Thursday, 16 August 2018

RLC Custom Card Project: Robbie Beckett

The Player: Not a household name by any means, but older collectors might remember the Padres first round pick in 1991 from 1991 Score or from a couple Bowman Cards. He would make his MLB debut in 1996 for the Rockies, pitching in five games, then would pitch in two more in 1997 making up his entire Majoe League career. 7 career games, 7 career innings and an ERA of 11.57.

The Card: Probably my favorite parallel, from probably my favorite modern set. I already had a 2011 Gypsy Queen template, so this one was pretty easy. I am trying to to repeat design to much in this project, but I really liked how this turned out so here it is.

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

Monday, 13 August 2018

Free Neely (or What I did with my ebay bucks)

Well, almost free, using my $1.21 ebay bucks, this came to 4 cents. Nice insert from his playing days with a Flair Showcase / Bowman Mojo kind of tractor tire refractor thing going on. A couple things to love about this card other than the shiny, is the serial number to 10000, nothing screams mid 90's like that, and the back has Mikael Renberg, who although I strongly disliked the Flyers, was a player I always kind of liked, and scored a lot of goalies for me on the Bruins in some NHL video that I forgot the year of.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Most Expensive Checklist I Will Ever Own (aka the Joy of a completed team set)

I don't even know when I started this project. In my mind I can track it back to at least 5 moves ago, so that is right around 2001. I have been chipping away, adding cards, and after I picked up my personal white whale in Eddie Brown, the end was near. When everything fell together for this card it was too hard to pass up.

It was listed for a ridiculous $299.99 from big-time PSA seller 4 Sharp Corners, then reduced down to $90.99, still a little high, but everyones favorite online auction site had a 20% off everything discount, good for a savings of  $18.20. Figure that in with $6.00 shipping to Canada, made an expensive card, but something that fit in the budget.

The next step is to get the complete team set all in PSA slabs, but that is a long way off, but should get closer fairly soon.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Summertime Hockey Trade

A new project is underway after liberating my childhood Bruins binder from its banishment in a closet for close to 20 years. Collect every Cam Neely from his playing days. Here is the first step with a TCDB trade giving me a few I didn't have, some American versions of Score and a French Pinnacle. This puts me up to 180 different Neely cards.

Monday, 23 July 2018

RLC Custom Card Project: Sun-Woo Kim

The Player: Sun-Woo Kim had a very weird Rockies career, selected off waivers in 2005, pitched in 12 games with the Rockies with a 5-1 record and a 4.22 ERA, including throwing a complete game shutout in Coors Field, something as of today has only happened 14 times. He returned in 2006 giving up 15 earned runs in 7 innings and was shipped to the Reds.

The card: 1999 Fleer Tradition gets some mentions around, but I still feel it is pretty underrated with a big and diverse checklist, including and update set. The set really has some gems as far as photo selection as well. This custom is a fairly close representation, foil is always hard for me to get right, and the font has been changed to be a little readable, but overall, I am pretty happy with the result.

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

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Trading Old for New

In return for some not so great condition wise vintage I had laying around, I checked off some more recent stuff, including most of the Series 2 base I was looking for. The two new Rockies in Bryan Shaw and Wade Davis, along with Jonathan Lucroy (who is ridiculously with the Rockies in this set) and fellow catcher Tony Wolters. I would rather have catcher gear photo photos, but I do like shots with the Coors scorebox in the background.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Sportlots Box Canadian Review Part 3 (Plus the actual Cards!)

The cards are here, no extra weird customs fees so the last post on total cost still stands. I really wish I would have done a video post of the opening, but I was too eager to get into the package. It came in a regular bubble envelope, and inside was what you see below.

