Thursday, October 27, 2022

Reggie and Johnny

 The other day Johnny shared a bunch of wrappers on his blog (a ton!), and one of them was a wrapper for a Reggie bar, the 70's era Reggie Jackson inspired foodstuff.  I mentioned over there, that I had a Reggie wrapper too, and that I would show it on my blog.  But first...

Here are a couple of PWEs Johnny has sent me lately!!

Bunches of new Gallery and Chrome!  And that super shiny, numbered Ruiz looks nice.  My fave though, is the minor league card of the caveman, pre-beard!  A Johnny from Johnny!

Next batch...
Woah, Cardinal heavy!!  I love them all!!  Pooj and Big Mac are two of my all time favorites, and the Ozzies are excellent.  

In fact, that Pinnacle Ozzie in the upper left is my first copy of the base version of that card.  I already have the Sunburst and Artist's Proof versions of it.
Old timey rainbow!!

And since you have stuck around so long, here is the Reggie wrapper, flattened and mounted around some thin cardboard:


It is actually a different wrapper than the one Johnny showed.  I guess there were different versions or something.  Here are pics I found on the internet that shoe the differences between Johnny's and mine:

Johnny's - Redder and 1.4 oz.

Mine - Oranger and 1.5 oz.


Monday, October 24, 2022

We the people /76

 The latest card show was all about the quarter boxes, I found some great stuff.  But I also found about 40 cards in dime boxes.  Here is the only one I will show, a beautifully purple Max Scherzer numbered to 299.


On to the the quarters!!  I grabbed at least 100 cards out of the quarter boxes, here are a few highlights I found.

Lovely cards, one and all, and definitely worth the quarters.

Here's where we finally get to the title of the post.  The top three cards here are "Stars N Stripes" and "We the People" parallels, each numbered out of 76.  These seem quite popular, and command a bit of a premium, so I was ecstatic to find them in a quarter box.

The bottom row isn't too bad either.  The Rice is #/50, the Cabrera is a beautiful prizm, and the Alcantara is #/60.

These basketball and football cards were also quarters.  
Very fun stuff, it's not every day you can get a second year LeBron for a quarter.  Also, not pictured, I found 7 more Shawn Kemp Fleer RCs.

And the card of the show for me, was this sweet Kent Tekulve auto!  It wasn't a quarter, but it was only a dollar. 
And here's the back!


Thursday, October 20, 2022

Mail is the best

 Hard to argue with getting cards in the old mailbox.  Sure beats bills and junk mail!  And like many of you, one of the main sources of cards in the mail lately has been Johnny!  Here's a couple of great PWEs that came my way from him lately.

1995 PKK Ken Griffey Jr. set 1-10 (card #10 not scanned)

Yep, I got a complete set in a PWE!  Don't remember that ever happening before.  And of course, anything Griffey is always welcome here.  That card in the lower right, I can't decide if he looks happy or like he's about to attack and eat some small children.

The other batch also contained Griffeys, but had other baseball player dudes as well.


McGwires I actually need!!  That's getting harder to find these days.  The Maris is awesome, I love it.  And that Vladdy Jr RC is super appreciated!  It's like Johnny knows what I like...


Well, thanks for dropping in, and go check out Johnny's giveaways!

Monday, October 17, 2022

Pujols winner

 OK, 7 commenters for the Pujols cards, here is the initial list in order of the time the comment was left:


And here are the results after my traditional three randomizations:


Of course Night Owl would win!  I mean, hey, there ARE 3 Dodgers cards in there (that he already has, I am sure!).


Thanks to all who participated, and I will get those cards out to you Greg!

Friday, October 14, 2022

Pujols celebration

Mr. Albert Pujols has retired, leaving the field for the last time for a pinch runner after slamming a rocket down the third base line in his last at bat as the Cardinals were eliminated by the Phillies.  Pujols is one of my favorite ballplayers of all time.  His massive skill has something to do with it, as the first half of his career (and the last half of his final season) was as good as anyone has ever done it.  But he has also always been a good guy to my eye.  An excellent teammate, a hard worker and great off the field too (If you don't know about the Pujols Family Foundation and their work with Downs Syndrome, you should look into it).  If anyone has some bad memories about Pujols, don't tell me!  I know nobody is perfect, but I prefer to remember him as I do now. 

Here are my three favorite Pujols moments:

3. In the only live baseball game my son ever attended with me, Pujols doubled, singled and stole a base.  We were hoping for a home run ball, but the closest we got was a Matt Holliday blast about 15 seats away from us.

2. Like most people, I figured there was no chance for Albert to make it to 700 this year.  But as he got closer and closer, the excitement built.  #2 is the day he hit both #699 and #700 in the same day.

1. Oct 17 2005 - the train tracks homer - Down to their final out of the season in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series, down 4-2, against Brad Lidge, Pujols launched a monster home run to left field, landing on the train tracks at the top of the stadium to win the game.  It wasn't a walk off, which would of been better, because the Astros were the home team.  But it was epic anyway!

Honorable mention - The 2022 Home Run Derby.  If you didn't watch, go find it on YouTube.  I figured the old man had no chance.  But he kept getting chances and barely getting through.  It was a lot of fun to watch.


I keep most of the Pujols cards I come across.  In fact, he has the second highest card count of anyone in my collection after McGwire.  But I do have a few "non-keepers" of Albert that I am willing to send to a good home in celebration of his great career.

No, that's not a Topps RC in the upper right.  It's a Berger's Best reprint.  Sorry!




So if you want a chance at these Pujols cards, leave a comment with your personal favorite Pujols moment, and I will random them off to one of the commenters.  One winner, and the contest closes at 9PM Pacific time on Sunday October 16th.

Thanks!

Monday, October 10, 2022

Show acquisition - Help me out!

 I need the expertise of some experienced collectors!  Help me out!

I grabbed this Dan Marino insert out of a dime box at a recent card show.  Didn't look too close, just saw a shiny Marino and threw a dime at it.  This pic is from my scanner:

1999 Upper Deck Black Diamond - Diamond Skills #S3

I got it home and was going through my various finds, and I noticed the imprinted markings on the middle of the card.  They are hard to see, right?  So I thought maybe it's a parallel, and went off to comc.com to look it up and see if I could figure it out.  No help at comc, all the copies on there had no imprinting.  

Now my eyes are getting pretty bad, so I broke out the old magnifying glass to see if I could figure out what the imprint says.

Here is another shot with a camera:

And a closeup:


And for those of you who still can't make it out (I can't!), here is some black text added in overlay:


And to show that is look s at least kind of professional, here is the back.  Whatever made the impression made a nice reverse image in the back of the card as well.


At this point, I am leaning toward this being some kind of promo or maybe a "do it yourself" prank.  The reasons I think that are:

1. I can't find any information on this anywhere.  Comc.com, TCDB.com, Google etc.

2. It was in a dime box

But it also kind of looks legit.  The imprinting, while hard to see, doesn't look like something that could easily be done at the quality level it has to an existing card.  Seems like something you would need good equipment do to.


So what do you think?  Anyone seen these before?

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

From Johnny and gcrl

Well, from the lack of posting recently, its obvious I have been busy.  The main thing was a 10 day (!!) work trip.  Longest I have ever had.  I have been trying to read some blogs and comment, but there has been no time for posting.  However, being away that long allowed some mail to pile up!

First up, I have been the happy recipient of several PWE packages from Johnny over the last few weeks, each with an excellent variety. 

PWE1

4 cards of HOFers, a RC of an underappreciated young stud and more!  The Brett especially is a nice looking card.

PWE2
Nice stuff.  I wouldn't have expected a vintagey Carlton in these deliveries!  And the Betts is a card I need for an upcoming project (*tease), so nice bonus there!
 
PWE3
Lots of stuff could probably be said about these cards (like Scherzer's exertion face), but I can't think of anything but my first Lindor RC!!  Thanks a ton, Johnny!

Also, gcrl decided I needed a sweet little pick me up out of nowhere!  I always say I would love older refractors, but rarely get them.  These three were very welcome!  In fact the Billingsley was a need for my 2011 Topps Chrome Refractors set build that will never finish.

Thanks a bunch gcrl!!

And hopefully I will get back to some actual posts soon!

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Just three cards

 I decided not to bore you with a ton of cards from the card show.  Here are my favorite three.  All three from 50 cent boxes.

This is an unnecessary Prizm type that I had missed.  But for 50 cents of this HOFer "Black and White Checker Prizm" came home with me!!  It's less blue in person.  My scanner really isn't great.




Speaking of scanner issues, this Verlander isn't so pink as the scan. It's a deeper red.  But it's beautiful!  I really like the effect and would be interested in others (Prizms only!) from this set. The set is 2013 Panini Select En Fuego Prizms



And now for the find of the show, and just in time, since the man just hit #700!!
Yep, that's right, a Pujols rookie year card for fiddy cents!!  And what's up with me not reading any "Congrats to Albert" posts on the blogs out there?!?!  Just kidding, write whatever you wanna write.  But I do love the Cardinals 1B/DH!  I hope to do a tribute post at some point and show off the cards I have of him.


Thursday, September 1, 2022

Shh, don't say free... three more stamps

 Happy September!   

I have three stamps to use today.  That means giveaway time!  The first three commenters to claim cards will be rewarded by me using one of my stamps on them.  Just pick up to 4 of the cards below and I will ship them out to you.  If I don't have your address (or you think I might not have it) then shoot it to my email.  The email can be found in my profile on the sidebar.

Today's cards aren't much, but what do you expect for free??

Available cards (first three commenters!):

The Kemp is numbered /1960


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Vintage, modern, non-sport, monstrosities and more!

 The most recent card show I attended resulted in me acquiring, shall we say, an eclectic bunch of cards.  Let's jump right in:  

The "Pressed Into Service" cards in the top row are commemorating non-pitchers putting in time on the mound.  Very cool!  Some of the position players I collect pitching!  These aren't worth much at all, but certainly have a place in my collection.  Out of the 10 card set, these three are the ones I would want the most.  The Stan Musial from this set isn't bad, but he isn't pitching in the photo, so not as good.  20 cents apiece.

The weird, rounded corner broder type cards in the middle row are fun.  I am sure I have seen them before, but who knows where.  Fun enough.

And three shiny Kershaws round out the scan.  Seems like I have been finding lots of funky Kershaws lately.

Byron Buxton rookie year insert.  Ripken reading a comic book.  Rogers Hornsby serial numbered Diamond King.  Yogi Berra insert.  And a Juan Soto RC??  Talk about an eclectic bunch of cards!

The Soto was in a dollar box.  When I got it home, I realized it is the Black version which seems to carry a little bit of a premium.  Cool.  I wonder when I will get my first Soto as a Padre card?


I grabbed all of these vintagey cards.  Turned out I already had all but the Cepeda and Bunning.  The Bunning is a sort of high number, so that's cool.


Remember all the Kemp RCs I have been getting at shows lately?  Well I did get a few more (not pictured), but the "Kemp highlight" of the day was when a dealer saw me coming and pulled me aside.  He said "I got something for you" and proceeded to rummage through his stuff for about 5 minutes.  Then he pulled out this:
Sweet, a Kemp auto!  Not certified, and possibly a fake, but who would fake a Kemp auto?  Comparing online, it looks to me like its probably legit.  Most likely a hurried in person signing.  But hey, for free, I was very happy to take it!



What the heck are these???  Well, they are obviously some strangely conceived set of Ken Griffey Jr. from 1989.  They kind of look and feel like photographs.  No borders and a little smoother than most cards would feel.  Here is how the backs look.
I got 14 of the 16 cards in this strange set.


Now for something totally off the wall!!

What in the world is that???  Well first, how I got it...

The same dealer that gave me the Kemp RC has had this monstrosity in his 'higher end' cards for several months.  I always take a look at it, but since it is an obvious fake mess, that's as far as it has gone.  Well this time, I had a stack I wanted him to price for me, and I grabbed this Trout as well.  His eyes lit up and said, "Oh, you want that thing?"  I quickly assured him that I didn't really want it (assuming he was wanting actual money for it), but that I was interested in how much he would charge if someone was.  He replied that if I paid $10 for the stack, he would throw it in.  Since I would have been willing to pay that for the stack anyway, I took it!

Anyway, let's look closer at this beast.  On the front, I think we have parts of a 2021 Topps Chrome card, some refractory border and probably an old holo sticker from 80s Fleer?  Not sure where the pic of Trout himself comes from, maybe one of you do.  The shiny plastic thingies by Trout definitely add to the effect!

For the back, they used the back of a 2018 Optic card.  Then marked it 1 of 1 and signed it, I assume the creator's signature?  And of course, slammed it in a HUGE one touch holder.

And even more, the one touch holder has been sealed with some sort of sticky, sparkly stuff.  Take a look:

I'm sure I could break it open, but I decided not to.  Now this thing takes up way too much space with all my other Trout Keepers!



OK, this post has gone on long enough, but it was that kind of show!  Last up are some non-sports.  These are from the 1966 Topps Batman series.
I got around 25 of these cards.  So so condition, but kind of fun.  Anyone interested in trading for these?

Here are a couple of the backs:

I wish all card shows were as entertaining as this one.  Thanks for reading!

Monday, August 15, 2022

Another show report

 Here are a bunch of scans from a recent card show!  Very random, but I will try to give some color...

This first scan was from several different dealers and different price points.  The Niekro was a dollar and the bottom row was 'probably?' 50 cents.  The rest were dimes.  Don Mossi for a dime!  Numbered LaSorda for a dime (even if it's an ugly card)!  Fun stuff.  The Fred Lynn reminds me of the first All Star game I really paid attention to.  I was rooting for the NL, but Lynn hit a grand slam, and the AL rolled.  Good times.  The old timers Rice is cool, and the Miggy is numbered /45.

Now some randomness:
Yep.  I'm not really a Pirates fan, but I still paid dimes for these.  Guess that's what happens when old oddballs fall into my lap!


Speaking of dimes, I found a small dime box with a bunch of brand new youngsters.  Check these out.
Yep, Julio Rodriguez and Wander Franco for a dime.  But I am probably more excited about the others.  I don't often get to add semi-hot rookies to my collection until after the hotness has worn off.


The next three cards, I grabbed for dimes just on a whim as I sped through the boxes.  Didn't realize it, but they appear to be box bottoms.  Blank backs.


I'm going to transition to my basketball purchases, and this awesome dime box find is a perfect way to do it!  When I saw this card for sale, it made me laugh, and the dealer got my dime.  Pretty funny, but I do feel bad for poor Amed Rosario who has 'transitioned' into LeBron.



I only grabbed about 20 basketball cards, all from 20 cent boxes, but many of them turned out to be great deals!  Quite a few of the cards in this scan seem to sell in the "few dollars" range, not the 20 cent range.  I really had to work for these though, the vast majority of the cards in these 20 cent boxes were pretty junky.




At most card shows, I get into a bit of a feeding frenzy in the cheap cards, and buy some dupes by mistake.  Here are the dupes I grabbed this show.  And yes, the Niekro from the first scan was one of them.  

Why don't we reward any of you who have slogged through this mess of a post by offering these 6 dupes up to you readers**.  Claim in the comments!  Also, please take more than one, I'd rather not use 6 stamps to get these out to you!  I'm a cheapskate!