Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Señor McLinton

A one card mailday, but a pretty cool one. A 1977 Topps Mexican Harold McLinton, from a team set that I have been working on, off and on, for a long time. It's a little off-center, but in good shape and while not one of the "Dirty Dozen", it is still one of the harder cards in the set to come by. I hope to get this one to PSA, my dream is to PSA the whole team set, and hopefully there will be an update on that soon.

McLinton himself played for the Redskins from 1969-1978, and was named one the teams 70 Greatest Players in 2002. He died tragically in 1980. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

2017 Gypsy Queen - The Good, The Meh, and the Ugly


It has been a few weeks since 2017 Gypsy Queen dropped and having time to get used to this years offering of the only set I build every year, I came with up some thoughts on what was a very different product from past years.

The Good:
- The autographs are always gorgeous and this year they really shine with a slightly different, and in my view better design than the base cards. As with the base set, the parallels are pretty meh, but overall I am a huge fan of the autos and the checklist has a nice mix of current and retired players.
- The base card design has grown on me, it's not my favorite GQ design, but it is fine. I really dislike the top with the team name, if it was more like the auto design I would be a bigger fan. I love the card backs, the number in middle was a complaint of some, but after sorting two boxes worth of base I had no issues with it.
- The high end cards look great, booklets, auto patches and Leather and Laces all look good, but way to high end for me, for a retro style set Gypsy Queen does high end very well.

The Meh:
- The inserts were fine, but a little boring, I liked Fortune Tellers more than I thought I would. In the past we had photo-centric sets like Play at the Plate, Glove Stories and Sticky Fingers. Nothing like that this year. I really miss Glove Stories, there were some great cards in those sets.
- The parallels were a big "meh" for me, if you read this blog (or care to go back to Top Parallels posts One & Two) I like parallels that give something different and usually flashy. Leaving a players name off, taking the black out, or making the photo Black & White doesn't add anything, in fact it literally takes things away.
- The short prints going from 6 per box to 2. Less cards to chase, but less chance of pulling one, again leading to me not wanting to buy more packs.

The Ugly:
- I think 2017 Gypsy Queen will be remembered more for what it didn't have than what it did.
1. Minis and all the mini parallels - This one really bugged me, for me in the past it has added value in pc cards and trade bait. I would pick up the odd pack hoping for a cool mini, no chance of that now. I feel very certain I won't rip another pack of Gypsy Queen this year.
2. Framed parallels - These have been around since the start in 2011, and they wouldn't have been such a huge loss other than the fact this was the only set that did them, and if they were replaced by something worthwhile, but they were not.
3. Base and mini framed relics - I don't collect relics so this didn't bother me personally, removing them takes some value out of a box, but with the price drop, it's a wash.
4. Printing Plates - Did these get scrapped as well? I have seen none, just more value removed by Topps.

Summary: Overall, I am very disappointed in this years offering. I just feel Topps took a lot of the fun out of this set, comparing my wantlist to other years, I really don't care that much about anything other than the base set. I will admit, my two boxes sucked and if I had pulled a big card I might feel a but different, but if I knew this years product was so boring, I would have just bought a base set off ebay and chased the short prints. Topps if you are reading this, please, bring back mini's at least, come up with some good parallels, the mini retail foils last year were great, how about full size foil parallels, how about some acetate, even take the price back up, just please, do something interesting with it in 2018.



Thursday, 20 April 2017

Gypsy Queen Set Help


Set help going both ways between Sportscards From The Dollar Store and myself, staring one of the box loaders, I am still torn between "looks amazing" and "hard to store/display", but leaning toward looks amazing.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Remember the Astrodome / TCDB Trade

A Trading Card DB trade that I didn't realize until later was with Remember the Astrodome, giving my first taste of 2017 Heritage. I will probably never be a huge heritage fan (unless they start the use in-game photo's, or until we get to 1971) but I always like the expanded checklist that give players like Saskatchewan born and Team Canada vet Dustin Molleken cards. I also get to check Cristhian Adames' weirdly spelled name off the One of Every Rockies checklist.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

2017 Gypsy Queen Trade/Wantlist

Wantlist


Base
1, 5, 6, 7, 11, 21, 22, 25, 37, 39, 50, 51, 77, 82, 92, 95, 104, 110, 150, 152, 157, 162, 168, 175, 191, 204, 208, 211, 213, 221, 225, 228, 231, 239, 241, 244, 254, 255, 263, 267, 268, 271, 288, 290, 293, 295, 296

Short Prints
302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320

Autos
Raimel Tapia, Trevor Story, David Dahl

Green Back
David Dahl, Ian Desmond


Tradelist

Base
8, 8, 17, 27, 29, 33, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 58, 62, 64, 66, 67, 68, 69, 74, 76, 76, 80, 86, 88, 94, 97, 103, 107, 108, 109, 112, 117, 124, 127, 131, 133, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 159, 160, 161, 164, 167, 174, 176, 179, 180, 181, 182, 189, 190, 192, 193, 194, 198, 201, 206, 210, 215, 216, 218, 220, 223, 224, 227, 229, 230, 232, 234, 236, 238, 242, 243, 246, 251, 256, 257, 259, 260, 261, 262, 264, 265, 266, 269, 270, 272, 274, 275, 277, 291, 292, 298, 300

Purple
23 Blake Snell, 47 Solarte, 144 Lindor, 264 Adrian Beltre

Green Back
157 Kipnis

Missing Blackplate
100 Mookie Betts, 111 Freddie Freeman, 113 Edwin Encarnacion, 155 Max Kepler, 284 Tommy Joseph

Missing Nameplate
205 Alex Dickerson, 207 Hellickson

Original Art
CH2 Hamels, RC2 Cano, XB2 Bogaerts, RCL2 Clemens, MS1 Schezer, ZG2 Greikne

Fortune Tellers
Pujols, Trout, Cano, Ivan Rodriguez, Bregman, Lester, Hamels, Bumgarner

Purple Auto
Joe Musgrave

Glassworks
Jose Fernandez, Zack Greinke

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

2017 Gypsy Queen Box Break 2


Forgive my laziness but I am not breaking down the second box as much as the first. Mostly because they are so similar. A couple differences, box 2 contained 2 base doubles, and switch a Black & White parallel for a green back, that's about it. My box topper is Zack Greinke, despite the potential storage issues, these are very nice looking cards.

