Friday, April 29, 2016

...And Back To Digital: A Big-Ass Trade/Want List Post!

Here goes nothin'! I'm @SCOTTCRAWFORD on all of the Topps apps. You can either make an offer there, make me an offer here in the comments, or email me. I am not opposed to trading my digital stuff for physical cards or cash, if you are into that sorta thing, but I'm putting my digital card wants up here first, as a (perhaps messed up) priority.

Bunt:

Mark Buehrle Diamond 1/1 (if it even got issued; only Buehrle I'm missing right now)

From The Vault: Lasorda, Franco, Green, Winfield, Buhner, Niekro, Garciaparra, Griffey, Salmon, Williams, Bagwell, Damon, Gagne, Murphy, Posada, Wilhelm, Eckersley, Martinez

Universe:

Cole, Bryant, Davis

2016 red and green base I need

Otherwise, we're going with cards I need of players I'm collecting right now:

Bernie Williams, Vladimir Guerrero, Ichiro Suzuki, Bryce Harper, Jose Altuve, Reggie Jackson, Wade Boggs, Hank Aaron, Eric Davis, Roger Maris, Todd Frazier, Max Scherzer, Justin Morneau, Adam Dunn, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Yoenis Cespedes, Orlando Hernandez, Stephen Strasburg, Josh Hamilton

Star Wars:

Red Classic Comics: #5, #17, #20 award card

2015 crimson base variants: Camie, Chief Chirpa, IG-88, Jan Dodonna, Jango Fett, Mace Windu, Magnaguard, Nexu, Pre Vizsla, R5-D4, Savage Opress, Sly Moore, Wuher

Build-a-ships: anything complete above grey

And that's pretty much it.

Now, the trade stuffs, behind a cut because otherwise, this post will be crazy big!


Oh, and some other stuff, too.

As some of you know, I collect a bunch of other things aside from bubble gum cards. I don't wanna bog down a pure card site with all of those, but I also didn't want to create another site that talks about my hobbies without mentioning cards. So, without further ado...I present my new web site, I need new hobbies.


I have not started posting full-time there yet (let's face it, I've been behind on posts here for a long while, too) but I will begin doing so very, very soon.

If you're wondering what's gonna happen to this site, which I've had a ton of fun with and made some great friendships through (as well as some great trades, but the friendships come first), it's still gonna exist for now. What I'm gonna do for now is post maybe every second or third card post I make to I need new hobbies. I already have a full archive of this site loaded into there, so at least the best of these posts will make their way over there eventually. (We probably don't need a strong historical record of "Hey, I need these 2011 Topps cards" posts, unless the comment threads on those are really good.) If this ambitious migration project of mine actually does work, then in a year or two, this site will probably just point toward I need new hobbies., but for now, everything's remaining fairly stable. I'd recommend adding I need new hobbies. to your RSS feeds, etc. if you'd like to keep up, and for those worried about redundancy, I'm not cross-posting new articles, so you won't see two of my "OMG I JUST GOT A MOOKIE WILSON" posts unless you just wanna open those posts in 2 different browser tabs for the hell of it.

If you don't love the idea of having to read about other things like records and comic books and so forth along with my card posts, I'll still tag things, so you can probably just follow the card posts. I'd strongly recommend a more well-rounded approach to your reading, though! I mean, come on, pretty much every one of you that I talk to has *some* other collection along with the card habit.
 
 I've also created @INeedNewHobbies on Twitter. Some of you have already gotten follows from me, but if not, shoot me a follow and I'll likely be in touch. There's a great reason for me to separate the hobby stuff from my main @scottcrawford account that'll probably thrill a few of you, and maybe bum out a few others (but really, it's just a matter of following 2 accounts instead of 1 here if you want to see everything). There's stuff I post on my main Twitter that has nothing to do with my hobbies, and is pretty polarizing, having to do with current events, my sociopolitical beliefs, etc., and I've felt for ages that it looked tacky to post about "I got this card" in the middle of discussion about the decline of civilization, and it's also kinda rough on those of you who just want to talk about the fun stuff without getting hit with the dogma. I have the ability to separate these two things, so I'm going to try doing it.
 
