Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Chrome from Kerry

Earlier this month Kerry from Cards on Cards posted his results from a box break of 2019 Topps Chrome.  He finished his Cardinals team set and had extra base cards to trade.   At the time I did not plan on opening any Chrome, so I sent him a few Cardinals duplicates in exchange for a team set that arrived yesterday.

It was nice to knock out the set in one trade.  I had the Molina already from a couple of packs my son bought at the card shop on National Baseball Card Day.  Good thing there are plenty of Yadi collectors.

Kerry also sent a nice Futures Stars insert that I received in another trade last week.  I am sure this card will also find a good home in another Cardinals fan's collection.

Also included was a nice 2019 Silver pack Ponce.  He should get a September call up in a few weeks.  Not sure if he will start, but he should provide some type of help for the stretch run

These 2 Ozzies were my first from both sets, 1984 Nestle and 2019 Topps Museum.  Looks like the Museum photo was taken at Wrigley.  Not very hard to recognized the ivy wall.   Thanks Kerry for another great package.  I should have a few cards left from your want list for a future trade.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Stickers and Base for the Wantlist

One of the best things about a trade for me is being able to cross cards off my wantlist.  It does not really matter if it is a single base card, some inserts, or a nice game used or auto.  I will admit that my wantlist never seems to get smaller because I am always finding new sets to add.  TCDB member BLWinborn40 helped knock a few things from my list with a nice package that arrived Friday.

Some collectors may not consider Topps Stickers as cards, but I like them.  This one from 2015 put me at 6 cards out of the 10 card team set. 

I have just 1 sticker left to track down from the 2018 set after receiving these 7.  Time to start looking for the 2019 cards that feature backs like the sets from the 1980s.

I am doing better completing my 2019 base card sets than I did in 2018.  Only 1 more Big League card and 2 Stadium Club cards needed to file these away.  The Musial card is one of the most unique photos I have ever seen on a card. 

I have been slowly added Topps Gold cards to my wantlist.  I usually do not added inserts or parallels. but TCDB makes it very easy to find all the cards in a team set.  I doubt I will ever complete a set, but there is always the thrill of the hunt. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Collections for the Collection

Card companies were cranking out products left and right in 1998.  Baseball Card Pedia lists over 50 different set produced that year.  It was nice to have a large variety to choose from, but some of the sets were redundant where the manufacturing used the same photo with a different finish to it..  Topps had Topps Chrome.  Upper Deck had Special F/X.  Not to be left out, Donruss produced its Colletions set that featured cards from its base set. Leaf, Elite, and Preferred.  Just like the other 2 companies, the new set featured the same cards with a chrome like finish.  My lastest trade package from TCDB member udelljaru brought me a handful of these cards.

These two are from the Donruss set.  The cards scanned much darker than what they really are.  Very comparable to the Topps Chrome cards.

These are from the Leaf set.  The trader thought the Marrero was the rarer Prized Collection version, but it is just the regular card.  No big deal to me as I needed it anyway.

The last 2 cards are from a couple of lesser known sets.  The Gibson is from 2015 Panini Contenders set.  Gibson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few months ago.  I have not heard any recent updates on his health other than he is getting treatments.  The Simontacchi is from the 2002-03 Upper Deck Superstars sets that featured players from different sports from the same city.  Not a bad idea, but the cards are rather plain.  

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Good and The Bad of a Trade

It is not very often I have something bad to say about a trade.  In my 25 plus years of trading, I can only think of a handful of times were I did not receive something or the package arrived damaged.  With over a 1,000 trades completed, that is a pretty good percentage.  But my latest trade with The Bench member AndyDrummond left a bad taste in my mouth.  I will say this had nothing to do with what he did, but more with what I received.  He went above what we agreed upon.

The good part of the trade were these 2 2019 Topps Chrome cards.  I find it hard to think of a 30 year old pitcher as a Future Star, but I guess Topps has other ideas.  The Ponce card is a prism refractor that looks much better in hand.

