Complete Set Chronicles
Take a look at some of the sets that I've completed. This is a (slow) work in progress - more sets will be added as time permits!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
5 - Randy Johnson
6 - Andrew Jones
9 - John Smoltz
27 - Ken Griffey Jr.
31 - Ivan Rodriguez
49 - Scott Podsednik
82 - Aubrey Huff
86 - Mark Teixeira
2005 Skybox Autographics
This is a set that I didn't own a single card from. That's a rather rare thing for me...though I usually ignored Skybox so that probably explains things a bit.
24 - Juan Pierre
38 - Derek Jeter
43 - Jim Thome
46 - Jake Peavy
Overall, I actually like the design of these cards - except for the big old fake shiny signature that is the card's namesake. This particular pack wasn't great (unless you like the Marlins in which 40% of the cards are Marlins...)
2007 Fleer Ultra
This is a set that I did collect (at least somewhat). Looking through my binder, I have about 100 of the 250 base cards.
69 - Dan Uggla (gold parallel)
79 - Reggie Sanders
173 - Ichiro
In a white envelope was the guaranteed "hit" of the repack. Opening it up, I got:
AS - BJ: Bobby Jenks Topps All-Star Game Stitches
Monday, December 29, 2008
1-If I didn't collect baseball cards, I'd collect:
Coins. My grandfather got me hooked on collecting coins many years ago. I don't have a huge collection, but if I run across a coin I haven't seen before I always make sure to pocket it and then add it to my collection when I get home.
2-My baseball heroes include one you probably wouldn't know from my blog or comments, and that person is:
Chris Sabo. I always like Sabo - at first because he was a Red who shared the same first name as me. Then because he had those goofy looking goggles...and finally, the 1990 World Series. I don't know what ever happened to him though.
3-Every New Years I resolve to __________ my collection.
Complete. I love making complete sets - so each year I try to complete more and more sets (both from the current year and from years past). Someday I'll post all the cards I need from a variety of sets, but for now I only have a few (that I'm relatively close to completing) on my want list.
4-If I could spend a day with one person from baseball history, it would be ________.
I think the best answer to this would be Jackie Robinson - but everyone has him as an answer, so he'd probably be sick of talking about baseball and things before it was my turn to spend a day with him. As such, I think I'd choose either Roberto Clemente or Babe Ruth. Clemente because he was a great player whom I know very little about and Ruth because from all accounts the guy liked to have fun - plus it would be neat to learn about players from Ruth's generation.
5-What is your favorite kind of dog?
My parents have a Bernese Mountain Dog named Bacchus that I'm rather fond of. If not the Bernese, probably either a Lab or Golden Retriever.
6-Who is your favorite baseball player?
8-What is your favorite baseball movie?
9-What is your favorite baseball book?
10-What is your favorite card?
For sentimental reasons, probably my 1987 Topps Reds Leaders card. There are a lot of cards in my collection that I like a lot though!
I agreed to send Danny some of my Allen & Ginter inserts and a couple of Goudey Hit Parade of Champion cards, in return, Danny knocked some more cards off of my want list.
First, Danny sent me four more UD Spectrum cards. This is still an ugly set (I've said that before), but now I'm within 15 cards or so of having it complete. As a special bonus, one of the cards I needed was Ken Griffey Jr (as a Red) - it's always nice to get a card I need for a set AND have it be a Cincinnati Reds.
1998 Pacific Collection: Brett Tomko
2000 Fleer Ultra: Sean Casey, Pete Harnisch, Greg Vaughn, Eddie Taubensee, Scott Williamson, Dmitri Young
Thanks again Danny. I will (hopefully) have your cards out to you next week - the holidays are a busy time, but after the 1st things settle back down into the normal routine for me. Anyone else want to trade? Check out my want list and make an offer!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
People were posting their Christmas greetings for one another
The clever greetings were posted all over the place
With the hope that their readers would soon embrace
But I in my cap, with my brain still taking a winter's nap,
said but I'm not creative and I've got presents to wrap...
Merry Christmas to all - and to all - be safe!
