Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday - 04.17.2014

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.

Yoenis Cespedes - 2014 Topps - Oakland Athletics

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday SIL: getting personal

Who here can honestly raise their hand an proclaim that they have mailed a personal letter to a person? With all the social media options, as well as email, the postal letter to a friend is dead. Now, a little letter in a birthday card or the annual Christmas update does not count. I am talking about just sitting down with a pad of paper, writing to someone and throwing a stamp on the envelope. It's been so long for me that I couldn't even guess the last time. Probably not even in this century.

That's why it's important, I feel, to throw a post it into each package I send out, whether it's just "I hope you need these" or "I pulled that such and such from a dime box. Awesome, huh?". It's not much, but a hand written note of some sort shows some personalization in the mailing. I can assure you there are no robots here at 2x3 Heroes.

Now that  I had to let Phyllis go.

I great package from Matt at Once A Cub really shows the power of the personal note. There was a large group that were in a team bag tagged with this note.


Sure enough, every card in the bag was not in my Zistle collections.


I forget the amount I added, but here's just a few of the double play cards in the bag. I love that Tejada in the bottom row.


And a large amount of bunting cards too. One would think I would have most of this junk wax, but nope.

Matt took the time to single out some cards with more personal Post-Its.


He would also had it without all the injuries he dealt with. But Griffey knew how to lay one down.


Sometimes the designs of the card companies turn in my favor. Matt has a fun collection of cards showing Wrigley's outfield weeds wall of ivy, and he's correct. That is the kudzu in Wrigley, but not bright enough to make Matt's binder.


It does have the back missing some characters, but this is one I would add anyway, considering the HUGE border on the bottom. How did we not see a pixel of the card below?


I know of the a couple cards of Fletcher in my binder, but never noticed how often he's shown relaying to first.


Broken bats are hard to find. And I am with you, Matt. Not quite sure if that piece of lumber is breaking or if it's just the blur of the camera lens. The heck with it - in the binder it goes.

The final note I'll show is the best of the bunch.


Good point. You are just the enabler of my collection. For the record, Cole and Cobb didn't make the cut. While Cole did bunt alot, he's obviously about to hustle to first on a walk. Cobb is just hamming for the photographer. My guess is there was no one around to spike with a slide. Phelps is iffy, but I put it in. Episonza is either about to square up, or trying to draw in the corners for a slap hit. 

Thanks for the cards, Matt. And thanks for the little messages along with them.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A tale of two card shows

I'm fortunate for where I live. I have 2 card shops within 10 miles of my house, along with two Walmarts, 2 Targets and a Meijers. There is also a biweekly card show about 30 min away in my old stomping grounds. That show was today. However, when I was confirming the date of the show last weekend, I noticed on the Beckett calendar a show closer to my house in Morris. It was smaller (30 tables compared to 70), but it was free. I talked my wife into a gondola at Corleone's and went to the show.

Never was the phrase "you get what you pay for" more evident. This show was......not that good. Very overpriced. Not a dime box to be seen, and the stuff in the quarter box wasn't that great. At this show, I spent just $15. Here's what I got for my money.


I needed the Crede for my player collection, and the Paulie is numbered to /99. A buck 33 there.


Two bunting cards for 67 cents (yeah - it was 3 for a dollar with the Crede). Too bad I didn't need either of them.


A buck each for the Baracks. They fit into the political card binder. That Aparicio was four bucks. I picked up a Dayan Viciedo Triple Threads gold redemption for $5 from the same guy. It's already on the way from Topps.

So that's all I got for $15 and about an hour of my time. Disappointed.

 That's my line, buddy.

Today was the Orland Park show. Dime and nickel boxes galore. I spent a total of $55 at the show. Twenty of that was for 5 packs of GQ. Twenty five was for what I will show at the bottom. The other ten went to a nickel box vendor giving me...


24 guys doing this.


5 guys doing this.


A whole bunch of White Sox cards. That AJ is gold foil, btw. The rest of the nickel cards I picked up (46 of them) are for some of you readers. So you cheap jerks owe me $2.30 - PAY UP!

As I said, $5 of nickel cards (100 of them). The other $5 I dropped on this vendor went for a Chris Getz auto for a dollar (I was too lazy to scan it) and these three.


