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Saturday, December 31, 2016
I actually have one other 2015 Topps Mini, numbered 4/5. There was a third on Ebay, but I missed it. I'm hoping I can catch it again soon and add it to the collection. It would be kind of cool to have a monopoly on all of the /5 minis, but we'll have to see what gets posted. The 2016 shown is numbered 4/5. I have another on the way, and a third is listed on Ebay but the price is a bit much. Maybe the seller will come down on it.
I have updated my Davis spreadsheet as of this post, so all of my "haves" are listed. I'm glad I took the time to do the Davis spreadsheet. It makes it so much easier to be able to see what I already have and work from there.
Thank you so much for the awesome gift, Robert! I love this card and I will have to go to the card shop for some more magnetic cases, so this one is properly taken care of!
I had been pre-treating some chrome and Finest cards with a pencil top eraser and have gotten pretty decent results. However, I had heard that baby powder worked really well on chromes, so I figured I would give it a shot. So, this card was put in a ziploc bag with a little baby powder, then wiped clean with a wash cloth. As you can see, the auto turned out pretty nice, and didn't bubble at all. Not bad. I think I'll probably stick with baby powder for the chrome and Finest cards. I do have some that were rubbed with an eraser coming up in a few future posts, so a comparison can be made.
Neshek (b. 1980) has played in the majors since 2006 (skipping the 2009 season) for the Twins, Padres, A's, Cardinals and Astros. He has a career record of 28-19 with an ERA of 2.93 and 378 strike outs.
I mailed to Neshek on November 23 and got the cards back on December 3, for a 10-day TAT.
Friday, December 30, 2016
He messaged me earlier this month saying that he was really excited about the Christmas package he was putting together for me, and he hoped I would like it. Well, he nailed it. I was really surprised that I didn't have the above Tristar Projections Chris Davis in my PC. I mean, I was REALLY surprised. So much so, I double and triple checked my Davis spreadsheet, and nope, it wasn't listed yet. Wow. Someone found something I didn't have yet!
All of the cards that Gerard sent (he send a stack of Orioles as well) were great and all, but the best part of the Christmas gift was the full page letter that he included in the package. I really appreciated his kind words in the letter and can't thank him enough for his friendship over these last several months. Gerard is a great guy, and I hope I can do many more trades with him.
Thank you so much for the package, buddy! I love it!
I really liked the Classic card that was signed. They are really basic cards, but turn out pretty well, I think. Also, you really can't go wrong with the Topps years that I got. I always enjoy getting a 1987 back, and 1989 and 91 always look good.
Anderson (b. 1964) played in the majors from 1986 to 1991 for the Twins. He had a career record of 49-54 with an ERA of 4.11 and 339 strike outs. He was the AL ERA leader in 1988 with 2.45 but was never the same after that season.
I mailed to Anderson on November 9 and got the cards back on December 3, for a 24-day TAT.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
O'Donoghue (b. 1939) played in the majors from 1963 to 1971 for the A's (Kansas City), Indians, Orioles, Pilots, Brewers and Expos. He had a career record of 39-55 with an ERA of 4.07 and 377 strike outs. He was an All Star in 1966.
I mailed to O'Donoghue on November 22 and got the cards back on December 5, for a 13-day TAT.
The ball is a 2011 All Star baseball, but it was signed on the wrong side panel. I didn't mind, and Brayden was really nice and made me a sweet deal that I couldn't refuse. I wanted the ball because I feel like Beltre will be a Hall of Famer once he becomes eligible, so he would fit into my HOF collection.
Thanks for the awesome deal and Christmas package, Brayden!
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Here is a success from Ken Forsch. I was able to get him on some nice cards, especially the 1980 Topps on the bottom left which shows off a cool Astros jersey.
Forsch (b. 1946) played in the majors from 1970 to 1984 and 1986 for the Astros and Angels. He had a career record of 114-113 with an ERA of 3.37 and 1,047 strike outs. He was a 2-time All Star (1976 and 1981). He appeared on the 1992 Hall of Fame ballot, but didn't receive any votes.
I mailed to Forsch on November 22 and got the cards back on December 5, for a 13-day TAT.
AJ sent me this awesome Manny Machado blue parallel from 2012 Bowman Platinum. I need to pick up a magnetic case for this. The card looks great, and I really appreciate AJ sending it along.
Thank you so much for the Christmas package, AJ! I appreciate it!
For whatever reason, I don't recall opening very many packs of 1993 Stadium Club when it originally came out. I always seemed to have a ton of 1992 and 1994, but not much 1993. Kind of weird. Maybe I pulled the Ripken early and laid off of buying packs after that. Still, I had this card and sent it along. It turned out great, and I am glad I thought to include it.
Greene (b. 1967) played in the majors from 1989 to 1995 and 1997 for the Braves, Phillies and Astros. He is a North Carolina native, having grown up in Whiteville, a town where one of my good friends lives, and I have worked in quite a bit.
