Monday, October 20, 2014

Good day sunshine!

The end has arrived. I had a blast sorting and showing off the generosity of Wes over these past 10 days, and we have reached the pinnacle of the gifts, even though there are no Pinnacles in this scan. Without further delay, let's show off the super rare and unique cards Wes included, and the cryptic statement on the side of the box will finally be understood.

I pulled a card similar to this out of a blaster of 2014 Heritage. But that is numbered to 50, and it's not a White Sox. This 2011 GQ release is numbered to 10, and a team I collect, which combined together makes for a sweet addition.

The start of the 1/1s. Yes - I said "start", implying plural. I have only one other sketch card in my collection, and I pulled that from a pack of Star Wars Galaxy. Such a unique collectable. Tempy Moore has a lot of talent, so it's a nice addition to my binder.

I have pulled two plates in my life. First was a Verlander Bowman, which I sent to Hot Corner Cards. Second is a autographed Bowman Chrome Johnny Field I currently have on Ebay. At this time of typing, there are no bids, so if someone wants to trade me for it, email me quickly and I'll pull it down. But back to this plate. It's a fine replacement for that Field I am looking to send out of 2x3 headquarters.

Sticking with yellow, but moving to the 206 release. I like how these mini plates are framed. While I couldn't get into the main 206 cards, I should consider the minis. I think they work nicer as a set.

Third and final plate is this cyan from the 2013 Topps minis. It's a DP turn too. Oh, the dilemma of what binder to store this in.

However, here comes the big hit of the box, and for a nerd like me, something that brings me back to being 13.

I've done some amazing things in my Star Wars "career". I've hung out and drank with Chewie. took part in two charitable movie premiers, meet plenty of the actors from the movies - this is a great addition to my SW collection. When I opened the mini box, I saw the thickness of this card and knew it was the one item that Wes felt would be the biggest gift to me out of all the cards he sent, and he wasn't wrong.

Again, and I may have said it too much, but not enough - thanks for your generous heart, Wes.

But I am not so sure about that outfit. :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Clearing skies....

Just two posts left regarding the generosity of Wes from Jaybarkerfan's Junk.  Wes just posted yesterday he is stepping away for a bit from his blog, but his mailing insanity will continue. So we have have sadness, as we won't get to read his words, but he will still be blessing people with amazing card drops. I think, in honor of the Giants and the Royals making the series, he should focus on a couple of those bloggers.

Anyhow, in the mini box, Wes sent 18 cards that were autographed. Hey look - another multiple of three!!! Let's have at them.

So one of the autos was not a former White Sox. But it is from 2013 Heritage. Which is the 1964 reprint. Which I am trying to build. I think that's why Wes sent it. All I know is I like it! Quite the difference in the mostly legible auto from Lance and ......whatever that is from Wesley.

I thought Kip Wells should have had a better career. Too much in the way of health issues. Purvis never made it out of the minors. Jeff couldn't be consistent enough at the plate for a career in MLB.

I LOVE the Leaf auto cards. Clean, big signature area, and on card. Plus you get those oddball player autos. Casey spent 10 years in the minors, but couldn't make it to the bigs.

Few more prospects that never panned out. However, I love me some White Sox, so I love these cards. Keenyn is still in the White Sox system, but stuck in Double-A. Pedro played two games with the Sox in 2005, went to the Reds in a waiver draft and played 14 more games before his career ended.

Morel was another high hope/low return ChiSox, now riding the bench in Pittsburgh. Silverio was a highly rated prospect in the system, but is now with the Reds. Getz - he did okay. Nothing great, but spent a few years with the Sox and Royals.

Brandon Allen bounced around the bigs and even spent a year in Japan. And.....wait....what it this? UNCERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH?!?!?

I'm outta here!

Lastly, one of the autos was an auto/relic.

Another player that I am not sure why we let him go. He was sent to Tampa for "future considerations"., what did end up getting? I can't find anything that tells me.

Another thanks, Wes, for the great binder additions. Alright folks, tomorrow is the LAST post about this box. So what's left? How about the super rare, the super cool, and the super odd. Come back and see. I think the sky is getting brighter.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Raindrops begin to slow up...

I hope you are all holding up and still playing along as I show some appreciation to Wes over at Jaybarkerfan's Junk. We are now getting to the hits of the box, though pretty much everything in the thing was a hit when you think about it.

