Monday, March 20, 2017

Trade with Collating Cards

Getting tired of trade posts yet? I'm not because it feels good to be active once again on the trade front. Steve from Collating Cards jumped on the bandwagon to help me complete my 2017 Topps series 1 set and sent over a nice little stack of commons...but it was the other cards that really put a smile on my face.

1988 Topps Fright Flicks! Believe it or not this is the first time I've seen these cards in person. I'm a big fan of horror movies, especially the stuff from the 80's. You would think that someone like myself would already own this set, but I don't so the inclusion of these just made the trade that much better. The captions on the cards may be goofy, but dang do I love them. I really wish I would've picked up a wax box of this stuff when it was dirt cheap. I really need to pick up this set and give it a proper blog post! Thanks for the trade Steve!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania: Want List & Trade List

I was sit down the other night watching my normal routine for early in the week...WWE programming. While my interest in WWE may have waned a bit recently, I still picked up a blaster of 2017 Road to Wrestlemania. The base set is only 100 cards so I thought I'd give building the set a go. Problem is, the collation is horrible. I bought a rack pack after I bought a blaster and I didn't get one single new base card. None. I did get a few of the Wrestlemania 33 Roster insert cards, but that was it. Needless to say, I fear wasting my money on buying anymore packs. I'm hoping I can find someone else that has bought some of this product and is willing to trade. Below is my want list:

2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 44, 45, 47, 51, 52, 55, 56, 59, 60, 63, 65, 66, 68, 70, 72, 73, 76, 77,  79, 81, 87, 88, 89, 93, 94, 95, 96, 99, 100

Daniel Bryan Tribute
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7, 8, 9

John Cena Tribute
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10

Undertaker Tribute
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Wrestlemania 33 Roster
1, 2, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 38, 40, 41, 43, 45, 50

I updated my Non-Sports Trade list with the commons and bronze parallels I have. If you can help, let me know.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Trade with Facebook reader Brent Koehler

I guess all these years in blogger world I've been spoiled by the overall generousity of fellow bloggers/collectors when it comes to trading. What I mean by this is whenever I've saught something, such as commons to complete a set I've posted my want list and waited to see if anyone could help.

We would exchange emails, letting each other know what we wanted that they had. There have been many times where I've sent more than I would receive and vice versa. Correct me if I'm wrong, but most bloggers aren't running to the price guide before we make a trade, especially for low end stuff. It's just one collector helping out another collector.

However as I've ventured out into various trading card groups on Facebook, the people there haven't been so kind. I was trying to work out a deal with a guy just last week. He had several 2017 Topps commons I needed, but could only find about 8 cards on my want list. The guy wanted me to pay him the difference in cash. Needless to say we didn't end up with a deal.

I say all this because Brent Koehler came into the picture and offered to help. He looked over my want list and sent me a list of cards he wanted. A Twins collector, he gobbled up several cards. I also threw in some extras just because. Brent messaged me that his cards safely arrived and that he was happy. On Monday, his trade package arrived as well - more 2017 Topps Series 1 commons plus several of the 1987 inserts!

I'm very close to finishing off series 1 base now thanks to a few trades. Thank you Brent for helping me out. I'll try to remember to set aside any new Twins cards for you in the future.

Friday, March 10, 2017

1st Trade with Remember the Astrodome

Last week I posted my 2017 Topps want list and Marc from Remember the Astrodome kindly replied to my Facebook Group post and offered to help out. We struck up a little trade and off sent each others cards. On Monday, I got a bubble mailer from Marc that contained several Series 1 commons and one more 1987 insert. Thank you Marc...let's do this again sometime.

Monday, March 6, 2017

2016 Topps GQ MVP Minis

Buried on my work desk from September 2016, I came across a stack of cards that Duane from Democratic Roadkill sent me. He single handedly finished off this set for me and I have to say it looks good in a mini pocket plastic page.

I feel embarrased that 1) it took me this long to get to the cards and this post, but also to knock those off my want list, but 2) I don't remember if I sent him anything in return! Argh!! Duane, if you are reading this post please let me know what I owe you. In the meantime, I'll track down your blog and want lists to see what I can do for you.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Low End Freeman

When you have multiple hobbies as I do you have to be frugal at some point. Thankfully it's a little easier to be frugal with trading cards, especially if your patient and sometimes a little lucky. I can't say I won this lot of cards recently because I haven't bought much outside of some 2017 Topps, but none the less I scored this two card lot of Freddie Freeman relics for about $4 shipped. Needless to say I was very happy as Freeman is currently one of my favorite players to collect and watch play.

2016 Topps Tribute Diamond Cuts Relic #DC-FF (175/199)

I usually stay away from the higher end products for several reasons, so this relic from Topps Tribute is my first exposure to the brand. Decent cardstock, rainbow sheen to the card front a large piece of red jersey...I love it.

2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Relic #GQR-FF

I've been building the annual Gypsy Queen set since it first launched several years ago. I've had modest success at pulling relics from retail packs and blasters, but this Freeman relic has evaded my grasp until now. Nothing fancy, but some times that's OK.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017 Topps - Thoughts & Want List

Now that 2017 Topps has been out for a little while, I thought I'd finally sit down and collate all the retail packs I've bought and see how much of Series 1 I have and what I need. I also thought I'd share my initial thoughts of the set, it's design and some of the inserts.

I was going to buy a hobby box as I knew I wanted to build the set after seeing early pictures of the new design and such. However I never quite got around to that, instead I've settled for buying a few singles, several rack packs and a good many of those $9.99 hanger boxes. I just kept opening the stuff here and there and adding the new cards to my stack. Before long I had two decent size stacks so I decided now was as good as anytime to get them in order.

I don't know how everyone else collates a big stack of cards, but I first start off by making seperate stacks for 0-99, 100-199, 200-299, etc. then I go back to each stack and break it down by 10s. Finally taking each smaller stack and putting in numerical order. It takes awhile, but I've done it this way since I started collecting cards nearly 27 years ago.

I was a fan of the 2016 design, but I know a lot of fans could have done without the "smoke" look. The new design I like, however it does eat up a good bit of photo's real estate if you will. Topps did a great job capturing some great shots, as I'm sure many of you have seen by now. I particularly like the bright colored backs. I know they don't have career stats and for some that is a deal breaker, but the backs stand out and I like that. While I'm don't use Twitter as much as I do Facebook, I do appreciate the social media handles for the players listed on the backs.

The inserts this year are a mixed bag for me. I kinda want to build the 1987 set as I feel Topps did a great job with this set. I like the thicker, brown cardstock that was used for these. I also really like the 5 Tool insert set. It's got a great theme and overall design. Something different, kudos Topps. The other inserts are just 'meh'. The Award Winners, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Bowman Then & Now...they are bad, but I feel no desire whatsoever to build those sets. I'll keep any cards from these sets of players that I collect, but I can't see myself trying to track these down.

Here you'll find links to my new 2017 Topps Want List. I'm ready to jump back into the trade game so if you've got some commons you are looking to let go of, I hope you'll give my list a look to see if you can help. On the flip side, I've added all of my doubles as well as the inserts I'm not keeping to my Trade List.