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...

Saturday, March 10, 2018

How Do I Say This?

Venting.  I haven’t used this blog as a forum to complain but this is a vent post which also includes a personal apology. 

I absolutely love sending cards around the blogs.  Some are specific trades, others are sent with no expectation for any return.  My entrance into the Twitter-verse has opened my eyes and left me scratching my head at times when reading some of the trade tweets.

Stating my case

I place before you three occurrences:

CASE A:  There have been a couple of occasions where two different collectors told me they did not purchase cards themselves, so therefore didn’t do trades.  I appreciated knowing this in advance and willingly sent cards to both of them with no expectations.  Funny thing is – for a while now I’ve seen them both trading all around Twitter.  From what I can see, they’ve been trading on twitter long before we ever interacted. So I don’t understand this at all.  Of course, they are no longer on my ship list.  I’m not calling them out by name because some of you trade with them.

CASE B:  Around the first part of November, I worked out a new, first time trade with an established blogger then something went wrong it seems.  The blogger said it might take a while to return a package. That’s absolutely fine. I packed over a hundred cards, told them goodbye and shipped them to their new home. Two weeks later, I emailed to confirm receipt.  Yes, it was received – and not a word since.  Did they like the cards?  Who knows.  They are still actively blogging so are quite alive and well, trading with others and sharing recent trades.  No, I don’t believe they have forgotten me.

They're likely just an ...
Trades deserve to be acknowledged. (See Case B)  I am a slow poster but we know this. What is important though, in the very least, is confirmation of receipt.  Someone took their resources and time to select and package cards or send a PWE.  A timely emailed or twittered thank you only takes a moment.  

Thank you?
CASE C:   What's terrible here? ME! How long it’s taken to get a return package to our Canadian friend Buckstore Cards!!  Doug has been more than patient and likely gave up on me.  I admit this here and now to avoid any sense of hypocrisy.  I am human and messed up. In November, Doug sent cards as a Supercollector.  His return address was washed out. I could only see the package was from Canada.  I’ve owed him cards for a LONG time, likely a year but he still sent another package.   I recently sent a small box to Canada in an effort to make amends.  Doug, I owed you an apology and this message was sent to you privately but I’m sharing it here too.  I am so sorry for overlooking you!

It was her fault.
My point in sharing these stories is to focus on the intentions of the recipient or sender.  I’ll leave Cases A and B for your discernment.  Were these instances of dishonesty, human fallibility or discourteousness?  Regarding Case C, I take full responsibility for my inaction.  Those who know me fairly well surely know I am sincere.

To those who’ve been recipients of ‘no strings’ packages, please know this vent is not directed towards you in anyway.  I will continue to send cards with no expectations to those with whom I have an established trading relationship.  Giving without expectations = gift.  Gift is self-explanatory. 

Have any of you experienced A or B, and if so – how did you handle it?  What's your call?  I’d love to read your responses. 


Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Completely Overdue, Highly Worthwhile Trade

A long time - more than a year ? - passed between Brian and me without a trade.   Not because I didn't have a stash of Twinsies for him.  I spent 9 months out of touch with the blogs.  It's taken awhile to make up for the lost time.  With a slap on their backs, I packed up the Minn Twins and wished them best of luck.   I'm not sure what these fellas told Brian upon arrival but he whipped out a grand package in return.   I guess the boys were happy with their new home!  I know these fellas are:

Pretty in Pink - and black and foil
These cards are sharp - and not just around the edges!  I'm particularly fond of the 2011 Lineage foil Cobb .  I've mentioned on more than one occasion this design would've been a great one for Flagship.

Nick is the lone Tiger

This is a great grouping of rarely seen cards: 94 Stadium Club Members Only; 1990 Baseball Card Magazine Fielder and 84 All Star Parrish.  Someone did a nice trim job on Fielder!!

2003 UD 40 Million Trillion Men

Ty Cobb = Electric!  Bazooka Al and Two Ginter JVs

A clean 206 Sizemore auto and Munson's spikes!  Yikes!  I coulda put my eye out on this one!

Specifically Pacific Legends

I've been a fan of history since childhood.  It was always my favorite subject in school.  Yes, I am THAT nerdy kid.   These cards find a home in Julie's Big Binder of World History, currently at six pages.

    1958 Topps - love that Tiger mascot!    1954 Bowman - so clean!   Freakin' 1941 PlayBall!!

These cards represent only a portion of Brian's kindness.  I will share one more - an oddball.  I love this card because it's local to me, an apparent giveaway from 1976.  The Troy Hilton is long gone as is any Sports Collectors Convention in Michigan. There is a Midwest Sports Spectacular in Ohio each year in January.  Not the best time of year for a road trip but possibly worth the challenge!

Brian, let's not wait so long to do this again!  Thank you for these cards!!!

His highly subjective blog posts are worth every bit of your time!  You'll learn something new, or find a great conversation and chuckle there!

Look for my next post - Dupe, Dump or Dwindle: Round One.  My player collections are changing or disappearing altogether.  Will you want these cards?  There's a catch! 

Thanks for reading!

In Memoriam: the 2018 Detroit Tigers

Monday, February 12, 2018

Fuji, Fuji, Fuji Do You Love Me?

Guess you could say that title is a bit forward.  Perhaps to say 'he likes me, he really likes me' is more appropriate.  Fuji is one of the good guys.  He's just a downright decent fella.  There are several of you out there and I'm most fortunate to be in your hobby circle - but this post is about Fuji.

Back in November, he sent a package that Jeter'd, Cobbed and Berra'd me in cards.  He threw in some Posey, Piazza and Gehrig, and a little Munson.

Great additions to the PCs!  My collection continues to be more catcher focused.  We'll forgive Jeter for not wearing the tools of ignorance.

