Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kerning: It's Everybody's Responsibility


DOUGFISTER sounds kinda like a movie Lundgren and Van Damme would've made back in the day, doesn't it?

Hey, I like it.


2 years in a row with good/interesting base designs!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

So, about that post I promised y'all...

Here it is!


(Yes, this is the best card of 2015 so far, even if it revisits subject matter from long ago...)

Anyway, when last we spoke, I'd been spending a bunch of time in western Massachusetts. Since then, I have begun the slow process of moving here. It'd be quicker if I didn't collect cards (and every other space-devouring thing I collect), of course. Moving is a real pain when you collect things, as I'm sure most of you know. I'm doing it over the space of about a week per month between now and next spring, and it is coming along that way. I'll keep you posted on my progress, as best I can. I wish I'd taken what I feel are accurate "before" pictures of my space before I started moving things out (I have some pictures of my place that I took in April, but I think I'd already started doing things by then), but alas, I didn't.
 
As you can see by our man Bip being in this post, I have my scanner (and my desktop computer) with me now, so I'll be able to post like a normal person again. Being removed from my machine for most of the past 6 months was really tough (it sounds silly, but when your life's work, whatever that amounts to, is 200 miles away from you and your only access to it is through really flimsy remote access programs on a tablet, you feel kinda like half a person, or at least I did). Glad that's over with. Hope nothin' blows up now that it's up here. (That also applies to the car: so far, so good there, knock wood.)
 
Overall, it's been daunting but fun so far, hunting for new card shops, hitting flea markets, and searching the unfamiliar for things I like (that goes above and beyond cards, of course). Quite an adventure, and a much-needed change of scenery. Slowly but surely meeting new people, finding new places to go, and getting the hang of a new part of the world.

For those I'm trading with (I've still got a few more deals in the pipe, though dayf and I should be finishing up a long-in-gestation deal this week, and Bo and I got through a particularly, um, adventurous one, even by our usual standards, over the past couple months), I have a new mailing address, but if we get to where we're mailing stuff to each other, I'll hook you up via email on that. My NJ mail is being forwarded here, but I'd rather not pass cards through extra destinations if we can help it.

Back to cards, I mentioned some acquisitions in my last post. Some are with me in MA, some are down in NJ. The '69 Bench cards (base and All-Star) are in NJ, as I've been trying to keep up with set collation as best I can (and for now, my Topps flagship stuff is staying down there, until I get space set aside to keep my collection in up here). In their place, since I forgot to bring it to NJ on my last trip down, I will share with you another 1960s flagship Topps card of a noteworthy catcher!


I scored Ueck here at Brimfield, which regular reader Jake tipped me off to. Took me almost a year to make it there, but I did, and wow, if you ever have the chance to go to Brimfield...go. Rent some sort of mobility scooter to do it, because you'll be on your feet for a guaranteed 6 hours and not see everything, but definitely go. I also scored some other fun card stuff (the highlight being a cheap lot that had a bunch of '95 Topps and Fleer, near-complete '84-'85 Topps Traded sets, and equally near-complete '88 and '90 Topps Tiffany sets, though sadly the '88 suffers from an awful printing defect where the colors bled; Fuji, if you still read me, do you have use for any '88 Tiffany cards in your Damaged Card collection?), some old issues of Elementals, that kinda jazz, and the missus got a tapeworm! No, really. There was a dealer selling wet specimens in jars there. I swear, I saw everything from tapeworms to naked pictures of women I know (seriously; guy had a boatload of prints from photo shoots a fetish photographer did with a few models I've met over the years) to Butch freakin' Patrick (dude had a booth set up). Brimfield is incredible. And this Bob Uecker card ain't bad, neither. It's cool, because I also scored a low-grade lot of '66 stuff (crossing 150 cards off my want list in one pop, but sadly no high numbers) at one of the more run-of-the-mill flea markets up here, so it's almost like I'm insane and trying to build the '66 set. (If you're in the same boat and are cool with beater '66s, we may be able to trade once I've finally cleared the backlog of trades out of the way!)
 
 
I mentioned this in my last post, as well. It's my first Ichiro relic! Yeah, I'm a dork and I still care about relics. This came to me from T.J. at The Junior Junkie.  T.J. also hooked me up with this beautiful bastard of a Vladimir Guerrero card, numbered 23/30!


It's normal card size, but if you're unfamiliar, it's patterned after Sportcaster Cards. It's kinda bittersweet to post this, because I saw a HUGE lot of Sportscaster Cards at Brimfield (probably 800 or so) that the guy wanted $200 or so for. Well worth it, in my book, even without checking it for the bigger money cards, but way out of my budget that week. Still, this is a Vladimir Guerrero card that there are only 30 of, and I have one of them, so let's just focus on that. I'll stop sobbing in a minute. I swear. Anyway, thanks for the deal, T.J.!

I don't want to give away (or scan; it's 3:18 in the morning) all the fun stuff I've found in my first post back, but I do have more and I will be showing you more soon.

In the meantime, let me tell you a little bit about what else I've been up to, and what I've thought of 2015 so far. I still love (and ended up building, like a sucker) Topps flagship. I think Stadium Club is one of the best sets in years, and I'd really like to finish it (I'm a quarter way through so far), so send me all your dupes. Ginter, I'm about where Night Owl is on it, but I'm still in, and I was happy to find an Ivan Drago card in the commons pile at my NJ local. I'll build it slowly, like I seem to with Ginter unless a big lot of it falls into my lap. I think Diamond Kings is pretty gorgeous for an unlicensed set, and I need to checklist that soon (I have I think 72/200). Finished Heritage base thanks to Stubby. The rest of what's out there, I'm not paying a whole lot of attention to, and that's fine. I didn't buy any more Donruss packs after the initial ones (grabbed a few singles, that was it). I bought some Bowman and got some sorta limited Refsnyder in a pack, but I haven't put much effort into it.

What I have been putting effort into, on the other hand, are this...


...and this.


Yeah, I have come to the dark side.

Not putting money into it, but I've sunk a bunch of time into it over the last month or so, and have a bunch of cards on both. If you wanna trade, I'm scottcrawford on both. Not doing Huddle or Kick, but I'm enjoying Bunt (though I still haven't figured out how to play the game worth a damn) and Star Wars now.

Real quick before I wrap this one up, I will mention that I've been pretty lax on my 2015 collecting goals. Of the 11, I've violated #1 (bought some hoops cards, but they were Fleer Harlem Globetrotters cards, so they're good 'uns), 2 (built the '15 Topps set, as I mentioned; Stubby helped me with a LOT of Heritage, so I won't come down too heavy on myself there), 3 (no autos yet), 4 (this is my first lengthy post here in a while, but hopefully it's the first of many), 5 (still working on the trade boxes, but I'll likely be craigslisting a metric ton of cards you don't want in the next month or so), 10 ('07 Goudey SPs are a pain if you're not at big card shows and you don't wanna spend money) and 11 (my "target certain parts of my collection" plans have been on hold since February). Actually making great progress on Ringside, should finish a few flagship sets this year, got a Brooklyn Dodger and I cleaned up my player collection list some, so it's not all down the tubes. There's still 4 months and change left, too, so there's that.

Anyway, that's me right now. How's things by you?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stand By For Update Post

It's happenin' sometime this week, when I get around to scanning stuff.

I swear, I'm still here!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Stuff's Been Happening

HELLO INTERNETS FRIENDS

If it hasn't been apparent, I've been busy.

Real life has gotten me of late. Been spending a bunch of time in a different part of the world (western Massachusetts, to be a little more exact), taking care of some things. Also had to replace the car I totalled in November, and that was pricey, but worth it so far (knock wood). Tending to some other things in that world outside of cards, too. Still wrapping up the trades I had in the works, so if we've talked about a deal in the last year, you will be hearing from me eventually, and if you want to re-establish contact or check on the status of a deal, by all means get in touch.

I'll show off some recent acquisitions when I have the energy and inclination to scan things. I've gotten a few early Johnny Bench cards, my first Ichiro relic, a pack of '15 Donruss (like the set more than pretty much anyone else does) and a bunch of set fills through trades or visits to card stores in the past few weeks, so I haven't been ignoring cards. I've just been...overwhelmed.

The add-to-specific-collections project is on hold through at least this month, as like I said, I've spent a ton recently on things that aren't cards.

Hope all's well with y'all!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Trades Updated, 02/21/15

As I make my way through my "INCOMING!" list, there are a few trades that have been lingering on for a spell, at least in getting started, so I wanna give y'all an update on 'em.

First off, at least for a little while, while I'm always up for offers via email, I'm available for the "in front of my cards" part of trades maybe a week to 10 days out of the month. I've been helping someone out elsewhere in my life, and it's keeping me very busy (and usually not in the same place as my cards). After Monday, I won't be available to really get things going/done on card trades until the 11th of March or so. Your patience will (hopefully) be rewarded, as will mine.

Now, to individual deals (I'll also be sending individual emails here, but I wanted to make some general notes while I'm in front of this, and hopefully, the people involved will see them):

Ryan G., I'm gonna try to get to your want list tonight-Monday, as yours is the longest lingering deal that I haven't sent a package on in the past few weeks. Still got any Eri Yoshidas laying around?

Greg A., Jake and Adam from Infield Fly Rule, it might not happen before I need to get to other things Tuesday morning (I'm into my trade boxes, but doing 100 other things at the same time, so it's been slow), but you're all still on my radar, and I haven't forgotten you. Thanks for your patience, I'll be in touch via email soon, and again, hopefully, your patience will be rewarded.

There's one or two other lingering deals (Junior Junkie, you still have any interest in PSA 10 Griffeys?), but everything else on my "INCOMING!" list is largely under some sort of control.

Again, just a general update, while I'm here writing about Dicks and whatnot.

The Year Of Dicks, Day 417

Yes, we have already reached Dick Paradise, but our work is far from done here. The Year Of Dicks is long, and there's much ground to cover. Welcome back.


And, if you will, welcome Dick Schofield to The Year Of Dicks.

Was Dick Schofield The Last Great Dick of Major League Baseball?

Until a new Dick emerges (and yes, There Is Another in the minors, who we'll visit later in the series, by which time I hope he's past A ball), I believe that he was. He retired in 1996, and there's only one player with "Dick" in his first name who made it to the bigs after Dick Schofield (he'll also be covered later in the series, so no names, please). That gentleman did not play for long, whereas Dick here played for parts of 14 seasons, made the playoffs with the 1986 Angels (how I best remember him), and while he rode the bench for it, he won a World Series with the 1993 Blue Jays.

No knock on previous honoree R.A. Dickey here, either, but to truly be a Great Dick of Major League Baseball (or of any major sports league), you really need to have the Dick in your first name. It's like being a first-ballot Baseball Hall of Famer rather than a got-in-on-his-last-try guy or a Veteran's Committee guy. (Though, I will be audacious enough to suggest that the Great Dicks Of Major Pro Sports are a more credible organization, if perhaps a looser one, than the Hall.)

If you're unfamiliar, Dick Schofield is also part of a Dick dynasty. His father, with whom he shares a name, also had a long and productive Major League career (which we'll visit in a later post). We almost had 3 generations of these Dicks in MLB, but alas, Dick's sister Kim (an Olympian herself; sports are strong in this bloodline) opted to name their son Jayson instead of Dick. While I consider this to be a somewhat questionable decision on her part, and am sad that there isn't a Washington National named Dick Werth, I am sure she had her very good reasons for it.

So, mark it on your calendars. A month and a half into the second year of The Year Of Dicks, we've established something of an informal caste system. First names with Dick are better than last names with Dick, as a rule, and multiple generations of Dicks are something truly special.

Back to our subject, though. I remember Dick Schofield as being a pretty good glove guy, and while he wasn't what most people consider a good hitter, he was a pesky hitter, sort of along the lines of fellow Angel shortstop David Eckstein (though Eckstein's the better of the two overall, and was a much bigger pain in the ass at the plate), where they'd often do something bigger than you'd expect despite being what folks think of as bottom-of-the-lineup kinda guys. However, despite his .230 career average, Schofield hung on much longer than Eck did.
 
If you're wondering, Dick is still in pro baseball, managing the Reds-affiliated Billings Mustangs to a 41-35 finish last year. Keep up the good work, Dick!

A personal note: I just noticed that the card used for the aforementioned R.A. Dickey post came from Tom of The Angels, In Order. As the Dick Schofield card above also came from Tom (he's been going above and beyond lately in helping me finish '92 Fleer Ultra and Stadium Club), I believe this makes Tom our first multiple contributor! Thanks, Tom!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sticking To Resolutions: February 2015

Yes, I'll eventually post some 2015 Topps stuff, long after people are sick of looking at them (actually, if people get sick of looking at this set, they're insane), but for now, let's get back to some other '15 collecting goals!

February was, let's see, '59 Fleer Ted Williams, right?


Sorted! 5 cards down, 75 steadily more expensive cards to go!

I also had '02 SP Legendary Cuts bat cards on my plate...


Covered those, too.

Still going over my $10 a month budget for this stuff ($15 total, shipped), but I got good cards.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sticking To Resolutions

So, remember how I came up with a plan to keep some of my quirkier collections ( moving forward in this post?

It looked a little like this...

January/April/July/October:

Brooklyn Dodgers (all)
1951 Topps Ringside

February/May/August/November:

1959 Fleer Ted Williams
2002 SP Legendary Cuts Bat Relics

March/June/September/December:

2007 Upper Deck Goudey
Autographs of players I like

There's still 2 weeks left in the month, but here's how I did for January...


w00, another Ringside! I will gleefully admit to not knowing who a lot of these guys are when I buy these cards, but the card backs are always entertaining and enlightening.


Dude had to deal with both the Nazis and Jake LaMotta punching him in the same lifetime, and they still condescendingly called him a "French lad"! Cruel world.



I went a buck and a quarter over my original $5-per-item budget for this project, and the corners could certainly be better, but I've been after this one for a while, and I'm very happy to have it. For some reason, even though I've come across a lot of this card and the Preacher Roe card from '54, it took me a while on both. (I think the Preacher was the last '54 Bum I got, though I could be wrong about that.)

Normally, I don't go front-and-back on every card I post, but I felt stingy just giving Laurent Dauthuille the deluxe treatment and not Junior friggin' Gilliam, so here you go!


So, not a bad start to the year on this.

(As if Dick Paradise weren't enough.)

One thing I have been going back and forth on, though, and your input would be greatly appreciated: as you can see, I've got the '59 Fleer Ted Williams set (which I have all of 4 cards from) listed above in the item types I've got in this year's rotation. Now, I love Teddy Ballgame like a really dysfunctional uncle who can hit the shit out of a baseball, and I'm amazed that I've got any cards dating to his playing career, even the '59 Fleers, but I've got another Fleer set that I'm a lot closer to finishing, the 1986-1987 Fleer basketball set, and I do want to work on that some, as it's one of only a few basketball items I'm still working on. I've also only got 4 2002 SP Legendary Cuts bat cards, and I only just admitted to myself that I'm collecting those, but those (despite being much newer and containing relics that are likely not from the bats of any of the players it says they're from) have more variety to them, and I think it's got the potential to be a lot more fun than "Card #28: Ted Goes To The Bathroom Again" (not that there's a damn thing wrong with Ted Williams going to the bathroom). To paraphrase my man Nick Frost in "Hot Fuzz", I'm not asking you which cards to collect. I'm asking you which cards to collect FIRST. Maybe I should leave the Teds in there and spend some time establishing that set a bit this year, because I'm at 77 cards (plus 4 stickers) out of 143 cards/stickers on the Fleer hoops set (and yep, I've got card #57), so I'm much further along there. Thoughts, folks? I know I've got more baseball people than hoops people reading this, so I probably know the answer here, but I have some great memories of basketball in the late 1980s, and for a good amount of the 1990s, too, so keep that in mind.

