Sunday, October 29, 2017

Post #48 - Tracking Down White Whales

Okay, so this title is a little misleading. I didn't do much tracking, just sent a simple message.

You know how they say that you never know if you don't ask? And you know how they also say that the card collecting community that we are all a part of is the best out there? Well, I say that anyway. When you combine those two elements, at least for me, you get a perfect storm.

Whenever we had that last blog bat-around a few weeks back regarding white whales for your collection, I put a list down at the bottom with a handful of oddballs from San Diego that I would need for my Ralf Mojsiejenko PC. In said post, I mentioned that there was a TCDB member who had been adding images and a few other oddball checklists lately, but no sign of anything on any for sale/trade lists. So I took matters into my own hands and reached out to this member, Greg, aka PSABolts.

In this message, I essentially told Greg exactly what I've already said; I had seen the cards he was adding, and I was wondering if he had any others available for sale or trade. It didn't take long for him to reply, and eventually he sent a package off to me. The contents of that are shown below.

Boom. 1988 San Diego Chargers Smokey team issue/oddball. 

Bang. 1989 San Diego Chargers Smokey team issue/oddball. Did I mention that he said his wantlist was very specific and refused a dime or a trade offer? Yeah, these showed up in a padded mailer on Saturday, all from the goodness of his heart.

1989 Junior Chargers ticket. I didn't even know this damn thing existed until Greg added it to the database recently! Some may not consider this a card, and that's okay. I guess I don't consider it a card anyway. But it's got a picture of the guy on the front, and that's enough for inclusion into my collection!

1987 San Diego Chargers Smokey team issue/oddball. Why isn't this in chronological order? Because, according to Greg (who, by the way, is now my expert on all things San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers) these are very difficult to come by in good shape, and the one he was sending me was a little rough. "But wait," you cry out, confused. "That looks like it's in great shape!" Yeah, it is. Because he went out and found another collector with one for me! Did I mention that he's a great guy?

And finally, 1986 Kodak San Diego Chargers. Yes, another card that he went and got from another collector to throw into a package for me. Also, the 1986 Kodak and 1987 Smokey used the same picture. So that's fun.

Greg, as I said in the messages, I can't thank you enough, but I can try. I'll be on the lookout for any Chargers cards that I think can help you and perhaps someday I can find something to send back your way to make up for a fraction of your generosity.

Ralf Mojsiejenko Card Count: 17/26 (65.4%)

I have but one complaint. With the exception of the ticket stub, all of these cards are oversized...think the 5x7 range. Guess I'll be hitting up the Ultra-Pro website with my next paycheck! Which, in reality, I don't mind, as that will allow me to pick up a box of 9-pocket pages as well.

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, and stay warm as temperatures fall heading into November! Enjoy the World Series tonight, and as always, thanks for reading! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Post #47 - I Might Be Getting Addicted to eBay...

I've been largely absent this past weekend, as I was attending the Iowa-Northwestern game at Ryan Field in Evanston with some buddies. However, two really big things happened in college football, at least for me.

1. Notre Dame dominated USC, moving up to #9 in the AP Poll and showing that they should at least be considered as an outside shot to make the playoff, while gaining Josh Adams some much deserved national recognition.

2. Army scored with 1 second left to tie Temple, then put them away when Temple missed a field goal in overtime, giving Army a 31-28 win. The Black Knights are now 6-2 on the season, heading to a bowl for the second consecutive year, and look poised to (hopefully) take down Navy in December again.

Maybe that second thing is what makes today's post a little odd. I am a big Army fan (I'm going to have a whole write-up on the Army-Navy game in a couple of months that explains more) but I recently picked up two cards on eBay that go against that logic.

I loved watching Keenan Reynolds play at Navy. The quarterback was extremely successful and very talented, and was eventually signed by Baltimore, despite his service commitment. While verifying some teams on TCDB a couple of weeks ago, I became aware that he had some cards out there, thanks to Panini. Of course, there are countless variations and whatnot, but I started checking eBay for a cheap autograph to add to my collection. Ultimately, I wound up winning two. I received the second one first:

This one is for me, and I was pleased to pick it up for just under $6.00 with shipping. I neglected to scan the back of it, as that's pretty standard. Like I said, this was the second card I bid on. The first one was...

...this one, from 2016 Panini Select. I picked this one up for $6.00 exactly as well (shipping included). I entered my bid on this card before it dawned on me that this was probably an extremely thick card (and it is, as patch cards tend to be). Thus, it would fit in my autograph binder, but not well. So I then found the Reynolds that I showed first, and entered a bid on that. I figured that I would strive hard to win the Elite card, and not worry about this Select. As it was, I snagged them both, and will be giving the Panini Select card to my dad, a Navy veteran, Navy fan, and memorabilia card collector, while I keep the other one for myself.

