Tuesday, February 21, 2017

And then there were three

OK gang, for those of you that were up for getting the 5 free cards, they arrived today!  It'll probably take me a day or two to get them sorted for each person and then tucked into some PWE's to send out.

More on that in the days to come.

Part of the big COMC order were a few cards that I already purchased before.  Two of them were 40% of the remaining cards I need to finish my '64 Topps set.

I had actually bought these before the year started, so they didn't count towards the annual $2K spending budget.  Instantly when I looked at these two cards, I thought "who is Joe Sparma?"  A quick look at baseball reference dot com showed that Joe actually had an OK career, 52 wins over 7 seasons between 1964-1970.  His best season was 1967, winning 16 games with 5 shutouts.  Joe unfortunately passed away quite young, at age 44 due to complications from triple bypass surgery.  Joe was also part of the Tigers WS champion team in 1968, giving up 2 runs in just a third of an inning.  The home run that Joe allowed was to none other than Bob Gibson of the Cardinals.

Just three cards to go to finish off the '64 set.

331—A.L. Bombers (Cash, Kaline, Mantle, Maris)
477—Mike Joyce
540—Luis Aparicio

That's it.  I can't wait.  

Thanks for reading, Robert


Monday, February 20, 2017

Being realistic

I've developed a real strong appreciation for vintage cards during the 5 1/2 years of writing this blog.  I'm just about finished with the '64 Topps set, I have a good start on sets from '62, '68 and '70 and I have a decent amount of cards from the '67 and '69 sets.  Oh, and let's not forget about '59

Those half a dozen sets by themselves are going to cost a pretty penny to finish.  RC's such as Nolan Ryan, Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson and others are going to cost a small fortune, not to mention having to find cards of Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. 


So when I saw today that Gavin from the Baseball Card Breakdown blog is starting a '57 Topps set, it got me to thinking....

How in the world will I be able to finish every set that I've ever bought cards for?  The simple truth is I won't be able to.  No how, no way, fuhgedabboutit.

So, depending on what Gavin thinks about the cards below, he may have himself a few '57s to add to his set build.

'57 is a beautiful set simply because it's simple.  Would I love to build it?  Oh my God yes.  

I just don't think it's in the cards. 

I'm hoping that Gavin will want them.  Temptation is just too great.  That's being realistic....

Thanks for reading, Robert

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Just a lazy Sunday

This is one of those Sundays between when the Super Bowl is played and the MLB regular season begins.   You just don't feel like doing shit, right?  So I figured that I'd make it easy on myself today and just post a quick SNI page to have something online....

Page 34 it is...

Card 298:  Zack Greinke, 2011 Topps Heritage Chrome refractor #298/562.  Milwaukee card #6
Card 299:  Kurt Suzuki, 2012 Topps gold #299/2012.  Oakland card #16
Card 300:  Ray Knight, 2002 Topps Super teams #300/1986.  New York Mets card #7

Card 301:  Kosuke Fukudome, 2011 Bowman Green #301/450.  Chicago Cubs card #8
Card 302:  Kevin Barry, 2006 Topps '52 #302/1952.  Atlanta card #12
Card 303:  Alex Rodriguez, 2006 Topps gold #303/2006.  New York Yankees card #10

Card 304:  Carl Crawford, 2010 Topps Opening Day blue #304/2010.  Tampa Bay card #12
Card 305:  Chris Dennis, 2011 Bowman Chrome #305/799.  Milwaukee card #7
Card 306:  CC Sabathia, 2010 Bowman blue #306/500.  New York Yankees card #11

Lots of cards to like on this page.  The Sabathia card with the Sony advertising, the Carl Crawford card featuring Aaron Hill of the Blue Jays doing his best fish out of water impression, or the Kurt Suzuki card showing him getting rid of his mask to make a play. 

The biggest contributor to this page?  A couple of Bench trades got me 2 of these cards, while I got the other 7 from various sources.  The Ray Knight card source is a mystery to me, as I failed to record where or who the card came from.   If you remember sending it my way, let me know!

Thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Nice guys finish last and win stuff

I am back.  I've taken pretty much most of the past week off as my wife and I have my brother-in-law and his wife in town visiting.  So we've been fixing up stuff around the house and shopping for new things to add to the house.

But enough about that.   For those that are in the 100 word contest, the cards shipped yesterday and should be on my doorstep on Tuesday!  I hope to have all the envelopes out within a day or two after that.

I entered a contest on the Eamus Catuli blog a couple of months ago in which Tom asked what our card of the year was.  The randomizer put me dead last (!) after all was said and done, but Tom was gracious enough to send this lovable loser a prize none the less.

A hangar box of 2017 Topps showed up on my door step last week (see how much of a slacker I've been?) and I opened it a few days ago. 

