Sunday, May 26, 2019

Yes It Is a Weekend Post

I seldom make a post on a weekend, but I am trying to get my trade recaps caught up.  I hope to this done by the end of this week.  This package came from TCDB member tigerhead.

DeJong has been one of the few bright spots for the Cardinals so far this year.  He has been hitting close to .300 all year while being among the league leaders in doubles.  If he stays healthy, he looks to be the Cardinals representative on the All Star team.  Jordan Hicks has a chance also, but he has not been getting the save chances because the Cardinals have been losing so much.

This card completed my 2017 Bowman Draft Chrome team set.  Hurst has been up and down between High A and Double A this year.  There is nothing too flashy about his game.  He has some power and is good defensively.  There are quite a few other outfielders ahead of him in the minors, so I doubt he makes it to St. Louis barring a huge breakout season in the next year or two.

A couple of nice inserts and a not so great Topps cards.  I am a big fan of the 2019 150 year inserts that highlight past great players like Slaughter.  I also love the 1987 Topps design no matter what card it is used for.  As for the Rediscover cards, not a fan.  I do not see the point of re-issuing a 2012 Topps card five years later. 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Late on Opening Day

It is almost embarrassing to say how long it takes me to finish some common team sets.  It is even worse when the team set is from the current year from a low end product.  Such was the case with this year's Topps Opening Day.  OD had been out since early March.  A trade with TCDB member NorCalCards707 brought be the last 2 cards I needed. 

Nothing very exciting to see here.  I am just happy to finish my team set with these 2.

Maybe I will go after the blue foil set since I finally finished the base set.  I thought these were numbered in years.  The 2019 version is not.  Still a nice looking card though.

I like the base 2019 GQ cards better than the green parallels.  I have said it before, but all I can think of when I see that much green is the Oakland A's.  Green works better as a refractor color.   

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Jazzed Up Trade

Contrary to the title, this post has nothing to do with the Utah Jazz.  I am not much of an NBA fan.  College basketball is more my thing.  I enjoy watching 5 guys play as a team, not one player going one on one all the time.  Getting back to the point, the title has to do with the interesting user names collectors have.  Some user names are based off the collector's actual name.  Others like most of mine have something to do with a favorite player or team.  Every now and then you come across great names like itsjustoldcardboard, TheMacman, Shaggy69, and WallyCub.  Last week I completed a trade with TCDB member Jazzleader.  This collector has no basketball cards in his collection, so I assume the user name is more about musical preference.  On to the great cards I received.

2019 Diamond Kings base cards are not very different from the 2018 version.  I like the name badge better on this year's cards.

It has been awhile since I received a new Cardinals mini.  I am not really complaining about that since you know my disdain for miniature cards, but I will always take a card of a great Cardinal.

I have yet to see any 2019 Pannini Prizm in hand, but all the parallel cards in the set made me think of 2018 Donruss Optic.  The Martinez is a Shock parallel, while the Carp is a Holo version.

Another Shock parallel along with a sweet Red & Yellow card.  Wainwright is doing ok this year in what may be his final season.  It is nice to see him have some success after 2 dreadful seasons.  His ERA is too close to 5.00, but he is giving the Cardinals a chance to win in most of his starts.     

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Just Some Fun Cards

You may have noticed from my trade posts that I am not a high end collector.  Sure I will add the cool autograph or vintage Cardinal to my collection when I can, but I am just as content hunting out those cards with little value that may not be seen everyday or are just fun to have.  A recent trade with TCDB member klimczak brought in quite a few of these cards.

What is more fun than a bunch of 1987 Topps Stickers.  I had some of these when I was younger that I put on 800 count boxes.  Neither the boxes or the stickers are in very good shape.  These will stay in the pack pulled condition unless I happen to get duplicates.

Ozzie was the last card I needed for the 1992 Topps Kids team set.  I doubt if anyone ever thought of the Wizard as a big muscular guy, but he fills out the uniform nicely.

The second Ozzie card is from the 1995 Fleer All Star insert set.  As I stated yesterday, I am not a big fan of the double sided cards, though I understand why Fleer did it with this set.  Frank Thomas is on the Jefferies card, while Cal Ripken is on the other side of the Ozzie card. 

