Monday, March 23, 2015

Someone has time to go through my want lists

As I stumble upon another week of March, realizing it will be just as busy as the week before, I am reminded again that there are people skipping happily through the month, breaking for spring, and ... get this, looking through collectors' want lists.

How do you people do it?

I received a bunch of cards a week or so ago from The Great Sports Name Hall Of Fame. The SpastikMooss seems to deal primarily in football cards these days, but somehow managed to comb my list of baseball cards and unearth several key items. Again, I repeat: who has the time?

Let's start with a Nebulous 9 need.

Good ol' Eric Riggs was the last card I needed to complete the 2003 Topps Traded Dodgers set. It's been an elusive annoyance for some time.

But The Mooss didn't leave it at that.

That's the gold version of 2003 Riggs.

And that's the Chrome version of Riggs, both refractor and original flavor.

How someone has so many different cards of a player that I only know because he was on a baseball card in 2003, I don't know, but I'm ecstatic about the whole thing.

Let's go to another Nebulous 9 need:

This 1993 Topps gold card of Henry Rodriguez now allows me to do this:

That's all the Dodger goldies from 1993, plus a random Hal McRae, Carlos Delgado, Cliff Floyd, etc.

But we're not done completing team sets:

2007 Upper Deck is finally done now that the dastardly "listed as a Padre but shown as a Dodger" Greg Maddux is in my possession.

Still not done completing team sets:

2000 Bowman Chrome is finished. Do you know how long it would have taken me to making a Bowman Chrome set from the turn of the century a priority? Scientists would have had to lengthen the average life expectancy to 170. This is why I'm glad somebody has time in March.

There's some more shiny from that period. Another prospect -- this time with a very familiar name -- that didn't make it. But don't you feel more patriotic now?

Not every card I received was on my want lists. But that's only because I don't dare put stuff like this on my want lists:

That's a Shoe-Cap-Jersey (Prime, whatever the hell that means) card of Adrian Beltre numbered to /25.

I ignore relics when I'm looking for cards to buy for myself, but I don't know how you can ignore something like that.

It looks a lot like another Beltre relic card I have:

No, I don't know why Playoff was making multiple Beltre Shoe-Cap-Jersey cards in different sets. I'm not going to question it. I'm just going with the flow.

The last card from SpastikMooss features just one kind of relic. But when you see the player featured, you'll understand why:

Isn't that beauteous?

I don't know how players from the '50s played in those things, but I am now glad they did.

Many thanks to The Great Sports Name Hall of Fame for carving out some time to look through my want lists.

I'll let you in on a little secret: I actually had time to look through a couple of people's want lists on Saturday.

I'm going to try to do that again sometime.

April is only nine days away.


  1. You're welcome - I feel like the card community was so great to me early on - it's nice to pay it back sometimes!

  2. The Prime designation means it's a patch as opposed to a regular swatch.