Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Surprise Bubble Mailer

The stomach bug has been running rampant throughout my household the last 2 weeks so to say life has been crazy is a huge understatement. We've isolated the sick down stairs, so I've been essentially hiding upstairs. I've tried to make the most of my time being "stuck" upstairs by giving my hobby room a complete overhaul. I'm trying to give myself a better system for my cards and get myself organized so I can once again return to the world of (semi-active) blogging and trading.

Being out of the loop for the better part of 2014, I've been surprised to see that my humble blog remains on many of my fellow bloggers' blog rolls. I haven't had much to insert into the conversation since I my card purchases and trades have been virtually non-existant. So you can imagine my surprise when I received a rather large bubble mailer in my mail box the other day.

Dennis from Too Many Verlanders sent over a nice little selection of Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Braves. I of course wasn't expecting anything and I don't believe I've even communicated with Dennis lately, yet through his generosity he sends me his cast away cards.

One of my main goals is to get my collection lists updated along with my trade lists. My want lists will probably shrink as I'm going to narrow my focus to the annual A&G set. I'll try to finish out a few other sets, but no more trying to collect everything. Once I get this done there are several people, Dennis included, I feel the need to repay.

Here is just a sampling of some of the fun cards Dennis sent my way...







Even though the Panthers relic cards are of players that are pretty much busts (minus Julius Peppers), I still love getting relic cards. I appreciate the kind gesture. Now to get back to work on getting myself more organized!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 Topps Finest Atlanta Braves

It's been awhile since I've bought any new Braves cards, let alone a whole team set, so you'll have to excuse my excitement over this 2014 Topps Finest set. Being out of the loop a bit I didn't even know that Finest was having a 2014 release. Now that I have these cards in hand I'm loving the wild 90's design. Makes me want to seek out a few of the Refractors now.

#41 Jason Heyward

He hasn't even been gone for a whole month and I already miss him. I'm anxious to see what Markakis can do in right field, but boy does he have some big shoes to fill.

#45 Freedie Freeman

Freedie had another solid year at 1st base and I expect nothing less from him than in 2015.

#52 Christian Bethancourt

Evan Gattis who? Yup, looks like Gattis may be on his way out (to left field?) to make room for Bethancourt to be the everyday catcher. I liked what I saw from him defensively and I hope his offensive game starts to heat up this upcoming season.

#73 Craig Kimbrel

Release the Kraken! Craig continues to amaze me. I think by now people know he is a force to be reckoned with.

#96 Justin Upton

By the time the 2015 season rolls around I'm not sure this guy will even be on the team. I know his strikeouts were up there last season, his bat will be missed if he is traded away. I know you've got to give up something good to get something good. Let's just hope GM John Hart can work out a good deal because I know the other clubs will come knocking this winter.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pack Break: 1984 Topps Voltron Tattoos

I debated which of my blogs to put today's topic on as it fits in with both my trading card blog and my toy blog. Well as you can see the card blog won out since this is a Topps product.

     

I'm not even sure where I got this sealed back of tattoos from, but I gotta admit I love finding old stuff like this. This pack of tattoos is rather large, measuring 8 inches tall and 5 inches wide. Inside are two perforated sheets of tattoos. Being that they are 30 years old I have no idea if the tattoos would actually work. Do I have any volunteers?


I was very much aware of Voltron growing up, but it never captivated me as much as Transformers did. None the less this is a very cool find for me and one that I wanted to share.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"O" My! The Braves have a new Right Fielder



Well the vacancy in right field made by trading away Jason Heyward a few weeks ago has been filled. Welcome to Atlanta Nick Markakis. The guys on MLB Network said the back of his baseball cards don't lie. From what I can tell this seems like a good replacement. 2 time Gold Glove winner so I know he can play defense. Has some pop in his bat as well from looking at his batting average, RBIs and HRs.

Any Orioles collectors out there still reading my blog? What are your thoughts? Think he'll fit in here in Atlanta? I know I'm ready to see him in a photoshopped Braves uniform on cardboard. I betcha Topps is already hard at work.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

#TBT Throwback Thursday - Charlotte Hornets Edition #3

The inaugural edition of 1990-91 Skybox basketball cards were unlike anything I've ever seen. I was in Jr. High School when these cards were released and I thought they were the coolest thing ever. Now nearly 25 years later I still think the cards look pretty good. Well, at the front of the cards.

