Thursday, October 20, 2016

Subset Wantlists - Ginter and Football

Whereas most of my posts focus on my primary love ("Royals"), I am true to my blog-name and still seek out appropriate "Randoms" that catch my eye.  Below are several subsets that I have been leisurely collecting for awhile now.  If you have anything that can help push me a little closer toward completing any of these, that would be much appreciated.  Thank you.

(all cards listed are ones that I still NEED)

Allen and Ginter

2011 Allen and Ginter - Minds That Made The Future - 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 18, 19, 25, 28, 29, 32, 33, 35, 37, 40

2012 Allen and Ginter - Historical Turning Points - 2, 8, 10, 15, 19

2013 Allen and Ginter - One Little Corner - CM, ER, ERT, JPT, MS, MY, SUN

2015 Allen and Ginter - Mini First Ladies - 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41


2011 Topps Football - Faces of the Franchise - JM (Jackson/McCoy), RW (Ryan/White)

2011 Topps Football - Game Day - BF, BG, BR, CJ, CN, CW, DB, DBR, DM, EM, FG, JA, JF, JW, MI, MR, MV, PH, PM, PW, RW, SB, TP

Monday, September 19, 2016

I've Been Framed!!

Guys, you've got to help me -- I've been framed!

No, not like that.

And no, not like that, either.

Like THIS.

Robert from $30 a Week Habit offered these to me on Twitter and I jumped at the chance.  They are the blue framed parallels from this year's Gypsy Queen...showing off the majesty of the WORLD CHAMPIONS OF BASEBALL (for now.....).  They arrived at my casa this week and will be inducted into their permanent home.  Thank you so much, Robert!

Friday, August 5, 2016

2016 Topps Olympics - Opening Ceremonies Hit

In celebration of the Opening Ceremonies, I picked up some 2016 Olympics cards from Target.  My son and I each got to pick one pack to open tonight. I didn't pull much of anything, but James pulled a Simone Biles USA flag patch card, limited to 99.  Nice hit--USA!! USA!!  #NextGenerationCollecting

Simone Biles - USA Flag Patch #/99

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fernando Rodney's Checkup

Hi Fernando,
Dr. Blogger here.  Thanks for coming in for your annual examination.  We're going to be testing your knowledge of body parts today... specifically one particular part.  Let's get started.

Fernando, could you please point to your left shoulder for me?

Great job.  And this time, how about you point to your left shoulder?

Excellent.  Everything seems to be in order here, so I think we're done.  Get yourself dressed and make sure you stop at the desk on the way out to handle your copay.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

So, I Yelled At A Pack-Searcher...

Sorry, no pretty pictures of cards in this post.

Well, I finally ran into one of them.  The much-discussed, possibly-apocryphal diviners of hits....the ever-elusive pack-searcher.

I was in the Westlake Village Target store picking up a prescription, so I hopped over to the card aisle to see if anything caught my eye.  I was looking at repacks when another fellow came along to look.  I graciously stepped to the side so we could both have some space.  He was white, about early-to-mid thirties, about 5'10", with a black beard and stocky build.  His T-Shirt was stylistically reminiscent of those "Tapout" shirts, but I can't recall what it said.

While I was looking, my wife called me on the phone, so I stepped down to the end of the aisle -- away from the cards -- to take the call.  While I was down there on the phone, I noticed that he had proceeded to take all of the Topps Platinum Football hanging "Value Packs" down off the rack.  Those are the ones that look like this:

This seemed unusual to me, but not nefarious.  As you can see, they always pack 3 extra parallels in those types of packs, and often you can see through the wrapper as to what player/team you are getting on 1 or 2 of the cards.  I don't have a problem with that...if Topps puts it in clear cellophane, that's not hurting anyone to look and see if you have one of your favorite team on the top.  He was "holding" each one, then putting them back.  He didn't set any aside to buy.

At this point, my call ends, so I got back over to the card aisle and started looking at repacks again.  At this point, he walks over to the retail box of Panini "Decision 2016" political cards and pulls a giant stack of them out of the box...probably 10-12 packs.  These things are pretty thin, and he proceeds to take one pack, with an end in each hand, and gives it the most-severe bend I have ever seen given to a pack.  He probably gave it about a 45-degree arc bend, then threw it back in the box.  Then I watched him do it again.  On the third pack, I finally speak-up to the pack-searcher, aka "PS":

Me:  "Hey, please don't bend the cards."

PS:  <turning and smiling> "Oh, I'm not."

Me:  "Yes, you are.  I just saw you do it to three packs.  It's obvious you're pack-searching, and that's not cool."

The PS's face got a lot more serious in that instant, and he goes:  "Hey, just mind your own business, OK?"

Me:  "What you're doing is not cool.  Please stop."

--I was hoping he would just throw the cards back and leave to avoid a confrontation, as many others have found when confronting a pack-searcher.  However, this guy was not deterred. --

PS:  "Leave me alone.  Don't worry about what I'm doing.  It doesn't concern you."

Me:  "Yes it does.  When I buy packs that have creases down the sides or the corners all dinged up from pack-searchers, that concerns me."

PS:  "I don't do that."

Me:  "Well, when you're bending cards like that, they're gonna take some damage."

PS:  <Takes a step toward me>  "Just leave me alone, go over there or something."

Me:  "Or what?"

PS:  <mockingly>  "Or what?"

Me:  "This is wrong what you are doing and you need to stop.  Just to get a hot pack to put on Ebay?  Just stop, man."

PS:  "Fuck you."

And with that, he just turned away and ignored me and went back to looking at the wall of cards, never to make eye-contact again.  He stopped searching them, but just stood there.   I could tell it was a standoff where he wasn't going to move and was just waiting for me to leave before he did anything again, and if I told anyone about it, he would look like he was just standing there.  I had to roll anyway, so with that, I left the store.


After the fact, I kept thinking about this incident.
1)  I really wish I hadn't made it so confrontational from the get-go.  I have never had this experience before, so I just sprung into action without any real plan.  It would have been enlightening to actually have a discussion with find out if he was a collector or just a "Ebay Mercenary."

2)  Either I should have tried to calm the situation and get him to talk, or gone full scorched-earth and pulled out my camera phone to take pictures and videos of him to post online.  This never once occurred to me while I was actually talking to him.  Only when I was gone did this enter my mind.

3)  Would Target management have wanted to know about this?  Would they have done anything about it?  My guess is no, but I couldn't say for sure.  I assume this feels like a much bigger violation to me than it would to them.

4)  I really need to come up with better reasons than, "That's not cool, man."  :-)


So, dear blog readers....what do you think about this?  What should I have done differently?  Have you ever run into a retail pack-searcher?  What was your result?

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter Baskets

Happy Easter!  We went to church tonight to help reduce the over-crowding usually experienced on Easter-day services.  But that doesn't mean we won't be celebrating in the morning!

One way of celebrating:  My wife prepped Easter baskets for each of my little boys...but I had to add a little something to each of theirs to really make it great. :-)  #CardIndoctrination

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