Thursday, January 19, 2017

All's well that ends well!

Back on January 3rd I posted #ebayfail. I had bought a 4 card lot of Paul Goldschmidt cards off ebay, but ended up with two random autographs instead.

I contacted the seller who apologized and said he would try to get a hold of the other buyer and get things sorted out. The other buyer wasn't as proactive as I would have liked, but everything eventually got sorted out and I got the cards I bought in the mail today.

I'm pressed for time right now, so I'll just show off the extra card that the seller included. The rest will be shown in a later post.

This Panini Prizm Fireworks card is a welcome addition to my collection. I didn't have it yet, so this is my 221st different Goldschmidt card in my collection.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 Hall of Fame Voting Results

Congratulations to Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez on their election into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here are a few cards of each to celebrate this accomplishment.

I pulled this 1991 Studio Jeff Bagwell RC from a pack back in 1991. I must have gotten the pack from a card shop, but I remember taking it with me to a Phoenix Roadrunners (minor league hockey) game that night to show some friends. Bagwell was a top rookie at the time and this was one of the best cards you could pull.

This 1991 Stadium Club is also a RC, but I didn't add it to my collection until just a couple of years ago courtesy of a dime box at my local card shop. I remember when I first saw the card I thought his arm was resting on a diving board.

It took Tim Raines 10 years to get it in, but it finally happened. Raines started his playing career before I started collecting and so out of the three (Bagwell, Raines, and Rodriguez) I have the fewest cards of Raines. Raines played for several different teams late in his career, but when I think of Raines I think of the Expos.

Tim is also one of just a few players that actually got their nickname featured on their actual cards. For a brief period (1989 - 1992) Topps replaced Tim, with his Rock nickname on his card fronts.

Ivan Rodriguez was the catcher of American League in the 1990's. He was an All-Star every year 1992-2001 and won a Gold Glove every year during that same span. 1999 was his best season and as a result he won the American League MVP award that season. 

When I think of Ivan Rodriguez, I think of Pudge. His nickname never made the leap to replace his first name on a card, as far as I know, but it did make it into quotes on this Upper Deck Play Ball card.

So there you have it. The three players that were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame for 2017. I plan on doing some additional posts this month showing off more cards of each as well as taking a look into those players that barely missed (Trevor Hoffman), those that gained or lost momentum, and those who dropped off the ballot.

Let me know your thoughts on today's Hall of Fame announcement.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It's Like Having My Own Card Shop Loyalty Program Update

In case you missed it, earlier this month I announced I was starting my own blog loyalty program to reward those who comment on my blog, send me cards, win contests, etc.

You can read the details and see what prizes you can choose from here.

My biggest worry in starting this is that it would just be a nightmare to keep track of. So far, it hasn't been that bad.

Here is an update as to where everyone is at with their points. I'm doing my best to keep track, but if I'm off for some reason, just let me know.

Bloggers            Totals
defgav 10
Al Kawamoto 5
P-Town Tom 30
unclemoe 25
Brian Stryker/Collecting Cutch 30
Bo 20
Corky 15
SpastikMoss 5
CardinalsFan16 10
Matthew Scott 15
Reds Card Collector 5
Laurie D 5
Billy Kingsley 25
Nick 5
arpsmith 5
J. Meeks 5
Tony Burbs 5
Fuji 5
Jedi Jeff 5
The Angels In Order 5

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dime Box Deals $1 at a Time (#2)

Let's take a look at another 10 dime box cards that I picked up recently at my local card sharp.

I love finding Stadium Club cards in dime boxes for lots of different reasons. The cards are beautiful for one and at a dime apiece these are far cheaper than buying it by the pack.

There are great shots of some of the games greatest players... well as some of today's superstars. 

Clint Frazier is no longer with Cleveland, but he was drafted by the Indians and my boys and I saw him in one of his first games as a professional in the Arizona Fall League several years back and were able to get him to sign a ball, so when I saw this mini Bowman Chrome Future of the Franchise card of Frazier, I picked it up.

I tend to pick up cards of Nolan Ryan whenever I see them in the dime box and I don't think I already have it.

Sometimes I gravitate towards a certain card because of a fellow blogger. Such was the case with this Luis Torrens Bowman Chrome refractor. 

Every once in a while I'll come across high end cards in a dime box and so I tend to pick up those cards because I'm not going to be able to pick up any packs or boxes of Museum Collection anytime soon. 

Mattingly was my first favorite player as a kid. As such I have a small collection that I like to add to whenever I can find a card I know I don't already have. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Star Wars POP! figures

My New Year's Day post teased some Star Wars items that I got over the holidays. I've yet to show off anything from that post; including any of the Star Wars items.

Let's get started with so POP! figures from Star Wars Rogue One. Here's the checklist from the back of one of the boxes, but there are a few more. I noticed a Saw Gerrera at Wal-Mart recently. Apparently it's a Wal-Mart exclusive. I wouldn't mind adding it to my modest collection. But that's beside the point.

Let's see which ones I did pick up. 

I think the $10 price point for POP! figures is pretty fair, but between the cost and the space they take up, it means that I have to limit my purchases.

I've seen Rogue One twice so far and really enjoyed it. My two favorite characters from the movie are Chirrut Imwe and K-2SO. 

I was at Kohls shortly after Christmas returning a few things and they had a small selection of POP! figures one sale; buy one, get one half off. 

They had Chirrut Imwe, but not K-2SO, so I got Chirrut and Jyn Erso.

I really wanted the K-2SO, so I went online and ordered it using a Wal-Wart gift card. I had it shipped to the store for free and it came in about a week.

Let me know what you think. Have you seen Rogue One? Like it, love it, or hate it? Do you collect POP! figures? Do you have any Star Wars ones? How do you display them? In or out of the box?

2017 Paul Goldschmidt Additions

One of my 2017 Collecting Goals is to add 50 Paul Goldschmidt cards to my collection. This post will help me keep track of this goal. The cards do need to be new to my collection. No doubles.With these 2017 additions, I have 220 different Paul Goldschmidt cards in my collection.

1. 2015 Topps Chrome Prism (COMC)

2, 2016 Topps Chrome Refractor (COMC)

3. 2016 Topps National Baseball Card Day (Dime Box at LCS)

COMC Order Part #6

Alright, let's finish off the COMC order.

Adrian Beltre had a great 2016 season. He hit .300 with 32 home runs and 104 RBI. With 445 career home runs, it should only take two similar seasons for Beltre to join the 500 Home Run Club, so I thought I would be proactive and pick up a bat card for my 500 Home Run Club Bat Card Collection.

Next up are a few cards I needed for my Diamondbacks Topps Needs List. I was able to finish off 1997 and cross one more card off the list for 1998. I hesitated buying these because they're commons, but I paid between $0.55 - $0.60 apiece. That's why I didn't get more for the Diamondbacks Topps Needs List.

Up next are a couple of Paul Goldschmidt cards that I added to my COMC order. These will go towards my 2017 Collecting Goal of adding 50 Paul Goldschmidt cards to my collection. 2 down...48 to go.

2015 Topps Chrome Prism

2016 Topps Chrome Refractor

The last two cards are of the non baseball variety. I was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona and so not only are these cards unique, but they have special meaning to me because of being a fan of both the Cardinals and the Suns.

So there you have it. There's my most recent COMC order. I still have my Black Friday COMC order to go through, but don't worry. I won't spread it out over 5 posts.