Wednesday, January 20, 2016
What's in my head
After so many years of writing this blog, I think people have a pretty good idea of what I'm interested in when it comes to cardboard.
But what do I like right now? What am I obsessed with right now? What's in my head right now? (OK, that last question may get a scary answer).
For that, you'd have to take a look at my latest COMC order. Plenty of people send me cards that I like. But only a COMC blog post guarantees that you'll see cards that I really, really, really like at this exact moment in time.
Isn't that exciting?
Well, it is to me.
These are cards that I received with some remaining Christmas money, because I always get cards for Christmas whether someone buys them for me or not.
Let's see what was in my head at the exact moment I pressed SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Grabbing pesky inserts from sets that bug me.
That means you, Archives. I still need regular old base Dodgers from 2015 Archives, as well as that stupid SP base card. But those will be available forever. I need to grab the inserts before I forget they exist. And so, now I have the Yasiel Puig 1968 Game insert and this Clayton Kershaw 1990 Draft Pick-themed insert.
Grabbing pesky SPs and set needs.
Speaking of Kershaw, Allen and Ginter had the nerve to make him an SP in 2015. So it took me to this point to land his base card. And I added the mini card, too, just for the ventriloquist-dummy effect.
Finishing off a team set.
All of the 2015 Heritage Dodgers are mine. That Frias card has been a thorn in my collection for nearly 12 months.
'70s movies and TV shows.
This is the latest card to go into the '70s movies/TV page. It's a very cool card from the Close Encounters Of The Third Kind set. When I watched this movie in '78, I thought they couldn't possibly make a more advanced, dramatic, thought-provoking, mind-blowing edgy movie. Of course I was 13 at the time. I watched Close Encounters about a year or so ago on Netflix and it does not hold up. Still a great-looking set though.
I love magazines. Traditional magazines. And I love baseball cards. Magazines ON baseball cards? I must has them all. But I'm just starting with the Dodgers.
You shouldn't be surprised that women are on my mind. At all.
The vast majority of my 1972 Topps over the last few years have arrived either in trade packages or from card shows. It's about time I landed some the new-fashioned way and grabbed them online.
The Babe Ruth Award card completes that very weird award subset for me.
Finishing off a set ... and failing
One thing that online cart-stuffers will know is you always have to be mindful of items disappearing out of your cart. People stealing things out of your cart!
This is what happened here. I thought I had the last 3 1981 Donruss cards that I needed. But when I ordered ship, I realized the Carl Yastrzemski card had disappeared. At least I know which card will be the last one to complete the set.
Vintage World Series cards.
By picking up these two cards from the 1960 set, commemorating the Dodgers' title in 1959, I have now wrapped up the Series set.
Shame on Topps for not allowing me to do the same in the 1966, 1982 and 1989 sets.
The time has come to go to work on some of the '60s high numbers. It's a tricky exercise.
I Said More Vintage!
All that's left from '58 is Pee Wee, Koufax and Drysdale.
More, More, More, More Vintage!
Speaking of Drysdale, there he is!
It amazes me how cheap off-center cards can be. These prices were obviously created by people who were born after 1980. I pulled off-center cards out of every pack I bought between 1975 and the late '80s. It's really no big deal. Especially with something so nicely vintage.
And, there you are.
That's what I was thinking about as far as cards that I really wanted a short week or two ago.
Of course, the cart is filling up yet again.
My head is always full of cardboard thoughts.