 32 card bloggers and Trading Card Database (TCDB) members had a Secret Santa gift exchange. My Secret Santa turned out to be a longtime TCDB member/guru who goes by the user name “vroomed”. If I remember correctly, I received my gift one or two weeks before Christmas. vroomed sent a nice stack of Dodgers cards from various products:

Assorted 2014 Topps Heritage Dodger cards
Assorted 2014 Topps Heritage Dodger cards

Whoa, some impressive 2016 Topps Heritage cards here including two Chrome (Kershaw and Puig), a Purple Chrome, and Action Variation and a relic card!

More assorted Dodgers cards
More assorted Dodgers cards

All of the above cards look really nice. I especially appreciate that vroomed sent me some serial-numbered cards including the 2015 Topps Gold Brandon League.

Yet more Dodgers cards and a sticker
Yet more Dodgers cards and a sticker

The Bowman’s Best Hi Def Heritage Atomic Refractor Corey Seager is a very thick card. The two Chasing History inserts are from the 2013 Topps Mini set. The Sandy Koufax insert is a 1987 Topps Mini insert from the 2012 Topps flagship set. The Fernando Valenzuela is a 1985 O-Pee-Chee sticker. Thanks so much, vroomed!

Both vroomed and Jon deserve a super Stadium Fantasium standing ovation and sincere gratitude for the Secret Santa gift exchange–you guys rock!

Every 1’s a Winner

2020 Rose Bowl score

Hooboy, what a game! The 2020 Rose Bowl game turned out to be a nip-and-tuck back-and-forth classic with Oregon finally winning 28-27.

B-2 Flyover at the 2020 Rose Bowl
B-2 Flyover at the 2020 Rose Bowl
2020 Rose Bowl
2020 Rose Bowl

And speaking of winning, our contest features four contestants competing in our three mini-contests. They are:

And here are the contest results:

Congratulations to Mark for correctly choosing the game-winning team and being closest to the margin of victory! For Mark’s Gold Contest winnings, Mark will receive first choice of three of the contest prize lots (pictured below)!

And we have a tie! Both Jon and Mark predicted that Wisconsin would be leading at halftime by three and both were exactly right. Both will get two prize lots. Since Jon posted his prediction prior to Mark posting his prediction, Jon will choose his Silver Contest winnings before Mark chooses his Silver Contest winnings.

Bronze Contest Winner - Matt!

Congratulation to Matt for the closest prediction of Total Points Scored. Matt will receive his choice of one prize lot (after the Gold Contest winner and Silver Contest winners have chosen).

4th Place Winner - Bo!

We here at Stadium Fantasium really love the hobby community and our fellow bloggers. In that spirit, we can’t let fellow blogger Bo go empty-handed. So Bo will be receiving a pair of brand new 2020 Souvenir Rose Bowl cups. As the song says “Every 1’s a Winner“.

2020 Rose Bowl Game Souvenir Cup

The Prize Lots

A detailed description of the prize lots can be found in the original contest post.

Baseball Prize Lot #1
Baseball Prize Lot #1
Baseball Prize Lot #2
Baseball Prize Lot #2
Baseball Prize Lot #3
Baseball Prize Lot #3
Baseball Prize Lot #4
Baseball Prize Lot #4
Baseball Prize Lot #5
Baseball Prize Lot #5
Baseball Prize Lot #6 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #6 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #7 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #7 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #8 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #8 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #9 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #9 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #10 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #10 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #11 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #11 - Claimed
Football Prize Lot #1- Claimed
Football Prize Lot #1- Claimed
Football Prize Lot #2- Claimed
Football Prize Lot #2- Claimed
Football Prize Lot #3
Football Prize Lot #3
Basketball Prize Lot
Basketball Prize Lot
Multi-sport/Non-sport Lot
Multi-sport/Non-sport Lot

My apologies for not posting the contest results sooner. Between working, attending a high school reunion/gathering and regular life activities, I’ve been pretty busy. And besides that, this post is one of the most elaborate, time-consuming posts I’ve ever put together but I really enjoyed putting it together.

Contest winners can let me know their choice of prize lots in the Comments section below (or via email). I will be updating winners’ prize lot claims in this post below as they become known.

