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COMC joy

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Baltimore Orioles, Blog, Mailbag

Everyone has a preferred way of getting cards. For some it could be opening boxes or cases, some could be trades, others maybe eBay. But for me it’s COMC. I do like trading, however since I have stopped buying boxes, I really do not have many cool cards to trade.

Recently, I have found it a great way to pick up partial sets of parallels.

I have been thinking a lot about the ways to spend my limited collecting allowance, and I always seem to end up back on COMC. I really love picking up a $.50 card to create sets of parallel cards from products I could never afford!

So with out any more delay, here are a few of my recent purchases. And the others from this batch will get future posts of their own.

2011 Topps Triple Threads Gold #48 - Jim Palmer/99 - Courtesy of

Up first, a partial set of parallel cards from 2011 Topps Triple Threads. Cards numbered out of /1,500 , /625, /249, /99. For all those I spent a whopping $1.77! Which is less than 1% of the cost the hobby box they came from! Not too shabby, if you ask me.

And for the last card of this post, a very shiny 2011 Cognac Diamond Jim Palmer. Really like the look of this card!
2011 Topps Cognac Diamond Anniversary #393B - Jim Palmer - Courtesy of

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Graded Rice Rookie

Posted: December 23, 2012 in Baltimore Ravens, Mailbag
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Every now and then my beautiful wife surprises me. One weekend we were watching the Ravens play and Ray Rice pulled off a great run for a TD, my wife looks at me and asked if there were any good deals for Rice rookie cards. I knew there were, just earlier that day I had surfed COMC and eBay.

Well the one I got was this beauty:

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A near perfect 9.5 BGS Rice refractor rookie. For ~$13 shipped, I think that was a great deal. I highly doubt that I would be able to find a rookie “worthy” of grading. With all the shipping and grading fees, I am 99.99% sure I would have spent over that. The grading fees alone are $9 for a 45 day wait!

I originally thought since his rookie year was 2008, there would not be as many cards produced. Oh man, I was seriously mistaken! So far there have been over 2,200 different cards produced!
To put into a little perspective, Ray Lewis since 1996 has had just over 2,800 cards created.
Average cards per year for Lewis = ~175
Average cards per year for Rice = ~550
That is just incredible!!

Got a huge package of Ripken cards awhile back from Bud of First Day Issue, and all I can say he is very generous. If you have not worked out a trade with him, he is a huge Griffey Jr fan.

A few of my favorite card from the trade are the following:

Two “Never Compromise” inserts from Topps Stadium Club. Very nice looking cards.

Die-Cut Ripken!

One day I will own the real 1982 Topps Traded Ripken Rookie.

Nice looking Ripken card.

I am trying to finish this insert series, to see my progress check out my Ripken Zistle.

One of my favorite 2010 Topps inserts. I was hoping to get this card, and now it is filed away in the old Ripken collection.

I am still really backed up on trade posts, they just keep coming in the mail!

Recently, I got a package of cards out of the blue from The Saint of the Cheap Seats.

Dan sent over a nice stack of Orioles and a number of players in my collection.


Upon opening the package, this card grabbed my attention for three main reasons…

First: Shiny… I sometimes get distracted by shiny things
Second: Numbered. I know it does not mean a lot to some collectors, but I think its cool knowing I have 1 of the 225 ever produced of this card.
Third: It’s a player I follow and collect!


And another numbered Roberts…AWESOME!

Ah, shiny!

Not shiny or numbered, but nonetheless a great card. I really like the 2009 SP Legendary Cuts, maybe I will break a box sometime.

To wrap up this trade post, I received cards of both Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts. Dan, thank you so much for the great cards! I have a few nice cards cards coming your way soon…

Any time I get a package in the mail and see it’s from Wicked Ortega, I know there are great cards inside. The most recent package was no different. With all the Ripken cards he has sent me in the past, I can’t figure out how he keeps finding more awesome cards that I don’t have. Currently the Ripken collection is just shy of 600 different cards!

This current package included Ripken inserts, die-cut, and even numbered cards!

The 2632 die-cut is a favorit. As soon as I saw that card listed as trade bait, I knew I had to trade for that beautiful card.

The Card-Supial was very interesting. At first I thought it was like all other card which featured two players, but on a closer view, it appears to be a mini card attached to the main card. Cool concept!


One day I will finish this SPX Ironman set.

Grand Finale:

A while back the most generous Wicked Ortega sent me an email stating he found a card I may be interested in. He knows what I like and collect, so I was very interested in finding out what he had found. While pulling all the Ripken cards from the package, I noticed one card was in a much thicker holder. Upon removing the card from the package, I found myself looking at one of the coolest manufactured patch cards! I mean that Oriole patch looks AWESOME!

Wicked Ortega, Thank you so much for you generousity! I greatly enjoyed all the cards you sent my way. Hopefully you enjoy all the cards I will send in return.

Recently I had the pleasure of working out a trade with The Collective Troll.

Here is what he sent me:

I nice stack of Upper Deck Heroes and Masterpieces to get one step closer to completion.

Then a few Jim Palmer cards to increase my Palmer collection.

And possibly the best card in the package. A 2009 Legends of the Game – Brooks Robinson!

Back of card: “If there was ever an “automatic” winner of the Gold Glove Award in the American League, it was Brooks Robinson. When he landed the honor in 1975 (his final full season), it was his 16th in a row, which remains a record (by three) for a non-pitcher. Robinson’s statistical marks for his position include those for career assists, putouts and double plays.”

When I got the package in the mail, I noticed that there were metallic sounds…

After taking out all the cards, I found out what was the cause for all the noise. A 1991 Bill Ripken pin, COOL!

Many Thanks Troll! I will have a package ready for you soon…

Recently, I had the pleasure of working out a trade with Ed from Roll Out the Barrel. If you have never traded with him, I highly recommend you trade him Brewers cards. Ed was a great trader and even sent two packages of cards to me.

In the first package he put in a number of Markakis cards. My Markakis collection is slowly growing!

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A Goudey Jim Palmer.

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A 2009 O-Pee-Chee Adam “Gold Glove” Jones. Trade with Ed

An Upper Deck X Guthrie Jersey card.

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And two great Brian Roberts cards!

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Trade with Ed

The second package also contained an Oriole relic he just got! Thank you for thinking of me Ed!

3 Adam Jones cards, including the relic card and a great Brian Roberts Turkey Red!

Thank you so much! As soon as I get more Brewers cards, they are on their way to you.