Tuesday, July 17, 2018

2018 All-Star Game

Yesterday was the Home Run Derby and today is the All-Star game. This is my favorite part of the baseball season. I know many of you probably despise both, but I love it. As a kid growing up without cable, in a market that did not yet have an MLB team, I rarely got to see baseball games on tv, but the All-Star game allowed me to see all of the best players all at once. It was always a special occasion. I would usually get my mom to make hot dogs or nachos, or both and invited a couple of friends over to watch the game. I loved it then and I still love it today.

Paul Goldschmidt had me worried earlier this season when he was batting about .200, but he went on a tear in June and was named to the All-Star team as a reserve. Yesterday it was announced that he will start as the DH for the N.L. squad. I couldn't be happier.

This will be Goldschmidt's 6 consecutive appearance in the mid-summer classic and the most for any Diamondback player. Here is a look at Paul previous All-Star Stitches cards. I will most certainly be picking up his 2018 card.






I'm going to predict an N.L. victory by a score of 6-3 with Goldschmidt being named the MVP after going 2-2 with a home run and a double. What's your prediction?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Stadium Club, Murphy, and Mormons

2018 Stadium Club has been out a few weeks now. I haven't bought any boxes or packs. I've picked up two insert cards from the release on ebay, but one of them I just bought yesterday so I'll wait until I get that one in to post about them.

Stadium Club is well known for it's great photography. It really does have some great images. One such is this 2015 Stadium Club card featuring Dale Murphy.


I picked this card up as part of a dime sale ran on Twitter by former blogger Play at the Plate. He hasn't posted on his blog in almost two years, but he's active on Twitter.

Murphy is a guy that I collect passively. Meaning, when I see his cards in a dime box I'll typically grab them, but I don't do ebay searches for him.

I've always liked Murphy. Don Mattingly and Dale Murphy were my two favorite players when I was really little. One reason I've been drawn to Murphy is because I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly referred to as Mormons. Dale Murphy is also a Mormon. I have a binder titled Mormon Athletes and Murphy is in the binder along with Danny Ainge, Wally Joyner, Bryce Harper, Shawn Bradley, Steve Young and a few others.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Topps Denny's Han Solo Set

I have fond memories from my youth of the restaurant Denny's offering baseball cards with their meals. They ran this promotion from 1991 - 1997. I have several of the sets and singles from others. Eventually I will have them all.

It's been 20 years since Denny's has done a trading card promotion so when I saw that Denny's was teaming up with Topps and Star Wars to offer Han Solo trading cards I was intrigued. The promotion ran for about two months and ended in June. I only made it to Denny's once during that time. To get a pack of two cards you needed to make a $3 donation to No Kid Hungry. I donated the $3 and the cashier gave me two packs. It might have been because the service wasn't very good or because the promotion was almost over. Maybe it was some other reason, I don't know. Anyways I got 4 cards. I went back a few days later, but I was unaware promotion had ended so when I tried to get another pack of cards I got denied.

So I turned to ebay and picked up a complete set of 12 cards for about $10. The cards came wrapped in paper with all four corners exposed, but luckily they arrived safely. The seller even included two unopened packs.

Here's a look at the cards.







The backs of these six cards fit together to form a larger picture.









Anyone else collect these? If you need any cards for your set, let me know and I'll see if I can help you out.

I hope this was a success and Denny's and Topps might partner together on baseball card projects in the near future.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2005 Prime Patches Major League Materials Steve Finley Checklist


Card Title Serial Numbering Have/Need
Major League Materials Autograph
X
Major League Materials Autograph Bat

Major League Materials Autograph Double Patch SN5
Major League Materials Autograph Double Swatch SN25
Major League Materials Autograph Double Swatch Prime SN5
Major League Materials Autograph Jersey SN81 X
Major League Materials Autograph Name Plate Patch SN25 X
Major League Materials Autograph Number Patch SN25 X
Major League Materials Autograph Quad Patch SN5
Major League Materials Autograph Quad Swatch SN100 X
Major League Materials Autograph Quad Swatch Prime SN5
Major League Materials Autograph Sleeve Patch SN8
Major League Materials Autograph Team Logo Patch SN40 X
Major League Materials Autograph Triple Patch SN5
Major League Materials Autograph Triple Swatch SN50 X
Major League Materials Autograph Triple Swatch Prime SN5 X
Major League Materials Bat

Major League Materials Button SN12 X
Major League Materials Double Patch SN1
Major League Materials Double Swatch SN150 X
Major League Materials Double Swatch Prime SN1 X
Major League Materials Jersey SN1
Major League Materials Jumbo Swatch SN261 X
Major League Materials Jumbo Swatch Prime SN9 X
Major League Materials Laundry Tag SN10 X
Major League Materials MLB Logo SN1
Major League Materials Name Plate Patch SN2
Major League Materials Number Patch SN8
Major League Materials Quad Patch SN1
Major League Materials Quad Swatch SN107 X
Major League Materials Quad Swatch Prime SN25 X
Major League Materials Sleeve Patch

Major League Materials Team Logo Patch SN14 X
Major League Materials Triple Patch SN1
Major League Materials Triple Swatch SN55 X
Major League Materials Triple Swatch Prime SN5 X

Monday, July 9, 2018

Pick Only 5

We've seen several bloggers tighten the reins recently either with blogging or collecting, or both. I completely understand and respect their decisions. If I'm being honest I have to say that I've had some similar thoughts recently. For about two seconds I thought about letting it all go. Like I said, that only lasted about two seconds, but I've got to make some changes. I've got to be more focused in my collection.

So if I had to give everything up and only pick 5 things to still collect

1. Paul Goldschmidt collection

2. 2005 Prime Patches Major league Materials Steve Finley collection

3. Topps sets (1981 - Present)

4. Hank Aaron Topps collection

5. MLB Hall of Fame RC collection



















6. Ryan Roberts collection

7. Topps Page-a-Year collection

8. Iconic sets (89 Upper Deck, 90 Leaf, etc.)

9. Donruss Puzzles

10. Brand Binders (I'll explain this later.)

11. 500 Home Run Club Bat cards

12. 3,000 Hit Club Bat cards

13. 2011 Topps Update All-Star Stitches set

Yeah, I couldn't pick just 5 things. I have a problem.

How about you. If you could only keep 5 of your collections or projects, what would you keep?


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Pictures!

Normally I scan individual cards instead of taking pictures, but the Goldschmidt cards that Cards My Mom Didn't Throw Out were already in nice cases and in bags so I decided to just take pictures.

These were the cards that we actually traded for, meaning he had doubles. If these were his doubles, then just imagine his actual Goldschmidt collection.

The Panini card is numbered to 25 and the Gypsy Queen jersey/auto is numbered 41/50 so that fits my serial numbered to 50 project.






Saturday, July 7, 2018

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

I got an email a week or so ago from Cards My Mom Didn't Throw Out asking about a trade. As a fellow D-Backs fan and Goldschmidt collector he had accumulated some doubles. While he had a lot of great cards for trade, I focused on the Goldschmidt cards that I needed and we worked out a deal.

When the package arrived I opened it and was surprised to find not only the Goldschmidt cards (on the left), but a giant stack of extras (on the left). Thanks bud!



Here is a small sampling of some of the great "extras" that were sent.

Stadium Club has always featured top notch photography and this 1999 Omar Daal card is no exception.


Andy Benes started the first game for the Diamondbacks 20 years ago. Can't believe the D-Backs are in their 20th season.


I love this Randy Johnson card that features an up close head shot of Randy up to bat. Look at his scowl.