Saturday, March 17, 2018

No name, no problem

Over the last couple of years I have filled up almost four 3200 ct boxes with "someday" cards, as in, someday I might work on these sets. While looking through one of those boxes recently, I realized that a) I'm never going to be able to work on all of those sets, and b) some of those sets aren't nearly as appealing as they once were.

So with that in mind, I have started going through all of these "someday" boxes, and trying to pare them down a bit. Everything is basically being divided into three different categories: stuff to keep, stuff for other bloggers, and stuff for the thrift store.

I haven't gotten too far along yet, but I've already found a couple of interesting things... things that shouldn't have ever made their way into those boxes in the first place! Today's card just happens to be a perfect example of that:

I had forgotten all about this 2013 Topps Target Red Mark Trumbo no name error. After looking around online, it appears that these no names errors aren't particularly rare -- although they aren't exactly common either -- at least as far as base cards go, I think the scarcity factor goes up little more when it comes to parallels.

If I read correctly, the problem (if you consider it so) occurs when sheets of cards get stuck together during the printing process, which is why they tend to come in bunches, like the folks have reported opening an entire pack of either no names or no foil applied.

As you can see, the backs remain unfazed by the printing error. I bought this card just about three years ago now, at the first Nashville card show that I attended after moving here. I may have forgotten that I had it, but I do remember being quite enamored by it at the time, and I had meant to try and find more... but obviously I never got around to it. In retrospect, I'm pretty happy about being able to have gotten it for fifty cents, especially reading that some people actually sent there no names back to Topps for a correct version, thus reducing the available supply for those of us who enjoy cards like this.

I have a space in the back of my blank backs binder for other errors, so I'm at a bit of a loss as to how this card ended up being tucked away inside a box. I guess it doesn't really matter how it ended getting hidden away, as I'm just glad to have re-found it. And of course, it's very satisfying to be able to add it to the appropriate binder after all this time, now if I could just find a few more...

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

A mailday from madding

I have been very fortunate as of late, receiving three packages from fellow bloggers in less than two weeks time. All have been really great, and all three have done some damage to my many set needs.

Today's batch of cardboard generosity comes courtesy of Kerry (aka madding, aka the commissioner of the Cards on Cards fantasy basketball league), a fellow native Portlander, who also happens to be, as many of you already know, the proprietor of Cards on Cards.

Since there's a lot to cover here, I am gonna forgo my normal dilly-dallying, and just jump right in:

When I started removing the tape and toploaders that were used to secure the stack, I couldn't help but notice a few rough cut/older looking edges all grouped together. Even the rough cut edges should have been the only clue I needed, I couldn't for the life of me figure out what they were going to be until I was actually able to get into the cards. And just in case anyone else didn't figure it out by the "rough cut" clue, here you go:

OPC! To say that I was surprised would be a major understatement. This is the one OPC set that I am trying to collect, but it's been really slow going, as I haven't added a new card to the set in what seem like years.

Since a lot of people don't just have these lying around, I must admit that I'm most curious to know where Kerry got this duodecad of 78's?

Jumping ahead almost 40 years, Kerry was able to obliterate...

... about 1/3...

... of my...

... 2017 Archives needs.

Topps lineage might be favorite modern baseball set that contained current (at the time) players. It's also a set that I had very little of.

I believe that before this package, I actually had more of the parallels than I did base.

This is probably a good time to mention that I actually scanned most of the cards in this post, which is a rarity for me -- most turned out pretty good -- although the Lineage sort of look like only the first names of player's were used for the front of the cards.

Before I made my list of 2013 Cooperstown needs, I was seeing them at the card shows all the time, but I never bought any because I didn't want to end up with a bunch of duplicates. And now after finally making a list, the seemingly endless card show supply seems to have conveniently dried up.

Kerry must have noticed all the player's of yore sets on my want list, so what did he do? Oh, just included a quartet of 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classics, which just happens to be a set that I haven't ever even seen before. Every time I think I've finally got a handle on all of these kinds of sets that came out while I was away from card collecting in the 2000's, someone comes along and sends me yet another one that I hadn't been aware of.

A few basketball set needs were addressed as well, like this 2015-16 Donruss Rebounding Kings.

After the OPC, this 2013-14 Prizm blue, white, and red was the biggest surprise in the package, as these monster box exclusives aren't the easiest things to come by. Until recently, I would've never thought that I would have something in common with an entitled rich kid from Lake Oswego, but apparently we do... anxiety!