While the rain is finally letting up, there are still drops failing from trees, buildings and signs that drip down. Put your umbrella away too soon and your shirt will still get wet. The shirts (and bats) from these cards, though, probably only saw water in the equipment room washing machine. Yesterday, it was 21 serialed cards. Today, we have 15 relics. My scanning OCD likes when they come in multiples of three.

The Paulies head right into the new Konerko binder. I must pick up a box of Goudey for myself to rip. I love this retro homage set. Not sure I need Jeter's mug staring at me that many times, though. BTW - both of these guys won a ring in 2005. In fact, that is a pretty common factor in all the scans.

Years of Ginter. It's a shame Thome never won the big one. Peavy got his WS ring last year in Boston. Buehrle won in 2005, of course.

Couple of nice Magglio bat pieces (from the same bat, maybe?) and a cool Podzilla relic, who was never much of a batting threat, except that one at bat in 2005.

Another Beckham for the relic binder. Garcia has a great season in 2005, 14-8 in the regular season but 3-0 in the post. Jenks came on strong, had a memorable duel with Bagwell in game 1, and then flamed out, unfortunately.

Here are the final three relics. My second Fox from the Doruss Champions set, though the image is different, as well as one from Heritage. The Fisk dual relic is a nice card. I think if the Sox logo was a little bigger, it would fill that space perfectly.

The last booms of thunder clear the sky, and the clouds start to break apart.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Umbrella blown inside out...

Now we hit the heart of Wes' bombing - the mini box.

As I mentioned a few posts back, this is a 100 count box stuffed with cards. While it wasn't filled with 100 cards, you will know soon enough why that wasn't possible. Within the box was serialed cards, relic cards, autographed cards and a couple other special additions. We are going to start with the 21 serialed cards from the box. Technically, one serial card was in an envelope, but who's going to get upset and  look a gift horse in the mouth?


Unlike past posts, you are going to see everything. So be ready for an image heavy post. 

I hope you forgive me if I don't rattle off the numbers of the cards. With luck, they are on the face like these three. I miss JD's consistency at the plate. And I thought Piece of History had boring base cards. I wonder who green lighted that set at UD?

Higher end base cards with Finest and Triple Threads. I miss Buehrle in a Sox uniform. They need to bring him back. I don't miss Quentin, and I think a few Dodger fans feel the same way.

We'll have to see if Beckham is still in LA next season. Recent injuries have not made him a hot commodity. BTW - the Ramirex and the 206 Beckham are chromed cards, if it wasn't coming across. The Panini is a like a cracked ice refractor.

How about some colored borders from Bowman? This shade of orange is so much nicer than the orange they put in the box sets. And the Durham at the bottom has red foil. So much wasted space on on the base cards from Champions. Relics look much, much nicer.

Blue borders this time. Iguchi headed straight for the PC binder. That blue within the blue on the Upchurch hurts my eyes. Serafin never made it out of AAA, while Upchurch only got to A+ ball.

Museum. Now that is a nice looking set. Not as busy at Triple Threads. The Sweeney Bowman at the right looks much better in person. Well - color wise. The card design is rough on the eyeballs.

And let's end this with these three. Humber had his day in the sun, and then poof. Shame that Dunn never got an at bat in the post season. Not a shame that the Sox traded him. He come over and never brought the bat we saw in the NL. 

I think the rain is starting to let up and the clouds may be moving out. Though, could be a couple more posts before all is said and done. Tomorrow, let's see the relics.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thunder and lightning....

Players get nickhames, but I don't think a lot of double play combos get a good nickname. There might be a few out there, that a Google search isn't turning up, but usually, the second baseman and the shortstop just get known by their last names.

Morgan and Concepcion. Russell and Lopes. Trammell and Whitaker. No flashy nicknames like you find in hockey, football or auto racing.

 Jostle & Fricassee

So while thunder and lightning certainly doesn't refer to Little Louie and the Mighty Mite, it would be a shame to show off the cards Wes sent for my two projects in separate posts. 

Wes sent a total of 8 cards to add into my Nellie Fox Project. That 60 All Star card was a hard find for my Pierce Project, so it's nice to cross that off.  Lot of red in the other two cards.

Slightly chewed up by scissors, but I love these cards. Top is a 1963 Jell-O card, while the bottom is from a 1961 box of Post. I like the smaller size of the Jell-O card because of the natural size of the gelatin box.

Hey Night Owl - they cut off the top of his head ala Panini. Still, this is a gorgeous card.

The Keystone Combo card doesn't go against either Project - not until I get a 2nd for the binder. But see how nice and simple these cards are, Topps? And the complete lack of manufacturer's marks? Vintage always rules over modern.

