Sunday, October 23, 2016

Gavin Sent Me Cash!

Got a great package in the mail this past week from Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown that included some cash!  Before we get to that though, let's see some of the other content, starting with 13 needed cards from 2015 Topps Stadium Club.

Sometime in the next few weeks I really need to just sit down and put together a Sportlots order to knock this set off.

Gavin's given me the motivation to do so, as with this lot in hand I'm now just 42 cards shy of a complete 300-card set.

Since the Kris Bryant rookie is not one of the ones I'm missing I'm guessing most can be had for 18 cents a piece.

While the bulk of the package consisted of Stadium Club set needs, there were some Red Sox to be found as well.  Put on your sunglasses for this next one.  Ready?

1991 Fleer, possibly the brightest set in the history of baseball cards.  Outside of those with yellow as their favorite color, I'm not sure there are too many fans of this release.  Still, I needed a copy of this Brunansky.

2005 Donruss was a very solid minimalist design if you ask me, happy to have a new one.

I really wish we could have seen what these Diamond Kings cards could have looked like with logos, because even without them I'm a fan.

A really classy looking Nomar here, from 1999 Gold Label.  This is a "Class 1" card, which I think was the most prevalent tier?  In looking at the images on COMC though, I like this one better than either the Class 2 or Class 3 cards in the same set.  Go figure.

I don't think Panini was quite as successful with the 2014 Classics set.  Kind of a bland design, but my Pedroia count increases by one regardless!

Got a couple of shiny Red Sox too, my favorite kind.  A Silver Ice Josh Beckett parallel from 2012 Bowman...

...and a 2014 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor of the man who really seems to have revived his career with Cleveland this year.  Gonna be a fun World Series to watch here, can't wait!

Here's the Cash, Johnny Cash!  How freakin' sweet is this custom card?  I thought this was a thing of beauty when Gavin posted it a few weeks back, and I told him as much.  He was kind enough to ship me one, and I would put this right up there with my Pearl Jam cards in terms of my favorite music-themed cards in my collection.  See, it pays to comment!

Just an awesome photo here of a man whose music I love, and could Gavin have chosen a better set template than Conlon to pay homage to The Man in Black?  I can't think of one.  I love this card so much I gave it the toploader treatment, which it very much deserves.

Thanks for the great surprise package Gavin, I'll have to see what else I can dig up around here for you!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Quick Hobby Shop Stop - Part 2

And now, the thrilling conclusion to yesterday's after-work stop at my local hobby shop, Central Sports Cards in Pawtucket, RI...

First up, some more quarter box loot.  Nolan Ryan, Will Clark and Cal Ripken were the three players I collected most as a kid, so I'm still drawn to their cardboard to this day.  I simply couldn't resist the temptation to add this great cartoon from 1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack to my budding Ryan collection.

Frank Thomas was the only other Fun Pack cartoon to be found, so I grabbed him as well.

I have really fond memories of these Home Run All-Stars holograms from '94 Collector's Choice from when I was a kid.  I really should put this insert set together since they're so cheap nowadays.

For now though I acquired Albert Belle and David Justice for a grand total of 50 cents.  As a child of the late '80s/early '90s I think it's an unwritten rule that I have to like holograms.

I was pumped to pick up just my second Buck Leonard card for a quarter.  This is a promo (the promo card is almost as '90s as the hologram, isn't it?) from Front Row's 1992 All-Time Great Series.  It's a good hobby shop haul when I add a new Homestead Grays card to my collection.  There were one or two other copies of this one in the box, and I'm kicking myself for not picking them up for trade partners.  Next time.

I'm powerless in the presence of a good minor league card, and this trip resulted in a pair of them.  From the 1989 CMC AAA All-Stars release, catcher Sandy Alomar...

...and from 1991 Classic Best, slugger Jim Thome!

I picked out this Topps HD Boggs card because it's super thick and heavy, and because I enjoy cards from Wade's brief tenure in Tampa Bay.  It's not my favorite Boggs Devil Rays card, but for a quarter I'll take it.

I have no plans to hold onto this one long term, it's a little too beat up for even my tastes.  I was intrigued by the writing on it though.  Besides, I've seen this one in the quarter boxes at the shop for what feels like years now and maybe someone I trade with would like to give it a good home?  Leave a comment if so!

I grabbed a few more vintage beaters that aren't in quite as bad a shape as that Ed McGhee, including a pair of LA Angels from '63 Topps...

...nice shades Eli!

One more '65 to go with the pair I showed in yesterday's post.  Again, if it's a mid-'60s or older Topps card that I don't have a copy of at all then I don't mind paying 25 cents for a placeholder.

In one of the quarter boxes I found a nice little chunk of really mint 1981 Topps cards.

I know these are pretty much "worthless" in the eyes of some.  The thing is, 1981 is probably the Topps flagship set that I had the least number of cards from prior to grabbing these.

I ended up plucking seven of them to take home with me.

My favorite is this Ozzie Smith Record Breaker, I can never get enough cards of him from his time in San Diego.

All seven of the cards I chose feature HOFers.

Best photo of the bunch easily belongs to this Eddie Murray, what an awesome card.

For less than $2 total it feels great to finally get some better '81 Topps representation in my collection.  The more I see of this set, the more I appreciate it.

Last quarter card, I'm a total sucker for stars in uniforms that seem strange.  This is also the final Topps card issued of the greatest Red Sox pitcher I've seen in my lifetime.

Three more dollar box cards to show here quick, starting with a pair of blue parallels from 2010 Topps Pro Debut.  Hector Noesi came up with the Yankees (the Trenton Thunder are their AA affiliate), and is now playing over in Korea I think.