Winners Winnings (Updated)

  1. First up is Mark to claim three prize lots for winning the Gold Contest. Mark has claimed Baseball Prize Lot #6 (Joe Jackson & Kyle Hendricks), Baseball Prize Lot #10 (Dodger SGA Pack & Pins) and Baseball Prize Lot #11 (Didi Gregorius Patch & 1989 Donruss A/S Pack).
  2. Then Jon will get to claim two prize lots for winning the Silver Contest and winning the tiebreaker. Jon has chosen Football Prize Lot #1 (1960 Topps #31 Cleveland Browns Team Card/Checklist with one sealed 9-card cello pack of 1993 Score Football cards and Football Prize Lot #2 (one complete boxed set of 1989 Topps Traded Football with one sealed 4-card cello promo pack containing a mix of 2005 Leaf Certified Material, Donruss Elite and Playoff.
  3. Mark then gets to claim two additional prize lots for being a co-winner of the Silver Contest. Mark claims Baseball Prize Lot #8 (2019 Update Box Topper, etc.) and Baseball Prize Lot #9 (2019 Finest Pack & 1989 Donruss Rack Pack).
  4. Then our Bronze Contest winner, Matt, will have a chance to claim a prize lot. Matt has claimed Baseball Prize Lot #7 (2017 Topps High Tek Autographs HT-CC Carlos Carrasco and one retail pack 2007 Fleer Baseball cards).
  5. Jon will then get to choose an additional prize lot because he helped promote the contest on his blog (which I really, really  appreciate!).

Stay tuned…

Get Lucky (Rose Bowl Contest Update)

2020 Rose Bowl Souvenir Cups

Happy New Year! Just want to give a heads up here before the contest deadline (2:00 pm Pacific on January 1st). In addition to the choice of prizes (vintage cards, modern cards, etc.) in the main Rose Bowl contest post, each winner will also receive two brand new 2020 Souvenir Rose Bowl cups. These cups are normally only available to fans attending the Rose Bowl game in Pasadena upon the purchase of a soda. Each cup features the logos of Wisconsin, Oregon and the Rose Bowl.

Good luck to you!.

(2nd Annual) The Rose (Bowl Contest) – Closed

Rose Bowl neon sign

Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year! It’s time for Stadium Fantasium’s 2nd Annual Rose Bowl Contest! This will be the 106th edition of “The Granddaddy of Them All”. In case you hadn’t heard, this game will feature Pac-12 Conference champion Oregon (11-2 overall, 8-1 in conference) vs. Big 10 Conference runner-up Wisconsin (10-3 overall, 7-2 in conference).

The Contest

Similar to last year’s contest, there will be three winners (or more depending on ties) choosing from a prize pool of 16 lots.

Gold Contest: Leave a comment below with your prediction of which team will win the Rose Bowl and the margin of victory (without going over). Winner will receive their choice of three of the pictured prize lots!

Silver Contest: Leave a comment below with your prediction of which team will be leading at halftime and by how much (without going over). Winner will receive their choice of two of the pictured prize lots (after the Gold Contest winner has chosen).

Bronze Contest: Leave a comment below with your prediction of how many total points will be scored in this game (without going over). For example, if the final score is 50-49 then 99 total points were scored in this game. Winner will receive their choice of one pictured prize lot (after the Gold Contest winner and Silver Contest winner have chosen).

Feel free to enter all three contests. Entries may be in the following format:

Gold Contest: (School name) by #
Silver Contest: (School name) by #
Bronze Contest: # total points

You can even copy other entrants’ predictions without hurting their chances of winning. In the event of a tie, each tied winner will win. The earlier (tied) comment entry time stamp will get the earlier choice from the prize list.

Bonus Prize (pimp this contest)!

If you win one or more of the contests above AND pimp this contest in your blog before midnight Pacific time December 31st, then you win one additional pictured prize lot of your choice. Please leave a “pimp link” in the comments section. Bonus prize selection will take place after the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners have chosen their main contest prize lots.

Deadline to enter is 2:00 pm Pacific on January 1st.

