Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Simply the Wes

Wes a.k.a. jaybarkerfan over at Willinghammer Rising is a great dude. Sad to see it seems like he's retiring from trading, but at least he's going out with a bang via his World Cup of Trading. You can see part 1 of what I sent him here (heavy on Willinghammer customs), with a small encore on the way shortly. Let's check out the great stuff Wes sent back in exchange.

A couple sweet relics with Bryce Harper (a very blue card with a clashing red swatch) and Mark Messier (one of the very few hockey guys I kinda collect).

That Donaldson is #/25. And love the early Hoffman auto. Comes with a separate COA slip. Looks legit to me for the era, though as with most players, his signature got lazier over the course of his career.

A couple Michael Sam autos for my Pride PC.

I know I've said "I'm done with the f*ing Chargers" over a dozen times on my blog by this point, but still, if a buddy of mine is giving away Chargers hits, I'll speak up for 'em. These are both very nice.

So those above were the cards I called dibs on in the WCOT, but of course Wes also include a brick of bonus cards.

Rod Beck gold winner! And always happy to add later-career Benito cards to the PC.


Julio Franco! Love those Revco cards, represented here by Big Mac. And how about that Teke box-bottom!

Here are some active guys, highlighted by a Lindor fishfractor.


Big lot of nearly 50 Josh Donaldson cards! Wes PC'd Donaldson for a while there. I wasn't collecting him at the time, and sent Wes a bunch (including, I think, that gum-stained Heritage that has returned home). But then I started collecting him, meanwhile Wes decided to focus on collecting a different Josh. This lot doubles my PC of the Bringer of Rain (who has only been bringing the drizzle this year, but hopefully he turns his season around soon).

Great selection of Gwynns. Needed most of these.

Wes really Bipped me good, with a big stack of nearly 100 Bip Roberts cards. While much of it was junkwax I already had, there were many neat parallels in here I needed.

We wrap up with this trio. While I love adding to my PCs, what really widens my eyes in trade packages these days is setbuild needs.. especially somewhat-obscure sets I'm working on. Those Bohemian Bread cards were a big surprise. I've mentioned I had the Garvey from the set way back as a wee tyke before I was really a collector, so it's a sentimental set for me for sure. These 2 aren't in mint condition (these cards came packaged in bread, for what it's worth), but I'm very happy to be able to check them off my needs.

And the Jim Abbott gets me one card (sticker) closer to completing the Glow Stars subset from '93 Fun Pack.

Here it is in action.

Huge thanks, Wes! Awesome batch of cards. Hopefully it's not the last card package I ever receive from you, but if it was, it was a great one to go out on. All the best in all life has to offer!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Popping cards into the old computer

No card show for me this weekend (and sadly I may be missing the next few monthly shows), but at the last show I went to, I picked up a few of those Upper Deck "Powerdeck" CD-Rom "cards" with playable content on them. I'm honestly not super into these things, but hey, at less than a quarter per, I happily threw them onto my stack.

These days, less and less modern devices can actually play these odd-shaped discs, but luckily I've still got a nearly-obsolete old laptop I hoard keep around. So I popped them in and grabbed the contents (a highlight video of each player a bit under a minute long) and am sharing them here for ya'll.

Frank Thomas


Sammy Sosa


Mike Piazza


Pedro Martinez


Greg Maddux


Chipper Jones


Alex Rodriguez (1)


Alex Rodriguez (2 [1998])


There you have it. Gotta love the generic late-90s music. I think there are 3 or 4 songs between these 8 cards. I'm not a big fan of the "dance music" tunes, but that faux Pearl Jam-sounding rocker is kinda cool, I guess.

The lo-fi video highlight packages are ho-hum in these days of YouTube and places like ESPN and FoxSports attacking you with auto-play videos with every link on their site, but back in the late 90s, it was probably kinda cool for collectors to pop these in and watch their favorite players in action whenever they wanted.

Would be a lot cooler if they had something like a short exclusive interview or something. Maybe ask the player about his favorite Upper Deck card or about his childhood card-collecting habits. Yeah, that would have been better than clips of a few diamond gems and home runs.