Nine packages from the original sellers, some in posted PWEs and some in plain PWEs with no postage, probably from a bigger order sent into Sportlots. Everything was packed well with no damage, so this seems to work, and probably allows for cheaper processing as is it now stored by card (like the COMC model), but by package. That pretty much wraps that up, on to the good stuff.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Weird TCDB Trade

I mentioned in my Sportlots posts that my last two trade packages from the States never showed up. Well, after over a month, one of them actually arrived, and looking at the postage date, it wasn't the post office, it was the trader either forgot to mail it out, or waited until he got his package to mail mine out. Either way I am happy it finally arrived as it checks a lot of boxes off the want list.

Monday, 9 July 2018

COMC Everything Else.

Buried in my scan folder was the rest of my recent COMC order, starting with a 1950 Bowman Dick Fowler, the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter and pretty much forgotten until James Paxton threw his.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Sportlots Box Canadian Review Part 2

On to step two. (Part 1 here) All the cards I ordered arrived at the "Box" and are on their way to me. 10 cards from 9 different orders came to $11.25 shipping. One card alone was $9.75 so there is unsurprisingly better price per card on bigger orders.

My issue was that the total is weight based and the minimum weight was 1 ounce, meaning my 9 order calculated weight was 9oz when the actual weight was still under 1. (It took 14 base cards from 2018 Topps to make an ounce on my scale.) A quick message of explanation dropped the total to $11.25 once they released how small my orders were. I checked after the first package was processed and the total for one card was $9.75. Again, the bigger the order, to bigger the savings. (Reminder all these totals are to Canada).

A huge plus was that the cards were processed almost immediately, whereas the COMC mailbox program takes around 2 weeks after the card arrives. This took about a week to ship and process. One package took longer, but I think that ironically might have been a Canadian seller. Also from the time I paid for shipping to getting a tracking number was about an hour, probably less, nice.

Also there is no cost for processing while COMC is a minimum $3.60 ($3.00 per package / $0.60 per card followed by an added cost in the shipping phase, I think it's another $0.25). The difference here is Sportlots doesn't scan the cards, and COMC adds them to a marketplace where you can either put them up for sale or have shipped to you. While these services are similar, it is really not fair to compare them (although I just did).

So here are the new totals. (Clicking on the chart should enlarge it). The $11.25 shipping has been split somewhat evenly coming among the 10 cards and added to the initial shipping giving me a total savings of $19.53, or $1.95 per card even with two cards being cheaper to ship direct to me.

I have to say I am pretty happy with the results so far, and unless there are any weird customs fees, $2.00 a card savings ($1.68 total shipping per card) are worth the extra week or two. I will definitely be using this in the future, and will probably let my box inventory grow the nest time. This time I just didn't want to let this little experiment drag on. I really like what Sportlots is doing here, two thumbs up so far.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

2014 Bowman Platinum Want/Trade List


Updated July 24, 2018 (Yes, I know this set is 4 years old, but I am going to finish it eventually)

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 40, 43, 44, 45, 47, 49, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 96, 98, 99

Prospects (BPP):
4, 8, 9, 13, 21, 22, 27, 30, 32, 36, 42, 52, 58, 59, 60, 65, 68, 78, 79, 84, 87, 88, 94, 98, 100

Prospects Atomic:
Jonathan Gray

Prospects Blue (Sapphire /199):
Jonathan Gray

Prospects Camo:
Eddie Butler, Trevor Story

Prospects Gold:
Jonathan Gray

Prospects Refractors:
Jonathan Gray

Prospects X-Fractors:
Jonathan Gray

For Trade

Base Gold:
1 Taijuan Walker

29, 38, 53

Prospects Refractors:
22, 30, 45, 94

Top Prospects Die Cut
Eddie Butler

Monday, 18 June 2018

RLC Custom Card Project: Justin Miller

The Player: I was alway surprised Justin Miller never got a card with the Rockies. In fact, as far as I can tell, he has no MLB cards, no Bowman prospects, no nothing. After pitching in 8 games as a rookie with the Tigers in 2014, Miller pitched in 34 games with the Rockies in 2015, going 3-3 with 1 save and a 4.05 ERA, good for a 115 ERA+, which is outstanding for a Rockies reliever. His 2016 was not as strong, but still passable. His 2017 was spend in Triple-A, but he returned to the majors in 2018 with the Nationals, and has an impressive 4-0 record over only 10 games so far, but a far less impressive beard.

