Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fire safety cards that are worth more than a buck

You always find something cool in any envelope you get from a fellow blogger.  Whether it be cards that you agreed upon, or something that they throw in as an added bonus.

The added bonus was certainly the case when I received a package from Doug at the Sportscards from the Dollar Store blog, full of Blue Jays and Joe Sakics.

Doug also threw in the mystery card from yesterday's post asking if anyone knew what set the card came from.  Doug was kind enough to provide the answer, which in turn helped provide the impetus for this post.

There were a handful of cards in there from the 1990 Blue Jays fire safety set, which appear to have been sent to members of the Blue Jays fan club (correct me if I'm wrong Doug).

The front of the cards feature action photos, which from the cards I have all appear to have been taken at home. None of the cards I have feature the blue road uniforms.

The backs have some decent stats on them.  I found interesting that the back lists the major league service time of each player, something I don't think I've ever seen on a baseball card.

Right in the center of the back is a "fire fact", with some good tips.  The one card I didn't scan, Manny Lee, has a very good tip:

Children don't hear smoke, they hear smoke detectors. 

What also interested me about the back is the advertising.  Naturally, in the upper left corner is the logo of the Ontario fire chiefs.  The lower right features two grocery stores one above the other.  Not sure how that happened, one would think that competing grocery stores wouldn't share the same space on a card.  [Note: A little research on this later showed that Dominion had been bought out by A&P a few years earlier.  You learn something new every day]

The card stock is very thin, they almost remind me of something you would find in a Topps sticker release.  But other than that, for a free card, they are quite the collectible.

It's interesting, if you look closely in the middle, the last line in the paragraph says that these cards are not to be sold for any purpose.


Doug, thank you for the cards, they are very much appreciated!!

thanks for reading, Robert

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Group break loot from the man

I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

Adam, I'm sorry, but I just couldn't add a reference in the post title to the word "mistress".

I've seen the videos, you're not my type.  Besides, there was another lady in the envelope, a dark Gypsy Queen as a matter of fact.

There was also another card in the envelope that showed me that Vernon Wells had a little more class than the others...

2000 Topps Gold Label Class 3
Not to be outdone, Brett Lawrie was also in the envelope, and he just had to prove that he was a die-cut above all the others.

awesome card

Old?  Not Roy Halladay!  You probably would have to say he's more of an antiquity...

Actually, in this break Roy and Vernon were quite the couple.

Finally, Adam managed to find 3 guys that were insane and add them in...just for me

Where did I get the ability to determine the insanity of certain cards?  Well that just comes and....

Adam, thank you for the moneyball break!!  Looking forward to next years already.

Thanks for reading, Robert

Need a little help identifying this card...

I'm sure that someone out there can help me with this.  I received the card below in one of the Blue Jays packages I received last week, and I have no idea what it's from.

It's a beautiful shot of the SkyDome and the CN tower on the front, and a plain checklist on the back.  There are no trademarks, no year listed, nothing.

That's as plain as plain can be.  Help me out if you can, if you know what set/release this card is from, the information would be greatly appreciated...thank you

thanks for reading, Robert

Monday, October 29, 2012

Blue Jay Monday: 2007 Topps Gold Tomo Ohka

This choice for the Blue Jay Monday post is somewhat random, I chose a card off of the 9th page of cards that I haven't put into a binder as of yet.  The other cards on the page were 2009 or later, plus I really don't know much about Ohka's time with the Blue Jays, so I decided this would be a good fit.

I really do like how the gold on the 2007 release stands out against the silver lettering.  It's a sharp contrast to the black border on the regular base cards.

Turns out that there's a reason that I didn't know much about Ohka's time with the Jays.  It was limited to a total of 10 starts during the first 2 1/2 months of the 2007 season.  To be released in mid June, you have to know that the numbers weren't that great.

2-5, 5.79 ERA, 1.607 WHIP.  Walked one more batter than he struck out.  10 HR's allowed in 56 innings.  How bad was it for Ohka during the 2007 season.  He signed with the Cardinals and Mariners after being released by the Jays in mid June, and was out of work with both of those teams within 3 weeks without having thrown a pitch in the majors.  Both stints with the other 2 clubs consisted of a few starts in the minors with less than impressive stats.

