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Ty Blach Auto Contest

Happy Valentines Day!! In Cupid’s honor, I think we should have a contest.

This contest is for a 2017 Topps Stadium Club Ty Blach Auto. The winner will receive the card pictured, as well as a stack of cards from their favorite team. Contest ends 2/21/19 at 9:00pm EST. The rules will be explained below. Good luck!

To enter this contest, perform one of the two things below. You may perform both for a maximum of two entries per day.

  • Comment on this post
  • Follow me on Twitter and retweet one of my contest tweets

You can comment on the post once a day, and everyday you comment will add an additional entry into the contest. I will occasionally tweet about the contest, and you can retweet those to enter as well. However, only one retweet per day will count towards the contest. The winner will be selected using, and will be notified via email and/or twitter. The winner will have one week to send me their mailing address. I will ship the card to the winner for free!

Adding to my Clayton Kershaw PC

With the official end of my Matt Kemp PC earlier this year, I’ve decided to turn my attention to a few other interests, namely my Clayton Kershaw PC.

I’ve been collecting Kershaw ever since I came back into the hobby about six years ago. In fact, one of my first posts highlighted a recent Kerhsaw relic I had picked up. But because so much of my attention was on building out my Kemp PC, I never truly got going on my Kershaw PC…at least not as much as I’d have liked.

I’ve really got to get a printer/scanner…phone pics don’t do these cards justice.

I’m currently sitting at 131 Kershaw cards, in large part due to a couple of mail days from both my dad and best friend over the past two weeks.

I’ve recently looped my dad back into the hobby after a long hiatus, and we’ve been opening up boxes over video calls for the past month. I initially got into the hobby after inheriting all of his junk wax after he stepped away years and years ago, so it’s cool to share the hobby with him now.

He shipped over a large chunk of my collection I was storing in his basement, including all of the Kershaw cards above. Gotta love that Stadium Club shot.

My friend Dikran was holding onto the rest of my collection and shipped nearly ten blaster boxes worth of cards to me early this week. Needless to say, I’ve spent most nights this week sorting through all of that fun cardboard.

Though I’ve largely been out of the hobby for the past couple of years, only picking up packs here or there when I can find them, Dikran has been picking up blaster boxes of new products when he sees them. He doesn’t care about the base cards, as he only chases hits, so he shipped me everything he’s picked up over the past couple of years. While I disagree with his collecting philosophy, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take all of these “worthless” base cards off his hands.

Now that I’m fully back in the hobby, I’m excited to push forward with my Kershaw PC, and I’m actively searching for cards I don’t have. I know there are approximately eleventy hundred active Dodger-bloggers out there, but reach out if you want to swing a trade. You can send me an email on my Contact page above or reach out to me on Twitter (@markle05).

A Splash of Snowflakes

I got a call from my dad about a month ago asking for opinions on cards. He was in the Wal-Mart card aisle, looking for something to break open and send along my way. He ultimately decided on two blaster boxes of 2018 Topps Update Holiday Snowflake.

To be honest, I had never even heard of the Holiday Snowflake set, but it sounded intriguing. I figured it was probably the same set as Topps Update with some snowflake graphics, which ended up being the case. Seeing as I never picked up any Update, however, I figured it would be fun. The snowflakes aren’t too intrusive, and when combined with great photography, they can make for a great card. Just check out that Beltre above.

Baseball, of course, is predominately a summer sport, and the juxtaposition of snowflakes and baseball players is a bit odd. In the baseball world, winter is typically reserved for a flurry of blockbuster trades and players signings, but that hasn’t been the case over the past two off-seasons, just ask Manny Machado (who, in case you haven’t heard, is still on the market). This is one of my first cards featuring Machado as a Dodgers and likely one of my last, especially with Corey Seager back in the fold after missing most of 2018 with Tommy John surgery.

Speaking of Seager, what a magnificent action shot.

I started my 2019 my officially closing the door on my Matt Kemp PC, but I think this may still find its way to Kemp’s binder in my closet. Topps sure does find a ton of shots of Kemp smiling.

As my dad ripped through the packs, we both remarked about the terrific parity in the pair of blasters. Each blaster contained 100 cards (10 packs of 10 cards), totaling 200 cards between the boxes. When all was said and done, we managed only 9 doubles. Not bad.

I’ve long been a fan of Shohei Ohtani, and I was excited about the possibility of pulling one of his rookie cards. The final pack held the cardboard of 2019’s hit two-way phenom and now so do I.

To make things better, each blaster box had a guaranteed hit, useful when recouping the price of the box or adding to a list of trade bait.

We managed a “only” pair of relics from a couple of All-Stars. Not bad.

It was a great pair of boxes overall and a fun time breaking the boxes across the country with my dad.