Sunday, June 17, 2018

Try A Pack #14: 2018 Bowman

First off, just want to say Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there, hope your day is filled with fun and family.

OK, I tried a pack of Bowman.  Yes, just 1 pack because that's all I could find around my neck of the woods.

As you can see, it's time for a new scanner as the latest driver download has cut off the edges of my scans.  The cards aren't bad, I like the design to be honest, but of course with just one pack I didn't get anything that provided the wow factor.

What surprised me is there weren't any rookies or Chrome cards at all.  I haven't bought a great deal of Bowman over the years, but I do remember multiple cards of Chrome in packs, and usually some kind of rookies in there as well.   Maybe I just got a defective pack.

If anybody wants any (or all) of these, just drop a quick comment and I'll send them out.  I'll even send the portions of the cards that the scanner ate.

Thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Knocked a few off of the 76-77 want list

It took just under two weeks, but the ebay auction that I found for 11 of the cards that I needed for the 76-77 OPC set build finally arrived yesterday.  It felt great deleting these cards from the want list, and I'm hoping that by the time the National rolls around in 6 weeks, I'll have only a handful of cards left on the list.

These are the kinds of cards you end up with as you get towards the end of building a set.  Star power.  Brian Spencer wasn't a big star in the NHL, but he did have a decent career playing over 500 NHL games.  

The other three on the scan are the heavy hitters.  Bill Barber played 12 seasons in the NHL, scored 420 goals and won 2 Stanley Cups with the Flyers.   I was aware that Gerry Cheevers played for some time in the WHA, but what I learned today is that he actually walked out on the Cleveland Crusaders over financial issues, and returned to the Bruins 2 days after that during the 75-76 season. 
Guy Lafleur was the superstar for the Canadiens during the 70's, scoring 50+ goals for 6 straight seasons, 1st team all star each of those years, won the scoring title 3 times and the Stanley Cup 4 times during those 6 years. 

The team photos are what I enjoyed receiving the most.  Here's 3 members of the old Adams Division, the 4th member being the Maple Leafs. 

Interesting that the Black Hawks team card doesn't consist of a team photo, just 23 players/coaches in various poses.  I wonder why that happened.  Also interesting is that the Red Wings ice looks green, wonder if that's just the way the photo was, or if there was something wrong with the water back then in Detroit. 

Needless to say, I love these cards, and I'm glad that I've passed the 90% complete mark for the set.  Just 38 more to go, and about half of those are in my COMC cart just waiting to be shipped.  I can't wait to show the entire set off once it's in hand...

Thanks for reading, Robert

Thursday, June 14, 2018

On this date: June 14, 1975

  • Tom Griffin would pitch a 3 hit shutout as the Astros beat the Cardinals 9-0
  • This would be Griffin's 3rd, and last win of the season.  Tom would only make two more starts in 1975 before being shut down for the rest of the season.
  • Big Cliff Johnson would go 2 for 5 in the game with a homer and 4 RBI's.
  • This is Johnson's RC, and is located right beneath Steve Garvey's card in my binder.
  • Elsewhere, Johnny Bench would go 5 for 5 and drive in a run as the Reds beat the Cubs 11-3.
  • Interesting thought about the Reds batting order that day:  George Foster actually batted 8th that day.  All those years of big power and average numbers and I could never have imagined that he'd be batting before the pitcher....ever.

- Robert

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I spent more on breakfast than I did at the monthly card show

Before you ask, I did not eat at one of those all you can eat buffet places, so rest assured my breakfast didn't cost much.

I was very excited to go to this month's card show, as they have relocated to a new venue, which is a little closer to my house (and closer to the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, which may not be a good thing).

The new hall was quite nice, a lot roomier and cleaner than the previous location.  Most of the vendors are still the same, so that familiarity was still there.

I sat down first at a table that had several boxes of cards (no price marked), mostly newer stuff.  Starting the Larry Fitzgerald PC allowed me to do something I hadn't done at a show in a long time, look through stacks of football cards.

