Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Post #21 - Autographed Cards #1-3

I've been a little lacking in material to post as of late, so that's why you've seen very little from me. However, with the documenting of my autograph collection that I've been doing, I came up with an idea for some new posts that I'll start today.

I've hit dead ends right now for my 1994 Upper Deck Fun Pack and 1988 Fleer sets; I've done all I can and I still need to finish adding the inserts to my Fleer wantlist.  Once I got my most recent set of trade packages sent off, I decided to continue to add to my documentation.  As I was going through the autograph binder, I decided that it couldn't hurt to show these off, a couple at a time, when I don't have anything else to post about!

So, without further ado, here are autographed cards #1-3 in my binder (hmm, maybe I should do an autographed frankenset someday?)

Card: 1987 Topps #766

Player: Don Aase (Baseball)

Team: Baltimore Orioles

Obtained: Through the mail

Notes: Aase pitched in the majors from 1977-1990, with five different teams (Boston, California, Baltimore, New York Mets, Los Angeles). He was a sixth round draft pick in 1972, and went 0-10 in his first season of professional baseball. However, he would starkly improve, reaching the majors in 1977 and going 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA. After some injury trouble and a couple years out of the game, Aase would have his best year in 1986, earning 34 saves for Baltimore, then a team record. Injuries continued to nag him, however, and he would bounce around for a couple more years before calling it quits in 1990.  He finished his career with a 66-60 record and 82 saves, a 3.80 ERA, and 641 strikeouts.

Card: 1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice #9

Player: Trev Alberts (Football)

Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers/Indianapolis Colts

Obtained: Through the mail

Notes: Alberts is currently the athletic director at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  The fifth overall pick of the 1994 NFL draft, Alberts was named an All-American his senior year at Nebraska and earned national recognition for being injured but playing the national championship game with a cast on his arm (Nebraska would lose to Florida State, 18-16). Unfortunately for Alberts, he is largely considered a draft bust.  After being taken by the Colts fifth overall, he would battle injuries for three years before retiring before the 1997 NFL season.  Following his retirement, Alberts worked in media until 2009, when he returned to the state of Nebraska to become the athletic director at Nebraska-Omaha. In 2011, Alberts made the difficult decision to cut both wrestling and football at UNO in order for the school to make the jump to the Division 1 Summit League conference.

Card: 1996 Classic Visions Signings #69

Player: Chris Allen (Hockey)

Team: Kingston Frontenacs

Obtained: Pack/trade

Notes: Chris Allen is a name many have never heard of; he played in two NHL games for the Florida Panthers. Allen's career spanned from 1994-2004, but he never reached NHL stardom after being a third round draft pick of Florida, despite his shot being clocked at up to 103 MPH.  However, things seemed to work out okay for him; Allen was voted the 2008 Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door by PETA (out of 27,000 entries, whittled down to 16 finalists).

For me, this is actually really fun. I get to go back and research some of these players and see what they did.  I had no idea about Chris Allen at all, and even learned some new stuff about Aase and Alberts too.  That's going to do it for me this evening; I'm volunteering for field groundskeeping duty at the local little league from 9:00-10:00 tonight, so I've got to get some stuff ready.  Thanks for reading, and have a great night!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Post #20 - What I've Been Up To

Yeah, I know everyone is dying to know the answer to that question.  Well, this post will contain the answer! And even if you aren't dying to know, well, you must be just a little bit curious, because you're still here! So, without further ado...

1. Trade packages!

These three are for Robert at $30 A Week Habit, Marc at Remember the Astrodome, and Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown.  Gavin's isn't quite done (his is the unsealed one on the left) but it is close; I'm hoping to have these out this week.  Saturday morning will be the latest ship date.  I really owe this one to Robert, so I appreciate his patience!

