Thursday, June 18, 2020

Home Runs and Strikeouts

I've been working on my 2003 Fleer Authentix set now for 17 years! Talk about a long project. I didn't think it would take this long to track down every single card (not counting the parallels) for this set, but it has. I'm still 4 cards shy of wrapping up this project. Once I track down that last card and place it in the binder I will breathe a sigh of relief and be proud of the accomplishing a task that's going on two decades to complete. Until then, I'll show off a couple of cards I picked up for this set.

There are three autographs to be found in 2003 Fleer Authentix: Barry Bonds, Derek Jeter, and Nolan Ryan. The Bonds I acquired back in January of this year and the Ryan I finally pulled the trigger on last week and purchased. I think it's fantastic that I now own autographs for the all time leaders in strikeouts and home runs. That just leaves the captain to acquire sometime in the foreseeable future. The other cards I still need are a Hometown Heroes Johnny Damon relic, and base cards of Chin-Feng Chen and Bobby Doerr.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

You look marvelous for 111 years old!

It's been quite some time since I've added a vintage card to my collection. Over the past year I've been concentrating on my Votto Rookie Card project and I've been neglecting the few pre-war sets I have on my want list. If I were to devote more time to grabbing the cards I want from the T206, 1933 and 1934 Goudey, and 1941 Play Ball sets I could probably have half of those completed by the end of the year. Unfortunately, my attention span is that of a gnat and I get distracted easily with other things. Anyway, back to my latest addition to my Reds card collection. I found this T206 Bescher on eBay yesterday for a price I was willing to pay. The condition was decent (no creases) and the colors were nice and bright as well as a nice clean back. With this pickup, I'm down to only needing 9 more cards to complete the Reds T206 set. Unfortunately, 4 of those cards are Hall of Famers (2 Miller Huggins and 2 Clark Griffiths).

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Gatorade Baths

As the 2020 baseball season teeters on the brink I was reading some of the articles posted the past few months about some of the stipulations that would be put in place IF the season were to proceed. One of those included no player showers after games. I guess that's ok as long as players are no longer permitted to celebrate with the mobbing at home plate or the post game gatorade baths. Sure, it stinks "literally" but it's a different world we live in right now. That being said, yesterday I stumbled upon a couple of super short prints that I thought I would never own since they were so far out of my price range a year ago. These two cards together ran me the same price as it would if I had purchased just one of these a few months ago.

2017 Topps 288 SSP Joey Votto

2019 Topps US 50 SSP Nick Senzel

While I'm not a fan of the super short print concept, I think both of these cards are fantastic images and I'm glad that they're finally part of my collection.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Reaching a Milestone

Today I've reached a "Milestone" in my quest to acquire 90 different 2008 Joey Votto rookie cards. The latest addition to this project is the 2008 Topps Moments & Milestones card number 146. Numbered 6/150, these aren't easy to come by. In fact, there are two other Votto Moments & Milestones cards that I need to chase down. Those being cards 145 and 147. The print runs are both at 150. I've only seen one card 145 and that sold a few weeks back on eBay before I had a chance to grab it. I have yet to see card 147. Regardless, this marks my 80th different Votto rookie card. I'm down to needing only 10 more cards to complete this project.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Still A Little Blue

Well, another month has passed and not much has changed with how things are going. I'm still working from home, trying to take walks when the weather cooperates and missing each day that passes without baseball. I am happy that my family and I still are healthy and this whole situation has caused not only myself but the entire world to slow down and take a breath instead of being constantly busy. This past Saturday while I was browsing eBay I stumbled upon a couple of Votto cards I still needed for my Votto rookie card project. Wouldn't you know it, both of them were blue (sapphire is just a fancy word for blue). The first is this 2008 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor numbered to 150
And the second is this 2008 Topps Triple Threads Sapphire numbered to 25
With these two add to the collection I'm down to just needing 11 more rookies to finish up this project.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Feeling Blue

I've been feeling a bit blue lately. Life has been turned upside down for everyone. While normally not a social person, I do miss going in to the office to socialize with my coworkers. It just feels like every day is starting to blend together. Even the weekends are starting to feel like just another day. With baseball on hiatus it doesn't feel like spring and I'm beginning to wonder if this will be the first year without baseball since who knows when. Yesterday I was able to snag a much needed card for my Votto Rookie card project. This 2008 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor is the last Topps Chrome card I needed for this project. I'm not chasing the Red Refractor just because those are only limited to 25 copies and they go for astronomical prices. With this purchase I'm down to just needing 13 cards to finish up this project. I hope everyone is staying safe and well.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Second Time Around

I'm sure we collectors have done this before. Thinned out our collections over time and gotten rid of cards we thought no longer fit only to have second thoughts later about what we've done. Last year I decided to purge a lot of cards that didn't fit into the baseball category. This included my Stadium Club Football and Hockey sets, my 1989 Hoops and 1990 Skybox Basketball sets, my 2015 Topps Update All-Star Stitch set, and my Star Wars Chrome Perspectives set. Needless to say, a few months after I purged my collection I started having regrets about my decision. Many of those sets I remember putting together as a kid by buying packs at the local card shop or by getting wax boxes from my parents for Christmas when I was in high school. Over the past few months I've been able to reacquire the Stadium Club sets and the 1990 Skybox set. I never got rid of the 1989 Hoops set so that was a plus. Last week I was able to track down the last prototype I needed for my Skybox set so I'm glad to have that set completed. It was just as fun completing this set the second time around as it was the first.