Last Black Friday

I don’t do it every year, but most years I try to buy myself some boxes of cards as a Christmas present to myself.  It all depends on budget, timing and the deals on offer.  I also gravitate towards deals for products I haven’t opened at all.  There are several sets where I don’t see a point in buying a blaster if I think I might want to get a full box on discount later.

Some years, it’s been pretty much the only hobby box wax I buy.  This year, I just put in my order, and I’m not sure if I regret the purchase already or not. The thing is, I usually don’t need much from the boxes, and it’s honestly a bad idea to be adding so many cards that will need to find new homes.  It’s really just cardboard therapy and the optimistic hope for trade bait that people may actually want.  I think the therapy part is the most crucial element for me right now.

Lately, I’ve been in a terrible place mentally.  If I can ever bring myself to write about it, I will. I’m actually surprised I’ve written that much so far.  I need a little bit of hobby diversion, and the incoming boxes will sort of force that to happen.  However, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m worried about being disappointed with the boxes and feeling an incredible anxiety and burden of sorting and posting/listing for sale all of the “scraps” which perpetuates my downward spiral.

The damage is done. The payment was made and the shipment is already in transit.  So, I figured maybe I’ll look at the stuff from last year and see what that does for my mindset.

I’m only showing off the stuff that is for my collections

I’ll start with Bunt, which is a set that most people didn’t like, but I was quite fond of.  It was nice to get a few of the inserts, including the John Lackey who doesn’t have a base card for some reason.

Still hunting some parallels

I didn’t get any parallels in the box for my guys, but I’m pretty sure I have the full base set.  I actually bought this box because I’m chasing the master set for Bunt (both years).  I just haven’t been able to bring myself to announce that (until now) and post a want list (still not done).

I bought a Big League box this year for the same reason, but I’ll need plenty of inserts once that dust settles.

Can you guess the coloring system

I also bought 4 boxes of Honus Bonus at a whopping $5 a piece.  That turned out to be a very smart purchase, because I’ve had a bunch of sales on Sportlots. There’s a guy that’s buying 50-60 at a time and has done so several times, plus I’ve sold several of the one-per-pack silver parallels for over $1.  There are also some 1/1s using the Moments & Milestones approach falling 2/box, and I sold a few of those.  Lastly, there’s one base card that was short printed (possibly accidentally), and I managed to sell that for $8.  Long story short, my money was made back for these crazy things.

If you guessed “by position” you would be correct

The set is 500 cards large, so I bought 4 boxes to have a better chance at getting all the cards I needed.  The main set was covered.

The keeper silvers

I already mentioned the silvers.  I was hoping to pull more I needed, but only managed six.  There are no cheap comparisons in the boxes I bought this year.

Easier to hit with the eyes open

I got the Draft Picks and Prospects set because there was some potential for good stuff of a few of my collections, but I only managed two Soler cards.  This one, and the blue mojo auto I used for my card-ography series.  That was certainly a nice surprise.

Oops, all pitchers

Lastly was 2015 Series 2.  I had previously opened S1 and Update, but even with a pre-injured Kris Bryant being included in the box, this jumbo was prices at a pretty normal range.  I figured I’d try my luck as there was a high chance of getting that rookie card.

Already an iconic image to me

And I did.  I bet if I waited long enough I would have landed one in a trade, but there’s something to be said for pulling it out of a pack myself.  All of the boxes I’m getting this time are newer (I think all 2017 & 18), so no chance of replicating any of that rookie magic.

I guess I’m hoping for any type of magic out of these boxes.  Not necessarily high dollar items, but something that cards can occasionally provide and I need more than I want to admit.

Trading With A Cheesy Ginter Fiend

I’m not very good at keeping up with blogs.  I know what my problem is, but right now there’s no good solution in place.  But, there was a little stretch in there when I was able to read a lot and also comment.  Then things started happening again and I’ve fallen out of the loop.  Well, when I was reading regularly, one of the stops I made was over to Nachos Grande and I saw something that caught my eye.  So, I gathered up a few cards to send his way and got the thing I was after and a couple others.

