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!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Post #18 - Glory Days

Been a while since I posted; between finishing up my final weeks of baseball (yes, I'm a senior - and now I'm no longer a baseball player) and cramming in studying for finals with homework, things have been a little hectic.  I've had these cards from the ACB box organized, filed, uploaded to the TCDB and saved photographically on my laptop for almost a week now, if not more, but I'm finally getting around to posting them.  Today's post is going to feature almost exclusively classic Hall-of-Famers (although there may be a few guys who aren't in - don't hold me to this), as well as an important announcement at the bottom, so please don't just skip over it!

Julie's box contained a nice smattering of 2014 Classics card, including some pretty nice inserts.

More Rod Carew cards; but who's going to turn down a Hall-of-Famer? I like the Frank Thomas/Jose Abreu insert in the first picture as well. I now have the Duke Snider and Johnny Podres "Stepping Up" cards from that insert set.

The top picture here shows some of those 2017 Topps "advertisement" cards - I think there's 8 or 10 in the set? I honestly couldn't bear to throw these out like I'm seen some say they do; to me these are still baseball cards, and if there was one of a guy from my player collections, I'd want it.  The bottom picture shows a gorgeous Frank Robinson Finest insert, as well as a couple Musial and Ripken cards. Who cares about junk wax when it's Cal Ripken Jr. and George Brett?!

And we wrap up today with some Panini Cooperstown parallels from (I think) 2012.  Love the Joe Morgan; maybe someday I'll start up a collection of players from the Big Red Machine of the 1970s. As always, thanks to Julie for the box, and next time I post I'll have some more fun stuff!

Of course, I need to do my next installment of the 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge.  I think I might start calling it the 30 Post Challenge, seeing as it's taking me well over 30 days.  Today is Day #10 - one of your favorite cards from the 1960s.  Hard for me to think of any classics off of the top of my head, but I knew what player I wanted to do, and I do love this card now that I've seen it.

I will always stand by my opinion of putting Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame.  Many will argue about whether or not he's truly the greatest hitter of all-time, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who didn't list him in the top 5.  How can you have one of the five greatest hitters of all-time not in the Hall of Fame? Blasphemy! Okay, I'm done now.

That will do it for me this rainy Sunday.  If you're in the Midwest like me, try not to float away with all of this rain.  One last note - I'm heading home over the summer, at least for a couple of months. This means that if you traded with me on the Database, my address on there will be changing, so make sure that you have my updated Michigan address before mailing anything.  I can always be reached via email ( if you need to confirm or want to work out a deal. Everyone have a wonderful rest of your Sunday, and thanks for reading!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Post #17 - More More MORE!

I've been off for a few days, so I've got plenty of content to post today, including a couple of Database trades, more from Julie's box, and even another installment of the 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge!

To start with, I pulled off two trades over the Database recently; one last week and one that I received yesterday.  First up is a deal from last week with member P_dawg68.  I tossed him a Cooperstown Al Lopez and an Asdrubal Cabrera parallel in exchange for these two cards:

2016 Topps Bunt #72; 1987 Topps #344
The Bunt marked my first such card in the Posey player collection.  It's not terrible; I'm honestly not even sure what the set is.  Is it geared towards kids? Is it supposed to be some smartphone app? The app sounds right to me, but I have no idea.  Any information would be appreciated; feel free to leave me a comment.  The Mojsiejenko is yet another Ralf card that I'm almost positive I have somewhere. I'm sure when I get home next week I'll find out that I've got three copies of this card, but I'll worry about that then.  Thanks a bunch Phil!  Mojsiejenko card count: 8/24 (33%).

Next up is a trade that is just wrapping up with TCDB member minibbcards.  I sent some mini cards his way in return for these four cards that were in my mailbox last night.

Clockwise from top left: 2004 Topps Cracker Jack #111, 2004 MLB Showdown Pennant Run #82, 2016 Topps Opening Day #183a, 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter #265
A new Shawn Green is always welcome, and a new Matt Mantei means one less I have to chase towards my soft goal of completing his PC by the end of 2018.  Two more Posey's are always nice, but I really should start thinking about this more; I'm getting to the point in my wantlists that I'm realizing parallels and memorabilia/autograph cards make up the bulk of Posey's out there, and base cards are dwindling quick.  Regardless, two more will fit the binder nicely.  Thanks Bill!

