Monday, May 29, 2017

The beginning of a Joe Carter super collection?

A couple of months back I ran my first contest, and as one would expect, said contest had a winner... Richard, who can be found at the helm of Toronto Blue Jays Collection. He also happens to run, what may be the most unique player/team oriented blog that I have seen, George 'Moon' Gibson. Over the past month or so, I have finally had the time to go back and read all of the 'Moon' posts, and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys seeing old stuff and/or stuff that you don't see very often (two of my favorite kinds of stuff). Seriously, go check it out!

So anyways, during our email exchanges following his win, a trade was proposed. Richard was interested in a two of my three 1994 Collector's Choice gold signatures, which normally I wouldn't have been interested in trading away, but seeing as how Richard is working on a 1994 Choice master set, I was able realize that my whopping three gold's weren't likely going to be materializing into a set anytime soon -- so why not just call it a day, and send them to a better home. I also ended up being able to help Richard finish off his base set, having the eleven cards he needed to do so, which I was very happy to be able to help with.

Normally I wouldn't show the best card first, but since this was the card that Richard initially mentioned as sending for his side of the trade, I figure that this is one time where it makes sense to show such an awesome card first. As of late, I have been trying to put a little more effort in to looking for autos from both the 1997 and 1998 Donruss Signature Series sets, so I would have been way more than content getting this '98 Joe Carter for the cards I ended up sending as my part of the trade. This card is so freakin' cool, I mean just look at that nice big signature, he couldn't have fit that on a sticker. This is (and probably will be for awhile) by far the biggest name that I have gotten from either set so far.

As if that wasn't enough, Richard ended up sending a few more cards in an effort to help with some of my many set(s) needs. If the title of the post didn't clue you in already, see if you can spot the common theme.

This 2002 Topps Archives Reserve sure is a beauty. By sending this, Richard doubled my haves for this set from one... to two!

 Not only did I get Joe's base card from 2005's Upper Deck Classics...

... But there were also two serial numbered inserts from the set as well. Until getting these, I had never even thought to look for any of the inserts before, in fact I didn't even know this set had any inserts before receiving these. It's kind of funny to see that Upper Deck used the same base card photo for Post Season performers too, it seems like Upper Deck would have more than two images at their disposal.

I always enjoy finding/getting needed 2001 & 2002 Fleer Greats. In a weird away I almost don't want to complete either of these sets, because I would no longer have a reason to look for them if I did, and the thought of that makes me sad. I wasn't aware that Joe Carter had been included in both of these sets, seeing as how he retired in 1998, I think he had to be the most current "great" on both of the checklists.

I was very excited to see this 2002 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classics included in the package, as I almost never come across any of them. And on the few occasions when I have stumbled upon them in the wild, they are almost always in terrible condition, Joe here however... was in really great shape. The only bad thing about this set, is that with the all shiny silver, they don't scan or photograph well at all.

2006 SP Legendary Cuts is another set that I hadn't ever thought of looking for inserts from. This #'d Baseball Chronology sure is an awesome looking card, it also photographed really well, which is always a plus.

Richard, thank you again for the cards! I really enjoyed being able to mark these off their respective checklists. And hopefully next time it won't take me nearly two months to show off such a neat package.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

To open, or not to open...

In my second to last post, I mentioned having an amazing outing at a semi-local antique mall. Many posts will be coming very soon to try and cover all the purchases from that trip, but in the meantime, one of the items is causing a bit of a conundrum.

While perusing one of the booths, I noticed on a lower shelf, two small plastic containers full of unopened packs. To my knowledge, these were new to this booth, so I was most curious to see what was to be had.

The first container ended up being bust, the prices were crazy high and the selection stunk. For example (yet another time I should have taken a picture), there was a pack of 1994 Collect-A-Card Power Rangers for $4... Yes, your read that right, four bucks for one pack! On a good day, you could probably buy four complete sets for that price.

