Monday, August 14, 2017

Post #36 - A PWE With A New Trading Partner

Getting an early post in today before things get busy for me! Hundomatic over at the Trading Card Database recently sent a proposal my way.  He was looking to finish his 2015 Topps set and I had a couple cards he needed.  I threw in an extra 2016 insert that was also on his wantlist in exchange for these two cards:

I scanned them right next to each other, but they are separate cards, I promise.  The Jeter is a 2015 flagship, and is listed as card #1a, with card #1b being a SP variation showing him tipping his cap.  This photo is from his final game at Yankee Stadium following his walk-off single to right field.  Say what you want to about the Yankees and Derek Jeter, but that moment was absolutely magical.

Derek Jeter Card Count: 65/15,634 (0.4%)

The Posey and Belt card marks another two-player card in my Posey PC, and is from the 2016 Topps set. I know some people collect cards only depicting the one player, but for me, any card featuring a guy I collect earns a spot in my binder.

Buster Posey Card Count: 68/4591 (1.5%)

Thanks for the trade, Hundomatic; I expect your package to be arriving today, or tomorrow at the latest.  Everyone have a great Monday, and thanks for reading!


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Post #35 - Autographed Cards #10-12

Before we get started today, I'm going to throw out a bit of advertising.  Colbey over at Cardboard Collections is running a small group break here soon and is looking for people to get involved.  Looks to me as of right now there's only five teams gone, but Colbey is only taking 14 people.  If my math is right, I think there's about 10 spots left, so head on over for some fun stuff!

Now, it's a nice easy Sunday afternoon and I have a scanner (as I mentioned yesterday).  I haven't had any trades come in recently but I think I'm in the middle of working a few, so I should have some new PC stuff to post about soon.  Until then, I'll clutter your Sunday afternoon with a couple cards with scribbles on them, in addition to some hastily done research on their subjects.

Card: 2009 Topps #591

Player: Elvis Andrus (Baseball)

Team: Texas Rangers

Obtained: TTM

Notes: Elvis Andrus is the starting shortstop for the Texas Rangers, and although he is probably best known for affectionately messing with teammate Adrian Beltre's head, I'll always remember him as "The-Guy-Who-Has-A-Really-Loopy-Signature."  Admittedly, it did turn out beautifully.  I picked this one up through the mail a long time ago, as Andrus was just coming up through the Rangers organization.

Andrus hails from Venezuela, and may or may not be named after Elvis Presley.  It is not uncommon for Venezuelan parents to name their children after non-Venezuelan celebrities. Andrus' mother never told him, and his dad passed away when Elvis was 7, so even he is unsure.  After being signed by the Atlanta Braves at the age of 16, Andrus worked his way through their minor league system before heading over to Texas in 2007 with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and three minor league pitchers in exchange for Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay. Andrus made the Opening Day roster in 2009 and at the age of 20 started at shortstop. Elvis made the American League All-Star team in 2010 and 2012, before signing an 8 year extension with Texas in 2013. While he is the Rangers franchise leader in stolen bases, he also holds the distinction of committing two of the team's three errors against the Blue Jays in game five of the 2015 ALDS, which was capped by Jose Bautista's dramatic bat-flipping home run.

Andrus is very Christian and has voiced many concerns for his two younger brothers still in Venezuela, citing the political unrest there as his biggest worry. Andrus' older brother, Erold, played independent ball in 2009 and 2010, and in 2011, despite being in minor league camp, was granted the opportunity to play in a major league spring training game with Elvis, marking the first time the brothers had played together in the United States.

Card: 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter #150

Player: Norichika Aoki (Baseball)

Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Obtained: TTM

Notes: I picked this TTM up during spring training last year, and man was I disappointed with how it turned out.  I'm guessing all Aoki had on himself was a pen, and it wasn't a great card to sign with the dark jersey, but normally I look forward to A&G autographs because they look great.  Not so much here, but a nice addition to the collection anyway.

