Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Creating ALL TOPPS main set of your Team

I wanted a collecting project that would be achievable, but still a challenge. I decided on collecting all the Topps Main Set of the Texas Rangers. It's kind of like making a yearbook of your favorite team through out the decades. I chose Topps because I love their cards, and since the Rangers began in 1972, Topps was the only consistent manufacturer of their cards.

Here is how you can make an All Topps Main Set of your team: 


Step 1 - Use Beckett.com to get a list of your team.

Use the search engine for your team.
and then start Filtering down from there.
Baseball > Topps > Main

Step 2 - Load the List from Beckett in Excel.
I believe a Beckett Account will let you do this,
Of if you are good with Excel you can highlight and paste the cards, then delete the photos, unneeded cells, and hyperlinks.

Step 3 - Save the list and use Avery.com to do a mail merge to make your card place holders.
I used template 5363.

You then need to create a text box, rotate the text horizontal, and then do an Import Data (mail merge) using the excel file you created.

Once the mail merge is complete, print the labels.

Step 4 - Cut the labels and pre-load the 9 pocket pages. The card place holders will reserve a space for the card until you acquire it for your collection.

Step 5 - Begin loading up the binder with your cards!
This made it much easier than keeping a file to see what cards you have left to collect.
I was able to load up the binder and begin filling it with all my cards, I still have a few holes but the binder is way more complete now.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

2013 Topps 75th Review

I had a lot of fun opening this box! I love oddball sets, pop culture cards, & presidential cards.
Got a decent auto, a cool buyback, and completed most of the set.
I also got the chrome cards of the main set I was wanting as well. 
It was a win!

What's in the Box
Packs in Box 24
Cards in Pack 8
Total Cards in Box 192
Inserts Pulled: 4
Parallels Pulled: 24
Hits: 4

Hit List
Maggie Langrich Auto
Dawn Wells Auto
Marta Kristen Auto
The Island Earth Buyback

Monday, December 9, 2013

2010 Topps Update Blaster

Got this on clearance at the Wally World:

No major hit, but fun to open for the price:

And the Manu Patch:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Black Friday COMC pickups

Didn't get to do much Black Friday shopping, but did place a few orders with Comc.com. They had some great deals! One of my orders just came in today.

Picked up 2 Puig RC's I did not have, but have been wanting to pull.

Some presidential cards for my Political PC.

The start of my 2013 Topps David Murphy #558 rainbow.

An 8 player relic of Kins, Murphy, Blalock, & Young.

A David Murphy Relic

Some Strange Autos...

And a few Nolan Ryan SN'd cards

Monday, December 2, 2013

My (current) Card Want List

These are the current cards in my MOST WANTED LIST

Card Desc. Year
Johnny Bench RC 1968
Reggie Jackson RC 1969
Cal Ripken Jr 1982
Derek Jeter RC 1993
Nolan Ryan RC 1968
Nolan Ryan 1970
Alex Rodriguez RC 1994
  Mike Piazza 1992
  O-pee-chee Chippers Jones RC 1991
Jim Thome RC 1991
Jim Thome RC 1991 Bowman
Vladimir Guerrero 1995 Bowmans Best
Roy Halladay 1997 Bowman Chrome
Dwight Gooden 1984 Fleer Update
Kirby Puckett 1984 Fleer Update
Ted Williams 1961 Fleer
Ted Williams 1955 Topps
Hank Aaron 1959 Topps
Hank Aaron 1961 Topps
Hank Aaron 1969 Topps