Saturday, April 10, 2021

Random miscellaneous pick ups

While the bulk of my recent loose card purchases revolves around trying to fill rank-and-file holes between 1984 Donruss and 1990 Leaf for possible TTM requests - to change things up, I grabbed a few of the more quirky cards I've saved a picture / screenshot off in my camera roll and/or listed out on a cheat sheet.
I wouldn't normally buy a minor league team set card of a pitching coach - but the shopping cart caught my eye along with the billboard ad for an ancient cell phone from the late 1980s.
This is the post that inspired me to have this card on a list somewhere - H/T
This is the post that inspired me to have this card on a list somewhere - H/T
I haven't done anything with my Angels frankenset [see sidebar for details] but I like this card - I don't know if I can whittle down my 40-50 wants outright but I'll see if I can do something [or not].
It's early but India looks like a high flying big league rookie so far - strictly on the low end side of things, I picked up a pair of his first paper Bowman Draft cards from 2018.
Just as a change of pace, I can imagine collecting a retro, more high brow looking set like 2005-2006 Turkey Red - this Palmer might be sent out for a TTM request, but the background may just be too dark to make it a priority.
Glenallen Hill was one strong man
I picked up this Mlicki for the baserunner with a svelte, familiar body shape lurking in the background.

Friday, April 09, 2021

2021 Donruss hanger box recap

  I find 'some' 2021 Topps Heritage blasters at a Target one day, the next day, I find the shelves wiped out in the card section - however a straggler hanger box got put back on the shelf by a Target employee.

I don’t like Donruss, but I’m desperate enough these days to pick up anything that is a baseball product - good thing I haven’t seen anything put out by Leaf or I may fold under pressure.  

Flippers are still going to take it all if product is sitting around, though I tend to feel like interest in hoarding retail stock is really in NBA, NFL or non-sport cards - despite my anecdotal evidence not playing out most of the time, I might be able to find baseball cards [maybe unopened blasters or loose packs] ‘once in a while’ where I would be shut out entirely if I primarily focused on the other stuff.  

For obvious reasons, recent Donruss cards are so basic and an eyesore [for obvious reasons] - maybe their ‘tributes’ to the brand’s sets [from the mid 1980s] are pretty hollow, where it’s hard to get nostalgic over ‘new takes’ that feel more like uninspired knock offs.

A redeeming factor that may not actually mean much, but give credit where credit is due are the parallels and inserts - they have a lot of shine to them and if nothing else, amuse me for a moment where I’d like to imagine actually caring enough about them to chase.   

#148 Eloy Jimenez

#106 Jose Abreu

#64 Marcell Ozuna

#122 Matt Olson

#80 Cavan Biggio

#137 Adam Wainwright

#160 Patrick Corbin

#118 Austin Meadows

#76 Carlos Correa

#133 Zac Gallen

#90 Lucas Giolito

#147 Marco Gonzalez

#105 Clayton Kershaw

#252 David Ortiz - Retro 1987; would have been nicer if the black borders on the originals were used; might be even more interesting if the surface wasn’t glossy and the card stock was more faithful to the originals. 

#210 Miguel Rojas

#231 Ozzie Smith - Retro 1987

#164 Jose Berrios

#255 Dale Murphy - Retro 1987

#188 Brandon Woodruff 

#234 Cal Ripken Jr. - Retro 1987

#167 Hyun-Jin Ryu

#258 Andre Dawson - Retro 1987

#191 Luke Voit

#227 Larry Walker - Retro 1987

#185 Brad Keller

#251 Steve Garvey - Retro 1987

#209 Anthony Santander

#52 Keibert Ruiz - Independence Day parallel

#135 Ramon Laureano - Holo Orange parallel

#92 Jeimer Candelario - Holo Orange parallel

#182 Aaron Judge - Holo Orange parallel

#248 Andy Pettitte - Retro 1987; Holo Orange parallel

#26 Cody Bellinger - Diamond Kings; Holo Orange parallel

#51 David Peterson - Holo Orange parallel

#ES9 Trevor Story - Elite Series insert; Diamond parallel

#UNL26 Frank Thomas - Unleashed insert; Diamond parallel

#54 Deivi Garcia

#50 Triston McKenzie

#253 Alex Rodriguez - Retro 1987; 14x All-Star variation

#3 Vladimir Guerrero - Diamond Kings 

#36 Joey Bart

#206 Max Scherzer

#17 Starling Marte - Diamond Kings

#52 Keibert Ruiz

#67 Mike Yastrzemski - Yaz nickname variation

#4 Anthony Santander - Diamond Kings

#37 Dylan Carlson

#200 Christian Yelich

#239 Sammy Sosa - Retro 1987; .534 Slugging Pct variation

#30 Ketel Marte - Diamond Kings 

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

2021 Topps Heritage blaster box recaps

Experiencing a case of a little FOMO a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a $30 blaster off that is still processing in limbo - however, I also found a stash of about 10-15 blasters on a random Target stop, so I wasn't completely left in the cold.

