Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Trade Pile 001: Card 3 Lets Get Small

 Trade Pile 001:
Card 3: Lets Get Small (Micro If You Will)
31 Aug 2022
Adding another card to the pile it is now a trio and the group sounds a little sharper and tunes up a little bit.

Top of The Pile:
1991 Topps Cracker Jack Mini (Micro) Baseball:
17 Mark Langston Angels
Yes this one is creased some.


The rest of the Pile:
2011 Topps Opening Day Baseball:
ODS-3 Alex Rodriguez Yankees

2016 Bowman Draft - Chrome Baseball:
BDC-29 Justin Dunn Mets

The concept is simple I will post a card or cards I have up for trade and the first person to claim the "pile" in this post's comments will receive them all. The golden rule with this is that you must offer at least one card off of my wantlists. See My Master Want List on this blog or My Wantlist at TCDB (Collection -> Main Collection -> scroll to Wantlist, select sport category) If you don't have a card off of my lists I will also accept Pre 1987 Vintage Baseball or Football. Also Non-Sport from 1960s to 1970s. Please let me know what you intend to send.

After awhile I will add another card or two to the "Pile" (or "Stack") of unclaimed cards until the pile gets claimed. 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Trade Pile 001: Card 2 Lenticular Opening Day Star

 Trade Pile 001:
Card 2: Lenticular Opening Day Star
31 Jul 2022
As expected just one card doesn't seem to do it. So time to add another. Now the lucky claimant gets 2 cards and they only have to send one. Of course more cards can be sent but only one is required.

Hmm should I mix it up with other sports and maybe some non-sport or keep this baseball only? Maybe I could juggle a few of these things at once?

Top of The Pile:
Upping the stakes some by adding a superstar, bold early move I know. This card I pulled from a pack of 2011 Topps Opening Day Baseball way back when. It is from the Opening Day Stars insert set. They are those lenticular flickering "Sportflix" type cards. 

2011 Topps Opening Day Baseball:
ODS-3 Alex Rodriguez Yankees

The rest of the Pile:
2016 Bowman Draft - Chrome Baseball:
BDC-29 Justin Dunn Mets

The concept is simple I will post a card or cards I have up for trade and the first person to claim the "pile" in this post's comments will receive them all. The golden rule with this is that you must offer at least one card off of my wantlists. See My Master Want List on this blog or My Wantlist at TCDB (Collection -> Main Collection -> scroll to Wantlist, select sport category) If you don't have a card off of my lists I will also accept Pre 1987 Vintage Baseball or Football. Also Non-Sport from 1960s to 1970s. Please let me know what you intend to send.

After awhile I will add another card or two to the "Pile" (or "Stack") of unclaimed cards until the pile gets claimed. 

Edit: I had to adjust the post date because it had been marked as being posted 4 weeks previously on 03 July at noon. I didn't post until sometime in the evening of 31 July. The post for my Curly W Blog was at 8:06 PM. I think I may have posted this before that post. I forget the order I did them in. So It might have been posted between 7:45 PM 31 July to sometime around 8:15 PM 31 July 2022. So I'll mark it as 8:00 PM 31 July.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Collectible Card Club

 Where oh where to begin?


Many card collectors maybe aware of Collectible Card Club a subscription box service. As a member each month they will send you a box of unopened packs of cards. They have the 4 major US sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Hockey plus Soccer and Gaming. They offer a selection of 3 membership tiers: Silver 5 packs $24.95, Gold 10 packs $42.95, Platinum 15 packs $60.95. You can choose which individual sport flavor you want or a 3 sport Baseball, Football & Basketball box. Plus you choose from Vintage (1999 on back to probably early 1980s. I think they have stated 1983 is as far back as they have gone), or Modern (2000 and up), or a mix of the two.