He’s a prolific trader.  I’m not as much, but I have spurts of that too.  Anyway, It turns out that this is the first of two deals I worked with Chris a month apart.  This first deal was from September, in case you want to know how far behind I am with recognizing trades.  Well, if I’m going to make my way to the second trade, I have to get through this one first (and a few others), so let’s get into it!

I didn’t notice the chin thing until I saw it on cards

I think I only asked for the one card, but I got a few extras in the mailer, including a smoky Lester 2016 card.  I say this quite a bit, but it bears repeating, that I am missing a ton of base cards from the World Series team (actually everyone I collect), so don’t discount the huge benefit they provide in trades.

No Chromes to chase, I don’t think

I don’t know if Edwards was in the regular set or the high series, but either way, it’s a bit surprising he’s in there at all.  Although, aside from the flagship product, Heritage is the only real other chance.

Too many parallels in this set even without minis

I bought a tiny bit of GQ this year and got the Heyward missing blackplate and the regular Baez.  Now I have a matching muted Javy.

Each year, more ornate

Mister Grande used to open a full case of Ginter each year.  I don’t recall if he did the full case this time, but it was certainly several boxes and retail stuff.  As such, he’s a great resource to get some A&G run-off and also a great person to trade your extra inserts, etc.

All-Star All-en & Ginter

Here’s the card that I specifically requested.  The Cubs are always well-represented with hits and inserts and whatnot.  Between this and my own boxes and a case break I joined, I got a good handle on the relic side.  It’s great to nearly close the door (or maybe completely close it, as I haven’t checked) so early on.  That’s great because I have a lot of minis to focus on.

Thank you very much for the quick and easy trade!  We’ll be seeing some more fun stuff from Chris in short order!

The Immaculate Redemption

“Redemption” is a dirty word in the card collecting world.  No one really likes them, not even the companies.  Now, we could get into all kinds of reasons as to why they exist and offer alternate solutions.  Maybe I’ll get into some of that another day (I am waiting on a Kris Bryant auto redemption to be filled). Right now, I’m not in the right mindset to dive into all of that.  Feel free to comment below to get that conversation started as you see fit and perhaps we can revisit it all later and do some backseat card production.

Anyway, today’s story starts a few years ago.  As some may know or remember or will learn today, I have been attempting to collect a master set of the 2011-12 Panini Past & Present Basketball set.  If you want to help, check out my needs near the bottom of my want list page, and I have a lot to trade if anyone is also collecting any portion (including autos).

The reason I have so many autos to trade is that each hobby box came with 3 autographs and 1 relic card, and I’ve purchased more than a case worth of the stuff.

Now, nearly all the autos are live, but the big thing is that there is a redemption in each box for the rookie class.  Some redemptions were for autographs and some were for inserts.  The reason that happened was due to some weird issue with the draft class and some NBA rules or something.  I actually don’t remember. What I do remember is that the redemptions didn’t have names, but instead random codes that would apply to a dual draft class and then they did some randomization (or a fake randomization) after the fact that told you which player went with which code.

Okay, so long story short, I had a bunch of redemptions from my boxes, and I entered all the codes (the best one was a Klay Thompson auto, which I sold when the Warriors reached the finals for the first time), and waited for them to get filled.  Most did, but a few of the scrubs never came in.

It was also around this time when my work got so incredibly busy that card collecting was on my mind, but not anything I could actively work on at all (See: the missing months in the post archive over there on the left).  So, a couple years passed and I remembered I had them.  One of the redemptions was replaced with another guy, which was fine, but I think I had two or three still completely unfilled.  Again, nobody I knew or really cared about – late 2nd round picks that likely didn’t play much.

Still, I figured I would try to get a replacement for them, so I reached out to the Panini Customer Service twitter account, gave them my info, said I’d be interested in something Cubs (1st choice) or Bulls (2nd choice), and then…nothing.

A few months passed, because I got too busy with work again and kind of forgot, but then I realized that while the CS rep said they would see what they could do, nothing came of it.  So, I reached out again, explained it was a couple months ago but I’ve been busy and anything they can throw my way would be good.

This time, I did get a card in the mail.

