Thursday, October 18, 2018

I need subtitles

I am moving my 10th anniversary giveaway, yet again, to Monday. My apologies and feel free to throw rotten tomatoes at me in the comments, but you don't know what I'm doing in the rest of my life. If I appear to be "mopey" on this blog, get back to me when your parents are aging and ailing and hundreds of miles away and tell me how that blog is doing.

Anyway, Monday is a day off and I'm not traveling anywhere -- I think -- and there are no emergencies scheduled, so I'll kick it off then. Life has been so hectic that it's five games into the NLCS featuring my favorite team and I've watched exactly one-and-a-quarter games. During the 13-inning game that ended beyond 2 in the morning, I went to bed at midnight. Night Owl in his nest at midnight.

You can imagine how little time I have for pieces of cardboard. And in this modern era of cardboard in which it's a full-time job to keep track of what Topps is issuing, I laugh at all of the parallels intended to occupy my time. Parallels???? My life has no time for parallels!!!! In fact, I have no idea what parallels are being made or even whether a certain card IS a parallel. I fart in the general direction of parallels!

I definitely need subtitles for stuff like that. There's no time for research or deduction.

Fortunately, Marc at Remember the Astrodome knows this and he provided helpful subtitles on several of the cards that he sent:

Silver Parallels. Yes, thank goodness for this note. The 1990s-type parallels are sometimes impossible to catch and often incapable of making me care. I never would have figured these for cards I need.

There they are. Silver Parallels. This automatically makes me wonder how many Silver Parallels currently reside in my dupes box.

Glossy Parallel. Again, this very flustered night owl appreciates this note because, quite frankly, I had no idea Donruss Team Heroes created glossy parallels.

This is the Glossy Parallel. You and me are just going to have to take the note at its word here. I really can't tell much of a difference between this and the regular Team Heroes card. Again, the dupes box is probably crawling with glossies and I have no time to go through that thing.

Here is a Bronze Parallel. Note or no note, I would like to think I will never be too busy to not know that this is a parallel. However, I always appreciate the extra help.

There it is. Kinda looks burnt orange to me, but I'm just a '70s kid who colored with 64 Crayola crayons with a built-in sharpener.

A Shock Parallel. OK, I didn't know that was a thing and I'm impressed that Marc did. If I hadn't seen the front of the card before the back, this note wouldn't be helping me at all and I might be a bit concerned. "Shock" Parallel??? Do I want to turn it over?


This is a fancy-looking card. There is a heart-beat monitor effect on the card. Is that the "shock" Panini is going for in the description? If so, that's kind of serious for a non-serious hobby. I don't think it's referring to "shock waves" as those are circular (or maybe elliptical) in nature. Anyway, I like the card.

Marc added several other parallel needs, but without the subtitles. I was able to carve out a couple of minutes to determine that I needed them, although I still don't know the names of some.

I wasn't around in the hobby to collect 1997 Score but every time I see the abundant and fairly pointless parallels I know the set would've pissed me off.

All right, but what a very busy collector needs are non-parallel cards, right? Were there any regular base cards in this package, or at the very least some inserts? You know, cards that don't need to be deciphered?

Yes, I'm happy there were some of those. And needs, too.

Just about every Dodger fan has written Cody Bellinger off of doing anything in the postseason, so thank goodness for Game 4.

I could probably provide a sentence for each of the above cards that I displayed, but every thought fell out of my head when I saw this "need":

A 1990s-style parallel of a card issued 25 years ago, multiple versions of which are without a doubt swimming around in my dupes box.

Yup, I definitely have no time for this.

Although I wish the circumstances were different, I'm pretty proud that I have no time for this kind of dumbness anymore.

Monday, October 15, 2018

C.A.: 2008 Upper Deck Yankee Stadium Legacy #4263

(It's the day of Game 3 of the NLCS and I am going to have to find a creative way to watch the game tonight since Fox has deemed it unworthy for basic cable. Or maybe I'll just monitor online. That's sometimes less agonizing anyway. Time for Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 275th in a series):

For the first time, I believe, I am showing a card on Cardboard Appreciation that I don't own.

I have had my eyes on this card for quite awhile but it's been out of stock on COMC the whole time I have been aware of it. I haven't bothered searching for the card anywhere else.