Now here is where things get interesting. Almost 3 years ago, back in Sept 2019 I received a box from The CCC. I did not order the box it was sent to me as a sort of promo for bloggers I think. I don't recall if I received an email or responded to some promo they were having but anyway I currently have a box sitting unopened still in it's yellow/orange mailing package. I had planed on doing a spectacular blog post about opening it that was to include a video busting the box and the subsequent packs inside, including scans of everything during the process. I nixed that idea due to all the time it would take to work on it. 

Flashforward to recent months as I have seen more and more UTube videos and blog posts of others busting these boxes and repack products like Repacked Wax and well I got the bug for it. So I set up a Platinum Vintage Baseball sub and a Gold Vintage Football sub. This way it is less likely I will get brands that I don't particularly like such as Chrome, & Draft editions. There may be a few as those trends started in the 1990s. Anyway for brands I don't like I will put those packs aside as traders or toss them up on Ebay maybe.

My first two subscription boxes arrived Friday 10 June. So now I am a Collectible Card Club Card Carrying Member even though I probably shouldn't spend so much on it..

I was going to include one of my first CCC Box Breaks for this post but I haven't started opening them yet. I have 3 to do sometime soon.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Trade Pile 001: Attempt at a New Feature

Trade Pile 001
26 Jun 2022

 So here is a feature that I have been thinking of doing for a bit, but haven't committed to since it requires somewhat frequent updating. It is a way to lighten the load of my card hoard. It is based on a concept that Chris at Nachos Grande Blog calls his "Trade Stack". He has been doing it for years (sent out 105 stacks) and a few other bloggers have similar deals.

The concept is simple I will post a card or cards I have up for trade and the first person to claim the "pile" in this post's comments will receive them all. The golden rule with this is that you must offer at least one card off of my wantlists. See My Master Want List on this blog or My Wantlist at TCDB*. If you don't have a card off of my lists I will also accept Pre 1986 Vintage Baseball or Football and Non-Sport from 1960s to 1970s. Please let me know what you intend to send.

After awhile I will add another card or two to the "Pile" (or "Stack") of unclaimed cards until the pile gets claimed. 

To test the waters here is the first card for the Pile:

2016 Bowman Draft - Chrome Baseball:
BDC-29 Justin Dunn Mets


*TCDB link goes to my TCDB profile, to see the wantlist go to Collection, then Wantlist.

This is slightly different than my regular CK42 Trade Post posts. some of those cards are still available and have been sitting for sometime.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Strive For '65 Saturday: Stormin' The Sportlots Castle

 In a recent splurge of purchases from Sportlots I got more cards for my Strive for '65 set build, plus a few other years, but the bulk was the '65s. I ordered about 26 cards for the set from 4 different sellers with the cost per card ranging from 34¢ to $6.99 this round. Unbeknownst to me one of them was a duplicate (The Phillies Rookie Stars my previous one is in better condition as this one has writing on the back). Conditions ranging from good to excellent. Some of the cards I went for the cheap "good" condition to save some money and for a few of them paid the price as you will see. Those cards I will need to upgrade at some time, a few of them I can tolerate. ARGH and ACK. Usually I do pretty well with unseen poorer conditioned cards there. Then again I don't often lower to the "good" level. I probably will not from here on.

STRIVE FOR '65 STATUS:
25 Jun 2022
Strive for '65 | 1965 Set Build | Master Want List
Current card count: 329/598 (55%) or 331/600 (55.2%)

For those of you wondering YES I am STILL BUILDING THIS DANG SET. I don't have the luxury of having a huge blog fandom where you mention you are building a vintage set and within a few months or maybe even weeks BAM It's Complete. I'm lucky if I get one lousy offer to purchase one card for the set, let alone any freebies.

Here is the link to my last update from Feb of 2022. 

