Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2018 Still Shines

Progress toward my 2018 team sets has slowed down quite a bit the last 2 weeks, but that does not mean I am not getting cards in.  TCDB member TheMacman513 sent me a sweet trade package full of shiny 2018 Cardinals.

These are my first 2018 Topps Chrome Xfractors.  Love the checkerboard look to them.  If they stay healthy, these 3 should all play big parts in the 2019 Cardinals season.  Keeping my fingers crossed that Reyes can pitch a full year.  Does not matter if it is in the bullpen or starting, Reyes will be a big lift.

Panini also produces many shiny cards, most of the Optic variety.  I have several pinks now, but the Flaherty is my first Bronze.  I hope Jack builds on a pretty good 2018 and maybe make an All Star team.  Lowering the amount of home runs he gives up should help.

These 3 are not the shiny variety, Sierra is not even from 2018.  But all are welcome additions.  It will be interesting to see what Bader does for a full year.  His defense is outstanding, but he seems to be pretty streaking with the bat.  I would be content with a .260 average, 15-20 home runs, and 15-20 stolen bases. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

I Survived the Weekend

Well the big snow storm did not hit my area too bad on Friday night.  I received about 3 inches of snow.  Other places within an hour's drive totaled 6 or more inches, so I was lucky.  It was enough for the kids to go out and play for a few hours Saturday afternoon.  By Sunday, it started to melt and turned into a soggy mess.  I spent most of my time organizing my Cardinals boxes and filing away trades that had stacked up since Christmas.  Some of these cards came from a trade package from TCDB member seaver78 that my mailman bravely delivered on Saturday.

Two of the popular faces of Cardinals cards in 2001 were Ankiel and McGwire.  Ankiel was fresh off his 2000 postseason disaster while Mac was entering his last season.  The HD card reminds me off current Stadium Club cards.  I have never seen the Stadium Club Diamond Pearls card before.  Not a bad looking card, but I would have liked a green background like an actual baseball diamond.

These are just 8 of the 36 cards I received from the 1988 Louisville Redbirds Team Issue set.  There are 54 cards in the set, so I have quite a bit of work to do on this one.  It has a nice mix of coaches, minor leaguers, and major league players who made rehab appearances.  Even the bat boys get a card.
I am not sure how many sets were produceds.  I have seen numbers in the 3000s.  I like the detail added about when the players made a rehab stay.  The complete stats are also nice.   

Friday, January 11, 2019

Last One of the Week

I believe winter will finally hit southern Illinois this weekend.  Right now there is a storm warning calling for 7-9 inches of snow to start falling later tonight into Sunday morning.  It has been over 3 years since we have had a snow fall of 3 inches or more.  With that being said, I doubt the mail will be delivered for a day or two.  I did get another package earlier this week from TCDB member jimetal7212 that will keep me busy for a little while this weekend.

Jefferies had 2 good years in St. Louis in 1993 and 1994.  He made the All-Star team in 1994, but left after that year to join the Phillies.  The back of this 1995 Diamond Kings card highlights his short tenure with the Cardinals.

I love me some early 1990s minor league cards.  1992 Skybox produced sets for AA and AAA teams.  These are my first from the AA set.  I only have 1 from the AAA set.  I doubt they are worth much, so maybe I will be able to track they rest of them down.

Here are two players that may not see much time in the Cardinals 2019 outfield.  I am surprised Martinez has not been traded yet.  He has a good bat, but can't play anywhere on the field.  Once the Cardinals traded for Paul Goldschmidt, he lost his hiding spot at first.  Fowler had about as horrible a season as you can imagine last year.  The Cardinals are on the hook for 3 more years at $16.5 million per year.  Pretty hard to trade that contract without eating most of it, so the Cardinals have said he will have a shot to start in right field.  I would prefer to see Tyler O'Neill start, but maybe I will be wrong and Barry Bonds has fixed Fowler's swing.  Time will tell.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

First Blogger Trade of 2019

Last week I had my first trade package arrived from a fellow blogger and TCDB member.  Jared who runs the blog Cards My Mom Didn't Throw Out and goes by TCDB id jrayes7of9 sent a sweet stack of Cardinals my way. 

I have been getting quite a few 2018 Chrome refractors of late.  The colored versions are very sharp, but these regular ones are not too shabby. 

The second Bader of the package is from 2018 Bowman Platinum.  Topps took 2 photos from other cards and put them on one.  Genius on their part.  I also have a nice run of 2018 Fire Blue Chips going.  They look much better in hand than what my scanner shows.

A couple of set hits from 1999 Bowman Chrome and 2003 Fleer Double Header round out the package.  If you flip the top of the Ozzie card down, he shares the card with Robin Yount.  I have never like folding cards like this.  They rank right up there with mini cards as some of my least favorites.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Seeing Doubles

I pride myself on having a very organized collection.  From knowing where all my cards are in certain boxes or binders to having up to date want or trade list,  I try to stay on top of things.  Sometimes my trading can get in the way though.  As was the case after Christmas when I had quite a few trades going on.  Sometimes you can lose track of what you are receiving.  One trade was with TCDB member torcato.

