Sunday, December 9, 2018

Forgotten football cards from Fuji

I know that it happens to my fellow bloggers all the time, but still, I didn't think that it would ever happen to me. I guess it was inevitable though, that at some point I'd go ahead and forgot all about some cards that somebody sent me!

Just forgetting about something that someone sent me is bad enough, but it's even worse when that someone is, Fuji, aka the person who is responsible for this blog's very existence, my blogfather if you will :)

I know that I started a post for the cards almost right after I received them back in October? Geez, I really hope it wasn't in September. Anyway, I started the post, got stymied pretty quickly, then decided to come back to it in a day or two... and apparently never did :(

This really was a most unfortunate occurrence, especially since this was the first time that Fuji had ever sent me anything before, hopefully after this bout of forgetfulness becomes publicly known, it won't end up being the last time that a package from San Jose shows up in my mailbox.

Not only was this the first time that Fuji had sent anything my way, but it was also the first time that anyone had sent me vintage football cards.

At the time that these were sent, I still had a football want list at the top of the blog, set needs for both 1967 and 1969 Topps were on that list, which I'm assuming is why I ended up with this smattering of '67 and '69 Topps. I have since removed that football tab, but...

... that doesn't mean that I still wouldn't have wanted these, no, it just means that I'm not working on the sets anymore. My interest in set collecting has diminished considerably in the last couple of months, and continues to do so on an almost daily basis, I have instead started organizing my cards from the three major sports by team, and have begun to put them into binders. This style of collecting has already proven to be most fun, and has sort of reenergized my interest in card collecting as a whole. This will all be discussed further in an upcoming post, so like I said, I may not be working on the sets anymore, but I'm still very much interested in cards from both of these sets, especially the 67's (the first two cards in this post), because I only come across those in person maybe once or twice a year.

And now here I am at the end and I haven't even really talked about the cards themselves, oh well, they're all really great, and very much appreciated! Two things that I thought were a bit curious though -- Two of the above '69 Al Denson were included, is it because of the different skin tones? I don't really know, but that's okay, because since these were sent, I've also really gotten into collecting duplicates of cards that I like, and I like this card, so...

The other thing that caught my eye, and I don't know if anybody else noticed it or not, but all of these cards are Broncos! Is that just a coincidence? I don't really don't know, if it isn't, Fuji didn't say anything to the contrary in the note that was included. Again, not a big deal, if I came across all of these at a show, and they were the right price, I would've bought 'em all no matter what team was being represented.

Fuji, my sincerest apologies for this mental gaffe of mine, I don't really know what to say, other than it was just one those things that happens. It may have taken me a couple of months to get to them, but I'm still most grateful for your choice of cards sent.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Drinking the Kool-Aid

I got back into card collecting around 8 or 9 years ago now, and in that time, it seems like the hype over 1/1 cards has grown by leaps and bounds.

Living in a bubble of sorts, hype of any kind is not something that I'm ever effected by, because I just don't pay much attention to things that excite and/or rile up other people -- and it's not because I don't care about anything, it's just that modern human's tend to get far too emotional over the most trivial of things, which is something that I just don't need in my life -- I've already got my own problems with anxiety to deal with, I don't need anyone else's.

As far as getting overly emotional over insignificant things goes, most modern card collectors are no different, especially when it comes to 1/1's. Some will tell you that it's the only worth chasing, and that they are the only thing of real value -- and on the opposite end of the spectrum, you have collector's who are of the Chicken Little mindset (the sky is falling), and will tell you that 1/1's are just one of the things that are leading the hobby to ruin.

Personally speaking, I've never really paid much attention to them, and other than a couple of cheaply bought printing plates (at a card show last year) -- which according to some, aren't even true 1/1's, even though they say one of one on the back -- I had never owned any.

With all that being said, I decided earlier this year that I'd like to own a "true" 1/1, and not because I was getting caught up in the hype, or because I felt like I needed one to validate my collection, no, I just wanted to get one, plain and simple.

After the decision to get one was made, it didn't take me too long to figure out that there were only a few sets that I would actually want a 1/1 from, which was nice, because it meant that there would be a whole lot less searching to do. I did eventually encounter one small problem though, you remember how I said that I just wanted to get one, well... I ended up getting two instead!

I've professed my love for the 2018 Classics set enough over the last couple of months, that it shouldn't come as a great surprise that I'd try to acquire something like this Elvin Bethea from it. This is the base 1/1, there are also the Optichrome 1/1's, but those tend to go for a lot more than the base versions. I actually tried to get one of the Optichrome 1/1's (different player though), but it was being sold by Probstein on eBay, and I didn't want to get caught up in a bidding war with one of their shill bidders, so I let it go... a decision that I'm still questioning like three months later.

