Saturday, March 28, 2015

Trade completed with reader Paul Browning

Shortly after I announced I had returned to the land of the living and I was ready to start trading cards again, long time reader, Paul Browning, contacted me with a proposed trade. I quickly accepted his offer and sent off his requested cards. Here is what I got in return.

I'm not chasing many inserts set anymore, but I was always partial to some of Topps' reprint sets, such as the Trading Card History from 2008 Topps, where the Clemens card hails from. Topps would again do a big reprint set in 2010 with their popular Cards Your Mother Threw Out. Paul helped me get a little closer to finishing the set with 5 more cards. Another reprint set, 60 Years of Topps was included in the 2011 set. This Dave Winfield nearly completes that set.

I also got 3 more commons for my 2013 Gypsy Queen set and 2 inserts from 2012 Gypsy Queen. I'm still a long ways off from finishing both of those GQ sets, but I appreciate any help I can get.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cards from the Underdog

A few days ago I found a bubble mailer in my mailbox that I wasn't expecting. While I've completed a few trades recently, I haven't received many new cards in the mail. Well thanks to the Underdog Card Collector, I have some new cards!

We've exchanged e-mails in the past, but nothing recently, all the more reason I was surprised he sent me a little package. He knew I was easing myself back into cards, though he knew from my toy blog that I hadn't given up on blogging. Inside the mailer was a nice stack of cards, both Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers. I've decided to take my favorite cards from the stack to share, but I appreciate everything that was sent.

From the 2015 Topps comes this beautiful Inspired Play insert of current fireballer, Craig Kimbrel and Hall of Famer, John Smoltz. I really like the faded copper colored background.

I'm always surprised when somebody sends me a relic or autograph card just out of the blue. Even those the Braves opted not to bring Kris Medlen back for the 2015 season, I'll always take whatever cards of his I can get as he was so much fun to watch on the mound.

The Greats was an insert from 2013 Topps that look nice enough to have come from one of the many sets released that year. Printed on a thicker cardboard, these have that premium feel. Smoltz is one of the guys I like to collect and this is one that had eluded me thus far so I'm very happy to add this one to the collection.

Reggie White
2000 Collector's Edge Masters Holofoil #0793/1000

I don't have many Reggie White cards as a Carolina Panther. Even though this card didn't scan very well, I can promise you it looks much better in person.

This off season the Panthers decided to part ways with long time running back, DeAngelo Williams. I believe this decision was made in part to the production of this guy, Jonathan Stewart. While Stewart has had some health issues in the past, when he is healthy watch out! This is the Xfractor version of his 2008 Topps RC.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pack Break: 2015 Topps Heritage

I found myself at the local Walmart the other day picking up some shipping has been good lately in my eBay store...and before I checked out I had to see if they had Heritage on the shelves yet. There were a few blaster boxes and a few value packs. I opted for the value pack as I don't plan on doing much with this set outside of cherry picking a few Braves cards.

Like any savvy card collector would do, I peered through the back of each pack to get an idea of at least one card in the pack. The next to the last pack on hanging there on the peg contained a card of my hometown native and Atlanta Braves rising star, Alex Wood.

Overall the cards looks nice, but Heritage just isn't my cup of tea. All of these cards are available minus the Alex Wood of course.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Open for Business!

One of the things I've enjoyed most since I started this blog 5 or 6 years ago has been trading with others. However during my hiatus all of that fell to the wayside. I would still randomly receive e-mails asking if I wanted to work a trade, but both my trade box and my want lists were woefully inaccurate.

I've spent a few weeks basically taking inventory of every single card I have for trade and make sure my lists are now accurate. Baseball, football and what little of basketball I have are done. I haven't touched the wrestling and non-sports stuff yet, but rarely does anyone ask about those.

My want lists are still being updated, but for the most part those have been updated as well. There are still a few older insert sets I'm working on, but a lot of the ones I was working on have been dropped. From a set building perspective, I'm only working on past Gypsy Queen and Allen & Ginter sets. I will probably end up putting at least series 1 of 2015 Topps together, but I'm actually in the middle of opening a hobby box so I'm not quite ready to build a want list yet.

