Thursday, March 15, 2018

Blog Bat Around: What I collect

Night Owl made a Blog Bat Around post the other day about things he collects. He had some cool parts to his collection. Mine is a little different than his, but our secondary areas are pretty similar. Here it goes.

1. Favorite Players

I have about 3 binders full of my favorite players. There are too many guys to list, and I don't want to bore you with a ton of pictures, but feel free to check out the link and the individual posts/pictures of each player. This area of my collection takes the #1 priority. If I get cards online, I try to get guys I collect to add to this binder, and if I pull a card from a pack that could fit in another area of my collection, I will add it to my Favorite Player Binder first, then if I get a double of it, then it goes either in a lower category, if applicable, if not, then it goes in a team binder.

2. Tigers/Devil Rays/Rays

I love to try to get cards of Detroit and Tampa Bay players from any year. Pretty simple.

3. Season/World Series Highlight cards

Here is where I took some pictures so you can get a feel of my different binders. I feel that Season/World Series Highlight cards capture the rare moments when athletes are at the top of their game. Also thrown in this album are historic moment cards, such as the Gold Rush, Woodstock, random wars ending, and such. Here are some pictures.

I have these in order by date. If I have cards from different brands of the same moment, it goes by earliest year and alphabetically by brand. For some moments that didn't get cards (like Barry Bonds' 100th HR (in the center of the left page on the last photo), I have made customs for them.

4. Famous Rookie Cards

This binder includes anything from a Shawn Abner '85 Topps rookie to a '89 Upper Deck Ken Griffey, Jr. Basically cards that were on Beckett's Hot List, or ones that I remember being big when they came out. Many of them don't hold their value now, but some of them do. Here is a sampling.

I forgot to mention that I like getting cards signed, and if they are signed, I add them to whichever binder they would normally go in.

5. Relics/Shiny cards/Cards that have meaning to me/Refractors

The final albums are kind of a hodgepodge of what I like about cards. I like to double stuff my cards in the 9-pocket pages so there are 18 in each, so this pairing of cards kind of came out of necessity. Relic cards don't fit in pages as it is, and if you try to put them back to back, it's impossible. To solve this problem, I put my cards with meaning/shiny cards on the reverse side. My relics only take up maybe 10 pages, so after the relics are gone, then the rest of the meaningful/shiny cards fill up the majority of the binder. The final part of it has refractors by year. Here are some pictures from that album.

I could go on for days on why some of the cards mean so much to me with stories about when I pulled them or who I traded with to get the card, or games I went to and got the card signed. This album is a nice way to relive some great times. Plus, the Refractors are fun to look at. Love the sparkly!!

So that sums up my unique binders and what I collect. All the rest of the 50 or so binders are dedicated to each team. I don't know if I am different from most collectors or not, but I find it comforting that I share the same kind of priority in their collection of guys like Night Owl who have their favorite teams as the 2nd or 3rd level of their collection. Collect what you like, and like what you collect. I think I have done that with my 5 kinds of things I collect and each binder.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018


The last 2 years after we got our tax return money back, my wife has been nice enough to let me get a bunch of cards from COMC that have been on my want list. This past year, I placed my order right before the WBC, and before I had started collecting former members of the Dutch National Team, so I have a bunch of those guy on my list. Here are the cards I got, starting with guys in my Favorite Player Collection binder.

I am particularly excited about the Andruw Jones WBC relic and the Richie Sexson Brewers patch. I recently added Ron Artest Metta World Peace to my Favorite Player Collection after watching him on Big Brother Celebrity Edition this past month. That guy is crazy.

Next up are cards for my Highlights and Famous Rookie Card binders. I got a Derek Fisher card for my collection and for my son Kyler's (Kyler's first game was Fisher's MLB debut where Derek hit a Homer for his first hit, and later followed with a single in the same inning as the Astros batted around). I picked up a few key rookies from the '90's and '00's that I had never got, but kind of always wanted, including Bagwell's '91 Stadium Club rookie, Giambi's '91 Topps Traded USA card, Tony Clark's '94 Bowman's Best and '94 Bowman Preview rookies, a '97 Bowman Miguel Tejada, '97 Bowman Chrome Jose Cruz, Jr. and Travis Lee rookies (Lee is an International Parallel), a '98 Bowman Chrome Ryan Leaf rookie, a '99 Bowman Chrome Corey Patterson rookie, Adam Dunn and Alfonso Soriano from '99 Topps Traded (Chrome Soriano), an '00 Bowman Chrome Refractor of Rick Asadoorian, '01 Upper Deck MVP Ichiro rookie (which I couldn't believe was only 4 bucks!), an '01 Sweet Spot Mark Prior rookie, an '02 Bowman Dontrelle Willis, and '05 Topps Jay Bruce and Jered Weaver rookies. None of these are really worth anything now, but back in the '90's and '00's, these were pretty hot cards.

