Monday, January 15, 2018

New Sets Posted

Blogging has taken a back seat to trade logging and pulling cards for a few days.  So I might as well show what I was working on.

Finally pulled my starter set out of the monster box of 1986 Fleer baseball that I got from Stuart.  Just need a bunch of the star cards.  Anyone need some?  This one will go quick, if not just from my trading group and a few of you out there.  Still have to sort that hockey set that is in with it.

Also started a cool football set, 2008 Topps Mayo.  I'm one card away from the 2009 set, but the 2008s are even nicer with the black color.  Not missing many.

Even with three days off, still not much progress clearing the sorting desk.  Football playoffs and my annual trip to my old job to pay off the fantasy football winners killed a lot of time.  Had to watch the playoffs on my small tv in the bedroom.  My big 65" DLP Mitsubishi blew another bulb.  At least it's under $100 this time.  The other two or three I've put in it cost me twice that.  Just have to wait a week for the shipment.  Almost went out to look at a new 4k set, but I don't think it will fit on the sofa table the present one occupies. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Targets For Assimilation - #1

On my wantlist home page, (and at the upper left on this blog site), I list my top "most wanted fugitives".  These are the set killers, the last elusive insert or short print that will clear a major space on my want list.  A lot of other bloggers have them too.  Nebulous Nine, Desperate Double Dozen, Arbitrary 8, etc.  I figured why not write a post about what some of them are or why they're such a priority.

Number one on my list (and the most likely to stay there the longest) is 2011 Topps Prime 9 - Week 7 redemption card.  This is the actual "#7" card, not the Mickey Mantle that you got when you turned it in. 

Topps did these types of redemptions in the flagship set for a couple years.  They may still do them, but I don't have a close brick and mortar shop around any more.  My buddy Stuart in Michigan has a few.  We were able to obtain the redemption sets and keep the number cards as well.  Somehow, though I missed #7.  Once or twice I've seen these used as padding or thrown into dime boxes, but haven't ever seen them in bunches.  Most of the time, I think they got turned in to Topps or discarded by the dealers.  Which makes the odds of actually coming up with one in 2018 a real long shot.

But if you have one lying around, I'll trade you something for it!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Happy Birthday To Me +3

Happy Birthday to me and three other much more interesting ladies, none of which are sharing the same milestone with me (51).

Proud mama Kate Middleton is due again in April.  Those royal troops sure are busy, but who can blame them?

Nina Dobrev was just swimming with the sharks to shoot a PSA against the brutal fin trade.  She cut her hair, but still looks great.

Last year's newcomer Nicola Peltz is making more "news" from dating The Beiber than making movies lately.

Other notable celebs born the same day as me: 
Super Bowl I & II winner Bart Starr is 84.
Singer Joan Baez is 77. 
Guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is 74. 
Singer Buster Poindexter is 68. 
Singer Crystal Gayle is 67. 
Actor J.K. Simmons (TV's Farmer's Insurance ads) is 63.  
Actress Joely Richardson is 53.  
Basketballer Muggsy Bogues is 53.
Singer Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth is 51. 
Singer Dave Matthews of The Dave Matthews Band is 51. 
Dave and I were born on exactly the same day
Actress Joey Lauren Adams ("Chasing Amy," ''Big Daddy") is 50. 
Singer A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys is 40. 
NFL WR Chad Johnson is 40.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Favorite Card Of 2017

I saw a few people do this post, and initially thought I would have to search through the Topps flagship and BUNT sets, which are the only ones I did this year and maybe I would remember something that caught my eye.  Nothing stood out to me when I first considered which card I would choose.

...Then I realized it's actually an easy decision.

I got this from Night Owl in June.  It's the trifecta - 1) Bryce Harper, the superstar from my local team, 2) Dusty Baker, a player PC of mine, and 3) it's a short print variation of a very cool moment.  What more could I ask for?

Friday, January 05, 2018

Crack The Super Bowl Contest!

Collector's Crack is running his famous Super Bowl Contest.  Only open until 4PM January 6th!  Jump in NOW!

2018 Collecting Goals

Everyone associates New Year's Resolutions with just the first day of January, but since my birthday is the 9th, I figure I have the first ten days or so to review things and set targets for the coming year.

Resolution the First - Keep a steady blogging pace.  I racked up 146 posts this calendar year, my first "official" one as a regular card blogger.  I slacked off in July (vacation) and December (new dog).  Otherwise, I managed to put up over a dozen posts a month.  Generally I tried to hit Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  This year I hope to continue that pace and increase the quality....

Resolution the Second - Be more positive and creative in my posts.  Trade posts are always good, but I feel like my commentaries and reviews have been largely negative and complaining about the same things.  I want to strive to be more like Night Owl, Fuji, and Dime Box Nick and many others and show more of what I enjoy about cards and not what's wrong with them.  More posts about customs (and how I do them), and quirky things about my collecting (that don't get their thunder stolen by the better bloggers) will appear here regularly if I can get my mind on it.

Resolution the Third - Clean up and put all this stuff away!  

My card room is chock full of binders, set starters, show loot, trade loot, and storage supplies - some of which are still where they landed in August after the National and Michigan trip.  Not to mention all the stuff I took to sell at the show that won't go back into my cabinet since it was put into bigger boxes.

I gotta get my sorting desk back and clear off the little couch so the dog will like to stay nearby when I work on cards.

At some point I'll have to consider rearranging the room to make more binder shelf space.

C'mon Dad, there's no place for me in there....

Resolution the Fourth - Complete the 1960, 1970, and 1972 Topps Sets.  This one should be a cinch with my buddy Marvelous Marv in Michigan hooking me up with 1960's.  I'm down to the last nine big guns to kill off.  Might take a little while just to spread out the costs.
The other two have been hanging on for the whole year.  They should have been gone at the National, but I just couldn't kill them.  Figured it would be easier since I'm not looking for gradeable mint at all.  Down to ten minor star high numbers for '70 and Pete Rose IA, Fritz Peterson (both), and Piniella 72's plus thirty high numbers including only Morgan & Fregosi traded, Carew, and Mazeroski as big names. Then I'm ready to crush '64 and to start '63 and '62.

Resolution the Fifth - Ramp up the trading with my original group and keep up the blogger trades.  I've really enjoyed becoming a member of the "in crowd" of traders among bloggers, but in doing so have sacrificed keeping up with my main trading group on Yahoo.  I get the collected emails with everyone's requests and trade posts, but got to the point where I was just dumping them in dozens because I never took the time to read them all as they came in.  It's a generous group, so I feel like I'm slacking and missing out on "thinning the hoard" around here.

Resolution the Sixth - Knock out a lot of old want lists.  Even with all I have, there are still pounds of stuff still listed on my site that have been there forever.  Since I really didn't buy a lot of 2017 product and don't anticipate getting much more in 2018, I should ride that trend and pare down what I've missed in years past.  I should make a concerted effort to thin out the want lists and not just keep adding to them month after month.  (And help others do the same).

That should be plenty to think about this year.  I'm not sure at this point whether I'll make it to Cleveland for the National.  I liked it the first time a few years ago, and would love to meet a few of the other bloggers and traders I deal with.  I'm also on the verge of just stopping the collection of certain sports and narrowing my focus a bit.  (Mostly because my house won't hold it all for much longer.)  At least it seems like the dog doesn't like to chew cardboard....