Tuesday, November 21, 2017
About a month I ago I decided to set a small end of the year card collecting goal. The Trading Card Database site keeps track of how many trades each user has done. With my recent increase in free time, I am slowly make my way towards the top 50. I am guessing I need to average about 2 trades a week to get there and stay by the end of December. My latest trade was with member Bertons doubles. I sent him a large stack of 2016 Topps Holiday baseball in return for some nice Cardinals from my wantlist.
Monday, November 20, 2017
I have mentioned numerous times about my dislike for mini cards. I am more than happy to trade any and all that are not part of my Cardinals collection. They are a storage nightmare for me. I have also managed to damage a few with my clumsy hands trying to pry them out of trade packages. I guess that can happen to any card, but for some reason the mini cards I receive tend to be in top loaders or card savers that are not taped shut. At least my latest trade package from TCDB member minibbcards was packaged with great care. All the cards arrived in great shape. Another positive from the trade was I sent about 10 mini cards his way.
I was glad to knock out the entire 2000 Private Stock PS 2000 mini set in one trade. Not sure why Adam Kennedy was included in the set along with the other 3.
I also received a couple of regular cards that finished 2 team sets. This Miller SP finished my 2014 GQ set.
2016 Archives is now finished also. I would guess this is a photo from the earlier 1980s based on Ozzie's fro. Most of the cards showing his home run in 1985 playoffs have him with a trim, although the beard was a lot fuller. Any Ozzie is a good one in my book.
Friday, November 17, 2017
If you are like me, you have fellow collectors that you exchange cards with on a regular basis without formally making a trade offer. You mail something off without warning, and a month or two later return fire arrives in your mailbox. This is my case with Trading Bases member Ron B. Ron is easy to trade with as he collects Pirates for himself, Yankees for his son, and puts together a few sets every year. He always sends some great Cardinals my way from monthly card shows he attends, or the card shop he works at part time. His latest package arrived Wendesday.
Donruss Rated Rookie cards have always been one of my favorites. Although 1984 was the first year Donruss used the Rated Rookie notation on cards, 1985 is the first year they used the classic logo that is on this Reyes card. I remember opening 1986 and 1987 Donruss packs and thinking I struck gold if I pulled a RR card. O to be young and naive again.
This 2015 Topps Original card is in better shape than my 1978 Topps version. I need to go through my 1970s cards and decide what cards need condition upgrades.
I was playing around with my scanner last night and almost have this photo stitching thing down. For some reason the image is blurry though. Baby steps forward anyway
Diamond Kings are so well done that you almost can overlook the lack of logos. This 2017 Heritage Collection insert is a prime example.
I was not sure if this was a newer Topps Tek insert until I flipped it over and discovered it is from 2000. Although it is not 1998-2000 levels, McGwire is included in a ton of newer sets. It is nice to see him signing a fewer more autos now. I always wonder if I will add his auto or a Pujols auto to my collection first.
The highlight of the package for me were these 2014 Topps Update Red Hot Foil cards. They are just beautiful in hand. Being primary Cardinal colors does not hurt matters.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
My latest TCDB trade package arrived yesterday from member hafengr. Although it was not a huge package, he sent some hits to a team set that has been hard for me to complete.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Monday's mail brought 3 more trade envelopes from TCDB members.
Friday, November 10, 2017
The largest of the 5 trade packages I received on Monday came from Trading Bases member Pete P. I traded him a stack of base cards of HOF players in exchange for a healthy stack of Mark McGwire cards along with a couple of Ozzie Smith cards.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
My fourth trade package from Monday came from TCDB member nyygregory. I had the honor of being his first trade on the site. He sent a nice package of recent Cardinals that hit quite a few sets.