Friday, July 3, 2020

Kerry's Cards Package

Two posts in a row that show cards from Cardinals fans.  As promised, this one is a recap from a package that Kerry from Cards on Cards set.  It was a rather large bubble mailer, so I was very curious to see what was inside.

Kerry helped with my 2020 Diamond Kings team set and also include a nice Musial insert.  I may have mentioned this before, but of Musial's 3,630 career hits, 1,815 were at home and 1,815 were on the road.

I wonder if mascots will be allowed at MLB games this year.  It will be strange to see them there without any fans to interact with.

Select seems to be one of Panini's premium brands.  I do not have much luck finding them at shows or shops.  These 2 base cards from 2013 are welcome additions.

I added 2 shiny inserts to the collection.  The Pujols is from 2005 Leaf Certified Materials.  I miss LCM cards.  I always loved the mirror inserts and Fabric of the Game jersey cards.  The O'Neill is one of the many colored inserts from 2019 Optic.  I believe this one is the Caroline Blue.

The reason for the big mailer was this 1985 Topps Super card.  It is huge compared to the standard sized card.  It was nice of Kerry to include a top loader large enough for it.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Another Cards for Cards Trade

I bet you thought by reading this post's title that today I would show cards from Kerry.  I do have a package from him to recap, but today I will show cards from a trade with another Cardinals fan.  TCDB member Gapporin lives in Springfield, Mo , home of the Double A Cardinals.  It is great to have another outlet for my doubles that I can turn into cards I need. 

I have never seen cards from the 2007 Pepsi set before.  Then again, maybe I have and did not turn the cards over to see the card number. 

Bowman has a bevy of numbered inserts.  The Garcia Blue numbered to 399 is from 2010 Bowman Draft.  The Knizner is an 2019 Atomic Refractor .

Hicks will start the season on the DL, if the season ever gets started.  He is just over a year removed from Tommy John.  The 2018 Heritage Black Weaver is not numbered, but has a print run of 50. 

It is not hard to tell what this 2019 Donruss card is numbered to.  That is a lot of 42s to put on a card.

I received all types of Tyler O'Neill cards.  Rainbow foil, Advanced Stats, A&G mini, and  a purple Donruss were included.  I am guessing he will be given the first chance to win the starting left field job, but Lane Thomas and Dylan Carlson will also be in the mix.

Closing out the post with 2 of my favorite types of cards, golds and refractors.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

First Kings

So far so good this week on my daily posts.  My stack of cards  to be scanned has been cut in half.  If all goes well all my trades recaps will be caught up by the weekend.  I do have a large EBAY purchase to go through, but that may have to wait until next week.  Today's cards are courtesy of a trade with TCDB member PhillipKnightScott.

My first cards from 2020 Diamond Kings were these 2 Cardinals greats.  A solid picture would have looked better instead of one cut in half by a red swatch, but then the cards would have looked the same as previous DK cards.  Topps is not the only brand that recycles photos.

It must have been a cold day back in 1988 for Ozzie to be wearing a turtleneck and jackets to be worn in the dugout.

We will not get to see what Gorman could have done this year now that the minor league season is officially cancelled.  My guess is he would have hit 20+ home runs at Double A Springfield.

It will be interesting to see if Austin Dean ever plays a game for the Cardinals.  He was traded to the Cardinals in January and was trying to compete for a reserve outfielder spot.  The DH may help him, but the Cardinals have 5 or 6 other outfielders competing for playing time.  The airbrush job on his 2020 GQ silver parallel is not that bad other than the missing uniform number.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Coming Back With A Vengeance

We all take breaks from our cards from time to time.  Burnout is bound to happen no matter how much you love collecting.  I have never quit cold turkey myself, but did slow down quite a bit during my college days.  That had more to do with lack of time and funds.  I have noticed other traders who go all out for a while, then seem to disappear.  I completed a trade recently with one such collector. 

Stu G is a member of The Bench and Trading Bases.  I have traded with him a handful of times before.  He likes to work large trades and does a majority of the work finding cards each trader needs.  I cannot recall the last time I traded with him or saw a post of his until a couple of weeks ago when he sent an email with a very outdated list of cards I needed.  After a some revision, we struck a deal for a big chunk of Cardinals. 

Both these vintage cards are in great shape.  The 1972 Topps Hague is almost gem mint.  The 1980 Hernandez has a slight curl to it, but no cracking. 

O-PEE-CHEE cards seem to get overlooked on my wantlist.  I have a few sets close to being done like 1986 where I need just 1 more.  I really need to strike up a trade with some Canadian collectors on TCDB to finish of some of these.


Moving on to the 1990s are some various base cards and a 1995 Ultra Gold Medallion.  I was able to complete the 1996 Pinnacle Aficionado set with the Mabry card.

I have a ton of set from the early 2000s that need short print rookie/prospect cards to finish them.  I did finish the 2000 Mystique set with the Ankiel addition.  The Narveson and Gall cards are also sp cards.  The 2003 Total Kline is my favorite of this bunch.  Only 2 more Cardinals needed to finish the 32 card team set. 

Some not so gold Topps gold cards from 2008, 2010, and 2011.  Maybe it is my eyes, but these seem more bronze to me.

2012 was not much better, but I love the postseason highlight cards. 

Topps went more gold in 2016 and 2017, but I missed the borders.  It was a lot easier to spot the cards in packs.  At least the snowflake parallels have a feel to them that you cannot mistake.

The Bowman Ice parallels are a favorite of mine.  So are cards of retired greats like Red and Ozzie. 

2011 Diamond Anniversary cards are simply beautiful.  I wish Topps would bring back this parallel.

Buybacks are something I can do without.  Why take a perfectly good vintage card and slap a stamp on it?  The 1980 Pete V. is in better shape than the regular card I have.

Some Gallery Heritage cards are better than others.  I prefer 2019 Green #ed to 250 over the regular 2018 card.  The 2018 version is to thin to be Yadi.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Cardinals Panini Prizm Break

A lot has been said about the increase in box prices and the difficulty in finding retail packs since the pandemic hit.  I have never been one to open many packs, so I cannot fully say how this has affected me.  About my only experience so far was the lack of 2020 Bowman at my local Walmart.  Packs were hard to find about 2 weeks after release, but over the weekend I checked out the card section and there were about 10 blasters and plenty of rack packs.

I did eventually find a couple of Bowman blasters 2 weeks ago, but I already had quite a few Cardinals from an EBAY box break .  Since that break turned out ok, I decided to try another one.  This time I went with 2020 Panini Prizm.  Thanks to another EBAY $10 off coupon, I won the spot for a little less than $20.

The auction was for 6 hobby boxes.  I have multiples of these 6 base cards.  I still need the Wong and DeJong cards.  They are in Tier 3, which are the toughest to pull.

The Cardinals do not have many inserts in this brand, but I did receive 2 copies of this Carlson card.

What draws me to Prizm is the number of parallels.  I believe there are 18 different ones to chase.  This Goldy is common Blue Prizm.

Although I did not get his base card, I did get a Red Prizm Edman.  Neither of the blue or red are numbered.

This Hudson Blue Mojo is numbered to 175.  The Bowman counterpart looks better, but these are pretty sharp.

The best card was this Matt Carpenter  Tiger Stripe parallel.  This one is not numbered, but they are seeded 1 per case.  I give Panini an A for trying something different with this design.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Time to Play Catch Up

I have had a ton of cards come in lately.  Some trades, an unexpected package, and the results of an EBAY group break.  I count 8 different piles of cards that need to be scanned, written about, and filed away.  My goal is to get all of this done before leaving on vacation on July 11.  The first trade recap is from TCDB member edsekula.  This one is not too overdue as I received his package on Thursday.

The only base cards in the group were these 2 thick 2018 Inception cards.  I do not like these quite as well as other premium brands like Triple Threads or Tribute, but they are still pretty sweet.

My Topps Gold collection has really taken off since I added them to my wantlist earlier this year.  Now I make it a point to added them as soon as the checklist comes out.

I have also been adding other parallels to the wantlist, including ones from brands other than Topps flagship.  TCDB has a nice feature that allows you to search for team cards by clicking on a base set, then seeing all the inserts and parallel cards from that set.  I should have starting using that feature a long time ago.

I have a ton of inserts sets to add to the wantlist, but some cards I know I need from looking just seeing them like the Ozuna Power Zone. 

The sole non Topps cards from the package was this 2017 Donruss The Rookies card.  Other than being a Cardinal, there is not a lot of good I can say about this one.  I do not like the a vertical name bar, the ball is cut in half, and the almost black looking Cardinals cap is just plain wrong.  Did I mention the lack of logos?

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Showdown Trade

I mentioned in a post earlier this month how I may never finish a MLB Showdown team set.  The cards are not that expensive, but you just do not see very many for trade.  Sure I could use COMC or Sportlots to find them, but that take away some of the fun of the hunt.  If I get down to 1 or 2 cards to finish a set, I may go that route.  Thanks to a recent trade with TCDB member Phillyman73,  I do not have nearly as many to track down.

I have made decent progress with the 2000 Unlimited set.  I now have 10 of 15 Cardinals.

I am not doing as well on the 2000 1st Edition set.  These 6 put me a little over half way with 8 out of 15.

The 2001 sets were even bigger with 17 Cardinals in each one.  I need 6 from the Showdown set, but 3 are the more hard to find foil cards.  My 1st Edition set may never get done as the Drew card is only my second one.

These are my first 2004 Showdown cards.  There are a few different set from this year.  The Morris is from the Trading Deadline set, while the other 4 are from the regular set.  Both look the same to me. 

The 2005 sets are almost a mirror image of 2004.  These are my first 2 from the Trading Deadline set.  I have none from the 14 card regular set.  I will have better luck completing a vintage set from the 60s or 70s before this either one of these gets done.