I ended up eventually grabbing a couple of blasters despite the posted policy [which seems to vary for different Target locations or on different visits to my nearest Target store] - being a limit of one item per trading card brand / product. 

The last time I tried to buy cards off Target, a cashier knew a bit too much and wouldn't let me get multiples of any one product - I was buying two lousy blasters of baseball cards, not hoarding an entire stock for myself, so it's weird to wonder if I was going to be able to take home what I had in-hand.   

As for the actual breaks, I didn’t know what I was expecting but it doesn’t look like I pulled anything of note - maybe a couple of SPs between the pair of boxes, some dual player rookies, but no parallels or hits.  

The MO for Topps as far as Topps Heritage goes has been to these posed spring training images over and over - the cards get boring real fast, regardless of any of  'quirks' inspired by the originals and pointed out by other collectors who have an eye to compare.

Box 1 

Pack one
#311 Miguel Castro
#244 Tim Anderson - In Action
#272 Myles Straw
#230 Byron Buxton
#200 Michael Taylor
#179 Joey Gallo
#215 J.P. Crawford
#130 Brady Singer - In Action
#339 Wil Myers

Pack two
#50 Joey Bart - In Action
#293 Bo Bichette
#170 Mike Trout - In Action
#163 Alex Bregman
#218 Tyler Chatwood
#49 2021 Rookie Stars - feat. Joey Bart, Daulton Varshaw and Ryan Jeffers
#243 Tim Anderson
#110 Luis Garcia - In Action
#127 Hanser Alberto

Pack three
#76 Alec Mills
#312 Jesus Sanchez - In Action 
#400 2021 Texas Rangers Rookie Stars - feat. Anderson Tejeda and Leody Taveras
#395 Josh Hader
#82 Rafael Montero 
#GO-7 Roberto Clemente - The Great One insert
#469 Raimel Tapia - SP
#10 Miguel Rojas - In Action
#279 Jeff Samardzija

Pack four
#399 Kolten Wong
#18 Yadier Molina - In Action
#123 Matt Chapman
#343 Mauricio Dubon
#395 Josh Hader
#86 2020 AL Batting Leaders - feat. D.J. LeMahieu, Tim Anderson and David Fletcher
#389 Jeimer Candelario
#310 Josh Bell - In Action
#3 Raisel Iglesias

Pack five
#114 Jose Berrios - In Action
#199 Zach Davies
#184 Trea Turner - In Action
#72 Miguel Andujar
#390 Jake Cave
#112 Ryan Yarbrough
#129 2021 Kansas City Rookie Stars - feat. Brady Singer and Nick Heath
#128 Hanser Alberto - In Action
#158 2021 New York Yankees Rookie Stars - feat. Estevan Florial and Clarke Schmidt

Pack six
#345 Zack Godley
#240 Andrew McCutchen - In Action
#213 Mike Soroka
#205 Nathan Eovaldi
#39 Freddie Freeman
#115 Jalen Beeks
#456 Miguel Sano - SP
#194 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - In Action
#315 2021 Rookie Stars - feat. Jorge Mateo and Edward Olivares

Pack seven
#27 2020 World Series Game 2 - feat. Brandon Lowe
#48 Shane Bieber - In Action
#270 Cesar Hernandez
#137 Fernando Tatis Jr.
#214 Chris Bassitt
#15 2021 Miami Marlins Rookie Stars - feat. Sixto Sanchez and Jesus Sanchez
#NF-P10 Pioneer 10 Spacecraft Launched - News Flashbacks insert 
#138 Fernando Tatis Jr. - In Action
#19 Rhys Hoskins

Pack eight
#38 Clayton Kershaw - In Action
#153 German Marquez
#32 Pete Alonso - In Action
#323 Steven Souza Jr.
#181 Max Scherzer
#291 Gleyber Torres
#219 Jaime Barria
#107 Miguel Cabrera
#168 Mookie Betts