There was some interest in this card from multiple other bidders, but I still got it for less than the limit that I had set for myself. There were actually three or four of the Legends 1/1's up for auction during the same week that I won this one, I knew that I could only get one at the time though, so I went with Elvin -- mostly because you don't see him show up very much (if at all) in modern sets, and if that wasn't enough, I really love the picture that Panini used for this card, I mean it looks like he's got a broken thumb on his left hand and a big 'ol cast on his right arm (god knows what was broken)... talk about playing through the pain!

After getting this card, I briefly thought about going for the rainbow, but even though I love the set something fierce, I can still say that it has some really stupid parallels. I mean I really dig the colored borders (black, blue, gold, and orange), but my interest is completely lost once you get to things like different colored backs, faux blank backs, full name on the front, no name on the front, etc. -- needless to say, I won't be chasing the rainbow.

Me finding this 2012 Golden Age Bill Walton black mini was a complete fluke, as I had been looking at something else and decided to look at the seller's other items, and there it was. This seller actually two of the 2012 black mini's, the other being the Titanic. The seller had them listed so that they were going to end within minutes of each other, and I was actually going to try for both, but once they got down to around the ten minute mark, I knew that with the bids being placed I would only be able to get one -- the Titanic was cool, but being from Portland, I kind of had to choose Bill, it would have been kind of like turning my back on the place of my birth by not doing so.

I had always hoped that I was going to pull one of Golden Age black's, and considering that I did open multiple boxes of all three years, it seems like I should have, but no, I had to go and buy one... but I'm okay with that! As a quick aside, since you can see half of Dan Issel's face in the background, would that mean that this is a Dan Issel 1/1 as well?

Also, I had to take a photo of this one (the scans were coming out terrible), which caused some glare to appear on the top of the card, I mention this only because I don't want someone to think that there's any discoloration, since that's what it kind of looks like in the picture.

I didn't know if anyone cared about the back or not, but here it is anyway. I think it's pretty neat, and you can see the 1 of 1 near the top left -- speaking of top left, you can sort of see the 1 of 1 on the front of the Bethea on the top left as well.

Now that I've accomplished what I set out to do, at least as far as getting a 1/1 goes, I can honestly say that I don't know if I will be attempting to get any more... unless another cheap one of the legends come up from the 2018 Classics... or one of the retired players from the 2013-14 Prizm basketball... or...

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Monday, December 3, 2018

California Raisins... and baseball cards

It's been said by many people, on many occasions, but the generosity of bloggers seemingly knows no limits. I have fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of such generosity a few times now, but this most recent mailing really takes the cake Cinnamon 'N' Raisin biscuit.

A few of you might remember that I just recently did a Goodwill/thrift store post which featured a California Raisins bank that I had found. When it comes to views and comments, the thrift store posts usually do surprisingly well (which I'm always grateful to everyone for btw), that one being no exception, and positive reception aside, that particular post ended up yielding something else as well, that being... more Raisins!

Greg, from The Collective Mind, inquired in the comments section if I had any of the Raisins figures, knowing that he was talking about the Hardee's figures, I said that I didn't have any -- he then sent an email saying that I needed to keep an eye on my mailbox, and like twenty minutes later a box showed up in my mailbox (twenty minutes may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it did arrive pretty darn quick).

The box had a bag of Raisins (see above), and a team bag of cards (see below). Greg deciding to send me these was special for a couple of reasons: a) It's the first time that a fellow blogger has sent me something that wasn't card related, and b) We haven't had a lot of contact up to this point, so for someone that you don't know all that well to send you something like this is kind of amazing, it also speaks to the character of the sender.

For anyone who might be unfamiliar with, and actually care about, them -- Hardee's first introduced the first four figures in 1987, which could be had for .99 cents apiece after purchasing two breakfast biscuits or a desert. Six more figures were released in 1988, Hardee's then went the plush route for their '89 campaign, and after skipping 1990 altogether, they brought back four more PVC figures in 1991 -- but by then, Raisinsmania had pretty much run it's course, so...

I can't remember if there were any Hardee's locations in Portland at the time, but I know that I never had any of these as a kid, although I do remember seeing some of the figures at friends houses. Even if Hardee's was in, or around, Portland at the time, you still couldn't have convinced a young me to eat at a fast food place that didn't have Happy Meal's, and as mentioned in my previous post, I was a huge California Raisins fan, but the pull of the Happy Meal would have been too great even for them.

