Thank’s Topps Now

Want to give a shout out and big thank’s the people at Topps Now for the free End of Season 2016 and 2107 Spring Training Topps Now cards.   These were totally unexpected and very much appreciated.   This is a great example of how great customer service and small things make the customer feel appreciated and I will definitely purchase some more in 2017.


Topps Now was launched for the 2016 Baseball season and featured 1 to 5 Topps Baseball cards produced each day throughout the season that could be purchased and shipped for $9.99.   I picked up a few of these for my team, the New York Mets (Bartolo Colons Home Run, Jacob DeGroms 1 hit shutout, and when the Mets clinched the NL Wild Card



Thanks again to Topps Now and I am looking forward to picking up a few more Mets cards in 2017 and maybe even a few more when something really exciting happens


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Richard Hatch (1945- 2017)

Sad to see the passing of Richard Hatch.   He played  Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, as well as Tom Zarek in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica.  I was a huge sci-fi fan as a kid and became a big fan of Battlestar Galactica when it premiered in 1978.   I remember being in 6th grade and the teacher brought in a 1979 Battlestar Galactica calendar and told us he would give it to the person who scored the best on an upcoming spelling test.    I had never been the best speller, but I made up my mind that I had to have this calendar, so I studied harder than I had ever studied and won the calendar, and I still have it today.


Battlestar Galactica also had some great card sets,  from TOPPS 1978 set, to a number of Rittenhouse Archive sets in the 2000’s (for both the original and new show)

One of my all time favorite promo cards is the Battlestar Galactica Gummi 2003 Card which was given out as a mail-in redemption from Rittenhouse and Non-Sport Update Magazine.

Funny how the death of somebody I never met, can bring back so many fond memories.  Thank you, Mr. Hatch, for making my world a bit better and may you rest in piece




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Time for Baseball

This Sunday is Super Bowl Fifty One between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.

I’m a big sports fan and love watching the NFL (I cant remember the last time I missed watching a NY Ginats Game)  and enjoy listening to sports talk radio (Mike Fracessa on WFAN in New York, and guys like Dan Graca and Tom Byrne who use to be on Mad Dog Sports Radio on SiriusXM).   Getting rid of their nightly shows  for the awful West Coast  show was a idiotic move.    Also,  I can’t listen to Steve Torre at anytime as he just gets on my nerve (but I digress)

I also have not watched a NFL pre-game show (on the Networks, or ESPN)  since Brent Musburger on CBS (You are Looking Live) as I only care about the games, and really have no interest in all gossip and worthless information that is discussed over and over.

So every year, I like to take the 2 weeks leading up to the Super Bowl to tune out all the noise to catch up on some TV Shows,  listen to music, and read some book.

Come Sunday, I will watch the Super Bowl, (no pre-game, or post game) and once the game is over I will start getting excited about the upcoming baseball season.

The week before the Super Bowl is also exciting because its when TOPPS usually releases it Series 1 Baseball Cards for the year.    While not as big a collector as when I was young, I like to follow the release each year, and will try and pick up a few packs now in then at Wall Mart or Target.  Its crazy how big the sets are nowadays, with all the different autograph cards, insert sets, and others.

TOPPS 2017 Series 1 Baseball Cards

Here is box break of a Jumbo Box of 2017 TOPPS Series 1 Cards to give you an idea


Been a while since I wrote so want give a few shout outs:

Congratulations to Serena Williams and Roger Federer for showing the world that age is just a number and winning the 2017 Australian Open.  It was a great tournament and fun to watch

Australian Open 2017

Congratulations to Brent Musberger and Verne Lundquist on there retirement.   As I mentioned above, I remember watching Brent as host of the NFL Today on CBS in the 80s.   And I have always enjoyed watching him do college football.  And I will never forget Verns’ call of Jack Nicklaus put in the 1986 Masters.  Both will be missed

And a big thank you to SiriusXM and Volume on channel 106.    I have really enjoyed listening to Nik Carter and Lori Majewski in the morning on my way to work, and then Mark Goodman and Alan Light on my way home.   Both shows have had some really great discussions since the show started.   And I can’t forget Eddie Trunk, the master of hard rock and heavy metal.  Maybe they can get whoever came up with this channel to take over Mad Dog Radio and bring back good sports talk radio





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One more

Saw a link to this awesome video of Stephen Stanton signing cards and stickers for the TOPPS Star Wars Masterworks card set.   Love to see him taking the time and thinking about each card.

