Monday, January 15, 2018

TTM Return From Ryan Wheeler

Not that Ryan Wheeler. The one you're all probably thinking of is the guy who pitched for the Diamondbacks and Rockies. This Ryan Wheeler is even better (no offence other Ryan Wheeler). This Ryan Wheeler played briefly in the Angels system, for the Boise Hawks, before pursuing a career in coaching, where he's been very successful.

1994 Fleer Pro Cards Boise Hawks #3366

No doubt, I love getting signed cards back in the mail, but I also love it when a player takes the time to answer a couple questions. The best part of this return was Ryan's thoughtful response to my first question:
And that's why I love writing to these ballplayers. I like to think that one of my gifts is encouragement, I like to encourage people. By including a note, and asking questions of the ballplayer, not just wanting him to "sign these cards", I hope to let them know that they are still thought of and not forgotten, and that their contributions to baseball are important and appreciated. That people care.
That's why I still collect autographs and correspondence.

Sent to St Josephs University, Ryan returned this in 12 days, on January 13, 2018.




Sunday, January 14, 2018

TTM Return From Todd Greene Again

I don't know why I'm obsessed with getting every Todd Greene card I own signed. Maybe because he's a PC and one of my favorite Angels; maybe because he always signs stuff sent to him, so dependable; maybe I just like to get mail. This is the sixth time I've sent him cards: 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018. I'm not gonna tell you how many cards he's signed for me because it feels like excess, and I'm really not an excess guy. I just love getting Todd Greene's autograph.

1994-1995 Fleer Excel #20

1995 Topps #633

1995 Collectors Choice #34

1996 Score Board All Sport PPF #61

Today he's a Special Assistant to the GM and a Major League Scout for the Diamondbacks. 
DANG! I should have asked for a signed business card!
Todd signed these cards sent his home in 11 days, returning them on January 13, 2018.

Friday, January 12, 2018

A Load of 444 and Them Some

Baseball Cards Come To Life took it upon himself to inundate me with cards for a couple of my quirky collections: Baseball Cards Numbered 444, and Sweepstakes type cards.

Thirty Six cards numbered 444.
I hope Bo didn't go bustin all his full sets to get me these #444 cards!

1989 Bowman
This is not only the largest card numbered 444 so far, it also includes the largest font so far. Not that I'm tracking that.

2017 Topps Now Info Card
Topps Now is a pretty cool idea, just not for me. I'm more a traditionalist.

1999 Upper Deck Playstation MLB 2000 Sweepstakes card
Love these sweepstakes cards that you have to spell something out.
Makes for a cool little set collection.

Adding the "0" card leaves me just needing the "2" and another "0" and then the gold "2" to complete the set. I imagine finding the gold "2" will be next to impossible.



Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Year For Team Traders


I've decided to dedicate this year to getting rid of an abundance of stock, kinda like a post "Season of Giving" only it will take me all year to do it. And hopefully I can meet some more bloggers.

So, anyone wanting a package of cards of your favorite baseball team (Angels included!) leave a comment and email me your mailing address at tessierthomas at yahoo dot com. Teams can be picked by more than one person.

My original thought was to just send out packages to unsuspecting team collectors, but later decided to do this by request rather than dump a bunch of team cards on bloggers that might not want a bunch of team cards dumped on them. Cards will range from the late 70's thru today, with a smackering of vintage here and there.

Also, please only state your team(s). It's easier for me to just pull cards I see for the (Rangers) and not have to hunt for certain cards from a specific set to fill a wantlist.

I have a few more packages to send out to catch up for those received in 2017, I've appreciated every trade sent my way, and look forward to more this year!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

TTM Return From Another Diablo

1980 TCMA El Paso Diablos #4

Must be tough being and Angel and a devil at the same time.
Steirer was selected in the fifth round of the 1977 amateur draft out of University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He pitched for the California Angels from 1982-1984. Surprisingly he has only a few minor league cards.

Rick signed this one for me in 17 days, returned from his home in Baltimore on December 26th.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Very Brady Christmas

Loved the Brady Bunch growing up. 
Cornball I know, but my teenagers still watch it from time to time.

Too Many Verlanders sent me a hefty package before Christmas, we hadn't traded in a while so it was really nice to hear from Dennis.

Here's the buttload of Tom Brady cards he sent.

Obviously, the Patriots are my team to collect, but the focus of the team collection is on pre-1994, and so that's what my wantlist reflects. I can't handle trying to keep track of everything Angels AND everything Patriots, so I had to put a limit on the Pats, at least as far as organizing them. It's awesome however when a fellow blogger disregards the wantlist and sends me a bunch of post-1994 Patriots cards.
Because I still need them, still want them, just haven't organized them yet.
Did I just contradict myself?

The package had some weight behind it, and I soon realized why.
Full issues of Angels-on-the-cover magazines!

Nice trip down memory lane going through old Becketts.
The Erstad cover had a nice checklist of his cards, and I forgot how highly rated Troy Glaus was and how in-demand his rookie cards were at the time.

Another great cover for the 2002 World Series Champs.
Is Lackey the last still-active player from that team?

Counting the days till we hear he's in Cooperstown (as an Angel?)

Dennis also included some really fine numbered and parallel cards.
2006 Upper Deck #664 Gold 071/299

1998 Topps MLB Stars #14 Silver 3401/4399
1998 Topps MLB Stars #79 Bronze 8176/9799

1999 Upper Deck View To A Thrill #V1, 1222/2000

2003 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia, Tool Of The Trade TT-4, 099/100

2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Inserts DK-1, 1833/2005

Cool cards like "Fractal Matrix", SPECIALFX" and "Gold Leaf Rookies".
Really nice 1995 Bowmans Best Refractor in this group too.


 Like I said, Dennis and I hadn't traded in a long time, so I was very pleased to get this package from him. Can't wait to start pulling a return package!


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Found A Few More Cardboard

That's what the note said.
Always love to hear those words, when directed at me, concerning cards.

Matt from Red Cardboard found these, after he already sent me the purged Angels from his collection, and shipped them over.

2017 Topps Snowflake
I can't seem to wrap my head around these snowflake cards.
I'm excited to get them because I think they're hard to come by right?
And a hard to come by Mike Trout card is always awesome.
I guess the idea of a snowflake card design doesn't warm my insides like a rainbow foil does.


Great variation in design between 1972, 1974 and 1981.

Glad you found these Matt.



Monday, January 1, 2018

I Had Seconds Of Nachos Season Of Giving

Chris is a good dude, he's always thinking of me, or at least always thinking who can he dump his blasted Angels cards on! But seriously, after initially picking "Fleer stickers or any Sweepstakes type cards" for his Season of Giving offer back in November, Chris later posted that he had several teams still available to pick from. I was shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that the Angels were still available! Chris was nice enough to let me have seconds and claim those Angels.

That's a lot of Angels.
These originally came packed in a bulging-at-the-seams small Priority Mail box, but given I'm on Christmas break from my aerospace job, I've had plenty of time to sort these and get them ready to binderize.

I held out a few as a sampling.

1998 Pinnacle Performers Swing For The Fences
These are Game Rules insert cards, glad to see the Angels have three cards in this 50-card set.

1983 Topps #765
I like the action shot of Boone chasing a Bruce Bochte (I'm assuming) pop-up, with Bochte looking up following the ball as well. It also looks like a Spring Training game as you can see the top of the stands in the background.

1990 Fleer Soaring Stars #10
I was surprised that I did not have this card already.
I saw on a recent Too Many Verlanders post that he had picked up this card as well in a mass Abbott purchase for his collection. We'll have to do some Abbott trading for sure.


1997 Collectors Choice #250
Great photograph of yet another Hall-of-Famer not in the Hall of Fame as an Angel.
Not that he should be. Murray was only on the Angels for 46 games in 1997 before moving on to the Dodgers. He did however hit the last three home runs of his career (502, 503, 504) as an Angel.


2006 Topps Rack
Seeing this pack with Garret Anderson on the top brings back a flood of memories from my early collecting days. I'd save every rack pack with an angels card on top, like it'd be worth a lot more someday. Maybe, we'll never know, but all those packs have long been ripped to see what else might be hiding inside.
When I saw this I hesitated for just a second, thinking I'd keep it like was, unopened.
Nah.
No big hits inside but there was another Angels card, and it was thrilling ripping it open.

Much appreciated package Chris, loved going through it all.