Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Canary

 At my local card show, I have come to know a few guys (customers, not dealers) that are looking for the same kinds of stuff that I am.  Of course the "stuff" I refer to is cheap boxes that are not just absolute junk.  These guys are my natural competitors, as we would all love to be left alone with these cheapie boxes to take all the good stuff for ourselves.  But in practice, that rarely happens.  Once a good spot is found by one of us, the others usually gravitate to that table, and a polite competition ensues.

Basically, it might go like this.  Say there are 4 dime boxes at the good spot.  The guy who found them tries not to call attention to them, but a few other guys soon show up.  The original guy has claim to whichever box he is currently in, but the others are fair game.  Once the boxes are all taken, any additional customers are on the outside looking in.  Everyone is courteous, always asking 'Are you done with that box' or letting the others know when a box is available.  But we are all looking through the cards pretty quickly, trying to find the diamonds so we can move on to the next section.

I call these other collectors my canaries.  Like a canary in the coal mine.  In a coal mine, toxic gasses would kill a canary before they would do the same to the miners, so you would always keep your eye on the canary.  This isn't the same at all, since watching MY canaries leads me to good things, while you would watch the canary in the coal mine to avoid bad things.  But I like the general idea, so in my mind, these guys are canaries.  Always keep your eye on the canary!

OK, big lead up for a little post!  At the last show I made it to, there were some canaries.  And the usual stuff happened.  There wasn't a ton of cheap boxes there, so we all finished our canary dance pretty early, which was good, because I had my son's soccer game I had to get to.  I was walking for the door, when I saw a couple of canaries huddled around a dealer I had never seen before.  I hurried right over and was fortunate to find an available box.

I had only 15 minutes, so I was flipping through the cards as fast as I could.  Man, I wish I had been the one to find this table, because the stacks that my canaries had out were looking very nice!  Unfortunately, I ran out of time, but I pulled 76 dime cards before I had to leave.  I am only scanning a few below, but I was very happy with what I found:



Hopkins RC, Canseco Box Bottom, Springer RC, 2 Prizm Griffeys, 2006 Bowman Futures Votto, Littlefield (not the reverse negative, but I still thought it was fun), 2nd year Betts and off-cut Mattingly RC.  Just fun stuff!
It's not the 92 Bowman Rivera, but COMC still lists this as a Rivera RC.  Not sure why, but it is sure cool!  There were 2 copies of this card in the box, but I only grabbed one since I didn't know exactly what it was.  And a 74 Mays for a dime???  Wow!
A graded Fred Lynn RC!  For a dime!!  Made me feel good.

And the card of the box for me...
Kershaw Stadium Club RC!!


The whole canary thing sounds pretty goofy, now that I write it down.  Anyone else got any card show canaries?

Monday, September 20, 2021

Flash Freebie #7 - Vintage-ish or modern

 Making a twist to this flash freebie, so read before you comment!

Rules:

1. First to leave a comment stating whether they want the vintage-ish card or the modern card gets the card of their choice.  If you try to claim both cards, your comment will not be eligible for the win!

2. If you have ever picked a Flash freebie from me, you are no longer eligible.  One per person! The eligibility is reset!  Anyone can pick, even if they have received a flash freebie before.

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 card will go out 'as is', and in a simple PWE.  If condition is a concern, look closely before claiming.


The seventh flash freebie:

Modern:2020 Leaf Draft Fernando Tatis Jr
Vintage-ish:1974 Topps Johnny Bench - Soft corners and a light crease through the middle of the card from top to bottom.  The crease is tough to see in the scan.

I plan on doing several of these kinds of 'pick one' flash freebies.  The unpicked cards will go into a pot that I may do something with down the road.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Flash Freebie #6 - Vintage-ish or modern

  Making a twist to this flash freebie, so read before you comment!

Rules:

1. First to leave a comment stating whether they want the vintage-ish card or the modern card gets the card of their choice.  If you try to claim both cards, your comment will not be eligible for the win!

2. If you have ever picked a Flash freebie from me, you are no longer eligible.  One per person! The eligibility is reset!  Anyone can pick, even if they have received a flash freebie before.

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 card will go out 'as is', and in a simple PWE.  If condition is a concern, look closely before claiming.