The Card: 1953 Topps is a classic design, that I feel still holds up well. Topps obviously agrees with 53 getting some love in the 2016 Archives release, then being the base for the new, and very popular, Living Set.

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

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Sportlots Box Canadian Review Part 1

As a Canadian, I am always looking for better ways to buy cards, or anything online for that matter. Shipping rates have become crazy high, and now two of my trade packages have been lost in the mail so far this year alone, after only losing one since I started trading in 2012. So when Sportlots added their "Sportlot box" feature I was intrigued. I have always loved the sheer number of cards that are available there, but also hated the difficultly of browsing to fill up an order with cards from the same seller. The Sportlots Box, which seems like a cross between basic COMC and the COMC mailbox system, looks to help reduce this problem, or at least make it more reasonable to make smaller orders. So I loaded up my card and made an order, half as an experiment, and half to just get some cards that I can not find anywhere else. Below are the 10 I picked, from 9 different sellers (The top row counts shipping for two cards and accounts for the second row, allowing that value to be zero). Normally this would have cost $36.35 in shipping, with the one seller asking $10.50 for a single card as the outlier. With the Sportlots Box, my shipping was $5.57, or a full $30 cheaper.

This was just stage one, the cards still need to get to Sportlots, then on to myself, which will cost something obviously. I will continue to make update posts along the process, partly to document it, and partly in case anyone else cares to see how this all works. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Check Out My Rockies (Summer 2018)

You knew it was coming after the NBA post, my COMC Rockies package with a mix of the mailbox service cards, Spring cleaning sale, a random stuff I have bought over the last few months. Starting off with 3 different (I assure you they are different) Jonathan Lucroy cards from 2018 Heritage. We have the 100th Anniversary, the Flip Stock and the Red Back. I just need the Black border and the base for the rainbow. Despite playing in 46 games with the Rockies in 2017, this as a photoshop from his Rangers days. The beard is a dead giveaway.Also Despite being in Oakland all year, Lucroy is listed on the Series 2 checklist with the Rockies.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Check Out My NBA

The results of a small basketball binge arrived in my recent COMC mailday. Some decent stuff, including the above Peja Stojakovic, capturing his 2 game career with the Raptors in his sunset season before going to Dallas and helping them win a title. As a bonus it an on-card auto from a nice looking higher end set. I am a sucker for the Gold Standard brand.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Recent Hockey Pick-ups

I don't buy a ton of hockey anymore, but playoff fever struck and I bit on a few things from different places. They are all thrown together in favor of three smaller posts. The first from the Bay. High on the list of my hockey interests are Pelle Lindbergh and acetate, so when this card came out in the new Upper Deck Ice offering, I watched around and found one cheap from a Canadian seller meaning low shipping and the card came direct to me instead of through a mail forwarding service, so win-win. It didn't scan well (old scanner), but the clear section has a little holographic thing, very cool card.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

RLC Custom Card Project: Nick Masset

The Player: Nick Masset was a very good relief pitcher from 2006 through 2011, but someone probably only Reds fan will remember. He would miss all of 2012 and 2013 with injuries, finally returning to the majors with the Rockies in 2014. He never reached his pre-injury form, pitching in 51 games with Colorado with a 5.80 ERA, then splitting the 2015 season with the Marlins and Braves. His most famous Rockies moment was probably hitting Evan Gattis and being suspended for 3 games.

The Card: A brand that seems to have got lost in the over-production era, but I always have liked, 1995 Score Summit. I stayed very loyal to the original design, just tweaking the player name font into something a little more to my liking. If you are not familiar with this set, check out the Nth Degree parallels for some mid 90's greatness.

