Thursday, February 26, 2015

By the page: Some more minis

It's been nice to get a few of the minis out of the Jays box.   Unlike the A&G minis that I showed off last Saturday, this page features three different sets of minis.  And, I didn't have to use up a 15 pocket page for these, as they fit fairly well inside a 9 pocket page.

Top Row:  2011 Topps Lineage

I rather enjoyed collecting this set when it came out a few years ago.  I enjoyed the fact that it was colorful and had a variety of parallels, including the minis you see here.  Getting a Roberto Alomar in the set didn't hurt the cause either...

Middle Row: 1988 Topps

I debated a bit about putting these in the center vs. the Goudeys you'll see below.  I decided that I rather enjoyed having a link to the glory years front and center.  George Bell was one of my favorites from the 80's teams, so having him in the middle was an easy choice.  I'll always enjoy any shot of Exhibition Stadium on 80's Jays cards, and the Henke doesn't disappoint. 

Bottom Row:  2007 Goudey

The only reason I positioned these three the way I did is because Vernon Wells is a red back, and the other two have green backs.   Scientific, no?

Not a bad page.  There were other potential suitors that could have fit in the bottom row instead of the Goudey cards, but the issue was I only had 2 each of the other minis (such as 87 Topps).   Maybe one day I'll change it up when more minis wander in.

thanks for reading, Robert

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


It only took 2 days and 2 envelopes to go from 2 cards short of 90% to hitting the milestone.

Thanks to Steve D. for sending me the card that brought the SNI set to its final 10%, Don Kelly of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Don is serial #'d 1065, and brings the Pirates' total number of cards to 39.  There are only 4 teams out of the 20 that still need cards that are below 40, and the Pirates are one of them.  Hopefully before too long I'll be able to fix that problem...

Thank you for another great trade Steve, it is appreciated!

thanks for reading, Robert

Sunday, February 22, 2015

That's enough for me

Had to hit the local Wal Mart today, so I figured I would take one last trip down the card aisle looking for a series 1 blaster.   I picked that up along with a rack pack and declared myself done as far as series 1 purchases go. 

I'm going to work on sorting what I have over the next few days and getting a want list up so people can start getting rid of their dupes (grin).  I did pull quite a few more inserts to show off, in the hopes that there are people out there that will take them off of my hands.

So speak now, or forever hold your peace...

I have 4 other highlight of the year cards, Jose Canseco (88), Cal Ripken Jr. (01), Mike Schmidt (76), New York Giants (51).  All of them are available.

I also have the Mark McGwire archetypes card as well.   All are available...

I like the Robbed in left, center, and right idea, but there's one thing missing on the Michael Morse card.   The ball.   I like the look of the Hammerin' Hank card, but I'm sure that there's someone else out there that is more interested in it than I am. 

This is also not a bad idea.   I also have the Alex Rodriguez and Mike Piazza cards for this insert set available.

Foil parallels.   I'm looking for the Blue Jays foil parallels as well if anyone ever comes across them in their journeys. 

The Alexi Ogando was the only gold parallel I pulled today.  It's the only card spoken for, as it's headed to PATP in Texas (unless he doesn't want it...).  The Pennant Chase card was the first one that I've seen so far and I like the idea.   It reminds me of the old Upper Deck predictors cards back in the 90's. 

As far as the Free Agent cards go, I also have David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez (pictured in Rangers uniform) available.

If there are any Blue Jays in this manufactured relic set, I'm interested in those.  If anyone would like the Harper, please let me know and hopefully we can work something out.

Drop a comment if there's something that you wish to have....hopefully this post will not take 3 hours to appear in the blog rolls like yesterday's did.  

thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, February 21, 2015

By the page: Allen & Ginter minis

I was just so glad to be able to get a bunch of the Allen & Ginter minis into pages (finally, thank you Greg!), that I couldn't wait to show them off.   Not that these are something that hasn't been seen in the blogosphere a hundred times before. 

I must admit, I was a little surprised at how good they look in pages.   Don't know why I was surprised, but I guess I didn't know what to expect until I put this page together.

Top row:  2011 Allen & Ginter

It's kind of weird showing a row of 5 cards.  Yes, there are 2 Brandon Morrow cards, one of them is an A&G back.

Middle row:   I thought I had 5 black parallels

I originally had an all black row.  Turns out that the Sergio Santos black parallel that I own is from Gypsy Queen.  So I had to improvise, and found a B.J. Ryan 2008 to go along with the 2007 version.

The solid black borders look much better in my opinion.

Bottom row:  Again I was one short

I'm not too fussy about the 2012 design, and when you put it side by side with a 2008, there's really no comparison, is there?

Not a perfect page by any stretch of the imagination, but I was just happy to be able to get these out of the Jays box and get them better protected.

I'm still a few cards short of a Gypsy Queen minis page ( I need 4 ) but being able to get the minis out of the box has prompted a few ideas for pages, which is a good thing.

thanks for reading, Robert

The first addition to SNI from 2015 Topps

Thank you to the generous Pat at Hot Corner Cards for sending me a PWE with the first 2015 Topps entry to the set.

The World Series MVP is serial numbered 1103, and the Giants now stand at 42 out of 50 towards the set.

Just 151 more to go....

Thank you Pat!  The 2015 Blue Jays are also appreciated as well...

thanks for reading, Robert