Thursday, March 15, 2018

Returns From the Purge - Baseball Cards Come to Life!

I am getting caught up on sharing the cards that I received and starting to feel a little better (less guilty) and I believe this great group of cards from Bo at Baseball Cards Come to Life! gets me at or beyond the half way point in sharing!  I have some more great cards to share but will have to do some scanning before I can share.

Let's focus on the present!  Bo scoured my want lists and came up with an impressive and somewhat eclectic batch of cards that fit nicely into a few parts of my collection.

Got a few Giants here with my favorite being the Will Clark.  The Clark is actually a box bottom card from Fleer and has been on my want list for quite some time.  I was also glad to add the Dave Winfield card.  It is a very familiar card but was missing from my Winfield binder

Here are some Giants of the shiny variety.  The Sergio Romo is a favorite.  Romo was a big contributor to the Giants run of 3 titles and this was his first card.

Finally some rare additions from 3 different sets that have been on my want list for quite some time with little progress.  The 2 Topps cards are from 2011 Pro Debut, I opened a couple of boxes and put together a want list and I don't know if I have knocked one card off that want list until this package came.  I also bought a box of Swell Greats a few years back and curiously got several copies of the first half of the set but missed out on quite a few from the second half.  That list got 2 cards smaller.  Finally a couple Highlights inserts from the USA baseball set including an appearance of Rod Dedeaux, former manager of my USC Trojans baseball club.

Thanks Bo for the great cards and for going through my want lists.  Your return package was greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Returns From the Purge - Too Many Verlanders

Another super cool return package for my purge a couple months back.  This is the second package where the cards took a back seat to the other items included in the package after the cool bat from Waiting 'til Next Year.  This time Dennis from Too Many Verlanders set me up nicely.

There were some cards and they were inserted into a Pinnacle can.  I also got a Juan Marichal Cooperstown figurine.  It was still in its packaging along with a card but I decided to free it from the cardboard and plastic.

Here are some of the card highlights, all new to my collection.  The Marichal card is the one that came with the figurine.

In addition to the Giants, Dennis also hooked me up with some great USC Trojan cards.

The final regular sized cards I will show in this post.  I almost passed right by these Charles Barkley cards and put them into my duplicate stack.  I was fairly certain I have all of Sir Charles Collector's Choice cards but I decided to flip them over and was surprised with some non-English writing.  Sweet - European parallels that are new to my collection!

So I hinted at the cards not being the star of the show and here is why.  Some great older baseball magazines featuring the best player of my lifetime - Barry Bonds!

Here are 6 Beckett magazines also featuring Barry with a Willie Mays cameo.

Finally a Matt Williams Beckett, a Patrick Ewing Georgetown SI and a 8X10 card of Barry Bonds from 1997 Studio - a need for my Giants collection.

I really enjoy looking through old Becketts and magazines.  I have a nice stack of ones I have kept through the years and I believe only one of these is a dup.  Thanks Dennis for this awesome package, you have gifted me hours of enjoyment with the magazines to thumb through!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Returns From the Purge - I Feel Like A Collector Again

Time for another post from my purge of team stacks.  This time I got some great looking 49er cards from Kin at I Feel Like A Collector Again.

Kin picked up some recent 49er Prizm cards from me to send back my way the recognized my primary Niner focus was on vintage cards. He shot the Prizm cards my way anyway and I am glad he did.  I am still a huge Niner fan, I only go after the vintage to try and limit my collection a bit.  With the creation of my 2018 binder, I now have 33 Giants baseball binders of cards and I didn't want to duplicate that with the Niners.

Here are the base Prizm cards of the Niners, these look really nice.  I didn't buy much, if any, Prizm football but did pick quite a bit of the baseball cards.  It is nice to see a Panini product with logos on it, makes me wish for a day when there is more than one company with a license on the baseball front.

Here is where it gets even better, check out these designs and the color.  These are beautiful cards!

Once Kin realized that my preference wasn't the more modern 49ers, Kin included some great Niners vintage cards from my want list.

Kin, thank you so much for the package! I will let you in on a little secret if you promise not to share.  I do have a couple of boxes of modern 49er cards that I keep as part of my collection and the Prizm cards have found themselves a nice home.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Returns From the Purge - Waiting 'til Next Year

A little while back I purged some stacks of cards from my collection in order to make room for sorting a large collection of cards I purchased.  I didn't ask for anything in return but in typical blogging community fashion, several people hit me back with some great cards.  I haven't posted in a little while as I have been sorting through the new collection to clear up some room in the basement for my mom's visit.  I finally decided that I need to get some posts out celebrating my return packages so I am going to try to get a few posts out this week.

Tonight's post showcases a killer package from P-Town Tom from Waiting 'til Next Year fame.  This package arrived in an odd sized package and had me puzzled before I cracked into it.

