Wednesday, March 22, 2017

From the Clubhouse, A Studio.

Adam from Cardboard Clubhouse peppered the blogosphere with mailings, and I found a nice PWE in my mailbox the other day when I got home. Jack Morris is showing the grip of his split fingered fastball, a pitch that served him well in his single season in Minnesota.
Two more Studios and a pair of 84 Topps to add.
Showing the backs of these 93 Donruss, as I think I've shown the fronts before. I remember being impressed with Donruss in 1993 (and 1992) when they added a full color photo to the back of the card.
Upper Deck, of course, had been rocking the full color photo since their beginning. I do appreciate when Hrbie gets on the horn - "OK, two XL with extra Cheese and all the meats - oh, hey do you guys want anything?" I kid, I kid.
There were a few recent ones as well - Danny Santana's the only man standing as Parm, Swarzie, and Ozzie have all moved on to new clubs.

Thanks for the cards, Adam!

Monday, March 20, 2017

1964 Topps Venezuelan - Tough to Find! (A Blog Bat Around Post)

Nachos Grande put out a topic for a Blog Bat Around, and I love having something to write about! The question is - What's the Hardest Set You've Ever Collected (or Tried to Collect)?

Above you'll find some of the sets I've built so far - 1965 O-Pee-Chee, 2014 Topps Heritage, 2014 Topps Heritage Minor Leagues, A Twins Frankenset, and a few partial sets I'm working on now. Second from the left is 1964 Topps Venezuelan.
The answer to this Blog Bat Around is pretty easy for me - I've been chasing the 1964 Topps Venezuelan set for a couple years now, and it is extremely rare to find even one card in the wild. I have been slowly picking away at the set, and I finally put them into pages. Still no completed pages, though the page above is the closest.
It's hard to tell here, but this is the page with the fewest cards -  just the Vic Power. This is close to the end of the set, I'm not sure if these are more or less rare than the earlier series. Online sales make up most of the set for me. I got started with a nearly complete Twins team set, then found some more at the 2015 National Convention. Oh, and see Luis Aparicio?
This is the last page of the set-just one card needed. But I decided to include the two Venezuelans in the league, too, even though they aren't in the official Topps Venezuelan set.
A bummer for Venezuelan fans, their two hometown heroes were nowhere to be found in the set released in their country. I may never be able to finish this set, as there are multiple Mantles, and the other Hall of Famers go for big prices online. If I ever manage to complete this set, it will be quite the accomplishment!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"A," It's the Minnesota Twins!

After a long and painful ordeal hunched over some monster boxes, I've finally arranged all my Twins cards by letter.

Here's a sampling of the more notable "A" named Twins.
The best pitcher by far in Twins history with the last name "A" is Rick Aguilera. He came to the Twins from the Mets in the Frank Viola trade, and was converted to be the Twins' closer. He's second all-time on the team in saves with 254 (behind Joe Nathan) and was the closer for the Twins' 1991 World Series championship team. "Aggie" was a three-time All-Star - making the team in 1991, '92, and '93.
The best position player with the last name "A" was Bob Allison. Allison was the 1959 Rookie of the Year for the Washington Senators, and moved to Minnesota along with the rest of the Senators to become the Minnesota Twins. He played his entire 13 year career for the franchise, finishing with 256 career homers.
Was hoping to list some of the promising prospects for the Twins with the letter "A," A.J. Achter has moved on to Detroit, and Oswaldo Arcia is now a Padre. 19 year old Luis Arraez swung a hot bat in single A Cedar Rapids last season, but I don't have his card yet.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Playing with House Money

Still have a tiny shop left at COMC, and recently was gently reminded that negative balances are not permitted if you want to sell your cards on the site.

I was surprised to find that I actually had a small surplus, so thanks to anyone that picked through the junk to find something they could use!

Being the responsible salesman that I am, I immediately re-invested those precious credits on new cardboard for myself.

The biggest (literally) purchase was this Minnie Minoso Exhibit postcard - it is the blank tan back version. If I remember correctly "Made in U.S.A." vs. All Caps or "Printed in" means this was from 1951 - 1953. The card is listed as 1947-1966 Exhibit, but I think early 50s is probably a fair guess. Assuming this isn't a reprint!

Rickey is leaping into the ivy, and a Trio of Mannys!
Always looking to add a few new to me Twins, too.
Some sweet Dave Winfield cards that were on my list.
This Kennys Vargas card is numbered to 25 - I'm running out of Kennys to collect!
Couldn't leave without some horizontal heroes - The relic is Moises Alou.
Found this very affordable auto from "Twig" - rounding out a pretty nice haul from the site. I would never call myself a serious card seller. I've only sent one shipment to COMC to date, and I don't know that I'll be sending more - I don't really go for the big dollar sets, so I usually don't have premium, top dollar cards to sell. In fact, I'd much rather trade those cards than sell them anyway!

 If you want to see what's left at my COMC store, you can find it here - still a couple interesting things, and I am open to lower offers most of the time.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What's On Your Mind?

For the first time, I've made a card purchase via Facebook. I joined a few Facebook groups for trading / selling / etc. - my ultimate goal is to find that elusive Kennys Vargas Clear parallel, but in the meantime I will scope out other deals and opportunities as they come up.

 So, here's what I bought - small to start, it's a Kirby Puckett Don't-Call-It-A-Refractor "Prizm"
 Seller tossed in the base card too - Prizm on the left, base on the right.
And here's the card that got me interested in the first place, a Miguel Sano auto from 2014 Bowman Sterling. Pre-rookie, post "1st Bowman," but a nice pick up nonetheless. I had to check to see if I already had this one before buying, but it turns out it's new to me! Local MN sellers at the shows want top dollar for Sano autos, which is understandable.

Pretty easy sale, the seller used PayPal, so I felt o.k. if I lost the money or the cards on this first deal, both were small enough investments to be worth taking a tiny risk.

Do you buy or trade over Facebook? Wanna invite me to your super cool trading group? Let me know in comments or send me an e-mail.