Monday 06 Jun 2022:
70 Bill Skowron White Sox* 
Hes wondering what the heck happened to the back of his card?
171 Jim Roland Twins*
219 Bob Meyer Athletics - "Hey it's Kurt Russell!"
254 Roland Sheldon Yankees
309 Steve Hamilton Yankees*

107 Phillies' Rookie Stars - Pat Corrales and Costen Shockley
143 Pirates' Rookie Stars - John Gelnar and Jerry May
368 White Sox's Rookie Stars - Ken Berry and Joel Gibson 

Thursday 09 Jun 2022:
20 Jim Bunning Phillies - 
Stunt Double for General George S Hammond "Of Texas" (Stargate SG-1)
55 Tony Conigliaro Red Sox
73 Dennis Ribant Mets
111 Lee Thomas Red Sox

88 Jack Lamabe Red Sox
198 Smoky Burgess White Sox
210 Jim Fregosi Angels
242 George Brunet Angels
291 Jerry Lynch Pirates
301 Birdie Tebbetts Indians
376 Jim Landis Athletics
451 Jim Owens Astros

243 Reds' Rookie Stars - Ted Davidson and Tommy Helms
374 Angels' Rookie Stars - Jose Cardenal and Dick Simpson

196 Ron Fairly Dodgers
231 Jerry Adair Orioles
281 Bill Stafford Yankees
349 Larry Miller Mets

The Latest Additions: *Indicates card needs an upgrade
Monday 06 Jun 2022: (1 seller)
70 Bill Skowron White Sox*
107 Phillies' Rookie Stars: Pat Corrales and Costen Shockley
143 Pirates' Rookie Stars: John Gelar and Jerry May
171 Jim Roland Twins*
219 Bob Meyer Athletics
254 Roland Sheldon Yankees
309 Steve Hamilton Yankees*
368 White Sox's Rookie Stars: Ken Berry and Joel Gibson

Thursday 09 Jun 2022: (3 sellers)
20 Jim Bunning Phillies
55 Tony Conigliaro RedSox
73 Dennis Ribant Mets
111 Lee Thomas Red Sox

88 Jack Lamabe Red Sox
198 Smoky Burgess White Sox
210 Jim Fregosi Angels
242 George Brunet Angels
243 Reds' Rookie Stars: Ted Davidson and Tommy Helms
291 Jerry Lynch Pirates
301 Birdie Tebbets Indians
374 Angels' Rookie Stars: Jose Cardenal and Dick Simpson
376 Jim Landis Athletics
452 Jim Owens Astros

196 Ron Fairly Dodgers
231 Jerry Adair Orioles
281 Bill Stafford Yankees
349 Larry Miller Mets
 

Friday, June 24, 2022

CaptK's Coveted 10 Updated


CaptKirk42's Coveted 10
Updated 23 Jun 2022

I usually don't make special posts about updates but since I don't get much traffic on this blog because I only post once in a while at a bare minimum of one post a month I decided to yack it up. On my righthand hand sidebar I have this list of my Current 10 Most Coveted "Search and Destroy" for Cards. I also have a static page for it here. I update it periodically when the cards on it come in. For several months numbers 6 through 10 were TBD as I hadn't assigned new cards to look for yet. Well I filled in the spaces. I also updated my Master Want List.

Here is the latest updated detailed list 
  1. 1998 Inkworks Lost in Space Autograph Card: A-2 Lacy Chabert as Penny Robinson - For some reason this one has insane prices. I missed out on one a few years back that was just under $50, still a bit much for me but I should have jumped on it.
  2. 1971 Fleer Laughlin World Series: 23 Pirates/Senators 1925 WS - This card should probably be over at Curly W Cards on that list but I need more than just Senators from this set. Plus they lost that series.
  3. Any 1965 Topps Baseball still on my Wantlist. (Set Build Post)
  4. 1975 Topps Baseball 228 George Brett RC Royals - I know this is one of the most sought after cards  of this set, and tends to be super expensive. Then again the Robin Yount RC is also a hot super expensive Rookie card of this set, but I managed to get that one for a good low price.
  5. 2003 Bazooka Baseball 7 Bazooka Joe Bazooka Logo - Silver Variant
  6. 1987 Topps ALF Sticker 10 "A Whisker For Your Thoughts" - Puzzle Back left corner blue puzzle
  7. 2004 Donruss World Series - Fans of The Game FG-2 Stan Lee
  8. 1991 Pro Set - WLAF Inserts 30 Mike Riley CO San Antonio Riders
  9. 1992 Lime Rock Pro Cheerleaders NNO Los Angeles Raiders Checklist
  10. 1978 Topps Mork & Mindy 4 "You're in good hands with Ork State!"
A collecting goal of a set build of 2003 Topps Bazooka Baseball 7 Joe Bazooka sub-set I have all the regular base of card number 7. On my main want list I have what I need of the minis (25/31) and the Silver (31/31) variants..

