Thursday, January 19, 2017

Let's Make a Deal

Wallet Card Keith Here - do you like making trades? 

Here's an example of the cards I've organized by team - these are (almost) all of my Braves - Orioles - Red Sox - Cubs and White Sox. I have similar boxes that hold all Major League Teams. The bottom 3/4 or so of this box is up for trade.  

Sure, I've got a ton of Junk wax like these. They could be yours! Team collectors, set collectors, let me know what you still need to fill in those late 80s and early 90s gaps. I am more than happy to send a "grab bag" style package of junk wax wrapped with more interesting inserts/autos/vintage/specific want list items.

But I've also got Vintage like these! There's quite a bit less of this, but again, if you're working on a specific set, let me know and maybe I have something for you. 

2016 (and in a few weeks 2017) issued cards like these! Finish those 2016 (and '15) sets!

I'm looking to pare down my collection to be just the top section shown here for each team. My Twins Collection is also bursting - I have 5 boxes just like this one with just Twins cards in them, lots and lots of doubles. (So even if you are a fellow Twins collector, I probably have something for you).

So, what am I looking for in return? I've got vintage and Junk wax want lists, several player collections, and I am always interested in unique Twins.

If you're interesting in making a trade, let me know - I will still be putting together trades for #supertraders and for folks I've been trading with over the last couple years, too.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Congrats to the Class of 2017

A long time coming for Tim Raines, on his final year on the ballot, finally getting the call to Cooperstown. Only 3 players in MLB history hit over 100 homers, 400 doubles, 100 Triples, Stole 500 bases and had an on base percentage of .380 or higher - Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, and Tim Raines. "Rock"
is still the only White Sox player to steal 50+ bases and score 100 runs in a season. He is a 2 time World Series champion with the Yankees in 1996 and 1998. He stole bases in 4 different decades! 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. He shared the outfield with his son Tim Raines, Jr. in Baltimore in 2001. His MLB debut was a pinch running appearance for fellow Hall of Famer Gary Carter.

Jeff Bagwell had to sweat it out for several years like Raines, but was finally rightfully elected to the Hall. He ranks 4th among first baseman in WAR since 1900, behind only Jimmie Foxx, Albert Pujols, and Lou Gehrig. While he fell short of the 3000 hit and 500 homer plateaus, he is top 50 all-time in Extra Base Hits, Walks, Home Runs, Hit by Pitch, Sac flies. He lead the league in Runs Scored 3 times. He was the Rookie of the Year in 1991, and the NL MVP in 1994. He shares a birthday with the 1994 AL MVP, fellow Hall of Famer Frank Thomas. Bagwell DESTROYED left handed pitching. In his MVP season, he hit for a .457 / .544 / 1.095 triple slash with 18 homers and only 9 strikeouts. He had the 4th highest OPS+ in the 1990s, behind Bonds, McGwire, and Frank Thomas.

The only first-ballot election of 2017, Ivan Rodriguez. His MLB debut in 1991 was against the Chicago White Sox, facing fellow "Pudge" and fellow Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk. He and Fisk are the only two catchers in MLB history with over 300 homers and 100 stolen bases. He was a World Champion in 2003 with the Marlins, and helped the Detroit Tigers to play in the Series in 2005. Rodriguez was a 13 time Gold Glove winner and 14 time All-Star. He was the MVP in 1999, leading the league in Double Plays Grounded into.... but he was also able to throw out a league leading 55% of would-be base stealers. Known for his strong arm and excellent defense, he was also a consistent hitter for his entire career.

Congrats to all the new inductees!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Getting Rolling on Those Goals

This will be a quick and dirty post - I received a lot of 1964 Venezuelan Topps when I got home...
Not my best photography work, but there are the 14 new cards for my set!

And the Backs - very little glue, so I'm very happy. There were also 9 more cards in the lot that are doubles, and look like upgrades, all in all a very nice find!

I think the best addition is the Series 5 checklist, which is marked up, but nearly the last card of the set and otherwise in great shape.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Variety is the Spice of Card Show Day

Another new year, and another Card Show - I sort of wandered aimlessly from table to table this time, as you'll see there was a little bit of everything.
Fancypants gold leaf serial numbered card ...
An insert set of 21st Century Topps - not shown is Alex Gonzalez, but there's 9 of 10.
See what I mean about all over the place? I generally stick to baseball, but these were the right price.
I think I am going to start a mini collection of Stanley Cup cards.
Of course there were lots of Twins to add to my collection.
I found 4 1969 Deckle Edge inserts, just a few more to go!
I added 7 more to the 1956 Topps Set as well, we're in the home stretch! TwinsFest is in a couple weeks, hopefully I'll be able to find a little more of everything again.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Spotlight on a big trade

Johnny's Trading Spot must be making some good friends at his local post office - He's been sending great stuff all over the continent this week. I was the lucky recipient of this haul. The box above is for a limited edition set from score - I actually have that set in a binder, but who knows where the box went... this counts as a separate Kirby Puckett collectible in my book.
Every kind of item was represented in this trade- from vintage bat racks
to junk wax bat racks (check out the great Bob Walk! Matthew, I got two of these in the package, so eventually one will be headed your way to join the Bob Army)
Lots and lots of Twins
Parallel Twins
Inserts and early 80s Twins
Brand spankin' New Twins
Horizontal Heroes (That are also junk wax needs from my wantlist)!
And even more early 90s needs. Awesome stuff, John! AS always, I have to include the disclaimer that these are just a fraction of the cards that came through, I didn't want to overload the scanner or make a super long post.

Thanks again John!