I looked up his stats during his time in Japan, and they weren't that flattering either.  It appears that the Red Sox, who originally signed him in 1999, did some scouting on him and found that even though his numbers weren't all that great, they were impressed with the control he had and how well he could locate his pitches. 

Ohka's best run of success in the majors was a 2 year run with Montreal, 03-04, in which he won 23 games and pitched nearly 200 innings in each of those campaigns. 

Kind of interesting that Topps was able to squeeze a card of him in a Blue Jay uniform (it appears that the photo was from a spring training game, judging by the jersey) for inclusion in series 2 in 2007.  Chances are that he was actually released by the Jays before this card actually hit store shelves.

Oh well...

thanks for reading, Robert

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I can't explain

I can't explain why I am surrounded by 2 dozen piles of cards on my desk.  I have absolutely no desire to move any of them. 

I can't explain why I have several titles for posts in my head, but can't write about any of them.  I have no idea right now how to expand on the ideas that I have.

I can't explain why I couldn't capitalize on a statement my wife made to me a week ago Friday.  When you come home from work and your better half says to you "I haven't seen any packages for you this week, what happened?"  A good blogger should be able to pounce on that little piece of humor.    Nothing.

I can't explain why millionaires and billionaires are fighting over money that can never be recovered.  That must be the explanation for the depression that I'm feeling, because I just don't understand anymore.

I can't explain why for some reason my interest in the World Series this year is far less than last year.  I watched about 5 innings of last night's game, and that was the most I've watched this entire postseason.

I can't explain why an idea I have for a series of posts called "before lockouts and strikes" (BLAS) is the only thing that I am really interested in posting right now.  Is it the malaise that this time of year creates?  I have 3 piles of Blue Jays cards nearby that I've received this week, plus another gigantic stack that I need to sort through.  Not feeling it.

Maybe it's the sudden rush that I've encountered for vintage cards.  My slow gravitation away from the modern sets towards older cards.  Towards cards that remind me of my childhood, or some that are even older than I am, but still bring back a longing for the past.

When I sit down and think about it, I'm so immersed in today's athletes, and we are so inundated with information about the modern sports world, that you begin to feel a sense of overload.   Too much information. 

When I see a card like the Al Hamilton above, or the Wally Moon below, my interest is piqued.  I don't have the information about players from that era that I do from this generation.  What made these guys want to play back then?  Obviously the love of the sport they played was a big part of it, because a lot of the players that played in the 60's and 70's certainly didn't become rich from their contracts. 

The semi annual sport card Expo in Toronto is coming up in 11 days.  I will be attending, and I'm curious to see what ends up grabbing my interest this time.  I'll be bringing my want lists, mostly for more modern sets, but that doesn't mean I have to pull them out of my pocket when I walk up to a table.

Who knows, maybe there will be somebody there that can explain what's happening to me.

Only time will tell.

thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Spirit of '76/'77

I've had the title for this post in my head for several weeks.  Originally, it was going to be a post specifically about the cards that Dave from the Wax Stain Rookie blog sent me a while back, cards from the 76-77 OPC set that I still can't get enough of.

Then, as time elapsed and my desire to add a little more substance to the post increased, I decided I was going to add the '77 Topps cards that I had picked up a couple of weeks ago at the card show to the post.

The Spirit of '76/'77 today became a little more evident to me.  The Spirit of '76/'77 is something I want, badly.

I want the hands of time to go back 35 years.  I want the sports world to rewind back to those days, when things were a lot simpler.

There were no such phrases as "strike", "lockout" or "season cancelled" in the world of pro sports.  If there were, I sure had no idea.

I am an ardent sports fan, I've loved sports ever since I was a wee lad.  But now, with today's NHL announcement, I really am starting to long for the days when sports was a lot simpler.

Honestly, I really should have come up with a post celebrating the Kung Fu Panda's 3 home runs in Game 1 of the World Series.

But I can't, because to me it doesn't compare to Reggie in '77.

Everyone can talk all they want about the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament and how great the finish was. 

To me, it will never compare to the '76 Canada Cup:

I'd rather look at cards of players from the Big Red Machine,

Than read about teams that are swimming in a sea of red ink...

hey, it can't be all doom and gloom...

Yes, after writing all this I do realize that this is just another rant about modern day sports.