Box 2

Pack one
#378 Alex Cobb
#52 Javier Baez - In Action
#258 Thairo Estrada
#277 Nick Solak
#85 2020 NL Batting Leaders - feat. Juan Soto, Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna
#309 Josh Bell
#336 D.J. LeMahieu
#87 2020 NL RBI Leaders - feat. Marcell Ozuna, Freddie Freeman and Manny Machado
#252 Christian Yelich - In Action

Pack two
#34 Luis Robert - In Action
#303 2021 St. Louis Cardinals Rookie Stars - feat. Kodi Whitley and Roel Ramirez
#394 John Means
#235 Pedro Severino
#225 Julio Teheran
#379 Howie Kendrick
#483 Kyle Hendricks - SP
#308 Nelson Cruz - In Action
#238 Jose Peraza

Pack three
#368 Rookie of the Year Award - maybe use these subset cards as headers in my award collection.
#293 Bo Bichette
#37 Clayton Kershaw
#109 2021 National League Rookie Stars - feat. Luis Garcia and Christian Pache
#241 Brandon Lowe
#6 Adam Wainwright
#BFB-JM Joe Morgan - Baseball Flashbacks insert
#44 Jose Altuve - Baseball Flashbacks insert
#61 Danny Mendick

Pack four
#227 Michael Chavis
#132 Starling Marte - In Action
#91 2020 NL ERA Leaders - feat. Trevor Bauer, Yu Darvish and Dinelson Lamet
#281 Shane Greene
#155 2021 New York Mets Rookie Stars - feat Ali Sanchez and Franklyn Kilome
#211 2021 Houston Astros Rookie Stars - feat. Enoli Paredes, Blake Taylor and Taylor Jones
#387 Lance Lynn
#36 Juan Soto - In Action
#185 2021 American League Rookie Stars - feat. Ryan Mountcastle and Bobby Dalbec

Pack five
#300 Ronald Acuña Jr - In Action
#189 Albert Pujols
#165 Salvador Perez
#344 Michael Wacha
#84 Yandy Diaz
#94 2020 AL Pitching Leaders - feat. Shane Bieber, Gerrit Cole and Marco Gonzalez
#470 Victor Robles - SP
#365 Cy Young Award
#161 Dexter Fowler

Pack six
#298 Jose Ramirez - In Action
#278 Adam Eaton
#108 Miguel Cabrera - In Action
#375 2021 American League Rookie Stars - feat. Kris Bubic and Triston McKenzie
#251 Christian Yelich
#245 Shohei Ohtani
#236 Kevin Pillar
#297 Jose Ramirez
#116 Tommy Milone

Pack seven
#232 Trent Grisham
#22 2020 AL Postseason - Rays Are AL Champs - feat. Mike Brosseau
#381 Evan Longoria
#229 Chris Taylor
#320 Dylan Moore
#295 2021 Rookie stars - feat. Dylan Carlson and Evan White
#GO-2 Roberto Clemente - The Great One insert
#180 Joey Gallo - In Action
#301 2021 Toronto Blue Jays Rookie Stars - feat. Nate Pearson and Tom Hatch

Pack eight
#174 Cody Bellinger - In Action
#198 Josh Donaldson
#54 Michael Brantley
#330 Yuli Gurriel
#239 Andrew McCutchen
#237 Eduardo Escobar
#492 Brad Boxberger - SP 
#104 Paul Goldschmidt - In Action
#284 Josh Staumont

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Whenever I think about losing a card somewhere...maybe an ongoing feature

With how I still play with my cards after all these years, maybe it makes or breaks the 'order of things' when I can't find a random card I apparently have misplaced somewhere - I'm sorting through countless cards and may occasionally visualize related cards in my head that are not immediately in-hand.

In my big sort through my active team boxes, I was going through my Colorado Rockies cards and in the 'minors' section, find a pair of 2018 Bowman Draft cards for Terrin Vavra - currently a Baltimore Orioles farmhand who was traded from the Colorado Rockies with Tyler Nevin and PTBNL in the Mycal Givens deal in 2020.

I thought I just put one away somewhere and looked to get the 3 cards together - the third card must be a 2019 Topps Pro Debut since I picked up a hand collated set.

I might have already set it aside with my temporary set-up for my Orioles ‘minors’ cards but it wasn’t there - I may be getting Mandela Effect vibes here, where I’m misremembering and misplacing things in my head.

I should have a copy of the card somewhere since it was supposed to be one of the cards in the set I purchased - wouldn’t that be something if the card was missing off the set and out of all the cards after the fact, it’s only at this point a random base card becomes a first world problem.

