Friday, September 20, 2019

Killebrew killing the Archives urge

Regular readers of the blog might've noticed that I haven't featured any 2019 Archives here yet even though it's been out for a few weeks now. It's been my favorite current product since I returned to the hobby circa 2012. I've been in the habit of buying a hobby box or two of it every year.

But honestly, I think I'm over it now. Just don't have any desire to spend money on it this year. I'd rather buy something that'd be a home run for my collection.

And so I took the funds I would have spent on a couple Archives boxes and instead used them for this...

I already had the base version of this 2003 Topps Retired Harmon Killebrew autograph, but you know I'm a sucker for the refractor versions. Had to jump at this guy when it popped up on eBay recently with a reasonable buy-it-now price.

Heck of a career. Good dude, too. Card is numbered 09/25.

Here's an alternate refraction look at it.

I think it's a beautiful card and doubt I could possibly pull anything from Archives that I'd love more.

I've been trying to cut down on the incoming clutter of my collection by limiting the unopened product I bust. Sure, I've been adding some overproduction era sets to my collection lately, resulting in big "net gains" or whatever if you're just looking at number of cards coming in, but hey, a junk set is like 792 cards that are all "keepers" (with sentimental value from my days collecting as a kid in the early 90s). Buying a hobby box of new stuff might give me a handful of keepers and then a fat stack of unwanted cards to be saddled with. And with trading slowing down for me the past couple years, dealing with that is just not that appealing for the price.

Anyways, have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Rod/Fuji Team-up

I mentioned in my recent card show recap that I was anxious to get the cards Rod had for me. Let's take a look at those now.

1991 MusiCards needs! This lot got me down to about 30 left (not counting the various promo cards, which I'd also like to track down). I'm kicking off a setblog for these (and more-- via customs) soon and I'm really excited about it. Rambling about music (and my youth) is one of my favorite things to do! I've already started drafting the first couple posts and it's been a lot of fun. I hope you readers follow/comment along, though I know non-baseball stuff is less exciting to the cardsphere on the whole. Anyways, stay tuned for that official announcement/link coming in October. ...probably accompanied by a contest offering up some impressive cards to bribe people to checking it out.

Rod also surprised me with a near-complete base set of 1991 Brockum Rock Cards. These are cool too, though not quite as close to my heart, as I was never a huge metal/ hard rock guy. And while I ripped some MusiCard packs back in the day, I think these are the first Brockum Rock Cards in my collection. Seems to only be missing #205 Jon Anderson (of Yes). Turns out there are also variations due to Brockum mixing up the back photos of two members of Exodus (--to be fair, they are similar looking guys.) I need #127 COR (white shirt in back photo), #141 COR (white shirt in back photo), and #198 ERR (black shirt in back photo). I was a little bummed there isn't a GNR card in there. Axl has a rare promo card, but nothing in the base set.

The music cards from Rod continue with a full 100-card set of 1993 American Bandstand. TCDB says the set is 101 cards large, but then only lists 100 cards on the checklist with no variations, so I'm not sure what the 101st card is supposed to be.. perhaps the unnumbered hologram insert. Looks like there are also "Legends Signatures" autograph inserts-- each numbered to just 100-- of Dick Clark, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Smokey Robinson. Wow! Those would be sweet pulls. American Bandstand's heyday was before my time, so I never watched the show much, but there are some acts in there I like.

Rod also was the middle man for some cards Fuji brought up with him and handed off when he briefly met up at Rod's work a few weeks back.

Nice trio of Didi rookies!

And a lot of early George Springer USA cards!

Very cool.. Thanks, Fuji!

And closing out the post with one more card from Rod...

Awesome! I know Rod has cranked out several customs of his own likeness over the years, though I don't recall ever being the lucky recipient of one before. So in the wake of my Night Owl TTM success, I made sure to ask for an auto for my budding minicollection of trader bud cards. I'll have to do a post soon recapping what-all I've got so far.

Big thanks as always, Rod!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Fred Willard is the best

The other day I realized I frickin' love Fred Willard. If I'm watching something and he pops on screen, my day instantly improves. The living legend turns 80 today, and so I figured I'd pay a little tribute to him by showing off this autograph I picked up recently.