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

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

April Showers Bring May Cards: 2016 Threads

Finally finishing off my April Showers Blowout order, this was one that really caught my eye after missing out on it during the Black Friday sale, 2016-17 Panini Threads Basketball.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

April Showers Bring May Cards: 2018 Gypsy Queen

Consider my rubber arm twisted. I resisted 2 boxes of Gypsy Queen this year, but I couldn't resist a blaster. First pack, first card, see above, Shohei Otani. Nice to get that one out of the way if I decide to build the set.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

RLC Custom Card Project: Mike Ekstrom

The Player: Mike Ekstrom appeared in 15 games for the Rockies in 2012, in what would be his final season in the majors, tying his career high for games. In total he pitched in 51 MLB games, all in relief with a 0-3 record and a 5.61 ERA.

The Card: Probably my favorite modern set, and one of my all-time favorites, 2011 Gypsy Queen. This set helped really define what my collection looks like as this is far and away the product I have bought the most of over the years.

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

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

April Showers Bring May Cards: 2017 Diamond Kings

Continuing on with my last post, along with the 2013 Update, I picked up two blasters of 2017 Diamond Kings, a product that I have liked the little bit I have seen, but have not opened a ton of. I really like this product, I like the feel of the cards, I like the look and other than the obvious Panini no-logo issue, these are great in my eyes. Starting with the old timers, it's a way bigger, more varied group than you see from Topps, interesting to learn a little about these guys like Harry Brecheen.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

April Showers Bring May Cards: 2013 Update

A combination of some extra cash laying from a contract job and a sale at Blowout obviously equals buying cards. Nothing crazy exciting, but it's always nice to open some packs, get some new keepers and traders, and have something to show off here. Starting with probably the least exciting, a hanger pack of 2013 Update. I always like Update and the real draw here was the chance at pulling a Nolan Arenado rookie. 

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

RLC Custom Card Project: Brooks Kieschnick

The Card: I have cards older than 1996 Collector's Choice SE, but they are the oldest cards that I actually remember opening packs of. The weird blue border, high quality photography and the gold and silver parallels all bring back memories of the old, long gone, first LCS. While not a set I actively build or am building, still a set I will always be fond of.

The Player: Before there was Shohei Ohtani, there was Brooks Kieschnick. Well, not exactly. Kieschnick was a two way player in college earning him the 10th overall pick by the Cubs in the 1993 draft, gave up pitching for the outfield and didn't really do much, bouncing around originations, mostly playing in the minors for the Cubs, Rays, Reds, Indians and 35 games with the Rockies in 2001 His wikipedia calls these "The Wilderness Years" which is pretty funny. In 2002 he pitched and hit in Triple A, then in 2003 he pitched, pinch hit, DHed and became the first player to homer from each position, along with starting 3 games in the outfield. Injuries in 2004 limited him to just pitching, then was out of baseball a few years later.

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

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Buckstore Care Package

Another awesome package from frequent trader Sportscards From The Dollar Store with a little sample for all my team collections, starting with some High End football in Hall of Famer Charley Taylor and my first Ryan Kerrigan auto. I have been looking for a Kerrigan auto for a while so this is a very welcome addition to the collection.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Just a Taste: 4 Packs of Diamond Kings

A trip to the LCS with three things in mind, supplies, Diamond Kings and maybe some Gypsy Queen. Gypsy Queen was a no show from the supplier so there was no temptation there, but there was the one thing I really wanted to try, 2018 Diamond Kings, so I scooped up 4 packs.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

RLC Custom Card Project: Eric Anthony

The Card: One of the most Iconic modern sets, 1989 Upper Deck. The first Upper Deck release marked in increase in quality of the card, bigger focus on photography, and of course the Griffey rookie. Fairly simple design, but this set is really more about setting the tone for what cam after, rather than the set itself

The Player: Eric Anthony was probably better known as an Astro where he played his first 5 seasons, rather than his last 4 in which he bounced around from Seattle, Colorado, Cincinnati and the Dodgers. Anthony played in 32 games with the Rockies after being purchased from the Reds in July, with a two home run game against the Cardinals in August being the highlight.

