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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
It doesn't matter now, since Michael picked it up. The card is really nice and is numbered 4/5. I like these really low numbered cards, especially if I am able to get my hands on them. I haven't pursued this rainbow too vigorously, since I have been concentrating on Davis, but any Reimold I can get is a good thing.
Thanks so much for not letting this card slip away from me, Michael!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Brian surprised me at this show with the above Kevin Gausman auto from 2015 Gypsy Queen. The card looks really nice, and Gausman's auto is on card.
Thanks so much for the awesome card, Brian! I really appreciate it and I am glad you and your dad came by my tables again.
Monday, September 28, 2015
First is this black paper parallel numbered 16/25. I had been watching this one of COMC for a while, but I had been hoping I could find a cheaper one on EBay. No luck there, so COMC was used to knock it off of the list.
I have almost all of the Davis parallels from 2014 Bowman. The only one I can think of that I need off the top of my head is the 1/1 superfractor from Chrome and the 1/1 white ice from Bowman paper. I'm probably missing one or two others. One of these days, I will complete a rainbow. Fingers crossed.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Another thing I look at is what was I able to find at the show? Well, I didn't really feel like a lot of things jumped out at me, but when I got home and looked through the cards I got, I was really happy to see what I had. I also used this show as a kickoff to Christmas shopping for some of my fellow collectors.
The above 1980 Exhibits Jimmie Foxx only set me back $2.00. It scanned really nice, and looks pretty cool in person. I have quite a few of these oversized cards, and I don't really know how I want to display or store them. They are wedged against the side of my desk, behind a case of CD-Rs. Gotta find a better spot for them, but at least they're safe.
This card, which it's hard to tell, is an acetate. I really love these cards, and am so happy I was able to get this for $2.00.
I actually met a couple kids at the show today who knew Roberts's dad. That was a cool story to hear. My Roberts PC has been mothballed, so I will have to dig it out, and add this card to it. I don't anticipate too many more cards being added to it, so I probably ought to add him to my spreadsheet and go for a few rainbows.
So, in all, while my sales were the worst I have had, I would still call this a successful card show. I didn't blow my budget, I made a few new friends, kept some returning customers, and added some cool cards to the collection. Not too bad for two days work.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
I got this 2015 Ginter X black parallel off of Ebay for $3.00 recently, and like the Apollo Creed, it looks really awesome. I honestly don't know why they haven't done different color parallels for Ginter until now. Imagine what some other colors would look like. They would be pretty appealing, I think.
Friday, September 25, 2015
The patch card is numbered 41/100, and is really sharp. I'm holding out hope that the O's can pull out a miracle this season. Hey, stranger things have happened, right?
The guy I got all of these from is lukescards13, and according to him, I was his very first Instagram deal. I was happy to help him with a positive experience, and I hope that he continues collecting.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The print run on these cards is unspecified, but they are supposed to be short-printed somewhat. I picked this card up off of Ebay for $3.00, so I don't feel like I did too bad. Now that it is scanned, I am happy that I got it. Man, it looks good. Creed, albeit a fictional character, was someone I wanted to see on a Ginter card for a long tme. Now that the folks at Topps hve read my mind, maybe we will see a Xenomorph card in the future. Then some of my favorite movies will have graced that cardboard.
Rocky IV is probably second to Aliens for the title of "movie I watched most as a child" and it still is one of those films that I am obligate to stop on when I am flipping through my channel guide. Since there is a new movie being added to the franchise this Thanksgiving, Creed, I am really excited.
I may go ahead and pick up all of the other Rocky characters from Ginter X, but I haven't decided if I will, yet. I have the 5 cards from regular Ginter. Picking up 4 more of these shouldn't prove too difficult.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
I hope Davis can finish the season out strong and maybe end up in the top 5 in the AL MVP voting. We shall see if that is the case. I feel like Josh Donaldson has already written his acceptance speech, but it is well deserved. He is having a heck of a year.
He truly is one of the all-time greatest players to ever play the game. His 10 World Series rings can attest to that.
He is one of a few players that was alive during my time collecting that I really wish I could have met (along with Bob Feller and Mickey Mantle). I have a lot of friends who are huge Yankee fans that are feeling his loss this morning. So, Drew, Pete, my thoughts are with you guys.
Rest in peace, Yogi!
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
According to my list, I have logged 257 different Chris Davis cards onto the list so far. Not bad. That number doesn't include the above 2014 Bowman Chrome green parallel. I log the cards once I have removed them from my "to be blogged" pile. This card will make 23 different Bowman/Bowman Chrome cards that I have in my collection. That's really cool, if you think about it. I have a couple other 2014 Bowmans coming, but short of the superfractors, I am about done pursuing this rainbow.