Now the bad part:
This card was not in the original deal I agreed upon.  The other trader had it laying on his desk and thought I would enjoy it.  I really appreciate his generosity, but Topps screwed this up big time.  Why would you take a 50 year old card that is in pretty good shape and put a damn stamp on it?  I do not even have the original card in my collection.  The stamp is not even centered on the card.  Epic fail if you ask me. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

National Trading Card Day

My son's growing Jose Altuve collection gave us an excuse to visit a somewhat local card shop on Saturday for National Baseball Card Day.  He likes to look at his cards, so we store them in a binder.  A few weeks ago, I ran out of Ultra Pro pages.  I also needed some storage boxes for myself, so we made the 45 minute drive to our closest hobby shop. 

We usually hit this shop a few times a year for supplies or promotions like Saturday's or Black Friday.  It has the a large selection of supplies and wax boxes/packs.  They also have a large selection of singles sorted by star players and teams.  The singles were a little high for my budget.  Most of the star player cards are base that are priced from 50 cents to $1.  I flipped through the Cardinals cards and found a lot of junk area cards priced for 25 cents.  Molina and Goldschmidt cards were $1 and up.

We received 3 of the promo backs.  My wife also made the trip, so it was nice the owner gave all of us one.

These were some of the better cards we received.  No doubles out of our 3 packs.

My son wanted the Harper card that came with a $10 Topps purchase.  Not sure why because he is not a Harper or Nationals fan.  I guess the advertising suckered him in.  He wanted to open some 2019 Topps Chrome, so I overpaid and bought 5 four card packs for $5.99 plus tax.  I always try to teach him the value of a $1.  At a $1.50 per card, these packs were not a great value.

Out of the 20 cards, Yadi was the only Cardinals we received.  Good thing Kerry @ Cards on Cards has extra base cards to send our way.

Our best base cards were these 3.

We received the usual 1 insert per pack.  2 prism refractors, 2 base refractors, and a Future Stars.  The Acuna an Ohtani are nice cards that should bring back some nice Altuve or Cardinals.         

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Ginter Goodness

I have made no secret about my opinion of Allen & Ginter.  There are 2 major flaws for me. One, I am not a lover of mini cards.  I still have plenty Cardinals minis in my collection, but I do not go out of my way to find them.  Second and most of all,  I do not like buying a pack of cards and getting a dog, or fish, or airplane.  I buy baseball cards to get a card of a baseball player, not some gimmick.  It has been many years since I bought a pack of A&G.

Thank goodness there are plenty of guys who love Allen & Ginter for the things I do not.  Trading Bases member and my great friend Ron B opened a couple of hobby boxes and sent me his extra Cardinals.

I received a great start to my team set.  I need 2 more base cards and 3 sps to finish.  It looks like the sps are not too tough this year, so I hope this set will be done before too long.

I will show the minis despite my lack of love for them.  The top row are all A&G back variations.  I also received a regular and black border Matt Carpenter.  It was good to see him not hitting leadoff upon his return from the DL.  A guy who hits below .220 and strikes out a ton is not your typical table setter.

 I do like the Ginter Greats inserts set.  Stan the Man is 1 of 4 Cardinals in the set. 

My son added some sweet Altuve cards to his collection including a 2018 Triple Threads, 2019 A&G, and a 2019 Topps Top of the Class card. 


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

One From The Bench, One From TCDB

School starts here in one week.  That means my spare time will be cut down big time.  My son starts soccer practice this weekend, while my daughter has volleyball games starting by the end of the month.  At least I might have time on the weekends to spend with my collection.  In the meantime, I have been busy working out trades wherever I can.  Monday brought packages from 2 different sites.
The Bench member Oriiolesfan8 sent a four pack of Cardinals, while TCDB member corozco sent a nice Paul Goldschmidt along with some trade bait.

The Goldy HR Challenge cards was the lone card from my second package.  I have never tried the challenge before, but I think I will try with this card.  May have to do some homework before I pick a date.  I love the green bordered GQ cards.  They remind me of a baseball diamond.

Though not as sharp as the green cards, the purple GQ is also pretty sharp.  Bader was sent down to Triple A Memphis a couple of weeks ago to learn how to hit again.  He was hovering around the .200 mark for most of the season.  I hope he gets it figured out because he is a fun player to watch in the field and on the bases.

The last cards is a 2015 Chrome Prism refractor.  Wainwright is having somewhat of a bounce back season in what could be his final year.  He is not the pitcher he was 5 years ago, but every 4th or 5th start he will show flashes of his former self.  I am glad he has a chance to finish his career as a starter for the Cardinals.  Always a class act who does a lot for the community.