Finally, for the Game-Used and Special Card binder, I got Fragments of the Farm relics of a championship flag, seat, tarp, pitching rubber, and netting from various different minor league parks. I think the Fragments of the Farm issues are nice collectibles, and it's refreshing to see something different than the usual jerseys and bats. I think with these relic cards, I have just about a whole baseball field covered as far as relic cards. I have a base, home plate, pitching rubber, outfield wall, seat, flag, pitching rubber, tarp, and bunting.
I got jersey cards of Miguel Cabrera, Clayton Kershaw, and Mariano Rivera. I was hoping to get ones from Derek Jeter (hate him, but just becasue he is such a big name), Bryce Harper, and Mike Trout, but they were a little more than I wanted to pay.
Finally, I didn't get the '92 ToppsGold autograph card of Brien Taylor, but I did get one from Classic. I had Tony Clark's 1996 Upper Deck Future Stock Prospects card, but I got it signed, and ultimately, when I sold some of my cards, Tony's was with them, so I got it back with my order. I have always liked the Bowman's Best Cuts insert set in '97 Bowman's Best, and I got this Jose Cruz, Jr. Atomic Refractor.
This purchase will ultimately put me back a little bit as far as it comes to updating my Favorite Player Collection posts, but I hope to finish them up and have them as up-to-date as I can, and then get cranking on customs with my favorite players represented on my blog.
Most everyone has got '18 Topps Heritage, but I am a little late to the party. I hope to get some the next time I go to Target. I have the '18 Topps checklist page up, and the Topps site has the custom '18 Topps maker up now too, so some friends on the FB Custom Card Page have knocked some off of the list. I am just hoping to focus on finishing the '98 set, and maybe start the '93 Topps or '91 Topps set.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Richie Sexson Missing Topps Cards

Richie Sexson played in the Majors from 1997-2008. He played with the Cleveland Indians from 1997 until the middle of 2000 when he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. He played with the Brewers until the end of the 2003 season, twice hitting 45 Homers in a season. He got traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the offseason, played with them through an injury filled 2004, and then signed with the Seattle Mariners. He played 2005-2008 with Seattle, getting released in August of 2008 after struggling with the team. He was picked up by the New York Yankees on July 18, finished the year with them, before calling it a career. I actually got to see him play during his short time in New York. My brother-in-law JT and I were on a baseball road trip that July, and we saw game 1, and the pregame warmups of game 3 of a Sox-Yankees series at Fenway Park. He didn't get an at-bat, but did come in to replace Jason Giambi at first and recorded a putout.

Sexson was covered pretty well on Topps cards during his career. He is only missing a 2009 Topps card from his playing days. I decided to give him a 1994 Topps Draft Pick and a 1994 Topps Prospect card as well. I may add a 1997 Prospects card if I can find a few more First Basemen to pair with him.  Here is Richie's career Topps run.

1994 Topps Draft Pick custom

1994 Topps Prospects custom

1995 Topps Traded Prospects
1995 Topps Traded & Rookies #122T Mark Sweeney / George Arias / Richie Sexson / Brian Schneider Front

1996 Topps Prospects

1996 Topps #425 Jim Bonnici / Billy Owens / Richie Sexson / Daryle Ward Front

1998 Topps Prospects
1998 Topps #257 Richie Sexson / Daryle Ward / David Ortiz Front

1999 Topps
1999 Topps #252 Richie Sexson Front

2000 Topps
2000 Topps #315 Richie Sexson Front

2001 Topps
2001 Topps #76 Richie Sexson Front

2002 Topps
2002 Topps #94 Richie Sexson Front

2003 Topps
2003 Topps #480 Richie Sexson Front

2004 Topps
2004 Topps #29 Richie Sexson Front

2004 Topps Traded
2004 Topps Traded & Rookies #T25 Richie Sexson Front

2005 Topps
2005 Topps #497 Richie Sexson Front

2006 Topps
2006 Topps #130 Richie Sexson Front

2007 Topps
2007 Topps #212 Richie Sexson Front

2008 Topps
2008 Topps #239 Richie Sexson Front

2009 Topps Custom

That completes Richie's career Topps run. 
I have been doing a few projects for other people lately, but it looks like they may be done, and I plan on doing some more of my custom projects, including finishing some cards from the 2020 Topps Archives Lost Cards project, doing some more 1998 Topps customs, and finishing my Favorite Player Collection player posts. 
I also placed an order on COMC, so I will have a bunch more cards to add to my Favorite Player/rookie card/highlight binders. Spoiler alert: I got many guys from the Dutch National Team. 
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Tony Saunders Missing Topps Cards

Tony Saunders is in my Favorite Player Collection. I saw him pitch on TV a few times when he was with the Florida Marlins, and didn't really like him since he beat the Atlanta Braves in the '97 Playoffs. The Braves were probably my favorite team besides the Detroit Tigers up to that point. Saunders was the drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the '97 Expansion Draft after winning a World Series with the Marlins, and then I started pulling for him. I saw Tony pitch a masterful game at the Trop on April 22, 1999, as he held the Baltimore Orioles hitless through 6 innings. Mike Bordick singled to lead off the 7th, ruining my chance at seeing a no-hitter live. I hope it will happen during my life. Saunders broke his arm later that season, and again while in rehab in 2000, and never did make it back to the Majors after 1999.