Maybe the Vavra card was part of the book of cards I put together for spring training in 2019 - but the card came out after ST, so that couldn’t have been the case.

Maybe the Vavra was in a Mega box of cards that was supposed to be for Cal League teams through 2019 - Vavra was still playing at a level below, but maybe I had a hunch that it was grouped there in case Vavra moved up.

Unfortunately the only card for the Rockies affiliate at the time was a Casey Golden - so I was stumped, worried about some random card being in a forgotten pile I've never get to.

I'm in the middle of this rejigger project with my active team boxes and through a couple of weeks I was at a loss - I was messing around with my main box for my active team boxes, seeing if I could straighten my set-ups with the idea the card I’m looking for might shake out of the blue and go figure, that is exactly what happened.

I was utterly shocked when the Vavra card was found sandwiched between two Roy Smalley cards in the alumni portion of my Minnesota Twins cards - how would this random card end up there?

I racked my brain looking everywhere for the card - I’m glad it wasn’t buried among my other claptrap of cards I dared to rummage through because that would have meant I just left it somewhere and forgot about it.

I think it I just ended up mindlessly sorting through too many cards and one fell through the cracks - for now the card is with my two other Vavra cards, though this particular one may have a story behind it now to remind me of my perpetual folly.

Here was a previous episode to remind me - that these things happen and it doesn't always have to be a crisis.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

TTM autographs received: Raisel Iglesias

The Angels closer signed my cards in about 2 weeks c/o Angels ST address - though his autographs are basically his initials and his number, unlike the autograph I got when I first got his autograph years ago, he's always been a pretty good signer through the mail.

Even though I might lose a couple of cards [regardless of all the success reported over the years] due to uncertain times, I mail a request towards the end of spring training - I wanted to see if I can get some fresh ink off a current Angels player I look to watch close out ballgames throughout the 2021 season.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

A pair of redundant repack hanger boxes

A place I sometimes get my food from has a Walgreens in the same strip mall, so while the restaurant was closing and I had to a neighboring joint to get my grub for the night - I walked over to Walgreens to see if there were any 2021 Topps with whatever store exclusive parallels they come with.

Just as I figured, there were no Topps on the shelves and I ended up grabbing these repacks - with all the cards out in the world, these are the last things I want to be opening, but there are no unopened products on the shelves.

Ironically, I'd spent the same afternoon updating my A-Z archive of commons, slaving away at some tedious sorting - I wonder how I get to the point where there are these loose pockets of cards I’ve got to sort out in ABC order and funnel in boxes that maybe impacted. 

Even though I’m in the middle of being overwhelmed in the here and now - I still knowingly add more junk to the mix. 

Going through the second pack, what was peculiar was similar sequence that repeated from the first - I assumed the cards are sorted into the hanger boxes by machine, but can Fairfield really add just about the same brand / year for different random players, multiple times over.   

I thought I’d get a different mix of cards but between the boxes I bought but ended up with 28 pairs of dupes - that fascinates me, but makes me think twice about ever picking up another Fairfield repack hanger.

Pack one

80 cards plus 1 1991 Score Series 2 pack with 16 cards

1991 Score Series 2
#538 Andy Benes
#542 Dave Clark
#447 Mike Aldrete
#453 Mike Bielecki
#780 Terry Steinbach
#875 Rickey Henderson - MVP subset
#870 Benito Santiago - The Franchise subset
#855 Kirby Puckett - The Franchise subset
#737 USA flag 
#743 Ray Stephens
#757 Ed Vosberg
#763 Rodney McCray
#4 Roberto [Clemente] Romps - Magic Motion World Series trivia card
#598 Bill Krueger
#595 Kelly Gruber
#600 Kevin Maas
#592 Wes Gardner

1989 Score Rick Cerone #396
1989 Score Manny Lee #326
1992 Score Pat Kelly #185
1992 Score Scott Terry #219
1992 Score Kevin Elster #103

1992 Score Jeff Brantley #157
1986 Fleer Tom Paciorek #91
1986 Fleer Willie Upshaw #72
1986 Fleer Willie Randolph #115
1986 Fleer Gary Redus #189
1994 Upper Deck Cal Eldred #431
1986 Fleer Star Stickers Dave Kingman #67
1994 Upper Deck Melido Perez #471
1994 Upper Deck Pete Incaviglia #491
1991 Score Alfredo Griffin #442
1991 Score Jerry Browne #481
1991 Score Mike Gallego #476
1992 Score Daryl Irvine #726
1990 Donruss Mike Bielecki #373

