Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Parallel Universe

Still working on that Kennys Vargas rainbow - it's tough sledding here in Minnesota.

The vendors I talk to all say that they sell out the Vargas cards as soon as they get them. Thank goodness the internet exists!

I added the two common Opening Day Parallels this weekend:
 Opening Day Base
 Opening Day Blue Foil
Wait a minute... When is a Kennys Vargas card not a Kennys Vargas card? Here he makes a cameo on Danny Santana's Opening Day photo variation. Kennys has the photo variation on Series 1 of course..
The Danny Santana card must have been taken right before or right after this one. Vargas seems to know how to have a good time playing baseball. I'm looking forward to this season!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dime Box Domination

If you came in search of the Contest winner - that's right here

Nick from Dime Boxes and I have been trading back and forth for a few weeks now. Nick has a nice summary of the things I've sent so far here

In exchange for the Hoyt Wilhelm auto that was pulled from the group break, Nick send this package over to me:

The main course of the trade included these two awesome jersey relics.

Check out that pinstripe! Two Twins greats. Both were numbered to 250:

Of course, the rest of the cards Nick included were awesome. He's a master at finding cards that are unique. Great photos, or hilarious circumstances, or just something out of the ordinary. Nick is an expert at picking out the gems of junk wax.
 I-Rod is rocking the St. Patty's Day uniform, just a great card!
That's a classic Griffey card, one I didn't have before!

Another great trade, thanks Nick!

Contest Winner!

Congratulations to The Prowling Cat!

By correctly guessing the Rockies, this Charlie Blackmon Autograph will be on its way to you this week!

Send me an e-mail with your address and I will have it out to you shortly!

Thanks to everyone that participated and thanks for reading the blog!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Getting My Fix From a Junkie

A Junior Junkie, that is.

I sent over a couple sealed packs of 89 Donruss, 'the Rookies' set from 1989, and a couple other odds and ends.

I received a very nice package in return, Check it out!
It's like there's a party in the box and everyone's invited!

Check this Hall of Fame level Bipping, featuring Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett:

There were quite a few new ones for my collection, that was pretty crazy!

A second Bipping, this time featuring Jim Thome!

Ooh... Shiny!

Thanks very much T.J., these are great!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Contest - Why not?

We have a WINNER! Thanks to all of you that read the blog and that participated in the contest!

There was a deal on a mini box of 2014 Stadium Club at the Local Card shop today, so I picked one up.

There's an autograph in every mini-box...

Guess the team on the autographed card, win the card!

Easy as pie.

I'll announce the winner on Monday, if someone has guessed it by then, just one guess per person, please!

1965 O-Pee-Chee!

This marks my 65th post on the blog, so in honor of all things '65, here's a look at one of my favorite sets.

1965 was the first year that O-Pee-Chee issued cards using the Topps baseball design. The cards are the same size and all have the same front images. The only variation comes on the back of the cards, with the noticeably darker card stock, and in the corner the card shows "Printed in Canada."



The Brooks Robinson Card from that year doesn't have the printing mark on it, so the only difference is the card stock:



You may recall the Brooks Robinson from a previous post on the blog. My copy has a little mark on the front:

It's also pretty badly off center. That is a common ailment for 1965 OPC cards, and stayed that way throughout the history of the Canadian version of the Topps design.

The set only goes part way into the 4th Series, so the last O-Pee-Chee card is #283, Fred Whitfield:

It does include the 4th Series Checklist, however, with a page and a half of cards that did not actually appear in the set!
 Sorry Nick Willhite fans, you're out of luck!

That means no Mantle, no Koufax, and no Killebrew- just to name a few. There are a few cards that feature those guys in the set, however, thanks to the League Leader and World Series cards:

Some of my favorite cards from the 1960's are the ones that feature the Topps All-Star Rookie Trophy. Due to the shorter run, O-Pee-Chee doesn't feature all of the 1964 Rookie All-Stars, but here are the ones they did:

Tony Oliva, of course, would have been my favorite. Have to settle for a cameo on Card #1:

The 1965 MVPs:

Tony O was the 2nd place finisher in the AL, by the way...

