Monday, August 20, 2012

2012 East Coast National Recap! (Pt.1)

Hey guys, Drew back here! All summer, there are certain events I pinpoint as being the highlights of my summer. Sunday was one of those very days, as Dad and I geared up to make the trip over to White Plains, NY, for the East Coast National! As most of you know, we're common customers to JP's Sports autograph signings and card shows, and with a pretty solid lineup, we couldn't miss out on it. I met 6 players, which will be shown later this week, and bought a couple of nice cards, but for today, you guys will see the results of the few packs I opened at the show (hint: I didn't do too badly!). Here we go!

2012 Topps Archives (1 Pack):

- Nyjer Morgan
- David Ortiz
- Josh Hamilton
- Jon Lester Gold Parallel
- Andy Van Slyke
- Starlin Castro
- Jose Valverde
- Clay Buchholz 

If I didn't get the Hamilton card I wouldn't have been very happy at all with this pack. Every card besides it is for trade.

2011 Bowman Chrome (1 Pack): 

- Chase Utley
- Dillon Gee RC
- Michael Blanke
- Dickie Joe Thon

I'm not quite sure why I bought a $7 pack that only held 4 cards in it. I was feeling good, so I thought maybe a sweet auto would be coming, but well, the results of this pack gave me a pretty solid reality check. 

2011 Allen & Ginter (1 Pack):

- Brandon Belt RC
- Daniel Descalso RC
- Peter Bourjos
- Tim Lincecum
- Miguel Tejada
- CJ Wilson
- Jonathan Sanchez Black Bordered Mini
- Roy Halladay Hometown Heroes

I wasn't paying attention when looking for these packs, and instead of grabbing a pack of the new Ginter, I got some of the old, boring, last year Ginter. I believe I have the set, so these are for trade too. 

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen (2 Packs):

- Casey Kotchman
- Ryan Dempster
- Heath Bell
- Jhoulys Chacin
- Jimmy Rollins
- Ryan Braun
- Troy Tulowitzki
- Roy Halladay

- Willie Mays
- Bob Gibson
- Ty Cobb
- Geovany Soto
- Scott Rolen
- Trevor Cahill
- Jemile Weeks
- Angel Pagan

- Carlos Ruiz Gypsy Back Mini
- Willie Mays Moonshots Insert
- Matt Garza Mini

I love the look of this year's Gypsy Queen, and by far these were my favorites of the packs. The mix of older and newer players makes for a really strong checklist, and it's fun pulling cards of people I actually know (unlike Dickie Joe Thon)! But, I did say earlier that I did pretty well overall, and well, one card in the Gypsy Queen pack just about made up for the cost of the packs....

I saw blue when I opened the pack, and I suddenly thought it could be Griffey or Koufax or Darvish or just something beyond incredible. It wasn't at THAT high of a level, but I'll take a Gypsy Queen Eric Hosmer on card auto any day! Hosmer is having a sophomore slump type season, but I think he's got enough potential to be a star for the next decade or so! I redeemed this when I got home, and unfortunately, the Estimated Shipping date was around the beginning of December. A long wait, but I believe it will be well worth it. 

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the recap! See Ya!


  1. I was there Saturday. Didn't pick up much. I will post the goodies in a blog later this week.

  2. A nice assortment of packs, Drew - can't wait to see what your other goodies from the show are (particularly the autographs).

    Bummer you picked up a '11 A&G vice '12, but you never know! '12 GQ was one of my favorites, too. I have some duplicates from that set, let me know if you chase the set or need/want any in particular. Nice pull on the Hosmer! A Hosmer redemption was actually MY biggest hit from '12 GQ as well! I sent mine off to the Bay of E though (no real love for Hosmer). Will be excited to see when you get yours and then root for Hosmer to crush it next year!

    Don't have time to compare #'s with names, but if you have any of the following from your Archives and GQ packs - I could use them for my sets and would be happy to start up a trade:

    0 - 50: 6, 7, 16, 17, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 42
    51 - 100: 51, 56, 68, 69, 73, 75, 78, 80, 84, 85, 87, 95
    101 - 150: 115, 116, 119, 121, 125, 127, 130, 132, 136, 146, 149,
    151 - 200: 151, 154, 166, 167, 169, 175, 181, 187, 190, 196,
    197, 198, 199, 200

    0-100: 5, 82
    101-200: 112
    201-300: 202, 210

    Long shot, but you never know.

    Take Care,


    1. Hey Ryan, thanks for all of the feedback! Well, I've got 5 Archives cards you need (6, but I want to keep the Hamilton card for my collection), and as for Gypsy Queen, I'll have to check and see what else I have first, because I may have what you need. Shoot me an email to and we can talk about working something out.




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