(and may your stockings be filled with baseball cards)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Awhile back, Peter and I completed a trade (you can read about it here and here). In the meantime, he updated his blog with a list of cards he had for trade, which I commented on since he had a bunch I wanted...
I actually forgot about the post, and I'm fairly certain I never sent him any cards (which I'll have to look through my collection to remedy that as you'll soon see), but Peter sent an envelope that contained cards from FOUR different sets that I needed...
First, he sent me one of the last two UD Baseball Heroes cards I needed, Mr. Barry Zito. The only other card I still need from that set is number 4.
Second, he sent me the last Goudey base card that I needed, #170 Wladimir Balentien. I had never heard of Balentien before...but after an exhaustive search looking for him I'll probably never forget him (though I'll also probably never spell his full name correctly without looking).
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Enjoy a few "snowstorm before winter" pictures in place of my typical sport and baseball card posts...
It never hurts to have a stack of wood - just in case the power gives out...
I don't have anything clever to say about this - other than it looks like a postcard to me.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thanks to all who have already traded with me - and to those who are about to send me an email and/or leave a comment with a trade proposal!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
In return, I recieved almost half of the remaining UD Spectrum cards that I needed for my set. I'm still not sure why I bothered trying to complete this set (but at least I chose Spectrum and not Upper Deck X as my token "hideously ugly set" right?) Only a few more cards to go until I close the proverbial binder on this set...
Thanks for the trade! And if anyone else wants to set up a trade, check out my want list and make an offer!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
This time, I sent Stephen a pile of Upper Deck Baseball Heroes (over 60 I believe) plus some New York Mets. In return, Stephen sent me a few cards off my want lists PLUS my first current Cincinnati Reds autograph ever!
Here's what I got:
2008 Goudey: Barry Sanders and Michael Jordan. I'm still working on this set, the overwhelming number of short prints has proven to be quite the task to try and find...whether on eBay or via trades, so I'm always ecstatic when someone has one (or more) to trade me. As an aside, I still need ONE more common card from the Goudey base set, #170. I would be grateful to anyone who has one to send me.
2008 Goudey Hit Parade of Champions: Magic Johnson, Patrick Roy, Manny Ramirez. I don't about this little (in card size) set. Some days I like it, other days I don't. Either way, I'm over halfway there to completion.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The topic is: What item is the centerpiece of your collection?
Obviously this is a difficult question. Centerpiece can be interpreted in a number of ways. For instance, what's my most valuable card (no idea), most valuable set (no idea), or even most valuable insert (again, no idea). Centerpiece can mean what item do I show off the most or display most prominently (none really). Centerpiece can mean what item did I build my entire collection around, whether that is a certain team or player (again, none). In all the strict definitions of what a centerpiece can mean, I pretty much struck out swinging as they say.
So what is my centerpiece? I think that question doesn't have a good answer. But if you rephrase it to what does my collection center on I probably have a more satisfactory answer, and that is sets.
I began collecting cards when my dad used to buy me a pack or two from the grocery store in the late 80s. By the early 90s, the card companies were producing more cards than they could ever sell - but that was ok by me since I used to get 1991 Score packs 4 or 5 for a dollar at the supermarket - and as a kid, that's awesome.
I will mention that this 1987 Topps Reds Leaders card (dinged corners and all) is (and will always be) one of my all-time favorite cards. This is the first card I specifically recall my father giving me, and I treasured it from that day forward.
By the mid '90s I was older and cards weren't on the top of my list. In fact, they really weren't anywhere on my list (girls and sports, now those were things that were on my list at that time!). I might have bought a pack or two, but nothing like I do now.
My college years saw me slowly creep back into card collecting. Although I didn't buy a lot of wax, I was able to purchase a few boxes off of eBay (sell any valuable "pulls") and then keep the rest at a relatively low to free net cost. As such, I have a lot of early 2000s cards, but almost nothing of value!
