Friday, April 28, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 8

A card that reminds you of a family member

To this day baseball reminds me of my late father. I played baseball growing up, my dad usually one of my team's coachs, he took me to baseball yeah, the two go hand in hand. Before my dad took me to my first Braves game in Atlanta, we (Charlotte, NC) had the Charlotte O's. I don't have as many memories of the old Crocket Park where the O's played, but I do remember that Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray both played a season in Charlotte. 

I wasn't collecting baseball cards at this time sadly so I don't own this card pictured above, but I would someday like to try and track one down. When I did start collecting cards in 1990, I can remember my dad sitting me down and looking through the cards with me and telling me a little about the future Hall of Famers such as Ripken. He reminded me of the early years at Crocket Park and how I'd usually fall asleep after a few innings of late Saturday afternoon game.

Good times, good memories. My dad would have turned 72 on April 1st this year. Kind of seems fitting that his birthday is right there near Opening Day.

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 7

A card you bought in person and the story behind it

I used to frequent a little card and comic shop in Pineville, NC called Collector's World. I first went to the shop for my comics, but around the mid to late 90's I was getting back into collecting cards again. This is where I discovered new ways to collect cards. I thought the only way to collect was set building, but a lot of the regulars there opened my eyes to new ideas. 

I don't recall why I selected Rey Ordonez as my first Player Collection, but I believe it was because of they way he flashed the leather in the outfield. Being a Braves fan I would get to see Rey play on TV fairly often so it wasn't that hard to follow his career. Plus his cards were cheap. The card shop owner new of my new PC and would alert me anytime he came across cards of Rey. One afternoon when I stopped by after classes he pulled out Rey's 1995 Bowman RC. I couldn't have spent more than a dollar or two on the card, but it's one of my favorite cards in my Ordonez collection. There were RCs in this set that were much more sought after and at times I had some of those (Andruw Jones/Vladimir Guerrero), but to this date this is the one that is still in the collection.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 6

A card you spent more than $10 to get

I'm going to cheat a little with today's challenge. When it comes to acquiring new cards I'm cheap. While I love autographs and relics, I don't always open up the wallet. I opt instead of looking for base cards, parallels or odd ball cards versus the big purchase.

I acquired 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot auto of Greg Olsen at the last card show I attended...several years ago. He was just coming into his own as a Carolina Panther and I liked what I saw of him on and off the field. He was an easy selection to become one of my newest PCs and this was a beautiful card. I don't recall paying much more than $10 (because I'm cheap), but it was at least $10. The card looks much better in person than in the scan as the front is that mirror board, or whatever it's called. The signature is small and you have to hold it in the right light to see the blue ink against the blue Bears helmet.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 5

A certified autograph card of one of your favorite players

Growing up in Charlotte, NC, the Braves were my grandfather's team. I remember trips down to the old Fulton County Stadium with my grandfather and father and now that both of those great men are gone, those are special memories. Alongside those memories include watching David Justice play for the Braves. 

I remember having a giant poster of Justice on my bedroom door. The guy was a beast and a lot of fun to watch play. While I have amassed a nice collection of his cards, I don't have many autos. I do however own this 2012 Topps Chasing History auto. I still don't care for the giant holographic silver stickers, but hey it's still an autograph, right? This card captures Justice in mid swing, most likely hitting the ball out of the ballpark.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 4

A rookie card of one of your favorite players

Today's challenge was tough...I've got so many favorite players how was I ever going to choose? Would it be a card of Freddie Freeman? Or Tim Hudson? John Smoltz or Tom Glavine? Well I went with none of the above and went with this nice 2005 eTopps RC of Jeff Francoeur.

I was late jumping onto the eTopps bandwagon. It took me awhile to figure out just how the program worked, but once I did I was hooked. Kind of like the current Topps Now program, I was checking the website pretty often to see if any players I collected were featured. I had heard a lot of good things about Francouer so when his IPO went live I jumped and put in my request. I was so glad it was granted and for a few months it was fun tracking the "value" of this card. His stock was very hot for awhile, before it cooled off and was nothing more than a common. I still have this card today (along with many other eTopps I purchased back then) and it's easily one of my favorites.

Monday, April 3, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 3

A card from the first set you tried to complete

Set building was a foreign concept for me for many, many years. It wasn't that I didn't know about set building, it was just that I never was able to buy (read afford) enough packs of cards in order to build a set. However, in 1991 I really my best with Topps. 