The 1994 Upper Deck Heroes Lou Brock shows him hitting at an old timers game.  Lou has slowed down quite a bit since having his left leg amputated below the knee in 2015 due to diabetes, but he still makes a few appearances in St. Louis during the baseball season. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Cardinals for Cardinals

Catching up with my trades from last week, today I have a stack of Cardinals from fellow Cardinals fan Jerry J from Trading Bases.  Nothing better than both parties trading away extras for team cards each one needs.

I love these 2014 Topps Red Foil cards.  They remind me of Bowman Shimmer cards.  Does not hurt that the primary color is Cardinal red.

I wonder why Topps called this 2001 set Archives Reserves instead of Archives Chrome.  Either way, I am a sucker for sets built on older players.  These 3 cards finished the 6 card team set for me.

More cards of old timers from a variety of sets.  The 2011 Tier One Mize #ed to 799 is my favorite, although the Gibson Certified Cuts is a close second.

Some sets that I have not received any hits from in a long while.  The 1997 Donruss Limited  set was a nice idea, but I do not like cards that feature players on both sides.  Even the ones with players from the same team.

 A few more recent team sets featured.  The Carpenter was the last card I needed to finish the 2013 Heritage High Numbers.  The Martinez also finished a team set from 2014 Bowman Scouts Top 5 Mini Refractors.

The Piscotty finished my 2017 Donruss set.  I thought I was getting the regular 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Lee Smith card, but instead received the States parallel.  No big deal as I needed either card.  I hope to get the Perez card autographed during my next trip to a Peoria Chiefs game.  I hope that is sometime in June.  

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sometimes I Just Forget

Time got away from me last week.  I have quite a few trade recaps to do, but life got in the way last week.  I hope this week allows me to catch up.  I need to because I am starting to forget who sent me what.  If I make a trade on The Bench or TCDB website, I can always go back and find out where incoming cards came from.  Every now and then I make a blog trade or receive cards from a Trading Bases member.  Those trades I usually remember, but not all the time.  This batch of cards I cannot for the life of me figure out where they came from.  They have been in my scanned folder for about 10 days.  If you sent me these cards, please send me a reminder so I can thank you properly.

One of my pet peeves is a card that shows a player in one uniform, but lists the team as another.  The Slaughter card is one of those.  The Eckersley 1996 Select finished my team set.

A few weeks ago was the 20th anniversary of Tatis hitting 2 grand slams in one inning.  His son is not too bad of a ball player for the Padres.

These 2 were all the rage in the collecting world back in 1998-2000.  Neither lived up to the hype, but both had some good  moments.  It will be interesting to see if Ankiel can make it back from an injury to become a reliever.

I love the Stars and Steel cards.  I wonder if Topps will ever bring the brand back like they did with Gold Label and Gallery.  HD would not be a bad choice either.


Friday, May 10, 2019

Wrapping Up the Week

It was great to see the Cardinals finally put up some runs last night.  17 to be exact, none coming from home runs.  They really need to win 3 of 4 against the Pirates at home this weekend.  I wish I could watch some of the games, but my weekend is booked up.  Today is my wife's birthday, my son has a baseball tournament this weekend, and of course we all know it is Mother's Day on Sunday.  Unless we get a lot of rain (I hope we do not), I will have little time for the Cardinals or baseball cards until next week.  I did receive a trade envelope yesterday from TCDB member madams30 that was a nice end to my week.

It is weird how you never receive certain cards in a trade in a long time, then they come in bunches.  Just like Monday's post, I received some 1990 CMC Cardinals.  I might be over halfway on this set now, but I will have to wait until next week to check.

I usually do not scan the back of cards, but I am sure everyone has seen the front of a 1991 Topps card.  This one is a dark logo variation.  The Young card is from the 1997 Sports Illustrated set.  I loved the SI sets in the late 1990s and was disappointed Fleer did not make more. 

I will never have all the McGwire cards from the Pacific brands, but I will keep trying.  This is one is a 1998 Pacific Omega Online insert.  Love the pose, hate the background.  The Morris card can be a little confusing to identify.  In 1997, Select put out a base set and a parallel Select Company that looked very similar.  The Select Company cards appear to have rays of sunshine shooting from the logo in the upper right.