I saw boxes of 2015 Leaf Masterworks Sport Edition on sale at New York Comic Con. I looked it up and I loved the idea of autographs on 1/1 sketch cards so I picked up a box.
There are only two cards per box and the Pedro Martinez card is definitely the one that stands out for me. I wished he was drawned as a Met but it is still a pretty sweet sketch. In fact, Brian Kong is one of my favorite artists for sketch cards and I do own like 5 or so of his works. I honestly don’t watch too much football so I actually didn’t know who Jackie Smith was but from reading his wikipedia page he seems to be one of the greats.
I picked up this blaster/ box of 2015 Leaf Autographed Baseball Edition. From the box, “look for autograph baseballs of hall of famers, stars and top prospects. So I pulled a
Ken Shamrock autograph??? The last time I checked the “world most dangerous man” Ken Shamrock never played baseball. I am not complaining though. I am a huge fan of MMA and pro wrestling so this is probably a better pull in my opinion than probably 90% of the regular baseball autographs on the checklist. It is just so random…
September is going to be a busy month for me so super quick blog post today. Here is some of my favorite recent pulls and pickups that I added to my collection.
My local comic store was have a little Labor Day sale and I picked up two more packs of Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD and I pulled a Kang’s Time Chair. A chase rare!
It is worth a pretty penny. I also picked up two Mets autographs
Noah Syndergaard and Wilmer Flores.
Probably next to my list is Michael Conforto and Travis d’Arnaud.
I usually stick to DC Comics but with all the Marvel movies and TV shows, especially the Agents of SHIELD series, they got me interested in the SHIELD storylines. In fact, the latest SHIELD comic book series is one of the few the monthly comics book I look forward to. So with all that being said, I was pretty excited reading all the previews of the latest heroclix set Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD. It finally was released and I picked up four boosters packs. Here are some of my favorite figures.
Simply put in my opinion this the best Heroclix set in awhile. For the record, I really just collect the Heroclix figures as I rarely get the chance to play it (Heroclix unfortunately has a high barrier of entry and it is very hard to find someone to play with) so I usually don’t care about the gameplay or dial. But the checklist is strong with a ton of interesting characters (and I love go to wikipedia to read about some of the more obscure ones) and there are a ton of characters that never had a Heroclix figure before. The sculpts in this set are also amazing. Just look at the Namor one. Wow! I probably won’t get to complete it but another neat idea in this set is the build a clix concept. In four booster packs, I pulled two legs of the Hulkbuster MK II.
Two thumbs up for me.
If you asked me who my favorite wrestler was, it would have to be Shinsuke Nakamura. But unfortunately I never got the chance to see him live… until last Saturday, at the Ring of Honor Field of Honor event at MCU Park (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones).
Top down, this is easily the best wrestling event I have ever attended. The show was close to three and half hours long and it felt like the whole Ring of Honor roster and many New Japan Pro Wrestling stars were there. When Shinsuke Nakamura finally came out in the main event, I had goosebumps and I really hope this is not the last time he wrestles in New York City.
Anyways one of my goals was to get a Shinsuka Nakamura autograph to add to my collection. Unfortunately the lines for autographs were kind of confusing and they were super long (especially the one for Shinsuke Nakamura). So I was looking at another merchandise table and saw this baseball signed by the Ring of Honor roster.
A Ring of Honor employee saw me looking at the ball. I asked him if Shinsuke Nakamura signed it and he said he didn’t know but he could get Shinsuke Nakamura to sign it for me so I know for a fact his autograph is there. So I got to follow him past the crowd, past all the lines and sure enough he got Shinsuke Nakamura to sign the ball.
That is why only Shinsuke Nakamura’s autograph is the only one signed with a silver Sharpie. I couldn’t thank him enough and I super, super excited about this ball. BUT, I actually don’t like collecting autographed baseballs because 1) – they are awkward to store and take up a lot of room (my collection of autographed baseballs is all over the place) and 2) – I find autographs do get smudged easier. I didn’t have a baseball cube on me and sure enough the autograph on the ball is smudged a bit. I found a cube later to prevent it getting smudge any more. Though honestly I don’t really mind it as much because there is a good story behind it, it could have been worst and I will never sell it.
I was at my local card shop and I was looking for some fun packs to break. I settled on two jumbo packs of 2015 Bowman Baseball…
There are a couple of names I recognize in my pack like Rusney Castillo, Kris Bryant and Mark Appel but I have to admit I am not too excited about my pulls.
I should have stuck with more Allen & Ginter packs…
Wow times flies. I remember when I bought a box of Allen & Ginter when first came out and it has been 10 years since. After all these years, Allen & Ginter is still one of the most fun sets to break. I am not going to stop this year so I have a hobby box of 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter 10th Anniversary Issue.
First off the box topper.
Jorge Soler, not bad. Here are a bunch of cards from the box.
A fun set as usual. I especially dig the Rocky cards. Another staple of Allen & Ginter sets is the tons of different inserts, variations and minis.
I have to double check but I don’t think I got any super rare variations or parallels and my buyback cards are pretty lame.
Each box has three hits and I got
a jersey card of Josh Hamiliton
a jersey card of Bryce Harper
and the big hit of the box, an autograph of Archie Bradley. The hits aren’t bad but I was hoping to pull some oddball cards.
All in all, another home run by Topps. Before I throw anything away do I need to know about anything about the set like random cards hidden in the box, unannounced super rare inserts, random wrapper redemptions, etc?