After a few years of paying back college loans, I bought my first pack of 2007 Topps Heritage. From then on, it's been nothing but set chasing for me. Last year, I managed to buy enough cards to complete the 2007 Topps Heritage, Topps Heritage Chrome, and 2007 Allen & Ginter sets. Those were the first sets that I ever completed by hand, and so I believe they are the trio of centerpieces in my collection.
This year, I decided that three sets wasn't enough to try to complete, so I'm working on a ton, including Stadium Club, Heritage (and all of its inserts), Allen & Ginter (and all of it's insert sets), Allen & Ginter mini set, Baseball Heroes, Goudey (and it's insert set), and Masterpieces. While I'm not optimistic that I'll ever finish all of those sets, it has been fun to try and work out trades for the various missing pieces - and that's where this blog originated from.
You see, I for the past three years, I was a regular blogger over at Sporting News. However, a series of unfortunate events, coupled with nonstop petty squabbling over stupid things, forced me to vacate my Sporting News blog. From there, I moved to Blogger and I haven't looked back. Many of my good "blog friends" from Sporting News also found new homes at roughly same time, so we were pretty much the only visitors on each others blogs for awhile. However, one day I posted about baseball cards and "Woah" there was an entire blogosphere full of people interested in baseball cards and (better yet) trading baseball cards...
My blog has slowly transformed from a place to post about the Cincinnati Reds to a place to post about my Reds, baseball cards, cooking, and whatever else I feel like talking about for the day. While my blog certainly isn't among the most popular out there, nor does it look like I'll ever retire off of my AdSense income (all $7.87 of it), I've enjoyed my time spent writing my blog and reading others (and all the resulting trades and comments).
I'm sure that if I continue buying cards that someday I'll pull a card that I will be able to claim as my "centerpiece". In fact, I had a card in my possession once that would fit that bill (an autographed Hank Aaron card that I got from a hobby shop pack on vacation), but I was young and the $300 off of eBay seemed like more fun than having an autograph sit around while I was in college (before you judge, realize those textbooks are expensive!). Perhaps some day I'll pull another Hall of Fame auto or relic, but until then, my centerpiece will be my sets that I've collected - and hopefully my centerpiece will continue to grow and, at the same time, provide years of exitement and fun for myself and others.
Monday, December 15, 2008
In return, Ryan knocked a few more cards off my want list, including:
2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces - Alex Gordon. I love this set and hope to complete it soon. The short prints may be out of reach (I haven't checked eBay to see what they go for there though).
Base (for trade): 1 (3), 3 (2), 6, 8 (6), 10 (3), 12 (2), 13 (6), 20, 21 (2), 22 (5), 25 (3), 27 (2), 29 (2), 30, 33, 34 (5), 35, 36 (5), 37, 38, 39 (4), 47, 48 (3), 50, 51 (3), 53 (3), 58, 60 (6), 61, 62 (6), 64 (3), 65 (5), 70 (2), 72 (2), 73, 74 (5), 76 (2), 77 (2), 79 (2), 81, 82, 84 (2), 85, 86 (2), 88, 90 (2), 91 (5), 95, 100 (2), 103 (2), 105 (4), 107 (3), 112 (8), 114 (2), 116 (3), 117 (5), 125 (3), 126 (4), 128, 129 (3), 131 (2), 133, 134, 138 (4), 140 (4), 141 (3), 142 (3), 143 (4), 145, 147 (2), 151 (3), 152 (4), 155 (3), 157 (3), 160, 164 (7), 165, 166 (4), 168 (2), 169 (5), 173, 176 (2), 178 (3), 180, 181 (3), 182, 183 (2), 185 (2), 190 (6), 192 (3), 193, 194 (2), 195 (4)
Hit Parade of Champions (for trade): HPC-14, HPC-19 (note slight roller marks on HPC-19)
Contact me at fanofZZreds.auctZZions@gmail.com, (remove the ZZ’s) to set up a trade! You can find the link to my want list here.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I usually only sell a few things at a time. For this round of auctions, I have:
Yankee Stadium Legacy cards, Allen & Ginter minis (basically all my extras since the trade offers for these has slowed to a crawl), a Dick Perez complete set of Topps Heritage, a bunch of Chrome cards, and some Upper Deck Goudey short prints.
