Monday, October 16, 2017

Happy Birthday To Bryce Harper!

Da Hawpa passes the quarter century mark today. 

Unfortunately, the Nationals weren't able to celebrate it on the road to the World Series this year.  They went out in the first playoff round again, like Washington teams do.  More on that later...

Harper will be a free agent in 2019, so the looming question is, will he stay in DC?  Hopefully, that's a clown question, bro....

Friday, October 13, 2017

Two Down On The Most Wanted List

Made a couple more trades with my usual group and got a couple off the top wanted list.

First up, the 1990 Scoremasters Bo Jackson.  Neat little set I picked up cheap somwhere, but was missing Cal Ripken and then of course, I needed a second Bo, because who wants to break up a perfectly complete set?

This one will go with another Bo into the binder...

This year's ASG MVP.  My list still says #10 since I need two of this Bo, just like the Scoremaster.

Another one I'm glad to have captured is this Heritage set killer.

Completes the inserts and all....the...shortprints?  As I type that, I'm not sure that's for real.  But let me check....Ah, OK, I have four whole shortprints.  That's more realistic.  Have to put those on the ol' wantlists.  Another Heritage set down to the shortprints.  Is there any other state a Heritage set can end up in?

Happy Trading!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This Was The XFL ... On Cardboard

Part of my Michigan haul back in July was a box of Topps XFL.  Around the same time, ESPN was just releasing it's 30 For 30 documentary on the league.  Invented by WWE leader Vince McMahon, and TV producer Dick Ebersole, the league shook things up in 2001.

Of course, it was marketed like hell, which included trading cards.  Topps 100 card base set plus 10 team logo stickers and eight "mega-foil" quarterback cards made up the issue.

Packs contained eight cards each...

Bet ya can't name all the teams!

Tommy Maddox and Rod "He Hate Me" Smart were the two most well known players.  Remember when MLB let players put whatever they wanted on the back of their jerseys?  That was an XFL innovation.

And they got crazy with the cheerleaders, too.

Here's a link to all the cheerleader cards, and the group shots on the back.

The league only lasted a year.  Check out the 30 For 30 on ESPN when you can.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Night Owl Overpays

This past July, when I was visiting Collectibles Unlimited in Clio, Michigan, I managed to find a few hits from the 90's off the want lists of a couple select bloggers.  One of which was Night Owl, whose two needs for one of the Topps Big sets were among the stacks there.

Not only is Greg the reigning king of card blogging, he's also a well-known generous trader.  I got my return package the other day and was just wowed by what was inside.

Starts out with a little parallel star power...

Then hits my 2016 Heritage inserts hard...

Then caps it with a couple of inserts from one of the tougher sets to find - Hometown Heroes...and Nolan Ryan to boot!

All this for just two 90's cards.  Dude, you rock!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Scott Crawford Stayed On It!

Scott Crawford and I started corresponding about trading back in 2014.  It was December, and as happens often, we got caught up in the holidays and everything and eventually lost track.  I switched my wants website this past year, so when Scott found our messages in the dark reaches of his Inbox in late August, we started over.

Last week, it came to fruition.  Got a return package from him that was quite diverse.

Started out with a 2007 Red.....Back.

Then some star power from the mid 90's to chip away at a couple sets.

Some cross-sport action from '94 Upper Deck.  This is my second one since I started my MJ baseball collection before trying to complete this set.

Nice parallel '98 Donruss Press Proof.  The scan brings out the logos in the background.  These are "numbered" out of 1500, which is to say that it says "1 of 1500" on the back.

A couple Livans for his PC.  Gotta be a hell of a fastball to make it across the plate from Mars.

Jump over to football with four hits to my second set of 2008 Score.  I really like this set, but will be glad when I get all the inserts (in the correct non-glossy versions) and can finally erase it off my lists.

And finally,

Some short print Archive Fridge action from 2013.  I highlighted the notations so you can see the differences from the original (besides the card number)

Thanks Scott!  Looking forward to the second round, like in a month or two this time!