Sunday, December 30, 2018

Secret Santa: 2018 Haul

Several of the Trading Card Blogging Brethern participated in a Secret Santa Gift Exchange this holiday season. A big thank you to Jon of A Penny Sleeve for Your Thoughts for managing the misfit gang o' traders this year. To see my pirate booty from last year you can follow this link. Any how for this year I had shipped out my Secret Santa package of Bo Soax to Shane of Off The Wall early in the month on Saturday 08 December. Then the next Monday 10 December I received my S. Santa package.

Secret Santa package showing inside note and team bags.

I opened the package carefully, trying not to see the cardboard goodies inside, in search of a note or card that ID'd my S. Santa.

Secret Santa Note

I caught a glimpse of some of the front and back cards of the two team bags that were waiting inside. I waited until Christmas Eve before I opened the team bags to see Exactly what was inside. What was inside? A Rock! NO NO NO WRONG HOLIDAY CHARLIE BROWN! Right there were two team bags one Filled with Some B'More O's and the other filled with a Mix of Washington Teams with a Sweet Walter Johnson card showing on the top.

My Secret Santa was Adam of Cardboard Clubhouse and he sent a nice batch of Washington and B'More cards. In total there were 44 cards and one card sized book. The team breakdown is 22 Orioles (1 was a logo), 23 Washington cards of Baseball, Football and Hockey: 4 Senators, 2 Redskins, 2 Capitals and 15 Nationals (1 in team USA uniform, 1 Notre Dame Uniform?).

Lets see the cards shall we? Starting with the Orioles stuff.

Top Row: 1982 Topps 232 Terry Crowley
1986 Topps 365 Mike Flanagan
1987 Topps 120 Eddie Murray
Middle Row: 1989 Topps 757 Brady Anderson
2016 Topps Heritage (1967 Topps Design) 669 Mychal Givens
2016 Topps Heritage (1967 Topps Design) 125 Zach Britton
Bottom Row: 2017 Topps Heritage (1968 Topps Design) 159 J.J. Hardy
2015 Panini Donruss: The Rookies: 13 Christian Walker
2012 Topps Archives: (1954 Topps Design) 32 Adam Jones

Top Row: 1989 Sportflics 134 Craig Worthington
2012 Topps 125 Adam Jones
Bottom Row: 1990 Fleer: Sticker: Baltimore Orioles Team Logo
2015 Topps Update: All Star Game: US159 Darren O'Day

2018 Topps Big League: 44 Trey Mancini - This is my first Big League card a big thanks to Adam for it.
2018 Topps 587 Chris Davis
2016 Topps Update US182 Hyun-Soo Kim

Front and back of Collect-A-Book

1991 Impell JBC Collect-A-Books 9 Ben Mcdonald

A Winning Hand of Cal Ripken Jr.s

1994 Topps Team Stadium Club Finest: 8 of 12
1991 Topps: 150
2016 Panini Donruss: 181
2015 Topps: Highlight of the Year: H-27 Final Season Appearance 2001
1989 Topps: Big: 286

Now we get into the Washington Stuff:


1988 Topps 8 Doug Williams
2018 Panini Classics: 190 Clinton Portis


1991 Pro Set: 511 Peter Bondra
1993 Stadium Club 234 Keith Jones

A few reprints and retro cards.

2010 Topps Update (Thank God for TCDB never would have known it was from the update set): Vintage Legends Collection: VLC-50 Walter Johnson - Front 1951 Topps Design.
2011 Topps 1916 Sporting News CMGR Reprint CMGR-19 Walter Johnson
1911 Turkey Red T3 Reprints (reprint date unknown argh 1982 Renata Galasso?):
99? Walter Johnson with Turkey Red Add on back
No 15 Norman Arthur "Kid" Elberfield