So as you can probably imagine, I wasn't expecting too much once I moved on to the second container. And was pretty much the same story, at least until I got towards the end of the selection, which is when I came across this:

Upon first sight, I was stumped, as I had never seen a pack of whatever it was before. Due to the graphics and the type of foil wrapper, I didn't have to turn it over to realize that it was a product of the 90's, which perplexed me even more as I am pretty familiar with all things 90's basketball. Looking a little more carefully at the front, especially the multiple different company logos, I was able to deduce that it was some sort of repack... A repack unlike any other repack that I have ever seen before.

Turning it over:

The back didn't really reveal anything new. Googling "Treat Entertainment, Inc." only took me to a website with a list of expired copyright's. Searching for the pack name along with the year yielded bupkis as well. So according to the internet, either this pack doesn't exist, or if it does, there are none available anywhere else. My personal opinion at this point, is that this might have been a regionally issued repack, since I'm only one state above Alabama, it would make sense that if I'm right, they might have been available here at one time.

So the question now is, should I open it? I'm not a collector of unopened packs/boxes, but I can also appreciate that this is somewhat of a unique item, and I would really hate to open something that might be the last (hyperbole?) of it's kind. The guaranteed one Topps Finest card per pack that is mentioned on the front and back of the wrapper is most likely a Jolly Green Giant by now, and the front card that has had the MJ Metal Collector Coin (oooooh!) pushing and rubbing against it for the last twenty years, is probably in less than ideal condition by now.

I'm sure most folks will be leaning towards the tear it open side, but isn't there something to be said for leaving it as is? Well?

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TTM Triumph: Al Skinner

I haven't done one of these posts in a while now, mostly due to the lack of returns, which usually happens... when you're not actively sending out any requests.

It's been at least six months now since I sent out my last request, even though I was having an almost 80% success rate, I just really got burned out when it came to the letter writing. Having not sent anything out recently, I was a bit surprised to see one of my familiar SASE's arrive in the mail a couple of weeks back. Having not received any of these back for a few months now, I couldn't tear this envelope open quick enough in my attempt to see who it was from.

If I was surprised to even get one of my older requests back, I was even more surprised to see who it was, as I really didn't think this one was ever coming back. My request to Mr. Skinner was part of my very first batch sent out, which according to my records, was on 10/29/15. I remember when I sent this one out, I felt like it was a bit of a risk, because not only weren't there any successful returns posted anywhere online, there weren't even any attempts mentioned anywhere. So all in all, I'm glad I decided to give him a go.

Al Skinner was a beast at UMass, leading the team in rebounding in his sophomore through senior seasons, and in scoring in his junior and senior seasons. During his senior season he also happened to record the first triple-double in team history while playing against St. Peter's, finishing with 28-18-10. He would go on to play three seasons in the ABA with the New York/New Jersey Nets, where along with former fellow Minutemen star, Dr. J, he would win a title during the '75-76 season. After the ABA folded, he played three seasons in the NBA, before retiring after a season playing in Spain. Mr. Skinner is currently the head coach at Kennesaw State.

As always, I would like to send out a big thank you to Mr. Skinner.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Trying to get back into the swing of things

I hadn't intended on going over a month without posting, but the proverbial "real life stuff", has really been getting in my way.

In case anyone didn't see my last post, I had to move out thanks to a fairly extensive remodeling project (not of my choosing). I know it will all be worth it when it's done, but in the meantime it's been pretty stressful.

Because of the project start date being earlier than originally planned, I spent two straight weeks packing like a madman, and we still just barely got done in time. We have been moved for almost two weeks now, and even though we're only going to be here for a few months, much time has been spent trying to arrange things so that those couple of months can contain some sense of normalcy.

