Friday, April 3, 2020

A bit of older star power

Wade Boggs is the latest '85 insert I received in a trade early this week, with this in hand I finally decided to put up a want list for the 2020 Topps insert set.  When going through the 24 cards I have so far, I noticed a lot of past greats that I have so far as part of the set.

Tony Gwynn
Sandy Koufax
Al Kaline
Cal Ripken Jr
Frank Thomas
Jeff Bagwell
Vladimir Guerrero Sr.
Darryl Strawberry
Will Clark
Ken Griffey Jr.
Ozzie Smith

are the ones I already have in hand, and looking at the checklist there are at least a couple dozen more that I'm in need of.  While I like the look of the cards, and I appreciate getting some great names in there, wouldn't it have been better for Topps to use more modern players in the set?  There are plenty of good young ball players in today's game that don't get enough publicity that would look good on these cards.  Not trying to be overly critical here, just more of a question.

I have modified one page at the top of the blog to now say the Parallel & Insert want list.  This set is the 3rd that I have on there now, joining 2008 Upper Deck X die cut and 2019 Gypsy Queen Green parallel.  There's a couple more insert and parallel sets that I've got to get on there now, and with more inside time hopefully I'll step up my game and get them posted.

Enjoy the hobby!


Thursday, April 2, 2020

One of the best in the west

Growing up, one of my favorite towns to hear about in the news or weather reports was Moose Jaw, SK.  Just saying "Moose Jaw" was always entertaining for me, and just imagining what it would be like to live there in the middle of the Canadian prairies always fascinated me.  Now, I'm able to get a few cards from there.

I've just completed my 2nd trade with a great trade partner, Kevin (TCDB ID: kdinthejaw), who is great at hitting multiple and varied want lists for me.

Let's start with some set help.  2018-19 OPC has 5 cards removed from the list, including the Maple Leafs rock steady Freddie Andersen.  That set is doing quite well now as it's over 500 out of the 600 cards needed.

Bill Guerin on the lower right of the scan is from the 2007-08 OPC set, which I'm miles away from finishing (I've just over half of the set in hand), and this may be only the 2nd or 3rd card I've received in trades.

Half a dozen cards from another slow set build, 2018 Playoff Prestige.  Still need another 86 cards to finish this set, including a bunch of short printed rookies.  Once I did some digging and found out that the Prestige set is released pretty much with the same amount of cards (300) and Short Printed rookies (100) you can better believe that I stayed away from it in 2019.  It still surprises me that I don't have a lot of trades for football on TCDB, even with a decent want list for my player collections on the site.

Leave it to my Canadian hockey brethren to help me out with some player collections, including a 04-05 Pacific Sakic, leaving me just 11 cards short of the 800 mark for the Sakic PC.  As a contrast, the Mitch Marner collection doesn't even take up 2 pages yet.  He's still quite young, and expensive, so there's a lot of time for him yet...

Pat Flatley RC!  84-85 OPC is still a set that I regret letting get away, and so it will be very sweet when I have this completed.  This card took me over the 50% mark by one, and the next card I receive will be the 200th for the set.  Still need a couple of the big RC's, including Steve Yzerman, so it'll be a while before this is done.

Thank you for the trade Kevin, the cards are appreciated.   Look forward to the next trade with you!!

Enjoy the hobby!


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Better than 1991 Fleer

You just never know what's going to strike your fancy when trying to come up with a blog post.  I'm rummaging through some cards and I come across this beauty...

Good ol' knuckleballer Phil Niekro shows up in the pile and instantly I think about a couple of things.

First, he should be in a rocking chair somewhere instead of on the mound.  He was probably 48-49 years old when this photo was taken in the late 80's (which is just a couple years younger than I am right now, and I enjoy a good rocking chair).  He only made one start for the Braves in the '87 season in case you were wondering, and that was in the last week of September.  He had made 3 starts for the Jays in August, and 22 for Cleveland earlier in the season, his swan song of a 24 year career.

Second, I'm thinking on a lark about picking up some starter lots and trying to complete some sets from the end of the 80's.  I'm sure there's a few billion cards out there that people are trying to unload, I'm sure that 3000 or so of them could end up on my doorstep just as easily.  I mean how hard could it be, right?

