Friday, September 30, 2016

20 cards and 52 years ago...

My 1964 build hit a bit of a wall as I have not been hitting that Orland show at a monthly rate to keep snagging cheap vintage. I may find a few here and there, but for the most part, it's been a slow drag through from 50 to 75 percent completion. Granted, I still have all the big names to pick up, but no reason I shouldn't be pulling in more of the commons needed to fill the pages. I'd place blame, but it's clearly the fault of the man in the mirror.

...And doggone it - just go on COMC, already.
Fortunately, I have Chris to save me. Chris, of the painfully quiet Old Foul Cardboard, seems to have the best card shows. He gets my White Sox and Blackhawks cheap, and finds the other stuff I need as well. He sent a couple mailers in the past couple weeks. Some Bowman and 2016 Topps White Sox - no need to show you those, because the stars of the packages were the hits to the '64 build.

If you are aware, the '64 set I am building, quality is not a major concern. That being said, of the 20 cards Chris sent, these are the "worst", and they are far better then many I have in the binder. I believe Wrigley Wax was just talking about that Sterling Slaughter a week ago.

How about some bigger names too? Sievers, the 5 time All Star and ROY in 1946. Pumpsie was the first African American player for the BoSox, the last team to integrate. Joe - well, Joe is a White Sox, as well as a 2 time All Star with the Cardinals.

High numbers? Chris had those too. Love that Al Dark card. 1964 Topps high numbers are not too hard to find, but they can still have a higher price on them.

But '64s were the only things within.

Told you Chris finds me nice Blackhawks cards too. This, from last year's UD Artifacts. But as much as this is a nice hit, it was not the star of either mailer. That distinction goes to this rectangle.

I scanned it a few times, and it's not as miscut in hand as the scan would make you think. I believe this is officially my first Koafax card. I know my LCS has his '64 base card in a case, but the heck if I can afford it at this time. That is a hell of a sweet card, though.

Now, I have some '64s from the recent card show trip to sort, but thanks to Chris's work, the 1964 set build sits now at 69%.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Throwback Thursday - 09.29.2016

Every Thursday, I post a card showing a ballplayer wearing a throwback uniform from my collection. Hopefully, he will be wearing it well, with proper pants blousing. The picture may be from the front of the card, or the back. Enjoy the uniforms from years past.

Orlando Merced - 1994 Topps - Pittsburgh Pirates

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The return of PWE Wars

I am still sorting the spoils from the recent card show. And by sorting, I mean they are still sitting in the box they came home in two days ago and all I have done is moved them from near to my left elbow to farther from my left elbow. At this rate of sorting, the cards should be somewhere around Des Moines by 2037.

More exciting then when they added the 3rd color to the traffic light.
So let's knock around a couple recent PWEs by way of a little game known as PWE Wars. It's like Food Network, where every damn show on there is some stupid competition: cakes, cupcakes, meat, trucks, pumpkins, sandwiches. Even kids get in the act hating on each other. Everything is a freaking battle on that channel. And to set the mood, I'll even wear a low cut shirt.

I'll be playing the part of Kate Upton in this post.
Today's contestants come from mailers courtesy of John from Johnny's Trading Spot (who sent me a MASSIVE box I am still sorting through), and Shane from Shoebox Legends. The rules are simple: I compare the cards in each envelope and score them. Whomever has the higher score wins. This is the 3rd installment on PWE Wars. Each of the first two ended in a tie. Let's see if that will change this time out. John is on the left and Shane on the right in each image.

Oh - tough start. Like myself, Shane is building a buyback frankenset, and he sent some dupes to help me out. John, on the other hand, has been cleaning out a ton of cards he bought from a collector. I have very few of the code cards from the 2008 World's Greatest Victories set, so I jumped on what he had. Growing up, I was a nutjob about space, so I will have to give this round to John.

More A&G goodness versus a fauxback uniform the Rangers wore. It's a decent uniform, for never existing. And a few companies put it on cardboard. However, the A&G takes this round as well. Cards that show real throwbacks overtake fake throwbacks. John is up 2-0.