1992 Score Steve Avery #797
1987 Donruss Candy Maldonado #327
1992 Donruss Alejandro Pena #772
1990 Donruss Rolando Roomes #360
1992 Leaf Randy Tomlin #256
1991 Donruss Scott Radinsky #332
1994 Donruss Gary DiSarcina #478
1988 Donruss Phil Garner #174
1990 Swell Baseball Greats Harry Walker #33
1986 Topps Jeff Stone #686
1981 Topps Freddie Patek #311
1992 Leaf Scott Radinsky #281
1989 Fleer Mike Marshall #66
1998 Topps Willie Greene #104
1994 Ted Williams Goin’ North - checklist 
1994 Ted Williams Ralph Garr #42
1990 Donruss Billy Hatcher #616
1991 Donruss Al Leiter #697
1993 Pinnacle Gregg Olson #97
1986 Donruss Earnest Riles #359
1991 Donruss Studio Vince Coleman #202
1992 Topps Stadium Club Wally Joyner #122
1992 Classic World Class Athletes Matt Scoggin #24
1991 Leaf Tony Pena #33
1994 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Ramon Martinez #190
1990 Donruss Andres Thomas #263
2012 Topps Opening Day Joe Mauer #80
2016 Topps Sonny Gray #4
1987 Topps Bob Boone #166
2014 Panini Golden Age Angela Cartwright #98
1987 Topps Wayne Tolleson #224
2014 Topps Heritage Russell Martin #343
2014 Bowman Jayson Werth #47
2006 Upper Deck Noah Lowry #794
2016 Leaf Babe Ruth #28
2016 Topps Jake Odorizzi #316
2020 Topps Gallery preview Cody Bellinger #GP-10
1990 Donruss Joe Oliver #586
1987 Topps Pedro Guerrero #360
1991 Leaf Rick Dempsey #484
1989 Topps Mel Hall #173
2003 Donruss Classics Wade Miller #57
2008 Upper Deck Grady Sizemore #363
2016 Donruss Jonathan Lucroy #141
2004 Topps Cracker Jack Carlos Delgado #149
1992 Donruss Willie Banks #760
2002 Fleer Showcase Ben Grieve #83
2016 Topps Archives Ryan Braun #226
1989 Topps Larry Sheets #98
2011 Topps Lineage Roy Oswalt #93
2016 Topps Raudy Read #136
2016 Topps Atlanta Braves team card #135
2016 Topps Jose Pirela #284
2016 Topps Yan Gomes #353
2016 Topps Eric Hosmer #86
2013 Bowman Chrome Kelvin De Leon #BCP86
2010 Topps Scott Downs #357
2010 Topps Kevin Slowey #434
2010 Topps A.J. Pierzynski #605
2009 Upper Deck Carlos Lee #666

Pack two

81 cards plus 1 1991 Score Series 2 pack with 16 cards

1991 Score Series 2 
#489 Mike Schooler
#491 Chris James
#509 Pete O’Brien
#511 Storm Davis
#865 Tim Wallach - The Franchise subset
#860 John Olerud - The Franchise subset
#845 Zane Smith
#840 Frank Thomas
#689 Matt Williams - Master Blaster subset
#691 Darryl Strawberry - Master Blaster subset
#709 Bernard Gilkey
#711 Paul Faries
#38 Cookie [Lavagetto] Comes Through - Magic Motion World Series trivia card

1989 Score Rick Cerone #396
1989 Score Manny Lee #326
1992 Score Rex Hudler #184
1992 Score Bill Spiers #218
1992 Score Kevin Elster #103
1992 Score Jeff Brantley #157
1986 Fleer Jesse Orosco #90
1986 Fleer Louis Thornton #71
1986 Fleer Willie Randolph #115
1986 Fleer Joe Price #188
1994 Upper Deck Dave Hollins #432
1986 Fleer Star Stickers Ozzie Guillen #49
1994 Upper Deck Melido Perez #471
1994 Upper Deck Pete Incaviglia #491
1991 Score Alfredo Griffin #442
1991 Score Jerry Browne #481
1991 Score Mike Gallego #476
1992 Score Daryl Irvine #726
1990 Donruss Mike Bielecki #373
1992 Score Steve Avery #797
1987 Donruss Candy Maldonado #327
1991 Donruss Alan Mills #338
1992 Donruss Damon Berryhill #771
1990 Donruss Larry Anderson #359
1992 Donruss Doug Jones #253
1991 Donruss R.J. Reynolds #101
1994 Donruss Steve Bedrosian #479
1988 Topps Phil Garner #174
1990 Swell Baseball Greats Steve Stone #27
1986 Topps Jerry Hairston #778

