Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sentimental Sundays: The Return

These are always fun posts for me. It's been over a year, but I'm bringing back this series where I take a look at some stuff from my childhood.

I've got a shoebox plus a binder filled mostly with cards from my first go-round with the hobby (1990 through 1993). There are also a few cards from when I dipped my toe back in circa 2012, before I dove back in full-steam in 2013. I think it's about time I assimilated all these "old" cards into my current collection (sorting them into PCs, setbuilds, or in some cases, casting them into the wasteland of my "for trade" boxes). But first I thought I'd feature a good chunk of them here on the blog for posterity. So that's gonna be the meat of these next few installments of Sentimental Sundays.

Here's the earliest Beckett I ever had. (and one of only 2 that I still own.. I'll have to show the 2nd one in a future Sentimental Sunday.) I remember I was very happy that I was able to land it back then. Probably the fastest Beckett to ever sell out. This was the pinnacle of the baseball card craze, at least for me. It's a classic sports photo.

And here it is again, this time in card form. I had a decent little Bo Jackson PC back then, but I think I picked the best 2 cards to hang onto.

Let's check the Beckett..

The "Bo Jackson FB/BB" card had risen to $10 in its commemorative Beckett. I'm pretty sure it climbed even higher on the strength of this issue. An anecdote I like to tell is how during the height of the card's hype, my LCS was selling the Bo alone under glass for $25, and on the shelf, the entire 1990 Score set that included it for $23.99. (Ok, my memory's not good enough to remember the exact numbers for sure.. but it was something ridiculous along those lines.)

While we're at it, let's look up the '87 Topps Bo...

Holding steady at $4. Not bad. Funny that Jamie Moyer and his 15¢ RC would go on to outlive all these guys in the MLB (though Julio Franco, just getting on the board at 10¢, gave him a run for his money).

Here's a solid lot of 1990 cards of John Smoltz. Probably not worth even a buck combined these days, but still nice to have. I remember I was pretty swept up with the 1990 Donruss errors back then, like this MVP subset card with Tom Glavine erroneously pictured, or all the All-Star cards that had the "recent major league stats" on the back rather than the correct "all-star game performance" or whatever. I still wonder if Donruss purposely put out all those errors to build buzz in the wake of '89 Fleer's "F-face" card and sell more packs.. or if their QC department was just really sloppy that year.

Here's a rare instance of my early "prospecting" paying off. Pretty sure I pulled all 3 of these here 1990 Moises Alou cards from packs myself. The '90 Score is the only one listed in the Bo Beckett (25¢.. I think it's more or less held that value.) I like Moises, but don't really full-on collect him.. probably because my main memory of him as a player is throwing his glove down in disgust after Steve Bartman's crowd interference.

Speaking of the Bartman, can't have a Sentimental Sundays post without showing some non-card/non-baseball items too..

Let's check out this folder of stuff I've labeled "Silly". I remember buying this plastic Simpsons thing (what is it.. a placemat? As a kid, I taped it up on my wall) from a toy store (can't recall the name.. not Kaybee, not Toys R Us... I wanna say the name started with a P.) While I was big into the Simpsons ever since the first season, I never had a ton of merch to show for it. I did have a bootleg Bart shirt I bought for like $5 at Kobey's (San Diego's biggest Swap Meet). Also had (still have?) a floppy-frisbee disc I think I've showed on the blog before at some point. And like a single pack of cards. And now I own seasons 1 through 14 on DVD, if that counts for anything.

Some clippings. God, I love the Far Side. And Winnie-the-Pooh and tropical Bugs. And if you click on it to enlarge it, there's some funny stuff to read in that newspaper column. I sure must have gotten a kick out of it as a kid to cut it out and save it.

Santa at the Zoo coloring book cover. Got a lot of mileage out of that coloring book as a kid.. had to hang onto the cover at least. As for the Banquet frozen dinner box? Well, I just thought the picture of Tony Stewart was hilarious. Whenever I see it, I do a funny, high-pitched voice saying, "Yippie! Yippie do, yippie dee. Yippie for me!!" This isn't too old.. circa 2007. I wonder if this is worth anything now. Any Tony Stewart fans want to trade me for it?

