Monday, December 11, 2017

#UDRAK from That Sports Card Show and Upper Deck

Recently David Anton of Upper Deck was on the "That Sports Card Show" podcast talking about social media and a bit of ePack.  They gave away a few (ten, I believe) #UDRAK maildays and I was fortunate enough to be selected.  I saw tweets over the weekend that people had received them and I figured today was my day. 

Sure enough, when I returned to my desk from my Monday meeting, two envelopes (I will post the other tomorrow) were on it.  It doesn't matter if I'm at work, I always open bubble envelopes immediately. 


The winners were contacted on ePack (you had to have an ID to win) and asked what we collect.  I'm a Blackhawks guy and Upper Deck didn't disappoint.  I don't know all the details of the distribution, but a signed Tyler Motte oversized Young Guns is a very cool piece to add to my collection.  With the NHL Draft logo on it, I believe it was likely signed at the draft in Chicago this year. 

I'm not sure exactly what the Marvel piece is.  I will definitely give it to a friend for his son that's into the comic thing.  A highly underappreciated item that companies send sometimes are pens.  I work an office job and use them all the time.  I also keep track of mine and there's no doubt that I will use this one until it's out of ink. 

Finally, two packs of Series 1 were included.  So far I've only purchased two blasters but I do want to complete the set.  Hopefully inside is a handful of cards that I can use for my set. 


YOUNG GUNS!  They are 1:6 packs and I beat the odds here.  While I really wanted to pull an Alex DeBrincat, I need this one for my set, making it a win.  I also needed the Jakob Chychrun for my set.  I can't complain at 25% cards I needed in a pack that I paid nothing for!


Not only did I beat the odds in pack one with the Young Guns, there was a Paul Martin Clear Cut Parallel in my second pack.  Those are 1:72 packs and it's only the second one I've pulled from a pack.  I opened three boxes last season and got one, falling right at the odds.  In other good news, I needed the other seven cards for my set. 

Thank you for the contest and the cards, The Sports Card Show, David and Upper Deck.  While I may have some gripes time to time, I truly believe that none of the other card manufacturers comes anywhere close to taking care of their customers.  Upper Deck's social media presence has a lot to do with it.  You can disagree, it's just what I see.  The others could, and should, learn from Upper Deck.

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!  If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  Happy collecting!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

PWE from The Angels, In Order

A few months ago, the fiance had me sign up for something with USPS that sends me a daily email with scans of (some) of the incoming mail.  It's usually only envelopes, so most card deliveries are surprises when I get home.  While that surprise is good, I learned that knowing something is coming is equally as exciting when you don't know the contents. 

This week I saw a PWE scan of an envelope that was traveling a short distance.  Tom of The Angels, In Order, only lives ten or so miles from me.  There was a lot of goodness in that envelope!

Most of the cards were of a man that I'm hoping will be announced as a new Hall of Famer just hours after I post this...


WOW!  Some of my favorite sets!  Well, kind of.  1987 was the first year I collected sports cards and I put together multiple Topps and Donruss sets.  Those two will always be among my favorite sets ever.  I don't care about overproduction and all that.  It's nostalgia and memories of an innocent time in life.  What's better is that I've never owned an O-Pee-Chee or Leaf copy that I recall.  WAHOO!


The 1988 Score set is another favorite of mine that was represented in the envelope.  My LCS has boxes of these, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet.  I never built the set as a kid, but I plan to remedy that.  I'm always fond of Kay-Bee cards.  I loved the box sets.  Many have mentioned the small of opening Topps wax packs because of the gum.  Kay-Bee cards also had their own discernible smell.  As a kid of the late 1980s and early 1990s, I can't help but love the Classic "Saved By The Bell" design.


Despite the horrible design and so many off centered cards, 1986 Topps will always hold a special place in my heart.  It was the first set I ever owned.  A hand-collated set of these was given to me by my uncle for Christmas in 1986.  Sadly the set was lost in a house fire.  I've hand-collated another set and even went the extra mile to find and purchase the same album that my original set was in. 

Dale Murphy never played for the Phillies.  You will never convince me of that. 


RUSS DAVIS!


I mentioned my fondness for 1987 Topps above.  Because of it, I'm also working to complete sets from recent years with the design.  I needed two of the three of these for my set.  Love the throwback Phillies uniform. 

Thanks so much for the cards, Tom.  You made me smile and take a trip down memory lane. 

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!  If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  Happy collecting!

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Army-Navy Game Day and Two Heisman Winners

I'm getting old.  I used to love football but the changes in the game are causing a waning interest from myself.  Today is the Army-Navy game and I watch it yearly.  There's much more of an innocence and old-timey feel to it.  Perhaps I was born a few years too late.  Regardless, I will take the opportunity to show off some of my vintage Army guys.  Sorry Navy, I don't have any vintage Midshipmen in my PC.  Well, I kinda do (you'll see at the end).

