Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Verse


Philippians 4:6-7



New International Version

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Friday, June 23, 2017

2016 Topps Now: Dansby Swanson #429 (646 print run)




Dansby Swanson's historic night of September 6, 2016 at Turner Field was recently celebrated that the Braves new home of SunTrust Park with a bobble head given away to fans. I would have loved to be at that game last week as it was a pretty cool looking bobblehead. 

Just in case you missed it last season, Dansby's first career major league home run was an inside the park HR. Not only that, he made it all the way around the bases in 14.97 seconds with a dramatic slide across home plate. The Topps photographer was in the right spot and snapped the photo at the right time. Look at the dirt flying. Look at the emotion in Dansby's face. This is a great reason why I love the idea of Topps Now and I continue to support the brand. Surprisingly, this card only sold 646 copies, less than half of what his two previous Topps Now cards.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pack Break: 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Season 6

I found myself looking for a pack of cards recently at a Target store. I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy more Archives (still need to collate what I've bought and put toether a want list), but I did grab some flagship series 2. Then I saw a gravity feeder that I hadn't see before...the new Topps The Walking Dead!

I'm a huge fan of the show (and zombies in general) so this was a no brainer for me. I didn't buy any of the previous Walking Dead sets because of their high price tag, so I was glad to read that Topps was getting the license and was going to release a set. Plus a friend of mine was hired by Topps to sketch several of the one of a kind sketch cards, however with those seeded 1:1,733 packs I don't think I'll being seeing one of those any time soon.

These retail packs will run you a buck ninety nine for 6 cards. There are tons of serially numbered parallels such as Mud, Mold, Sepia and Blood. Character cards are inserted 1:3 packs and those too have serially numbered parallels. Other inserts include Locations (1:4), Walkers (1:4), Chop (1:6) and In Memoriam (1:2)...all with parallels. Inserts fall 1:688 packs and also come in double and triple versions. Relics fall 1:867 packs. Negan has his own relic card seeded 1:1,732 packs.


The base cards all appear to be horizontal and feature scenes from Season 6 of the show. The back of each card (thankfully) has a little write up about the scene featured on the other side. I hated how Topps got cheap w/ their Star Wars: Rogue One cards and just put a logo on the back.

The card of Carol is one of the Character inserts. The back reads:

Carol may have begun the apocalypse as an abused housewive, but she has transformed into a true survivor who is capable of cloaking herself in whatever personality the situation deems necessary. She knows she has the ability to kill anyone who threatens her or her loved ones, and over time the amount of death she has inflicted is wearing her down.

If you want the show then you know how spot on this is true of Carol's journey through 6 seasons of the show. I really look forward to seeing what the rest of the cards in the set look like and how they read.

I did get one parallel in the pack, but it's not numbered so I'm not sure what parallel set it falls in. All the parallels listed on the back of the pack contain a star which means it's serially numbered. Anyone have an idea?

Everyonce in awhile it's nice when a new non-sports card set comes along that really draws my attention. This Walking Dead set is one of those and I look forward to finding more undead surprises Topps included in the set.

Back to the sketch cards for a moment. A friend of mine, James Michael Smith, contributed several sketch cards for this release. The funny thing is though is that when Topps hired him, he had never watched a single episode of the show! I believe he has some friends suggest where to start binge watching so he could get caught up and the results of his artwork are stunning to say the least. Check out a few of the images he originally posted on his Instagram account.







James Michael has also contributed sketch cards for a multitude of other Topps products such as UFC, Museum baseball and Star Wars. You an check out his eBay store as he does post some of his sketch cards Topps allows him to keep.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Joy of Junk Wax - 1992 Pinnacle

Running a baseball card blog can be a lot of work. I'm always trying to think of posts I can do that doesn't revolve around scanning a new card or talking about a trade (not that there is anything wrong with those!). Lately I've seen a few people going back and trying to build by hand older sets. Everyone has their own reasons for the sets they decide to tackle. This got me thinking about some older sets that I was first introduced to when I was younger and just getting in to cards.

I started collecting in 1990, the beginning of the junk wax era. I don't have most of the cards from back then (minus cards in my Braves collection and various PCs), but I've grown to respect some of these sets more as an adult. I recently decided to go back to the early 90's and pick a few sets that I really liked to try and build the set. Thankfully many of these boxes can be had for under $20 and in some cases are still sealed. I first thought of Upper Deck...and that will happen soon, but up first is 1992 Pinnacle.

