Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tony Gwynn collection

Organized my T. Gwynn collection a bit today, weeding out dupes and roughly sorting by brand. Here are some photos. I'll link this post on my wantlist so prospective trade partners can have an idea of which cards I have/need.

Topps flagship

Notable needs: some later-career cards. Many OPC.

Topps other

Notable needs: whatever


Notable needs: Donruss 84, 85, 86. Later career cards. Lots of Leaf.


Notable needs: Fleer 84, 86, 87, 88, 92-up.

Upper Deck

Notable needs: UD 89, later career cards.

Score, Pinnacle, Mothers Cookies, etc

Notable needs: Score 90, 92-up.

So there you go, my Gwynns as of 8/31/14. Another 3 or 4 are not pictured because they're in complete sets. Not a bad lot, though this definitely can't hold a candle to big-time Gwynn collectors out there (Fuji, Rod, Marcus, Duff, Underdog, etc.)

My collection has gone through a coupe purges over the years. My best friend Doug was a big Gwynn collector when we were kids, with the bulk of his collection being swapped back and forth a couple times between us. That autographed 89 Score was a card Doug bought at the LCS for $20 or so back in the day. Looks legit to me. One cool purged item I wish I had back was a 1990 UD card preserved in a slab of lucite an inch or two thick. That thing was a trip.

Anyways, thanks for reading. I'm up for trading for Gwynn cards not pictured here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A couple more "1/1"s from the Topps Vault

A couple weeks ago I picked up a neat Dick Allen "8 x 10" type item from Topps that was used in the original production of the back of his 1971 Topps card. I talked about it more in a hotly-controversial, emotion-stirring post, LOL. I think I lost Night Owl as a subscriber that day.

I've since been keeping an eye out for more cool "one-of-a-kind" items that Topps is cleaning out of their old file cabinets. Everything seems to start with an opening bid of $9.95. And if an item ends with no bids, it'll usually get reposted as a Buy-It-Now at that price.

I found a couple such things from top-tier "guys I collect" player collections of mine and jumped on them both to save a little on shipping.

First, here's another Dick Allen item. I might not be a full-blown supercollector of Mr. Allen, but now I've got a couple truly unique items, at least.

1982 Topps Kmart 20th Anniversary Baseball Mask Negative.

Per the auction's page, this is:
"an original 4-color mask film negative. Color separation mask film negatives were used in the set's printing and proofing process. This auction features the YELLOW tone example. Four different colors: red, blue, black and yellow are used in this process. Although this production item is B&W in color, it rendered the YELLOW tones in the finished card. This rather unique collectible measures the standard 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" and overall, is in excellent condition."
While I've never been a huge fan of those original Kmart cards or the original 1972 Topps Rich Allen card (the lazy lie that it is), somehow this "black bordered" negative just looks super bad-ass. The black & white makes it look more like a contemporary White Sox card, instead of all the red that the team inexplicably used heavily in their color scheme for a brief while. Honestly, Dick Allen's 1972 Topps card has never looked better! This negative has managed to somehow redeem the card. So yeah, I'm very happy to give this "card" a home in my collection.

The next item I've got to show off is an addition to my Bill Madlock PC.

1982 Topps Baseball Card Color Negative.

This a photo Topps owned but never got around to using on a baseball card. The auction's page explains it's from...
a random selection of vintage color negatives hand-picked from the legendary Topps photo archives. All of these classic images were shot by official Topps photographers but, for reasons unknown, failed to make the cut, and thus, never appeared on a vintage Topps trading card. The original color transparency offered here measures approx. 2 1/2" X 3" and is in excellent condition.
Here's what the picture looks like when it's been processed (via Topps):

That's a swell posed shot of Mad Dog, cracking a little smile with his lumber during his Championship-winning tenure in Pittsburgh. I like it. And while it might not technically be a 1/1 baseball card, it essentially fits the bill for me. (Bill Madlock, that is.) A bit of a weird streak down the left side, but I don't mind. Perhaps that's why it didn't sell during its initial auction (and maybe why it was never used on a baseball card?). If I ever turn this into an unlicensed custom card of my own, I'll have to either fix that in photoshop or crop around it. Or perhaps work it into the design somehow? As for now, this item will be lovingly tucked away with my other Madlock cards.

