Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More Premier

Yesterday I showed off some 1992 OPC Premier I received in a surprise package. 
One thing I talked about was the photography being... Interesting..

Today I'm going to show some 1991 OPC Premier as a comparison.

All of these will be Jays and Expos. 
Ron Hassey is shown here at the end of his career. He ended up catching a Perfect Game in 1991, becoming the first catcher to catch one in each league.

More Jays and Expos. 
I need a second Denis Boucher for my Canadians binder. 

In general, the photography in the 1991 Premier is much better than it is in the 1992 version. I don't know what happened. It's almost like they hired chimpanzees to take photos. 

For my collection purposes, I need two cards...

One more Denis Boucher
34: Delino DeShields.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Blogging Life Raft from the Minnow

I was sitting here most of the day trying to decide what I wanted to write about.. 
I realize it's been a couple days since I last blogged, so I wanted to get something written. 

Then I remembered the Big Box of Goodies I got from Supporting the Minnow. I grabbed a pile of cards from my collection and added what he had given me from that set.. 

The set? One of the more... Unique.... Sets... 1992 O Pee Chee Premier. 

The reason I say unique? 

Well, we have standard photos like this one, where Dan Gladden is looking out at the field. I don't know if he's squinting or if he's simply confused as to what he's seeing on the field. 

 Many posed photos here, mainly in Spring Training, though many are from games as well. 

 Wayne Rosenthal looks unimpressed there, while Bret Barberie is looking like he's trying to pick someone up. 
Doug Jones hanging out in the dugout and Rob Dibble mid pitch. I think that's one of the better photos I've seen. 

Mo Vaughn also looking like he's posing for a dating profile rather than a Major League Baseball mass release card. 

A nice batch of cards nearly completes the set for me. 

To complete the set I only need

82 Bret Saberhagen
112 Dean Palmer
196 Darryl Kile

I also need Jays/Expos to finish those off, but three cards to complete the set!

Oh... And when I was talking about the photography earlier.. This is one of the more infamous cards from the set.

A wonderful view of Mark Whiten's back. 

Anyway, thanks for the idea for the post, T! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Some Things are a Mystery

I don't remember how I found this.. Could have been an ad on Facebook or on Twitter, but there's a company in Canada called First Row Collectibles  that has an online shop for different hobbies. 

One thing they have is "Mystery Packs" 
They have for baseball, hockey, Wrestling, and football. I decided to bite the bullet and get a mystery pack from them for $24.99 CDN just to see what it's about. 

They say the packs have at least double the value inside. So let's see, shall we?

Well, definitely keeping the Pompey since it will go into the Canadians binder.
The Mike Trout is a Heritage Minor League card. 
I like that Nomo, but not being a Dodger collector means I won't be keeping it. 

I don't know what that Roger Clemens card is. The copyright information is very tiny on the back. In fact, all of the writing is tiny on the back.. 

See what I mean? 
Actually the scan is easier to read than it is in hand.. I think it's a 2015... 

EDIT: Looking at COMC, it's a 2016 High Tek "Pattern 2" 
Clemens has two cards in the set with the same card "number"

The Mayberry is serialed 54/99 

A Chris Davis refractor.
Andy Pettitte Score Summit edition card
Wes Parsons autographed card. 

So far it's not looking too good for things I want to keep.. 

A Tony Fernandez Diamond Kings card autographed with a certificate of authenticity. This will be going into the collection for sure.. 

So my thoughts... 

I'd probably do another one sometime. They also have "Grab Bags" for $1.99 CDN. Pick a team and you get 15 cards. 

That said.. Most of the cards are available. If something here catches your interest, let me know. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Surprise from the Minnow

Not too long ago my Ex-Wife texted me saying she had something for me. 

As I mentioned before, she works with a fellow blogger who runs Supporting the Minnow.

It turns out, my ex-wife was given this:

Now, looks can be deceiving. Though that OPC Hockey box is quite nice. 

I just took pictures quickly to show what I have to sort through.. I'll be actually scanning as I catalogue 

So that's what I got.. Quite the nice surprise. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Adventures in Bus Driving and a Trade

Well, a rare one today.

I had a charter today, bringing a group of people from Fleming College to Camp Kawartha. 

It's about a 30-45 minute drive from Peterborough. (There is another Camp Kawartha installation nearer the city, but that's more of a day education centre. The place near Young's Point is an actual camp) 

This is part of the dining hall/activity room. I spent most of the day in here while the group was out doing stuff. 

You can see Ghost me taking the picture here.. Animal pelts. 

More of them.. Ghost me returns.. lol 

This is outside the hall I was in. There's more buildings around a field. I like the repurposed micro bird. Basically a decommissioned school bus can still be used, so long as the lights and stop arm are removed/covered. Most will also fully repaint, but this one only has the sides painted white. 

More buildings around, including a tepee. 

The camp is on a lake. You can sort of see the lake through the trees. There are cabins for campers to the left of this photo. 

A little squirrel. 

The building I showed the inside of up top. 

A better look at the field and some of the buildings around. 

To tie this part in as a baseball card post.. Scott Ruskin makes an appearance. 

And again.. 

I'm in the process of a trade with TCDB member Sportzcommish. I recently received his cards but I haven't had a chance to send my end out yet (Sorry!) I've communicated this to him. 
I just don't want him to think I forgot or I suddenly turned bad.. 

Anyway... Cards!

1991 Fleer. Now to sit down and go through the piles of cards to actually update my sets.. lol 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Top Ten Cards: Justin Morneau

There's a contest going on at Collecting Cutch who wants entrants to write about their Top 10 favourite cards of a Player they collect. 

I ran into some problem with this though.. 
Yes, I have players I collect, but I consider myself more of a team collector. The only players I collect are Canadians, and I've covered my favourite repeatedly here already. Other favourite players I have I don't collect for different reasons (Price of some cards, not having many cards, etc) or are part of the team collections. 

So I decided I'd show my Top Ten Favourite Justin Morneau cards.. 


I like this card. I don't know why, really. The uniform top looks airbrushed on. Maybe it's the border. 


Morneau as a Twin. 
I confess I mix up the sets from 2010-2014. I don't remember what year this is.. 2011??
I think I'm drawn to this card because of the concentration on his face. You can see him watching the ball into his glove. 


As much as I confuse the years from 2010-2014 Topps, I know Bowman even less. I don't think it's ever really on my radar. 

Anyway. it looks like Justin is mid Home Run Trot here. 


For some reason, I'm thinking this was a uniform the Twins used either as a Sunday Home thing, or was a Throwback night on the road somewhere. I may be wrong though. 


Another Rockies card. This one was from Archives or Heritage.. One of those redundant sets.. 
In any event, the 1983 design is really nice. 


Stadium Club... I really like this card as well. The full photo and no fog/mist/BS.. Just a great photo of Morneau swinging at a pitch. 


This is another one I can't really explain.. I just like it.. It may be a little high if I'm doing a 10-1 list.. I think for the most part, it's in no particular order until #1.. 


One of the few relic cards in my collection. 


This one is interesting, though at the same time, the borders can be a little much. (How many people are this critical about their favourite cards of a favourite player, eh?)

In a way it almost reminds me of the "Special Presentation" graphic TV stations used in the 80s. 

Anyway, Justin on the follow through of his swing.. 


And finally... I really like this one.. The background definitely nails the feeling of the era the cards originally came out in. 
So there you have it.. My Top 10.