Monday, May 30, 2016

Matt's Majestic Mound of Magnificent Mail

Well, certainly had to make sure I spelled "mail" correctly.

The cards came from Matt of Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits...

...a long, long time ago. Like, at least 6 months ago.

Black Allen & Ginter is so so sexy.  I'm now just one Zim shy of 250.

I'm also now one shy of 250 BJs, thanks to these cards:

Matt is so awesome, you might even say that amber is the color of his energy, since I now have 311 David Wrights:

You didn't think he sent me an unripped rippy did you?  Since I've pulled a handful of rip cards, ripped them and sold them, I was glad to get a ripped rip for my collection.

Matt loaded me up with Black A&G which is awesome.  I'm closing in on 100 Cuddyers.  Now that he's retired, that number probably won't be growing too much.

The blue bowman Justin is some kind of reprint refractor thingy, you know, because Bowman isn't confusing enough.

Mini no number of J-UP.  Fantastic Gintery goodness in this package.

Last but not least, a gold Scotty.  I have 173 unique Scott Sizemore cards I've had a long dry spell of acquiring his cards now that I'm closing in on all of the non-1/1 cards.

Thanks Matt!

Friday, May 27, 2016

In with the old and in with the new

I recently made two purchases that completed my Topps #3 Collection...until 2017 anyway.

I picked up 2016 Topps #3, Richie Shaffer:

Seeing the RC logo made me wonder how many of the #3 cards are rookies.  Then I started wondering about other stats within the cards: how many HRs hit by all the players, how many total players can be seen, etc.  I could probably milk a bunch of posts from that collection, you know, if I still blogged regularly.

Shaffer has hit 4 total HR in the pros so far.  Only one player is featured on the card.  It's a rookie card.  See, fun stuff.

Now I get to show the last card I got for my collection.  It was the one I just hadn't sprung for until recently when I found a decent price on eBay.  Naturally, a 1952 was the last card I needed:

129 HR, one player on the card, not a rookie.  But what a fantastic card.  Interesting fact: Hank died exactly 13 years after the day he played his final game.

Anyone else have ideas on interesting things to look at for all of the #3 cards?

(That question is posed partially to gather ideas and partially to gauge whether anyone actually reads this blog anymore)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Riddle me this.

Hello blogger, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains within the smell of cardboard

These cards were sent to me by Mr. Riddle of some time last year.  I'm a deadbeat blogger, so I'm just not showing them.

That's my 70th Vick, 4th Chancellor, 97th Cuddyer, 247th and 248th BJs, 309th Wright, 192nd and 193rd Verlanders, and 248th Zimmerman.  Those number amaze me because I know where I started when I first created this blog.  Generosity is never overrated.

MMmmMMmmmmmM chipz.  Gold chipz.  Or, I guess, chip.  My 190th Justin Upton card and first Justin Upton Chipz.

I love the Adibi, Williams, and Harris autos, especially since I was more than likely at those games.  The Logan Thomas is clearly that photographer's best work.  That said, I love it.  The Kevin Jones jersey is my 7th Jones jersey, goes perfectly with the parallel version I have.  I find it very annoying when I have a parallel but lack the base version.  That pair is now complete.

Thanks for the cards...sorry for taking so long to post!

People writing blogs
That voices never share
And no one dare
Disturb the smell of cardboard.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Forgotten but not lost...

In my last post about my trade with Greg of Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle, I completely forgot to post this fantastic Joe Saunders card.

I have no idea how I forgot it.  It's in my photobucket right next to all of the other scans.  It's in the text file I used to log the cards as I opened the package.  It's not in that post.

I assumed I had included everything, then came across Greg's comment on the trade post:

I immediately assumed Greg was mistaken as I strictly operate under the assumption that I am always right and everyone else is always not.  However, in this one single solitary case, I was...

...always going to post it in its own post after the original post, and Greg is just impatient.  I'm never wrong.

On a lighter note, I didn't already have this Joe Saunders card.  For those who don't know, Joe Saunders went to Virginia Tech, which means he is probably always right, too.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Plaschke, thy cards are needed.

I recently completed yet another trade with Greg of Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle.  In his package, he requested that I do a breakdown of what cards I actually needed, just like I did for the Night Owl package.

I suppose I can do that.

