Wednesday, April 26, 2017
While all of the things I've mentioned about 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen are about the design of the card, it's the memories and experiences I had in 2011 when I was putting this set together. 2012 was a rough year for me. I the course of eleven months I lost my Dad, an Uncle, an Aunt and my best friend. To say that 2012 was a terrible year would be an understatement. 2011 was the last year I spent with those I lost the following year and while I can't say I did anything spectacular with them that year, it's the simple things I remember. Whether it was going to the Indians game with my buddy Jeff when the Tigers were in town (Jeff was a huge Detroit fan since he was originally from that area), or spending the last Christmas with my Dad and talk about life in general. Thinking back, 2011 was a great year for me because it was the year I was able to say goodbye to to them.
It's funny how holding a little piece of cardboard can open a floodgate of memories that you once thought lost as time has passed by. But everytime I hold a 2011 Gypsy Queen card a memory from 2011 will come racing back into my conscience. So, what's that point of this post? Well, I decided to once again chase the 2011 Toppy Gypsy Queen set. This will probably be the last set that I put together as a collector (unless Topps were to release something so revolutionary that I couldn't resist...but I highly doubt it unless more companies enter the arena with an MLB license). One thing's for sure, I'm sure I'll be making new memories as I build a set that helps remind me of past memories that I'll always cherish.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
For the past few weeks I've been keeping an eye on a couple of cards that appeared on eBay under one of my followed searches. On Saturday I decided to finally purchase both card - a 2013 Topps Opening Day Magenta Joey Votto printing plate and a 2013 Topps Mini Yellow Joey Votto printing plate. I'm excited to finally be adding not one, but two new "cards" to my 2013 Topps Joey Votto rainbow project. It has been well over a year since I purchased a card for this project and I was wondering if the well had run dry with trying to find cards I still need. There are now 33 different cards that comprise this rainbow. I still have hope of trying to track down three more cards to put me at 36. I would eventually like to purchase 4 ultra pro 9 card screw down cases and display the cards on the wall of my man cave (similar to an Andy Warhol work of art).
Monday, March 13, 2017
I've mentioned before on this blog my love for eTopps cards. There's just something about the design that I've always found appealing. While I've completed the 2008 eTopps baseball set, I had toyed around with the idea of chasing the 2005 eTopps baseball set but with 112 cards to chase I decided against it. I did, however, decide to seek out the Hall of Famers (or soon to be members of Cooperstown) from the 2005 set. Yesterday I was able to add four more to my collection.
With the addition of Guerrero, Johnson, Martinez and Pujols I now have a total of 11 cards from this set (the others being Griffey, Ichiro, Jeter, Bagwell, Clemens, Chipper, and Pudge). There is one more card I would like to pickup from this set and it's my goal to have it in hand before the end of the year. That card is Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza.