Sunday, October 02, 2022

Meanwhile, At Hivemind Headquarters...

Had to get away from another frustrating day of football watching, so here's what it looks like at Hivemind Headquarters when I'm pulling cards for trades from my baseball hoard of extra stuff from the 2000's.  I've shown most of this before, but stick around to the end for a special look.

On any given day, the card room is neater than this, but since I've got all the monster boxes laid out so I can jump around in them, it's solid cards all the way around right now.  

Here is the football half of the hoard as well...

And there's about that many (counting both batches) in the other room too, but I won't show those.  I like to take people in there first and they usually say, "Wow, you've got a lot!"  To which I reply, "That's just extra stuff, the actual collection is over here..."

Here are a few more that my friend Stuart brought in June...

Anyone trading older hockey?

Now I'll take you around the room and show the actual collection...

Starting from the doorway...

 You're greeted by Priest on the wall, and then the baseball binder shelf.


Which is next to the baseball (china) cabinet...

This one holds some of my storage supplies in the drawer. 

And the matching football & miscellaneous shelf on the other side into the corner...

Then turning around to the desk.  All kinds of stacks here - some are to be put away, some are future starter sets, some are just "I think xxx might need these", etc.

My Giants picture hangs in that corner.  Sometimes I think I should switch it with Priest so that baseball is with baseball and football is with football.  I'll get it right in my next house.

Then beyond the desk is the matching football and hockey cabinet...

Featuring the Theismann jersey,...

And Priest memorabilia...

Both cabinets have drawers for silverware that fit top loaders very nicely, though I keep filling them up and having to move things into boxes.

And finally, the rack at the other end of the couch gets you back to the door.

The top is all Washington football cards in the old vinyl lockers.  The rest are bulky sets.  The second shelf is sets in progress, and the rest are complete.

There are also complete sets in the bottom of each cabinet for their respective sports.  Here's the top and bottom of the baseball unit.

You've made it this far, so here's a full tour...

So if you need me, this is where I'll be.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Might Be A Good Idea...

As you probably know, I'm not one to pay much attention to the hype on modern cards and their exorbitant prices.  The stars today don't quite have the mystique or reverance to me that vintage guys do.  Which is not to say that there aren't a few players that will be in the record books and lore for a long time to come.  

Every once in a while I have to acknowledge that as it manifests itself in cards.

So a couple months ago, I went into my collection...

It's down here somewhere...

Of course it's on the bottom...

Writing on the corner of a box is rather difficult.  My handwriting is better than this.  But anyway...

OK, pull that one out...

Series 1 on the left,... Series 2 next,...hmm don't have wrappers for Update.  Oh well...

Ah, bonus SP Ruth!  OK, should be about right here...

Pull that chunk out...

Right about here...

There he is!

That's a little better, considering...

Figured I shouldn't leave him in there with the set for much longer.  I could put him in one of those big lucite holders with the four screws like I have all my other big money cards.  (I know, no one uses those any more.)  

Anybody else I might be neglecting in my sets for the last decade or so who is now over $50?

Monday, September 05, 2022

My First COMC Swap

As of the first of September, I have sold 21 cards for a total of just over $72.  I still have 223 for sale in inventory.  (Let me know if you see something you like, but the price is not right.)

So far, this has accounted for a few more of the monster boxes I got in the initial "hoard".  I'll have to count up how many more I have to go.  My original plan was to sell off enough on COMC to equal what I paid for the whole 15 boxes.  I have sold a few chunks here and there that have contributed as well.  

When my sales total got over $50, I started shopping for myself on the site.  I picked out some player collection cards, some set and insert needs, and a few oddballs.  Here is what I basically traded for the cards I sold:

The first two are reprints from the 1987 Hygrade set - they are inserts that have multiple variatoins of the text on the back, namely the stated value of the real card.  Both were the last ones I was missing. 
The mini and the Tejada are from 2003 Topps 205.  Miguel is the blue background variation, and the mini is the "exclusive pose" flavored high number.
Next up, a woody feeling insert from 2003 Topps, and one back-number variation from 1994 Pacific, as well as two inserts from that set.  (Anyone need base cards from this?  I still have a ton.)
And on the bottom row, the last card for Topps Gallery HOF (also 2003).  Every card is one of a pair of subtle variations.  This is the red W one.  Piazza is the last of the scratch-off Predictor cards from 1997 Upper Deck, (now I can start on the prize cards that you got by sending these in) and the final Emperors Of The Zone from 2019 Stadium Club.

