Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Bo Brings Life To My Capitals Collection

Made another trade with Bo of Baseball Cards Come To Life! recently.  Sent him some vintage baseball for a mystery amalgamation of Capitals cards, some hockey set needs, and a few more baseball variations.

 A few more for the 1991 Topps master base set.  Coolbaugh is missing the streak across his hat, Patterson had a photographic dermatologist treatment, Liliquist's "TM" is a variant size, and Naehring has a spot on his batting glove.  Some of these could be called printing flaws, but were significantly corrected, so to me they're worth getting.

 On to the hockey - two hits to a legends set from 2000-01 Upper Deck....The "other" Bure and Brodeur guys.

 Then he knocked my 1996-97 Upper Deck flagship set down to two dozen, few enough that I put names on them.

The rest were an amazing random assortment of cool, shiny, eclectic, and fascinating Capitals cards.

 Except for a couple that I recognized the design from, I don't remember having really any of these.

The tough part is going to be sorting them into my team collection box.  I had a few I was trying to put away just the other day and I found that what I thought were sorted correctly into the right years between 1994 and 1997 were all mixed up.  I can't keep the dual dates straight in my head and invariably mix piles together.  I started a document that is basically printouts of each major set by year so I can have a visual guide.  I was going by the stats on the back - and identifying each set by the year AFTER the last stat year - until I found a set that had the stats for the same year it was produced only as far as the All-Star break.  At that point I gave up and started the document.  Of course, sets like Finest have a few different looks to them, and most rookies are a variation of the base design too, so it still may not help.  I'll never be able to recognize hockey cards like I do baseball and football.

Anyway, thanks again to Bo Rosny!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Mega-Sort Has Begun

My posting schedule is all jacked up.  Between the 15 monster boxes, football season, and adult responsibilities, I can't seem to keep up Monday - Wednesday - Friday posting.

Anyway, here's a quick glimpse at the six baseball boxes from the monster hoard.  I finally broke down and stacked them on the floor in groups by year and piles by set.  This consolidates all the chunks I kept finding in different boxes.  It's amazing to me how this kind of stuff gets so thoroughly blended together over time.  At least I assume it was over time and multiple people sifting through.  It may just be that they all got dumped on the floor and picked up hastily.

So when you walk into my card room now, this is what you find.  I managed to empty one box completely.  The other partial boxes on the couch are big chunks of the same sets for the most part.  The full box on the floor is everything that is older than the year 2000.  There is about half a row of 80's and some 70's, including a good stack of '74s - mostly stars.

The first three stacks at the top against the box are 2000, then two for 2001, and the ones between the boxes are 2002.  The next row is 2003, then 2004 with the double end, and 2005 at the bottom.  I actually started at the far end with 2006 against the far box and above the end of 2003, and then 2007 over from that against the couch, with 2008 and 2009 below.  It's not pretty but effective. 

Here is a closer look at the 2005 pile.  There is a bunch of Leather & Lumber, Studio, Prestige, Donruss Champions (another pile about that big in my extras already), Upper Deck, Donruss Elite, and Diamond Kings.  I've got 3/4 of a monster box of 2005 extras that I'll be combining with these.  That's my biggest year in extra stuff.  If you have any big lists from these sets, let me know.  I'll be showing all these piles in more detail later, and once I combine them with my other extras, there will be more sets with big chunks available.  And of course, I'll probably snarf a few set starters for myself for things I don't have.

I'll also take requests for bulk team trades from all this.  I know many team collectors just focus on Topps, but I've got all the different companies represented well.

And there are a lot of star cards and serial numbered parallels in this batch as well.  Rookies too!  There are a lot of Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez (a bunch went to Gavin at BBCBreakdown), Jason Giambi, Vlad Guerrero (Sr.), Manny Ramirez, Randy Johnson, Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, Nomar, Ken Griffey, Jr., and to a lesser extent -  Ichiro, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, and Mike Mussina.  So if you collect those guys and need them in these kind of sets, or your down to the big stars for the whole base set, let me know those too!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Sixth Stop On The Six State Tour

The next leg of the trip was more a return home than another venture into unknown lands.  We got stuck in Nashville after our shop visit, so the trip back to Michigan was made overnight with only brief stops.  Sunday was basically lost to travel and fatigue.  We got up Monday with no planned journey farther than Stuart's family home - a few blocks from his apartment.

I've probably visited him six or eight times since 2009, the year before the National was in Baltimore - an hour from my house.  We had been talking on the phone about cards for months, but hadn't met in person.  We figured it was a good idea to make sure neither of us was a psycho before committing to going to the convention the next year.

He likes to tell the story that we first contacted each other over a box of 2002 Upper Deck 40-Man for sale on eBay in 2007.  Stuart won the box, so I emailed him to see if we could trade singles from the set.  He responded, but I never got the message - must have gone to my spam box.  Then about a year later, he posted on Sports Card Forum about building the set.  I answered and sent my remaining wants.  He still had a stack pulled from the first communication that he realized matched my list, and figured out I was the same guy that bid on the eBay box so long ago.  This started a free-form exchange of cards between us that continues to this day.   We just send anything from PWE's to two-row shoeboxes (and bigger if we deliver them on visits.) all the time without really matching up each transaction. We've been back and forth to Michigan or Maryland pretty much each year thereafter.

So as we were climbing through some of his collection (literally), and finding binders and boxes to put away some of the singles he had picked up on our trip, he pulled out some things for me to take home.

A set of 1991-92 Topps hockey, including the Team Scoring Leaders inserts.  Highlights include Jagr second year card and Guy LaFleur tribute cards.

Some 2002 Traded and 2007 Heritage singles to potentially knock off some numbers on my current wants.  Didn't end up needing many of these, so they're available...

And some nice vintage stars!  Really shocked me with these!  Sorry, these are not up for trade.  The 66's will go in my star binder and the 68's to my set build. 

Thanks to Stuart, who is always glad to thin out the hoard a little.  Look him up on Sports Card Forum as BseballCommish75.

Next time...on to the Warehouse!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Stars Aligned In Seattle

Saw a neat little article on about the Mariners and their won-loss record.

From 1995 to 2019 as of today - September 11, the Mariners record is....

1,995 and 2,019.

 Thought that was kinda cosmic....

Monday, September 09, 2019

500 Total, 400 Official

My last post was my 500th to the blog in general.

But since there were 96 posts before I proclaimed this an "official" card blog, this means that my post about the hoard that I bought is actually my 400th "official" post.

I was also able to calculate that the post about the first two visits to "Kevin & Dad's" shop in Middleburg was my 300th post.

Not that any of this makes an impact in anybody's life at this point.  My blogging has deteriorated into a haphazard schedule and I've relied on loot posts for about two weeks.  I'm publishing the one item I write at the time instead of putting in a little more effort and getting a few posts ahead.

I've already got plenty of stuff to send out and I haven't come close to getting all my stuff put away or counted yet, so no great celebration for the milestone, just continuing business as usual.