Top Row: 2015 Topps: 207 Bryce Harper
2018 Donruss: 192 Bryce Harper "Mondo" variant
2018 Topps Heritage: 1969 Design: 230 Ryan Zimmerman
Middle Row: 2016 Topps Heritage: 1967 Design: 73 Jonathan Papelbon
2016 Topps Heritage: 1967 Design: 518 Jayson Werth
2016 Topps Bowman: BP140 Chris Bostick
Bottom Row: 2015 Donruss: 178 Jordan Zimmermann
2016 Topps: Washington Nationals Team Set: WN-15 Matt Den Dekker
2009 Upper Deck Baseball Series 2: 947 Shairon Martis RC

Top Row: 2017 Topps: 327 Danny Espinosa
2018 Topps: 355 Joe Ross
Middle Row: 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter: 106 Yunel Escobar
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter: 266 Drew Storen
Bottm Row: 2011 Contenders: Draft Ticket: DT88 Brian Dupra in Notre dame Uniform?
2015 Panini Donruss: USA Collegiate National Team: 13 Nicholas Banks USA team Uniform

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Promo Pimping Secret Santa

I tend to not promo pimp much. The reasons are mostly because I tend to forget the various deadlines or I'm too lazy to come up with some zinger of a post that hopefully sends people to the subject of the pimping (Usually a cool contest with tons of cool prizes). Well this time I thought I'd give it the "old college try". So...

Jon of the blog A Penny Sleeve for Your Thoughts is hosting this year's Bloggers Secret Santa 3.0 he is taking on the torch from retired blogger Matt of Bob Walk the Plank fame who was Secret Santa host the previous two winters. Jon asked for help promoting the gift exchange since his readership isn't as big as Matt's was.

This type of gift exchange is real fun. Half the fun is the mystery of who your Santa will be and what sort of cardboard goodies they will send you. You can check out my haul from last year here. The other half of the fun is shopping for your good little collector and hoping they will enjoy what you sent.

St. Nick nicked from Jon's Secret Santa Post

Anywho check out the details over at Jon's blog. Sign up and maybe even become one of his followers.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Strive For '65 Saturday: 3 From The DataBase

03 Nov 2018
Strive for '65 | 1965 Set Build | Master Want List
Current card count: 281/598 (283/600) 47.3%

Here is the link to my last update from only Oct. Not too bad.

Tuesday 30 Oct 2018:
On the Trading Card DataBase (TCDB) on their forums there is a thread about collecting goals for 2018. In one of the updates to it I did a little rant about this set build and how slowly it was going. One of the members Bill (aka minibbcards) sent me a PM mentioning he had a few cards from the set and if I would want them. I said yes and sent my mailing address. Long story short he sent 3 cards for this 1965 set build and 2 Team Rookie Star cards from 1970 Topps. All the cards were in great condition even the one 1970 card that has some creasing. Many thinks to Bill in helping me make some progress on this build. Every little bit helps.

The 1965 Trio err Quartet from late October:

124 Tom Satriano Angels

168 Dick Green Athletics

194 Angels Rookie Stars: Bill Kelso and Rick Reichardt

The Latest Additions:
Tuesday 30 Oct 2018:
124 Tom Satriano Angels
168 Dick Green Athletics
194 Angels Rookie Stars: Bill Kelso and Rick Reichardt

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Strive For '65 Saturday: 7 The Card Way

20 Oct 2018
Strive for '65 | 1965 Set Build | Master Want List
Current card count: 278/598 (280/600) 46.8%

Here is the link to my last update from May. I thought I was getting better with updating this project, but seem to be running about the same every 5 or 6 months or so a handful of new cards. At this rate I won't even be 3/4 finished by the 75th Anniversary. The next milestone though is the half way mark. Any bets on if I'll make that in the next 2 months? I really wanted to get this posted last week (Sat 13 Oct), but barely got the cards scanned then. Now I will barely get it out on this Saturday. On with the cards.

Thursday 04 Oct 2018:

I got 5 cards from the 1965 set from a Sportlots auction for $2.25 plus shipping $1.99 I knew from the start that a couple were duplicates, but I need the rest and the needs outnumbered the haves.

81 Don Buford White Sox

112 Derrell Griffith RC Dodgers

199 Bob Heffner Red Sox

269 Frank Bolling Braves

358 Albie Pearson Angels

Yes the bottom edge on the back of the Albie Pearson card is off-center there is just a little blue on the bottom. Eek I actually did crop a little too much as well, but not a whole lot.