I buzzed through a bunch of my vintage baseball guys and landed a few cheap parallels of Lou Piniella as a manager,  one stadium giveaway Cubs Ivan DeJesus (I was at Wrigley for one series of those), a McDonalds Bruce Sutter that I might have already, and an innocent looking '86 Donruss DeCinces that's actually a well cut box bottom card.

Unfortunately, I didn't look close enough to one of the Piniellas and paid $.80 for a regular base card that was supposed to be a gold foil version.  They put a little barcoded slip in with each card like this.  (That's why all my scans have white in the background.)  Makes it easier to put away funky parallels when they're not easy to distinguish (when they're accurate anyway).

I really started to go nuts with Priest Holmes parallels, but stopped after 2000 or so.  I could have tripled my cartful with just his, but I'll wait for the next batch.  I skipped a bunch that I didn't have by putting a limit on what I spent on one card at about $5.  I won't list in detail all these, but I bet there are a few you haven't seen often.  There are no regular base cards except the first one in the middle row - it's a retail flavor of that Collector's Edge set.  The Cheifs card is 2017 or so.

I couldn't believe I found these on there for only a buck or two!  The three character cards from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine are "Tryptichs" from the Skybox Master Series of 1994.  The hologram is the one exchange card from a set of nine that otherwise came from packs of the 1992 Impel Next Gen set.  Now I just have to wait for the other Triptychs (and four Master Series holograms that I just discovered) to show up later.

And to round things out, I snagged this 2008 UD Spectrum of Stars auto of Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero a while ago for about $12.  Sadly he passed away in 2015.  I think I'm only missing Vince Neil from these.  

So effectively these were basically free for several of the cards I shipped off to COMC in April.  

I also paid my first month's "storage fees" for card that have been there more than 90 days.  It was a whopping 60¢!  Of course, that's just for the ones that were posted from April.  There are a lot more that have only been up for a few weeks - from the same box I shipped!  But at least I don't fear the storage fees will be a big deal.  Anything priced under 75¢ is exempt.

Until next time...

Friday, August 19, 2022

My Extended Vacation

My silence the last couple weeks was planned.  I left on vacation overnight on Monday the 25th of July for the west coast.  Second year in a row, but this time it wasn't to buy a car.

I've got family that live in the Sierra Foothills.  It was nice reconnecting with them and some other cousins from the Northwest area.

They're up in the Gold Rush country in Calaveras County.  It was over 100° several days.  But I liked that better than 90° and high humidity over here in the East.

They're just down the road from the Big Trees State Park.  Pretty impressive.

Managed to find a few cards in an antique store in one of the little towns we visited.  Ruth and the Cubs were the same price.  There was a whole 16" long box os HOFers and stars.  There are a lot of card shops back near Stockton, but I was too far away.

Saw a lot of stuff about the Gold Rush era and how they lived and got around in the late 1800's.

Including the steam trains that are still running.  They use these in a lot of movies and television shows.  This particular one was in Back to The Future III.  We were also in Columbia Park, which is a period town that is preserved largely as it was and was also used in the movie.

We had a layover in Vegas on the return flight.  I stopped in the Raider Nation store while my uncle played a few machines.

I suspect that stop is what led to the rest of my time off...

About three days after I came back, I was home from work and had gone to the grocery store (masked).  I put everything away and went to lay down.  About 6 pm, I tried to get up, but the room was spinning so hard I couldn't walk.  I struggled to move downstairs to try to eat something, but it just wasn't getting any better.  Sparing you the gory details, I got sick a few times and finally called for an ambulance about 10 o'clock.  