So, that's it. Hopefully this will be a smooth transition, and something I stick to. For those following me over to the new spots, thank you, I look forward to continuing these conversations with you. For those who are pretty new to all of this, welcome aboard, and my apologies in advance for all that you may endure here!

Hey, I got actual physical cards, too!

Yes, I live!

We're gradually establishing normalcy at the new house, so I've got some time to post about things, and I've also had time for 2 flea market trips so far!

Those of you who follow me on Twitter already saw pics from my first trip, which was a pretty good one, but if you didn't, here goes...


Let's start with the wide-angle shot of the first week's haul. From left to right, there's an album of '68 Topps cards that I got for a song, a cube of junk wax, an assortment of beater '50s cards ('59 Jerry Casale, no relation, I don't think; a couple of '52 Topps, '53 Topps Dutch Leonard, a couple of '53 Bowman Colors including Joe Garagiola, and '57 Topps Randy Jackson, an incomplete-but-not-that-badly-incomplete '99 Topps set ($2, so it was worth it if only for the factory box), a couple of Marvel Spotlights with Son Of Satan in 'em (needed 'em both), and another card album, not as inspiring as the '68 album, but with a nice "obviously came from one of those card collecting starter sets" assortment of TCMA stuff in it.


A better look at the '68 binder, which was in order. Guy had doubles behind the individual cards (thankfully pretty loose sheets). The cards also skewed in favor of the two highest series, which was nice. You can see Al Kaline on this front sheet, but here's a better look...


Here's the other big highlight, aside from Salty...


Was *very* happy to get this one. Didn't even notice it in there in my first 2 passes through the book, at the market.


Here's what everything looked like, once freed from the binder. Stack on the left were singles (186 checked off of my checklist), and the ones on the right are all dupes. Once I'm a little better situated, that's plenty of trade bait right there.


Here's a better look at those '50s beaters. The Randy Jackson is a dupe (Owl?), but unsurprisingly, I needed the rest. Weird, but neat to find a playing-era Joe Garagiola in the wild the week of his passing.


Here's the whole mess of TCMAs. Bottom left corner are TCMA the 1930's cards, the first of which I've ever seen in person. The Gene Hermanski and Bud Harrelson cards are from the 5th Annual National, which was held in Parsippany, NJ in 1984.


You know you wanted to see the '88 Topps I pulled out of these lots.


This past weekend didn't yield much, but I did fish these out of a dime box I found. All duplicates, but I couldn't see leaving good cards like these sitting in a box in the dirt where they'd get manhandled further.

Still, '16 flea market season is off to a decent start.
 
 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

MOAR JPEGS PLZ, er, "my continuing adventures in digital cards".

I swear, I'll be writing about physical cards again soon. I should have some '16 Topps flagship in my hands by the end of the day Wednesday, I've got a trade package going out this week, and I'll eventually scan some cards from my last 2 card store trips (still haven't figured out where I'm hooking up the scanner, y'see). In the meantime, let's have a look at what I've been up to.












I've built some space ships. To do this, if you're unfamiliar: you need to get Schematic cards and Resource cards. Then, you have to go to the "Smuggler's Den" section of the Star Wars Card Trader app, and merge Schematics and Resources into these fancy cards. It is a real pain in the ass, even for these basic grey versions of the ships (like all things on Topps Digital, there's an entire rainbow of versions of these, which each color becoming increasingly more difficult; as someone who doesn't spend money on the apps, I can't imagine how much you'd have to spend to get the parallels of these). I'm still working on finding a Republic Gunship and a Tie Fighter grey Schematic, so get ahold of me if you have spares.


I've been at this for a while, but I'm working on finishing up the last few red Classic Comics inserts. I need #s 5, 15, 17 and the #20 award card for the set.



Speaking of award cards, Star Wars Series 3 and The Force Awakens Series 1 came out. I've finished white base on both, and I'm slogging through blue base now. I'll probably go up to at least red over time (with Series 1 and 2, I did white, blue, red and yellow variants, because it got slow around here before the house took over...), but I don't know if I'll do more. There are already a bunch of different chase colors that are ridiculously limited, and SWCT fans are nuts (imagine that), so I've no interest in fighting them too hard for anything I pretty casually collect.

