Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Strangest Pack of Cards Ever ?

So, I guess this doesn't really look so strange, huh ?

Of course, it does say  ' Special Edition ' !
And all the way from Portugal.

Yep, Ana Lu sent me this 1995 Collector's Choice pack that was destined for a Cleveland Indians fan.
Here's what was inside.

Cool huh !?
All Indians !!

Oh, wait.

That's only seven cards.

The wrapper says twelve cards.
And isn't that last one from 1998 ?

How could that be in a 1995 pack ?

You don't think dear, sweet Ana Lu
 would set me up do you ?

But now that I think about it,
the pack did open up pretty easily !

Hey, thanks Ana, for the great cards !
I did need some of the Special Editions !

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Team Logos, Before Wahoo Disappears !

It looks like Chief Wahoo's  long time reign as the symbol of the Cleveland Indians is going to come to an end. I have mixed emotions about it, but I am not of American Indian descent, and may feel differently if I was.It would be nice if they could modify the image somehow to make it acceptable to both sides.

Logo cards have long been part of our cardboard baseball team collections and here are few of mine.

These are Fleer cloth stickers from from 1968-72

These are die-cut so the center section
 with team and logo can be peeled off.

The top and left stickers are from 1984.
The one on the right has part of a 
puzzle picture in the back, year unknown.
Possibly 1982.

Lower left sticker is on the back
 of 1980 Fleer Famous Feats card.

The other two, again are die-cut and come from 1984

These are from 1982 and also
 have puzzle pieces on the back

No year on these either.
Bottom sticker cards come with
 various team combinations.

I do know these are from 1991 !

Bright blue logos from 1989.

The mini logo year is unknown.
The other three are from 1991.

Some of the newer logo cards.

On the right from 1999 is 
Upper Deck Victory
2001 Topps  on the left.

Finally, one I know very little about.
It has a Genuine MLB Merchandise logo.
Produced by U-Seal-It,
Gardena ,Ca.

That's pretty much it for my Tribe logo collection. If you have any you don't see here, you know I'm always up for a trade. If you have any further info on any of these, it is greatly appreciated !!

Thanks for reading !!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Trade time with Arpsmith, Dutch Card Guy, Reader Mark, Night Owl, Angels in Order, Nachos Grande, The Other World, Red Sox In Nebraska

When I started this blog 5 1/2 years ago, I never dreamed it would add so many new friends and Indian baseball cards to my life.  My many thanks to all of you !!

I don't really like to combine trade posts, but I have received so many packages lately that I need to, to get caught up. I have a huge stack of Tribe cards I need to sort and put away so I can update want lists and continue to work on return packages ! All the generous bloggers and readers listed here sent many more cards than pictured. I appreciate every one of them, but just don't have time to post each one. Plus, it may not be very interesting  to anyone but the one who sent the cards !
 So here we go !

Thanks to Adam for these great cards.
I especially like the Fellers, the Nagys 
and the Fun Pack Manny!

I never thought I would run into
 a baseball card collector in the Netherlands !
We have traded several times and he always
finds terrific Indian cards for me !

Thanks Jeroen !

Reader, Mark H.

I once made a random comment on another blog.
A.J. had received some nice vintage cards from Mark,
and I, half jokingly, said " I wonder if he has any Indians !".
The next thing I know I'm receiving an email from Mark !
And he did have some duplicate Indians.

Thanks Mark !
This really helped my 70's collection !

If you are reader or writer of a baseball card blog,
and don't know Night Owl, you can't be living on this planet !
He comes up with some amazing posts, his mind never seems to stop.
I love the blue Choo, the black Laffey and the minis !
Thanks, and keep up the good work !

Tom sent a note on the back of his business card :
"We haven't traded in a while.."
He's right. There are so many blogs out there,
 it's hard for an old man like me to keep track !

Terrific Albert Belle, minis and more Bob Feller !
And a Brantley partial rainbow, 
even if they are different years !
Thanks Tom, great cards !

Trade stacks !
Most of you know how this works.
If not check out his blog !
I pulled the trigger when he put up a Richie Ashburn.
I don't really collect him, but I have a 
Richie Ashburn model baseball glove from my youth,
so I grab one once in a while.

But Chris went a bit farther.

He knows I also collect wrappers.
They are all in albums but I have no want list.
That's a retirement plan !
I am in need of most Hobby Versions and 
high end wrappers and small boxes though. 

If the minis look a little unusual, they are !

An on card auto !
These were produced by a friend of his.
Great Idea !!

Thanks Chris for the cards and wrappers ! 

The Other World

Dan sent a nice assortment of Tribe cards.
I especially like the chrome Kipnis.
He's becoming one of my favorite players.
I wish I could have been around to see Doby play !

Thank you very much Dan !

And last, but not least,

Red Sox Fan in Nebraska 

Brad and I have done several  trades over the past year or so.
He came up with some great inserts, a slightly hard to find mini,
a great Standing "O"  Vizquel and I love the Prizm Bourn !

Thanks Brad !

And thanks everyone for all the trades.

I hope to have more packages going out tomorrow !!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Alright, Fess up, Who did this !!??

A small flat box arrived in the mail today.

It contained this:

I admit I tried to make the picture a little dramatic.
But it is almost 6" high.

