Friday, May 26, 2017

Inbound and down #14: Sportscards from the Dollar Store

Now that I've moved about as far south in the continent as you can get, I've forgotten about the big Hockey Expo shows that are held twice annually out by the Toronto airport.  If you're Doug from the Sportscards from the Dollar Store blog, it's a chance to really go to town since that show is probably a smaller version of the NSCC.

Doug has been very gracious to send me stuff in years past from the Expo, but this time, he really outdid himself.  I was originally going to show all the serial numbered hockey cards he sent me in this post tonight, but then I probably would have been up 1/2 the night scanning and thinking of stuff to write about each card.  So I decided to do half of the cards today.   6 at a time.  7 scans.   Here we go.

The Leaf Limited award winners is a great looking set, you'll see a couple more of those in the next few scans.  The Rob Blake card goes all the way back to 2001-02.  The rookies on this page still haven't done a whole lot so far in the NHL..

This group of 6 cards actually had me cursing at the scanner (should have been cursing at the cards), since the O-Pee-Chee Platinum cards, although they look great, have succumbed to a bit of warping.  The Red Prism Zach Parise card is the prime example of this, but it's still a great card and won't be replaced for any reason. 

This package definitely wasn't short of the Platinum parallels, there's 3 more on this page alone.  The Eric Fehr and Matt Carle RC's are from 06-07 SP Game Used.  Fehr's just 4 wins away from a Stanley Cup, even though he's been hurt for the entire playoff run.

Had to take a second look at the card in the upper left of this scan, as I wondered who the Penguins player was.  Surprised that it was Brooks Orpik, as I'd forgotten just how long Orpik has been in the NHL.  Daniel Sedin part of the SNI hockey set?  Love it.  Boy was it interesting to see how Twitter jumped all over Jonathan Bernier (especially Toronto fans) and placed a lot of the blame for the game 7 loss to the Preds.  Maybe if people took another look at the replay of the 4th Nashville goal in game 7 to see how shitty the Ducks defensive play was there they would have thought twice before jumping down Bernier's throat.

More Artifacts.  I'll take those parallels any day of the week.  I'm sure that the serial numbered rookies from half a decade ago were in the discount bins, as a lot of these player's careers have already fizzled out.

An Owen Nolan Artifacts card to add to the Avalanche team set.  May have to see if I can add a couple of more Nordiques cards to the set.  Juuse Saros had a pretty good first full season in the NHL, and will probably take over for Pekka Rinne in a couple of years.  Spencer Abbott got into his 2nd career NHL game with the Blackhawks this year.  It came just 3 years after his first game which was with the Leafs in 2013-14.  Still 2 more games than I ever played...

Big name on this page is Ilya Kovalchuk, who has been rumored to be headed back to the NHL this season.  If New Jersey is smart, they trade his rights and continue their rebuild.  Don't have too many Winnipeg cards so far, and anything Atlanta Thrasher related will be part of the Jets 40 cards.  I'd also like to see the Flyers keep the orange jerseys as their full time home unis, rather than the black. 

That's the first 42 cards, I'll show the other 42 in the next post.  Oh, and don't ask me when the last time I wrote 2 posts in the same day was.   I have no idea....

thanks for reading, Robert

The Great Reorg: #50---Anthony Gose

99 Mile per hour fastball in his first pitching appearance in the minors?  Boy the Jays could have used that a few years ago when their closer problems were keeping them in the lower half of the AL standings.

Best of luck to Anthony, here's hoping that his career change is a good one.

Every so often as I mentioned yesterday, when I hit these milestones I'll throw a quick post on the blog to show off a Jays card.  Maybe this will motivate me to A) keep sorting and adding cards to the spreadsheet and B) post more often on the blog.

This is only card #50 that I've put on the spreadsheet, so there's a long way to go.   At least I've got it started and we're only 5 months into 2017!

Thanks for reading, Robert

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Great Reorganization begins plus a few cards from a great source

I finally did it this week.  Started the long road to getting all the Jays cards I have sorted by year.  The previous spreadsheet I was using was just not doing the trick, so I found a template, changed the column titles and started the process to cataloging the several thousand cards of Blue Jays that I've amassed over the past few years.

It'll probably take a while, but along the way I plan to post a few Jays cards when I hit milestones, such as every 100 or 200 cards. 

Cards such as these:

Those who watch Blue Jays telecasts on Sportsnet will know Pat Tabler, who has been doing color for quite a few years now.  The first thing that caught my eye on this card?  The catchers glove.  Off to Baseball reference I go and find out that Pat never caught even an inning behind the dish.   Hats off to the photographer that caught this on film and to Topps for putting this on his '93 Stadium Club card. 

Check out these Roberto Osuna cards comparing the before and after...

2013 Topps minor league card #132.  Looks like he has a few extra pounds on his frame compared to this next card.

I would say a 30 pound difference just by the photos alone.  I also wasn't aware until this evening that Roberto is the nephew of 11 year MLB veteran Antonio Osuna, who played between 1995-2005 with the Dodgers, White Sox, Nationals, Yankees and Padres.  I hope that the Jays have him for their closer for at least the next decade and his arm stays healthy. 

Needless to say, my pursuit of all Blue Jays has been helped greatly over the nearly 6 years of this blog by a lot of people in the blogosphere.  Dozens and dozens of envelopes, some from trades, some just from sheer generosity have graced my mailbox.   I've also received a few boxes here and there stuffed with mounds of cards.

The latest box that I was fortunate to receive was from Doug at the Sportscards from the Dollar Store blog, a regular sender of some great cards.  This box was no different as there was over 100 cards from various want lists.  Today I'm going to show off the Jays portion, which I will add to my spreadsheet right after this post.

