Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Another Sunday, Another Bout of Usual Suspects

It may be Wednesday now, but on Sunday I did another charter where I brought people from the Berry Farms into town to get some shopping done.. As what seems to be a tradition now, I bought a Repack box because aside from Optic, it was Series 1 and 2... 

So in one pack of 2014, I got the blue parallel and the base of Jon Lester.. 
That of course is broken up by Joe Mauer... 

Well played indeed.. 

We also have inserts I'm not really caring about and Jonathan Schoop.. 

Stars and Stripes in the Great White North... So wrong... So very wrong.. I almost hope that I could find someone wanting to collect these things so they don't meet the same fate as Triple Play.. 

Draft Picks.. What a Surprise! 

Actually what is a surprise is there's a Jay hidden in there.. 
There's been a few times where I've seen Justin Twine's name and thought it was Justin Thyme... I know... Very bad.... 

Of course there were Babe Ruth Story cards and 2007 Upper Deck.. About the only thing in the UD set was a Gregg Zaun Jays card.. 

I'm almost tempted to see if I could collect the Babe Ruth and the Draft Picks sets through the repacks. 

The only time I'm keeping any of the Triple Play cards anymore is in cases like the Jones or Molitor cards I got previously.. 

I'm looking at my desk and thinking that I might need to rethink how I did my reorganization.. The traders and keepers are fine.. It's just that I missed cards that I don't have anymore that weren't removed from my trade list... It's almost to the point where I'm thinking about blowing up the trade list and the have list and reentering everything to the Trading Card Database.. 

Just seems to be a massive undertaking....

And while I'm sitting here thinking about it.. I wonder If any of the firehalls still have the Jays team sets available.. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Small Batch of Happy..

As we get closer to the end of August and the beginning of the school year, I'm finding myself more and more tired.. I'm almost thinking I should get checked out, but that would mean needles and I don't like those evil instruments of Satan.. 

But that's another topic for another day...

I got an envelope from everyone's favourite Strawberry fan and "Fan" of 1995 Fleer, Peter.

A while back, he had a trade bait post up and I decided to check again to see if there was anything that was left that I wanted, but didn't take because I didn't want to be greedy the first time around... 

I found a couple cards.. 
He also put aside a Topps Bunt JA Happ for me and at another point mentioned he had 1987 Topps Box Bottom cards that he was looking to maybe rehome.. 

I figured since I'm almost done the complete 1987 (just need a couple variations) I'd mention I'd take the box bottom cards.. 

Today... They arrived.. 

I really liked those 100 Years of Wrigley cards.. For some reason, I feel the bottom one is another one featuring Fergie Jenkins, but I'm not 100% sure. 

The first of the three Box Bottom cards I got.. 

And the other two.. This puts me at 6 of 8.. I just need "A" and "B" which are Don Baylor and Steve Carlton. 

I'm likely going to cut these out so I can put them in my box with the rest of the set.. 

Thanks Peter! 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fun Day Yesterday

Last night I went to the Jays game with a group from work. 

It was a fun experience for the most part. 

We were in the 200 Level Right Field Side. This was before the game started. The grounds crew were doing final touch-ups on the field after Batting Practice. 
I was actually sitting on a folding chair in the Accessible Seating area because I wasn't sure I'd fit in the seats in the section. 

 Still before game time. People still filing in. I was trying to get the lineups at this time, but nothing was showing until the game started. 

Just after the anthems, Jays taking the field.. You can see the seats have really filled up at this point. There were really only a few sections that I could see that weren't full. Some of the 500 Level near Left Field and the back portion of the left field line seats on the field level. 

In this one you can see the sections I described above. 

You can also see part of the Jays hype tag this year, #LetsRise. 

They do some unique things between innings as well.. At one point they had "The Roof Report with Josh Donaldson" 
It has Donaldson sitting at a news desk and he points up and says "It's Open" or "It's Closed"
They had a "selfie race through the 6" (I refuse to use whatever they actually use for it) where three fans take a selfie then send it to the team to use in the race. The winner gets more comfortable seating behind home plate. 

In the 7th Inning Stretch, a re-working of the song "OK Blue Jays" plays then "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
Of course, just like the Cubs, they get everyone to replace "home team" with "Blue Jays"

Yes.. I keep score.. 
They really need to add one or two more boxes for the pitchers.. 