That's just the way it is with these Yankee Stadium Legacy cards. If you find one that fits into your collection, you're still not all that enthused about it. Let me explain why:

This card features the first game I ever attended in person. July 15, 1978. This is why I want this card. People collect ToppsNow cards because they represent a game that they attended. This is really the only card of a game that I attended that I want.

However, Upper Deck in its usual half-assed way has thoroughly messed up the presentation. Never mind the headache-inducing practice of putting the winning team on the right, but what the heck is Ron Guidry doing pictured on this card?

Guidry did not pitch in that first game I saw. The Yankees starter was Ed Figueroa. Upper Deck does explain it for you on that back:

There you see the game details. Figueroa was the loser. Dennis Leonard was the winner. Pete LaCock hit a home run (that's right the first home run I ever saw in person was hit by Pete LaCock). Then there is some gibberish about Guidry, along with a completely different game on June 17, 1978. Isn't there a YSL card for that game? Why is it on this card?

Anyway, this is the only known card of the first game I attended. In actuality, I could produce a better card of that game than this. I have saved the boxscore, I know all the game details, I know that Thurman Munson started in right field. I probably should save myself the trouble of searching for this card and make one myself.

I'm not in the habit of making custom cards, but I'll make an exception here.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

An attempt at a five-minutes-or-less post

The latest blogging sensation is trying to write a post in five minutes or less. I never put a time limit on writing my posts, and I would think you know by the length of some of them, my feeling is the longer you spend on them, the better they are.

However ...

In these time-crunch days, drastic measures must be taken.

So I'm giving it a try. Here is what I have to say in 5 minutes or less:

I am expecting my 10th anniversary giveaway to kick off next Thursday. I've been doing a lot of traveling lately, which is the main reason why I can't get to this giveaway or post with the frequency I have in the past, but hopefully I'll be able to cram it into my schedule at the end of this week.

I'm feeling positive about this because for the first time in a month I actually mailed out some packages!!! ... OK, so it was only three of them, but you got to get back on the horse anyway you can, whether it's butt first or over the snout or whatever, right?

Sending out those 3 packages has put a few other blog traders on-deck for the next round of packages. One of those is gcrl, who recently sent me some cards and then sent me a PWE with two more. One of those cards was the 2018 Archives card of Tommy Lasorda above. It's so weird seeing a manager pictured on the 1977 Topps design, because managers were relegated to a tiny mug shot on the team card that year.

The other card he sent was this one:

This 2003 Topps Shoebox Ron Cey card is a former Nebulous 9 need. When I discovered this card it went on the Nebulous 9 instantly, because it's rare that I find a base Ron Cey Dodger card that I don't have.

I just took a quick look at COMC and there are no Ron Cey Dodger base cards listed on there that I need. All the needs are either parallels, autograph/relic cards or oddballs that are a little too out there for me to care (odd shapes, etc.).

What do you player collectors do when the well runs dry on your player?

I suppose that's a good thing -- less cash I have to spend. But I really get excited when I see a new Ron Cey card. I hope there are a few more for me in the future.

OK, that's it. ... And that post took me 18 minutes to write and edit.

Honestly I don't think anyone can write a post in than less 5 minutes.

Friday, October 12, 2018

The 10 worst Brewers cards in my collection

As often happens during the postseason, I select a participating team and try to find a few cards from that team that I enjoy. It helps me appreciate the teams involved a little more as well as the cards that I own.

I've even done this a time or two for teams that are playing the Dodgers in the postseason. I don't know why. I suppose it's my way of making a peace offering to my foes. And so I started making a list of some of my favorite Brewers of the past in keeping with this year's NLCS.

Then I decided: I'm not doing that.

Oh, I certainly am capable. Here's my favorite outfield right now: Ben Oglivie, Gorman Thomas, Sixto Lezcano. That took me 30 seconds to compile. Simple.

But I'm sick of being nice to the team that's trying to beat my team, especially when it's the team that suddenly finds its bandwagon full. I've dealt with this for three years now. Two years ago, people wanted the Cubs to beat the Dodgers because --- ooooh, it's been sooooo long since the Cubs won a Series. Then last year, people wanted the Astros to win because --- ooooh, they've neevvver won the Series. Now we're supposed to do the same thing for the Brewers because of some other soooooo long thing, plus Bud Selig.

Well, how about rooting for the team who's made it to the postseason six times in a row and still hasn't won? How 'bout them?

