Monday, May 22, 2017

TTM Return From Tyler Green

I sent these cards to Tyler not because he was on the Angels, he never was, but because I love the 1992 Upper Deck Minor League set and I love to get them signed. Simple as that.

Tyler signed these for me in 64 days from his home in Phoenix, AZ.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I Struck Out But I Still Scored

So I struck out with Topps Bunt when I went to Target to get some, they had none. I grabbed that Donruss fat pack, regretfully, but I also snagged a Bowman pack. I figured I had better, because for me Bowman never disappoints. It's the sole brand that I have consistently been pleased with, both with the design and with the pack contents.

Ten cards for three bucks, still a good deal.

Base: Design is typical Bowman in recent years, but I don't get what's going on in the lower left corner.

Bowman Prospects: Better. The Background isn't as fussy and the design in the lower right has some sort of gem thing going on to match the sunburst in the upper left.

Bowman Chrome Prospects: I'm pleased.

Bowman Scouts Top 100 BTP-21 Green #15/99
A much better card in person.

After that Donruss disaster, I'm happy with this one.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I Struck Out Bunting

I was actually excited about Topps Bunt after seeing postings on bloggers pack rips this week. I already pretty much swore I wasn't doing Topps Flagship this year except maybe a pack here and there, and I don't care for Donruss, and I can't justify 3 bucks for 6 or 7 cards of A&G or Gypsy Queen. So yeah, I wanted to get some Bunt. And to get some Bunt I made a trip to Target. Only Target didn't have any Bunt. Dangit!

So what did I do? Grabbed a stupid fat pack of Donruss. I don't know why, and I'm ashamed.

I got the pleasure of ripping a pack, and that's about it. 

No Angels, of course.

The Prospects #TP-4

Retro Variations

The Elite Series ES-21, #055/999


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cards That Caught My Eye #1

Often when thumbing through cards, a particular one will catch my eye for some reason and I'll stop and study it for a moment. 

This of one of those cards:

1988 Topps #649 DeWayne Buice

The colors, especially the red background.

It seems every time I'm going through my 1988 Topps, or through my 1988 Topps Angels dupes box, I stop when I come to this card. First thing that hits me is the red background. I don't recall a big red background like that at Anaheim Stadium, so it might be in another ballpark, but I'm going to assume its a Coca-Cola advertisement. Combine that with the red "ANGELS" at the top, the blue banner with white text, blue border, red/white/blue uniforms and this card screams Patriotism!
And I just plain like the way Buice is standing, toeing the rubber going into his windup.
It's a very appealing card.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Too Much Chrome In His Grille

Oh the things that pop out when thumbing through cards.
Take this Michael Cuddyer card for example:

Can you spot it?

Big glob of extra chrome foil locked in the "C".

After decades of thumbing through cards, you fine tune certain skills...
like spotting inconsistencies.
I love finding printing errors.

Does anyone want this oddity?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Catching Up With SI For Kids

My wife had airline miles. Not enough to use on anything but magazines. So knowing I love the SI for Kids card sheets she got me a subscription. Here follow the first two issues I received.

April 2017 Issue
Francisco Lindor cover, and he's also the pull-out poster, along with the Celtics Isaiah Thomas.
I decided to just show the upper portion since the post office graciously shredded the lower half.

Car Sheet, Cards #604-612
First issue and Tom Brady gets the center square!
Not bad having a Corey Seager card too.

May 2017 Issue
Kyle Lowry Cover.
Shredded even worse than the last issue.
Poster is John John Florence, and WHAAAAAT???!!!

Patriots Julian Edelman!
I'm scoring big in these first two issues.
(Obviously it didn't fit on my scanner)
I think I'll hang this one in my cube at work.

Card Sheet, Cards #613-621
Whoa Buddy!
And Trout gets the center square!

I think I now have both of the SI for Kids Mike Trout sheets.
His first is his rookie card from a 2012 issue.

I can't wait to see what collecting interest I get in next months issue!

TTM Return From Skip Lockwood

I wasn't sure I would get these back, I had heard he maybe wasn't well and had stopped signing. I wasn't concerned about not getting the cards back, or not getting his autograph (I'd gotten him years ago) I was more concerned with Skips health. I believe that the older guys that sign TTM do so because they love it, and because they are able to. So I'm glad to see that Skip had signed these, for his sake.
1974 Topps #532

1975 Topps #417

Skip signed these cards in 118 days from his home in Wrentham, MA.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Trade Mail From Highly Subjective

This great selection of cards came from Brian of Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary a while ago. I'm way behind on my trade posts, but man, he sent me a whopper of cards that I've been anxious to highlight.

Four big ones off my Top Ten list!
The 1962 Eddie Yost is especially cool because its not only the batting variation its also a green tint variation. The 1963 Fleer Albie Pearson leaves me with 1 card left to complete the team set. The Mothers Nolan Ryan finishes off that little 4-card set, and the Mike Napoli gets me closer to the rainbow - next up for him the Black version.

2000 Aurora Dugout View Net-Fusions #1
Look closely and you'll see that there's something like a soft net material in the, well, what's it supposed to be? I know a net of some sort, but why a net?
Do any dugouts have a net in front of them?

1991 Topps Magazine Subscription card
Sweet little mini for this collection.
I subscribed to Topps Magazine it's first year, probably used one of these cards to sign up.

Lots of nice Trout.
The "Gatorade Bath" was a Wal-mart rack pack only insert.

Two more Salmon to check off.

A nice chunk of the 2017 Gypsy Queen team set out of the way.

1956 Topps 1st Series Checklist
Not concerned that its heavily used, that makes it cool.
I wonder how many times this was checked off, erased, and checked off again in the 61 years it's been around?

Looks like some lucky kid had both the Jackie Robinson and the Hank Aaron cards.

Some of the other checklists.
Some nice vintage checklists in there that didn't end up in the trash.

And tons of other Angels.
That was a fun package to open.
Like Christmas fun!

Thanks Brian!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Baseball Card #444 - Eddie Perez

Braves rookie catcher Eddie Perez holds down the #444 card spot in the 1996 Fleer Ultra set.
He gets two spots due to the Gold Medallion edition of his card.
I shutter to think how many versions of #444 I'll need for a single player when I get into the nauseating multitude of Topps parallels in recent years.

An upper right number 444.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Trade Mail From The Lost Collector

AJ is getting me caught up with my 2017 Angels needs. And since I won't be buying much this year, these are greatly appreciated!

Thanks AJ!