Thursday, February 20, 2020

Back To The Smalls

Only one small trade arrived yesterday.  TCDB member udelljaru sent a nice pwe my way with a handful of Cardinals. 


I showed a couple of cards from the 1992 Minors set earlier this week.  The Arocha card finished my team set.  The Gulan is my first card from 1993 Stadium Club Murphy.  This set has a mix of draft picks and veterans.  I have 8 more Cardinals to track down.

DeJong is quickly becoming my favorite current Cardinal.  Besides being an All-Star, he is also active in the community.  Ever time I have met him in person, he has been polite as can be.  Hope he continues to improve this year.

I have said it before.  I hate the 150 Years of Baseball inserts from last year.  Greatest Seasons, Greatest Players, Greatest Moments.  How about just a set with highlights from the previous year, all with the same numbering.  At least the picture on this is one that has been used over and over.    

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Cards From Kerry

I received a nice pwe from my favorite fellow Cardinals blogger Kerry yesterday.  He sent a nice variety of Cardinals ranging from 1979-2020. 

A trio of pitchers were included.  The Solly Hemus card is from the 1979 TCMA set.  This is only my second card from that set, lots of work to do to finish it.  The Dawley card finished the 1987 Fleer Update Glossy team set.  The Weaver is is my first 2017 A&G Hot Box Foil card.  Not as shiny as chrome, but a nice looking card anyway.

Two throwback uniforms are featured on these cards.  The 2015 Topps Target Throwback Carpenter card shows a uniform from the mid 1980s, while the Edman 2020 Topps shows the baby blues from the early 1980s that the Cardinals brought back last year for Saturday road games.  It is a toss up for me which is best. 

Kerry included 2 inserts as well.  The Hornsby is from 2011, the Edmonds from 2006.  What makes Kerry so great is he takes the time to search my TCDB collection for Cardinals I do not have.  I have a very large wantlist made up of mostly base cards, but only a few insert sets listed.  Thanks Kerry for the time and effort!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Biggest Trade In A While

I wandered from my recent small pwe trading habit to complete a larger trade last week.  TCDB member alh still sent this trade in a pwe, but it was packed.  Even coming all the way from Hawaii, these cards arrived in perfect condition. 

I was surprised to see this oversized Ozzie not in a bubble mailer, but it was well protected with cardboard.  Both it and the 1989 Fleer Glossy card finished team sets. 

I am always the sucker for minor league cards.  These 2 are from the 1992 Upper Deck Minors set.  The Hologram reminds me of a Denny's card. 

If you look really closely, you will see Ray Lankford in the lower left corner of the 1993 Topps card.  I have 4 different versions of this card.  The numbers of players on the front and the backs differ.  .  Studio Heritage cards were some of the best inserts in the early 1990s.  I love the throwback uniform Gregg Jefferies is wearing on the 1994 card.

These 8 cards almost finished my 2003 Topps Home Team Advantage set.  Only need 3 more to finish the massive 34 card team set. 

These 2015 GQ minis finished out the package.  This is the first new Altuve for my son's collection in a while.  I do not think he fully understands the entire sign stealing drama.  I hope Altuve is as innocent as what his teammates make him out to be.  For now we will assume he is innocent until proven guilty. 

Friday, February 14, 2020


My second EBAY purchase of 2020 arrived yesterday.  This was another Cardinals player I did not have a certified autograph of.

O'Neill does not have much of a signature, but it does look great on this 2019 Bowman's Best.  Best of all it cost me $5.30 delivered.  Shipping was free in a pwe.  This may have kept anyone else from bidding, but I have received a ton of trades this way lately with no damage or lost cards.

The Cardinals have an opening in left field now that Marcell Ozuna is in Atlanta.  As of now the competition is between O'Neill and Lane Thomas.  I think Thomas is the better all around player, with O'Neill have the advantage in the power department.  Whoever is not the starter should be the 4th outfielder.  Either one of them is just keeping the spot warm for Dylan Carlson.  I am guessing he will be the starter by the All-Star break.   

