Saturday, August 29, 2015

LAWIG: magic through the mail

Shortly after the Hawks won the Cup, I took a chance. I read that he was a decent signer, but considering the time frame and I'm sure the sheer amount of mail he would receive based on the Cup win, not to mention that maybe he would never get the request in the first place since he was retiring. I knew he would be leaving the states for his hometown with the Cup, and who knows when he would return. But at the cost of two stamps, I took a chance and dropped a couple cards in the mail, It took about 6 weeks by my guess, as I failed to note when I mailed them. They came back with a New Jersey postage cancellation, which confused me because I don't remember any of the few autograph requests having a Jersey address. However, considering he is still loved by the city of Philadelphia, and shows that love in return, the stamp makes sense as probably mailed from his home.

I wonder if he will appear with a Hawks sweater as a final tribute card in this year's UD release. Still a heck of a great return from star Kimmo Timonen. Thanks!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Two via IL-26

I've been to the town of Peoria a grand total of once in my life. At least, to my knowledge. Though, I don't recall any road trips as a child that headed west. It was always east or south, Indiana or Florida. The only time I went to Peoria was to visit who would technically be my nephew, though he is the son of my brother-in-law and about a dozen years younger than me. I can recall visiting a Target while I was there, but I didn't purchase as cards while in the store. I am not sure why just the single trip. My wife attended college in Normal, which is a hop, 3 skips, a jump, another skip, and slight shuffle and 13 giant steps away from Peoria.

Tom, he as P-Town Tom about the webs, and the author of Waiting 'til Next Year, dropped a PWE on me last week, and then followed it up with one I received a couple days back. Such goodness in couple small envelopes.

Dig those unlicensed products. All three cards shown went into the Sox box. I think the joy and idea of Golden Age allows for the colorized images. They work, at least for me.

It was the additions to the throwback binders that we are nice highlight. I enjoy the Monarchs throwback on Beltran. It's one of there more understated uniforms, as many of the other uniforms are bold. One Dog in the first throwback game ever. How come I didn't have that card until now?

Highlight of envelope one was this beauty. Duel card, as it's also a double play, but in the throwback binder it goes. Royce is wearing the same uniform you see on Bill Swift. Both cards are from the 92 UD High Series, as the game wearing these NY Giants throwbacks was played against the Phillies in May, 1992.

Envelope two was a whole 2 cards. And almost dupes.

As Tom stated. "They aren't Hawks colors, but I thought you would like it anyway". Here's the thing - I don't think it's a Sharks relic, which is who Jeremy is shown wearing. That swatch is not jersey but patch. If it is Sharks, it would have to be a piece of the logo, as at no point during Roenick's time there did they use black numbers, which is what I think it is a swatch from. I believe this is a Kings or a Flyers relic. Either or - I loves it!

Thanks for the cards, Tom. You are one of the more notable people from Peoria.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


I'm human. I have thoughts, feelings. morals and emotions. That's really describes us all. And as you should be aware, you will tend to gravitate towards those that share ideals similar to your own. Also, you notice famous folks that have a quality about them you admire. You may not really have that quality deep within you - it may be something you wish you were but never achieved.

One of my personal heroes is Dr. King, but not for the reason many others have. Let's cut to the chase - Martin Luther King, Jr. did nothing for me to assist my social status. Really, he didn't. I grew up in a white, middle class neighborhood. When I was a kid, I only saw African Americans on the television or the cover of an album. My school was all white. There were a few of Asian heritage, and a couple that were Latino, but not one black kid went to my grammar school. It wasn't until junior high that I attended school with someone black, and by then the whole civil rights deal was 10 years in the past. So I don't look upon Dr. King for what he did, but for who he was. And that was someone believing in something so strongly that nothing would stop him. Not threats of violence, words of humiliation of even death. King kept doing what he did because it was a belief he could not give up. There are many times I wished I held an idea so strongly in my heart that nothing would let me sway off course. I guess my wife and kids would be that. I am a pretty staunch blue stater, but never jumped in with both feet to support my political feelings.

Gavin, at Baseball Card Breakdown, though - he has a conviction that is quite important in his heart. All should know about his yearly "pull tab awareness" week. I can say that I avoid scotch tape all together and just use painter's tape when it comes to the card sleeves and holders. To Gavin, it's super important, and a recent PWE really told me how.

All total, Gavin slipped about a dozen cards in a PWE to me. He helped out with a bunch of White Sox cards from the past years, including that really poorly framed Bowman.

Someone also looked at my teams set needs and sent over these four '73s. The Muser up top probably had a former life in some kids spokes, but that makes it much more enjoyable. Beltin' Bill Melton will be a placeholder, since a miscut of that beauty has a better address in it's future.

The real surprise is this '60 Lown/Staley win savers with a nice Staley auto on it. I tried to see if there was a TTM address for Turk Lown, but he doesn't seem to return much. I think the star of the package, though, is on the right. That is the actual piece of painter's tape Gavin used to attach the note to the outside of the team bag.

