Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Thinning Out 2021 Heritage

I have a problem when it comes to opening packs.  I am not talking about the ability to find retail to open, though that is also an issue.  I am referring to my immediate need to get rid of any cards that do not fit my collection, namely any non Cardinals.  I always try to get rid of cards as quick as possible.  The OCD in me cannot stand unwanted clutter, whether it is on my sorting desk or in a trade box.  

For the most part I have pretty good luck, as I have less than 5,000 cards for trade.  Most of those cards are from 1998-2003.  That time frame was right after I graduated college and before my wife and I built a new house.  Disposable income was more plentiful back then, so I busted quite a few hobby boxes each year.  Even before the pandemic hit, it was down to a few blasters.

This year I have opened a few packs of Topps Series 1 and 2 Heritage blasters.  I still have quite a bit of Series 1, but I have had good luck trading away the Heritage base cards.  Last week TCDB member Kaline6 send me a nice Cardinals lot in return for 20 of those Heritage cards.  

These 1981 Topps Scratchoff cards remind me of a Connect 4 game.  It is tempting to scratch away, but I will resist the urge unless I find duplicates.  

These 2 1987 Topps Traded cards are the Tiffany version.  Very glossy in hand.  

More Topps Traded Tiffany cards, this time from 1988.  

I should have pulled out my 1991 Topps cards to show that this is a dark logo variation, but I was too lazy.  Variations are not a big part of my collection.  When they are clearly visible like this I will go after them.  When it comes to the late 1980s Donruss cards with a dot or no dot after Leaf Inc, I will pass.

I remember thinking Jose,  Bernand Gilkey, and Ray Lankford would roam the Cardinals outfield for a long time in the 1990s.  Jose was an All Star in his first full season as a Cardinal in 1991, but would only last 1 more full year before he was traded to Kansas City for Gregg Jefferies.  Glad I chose the outfielder to collect who had the best Cardinals career.  



Thursday, May 6, 2021

Staying With the Trend

For the third day in a row, I will highlight a couple of trades from TCDB members.  This has been a good way for me to stay close to current on my recaps.  If only it was as easy to file the cards away.  I hope to have some spare time this weekend to work on my card stacks as I must have 200+ cards that need to be put away.  On to the recap.

First up is a 3 pack from member 49ants.

These 1996 Bowman Foil cards did not scan the greatest.  I have been slowly adding the Bowman parallels from the 1990s sets to my wantlist.  I like the hometown/international parallels a little more than the foil ones, but any are welcome additions.  

The second trade was also 3 cards.  This one was from member alanskontra.    

This is my first 1980 Topps Superstar Photo.  These are huge, measuring almost 5"x7".  There are two different variations to track down, one with a gray back and one with a white back.  This is a gray back.  Hernandez was elected into the Cardinals Hall of Fame yesterday.  It is easy to forget he played 10 years in St. Louis.  I always remember him as a Met first, but he was a very good player as a Cardinal.  He won 6 gold gloves, made 2 All Star teams, shared the 1979 MVP award with Willie Stargel, and won a World Series in 1982.  

Just to give you an idea of the size difference.

The last 2 cards are a pair of shortstops who were traded for each other.

The Templeton is a gray back version just like the Hernandez.  The Ozzie is an oversized 1987 Donruss All Star.  At the time of the trade in February 1982, Ozzie wanted a new contract from the Padres while Templeton had worn out his welcome in St. Louis by flipping off fans 3 times during a game in 1981.  I am pretty sure most fans see the trade as a landslide win for the Cardinals.    

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

2 More For Today

It is not Tuesday, but I will continue with a couple more recaps in my effort to get caught up.   First up is a 4 pack of Cardinals from TCDB member boho23.

My 1992 OPC set is now complete.  The 1990s cards have been easier to track down than the 1980s that I need.  

I now have 3 of the 4 cards from the McGwire 1998 Pinnacle Stand Up Guys.  If I even find the 4th, I will have to put them together and take a picture.  I have never heard of the 1994 Pinnacle Run Creators insert before this trade.  There is also a Gregg Jeffries card I need to track down.  

I have made good progress on the 2019 Topps Gold team set.  This Hudson makes 16 out of 25.  Hudson will not throw a pitch this year due to Tommy John surgery.  Seems like every year the Cardinals have at least one pitcher with this injury.  

Next trade was another 4 pack of Cardinals.  This one was courtesy of TCDB member jbostic.

It was great to listen to a minor league baseball game last night.  It has been far too long since the last one.  Neither one of these 2 teams are affiliated with the Cardinals anymore, but I will gladly take the cards.  

I was surprised to see I needed the 1998 Collector's Choice card, but then I realized I needed the version with the home plate hologram on the back.  I already had the diamond hologram version.  The 2000 Chrome card actually came in its own pwe as the trader mistakenly sent the base Topps card the first time.  Nice of him to make things right.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

2 For Tuesday

I am still playing catch up with my trade recaps.  I was almost caught up until a few busy trading days last week resulted in one or two daily packages since Thursday.  I will not complain about getting new cards though.  That is always a good thing.  First recap today is from TCDB member Mets86Champs.  

