So I finally got around to sending card stuffs (most notably that Ticket to Stardom Pujols Ticket stub) to Marie in December, so she sent some cards back. As it turns out, that is how trading works. 😛
Anyway, here are all the cards I didn’t have already:
Finally, the hits:
I actually got the same Aramis from my Secret Santa at almost the same time. I thought it might be karmic retribution for contemplating selling the Pujols after offering it to Marie, but there are at least four reasons that doesn’t make sense, none that are worth going into here. And although facial hair is a pain in the butt (for my lazy arse at least), cards depicting Ryne Sandberg with a ‘stache never, ever go out of style. Love the ivy behind him too. That is so cool. About as perfect as a card of a Cub can get.
And that, was an awesome trade.
I’m gonna be so sad if Hawk goes into The Hall as an Expo, but if the Cubs don’t retire his number regardless, I’m totally jumping ship for a year-and-a-half like I did when they traded Maddux when I was little, I’m just sayin’.
I’m serious man, I’ll totally do it! >=/
Reminder first… My box of ’09 A Piece of History is finally do to arrive today. As such, I will be busting it in the early evening tonight, live on justin.tv. The cast shall hopefully commence at around 7pm eastern/6pm central time (pending my cam and mic and the website itself functioning properly, of course). Anyway, feel free to sign up at at Jtv and join me at the link then. Or don’t sign up and just be an anonymous and vaguely creepy onlooker that can’t talk in the chat. Whatever the case, just come by and check it out the box break in glorious crappy webcam-o-vision!
Now then, for the trade bait… Come and get it!
Maybe football’s your thing?
How about teh shiny?
Some crappy base too…
A few random Hall of Famers, mayhaps?
And finally, the coolest one of all. Yes, even cooler than big Dave. Don’t look at me like that.
Wait, that’s not right. But seriously, it’s going to take something especially great to get Ed from me.
Dave Winfield will take something a of above average specialness too. I’ve considered collecting him for quite some time, so I can always keep him and start that collection if I’m not quite feeling the offer (or don’t get one).
There ya go. If you see something you like, make your actual offer in the comments section please. I’m a little (okay a lot, though slightly less so than Beardy :P) slow on the email draw, best if I can get the offers here and just mess with addresses via email. And this way everybody will know what’s available and what’s been claimed, and what it might take to get any given card(s). Fair enough?
Seeya when the sun comes up…
Here are the cool cards Mario sent when I finally got off my lazy butt and sent him a SASE:
I’m trying to spread the love by sending and trading most of the cards received from Mario to those who will appreciate them more than I could ever hope to. Paul Hornung is offered to Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius, and Tony Dorsett is now officially offered to BigD of Hey That’s Mine. I’m giving both Big Bens to a Steelers fan I know (other one coming up). The Maynard/Biletnikoff is the only for sure keeper from this scan, although the Alan Page is tempting, to get a TTM auto maybe. How epic would that look?
As it is, Alan Page, Plax, Calvin Johnson, Romo/Aikman, and the volleyball dude are available.
Bobby Hull and Mike Ditka are the reason I got these cards in the first place, so they ain’t going anywhere. I dunno about the historical peoples though.
I used to have a crush on Kristi in my teenage years. Heh… :d
Do the Presidents look a lil’ toony to anyone else, or is it just me?
Are there any bloggers out there who were at the original?
This is also going to my Steeler fan friend.
Now we get to the higher end, a rare taste for me. But a yummy taste it is. 🙂
This one I offered up for BigD’s Hines Ward collecting son. I got a little something for the whole gang, if they want ’em, that is.
And if they can wait till 2010 to pull off the trade. I’m a slow trader (slow at doing nearly everything, really) to start with, but I think I’ve got trades going with half the card bloggers right now. At least it seems that way, not to mention McCann’s great card blogger Secret Santa thing. I’m very excited about dat though, and hopefully the person I drew will be too.
I’m not trading away this one, I really like this one. It’s purrty. I may have to sell it at some point sadly though. 😦 I’m poor like dirt. I have iffy mental health as an excuse, but I’ve got to try and make good, the sooner the better, and that’ll take some moneys to start with.
Incidentally, if you’d like to commission a sketch card, gimme a shout. You can see a few recent examples on my blog. I’m okay I guess, especially with portraityness.
Enough shameless and very awkwardly done self-promotion. Last card!
