Saturday, February 17, 2018

What's That Griffey Box Doing In This Angels House!?

I'll tell you what it's doing in this house.
I accepted the Griffey box into this Angels home because I hoped that there would be some checklist cards in it. I figured by about 1993 Griffey was probably superstar enough to start showing up on checklist cards, and that the best place to pull some would be in the legendary Griffey Box. So I volunteered to be next on the list. And then I promptly forgot it was coming.

I was surprised to get a hefty Priority Mail box in the mail from Johnny's Trading Spot, thinking that I had no heads up for this, and no trade had been worked out (and seriously this was probably less that 2 weeks after I had asked to be next for it).

Inside there was another box. A cinder block of a box, all magled, dented, scribbled on and held together by the Top Three in Tapes: Masking, Packaging and Painters.

When I pulled the box out, my shock and disgust was audible. Who would dare abuse a Fleer sticker in such a manner? Not only did they actually USE the sticker, that's bad enough, but someone taped OVER most of it with at least two of the three Top Three in Tapes!

But then it occurred to me: Did John just send me a big fat cinder block of Fleer Stickers?
OMG!!! I've died and gone to heaven!
(See, I still had forgotten about the Griffey Box.)

Opening it up I saw T.J.'s name and finally figured out what this was, and after calling myself a couple names, I dig in with excitement.

Pretty fun going through the 500+ cards in there.

Like I said, checklists were my goal and thankfully checklists are what I found.

1993 Upper Deck #525
Traditional checklist with a ghosted background picture, very cool.

1994 Collectors Choice Special Edition #261
One of my favorite formats for checklist cards: half picture/half checklist and horizontal.

1997 Collectors Choice #247, 248, 249
I made it a point to turn every card in the box over to check the back. You wouldn't know these were checklists just by looking at the front.

1998 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion #473G
I loved it when Ultra when to the gold dusted backgrounds for the Gold Medallion editions.

And a bunch more.

 I pulled a few non-checklist Griffeys just because I liked them.
I have a small stack of Griffey I keep, but by no means do I have a Griffey PC.

1990 Topps 1989 Major League Debut #46

1993 Triple Play Nicknames #5
Needed for the set build, even though I originally wasn't going to include these inserts with the set.
Seeing this card changed my mind.

1994 Upper Deck #224 Electric Diamond
1994 Topps Gold #388

I got the box from Johnnys Trading Spot who had pulled a whopping 156 cards out of it. Fortunately he only pulled 5 or so checklists, and 4 of those were dupes of what I pulled above. Phew!
I pulled 19 (and replaced at least that many), which is way more than I actually expected to pull, so I'm very pleased.

I already have someone waiting for the box, so it's off to the PO!

Good stuff T.J. Thanks.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

TTM Return From Nelson Rood

1990 CMC #491

Drafted by the Astros in the 13th round of the 1983 amateur draft and spent most of his eight year minor league career in AAA. He was picked up by the Angels organization in 1990, his final season of baseball, appearing in 18 games. He managed the AZL Giants in 1991.  He is now Director of Operations for Hangar 5 Productions.

Nelson signed this card, and very thoughtfully answered questions sent to his home in Scottsdale, AZ returning them in 377 days. Super nice guy, he even apologised for taking so long to respond.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Battle of the Bulge(ing) Box From ARPSmiths

A while back ARPSmith's put a call out for team collectors to claim their team because he had a ton of stock to trade out. I claimed the Angels of course and shortly thereafter received a Priority mailer literally bulging with Angels cards. Probably about 8 team bags stuffed full. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it before I tore in.

Right on top was this jumbo
1998 Pinnacle Zenith Z52
I finally wised up a while back and bought 2-pocket pages to store these large cards. I had been just piling them in to sheet protectors.

1988 Topps Box Bottom A-D
Another large card for the 2-pocket pages!
This is great because it will replace the gently used version I currently have. And it is expertly trimmed. Boone was the only Angels player in this box bottom set.

1994 Mothers Tim Salmon ROY #3
Last card I needed for this special Tim Salmon ROY 4-card set.

1995 Donruss Press Proof
Gold foil instead of silver, and "PRESS PROOF" stamped on front, these were inserted just 1 in every 20 packs. The back says "1st 2,000 Printed"

2004 Donruss Throwback Threads #3, Gold Proof 043/100

2004 Upper Deck Reflections #98, Red 48/50
Oh so close!
Other than a 1/1, does anyone actually have the final numbered card of numbered series like 499/499? That would be cool to have.

