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!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Post #21 - Autographed Cards #1-3

I've been a little lacking in material to post as of late, so that's why you've seen very little from me. However, with the documenting of my autograph collection that I've been doing, I came up with an idea for some new posts that I'll start today.

I've hit dead ends right now for my 1994 Upper Deck Fun Pack and 1988 Fleer sets; I've done all I can and I still need to finish adding the inserts to my Fleer wantlist.  Once I got my most recent set of trade packages sent off, I decided to continue to add to my documentation.  As I was going through the autograph binder, I decided that it couldn't hurt to show these off, a couple at a time, when I don't have anything else to post about!

So, without further ado, here are autographed cards #1-3 in my binder (hmm, maybe I should do an autographed frankenset someday?)

Card: 1987 Topps #766

Player: Don Aase (Baseball)

Team: Baltimore Orioles

Obtained: Through the mail

Notes: Aase pitched in the majors from 1977-1990, with five different teams (Boston, California, Baltimore, New York Mets, Los Angeles). He was a sixth round draft pick in 1972, and went 0-10 in his first season of professional baseball. However, he would starkly improve, reaching the majors in 1977 and going 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA. After some injury trouble and a couple years out of the game, Aase would have his best year in 1986, earning 34 saves for Baltimore, then a team record. Injuries continued to nag him, however, and he would bounce around for a couple more years before calling it quits in 1990.  He finished his career with a 66-60 record and 82 saves, a 3.80 ERA, and 641 strikeouts.

Card: 1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice #9

Player: Trev Alberts (Football)

Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers/Indianapolis Colts

Obtained: Through the mail

Notes: Alberts is currently the athletic director at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  The fifth overall pick of the 1994 NFL draft, Alberts was named an All-American his senior year at Nebraska and earned national recognition for being injured but playing the national championship game with a cast on his arm (Nebraska would lose to Florida State, 18-16). Unfortunately for Alberts, he is largely considered a draft bust.  After being taken by the Colts fifth overall, he would battle injuries for three years before retiring before the 1997 NFL season.  Following his retirement, Alberts worked in media until 2009, when he returned to the state of Nebraska to become the athletic director at Nebraska-Omaha. In 2011, Alberts made the difficult decision to cut both wrestling and football at UNO in order for the school to make the jump to the Division 1 Summit League conference.

Card: 1996 Classic Visions Signings #69

Player: Chris Allen (Hockey)

Team: Kingston Frontenacs

Obtained: Pack/trade

Notes: Chris Allen is a name many have never heard of; he played in two NHL games for the Florida Panthers. Allen's career spanned from 1994-2004, but he never reached NHL stardom after being a third round draft pick of Florida, despite his shot being clocked at up to 103 MPH.  However, things seemed to work out okay for him; Allen was voted the 2008 Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door by PETA (out of 27,000 entries, whittled down to 16 finalists).

For me, this is actually really fun. I get to go back and research some of these players and see what they did.  I had no idea about Chris Allen at all, and even learned some new stuff about Aase and Alberts too.  That's going to do it for me this evening; I'm volunteering for field groundskeeping duty at the local little league from 9:00-10:00 tonight, so I've got to get some stuff ready.  Thanks for reading, and have a great night!


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!