Saturday, June 15, 2019

Trade, trade, and trade again

With the new card purchases at a premium, trading has become a big part of the card way of life here. 

I thought that the 100 trade goal on TCDB for 2019 might have been a bit lofty, but it turns out that I could finish it by Thanksgiving! I recently pulled in a few trades of varying sizes, so I figured we'll get a post out of the cards that came in.

A small 3 for 3 trade starts the post off, as Billy (TCDB ID: billwill305) and I made a quick trade of some recent inserts/parallels.   3 more cards off of the Green GQ list...

I am going to enjoy putting this set together.  Hopefully it won't take me 25 years like the Players Club set that I showed off the other day has.

Next us is a trade with Nick (TCDB ID: hittinaway), that was a home run for me.   Not only did I get the 4 cards that were offered...

Parallels all over the place here
But Nick was extremely generous and added a few extras to put a smile on my face:

A single John Olerud card never hurts the cause, as that collection closes in on the 100 card mark.

The 5 '89 UD cards were great to see as well, as that is another set that I'm looking to finish this year.  A large part of what I still need from that set are the high numbers, accounting for about 1/2 of the 135 cards still needed to finish it up.

A nice little stack of '82 Topps rounds out the generosity portion of this envelope.  This is another set that is on the radar for completion this year, with just over 200 cards to go. 

Maybe the 5 completed sets goal was a bit light...let's shoot for 10!

Last but not least is 3 time trade partner Tom (TCDB ID: BigOinPA), who helps me get my hockey fix.   I traded off a bunch of Flyers inserts and parallels, along with some Pirates base cards and nabbed a few Felix Potvin cards for that collection:

Easily my favorite of these is the 94-95 Ultra on the bottom that gives a nice close up shot of the cat mask that I've loved for a long time.  To go along with the Potvin's, I received 40 cards from another set that I've added a fair number of cards to this year, 2009-10 OPC

While the 40 cards puts a nice dent into the set, I'm only at just over 200 of the 600 cards needed.  I don't expect to have this one finished this year.   I did get lucky at last weekend's card show however and was able to snag 40 of the SPs at just a dime apiece, which was a great feeling. 

These 3 trades put the 2019 count up to 59, putting me on pace to finish the year at about 120 which is more than I would have dreamed of.   TCDB has definitely changed my outlook on collecting, as I've been able to get a lot of cards that I wasn't going to enjoy into hands of collectors who will.  In return, I've knocked off quite a few wants, and started putting want lists together for sets that a few years ago I never would have dreamed of even completing. 

The extra time spent doing this has been well worth it....

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

and then there were three

The past 2 months have been quite interesting for me as my wife and I had something happen that we were hoping wouldn't happen for another year.

She lost her job.  Totally out of the blue, they called her into HR at the beginning of April and gave her the heave ho. 

We were truly hoping to get her through that job until 2020, which would have seen us have a few bills/loans paid off, and allowed her to go off into retirement without a lot of stress.

Well, life as many of you know will throw you many curveballs.  The big thing for me in this?  I've really had to cut way back on my card spending.   I hadn't bought anything on Sportlots for a couple of months until this past weekend, and even then I only spent just over $5 including shipping on 9 cards.

I'd looked for these 95-96 Collectors Choice Players Club parallels on COMC for a while, but the prices were a little ridiculous.  Pricing 7 of the 9 cards out just now would have cost me almost $8 (no copies of the Friesen and Zhamnov on the site currently), and that's before shipping.  So getting these for less than $6 was a great deal for me.

I'm finally down to just a trio of cards to finish this set, after a quarter of a century.  I'll probably end up going back to Sportlots to finish this off, since I just checked COMC and only two of the 3 cards are available.  I've found a lot of good deals over the past few years on COMC, but for this set, it's been a real strikeout to say the least.

It will be great to finish this set off finally after all these years.  It never should have taken this long to begin with....

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Over The Hillier

I've had a good run of trading over the past 3 weeks at the TCDB website, and a trade that I received today from far away North Dakota helped me finish my fourth set this year.

Interesting that this card of Randy Hillier finishes the 198 card 1991-92 OPC Premier set for me because it features Randy in his final stop of his 10 year career, as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.  Interesting because I thought that this might be the only "mainstream" card that would feature him in a Sabres jersey, as he was acquired during the 91-92 season from the Islanders.   Turns out, the trade was in October, early enough in the season for Pro Set to get 2 cards of him in the blue and gold, and Pinnacle to have 1.

Randy was a part of the big trade between the Islanders and Sabres that saw superstars Pat LaFontaine and Pierre Turgeon change teams. 

I'm glad to see this set finished as it sat in the closet as part of a bigger box of hockey cards for a very long time.  Just one more set to hit the soft goal of 5 completed sets during 2019!!

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Friday, June 7, 2019

The Green Machine

Sometimes I just can't help myself.   Sometimes, I do put some thought into what sets I put together and why.   2019 Topps Gypsy Queen, to me, is a good looking set.  I'm sure that there are those out there that think the opposite, which is fine.

But what really got me attracted are the retail green parallels.  I actually debated for almost a month about whether or not to chase the set.  I wound up choosing to go for the set for 2 reasons.

  1. The look.  Yes, I really like the look, and I think that in a binder and pages this will be a very nice addition to my collection
  2. Something modern.  I'm still trying to keep the trades going on the TCDB website, and adding a modern set or 2 will help keep the trade market going.
I recently completed 2 trades within a week with Scott (TCDB ID: bravefan1) that netted me 11 of the GQ Green cards.