Onward to February, bat relics, and (probably) Teddy f'n Ballgame!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The First Card Of 2015



 
No.

You guys.

Seriously.


One of the things that made doing The Year Of Dicks extremely difficult last year (in addition to, well, life) was that I found out about this card, a 1973-1974 Canadian Quaker Oats WHA card, very early in my research, and it put an ENORMOUS amount of pressure on me to acquire it, during a year when I was hurting for cash. It was released as part of a 5 card strip that included Bobby Hull, and generally, singles like this one didn't show up on eBay very often (I got beat to a few of them), so I was looking at $20-30 at minimum to acquire the only card I've been able to find of the great Dick Paradise, who, after my mostly unscientific research, was the best Dick of all the Dicks in all four major professional sports. To not have one in my possession and spend all this time writing about Dicks made me feel like a fraud, a rank amateur. Dicks were a tough subject to begin with, but if I had to use someone else's card to cap off The Year Of Dicks in December, as I wanted to, I would've been heartbroken, because it would've meant that I just wasn't serious enough about Dicks.

About a week ago, I got an eBay watched item notification when I woke up.

It was HIM.

I bolted to eBay, and sure enough, it was still there. about a buck US, with $4 shipping from Canada.

I didn't flinch.

I bought it.

Today, it arrived, rough edges, serious creases, staining, and part of Bobby Hull's card still attached because it was torn at the perforation so poorly.

IT'S GLORIOUS.

Thank you, eBay seller from Canada.

Thank you, eBay.

Thank you, people in professional sports named Dick or with Dick in their names, disappearing breed that you are.
And most of all, thank you, Dick Paradise, wherever you are. (Yes, thankfully, he's still with us. I hope he is well and enjoying life.)

I will probably continue to write about Dicks under the heading of The Year Of Dicks moving forward, but with a great weight lifted off my shoulders, and at my own pace, even if this series goes well beyond 2015. Let's face it, every year is The Year Of Dicks.

(Biographical information on Dick Paradise available in 2 languages on his card back, pictured above, and also on his Wikipedia page.)

A little late with this, but here are The Last Cards Of 2014


These Mars Attacks cards were included with the 2014 Topps Mars Attacks Wall Calendar, which, while functionally useless for a while, is very pretty, and available for $2.62 on Amazon right now (a great deal if you have Prime). Matt from Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius and The Trading Card Preservation Society tipped me off to it. Thanks, Matt!

There's a reason why I bothered to post The Last Cards Of 2014 so late, even if it's a tradition. Stay tuned.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

2014/2015

How’d I do on 2014?

Woof.

We’ve covered that this was a tough year, right?

Despite that, I’ve gotten some shit done.

The goals I met from my 2014 Card Collecting Goals post:
"2. Acquire at least 5 more playing era Brooklyn Dodger cards I need": Yep, I got this one. I didn’t get anything really gaudy this year, but I bought a few post-war Bums, and I even traded for a few pre-war Bums, which was kind of awesome!

"4. Acquire at least 5 cards from my top 25, including at least 1 from my Top 10": as predicted, I didn’t get any closer to my Top 10 than #10, the 1964 Topps Willie Horton card, but I did get it!



See?

I got some other cards with it, too!



The rest of these '64 Tigers, including Mr. Mossi, were part of a 7 card lot that Willie came from that cost $13 shipped. The Horton's off-center as you can see, but these other cards are some of the nicest raw '64s I've ever seen. So, chasing the easiest card to get from the Top 10 worked out OK.

There was also a pretty steady churn of the items at the bottom of the list, and I reckon that’ll continue for the near future.

"5. Finish at least 10 sets of more than 400 cards, including at least 1 '70s Topps set": I spent a little money to do it, but I nuked this. 1971, 1974, 1976 and 1977 Topps are done (setting me up with a run from 1974-1994), and I picked off a bunch of others (1981 and 1983 Fleer, 1993 Donruss, 1992 Leaf, 1997 and 2005 Topps, and 1993 Upper Deck) as well!

"6. Trade more, and get back to actually doing trade posts": I didn’t make as many trade posts as I’d have liked to, but I did make a few. I definitely made some trades, though, which was nice. Here’s hoping for more in ’15!

"7. Chase fewer insert sets": This wasn’t hard at all. I was broke for most of the year, so I didn’t rip wax, didn’t buy a lot of single inserts, and really wasn’t inspired to do much with ’14 insert sets at all. I’m hoping the ’15s will be equally boring to me.

"9. Find more affordable old wax from sets I need, and open some of it once in a while for the hell of it": I didn’t do a lot of this, but I was VERY happy to find a bunch of 1981 Fleer Star Stickers wax, and even built a complete set from it! Got a bunch of doubles, too, if anyone's interested!

"10.  Begin work in earnest on the 2002 SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Bat relic set": Hey, I got one!



I’ll keep working on this, because it’s a sweet set, and even if the wood’s from a toilet seat or something, it still looks great. Some of the names in it are intimidating as hell, of course, but the prices on those cards are not as bad as you'd expect.

Here's my want list for 2002 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Bat:

Alvin Dark
Bobby Bonds
Babe Ruth
Cal Ripken Jr.
Dave Parker
Duke Snider
Elston Howard
Early Wynn
George Kell
Gaylord Perry
Hank Greenberg
Jackie Robinson
Johnny Mize
Lefty Grove
Mickey Mantle
Mark McGwire
Nellie Fox
Nolan Ryan
Pee Wee Reese
Rocky Colavito
Ralph Kiner
Roger Maris
Ryne Sandberg
Robin Yount
Steve Garvey
Tony Gwynn
Tony Kubek
Tony Lazzeri
Thurman Munson
Tom Seaver
Willie Stargell
Yogi Berra

The goals I missed:

1. Acquire at least 10 more '07 Upper Deck Goudey high numbers: this set is gonna be the death of me.

3. Acquire at least 5 more 1951 Topps Ringside cards I need: I got a few this year, but I’m pretty sure I fell short of doing 5. No worries, as I’ve still got almost half of a beautiful set that came out in 1951.



Gotta love Ringside.

8. Buy complete sets when possible, even if I don't get to post ALL TEH NEW PUIGS 5 minutes after they hit Target: definitely need to plan for this in ’15. I wanna open some ’15 Topps flagship wax when it comes out, but just a few packs for fun, so I can shoot for a factory set. Through trades and other devious means, I’ll be hand-building the ’14 set (and if you’ve got a ton of it laying around, please send it my way)

2015 Goals:

1. Pause the football and basketball collections: aside from completing sets that I’m close on (there’s a few football I’m trying to finish, and I do want to finish ’86-’87 Fleer basketball, since I’ve got the tough card out of the way there), not much from these. Just not relevant to me at the moment. I’m not watching football as avidly as I was even last season (the NFL did that), and I’ve barely watched hoops since Jordan retired the 2nd time (which was, what, 2 out of 3 retirements? 4?). Don’t get me wrong, if I see something I really like for the right price, I’ll buy it, but it’s not going to be a focus this year if I can help it. On my way out the door, as an "OK, if I don't make a point to buy a specific football card for a while, let me make it good" present, I did grab this, because it's completely and totally friggin' awesome...


Yep, it's a goddamn Refrigerator Perry auto.