"Yippie do, yippie dee. Yippie for me!!"
I ate a lot of these frozen dinners back in my bachelor days. Thanks to my wife, now I get fresh-cooked meals. In a pinch, though, I still happily chow down a Banquet Chicken Fried Beef Steak Meal. A 99¢ frozen pizza with a side of frozen peas was also a staple of my single days.

Sorry this isn't really very legible, but here's my rough draft outline of my "Weezer vs. Mr. T" website from July 2001. I should probably just throw this away, but I guess I've got some hoarder tendencies, and hey, gotta love the old-school style of printer paper with the holes on the sides. Don't see this very often anymore. Hell, even when I used it to sketch out a silly webcomic, it wasn't really used anymore, but I think I had some leftover from my grampa and I kept it around for scratch paper.

That's gonna do it for today. Hope you enjoyed. I'll have more nostalgic stuff next Sunday. Have a great week, guys. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

1965 Topps nearly wrapped up

If you're getting sick of the frequent 1965 Topps posts on my blog lately, well, good news.. I'm nearly done with the set!

Featured today are some recent eBay pickups. I also have several recently purchased cards sitting in my COMC inventory, but I think I'm going to try to exercise some patience and wait a couple months until Black Friday weekend to take advantage of free shipping.

Barring any mistakes in my recordkeeping, I'm down to needing to secure just one last card:
#236 Denny McLain
If anyone wants to be a hero and knock off the final card for me, that'd be sweet, but if so, don't be long. Since I'm likely waiting till late November to get the COMC cards shipped, I figure there's no rush on the Denny, but I'll get around to it sooner rather than later, I'm sure.

Killer, Boog, and the Mick.

Another Mantle appearance. Neat action shot.

A slabbed Yogi.

Sweet-swinging Billy Williams.

Good ol' Don Drysdale.

Tony Oliva with the majestic All-Star Rookie trophy.

No surprise that there's a bunch of Yankees among the final few needed cards for a vintage set.

And the rest. Jesus Alou is probably the biggest name of this bunch.. and an SP to boot.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A trade roundup to let the sunshine in

Three recent incoming trades to feature.

First up is Mark Hoyle, who surprised me with a package of oversized cards.

Great looking Winfield. This is my first 1980 Topps Super card.

These Topps Baseball Foldouts panels from 1983 are postcard sized. They're separated, but apparently they come connected, hence the name, and are double sized. For example, Steve Garvey is on the other side of Bill Madlock... both guys I collect, but lucky for me I keep my oversized cards in a separate box, so I don't have to decide which PC to store it with.

Big thanks, Mark!

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Next is a PWE from Sport Card Collectors.

Nice Conforto mini, though the star of the show is the Vogelmoster autograph. It's my first of his in a Seattle uniform. Seems he's been getting a lot of love from Topps this year, though he still hasn't done much in his limited MLB action. While my enthusiasm for collecting him has waned lately (unlike P-town Tom), still nice to add another auto of his.

And a few Padres cards, including a #'d diecut Kemp, and a couple Templeton buybacks.

Thanks, SCC!

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Finally, here's a surprise PWE from Dimebox Nick.

Here's a Gavin and a few big names of today. The Cecchini is a fancy parallel #'d 18/25. I think the Trout is my first card from the 2017 National Baseball Card Day promotion. Dig the early Donaldson card.

Some late, great Padres of the past. Always love getting new cards from these guys. Especially exciting to see the minor league Caminiti.

Some more quality Padres.

And very cool to land needed cards from Bake McBride and Vida Blue. The glow-in-the-dark Ginter mini is also appreciated, though I already have it. In fact, I think this is the 3rd copy I've gotten of Aquarius, which is kinda crazy seeing as I only have 3 of the 10 Constellations cards so far. This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius, indeed.

Thanks, Nick!

And thanks again to Mark and SCC. I was proactive putting returns to you 3 guys in the mail quickly, and they should be arriving any day now.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trade Bait from the Card Show

Time to wrap up the highlights from my recent card show haul. We've already seen a few key 1965 Topps pickups, a fruitful dimebox dig, and a stack of 50¢ cards.

I also picked up a bunch of trade fodder. Much of it is already set aside for certain trader buddies, but the cards in this post are all up for grabs. If you see something you like, take a look at my wantlist and get in touch regarding a trade. Thanks!

I know there are 2 or 3 Ben Petrick collectors on the cardsphere, so I figure someone will call dibs on this sweet patch card.