Aoki is Japanese and came to the United States following a storied career in Japan, which I could spend multiple paragraphs talking about.  Instead, I'll limit our talk to his American career.  After being posted to the MLB after the 2011 season, Aoki landed with the Brewers. He would play with the Brewers through 2013, eventually taking over the starting right field position and hitting leadoff.  His speed combined with outstanding contact abilities made him a natural threat, and his power increased as his career went along.  In the winter of 2013/2014, Aoki was traded to the Kansas City Royals. He would hit one home run for the Royals in 2014 (a grand slam) before signing with the San Francisco Giants in the off season.  Two separate pitches hit Aoki that season, causing him to miss significant time, and the first one likely derailed his chances for making the NL All-Star team.  In time for the 2016 season, Aoki signed with the Seattle Mariners and hit .288 before being claimed by Houston off of waivers in November.  His roller coaster ride through the majors continued as he was recently traded to the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline this year for Francisco Liriano. Time will tell where he ends up next, but Aoki still has the tools to help a team when needed.

Card: 1994 Signature Rookies Gold Standard - Hall of Fame #HOF1

Player: Nate "Tiny" Archibald (Basketball)

Team: Boston Celtics

Obtained: TTM

Notes: Despite there being an autographed version of this set, I received this one TTM a few years back, and it was an absolute thrill getting that SASE in the mailbox. Archibald was an NBA legend that I only grew up hearing stories about, having never gotten to see him play personally.  Because of that, he took on almost a mythological role in my eyes.

After growing up playing hard-nosed basketball in the Bronx, Archibald was cut from his high school team midway through his sophomore year.  He was reinstated to the squad the next year, and although he didn't play much, he exploded his senior year.  Archibald would spend a year playing and studying at Arizona Western College before transferring to UTEP to play for coach Don Haskins (of Glory Road fame). Tiny was drafted by the Kansas City Kings (actually the Cincinnati Royals at the time) and would play for them from 1970-1976 before being traded to the Nets for two draft picks and two players. Due to injuries the Nets traded him to the Buffalo Braves, for whom he didn't play at all again thanks to injuries.  

After being traded to the Celtics, Archibald teamed up with a young Larry Bird to win his only NBA title in 1980-81. He would play with Boston until 1983, then finish his career in 1984 with the Bucks. Archibald scored over 16,000 points in his career and was a 7-time all-star, being elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991. Archibald finished his undergraduate degree at UTEP near the end of his career, and subsequently earned a master's degree from Fordham.  He is toying with the idea of continuing his long-distance doctorate program, but that remains to be seen. Archibald also spent a few years coaching some lower-level minor league basketball teams, but is currently not involved with basketball.

Phew, that can get wordy quick.  But hey, maybe we all learned something this fine Sunday! Who out there knew that Nate Archibald had a doctorate degree from Fordham? Regardless, thanks for reading as always, make sure you check out Colbey's box break at Cardboard Collections, and have a great evening!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Post #34 - Why Does Opening Day Come Out in July?

Today's post serves a few purposes.  First, to show off new cards (yay!). Second, to get back on the posting train, because I'm very disappointed in my attention to it. And third, to show off the fact that I finally have access to a scanner! No more crappy Samsung photos with glares and blurry details!  So, without further ado...

Normally I stay away from Opening Day, minus my PC's.  The cards are essentially useless knockoffs of flagship that come out way later.  At least release Opening Day first, since, ya know, that's in the name.  But seeing as they're just $0.99 a pack at the Casey's right down the road where I do much of my shopping, I've been picking one up here and there.  My total is four right now, and they really aren't nearly as bad as I anticipated, although they're certainly nothing special.

Pack One

A pair of White Sox rookies and a "Ballpark Eats" insert from Miller Park highlight this pack. I also had an Andrew Benintendi rookie from the Red Sox but that has already been pulled for a future trade package.  Best one for me is the Finnegan card; it will either be useful in my Reds collection when I get that organized someday (boy, how many times have I said that on this blog?) or useful for when I start my run of the Opening Day sets (an idea I've been toying with lately which may or may not happen).

Pack Two

Rangers Opening Day insert in here is about the only notable card from this pack.  While I believe Opening Day and Flagship have always used the same photography, didn't Opening Day used to also have identical numbering to Flagship as well? Regardless, I'm glad to see the stupid "OD-###" numbering is gone this year.

Pack Three

Another Opening Day insert, this time of the Yankees and Tanaka. As people have noted before, instead of player social media links on the reverse of Opening Day cards, we see the generic Twitter and Instagram hashtag #TOPPSBASEBALL. What purpose does that serve on every single card?