The sixth flash freebie:


Modern: 2020 Topps Stickers - Home Run Heroes - Mike Trout, Willson Contreras
Vintage-ish: 1973 Topps #472 Lou Gehrig

I plan on doing several of these kinds of 'pick one' flash freebies.  The unpicked cards will go into a pot that I may do something with down the road.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Flash freebie

 Got this idea from Jon at A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts. Flash freebies!

Rules:

1. First to comment that they want it gets it.

2. If you have ever picked a Flash freebie from me, you are no longer eligible.  One per person!

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.

These will go out 'as is', and in a simple PWE.  If condition is a concern, look closely before claiming.


The fifth flash freebie, from one of my all-time favorite insert sets!

1997/98 Topps Rock Stars #16

I have this set completed.  Some of the cards in my set are refractors, but I don't care about the mix and match.  I'll NEVER be able to get the whole set as refractors, but what I have is cool enough for me.  Glad I completed it years ago before the Jordan became completely unattainable!  But I have one Malone in my set, and another in my personal collection.  This third copy is up for grabs!

That said, most of the rest of the cards in this set, I would gladly take a second copy if anyone has any they aren't hanging on to.

I don't know how many of these freebies I will end up doing, this is an experiment for me to see if I can keep myself doing giveaways as long as I can.  But I have to feel good about it, so I will try this method out!

The card is already in an envelope, ready to be mailed.  Just need someone to claim it!

Friday, September 3, 2021

A couple of appreciated deliveries

 After a month or so with no cards in my mailbox, I received unexpected incoming cards on back to back days!  Made my day(s)!

The first cards were from the Nocturnal and Silent Carnivorous Bird, AKA Night Owl.  If I remember correctly, I had commented that I liked both of these cards he sent when he posted them on his blog.  Someone reads my comments?  And then is so generous to send me the cards I comment on?  Wow!  Anyway, here is what he sent...

2021 Topps Stadium Club - Oversized Master Photo Variation Topper - Fernando Tatis Jr.

2021 Topps Stadium Club - Virtual Reality - Mike Trout

Both very cool cards that Night Owl evidently didn't need, neither of them being Dodgers.  I remember commenting about the Tatis, something about comparing the 'Master Photo's from 2021 to the old ones from the early 90s.  Having only seen them in scans on a blog, I assumed that they were similar in size to those older versions.  It appears that I was wrong, as you can see from the side by side scan above, they are wider than a standard card, but also shorter.  Still very cool, but not what I was expecting!

Here is a scan of the Tatis along side one of the original Master Photo's from back in the day.  Mucho smaller!



Then the next day, I got an envelope from Brendan, AKA Elliptical Man.  Another unexpected windfall!  And again, as is common with bloggers, The Semi-Circular One didn't just throw random cards at me, but had paid attention to things I had written in the past and tailored his gift accordingly.

Two very nice DK Metcalf RCs!  I gotta say, I think my daughter likes these more than I do, she is a pretty big DK fan.  She especially liked the one with the Seahawks uniform.

Extremely generous guys, thank you so much!

On a completely unrelated note, this name, Elliptical Man.  Elliptical can refer to the ellipse, a special kind of oval, or a way of writing/communicating that is short and may leave out parts.  I have been using the oval definition in my head, but maybe that was a mistake.  Elliptical Man is pretty terse in his writing style.

Which is it Brendan?????  What's the significance of the name?


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Flash freebie 4

  Got this idea from Jon at A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts. Flash freebies!

Rules:

1. First to comment that they want it gets it.

2. If you have ever picked a Flash freebie from me, you are no longer eligible.  One per person!

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.

These will go out 'as is', and in a simple PWE.  If condition is a concern, look closely before claiming.


The fourth flash freebie.

1994 Coors Brewing Colorado Silver Bullets - Phil Niekro

Don't know if anyone cares about this kind of card, but hey, COMC has one on sale for $120, LOL!! That COMC seller may be a little off on the value of this card!!   But here you could get it for free, if you are fast enough.

I don't know how many of these I will end up doing, this is an experiment for me to see if I can keep myself doing giveaways as long as I can.  But I have to feel good about it, so I will try this method out!

The card is already in an envelope, ready to be mailed.  Just need someone to claim it!

Monday, August 30, 2021

Five from Pedro

 Next up in the ongoing 'not very popular' blog series Five From, we have Pedro Martinez!  And I just have one thing to say about Pedro the baseball player.  


Underrated!


Chew on that if you like, but the guy was an amazing, amazing pitcher.  Sure, he was only world-beating-top-notch for a 7 year stretch from 1997-2003, but that stretch was as good as we have ever seen from a pitcher.  2000 especially.

In those 7 years he went 118-36 and won three Cy Youngs.  Finished 2nd twice too.  And another 3rd place finish.  The only year he didn't place top 3 was 2001 and he was injured for half the year.

But that level of 'great' hasn't translated into big money baseball cards for Pedro.  Which is good for me, I guess, being a dime box aficionado.  His RCs are firmly in the junk wax era.  And not many pitchers see values in the Trout/Tatis stratosphere anyway.

So after all that buildup, I decided, while trying to pick my top 5 Pedros, to add a few extra cards to this post.  So you are going to get the 5 cards that missed the cut first as 'Honorable Mentions'.  Here we go!

Honorable Mention 1 - 2001 Topps Stadium Club - Diamond Pearls

This one has a nice iridescent shimmer to it, and that is probably the main attraction for me.  The scan doesn't really capture it well.


Honorable Mention 2 - 1995 Fleer Ultra - Strikeout King
That this one made it was a surprise to me, but I like the old Ultra cheesy inserts.  And seeing all of the grips for various pitches was cool too.


Honorable Mention 3 - 1992 SkyBox Pre-Rookie - AAA
Baby Pedro!  Minor league cards aren't always good, but I like this one.


Honorable Mention 4 - 2005 Donruss - Craftsmen - Master Craftsmen
The 2005 Donruss cards are the gaudiest and shiniest bunch of cards in a single year from a single manufacturer.  They threw it all out there and consumed 85% of the worlds glitter production for the year.  Or something like that.  Made for some kind of strange cards, but they definitely popped!


Honorable Mention - 5 - 1992 Bowman RC
This is one of the most desired of the Pedro RCs.  I kind of like the Donruss "The Rookies" one better, but this one made the countdown.



Enough of the runners up!  On to the countdown of my 5 favorite Pedro Martinez cards in my collection:


#5 - 2000 Topps Gold Label - The Treasury
Looks good in the scan, but even better in hand!  "The Treasury" is a good insert name for Topps Gold Label.


#4 - 1998 Flair Showcase - Row 1
I always liked Flair Showcase, even if they have fallen a little out of favor over the years.  The Row 1 cards were pretty tough pulls!


#3 - 2004 Topps Chrome - Black Refractor
Looking back, I am thinking this should have been #1 on the list.  I just love the Black Refractors from this era.  They look soooo good.


#2 - 1994 Topps Finest - Refractor
I want all the refractors from these early Finest sets.  They are pretty great, and hard to find.  The green of this card kind of clashes with the Expos colors for me though.


#1 - 1999 Topps Stadium Club - Triumvirate - Luminous
Another insert set I have always loved, these Triumvirates are weird and awesome.  I would dearly love to complete a 3 card Triumvirate set, but have never gotten close.

And that's it!  I have a couple more suggestions still in line for future Five From posts, but if you have others, leave them in the comments.


Friday, August 27, 2021

Flash freebie 3

   Got this idea from Jon at A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts. Flash freebie!

Rules:

1. First to comment that they want it gets it.

2. If you have ever picked a Flash freebie from me, you are no longer eligible.  One per person!

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.

These will go out 'as is', and in a simple PWE.  If condition is a concern, look closely before claiming.


The third flash freebie....I am interested to see if anyone bothers to claim this, given it's less than pristine condition!

1964 Topps Tommy John RC (and Bob Chance, I guess)

I don't know how many of these I will end up doing, this is an experiment for me to see if I can keep myself doing giveaways as long as I can.  But I have to feel good about it, so I will try this method out!

The card is already in an envelope, ready to be mailed.  Just need someone to claim it!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Early morning card show report

 Card show!!  I got there very early, because I had kid activities early in the day.  In fact, I had to wait outside the mall for a bit until the security guard opened the doors to let the dealers start setting up.  But that just meant that I got first crack at the boxes!

I made purchases from dime boxes, 20 cent boxes, 50 cent boxes and dollar boxes.  And I even bought a few cards that I had to pay more than a dollar for!!  Does that mean I'm finally growing up? Maybe...  Probably not, the cheap stuff is where I live and that won't likely change.

Anyway, here are some of the cards I grabbed from the 10 and 20 cent boxes:

Four from the Home of the Whopper...

Six from the Great White North...
The cards in both of those first two scans were no brainers for me.  Very cool cards.  I got a few dupes of some of the O-Pee-Chees if anyone is interested. The Schmidt, Franco and Yount, I think.  Not all are mint though.

Still in the cheapest boxes, I grabbed some beat up 70s cards and a bunch of shine and color.

I was super, super happy to find early refractors of Buhner and Larkin for so cheap! Especially the Larkin, that thing was in a 20 cent box??   And a Gossage RC, even as beat up as it is, was a steal!



Before we move on to the higher priced boxes, let's take a moment to talk about Juan Gonzalez.  I don't know if you like him, but for a while, he was a pretty big guy in the hobby.  Now that some time has passed, not so much.  But there were a ton of interesting cards made of him back then.  And I seem to run across them pretty often.  Juan Gone makes a lot of appearances in my Cuts & Colors collection because 1.) He was in all the cool insert sets and 2.) He isn't such a hobby darling that people hide his cards away in their collections, never to see the light of day again.

So I have slowly created a burgeoning collection of Gonzalez, and this show had a ton.  I kind of got carried away, but oh well.  The Gonzalez's below were all from 20 and 50 cent boxes, and the non-Juan cards are all from 50 cent bins.

Some highlights here.  The awesome Pacific die cut in the middle.  The minor league card.  And my favorite, that monstrosity in the lower right.  If you have never seen one of those (I hadn't), each of those black dots is heat sensitive.  So when you touch them for a moment with your finger, they turn transparent to show a number underneath.  I guess you are supposed to find the number of home runs Juan hit that year or something.  So strange.  Leave it to Pacific to come up with that!


Super shiny!!!  Too many good ones here to call out, but my favorite is the Chrome refractor in the center!

Non-Juan 50 centers...
All wonderful cards.  I needed the Grieve for my set build.  It is the first Diamond King I have added for a set build in well over a year.  Those things just don't show up often for me.

Those Ozzie Smith's there are 1996 Pinnacle Starburst and Starburst Artist's Proofs.  Amazing finds for half a buck!



Dollar boxes
Sweet 90s refractor of a HOFer, cool minor league card and an old Fregosi RC!



More!  This stuff, I paid a little more for.  But still great deals in my opinion!  Aren't these sweet?
What I paid (according to my horrible memory):
Fidrych RC - $2 (always wanted one, surprised it took so long)
John RC - $3 (a huge upgrade to my scribbled on copy!)
Mays/Rigney - $3 (Vintage Mays for $3?)
Griffey - $2 (!!! #d /10000)
Griffey gold signature - $2 (Not the prettiest card, but seems like a really good deal)
Masa RC - $3 (an iconic card, if only in certain circles)
Mays catch $4 (Total steal!.  It has a good crease, but how else could I have gotten it for $4?)



And the last card(s) for today, this panel of Hostess was a throw in on another purchase which I might get around to scanning in later.  I paid $15 for a couple of items, but I was not sure, so I asked if the dealer would throw this in.  He said yes!  Pretty sure this alone could go for $15 some places.
It's kind of blurry, but I like it.

Thanks for reading!


Monday, August 23, 2021

Flash freebie 2

  Got this idea from Jon at A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts. Flash freebie!

Rules:

1. First to comment that they want it gets it.

2. If you have ever picked a Flash freebie from me, you are no longer eligible.  One per person!

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.

These will go out 'as is', and in a simple PWE.  If condition is a concern, look closely before claiming.


The second flash freebie....

2021 Finest Shohei Ohtani

I don't know how many of these I will end up doing, this is an experiment for me to see if I can keep myself doing giveaways as long as I can.  But I have to feel good about it, so I will try this method out!

The card is already in an envelope, ready to be mailed.  Just need someone to claim it!

Friday, August 20, 2021

Flash freebie

 Got this idea from Jon at A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts. Flash freebie!

Rules:

1. First to comment that they want it gets it.

2. If you have ever picked a Flash freebie from me, you are no longer eligible.  One per person!

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.

These will go out 'as is', and in a simple PWE.  If condition is a concern, look closely before claiming.


The first flash freebie....

1973 Topps #66 - NL Victory Leaders

I don't know how many of these I will end up doing, this is an experiment for me to see if I can keep myself doing giveaways as long as I can.  But I have to feel good about it, so I will try this method out!

The card is already in an envelope, ready to be mailed.  Just need someone to claim it!

Monday, August 16, 2021

Five from Maddux

 In my last "5 From" post I asked if anyone had a player they would like to see featured on a "5 From" post.  I got a few suggestions and will be going through them in the order they were suggested.  So first up is Greg Maddux!

Now if you are expecting amazing auto's, patches or 1/1s in my Maddux collection, you will probably be disappointed with these five cards.  They aren't big money cards or anything like that.  Instead, they emphasize my enjoyment of bright, sparkly colors and die cuts.  Oh, and I always think of Maddux as a Brave, so there isn't going to be much for you Cubs, Padres and Dodgers fans here. 


First up!

5. 1998 Pinnacle - Epix Play - a sweet, crazy card!!  As you may be able to tell from the scan, this thing shines!  The purple is an interesting choice, but its hard to argue with how much pop this card has.


4. 1999 Topps - Lords of the Diamond - another card with pop!  This one scanned strangely.  Not that there isn't some purple to be seen when you move the card around, bit it isn't as predominant as what the scan shows.  I love this set, and am actively collecting it.


3. 1987 Leaf RC - OK, one Cubs card!!  I picked this one out of all his RCs because it is a Leaf card.  And back in the 80s, I saw very few Leaf cards!!  So I always figured that they would be more valuable.  Nowadays, not so much, but maybe a small premium.  I can remember a Leaf Kirby Puckett RC being a prized possession at one point.


2. 1996 Fleer Ultra - Season Crowns - I like this insert set a lot, but I don't really know why.  It is an acetate card, which I always love, and is see through on the outer edges:

Here is the card with an 87 Fleer Maddux RC behind it so you can see that better.

And the #1 favorite Maddux card in my collection???

1. 1996 Leaf Studio - Stained-Glass Stars - I love all the stained glass cards out there, and while this one isn't quite as awesome as the Gallery of Heroes sets from 1997-2000 and 2013, it is still quite nice.  And I definitely love how 'professor-y' Greg looks here.  Doing some calculus in his head on how to get the batter out!


Thanks to gcrl for suggesting Maddux for this!


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Garage sale debacle

** no need to read this post, its a bit of a grouse session, and I probably shouldn't have even written it.  That said, I posted it, so if you feel the need, read on...


Things have been going really well on the card front lately.  I have had some wonderful trades and have found some nice deals on cards I like.  Things are getting back to normal, and card shows are popping up.  In fact I had a really good time a couple of days ago at the local show, post to come soon, hopefully.

But... 

Speaking of getting back to normal, my wife and a couple of her friends decided to do the cliché summer cleaning thing and combined some of their old junk in a three family garage sale the weekend before last. They held it over at one of the friends houses (thankfully, I hate people wandering around my place) a couple of doors down from us.

Inspired by some stories I have heard recently about people getting good money for what used to be considered 'low end' or 'junk wax' cards, I send a 3000 count box of those kinds of cards down to see if I would get any bites. 

Well, 10 minutes after the sale opened, I did get a bite, but not exactly what I was looking for.  My wife came back saying that a guy was asking if I had anything a little better that he could look at.  Well, I did! I have a box of stuff that is a step above junk wax.  Not top notch stuff, or I would be keeping it, but decent trade fodder.  Think Trout and Tatis base cards, common refractors, early 80s stars like Ozzie Smith and Mike Schmidt. Serial #d stuff.  Fun inserts. RCs of recent players that have not yet become superstars. There were probably a few cards that were a little bigger, but not many.  All in all, a wide variety of fun and decent cards. 

Not my actual box of cards, image stolen from the googlebox

So I took the 3000 count box of that stuff down and sat with the guy while he looked through them.  Turns out, he was looking for a little more of a bargain than I was willing to offer, so other than about 20 cards that he bought, the rest of the box was left.

Now is where the story takes a turn.  I am lazy.  No, me being lazy isn't the turn, that's just a fact of my life.  The turn is that I decided, due to my laziness, to leave the better box of cards at the sale, I just put them back into the garage itself where the money was being kept.  I guess I figured that if someone else wanted to ask about better cards like the first guy, that I wouldn't have to carry them back and forth. And leaving them right next to the money seemed like a safe place.

