Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Blog Bat Around: What Have I Got Going On?

Spotted this on the Collective Mind blog yesterday, and thought that I could make a post about what I've got going on.

The truth is, it's a lot.  Well, maybe for me it's a lot.

Everybody knows that this is a home for anything Blue Jays or Maple Leafs related.  I've probably shown more cards for Toronto based teams than everything else combined. 

I really need to sit down soon and start getting my Toronto collections cleaned up.  I've been saying that for over a year now and writing this had made me realize just what a slacker I've been.  Need to get a plan together and soon.

I've never really announced it formally on the blog, but my chief focus is building sets.  I've decided to make a push to have a run of sets that includes the following:

  1. 1968-1986 Topps baseball
  2. 1971-72 through 1989-90 O-Pee-Chee hockey
Why these 2 runs you ask?  Simple.

1968-1986 Topps baseball represents the first 18 years of my life.  The formative years of my love for baseball.   Plus, I have to cut it off somewhere, and 1986 seems as good a place as any for me.

1971-72 through 1989-90 OPC hockey?  Well, I barely remember it, but my first hockey game in person was when I was just 4 years old.   I remember sitting in the Greys in the old Maple Leaf Gardens, watching the Leafs lose to the Canadiens that night.   I was hooked.

For the next 20 years, I did what every kid in Canada did.  I soaked up as much hockey as I could.  Those years of sets will represent a golden time of hockey in my eyes.  I can't wait to have them all.

Both of these projects are going to take a long time to finish (I have 3 of the baseball sets done and 2 of the hockey), but when I do finish them, I won't know what to do with myself. 

I've also got a couple of hockey projects going, including the serial numbered insanity set.  They've been pushed aside a bit lately, but I'm never afraid to accept any cards from these sets that come my way.

Player collections?  I've got a few of those as well.

Joe Sakic, Jim Thome, Ichiro, those are just 3 players I'm pursuing.  Mats Sundin, Felix Potvin, Andrew McCutchen and John Olerud are the others that I'm actively seeking cards for. 

The other blog that I was writing for my PCs has been on a bit of a hiatus while I clean up my collections and get this blog more active.  It will return....

OK...maybe that's enough for now.  My mind is spinning now that I read it all.

Thanks for reading, Robert

Monday, March 12, 2018

Inbound and Down #37: A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts

Gotta love an unexpected PWE.  Jon from the A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts very thoughtfully sent me a half dozen cards that fit nicely into a couple of collections I have.

3 Blue Jays cards, all I'm pretty sure I don't own.  Red bordered A.J. Burnett  from 2006 Topps Turkey Red is something I'm sure I haven't seen come across the desk. 

Had no idea that Gold medallion cards from Ultra came die cut.  2004 Alex Rios is another welcome addition.

I had never heard of Brian Sellier before; he spent 2001 playing in the Oakland system after spending his only season as a Blue Jay prospect playing in the NY Penn League for the Queens Kings.

The Ichiro collection is starting to build nicely.  Everyone knows I'm a sucker for serial numbered cards, and the 2 Moments & Milestones double my total to 4.  Needed them both.

I'd seen cards like the '17 Topps series 2 Silver Pack card on the left on the blogs, but didn't think I'd ever have one in hand.  Well, now I do.

I sent Jon a quick tweet to let him know that the cards arrived, which he appreciated.  Jon mentioned that he felt bad that he didn't have more to send me.

6 cards for 2 collections, all of them needed in a surprise PWE?  Doesn't get much better than that from my perspective...

Thanks for reading, Robert

Sunday, March 11, 2018

March card show spoils

This post might take as quick to write as it did to go through the show.   I spent just under an hour at the monthly card show yesterday, and didn't spend a lot of $$.

I did put a small dent in a couple of want lists though.  The first being '59 Topps.

Ever since hitting the 400 card plateau for this set, I've been on a bit of a buying binge trying to knock down the want list even further.  These 10 I picked up for $21, not too bad, and I believe the Bob Allison card is the last one I need for the Rookie Stars subset.  I'll check on that later today.

I only picked up one other card that was on one of my want lists, and for $7 I was happy to bring home a 2nd year Mike Schmidt card.

A bit off center, which I seem to be finding is more of the norm for '74 Topps, but still a really nice card at a good price so I'm happy.

To round off the total to $30, I found a $2 card which for me was the steal of the show.

A 62/63 Parkhurst Bob Pulford card in really nice shape!!  I don't normally look for vintage hockey, or Maple Leafs cards at this show, but seeing this card in this dealer's bins shocked me. Needless to say I didn't hesitate in putting it in my pile. 

Outside of the $30 at that table, the only other cards I bought were out of a 7 for $5 bin.  Nothing earth shattering, but it's stuff that can be used as trade bait...