When trying to find something to rent for a couple of months, it was found that there weren't whole lot of options, what with being in the middle of nowhere and all. Even though there are a few apartment complexes in and around some of the nearest small towns, by all outward appearances (and online reviews), these don't appear to be the sort of places that one would even want their worst enemy to have to live in. There also wasn't a lot of options when it came to house rentals either, but we did end up finding one (the cheapest one available), about forty minutes away from home. And it just happens to be on a golf course in a retirement community:

This was by far the cheapest rental home available, which is funny because I remember back home in the Portland/Metro area, you had to pay quite the premium if you wanted to live on a golf course. Apparently not in Tennessee though, probably because you don't have any land to put things on... You know like, broken down cars and old sofas, that sort of thing. The cheapness of this particular home also probably stems from the fact that it has been for sale for a couple of years and vacant for over a year, after being here for a few weeks, it's easy to see why -- It has more problems then our house that is being renovated!

And I can honestly say that after living where I have for the last two years, with the woods and no visible neighbors, it isn't very fun being back in a neighborhood. I had forgotten how much noise people tend to make, even when their just going about their daily activities. I know for a lot of folks, this is probably a dream location, but at this point in my life, I really prefer the seclusion that our regular house provides.

The after moving I spent two days in a place called Smithville (80% of the towns here end in "ville"), which is about an hour and a half drive from the temporary house. [side note: I really need to get into the habit of taking pictures while I'm out, as I would imagine it would definitely make storytelling more enjoyable more for anyone reading]  Anyway, unless you absolutely have to be there for some reason (like I did), I wouldn't recommend Smithville as a fun place to visit, mostly because there really isn't much to do there. For me personally, I found exactly one place of interest, in the form of a junk/closeout place called Pedigo's New and Used, which ended up being pretty disappointing.

Their prices were crazy high, on pretty much everything. There were so many items that were just plain dirty and/or in boxes that were just beat to s*>%, that were more expensive than their brand new counterparts on Amazon. I got kind of excited when, from across one of the rooms, I spied a glass counter that was full of vintage video games. But after approaching said counter, my enthusiasm quickly faded upon seeing the condition of the games. I don't think I have ever seen games that were that dirty and faded from what I'm assuming, was sun damage, before. Which was a shame because there were some decent N64 games in there, but I wasn't willing to take chance on them still working or not, so there they remain. Even with all that said, they had a surprisingly large selection of DVD's for $2 each. Since these actually appeared to be in decent shape, I spent about twenty minutes looking through them, and managed to find two that wanted to come home with me:

[I know this post is starting to get a bit rambly, but it's been a while and I have much words to put on the screen, so if anyone wants to stop here I completely understand]

Besides the packing and moving, the other main reason for me not posting in a quite a while, has been that I have been dealing with a bout of depression over the last couple of weeks. This isn't an uncommon occurrence for me, but in recent years, to have a stretch that lasts this long, is a bit uncommon. Usually it's just a day (or two) here and there, and then I'm back to my normal self (no jokes, please!). I know this has been caused by the stress of the move, but knowing the cause doesn't always help when trying to come up with a solution, as it usually just has to play itself out.

Whenever I have down days, I tend to get really nostalgic, almost painfully so. Like a lot of people, this means cycling through childhood memories, when times tend to remembered as being happier. As such, most of my purchases during this funk have been mostly non card related, because even though I collected cards as a youngster I don't really associate childhood with card collecting. In fact, I have even started re-collecting a few things (namely M.U.S.C.L.E. figures) that I hadn't thought about much since my mid-teens. Which brings me to another thing. I realized during moment's of attempting to write a post and then not being able to come up with anything, then contemplating more than a few times about deleting the blog out of existence -- that in order for me to continue doing this, I am going to have to start doing considerably more non card posts, as it just seems like I'm having way too much difficulty in trying to put together primarily card posts... especially when I collect so many other things. I'm sure the views are going to drop off some, but hopefully a few people out there will stick around, even if only every other post is card related.

I am happy to say that I believe the funk that I have been in has passed, thanks in part to three things, all of which occurred last week. 1). A pretty good thrift store trip  2). A really great eBay purchase  3). A super amazing, brain fog clearing antique mall excursion (seriously, it was that great). Most of the items gotten from these three sources will appear in upcoming posts.

