Thursday, July 5, 2018

Idea for a Blog Bat Around Post: The people who have put up with my collection

So I don't quite know how these Blog Bat Around posts work, seeing as I run a mainly custom baseball card based blog, and I don't have quite as much interaction with people that I probably would if I ran a baseball card-only tpye blog, but here goes. I would love to see others take this topic up if it hasn't been the subject of a Bat Around post already.

While reading a post from Tanner of Tan Man Baseball Fan about how he was quitting super-collecting Jose Canseco, it got me thinking. He had mentioned in the post about how he run future purchases past his wife, and although she allowed them, she could see that she was a little annoyed. He also mentioned how collecting, for whatever reason, had been the subject of the breakup of more than one marriage. While I hope my collecting will never get to that point, the post made me think of how appreciative I am of my wife, and also to a lesser extent, my parents, who have made many purchases of packs to add to my collection, and also put up with the time that I sort my cards, and the never ending hassle of where to store them. I would like to submit a Blog Bat Around post topic of highlighting the people who lovingly put up with our collections.

For me, number one would be my loving wife, Karen.

That is myself, our 19 month-old Kyler, and Karen. Karen has never been overly excited about my card collecting habit, but she has never tried to change it. She sweetly tries to learn all of the products that I buy packs of, and how they come out each year (Series 1, Series 2, Update, etc.). She goes to games with me, and goes early to get autographs, which is really a chore now that we have a little one running around. Every now and then, I will come home from work, and she will have a blaster or a hanging box waiting for me on the bed, just letting me know how much she appreciates me. She has let me take over our garage, and a bookshelf or two where I put my card albums, posters, autographs, and anything else baseball related. Finally, usually around Christmas or tax return time, she gives me a nice budget that I have been using the last few years to make some nice additions to my Player Collections. She just goes above and beyond letting me collect, and embraces it just like it were herself with the hobby.

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My Dad and I at the Cowboys locker rooms.
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My Mom and I at my wedding reception.

The other two people I wanted to highlight were my mom and dad. While I really haven't gotten any packs of cards from them in a while, they did put quite alot of money into my collection when I was growing up in the form of cards, pages, binders, and taking me to games to try to get them autographed. From around 1993 on, I went to one Spring Training game a year, from about 1996 on, I went to countless minor league games (at least 100 from '96-'11), and countless Major League games from 1998 on (probably at least 50 through this year). They probably share the highest percentage of cards in my collection from the sheer amount of packs they purchased me growing up. They wasted probably 2-4 hours every game staying late and coming early for me to get autographs (that's not even counting the time wasted going to the game and driving to and from). This was in an era before cellular phones were big, so they couldn't get any work stuff done, or really do anything productive other than read a book or help me. I'm sure they loved my company, but dang, they gave up alot of their time for me. My parents never got involved in my collection like helping me sort cards or looking for cards for me at card shows or anything (which I really wanted them to), but with 3 other kids, they had enough on their plate, and the sheer number of cards that I have in my collection now, as well as the time they took taking me to games is totally worth more than that. It's crazy the stuff that I see now that I have a child of my own. They gave up so much for me. I am forever indebted.

So that wraps up this post, I think. Do you have people in your life (parents, siblings, wife, girlfriend, whoever) who are, or have been gracious with your collecting cards? If you think this is a good topic, feel free to take it and do  your own post, and let others know. Thanks for taking the time to ready my latest post.
-Jeremy

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

2001 Topps: What I have done so far

Well guys, I'm almost there. Off today, then hopefully just a day where I have to bake a lot of stuff and not set up too much, and then I'm just gonna coast my way to a vacation at the end of the month. There are also some fun spots along the way before then, including planning on what to stop at on the drive up (I'm kind of wanting to tour the Louisville Slugger plant if we are close enough on our drive from central Florida all the way up to Michigan). I have a card show on the 29th (technically it's part of the vacation since I'm taking that day off), and later today, I am meeting my friend Jim, who is a big Cardinals autograph collector. I'm hoping we can make some trades in the future, and that I can boost some of my Player Collection, as well as my Rays, Devil Rays, and Tigers collections. 
I have been working on the 1998 Topps set, getting through the Orioles, and now I'm at card #1449, maybe midway through the Boston Red Sox team. I have completed getting the 1990's set pages kind of uniform, and I have marked off the teams which are completed, made basic template cards to show proper fonts, and added links to the completed card posts, as well as posting any MS Paint templates that I have. I have to say it, I don't think there is much more I could add to the pages to make them more complete, other than to post each card that gets finished, but that would take way too much time.
Here is what I have done so far in the next set on the list, the 2001 Topps set. 