2. Stick to buying complete sets whenever possible: This one’s a repeat from last year, one of a few. I’ll undoubtedly buy packs of some things (2015 Topps looks fun, so I’ll do that and grab some trade stuff out of it), but it’s time to get serious about not manually set-building and not ripping wax unless I absolutely have to. Have you ever tried building a Topps Finest set without opening any packs? That shit’s hard! Definitely getting ’15 Finest from a case breaker. As for the rest of the sets I usually build? Let me see what they look like. Archives, I love the '57 and '83 designs, but '76 looks awkward and they made the set 100 cards bigger, so I gotta think about it. Haven’t seen a ’15 Ginter sell sheet, ’15 Heritage look as awful and boring as we’d been predicting they would, and (here we go again with this complaint) I wasn’t in love with the card stock on ’14 Stadium Club, so I’m taking a wait-and-see on ’15, too.

3. Get autographed cards (either certified or in-person) of at least 5 of my favorite players: Bernie Williams has been my favorite ballplayer of all time for a good while now. It’s a sin that I don’t have his autograph. Mark Buehrle, Reggie Jackson, Wade Boggs and Eric Davis, ditto. Hell, my SISTER has a Reggie Jackson autograph, and I don't!

I did add my first autos of 2 of my favorite players down the home stretch this year, though.





The Vlad's awkward lookin', but it's a Vlad auto, so screw it. The Dunn? Gorgeous. Love it.

4. Reconnect with writing about cards: I think the direction I’m trying to take right now, ideally toward slowing life down and appreciating what I have more, will help with this. I’m not gonna put a number of pieces per month or anything on this, but I’ll look back at the end of next year, and I’ll know how I did. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the attempt, too.

5. Unload the trade boxes: I have a LOT of cards here that I don’t need. I’ll be exploring my options all year on how best to rid myself of, oh, 60,000 of them or so. Stay tuned!

6. Get at least 5 more Brooklyn Dodger cards, including one from my Brooklyn Dodger Top 5: I didn’t have that last part in last year’s version of this, but this is one of the ones I did accomplish in ’14. Seems like a good thing to keep working on, so I will.

7. Get 6 more 1951 Topps Ringside cards: 6 more will bring me to 48 cards, or the halfway mark on a set that turns 65 this year. Unfrigginbelievable. Totally affordable, too. I don’t start getting backed into a corner on the pricey ones for maybe another 20 cards.

Here’s my want list for 1951 Topps Ringside:

1 Gus Lesnevich
2 Henry Armstrong
4 Jimmy Flood
7 Gino Buonvino
13 Billy Soose
15 James Carter
16 Art Aragon
19 Dan Bucceroni
22 Beau Jack
24 James Braddock
27 Petey Scalzo
28 Sal Bartolo
32 Rocky Marciano
33 Walter Cartier
36 Vic Toweel
39 Benny Leonard42 Tiger Flowers
47 Bob Montgomery
48 Rocky Castellani
49 Bob Murphy
50 Lou Ambers
51 Jess Willard
52 Lee Savold
54 James Jeffries
55 Bob Fitzsimmons
56 Joe Gans
58 Rex Layne
59 James J. Corbett
61 Pete Mead
63 Tony Canzoneri
64 Ray Miller
66 Luis Firpo
67 Paul Berlenbach
68 Steve Belloise
69 John L. Sullivan
71 Tony Pellone
75 Kid Gavilan vs. Paddy Young
76 Bill Bossio
78 Fritzie Zivic
79 Ray Famechon
80 Walter Cartier vs. Eugene Hairston
82 Joey DeJohn
83 Fred Apostoli
85 Jersey Joe Walcott vs. Ezzard Charles
87 Tommy Loughran
88 Joe Louis
89 Carlos Chavez
90 Nick Barone
91 Jimmy Herring
93 Marty Servo
94 Paddy DeMarco
95 Gene Tunney
96 Ezzard Charles

8. Focus more on players with fuller careers: This one’s got to do with how human beings behave, which can be unpredictable at times. Sometimes, people don't fully out themselves as total jerks until well after they retire, and I'm aware of that, but if a player's been around a while, talked to the media some, had a Twitter account, that sorta thing, you get some idea of who they are both on the field and off. And don't get me wrong, prospecting's fun, and it's something I'll continue to do to some degree, but I sorta think I should pump the brakes on starting player collections of fairly young players moving forward. OK, so I've added Jose Altuve to the list of active players I collect, but that's *it*, you guys!

9. Complete 5 more “flagship”-sized (400 or more cards) sets: I don’t have as many of them lingering this year, because I put a huge push on, but I wanna keep finishing the sets I’m building. It’s gonna get challenging after another year or two of this, because the “easy” stuff (you know, like 1971 Topps) will already be done.

10. Get at least 5 2007 Upper Deck Goudey high number cards: This one was the biggest whiff of 2014. It’s a TOUGH set, though! I do think it’s important to finish, though, even if I’m having some thoughts about not finishing the “Head’s Up” cards. They’re on the regular high number checklist, but they don’t look like 1-240 (and I’m not in love with the look of them, truthfully). I do have a fair number of those cards, though, so we’ll see. Overall, I have 31 of 88 cards, so I need 57. If I can’t get 5 cards from a particular set in a fairly normal year, on the resources I have, I’m not doing this right. If you’ve got this stuff, please trade it to me!

Here’s my want list for 2007 Goudey:

Regular SPs:

203 Cal Ripken Jr.
204 Harmon Killebrew
205 Reggie Jackson
207 Carlton Fisk
208 Yogi Berra
209 Al Kaline
210 Alan Trammell
211 Bill Mazeroski
212 Bob Gibson
213 Brooks Robinson
215 Don Mattingly
218 Lou Brock
219 Rod Carew
222 Tony Gwynn
223 Wade Boggs
224 Alex Rodriguez
225 David Wright
228 Ken Griffey Jr.
229 Daisuke Matzuzaka
230 Kei Igawa
231 Akinori Iwamura
233 Albert Pujols
235 David Ortiz
238 Pedro Martinez
239 Roger Clemens
240 Vladimir Guerrero

Heads Up (no writing):

241 Ken Griffey Jr.
242 Derek Jeter
243 Ichiro Suzuki
246 Kei Igawa
247 Joe Mauer
248 Babe Ruth
249 Johnny Bench
251 Carlton Fisk
252 Albert Pujols
254 Ryan Howard
257 Harmon Killebrew
258 Alex Rodriguez
259 David Ortiz
260 David Wright
262 Justin Verlander

Heads Up (with writing):

265 Ken Griffey Jr.
267 Ichiro Suzuki
268 Cal Ripken Jr.
269 Daisuke Matsuzaka
271 Joe Mauer
273 Johnny Bench
274 Reggie Jackson
275 Carlton Fisk
276 Albert Pujols
277 Nolan Ryan
278 Ryan Howard
279 Mike Schmidt
282 Alex Rodriguez
283 David Ortiz
284 David Wright
285 Al Kaline

11. (A bonus goal!) I’ve come up with a system I’m going to try to work within, for some of what I’d consider the “key” card and card set goals I have. Ready for it? Here goes. I’m going to try this 2 card rotation out on eBay, and I’m going to shoot for keeping my purchases around $5 per card (though obviously, I won’t be able to do that forever on some of these, and I’ll make exceptions if something extraordinary is out there).

January/April/July/October:

Brooklyn Dodgers (all)
1951 Topps Ringside

February/May/August/November:

1959 Fleer Ted Williams
2002 SP Legendary Cuts Bat Relics

March/June/September/December:

2007 Goudey
Autographs of players I like

If I nail anything for under $5, I can “bank” that money for the next round of purchases.

I think it’s a good way to keep myself engaged in the market for these cards, a good way to monitor the market, it makes reasonably good financial sense (as anything card collecting goes, anyway) and it gives me something to look forward to.

So, that's where I'm at. How'd you do this year, and what do you have planned for next year?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Quick note on trades

Interest in trading with me has experienced a resurgence, which is fun. I've done two very quick from-scratch deals since I started the "Anyone? Anyone?" feature, and I'm getting a lot of emails from people I'm just getting to know now, and lots of you wanna do deals, which I'll be happy to look into.