And lastly, now that I have been feeling better mentally for the last week or so, I have been pursuing another recent interest:

Last year my mom got me this shortwave radio as a present, and with the free time I have had recently, I am just now starting to explore it's awesomeness. I have spent an hour or two each night for the last week experimenting with simple homemade antennas that I found via YouTube, attempting to improve the radio's global reach. Although there is only so much I can do, antenna wise, while living in a rental. In a couple of months when I'm able to move back home, I'm going try and build a better, and possibly more permanent antenna. This has also spurred me to finally look into getting a HAM radio license, which is something that has been in the back of my mind for probably close to fifteen years now.

I guess I will end this post here, even though I'm sure that I've forgotten to mention more than a few things, but after having not done this for over a month now, I'm worn out from all this typing.

On an unrelated note. I was very saddened to wake up this morning and read of Chris Cornell's passing. He truly was/is one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time, for me personally, he would easily make my top five. This seems to be yet another example of someone who still had so much to contribute to the world, leaving way too soon.

On a second completely and less somber unrelated note. I heard this song for the first time a couple of days ago, and have had the hook stuck in my head ever since -- so maybe if I share it with everyone else (like in The Ring, or Ringu for the purists), it will leave me alone:


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Fifteen To Go

It may not be the most exciting card in the world, but this 2013 Cooperstown Bruce Sutter green shard...
...leaves me needing only fifteen more to complete the set, which is kind of exciting -- especially considering that, of all the parallel sets that I'm working on, this is the now closest one to completion.

Oh, and judging by the look on Mr. Sutter's face, he isn't bothered by the glare on his card... So you shouldn't be either!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Buybacks from my usual source

Before I get started I wanted to mention that my posting might be a little more erratic than usual over the next month or so, as I'm getting ready for a temporary move thanks to a fairly extensive home remodeling project starting in May.

I knew that it was going to be happening sometime this year, I just didn't know when. Last week I found out that the beginning of May is now that "sometime", and since it's going to be almost a complete gut job, everything needs to be packed up and moved out for the next 3-5 months. I was sort of hoping to never have to move again, especially after just moving across the country two years ago, but it's not my house... so I don't have a great deal of say in the matter. So like I said, my posting may be a bit sporadic, or the posts might just be shorter, featuring more pictures than words.

Now that I got that out of the way, I can get to today's cards which came courtesy of Jim (GCRL), owner and operator of cards as i see them. I say it every time I do one of these posts, but Jim has provided more cards for my frankenset than anyone else to date, myself included. So much so in fact, that I feel like I should start referring to the set as "our frankenset". I have had these now for over a month, so my apologies to Jim for taking so long to get to them.

I don't have too many former Portland Beavers in the Frankenset, so this Billy Bryan is a much appreciated addition.

Don't look now, but I think something's about to burst out of the side of Bill Plummer's face.

While with the Reds in 1976, Dan Driessen became the first designated hitter in a World Series, going 5-16 in Cincinnati's sweep over the Yankees.

An ennead of '87 Topps.

I'm not too crazy about buybacks of cards this new, but if I've got to have a few, these two aren't so bad. The Ozzie Guillen's pretty neat, mostly because I enjoyed his antics. And the Dave Stevens is great just because of how awkward that photo is.
Some name recognition. Even though I really dislike the set, I have always liked this Dave Stewart card.

I don't remember these three guys at all!


Am I the only one who thinks that Matt Nokes and Darrell Evans could be twins?

One has to wonder if Britt would have went on to greater things, had his hip condition not forced him to leave the game so young.

Mr. Renick is in pretty rough shape and may end up getting replaced at some point.

I think Dan Osinski is the first member of the Red Sox "Impossible Dream" team to be added to the set. This is also his rookie card, so that's pretty cool too.

