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 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. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

600 Roses!

I reached a huge milestone today in my Pete Rose PC. Today I purchased my 600th unique Pete Rose card. The card that helped me reach this milestone is the 2016 Panini National Convention VIP Cracked Ice parallel numbered to 25. I've been neglecting my Rose PC in addition to my Reds team sets as I try to complete the 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen set, but hopefully in the next month or two I can start to focus once more on these two areas of my collection. Onward and upward to 700!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Thinking back through all your years of collecting, has there ever been a moment when you've regretted something you've done? For me, my biggest regret was selling my 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen set. I know a lot of people don't show love for this set but this was a huge set for me in 2011. I love the fact that a retro set Topps created had a nice mix of old and new players. The standard baseball statistics that are the hallmark of traditional baseball cards were nowhere to be found on these cards. You had to read the small narrative on the back to glean any pertinent information from the player pictured on the front. Speaking of pictures, this wasn't your run of the mill standard photography but rather filtered photographs to make the images appear old. Lets not forget about the different insert sets and autographs that grace this product. The Great Ones, Future Stars, Home Run Heroes, Sticky Fingers and Wall Crawlers are all fantastic subsets and complement the base set nicely.

 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

I saw the sign!

And it opened up my eyes!  Here's the latest purchase for the man cave. This Louisville Slugger tin sign is fantastic on so many levels. It's the same color as my baseball team, it looks old, and it's a representation of the true American pastime (I still don't acknowledge football as holding that title). With this addition, there are only a few more items left to purchase and I'll be ready to show off the room. Just bear with me as I wrap it up and have it ready to show in the coming weeks.