It's time to take no prisoners. Time to showcase the 10 worst Brewers cards in my collection. Get ready for a lot (and I do mean A LOT) of Ryan Braun.

10. 1995 Donruss Cal Eldred

It's a good thing I didn't collect during the mid-1990s. I don't know if I could handle that much Brewers uniform. Those mid-decade things were atrocious. The crossed bats through a muddled "MB," the dark blue softball tops, the overload of green. Just eeewww.

9. 1990 Donruss Tom Filer

A recent worldwide poll determined that the dullest baseball card ever made was of somebody named Tom Filer in the 1990 Donruss set. For once, the world is correct.

8. 2009 Upper Deck OPC Corey Hart

I can't figure out this card for the life of me. It's essentially a faceless card of a cross-legged dude. I know this OPC set was supposed to be paying tribute to pictures and sets from the '70s, but not even the '70s did stuff like this.

7. 1976 Topps Rick Austin

To those who weren't collecting right along with me in 1976, they probably see nothing more than a bad-ass '70s pitcher. But that's not the case at all. Austin's ERA is 4.60 for his career on the back of his card. He has minor league stats stretching back to 1968. There was even a detour to Japan. The card I owned of him featured a rip in the top-center that just seemed to fit with this pathetic piece of cardboard. In fact, seeing this card with sharp corners and no rip is still weird for me.

6. 2011 Topps Ryan Braun

Here come the Brauns. This is card No. 1 in the 2011 flagship set. It is a card that drives me to distraction. WHY IS THE M SO HUGE ON HIS HELMET?????? Why? Every time I see this card, I ask the same question.

5. 1973 Topps Don Money

I would never classify many of the airbrushed cards -- and the Brewers have their fair share -- as the "worst," but this one is just dumb. The color blue used for the cap has never been used in anything other than comic books. The Brewers were a long way from wearing pinstripes -- those are Phillies pinstripes that the airbrusher didn't even bother to cover with a stroke of white paint.

4. 1974 Topps Traded Tom Murphy

The upturned collar is baffling. I'm assuming that the collar really existed and wasn't drawn in by the airbrusher, but who plays like that?

3. 1972 Topps Don Pavletich

There are many cards of the 1960s and early 1970s where it is very difficult to determine from the photo that person pictured is an actual ballplayer. This may top the list. There is no visible sign he hits or throws a ball for a living. If I didn't know this was a baseball card, I might think that this is the town grouch who has just stepped out of his apartment in his undershirt only to hear loud music coming from the third floor of the apartment and he is looking toward the source, ready to give them a piece of his mind.

2. 2010 Topps Brew Crew Knockout checklist

In 2010, Topps thought we should be as enamored by the Brewers' choreographed antics as they were. But actually, they became annoying pretty fast and they weren't any more pleasant on baseball cards.

But that didn't stop Topps. Braun and Fielder are not only on this particular checklist in the 2010 set ...

... but they are on this particular checklist, too, because we need a SECOND checklist of these two yokels, don't we?

Oh, WAIT, we've got to get them on yet another card!!!!!

Sheesh. Why in the world did I complete this set? The Braun-Fielder-Weeks Brewers are easily my least favorite Brewers of any era.

1. 2009 Topps Ryan Braun

A sad card of a sad-acting individual. I guess it was appropriate for what was to come.

Truth be told, if the Brewers happen to win this series, I may end up rooting for them to win the World Series, which is actually something difficult for me to do when a team beats my Dodgers.

But I'm not expecting it to come to that. It's time to root for my Dodgers, even if everyone else is rooting for that team that can't decide if it belongs in the American League or the National League.

Thursday, October 11, 2018


A few days ago I started seeing collectors showing off their redemption arrivals from 2018 Archives.

I began to wonder when my Jim Perry redemption autograph would show up. But I needn't have worried. Just yesterday I received a friendly announcement from Topps saying that my 2018 Fan Favorites Autograph 1971 Silver Parallel Jim Perry (boy, that's a mouthful) was on its way. Keep an eye out!

This afternoon it showed up in the mailbox.

I admit it's rather pretty. It resembles 1971 Topps about as much as I resemble a mountain man, but let's not quibble with a card that shows a scoreboard listing the Mets vs. the Padres and the Pirates vs. the Reds! I also appreciate the action picture, as '71 Topps was known for that.

There is the back in all its 1971-like splendor. The stamping is difficult to read but it's numbered 68/99.