Moving onto Bunt...

I traded one of these...


...for one of these:


300 count card for a 140 count card? I'll take that. (Pro tip: if you pull a card that's part of an active chase that you're not involved in, and you're pretty sure the rest of the set will remain that way, trade it for something that people have already collected or missed rewards for, or "dead" cards. You can generally do better that way.) It's so much gaud...er...prettier, too, and it's of a human being I actually like! I wouldn't mind getting more 2015/2016 Cannons (mostly Puig, Jay Bruce and the Cespedes award card), but they're pretty low-count, so they're tough for me to come up with the resources to score them. And then there's this monster, which I'll have to give up a kidney to get for myself...


There are only 5 different Vlad cards in Bunt at the moment, none higher than 300 count. This one's 140 count, it's older than the Ichiro I posted above, so there aren't as many in active circulation, and it's really awesome, so it is a TOUGH card to get your hands (not really) on. It's at the top of my Bunt want list.

And then there was this fiasco...


Topps released a fairly complete (586 out of 792) "tribute" set for 1986 flagship. Now, there are a few things that made this a mess. First off, while I know they had a lot of subjects to scan, the picture quality was uneven. Second, there was almost no reason whatsoever for them to have used the "frame" around the cards (yeah, they've done other '86s in flashback series and such, but it'd be pretty easy to differentiate those). And third? Well, they put them out as inserts, tough to pull in the cheap packs, and in boxes that were about $75 a pop for guaranteed '86 cards (as I didn't open any, of course, I'm still not sure how many you got per box), but for whatever their reasons, they inundated the high roller VIP program Bunt users with free boxes that they may not have been able to refuse, and that also may have eaten up part of their free box perks for the month without their say in whether or not those perks were used for '86s. I may not have all the facts 100% correct (and I'll correct them if people have more info, absolutely), as I'm going with a composite of public complaints from disgruntled VIP users on the Bunt app message boards for my information, but I think this is pretty close to what happened. So, you had people who had 40 or more copies of cards that had total production runs of about 1200, and were dumping them for virtually any card you threw at them. Base cards, ones they didn't need, even, just to get the things out of there and try and recoup in some way.

As a result of this mess, for shits and giggles, I managed to put together a complete base set of 560 cards, and the 26 card boxloader set, which contained partial Record Breaker, All-Star and Turn Back The Clock sets, and to date, the one and only Bunt card of this fella...


...without buying any boxes, spending a cent of my own cash, or even pulling a single '86 card from the few '86 packs I did open with my free credits. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who managed this, and I guarantee that someone, somewhere ain't happy about it, but that's life, and sometimes in brave new frontiers, people screw up. Me, I'm just happy that I can look at late-career Sixto Lezcano & Johnnie LeMaster cards on my iPad, though, as the set was incomplete, I'm kinda cheesed off that they couldn't make a digital Teddy Higuera card happen.

I also got a bunch more Buehrles, bringing me within two cards of having all of his Bunt cards. This one is a 1/1, so I doubt I'm getting it from whoever its VIP owner is...


(I mean, I'll totally take it if it's for trade, but I doubt I have the trade bait across 5 different apps to nail down a 1/1.)


...but this slightly more attainable 200 count card, I feel like I have a chance at. Just need to find someone holding it who isn't a Jays fan or a Buehrle fan. I've got the White Sox variant, same count, from this insert set, but not the Jays one. Get in touch if you're looking to unload!






I've had pretty great luck with this subset, too. I pulled 2 of the Robin Ventura card in about 5 packs on the first night, and while I wasn't directly able to trade for the far-more-desirable Darryl Strawberry card, I traded one of the Robins for this...


(Yes, this was actually my first "sig", or "autographed" card. If you think the idea that facsimile autographs on JPEGs (and, in the case of relic cards, JPEGs of pictures of fabric that may or may not actually be from a player's uniform) can make people pay a lot of money for a virtual card is ridiculous, you are my people. I don't collect them for this reason, though I'd probably relent if I got a card of someone I collect offered to me as a throw-in in a bigger deal.)