It was an enjoyable night until dealing with drunk people on the bus on the way home.. 

Of course, while I was there I needed to get myself something.. So I got a team set of cards..

As far as I know, the only difference is the numbering on these. 
And at this point of the season, Liriano, Grilli, and Upton are gone.. 
Tulo is on the 60 day DL, Sanchez has spent most of the year on the DL, and Devon Travis has spent most of the year there as well.. 

But, in the end... JAYS WIN! Judge struck out looking twice! Donaldson Homered Twice!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Just Another Trade Bait Post

Felt like showing off the stuff I have for trade.. 

If there's something you see you want.. Let me know! We can work something out..

The Stars and Stripes cards are a set I don't think I'd want, and really only get through repacks. 
I'm not sure how I got the Nied. 
Gant as a Cardinal.. I know there's a few Gant fans out there... 

The Draft Class are another one I don't think I'd get into aside from getting them in repacks. 
Eddie Murray Purina card.. I have to say every time I hear Purina, I think Dog Food... 
Julio Franco from 1983.. Just think.. He'd be active until 2008.. 

Some medallions and swatches.. 
A couple NFL things in there too.. 
I'm sure someone is a Verlander fan.. 
The one beside the Randy Johnson is a felt Arnoldis Chapman. 

Some random cards here including a Roberto Alomar bat relic and a Tulo Press Proof. 

A couple Josh Donaldson rookies, a Derek Jeter card and a Chris Davis shiny something or other.. 

Mike Trout minor league card.. 
Andy Pettitte 
Hideo Nomo
Arnoldis Chapman relic
Tom Glavine mini
AJ Reed auto..

Finally a few hockey..

Some are actual rookies, some are labelled as such. 

If you see something you want, let me know.. We should be able to work something out

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Couple Incoming..

I'm sure those that follow me on Twitter know I've been really stressed out lately. Things are getting better, but they'll be even better still once things pick up at work again.. 

The reason I mention this is I have something to the effect of 10 packages to send out, between cards owed to people and Trades. I'll be sending it all out on the 11th when I get paid next. 

Now, onto happier, cardier matters..

I recently made a trade with wackydog on the Database. His return is one of the many I need to send.. 

What I received was a nice little group of needs. 

It was a 9 for 9 trade.
I really like those Fleer at the top.
Jimmy Key almost looks like someone is interrupting his thoughts, or someone is on Third Base taking a big lead. 
I have the regular of those three Topps cards (and the OPC versions of all) but I didn't have the Gold Winner versions until now. Very nice. 
Jeff Ware pitched for the Jays in 1995 and 1996, didn't do that well then never returned to the Major Leagues. Really after 1994 he didn't do well at any level, even the Independents.. 
David Wells in his second tour with Toronto. The Jays sent Roger Clemens to the Yankees for Wells, Homer Bush, and Graeme Lloyd. In a couple years, the Jays turned around and sent Wells to the White Sox for Mike Sirotka and a couple other players. 

In conversation on Twitter, I had a user contact me about whether or not I wanted a couple cards. 
These were those cards. 

I have to say I love the photography on both of them, particularly the perspective on the Tulo Celebrations one. 

I want to thank both for the cards and apologize again for the delay on any returns I'm sending out. I really don't like having to do it. 

It's been to the point where I've wanted someone to berate me or leave negative feedback or something even though it's something that, as of right now, I can't really do much about. But you're not here to listen to my mental issues.. lol Have a great day until next time. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Little Fun Game

I decided for fun to join in with Bo from Baseball Cards Come to Life and the Little Fun Game he held. 

In the end I got a thing titled "Basketball Rookies"

I wasn't quite sure what to expect, since I have no clue about basketball.. 

The package came in the mail a couple days ago... I was surprised. 

A nice batch of Jays and Expos greeted me as well. 
I honestly don't remember the time the Jays wore those uniforms in the Raul Mondesi card. 

Diamond Kings. Even without the logos, I love these cards. 

Bowman is one that's generally not in the collection because I can't get past the numbering and parallels for it.. 

The final scan has a couple mini cards, a Charlie Simmer, and the rookies that I got from the Game... 
Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.. I've heard of these people!