This is my first scan in a month.  

I made a mistake on this trade, sending a Mark Teixeira StarQuest card to Scott instead of a Chipper Jones, but instead of turning that into a negative, he offered up another trade almost instantly after I confirmed the mistake and was ready to send him the Chipper separately.   That trade netted me 5 more....

Fabulous looking cards (as I have said a few times already).  I only have 19 out of the 300 so far, but I'm looking forward long term to finishing this set. 

Scott, thank you very much for the trades, the cards were really appreciated!  Look forward to more trades in the future.

If you have any of these, please let me know, I'd love to take them off your hands (if I can afford it).

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Random thoughts for a bunch of 79's

I've been fortunate over the past several weeks to be able to remove big parts of my want lists.  Part of the recent Sportlots order that helped me finish the 83-84 OPC set that I showed off last night is this group of 30 1979 Topps cards.

Some great looking cards here, including Fred Norman who sort of looks like he didn't want his picture taken.   Eric Rasmussen looks like he's trying to hide something in his glove.

I count 7 players in pinstripes.  I don't know if I ever remember seeing J.R. Richard, or any other Houston Astro in the dark blue warmup jacket with the rainbow stripes.

It also seems to me that I've obtained every Rick Burleson card for a six year run (78-84) recently.  Aside of Larry Hisle (maybe), I don't see one extra ounce of fat on any of the midsections of these players.  Why are the White Sox wearing all black uniforms?

Kurt Bevacqua doesn't appear to be chewing gum at all.  John Lowenstein will always be an Oriole to me.

It's always great looking at these older cards, as it brings so many memories and random thoughts to mind.  My 79 Topps build is just over 2/3 done now, hopefully I can put another dent into it this weekend at the card show.   We shall see...

thanks for reading!


Monday, May 6, 2019

I hear you Fuji, I hear you

This past Thursday one of my favorite bloggers, Mark (aka Fuji) from the Chronicles of Fuji blog wrote about the bane of his blogging existence.  Turns out the bane of scanning cards was not unique to Fuji if you read the comments on that post.

Scanning is a necessary evil in the card blogging world.  For some bloggers, it paints a picture of what's to come in the post, much like brushstrokes on an artist's canvas.

For me, especially over the past 18 months, scanning is just showing off.  But it's still a necessary evil.  Especially for this kind of post, which I don't get to do very often.  

Showing off complete sets is something that I pride myself on doing.  But I only will show those that end up in binders; not the more recent sets that end up in 300-800 count boxes depending on their size.

Complete set #3 in 2019 is a set that I've wanted to finish for quite a while now, but again, cheapness kind of stood in the way.  Similar to a lot of sets I've put together, I'll find that one card that I remain stubborn about how much I'll pay for it (see my Saturday's post about Lee Tunnell). 

The 83-84 OPC hockey set I just completed on the weekend had it's own stubborn card.

Tony Esposito, card #99.

The Ron Francis and Wayne Gretzky cards were bought on COMC for just under $5 combined.  Again, I got stubborn, and refused to pay $4 for the Esposito card, which I knew wasn't worth near that much.

So, I hunted around on Sportlots, and wound up buying it from one of my favorite sellers for $1.50.  This is the same seller that offers free shipping if you buy 100+ cards, so I turned it into a big order and knocked a bunch of cards off of various want lists, including '79 Topps which you'll see tomorrow on the blog.

Without further adieu, I present all 396 cards of the '83-84 OPC set. 

I believe the 83-84 OPC set was the only one to start the set by using the 2 teams that appeared in the previous year's Stanley Cup final, and then moving on to the remainder of the teams in alphabetical order.  Each team's players were also listed in alphabetical order by last name, which made it easy for me to determine who I was missing.

As you'll see as we go along, a lot of players were airbrushed into new uniforms as they were traded or signed as a free agent, but OPC still didn't move them out of the place they were originally slated to be in the set.

One of the poorest attempts ever at airbrushing was the artist trying to do Ron Duguay's card.  Yikes.

I also love that each team was started off with the scoring leaders card, and then a highlight card right after that.  That also made things a bit easier when it came to figuring out what was missing from time to time.

6 Gretzky cards of the Award Winner/Record Breaker variety can put a bit of a dent into the wallet unless you shop around.  My final Gretzky card cost me just $1 which is a steal in my book.

One of most famous masks for not having any kind of paint job was Pelle Lindbergh.  It's too bad he died so young, it would have been interesting to see if he ever changed the mask or added any paint to it as time went on.

I've mentioned this on the blog a few times before, but if you want a chuckle, have a listen to Randy Moller's goal calls as the radio man for the Florida Panthers.  Or, if you'd rather see how tough Randy was as a player, watch him go after Chris Nilan in the Good Friday massacre in the playoffs against Montreal.   Forehead covered in blood?  He didn't care, he wanted Nilan and it was one of the most entertaining parts of that 15 minute video.

I used to own the gold version of the Canucks "V" jersey.  I loved it then, and I'd love to have another one to wear now.  I'd get the black version this time around. 
There aren't too many goalies as well who had better designs on their mask than John Garrett did.  Do a Google search of John Garrett masks for further proof.

The Scott Stevens RC was one of the last 10 cards I needed to finish the set, and thanks to Dave who runs the Wax Stain Rookie blog, I was able to get it at a good price.

There you have it, 44 pages worth of scans for those who enjoy looking at a boatload of cards in one sitting.   Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did writing about it.

Thanks for reading!!