Thursday, November 16, 2017

2 or 3 slabbed Mets

Here are a couple recent eBay pickups.

Always on the lookout for Topps Retired refractors, I scored this great-looking one from 2005 of Mets legend Ed Kranepool for the price of a blaster. I prefer my Topps Retired autos to still be in their "uncirculated" cases, but in recent years I've soften my stance against them being graded. (A couple years ago, I would have quickly broken this out of the slab, but now I'll probably just let it be.)

Ed's stats won't blow you away, but you gotta be impressed with such a long career, and all of it as a Met.

Next up..

And here's an addition to my slow-going 2004 Topps Chrome black refractor parallel setbuild. Believe it or not, Lastings Milledge is one of the better names in the autograph portion of that checklist, his MLB career lastings 433 games over the span of 6 years. Then he played in Japan for a while, and this past season he was back in the states playing for an independent team.

It's ridiculous that this is graded "authentic".. as if someone is going to question its authenticity. LOL. No one would ever bother to counterfeit this card. The card even got a hologram sticker on the back (not 100% counterfeit-proof, I'm sure, but taking way more time/effort/money than a counterfeiter would ever put in on a Lastings Milledge card). But whatever, I'll probably keep it in the slab for now, just for protection.

A cool thing about this eBay win is that the seller surprised me with a note alerting me to a bonus card for no other reason than to be nice...

Yep, it's the base version of the same auto. Ha, cool! Of course, I wanted the black refractor for a set need, not because I collect Milledge, but hey, I'll happily add another hit to my Mets tradeables. Seems like my Mets-collecting trading partners have pretty much dried up over the past couple years, but it might come in handy someday. I've gotten random commons thrown in with eBay wins before, and maybe a decent card thrown in if the seller screwed up or something, but I think this is the best "just because" bonus card I've gotten via eBay. So that was nice of the seller.

See you next time.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

trade bait from the card show

It feels a little irresponsible of me soliciting trades seeing as I've been dragging my feet getting cards into the hands of people I owe (such as Bo, GCA, Kerry, Shane Katz), plus building "CDs & Cards" boxes for N.O. and Chris the Collector, plus a big simmering trade in the works with Bubba and other outgoing-cards activities I need to spend time on.

So I might not be super quick getting trades turned around, but hey, here are some card show pickups that are up for grabs. Check out my wantlist and get in touch if you want. If you're a frequent trade buddy of mine, feel free to ask me to set any of this aside for you.

It bothers John Miller if I don't post any available Braves, so here're some, including a couple 2011 Topps parallels I didn't end up needing.

Cubs, including a Fergie in an attempt to lure Twitch into a trade.

Truth be told, the Chris Davis parallels were from the previous card show. I tried to line up the purple with the Yan Gomes card.

A bunch of Yankees, including a Willy Mo Pena autograph.. seems he nearly made a comeback with the Indians in 2017, but returned to Japan instead.

Dodgers. That Jackie Robinson was in yesterday's post of keepers, but I fight the urge to collect him, so hopefully someone takes it from me. I love Jackie, don't get me wrong, but you can't collect everybody, and if I went down that rabbithole I'd want to land some playing-days vintage, and that could get dangerous.
The 2000 Keebler bag was the complete set. Hated to do it, but I had to pull out Sheffield and Adrian Beltre for my PCs.
I know Night Owl already has more Shawn Green relics than he needs, but maybe someone else would want them.

Johnny Bench is another all-time great I fight the urge to collect. Sometimes in my weaker moments, I even consider putting my Madison Bumgarner cards together.

More memorabilia cards. The Johnny Damon has a dinged corner. I'm not really familiar with Luis Ayala, but thought the Expos manupatch was cool.

Blue Jays. Justin Jackson's mediocre pro career topped out at AA.. but still, it's hard to pass up cheap 1st Bowman Chrome ref autos.

Finally, a couple more autos. Brad Penny helped the Marlins win the World Series in 2003 and went on to have a couple All-Star seasons with the Dodgers. I don't know anything about Troy Stecher, but just took a flyer on a hockey guy in case somebody could use it.

So there's some trade bait. Nothing super enticing, but if anything caught your eye and you wanna work out a trade, just let me know. There may have been a few more pickups already set aside for folks (a few Pirates, maybe a couple Rynos, etc). This wraps up the November card show haul (pt 1, pt 2, pt 3).. thanks for following along!

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And before I end this post, allow me to pay my respects...