They gave me something for the dizziness and sent me for a CT scan. I had told them I hadn't been tested for COVID in a while and had just traveled.  It turned out positive.  I stayed overnight for observation and felt a lot better after a couple days.  I've been home on ten day quarantine ever since.  Today is the last day.  I just did a home test and it came out negative.👍

The upside of my quarantine is that I finally had a chance to binge watch Star Trek: Discovery so I can then get on board with ST: Strange New Worlds.  I'm on Season 2.  I have the first two seasons on Blu-Ray disc.  For the seasons after that, I'll use Paramount streaming.

Have just now started reading blogs again.  I had a trade or two in the works, but I won't start handling too many cards until next week when I'm free & clear of the virus.

I'm pretty sure all of my submitted cards are now on sale on COMC.  I've sold 18 cards so far for a total of about $66, and I spent last night picking out cards I need that they can ship me.  It went up to the wire (August 11 deadline) for them to get everything up, even though the last bunch was from the same sets that went up earlier.  I really don't understand their process. But for now, I'll just see how much I can move before they start charging me for storage.

I am not looking forward to getting up early Monday morning....

Monday, August 01, 2022

Pasteboard Power Tour Finale: Chantilly, VA

Our last stop on the Power Tour was two days (Friday & Saturday) at the tri-annual show at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly.

With one exception, I haven't really broken down my hauls by dealer.  You may recognize some of the price markings from Uncle Dick's among the groups shown here.

I'll lead off with the one separate purchase I scanned.  A very eclectic mix from the guy I call Brother Mike.  He's got an email mailing list that keeps you informed of where he is at all the local shows.  And he always works with you on prices.  I snagged up a couple inserts and base cards from Topps Super Teams, American Pie, '07 Sweet Spot Classic, and Topps Gallery HOF.  I'm down to only one of those Gallery variations now (#38 Bucky Harris with the red W on his sleeve).  I got about a dozen of them from Mike before.  Also found a couple nice '57 semistars and the Phillies team.

Ramped up my '50 Bowman purchases.  The Robin Roberts is an upgrade.  I'm at the point where it's time to bite the bullet on some of the more expensive missing ones.  The top four were still less than $10 each and the others were within the pre-boom price range.

These are all from Uncle Dick's too.  I'm starting my '62 and '63 builds with the variations even though I haven't officially started the sets.  Will wait until '64 is done and '57 is close until that happens.  But it's nice to have a lot of the odd ones out of the way.

Stuart hooked me up with Hal and the Leaf stars (for a setbuild later).  I did well on Super Teams this trip.

Found a dealer with a ton of quarter boxes full of chrome parallels, so I dove in on some Washington batches that I was lacking otherwise.  Also was shocked to find some of the premiere rookies from my 2015 Score set build in there too!.  Moses and Pastorini were from other buys.

More quarter box shinies and some vintage Washington.  Mr. James is an upgrade, and I ended up having more of those 4-in-1s than I realized.  Luckily I only bought one duplicate.

Going way back into the early 50's to finally knock out some of the older Washington needs.  Bowman larges and smalls that I finally pulled the trigger on.  Chet O I hadn't seen before.  Makes it tough when they are still listed with their colleges.

Speaking of vintage ~ more of my two older set builds, '58 and '68.

Got these three for like $60 total from and older couple.  I thought it was a great deal even though the wife was a bit sheepish about the offer.  Griese is fine, he's just in a tinted top loader.

And finally, the bargains of the day.  A young guy had mostly graded newer stuff, but there was one little box of vintage stars - a handful at most.  I saw these two and heard Hallelujah music in my head.  I said to him "Wow, are these because you don't do a lot of vintage?"  He replied that he had just looked around and figured out a good price for them.  I jumped.  Had one of my dealer friends inspect them just to be sure.  Effectively kills both sets.  I only need the Calvin Hill black name variation for '70.  And of course those short prints at the end of '72 are basically a fantasy.

Thanks for coming along on the Power Tour!