I started seeing a trend in that bulging box of Angels cards, like how many HOFers once played for the Angels (and how many future HOFers still are).

No picture to prove it, but again, that box was a bulging heap of Angels cards.
Much appreciated!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Erstad's Baseball Card Breakdown

Back in January, Gavin posted a crap load of cards he hauled in from a card show that were available for trade. I picked out a few, Gavin mentioned he'd throw in some more Angels as well, and shortly after that the package arrived.
Wow, that's much more than I expected.
You can see the Piersall card I had picked out from his card show haul.

2003 Topps Retired Signature Jim Piersall Autograph Uncirculated
Super Sweet! This is my first uncirculated autograph and I have to say that it's pretty cool sitting in that heavy, sealed slab. The only other uncirculated autograph in the set, for the Angels, is Jim Abbott's card. I'll have to seriously consider that.

As I soon found out, the bulk of the other Angels cards in the box were all of Darin Erstad. Unfortunately I didn't count them before I sorted them but there's like at least 200 different Erstad's in there. And surprisingly I needed almost all of them. It's weird but he was the one guy my team sets were severely lacking.

I picked out some to show.
1997 Fleer Ultra Rookie Reflections #3

1999 Upper Deck Black Diamond #1

1997 Metal Universe #40

1997 Topps Gallery #147

2003 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor #336, 235/449

There were other Angels besides Erstad, like this sweet
2005 Donruss Classics Membership MS-17, 37/50

And this nice Troy Glaus relic
2005 Upper Deck First Pitch Fabric GU-TG
Even though this is a Diamondbacks card, Glaus is shown in an Angels uniform, and I have to assume that the fabric is from an Angels jersey; therefore, he's a keeper.

 The only team set I'm collecting other than Angels, is the 1960 Topps (and 1954 Bowman) sets for the Dodgers.
I was recently considering abandoning the 1960 effort, but when I saw these two cards available I was reinvigorated to continue on trying to complete the team set.
In an effort to make the large team set easier to accomplish however, I decided that I will not include the World Series cards as part of the team set. There's just too many of them.

Gavin included these really nice customs as well.
I had to go the baseball-reference to make sure that Vladdy had actually played on the Blue Jays.
But then I turned the card over, and it said right there:
"During 2012, Vlad hit .358 while in the Blue Jays minor league system."
Always read the back of the card first kiddos!

Thanks Gavin!

Monday, February 5, 2018

TTM Return From Patriot Bruce Armstrong

Received Patriot Great Bruce Armstrong return in the mail today saving me from the doldrums after that crappy loss last night.

1990 Topps #419

1990 Score #485

1991 Upper Deck #371

Got these back today, February 5th, after 9 days, sent to his Davie, Florida home.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Let's Go!

You all know what that means!

Friday, February 2, 2018

One Page of Tom Egan

This series will highlight "one page" at a time from my binder of correspondence and autographs from former Angels and Patriots  players.

  Tom Egan C Los Angeles/California Angels 1965-70, 1974-75
Correspondence received prior to 2005, and again in November 2009.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Ever Wonder...About A Trade With Card Buzz

Received a nice block of cards I collect from Card Buzz recently.
Here's a few of the highlights.

2012 Topps Pennant Ever Wonder...
Chipping away at this set, still need 13 more teams to complete.
Not as easy to come by as you'd think!

1991 Classic Draft Picks
Both a Certificate AND a checklist.
I wonder how hot of an item these were back in 1991.
I don't remember thinking that I had to run out and get one before they were all gone.

1991 Topps Instant Win Game 
I have a ton of these cards but I was always lacking the "A" version for some reason.
Nice to now have the A, B, and C versions all at once.
I'm still looking for the "X" winner cards.

Random checklists.

Cards for the Olerud PC and some new Salmon cards.
The Salmon Playstation MLB 99 card is also a Sweepstakes Rules card.

1998 Donruss Playstation MLB 99

At first I thought there was a mistake: I don't have PCs for these players...
But wow some pretty nice rookie cards.

2017 Topps Rediscover Topps Promo/Info Cards
Ah, that's what they are, very cool, I'll have to track the rest of these down.