By the by, Greg didn't specify exactly what he would be sending, so I was more than pleased to see that he had included the entire second series (1988), with an extra Captain Toonz, which is pretty cool since he's my favorite from that series.

It was funny too, I was so enamored with the Raisins that I almost didn't even notice the cards that were at the bottom of the box -- oh, but before I get to those, I've got to show you the bag that the Raisins came in:

See that, such a wonderful touch! [Editor's note: If anyone out there is thinking "What's the big deal, it's just a Ziploc?", well, feel free to leave now, because you obviously don't have a sentimental bone in your body, and you've probably clicked on the wrong blog by mistake]

I added a new tab to the top of the blog not too long ago, "Recent card interests" -- and yes, I know that title sucks, but it's all I could think of at the time -- anyway, Greg obviously took look at it before sending the Raisins, and was kind enough to include some cards that fit some of my recent interests.

I started an Ichiro collection a couple of months ago, so far it's just made up of inserts/parallels/refractors, I'm not opposed to adding base cards, I'm just not ever anywhere that has base cards (other than vintage, there is almost never any base at the card show) to look through. All three of these cards were new to me, with the 2004 Opening day being my favorite trio.

Oh man, I looked these up to figure out what set they were from, and then promptly forgot! Now they're in a binder, and I'm feeling a bit lazy on the morning of this writing, so I'll just call them mystery Ichiro's! But rest assured, just because I can't tell you what they are off the top of my head, doesn't mean I don't appreciate them, or Greg for sending them.

Now don't get me wrong, the Ichiro's are great, especially considering the fact that I wasn't even expecting them, but the real MVP of the cards sent, goes to this 2011 Cognac Yogi Berra. My want for these Legends variations are another thing that was added to the new tab, I only have a few so far, and Yogi wasn't one of them. As an aside, I've scanned these Conac's multiple times now, but I still can't get over the funky image that's produced from the scanning process, it's like it practically creates a whole new card.

Thank you again for sending the figures, and the cards, Greg! Receiving these meant a great deal to me, more so than I'm able to fully express with words alone, so hopefully my appreciation for them was at least partially conveyed here today.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

What was Topps thinking?

When Peter, from Baseball Every Night, announced his Ugly Sweater contest, one card immediately came to mind, but it wasn't a baseball card, and not knowing if would be acceptable or not, I held off my entry and set forth to try and find an "ugly" baseball card.

After trying, and failing, to find an appropriate card -- as well as seeing Billy use a non-baseball card for his entry -- I am just going to go ahead and use the card that I originally thought of:

Vintage baseball collectors often bemoan Topps' use of airbrushed caps, a complaint which is warranted to a certain degree, but in the grand scheme of things, it's nowhere near as bad as an airbrushed face!

I had thought for the longest time that my copy of Ticky Burden's 1976-77 Topps card had been arted up by some kid in a previous decade, imagine my surprise when I eventually got a second copy and found that it was identical to my original card.

As you can see, there was nothing wrong with Luther Burden's appearance, so one can only wonder why Topps did what they did to his card -- which by the way, was the only card that was ever produced of him.

Mr. Burden passed away a few years ago, so there's no way to ask him how he felt about it, but I can imagine that he was too keen on it... and to think of all the times that he had to have been asked to sign that monstrosity!

The '76-77 set is full of wonderful images, some of the best from that decade in fact, which makes the atrociousness of Ticky's card even more perplexing.

And for the record, there was one more "what was Topps thinking?" card in this set:

Part of me has always thought that Topps attempted to colorize b/w photos for both Dave and Ticky, why I don't know, especially once you see the final results.While Topps' attempt to turn Dave into a ghoul was bad, he would at least have a few more normal cards produced in the proceeding years, it's too bad that the same couldn't be said for Ticky.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The binder that keeps on giving

A couple of months back, Kerry, of Cards on Cards, happen upon one of those semi-mythical card finds at Goodwill, which came in the form of a binder that was filled with nothing but 90's football inserts and parallels -- a binder by the way, that only set him back a cool five bucks!

Kerry has earned the reputation of being a very generous fellow, and he used this purchase to further that reputation by giving away the majority of the binder's contents.

Without going back and looking, I want to say that I was the first person claim anything via his giveaway post. I knew that there was going to be some interest in these cards, and since I always worry about coming across as greedy in instances such as these, I did my best to keep my claims to a minimum... but I still ended up with some really neat cards.

I wonder if anybody else would've claimed the available Pro Set if I hadn't? Even with six out of the seven being inserts, I'm guessing that there wasn't going to be a lot of interested parties.

