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!

Do you like giveaways?

Then you need to check out "Cards My Mom Didn't Throw Out" if you haven't already!




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!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Can You Help Me Out?

If you have Twitter and read this, can you help me out with something?

I want to get Blackhawks rookie Alex DeBrincat a trading card for scoring his first career hat trick. 



All I need you to do is tweet to @upperdeckhockey, @upperdeckhockey and @upperdecke_pack, use the hashtag #PickTheMoment and mention Alex DeBrincat First Career Hat Trick.

That's all I'm asking.  Thanks to anyone willing to help out! 

Black Friday at the LCS

This post is a little delayed, but you'll have that sometimes. 

I don't like Black Friday shopping and thankfully the stepson is 16, so we don't need to be out in the madness searching for "kid" gifts.  Last year we hit up a couple of places in the late afternoon once things died down.  This year, I just hit SMP Sports Cards. 

A couple of Fridays prior I was told the plan.  So, I planned to go in and spend a hundred bucks and get my bonus packs.  I've been going in each payday (every other week) and picking up a box of 2017-18 O-Pee-Chees.  I picked up another one to work toward my set.  I didn't do a box break post because it's not really worth it.  O-Pee-Chee is the set builder set. 

Wanting to hit the $100 threshold, I overpaid for a T206 card.  Any of the other 364 days of the year I'd have passed.  He had a handful at the same price, so I checked T206 Insider to find which of them was the most scarce to buy.  The winner was Germany Schaefer, the 185th scarcest card in the set. 



From "The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories," "Herman 'Germany' Schaefer is the only player in MLB history who actually store first base.  White trying to beat the White Sox for the Senators on August 4, 1911, Schaefer was on first and Clyde Milan was on third with the winning run in the ninth.  They tried a delayed double steal but catcher Fred Payne did not throw to second to get Schaefer.  On the next pitch, Schaefer "stole" first, running back to the base to taunt Payne that you was going to steal second again.  He did so on the next pitch but got caught before he could reach second base.  Milan ran for home but not in time to score.  The practice was outlawed after that.  Known for his prannks and showmanship on the field, Schaefer used humor to rattle the opposing team.  It is said that a vaudeville act her performed with Tigers teammate Charley O'Leary was the inspiration for MGM's Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.  Althought he was battling pulmonary tuberculosis, Schaefer was hired to scout for the Giants in 1919.  Unfortunately he passed away soon after while scouting in update New York."

Adding this card to my collection puts me at 21 cards from the T206 set.  If you're interested, you can see the 21 cards here.

For hitting the previously mentioned $100 threshold, I received a bag of promotional packs.  Inside were two of the Topps (Bowman) Holiday packs, a pack of Panini Black Friday (he put the thick packs with a hit into these) and also a Panini NBA Player of the Day pack.  Also, I received one of the thinner Panini Black Friday packs. 

Unfortunately, there wasn't anything in them that really fit into my collection.  I posted them the same in a Facebook BST group, but nobody was interested.  If Trading Card Database ever gets the checklists entered into their site, I will put them in with my traders. 



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!

Monday, December 4, 2017

TCDB Trade - Lords of the Rink

A few weeks back I received my favorite kind of trade offer on Trading Card Database - one where I trade away baseball and get hockey in return.  There are plenty of traders that have cards from my for sell/trade list, but they pretty much only have baseball to trade back. 

I've actually had a shift in the last few days and I'm not trying to collect the three guys (Dale Murphy, Will Clark and Mickey Tettleton) from the junk wax era that were on my wish list.  Too many traders were wanting to trade me three cent cards from that era for more recent cards that both cost and have more value than those.  The kicker is that they wanted one-for-one. 

It's going to make trading tougher for me, but such is life, I suppose. 

I traded away five baseball cards for seven Blackhawks cards from the 1994-95 Pinnacle Rink Collection parallel set.  This is one of the parallels that I want to acquire the entire team set of.  I never imagined I'd get seven of the seventeen in one trade.  Lucky me! 

The cards were 1:4 packs.  For the baseball collectors reading, this is the hockey version of Pinnacle's Museum Collection. I know there's a lot of love out there for those cards. 

1994-95 Pinnacle Rink Collection #94 Chris Chelios

1994-95 Pinnacle Rink Collection #117 Brent Sutter

1994-95 Pinnacle Rink Collection #137 Gary Suter

1994-95 Pinnacle Rink Collection #283 Patrick Poulin

1994-95 Pinnacle Rink Collection #301 Paul Ysebaert

1994-95 Pinnacle Rink Collection #317 Dirk Graham

1994-95 Pinnacle Rink Collection #434 Christian Ruuttu
Let's go Hawks!

