Skip to main content

New blog, new trade partner, can't beat that

If you can create an established blog with a little bit of readership, certain perks come along with that.

One is a few trade partners that are somewhat exclusive to your own well-read blog. I have a handful of them that trade with just my blog, basically, and I am quite grateful for that. I consider it a reward for trying to get some content out there.

I've noticed that I'm not the only card blog with that perk. There are a few others who enjoy exclusive relationships with traders.

I've seen on Dime Boxes that there's this guy named Bob who sends Nick cards from time-to-time. My question when I read these posts is usually, "Hey I like cards and have a blog, too. Where are my cards?"

Well, Bob must have heard my thoughts because a week or so ago I received an email from him offering to send me some cards.

Bob's also started a card blog, called the best bubble. You can't beat that! Cards from a new trader and a new blog to read! My goodness, this blogging thing still works doesn't it?

Bob appears to collect similarly to Nick, meaning he has many "type" collections. I admit I struggle when trading with collectors like this. My cards aren't sorted in this manner and I've never looked at my cards in a "type" sort of way, except for night cards. So I have to train my collecting eye to search for those cards and when you've been collecting for 40 years, trying something new is like trying to learn another password. It just doesn't stick.

However, I'll find some stuff that fits Bob's collection. After all, he searched through my want list and targeted several key items.

You can't beat goldies, especially from the time period when Topps knew how to make them -- with real, live borders -- instead of what it's doing now.

This package was heavy on Stadium Club. Bob sent all but one of my needs from the 1993 Stadium Club Team set. Billy Ashley may pop up on my Nebulous 9 list very soon.

More welcome parallels, from last year's set.

These are my favorite Stadium Club parallels, and they're not easy to find.

Right up to current day Stadium Club. It's my 695th Clayton Kershaw card!

Bob even sent a Stadium Club autograph from this year's set.

This is my second Dennis Santana autographed card, or half of the number of games Santana has pitched for the Dodgers so far. That hasn't stopped Topps from issuing cards of him though. They sure do love him. I have a dozen in my collection already.

OK, here comes the foil portion of the post:

Whether you can tell or not, all of those are foil cards. I can't even tell when they're in my hands sometimes. I live in the Northeast. We don't have sun.

This 1983 TCMA card of the tremendously underrated Whit Wyatt showed up from Bob and then not too long afterward, the aforementioned Nick sent me some cards that also included this Wyatt card! I told you they collected similarly.

Bob even ventured into my set-collecting projects and found three cards from the 1994 Ted Williams Company "Etched In Stone" Roger Maris insert set.

This is well-timed because I just ordered the last few cards that will knock off my final '93 Ted Williams Company needs AND received an email today informing me that the remaining '94 TWC needs will be headed my way. This is the best Christmas ever!

Final card.

This is a former Nebulous 9 need. I basically needed an upgrade over the 1980 Reuss sitting in my Dodgers binder. It was creased and dinged and, come on, this year was my collecting wheelhouse! We have standards. Welcome pristine '80 Reuss!

Also, welcome Bob and the best bubble.

I'll get cracking on finding some bubble cards and the like. Thanks for joining our little community.


Nick Vossbrink said…
Some of those foils scanned look almost like 1990s Uppr Deck holograms.

And awesome a new blog to add to the reader!
Billy Kingsley said…
Always good to see a new blog pop up! I've added him to my blogroll.
Cheerio to the new blogger
Fuji said…
Thanks for sharing his blog. I'm always looking to add more card blogs to my reading list. He has some really interesting collections.
Nick said…
Bob's awesome! Glad he discovered your blog & collection. Funny we both sent you that Whit Wyatt a couple days apart from one another!
Lee Hero said…
To me, helping other collectors get the cards they want is about as enjoyable as getting the cards I want. I don't really get excited over any cards except Dodger ones. Before when I would pull hits of any other team I would be like "Meh!", but now if I pull a cool Cubs card, I'm like "bet Nick would like that!" The more people you trade cards with, the more options you have for those unwanted cards you accumulate. The old saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" is hitting the nail on the head when it comes to baseball card collecting.

Popular posts from this blog

BIG numbers

This is one of those milestone things that used to mean a lot more.Back in my first year or two of blogging, I'd note the milestones that passed and really celebrate them as if they were a big deal. And they really did seem like a big deal at the time:300th post. Wooo!400th post. Weee!500th post. Well that was kind of lame.900th post. You could tell I was already getting sick of coming up with milestone post ideas.But I still like celebrating milestones, no matter what form they take. Not only does it satisfy my compulsion to categorize with numbers, but a nice, big, round number is proof that you've been doing something for awhile -- and if it's worth keeping track of, then probably that thing you've been doing for awhile is enjoyable.So even though I don't flip out quite as much over blog milestones, I've reached yet another one and here I am mentioning it.
I've surpassed 3 million views, you guys.Just once I'd like to witness the odometer turning over…

Card stuff I discovered on the internet

This post was originally going to be called "stuff I discovered on the internet," but I figured that would leave too much to the imagination.Before the internet came along, I discovered cards and card sets mostly through advertisements in the Sporting News or Baseball Digest, or through hobby catalogs that came to my house, like TCMA or Fritsch Cards. Later, I subscribed to Baseball Cards Magazine and found new-to-me sets in articles in that magazine.But I missed so much through those methods. Outside of what was selling in wax or cello packs at the drug or grocery store, that was all I knew.It wasn't until years and years later, when I ended up online like everyone else, that I discovered how much that I had missed.Once I became aware of card blogs, the door was open wider than ever. There were so many sets -- so many sets and cards that often had been issued right under my nose -- that I never knew existed.For example:
I had no idea there were so many box sets from Flee…

Overwhelmed then underwhelmed

Well, welcome back card aisle, you're looking rather ... uh ... disorderly.This was the sight at my neighborhood Target yesterday. As disorganized and scattered as it appears, I can count three different baseball card products (four, if you add the MLB stickers) in just this small crop of the card aisle.This is as many different kinds of baseball card products that I've seen on area store shelves since March. With Covid quarantining and the inexplicable ransacking of card shelves across the country, I've purchased almost no cards in person for the last six months. (On Twitter I mentioned these were the first 2020 baseball cards I had seen on shelves since March, which isn't quite true. I forgot I picked up a couple of scattered packs of Series two a couple of months ago. That's how forgettable Topps flagship is this year).Within that frame are a couple of hanger boxes of 2020 Topps Fire, a half-filled gravity feeder of 2020 Stadium Club and, up at the top, a gravit…