A couple autos. Mike Minor has had a strong comeback season with the Royals after missing 2 years to injury. Don't be shy asking for this one.. I got multiple copies. As for Eury Perez, he hasn't played in the majors since 2015, though for what it's worth, he hit .353 in the minors this year. Maybe someone will give him a shot up top next season.

Troy Glaus pictured as an Angel, though branded as a Diamondback card. Jose Peraza has been getting a lot of playing time with the Reds this year.

Grabbed a bunch of these kooky cards with fuzzy bits on them. I believe Night Owl has gone on record as saying they creep him out, and he's probably already got all the Dodgers, but perhaps another LA fan would like these.

A few Bowman parallels.

More cards up for grabs. Fernandez #/99. Michael Taylor RC #/250. I'm almost tempted to go after collecting all 14(?) of those groovy Awesome Powers inserts.

Anybody still working on these insert sets?

Now time for some football and basketball..

Some neat looking cards.

These few are all serial-numbered.

Love these ultra-shiny cards. Too bad nobody here I collect, though, so they're available.

There were a few 2005 Topps Retired base cards in the bins and I snatched them up. I already have complete sets of 2003, 2004, and 2005 Retired.. plus a while back I also picked up dupe sets of 2003 and 2004 to break up into my PCs. But 2005 is the odd man out in my PCs. I haven't really added Yogi to my list of guys I collect, so this one's available. I figured I probably already had the Gwynn basketball card, and I was right, so let me know if you want to trade for it.

That's gonna do it. Thanks for checking out the haul.

Monday, September 18, 2017

50¢ Serenade

More of my recent card show haul to feature today, now moving up into the 50¢ bins. I think these are usually Bill's 7/$5 bins, so he must have been trying to thin out his inventory somewhat.

A few cards from 2017 Museum Collection highlighted by a /99 Wizard.

I'm a sucker for wave refractors, especially when I've heard of the guy. The Walker Buehler 2015 Bowman Chrome Black Wave Asia Refractor might be my Pickup of the Day™. None on COMC right now, and the cheapest currently on eBay is like $20 after shipping. He made his MLB debut earlier this month and the Dodgers have high hopes for him. (He's also Zippy Zappy approved.)

These are pretty cards. Didn't these used to be serial numbered in previous Heritage sets? Maybe not. Oh well.. still nice cards.

Really like that smiling Clemente. I was right in guessing that it was the photo variation. But to my chagrin, according to COMC, the base version is actually harder to come by and worth a few more cents than the variation.. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. The Boone relic was a decent pickup. Don't collect him too heavily, but a tiny bit, mostly because he's an East County San Diego boy like myself.

Some numbered purples and blues.

Last group of cards for today. I'm sick of the '87 Topps design, but that's a sweet Koufax. Solid Lindor RC. And a Griffey /725. I believe this is from some massive numbered set Upper Deck put out. So it's not all that unique, but still easily worth my 50¢.

See you later. Trade Bait post tomorrow, probably.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dimebox Dysmorphia

More dimebox haul highlights from the show yesterday.

Dave Parker and Pops.

A couple great catchers and a couple Yankee agitators.

Former Padres in the Hall. I had received a Christmas Card relic of the McCovey from gcrl a few months ago, so it's nice to have the base version now to pair with it.

Beltre and some more dudes. The Bartolo is #'d /125, I believe.

Some Sox.

More old-timers.

Juicers. There's always way too much of these guys in Bill's bins, but I caved and threw some on my stack. The HoloGrFX cards are just cool looking. I dug the throwback on the Canseco. And Powerdeck discs are hard to pass up when that cheap.

I kinda-sorta collect Tony Fernandez, plus I'd like to work on completing 1984 Fleer someday. As for the Rizzo, I just thought it was an odd photo choice for a card. According to COMC, it's a two-buck card, so not a bad pickup for a dime.

A couple 3000 Club cards and a couple Hanks.

A few football cards to close the post with. When I first got to Bill's tables, the only available space for me to pull up to was the football dimebox area. So I bided my time there while I waited for space to open in front of the baseball bins. It all worked out, as I was able to grab a few cards for myself, plus some trade fodder. I'll likely have a big "trade bait" post up within the next few days.

More cards later. Thanks for reading!