The Prize List

Baseball:

  1. One vintage 1958 Topps #396 Dutch Dotterrer (Cincinnati Reds) and one sealed 3-card cello pack of 1991 Jimmy Dean with Rickey Henderson (Oakland A’s) showing on top
  2. One vintage 1966 Topps #128 Jim Landis (Cleveland Indians) and one sealed 18-card set of 1992 Score Proctor & Gamble All-Stars
  3. One vintage 1972 Topps #52 Harmon Killebrew In Action and one cello 3-card pack of 2009 Upper Deck First Edition (Tim Lincecum showing on top)
  4. One 2000 Royal Rookies Futures High Yield Autographs Colby Lewis #’d 1143/2500 and one 2019 Gypsy Queen Chrome boxtopper #4 Kyle Schwarber
  5. One 2005 Donruss Threads Century Proof Silver #5 Eddie Murray #’d 87/100 and one 2008 Topps Retail Relics TR-BG Brian Giles
  6. One 2008 Playoff Prime Cuts – Icons #36 “Shoeless” Joe Jackson #’s 1/25 and one 2019 Topps Chrome – Green Wave Refractor #185 Kyle Hendricks #’d 35/99
  7. One 2017 Topps High Tek Autographs HT-CC Carlos Carrasco and one retail pack 2007 Fleer
  8. One waxpack 1989 Pacific Legends II, one pack 1988 Topps Stickers and one sealed pack 2019 Topps Update Oversize 1984 boxtopper
  9. One pack 2019 Topps Finest and one rack pack 1989 Donruss (with Nolan Ryan showing)
  10. One 7-card stadium giveaway pack of 2018 Dodgers 60th Anniversary (1977 Topps design including Don Sutton) and two 2019 Union 76 Dodger pins
  11. One 2007 Topps Museum Collection Prime Pieces World Baseball Classic Prime Pieces WBCPR-DG Didi Gregorius and one waxpack 1989 Donruss All-Stars (Pop-up Puzzle & Cards)

Football:

  1. One vintage 1960 Topps #31 Cleveland Browns Team Card/Checklist and one sealed 9-card cello pack of 1993 Score Football cards (Troy Aikman showing on the front, Neil O’Donnell in back)
  2. One complete boxed set 1989 Topps Traded Football (132 cards) and one sealed 4-card cello promo pack containing a mix of  2005 Leaf Certified Material, Donruss Elite and Playoff
  3. One unopened) cello pack 2006 Donruss Frito Lay (appears to be three cards) and one pack 2007 Score

Basketball:

  1. One sealed promo pack 2009-10 Panini Adrenalyn XL (6 cards) and one sealed 2001-02 AT&T Upper Deck Los Angeles Clippers Team Set (9-card set)

Multi-sport/Non-sport

  1. One sealed pack of 2008 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary and one pack 1992 Lime Rock Mad Magazine Series 1
Baseball Prize Lot #1
Baseball Prize Lot #1
Baseball Prize Lot #2
Baseball Prize Lot #2
Baseball Prize Lot #3
Baseball Prize Lot #3

Baseball Prize Lot #4
Baseball Prize Lot #4
Baseball Prize Lot #5
Baseball Prize Lot #5
Baseball Prize Lot #6
Baseball Prize Lot #6
Baseball Prize Lot #7
Baseball Prize Lot #7
Baseball Prize Lot #8
Baseball Prize Lot #8

 

Baseball Prize Lot #9
Baseball Prize Lot #9
Baseball Prize Lot #10
Baseball Prize Lot #10
Baseball Prize Lot #11
Baseball Prize Lot #11
Football Prize Lot #1
Football Prize Lot #1
Football Prize Lot #2
Football Prize Lot #2
Football Prize Lot #3
Football Prize Lot #3
Basketball Prize Lot
Basketball Prize Lot
Multi-sport/Non-sport Lot
Multi-sport/Non-sport Lot

Good luck!

Good luck!

Padrographs and Memories

Padrographs and Memories

Whew! My work schedule finally slowed down enough to let me get back to posting here again–thank goodness! I’m so behind on posting a ton of cards I’ve received in the last few months and expressing my gratitude. Now it’s time to begin catching up…

Back in late May, Rod of the great Padrographs blog offered up large stacks of cards sorted by team. Since the Dodgers cards were already spoken for, I requested Angels cards (my 2nd favorite team since they’re also in SoCal). Not only that, Rod also ran a contest with multiple winners and I won a prize. First, a rather large sampling of the 78 Angels cards that Rod sent…

2019 cards
Some 2019 Topps Series 1, Heritage, Opening Day and Donruss
Some 2019 Angels cards
More 2019 cards (Gypsy Queen, Big League, Total and Bowman)
2018 Angels cards from Topps flagship, Heritage and Big League
More 2018 Angels cards (Topps Archives, Gypsy Queen, Bowman Chrome and Topps Gallery)
Other assorted Angels cards from 2017 Topps Series 1, 2007 UD Future Stars, 2009 UD Series 1, 1993 Bowman, 1992 Topps and 1990 Topps

Rod was also kind enough to include a 2018 Topps Archives insert card of former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza. And the 2009 Upper Deck Game Jersey card of Alex Gordon was my prize from the aforementioned Padrographs contest.

