Sunday, June 3, 2018

MONTHS MAY PASS But These Cards Still Matter

Holy Calendar Batboy! It might appear I'm lacking in gratitude but it's only poor time management. I have scans saved which date several months back. Happiness would abound could I only manage a weekly post. I have fantasies wrapped around daily posts but these are truly dreams. During the week, I have three hours of free time available each day. That's all.  It's simply impossible to live a whole life within those three hours and a weekend. So while we are here, let's take a trip back in time...

It's September 2017.  Days are warm but evenings are beginning to cool into the 50s. The Astros are two months away from winning their first championship. I'm in the midst of a filing deadline.  Our resident Rockies collector Infield Fly Rule just sent over a few cards missing from my Tiger team sets and some for a mini-collection:

1993 Ultra

1992 Topps


Adam sent my first J. Owens three or so years ago.  Before I'd begun a full-on catcher collection,  these were simply fun.  I do keep any new cards that come my way with an Owens on front. The exception would be HENRY.  I have one HENRY and that's more than I [or anyone] ever needed.  Send me no Henrys and we'll all remain friends.

Around this same time, Chris The Collector was doing rounds of  50/50 Trades.  He sent 50 cards of your team for 50 Reds.  I believe we managed a 100 card swap. I received Tigers, Astros and a few for PCs. This was our first trade:

                        




So much greatness going on here. I was most excited to find cards for my PCs. With the exception of Piazza, many of these guys were/are Astros! These Caminitis are special.  Thank you for reaching out!  We must do this again!

Skipping October, November brought much cooler temps and cards from Angels in Order.  Tom sent my first Manwaring. I gave his cards away countless times over the years. Now, I want them. Tom had a nicely framed 2013 Topps #'d 4 of 10 Scherzer on hand as well.

                                                                       1993 Topps


Four of Ten Scherzer?  Super indeed! But the real gems were these 1977 Pepsi cards with tabs still intact:


Inserted into cartons of Pepsi,  these discs pop-out of a glove-shaped tab which includes a checklist.  I've wanted a few of these!

This post was ready to go when another package from Tom arrived. One hundred cards evenly split between Astros and Tigers with a couple of pc guys tucked in! Tom collects checklists. He had the missing piece of my 1985 Wendy's set! Several cards were included from smaller set releases.


Ginter Stros! 2010 Pence and 2008 boys:

How about this 1996 Leaf Steel Derek Bell? My first taste of heavy metal cards. I know I purchased some of these upon release but have none left to prove it. I lightened the scan but it doesn't show well.


And finally, a classic from Classic - diggin' the beach umbrellas! Swinging for the shoreline was this Astros'  2nd round, 48th pick:


Thanks for your patience guys! If you've sent cards, I will share them!  'When?' is the question.  Hmm, another contest idea.  

My next post will be a Dupe Dump or Dwindle winner and round three edition. I don't have space for all the cards being offered in my 3D posts. If you find a player has been ditched from my collection, it is not a reflection on his career, but rather my personal interests. Don Mattingly was the first to be completely eliminated. To keep this in perspective, I love Babe Ruth but don't actively collect a man that many consider the greatest of all time. It takes a special or oddball card to make it into my small Ruthian collection.  The hobby is big enough for all of us to collect in whatever way suits our interests.  Gotta love that!

Thanks for reading y'all!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

DUPE, DUMP OR DWINDLE: Round Two - Chipper Jones

WHAT??? I'm parting with the Jones boy? Could be a dump. Perhaps a lessening of sorts.  The 90s shout duplication. So what's your best guess?

Larry Wayne Jones Jr. is joining Cooperstown this summer. How is this even possible?  Were the 90s so long ago?  Larry's MLB debut with the Braves happened in September 1993, just as I'd begun collecting. Thanks to TBS, I was able to enjoy the Braves in some of their best years. He was a hot prospect so naturally, I collected Chipper Jones. 