Two of the best cards in the box were actually for Tom!  The '87 Future Stars Addison Russell and the rainbow foil Jorge Soler will probably end up in a envelope headed Tom's way in the future.  The Rediscover Topps cards certainly don't do anything for me what so ever.  Maybe it's because I pulled a 2011 Chase Utley.  Any Blue Jay would have been better for me, but you can't always get what you want.

Inserts:  OK, don't mind the blue and red striped award winner cards.  The Ken Griffey Jr. legend card is kind of bland design wise.  Over the years Topps Heritage has used the Then & Now theme for one of their insert sets, so it was surprising to see it in the flagship set.  Interesting the difference you see in Bryce Harper in just a few short years.  Doesn't have the baby-face anymore, and his upper body has filled out noticeably.  

I did pull a few Blue Jays from the hanger box (Grilli, Stroman, Happ and Sanchez), but this Gregory Polanco card is my early vote for card of the year in 2017.  How serendipitous was it that Topps features a card of him stretching for a catch in left field in PNC park, which is where he will be playing this year instead of his regular right field. 

About the set?  It's OK, for me it's nothing special.  The one thing I noticed when opening the box was the amount of horizontal cards there are in the set.  I pulled 15 of them in my hangar box alone.  Seems like a lot, doesn't it?

Tom, thank you for the hangar box you sent me, the cards are really appreciated!!

Thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Serial Saturday #11: Two more pages

For those of you who were part of the 100 words/cards giveaway, this is a heads up to let you know that I finished the order today and have requested shipment.  Hopefully I'll have the cards in a couple of weeks and then I'll start to work on shipping them to everybody. 

It certainly was an educational project for me, as I learned a lot about what people collect.   There were some interesting sets/collections out there, and I'm looking forward to what people thought about the cards I sent their way.

Now, back to regular blog news, I decided to get a couple of SNI pages scanned and posted today.  I have approximately 1/2 of the serial numbered hockey cards into pages and hope to have them put away this week. 

Hope you enjoy pages 32 and 33 of SNI...

Card 280:  Justin Upton, 2010 Topps triple threads #280/1350.  Arizona card #8
Card 281:  Alexei Ramirez, 2011 Topps triple threads #281/525.  Chicago White Sox card #7
Card 282:  Danny Espinosa, 2012 Topps Heritage #282/563.  Washington card #12

Card 283:  Rod Barajas, 2010 Topps Gold #283/2010.  Toronto card #17
Card 284:  Evan Anundsen, 2010 Bowman Chrome #284/777.  Milwaukee card #5
Card 285:  Tyler Clippard, 2007 Bowman Chrome #285/500.  New York Yankees card #8

Card 286:  John Danks, 2013 Topps Gold #286/2013.  Chicago White Sox card #8
Card 287:  Tyler Colvin, 2011 Bowman Green #287/450.  Chicago Cubs #7
Card 288:  Collin Balester, 2009 Topps Gold #288/2009.  Washington card #13

Both the White Sox and the Nationals represented twice on this page.  The Milwaukee card leaves just the Pirates as the only team not to reach the 5 card plateau. 

The John Danks card was the only one on this page that I was responsible for, the other 8 were courtesy of the blogosphere.  The Night Owl sent me 2 of these, while 6 other bloggers sent 1 each.

Card 289:  John Lackey, 2007 Topps gold #289/2007.  Los Angeles Angels card #15
Card 290:  Brian Bannister, 2009 Topps gold #290/2009.  Kansas City card #11
Card 291:  Colby Lewis, 2011 Topps gold #291/2011.  Texas card #11

Card 292:  Joey Votto, 2011 Topps triple threads #292/525.  Cincinnati card #9
Card 293:  Javier Vazquez, 2010 Topps Chrome purple #293/299.  New York Yankees card #9
Card 294:  Lance Berkman, 2011 Bowman blue #294/500.  St. Louis card #16

Card 295:  Brian McCann, 2011 Bowman green #295/450.  Atlanta card #11
Card 296:  Tom Koehler, 2013 Topps gold #296/2013.  Miami card #11
Card 297:  Anthony Ortega, 2009 Bowman blue #297/500.  Los Angeles Angels card #16

I purchased 4 of the 9 cards on this page, 3 of the 4 coming via two different visits to the National in 2012 and 2014.  Both of the pages today had one card come from Ted who ran the Crinkly Wrappers blog (hope all is well for you Ted!). 

The most interesting card for me is the Brian Bannister card.  I thought that the placing of the glove over the mouth to prevent the other team from reading lips was a more recent phenomena, but I guess it's been going on longer than I thought. 

Next page up will bring the set to over 20% displayed in page form.  Still quite a ways to go.

Thanks for reading, Robert