However, with it being December and there being holidays and with my life still being kind of a mess, it may take me longer than what I consider "usual" to get a look at your want/trade lists and/or to contact you all. I'm not blowing you off, I'm just swamped. Please bear with me as I finalize stuff with the folks who are ahead of you in line, and get slightly less discombulated. Thanks for your patience!

To tide you over, here's some fun stuff I just got from Daniel at It's Like Having My Own Card Shop, from one of those deals I mentioned in the beginning.


I should have a year-end wrap-up and a 2015 goals post up soon, too, so there's that.

Hope everyone's doing well, and has a good holiday (or non-holiday, if you believe in nothing, Lebowski).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Joy Of A Completed Set: 1971 Topps Baseball

I don't plan on making a habit of doing this.

OK, maybe if I finish a few of the larger, more impossible-to-complete sets, I might do this again. Maybe 1959, 1961, 1964, 1967 or 1972 Topps. I also really adore the simplicity of 2008 Upper Deck and the photography is gorgeous. Thing is, none of those sets, off the top of my head, would inspire me to scan and post the card backs of every single card, no matter how psyched Night Owl would be to read all the cartoons. In this case, I really like the backs of 1971 Topps cards, even with the abbreviated stats. So, I went for it.

"Going for it" in this case involved more than the 5 hours of loading Ultra Pro sheets and scanning 84 double-sided pages. It also took about 4 years' worth of steady chasing, after picking up a few cards here and there over the previous 31 or so years I'd been buying bubble gum cards. It actually didn't involve spending more than $20 for any single card (not more than $10 on most of it, but I've no way of reliably tracking that, as eBay doesn't make it easy for us to see all of our purchases anymore), but I also got a LOT of help from people. In particular, Stubby and Tim contributed mightily, and huge thanks go out to them.

Then there was the guy who I bought the shoebox from at the flea market, $50 for a shoebox lot which is normally kind of a big chunk of change, but it had the majority of the '75 Topps set (my reason for buying) and "a few '71s and '72s", which turned out to be a few '72 high numbers, and about 150 1971 6th and 7th series cards, if memory serves. There were over 90 of the 7th series, I know that much, and when I was through combining them with the few I had by that point, I think I needed 9 of the 7th series cards. So, yeah, that happened, too, and without it, I wouldn't have had a chance in hell of doing this. So, thank you, guy who sold me the shoebox, because that really helped, and in hindsight, as much as I love the '75 set, too, it's almost an afterthought in that deal, crazy as that probably sounds.

Did I consider building it before that happened? Well, I was talking to Bob a number of years ago about finishing the '72 set, when I naively thought I had "a lot" because at the time, I had maybe 70 cards (granted, the Clemente and the Cey/Oglivie rookies were both in there), and we talked about how heartbreakingly impossible both were because of the high series. '71 seemed even more out of reach than '72, because I hardly had any, and there were all these keys to worry about. Munson. Garvey. Ryan. Mays. Aaron. Clemente. Hell, at that point, I thought I'd be lucky if I got the Dock Ellis card! I can't say that the discussion didn't make me go "Hmmm, maybe someday...", though. And, as it turns out, "someday" was about a month ago, when the last few cards arrived.

I almost didn't live long enough to get the mail that day, because I got into a car accident earlier in the afternoon that I was very fortunate to walk away from, even if I "walked away" with a concussion. A Hummer H2 hit the driver's side of my car travelling about 35 mph, and breached my gas tank, so it still could've been so much worse. When I got home from being checked out at the hospital, I saw the package in my mailbox and kinda laughed about it, "Wow, I almost died without ever getting to put these cards in with the rest of the set", but it was pretty serious, and I'm still trying to track down another car that I can afford. Feeling better, though, so there's that.

If you're wondering which card was "the last card", there are a few answers to that. #575 Bill Freehan was the last one I purchased, but it arrived before the final 4 cards, which were #70 NL Pitching Leaders, #72 NL Strikeout Leaders, #264 Joe Morgan and #300 Brooks Robinson. I actually used Brooksie when I mentioned my goal of finishing this set in my 2014 Collecting Goals post at the end of last year, his card number is the highest, and I'm not gonna go with a leaders card or a Joe Morgan card with a weird picture (those action shots weren't all Thurman Munson) for the exclamation point at the end of this story, so we're gonna go with Brooks Robinson. That's what I told Bob yesterday when I went in to get the binder and the sheets the cards now reside in.

The set is far from ready for PSA submission. Some of it's in "just happy to be here" condition. I was pretty surprised at how good those aforementioned high numbers looked, though. For some reason, I didn't remember them being fairly sharp for their age and provenance. (OK, I'll stop before you all show up at my door with torches and pitchforks.)

Anyway, yeah, the cards. I'm going to absolutely pummel you all with the written content I've starved you of for most of the last year in one spot here, because I may comment on every page. I may not, but seriously, there's great stuff on just about every page of this album. At least the fronts. The backs, well, we may let them tell their own stories. We'll see how this goes. Thanks for bearing with me, and enjoy!


What a way to start a set! OK, the Orioles team isn't visually extraordinary at #1, but then you have that Dock Ellis card I was talking about. From there, we have our first Dick of the set! (Year Of Dicks note: as I was looking through all the '71s, it seemed like there were a LOT of Dicks in this set. We'll see.) We've got George Scott down in the corner preparing to kill something with that bat and...am I forgetting something? Oh yeah. MUNSON. Dead center. Really, if the first card *wasn't* Dock Ellis, it should've been the Munson.

(Because this post is bogging down my site like whoa, I'm inserting a jump break after page one. I promise the whole set's visible after the jump. Cool with y'all? Cool.)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Feature Starting Today: Anyone? Anyone?

I know I probably shouldn't be quoting Ben Stein given my political leanings, but yes, I'm naming my new, ongoing, not-showing-up-at-any-set-time feature after his most famous quote (of the things he said publicly, anyway).

Basically, I have something like 60,000 cards in my trade box (and probably a lot more that I could easily add to it; I haven't gone into the player collection boxes with much ruthless intent yet). So, it's time to do something with these things. I was going to wait until after the first of the year to start doing this (as so to line up with the 2015 Collecting Goals post I've got just about done), but I'm not doing very much at the moment, so let me get started on it now. The PSA 10 Jeter was sort of a "soft opening" on this, though it's probably the most MOJO! MOJO! thing you'll see here.

Here's how this is how this is gonna work:

From time to time, I'll post scans of cards or occasionally, if it's a big lot of cards, I'll write a list of the numbers involved. Sometimes, if it's a very big lot, I'll just count 'em out, take a picture of the stack of cards, and call it a day. (Nope, not writing another proper trade list. Not now, not ever. Too hard to keep up with at the volume I deal with.)

I'll mention if they're available for trade, or if I'd like cash (and if I mention cash, I'll give a price "or best offer").

If you're interested in something, email me and we'll take it from there. Nothing elaborate or confusing, these are just trade/for sale posts with a silly name.

When you contact me, let me know if you'd like to see a back scan, if you care what the serial number is on the card, things like that.

You can also "call dibs" in the comments, but for reliability's sake, make sure you email me first, because this stuff is all first-come, first-served, and I also don't want to lose track of anything you may be interested in.

As I burn through things, I will try my absolute best to make a note that they're gone, but I make no promises there. If you're curious, just ask.

First up are a lot of flagship Topps and Topps Update bronze parallels!

For clarification's sake, since there are dupes of a few of these, and in at least one case (Goldschmidt), I didn't put the dupes next to each other, if you're requesting something, PLEASE let me know what page of cards it's on, and what spot on the page it's in. For example: Page 1, Spot 7 is a 2009 Topps Corey Hart of some sort, so that's what you'd ask for. If by some bizarre chance you'd like all 76 of these cards, then you'd just ask for all 76 of the cards. Easy, yes?

Here we go!

Page 1:
 

Page 2:


'09 Brandon Phillips (Spot 7) is taken!

Page 3:


Page 4:


Page 5:


Page 6:


Page 7:


Page 8:


Page 9:


'12 Danny Duffy (Spot 1) is taken!

