Monday, October 15, 2018

Chantilly Show Loot

It was a weekend of shows.  Cars and Cards.

I spent Saturday at the 2018 AACA Fall meet in Hershey, PA looking at old cars.

Gorgeous classics, muscle cars, and big cars with tail fins, that's what I like best.

Sunday, I was back in my best environment, hunting for cardboard.

Knocked out a lot of my A&G needs...

Also found some Stadium Club inserts and a couple odd singles.  Always nice to find Jeter inserts that I don't have.  It amazes me that even if I find a big stack of his cards, there are hardly any of the dozens of Jeter inserts that I need to kill so many sets.

Also got some box loaders for almost nothing to whittle my 2016 set down to a few.

Picked these up for my friend Stuart:

One dealer had a stack of 1977 O-Pee-Chee, that I purged of my player collection guys.  Love the picture variations on a couple of these.  The Fisk & Sutter are Archive singles.

Same vendor had a box of mojo hits and parallels.  These are all also PC guys.  The Bowa bat piece has him as a coach, which is rather unique.  It was a lot but I didn't figure to see it again anywhere.  Hopefully the shiny A's and Evans aren't dupes.  GQ Bo is just a SP.

Worked on my '71 football at Uncle Dicks.  Also filled out some old Redskins I'd been hunting for a while.  Bosseler is a Post.  The new ones at the bottom I picked up at the end of the show for 50¢ each, which is probably a little much, but harmless fun.

He also helped me with my '71-'72 hockey set.  Down to only a few high dollar ones.

And finally, I always try to peruse my favorite blogger top want lists before a show.  Will be sending these out.  You know who you are.

While I was picking out the Hoyt and Dusty, I found this Monte Irvin that just appealed to me, so he came home too.  Can't really see anything wrong with it for such a discount.

I felt like I spent the whole weekend driving and walking around big places, but it was fun.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Opening (Mail) Day

When 2018 Topps first came out, I debated whether to get Opening Day instead of the flagship set, since the inserts for OD were so much better than the main product.  But if you buy one box of Opening Day (roughly $25 each), you basically get the whole base set.  So then completing the inserts is tougher unless you want multiple base sets, and not that cost effective.

And since the designs were the same, why not do the regular base set and get the OD inserts to go with it?  I actually started with the Team Traditions and Celebrations when I found a bunch of them very cheap.  I was down to four. 

I ended up trading for both Series 1 and 2 flagship base sets without much trouble.  Guess I'll be doing the same for Update unless they come up with some original insert ideas all of a sudden.  So now what?

Then I was on eBay looking for something else and decided to see if I could find the whole Opening Day set and inserts together for an economical price.  And I did - they arrived today.

I found the base set and the four basic (non-exclusive) insert sets for basically what one hobby box would cost with normal shipping.  Cards 1-200, with a top-loadered Ohtani, the Mascots, Team Traditions and Celebrations, Before Opening Day, and Stadium Opening Day sets all came in a nice clean 400 count box packed in three inches of styrofoam peanuts and an outer corrugated box.

So now I've got all of the Team Traditions & Celebrations set (except King's Court, OD Parade, Rally Monkey & Sweet Caroline) available for trade.

These should fill out the eventual two row shoe box I'll use for 2018 Topps nicely.

Thanks again to eBay seller bolynick for a great buy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Who's Cataloging The New Stuff - Vol. 2

My post about reference books on cards had about four times the audience that I normally draw.  I'm really not sure why that was, but I'll expand my audience when I can.

Anyway, so I pointed out that there has been no detailed documentation (in physical book form) of any sets beyond 2010.  There are no currently available books that describe or provide checklists, values, or configurations of anything past that point.  Vintage - from the earliest issues up through 1980, is well covered.  There are older texts available for the 80's, 90's, and 2000's.  And the latest of those goes up through 2010 (printed in 2011.)

After that, nothing.

There are actually a couple choices for vintage, I've discovered.

The SCD catalog, last published in 2016:

There is also a Beckett version that I just saw ads for:

I haven't ever seen one of these, so I don't know what's in it, though the descriptions say that it's full listings, descriptions, photos, and of course pricing (however irrelevant) for cards from 1887 to 1980.

So we're good thru 1980.  That stuff really doesn't change much.  So whichever book you have should do for a long time.

Now, the last complete guide to newer sets was 2011's Standard Catalog.

Which is much more thorough than the regular Beckett Price Guide.

There's no way anyone can expect Beckett to be able to cover every set ever made in 816 pages.  So they pick their favorites.  One reviewer on Amazon said this:
Over 800 pages of prices. No Fleer Flair, no Leaf, no Select, no Pinnacle, no Skybox, no Collector's Choice. Yet, every card from the 1987 Fleer set, all 660, is listed and the entire set is worth $15. That's just one of many many examples.
Thanks for trying, Beckett.

What they really need to do, as I said before, is this:

Leave the vintage book as it is.

Produce either a couple smaller volumes for each decade afterwards, or one or two comprehensive books on the 80's, 90's, and 2000's.  I mocked up the covers of my proposed books.

The 80's book could either cover the whole decade, or just up to about 1985 or so.  That stuff is mostly just the first variations, and the emergence of Donruss and Fleer.

The next one would be 1990's or the Overproduction Era - otherwise known as the "Junk Wax Era".  Though that term has some resistance or resentment, apparently.  Years include 1985 thru 1994-ish.


Continuing the series, 1994 through 2000 could round out the decade.  Then you have a nice dividing line since there is so much more volume by then.

And finally, conclude with 2000 through 2010.  Or maybe 2015 if it all fits in a reasonably sized (and priced) tome.