Thanks, Topps! Good stuff.

I'm kicking myself for not bidding high enough on a similar unused Nate Colbert negative (what kind of super collector am I?!! For shame. I renounce my supercollecting ways, with my head hung low) and a Rod Beck contract (the closest thing to a certified auto he has! DAMNNNNNN) But yeah, thanks.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Roberto Clemente n Friends from Dennis

Dennis from Too Many Verlanders hooked me up with a ton of cards back during his spring cleaning blowout a few weeks ago. I eventually sent a thank-you gift of an Earl Weaver auto he had expressed interest in that avoided getting picked in my few summer contests. Anyways, that spurred on a quick trade and I ended up with this sweet 1972 Topps Roberto Clemente.

Very nice addition to my Clemente collection that I've been wanting to get for a while now. (Remind me to someday make an animated gif of Roberto tossing the ball. That would be cool.) Thanks a lot, Dennis!

But Dennis didn't just stop there. He also surprised me with a thick stack of other cards of interest to my collecting tilts.

Hometown heroes of mine.. Reggie Bush (fellow Grossmont Union High School District alum) and Marshall Faulk (fellow SDSU alum).

Philip Rivers. I hope he and the Chargers have a good year this year. I feel like one of these years I'll get back into football and be better about watching games. But 2014 is not that year.

Here are 3 big names I remember from back when I was a better Chargers fan.

Some more appreciated Chargers, plus a Joe Montana.

Back to baseball: Padres Legend Greg Maddux. Yep, he turned down having a Cubs or Braves cap on his Cooperstown plaque because in his heart, he knew he was a Padre to the core, and the fans and the media wouldn't understand that, so he took the easy way out and just left the cap blank. I'm assuming that's what happened, at least.

Finally, here's a card that'd been on my "desperate dozen" sidebar wantlist for a while, the glossy version of Bill Madlock's 1988 Fleer card. I think my Mad Dog PC has just about eclipsed all the standard cards from his playing days, with just an infinite number of oddballs and some modern releases left. I've got a neat "1/1" item on the way which I'll show off soon.

Well, thanks again, Dennis! Love the Clemente, and all the bonus cards knocked me out. Awesome stuff!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Taking a warp zone with 1971 Topps

I was sitting at around just 14% with my goal of completing 1971 Topps. But through another blog, I found a guy privately selling (i.e. not on eBay or site like that) a partial set for a very reasonable price. I initially balked at the offer, since this set is more of a backburning, long-term goal rather than an immediate focus for me. But then he came back with an even better offer, and I caved and took him up on it. While it still wasn't cheap, necessarily, it'd be tough to find a better price for what it was. It's a popular set, not just in general, but seems many fellow blogospherians are working on the set or have completed it not too long ago. So with slim pickins getting 71s in trades, I accepted the fact that if I wanted to get anywhere with the set, I'd need to pony up some cash rather than depend too heavily on the kindness of traders. Oh well, I'll just have to chill out on my eBay purchases for a while. The lot included 455 cards of the sprawling 752-card set, with some stars and high numbers, generally in low-to-mid grade condition.

Highlights include a Blyleven rookie, nice McCovey, Hank Aaron with a creased corner, my now-oldest Nolan Ryan card, and that's an Al Hrabosky rookie on the right, there. So with all these additions, I've jumped to within spitting distance of the two-thirds complete mark.

64.1% complete
as of 8/25/14

Looking pretty good up through about #500, but those high numbers are a bitch. I will never attempt completing 1972 Topps! Just 1971 and 1973, then I'll stick a fork in the decade. If/when I foolishly decide to go after another vintage set, I'll likely go for one from the 60s. Or maybe a low-grade early Bowman set.

Anywho, my updated 1971 Topps wantlist can be found here. Please just let me know if you can help out with any cards and wanna work out a trade. Again, I'm not concerned with condition with this set... any beat-up cards accepted!

The guy I bought the lot from is also selling a 1969 Topps partial set (94% complete) for $375. Let me know if you'd like me to get you in touch with him.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A 12/25 Tony

I collect any card serial numbered 12/25.. "Christmas Cards" as I call them. On the 25th of each month, I like to pull out something from this eclectic minicollection to show off on the blog.