[Note to Kerry: after sending out your package I came across an extra Lillard B,W,R Prizm, so if you need it, please let me know]

The package was rounded out with some more Prizm parallels, this time from the 2015-16 edition.

All in all, seven sets had needs removed from them, that's what I call efficient!

Many thanks for the wonderful package, Kerry! I don't know if the package I sent you was anywhere near as good as this one was, if not, I still have plenty of stuff for you :)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Other bloggers can be such a bad influence

I can't remember exactly when it was, but sometime last year I was reading some of the older posts over at Can't Have Too Many Cards, one of which featured a set that I had been previously unfamiliar with... that being, the 1971 Milk Duds baseball cards.

Seeing these cards was like love at first sight, and even though I certainly didn't need, or want, any more things to collect, I knew that I was going to have to break down and get some.

I don't recall which player was featured in the post, but I do remember that it was a whole box that was featured, as opposed to the more common cut-outs. I checked eBay that very same night to see what these cards go for, there wasn't a lot to be had at the time, but I did notice that the whole boxes can get a little pricey, depending on the player of course.

My next stop was COMC, where at the time, there was even less available for purchase. That being said, I did find one that I thought I couldn't live without, for what seemed to be a fairly reasonable price (around $3), so I bought it... and then all I had to do was wait a couple of months until the Black Friday free shipping offer came around before I could finally see what one of these cards looked like in person:

Obviously, Joe here is no longer one with his box, but there weren't any whole boxes to be had on the site at the time (there's quite a few right now). Even though it is a cut card, I still really dig it, so much so, that I have since purchased about half a dozen whole boxes from the site... and one of those was fairly big-time player. Since it'll be a while before that box (or any other cards currently sitting in my account) makes it onto the blog, I'll give you a clue by saying the his name rhymes with Neat Nose!

I don't think that I will be trying to collect the entire 69-card set, but I have been, and will continue to be, on the lookout for any affordable whole boxes that I can find. And in the case of some of the bigger names, it might be necessary to go the cut-out route.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

A change of plans

I recently received a package from Matt (the seemingly tireless owner and operator of the Sport Card Collectors empire), which was a good thing. What wasn't a such a good thing, was me taking over a week to let him know that I got it :(

Matt, being the good dude that he is, didn't seem to take any offense to the slight. Still, I've got a bit of a guilty conscious (especially after reading Julie's post last night), so I'm going to bump today's originally planned card show post (I was struggling to write it anyway) and give my public thanks (I already did so on Twitter, but the blog's more important) to Matt a little sooner than later.

A couple of month's ago when I got those dud boxes of Golden Age, Matt was one of the few people to claim some of the many duplicates that were contained within those boxes, and in exchange, he ended up sending me some Golden Age that I didn't already have... including this wonderful Juan Marichal Newark Evening News.

I'm not a big fan of the Headlines set, but I've still been collecting them Nonetheless. Being able to mark two more off the wantlist is very much appreciated, as I hate the thought actually having to buy any of them.

This Buck Weaver DeLong Gum was by far, my favorite card in the package! As an aside, I recently decided I wanted to own an original DeLong card, after checking the eBay, I found out something kind of surprising (sarcasm)... they're a bit on the pricey side, especially the one's that don't look like they've been through the wringer. Maybe someday...

With the addition of Hack here, I only need three more B for E's to complete the set.

Photo wise, this might be my favorite of the 2013 Headlines set.

Some of you may have noticed a recently added "Mini's" tab at the top of the blog, Matt is partially responsible for said tab being added. I had been procrastinating on going through all my Golden Age mini's and separating them by the different backs for the longest time now, but after Matt mentioned having some available, I decided to finally break down and make the list (not fun by the way). It ended up being worth the time though, as Matt sent some really great stuff.

As you'll see more clearly in a moment, there was quite a mix of backs.

Save for the Ty Cobb back, I think I might have all of Bill Walton's 2012 mini's now.

John Dean is the owner of the Ty Cobb back, which at one per box, were the hardest (not counting 1/1's) back's to get. I really don't think that I will ever be able to complete that set, but it's still fun to get them when I can.

Please forgive the crooked 2013's.

The Nadja back belongs to Al Simmons, for anyone that cares, those were one-per-box backs in 2013.

Tommy Smothers can't believe that he's gotta face two Hitman Hearns'!

A nice mix of back's here.

There were also a couple of 2014's to be had...

... and they too contained a nice mixture of different back's.