Different Past & Present set

This was a huge surprise!  A great, on-card Immaculate Collection auto of Jake Arrieta!  I certainly didn’t expect to see an auto from one of the Cubs’ top of the rotation guys come back in exchange for 2 or 3 2nd round draft pick autos.  And then to add to it, the fact that Arrieta really doesn’t sign very much.  Plus, I certainly wouldn’t have expected anything numbered so low.

I know there was a little bit of a delay, but in my opinion, the Panini Customer Service team really went above and beyond with what they sent back.  I wish you could see how vibrant the red foil is on this thing.  It’s a beautiful card (yes, even without logos), and one that I’m very happy to add to my collection.

Some More Moments

There are some cards that are the bane of the collecting process.  For some people, it may be those low numbered parallels.  For others, it could be finding a good condition vintage card. Probably all of us struggle with needing cards that are way too pricey.

You would think that the Moments & Milestones cards would be the bane of collecting for me, but I actually enjoy the hunt for these.  When I find a nice lot of them for a good price, it feels like an accomplishment.

The real bane is finding a way to blog about them.  I have so many, and it feels like a pretty boring topic, so they sit in my scan folders.  It’s also very time consuming to find the game logs for each one and write my summaries.  I’m not going to stop that, though, because I started it that way and I’m not going to quit part way through.

So, let’s travel back in time and enjoy a few more moments in Greg Maddux history.

1988 not pictured

Win #13
May 6, 1988 – Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco

Early in his career, Maddux probably wasn’t thinking about 300 wins.  But, he got his fifth of the early year on this day by giving up one run over 7.1 innings and striking out 7.  Ryne Sandberg and Jim Sundberg both hit home runs making all Cubs fans wish they had a player named Sondberg as well.

Happy I’m not collecting the blue and blacks

Win #56
August 19, 1990 – Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves

The 11th win of the year was a close one. The Cubs took the lead in the bottom of the 7th, lost it in the 8th, and regained it on the bottom of that inning.  Greg pitched all 8 innings and struck out 4 batters in the 5-4 win.

They could have used an early days picture for the first Cubs stint

Win #76
April 7, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies

Opening day saw Greg get his first hit of the season (a single), a caught stealing of John Kruk (!), 2 hit batters, 1 wild pitch and 6 Ks over 7 innings and 3 earned runs in the one-run victory.

At least they match the team

Win #103
July 11, 1993 – Atlanta Braves at Florida Marlins

You didn’t expect the Marlins to win many games in their inaugural season.  So it was a relatively easy 8th win of year for Maddux.  The multi-gold glove winner made his fifth fielding error of the year. But, on the positive side, he struck out 9, and gave up only 2 runs in a 6-3 win.  The original Mike Stanton got the save.

These numbers are going up quick

Win #210
July 2, 1999 – Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

This was an absolute blowout. 16-0 against their division rivals.  Maddux only pitched 6 of those innings, as the Braves saved his energy for more competitive contests.  Of course, he only used up 66 pitches over that time.  Chipper Jones hit 2 homers, 3 other Braves hit homers, Otis Nixon with a triple, and a slew of doubles made for a rough day in Queens.

I imagine I have every serial number 1-150

Win #212
July 11, 1999 – Atlanta Braves vs. Boston Red Sox

Two games later in same season and it was another easy win: 8-1.  Greg pitched 8 innings, one earned run in the first inning, but it was enough to get his 10th win of the season.  Ryan Klesko’s three-run homer certainly helped.

The number is a little misprinted

Win #225
April 28, 2000 – Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres

7 innings, 4 Ks, 1 ER, 0 walks, and Andres Galarraga’s 9th home run already equals the 4th win of the year for Maddux and the 16th for the team.

That’s better

Win #235
August 23, 2000 – Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies

His 14th win of that same season is thanks to Brian Jordan’s three-run homer (Maddux got a single of his own, but it didn’t score a run).  68 pitches got him through 7 innings where Mike Remlinger took over for the save.

