Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Let's really put a push on here...(Updated 11/07/14)

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".

11/07/14 Update:

5 sets down now! A few more are VERY close to being done! Thanks for the help! Added 2013 Ginter to the list, to keep it goin'!

Here are 10 "flagship"-ish (Studio kinda stretches it, yeah) baseball sets I'm very close (25 cards or fewer) on. Cards I've got pending in deals will be written in bold text.

1991 Donruss Studio (Have 256/264):

124 Juan Gonzalez
125 Rich Gossage
131 Roberto Alomar
141 Steve Avery
144 Ron Gant
195 Delino DeShields
260 Black And Decker
NNO Title Card

1992 Donruss Studio (Have 260/264):

77 Mickey Morandini
115 Royce Clayton
143 Chad Curtis
235 Edgar Martinez

1992 Leaf (Have 527/528):

392 Ken Griffey Jr.

1992 Score Pinnacle (Have 606/620):

124 Dale Murphy
156 Ivan Rodriguez
167 Mike Sharperson
292 John Burkett Sidelines
426 Mark Lemke
490 Scott Livingstone
492 Kelly Downs
512 Bob Ojeda
522 Jeff Kent
584 Don Mattingly/Rod Carew Idols
591 Tony Gwynn/Willie Davis Idols
605 Tim Raines Shades
614 Rickey Henderson The Technician
620 David Justice The Technician

1974 Topps (Have 673/684):

4 Aaron Special 62-65
6 Aaron Special 70-73
201 Batting Leaders
202 Home Run Leaders
230 Tony Perez
333 All-Star Second Basemen 
473 World Series Game 2
483 Braves Team Card
637 Checklist 529-660
Checklist 4 Angels
Checklist 15 Expos

1976 Topps (Have 648/660):

104 Sparky Anderson
199 NL Victory Leaders
203 NL Strikeout Leaders
341 Lou Gehrig ATG
346 Ty Cobb ATG
361 Ralph Houk
384 Danny Ozark
421 A's Team
443 Giants Team
556 Gene Mauch
606 Alex Grammas
631 Dave Bristol

1977 Topps Baseball (Have 650/660):

70 Johnny Bench
74 A’s Checklist
100 Joe Morgan
110 Steve Carlton
120 Rod Carew
152 Gaylord Perry
309 Red Sox Checklist
425 Joe Torre
430 Fergie Jenkins
523 Rollie Fingers

1997 Topps (Have 494/495):

276 Checklist

2006 Topps (Have 658/659, 2nd copy of the set):

500 Derek Jeter

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter (Have 330/350):

10 Sandy Koufax
51 Jason Kipnis
52 Scott Diamond
99 Barry Zito
134 Roy Halladay
142 Garrett Jones
222 Andre Ethier
241 Matt Cain
273 Alcides Escobar
275 Josh Beckett
280 Kendrys Morales
307 Darwin Barney
309 Mat Latos
318 Eric Hosmer
327 Yogi Berra
330 Rickey Henderson
332 Cole Hamels
341 Ozzie Smith
345 Melky Cabrera

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:

1983 Fleer
1971 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...


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?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Year Of Dicks, Day 49!

Wow, you guys. I left you Dickless for 17 days. Sorry about that. Life stuff, snow stuff, not much fun stuff. Let's get back to some Dick stuff!

Folks, let's welcome the late, great Dick "The Monster" Radatz to The Year Of Dicks!

As you can see, we're not actually using a card for Dick here, but rather a 1966 Topps Rub-Off, gifted to me from Bob! Very cool item, Bob kicked me a few of 'em including Dick recently, so thanks, Bob!

Now, back to Mr. Radatz (Dick to his friends, "Moose" to some other folks and "that monster" if you're Mickey Mantle, which is where the "Monster" nickname came from). Dick was a relief pitcher for 5 different teams during his big league career, most notably the Boston Red Sox. He was a two-time All-Star, two-time AL Fireman Of The Year and two-time Saves leader. After his time with Boston, he played for the Indians, White Sox and Tigers before wrapping up as an original Montreal Expo in the expansion year of 1969. He's a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, and was undoubtedly one of the best pre-"closer era" relief pitchers to play the game. Sadly, Dick passed away after an accident at home in 2005, but we salute him on this day as a tough competitor and a great Dick in baseball history!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Repost: 240 Yankee Stadium Legacy Cards For $120 Shipped!

Hey, remember these goddamn things?

Yep, still have 'em.

Had someone inquire about them over the weekend and they needed a list of what I have (amazingly, they're collecting the set of 6700-somethin' cards and didn't need a single one), so I made one.