As I mentioned when I pulled the redemption card, Jim Perry is a little before my time. His last card issued during his career was in the 1975 Topps set. I was 9. And I didn't pull his card that year.

Perry will be 83 years old by the end of this month and judging by his signature, he is holding up well. Those Perrys are a sturdy bunch. Younger brother Gaylord is 80.

I'm attached to this card right now because it's shiny and new, but admittedly it doesn't fit into my collection. So I'm willing to trade it if the right offer comes along.

Thanks for signing and thanks for reading.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Inventory complete

About a month-and-a-half ago, I received a packed medium flat-rate box from Chris of The Collector as one of the prizes for commenting on his sports cities tour posts.

I posted after a quick look through the goodies just because I knew if I waited until I had everything inventoried, Chris might have been wondering if the box ever got to me. Since it's arrival, I've been sorting and totaling and figuring out just exactly what I needed out of the big ol' box.

After filtering out the dupes, I've got the whole box broken down and I'm going to list it all here.

There is actually not all that much that I want from this box, so if anyone is collecting certain sets, let me know and I can send you the cards (I feel silly writing this since it's been a month since I've sent anybody any cards, but I assure you I'll get to all the outgoing packages eventually). Those cards/sets that I'd like to keep, I'll note in the list in big red letters.

OK, get ready:

1982 Donruss - 2 (keepers)

1982 Fleer - 2 (keepers)
1985 Fleer - 2 (keepers)
1985 Topps Collectors Series - 1

1986 Donruss - 4
1986 Donruss Rookies - 10 (I'll keep one or two)
1986 Sportflics - 1
1987 Donruss - 6
1987 Donruss Opening Day - 2
1987 Donruss Rookies - 2
1987 Fleer - 6 (keepers)
1987 Fleer Update - 1 (keeper)
1988 Fleer League Leaders - 1 (keeper)
1988 Donruss - 8 (keepers)
1988 Donruss Opening Day - 1
1988 Topps Traded - 2 (keepers)
1988 Topps glossy all-star - 1 (keeper)
1989 Donruss - 55 (keepers)
1989 Donruss All-Stars - 6 (keepers)
1989 Score - 13 (keepers)
1989 Upper Deck - 11
1990 Bowman - 8
1990 Donruss - 28
1990 Fleer - 11

1990 Leaf - 2

1990 Score - 23 (keepers)
1990 Score Update - 1 (keeper)
1990 Upper Deck - 8
1991 Line Drive - 1

1991 Score - 132 (keepers)

I still haven't figured out whether this large total of '91 Score, coupled with the bunch I have already, will send me over the edge to finish off this set. There are many levels to cataloging these cards. This will be one of the most interesting ones for me.

1991 Score Rising Stars/Superstars - 7
1991 Topps glossy all-stars - 3 (keepers)
1991 Topps Stadium Club - 6
1991 Upper Deck - 31
1992 Bowman - 6

1992 Donruss - 68

Someone, please, take these off my hands. There is nothing more grueling than cataloging a set that I despise.

1992 Fleer - 5
1992 Leaf - 27
1992 OPC Premiere - 4

1992 Pinnacle - 17 (keepers)

1992 Score - 12
1992 Studio - 1

1992 Topps - 49 (keepers)

1992 Topps Stadium Club - 22

1992 Upper Deck and UD Prospects - 12

1992-94 Conlon Collection - 14
1993 Bowman - 6

1993 Donruss - 182

Good, clean set, but it just can't draw my interest.

1993 Donruss Triple Play - 2
1993 Fleer - 3
1993 Fleer Ultra - 38
1993-94 Fleer Excel - 14
1993 Leaf - 7

1993 Score Select - 10 (keepers)

1993 Topps - 8
1993 Topps Stadium Club - 13
1993 Classic 4-Sport - 1
1994 Bowman - 2
1994 Collector's Choice - 5
1994 Donruss - 12
1994 Donruss Triple Play - 5
1994 Fleer - 10 (keepers)
1994 Fleer Update - 8 (keepers)

1994 Flair - 37 (keepers)
1994 Leaf - 1
1994 Pinnacle - 18 (keepers)

1994 Score - 94 (TBA)

I want to collect this set. The problem is the cards are notorious for sticking together and chipping. That's a double-whammy. Some sure look nice though.