    There's 93 Donruss, rubbing itself in my face once more. A very clean 94 Collector's Choice! 

Initially, Larry was a shortstop.  Throwing errors pushed the Braves to move him to third base. Even then his defense was only average. He owns no Gold Glove awards.  Among switch-hitters however,  only Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray have more home runs. Chipper will enter the Hall as an eight-time All-Star with 468 dingers, 2726 hits and a career .303 batting average. 

96 Fleer featured a gorgeous matte finish.   Otherworldly 97 Pinnacle Aura subset...different.

Chipper had a reputation for being cocky. The young girls loved him.  Young women did too which would account for his three marriages. [Insert launch angle joke here.] His first marriage ended when his 18 month extramarital affair with a Hooters' waitress produced a son. I left him in 2002 when the hobby became for me, confusing and expensive.



Ten years passed as Chipper continued to rack up the numbers. Playing all 19 years with the Braves, he called it career in 2012. In 2013, the Braves retired number 10.

These cards are moving out but to where?  Time for someone to step up to the plate!

2016 GQ Power Alley - an insert set I should've assembled.


THE FINE PRINT
I’ve culled several hundred cards from my collection but what to do with them? Well that’s where you come into play. Literally. It’s game time!

Do you want these cards?  If so, you must be a regular reader with a USA mailing address, be the Card Papoy or a regular Canadian reader. No contest hounds. The rules are simple: determine why I’m giving away these cards.  You must comment with a correct response to have a chance via Randomizer.   Your only response choices are:
  •      DUPE  (duplicates)
  •      DUMP   (player booted from my collection)
  •    DWINDLE  (player collection thinned, only select cards kept)
The next edition of Dupe, Dump or Dwindle will reveal the reason for the removal of these cards from my collection, and our randomized winner.  Remember, only correct responses will be randomized.

The twist?  You can win only ONCE every three rounds.  Cards that go unclaimed won’t be offered here again. There will be many players listed in the coming weeks but you have no way to know who’s up next. Do you need any of these cards?  Leave one of the only three correct responses for a chance to win Chipper - or pass.  

I'll wait at least a week to close out this edition's commentary with my own response noting the end of this round.


ROUND ONE SYNOPSIS: Don Mattingly

Of the responses left for Donnie, only six readers were interested in these cards. Of eight Dwindles, four were officially entered as guesses.  Only two Dump guesses, both entered as well. No one guessed DUPE which would have been incorrect. John Miller ventured 'dwindle' as I'd mentioned two of these cards as favorites. Perhaps that was a bit misleading. They are favorite Donnies but not favorites in the sense of keepers. There may be some disappointed folks here when they read Mattingly was a dump.  Forgive me Bo.  It's not that Mattingly was undeserving of my collection.  He just doesn't fit.  I didn't have all that many Donnie's but that's not necessarily a reflection of my player collections. I do have many smaller PCs. 

Our two dump guessers are defgav and The Card Papoy. Randomized by the number of correct guesses leaves us with our winner:


Kevin - Donnie is moving to France!  You were first place both times. I'll hang on to these for a bit in order to fill a trade package for you. You'll have to sit out the next two rounds which includes Chipper.  Gavin, thanks for making the final round! 

Thanks to all of you who took time to read, comment and participate!



Saturday, May 5, 2018

DUPE, DUMP, OR DWINDLE: Round One - Don Mattingly

When I began collecting in 1993, the hobby was entirely new to me.  I had no memories of childhood collecting that most of you do.  It does make me envious at times.  

Although drawn to the beauties of cardboard men, I didn’t know ‘how’ to collect. Picking up prospects and any players I was “supposed” to collect, my collection began to grow rapidly.  Puckett, McGwire, Griffey, Big Frank, Piazza, Ripken and HOF guys like Cobb, Gehrig quickly filled my 3000 count boxes.   Along the way, I developed an attachment or affection if you will, to some of these men. I also had some crazy notion that if I kept a few cards of a particular player then I should be saving them all.   I’m coming to terms with who I am as a collector. 

