Monday, May 15, 2017

Post #20 - What I've Been Up To

Yeah, I know everyone is dying to know the answer to that question.  Well, this post will contain the answer! And even if you aren't dying to know, well, you must be just a little bit curious, because you're still here! So, without further ado...

1. Trade packages!

These three are for Robert at $30 A Week Habit, Marc at Remember the Astrodome, and Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown.  Gavin's isn't quite done (his is the unsealed one on the left) but it is close; I'm hoping to have these out this week.  Saturday morning will be the latest ship date.  I really owe this one to Robert, so I appreciate his patience!

2. Set building!

Yes, after x amount of years of wanting to build this fun little set as a kid, I'm finally pulling the trigger and doing it! For those of you wondering, this is the 1994 Upper Deck Fun Pack set. I only took this one picture of one of the only complete pages I have, but I'm currently sitting at 176 of 240 base cards (73.3%), plus I need all 30 Scratch Off inserts.  I have uploaded my wantlist to the "Sets I'm Building" page here. Any help would be appreciated.

Also, on the flip side of the trading spectrum with this set, I've got between 100-150 duplicates of different cards in a box right now.  If you're missing some team or player cards from your collection that are in this set, let me know and I'll see if I have any; if I do they're yours no questions asked!

3. Reds Team Sets

On my "Also In Search Of..." page I mention that I'm going to try building the Reds team sets from each flagship release from 1980-present.  Maybe once I get a good chunk of the flagship sets done, I'll move to Opening Day, Ultra, etc.  But for now, my wantlist for the flagship sets will be up very soon; all I have left to type up at 2005-2017 Topps, and then to go through and cross off whatever I already have!

So that's what I've been up to the last 72 hours.  Moving on, what's on tap for tonight?

1988 Fleer! Time to see if this "factory set" has all 660 cards (except the Rocky Childress I need; anyone?).  If so, I'll be purchasing some pages and a binder and putting this puppy away as a completed set.  Is that fair? Hey, my collection and my blog, so yeah, it's fair! Just like with the Fun Pack set, I'll try and get a trade list up as soon as I can for duplicates, because I know I have a handful of 1988 Fleer's in my collection that I won't need!

EDIT: So on second thought, this isn't quite fair.  So I'll make building this 1988 Fleer a challenge; this box essentially just became my starter set.  I'll use the TCDB checklist and chase down the variations and inserts (except for maybe stickers) as well.  Keep an eye out for a wantlist!

Well I better get cracking on that Fleer! Sorry I don't have a 30-day Challenge entry today; I'll try again tomorrow.  Thanks for reading, and have a great night!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Post #19 - I'm Baaaaaaack

Whoops.  That was an unintended sabbatical from blogging, and collecting in general.  Between finals, moving into the duplex in Missouri, and getting back home to Michigan for a few months, I haven't had time to do anything with my collection.  Because of that, I do have to make a small apology.

Robert from the $30 A Week Habit blog sent me the cards that I'm going to show off today, and I owe him a package back.  Robert, I'm getting ready to start working on the Lawrie/Thome/McCutchen list to send your way, and then it'll be a package afterwards.  Also getting one set aside for Bru at Remember the Astrodome (need you to resend me your address) and I think Night Owl at Night Owl Cards (he is a Dodger fan, right? If someone can confirm, and even send me his address, I'd appreciate it!)

Without further ado, let's see these Posey's that Robert generously sent my way.  Disclaimer: he also added a couple of Shawn Green's and Tom Brady's, but they've already gotten mixed into a shuffle, and I don't want to post the wrong cards!

Robert found a 2013 Topps Wal-Mart parallel I didn't yet have; there's actually a ton of these parallels when you consider that Posey was featured on three different base cards, including this one.

This "Then and Now" insert from 2017 Topps is one of those cards that I would have never pulled on my own, and would have ended up buying from a shop for a couple of bucks; luckily I won't have to!

This is the card that initially caught my eye: 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Green parallel.  I never really see GQ in stores, so this is another one that I would have had a hard time obtaining.

Finally, potentially my  new favorite Posey card: 2017 Topps Heritage Chrome, #'d 356/999. This marks my first numbered Posey and it's just a gorgeous card in general. Thanks again Robert! Like I said, hopefully I can have your trade package sent out soon!

Here we are again with day #11 of the 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: one of your favorite cards from the 1970s. Another area of my collection lacking in substance, and since it was before I was born, I have to pick another famous one.

1970 Topps Johnny Bench screams "Big Red Machine" at me! I love it, and that's a golden era of baseball that as Reds fans, I sure hope we see again soon!

That's all for me tonight.  I should have some more from Julie's box tomorrow, and I promise I'll get those trade packages wrapped up soon! Everyone have a great night, and thanks for reading!