All in all, a solid couple pickups from eBay. I'm toying with the idea of perhaps starting a Keenan Reynolds PC, but I think I have enough projects going on right now! I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday, and as always, thanks for reading!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Post #46 - Two Trades from TCDB

As documented in the past (quite often, really) I'm trying to complete the 16 card Jeff Peterek collection by the end of 2017. With just over two months to go, I think I can pull it off. I just really need to snag that Venezuelan League sticker off of eBay!

At the same time, however, I also wanted to try and complete my Ralf Mojsiejenko PC by the same time. I'm not sure that I can pull that one off, due to the oddballs that I detailed in my white whale post. However, I did finally pay a little more attention to that PC and grabbed three cards from two different trades on the TCDB this past week and a half.

First up is this 1988 Panini Sticker that I purchased (yeah, I guess they weren't both trades) for $1.00 from TCDB member Blackshirts. While I try to limit my purchases as much as possible, there are just some cards that I'm going to have to buy if I want to complete my collection and this was probably one of them, so for $1.00, I don't mind as much.

These other two cards, however, were a trade from member Berton Russell.

I'm still quite sure I have that 1986 Topps rookie somewhere, but it's gotten to the point that I'll worry about that later. I needed to minimize inventory anyway, so grabbing that one in this trade wasn't a problem. The 1990 Score is a variation, with the stat line on the reverse reading "Chargers". I previously had the "Redskins" variation, and wasn't sure how difficult this one would be to obtain, but Berton came through with a PWE this morning!

Also, side note, the 1986 Topps is not as nearly miscut as my scan would have you believe; I'm still working on the nuances of scanning, which is why I'm focused on scanning the majority of my personal collection before adding many images to the TCDB. 

Thank you, blackshirts and Berton Russell for inching me closer to my 2017 goal!

Mojsiejenko Card Count: 11/26 (42%)

Everyone, thanks for reading as always, and have a great Monday!


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Post #45 - A Doozy of an eBay Purchase + Blog Bat Around

If you read my last post, you noticed that I acknowledged the blog bat-around that's circulating, but was holding off on posting about it due to the fact that one of the "white whales" I would have listed was on it's way to my mailbox. Today, that card arrived in a plain white envelope from an eBay seller, and while it marked my first eBay purchase, it probably won't be my last.

Without further ado...

I finally tracked down the 1988 Best El Paso Diablos - Platinum version of Jeff Peterek! If you're a newer reader to my blog, you can check out the "About Me" tab (I think that's what it's still called) to get this backstory. Those of you who have been reading from the beginning know that this represents Peterek card number 12 in my collection (he only has 16). However, I was nervous about finding this one for a multitude of reasons.

First, doing an initial search for this card on COMC showed nothing, nor did a Google Image search (I had no idea what it looked like for the longest time). The only "Platinum" card I could find from this set was Gary Sheffield on COMC, and it was selling for $100+.  I immediately worried about how much I'd have to shell out for this card.

Eventually, I did find an eBay listing for two of the team sets, both Platinum, for around $20.00. While it wasn't quite what I was looking for, both came with certificates that stated they were consecutive print runs out of (I believe) 1300. I nearly pulled the trigger but didn't.

Just a few weeks ago, I did another quick eBay scan, and low and behold, there was this exact card listed for $4.99 with free shipping. I ended up making an offer and scored this puppy for $3.99 and it arrived today! I'm beyond stoked to add it to my collection, especially for an affordable price. While it is a tiny bit off center (or mis-cut, whatever you want to call it - note how close to the edge the "J" is), I'm not complaining.

Jeff Peterek Card Count: 12/16 (75%)

And so, that brings us to the blog bat-around topic. Essentially, the question was posed "What card would you want above all others in your collection?" At least, it was something along those lines, lol. Like many others, I have a small problem making this list; the amount of 1/1s and serial numbers and just the sheer volume these days means that I will never collect every Derek Jeter or Buster Posey or Tom Brady or Joey Votto card. However, my smaller player collections, like the Peterek collection, contain their fair share of white whales that I'm trying to hunt down. Below are just a few of them.

1988-89 Venezuelan League Stickers Jeff Peterek

This card, along with the Platinum card from today, was one of the ones that I knew would be most difficult to obtain when I started chasing all 16 cards.  There is one on eBay right now, and I'm very close to paying that price, but I always hold out hope for a cheaper one. However, I don't want it to slip away either and will most likely make this purchase in the next week or so.

1986 Kodak San Diego Chargers Ralf Mojsiejenko

A product that was probably a regional release features Mojsiejenko in his first year in San Diego. I've had no luck finding an image of this anywhere, let alone one for sale. It will be a huge roadblock in my quest to complete my Mojo PC by the end of 2017.

1988 and 1989 San Diego Chargers Smokey Ralf Mojsiejenko

Another couple of regional releases. The images were recently added to the TCDB, where a member has them listed in their collection, but unfortunately I have yet to find one available for sale or for trade anywhere.

I know nothing about this set. It doesn't seem as plentiful as other Pro Set releases, and I've seen images of other cards from here, but other than that...I think the number refers to the week of the NFL season that it was released. I've got 0 info beyond that point.

So these are my white whales. These are the five cards that I would like to add to my collection above all others at this moment, simply because they are just difficult to find. While I am soon to pull the trigger on the Venezuelan Peterek card, if anyone has any information regarding the Mojsiejenko cards, I would truly appreciate it. 

Editor's note: There are a couple of Matt Mantei Printing Plates from both 2004 and 2005 Topps Total that I would really like to add too, but that is supposed to be a 2018 project, so maybe I will revise this list then!

I hope everyone enjoys the college football today. I'm off to do PA announcing for our soccer Senior Day games today and then hoping to get back home in time to catch the Army-Rice game tonight. As always, thanks for reading, and have a wonderful rest of your day!


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Post #44 - Well Hey There!

It seems like everytime I get on a roll blogging, something comes up and I go missing for darn near a month. Never fear loyal readers, I'm doing just fine down here in ol' Missouri. However, due to extenuating circumstances that I'll wrap up below, I don't have any new cards to show off; sorry, y'all are probably tired of cardless posts from me. However, part of this post will reveal that I've got a fantastic one coming in here soon. So, I've got a lot to go over, and this post will be a little jumbled and thrown together, but here goes nothing!


Back To Work!

Part of the reason I've been so absent from the blogging scene is that I finally started working again! Over the last four years of school, due to my baseball schedule and a full course load, I didn't work during the school year. This year however, with my baseball eligibility done, only four classes left for graduation, and bills to pay living off campus, I needed to find one. While I got the job back in August, training didn't start until just over two weeks ago (I finished training last night). The negative was that training ran from 5:00-10:00 PM every single night, making for some long evenings. But now that I'm on a more regular work schedule, blogging and collecting should be easier! Not to mention that once in a while I may be able to make a purchase/trade here or there for myself, which is always a treat.



Something I really wanted to share with everyone concerns eBay. I've never been a big user of the site, but recently realized that there are some cards I need to acquire that are on there, so I pulled the trigger on one; that should be arriving in the next week and I'm excited to show it off here. I've also got my first two auctions up! I'm just trying to move some inventory, and I picked these up in a Walgreens repack a while back. I figured that I could toss them up on the 'bay and see what happens! If interested, the links are here and here. If these go well (i.e., if I make like a dollar a card) I may throw a few more baseball commons up there as well.

I've been messing around with getting the 2011 Topps Lineage set on the Trading Card Database verified and locked away. In doing so, I was browsing eBay for some verification information when I came across this. This Mini Gold Canary relic of Mauer is numbered to 10 and sold for...$11.00, plus $3.00 shipping. I actually threw some bids at this when I saw the opening bid at $1.04, and ultimately lost out. I'm not a huge relic guy, not a big Twins fan and while I liked watching Mauer play a few years back...I'm not going to spend $14.00 on it. But someone out there, in my humble opinion, snagged a steal. A card /10 for under $15.00?! I suppose it all depends on your collecting interests, but that was a fun one to watch for a while!



Collector's Crack is running his 7th Annual World Series contest! There's some great prizes up for grabs, including a door prize that you can gain an extra entry for by pimping this contest (which is exactly what I'm doing!). You can get in on this contest here, and I highly recommend it.


Blog Bat-Around

There was recently a blog bat-around going through the ranks that was a discussion based on each collector's personal white whales. I'm going to hold off on that one for now, as again, that eBay purchase I made actually takes on of those off of my list. I'll have that list as an afterthought in about a week. However, I'd love to hear your white whales! What cards do you desire most in your collection, even if you can't quite obtain them? Leave a comment!

I think that's enough rambling from me for now. Like I said, I'm hoping that I can get some card-centric posts up here shortly, but it's been tough getting any blogging material with the schedule I'm keeping.  Good thing that it's my blog and I can do what I want, huh? I'm certainly sending prayers to Vegas, and if any of you readers out there have any loved ones affected by this tragedy, I'm sending an extra one for you too. As always, thank you for reading, and have a great Tuesday!