2018 Topps Archives Rookie History 24T
2018 Topps Archives Rookie History 24T
2009 Upper Deck -Game Jersey GJ-GO
2009 Upper Deck -Game Jersey GJ-GO

And with that, we give a hearty Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to Padrograph’s Rod. Thank you Rod!

And speaking of contests, look for Stadium Fantasium’s 2nd Annual Rose Bowl Contest coming soon. Stay tuned…

Back to Life (At the Game: Dodgers vs. Cardinals)

Dodger Scoreboard Aug 6 2019

Finally! The Dodgers have played over 100 games so far this season and on Tuesday, August 6th, I finally went to my first Dodgers game of the season. Working two jobs certainly reduces the time I spend at the stadium (not to mention my blog-writing time). But hey, things could be worse. I consider myself extremely lucky just to live near an MLB stadium with a team that’s done very well the past six seasons.

So the gf and I got to the stadium gates just before they opened up for the fans. We got to see the Cardinals batting practice.

So after watching Cardinals batting practice, we made our way up to our seats on the Reserve level. On the way, we were able stop by outside the press box named after legendary Dodger announcer Vin Scully.

As luck would have it, my day off to see this game also coincided with Clayton Kershaw pitching against the Cardinals. Apparently, actor Rob Lowe and country music superstar Brad Paisley had the night off too, because both were also there to see the game. And of course Tommy Lasorda and Sandy Koufax were there, too.

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

    Dexter Fowler (S) RF

    Jose Martinez (R) RF

    Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B

    Marcell Ozuna (R) LF

    Paul DeJong (R) SS

    Matt Carpenter (L) 3B

    Tommy Edman (S) 2B

    Andrew Knizner (R) C

    Miles Mikolas (R) P

Los Angeles Dodgers Lineup

    Joc Pederson (L) RF

    Max Muncy (L) 2B

    Justin Turner (R) 3B

    Cody Bellinger (L) RF

    Corey Seager (L) SS

    Will Smith (R) C

    Matt Beaty (L) LF

    Kristopher Negron (R) CF

    Clayton Kershaw (L) P

The weather was warm but not unbearably hot. (In fact, it got slightly chilly as night fell.) This was our view from our seats in the fifth row of Section 8…

The Cardinals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning but the Dodgers got a run in the bottom of the 2nd and one in the bottom of the 3rd.

Kershaw pitched a great seven innings, the Dodgers got an insurance run in the seventh and the bullpen pitched two scoreless innings with Kenley Jansen getting the save.

This was the Dodger’s fourth consecutive win and the Cardinal’s fourth consecutive loss. I’m so glad Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers got the win and I was there to see it. This game marked the 76th win for the Dodgers against 40 losses this season. 

Speaking of 76 wins, one of our local gas station chains (and long-time sponsor of the Dodgers) is running a pin giveaway promotion. Whenever I fill up with at least 8 gallons of gas, I get a voucher with a redemption code. I just enter the redemption code on the redemption website and a few weeks later, a cool Dodger pin arrives in my mailbox. These will end up going into the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block.

2019 Dodgers 76 pins

At this point, it looks like this will be the only Dodger game that I will attend this month. Next month looks better with potentially four games to attend. One of those games will be against Tampa Bay, one of the few teams I’ve never seen in person. I’m also looking forward to seeing the Dodgers vs the Colorado Rockies on Fan Appreciation Day, Sunday August 22. Stay tuned…

Things That Make You Go Hmmm

Stadium Fantasium “Wins” Cards From Cards On Cards

Some of you may remember that one of our most popular fellow bloggers, Kerry of Cards on Cards, had a College Bowl Pick’em Contest #10 back in December/January. A total of 28 people entered the contest. The first place winner won a 2019 Topps Series 1 blaster. The second prize winner would get a Priority Mail padded envelope full of cards from their favorite team/player(s)/etc. The entrant who ended up in last place would be the winner of the “Rhubarb Runner Trophy” and receive whatever Kerry felt like sending. As Kerry said on his contest post, “Be very afraid to finish last. I don’t advise it.” So guess who ended up in 28th (last) place in his contest?

