Thursday, July 30, 2020

TTM Success: Johnny Robinson

Not sure why this never got posted, but here is a TTM from Johnny Robinson. This was from several years ago. Johnny Robinson had a great NFL career. He was nice enough to sign a card and an index card for me.





Wednesday, July 29, 2020

My Top 10 Paul Goldschmidt Cards

I drafted this several years ago. Not sure why I never posted it. There were just 10 cards. No words. For the life of me I can't get the photos to line up correctly. I think it's because Blogger has updated several times since then. I need to do a follow up and see how many would still be in my Top 10.





























Tuesday, July 28, 2020

HOF Rookie Card for Just a Buck

This post has been sitting in my draft folder for a couple of years. Still a good deal though at just a buck.

Last week I showed all of my Tim Raines cards as part of my HOF Class of 2017: Tim "Rock" Raines post.

One of the things I noticed as I organized my Raines collection was that I didn't have a rookie card, so when I saw this 1981 Topps RC at my LCS for a buck, I didn't hesitate to pick it up.



Monday, July 27, 2020

Finishing My Topps Page-a-Year Binder

I went to a card shop for the first time in over 6 months and I grabbed a few cards, including these two 1966 Topps cards.


I spent $1 on each as the stickers indicate. I would have preferred to have spent less, but I was anxious to pick these up to finish my 1966 Topps page.


Why the focus on finishing off this 1966 Topps page? Because this happens to finish off my Topps Page-a-Year binder. Sort of. I just need to add a page for 2020, but I finished 1952-2019 and I'm happy.

I've talked a bit about my Topps Page-a-Year binder on my blog before and posted a few pages, but just to catch everyone up. Several years ago I decided instead of trying to collect every Topps set ever made, I would collect 1 page for each base set 1952 - current. I finally finished.

I recorded a couple of videos (52-80 and 81-current), but apparently they are too larger to upload to the blog, so I'll have to figure something else out.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Heisman Trophy

I've had this in my draft folder for a couple years. Any other non football, Heisman cards come to mind?

"The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work." - Heisman Trophy Trust Mission Statement

Most of you are probably familiar with the Heisman Trophy.


You've probably heard of doing "the Heisman" if you haven't actually done it yourself. It's just making the pose that is on the trophy.

While it's not exactly "the Heisman", I believe that Jose Cruz was trying for "the Heisman" on his 1997 Fleer rookie card.


Saturday, July 25, 2020

2017 Gypsy Queen

This has been in the draft folder for a couple of years. I've done this with other sets since then, but need to keep it going.

I'm not sure why I haven't done this sooner. I've thought about it for years. I don't have the money, time, or energy to collect everything out there, as much as I might want to.

I'm going to start collecting a 9 pocket page for each set issued. This way I have a small representation of every set produced. I'll have one binder per year to archive an entire years worth of baseball cards.

It will be limited to base cards. For some of the more expensive sets I may only do one card, if any. I'll showcase star players and rookies

This will give me a reason to buy a pack or two, or better yet, I can just pick them up from dime boxes and save myself some cash.

Check out my first such page. 2017 Gypsy Queen. The top row are arguably the three biggest names in the game today. The middle row are two rookies and another young star. The third row represent 3/5 of the National League West.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

1971 World Series

This was in my draft folder for several years. I probably got these from a dime box at my LCS. Looks like I still need the cards for Game No. 4, 6, and 7. If you want to send them my way, let me know.






Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The "Cactus" League

I was born and raised in Arizona so cacti (the plural of cactus) is very familiar to me, but it's not all that often that I see it on cardboard. With the Cactus League here in Arizona though, you do see cacti on cardboard every once in a while.

I'll have to add more cards to this post as I come across more cards with cactus.

How about you? Is there anything unique to your state that occasionally ends up on a baseball card?






Monday, July 20, 2020

Chris "Spuds" Sabo

This was in my drafts from roughly 4 years ago.

Chris Sabo was the 1988 NL Rookie of the Year and the Reds won the World Series in 1990, so he was in the national spotlight when I first started collecting cards. He also wore those really cool Rec Specs. I wore glasses as a kid so I could relate.

Who else wore glasses and was intrigued by Sabo?






Sunday, July 19, 2020

2016 Topps Walmart Marketside Pizza Set

I realized recently that I had 101 posts in my Draft Folder. I'm going to be cleaning them out and scheduling them for the next month or so, so get ready for some posts that may be a little dated or odd. Some of the drafts are little more than a title or a partial sentence, so those will be deleted. Other were for posts that eventually made it already, so those will be deleted as well. So there won't be anywhere near 101, but it will be good to clear out that folder.

This post originated over 3 years ago. I am still working on this set, but am in no hurry and am not sure if the list below is up to date or not.

In March Topps and Walmart teamed up for a food based card release distributed in Walmart's Marketside pizzas. It's a 50 card set and they come in 3 card packs, so it will be challenging to complete, but I'm going to give it a shot. It reminds me of my childhood when baseball cards could be found in everything from cereal to sunflower seeds.

1 Mike Trout Angels



2 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
3 Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies



4 Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles


5 Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles
6 Carlos Correa Houston Astros



7 Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals


8 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers



9 Jacob deGrom New York Mets


10 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox



11 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays 



12 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
13 Troy Tulowitzki Toronto Blue Jays



14 Miguel Sano Minnesota Twins RC



15 Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners



16 Phillie Phanatic



17 Chris Sale Chicago White Sox
18 Francisco Lindor Cleveland Indians



19 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants


20 Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees



21 Luis Severino New York Yankees RC
22 Noah Syndergaard New York Mets



23 Prince Fielder Texas Rangers


24 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals



25 Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals
26 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
27 Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks


28 Sonny Gray Oakland Athletics


29 Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals


30 Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays



31 Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins
32 Hector Olivera Atlanta Braves RC



33 Aaron Nola Philadelphia Phillies RC


34 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates



35 Tyson Ross San Diego Padres



36 Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals


37 Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds



38 A.J. Pollock Arizona Diamondbacks



39 Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox


40 George Springer Houston Astros


41 Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs



42 Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins



43 Dee Gordon Miami Marlins



44 Albert Pujols Angels


45 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers



46 Kyle Schwarber Chicago Cubs RC


47 Corey Seager Los Angeles Dodgers RC
48 Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
49 Mr. Met



50 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers