Monday, July 21, 2014

It really is a GREAT problem to have

I had it all planned out.  Start thinning the three row shoe box piece by piece.   Putting together pages of Blue Jays with common themes, and show them off to the blogosphere.

The dry July would just fly by quickly, and the piles of cards would slowly get worked through.  Marked off the want list.  Entered into the Blue Jays spreadsheet.

It actually started off quite well.  I managed a to show off a couple of pages in between the Friday/Saturday tournament posts, and I thought I was starting to get a handle on things.

In the vernacular of today's acronym laced generation, I just LOLOLOLOL now.  Great men of the blogosphere, named Brian, Matt, Tom and Wes have added 4 packages of Blue Jays goodness (of varying amounts, I might add) to the pile, and brought a screeching halt to any progress I made over the past couple of weeks.

While perusing the great package I received today from blogger extraordinaire Wes from the Jaybarkerfan's Junk blog, I noticed the following.

Serial numbered parallel.  Jersey card.  Bat card.  Auto.  Auto.  Jersey card.  2 more serial numbered parallels.  Gold.  Green.  Silver.  Holy shit!!

I showed my better half of the cards, and explained that I wasn't even expecting this envelope today.  What does she do?  Naturally, she provides an epiphany.

"You really aren't paying for these cards, right?"  This statement made me think (she's good at that).  I've now entered over 4400 cards onto my Blue Jays spreadsheet, passing that mark largely because of the envelope that Tom sent me ( I owe you still Tom, I need to augment what I already have for you...), and thought to myself that I probably have received all but 10% of those cards from everyone out in the blogosphere. 

That's almost unbelievable.   But it is a GREAT problem to have. 

These two pages of 1991 and 1992 Upper Deck that I was able to pull out of the box only manage to put a meager dent into the "problem".

The '92 page is more interesting for me.  It made me remember that Jack Morris was a 21 game winner that year.  It made me laugh that Cory Snyder got a Blue Jays card even though he only had 49 ABs with the club, hitting a paltry .143.  Dave Parker had fewer ABs than Snyder (36) as a Jay, but also managed his final "sunset" card in 1992.  1992 was also the final season of Pat Tabler's career, but at least he managed to get a ring out of the deal.

15 out of the 18 cards here came out of the box (the other 3 were in a pile on the desk), bringing the total to 58 cards out of the box.  The problem is that I now have about 300 more that need cataloged, sorted, and put into the box for "posting".

Yes indeed, a GREAT problem to have.  Stay tuned...

thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What's next? :Round of 16: (1) 1963 Topps vs (16) 1972 Topps

The end of the round of 16 is finally upon us.  This is the last match, featuring two pretty solid sets.  The two priciest rookie cards out of 1972 are both multi player cards, but feature some pretty good players who had long careers in MLB.  Today was the first time I had to look over the '63 set, and there are some pretty scary cards in there $$ wise, which has the cheap ass in me worried a bit.

Tale of the tape:

  1.  Set Size:  1963 has 576 cards.  1972 has 787 cards
  2.  Key RCs:  1963  Pete Rose, Willie Stargell  1972 Fisk/Cooper, Oglivie/Cey
  3.  Cost of complete set in NM condition:  1963  $6000      1961  $7000
  4.  Number of cards with high book at $100 or more: 1963: 11 (Rose RC = 1K)   1972: 1 
Blogs:  1963 Topps vs   1972 Topps

Jim from Downingtown appears once again on the blog stats; his 1963 Topps blog is actually a collaborative effort with the Troll and Commishbob both being listed as contributors.  The 1972 Topps blog is unfortunately dormant; the last post there was 4.5 years ago, and stopped at card #135.  [EDIT:  thanks to Jim for the update on the '72 blog, the link has been updated to reflect the '72 Topps countdown blog]

thanks for reading, Robert

Friday, July 18, 2014

Another landslide, and that's no Bull

A pattern seems to be developing.  For the 3rd straight week, by a margin of 16-4, we have a landslide winner.