Blue parallel of Mike Trout from last year's Bunt, I'm sure someone out there might want it.  Young Guns for less than a buck are always a good pickup, and I'm enjoying the MVP die cut parallels. Sean Monahan is an up and comer who I really like.

Less than a buck, yea this was an easy pickup for the Ichiro PC.  Haven't bought much for any of my PCs lately, so this was a no brainer.

Quick and painless, for less than the cost of 2 blasters.   Moving on....

Thanks for reading,  Robert

Friday, March 9, 2018

Inbound and Down #36: The Collective Mind

Greg from The Collective Mind blog and I have traded 3 or 4 times over the years.  He actually posted my end of the trade today on his blog.  Greg had sent me an email a couple of weeks back stating that he had some '74 and '76 Topps to send my way, which sent me scampering to find some stuff on his want list.

This also became the first trade that I've recorded on the TCDB. 

Last night's post knocked 80 cards off the want list, and so does today's.

Yes, I still miss the team photos.

Don't remember Dick Tidrow with the Indians at all; I remember him more from his time with the Yankees and in the Windy City.  Love how Ron Hunt is showing off how to choke up on the bat.  Wonder if anybody today knows how to do that.

It's kind of dizzying to think about how many different uniforms that the White Sox have had over the years.  I know that with this blue and red combo I've posted 3 different combinations over the past couple of weeks. 

I saw Diego Segui's card and it reminded of his son, David, who had a decent career with several teams, one of which was the Blue Jays.  Why I don't remember 31 games that David played in Toronto in 1999 is beyond me.  David would get traded in the '99 off season by the Jays as part of a 3 team trade that saw Brad Fullmer come to Toronto and hit 50 HRs over the next 2 years.

I only scanned about half of the '76 Topps that Greg sent my way, but looking at the scans these are a solid selection of cards. 

The facial hair on George Scott and Pedro Garcia is fantastic. 

The old style Braves uniform with the feather on the sleeve looks great.

Cliff Johnson was a bad ass long before he was a Blue Jay.

The Oakland A's green and yellow combo will always be timeless.

What better name for a baseball player than Champ Summers.  What better name for a pitcher than Heaverlo.  (don't heave her high, Heaverlo)

The commissioner needs to get a team back in Montreal.  Somehow, someway.

Bring back the C on John Ellis' hat to Cleveland, and I can reconcile with Chief Wahoo being phased out a lot easier.

Greg, what a great group of cards, thank you very much for the trade, it is appreciated!!

thanks for reading, Robert

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Trimming a little hockey off the want list

For some reason I decided to hit Sportlots last weekend; I guess the big chunks of cards I've been removing from my want lists prompted me to try and do some more pruning.

The 83-84 OPC cards that I pulled from my recent COMC order were very inspiring, and I decided to pick up a few more.

All the lower numbered cards from the 83-84 set featured the Islanders and Oilers, the teams that met in the previous year's Stanley Cup final.  When you have the two best teams up front, naturally there are going to be quite a few star cards, which on this first page features Mike Bossy and Billy Smith.  Most of the cards I bought off of my favorite seller Clint (ctcdork) thankfully were just a quarter apiece.

What's great about this time period is you'll have a lot of players that aren't wearing helmets, which was optional back in the early 80's.  No helmet means the player is a lot more visible, something that is slowly fading away with mandatory helmet/face shield combos for new players into the NHL.

What I just noticed while writing the post so far is that of the 22 cards from the 83-84 OPC set that I bought, only one of the players is wearing their home white uniform.

This is the next set that is going to be put in a binder and pages, so I'm going to have to take a look and see how many players are featured in their road unis.  If my memory serves me, most of the players are in their dark jerseys. 

I now have just under 70% of the 83-84 OPC set in hand, and I'm hoping to find a few of the remaining Gretzky's I need for a reasonable price so I can put this set to bed sometime in 2018.

I've moaned a bit before about the number of SP cards that Heritage baseball fields.  While scanning these 2013-14 OPC cards this evening, I thought to myself that OPC sets do the same thing.  600 cards in the set, and cards 501-600 are short printed.  But then I thought a little further and justified my angst against the Heritage SPs.

The 4 OPC cards above?  50 cents apiece.  Not bad.  Even several years later, I normally have to pay at least a buck (if not more) for Heritage SPs.  Heaven forbid if it's a name player, then you're up to a few dollars on the baseball side. 

Maybe that's why I'm more inclined to putting together the OPC run from the past decade as opposed to the Heritage sets.

I didn't scan them all, but I did take the time to show off 27 of the 54 2013-14 OPC cards that I bought for the 18 cent minimum price that Sportlots features.  These were all base cards, no SPs.  Not sure why I took forever to take an axe to the want list for this set.

These 80 cards matched the 80 that I received in a trade recently, which will be the focus of the next post.   A bit of a coincidence, although there are those out there who say that there is no such thing....

Thanks for reading, Robert