On now to some of Julie's stuff.  This next installment of cards from her box will look at the newer Panini Diamond Kings cards.  These are the first cards that I've acquired from any DK set since, oh, I don't know, 1991 (not that I acquired those then; that was just the set year).  There were a total of 75 Diamond King cards in the box, mostly from 2016.  Rather than annoy everyone with all 75 cards, I'll post the ones that I really found notable.

Rogers Hornsby and George Kelly are two pretty good names to start things off with.  I really like seeing cards of players this old in base sets like this.  The coloration of the pictures in this set make it hard to tell at a glance what's old and and what's modern, so they mesh well in my eyes.

Some rookie card that were notable to me.  Miguel Sano is in the news from the Twins-Tigers brawl last week.  Jose Peraza is shown here as a Dodger but he's tearing it up splitting time with Scooter Gennett at second base for the Reds.  Carl Edwards Jr. recorded the final out of Game 7 of the World Series for the Cubs; imagine being in that situation! Max Kepler is an outfielder on one of my fantasy teams and I'm pleased with how he's played so far.  Maybe that could be an offshoot collection; a binder with a current year card of my fantasy team players...okay, back on track.  Michael Conforto is one of the most exciting young players to watch in the game today, in my opinion.  I was really hoping he'd end up in Cincinnati last summer in the Jay Bruce trade but alas...

The final three photos depict the rest of the inserts that I pulled, in addition to two 2015 Panini Diamond Kings.  It's nice to see this set and name come back, albeit the lack of logos does, well, just suck.  But one thing at a time.  This is a set I could definitely see myself collecting more of.  As always, thanks Julie! I can't wait to go back through and see what else I can share with everyone.

Finally, it's time for another installment of Tony L.'s 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge.  I realize that when I post about this I may sound like I feel that it's a chore, but I actually really enjoy this challenge.  I just wish I did a better job of staying on top of it, but hey, you can't win them all.  Anyway, today's topic is one of your favorite cards from the 1950s.  Huh.  Well then.  Seeing as I was born in 1994...and I don't have any cards that old...I guess I'll have to go with the cliche card that everyone wants...

You know, the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card.  The one that is graded 6 and going for $130,000 on eBay right  now.  Yeah, that one.  Love the card, love the player, hate the price, but I get it.  

That will do it for me today.  I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their Tuesday.  If there are any other students out there grinding away at papers and stuff into finals week, well...good luck.  I'll see you on the other side.  Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Post #16 - More from ACB and More 30 Day Challenge

I mentioned yesterday how I had finally gotten my hands on the box of cards from A Cracked Bat.  Although I went through them this weekend, it was really more of a cursory browse, a soft "ooh" here and there, that kind of thing.  Now that I'm back at school with a somewhat slow week, I can go through the box bit by bit, photographing different categories for organizational purposes, and most importantly, get the cards entered on my collection over at TCDB.  Today's entry of cards will focus more on Gypsy Queen, Allen & Ginter, Archives, and Heritage.

All of these cards are ones that I love, simply due to the fact that they usually make great signature cards, and there's something about the modern photography that makes Mookie Betts pop off of a card design that I'm used to seeing in dull, mundane, 1980s color.

These Allen & Ginter's are cards that I'm somewhat familiar with but don't have many of in my collection.  The Frank Robinson in the lower right is a Heritage design, and is one of the few cards (in my opinion) that combine the new card-old design with good retro photography.  For an example of what I don't care for with Hall of Famers on new cards, see the Duke Snider on the left.  It's okay, but who doesn't want to see the Duke lining a double at Ebbets Field on a full card picture?

The Rod Carew Gypsy Queen is a card that I'm hoping I can luck out with a signature on at some point.  On the right is my first taste of 2017 Heritage, in the form of the Reds team card.  This will slide nicely into my team card page in my binder, and I must say that just from this card in hand, I like the look of this years Heritage.  Also, the Reds don't get to celebrate much like that, so this is a pretty cool picture.

I really like these three Heritage cards.  Even though they aren't action shots, the basic card design screams to me that there shouldn't be action shots on there, so this works for me.

Finally, a multitude of Topps Archives from over the years.  These are my first Topps Archives (seriously, ever) and I have a few thoughts.  First of all, like I mentioned earlier, I like the modern photographs on the older card design.  But what I don't like is a big complaint for me.  Waaaaay too many different designs for a single base set.  I can't remember the details off the top of my head, and I've already put the cards away, but for example, the Mattingly, the Pillar, and the Thomas are all from the same base set.  That's very confusing, and I don't think it would be very eye appealing in a binder all put together.