I guess I'm just tired of having to hear about postponements, cancellations, and all the b.s. that comes with all the money that pro sports generates in this day and age. 

It's only 4 more days until No-hockey-vember.  I can't wait.

Can you tell I'm bitter?

Thanks for reading, Robert

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Another reason why "well loved" vintage is preferred

I've recently jumped on the Twitter bandwagon.  (@RMitchell2767 if you do want to know my ID, or whatever it's called..)  My tweets are usually nothing outstanding, since I just use the site for informational purposes (and to follow the myriad of bloggers out there tweeting).

I did find one tweet on Wednesday that really piqued my interest.  The tweet linked to an article on the Sports Collector Daily website that mentioned another technique used to alter cards, bleaching.

I've heard about, and seen cards that have been trimmed to remove any noticeable edge chipping or corner wear, but bleaching?  Using chemicals to remove dirt or hide the effects of aging is something that I'd never heard of, but now that I've read the article it just doesn't surprise me.

Now that I know this, I feel even better when I pickup cards that have backs that look like this...

Or cards from 1960 with a nice crease on the front like this...

the yellow letters actually stand out more on the scan

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not going out to find every beat up card in existence when buying cards for a vintage set.  I'm sure that everyone out there has their own dealer(s) that they trust to sell them cards that are free from any tampering.

But in a world where people are always looking to make a buck, you just never know. 

I may never look at a bottle of Clorox the same way again... (yes, I know that bleaching doesn't necessarily mean using with me here..)

Thanks for reading, Robert

1.69 ERA....really?

If you had told me a couple of months ago that Barry Zito would beat Justin Verlander in game 1 of the World Series, I would have called you mad....

It can't continue, can it?

thanks for reading, Robert

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My first foray into the '57 Topps set

At the show a couple of weeks back I decided to hit a table that I don't normally buy from.  The same table that I picked up the '70 Topps commons for a dime apiece (I still kick myself for not buying more of those).  This dealer also has a giant plastic tub full of top loaders (with cards, of course) priced at 6 for $5. 

I figured that with nothing better to do, I'd dig through the tub and see what was in there.  I came up with these 5 cards from the '57 Topps set...

The cards on the top row are all in pretty good condition, while the Throneberry on the bottom row is creased quite a bit, and the Dick Hyde (easy on the snickering...) has a well rounded corner and the back has a bit of paper loss.  The look of this set is easy on the eyes, because the lettering of the player and team names do not detract from the photos.  I especially like the Mack Burk card, it actually looks as if he's going to be chasing a pop up.

The set is smaller in size (407) than the 60's/70's sets that I have been chasing, but some of the cards, such as the Brooks Robinson RC and the Mantle list for unbelievable prices.   To top that off, there are several others that go for $100 +, which means that owning the '57 set for me is likely just a dream.

But at 6/$5, I will buy commons of this set every day of the week...

Thanks for reading, Robert

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The one card that just about gave me a heart attack

I love the blogosphere.  You've seen me write that at least 100 times before on the blog.

But when one of the brethren that you love so much tries to kill you, well that's another story.

We've all received the emails...."hey, I've got a card that I'm sure you'll want, please send me your address and I'll send it to you post haste."   Thankfully, I've been on the giving and receiving end of these types of emails.   It's part of what makes the blogosphere great.

Well, on Monday I was on the receiving end of one of those envelopes.  But I didn't know it when I first looked at the envelope.   Remember a few days ago when I mentioned that I would try and give you a little more of a glimpse into my life? goes.

You may or may not know that I am currently on my 2nd (and hopefully last) marriage.  To say that my relationship with my 1st wife after the divorce has been contentious would be generous. 

Well, when I see an envelope in today's mail from "Stackhouse, Attorney at Law", my heart immediately started to race.  Things ran wild in my head.

"What the $#^$ is this?"  I ask my wife.  The nerves are racing, the pulse is quickening, and I know that my blood pressure is increasing by the second (that's a story for another day...).

I open the envelope, only to find this inside...

even better, here's the back....

Corey from the Classon Ave blog sent me this great blank back 12-13 OPC retro card of Dion Phaneuf.  Corey, it is a great card, thank you very much!!!!!

So, when I should have been excited about this card coming to my doorstep, I became excited for quite the wrong reasons. 

