Monday, September 26, 2016

A six pack of six packs

I figured that the post title may just entice a few beer drinkers to stop by, even though there is no beer to be found at all.  (If you're wondering, Yuengling is my beer of choice...)

I took time a couple of weeks ago to go "want list hunting".  That is, I scoured the blogosphere's various want lists to see if I could come up with a potential trade partner.  I came across Kyle and the Nolan's Dugout blog and his comprehensive want list.  I found about 40 inserts to send him (gladly) and asked him to send back what he thought was fair.

Kyle's envelope came today, and as the last trade was a couple of years ago, this was full of Blue Jays.  Going through them initially, I saw a lot of cards from the 91-93 era, and I thought to myself "don't I have a lot of these already??"

Nope.  Just like last trade with Kyle, every card in the envelope was something that could be marked off the want list.  It doesn't get any better than that.

So now you're probably wondering why the six packs.  Well, last night's post contained the number 5, so I figured let's go one higher tonight.  So here's 36 cards from the envelope that I was able to mark off the Blue Jays list.


1992 Pinnacle and Bowman.  Now there were more of these inside, but these were the 3 from each set I picked.  I especially like the Juan Guzman card showing him waiting for the baseball while holding up his trademark blue glove.  I still remember all the hype there was in Toronto that Eddie Zosky was going to be the heir apparent to Tony Fernandez at short.  Ten years and 50 major league ABs later, it just wasn't meant to be. 


I put these two together just because there were 4 Leaf cards and 2 Studio.  Sometimes a puzzle just puts itself together.  For some reason, I couldn't get the cards to sit right on the scanner bed, which is the reason for this lousy looking scan.   Patience wasn't a virtue for me this evening.


1993 Score.  There were 8 cards from this set in the envelope, and I was intrigued by the World Series Highlights cards, thinking that they were inserts.   Surprise to me, they were part of the base set.  I knocked off these cards and still need 10 more to complete the team set.   Just how damn big was '93 Score?


1993 SP!!  Now the 8 cards from this set almost emptied this want list, which is down to just 2.  I found it interesting that in the 6 photos, there is only one that doesn't feature a player looking up or at the baseball.  Come on Pat, throw the ball already so you can start focusing on it...


1993 Score Select.  That's a lot of green, and a lot of geometry going on in the borders as well.  One of these days, I'm going to go through all of Devon White's cards as a Jay and figure out how many of them feature flying bats, helmets, etc.  There's a few of them to be sure.


The last picture features the 4 sets that Kyle managed to finish off, mercifully.  How did I not have all of the '91 UD, '92 Score or Donruss cards.  Weren't there like a billion printed of each to be distributed?  The George Bell DK is from 1986, and the drawing for me represents how I always thought of George.  That intense stare, the competitive fire that made him the heart of the Jays batting order during the mid to late 80's.  I did not know that he was traded from the North side of Chicago to the South side for Sammy Sosa.  George had one OK season with the Sox, but I would say that the Cubbies got the better of that deal.

Kyle, thank you very much for the trade, the cards are great and much appreciated!!

Now if you'll excuse me I have to go lay down.  This is my 13th post this month, the most since March.  I'm getting dizzy....

thanks for reading, Robert

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Just five more

I was going to post this last night, but got busy with things around the house and wound up too tired.  I wanted to show off 5 more serial numbered cards for the hockey version of SNI as a nightcap to the first Serial Saturday post.

So instead, you get these 5 today.  Hope you enjoy!


Ryan Close 2013-14 OPC black parallel #35/100.  Out of all the packs of OPC I've bought since it returned almost a decade ago, this is the only black parallel I've ever pulled.  Now, I have some use for it.


I've had this Guy Hebert 2000-01 Pacific Revolution Premier Date parallel in my collection forever, but for the life of me cannot remember how I came across it.  No matter, it too has a place now, and is serial #'d 37/60.


This Dan Hinote Sapphire parallel from the 2000-01 BAP Memorabilia set I remember quite well, pulled from a pack in the box I opened at the time.   I remember the box being truly disappointing.  This is serial #'d 49/100.


Ziggy Palffy was pulled from a pack of Black Diamond many years ago, and has sat in many a box over the past decade.  He too has a place now, and is serial #'d 997/2000.


His name is very hard to see, but this is Alexander Svitov of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  I bought a couple of retail boxes of 2002-03 Pacific Quest for the Cup about 2-3 years ago, and have found a cache of numbered cards that I pulled.  This card is numbered 923/950, and is the first of over a dozen of Quest for the Cup cards that you'll see as part of this set.

