Wednesday, May 27, 2015
I didn't pull anything like that, but I did do ok, I guess. I had a couple PC hits like the above Jimmie Foxx base card. Man, it would be awesome to pull a Foxx relic. Regardless, this is a great card of The Beast, so I was glad to pull it.
He was clearly winning the trade anyway, but I liked the Sonny Gray he was sending, so I agreed to it and we were to send at the same time. He got the card, and I got a PRE (that's right a plain RED envelope), with one stamp and what did not feel like a thick relic card inside. Sure enough, out falls a 2013 Topps base card of Mike Napoli and a note thanking me for my business. When prompted about whether or not this was a joke, the kid tells me "Oh, I'm sorry, I must have sent you the wrong card by accident..." and sends me a tag of the person the Napoli card was intended for... the kid's PERSONAL Instagram account. His response to that was "Oops, I sent the wrong link..." Yeah, ok. So, I called the kid out on Instagram, and also reminded him that I still had his address and screenshots of our trade discussions that I would be more than happy to send his parents. Needless to say, I got the card returned to me in only a few days. Again in a PRE... With one lonely stamp. Subsequently, the kid closed his Instagram account, as word had spread that he had scammed a few other folks. So, yeah, I still have this 5/10 Hosmer relic card and I do intend to trade or sell it.
I had also pulled a Dalton Pompey auto and a Yordano Ventura dual relic/auto. The Ventura was sold to my buddy, Noah, and the Pompey was traded for the damaged Hunter Harvey manufactured logo and auto that I showed a few weeks ago.
In all, I liked busting the box of Museum Collection, even though I didn't really get my money's worth out of it. The Kemp and Hosmer cards are solid, but I won't make up for what I spent. It would have been a lot better if I pulled some hotter players, like Trout or Harper, but that's the name of the game.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The Ripken card is cool because it shows Cal, Sr. and Bill along with Cal. I remember the '88 Donruss that showed the three of them, and always felt it was a great card. Of the three, I have autos of Cal and Cal, Sr. I still need to get one of Bill.
Thanks for the care package!
So, with this post, I have finally caught up on my "to be blogged" pile. I have a couple pieces coming in the mail, but I have tried really hard to lay off of buying for a while. The stuff I have coming were "must haves" for various PCs. I don't have any trades lined up at the moment. I should be doing more soon, once I figure out what I want to do with the June card show.
Don't worry, though. Even without a "to be blogged" pile, there will still be plenty of content. I'll just have to think a little harder, which might just be dangerous.
Monday, May 25, 2015
I sent him some cards he needed for his PCs and in return, I got this nice Manny Machado relic card from 2015 Heritage. It is a really cool card that I didn't have yet.
I hope you all had a great Memorial Day and took the time to remember our fallen soldiers.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Before I left, I received a box from my awesome friend, Max, that I wanted to wait to open when we could Skype together. We were able to Skype today, so I opened the box, which was packed with over a pound of cards.
One of the many highlights was a stack of IP and TTM autos that he sent as a "just because." The best of the bunch had to be the above Pedro Strop golden parallel from 2012 Topps. You have to see the card in person to truly appreciate how cool those golden cards look when signed. He also included a signed Jason Hammel and a couple Koji Ueharas. I'm really grateful that Max included these, when he could have easily traded or sold them for a lot more.
Thank you so much for the package, Max! I am so glad we have become such good friends, and I can't wait to meet up at the National! It is only two months away and I am starting to get super excited!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Meanwhile, this year, I redeemed one of the "Call Your Shot" promotion cards and won a relic/auto card.
This would set up a bunch of redemption confusion.
Andrew grew tired of waiting over a year for the Holliday card to come in, so I called Topps to inquire about the card. They said that Holliday was under contract to sign, so it would come... eventually.
Andrew and I waited a little while longer, until he finally asked me to call Topps and have them replace the card. So, I called and they asked what team(s) I would be interested in as a replacement. I told them that he would want Cardinals, but Orioles would be ok too.
So, about a week later, I receive a package in the mail from Topps. A Giancarlo Stanton relic/auto from 2013 Topps Triple Threads. Wow, Andrew really lucked out on that one. I called Andrew up and told him that Topps replaced the Holliday with the Stanton. Andrew was elated, and I put the card in the mail the next day.
That day, I get another package from Topps. Inside this package is the above Dylan Bundy auto, and a note from Topps apologizing for the delay on the redemption and here is my replacement. I think to myself, well, where did the Stanton come fro.... wait a second! I forgot all about the relic/auto from the Call your Shot promotion. Oops.
I sent Andrew the wrong card. He got the Stanton, and I got this Dylan Bundy. It worked out, somewhat. I mean, Bundy in no way compares to Stanton. We had looked up what the Stanton was selling for on Ebay, and it was around $40-$50, and $40 was what he had paid for the Holliday. So, I told him that I was cool with him just keeping the Stanton, since it kind of helped him recoup his money. I got lucky on the Call Your Shot card, so landing the Bundy was fine with me.
This is one of the main reasons that I hate redemptions, though. It took over a year to get something for the Holliday. I actually have a card pending from Panini that is almost a year old as well. Guys need to get on the ball, so to speak.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Altman (b. 1933) played in the majors from 1959 to 1967 for the Cubs, Cardinals and Mets. He was born in Goldsboro and now lives near St. Louis. He was a 3-time All Star (he played in two All Star games in 1961); He hit a home run for the NL in the first 1961 All Star game that forced extra innings, and the NL would go on to win in 10 innings. He was the first player (and only left hander) to hit two home runs in the same game off of Sandy Koufax.
In his 9-year MLB career, he amassed 832 hits, 101 home runs and a career batting average of .269. He finished 14th in the NL MVP voting in 1961, a year he led the league with 12 triples.
He was really nice to us, and I enjoyed going to this event. I hope the Wayne County Public Library does something like this again next year. From what I gathered during the talk, they have done this quite a bit over the last few years, with several former big leaguers coming to town to talk.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Inside the package was a note that said: "These cards don't belong on my desk, they belong in your collection. Enjoy! - From, Don't Worry About It."
That was pretty awesome. The cards they included were: the above 2012 Topps Chrome black parallel of Chris Davis (numbered 37/100), a 2008 Topps Chris Davis RC and a 2007 Topps Opening Day white parallel of the Oriole bird (numbered 1,531/2007).
The gesture was nothing short of amazing. I really appreciated whomever it was that felt the need to send me these cards. Thank you so much, and it won't be forgotten.