Over the past few months, I’ve become reacquainted with my 90s collection. I felt strangely disconnected to many of the players and found no hobby joy while going through their cards.   Why am I keeping them?  Among other players, I found many dupes. Still there are players I enjoyed collecting but now feel no desire to keep all their cards.  I chose my favorites and put the others aside.


Don, it’s seems you’re the first contestant of Dupe, Dump or Dwindle. I wasn't watching the Yankees at the time. Your 'stache and cleft chin caught my eye.  I'm certain a lot of guys found you to be a man's man, Donnie Baseball.  


A lifetime Yankee with respectable career numbers, saddled with a back injury, you hung up your glove in 95 at the age of 34.  Eight gold gloves, six straight all-star games, but no World Series championships and no call to the Hall.




1989 Topps - a favorite Donny
a favorite Stadium Club design -1995

looking antique, another favorite design - 1996 Upper Deck 

THE FINE PRINT
I’ve culled several hundred cards from my collection but what to do with them? Well that’s where you come into play. Literally. It’s game time!

Do you want these cards?  If so, you must be a regular reader with a USA mailing address, be the Card Papoy or a regular Canadian reader. No contest hounds. The rules are simple: determine why I’m giving away these cards.  You must comment with a correct response to have a chance via Randomizer.   Your only response choices are:
  •      DUPE  (duplicates)
  •      DUMP   (player booted from my collection)
  •    DWINDLE  (player collection thinned, only select cards kept)
The next edition of Dupe, Dump or Dwindle will reveal the reason for the removal of these cards from my collection, and our randomized winner.  Remember, only correct responses will be randomized.

The twist?  You can win only ONCE every three rounds.  Cards that go unclaimed won’t be offered here again. There will be many players listed in the coming weeks but you have no way to know who’s up next.  Is Donnie your guy?  Do you need any of these cards?  Leave one of the only three correct responses for a chance to win Don Mattingly - or pass.  

I'll wait at least a week to close out this edition's commentary with my own response noting the end of this round.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

SEASON OF CHANGE: a collection in motion

Since the beginning of March, I've missed a lot of good reading around the blogs. Hey - at least I'm consistent, always missing a month or so at a time. I've been working longer hours so the time spent staring at three screens all day has allowed me the opportunity to consider the direction of my collection. I knew change was coming last fall, after months of Judge hoopla. Here we are again in the midst of an Ohtani hootenanny.  I seem to recall, when leaving the hobby in 2001, it was Pujols. Some rookie is hyped nearly every year. Well no longer!  Not in my court and not on my island!

Judge not
Other than new Tigers and the occasional Posey, I collect Altuve. How many Altuves? All I can afford to get my grubby tiger paws on.. Other than base, endless parallels, autos and relics, 2018 Gypsy Queen has no Altuves.  2018 Bowman- no Altuves although Springer and Correa made the cut.  Altuve was only the  2017 AL MVP so of course, I understand the apparent slight. I've resigned to making lists of wanted cards from new product. This will save millions [if not hundreds...] down the road with continued assistance of trade pals! Will I sometimes buy packs or a blaster? Of course! I need cards for you too. Like most of us, I love the sound of ripping wrappers.

My focus of acquisition has been moving towards vintage and mini-collections. My favorite dead guy - sorry - DEADBALL player is Ty Cobb. In fact, the Deadball Era is my favorite period in baseball, period.  I like guys that hit and steal without the homer pomp and circumstance. Lotto aside, I'll never afford his most valuable cards. 1961 Fleer is as old as it gets for now.  At least it was released during his lifetime. Maybe. He passed in July of 61.

Altuve is also a hitter and thief. While he added some over-the-wall drama last year, he is a dependable man on the bases. And he smiles- most of the time! Bonus points. These two men could not be more different but bring me the most joy when looking over their cards.

