Sunday, December 4, 2016

Black Friday hauls

With the Uber driving, I was able to build up some funds for me to spend on Black Friday. While I did go through and load up my COMC shopping cart, I never pulled the trigger on any of the cards. I don't know - I just wasn't feeling like some of the cards were that great of a deal. But I always had my eye on some boxes. When all was said and done, I bought 4 boxes to rip from BF deals.

* box of 2016-17 Upper Deck hockey series 1 from my LCS
* box of 2015 Upper Deck Firefly:The 'Verse from Dave and Adams.
* box of 2012 Panini Golden Age from Steel City Collectibles
* box of 2013 Panini Golden Age from Steel City Collectibles

Did you mean how'd I do? Like were the boxes good and did I get nice hits? That's what you meant, right?

Let's start with the UD hockey. No, I did not pull the Auston Matthews Young Gun. Boo! But I did nab that card about an hour ago with a blaster, so I am happy. The box was a great start at building the set. I did pull on gold exclusive and one Clear Cut acetate card.

Not huge names. I also pulled a relic from my box.

I know someone with "too many" cards that will be receiving this soon.

Next up let's look at the 2012 Golden Age. I have talked of my love of this set, if only for the 3 years it existed. But since Panini killed it, we can get over run with football and baseketball releases that all look the same, so yay 'Merica.

I pulled one of the felt pennant box toppers of Citation. This was the first pack I ripped from either box, and probably a foreshadowing. You are guaranteed one relic and one auto in a box.

I nice Yankee jersey swatch from Sweet Lou, and the name Jean Cruguet may not be a household name, but on Seattle Slew he brought in the first undefeated Triple Crown horse across the finish line.

Let's jump to the Firefly box, because while I have a tough time picking which box was better, I am going to believe many will pick the 2013 Golden Age with the best hits. This is my 2nd box of Firefly, and I was not able to complete the set. Which just means I have to buy a third! You get 3 hits per box: one manu relic and usually 2 autos - one of an actor and one of an artist. I beat the odds big time.

That's my manu relic. It's ok. At least it's different than the first box. I think these fake relics suck, so let's move on.

Nice grouping here, with a 1/1 sketch card of Mel done by John Sloboda, and a reprint card (a card drawn by the artist printed with a matte finish) autographed by Karen Hallion. John autographed the back of the sketch card too. All the artist did great work in this set, so it's nice to add their autographs.

Three leather cards in a box. I just showed them off to remind people that the woman on the right is a younger Christina Hendricks.

You like my excuses....

No huge pull on the actor autograph, pulling Edward Atterton. But if I ever go for master set, I have it crossed off the list. And btw, that's 4 hits, and there was one more to be found.

It's the blue plate on the left. I matched the card with it so you can see the full image it builds. Five hits in total in the box. And here's the interesting thing: if this was an open box in a store, if you pulled the correct stack of packs, you would have yanked the entire box. All five hits came from the same stack (upper left if I recall).

Ok - 2013 Golden Age. I completed the base of all three years, but at $25 (for 2012) and $30 (for 2013) a box, I could not pass up the deal. Plus all the inserts and minis. Some folks gamble on $300 boxes. I do the same at 1/10th the cost.

Back to the horses with the Exhibit style box topper. Steve Cauthen is a little better known, riding Affirmed to the Triple Crown in 1978 at the tender age of 18, the youngest Triple Crown jockey ever.

And some monster hits with the relic and autograph. Nice leather swatch from a glove of Gene Tunney. It feels super soft. In the pack before I snagged the Berra auto, I pulled a Berra mini and commented "Pulling this signature would not be bad at all". Then boom.

Good times from this year's Black Friday. There will be Golden Age and Firefly cards available in the upcoming Tis The Season IV. Yes - that will be starting very soon. Be ready! Oh - and one last thing from the Firefly box.

RIP, Shepherd Book.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday - 12.01.2016

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.

Frank Thomas - 2000 Topps Stars - Chicago American Giants

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Norman Bates in the house

I don't do a lot of TTM requests. I'd like to send out more, but considering how well I'm mailing cards to you folks, sending out autograph requests is farther down the list. Did receive an envelope yesterday with my hand writing on it and was at a loss of whom it was from.

If you look in the upper left of each card, there is a bend in there. Oh well - that happens with TTM requests. I forgot about this as I sent it to Lyons a good year ago. I mailed it to his office with NESN and plain forgot about it. But a great return, and so happy he put his nick name on a couple of the cards. Guess which binder the card on the left is going into.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Know me well

The nice thing about constant streams of mailers is the sender really knowing what you like. I'm overdue sending a package to GCRL Jim, now blogging at cards as i see them, but Jim still dropped a recent mailer on me.

Bunting? He know me well. Winfield is from the 1985 Fleer/Leaf Minnesota All Star Game set. Winfield actually bunted once in his life?

Double plays? He know me well. With a couple Dodgers, I assume they are dupes Jim has received. Not dupes to me, though.

Throwbacks? He know me well. And what the hell, San Diego, BRING BACK THE BROWN ALREADY!