...and, in what would probably make some people cringe because I did probably take a hit in cash value here (because again, people do sell these things), I traded it for Darryl.

Then, I traded a handful of the Topps Kick inserts I posted in my trade bait post for the Eddie Murray, which was a happy transaction for me, since I had no attachment to the Kick stuff.

Today, as I was waiting for them to announce that Eric Davis would be in a set of southern Californian baseball legends (as he should be; he was a great player, if more snake-bitten than Griffey, and he and Darryl Strawberry started playing against each other in Little League), they did not, but they busted out Graig Nettles, so the extra Robin Ventura I'd been holding onto would have to either go toward Puff, or I'd have to pull something else out of a pack to trade for Eric Davis. Thankfully, I managed to snag a Zeile card in about 4 packs flat (my luck on these is stunning to me, because these cards are coming in at around 140-160 a piece, some of the best pulls I've had in terms of card count; my best ever low-count pull was a LaTroy Hawkins Playoff Hunt that came in at 58 total units, but, well, it was LaTroy Hawkins...), and it was quick work to trade it for Nettles.

So, hopefully tomorrow afternoon, Eric Davis is announced as part of the set without incident, and without any other really interesting company, and I can swap Robin Ventura for him without much trouble.

Finally, I mentioned 5 apps, where Topps only has 4 card apps to date...


T-Bone here is part of Kitten Cards, the first and I believe the only all-cat digital trading card app. I just found out about this one last night. With free credits and cross-trading doing pretty well, there's no reason not to be in on this. Also: CATS.

One more before I go. Remember how I said my Bernie Williams collection was lacking a bit? Well, I did get this...


It's something!

I am @SCOTTCRAWFORD on all of the Topps apps and scottcrawford on Kitten Cards. Come find me and let's trade some stuff!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Topps Digital Trade Bait

(If my formatting looks weird to you, I'm posting from a mobile app for the first time. Took me long enough!)

So, I'm on all 4 Topps apps with some regularity now (@SCOTTCRAWFORD on every app), though I'm slightly out of the loop in the NFL, and totally out of it in what Americans call soccer. I'm mostly on those apps in the interest of getting trade bait, and yes, I have some.

On Huddle...


This is my lowest-numbered card (right around 250) and while it's from a Playoff series (which, if they're like baseball playoff cards, traders will become allergic to in a few weeks), the Broncos are still playing, for in-app contest purposes! Of course, with my luck, C.J. Anderson is injured or something...


Have 2 of these.


This...


This...





These...


My only gold...


A red Playoffs Harrison, which is also low-numbered...and some more Playoffs and base which I won't bore you with further. All of these are available for Bunt cards.

My Kick stuff is more fun, I think...







Also all available for Bunt stuff. If anyone's feeling generous and can tell me more about these than card counts (I did get the award for the Headlines, but damned if I know who these guys are, as my fantasy BPL football guys were a generation ago now, it seems), that'd be awesome.

Finally, a few Star Wars I've got up for trade...


I've gotten more offers (all of them lousy, alas) on this card than on all my other cards across 4 apps combined. It is available for trade (though I keep it locked; 1-1 me or ask me here), but I know people love it, so it won't be cheap.


'77!




These!



Teals!


One available gold here, too! (I have a bunch of gold and silver in Kick, but, well, base cards...)




Schematics! Yeah, just greys. I've got 4 of Anakin's ride, 1 each of the others. Looking to get the grey Republic Gunship schematic so I'll be complete on build-a-ships.



These things!




Street Art 2s! I was working on the green set out of boredom, and ended up with some blues. Still wouldn't mind finishing green. I'll get more into what Star Wars I do collect soon, because I do collect those, if not as actively as Bunt.

So, there you have it, a bunch of digital cards I'm trying to flip for more-interesting-to-me digital cards. Again, my name across all 4 Topps apps is, of course, @SCOTTCRAWFORD, and I'd be looking to do Huddle and Kick for Bunt and Star Wars for either more Star Wars (ask me, if I don't post about my collecting interests soon) or Bunt (my collecting interests there mirror my physical ones, pretty much).