Monday, February 29, 2016

Cards from Torren' Up Cards

Kenny, of the blog Torren' Up Cards reached out to me last week on Twitter and let me know he had sent me some cards with no note.

I got an envelope from him on Saturday. He sent some nice D-Backs my way. Thanks Kenny!

Ryan Burr was a late round 2015 draft pick out of ASU. Growing up in Arizona, I've been contemplating starting an Arizona colleges PC.

Here a couple of nice Yasmany Tomas cards including his 1st Bowman card and his Topps RC.

Love this All-Star card of Goldy with Mike Trout diving back to first base.

I think Peter O'Brien will get some playing time this season at the big league level. Not sure how much, but I think he'll get some. 

These two Cody Reed cards were back to back in the package from Kenny. They look like minis, but they aren't. 

Here is a nice sepia Brad Ziegler. I need to start a collection dedicated to players that also collect. Brad would be at the top of the list. 

Finally, here are a couple of Rubby De La Rosa cards. he went 14-9 last year with the D-Backs and will be competing for a spot in the rotation this year with the D-Backs adding both Zack Grienke and Shelby Miller. 

Thanks again Kenny for a great little package of D-Backs goodness!

Vintage Cardboard

I went to my LCS a few weeks back and picked up a few well-loved vintage cards from the Dime and Quarter boxes.

I don't think I'd ever heard of Jim Golden before, but the photo alone was worth a dime in my opinion, so I bought it. A quick Google search for Jim Golden revealed a Wikipedia page for Jim Golden with only two sentences and a few career statistics. Anyone know anything else about Golden?

I love the old combo cards and this Young Hill Stars card is no exception. 

I paid a quarter for this 1960 Topps Rookie Card of Frank Howard. Not sure why a previous owner punched holes in it, but for a quarter I can live with it until I get an upgrade.

I also paid a quarter for this 1960 Topps Earl Wilson RC and given the condition (not great, but no holes) it is my favorite of this small batch. Wilson was a good pitcher and was the first African American pitcher on the Red Sox, debuting just one week after Pumpsie Green, who was the first African American player to wear a Red Sox uniform at the big league level.

Wilson pitched a no-hitter in 1962 and also homered in that game, which is somewhat surprising except that Wilson hit 35 home runs in his career, so it wasn't all that unusual for him. He was traded to the Detroit Tigers in 1966 and led the league in wins in 1967 and was a World Champion with the Tigers when they won it all in 1968.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

1952 Bowman Jerry Coleman

I picked up this 1952 Bowman Jerry Coleman card at my LCS a few weeks ago. I think it was $3.50. I thought that was a good deal. I really like the old Bowman cards. The artwork is fantastic!

Let me know what you think. Are you a fan of the old Bowman cards from the early 1950's? Do you have a favorite set or card? 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

TTM Success: Ron Ferdinand (Dennis the Menace)

Back in January I posted a ttm success from Dennis the Menace artist Marcus Hamilton. I sent him 4 blank index cards and he sent back 4 personalized Dennis the Menace drawings for my boys and I.

Here is one of the index cards that I got from Marcus Hamilton. You can click on the link above to see all 4. Hard to top something like that, right?

Well, Marcus Hamilton draws the daily Dennis the Menace comics, but another artist named Ron Ferdinand draws the Sunday comics. I sent him 4 index cards and while he only returned three, they are simply fantastic!

Check them out!

These turned out amazing! Huge thank you to both Marcus Hamilton and Ron Ferdinand! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Care Package from My 2008 Topps Set blog

My good friend Larry, of the blog My 2008 Topps Set Blog, sent me a package about 3 weeks ago. I'm so sorry it took me so long to post this awesome care package. Thanks so much Larry! Maybe we'll see each other at D-Backs Fan Fest or at some games this season.

Larry and his Dad watched Ryan Roberts play in the Arizona Fall League in 2005 and took these pictures and got them signed.

Larry know how big a fan I am of Roberts and wanted me to have them in my collection! These are awesome and I'm so excited to add them to my collection!