Tony Gwynn has had a renaissance lately, jumping back to the forethought of the baseball world, with renewed appreciation for what an outstanding ballplayer and human being he was. The bad news is it was his untimely death that brought it on. Us Padre fans, especially, still really miss the big guy. But as with most cases of losing someone you care about, it's best to joyously celebrate their life rather than to be down in the dumps mourning their death for too long. When you're dead, wouldn't you want your loved ones to smile about the good times, rather than be bummed out everytime they remember you?

But anyways, here's a cool Tony Gwynn card I bought a while back.

I really love this card. Vintage young Tony in those gorgeously garish brown & yellows. Nice 12/25 serial number emblazoned on the front. Sharp looking wood frame design, making the card look like a tiny plaque. The only knock against it is, obviously, the fact it's a sticker auto instead of on-card. But in this instance, I'm willing to overlook that. Still love it!

Tony was a guy who liked to "go big" when autographing cards, but he was courteous enough to restrain himself when signing stickers, keeping everything tight and within the boundaries. It's that same precision that helped him average just 29 strikeouts per 162 games over his career. He was the best. Love you, Tony!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cards from Pack War

Shawn from Pack War posted the other day that his trade bait page was freshly updated. I gave it a once-over and found a couple things that caught my eye so I dropped him an email to see if we could work something out. He inquired about a Taijuan Walker parallel I made a refraction action of a couple months back. I loves me them neato wave refractor Bowman cards, and Taijuan seems cool, but after giving it some thought, I was willing to let it go. Shawn definitely made it worth it for me.

Jesse Hahn has pitched some real good games for the Padres in this his rookie year. He looks to be a key component of the team's future. And now I've got his autograph!

Here's a pinstripe relic from good ol' Fred McGriff. Cool card!

So those were the two cards I had asked about, but Shawn went above and beyond by surprising me with a couple bonus Chargers inserts.

This Junior Seau (RIP) has a cool acetate border part.

More see-thru action! Love it. LaDainian Tomlinson sure was fun to watch back then.

Here's another picture that better accentuates the "film strip" area:

Thanks again for the awesome trade, Shawn!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Cards from Bob Walk The Plank

First off, Pull-Tab Awareness Week comes to a close today. Thanks to everyone who helped make this 2nd annual event a success. Got a few nice retweets on Twitter. One or two bloggers mentioned it, too. Hopefully next year we can build off this and reach even more people. We can eradicate tape-encrusted top loaders in our lifetime!

Now onto this trade post about some great cards I just received.

Pirate cards are in hot demand in my house. They might be my 2nd favorite team. Specifically the 1979 We Are Family Pirates. I'm a sucker for a team with a theme song. I've got a pretty decent Bill Madlock collection, and reasonable PCs of Willie Stargell and Dave Parker. Bert Blyleven and Kent Tekulve are a couple more guys I like from that particular team. And going back further, of course you gotta love Roberto Clemente.

So there are a lot of Pirates cards in my collection. And as far as my "for trade" box, I often find myself needing some Buccos to balance the scales from good cards sent to me by Nate at Big 44 Sports Cards. I also wanted to work out a trade with Matt from Bob Walk The Plank, since other bloggers are always talking about how awesome he is to trade with. (Battlin' Bucs is yet another cool Pirates blogger/collector I hope to trade with sometime.) After shooting a couple things to Nate, I went ahead and dumped the remainder of my available Pirates on Matt in a blind trade. And yeah, he definitely lived up to his reputation of being a kick-ass guy to trade with! Nothing but hits of guys I collect.

My first Andrew Cashner auto! On-card and a RC, to boot! Love it. (Photo didn't turn out too well; actually looks a lot better.)

The Cashner cardboard keeps comin' with a piece of jersey from Andrew's college days.

A Greg Maddux relic! Bonus points for being a Padres card.

A Jake Peavy relic! I've gotten to the point where I have a silly number of Peavy relics. But I didn't have this one yet.

Finally, here's a pretty neat looking Dave Winfield bat relic.

Awesome stuff all around. Thanks again, Matt! Hopefully I'll be able to build my tradeable Pirates back up before too long so we can trade again.