All that said, if you've contacted me in the past and I had to say no...well now I'm ready to jump back in!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

More Carolina Panthers from a Michigan Fan

I'm really starting to feel guilty here as I have received several bubble mailers full of great cards (mostly Carolina Panthers) from Dennis (Too Many Verlanders). Other than from the goodness of his own heart, I'm not sure what I did to deserve receiving these awesome cards, but a huge thank you! I swear Dennis, as soon as I find something relevant to what you collect it'll be in the mail to you!

2002 Upper Deck SPx DeShaun Foster Winning Materials Rookies #WMR-DF

This big, thick card features a raised rubber square with the Panthers logo along with a big black swatch of jersey. Foster was a pretty good running back before injuries started to set in place. He would eventually wind up in San Francisco with the 49ers before fading into obscurity.

2005 Upper Deck SP Stefan LeFors Rookie Authentics #223 (487/890)

One could argue that before the Panthers "won" the lottery and drafted Cam Newton, our QB play hasn't been that good. Yeah, Kerry Collins had a few good years even Jake Delhomme took the club to the Super Bowl one year, but how many Stefan LeFors have there been? At least this is a pretty card to look at with an on card signature.

2006 Upper Deck XL DeShaun Foster XLmemorabilia #XL-DF

While not the best looking card out there, this is just another example of why I miss Upper Deck. At the time the quad relic was still something special. While card technology has far surpassed this now a days, I'm grateful to own another relic of Foster.

2007 Topps Co-Signers Steve Smith / Dwayne Jarrett RC #85 (24/50)

Jarrett had a lot of hype coming out of the University of Southern California, but he couldn't quite make it with the Carolina Panthers, or the NFL for that matter. I always kept hearing in the local media that he had a hard time adapting to a pro style offense and that he could read the playbook. Kinda funny he's matched up with Steve Smith who obviously didn't have a hard time making himself known in the NFL for his style of play.

2013 Panini Contenders Kawann Short Autograph RC #159

I have to be honest here, this card surprised me. I'm used to receiving early 2000's era Panthers cards from Dennis, so to receive a modern card...and a rookie auto at that caught me by surprise. Kawann is just now starting to come in as his own player at the Defensive Tackle position. For years the Panthers have had a pretty good defense and it's key guys like Kawann that have help with the Panthers D what it has been.

I haven't cataloged all my Panthers cards yet, but I do believe this is my first Kawann Short card, period. Thanks!

This is just another reason that I love to blog about's the cool people that I've met over the years. Of course I'd say this about Dennis or any other blogger even if I didn't receive any cards out of it. Thanks again Dennis and I'm serious, please let me know what I can send you in return.

Monday, February 23, 2015

One parallel down, a million more (it seems) to go

The only parallels I even bother with to this day are cards of Tim Hudson. He's my defacto guy I collect for so I'll buy up whatever I can find / afford...this includes the smattering of colored parallels Topps keeps releasing in their flagship sets.

This Rainbow Foil parallel is my first of 2015. The gold version is on it's way in the mail. So by my calculations that leaves me with the Black, Pink, Silver and Snow versions left to pick up. Oh and believe it or not I still need the base card.

Once I manage to find those I'll be set...until Opening Day comes out, then Series 2, then the Mini set (if Topps does that again). Then of course they'll be the Bowman sets along with Gypsy Queen and Allen & Ginter and so on and so forth. Man, when will this insanity end?!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A little 2015 Topps swag

Only a week or so into the release of series 1 of 2015 Topps and I've already landed a few nice Freddie Freeman inserts. I'm not going crazy this time around buying up any and every Braves card I can find as money is just too tight, but these were priced right and look beautiful in hand.

I'm still on the fence trying to determine how I feel about all of these manufactured "relic" cards, such as these new MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Pin cards. It looks beautiful, but it's so thick I'll never be able to put it in a page with other cards of Freeman.

The Career High cards as a normal insert set are just meh. Throw in a little piece of jersey and they are a little more interesting. While searching out this card I discovered the little swatch of jersey also comes in red and white...or was that cream? Any who, I'll probably seek those variations out too as long as the price is right.

It feels weird to be buying cards again. A good weird though. I needed the time away from things, but just holding these 2 cards made me remember just how fun collecting (and blogging) can be.