Last is just one card into the Aparicio section of the binder pages. I imagine the kid folded this up and stuffed it into his back pocket heading off to the park for a pickup game. Or to school. Now, it's in my hands and no more folding.

On to the really good stuff next. Serials, relics, autos and the best of the best.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The sky starts opening up...

Well, the box from Wes starts to rain, and it's raining vintage. Lots and lots of vintage. We all have our own basis for when vintage begins. To me, it's anything pre 80. Fleer seriously entered the game in 1980, and while I can view the first couple sets from Fleer as vintage, I just draw the general line at '79 and earlier. So - how much new vintage did I receive?


Yes - 64 cards in my collection. A few dupes, but all total it was 64. Which makes for a hell of a segue when the first scan I show is this.

Yup. You should know I am working on the 1964 Topps set. If not, shame on you. Or shame on me for not talking about it enough. Out of the 64 vintage cards, 27 went into my '64 build. And the quality was just what I like - not perfect, but loved. Here's three of them. Gotta love a guy with the name "Bill McCool". Great addition with Jesus & Felipe's brother and Moises uncle with Matty. And I cannot figure out the writing on the Altman, besides the 73 in the upper right. I wonder what that referenced...

Here's a couple more. Keane surprisingly retired from the Cards after winning the World Series in '64, only to more surprisingly take over as manager of the Yanks in '65. I know the plight of helping the kids do math, but the hell if I ever grabbed a card for scratch paper. And to think the first all transistorized calculator came out in 1964.

So working through the rest of the years, Wes sent two '51 Bowman and the one '55 Topps. Put that '55 in my sampler binder and crossed the year off my needs list.

Also in the envelopes were three cards from 1958, two from 1959 (nice shopjob on Latman's cap), two from 1960 (which is a set that is growing on me in style), two from '63 and two from '65. The dupes from 64 went into my Sox team sets, so thanks for those, Wes.

And here are the last years from the vintage: one from 1967, one from 1968, six cards from 1969, four out of the 1970, one 1971 (please White Sox - bring back those blues for a throwback, along with the white stirrups and blue sannies), five from 1972 and four cards from 1973. And yes, that 1970s rookie card is trimmed on the edge. Though, instead of saying trimmed, I'm saying it's more "Honey? Have you see the scissors? Jaaaaack. No, Jack. NO! Put those scissors down. No! STOP!".

Thank you. You like me. You really like me!

Tomorrow, I am suspending Throwback Thursday to keep on the bombing. We'll finish up the vintage with new additions to my Fox and Aparicio player collections. Then, into the mini box of fun. This storm isn't letting up for a few more days.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The eerie silence....

In the changing of the weather, it's always calm right before the big stuff starts. Same with the box from Wes. So before we get to the vintage and the rest, let's show off part two of the White Sox additions.

We'll start with a nice bunch of Thome. Now, if I had changed my collecting years before, I would consider starting a player collection, but it's just too hard. I may sort out all the SOx cards I have of Jim, but that will be the limit. That hit parade in the upper right fills an interesting hole. A good year ago, I won that very card on Listia. The seller shipped me the wrong card - a Frank Thomas hit parade. The Big Hurt wasn't a Sox on the card, though. Seller never came through to make it right. It's the only transaction on Listia I never left feedback for.

Some Beckhams. No on the PC with him as well, though I still like the guy even though he's in Cali.



I really should figure out which colored parallels I am missing from team sets. I think the sheer number in 2014 really put a damper on figuring out missing cards from previous years.

Technically, this is pre 80 vintage, but I am lumping it in here, cuz really, it's my blog. Far better version on this Hostess then the one I own. And the background? That's not even a high school field? Hell - Benny, Squints and Ham played on a nicer field than that!


This is a big card. Seriously, if you don't have one of these Score cards (from what year, I cannot figure out) you are a little surprised if you have handled other round cards/coins. I would say it's three inches across. Really glossy too.

Lastly, from the current Sox are these three Konerkos for the new PC. I have to admit - that Band of Brothers card is not that bad. Bland - yes. But it works.

If you are keeping track, that was the prelude envelope, Blackhawks and post 80 White Sox. Tomorrow, we'll visit the vintage, followed by vintage player collections. Then, we dive into the last box I was to open. See the one in the lower right.

It's labeled "open last". Oh, do I dare to share the wears in there. Look - another rhyme. Even though I didn't rhyme out "Sox", let's show another video with that cutie Szilvia Péter Szabó (from Nox).