I didn't realize that Clay Carroll had had so many impressive World Series outings while with the Reds, which among other things, included being the only winning pitcher for Cincinnati during their 1970 series loss to Baltimore.

I wasn't familiar with Craig Swan in the least, and after looking at his career statistics, it's not hard to see why. I did see though, that after retiring he became a certified Rolfer, which is something I was somewhat familiar with. I have no real opinions on the legitimacy of the practice either way, but I can say that's it not something I would be willing to try.

Thanks again for yet another batch of buybacks, Jim! I finally have some stuff to send in return, so a package should be headed your way some time this week.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

A fellow with a Sports Obsession assists with my Prizm obsession

Thanks to my recent contest, I now have a number of new readers, and most of those readers have blogs that are new to me as well... one of those being My Sports Obsession. A couple of week ago Jeff, the proprietor of said blog, was featuring a recent lot won on eBay that consisted of seven copies of the same card. The card(s) that had been won was a 2015-16 Panini Prizm Flash Prizm of Tim Hardaway Jr., which by the way, had been gotten for an obscenely low price of 27 cents.

Anyway in the post, Jeff had mentioned that if anybody was interested in one of the extra copies all they had to do was a leave a comment saying so, which I did, and less than a week later this showed up in my mail box:

Pretty cool, huh? This card is a perfect example of why I prefer using cell phone pictures over scans. Look at those awesome colors that the phone camera brought out, and for comparison, look at the awesome colors that the scanner didn't bring out:

Doesn't that look awful compared to the previous picture? I certainly think it does. Okay, that's enough scanner hating for one night.

Thank you for the card, Jeff! It's always cool to get a Prizm parallel that I didn't previously have, and it's kind of neat too to note that this was the first time that I had received a Prizm parallel that hadn't been purchased by me.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cards from a Collector

And not just from any old collector... but The Collector, AKA Chris. For anyone who happens to be  unfamiliar with Chris or his blog, you will be doing yourself a big favor by clicking on the link and becoming a follower. Also, if you happen to be the sort that enjoys reading non-card blogs as well, I would highly recommend checking out his other work over at the the pedestrian writer.

Some of the cards shown in this post came from a trade bait post that Chris did a month or so (maybe more) ago, so if you're new to his blog, you should go back and find that post, because there was a lot of really neat unclaimed stuff within that post.

I'm a few weeks late in covering these cards that Chris was kind enough to send my way, so I don't want to waste any more time getting to them. So let's jump right in with a few of the 2013 Topps Chasing History inserts, starting with two from the base version:

One Holo-Foil:

And one of the gold Holo-Foils:      

This is my first Orange Matrix parallel from the 2013 Cooperstown set.

2013 Topps Emerald Prince, pictured doing what he always did... swing for the fences!

Chris was fortunate enough to get a couple of boxes of 2017 Heritage, which just happened to contain more than a few buybacks, so of course I had to inquire as to the availability of said buybacks. Thankfully there were a few to be had, including the two Terry's above.

The Rafael Palmeiro rookie adds a little bit of name recognition to the frankenset. The '68 Don Pavletich came from one of the box topper buyback packs, of which I hope to open a few of someday, thus far my attempts at acquiring any via eBay and Sportlots hasn't worked out so well. Don may have spent most of his career as a backup, but from now on, he -- or rather his card -- will be a starter in my set.

Saying that "I saved the best for last" when referring to this Dick Groat Topps Lineage autograph would be a serious understatement, I mean look at, it's just awesome. I have six auto's from this series now, which I don't think is too bad, especially considering I only learned of their existence last year. Here's a question that came to mind after receiving this card: Why is Dick Groat never talked about? He's got a couple of World Series rings, was an eight time all-star, won the 1960 N.L. MVP. And if that wasn't enough, he was a legitimate two-sport star, having been an a two time All-American at Duke and playing in the NBA for the Fort Wayne Pistons during the 1952-53 season. If he wouldn't have had to serve his required two year stint in the military, he probably would have continued playing both baseball and basketball professionally. That's a pretty impressive resume, and yet his name is never mentioned. So what exactly does a fellow have to do to get some recognition?

