Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Washington Wednesday: Tom Carter

Tom Carter 1993 Topps Football
I don't recall much about Mr. Carter from his time on the Redskins. The early 1990s I wasn't paying too much attention to the team and it had been a long time since I could name all the players on the current squad. Anyway this is this week's Washington Wednesday Card:

1993 Topps Football 34 Tom Carter Redskins
(Front and Back)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Fishing For Nick Johnson On The Bay Red Edition

OK so the title of this post almost blows the sensationalism out of this post. Lately when I've been shopping on Ebay I just get the BINs and the fixed price listings, not the auctions. This beauty of a card and one of the pieces to a Rainbow was only $4.99 + $2.50 shipping. It is the latest variation in the 2010 Topps Baseball Nick Johnson Rainbow I've been assembling.

2010 Topps Baseball Factory Set Red 181 Nick Johnson Marlins #d 214/299
(Front and Back)
 This is the Factory Set Red Parallel version that is serial numbered to 299. But that wasn't all the seller I got this card from also included some bonus FOOTBALL cards. Now fortunately I don't mind too much when dealers sweeten the pot by including bonus cards from a different sport, but I'm sure there are some buyers who get really ticked about this. Sellers Please at least include the same sport, some folks are just one sport collectors. A few years back I would have been really ticked if I had gotten some basketball bonus cards. I'm still not huge into basketball but back a few years ago I didn't want to have anything to do with any hoops cards. Oh back on track here is what I got I won't go into detail on them as only one of them will remain part of my PC. I have them all marked in my Zistle since I was toying with the idea of building the set but I'm not sure on that. 

Anyway here are the seven 1993 Topps Football cards that were included as a bonus:
34 Tom Carter Draft Pick Redskins (PC)
35 Jeff George Colts (Might keep this one, not sure)
36 Larry Centers Cardinals
37 Reggie Cobb Buccaneers
41 Haywood Jeffires Oilers
42 Alfred Williams Bengals
43 Aaron Wallace Raiders 
 1993 Topps Football Bonus Cards:
(Front and Back)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Four Cards For Less Than Four Bucks Fishing On Bay

This post is going to be one of those that I will duplicate on my Curly W Cards blog because it is has some Nationals. The post over there will be slightly different so it will not be a true cut and paste or just plain link up deal.

OK so from Ebay I had bought some cards from one seller each card at 99¢ with Free Shipping. Four cards total two of which are Nationals players in a Nats Uniform.

Lets just get on with the cards I will make some comments about them after showing them.

2000 Fleer Skybox 1 Cal Ripken Jr. Orioles
(Front and Back)
Hows that for planing the first card being shown is card number 1. OK so I didn't plan it that way, I planned it going in chronological order and of these four cards I'm showing This Ripken from 2000 lands first.

2005 Donruss Zenith 162 Nick Johnson Nationals
(Front and Back)
When I saw this card I just had to have it. I don't recall coming across the Zenith brand from Donruss before, maybe I did but this Nick Johnson card is the only Zenith card I have. I plan on getting at least all the Nationals and Orioles from the set, and eventually the entire set of 250 cards. I like the simple yet complex design. It seems that the Zenith brand was only produced in 2005.

These next two cards and the final half of the four are from the same set 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter's. Yes most people just say Allen and Ginter or simply abbreviate to A&G but as long as Topps includes the apostrophe es I will label it that way (or just A&G or A and G)
2008 Topps Allen & Ginter's 212 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 19th Century Composer
(Front and Back)
This is one of those cards from A&G that either makes you love the sets or hate them. The Non-Sport and more to the point Non-Baseball card. The A&G brand is primarily a baseball set but technically is an All-Sport all inclusive set since it has the Non-Sport as well. I personally like the Non-Baseball cards as well as the Baseball.

2008 Topps Allen & Ginter's 271 Paul Lo Duca Nationals
(Front and Back)
Paul Lo Duca is one of those players that only spent one season, actually only part of a season, with my beloved Nationals but he quickly became a favorite. 

I was going to post my CWC post simultaneously with this one but I will now wait till this one is published so I can link to it.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Baltimore Bop From A RePop

 Stuff For The B-Birds PC

OK so that title might sound strange. I guess it is. I probably should have left it at Baltimore Bop, or called it Baltimore Boogie. Anyway to stretch out my "Dollar" I shook the "Tree" (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). So this past post I showed you Le Expos from Le RePack. Now here are Da Orioles from Da RePack. I promise this is the last post about this particular Dollar Tree Repack Adventure. There were four Baltimore Birds in these two repacks three of them were in the second pack and I already mentioned the Mike Devreaux 1994 Fleer Flair card there. Two of these three are from Fleer and one of those is a Sticker. HA!

1987 Topps 398 Brad Havens Orioles
ACK! Grainy Scanner image
(Front and Back)

1992 Fleer 10 Sam Horn Orioles
(Front and Back)

 1983 Fleer Team Sticker No Number Orioles Cap w/Bird Head and team name
(Front and Back)

While I'm talking about the O's I could have sworn that I had blogged the picture I used at the top of this post before, but I couldn't find it in my Picassa Pic Albums. (ah it was on my regular blog Kirk's Knook) Also I could have sworn that I had mentioned the following Sticker. I'm not sure of when it was produced or any of it's origins other than it was most likely something that was team issued. It measures about 4" x 5.5". The main big logo sticker is just a little bit smaller than true 4" x 4". The back is plain white typical sticker backing paper. The Logo is circa late 1990s around the same time as my Bird Mascot Post Card I blogged about ages ago for Mascot Mondays. Oops it's been forever and a century since I've made one of those.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Expos Extra: Expos From The Repo (Repack)

In my last couple of posts I mentioned the booty I got from a repack adventure at the Dollar store (part 1, part 2). I picked a few cards to highlight in those posts that I thought people would be most interested in seeing. Well now it is time to show some of the cards I was most interested in.

This poker hand of cards (actually I already showed one in part one the Jeff Fassero card) are Expos ancestor cards of my Homie Team The Nationals. I thought about posting these on my Curly W Cards blog, but these guys never actually played in DC so I don't really want to highlight them there. I also considered posting this as a Washington Wednesday post but decided not to for the same reason.

Oooh I just got a good idea (at least it is a good idea for now) I'll call this new type of post Expos Extra. It will be for those older Expos cards of players that never called DC their home (at least at first, I might start slipping and adding guys who transitioned onto the Nats in DC). I think now I can justify showing them off at CWC.

Now for the cards:

1994 Pinacle 355 Ken Hill Expos
(Front and Back)

 1994 Upper Deck 274 Home Field Advantage Larry Walker Expos
(Front and Back)

1984 Topps 503 Elias Sosa Padres
OK so Elias isn't in an Expos Uni. But he was an Expo at one time
(Front and Back)

1984 Topps 390 Tim Raines AS Expos
(Front and Back)

I'll have to make some adjustments to the EE Logo. There are a few things with it I am not totally happy with.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Repack Dollar Tree Style: Pack Two of Two

Last post was Pack One of my Two pack Dollar Tree repack adventure so lets get into the goodies right away.

Pack Two Full Contents group pic

Opened Pack 2 after midnight on 08/09 Feb 2014:
Pack Two: 1981 Topps 1980 Runs Batted In Leaders showing on top. (Back card is a 1987 Topps Kirby Puckett)
No noticeable dings (unlike the other pack)

Here are the few selected cards group shot:
 Dollar Tree CardsOne 30 card repack two selectred cards group
(Front and Back)