1994 Score Select - 2
1994 Topps - 35

1994 Topps Stadium Club - 51 (keepers)

1994 Upper Deck - 13 (only the Chuck Finley card is a keeper)

1994 Upper Deck Heroes - 10 (keepers)

1995 Collector's Choice - 4

1995 Fleer - 15 (what a bizarre card/set)
1995 Fleer Ultra - 6
1995 Leaf - 17
1995 Pinnacle - 1
1995 Score - 12
1995 Score Select - 1

1995 Topps - 45 (keepers)

1995 Topps Embossed - 1
1995 Topps Stadium Club - 6
1996 Donruss - 5
1996 Fleer Ultra - 4
1996 Leaf - 1
1996 Metal - 2
1996 Pacific - 4
1996 Pinnacle - 5
1996 Pinnacle Denny's - 1
1996 Score - 3
1996 Score Select - 2
1996 Topps - 9
1997 Bowman - 1
1997 Circa - 1
1997 Collector's Choice - 3
1997 Pinnacle - 1
1997 Topps - 5 (keepers)

1997 Topps Finest - 33
1997 Upper Deck - 7
1998 Collector's Choice - 1
1998 Fleer Tradition - 13
1998 Pacific - 3
1998 Pacific Paramount - 1
1998 Score - 1
1998 Topps - 2

1999 Fleer Tradition - 7

1999 Pacific Aurora - 1
1999 Pacific Omega - 1
1999 Topps - 2
1999 Topps Stadium Club - 2
1999 Upper Deck - 1
1999 UD Choice - 1

2000 Topps - 22

2000 Upper Deck - 1
2000 Upper Deck Ionix - 2
2000 Upper Deck SP Prospects - 1
2001 Bowman - 6

2001 Fleer Platinum - 11
2001 Fleer Tradition - 2
2001 Pacific - 9

2001 Topps - 30 (keepers)
2001 Topps Stadium Club -3
2001 Topps Stars - 1
2001 Upper Deck Reserve - 1
2001 Upper Deck Vintage - 1

2003 Topps Total - 9

2004 Bazooka - 4
2004 Donruss Team Heroes - 1
2004 Topps - 2 (keepers)
2005 Studio - 1
2005 Topps Update - 1
2006 Fleer - 1
2007 Bowman Heritage - 1
2007 Tri-Star Pro Debut - 1
2008 Topps - 2
2009 Bowman - 14
2009 Bowman Chrome - 4
2009 Upper Deck - 11
2009 Topps Chrome - 2
2010 Topps Update - 1 (keeper)

2010 Upper Deck - 65

I didn't think anybody bought this set. It's so weird to see so many of them in one place. (This is one of the few decent cards in the set).

2011 Topps - 2
2011 Topps Opening Day - 2
2012 Topps - 12
2013 Panini Donruss Elite Extra - 3
2013 Panini Triple Play - 1

2013 Topps - 5 (keepers)

2014 Panini Prizm Draft Picks - 3
2014 Topps - 6
2015 Topps - 3 (keepers)
2016 Bowman - 2
2016 Topps - 19
2016 Topps Bunt - 2
2016 Topps Gypsy Queen - 1
2016 Topps Heritage - 1 (keeper)
2016 Topps Marketside - 1
2017 Topps -3

2017 Topps Heritage - 15

2017 Topps Heritage High Numbers - 7

Various minor league cards - 5 (will keep the card at the top of the post. I love 1970s/80s minor league cards)

Now you can see why it took me so long to get back to that flat-rate box. By my count, that's more than 1,700 cards that are new to my collection.

Apart from that box, I also received a second prize from Chris, a random assortment of Dodger cards. You have to get up pretty early to find a Dodger card I need, but these three rang a bell:

The Kosco will go toward the 1969 Topps set, if I ever decide to attempt that.

These two were also needs. They are from that bizarre Archives set that came out at Christmas a couple of years ago.

The ones with the bizarre 1975 Topps backs.

Chris even sent me one of the unchosen prizes, too: the three 2017 Heritage panel cards. He thought I might like one in particular.

I do.

I like it so much I displayed it the proper way.

So, I know that's more inventory information than you need to know, but honestly this post was more about me than you. I need to get a handle on all these cards I have lately and I just can't collect everything. Fortunately, I do have trading partners to distribute some of these.

I promise I'll get to that at some point before Christmas.