This was Score's first entry into the "premium" baseball card market. Competing with the likes of Fleer Ultra and Upper Deck. I grabbed a sealed box of both series 1 and 2 for $10 on eBay. I kinda wanted the jumbo packs for the 1:1 inserts, but how can you pass up a cool (sealed) box of cards for $5? If you follow my Facebook page then you would have seen I broke open the series 1 box while down at Myrtle Beach for the Memorial Day holiday.


I always loved the sleek, clean look of this set. Yeah the black corner area on the card takes away from the background of the photo, but it's done so nicely. Even 25 years later this design, in my opinion, holds up well.


I'm not a numbers person so I don't care if a baseball card back has complete stats or not. There are enough other sets each year that will feature all the players stats so if I really want to see a certain stat from a certain year I can find it elsewhere. I like the little write ups on the cards. This John Smoltz card is a perfect example of what I'm referring to. 1991 didn't start off too kindly for John. He had a horrible 2-11 record going into the All-Star break, Had Braves manager at the time, Bobby Cox, not been so stubborn, John would have been pulled from the starting rotation for the second half of the season. However Bobby stuck with his guy and was rewarded. As the card mentions, John went 12-2 with a 2,63 ERA after the All-Star break. He would pitch against one of his idols, Jack Morris, in game 7 of the World Series. Even though the Braves fell short of winning it all that year, it remains a remarkable turn around story for John and the Braves.


Insert cards were just starting to be randomly inserted into packs in 1991, however subsets just kept getting more inovative during this time. 1992 Pinnacle had a few, such as Shades and Sidelines. Shades is just a goofy subset featuring a close of up the player wearing stylish sunglasses with a reflection of himself in the lenses. Sidelines featured the players off the field with the spotlight on other hobbies they had. In this case Robin Yount liked to dirt bike. Perhaps this is where Madison Bumgarner got his inspiration from?!


One of my favorite subsets from this set was The Idols. It features a small color image of a then current player, super imposed over a larger sepia colored image of a player they look up to. Here we have the Kid, Ken Griffey, Jr. and his idol, Rickey Henderson. Simple concept and design, but works on all levels.


I mentioned that insert cards were just coming into popularity during this time. I ended up pulling one of the Team Pinnacle cards from the box. These were randomly inserted with odds of 1:240 packs. I don't recall ever seeing a card from the set before I pulled this one. It's a nice double sided card with great artwork. I scanned eBay and COMC cards over the weekend to see if the other 11 cards in the set were cheap or expensive as this set could make a nice bookend to the base set.

In the end I ended up only missing 13 cards from the first series. Oddly enough most of them were in the 90s. One fellow blogger has already chimed in that he had several that I'm missing so I'm already off to a great start. I still have the series 2 box to open next. Once I'm done with that I'll look at making and posting a want list of the commons I'm missing and any inserts I may decide to chase.

The best part of this was sharing the time with my daughters, especially my oldest. She enjoyed opening the packs and I got to explain to her who some of the players were and how I was collating the cards to get them in order. She helped with the collation part which was I was glad as their was a lot of cards and dupes in that box!

If anyone is interested in any players or teams from this set let me know. If anyone else by chance is building the set too let me know as I have plenty of cards you can have.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

2017 Panini Donruss Diamond Kings Mike Foltynewicz

So far I've resisted buying any 2017 Diamond Kings packs or blasters, even though the Cardboard Conundrum didn't make it easy for me posting all of this sweet cards from his box. Instead I've just stuck to buying select singles, since as my latest purchase...a 99 cent purchase too!


Serially numbered 32/99, this is a beautiful card...even if it is a sticker auto. There is just something about the water color look of the card that I find captivating. Guess I should get off my duff and buy a Braves team set...perhaps that will continue to help me stay away from trying to put together yet another set! The timing of finding this card is pretty good too as Folty has really turned it around in his last few starts. His teammates are finally giving him some much needed run support which seems to calm him down on the mound. This season hasn't gone the way I expected, but at least the 3-5 starters have figured things out. Hopefully Folty can keep up the success and make us keep saying Gattis who?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Vintage Hank - 1968 Topps

Recently while browsing a Facebook trading card group I came across a seller that was trying to move some cards from the 60's. While my interest in vintage cards has picked up quite a bit in the last year or so, I still don't own many cards from that era. Most of this is just due to costs and having so many other interests, however I've dreamed of owning some vintage Hank Aaron cardboard.