Cards as Picked (27 Cards Total)
1981 Topps 3 - 1980 Runs Batted In Leaders: Cecil Cooper Brewers and Mike Schmidt Phillies
1994 Pinacle 355 Ken Hill Expos
1992 Fleer 10 Sam Horn Orioles
1988 Topps 408 Dion James Braves
1996 Topps 318 Greg Maddox Braves
1994 Fleer Flair 60 Wally Joyner Royals
1988 Topps 395 Jimmy Key AS Blue Jays
1988 Topps 300 Don Mattingly Yankees
1995 Topps Stadium Club 185 Craig Biggio Astros
1987 Topps 489 Bill Gullickson Reds
1996 Pacific Collection 22 Kevin Foster Cubs
1995 Score 314 John Valentin Season Highlights Red Sox
1994 Select 255 Terry Mulholland Yankees
1994 Select 223 Dean Palmer Rangers
 1994 Select Baseball 223 Dean Palmer Rangers
(Front and Back)
OK so this pack features two 1994 Select cards one right after the other. At first I thought the design was so-so with the players last name vertical and so large but after studying it some it isn't too bad. **Sigh** looks like another junk years set to try to build.

1987 Topps 195 Mike Pagliarulo Yankees
1996 Topps 263 Vince Coleman Mariners
1996 Topps Baseball 263 Vince Coleman Mariners
(Front and Back)
Normally I wouldn't pick this card to show, but for this pack it was the card that was duplicated in the pack (about four cards from now). It's one of Topps mid 1990s sets I'm so-so on.

1988 Topps 9 Andy Hawkins Padres
1988 Topps 744 Whitey Herzog Cardinals
1988 Topps 49 Dave Clark Indians
1996 Topps 263 Vince Coleman Mariners (Yeah here is the dupe I told you about)
1988 Topps 301 Bud Black Royals
1988 Topps 576 Tommy Hinzo Indians
1993 Fleer Flair 271 Erik Hanson Mariners
1994 Fleer Flair 252 Mike Devereaux Orioles
 1994 Fleer Flair Baseball 252 Mike Devereaux Orioles
(Front and Back)
One of those sets from Fleer that I am not sure if I like or not. I like most of the Flair sets but some of those two picture fronts are just too freaky. Flair was Fleer's high end product it seems.

1991 Topps Stadium Club 571 Tommy Gregg Braves
1987 Topps 398 Brad Havens Orioles
1987 Topps 450 Kirby Puckett Twins
1987 Topps Baseball 450 Kirby Puckett Twins
(Front and Back)
Way to end the pack with a power packed super star.

So this pack only had 27 cards 3 less than advertised combined with the other pack I just evened out. The year range in this pack 1981 to 1996 with most late 80s to mid 90s.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Repack Dollar Tree Style: Pack One of Two

Some people like repacks and some people love them. It seems that in general most card collectors do not, but a lot of card bloggers seem to. I am one of the converted. At first I shunned them because they almost always contain a ton of "junk wax" but since I was sort of in collecting hiatus during the height and tail end of the junk years I am one of those rare birds that doesn't have a ton of it. So before you Toss out that junk send it my way, or recycle it heck the things are cardboard and cardboard gets recycled.

Most of the repacks I have opened have been Fairfield ones in various forms that I purchased from Target. I have heard other bloggers sing the praises of the repacks at dollar stores and in particular at Dollar Tree. Fortunately I live within walking distance of a Dollar Tree and also a Family Dollar in the same strip mall shopping center, except the Family Dollar doesn't carry cards. :( On one trip to the Dollar store to save money on kitchen, bathroom or some kind of house supplies I went to the Dollar Tree and got two packs of cards. These are the cardsone (Cards One) type repacks. I got the 30 card "Ultimate Jumbo" pack Baseball Edition. I was tempted to get some of the semi-current "Hoops" basketball packs they had but since the Bullets now Wizards are the only Hoops team I collect and those packs only have 5 cards in them I would end up trading or selling more cards or more realistically getting stuck with Basketball cards of players I don't know from teams I don't want. I just might get some sometime just for the fun of it.

As I said I purchased two 30 card packs. I will mention the goodies from both packs in two posts to keep the individual posts short and to keep people from getting board from one exceptionally long post.