2019 ESPN Bowl Pick 'em, Cards on Cards Group
2019 ESPN Bowl Pick ’em, Cards on Cards Group

Yes, I admit it was me. In no way did I try to finish last. I really wanted to win the Topps blaster because those are the cards I collect. I even did a half-hour’s worth of research (don’t laugh) on college football to help me with my picks. Alas, it was all for naught (except for the last place prize cards that Kerry sent as shown below).

Contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
Contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 2019 Topps Heritage #34 Cody Bellinger
  2. 2019 Topps Heritage #366 Matt Kemp AS
  3. 2019 Topps Heritage #5 Alex Wood
  4. 2019 Topps Heritage #197 NLCS Game 5
  1. 2017 Topps #685 Enrique Hernandez
  2. 2011 Topps Insert #HOT-7
  3. 2017 Topps Insert #MLBN-7 Sean Casey
  4. 2019 Topps Opening Day #48 Matt Kemp
  1. 1987 Topps #596 Steve Sax
  2. 1988 Topps #249 Mike Marshall
  3. 1990 Topps #426 Jeff Hamilton
  1. 1991 Topps #279 José Gonzalez
  2. 1991 Topps #367 Dave Walsh
  3. 1990 Topps #789 Tom Lasorda MGR
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 1983 Donruss Hall of Fame Heroes #2 Walter Johnson
  2. 1988 Donruss #475 Dave Anderson
  3. 2019 Donruss #245 Caleb Ferguson
  1. 2019 Donruss #37 Dennis Santana
  2. 2019 Donruss #53 Cody Bellinger
  3. 2019 Donruss #95 Justin Turner
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #120 Cody Bellinger
  2. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #88 Kenta Maeda
  3. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #68 Yasiel Puig
  1. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #153 Sloane Stephens
  2. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #179 Tyronn Lue
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 1990 Leaf #16 Hubie Brooks
  2. 1990 Leaf #49 Mike Scioscia
  3. 1990 Leaf #68 Fernando Valenzuela
  4. 1990 Leaf #95 Alfredo Griffin
  5. 1990 Leaf #173 Kirk Gibson
  1. 1990 Leaf #181 Eddie Murray
  2. 1990 Leaf #226 Juan Samuel
  3. 1990 Leaf #313 Kal Daniels
  4. 1990 Leaf #411 Chris Gwynn
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 1990 Pacific Legends #99 Lou Piniella
  2. 1991 Stadium Club #65 Lenny Harris
  3. 1992 Fleer Ultra #215 José Offerman
  1. 1992 Score #195 Eddie Murray
  2. 2013 Panini Pinnacle #22 Clayton Kershaw
  3. 2013 Panini Pinnacle #64 Carl Crawford
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 1990 Upper Deck #44 Jose Vizcaino
  2. 1990 Upper Deck #46 Jose Offerman
  3. 1990 Upper Deck #377 John Wetteland
  1. 1990 Upper Deck #423 Lenny Harris
  2. 2009 Upper Deck – USA 18U National Team insert #18U-DT Donovan Tate
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 2011 Bowman Sterling – USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Relic Refractor #USAR-BR Brady Rodgers
  2. 2010 Bowman Chrome – USA Team #USA-BC13 insert Brad Miller
  1. 2003 Topps Chrome #7 Odalis Perez
  2. 2003 Topps Chrome #30 Darren Dreifort
  3. 1995 Topps Finest #94 Tom Candiotti
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 2018 Topps Archives insert #SL-WP Wendy Peppercorn
  2. 1988 Conlon World Wide Sports Series 5 #1 Nick Altrock
  3. 1991 Pro Set PGA Tour #75 Curtis Strange
  4. 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter – Menagerie of the Mind insert #MM-13 Cyclops
  5. 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter – Great Scott! insert #GS-6 Deoxyribonucleic Acid
  1. 1994 Star Trek Customizable Card Game: 1st Edition Premiere – White Bordered Expansion Set #NUSP Null Space
  2. 1992-93 Panini Stickers #18 1992 NBA Finals (Action scene/lower left) Chicago Bulls / Portland Trail Blazers
  3. 2010-11 Panini Stickers #6 Eastern Conference Logo
Waxpacks! 1988 Donruss and 1990 Donruss
Waxpacks! 1988 Donruss and 1990 Donruss

I must say, this is a rather overwhelming prize for last place. Kerry sent a ton of Dodgers cards and some non-Dodgers cards. The two Donruss waxpacks were a nice touch, too. Although a couple of these cards are actually hard for me to look at, I do appreciate the time and thought that went into selecting these cards from numerous brands and years. Some cards will end up on the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block but some are actually needed for my sets–thanks Kerry!