 Orel Hershiser by GCRL









 Ned Yost Coach by Richard

 Billy Williams Coach by Richard
 Ken Griffey, Sr. Coach by Richard
 Julian Tavarez by Richard
 AJ Burnett by Richard
 Julio Lugo by Richard























 Rod Carew Coach by Richard
 Mookie Wilson Coach by Richard
 Bronson Arroyo by Battlin' Bucs

 Jesse Orosco by Richard
 Alan Trammell Coach by Richard
 Alan Embree by Richard
 Dave Righetti Coach by Richard
 Robby Thompson Coach by Richard
 BJ Ryan by Richard
 Karim Garcia by Richard
 Eddie Murray Coach by Richard
 Rod Beck by Richard
 Lou Merloni by Michael

 Jim Rice Coach by Richard
 Joe Maddon Coach by Richard
 Jon Garland by Richard
 Mark Buehrle by Richard
 Bobby Witt by Richard
 Dave Roberts by Richard
 Grady Little Coach by Richard
 Jeff Weaver by Richard
 Lance Parrish Coach by Richard


 Jack Cressend by KOD
 Bob Wells by KOD
 AJ Pierzynski by KOD
 Casey Blake by KOD
 Johan Santana by KOD
 Jason Maxwell by KOD
 Luis Rivas by KOD
 Chad Allen by KOD
 John Barnes by KOD
 Denny Hocking by KOD
 Ron Gardenhire Coach by Richard
 Paul Molitor Coach by Richard
 Dwight Gooden by Richard
 Jake Westbrook by Richard
 Scott Brosius by Richard
 Chris Chambliss Coach by Richard
 Lee Mazzilli Coach by Richard
 Willie Randolph Coach by Richard
 Don Zimmer Coach by Richard
 Mike Magnante by KOD
 TJ Mathews by KOD
 Jim Mecir by KOD
 Luis Vizcaino by KOD
 Mark Bellhorn by KOD
 Mario Valdez by KOD
 Ryan Christenson by KOD
 Ken Macha Coach by Richard
 Ron Washington Coach by Richard
 Paul Abbott by Richard
 Carlos Guillen by Richard
 Cory Lidle by Richard
 Michael Young by Richard
 Bucky Dent Coach by Richard

 Josh Phelps by Richard
 Cito Gaston Coach by Richard
 Dave Stewart Coach by Richard
 Jeff Bagwell Season Highlights by Richard

 Wrigley Field by Richard
 Coors Field by Richard
 The Astrodome by Richard

 Shea Stadium by Richard
 Busch Stadium by Richard
 Fenway Park by Richard
 Yankee Stadium by Richard
 The Kingdome by Richard
 Skydome by Richard


 Joe Mauer Prospects by Richard
 Adam Dunn Prospects by Richard
 Austin Kearns Prospects by Richard
 Josh Hamilton Prospects by Richard
 Mark Teixeira Prospects by Richard
 Adrian Gonzalez Prospects by Richard
 Carlos Pena Prospects by Richard
 Albert Pujols Prospects by Richard
 Ichiro Suzuki Prospects by Richard
 Rocco Baldelli Prospects by Richard
 Adam Wainwright Prospects by Richard
 Chase Utley Prospects by Richard
 Yadier Molina Prospects by Richard
 Jose Bautista Prospects by Richard
 James Shields Prospects by Richard
 Mike Napoli Prospects by Richard
 Carl Crawford Prospects by Richard
 Rally Monkey Mascot by Richard
 Bud Selig Commissioner by Richard
 Cecil Fielder Turn Back the Clock by Michael

Aramis Ramirez by Battlin' Bucs

I wanted to have this day pretty much free to do customs, but with my mom unexpectedly deciding to come over on the 4th, and having to straighten up the house a day or two earlier than expected, I probably won't get many customs done today, but hopefully during the afternoon the rest of the week I will get some done. Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy