Thursday, January 13, 2022

Raiding set builds - giving up on Diamond Kings

 So if anyone actually reads the drivel I put on this blog, you will know that I have a section of my collection that I consider my keepers.  Both individual cards, and completed sets.

Then I also have set builds that are in progress.  I am not very good at completing these.  I mean at all!  I have had partial insert/parallel sets from the Donruss and Diamond Kings issues from the early 2000s going for 15 years.  And in the last 5 years, I have probably only acquired 2-3 total cards toward completing them.  I rarely ever see them at shows, and they are too expensive for my cheap rear end to go pick them up individually online.

So I have decided to raid those partial sets for keepers!  Here are the cards that have moved from the partial sets part of my collection to the Keepers part:

They are all parallels or inserts from various Diamond Kings issues.


Here are closer shots of some that I really like.
The 'Artists Proof' Cabrera is #d /100.  The color of the Artists Proof logo is not my favorite.  Kind of jarring contrast to the rest of the card.  The 'Season Stat Line' Helton is #d /337.  Very, very shiny.  And the 'Studio Series' Rolen is a very nice looking card as well.  It is #d /250.

I really, really like the look of these 2001 inserts.  They look great!  Probably hard to see in the scan, but the logo in the bottom-center of these cards has a bit of depth to it.  Looks like it isn't just a flat card, but a little 3-D.   Piazza /2500, Rodriguez 250/, Helton /250, Ripken /2500.

All four of these are #d /2500.  The 2 on the right are similar to the cards above, with the 3-D look to the logo. 


All framed parallels here.  The Glavine, Guerrero and Martinez are all #d /400, and the Black framed Gonzalez is /100.

Like I said, I never see any of these anymore, especially any of the serial numbered ones.  Anyone got any of them hiding around that you want to trade me?

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Kevins? Who needs em

 A recent post over at Can't have too many cards talked about the various Daves and Davids that have been great athletes in the major sports.  I thought it was a nice idea, so I stole it for this post!

For those of you who don't know, my name is Kevin.  Side note: Evidently Germans think that people with the name Kevin are low class or stupid people.  I'm not really in a position to offer any evidence to the contrary, so take that for what you will.  Not really related to the point of this post, but I thought that this perception of people like me should probably be promoted a little more strongly.  Sometimes even the Germans get things right!  (no offense, all you Germans, just having fun)

Your average, every day Kevin


So here are the notable Kevins from the 4 major sports!

Baseball

Kevin Appier
Kevin Brown
Kevin Elster
Kevin Gross
Kevin Kouzmanoff
Kevin Maas
Kevin McReynolds
Kevin Millwood
Kevin Mitchell
Kevin Seitzer
Kevin Youkilis

Hall of Famers: Zero! 

Kevin's show up in baseball quite a bit.  But they can't seem to excel.  Enough to make a decent team here though, most positions could be adequately filled by this group. And if not, there are a lot more MLB Kevins that didn't quite make this list.  Two of my favorite "not quite a star" players here, McReynolds and Youkilis.  Hard to say who the best all time MLB Kevin is though.  Thoughts?

Football

Kevin Greene
Kevin Mawae

Hall of Famers: Two

Football did not quite make as good a showing as Baseball in terms of quantity, but beat it in quality.  Hopefully I missed somebody good, because only two decent Kevins is embarrassing!  Come on, Kevins of the world!  Both of these guys were very high level players though so I hope that counts for something.

Hockey

Hmm, I seem to have forgotten to research Hockey....  Nope, I actually did, but the Kevins in the NHL are few and far between.  And those that did show up were not familiar to my eyes.  But I am not much of a Hockey guy, so maybe you guys can tell me some decent Kevin in that world.

Basketball

OK, saved the best for last.  There are far more studs named Kevin from the NBA than anywhere else.

Kevin Duckworth
Kevin Durant
Kevin Garnett
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Love
Kevin Martin
Kevin McHale
Kevin Willis

Hall of Famers: 3 (Garnett, McHale and eventually, Durant)

Only 8 guys in my list, but you could put this group up as a team against pretty much anyone.  Insanely strong in the frontcourt with Garnett, McHale and Willis/Durant.   Not a ton of bodies in the backcourt, but if KJ can play a lot of minutes at the point, they'd get by.  Move Durant back to shooting guard and let Kevin Martin spell him and KJ.  It could work! This team is loaded with shooters at every position, and plenty of toughness too.


OK, who'd I miss?  I'm sure there are a few...

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Dime show

 Here's a few highlights from the most recent show I was able to attend.  Other than a couple of exceptions noted below, I ONLY spent money at dime boxes this time.  I think I brought around 130 cards home, but I will only show a few here.

2019 Panini Donruss - Independence Day Yadier Molina - Parallel Yadi's always make it for me.
2020 Topps Archives - Nickname Poster Pete Alonso - Probably only worth a dime, but it's a cool looking card.
1986 Donruss 'The Rookies' Bip Roberts - Bip!
2020 Topps Chrome Update Pink Wave Refractor David Ortiz - All Star cards are kind of gimmicky in Update.  Crazy refractor parallels are kind of gimmicky.  Regardless, I really like this card!
2020 Topps Chrome Update Pink Wave Refractor Bryce Harper - More gimmicky.
2021 Panini Donruss - Holo Orange Rod Carew - I think 2021 Donruss is a horribly plain and uninteresting set.  That said, a parallel of one of my all time faves, is a keeper!
2019 Panini Diamond Kings - 2004 DK Retro - Clayton Kershaw - Loved this set in its original incarnation. 
Jim Thome's - 2021 Panini Donruss - Liberty and Holo Red - The Thomenator in parallel.  Don't see many of those 'Liberty' parallels.  I prefer to call him Popeye, rather than Thomentator.

2009 O-Pee-Chee Black Border Joey Votto - This one seems kind of hard to find, so I am glad I grabbed it!
1986 Donruss 'The Rookies' Andres Galarraga - Big Cat XRC from the old days...
2019 Topps Gallery - Masterpiece Willie Mays - A decent parallel of a nice looking card of an all time great
1993 Topps Finest Jose Canseco - I want all the 1993 Finest.  Send them to me, please.
2020 Topps Holiday - Juan Soto (Candy Cane Bat Variation) - Probably my favorite of these cards.  I really like Soto, and the holiday parallels are a lot of fun.
2019 Bowman Platinum - Ice Refractor Joey Votto - Sparkly!
2020 Topps Update Series - Walmart Royal Blue Albert Pujols - Any parallel of Pujols is a parallel of mine.
1987 Topps - Box Bottom Steve Carlton - I don't even remember these mini box bottom cards.  Alzheimer's?  They are definitely cool for a dime!
1987 Topps - Box Bottom Rickey Henderson - Another dime well spent.

Here are the items that I paid more than a dime for:

$1
$1
$1
$1
$1

Nice old SI's for a buck each. Some all time great athletes on the covers!

Thanks for reading.



Monday, January 3, 2022

Recapping the Flash experiment

 Nope, this isn't another Flash giveaway.  This is actually the end of my Flashes.  Don't be sad, I am sure I will be giving away cards again soon, but this experiment was meant to run through the end of 2021.  And here's how it went:

All in all, I did 24 Flash giveaways over the last 4 months.  The purpose behind this type of giveaway was to do the following:

-Give cards away.  I like doing this.  I bring home cards from shows most every month that I know aren't going to make it into my keeper collection.  And they build up!  

-Not spend a ton on postage.  Mission accomplished.  This probably only cost me $15 in postage and supplies. Spread out over 4 months, that feels very manageable.

-Have posts to fill the void.  I have not been very good about posting good, regular content.  I hope to get better.  But these Flashes kept the blog going in some down times.

So out of the 24 Flashes, I gave away a total of 46 cards.  I hope the cards that went out now have happy homes where they will be appreciated!  *14 total people claimed Flash cards.  Four people claimed 2 times each, two folks claimed 3 times and one claimed four.  That's OK, I was very happy not to have to make anyone ineligible for picking too many!

And since this is a card blog, below are my favorite cards out of the 46 that went out my door.  They were all doubles in my collection (most of the Flash cards were, though not all).









Friday, December 31, 2021

Last gasp Flash

  THE rules 

1. Two of these 12 cards are up for grabs.  The first reader to leave a comment stating which of the cards they want will get the 2 cards of their choice.  If you try to claim more than two cards, your comment will not be eligible for the win!

2. Anyone can pick, even if they have received a flash freebie before.  I will be keeping track of how many each winner picks, and at some point, you may become ineligible to pick for a while.  That is to keep the same person from grabbing too many. But don't let that stop you!

3. When you claim it, send me your mailing address in an email.  My email address can be found in my profile on the sidebar.

The chosen cards will go out 'as is', and in a simple PWE.  If condition is a concern, look closely before claiming.  And several of these have condition issues!

A few days after cards are picked, I will make another post with all of the remaining cards, along with replacements for the picked cards.  The idea is to always have 9+ cards available for picking.  Also, if anyone ever wants to trade for any cards in the selection, feel free to reach out to me.


Please look for condition and click the pics for larger views.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Penultimate Flash

    THE rules 

1. Two of these 12 cards are up for grabs.  The first reader to leave a comment stating which of the cards they want will get the 2 cards of their choice.  If you try to claim more than two cards, your comment will not be eligible for the win!

2. Anyone can pick, even if they have received a flash freebie before.  I will be keeping track of how many each winner picks, and at some point, you may become ineligible to pick for a while.  That is to keep the same person from grabbing too many. But don't let that stop you!

3. When you claim it, send me your mailing address in an email.  My email address can be found in my profile on the sidebar.

The chosen cards will go out 'as is', and in a simple PWE.  If condition is a concern, look closely before claiming.  And several of these have condition issues!

A few days after cards are picked, I will make another post with all of the remaining cards, along with replacements for the picked cards.  The idea is to always have 9+ cards available for picking.  Also, if anyone ever wants to trade for any cards in the selection, feel free to reach out to me.



Last chance for the top row, they will be gone next time...

The Canseco is a box bottom and is a little rough/ The Story is #d /299. The McCutchen is some kind of Throwback variation. The Ripken is a mini.  The Strawberry/Hershiser is #d /2499. Please look for condition!

Please click the pics for larger views.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Very few Flashes left...

   THE rules 

1. Two of these 12 cards are up for grabs.  The first reader to leave a comment stating which of the cards they want will get the 2 cards of their choice.  If you try to claim more than two cards, your comment will not be eligible for the win!

2. Anyone can pick, even if they have received a flash freebie before.  I will be keeping track of how many each winner picks, and at some point, you may become ineligible to pick for a while.  That is to keep the same person from grabbing too many. But don't let that stop you!

3. When you claim it, send me your mailing address in an email.  My email address can be found in my profile on the sidebar.

The chosen cards will go out 'as is', and in a simple PWE.  If condition is a concern, look closely before claiming.  And several of these have condition issues!

A few days after cards are picked, I will make another post with all of the remaining cards, along with replacements for the picked cards.  The idea is to always have 9+ cards available for picking.  Also, if anyone ever wants to trade for any cards in the selection, feel free to reach out to me.



Last chance for the top row, they will be gone next time...

The Bregman is a photo variation SP.  The Canseco is a box bottom and is a little rough/ The Story is #d /299.  Please look for condition!

Please click the pics for larger views.