Sunday, June 25, 2017

Original Back to the card show

I whined about missing last month's card show and how being a one-vehicle household now means attending the monthly show won't be a given for me anymore. But I'm happy to say I was able to make it to this month's show on Saturday. Believe it or not, I hadn't bought any cards this whole month up to Friday night when a 2004 Retired Gossage refractor auto popped up on eBay for a good BIN price. But yeah, all the pickups and boxes I've shown on the blog this month were actually paid for prior to 6/1. So anyways, I had the itch to pour through thousands of cards and create a big stack to bring home, and that's just what I did. Let's check out some highlights.


I will pretty much always pick up a NNOF 1990 Frank Thomas "Cards Your Mother Threw Out" 2010 reprint when I find it in Bill's discount bins. Last year I picked up 3 at one show and flipped them on eBay for a tidy profit (not that I do that type of thing very often). I figured this was another one of those, then just about vomited with excitement when I turned it over...


Original Back version! These are super rare. You can find the regular "corrected" reprint original back, and you can find the NNOF reprint with the "Cards Your Mom Threw Out" write-up back, but the combination of the NNOF with original back seems to be a SSP which is damn near as scarce as the original 1990 error. So this is an excellent pickup for my Big Hurt PC.


And that Frank was found in a fertile cache of original back CYMTO reprints! While these ones aren't as rare as the NNOF Frank, they're still not that easy to find.


Here are a couple more. The Steve Carlton, like the '90 Frank Thomas, is an error reproduction, with no black ink. I picked up a second Randy Johnson RC reprint from that silly insert set where Topps reimagined notable Topps rookie cards if they were marked with "Future Star" designation.


Here are the backs so you can see I'm not yanking your chain. Normally I'm not too crazy about reprints, but these are pretty cool, plus they were cheap. (All the cards in this post are from the quarter bins.)


Shiny cards of guys I collect.


Some additions for my 2011 Topps parallel frankenset. The Josh Hamilton is the first sepia refractor (#/99) to the Chrome portion of the setbuild.


Some All-Star cards, including #'d Kershaw and Altuve cards. As for the faux Padres uniforms, it's nice for me to fantasize about the likes of Harper and Arenado playing for San Diego.


A couple more shimmering cards. There's always so much Griffeys.. I never know what's worth big money and what's not.. but hey, from time to time one jumps out at me, like this 2000 Prism here. And I may make a run at that psychedelic 1999 Bowman "Late-Bloomers" insert set, assuming I can find them all for around a quarter each.


Similar to Griffey, Bill's bins have many (too many) cards from the likes of Bonds, McGwire, and Boggs (and Mattingly, Jeter, Ripken, Arod). Usually I flip through them without hesitation, but every once in a while, something grabs my attention. The Bonds dufex looked kinda neat. As for the '89 Bowman McGwire, what caught my eye is it's the tiffany version, something you don't see too often. And the pic of Boggs pitching is pretty cool.

Well, it's super hot today. I think I'm gonna end the post here, though I've still got more pickups from the show to probably post about this week. See ya!


Saturday, June 24, 2017

A box of Star Wars 40


It's my half-birthday today. Just 6 more months till the big 4-O.

[This was originally a rambling post, somewhat drunkily written.. Sort of a "state of the life address" bitching about various shit. But it was a little, um, too much for a card blog post, so I deleted those paragraphs. Not that my Star Wars-centric posts get much traffic anyways.]

When I heard about Topps coming out with a Star Wars 40 set, I thought that would be perfect. I'd buy a hobby box of that stuff, and desensitize myself to the number forty. If Star Wars can be cool at 40, then there's hope for me. And however old I am, at least I'll always be a few month younger than Star Wars. haha


So yeah, when I pre-ordered my 2 boxes of 2017 Topps Archives a few months ago, I also threw in a hobby box of Star Wars 40th Anniversary to help get me passed the free-shipping threshold for my order. While I love Star Wars, I don't recall ever buying/ripping any SW cards before.

It's a celebration of 40! Let's rip 'er open and see what we got!


Looks like it's a 200 card base set. The first 100 cards have various color parallels, with green and blue apparently being the most common. This first half of the set seems to be focused on film release dates and notable scenes.