2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition Alex Mejia #169 - Prospects autograph serial #’d 603/799
1981 Topps Rupert Jones #225
1992 Leaf Dave Hollins #278

1989 Fleer Mike Marshall #66
1998 Topps Rey Ordonez #103
1994 Ted Williams Rocky Colavito #146
1994 Ted Williams Ralph Garr #42
1990 Donruss Billy Hatcher #616
1991 Donruss Al Leiter #697
1993 Pinnacle Omar Vizquel #95
1986 Donruss Earnest Riles #359
1991 Donruss Studio Dwight Gooden #204
1992 Topps Stadium Club Wally Joyner #122
1991 Pinnacle James Lofton #136
1991 Leaf Tom Bolton #47
1994 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Jose Lind #176
1990 Donruss John Cangelosi #565
2012 Topps Opening Day Ted Lilly #180
2016 Topps Carlos Santana #339
1987 Topps Bob Boone #166
2014 Panini Golden Age D.Wayne Lukas #132
1987 Topps Wayne Tolleson #224
2014 Topps Heritage Peter Bourjos #397
2013 Topps Cody Ross #490
2005 Bowman Ben Sheets #88
2016 Leaf Babe Ruth #74
2016 Topps Nathan Eovaldi #168
2019 Topps Gallery Austin Meadows #28
1990 Donruss Greg Briley #463

1987 Topps Pedro Guerrero #360
1991 Leaf Wally Backman #482
1989 Topps Mel Hall #173
2003 Donruss Classics Brian Tallet #71
2008 Upper Deck Bobby Seay #264
2016 Donruss Yordano Ventura #131
2004 Topps Cracker Jack Laynce Nix #197
1992 Donruss Mark Guthrie #691
2002 Fleer Showcase Curt Schilling #64
2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Michael Pineda #115
1989 Topps Larry Sheets #98
2011 Topps Lineage Yovani Gallardo #166
2018 Topps Tyler Flowers #328
2018 Topps Who’s On First? Rizzarper #126 - feat. Anthony Rizzo and Bryce Harper 
2018 Topps Cameron Rupp #308
2018 Topps Trayce Thompson #654
2018 Topps Chase Utley #263
2013 Bowman Chrome Matthew Koch #BCP44
2010 Topps Aramis Ramirez #359
2010 Topps Brian Bruney #343
2010 Topps A.J. Pierzynski #605
2009 Upper Deck Roy Oswalt #664

Friday, March 19, 2021

Featured autograph - Harold Baines

Maybe purchases are answers to my droughts TTM - to give me something to look at when there isn't always going to be an incoming return from autographs requests I've sent out.

It's different beast however, especially when it comes to expecting a SASE or two to come back on a random day - it’s not as big of a thrill when results in the mail end up being someone else’s envelope.

My request to Baines last year was returned in my SASE with my money [$10] back and card unsigned - I ended up picking up this uncertified autograph card off a Facebook listing.

I assume the seller got the autograph TTM when Baines was generally less picky about taking people’s money to sign - the autograph is on a copy of the 2019 Topps Allen and Ginter I sent out, so with Baines hit or miss, I figured to grab it to knock off a card for my ongoing, perpetual set projects.

Friday, March 12, 2021

What am I supposed to do from here [?]

Things may end up a little fuzzy as far as spelling out what I maybe doing with my cards at the moment - if nothing else, this is basically a post where I change up the purpose [and change the title] as far as an ongoing collection of cards that goes on and on.

1. I've seen myself as an in-person autograph collector over the past decade - now that fan interaction is officially done, I have to do something with my blocks of cards I've made for big league teams.

2. I think my setup came about from trying to build a semi-comprehensive 'team set' of cards through each year - seeing how some acquaintances have these stashes of cards to try and get inked up.

3. It may be a force of habit to go through loose cards, pulls and finds and separate them like I've done - to make like there is still a mission to jump into as far as seeing big league teams [or at least the closest affiliates] with hopes I get cards off my own stashes signed.

4. Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, it hasn't really been the case for the past 5 or 6 years where I've been able to go autograph hunting on a regular basis - while I don't want to admit it, I probably aged out of the chasing aspect real hard and my blocks of cards have been sitting in mothballs.

5. To nerd out a bit and play with my cards in the 'here and now,' I'm going through a 'trip' through my cards for the 30 big league organizations to see what can be weeded out and added into in the here and now - I feel stupid referring to my block of cards as something 'for autographs' or as 'ammo' for an in-person outings.

6. Going forward, I will refer to my collection as a 'active team boxes' that sort of mirrors my collection of 'team boxes' I funnel random cards into for fun and games - the difference is I might be more invested in what goes in and out of my 'active team boxes,' as an old-school way of keeping up with MLB team transactions as a fan and the players pictured on the cardboard as a collector.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

TTM autographs received: Rick Manning

I had an oddball 1980 Topps Supers photo card of Manning, purchased from a card shop to see if I could ever get it signed in-person - the opportunity never came to fruition, but I decided to dig it out to send through the mail in 2020.

However, my request was sent back to me 'return to sender' and wondered what happened, when it seems like he's been a reliable signer - to piece things together after the fact, I sent to an Arizona mailing address when Manning was probably back in Ohio, working as a color commentator for Cleveland games during the MLB season.

In the offseason, I tried the Arizona mailing address I had for him again - after 2 or 3 weeks, I finally got my items back signed.

Saturday, March 06, 2021

TTM autographs received: Linda Ruth-Tosetti

I mailed out some cards to the granddaughter of Babe Ruth and was one of those TTM requests I had to put together to see what would come back - my cards ended up being signed and Miss Ruth-Tosetti also sent back my letter, responding to what I'd written, saying that one thing that amazes her is how her grandfather's legacy continues to live on through this day.

Thursday, March 04, 2021

TTM autographs received: Mudcat Grant

Grant signed a pair of cards in about a week - I was digging around in my A-Z archive of cards and found a pair [a 1971 Topps beater and a retro 2004 Upper Deck Timeless Teams] featuring the former big league pitcher from the late 1950s through the early 1970s.

I thought I'd gotten his autographs in-person 20 years ago - but it might be interesting to see if I can get these miscellaneous cards inked up through the mail.

It looks like the 85-year old Grant is still alive and has signed TTM for $5 each - I wrote out a letter, put together a request and these are my results.

I think requested for him to sign Jim 'Mudcat' Grant since I only saw him scribble out 'Jim Grant' on the successes I've seen - though he actually only wrote out his nickname and last name.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

2021 Topps - eBay blaster nearly a disaster

For the times I've searched around the Targets I can get to and have seen bupkis, maybe $27 shipped wasn’t necessarily a bad price to pay for something delivered from eBay - considering a box is about $20 and maybe the premium I’m paying for in this instance merely covers the cost to ship the item.  

On an afternoon where I actually, finally found some 2021 Topps on the shelves at my local Target and was able to buy some baseball cards - I checked the mail after I got home, it looks like my eBay blaster came in, so maybe things 'evened out' a little where I had some new cards to play with.

Unfortunately,  I saw the small box the blaster was shipped in was crushed along with the actual blaster box itself - I had second thoughts fast, but because I had suffered from a bit of FOMO the past 3 weeks, I took my chances and opened the blaster up. 

Fortunately it doesn’t seem like any of the cards got damaged - this was a basic box with no bonus inserts / parallels, only a coupon ‘book’ for future purchases throughout the rest of the year.

Topps 70th Anniversary patch card pack
#70LP-JB Johnny Bench - there are never outright duds on the checklist and the cards usually look nice, though super thick and has been some variation of these manufactured cards for the past decade or so.

Pack one
#11 Max Kepler
#186 Luke Voit
#268 Johnny Cueto
#67 Clayton Kershaw
#231 Dane Dunning
#270 Mitch White
#249 Trent Grisham
#182 Eduardo Rodriguez
#70YT-17 Gleyber Torres - 70 Years of Topps insert
#T52-30 Yadier Molina - 1952 Topps Redux insert 
#190 Sonny Gray
#158 Buck Farmer
#245 Aristides Aquino
#240 Jose Urquidy

Pack two
#302 Max Muncy
#254 Zack Britton
#237 Willy Adames
#313 Matt Shoemaker
#233 Dansby Swanson
#6 Justus Sheffield
#246 Cavan Biggio
#195 Baltimore Orioles team Card
#TC52-43 Shohei Ohtani - 1952 Topps Redux insert; Chrome parallel
#T52-15 Jacob deGrom - 1952 Topps Redux insert
#103 Daniel Johnson
#10 Daulton Varsho
#243 Santiago Espinal
#65 Isaac Paredes

Pack three
#218 Matt Olson
#51 Sean Manaea 
#157 Aroldis Chapman
#234 Lorenzo Cain
#283 Texas Rangers team card
#296 Joey Wendle
#201 Get up! - checklist feat. Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto
#86B-35 - Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - 1986 Topps insert
#T52-16 Justin Verlander - 1952 Topps Redux insert
#187 Christian Pache
#291 Miguel Cabrera
#189 Adam Plutko
#69 Gio Gonzalez

Pack four
#33 Yonathan Daza
#42 Kyle Lewis
#62 Stephen Vogt
#203 Trea Turner
#139 Humberto Mejia
#324 Nick Neidert
#55 Nick Senzel
#128 Dylan Bundy
#36 Charlie Morton - Rainbow Foil parallel
#T52-47 Sonny Gray - 1952 Topps Redux insert
#165 Willson Contreras
#38 Mitch Moreland
#27 Mike Trout - the centering on the back is is off for a handful of the cards I've pulled; that might be worth noting.
#105 Shane Bieber

Pack five
#87 Jorge Alfaro
#31 Brandon Kintzler
#95 Gerrit Cole
#133 Mitch Keller
#149 Mitch Haniger
#68 Washington Nationals team card
#318 Chicago White Sox team card
#159 Postgame Hand Wash - Clean Hands Needed - checklist - feat. Danny Jansen and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
#TTY-21 Derek Jeter - Through the Years insert - I wouldn't get fooled but I've never liked cards picturing cards.
#T52-34 Albert Pujols - 1952 Topps Redux insert
#121 Matthew Boyd
#252 Luke Voit
#289 Josh Reddick
#85 Brusdar Graterol 

Pack six
#266 Jurickson Profar
#57 Will Smith
#292 Oscar Mercado
#106 Brandon Nimmo
#216 Adam Frazier
#311 Codi Heuer 
#316 Alex Gordon
#206 Wade Davis
#101 Travis D'Arnaud
#T52-24 Manny Machado - 1952 Topps Redux insert
#53 Andres Gimenez
#197 Nick Madrigal
#167 James Kaprielian
#277 Alec Bohm

Pack seven
#36 Charlie Morton
#3 Matt Chapman
#54 Joakim Soria
#71 Randy Drobnak
#161 Lewis Brinson
#60 Yu Darvish
#196 Ryan Yarbrough
#287 Arizona Diamondbacks team card
#86B-42 Starling Marte - 1986 Topps 
#T52-19 Luis Robert - 1952 Topps Redux insert
#83 Gavin Lux
#174 Raisel Iglesias
#4 David Bote
#278 Jon Lester

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Featured autographs - purchases

Off a couple of Facebook posts from the same collector [presumably a Milwaukee Brewers fan, so that's a theme here] - I saw some IP/TTM signed cards offered f/s and decided to take a couple off his hands.

I thought I was good with the pair of purchases [Jacob Barnes and Jim Ganter], but the next time I'm scrolling through my feed - but I saw another f/s post, which was more certified autographs from some 'prominent' Brewers stars of the early 2000s i.e. Ben Sheets, Richie Sexson, etc.

Barnes was an Angel in 2020 so I needed his autograph for my all-time collection - the 5-year big leaguer had a bloated ERA but struck out 24 batters and walked only 4 in a decidedly small sample size of 18 innings through pandemic 2020.

Ganter doesn’t register as a guy whose autograph I had to get, but his playing career went through the junk wax era, so at least I'm familiar with the name - the oddball Milwaukee Brewers police set issue from 1992 caught my eye and while I don't really consider it vintage [despite all the years that have passed], the yellowed top loader certainly is.

A second baseman for most of his career, Gantner spent 17 years with the Milwaukee Brewers - he wasn't the type who put up big offensive numbers like teammates Robin Yount or Paul Molitor, but was solid for the era he played in.

Maybe the scavenger in me is looking to salvage things once in a while, so while I probably didn't a Jenkins autograph in the here and now - it's a 20 year old pack pulled issue from a debut year of a set that has some tradition and history associated with it.

Jenkins was a hard hitting outfielder who had starred for the Brewers for most of his career before ending up with the Philadelphia Phillies for the their World Series championship run in 2008 - I remember where he had a little cult favorite following in Milwaukee because he resembled NFL star Brett Favre.