Friday, October 6, 2017

Changing My Mind

It's not very often that I change my mind when it comes to things. Once I decide something I try to stick with it (in terms of my collection anyway). This helps me to stay focused and prevents my collection from growing out of control like a giant blob gobbling up my funds and leaving behind nothing more than despair and destruction. A while back I had posted that I was trying to complete the 2003 Fleer Authentix set with the exception of the relic cards. While I had intended on sticking to that goal, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I really liked the look of some of those cards. Granted, I don't like everything that's in that set (the Hometown Hero subset) but there are plenty of cards that I like. Case in point, the Game of the Week is a 10 card relic set that consists of two jersey swatches from two separate players with a replica ticket that's embedded in the card. You can either get the common "ripped" version or the more limited "unripped" version that's limited to 50. 2003 Authentix also has a 10 card bat relic set and a 25 card jersey relic set. Each of these sets only include 1 relic from a player with a replica ticket embedded in the card. There are "ripped", "unripped", and "All-Star" variations with those cards. So after a lot of thought, I've decided to chase those relic sets because it comes down to the first rule of collection...collect what you enjoy. I definitely enjoy these cards. Besides, with the way technology is going, I'm sure there will be a day in the not too distant future when you can't even get a paper ticket to go to a game. Instead you'll be required to get an electronic ticket on your smartphone.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Manufactured

I normally don't go for manufactured "relics", but I had to make an exception in this case. When I saw these 2017 Topps Independence Day Commemorative MLB Logo patch cards I had to purchase one....if a Reds player was in the checklist. Luckily there was one and I added this Joey to my collection. For anyone interested, there are 50 cards total in this set. When Topps released their 2015 MLB Logo pin cards I had hoped that a Reds player would be included within that set but unfortunately that wasn't the case. Regardless, I'm happy for this latest addition to my collection.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

On Card

There are a TON of autographs out there in the collecting world that are sticker autographs. Not that it's an entirely bad thing, but if a player just signs a sheet of stickers and returns it to a card company then the chances of that player ever coming into contact of those cards that have stickers slapped on them is slim to none. Granted, I do have a few sticker autograph cards in my collection. I like how they're designed, but I'll take an on card autograph any day over a sticker auto. This 2015 Sport Kings Pete Rose autograph is the latest card to enter my collection....and it's ON CARD. I know, it's an unlicensed card but I really like the design. I have the 2007 version of this card that isn't autographed so this complements that card nicely.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Crystal Clear

I picked up this 2014 Leaf Q Pure Autograph a few months back but never got around to posting it. While I'm not a huge fan of unlicensed cards, I like the design of this card and I'm glad to add it to my Rose PC. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Why go for gold when you can have bronze?

I was able to purchase two more cards for my Pete Rose PC....both of them of the bronze mini variety. These cards measure 1 1/4 by 1 3/4. The first is a 1984 Topps Gallery of Champions card. This card is part of a 12 card set that Topps released in 1984. The sets were available in either bronze or silver. I still need to find the silver for my collection.


The second is a 1985 Topps bronze mini of Pete's 1985 Topps base card. These were sent to dealers who ordered a case of 1985 Topps Traded sets. Glad I was able to add one of these to my collection for a decent price.

Friday, July 21, 2017

My First Base Card

Here it is....my first base card (not the other base cards we as collectors are accustom to). For the past fourteen years I've been working on the 2003 Fleer Authentix baseball set. I've tracked down all but 4 "base" cards and I still need the Ballpark Classic and Ticket Stud inserts. According to baseballcardpedia, during the 2003 All-Star game this Jeter card is part of an eight-card set that was available exclusively through a redemption program at the 2003 All-Star Game FanFest in Chicago. Each card company got to issue two cards for this promotion. In a twist from previous FanFest sets, the first four cards in this set all feature a piece of a game-used base that the player took part in. Each of the four game-used cards are serial-numbered to 2000 copies. You can view a checklist of the set here. I have the Konerko FanFest card as well from this set. I'm looking forward to purchasing the Ballpark Classic and Ticket Stud insert sets in the coming months and since I don't consider parallels or relic cards to be necessary for a master set, in my humble opinion, I'll be on the verge of completing my first master set!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

I'm still here!

I know it's been a while since I've posted on the blog (a little over a month to be more precise). It's just that I haven't had anything significant to write about.  I've made a lot of progress on my 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen set over the past few months. In addition to acquiring all the short prints (301-350) and all the subsets (Future Stars, Home Run Heroes, The Great Ones, Sticky Fingers, and Wall Climbers), I've also been able to complete the Relic set and have almost half of the Autograph set complete. I still have a large portion of the base set yet to complete but I hope to have that wrapped up by the unofficial end of summer on Labor Day. I've also decided to try something new that I've never done before when chasing a set. I've started a spreadsheet It's been just as fun putting this set together the second time as it was the first time I chased this set.