And if all the Golden Age above wasn't enough, Matt also sent along a dozen A&G mini's as well.

All the A&G's hail from 2013-15, and all are very welcome additions to my miniscule collection of Ginter miniatures.

Thanks again, Matt! All the cards were really great, and more importantly... they were all set needs. And hopefully I won't take so long to acknowledge the receipt of any potential future packages from you (or anybody else for that matter).

I also wanted to mention that I will be spending a lot of my free time over the next two weeks trying to help my mom out with some projects around her house, so some of the longer posts that I had planned on doing (card show stuff, comic book stuff, etc.) might have to wait a couple of weeks. I've been trying to stick to a regular posting schedule, so if you happen to notice some really short posts popping up, it's just because I probably won't have a lot of energy (mentally or physically) left to work on anything more significant.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

The sickest of hits

Before I get going here, I need to confess a couple of things.

First, this post marks the first (and possibly the last) time that I have ever used the term, "sick hit(s)" (or hitz).

And Secondly, I still don't technically know what qualifies as a "sick hit", I used to think that it applied to any auto/relic, but now I'm sort of under the impression that the term is only used for 1/1's, star-player auto's, etc.

I don't know if it was because I hadn't been to show since last September, or if it was because Jim (my favorite seller at these shows, most of what you've already seen came from him), just had more things of interest to me, but either way I ended up buying a lot more auto's and relics than I normally do. Jim always has at least two 3200 ct boxes of "hits", it's these boxes that all the reseller's descend upon first, mostly because his prices are so low. Most of the time, the boxes are nearly cleaned out by the time I get there, and that's usually less than an hour after the show opens.

This show was no different, in that the vulture's had already picked over those boxes, but unlike usual, I was pleasantly surprised to find a few scraps still left on the carcass. Now that I think of it, I suppose the cards that I did get, could be considered the ones that had been deemed to have no resell value by all the flippers... but that's okay, as I was able to find some really fun stuff for myself, as well as other's (those will not be shown of course).

So no matter how the term is supposed to be used, the following is my interpretation of what a "sick hit" is:

2001 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Game-Used Bases Level 1
Even though you can't see it from the side, you'll just have to take my word for it when I say that is one beefy card! I feel like I'm going to be saying "I had never seen these before" on like 3/4 of the cards in this post, so I'll just say it once here, and in less I mention otherwise, you can just assume that it applies to almost everything else being shown.

I always like seeing game-used base relics on the other blogs, so when I saw this one, and it's price of only $2, I had to have it. After I got home, I looked up the date of the game that this piece of base was used in, turns out it's from game 2 of the 2000 NLCS, which the Mets ended up winning 6-5. And as most folks will remember, the Mets ended up winning the series, advancing to play (and eventually lose to) the Yankees in the World Series. Going back to Game 2 though, according to Baseball Reference, Mark McGwire's only plate appearance came as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th, where he was intentionally walked. Timo Perez on the other hand, was in the starting line-up that game, finishing 1 for 5 (a single in the 8th).

This looks like it was a very fun relic set, and one that I wouldn't be opposed to getting more cards from.

2016 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Quad Materials
As an Oregon fan (I'm also an Oregon State fan, can you say anomaly?), this card was a bit of a no-brainer. This quartet represents part of the Ducks team that lost to Ohio State in the 2014 National Title game. As far as NFL experience goes, Bralon Addison still hasn't made past the practice squads, Byron Marshall has seen only minimal action with Philadelphia and Washington, DeForest Buckner has started 25 games over the last two seasons with San Francisco, and of course Marcus Mariota has been Tennessee's starting (when he's healthy) quarterback for the last three season's now. Marcus is also, statistically speaking, the best quarterback to ever come out of Oregon. He also won the Heisman in 2014.

As great as this card is, I don't know if getting it for $3 was worth the hassle that I went through to try and get a decent image for this post. The scans were atrocious, and the picture above was the best I could come up with after like 30 something attempts, and even then you can still see the phone's shadow over Mariota.

2013 Topps Museum Collection Four-Player Quad Relic Gold
I don't know if all of these guys can technically be called a bust yet, so I'll just say that, as of now, I don't think they've lived up to their respective expectations. This appears to be one of those tiered relic sets, with the gold being the second of the three tiers. I really only bought this one because I liked all the different colored patch bits. I can't help but wonder how much this card would've went for back in 2013? Probably a lot more than the $3 that I paid for it, that's for sure.

