Tuesday, June 18, 2019


Got to meet up with Padrographs Rod at the last card show. He graciously hooked me up with a whole bunch of cards, partially as a prize in a recent multi-winner contest he ran.

I picked this Votto relic out of the available prizes Rod had still available when my turn came up. Joey's been having an off year, but I still think he's pretty cool and hope he rebounds.

I can always count on any box from Rod to include a bunch of Padre prospects. Got the likes of Tatis Jr and Luis Urias in here.

Wow, five Topps Now cards! Since these things run a few bucks each, it's always a treat to be surprised by one in a blind card package, much less five.

Hey, speaking of 5, it's my 5th wedding anniversary! Go me and my wife!

More neat Pads... green xfractor, Wingenter auto, Fleer sticker, and a couple Meija customs.

A bunch more dudes I collect.

I've got a gathering of Panini Beach Boys cards that could be considered in the loosest sense of the term to be a "complete set" but I'm always happy to throw some insert needs into the mix to bolster it up a bit, and these "On the Record" and "Etchings" inserts are probably the most interesting of the non-hit inserts in that product, so I was happy to find them in the box.

Rod is also usually good for a few pretty ladies in his lots for me.

Both myself and Bo were bestowed with copies of this same Jeff Pendergraph card by Rod recently, each #'d /499. Ha, I won't reject a Blazers hit, though for the record, I don't collect Christmas-themed cards other than 12/25 and 12/24 serial-numbered cards.

Thanks to a recent Fuji post, I just recently learned that Kawhi Leonard attended my alma mater SDSU. It kinda blew my mind. I must admit that I don't really follow college sports, and even blocked the words "SDSU" and "Aztecs" from my Twitter feed (which must be why I didn't know). But that said, I do collect a handful of notable players who go onto greatness as fellow San Diego State alumni, and after the Raptors magical, improbable run this year, I think I need to add Kawhi to the short list of NBA guys I collect. So to all my trader buddies who do basketball cards (ie, Billy, Kerry, Doug), please consider me an outlet option for all you excess Kawhi cards. Thank you.

Rod also hooked me up with a near complete set of 1988 Fleer. It's a "want" as part of a long-term goal of mine to go for a run of flagship from that period. It's missing 100 or so cards, which are now listed on my wantlist. The bunkwax (sic) truth is that this set can be bought for $10-15 shipped on eBay and it'll likely cost me more than that (just in postage) to round up the remaining 100ish cards for this set. Oh the cruel irony of the overproduction era haunting the hobby even still. But I don't mean to complain. This partial set includes plenty of the best cards, including the Mark Grace RC, a card I coveted as a kid in the early 90s.

Rod took note of my love of glow in the dark stuff and included a small box of glowing temporary tattoos.

The box is about the size of a matchbook, with each of the "4 Glow Tattoos" (on one sheet) being about the size of a dime.

Here they are in action. Cool!

He also gave me a shirt, which seemed a little strange at first. But it's a shirt from the library system he works for, and as far as my personal interest in it..

It glows, baby!!!

The back side too.

I'm currently undecided if I'll rock this shirt from time to time, or just file it away as a collectable, but either way, big thanks to Rod for thinking of me and scoring me one of these.

I'm not a big reader, I must admit, though coincidentally I did receive a new book today which I'll feature in a future post (it's autographed). The current book I'm reading is on my phone-- the SABR Nuclear Powered Baseball collection, which is basically just the SABR bios for all the players featured (and pre-war players referenced) in the Homer At The Bat episode of the Simpsons. I'm currently in the middle of Harry Hooper's entry. I typically read a few pages while riding on the Max most mornings. Before that I read Ball Four.

Again, my gratitude to Rod for the cards n' such. Always great to see him, and I appreciate all the neat stuff he gifts me.

Monday, June 17, 2019

another card show post

I've still got some cards to show off from my haul from the show over a week ago now.

Shiny '83-style.

A trio of Donruss Preferred.

A pair of today's top catchers.

Non-standard sized badass former Padres.

A couple early George Springer cards.

Non-color parallels.

Shiny young dudes.

Ostentatious crap I love.

A couple /250 High Tek cards.

A few reprints caught my eye.

Chris Sale SP and a Josh Bell purple refractor /250. Bell has quietly been having a monster year.

A little prospectin'. The only card in this post that cost me more than a dollar is the Jeter Downs auto. I just figured it'd be cool to be able to honestly say I own an on-card, certified Jeter autograph, LOL. This Jeter is a 20 year old middle infielder drafted 32nd overall in 2017 by the Reds, later shipped to the Dodgers in the Puig trade.

Closing with a couple hit-type things. I try to consider my Josh Donaldson PC complete enough to not bother to add any more cards, but I thought that bat relic looked good. And I already own a couple Klesko autos and don't really need more, but hey, it was cheap. It's not really certified, though a sticker on the back would like you to believe otherwise...

See? "Certified Autograph".. says right there!

Thanks for swinging by.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

back to more random card show pickups

I've been distracted by ballgames n' Musials n' stuff, but now let's return to my haul from last weekend's card show. All the cards in this post aren't intended to stay in my collection. I suppose this is a "trade bait" post. But hey, today is my blog's 6th anniversary, so I guess it should be a contest-type post too. I don't think I have it in me right now to do a big, drawn out contest-event thing, so let's just make it easy and say the first 3 people who comment can pick one of these lots to receive in a PWE as a prize. (UPDATE: the 3 winners have spoken. Thanks, everybody.) Say which lot number you'd like in the comment, first come first served. Oh, and you have to have already left at least one comment on my blog this year to be eligible! Sorry, lurkers and prize hounds. Thanks and good luck!

#1 - a pair of autos

#2 Yankees lot

#3 White Sox autos

#4 Cubs lot

#5 Pirates autos

Now the lots aren't exactly all from the recent card show, but I'm also mixing in some other tradeable stuff I've had sitting around looking for a new home.

#6 Reds autos

#7 More Reds plus Tom Seaver lot

#8 Kirby Puckett lot plus a low-numbered Twins prospect

#9 various

#10 Giants autos

#11 auto racing lot

#12 various

#13 basketball lot

#14 football lot 
#15 various

#16 George Brett lot

#17 Ozzie Smith lot ('79 is a CYMTO reprint)

#18 partial '89 Mother's Giants set missing a few cards

#19 Bowman football auto lot

#20 Upper Deck football auto lot

#21 more football autos

#22 yet more football autos I'm trying to get rid of

#23 Jeff Niemann auto/relic

#24 more various baseball autos

That's it. The first 3 lots to get called dibs on in the comments below will be 6th Blogiversary Celebration prizes. After that, what's remaining is up for trade. I've got a big wantlist with lots of sets I'm working on and players I collect, so take a look and drop me a line if you'd like to swing an easy swap. Thanks!