Turns out his asking price for this 1968 Topps RBI Leaders card featuring Hank Aaron seemed to be reasonably priced (at least to me). It didn't take me long before I found myself sending the seller a private message to see if the card had been claimed yet. Thankfully it hadn't been so I completed the PayPal transaction a few minutes later. This began the waiting game and after about a weeks time, the card finally arrived in the mail earlier today.

The card is in better shape than I thought it would be. I don't really do the card grading thing so if it's not perfect, I'm fine with that. For me this represents the first piece of vintage Braves cardboard I own of a player that I at least know! (...and the other two guys that share the cardboard with Hank ain't too bad themselves)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 Panini Donruss Want List

I'm trying to play catch up this evening while I'm watching the Braves/Blue Jays game...oh no, Freddie Freeman was hit on the left hand and had to leave the game!

Like I was saying, I finally got my 2017 Donruss cards in order so I could tell what I was missing. I wasn't originally intending on building the set, but after buying a few retail rack packs I really liked what I was seeing. If it weren't for the short printed Diamond Kings and Rated Rookies, I'd just about be done with the base set. There are a few photo variations that would be nice to have, but if I don't get all of those I'll be OK. I did manage to pull a few of them already.

I'm hoping to find a trading partner to help me fill in the holes so if you can help, let me know please. You can find my updated Want List here. I'll work on getting my 2017 Donruss doubles added to my trade list as soon as I can.

Monday, May 15, 2017

2017 Topps Team Set: Atlanta Braves

One of the good things about living in Braves country is that it isn't hard to find the annual Topps team set the company puts out. For $5 it's the easiest way for me to pick up new cards of my team. I just wish they featured different photos. They generally share the images from the flagship set and from the Opening Day set. At least these are some of the first cards I personally have of new players such as Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey and Kurt Suzuki. I particularly love the photo of Jace Peterson flying over a Cubs player. I wonder if he just turned a double play?



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Verse: Mother's Day Edition

Even though the baseball season is still young and the NBA and NHL Playoffs are going on, let's not forget that we need to take a moment to thank the moms in our lives. I know for one that my mom(s) have done a lot for me and I wouldn't be the person I am today without their love, patience and guidance. Being married, my wife is the glue that holds my family together. Make sure you tell those women how much you appreciate and love them today. As a result of the day, the verse for today is from the book of Proverbs. I encourage you to read the rest as this is just a snippet I thought was appropriate for today.

Proverbs 31:10, 27-28



New International Version

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character ] A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

Saturday, May 13, 2017

2017 Topps Now Opening Day: Freddie Freeman #OD-228

The Topps Now program was a hit for the trading card company in it's inuagural year. Like with any good company, Topps was looking to continue riding the success they had in 2016 with another year of product that captured events all throughout the new 2017 baseball season.

This time around they decided to kick things off early with a preview set if you will, Opening Day. I didn't pay much attention to this, but I did see that Freddie Freeman received a card in the set so I searched the 'net for it. I finally found a reasonably priced card and placed my order...then the wait began. I'm still not sure what caused the long delay, but the card finally arrived in today's mail.



From what I can tell, this card wasn't created after any events of a Spring Training game. It just appears to be a "regular" card that just happens to sport the new 2017 Topps Now design. You really can't tell from the scan, but the back of the card has a rainbow sheen to it. It looks really nice in hand.

I'm ready for another year of Topps Now. I bought just about every Braves card from last season (still working on scanning those to share) and I've got a decent jump on this year. One of the things I like that Topps has done yet again w/ this program is that you can sign up for your favorite team, pay for a certain amount of cards (at a discount) and just sit back and wait for players from your team to do something on the field to earn a 2017 Topps Now card. It makes it a lot easier if you lead a hectic life (like I do) and can't constantly check the Topps website everyday to see what cards are being offered. Topps also made some major changes to the way the cards are packaged, but I'll save that for my first real 2017 Topps Now post. Stay tuned!

