Sunday, February 7, 2016

One of these things is not like the others! Package from Night Owl and a CONTEST

Greg, from the blog Night Owl Cards, sent me a trade package a week or so ago. He included a note.

After reading his note I immediately thought about Sesame Street.

So here's the cards from Greg, in a Sesame Street inspired "one of these things is not like the others" post. Play along if you'd like.

Let's start with an easy one.

Pretty simple, right? 3 cards were from 2008 Upper Deck Documentary and one was not.

There are 4 groups of 4 left. Correctly identify the similarities vs. the difference for the 4 remaining groups in the comments section and you'll be entered into a drawing for a prize. The prize will be a PWE of cards from an NFL team (it is Super Bowl Sunday, after all) of your choice, so please let me know what team that will be in the comment section as well. 

Keep in mind that you may identify similarities and differences, but they ones you identify need to be the ones that I have in mind to qualify for the contest. I'll let the contest run for a couple of days and will post the answers and the winner, which will signify the end of the contest. 





Here are a few other cards that really stood out, although the last one is the one that Night Owl was referring to in his note. Thanks Greg for a great package and for inspiring a contest!

Love the older Topps Chrome colored refractors and x-fractors!

Here are a couple of Paul Goldschmidt cards that Greg included. Very happy to add these to my collection! 

This 1967 Topps Pitt Power card featuring Willie Stargell and Donn Clendenon. I love vintage and this is a great card! Willie Stargell had a Hall of Fame career. Clendenon has a nice career, but I have a feeling that playing in a collared shirt didn't help him. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The First Class

On February 2, 1936 the inaugural Hall of Fame election results were announced. There were five players who made the cut in 1936.

The cards below commemorate this First Class. They come from 1996 Collector's Choice.

Babe Ruth

Ty Cobb

Walter Johnson

Christy Mathewson

Honus Wagner

There were 20 additional members elected after the initial election and before the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum actually opened on June 12, 1939. Lou Gehrig was added late in 1939 after it was clear his playing days were over.

Monday, February 1, 2016

If you're not part of the YouTube card collecting community then you're missing out!

I got an awesome package a week or so ago from a fellow YouTuber, Nathaniel Go.

Nathaniel sent a bunch of great cards of Diamondbacks and former D-Backs from recent years. It was mostly Topps, Topps Chrome, Bowman, Bowman Chrome, and Bowman Platinum.

To top things off, Nathaniel added these cards.

Here is a 2015 Topps Supreme Simply Supreme autograph of Archie Bradley. If you aren't familiar with these Supreme cards they are really artsy. They are layered and you can see the fancy edges. The auto is on-card so that is definitely a plus.

Here is a 2015 Immaculate Yasmany Tomas RC with a three color piece of jersey and patch numbered to 99. This card is really thick and as I write this I'm struggling to find a penny sleeve for it to fit in. 

I know it doesn't do any good to complain, but man do I wish Panini had an MLB license. I think they did pretty good job with this particular card though. The lack of logos isn't all that noticeable. 

Thanks Nathaniel for the awesome package! Make sure you go check out Nathaniel's YouTube channel. He's a huge Astros and Texans fan and also collects Chris Sale. He's got a lot of nice variety as well including a Paul Goldschmidt card that I wish I had in my collection! 

Let me know if you are on YouTube so I can give your channel a sub. Here is a link to my channel, if you're interested. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Best: 2015 Topps Triple Threads

Showcasing some of the best things in my collection.

I've had my eyes on this card, or a version of this card for a while now. It's a 2015 Triple Threads patch card featuring Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Owings, and Yasmany Tomas. Like I mentioned there are a few versions of this card, but this version has patches and is numbered 7/9.

Paul Goldschmidt is the face of the D-Backs franchise and the Yasmany Tomas is owed so much that I don't think he's going anywhere soon, but Chris Owings' name has been mentioned a lot this off season. He might end up getting moved before the season starts.

I recently joined a Facebook group called Kgsportscards and someone put this card up for sale for $20 shipped. I offered $15 and he accepted. I added $1 to cover the PayPal fees, so it cost me $16 shipped and think I got a pretty good deal. I was a little nervous purchasing it outside of ebay, but the seller was great. I bought on a Friday and got it on Monday.

Anyone else out there a part of any sports card Facebook groups?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

2015 Topps Update Paul Goldschmidt All-Star Stitches

I like relic cards that feature a relic from a specific game or event. So the All-Star Stitches cards that Topps puts out every year in their Update set are right up my alley.

I'm working on the 2011 Topps Update All-Star Stitches set because I attended that All-Star Game. For the other years I try to pick up the Diamondbacks players.

I've wanted to pick up the Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock from the 2015 set for a while, but the prices on ebay were just higher than I wanted to pay.But my patience paid off, literally.

I picked up this 2015 Topps Update Paul Goldschmidt All-Star Stitches card off ebay for $3.85 shipped.

I still need to pick up the A.J. Pollock. Let me know if anyone has it for trade.

Anyone else out there a fan of the All-Star Stitches jersey cards?

Monday, January 18, 2016

TTM Success: Marcus Hamilton (Dennis the Menace)

Debuting on March 12, 1951, Dennis the Menace comic strip follows the well intention-ed, but mischievous five year-old Dennis Mitchell. Created by Hank Ketcham, the cartoon is still drawn daily by Marcus Hamilton and Ron Ferdinand and is distributed in at least 10,000 newspapers in 48 countries.

The comic has spawned several tv shows, both live action and animated, as well as movies and even a U.S. postage stamp.

I sent four blank index cards to Marcus Hamilton sometime late last year. Mr. Hamilton draws the Dennis the Menace daily cartoons. I gave him the names of my three boys and asked for a drawing and autograph for each of us. I couldn't have been more pleased with how they all turned out!

Anyone else a Dennis the Menace fan? How about other comic strips? Have you ever sent an autograph request to Mr. Hamilton or any other cartoonists? Let me know!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Best: 2013 Triple Threads Paul Goldschmidt Patch Auto 2/10

Sunday Best will be a new blog feature where I will showcase some of the best items in my collection!

I got this card in this week from ebay. The price? $8.99 shipped. You read that correctly. I didn't forget to add a number. $8.99 with free shipping was the Buy-It-Now price!

I couldn't believe it when I saw the price and was fumbling on my phone to purchase it as quickly as possible. Then I played the waiting game, wondering if I was actually going to get it. I thought the seller was going to cancel the order or I'd get the package and it would be empty or something like that.

I was extremely excited when it arrived safe and sound. Even with the sticker auto it's one of my favorite Goldschmidt cards!

What is the best deal you've ever gotten on ebay?