Monday, 3 April 2017

2017 Gypsy Queen Box Break 1


Just in time for Opening Day, my annual 2 boxes of Gypsy Queen show up. Topps really changed this brand up, and I will cover my thoughts on that more in my summary post, for this one I will just break down what a box gets you.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Budget Blown, Pelle Lindbergh PSA edition.

I go back and forth on grading, sometimes I think it's dumb and a waste of money, sometimes I drop over $100 on a slabbed card. This is second of the two. I think this is a new record holder for the most I have spent on a single card. As my collection fills out I am starting to value quality over quantity. This is about a quality as it gets.

A couple things sold me on this card, I have always wanted a PSA 10, it's in the new PSA case with the hologram, and Pelle Lindbergh, sadly, doesn't have many cards so it doesn't take long to build up a nice collection. I already had a decent copy from my collection as a kid, but this is a huge upgrade, and I haven't felt the buyers remorse yet (I actually got a really good deal to be honest) so that's a bonus.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Cardboard from Japan

One of my favorite e-bay sellers recently listed some Sega Card-Gen Rockies, and I could not resist. Above is currently one of my favorite cards in my collection, a Chris Iannetta base card from 2010.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Trading with Crazy Joe


A blogger/Tradingcarddb trade with CrazieJoe's Card Corner, starting with a card that I can't believe I didn't have between the 1991 Upper Deck I opened as a kid and the trade over the past years of Earnest Byner. Really cool card, doesn't scan well though.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Canada WBC Customs


So, 0-3, not very good. Canada did really bad losing all three games by a combined score of 21-3. Not much else to say, but whatever, here are some customs in the style of the Freddie Freeman from a few days ago. George Kottaras, he's a catcher, so he gets a custom.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Contest Pimp



A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts (fantastic name) is having a contest, if you don't already, go over there and follow his blog, or add it to your reading list, or however that works.



https://pennysleevethoughts.blogspot.ca/2017/03/its-about-time-for-contest.html

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Why Freddie Freeman (and the WBC) is Awesome



I might be in the minority, but I really like the World Baseball Classic. The eligibility stuff is kind of weird, but it allows teams to be more competitive, and it allows things like Freddie Freeman, born in the States, to play for Canada to honour his Mother, which is awesome.




Sunday, 5 March 2017

Zistle Trade #72


Everyone once in while I remember a set, or team set, that I really need to finish, 2009 O-Pee-Chee black border fit in that category. I am always a sucker for black borders and somehow the powder blue works well with the Rockies purple.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Small Sportlots Order


As always Sportlots is my source for had to find weird singles and parallels. How about a 1996 Stadium Club Silver parallel of Trenidad Hubbard for weird. My Trenidad Hubbard Rockies super collection is coming along fairly well.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Care Package from the Dollar Store


Cleaning up a stack of cards that have been screaming to be scanned, sorted, posted and added to the collection from Sportcards from the Dollar Store. Starting with my favorite, a sweet retro shot of Pete Peeters. I really like the early 1980s goalies on modern cards along with Tuukka Rask with slightly better gear and a Bruins 90th Anniversary patch.


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

At War with Sticker Autos


I am old, I like to complain, but this time, I think I have a reason to. Look at the card above, just bask in the glory of the 1987 wood border. Now notice the auto, or rather notice the sticker. Now try to not notice the sticker. You can't, once you see, it ruins the card. Gross, I was pumped for the 1987 style cards, and the base inserts are nice, the stickers ruin it. I know the whole set is not stickers, but the ones that are, are bad.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Another Small Zistle trade


The vultures may be circling, but there are still a few stubborn traders left, and I managed to find one. Highlight card is this Seth Smith 2009 OPC Black parallel. These just look so sharp, simple design, nice black borders and for some reason the light blue goes with the Rockies purple.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

2016 Black Friday Redskins


My excitement in posting Redskins cards is not that high with their season over, but they honestly would not have won a playoff game anyway. Also disappointing is that the totally inept, completely confused and in WAY over his head Jay Gruden will be back despite not getting him team ready for big games, having zero clue in regards to clock management, questionable play calling, especially in the red-zone.

In my search for Fleer Brilliants parallel, I stumbled across the above Trent Green and pulled the trigger, I feel like even though I paid more than I would have like for a single card, I still got a good deal. Green had a very weird career, drafted by the Chargers in 1993, went to the CFL in 1994, signed with the Redskins in 1995 and served as the third stringer behind Gus Frerotte and Heath Shuler before getting to play in 1998, throwing for over 3000 yards and 23 touchdown, then signing a big deal with the Rams, who trade him to the Chiefs the next year, where he would made to Pro-Bowls.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

First Major Acquisition of 2017

I thought I was falling behind in my hobbies for a while, at least now I have an reason. That reasons name is Polly and she was born on Jan 2nd this year. So if there is an extra long quiet period here, I am probably not dead, just changing poopy diapers.