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

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Redskins Heavy Trade

Baseball is in full swing, but I always love adding new Redskins and crossing names off the One of Every Redskins lists. Mr. Armentrout (great name) from The Collective Mind blog and I swapped some Redskins, starting with two vintage Skins from 1964 Philadelphia, you will probably never see Kicker-Guard listed as a position on a modern card.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

TCDB Trade with an International Flair

As my collection and want-list get slowly added to TCDB, I am starting to get back to were I was with zistle, mainly getting more than just Rockies cards. The most recent trade from there had a good stack of WBC cards to increase my Canadian baseball collection, along with a Munenori Kawasaki, because who doesn't love Munenori Kawasaki.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Why I Didn't Buy Two Gypsy Queen Boxes

There are only a few sets I have actively built since returning to collecting, with Gypsy Queen from 2011-2017 being the only ones that were current that year. I don’t buy many boxes because; 
1) They are expensive (I am cheap), 
2) Topps does very few things I am actually interested in (more on this later) and  
3) I save my card budget for two boxes of Gypsy Queen every year. 2011 is the only year that I did not pre-order two boxes as that pre-dated my return to the hobby by a few months. If you follow this blog you will see three things ad nauseam, Rockies, Redskins and Gypsy Queen. The point being, I like Gypsy Queen. Or I liked Gypsy Queen.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

RLC Custom Card Project: Jason Pridie

The Card: 1970, Probably the most forgotten vintage set in the Topps line. The big rookie card is probably Thurman Munson, but that card is largely overshadowed by his iconic 1971 card. Topps has gone crazy with reprints of old sets between Heritage, Archives and various inserts but I still don;t think they have touched 1970. If Heritage follows along, next year will be based on this design, and I am really looking forward to it as I kind of like this set, it's simple, but classy. As far as the custom goes I have really worked on cleaning up old designs and making them look sharp, but this one I left as a little crooked, off-center and the corners beat-up from the original scan, it just seems better than way.

The Player: Jason Pridie signed with the Rockies prior to the 2014 season and was sent to Triple-A after Spring Training. He was called up to the Rockies on August 2nd, played in two games, starting one, then was designed for assignment on August 6th. He is probably best known for his time with the Mets, playing in 101 of his 133 career MLB games for them in 2011.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Cards from Burbank

I sure most of you have seen Burbank Sportscards around the trading card marketplace. They recently listed some stuff I was interested in so I placed an order. It came fast, was well packed and shipping to Canada was very reasonable which gets very high marks from me. On to the cards.

Three more 2011 Gypsy Queen mini photo variations, these bring me up to 24 out of 100.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Blog Bat Around: What Goes On Here

An idea started over at Night Owl Cards that has been going around and I decided to join in, a Blog Bat Around of what people collect. A simple and brilliant idea. Kind of like the "go-around-the-room-and-say-something-about-yourself" but not as horrifyingly awkward.

I started this thing back in November of 2011, mostly as a way to document the various weird variations in the 1971 Topps and OPC sets. Check this link out if the shade of red on a helmet graphic on a 45+ year old checklist card sounds like interesting reading. It kept going as a fun project, a way to make trades and grew into as much a part of my hobby as the actual cards themselves.

I hope my boss doesn't see this, because I totally stole these binders from work.
1. Rockies : I have always been a team collector first so it is always Rockies first, if I had a dime for every time I searched for "Rockies" on comc, I would be getting paid in a very weird way, and be able to afford way more cards. The current project is going through everything and adding it the Trading Card DB. I store things alphabetically and just finished "H", which doesn't seem like much, but having Helton, Holliday, Bichette, Castilla, Galarraga and Cargo done is a big chunk. 

The ongoing project is the "One of Every Rockies" project, which according to my master spreadsheet currently sits at 384 out of 385 solo Rockies cards (still need a Neshek), 15 out of 17 for the "Misfits" which are shared cards, traded cards or unlicensed stuff, and 127 out of 171 for players that have Rockies cards, but never actually played a game for them.

