Sunday, March 31, 2013

"Rare" collectibles I found while reorganizing.

Well, either they're rare, or just no one wants them!

This time my "find" came at the 'Dollar General Store'. I've actually had these for about 2-3 years.

They came out in the early 2ooo's but I don't think I ever saw them in any stores or card shows.

Merrick Mint, Collectible Stamp Stickers.

I think they are kind of neat but they are one of those off the wall, oddball products. They sold for $5.00  new, but I paid, well... $1.00 per package. Nine cards, nine player stamps to match each card and two bonus stamps.

There were 7 different sets and I was lucky enough to find all of them, plus a couple extras. I bought all they had and searched other Dollar Generals, but never found any more. The one big bummer for me..... not a single Indian in the whole set !

So here they are for your viewing pleasure !
#1 is Derek Jeter
As you will see later, the figure of Jeter on the left, is actually a 2 1/4 x 4 3/4" sticker stamp.
It's called the "Colossal Series".
The Hideki Matsui, in the upper right corner, is a Rookie Star stamp.
Each package has a different  Matsui stamp.
Each package has a thin sheet with the stamp stickers and
a card stock page with the nine perforated player cards.
 Each card has a spot for the corresponding stamp.
#2 Alex Rodriguiz
#3 Normar Garciaparra
#4 Sammy Sosa
#5 Barry Bonds
#6 Mike Piazza
#7 Ichiro
Here you can see the "Colossal Series" stamp.
Here is one of seven different Matsui stamps.
Here is the Griffey stamp and the corresponding card below.
The Dollar General also had just one of these
 100th Anniversary Yankee sets.
There are 16 Yankee stamps but only 8 cards.
Unless they are printed on both sides.
All the other cards have blank backs.
I also have one other Merrick Mint item.
My wife bought these colorized quarters for me
 for Christmas a few years ago.
If you go to their website, they have many collectible items.
And if you were wondering what I was doing when I came upon these "lost" card sets,
just look below.
I have a corner, computer desk.
When I'm sitting at my desk, this bookcase is right behind my back.
Literally ! My baseball man cave is only about 8x12.
These albums contain the majority of my Indian cards from 1901-2013.
On top of the short bookcase is this handmade divided shelf.
(woodworking is my other hobby, I made both of these pieces)
The four 5K boxes hold :
Cards of HOF'ers
My sample card collection
Duplicate Indian cards
"My Collection" which includes all types of misc. cards and small sets that interest me.
The first two large albums hold all of my Topps Indians from 1952-2007.
By 2008, the number of non-Topps cards were so minimal, everything fits in one smaller album.
The next two large albums hold my Jim Thome Indian cards.
The two small white albums are Steve Olin and Joe Charboneau.
The last two black Albums are Jim Abbott and oddball sample cards.
The stamp sticker packages were sandwiched in between the misc. books on the left side.
Well, that's what I have been up to as of late.
Now I have to get back to getting some trade packages out
and some more trade posts !
Thanks for reading !
I have 2 extra,unopened A Rod packages
and 2 extra unopened Normar packs.
if anyone is interested  LMK.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Rainbows from California

I recently received a terrific package of Indians from Arpsmith.

Even though I still owe him a package, he sent all these out of the clear blue California sky.

The package starts with a simple mini from the 90's.
Then jumps to two pitching legends.
We could sure use these guys!
Next, my new favorite player, Jason Kipnis.
Then the sparkles and colors came bustin' out.
Three liquorfractors start the show.
Throw in some gold sparkle,
and some standard gold.
And red always stands out.
Not to forget the "base" sparkle,
and the newest emerald.
And black chrome is always welcome!
But there is more !!
I know there has been a lot of bad publicity for game used memorabilia,
but I still enjoy these cards.They look nice and I'm too old to lose any sleep
over worrying about where the cloth came from.
A huge thanks goes out to Adam for these great cards.
And I will get a package to you !

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2013 Sticka's, Opening Day amd a little Heritage

Stopped at Target tonight hoping for some Opening Day, which I found, but was also surprised by the new sticker album too!

Picked up a pack of Heritage while I was there, looking for red Indian parallels.

I did pull a red parallel, but for the wrong team!
Opening day is OK. Once you've seen Topps, OD really isn't much of a surprise.
I do like the mascots, and the Superstar Celebrations card is pretty nice in person.
Here's my new sticker album for 2013.
The best part, it had a $1.00 off coupon attached to the front !
Two packs of stickers yielded two great HOF'ers.
Ted Williams and Johnny Bench!
You still get 6 free stickers with the album also.
The top, horizontal piece, goes to a sticker puzzle on the last page of the album.
Giants fans will love this !!
This is an accurate photo.
It's not glare from the lights, the pages are slightly fogged out where the stickers go.
Well this was just a quick look,
Pick some up and see what you think !!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

More trades - Daily Dimwit and Jay Barker Fan's Junk

After several days in the hills of Pa., I had to attend some Chrysler training classes in Pittsburgh, I need to continue my quest to get caught up on trade posts and packages.

I recently received a package from Sam at The Daily Dimwit.


First a couple base 2012 Topps.
I really like the shot of Lou Marson.
Not so much the American League AS jerseys.

Aaron Cunningham
Yea ! Another step closer to completing the parallel team sets!
But here was an even better one!
 I also participated in my first card draft.
Wes, over at Jay Barker Fan's Junk, said this was his last for a while, so I decided to give it a try.
The first things that caught my eye were these blue parallels.
I think there was another one, I should have traded to get more high picks !
1980-83 Cramer Baseball Legends
124 cards issued over a 4 year period.
More additions to my baseball history collection.
1986 Fritsch Negro League Baseball Stars
Many of the photos in this set are not the best,
but with 118 cards it is a good
 representation of the Negro Leagues. 
Also got to add a few more legends to my sets.
Thanks guys for the great cards !!