The yellow on this '88 Score looks better than 1991 Fleer, right?  Of course it does.  Thinking.....

Enjoy the hobby!!


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Few and further between

Trades have dwindled quite a bit recently, which is totally understandable.  I think I've been to the post office once in the past 2 weeks, where in the past that would be a walk for me 2-3 times a week.  No worries, all for the common good right!!

I do have a trickling of trades coming in, including this one with Edward that helped my rapidly decreasing want list for 2020 Topps drop even lower.

The horizontal cards look pretty good, and to me it looks as if Lewis Thorpe is throwing about 6 inches off of the rubber from this photo.  Just noticed while writing this post that all 3 of the pitchers featured in this scan are lefties.

3 more left handed pitchers in this scan, including Anthony Kay of the Jays who reminds me a bit of Brett Cecil from a few years back.  Not sure if anyone heard today, but Toronto has banned any kind of social gatherings for the next 3 months, ending June 30th.  It will be interesting now to see what happens with pro sports with this restriction in place in the Great White North.

Each time it seems I add more cards to my player collection want lists, TCDB members knock more off the list.  The Stadium Club Thome may be the most recently released card of his that I own now, and both the McCutchen and Ichiro collections are now well over the 200 card plateau.   Still plenty more for each to obtain.

Thank you for the trade Edward, the cards are appreciated!!

Enjoy the hobby!


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Serial Saturday #33: The New Normal

I haven't written a post in the past 6 days.  The last one I wrote focused on the trade I made with Gavin.  To be honest, I hadn't felt like writing anything at all this week.

I was hoping this wasn't going to be The New Normal.  Then I went out to Target today.

I dealt with The New Normal at Target.  Let me explain.

I hadn't physically bought any kind of card related product in two weeks.   I skipped the monthly card show right before I went on vacation to South Carolina with my wife.  I had planned this trip since last August so we could celebrate my wife's 65th birthday this past week.   Wanted my wife to be with her brother and sister-in-law, and hopefully get her out for the evening to a nice dinner was the original plan months ago.  The New Normal meant we ordered in pizza on her birthday and spent the evening watching a movie and playing cards.

We left a day early because the planned trip to see her sister on Saturday was cancelled because her husband has been sick for several months, and she didn't want to take the chance of having visitors come and spread something that they may or may not have had.   Totally understandable.  This is The New Normal after all.

Outside of a trip to the grocery store, I spent the next 3 days in my house.  Socially responsible.   The New Normal

Back to work on Wednesday, and when you work for a package delivery company and you've been out for a week and half while the country is turned upside down, you miss a lot.   Wednesday through Friday was spent calling customers that may or may not have shuttered their businesses.

This again, is The New Normal for me.

Move on to today.  I go to Target, do some grocery shopping and decide to pick up a couple of packs of baseball cards.  Kind of jonesing because I hadn't bought anything in two weeks.

I go to the cash register, not self-checkout which was crowded.  I hadn't gone to a regular register there in months, and today reinforced that decision.  As I went from 18ft to 12ft to 6ft to being checked out, I put my items on the belt, and the cashier decides to say after our pleasantries "Oh I see you got your baseball cards huh?" in a sarcastic tone.  Guess because it was a discretionary purchase it was something I shouldn't have picked up.  

The New Normal.

Just to show that this is somewhat of a card related post, here's the serial numbered card I pulled from the two packs of 2020 Donruss.   But that's not what this is all about.

The New Normal meant that I wound up feeling guilty about my purchase.  The New Normal meant I had to keep quiet and not say anything to the cashier even though I was offended by her tone.  The New Normal means that people are on edge now more than ever and even freer to say what they want to say.  But not me.

The New Normal means I have to keep my temper in check.  The New Normal means that card collecting may have changed for me, and a lot of others, for a long time.   The New Normal means that all the trading that I've really enjoyed for the past 19 months has dwindled to nothing, again totally understandable.

I try to keep things positive, it's who I am.   But I really don't like The New Normal.

I need a Remedy.   Hopefully the Black Crowes can help me find one....

Enjoy the hobby, and please be safe!!