May 2017 Ebay Wins

I know that some people don’t use ebay as part of their collecting adventures, and I sometimes envy those people.  It can be a fickle and frustrating process at times, but I find it to be a pretty necessary.

Trading is fantastic (and I’m finally trying to do more of it).  Card shows are a lot of fun, but very infrequent.  Card shops are hit or miss and I personally find them to be very awkward as I search through boxes while some dude just watches.

Besides, to find lower numbered stuff, ebay is still one of the best places to find things.  So, I’ve set up several saved searches and bide my time.  Here’s most of what I was able to grab this past month.

MVP

Yep, the Cubs collections are in warm-up mode.  The original six are still my main focus, but I’ll put a minimum bid on some parallels to see what I can get.  Here’s a Vintage Stock to start us off.  Well, not really.  I have earlier ebay wins for the new Cubs, but you get it.

#/50

I think this was probably the biggest surprise.  I haven’t seen a lot of the gold parallels from the silver packs given when you bought a hobby/jumbo box.  People really don’t seem to be very interested in Arrieta cards right now, because this and the rest were 99 cent bids.

Not a pick off throw

My plan is to buy a full box of Diamond Kings at the National this year.  I seriously doubt I’d run across a red paper framed parallel I needed in that, so this was an easy win.  I love the raised paper framed cards.

Nighttime cardboard

What ebay is not good for is normal base cards.  That’s why I didn’t specifically bid on it.  It was a throw in with this next one.

Only 10 more of these to go

Can you believe that this is my first Studio portrait of Kerry Wood?  Most of the ones I come across on there are BINs with prices above my threshold. It’s pretty nice to land this #/50 for the minimum.  Take note, BIN sellers.

And that’s it.  I already have a larger haul for June and there’s still two weeks of unknowns left.  Until then.

Digging Out From the Trade Backlog (Trade with Nolan’s Dugout) – Part 4

If you missed part one of the loot I received from Kyle at Nolan’s Dugout, then click on this link.  If you missed part two…here.  And three.

As a quick recap, I sent him some Topps online exclusive code giveaway die cuts, and he sent me stuff I could actually use. A lot of stuff.  So much stuff that this still isn’t going to be the last part.  We got one more.  And, we just completed another trade recently so that won’t be the last we hear from him either!

I didn’t change this text in the previous parts, but you can assume that we’ll be looking at all Kerry Wood all the time for these last two parts.  Why delay any further? Let’s look at some cards.

40P34

I opened a box of this stuff a few years ago.  For those that don’t know, the set is over 1,000 cards and features just about every person on the 40-man roster.  I think.  It’s a lot.  You’d need plenty of packs to get anywhere close to a set, or a specific card.

Electric

And you’d need a couple cases to get one of these parallels.  They fell one per pack, so…yeah.  The odds are long and this was a big surprise.

Was anyone excited about this?

Sometimes I don’t think I missed a whole lot while I was out of collecting.

Hold on to the globe

I honestly thought this was an insert card, but it’s actually from a set.  Another one of those random things that Upper Deck put out to create another product.  I guess it is kind of an “insert” in that Kerry Wood is a short print.  Maybe because they knew he would never actually be a World Series hero.  Close, though.

Non-auto

I wonder how popular these signature series cards were back then.  Autos weren’t nearly as prevalent as they are now, and usually the checklists were better.  I’m happy to be able to receive what most that opened it would consider the table scraps.

Yup

This one looks like a promo card.  It’s it weird that all the gold text has a fake shimmer instead of being actual foil?

Cubs won 15-2, Kerry Wood with an RBI

It’s a little strange that I got the relic card for Kerry before the base card.  If Upper Deck ever gets a chance to resurrect baseball products, I hope they consider doing Authentix again.

Non-relic

Same question for this as with the Donruss Signature.  Was the allure of jersey cards that powerful?  I personally still like them, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a jersey card from this jersey edition.

Only need the Legacy #/150

We’ll end this part with what is actually one of the weaker years of Showcase.  It’s not terrible, but others are better.  Still, it’s a card I needed, so I’m happy.

And there’s still more!  I think we’ll be able to do one more part of this to finish it all off.  Are you as excited as I am?  Probably not, but it’s my blog so it’s happening.

Trade Bait – 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 6/19/2017

Inserts and parallels

Missing Nameplate
275 – Betances

Green border #/99
302 – Ryne Sandberg

Purple border #/250
285 – Kirby Yates

Missing Black plate
182 – Sam Dyson

Short Print
306 – Griffey Jr.

Fortune Teller
GS – Gary Sanchez
MT – Mike Trout

main set

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
6, 7, 18, 20, 23, 24, 26, 29, 30, 41, 43, 46, 53, 54, 58, 64, 66, 67, 74, 77, 85, 88, 89, 90, 94, 97, 101, 109, 112, 116, 120, 122, 124, 130, 133, 136, 138, 139, 148, 152, 153, 158, 159, 161, 164, 166, 171, 176, 181, 188, 189, 193, 194, 203, 213, 215, 216, 217, 218, 220, 227, 232, 234, 238, 243, 248, 251, 252, 260, 261, 265, 266, 275, 277, 279, 291, 294, 296, 298

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and other Gypsy Queen years!

Trade Bait – 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 6/16/2017

Minis

Regular Minis
91 – Chris Archer
130 – Matt Harvey
203 – Chris Heston
255 – JJ Hardy

inserts

Glove Stories
Burns

Power Alley
Pujols
Mathews

Short Print
#328 – Rod Carew

Main set

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
2, 13, 25, 39, 60, 65, 68, 76, 87, 100, 105, 110, 118, 121, 125, 139, 151, 155, 159, 186, 202, 203, 217, 228, 234, 248, 261, 278, 281, 295, 298, 300

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and other Gypsy Queen years!

Trade Bait – 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 6/15/2017

Framed and relic

Framed White from rack packs
6 – David Wright
41 – Ivan Rodriguez (miscut top/bottom)
72 – Carlos Martinez
98 – Jose Reyes (miscut top/bottom)

Framed Gold border #/499
58 – Gallardo

Full Size Relic
VM – Victor Martinez

minis

Regular Minis
1 – Trout
29 – Sale (x2 – only 1 pictured)
79 – Dawson – SOLD
86 – Marichal
110 – Verlander
149 – Miguel Cabrera
176 – Puig
181 – Cliff Lee
196 – d’Arnaud
197 – Matt Adams
226 – Melky Cabrera
279 – Weaver
284 – Rosenthal
296 – Belt
297 – Bailey

inserts

Queens Throwbacks
19 – Granderson

Pillars of the Community
JA – Jose Abreu

Walk-Off Winners
13 – Luis Gonzalez

Glove Stories
3 – Adam Eaton
7 – Revere
8 – Betts

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
3, 10, 19, 24, 29, 35 (x2), 38, 46 (x2), 49, 54, 62, 64, 65, 69, 74, 75, 76, 78, 91, 92, 94, 95, 99, 100, 102, 104 (x3), 108, 109, 113 (x2), 114, 115, 116, 120, 121, 128, 130, 132, 140, 142, 146, 154, 155, 162, 163, 168, 169, 170, 176, 177, 179, 183, 184 (x2), 187, 189, 192, 193, 195, 205, 209, 210, 217, 220, 225 (x2), 227 (x2), 232, 234, 236, 245, 249, 251, 259, 262 (x2), 264, 268, 270, 272, 278, 281, 282, 290, 299, 333

Make sure you check out the link above for the other trade bait and other Gypsy Queen years!

