Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Jet is putting together the 1954 Topps set and already has a bunch of the cards. He has one of the biggest cards in the set,the Hank Aaron RC, which, to me, is amazing. Pretty awesome that this guy has already knocked out a sweet RC; a legendary one, at that!
So, I wanted to help him out and found several 1954s that he needed and worked up a deal with him. Jet clearly won the trade, but that was my intention all along. I wanted to give a little boost to a kid who was spending his allowance on something of substance, instead of wasting it on current fads, or even worse.
The key card I sent Jet was the 1954 Topps Whitey Ford, Jet's favorite player. The other 54s I got him were very low grade, but he was perfectly content with them and accepted them with no problem.
Jet worked up a decent enough package so that I wouldn't feel like he wiped the floor with me in winning the trade and it included the above PSA graded 4 1969 Brooks Robinson. I already have a graded 1967 Brooks, so this 1969 (with a very similar photo on the front of the card) will go right beside it.
Monday, July 21, 2014
The above 1967 Topps Frank Robinson is a PC need that I had yet to pick up and I was glad Michael added it into our deal. The 1967 set is really growing on me and I have gotten quite a few star cards that I really like.
So, thanks for the trade, Michael! I hope you finish your 1958 set soon!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
One of the shops had a box of really rough vintage cards that he hadn't gone through, yet, and I was working on a trade on Instagram for some 1954 Topps, so I offered to sort the box for the guy. He had no problem with that, and I really enjoyed it. I found some rough treasures, and had a good time chatting with some of the other patrons of the shop.
I found the above 1955 Bowman Ralph Kiner in the box. It has seen better days and I almost put it back in the box, but part of me figured that no one would appreciate it the way I would, so I added it to my pile. It pretty much became a throw-in in our overall deal, so I was glad I added it.
So, those are all of the cards I picked up while I was away. I felt like I did very well. I also did a really good job of keeping up with them as the trip went along. I had brought along a Rubbermaid tote box and kept these with the cards I brought to show Dustin and Andrew.
Thanks for taking a look. The next several posts will be about all of the mail I had received before I left and while I was gone. Stay tuned, as the blog will be back of in full force again. I hope you all missed me!
Saturday, July 19, 2014
We (my wife, son and I) left the house on July 4th and headed out of town. We stopped in Winston-Salem, at my parents' house to spend the 4th. After night swimming with my brothers, sister, nieces and nephew, we went to bed, only to get up at the crack of dawn to head to Michigan. The trip to Michigan served two purposes, my wife grew up in Michigan so she wanted to take my son and I around her old haunts and we also were invited to my very good friend, and fellow blogger, Dustin's wedding. As a wedding gift to Dustin and his wife, I bought them Tigers tickets, but since the wedding was days away, his wife wasn't able to make it to the game. Luckily, Dustin's 10-year old brother, Deacon, was visiting from Germany and was able to take her place. I'm glad Deacon was able to go, since he had never been to a MLB game before.
I had taken a photo of Dustin and Deacon together at his first game with my digital camera, but, unfortunately, later on along our way, my camera disappeared. I'm so sorry, Dustin and Deacon, I really wanted to print out that picture for you guys.
bbcexchange.com so we could play pack wars. I'm not going to go into the rules of pack wars, but the main principals in the game were (from left) Andrew's Dad, his brother Caleb, my son Chris and Andrew. Also, you can see my wife supervising.
We were able to walk around the city, and get into the concourse area of AutoZone Park (home of the Redbirds). You can see Chris above posing for a pic.
My wife and I decided that Memphis was definitely going to be one of those cities on our list of vacation destinations in the future. What an awesome place.
So, that was our trip. I met two more bloggers in person and both made me feel so welcome. I was glad I was able to make the trip to be able to spend time with both of them, and meet their respective families. It really is nice to see folks who welcome people into their lives and are willing to spend time together. I know Chris and Caleb will be writing letters back and forth to one another. They were off and running, playing together, not 5 minutes after we got to Andrew's house.
I did 90% of the driving, and we put some miles on my Cobalt. I'm so glad it made it through the trip. I hope to be able to do it again soon. I'm already trying to figure out what vacation 2015 will entail.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Thanks for the trade, Matthew, I really appreciate it and I hope to find you some more Indians for future deals.
Monday, July 14, 2014
I think Davis will be ok. Many guys who busted out for big home run seasons came down to earth the next season and rebounded to have great careers. Folks screaming he was on 'roids need to get over themselves and remember that Davis hasn't been popped with a suspension and has asked for additonal testing. Slamming him when you don't know the facts about him is just plain irresponsible.
Anyway, I really like these orange parallels and hope to get the rainbow of his cards, but we all know that is going to be a tough task.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
I couldn't remember whether or not I had this Davis, but I went ahead and made the deal, since I had traded with Kaleb before and he was such a good guy. He's the best friend of a new friend that I made, Josh, who I've talked to almost every day about baseball, collecting and stuff like that. They, Josh and Kaleb, are great people and I'm glad I was able to make a few trades with each of them. I'm hoping Kaleb can find a few more Davis cards so we can keep this going, which I'm sure will happen.
Thanks for another successful trade, Kaleb, I really appreciate it.