That was a heckuva box Mario busted, all three game-used being of the prime jersey variety, if not the sickest of patches. I like Absolute Memorabilia, one day I will be able to afford a box of it without breaking the bank, or even poking it softly. I have no intention of being a poor bum my whole life.
That’s all for what I got from big man of the blogosphere. Maybe I’ll win some stuff from him again (and sign up for Card Corner Club @VOTC) if I can figure out what the heck happened with my Ning password.
Oh yeah, congrats to Real Salt Lake on taking down the evil empire of David Beckham and Landon Donovan. I hope it doesn’t effect the value of my Beckham jersey card though (scans to come when I get it scanned).
And big ups for Matthew Stafford showing some Leftwich-ian toughness in getting the win against the Browns in a surprising shootout.
Until our next…(Besos)
Since my Shalrie Joseph jersey card has just found itself a soon-to-be new home at The Great Sports Name Hall of Fame, I have an excuse to post it, along with a few other nice cards I pulled all by my lil ‘ol self.
I guess the golf auto counts as a pull. It was the guaranteed auto from a 5 golf packs and an auto thing. And a good one at that.
Shalrie was almost a keeper, but it’s cool. I will track another down someday if I feel the need. That said, I’m not without soccer swatches of great midfielders even after Shalrie goes on his way.
That… was a tease. 😉
I sent Night Owl some Dodgers a few weeks ago (or is it months at this point), and here’s what I got in return:
I am unsure of what that Leon Durham is. It’s not really a card, it’s on paper that’s about newsprint thick. Whatever it is though, I do like it. 🙂
Makes me want to get some more actual 1960 topps Cubbies to go with my lone card from that year, great defensive innovator (and pretty decent hitter to boot) Vic Power. And is Reed Johnson ever the right guy for an old school version or what? The hustle & effort, man. Granted, he’s gritty & hard-working because he’s no better than mediocrely talented, but still, hustle is a motivator for others sometimes… He will make a fine manager someday perhaps.
Wasn’t a fan of OPC this year. Not to say that some of the cards aren’t nicely designed (though plenty of photography stinkers there are). Not enough cards for the price of admission, considering the ginormity of the set. If they were eight or more cards per pack with the same insert & hit rate for the $45 or so hobby boxes were going for when it first came out, I *might* have picked up a box.
This brings me to gripe I should mention to Upper Deck sometime if I ever get a live mic with someone with some stroke there. Upper Deck does not seem to even be able to grasp the concept of low end (flagship VERY aside). Even the surprisingly decent Upper Deck X suffers from the low end-itis a bit.
Let’s continue with the pretty pictures of baseball cards then, shall we?
Thusfar, my favorite Upper Deck brand of the year is UDX. Is that crazy or what? I didn’t hate ’08 (one of the few, the proud), and the ’09 version was a vast improvement. It’s the only baseball product truly geared towards kids too, aside from topps’ surprisingly excellent flagship.
Goudey was sometimes not pretty this year, but the Cubbies I received looked fine for the most part. The Uncanny Valley ookiness is mercifully kept to a minimum.
I still don’t like the Timeline base design, but there is something about the blue on it that give it a certain I don’t know what.
Attax are Attax. Rolling out a new game every year or two and never sticking with one can’t be helping the baseball CCG cause, I’m just sayin’.
It’s a shame Tristar’s stuff gets no love, because most of their stuff looks very good, better than Boredom Bowman most years.
I think that’s the first ’94 Fleer Ultra Cubbie I’ve got. I was going to say the mid-’90s (’94-’98ish), were a good place to start for my Cubs collection needs, but really, I don’t have that many from just about any era. Vintage aside, mid-’90s is certainly a very low point, but I don’t even have that many junk wax era Cubbies, particularly of the non-topps persuasion. I guess this is because while I’ve been collecting cards since 1996, it’s only been the last couple of years that baseball cards became my top priority.
Fonsie, just… try to come back healthy next year, ‘kay?
There they are. Amazing that through all the horrible offseason moves, injuries, and just bad years in general, the Cubs finished over .500 in 2009.
Well, the late-’80s/early-’90s were colorful, if nothing else.
Icons are kinda meh and the foil parallels are mostly fugly, but the blue does the halfhearted baseball design some good. And there’s Fukudome, the whole reason for the trade in the first place. Someday, I’m going to update my A&G trade page.