Let's just say that it took me quite a while to calm down, not because of the card, but because of the envelope.

Yes, my wife and I laughed about this later, but man oh man!!! 

Any other lawyers out there in the blogosphere?  Any more envelopes like this and I might be imitating Fred Sanford...

Thanks for reading, Robert

Monday, October 22, 2012

Blue Jay Monday: 1991 Topps Mark Whiten

Hard hittin' Mark Whiten.  What a great nickname.  It's too bad that he had to try and find a place in an already crowded outfield in Toronto during the early 90's.

Looks oh so happy to have had his picture taken

In 1990, he had George Bell, Mookie Wilson, Junior Felix and Glenallen Hill in front of him in the outfield.  In 1991, it was even worse because the Jays had totally revamped their outfield, and picked up names such as Joe Carter, Devon White, and Candy Maldonado.  Wilson and Hill were still with the club as well, and because of that log jam, Whiten was traded in June of 1991 to the Indians, along with Glenallen Hill and Canadian born pitcher Denis Boucher, for Tom Candiotti and Turner Ward.

Whiten would play a couple of years in Cleveland, a couple of years in St. Louis, then make quick stops in Atlanta, New York (Yankees), Philly, Seattle, and back to Cleveland again. 

The '93 season in St. Louis was Mark's career year, when he would hit 25HR and drive in 99.  Mark would have one great game in that season, September 7, 1993 when he hit 4 HR and had 12 RBI in a game against the Cincinnati Reds.  Mark was the 12th person in MLB history to hit 4 HR in a single game.  Only 4 players have hit 4 HR in a game since then (Mike Cameron, Shawn Green, Carlos Delgado and Josh Hamilton).

Mark certainly had the talent, but for him his career seemed as if he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, especially during his Blue Jay years.

Thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Just 586 more shows to go

I've been picking up '62 Topps cards one at a time recently at card shows, and I don't know why.

If I were to keep on going at that pace, I'd only need to attend 586 more shows to complete the set!

At approximately 12 shows a year, it would take just under 49 more years to finish....

If I'm still alive, and writing at the age of 94, I promise you a party you'll never forget!!

Thanks for reading, Robert

Friday, October 19, 2012

What I could buy for $100

Loved the post by the Night Owl the other day regarding the latest "cash grab" from Topps, the $99.99 Topps Heritage High Number set.  I can totally understand his criticism of the release.  A $100, 100 card release that promises one autograph is a little much to take, even with signers such as Darvish, Harper, etc.

What I'm skeptical of is only 1,000 sets being released.  How are we, the collectors, going to know that this is the case?  I didn't see any indication that sets are going to be serial numbered.  (Yes, I can be cynical)

Don't get me wrong here, I know that there are some out there who have already plunked their hard earned money down (Kaz, I hope you pull something really good!), and they are entitled to spend their collecting dollar how they see fit.  

I, however, am inclined to agree with Greg on this one.  I can't see myself plunking down a Benjamin on this set.   I like shiny new toys just as much as the next guy, but this endeavor just doesn't sit right with me.  Not that I had planned on finishing the '12 Heritage set anyhow....

If I read correctly, this set is going to ship November 3rd, so the month of November is going to be fun for me.

I'm actually going to use eBay for the month, and chronicle what the $100 is going to buy me.  Here are my 3 rules for what the purchases must achieve by the end of the month:

  1. Since Topps is guaranteeing an auto in the box, I will purchase one auto as well.
  2. I must finish the month with at least 101 cards (1 more than what the Heritage set provides)
  3. The purchases must fit in with my collecting goals (set completion, SNI, Jays/Leafs, PCs of Sakic,Thome)

 Who know, maybe I'll finally get around to starting a collection of this guy:

The 2012 Heritage card of Thome?  Yea, that was done on purpose...

thanks for reading, Robert

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The thrill of the chase...Serial Numbered Insanity

I really have tried to avoid using the habit blog in recent weeks to promote the Serial Numbered Insanity set.  I kind of felt that that I was taking a little away from the other blog by putting the cards that I have received from the blogosphere on trade posts here.

But last night's post led to tonight's post, and naturally I've made an exception.  Because SNI (loved the use of the initials Greg...had never thought of it until your comment) is the modern version of the thrill of the chase.