Page 10:


'14 Hyun-Jin Ryu (Spot 4) is taken!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PSA 10 Jeter minor league card, anyone?


Yeah, it's available.

$200 or best offer.

(The only 10 on eBay right now is at $229 or so.)

No trade offers on this one, I have a car to replace, Christmas presents to buy, and all manner of other things to pay for.

Email me to make arrangements!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

This year...

It isn't over yet, but this year has been rough.


(We'll look at some '50 Bowman Bums I got recently while I'm talking about this, just to make it easier. This here's Jimmy Russell.)

I had all sorts of grandiose plans at the beginning of the year, both for this site (we'll get to those in a minute) and in general. Things were off to a decent start. I was posting here regularly. I was working on some things. I even won a Super Bowl pool for the second year in a row!

Then, things started happening.

I'm afraid to type out a list of every "major life event" that I or the people around me have been through this year, for fear that I'll slight someone. It's been rough in both my immediate circle of people, and in the world at large this year. In the grand scheme of things, I'm not sure if it was any more rough than it usually is for people, but I and the people around me certainly felt like it was. Lotta passings, both friends and family (I'm officially at "that age"). Lotta things going wrong. Lotta people struggling to find common ground. Lotta people just plain struggling. And, hey, it's only December 7th, so I really hope things quiet down at least a little (to the degree that they can around the winter holidays), we've got a few more weeks to go on this calendar year.


(Jack Banta.)

At the same time, I had a lot of fun when and where I could. I turned 40, and celebrated my birthday in pretty grand fashion at Barcade. I went to my first Lebowski Fest, and got to see the Muhammad Ali Center while I was in town. I went to the Asbury Park Comic Con. I saw a bunch of concerts. I made some new friends, and reconnected with old ones. I travelled a bunch, not always for the greatest of reasons, but I got to see parts of my country that were new to me, and experienced new things while I was in them. I caught a few ballgames. And, of course, I got some more bubble gum cards.

If I've seemed incommunicado, out of breath, or kinda scattered this year, either here, on Twitter or in our trade correspondence, it's just been one of those years. As I type this, I'm sitting in a room that's been a place I throw things in between running around all year, but I won't be doing much running around for a bit (I totalled my car in mid-November, and while I'm relatively OK and that's the important part, it's gonna take a minute to replace it even if I don't spend a cent on cards for a while...). I'm exhausted, trying to catch up, still actually dealing with some "major life event"-type things, and just kinda lookin' around like "WHA HAPPEN?!?!?!".

Just the same, life does go on until it don't, so I'm trying to keep at the things I enjoy. I'm cleaning up around here, and putting away cards I've gotten over the 2nd half of this year. I'm gonna be looking at the remainder of my in-progress trades this coming week, to see who needs what sent to them (though that, I've made pretty amazing progress on, considering that I really wasn't home for a lot of this year). I'm figuring out what directions to move forward in with my collection (right now, I have a lot of stuff and I'm trying to get too much more). And, I am also trying to enjoy what's in front of me.


(Bobby Morgan. All 3 of these '50 Bowmans, common Dodgers though they may be, came in one lot for a little over $7 shipped. How amazing is that?)

I'm already working on my actual '14 wrap-up piece, starting to figure out my '15 collecting goals, and past that? I'm hoping I have a minute to think or breathe sometime soon.

As for this year's pet project, The Year Of Dicks? No, I haven't forgotten about it. I just might've been a year early with it. We'll look at it at or around the first of the year, dig?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Highest Priority Set Want Lists (Updated 09/01/15)

As my in-progress trade queue is clearing out, I may actually be able to get other things done, finally.

Now, by "other things", I mean "finishing off some sets".

08/01/15 Update: I'm adding a few of my highest-priority sets to this list, even though they're not "flagship" sets, just so they get greater visibility. I'll fancy the '59 Fleer Ted Williams list up ASAP.

Here are some "flagship"-ish sets I'm very close (25 cards or fewer) on.

1991 Bowman Football (Have 560/561):

504 Jeff Bryant

1992 Fleer Ultra (Have 586/600):

110 Jose Canseco
112 Mike Gallego
123 Ken Griffey Jr.
146 Kelly Gruber
150 Greg Myers
223 Dennis Martinez
227 Daryl Boston
238 Anthony Young
249 Dale Murphy
253 Doug Drabek
269 Bryn Smith
280 Bruce Hurst
287 Will Clark
299 Checklist 101-200

1992 Score Pinnacle (Have 616/620):

124 Dale Murphy
584 Don Mattingly/Rod Carew Idols
591 Tony Gwynn/Willie Davis Idols
614 Rickey Henderson The Technician

1993 Score Pinnacle (Have 596/620):

2 Cal Eldred
10 Jeff Bagwell
12 Terry Steinbach
15 Ryne Sandberg
18 Eddie Murray
22 Barry Larkin
25 Roger Clemens
30 Roberto Alomar
33 Pat Listach
48 Jay Bell
100 Dennis Eckersley
119 Lenny Harris
155 Jeff Kent
226 Bob Wickman
239 Eric Wedge
297 Jeff Bagwell/Carl Yastrzemski Idols
305 Cal Ripken Hometown Heroes
310 John Franco Hometown Heroes
346 Marquis Grissom
366 Mark Portugal
383 Alex Fernandez
450 Hipolito Pichardo
457 Derek Jeter
508 Mike Pagliarulo

2003 Topps (Have 709/720):
292 Chris Duncan
293 Franklin Gutierrez
294 Adam LaRoche
299 Sean Pierce
310 Terry Tiffee
312 Ruddy Lugo
313 C.J. Wilson
318 Derell McCall
319 Scott Tyler
320 Craig Brazell
684 Mets Prospects (Aaron Heilman/Jose Reyes)

2004 Topps (Have 731/734):

298 Anthony Lerew
Series 1 Checklist 1
Series 1 Checklist 2

2015 Topps (Have 688/700):

180 Steve Pearce
200 Miguel Cabrera
290 David Lough
387 Jacob DeGrom Award Winner
389 Mookie Betts Future Star
428 Jon Niese
493 Alex Rodriguez
555 Jake Arrieta
582 Wei-Yin Chen
590 Torii Hunter
640 Matt Clark
680 Nick Hundley

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter (Have 341/350):

51 Jason Kipnis
307 Darwin Barney
309 Mat Latos
318 Eric Hosmer
327 Yogi Berra
330 Rickey Henderson
332 Cole Hamels
341 Ozzie Smith
345 Melky Cabrera

2000 Topps Football (Have 393/400):

34 Junior Seau
51 John Randle
61 Jermaine Fazande
140 Isaac Bruce
205 Michael Basnight
230 Steve Buerlein
314 Sean Dawkins

2006 Topps Football (Have 368/385):

33 Samkon Gedo
55 Jeremy Stevens
73 DeAngelo Hall
88 Keenan McCardell
99 Kevin Curtis
109 T.J. Duckett
122 London Fletcher
128 Koren Robinson
139 Deion Branch
148 Greg Jones
151 Neil Rackers
167 Eric Parker
184 Matt Jones
195 Larry Johnson
198 Zach Thomas
258 Larry Fitzgerald
275 Dwight Freeney
331 Leonard Pope

2008 Topps Football (Have 442/444):

Checklist 3
Checklist 4

2010 Upper Deck (Have 581/600):

41 Chris Young
56 Jordan Schafer
73 Nate McLouth
111 Derrek Lee
136 Freddy Garcia
145 Chris Dickerson
153 Micah Owings
162 Jeremy Sowers
241 David DeJesus
309 Matt Tolbert
317 Nick Blackburn
332 Brian Schneider
361 Adam Kennedy
375 Raul Ibanez
400 Zach Duke
420 Kevin Correia
478 Evan Longoria
510 Scott Downs
560 Oakland Athletics Ballpark
569 Toronto Blue Jays Ballpark
582 Houston Astros Checklist
586 Milwaukee Brewers Checklist