I saved up enough money to buy more packs of '91 Topps than I previously had bought of any other year. I don't own most of those cards any longer so I really can't recall how close I got to completing the set...if I ever got close at all. It was only the second year I had been collecting cards, but for some reason I got a "calling" to try and build the set. I still love the design and was thrilled to see Topps bring it back in limited fashion in last year's Archives set.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 2

A card with more than one player on it

Today's challenge involves finding a card with more than one player on it. Simple enough. There are plenty of team cards, cards with images of the main player being congratulated by their teammates, or action plays involving a member of the opposite team. I wanted to find something that was at least a little different. Well while updating my 2016 Topps Stadium Club Want List today, I stumbled across the card that fit today's challenge perfectly...

When Prado played for the Braves he was a joy to watch, both on and off the field. When the team traded him to the Diamondbacks I know I wasn't the only fan that was sad to see him go. I love cards like this, when a teammate is about to surprise someone. This is just another reason why I love Stadium Club, photos like this.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 1

We've had various "Bat Around the Blog" topics come up in the world of the card blogosphere, but recently a new topic has been presented. Aptly called the 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge. Created by Off Hiatus Baseball, the challenge is simple. Blog each day about the laid out daily challenge. I immediately knew this would be a lot of work, especially for me since April is going to be a beast of a month for me at work. I also knew this could be a lot of fun creating and reading others posts that participate. So consider the challenge officially accepted by Cardboard Collections.

Now the challenge doesn't necessarily say the 30 days has to be consecutive, but here we are on April 1st so why not try and make the challenge just that, a challenge. I'm going to do my best to bring a post as part of the challenge for each of the next 30 days. Wish me luck!

A card from the current year with a photo you like

It's still early in the baseball card year so I don't have much to choose from. Topps flagship, Opening Day, Heritage. Gypsy Queen was just released, but hasn't shown up yet in my neck of the woods. Haven't really seen or messed with the Topps Stickers that are out now, nor have I had the change to pick up any of the 2017 Donruss (though I really want too). Finding a photo I really liked proved to be a tough challenge than I originally thought it would be. However I finally decided on a variation to the base card of Freddie Freeman from 2017 Topps Opening Day.

I had to lift this image off the internet as I don't own the card...yet. However I just love this card. I love the joy displayed on Freddie's face. This is a kid that loves the game of baseball. He has fun on the field and the photographer caught one of those moments. From the stars on his hat, this photo must've been from the Braves Memorial Day tribute or 4th of July...can't quite tell. Either way, its a great looking card and is on my want list.

I also find this card fitting for the challenge on Day, April 1st as Freddie christened SunTrust Park last night with a HR. I hope to see more of that and his smile in the upcoming season!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Trade from North of the Border - Supporting the Minnow

Trevor from Supporting the Minnow reached out to me earlier in the month after he saw that I had some old O-Pee-Chee cards in addition to a nice stack of 2009 Upper Deck OPC that he needed. We quickly worked out a trade and off our packages went...traversing a large chunk of North America.

I used to not mess with Braves prior to 1990, the year I really got interested in following the Braves and collecting cards, but over the years my eyes have been opened more and more to the glory of vintage cardboard. I was able to grab a few from '77, '79 and '85.

Somehow I didn't have this 1991 Classic Chipper Jones, a travestry, right?! Being that Trevor resides in Canada he had some cool Canadian cards such as the 1991 Post of David Justice and the 1992 OPC Brian Hunter. The Glavine card comes from a set I wasn't familiar with, Allan's Kaye's Sports Cards News & Price Guides. The card measures just a smidge larger than your traditional trading card. Love the odd ball stuff like that.

Grabbed a few cards of the Iron Man too. Another Canadian Post card and an Upper Deck Post card from 1995? I don't remember those two companies working together. To finish it off a nice Then & Now hologram from 1993 UD.

Just in time for this weekend's NCAA Men's Final Four, we have a 1991 Classic card of UNLV's Larry Johnson. LJ was a big time college player who would go on to help put the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA on the map. 

Thanks again for the trade Trevor!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Opening Day Eats

I think that most (adult) card collectors realize that the annual Topps Opening Day set isn't for us, however that isn't to say that from time to time us older collectors can't still find some fun with the set.

I picked up one rack pack of 2017 Topps Opening Day, well, just because I like to experience new card sets first hand. Nothing in this year's set really impressed me. In years past with this set I've collected the lenticular Opening Day Stars, but Topps dropped that "3D" technology on the set and now it's just another plain looking insert set. However this new Incredible Eats set stood out to me. Instead of trying to build it by hand/trade, I just ponied up $3 and purchased the complete set on eBay.

Not living in a city that calls a MLB home, I have to live vicariously through others experience when it comes to ballpark food. Yes, the Chicago White Sox's AAA team plays in uptown Charlotte, NC and it's not that bad of a drive for me, but you still can't compare it to the big leagues.

I know there are some collectors that still won't find this set fun or fascinating, but I like food and I like cards so until they make edible baseball cards this will have to do! I find the region/team specific foods to be a lot of fun and it makes me want to live the dream of visiting more ballparks that much more of a reality.

That nacho bowl on card #9 (Miller Park) looks appetizing...even if it's just nachos in a bowl! I knew card #16 had to be from up north by the hot dog bun! I remember the first time I visited my wife's family who are from Massachuets and Maine. A BBQ to them is a cook out, not a food...and if you grill hot dogs your dogs go in split top bread "buns", not a traditional hot dog bun.

If you have a MLB team in your backyard, or at least a team's stadium you visit frequently, what is your favorite food to eat at a baseball game?

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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Free Cards - Round 2

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 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.


2011 Panini Threads
base set, plus a few SP RCs
and several inserts including a jersey card

2011 Topps Cam Newton / Blaine Gabbert RC lot

Vintage lot

1998 Press Pass Grant Winstrom auto
2011 Panini Gridiron Greats Brandon Jacobs jersey (118/299)

Friday, February 17, 2017

2017 Topps Now Spring Training

I got home yesterday afternoon after being on the road for a few days for work. As I checked the mail I ran across a small envelope from Topps. I wasn't expecting anything so I really wasn't sure what they had sent me. I opened it up and found this card inside:

Wow, first a "Christmas card" from Topps and now this Spring Training card? Topps' marketing department has really picked it up lately! As you can see from the above image, Topps is again thanking it's customers who purchased 2016 Topps Now cards by giving you a free card showcasing the new design for 2017, as well as giving you a code to save 25% off Topps Now Opening Day team sets.

I like the new design, even if some of the image is covered by the graphic at the bottom. I haven't yet logged onto their website to check out these Opening Day team sets, but I'm sure I will shortly. I trying to cut back some of my spending right now so I'm not sure if I'll bother w/ the team set, but the coupon is a gracious offer by Topps and it just might sway me and others that are on the fence.

I've got an extra Mike Trout card that I don't intend on keeping. Somehow, just like at Christmas, I received two of these mailings. The first to comment on this post and show me a picture of my favorite sandwich (peanut butter & banana) will get the card FREE!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Ordonez

In my effort to get my card collection more organized, I'm also trying to focus on working on less new sets and more on things I already have, such as my effort to collect one of every Rey Ordonez card in existence. I'm working on scanning every card of his that I own for my Rey Ordonez Super Collector blog if you're interested in checking that out.

Finding new cards of his isn't always easy as I already have a good many of his cards. However lately I've discovered that he has a few cards that I originally didn't have on my master want list. This has led me to different avenues online searching for cards of his that I don't own. I've had some luck recently and here are a few of those.

I don't remember what the print run was on these 1996 Select Certified parallels, but the Mirror Blue and Mirror Gold versions have eluded my grasp. I recently came across this Mirror Blue and was able to talk the seller down to where I could apply my eBay Bucks so it wouldn't cost me any out of pocket money. The card looks so much better in person. Now to track down the Gold version.

I knew there was a Chrome version of this 2000 Stadium Club card, but how did I not know of the First Day Issue parallel? Grabbed this serially numbered (147/150) on the cheap. Love the photo and check out the info on the back. My boy Rey broke Cal Ripken's consecutive errorless games with 100 in 1999!

While browsing a trading card group on Facebook recently, one of the members sent me a message asking me about my collecting of Rey Ordonez. By dumb luck he had a card I didn't have and offered to give it to me. I couldn't let him do that so I sent him 2 bucks for shipping. It was the least I could do. These numbered Pacific parallels aren't the easiest to come least when I look. This is the 2000 Pacific Crown Collection Holographic Blue parallel.

I've got a few more new cards of his coming. It's taking me more time scanning my cards than I anticipated. This is caused less new updates to Rey's blog, but I'm still chugging away. At least this is 3 less cards I'll have to scan now!