2017 Cubs – The First 10 Games

I started to do this last year, but then gave up in July or so.  I didn’t follow the team the second half of the year until the playoffs hit.  However, this is a new year and the reason I stopped watching the Cubs signed with the Yankees in the off-season, so I’m more excited about Cubs baseball again.

To add to that, I announced last November that I was going to collect virtually every member of the 2016 Cubs World Series team (with some modifications).  So, with 26 new player/manager additions and a slew of unposted cards from the original six, I’ll take any loose concept I can get.  Expect more current Cubs players to dominate these posts in the future, but I still haven’t scanned most of those (allllmost done formulating want/need lists).  For now, we’ll go with the old standby of Greg Maddux to help us count the wins.

A 6-4 record through the first 10 means six cards to post.

Mopey throw

This 2017 team is full of fresh faced talent – sort of like how Greg looked back nearly 30 years ago here.

Sinister kneel

And there’s a few guys waiting in the wings in AAA that could be on several MLB rosters as well.  It’ll be interesting to see how the Cubs decide to juggle everyone.  It’s one of those “good problems to have.”

Business in the front throw

Side bar – How many of you chase the different border patterns for these early ’90s Donruss sets?  I personally don’t as it seems like it would be too hard to checklist and confirm, however if I were to get 10 copies of the card and saw the difference, I might slip them both in the binder.

Small get together in the back throw

I have an irrational love for this year’s design.  That scratch-off ticket gray they use for the names makes all the difference.

Monkey throw – you see this a lot

What’s really scary is we’re getting close to having players in the majors that were born in 2000.  Cubs are young, but they’re not quite THAT young.

West Side Story throw

2017 would have been the perfect opportunity for Topps to bring back this style of gold parallel.  With no other foil anywhere in the nameplate area, I think that could have looked pretty good.  How they handle the other colors?  Other colored foil, I guess?

Okay, so I didn’t talk much about the Cubs.  They did okay to start the season, but nothing crazy.  I’m happy that we won’t hear that same run differential crap again.  As long as we keep the losing games close, we should be in good shape.  We shall see in 152 more games.

Digging Out From the Trade Backlog (Trade with Nolan’s Dugout) – Part 1

A while back (let’s say 2+ years ago, I think?) Kyle from Nolan’s Dugout contacted me about some Topps die cuts I had for trade.  Those were the golden giveaway code redemption things you could only get online (unless you had a customer service issue and Topps sent you a ton of them as a replacement for a damaged stamped set that they no longer had).  Thanks to his patience with me, we finally ended up sending cards to each other.  This here, as the title indicates, is only part 1 containing Carlos Marmol, Greg Maddux and Tony Gwynn.   We’ll see Frank Thomas and Kerry Wood in later parts. Multiple.  It was a big trade.

Still need the gold foil versions if you might have them

It’s rare to get Carlos Marmol cards in trades anymore.  I have most of the basic ones (although, please check my want lists – They’ll be more updated very soon, so check early and check often), and unless someone’s really organized, they probably won’t naturally remember what Marmol or Dempster cards they have.  I couldn’t tell you what I have for star players for trade (although bait posts are coming).  What I’m trying to say is that I’m very appreciative of any Marmol card that comes my way.

The relics look better

I didn’t think this Diamond Connection set even had base cards.  I should be glad it does, because it’s the only one out of 13 that isn’t a relic and the only one of 13 I have now.

Not exactly a reflective surface

This set has a few relics as well, but these base cards look nice.  I love the foil board when it’s paired with certain colors like gold.

He looks tired

Topps Co-Signers is going to suck my soul away.  No joke, I need 62 more cards just from the 2006 set.  Just for Maddux. Sixty. Two.

He looks confused

Is this one of the most despised UD sets?  Some of the photo choices are decent.  I mean, Maddux is over here signing a…baseball?  While not looking.  Makes sense, considering his signature.

