More Collection Transactions

I decided I needed to make a few more moves.  The Prizm mini-master set, Sarita super collection, and a few other things are taking up my attention and I don’t see myself getting around to any of these things anytime soon.

Dock Ellis, Felix Hernandez, Monte Irvin, Andrew McCutchen, Anquan Boldin, Kobe Bryant, and Lolo Jones are officially removed from the collection, though I may keep a little of the little I have of each of them.

• 2012 and 2013 Bowman Silver Ice, 2012 Golden Moments Die-Cuts, 2012 Finest Faces of the Franchise (most are still on COMC, they’ll be available for trade once I have them shipped), 2013 Topps Emerald parallels, and 2012 Topps football Mini Tall Boys are removed from Single Page Sensations.  A couple others are on the bubble.

• I added a page for miscellaneous collections.  This is just a place for the random stuff that doesn’t fit in my collection anywhere, but I like enough to keep anyway.  (Note: I may be willing to part with certain things from the miscellaneous page, so don’t be afraid to ask if you see something you like over there)

• Everything I removed from the Single Page Sensations page in this round of cuts that I’m not keeping are now on the trade bait page.  Everything I am keeping went to the miscellaneous collection page.

• The only additions I’m making are probably putting Starlin Castro back as a full, if super halfhearted, collection and strongly considering a Kerry Wood Single Page Sensation page.

• Have some nice cardboard goodness on the way out:

Shulkie sketch cards by two of my favorite artists via the Blowout forums..

Shulkie sketch cards by two of my favorite artists via the Blowout forums..

Thanks for stopping by. 😉

Until our next…

Collection Transactions

It occurred to me the other day my collection needs some restructuring.  My tastes have been weighted more towards non-sport/multi-sport offerings/pro wrestling offerings of late.  I’ve also come to realize a fair number of my collections are of players I don’t really care about very much.  The expectational baggage of some of those collections are wearying and only serve to keep me from things I like better.  So some full-on collections are being reduced to Single Page Sensations, and some Single Page Sensations are being dropped entirely.  There will be a small number of new things will be added to the lists, however.

So here’s how it shakes down.

• Ernie Banks, Starlin Castro, Matt Forte, Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, LaDainian Tomlinson, Allen Iverson, Derrick Rose, Deron Williams, and AJ Lee are now Single Page Sensations.  Whatever I decide not to keep will be available, though that’d just be base and low-level inserts in most cases.

• Banks and Castro are governed by similar rules to Rod Carew.  Banks gets a page each for vintage and modern.  Starlin gets one each for his RC/Prospect years, later inserts/parallels, and hits from any year.

• Chris Carter, Jason Heyward, Dave Winfield, Robert Griffin III, Steven Jackson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Julius Peppers, Julius Erving, Danny Granger, Scottie Pippen, Tamina Snuka, and Kaitlyn are removed from the collection.  Though a Trifecta of any of them would still be welcome, virtually all of the few cards I have of each player/wrestler are available for sale or trade.

• Greg Maddux, Marian Hossa, Dustin Byfuglienis, Mia St. John, Michelle Baena, and Gina Torres are added to Single Page Sensations.

• As for sets, 1969 Topps Deckle Edge, 2009 Topps Unique Unique Unis, and  2011 Topps Lineage ’75 Minis are removed from the collection.

• BenchWarmer Kiss Cards are added to Single Page Sensations

• The stickers and Lawler sketches from 2012 WWE Heritage, and the mini master set of 2012 Panini Prizm baseball has been added to sets, though Prizm still needs filled in.

• I also attempted to organize the pages a bit better by breaking down baseball and football into Cubs/Bears and other players, and separating BenchWarmers from non-sport.  They are kinda their own (sexy) beast.

That’ll do it for now I guess.  Hopefully ratcheting down a few collections will have the added effect of quality over quantity in the long run as well.  Only having a single page to work with, and pressure to rush into completing it in a timely manner, might push me to try for nicer cards when they cross my radar, and reignite my love for some of these guys.