Tom Stuifbergen is a Dutch pitcher who I know nothing about at all.  I picked this one up just because I love the Beloit Snappers logo.  I had a Snappers fitted hat that was my go-to for a couple of years there in high school.  Both of these blue parallels are serial numbered to /369.  I'll probably get rid of the Noesi at some point, but hang onto the Snappers card.

The final dollar box card is perhaps my favorite of the bunch.  Jordan's '95 Upper Deck baseball card is about as iconic as a card from 1995 could be, and I jumped at the chance to add its Electric Diamond parallel to my collection.  Just an awesome piece of cardboard.

While I was checking out I was feeling the urge to rip a couple of packs, so I did something I rarely do and caved on some wax.  I didn't go crazy though, just three packs of 2016 Topps Series 2 for $10 total (no Update in stock yet).

I hadn't opened a single pack of 2016 Topps in any form, and though I don't care for the design I figured it would be interesting to at least hold a few in hand to see if I felt any differently about that.  Besides, maybe I'd get lucky and land a buyback for my franken-set?

Well, in short I didn't care for the cards any more with them in my hands than I did from seeing scans on other blogs.  If anything these three packs were a reminder of why busting wax just isn't my style.  The most interesting card to fall out of the first pack was this David Ortiz/David Price golf cart combo.

The second pack wasn't really any better, though I did land a Red Sox insert in this Berger's Best Yastrzemski card.

The third pack yielded what was probably my favorite card from the trio of packs.  I love the concept of this Wrigley Field Celebrates 100 Years insert set, and I actually learned an interesting fact from this one too:

I had no idea before receiving this card that Gehrig hit a home run in Wrigley as a teenager in high school, pretty cool!

I might have struck out on buybacks in my 2016 packs, but the good news is I found one lone straggler in the dollar boxes anyway.  Best of all, Denis Menke is the first #184 buyback I've landed so far so he's already tucked inside the binder!

Franken-set Progress:  146/792 (18%)

That was a fun hobby shop haul if I do say so myself.  If you ever find yourself in the little state of Rhode Island be sure to check out Central Sports Cards!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Quick Hobby Shop Stop - Part 1

Had a few minutes free after work today, and managed to stop by my local shop for the second time this month, after going probably 6 months or more without a visit prior to that.  Spent $19 on quarter and dollar cards, many of which are ear-marked for trade packages.  Here are a few I'll be hanging onto for now though...

This mini card from the non-sport 2013 Topps 75th Anniversary set was unique enough for me to pluck it from a dollar box.  It's a reprint of a 1954 Scoops card, and is quite a bit smaller than an average modern-day trading card.  I don't have any original Scoops cards, so this is the closest I've got for now.

There was a giant stack of 2015-16 Upper Deck Ice base cards in a box on the counter, looked like maybe someone busted a hobby box or two and left all the regular cards though I'm not sure about that.

Since I'm a total sucker for anything acetate I grabbed a few including two of my favorite current players in Vladimir Tarasenko and the great Jaromir Jagr.

I also threw a quartet of retired stars into my stack.  I was both surprised and pleased to see Marcel Dionne included in this release, as I feel like he doesn't seem to get a lot of hobby love for a guy who is 6th on the career points list.  Would have been perfect had they featured him in one of those retro yellow Kings sweaters, but I'll take what I can get.

I already miss having Teemu Selanne in the league.  He's an absolute lock for HOF induction when his time comes.

I've been a Jari Kurri fan since the days when his Topps rookie card was among my most prized hockey cards as a kid.

Lastly, Paul Coffey from his time with the Pens.  At a quarter a piece, I probably should have snagged some more cards from this set.  Maybe next time.

Speaking of quarter cards, I ended up with a few off-condition vintage cards from the 25 cent boxes.  I have a hard time avoiding cards from the mid-'60s or earlier at a quarter or less because they make good placeholders until I someday upgrade.

I picked this one up because it was one of the better condition vintage cards in the quarter boxes, and also because Milt Pappas has been appearing frequently on this blog of late.

It should be fairly easy to tell what attracted me to this one...that glorious All-Star Rookie trophy.

Though I'm certain I could have found this next trio for less than a quarter each, I really don't stress over trying to save a few pennies.  This is supposed to be fun, after all.

Besides, I love a good oddball, and I have fond memories of the K-Mart boxed sets from the '80s.

It's getting a bit late here, so I'll wrap it up for tonight with two more cards plucked from a dollar box:

Dunkin Donuts used to (not sure if they still do) print up perforated, uncut sheets of cards for the Red Sox AAA team, the Pawtucket Red Sox.  This card of pitching coach Rich Sauveur was autographed, most likely at a PawSox game given that this card shop is located right in Pawtucket.  Rich pitched for half a dozen MLB teams over a career that lasted from 1986 through 2000 before he got into coaching.  A nice, obscure addition to my Red Sox collection for a buck.

Last card for tonight is probably my favorite in this entire post.  I love the giant Angels logo in the background on this one, and I'm an absolute sucker for the colored Topps parallels (bring back the borders in the flagship set PLEASE!).  These green parallels were retail-exclusive in the 2014 set.  Not that I have very many, but I think this may be my new favorite Pujols card.

This might not be the most mind-blowing batch of 15 cards you've ever seen, but I think I did okay for $6 total.  I've got plenty more great cards from this stop-off and I plan to show the rest over the weekend, along with a great surprise package I received this week from my buddy Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown.  Until then!
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