Add more half-stickers too

Here’s another feature I would love to see on current Topps stickers.  It could add a nice additional collection dimension to put different players on the backs.

Kinda looks like a cell phone sticking out of his pocket

There’s really not much to say about Pacific, even when it’s a card of his cover boy.

Not enough collector’s chose this year’s set

I think I got all of the preview cards before I got any from the “real” set.

I like the textured effect in the background

Early 2000s SP is far too confusing for me to follow.  All I really know is that I didn’t have this before, but now I do.  Next step is to figure out if Game Bat Edition is a different product.

Still need 12 numbered cards from this set too.

To finish it out, an appropriate tip of the cap to Kyle from Gwynn for sending him to his new home.  Stay tuned for parts 2 through ??

International Museum of Surgical Science

I’ve been thinking about making this blog a little more personal, and talking not only about cards, but about various things that are happening in my life or stuff that I’ve done.  I’ll still throw cards into the mix.  They may not always fit the theme and may just serve as a break in segments, but…away we go.

My wife and I took a trip to the International Museum of Surgical Science recently.  It’s something that we’ve both wanted to do for a while and finally got around to it.  The museum itself is relatively small in an older building close to the lake shore here in Chicago, away from most of the downtown touristy stuff.  You won’t find many paintings and statues, although they are there. Mostly, it’s comprised of artifacts of surgical history past.  You’ll see various tools and products and photographs showing how certain procedures have evolved over the centuries.

This is the closest I could find to an evolution of cards in one

Three things typically fascinate me when I visit museums and this one was no different.

1) How much society hasn’t changed.

Reprints and fake reprints

You may be surprised how little some of the instruments have changed.  Eye glasses certainly have evolved in their style and ophthalmology as a medical specialty has seen great strides (and my job allows me to see that somewhat first hand), but actual glasses…not so much.  Tools used to assist with child birth have been virtually the same as they were first created hundreds of years prior.  It’s hard to believe that these things are like the game of chess where it’s been standard/perfect throughout most of history.  It just means that there are a lot of areas where we haven’t broken through to improve them yet.

2) How much society has changed

I may not really retain much of the information I see, but what I’m most interested in is how stupid we used to be considering our current knowledge base.  It also makes me think a lot about how far we’ll come and what medical oddities we currently have in place that will seem stupid and foreign 50 years from now.  Here are some of my favorite miscues.  We all know about blood letting and cupping, but I was surprised at how long it took for physicians and hospitals to adopt a clean, sterile environment.  It’s been less than 100 years.  There are people that did it for quite some time, but widely adopted as “good medicine,” it hasn’t been that long.  Those glasses I mentioned that haven’t changed?  Well they used to use age as the basis for prescriptions rather than your actual eye sight acuity, because they those all eyes lost function at about the same rate.  How about the fact that radiation was briefly thought to be a beneficial thing.  One company added radiation to water to advertise it’s “invigorating” properties.  That was kind of a snake oil thing, but it was also used as a hair removal treatment for women.  Yeah…guess how that’s worked out.

Sort of like an X-Ray? I mean you can see through the hole in the card

3) The Research that goes into this information and how can we trust it.

I’m not saying people are making things up, but there’s a lot about our current world that is unknown and undiscoverable, despite the prevalence of the internet.  I mean, do you know how hard it is to find a comprehensive resource on Star baseball cards or broders or even that 5X7 collector’s choice card from a major manufacturer.

I was going to scan and show each of these 9 separately, but…

All the cards are labeled the same, but have different titles and pictures

So, there’s not much to say about them and I got to wedge them into this post

With that in mind, how can we really be sure of some of these timelines or that these breakthroughs are being properly attributed to the right people.  Not that the possible “right” person would be alive to care most of the time, but you know what I mean.  History is what we make it, I guess.

Back When People Read This Blog, They Traded With Me, Too

I hate the collateral damage my unpredictable work schedule causes.  It makes sense that readership and engagement with the blog would be down significantly when you don’t post for 6 months at a time.  I don’t care about blog stats, and I don’t look at them. The only reason I care about readers is so that I can make and retain trading friends.

So, I feel bad when people like Mr. Haverkamp doesn’t get his timely recognition.  He’s not the only one that’s been waiting in the wings, and there are trades older than the November 2015 completion date of this yet to be posted, but it is a quicker one to put together and I’m trying to keep this momentum going.

Way back when, I traded him a sepia mini of Mike Schmidt from Gypsy Queen and a couple other things in return for a few goodies we’re about to see.

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Sunny in the picture. Cloudy on the border

1993 was the time when parallels started to catch fire and Fleer missed the boat on these.  That gray is drab, but a neat color or metallic shine could have made all the difference.

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Sweet, sweet wave

This is now the first card in my Tony Gwynn binder.  Mr. Haverkamp provided me with the oldest Gwynn in my collection so far, and it is glorious

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Eyes on the ball, Friar

Oh, and he gave me the second card in my binder, because I didn’t just get ’84 D, but also ’84 F.  No crazy colored borders needed here.

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Don’t you dare peel his head

I wish the Topps sticker albums would do several things, but one of them is shaped stickers like this.  You can see how the crowd is mostly cut away here.  I love that concept. You can fit more players on an album page by posing them different ways and creating little scenes.  C’mon, Topps!

 

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Two-Sport Superstar?  Ummm….

Lastly, he sent me a really cool uncut page from the Topps Magazine with a Frank Thomas card.  That’s a great pose, too. Probably from the same session as his first Bowman card, but this one is better.  I most certainly will not be using scissors of folding along the perforations here.

Thank you very much again Mr. Haverkamp for reading in the past and for reaching out to trade with me.  It was a pleasure and I hope that anyone reading now will take advantage of that opportunity when offered.

Digital De-Cluttering – Kerry Wood Edition

The last time I did this kind of post (also the first time), it was fall of last year when I still had hopes that work wouldn’t suck my soul into the upside down.  Now we’re in spring, so I can use the whole spring cleaning analogy.  Hooray?

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 Kerry, I still have 35 multi-card scans left after this, which isn’t too bad, but still a lot of work left to be done.

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Tough set to collect

Most of these will be from boxes I’ve opened over the years.  I found a cheap 2006 UD Special F/X box, and it was a lot of fun.  I didn’t strike gold on any player collection parallels, but that’s okay.  The base set (and all the many parallels) comes in at over 1000 cards and if I remember correctly it’s 4 cards per pack, 20 packs per box (with inserts and hits).  Odds are long on hitting something you need even at the base level.

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Fits the unmarked bill

I love Hometown Heroes.  I wish Panini would have brought it back for another run. I’ve opened a few boxes of this (expect a trade bait post, but in the meantime if you are trying for the set, let me know as I have a near-set to trade and can definitely help.

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Practically a reverse negative of the first picture

I landed this insert in one of my boxes.  He also has an autograph in the set, but I wasn’t lucky enough to find that.  I have autos to trade if you did!

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Mini version of a big yell

I bought into the 2012 Mini box craze in it’s first year.  They were fun to open with the low numbered gold and black borders easy to find.  I actually still have two sealed boxes left that I don’t really need.  Currently my plan is to hold on to them and maybe I can ride the Harper mini RC train to profit town.

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Didn’t make the cut for my last Kerry Wood post

Shifting now to old ebay wins and BINs.  I found a seller that had this tough to spot Upper Deck gold parallel.  It’s also tough to find them for a good price.

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Same with this. They were already in this draft

And, what do you know, the same seller had this team checklist one as well.  Nice to kill two “evil-eye” birds with a cheap stone.

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Bring back purple foil and wonky serial numbering

I don’t actively seek these types of cards, but every once in a while I’ll buy or win a card from a large seller and I’ll see what else they have that I might want.  That’s where this comes in.  Slowly whittling away my 1999 Pacific Prism needs.  The toughest one left is #/80 Blue.  Tough to believe it will look better than this purple (which scans pink).

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And you wonder why I think Pacific looks tacky

I think this is the one that I won.  I have saved searches and then at times I’ll do random ebay searches for cards numbered to 50 or 99 for my players.  This is a 99 shiny parallel that I stumbled upon two years back.

Yup, two years ago.  Some of those scans are older still.  I never really stopped collecting or acquiring cards (slowed down significantly), I just stopped having time to post.  Cleaning things up is a nice start.

Maddux Overload – 1998 Edition

1998.

The Green Bay Packers fail to repeat as champions, losing to the Denver Broncos.

The Bulls once again beat the Utah Jazz in the NBA Finals to earn their 6th title in 8 years.  The Jazz were the only team the Bulls faced twice in the finals during that run.  Also, the Houston Comets repeat to win the second WNBA title in history over the Phoenix Mercury.

Curling debuts in Winter Olympics competition.

Tennis happened.

The Detroit Red Wings repeat as Stanley Cup champions (a lot of repeating this year) in another sweep, this time over the Washington Capitals.

The Yankees beat the Padres, denying Tony Gwynn his championship ring.  Also, a young Kerry Wood would strike out 20 batters in a game and inspire 30,000 cards.

And in 1998, card manufacturers released 659 cards of Greg Maddux that I deemed worthy of my collecting efforts.

Thanks to the generosity of reader Jeremy, originally mentioned in our landmark 500th post (and in my 1993 Overload post, and 1994 post, and 1995 post, and 1996 post and 1997 post), I now have 40 more of those cards as I did before.

1998 Before Jeremy – 26/659 cards – 4%

1998 After Jeremy – 66/659 cards (including two upgrades) – 10%

1998 more than doubles the amount of cards to chase.  1997 had a smidgen less than 300 cards, and now look at what has become of this hobby.

Since Jeremy’s package, I’ve acquired 19 more 1998 cards, adding nearly 3% to the grand total, so there’s plenty of progress yet to be made.  For now, let’s focus on what Jeremy sent.

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Reminds me of the Arrested Development chicken dances

We go in alphabetical order, and so we’ll start off the year with a little Bowman.  Bowman was light on the paper side, but will still present a challenge. Not as bad as Chrome, I’m sure.

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Baseball eyeball

Although I think Best outdoes them both.  The refractors are all really low numbered (especially for the time) and are actually worth something.

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The nutty professor

I’m showing the back of this card because it’s from the Brave’s team set.  Besides, how can you not love that stretching picture?

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Insert Walking Dead reference here

This is not from a team set.  I loved Collector’s Choice because of stuff like this.  Budget set with interesting and quirky inserts.  I wouldn’t mind a double of this so I can put it together.

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Ed McMahon hosts

However, StarQuest is a reason why I hated the product.  It took parallels to an unnecessary extreme for the price point.

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Why?  Just…why?

Yeah, and then there was a second type of Star Quest in this same year for some reason.

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Shiny crown

For all the crap I give Pacific, I still do enjoy the Crown Royale cards, if only for the die cuts.

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Throw it in the moat

But then there’s more crap like this.  Blech.  Die cut this sucker and then maybe I’ll care.

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5 stars

They love showing Maddux pitching at Wrigley during his Braves days.

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7 Stars!

They also love showing this ugly pitching face.  I guess there aren’t any good pitching faces, though.

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0 stars

I guess this face isn’t as bad.  Ain’t that grand (stand)

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Not a signature

Donruss went super crazy with all their products and low numbered stuff.  As far as I can tell, this may be the only one that will have autographs. Still, those are going to be tough to come by.

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Clearly different

Now we switch gears to get a glimpse of what cards will look like in the future year of 2001.  What a time to be alive.