Trade Bait – 2017 Topps Heritage

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 6/14/2017

inserts

1968 Topps Game Rookies
3 – Orlando Arcia
10 – Aaron Judge – Up for Auction
15 – Ryon Healy

1968 Topps Game
16 – Giancarlo Stanton
24 – Robinson Cano
27 – Trea Turner

Then & Now
8 – Juan Marichal & Rick Porcello

New Age Performers
8 – Manny Machado

Rediscover Topps Buybacks
Tom Herr 1987 #721 (Bronze/copper stamp)

main set

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
11, 13, 17, 18, 27, 28, 32, 39, 41, 43, 44 (x2), 48, 52, 65, 62, 76, 81, 83, 84 (x2), 85 (x2), 86, 87, 89, 91, 94, 99, 100, 101, 102, 108, 111, 112, 115, 116, 117, 119, 120, 124, 127, 128, 129, 132, 133, 137, 139, 140, 144, 147, 148, 151, 154, 160, 161 (x2), 165, 168, 175, 176, 180, 181, 189, 190, 191, 194, 196, 198 (x2), 200, 208, 211, 212, 215, 216, 217, 218, 225, 237, 239, 242, 246, 247, 249, 255, 257, 258, 267, 271, 273, 277, 279 (x2), 285, 287, 289, 291 (x2), 294, 295, 298, 301, 304, 305, 306, 309, 313, 315, 316, 320, 325, 330, 332, 338, 347, 348, 358, 376, 378, 384, 388, 390, 392, 400, 406, 408, 444, 492, 498

As far as I can tell, I don’t have any of the variations, but could be wrong. But check the link above for the other trade bait and other Heritage years!

Trade Bait – 2016 Topps Heritage High Number

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

More Trade Bait to be found HERE

Post updated 6/13/2017

Only 2 inserts

Rookie Performers
Blake Snell

Award Winners
Carlos Correa

main set

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
507, 514, 515, 518, 528, 533, 534, 536, 537, 547, 556, 557, 577, 585, 594, 596, 604, 614, 622, 623, 626, 629, 632, 633, 643, 651, 661, 671, 675, 678, 683

Not much to work with. I only bought one hangar box and traded a few away.  I never bought any 2016 Non-High Number either.  But check the link above for the other trade bait and other Heritage years!

Trade Bait – 2012 Topps Heritage

Hey there!  Take my cards!  I have cards. You need cards.

What can you send my way?  Take a look at this page right HERE.  I’m willing to trade in your favor if it means getting stuff out of my house faster.  Also, if you’re not sure if you have anything from my player specific lists, I’m also accepting any cards of just about all current 2017 Cubs players as an alternative, but odds are you’ll have plenty to work with now!

Stay tuned as I’ll have more trade bait posts all this week.

Post updated 6/12/2017

inserts

News Flashbacks:
MKI – Martin Luther King Jr.

Baseball Flashbacks:
WMC – Willie McCovey

New Age Performers:
RB – Ryan Braun (really? He’d been in the league 5 years…)

Then & Now:
KV – Sandy Koufax & Justin Verlander

main set

Base Set (Just listing card numbers – please inquire about specific players or teams – I’m happy to check and list that out if you need it)
Checklist #5, 14, 28, 30, 36 (x2), 37, 50, 53, 60, 64, 65, 67, 69, 78, 85, 92, 96, 98, 105, 108, 110, 118, 124, 132, 133, 138, 139, 144, 145, 155, 157, 163 (x2), 164, 165, 176, 180, 185, 191, 203, 208, 223, 225, 238, 240, 242, 248, 249, 251 (x2), 254, 255, 261, 278, 280 (x2), 283, 290, 293, 294, 304, 317, 318, 329, 331, 332, 340 (x2), 341, 349, 360 (x2), 362, 367, 371, 374, 375 (x2), 388, 393, 399, 407, 410, 419

As far as I can tell, I don’t have any of the variations, but could be wrong. But check the link above for the other trade bait and other Heritage years!

2017 Cubs – The Fourth 10 Games

So, just like last year, I’ve fallen behind on these posts.  Also, like last year, I’m becoming disillusioned with the Cubs in the middle of the year due to a player with an alleged domestic abuse in his history.  Maybe I’ll talk about that more later, but even though I had started to collect Addison Russell (along with most of the championship roster), his inclusion is indefinitely suspended.

