Hey everyone, I finally got a halfway decent night of sleep, so I’m feeling fairly sane & coherent at the moment. Also my Fantastic Four Archives box arrived, though I won’t be letting myself open it before Sunday night, as my reward for the cleaning I have to do. Right now I have yet another overdue trade to post, this one coming from Ryan’s Memorabilia Blog. Here’s what I got:
That is the back of the Masterpieces framed parallel I received that was numbered. Now let’s see the front!
Three Griffeys! I can do without many parallels, because often they don’t add anything worthwhile, or waste everyone’s time. But these parallels… these parallels I lurrrrrrrrve. I’ve said before that the slightly raised frames are the closest parallel that artsy/retro-type sets have to the refractor (of which that Yadier Molina is). And they come in as just as many colors!
But seriously, while the base cards themselves look very nice, they aren’t that exciting. Throw a variously pretentiously named colored border on there, and bam!… Whole ‘nother level. Bruce Sutter deserves a frame. And I didn’t even get to the Vlad Guerrero jersey, my first Masterpieces hit. They are as nice as advertised, if anyone hasn’t gotten one yet. Is there actually anyone that hasn’t gotten one yet? If not, I highly recommend.
Now then, I have a request. I’m beginning work on a post, a guide of sorts, to help beginner collectors. It’s a sort of complicated hobby, and we can all use a little help sometimes. And there doesn’t seem to be a lot of help coming from official channels. I can say what I have to say, but I’d also like to get the opinions of other card bloggers, as well as any other collectors, people who do or have worked at the card companies if possible, anyone who might be able to give some perspective on the Hobby to as it is today.
I will use as much as I can that’s applicable. Your experiences, collecting mindset, how you got into it, what you like, what you think of the current state of things, and your advice to new and/or long-absent collectors. And hopefully I can make sense of everything and turn it into something useful to new collectors.
So spread the news please, because I want as much feedback from as many different perspectives as possible. You can leave your thoughts in the comments, email me, or respond via twitter, whatever works for you. Thanks.
Over and out!