Pack Four

A second Ballpark Eats insert, this time from Kansas City (and it does look pretty good).  Also a Starling Marte blue "Opening Day Edition" parallel which if I understand it correctly is a print run of 2017. Back in the day, the foil parallel sets of Opening Day and Flagship used to be numbered on the back to the year (20xx). At first they were a gold stamp number, then it became black ink, and now it isn't on there at all. Keep getting lazier, Topps (I say as I buy four packs of Opening Day). 

All in all, I wouldn't consider these a total waste for only $0.99 a pack.  They satisfy the itch to crack some wax and if nothing else they provide trade fodder.  Speaking of, if anyone needs or wants any of the cards pictured here, let me know and I'll toss you a PWE next week.  I have no use for them as of right now, so you won't be hurting my feelings by making them disappear.

I'm off to continue to get my hockey collection organized so I can start downsizing it. If nothing else, I've found myself adding a handful of scans to the TCDB, so that's something. Thanks for reading and have a great rest of your day!


Monday, August 7, 2017

Post #33 - A Sad Day For Baseball

I haven't read anyone else's blog posts today.  I apologize, but I've been traveling all day.  However, I woke up to the news that Darren Daulton had passed away.  Shortly afterwards, I got an ESPN alert that told me Don Baylor had passed away as well.  While I'm sure that this is not the only "In Memoriam" post today, it does come from my heart.

I never had the opportunity to see Daulton or Baylor play. Regardless, both had an impact on me, in collecting and in life.  Any day that someone passes on to the other side, whether a former ballplayer or just a neighbor down the street, is a sad day, and this is no exception.

Darren Daulton (or Dutch, as many called him) was a 25th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980, and he made his debut in 1983.  Up through 1988, Dutch saw very little time behind the plate, due to the presence of other Philadelphia catchers Ozzie Virgil and Lance Parrish.  In 1989, Daulton would take over the starting job and hit .268 with 57 RBIs, earning himself a three-year contract extension.  This extension allowed him to catch Terry Mulholland's no-hitter in 1990.

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1992 was a career year for Dutch, as he made his first All-Star game, finished 6th in the NL MVP voting, and won the Silver Slugger Award. He had another banner year in 1993, finishing 7th in the MVP voting as the Phillies won the National League pennant before falling in the World Series to Toronto.  1994 looked to be much of the same before knee injuries caught up to him, although he did manage to make the All-Star team again in 1995. Unfortunately, he only wound up playing in 98 games that season, and missed all but five games in 1996. Midway through the 1997 season, Philadelphia traded Daulton to the Florida Marlins.

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Beginning in 1997 (just like yours truly) Daulton became an outfielder, unable to catch due to lingering knee problems.  He would play a limited role for the Marlins in 1997, seeing time in left field, first base, and as a pinch hitter.  While only hitting .263 during the regular season (still an impressive clip), Dutch shined in the 1997 World Series, going 7-18 as the Fish defeated Cleveland for the ring.  Following the season, Daulton announced his retirement from baseball. In 2010, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame.

Daulton encountered many off-field issues ranging from DUI's to battery of his wife.  These are issues that I do not care to get into on this blog. What I will say about them is this: Darren Daulton was one name that I frequently saw in a negative light, and that was something that I always assured myself that I would avoid as a ballplayer.  Everyone is guilty of mistakes, and Darren Daulton was no different.  In 2013, he underwent surgery to address two brain tumors that he had, and in 2015 he announced he was cancer free  This was not the case, as Darren "Dutch" Daulton passed away this morning at the age of 55. 

I collected Daulton quite a bit as a kid.  I was raised in a junk wax household; by that, I mean my dad gave me all of his old junk wax hand-me-downs, and it was quite apparent due to Daulton's frequent appearance in many sets that he was a successful ballplayer.  My collection never developed any further, but I still to this day can flip through a box of 1990s baseball cards and come across a stack of seven, eight, nine Darren Daulton cards in a row.  He certainly would have been an early PC of mine.  Rest In Peace, Dutch.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Post #32 - Treating Myself in the Show Me State

Friday night after work, I finished packing up my car and headed down to Missouri for the school year and probably for a long time after that too. Saturday evening, after spending a full day in St. Louis, I drove to the local Casey's General Store down the road to pick up some beer and brats.

One reason that I absolutely love Casey's is the fact that I can always count on them to have packs of cards hanging out.  I usually grab one or two each time I go in there, but this night was a little different.  Instead of just grabbing a pack of Flagship, I was searching for some Heritage.  I've never intentionally bought any year of Heritage (just accidentally ended up with some in a few repacks) but I was looking for them this time.