May need to track down one of his cards when the set is released

Star Wars Masterworks 2016


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Quick Update – More to come

Came across this and thought I would share it.   About a family that travels around the globe.

The Bucket List Family



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Happy New Year

Want to wish everybody out there a safe and happy New Years and all the best in 2017

2106 has been a crazy year with the Presidential Election, the Chicago Cubs, and the deaths of way to many actors / actresses / musicians / writers / scientists / and others

It has also been the year when social media became mainstream and has basically taken over as the place that everybody and media outlet posts and gets there news.  While technology moves forward, and there are lots of great new things, we are seeing that not everything new is better.   Its getting harder and harder to determine what is real and what is fake in terms of news and facts in general.    I think that things will eventually settle down as science becomes more important then opinions and people realize that there are things that cannot be argued  (i.e. the earth is round).

A couple of thoughts on the seemingly large number of deaths this year.   I was wondering if this will become the new norm going forward based purely on the number of important and famous people around.   There are now way more Movies / TV Shows / Books / Athletes / Musicians / Scientist / Politicians / Inventors alive then ever and all of them cannot fight time.  So just based on numbers, we are going to see more an more deaths.

While each and every death is sad in its own way, it should also be a time to reflect and celebrate all greatness that we have been blessed with and will continue to be exposed to.   Thinks of all the great moments that your favorite band or sports team or movie or TV show has brought you and embrace this who brought it to you, and celebrate it.  Its a great time to be alive and we should all embrace what we have.

Which brings me to the recent backlash against Steve Martin and Cinnabon for their recent Tweets about Carrie Fishers passing a few days ago.  While everybody is entitle to their own opinion and how they choose to grieve over a death,  it makes me sad that their are a small group of people out their that want to push their way on everybody else.   I wish both Steve Martin and Cinnabon had not felt the need to remove their tweets to please these few others.  Had it been me, I would have either simply ignored those who complained, or replied back “Fuck You” poured myself a drink, raided my glass and toasted to Carrie Fisher, her life and the memories she gave.

The NY Football Giants end there regular season on New Years Day with a game against the Washing Redskins before playing a Wild Card Play-Off game the following week.  Glad to see the Giants back in the play-offs after a long absence, and hopefully they can find the magic that they used to win 2 Super Bowls.   I like there chances as the Giants are never out of games, and Eli Manning has a way of surprising people when it really matters.

More to come in 2017

Happy New Year

Average Andy


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Long Live Rock and Roll

Congratulations to the 2017 inductees into the Rock in Roll Hall Of Fame

ELO, Joan Baez, Journey, Peal Jam, Tupac Shakur, and Yes

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

I was pretty good,  naming 4 of the 6 when the nominations were announced in October.   This is a well deserving group of bands and musicians.   Its a diverse groups and hopefully will lead toward more so called corporate rock acts like Boston or Foreigner, and Prog bands like Marillion and Dream Theater to get looked at going forward.    And maybe this will lead to some of the great Heavy Metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest to finally get the recognition they deserve

I have never really had a issue with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  I think they do a great job of  accepting all types of artists and music.   As there is no real definition of Rock an Roll (Is it defined by a band, by the instruments that they play, or the influence bands or performer has on others.    I personally like all kinds of music from singer / songwriters like Neil Diamond and John Denver (who deserves some recognition into the Hall) to Heavy Metal bands and everything in between.   Also it may be time for the Hall to look at some of the 80s Pop Bands who influenced a whole generation of people on MTV.

An while I ma not a fan of Country, Rap, or artists like Beyonce,  I have no hatred towards them and their music.  Its just not my stile and doesn’t make me feel like when listening to music that I like.   And I am sure that there are others who love these types of music, and cant stand some of the bands and music I listen to.    That’s what makes Rock and Roll, and music in general great, and why the Rock and Roll Hall of fame exists.

Looking forward to see if Journey reunites with Steve Perry at the induction ceremony, as well as how many members of Yes jam together on stage.    Should be an entertaining show in 2017.

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