Monday, April 26, 2021

As promised

I finally took advantage of a day off of work and got around to scanning the 2019 Gypsy Queen Green parallel set that I finished off a few weeks ago.  

Took about an hour, but for me it was well worth it.

Heavy on the scans coming up, so it may take a little bit to load all 34 of them...

My favorite card in the set is in the very last scan, it was the first one that I pulled when I bought a couple of packs a couple years ago.  The Odubel Herrera card really got me excited about this set and each green parallel card that came in only enhanced my love for it.

300 cards later, it is done.  And now it's on the blog.

Enjoy the hobby!


Sunday, April 25, 2021

On the 405

I've watched enough TV during my lifetime to have heard a few times about the 405 highway in California.  Doing a quick Google search found me an old article from a few years back showing that the 405 was the busiest Interstate in any US City.  If you click on the link you'll see photo evidence of why that's the case.

Lately I've been quite busy on the TCDB website and passed the 400 transaction milestone; with a couple trades that I received this weekend I'm now sitting at 405.  

Both of these were on the small side, I traded away a few early 80's baseball cards to get 2 cards closer to each of the 86 and 79 Topps football sets.  

The '86 set has moved along really quickly as I'm down to just 31 cards (10 RCs including Rice and Young) to finish the set.  Had no idea when I started the set in 2020 that I'd breeze through the set as quickly as I have.  

The '79 Topps FB set is already taking shape as I'm just a card shy of 100.  This set is much bigger than the '86, 528 cards compared to 396.  It's already fun seeing a lot of the older players such as Gene Upshaw though.  

The card that stands out for me on this 2nd trade scan is the Larry Fitzgerald.  It is the base card from the 2009 Topps set.  I know that the baseball design is not similar, but I think this design could be a good one for Topps to use/reuse in a future baseball set.

Slowly but surely the Prizm hockey set, one of my Next 10, is being whittled away.  I have a few of them in my current Sportlots box and the want list is down into the 30's.  

The John Olerud PC has grown quite a bit during my lack of posting so far in 2021.  This Leaf card from the '97 set brings the total to 262.  The Olerud collection is climbing up my list of PC's with help a lot of my recent trades, including one where I received 15 Olerud cards!

I Still have the goal of hitting 500 TCDB trades by the end of 2021; if I have more months like April (16 so far), I could make it there....

Enjoy the hobby!


Saturday, April 24, 2021

Serial Saturday #43: 99s and another parallel set(s) to work on

Many of you know that I finished off the '19 Gypsy Queen Green parallel set a few weeks ago ( I do still need to scan those and show them off).  For fun, I decided to hunt around on ebay a while back to see what I could find and I accidentally ran across this card, serial #'d to 99

This Troy Tulowitzki sea foam green parallel was just $1.25 and fit nicely into the cheap #'d/99 collection.  I've always liked this set, 2008 UD Baseball Heroes, but never really chased any of it over the years.  So I decided to take a look at all of the parallels from that set and decided on a couple that I really like.

The green is a common theme, moving from the GQ to now the UD Heroes.  It's serial #'d out of 499, so it may be a bit of a challenge.  The black parallel is another that I've always liked and I used to see them all the time at shows in boxes, but never bothered to buy any.  Now I have a reason to grab them.  

Two more sets to work on...why not right??

Enjoy the hobby!


Thursday, April 22, 2021


Most of you who read this blog also (or likely preferably) read the Night Owl Cards blog.  Greg recently celebrated the completion of one of the great baseball sets of the 1950's, 1956 Topps.  

I know Greg worked on the set for quite a long time and his '56 of the Month posts were something I enjoyed many times.  When I saw that he had finished the set, I thought that I could start working towards a vintage set that I really enjoy.

1971-72 OPC hockey is a set that I've been working on for 3 or 4 years now, off and on.  I love the look of the set and the 264 card size is something that makes it a lot more bearable to build than baseball sets from that era.

Last weekend I decided to get to work.  7 cards were purchased off of ebay from another of the larger sellers on the site and they arrived today.

One thing that I have noticed about the uptick in card prices is I'm no longer finding cards from this set anywhere for under a dollar.  A lot of the sellers who have cards from this set are charging $1.50 and up, these 3 above cost me $2 apiece.  To be fair, the McKenny and Widing cards are their RC's so it's not surprising that they cost a little more.  

These 4 were either $2.50 or $3 apiece, but starting to knock off more cards from Original 6 clubs is going to be a little more pricey.  One card that hits home for me is the Fonteyne; I love the old school powder blue Penguins jersey (I own one myself) and I will always say that the skating Penguin logo is the best, even better if its the older one where the Penguin is wearing the scarf.

Still a fair way to go in this set build, 104 cards left out of the 264 card set.  Looking at it though, the 3 big names, LaFleur, Dionne and Dryden will combined cost me about what the Night Owl spent on his '56 Mantle.  

I've got a lot of sets on the go right now, but this one is moving up the list...

Enjoy the hobby!!


Saturday, April 3, 2021

5 out of the Next 10: Green is clean

After grousing, complaining, chasing, trading and trying to do everything right, the 5th set out of the Next 10 group of sets I'm working on is finally complete.

I finally have the final card for the 2019 Gypsy Queen Green parallel set, Manny Margot, in hand with a very big thank you to Gavin at the Baseball Card Breakdown blog for the assist. 

I haven't taken the time yet to scan the entire 300 card set as promised, hopefully one day this week that will be accomplished, but I can tell you that I love the look of it in the binder.  

5 sets remaining on the list, everything modern (post-2000).  A pair of football sets and a trio of hockey sets are my upcoming chases, combined the total amount of cards I need to finish them off is 169.  

RC's mostly in football, a lot of SP's in hockey.  These next 5 sets aren't going to be as easy as it looks.  But it will be very sweet when they are all done.

Enjoy the hobby!


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Opening Day is upon us


I'm sure a lot of you in the north are probably saying "thank God it's opening day!"  The pictures I've seen of the winter that many of you have experienced makes me pretty sure that sentiment holds for a lot of you.

This is season #45 for the Jays, and I thought of Dave Stieb and wondered how many opening day starts he had.   I went and looked up on Baseball Reference just how many times Dave started on Opening Day, and I was surprised to learn it was just 4.  The list below shows what game he actually began each season and how the team fared.

1980 5th game against Milwaukee (won)

1981 2nd game against Detroit (lost)

1982 2nd game against Milwaukee (won in extra innings)

1983 Opening Day win against Boston

1984 4th game against California (won)

1985 Opening Day loss against KC

1986 Opening Day loss against Texas

1987 4th game against Boston (won)

1988 4th game against Minnesota (loss)

1989 7th game against NYY (won)

1990 2nd game against Texas (won)

1991 Opening Day loss against Boston

1992 became a spot starter in his last season with the Jays (first time around)

Dave was 1-3 on opening day starts, but you can see that the Jays won 6 other times on his first start of the season.  

Hyun Jin Ryu starts for the 2nd straight year on Opening Day and I'm hoping that the Jays young guns put up a big season this year.

Just finishing ahead of either the Yanks or Boston this year would be good as well....

Enjoy the season!!!


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

This was supposed to be it

A bit of follow up on last week's post about receiving the Ken Giles base card from the '19 GQ set instead of the green parallel.   A couple of you spoke wisdom in the comments and suggested reaching out to the seller to see if anything could be done.


There's Ken Giles in hand!  He arrived yesterday in the mail, 4 days after the seller reached back and said he was sending the card my way.  

That's 299 out of 300 with only Manny Margot to come my way.  Gavin is taking care of that (thank you Gavin!) with an envelope heading down here to the swamp.  Finishing this up will have me halfway through the Next 10 sets completed.  I'm still working away on getting the other 5 done, the 2002-03 Upper Deck Vintage set looks as if it'll be a tough nut to crack with a bunch of SPs on the final 25-30 cards needed to get it done.

