Thursday, July 19, 2018

It's What's Inside That Counts

My sister visits a few times a year and she always brings us stuff when she does. She knows I like baseball and aviation so she usually brings me related stuff that she's found at thrift stores and such. Recently she brought me this vintage kids baseball chapter book.

1956 First Edition
Cool vintage book, but the real goodies were inside, and I didn't discover them until after she left.

An opened pack of 2017 National Baseball Card Day, Angels cards.
I'm assuming these cards were distributed regionally, and since she lives in Southern Cal...the Angels!
I'm also assuming that she's the one that put these in the book and not that they were overlooked by the person that donated the book in the first place.
The card numbers are ANG-3, ANG-5, ANG-7, and ANG-8 which indicates they were the stadium give-away (4-card pack + info card) and not the card shop give-away. The Angels team set is a set of 10 cards, the packs being given out on Aug 16, 2017. 

Back to the book:
Basically, Little Billy is running around town finding or borrowing baseball memorabilia for the annual Hobbies Display at school. Didn't read to find out if he ever returned the items or if he hawked them on ebay.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

June Affordable Group Break Results

Cardboard Collections held the monthly group break recently (recently when I wrote this post, but not by the time I finally post this), and after originally passing on the June break, I decided better. By then the second team had already been randomized, but no packs had been busted yet, so Colbey let me jump in and buy the Angels slot at the last minute (otherwise it would have been his, along with like 8 other teams no one claimed). I also ended up with the Mariners, nothing fancy to show there, so those will go into the trade box.
Happy though with the Angels I received.

2003 Upper Deck Forty Man
Pretty sure I needed just about every one of these cards. Interesting that there were no dupes pulled.

 2002 Upper Deck Diamond Collection
Didn't fare as well as I had hoped, but still two cards I needed.

Can't recall which box these came out of but happy to get an example of each of the info or "dummy" cards. You know by now that I collect these stupid cards.

Just a few Angels pulled out of the bonus packs.

Good stuff, looking forward to another Affordable Group Break in the future.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Time Traveling For A Checklist

I recently participated in Diamond Jesters Time Travel Trading and came away with a sweet 1966 Topps checklist card. The idea is to trade something older in return as he's trying to see how old of a card he can eventually end up with. I sent him a 1956 Topps, you can see it in the link.

A beautiful thing is an unmarked vintage checklist.

I found it even more beautiful when I turned the card over:
Fits nicely in my Baseball Cards #444 Collection!

This is actually card #444b "456 Red Sox Rookies"
as opposed to #444a "456 R. Sox Rookies"

So amble over to Diamond Jesters and trade up for some cool cards.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

A One-Carder From All Cardinals

Has the Ohtani hype slowed down now that he’s been on the DL? You heard about that right? Ohtani suffered a UCL sprain in his pitching elbow at the start of June.  Potentially he could still hit, so Scioscia considered still using him in the DH spot. Well, he's back now, and his hitting is right where he left off; however, he might not pitch again this year.

Still, most folks are hanging onto their Ohtani cards, maybe thinking they have a goldmine, hoping Ohtani fully comes back and still has massive success and his cards skyrocket like Trout’s rookie card. 

Not Ray though. He offered his Ohtani up because Ohtani doesn’t play for the Cardinals; therefore, Ohtani doesn’t fit his collection. Simple.

My reason for desiring the card is equally as simple: Ohtani is an Angel, and I’m an Angels team collector. Value doesn’t matter in this case, actually it counts against me, making it harder to complete team sets that have an Ohtani (or Trout) in them. And there’s another reason: I’ve been striking out big-time on pulling any Ohtani cards, and the gross lack of product in my area makes it even tougher. So, fortunately, when Ray put his card up for dibs, I was able to be the first to respond.

Not a fancy chrome refractor, or purple parallel or anything like that, but still a sweet Ohtani that I didn’t have, and truthfully, didn’t think I’d ever have. So thanks for offering it up Ray. Very much appreciated.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

June Listia Winnings

Had a good month on Listia, a nice variety of goodies won in June.

1982 Topps Stickers #41

1986 Fleer #310

1983 Donruss Checklist #339-442

1991 Topps Match The Stats Game Card
Odd combination. They probably thought the Joe Carter card was the draw, but for me it was the game card.

1964 Topps High Number #554

1960 Topps #212

1960 Topps #166
One of only two non-Angels teams sets I'm working; 1954 Bowman Brooklyn Dodgers is the other

2004 Leaf Certified Materials #65

2002 Topps Opening Day #70

2002 Topps #100

1991 Studio #136
A little rough, but it will serve as a filler until I find a better copy.

1998 Topps #5

1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack Hot Shots #18
The Ralph Santana autograph was a GIN bonus.

1972 Topps Checklist #251a "Small Print"

That's it for June.