Friday, March 1, 2019

Hopelessly Behind

I decided that I was too far behind on newer cards and that I needed to start whittling away at them more.  It is so bad I didn't have anything newer than 2014 on my want list.  So I went onto eBay and bought complete Red Sox team sets (series 1, 2, and Update) for 2015-2018. 


My plan was to scan all the cards for each year and post them here.  However once I got them all in front of me I realized what a monumental task scanning over 100 cards was going to be and scratched that idea.  Four years of bagged team sets is as close as I'm going to get to scanning and posting them.  

Filling my want list with these four complete sets I realized I have no idea how many sets are being put out per year anymore.  Yeah I know base, Heritage, A&G, Bowman, Chrome, Stadium, Bowman Chrome come out every year but I know there are a bunch more.  I clicked over to The Trading Card Database and quickly found out just how far behind I have fallen in my collecting by ignoring new cards for the last few years.  I kept telling myself that later I would just buy them complete but now I it is a giant task.  (and an expensive one to do all at once)  Heck is a pretty big task to just figure out all the sets that came out in the last 4 years not to mention finding complete sets for them all.  I don't know if I should just start at 2015 and work my way through or just pick and choose which ones to chase.  

Monday, February 18, 2019

Cause All The Cool Blogs Do It

Almost every blog reviews their first pack of flagship.  I don't know that I ever have, even back when I posted twice a day but I'm too lazy to go back and look.  Heck I'm doing good to even get something posted at all.  I know I did a Heritage review one time.  Since it is a staple of blogging I thought I would give it a try. 

The problem is my first pack sucked!!!  Yes I got a sparkly JD Martinez card (rainbow foil maybe??) but the rest was soo... bleh.  So I'm just doing a one card review.  The first card I pulled. 

2019 Topps #111 Reynaldo Lopez
And Yuck!!  The smoke is back.  These cards remind me so much of 2016 with their smokey effect that I hate them as soon as I saw them online.  The little bit of square dots on the left that fade into the picture and the white part behind the name that Reynaldo's leg fades into is horrible.  They should be full bleed on the top and down one side and fully bordered on the bottom and right; while that white fade thing should just be white. 

2019 Topps #63 Jake Odorizzi
Wait, that's not the same card you say?  You are correct.  But I said I was reviewing the first card I pulled and I couldn't figure out which was first.  See Lopez was at the top of the stack but when I opened the pack the back of Jake's card was peering out at me.  So I figured Lopez was first because he was on top but I should use Jake for the back since it was the first card I saw.  The back is sooo much better than the front.  Full stats, one little blurb, and even his Twitter info for all the young kids. (who don't buy cards but that is a different discussion)  The one improvement I would make to the back is where it says Series I under the card number I would change it to 2019 Topps Series I.  And do the same thing for all the other card sets that come out during the year so that when I'm sorting cards my old ass eyes don't have to try to make out that little tiny date at the bottom. 

Okay, two improvements.  No matter how many stats are on a card they all have the same 1/8" of nothing at the bottom.  Everything should be scooted down 3/32" of an inch and middle all be made a bit bigger.  There is only 2.5" to use why not use it all.

In all this is the 3rd worst design on the 2010s.  (which means it will probably fall somewhere between 5th and 10th worst of all time. 

My favorites from best to worst for the last 10 years:

2011
2014
2018
2017
2010
2013
2012
2019
2016
2015

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Long Delayed Post - Cards From Saints of the Cheap Seats



So on my Blogger Dashboard I found a button that says Drafts.  I don't have any posts started but it shows 4 posts in there.  The oldest one is from 3/8/2009.  Yes folks this post was almost 10 years in the making. 

Evidently Saints of the Cheap Seats and I traded cards 10 years ago.  It looks like Dan has been away from blogging since 2013.


I had no words saved drafted just a few pictures of cards.  Or parts of cards. 



The answer is shocking!  I moved it to the bottom of the post so you have to read or at least scroll down to see it.



When I lived in Missouri I worked with a guy named Jerry.  His son was Bill Mueller's college roommate.  Jerry and his some were supposed to go to game 5 of the 2004 World Series. 




Johnny here was a big reason that there was no game 5.  His HR on the very first pitch of Game 4 was the Cardinals back breaker. 


I'm pretty sure the no team has had nine double headers in a year for two decades not to mention nine in a row.  Talk about a tax on the bullpen. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Down The Night Owl's Rabbit Hole

I love/have Wikipedia.  Yeah I know it's shortcomings but it is great for looking something up real quick.  And lets be honest I'm not writing any term papers in the next... I don't know, EVER!  But it's real shortcoming is that is is a back hole just waiting to suck me in.

Who was that Tex actor on Last Ship?

Go to Wikipedia.

Ah, there he is. Wow, he was in Deadwood.   Great Show.

Oh, that character was a real person.  All I have to do is click here and I can find out all about him.

And down the rabbit hole I go.

I love history and its so easy to just keep reading about more and more things.  Old West, Civil War, World War(s) I can get suck reading forever.


January is my busy time.  The worst month of the entire year.  I start each day at work with two quick reads Night Owl and Joe Posnanski.  It kind of paces me and keeps me from running to the day trying to slay dragons that are better left alone.  I have no time for dragons or rabbits in January.  Well in the dead of January I'm reading  this Night Owl post  and right in the middle he posts some 1976 Mail in Light Back Team cards.  Now I had never known these existed but I know that Virdon was featured on the 76 Astros Team card and I also know that I have a 1975 Mail In Light Back Team card.  Once I connected those dots I was down the rabbit hole.

After much research (made way longer because of the fact my Standard Catalog was at home and I was at work) I found out that Topps did the Mail In Team cards every year from 1975 to 1981 and I only had the 1975.  So I was off to eBay.



This is the 1977 Mail in card.  (I didn't buy the 1976 yet because the cheapest one on eBay was graded and $45)  It looks exactly like the regular issue.  Until you turn it over.


If you read my post about how my desk is cluttered with cards.  Well it came in handy because I happened to have a regular 77 in my desk to compare it too.  You can see how much lighter the mail in card is.  It is also a way lighter and thinner paper stock.

Coaches are not featured on the team cards in 1978 so I got to skip to 1979.


Again it looks just like the regular issue until you turn it over.


The scan shows it as lighter but it is really way lighter that the scan.  It is kind of odd holding an old card that is on thin light card stock.  They feel like early Donruss cards to me instead of Topps.


My desk pile failed me in 1980.  Both my regular 1980 and my two 1980 Buybacks are at my house tucked away in the binder where they belong.  Maybe, they could also be in that box of cards that need put in the binder still.

The only 1981 Astros Mail In card I found was uncut. I don't really want to buy it uncut.  I know myself I won't cut it.  So even if my procrastination ends and I binder up all my cards it will never make it to the binder.  I need to just wait until a cut one comes along.

Who am I kidding. I'll probably wait a week, buy the uncut one, and keep looking for one for the binder.  I shouldn't even call myself a collector, I'm an amasser.

Night Owl's rabbit hole wasn't so bad.  All those clients just had to wait an extra day for their W2s.  Besides I don't know if I ever got 3 new to me Virdon cards on the same day before.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

yankee Item

It is not very often I add a yankees item to the collection.  But every now and then a Bill Virdon yankee item comes up that a just have to have.



That is a yankees payroll check from 1975 paid to Bill Virdon.  

I haven't decided what I am going to do with it yet.  For now it is in the display case with my Virdon Spring Training bat.  The handle blocks off most of the check though and leaves the yankees logo sticking out the top; I don't like that.  

I also know someone that has a Virdon check from Topps.  If  I can ever convince the guy to sell it maybe I'll frame them together.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Confession Time

Hi my name is Adam and I'm a horrible collector. 

It has been 4 years since I put anything into a binder.  

4 years ago started a box labeled "Virdon Cards to be bindered.  

I also started another box labeled "Red Sox checked need put away".  So I guess I put away cards without putting them away.

I have everything shipped to my office and my drawer is now overflowing. 


The picture doesn't really do this drawer justice.  There are about thirty-four Virdon pictures in that one stack at the top alone.  Many of them are 8x10s but some are postcard sized and some are half sheets.  that Pedroia and Boggs up front; stuffed team bags and there are more of them wedged in the back of the drawer. 

I have so much at my office now that I have started storing cards in a second drawer.  

So yeah, I am a horrible collector but I am a great accumulator!  

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Happy Boxing Day

Another Christmas means another boxing day.  Like past years I'm going to treat you to some boxing cards.  I scanned the fronts and the backs because I'm sure many of these sets are new to most that might read this. 