2009 and 2016 Topps A&G Framed Mini Relics
At the time of it's purchase, I had fully intended to send the Kershaw out to someone else, but by the next day, I decided to be selfish and keep it for me. I don't have a lot of these framed mini relics, but I sure do like them, well depending who the swatch is from of course. These two set me back five bucks (three for Ichiro and two for Kershaw), which didn't seem too bad.

2014 Panini Absolute Tools of the Trade Complete Rookies
I don't know anything about Andre Williams, but once again I just really liked all these jersey bits (especially the grey chunk), so for two bucks I might as well grab it. If I ever decide that I no longer like it, I think I know a good home to send it to.

2004 Playoff Prestige Connections - Materials #'d to /250
Without even trying, I have somehow acquired a bit of a "game-used bats from pitcher's" collection over the last couple of years. I feel like this first one that I have intentionally bought, even then, it to might end up going out to someone else at some point. Oh, and this was another $2 card.

2001 Topps Archives Reprint Stadium Seat Relics
This is a relic set that I have contemplated trying to put together on multiple occasions, as I like the whole "shavings from stadium seats" concept. The only thing that has stopped me from collecting this set is that -- other than the Golden Age stuff -- I generally don't want to pay too much for a relic card, and Brown, Starr, and Unitas usually sell in the $10-20 range... although after getting this Johnny U for the paltry of $2, it's now a little more tempting to try and chase the set.

2004 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Green Six Materials #'d 16/25
Another Tools of the Trade, this time of the baseball variety. I absolutely (no pun intended) fell in love with this card upon first sight, I mean just look at all those different kinds of relics (the glove is my favorite)! From what I have been able to gather, these six material cards seem to be rather rare, as the only ones that I can find for sale anywhere, are on COMC, where there's currently three listed (and only one in the sold section), other than that, there are none to be found. I'd like to say that I wouldn't mind finding a few more of these, but it seems highly unlikely that I ever will. Definitely one of my favorite three dollar purchases in a while (well, at least until the next post).

I remember seeing Carlos Lee play, but I didn't remember anything specific about him, so I was kind of surprised to see that he hit 17 grand slams during his 13-year career, which places him in a three-way tie with Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams for seventh on the all-time list.

2008 SAGE Autographs Gold level
And here we've got another former Duck, and a pretty darn good one at that. When J Stew left Oregon after his junior year, he did so as the school's second leading rusher of all-time (he has since dropped to 5th). Drafted by the Panther's, he played ten seasons for them before being released earlier this year. He currently holds fourteen franchise records, including being Carolina's all-time leading rusher. At almost 31 years old now, he's considered aged by running back standards, so it will be interesting to see if he gets picked up by anyone else before next season.

2000-01 Fleer Genuine Northern Flights
I'm not a huge Vince Carter fan, and that's not to say that I have anything against him either, it's just that his style of play never really appealed to me. That being said, these Northern Flights were only $2 apiece, and it's only a five-card relic set, so it seemed like this would be a relatively easy set to complete. As a quick aside, seeing that Vince is now in his 20th season makes me feel really old :(

1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Autograph Collection
An on-card auto from a Hall of Famer for only $2! Sure, where do I sign up at? I have been a big fan of the Sports Illustrated autograph's for a while now, but somehow this the only one that I have managed to acquire, which is probably because I never see them at shows, and I never think to look for them online. Jim actually had another one of these too, but that one looked like the pen had been running on E, so I just left it there for someone else (although I'd be very surprised if someone else did actually buy it).

2001 Donruss Classics Benchmarks
According to the BaseballCardPedia, 2001 Donruss Classics was one of the first sets to successfully integrate player's from the past with the then current stars. It was also one of the first sets to include relics from the stars of the past as well. While not a star of the past (at the time), Tony Gwynn was obviously a pretty big name at the time, and while technically not a relic specific to Tony Gwynn, this seems like it was a fairly unique (a first?) idea for the time... and one that certainly appealed to me, so for two buck I added it to my growing stack.

I really like the sets that used to show you what your relic was coming from.

1998 Press Pass Autographs
This certainly isn't one of those "saving the best card for last" kind of posts, Al's only being shown last because he was bought from a different seller. I got this card from the same fifty cent box as a couple of the Archives Reserve's shown that were shown in the shiny stuff post, it was really only because I needed one more card to make it an even $3. Al's certainly not a future hall of famer, but he wasn't no scrub either, so I figured for fifty cents, why not?

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