Any discussion of Army football history isn't legit unless it contains "Mr. Inside" and "Mr. Outside." 

LINK: MR. INSIDE & MR. OUTSIDE

1955 Topps All-American #59 Doc Blanchard 

1955 Topps All-American #59 Doc Blanchard (back)
Doc Blanchard played one year of (freshman) football at North Carolina before enlisting in the Army.  During his three years at Army playing fullback the team complied a 27-0-1 record, winning three National championships.  He was named a Consensus All-American all three seasons.  For the 1945 season Blanchard won the James E. Sullivan Award, Sporting News Player of the Year, Maxwell Award and the Heisman Trophy.  He was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959.

After his playing days, Blanchard joined the Air Force.  He flew 84 missions over North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Inside died of pneumonia in 2009. 

1950 Bowman #16 Glenn Davis
This particular card isn't mine, but I will own a copy of it soon.  I did have a 1951 Bowman "Mr. Outside" Glenn Davis at one time, but must have sold it somewhere along the line. 

Davis played in the same backfield with Doc Blanchard and was a part of the same three championship teams, and was an All-American the same three seasons.  Blanchard won the Heisman Trophy in 1944 as a junior and Davis won in 1955. 

Davis served three years in the military before joining the Los Angeles Rams for the 1950 season.  He was named an All-Pro that season but injured his knee in 1951, ending his career. 

Davis died in 2005 and is interred at West Point Cemetery. 

If you love history of the game and don't know much about these gentlemen, I encourage you to research. 

As I went through my 1955 All-American cards I pulled the other Army and Navy players from the set.  However, there either are no Navy players, or I don't have them. 

1955 Topps All-American #95 Chris Cagle

1955 Topps All-American #25 Cas Myslinski

1955 Topps All-American #44 Ed Garbisch 

1955 Topps All-American #32 Hank Foldberg 

1955 Topps All-American #53 Jack Green 
I mentioned that there were no Navy players, but this is close.

1955 Topps All-American #6 Nile Kinnick 
1955 Topps All-American #6 Nile Kinnick

Nile Kinnick did not attend the Naval Academy.  He won the Heisman Trophy playing at the University of Iowa in 1939.  As you can read on the card back (wait, card backs matter?) he died piloting a Navy plane in 1943.  Kinnick was five weeks shy of his 25th birthday and the first Heisman Trophy winner to die. 

If you don't know who Kinnick is but the name sounds familiar, the University of Iowa football stadium has been named "Kinnick Stadium" since 1972. 

This was a different type of post for me and I hope that you enjoyed it.  If you can, tune in for the game today.  It is on CBS at 3pm eastern.  Throw out the records.  Throw out the stupid offenses and throwing 60 times a game that most run now.  Enjoy some football, the way it was created to be played. 

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!  If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  Happy collecting!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Database Trade with Collating Cards

I'm a big fan of the quick, small PWE trades.  A few weeks back Steve, of the Collating Cards blog, sent me one of those trade offers on Trading Card Database (you can find his profile here). 

His post went up a couple of weeks ago.  I didn't receive my cards until this week, but it was nothing to do with Steve.  I have most items sent to my office and PWEs end up going to the front desk and can take awhile to get to me.  This one took at least a week.  I know they'll make it and I never stress it.

I received three Dale Murphy cards. 


I've removed all Murphy cards from my wantlist for the time being.  I do want to acquire a complete run of his Topps cards and some select Fleer, Score, Donruss and Upper Deck.  These are going to fit right in! 

Thanks for the trade, Steve!  I'm sure we will make more in the future. 

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!  If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  Happy collecting!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!

I wanted to call this "Gatski, Gatski, Gatski" but didn't think it would grab the same amount of attention. 

Monday, I received an envelope from Jason.  Inside was one item, the third Frank Gatski autograph added to my collection in the last month. 


This is the first photo I have signed by Gatski.  The one you saw yesterday was an image that was printed on what I would call resume paper.  Thick, but not photo paper.  When Jason told me that he had a Gatski auto to send, I didn't really think about "what" it would be.  I never would have imagined this one!

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!  If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  Happy collecting!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Seven Dollar Shot

Sometimes you just take a calculated gamble.  I'm not one of those guys that claims to be an autograph expert, nor do I have that desire. 

This item was on my watch list and when it got close there was no bid.  So, for the $3.49 minimum bid and $3.49 shipping, I went ahead and took a shot.  I mean, it DOES have a certificate of authenticity.  It HAS to be real! 


Since it's an 8x10, it will probably be filed away somewhere to be forgotten.  Ten years from now I will likely stumble upon it and it will be like Christmas morning.  That's worth $7 to me. 

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!  If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  Happy collecting!