As we stand and give Cards On Cards a rousing Stadium Fantasium standing ovation, we look forward to entering Kerry’s College Bowl Pick’em Contest #11. I’d really like to see if I can go from worst to first and win next year’s Topps Series 1 prize. I might have to do more than 30 minutes of research though. I don’t know if I have that kind of time…hmmm.

Stay tuned…

Wild Wild West

#crackingwaxmailday featuring 2019 Topps Heritage

Back in April, my favorite boxbreaker, Crackin’ Wax, offered up a divisional box break of 2019 Topps Heritage Baseball. I’d never participated in a divisional break before and wanted to see what that was like, especially for a product set I’m trying to complete. Of the six divisions in major league baseball, I was hoping to get the National League West (mainly because my favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, are in the National League West). And guess what? I was lucky enough to be randomly selected to win all the National League West cards! I ended up with a total of 37 cards which includes two short prints, one insert and even a relic card! Crackin’ Wax was even kind enough to include a cool “Crackin’ Wax” refrigerator magnet.

Assorted 2019 Topps Heritage Dodgers base cards
Assorted 2019 Topps Heritage Dodgers base cards
The Kenta Maeda card is a shortprint and I'm lovin' that Corey Seager relic card!
The Kenta Maeda card is a shortprint and I'm lovin' that Corey Seager relic card!
A sampling of cards from the other teams in the NL West--the Trevor Story card is also a shortprint.
A sampling of cards from the other teams in the NL West--the Trevor Story card is also a shortprint.

Whenever I break a box, I almost never get a Dodger relic or auto. I’m almost convinced that Topps has it rigged so that a local collector cannot get a relic/auto of his local team out of a locally purchased box. And with my usual luck, this box would’ve had a relic/auto from some other team. But I got lucky again in getting that Corey Seager jersey relic. How wild is that?

So needless to say, I’m pretty happy with the cards I got. As we give Chris and LQ of Crackin’ Wax a big Stadium Fantasium ‘Thank You’, we’ll be looking forward to seeing what we get in Crackin’ Wax’s 2019 Topps Series 2 case break later this month. Until then, stay tuned…

(Who) Do Ya (Collect?)

Back on Saturday, May 18th, I was at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena) and saw that it was hosting two events simultaneously. The bigger event that drew vastly more people was the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race (stage 3 of the women’s race, stage 7 of the men’s race). Adjacent to the finish line of each race stage, there is a “Lifestyle Festival”. According to the Amgen Tour of California website:

While fans await the cyclists at each day’s finish line, they can partake in the race’s popular daylong Lifestyle Festival. Designed to provide and promote healthy lifestyle and cycling-related experiences, the Lifestyle Festival offers a day of no-cost entertainment and fun for everyone, from families to first-time race visitors to veteran fans.

Located adjacent to the daily finish line, the Lifestyle Festival is an engaging and interactive space with more than 40 exhibitors daily, family activities, food and drink, live race streaming on large video screens, cancer and cardiovascular awareness education and more…

Lifestyle Festival at the 2019 Amgen Bicycle Tour - Pasadena
Lifestyle Festival at the 2019 Amgen Bicycle Tour - Pasadena

The picture above shows a part of race’s accompanying Lifestyle Festival, held out in one of the parking lots of the Rose Bowl. Note the giant TV monitor which happens to show the racers cycling on the road between the festival and the hills in the background. You may have also noticed the helicopter in the sky, which provided aerial coverage of the race.

With all the bicycling fans, exhibitor booths, time and money spent on this event, it made me wonder…are there card sets out there for bicycle racing (past or present)? I’m pretty sure there’s a few cards of bicycle racers in products like Allen & Ginter. But a whole set?

Speaking of cards, as I first arrived at the Rose Bowl parking lot, I spotted this eye-catching vehicle which turned out to be the Panini mobile company van. How many of you Panini collectors wouldn’t mind having this bad boy for your own personal vehicle?