Moving on from the new cards today, it's time for day 8 of the 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge.  The topic for today is "a card that reminds you of a family member."  This is a no brainer to me.

My little sister never got into card collecting.  She's more into horses and stuff, and I couldn't be prouder of her (she was just inducted in the national Junior College Honor Society).  But I certainly tried to share my collecting with her, and like any young girl (or young child in general, probably), she was attracted to any and all shiny cards.  No matter the sport, no matter the player, the shine was a magnet.  I could have posted any 1996 UDCC You Crash the Game, 1999 Upper Deck HoloGrFx, or 20xx Topps Chrome and it would have fit the bill, but I specifically remember her collecting this card and hoarding it from me, as if she knew he would be a Hall of Famer someday.  Maybe she's smarter than I even give her credit for...

That will do it for me tonight.  Back on the homework grind for the rest of the evening, and probably the week.  I hope everyone has a restful evening, and thanks for reading!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Post #15: My Fellow Collectors Are the Best...and More 30 Day Challenge

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend.  I've been pretty much off the grid since Thursday morning, so not only have I not posted in quite a while, I've hardly been able to read any blogs from anyone else unfortunately.  However, I did make some blog-worthy acquisitions this weekend that I wanted to share, plus I really need to get back to that 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge.

Let's start with the easy one.  Dad had picked up some packs from Dollar Tree down in Arkansas two weeks ago, and he pulled a couple of autographs that I traded him for.

Geronimo Allison (top) plays for the Packers; he attended Illinois and was signed as an undrafted free agent.  Kenny Clark (bottom left) was the Packers first round draft pick out of UCLA in 2016 and plays for them as a defensive end.  Tre Roberson (bottom right) started his college career at Indiana University before transferring to Illinois State.  He went undrafted but was signed by the Minnesota Vikings, and has bounced on and off of their practice squad ever since.  While none of these three are huge names, they are really nice additions to my autographs collection and I'm happy to have them.

Moving forward, I checked my mailbox at school this morning (I got back from family holiday last night at about 11:00) and I found a PWE.  Now, I'm expecting a trade from the TCDB, and I figured this was it, but when I saw the return address was from Marc at Remember the Astrodome, I was confused for a second.  I don't have nearly enough trades going on to get any mixed up, so what was this for?  I opened it up and found myself the recipient of a wonderful gift.

This 2004 Playoff Honors jersey card of Shawn Green marks my first memorabilia card in my Green collection.  I had absolutely no idea that it was coming and I'm thrilled to put it in my collection.

As you can see on the back, it's numbered 131/250, so I believe it's also my first serial numbered Shawn Green card as well.  Thanks a bunch Marc! I'm heading home in a few weeks so I'll be sure to put together a return package for you!

Finally, the newest addition to my collection will take a bit to post, so this part is really only part I.  You may remember a while back I mentioned that I had won a box of cards from Julie over at A Cracked Bat.  The box arrived a few weeks ago, but when I got home this weekend I was finally able to open it up and take a look at it.

All kinds of goodies were inside, from retired greats to current rookies, chrome, Reds cards (which I suspect may have been intentional), three new Votto cards for the PC, and what we're focusing on today...minis!

Is anyone familiar with the Helmar Minis? I know nothing about them at all.

These Panini minis are from the 2014 Golden Age set, and they all have different tobacco backs that I didn't bother documenting at this time.  There were some full size base cards from this set in the box as well that I'll get to another time.

I forgot what the back of these look like, but I'm pretty sure these are some 1986 Topps minis.  Correct me if I'm wrong? Love the Baines and Fisk (and those White Sox uniforms!).

Finally, we finish with some Gypsy Queen minis that because of my camera quality are hard to read.   But we see some of my favorites: Juan Marichal (top photo, second row, far left), Yordano Ventura (top photo, top row, far left), and Steve Cishek (bottom photo, second row, far left).  Thanks again for this box Julie; I'm looking forward to documenting the rest of them over the next couple of weeks.