I had to do a double take to make sure both of these were base cards from 2004 Bowman Heritage.  They are even though the borders are different.  

These are the last 2 base cards I needed from 2021 Heritage.  Now to track down the shortprints.

Speaking of short prints, I did add one from the 2007 Heritage set.  I do not remember anything about Nelson's career.  Could be because it lasted on 8 games in 2006.  

Next trade was the pwe variety from TCDB member suorange93.

Though it contained only 3 cards, they were very welcome additions.  The Molina finished my 2021 Donruss team set.  The Flaherty is one of those pesky 2021 Heritage short prints.  Only 2 more to track down.  The Hudson brings my 2020 Stadium Club Chrome team needs down to 5.  Love the high socks look.  


Monday, May 3, 2021

Swapping Duplicates

I have kept my mailman busy the last few days with daily deliveries of 2 or 3 trades coming and going.  Most of have been of the pwe variety.  Of course all of the trades have a goal of getting rid of my clutter in exchange for needed Cardinals.  

One of the best ways of doing this is trading with other Cardinals collectors.  One of my favorite such collectors is TCDB member timriess.  We have completed 5 trades since last November.  I have sent close to 250 Cardinals duplicates his way.  I have not received near that many in return, but that is fine with me.  Our latest completed trade arrived late last week.

I am very close to completing my 2021 Donruss team set.  The last card should hopefully arrive this week barring a USPS disaster.  

I am also getting closer to the 2021 Heritage team set.  This one will take a little more time because of the short prints.  

The exchange was not all base cards, as I gained 2 2021 inserts and a 2020 Donruss parallel.  I already have the Goldschmidt, but my son and I are going to try our luck at the challenge this year.  We have about 10 codes from different players, but have yet to try any.  I prefer to wait until the weather warms up some or the team has a doubleheader.  Last year we tried only one.  It was a Juan Soto code that we entered with only 2 games left.  We picked the wrong game, as he went deep in the other.  

Friday, April 30, 2021

Better Than a Blaster

It has been awhile since I have bought any cards other than a few singles off of EBAY.  Even if I could find retail blasters, nothing really appealed to me the last few weeks.  Of course with Bowman and Diamond Kings out this week, that may change.  I may have to venture to a couple of Wal-Marts to see if the flippers missed something.

Instead of throwing money at packs, I spent just under the price of a blaster for a Cardinals lot from The Bench member STLSHOEMAN.  He took the time to go through my wantlist and found quite a few duplicates from his own collection.  Here is what $19 bought me.

I am not very picky about the condition of vintage cards.  My only real hard pass is writing on the card.  The 1966 Gagliano and 1967 Briles pass the test.  The corners may be soft and there are some minor creases, but they are not bad for being over 50 years old.

There was an assortment of base cards that hit a few team sets.  The Duncan is a 2007 Heritage shortprint.  I love the Musial picture on the 2009 Tristar Obak card.  

The rest of the base cards were from 2013 Bowman Chrome and Chrome Draft.  

Moving on to the inserts, I gained 3 different Topps Gold cards.  The 2017 Update cards features 3 outfielders no longer with the team.  It seems like the Cardinals go through them pretty quick.  I hope Dylan Carlson breaks that trend.  

I knowingly bought a mini card.  Sounds strange, but it happens.  Waino is going to miss his next start due to Covid exposure, but since he is vaccinated he will only miss a few days.  Good to hear because his last 2 starts have been great.

Flaherty is Wainwright's heir apparent as the Cardinals ace.  He is also off to a good start.  I will gladly take any refractors of his, especially great ones like the 2018 Chrome Update pink.

Sepia refractors do not stand out as much as the colored ones, but they do have a nostalgic look to them.  

Different players on both these 2019 inserts, but the stance looks very similar.  It seems to be working for Knizner, not so much for Thomas.  

There was a nice group of 2020 inserts including a mojo refractor, another Flaherty insert, and 2 DeJong inserts that make me think of Christmas when looking at them side by side.  

I will finish up with 3 2021 inserts.  The silver pack is my favorite of the bunch.  When I was done, the lot included 2 vintage, 10 base cards, 1 shortprint, and 18 inserts/parallels.  Money well spent in my opinion.  


Thursday, April 29, 2021

2 New Cardinals Bobbleheads

Two weekends ago I made my first trip to St. Louis since Covid hit.  My son had a baseball tournament in nearby O'Fallon, IL.  His game schedule allowed us to make a trip to the Cardinals Hall of Fame museum Sunday morning.  Back in January I renewed my family membership.  I usually do this during Cardinals Winter Warm Up, but that did not happen this year.  Hope it can in 2022.  A family membership gets you unlimited access to the museum along with 2 exclusive Cardinals bobbleheads.  I picked mine up during our visit.

Joe Medwick is holding his 1937 Triple Crown award.  He is the last National League player to win it.  The museum does a good job of featuring retired players like him, not just the better know guys like Musial, Brock, Gibson, etc.

The museum does put out the favorites also like this Ozzie Smith.  This is my 3rd different Ozzie bobblehead.  I have mentioned it before, but these bobbleheads are great quality.  A lot better than some of the stadium giveaways.