Yep, '74 Topps put a hammering on the '61 set. I guess I'm not surprised by the outcome, but I thought that '61 might garner more than a couple of sympathy votes.   I love the old style Phillies uniform with the stylized "P", featured here on card #360 of Greg Luzinski. 

Speaking of sympathy votes, don't be afraid to vote with your heart during this tournament.   I'm prepared to live (or die trying) by the verdict handed down by the masses.  I have enjoyed putting together the '64 set, and have been buoyed by the availability of bargains for some of the pricier cards (Mantle, Rose).  It'll be a challenge to put together whatever you send me off to build. 

The final match of round 1 starts tomorrow, and probably will be the best contest in the first round, as 63 Topps faces off against 72 Topps.  If this one ends in a blow out, I will be shocked.

Thanks for reading, and voting, Robert

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Good things come in 3's

I walk up the pathway to my house, and I see the mailbox overflowing.  "You hit the jackpot today" my wife tells me.

Did I ever.

Not only did I come home to start the first of 3 consecutive 3-day weekends, there were 3 packages in the mailbox for me.  Let me rephrase that, there were 2 bubble mailers, and a box that couldn't fit in the mailbox.  The wife didn't even touch them.  I honestly like to think she waits on the porch just to see the look on my face when I see them.  You know....bug eyes....

Inside the box, which came my way courtesy of Brian from Play at the Plate, were 3 (there it is again) cards for the SNI set.  Brian is one of the top contributors to the madness; with these 3 cards there are now 45 listings on the spreadsheet with PATP beside them.

Let's not wait any longer, here are 3 more serial numbered cards for your perusal.

A much needed Astro!!  J. D. Martinez is the 29th Houston Astros card that has come my way.  Even better, his serial number is 99, which knocks the two-digit serial numbers remaining to a paltry two (35 & 41).  I have a question, how did the Astros let go of this guy?  He signs with Detroit two days after getting released by the Astros near the end of spring training, and all he does so far in Tiger land is hit 13 HR and .346 in 55 games.  Not too shabby...

To be honest, I had never heard of this guy until I got the card.  80 ABs over 3 seasons with San Diego and the White Sox is probably why.  So far in 2014, he's spent the entire season with the White Sox AAA club in Charlotte.  Blake's card is serial numbered 420, and I now have 44 out of the 50 Padres cards I need for the set.

Eric Hosmer seems to struggle during even numbered years so far during his 4 year career.  2012 was not kind to him, only hitting .232/14/60.  So far in 2014, it's .268/6/42.  The Royals are only 2.5 games out of the wild card going into the 2nd half, and I'm sure that they're hoping that Hosmer can pick up the pace for them.  This card is serial #'d 1184, and it is the 33rd card for the Royals in the set.

By the way Brian, as a little aside, I showed my wife the box that you sent and told her it was filled with Blue Jays.   The first thing out of her mouth?  "Send it back, he needs to sort it first before sending".

Why didn't I think of that???

thanks for reading, Robert

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By the page: Carlos Delgado

Carlos Delgado is one of a handful of players that I'll likely show off multiple pages of cards for.  The last time I looked, there were almost 200 cards of him in my Blue Jay collection, so it will probably be pretty easy to come up with several pages to display.

For the first page that I'm going to show off on this post, I wanted to put together a page of cards that featured sets that weren't as common.  I also wanted to find a couple of photos (where is that squirt gun card?) that featured good photography.

First, I'll show off my favorite trio...

One can only imagine what path Carlos' career might have taken had he remained a catcher.  Thankfully, we only had to witness 5 innings worth over 2 games during his career.  The 2000 Topps Gallery card in the center is a hilarious photo, almost appearing as if Carlos is scared of his bat.  The 2003 Upper Deck card on the right is a great photo of bat meeting ball, which for Carlos translated into 1413 base hits during his 12 seasons (3 partials) in Toronto.

Let's look at the full page:

I even snuck in a parallel card, for old times sake.   I was always a fan of the silver signature cards from MVP (don't ask me why, I can't describe it), and the '99 set is a favorite of mine. 

There's 9 more cards out of the box, bringing the total up to 43.  There's plenty more where that came from.

Thanks for reading, Robert