Thank you again for the cards, Chris. By the by, every time I see your blog title, I think of this song:

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

And the winner is...

Before getting to the results, I really want to thank everyone who entered the contest, especially to those who provided a plug via their blog or Twitter, even if it was only done for the extra entry you all helped bring in a lot more participants... which was very much appreciated.

There were 50 total entrants, which exceeded my best case scenario by close to 35. It's not me just being modest when I say that I really only expected 10-15 people to join in, so to say that I was pleased/surprised by the turnout would be a major understatement. The best part of all, in regards to the large turnout, is all the new (to me) blogs that I have been exposed to. I have started following everyone that I had previously been unaware of, which I believe turned out to be around fifteen to twenty, so hopefully I will able to provide some positive contributions to your blogs as well... even if it is just in the form of an occasional uninteresting comment. And thank you to everyone who added me to their blogroll, I will try not to disappoint. To those who didn't, maybe I will be able to win you over at some later date:)

Before getting to the final list, I just wanted to remind everyone that a couple of days ago I did add another consolation prize winning spot to whoever ended up at #11 to go along with the originally planned consolation prize to whoever came in last.

So without further ado, after the list of 50 entrants (18 of whom earned an extra spot) was randomized four times, it looked like this:

List Randomizer

There were 68 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Richard
  2. Chris
  3. The Angels in Order
  4. JWillden27
  5. Mark Hoyle
  6. Rosenort
  7. Josh D.
  8. Nick
  9. Jeff S.
  10. Dennis
  11. Mark Hoyle
  12. jasongerman9
  13. Tony Burbs
  14. John Hazen
  15. Dion's IP Autos only
  16. Richard
  17. Wilson
  18. cynicalbuddha
  19. GCA
  20. RAZ
  21. GCA
  22. The Lost Collector
  23. Shane Kroeker
  24. Jupiterhill
  25. Daniel Wilson
  26. Kin
  27. Stealing Home
  28. Bru
  29. Reds Card Collector
  30. CrazieJoe
  31. Greg Zakwin
  32. Robert
  33. Wilson
  34. Stealing Home
  35. Trevor P
  36. Dan
  37. Shane Kroeker
  38. Collecting Cutch
  39. SingleDaddyof2
  40. Jeff S.
  41. Al Kawamoto
  42. Jeff Laws
  43. arpsmith
  44. Matt Stupienski
  45. gcrl
  46. P-Town Tom
  47. Kin
  48. madding
  49. Bo
  50. Sport Card Collectors
  51. Greg Zakwin
  52. Bru
  53. Chris
  54. Adam Sanders
  55. Matt Pederson
  56. gcrl
  57. The Dimwit
  58. defgav
  59. Dennis
  60. John Miller
  61. Fuji
  62. Jeff Laws
  63. Sport Card Collectors
  64. Rosenort
  65. jasongerman9
  66. cynicalbuddha
  67. Billy Kingsley
  68. Matthew Scott
Timestamp: 2017-03-18 22:08:18 UTC
You have randomized this list 4 times.

Congratulations to Richard, proprietor of Toronto Blue Jays Collection. Since I have not had the good fortune to have had any interaction with you as of yet, you will need to email me at j t e f 8 2 at g mail dot com with your address and whenever you start finding cards for me to purchase for you.

Congratulations to Mark Hoyle for landing in the #11 spot, and to Matthew Scott for coming in last as well. Mark, you don't need to do anything since I already have your address. Matthew, you need to send me an email with your address though, as we have yet to exchange any cards as well.