In other news, I've been working on some thank you posts that will be up over the course of the week...and in a couple of hours I'll be glued to the television watching my Steelers take on their bitter rivals, the Ravens.
...and as always, if you want to set up a trade take a look at my want list and make an offer!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
In other news, the Reds still have no offense and thus, probably won't need Arthur to be all that good regardless. . .
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Yesterday, I headed to the mall to purchase my final Christmas present (I can't believe I'm done shopping either). On the way back, I decided I ought to reward myself for being so diligent in my shopping so I stopped in at Target to see what baseball card goodies I could find.
Most of the packs looked "searched", so I avoided those. Instead, I picked up a retail box of Topps Stadium Club (the more of this set I buy, the more of it I want). I took the single $19.99 box up to the counter and prepared to charge it to my credit card. The cashier was completely disconnected from her job...she mumbled $23.16 and I swiped my card without paying attention (apparently I was also disconnected from reality).
As I walked back to my car, it slowly dawned on me that I just paid $3.17 in taxes (that's almost 16%!) Needless to say, I wasn't happy - but it was cold and I figured oh well...however, a quick look at the receipt turned my disappointment into "wow!" It seems I was mistaken - I got charged $2.99 for the box, not $19.99... Apparently the cashier said three sixteen, not twenty-three sixteen as I thought I heard.
Now, that wasn't the only good news for me with the box. You see, I almost never pull autographs. I probably bought 20 Allen & Ginter retail boxes and at least 2 hobby boxes this year, all without seeing a single autograph. I bought countless retail boxes of Goudey without an auto (though I did pull one auto of Noah Lowry in my hobby box of Goudey...of course you are guaranteed an auto with hobby boxes of Goudy...)
With that in mind, I said to myself "I bet I pull an autograph from this box, despite the horrendous odds, it's been that kind of box."
Lo and behold, I was correct (and seriously, who says "lo and behold" anyway...I don't even know where that came from as I typed it.)
I pulled a gorgeous Beam Team autograph of Delwyn Young.
Scans don't do these cards justice - I love the stained glass effect, if you hold them up to the light you can see through the cards. I absolutely want to collect more of these.
As for the rest of the box, nothing spectacular. I got a nifty shot of Albert Pujols (nifty in the fact that it is basically a shot of infield dirt). Albert's card is one of seven First Day Issue cards in the box (one per pack).
I also pulled a card of Chipper Jones that was interesting in that the shot appears to be of Chipper (failing) to break up a double play. I say failing because it appears the two Pittsburgh Pirates in the background are running back to their dugout.
Quick question for other collectors out there. Is there a first day issue version of each card? Is there more than one first day issue per card - because in my limited buying I have two different first day issues of J.R. Towles.
See my want list for the cards I'm missing from the set.
2008 Topps Stadium Club cards I have for trade (update 12/10/08):
Regular issue: 4 (2), 7, 11 (2), 13, 17, 22, 25, 26, 29 (2), 31, 32, 37, 55, 59, 61, 65, 68, 76, 77, 79, 83, 89, 98, 101 (2), 104 (2), 106, 109, 112, 115, 116, 118, 124, 130, 149
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Other terms of the deal (if any) have not been announced. It is unknown how much (if any) cash will trade hands - most likely Chicago has to eat some of Dye's contract...but then again, knowing how the Reds deal (3 million for Corey Patterson anyone?), perhaps they decided to throw a couple million Chicago's way for no reason.
I sent Brian some Allen & Ginter cards he needed - and in return he sent me a bunch of mini A&G cards I needed as well as a couple of Reds and some hockey cards (gotta love the Canadians eh?!) You can read about his side of the trade on his blog.
What I got:
18 mini Allen & Ginter (regular back) cards
1 pack of 1999/2000 Upper Deck NHL Gold Reserve Hockey - I got two cards of Wayne Gretzsky (which basically means I got two cards of players I know! They are nice cards though I must say.)