Fourth Giveaway: 2013 Will Clark RC Commemorative Patch

I got word about a week ago that @JJJCubs24 received the medley of cards (that ended up including a Felix Hernandez, Doug Fister, Tim Lincecum, and Jose Bautista) from the third A Swing and a Hit Giveaway. This means it’s time for another! The prize this time is a sweet card from 2013 Topps Update Series: a Will Clark (SF Giants) Commemorative Rookie Card Patch. The card features a mini patch of Will the Thrill’s 1986 RC. Check it out:


The rules are as follows:

1. Follow me on Twitter @aswingandahit
2. Retweet the contest tweets (there will be one daily so you can earn an additional entry each day)

The contest will end once I reach 350 Followers. I will use, randomize the list 10 times, and the name in the #1 slot will win. Good luck to everyone!

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Trade Bait: Jays, Rays, A’s, and….Rangers

Hey everyone, I’ve got some cards I’m looking to trade (or sell if you don’t have anything to trade) for some Astros, Packers, or Spurs cards. Let me know what you’re interested in either by commenting, sending me a tweet/DM @aswingandahit, or emailing me at


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Third Giveaway: Felix Hernandez and Doug Fister

Congratulations to @REALCHRISNESS for winning the Darvish relic! I have word that he received it which means…time for another giveaway! (I also completed a sweet trade with Chris via Twitter – I highly recommend trading with him!)

This time the prize is actually two cards: a 2013 Panini Prizm Team MVP Felix Hernandez card and a 2011 Topps Doug Fister Diamond Anniversary Sparkle Variation

The rules are as follows:

1. Follow me on Twitter @aswingandahit
2. Retweet the contest tweets (there will be one daily so you can earn an additional entry each day)

The contest will end once I reach 200 Followers. I will use, randomize the list 10 times, and the name in the #1 slot will win. Good luck to everyone!

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Second Giveaway: 2013 Topps Yu Darvish Relic

Today I heard from the previous contest winner that he received the Tommy Milone auto relic card. That means it’s time for a new A Swing and A Hit Giveaway!

This time around the card up for grabs is a 2013 Topps Series 1 Chasing the Dream Relic of Yu Darvish! The rules for being eligible to win are simple:

1. Follow me on Twitter @aswingandahit
2. Re-tweet my contest tweet once it goes up

You can re-tweet once per day for additional entries. On Saturday, February 22nd at 7pm CST the giveaway will close and a winner will be selected by entering Twitter names into a list and randomizing 10 times. The name in the first spot on the 10th time will get the card. Good luck and happy re-tweeting!

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Giveaway Winner Selected

And the winner of the 2013 Tommy Milone auto relic card is…..@Highlightreel31. Huge thanks to everyone who re-tweeted, followed, or even just clicked or commented on the blog. I’m thrilled to be at over 50 Twitter followers, and had a lot of fun chatting with sports card folks yesterday and today. Who knew that giving away cards could be so much fun?

Anyways, check back on here and Twitter. I plan on doing another giveaway at some point this coming week. Have a great weekend and good luck in all of your sports card endeavors!

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First Giveaway: Tommy Milone Auto Relic

Interested in this 2013 Topps Museum Collection Tommy Milone Autograph AND game-used jersey swatch card /299??

2013 Topps Museum Collection Tommy Milone auto relic 115/299

It could be yours simply by following me on Twitter and re-tweeting my contest tweet. My Twitter handle is @aswingandahit, and once I get to 50 followers I will enter everyone who has BOTH followed and re-tweeted into a drawing. I will randomize the list 10 times and the person at the top of the list after the 10th time will get the card. NOTE: You can gain one additional entry per day by re-tweeting once per day. Thanks!

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A Set In The Works: 2013 Topps Five Star Baseball, Base Set

I love 2013 Topps Five Star. It looks and feels like, well, a five star product. And with the cheapest of boxes going for $320 – I would expect nothing less. For those unfamiliar with the product, each box has only 6 cards which works out to about $53 per card (when they first came out, boxes ran closer to $500 which would put each card at a whopping $83 a piece). The 6 cards include: 1 Autographed Book Card or Silver Signatures Card, 2 Autographs, 1 Autographed Patch Card or Additional Autograph, 1 Jumbo Relic or Ultra-Premium Relic, and 1 Base Card. (NOTE: My scanner has not done proper justice to these cards)

Marichal, Lee, Howard, and Dawson

Most autographs are numbered /333 or /368 while the 100-card base set cards are numbered /75 which has led some to point out their relative rarity. 7,500 total base cards may seem like a lot, but several single cards in the past have been serial numbered higher than 7,500. However, the base cards are still among the least expensive on the second-hand market (alongside R.A. Dickey autographs and most relic cards).

Goldschmidt, Beltre, Robinson, and Jackson

When Five Star came out I was really curious about the buzz. Cardboard Connection calls it an “ultra high-end baseball card.” Some blogs even called it the highest-end baseball card product to date. So I took to eBay and ordered a Larry Doby base card for under $8. When I finally received it a few things struck me: the thickness of the card (about 180-pt), the beauty of the design, and the surprisingly (but not unnaturally) vibrant colors on a player who last took the field in 1959.

Bautista, Doby, and Wainwright

I was amazed with the quality I was getting on a card I paid less than $8 for. I had a realization that perhaps the $20 I was putting into each blaster box of everything from NBA Hoops to Panini Prestige Football to Gypsy Queen were better spent on cards like this. My collecting was ridiculously unfocused and nearly a year into collecting it was time to stick to something I really liked and wanted. So I decided I would collect all 100 base cards in 2013 Topps Five Star. Now here I am writing this post with 19 cards in hand, and an additional 6 in the mail – and I still haven’t paid as much as a single box costs. I’ve paid as low as $3.99 (including shipping) for a card and as high as $36.oo (Babe Ruth) with most falling somewhere around the $8-15 range.

Yount, Hamilton, Rendon, and Ellsbury

This is an incredibly rewarding way of collecting and I am enjoying building this set quite literally one card at a time off eBay (except for that one time I sold out and got an irresistibly-priced 4-card lot). Every week I have a great mailday or two, and it feels good to have focused my collecting some. Nearly every card has arrived in a penny sleeve and top-loader so storage hasn’t been an issue – but since this is such a nice set to look at I wish there was a way to display them as well. I am open to any and all suggestions! Also, would anyone happen to know if it would be worth it to a) use magnetic holders instead of top-loaders or b) get this set graded eventually? Oh, and if you have any cards in the set I don’t have let me know and we can try to work out a trade. I keep an updated checklist here. Thanks!

Ruth, Tulowitzki, Griffey Jr., and McCutchen

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