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Monday, May 22, 2017

Some Recent Chris Davis Pickups

I have added some nice Chris Davis cards to the PC recently, but haven't had the chance to post them until today.  I have a saved search on my Ebay for Chris Davis 1/1, acetate and /5 parallels, since I like them so much.  Those followed searched yielded the above acetate parallel from 2017 Topps, and the cards below.

I absolutely love the acetate parallels.  I hope Topps keeps them coming in future sets, but I still have no idea what packs they are pulled from.  I have opened countless packs and boxes of Topps since they started doing the acetate parallels, and still have yet to pull one.
This is a Topps 65th Anniversary Party 1/1 buyback that I got really cheap off of Ebay.  These were exclusive to the party, and is a buyback of the sapphire parallels that came in the 2016 Topps complete sets.
Finally, here is a 2017 Donruss press proof Chris Davis that is numbered 5/5.  I love this design of Donruss, and the card looks really cool.

I hope to have some more mail when I get home.  I have one nice Chris Davis that I picked up before I left town, and it should be there when I get home.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

An Extraordinary Instagram Trade

I received a random direct message on Instagram a while back from a guy who uses the handle "extraordinary_cards".  He had this Tier One Cal Ripken auto that he wanted to trade.  I humored him, but figured that I definitely didn't have anything that would match up in a trade.  I made a comment saying "I don't think I have a lot I can offer, but I do have a Nick Castellanos 1/1 letter patch".  It turns out, he PCs Castellanos, and I didn't need to look for anything else to offer.
He also didn't feel like the Ripken was enough to seal the deal, so he added this Tim Lincecum relic for Chris and two autograph cards.
I didn't have any David Hess certified autos, and I was able to get this Poncedeleon for Andrew.

I think the trade worked out really well.  It took a while to get here, because USPS delayed the package for about a week, but everything ended up getting in safely.

As you can see, I am finally caught up on TTMs, for the moment, at least.  I have some other pickups that I want to get in, so there will finally be a little variety in my posts.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Congratulations Andrew

I had the opportunity to travel to Illinois and witness my good friend, and fellow blogger, Andrew graduate high school.  I have known Andrew for over 5 years and have helped him along the way.  I used to tutor him over Skype, helping him with math and some other subjects.  I have spent time with Andrew in person over the last several summers, including trips to two national card shows.
I'm so very proud of Andrew.  He is a great guy and an even better friend.  I'm really happy to see how far he has come, and how far he will go.  It means a lot to me that he wanted me to come out here and share this moment with him and his family.

Congratulations, buddy, you earned it!

TTM Success - Jeff Fassero

This was the last TTM success in my "to be blogged" pile before I left on my trip.  I had sat on Jeff Fassero cards for a while because he is an in-season signer with the Louisville Bats.  So, I finally got the cards mailed out, and here is what I got back.

I love 1997 Fleer Metal.  I have seen some really cool designs with this set, and I have gotten a few of them signed.  The card looks a lot better in person, however.
Here are the other cards that I got signed.  I added one Topps, a 1995, to my Topps Autograph Project.  I, thern, used the opportunity to add a few other sets to the album.

Fassero (b. 1963) played in the majors from 1991 to 2006 for the Expos, Mariners, Rangers, Red Sox, Cubs, Cardinals, Rockies, Diamondbacks and Giants.  He had a career record of 121-124 with an ERA of 4.11 and 1,643 strike outs.  He finished 9th in the 1996 NL Cy Young Award voting, his only appearance on the ballot.

I mailed to Fassero via the Louisville Bats on May 2 and got the cards back on May 15, for a 13-day TAT.

Friday, May 19, 2017

TTM Success - Dave Goltz

My TTM success stack has dwindled down to just a few players, now.  I have gotten fewer and fewer successes back, mainly due to my sending to more difficult-to-obtain signatures, and a gap in sending once the season started.  Still, I have a few more to go, before I am all caught up, then maybe I can show off some recent trades and EBay pickups.  I also have something non-baseball related for tonight, but we will see how time shakes out this evening.
I was able to get several Topps cards signed by former pitcher, Dave Goltz.  I wanted to add another 1973 Topps to the album, and did so, along with a 75, 78, 80 and 82.  Not too bad!

Goltz (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1972 to 1983 for the Twins, Dodgers and Angels.  He had a career record of 113-109 with 1,105 strike outs and an ERA of 3.69.  He was a 20-game winner in 1977 and finished 6th in the AL Cy Young Award voting.  He won the World Series with the Dodgers in 1981.

I mailed to Goltz on April 24 and got the cards back on May 15 for a 21-day TAT.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

TTM Success - Joe Nathan

I was really excited to add this success to my autograph binder from Joe Nathan.  Especially so, since I was able to get signed one of the limited edition 2015 Topps minis that my good friend, Ryan, gave me.  You can't tell from the scan, but it is a mini.  It turned out really nice, I think.
I also was able to get the 2007 Topps and 2012 Topps signed to help add a couple more recent Topps cards to the ledger.  I have noticed that it is a lot harder for me to get more recent guys to sign TTM, thus leaving me with a lot fewer autographs on cards from 1999 to 2017.  I'm working on adding more, though.
Finally, his 2009 Topps Update turned out really well.  I like the All Star logo on the card.  The only drawback is that the foil doesn't show up really well in the scan.

Nathan (b. 1974) played in the majors from 1999 to 2000, 2002 to 2009 and 2011 to 2016 for the Giants, Twins, Rangers, Tigers and Cubs.  He has a career record of 64-34 with an ERA of 2.87 and 976 strike outs.  His 377 saves rank 8th all-time.  He was an All Star 6 times (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013) and finished 4th in the 2004 AL Cy Young voting (his best finish).  He also has finished 12th on the AL MVP voting (also 2004).  He is currently in the Nationals' system with the Syracuse Chiefs.

I mailed to Nathan on May 3 via the Syracuse Chiefs and got the cards back on May 13, for a 10-day TAT.

I also want to take a moment and change the subject away from baseball.  I am a huge Pearl Jam fan, so today's news of the passing of Chris Cornell cuts me really deeply.  I have listened to Call me a Dog from his acoustic album called Songbook (originally recorded with Temple of the Dog as a tribute to the passing of his close friend, Andrew Wood) at least 5 times already this morning.  You never know what someone is going through, so please, take the time to tell those close to you what they mean to you.  They may be gone tomorrow. #RIPChrisCornell

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

TTM Success - David Nied

I added some more cool cards to my album when I got these back from former pitcher, Davis Nied.  A lot of folks like cards with pitchers batting, so I thought this would be a cool one to send off.
I have very few 1994 Topps in my binder, so I made sure that this one went along with the TTM request.  It turned out pretty nice.
Here are the other mid-90s cards that I got back.  I do like seeing the Score Gold Rush cards come back signed.  1995 Score might have been one of my favorite sets from the 1990s.

Nied (b. 1968) played in the majors from 1992 to 1996 for the Braves and Rockies.  He had a career record of 17-18 with 146 strike outs and an ERA of 5.06.

I mailed to Nied on May 2 and got the cards back on May 13, for an 11-day TAT.