Thursday, July 26, 2018

Join the Club!

For the past few months I've been working on trying to complete my 1991 Topps Stadium club set. I'm not talking about the standard set of 600 cards. Rather, what I'm talking about is the 50 card Pre-Production set the company produced prior to launching the actual 1991 Stadium Club set. A "promo" set essentially.

While the front of these cards look just like your standard 1991 Stadium Club cards, the backs of these cards are all the same. They show a Jose Canseco rookie card with a Pre-Production sample blurb.

According to baseballcardpedia, "Not much is known about these cards. It is believed that Topps distributed these cards to their sales team and to major distributors. The set consists of 50 cards and it's believed that 300-600 copies of each card was produced." I think these cards complement my 1991 Stadium Club set nicely. Now that I have this set completed maybe I can get back to wrapping up my 2011 Gypsy Queen set.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hey Now, You're an All-Star!

The 2018 All-Star game is right around the corner and I figured it would be a great time to show off my latest project that I just wrapped up a few weeks ago. I've been working on completing the 60 card 2015 Topps Update All-Star Stitch set for a little over a year and I'm glad to say that it's finally finished. The Trout and Bryant cards were the two cards that set me back the most. I love the design of these cards with the old time depiction of the Palace of the Fans in the background as well as the logo placement on the bottom corner of the card. I also like that there are only two color swatches available on these (red or black). If you're interested to see all the cards that make up this set just click the link over on the right side of the page.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Little Late to the Party

Ok, most of you have already talked about this year's series 2 release of Topps. For better or for worse, I'm just now getting around to it. This past Sunday my wife surprised me with an eBay gift card for Father's Day. Needless to say, within a few hours of receiving it I had already spent it. I was able to purchase a complete set of 2018 Topps Series 2 Reds cards and three short prints. Out of the three short prints this Bench card is my favorite. There's still one more series 2 Reds card I don't have...a super short print Joey Votto card and it will probably never enter my collection. Starting bids on eBay are $50....way too steep for a modern variation card. I'd rather spend that money on a couple of vintage Goudey or T206 Reds cards.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Still In the Hobby

It's been a while since I've posted on the blog. Things have been crazy at work and I really haven't had much time to devote to the blog. I have wrapped up a huge project I've been working on for a year and started another one, but those will have to wait for another time to discuss. Unfortunately, one area of my collection that I've been ignoring lately has been my Pete Rose PC. A few weeks ago I finally added another card to that collection for $7, a 2015 Panini Elite Throwback Threads of the Hit King.

It's a very nice card and the way that Pete is positioned on the card with the old school Reds uniform the lack of a logo isn't such a big deal on this card. Much of my funds haven't been going to cards lately. In fact, I sold off a project I had been working on the past few years because I knew I would probably never complete it (the 2011 Gypsy Queen autograph set and memorabilia set). The Hank Aaron and Sandy Koufax cards were just too expensive to justify trying to complete this monumental task. So, with the funds I got from selling those cards I bought this...

This is the third guitar I've purchased, a 2017 Fender Duo Sonic Lake Placid blue with maple fingerboard. This guitar is great for reproducing a lot of the grunge music of the 90s for bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, etc. I like the fact that it's a short scale guitar (24 inches instead of 25.5 that you find on Fender's stratocasters and telecasters). The icing on the cake is that the humbucker can be coil tapped with a pull of the tone nob. Sorry for getting off into the weeds by talking about my latest guitar on my card blog. Anyway, I hope that life can slow down shortly so that I can spend more time reading blog posts and writing more about the latest acquisitions to my card collection.

Monday, April 16, 2018

1989-90 NBA Hoops

Ok, so this will be the last time (probably) that I mention basketball cards on a baseball card blog. This set is like a bad penny. It just keeps turning up in my collection. I remember in 1989 when this set was all the rage due to the David Robinson rookie cards. I wanted to purchase packs of this stuff but when the card stores where charging anywhere from $1-$3 dollars a pack, I just couldn't bite. As time went on thought, and these cards became MUCH more affordable I had to add this set to my collection. This is probably the third time I've had this set in my collection after getting rid of it twice because I felt like it just didn't belong. This time it's here to stay for good. Coupled with the fact that I was able to track down the special promotional binder that was released with these cards in 1989, I'm glad to have this bad penny turn up once more.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

1990-91 Skybox

I must be a glutton for punishment. This is the third time that I've added this set to my collection. The previous two times I sold the set with the intention of focusing solely on baseball. Obviously that hasn't worked. There is a big difference though this time around in regards to collecting this set. In addition to adding the 423 base cards to my collection, I purchased the "limited edition" binder that Skybox released in 1990 for their cards. I also just finished purchasing the last prototype card I needed, the Jordan that I have pictured. I also have the promo card that was given away at the 1990 NBA All-Star game that year. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I should try to chase the four broadcaster cards since they're extremely tough to find and considering the fact that a Julie Moran card sold a few weeks back on eBay for more than $100. Ouch! Anyway, I'm glad I added this set back into my collection where it will definitely be staying this time around.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

2017 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds Team Set

30 cards total: Bryan Price, Tim Adleman, Arismendy Alcantara, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Tucker Barnhart, Lisalverto Bonilla, Austin Brice, Tony Cingrani, Zack Cozart, Anthony DeSclafani, Adam Duvall, Scott Feldman, Brandon Finnegan, Amir Garrett, Scooter Gennett, Billy Hamilton, Raisel Iglesias, Patrick Kivlehan, Michael Lorenzen, Devin Mesoraco, Wandy Peralta, Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler, Robert Stephenson, Drew Storen, Eugenio Suarez, Stuart Turner, Joey Votto, Blake Wood