Going for Broke

In addition to the recently updated theme and some infrastructure-type tweaking, I decided to finally just throw everyone I like on the Single Page Sensations page and see what sticks.  Here are all the new additions, and re-additions, so let’s trade!

Cubs– Arismendy AlcanteraCJ Edwards, Derrick MayMiguel MonteroTuffy RhodesRock ShouldersDan VogelbachKerry WoodJulio Zuleta

Other Baseball– Mookie BettsCarlos DelgadoRay DurhamJermaine Dye, , Jose Fernandez, Charlie Hayes, Tadahito Iguchi, Paul Konerko, Hunter PenceYangervis SolarteYordano VenturaTaijuan Walker, Dave Winfield

BearsMarty BookerCurtis ConwayBobby EngramMuhsin MuhammedMarcus Robinson

Other Football– Jamal AndersonAnquan Boldin, Marques ColstonTerrell DavisKeenan McCardellJerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Jimmy Smith, Fred Taylor

BasketballLaMarcus AldridgePau Gasol, Artis GilmoreDanny Granger, Kirk HinrichEddie JonesKerry Kittles, Scottie PippenChris Webber

SoccerJermaine Jones

WrestlingDaniel Bryan

In addition, a few older Single Pages and full player collections are going to be reorganized.  Once I know what I’m keeping, the stuff I don’t want will be moved to the Trade Bait page.

I don’t know if burning through all of this in my 30th year of being will be my last great collecting hurrah or something else entirely, but I know I’m going to have lots of fun along the way.

I leave you with this rad Blue Prizm of Jorge Soler #'ed /199..

I leave you with this rad Blue Prizm of Jorge Soler #’ed /199, just cuz..

Thanks for stopping by!

Into the fire…

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And then… Nothing!

That’s how it goes for me it seems.  Get up a head of steam and get a lot of posts in over a week or two and then flame out.  But I’m still here!  My plans to get a lot of stuff sent earlier in the month were kinda botched by a combination of my attention deficit… ooh shiny, and the stupid, stupid fartweasels running this place.  Picking apart things you’ve never so much as mentioned before, even though you’ve known about them for years is a very good way to piss me the hell off.  It’s bad enough when it doesn’t ultimately negatively effect the outcome, but when you use it to fail me, and talk down at me the whole time, you just put yourself in a place you don’t want to be in with me.

So my issues with the idiots in charge are far from settled, but while I’m waiting to see what happens next, I have gotten busy on the trading front.  There are currently nine packages precariously stacked (two separate stacks, even I’m not dense enough to try one stack… I’m also not tall enough) atop my refrigerator.  Eight of them are either completely ready, or are just waiting to be addressed.  The other one is still being crammed with a few more cards.

On top of all that, I have three others almost ready to be packaged up, and a couple more a that won’t take too long either.  So that’s about 14 packages or so.  And I have about $25 on me to finish out the month.  I think that will get at least half of them sent.  Some are pretty decent-sized.

Anyway, yeah, just wanted to update y’all with what was going on.  Not sure when exactly everybody’s stuff will go out, but I’ll be out Monday or Tuesday, and at least a few packages will go out then.

Peace and things…

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! 😀

It’s Always Something…

Apologies for starting to drop off the posting pace again, it isn’t for lack of content or anything to say.  To put it briefly, as of early Sunday morning, my keyboard is on the fritz… yes I somehow managed to kill another one.  Anyway, this is being written via crummy on-screen keyboard, which is no good for posts of any real length.  So, no more posts (of much substance anyway) until this can be dealt with.

However, I can still do smaller chunks of work.  As such, I’ve been slowly working on a couple of my pages.  My Wantlist is very nearly up to date, and a bit more colorful now (somewhat inspired by Fuji’s very colorful blog), and I’ve done the same with my trade bait page as well.  I’m also finally slowly adding my available hits to over there, so be sure to stop by and see if there’s anything you like!  The vast majority of my available his should be up by sunrise.