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Said I Would Not, But Did Anyway

I mentioned in a post last week that I had no intentions of opening any packs of 2020 Topps.  I worked out a trade over the weekend for all the Cardinals base cards.  I can slowly add the inserts as more become available on TCDB.  With that said, my plans changed. 

On Monday my son came down with a nasty virus that has caused him to miss school every day this week.  While he does like school, he was more upset with missing his last 3 basketball games of the season.  We had to make a Wal-Mart run yesterday afternoon for some noodle soup, so I let him pick out a blaster box to help pass some time and lift his spirits.

I forgot to scan the first card which was Austin Barnes.  You can search EBAY if you want to see the sweet action pic.  From what I have seen so far, Topps has done a great job with action shots on catchers cards.  I will spare all the base cards and just show the inserts.

Along with a couple of  base cards, we pulled 2 Cardinals inserts.  Although these are seeded one in every box, we pulled both of these from the same pack.

The other Turkey Red cards along with a Chrome version. 

I am with the majority of people who questioned Topps giving Hoskins a subset.  He is a nice player, but not what I would call a superstar. 

I like the 1985 set the most out of the other inserts.

We received the usual 1 per box gold and rainbow foil. 

These rookie medallion cards are really thick.  I wish Topps would do away with the manufactured relics and just include a jersey/bat card in every box.  They are about worth the same anyway. 

We did pull one of the photo variations.  These were tough to pull in the past.  I have seen a lot of guys pull at least one if not two in their blasters this year. 

Not a great box, but it did provide an hour's time of enjoyment in an otherwise dreary day for my son.  If you see anything that you need, all are for trade other than the Johnson die cut and Votto gold.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

PWE With Some Pauls

The flow of pwe trades kept arriving yesterday with a trade envelope from TCDB member Packsux.  He sent me five Cardinals to help with some team sets.

The trade was mostly Paul Goldschmidt cards.  The Leather & Lumber is my first from that set.  The 2019 Bowman's Best finished my small 2 card team set.  They all count no matter how big or small they are. 

Another first and last with these 2.  The Update insert was the last of 4 Cardinals in that set.  The Archives Snapshots card is my first Cardinal from that set.  Dakota Hudson is the only other one.

The only non Goldschmidt was this 2010 National Chicle Mize card.  I only need the Musial short print to finish this one.  I am usually not a fan of the sketch type sets, but this one turned out pretty well.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Couple from the Weekend

It was a pretty quiet weekend around my house.  Other than a Saturday morning basketball game, and my son's first baseball practice of the season I had plenty of spare time.  The weather was not fit for doing much outside, so I spent a few hours filing away all my recent trades.  The mailman brought 2 pwes on Saturday that added to my pile of cards.  The first was from TCDB member @SWLVguy.

I thought these 2 finished my 1998 Opening Day set, but I still need a Ron Gant to finish it.  The Jordan card is pretty cool.  Though it is not as iconic as the 1990 Score Bo Jackson, it is a great photo of the former 2 sport star.

I was able to finish the 2003 Playoff Prestige set with the Haren card.  I was suppose to get the regular version of the Hutchinson 2000 Metal card that would have finished my set.  Instead I received the Emerald version that I already have.  This one will be going in Kerry's pile.

The second trade package came from TCDB member redlegs_baseball.

The Star company put out a few minor league sets in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  I can see why the company did not last long.  These cards are about as boring as you can get, but I will never turn down a Cardinals minor league card.

This does not look like a baseball card at all.  It reminds me of something from a MAD set.  It is really a 1992 Confex Baseball Enquirer card of Andres Galarraga.  If you blinked you would have missed his time as a Cardinal.  He only played in 95 games during his only season in St. Louis in 1992.  I have no clue why he is wearing a hard hat.

I never played the Topps Attax card game.  Cannot say I know anybody that did.  I would imagine Pujols would have been a great guy to have judging by his ratings on the card.