The Hockey version of SNI is coming along nicely, I have over 60 cards towards the 1200 card set already; all I have to do is sit down and get them posted.  I'll have to try a little harder to get some of these posted on Saturday's as well...

thanks for reading, Robert


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Serial Saturday #1: Pages 14 & 15 of SNI

I've kind of avoided showing the SNI pages for the past couple of weeks, but I'm not sure why.  I'm hoping that devoting Saturday's to anything serial #'d will help get me in the mood to put more of these pages up. 

Because my record keeping skills aren't always 100% accurate, going through these pages will certainly help me find out exactly where I am, and what I need to finish the baseball SNI behemoth off. 

Without further adieu, let's get a couple of more pages out there for everyone to see.

Page 14:


Card 118:  Johnny Cueto, 2011 Bowman green #118/450.  Courtesy of Dennis from the Too Many Verlanders blog.  Cincinnati card #5
Card 119:  Mark Teahen, 2007 Topps Co-Signers #119/299.  Unknown as to how I acquired this card.  Kansas City card #3
Card 120:  Tony Armas Jr.  2005 Topps Chrome black refractor #120/225.  Courtesy of Dennis from the Too Many Verlanders blog.  Washington card #5

Card 121: Max Sapp, 2008 Bowman Orange #121/250.  Courtesy of Max from the Starting Nine blog.
Houston card #7 
Card 122:  Angelys Nina, 2012 Bowman blue #122/500.  Purchased at a card show in western PA.  Colorado card #6
Card 123:  Jayson Werth, 2011 Topps gold #123/2011.  Purchased on ebay.  Washington card #6

Card 124:  Troy Tulowitzki, 2011 Bowman  blue #124/500.  Courtesy of Max from the Starting Nine blog.  Colorado card #7
Card 125:  Hanley Ramirez, 2007 Topps Co-Signers #125/150.  Purchased at a card show in western PA.  Miami card #5
Card 126:  Brian Schmitt, 2001 Topps Reserve #126/1500.  Courtesy of fellow collector Brandon L.  Houston card #8

Topps Reserve (!) makes its one and only appearance on the SNI set with card #126.  Only a couple of players on this page who really didn't make a dent in the majors.  Also interesting is the team distribution on this page.  There are 30 major league teams (as you know), but somehow I managed to get 3 teams to have 2 cards apiece on this page.  I don't think that will happen very often.

Let's look at page 15, shall we?


Card 127:  Dave Winfield, 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen #127/999.  Purchased at a card show in western PA.  San Diego card #6
Card 128:  Mike Fontenot, 2011 Topps gold #128/2011.  Courtesy of fellow collector Jason Williams.  San Francisco card #3
Card 129:  Travis Hafner, 2003 Topps gold #129/2003.  Courtesy of Sandlot cards.  Cleveland card #5

Card 130:  Alfonso Soriano, 2011 Topps Chrome atomic #130/225.  Pulled from a pack of 2011 Chrome.  Chicago Cubs card #3
Card 131:  Aroldis Chapman, 2011 Topps Chrome purple #131/499.  Pulled from a pack of 2011 Chrome.  Cincinnati card #6
Card 132:  Jordan Walden, 2011 Topps Chrome #132/1962.  Courtesy of Kyle from the Just a Bit Outside blog (retired).  Los Angeles Angels card #5

Card 133:  Lance Berkman, 2009 Topps Triple Threads #133/525.  Purchased at the 2012 NSCC.  Houston card #9
Card 134:  Dee Brown, 2000 Topps Gallery #134/250.  Courtesy of Max from the Starting Nine blog.  Kansas City card #4
Card 135:  Vincente Padilla, 2005 Topps Chrome black refractor #135/225.  Courtesy of Dennis from the Too Many Verlanders blog.  Philadelphia card #5

2000 Topps Gallery also makes its one and only appearance on page 15 with the Dee Brown card.  I love the Winfield card in his San Diego uniform.  I actually remember buying it from the show at the mall that I frequented monthly back in PA.

The team distribution on page 15 is more what I expected, one card each for 9 different teams.

Dennis and Max both come up huge again on these two pages; they were fantastic contributors to the cause. 

I can only hope now that I stick with the serial #'d Saturday idea that I came up with.  I certainly have enough pages to go for the baseball set, and when I run out of those, there's always Blue Jays and the hockey SNI as well.  

Fingers crossed...

thanks for reading, Robert

Friday, September 23, 2016

My scanning arm is tired

I don't know if I've ever scanned as much for a post as I did with the 2nd half of the great envelope that Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown sent me.

12 scans!  What was I thinking.   I might have to go on the DL with scanner's elbow...

All kidding aside, Gavin did a great job at knocking a bunch of Blue Jays off the want list.


A 6 pack of Heritage, including 3 high numbers!  There was actually 8 cards total in the Heritage portion, leaving me with just a couple more Bautista high number versions to go.


There were 7 '99 Bowman cards in the lot, Vernon Wells didn't make the cut because he appears later on.


There were just 5 2000 Bowman cards, so I threw in a 2000 Topps Chrome Tony Fernandez to make the scan a little more even. 


A couple of '85 Fleer Limited Editions that I thought I already had, but didn't.  The 9 of Spades represented by Tom Candiotti is also new to the collection.


Told you Vernon would show up later, as part of a duo of '06 Fleer Showcase cards.   This is just the start of the Roy Halladay cards.


2007 Heritage

 2005 Donruss.   Can't believe I still need a couple more of these.


A little Gold Label for you.  Sorry drinkers, no Red or Blue Labels here...

 Finish up the base cards with Billy Koch from Topps 2000 (yes, I still need some of these as well).  This segues into...


1998 Best Billy Koch autograph!  I believe it's the first minor league auto card of a Blue Jay that I own.  It's already on the Just the Hits--Blue Jays page.

This next one was even better..


2004 Topps Chrome Dave Stieb autograph!!  My favorite all time Blue Jays pitcher, I now have 2 copies of this card, and wouldn't mind owning more.  Shame on me for not adding the other one I had to the hits page before.

Last but certainly not least, Gavin sent me a couple cards that I really got a kick out of pulling from the envelope.

A couple of his customs.


A Vin Scully card!!  Can't beat that no way no how.  I am going to miss hearing his voice once he retires.  A true broadcasting legend, there will never be another like him.  The Josh Donaldson card was actually in the envelope  twice, so I have an extra one for any of my fellow Blue Jays bloggers/collectors if they want.

Gavin, a fantastic envelope, thank you very much!!!  Let's not wait a couple of years before the next trade, shall we?

thanks for reading, Robert

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Vintage Gavin

The title for the first half of this trade post was really easy.  It was good to hear from one of the most creative bloggers out there, Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown, a couple of weeks back.  Gavin said he had a few cards to send my way, and asked if I had anything off of his want lists, including the 2011 Topps frankenset that he's working on.  I sent him a few little things, and in return today I received quite the bubble mailer.

Today is the vintage, or close to vintage.

Gavin promised a '82 Topps Padres team set.


Seeing the 21 card team set reminded me of how much I prefer the older Padres uniforms.   Honestly, I wish they would stop changing every few years and just go back to these. 

And yes, technically I know '82 wouldn't be considered vintage, but I needed something to fill out the post a little.  The 21 cards just about doubled my total for the '82 set; I now have a whopping 44 cards toward the 792 card quest.  748 left isn't that daunting a task, is it?

It's not too often that someone can say that they knocked off 20% of a want list, but Gavin succeeded with just 1 card


The '73 T want list is down to 4.  Fred Scherman is the final card in the set, #660.  Still need a checklist, the Bumbry/Dw. Evans RC, Schmidt and a rookie shortstops card.  Maybe by the end of 2016 I'll pick these 4 up.

Finally, Gavin sent a six pack of '68s.  No, they weren't 6 commons either...

Would you rather have this combo as your SS and C?


Not bad.   Or how about these 2?


There were 3 outfielders in the group of 6, definitely no Tom, Dick or Harry's here...


Wondering why Topps had to airbrush Rusty's helmet to pure black.  He hadn't played anywhere else during his time in the majors but Houston before '68.  Maybe somebody out there knows why this happened.

My '68 pursuit is now over 200 cards complete, 205 to be exact.  Not bad for a set that I never really intended to chase, and now I've been picking up cards so slowly that I might be 68 years old before I finish the set.   Hey, it's not a sprint, right?

Tomorrow, I'll show off the other half of the envelope, which has a couple of autos, a pair of homemade cards (one of which is a legend), and a boat load of Blue Jays.

My scanning arm hurts already...

thanks for reading, Robert