2. Set building!

Yes, after x amount of years of wanting to build this fun little set as a kid, I'm finally pulling the trigger and doing it! For those of you wondering, this is the 1994 Upper Deck Fun Pack set. I only took this one picture of one of the only complete pages I have, but I'm currently sitting at 176 of 240 base cards (73.3%), plus I need all 30 Scratch Off inserts.  I have uploaded my wantlist to the "Sets I'm Building" page here. Any help would be appreciated.

Also, on the flip side of the trading spectrum with this set, I've got between 100-150 duplicates of different cards in a box right now.  If you're missing some team or player cards from your collection that are in this set, let me know and I'll see if I have any; if I do they're yours no questions asked!

3. Reds Team Sets

On my "Also In Search Of..." page I mention that I'm going to try building the Reds team sets from each flagship release from 1980-present.  Maybe once I get a good chunk of the flagship sets done, I'll move to Opening Day, Ultra, etc.  But for now, my wantlist for the flagship sets will be up very soon; all I have left to type up at 2005-2017 Topps, and then to go through and cross off whatever I already have!

So that's what I've been up to the last 72 hours.  Moving on, what's on tap for tonight?

1988 Fleer! Time to see if this "factory set" has all 660 cards (except the Rocky Childress I need; anyone?).  If so, I'll be purchasing some pages and a binder and putting this puppy away as a completed set.  Is that fair? Hey, my collection and my blog, so yeah, it's fair! Just like with the Fun Pack set, I'll try and get a trade list up as soon as I can for duplicates, because I know I have a handful of 1988 Fleer's in my collection that I won't need!

EDIT: So on second thought, this isn't quite fair.  So I'll make building this 1988 Fleer a challenge; this box essentially just became my starter set.  I'll use the TCDB checklist and chase down the variations and inserts (except for maybe stickers) as well.  Keep an eye out for a wantlist!

Well I better get cracking on that Fleer! Sorry I don't have a 30-day Challenge entry today; I'll try again tomorrow.  Thanks for reading, and have a great night!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Post #19 - I'm Baaaaaaack

Whoops.  That was an unintended sabbatical from blogging, and collecting in general.  Between finals, moving into the duplex in Missouri, and getting back home to Michigan for a few months, I haven't had time to do anything with my collection.  Because of that, I do have to make a small apology.

Robert from the $30 A Week Habit blog sent me the cards that I'm going to show off today, and I owe him a package back.  Robert, I'm getting ready to start working on the Lawrie/Thome/McCutchen list to send your way, and then it'll be a package afterwards.  Also getting one set aside for Bru at Remember the Astrodome (need you to resend me your address) and I think Night Owl at Night Owl Cards (he is a Dodger fan, right? If someone can confirm, and even send me his address, I'd appreciate it!)

Without further ado, let's see these Posey's that Robert generously sent my way.  Disclaimer: he also added a couple of Shawn Green's and Tom Brady's, but they've already gotten mixed into a shuffle, and I don't want to post the wrong cards!

Robert found a 2013 Topps Wal-Mart parallel I didn't yet have; there's actually a ton of these parallels when you consider that Posey was featured on three different base cards, including this one.

This "Then and Now" insert from 2017 Topps is one of those cards that I would have never pulled on my own, and would have ended up buying from a shop for a couple of bucks; luckily I won't have to!

This is the card that initially caught my eye: 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Green parallel.  I never really see GQ in stores, so this is another one that I would have had a hard time obtaining.

Finally, potentially my  new favorite Posey card: 2017 Topps Heritage Chrome, #'d 356/999. This marks my first numbered Posey and it's just a gorgeous card in general. Thanks again Robert! Like I said, hopefully I can have your trade package sent out soon!

Here we are again with day #11 of the 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: one of your favorite cards from the 1970s. Another area of my collection lacking in substance, and since it was before I was born, I have to pick another famous one.

1970 Topps Johnny Bench screams "Big Red Machine" at me! I love it, and that's a golden era of baseball that as Reds fans, I sure hope we see again soon!

That's all for me tonight.  I should have some more from Julie's box tomorrow, and I promise I'll get those trade packages wrapped up soon! Everyone have a great night, and thanks for reading!