Almost done

Win #261
May 15, 2002 – Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants

Greg’s 4th win of year put the team at 1 game under .500 for the season.  Two walks, and one strikeout over 8 innings was enough as no runs crossed the plate.  Vinny Castilla drove in three and Chipper added two more runs for the Braves.

Last one…for now!

Win #286
August 27, 2003 – Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets

It was a shorter outing for his 13th win of the year.  65 pitches over 6 innings with a solo home run given up.  He was able to pick off Jose Reyes at second base, though.  Chipper provided all of the offense with a three-run homer and an RBI single later.

A Hot Dog Of A Trade – Part 1 of 2

Time to check in with a name that should be familiar to recent frequent readers of the blog.  Bill, known as minibbcards on the Trading Card Database (his want list is found here) sent me a huge stack of cards earlier in my World Series Cubs pursuit, and I was able to turn that into 8 separate posts over the course of a year (because I’m slow).

Well, before I could even finish showing that last trade, we worked out another deal.  I was able to send a decent stack of minis over to him, and he found some nice new additions to virtually all of my collecting interests in return.  It won’t take eight posts this time, but that’s because I’m going to do things a little differently as you’ll quickly notice.

Every Bulldog is Chauncey to me and my wife

I’m starting with an insert set I’ve been wanting for a while, the 2012 A&G Man’s Best Friend minis.  Thanks to Bill, I’m now down to needing only 4 more from the set.  I hope some day a card company will produce cards of more unusual dog breeds. I’d love to see a Catalan Sheepdog to represent my boy Hooza.

Horizontal action shots seem anti-Ginter

Those weren’t the only Ginter cards in the package.  Here’s a nice assortment of years past.  I think this is actually the first 2014 A&G card posted on the blog, if you can believe it. Also, pretty cool to get new Rondon cards.

Only one wrong team

The dogs weren’t the last of the minis I got either.  Here are some regular back Ginters and Gypsy Queens.  I’m in the minority, but I’m glad there aren’t minis in GQ anymore. Too many parallels in the hobby already.

Shrunk this one a little bit

How about some more Queens? I think this is also the first 2014 GQ card to appear on the blog.  Both from Zobrist.  I didn’t buy a lot in 2014, since all the players I collected at the time were out of the new stuff for the most part.

Players from 4 different teams would eventually converge

This was a nice surprise as well.  Four of the rack pack white framed cards.  Or maybe from blasters.  Something retail only, for sure.  With Javy’s breakout season, it’s a bit of a shock to get anything from his rookie year.

Love the dugout shots

Soler rookie cards are less of a shock.  His stock has plummeted, as most rookies do, but I do hope he comes back to form and injury free next season.  Heyward was on his way to regaining his stride.  With the new Cubs hitting coach, perhaps the transformation will be complete.

A lot of green

We’ll end things with two individual scans.  That’s what the second part will be as well.  I’ve shown this card before, but that wasn’t the gold foil version.  I wanted to keep the parallel separate from the two base above.

Still missing a Zobrist auto

Lastly for today is a card from last year’s Archives.  I was in a group break for this year, but it was small and evidently I was still missing the Zobrist.  Not anymore!

Thanks a lot again to Bill. I’ll finish up the second half of the trade on the next installment. There’s still a nice variety of things to show off, but I’ll do it quicker this time.

Put It All On Black Backgrounds

I’m still working on my next color coded post.  I just need to format a couple more orange parallels and then write stuff about each one.  It’s going to take more time that it sounds, and so today, we’re going to look into the void.

Join me on a journey into the emptiness that represents my soul.  Everything and nothing all in one.  A black hole of a parallel that sucks in people’s money.  In return, it only provides the stark, harsh reality that a simple color swap is all some people need to feel those fleeting seconds of happiness.

Welcome to Ginter X

Portrait day at school

Last year I took part in a group case break of X with Brent and Becca. I already showed off what I got in this post, but since then I’ve had more of an itch to finish up more of my X needs.  Despite my emo opening, I do actually like the look of these. I miss the color splashes, but otherwise, it works well enough.

Someone’s not awake for his photo

I got most of what you’ll see here on COMC.  I figured that buying them would be the best way to go instead of hoping to trade for them.