Yeah, as I say, I had a revelation that Fred Willard is the man a few days ago, and so I checked on eBay to see if he had any autograph cards on the market. Turns out, yes, he's got autos in 2017 Leaf Pop Century which can be found at reasonable prices, so I snatched one up. I thought briefly about making a custom overlay for this stickergraph-- likely featuring his character travel agent Wally Kogen from the 1999 Simpsons episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday"-- but ultimately decided the photo Leaf used was nice enough.
He is best known for his roles in the Rob Reiner mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap; the Christopher Guest mockumentary films Waiting for GuffmanBest in ShowA Mighty WindFor Your Consideration, and Mascots; and the Anchorman films. 
Never got much leading man work, but his minor roles always elevated whatever he was in. He's done guest spots on Get Smart, The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Mama's Family, The Golden Girls, Married... with Children, Family Matters, Murphy Brown, Roseanne, Friends, The Wayans Bros., Mad About You, and a ton more. I could copy & paste more highlights, but it's too much so just check his wikipedia entry if you want.

Recently, he's been popping up in silly guest spots on Jimmy Kimmel Live, my favorite current late night talk show, and he's always hilarious.

Great to get him into my card collection.
Happy Birthday, Fred!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Doug and GCA trade packages

In the past few days I've gotten quality trade packages from Doug in Canada and GCA.

First up are the Sportscards From The Dollar Store:

Some great additions to my Tatis Jr PC! He sure did give Padres fans something to be excited about this year, though he had a hard time staying on the field. Hopefully his injury issues this season were just a fluke and he comes back strong in 2020.

A few more interesting Pads from Panini. I believe the Urias is #/50.

Some more young Padres. Chris Paddack had an impressive rookie year for San Diego.

We close out this package from the great white north with a selection of 2019 Heritage High Number Padres and a Kevin Kouzmanoff auto.

Thanks, Doug! Great stuff. I'm putting together a nice return for you.

 -   - - - -o

Now here's some stuff from GCA.

A couple numbered Andre Dawson cards, plus Pops and Bird.. very nice.

Big-name needs for my 1974 setbuild! Chugging along there.

But the bulk of Greg's package was a big lot of Pedro Martinez.

So many Pedros!! I think this gets him up into the Hundred Card Club and off my main wantlist.

Thanks a lot, GCA! I always seem to be trying to catch up returning the favor for all the great cards you send my way, but I hope to balance the scales soon!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Card Show Contusion

The monthly Portland card show rolled around today. Honestly, I was mostly just excited to meet up with Padrographs Rod because I knew he had some cards for me, including 1991 MusiCards needs (the main set I've been obsessing over lately). So anything I bought at the show would be gravy. But turns out I picked up a bunch of good stuff.

I'm starting to feel a little swamped in cardboard, so this post will be a less exhaustive look at my haul compared to most card show recaps I've done where I show off nearly every card I got over a few posts. No, this will just hit the best stuff all in one post.

My biggest purchase of the day was a big lot of vintage. Spent $100 on this, getting the guy to throw in the bag of '58 Topps.. which I'm not working on, but figured it could be solid trade fodder. And yes, that's a real card taped to the '72 box.. ouch! Thankfully, I was able to remove the tape from it without any damage and add it to its brothers in the box.

I already have a bit over half of 1972 Topps, and there's probably over half a set here, so after the dust settles, I'm hoping this lot gets me approaching 90%. I didn't flip through the box too much before I bought it, but I saw plenty of high numbers, which was all I needed to see. Prior to this I had zero cards in the 700s, and this lot will help me get a foothold up there. There are also lots of dupes, so let me know if you're working on this set.

Probably about 200 cards in the 1970 Topps lot. Again, lots of high numbers made this an easy purchase for me. Hell, the Oscar Gamble rookie alone was almost worth the price of the box ($20+ on COMC). I only have 12.43% of the set prior to this, so there shouldn't be too many dupes for me in here.

Dimebox! Nearly bought a whole box but the guy wanted a bit more than I wanted to pay to be saddled with a bunch of football/basketball that would be useless to me, so I settled for $5 worth of stuff I picked out.

#Prospecting. Acuña here and the rest of the cards from this point on all ran me 50¢ each.

Weird Griffey things.

Betts refractor.

Pretty legit Nolan Ryan lot right here.

I won't pass up a '91 Desert Shield for 50¢. You could do worse than Mickey Morandini.