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 3, 2017

Cards from the East and Wes

A couple weeks ago, Wes (of Willinghammer Rising fame) posted some cards for trade on Twitter.  It was simple - claim a card, or cards, and send him something back.  I already had a couple of things to send him, so I looked through to see if there was anything that caught my eye.  If there wasn't, I planned to drop his cards in the mail soon, so this was just a bonus. 

I only claimed one card and Wes quickly replied that it was mine.  I believe that I was a few hours late to the party and I'm glad there aren't too many Indians card collectors.  I snagged this...


Baseball bores me and I don't watch it anymore.  However, it was the first sport that I loved.  After being a Braves fan (because of Dale Murphy) and then Giants fan (Will Clark), I settled in the early 1990s on the Indians.  My parents bought me a stereo and I could get WKNR out of Cleveland.  I spent many evenings listening to Tom Hamilton and Herb Score call Tribe games.  I have a few autographs of mid-90s Indians, but I need to get more.  I'm thrilled to add this to my collection.

After all was said and done, I asked Wes if anyone had claimed one other card I was interested in.  The answer was no and I was also able to acquire this one...


I understand the reasons why, but I feel that Gary Sheffield is one of the most underrated players of my generation.  I won't say he's a favorite of mine or anything.  Picking up this card was about the set and not the player.  I have a few cards from this set (Gwynn, Will Clark, and Kenny Lofton) and if I ever see them cheap, I pick them up.  If I ever acquire enough, it might be worth making a project. 

Wes also included three other cards...and they are some goodies!  Obviously he reads my blog (or Twitter) and knows that I'm a West Virginia alumnus. 

2014 Leaf Metal Draft - Prismatic Blue #BA-CS1 Charles Sims 

There is a very loud group of people out there that complain about companies without logo licenses producing cards.  You're allowed your opinion, but you know what they say about opinions.  I think this is a beautiful card.  The blue version of the cards makes it that much better with a Mountaineer.


Oh, and it's numbered out of 50.

The Mountaineer trend continues with the second card added.

2015 Topps Chrome - 60th Anniversary Xfractor #T60-KWH Kevin White 
I'm not an NFL guy, I'm a college guy.  I don't care for Mountaineers in NFL uniforms (unless there's nothing out there in the WVU uni)...BUT I really like this one!  I love Topps Xfractors.  I was just sitting here looking at this card and turning it and it reminds me of the first time I saw Fleer Metal cards.  I think it was 1993, maybe?  The momentary reflection back to a much more innocent time was very nice. 

So, yeah, I dig this card.  I dig it to the point that I may look into getting as much of the rainbow as I can.  I'll never have that Superfractor, but what can you do? 

Competing the Mountaineer trifecta is one that I really like because of the color.  Anything Mountaineer related in blue is good and this one looks great combined with the Bears color scheme. 

2016 Donruss Elite - Elite Coverage #EC-KW Kevin White 
Thanks for the cards, Wes!  I promise that they are in a good home.  I hope you like what's come back in return and I am always on the lookout for Willinghammer cards for you!

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!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

TTM Success #43 - Hometown Hero

A couple of weeks ago there was a PWE on the table that I knew was a TTM autograph return.  It has been awhile since I sent anything out, leaving me a little more excited than normal.  I looked at the postmark and couldn't think of who it would be from. 


It turns out that it was not being returned to me from where it was sent.  In the summer I sent a request to Jedd Gyorko, at the St. Louis Cardinals' address.  His offseason residence is still in Morgantown, WV.  I wasn't sure what to expect inside.  Was it one card, or three?


It was one card, a 2017 Topps Heritage card.  The reason I wasn't sure what to expect is that last summer, I sent three Heritage cards (from 2011, 2013 and 2014) to get signed.  My goal is to get the Heritage card from each season signed.  It looks like I will have to send the other years again.  Ah well, it happens with TTM requests. 

I really hope that Gyorko has Heritage cards in 2019 and 2020.  The 1970 and 1971 Topps sets are a couple of my favorties! 

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 $100 in less than a year.  FREE CARDS!  If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  Happy collecting!

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!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Scanning for Info.

I was at a local card shop today to pick up the items for the Secret Santa exchange.  During the convo, the topic of scanners came up and Duane mentioned his and how quickly he can scan.  My jaw dropped!

I've used a flat scanner for almost 20 years, but he used one of the image scanners where cards are fed through.  It seems scary, but he told me that he's not lost one card doing this. 

Anyone reading this use a scanner like this?  Have any cards been damaged?  If you use one of these, do you have any recommendations?  I'm really intrigued by this because I spend way too much time scanning and cropping! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Yes!

If you haven't noticed (and you probably haven't), there's not been much happening here.  There are a few reasons (keep reading), but nonetheless I've been nominated for the Beckett Radio/GoGTSLive blog of the year.  

