Sunday, October 4, 2015

This is what happens when you procrastinate

I ordered these cards over 2 months ago, before I moved to the land of sunshine.   But for some reason I've had these Joe Sakic cards sitting aside, in their penny sleeves, just watching them sit there while I delayed putting them in their binder, and marking them off of the Sakic checklist.

Why, I have no idea.  Maybe all the warm weather has me thinking of anything but hockey...

Then I look at the cards and think of a time a couple of decades ago when these cards were plentiful.  It makes me wonder why I never found these cards back in the 90's for my collection.

Maybe I didn't think far enough ahead...

Then I see cards like the gold parallel O-Pee-Chee premier on the right hand side of the scan above, and I think back to when I lived in Canada, and my card collection was still growing and very disorganized.

Fast forward to the turn of the century, and my Sakic collection was still there, but I never took time to look at it or even pay attention to what I had or didn't have.  Putting together a checklist was the furthest thing from my mind.  I was in my early 30's when these cards were released, and to be honest I was still growing as a collector. 

Fast forward to later in the aughts, Upper Deck rules the game as far as hockey cards go.  It makes me wax nostalgic a little bit, wanting a little more variety like there was in the 90's.  But then I snap out of it, realize that you can't go home again, and accept the fact that card collecting is what it is today.

I'm a better collector than I was 20 or 30 years ago, because I'm more organized and my collection is more focused.  What's sad is that the collector that I am now doesn't have the variety that existed back in the day.

When I sit down and think about what I want to do from a collecting standpoint going forward, I look at things like my Joe Sakic PC, which I have really enjoyed building over the years, and wonder if I might be slowly progressing away from set building.

I really have enjoyed the challenges that some of the vintage sets that I'm working on have provided, but the time and expense have been a little daunting to say the least.  I know what you're thinking, player PC's can be costly and time consuming as well, especially for star players like Joe Sakic.

See, this is what happens when you procrastinate.   You think too much about what you're doing, instead of enjoying what's in front of you.

I do enjoy what I'm collecting, who I'm collecting, and being a part of a group of collectors who enjoy writing about a great hobby.   It probably would be even better if I started writing more about it instead of thinking....

Thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Testing the waters

Today was the first trip to the monthly card show down here in the south.  When I visit regular card shows for the first time, I usually go just to scope it out and see what kind of selection there is.

To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised.  I would say that there was roughly 20 vendors there (not bad), and the selection was a little better than I expected.

To say that I was shocked to find hockey at a South Florida would be an understatement.

Finding a Maple Leafs 1971-72 OPC logo card shocked me even more.  Only paying a buck for it was even better!

The 74-75 Topps Borje Salming rookie for $3 was also a great find for me.  I think that I already have a copy in my collection, but a 2nd copy of this card doesn't hurt.

The long lost quest to complete the 1973 Topps set actually took one step forward today.   I found this Hank Aaron all time total bases leader card for $5

All my purchases wound up at just one table, which will probably be a regular haunt for me.  This dealer had quite the vintage selection, similar to the vendor I frequented at the monthly shows in Pennsylvania.  The other five cards that I bought today were from the '59 Topps set, including card # 462 of Rocky Colavito.

This Colavito, along with the other 4 cards bring me to just over 3/8's of the '59 set.  I saw an off center Stan Musial for $25 today, but passed on it.   $25 is actually all that I spent today, buying just 9 cards.

I saw enough today to know that I'll probably attend the show on a regular basis.  Next time, I think I'll bring a list...

Thanks for reading, Robert

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Getting close

In less than a month, I'll have been working on the Serial Numbered Insanity set for 4 years.  Sometimes feverishly, other times going months at a time without adding a card to the set.  It's been a labor of love that is nearly at its conclusion.

Going through the first 500 cards this evening, I found a couple of pages that had the same player twice.   The first instance was cards 37 and 45, both featuring Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins.  Even better, both cards are blue chrome parallels. 

Cards # 150 and # 152 both feature Manny Ramirez, another happy accident.  I haven't come across two exact cards of the same player while perusing, although if I remember correctly there is a pair of 2011 Topps Heritage Chrome cards of Tim Lincecum among the nearly 1500 cards.