More cards.

A couple nice minis.

Let's close it out with this impressive trio. Brock Holt auto (the only player in MLB history to hit for the cycle in the postseason), Kris Bryant /99, and Reggie Sanders (Padres!) Pacific /67.

Thanks for reading. I'll cover the stuff from Rod in another post, but this wraps up the highlights from my card show haul.

Friday, September 13, 2019

TTM Success: Night Owl!

Here's a fun one that just came back.. I got noted cardblogger Night Owl's autograph on a real minor league card that features a photo he's in.

How cool is this? Got his signature plus a nice "night owl" inscription. Looks great! And as someone who's name also starts with G, it's interesting to me to check out how other people sign a capital G.

Night Owl referenced this card in a post earlier this year (and linked to an older post where he got more into it.):

"This is the card where I make my trading card debut. I'm the guy in the press box, fourth window from the left, talking to the scorekeeper in the fifth window." 

In the comments of that post, Jeremy asked him if he'd be cool with signing the card, and Greg replied in the affirmative. Sounded like a good idea to me, so I tracked down a copy of the card to send to him.

I don't need to slurp Greg too much here, as if you're reading my blog, you're no doubt already familiar with Night Owl Cards and likely recognize it as the GOAT of baseball card blogs, or at the very least a lock for inclusion on the hypothetical Mount Rushmore of the cardsphere.

I've mentioned before that his blog was my main inspiration for starting Baseball Card Breakdown back in 2013. And funny enough, he recently inspired me to start a new set-blog (kicking off next month). So yeah, he's been a guiding light for me as a blogger for a long time (not to mention a great trading partner) and it's very cool to have him included as a tangible part of my card collection now.

Here's the back of the card, if you were interested. Gotta love old school minor league cards.

Thanks a lot, Greg!
(And hey, coincidentally, it's the 11th blogiversary of Night Owl Cards today!)

I need to round up my other blogger cards and make this a full-fledged minicollection. I think I could at least fill a binder page at this point, perhaps two. Several bloggers make customs of themselves to throw in with card packages to trader buddies, and those are always fun to receive. I know it's not really Night Owl's style to do something like that, but the minor league stadium card is perfect.

Have a great weekend, guys!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Joy of a completed insert set: 2004 Topps Chrome-Town Heroes

Pretty sure this is the first memorabilia set I've ever completed. I don't often chase relic cards, but I went after these as part of my quest for a black refractor parallel set of 2004 Topps Chrome. While they're not technically included in that base black refractor set.. well, they're black and they're refractors and they're from the same product, so I added them to my needs spreadsheet. Overall, I'm at 37% complete with my parallel setbuild, but it feels good to get all the relic cards taken care of, at least.

From what I can tell, Chrome-Town Heroes (a clunky play on "Hometown Heroes" in case you didn't catch it) was not a regular insert set that popped up year to year, rather appearing only here in 2004 Topps Chrome as far as baseball goes... though there were also Chrome-Town Heroes in 2004-05 Topps Chrome Basketball, where they were all relic cards, but the similarities end there as those have a much different design and are all horizontal. The basketball versions have refractor parallels that are #/25 (and many of the base are also numbered, from as low as 206 to as high as 1000). But lucky for me, the baseball version has no parallels (not even "non-refractor" versions) and none of the cards are numbered.

So let's check out these 21 cards.


My only real complaint about this set? Team distribution! How can the A's have so many damn cards?! FIVE of the 21 cards are Oakland players. Cubs aren't too far behind, with 3 cards. Zero of my Padres, or several other teams for that matter. Would have liked to see more variety in team selection, but I guess those were just the stars they had plentiful jerseys/bats from available to cut up.

Many different sources were utilized putting the set together, and I've searched my email archives to refresh my memory. The A-Rod card was picked up on Listia, which is kind of a trip for me because it feels like forever ago that I was active on that trainwreck of a site. Semi-retired cardblogger SpastikMooss traded me five of the cards (which he had picked up with me in mind on COMC). COMC was also my source for many of these, though at least a couple were won on eBay, including the final card I needed, Albert Pujols. My cheapest purchase was Palmeiro ($2) and the most expensive was Frank Thomas ($7.75), both via COMC.

So there you have it. My first completed memorabilia insert set. Thanks for stopping by.