You hear a lot of chatter this way and that about inserts/parallels on blogs all the time.  Some guys love them, some guys like them only if they fit their collecting needs (team collectors, for example), and then there are those that wouldn't give I/P the time of day.

Suffice it to say, I am a junkie when it comes to numbered parallels.  A sad, perplexing addiction that probably stems from my love of numbers.  Seeing numbered cards such as this:

Card 574

Or this:

Card 228

are a constant reminder of the variety of sets that are already included so far.

Then there are cards that show the evolution of a player...

Cards 67 & 374

Some cards show that even limited print runs can be a part of it all:

Card 59

Certain cards that remind me of trades that were made as well..

Card 1

Then there is the joy of watching the way that pages develop when placing the cards into sheets, similar to the '64 Topps set I showed yesterday.

Some sheets have only 1 card:

Card 603 all by itself

There are some pages that by random chance show patterns:

Then there are the full pages that look great once completed!

Need to improve my full page scanner skills...

How does this give me "the thrill of the chase"?  There have been a few times now where I've gone to card shows, SNI want list in hand, and found numbered cards only to discover that I have that number already.  It's also been a blast when a fellow blogger/collector sends me the "hey Robert, I've got these numbers for your set" email.  There aren't many feelings that are better than a collector taking the time out to search through your lists, trying to help you out.  Awesome.

It's only going to get worse when I'm down to the last handful of cards, and need certain numbers from certain teams.  Just imagine, card #1142 is the last serial number, and I only need a Baltimore Oriole player. 

Needle in a haystack anyone?  Wondering if down the road the thrill of the chase because the nightmare of my existence....

Time shall tell...

thanks for reading, Robert

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It's the thrill of the chase

On one of my many excursions back and forth from work lately, I pondered what my fascination has been over the past few months with collecting "vintage" sets.  When I first wandered back into collecting in the early 90's, there was nothing about vintage that I cared for.  The look, the price, the whole allure of older cards was lost on me.

I was focused on the here and now.  The shiny new kids on the block were the cards that caught my eye.  If it was Upper Deck in the early 90's, I collected it.  A lot.

Fast forward to the start of this blog, 20 years later during the summer of 2011. Shiny and new was still the method of my madness.  The more blogs I read, the more new shiny stuff I looked at, the more I gobbled it up.

Then something happened.  More and more blogs landed in my lap.  More collectors that enjoyed the vintage sets from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

I started to really look at vintage as a new source of collecting.  Why?  Because the way I collect vintage now is the way I collected the shiny stuff back in the early 90's.

Piece by piece.

You see, 20 years ago I was a poor college student who lived on a budget (sound familiar?).  I had only so much in my budget for cards, so sets took a bit of time to be completed.  I bought packs for a while, then as I approached the completion of a set, I would head for the singles binder at the local card shop.

Now, when collecting the modern sets (Topps flagship for example), all I would have to do is wait a couple of weeks, buy a hobby box, have the set 80-90 % completed, make a couple of trades, and voila!  Set done.

No thrill there.  Piece of cake.

Having started older sets such as the '64, '73 and '77 Topps releases has awakened the monster.  The guy who likes the thrill of the chase.  The cheap Scotsman who likes finding deals on vintage commons such as the one I found at the card show last weekend...

You remember the credo..."can't leave them at the show for that price"?  I walked by the table of a dealer I really haven't dealt with all that much, and there was the sign...

1970 Topps commons.  10 cents each

For $2, I started a 1970 Topps set, 20 commons worth.  Yikes, another vintage set to least I found a blog to follow that chronicles the '70 set

Here's another aspect of the chase that I enjoy now more so than I did 20 years ago.  Watching binder pages fill up.  Part of the problem back then was I didn't have the extra money to put any sets in binders and pages.

Fast forward to now, and collecting sets like '64 Topps almost have to be put in pages.  Watching pages fill up is another thrill that 20 years ago never existed (for me at least).

Cards 46-54...only missing #50

Now, this particular page may be the biggest thrill of them all when I finally am able to complete it.  Card # 50 that is missing....well that's none other than Mickey Mantle. 

I don't get that kind of thrill adding a SP from the '11 Heritage set to the binder.  Yea, Stephen Drew was a good pickup, but the wow factor just wasn't there.

