Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Artificial "Blogger National" haul

I didn't attend The National (Sports Card Convention), and it's a little late for the blog-around, but here are some cards I've bought over the past several weeks that I haven't gotten around to posting about yet.

Back in May 2020, I thought it'd be fun to go after a run of vintage Kellogg's baseball cards. But it was too late by then, and the project is more or less paused waiting for the hobby bubble burst once guys realize everything is pointless. But since it was a '74 Kellogg's Reggie Jackson from my youth that was my driving force there, I figured hey, maybe I'll just go for a run of Reggie's Kellogg's cards and call it good. I had some purchased COMC store credit left to spend before I requested shipping on my last package from them, and ended up nabbing his '70 and '73. 

COMC has become my best source for scoring new Mike Reinbach cards. Still a lot of foreign cards for me to track down of this lesser-known PC guy (went to my high school). I already have that Navegantes sticker in better condition, but this creased one was too cheap to pass up.

Some interesting 90s stuff from COMC I missed out on at the time but recently discovered. I forget what the '98 Finest Power Zone gimmick is, but I think I had a reason for buying that Piazza for $2.39? As it stands, I regret the purchase. (Update: "Each of these 20 Series One inserts is printed with 'flop ink,' which changes color from purple to blue when viewed at a different angle." [source]) The Bagwell (1999 Topps Finest - Leading Indicators) I also regretted at first because I forgot why I bought it, but turns out it is heat sensitive, and you can see where I purposefully put a thumbprint top-center. I want to peel the protective film so it won't look like such shit, but I can't seem to get it started and don't want to damage the card digging into a corner trying to get the film up. Oh well. Cool card in theory, I guess. And the Marquis Grissom is a neat looking Matrix parallel from '97 Stadium Club I wasn't familiar with until seeing one on social media.

Blue head-on and purple at an angle?

Got another Joe Musgrove printing plate.
(Some of this stuff probably could have gotten their own post but I'm lazy. I do want to try posting more-frequent-but-shorter posts, rather than dumps like this.)

2013 Topps Wrapper Redemption Blue Slate parallels are damn nice looking cards. Crazy that was a decade ago already. When looking who was available "cheapest first", I was able to find a couple notable former Padres to justify buying. If I ever complete my 2011 Topps parallel frankenset, I could totally see myself going after a similar set of 2013 Topps parallels (but of course I'll never finish 2011 so it's moot.. Perhaps one 9-pocket page of Blue Slates [and a page or two of Emerald Foil] would be a more sensible collecting goal).

Funky foil on the Nelson Cruz.

My Howard Hughes PC picked up a couple additions recently thanks to these celebrity guessing game cards from 1987. Had been meaning to snag these for a while, finally finding them at a decent price. I think really all I'm jonesing for now is his 1936 Heinz Famous Aviators card before I can effectively consider the PC finished. But I still haven't seen that for sale-- at a decent price or otherwise-- so I shouldn't hold my breath there.

John Miller surprised me with another PWE, this one filled with Beanie Babies stickers. These made me happier than I should admit because I don't want to come off as too dorky, but oh well, lol. Glow in the dark cards are treated like Mantles and Trouts in this house. There are 30 stickers in the set, and between this lot and what I already had, I'm about halfway. Thanks, John! 

Here are three highlights from the latest series of printed customs from Gio at WTHB. Fun stuff as always.

Michael Lorenzen tossed a no-hitter earlier this month, which made me happy because I've got a sleeper PC of his cards. These above highlights aren't recent additions, but were mostly acquired in a previous COMC order.

GCA surprised me with a 2-card PWE of cards he scored among his National haul. Dig the faceless MiLB Hoyt and happy to reclaim a Reggie for my 1974 Topps set that gremlins made off with. Thanks, Greg!

Last for this post, in the wake of Paul Reubens' passing, I posted about my Pee-Wee cards and fellow fan in mourning David (aka DavisMcDavis) was kind enough to send me a couple of the cards on my wantlist for free. Thanks, pal! :)

See ya next time.


  1. I have no idea why I hadn't sent you those stickers before now, sorry it took 10 years lol.

  2. I don't know who you are, but I like your style.

  3. My kids have some Beanie Baby cards. I don't know if they are glow in the dark. They look kind of like that but I don't think they're stickers.

  4. Digging the 90s inserts!

  5. Man, I haven't thought about those Beanie Babies cards in ages. Didn't go as crazy over the cards as I did over the actual toys, but I know I bought a few packs of them as a kid. Nice Hills Hoyt, too!

  6. I'm waiting with you for the hobby bubble to burst... so I can finish off my vintage Kellogg's set builds. Sadly I just don't think they (70's Kellogg's prices) will ever go back down to pre-pandemic prices. #crossingmyfingers

    Love that 1999 Finest Leading Indicators Bagwell! It's a shame that Topps doesn't come up with creative inserts like these anymore.

  7. There may be some more glow-in-the-dark Beanie's headed your way in the very near future :)