I was sad to hear about the passing of Bobby Doerr this week at 99. He really was the patron saint of through-the-mail autographs. Just a great guy who brightened the day of countless card collectors over the years. Though he lived a full life, just shy of a century, it's still a bummer he's no longer with us. First, I got that Distinguished Service insert signed. Then I whipped up a Padres custom cut-signature card using an index card I got cheap on eBay (I realize it's silly to pay for his autograph when he's so generous with it, but I suppose it's nice to have an earlier, smoother signature from him.) Then I got those couple customs signed, two of my all-time favorite TTM returns. I really love how they turned out. Thanks again, Bobby! Rest in peace.

Monday, November 13, 2017

card show haul pt 3

Powering through my card show pickups from this past weekend. This'll do it for the keepers, then I'll likely have a trade bait post up tomorrow.

Nice selection of 2017 Triple Threads parallels.

And here we've got some 2017 Gold Label parallels.

Jumped on the bandwagon with a bunch of current Astros.

Some love for the Dodgers, too, with Clayton Kershaw and Gavin Lux.

"Arenado Machado" is fun to say. "Arenado Machado."

2017 Museum Collection. I grabbed several of those fake sketchcard things, but then shed them from my stack when I was getting ready to check out.. Or at least I thought I did. Somehow Rizzo and Hank slipped by and made it home with me. Checking the prices COMC now, I'm kicking myself for putting back the likes of Trout, Bryant, and Harper. Oh well, I don't really like the looks of them anyways. If it's a real sketchcard, that's one thing. I was never a big fan of old Diamond Kings either.

And here's the last of it. Griffey /999. I'm a little bummed that the Topps Update Chrome cards aren't sparkly this year like they were in 2015 and 2016. A pair of Benintendi cards rounds out the haul.

Thanks for checking it out. I'll get some trade bait up soon.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Slowly peeling price tags off penny sleeves and top-loaders

Time for more from my card show haul.

These are my first cards of 2005 Leaf Sportscasters, a weird insert set which a bunch of differently numbered parallels based on the combination of color and pictures in the corner. I left the tags on these in case you were curious about the serial numbering on the backs.

Here's Reggie again, on a 2009 Topps Update legends variation, paired with another old-timer on a modern design.

Some #'d Donruss parallels.

These Artist Proofs were a good score for me, each /10.

A nice selection of Trea Turner cards.

A young Gwynn and a couple Padres prospects.

Carlos Delgado xfractor in a scratched up case and a gold Christian Yelich 1st Bowman Card.

Some Francisco Lindor parallels.

Let's wrap up the post with some memorabilia cards, including jersey swatches of a couple 2017 Gold Glove winners and the only basketball card I bought at the show. Glad to add a piece of game-used basketball to my "ridic relics" minicollection.

That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Card Show Khlav Kalash

November's card show was today. I left my house at 9:07 AM and returned at 12:02. That makes for about 3 hours in the dollar bins (7 for $5), amassing a big stack. Let's check out some highlights.

Cool 2013 "Shades" variation of the probable NL MVP. I think it gets announced Wednesday. Looks like he probably won't be back in Miami next season.

Landed a couple Judges, including the Beckett thing #'d /5000. The Christian Arroyo action variation might've been my pickup-of-the-day, at least according to COMC where the cheapest you can currently buy it is $13.45. As for the Bundy, I sure find those Blue Burlap parallels appealing.

Speaking of old designs with colored borders, I'm digging 1987 with the blue and orange swapped in for woodgrain.

A trio for my 2011 Topps parallel frankenset. Turns out I already had a diamond Trumbo RC, but I consider a liquorfractor an upgrade, so no harm there. The Frazier is $7.56 on COMC, so it would seem to be a good deal for me.

Some old stuff. I don't much care for those embossed 1965 inserts, but couldn't pass up Ernie Banks. Cool to pick up a Dale Murphy RC. Looks like he's got another opportunity for the Hall, included on the Modern Baseball Era ballot, to be voted on next month, though I'd be surprised if they vote in anybody, tragically. Personally, I'd put them all in. Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell. Put 'em all in. Anyways, I'll probably try to complete 1977 Topps one of these days, so that's a nice one to get out of the way. And the 1961 Post Cereal is a great addition to my Dick Williams PC.

2015 Bowman's Best - Hi-Def Heritage - Atomic Refractor #HDH-AG. Not a bad looking card, and a dude I collect(ed), but really I just snagged this one for the one-touch case. lol

Hot rookie Rhys Hoskins. So I got a Rhys and a couple Judges, but didn't come across any Bellingers, for those scoring at home.

Man, I love wave refractors. There were several in the bins, many of which I initially added to my stack but ultimately ended up taking out as I tried to get my stack down to a reasonable total, but I held on to this Kenny Giles. He sucked in the postseason, but his Astros pulled it off despite his 27.00 World Series ERA. Nice looking card, and a good deal according to COMC where it's listed at over $6.

That's all for today. I'll have some more to show off later this coming week, with probably some trade bait too. Thanks for reading and Happy Veterans Day!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Cards From The Marcus; Rocket From The Crypt

Back in the day (2013), Marcus from all the way to the backstop was the first blogger I ever traded with. He doesn't blog as often these days, but he's still active on Twitter. A little while back he tweeted out some highlights from some 2017 Heritage High Number he had ripped, and I inquired about the availability of a couple cards. He gave me the greenlight, and I sent him a modest PWE with a couple special customs as the focal point. A couple days ago he hit me back, with not just those couple cards I asked about, but a bunch more great cards too.

Wowie wow wow-wow! I confess to being very susceptible to "rookie mania" going back to my childhood days of chasing Kevin Maas and Keith Mitchell cards in the early 90s. And even now as a grow-ass man, I will unapologetically ask for your available Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger cards, despite the Yankees and Dodgers being among my least-favorite teams. Not only did Marcus send me my first via-trade Judge card, but he sent me three of them! If anybody needs the extra Archive base card in trade, let me know. And I believe this is my first #'d Bellinger card (/999), which is pretty cool. These guys are the presumptive ROY winners, with really the only question being if they'll be unanimous winners or not. The BBWAA Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards will be announced Monday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. ET.

The 2 cards I asked Marcus about were the Bellinger and this Trea Turner, everything else was an awesome surprise.

Looks like Marcus ripped a couple blasters of 2017 Archives. Good stuff.

I recently counted up my Bryce Harper cards and it was comfortably over 100, though I will definitely drag my feet in moving him from my "high priority" wantlist into the "Hundred Card Club" section. Dude is only 25 years, 25 days old. Younger than Aaron Judge! If he stays health and plays till he's 40.. wow, he'll have some incredible career stats.

Some Bowmans and Strasburgs.

And the cards keep coming. Even a Star Wars card. I don't know who Rose is, but I'll take it!

Big thanks, Marcus! That really was an incredible return package for my dinky PWE. I owe ya one.

Ok, I know "Rocktober" is over, but my injured finger hindered me from getting to a few things near the end of the month that I wanted to, so you may see a couple posts creeping out here in November. And heck, it's my blog, so I can sneak in some music content once in a while, right?

Marcus and I are connected not just for our devotion to the San Diego Padres, but we also share a love for San Diego's favorite rock band Rocket From The Crypt. I figured I'd show off some of my RFTC stuff piggybacking with the cards Marcus sent.

I got this SLAMM magazine signed by frontman John "Speedo" Reis at an in-store appearance at the record store Off The Record in San Diego on 6/2/98. My buddy Doug and I arrived late and missed the first half of the live performance, but got to briefly meet him afterwards and get his autograph. At the time we thought it was funny that he signed on his forehead, though in hindsight, it's a great place to sign to make it visible.

Here's a promo mini poster for their excellent 1996 album Scream, Dracula, Scream.

Here are a couple setlists and a pick. The one on the left is from 12/8/99 and the one on the right is from 11/23/99, both at the Casbah in San Diego. I've been lucky enough to see them live a dozen times, which as far as I can figure is the most times I've ever seen one band. They always put on a great show.

Here're my RFTC CDs. I jettisoned my least-favorite album (1998's RFTC) in a recent CDs+cards deal as I work on majorly slimming down my CD collection, but I might have to hang onto most of these. Or maybe I'll send them to Marcus so he can have extra copies to keep in his car. Group Sounds is the import version with 3 bonus tracks.

And here's a CD/DVD release of their final show on Halloween 2005 (until they eventually reunited several years later, and are still somewhat active with an occasional little tour). I was front-row center for this show, even sang along in one song when Speedo stuck the mic in my face. It was actually a tough experience for me because in the middle of the show I cut my hand open on some broken glass from the opening band. Lost a lot of blood! But yeah, it was a memorable night.

Anyways, there's some of my cool Rocket From The Crypt stuff. Have a great weekend, everybody.