I am surprised at how much I enjoyed the 2014 Bowman/Bowman Chrome design. I do believe it was because of all of the cool parallels that were available, but one can understand how others would feel a bit of burnout with all of them.
The green parallel is numbered 12/75. It scanned really well, and looks really cool in person. I didn't spend a whole lot on it, so that is a bonus. Now, I need to concentrate my efforts on Davis's 2015 Topps and Bowmans since he wasn't in either Chrome set.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Drew always sends great stuff my way, and this time was no different. Having recently returned from the "East Coast National", Drew found some really nice stuff.
The above card is a 2012 Panini Prime Cuts Adam Jones patch numbered 19/25. I don't have a lot of Jones patches, so it was nice to add this one to my collection.
Thanks so much for the gifts, Drew!
Sunday, September 20, 2015
So, when the unsolicited package came in, I took a picture of the card and sent him a DM asking if this was his doing. His response? "I don't know what you're talking about. Btw, Happy Birthday!"
That was a really cool gesture, which will not be forgotten. The guy's name is Dylan and he sent me this amazing Chris Davis 2014 Panini Immaculate Collection auto numbered 5/10. A really awesome card that I was not expecting.
Thanks so much for the gift, Dylan.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
He even knocked his price down because he felt that the card belonged in my collection, and no one else's. That in itself told me that I had better find a way to pick it up. He had held onto the card for several months, just so I would still have a chance at it. That really meant a lot to me.
As you can see, each relic on the card is a patch, which is really nice. They aren't any of the off the wall patches like last year's Museum Collection had. That's ok though, the orange really works on this card.
The card is numbered 23/25 and features Jones, Cruz, Schoop and Davis. I really like it and I'm glad that I was finally able to pick it up.
Friday, September 18, 2015
That being said, something did pop up in the search that interested me. I found a very early "game used" card of Cal Ripken that I was certain that I didn't own. The card was a 1996 Fleer Ultra Diamond Dust card. The significance of the card is that is contains dirt from Camden Yards that was collected following the 1995 season, when Cal broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games record. Initially, I thought I was buying the card, and the certificates, etc were extras. I didn't know that the card was a smallish booklet (about the size of two 4 x 6 photos together.
The card is really cool, I just won't have a top loader for it, which is fine, I have somewhere to display it.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
This time around, Ryu hooked me up with a stack of recent Orioles cards and this beauty. This is a 2015 Panini Diamond Kings Chris Davis dual relic. The card is numbered 16/25. I had seen a few of these on Ebay and Instagram, but never pulled the trigger on getting one of them.
Ryu also included a nice letter in the package, which is something I always look forward to. We all know that the letters are usually my favorite part of a care package.
Thanks so much for thinking of me, Ryu! I love the package!
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The first gift package that I got was from my buddy, Michael. He picked up the above Nolan Reimold
The bat is amazing. I'm hoping Nolan is at Fan Fest (in December, what's up with that?), so I can get the bat signed. It would look really cool.
Anyway, I really appreciate the thoughtfulness that Michael showed in these gifts. There is no way I can match it with his gift that I have for his birthday (Sept. 24), but I did get him something pretty cool.
Thanks so much Michael!
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
I don't recall that I have seen any other cards signed by Brady. Of course, I haven't looked any up, but still, one would think I would see some regardless. Brady was one of my favorite Orioles as I was growing up, and I'm very happy that he is still a member of the organization. He currently serves as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the organization, and a special assistant to the GM.
I really appreciated Jacob holding onto this card for me, and I was very happy to add it to my collection.
Monday, September 14, 2015
This black static refractor is numbered 34/35. My scanner did a really good job in picking up the "static." The card looks really cool in person.
Like I have said before, I really enjoyed 2014 Bowman and Bowman Chrome. Bowman is becoming a highly anticipated product for me, which is good. I love Topps, but it is nice to be able to really look forward to another product, other than Topps base.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
I saw this 2015 Panini Prizm purple flash parallel first, so this is what started this buying trip. It looked really nice on the COMC scan, but it looks even better here, and in person. The card is 38/99 as well. Panini did a really good job on their parallels this year, and this one is one of the best that I have seen. I'm going to keep picking up the Prizm parallels when and where I can.
All of these cards look really nice and will be logged into my spreadsheet shortly.
Friday, September 11, 2015
I already had the base and platinum 1/1 versions of this card, so, when I found a printing plate and a pink numbered 9/25, I went ahead and grabbed them. I was more worried that the printing plate would disappear on me, for obvious reasons, so I had a saved search going for that. I immediately jumped on it when I saw it.