Granted, it is mostly commons, but how many times have you overlooked a common card at a show and then got home and discovered you needed it ?

Here are a few samples.

The Sandy Alomar Christie Brinkley is nice.
There was also a Julio Franco in the stack
and I already have Thome.
Now I need Belle, Ramirez, Baerga and Lofton.

There is a really large selection of years and brands of cards
and they are several I know I need and probably more I don't know I need!

So who sent this huge assortment of Tribe goodness?

I'm not telling !

It's not that I don't want to tell.
I don't know !

There was nothing inside or outside of the box to indicate who sent it.

It was post marked in Resaca, Ga.

I'm  not sure but I suspect Jinxo56  from
  Wanted : Baseball Cards

He and I have been discussing a trade.

But whoever sent them, thank you very much !!

I also got a package yesterday.

This one had a return address!

Matt, from   Bob Walk the Plank told me  he had a 2014 Donruss Jason Kipnis.
Of course I said "I'll take it !"

He also thought he may have some Indian game used.
This is what he found.

A really sweet 2002 Leaf Mirror Blue Ellis Burks jersey card.

There was one thing he neglected to tell me though.

The Kipnis card had some ink marks on the bottom.

This was great surprise as Kipnis is one of my favorite players !

If only Donruss hadn't used stickers. 

This would be beautiful on card.   

Well, thanks  Matt and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
I have no Pirate auto's or GU cards but I'll find something for you !

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Each year as new baseball card products hit the shelves, we all want to get all of the cards of our favorite teams or players. Or, in the case of you set builders, complete sets.

Most base team sets are pretty easy to come by via packs, blasters and all the great blogger trades.

However, some of the parallel sets are a little tougher.
The 2012 Topps Cognac (sparkle or whatever you want to call it) set was no exception, although not as tough as some.

I recently found a listing on ebay for 11 of these cards
( 1 duplicate - US121 Johnny Damon ) and won it for less than $5 !

This purchase made a dent in my needs, but do to the size of the team set, I still need several more.

91    Active HR Leaders  Jim Thome
205  Justin Masterson
324  Active RBI Leaders  Jim Thome
436  Chris Perez
469 Vinny Pestano
566  Jason Donald
569 Travis Hafner
582  Shin Soo-Choo
583  Josh Tomlin
US 48  Asdrubal Cabrerra
US 97  Shelly Duncan
US 146  Casey Kotchman
US 200 Chris Perez

If anyone can help with these please let me know. I have five trade packages going out tomorrow and I would love to send out more !

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dodger Redemption and My Greatest Pull Ever (not the Dodger !)

Redemptions !

You hear about them.

You see them on other blogs.

You wonder  " Will I ever get one !? "

Over the years I've been lucky enough to get three of them.
All from retail packs.

My first came in 2001, from Donruss.

Three days ago was the 40th anniversary of one of  this guy's greatest achievements.
715 HR's. 


If I remember correctly,
I was supposed to get some rookie card.
For some reason it wasn't available
and I received this instead.
I don't remember complaining too much !

Some of you readers may remember my second.
She came dancing in a couple years ago.

Yeah Baby !
Two - time "Dancing with the Stars"  champion
Cheryl Burke !
When I first pulled the redemption card,
I had no idea who she was.
It didn't take much research to figure it out.

And now, what you Dodger fans have been waiting for,
my latest mail in redemtion.
It just came a few days ago. I was not real impressed, as an Indian fan, and it can be had on ebay for less than $10.

Shiny !
Refractory !
Dodgery !

Paco Rodriguez !!

I'm still up in the air on this one.
I want to keep it because it a redemption.
But can't really decide.

And now,
what I feel is the best pack pull I've ever made'
drum roll please !


This came from a random pack of Upper Deck cards I purchased at the Meijers store in Sandusky ,Ohio back in 1999 on the way from work one night !

This one is definitely a keeper !


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tribe Cards on the Internet for Less than $15 !

Ebay and other sports card dealers on the internet have definitely lowered card values and hurt local card shops over the years. There will always be changes, as technology advances, with no sign of slowing down.

Is that a good thing or bad ?  Well, it all depends on which side of the technology you are on.

If you were a blacksmith in the 1890's, you were on the verge of losing your job to automobiles and mechanized farm equipment. If you were a file clerk or key punch operator in the 1960's, you would lose your job to a computer. If you were a photo processor in the early 1980's, you would lose your job to digital cameras. The list goes on and on and will continue until who knows when. Just like the song by Zager and EvansIn the Year 2525

You have to adapt. You have to be able to see which way your industry and customers are moving and try to keep one step ahead. 

Card shop owners can move their inventories online, but the prices aren't likely to come back to what they were in the 1980's and 90's. Oh, there will always be some cards that command higher prices, but buyers have so many options now and it's so easy to search so many different venues for the lowest price.

My two sons and I never had access to a local card shop. The closest thing we experienced was the card shows at the local shopping malls. Which, of course, are on the verge of becoming extinct also. There are a few that still seem to thrive, but not in our area. There are some flea markets around also. That is another option.

Life is just moving too fast and everyone wants everything to be too easy !

Ok, off my soap box and back on to my comfy swivel chair. Back to the computer, to show you the Indian cards I purchased online, so you wouldn't have to drive clear to Ohio to see them ! ( not that you would anyway !)