Sunday, August 19, 2018

affordable cards for my collection are a win

i joined colbey's most recent affordable break in which he went after 2012 topps opening day, 2013 panini prizm, and 2013 panini pinnacle.  i took the dodgers of course, and wound up with the twins as my second team which works out well.

a few highlights from the break include two pinnacle clear vision inserts of clayton kershaw - the first being the 'win' version
and the second being the 'complete game' version
i'm typing this post prior to the game today, and kershaw may have to go the distance to get the win the way the dodger bullpen has been pitching lately.  last night's game ended in a balk.  i've been to a game where that happened. it's weird and unsatisfying.

colbey also threw in a blaster of 2018 topps chrome which netted me a justin turner refractor
and his 1983 parallel
thanks for hosting, colbey!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

a couple of fifths

the latest trade return package i received from matt at bob walk the plank included a pair of kings.  there was this 2002 donruss diamond kings chicago national parallel of future hall of famer adrian beltre
and this 2015 panini diamond kings studio portraits green auto-dual relic card
both are numbered to just 5 copies - beltre is 2/5
and joc is 5/5
thanks matt!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

trade packages are a bright spot in my mailbox

do you even laser?

julie at a cracked bat sent me some dodgers recently, and my favorite card in the mailer was this 1996 topps laser hideo nomo bright spots insert
nomo was indeed a bright spot for the dodgers in 1995, although he, like the rest of the dodgers, failed to deliver in the nlds against the reds.  

some might say that cody bellinger's 2017 season was much like nomo's 1995 campaign.  this cody bellinger highlight card (one of 30, i believe) shows him "making it count" in 2017
while bellinger certainly helped the dodgers get through the nlds and nlcs, his inability to adjust to the way the astro pitchers were pitching him is a big reason why the dodgers failed to win the world series last year.  anyway, i like that there is a lurking yasiel puig in the background of that card.

there is a card where both puig and bellinger get billing in 2018 topps, and julie sent that as well.
not the dynamic duo, just dynamic dodgers.

here's one more card from the trade package. a 2015 topps tribute yasiel puig parallel.
it's not purple, by the way; it's amethyst!

thanks julie!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

100 cards plus 1 pack repack recap

i was looking for a couple of grocery related items and decided to take a chance that my nearby cvs would have them.  they did not.  they did however have one of those 100 cards plus 1 pack repacks.  i had not seen repacks at this cvs before, although it had been a long time since i had darkened their doorway.

i decided to buy the repack so that my wasted trip would be not quite so wasted.  here's what i found inside.

showing through the window:

2014 topps masahiro tanaka factory set variation
i did not recognize this as a variation prior to my purchase.

2014 topps manny machado
can't wait for his dodger update card to be a variation just like darvish's last year.

1998 upper deck collector's choice mo vaughn starquest insert
2014 topps tim lincecum
2014 topps gerrit cole
2014 topps mark teixeira
2014 topps mike trout
lots of 2014 topps up top in this thing.  could do worse than trout, though.

2014 topps chris sale
2014 topps adam wainwright
2014 topps alex rodriguez
2014 topps felix hernandez
2014 topps stephen strasburg
2008 topps gary sheffield trading card history insert
the second insert of the repack.

2000 upper deck mvp gerald williams silver signature parallel
i have a bunch of these silver signatures from mvp and collector's choice in a box somewhere.

2006 upper deck kenny lofton diamond collection insert
first dodger, and it is an insert that i need!

1992 mcdonald's ryan klesko
1988 score mike witt
1988 score mike heath
1988 score joe carter
1988 score juan samuel
1989 donruss ted power
1992 topps traded scott ruskin
1992 topps curtis wilkerson
2000 mlb showdown david segui
2000 mlb showdown brook fordyce
2017 topps jarrod dyson
this was the newest card in the repack (it was the first of the 2017's, so it gets scanned).

1985 fleer update karl best
2015 topps gerrit cole
2017 topps jason grilli
2017 topps kevin keirmaier
2015 topps chase headley
2017 topps jason hammel
2017 topps mike zunino
2017 topps noah syndergaard league leader
2016 topps world series kyle schwarber
boxed set and green screen!

2015 topps taylor hill
2015 topps alex avila
2015 topps bud norris
2015 topps joc pederson photo variation
hey now! another photo variation, and it is a dodger and a need!

1988 score tommy hinzo
1992 upper deck rookie threats
1991 donruss candy maldonado
1992 upper deck ted wood
1988 donruss neal heaton
neal heaton is standing in dodger stadium.

1988 donruss floyd youmans
1992 upper deck eric king
1982 topps john wathan
this was the oldest card in the repack.

1988 o-pee-chee charlie kerfeld
1988 o-pee-chee danny jackson
text variation!

2015 topps carlos beltran
1989 donruss kelly gruber
1994 upper deck collector's choice vinny castilla
1990 upper deck steve bedrosian
1991 topps gregg olson
1987 topps donnie moore
1988 fleer charlie puleo

1988 fleer charlie puleo
back-to-back with the charlie puleo cards!