Monday, May 8, 2017

2016 Topps Now: Dansby Swanson #367 (1,450 print run)

Dansby Swanson, the highly coveted shortstop (and 1st pick of the 2015 MLB Draft) was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to his hometown team of the Atlanta Braves prior to the start of the 2016 season. On August 17th he finally got his chance to show the majors what he is capable of, and boy did he! His first career hit was to right field for a sold single in the bottom of the fourth inning. He ended up going 2-4 at the plate in his big league debut.



Braves fans were happy to see the kid in the majors and everyone had high hopes for him. While he struggled at the plate from time to time, he always showed his poise and skill with the glove while in the field. He would later go on to dazzle everyone as the season progressed.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday Verse


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18



New International Version


Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Free Cards - Round 3

Now that I'm getting to sorting through these monster boxes that have been stacked in the corner of my office for some time, I'm coming across cards that I no longer wish to hold onto. I've tried selling low value cards in my eBay store and frankly it just isn't worth my time to list these, so I've decided to just give them away!

I'll cover the postage for 1-3 cards. For larger lots or sets if you wouldn't mind throwing a couple of dollars my way to help cover postage I'd appreciate it.

I really just want to put these into the hands of others that will enjoy them, otherwise they may end up keeping me warm this winter! To claim a card or a lot, just leave a comment letting me know what you want. Then simply send me an email (flywheels at yahoo.com) with your name, address and what you wanted and I'll reply w/ my info. 

To keep this fair, I'm going to limit this to two (2) cards or lots per person per week. I have a good bit I plan on letting go so if you don't see anything that interests you this round, stay tuned as there will be more to come. I've even got some hand collated sets that will be up for grabs.

ROUND 3

Lot #1 CLAIMED!
1997 Circa Todd Hollandsworth Fast Track #2
(the "grass" is felt)

Lot #2 CLAIMED!
2011 Topps Mark Texeira Kimball Champions #KC-147
Topps Chrome Purple Refractor #140 (063/499)

Lot #3 CLAIMED!
2011 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor lot
(Cameron Maybin, Chad Billingsley, J.R. Arencibia RC)

Lot #4 CLAIMED!
97-98 Topps Chrome Tracy McGrady Destiny #D6
07-08 Topps Treasury Vince Carter Gold Refractor #9 (13/50)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 30


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 30
Your favorite card in your collection



We've finally made it to the end of this month long 30 day baseball card challenge and the last question was simply, "Your favorite card in your collection." This time I couldn't cheat, I had to go to my own collection to find a card that answered this question. For me this was pretty easy. While I have a lot of great cards, this 2011 Topps Marquee auto of Tim Hudson is my favorite card. I love the shiny gold metal grame, the holofoil look and the silver auto of Huddy. Being serially numbered 04/10 sure doesn't hurt the card either. It's a beautiful card, especially in hand, and the best auto I have in my collection, period. End of story, challenge complete!

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 29

30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 29
A favorite card from before 1950, whether you own it or not




Last night's poker night w/ the guys ran longer than I antipated...so there will be two 30 Day Challenge posts today! Then I can get back to some regular card blogging.

I can certainly tell you that I do NOT own this 1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson RC, that is for sure. However just look at it. How can a baseball fan not like this man? For what we endured, what he did for the game...this is a rookie card that will be on my dream want list and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Friday, April 28, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 28


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 28
A favorite relic/manufactured relic card



If we're talking favorite relic cards, then lets go all the way back to 1996 when Upper Deck launched the very first game used jersey "relic" cards in their product. The set only consisted of 3 cards, with Tony Gwynn being the most known. However my man Rey Ordonez somehow find a way into the set. The card is basically a regular card with the sliver of jersey inserted in. This makes the card puffy around the jersey, but the rest of the card is same thickness of an everyday card. 

Relic cards have changed since 1996 and are now almost taken for granted because they are so widely used. I'd love to know who came up with this idea and go back to 1996 to witness the fan reaction when Upper Deck unveiled these. I for one love this card. I've always wondered if there was a non-pin strip version of Rey's card. They don't seem to pop up for sale very often so I really don't know. Regardless, this is my favorite relic card in my collection.