Larry also sent this team issued photo of Brandon Webb for my collection as well. This is awesome! I'll try to get it signed. Thanks again for the care package Larry!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Trade with The Chronicles of Fuji

I sent Fuji, of the blog The Chronicles of Fuji, a package as part of a contest I held as well as soon cards that I had been setting aside for him for a while.

He sent back an awesome package in return! Thanks Fuji!

First up are a couple of Anthony Meo autographs. One is MLB licensed and one is not.

Here is a cool card of former D-Back Augie Ojeda featuring him as part o USA baseball. Augie was a fan favorite here in Arizona and must still live in Arizona because he's often at team functions. 

This Brandon Webb card is awesome! I love adding relics and autos of Webb to my collection that I didn't already have. This is my 297th different Brandon Webb card.
The next two I already have, but with 3 boys they will be put to very good use.

This Miguel Montero Ultra RC auto is not a double, but my oldest is begging me to trade him for it. He is a huge Montero fan. I'm sure that it will end up in his collection.

This was the best card in my opinion. How cool is it that he has his own custom Topps card and I got an on card auto version. Thanks Fuji!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Trade with Drew's Hot Corner

I am way behind on posting. I've got several trades, a care package, eBay purchases, ttms, contest wins, pack recaps, 2016 Topps, and card shop recaps that I need to post about.

I've been very busy. I'll leave it at that so I can just get to a post. I want to do the trades and care package first because I feel really bad already that I haven't done these posts already and let those bloggers know how much I appreciate it.

Let's start with a package from Drew of the blog, Drew's Hot Corner, which was previously Drew's Cards, as indicated by his card that he sent along.

Drew is a big Yankees fan and so I sent him some cards for his collection recently. Drew is currently traveling around Europe, but is still posting on his blog. He sent this package just days before he embarked on his journey. Thank you Drew! I'm sure you were really busy trying to get everything ready and you didn't need to send anything.

Drew sent some sweet D-Backs cards my way and even included a Matt Leinart parallel numbered to 250 that I didn't scan. Thanks again Drew and if you read this, I wish you all the best in your journey!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Everybody Wins!

My last post was a trade package from Night Owl and a contest. The contest is over and everybody wins! Well, that's not really true. Nobody actually got them all correct, but everyone everyone that participated is going to win!

John Miller, Night Owl, Brian Stryker, Jafronius, and Adam Kaningher please send me your address so I can send you out a pwe with some football cards.

For the record, here are the correct answers. Remember I said that the right answers were my answers.

1) 3 horizontal cards and 1 vertical card

2) 3 Topps cards and 1 Donruss card

3) 3 parallels and 1 base card

4) 3 cards with a ball, 1 with no ball

Sunday, February 7, 2016

One of these things is not like the others! Package from Night Owl and a CONTEST

Greg, from the blog Night Owl Cards, sent me a trade package a week or so ago. He included a note.

After reading his note I immediately thought about Sesame Street.

So here's the cards from Greg, in a Sesame Street inspired "one of these things is not like the others" post. Play along if you'd like.

Let's start with an easy one.

Pretty simple, right? 3 cards were from 2008 Upper Deck Documentary and one was not.

There are 4 groups of 4 left. Correctly identify the similarities vs. the difference for the 4 remaining groups in the comments section and you'll be entered into a drawing for a prize. The prize will be a PWE of cards from an NFL team (it is Super Bowl Sunday, after all) of your choice, so please let me know what team that will be in the comment section as well. 

Keep in mind that you may identify similarities and differences, but they ones you identify need to be the ones that I have in mind to qualify for the contest. I'll let the contest run for a couple of days and will post the answers and the winner, which will signify the end of the contest. 





Here are a few other cards that really stood out, although the last one is the one that Night Owl was referring to in his note. Thanks Greg for a great package and for inspiring a contest!

Love the older Topps Chrome colored refractors and x-fractors!

Here are a couple of Paul Goldschmidt cards that Greg included. Very happy to add these to my collection! 

This 1967 Topps Pitt Power card featuring Willie Stargell and Donn Clendenon. I love vintage and this is a great card! Willie Stargell had a Hall of Fame career. Clendenon has a nice career, but I have a feeling that playing in a collared shirt didn't help him.