Greene had a career record of 38-25 with an ERA of 4.14 and 461 strike outs. His best season was 1993 when he went 16-4 with a 3.42 ERA for the Phillies. He finished 6th in the NL Cy Young Award voting. He pitched in the '93 World Series for the Phillies, but was lit up to a 27.00 ERA.
I mailed to Greene on November 5 and got the cards back on December 2, for a 27-day TAT.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
I really appreciate the Christmas gift, Max! The O's autos are great as well, but I didn't have enough time to scan them all. Thanks buddy!
Monday, December 26, 2016
I met Kaleb through my buddy, Josh; the two of them have been best friends their whole lives. I'm really happy that Josh introduced Kaleb and I.
Kaleb went through his collection and sent me what seems to be every Oriole that he had. He also included a really nice note. I always love getting notes in care packages, so those become great gifts for me in themselves.
Thank you so much for the Christmas package, Kaleb! I love it, and I am very happy that you thought of me!
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Hawkins (b. 1978) was born in Elizabeth, NJ, the same place where my father, uncle, aunt, grandmother and grandfather were born. My family has long lived in Elizabeth and the surrounding towns, such as Linden and especially, Roselle Park, where my great grandparents made their home. My great-grandfather (emphasis on the great) built so many houses on one of the streets in Roselle Park, he was allowed to name the street. He named it after my grandmother, but of course the town misspelled it. So, if you are ever on Elinor Avenue in Roselle Park, NJ, you are driving on that street. I could go all day about the family history, but I need to get a lot of stuff done for Christmas.
Hawkins wrote me a nice note back saying that any time I wanted something signed, to send it along and he would sign it. He seems to be a really nice guy. He was drafted by the Brewers in the 15th round of the 1996 MLB Amateur Draft. He never cracked the majors, having spent 6 seasons in the minors and one in independent ball. His career minor league record (including independent ball) was 36-44 with an ERA of 4.97 and 351 strike outs.
I mailed to Hawkins on October 25 and got the card back on December 2, for a 38-day TAT.
Friday, December 23, 2016
Lopez (b. 1929) played in the majors from 1955 to 1966 for the A's and Yankees. He had 1,251 hits, 136 home runs and a batting average of .269. He won the World Series with the Yankees in 1961 and 1962, and appeared in five straight World Series with them (1960 to 1964).
I mailed to Lopez on November 21 and got the cards back on December 2, for an 11-day TAT.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Roof (b. 1941) played in the majors from 1961 and 1964 to 1977 for the Braves, Angels, Indians, A's (KC and Oakland), Brewers, Twins, White Sox and Blue Jays. He had 463 hits, 43 home runs and a .215 batting average.
I mailed to Roof on November 19 and got the cards back on December 2, for a 13-day TAT.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Driskill (b. 1971) played in the majors from 2002 to 2005 and 2007 for the Orioles, Rockies and Astros. He had a career record of 11-14 with 123 strike outs and an ERA of 5.23. He pitched during the Orioles dark ages, so I don't remember much of his time there. Still, I was really happy to get this card back.
I mailed to Driskill on November 22 and got the card back on December 2, for a 10-day TAT.
Pizarro (b. 1937) played in the majors from 1957 to 1974 for the Braves, White Sox, Pirates, Red Sox, Indians, A's, Cubs and Astros. He had a career record of 131-105 with 1,522 strike outs and a 3.43 ERA. His best seasons were 1963 (16-8; 2.39 ERA) and 1964 (19-9; 2.56 ERA) where he was an All Star both seasons, and finished 19th in the AL MVP Award voting. He won the World Series with the Braves in 1957. Pizarro was on the 1980 Hall of Fame ballot, but did not receive any votes.
I mailed to Pizarro on November 11 and got the cards back on December 1, for a 20-day TAT.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Barnes (b. 1957) played in the majors from 1983-85, 87, 89 and 91-94 for the Reds, Expos, Cardinals and Tigers. He had 159 hits, 14 home runs and a .259 batting average in his MLB career.
I mailed to Barnes on November 8 and got the cards back on December 1, for a 23-day TAT.
Corrales (b. 1941) played in the majors from 1964 to 1966 and 1968 to 1973 for the Phillies, Cardinals, Reds and Padres. He had 166 hits, 4 home runs and an average of .216.
As a manager, Corrales had a career record of 572-634. He managed the Rangers (1978 to 1980), Phillies (1982-83) and Indians (1983 to 1987).
I mailed to Corrales on November 12 and got the cards back on December 1 for a 19-day TAT.
Monday, December 19, 2016
I grew up on the Friday the 13th movies. My older brother was born on a Friday the 13th and always enjoyed the movies when we were kids, and they just kind of stuck with us. Me being the "cool" (terrible) parent that I am, allow my son to watch the movies as well. Chris is a huge fan of the series; his birthday cake this year was Jason's hockey mask. When I found out that Hodder was going to be at the show, I made sure to get tickets for Chris and I. Also, since my niece's birthday was this past week, and she is a huge Walking Dead fan, I told my mom that it would be a cool birthday present for her, so Mom got my niece tickets.