Panini van, front
Panini Mobile Vehicle

Walking from the parking lot towards the stadium, I came across the sign on the right. Later in the afternoon (after spending some time at Amgen’s Life Festival), I headed down toward the stadium field and saw the sign on the left. That’s when I knew for sure that it was the annual NFLPA Rookie Premiere event where a large group of NFL rookies take pictures on the field in their NFL uniforms for Panini. From a Beckett article on the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, here is a list of attendees:

JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Philadelphia Eagles – WR
Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers – DE
Miles Boykin, Baltimore Ravens – WR
A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans – WR
Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens – WR
Hakeem Butler, Arizona Cardinals – WR
Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts – WR
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos – TE
Ryan Finley, Cincinnati Bengals – QB
Will Grier, Carolina Panthers – QB
Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs – WR
Damien Harris, New England Patriots – RB
N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots – WR
Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins – QB
Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams – RB
Justice Hill, Baltimore Ravens – RB
T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions – TE
Andy Isabella, Arizona Cardinals – WR
Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders – RB
Gary Jennings, Seattle Seahawks – WR

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers – WR
Daniel Jones, New York Giants – QB
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos – QB
Bryce Love, Washington Redskins – RB
Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings – RB
Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins – WR
DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks – WR
David Montgomery, Chicago Bears – RB
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals – QB
Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys – RB
Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders – WR
Riley Ridley, Chicago Bears – WR
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers – WR
Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles – RB
Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills – RB
Darius Slayton, New York Giants – WR
Irv Smith Jr, Minnesota Vikings – TE
Benny Snell Jr, Pittsburgh Steelers – RB
Easton Stick, Los Angeles Chargers – QB
Jarrett Stidham, New England Patriots – QB

Ordinary casual fans were able to sit in the bleachers but were not allowed in the player/Panini area. Luckily I was able to get relatively close to some of the tents and players and snap a few photos for you.

Signing cards at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere
How many players can you identify signing cards at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere?
Can you find the Panini Contenders Draft Picks Bowl Ticket (Eric Dickerson) card?
Can you find the Panini Contenders Draft Picks Bowl Ticket (Eric Dickerson) card above?
On the Rose Bowl field at the 2019 NFLPA Rookie Premiere
On the Rose Bowl field at the 2019 NFLPA Rookie Premiere
Could this be 49ers rookie DE Nick Bosa?
Could this be 49ers rookie DE Nick Bosa?
Carolina Panthers rookie QB Will Grier
I'm 99.99% sure this is Carolina Panthers rookie QB Will Grier

So that’s my rather brief close encounter with Panini (#whodoyoucollect) and NFL rookies. This day for the rookies was part of a multi-day event. For more in-depth information about the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, check out this other Beckett article.

As summer approaches, my workload has been increasing substantially. That’s why new Stadium Fantasium blog posts have slowed down even more than before. I’ll still be posting but not nearly as often as I would like. I’ve got at least four blog posts in the works that I hope to create sooner rather than later. Until then, stay tuned…

(The Collective) Mind Games

Stadium Fantasium Assimilates Cards From The Collective Mind

Last month, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a bubble mailer of cards out of the blue from Greg, creative genius of the great hobby blog, The Collective Mind. Most of these cards had previously been featured in Greg’s blog back in January and February. Back then I expressed an interest in some of the 1971 Topps football cards but unfortunately I had very little from his wantlists to trade.

Although Stadium Fantasium is baseball-centric, I still have some non-baseball sets I still need to complete. One of those sets is the 1971 Topps football set. Being the great guy that he is, Greg was kind enough to send along some needs from this set along with a 1973 Topps baseball card (#344 Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Boyhood Photos) and a 2018 Topps Heritage short-print card (#499 Luis Perdomo). My 1971 Topps Football set is now less than 40 cards away from completion. I expect to be posting up a wantlist for this set soon, along with a list of my duplicates for trade from this set..

Note from The Collective Mind
1971 Topps football cards #'s 41,52, 53, 80, 134, 168
1971 Topps football cards #'s 41,52, 53, 80, 134, 168
1971 Topps football cardbacks
1971 Topps football cardbacks
1971 Topps football cards #'s 170, 195, 208, 1973 Topps baseball #344, 2018 Topps Heritage SP #499
1971 Topps football cards #'s 170, 195, 208, 1973 Topps baseball #344, 2018 Topps Heritage SP #499
Topps cardbacks
Topps cardbacks

Tag! I’m it!

A huge “Thank You” and rousing Stadium Fantasium standing ovation go out to Greg for this wonderful surprise. I’ll be tagging Greg back soon with some goodies that I think he’ll really appreciate. Until then, stay tuned…