Friday, June 18, 2021

Some For Me, Some For My Son

If you follow my blog very much, you know you are going to see 1 or 2 different types of cards:  Cardinals or Jose Altuve.  It may seem like a strange combination, but my son has a soft spot for the undersized second baseman.  

It started about 4 or 5 years ago when he was in Little League.  At the time he was also on the smaller side and played second base, so it was easy for him to root for Altuve.  Fast forward a couple of years and he has grown up quite a bit while Altuve has experienced some rough times the last few years.  Despite that, my son is still chasing after his cards.   

A great feature on the TCDB website is the ability to check another person's trade list by a player's name.  I try to remember to check for Altuve cards my son needs when working out a trade, but sometimes I forgot.  Last week I did remember to check and scored a couple for him from member PhillipKnightScott.  Of course I gained some nice Cardinals also.


My son is learning the difference between Topps and Panini cards.  The lack of logos is the easy way to teach him, but I also have him trying to recognize the brand names.  The Diamond Kings was not too hard, but the many brands of 2020 Chronicles had him confused..


My portion of the trade almost finished my 2020 Optic set.  I am down to needing the Goldschmidt base card.



I try to add inserts to my wantlist when the set comes out, but I tend to forget to do so.  Then I either see the cards on other posts or seaching EBAY and think I already have them.  These 3 are cards I have seen numerous times, but did not have in the collection.  


Finishing things up with a couple of Bowman inserts.  The Montero is a Chrome version from 2020 Bowman Heritage, while the Liberatore is a sweet looking Mojo refractor from 2021 Bowman.  
  


 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

All Set

It has been quiet for me on the trading front lately.  Other than Topps Series 2, none of the new releases have been very appealing to me.  Maybe with Stadium Club coming out next week, things will pick up.  I have managed to complete a handful of trades on TCDB.  A large one with member DarthPanzer arrived Monday with a huge stack of needed Cardinals.  


The highlight for me was a complete set of 2007 DAV cards.  The TCDB lists 35 cards in the set, but I received 42.  I will show why in the next scan, but first here are 4 of my favorites.  I like the simple design with a red border.  This set was not meant to be flashy.

These 7 broadcaster cards were not listed in the checklist.  They show all the various guys from radio, regional TV, and national TV.  Fun addition to the Cardinals collection.


Not all cards were from the DAV set.  I scored a couple of Bowman gold cards and a sweet Yadi Xfractor from 2008 Topps Chrome.


I also received some various Pujols cards for my team sets.  The 2004 Topps Pristine is a great looking card.

2 Ultra Gold Medallion cards and a 2003 Upper Deck 40 Man base card finish the package.  It is nice to see Pujols having some success with the Dodgers after being released by the Angels.  Maybe he can win a third ring if the Dodgers pitching holds up.  


  

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Happy and Mad at the Same Time

 After today's post I am finally caught up.  I do not have any incoming trades as of right now.  I took a couple of weeks off because of a busy schedule and I had family visiting most of last week.  I still have some filing to do, but with the forecast of rain for most of this week I hope to have a spare hour or two to get that done.  

This trade envelope from a TCDB member arrived last week.  I was really looking forward to it because it was another Cardinals for Cardinals swap with someone I had traded with 2 times before.  I mailed off 81 cards from my duplicates box, while I had 31 different Cardinals coming my way.  I mailed mine in 100 count box packed with shipping peanuts.  The other nameless trader received his end before he mailed mine.  That is not a big deal as things often happen and someone cannot mail out when they want to.  What is a big deal is stuffing all 31 cards into 1 Ultra Pro 9 pocket sheet, then stuffing that into a pwe.  No cardboard protection either.  To make things worse, he just put a regular stamp on it.  Of course it arrived with $1.05 postage due.  I sent him a not so nice message with a scan of the envelope.  He agreed to send a couple of more cards my way to offset the cost.  I am not holding my breath.  Needless to say this will be the last time I deal with him.  I was very fortunate that only a couple of cards had corner dings.

Enough of the whining. Here is what I did get.


A large number of the incoming cards were numbered including this 2002 Flair short print rookie and the 1998 Topps Stars DeShields card.  The scan did a good job of hiding a corner ding on the Flair card.  It is not horrible, but could have easily been prevented.  


