Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Try A Pack #7: 2017 Donruss Optic

For me, this is a little steep at $9.49 for a 16 card pack.  It's the Donruss version of Topps Chrome, which goes for roughly the same price per card. 

The base is no different than the regular Donruss base set.   I got quite lucky here and pulled two of the Blue Jays (Tulo and Joey Bats) for my Jays collection.  Managed to pull some decent players in my pack, including Arenado and Corey Seager. 

The pack promises 4 purple parallels.  I fared quite well here as well, even though the Chris Sale in hand looks red instead of purple.  The base purple cards scanned quite well, showing off the purple a lot better than in hand. 

Some more base cards, including a couple of Diamond Kings, and a pair of Rated Rookies.  Can't say that I've heard of either Musgrove or Giolito, so I imagine that I should be following AL games a little bit closer.

The Springer is a Prizm parallel, or Holo as the TCDB calls it.  Aledmys Diaz's card is the only insert in the pack; part of the 15 card All Star set which includes some big names like Trout, Harper, Bryant and Machado. 

This is pretty much a jazzed up Chrome version of the base Donruss set.  To be honest, I prefer the base set, largely because of the price. 

Everything is up for trade aside from the Blue Jays cards.  Comment or email (rmitchell6700 @ yahoo) if something strikes your fancy.

Thanks for reading, Robert

Monday, September 18, 2017

1249: A mixed bag

Decided to hit Target on the weekend, largely because I hadn't bought myself any packs of cards in what seemed to be quite a while.  Part of the purchase was a couple of packs of Topps stickers, something I hadn't bought any of since I posted about starting the sticker set back in July.  No doubles!  I didn't bother scanning of them however, I just went ahead and put them right in the album.

I also bought a couple of packs of cards that I'm going to show off in a pair of "Try a Pack" posts over the next few days.  One hockey, one baseball.

I did buy one 3-pack of Allen & Ginter, hitting a couple of doubles (including the SP of Adam Wainwright), but knocking 9 cards off the 2017 needs list...

I also made a small purchase on Sportlots a week or so back, but had to wait until today to get them, as we had no mailbox last week due to the hurricane.  I spent my Saturday taking a sledge hammer to the old concrete post we had (it was hideous, so I was glad to do it believe me) and myself along with the missus put up a new mailbox.

The post office caught up today and brought a nice stack of Series 1 Topps for my troubles...

Here are the 6 horizontal cards out of the block.  It's almost not going to be a Kevin Pillar card unless it's showing him diving in some form.  Usually it's for an amazing catch in the outfield, this time it's trying to beat a tag at the plate.  The entire group that I bought leaves me needing just 6 cards to finish series 1.   These numbers are the last that I need...7,20,238,283,319,341.  Hopefully by the end of the week I'll have a want list up for series 2.

I also bought a couple of Andrew McCutchen cards for that PC, I'll show those off sometime this week on my player collection blog.

I spent $35 total between the Sportlots purchase and the packs from Target, leaving me with $1249 for this year's budget.

It's going to be tough to get 1/2 way through that budget this year.  

Thanks for reading, Robert

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Inbound and Down #22: Not Another Baseball Card Blog

I've been putting this post off for the better part of two weeks now, not sure why though.  Mike from the NABCB blog sent me a bunch of cards for the goalie frankenset a few weeks back, but instead of putting the post up right away, I wanted to get the remainder of the cards I had already for the frankenset posted before I started showing off what Mike was kind enough to send.

I actually did show a couple of cards recently, and I asked the blogosphere to vote on which card they wanted to see as part of the set.   It appears that the Andy Moog card won out, so the #9 spot belongs to Andy now.

Mike sent along about 35-40 cards that would fit in the set, so I decided to split them into a couple of posts.  The first one I decided to do in my old style, the 5-4-3-2-1 method to try and fit some of the cards together.

#'s 18 20 24 29 36

These 5 were part of the same set that the Patrick Roy card came from, the 2000-01 Prizm McDonald's release.  I've missed so many good releases from Canadian restaurants since I've moved to the US. 

#'s 215 228 282 392

All of these 4 are from the original Score hockey release, back in 90-91.  Again, can't go wrong with any design that has the Red Wings logo on it, as Glen Hanlon's mask shows.  Also the Don Beaupre mask with the Capital building on the forehead is a classic design as well.

#'s 262 343 465

The 1991-92 Upper Deck set was a great one in my opinion, with a lot of great photography.  The Kelly Hrudey card is the 2nd card that features the helmet/cage combo; his along with Dominik Hasek are the only 2 that I can remember where the goalies had designs painted on the helmet.  Norm Foster's card is #465 and chances are it may last quite a while in the set, as you won't see many cards numbered in the 400's (unless they are from OPC).

#'s 78 163

One of my favorite goalie's was Grant Fuhr, as he was very acrobatic and did whatever he could to stop a puck (as most goalie's do I suppose).  There was something different about him though, and I found it quite interesting that both of these cards featured him in a kneeling position.  I also don't have a lot of Pro Set cards so far, so the card on the right featuring him in his Edmonton colors is also most welcome. 

# 106

Although a bit dinged up, this Darren Puppa card features a good shot of his Sabres mask, with the Buffalo on his forehead and the two sabres on his chin.  The shot also looks as if Darren has lost his stick during play, and his eyes are quite intent on his target. 

I still have another group of cards to go through that Mike sent; I need to figure out how I'm going to incorporate them as well.  That's my next post...

Thank you Mike for the cards, they are appreciated!!

Thanks for reading, Robert

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2017--a wild and crazy ride so far

It's funny what comes into my head for post ideas lately.  I probably overdid the hurricane angle, even though it was relevant to my train of thought for those few days. 

I'm sitting at the computer Monday evening reading Daniel's blog (catching up is more like it) and going over his annual collecting goals.  I sat and thought to myself how am I doing with my 2017 goals?  Well, I had to go back and look and I seem to be at a strong "D" grade.

1.  Set completion.  64 Topps?  check.  88-89 OPC hockey?  check.  73 Topps?  2 to go.  Stalling on that one.  Have 3.5 months to go so if I buckle down, I can get an A.

2.  Video posts.  Once a month.  Nope.  Did 2 of them and stopped.  My wife goes to her friends house once a month for a day and a half.  Need to train myself to complete videos when she goes away.  Grade:  F

3.  COMC.  Have the cards in place, but there's too many unknowns for me right now to submit them.  Grade:  Incomplete

4. Jays and Leafs collections.  Sorted and posted to spreadsheets.  Scratched the surface on the Jays, haven't touched the Leafs.  Probably will not finish by the end of the year.  Grade:  

5.  Contest, 100 cards/100 words.  Well now, something I've completed!!  Grade:  A

6.  2016 Allen & Ginter completion.  62 cards to go.  If I don't finish this one, I should absolutely be ashamed.  I'm going to give myself an A on this, because I'm going to finish the damn set.

7.  $2K. Well, I had every intention of spending this kind of money this year, but it's funny how life gets in the way.  Probably 60% of that will be what's spent by year's end.  Not going to grade this one, just because.

Even among the chaos that has been my 2017 so far, I've started a couple of hockey projects, the serial numbered hockey set and the goalie mask frankenset.  In my mind, I've wanted to get back to hockey a bit more this year, and these two sets have me more involved with posting over the past couple of weeks.

I've also kept up with my other blog, the Player PC's blog has averaged better than a post a day again this year.   It has been easy for the most part, only typing 3 lines for each card, but what the blog has done for me is keeping focused on updating and picking up more cards for my PCs.

One card rule:

One day, I'm going to get around to doing my all time Blue Jays 40 man roster.   You can be sure that this guy will be on it.

Posting one card like this also reminds me to check the Trading Card Database to see if the card has been scanned onto the site (this one already was).  I am a big believer in what the site is doing, and will keep trying to help out in any way I can to add cards.

Thanks for reading, Robert

Monday, September 11, 2017


For the second year in a row, my better half and I have felt fortunate to escape the wrath of a hurricane that just devastated other parts of Florida.

This time, Irma got a good shot in on the Naples (southwest corner of the state) area, missing us by about 80 miles (roughly).  We spent the entire weekend in the house, shuttered up from the world.  I didn't even venture out of the house until about 4PM yesterday afternoon, to the protests of my wife. 

We were much better prepared for this hurricane, but still weren't 100% ready.  No spare gas as I couldn't find a 5 gallon container anywhere in my area (that will be handled shortly) and we still don't have the spare money for a generator.   That's something we will look to purchase in the near future. 

I do want to thank all the well wishers out there who followed my insanity over the past few days.  Your thoughts and words were very much appreciated.

Now, back to cards.

I've finally updated the goalie frankenset page with all the cards that I posted on the weekend.   But I still have the stack that Mike from NABCB sent me.  I went through it more thoroughly today, and found that he actually sent two cards that have the same card number.   So, I'm going to leave it up to everyone to vote on which card goes in the set.

Both of these cards are #9, so you tell me.  Andy Moog or Patrick Roy?

Both of them have pretty good mask shots, but I don't want to play favorites.  So you decide.

Just leave a comment with the goalie's name you want in the set.   It's that simple. 

Your help is appreciated, Robert