Some great great cards from the man with one of the 5 coolest names in the sports card blogosphere (along with Wicked Ortega, Mojo Hand, Collective Troll, and yours truly, Lonestarr, modesty aside ;P). Give it up for Night Owl one more time!
Oh, Mr. Owl, do you still need the Broxton All-Star card from Updates & Highlights? If so, I will send it along with the Kershaw & any other stuff I might have.
That’s all for this post. Just a reminder, only about a dozen guesses have been made in the contest so far, so keep ’em coming. Remember, even if you’re guess is wrong, you’ll still be in the drawing for a chance at the four football cards.
Here is my epic Fukudome Japanese game-used ball card:
We don’t like to talk about how much I spent on this card… suffice to say, it’s the one time I really broke the bank on a card. I love the card, but what I spent on it still makes me hurt a little inside whenever I think about it. Let’s just “ooh” and “ahh” and comment it’s coolness and not dwell to deeply on the price, shall we? That way I’ll feel less guilty for knowing better but getting it anyway.
Having a conscience sucks when it always feels guilty…
In an effort to give the blog a little mo’ pretty with scans, shine a little more light on my collection, and keep me posting a little more regularly, I will start showing off my cards every now & again. Here is the first card, quite possibly the crown jewel of my collection:
Does it even require description? It’s just a cool & classy bat/auto of one of the greatest Cubs. What more can one ask for? Billy has a great signature, no?
For life, for love, and Forever a Cub…
I picked up my blaster of A&G last night, and… I think I picked the right one. Let’s see if you agree.
61 Adam Dunn
18 James Loney
271 Paul Lo Duca
254 Hunter Pence
131 Todd Helton Mini
Crack teh Code Promo
106 Brian Schneider
192 Yunel Escobar
196 Edgar Renteria
112 Akinori Iwamura
336 Allen Fisher SP- Arm wrestling champion.
WL16 Konstandinos Karamanlis. Greece The World Leaders- Prime Minister is his official title.
AGR-TPH Travis Hafner JERSEY- w00t! Finally got a hit of a guy who I can say is difinitevely NOT the worst player in the pack. *dances awkwardly and moral victoriously*
Checklist Three of Four
167 Marie Curie
266 Matt Kemp
53 Chien-Ming Wang
WGV16 The Battle of Thermopylae The World’s Greatest Victories- Speaking of moral victories, I think it’s fair to say this battle was one. They held out long enough for the forces back home to be prepared and ultimately win the war, but they all ended up getting killed. Moral victory, no?
234 Jared Weaver Mini
166 Bram Stoker
42 Luke Scott
46 Chris Young (Padres)- Team Denotation will become important later…
74 Khalil Greene
5 CC Sabathia
335 Phil Hughes SP
120 Derek Jeter Mini
US39 Paul Konerko (Rhode Island) The United States of America
223 Nyjer Morgan Pirates RC
155 Troy Tulowitzki
90 Jose Reyes
126 Chris Young (Diamondbacks)- Wait for it… WAIT FOR IT… keep waiting… there it is… yes…
46 Chris Young (Padres) Mini- WHAMMY~!!!!!!!!!!! Back-to-back different people with the same names!!
72 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers RC
154 Jesse Carlson Blue Jays RC
Nice to get two rookies I have yet to pull from A&G or elswhere. I am so sick of Ian Kennedy and Max Scherzer.
222 Jeremy Bonderman
47 Chad Billingsley
195 Russell Martin
343 Bengie Molina SP
9 Ian Kinsler Bazooka Back Mini
US18 Jonathan Papelbon (Louisiana) The United States of America- It might already be too late to stick this in with all the other cards I’m sending to Shane.
Checklist Four of Four
273 Jay Bruce Reds RC
101 Adrian Beltre
241 Ryan Garko
36 Michael Young
54 Takashi Saito Mini
Crack teh Code Promo
217 Friedrich Nietzsche
286 Pat Burrell
164 Jorge Posada
225 Roy Oswalt
111 Dan Uggla
305 Randy Johnson SP
177 Evan Longoria Mini Rays RC
US19 Tim Stauffer (Maine) The United States of America
252 Callix Crabbe Padres RC
I think I did pretty well for myself with this one. A not guaranteed jersey, a couple of nice inserts, good rookies and a couple of nice minis. Can’t ask for any better than that from a blaster.