Sandy Koufax was the unanimous choice for Cy Young Winner in the Major Leagues, he just missed the cutoff as Card # 300 in the Topps set.

AL Rookie of the year, Curt Blefary:

The NL Rookie of the year was Jim Lefebvre, but his Topps card is too high to make it to OPC. You might recognize the second place finisher, however:

One card that did make the cut is one of my favorites:

Card #282 features Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese-born player to appear in a Major League game. You can read a little more about him here.

This is one of my favorite sets and building it got me back into the hobby full-time.

Now... I am just 5 cards away from completing this set - I'm hoping to do it sometime this year (it is, after all, the 50th Anniversary of the set).

Here are the FIVE cards I have left to go:

#209 Pirates Team card
#246 Tom Butters, Pirates
#249 Dave McNally, Orioles
#259 Oyler/Northrup, Tigers Rookies
#260 Don Drysdale, Dodgers

Right now, all except for the Pirates Team card are on eBay... However, they are all badly off center or otherwise in bad shape. If you see one of these around, let me know!
I have some doubles as well, but they are almost all in terrible shape - they were set fillers.

Friday, March 27, 2015

werbelliK nomraH

All month long my collection has grown on a nearly daily basis thanks to trading. Even though I feel like I send out a ton of cards, it seems like more come back. This is a good problem to have!

Shane from Shoebox Legends is the latest to fire back a return from the big group trade. I send him Red Sox, he sent back two team bags bursting with Twins and other goodies.

As usual, here's what the whole stack looked like:

Check out little Ben Revere! Serial numbered to 99, this little guy is the sepia tinted parallel.

Shane included this awesome Glen Perkins Autograph, from the very cool Upper Deck subset, Stroke of Genius:

The second bag was full of all kinds of cards from the missing years of 95-2005, and it was all new to me, so that's a big plus in my book.

But I'm saving the best for last - just in time for the 1966 style Topps Heritage set, here's a 1966 Topps rub off of the great Twin, werbelliK nomraH. 

What's that? Oh, sorry, I mean Harmon Killebrew, of course! That's a real beauty!

Very cool stuff Shane, thanks very much!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Trade Bait - Non Baseball Cards

Just a quick Trade Bait post - I like Allen & Ginter's as much as the next collector, but I'm really just collecting baseball cards right now, and I'm not trying to complete any sets.

Here's a grouping of some cards I've gathered over the past year or so that I have zero idea what to do with. Maybe I want to send them to you?

Regular Size:


I might have a few others here and there, and it's possible more will find their way into my collection this year -- maybe not. If you're interested, send me an e-mail. I'm cool with a blind trade for these - I've got updated lists of wants and collecting goals at the top of the blog. There's a contact form on the right of this post if you don't have my details yet...

.... ok, so there is one non-baseball insert set I am trying to finish - the 2013 Allen & Ginter's "One Little Corner" Set. I kept pulling cards from the set with each pack, so I decided to finish it.

Here's what I still need:

#OLC-CM Comet
#OLC-CR Ceres
#OLC-MS Mars
#OLC-NPT Neptune
#OLC-PTO Pluto

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Group Trade: A Frozen Rope from the Hot Corner

The Group Trade returns are coming in daily, and today I'm featuring the cards from Pat at Hot Corner Cards. Pat managed to get in right under the wire to claim the Tigers, and I'm glad he did!

In return for a stack of Tigers from the Group Trade, Pat send a small flat rate box that clawed and slashed my junk wax want list (1990 Topps and 1990 Score, y'all! I actually needed these!) and bolstered my Twins collection.

Here's everything right out of the box:

I'm a fan of fan favorites:
How different would the Twins roster be if Billy Beane was calling the shots?

A healthy dose of Joe Mauer

Justin Morneau



Another great box! Thanks very much Pat, this was awesome!