Speaking of nearly 1500 cards, I just finished another order from COMC.  If there are no snafu's, the set will be down to a measly 4 cards.

By my calculations, I need 1 Oriole, 1 White Sox and 2 Astros.  Those 4 cards will need to have the serial #'s 1175, 1209, 1305 and 1314.  I've looked long and hard for these cards, so much so that my eyes hurt after a marathon searching session on COMC.

Maybe someone else out there might be luckier than I am....

Thanks for reading, Robert

Monday, September 28, 2015


It is great to be back and functioning again as a blogger.   You don't know how much I've missed being a part of the community for the past few months.  Between the move, and not having the necessary equipment after the move, posting has been virtually non-existent.

I'm hoping that this is going to change.   Honestly, I really want it to change.   I enjoy writing, and showing off cards that I've acquired either through trade or purchase.

My SNI project with all 1500 cards (when complete) gives me quite a large # of possibilities for posts.  I happened to be trolling through the first binder on Sunday and came across some potential World Series match ups.

Remember the I-70 series of 1985?   Blue Jays fans such as myself would rather forget it (Damn you Jim Sundberg), but there's a real possibility that it could happen again this year.   Losing Carlos Martinez is a big blow for the Cards, but with Adam Wainwright coming back (maybe?) you'd have to think that the Cards will be right there for the NL Pennant.

Fast forward 15 years and you have the subway series that sent New Yorkers into the stratosphere.  While this may not be quite as likely to happen this year, the postseason always brings about a surprise or 2, so this is definitely something that could happen.

A Pittsburgh-Toronto World Series is also a possibility, and if it were to happen, you probably wouldn't see or hear from me for up to 7 nights while my ass would be glued to a chair.  My lifelong fandom of the Blue Jays, coupled with my recent obsession with the small market Pirates and how they've built a contender from the ground up would only be strengthened with this match up.

Yes, there are other teams in the mix...Dodgers, Cubs and whoever survives the AL west to mention 3.

I just have this feeling that this postseason might be one of the most memorable ever.  There are a lot of strong teams in the mix right now, and choosing World Series participants may be more difficult this year than it has in recent memory.

Thanks for reading, Robert

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Is it worth it

Right now, with my collection separated by 1250 miles of highway, I've kind of come to a point where I want to start something new, because a lot of the older stuff that I've been working on isn't accessible.

That's where 2015 A&G comes in.  With the limited selection of cards at the big box stores (limited in my eyes), it's the only set that I feel like buying packs of.  When you only get 6 cards in a pack for $3, and one of them is a mini (which I have no use for), a 350 card set can be a tough nut to crack.

So in the end, the question for me becomes, is it worth it to try and put together this set, or do I rely on purchasing cards online/waiting for shows for other projects that I've been working on.  Maybe talking it out through some scans will help....

I have 12 minis so far, 5 of them A&G backs.  Weren't these supposed to be difficult to obtain, or am I just really lucky so far?

I have no idea why the Allen & Ginter "logo" is different colors on different cards.  Does that mean anything?
I'm sure that the Black bordered Strasburg, and some of the other minis up above probably would look better in some other person's collection(s).  I do have my address file with me, so if you're interested in any of these, just let me know.  It's also weird that the only Blue Jay A&G card that I have so far, is of a guy who isn't even a Blue Jay anymore.

As a set collector, the one thing that I really like about A&G is its consistency.  350 cards every year.  Cards 301-350 are SPs.  Pictured above are the 7 SPs that I've already pulled (I do have a dupe of Escobar if anyone is looking for that card for their set/collection).  I know what to expect when I start on an A&G set building journey.

While writing this I'm thinking to myself that if I do take on the task of collecting this set, it's going to take a while.   I currently have just 51 of the 350 cards, and unless I break down and pick up a hobby box ($85.95 at Dave & Adam's...) I'm going to have to rely on packs not drying up at the big box stores in the area.

It appears that I have a lot more to think about.

Thanks for reading, Robert