Sunday, August 31, 2014

Onesies, Twosies, Listia-oozies

Listia winnings have been piling up, time for a Listia post.

1990 United States Baseball Federation 1987 Team USA #10
After being drafted in the 22nd round of the 1988 Amateur draft Larry finally made it to the bigs in 1993 appearing at the plate 3 times over 2 games for the Angels.

1993 Topps Finest #163
Ugh, Chrome at its worst.

I purchased this angels lot for this card:

2002 Topps Stadium Club Royal Gold #32.
I wonder if the seller knew of the somewhat scarcity of this card.
Royal Gold were inserted one per pack.

I got this Angels lot for this card:

1987 Fleer Baseball's Exciting Stars #16 from the box set.

And the 1986 Topps Glossy All Stars #2 was a throw-in by the seller.

Nice John Olerud lot.
Did John even OWN a cap?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

High-Numbered Gems

Topps high numbers from the 60's-70's are some of the most difficult cards to get to complete my team sets.  Don't get me wrong, there a plenty out there to be had I just don't have the budget to spend on them, and more often than not, they come at a premium.

That's why getting three high numbered cards from Wrigley Wax was such a joy.

1972 #672 Archie Reynolds with #689 Eddie Fisher and 1970 #720 Rick Reichardt.

Classic Topps crooked background on Reynolds card.

In my mind, high numbers would be hard to let go of but I think that if I had any a fellow collector needed I'd do the same as Wrigley Wax did for me.

Much, much appreciated.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Luis Salazar TTM

Two set cards in 12 days from the Lynchburg Hillcats.
Seems he always uses a fine-point pen.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Traded For Joe Nuxhall

A fellow SCN member reached out to me for a trade.  He asked about a card I had available on my trade list.  I countered asking about his 1991 Topps Archives 1953 Topps card signed by Joe Nuxhall.  I have many cards in that set signed already but not Nuxies (plus, Nuxhall played for the Angels so it's a double score).  We agreed, and there you have it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Summer Of Giving Has Come My Way

I am a recipient of Jaybarkerfans Summer of Giving!  And so glad to be.  I was seeing so many posts attesting to the generosity of Jaybarkerfan, and was wondering, hoping in anticipation that maybe I too would get to partake.  And then my package arrived.  And boy did I ever partake.

2014 Topps Museum Collection #31

2005 Donruss #31 Press Proof Gold numbered 05/25

Last card I needed for the 2014 Topps Heritage team set.

2002 Donruss #147 Career Stat Lines numbered 091/108

2006 Topps Chrome #35 Box Topper Red Refractor numbered 39/90

2008 Topps Chrome #28 Copper Refractor numbered 210/599

1970 Topps Scratch-Off, unscratched.

2002 Upper Deck SP Back To '93 #124 numbered 1986/1993

2004 Fleer Greats #75 Blue numbered 178/500

2006 Fleer Ultra, Ultra Fine Fabrics FM-SF

2000 Fleer Gamers, Gamers Lumber 

2013 Topps Triple Threads Onyx numbered 21/50

2003 Upper Deck Game Face Gear GG-DE2

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Captured On Canvas CC-FR

2004 Donruss Studio Game Day Souvenirs GD-2

Wowser! Wes, some super great stuff to give up for this Angels fan.
Thank you!

Friday, August 22, 2014

OLD DRAFT POST - Got A Little Something For All My Boys

This is one of those posts that got started then forgotten.  It was started back in March and has been in DRAFT ever since.  Well, until now.  Let's clear this sucker out.

From Listia recently.
Picked up cards for most of my Player Collections.

1998 Upper Deck Tape Measure Titans
Salmon in a river of blood.
Never been a fan of the paint-bucket backgrounds.

2013 Gypsy Queen No-Hitters. 
Still amazed he threw a no-hitter.

2013 Topps Chasing History Foil, Update, 1971 Mini.
Trout. Trout. Trout.

2013 Panini Prizm Blue Pulsar.
Not that into him anymore.  This player collection has been disbanded.

2012 Topps Prime 9 Home Run Leaders
(Though technically not one of my boys as in he's not a player collection.)

1981 Fleer
Are you ready for some football!

A little somethin' for everybody.