Looks like it was taken 80 years ago

As you probably know, these were online exclusive boxes, and I don’t know many people that have bought those boxes, and certainly not anyone that would have been sitting on cards I need for years.

Thankfully there are no mini parallels

The biggest obstacle are the minis.  These have a lower print run than most of us would expect, however the people that have done the math tell me that they are still within my range of 50 or more copies.

Well, none that I need to collect that is

I got a good chunk of the 2017 minis out of the way, including a Lester SP, which may only have 50-100 copies, but I needed ones for players on other teams like Fowler.

MVP runner-up to be

Now, normally I don’t pay a whole lot for non-numbered stuff, nor do I seek them out for online purchases, but this was a special occasion and so I went a little over my per card average for these minis in some cases.

Past MVP and maybe future if he is healthy

Bryant was the big omission from the case break. Yup, a whole case and no Bryant at all.  Luckily, I grabbed one for a decent enough price.  I’m still missing a ton of minis from other years because the cost is more than I’m willing to pony up for now.

2X MVP. I’m glad the background doesn’t blend in with the uniform or bat

I’m also probably holding out for Thomas and Maddux X cards.  HOF players command a bit of a premium, so I’m hoping I might find a new source later at a card show or something.

Non-MVP. This has been a fun rainbow

Of course the precursor to Ginter X was the Wal-Mart black parallels from several years before.  This is one of my later additions to the Marmol collection that helped me get over the 75% mark.  I doubt I’m at 75% of Ginter X cards, but this will get me quite a bit closer, and I’ll be looking for another sale sometime in the future.

Introducing the David Ross Collection

This is part eight of a twenty-five part series chronicling my budding collections of the 2016 World Series champion Cubs.  Obviously, I’ve already starting showing off some of those cards, but I wanted to offer a formal introduction to the various players.  With my legacy player collections, I’m still going to attempt to show every single card on the blog, but with these new guys I’m taking a different approach as you’ll see here where I lump cards in one scan, and will probably skip many of the more basic cards I get unless I can get a good theme together.

The last installment was back in August, but I think the off-season will be a perfect opportunity to knock out several more players. It’s also quicker to keep the line moving by showing guys with very few cards first.  Because while someone like Kris Bryant has thousands of cards produced every single year and they would not be in very short supply, people like David Ross only had a few hundred over the course of his entire career.

Holding up three fingers, but that’s his first WS Ring

I started off my collection with only three David Ross cards, but that’s not terrible considering my end goal is currently set at 174 cards total.

He actually looks older without the gray beard. Must be the fake aging on the photo

David was drafted in 1998 and made his debut with the Dodgers in 2002.  Over his 15 year career, he bounced around to 7 different teams. To be honest, I really don’t know if he has a card for each of them, but I think so.  There are some years, where he doesn’t appear in any product at all (2012, 2013, and 2005 is just two regional issues – no major releases).

Complete with eyelash

His time with each team was short, but he was only traded twice in all those moves. Once from the Pirates to the Padres and then from the Padres to the Reds.

Dude loves to hold up multiple fingers

The Reds released him and he signed with Boston in 2008 but only lasted a couple months.  Then he went to the Braves for a few years and then back to Boston in 2012 where he won his first championship and became Jon Lester’s personal catcher, but was a backup catcher otherwise.

In that 2013 Postseason, he didn’t hit particularly well, but did knock in two runs, including one in the World Series.  He wasn’t crucial to that offense, anyway, and Boston won the title.

These last two cards came from Play at the Plate’s twitter dime sales

David joined the Cubs in the 2014 off-season, once again pairing up with his friend Jon Lester.  Offensively minded fans were certainly weary of the pickup, but understanding that he would be the backup catcher and was seen as the great clubhouse guy, that smaller contract was an easy thing to handle.  After all, in 2015, the Cubs were still putting the pieces together and weren’t expecting to contend quite yet so a cheaper stop-gap was good if it made Lester happy.