When I joined the blog family nearly four years ago, I was clueless about mini-collections. I thought there were bascially five types of collectors: new, vintage, team, player and set.  You taught me collecting diversity!  I now have my own mini-collections which feature historical events and music beginning with the late 60s and throughout the 70s, fun player names and shots along with bats and catchers in older gear. I've learned it's ok to collect what I like!

I've had quite a bit of help over the past few months in all these areas.  As I've spent less on new, pals have been filling my set needs. Hitting up my player collections too.  Thank yous are overdue.

      Bubba helped me out with an insert set from 2017 A&G.  I was drawn to the design.
      He included cards from 2017 X [SWEET] minis and foils. I appreciate the help! 
      Ginter got only pocket change from me last year.

Cards from the black X set are tremendous!

   What A Days are the first large insert set I've completed in years!  These were set needs:


       Fellow Tigers collector Phil sent a couple hundred cards including set help and Tigers.
       He included a few for my player collections. 




Ken Caminiti and Darren Daulton - guys who broke my heart, leaving us too soon.
 
       COURTESY OF IT'S LIKE HAVING MY OWN CARDSHOP
       Daniel dropped a pwe on me recently - filled with catchers in old style gear! Righteous!
     
83 and 84 Donruss - two of their best efforts!

Thanks to Matt, Phil and Daniel!  More thank yous ahead! 

A couple of posts back, I mentioned an upcoming first edition of Dupe, Dump or Dwindle. The post has been ready to go for a couple months but the timing hasn't been right. It will be up this week. I hope these upcoming card blasts find their way into your collection! Time to make room for vintage and catchers!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Courtesy Recap Platter with a Side of the Trading Spot

My last post was written to flush out a couple of thoughtless traders before others found themselves on the wrong end of an exchange.  Many of your responses surprised me.  Your emails and comments reflected concerns that I may have been pointing a finger at you - and one or more of my trade partners.  Please allow me to say once again: I wouldn't call out my pals - ever.  If you wrote to ask  'was it me' then you must certainly know it wasn't.  Did I hear from my hard luck cases A or B?  Only A - and wasn't surprised by his remarks. 

The untended side-effect of my last post has been to serve as a reminder - to me, and all of us who trade - to send a thank-you message within a reasonable amount of time.  There has been an occasion or two when mail sat in the box overnight or on the table unopened.  Unless life is handing out emergencies or vacations, thank you should be offered upon a first convenience.  I've gone longer than 48 hours but have made a large effort over this past year to be better.

This is a good time to work in a thank you post featuring a trader who blesses many of us quite regularly:


Here's a few highlights found in the packages from John Miller. One arrived in November and the second last month. There's a good amount of shiny . The Chrome Future Stars are far-out in color and design.  Topps missed it again with a design that would've been a great continuation for the STARS insert series in Opening Day.   Fryman is from 93 UD Gallery, a boxed set sold separately in limited numbers - 123,600 to be exact.



How about these 04 Crack Jack boys!  If I'd still been collecting in 2004, this product would have been high on my chase list.  Vina and Bonderman minis included here.  The Munson is particularly sharp!



A couple of handsome cards:
When Fleer was great - 2004


1999 MVP - the eyes have it!
The odds are: 81 Coke Gibby with Topps rc; 1982 Drakes and 1988 Dominos pinback:


John sent over 100 cards combined but the highlight of these packages was this box and its contents - 33 postcards featuring players from the 84 Tigers Championship team by artist Rinaldo Minervini.







These post cards are phenomenal!  I could find little information on the artist.   Rinaldo lived in Michigan and created these sketches in his retirement years.  I've never seen these anywhere and plan to add them to a binder in the near future.

It's taken much too long for me to share these cards.  I'm a grateful recipient though.  If you've sent cards then at some point I'll be posting samples of your generosity.

I'd love to end this post with witty April Fools trickery.  Instead, a big reveal is in order. Only one of my trade pals has ever seen any likeness of me.  So here I am, plain and simple.  Until next time...