Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Looking back, then looking forward

Yeah - it's been almost two weeks since I have been here. Sorry. Or you're welcome, depending on your feelings towards me.

Bite me.
This end of the year season has been beyond crazy for me. I am hoping it slows down a bit. On the plus side, I don't have many mailings to show off. Hey - I'm cool about that, but at the same time I apologize to those that have mailed me cards and I have not thanked you properly. I suck. But those that are glad I was gone for a while already know that.

Bite me.
Before I get back into the swing of things (I hope), let's look back on my grand 2016 plans. A lot of we bloggers seem to do it. It's nice to have plans for the coming year, but how well did we succeed in our 2016 thoughts. Well, I posted my 2016 direction here - let's break it down.

1 - Organization. I planned on constructing a long, low shelf for holding binders, as well as a temp storage and sorting table. Yeah - I haven't even bought the wood for the thing. I did bring up an unused bookshelf from the basement to help with storing binders. I also wanted to get my Sox Box into Zistle. With the Beckett bullsh*t and Zistle, I am a bit glad I never did this, though I am still torn of what to do in regard to an online organization. But all in all, big ol' D on this one.

2 - Sets. I didn't build 2016 flagship cuz it SUCKED! I am working to complete GQ and A&G. Did a pass on Heritage. So I did okay in regard to 2016 sets. I had planned on hitting hard on my 1964 build, but I didn't secure any of the big cards. Just no money to pick them up. How about a C- on this one?

3 - Player Projects. Petrick is at 93 cards. I added a few, but still short. I did add some to Fox and Aparicio. Plus I started a couple player collections, but moved well on them. I'm hard on myself, but let's score this B.

4 - Cost. F. Moving on.

5 - Blog. I think I am at a little over 100 posts here this year. 2016 was not only rough at the end, but most of the year for me. I have no idea how 2017 will be personally - wait and see. I still have yet to resurrect the 1964 blog. I need to get on that. Low C, high D.

6 - Collection. I think I had fun with it this year. I like my cards and enjoy appreciating them. I can appreciate them more, though. B-.

The frankenset build has stalled. I added some cards, but no big purchases. Well, I did have one purchase of 21 cards that was delivered to the wrong address and the a-hole that received them never sent them to the right address. I hope the envelope had Anthrax.

Overall, I think I score myself a C-. I could do better. So what does 2017 look like?

A - 1964 set. I need to push this forward. I'm being lazy and unfocused.
B - Other sets. GQ and A&G for sure. ZERO flagship, or should I call it flagshit, except for the Sox team set. Doubt I'll work on anything else baseball wise. UD hockey will be a build as well.
C - Player Projects. I think they are fine. Would like to knock out the Fox project in 2017. His '51 Bowman rookie is the big buy, as is the Red Heart. I can also knock out my Lollar project with a couple purchases I just need to make.
D - Blog. Stay on it and stay focused. Maybe I could actually post an average of every other day?
E - Organization. I have other house projects to work on, but I would really like to build that long bookcase. With the right vacation time and sale at the building supply store.....
F - Cost. Hey Jeff - did you know if you built the right purchase at Sportlots or Just Commons, it would be like a repack box mailed to your house with EVERY card an addition to your collection? No - well remember that, you lack of focus dumbass.

I guess when it comes down to it - focus.

(too busy to find the actual card to scan)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Throwback Thursday - 01.05.2017

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.

Eric Hosmer - 2014 Topps Finest - Kansas City Monarchs

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What's in your wallet?

It's been far too long since I have carried a card in my wallet. I did when Gavin first proposed it. It was fun snapping random images here and there and using Twitter for the posts. Then life got in the way and the card came out of my wallet late in 2015 never to reappear. I never selected a replacement card for 2016 wallet card fun.

Cux you suck.
 But I am going to do my best getting back into the #walletcard fun in 2017. But before I reveal the lucky card (from my White Sox dupe box), lets see how I made space for it to reside upon my buttocks by showing recent ebay purchases that made money leave my wallet.

Unfortunately, to top half of this Fleer sticker is missing. This comes from the cloth patches Fleer released from 1969-1976. According to Fleer Sticker Project, this is one of two variations that were released in 1971 when the Sox went from blue to red uniforms. For two quarters, with the same for shipping, I couldn't pass it up.

Busted Hawks prospects? We got plenty of them for six cents each. Hankinson had all of 18 games in the NHL with the Hawks and Ducks. Larocque played just 3 games in net for the Hawks. Von Arx had 19 games for the Hawks, but was a decent star in his native Switzerland, securing 6 championships and 3 MVP titles. He also played for his homeland in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Cheapo buybacks. I'm working on the frankenset, but have dropped well behind Shoebox Legends in my build, mainly because I won't pay more than a quarter per card. So 7 for $3 with shipping is slightly over, but I'll take it. I believe I am at about 150 cards into the set build.

Patterson is a Cyberstats bunt that set me back a dime. The Saladino.....I'm torn. Should I put it in the throwbacks binder, or the Eaton PC since there is a cameo? I guess I am forced to find a 2nd. I snagged this for $6 if I recall.

