Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thumbing Through The Stacks

The guy at the card shop knows that I like the random boxes of junk that come in, he keeps them underneath his display tables.  He also likes to point out the boxes of new cards that he's put up on the shelves so that I can pull Angels and other stuff that I like.  As soon as I entered the shop he quickly pointed out a couple boxes of 2014 Panini Classics.  He wanted me to see these because he knows I get autographs and wanted me to know that these would be great for getting autographs on.

Oh my.  A really nice Panini design for a change.
And yes this design is perfect for autographs.

These designs however are typical of Panini and the main reason I hate Panini so much.
Stupidly cropped, players facing away from the camera, wild confusing backgrounds, too much happening at once on a little card.
Gotta have the Angels though.

Ok that's a nice design too.
Sigh of relief.

I was able to pick up the whole 1987 Topps Patriots team set, and the 1000 Yard Club insert.
Pretty awesome when you can go through a box in one sitting and pull a whole team set.

Came across a random John Olerud, 
Can't believe I didn't have such a common Olerud card already.

There were two boxes of Drew Bledose cards, all in penny sleeves and top-loaders.
Yes, here in Dallas Fort Worth there are two boxes dedicated to Drew Bledsoe.
I know he played for the Cowboys for two seasons, maybe that's why.
Although I've never heard any of the locals speak too fondly about his Cowboys days.
Anyhow, I was able to pick out a bunch of nice rookies.

Grabbed a couple Action Packed as well.
I love Action Packed cards.
I think Drew got frozen in a carbonite freezing chamber.

About a month after getting my 1983 Fleer cards organized, and putting a call out for help finishing it, I nabbed the last card I needed to complete the set.
Found it in the Rod Carew box.
Dion saw my initial post about the set last month and quickly jumped on it sending me 74 of the last 75 cards I needed.
He couldn't find his Carew however, but I know if he had it he would have sent it too.

And of course as I'm going through boxes I'm pulling checklist cards.
At the bottom there you can see the checklist set for 1987 Topps Football.
Grabbed them as I as pulling the Patriots out.

I'm rethinking my initial post about collecting checklist cards however.
Collecting all sports checklists my be too overwhelming, I may have to cut that back to just baseball.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Something's Wrong With This Picture (#3)

2011 Topps Gold Mike Napoli #201
Got this card in a trade package from $30 Week Habit a long time ago.
Immediately I spotted a flaw.
Can you see it?

Here's the flawed card on the left next to a good Mike Napoli card on the right.

Upon closer inspection you can see that the silver foil is off.

Didn't take much of a keen eye to spot that printing error.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

My First Sticker Of My Boy Pat

Another cool item I picked up at the junk mall recently is my very first Fleer Logo Sticker from my favorite football team the Patriots.

I found this 1984 Fleer Football Sticker in a top loader.
Came as part of a two-pack with a Broncos sticker.
There's by bud Pat ready to play some football.

The back of the sticker, although badly off-center, has the team schedule with a place to fill in the score.  Hmm I see that on November 18th the Patriots played the Colts...kinda like today.
At that game the Patriots won 50-17.

I wonder who'll win today...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Back And Forth With Scott Crawford On Cards!

Scott and I have been hammering out some trades recently, filling needs in each others collections. That's always a good thing.  I love checking off a card towards the completion of a goal or set.  And with the start of 2015 I added a few more sets to try to check off.

2014 Topps 1989 Topps Mini #TM-28

Ever happy,ever awesome, Mike Trout.
I can't tell you how happy I am that he's an Angel.

1981 Fleer Star Sticker #108

Cheesy at it's best.
Looks like sweet nectar flowing around Nolan and pooling around his waist to be lapped up by adoring fans.

Ewwww.  Gross.

My first and only sticker so far from the 1982 issue.
As with most Fleer stickers, the "PEEL" or "PEEL OFF HERE" in this case, is upside down.
Many of the stickers have two versions of the "PEEL", an upside-down and a right-side up.
This one is not a variation though.

Scott also sent the first 3 towards the 1984 set.
Notice the difference between the "PEEL" arrows in the Reds and Red Sox stickers.
Right-side up, up-side own.

Ooh, and a bunch from the 1986 set which featured logo and pennant stickers.
Inching closer to finishing this 1986 set.
Interesting that the Padres pennant used the script instead of the Friar logo.

There's not much better looking than a full page of Fleer Stickers.

Good trading Scott, thanks.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Catching Up With Listia

2009 Topps Chrome Refractor #45 013/250
718 credits.

2008 Topps Chrome Refractor #168
399 Credits.

1993 Bowman #131
This card came in a 5-card lot of Yankees, with rookies.
The title actually said "Tankees".
Disgruntled fan cleaning house?
499 credits.

2014 Donruss #301
400 credits.

1989 Panini Baseball Stickers #83 and #172
There were 2 of the Bond stickers in the lot.
And Bonds collectors need one?
499 credits.

2014 Topps Power Players #PPA-AP
499 credits.

2001 Upper Deck Arms Race #AR1
1,244 credits.
The 1982 Topps was a bonus included in the package.
That's a good Listian.

1989 Pro Set #249, 1989 Topps #198
Ah, good ol' Doug Flutie.
Did you know he was Tom Bradys backup in 2005?
499 credits.

2005 Topps Jim Abbott All-Time Fan Favorites #13 Refractor 048/299, Bo Jackson #3
These came in a 5-card lot, but I have no use for the other 3 cards.
They go in the trade stacks.
858 credits.

1992 Score 100 Superstars #29
Ooh, now that's a good looking card.
339 credits, came with a spare Dave Winfield 1991 Fleer.

That's my Listia stack for now.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Nearing The End For 1991 Upper Deck Football

The base set for the inaugural Upper Deck Football set has been done for what, 23 years now, and it's been stashed away in a binder high up on the closet shelf.  Hasn't seen daylight in years.  It's the only football set I've ever done, and probably ever will do.  And that's only the low series.  But when I got it down recently I decided to finally put the last nail in the coffin.

All that I lack for this awesome set are 3 cards from the 9-card Game Breaker Hologram insert set: GB4 Ernest Byner, GB6 Neal Anderson, and GB9 Marcus Allen.

Also need a Joe Montana Football Heroes #4.

I've designated 2015 as a "Will you finally get those sets done and out of the way!" year.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


In a package from Too Many Verlanders which contained  a bag of Angels and another bag of Patriots, this card slipped out:

2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Material Bronze 116/200
It's been one of my quests to get all the different versions of this Tim Salmon card.
And there are a ton of versions.
One closer now though.

And a sampling of the Patriots cards too.
Cool because I had been wanting to pick up a Tebow in a Pats uniform.