Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Big Purchase And a Shout out

There was a time where, once the season passed and cards were no longer available, I could not add to a set. Then the internet came along. 

I was able to add to some of the sets through trades, but it still left me with holes in them..

Then came COMC.....

Today is a story of a single minded pursuit and spending more money than intended. 

I've always liked the 1984 Topps design. When I was younger, I got a bunch of 1984 OPC from a cousin of mine. Many times over the course of owning these cards I've been on the fence of actually trying to complete the set.. 

Well, recently I decided it was going to be a set I was going to finish and I put a big dent in it through COMC. I also ended up spending close to $150 CDN in doing so.. (oops)

In a lot of cases, I also picked up a second one for the respective collections. So there may be two of a card scanned.. These were bought by design. 

A Don Mattingly rookie! 
I think that one was, by far, the most expensive card of the group I bought. Of course, I don't think $9.99 is too bad a price for an OPC Mattingly rookie. 

I was going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to get the Cromartie card. He is shown as an Expo but it has the caption "Now Playing in Japan"
I decided to get it because really, for all intents and purposes, it's an Expos card

Rod Carew. Andre Dawson. Goose Gossage. Paul Molitor. Tom Paciorek. One of these things is not like the others. 

I was almost tempted to see if the Blog's resident Strawberry fanatic, Peter Steinberg, needed this 1984 OPC, but I checked and he has it. 
Pete Rose, while pictured as a Phillie, is listed as an Expo here, so I got two..

So that's the last of the giant group of cards. 

With this purchase, I am 98.2% completed this set. 
As before, my want list for this set is Right Here

Also, Julie over at A Cracked Bat is running a contest. Go check it out!  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Joy of Sets: 1988 Leaf

Way back when, Donruss had a separate set for Canada (as well as the US base) like Topps did. 
So while we had Topps and Donruss, we also had O Pee Chee and Leaf. In both cases, they tended to be smaller sets using the same design as the US set, but with more Canadian content and bilingual backs.

I hadn't seen many of the Leaf cards from that time frame. When I bought a bunch of boxes off a friend on Facebook, I received a bunch of them. 

I decided I wanted to try to complete the 1988 set, since I already have the Donruss version completed. 

What I'm showing here are cards I recently received from T at Supporting the Minnow. 

I must say I love those uniforms for the Mets that Howard Johnson is modeling. 

I'm not sure if there's image variations in the Leaf/Donruss cards like there were in some years of OPC and Topps. I'd love to check but the TCDB seems to be down and I'm too tired to manually look through my cards..

My Want List for this set is Right Here

(I'm slowly getting it updated on here as well.. I find this is the best way to do it.. )

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Joy of Sets: 1990 Donruss

Unlike the last two posts, I combined the cards I received from Night Owl and T, along with cards from other trades when putting them into the set.

I scanned the cards I didn't have added yesterday when I did this. 

Diamond Kings and Rated Rookies all over the place here. 

Jays and Expos mainly went into the respective binder collections, but there were a few I needed for the set as well. 
Also, Jeff Reardon as a Twin

1990.. Lots of head shots in the cards as well. 

Walker does not look pleased in that photo. 

The Stewart cards are different.. One is the Error version with the "Recent Major League Performance" on the back, while the other one has the "All Star Performance" on the back

MVP inserts. 
The Bell one looks like his hat was photoshopped into the picture. 

As always, thanks to those who sent me cards to get this set closer to finished!

The remaining cards needed are listed Here

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Joy of Sets: 1990 Topps

I know I just did this yesterday, and was planning on doing 1990 Donruss today, but I found a batch of 1990 Topps I forgot I had received from T at Supporting the Minnow. 

It did cut down some of my list. I'll show the ones that added to my collection. 

(My wantlist I posted yesterday has also been updated)

Aren't they beautiful? 

Well, I'm going to go take a nap since I have to go do some more driving today and I got next to no sleep last night 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Set Collecting: 1990 Topps

This afternoon I received a box in the mail from the Night Owl. 
I opened the box and staring back at me was a bunch of 1990 goodness... 

Topps and Donruss

I went through the Topps cards tonight and can now update my collection status on it. 

The Mattingly and Biggio are completely new to me. The McCaskill is the second in my collection, going into the Canadians binder. 

One of these three is not like the others.. 
The Gozzo card is one of two I need. This one went into the set, the second I get at some point will go into the binder. 

In general, the non-Expos/Jays I needed were the more well-known players.
The Walker is one of three I need for my collections. As before, this one will go into my set, while the next one will go into the Expos binder, and the final one will go into the Canadians. 

Now, to update what I need:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Joy of a Completed Set

At long last, I can say I'm done the 1987 Topps set.. (sort of...)

I finally got this card today. A member of a trading card group on Facebook was nice enough to send this to me gratis. 

So now my set is complete. To fully, completely, ultimately put this to rest, I need three variation cards


All three are the error version with no trademark beside the logos. 

That said, it's nice to finally be able to check this card off my want list.. In a cruel twist of the knife, I've been holding onto my friend's OPC version of this card... So it was taunting me in both official languages lol 

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.