Penny autograph with a dollar shipping? Yes please. Oh, Joe. We had such hopes for you on the south side.

And let's hit the drum roll for the new resident in my wallet......

You can blame Random for this. It told me to select the 4th card in the box, and Mike Caruso is the winner. A nice photo from Pacific, for sure. It won't be as rough on the eyes as the 91 Fleer of Ventura I had in '15. Enjoy my back pocket, Mikey.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A New Year's box break

I'll need to research my goals for last year and see how bad I failed on them, and probably have a recap soon, but let's have a box break today here. From the same site I picked up my Black Friday Golden Age boxes, that yielded a sweet Yogi auto, they were selling 2008 Goudey hobby boxes.


Any chance I find Goudey in dime boxes, or loose packs here and there, I will scoop them up. So to find hobby boxes available for a touch over $30, that's a no brainer to put in a purchase. I prefer the '08 release over '07 and '09, but would love to find those two sets as well. But with two hits per hobby, an auto and an relic, I still desired to rip a box. And I'll probably rip a couple more.

In case you forgot what the set looked like, it was a full sized homage to the 1934 set put out by Goudey Gum. Similar look to the player's likeness, the silhouetted figured in the background, and the "Lou Gehrig says" replaced by Jeter and Griffey, though they got the wrong image on the Longoria card.

The initial set is 200 cards. Cards 201-330 are all short printed in different insert sets. The first 30 are retired players. I pulled two with the Robinson and Mr. Cub. You can see the correct Junior image on Ernie's card.

Beyond 230, you have Presidents from 231-250 (I got 2), black and white 1936 Goudeys from cards 251-270 (I also pulled 2) and then the Sports Royalty set from 271-330. Black backs run to 300 and then green backs to 330. The green backs are a difficult pull, but that Bo is one of them. I pulled 4 black backs.

Of course, they have to mini everything. I didn't bother scanning the minis of the base set. Here's a couple Sports Royalty minis in Durant and Reggie. Bring back the Sonics. I also pulled a couple of the Hit Parade of Champions. It's a 30 card set, so you would need 15 good boxes to build the whole thing. But that set is based on the 1951 Berk Ross multi sport set.

Here's my two hits. Hmmmmm......I wonder where the autograph will end up? Hafner was in a lot of mid to later 00's sets. He would kill the Sox each year. Hated the guy. Still do.

BAM!!!! YAY BABY! In random boxes are buybacks of actual 1934 Goudeys. I was afraid they would be redemptions, and as such, long expired. What a surprised to have a pack with a penny sleeve and this beauty within. The back is in perfect condition - no paper loss at all. You can see the slightly damaged corners. I have a feeling a previous owner used photo corners to hold this in an album. Other that that, and the slight discolorization on the right side, this is the finest Goudey I own. Critz put together a 12 year career with the Reds and Giants at 2nd base. A lifetime .268 hitter, he finished 2nd on MVP ballots in 1926 and was with the NY Giants when they won the championship in 1933.

I'm at 84% of the 200 card base set, but would love to secure as much of the SPs as possible. With a nice surprise from my in-laws, I believe 2 more boxes of this will be coming my way. Overkill? Maybe. When has that stopped any of us?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Throwback Thursday - 12.29.2016

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.

Bronson Arroyo - 2013 Topps Archives - Cincinnati Reds

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Pat Harrington, David Bowie, Monte Irvin, Alan Rickman, Dan Haggerty, Johnny Bach, Abe Vigoda, Dave Mirra, Antonin Scalia, Vamity, Tony Phillips, Harper Lee, Essie Einhorn, George Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Sir George Martin, Frank Sinatra Jr, Rob Ford, Phife Dawg, Joe Garagiola, Ken Howard, Johan Cruyff, Garry Shandling, Mother Angelica, Patty Duke, John Carlson, Merle Haggard, Blackjack Mulligan, Doug Banks, Charlie Hodge, Milt Pappas, Chyna, Prince, Charlie Beamon, Morley Safer, Alan Young, Harambe, Tom Lysiak, Jan Crouch, Muhammad Ali, Kimbo Slice, Gordie Howe, Anton Yelchin, Buddy Ryan, Pat Summit, Carl Haas, Turk Lown, Nate Thurmond, Garry Marshall, Dennis Green, Miss Cleo, Brian Clauson, John Saunders, Kenny Baker, Choo-Choo Coleman, Mr. Fuji, Gene Wilder, Hugh O'Brian, Phyllis Schlafly, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jose Fernandez, Arnold Palmer, Hanoi Hannah, Thomas Mikal Ford, Dennis Byrd, Bobby Vee, Leonard Cohen, Janet Reno, Robert Vaughn, Ralph Branca, Fidel Castro, Ron Glass, Grant Tinker, Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, Joe McKnight, Rashaan Salaam, Greg Lake, John Glenn, Bill Dineen, Alan Thicke, Craig Sager, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and far too many more to list.....

Eat a big fat dick, 2016.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

It's the holidays!

Enjoy your Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or whatever time of the year you are celebrating.