Check frequently as I update this list as I get these cards. If you have a card on the list please mention the exact card not it's number on the list. When I get a card that is on the list I remove it from the list, move up the cards that were below it and add a new card to the bottom of the list at #10, so the top card (card #1) will eventually be the card that has spent the most time on the list.

Here are a few white whale cards that should be on this list but are not and probably never will be, mostly due to them being way out of reach price wise:

1975 Topps Baseball 228 George Brett RC Royals (Currently on list at #4)
1976 Topps Football 148 Walter Payton RC Bears
1986-87 Fleer Basketball 57 Michael Jordan RC Bulls
2012 Topps Archives Baseball (1984 Style) 241 Bryce Harper RC Nationals SSP

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

MLB Managing Ladies Baseball


Women are making big strides in all walks of life even in pro sports that used to be strictly "Men's Clubs". In April just 4 days apart two women made big debuts on the Pro Baseball Diamond, one in the Minors and one in the big Major League Stage. Topps Now recorded these events and I got the cards from Topps Now on Ebay for about 7 bucks each plus a little in shipping and/or tax. Most Topps Now cards I've gotten from between $5.99 to about $13.99 with most being at $7-$8, sometimes free shipping sometimes not. These two I happened to get from the ToppsNow store on Ebay, (EDIT: I was wrong the minor league card I got from a different seller, no toppsnow store)  sometimes I get them from other dealers. It depends mostly on the price. Usually there is a bit of a wait on the shipping especially through the toppsnow ebay store. 

Lets start with the Minor league card. Rachel Balkovec made her managerial debut for the Tampa Tarpons (careful reading that one, it caught me the first time I saw it) a MILB affiliate of the New York Yankees on Friday 08 April 2022.

2022 Topps Now Baseball MILB-1 Rachel Balkovec Tampa Tarpons

Card two is Up to the big league MLB just 4 days later. Alyssa Nakken took the field as First Base Coach for the San Francisco Giants Tuesday 12 April 2022.

2022 Topps Now Baseball 45 Alyssa Nakken San Francisco Giants

I don't intend to dis Miss Nakken here but in that photo she looks a bit like Ellen DeGeneres or Jane Lynch.

 

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Two Andromeda Autos Trance


So a couple of weeks back got a second autograph card from an actor from one of the Sci-Fi shows I like. The first one I got ages ago. This is from the show Andromeda. A sci-fi show created by an idea from Star Trek Creator Gene Rodenberry. A few months back I had posted an auto card of the show's star Kevin Sorbo. The cards I am featuring for this post is Laura Bertram who played the alien Trance Gemini.

The first of the two cards I like better even though the signature is not as legible,  and is the one I had gotten a few years back. It was also an oddball type of card as it was originally a sealed "Uncirculated" card, however the gold seal sticker was damaged and was hastily "repaired" with some scotch tape. I don't think I had done that, but maybe. Anyway I probably debated if I should remove and ditch the damaged seal which just adds other problems including not being able to view the entire card. I'm just going to ditch the useless sticker. Maybe back when I got it I thought the seals were cool, but now I don't care. I liked if I could get them, but always hated that they cover up too much info. Also sellers will charge way too much extra for the seal. Anyway that is the older of the two, even though it is from a later series of the cards.

