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!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Card Show Coronation

Productive card show for me today! Let's scratch the surface of my haul.

Forget my goal of finishing 1965 Topps by the end of the year.. I might knock it out by the end of the month! Yesterday, I won a bunch of cards from one seller on eBay, and I've got a few cards sitting in my COMC inventory. The above 6 cards were picked up at the show from the old vintage guy. He let me have them all for a total of $20.. a very solid deal for some pesky cards. The Masanori Murakami RC is the biggest card here, notable for featuring the first Japanese player to play in the MLB.

Other than the '65s, I grabbed a bunch of cards from Bill's bins, some 50¢ each and a bunch of dimebox cards.

There are always so many Griffey cards that I'm overwhelmed and usually just pass them by. But once in a while, I grab a few that catch my eye. The mini-type one is a magnet and dated 1989 (oddball rookie!)... Looking for more info on it, I find a few similar 1990 ones (Phoenix Industries), but couldn't find another one of these. So I'll assume it's worth hundreds.

Not one, but two mustache-less Mike Schmidt cards!

Plucked some Pucketts out of the dimebox, too.

Also grabbed some late-career Rickey cards.. always fun.

Well, I think that's enough for now, but I'll be sorting through the rest and posting more this upcoming week. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 15, 2017

When you suddenly realize it's a card show weekend

A "surprise" card show coming up for me, as I forgot it was so soon in the month this month. Nice!
I hope to score some sweet cards and show them off in the coming days.

Speaking of surprise cards, here's a trio of cards that were lost to me for years. They had been missing since I moved to my current house back in early 2014. Maybe you remember in my Paul Molitor PC post a few weeks ago I was lamenting how I couldn't find his RC that I knew I had somewhere. Well, just a few days ago I finally found it, plus a vintage Wilt Chamberlain and a Dick Allen auto (with custom glow-in-the-dark case) hiding out on the side of a big box with some other less-interesting stuff. Very happy to bring these guys back into the fold!

Here's a recent Twitter score. @vicsdugout posted a few "trade bait" cards a little while ago, and I spotted a '57 I needed for my set. I was able to round up some 2017 set needs and various Texas Rangers for him and we had a deal. Pretty sweet card of HOFer Luis Aparicio!

Here's my dog Annie last weekend staring down some pigeons at the 2017 Portland Dragonboat race (where my wife's team took home gold, proud to say!). Annie had a great time cheering on her mama, (and staring down pigeons), and I hope to have as similar focus at the card show tomorrow, zeroing in on some great cards.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Gwynn, a Gwynn hater, and a beautiful Bruno

Here's a little post with 3 recent pickups.

Tony Gwynn 2015 Panini Contenders Old School Colors Auto 
This is my 10th Gwynn auto (post with the other 9), and I don't really go looking to buy any more unless there's something special about it. This was one I was keeping an eye out for because it's an Aztecs card, and that's a favorite segment of my Gwynn collection (I too am a SDSU alum). I already had a couple autos featuring images from his time on the SDSU basketball team, but this is my first certified SDSU Gwynn baseball auto. It's also my first posthumous Gwynn auto, not being put out until the year after he passed. As such, it's a rare instance where a stickergraph doesn't really bother me much, though sure, I'd prefer if Tony had actually touched the card. (Looks like Panini has a decent stockpile of Gwynn signed stickers, as he's had autos in product as recent as 2017 Donruss.)

Man oh man, I loves me Topps Retired Refractors! If I can find one I need at a reasonable price, I'll likely snatch it up, even if it's a player I'm not very familiar with, or in this case, a player I don't like. Jim Leyritz was a backup catcher who never did much in the regular season, but would then step up in the postseason. He had some important clutch October hits for the Yankees and Padres in the late 90s. But he soured San Diego fans' perception of him when he talked shit about Tony Gwynn in the newspaper, basically calling him selfish. Wouldn't you know it, Leyritz would later reveal himself to be a piece garbage, killing someone in a drunk driving collision.

But all that negativity aside, I'm happy to pick up another 2005 Retired Refractor. I think there were over 100 autograph subjects in that year's set, so I've got a long way to go if I ever want to complete the refractor auto set. But who knows... If I collect for another 20 or 30 years, I might pick up the final card on my deathbed.

But the 2004 Retired set on the other hand, I've got a shot at completing a some point before I'm retired.

The base version of this Tom Brunansky is one of the most common autos from the set to find.. There are 9 sitting on eBay right now in the $10-15 range. But the refractor version, on the other hand... I've been looking for years and this is the first one I've seen. The final bid went more than I'd typically like to pay for a player of this caliber, but again, it doesn't show up very often.. plus this one was extra special for my collection...

 Christmas Card!

Bruno had a fine career as a big swinger in the 80s and early 90s, with the highlight being the Championship season of 1987 with the Twins.

This is a nice one to check off what I consider my "ultimate collecting goal" of completing the autos in 2004 Topps Retired. Overall, I only need 2 more autos (Aaron and Banks), and then another 18 where I have the base auto, but I would like to "upgrade" to the refractor auto someday. After that, I'll try to "upgrade" to having every 2004 Retired Christmas Card refractor auto. Haha, I'm (half) joking about that. But yeah, I do like picking up the 12/25 cards when I can.

Thanks for reading!