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Do you really want to throw THAT pitch?

Flair Showcase, the precursor to Topps Gold Label (I think).  I like this approach better.

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Vintage-y

Looking at all the Fleer Tradition cards I still need of Maddux alone (11 of them) makes me think I should just buy a box.

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S. Not an R.

I need a lot of Rookies and Stars, too, but most of those are numbered inserts, so I can’t imagine buying a box would help very much with that effort.

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Welcome back, Star Trek font

Contrary to its name, this was not the last set Pacific would release.

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Not just one..

Another…”effort?”…from Pacific.

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…but two

And it comes in different colors as well.  There are a couple more to chase, too.

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Well, dang it!  The card’s broke. It’s got a big ol’ hole in it!

Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve been looking for a decent priced box of the Pinnacle Mint cards.

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That’s better.  I think.

Coins are fun little oddballs.  There are normal cards like these, too.  But those aren’t as fun.

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That’s one way to present a name.

No, I don’t really know what’s going on here, either.  All I know is that Pinnacle released an ass-load of cards and this is one less that I need.

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Paint by numbers

This isn’t really a sketch.  More of a painting.  Actually more of a computer manipulation.  7th Inning computer manipulation.

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Drowning in foil

There’s a reason why sets haven’t really used this insert name.  Or that font.

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It’s like the scene from “Get Out” where he sinks into the chair.

Needs more border.

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I love cards like this

SPx Finite is another box I would love to open, but there’s really no incentive to do that anymore.  Other traders have been very generous and I have the most basic ones and a couple of the uncommons for my players.

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Embossed base cards

This was a light year for Stadium Club cards.  The biggest problems will be the rarer parallels like the “One of a Kind” version that is numbered to 150.

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I always think of Clue when I look at this logo

This is probably one of the last good years for Studio.  Then they got into some terrible designs.

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The logo looks like a magnifying glass to me.

Of course, not being able to tell the difference between the checklist and a regular card doesn’t work in its favor.

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No photography

If this were a classic work of art hanging in my house, I’d probably pick a different frame.  Then again, I’d probably hang something that had a bit more detail.

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Mystery solved

This is a pretty card.  I don’t know much about how these mystery Finest were distributed, or why there’s multiple types, but this is a nice start.

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Silver border looks better on this.

Opening Day has changed.  I miss the days of foil stamps and different colors.  Now the best thing they have going for the set is the parallels and half of the inserts.

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1998 #24

Pattern #24 – Southwestern Wallpaper

Welcome back to “Name the Pattern.” I’m always open to suggestions if you think you have a better name.

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1998 #69

Pattern #69 – Nice

You know, sometimes it’s not about the look of the pattern. It’s about being a 12 year old boy inside.

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UV coating

Even though some years blur together, I still love Ultra. I thought Upper Deck was given an MLBPA license again a couple years back.  I wish they would have made some more Ultra cards.

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Extra! Extra!

We interrupt this post for a “special report.”  This card is boring.  Back to regular programming.

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Almost done

To help us close out the year, we have a couple Upper Deck cards including this subset that looks like it could be a lame parallel.

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Etched like crazy

And a parallel of a subset without the stamp for some reason.

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These are neat

Finally, here’s a regular sized Zenith card.  This is another box I’d love to open just for the novelty of the 8X10 marsupial aspect.  For now, I’ll just enjoy the one I have.

As always, thank you very much to Jeremy for the great package of cards.  We’ll see you again in 1999!

The Post That Almost Was

(This post has been sitting in my draft folder since November.  I never claimed to be timely here….)

When the Cubs were down 3 games to 1 against the Indians, I pretty much assumed we’d have to wait at least one more year for glory.  I doubt I’m alone in that.

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I don’t think this is a Cleveland jersey, but could be wrong

So, as part of what little spare time I had (in November and finalized recently), I fixed up a few baseball card scans.

