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!


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Post #24 - Trade with Baseball Card Breakdown

A week or so ago, I shipped off a bubble mailer to Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown to add to some of his PC's. Yesterday, I picked up his return PWE and the goodness inside of it.  However, before we launch into that, I would like to publicly congratulate Gavin on his 1000th post! That's a great milestone, and even though he's well on his way towards 2000 already, I would like to congratulate him anyway!

Okay, on to the envelope contents

The only two non-Reds cards were these two Mantles, which is great; I don't remember the last time I added to my Mantle PC.  Not sure exactly what the card on the right is, but the one on the left is card #7 in the 2012 Topps base flagship set.

A 2013 flagship Mat Latos is going to help me one of two ways; either when I start my 2013 set build (someday...) or when I start my Reds flagship build (someday...).

Six Joey Votto cards for the PC.  I actually really like all six of these.  The two Ticket to Stardom cards up are really cool, and I love the Archives design, mainly because I haven't gotten my hands on many of them.  I like the Superstar Celebrations card on the bottom too!

Finally, my favorite card of the bunch:

A Kyle Waldrop autograph from last years Stadium Club! Any time I can get a new autograph for the Green Binder is a good day, and when it's a Red that's even better! Granted he's in the Mariners organization now, but that doesn't matter to me!

And when turned over we see that it's number 7/50, which is pretty cool as well!

Thanks for an awesome trade package Gavin; I've already stumbled across some more Floyd's that need to head your way soon! Thanks for reading everyone, and have a great weekend!


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Post #23 - Autographed Cards #4-6

Three more autographed cards from The Binder this afternoon.  Seeing as it's Sunday and my allergies are again kicking my behind, I'm cooped up indoors, no matter how beautiful the weather.  So, without further ado, here are the fourth through the sixth cards out of my green autograph binder.

Sidenote: I really can't wait until I can invest in a scanner, because the quality of these pictures is just killing me to look at. I try and make everything that I can perfect (grammar, photos, etc) but sometimes this phone camera just doesn't cut it.  Maybe once I get my iPhone repaired that will help...

Card: 2016 SAGE HIT "Autographed" #A43

Player: Geronimo Allison (Football)

Team: Illinois Fighting Illini

Obtained: Pack/trade

Notes: Allison is currently a wide receiver on the Green Bay Packers roster. He attended the University of Illinois-Champaign before he was signed as an undrafted free agent.  He spent two years at Iowa Western Community College before transferring to Illinois for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.  Despite being cut by the Packers during the last round of team cuts in 2016, he was signed to their practice squad and then promoted to the active roster on October 24.  In the second quarter of the Packer's Week 8 game against Atlanta, Allison made his first career reception - a four yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers. In March of 2017, Allison resigned with Green Bay.

Card: 1991 Upper Deck #198

Player: John Alt (Football)

Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Obtained: Through the mail

Notes: Alt was an offensive tackle in the NFL from 1984-1996, spending his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after graduating from the University of Iowa.  He was a two time Pro Bowler and is a member of the Chief's Hall of Fame.  Alt's son Mark was the 53rd overall selection in the 2010 NHL draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, and he currently plays for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Card: 2008 TriStar PROjections #331

Player: Brett Anderson (Baseball)

Team: Visalia Oaks

Obtained: Through the mail

Notes: Brett Anderson currently pitches for the Chicago Cubs, although he has also seen time with Oakland, Colorado, and Los Angeles.  Anderson was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round of the 2006 MLB Draft and passed up an opportunity to play for his father at Oklahoma State to sign his contract.  However, in 2007, Anderson was one of several prospects who was traded to Oakland for Dan Haren and Connor Robertson.  Anderson would make his major league debut with the A's in 2009 and end up leading the team in wins with 11.  In 2011, however, Anderson landed on the disabled list and wound up having Tommy John surgery.  Over the next three years, a handful more injuries would bite Brett, and he was traded to Colorado in 2013. After one season, Anderson was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers; after two years in Los Angeles, he was released and signed with the Chicago Cubs before this baseball season.  Personally, I'm hoping that he can avoid many of these injury bugs that keep snapping at him and sending him back and forth between the disabled list.  He's truly a fun pitcher to watch.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday and enjoying the weather and their families.  As always, thanks for reading!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Post #22 - A Contest Entry

When I first started this blog in March, I was so certain that I would post everyday and make so many new trading partners and have such a great time and stick with it so well and...yeah, you get the picture.  Two of those things have come true: I've traded with some wonderful people already and I know there's more out there, and I have had a truly great time thus far blogging, even if it only has been for three months.  I number all of my posts as I go, because I know that if I don't, I'll skip right past any milestone that I ever have, and I don't want to do that.

I should note, by the way, that I've met many people in the online collecting community that I consider friends, even if we haven't met in real life or had more than a few interactions.  You are all wholesome, well-rounded, and passionate people, so take a quick second and give yourself a pat on the back.

Okay, now back to the entry! Julie (who I've mentioned several times) over at A Cracked Bat: Baseball and a Hot Dog recently hit her 100th post! In lieu of this milestone, she is running a contest on her blog and I figured I would take the opportunity to enter.  I always intended to enter the Top 10 contest Collecting Cutch put on, but that sticking with it/posting everyday stuff...

Anyway, if you don't follow her, get on it! And if you already do, give her a shoutout on your blog and send some more followers her way! And while we're talking about Julie, I figured I could take this opportunity to show off another grouping of cards she sent from a contest a while back.  It's been a bit since I did this, but there's still a bit left.  So today, let's take a look at what she sent from 2016 Topps Bunt.

I really like the design of both last year's and this year's Bunt, although these are my first Bunt cards ever.  It's hard to tell via scans online what a card will really look like in hand, but I can say with certainty that 2016 Bunt was a beauty.

We start with three Red Sox legends.  I love the Yastrzemski; I also really like how they used period-appropriate logos for the different eras.

Jose Canseco was idolized by every ballplayer at one time, but I think that some things speak volumes... like shooting oneself in the hand (or groin...I'm looking at you Plaxico Burress).  Sonny Gray was a late addition to my (currently) 8-0 fantasy team, but he hurt me pretty bad the other night with -13 points.

Brian McCann was one of my favorite catchers to watch growing up, but he never played for a team that I cared enough to follow.  Another legendary player in Juan Gonzalez.

Finally, this one is probably my favorite of the Bunt bunch; Lightforce insert of the one and only Johnny Bench. As I've mentioned, I'm a Reds fan, and anytime you can pick up a card of the greatest catcher in franchise history, it's a good day.

Make sure y'all go give Julie a follow and a shoutout before tomorrow evening! Details are on her blog.  Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone has a great night!