Hit me up in the comments section if you see something you like.
Until our next…
The bootay has arrived! If you remember, I won a contest at the end of September that was put on by Mario from Wax Heaven. Well, not so much won, as was just quite possibly the only one who participated (I think that’s how I got that wrestling recapper job last fall too…). Anyway, the winnings by default are here! We’ve got 8 autographs (including one dual auto), 10 jerseys (including one Hall of Famer and one Patch), some much needed distraction, and some sensible advice.
The distraction and advice are from and in regards to my would-be romantic entanglement. Thank you Mario, every bit of both is MUCH-appreciated.
Now then, without further ado, here is the glorious prize that nearly doubles my autograph and game used collections!
Autos First, cuz the jerseys are better.
2007 Bowman Heritage Brad Lincoln Signs
of Greatness AUTOGRAPH #SG-BL… Smile!
2007 Topps Chrome Joaquin Arias RC
2007 Topps Co-Signers Matt Albers/Chris
Iannetta DUAL AUTOGRAPH #CS-AI
2008 SPx Emilio Bonifacio RC AUTOGRAPH
2008 SPx Bronson Sardinha RC AUTOGRAPH
2008 SPx Rob Johnson RC AUTOGRAPH #138
2008 Topps Co-Signers Bronson Sardinha
RC AUTOGRAPH No.108
2008 Topps Co-Signers Arthur Abraham
(Boxer) Solo Sigs AUTOGRAPH… He’s got an excellent record at least.
I really have no idea if any of these guys are any good or not. Arias shows some promise, looking at Baseball-Reference. And I’ve heard of Bonifacio at least.
Now for the Jerseys…
2003 Donruss Studio Lance Berkman Big
League Challenge JERSEY #BLC-4… I’m seriously considering trying to track down this set. I really liked the Pujols Pants card I recently traded to Boxbusters, and I straight up LOVED the Big League Challenge. This card is also somewhat fabled, as it features a unique blue Berkman jersey swatch that your not likely to find anywhere else. It has also been passed between bloggers twice before in trades, and may be again if I decide not to go after the set.
2004 Leaf Certified Materials Roy
Oswalt Mirror White JERSEY no’d 058/100 #166… Mirror White is pretty… *drools*
2005 Bowman Jesus Cota Futures Game
2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic DON
SUTTON Classic Materials JERSEY… Don Sutton as an Astro. This card will go nicely with in my Hall of Fame Hits binder page, with my ’05 Donruss Champions Frank Robinson swatch of something, Donruss Americana 2 Willie Mays swatch of something, and beat up 2002 Diamond Kings Roberto Clemente Gold Parallel #’d to /100.
2007 SPx Justin Verlander Winning
Materials JERSEY #’d 015/199
2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Mark
2007 Upper Deck MLB Artifacts Michael
Young Divisional Artifacts JERSEY
2007 Upper Deck Spectrum Khalil Greene
Spectrum Swatches #’d 154/199
2008 SPx Kenji Johjima Winning
Materials PATCH #’d 10/40… This was the reason I entered in the first place. I loves me some patches, and this is a nice one. I’m expecting a bounce-back year for Johjima-san (is that the right title to use there? I’ll have to ask Yuta…). I think he can be a top 10 or so catcher again.
2008 Upper Deck Spectrum Jacque Jones
Retrospectrum Swatches JERSEY… One for the Cubs Collection, even though he is depicted as a Twin, and is unfortunately hardly remembered and even then not thought highly of as a Cub, despite being solid both years he was with the team.
Pretty nice lot eh? A little Astros-centric with the extras for my Cubby blue bleedin’ heart, but all of them are bonafied superstars and/or Hall of Famers, and that Mirror White is soooo shiny *@_@*, so I’m down with that. I love the lot Mario. Thank you so much for everything. You’ve been a good friend to me, and I will try to return the favor in the future, just as soon as I have something to offer back.
As for this lot, I’m for sure only keeping Sutton, Kenji, Jacque, the boxer (for novelty’s sake), and maybe Berkman for my Personal Collection, so it might just be coming time for BTHE to hold it’s first ever contest *inadvertantly sponsored by Mario*. Assuming anyone in the Sports Card Blogosphere actually regularly reads my nonsense, of course. If nothing else, please inquire if you want/need/will die without any of the cards I’m not keeping. We’ll see if we can’t work something out. 😉