The second half of the base set is really cool. It focuses on old school artwork, such as from promotional posters and production illustrations.

The box netted me 82.5% of the base set, 165/200. I think I'd like to go ahead and complete the set, so if you can help, here are the cards I'm needing (I don't care if they're parallels or not):
8, 15, 23, 29, 37, 42, 46, 49, 53, 57, 58, 61, 67, 69, 80, 84, 90, 97, 108, 115, 129, 142, 148, 153, 157, 158, 161, 167, 169, 180, 182, 184, 190, 191, 197



I got one serial numbered parallel. Not too exciting.


Each box contains a stamped buyback. I landed a pretty solid one featuring Luke in action.

The box promises 2 hits. As I ripped through the box, I got down to the last 2 packs without pulling either hit up to that point, so I started getting worried. But thankfully those two packs did indeed have the hits.


My promised auto was a dud. Some fucking extra.. I don't even know what movie this character is from. Force Awakens, probably? I don't think you could do worse than this. Maybe a key grip auto. Craft services auto?

Thankfully my second hit was solid and helped ease the pain of the weak auto pull...


It's a really nice looking sketchcard of Obi-Wan Kenobi. I know the artists don't get paid a whole lot per card, so a lot of times they rush through resulting in some lackluster sketches. But this one is pretty impressive.


I checked with the cardsphere's resident sketchcard aficionado, Raz, and he was able to identify the artist for me as Ashleigh Popplewell. Cool. She does nice work.

So anyways, there was that box. Wish the auto was better, but otherwise a fun box.
Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Why I collect what I collect

I often don't get around to chiming in on Blog Bat Around type things. I meant to do the "best binder page" thing for Junior Junkie last year or so but never got around to it. Gcrl asked about a card you regret giving up. Nachos Grande asked about the toughest set you completed. And more recently there was the 30-Day Challenge that I still might crank out one of these days, but it's been slipping away from me so maybe not. Now there's P-town Tom's "why do you collect who you collect?" prompt and I think I'll hit on that one, though sort of in a half-assed way.

I've always been a player collector at heart, alphabetically filing cards of my favorite players together in little groups. I'm admittedly a "player collector slut" in that I like collecting lots of guys rather than focusing just on one guy or a small group of favorites. Often times all it takes for me to start collecting a guy is for him to be a good player. Sometimes pulling a nice card of a guy out of a pack is enough for me to start building a PC around it. Being a native San Diegan, Padres players are well represented in my PCs, though I definitely don't collect every Padre.

When some collectors decide to PC a guy, they go all out and try to get everything (supercollect), with spreadsheets and such, but when I PC a guy, I just sort his cards together, and sometimes buy/trade-for more. I have a soft goal of getting 100 different cards of a guy I collect, then I sort of take myself off the hook for collecting him anymore unless I really feel compelled to keep going.

Anyways, what I thought I would do instead of typing up all the players I consider to be "guys I collect" is screenshot my wantlist and annotate it explaining why I collect each guy.





(Trevor, that is, not Vida)



Good players and/or Padres fan favorites.

If I haven't annotated a guy, I just like them cuz they are/were very good or cool or whatever.
Sets I like. Except '77.. I don't really like but it's my "birth year set" so I guess that sorta means something, but whatever. 1980 was the first cards I ever had. 1982 is the first "old" packs I ever ripped as a kid in the early 90s.. probably had half the set, but dumped most of them years ago.
This one is blurry. Sorry. Just more sets I think are cool or whatever.
Can you believe how close I am with this crazy goal?! Just 2 left. Plus many to "upgrade" to refractors. See my blog's title banner.
Funny meme meant to make guys with small wantlists feel bad. lol. Give me a chance to find something for you.. ya know? Not just a few obscure sets from the 00s that I have nothing from.

So hopefully that reasonably explains why I collect what I collect somewhat.
Of course you can visit the live version of my wantlist here, and feel free to get in touch about a trade.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

big fun game - post 20: Rod wraps things up; The end

Rod was raised never to steal, and so had no choice but to take the final remaining mystery prize..


It's a lot of miscellaneous certified autograph cards, with Jeff Conine being the best known name here. None of these are Padrographs, the focus of Rod's collection, but hey, perhaps a couple of them will come in handy as trade fodder in his travels.

Thanks again to everyone for playing, and also to those of you just reading along at home.

I'll plan to pack up the cards this weekend and get everything mailed out soon. To those of you who ended up with lackluster prizes, well, I'll try to throw in a surprise bonus or something to cheer you up. If any of you want to work out trades between yourselves, have at it and let me know if you agree to a deal and I can reroute the prizes in question. Otherwise, well, I hope you're able to use the unwanted cards in a trade with someone down the line, at least.

But hopefully you ended up with something that sticks in your collection. It started out slowly, but picked up steam after a while and I think it lived up to its name as a Big Fun Game. One of you should keep the games going and run one yourself if you want.

Here's the final results:

1. Wade Boggs simpsons auto (stolen twice - locked) - BILLY
2. Al Hrabosky auto - SHOEBOX SHANE
3. Jesse Orosco auto - MATT STUPIENSKI
4. vintage lot - FUJI
5. JR Richard auto - CORKY
6. Mister Fister - GCRL
7. Charlie Hayes auto - MATT PRIGGE
8. Andre Dawson auto (stolen once) - TURRDOG
9. Tony Oliva auto (stolen once) - BRIAN O'
10. misc. auto lot - ROD
11. die-cut lot - JULIE
12. customs lot (stolen once) - NICK
13. mini lot - BO
14. George Foster auto - JBF
15. Sy Berger contracts - JOHN MILLER

big fun game - post 19: Turrdog hawks Dawson; Rod returns

Turrdog was sad to see the Boggs get snagged from his clutches, but comforted himself with plucking the Andre Dawson auto away from Rod.


That brings up Rod once again, the whipping boy of the game so far, with multiple steals against him. Will he exact some revenge and pull off a steal himself (everything's available besides the Boggs and Dawson), or end things here by picking #10?

1. Wade Boggs simpsons auto (stolen twice - locked)
2. Al Hrabosky auto
3. Jesse Orosco auto
4. vintage lot
5. JR Richard auto
6. Mister Fister
7. Charlie Hayes auto
8. Andre Dawson auto (stolen once)
9. Tony Oliva auto (stolen once)
10. ?
11. die-cut lot
12. customs lot (stolen once)
13. mini lot
14. George Foster auto
15. Sy Berger contracts

big fun game - post 18: Billy locks down Boggs; Turrdog gets another turn, dog

I saw this one coming. Billy bided his time and then pounced on the Wade Boggs Simpsons auto.


How 'bout that! Nice that somebody who doesn't really collect baseball stuff still ended up with something that's a good fit for their collection (Billy is a big Simpsons fan).

That brings back The Turrdog, who had recently stolen the Boggs and nearly gotten away with it, to make another selection. Everything besides the Boggs is available to swipe, or if nothing is calling out to you, picking #10 would wrap up the game here and now.

1. Wade Boggs simpsons auto (stolen twice - locked)
2. Al Hrabosky auto
3. Jesse Orosco auto
4. vintage lot
5. JR Richard auto
6. Mister Fister
7. Charlie Hayes auto
8. Andre Dawson auto
9. Tony Oliva auto (stolen once)
10. ?
11. die-cut lot
12. customs lot (stolen once)
13. mini lot
14. George Foster auto
15. Sy Berger contracts

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

big fun game - post 17: Julie cuts it up; now Billy's in the catbird seat

Julie pondered pulling off a steal, but ultimately took a chance unveiling door 11..


It's the die-cut lot. Yep, if you like funky-shaped baseball cards, this is the lot for you! The highlight here is probably the Carlos Gomez autograph #'d 25/25. Also a couple of Julie's Tigers, fittingly enough.

That brings up Billy in the cleanup spot, two outs in the bottom of the ninth. What's it gonna be, Billy? A daring theft, or will we close out the game right here with number ten? All down to you!

1. Wade Boggs simpsons auto (stolen once)
2. Al Hrabosky auto
3. Jesse Orosco auto
4. vintage lot
5. JR Richard auto
6. Mister Fister
7. Charlie Hayes auto
8. Andre Dawson auto
9. Tony Oliva auto (stolen once)
10. ?
11. die-cut lot
12. customs lot (stolen once)
13. mini lot
14. George Foster auto
15. Sy Berger contracts