Sunday, July 21, 2019

Ginter? I hardly know 'er!

I was gonna try to hold off buying any 2019 product until Archives, but caved and picked up a blaster of 2019 Alan & Gyntur (sic) at the grocery store while shopping yesterday.

Side note, I've noticed they've started including "anti-theft" tags like these on some of the card boxes on the shelf. That's cool, I guess, but..
- This doesn't help prevent pack-searching (or the rising phenomenon where an asshole buys a box of cards, takes it home, replaces the contents with junkwax cards, then returns the box to the store for a refund).
- In a busy store, they usually don't even bother stopping people when the alarm sounds at the exit.
- There are usually these sticker chip things inside the box anyways.

So it's kind of pointless, but whatever.

Onto the cards!

A few inserts of guys I collect.

Some active dudes I collect.

Retired greats.

The minis treated me well, with this trio of guys I collect highlighted by Mr. Trout.

And my other minis. The monkey infant is pretty cute. These are available for trade. The bottom pair are A&G backs.

Some non baseball. The shuttle card is pretty neat, though seems a little out of place. Post Malone gets my vote for worst card of the pack. I try to keep an open mind on music, but... yuck. And for the Fallon guy, turns out he's from the band The Gaslight Anthem, whom I think are ok, though I often confuse them with a band I like better called Streetlight Manifesto. I guess it's the "something-light" in the name that throws me.

A few more inserts. Also up for trade.

And arguably saving the best for last, I pulled a hit!...

And it's a guy I collect: Didi Gregorius.. Sweet! Though it's a boring plain grey swatch, the card design presents it in an interesting way.. like an eclipse. And hey, I pulled it on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. How poetic!

So that was actually a pretty solid blaster for me! Pulled a hit of a guy I collect, and a bunch more cards for my collection, not to mention some fresh trade bait. Can't complain about that!
Thanks for reading.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Dutch takes my magic number down to 14

My lofty goal of completing 2004 Topps Retired refractor autos took another step closer thanks to recently scoring Darren Daulton here. I've considered this my #1 collecting goal for the past several years. Just 14 left to go.

Daulton was a fan favorite behind the plate, and sadly passed away from cancer in 2017.

Dutch went out on top as a player, batting .389 in the 1997 World Series, and announcing his retirement shortly after his Marlins beat the Indians in 7 games. By then, he wasn't catching anymore, instead playing 1st or right field. The catcher for that '97 Florida squad was Charles Johnson, and hey, I just made a custom for him (as part of Johnny's custom commissions), so I'll add it as a little bonus to this post.
Johnson was picked as catcher for the Topps All-Star Rookie team after the 1995 season, but didn't get a Topps card the next year. Here's a 1996 Topps "card that should have been". It's my first attempt at a 1996 Topps custom and I half-assed some aspects, but hey, close enough.
And it's his birthday today. Happy Birthday, CJ!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Scenes from P-town

Plenty of solid dudes on the ol' cardsphere, but none more solid than P-town Tom. He's the type of guy where if he found a 1/1 card in a dimebox, he'd bring it to the dealer's attention. Me? Ain't gonna lie, I'd swiftly and without fanfare add it to my stack.

Anyways, it had been a year or so since we last swapped cards, but we recently made up for that and struck a big trade.

Love this custom Tom whipped up on the Rookies App.

Great to see the Vogelmoster having a breakout season.

To drive the point home that it's been a long time since I traded with Tom, he had a bunch of '90 UD Marquis Grissoms set aside for me... and he apologized for being a bit late, as I announced the conclusion of this project back in January. Oh well, I can probably squeeze in a couple more pages to the binder!

A few needs from my '88 Fleer wantlist, plus a nice little lot of '87 Fleer, which I haven't made a wantlist for yet-- still rounding up whatever I can, but I almost have enough now to sort out what I've got and put up a list. If anyone has any surplus '87 Fleer to dump, maybe we can swing a trade.

And a big lot of 50 Ron Gant cards! Looks like Tom had a PC of him going but decided to cut bait. I'll happily take them. I'm likely past the magic 100-card milestone for my Gant PC now thanks to this lot.

But the bulk of Tom's big box was FIVE complete (or near-complete) sets from the overproduction era that I had been wanting to add to my collection. I'm thinking I'll do a post on each of these to give them proper love-- highlighting favorite cards and whatnot. So look for those in the not too distant future.

Great stuff, Tom!! I'll get cracking on your return very soon.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend, everybody!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

these cards that have shown up

Last week my mailbox smiled upon me with a package from John Miller and a PWE from Sport Card Collectors at Parts Of My Past. Oh, and a late addition from Matt at Diamond Jesters will get shown off in this post, too.

When I saw SCC received this Rickey oddball in a big lot of various cards from somebody, I figured it probably wasn't a long-term fit in his collection, so I let him know I'd be interested in it.. and lucky me, here it is! It's from 1990 Topps Top Active Career Batting Leaders. These are unicorns in that they're overproduction era cards that are actually tough to find and worth a few bucks each. I don't know much about this set or how it was distributed, but I can tell you there are 22 cards in the set, and if you go trying to track them down, it'll quickly become clear just how tricky they are to dig up. This batting cage shot of Rickey looks awesome, with a green border really helping A's cards pop. And howbout that fat cup trophy logo? Love it! The edges might be a little rough, but I'm thrilled to add this to the Rickey PC.

Pretty simple back, but cool enough.

UPDATE: Thanks to Rod tipping me off that these came in special Kmart rack packs, similar to below...


SCC has been responsible for building up my Tim Duncan PC a lot in the past year or two, and here are 4 more.

Plus a shiny Tony Parker to round out the surprise envelope.

Thanks, SCC! Very cool. I've already shot a return your way.

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So, the other week I had a little baseball card breakdown of my own trying to deal with the big list of requested customs John Miller hit me with a while back. You know I love hooking my trader buddies up with customs, but this list was starting to feel overwhelming. I've been working on it for months and am only about halfway through. It's so daunting that I simply haven't been making many customs lately. And other buddies have customs they've asked me to make, but they are buried in the queue. So anyways, I drunkenly bitched about this to John and he told me to take my time and kindly offered to send over some more cardboard motivation.

Sorry for the blurry photo, but this is a great lot of 1972 Topps. A bunch of needs and upgrades for me here... including my first 2 high numbers from the nasty 6th Series! This lot blasts me past the midway point, all the way up to 53.33% complete.

Big thanks, John! Sorry for freaking out on you like that. I'll keep at it and hope to finish your list in a few more months.

[UPDATE: I forgot to mention that the package arrived with a USPS sticker saying it arrived unsealed. Hopefully there weren't more cards in there originally that didn't show up. There were 2 team bags, with cards in order, but starting at #127, which seems suspicious that there wouldn't be more low numbers. So perhaps there was another team bag with the cards under #127 that got lost? That'd be a bummer!]

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Next are some cards from Matt K.'s "Time Travel Trading" project. It's a cool idea, though looks like he's been seeing dwindling interest in it. I checked the available cards against my vintage wantlists and found several I needed, then narrowed them down to a PWE's worth.

Did I say '72 Topps was 53.33% complete? Make that 53.46% now! lol
Plus 3 needs for my 1970 setbuild, which is tiptoeing along, still less than 10% finished.

And more needs from the super 70s, as well. Nice selection of names here.

Thanks for the trade, Matt! I need to round up some correspondingly-older cards for these, and hope to put them in the mail very soon.

Oh, and I just got a huge box of cards from P-town Tom, but that'll have to wait for another post. The list of people I owe cards to is now up to a baker's dozen (including the winners of my latest contest that was a month ago), and I don't feel good about that. I really gotta get off my ass and send out some return cards soon. Sorry, guys.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

card show carnage

Kind of a rough card show for me today. I left my house around 9:30 and was home about 11.. which might be my briefest card show experience to date.

I shouldn't complain too much, since I picked up a few decent cards, plus I know not everybody has easy access to a monthly card show, but I left feeling unsatisfied. A big part of it was there were so many people flocked around the good dealers that it was hard to check out all the bins I wanted to. But the most painful part was I had my eye on a couple boxes of off-condition vintage that a dealer was getting rid of really cheap. Without laboring over the story too much, the boxes got swiped out from under me due to a moment's hesitation. It was pretty crushing, but I guess that's how card shows go sometimes.

