Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Community Gum Documentary

Jon busted a case, CASE, of 2008 Upper Deck Documentary. You know it, only 4,890 cards IN THE SET! Jon put a call out for traders, and since I needed most of the 163 cards just for the Angels TEAM SET, I took him up on the offer

In there are a 100+ cards I needed towards the team set.
No dupes in there, so it gives you an idea of how big that 163-card team set is.
And that's just the base set.

Jon also included 17 Gold Parallel versions of the 163 card team set that I needed.
See how impossible it is to complete this?
I don't even list the gold version on my wantlist, it's so ridiculously out of reach.

And he included the Bobby Wilson Season Signatures autograph card.

Man this was huge Jon.
I now only have a manageable 32 cards left to get for the team set.
Thank you.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Scribbled Ink Contest Winnings

Paul decided he was going to rename his blog from Paul's TTM Autograph Blog to something different so he held a contest. I can't remember who won (the blog seems to be out of commission right now) but actually other participants got a prize as well. I won a mixed lot of Angels, wantlist cards, and a bunch of random fun oddballs.

Paul's new blog is titled Scribbled Ink.

Sampling of the many Angels parallel cards. The Vladdy was in an unopened cello pack that also included a card of Hideki Matsui albeit in a Yankees uniform, not an Angels.

Checklists were included which is always nice filler for the sendee, but very welcomed for my collection.

Another sampling of the player collections stack that was included. The Todd Greene cards are much appreciated. And there was actually 30 John Olerud to beef up my collection.

Five unopened packs of 2010 Topps Attax were in the mix. Always fun ripping a pack of anything.
Paul also included an unopened pack of Doodlewonkers, kids trivia and puzzle cards. Never heard of those? Me neither. Be looking for a post on them soon on A Pack To Be Named Later.

Nice assortment of Fleer Stickers

Even a few Patriots cards.
Paul really looked at my interests.

In the winnings I also found a handful of pocket schedules which is great because I can use them to trade for the Angels schedules I've been lacking. There was also a Red Sox window insignia (that will be passed on) and an unopened pack of Ricky Martin trading cards I just can't bring myself to say any more about.

Great stuff Paul, thanks.




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Baseball Card #444 - 1990 Leaf

Collecting #444 baseball cards


Will Clark gets a mugshot on this card numbered 444 from 1990 Leaf.

First of 2 consecutive years that Leaf's #444 card was a checklist (1991 had Darryl Strawberry on it).

Interesting that both sides of the card have 444 on them, that's usually reserved only for the back;
however, we know that the picture side of the card is the front side because of the numbering sequence.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

First (And Probably Only) Packs Of Update

I actually bought two packs of update, one was meh, as I expected it would be, and the other was decent. Below are the contents of the other.

oooh, bad scanner alignment job there on the base cards.
I lean towards buying update more than the series 1-2 cards because of the rookie cards.
I guess the big one to pull this year would be Aaron Judge right?

The inserts in this pack were pretty good, at least fact that there WERE inserts in this pack.
I've begun to rely on pulling at least one insert per pack, I feel Topps owes me that.

Rainbow Foil

1987 30th Anniversary

Rediscover Topps Silver

And there's that Aaron Judge rookie, albeit the All Star Game version.

I guess that counts right?

13 cards in a 12 card pack isn't bad.

I always judge (no pun intended) a pack by how many Angels I pull out of it.
This one rates an F.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Lassoed From Listia

Here's what I've won from Listia in the last several months.

1990 Topps Heads Up! #16 Jim Abbott
Suction cup on the back so you stick it wherever you want.
How awesome is that!

1996 Score Board All Sport PPF #69

2006 Bowman Chrome #BC231 Certified Autograph

2001 Topps Archives #142 Certified Autograph

1969-71 Fleer Cloth Patch
 Sorry about the timing Dodger fans.

2003 and 2004 Upper Deck
Didn't pick these up for the players or for the sets, but for the American flag in the background.
Just thought they looked cool.
(Post script: I created this post before the tragic death of Roy Halladay)

1971 Topps #145
Speaking of cool, doesn't get much cooler than Joe Kapp.

2002 Bowman #15
Closest I have to his rookie card, which is still very cheap to get.
It's next on my list.

These were all single auction pickups of various Angels.
The Dave Winfield is a 1991 Topps Magazine card.

Checklists.

1995 Score #DP8 SAMPLE card.
Interesting because most of the other sample cards from this set have the "SAMPLE" in foil.


Now I can finally put this stack away in binders. But it's time to start a new one, I already have more cards coming in the mail.


Monday, November 6, 2017

1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack Box Rip

Picked up a box cheap on ebay, it's always fun to rip a box full of foil packs.


Thirty-six packs, six cards per pack, 216 possible cards, 225 card base set plus inserts of nine All-Star Scratch-Off cards and five Mascot Madness cards.

I actually like the green/yellow 1994 design much better than this 93, but the 1993 box was cheaper so I went with it. I'm considering picking up that 94 box though.

Out of the 36 packs, 6 packs had duplicate cards within. In a pack of only 6 cards that really stinks.