First up were two nice All-Star relics from 2016 Topps Update.  I recently put up a want list of a few relic, auto and parallel Giants sets I decided to focus on and chase and Tom knocked off two cards from that list.  These aren't as easy to come by as you might think so these are welcome additions.

Next up are some cards from the 1952 Bowman President release.  I was able to complete the 1956 President set that I believe was put out by Topps with some similar art work.  Tom knocked off 7 cards from this list including one of my favorites - US Grant.  I believe based on some genealogy work done by a relative that I am a direct decedent of our 17th US president - I have thought about starting a Grant collection but haven't pulled the trigger yet.

Great cards you have to admit, but the final item was the reason for the odd shaped package and is super cool!  Check out this bat:

I was going to recap the history of the bat but thought I would let Tom's own words share the story.

I was very touched that he thought of me and sent it my way, my kids were pretty pumped as well.  I haven't put it up yet but they helped me select a spot on the wall for the bat

Here is an up close picture of the bat label...

And finally an up close picture of the player name.

Thanks Tom for such a generous and thoughtful package!!!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Contest Win - Collector's Crack

Do you ever get so behind in life that you just throw up your hands and give up?  I am typically a fairly persistent guy and it serves me well at work and at home.  But I have reached that point with trying to catch up with past packages all my friends in the blogosphere have sent my way.  I did a great job of scanning the cards but did not keep track of the other details around the trades or packages I received.  I want to toss out a blanket apology to everyone I slight and hope that my past packages and recent team stack giveaways earn me back a little street cred in the blogging community.

This group of cards was my tipping point.  I scanned these cards months ago and uploaded them to to do a post and they sat in the draft folder since.  All I noted was that these cards came my way in a contest win from Collector's Crack.  I have wracked my brain for a couple of days and went back on his blog about a year to see if I could remember what contest I won and I failed in my quest.

However, even with out those details, I figured I would share these cards.  I already went to the trouble to scan and upload the cards and they are a mighty fine batch as you will see.

Here is a cool mini relic from Topps 206.  I don't believe I ever opened and of these cards back when they came out but they are right up my alley with an old school design and minis.

Here is a nice quad of cards that fit nicely into my collection, all were needs.  Can't decide which one if my favorite, I think it comes down to the knothole Mays and the psychedelic Williams. 

I also scored these 5 Kevin Mitchell cards from a Star set.  I have done some eBay searches looking for some Giants Star cards and sets for my player collection but haven't pulled the trigger yet.  These were back from the glory days when about 50 companies were putting out cards.

The final card is this Topps Signature Moves auto card of Jose Cruz Jr.  His tenure with the Giants was short and he didn't live up to our high hopes but this is a really nice looking auto card.

Thanks to Collector's Crack for the contest win, even if I can't remember what I won for exactly.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Just for the "F" of It #13

I have another fun card pick up to share, a really nice pick up of a Superbowl winning quarterback, Jim Plunkett.  Check it out:

Some of my earliest football memories were watching games with my dad, he was a big Oakland Raiders fan in the 70s and early 80s and remains a Raider fan today.  I was always more partial to the 49ers and my fandom was solidified with the Joe Montana, Bill Walsh era and continues to this day. 

But when I think back to those early days of learning the game my mind goes back to Kenny Stabler, Cliff Branch, Ted Hendricks and Dave Casper.  Jim Plunkett also enters into those memories, the Raiders picked him up several years into his career and he ended up leading them to the promised land.  I was excited for the Raiders victory and of course much of the accolades go towards the QB.

Those memories came flooding back when I spied this card in an auction.  Add to that a great design with the patriotic background and the great signature Plunkett scribed onto the sticker made we want to add it to my collection.   The price ended up working for me so I added it to my Just for the F of it collection.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Joy of a Completed Insert Set - 2002 Topps Hobby Masters

Since 2006, in addition to the Topps Flagship base sets, I have been collecting most of the insert sets as well.  I little while back I decided to fill some gaps in my collection and pick up the Topps insert sets from 1993 to 2005.  While I do have all the base sets in that range, this was a period where I didn't do a ton of collecting.  Most of the sets have been picked up in factory form or bought complete without opening many or any packs.  I have decided to share the different insert sets as I complete them to document my progress and share the sets in case they came at a lull in your collecting as well.

I finished up this set a little while ago, it is out of 2002 Topps.  These Hobby Masters cards are on a nice thick card stock but I am not really overwhelmed with the design.  It is a 20 card set that features star players with no other real purpose or connection.  These were found in 1 of 25 hobby packs (about 1 per box I believe) and 1 of 16 retail packs.

Here is a look at the cards:

Looks like Topps nailed the checklist on this set.  Outside of Carlos Gonzalez every one of these guys had a HOF career or a near HOF career.

Here is a look at the back of the cards, they feature a second up close portrait photo and a write up about the player. 
Hmm, I don't remember Bonds ever endearing himself to fans and collectors.