Friday, August 26, 2016

Outgoing mailday!

Quick note, headed to the post office to drop off some trade packages.  Also dropped a couple off last night.  If your zip is below, be on the lookout!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Talking Trades: Feeding my addiction with an almost complete set!

A few months ago I saw a couple box break posts from Adam from Addiction as Therapy.  He was looking to fill some 2016 Heritage needs, as well as some 2016 Gypsy Queen needs, and I was happy to supply his addiction.

His return package blew me all the way back to 2007!

At the time, my Cubs All-Time Collection was in its infancy, and this trade provided welcome additions in Mark DeRosa, Jason Marquis, Ted Lilly and Daryle Ward.  This Sean Marshall card upgraded a non-Cub card of him.  Dempster and Soriano fit right into their respective PCs, and Theriot is looking off into the distance, pondering what stupid thing he can say next.

Big Z and another Soriano for their PCs, as well as non-Cubs Votto, Ervin Santana, Yadi, Ichiro and The Big Unit.

This mailing also put me just 3 cards away from owning the full team set for 2007 Heritage.  If you have any of the following, please let me know if you want to set up a trade!

  • 66 - Matt Murton
  • 122 - Jacque Jones (SP)
  • 384 - Scott Moore (RC) (SP)
Thank you very much, Adam, for feeding my addiction, and getting me near another completed team set!  Hope you enjoyed the cards I sent you as much as I enjoyed these!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tales from the LCS: The 1/1, more NBCD + Tradebait!

Picked up my second lifetime 1/1 the other day, but of course you'll have to wait to the end.  Eventually I'll post about the first 1/1.

The other day I ventured into an LCS looking for a box of the el-cheapo Topps Bunt physical cards.  They didn't have any, due to the proprietors objection to digital cards.  Completely understandable, so I grabbed a pack of 2015 Panini Prizm while I was there, and also checked to see if he had any National Baseball Card Day packs left.  He did, so he hooked me up with one.
Looks like it would be a decent matchup...

I needed these, the following are tradebait.


As for the Prizm pack, there were also two cards that I needed:

The Salad and the Snake

Apparently it was Jake Arrieta Day.

Don't need the following, so also tradebait:

Also in the Prizm pack were not one, but TWO numbered parallels!  BOTH ARE UP FOR TRADE!

Starting off is the ace Cardinals pitcher, Adam Wainwright.  Red Power Prizm 97/125.  The fact that it is a red parallel makes for a great looking, non-clashing, Card card.

Lastly, you MIGHT have heard of this guy.

Former Cardinals Pitcher.

Former Braves Pitcher.

Former Diamondbacks Pitcher.

Current Ace Pitcher.

Well, Aces Pitcher.  The Reno Aces, the AAA affiliate of the D-Backs, as he looks to return to form.

But that doesn't matter, as here we have a Black Finite Prizm 1/1 of Shelby Miller from his glory days with Atlanta.

It's a great looking card, but they still can't figure out how to make a Braves uniform look decent.  The Waino looks pretty good, except for the hat, of course, but a Redbird fan would probably be a little more finicky than me.

Pretty good day at the LCS.  As stated above, everything but the Arrietas, Szczur and Harper are for trade!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Talking Trades: The Card Ch- erm... Baseball Picture Cards

A couple months ago, the former Chop Keeper, Cardboard Curmudgeon, changed the direction and name of his blog, and was awesome to mail out some notifications, each of which included an oddball:

Sincere apologies for the melting scan, I flipped the card too quick while scanning!

The Cubs gave these out on August 20, 1982 as a promo in partnership with Red Lobster.  More information on the set can be found here.

Thanks for the update and the card!  It booted a base card out of the ATC, as oddballs will always have a home there!  Once I get everything caught up, I'll be back to building trade packages!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Talking Trades: (W)Roster Jenga with the Burbs

Back toward the beginning of the year when I was first getting back into collecting, I discovered Tony's blog Wrigley Roster Jenga (keep wanting to type Wroster), I wreached out to him about a card he needed, Donn Roach as a Cub.