1992 Score was the last football set that I can remember buying during my original card collecting run, so to say that I missed out on a lot would be a major understatement. Football cards seem to have been my main interest for much of this past year, and the way it's looking, they probably will be next year as well. It's been a lot of fun for me to find, and learn about, over twenty years worth of missed sets, 1993 Pacific Prism being one of them. I picked up a couple at a card show about six months ago, and haven't come across any more since (in person that is), so when I saw these two in the binder, well, I just had to have them.

It may have scanned terribly, but this '94 Score Gold Zone of Cris Carter was the main card that I had targeted (wide receiver pun!) when it came time to stake my claim. It doesn't get too much better than a 90's parallel that a) is shiny, b) features a hall of famer, and c) contains an action shot.

Thank you again for the cards, Kerry! Even though I've gotten a little lazy when it comes to sending cards out as of late, I will try to have something headed your way some time in the very near future

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

I don't have any turkey cards to celebrate the occasion, but I do have this... Turley card? So... here's hoping that everyone has a safe and happy Turley day :)

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Cardboard hoopsters

It's only taken me two months to do so, but I'm finally getting to the last of my purchases from the giant card show back in September.

In the couple of years of now that I've been going to the Nashville shows, I'm always still a little amazed at just how many 90's basketball inserts there are to be had in the bargain boxes, and that's just at the regular twice a month shows, the numbers increase tenfold at these twice a year baby Nationals.

So as per usual, I brought home a ton of cheap inserts, so some of you might consider this to be a little too long of post -- but for those of you who fall into the less is more camp, you'll be happy to know that I did do quite a bit of whittling, otherwise I probably would've had enough for at least three posts.

Big shows means that some of the big-time vintage dealers show up (the one's who set up at The National), and while their prices aren't always the best, I still tend to look through their offerings just in case. This time I was able to find a couple of reasonably priced set needs, so it did end up being well worth the look (the '74 Clyde Lee has been a pain in my side for a while now). With these most recent additions, I'm down to needing 14 from the '72-73 set, and just 4 from the '74-75 set (those 4 will probably get gotten during the upcoming COMC Black Friday sale).

Going into this show I didn't have any of these 1992-92 Fleer All-Stars, now I have 9 (Michael Adams got left out of the scan)!

A nice selection of early to almost mid 90's inserts. The Hornacek and Malone Beam Team's are of the Member's only variety.

I don't know what the deal is, but it seems like there have been a lot of Shaq inserts to be had at the last 5 or 6 shows that I've been to now. I wasn't really ever a fan of his, but I'm not about to walk away from his inserts, especially when they're priced at 20 cents or less (even if they don't scan very well).

At some point I started finding a bunch of these 1994-95 Fleer Ultra Rebound King's in a 6/$1 box, so of course I started adding them to my stack, it wasn't until after I got home that I realized that I had gotten the entire 10-card set (Keven Willis isn't shown). It's certainly not a high-end insert set, but it was still kind of neat to be able to get the whole set.

[Note to self: don't bother trying to scan any 1997-98 Hoops Chairman of the Board cards in the future, no matter what you do, they'll still just end up looking like hot s***]

One of my favorite basketball inserts of all time are these 1995-96 SP die-cut All-Stars. I think this is like the third Stoudamire that I have, but I did manage to get a gold Vin Baker that I didn't have.

Sometimes when you're looking through Jim's bargain boxes, you will hit patches of certain players, and I'm not gonna lie, I absolutely love it when that happens! At this particular show I ran into a stretch of Scottie Pippen (only half are shown), and...

... Hakeem Olajuwon! I also hit a patch of Mark Sanchez on the football side of things, left those for somebody else though :) Oh, and speaking of Hakeem...

I found a pair of these 1994-95 Skybox Emotion Ntense's in a different dealers $1 box, which made these my only "expensive" insert purchases of the day. This a set that I really like, but since I don't have the MJ, and I'd never pay the $100+ that it would take to get it, I don't think I'll ever have to worry about trying to complete it.

Just a few assorted mid to late 90's inserts, the Garnett Best Cuts sure didn't scan well.

Until just a couple of months ago I had been working on all of the Parallels from the 2013-14 Prizm set, as well as the 2014-15 and 2015-16 sets, but with the ridiculous prices that the rookies are selling for (I'm not paying over $100 for a kid who's yet to accomplish anything of note), I decided to pare back the collection and just work on some specific players (mostly of the retired variety). I really wish I would've been collecting these like this all along, I probably would've had a lot more fun doing so over the last couple of years... better late than never?

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