Gavin pull tabbed tape attached to a piece of paper! It didn't work in the way Gavin purports, as you can see a small bit of the fibers in the top right. But when you have a conviction, you see it through at all times, never faltering nor wavering from your course.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The joy of hate.

I know I have touch on hate before. I'm too lazy to go back and link to it. Just don't feel like digging through my post list to find the one post I am thinking about. What? Do it? Man - I HATE that you people are that demanding! Here - here - and HERE!

Yeah, well your Trout RC only got graded an 8!
Luckily, hate is a good thing to build your collection. Whom you like, someone else dislikes. Night Owl will dump Giants on before his fingerprint leaves a mark. I bet Kerry and P-Town Tom have a pipeline of Cardinal and Cubs cards going back and forth. For me, my lucky guy is Dennis at Too Many Verlanders/Too Many Manninghams.I gleefully have a location to send all my Dead Wings and Dennis gets to drop his Blackahwks. Did you know they won the Stanley Cup AGAIN this year?

Anyway, Dennis' latest mailing was loaded with some Blackhawks and White Sox goodness.

I should become a Toews super collector. I wouldn't be the first, or the last. And I would have quite a bit of competition for cards and the like. But I do enjoy the man wearing the C.

Hometown (Evergreen Park) boy Chelios and a nice Zhamnov BAP auto. Love the Kaner too. Ok - let me just address that situation really quick. It's hard to know what happened. Right now it's a he said/she said. I don't know if it was a young woman getting into the thrill of being with a superstar and having an ulterior motive, or if we have another sports superstar thinking the rules of society don't apply to him. At some point in time, it will be all sorted out. If it's the first, shame on her for your actions for personal gain and whatever you are attempting. If it's the 2nd, shame on you Kane for committing a hideous crime. I don't ever want to see you in an Indian Head sweater again if you did it. That's all I'll say for now. I still love the guy. I hope it's not true.

DELICIOUS vintage from Dennis. Minnie and Sherm have seen better days. But those are gem mint for my desired, as is the Donovan at the bottom. And the vintage star of the envelope.

I will accept any and all Topps stamped buybacks you receive. Seriously - send them to me. TO get one of a PC player really warms my heart. I just knew some Pierce buybacks existed, but never seem to find them on ebay or COMC. I really love this card, Dennis. Thanks for sending it, along with the rest.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A sighting...

A couple months back, I put up a post about some cards (shocking, huh?) and posed a question about an image used by Panini. I know a few people will post the Getty or AP image used to create a card, but the only time I have used Getty Images for searching, it was a ton of work. With anything, the more you use it, the better skill you obtain. My brain at the current time was not in any position to attempt a new talent.

Puttin' on the Red Roof Inn.
I was shocked by one of the replies. It was someone I knew had the skill for just what I was asking, but had been away from the blogging world a while. It was nice to see the name in the comments. Not to mention, he and I would have a constant stream of envelopes back and forth and had quite the stack built up for him collecting dust. So after a couple emails, it was nice to catch up with Matt.

Matt runs the quiet, but slowly returning Once A Cub. It's nice to have two places to drop off those soon-to-break-hearts-as-usual north siders. Matt dropped a package back to me.

Matt seems to find those cards I don't have in my collection. I wonder what happened to the guy with the Shawon-O-Meter?

I could have sworn I had that Fernando bunting, and I do - as a Donruss card. Now I have the complete 88 run of Valenzuela at the plate. A rainbow, I guess. With just black, blue and red.

Alez, who is Iván Córdoba  with a sunburn.

Here's a few Cubs I don't mind receiving at the house. Hee Seop breaking a bat and a couple nice miscuts. The Pettis looks perfect on the front. Not so much on the flip side, as you can tell.

Thanks Matt, and glad you are slowly getting back to your blog. Can't keep a good man down.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Little packages

For some reason, my wife likes watching a lot of those shows on TLC. I remember the good old days when it was The Learning Channel and the shows actually taught you something. Now it's one endless show after another of multiple kid families, weddings and little people. With me being the cynical mouth I am, I cannot sit out there and watch the shows because I will have a nasty comment about everything, starting with how it's all scripted and moving on to the fake arguments, fake "drama" and fake...well, you name it.

Luckily for me, when it comes to little things, they are PWEs, and within are huge things, in regard to my collection. It's really amazing what you can stuff in a PWE and for the most part, arrive safely. If you package them right, you can ship a myriad of things.

Like vintage minis, and throwback vintage-y cards, like this group from Pat over at Hot Corner Cards.

Or new releases with a relic, like this group from Jeff at Wish They Still Came With Bubblegum.

You can ship some custom binder needs, like a sweet double play-like vintage or a shiny DP card.

Or team set needs and swell miscuts, the last two images courtesy of Jim at GCRL.

I let my wife have her cooking channels, dress shows, families that need birth control and the rest. I'll take my little room with my 2x3 cards all neatly sorted in rows and pages.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Throwback Thursday - 08.13.2015

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. I'll try not to duplicate a uniform. The picture may be from the front of the card, or the back. Enjoy the uniforms from years past.

Nick Castellanos - 2014 Topps Stadium Club - Detroit Stars