Monday, August 18, 2014

There's Gems In Those Old Beckett Magazines

I spotted a stack of old Beckett, and a few other, price guides at my local Half Price Books.
I started thumbing through them with the intention of finding baseball card ads for the sets I'm collecting: 1991 Upper Deck, 1995 Emotion, 2008 Fleer Tradition....
I like to include a card wrapper, maybe a box, magazine ads, promo cards/sheets and such with each set.  Kinda make it a mini well-rounded collection.

Or I'll look for pictures or an ad featuring a player I collect.

I picked up this February 1994 Beckett with Paul Molitor on the cover and flipped it over to find this:

Tim Salmon on the back cover with an inset of a Tim Salmon card I haven't seen, and don't have and will now have to go purchase.
This page will get separated from the magazine and put in the Tim Salmon binder.

That's a nice start.  I saw maybe a dozen or so price guides in the slot so I started thumbing through.

I'm collecting the 1991 Upper Deck set like I mentioned, just about completed it actually, so this ad I found for the high number series from a 1991 Beckett will go with the set.

I wanted to see what some of the cards were going for initially in 1991.  I always loved looking to see whether a card had an up or down arrow.  Up being good, an increase in value, and very exciting to see next to a card you had in your collection.  I haven't used or seen a Beckett in a very long time so I don't know if they use this system anymore.  But to me that was one of the highlights of getting a new Beckett.

Hard to believe that Todd Van Poppels rookie card card was one of the more desirable cards in that set.

I'll keep these pages in the binder for the set as well.  Nice little snapshot of the hot players and hot cards when this set first came out.

I bought a lot of 1991 Line Drive back then, not in an attempt to complete a set (they are very large sets) but just to get a nice stash of minor league cards to use for autographs someday.  Someday came and now I typically send out a Line Drive AAA or AA card with the a 1991 Upper Deck card to get autographed since a lot of the players are in both sets.

Another ad featuring Tim Salmon, this one for the 1994 Fleer baseball set.
Salmon was all over the place in subsets for 1994 since he had won the AL Rookie of the Year Award the previous year.  And of all the card companies, I think Fleer outnumbered the others 3-1 in Salmon issues.
If you look at the right side of the ad, you can see about 12 different subsets for that year.

Had I known, I would have jumped all over this offer back in 1994.
I wasn't collecting much those years, or at least not collecting much of the more expensive packs, which if I recall, Fleer was by then.

Good stuff in those old card magazines.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Completed Angels Team Set - 1996 Upper Deck Collectors Choice

Collectors Choice in the mid-to-late 90's, to me, is just a continuation of 1990-1993 Topps, Donruss, and Fleer.  I have no affection towards it. And there's a ton of it everywhere you look.  The designs are boring. And the if you look at the team set above you see all sorts of weird things going on.  Not cool.  One thing Collectors Choice had going for it though were the Silver and Gold Signatures.  That's the only thing that sets it apart.

Anyhow, 25 cards for the Angels team set which included 3 of the nicely done Rookie Class cards, and a lone Arizona Fall League card featuring the greatness of Todd Green to the backdrop of a dried up lake bed.  Doesn't say "baseball" to me.

The backs featured another player picture, usually an action shot, player stats, and a little quiz centered around the team being featured.  That's all fine.

Nothing better than Rex Hudler in a cow-milking contest.

Ah, here's Todd Greene's Silver Signature on his AFL card.  Notice the silver border to really make it stand out.  Nice touch.
And at 1 per pack these were a nice incentive to purchase packs.

I think this is a Silver Signature, even though his signature isn't on it.
This is the checklist card.

The gold bordering, like the silver, make these signature cards jump at you. 
These were inserted just 1 in 36 packs.

Now we're talking, You Crash The Game were an early form of atomic refractor.
3 cards each with different dates.
There's a silver version and a gold version.
If the player pictured hit a home run during the series dated on the card, the card could be redeemed for a, get this, wood-and-plastic card of the player.  Most of these wood-and-plastic cards go for about a buck each now as opposed to the $1.75 it would have cost to redeem the card in the first place.

Another interactive card game insert were these You Make The Play cards.  These were used in a gameboard-like card game.  Two cards per player each with a different outcome. Just need Lee Smith strikeout card for this team set.

Meh.  Glad to have the team set, but it's not in my top ten.