At that point, you can update the editions or just wait for the next chunk of time.  2015 thru 2020, published in 2021, etc.

Monday, October 08, 2018

The Binder Dilemma

I've mentioned before that I am able to get a lot of spare binders.  I've got many more than I can use at present, and there will be more coming.

There are four boxes under my sorting desk...

And more than five over in the computer room, along with a few 5" biggies.  The ones nearest the doorway are the most recent additions. 

They're some smaller sizes.  Most of these are round rings, but that's OK for small ones.  All the bigger sizes are D rings.

The bulk of what I have are around the 3" ring range.

I would love to ship these out to other collectors, but the cost is prohibitive.  A medium flat rate box from the post office is $13.65 to ship pretty much anywhere in the US.

You can get a four pack of brand new 1" binders from Wal-Mart for less than $9.

I can get four small binders into the flat rate box, but it's still not as good a deal.

Or three with bigger sizes combined.

But only one or two standard Ultra Pro binders fit in the same box.

And don't even think of shipping a larger ring size.

Guess I'll just have to stick to live exchanges. 

Anyone going to Chantilly on Sunday the 14th and need some binders?

Friday, October 05, 2018

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Oh Yeah, It's The Postseason

Football is in Week 4, and hockey starts tomorrow night.  My teams have been out of it since basically the All-Star break, so baseball has taken a back seat for a good while now.  I actually didn't even know the season was over until I saw a tv ad for the tiebreaker games taking place a few days later.

So since topics have been so scarce lately, let me throw out a quick post about who I hope wins.  You'll notice I didn't say who I'll be rooting for because I may not watch much of the playoffs either.

At least there are still some teams that haven't won in a while.  That's probably the biggest qualifier for me to get behind someone.  And if they are division rivals to my O's and Nats, of course.

As I write this, it's 1-0 Rockies in the 8th inning.

I'm torn, because I always like to see new teams in the playoffs, especially when they've never won much of anything.  But then again, it would be nice for the Cubs to continue their success for many years in a row.  Two championships in three years would be incredible, but not quite like back to back.  So I'll go Rockies here.

Oakland A's vs. the Yankees?  Well that's a no-brainer.  Call me Gint-A-Cuffs junior.  No Yanks allowed.

First up, Braves vs. Dodgers.

The Bravos have pretty much led the division all year if I'm not mistaken.  They've been waiting to finish the rebuild and start winning again.  The Dodgers have been on the cusp a couple times now.  Sorry Night Owl.  I'm going with Hotlanta.

The other series will be Rockies vs. Brewers unless the Cubs break the tie they're currently in.  The only thing I know about either team that there are players I like and a couple I'm not big on.  Colorado has former Nat Ian Desmond who has done OK for them.  Plus, I know Arenado and Trevor Story are two of their big stars, who don't seem too full of themselves.  On the Brewers side, there is Schoop from the O's, Gio from the Nats, and several other guys that I know better from former teams.   Braun takes away a couple points - I'm not a fan - but there are enough other likable guys that I'm going to have to say Brew Crew.

So then the A's will have to move on to kill the other AL East rival Red Sox, who have been perched atop the whole AL all year, much less the division.  That would be nice, but probably ain't happening.

Then on the other side, the Indians face off against the (still-doesn't-feel-right-in-the-AL) Astros, who are the defending champs.  Cleveland's drought is the longest, and their football team is making strides, so they have to keep up.  Tribe are my pick.  'Stros, you had yours.

Update: Still tied at 1 after 9.

Braves vs. Brewers is my ideal Championship series.  And pretty much a coin flip between the two.  Markakis for the win with a liner past Braun.

There will still be resistance from the Sawx or Yanks, but hopefully we get the recreation of the 1948 World Series matchup.

...with the same outcome.  Indians end the drought.  And somewhere Satchel Paige is smiling.

NLWC still tied after 10.  Guess I'll go turn it on.

Update: I'm 1 for 1!  The Purple Badness persevered over the Cubbies well into the night!

Monday, October 01, 2018

Dark Clouds Over DC

No, not because of the Nationals finish to the baseball season.  That was lame, but this is worse.

It's not the Redskins either.  They're actually doing pretty well so far.

I was sorry to hear about the impending departure in a couple weeks of Washington DC station NBC channel 4 meteorologist Sheena Parveen to San Diego, California. 

Parveen was the "It Girl" in Philly for five years.

Sheena was the weekday evening meteorologist for Philly's NBC10, where she inspired a deep level of devotion from many local viewers.

Then in late 2016, she moved to Washington.  My local network stations are all DC and Baltimore here in Thurmont, shown above.

She has been the highlight of the morning and midday news since then.

Active in the community, she brought attention to the Humane Rescue Alliance, a shelter in DC that has locations on New York Avenue NE and Oglethorpe Street NW.

Parveen is striking out west to San Diego, where basically every weather report will glow as much as her.

After graduation from Florida State University, she began her tv forecasting career in Tallahassee.  Moving on in 2009 to Tampa's WTVT, a FOX affilliate.  While at WTVT, Parveen was also the host of the segment called “Pet Adoption” on the Sunday morning program, wherein she covered varied pet adoption issues in collaboration with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

"While I've appreciated the opportunity to forecast all different types of weather events in different parts of the country, I'm excited to finally make my way to beautiful Southern California; an area I have dreamed of moving to," Parveen said of leaving D.C., NBC7 reports. "I'm thrilled to be working at NBC7 with such a great morning team and I hope San Diego will wake up with us every morning so I can help people have their best day!"

Waking up with her would make my day for sure....

All is not lost, though. 

At least we still have Angie Goff...

...and Erika Gonzalez doing the regular news.