Friday, November 17, 2017

The Genorousity of Others

It amazes me just how generous the members of our blogging community are. I read all the time about packages many of you receive from others containing cards that are now permanent fixtures of you collection. Case in point, last week I received two packages. The first was from Jared over at Cards My Mom Didn't Throw Out. He contacted me about an Alex Rodriguez relic card he had that I needed for the 2003 Fleer Authentix set build. Not only did he send the relic, but also a TON of Reds cards. Shock and awe! There were a ton of Heritage Reds cards in there as well as a nice mix of Stadium Club. The 2016 Chrome Sepia Stevenson Jared sent has me pondering chasing that parallel set once I have a few other projects wrapped up.




The second package I received was from Fuji over at The Chronicles of Fuji. Fuji always has a nice mix of oddballs in his packages and this one didn't disappoint. While there were some nice Bowman and Topps cards in the package, my favorites are the Chris Sabo Starline cards and the Chef Boyardee Eric Davis. That's the first time I've ever seen those cards. I might have to track down the other 38 Starline cards that make up this set.





Thank you guys for the cards!

Monday, October 23, 2017

I Dig it!

A few weeks back Gavin over at Baseball Card Breakdown was looking to send some of his CDs to a good home. Those interested could send him some cash to cover shipping and he would take care of the rest. I sent Gavin a quick message to let him know that I was interested and this past weekend a box stuffed with CDs arrived at my front door.

 Talk about a selection of music. The Beatles, Guns n Roses, R.E.M., Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley, Hendrix, The Ramones, Violent Femmes...a little bit of everything in here.

 These are probably my favorites in the package. I'm still in shock at Gavin's generosity.
 In addition to the CDs, Gavin also included a smattering of Reds cards, many that will be going out in the mail for my TTM project! He ALSO included a few of his custom cards that he's so well known for. Finally he sent along a 1982 "Official" Baseball Card price guide.


 Thanks again Gavin! I definitely dig it all!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Changing My Mind

It's not very often that I change my mind when it comes to things. Once I decide something I try to stick with it (in terms of my collection anyway). This helps me to stay focused and prevents my collection from growing out of control like a giant blob gobbling up my funds and leaving behind nothing more than despair and destruction. A while back I had posted that I was trying to complete the 2003 Fleer Authentix set with the exception of the relic cards. While I had intended on sticking to that goal, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I really liked the look of some of those cards. Granted, I don't like everything that's in that set (the Hometown Hero subset) but there are plenty of cards that I like. Case in point, the Game of the Week is a 10 card relic set that consists of two jersey swatches from two separate players with a replica ticket that's embedded in the card. You can either get the common "ripped" version or the more limited "unripped" version that's limited to 50. 2003 Authentix also has a 10 card bat relic set and a 25 card jersey relic set. Each of these sets only include 1 relic from a player with a replica ticket embedded in the card. There are "ripped", "unripped", and "All-Star" variations with those cards. So after a lot of thought, I've decided to chase those relic sets because it comes down to the first rule of collection...collect what you enjoy. I definitely enjoy these cards. Besides, with the way technology is going, I'm sure there will be a day in the not too distant future when you can't even get a paper ticket to go to a game. Instead you'll be required to get an electronic ticket on your smartphone.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Manufactured

I normally don't go for manufactured "relics", but I had to make an exception in this case. When I saw these 2017 Topps Independence Day Commemorative MLB Logo patch cards I had to purchase one....if a Reds player was in the checklist. Luckily there was one and I added this Joey to my collection. For anyone interested, there are 50 cards total in this set. When Topps released their 2015 MLB Logo pin cards I had hoped that a Reds player would be included within that set but unfortunately that wasn't the case. Regardless, I'm happy for this latest addition to my collection.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

On Card

There are a TON of autographs out there in the collecting world that are sticker autographs. Not that it's an entirely bad thing, but if a player just signs a sheet of stickers and returns it to a card company then the chances of that player ever coming into contact of those cards that have stickers slapped on them is slim to none. Granted, I do have a few sticker autograph cards in my collection. I like how they're designed, but I'll take an on card autograph any day over a sticker auto. This 2015 Sport Kings Pete Rose autograph is the latest card to enter my collection....and it's ON CARD. I know, it's an unlicensed card but I really like the design. I have the 2007 version of this card that isn't autographed so this complements that card nicely.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Crystal Clear

I picked up this 2014 Leaf Q Pure Autograph a few months back but never got around to posting it. While I'm not a huge fan of unlicensed cards, I like the design of this card and I'm glad to add it to my Rose PC. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Why go for gold when you can have bronze?

I was able to purchase two more cards for my Pete Rose PC....both of them of the bronze mini variety. These cards measure 1 1/4 by 1 3/4. The first is a 1984 Topps Gallery of Champions card. This card is part of a 12 card set that Topps released in 1984. The sets were available in either bronze or silver. I still need to find the silver for my collection.


The second is a 1985 Topps bronze mini of Pete's 1985 Topps base card. These were sent to dealers who ordered a case of 1985 Topps Traded sets. Glad I was able to add one of these to my collection for a decent price.