Found half a dozen, not bad.   Fitz wasn't the only PC finds, as I found a card each for Thome and Ichiro in the boxes.

After that, it was all Toronto cards for me.   As I mentioned, a lot of newer stuff in the boxes, so I managed to put dents into several of this years Blue Jays team sets.

Gypsy Queen.  That might just be all of the Jays.  Love the red cap on Osuna.

How soon before we see a hundred billion of these on the market for a penny apiece? 

The Tulowitzki Museum Collection card is from last year's set, but I would have never known because I've never bought a pack, seen a pack or looked for a pack.  The Heritage cards are cool, probably about 1/2 the team set is featured here.

Lots of miscellaneous cards for the Jays as well.  Love the Bringer of Rain moniker card of Donruss from last year. 

Once I was done looking at baseball, I was surprised to see a big chunk of hockey cards in his boxes.  The first row of cards made an immediate liar out of me...

as I had mentioned last week when going over Doug's package that you never see Ice cards down here in the deep south.  Shocked, but pleased that I was able to pick these up.

Love SP Authentic cards, and was happy to add 4 of these to my collection.  Picking up early cards of Marner and Nylander for cheap was a very welcome relief to my wallet.

I've seen a few of these on the blogs, but never really knew much about the UD Full Force cards.  One day I'll have to look into what this set (or sets, I don't know) consist of.  Never the less, 3 more Leafs in the collection.

Happily, when I handed the vendor the stack of cards, all he asked for was $5.  I spent $6.25 on breakfast.

I walked around the show for a while longer, but just wasn't in the mood to pull the trigger on anything else. 

Maybe I'll head up to the West Palm Beach show this week and see if I can hit the $10 plateau...

Thanks for reading, Robert

Monday, June 11, 2018

Going through the closet: 2011 Topps Chrome

A few years back, it was all about putting the sets together, and not really looking at what was inside them.   I whipped through this 220 card set and found that while the set looks nice because it's shiny, and it has a lot of rookies at the end of it, to me it was nothing spectacular.

Of course, there were a few cards that made me stop and look twice.  Wouldn't be much of a post if there weren't any....

I really didn't stop until I hit card #80, which is Joe Mauer ripping another baseball.   The card looks better in hand as you can see the crowd a little better.  Something about this card just screamed old school for me.  Not sure why, maybe it's the pinstripes.

The very next card in the set was Mat Latos, who has been on Twitter the past day or 2 for throwing a ball over a batter's head in the minors, triggering a bench clearing brawl.   Looking up his stats I see that he threw 3 starts in Toronto last year.   I missed all 3 of those, and now he's pitching in the CanAm league.  I remember when this card came out how he was one of the better starters in the NL; funny how things can change over time.

It's been a while since he was called Mike.  I prefer Giancarlo as he does.  Just seems to suit him more.  He only needs 18 more HRs to hit 300.  I think 500 is well within his reach, but I'm not sure that 600 is possible.  We'll see...

There's probably been a few people over the years that have shown this card on their blogs.  I may have even done so once.  The overhead shot with the ball on its way to the plate is a great photo.

Nice double dip shot for GCRL.  Elvis Andrus makes this look easy.  I believe that's Cody Ross who was with the Giants at the time that is getting forced at 2nd.

The last 50 cards are RC's, which I don't remember worrying about a whole lot back at the time I was putting the set together.  Freddie Freeman and Eric Hosmer are also among the rookie crop that includes Chris Sale shown above.   It surprises me, and then again it doesn't, that there isn't more action on Sale RC's; I guess collectors are into chasing the latest and greatest now and not proven veteran stars so much.

I don't recall having to chase this set very much when putting it together.  I'm sure that a few years ago that there were so many people buying these that trades were probably easy to come by.

This will probably be the only Chrome set I'll ever own.   Doesn't bother me in the least.

Thanks for reading, Robert