Using the computer graphics for the background, the gold borders and the "glowing" effect used around the basketball made these cards stand out from the likes of NBA Hoops and Fleer. Skybox remained one of my favorite annual basketball sets until Upper Deck came out a few years later and seemingly stole some of the basketball card market share.


Dell Curry has always been one of my favorite players from the original Charlotte Hornets. Take a look at who's guarding Dell. Nice. I've always thought these cards look a little like something you'd find in some type of art deco style museum. I can understand why some fans and collectors shied away from the first few years of Skybox, but there is no doubting that they had a very unique look and created a little niche for themselves in the world of basketball cards.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

So Long J-Hey Kid

Yesterday marked the end of the hometown kid's run in Atlanta. Jason Heyward was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller. While I understand the trade, it doesn't help remove some of the sting from the announcement. Heyward to me was one of those guys that epitomized what a major league player should be. Hustle. Hard work. Loyalty. I know Jason may not have lived up to some of the hype he had, especially after his rookie season, but he's a solid baseball player and I can't wait to see how he does in St. Louis under Mike Matheny and crew.

I still don't know who will fill his shoes out in right field, but I sure am glad I got to see him play one last time earlier this year. The Braves are a wreck and I sure don't envy new general manager John Hart and the position he is in. This move has proven (so far) to be pretty unpopular among us fans. Then again there is a reason we are fans and not general managers. This was a tough move to make, no doubt about it. Only time will tell if it was a good move.

The question I had to ask myself was what to do about collecting Heyward. I'm not a Cardinals fan. In fact I despise that ball club. However I think I've come to the conclusion that if I can collect Dave Justice cards wearing the Yankees pinstripes then I can collect Jason Heyward wearing the two little redbirds. Seriously though, for several reasons Heyward will remain a large part of my card collection. I respect his athletic ability, his work ethic, his love of the game, being a former Brave, but for most importantly he still falls under one of my collecting goals and that is we share the same faith in Jesus Christ.

So I end this post with a few random scans I had handy of the J-Hey kid. You'll be missed out in right field son. I wish you all the best...of course except when you come home and play the Braves!


2010 Topps Chrome Jason Heyward RC auto photo 11-10-201293533PM.jpg     2010 Topps Chrome Jason Heyward Refractor RC #174 photo 10-8-2012101328PM.jpg
  
2011 Topps Chrome Jason Heyward Orange Refractor photo 5-26-201274518PM.jpg     2011 Bowman Jason Heyward Finest Futures photo 5-21-201184945PM-1.jpg

2013 Panini Pinnacle Jason Heyward Clear Vision (Single) photo JH_zps3bf2ad12.jpg     2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Jason Heyward Mini Relic photo Heyward_zps1425978f.jpg

2013 Topps Jason Heyward Spring Fever photo 3-17-201395819PM_zps9ea2ea61.jpg     2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Jason Heyward Framed Mini Relic photo 6-7-201291339PM.jpg

2011 Topps Chrome Jason Heyward Orange Refractor photo 5-26-201274518PM.jpg     2011 Bowman Jason Heyward Finest Futures photo 5-21-201184945PM-1.jpg

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Jason Heyward Bronze Framed Paper #879/999 photo 2-22-201295949PM.jpg    2011 Topps Finest Jason Heyward Finest Moments photo 10-21-201191104PM.jpg

2011 Topps Finest Jason Heyward Foundation Purple Refractor photo 10-21-201191100PM.jpg     2011 Topps Marquee Jason Heyward Gametime Mementos #057/199 photo 9-16-2011113850PM-1.jpg

 2011 Topps Lineage Jason Heyward 1975 Mini photo 8-15-201194655PM-1.jpg

Thursday, November 13, 2014

#TBT Throwback Thursday - Charlotte Hornets Edition #2

Continuing with the theme I started last week, this week's Throwback Thursday features 1990-1991 Fleer.


By the time the start of the 1990 season rolled around, my personal interest in the team really started to increase. Part of this was the play on the court continuing to slowly improve, but I also attribute some my interest due to the fact that I got to attend many games. My dad ended up splitting two season tickets with a couple from our church. My older brother was never interested in sports much so that left the door wide open for my dad and I to hit up the Hive and catch several games for several seasons to come.


    

My dad was a UNC Tarheels fan...so I had ended up a NC State fan. It made for some fun times growing up. Needless to say my dad was excited when the Hornets drafted JR Reid out of the University of North Carolina. I don't remember JR lighting it up very often, but he was a crowd favorite for many seasons here in Charlotte.