Sunday, September 15, 2019

A Strange Coincidence

A few weeks ago I got an email from sportscards.com asking me for my address to send me some baseball cards and telling me about a new pricing tool they had on their website. 

About a week later a package showed up in my mailbox. I thought it was interesting that the return address is not only in Phoenix, where I grew up and not far from where I currently live, but it's just down the street from my very first job. And when I say just down the street, I'm talking about less than a mile on the same street. Now, I know they weren't there when I was working there back in 1999-2000, but I still thought it was a strange coincidence.

I filmed myself opening the box and reviewing the cards, but I was using the YouTube app and it shut off mid-way through, so I tried it again and it did the same thing. The third time I finished with the cards before it turned off, so here you go.


I know the contents of my box were very similar to that of a few other bloggers who received a box, but it was fun to open and I enjoyed the cards, especially the autograph.

I do want to talk about the pricing tool. It's called the BCS Database and allows you to search an item in various categories like collectibles, toys & hobbies, stamps, coins & paper money, entertainment memorabilia, and baseball cards. The search results include both active and current ebay listings. The thing that I like the best about the site is that for sold listing where the best offer was accepted it will show you what the offer was. It's a free tool, which is great and I'd encourage collectors who buy on ebay to give it a try. https://bcs.sportscards.com/

Thanks again to sportscards.com for the cards and some day I'll need to make it to you shop!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Greatest Baseball Card Ever Made according to Dave

Roberto Clemente would have been 85 years old today. I thought this would be a great time to share a contest entry from a reader Dave, who doesn't have a blog. He emailed me an entry for the best baseball card ever made. Here it is.


"For me, the best baseball card ever made is (1) of a player that I never saw play, (2) of a player on a team that I have never rooted for, and (3) is from a set that is not my favorite. However, it is a powerful image that is about much more than baseball. It is the 1973 card of Roberto Clemente.

The image is wistful. The long shadows show that the picture was taken just before sunset. Most of Clemente’s face is covered in shadows and he is looking away. It seems to perfectly capture the fact that his brilliant career was sun-setting. He was 38 and had completed 18 seasons. No one could have known when the card was designed that this was not only the sunset of a long career but of a short life.

The card, #50, was released in the first series of the 1973 set. Surely it was already in production when news reached Topps that Clemente had lost his life while on a hero’s mission to Nicaragua on the last day of 1972.

I’m confident that when the picture was taken, Clemente was entirely focused on the coming pitch. But I can’t help but feel that in the deeper recesses of his mind, he knew that his life was about much more than baseball. And for me, that is why it is the best baseball card ever made: it transcends the sport."

Thank you for your entry Dave! This is a fantastic card for sure.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Contest Results

There were a few additional contest entries after my last post.

Made makes the argument that everyone can own the Greatest Card Ever Made!

The Sports Cards Olympics needs to happen at the 2020 National!

The Lost Collectorhttps://thelostcollector.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-baseball-card-olympics.html

I'll host the 2020 Sports Cards Olympics during Spring Training if we can get at least 5 bloggers to attend!

Night Owlhttp://nightowlcards.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-silver-lining.html

I'll let you in Greg! Enjoyed your story and the connection you built with your nephew.

So by my count there are 13 entries and Matt accounted for 3 of them, so with only 10 participants and three prizes, the odds of winning are pretty good.

There were a lot of fantastic posts (and one fantastic email submission) and I want to thank everyone that participated and all of you for making these past 10 years on my blog something to remember!

Alright, let's get to the winners.

3rd Place - GCRL for using his 1978 Topps card backs to replay an inning of the 1978 World Series. This wasn't what I had in mind when I mentioned this topic, but I thought it was a terrific idea! I loved the fact that after all the years have gone by, GCRL knew what it said on the back of the cards already. I actually had the opportunity to meet up with GCRL earlier this week at a D-Backs game and it was hard not to mention that he was going in the running to win my contest, but I still needed to review the last few entries.

2nd Place - Matt gets props for 3 entries, but his winning entry was the one about the 1993 Upper Deck Mike Perez card involving time travel. I absolutely love me some time travel and I love me some baseball cards. Upper Deck did some cool stuff with there cards, but I like your explanation even better!

https://diamond-jesters.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-absolutely-true-story-of-mike-perez.html

1st Place - Bo knocked this one out of the park! If you haven't read Bo's entry, stop reading this post and read his, because it's amazing! His time travel story was entertaining and riveting and I seriously can't wait for the movie. Okay, maybe a movie is a little much, but at least a tv mini-series. How about getting it published in Beckett? That would be cool! He not only told a great story, but he worked multiple bloggers into the story, including yours truly, and even the prizes for this contest. It was a fantastic read Bo!

https://borosny.blogspot.com/2019/07/baseball-card-trading-through-time.html

Bo, congratulations! Well done sir! I loved your post and am happy to let you have first pick at the prizes. Once Bo makes his selection, Matt will get to pick out of the remaining two prizes and then GCRL will get the final prize. Be sure to send me an email with your current mailing address. daniel24303 at gmail.com. Thanks again to everyone that participated! I had a blast reading everyone's posts. let's do this again in another 10 years!

Again, here are the prizes to choose from.




Sunday, July 28, 2019

Contest Reminder!

Here is a list of everyone that has participated in my contest so far. If I've missed you, please let me know. There have been a lot of great posts so far and you have until July 31st to enter, so get your entry in before it's too late!

I'm surprised a little bit at the low participation considering the prizes up for grabs, so let me remind you what the prizes are:





defgavhttps://baseballcardbreakdown.blogspot.com/2019/07/worst-card-ever-made-and-why.html

Gavin is not a fan of art cards, but this post may lead him to a new set to collect.