I'm sure the Mick will provide that for me....

One day

Thanks for reading, Robert

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A fable for the hockey lockout...

A few months back, a tale started about a ruthless group of owners who decided they were going to

and wait out the players until they caved in to their demands.  By doing this, the owners felt that they were really

and believed that by locking out the players they would keep more of their Gold Coins in their pockets.

AU is the chemical symbol for with me here

Well, almost 4 months passed since the raising of Lord Stanley's trophy, and the owners finally realized that the players were calling their bluff.  The owners told Mr. Bettman to act

and start negotiating a better

for all parties involved.

In order for a full 82 game season to be played, the sides have approximately 10 days to work out a deal in order to get the season rolling by November 2nd. 

I don't know about everyone out there, but if this actually happened, I'd certainly be


with it.

Praying that everyone comes to their senses sooner rather than later....

thanks for reading, Robert

Monday, October 15, 2012

Another 2012 goal bites the dust, my 500th post.

Post # 500 has arrived.  Boy, a lot has happened over the first 499 posts.

  • I've made a lot of friends in the blogosphere and completed a lot of trades.
  • I've posted quite a lot about my favorite teams (Blue Jays & Leafs), and also completed a few posts about my favorite player (Joe Sakic)
  • I've run a few contests that have had some decent turnouts.
  • I've had a few posts that have rang out (poor slang, I know) in the blog world (write what you want dammit...)
  • I've seen a lot of new blogs start, and I've seen some veteran bloggers leave or take extended breaks away from blogging.
It's that last point that I will discuss more here on post #500.  First off, I have to say this to everyone.

I really do enjoy this.  I try to let the enjoyment I have for writing, and for our hobby, show in my writing.  Yes, I do at times get very negative and surly.  Part of that stems from the current mood that I may be in.  I am human after all.  The point I'm trying to make is that in general, this is a great hobby, and writing about it has only enhanced my enjoyment 100 times over.  There have been a select few that have even taken the time to express their appreciation for what I have written by telling me as such in an email.  That always means a lot to me, thank you.

I am also spoiled by all of you.  I can turn on my computer, head on over to blogger, and look at a myriad of blogs that cover a variety of topics, all about card collecting.  Keeps me off of the streets....

I enjoy watching new blogs start, or finding blogs that may have been writing for a couple of months already.  It's great seeing new people "come out of the woodwork" and start writing about cards.

It's also great seeing the veteran bloggers allow us a little glimpse into their lives, their histories, their interests outside of cards.  I've even seen two of my favorites allow us even deeper into their lives by sharing their health issues.  Right out there in the open, for the whole world to see.  I hope to use them as a model over my next 500 posts and expose a little more of myself to you all (don't go there......).

It's also been sad to see some of the bloggers that had been around for a while leave the blog world.  Interests change, lives change, whatever the reason, sometimes people have to move on.  To those who took the time to explain to us, the blogosphere, the reasons you were leaving, I profoundly say thank you.  Closure is good, whatever the reason. 

Now, one thing that you must know about me is that I don't stick with things over time, which is why I'm not making a big to do about 500 posts.  If you see me get to 3 years/1000 posts, you'll know that I'm truly serious about keeping this blog going. 

I hope that you will continue to read my insanity...maybe over the next 500 posts I'll be able to explain to you why this might be the best name ever to appear on a hockey card.

How many people do you know named after the highest point in the sky?

As always, thank you very much for reading, Robert

Imagine if one of today's players looked like this on a Topps card

I wonder if this is actually his natural face...

Or maybe he wasn't told about the upcoming photo session and had...well let's just say a fun evening the night before.

Wonder if Topps (or any card manufacturer) would release a card such as this today....

Thanks for reading, Robert

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I almost stayed within the budget at the card show.

Believe it or not, with all the cards that you see on this blog, I do try my best to stay within the $30 per week "budget".  There are weeks in which I may only buy a few dollars worth of cards, and then other times I find a few deals that may put me up to $40 or more. 

I've held fast to my one credo that I posted quite a while back, and that's no card purchases on the credit card.  I've kept that an absolute must in order to keep solvent while still having fun with our great hobby.

I did pretty well at the card show yesterday, spending $37 total at 3 tables.  The final card I bought was the one that put me over the limit, but when you see it I hope you'll agree it was worth the extra few bucks.