Persistence will payoff in the long run...

Enjoy the hobby!


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

That's 390 in the books

I was fortunate to get a shout out from Steve on Twitter (@cardboardjones) last Wednesday when I posted my Wednesday want list that featured '86 Topps football.  Steve mentioned that he had a few to send my way and asked me what my TCDB ID was (rmitchell6700 in case you didn't know).  A few hours later I had a trade offer in my inbox which was quickly accepted.

Exciting times here, as my want list has shrunk by 15 and just 42 cards remain.  No slouches in this group of 15 cards...

Bears team card, a pair of record breakers, the decimation of the Patriots in SB 20 (sorry to the Patriot fans out there who may have watched/remember that massacre), the Fridge, McMahon and Marshall are all great cards.  Not that Lester Hayes was any slouch ('86 was his last season) and LeRoy Irvin also was a pretty good corner (35 career INTs) round out the first scan.

Now if I'm Sean Landeta, do I want a do over for my rookie card?  I mean that pose just gives punters a bad look, don't you think?  

Again, more great names on this scan.  Jones and White off of that great Cowboys defense, Mark Bavaro was part of the Giants Super Bowl team when they beat Denver in SB XXI 39-20.  The 49ers team card features their RB Roger Craig.  I even remember John Spagnola as the regular TE for the Eagles for a few seasons.  Great bunch of cards in this trade.

I've been on a bit of a roll over the past few weeks and have made my way closer to the 400 trade plateau on TCDB.  This trade with Steve was #390, there's a handful on their way and 3 more in the proposal stage.  

400 is just a matter of time now...

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

Enjoy the hobby!!


Monday, March 29, 2021

'86 Topps Football has never stood a chance

It really wasn't that long ago I announced my intentions to start putting together the '86 Topps football set.  I didn't think originally that it would take me a long time to put it together, what with the only real big $$ card in the set being the Jerry Rice rookie.  But I certainly didn't think that I would be on the verge of completing the set this quickly.  

The want list is down to 57 cards after receiving 4 more today from fellow blogger Chris who sent me a quick trade offer last week and the PWE arrived quickly at the house today.

This was the original group of 5 cards offered up in the trade, the key pair being the Bruce Smith and Al Toon RC's.  All 4 footballers I do remember from the 80's, which is another reason I've enjoyed collecting this set.  A lot of recognizable names makes it more fun, especially when you start taking trips down memory lane.  

What was very cool is Chris added these 4 cards along with the others to fill up the PWE a bit more.  The Goligoski is from the 16-17 OPC set, something I've barely started on so far with just 27 cards in hand.  I'll never sneer at any Maple Leafs base cards from current sets as I slowly build that collection as well.  

I have another TCDB trade en route which will knock off a quarter of what I have left on the list, meaning my want list will be in the 40's.  A lot of trades with both bloggers and TCDB members have really made this set easy to put together, much easier than I originally thought it would be.

The want list really never did stand a chance...

Enjoy the hobby!!


Sunday, March 28, 2021

My bookkeeping failed me ---a little

Well, there have been some interesting developments in my quest to finish off the '19 GQ green parallel set.

  • The eBay transaction last week that resulted in a fail is turning into a positive.  The seller is sending me the Ken Giles green GQ card!  A wonderful result to say the least
  • While going through the binder today, I found that I'm missing #116 Manny Margot.  Thought I had it, but it appears that I don't.  Back on the want list it goes
  • I received the card below, thinking it would be the 2nd last card for the set.

Seeing cards like this come in makes me enjoy the beauty of the set (in my eyes) even more.   

I'm glad that I have myself in the habit of checking the entire set that's put away before I declare it complete, as on more than one occasion I've been missing a card here and there.  My bookkeeping keeps failing me.