A Mattingly pseudo throwback, as that uniform was only worn for the photo, but good enough for my binder. A nice serialed NOOOO-MAR, and that rookie card of Tommy John set me back $3.

So, what would I categorize as my card show blaster? Here's $25 of vintage.


Not shown is a dupe of the 64 Fox. One for the project and one for the 64 set. When you break it down, each card cost me $3.57. Fits right into recent Ebay sales, but I didn't pay for shipping. I'll take a seven card blaster any day when it's seven cards like this.

I can say I will not be returning to Morris anytime soon.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday - 04.10.2014

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.

Jeremy Bonderman - 2005 Leaf - Detroit Stars

Monday, April 7, 2014

Other things come in the mail

I am blessed to get a lot of mail at my house. Sure, some of it are bills, and I really don't want that stuff in the box. Sometimes you get sale papers and coupons. No, I do not need new windows, tanning sessions, limo service or my air ducts cleaned. Many times I get cards are gifts from you fine readers. That's awesome. Other times the cards I get cards that are not gifts but purchases either from Listia or Ebay. And my newest reason for envelopes - TTM requests.


Buehrle was a cheap Listia pickup. I wanted the Crede the same seller had listed, but I sniped. Young is a virtual dime box from Ebay. Well - dime box plus a penny.


Here was a cheap two quarter pickup from Ebay. I slowly look for Aparicio cards. I should just make him an official project now because 1) he will be soon anyway and b) how can you talk about Nellie without talking about Luis? Speaking of Nellie....


Newest addition to the project. I have missed out on a bunch of inexpensive cards that would fit perfectly in my collection, like a 52 Bowman for under $5 and a 64 Topps for a buck fifty. Luckily, I scored this high number 61 Topps All Star card for just over $4 shipped. Small condition issues, but considering I routinely see these at 5-10 times that price, I lucked out.

I have just started sending out TTM requests. First mailing was 6 to people at Spring Training (and one not), and received back my first two TTM requests ever.


No shock this would be the first one I ever had success with. I had included his 2013 Topps card in the envelope - a TTM would make for a nice rainbow addition. Unfortunately, Gordon just signed the one card. No biggie, because I got lots of stamps.


I've read of great success with Juan Pierre. Even though he wasn't invited to Spring Training with the Marlins, I sent the request through the team at their home stadium. Juan was gracious to sign all the cards and return them pretty quick. Man, I do love that Ginter signed. I think each and every A&G card I pull from a repack are getting mailed for an autograph. And for those that are not sure, here's Juan's Bible verse.

Lots of chances for good mail that doesn't rely on the kindness of bloggers. Keep your eyes open.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Running out the door

My wife wants me to do wife-y types of things with her today. I havem't posted in a couple days and really wanted to clear out a scan folder. Let's type quickly.


Marcus at all the way to the backstop sent me a thank you package for the Tis the Season card giveaway. No way I am going to turn down a nice group of colored border cards.


Nor a ton of Konerko cards. I have a TTM out to Paulie - I hope I get a return from him. Thanks Marcus!


I posted the miscuts I received from Matt at Once A Cub a few days back. Here's the rest of the first of two envelopes I need to post (I have to scan package #2). How does one get so damn many golds? I always get the crap players. Yes - in that line of reason, Clayton Kershaw would be considered "crap" because of the lack of a White Sox logo on his uniform.


I remember going into a dark room to shine a flashlight thru the back of the scratch game and score some of those gold stamped "winner" cards from '92 Topps. I never got a single ChiSox in any of the returns packages.


Well well well..... A needed autograph for my binder. Thanks as always, Matt.


Speaking of autos, Dion from Dion's IP Autos only has become a regular trade partner. I pull an auto, I email Dion, he sends me his updated trade list and we work out a deal. It's pretty simple to work with Dion, and he has a ton of great autos to pick from. Boots Day - I remember that card from my youth, so when I saw it on the sheet, it was an easy pick. And Hicks is an auto I definitely needed. Great pitcher for the Sox, and a shame when he passed away a couple years back. Sox fans really loved Hickey cuz he was just an average Joe that made it to the Bigs.

And now my wife is standing at the door tapping her foot.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday - 04.03.2014

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.

 Marlon Anderson - 2003 Donruss - Philadelphia Phillies