I thought Yogi would live forever.  His Aflac appearances showed him sharp and full of vigor.  He is one of my all-time favorite baseball personalities.  I miss Yogi.  The 72 style mini is sweet!

Lou - one of heaven's great ballplayers - and another Yank!  

Tiger materials!!  So many little jersey swatches.    Maybe when I am old, I can stitch my swatch collection into a quilt.  Hmmm, better get started now. 

The great and oft misunderstood Ty Cobb.  He's one of my absolute favorites to collect.  I love this postal stamp!  

Munson, yet another Yankee great!  I don't like the Yankees.  Looking through my collection,  you'd never know this.

Fuji is a man of many talents.  Teacher, blogger, collector, trader - his blog is worth your time.  He contributes more than sports knowledge.  With each post, Fuji leaves you with a bit of himself.  I like you Fuji.  I really like you.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Devil and Daniel's Cardshop

I'm backed up. More than a personal problem, it's a trade post problem!  Here I am,  still celebrating summer with a package that dates back to August!

So what's the devil to do with my problem? Who doesn't want an netherworldly entity to blame for their problems? I'm certainly having a devil of a time finding the time to post anything at all.   It's too easy to credit Mr. Fallen for my poor time-management skills but I will when possible. It is certainly unfair to those awaiting some share time.

Daniel sent a nice lot of cards in August then followed it up with yet another in December, making my head spin.  [Insert Linda Blair joke here.]  The first package contained a crazy big batch of 92 Topps Micros.  These are fun little cards!  Not sure how I'm going to store them so for now they're team-bagged.  Who knew there were so many tiny Tigers?

Mr. Mischievous [not to be confused with said devil] sent another thoughtful package in December too, just because.  What can I say but thank you?

Who ordered the Piazza?

36 Piazzas in all.  I needed every single one of them.  How the devil did Daniel know this? Here are a few faves:

Daniel sent the base 03 Leaf along with the parallel 'Passing Through Time."   The front photos are the same but the parallel back features the front of his 1994 Leaf base card.

Looking a bit lot like 71 Topps, 2002 UD Vintage is easily one of my favorite Upper Deck designs. Topps didn't share these feelings.  I miss the competition.

The 2004 Leather and Lumber Rivals above is #d/2499.  Wow, what a rivalry too - most of us know about the incident from the 2000 World Series. If not, you can find it here I'm curious to know your thoughts - did Clemens throw the bat barrel at Piazza, or sincerely believe he was throwing the ball?

There were shiny blue foil parallels:

And yet another gem in this package.  From 2012 Tribute Retired Remnants #/99, Mr. Al Kaline:

This card has the WOW factor, gorgeous in-hand!   Daniel, it really is like having a card shop, shipped right to my door.  Thank you for the great trade!  You know we'll do it again!

In the meantime,  the devil continues to give me grief regarding the lack of space available to store cards I want to keep.  I made a nice little box for a giveaway but can't seem to drum up much interest.  This makes the cloven-hoofed heel wail at me with laughter.  I'm not advertising within post titles this year, shouting CONTEST HERE.  Not that it won't happen but readers should be rewarded.  Those who commented on my last post are duly noted and time runs nigh. I plan to stick it to the red guy.  He'll soon be looking for another gig.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Summer Lingers On

Hey Everybody!  Where you been???  Me?  Oh, just clinging to summer.  Until I share trade packages received in August and September, summer lingers on.  Yes. I have the power to stop winter, should I choose!   Packages are scanned, ready for public viewing but what's more important - to share your generosity? or  to enjoy eighty degree days during a Michigan January?   I can show off these cards this Spring!  [Note, I did NOT say it was 80 degrees IN Michigan.]

Some fun things happened over the summer.  For instance, I now have a personalized car tag:

Isn't that a sweet plate?  Unfortunately, it's not mine.  No, someone beat me to it.  Perhaps the owner's a crazy cat lady? Hard to guess by the riff-raff that unloaded from this van.  With my first tag choice taken, I had to go with the second:

I'm a gal who loves her cars!  The Baja is the only foreign model I've ever owned.  As a rule, I'm a Mopar woman with an affection for Mustangs.  Go figure.

Goodbye Tall Man
This summer, I said goodbye to the Gibraltar Trade Center.  No sooner had I discovered the monthly card show, the doors were locked one last time.  During this final visit, I picked up  a few hundred cards, mostly for trading.  $14 for these fun items:

A friend and I made the hour trip over to the Taylor Town Center in September to see Tiger great Willie Horton.   He is slowing down these days but Willie's smile is vibrant and voice strong.  He still has a nice handshake too:

Willie's sweet signature!
I also put together another contest box for an October giveaway but never found the time to tease you with it.  Thanksgiving came and went.  Before I knew it, Christmas was here.  Now it's 2018.  Is this box still relevant?  These cards are all dupes from my collection or cards previously traded; sad and neglected.   Wanna peek?

Who feels sorry for these cards? The old deckles have some wear and tear.  (So do I at nearly the same age!)   

I have another 4000 count box ready for the Salvation Army.  I donate cards regularly, packing the boxes with rookies, stars and minimal dupes, with this odd fantasy that someone is just waiting for my cards to show up on the shelves.  At the Army's $6 - $10 pricing, these boxes are a steal.   Yes, I do have card fantasies.  

You'll be seeing a few posts on the changing direction of my collection.  I have begun player elimination rounds: dupes, deletes or scaling back of certain player collections.  Most cards will be base or low-end inserts.  Perhaps you'll want some of these??  

In Michigan, summers will always be too short.  I've lived in OK and TX, where summer stretched on for weeks.  I'm learning to embrace every moment here, each time that glorious ball of orange rises into the sky.  

A recent morning commute