Obviously one of the best cards you can get from 2011 Update

Well, clearly it worked out better than expected.  The Cubs reached the post-season ahead of schedule in 2015 and then in 2016 won it all (of course), and Ross was an easy fan favorite.  In that famous game 7 of the 2016 World Series, Ross became the oldest player to hit a home run in the World Series (he hit his 100th career homer earlier that season, as well) and permanently cemented his place in Cubs history.

Ross went out on top by retiring a champion.  That should mean my cardboard quest will stay at 174 for a little while, unless there are some new WS tribute history/tribute cards, or David becomes a big league manager as many expect.  It would be cool to see him get cards for yet another team so many years later.

No Such Thing As A Card Trade Off-Season

The last time I showed off any cards from Kerry/Madding at Cards on Cards, it was shortly after the in-season trade deadline.  Now, due to giving other people their turns and my October issues, we sit after the post-season has ended.  The Boston Red Sox were the best team all season and they wound up with the title to cap it off.

Now, sure I may be a week or so late (hey, not like I’m a fan of the team), but I knew that I had plenty of Red Sox cards I can put up on the blog as a mini congratulations.  To tie it in with one of the very generous, very frequent trade packages from Kerry is just a bonus.  I really need to up my game on showing the rest of his stuff, but my mailbox has been a hot stove the past couple weeks and there are a bunch of new trades that will get some due as well.  Trades don’t take the off-season off, so it’s my job to keep up with all the action.

This design needs more space/universe elements to go with those rings

I’m not great with identifying photoshopped cards like Kerry, but having this side by side with the next card shows me that they went a little crazy with the photo filters and really boosted the colors here.

Maybe the Cubs 2019 Opening Day starter

See how more realistic this looks? This era of Red Sox uniforms look fake. I can’t imagine this is photoshopped in any way, but the letters look painted on to that deep red.

5, 6, 7, 9, 10

Here’s some more Opening Day where the foil was replaced with gray.  Fun?  This time around I don’t see any major differences in the photo quality.

Lester has an extra elbow coming out of his stomach

Judge for yourself.  What I do know is that the green light under the “H” is very distracting and it’s all I can ever see on this picture.

Bland WS logo

This is a good card, because it not only is one that I needed, but also is about how the Red Sox beat the Cardinals in St. Louis.  Lester went 7.2 innings and gave up 1 run in the win.  He also struck out 7.

Reminds me that I don’t have a Lester auto yet

Taking a step back a couple years to look at one of the Archives cards from that first year of the latest reboot.  I’m surprised it’s stuck around as long as it has.


Bowman Platinum is also a strange one for me.  It seems like no one cares about it at all, but yet box prices are sky high and it is still being released in some way.

This is a better uniform

Regular Bowman, sure. I understand that.  They’re a little boring at times, but I think the designs have been a little better the past few years.

That throwing arm looks green screened

There have been a few fun inserts and parallels in this care package.  I haven’t dealt with the retail side of chrome all that much so I’m happy to scrounge those leftovers.  This will also act as a little reminder for myself to get on with that rainbow series I started in August.  Orange is up next.

Thanks again Kerry. I’m almost done with this trade from over a year ago.  Only a few more packages of yours after that!

Jason HeyWardrobe

I’ve started to accumulate a lot of relic cards for my player collections.  Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my cutesy little series that I forget to diversify the card offerings here and show some of the non-ebay and non-trade stuff I’ve been snapping up over the years.

Since the season is over and I’m caught up with ebay, I’ll have to be a little more creative and think outside the box a bit.  The big trouble I have is with being creative and thinking of themes. Or when I think of a theme, I get a sort of clever title but I have no idea how to write a good introduction or make a story out of it.

There are several drafts in waiting with either only a title or some images and no text to go with them.  Creativity is leaving my body as age and the world beats down my soul.

Cut it out and sew it to your backpack

I’m starting with a relic that isn’t really one.  It’s one of those blaster exclusive fake patches from 2011.  Their blaster stuff has increased in quality over the years, and I’m pretty sure they stopped doing things like referencing years before the player was born.

It’s like he’s reaching down to touch it

Most of these will be from Heyward’s Braves days.  Most of these will also likely have come from the National.  That show has been a pretty good resource for some cheap embedded cloth and wood pieces.