1911 Wills Boxers Young Cohen

Since Boxing day originated in England I am starting of with a card from England.  Most people think that boxing day is the day you bring boxes you don't want back to the store.  While that is probably accurate today that isn't what it originally was.  It started as a holiday for servants where they got the day off and received a Christmas box.  They didn't get Christmas on Christmas because they were busy taking care of their employers.  This is a mini card. Like a Ginter mini but a little shorter. 


I don't know anything about this set other than I found this card on COMC for $2.  It is 107 years old and in such good shape.  I have nothing else that is over a century old in this good shape.  I also don't know much about Young Cohen. It looks like he was a journeyman fighter with a 9-9-1 career record.  Originally I thought this was a card of the Mob Boxer Micky Cohen but then realized it was way to old.


If you got Chocolate at Christmas I bet you are not boxing it up and bringing it back.  I'm surely not bringing this back.  This was the last card in my 1948 Leaf Boxing Set.  (the Rocky Graziano SP doesn't count)  Yes you read that correct, I built a 70 year old set.  You're probably thinking yeah boxing cards are cheap and in most cases you would be correct.  But this set has some real big names in it that are not cheap. (Dempsey, Jeffries, Johnson, Schmelling, Lewis, Tunney, Baer, Sullivan, LaMotta)


The back is just like a 48 leaf baseball card.  (the front is allot the same also)  They both have the same layout, font, text size everything.  The differences are where this one says "KNOCK-OUT BUBBLE GUM" the baseball cards say "ALL-STAR BASEBAL GUM".  Under that the boxing cards say "Collect this series of Boxing Greats" and the baseball cards say "Collect this series of Diamond Greats".  The mail in offer is even exactly the same only the substitute Knock-Out cards for Basecall cards.   

1938 Churchman Joe Lewis
 Sticking with set finishing cards this finished off my 38 Churchman set.  Yes I finished an 80 year old set.  These are a ton cheaper than 48 Leaf.  If you wanted to start collecting vintage boxing I would suggest starting here.


My grandma is 93 years old and loves boxing.  She has told me many times about how she used to sit in the living room and listed to Joe Lewis fights on the radio with her family.  

1910 ATC Champion Athlete and Prizefighters
Man, his set's name is a handful to say.   I guess that is why it is just shortened to T220 Mecca.  Those spots are not just spots, they are mold. 



Read the write up on this fight.  How crazy is that a 42 round draw.

1910 ATC Champion Athlete and Prizefighter - Pal Moore
No mold here but there is wome water damage to go with those creases.  


 This is Philadelphia Pal Moore who was one of the "Fighting Moore Brothers".  They were 7 brothers that all fought.  (though some not successfully and some as bare knuckle only fighters.)  How is that for a rough childhood.

1951 Ringside Bob Montgomery
Most people haven't heard of Bob Montgomery but he is a Hall of Fame lightweight.


I've always thought the number being inside of a glove was really cool on the 51 Ringside cards.  

1964 Salina Stamp Jim Braddock

Braddock is better known as "The Cinderella Man" from the movie.  If you haven't seen it go find somewhere to stream/rent it and watch it today!  Amazing story.  This is a regular old stamp so I'm not going to scan the back you have seen the back of a stamp before.

1996 Ringside Gold Spotlight Signatures - Vinny Pazienza
1996 Ringside is another good boxing started set.  The easiest way to get this set is to trade for my dupe set.  I built this set along with all the insert sets.  Trying for inserts I built a whole extra set.  (or 3 but I'm down to one extra set now)  I finally gave up and bought the Gold Carbajal card though it took about 15 years to find one. There is something about boxers and amazing stories.  The Vinny The Pazmanian Devil has a movie Bleed for This made about him because of his crazy life and comeback.  This card is autographed though you can hardly see it.  


Stop here and read the back of that card.  See what I mean about comeback.  After this card was made he went on to win two World Championships.  


This isn't a normal run of the mill auto either.  This is pulled from a pack.  Instead of a little blurb in writing like card companies do now these had the blurb embossed right on the card.  It doesn't show very good in a scan but you can faintly see the embossed seal between my arrows.  As far as I know I have the whole auto set but there is no list of them anywhere I have found so you never know if another one might pop up.