Thank you again to everyone who entered, because of the overall success, I am now planning on doing a similar contest right before Black Friday, that way the winner of that one will be able to take advantage of all the COMC sales going on.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

One final contest reminder

Looking at how many people have entered so far, I can't imagine that there's too many folks left that would need another reminder. But just in case there's anyone left that has yet to enter, and would like to get in on the action, you can click here before tomorrow at 5pm (ET) to do so.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A contest reminder with a newly added bonus

Just a quick contest reminder for anyone that might not have seen it, or that has seen it, but has yet to enter. If you happen to fall into either of those groups, you should really click here before Saturday to get in on it.

Also, because the turnout has been far better than I could have possibly imagined, I thought I would add a little something extra to the mix. So now, along with the #1 spot getting the grand prize and the last spot getting something that is hopefully of interest to that person, whoever lands in the #11 (my basketball jersey number from many moons ago) spot will also get a prize of some sort. It will probably just end up being a couple of cards off a wantlist, or some cards featuring your favorite team (if you're team collector that is), probably nothing overly special... but it will still be something, which is still better than nothing:)

Thanks to everyone who has entered so far, and thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.

Monday, March 13, 2017

It's about time for a contest!

Sometime around Christmas I started thinking about having a go at my first contest. At that point I had been a "blogger" for a little over a year and figured is was about time to give it a try, all I had to do was come with something to give away that would be of interest to a very diverse group of collectors/readers.

The question of what to give away was answered for me when my post Black Friday COMC hoard arrived along with the scratch-offs that yielded multiple free shipping credits (even though you can only use one) that had to be used by March 31st (I'll get back to that in a second). The "when" part of the equation seemed pretty simple to after looking ahead, at the time, and calculating that I should be reaching 200 posts around the middle of March. Perfect reason to hold a contest, right? Right, the only problem is I miscalculated my future output a bit. How much was I off by? Well, this is only post #168, so...

To be fair, I was only off by 32! So instead of celebrating #200 with a contest, I will be celebrating #168 with a contest.

In an attempt to appeal to as many people as possible, the winner will receive $15 of my COMC credit (earned from challenges) to buy whatever they want. All you have to do is find what you want, give me the info on it (seller, item number, etc.), I'll buy it and then add the item(s) to my shipment and send the winner's stuff out once I receive them. I will leave this contest open until Saturday night (the 18th), which will give the winner up to thirteen days to choose their item(s), as I have to put the shipment request in by the 31st. All you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment to let me know you want in. The names of all the entrants will be randomized four times to pick a winner.

And since this my first contest, I would really like to reach as many people as I can, so a contest plug on your blog, or Twitter (if you don't have a blog) will earn you an extra entry. Just be sure to leave a link in the comments section below.

Oh, and since I know what it's like to finish last in a contest (stupid randomizer!), whoever lands in that last spot will get something as well. I don't know what yet, it probably won't be the greatest thing ever, but it will be something tailored to your interests.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Card Show Results: The Non Cheap Stuff

My apologies if this post comes across as a little dull, writing wise, after participating in Robert's 100 word challenge, doing a regular old card show recap post just seems kind of... blah! Since there are a few neat (to me) things in here, I didn't not want to do it, but it just wasn't very exciting to put together, that's all. I'm sure many of you know what I'm talking about, or at least I hope you do.

A couple of posts back I covered the dime box purchases, so as you might've been able to infer from the title, this one will feature the slightly more expensive stuff.

I had seen the Pro Debut mascot patch cards on various blogs in the past, and enjoyed them every time I saw and read about them, but it always seemed like I forgot about them almost immediately after. So up until this point I hadn't seen them person, nor had I ever looked for them online (because of that whole forgetting thing). That all changed when upon arriving to the show, I headed straight for my favorite seller, Jim, who just happened to have a small stack of 2013 patches for $1 each. It only took me a few seconds before deciding to buy all seven of them:

Pretty cool, huh? All of them are numbered to /120, save for the gold Strike, which is numbered to /50. I can guarantee that this won't be last time you see these on this blog.

I also came across another interesting Pro Debut item, this time from the 2015 edition:

I know what you're thinking, and the answer is... why yes, yes I did, I bought dirt! But not just any dirt...