(This is somewhat of a follow-up to a post a couple years ago when I similarly showed the videos for a Ripken and Clemens.)

The Sosa and Chipper discs are available for trade, if anyone's interested. The other dudes are guys I collect.

Ok, I don't own this last one, but while researching these a bit, I stumbled upon a graded Powerdeck "card" on COMC that I thought was funny:

Grading a CD just seems hilarious to me. Does the grader pop it in to make sure there are no skips or glitches in playback? Also, I would argue the plastic sleeve (with copyright info, etc.) is "part" of the card. So this graded disc missing the sleeve is incomplete to me. (Seller is asking $49? Ha!)

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Stargell, Star Wars, and Sopranos (trades n such)

Here I'm watching the finale of The Sopranos. I hate watching more than one "heavy" show at a time, so really wanted to finish it off before Game of Thrones comes back this weekend.

Some good fellas sent me trade packages I couldn't refuse this past week, over here.

Love these customized penny sleeves from Brian at Collecting Cutch from this runner-up prize for posting my favorite PC guy Top 10 Cards a few weeks back. These are going into my Cutch PC as-is!

Trouts and a Harper. Nice!

Xander! So close to a final All-Star spot. Keep it up, kid!

Nice selection of recent random Padres.

And the hits from Brian include a random auto (Ji-Man Choi, currently on the Yankee's bench) and a beautiful Christmas Card of Willy Garcia (made his MLB debut with the White Sox earlier this year).

Very nice. Big thanks for your generosity, Brian! I'll keep an eye out for rare Cutches for ya.

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Next up is a PWE from Sport Card Collectors.

Loved this Billy Williams red parallel from '17 Archives when I saw it on SCC's blog and said I'd be happy to take it. I think it's a great looking card. I essentially traded a base Aaron Judge Archives RC for it. Will it turn out to be a dumb deal on my part? We'll see! Oh well, it was a dupe for me, anyways. This Sweet-Swinging Billy is #'d 11/25 (Sometimes-Thanksgiving Card?).

A couple Wils and an Anderson. Think I've already got the Myerses, but lovin' that Espinoza refractor (/499).

(Oh good, a main bad guy just got killed. Was hoping for that. #Sopranos)

SCC also threw back to a couple old-tyme Padres. While I don't like buybacks that much, one cool thing with them is they allow you to add cards to dormant PCs of guys who haven't had new ("new") cards in decades. As is the case with that Dave Staton '91 Bowman.

And when I first saw the back of that '71, I was excited to get an upgrade to my 1971 Topps set, and funny to say but I was a little disappointed when I turned it around and saw it was autographed. LOL. (Nobody ever sends me vintage set needs!) Don't really know the name Bob Barton. But nice card, anyway.

Big thanks, SCC!

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Next is a PWE from reader T. Henson.

Good stuff. Needed that Altuve. Think I might've needed that Bryce. Pretty sure I've got the Floyd.

And a few more Myerses. Pretty sure I've already got these, but I appreciate the thought regardless. In fact, inspired by this trade package, I'm going to go ahead and move Wil Myers off my active wantlist into my 100 Card Club (I haven't actually counted yet, but I'm pretty sure he's in.) Boom.

Thanks, T! I'll get some Indians off to you ASAP.

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(Tony Soprano always reminds me of my old friend Chris, and not just because he's a big, balding white guy.
I can't believe Jr. lasted the whole series! #sopranos)

Last pack for the day is from Matt over at Heartbreaking Cards. I think this was our first trade, though I've read his blog for a long time. I hooked him up with cards for his freshly started Bill Madlock PC. He hit me back with a great selection:

Fantastic lot of Willie Stargell.

(Oh shit, "Don't Stop Believing" started. #Sopranos)

Kitty Kaat! Pretty sure I needed all these.

Love Dick Williams. Think I had that '88, but the All-Time Sox card is new for sure.

Dick Allen in the house! Some upgrades for me here, including the Kmart card with a clean back (my previous copy had a gum stain on the back).