Friday 05 Oct 2018:

One Sportlots Auction 2 card lot one team $1.25 plus 99¢ shipping. Both cards were needed.

418 Johnny Edwards Reds

530 Jim Maloney Reds

The Latest Additions:
Friday 05 Oct 2018:
418 Johnny Edwards Reds
530 Jim Maloney Reds

Thursday 04 Oct 2018:
81 Don Buford White Sox - Dupe
112 Derrell Griffith RC Dodgers - Dupe
199 Bob Heffner Red Sox
269 Frank Bolling Braves
358 Albie Pearson Angels

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Washington Wednesday: By The Classic Numbers

Washington Wednesday: By The Classic Numbers
10 Oct 2018

When I first noticed this pair of cards on Ebay I was a little leery of their authenticity. What with the odds of one seller "pulling" these specific numbers from a pack and the sellers other auctions for cards with some of the more sought after serial numbers. D'oh OK so one of the special things about the cards I purchased were they are serial numbered. Another thing that chased the warm fuzzies away was the auction title calling them 1/1s. This seller has a bunch of listings using the 1/1 keyword. Even though the auction title also had the actual serial numbers shown it was titled as a "1/1 lot" indicating each card in the lot is a 1/1. OK semantics I guess. Even with the red flags and warnings going off I decided to grab this pair before anyone else did.

2018 Panini Classics Football: Timeless Tributes Gold: 188 Joe Theismann Redskins #d 07/99 and 99/99

The pair of cards I got are these 2018 Panini Classics Football: Timeless Tributes Gold 188 Joe Theismann Redskins #d 07/99 and 99/99 from Ebay for $14.99 Free Shipping. Like I said the seller titled the auction using their serial numbers and using the old "Ebay One of One" labeling trick. The serial number is on the front hard to see left hand side under the "Classics" logo near the top.

2018 Panini Classics Football: Timeless Tributes: Gold 188 Joe Theismann Redskins 07/99

2018 Panini Classics Football: Timeless Tributes: Gold 188 Joe Theismann Redskins 99/99

The dealer also sent these 5 Chiefs cards as a bonus. ?Redskins and Chiefs? Guess it is an Alex Smith connection, or the Indians Connection, or the seller just got confused and thought they were all the same team.

That one is vintage so it is a keeper by default.

1974 Topps Football: 34 Elmo Wright Chiefs

Then we have a card from the "Wave of the Future" insert set of 6 cards to the 1994 Fleer Flair Football set. I was going to toss this into the tradebait pile but in checking the player's team history saw he played for the St. Louis Rams in 1998 so it is a keeper.

1994 Fleer Flair Football: Wave of the Future: 3 of 6 Greg Hill Chiefs

Next up one of those annoying "two sided" cards that is a card with two players sharing the card one player on each side. Confusing the collector as to which face is the "front". Not really since this is a serial numbered insert and at the time the serial numbers were put on the back of the card, but that practice varies from company to company and from set to set it seems. I don't normally like this kind of card so again it is one of these was going to toss in the tradebait pile card but one of the players was a Redskin in 2001. The "front" player Donnell Bennett.

2000 Donruss Quantum Leaf Football: Double Team: DT-13
Donnell Bennet and Elvins Grbac Chiefs #d 0475/1500

The final two cards are tradebait and technically are the "same" card. You can't tell from the scans since they are separate scans but one is the mini variant of the other.

2014 Topps Chrome Football: Fantasy Focus: FF-JC Jamaal Charles Chiefs

2014 Topps Chrome Football: Fantasy Focus: Mini FF-J Jamaal Charles Chiefs

Out of five cards I originally didn't want to keep I am keeping 3 of them for now. The vintage one (wasn't ever really tradebait since it's "vintage") will be added to my 1974 set build (if I don't already have it). The other two "keepers" are just keepers for right now. 

UPDATE: 10 Mar 2021 - The 2 Jamall Charles cards have been traded away. One a few months ago and the other one just recently.