With that buildup, I imagine you can guess what happened.  My wife ended up selling the junk wax box for exactly what I was asking, but nobody ever asked to see the 'good' stuff again.  After everything was over, I helped my wife drag the many items that didn't sell back to our house.  And at some point, I remembered the box of cards.  But it was nowhere to be found.  Nobody could find it, and nobody who was involved in the sale remembered anyone taking it, or even looking at it.  But gone is gone.

I was pretty mad.  Not as much because I lost those cards, though that sure does sting!  They were great for when I needed to add a few cards to a trade, or for free card giveaways.  My main source of anger was that someone was so low that they would steal from a garage sale.  And if I am being honest, I was kind of mad at myself for being so lazy that I created the situation that made it possible.

So I am ticked.  And I hoped that writing about it would be therapeutic, but so far, it hasn't helped.  Hopefully in a day or two, I'll feel better.  And it doesn't help that this is bringing back strong memories of a huge card theft that happened to me back in high school.  But that is a story for another day, or maybe never.

On similar notes, I know that one of the 2 card shops in my town was broken into recently.  And at the card show I try to attend, one of my favorite dealers lost some really big cards to a thief recently.  Think graded Jordans.

Not a fun time.  Hopefully I am the only one seeing these kinds of things.  I want the hobby to get back to normal.


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Five from Rolen

 It's been quite a while since I did a "5 From" post. I know, they are cheesy, but they are easy too, and I needed a nice easy post to write.  Here are my previous "5 From" posts if anyone wants to look back:

Albert Pujols
Stan Musial
Rod Carew
Willie Mays
Pete Rose
Robin Yount
Juan Gonzalez


Today, we look at the five favorite Scott Rolen cards in my collection. Rolen fits into my love of defensive studs, and his hustle and grit were awesome too.  I have very few of his cooler cards, but am always looking for more!

The top 5!

#5 - 1997 Bowman Chrome - Scout's Honor Roll - Refractor

These can be found pretty cheap, but I really love 90s refractors, and this one shines nicely in hand!  Not so much in the scan.

#4 - 1997 EX 2000 - Star Date 2000
What a great card!!  Everyone knows I love colorful and gaudy.  This is right in the wheelhouse!  And you can see that he has already been on base earlier in the game by the dirt on his leg...

#3 - 2007 Upper Deck Artifacts - MLB Apparel /199
Just a solid, simple relic card.  It looks nice.  It has a ding in the upper corner, but that reminds me of how Rolen played the game, so its OK.

#2 - 1998 Ultra
OK, it's not often a base card makes it in to these 5 card posts, but this one is awesome!!  He must have slid into all 4 bases to get this dirty!

#1 - 1995 Bowman RC
Yeah, the hard to find RC claims the top spot.  Not a big surprise, probably, but I am very glad to have this card in my collection!

Thanks for reading...

Any players anyone wants to nominate for future "5 From" posts???


Monday, July 26, 2021

Musings on Free Card offerings

 Anyone miss all the Free Card Friday's and various flavors of that which were everywhere for a while?  I kind of do.  But this post isn't about trying to get anyone to start up on them again.  It's actually just me talking through things to understand why I stopped.  Because I still have the urge to do Free Card days.  But I don't.  Why??

I'm going to just spray out random thoughts of why someone (or me) might be discouraged from doing a free card thing.  In no particular order:

Reason 1 - You don't feel like you have anything others would want

This can be a valid concern, but it isn't really a big factor for me.  You aren't going to please everyone unless you are giving away some pretty great stuff.  And if nobody claims your offerings, well then you get to keep your cards.  No harm here.

And there are all kinds of collectors out there. I have found with my free card posts, that team collectors can be the most interested, even in cards that nobody else wants.  You don't have to offer Trouts and vintage treasures.  Just throw some Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox or whatever team out there and you will get takers.

Reason 2 - You don't want to give away your hard earned collection

Another valid concern.  If you feel this way, definitely don't do a free card thing.  But I have lots of cards I would love to give to someone that would appreciate them.

In fact, along those lines, since I have returned to the hobby, I have always wanted to have another blogger meet up with me and go through my boxes of non-keepers so they could pull out some free cards! In person would be awesome, and then the person on the receiving end wouldn't have to rely on me to choose the cards they would want the most!

Reason 3 - You don't want to pay the postage

OK, now we are hitting closer to where my mind lives.  I have pretty limited card funds as it is.  So if I were to do a free card post once a week, and say,  8 people claimed each time, I would spend about $16 on the postage for a given month.  A little more for the envelopes and supplies.  Doesn't sound like much, but it adds up.  Often I only have $20 a month to spend in a month, though recently I have had a little more.

Reason 4 - You don't want to take the time to mail stuff out.  Sort/envelope/secure cards/tape/stamp/address/return address/seal/trip to the mailbox

I think this is the biggest reason for me.  I work hard.  And it's high stress.  Because of that, I often find myself without the energy to do much at all once I get home.  I'm sure that is a big contributor to the large gaps between my blog posts.  And most of the time, the thought of packaging up a bunch of cards and getting them mailed out just doesn't appeal.

Reason 5 - You feel like you are being taken advantage of

OK, so I could see this affecting people once they have done a few free card giveaways.  There are a few factors at work here.  Free card posts always get more views.  Duh.  And that can make us feel like our other posts are not appreciated.  Do we put effort into our posts just so that people who rarely read them can swoop in and pick up the free stuff?  Not likely.  Also I think some of us have noticed that the same few people are the ones claiming cards.  And sometimes it feels like maybe those people should pay it forward or something.

Those are valid ways to look at it, but they don't give me any real pause.  If I am offering free stuff, then it is really free, no strings or expectations attached.

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I'm sure there are lots of other reasons bloggers might have.  If you have any, feel free to leave them in the comments.  Or anything else you have to add!!  So that was at least a little therapeutic for me.  Not sure that anyone else will even care about this stuff.

I'm hoping that this exercise will prompt me to give free card giveaways another go sometime soon.  I do like sending cards to people who read!!  So stay tuned.  Hopefully. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Card show part 2 - vintage

 A few days ago, I posted my recent modern card pickups from a recent card show.  Today, you'll see the hammered vintage finds!

First up are these 1974 Topps Hank Aaron Specials.  There are 5 of these, now I have 4 of them!  These are not in perfect condition, but they only cost me $2 apiece.  I still need #3 if anyone has one!


These next 'cards' were the items that originally drew me in to the table where most of the cards in this post were purchased.  
These are: 
1947-66 Exhibits Jim Hegan
1947-66 Exhibits George Kell
1947-66 Exhibits Pete Reiser
1939-46 Exhibits Salutations Bob Feller

If you aren't familiar with these, they are oversized (about 3.5x5.5 in) with nothing on the backs.  The three lesser known players ran me $2 apiece, while the hammered hall of famer Feller only cost me $3!  They are kind of great, and obviously old.  Kind of annoying to store though.

I cant really tell the difference between the 39-46 and 47-66 sets, I'm sure there is one though.

The George Kell card has this writing on the back:
Looks like a kid was making a positional depth chart of the Yankees!  I love it!  Sometime around 1960, I would guess by the players.


After I picked out the Exhibits cards, the guy brought out a wooden box full of totally beat up vintage stars for me to look at.  And I mean beat up!  Check these out...

The Post cards are cut fairly nicely on half of the card, but the other halves look like someone was trying to learn how to use an exacto-knife with a paralyzed hand.  Kind of the same for the Maury Wills along the bottom.  The Campanella has major paper damage from tape or something, with more on the back.  And the Boog Powell RC is probably in the best condition of them all, getting away with just the number 16 written on it.

And I didn't care, because I am way too cheap to buy any of these cards in good condition!!  Been wanting a Powell RC for a long time, the Campy is my first and only playing days card of his, and the Wills is just awesome.

The Koufax has already flown the coop to a fellow blogger, as I found when I got home that I already had a copy.


And the last card I grabbed, from a completely different seller is this monstrosity:
I had never heard of this set, the 1967 Topps 'Who am I' set.  I thought some kid had just written all over some weird oddball Babe Ruth, so I asked the seller what he wanted.  He hemmed and hawed for a minute and said "2 bucks". I forked it over.

Well, if you aren't familiar with this set like me, it turns out that this set contained a bunch of pop culture figures from presidents to monarchs to Shakespeare.  But they all looked like the one above, with the subject's face obscured by writing.  The clue on front might give away who the subject is, but on the backs there were more clues in case you couldn't figure it out:
And once you figured it out, you could scratch off the front of the card to reveal a more normal looking pic.  I'm not planning on scratching mine off, but this is what it would look like when scratched:


All in all, I am thrilled to add all of these 'off condition' cards to my collection!!!