Tony got his first Topps card in the 1998 Topps set, and got a 1999 Topps card. He is missing cards from the 2000 Topps set. I also created a card for Tony in the 1998 Topps set picturing him with the Marlins.  Here is Tony's career Topps run including my customs.

1998 Topps custom

1998 Topps
1998 Topps #497 Tony Saunders Front

1999 Topps
1999 Topps #373 Tony Saunders Front

2000 Topps custom

That completes Tony Saunders' career Topps run. I'm hoping to work on some customs when I'm off on Tuesday. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Trade Post: ARPSmith's Sportscard Obsession

A few weeks ago, Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown posted that Adam from ARPSmith's Sportscard Obsession was downsizing his collection and looking to get rid of cards from some different teams. I emailed Adam to see if he was getting rid of any Devil Rays/Rays cards, and he said he was, and a shortly after that, I received a nice package of cards to add to my Tampa binder.

 I got a bunch of cards from sets I either didn't have or ones that I only got a few packs of, including a bunch of Pacific sets I haven't seen much of. I also got some nice cards of guys in my Favorite Player Collection, including a sweet '99 Fleer Platinum Medallion of Tony Saunders. I'll be looking forward to putting these cards in my Tampa binder, PC binders, and highlights binders ('00 Finest Boggs).
Thanks again Adam, and I will get some Giants to you the next time I stop at the post office.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

My first Card Show

On February 3rd, I went to my first ever card show with my stepdad. My wife dropped me off around 9, and I got started looking at the first table. He had a few good quarter boxes with some highlight cards which I got a few of, and also a few vintage cards. My stepdad met me while I was at that table, and he enjoyed looking at their vintage football cards and talking about the players.
I was done with that one, so I went and scouted the area. There were maybe 20-30 different vendors there, and I made a note of the ones with dime/quarter/dollar boxes, and then went to each one. The first one had a few 5000 count boxes of more recent common cards, and I got some Rays/Tigers/Favorite Players from it since I sometimes miss out on issues like Heritage/Allen & Ginter/Bowman. They also had some commons from 2018 Topps, and I got a few guys I wanted. I also found a 2018 Topps Gold Parallel card in the box, proving my point about my 2018 Topps review that the Gold cards look almost like regular ones.
After leaving that table, I made my way around to the back part of the show. I had a few manu-patch cards I was looking to get rid of, and a guy asked me if I was selling and he gave me 5 bucks for the stack, and I was happy to get those monsters off of my hands.
I went to one of the last tables, and started looking through the guys quarter box, and dang, did he have some great cards!  Probably not to the average collector, but he had parallels and regular cards of guys from the '90's and '00's that I saw play in the minors and collect. He had 3 5000 card boxes full of them, and I made it through the first box and about halfway through the second. My neck was starting to hurt, my stepdads legs were starting to hurt, and my wife said that our 14-month old son, who she was at the mall with, was starting to get cranky, so I cashed out, and waited for her to come pick me up.
I ended up spending like $45, which was a little under budget, and I got some really cool cards. Now, on to the pictures of the fun day.
 I got a bunch of cool Tigers/Devil Rays/Rays cards to add to my binders, including the '81 Fleer Fidrych, some '92 Topps Gold cards, and various parallels.
 I added some cool cards to my Favorite Player Collection, including a card of Sidney DeJong, a few Max Scherzers, and a 2016 Topps Heritage Pat Venditte.
I really got some nice additions to my famous rookie card/highlights/shiny/neat cards binders, including a 1985 Topps USA style Will Clark, '87 Topps Traded Maddux rookie, '88 Score Glavine rookie, '89 Bowman Griffey rookie, '99 Topps Pat Burrell rookie, a 2011 Sports Illustrated for Kids Bryce Harper, 2 World Series Highlights cards from '69 Topps, a '75 Topps Hank Aaron Highlight, a '75 Topps regular Hank Aaron, an '82 Donruss San Diego Chicken card, an '83 Fleer Ripken, some promo card for Ken Griffey Jr. plastic sleeves, and some various cards mixed in.

Overall, it was a great experience, and I wish I had a little more time, because that last table had some great stuff, and I would've liked to look through all their boxes, as well as hunt for some cheap game-used cards. There just wasn't enough time, but it was alot of fun, and I hope to go to another one soon.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Trade Post: Night Owl Cards

I don't trade with other collectors that much, but this past month, I was able to do so with 3 collectors. Earlier this month, I traded a 2017 Topps Mark Canha printing plate to a collector named Charles, and he hooked me up with some nice additions to my Favorite Player Collection. I had sent a custom '92 Topps Dodgers set to Greg from Night Owl Cards a while back, and recently commented on a post where he was talking about not needing Rays cards that I would happily take them off of his hands. He was nice enough to oblige, and a few days ago, I received a stack of cards in the mail.

I got a nice assortment of Rays from many sets I didn't open many packs of, including the last 5 or so years of Allen & Ginter, and just about anything from 2012-2014. I am excited to add these Rays cards to my Tampa Bay binder, and Greg, I promise when I get some more Dodgers customs (like the 1989 Topps '88 World Series Highlights that are missing, I will get them over to you.
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