Seeing these cards reminded me that I still have a lot of want lists to add to the Blue Jays page.  The Triple Threads card of Josh Donaldson is one reminder.  The Spring Fever and Jays team card also remind me that I need to add Opening Day sets to the want list.  The Shawn Green Skybox Thunder card was the only card that I could actually remove from the long list of needed card numbers.

To be honest, I don't have any idea whether I have any 2014 Bowman Jays in my collection.  I definitely know that I didn't have  a want list up for these, so I'll see as I go along whether these are doubles or cards that I actually needed.

I'm hoping to spend 15 minutes an evening trying to type out all these cards onto the spreadsheet.  Might take a month or 3, but what I'm hoping to have in the end is a list of every card that I own, and whether I have 1 copy or multiple copies of each.  While I'm adding them, I'll be sorting them by season and by set, hopefully making it easier to find a card or cards that I'm looking for.

By the way, the cards you see above represent roughly 10% of the box that I was sent.  The rest of the cards put a major dent into the SNI hockey set.  You'll see on my next post about 80 serial numbered hockey cards that Doug was very generous to send me. 

It'll probably take me more than 15 minutes just to scan them...

Thanks for reading, Robert

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Inbound and down #13: The Lost Collector

Haven't seen any Topps Bunt down here in South Florida yet, but thanks to a PWE from everyone's favorite Tino Martinez collector, AJ from The Lost Collector blog, I now have a good start on the '17 Bunt Blue Jays team set.

AJ even mentioned in his note that he has that special knack for pulling Blue Jays that I don't seem to have...

I like the look of the inserts, the Infinite has a pretty good photo of J.A. Happ and tells the story of him growing up in Peru, Illinois, which is about 100 miles SW of Chicago. 

Glad that they used a photo from last year's pink weekend for Bautista.  It would be cool to see more cards featuring the pink bats/pads, etc.

It's definitely not hard to tell the parallel cards when they come out of packs, as evidenced by the Marcus Stroman blue parallel that made the ride down here to the swamp.  For those that are into chasing rainbows, there's also black, green, purple, red and orange parallels to keep you busy.  I think the blue looks great for the Jays, I may have to grab the remainder of that parallel for the team set as well.

Maybe one day I'll get down to getting my Jays want list updated with the boat load of '17 sets that have already been released.

Thank you for the PWE AJ!  Much appreciated as always.

Thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Serial Saturday #15: Slacker

I haven't posted since Monday, largely because I've been so tired every evening that I didn't have the energy to sit and think about a worthy post.  Even having a 1/2 day vacation on Thursday and a full day on Friday didn't help, as I found enough things around the house to take care of that by the time the evenings rolled around I just didn't feel like getting behind the computer to write a post.

Also, it's been almost a month since I've posted any pages from the SNI baseball set.  So I guess you could say that I've been slacking in more than one area.  These SNI posts don't take a lot of thought, so it's probably time that I spent an hour or two and put a few of these in the drafts folder. 

OK, enough of that, let's get pages 42 & 43 out there for everyone to see...

Card 370:  Ronald Guzman, 2013 Bowman blue parallel #370/500.  Texas card #14
Card 371:  Trevor Hoffman, 2010 Topps copper parallel #371/399.  Milwaukee card #8
Card 372:  Victor Martinez, 2009 Topps Unique #372/1199.  Boston card #11

Card 373:  Derrick Penilla, 2013 Bowman blue parallel #373/500.  Minnesota card #12
Card 374:  John Buck, 2012 Topps gold parallel #374/2012.  Miami card #14
Card 375:  Troy Glaus, 2006 Topps update gold parallel #375/2006.  Toronto card #19

Card 376:  B.J. Upton, 2008 Topps Heritage chrome #376/1960.  Tampa Bay card #15
Card 377:  Andrew McCutchen, 2009 Bowman blue parallel #377/500.  Pittsburgh card #5
Card 378:  Julian Javier, 2002 Topps super teams #378/1967.  St. Louis card #18

Victor Martinez has been with the Tigers for so long that I've forgotten him as a member of the Red Sox.  I'd also forgotten that the Pirates wore a sleeveless jersey for a time about a decade ago.  Would love to see more catchers use and paint the hockey style masks as John Buck did a few years back.

Card 379:  Magglio Ordonez, 2010 Topps gold parallel #379/2010.  Detroit card #6
Card 380:  Adam Laroche, 2007 Topps gold parallel #380/2007.  Pittsburgh card #6
Card 381:  Tony Sanchez, 2010 Bowman chrome #381/999.  Pittsburgh card #7

Card 382:  Yovani Gallardo, 2012 Topps Heritage #382/1963.  Milwaukee card #9
Card 383:  Matt Cain, 2012 Topps gold parallel #383/2012.  San Francisco card #8
Card 384:  Johnny Giavotella, 2013 Topps gold parallel #384/2013.  Kansas City card #14

Card 385:  Johnny Stolz, 2013 Bowman blue #385/500.  Colorado card #13
Card 386:  Mike Wright, 2012 Bowman blue #386/500.  Washington card #17
Card 387:  Cody Eppley, 2011 Bowman blue #387/500.  Texas card #15

3 straight cards were all Bowman blue parallels, each going back one year (13, 12, 11).  After having just 4 cards in the first 41 pages, Pittsburgh has 3 cards in the past 2.  I remember when Tony Sanchez was the next big thing at the catching position for the Pirates.  He got stuck behind ex-Yankee catchers (Martin, Cervelli) and is now in the Anaheim system. 

7 out of the 18 cards on these 2 pages were bought by myself, many of the others were from bloggers who are no longer blogging.  Yep, it's been a while since this started.

Thanks for reading, Robert