This isn’t a Babe Ruth cut 1/1!!!! Garbage!!!

It’s amazing how cheap so much of the high end stuff ends up being.  If it’s not the top of the top of the line, no one gives a crap.  Well, I’m happy to swoop in.

Don’t know if this picture is from that event

Does anyone else feel every relic they get?  Doesn’t matter what it’s from (bat, jersey, helmet, etc), I have to touch the swatch.

Some years are better than others. This is not one of the better ones

I’d be curious to know how many relics I own are horizontal and how many are vertical. Not curious enough to actually count, mind you.

At least it’s a unique design only for hits

There’s no actual scouting report on the card. It’s just a blurb on the back.  But most relics don’t get anything beyond a congratulations message, so that’s something.

Now, all of these were from the National, but I also just bought a few in my recent birthday batch from COMC, so I might as well get ahead of the game and add them as well.  After all, I probably won’t get around to showing off anything else from that for years at the rate I’m going.

Random arches = high end

Here’s another Tier One run-off.  Clearly I didn’t get any part of that dirty knee down there, but that’s okay.

The only bat piece in the post

I feel like I should mention that all the COMC stuff was bought for under $4 and usually under $3 as well.  Not sure about the National – I probably went as high as $5 on those.

And they still let you touch the relic

The framed mini relics are becoming less of a thing, both in GQ and in A&G.  I prefer them to the non-framed because they are harder to damage and just look a little cooler, even if it is just a different frame.

Got a splash of color finally

See, even a dual relic #/50 is a throw away to the high end people.  Although to be fair, based on my ebay wins, most cards with that print run are becoming more and more disposable and worthless these days.

I’ve seen bigger

And I’ll end with the biggest piece of fabric in the lot.  A logoless jumbo sadly reminds me of the St. Louis days and makes me wish I had more Cubs relics to add.  Maybe at next year’s National that will happen.

2018 Cubs – Sixteenth Ten Games (+4)

So we’ve come to the end.  I’m going to have one more post on the 2018 season to recap the overall player of the game counts and do whatever else I want.  That should be interesting to me and me alone.  Honestly, I’m just excited that I was able to actually make it through this whole season, and almost in a timely manner.  That’s nice.  So, without delay, let’s get into this last batch.

That’s a weird decision to cut off the legs like that

Win #89 – Montgomery – The Darvish replacement went 6 innings, giving up 4 hits, and 1 ER (on a solo homer), 1 walk, 8 Ks. Not really close to a complete game but solid.

Starting to run low on Baez cards

Win #90 – Baez – His last appearance for the year comes from a 2-4 day. Started with a 2-run HR in 1st, 1 BB, and a RBI single in 9th, giving him 3 RBIs on day

Aw shucks!

Win #91 – Schwarber – Kyle went 2-2, with 2 walks. He knocked a solo homer in the 2nd inning, and a RBI single in 3rd.

Return of the stray hairs

Win #92 – Almora – After the Cubs ended up blowing a 6-1 lead, Almora came up in the bottom of the 10th and hit the game-winning RBI single. It was a key hit for a key win with the Brewers poised to take 1st in the division.

Turkey Rosey Red Cheeks

Win #93 – Bote – The Bryant replacement went 1-2, and drew 1 walk.  The one hit was a 2 RBI triple in the second to start scoring in a shutout.

We’ll never know who this is

Win #94 – Hendricks – Over the course of 8 innings, Kyle gave up 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, and only 2 Ks, but he gave the team innings when the bullpen was failing. He also had a pick-off at 1st.

Not the Finest year, but still pretty fine

Win #95 – Rizzo – For the last win of the year, game 162, Anthony went 4-4, had 1 RBI, 1 walk, and hit 2 doubles in the win that would force a game 163 against the surging Brewers.

Of course, we lost that game 163, and the subsequent Wild Card game against the Rockies.  It would have been nice to extend this into a 17th part with some playoff wins.  Maybe next year.  If I do this thing next year.  That’s still be TBD.  It was a nice way to clear out some of the more boring cards out of the scan folders at least.

Let’s bring baseball back already!