Our 3rd A&G insert card from John talks of the story of a smaller man cutting down a larger giant. Shane counters with two miscuts. Two cuts are better then one. Shane trailing 2-1.

Remember Deep Blue? It played chess against Kasparov and beat him in a rematch played in regular chess time rules? Well, Deep Blue is going against a couple other colorful cards with blue, along with red, green purple and a bunch others. And that would win out, except I have both the Abreu and the Beckham. John up 3-1.

Bunt vs. buyback. Giants vs. Tigers. Pitcher faking it in the batting cage vs. pitcher faking it in the outfield. Helmet vs. sideburns. Sideburns win. Shane down one 3-2.

Shane is on top and John is on the bottom. All total, Shane sent me 5 buybacks for my frankenset. All were needed and I now have about 116 cards in the set. John sent me 3 bunting cards with the Allen and Ginter insert set. I needed the Estes in the last image, but I only needed the Orsulak here. 3 needs beats one, so the round to Shane.

And let's total up the score. Well how about that - another tie. What are the odds? Well, you know my recommendation: send more cards and we'll try and get a winner the next time. Until then, have some parting gifts....

Monday, September 26, 2016

Random thoughts and random cards

I few quick updates as I have been a busy beaver for the past week and have barely had the time to post, read posts, sort cards received or even get my desk into some semblance of order.

Try building a dam to hold back the influx of cards
First, had a great time at the Orland card show with Dimebox Nick. Lots of good cards to be found and bought. We missed meeting with Tony. He blames his short stay and limited budget on his fiance getting all up in his grill about spending money on things that are not her. At least that's what he told me, soon to be Sam Burbs. I can show you the email to pr......oops - I deleted it. You'll just have to trust me.

(Aaaaaaaaand that should put Tony on the couch for a week)

I have a contest running. I haven't even looked at the current voting scores, but I think I'll let the voting run until this weekend. If you haven't made your voice heard, go do it.

Yesterday, Nick told me that Arnie and Fernandez passed away. I saw a lot of blogs with tributes. I saw Arnie play a lot more than Jose, but I really have no deep connection to either. I know for some, their passing really hit home, and watched a few videos of people talking about each of them and their impact not just on their respective game but on the people that admired them. I also know that over the weekend a lot of other people spent their last day on Earth - people who's only difference from Arnold and Jose is the length (or existence) of a Wikipedia article, and the number of photos on Getty or Associated Press. But they left behind loved ones too, who will miss them each day. So it's sad when anyone goes, whether their fame lasted 15 minutes or 15 years or was coming up in 15 weeks.

Let's end with a couple cards.

Both for the 2005 Project. I have only ever seen one autograph of El Duque wearing a Sox uniform, and the person thought it was worth over $70 on ebay. I passed and finally settled for a Yankees card for five bucks shipped. Uribe is the same - very few White Sox autographs, and the few cards he has seem to be pricey. So getting this one for $8.50 shipped will do for the binder. Two more off the list.

Hope to talk tomorrow about my card show haul. Or a recent mailer. Maybe something interesting. Or maybe dead silence.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Putting you in the game!

Alright, so let's put a capper on this little contest and take a look at the entries.

First up, we have Corky from Pack War:

From Corky's post, he used the 1988 Topps football design as his basis, being this is him from a yearbook photo pulling in the grab. And Corky colorized the shot too. Not bad work, Corky. Did Greg Brady take this photo, and did it help you win the game? Cuz your feet are in bounds.

Next, Gavin took time away from his customs at Baseball Card Breakdown:

Good old '56 Topps. Gavin was right that 1956 TOpps can be a hard design to copy, and he turned in quite the cards. Dig the Tatooine shot in the background. Best part is now I can forge Gavin's signature.