But let's put on a positive face and check out some of the cards I brought home. This post will be bookended by a couple cards that ran me $20 for the pair, and then everything in the middle was 50¢ each.

Gotta love a vintage Hank Aaron. Wasn't a steal or anything, but a solid pickup.

Hard to pass up any cheap pre-war vintage. Took a flyer on this old-looking bird card. Looking it up, seems it's 1933 Dwight's Soda Useful Birds of America Sixth Series #14 Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. Not in perfect condition, though the junk in its beak is supposed to be there... must've been on its way to build a nest. (UPDATE: I've have been corrected! It's more likely a potato bug in its mouth about to be chomped down. Oh, the carnage!)

Looks like it's worth a few bucks, so it was a good buy for 50¢.

Some of today's big names.

A pair of numbered Heritage parallels from last year.

Bartolo /100, Ortiz /149, and Gavin Cecchini /499.

Some shiny young dudes.

record scratch---oh wow, looks like my find of the day is that Carter Kieboom mega box mojo refractor. Turns out it's the "white jersey" photo variation SP (as opposed to the base version featuring a red jersey) and goes for around $20 according to COMC. Nice! Got lucky there. Perhaps I should start feeling better about how I made out today.

Also, COMC is telling me that Yordan Alvarez is a $10 card. Now I regret leaving the other 2 copies I came across near it. Hmm.. is it too late for me to go back to the show? LOL. They might still be there as I type.

COMC also has the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. listed at $16. Yeah, looks like these 3 were my shrewdest purchases of the day.

Then I bumped into Padrographs Rod and he had a couple things for me...

Sweet!.. I was looking for this 2019 AAF card to effectively wrap up my Gavin Escobar PC.

Honestly, '88 Topps might be my least favorite set ever-- way overproduced... drab, dark backs-- but I have a long-term goal to get all the main sets from that era, so it's nice to check this one off. Rod wound up with a 1988 factory set he didn't need, and was kind enough to pass it off to me. Thanks, Rod! I appreciate it.

And my last pickup to feature from today...

I had been wanting Stan Musial's "Topps Rookie" for a while, so I was happy to score this one. Musial wasn't under contract with Topps for most of his career until finally showing up in 1958 with this All-Star card.

So there are the highlights (also grabbed a few more cards that either weren't interesting enough to show or are already set aside for trader buddies). While it was a somewhat frustrating experience in the moment, I feel ok about my haul now. And I only spent $30, which is on the low end for my card show expenditures, so it's all good.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A Sox team set of 2005 Topps Retired refractors

My collecting habits don't typically including going after team sets, but it is neat to realize you've knocked off an entire team from a set you're working on. And here's a post to make Red Sox fans a little jealous, as I've now got refractor autos (#/25) of all Boston cards in 2005 Topps Retired.

The top card in the team set is Yaz. Snagged this one a year or two back, and so it's a repeat on the blog, but worth another look.

Jim Lonborg is another one I've had for a while. I think I've actually picked up a dupe since.. as sort of an ace-in-the-hole in case I need to bring out the big guns for a trade with a Sox fan.

This Johnny Pesky is a new one. He's a name you don't hear about too much these days, but he would've likely won the Rookie of the Year award had it existed in 1942, and put together an impressive career. Led the AL in hits 3 times, batted .307 lifetime, while missing 3 years of his prime serving in World War II. After his playing days, he continued working in baseball for decades, with stints as manager, coach, and broadcaster.

After obtaining the Pesky, I noticed-- with thanks to TCDB-- that I was only Grady Little away from the Boston team set, so I said "F' it" and pulled the trigger on this overpriced one that had been sitting on eBay for years.

So there's the team set!

Wade Boggs is featured as a Yankee in the set, FYI. I don't have that one yet.
I do have a couple other "honorable mentions" though, on the other Sox...

2005 Retired features Fisk on the Pale Hose, after having a Boston card in the '03 and '04 incarnations of the set. Daryl Boston never played for the Red Sox, which is a shame with such a fitting last name. Dig the nutty pants uniform numbers on both of these!