Oh, here’s a card on the way out.  Eve Torres autos finally fell into my price range after she ditched the WWE.

You gotta BeliEVE!

You gotta BeliEVE!

Until our next…

Collection Tweaking

So I’ve decided to somewhat refocus my collection.  If you’ve stopped by the player collection or set pages, you may have noticed a few changes.  So here they are.  First, this means reorganizing my player collections.

BaseballTyler Colvin, Geovany Soto, Fred McGriff, Hanley Ramirez, and Ken Griffey Jr. are all most likely permanently deactivated player collections.  The last two weren’t on the list, but I never officially dropped them until now.

Carlos Zambrano and Felix Hernandez are at least temporarily deactivated.

David Ortiz is an active player collection again.  Nomar Garciaparra is now an active player collection as well.

Basketball: Julius Erving, Rashad McCantsJoakim Noah,  Antoine Walkerand Dominique Wilkins are most likely permanently deactivated player collections.

Luol Deng is now an active player collection.

Jason Richardson is under consideration to be be added.

Football: Johnny Knox, Richard Dent, Mike Singletary, Greg Olsen, Rashard Mendenhall, Chad Ochocinco, Randall Cunningham, and Jerry Rice are all most likely permanently deactivated player collections.

Warren Moon and Josh Freeman are temporarily deactivated, though I only have maybe two cards of Freeman anyway.  Several other guys I’m dropping in various sports have less than five cards apiece too.

Hakeem Nicks and Eric Decker are under consideration to be added.

In other player collection news, I think Dustin Byfuglien and Marian Hossa will be my two hockey player collections, and Hope Solo in soccer.  My active pro wrestling collections are Booker T, Eve Torres, and Gail Kim.

All that said, if the opportunity arises to land trifecta pieces for any of my deactivated player collections, I will still make a deal.

Now onto sets.

Baseball: 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects WBC Purple Refractors are no longer being pursued.  I will be keeping the five or six I have though.  I’m still a World Baseball Classic fan.

2011 Gypsy Queen Green Framed Paper Parallels are no longer being pursued.  According to what I had listed before I deleted it, Tris Speaker, Johnny Cueto,  Ian Kinsler Johan Santana, Pee Wee Reese, George Sisler, Rogers Hornsby, Josh Hamilton, David Price, Derek Jeter, and Ozzie Smith should all still be here and available, preferably for any The Great Ones I still need or other Framed Papers of players I collect (either color).

2011 topps Diamond Anniversary Parallels have long been abandoned, but now they will no longer appear on the set wantlists page.  Between regular and Cognac, I’m pretty sure I have over 40 available for trade.

2008 Goudey Sport Royalty, 2009 topps Chrome WBC, and 2011 topps Kimball Champions are under review.

2003 Donruss Estrellas Leyendas del Pasado has been added.

2009 Topps Unique Unique Unis has been added.

Basketball: 2009-10 Upper Deck 3D Stars are no longer being pursued.  As such, Dwight Howard/Kevin Garnett, Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce, and Dwyane Wade are available for trade.

Why am I doing all this?  Well, my funds are limited as ever, and my tastes are changing.  I’m now actively seeking trifectas, and key rookies in general (super/stars of their day, historically significant players, Hall of Famers), amongst other things.  So I thought it was time to part ways with some sets and players I’m less committed to, and best to do it in some official way.  I’ve also set up a new page specifically to track my themed collections.

So, with several items no longer on my plate and knowing how I want to proceed with the rest, things will hopefully be ever-so-slightly more focused heading into the new year.  Now if I could just get my cards themselves in order so well.  Seriously, if you’ve been waiting for ages on a trade package from me, you can rest assured it’s because I lost an important piece of your trade amongst my endless piles of random cards and it hasn’t turned up yet.

So, that’s it for now.  Hopefully I’ll have something to say about anything again real soon.  Just pray that it isn’t politics related.  That would be… unpleasant, for everyone involved.

Fuck you, Newt/SOPA/NDAA/David Stern/Kardashians/Humanity Err… Bye! 😀