1987 topps john candelaria
1991 score frank viola dream team subset
1991 score fred mcgriff
2001 donruss craig biggio
2015 topps jonathan papelbon
1990 topps alfredo griffin
2011 topps heritage bobby jenks
2005 topps heritage terrmel sledge
2011 topps heritage ryan zimmerman
2010 topps update david ortiz
1990 score jody reed
1990 score terry leach
1992 fleer ultra brian hunter
1990 score dave justice
1990 fleer dan petry
1990 fleer chris speier - unfortunately, not speier's teammate jose uribe
1990 score bobby thigpen
1990 score ozzie guillen
1991 score rick reed
1991 score nelson liriano
1988 score randy ready
randy ready at the ready.

1988 score charlie puleo (charlie puleo hot pack!)
1988 score kevin romine
2015 topps didi gregorius
2012 topps mat latos
2012 topps adam dunn
2015 topps carl crawford
2015 topps ben zobrist
2012 topps desmond jennings
2012 topps alex rodriguez/jim thome/jason giambi active leaders
2012 topps jim thome
yes virginia, jim thome did play in the field at one time.

2012 topps kevin youkilis
2012 topps jason kipnis
1991 topps john moses
2014 topps david ortiz world series subset
i really hope the red sox don't win the world series this year.

2014 topps yoenis cespedes
these should be their uniforms every day.

2014 topps prince fielder
2014 topps yoenis cespedes (yes, another double)
2014 topps derek jeter
yeah jeets!

2014 topps clayton kershaw
yeah kersh!

2014 topps matt cain
2014 topps clay buchholz
2014 topps brandon belt
2000 topps mike piazza
sorry mike - it looks like a 6-4-3.

the pack was 1992 donruss and i sent it to hazel green to be opened on someone's 40th birthday along with another junk wax pack i had sitting around.

i deem this repack to be a success given the joc pederson variation card and the lofton insert, plus a couple other cards i can keep for my collection.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

is it mini-collection worthy?

i know with the advent of topps now, some have begun mini-collections of cards from games which they attended.  i believe i have only been to one game that was worthy of a topps now card - dodgers vs. nationals last september - however i have been to a few other games that have been featured on cardboard.

i was at steve garvey's 1,118th consecutive game which was included in one of the fleer sports illustrated sets, and i attended game 1 of the 1988 world series which has been featured on a lot of cards over the years.  i also attended shawn green's 4-homer game in milwaukee back in 2002.  cards related to that event are a little more scarce - there are some that reference the game, but the photos may or may not match.  here's a card from 2003 fleer box score that includes the dodger side of the box score (duh)
as a result, this card would be part of my games attended mini-collection, but as of now i don't have such a thing.  any cards from the games listed above are already in my steve garvey or dodger collections. i suppose if i am ever at a twins game (or other non-dodger game for that matter) that earns a topps now card i will pick it up, but until then this is one mini-collection that i am not pursuing.

Monday, August 13, 2018

i'd buy that for $0.07! and i did!

i made it to the monthly card show on saturday for the first time in a while.  i made purchases from three dealers. the first guy had a decent dime box from which i found 40 cards.  good deal.  the third guy had his 15/$1 boxes, and i had to quickly dig before the people next to me decided to buy the full boxes at $12/each.  one guy did pull two boxes before i could get there, but i found some pretty decent stuff, including a 2017 topps update yu darvish photo variation short print.
yu had some friends, including the robinson cano
and joey votto
photo variation short prints from the same set.

i've never completed my 2017 want lists, so i wasn't sure if i needed the darvish or not.  it didn't matter in the end, as i wasn't going to leave him there for less than a dime.

in all, i found 75 cards to take from the boxes - some to flip and some to keep for my mini collections.  this is a 2005 upper deck mvp batter up card of phil niekro
who happens to be standing in dodger stadium.  you might think phil was there for an old-timer's game, but knowing the way ballplayers aged back then, this could be phil in his 30's.

here's a new double play for that collection - a 2012 topps erick aybar golden sparkle parallel
comc calls these parallels "golden moments", but i go with the sparkle.

my big daddy vladdy pc is represented by his 2001 upper deck legends card
here's a 2017 topps all-time all-stars card of eddie mathews
i like this insert set a lot, but it would have been even better had they included a certain dodger first baseman who won the all-star game mvp award twice.  oh well.  as much as i like this mathews, it was not the best one i picked up on saturday.

the last time i was at the card show, i picked up a big name (roberto clemente, to be exact) for my 1957 topps set build, and i did the same on saturday with this card
this came from the second dealer i purchased from, and i also grabbed another 10 cards from the set from him.

while i was looking at the 57's, i heard a person next to me talking about building the 1964 topps venezuelan set, and i knew that it had to be brian from highly subjective completely arbitrary. and so it was.  we had just recently completed a trade, so we didn't have any cards to exchange, but it was good to see him nonetheless.

here are a couple of the cards he sent me recently:
that's a 2018 panini diamond kings original materials relic card of clayton kershaw, and this is a 2018 topps stadium club kyle farmer auto
i like it when brian is assigned the nl west in his transatlantic box breaks!

as for the rest of the show, i was pulling cards from a quarter box at another seller's table when he began a homophobic rant to the seller next to him regarding someone who had walked by earlier. i loudly put the cards back and said no thanks. i wouldn't buy that at any price.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

i cey it is so - i collect cards of ron cey as a cub (and an athletic)

the title of this post says it all, really, but i do collect any and all cards of the penguin.  even those, like this 1986 gatorade cubs oversized oddball
that feature the stocky third baseman in pinstripes and stretch-waisted pants.

here's the list if you happen to have any non-dodger ceys that need a new home.