Thursday, September 28, 2017

Four Packs To Be Named Later




I recently did a four-pack series of 2017 NFL retail football cards for A Pack To Be Named Later.  You can see them all at the links below.

In order of my personal preference:
2017 Score Football
2017 Donruss Football
2017 Panini Prestige Football
2017 Panini Football

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

20,000 Cards - Box 2 - All Layers

Hello to the Blogosphere!  This has never been a blog that was big on video posts, but I have one for you today.  My in-laws took my sons to their house for the week, so I had both the time and the safety to sort out another of the boxes from my 20,000 card purchase.  See it below, and let me know:  What is your favorite set or favorite player from all the ones I pulled out of this box?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Don't CALL 1 (877) CARD MLB

Working through the 2nd giant box of my 20,000 cards purchase, I came across this card...well, actually there were four of them together.

Front:

Back:

The card features Sosa, Ichiro, Randy Johnson, Piazza, Jeter, and Pedro, and instructs us to call 1 (877) CARD MLB to find a card shop near us.  This is from 2002, and has MLBPA and MLB licenses.  It might have come from 2002 MLB Showdown?  There were quite a few Showdown cards around it.

2002 was the year I graduated college.  This card was a vestige of the era where the internet was rapidly becoming well-developed, but there were still many people (like my parents) who were on dial-up connections who still used the phone for most things.  Only 20% of Americans had broadband at that point.  This is pre-iPhone by five years.

Anyway, this morning, I wondered....IS THIS LINE STILL WORKING?  Does MLB have some bored intern manning a phone line waiting for people to ask where the nearest card shop is?  Or is it just a recorded message telling everyone that card shops don't exist anymore and you can only get cards at Target?

So, I called it.  I was hoping for a live person.  Otherwise, a recording telling me where I could buy cards.  Mostly I expected a "this line has been disconnected" error message.  What I got was even worse.

MLB has abandoned this line.  It has been taken over by a scam company offering "free" cruises (you just pay them some "small" FEES, of course) and "free" medical alert systems to prey on the elderly.  Because the elderly are the only people who call 800 numbers anymore.  (Sorry if I offended anyone out there.)

Does anyone remember calling this line?  I hope you aren't relying on this anymore.  If you are ever out-and-about and urgently need to find a card shop, just give me a call.  I'll be happy to point you in the right direction.  :-)


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stealing Home Every Night

I've been away for awhile, but had to jump in and post two gift packages that recently landed in my mailbox.

First, Peter at "Baseball Every Night" was giving away team slots from his recent Series 2 purchase, so I snatched up the Royals from that. 

My fave pickups here were the Alex Gordon gold parallel, along with a Matt Strahm insert.

There were lots of new cards to me here -- good to see a card of Cheslor Cuthbert -- but can't help but wonder why Peter O'Brien got a card when he never made the 25-man roster for us and was waived by us in May (then waived by the Reds....then waived by the Rangers...).

Thank you so much, Peter!  Everyone remember to send him your Kruk and Strawberry cards!

Right after that one came, I got one from Stealing Home at "All Trade Bait" -- He was running a Big Fun Game of his own and my selection of Lot #6 netted me a big pile of rookies.  Here were my favorites from that stack.

Everybody was so young in these pictures!  Mostly I remember Charlie Hough as the first pitcher ever for the Marlins.  He was 45 when he did that (in 1993), so I would say he had a little longevity in the game of baseball.

These are great!  Thank you, sir!!!

I may be vanishing again soon...baby #3 is due in two weeks, so who knows how that will change everything.

A bientot!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

20,000 Cards - Box 1, Layer 4

Hello Readers!  It's been awhile.


Good News:  My wife is pregnant with our third child (our first daughter)!
Bad News:  This has been a rough pregnancy for her, so I've been taking on a lot more of the care for the house and our older boys....thus minimizing my baseball cards time the last two months.  That's what's causing the delay in my posting.

However, those big boxes from my Craigslist purchase have been calling my name again, so I wanted to at least go through the last layer of Box #1 to see if there was anything else good in there.  I had originally hoped to keep a full record of each set that came out of these boxes and how many cards from each set I have.  But that was slowing me WAAAAY down so I'm scrapping that.   I'll just be posting the highlights and sets that have a significant amount of cards in case anyone is putting those sets together.  Hopefully that will get me through these a lot quicker.


Starting simply, this layer had a pretty sizable chunk of 2002 Topps flagship if anyone is looking for some of those.

Next up was a bunch of 2001 Fleer Focus Football, including a bunch of (future) Hall of Famers.  Lots of commons, too.

1969-1970 Topps Hockey - Val Fonteyne - #119
Right after those football cards, I saw this thing.  Hockey?  OLD school hockey?  What's that doing in here with all these modern sets?  I am not a hockey collector, so I have never seen anything like it before. A little research turns up that it is a 1969 Topps base card.  Still looks pretty cool to me!  That ties the Roy Hilton football card for the oldest one to come from these boxes yet.

Digging deeper, there was a decent chunk of 40-Man also...including these two guys that I do not associate with these teams at all.  Raines is an Expo and Punto is a Twin in my mind's eye.

MORE Starting Lineups!  I can't escape these!  :-)  Most of these are Starting Lineup 2 (or is that "squared"?).  Some big names on there.

This card doesn't look like much in the scan, but it's VERY nice in person.  It's 1995 Black Label, and it's printed on stock that feels a little like acetate, but is not fully clear.  It gives the picture a very crisp, HD look.  There's a dot-matrix serial number on the back, but it's pretty large, so I don't think the print run was too limited on these. 

Speaking of another card whose scan doesn't do it justice, tilting this one in the light makes that background light up like flames.  Steve is trapped in the inferno!

Right at the end of the row, when I thought the rest of this was just going to be more 1990 Topps (yes, there was more 1990 Topps), I see this one:

1964 Topps - Cubs Team Card - #237
That's a 1964!  We have a new leader for oldest card pulled.


Behind it...these two!  1962!



And then finally these!  1960!  That Yankees card has quite a few stars on it.  None of these 5 was in pristine condition, but they are still pretty nice things to add to my collection, as I do not usually go after anything older than the founding of the Royals (1969).

In conclusion, please comment below and answer one or both of these questions:
1) Which card of these do you think is the most interesting?
2) Which athlete should I name my daughter after?  Her brothers think "Luke Skywalker Girl" is a good name for her, and I need some alternatives...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

100 Words - 5 Crows

Life Cycle of a Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos):

At hatching, newborn Crows have naked skin, devoid of feathers and hair.


Shortly thereafter, feathers and other body coverings are added which turn black and the Crows develop an iridescent shine.


Between the ages of two and four, Crows reach sexual maturity and begin to breed.  Multiple smaller Crows are born in each hatching, bearing a resemblance to their parents.



The average life-span of a Crow in the wild is eight years.  Crows are susceptible to West Nile Virus and Ulnar Collateral Ligament problems.


The Crow in his natural habitat.

CAW!  CAW!








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