Monday, 15 October 2018

RLC Custom Card Project: Jim Czajkowski

The Player: I am still shocked I found a picture of Jim Czajkowski with the Rockies just recently after looking off and on for years (yes the project has been going on for at least 8 years off and on and in several different forms). He is kind of the embodiment of the project, a journey-man reliever, veteran of 558 minor league games over 12 seasons with 6 different organizations, makes his MLB debut at ager 30, pitching in 5 games with the 1994 Rockies, then back to the minors. Not a resume that get a lot of cardboard love. The weird thing is I actually, and kind of accidentally,  have a real card of his, as a pitching coach for the Vancouver Canadians from a team set I bought at a game there in 2013.

The Card: I am almost scared to admit it, but I was never in love with 1975 Topps, it just seemed a little over the top for me, but after spending some time on the custom, the design grew on me, purple and green just kind of work somehow. I can't say I will rush out to build the 1975 set, but will say I am very happy with how this custom came out.

The Project: Rockies Legacy Collection custom project to make digital cards of Rockies players who never had one issued.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Rockies Topps Now Player's Weekend Review

Sometimes I really don'y know myself. I say I don't like Topps Now and I really wasn't too sure about Players Weekend, but here I am buying Topps Now cards of Players Weekend cards.

I bought this set last year when I didn't really like the Rockies road grey jerseys, but this year I really liked the home black and purple, so I didn't hesitate to pick up the set. 

Although this year was not a straight forward as this year. Last year was a 5 card set. Simple. This year was a five card set, but if you bought 5 sets you got a bonus card and if you bought 10 sets you got two bonus cards. Fearing the cost on the secondary market, and the scarceness of some Topps Now Cards (I am still looking for the Neshek from last years post-season set), I was suckered into the ten sets and two bonus cards. So if anyone wants to buy a set from me, I have 9 for sale.

Also, like last year, the Rockies had a 6 game winning streak, so another bonus card will be on it's way, which is a plus.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

TCDB Trade (aka Tradin' with Canadians)

My first trade with fellow Canuck and big time trader over on TCDB, sandyrusty. Spending some time on the trade/want list is starting to pay off with some bigger trades, and this was one of the bigger ones I have done. Starting with finishing off the 1994 O-Pee-Chee Rockies team set. I didn't even know about this set until a few years ago, nice to have it done.

Monday, 24 September 2018

I Buy Weird Stuff

Maybe I have too much time on my hands, maybe I am just drawn to weirdness. Juan Rincon never did get a Rockies card for his 28 games with Colorado across the 2009 and 2010 seasons, other than this Venezuelan card that I know nothing about other than it was on eBay, and I bought it. The listing has it as a 2018 card, but I am sure I saw one before this year. The back has no stats or year so I really have no idea how to catalog this. It does look and feel like a card card, although I am not sure if the position "P" is supposed to be "distressed" looking or just a print error.

Friday, 21 September 2018


A quick little Sportlots mail-day that is severely lacking a witty title. As with most Sportlots orders there was one card I really wanted, then the rest just filled it out to make shipping worthwhile. The main card was the above Tim Cheveldae, a good Saskatchewan boy and former Saskatoon Blade, I didn't remember him being with the Bruins, probably because he only played two games for them. I know nothing about this release other than it has a playing card back and I assume it's the hockey version of the Showdown MLB and NFL releases. 

Monday, 17 September 2018

One Card Mailday (Topps Now Edition)

I have a love-hate relationship with Topps Now, I love the "moment in time" cards, but the price always throws me off, $10 plus shipping to Canada or processing through COMC is a lot for me, so I was mostly limited to picking them on the secondary market. I probably would have done the same with this one, but it came out the same time as the Player's Weekend set, so it shared shipping with that order, and surprisingly the Spring Training code from the Mike Trout came that came out in the spring still worked.

Monday, 10 September 2018

RLC Custom Card Project: Matt Nokes

The Player: Maybe not a household name, but a player that put together a pretty solid career, probably best know for hitting 32 home runs as a rookie with the Tigers in 1987, playing in his only All-Star game and being awarded the American League Silver Slugger at Catcher that year. Also played 5 years for the Yankees, catching Jim Abbott's no-hitter in 1993. 1995 would be his last year in the majors, starting with Baltimore and finishing with the Rockies, playing in 10 games with one start.

The Card: 1978 Topps has been a set that I fought with for a while, never really figuring out the font. Eventually Topps would do the work for me with the "On Demand Inspired by '78" set, the first time the Rockies were using in this design. 

Thursday, 6 September 2018


A rare PWE trade, only 4 cards, but some stuff I am pretty happy to get. Starting with this 2015 Update J.T. Realmuto. This is his first base Topps cards, but no Rookie Card logo. COMC lists this as his rookie card, but he did have a Panini/Donruss card in 2014 with a RC logo, weird that Topps would acknowledge the Panini rookie and leave the logo off this, makes for an interesting card.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Gearing up for Hockey with a Trade

Baseball is in the pennant race and NFL is only days away, so it's easy to forget hockey season is creeping up. The most recent trade reminded of this, (and that I need to get my skates sharpened and buy a new roll of stick tape). Some new Cam Neelys with an All-Star sticker featuring a Reggie Lemelin cameo and a Stadium Club with my favorite Bruins alternate jerseys from the NHL's 75th season.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Cards from SCFTDS

We all know and love him, Sportscards From The Dollar Store, one of the more prolific traders around, and lucky for me a fellow Canadian that we can send packages back and forth without crazy shipping costs. His most recent package arrived full of good stuff as usual, here are a few of the highlights. Starting with some Pro Debut, I don't usually collect minor league stuff, but I really should. Who could pass up Hartford Yard Goats and Albuquerque Isotopes?