... you see, this dirt that has been maintained by THE Ray Sayre! Now you understand why I had to have it, right? Right? If not, all I can say is that for me, this is just a very fun card. This one set me back $3, which was tied for the second most expensive thing I bought. I know there's some sort of joke here about the Wahoos and paydirt, but it's just not coming to me, so I will just have to move on.

I probably didn't need these 2009-10 Panini Crown Royale Living Legends relics, but for $1 each, why not? I already have a few cards from the regular non-jersey Living Legend insert set, so I was already familiar with the design, of which I have a fondness for.

Try as I might, I could not get the image on this 2010 Topps patch to show up any better, so you'll just have to believe me when I say that it is much clearer in person. The tiger in the middle is really neat, and for $1, I had to have it.

I have found my new favorite shoe related relic set, in the form of this 2001 Absolute Memorabilia Ground Hoggs set. Not that I'm big into shoe cards mind you, but before finding this card and subsequently seeing the rest of the cards in the set, I would have said my favorite shoe related release was the 1999-00 Hologrfx Shoetime set. And from what I've read, these are actually somewhat scarce, and collected by many.

Here is a side view showing the chunkiness of the shoe bit.

Look at that. They actually show you shoes from which the piece came from. That is probably the biggest reason why these are now my favorite shoe related cards. Unfortunately Lamar Smith doesn't seem to be the greatest of people, but a lot of athletes aren't, so what are you gonna do? Priced at $3, I consider this card a steal touchdown.

At a dollar, this was the first time I had spent more than ten cents on one of the Platinum Diamond parallels, but being one of the legends variations and knowing that it's priced considerably higher on various online venues, I wasn't going to be walking away from it for a buck.

Since I have decided to start pursuing both the '97 and '98 Donruss Signature Series autographs a little more actively, I couldn't pass on Magglio, or his $2 price tag. Full disclosure though, when I bought it, I was under the complete impression that he was still playing. I don't know if it's because I'm that out of touch, or if I was thinking of someone else... but apparently Mr. Ordonez retired in 2012, and is now the Mayor of the Juan Antonio Sotillo Municipality in his native Venezuela. Which if I'm not mistaken, now means this qualifies as a cross-collectible.

Normally I don't seek out printing plates, in fact I have ever only bought two, so buying three at this particular show was a bit out of character for me to say that least. But this was also the first time I had ever actually seen any at a show too, so for $3 apiece, I figured why not, even if I only knew who one of the three players were:

Grandpa Boone was the only one of these three guys that I was familiar with. It's unbeknownst to me why, but I have much interest all things related to the 1948 Cleveland Indians championship team, so I thought this was a kind of a neat thing to get. It's a heck of lot easier to see in person than it is in this picture too.

I haven't watched a current NFL game in two years now, so young Mr. Stinson is/was completely unknown to me. He won three national titles at Alabama, one as a redshirt, one as a backup, and one a starting defensive linemen. He was drafted by, and is still currently a member of the Arizona Cardinals.

Laveranues Coles was a receiver who played eleven seasons in the NFL, a large chunk of that with the Jets.

Despite the size of this show, I had virtually no luck in the vintage department. Don't get me wrong, there was plenty of it to be had, it was just one of those time where the prices didn't seem to match the conditions. And as I mentioned in the previous recap, I wasn't feeling so great, so I was in no mood to deal with anyone that didn't have their stuff priced (but did have a Beckett at the ready) or the people that had their stuff marked at full Beckett price... but would make me a good deal if I put a stack together. With that being said, I did manage to snag a much needed tall boy from the 1969-70 set:

It looks a little rough, and it is, but you couldn't get one even in this condition for the five dollars I paid on eBay. The majority of my set is in far better shape than this, so I may try to upgrade this one eventually. With the edition of this card, and the four I just got from Sportlots (next post), I'm down to 35 needed for this set.

And the back...
...there, for any checklist fancier's out there, don't say I never did anything for you:)

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