My White Sox team set is far from complete, as there are a couple big ones I'm missing: Tom Seaver and Bo Jackson. Also Harold Baines is no pushover-- Hell, he's in the Hall of Fame!

I've got 35 refractor autos from this set now (out of 115).. with another on the way. 2005 Retired isn't as high priority as 2004 Retired for me, but I still like to pick them up when I find them for a decent price. What can I say? I just love these shiny beauties!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Joy of a purchased complete set: 1985 Topps Goonies

The Goonies has been an all-time favorite movie of mine since I was a kid, though somehow I never had any of the cards Topps put out back in 1985 until just recently snatching up the whole thing on eBay. It ran me "a blaster and a half" shipped, so I figured it was the best option, though I usually like to put some work into setbuilding since it's more satisfying to go through the ol' collecting-by-hand process. There are 86 base cards plus 15 stickers-- but there are 7 sticker back variants, so it's actually 22 stickers for a "master set".

The set starts off with a few basic character cards.

 Thanos rookie card!

Cardboard perfection, right here!

I've got a bone to pick with this card, though. That skeleton isn't just some unlucky miner, that's Chester Copperpot, a reclusive scavenger hunter who went missing in the 1930s while looking for One-Eyed Willy's treasure. Chances are Topps had this set in production several months before the film was released, so I guess you gotta cut them some slack for a mistake in the plot here and there.

So yeah, after the character cards, the base set recaps notable moments in the plot. Man, that waterslide scene looks like fun. It's been too long since I've been to a waterpark.

Another clear indication this set was produced before the film's release is The Rockin' Octopus gets a card (and also a sticker), yet this scene was cut from the theatrical release (but alluded to at the very end). Must have really confused kids ripping these packs in 1985! "What the heck? I don't remember seeing this in the movie!" The scene was later included in the "edited for TV" version and included as a special feature bonus on the home video release.

One-Eyed Willie.

A pretty girl in her underwear.

Surprise... It's Mama! (which I thought would be funny following hanging out with One-Eyed Willie and ogling a pretty girl in her underwear... )

Gotta love Sloth in his Superman getup.

A look at the backs.

Oh yeah!

After the story cards, there are a few behind-the-scenes cards. The Map in Jeopardy image is from another deleted scene in a convenience store.

Now we're on to the stickers.

The backs form a puzzle.

A wax wrappers was included with the set. Normally I don't bother adding wrappers to my sets, but if you're going to include it, sure, I'll take it. But now I'm OCD about it and had to track down the other wrapper-- the packs came in 2 different wrappers-- or I'd feel like my set was incomplete.

Not in-hand yet, but here's the pic from the listing.

So now I feel like I've got a respectable Goonies card collection. Goes well with my Joey Pants auto custom overlay I made a while back, and of course the jewel of my Goonies stuff... display with certified autograph cards of the four main Goonies. It's tough to get a good photo of it due to the glare on the glass, but yeah, love it.. always makes me smile to walk past it.

I just watched The Goonies again a few weeks ago (though I ended up not following through with my plan from 2018 to watch it every St. Patrick's Day), and I still love it. But I realized my biggest problem with it is when the end credits begin, the Cyndi Lauper theme song starts up at the chorus, which I think is cheesy and makes everything feel rushed. I really wish they would have started the song at the beginning. If I had the technical know-how, I'd make a simple "fan edit" of the movie splicing in the deleted scenes and having the end-credits song queue from the top instead of in the middle. That'd be awesome.

Anyways, speaking of theme songs sung by Cyndi Lauper... the next non-sport card set from the 80s I'm working on is 1988 Topps Pee-Wee's Playhouse Fun Pak, another neat one that-- in contrast to the low-hassle Goonies set-- is a tricky beast with mysterious variations and ostensible short-prints. A true master set is 159 cards deep (though the listings on eBay claiming to be master sets will usually omit some of the variations). If anyone happens to have any available for sale or trade, I would love to track down my last 4 needs and will reward you generously for any of these: sticker flipbook #7, sticker flipbook #24, sticker flipbook #33, skull mask (flatter top crack on right variant). [#24 and the skull mask might be pending trade.]

Thanks for reading!