27, 45, 80, 85, 87, 94, 124, 129, 142, 149, 153-154, 156, 174, 402, 628, 635, 653, 672, 678, 688, 697, 733, 858, 861, 869, 1011-1013, 1017, 1053, 1066, 1078, 1329, 1335-1336, 1347, 1356, 1361, 1363, 1367, 1767, 1932, 1965, 2052, 2054, 2088, 2259, 2264, 2284, 2323, 2325, 2332, 2342-2343, 2348, 2350, 2357, 2360, 2381, 2493, 2944, 2958, 2993, 3016, 3019, 3021, 3033, 3115, 3124, 3130, 3140, 3156, 3175, 3178, 3200, 3203, 3207, 3225, 3228, 3232, 3272, 3275, 3277-3278, 3300, 3316, 3318, 3325, 3350, 3360, 3363, 3369, 3385, 3471, 3524-3525, 3546, 3550, 3571, 3574-3575, 3596, 3599, 3600, 3619, 3624, 3644, 3646, 3690, 3834, 3851, 3895, 3924, 3930, 3973, 3978, 3980, 3994, 4005, 4067, 4078, 4144, 4170, 4195, 4202, 4354, 4398, 4412, 4422, 4425-4426, 4437, 4451, 4474, 4490, 4493, 4500-4501, 4515, 4551, 4558, 4583, 4608, 4628, 4691, 4707, 4716, 4757, 4764, 4775, 5126, 5129, 5151, 5176, 5180, 5188, 5213, 5230, 5238, 5254, 5257, 5469-5470, 5305, 5313, 5326, 5366-5367, 5369-5370, 5450, 5461, 5475, 5542-5543, 5565, 5590, 5600, 5615, 5625, 5640, 5643, 5651, 5681, 5687, 5688, 5925, 5948, 6045, 6094, 6099, 6116, 6119, 6125, 6130, 6140-6141, 6144, 6147, 6155, 6169, 6172, 6177, 6179-6180, 6182, 6194, 6205-6207, 6216, 6220, 6243, 6250-6251, 6275-6276, 6290, 6301, 6343, 6361, 6368, 6370, 6408, 6411, 6415, 6418, 6433, 6436, 6442-6443, 6450, 6548, 6655, 6661, 6674, 6687, 6690, 6703, 6710HM
Conditions should all be at least EX-NM, most in NM-MT. I can tell you that there are no Gehrigs, Ruths, DiMaggios, Munsons, Jeters or Riveras, but there are Berras, Mattinglys and Reggies among many others.

$120 shipped is a FIRM price. Will consider REALLY good trade offers (like, REALLY good), but this is one of those lots that I could use cash for in a big way.
Leave a comment here or drop an email to me if you're interested or have any questions. Also: if you know someone collecting YSL, PLEASE pass this info on to them. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Open Support Thread For The PWE-Impaired (Like Me)

Yep, admission is the first step to recovery. I am awful at properly packaging and shipping small amounts of cards in plain white envelopes, or PWEs as the kids call them these days, and would love to see a robust comment thread pop up here where people talk about their techniques (max. number of cards/weight, what they use for packing material to protect the cards and stay under the USPS radar, ideal SASE folding techniques for through the mail autographs and so forth). This may be the most dry subject matter I've ever approached on this site, but there are probably others aside from myself who are kinda "stuck" on this, and I know there are some total PWE champions who read my site. So, if y'all would be generous with your various techniques, which I don't think are state secrets or anything, that'd be awesome.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

I'm getting way close on some '70s sets.

 '70, '72 and '73, I'm not quite there yet (132, 101 and 185 cards respectively), but I'm closing in on 4 Topps sets from the '70s right now: 1971 (unbelievable), 1974, 1976 and 1977. If I finish the last 3, I've got a run from '74-'94, which would've blown 12 year old me away. '71, I don't even know what he would've done about it. Anyway, here's the list right now.

1971 Topps (15):

70 NL Pitching Leaders
72 NL Strikeout Leaders
180 Al Kaline
202 NL Playoff Summary
233 Larry Bowa
264 Joe Morgan
287 Mike Fiore
300 Brooks Robinson
570 Jim Palmer
575 Bill Freehan
580 Tony Perez
588 Tom Bradley
592 Randy Hundley
603 Pirates Team
605 Orlando Cepeda

1974 Topps (26):

  4 Hank Aaron Special
  6 Hank Aaron Special
117 Ron Blomberg
188 Rudy Meoli
201 Batting Leaders
202 HR Leaders
203 RBI Leaders
207 Strikeout Leaders
220 Don Sutton
230 Tony Perez
243 Bob Oliver
276 Angels MGR/CO
333 All-Star 2B
337 All-Star CF
354 Cubs MGR/CO
363 Yankees Team
397 George Stone
423 Fred Stanley
473 WS Game 2
483 Braves Team
569 Rick Dempsey
611 Rich Stelmaszek
637 Checklist
NNO Red Sox Checklist
NNO Angels Checklist
NNO Expos Checklist

