Sunday, June 16, 2024

No Series 2 Yet

I hit up Target yesterday to see if there were any Topps Series 2 I could purchase (I was actually there for ice cream but figured I would see if they had any Topps). They didn't yet, so I grabbed a fat pack of Heritage instead.

Seems Heritage is pretty plentiful this year as I keep finding it.

This pack also had a handful of dupes from the few previous packs I've bought. Of course.

There were some Angels in the pack, which I already have.

Chrome Refractor

As far as ice cream, I was able to find French Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry. Bryers doesn't do any of the fancy flavors I like.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Action Packed Revelation

 I recently received this card in a TCDB trade with RyanFrueh:

1995 Action Packed.
Prior to the trade I didn't realize there was a 1995 Action Packed with minor league players. The Angels have another card in the set, Eduardo Perez, also on the Canadians, and a card I also need.

The rest of the trade:

A sharp eye knows that this isn't really a 1970 Nolan Ryan. It's actually a 2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps info card. I wish it were a real 1970 Topps.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Junk Mall Junk Wax Wednesday

Ripping a random pack of junk wax from the local junk mall.

Pack of 12 with the chance to pull a hologram insert.

Normally I would consider that an Angels card, but I'm not including Comic Ball in my Angels team sets.

Dupe pack!

I guessed Oakland, but I should have known better.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Junk Mall Junk Wax Wednesday

Ripping a random pack of junk wax from the local junk mall.

Pack of 15 which includes a Black Gold, and a chance to pull a Gold Rookie insert.

Nice Nolan Ryan checklist.

Yeah, I don't think Henderson makes that catch.

This pack was about split between the period/no period variations, if you're into that.

Beautiful action shot on the Gold parallel.

Interesting that the Black Golds didn't have the period/no period variations.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Don't Get Duped

These cards are exactly the same on the front: same color, same finish, same foil, everything.

But flip them over and look close:

Even though the backs are almost identical, one is a Preview, and the other is the numbered, once again stressing the importance of flipping those cards over when thumbing through boxes. In this case however, the Preview card was found in my dupes box!

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Junk Mall Junk Wax Wednesday

Ripping a random pack of junk wax from the local junk mall.
Hockey cards since the season is STILL going on.

Pack of 15 with a chance to pull an Award Winners, Gold Team Leaders, Parkhurst Previews, or Rookie Gold Leaders card. I think there's also a chance to pull a Kirk McLean autograph card.

Forgot that this set had "Traded to..." cards.

Moog looks like he just got tipped over.

Anyone following the playoffs?
I've been keeping tabs on the Stars, my local team.

Friday, May 17, 2024

One Page of Alex Monchak

This series highlights "one page" at a time from my binder of correspondence and autographs from former players and personnel.

   Alex Monchak
Philadelphia Phillies (1940)
Served in WWII in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe.

Angels Connection: Scout/Instructor (1962-1970)

The "program" he refers to, or project at the time was to gather correspondence from former players, and even family and friends, about a fond memory or how baseball impacted their life in any way.

Correspondence received February 5, 2004.

Monchak passed away on September 12, 2015, at the age of 98.