Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A quick hello!

I've been a bit under the weather in the past week but I am finally starting to feel on the up and up! The weather change got me this year. I am still actively collecting my Phillies and thoroughly enjoying the beginning of baseball. Despite the Phillies losing to the Braves, at least they battled back and almost had it. I don't think we would've seen that last year. Here's hoping they have that kind of fight all season long.

Just wanted to show a recent pickup that I quite like!

Despite my poor scanning abilities this is a pretty sweet 1957 Topps Richie Ashburn! I may crack it out of the case so I can put it in the binder with his friends. I was originally looking for a raw copy but everywhere I looked where I thought the card was nice they wanted 25 or more. I was able to snag this card in an open auction for 11 dollars! Patience paid off for this one!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Whole lot of Metal!

I recently received these 2 cards in the mail! They are both very thick and metal like. They were popular when they were released so I waited to jump on the bandwagon. It paid off, costed me under 5 bucks for both! Love weird ending ebay times.

Check em out!

The Silver Slugger award is crazy thick! It must be 30-35 base cards stacked up. The Phillies bats have been ok this year, but the bullpen has been to be nice.. not good. They really need to get some outs and hold some leads!

Officially going to the game next Thursday, can't wait!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A one card Trade Bait post (who wants it?)

Edit: Card has been traded!

This card has been on my trade bait from the beginning. It is a nice card overall but the case is big and I don't have a good way to store it. I want to trade it. If you claim it I will send it to you and send me something back. I don't really care what you send back.

Here it is!

Ian Kennedy Topps Tribute Relic numbered out of 99! I picked it up in a trade bait draft way back when (remember when those were all the rage) It is in the original case and still has the original sticker. If you wanted to take it out of said case well that's ok but I'm not going too.

Please claim in the comments!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

A trade with Scott!

I recently completed another trade with reader Scott! He's super easy to trade with and we've had a nice back and forth going for a little while. Just wanted to show off some of the wares. A nice mix and good stuff as usual!

The Big Hurt! Always appreciate the new Frank Thomas's. And now I have dedicated binders to properly store them! Look Topps Heritage.. but thats Upper deck! Who copied who?!

The Howard career best is a nice new relic card! Another add to the Ryan Howard super collection! The Blue sparkly parallels are nice always a fan. The two basketball cards are none other then Eddie Jones and Aaron McKie. They were my favorite college players when I was younger. Dominated at Temple! McKie was a key contributor on the sixers 2001 team that made the NBA finals. Eddie Jones ironically enough was almost traded for Allen Iverson, but because Matt Gieger had a no trade clause (they needed his contract in the deal to make the money work) the deal did not happen. He exercised his no trade rights.. Iverson won MVP next year and became Philly's favorite.

Some vintage-y goodness, still working on all those team sets! Randall ready to juke some defender out! He was a freak of an athlete! I like the Lindros and LeClair cards. I was a big fan of the Legion of Doom line. One of the best lines in hockey! Just need Renberg to finish the line! Hope the Flyers can make a good run to the Cup this year!

Thanks for the trade!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

This post has very little to do with baseball...

It's been a long day. Wanted to get done some scans, but I didn't have a chance to. I hope to get it done tomorrow. The good news is that even though the guinea pig ate the laptop cord, she didn't get the one for the scanner!

In other news, spent some more time organizing the card room today. My girlfriend's idea about the shelving was a good one, but I'm still trying to figure out how to put some of my graded cards into boxes. Any ideas for storage?

I went to see Captain America today. One of like 12 people in the entire theater. Two guys come and sit directly behind my girlfriend and I. They are just sitting there quietly until the previews start, when Guy A turns to Guy B and goes "Well, yea, Jessica and I broke up..." Guy A is like "Oh, dude that sucks, when did that happen?" and Guy B goes "Well for the first time..." At this point my girlfriend starts shooting them death glares, to which they seem to be impervious. I turned around and they stopped talking. What is the weirdest thing that you have overheard in a movie theater?

The first three paragraphs were written by my lovely girlfriend. She also likes to collect the occasional cardboard as well. Check out some cards she picked up at the last show we went too.

AJ McCarron is a good guy in this household because of this story! Ching Lung Hu had a very nifty Chinese signature. Pie well.. who doesn't like pie? The Phillies patch is interesting because its actually a Giants player. The Kent was just a nicely designed card. It's fun to look through boxes for anything interesting.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

A post about nothing!

I am/was a big Seinfeld fan. I enjoyed that show through the years and was sad to see it go off the air after a nice run. (The last episode was on my birthday though!) Today was a big day, my girlfriend and I bought a new shelving unit and are re-organizing the card room. Once it gets all in order I'll be sure to share with everyone. It's a nice start to not having just stacks of cards everywhere in very loose semblance of order.

I am behind on scanning, I admit it. The first week of the month is always killer at work so I get behind on that type of stuff. I will catch up shortly and be sure to share some of the great stuff people have sent me!

The Phillies are off to a solid 3-2 start. Could've easily been 5-0 but hey I'll take a winning record. Hope the bullpen starts playing well and they keep being competitive in games. That will make for a good baseball season!

I finally got a large chunk of my Frank Thomas's in binders. It's fun to flip through and see several hundred cards of the same player with all different styles colors types etc! I need to do that with the myriad of Ryan Howard's I have out there but one step at a time!

I am so close to completing the 1957 Topps Phillies Team set! TWO cards to go! For some reason 1957's been tough and rather pricey for the most part. Seems that way for most 50s cards. Can't imagine living back then and getting a Mantle for a nickel!

And if you didn't read any of that here's a pretty picture of a card that I have!

The 1994 Score Dream Team Gold Frank Thomas! This pickup was inspired by blogger friend Fuji. He grabbed some and I couldn't resist getting the Thomas! Thanks for the idea!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

And back to Reality!

The Phillies despite starting the season undefeated.. lost their next game. AJ Burnett pitched very well but the offense was only able to muster up 2 runs. I personally think Ryne Sandberg was overthinking the lineup. They mashed the ball in game one, so go ahead and bench a guy who hit a home run and a double (Cody Asche). Makes no sense to not keep him in the lineup no matter what. I'd want him to get experience against lefties and righties if he is going to be apart of this teams future. /end rant

On a more positive note check out this sweet card. 

A Ryan Howard auto from Topps Sterling! It's low numbered but also a sticker. At least it's the clear sticker and not the crazy shiny noticeable one. I wasn't collecting when this set came out but I do like the cards that come from it. Lots of quality interesting pieces. Howard smacked a double yesterday to drive in one of the runs, hopefully he continues swinging the bat like that today!

Thanks for reading!