I'm sure it's more about the social media presence I have, as there are so many great blogs out there.  Looking at my numbers and comments on my posts, I'm sure those receive more views and are more well known.  However, if you like what I'm doing and feel inclined to vote, please vite.  It's a survey of many things card-related.  If you don't want to go vote for me, go take a look anyway and vote for your favorite! 




There are a few reasons I've not been active on the blog.

First, for weeks I've been entering my collection onto The Trading Card Database.  Most of my traders are in there already but I'm still working on my personal collection.  It's taking awhile but it could be worse.  I've done multiple purges in the last five years.  

I've also started experiencing what many other bloggers do as well.  Burnout.  

Many that don't blog think that it takes 5-10 minutes to write a post.  Maybe it does for others, but not I.  There are times it feels like a second job.  It's a hobby and should be fun.  I've made changes in my life to keep it that way.  I don't make money off my blog or anything else, so why treat it as a job?

Most importantly, I'm just trying to relax and enjoy life a lot more.  I want to do things on my own time.  I want to spend more time with my lovely lady and not be on the laptop so much.  She's the most important person in my life and on Saturday evening, she said "yes."  It took me forever to get here, but I wouldn't change a thing.  


I'm not sure when I will post again, so I hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.  Also, a wonderful and safe holiday season.  Celebrate as you will and enjoy time with the ones that you love.  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

PWE Surprise from The Lost Collector

I came home Thursday to find a PWE on the table with a return address that I recognized, but couldn't place in my head.  Inside I was thrilled to find four Russ Davis cards from AJ, of The Lost Collector blog.  Thank you so much, AJ!


I'm now at almost 70% complete on the Russ Davis collection.  I am probably already there, with some of the oddballs and randoms that aren't listed on Trading Card Database.  WINNING!


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 $100 in less than a year.  FREE CARDS!  If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  Happy collecting!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Who's on TCDB

I haven't been blogging or sharing and reading other's blogs as much.  I've stepped back from social media a good bit.  With all the nonsense happening in the world, it seems a good time. 

Something I've been working on for the last week is getting more organized and entering cards into Trading Card Database.  Within a couple of days I already had a trade offer and I have accepted six trades already!  It's been a welcome change. 

If you're on there, feel free to leave your ID below and/or add me as a friend on there.  Hopefully we can make some trades soon!  Trading - it makes me feel much more like a collector again. 

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 $100 in about seven months.  FREE CARDS!  If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  Happy collecting!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Show Stuff

Sometimes plans don't work out the way you imagined.  Today I planned to make the 45-minute drive to Plano, pick up three cards from David and head back home.  I left with many more than three cards. 


David gave me a great price on a card I needed for the 1955 All-American set a few months ago.  I decided to pick up the rest of the ones he had.  I have a copy of the Larry Kelley already, but it's a graded one.  I honestly prefer raw cards anyway, so this one goes into the set.  I needed the Leo Nomellini, and this one is in fantastic shape.  I had a copy of the Beattie Feathers already, but this one is also in great shape and a significant upgrade. 

Not two minutes after I paid, I won the hourly door prize, which is a certificate to use with any seller.  So, I kept looking.  I ended up spending way more than I planned, but I'm not complaining.  I pulled cards out of the dollar box, including some I never thought I'd see in a dollar box. 


Six cards I needed for the 2001 Topps Heritage set that I'm passively working on. 


Two cards (on top) for my personal collection and three others I will list on Trading Card Database to trade. 


You're seeing that correctly, 47 cards from the 1952 baseball set.  Sure they are all in low grade, but at (less than) a dollar, I took every one in the box!  What a great starter lot to add to my collection, not that I will ever attempt the set.  I picked these up eight hours ago and the smile hasn't left my face yet.  It's the perfect example of why I love card shows.  I don't know that I'd ever find a lot like this on eBay and even if it existed, I'm never looking for 1952 Topps.  I just jumped on the opportunity to add these to my collection. 

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 $100 in about seven months.  FREE CARDS!  If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  Happy collecting!


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pack Break - 2017 Topps Fire

I stopped at Target today for something and after picking it up, stopped by the card aisle.  This particular store doesn't seem to get hit as much by collectors.  Things will sometimes sit on shelves there that you can't find anywhere else.  I knew the Topps Fire were new, but uncertain how popular they were.  I figured why not. 

I already posted pack one on A Pack To Be Named Later.  I hope you'll check it out.  This post will be the down and dirty version with just a couple of pics. 



The Aaron Judge card is the first one that I have had.  My hope is that someone wants it and has a the Gypsy Queen that I need for my set.  The other highlight is the Nomar Garciaparra.  It's /299 and the only numbered card from my two packs.  I'm sure there's a Red Sox collector that will be interested. 

I've already entered these into my collection on Trading Card Database, so feel free to take a look at my want list if you see something you like.  I'm just getting started over there, but I have anything 2017 related (wants and traders) already on there. 

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 $100 in about seven months.  FREE CARDS!  If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  Happy collecting!