The first group of cards you'll see are either for sets that I'm building, or for potential trades.

The top row are cards from the '73 Topps set.  This is another set that has grown on me, especially the manager cards.  I like the design, the manager on the left side, and his coaches with smaller boxes on the right.  I can't recall a set other than the '73 that honors the coaches along with the manager.  The Brooks Robinson card cost me less than a buck, and other than it being off center, there's not a thing wrong with it.  I had to look twice at the Hrabosky card, seeing him without that Fu Manchu mustache just doesn't sit well with me.  It's kind of like a peanut butter sandwich without the jelly if you know what I mean.

The bottom row were also some interesting finds...the MacLeish on the left is a rainbow card from the 08-09 OPC set, priced to move.  The Aaron Hill sparkly is from last year's Lineage and was found in a 15 cent box (not quite as good as Nick's legendary dime box, but close!).  The Zimmerman jersey card was a buck, following with the theme "priced so well you can't leave it there".  I'm sure one day I'll find a Nationals fan to trade for it.

Naturally, a visit to the monthly show ends up with a trip to the vintage table, and as always Ray was there.  A great six pack of '64 Topps was just part of the transaction...

I managed to pull in a couple of more Pirates...seeing as I'm in western PA they usually go for a little bit more, but with my "discount" the prices drop down to normal.

The key card of the bunch was the Drysdale.  The card is in nice shape, other than the 70-30 centering.  I was able to get it for $8. That was the card that put me over the $30 mark. 

I also bought a bunch of '77 Topps, which is nearing completion with just 55 cards remaining.  I was also able to get a bunch of the Gypsy Queen singles I needed for this year's set; I'm now down to just 7 cards to finish the 300 card base set.

Three more cards for the insanity set came home with me as well.  SNI has received a nice push from my fellow bloggers (thank you all!) over the past few weeks.  I've saved a couple of other purchases for their own post later this week, cards from vintage sets that I had not previously owned any of, but found a fascination (naturally) when I saw the prices. 

I've got just under a month now to get myself ready for the Hockey Expo in Toronto.  I'm actually hoping that I'll be able to use that show to accomplish one of my blog goals that I posted at the beginning of 2012, which is meeting another blogger in person. 

We'll see if anyone is crazy enough to talk to me...

Thanks for reading, Robert

Sakic Sunday: Something a little different

When approached by Jason over at the Joe Average Card Collector blog about a trade, I'll be honest and say that I didn't know what to think at first.  I had never really thought outside the box when it came to collectible items of Joe Sakic.  I pretty much have limited my PC to cards and nothing else.

Now that I have the following two items in hand, I honestly wonder why I never chased items like these before...

The program is from the last game in the final season of Joe Sakic's career, which was a 1-0 loss to the Blues on 4/12/2009.  Joe's final season in 08/09 was cut short due to back problems, and sadly Joe didn't play in the game. The program is in really good shape, the pages even smell like they just came off the printing press.  The ticket stub, while not from Joe's last game, is still to me a cool collectible.  The Avalanche won the game featured on the ticket stub, 3-1.  Joe did play in that game but was held scoreless.

I was able to send Jason a couple of jersey cards of players from the Blues, which now that I have my items in hand seems to be a reasonable price indeed.

Jason, thank you for the trade, these items are a wonderful addition to my Joe Sakic PC.

Thanks for reading, Robert

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Six and Six

I was on the receiving end of some generosity from Ryan at the "O" No, another Orioles blog this week.  Ryan had posted his want list for this year's A&G set, cards that I was all too willing to give up, and in return I received 6 cards toward the insanity set, and 7 cards towards my '64 Topps set.

The reason this post is titled Six and Six is because one of the '64 Topps cards struck me as humorous, so it's getting its own little post on Monday afternoon. 

Here is some insanity for you:

After losing some steam for a few weeks, the insanity set has picked up recently.  You should be seeing some posts there over the next week for sure.

The '64 set has been hit and miss as well, but 6 more cards will be shown here and happily placed into the binder tonight...

Now, the three head shots you see here are pretty good pictures.  The one you'll see on Monday, well let's just say that fellow had a rough night....

Ryan, thank you for the trade, look forward to many more with you!

Thanks for reading, Robert