The contents of Pack One in a group shot
So Pack One I opened on 03 Feb 2014
Pack One: 1982 Topps Carlton Fisk IA showing on front (back can barely make out back of card Mike Munoz)
Some of the cards have small dings and paper ware on edges. The orientation of the cards was a mishmash, some where flipped over and some were upside down. Making things more random and in some ways more exciting.

Here is a few select cards from the pack. I'll show some of them in an enlarged view and some of them I will show sometime later,
Select cards from repack
(front and back)
There were a total of 33 cards in Pack One (Hey 3 more cards than advertised) Here is the list of cards in pack order.
1982 Topps  111 Carlton Fisk IA White Sox
 1982 Topps Baseball 111 Carlton Fisk In Action White Sox
(Front and Back)
Those "In Action" cards (which usually follow a card with a regular "non-action" or portrait picture of the same player) a throwback to the 1972 set.

1995 Score 230 Mario Diaz Marlins
1997 Pinnacle 9 Curt Shilling Phillies
1984 Topps 390 Tim Raines AS Expos
1989 Donruss 241 Jim Deshales Astros
1992 Pinnacle 13 Edgar Martinez Mariners
1982 (or 83) Fleer Team Sticker Angels Califormina shaped logo
1984 Topps 503 Elias Sosa Padres
1989 Upper Deck 355 Ivan DeJesus Tigers
2000 Fleer Showcase 91 Ben Grieve A's
2000 Fleer Gamers 31 Greg Maddux Braves
1981 Topps 597 Rafael Landestoy Astros
1997 Topps 61 Mike Fetters Brewers
1989 Donruss 360 Paul O'Neill Reds
2000 Fleer Tradition40 Matt Williams Diamondbacks (WoooWhoo the new Nats Mgr)
1992 Upper Deck 204 Jose Guzman Rangers
1997 Pinnacle 10 Jeff Fassero Mariners (Marked Mariners but in Expos Uni)
1997 Pinnacle Baseball 10 Jeff Fassero Mariners (Shown in Expos Uniform)
(Front and Back)
When I first got a 1997 Pinnacle card I hated it because it was difficult to read the players name in among the gold leaf design on the bottom of the card. I'm still not thrilled with the design but I think I will at least try building a few team sets if not the whole set. After I scanned this card I noticed the weird photo edge cropping on the back portrait I checked the back of the other 1997 Pinnacle card from this pack and it has the same weird cropping.

1984 Topps 352 Dave Stewart Rangers
1981 Topps 359 Mark Wagner Tigers
1982 (83) Fleer Team Sticker Orioles Cap w/Bird Head and team name
1994 Upper Deck 274 Home Field Advantage Larry Walker Expos
1995 Fleer 509 Ozzie Smith Cardinals
1995 Score Gold Rush 395 Bret Barberie Marlins
2002 Topps 244 Derrek Lee Marlins
1992 Pinnacle 9 Andy Van Slyke Pirates
1994 Upper Deck 276 Home Field Advantage John Kruk Phillies
1995 Pinnacle 414 Russ Davis RC Yankees
1980 Topps 573 Kent Tekulve Pirates
1993 Upper Deck 124 Andy Van Slyke Pirates
1993 Upper Deck 113 Mitch Williams Phillies
1984 Topps 536 Doug Bair Tigers (back miscut)
Pair of 1984 Topps Baseball 536 Doug Bair Tigers
miscut card on left better centered one on right
Backs: Better one on top miscut one on bottom
1984 Topps 536 Doug Bair Tigers (back well centered) Dupe (well the miscut is really the Dupe)
 1984 Topps Baseball 536 Doug Bair Tigers
Better cut and centered copy (Front and Back)
1995 Score 228 Mike Munoz Rockies

So in a pack advertised as 30 cards I got 33 total with one duplicate which was right behind its miscut twin. The years of the cards ranged from 1980 to 2002 with most predictably being in the late 1980s to early '90s "Junk Years".