Matthttps://diamond-jesters.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-worst-card-ever-made-contest-entry.html

Matt must follow me on Twitter because I unleashed my fury on Topps when they jumped the shark with this card.

Matt - https://diamond-jesters.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-absolutely-true-story-of-mike-perez.html

Finally a good explanation for the existence of the 1993 Upper Deck Mike Perez card!

Bohttps://borosny.blogspot.com/2019/07/baseball-card-trading-through-time.html

I can't wait for the movie!

Jeremya1umhttps://toppscardsthatneverwere.blogspot.com/2019/07/bud-selig-interview.html

I bet Bud had an awesome card collection as a kid!

gcrlhttp://cardsasiseethem.blogspot.com/2019/07/lets-play-ball-to-see-what-might-have.html

I don't like the Dodgers, but I liked this cardboard inning!

Johnnys Trading Spothttps://johnnnystradingspot.blogspot.com/2019/06/weirdest-interaction-with-card-show.html

Not sure how I would have reacted in this situation.


Great card, just the wrong team!

David Hixon - Contest submission via email.

David doesn't have a blog...yet. With his permission I'll share his submission on my blog.


Monday, July 22, 2019

I finally picked up a Jerry Koosman rookie card!

Yesterday I attended a monthly card show. I arrived about an hour after it opened and was pleased to see that it was packed upon my arrival. The hobby appears to be flourishing, at least in my neck of the woods.

My first stop was the guy with the 20/$1 5000 count boxes filled with new stuff. I picked up some 2019 Stadium Club and Allen & Ginter. Actually, the first time around I only looked through the Stadium Club. There was another guy going through the box with the modest stack of Allen & Ginter, so I moved on and came back later and picked up a few additional cards. I also picked up a  2019 Allen & Ginter Charles Martinet relic card. He's the voice of Mario.

I then went through another guys 10/$1 box and found 20 cards. I picked up a nice variety of vintage oddball. Some 1975 Topps minis, a couple of 1970 Topps booklets, and a handful of 1961 Golden Press cards.

Next I went through a box of $1 vintage and pulled out 4 cards, all of which I already have, but these are upgrades in condition. I was about to leave his tables when I saw this...

The corners are in rough shape, but the centering isn't horrible and there aren't any creases. The asking price was high, but not outrageous.I had to take a closer look, so I asked him to see it. He obliged and mentioned that there was a mark on the back of the card.

I'm not sure if it's the number 3 or just some random marking, but whoever used this green marker on this card saved me a lot of green.

I tried to get him to come down a bit on the price, but he wouldn't budge. I did however, get him to through in this card for the same price.


I need this for my Topps Hank Aaron collection, so I was happy to add it to my collection and in my mind it brought down the price of the Nolan Ryan card.

As a kid, I would drool over the Nolan Ryan rookie card every time I saw it in a Beckett magazine. I don't recall really ever seeing it in person, prior to Saturday. But even as an adult it always seemed out of reach. That is until yesterday.

A good price, coupled with the fact that I had a birthday earlier this month and my family was getting together the next day to celebrate my birthday, along with 6 other July birthdays in our family, led me to pull the trigger and I couldn't be happier.




Sunday, July 14, 2019

Two new (old) sets and a HOF RC.

Yesterday I stopped by my LCS and picked up two Topps sets that I need for my quest to collect every Topps set from 1981 - present.

The 1981 Topps set was priced at $25 and the 1982 set was priced at $30. I got both for $50. They are hand collated sets, so I'm taking a small risk that they aren't quite complete, but they appear to be all there.

I did verify that the Cal Ripken Jr.rookie card was there and in good shape though before making the purchase.



I've owned this card in the past, but sold it years ago. Now I get to kill two birds with one stone by knocking off a set I need and adding a HOF rookie card to my collection!

Don't forget about my contest and don't forget to let me know that you are participating.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Here's what a nickle will get you!

I was able to make it to a card show yesterday and I picked up a few things. I spent some time digging through a 20/$1 box and walked away with 20 cards.

I picked up some food issued cards, but the majority were duplicates. There were six Marketside (Wal-Mart) cards that were all dups and two Post cards that I ended up already having. That's what I get for not have checklists.

Here are the food issue cards that I needed.



I'm working on the two Post sets, the Wonder Bread card makes it into my binder as the lone card I have from that set.


Next up are a few David Wright and Joe Mauer cards. Lots of similarities between these two guys. Both were selected in the 1st round of the 2001 draft. Mauer went number 1 and Wright was selected number 38. Both started their major league careers in 2004 and both retired after the 2018 season. Both spent their entire career with the same team.

Both had great careers, but both dealt with injuries throughout their career.




I don't think anyone thinks David Wright will end up in the Hall of Fame, but I've seen some talk about whether Mauer is Hall worthy. What do you think? He has a career .306 batting average and is a  3x batting champion and the 2009 A.L. MVP. His career totals for hits (2,123), home runs (143) and RBI (923) are a little light though and I don't think he'll make the Hall of Fame.





Let's finish it off with two sure fire Hall of Fame players. One, Griffey, is already in and the other, Mike Trout, will be in 5 years after he retires.


I hope I need the Griffey. It didn't look familiar and I'm not going to pass on a Trout for a nickle.

So there are my 20/$1 finds. Nothing crazy, but a few nice cards. I wish I had lists with me so I didn't end up with dups, but maybe I'll send those out with the prize packages for my contest.

Be sure to enter my contest by creating a post using one of the topics I listed. Here are a couple more that you can choose from.

11) Tell me about your weirdest interaction with a dealer at a card show or a card shop owner.

12) Write a fiction piece about how you'd beg, borrow, or deal (anyone remember that show) your way to the National this summer in Chicago.