After not knowing where they went and doing an extensive loose card dig, I felt like I might as well send out the cards I had originally put together a couple of years ago - including a 2016 Donruss [#151] and a couple of 1992 Upper Deck Cecil Fielder [#255] cards where the SDC makes a cameo.
Friday, September 18, 2020
I had to whip up a letter and put together a request [with $5] - to see if I'd get back a positive result with my loose, straggler cards.
While I cannot believe a person who has lived as long as Face is still signing his 'fan mail,' I assume there is someone that helps him out [hopefully short of signing for him] - collecting all the requests sent, opening the mail and making it where Face takea a little bit of his precious time to sign items the easiest way possible.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
#64O-NH Nico Hoerner - this was bent coming out of a blaster, probably due to my boxes bouncing around different places.
I don't know what to make of it besides trying to store the odd-sized card in an 8x10 top loader and hope the applied pressure flattens the card out eventually - even if it takes a couple of years.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
It maybe a case where even one lousy pack of Topps Fire is enough for the year - but I should appreciate the idea these cards are supposed to be a little funky looking, rather than a little more conventional.
#98 Aristides Aquino
#100 Luis Castillo
#155 Luis Robert
#131 Cole Tucker
#116 Andrew McCutchen - Green parallel serial #171/199
#FIU-12 Mookie Betts - Fired Up insert
#SS-1 Pete Alonso - Shattering Stats insert
#40 Danny Mendick - Blue Chip parallel
#12 Eric Hosmer
#62 Kolten Wong
#104 Alex Verdugo
#27 Clayton Kershaw
2020 Topps Archives value pack
#210 Ralph Kiner
#217 Cody Bellinger
#294 Elvis Andrus
#245 Yuli Gurriel
#287 Jonathan Villar
#33 Will Smith
#25 Jackie Robinson
#80 Ramon Laureano
#40 Sam Hilliard
#34 Brusdar Graterol
#B55-20 Luis Robert
#60AR-SO Shohei Ohtani
#186 Willie McCovey
#177 Hyun-Jin Ryu
#152 Corey Kluber
#180 Gleyber Torres
#133 Tony Gonsolin
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
I was hoping that was a good omen for the actual card section that matters and sure enough, the shelves that usually resembled a Cold War era Soviet supermarket had been replenished with some actual baseball cards - there were no retail flippers looking to pounce at the seemingly fresh setup, so I was all alone by myself to take things in for at least a couple of minutes.
Maybe what sort of caught my eye were the supplies - since Ultra Pro makes their products in China, I'm not sure if there is still an obstacle to getting new batches of supplies through a pandemic.
However, the various things that hold and protect cards should be as important to the average card collector - there was a 5-pack of Ultra Pro magnetic holders [too bad they were 130-pt and not the 55-pot I usually like to use], a 4-pack package of penny sleeves and an 'odder' toploader combo.
Maybe these retail offerings were repacked from older, inferior stock - but for the moment, I was glad to see them in-hand.
As for actual baseball cards, I'm not sure if 'Topps Fire,' 'Topps Archives' or 'Topps Stadium Club' will ever be sought after 'for value' like the Bowman Mega Boxes, Topps Series 2 or Topps Chrome I've whiffed on - but after a long drought, the former are baseball cards to me just the same [TSC is always a 'fan favorite' in my book] and tried to see what combination I could pick up.
I don't expect to see this card section to be as fruitful in my next visit, but like a good boy scout, I only grabbed what seemed reasonable to me at the moment - a couple of blasters of 2020 Topps Stadium Club, a hanger pack of 2020 Topps Archives [I have a couple of blasters I'd ordered online that are still MIA after three weeks] and a hanger pack of 2020 Topps Fire.
I ripped through my little haul and go figure after finding an IP autograph card I got signed from 2019 spring training maybe the day before - I pulled cards of hot rookie du jour Luis Robert in both hangers and one of the two blasters I ripped.
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
I think I may have gotten McCarver's autograph once [or not] when he sort of made me follow him after a national TV broadcast [day game] at Angel Stadium about 20 years ago - he said he was running late [to catch his ride out of the ballpark to get to the airport] and then just didn't sign for me [I don't think I would have anything on me like a blank baseball or his actual cards].
Over the years, I have ended up with a couple of straggler cards of his, though it maybe harder to run into him in-persona dn I'm not really sure if he even responded to through the mail requests - the cards may have been pulled from my St. Louis Cardinals IP box to stay loose as I wondered about sending to him.
I have seen some sporadic successes posted on a forum or two, though I'm not sure if they are new or can always be trusted - as it goes, I took my chance and wrote him a letter with my cards [along with $20].
I think the correct distinction is while McCarver is not a Hall of Famer, he is honored by the National Baseball HOF in their broadcaster wing - I thought I had to sweat things out where I might not see my cards for a while and/or my money back at all, but my cards were signed and returned in about 10 days.
Monday, September 07, 2020
After being out for a couple of weeks, my first request to Meoli was sent back to me as 'return to sender,' which usually means I used an outdated or incorrect address - in some cases, an 'RTS' may mean my request was refused by the intended recipient, though that did not seem to be the case here.
I did some 'quick research' to find a presumably updated address and sent my request back into the wild - I finally got my card signed in about a week or so.