1976 Topps (18):

  1 Hank Aaron RB
 39 Pete Broberg
104 Reds Team/Sparky Anderson
148 Stan Thomas
156 Rico Carty
199 NL Wins Leaders
203 NL Strikeout Leaders
341 Lou Gehrig ATG
344 Honus Wagner ATG
346 Ty Cobb ATG
347 Ted Williams ATG
361 Tigers Team/Ralph Houk
384 Phillies Team/Danny Ozark
421 A’s Team/No Manager (Never noticed that before!)
443 Giants Team/No Manager (Never noticed that before either!)
556 Twins Team/Gene Mauch
606 Brewers Team/Alex Grammas
631 Braves Team/Dave Bristol

1977 Topps (13):

 70 Johnny Bench
 74 A’s Team
100 Joe Morgan
110 Steve Carlton
120 Rod Carew
152 Gaylord Perry
295 Gary Carter
309 Red Sox Team
425 Joe Torre
430 Fergie Jenkins
450 Pete Rose
523 Rollie Fingers
547 Willie McCovey

I'm not a huge condition nut, VG+, I'm pretty happy with. If you can help me put these away, that'd be awesome.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Kyle sent me a bunch of stuff!

I had a pair of '50 Bowman cards kickin' around, and Kyle from Nolan's Dugout offered to take them and a Bowman Chrome HARPAR off my hands a week or so back. He sent me some dynamite stuff in return, to the point where I ended up bombing him out with want list stuff that wasn't part of the original deal after it got here because I was late sending my package out and I've told you too much. Anyway, look at some friggin' awesome cards!

I scanned every '74 he sent me, but look at 'em! Morgan, McCovey, Rose, Gibson! Etchebarren! Clean checklists and great leaders cards! Buddy Harrelson posing for a shampoo ad! Great stuff! (Also, this will probably be the only day in this site's history when you see the '74 Topps Dick Lange card posted twice.)

He sent me way more '76s than I could scan (79 cards, a HUGE chunk out of my remaining wants), but I went with 2 pages' worth. Eck rookie off my list, finally! Pops, Fisk, Fingers, The Kid and Torre round out the HOF class here. Manny Sanguillen looks a lot badder than the lot of us combined, and Al Oliver looks badder than Manny does! Wilbur Wood looks surprisingly close for being in that Chisox uni. Lotsa guys look really stoned! Darrell Porter looks like he's trying to scare Gorman Thomas! Just terrific stuff!

He didn't just help me with '70s stuff, though. '93 Donruss is DONE! Even Junior looks impressed.

Rod Carew wore his headband under his batting helmet? Who knew? That's pretty awesome. Kyle helped out a bunch with '83 Fleer...

This cat's always good to check off a checklist.

He took out the bulk of my '81 Fleer set wants, including a pair of Petes...

Hey, remember this guy? Sorry, but we can't use you for our other project. Come back in '15 when we do The Year Of Cocks!

He also took out a good chunk of my '10 Upper Deck wants, including Mo! Mo looks like he's thinking "I dunno...can you see the full logo?" in the '96 Topps-ish inset photo.

And, lastly, there were some other odds and ends. A few '10 Topps Chromes which none of you need to see. The last card I needed for '90 Donruss MVP, which none of you need to see. A few other inserts, including the grudge match of the century, within '89 Fleer All-Stars (which Kyle also finished for me)...seriously, Greenwell looks like he's gonna stone cold beat Jose for stealin' his MVP, as soon as he figures out where to get an 18 wheeler to do it with.

All in all, a great trade with Kyle, so thanks! Here's hoping that you enjoy the stuff I sent to you as much as I enjoyed mine!

The Year Of Dicks, Day 31!

We've made it through a month of Dicks, and 16 total Dicks as of this next one! Thanks to Kyle, we've got a Dick for Day 31! Here he is...

Dick's something of a man of mystery. He played for the Angels for 4 years in the '70s, but his Wikipedia entry is the most sparse of any Dick I've looked at so far. Given my proximity to a bunch of people who were actually around for '70s baseball, I've heard almost nothing about the guy over the years. Even his B-R Bullpen page, which I went with above, was pretty light on insight. He's still with us, out there somewhere...probably takin' er easy for all us sinners, watching over us...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

2014 Topps First Day (that's lasted 3 days) Wrap-Up

Well, it's out.

And it even has a Kolten Wong.

I actually debated whether or not I was going to buy packs of '14, because the set design's pretty uninspiring and because I think I'm buying a factory set in July, but I had a fairly rough couple of days and was driving home past Target on Monday night, so I grabbed a few packs and a rack pack. That actually may be all I get from Series One, in terms of packs. They're not terrible, but they're not great either, and I just think my money's better spent by not opening packs and not chasing insert sets (especially this year's, which are really lacking). That said, here's some of how I did...

Don't they use this picture of Altuve on every card of him? Oh, no, wait, they Photoshopped Trout into it because they think that's the only way people will care. Poor Astros fans. Not because of their team, but because of the way Topps treats them.

Finally! Glad I pulled one, even if I am getting a set. This is one of my favorites from the set so far, and it tells a story: the reason Billy Hamilton wasn't in '13 Update is because he was running too fast to be photographed before the print date! See?

The card Mo's fans were simultaneously waiting for and dreading. Glad I pulled this, too. There's also a really nice retirement card of Todd Helton in the set (which I don't have yet), whose farewell tour really got overshadowed by Mo's and, well, you know...

Worst. Throwback. Uniforms. Ever.

One last card of McCann on teh Barves for dayf to cry in his beer over. Topps just couldn't help themselves here, going for a play at the plate before they're OUTLAWED, and of course having Captain Old School do it. They kinda should've gone horizontal with the card, though. Like a few of the vertical cards with action (Wong, Altuve), it's pretty cramped.


I'm glad I got to see this kid pitch in person before he got Strasburged. He wasn't GREAT (of course, Wainwright has a way of making good pitchers not look quite as good), but he was pretty good. Here's hopin' he bounces back OK in '15!


Wait, there was a non-base card in there. You mean you wanna see those?


No, seriously. Someone at 1 Whitehall Street got paid to come up with "BOOGYA!". I mean, it's not uncommon for people in that part of lower Manhattan to be paid to come up with complete nonsense that's offensive to the sensibilities of, well, everyone, but...


Anyway, moving on to the next affront...

Elapsed time from re-introduction of Topps minis to Topps totally screwing them up: 2 years. Seriously, these things are terrible. What're you smilin' about, Trouty? (Yes, this card is available for trade. Please, get it out of here.)

Waiter! I need a Darryl Strawberry card to cleanse the palate from that last card! Darryl aside, the inserts in this set are really boring.

Seriously, '99 Topps called, it wants its insert sets back. (This card is also available for trade. Ugh.)





Actually, I can't decide how I feel about GREEN SAMARDZIJA. I either love the border color or I hate it. It's hard to love alternate border colors when 1. there are so many of them and 2. you and I will never, ever complete a set of them. (As for the other 3 border colors, Gose is mine, Belt 30/99 is up for grabs and Ryu is already promised to Night Owl.)

So, that was my PUIGLESS MONDAY, or Retail Day One, which I still think is some unfair bullshit to be pulling on the hobby stores, but like I said, I'd had a rough day on Monday so even with a trade package in the mail from Kyle D. of Nolan's Dugout that I'll get into in one of my next few posts (spoiler: his cards were better than these cards), I still needed a pick-me-up and didn't want to be all "ANTI-CAPITALISTA!".

Today (well, technically yesterday now because I've been scanning cards for an hour), I hit my local to catch up with Bob and see how Series One was workin' out for them. I did see a regular hit a Ricky Nolasco auto and a relic of someone, forget who, on consecutive jumbo packs, so there was that, and I picked up a few more cards, too (actually, a bunch more if you count all the non-'14 Topps cards, but I'm too tired to start scanning Islanders and it'll dork up the theme of this here post).

What's wrong with you, Topps? Don Mattingly was always great! Well, at least until he hurt his back, then it was kinda like The Passion Of The Donnie. He was great in this picture, though! I mean, look at that mustache!

Still don't like the design or the foil, but hey, Henry Aaron!

One of my other favorites from Series One. Look at that uniform!


Actually, I paid $.30 plus tax for this card. As I said on Twitter earlier, "What a difference a year makes".

So, that's Series One. Like I said, unless someone decides to dump mass quantities of the base set on me (which I'm not looking for), I'm probably just gonna grab a factory set in July to be done with it (and after that, I'll trade off the base cards I have), and spend my money and trade bait on other cards (Heritage, Donruss if I'm feeling weird, eventually Archives/Ginter/Finest/etc.) or other stuff that isn't cards (You guys, BARRY GIBB IS TOURING!). The base set design's ho-hum. There are a few nice cards within the base set but it's a real step down from '13, even. The inserts are pretty crap looking. And, of course, I'm just not in it for the mojo (and honestly, that's kind of the deal with the inserts; Topps seems to have pulled a Panini and designed all the inserts for auto/relic purposes). It leaves me even colder than expected, and I wasn't expecting much. Your mileage may vary, but that's where I'm at on this.