Friday, January 1, 2021

Fill in the holes

In the pasts, my January 1st posts have been somewhat elaborate, meaning its me trying to get things done collecting wise in my own weird and warped way.

Well, 2020 pretty much wore me out.  4 posts in December proved that.  

In 2021, I'm going to try and keep it simple.  Try to keep the laughter to a minimum.

I've only had 3 ideas on what to do for collecting cards this year.  That's easy, right?  Without further adieu, here's my to do list for 2021.


1.  Keep trading on TCDB.

Simple enough.  Would like to hit the 100-150 trade range again this year as I have the past 2 years.  I've dealt with a lot of great collectors/traders on the site, as well as some bloggers that have joined over the past year or two.  

I'm at 363 completed transactions on the site...hitting the 500 mark this year is an attainable goal.  Let's leave it at that.


2.  Finish "the Next 10"

I really enjoyed focusing on building sets in 2020 and finishing the first 10 was fun to document.  I've already completed 2 of the Next 10; I've learned that completing some of these sets is going to be a bit of a task what with the insane amount of SPs and the prices that they are going for.  You'll probably hear some wincing from me as I attempt to find Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield RCs for the 2018 Panini Prestige set that I want to complete.

My birthday is in late October, I'll make it reasonably easy on myself and say that I'll have the Next 10 done by then.


3.  Fill in the holes

I have quite a few vintage sets right now that I'm working on.  1968-1972 Topps baseball.  1971-72 OPC hockey.  As I've traded for/purchased cards for each of these sets, my enjoyment of them has increased.  

They are in varying states of completion, anywhere from 30-60% done.  They're all in pages and binders.

Now what I want to do is start to fill in the holes.  Here's a couple of examples from 1972 Topps to illustrate.




The top scan is page 4 of the set (Cards 27-36) and as you can see, card #33 is missing.  The infamous Billy Martin flipping the bird card. 

The bottom scan is page 5.  Card 38 which features Carl Yastrzemski is missing.  

These are the kinds of holes that I want to start filling.  Not all the pages are just missing 1 card.  Some are missing 2, some 3....you get the idea.

Over all the vintage sets that I'm building, I'd like to fill 150 pages total this year.  There's also '59 Topps baseball on my plate.   Maybe I'll even shoot for a few pages of '79 Topps football as well.  

It wouldn't be a new year without at least a couple of resolutions for me to tackle, right?!

To all the great folks out there that I've traded with and spoken with that have survived 2020, I wish you all a very safe and prosperous 2021.

Happy New Year!  Robert

Sunday, December 13, 2020

From Scratch

 I've taken a liking to starting sets from scratch.  No packs, just finding something out there that strikes my fancy and I end up getting started on the set.   I've got a couple in particular that I've been getting quite a few cards lately into the house, so I thought I'd show them off.


I found the first of these on a blogger's "free card Friday" giveaway and I was hooked.  I thought the set may have been 1988 instead of 1986, but that didn't sway me.  I learned afterwards that there are a couple of big RC's in the set (Rice and Young) but that didn't bother me like it does for older sets.  

I've also been fortunate to have a couple of fellow bloggers send me a bunch that were just taking up space in their boxes, so I'm already up to 135 cards or just over a third of the set.  I love the design, the team cards really stand out with the yellow borders which kind of surprises me because the green "field" design with the yard markers is really what attracted me to the set.  

Showing off these cards as they come in will be something that I'll enjoy doing.  




I started blogging in the summer of 2011, at that time I was busy catching up with everyone else and collecting baseball for the most part.

Probably missed out on 2-3 years worth of hockey products, including the set you see above, 2010-11 OPC.  I couldn't even tell you if I saw any packs in the stores at that time.  Until maybe last year, I didn't have a card from this set and now I'm playing catch up.

I really do like this set design, the big thing for me is the backs which are grey and have decent sized card numbers which are easy for me to read.  The majority of these I've received in the past few trades I've completed, largely because I finally put up my want list for this set on TCDB.

I'm just 65 cards in out of the 600 card base set, but this is another set that I'm really going to enjoy because it will largely be from scratch, much like the '86 Topps Football.

I might start more sets this way going forward....

Enjoy the hobby!!