Jim from GCRL FrankenDodger wherever now:

Jim emailed me two entries. The year is 1986 on a traveling team, so he used the '86 Topps All Star set, but Jim likes the '85 All Star cards better, so made one of those too. So he held the opposing team scoreless in the top of the 9th and then hits a walk off double in the bottom. And then right into the waiting arms of his gaggle of baseball girls. Ahhh....the life of an All Star.

Next is Jeremy from Topps Cards that Never Were:

Forgive the tiny view - Jeremy said he only had access to a small version of the card. But since his blog is Cards that Never Were, I am calling these cards from the never produced 1994 Topps mini set! Jeremy was the only player that submitted a card back. Because of the size, let me help you out:

"On December 8, 1993, Jeremy lined a soft grounder down the Third-Base line and beat the throw to First to collect his first Little-League Hit. On January 9, 1994, he logged a Walk, and later came Home to score his first Run of the season. His 2nd Run of the season came on Jaunary 17 against Jim Lee Paint Company in 7-4 Tony's Pictures win. He also threw out a baserunner at 2nd from Rightfield, but the umpire blew the call."

Now THAT is a bio! If you look at the front of the card, you can see the ball just above the head of the left fielder. That's primo action capture.

AJ is up next from The Lost Collector:

Good old junk wax. 1988 Score is the star here, but only for the moment until you realize Lil' AJ is having an issue with even little-er AJ. And AJ is rocking for Chuck's. Or are they PF Flyers?

Last, but by no means least, Tony from Wrigley Roster Jenga:

Our other non-baseball edition, the one thing I can say right off the bat is I know this school and have driven by it a few times. But a fine job taking the 1960 Topps baseball design and flipping it to a card for a member of the cross country team. With the right photos, that design works in a lot of places.

Let's take a quick look at the winner's haul, though I think I will have to send a little something to everyone cuz of their fine work.

Vote early, but with the right setting you cannot vote often. At least I hope I ticked the right box.

Pick the best custom

Lost Collector
Tony Burbs
Survey Maker

The names are in the order if the images above to help you out. I think I'll leave it open a week or so. Have at it!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Crossing off numbers (and a contest update)

A couple quick comments on my "put yourself on a card" contest. I am looking to close this up and get the post up this Wednesday. That being said, if you still want in, and need more than 48 hours, please leave me a comment here or on the contest post and I'll give you what you need. I'm flexible.

There was that one summer at gymnastics camp....
Also, a shout out to Jeremya1um. Shoot me an email. I'm hoping you have larger copies of your cards. When I try to snag them off your post, they're pretty small and will get all pixel-y on me when I post them.

Now, I am a numbers guy. Not like a certain P-town Tom is a numbers guy. He's like crazy numbers. Being a math teacher will do that to a man's brain. But I try to build my want lists with numbers. For some people, that's not the best. Number and name they like. And I got no problem with making your list that thorough and specific. I not that kind of guy. Cards have numbers. I write numbers. I check off numbers. Easy peasy.

You called?
Adam over at Addiction is Therapy loves to read my numbers and help me cross them off.

Two high numbers for GQ. And yes, I am still working on last year's Allen and Ginter......

......while working on this year's. Fortunately, Adam ripped a few boxes, so he was sitting on a large chunk of duplicates. Eaton was my favorite player in this year's Gint-A-Cuffs and I pulled no cards with his face.

Minis and Ginter are always a ton of work. I could spend a year's worth of card money and still not finish the mini sets on my want lists. Adam came through big. How big? Four of the minis sent were the exclusive binder minis. Remember in 2014 when Topps put out an Allen and Ginter binder and there were exclusive mini cards with the binder (the jerks)? Adam dropped 4 of those babies on me. That Ned Kelly is one of them. I forgot to scan the other three (like a dope). Thanks Adam.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Throwback Thursday - 09.15.2016

Every Thursday, I post a card showing a ballplayer wearing a throwback uniform from my collection. Hopefully, he will be wearing it well, with proper pants blousing. The picture may be from the front of the card, or the back. Enjoy the uniforms from years past.

Orlando Hernandez - 2007 Topps Opening Day - New York Mets