I found Heritage.  And flagship.  And some other stuff. And my brats and beer, if anyone was wondering.  I bit the bullet and grabbed a pack of Flagship, a hangar pack of Heritage, and a repack box that I'll post about tomorrow.  Today I'll show off the two packs.

First up is the flagship.  My hopes weren't extremely high for this, and I have plenty.  But like anyone else, that "what-if, maybe" factor drove me to grab this out of the gravity feeder and take it up to the counter with me.

Jorge Soler insert...Tyler Austin rookie...Nomar Mazara and Corey Seager Topps trophy cards...newest Red Scott Van Slyke...ho hum.  Nothing spectacular by any stretch. I think we've all beat the discussion of the 2017 design to death by now, so I really have nothing else to say.

Now as for the Heritage...I don't know what the price tag was on this, nor do I care.  I loved the texture and the look of these cards.

Not a bad pack, really.  Phillips would go well in my Reds collection, but more about that below.  Two Ben Zobrist cards has beat that part to death too.  The Freeman card is a high numbered SP. 

All in all, not a bad two packs, although they are still cards that I probably don't need. That being said, I'm posting a list of these here. If anyone is interested in any of these cards, let me know and I'll throw them in a PWE for you.  I will update that Tradebait list as I go along and re-post it every now and again.  

I'll be back tomorrow with another post showcasing the other half of my purchase, and I'm really excited for those.  Thanks for reading, and have a great rest of your Monday!


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Post #31 - Autograph Cards #7-9

Well hey there.  I've been absent from the blog scene for damn near a month now.  That's a combination of being extremely busy with legion baseball wrapping up and moving back down to Missouri, and the fact that I haven't pulled off any trades or picked up new cards lately.  With that being said, I did do a little shopping for myself today while at the gas station, but I'm hoping to have that post up for tomorrow, and probably the next day.  Today, to make things quick, I'm going to hit autographed cards from my Green Binder numbered 7 through 9. I started this a while back when I didn't have anything else to post about, and I've actually had these pictures sitting in my email inbox for a while, waiting to be blogged about.  So, without further ado...

Card: 2008 TriStar PROjections #371

Player: Bryan Anderson (Baseball)

Team: Springfield Cardinals

Obtained: TTM

Notes: Anderson is currently a free-agent catcher, but has seen time with the Cardinals, White Sox, and A's.  He was a 4th round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2005 out of Simi Valley High School in California, and worked his way through the minor league system before making his MLB debut on April 15, 2010.  He only saw four games of competition in two weeks before heading back to AAA. When he continued to stay in AAA through the end of 2012, he opted for free agency, where he landed with the White Sox.  Although he was a September call-up, he would be released at the end of the season.  He signed a contract with Cincinnati, who promptly dealt him to Oakland, where he again bounced back and forth between the Show and AAA, mainly in September.  As of right now, he's a free agent, and one of my favorite catchers to watch; talk about a guy who gives it everything he has and fights for everything he's gotten.  I'm hoping he latches on with someone for a couple more years, but he isn't exactly a young gun anymore.

Card: 1987 Topps #73

Player: Dave Anderson (Baseball)

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Obtained: TTM

Notes: Anderson played in the majors from 1983-1992 with the Dodgers and the Giants; he won a ring in 1988 with Los Angeles.  In fact, he played a very interesting role. Anderson was the decoy pinch hitter on deck for the pitcher against Oakland before a hobbled hero in Kirk Gibson came off the bench to drill a game winner to the right field bleachers. Anderson has spent many years managing and coaching at the major league, minor league, and collegiate level.  He was most famous for being the third base coach for the Texas Rangers, involved in two controversial plays: a "coach's interference" call with Michael Young in 2010, and a debatable call to send Josh Hamilton home on a foul pop up in 2011, in which Hamilton ended up with a broken wrist.

Card: 1990-91 Pro Set Superbowl 160 #108

Player: Dick Anderson (Football)

Team: Miami Dolphins

Obtained: TTM

Notes: Anderson played nine seasons with the Dolphins in the AFL and later the NFL.  He was a consensus All-American at Colorado before his time in the pros.  A three-time Pro Bowler, Anderson was part of the undefeated 1972 Miami team.  In 1973, he became the 7th player in NFL history to intercept four passes in a single game.  After retirement, he became a Florida state senator, and in 2006 he was elected to the Miami Dolphins Ring of Honor. Anderson is also a member of the college football Hall of Fame.