Thank you Bo! I'll have something out for you on the 11th.. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bases Loaded With the Usual Suspects..

I had a charter today and I was bored while waiting for the people to do what they were doing.. There was a conveniently located Walmart across the parking lot from where I last dropped the people off, so since I needed a few things anyway, why not see if there were cards as well.

Hint: Not much...

In fact, I wish I took a picture of the barren wasteland that was this WalMart's card aisle.. More Yu-Gi-Oh than anything.. Sports had one or two hockey, one or two football.. Star Wars and WWE.. There were small hanging boxes of Series 1 and 2 of Flagship.. And the repacks.. 

So I bought a repack... 

And hoped for the best....

It didn't come.. 

Of course I didn't get a bonus card.. I did get another One-Touch card thing... 

Samples of the card packs that could be in these.. I'm guessing that gold one at the bottom is the Panini Triple Play, since if they showed it prominently nobody would buy these.. 
I imagine these are packaged and shipped from the US, since really, aside from Player Collectors, I don't see many of us wanting the Stars and Stripes cards.. 

One of the usual suspects in these things are the Leaf Babe Ruth set..
I don't know how big the set is, but I could probably make it by just picking these repack boxes up.. 

And of course, the biggest Usual Suspect: Triple Play... I just scanned possibly the two most useful cards from that set... 
That Paul Molitor HOF card is beautiful.. 
And Chipper "Don't call me Larry" Jones looks almost human there. 

These Draft Picks cards are generally more miss than anything, since they always seem to be for non-Jays. And of course since they don't bother to say where the kids are from aside from school, it's not very helpful for my Canadians collection either. 

Two packs of the Draft Picks and I even get a duplicate in the 8 cards... 

USA Stars and Stripes.. At least some of these names I recognize.. Corey Seager and Henry Owens. Again, one of the Usual Suspects for these things.. 

2007 Upper Deck, Come On Down! You're the next contestant in The Usual Suspects! 

There are three cards in here that I want/May need.. Buehrle, Morrow, and that SuperVet card.. I loved the 1983 ones Topps did. I really like this one, even if it's a Yankee.. lol 

Just one final picture, a closeup, of the Unicorn that is Good Triple Play cards. 

So yeah.. I'm guessing 99.9999% of these are available for trade. Let me know if you see something you want.. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Another Repack From Dollarama

So I bought another repack recently and with my finishing my reorganization (and finding I might have been better off just blowing up my list and starting over) why not show more cards that will likely end up in my trade pile? lol 

I hate to say it but I pretty much put any 1991 Score and 1987 Topps into a pile to put in my recycling bin. 

I forget Spike Owen was a Mariner. I know he was an Expo and a Yankee.. I think he was a Red Sox as well. 
Mike Mussina in a Yankee uniform. I remember him getting pissy one start because the Jays were honouring someone (I can't remember what it was... 85 Division Champ team??) and it threw him off his game.. 
That Mariners card is Shin-Soo Choo and Chris Snelling. 
Finally... Terry Harper... I see that card and I see Booker T... Is that bad???

Octavio Dotel played for about half the league.. Including the Jays. 

Bowman tends to be low on the radar partially because of the massive number of parallels and crazy numbering, and partially because I'm not much into prospecting. 
I hadn't seen the 2001 Upper Deck before, but I have to say I do like the design.. I find though that a lot of the designs from the late 90s and early 2000s confuse me.. 

Derek "Operation Shutdown" Bell! 
Dee Gordon as a Dodger!

A couple 1983 Donruss cards. Rather nice cards, I think.. 
I ended up getting three Ryne Sandberg cards from the two repacks I bought. 

I think I've been almost browbeaten into collecting the 1986 Topps, even passively.. 

I like the Franchise History cards like the Cubs one here. 
Marquis Grissom Classic card

Most of the 1990 Fleer I got from this are actually Update. Some of them I even needed..
And more 86.. 
I like the Pro Debut cards here from 1991, though they are confusing since they use the 1992 bordering. 

Ryan Dempster and Erik Bedard make appearances here. 
I thought it was in this one, but maybe it was the other one, but I also had a Bob Walk appearance.. 
I'm sure Bob Walk The Plank would be pleased to know..