Sets that aren't quite "flagship", but which are high-priority for me:

1959 Fleer Ted Williams (Have 4/80): 1-28, 30-44, 46-47, 49-51, 53-80

2007 Upper Deck Goudey:

Regular SPs:

203 Cal Ripken Jr.
204 Harmon Killebrew
205 Reggie Jackson
207 Carlton Fisk
208 Yogi Berra
209 Al Kaline
210 Alan Trammell
211 Bill Mazeroski
212 Bob Gibson
213 Brooks Robinson
215 Don Mattingly
218 Lou Brock
219 Rod Carew
222 Tony Gwynn
223 Wade Boggs
224 Alex Rodriguez
225 David Wright
228 Ken Griffey Jr.
229 Daisuke Matzuzaka
230 Kei Igawa
231 Akinori Iwamura
233 Albert Pujols
235 David Ortiz
238 Pedro Martinez
239 Roger Clemens
240 Vladimir Guerrero

Heads Up (no writing):

241 Ken Griffey Jr.
242 Derek Jeter
243 Ichiro Suzuki
246 Kei Igawa
247 Joe Mauer
248 Babe Ruth
249 Johnny Bench
251 Carlton Fisk
252 Albert Pujols
254 Ryan Howard
257 Harmon Killebrew
258 Alex Rodriguez
259 David Ortiz
260 David Wright
262 Justin Verlander

Heads Up (with writing):

265 Ken Griffey Jr.
267 Ichiro Suzuki
268 Cal Ripken Jr.
269 Daisuke Matsuzaka
271 Joe Mauer
273 Johnny Bench
274 Reggie Jackson
275 Carlton Fisk
276 Albert Pujols
277 Nolan Ryan
278 Ryan Howard
279 Mike Schmidt
282 Alex Rodriguez
283 David Ortiz
284 David Wright
285 Al Kaline

2002 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Bat:

Alvin Dark
Bobby Bonds
Babe Ruth
Cal Ripken Jr.
Dave Parker
Duke Snider
Elston Howard
Early Wynn
George Kell
Gaylord Perry
Hank Greenberg
Jackie Robinson
Johnny Mize
 Lefty Grove
Mickey Mantle
Mark McGwire
Nellie Fox
Nolan Ryan
Rocky Colavito
Ralph Kiner
Roger Maris
Ryne Sandberg
Robin Yount
Steve Garvey
Tony Gwynn
Tony Kubek
Tony Lazzeri
Thurman Munson
Tom Seaver
Willie Stargell
Yogi Berra

1986-1987 Fleer Basketball (Have 77/132):

3 Mark Aguirre
7 Charles Barkley
8 Benoit Benjamin
9 Larry Bird
11 Rolando Blackman
15 Tom Chambers
17 Michael Cooper
20 Terry Cummings
35 World B. Free
36 George Gervin
37 Artis Gilmore
49 Jay Humphries
53 Magic Johnson
65 Lewis Lloyd
66 Maurice Lucas
67 Jeff Malone
68 Karl Malone
69 Moses Malone
70 Cedric Maxwell
71 Rodney McCray
72 Xavier McDaniel
73 Kevin McHale
74 Mike Mitchell
75 Sidney Moncrief
76 Johnny Moore
77 Chris Mullin
78 Larry Nance
79 Calvin Natt
80 Norm Nixon
81 Charles Oakley
82 Akeem Olajuwon
83 Lewis Orr
86 Sam Perkins
87 Ricky Pierce
90 Robert Reid
91 Doc Rivers
92 Alvin Robertson
93 Cliff Robinson
94 Tree Rollins
95 Dan Roundfield
96 Jeff Ruland
99 Byron Scott
100 Purvis Short
101 Jerry Sichting
102 Jack Sikma
103 Derek Smith
104 Larry Smith
105 Rory Sparrow
112 Sedale Threatt
121 Dominique Wilkins
125 Herb Williams
126 Kevin Willis
128 Al Wood
130 Orlando Woolridge
131 James Worthy

1986-1987 Fleer Basketball Stickers (Have 4/11):

1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2 Larry Bird
6 Patrick Ewing
7 Magic Johnson
8 Michael Jordan
10 Isiah Thomas
11 Dominique Wilkins

1951 Topps Ringside Boxing/Wrestling (Have 46/96):

1 Gus Lesnevich
2 Henry Armstrong
4 Jimmy Flood
7 Gino Buonvino
13 Billy Soose
15 James Carter
16 Art Aragon
22 Beau Jack
24 James Braddock
27 Petey Scalzo
28 Sal Bartolo
32 Rocky Marciano
36 Vic Toweel
39 Benny Leonard
42 Tiger Flowers
47 Bob Montgomery
48 Rocky Castellani
49 Bob Murphy
50 Lou Ambers
51 Jess Willard
52 Lee Savold
54 James Jeffries
56 Joe Gans
58 Rex Layne
59 James J. Corbett
61 Pete Mead
63 Tony Canzoneri
64 Ray Miller
66 Luis Firpo
67 Paul Berlenbach
68 Steve Belloise
69 John L. Sullivan
71 Tony Pellone
75 Kid Gavilan vs. Paddy Young
76 Bill Bossio
78 Fritzie Zivic
79 Ray Famechon
80 Walter Cartier vs. Eugene Hairston
82 Joey DeJohn
83 Fred Apostoli
85 Jersey Joe Walcott vs. Ezzard Charles
87 Tommy Loughran
88 Joe Louis
89 Carlos Chavez
90 Nick Barone
91 Jimmy Herring
93 Marty Servo
94 Paddy DeMarco
95 Gene Tunney
96 Ezzard Charles

If you can help out with any of these, let me know, and we'll get started on a trade!

Sets completed since I started this:

1991 Donruss Studio
1992 Donruss Studio
1983 Fleer
1992 Leaf
1971 Topps
1974 Topps
1976 Topps
1977 Topps
1997 Topps
2005 Topps
2008 Topps
2010 Topps
1993 Upper Deck

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Yep, still alive!

It's like we're all coming out of hibernation. First dayf, now me.

I'm actually still dealing with a LOT of different things, and I'm actually heading to another state basically as soon as I'm done posting this (give or take sleep, if I decide to get any), but I'll take a minute to show you a few items I got in a trade with reader Jake that was about a year in the making, just because we both kept getting distracted. Worth the wait, though, I'd say!

There were a few 1970 Topps cards that I won't trouble you with (though I'm getting closer to being sub-100 cards to go on that set, which is just mindblowing, and there was a swell Frank Howard in the bunch which you'll just have to imagine), mostly because I put them away before I got around to scanning them. So, we'll skip ahead, or back, as it were, to 1952...



A well-loved Billy Loes card joins my Bums collection! 10 more cards to go on my '52 Bowman Brooklyn Dodgers team set! (I think that one's gonna take a while to finish, though.)



Now, we'll go WAY back. Here's my first '34 Goudey ever, and the only playing era card I have of Lou Gehrig's, if you wanna count '34 Goudeys as those, but the star of this card is Joe Stripp, also of the Brooklyn Dodgers! This card's been through hell, but despite that, it presents really well in person. Nice and bright, and the HUGE crease lines up perfectly with ol' Joe's right arm.



And last, but not least, we'll skip a year forward, to a 1935 Diamond Stars card, also my first from my set! This here's Sam Leslie, also of the Brooklyn Dodgers (and Joe Stripp's teammate). This card has been through hell, with an eraser having its way with it, paper loss, writing on it...and yet, it's beautiful!

Very cool to get pre-war and '50s stuff in any trade, and despite the long gestation time on this deal, Jake was a pleasure to deal with! Jake, if you're reading this, do you want me to throw my readers some contact info for you and/or your want list?