I'm hoping to get back on this tomorrow afternoon/evening with some personal stuff and more cards, but it may get pushed to Monday.  Regardless, everyone have a wonderful remainder of your weekend, and thank you for reading!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Post #30 - Updates

This post isn't going to cover any trades, like the last few have.  Instead, I'm going to focus on getting down on paper (even if it is virtual paper) where I stand with some of my goals and collections as of this moment.  I hit a serious spurt last night (more on that in a second) and it gave me the idea for this post.

I was flipping through a box last night that I hadn't found in quite a while. I almost immediately hit a spot that left me with 1994 Upper Deck Fun Pack cards coming out of both ears.  When the dust had finally settled, I found myself just 16 base cards short of the complete base set, as well as missing all 30 scratch off inserts.  My wantlist has been updated accordingly; the only two non-subset base cards left are #162 (Sosa) and #170 (Jordan).

1994 Upper Deck Fun Pack: 221/240 (92.1%)

Inserts: 0/30 (0.0%)

We are now over the halfway point in the year. Back on January 1, there was a thread on the TCDB that asked about collecting goals for 2017. Along with getting my collection more organized (which has kind of happened...okay, maybe not really) I said that I wanted to complete my Jeff Peterek and Ralf Mojsiejenko PC's.  Here's where I stand on those.

Jeff Peterek: 11/16 (68.8%)

Ralf Mojsiejenko: 8/23 (34.8%)

Not too bad.  Obviously I'm a little behind on the Mojsiejenko, but I'm certain that I have a handful of cards of his put away in a box somewhere that I need to dig out; that will most likely be my project for the rest of the week.

All in all, I think I'm on a decent track for the PCs; there is one Peterek card that will most likely elude me for sometime (1988 El Paso Diablos Best Platinum), and another that I need to pull a trigger on eBay for. Mojsiejenko should be done by 1/1/18 (fingers crossed!).

So ends my "mid-year" update; any help with these PCs and the 94 Fun Pack set would be appreciated; all of my want lists are up to date if posted.  Thanks for dealing with a post that has no pictures. I don't really know of any appropriate ones for this topic, so here's one to throw in to thank you for reading this far:

A picture of three of my buddies and I after the Illinois @ Iowa game in 2015. This is one of my favorite pictures of all of us and I never miss an opportunity to show it off.  Thanks for putting up with me, and I hope everyone has a great rest of their Saturday! Thanks for reading!


P.S. - 30 posts doesn't seem like much, but that's not too bad. With that being said, consider this your first warning. I'm hoping to do a small giveaway when I get to 50, so be prepared!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Post #29 - More Trading from the Database

I feel like I'm falling behind on my trade posts, which makes me very uncomfortable.  While it's been a busy summer thus far (I returned from Ohio Monday afternoon before celebrating the Fourth with family on Tuesday and playing on the road Wednesday and Thursday) I have plenty of people that I owe credit to for helping me continue to expand my collection.  The two transactions today came via the Trading Card Database; one from a new trading partner and one from an old one.

First up, cjpaiken got ahold of me while I was in school about buying a couple more cards from him (I picked up a 1992 Topps Shawn Green in February). I told him to give me some time until I got home and back to work over the summer and I had the spending money for luxuries such as baseball cards.  We finally completed the deal and the cards arrived in short order.

This 1992 Classic Draft Picks Jeter card shows him in his Kalamazoo Central (Michigan) high school uniform, which makes it unique enough.  Throw in the fact that he's 18 years old, and I was thrilled to add this one to my modest Jeter collection.

The other card I picked up from Jim is this Shawn Green "Dress Code" relic from 2003 Donruss Classics.  This marks my second Green relic. Anytime I can get some sort of "hit" card for my PCs it's a good feeling, and this card is no exception. Thanks for a quick and painless transaction Jim; we will have to do it again soon!

The other transaction that was recently completed (at least, almost - Edward, your cards should be arriving soon) with Detfan6897 allowed me to get rid of some trade stock instead of cash. I tossed Edward some Tigers and what I believe to be set fillers or PC cards in exchange for the following:

The Mantei Topps Total is a welcome addition, as is the Green (which is actually a team checklist card). The Posey flagship is a new addition too, although I already have the Opening Day version.  Finally, the 2017 Heritage batting leaders allows me to add a Votto card to his PC; I've got another one on the way for my Reds collection too.