These 4 cards were a few of the non numbered.  I love the 2 2011 World Series cards.  Not sure why the other trader would have broken up the box set.  The Coleman is a 2005 Topps Rookie Cup reprint, while the Eckstein is a Topps Pepsi card that looks just like the flagship card.  


The mini portion of the trade including a black border Ginter, a gold border Ginter, a min black #ed to 199, and a A&G back.  The bottom card is from the 2006 Bowman Heritage set.  


These 3 cards have almost nothing in common, but they were the last ones I had to scan.  The Craig 2013 Opening Day Blue #ed to 2013 is my favorite.  The Mikolas is a 2020 Gold Foil parallel, while the Martinez is a 2008 Bowman Chrome refractor #ed to 599.


The rest of the cards are from a handful of the same players.  I remember having high hopes for Miller when he was the Cardinals #1 pick in the 2009 draft.  After being an All Star for the Braves in 2015, he has not found much success in  Arizona, Texas, or Chicago.  The 2014 Heritage Chrome is  #ed to 999.


Dejong is on a rehab stop in Triple A right now.  Hopefully his impending return can spark the Cardinals.  It was tough watching them get swept in a 4 game series at home against the Reds.  The Silver Pack Green refractor was the other card with a corner ding.  Shame it happened to such a great looking card.


Bader is also on the injured list, but I am not sure when he might return.  His return to centerfield will push Dylan Carlson back to rightfield so the Cardinals will not have to put Justin Williams, Lane Thomas, or Jose Rondon in the starting lineup.  The 2018 Bowman Chrome is a refractor #ed to 499.


The rest of the trade consisted of Matt Adams cards.  Big City was always one of my favorite Cardinals when he played in St. Louis.  It was great to see him win a World Series with the Nationals.  He is still hanging around as a platoon player with the Rockies.  If only he could hit left handed pitching.


I have a couple of other Adams cards from the 2015 Prizm set, but will not pursue the entire rainbow.  The Tie Dye is #ed to 50, the blue to 75.

Bowman also has a colorful rainbow.  The 2012 Orange is #ed to 250, the 2012 Chrome refractor to 300, and the 2014 Chrome Bubbles to 99.  The Bubbles card looks really great in hand.


The last 2 cards are a 2017 Vintage Stock #ed to 99, and a 2015 Finest Green refractor #ed to 99 also.  Overall the trade was a good one.  It just shocks me someone would stick that many cards into a pwe and place just 1 stamp on it.  








Monday, June 7, 2021

Mega Fun

Saturday was a fun day of baseball in my household.  My son had a tournament about 20 minutes from home.  The weather was great for a change.  After playing last weekend in the cold and rain, it was a beautiful 78 degrees.  He won his first game against a team they were 0-3 against so far this year.  That was fun, but the second game was even better.  His team was down 8-6 going into the last inning.  A lead off home run cut the lead to 1, then a single put the tying run on with my son up to bat.  2 pitches later he hit a walk off home run.  I am not sure who was more excited.  He has hit a few home runs this year, but nothing like that.  The ball now sits in his room next to a few other trophies.

We had a 4 hour gap in between his 2 games that day.  As luck would have it, the mailman delivered a box from Target that contained 2 2021 Bowman Mega boxes I had ordered the Friday before Memorial Day during our break.  It is a tradition for us to open Bowman together, but our Walmart has been sitting empty for weeks now.  This is the first time we have ever opened a Mega box.  I was tempted to save a box for another time, but that thought did not last long.  Here are the goods.   


With only 50 cards per box, I was not sure if we would hit any Cardinals.  We were lucky to receive the only paper prospect needed for the team set along with a Mojo refractor.  


There was nice assortment of base including some good rookie cards.  

We did ok with the prospects.  We did not pull any of the big name rookie cards, but did get some top rated players.


Our Chrome cards were outstanding.  I have watched enough breaks to know these 4 cards have great value right now.  


The Mojo refractors had some big names also, but once again no rookie cards.  I am not complaining about that, just found it strange none of the 4 packs had a single RC in it.


The Mojo inserts look great.  The Bohm was a nice pull.  With the Mojo cards, everyone is looking for color and autographs.  We were lucky to pull one of each.


My son pulled this Yellow out of our first box.  Salas is the Marlins #19 prospect.  Since there is not much of a Miami card following, this may be something I stash away and hope he gets traded.


