Monday, April 19, 2010

Let's get this party started!

Alright, it's Bday rip time. I am definitely feeling that luck will be in my favor. It has been a fantastic weekend and the latest greatness was the Blazers playing SOLID last night and stealing one from the Phoenix Suns. The Suns can say all they want about being a different club than year's past, but I still see the same carbon copy team that runs n guns and can't play a lick of D. Does not translate well into the playoffs.

This box break will be done in real time. To prove it, the Red Sox are currently down 6-0 in the bottom of the third and are displaying a decent amount of suckage to start the season. I snagged LOTR Blu-Ray for a Bday gift, so my conflict between watching a game and stretching out the speakers is getting easier to decide on.

A brief note on box-breakers. As I have been sitting here eating my delicious Burger King breakfast, I have been watching some more box rips online. I am sitting here thinking...what a great job! You basically get to open high end product all day and ship it out to people. I guess what I want to know is, who are these people who can't wait to have it shipped to them to open themselves. They either A) are wanted by the law and can't risk anybody knowing where they live 2) live on some remote Aleutian island and all of the sled dogs are rented out for season, or 3) are so addicted to cards that they literally CANNOT WAIT to get them in the mail, and thus let somebody else do the dirty work.

Well, I tell you, this boy is very respectful of how much this box cost and I am going to enjoy every feature, starting with the boxes. They are pretty cool in themselves...

by the way, because I am doing this real-time and adding images as I type, the HTML may add some funky spacing to this post as I go along. Be warned. Bwa-a-a-a-ahhhh.

Alright, so first thing I notice is that there is a skinnier box and a thicker box. Because I know that the thicker box contains either a book card or the world's thickest dummy card (or will that honor be saved for my Ginter card (ba-du-bum)... I am going to open the thin box first...

I also so a you-tuber slide the bottom base to the top so the base hit is last...I will do the same...

Alrighty, so each base card has a completely useless serial number (well, practically useless), I mean, really anything above 100 is pretty pointless to bring to anybody's attention. I do like the look of the base, though they are quite thick and would not fit in a regular top-loader. I dig the Felix and the Campanella and Ott.

And here is your autograph hit!

Right on! Bison....I have no idea what that means. You Dooger fans out there know what it means, but I certainly do not. Also, I think its funny in the videos how somebody can glance at the fabrics and ramble off "bat, bat, pants, jersey, batting jersey". I have no idea what these are. I am going to say "boxers, Hanes workout shirt, jersey, pants, necktie". I am pretty curious about the "BI" material, but feel kinda funny touching Kemp's boxers, so I will let it go. As my buddy Joe pointed out, these cards look pretty nice in person and have a 'fractor quality going on. The auto is a nice one, and while sticker autos are a bit impersonal in a product such as this, It is engrained into the cardboard, which is a nice touch. The card itself is numbered to /99, which I BELIEVE is as high as it gets with these cards, therefore I am going to make a bold prediction that my relic hit in box two is going to be pretty sweet. Stay tuned...



    Sweet neck tie relic, by the way.

  2. Kemp's nickname is "The Bison." During the second major league game of Kemp's career, on May 29, 2006, he stole second base in the fourth inning, after which Atlanta Braves television announcer Don Sutton said he looked "like a big buffalo running around the bases." The observation was appropriate due to Kemp's imposing size - the Dodgers' roster lists him at 6' 3" tall and 225 pounds - and surprisingly fast footspeed. The word "buffalo" was modified to "bison," by the commenter D4P on Jon Weisman's popular Dodgers blog, Dodger Thoughts, as it is a more proper term for the North American mammal to which the moniker refers. It wasn't until the next day when the starting lineup did not include Kemp that baseball writer Eric Enders, also commenting in Dodger Thoughts added the capitalized article in front of the animal, completing the nickname, writing "So much for looking forward to watching The Bison tonight."

    Via Wikipedia. i was hoping it had something to do with AAA Buffalo Bison...but it does not.

  3. 64 (Serial number) + 99 (total production run) = 163. Divide 163 by 27 (Kemp's jersey number), and you get 6, which coincidentally is the number of swatch windows. So basically this is a 1/1. Jackpot!

  4. I only see 5 swatch windows. so that means it's technically a 1.25/1

  5. Ummm...err.... count the window for the sticker? I was picturing my Cueto when I did the math (it has six windows). So there.

    1.25/1 is even more rare than a 1/1, I've NEVER seen one listed on ebay!

    Also, I beat you in fantasy baseball last week, so why don't you just SHUT UP and leave my math alone?!

  6. It's not hard to beat me in fantasy baseball, so if it makes you feel like a big man, I am happy to help out. Your grandmother and my 4 year old niece could beat me in fantasy baseball.