Also a part of this is customs, I have posted a ton of custom cards over the years (link provided if that kind of thing interests you, and now I am starting to organize things starting with the Rockies Legacy Collection project (insert shameless plug link). 

The rug really ties the room together.
2. Redskins: My other big team collection, my spreadsheet for this is not a precise, but I can tell I have 448 different players among the solo, shared and misfits. This one is way harder to complete with all the vintage that the Rockies don't have.

My labeling really took a turn for the lazy around 2014 or so.
3. Sets (Mostly Gypsy Queen): Not much for set building, but I have done Gypsy Queen from 2011-2014 and 2016. 2015 and 2017 are currently still in progress. 1996 SP baseball and 2012 Prestige are also in progress, but not moving very fast, and 1992 Pinnacle is complete.

4. CFL: Being Canadian I dabble a little in CFL, mostly a few sets from my youth (1991ish) and a little of the current UD offerings, the current goal being to complete the 2014 set with the rookie SSPs.

5. Everything Else: 
- Not actively collecting hockey, but the odd time either as trade filler or something just catches my eye, mostly Bruins and what I feel is getting to be a pretty nice Pelle Lindbergh collection. 
- Also there have been much more NBA being bought, partly due to my growing dis-interest in what Topps is doing (more on that soon) and liking what Panini is doing, along with building my Sacramento Kings collection.
- A small collection of catchers in their gear.
- Canadian national team baseball cards
- Clear acetate cards
- A small "Pitchers batting" collection.
- and just generally any card I find interesting.

Like this card, it fits in zero of my collections, but it is awesome thus earning it an honored place in the "Random Keepers" box.

Friday, 16 March 2018

RLC Custom Card Project: Main Page

Not much of a post, just a spot to keep track of my Rockies Legacy Collection project. I will update as I go.

Players Done:

The list below is players that I still need a scan or a digital photo of to complete a card, if anyone can help with any of the players below it would be greatly appreciated.

De Los Santos, Valerio
Venafro, Mike
Gissell, Chris
Roa, Joe
Lowe, Sean
McKeel, Walt
Bartee, Kimera
Belitz, Todd
Suzuki, Mac
Jennings, Robin
Mendoza, Carlos
Cangelosi, John
McRae, Brian
Kelly, Mike
White, Derrick
Rath, Fred
Pulliam, Harvey
Hutton, Mark
Scott, Tim
Gonzales, Rene
Minchey, Nate
Raabe, Brian
Habyan, John
Thompson, Milt
Jones, Terry
Decker, Steve
Cockrell, Alan (have as a coach, need as a player)

Van Burkleo, Ty
Service, Scott

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Galactic Single Card Mailday

I was a little worried about this one as it was ordered on Jan 25th and didn't arrive until today. Seeing as it came from Taiwan I guess that is to be expected. The Galactics are very nice and shiny, but my scanner hates them and Office Lens didn't really do much for me so here is a camera shot of it.

Monday, 5 March 2018

RLC Custom Card Project: Chris Volstad

The Card: Based on the 2017 Topps Black Friday promotional cards, which would also be used as the base for the 2018 Topps Now set. Super simple design, but I really like it, it allows the photo to be the highlight, and really looks sharp with horizontal cards, I really wouldn't have minded something like Stadium Club using this design.

The Player: Chris Volstad is better known for his time with the Marlins, winning a career high 12 games in 2010, he joined the Rockies in 2013 after a really bad year with the Cubs and things didn't exactly go well in Colorado either. Making the opening day roster as a minor league invite Volstad pitched in six games, all out of the bull-pen, allowing at least one earned run in each game, finishing his Rockies career with a 10.80 ERA. Since then he has bounced around the Angels, Pirates, Braves and White Sox originations with a stop in Korea mixed in, and enters 2018 as a non-roster invite in White Sox Camp.

The Project: Rockies Legacy Collection custom project to make a custom card of the Rockies players that didn't have one issued.

Friday, 2 March 2018

A couple things and a new project.