I pulled this out of our second box.  I love pulling autographs, just not of Cub players.  Howard is the Cubs #5 prospect right now.  I should be able to either trade or sell this card for a nice Cardinals card.  Overall I was pleased with our 2 boxes.  Zero duplicates was great.  I guess the price has went up from previous years.  I heard the Mega boxes were $15 in the past, but now are $25.  



  

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Should Have Waited

Today I am taking a break from trade recaps to show off the results of 2 box breaks.  Back in late April Diamond Kings and Bowman released on the same day.  Knowing I would have little to no luck finding any retail packs to open (still have not seen any at my local Walmart), I searched for a group break to join.  In early May, I found a seller who was breaking 2 Jumbos of Bowman and 3 Hobby boxes of Diamond Kings on the same day.  I won both auctions for $20.50.  I was a little disappointed with the shipping cost of $5 for each auction.  That is not high, but the seller refused to combine shipping even though both auctions ended on the same day and the boxes were opened the same day.  Doesn't not make sense to me, but he did ship them in 2 separate bubble mailers.  Cost both of us a few dollars by doing so.  

Before I show the cards, I will say I should have waited another week or 2 to join breaks for both of these sets.  The price has come down a little, plus most of the cards I received in the break are readily available for trade.  That is the risk you take when joining a break.  Here is what roughly $55 got me.

I received 3 each of the non prospects from  Bowman.  It was nice to get multiple Carlsons.


I received 3 of the 4 prospects from the set.  Still missing the Nolan Gorman card.  I did get doubles of Walker and Liberatore.  I plan to hold onto those just in card in person autographing every makes a comeback from Covid.


I am missing the Libertore from the Chrome set.  No doubles out of these.  No inserts or parallels out of the 2 boxes.  Was this lot worth $25?  Most likely not.


I did get 2 complete Diamond Kings team sets and a third Carlson card.  The Musial is a short print.  


I did get 4 inserts from the 3 boxes including my first Arenado Cardinals card, but it was a downer to get duplicates.  Just like Bowman, I doubt I got $25 worth of cards from Diamond Kings.  Hopefully I learn from my mistake and can resist the urge to immediately join a Topps Series 2 break next week.  




    

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

One Step Closer

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  After today, just 2 more posts to finally be caught up.  I also plan to get caught up on filing away the stacks of Cardinals on my desk.  Hopefully that happens sometime this weekend.  Today's trade recap features cards from TCDB member bplay24.  These arrived a little over a week ago.


I am almost finished with the 2020 Stadium Club Chrome team set.  Just need to track down the Musial base card.  The Cardinals suffered a huge blow yesterday with the news Jack Flaherty will be out for a while with an oblique strain.  Hard to lose your #1 starter.


I did not get the Musial base card, but did get a cool looking Xfractor.  Stadium Club always has great photos of the retired greats.


Tommy Edman has been the team MVP so far this year.  He is doing a great job batting leadoff and playing wherever needed.  Outfield, shortstop, and second base are all spots he has started at multiple games.  This 2020 Topps Gallery Wood parallel is not the greatest looking card, but Topps cannot always go with something shiny.


Finishing things up with a couple of 2020 Metallic Snowflake cards.  Topps Holiday seems to have a decent following among collectors.  It makes me wonder if Topps will do another theme type set.  I think a 4th of July Fireworks set would be cool.

  


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Yet Another 2 for Tuesday

 Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend.  The weather was great in Southern Illinois.  It was a little chilly Saturday morning for my son's first baseball game, but overall I cannot complain.  Yesterday was perfect for a family cookout.  It marked the first time since Christmas 2019 that all 28 of my immediate family was together.  Fun times.  

Not to be forgotten is my quest to finally be caught up with trade recaps.  With a little bit of luck, I should be done by the end of this week.  Today's post shows off an EBAY win and a trade package from TCDB member andersonadams1.  I know both of these arrived towards the end of May, but am too lazy to see just how long they sat on my cards to be scanned pile.  First up is the EBAY win.

Thanks to the seller using standard envelope for shipping, I paid less than $4 delivered for this 2020 Bowman Chrome auto.  Whalen is not a huge prospect, but I have seen him play numerous times in Peoria so I had to add him to the autograph collection.


Nothing to earth shattering in the pwe either, but I was able to complete a base set with the 2002 Fleer Showcase Martinez card.  I still have to track down a So Taguchi card numbered to 500 to finish the team set.  The Jefferies card is a 1995 Donruss Press Proof.  It has a print run of 2000, but is not numbered.  The final card is from the 2001 MLB Showdown Unlimited set.  This might be the first Showdown set I complete.  I only need 5 more to finish, but 3 of those are the harder to find Foil cards.  



Friday, May 28, 2021

Mission Almost Done

I have spent the entire month of May trying to catch up on my trade recaps.  My mission is almost complete.  After today, I have a box break recap and 2 trades left to go.  I have not started any other trades due to a busy schedule and the upcoming holiday.  It will feel good to start fresh in June.  

Today's cards are courtesy of TCDB member Themissionguy.  I received his pwe full of cards about a week ago.


2020 Topps Chrome Sapphire Update was only available from Target.  We all know how hard it has been to find anything in person or online from Target since last year.  It was nice to see this morning there were 2021 Bowman and Bowman Mega boxes available.  I was lucky enough to get some, but will save the details until the boxes arrive.


The Brock 2021 Heritage insert was hard for me to find for a little while.  I think that had more to do with the other guy on the card.  It is still weird to see Wong in a Brewers uniform.  Tommy Edman is doing a great job at second and leadoff this year, but I still wish the Cardinals found a way to keep Kolten.  I will always root for him when he is not playing against St. Louis.  The 2021 Donruss red parallel looks great with Cardinals colors.


My son almost received as many cards as I did in this trade.  Panini did well to hid the logos on both these 2 cards.  
  


  

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Back At It

I admit I have been lazy when it comes to keeping up with the trade recaps.  It has been almost a week since my last post.  Lots of things going on right now in the household including plenty of baseball games and other school activities to end the year.  Trading has also slowed, but I still have some recent cards to show off including today's Cardinals batch from TCDB member mjones68.  This was another Cardinals for Cardinals exchange.


First up is a trio of Donruss cards from the late 1990s.  I remember opening a few tins of 1998 Preferred when they came out.  I was looking for the McGwire tin, but settled for Rolen and Garciaparra.  I did trade for the McGwire some time ago, but have no clue where I put it.  


Drew was seconded only to McGwire in the number of cards put out during his Cardinal days.  Most of the small base sets  would be those 2 and maybe Jim Edmonds.  Hard to believe I still need quite a few base cards like the 2001 Pros & Prospects and 1999 Private Stock.  


I loved the Sports Illustrated sets.  They were colorful and featured a nice mix of players from the all time greats to then prospects like Marrero.  Marrero and Drew were the 2 players the Braves received in exchange for Adam Wainwright.  That deal worked out ok for the Cardinals.  The Butler is from 1999 SP Tops Prospects.  He was part of the Darryl Kile trade with the Rockies.


The final 2 cards are from 2005 Upper Deck First Pitch and 2009 Upper Deck Spectrum.  I was never much of an Upper Deck fan.  Of the 4 major companies during the 1990s and 2000s, I would rank them fourth.  I would rank Fleer just above them because of the Sports Illustrated and Greats of the Game sets.  Other than 40 Man, there was never an Upper Deck release that I was very excited for.  




  

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Back to the PWE Trades

Trades continue to arrive at a steady pace to my mailbox.  Most have been the pwe variety.  I think the combination of the cost to mail a bubble envelope and having to wait at the post office has turned a lot of collectors to this method.  As long as the cards arrive safe and sound, I am ok with it.  For the most part, everyone uses a cut up 9 pocket page taped to a thin piece of cardboard.  TCDB member Americana sent me five cards last week this way.  All arrived in perfect condition.

This is my first card from the Topps Living Set.  Will I ever buy these directly from Topps?  No, unless for some reason a Ray Lankford card is made (which I highly doubt).  Will I trade for these?  You bet.

Some of the Topps Opening Day inserts look better than the flagship ones.  Case in point this 2021 Legends of Baseball Ozzie Smith.  Nothing very flashy, just a nice clean design.  About the only thing I do not like is the close up photo.

Both of these guys are now playing in Double A Springfield.  Burleson started the year in Peoria, but was promoted earlier this week after hitting 4 home runs in 11 games.  Gorman started the year in a slump, but has come around the last week to raise his average to .267.  He only has 1 home run so far, but he should heat up along with the weather.

My son's march for 500 Altuve cards has started.  He thinks it can be done by the end of the year.  That will depend on if we attend any card shows.  It is nice to hear more are happening, but we will have to wait until his travel baseball wraps up in late June.  Either that or hope for a rainout some weekend.