Friday, February 21, 2014

WOW !! A few FIRSTs ..

After 30 years, this is the FIRST time weather has prohibited me from making it into work.  The snow drifts across the driveway were higher than anticipated, and YES I got stuck!! Another FIRST.
I really got it wedged because it took a couple of hours to get it out. 
The highways are a mess!! They are ice covered and than 4 to 8 inch of snow on top of that.
Semis are jackknifed and people aren't getting up the inclines.  MN DOT, even at 1130am, are telling people to stay off the roads.  (like if anyone listens)
Maybe getting stuck in my driveway wasn't so bad.  At least I was home.  Even though Friday is my regular day off, I was going in on overtime.  RATS!! Lost overtime $$$$$$.

Now I get to write a blog entry, and try to update my webstore. 

I realized that I just past the FIRST anniversary of my blog.  WOW, were does the time go.
During this first year of blogging, I picked up 21 followers (hoping they haven't gotten bored).
I'm not the bestest (:ob) writer, but I try.
My objective: To help collectors expand their collections.  I had some great trades; some super buyers through my webstore, eBay, and just filling want lists.


I got my FIRST..

I did not know how much I would actually like these cards until I owned one.
Man, they are not going cheap.  Hopefully, over time, prices will come down, or get lucky to snag a few cheap. 

My FIRST ring..

I will be limiting my collection of these to just the HOFer's (for now).
Also have the Reggie Jackson one coming.

Even as I look outside at all the snow and blowing snow, things are starting to go right with the world once again.  BASEBALL IS BACK !!!
Spring training is underway... view some Dodgers action ( PUIG??)



Sunday, February 16, 2014

My Thoughts on 14's

Overall, I like the base set.  Photos are great.  Lots of action shots.
I do agree with most that the Future Stars card should not have used the silver foil, and should have been Star not Stars.
One thing I wish Topps would cut back on is all the PARALLEL issues (though I do like the yellow, like someone said it reminds me of the 91 Fleer).
I have seen many sets from Topps and I would rate this one a B+.

While flipping through the cards (looking for that darn sparkle)
I pulled a few cards that stood out to me....

Who's uniform is dirtier??  
I give this one to Pedroia due he has grass stains..

2 Future Hall of Famer's

McCann knows an out when he sees one.
Great play at the plate view.

Love the Old Style Uniforms
Anyone out there in Blog-os land an Indians fan?
Who is Lonnie Chisenhall???
According to the back of the card, he was rated in the top25 prospects in 2011
by Baseball America. 

Than there was this card. (I think someone else might have
commented on this one)
Is the grass at Wrigley Field that long???
What happen to Nate's right hand??
Take a closer look......

What was Topps doing with this one????

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014 Pack Breaks / Card Show..

Well, I opened the hanger box and the three jumbo rack packs this past weekend.  I also HAD to get three HOBBY packs from the card show.  Not a bad way to start.  I don't think I'm to far from a complete base set.  Not many dupes. 

I did get a few of the parallel cards: Red (Target) / Green (Retail Rack Pack) / Yellow (Retail Hanger Box) / Red Hot Foil / Gold.

In addition I also got :

1989 Topps Mini Die Cut # TM39 Joe Morgan.

50 Years of the Draft #50YD5 Adrian Gonzalez

All Rookie Cup Team #RCT3 Joe Morgan

Super Vets  Pujols and Pettitte

The Future is Now (Love photography on this Set)

Upper Class

75th anniversary rookie buy back

SOLD on eBay!!!

Nothing really to exciting.

BUT..... I also pulled this...(which is pretty exciting for me since I rarely get any BIG pulls)

Yasiel Puig #331 Variation Future Stars.

(already sold it on ebay)

Now for a little card show action..

I was able to get the base cards of the Topps Rookie Trophy Cup, for my collection .

The football side of me had to pick up 3 different Eddie Lacy RC's.  (Go Packers!)

I also picked this beauty up for $10 .....

1952 Topps #31 Gus Zernial..

Has some staining going on, but the corners and the rest of the card are really nice !!!!!!!

In 1951 he lead the American League in HR (33) RBI (129) and Strike Outs (101).
Was an All Star in '53 and only Mantle hit more HR from '51-'57.
Check out more about Ozark Ike with Norma Jean and Joe DiMaggio.

Here is a interview between Gus and Chris Terrence..(30 min)



Monday, February 3, 2014

Finally Bought some 14's

Went out this mid-am to finally buy some 2014 Topps.  I took my Target Gift card I received at Christmas (knowing than, that I was going to wait for the 2014's to come out) and set out to Target.
I know we can only get RETAIL boxes/packs, so my chances of getting some of the CHASE cards I want (see last posting) are going to be nil.

Here are the items I choose to buy on this trip...

One hanger box and 3 jumbo rack packs.  No time to open today, but a post will be coming on the treasures I get.

Also have a card show coming up this weekend.  Will also post any of my exciting finds.