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!


  1. I don't think that I had ever seen any un-punched Pepsi discs before... pretty cool!

  2. Glad you liked the stuff and I agree those Pepsi gloves are pretty sweet.

    1. I always look forward to our trades! Thanks for the fat packages!!!

  3. That is not much free time at all. You must have a long commute. Tell your employer that in order for you to keep your sanity you must have two hours a day to devote to cards. I'm sure they will understand.

    1. When I transferred from Dallas, I knew my drive time would increase from an easy 30 minutes. Lately it's getting to me. With no accidents jamming up the roads, one hour 20 minutes every morning these days. Twice over the winter I had three hour commutes to and from work. I'm seriously thinking about finding a position elsewhere. I hate to after 15 years with my employer but my BP is through the roof these days. I'm not happy. Thank you for allowing me to vent Matt! Two hours a day for cards would be a stress breaker!!!

    2. Is your employer progressive? If so, perhaps you could request a change to 4 slightly longer work days over 5 slightly shorter work days. I'm grasping at straws for you. I understand what it is like to wake up with dread for the day ahead. I am so thankful those days are over.

    3. My firm brags about flexibility. The Leadership in each office determines who flexes and in what way. I would work four 10 hour days for three day weekends. Not an option. I can work from home occasionally but not often enough to ease the commute. I do appreciate the input. Somethings got to give. Short of a miracle, my days there are numbered.

  4. I know......just give up eating, bathing, and sleep. That way you can play with your cards. JK, I know how important sleep is.....LOL.

    1. i can miss a meal or two easily. Funny when I'm playing with cards, I do forget the time and have missed a meal or two. I made up for it somewhere along the way tho. Sleep is a must - and I do like being clean. Yep, the job has to go! I see no other choice here.

  5. I Need to catch up on my mail days like this lol

  6. Thanks so much for the post. Took me a month to see it since I've been completely ignoring cards and the blogs for about two months.

    Great to keep trading with you!

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