Okay, final thing I feel that I need to get to today is the next installment of Tony's 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge.  I really want to see this through and I feel bad that I've fallen behind.  Shame on me.  Anyway, I'm going to make up some ground by cheating a little; I'm going to combine day 6 and day 7.  Day 6 is "a card you spent more than $10 on" and day 7 is "a card you bought in person and the story behind it."  Since I rarely buy expensive cards in person, I'm going to have to just do one entry, and it's a card I remember well.

Again borrowing from COMC here, I purchased this Early Wynn jersey card at the age of about 11 or 12.  There was always a booth in the commercial barns at our county fair, and the guy had some pretty nice cards.  I remember that the listed price was $20, but I talked him down to $18 (not bad for a kid, eh?).  It irritated me a little when he tried to explain to me that it was already in a great case and not to take it out to play with.  First of all, kids will do what they want with cards, and I'm a believer in that.  Secondly, if a kid can talk you down on a jersey card of a Hall of Famer, they might be smart enough to keep it stored properly.  But hey, that doesn't matter in the end.  So there you have it; two more days down in the 30 Day Challenge.

This might be my longest post yet; hell, maybe I should just write a book about this stuff instead.......or not.  Anyway, I've got a bit of a lighter week, so hopefully I'll be back tomorrow to show off some more of Julie's cards and another installment of the 30 Day Challenge.  I hope everyone has a great rest of the day, enjoy the baseball that is now on everyday (oh happy days! Although the Reds hot start appears to have been just a tease...) and thanks for reading!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Post #14 - 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day 5 + Busch Stadium

Okay, going to start with some personal stuff today before we get into baseball cards.  Yesterday, I made the two hour trek south from Hannibal to Busch Stadium for the Reds-Cardinals game, along with my lovely girlfriend, as well as one of my teammates and his girlfriend.  We made it roughly 1/2 hour before the gates opened, and it was already packed for the Stephen Piscotty jersey giveaway.  Even though I'm a Reds fan, I grabbed one when we got in.  It's headed to California later this week, to a good friend of mine.  More on him later.  We went over to our seats in the left field bleachers, two rows above the Reds bullpen, and saw the tail end of Reds BP.

I unfortunately didn't get as many pictures as I wanted, but after the Reds hit in the top of the first, we went over to the Family Pavilion.  My friend mentioned above works in Community Relations for the Oakland A's, and put me in contact with his friend who works for the Cardinals.  He was in the Fredbird mascot costume, and although he didn't approve of my Reds gear, he snapped a quick picture with us.

Unfortunately we didn't get the chance to chat much, but he told us to head over to the MLB Authentics shop anytime after the fourth inning and find his girlfriend, as she had something for us.  We returned to our seats and I enjoyed the barrage of runs the Reds piled on, including a second inning Adam Duvall homer that landed in the bullpen just in front of us.  In the middle of the sixth, we made our way to the Authentics shop and met up with our contact.  After chatting for a bit, she gifted me with this baseball to commemorate my first trip to Busch Stadium.

This ball was fired into the dirt by Carlos Martinez during Joey Votto's first inning at-bat.  The shop authenticated it, and it now sits proudly in my collection.  Seeing Votto go deep in the latter stages of the game was pretty awesome too, by the way.  The Reds lead 5-1 in Pittsburgh tonight at the moment, and hopefully that good luck will continue.  To those who made my first trip to Busch Stadium a wonderful experience, thank you so much (and that includes the Reds players, by the way).  We are already planning a return trip at the end of the month when Cincinnati is back in town.

Now, on to baseball card stuff.  Today's topic in the 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge is a certified autographed card of your favorite player.  Guess what I actually don't have? Yup, a certified autographed card from anyone in my player collections.  I snagged Joey Votto TTM a couple years back, Tom Brady TTM just after his first Super Bowl victory, and both Jeff Peterek and Ralf Mojsiejenko have in-person signed cards in my collection.  So, I'm going to post a picture of a card that is on my wantlist twice - once for my PC and once for my autograph binder.

1996 Leaf Signature Series - Extended Autographs NNO
Mantei's only certified autograph card out there, with a print run of 5000.  If anyone has one (or two!) of these laying around, hit me up and I'm sure we can work something out.  It would be really easy to buy them online, but I'd rather trade with those of you out there in the online community.

Thanks as always for taking the time to read the ramblings of a bored, procrastinating college student.  We hit the road tomorrow to go to Missouri Valley College for a 1:00 double header, so hopefully I can get back on the blog on Wednesday with another challenge post.  Everyone have a wonderful rest of your evening!