I may also bust a box of 2014 Mini at some point. They always seem to be affordable, and are a fun product to break.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
As always, Eric really hooked me up! In the package was a signed program from an Orioles minor league affiliate with autographs from recent draft picks. Also, there were some nice cards, like this 2015 Bowman Inception Christian Walker auto. This card looks really nice. Too many times have I seen Inception come along and there not be any Orioles I have really wanted to pursue. I was happy to get this one, though.
Thanks so much for the awesome package, Eric!!
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
A year later, I got a surprise message in my inbox on Instagram from that very same kid. His opening sentence of the message said "Hey, I'm the guy who scammed you out of the Manny Machado baseball..." It turns out that after I had messaged the kid's dad (and the dad telling me that he had in fact shipped my item and that his son would have never scammed anyone), the kid came clean to his dad and told him that he did, indeed, defraud me out of the ball. He went on to tell me that his dad had "severely" punished him, and he had learned from his error. He also said that he had acted immaturely, and hoped that one day, I would be able to forgive him. In the meantime, he wanted to make things right by sending me a care package, if that was ok with me.
Well, it didn't take me long to let him know that I was glad he felt the need to reach out and ask for forgiveness. He could have avoided me on Instagram and I would have never known the difference (he has a different screen name now), yet he let me know up front who he was. I appreciated the gesture. I told him that no care package would be necessary, but he insisted.
He really came through. Above is a nice Cal Ripken relic that I didn't have in my collection. The card is a 2001 Upper Deck Pros & Prospects relic card.
Anyway, I was really glad that the kid reached out to me to make things right. It was his sincerity that won me over and I am glad that I don't have anyone to think ill of in the community. I'm hoping he can take this as a learning experience and grow from it. It seems like he has, and I always hope for the best.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
With Matt Wieters leaving via free agency this off season, the Orioles will have to make do with Caleb Joseph and most likely Steve Clevenger until Sisco is ready for the majors. Sisco is probably the best prospect that the O's have now, since Kevin Gausman is in the majors and Dylan Bundy has been hurt so much.
I really want to get to a minor league game to see Sisco play next season. I missed out this year.
Anyway, thanks for the cards, Caleb!!
Monday, September 7, 2015
So, I guess I need to embrace the next first baseman in the minors, Christian Walker. I actually do like Walker, having seen him in his days as a Gamecock. I went to a few Cocks games with my younger brother who lives in South Carolina, so that gives me a good reason to follow him.
I got this 2015 Topps Chrome RC auto off of Instagram in a trade with a nice kid named Nick that I have traded with before. We did a straight-up trade for Chrome autos. I sent him a Corey Spangenburg auto for this Christian Walker. Not bad at all.
Walker has had a pretty decent season at AAA Norfolk. The playoff-bound Tides have benefited from a surging Walker. He has 18 home runs, 136 hits and a .257 batting average this season. From what I understand, offense comes at a premium at Harbor Park, so Walker's numbers are actually pretty good. It looks like he will the the O's starting first baseman next year, so I need to start getting excited, right? Mehhh, maybe in November I will be feeling it. I'm not at this moment in time, though. May just put a bag over my head for a while.
Thanks for the deal, Nick. I do appreciate it.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
I bought it, he paid me, and I sent it on its way. I got a message a few days later when he got the card apologizing because he only paid me what I paid for the card. He had forgotten shipping cost. It wasn't a big deal to me, but he said he would make it up to me.
Well, I got a letter from him and this card was inside. This is a 1996 Big League Chew Brooks Robinson auto. The funny thing about this card, though, was that I got one as a throw-in when I bought my 1992 Donruss Elite Cal Ripken auto. So, in order to keep the one this guy sent me, I let him know that I was going to pay forward his kindness, and send my Brooks auto to someone else for free. I sent mine to my new friend, Brian, that I met at my last card show.
This is a really cool card, and I'm glad to finally have one. I love my Brooks autograph collection, and it seems like I have a ton.
Thanks for the deal!
Saturday, September 5, 2015
At the last show I did in July, he was hanging out with my buddy, Ryu, at that show, and came by my tables to say hello. Dilan is a really cool guy, and I enjoyed chatting with him. When Jericho passed away last month, Dilan sent me a DM with his condolences, and also wanted to tell me that he was sending me a little something. That was so nice of him to think of me. In the package was this really cool blue parallel from 2014 Panini Prizm of Adam Jones. The card is numbered 44/75 and scanned really nicely. I mean, it really looks cool on here. Wow! I love these different Chrome and Prizm parallels. I hope both Panini and Topps keep this up, because I think these all look so cool.