I saw something on twitter around new years, and I apologize to the person that posted it as I don't remember who it was, about spending more time enjoying the cards you have over spending on new stuff. That, along with the need to make tcdb current has lead to the second re-organize of my Rockies cards, split into 6 areas.

1. The Pitcher Binder
2. The Hitter Binder
3. The Catcher/Acetate/Minis Binder
4. Penny Sleeve Keepers
5. Penny Sleeve Traders
6. Top Loaders & One Touchs

I really struggle with the binder on how to sort, right now it's alphabetically, starting a new page at each letter to leave room for future cards, this seems to work best for finding things, but leaves a lot of empty pockets. If anyone reading this has any input on team binders I would be interested to hear what other people do.

While this has kept me busy, it really leads to very few posts, other than potentially "look what I found in a box that I forgot I had".

To fill the gaps I am starting to post things from my custom project, making a card of every Rockies player than never had one. I couldn't think of a name so it ending up being "Rockies Legacy Collection". There is a logo an everything. See, it's up and too the right. It will give a chance to post some customs and maybe get some feedback on improvements on customs, and a chance to talk about my favorite subject, obscure Rockies players.

Also a small ask for help with the project above, if anyone has access to old Rockies Magazines there are guys I don'h have pictures of that need customs, if anyone has a bunch laying around, I could point to the issues that might have something I need to cut down on searching, just throwing that out there.

Kind of rambly and not much to look at, but a "state of the blog" I felt like I needed to do, thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A Sportlots Order Mash-up

A combination of withdrawal and a little worry about 2018 postage increases led to finally sorting out the mass of cards in my cart and pull the trigger on a couple orders, presented here not by order, but mixed up by theme to a point. During my current Rockies re-organize and entry to tcdb (R.I.P. zislte) I realized all my Denny Neagle cards were boring, this is no longer the case. I have very few 2002 Upper Deck, but now I have the important one.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

1st COMC of 2018: Baseball

No "saving the best for last here", we are going to lead off with my favorite baseball card of the package, a Cooperstown "Dufex" card of Dale Murphy. The good old Foilly Dufex from 90's Pinnacle, this is a pretty sweet card now, I bet it was a big deal back in 1993. As far as the Cooperstown part, I feel Murphy is HoF worthy, more so than a lot of recent guys that have got in.

Monday, 5 February 2018

1st COMC of 2018: Basketball

My current trend of adding to my NBA collection continues with my first Boogie Cousins autograph, on-card and what must have been a redemption as it is sealed in a Panini one-touch. I am torn on opening this or not, as of now it stays sealed.

Monday, 29 January 2018

1st COMC of 2018: Football

My first COMC package of 2018 comes very early in the year, I had some stuff from the mailbox system I wanted in-hand so I pulled the trigger and got them shipped. The above Theismann being one of them. A beautiful on-card black ink signed auto with a nice looking die-cut. I was pretty happy to get this for around $10.00.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The Condition Sensitive Best of the Hobby 2017 Awards

    Something I have been meaning to do before everyone gets caught up in 2018 Topps baseball is highlight was I thought were the best things I saw this past year card-wise. I failed horribly at a catchy title so here it is. A mild disclaimer, there was a lot of products and cards I didn't see this year so this is the best of what I saw. I probably missed some obvious things, so comments are welcome.

Baseball Set - Diamond Kings
2017 was the year I became very disinterested in what Topps is doing, so this was a difficult selection, and probably a controversial pick. Diamond Kings was an early release set that most people have probably forgot about, or didn't care about to begin with because of no MLB logos, but I feel it captured the "Modern-vintage" set more than Gypsy Queen or Ginter. The checklist is strong with a good mix of Current and retired players. Where else are you going to get a Moose Skowron base card in 2017?

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

2017 Revolution 2 Box Results.

My Basketball itch continues to be scratched, after opening some Revolution from Black Friday, could not resist picking up this years offering. A fun product, a little over the top, maybe not as bad as Unparalleled football, on-card autos and a strong rookie class all sold me on this. Also finding a Canadian distro with good prices and shipping in was also a win.