Wednesday, June 17, 2020


Well, my LOA from my real job is coming to an end sooner than I expected.  I was planning on being out until Aug1, but business is picking up and I now have to report Jul1.  Mixed emotions.  I liked being retired (knowing it was not going to last) but looking forward to going back.  Need to make some money for all the purchases I made while out.

This was my latest project 2020 purchase.  Why ---  notice the trophy cup!  Ichiro rookie cup was actually on his 2002 card...
2002 Topps #225 Ichiro Front

Now that makes 2 project 2020 cards with the cup, which was not on the original card.

The first was this McGwire card
Actual McGwire was his 1988 card
Keeps me on my toes on watching these cards (pieces of art) come out.

With the market down on these cards, for now, really keeping my eyes open for some deals.

The Baseball Card Room will become slower in completion, due to me going back to work.
It is getting closer.  Should still have it done by the end of July (fingers crosssed).

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Keep On Collecting !!


Monday, June 8, 2020

Mail from COMC....

I made my first purchase from COMC back on May23,2020.  They est delivery by Jun19,2020.  Package arrived today 8Jun,2020.   I will definitely use COMC again.

Here is what I got....

From the 2013 Topps Archives 1972 Basketball Design insert set.

Johnny Bench / Joe Morgan / Ozzie Smith / Reggie Jackson

I started putting this set together sometime in 2014, when I got my first card from a pack.
Prince Fielder was that card.  Since than, I would pick them up when I saw them at card shows.  I finally dwindled it down to my final 5 cards.  Since there hasn't been any shows lately, I looked through eBay, Sportlots, and COMC and found these 4 at the right price.

I only need 1 more to complete the set.
Waiting for the next card show!

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Topps Project 2020 part 2

I just bought card #103 Roberto Clemente

WOW!!  I really like this card.  It jumped right out at me.
Just like the Ted Willliams #90, they give me that old baseball card feeling.  Might be due to the players that are being used, but that is what I'm looking for in these cards.  Not all artist have done all cards yet, so I'll be watching.

The past cards that I wish I would have gotten, and will try to get are ...

#51  #45  #78 


And that would be based on the secondary market pricing.

Don't get me wrong, as I really started looking at this collection, they are all very cool.
Even my wife thinks there are cool.  She looked at the Baller Trout card (pix above) and wondered why he had wings.  I didn't notice it before, but advised her he plays for the Angels.

My sites are on what the future Brett cards will look like, and any others that catch my eye.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Topps Project 2020 and My project 2020

Hey everyone, hope all are doing well.

I can't believe its been over 60 days since I started my LOA from work!  As of right now, I have 60 more to go.  Time is really flying by for me.

My Project 2020 ---

Since being on LOA, my honey do list is larger than normal, so I keep pretty busy.
Nice weather days, of course I spend doing outdoor projects.  The main one, besides cut the grass,
was to rebuild a 24 foot long 2 foot high retaining garden wall.  FUN !

The main project is the Baseball Card Room.
This is what it looked like when I started ....

Here is as of today......

to the left is my new stereo stand I rebuilt from a larger entertainment center
which is waiting to get refinished.   

Almost ready for some paint!  Than carpet.  Than decor!!!

Here is where the bulk of the items are stored .....

Yes that is a 13 inch color tube style TV from my college days in the early 80's. (still works great) !!

.... in the family room.  My GEM Mint wife is baring with me on this for now.  After that all gets moved back, than that room gets a makeover.  

Will post pics of the new Baseball Card Room when done.

And as always, try to get in some card time !!!!  

Now to Topps Project 2020......
     ( Chris over at CRT Sports Cards has great up to date article on Topps Project 2020 )

When this started, I thought it was an interesting concept, but was not going to get all excited about it.  That was mostly because of the $20 price tag from Topps or around $18 on pre-sales on eBay.
The secondary market was on fire from May 20 until about the 26th.  During that time, one of the Trout cards was selling for more than his PSA 10 rookie card.  Crazy!! 😕 I think I would have bought the PSA card.  As a collector or investor, you do you.  The market has calmed down a little, but those first print cards are still getting big money.

I knew they were doing the 1975 George Brett card, so I was watching closely on what was being done with his card.  The first one to catch my eye was ...   


Card #75 by Artist Grotesk
So I picked up my first Project 2020 card.

Brett's previous cards were..

11 - (1,227)  43 - (2,360) 55 - (1,992) 
and his newest came out today (6/4/2020)


15 more to go from the other artist.  Can't wait to see what they do with the card, and if I will get any.  After seeing what some of the other artists have done, I might be getting a few more Brett's.

I have also picked up a few others that I liked .....

#90 - Oldmanalan - 41.407
Ted Williams #90 by Artist Oldamanallan
#97 - Andrew Thiele -
Mark McGwire #97 by Artist  Thiele (because it has the rookie trophy cup on it)
Mike Trout #100 by Artist Jamieson

There were a few other previous cards I wish I would have gotten, but it didn't start really growing on me until I got that Brett card.  I won't pay those after market prices, but if prices come down I might try to snatch a few, or maybe trades.  I only collect what I like, and at the price I'm willing to pay.

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Keep On Collecting !!