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The way to complete a team set

  The World Baseball Classic final is tonight. Folks on social media have been picking sides, because that's what they like to do. To them, the WBC is either a worthless exhibition fraught with danger or what baseball must be like in heaven.   I'm somewhere in between as usual. I haven't watched a lot of it, but what I have watched was interesting. The U.S.-Venezuela game was very engaging. I was surprised by that. I'm not somebody who thinks they should play this every year, but it's a fun outlet and makes spring training a little more interesting than it is. Also it helps that Mookie Betts is playing for the U.S.   It's also helped get me involved in current baseball this year, which I had been slow about. I'm going to blame the fact that Heritage isn't out yet. Not only that, there is zero news on when it is going to be released. I have a gift card specifically marked for the arrival of 2023 Heritage and instead Big League is going to be released at t
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Popular sends

  Trading Card Database trade offers have come pretty fast-and-furious for me in the last month-plus. None of these are big trades, but there's been eight of them since early February and that adds up when you're trying to conserve space on your card desk. So I'm finishing off what I have to show here and providing a little countdown as well. I've noted that certain cards have been popular sends from my TCDB partners. They definitely revolve around sets. I think a main reason for that is because I have noted my wants for sets, but haven't done a lot of other want-listing for stuff like Dodgers and such. That's the next project. TCDB is full of projects. It's practically like my mom was -- always finding me another task to do. But I certainly appreciate getting set-fillers, more than almost any other kind of card really. I'm on this planet to fill sets -- if you're defining existence by hobby missions anyway.   So let's see what the most popular c

Sick daze

  I took a sick day from work Wednesday. If I'm remembering correctly, it's the first sick day I've taken in 11 years. The previous sick day before that one was in 1995.   Then I forced myself into work yesterday. It went OK. But after four hours, I could feel my body shutting down and left. Whatever time-bomb head cold I acquired started slowly days ago until exploding into action Tuesday. Wednesday I could barely lift my head.   I'm feeling a little better today, but thinking long and leisurely about sports cards is not in me right now. This is why I trade with people: so I can have new card content queued up for when I am inevitably detained.   A new send from Doug of Sportscards From The Dollar Store arrived a week or two ago. I always look forward to these. He finds some fancy stuff that I'll never track down, and also delves into other sports ... so I don't have to.   There you go. Like some Sabres. Doug very nicely stuck to my interests in the non-Dodger

Perfect matches

  This post was inspired by a night owl-specific prompt from one of the original card bloggers, Phungo, the other day: If I'm correct in knowing what he means, I have mentioned this aspect of the 1975 Topps set in passing a number of times on this blog and especially when I was writing the 1975 Topps blog . But I haven't written an entire post on it, covering every team included in the set. As you know, the '75 set has wild two-tone borders with colors that clash crazily with the team featured -- what team wears purple-and-green that isn't the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks in the 1990s? But there are instances in which the colors match almost perfectly. Those are the times when you wondered if Topps specifically picked those borders to honor that player, and those were also the times when that card would often become a favorite of mine when I was collecting the set as a kid. Here now is what I found as the perfect color match for each team in the '75 set:   ATLANTA BRAV