Pulled almost a team set of Angels, just missed out on the Salmon Glow Stars card.

Pulled seven Hot Shots redemption cards.
Too bad I didn't rip this back in '93, I would have easily been able to get all 12 Hot Shots cards which are part of the base set (not a separate insert set) and available only by redemption. Which is screwed because it makes it really hard for the set collector to finish the set.

This is the real reason I bought the box; I wanted to finish this Scratch-Off insert set.
I pulled one complete set of 9 cards, with only 2 duplicate cards in the box.


Now THIS is what really irked me.
I only needed to pull 5 Mascot cards, and as you see I pulled a whopping 9!
Only 6 of them were of that freaking BJ Birdy, and 5 of those came CONSECUTIVELY! I only needed 1 out of 5 to be Youppi!

Ah well, it was a fun rip regardless.

Below is the checklist of what I need to complete the set
(Also found under the Other Want Lists tab at the top).

3 BENJI GIL
10 ALOMAR (HOT SHOTS)
11 BONDS (HOT SHOTS)
12 CANSECO (HOT SHOTS)
13 CLARK (HOT SHOTS)
14 CLEMENS (HOT SHOTS)
15 GONZALEZ (HOT SHOTS)
16 GRIFFEY (HOT SHOTS)
17 McGWIRE (HOT SHOTS)
18 RYAN (HOT SHOTS)
19 SANDBERG (HOT SHOTS)
20 SHEFFIELD (HOT SHOTS)
21 THOMAS (HOT SHOTS)
37 SALMON (GLOW STARS)
43 BAGWELL
46 DRABEK
53 STEINBACH
55 ALOMAR
59 MOLITOR
60 OLERUD (need 2)
70 ELDRED
74 SMITH (GLOW STARS)
78 SMITH
81 GRACE
92 STRAWBERRY
93 GRISSOM (GLOW STARS)
96 HILL
114 GRIFFEY
155 JOHNSON
123 GOODEN (GLOW STARS)
136 McGRIFF (GLOW STARS)
138 GWYNN
142 DAULTON (GLOW STARS)
153 GONZALEZ (GLOW STARS)
160 RYAN (need 2)
161 CLEMENS (GLOW STARS)
171 MITCHELL
172 ROBERTS
184 JOYNER
186 FIELDER
191 PUCKETT (GLOW STARS)
195 PUCKETT
200 McDOWELL
204 ABBOTT (GLOW STARS) (need 2)
205 ABBOTT (need 2)
207 KEY
221 McCARTY CHECKLIST
222 BONDS CHECKLIST
223 GONZALEZ CHECKLIST
224 GRIFFEY CHECKLIST
225 THOMAS CHECKLIST

 MASCOT MADNESS - 5 YOUPPI

Saturday, November 4, 2017

12-Year Failure From Dan Ford

I mailed these three cards to Dan Ford on September 22, 2005. Thats right 2005.
Mailed them to his home in Riverside, California.
Dan played for the Angels and I wanted to add him to my Angels collection, and to my 1983 Topps autographed set. At the time, Dan was a good and gracious TTM signer, that answered questions and that didn't charge a fee for his autograph.


I recently got the cards back, AFTER TWELVE YEARS, unsigned, in my SASE with this note:

PastPros.com wrote that note, not Dan Ford like it says. Sorry but these autograph warehouse guys have ruined what used to be a fun hobby for me. They're snatching up the players that used to gladly sign for free, that used to thoughtfully answer your questions because you really were interested in their stories. Those days are gone now; send in your cash and you'll get an impersonal signature on your card, after waiting 12 years to get it back.

No thanks.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Trade Mail Via Paul's TTM Autograph Blog

I got a big batch of cards via a trade with Paul's TTM Autograph Blog a month or so back. As is typical of me lately, I can't remember how this trade came about, Paul probably reached out to me.
Anyhow, Paul send some fantastic stuff, here's the highlights:

2007 All Star Ballot, 111
This is the fourth different version of this 2007 ballot in my collection. No real noticeable differences in the graphics, or even the sponsors, just stamped with different version numbers like "111" on the inside. I think this has to do with the region the ballot was issued in.
Fantastic graphics on this 2007 issue.


Paul hit up a bunch of my quirky set collections:
Fleer Stickers, Contest Cards, Sweepstakes, Scratch-Offs, Checklists. 

Player Collections
I think he hit them all.
1975 SSPC #189 Frank Tanana is signed, sweet!

Tim Salmon specifically.
Just a few of the Salmon he sent.

And this one:
1996 Leaf Signature Series

2007 Allen & Ginter's Mini Relic AGR-CK

2005 Turkey Red #302 White
Just a sweet looking card

2012 Topps Historical Stitches HS-NR
Wowser!

2004 Donruss Throwback Threads #174, 047/100
2001 SP Game Used Edition #JO
2002 Leaf Shirt Off My Back #SB-JO
I think these might just be my first and only Olerud relics!

I got Bipped!
I love Wally Joyner, but that's more Wally Joyner staring back at you than any one man can handle.

Wow Paul, some really great stuff to give up.
Thank you, much appreciated.