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Regular refractor

I don’t have many Indians cards in my scan folders as there’s really no reason to keep examples ready of random teams.  But, I do have a few thanks to Kerry Wood.

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X-Fractor, which is really a box-fractor

The concept behind the post was that either way a Kerry Wood team was going to win themselves a championship.

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His goatee looks more gold than the border

I don’t know if he would be happy for them, since there’s not a long history of him being on the team.

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Blue variation #/99 – still need almost all others

I also know that he was actively cheering/rooting on the Cubs.

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Still need 13 more from this set, including 4 more dual relics

See?  Even when it’s an Indians card, he’s still representing the Cubs.

I don’t know where I’m going with this.  Good thing the Cubs came back and won 3 games in a row to take the series. Otherwise, you would have had to suffer through this loose concept.

Sticking With It

I know my blog activity has been sparse for the past few years and all readership has evaporated, but I do still want to keep things going here.  Some of you may know that work is the biggest factor.  When things get busy, I’m usually putting in 60-100 hours a week for about 6 months.  Each year, my boss claims things will get better, but plans haven’t materialized yet for one reason or another.  We’ll see what happens in 2017 with that, but in the meantime, I want to try to stay active on here as long as my schedule will allow.

Overall, the fact of the matter is that I have way too many cards that I don’t want and after the Cubs World Series win, I have a lot of new player collection needs.  The best way to handle those problems is get active with trading again.  Expect some trade bait posts in the near future, because I’m sticking with this thing.

And what better way to commemorate that decision than by showing some stickers from years gone by?

Trapper Keeper ready

Stickers were Fleer’s main selling point (Topps had gum, Donruss had puzzles), but from what very little research I did, it seems that players only appeared on these yearly Star Sticker sets. This one is fashioned after a Tiger Beat poster.

Binder cover ready

In later days, stickers became associated with super-budget sets.  That’s fine and all, but you can’t tell me collector’s wouldn’t be into some unique sticker inserts in flagship.

Album ready

Of course, some of my favorites are the actual sticker albums.  This is a set I try to complete (and stick into the album) each year.  I’m not good at accomplishing that goal and will ask for help in a future trade bait post.

Also Binder cover ready

Moving back to the Collector’s Choice set to show a life-size Frank Thomas.  In this AB, he simply picked up the ball and dropped it over the fence as if it were the Bozo Grand Prize Game.

Different album ready

We’ll end with a different sticker album double.  One goes into the set, and this one goes into the binder unpeeled.

To anyone that’s stuck with me throughout these crazy years, I greatly appreciate it.  I’d like to think that this is the beginning of a new era for the blog and a full-fledged comeback, but I’ll believe it when work let’s me see it.  In the meantime, I hope you guys are ready to trade very soon!

New Player Collections – World Series Edition

I’m not sure if you guys have heard, but the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.  It made the local papers.

After the trade deadline, I didn’t watch any Cubs games until the playoffs.  I have to admit that I wasn’t actively rooting for or against them for most of the way.  Part of that was my continued disdain for our new closer.  Part of that was not wanting to get any hopes up.  If I’m not mistaken, it’s actually relatively uncommon for the team with the best record to win the whole thing.  Plus, the season was just a bit too storybook to seem real.

Yet, it happened.  Game 7 was incredible, but I didn’t start to get really excited or nervous until after my least favorite pitcher was pulled from the game.  Because that meant that he didn’t get to pitch the last out.  He didn’t get to have that immortal moment on the mound and become a sports hero of the highest order.  That was my biggest fear and thankfully, it didn’t happen.

Instead, the replay we’ll see forever is Kris Bryant throwing to Anthony Rizzo after Mike Montgomery induced a ground ball.  If Chapman is remembered from that game, it will be giving up the home run that tied the game and forced it into extra innings.  I’m okay with this.  This was fun.

