Posts Tagged ‘Brooks Robinson’

Cool card for the collection! Really like the card and the nice looking relic.

The only issue in the Beckett slab. I keep most of my player collections in penny sleeves and top loaders in a 2 or 3 row cardboard box. But the slab does not fit. Not going to take the case off, so I guess I will just need to be creative with storing it.


First eTopps

Posted: January 2, 2013 in Blog
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I have signed up to receive email information from Topps and I always seem to get a bunch of eTopps information. Some of the cards look okay, I am not a fan of the eTopps model.

That being said, I was able to pick up this Robinson for less then a pack of cards including shipping. Not too shabby!

Card Value

Posted: December 19, 2012 in Blog
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One of the things I never really understood while collecting is, what gives a card monetary value. I mean its just a piece of cardboard with a picture on it. There does not really seem to be much background information on how the price is calculated. For example, while looking through, I saw a Brooks Robinson card I own and was shocked at the “value” and the sale price.

It is a 2011 Topps Heritage 62 Mint Coins #BR.

Now the card I have is very similar to the one listed, yet it is an error card. Here is the original post.

I mean I always find the pricing/ value of cards very interesting. My buddy over at Joe Average Card Collecting Blog wrote a great post on the subject of the 1990s card values, check it out!

However, the main reason I collect is not to turn a profit, but to have an incredible collection to share with my sons and pass along to them. Hopefully when they get the collection, they will want to continue collecting.

I convinced my wife to browse all the cards that would interest her on CheckOutMyCards. First thing she stated was how much easier the process was. When compared to eBay, here are the things we like:

  1. Easier to keep track of the amount spent
  2. Combined shipping costs
  3. No need to check/ wait for multiple auctions to end
  4. No worries about being outbid at the last minute

So, I started my CheckOutMyCards experiment with $20. I figured that, instead of getting a blaster box of some product I really don’t care about and hoping for a few cards I like, why not try to spend the same amount of money and only get cards I want. Here is what I got:

I am still getting the scanner up and running after the move, so all the card images are from CheckOutMyCards.

  1. 2006 Finest Blue Xfractors #12 – Ray Lewis/150
  2. 2006 Finest Blue Xfractors #12 - Ray Lewis/150 - Courtesy of

  3. 1997 Pinnacle Shades #5 – Cal Ripken
  4. 1997 Pinnacle Shades #5 - Cal Ripken - Courtesy of

  5. 1969 Topps Mini-Albums Inserts #2 – Baltimore Colts
  6. 1969 Topps Mini-Albums Inserts #2 - Baltimore Colts - Courtesy of

  7. 2005 Donruss Elite Passing the Torch #7 – Brooks Robinson/1000
  8. 2005 Donruss Elite Passing the Torch #7 - Brooks Robinson/1000 - Courtesy of

  9. 2004 Donruss Elite Face to Face Face Masks #FF23 – P.Warrick/E.Reed/125
  10. 2004 Donruss Elite Face to Face Face Masks #FF23 - P.Warrick/E.Reed/125 - Courtesy of

  11. 2008 Finest Gold Refractors/Xfractors #99 – Ed Reed/50
  12. 2008 Finest Gold Refractors/Xfractors #99 - Ed Reed/50 - Courtesy of

And the really great part is that I have over $9 left! In 2010 I will no longer use eBay, because I have found a much easier way to purchase my cards…

If you have not tried CheckOutMyCards, I highly recommend it!

After my wife presented me with the cards for my birthday, I could not wait to see what she had in store for Christmas! She actually got more cards than I could have ever imagined. Also a few nice non card gifts! She more then doubled the size of my Ray Lewis collection and added to pretty much every other player collection I had. I will highlight most of the cards, broken up by player (10 different posts!!) But until then, I will leave you with these two cards!

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…

Wicked Ortega is quickly becoming one of my most frequent trade partners. It is awesome because he has a way of finding some of the coolest cards to add to my personal collection. I don’t know how he finds so many great cards, but I love the trade packages he puts together.

For example, I will highlight just a small sampling of the great cards he sent my way.

Trade with WickedFirst is a 2009 Topps Updates and Highlights Propaganda Poster. I first saw this card over on Beardy’s blog and was stunned at how nice this card looked. Now I am very happy to add this card to the collection.

Trade with WickedA 2009 SP Legendary Cuts Cal Ripken Jr. card numbered to just 550! SWEET!

Trade with Wicked2008 Legends of the Game Cal Ripken. I love the old Orioles logo with the cartoon bird on the helmet.

Trade with WickedA gorgous Nick Markakis chrome.

Trade with Wicked2009 Goodwin Champions Nick Markakis mini

Trade with Wicked

Jim Palmer Topps short print!

Trade with WickedMore Jim Palmer…

Trade with WickedCal Ripken Jr.

Trade with WickedBrooks Robinson. He looks so young in this card!

Trade with WickedA nice view of Camden Yards and the Warehouse.

Trade with WickedAwesome vintage Brooks Robinson!

Trade with Wicked

And even more cards to add to the player collections.

Wicked, it is always a pleasure trading with you. Thank you!