Saturday, February 23, 2013

Wrapping up 1975 - I (t's) like having my own card shop !

I'm still trying to catch up on trades and trade posts.

It seems like an endless chore, but not a chore I dislike.

Thanks to many of the generous bloggers out there I have added many, many, great cards to my collection and I hope that I have helped them as well.

Some time back, I received a PWE from Daniel over at  It's like having my own card shop.

Inside was this......

A nearly perfect 1975 Topps wrapper which became the  pristine piece in my collection.
Thank you, thank you, thank you !! 
I already have some cards set aside for you Dan, I will have to find a few more !!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I love the Black and Gold !

No, not the New Orleans Saints.

or  Wichita State, Vanderbilt, Iowa or Wake Forrest.

Or Perdue, Mizzou Tigers, Colorado Buffaloes.

Or Grambling, Southern Mississippi or Central Florida.

Appalachian State, Arkansas or Alabama.

And certainly not the Steelers !!!

Or the Pirates.

It's the ebay Indians !!

At least these two that I just received today.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

What's a holiday without baseball ?!

I came home to these treat tonight ! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The right place at the right time.

Any of my one or two or three regular readers will know I love Good Will stores.
I've picked up a lot of very nice items there, from time to time, but have had a dry spell as of late.

That ended tonight.

My wife had to work late, so I was in no hurry to get home and a Good Will run seemed like a good idea.

The book shelves are the first thing you see when you walk into this particular GW store.
It's been a while since I found any interesting baseball books and tonight was no different.
Nothing. Well, there was a lot of books, but nothing that suited my fancy.

Off to the misc. shelf section.

Oh, a binder.

Binders are another item I always look for. I like these plain white ones, with the plastic sleeves on the outside, so you can insert identification information and still be able to change it at any time. I'm in the process of rearranging some of my Indian card collection so I'm looking for binders of various sizes.

This was a really nice, 3 inch, "D" ring version that lays completely flat.

Ok, what else can we find tonight?

Is that what I think it is on the next shelf ?

No way !

Yes, it is !!!

A mini Travis Hafner bobble head !
He is only about 5 inches tall.
I have a Jhonny Peralta to go with him.
 An even better than that....
not one, but two......
Joe Carters !!
I already had one of these, but I think both of my sons need one, besides, I could never have left Joe behind.
But now, the best part.
In Ohio, when you turn 60 years old, the state rewards you with a "Golden Buckeye" card.
Woo Hoo !!
It is good for a 10% discount at Good Will though !
Plus a few other places.
So now, the total price for 3 bobble heads and the binder, including tax.....
Now you know why I couldn't leave Joe behind !
99 cents for each bobble and 79 cents for the binder.
I love Good Will !!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Brantley, Bourn and Stubbs


Dice -K, Swisher, Giambi, Bauer

I think some extraterrestrial life forms have overtaken the Dolan's bodies.

(or they should have sold STO a long time ago !)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Relics and hardware from Crackin' Wax

Way last fall, before most of us were thinking too much about 2013 Topps, topher over at Crackin' Wax was headin' up a case break. I decided to jump on the band wagon early and bought into a spot.

Later as checklists showed up, I knew I wouldn't be getting a large set, but I did do alright with the Tribe.

Yep, that's my entire team set from Series 1. Won't even fill up one page in my binder. But, there won't be so many parallels to chase either !

Speaking of which, these are the two Chasing History inserts
Victor Martinez held the Indian record for the most HR's in a season, by a switch hitter, with 25.
Carlos Santana broke it in 2011 with 27.
Bob Feller, in 1946, was trying to break the single-season strikeout mark of 349 but fell one short.
I did get a good jump on Justin Masterson's rainbow with an emerald and a blue border, to go with his base card.
Albert Belle's mannerisms and personality may have left a little to be desired, but he could flat hit the ball !
He clubbed HR's and doubles, in 1995, on his way to becoming baseball's first 50/50 man.
I was a little disappointed in this card.
 I thought there might be a slight sign of cork in the wood, but it looks pretty clear !
And last but not least.....

a very cool Cliff Lee, Cy Young Award card.
I'm not sure just how I'm going to display this, it's a strong 1/4" thick.
The three-dimensional trophy is really nice and feels like it's actually made of metal.
Thanks so much to topher and Crackin' Wax for this break !
I couldn't be happier with my haul and now the search is on for the rest of the Tribe cards in Series 1.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Another 2013 Topps parallel - Toys 'R Us purple

I had to make a couple stops after work tonight and ended up going right by Toys 'R Us.

Hmmm......wonder if they have new Topps yet ?

Yeeesssss !!!

TRU has a decent display of sports cards here, although they are a little more expensive than the other big box stores. $24.95 for a blaster and $6.50 for a rack pack.

The individual packs come bubble wrapped, with "3 exclusive inserts inside!" .

These sell for $2.99, which isn't too bad considering the purples.
This gives me a third wrapper style for 2013.
Walmart and Target each advertise their respective parallel colors on the wrapper.
The only insert inside the actual wrapper was this...

....Ted Williams mini !
That will be going into my sample collection.
And now the purples.

The Ellis is already earmarked for a new home, the Westbrook will go into my sample cards collection for now. The Lucas Luetge is available if anyone is interested.

I tried K-Mart too, but they are way behind the times.