Monday, January 14, 2019

A bit of Ebay love to a trio of sets

For some reason I got the ebay bug last weekend and hopped on the site to try and find some cards.  I hit one of my usual sellers, Burbank Sportscards and found 7 cards for $20 to take advantage of their free shipping offer.

3 want lists are now a little lighter.  Let's start with 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee hockey

I figured it was time to really try and finally cut this set out of my way.  What I thought would be more costly are the three Gretzky league leader cards.  The 3 of them cost $8 total.  Unbelievably cheap, and add in the Steve Larmer UER for another 3 bucks and I'm just 14 cards from completion.   A trio of cards coming in my next COMC shipment drops that number even lower....

For just $2.25 this Darryl Strawberry rookie has found a home.   My next post will show off a few more '84 Topps cards as this set winds its way down to completion.  I'm sure many years ago the Strawberry rookie was probably worth more than a couple of bucks, but I'm not complaining that I got it so cheap. 

That leaves me with just the Mattingly RC to go as far as the higher value cards needed to finish the '84 set.

A long neglected set build has been the '59 Topps set, which had been sitting on 103 cards remaining for several months.  I came across the Covington all star card for $5 (another good deal) and started hunting around.  The only other card I found was Johnny Antonelli for a couple of bucks. 

Honestly?  It was just good to get a couple of cards knocked off the '59 want list as part of this purchase.  The '59 set will not be one of the five that I finish this year.   The '84 Topps and 83-84 OPC for sure will be.

Tonight's post is just the start.

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

One hundred & 5

First post of 2019, and first off I want to say Happy New Year (yes 4 days late) to all out there who read this slice of insanity; I hope that everything collecting related goes your way in 2019.

In years past, I've posted resolutions on New Years Day, and each year I usually fail on a few of them.  This year, that's not going to happen.  Two reasons.

One, I was at Walt Disney World on New Years Day.  No chance of any post happening that day.   I had a blast by the way....

Two, I have only two things that I want to accomplish in 2019.  They involve the post title as you might have guessed.

I want to complete 5 sets this year.  I'm within shouting distance of three right now (2 of them hockey), one of which is the set pictured below.

Just before I left for Disney, I placed a 106 card order on Sportlots, all of them from the '84 Topps set.  The seller, bandit24, offers free shipping for any order over 100 cards, so I took that opportunity and knocked off a good portion of my want list.  The order arrived today, and includes the 18 cards above. 

My want list for '84T is down to 63 cards.  Mattingly and Strawberry RCs are the two big cards left, everything else I believe are all commons, so this could be the first set to drop in 2019.

The 2nd goal I'd like to accomplish in 2019 is a little more lofty, but with the success I had at the end of 2018, I believe it is within my reach.

Complete 100 trades on the TCDB this year.  I just sent my first offer a short time ago to a new trading partner (hopefully they accept).  2 trades a week will get me to 100 by the middle of December, but I'd like to get there quicker than that.   Just have to keep with it.

That's it for the 2019 wish list.   Looking forward to sharing all my 2019 collecting stories with everyone out there!

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas to all

Hello everyone, just a quick post today to show off a couple of recent packages that came in via some TCDB action.   Nothing major, just a few cards for everyone to get their fix on Christmas Day.

These 14 beauties from the '79 Topps set came in from Hal (user ID: ToppsrBest).  I have a feeling I'll be completing a lot of trades with Hal in the future, and I'm looking forward to doing so!  '79T is one of the sets I'll be looking to finish in 2019, as I'm closing in on the 60% complete level.

I haven't shown off any of this next set, but it's one of many OPC sets that I'd like to finish, the 2014-15 set...

I don't normally purchase cards on the TCDB website, but I was fortunate enough to grab these cards for $15 from another Robert (User ID:Hilochef) on the site.  A lot of star names and two solid RCs in Trocheck and Kuznetsov made this a great buy for me.