First player up: David Wright.  I already have a handful of the Fathead cards (though I tend to keep them all, just like the Topps of the Class cards.  The Trading Card History card is also not unique to my collection.  However, the 2011 Topps Factory Set Limited Edition is absolutely something I needed.  I really didn't see a way I would acquire them, so I'm thrilled to add it to my collection. That puts my D.Wright collection up to 308.  1-for-3 so far.

Again, the FSLE card was needed, while the 2011 OD card was not. 57 Reynoldseseses.  2-for-5 is still a great day.

8 cards and Greg bats .500 here.  The cards from 2013, 2014, and 2015 were all needed.  I stopped buying as much baseball in the past couple of years, so I'm glad to land some in a trade.  The FSLE was also needed. 6-for-13 on the day thus far and up to 189 Justin Upton cards.

It's not everyday that I get a package with 9 Cuddyers.  I want to grow my Cuddyer collection quite a bit, and his success in recent years has certainly helped.  Of these, I needed the Red Border, 2010 Opening Day, Stadium Club, FSLE, and 2014 leaders. That gets me to 96 Cuddyers. Greg pulls to 11-for-22.

Add the Topps 60 Zim to the list of cards I've gotten recently that I would have sworn I already had.  Apparently I didn't.  I also didn't have the FSLE or the 2015 base. That gives me 247 Zims.  14-for-27.

Yet another FSLE for the collection.  I really am stoked to add those to my collection.  I have 30+ of that Starquest card.  It's just one of those cards that happens to be in every package. BJ trails Zim by just one card.  15-for-29.

As I mentioned in the Night Owl post, it's going to be nearly impossible for someone to send me a Sizemore I don't already have.  15-for-31.

In addition to PC cards, Greg also sent a plethora of Nats cards:

He also sent a few cards for my VT collection:

Who wouldn't want to be friends with that smile?  I already had the card, but who cares?  It's a happy card.  I seriously love Bruce.  My daughter bobbles a Bruce Smith bobblehead every night before going to bed.  I'm 100% serious.

New D.Hall #17 for my collection.

Last but not least, a couple of Vick National Trading Card Day cards.  I already had the Upper Deck one, but needed the Topps version.  I now have 69 Vicks.  Hehehe 69.

So, the final tally is 17-for-35, or a batting average of .486.  So, while he didn't touch Night Owl's record batting average of .632, he did add a record number of cards (17)*.

Thanks, Greg!

*records only include trade packages received since October 2015.  Yeah, so not a long time but a record is record.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Night Owl Effect

If you're reading my blog and you don't know Night Owl, then you need to reevaluate your life.  He is the undisputed king of all card bloggers.  His posts are always insightful and unique.  Therefore, I'd like to define two card blogging theories inspired by Night Owl:

The Night Owl Effect: A phenomenon where a card blogger devotes far more time and effort toward writing a trade post simply because the cards were sent by Night Owl.

Example:  Fellow blogger Stealing Home recently posted a trade package from Night Owl.  It took him 2 posts (Part 1, Part 2).  That same blogger once created a trade post that captured three trades in one single post.

The Night Owl Syndrome: A phenomenon where you read a Night Owl post and instantly think you have a bunch of good ideas to blog about.  Ultimately, after repeatedly trying to develop crisp fresh content and wasting several midnight hours (because there has to be something to that night owl thing), you say "screw it" and enter the seven stages of grief.  Shock ("I really thought I had a good idea"), denial ("No, it's not over, I can do this"), bargianing, guilt ("I should have tried harder in school"), anger ("Damn YOU, NIGHT OWL!!!"), depression ("I'm never going to be like Night Owl. He's a stud, and I'm just a stinky piece of donkey poopoo"), and acceptance.

Dammit, I'm making this a good post.  It's going to be interesting.  It's going to have a theme.  It's going to be completely fantastic.   I'm also going to cheat and use Night Owl's words to get me started.

In case you can't read it, it says, "Hey Adam, You have an incredible ability to collect what I don't.  Here's hoping you need more than 2 cards in this package. -Greg (N.O.)"

Well, let's just put those two sentences to the test.

1. "You have an incredible ability to collect what I don't."

Night Owl collects Dodgers.  I collect Scott Sizemore, David Wright, Justin Upton, BJ Upton, Ryan Zimmerman, Justin Verlander, Michael Cuddyer, and Mark Reynolds.  Together, they have played for the Tigers, Athletics, Yankees, Mets, Diamondbacks, Braves, Padres, Rays, Twins, Rockies, Orioles, Indians, Brewers, and Cardinals.  That's 14 teams, and no Dodgers.

Night Owl collects 1975 Topps Minis.  I collect Topps Flagship #3 cards.

There are currently no baseball sets on which both he and I are working.

So I'd say, in general, his statement is correct.  Of course, if you know Night Owl, you know he is a Bills fan.  I'm a Virginia Tech fan.  Tyrod Taylor went to VT and plays for the Bills.  Crazy, I know.

2. "Here's hoping you need more than 2 cards in this package."

Well, let's find out.

2012 Topps Scott Sizemore
I didn't need it.  To be fair, it would be extremely difficult for someone to find a Scott Sizemore I didn't have.  I currently own 165 of 172 non-1/1 Scott Sizemore cards.  If you take out off-brand and minor league team-issued cards (Tristar/Choice/etc.).  I only need three cards: 2010 Topps Pro Debut Futures Game Patch #/5, 2013 Topps Factory Set Orange #/230, and 2013 Topps Mini #496 Black #/5.

2014 Bowman Justin Verlander
Needed it.  Cards from 2014 and 2015 are a pretty safe bet since I have slowed my collecting recently.  This is my 191st unique Verlander.

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Mark Reynold Ginter Code Parallel
Needed it.  These are easily some of the most unique parallels out there. This is my 56th Mark Reynolds card.

2012 Topps Chrome David Wright
Needed it.  I was actually surprised I didn't have this yet.  This is my 307th David Wright.  Really wish he could have won a ring this year.  

2013 Topps Archives David Wright
Didn't need it.  I would have bet money that I would have needed this one and not the 2012 Chrome. For those not keeping track, Night Owl is 3-for-5 so far in this trade.

2010 Topps Justin Upton Peak Performance
Didn't need it.

2014 Topps Heritage Justin Upton
Needed it.

2010 Topps BJ Upton Attax Code Card
Didn't need it.  Conservative estimate: I own 20 of this card.

2012 Topps Chrome BJ Upton
Needed it.  2012 Chrome strikes again.  I thought I had this.  Turns out I had the refractor but not the base card.  It is unbelievably satisfying to get the base card when you already have a parallel. This is BJ #245.

2013 Topps Update Michael Cuddyer ASG
Needed it.  This was my first 2013 Cuddyer.  Night Owl is 6-for-10 through just over half of the package.  I now have 89 Cuddyers.

2013 Topps Update Michael Cuddyer HRD
Needed it.  Make that 90.

2014 Bowman Michael Cuddyer
Needed it.  Make that 91.

2009 Upper Deck First Edition Ryan Zimmerman
Needed it.  I rarely get cards from 2007-2010 that I don't already have.  This is the second such card in this package alone.  This is my 243rd Zimmerman. He's closing in on my BJ mark.

2010 Topps Ryan Zimmerman Attax Code Card
Didn't need it.

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Ryan Zimmerman Hometown Heroes
Didn't need it.  That's 9-for-15 so far.

2013 Topps Ryan Zimmerman Wal-Mart Blue Border
Didn't need it.  Night Owl should have shopped at Target.

2014 Topps Archives Ryan Zimmerman
Needed it.  That makes 244 Zims.

2007 Fleer Ultra Conor Jackson
Needed it.  I now need 57 more cards to complete my set.

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Co¿nc?dence RMS Carmania & SMS Cap Trafalgar
Needed it.  This was the top card for me in the package.  I'm now just 4 cards shy of finishing the Co¿nc?dence set.  That means Night Owl was 12-for-19 in this package.  That is a really good percentage for a package these days.  He definitely exceeded his hopeful goal of two.

If you don't know the story behind the RMS Carmania and SMS Cap Trafalgar, allow me to read the back for you:

"During World War I, the German cruise liner SMS Cap Trafalgar secretly was converted to a warship in order to patrol the seas disguised as the British cruise liner RMS Carmania.  One problem: the RMS Carmania had been converted, too, and sank the German vessel."

In other words, you can strive to be someone else, but the original will always blow you out of the water.  

Thanks for being the original, Night Owl, and thanks for the cards.