Buybacks? He know me well. Jim Essian buyback

Assorted White Sox? He know me well. That super sweet red back Zarilla is going to go into my sampler binder. It was the last Topps card I needed. I'm three Bowman (1949, 1953 and 1954) and a bunch of OPC short of having one design from each year release of Topps, Bowman, OPC and Upper Deck. I need to work on Score, Donruss and Leaf. Some day.

Thanks a bunch again, Jim. You know me well.

Friday, November 25, 2016

3.3 cents wasted

I like me some cheap dollar store cards. Not just the blog, so to speak, though I love reading DJ's words. Actually hitting the dollar store and buying cards for a buck. Packs that looked like this were pretty common around my house for a few years.

Image borrowed from Heart Breaking Cards cuz I threw my wrapper away.
But these 30 cards packs are becoming harder to find at the Dollar Tree. I'll dig when I can to find them, but they are being replaced with 20 card packs. Mostly, I find the mixed sports edition, and I'm not a fan of those. More than half the cards I don't collect. I lucked out with a recent find of the baseball edition, though I think the company wanted to have some fun with me.

Sure, there were recent cards, including Segura's war face. Or did he eat a lot of cheese recently?

A guy who never used steroids. Even though he did.

Bunch of players north of the border.

Including this Good player. Except he wasn't that good.

Some players in unfamiliar uniforms.


And then this appeared:


(BTW - it is impossible to find the original video to post. But you can view it here.)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Shot down

So from the news today, we lost Ralph Branca today at the young age of 90. Ralph certainly did not have anything resembling a Hall of Fame career, only going 88-68 and appearing in 3 All Star games. But we all know how he is linked forever to Bobby Thomson. The good thing about the ordeal of being labeled the goat is how Ralph took it in stride and it didn't affect his life. You think about others that were on the losing end of bad plays and how they were forever branded with their mistake, like Mickey Owen, Fred Merkle, Bill Buckner, Donnie Moore and others. Many came to terms with their low point, while others did not.

Even after allegations that the Giants were stealing signs, Branca said "...even if Bobby knew what was coming, he had to hit it ... Knowing the pitch doesn't always help." For those unfamiliar, we call people who say things like that "pure class".

I picked this up last Feburary and have yet to show it off. Today seems like the right time. I am sure the smudge on the "c" in Branca turned a lot of people off from buying it, so I was able to get it for about $6.50 with shipping. But $4 of that was shipping. Ebay gougers. Hard, though, to pass on a nice one card autograph as this. I just need a Thomson to complete the grouping.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Lazy Sunday...

I'm chilling today. I spent Friday driving up to Ishpeming so I can get some snow tires on my daughter's car. It was snowy and icy and total crap up there. On Saturday, I spent 5 hours in the Walmart waiting for the tires to be mounted. Then spent the rest of the day driving back home. So I have done very little today. My son is in town for the week - we are going to do some framing in the basement as we convert half of it into a sort of apartment for when my daughter comes back. So we picked up some 2x4s and I spent time researching roughing in a bathroom. Though, I think I will go instead with a macerating toilet. Cuz nothing says fun like high speed blades chopping up solids.

You're gonna love my poop.
So let's clean out the scans folder with a little bit of thanks. First off, Judson from the great My Cardboard Habit.

A few highlights from the 22 cards Judson sent to help me complete the 2016 A&G set. Pert of my wants to put that Clemente in the bunting binder, but the more I look at the image, the pose is less in the bunt position and more how he has his hands positioned. So no binder for you, Roberto.

Most may snooze on a '72 Aparicio, but when I need it for the player collection, I jump for joy. Especially when a 40+ year old card looks pack fresh. Thanks for the mailer, Meeks.

Blackhawks means one thing: A mailer from north of the border. More goodies from DJ at Sportscards From The Dollar Store. Just a little reminder for those unaware: that "prospect" on the left? Yeah - only Dominik Hasek. After losing in the Cup finals to the Penguins in 1991, we decided to go with the goaltending tandem of Belfour and Waite, trading Hasek to Buffalo. No "Brock for Broglio" level of trade, but still pretty damn stupid.

That's some better reminders of the Hawks sweater. Hossa just scored his 500th goal, putting him in pretty elite company. I think you can pretty much say, right now, every player pictured in the scan gets into the Hockey HOF.

Always a few White Sox to be found in the Great White North. Love that throwback on Tim Anderson. And I am not sure what Albert is wearing on the base paths in the bottom card. Looks like some free apparel is just caught from a t-shirt cannon.

Erik Johnson autograph? Sure. We gave him up to get Shields. I am still not sure if that was a good trade. Maybe James can make a comeback next season.

I watch these every so often on ebay, so it's nice to finally own one. It's actually a manupatch done by Upper Deck. Kind of cheezy, like all manupatches are, but glad to own one just the same. Hoping TVR can come back from his recent injury. I think he is in a bit of the dog house with Coach Q, so he may not be long in the Indian sweater.

I really wish Rienzo panned out better. Not sure if he over used his arm, lost control or what, but from a highly touted rookie to out of the game in 3 years? Still, a nice on card auto numbered to 25 is a sweet addition to the binder. But that case - it just won't do.

That's better. Thanks Doug! Ok - better get that bathroom in.