Robert

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Serial Saturday #42: 90 99's

No, that doesn't mean I own 90 Wayne Gretzky cards.   It means that with my recent stack purchase from Joe who runs Cheap Cards on Twitter, my serial #'d out of 99 PC is now up to 90 cards.

I've stuck with the goal.  No purchases over $2.50.  Trades have also been a part of some of the PC as well and I have had a couple of folks send me cards for this just because.



Had no idea who Buddy Hield is.  Love the Crown Royale cards though and the blue parallel (looks purple doesn't it?) fits the serial #'d to 99 mantra.  


I'm sure that most everyone out there knows who Boomer Esiason is and this Panini Spectra base card serial #'d out of 99 cost me a couple bucks.  It's also thick as a brick, so I can burn some calories by picking it up and putting it down a few times.

Confusion reigned supreme for me with this card featuring Mitch Haniger.  Hunted for 2017 Panini Absolute, there is no such animal.  After a few minutes hunting around, I found this card as an insert to the 2017 Panini Chronicles set.  It was a buck, so the price was right though!


Where better than the Sunshine state for a bunch of orange Donruss Optic parallels to end up?  Couple were $2.50, the rest were $2 apiece and they were easy enough to enter on the TCDB.  

At least I can say that I've heard of 8 of the 9 guys on this post.  And....I keep on finding more '99s both on twitter and on ebay.  As long as they fit the bill, I'm happy....

Enjoy the hobby!

Robert

 

Friday, December 11, 2020

Santa Andy

I saw a post on the TCDB forums a few weeks back letting people know that they were going to run a Secret Santa on the site this year.  I figured I'd give it a try, you never know what can happen right?

I believe the original post mentioned something along the lines of a $10-$15 range for gifts, which I thought was perfect.  During my posting hiatus my Secret Santa package arrived from Andy (TCDB ID: BigDog13) and was I surprised!


I have enjoyed finding these Chasing 3K inserts featuring Ichiro since I stared collecting him, and these 8 get me nearly to the finish line of the insert set.  I believe I'm down to about a handful to go (I didn't bother checking), I'll be sure to show them off when I obtain them all.


Eleven cards from the '86 Topps football set found their way here, including most of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team set, resplendent in their old school creamsicle colored uniforms.  


Andy hit quite a few of my player collections, including 4 cards featuring John Olerud during his Mets days.   I'm guessing that Andy may be a Mets fan, or collect the Mets because there's a couple of cards for sets in the next scan as well...



Not only did Andy drop in a 2010-11 OPC card (which I received a few of lately), along came an '06 David Wright A&G card and a '68 Tug McGraw!  

As I mentioned to Andy in my thank you message, he ticked every box off you could hit for me.

Vintage  Check

A&G  Check

Player Collections  Check

Set building  Check

Quality and quantity.  Santa has been good to me this year.  Thank you Andy!

Enjoy the hobby, 

Robert

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Two weeks

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted anything on the blog.  Card related items while still in my mind, have been pushed to the back burner as the insanity that is this Christmas year of 2020 is at the forefront of my life.  

Speaking of two weeks, we're just two weeks away from Christmas Eve and I've been very lucky to receive a couple of envelopes out of the blue from fellow bloggers.  Spoiled rotten I am.  


While not actively collecting Blue Jays from modern sets, I would never sneer at a couple that were sent my way from Kenny, who has been good to me over the years.

Not on purpose, I've obtained a few Vlad Guerrero Jr. cards to start a mini collection.  I think the total is up to 8 now, likely to never grow from purchases but I hope to maybe trade for some down the road if I ever decide to turn VGJR into another collection.

Thank you Kenny!

Poor cropping for sure

While Kenny's cards came in the standard PWE, this trio of cards came in an actual Christmas card from Chris The Collector.  No household names here, save maybe Russ Grimm from the famed "Hogs" offensive line from the 80's, but these 3 cards filled some want list spaces.

The 84-85 set is starting to come along nicely, I'm just over 2/3 complete again.  The '86 Topps FB set is also moving kind of quickly, having only started this recently I'm about 1/3 done with the set.   I've already bindered the hockey and can't wait to see what the FB set will look like in pages.

Thank you Chris!

I actually just sent out a couple of Xmas envelopes today, finally, as my back has been in spasms for the past 3 days.  It knocks me out every so often and it seems to get worse as I get older.    Ugh.

Enjoy the hobby!

Robert