I'll try and get another trade post up this weekend; if I still owe you one, I'm sorry, but I promise it's coming! Have a great evening, and as always, thanks for reading!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Post #28 - A Trade With All Cardinals All The Time

Normally, I don't like dealing with Cardinals fans.  They beat up on my Reds too much (of course, seems like everyone in the National League does). But in the last year or so, my opinion has softened.  I've been exposed to many Cardinal fans down in Missouri, and I've gotta say that they're some of the most knowledgeable and aware baseball fans around.  And boy, do they love their Yadier Molina!

I reached out to Ray from All Cardinals All The Time a week or two back about a swap.  He agreed and I began the process of checking any and all Cardinals cards that I came across against Ray's wantlists.  Let me tell you something else about Cardinals fans - at least this one: Ray had his collection pretty well off before I started chipping off some parallels and inserts that he didn't have. They take their baseball serious.

Ray's return package arrived two days ago, and the contents were fantastic.

Some sweet Reds cards that will be great additions once I get my stuff together and get that part of my collection organized.  The Encore Sean Casey is awesome, as is the Wal-Mart blue bordered Brayan Pena - I never got any flagship from that year from Wal-Mart, thus I don't have any blue borders.  The Neagle and Cameron are from a set that I've never heard of before - Fleer Brilliants. They're certainly bright; you can see my reflection taking the picture when you see the full size version.

One hope of mine - the Rosie Red Topps card up there.  I'm not sure what set that's from (I haven't looked yet) but I really hope that they included Mr. Red Leg in the same set.  He's the mascot, not Rosie.  I like mascot cards, but you need to use the real one.  Show of hands, who all knew that the Reds had two mascots?

Six new Shawn Green cards (which reminds me that I really need to get my collections up to date on this blog).  The Bowman's Best is a subset "Best Performers".

Finally, this Jack Clark marks the first card I've received in a trade that knocks off a set need! This is from the All-Star insert set of 1988 Fleer, which I'm trying to complete (also need to get that wantlist up...ay yi yi).

Thanks for the great trade Ray! I hope you have a wonderful vacation and I look forward to doing another deal with you soon! For the rest of you, enjoy the remainder of your evening, and as always, thanks for reading!


Monday, June 26, 2017

Post #27 - A Quick Deal at the TCDB

Part of the reason that I rely on the Trading Card Database so heavily is because it's just a great collecting community filled with very helpful members who are all very knowledgeable.  If you have a question, just ask on the forums and you'll usually get an answer very quickly.  Because of this, I usually read every thread on the boards.  Sometimes the title peaks my curiosity, but mostly it's because there's always a small shred of hope that I can provide some help to another member, just as others have provided massive amounts of help to me.

So, last week, when I saw that member purtz5979 had a new thread up, I clicked it to see what he needed help with.  I remember the title was something regarding moving his cards from one list to another.  I was sad to see that he had become frustrated with some of the site members for various reasons and had decided to stop selling on the site.  I had always matched up wantlists with him, but he never had anything that matched up to my tradelist.  Now it became clear why; he was only selling and not interested in acquiring any new cards.

On a whim, I reached out to him to ask if he would be willing to part with one, last small order.  He readily agreed, and I picked out the following six cards that he sent my way for what I felt was a fair price.

First, a 2017 Topps Fielding Award Buster Posey card.  One that I'll probably pull next time I open a pack of 2017 Topps, but hey, it was an easy add to the growing Posey PC.

So was this card: 2012 Topps "1987 Minis".  I was a little surprised when I realized I didn't have this one; I mean, I had like three other Posey retro minis and this design is so overused...but now I have it.  Sidenote. Take no offense Giants fans, but why is Posey always gazing out towards the left field wall so much, almost as if he wishes he could have that pitch back...?

I was also able to pick up some early Shawn Green cards that I needed, like this 1994 Fleer Update...

This 1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice "Silver Signature" variation...

And these two 1994 Upper Deck cards.  More common cards, but ones that are desperately needed for the PC.

Paul, thanks for a quick and easy transaction.  I sincerely hope to do another one in the future, but I understand your decision.  As great as every community is, things happen that can take a toll on each of us.