I also was fortunate to receive a blaster box of 2018-19 OPC for Christmas this year, but today I'll only post one card from the box, and offer it to another.....

I've had good luck pulling the black minis so far, as this is my 3rd already (Stamkos and Oshie are the others).   Doug, is this something you need/want for your Sens collection?  I certainly owe you and this would certainly help to ease a bit of my guilt (lol).   Let me know when you can.

To all my friends and collecting/trading partners out there, I wish you all the greatest of Christmases, and I'm looking forward to a great 2019 with you all!!

Thanks for reading!


Friday, December 21, 2018

The obsession with TCDB is really working for me

Yes, the better part of my collecting/hobby time the past couple of months has been spent:

  • adding cards to my trade list at the Trading Card Database
  • sending trades out with members of the Trading Card Database
  • digging cards out of the many boxes I have in my closet to get them organized and listed on the Trading Card Database
One statement that my wife has said many, many times to me is "I have no idea how you know which cards are in what boxes."  Well, I can honestly say that it was quite the struggle to find cards for a long time.   Working on adding cards to my trade list & my want lists has helped me organize quite a bit.

I've found a couple of hockey sets that I wanted to put together, but never really did anything about them.  Until recently....

2007-08 OPC was a set that I started buying packs for when it came out, I got about 40% done, then promptly set it aside.

To me, the 2009-10 OPC set was the "ugly duckling" of the OPC sets for a long time.  I like the colors at the top of the card where "O-Pee-Chee" is written, but the rest of the border is not the greatest looking.   I never did buy packs for the set at the time, but picked up a few cards here and there over the years in nickel and dime boxes, with the hopes of one day putting the set together.

With my recent push back to my set building roots, both of these sets are now part of my hockey
"set building" box, along with all the others that I have want lists for.

The cards in the scans above came my way from new trading partner Rob (User ID:halos17) on the TCDB.  There was also a trio of PC cards in the package

The Olerud collection is now at 80 cards, while the Fitzgerald collection has quickly developed and stands at 202. 

Rob also snuck these 4 bonus cards into the envelope:

The '84 want list has taken a really good beating over the past 4 weeks; the set is now closing in on 80% complete. 

The best part about the site so far is that every trader I've dealt with packaged cards very well, and people have let me know if any of the cards I've asked for have been in less than perfect condition.

Rob, thanks for the trade, it is appreciated!

The obsession continues....

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas Cards

Dennis from the Too Many Verlanders blog was kind enough to send me a great bubble mailer filled with various cards from different parts of my collection.  One of the two bricks in the envelope contained just 3 items...

The Adam Lind auto is the 2nd one of those in my collection.  It's as thick as a brick.   I've seen a few of the Joe Sakic mini jerseys over the years, but never decided to pull the trigger and buy one.   Now I don't have to. 

A few miscellaneous Blue Jays cards came this way, along with a 1974-75 Topps card featuring Ron Ellis of the Leafs and Don Marcotte of the Boston Bruins.  I can't say for sure, but I believe the goalie in the background to be Doug Favell.  The Leafs unfortunately were swept 4 straight in the quarter final series against the Bruins.

Some miscellaneous Joe Sakic cards.   The 2000 NHL all star game card will be an upgrade over the one I currently have as the point on the star is sharp on this card.   I haven't checked them against my have list, but I believe I need 2 or 3 of the cards of the other 4.

A trio of Leafs past and present.  I believe that Nazem Kadri will be a victim of the Leafs cap crunch next summer and be traded somewhere to help sign both Matthews and Marner.

Finally, Dennis sent me a bakers dozen serial #'d cards.  I really haven't put much thought into the Serial Numbered hockey set, having only bought a few cards over the past few months.   But Dennis always manages to remind me that the set is still alive, and needs tending.  I'll have to update the page sometime in the next few days.

Dennis, thank you so much for the cards, they are appreciated.   Merry Christmas to you and yours as well Dennis.

Thanks for reading!