Or maybe it's my issue of not putting my cards away timely...

Enjoy the hobby!!


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Want List Wednesday: 1986 Topps Football

The amount of writing has diminished greatly on this blog in 2021. I think a large part of it was that I didn't have my office space available; it was being used as a bedroom for a friend who was in the process of buying a house.  They moved in to their house this week, so things are starting to get back to normal.  

It has been quite some time since I posted a Want List post on the blog; I figured that the '86 Topps Football set would be a good one to write about since I've been really fortunate to obtain almost 85% of the set in just a few short months.   

I recently picked up this Donnie Shell in a trade with long time trade partner Josh (Royals and Randoms Blog) and when I updated the set on TCDB, I noticed that the want list is down to just 61 cards to go.  

Here's the list:

1,2,8,9,10,11 (Payton All Pro),12,18,19,20,21,24,25,34,44,45 (Marino), 67,74,90,101,112 (Elway),

132,133,144,152,154,155,157,160,161 (Rice RC),168,171,176,181,187,188,189,191,

225,226,244,272,275,282,283,284,285,287,297,298,307,310,345,356,363,371,374 (Young RC),

389 (Bruce Smith RC),390,391,394

The list isn't too formidable, there's a few names that will cost a bit of money but the list should be easy enough to finish by the end of the year.  

The older football sets have become a bit of a fascination for me and I've started picking up random cards here and there from the '79 and '81 sets to see if I can pique my interest in trying to put them together.  

Enjoy the hobby!!


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

2 for 5 is a good day for a hitter--for a card company...well

OK, this purchase result I felt was so funny that I had to share it with everyone this morning instead of waiting till later on today or the weekend.

First off, I'm going to say that the shipping time on this 5 card order was phenomenal.  Ordered from CA on Friday the 19th, arrived at my house in Florida yesterday.   Have to give props when it's due.

Now the cards.   This was a 5 card eBay order from one of the larger card sellers on the site.   I'm not going to mention the name, but it's on the west coast as I've already said.

2 for 5 is how they did.  Apparently the order filler on Friday has an issue with parallels.

First off, the positives

This was going to be a "Sunday 15" post that featured these 2 cards, but like I said, I couldn't wait to post this.

The Yastrzemski '72 Topps and the Esiason RC from '86 Topps were right on the money.  Both cards in really nice shape and they cost me $4.50 apiece.  This part was well done.

Now, this is where the games begin.   Let's start with a couple of cards from 18-19 OPC hockey.

I've mentioned quite a few times about the Next 10 set project.  18-19 OPC is one of the sets and I decided to start knocking off some of the cards.  Card 555 is Hellebuyck on the right and #557 is the Sedin twins on the left.  Both needed for my BASE set.

For those who don't know, these are the retro parallels.  Not even close to what the base cards look like.

What's even better?  I finally put up the retro set on the TCDB website as a want last week.  Luckily for the seller, this ends up as just a minor fail, as I'll just end up using these to fill my retro set, which hopefully will be completed by 2030.

Now, for the true fail....

The primary reason I started this order was to finish off my 2019 Gypsy Queen Green set.  Ken Giles of the Blue Jays, card #281, is the final card I need to complete the set.  Notice I said need and not needed.

Forget the Topps logo, where in the world do you see any GREEN on this card?  

I even checked the packing slip that they sent in the envelope.  It even says 2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Green #281 Ken Giles.

How is this not a total fail?  One, I only spent 99 cents on the card, so I'll just hunt around for it on Sportlots to finish the set.

Feedback wise, I'd love to hear how you'd do it in the comments, but I'm going to give:

  • 2 positives for the Yaz and Esiason cards
  • 2 neutrals for the Retro Parallels
  • A negative for the Giles card
I don't give negatives very much, but to mess this order up like this, I feel its warranted.

A little bit of a delay in showing off the GQ set will happen because of this, but it's coming...

Enjoy the hobby!!