As I said above, I am heading to a place a couple hundred miles from my home (western Massachusetts, to be exact), but I am actually bringing a condensed version of my trade box with me (can't do much in the way of helping people set-build while I'm away, but I will have some key cards with me), so I can ideally finish up a few other long-in-the-works deals while I'm away, and maybe set up at a card show or two while I'm there (which should be, at least, for a good chunk of September). I'm pretty easy to reach on teh Twittahs or via the contact info in my sidebar, if you want to try and figure something out with me.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Round-Up For 05/11/14: Been a while!

Yes, I'm still alive!

For reals!

I'll even post a new card I got this weekend...


See?

It's a goddamn Bake McBride autograph!

$5 at my local!

Truth of the matter is, I haven't been paying a ton of attention to new cards since Heritage, which I've completed the base set and a few of the insert sets from thanks to Stubby, and haven't been hitting the flea markets for the old ones.

I'm getting a factory set of '14 flagship this year, so that'll take care of that.

I got a few pretty uninteresting packs of '14 Bowman yesterday with my McBride...


(This was in there, though, 111/250, and it's up for trade.)
 
...so I probably won't do Bowman, even with the big names in there this year. I've got an Elite Extra Abreu, so I'm more or less good there, and I'm pretty sure I have some WBC Tanaka or another.

I got a big Stubby package a while ago with the aforementioned Heritage, a few other goodies and some more of his customs in it, so there's that. (The highlights are in a pile on my desk that I haven't scanned or put away just yet. More than likely, I'll get to these soon.)

I liked Donruss, even if it was a bad design! My wants for that are on my want list.
 
Next two sets that are at all interesting to me are Archives (end of this month) and Pro Debut (beginning of next), but I'm travelling this summer, so I'm on something of a tight budget right now. We'll see what happens with those.

I did get package #1 of my 2013 Tribecards Giveaway haul on Friday. Here's the highlights!


Minor league Bernie I don't have? I'll take it!


This is so sharp, it almost has to be an upgrade over what I have, so I'll probably have one of these available for trade soon.

I'm actually trying to figure out how to do a card sale of some sort in the near future, because I have a LOT of stuff I don't have space for and don't need at this point. I'd be leaning toward sales rather than trades for the time being, because as I mentioned above, I'm strapped and I have travel plans (and other plans, which I'll get into below) in the works, but there's a LOT of stuff here that needs to be in your respective homes. Talk to me about that in the comments, especially if you have suggestions on how to handle huge amounts of interesting-enough-to-sell-individually singles without losing years of my life logging them all!

I know you're all waiting for me to get to the elephant in the room, so, here goes: The Year Of Dicks will continue! There should be a post pretty closely following this one. I thankfully had plenty of leeway in the year. There are about 210 Dicks with cards that I can acquire reasonably, plus I've got the option of making some customs. I've made one so far (and it'll be going up soon enough, the front of it, anyway), but I want to do the customs in '71 Topps and I am lacking a back template for '71 unless I find whatever archaic program Stubby's '71 template was made with. If anyone's got a pretty good '71 Topps card back template that they'd like to see me make some Dicks with, please get in touch!

Beyond that, I've mostly been out of my house for the past 3 months and focusing on other things when I've been home. I kind of have a lot of hobbies (I think most of us card folks have a few other hobbies that've been our primary hobbies at times), so I've been making the rounds of them. Let's actually step outside of cards for a minute and talk about those!

I went to the Asbury Park Comic Con last month, a great show run by some friends. Here are a few souvenirs from that...


Yes, that's Chris Claremont's signature on my Dark Phoenix Saga trade paperback. (I know, right?)


...and Tim Truman's ink on issue #1 of his criminally-underrated Guns Of The Dragon mini-series. If you have the means, pick this baby up. (It should be fairly inexpensive in either individual issue or, if they did one, trade paperback form.) Enemy Ace and Bat Lash on friggin' Dinosaur Island, y0! Tim actually signed all 4 issues for me, which was super-nice of him as he was gettin' mobbed by folks seeking signatures and working on a commission at the time.


Here's my Promethea #1, signed by J.H. Williams III! He's doing The Sandman: Overture with Neil Gaiman right now, he had a good run on Batwoman, obviously he did Promethea with God...er...Alan Moore, and he even did the cover of the new Blondie record, "Ghosts Of Download" recently! One of the best artists working in or out of comics right now, and a great guy. My friend and I had a nice chat with him about Fields Of The Nephilim, as we're all fans of the band.


I got to meet Oily Comics magnate Charles Forsman, and pick up his new book "Celebrated Summer" from him. I actually found Charles and his work on my west coast trip of 2 springs ago, when I came across his "The End Of The Fucking World" series as it was in progress as Xeroxed mini-comics. That series is now being adapted into a television series in the UK, and there's a collected edition available from Fantagraphics if you want to check it out. It's one of the best things I've read in years. It was good to meet Charles, as we talk on Facetwittahs from time to time
 
 
 
...and he rather graciously did this two-color sketch inside the cover of "Celebrated Summer", too! Yep, that sketch in the circle, all him!

I also met the great Danny Hellman and had him sign a limited edition Screw Magazine cover he did (the late Al Goldstein had previously signed the interior, as only Al could...), but that, you're gonna have to ask me for pictures of privately.

So, that was just one day at one comic show.

What else have I been doing?

I've been to a bunch of shows. Since February, I've seen Skinny Puppy (always good; they may be heading back out on the road later this year), Godflesh (a dream to see them again, it'd been 20 years), David J. (of Bauhaus/Love And Rockets fame; the cat's got personality!), Berlin (another great show, and their new album "Animal" is very solid), and Nicole Atkins (twice). I absconded with the set list the second time I saw Nicole...


...and, if you want to watch the entire first show I saw of hers, look no further!


Yep, full 46 minute set. Nicole's been on the road promoting her great new album "Slow Phaser", and she'll be doing some dates with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds this summer, too. One of the best people making music right now.


Here, screw it, watch her video for "Girl You Look Amazing", too!

I've got shows from Cheetah Chrome (of Dead Boys/Rocket From The Tombs fame), The Faint, Black Oak Arkansas (!!!!!!), the aforementioned Nick Cave/Nicole Atkins and St. Vincent on tap next, along with all the bands playing at Lebowskifest.

(Do you begin to see why I haven't been spending money on packs of Gypsy Queen? Now, to be fair, I bought a few singles, and I like one of the insert sets a bunch this year, but...nah.)

So, beyond going to see live music, I've been DJing a fair deal, too. I did a guest set at Synthicide in Brooklyn back in April, and I've been doing a bunch of DJing in and around Second Life, sometimes at my club there, Heck, and sometimes elsewhere. I'm sorta looking for a recurring gig (or at least a more frequent guest spot) in the New York metro area right now, so if you know of anything, email me. Oh, and if you want to hear a few of my sets, have at!

I'm also getting back to making music, as well, after a long mental health break. I've started work on an album called "Here's to every beautiful dreamer who got their ass kicked." (every album should start with a title, right?), which will hopefully be done soon. If you've never heard my older music, it's here. I'm still in the early stages on the new record: hashing out which songs I'm gonna develop, working on lyrics, getting in touch with old collaborators, looking for new ones, and testing equipment as I rebuild my studio, but this is a work that's very much in progress.

Finally, I'm working on a book. People, for whatever reason, have been telling me to write an autobiography for years, so I've already written it. You see, I've told pretty much every story I'd ever want to tell and a few that I don't want to tell in chatrooms or instant message windows over the past 2 decades, and I've got most of that logged. The trick is going to be going through tens of thousands of chat logs (I may have chat logs into the six figures) to find them all. I'm not even worried about a coherent narrative. I'm actually aiming for an incoherent narrative, because that's what any good conversation with me is like anyway. I just need to locate enough of them to fill a book. That gets kicked into high gear after the record's done, but I'm already doing some preliminary work on it.

So, that's what's been keeping me from posting cards featuring guys named Dick.

What've you been up to?