But it also means I’ve got my work cut out for me now.  I don’t know if I said it on the blog, but I know I said it on twitter last year that if the Cubs ever win the World Series, I would collect that whole team.  I’m pretty much holding myself to that.

I wasn’t sure how to go about this.  Do I collect everyone that suited up for the Cubs in 2016?  Only the playoff rosters?  How far do I want to go?

I decided to basically use the playoff rosters with two exceptions and one addition.  I, obviously, will not be collecting Aroldis Chapman.  I also chose not to add Tommy La Stella even though he played in one game.  I also added Jason Hammel, who was not included in the playoff rosters since they didn’t need a 5th starter and Maddon didn’t have high confidence in him.  Still, he contributed greatly to the success of this year’s team and did well last year, too.

With all that figured out, here’s the list of players that I am now collecting:

Dexter Fowler
Kris Bryant
Anthony Rizzo
Ben Zobrist
Addison Russell
Jason Heyward
Javier Baez
David Ross
Chris Coghlan
Willson Contreras
Jon Lester
Kyle Hendricks
Travis Wood
Carl Edwards Jr
Miguel Montero
Mike Montgomery
Hector Rondon
Jorge Soler
Pedro Strop
Albert Almora
Jake Arrieta
Justin Grimm
John Lackey
Kyle Schwarber
Jason Hammel
Joe Maddon

Yup.  All of them.  Like I said, I have my work cut out for me.  The first step is to get the checklists in order.  That’s a long process.  From the delay in even getting this text-only post up, you can tell that time is precious these days.  I was at a work conference about a month ago and it’s been non-stop work since then.  I’m entering the busy season, so we’ll see how often I post.

Anyway, if you’re interested in trading with me…the good news is there are a lot more options!  Now I just need to get some trade bait posts flowing.

Another Non-National Card Show Post

I went to a new sort of local card show back in May. Well, it’s not a new show.  It’s new to me.  Located in Orland Park, this has been going on every month for some time.  I’ve thought about making the trek out, but couldn’t convince myself to drive that far for an unknown.

Clearly, I pulled the trigger and I’m glad I did, just for the experience.  The show itself was lackluster. It’s advertised as 70 tables for $1 admission, but I don’t think it was close to 70 tables.  The ones that were there were filled with new Bowman leftovers, a couple of decently priced new wax box spots, and more football than I care to see.  The amount of tables that catered to my interests, and had good prices could be counted on one hand.

Still I made the most of it and came away with a small stack of cards.  Here’s part 1 of my haul.

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Now you’re playing with Ultra Power

Loyal fans of the blog will know that I’m slowly working on collecting just about every 1995-96 basketball insert set.  This just happened to finish off Ultra Power, but was the only card I needed in the budget b-ball box.

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I REFUSE to peel!

For less than $1, I nabbed this Kerry Wood insert #/1500.  It was good timing too, because as I was searching through the rest, another guy came beside me and started admiring it from my “to buy” stack.

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Scratching an etch

How about a shiny Big Hurt parallel?  Don’t mind if I do.

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PS, I like this card

How about a less shiny Big Hurt parallel?  Yeah, that also works. Bring that Premium Stock on.

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REFUSE!

Oh, you thought the Wood card would be the only numbered Finest card?  Well you thought wrong.  Also, what a strange thought to have.

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Why no more Abreu love in the hobby?

I normally avoid recent, basic inserts and cards in situations like this since it’s not too unreasonable to assume they could come from a trade partner down the line.  I only picked this up to reach a X for $Y deal.

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Ready to level up

I’ll show off my Maddux and Gwynn cards later on, but I’ll end tonight with my favorite card of the show.  My first game-used base card!  And it was only $5.  This thing is super thick, and pretty dang cool!  I enjoy the fact that they put the actual date on the card, too.  A quick check of baseball-reference shows the Cubs won 9-6 and both players on this card hit a home run in that game.  That’s a well-worn base, right there!