I bought the mask off of some promotion I saw on my Facebook. It only cost $10 shipped, which was pretty cool. He has actually sat in the front yard chopping roots with a hatchet while wearing it. I imagine there will be a few wrecks in front of the house from people slowing down to watch him.
One Christmas (I think it was Christmas, or maybe it was near Wilson's birthday), Josh gave Wilson custom "Hershel" Converse Hi Tops. It was this that gave me an "in" when I went through Wilson's line for a meet and greet.
Josh was unable to go to this convention because he couldn't make the drive from West Virginia to Charlotte, but he knew I would be going. Josh asked me on several occasions if I was planning on meeting Wilson. I wasn't quite sure how the convention would work, so I kept saying that I would try to met him, but wasn't going to make any promises. Finally, Josh told me that instead of getting him something for Christmas, he would be happier if I just got a photo with Wilson. He enjoyed the man so much, he wanted me to share in that experience. Then, Josh decided that it might be cool to have Wilson sign a photo that said Merry Christmas... then he though it might be cool to get Wilson to record a Christmas message..... Josh was getting far more excited than I was about the show, and he wasn't even going!!!
I messaged Josh on Friday night after having a thought that maybe it would be cool if JOSH recorded a message for Wilson and I play it for him at the show. This sealed the deal with Josh that I was going to meet Wilson, and he spent the next day and a half fretting over what exactly to say to his idol.
I got through Wilson's line and walked up to him; he immediately shook my hand and asked me how I was. I told him I was great and was there to deliver a message to him from "the kid who gave him the shoes..." He knew right away who I meant when he said "Josh? Oh, he's such a great kid! His dad is too! You tell them I said hello and Merry Christmas." I told him that I could do better with the video, which he watched several times since it was really loud in there. I asked him if he would do a video for Josh that I could send to him. He said he would, so I recorded one with my phone and sent it to Josh. I thanked Wilson and stepped out of line.
Josh was blowing up my phone with how amazed he was at the video. He asked me if I got a photo with Wilson or got his autograph. I told him that I didn't have time and there were a bunch of people behind me. I also told him I wasn't able to get an auto, since there were so many people, he couldn't sign for me since I didn't pay.
What I didn't tell Josh was that I had gotten back in line and was texting him while I was heading back to Wilson TO get something signed. When I got back up to him, Wilson recognized me and said, oh its you again! I had a Pop figure that I wanted to get signed for Josh, and I asked him what his rate would be to sign it for Josh. "Oh, for Josh? Here, I'll just sign it." I told him "This kid is such a huge fan of yours." He said "Oh, I KNOW!!" I had my wallet out and told him I would pay for the auto, but he kept refusing. I then said, "well, let me pay you for a photo op..." and he refused that as well, which is what led to the above photo with him.
Josh already knows he is getting the signed Pop figure, because I suck at surprises and went ahead and sent him a photo of it. He told me that this was the single most amazing Christmas gift he has ever gotten. I didn't set out to be amazing yesterday, but I guess I came through for someone. Josh is a really awesome person, and someone who messages me every day, even if it is just for a minute to see if I'm doing ok. He is on my short list of really close friends, and I was happy to be able to make all of this possible for him.
I was also told my my niece that this was her best birthday ever. She talked on the way home about how much she loved Walker Stalker and how great it was that I took her. She and I had never taken a trip together, so this was a nice little bonding trip for the both of us as well. Grace is a good girl who really has a passion for Walking Dead. I am really happy that I was able to make a memory with her.
I also can't forget that Chris had a blast as well. He and I spent some time walking around the show while Grace was waiting for photo ops. I definitely would take Chris to another one of these.
Sorry for the wordy post, but I felt amazing when I went to bed last night. I was able to provide an awesome memory to three people who are close to me, and all in time for Christmas. This was a great way to get in the Christmas spirit, and I hope that Chris, Grace and Josh don't forget this cool event.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Cole (b. 1926) played in the majors from 1951 and 1953 to 1957 for the Cardinals, Pirates and Braves. He had 303 hits, 2 home runs and a .249 batting average.
I mailed to Cole on November 21 and got the cards back on December 1, for a 10-day TAT.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Bruce (b. 1933) played in the majors from 1959 to 1967 for the Tigers, Colt .45s/Astros and Braves. He had a career record of 49-71 with 733 strike outs and an ERA of 3.85.
I mailed to Bruce on November 21 and got the cards back on December 1, for a 10-day TAT.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Bell (b. 1936) played in the majors from 1958 to 1969 for the Indians, Red Sox, Pilots and White Sox. He had a career record of 121-117 with 1,378 strike outs and an ERA of 3.68. He finished third in the 1958 AL Rookie of the Year voting (behind Albie Pearson and Ryne Duren). He was also a three-time All Star (1960, 1966 and 1968).
I mailed to Bell on November 21 and got the cards back on November 30 for a 9-day TAT.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Roggenburk (b. 1940) played in the majors from 1963, 65, 66, 68 and 69 for the Twins, Red Sox and Pilots. He had a career record of 6-9 with 56 strike outs and an ERA of 3.64.
I mailed to Roggenburk on November 21 and got the cards back on November 29, for an 8-day TAT.