Well, at least the Cubs are doing well overall.  Oh, wait.  They’re not.  Due to what some might call parity in the NL Central I’m calling some lackluster play.  Only 5 wins in this batch, and I think we already know that it doesn’t exactly get better.

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Strikeout #26
May 6, 1992 – Houston Astros at Chicago Cubs

The sixth strikeout of seven came in the 6th inning with the score knotted up at 4.  Ed Taubensee went down swinging to start the 1-2-3 inning.  The Cubs would take the lead in the bottom of the inning and never look back.

Writing captions for these is tough

Strikeout #36
May 16, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants

Maddux kept a one strikeout per inning ratio going by getting the last two batters of the inning.  Will Clark swung and missed to end the third.  Greg wasn’t done there.

I have nothing interesting to say

Strikeout #37
May 16, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants

He wasn’t done, because he started the next inning by throwing one past Kevin Bass.  All told, he would end with 9 strikeouts over 7 innings in a losing effort.

How are you doing?

Strikeout #50
May 27, 1992 – San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs

Will Clark makes his second appearance in the blog post.  It’s another swing and a miss in another Giants win (they can’t all be happy endings).

Oh, that’s good.  Or bad. Depending on your answer.

Strikeout #51
May 27, 1992 – San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs

To end the day, we stay in the same game with a second set of back-to-back cards.  The next Giants victim was Jim McNamara in the 4th, but by that time it was too late for the Cubs.  Hopefully that doesn’t hold true for this year’s team.

Digital De-Cluttering – Frank Thomas Edition

Throughout my years of collecting and blogging (over 7 years now….), I’ve either obtained a small amount of cards from one source, or I’ve posted most cards from a package but not all.  That leaves a bunch of “master files” taking up space in my scan folders, waiting for inspiration to strike or a theme to tie them together.

I know this means nothing to you, but this post (and the others to follow) help ease my mind by cleaning out those folders a little bit and making me feel like I’m making progress in showing everything in my collection.  For the Big Hurt, I still have 87 multi-card scans left after this.  That’s less than Maddux, but still far too many.  I need to post more, but I also have too many hobbies and not enough time.

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The scan kind of looks like a refractor, but it’s not

These first couple are hold overs from trades that were completed back in the days where I didn’t post every single card.  There may be people out there that miss those days.  I’m not sure what would have really made the cut over an older Heritage card, but some did.

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Looks airbrushed, but I’m terrible at spotting that stuff

I think this is another from that same trade.  I can tell the super old scans from the diagonal lines.  On the topic of the card, 2006 Bowman is one of the better ones in my mind.  Mostly because I can tell it apart from the others.

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Missing the gold version

2009 was the year I got back into the collecting game.  These were some of the first inserts I saw and they still look pretty good.  I don’t fully know if I pulled this in a pack, but there’s a strong chance I did.

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Printing quality is terrible on these

This is not from 1995.  It’s one of the reprints from 2011.  It’s also not the original back version. If it were, I would be showing that back.  Probably should anyway, since the front looks horrendous.

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I still don’t get the appeal of minis

Here’s another random one that most likely came from a pack at some point in my life.  I tend to have better luck with Frank Thomas cards than some of the others.

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I forgot that Manny played for the White Sox.

We’ll finish this off with a few more 2011 Topps cards from back in the case breaking days.  I have tons of leftovers and I snagged these for the binders.

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Did not forget about Dunn

And a second of these.  Complete with the same poor printing quality we saw with the reprint up above.  Did we get a bad batch, or did the printing company get things wrong?

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I think the shine “sun bleached” it

This third one makes it look like the printer’s fault.  These sparkle cards in general have aged better than expected.  I like the silver ones better than the “cognac” but less than the Hope versions.  I don’t have the hope version of this Thomas card, but I do have one of his A’s picture.  But I’ve shown that already at some point.  Why show it again?  There are so many more to post…another time.