And the centerpiece of the package: a bunch of Star Wars 40 needs. Would love to finish off his set before my big b-day coming up near the end of the year. I'm now 30 cards short. Anybody with available cards to trade from this set, check out my wantlist and drop me a line!

(quick cut to black. The end. #Sopranos)

Thanks, Matt!!

RIP Tony. RIP my Uncle Joe.
Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

All-Star Rod

Padrographs Rod is an All-Star-caliber trader. We've got a sweet thing going where I occasionally help him out with photoshop projects, and he returns the favor with cardboard for me. Plus he's a Padres fan like myself and the fact that he lives just a few minutes away is perfect since we can cut out the mailman from the equation.

Earlier this month, Rod dropped off a nice reusable grocery bag full of cards, highlighted by a targeted strike on my wantlist that I've already posted about, but now this post will show off the best of the rest.

Looks like Rod got in on a 2017 Museum Collection group break with the Padres slot, netting Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe base cards and a few parallels. (Can't help but wonder if Rod scored any big hits in the break.)

I'm happy to get to "prospector" status with Luis Urias, a young stud the Padres have high hopes for.

Note that the Topps logo isn't foil on these 2017 Topps cards.. yep, this is a near-complete Padres team set.

Here are some highlights from what I assume was another group break Rod took part in, this time for 2017 Topps Series 2.

Big lots of San Diego legends Bip Roberts and Tony Gwynn.

Also included was the bulk of a '17 Archives blaster. Lots of keepers for me here.

A pair of coins, too.

And these are likely some highlights from a blaster of Series 2.

A bunch of 2017 Bowman with some good stuff in it.

And there was some non-baseball stuff that caught my eye, too. Police dog oddballs, the Dream Team, and even Vanilla Ice making a return appearance on my blog.

Thanks as always, Rod! Great stuff!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Dan Fouts custom TTM success + a wayward Gavin

Really happy with this Dan Fouts TTM that came back the other day.

Took 42 days from his home in Bend, Oregon.

As you can see, I went with 1973 Topps Baseball for the custom design. 1973 was Dan's first year in the NFL, so there's a connection there, though truthfully that's a coincidence and I picked the design just because it's a favorite of mine.

With the Chargers moving away from San Diego for the upcoming season, my time as an active football fan / card collector feels like it's coming to a close. But before I shut the book on that chapter and seal up the time capsule that is my modest Chargers collection, I wanted to round it out with a couple things that I felt it was lacking, and one of those holes was a Dan Fouts auto. Since his certified autos aren't necessarily cheap and he's known as a good TTM signer, I went the latter route. Couldn't have turned out better!

Thank you, Mr. Fouts!

Here's another TTM return that came in a while back...

Nice Bowman refractor beautifully signed by Gavin LaValley. It's my first return from him, though I gotta admit I've tried him like 3 separate times over the past couple years. I believe this was my first attempt, and it was back before I really got into printing custom cards, hence why it's a real card. In my later attempts, I included a custom featuring a photo of Gavin with Will Ferrell. Would be cool to get that signed. Hopefully someday he catches up with the rest of his fanmail and I get the other returns back eventually. Still very happy with this return, though!

Just a few days before I got that card back, Jeremy from Topps Cards that Never Were got in touch and offered to try to get an autograph from LaValley for me at a game in Daytona. I thought that might be a good chance to get the Ferrell custom signed, so I took him up on his kind offer.

Here's a photo Jeremy took of Gavin airing one to the warning track.
But it turns out LaValley was promoted to AA Pensacola shortly thereafter, thanks to putting up a .288 average with 15 home runs in 61 games after a slow start. So Jeremy wasn't able to get around to scoring that elusive autograph.

Jeremy apologized for not being able to help me out, but returned a couple of the customs (I had included 3: one for me, plus copies for Jeremy and Gavin in case they wanted one) plus a nice trio of Brian Giles cards. That one in the middle is #/499. Thanks, Jeremy!

And thanks again to Mr. Fouts and Mr. LaValley!