The second more recent acquisition has its own story. I got it from Ebay and even though I paid over $20 ($26 and some change $20 plus postage and tax) the seller sent it by the new Ebay standard envelope. Cards valued over $20 are not supposed to go that way. (update: OK technically my card was just at $20 so it just sneaks by) Which I don't care for. Mostly because the tracking marks the package as "delivered" when it reaches your area's main hub post office, not necessarily your "home" post office that serves your address. I got it a day or two after it was marked as delivered. This has happened with another card I had received via the standard envelope as well.

2001 Inkworks Andromeda Autograph A4 Laura Bertram as Trance Gemini

2004 Inkworks Andromeda Autograph A5 Laura Bertram as Trance Gemini (with Uncirculated Seal)

2004 Inkworks Andromeda Autograph A5 Laura Bertram as Trance Gemini (raw)

Thursday, March 31, 2022

March Mystery Post

This post will be a mystery at first since I'm not sure what I'm going to post about. This month of March was lets just say a Family Thing Month. I prefer not to discuss it on my blogs. I try to keep mu family stuff away from here since this blog is primarily for Trading Cards. Even my regular blog Kirk's Knook I try to keep away from discussing some of my personal and family stuff.

While looking through my card hoard searching for something to blog about last night (30 Mar 2022) I came across some stuff I forgot I had. Among the forgotten goodies was this Wax Box Panel of 4 cards from 1991 Topps Baseball.

Wax Box Panel number 3 of 4 if they were numbered that way. The individual cards are lettered as the numbers. This panel has cards numbered lettered I, J, K, L Yes the top left corner is crunched. I think it has always been that way. I think I got this from some sort of trade, or perhaps a large card lot or oddball card lot purchase. It could also have come from my friend's Son's collection I had acquired a few years back.

1991 Topps Baseball Wax Box Card Panel:
I Willie McGee St. Louis Cardinals
J Dale Murphy Philadelphia Phillies
K Eddie Murray Los Angeles Dodgers
L Dave Parker Milwaukee Brewers

I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep this or not, but it does have a Fave Baltimore Oriole (in a different uniform). In fact 3 of the 4 players featured on this panel are in the uniforms of teams I am not used to seeing them in. Dale Murphy I am used to seeing as an Atlanta Brave, Eddie Murray the aforementioned Oriole, and Dave Parker a Pittsburgh Pirate. The completest in me sort of wants to find the other 3 panels, but oddly I don't normally collect box panels anymore.

Monday, February 28, 2022

Strive For '65: Set The Wayback Machine To Last May/June

STRIVE FOR '65 STATUS:
28 Feb 2022
Strive for '65 | 1965 Set Build | Master Want List
Current card count: 304/598 (306/600) 50.8% (51%)

For those of you wondering YES I am STILL BUILDING THIS DANG SET. I don't have the luxury of being a huge fandom blog where you mention you are building a vintage set and within a few months or maybe even weeks BAM It's Complete. 

Here is the link to my last update from May of 2021. For this posting I got 5 cards from Sportlots, one was apparently an unaware duplicate. Upon seeing the original scan it seems to be a downgrade. Oops silly me. I am also breaking my tradition slightly by not posting on a Saturday. Anyway lets get on with this post:



Thursday 27 May 2021:
295 Dick Radatz Red Sox

Friday 28 May 2021:
131 Johnny Keane Yankees


Tuesday 01 Jun 2021:
103 Harvey Kuenn Giants

119 John Kennedy Dodgers

147 Dennis Bennett Red Sox

The Latest Additions:
Thursday 27 May 2021:
295 Dick Radatz Red Sox

Friday 28 May 2021:
131 Johnny Keene Yankees

Tuesday 01 Jun 2021:
103 Harvey Kuenn Giants
119 John Kennedy Dodgers
147 Dennis Bennett Red Sox

Here is the card that I duplicated: The first copy is on the left and the dupe on the right.

Card 295 Dick Radatz Red Sox

Both copies have some centering issues. Hmm the dupe has some schmutz on Dick's shoulder while the original has a white spot in the sky.


Now for the backs even though the dupe is better centered it has some pen markings on it and is a bit faded or dirtied. Must have been in more shoeboxes than the original.