Monday, April 24, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Days 23-27


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 23 through 27
A favorite oddball card from the 1950's / 1960's / 1970's / 1980's



I'm going to have to throw in the proverbial white towel for the next few days' challenges. I'm under the weather (didn't get out of bed all day on Sunday the 23rd, hence no daily post) and I really don't have anything in mind when it comes to the favorite oddball card until the 80's. That said, check out some of the other great blogs that ave accepted this challenge and check back with me in a few days. Hopefully I'll be feeling better and can resume the challenge soon.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 22


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 22
A card of a common player that always seemed to elude you



Long before we had such great tools as Check Out My Cards and Beckett's online marketplace, finding simple base cards of players you collect wasn't as easy. Point in case this 1995 Fleer Pro Cards Rey Ordonez. While it's not impossible to find (COMC has it in stock for $4) this is a card that has still eluded my grasp. It's one of the few early cards of Rey that I haven't added to my massive PC yet, but will someday soon.

Friday, April 21, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 21


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 21
A card of a rookie you thought you were "investing" in


Before Sammy Sosa's reputation was smeared thanks to PEDs, like many others I was jumping on the bandwagon and buying up his rookie cards. 1990 was full of junk wax so many of this RCs weren't anything special since they could be had so easily. Donruss, Fleer, Score, Topps...all so common. His Leaf RC however was a different story. I was still new to baseball cards when Sammy's RCs were hitting the market and I didn't know much about the Leaf brand at all. It didn't take long for me to realize however that his Leaf RC was "the" rookie to own of Sosa. Thanks to his battle w/ McGwire his cards really took off on the secondary market. I've never been one to go "investing" in rookies, but this one time I did and plopped down about $50 for Sammy Sosa's 1990 Leaf Rookie on eBay. After everything that happend with him I've never speculated or jumped on the RC bandwagon again.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 20


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 20
Your favorite parallel card based on the parallel, not the player.


1998 Fleer Tradition was a fun set to collect, in my opinion. The Vintage '63 was an insert set randomly inserted in both series 1 and 2. However today's challenge is all about parallels, not inserts. The Vintage '63 set had its own parallel set, Classic '63. These cards were serially numbered to 63 each and weren't the easiest to pull. I remember because I was floored when I pulled a low numbered Derek Jeter back in the day.

Other than the serial number printed in gold foil on the card's back, the front yellow diamond was replaced with gold foil. This makes the Classic '63 cards stand out from the normal Vintage '63 cards. I guess it's the overall clean design and the serial number that makes this set attractive to me. I may be able to come up with another favorite parallel if I had more time and energy to think, but this is the first thing that jumped out at me when I read this day's challenge.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 19


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 19
A favorite card from a country other than the United States



I don't know about other bloggers, but today's challenge was just that...a challenge. Thankfully however I remembered that a contact that lived in Japan sent over a few packs of Japanese baseball cards with a vintage Japanese Transformer I had bought. Much to my chagrin this card of Ichiro was inside one of the packs. I think this one is from 1999. It was the only player in the pack that I had ever heard of.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 18


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 18
A card of a player who became the manager of your favorite team



It's pretty obvious that my favorite team is the Atlanta Braves, so finding a card of Bobby Cox as a player was a no brainer for today's challenge. I was able to track down this 2003 Upper Deck Yankees Signature Edition card of Bobby in a dime box at a local show years ago. I cringe because it's another rare Yankees card in my collection, but I don't have many cards of Bobby as a player so you do what you've gotta do!

Monday, April 17, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 17


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 17
A card from the first set you put together hand collated



While I've attempted (and still am) to build certain sets, the first set (I'm counting this awesome insert set from 2001 Topps Stadium Club) that I was able to build was this unique dirt relic set. I'm glad I started to build this set when I did because the prices of these cards have done up a bit since I acquired mine. I've never seen a set quite like this before and haven't since. Because of the dirt, the cards are thicker than most relic cards and as a result the corners are prone to damage. If you're buying these, try to buy them in hand if you can. If not, ask the seller for multiple pictures so you can check out the condition of the corners, front and back.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 16


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 16
A card of a player whom you appreciate but don't like



One thing that I've always known as a baseball fan is that I dislike the Yankees. Always have and always will. However there is one player that wore the pinstripes that while I don't like him or collect him, I can appreciate what he meant to the game of baseball. That is Derek Jeter. 

I actually have a few cards in my collection that feature Jeter in one way or another. Being a super collector of Mets shortstop, Rey Ordonez, the two players were often compared (at least when it came to their defensive abilities) and were matched up on cards. This 2002 Fleer Tradition New York's Finest is one card from my Ordonez collection that features Jeter on the reverse side.

This post got me thinking though that I probably should pick up the Jeter jersey version of the card as well if I'm going to a 100% Rey Ordonez collection.

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 15


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 15
One of your favorite cards from the 2010s



I've been a fan of Jeff Francoeur since his first time around w/ the Braves, so when he signed a minor league contract during 2015's spring training I was estatic. Even more so when he made the team. I hated buying his cards in early 2016 that still featured him as a Philidelphia Phillie! I had to wait until series 2 before I could get new Francouer Braves cards. 

I particularly like this 2016 Topps Update card of his as it shows him being congratulated by his teammates. Jeff was a team player and always seemed to be well liked by his teammates. I was sad to see him traded last year and I hope perhaps he'll have one more go around w/ the Atlanta ballclub.

Friday, April 14, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 14

30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 14
One of your favorite cards from the 2000s



In addition to all the player collections I have, I also have a smaller side collection of cards that depict pitchers batting, or at least wearing a batting helmet. In 2001 Topps had a set called Fusion and two of the game used bat cards not only featured two players I already collected, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, but they were depicted batting AND featured a sliver of bat embedded in the card! If the single cards weren't cool enough, they were meshed together into one card as shown above. Truly an epic card for myself to own.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 13


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 13
One of your favorite cards from the 1990s



I know the 90's in terms of baseball cards are widely considered the era of junk wax, but man I loved the cards back then. Granted I was knew to the hobby and I didn't care, it was cards like this 1993 Upper Deck of Steve Avery, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine that made me love baseball cards. 

While I still love cards today, I miss some of the gimmicks and things the companies did with their cards in the 1990s. I often wonder if we'll ever see a return to this time in cards. Lets face it though, I ain't holding my breath!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 12


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 12
One of your favorite cards from the 1980s


I'm sure this card will be popping up a lot of today's challenge. It's easily one of the most recoginzed cards from the 1980's if not of all time. 1989 Upper Deck. What a great set (even though I think my favorite UD design is a tie between 91, 92, and 93...they nailed it those years). As I was getting into collecting I was starting to hear about Upper Deck and how much better were there cards. It wasn't just about the quality of the cards though, it was the photographs too. They definately gave Topps, Donruss and Fleer a run for their money back then.

I still remember asking my parents if I saved enough of my own money if I could buy this card. I believe my dad understood, although at this time the card was trading for close to 3 figures and that he didn't understand. My mom? Forget it, she thought I was being irresponsible! The day I finally pulled the trigger, man oh man was I on cloud 9 for several days. Never since have I had same feeling of euphoria over obtaining a modern rookie card.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 11


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 11
One of your favorite cards from the 1970s



I was born in 1977, so when I really got into collecting Braves cards I wanted to go back and see what the cards looked like the year I was born. It would be years later before I actually acquired any vintage cards, but my very first 1977 Topps was of Phil Niekro. I met him somewhere with my father at a meet & greet, but I can't recall when & where. I do remember that he brought with him a nice supply of his own cards and was offering to sign them...for kids only. I believe I still have the card somewhere, but I couldn't put my hands on it for this day's challenge. Needless to say that's a card and memory that I'll always hold on to.

Monday, April 10, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 10


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 10
One of your favorite cards from the 1960s



Thanks to the annual Topps Heritage release I'm able to see what some of the older Topps designs look like since I don't own many cards from the 1960's. This 1963 Koufax card is my choice for no real particular reason, other than I like the design and I can remember my dad filling me in on just how good Sandy was of a ballplayer.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 9


30 DAY BASEBALL CARD CHALLENGE
DAY 8
One of your favorite cards from the 1950s




Up until recently I didn't mess with vintage baseball cards, not even cards of Braves players. However I've turned over a new leaf and I've started to search out vintage cards at times. A few years ago my little brother approached me about the value of some vintage cards his boss at work was selling. One of the cards he had was a 1954 Topps Henry Aaron RC. The card wasn't in pristine condition...and I was more than OK with that. The corners were dogged, the card was slightly faded. Basically it was worn...and I loved it. I can't remember how much his boss was looking to get for the card, but it was the closest I've ever been to such a great card from the 50's. One day I'll be able to add this card to my Braves collection...I hope.