Everyone have a great rest of your Monday. Our legion team is struggling right now, but back in action in South Bend, Indiana tomorrow night at 6:00.  As such, I'll be MIA most of tomorrow, but have another great trade post planned for Wednesday evening.  Thanks for reading!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Post #26 - A Small COMC Purchase

A week or so back, I was feeling antsy and did a tiny bit of online shopping.  A small COMC order that totaled 5 cards and didn't hit my wallet for more than $10; I'll take that! So let's take a look at what I picked up.

If you've been following my blog from the get-go, these two cards may seem like odd pickups.  In fact, I did a bonehead thing and ordered the wrong minor league card; I already have the one on the right.  I think I've got a TCDB trade worked out for it, so no damage done.  That being said, the 1990 Fleer on the left seems like a typical, common card, until...

It's the Canadian version! This is a card that I initially was going to try and trade for, but the only copies that I saw were from collectors in Canada, and I'm not sure how to do international shipping. So, I was pretty sure I'd have to buy this one off the internet, so finding it cheap wasn't bad at all.  I'm still hoping to reach my January 1 goal of finishing my Peterek PC by December 31, 2017.

Total Peterek Card Count: 11/16 (69.75%)

Working on another PC, I picked up this gold Matt Mantei refractor

The lighting with my camera was weird, but you can certainly tell it is shiny! Another card for exactly $1.00 makes me happy, and it's one that when I first started setting Mantei cards away for my collection that I never would have thought I would pick up someday.  The same goes for these final two...

Mantei's 1996 Leaf Signature Series AU cards! With a print run of just 5000 (wow, "just" 5000...) and it being his only certified signature, I wasn't sure how easy these would be to come by.  Because it's his only certified autograph card and I don't have any of his extra cards lying around for a TTM request, I needed two of these; one for the PC and one for the Green Binder of Autographs.  And I got them both!

My soft goal is to complete most of the Mantei PC by the end of 2018 (it'll be tough with some 1/1 printing plates from 2004 Topps Total), but that becomes the next project after Peterek and Mojsiejenko!

Total Mantei Card Count: 15/148 (10.1%)

I'll have some more trade posts coming up hopefully this weekend.  Everyone enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Post #25 - Trade with The Angels, In Order

A week or two ago, Tom from The Angels, In Order posted about a mascot card he had discovered from 2006 Upper Deck and put out a call asking if anyone had the other two from the mini-set.  I did and immediately left him a comment. Over the next couple days I was able to throw the two mascot cards and a handful of Patriots cards from Tom's wantlist into a bubble mailer.  His return package was extremely generous and something that I'm going to showcase today.

First up are numerous Reds cards that are new to me and will certainly help when I get my stuff together and start documenting/placing my Reds collection into binders.  I think at the point I'm at right now, I'm best off throwing all of them into a box until I can get ahold of some binders and pages, but I digress.

The 1995 e-Motions are sweet and my first of the kind. All of these cards are new to me, including those 1994 Score cards and the early 2000s Donruss.  Tom also sent a good portion of the 1993 Fleer team set.  There are some oddballs and cards that I'm completely unfamiliar with as well.  The Toys-R-Us cards are pretty cool, as is the Eric Davis Starline.  The stamps, however, aren't just cool and unfamiliar, but they are completely foreign to me.  I don't even know where to start researching them, but I'm hoping I can get more somewhere!

Tom also threw in some minor league team sets for that portion of my collection.  This first one is the 2009 DAV set for the Grand Prairie AirHogs (now the Texas AirHogs), an independent league team from Texas. Highlights of this set include the manager:

And how can you not love a mascot named Fighter Pilot Ace Bacon?

Next was a 2008 Kansas City T-Bones team set, an independent league team from, you guessed it, Kansas City.  This particular set celebrated the team winning the 2008 league championship. Highlights:

Ken Harvey saw a little bit of time with the Royals before heading down to independent ball.

And of course the T-Bones wouldn't be complete without a bull mascot named "Sizzle"

Finally, a new Reds set as well that leaves me in a bit of a conundrum.

This 2011 Thompson Plumbing/Heating team set is the first I've seen and is a great addition to the Reds collection. But here's my problem...

Mr. 2010 MVP himself gets a silver shiny card (the Gold Glove winners got gold shine) commemorating his season.  I can't bear to break the set up, sooo...anyone got an extra JV 2011 Thompson card lying around?

Tom, thanks so much for a great trade. I'm already setting cards aside for you for next time! Thanks for reading, and everyone have a great night!