Friday, November 28, 2014

Ebay Pickup - 2014 Bowman Chris Davis Blue Parallel

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  I missed posting last night because I cooked all day.  This year, I cooked the turkey, ham, German potato salad, deviled eggs and pinto beans while my wife was at work.  When she got home, she took care of the rest of the sides.  We hosted my two younger brothers and their respective lady-friends.  We watched a bunch of movies and had a great time.

I wanted to get a post up really quick today, so I picked this Chris Davis that I've had queued up for a little while.  I got it off of ebay for a few cents.  It is numbered 489/500.  I like the Bowman parallels.  I think this is the only Davis parallel I have out of this year's Bowman.  I need to look for a few more, but I've been swamped with Christmas shopping.  I'll have to look again after Christmas is over.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Some Surprise Mail From Andrew

I got a stack of cards in a familiar mailer in my mailbox the other day from my good friend, Andrew.  He and I pass the same bubble mailer back and forth when we send each other cards.  The poor thing has some mileage on it, for sure.

This time around, Andrew sent me this awesome Nick Markakis relic along with a bunch of other Orioles and random inserts.  I was sent this Markakis in another trade, but I'm glad I have them.

Thanks for the package, Andrew, I really appreciate it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Instagram Trade With Jacob

I completed a trade on Instagram recently with a kid named Jacob.  He has a eclectic mix of players that he PCs, highlighted by Mark Buehrle.  I found him quite a few of the guys he liked and in return he hooked me up with some really cool cards like this 2000 Topps Mike Mussina TTM auto.  I don't normally go for other folks' TTM autos,but since he offered it, I decided I'd take it.
I really liked this Ken Singleton Diamond Kings auto as well.  These cards look really awesome signed.  I forgot to ask Jacob if this was a TTM or IP auto, but regardless, it's really cool.
Finally, I picked out this 1970 Topps Brooks Robinson from Jacob, even though I already had it.  You can never have enough vintage Brooks cards.  It is in decent enough shape.  I didn't feel like I was in a position to complain since Jacob was nice enough to include it.

Thanks for the trade, Jacob!  I really enjoyed our discussion over the deal and I know we will trade some more.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Belated Birthday Gift From Ryan E. - 2014 Topps All Star Rookie Manufactured Patch Cal Ripken

I got a surprise package in the mail yesterday from my friend, Ryan E. that had this really cool Cal Ripken manufactured rookie cup patch from 2014 Topps.  Ryan said that it was a late birthday present, which was really nice of him.  I chat with Ryan from time to time; he is the cousin of fellow blogger, Matthew.

I thought it was really cool of Ryan to think of me, regardless of the time of year.  The best part is that Ryan was able to find a Cal card that I didn't already have in my collection.  He definitely gets a gold star!

Thanks so much, Ryan.  I think these manufactured patch cards are cool, even though others hate them.  To each their own, I guess.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Instagram Trade With Jet - 1954 Topps Extras

I completed a trade on Instagram with my good friend, Jet, for some extra 1954 Topps cards that he had left over from when he put his set together.  I can't remember what I sent him, but in return he sent me 6 1954 Topps cards, and a few other things.  I plan on hoarding these 1954s until I can begin the set sometime in the future.  I don't know when that will be, but hopefully it will be soon.
One of the extras Jet sent was this 1973 Topps Hank Aaron.  It is a bit lower grade, but still a nice card.
Jet also included this beat up Barry Bonds rookie card.  It has some creases, but is still a cool card.  Funny how small Bonds's head was back then.

Thanks for the deal, Jet, I really appreciate it!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Set Complete - 2013 Topps Chrome

I completed a set, finally, that I have been working on for a while.  I got the last few remaining cards I needed off of Sportlots so I could finally put this one to a close.

Here is the completer card, a great shot of Josh Reddick,

I should be finishing up two other sets really soon (2014 Update and 1997 Topps), so be on the lookout for those.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sportlots Pickups - 1997 Topps

I went on a Sportlots binge twice in the last two weeks and grabbed a bunch of cards to help me with set needs.  I got enough cards to wrap up a few sets that have been kind of twisting in the wind, recently.  One of those sets is 1997 Topps.  I picked up 35 cards that I needed, leaving me one remaining to complete the set.  The card that I have left is on its way from my friend, Max.

Once I finish 1997 Topps, I will work on completing 1994, then turning my attention to 1995 so I can wrap up all of the recent issues of Topps.  Once those 90s sets are completed, I will have a straight run of sets from 1973 to 2014.  1972 is keeping me from having a run from 1970 to 2014, but I haven't started that set, yet.  I'll probably start '72 once I finish 1969, which is not too far from completion.