This is where it all began
I had purchased the I-Cubs set on ebay in hopes of getting some in-person autos of some players, and to grab the pre-callup cards for Bryant, Russell and others, and this card fit into his Cubs All-Time Roster Collection.  Looking at my 2015 book, I'm missing a card for Donnie Roach, since he did make a (not good) appearance with Chicago.

His initial offering (there have been a couple) was full of guys I mentioned I was starting PCs for, as well as replacements for the Cubgrades I sent him:

He clearly did not disappoint!  My budding collection was off to a great start!  The three down the left were replacements for I-Cubs I sent him, cult hero John backer at the bottom, the Professor, the good Soriano, Kid K, A-Ram, and the Harry Carey impersonator.

You'll also notice at the bottom a manu-relic to commemorate Buster Posey's debut, one of the first additions to my non-Cubs PC list.


A few weeks later I had more for his various All-Time Roster lists, so another mailing went out, and another came back!  This is after I decided to pursue a similar venture, in making a Cubs All-Time collection, so he decided to attack it with authority.

The Jose Reyes shot creeps me out for some reason, and I'm also wondering what's on Todd Zeile's mind here.  I for one, love spring training shots, and the Brendan Harris is just excellent, in my opinion.  Excellent shot from the backfields.  Also, I fear for the poor woman Dave Geilsel is eyeballing in that '82 Donruss shot.

This group reaches back a bit further (with the exception of The Hawk) to fill a few holes from vintage teams.  Ernie and the aforementioned Awesome Dawson make their way into their respective binders, whereas the rest slot into their respective years with their team sets.  It was all I could do to restrain myself from sticking Sutter to the front of a binder.

The final grouping gives me my first "cards" of Moises Alou in a Cubs uniform, Joe Pepitone wondering when he can get to his stash, current Athletic and short time big league Cub Arismendy Alcantara, a young J-Hey, a pre-photoshop era Scott Downs Expos card, and a few Cubs before they were Cubs, in Michael Tucker, Ryan Freel, and Red Murray, whom all spent a season or less with the Cubs.

Tony, thanks again for the dents to my lists!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

[NBCD '16] Who needs a Kris Bryant?

By now you've all heard about it.  You've been to the card shops to get your freebies.  But how did you fare for your collections?

I took my son with me to two different participating shops, so we ended up with 4 packs each.  He ended up with a couple of my PC guys, and he didn't mind hooking me up with a trade.  The proprietor of one of the shops was even awesome enough to dig through the box of packs to find one with the boy's favorite player on top, to guarantee him that card.  Super awesome.

Anyway, onto the cards!

All the PCs!

  • Schwarbs was the only Cub I pulled.  KB was part of the promotion (required $10 Topps product purchase)
  • Goldy was on top of the two packs at our first stop.  I gave him the other pack.  It had Jake in it, and the boy was stoked!
  • Happy they put Prince in the set.  Obviously this was ready for distribution before his announcement

I really like the design for the cards.  Clean.  Subtle.  Logo, primary team color stripe, set stamp, no smoke.


On to the boy's cards.

The boy's favorite player is Anthony Rizzo, and it was awesome of the LCS owner to hook him up.
He'd also been bugging me for some basketball cards, so I let him dig out 10 from the dimebox.  As I was scanning, he asked if I could scan that one too, so I obliged.  Lastly, I obviously had to make purchases to get the KB cards, so I picked up some 2016 Chrome for the two of us.  He drew his own packs.  Naturally he had the Addy insert in one of his packs (his second favorite player).

We also picked up his first official baseball card binder.  He was using one of my old 1" binders before, but we filled it up!

Not a bad way to spend the day with the kiddo!  That's what today is for, anyway, right?

LASTLY - both shops hooked us up with 2 KB cards, so between him, me, and my little girl, I have ONE left for trade!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Testing the Auto Tweeter 3

Just a test post for an IFTTT recipe.

Attempt 3

For those that want to use the recipe: