Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tis the Season: let's give stuff away

Ok - I am behind this year as opposed to the last two years of Tis the Season, but let's start if off quickly. If you are new to Tis the Season, it's very simple:

You get free stuff.

That's all there is to it. I have my commons box from the 2014 card season. I hate dupes, so you have a change to get all my dupes for simply a couple minutes of your time. In the past, I have had guessing contests for the cards. This year, I am going to do it a little differently. I have broken out all the stacks of free cards into 15 different groups. You have a chance for:

One of two 2014 Topps flagship baseball stacks (series 1, 2 and update)
One of two stacks of 2014 Gypsy Queen
A stack of 2014 Heritage
A stack or 2014 Panini Golden Age (no minis, sorry)
One of two stacks of random 2014ish football cards
A stack of random 2014ish baseketball cards
A stack of Allen and Ginter cards (mostly 2013 but some 2014 in there)
A stack of 2014 Bowman & Bowman Chrome
A stack of soccer cards (yes, Panini World Cup is in there)
Three other stacks of oddball releases, like UFC, WWE, golf, UD World of Sports, Panini Americana

So how do you get a stack? We are going to let the great and powerful Randomizer decide the 15 winners. To take part, I have created a form to fill out. It lists the 15 different stacks available. Just rank the stacks from 1 to 15, with #1 being the stack you really, REALLY want, and #15 being that stack that will end up lining the bottom of your bird's cage.

As with all my contests, you are welcome to promote it if you want. You can follow me if you want. But neither are a requirement. Being that this is so late getting posted, I will give everyone until the Dec 27th to fill out the form. At midnight, I will cut of the entries and run the Randomizer to select the winners.

So if you would like to get some free cards, just click the right spot on the image below to be taken to the form.
My silly boyfriend! Just click me anywhere to get to the form!
As I mentioned earlier this week, everyone will have a chance to get something this season. I expect to post the other giveaway post on the 24th. Just because you win in the Randomizer, you will still be able to select something from that post. More on that when Wednesday comes along.

Got questions - take a few seconds and you can find out how to contact me.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sensory overload

So all of us pretty much learned when we were younger about the senses we have in our body. You know the five - smell, sight, sound, touch and taste. Aristotle came up with that list. We actually have more, closer to nine and maybe as many as 22. But when you dive into other senses above the first 5, it becomes harder to describe. Sure, I step outside right now without a shirt on and know pretty quick the thermometer is closer to zero than 100. That still seems like a bit of the touch sense.

When it comes to baseball cards, most of us only attribute them to two senses: sight and touch. Yet, over 100+ years of cards, we have touched on all of the senses.


I could post pretty much any card here and demonstrate "sight", but when you think about Championship Baseball, you have more than the cards. The playing board, the tokens, the box - all of the pieces really are something to add in viewing the cards. They take on much more than just holding them in our hands to view the front, then flip them over to read the back. 


Again, almost any card could be here, but think about all the changes that cards have gone through. The sizes and shapes, the gloss, the foil, the embossing, the addition of jersey swatches and patches - all allow us to get a different sense of the cards. Just like this '96 Fleer with the matte finish. Quite the change to cards than everything else coming out since the late 80's.


Cards were flat, inanimate squares of paper. Then, Starting Lineup released Electronic Talking Baseball, and now we could hear the player on the card "playing" a ball game. A year later, Topps jumped into the sound with Baseball Talk cards. Then, Donruss and Upper Deck put a card on a CD, so you could watch and hear videos of the player on your computer.


While officially no card exists you can eat (to my knowledge), there are still a plethora of cards released by food companies and restaurants. Slurpee, Jimmy Dean, Denny's, Hostess, and even Red Heart dog food to name but very, very few. Plenty of food products you can munch on as you hope to pull out a nice Griffey card and not a.... DAMMIT!


Now, just a year ago, an official scratch and sniff card was released by minor league club the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. But here, in my mind, is the first card you could smell. Plant the card, water it and in a short period of the time the seeds within the card would sprout. I wonder how many people planted these?

Baseball cards - much more than something pretty to look at.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday - 12.18.2014

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.

Bud Black - 1993 Donruss - New York Giants

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Look out - Christmas is coming!

If you have been around here, this is the time of the year I run my Tis the Season, giveaway. I usually have started it by now, but for some reason I was REALLY behind getting it organized. I'm still going to get it started, though. I have cards mostly sorted, and I have some scanning to do. I am going to do things a little differently this year in regard to my 2014 commons, but I think it should work fine. Plus, as always, there is a gift for everyone who would like a gift. I'm shooting for Saturday for the first post, so please come back. 'K?

Did you call me, sweetie?

I still have other stacks to posts, though. Far too much kindness from you bloggers, non bloggers and generally nice people (except for Weber at Hot Corner - I just know he's going to Bip me). Dime Box Nick and I are overdue for Orland, which is nice cuz Nick is fun to hang with, talk with about cards, and we can just hand over stacks of card board in person, since we pretty much have a 4-6 week pipeline going between our homes anyway. His latest package was the standard feast for the eyes, boxes and binders.

There's always some cardboard he finds in one of the 20k worth of dime boxes he searches that I need. Here's just five of them. Love the hockey mask on Alomar, and I really would like to find more of the Cracker Jack set Topps put out 10 years or so ago. That One Dog card in the battling cage, though. That's the type of card that reminds us all how great Stadium Club was, and is back to being. Easily one of the top 50 images ever on a card. 

Ya know - I think I over reduced the size of these scans. They look blurrier than normal. Sorry. Anyway, Nick is probably in the top three of people that have contributed to my throwback and bunting binders. In this latest package were 18 throwback cards. That Berroa in the old Negro League Monarchs uniform is beautiful. 

In the bunting category, Nick added 13 to the binder total. Such the contrast between that Cracker Jack and the Guillen Fleer. Someone should put originals of each card in a capsule and launch it into space. What will the aliens think when they recover that?

I'm showing this last card for a few reasons. A) 2008 Stadium Club. B) Nice picture. C) Miscut.

Hold up. I thought it was miscut, and I wonder if Nick thought the same. That white border at the bottom screams this thing being out of line. Yet, every version of this card I have viewed on ebay has the same white stripe at the bottom. What gives, Topps? Misprint? 

Thanks as always, Nick. Let's look to hit up Orland in January or February. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Staying organized

One of my 2014 goals was to get my collection organized. Thankfully, through getting a bunch of binder cards on Zistle, getting all my current Sox cards sorted by year in a 5k box (removing the dupes), and getting my team set needs into Google Drive (more on that in some future post), I am in a position to quickly identify the cards that fill holes in my collection, upgrade cards as needed, and put the dupes aside (which I think I will use to get my great nephew into card collecting).

Recently, I got an out of the blue envelope from Rob at Texas Rangers Cards. In with the team bag was a biz card he had written the following note:

There were a total of 29 cards in the envelope. So let's see if there is one or two I need, or maybe we beat the odds?

I didn't need the Kessinger. That isn't to say I didn't keep it, though. It was a far nicer version than the creased copy I had in my teams set, so I call that card a need. I am almost done with the '91 Ultra set, and the Pasqua was a dupe. Believe it or not, I have a lot of junk wax needs, one being that Karko. So far - 2 needs and 1 dupe.

Rob included 11 total 1990 Topps cards. I only needed Hillegas, Pasqua and Karkovice. However, I always need a rookie card of the Big Hurt, so 4 needs out of 11. Running total: 6 needs and 8 dupes.

Mish-mash of 2014 Topps, and some early UD releases. The only Garcia I have is in my bunting binder, so this card went to the 2014 team set. Keppinger is a dupe, as are both of the Fisk cards. Each 1993 UD cards (damn, what a great set) were needed in the Sox box, filling team set openings. Running total: 12 needs and 11 dupes.

Last scan from the envelope. The only piece of cardboard I didn't need was the mini Baines. I bought maybe 5 total packs of Heritage prior to 2012, so all the Heritage cards I have in that 5000 count box came from you folks.

So the final total: 29 cards sent - 17 cards added to the collection. Far, far better than the "hope you can use one or two" comment from Rob. Thanks a bunch for the cards. I hope when I get my envelope out to you I can add at least one or two new cards to your collection.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday - 12.11.2014

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.

Robinson Cano - 2014 Topps Stadium Club - Seattle Mariners

Monday, December 8, 2014

Email not required

One of my side ideas to this blog, when I started it and began to make trades, was to be able to send out cards at will. No need to send an email to someone, talk about what I have, and then maybe what you have, then do you need this or that or any other of a thousand questions. Just here - have some cards. I'm getting to the point of that pretty much. An email kicks off the first time trades (you few out there I have not forgotten you - we'll get something completed), but for the most part, I just send out a stack, and in time the generosity of the receiver is returned in kind. There may be dupes in the package, but that never bothers me. And an email might go out if there is a hit or something rare, just to confirm, but throw it in the padded envelope and away it goes.


Here's a couple packages that just showed up. First off is a guy that blogs SO much he really needs to give his keyboard a break. Or maybe he broke it, like his phone. Chris from Old Foul Cardboard (I'll shame you until you start posting again, dude) finds all the best stuff. I'm not sure how all the ChiSox and Blackhawks cards make it to NY state, but thank goodness I have a connection in the area.

Start with a couple gorgeous miscuts with some amazing players shown. Quite the range of facial hair between the four of them.

I have pulled two Kings swatches from this year's UD. So I'll take a Hawks when I can. And newly retired Paulie cards are always welcome in my binders. Thanks as always Chris (and Kyle).

The other out of the blue came from your favorite addict and mine: TJ from Junior Junkie. Besides Tim Wallach, is there any other blogger easier to shop for? Find the Kid, mail the Kid. So for all my recent Kid's, TJ hit me back with a nice group of needs.

Shiny, goldy Durhams. Dig all those empty Yankee stadium seats. That's not a Jeet's cameo, btw. Not drafted yet in 91.

That Griff must be a dupe, and I love me some Topps Fi........ hold up. Let me fix that card........

MUCH better!! See how they look when you remove the card condom? #releaseyourfinest

Glad the 2014 Finest offering has no covering. The Johnson in the upper left is a refractor. Rienzo is wearing the "Halfway to St Patty's Day" uniform. The Sale, lower right, is a rainbow foil variation from Stadium Club (obviously) and a nice addition to the Throwback binder. I should chase the other versions: gold, electric, foilboard and Members Only. But the best for last....

Nice on of Erik Johnson, and I'm not a Ventura collector, but glad to add a relic of his in my binder. Thanks as always, TJ.

BTW - TJ revealed today  that he is a huge MST3K fan, and the next time Chris writes a post is a mystery. COINCIDENCE??? This is the 3rd time I have used a version of this song. COINCIDENCE??? Sarah McLachlan is super gorgeous, damn talented, writes great songs, should marry me and does those doggy commercials, and I have a dog. COINCIDENCE???