So yeah, that’s what’s up.  I’ll still be around though.  Holla.

Now, where did I put that Price is Right loser horn?

Back in Business I Guess

I was feeling better yesterday, so I went out and got some groceries and stuff.  I’m now kinda sick again, but I also managed to get some scans for my trouble.  Like 26 of them (and there’s a bunch more left to go).  So we’ll be getting back into some proper posting soon I think.  I do have every intention of throwing in more scans and/or pictures (if applicable) of my attempts at art, as well.  And the former Sketch Card Mania page will host the sketch cards I finish and scan after they get their proper posts.

This is all I’m posting today though.  Running a card blog ain’t as glamorous as it looks.  I have to get some trades in proper order, and then I’m going to see if I can squeeze a little more life out of my old and broke-ass digital cable box so I can watch TV again, maybe some football.  Then I’m spending the rest of the day drawing new sketch cards, and finishing the ones I’ve drawn already that need finishing.  Woo, such a life I lead. 😛

EDIT: Out of curiosity, how long do digital cable boxes tend to last?  I’ve had mine for going on 5 1/2 years, and it appears to be completely shot.  Not that I know anything about it, but all the stuff plugged into the back and the wall and everything is all tight, so I guess the thing is just finally broken.  Any advice on how to proceed here?

Have a safe and happy rest of your Wildcard Weekend, everyone!

Teh nose… it drips!

News and Notes and Billy Goats?

Oh my, I hope there are no Billy Goats…

Anyway, I officially added Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo to my Want List.  I explained about Beltre in the last post, and as for Choo, have you seen him this year?!  Alexei Ramirez is under consideration to officially add as well.  Dunno if Fred Lewis will remain or not.

Should I add the guys I’m not actively collecting that I keep any cards I pull of (Hanley Ramirez, Ken Griffey Jr., Chien-Ming Wang… yeah, seriously reconsidering that last one), to the want list?

Three people have shown interest in the potential box break.  Shane, Thomas, and Baseball Dad would like to play.  Now, we need at least another 9 people to commit (or enough spots to be taken to equal 12 or more) before we can proceed further, however.  Baseball Dad gave me an idea how to divvy up the teams, should it actually get that far, though.  More on that as it develops.

In non-related news I started experimenting with making my own sketch cards.  I don’t have the markers to color most of them though.  If you want a B&W sketch card sent along with your trade, tell me what or who you’d like and I’ll whip one up for ya.  Can be pretty much anything your lil’ heart desires.  Sky’s pretty much the limit.

I’d like to actually be able to make a few bucks off them someday, so uhh… Get ’em while they’re free.

I’m done shamelessly pimpin’ my wares now.  Thank you.

The reason I’ve yet to put up my remaining Yankee Stadium Legacys is because… I don’t know where they are.  I thought I just missed them in the empty SP Blaster Yankee box, but they aren’t there, or in any of the piles and piles of random cards I checked awhile ago.  So yeah… >_>

Next on the agenda is a question for Shane of Shoebox Legends.  Did my end of the trade make it to you yet?  And if so, was it acceptable?  I’m a little worried.

And then a question for Cliff of Capewood’s Collections.  Did you ever come to a conclusion on what, if any, of the Phillies you needed/wanted?  Please shoot me an e-mail and I’ll do my best to get them to you before I run out of moneys this month.

To the ladies of Dinged Corners, I’m still workin’ on the box.  I’m planning to do at least two sides as soon as I finish this post.  Also, I can only fit 176 cards in the box not the 200+ I intended.  Will send the other 30 or so as I normally send out my trades.  I think I’ve managed to get everything you asked for in there, with the possible exception of a couple of minis that are nowhere to be found.  However they’ve been more than replaced with other minis.

I wonder if they’ve ever even been to my blog…

I’m probably forgetting something, but I guess I’m done for now.

See you, Space Cowboy