I love minor league cards.  The 1998 SP Top Prospects cards are not as sharp as the 2011 Heritage Minor League card, but they all were cards that I needed.

I also needed both of these Chrome cards.  The Yadi is from the Update series while the Ozuna is a refractor.

Just 2 days after agreeing to the above trade, I worked out a deal with TCDB member BenG76 for a few more Cardinals.

Yep, I traded for the same 2 Chrome cards.  At least the Gibson was a new card to my collection.  If any Cardinals fan needs the Chrome, shoot me an email. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Killer SPs

In quite a few of my December posts, I mentioned how I was trying to complete some 2018 team sets.  I did make a dent in quite a few and finished a couple, but I still have a lot of work to do.  I counted 14 2018 base card sets I have a want list for right now.  Some should be easy to complete, but others like Topps Heritage and Topps Archives have some sps that will not be as easy to find.  Before the end of December I did receive a package from The Bench member benlee66 contained numerous sps from other years that completed team sets.

The Ozzie completed my 1994 Finest team set.  I love the look of the 1997 Jordan, but still need 4 more to complete that set.

I still have a 4 more card for each of these 1999 sets.  The Encore cards are not numbered like the Mystique sps, but they are just as tough to find.

All 3 of these cards finish 2000 sets.  UD Ionix, Stadium Club, and Black Diamond are now off the want list. 

I will never finish some 2001 sets due to the Pujols rookie cards, but I will still try.  After winning 2 straight Pacific Coast League titles as a manager, Clapp will be moving to St. Louis this year to coach first base. 

Moving on to 2002, the Taguchi finished my Diamond Kings set while the Layfield brought my Fleer Tradition Update set down to 1 card.  The Ozzie also brought my Topps Archives set down to 1 more needed to finish.

My 2002 Topps 206 set may never get done.   There are 29 Cardinals in the set.  Counting the Pujols, I still need 11. 

I think every Donruss set in 2004 had shortprint cards numbered to something less than 2000 or whatever number they came up with.  The Gibson Donruss Classics numbered to 1999 left me with just Lou Brock to complete that set.  The Ozzie Elite has a nice rainbow effect going on.  I have 3 more card numbered to 1000 to finish that one along with a Pujols card.

2 set killers in this scan in the 2005 Donruss Gall and the 2007 Allen & Ginter Edmonds.  2012 Topps Gold Sparkle is a great looking set.  I only need 5 more to complete the 30 card team set.  Thank goodness the squirrel card did not have a gold sparkle version. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Reviewing My 2018 Goals

This post is a few days late, but I actually forgot about going over my 2018 goals until last night when I was catching up on reading some blogs.  All my family has went back home from the holiday break, so things should be back to normal by the weekend.  This means my hobby time will also go back to its daily routine.  On to the recap.

1.  Add 5 new Ray Lankford cards.    I knew this one would be tough.  I did manage to acquire 3 new ones:  1998 Studio Media Test issue, 1991 Topps Bold Logo variation, and a Bowman Buy back. 

2.  Add 5 new certified Cardinals autos.   I managed to add 6 new autos from Zach Kirtley, Sandy Alcantara, Alex Mejia, Harrison Bader, Ryan Helsley, and Bob Tewksbury.

3.  Complete 100 trades.   I am pretty sure I manages more than this as I completed 74 trades on TCDB, 20 on The Bench, and numerous trades on the blog and with Trading Bases members.

4.  Make 150 posts.   I failed at this one, coming in with 119 posts.

5.  Complete 1 of my remaining 1970s team sets.   I knocked this one off in June by completing the 1973 Topps set.

3 out of 5 is not bad, with a somewhat close call on the other two.  My 2019 goals are fairly similar.

1.  Add 5 new Lankford cards.   Maybe this year Topps will include him in the Archives set.

2.  Finish my 1970 Topps team set.  I only need card #716 to complete this one.  I hope to find a nice copy at a card show some time.

3.  Make 150 posts.  I have never possessed the gift of gab, so maybe this year I can turn a new leaf.

4.  150 in person autographs whether they are free or paid signings.  I have never counted how many ip autographs I have, so this could be easy, or could be a major challenge.  A lot will depend on how many minor league games I can attend.    

5.  Go past 21,000 Cardinals in my collection.  I am a few hundred shy of 20,000 right now.  How greedy Topps gets this year with putting out sets my determine my success with this one.

I have keep track of all my card related expenses each year.  I break it down into types of cards, where I buy from, and how much I spend on postage.  Being very budget minded, I was not surprised that I only spent $187 on cards this year.  I was a little shocked to see my postage bill was $230.  I guess that should be expected with over 100 trades done.