Sunday, June 17, 2018

Somebody at Topps Did Me a Solid

Last year was an unbelievable year to be a Dan Vogelbach collector. I added 180 different cards to my player collection, 71 of which were certified autographed cards.  Crazy!

This year has gotten off to a really slow start.
Yep, two cards.  Yawn.

Nothing in Series 1. Nothing in Heritage. Nothing in Bowman. Nothing in Series 2. Nothing in Pro Debut.
And then I saw this on an Ebay auction this morning.
Someone had an in-person auto of a new Vogelmonster card!

I went back to the and realized that is was not a Vogelbach card, but a "Promo Uniform Night" card. No wonder I missed it when I did my quick ctrl-F search.

So maybe Topps has it right. Vogelbach probably doesn't deserve a card in a main release this year as a he bounces back and forth between Tacoma and Seattle. (FWIW, he was optioned to Tacoma again just a few days ago. Sigh.)

But, as the title suggests, perhaps I'm on Topps' radar and some said, "Hey, why don't we help that guy from P-town out and throw him a bone?" 

Thank you. Thank you! THANK YOU!

So here's what's next on my radar:
 Anyone bust some 2018 Pro Debut and have one of these bad boys laying around?  I'll make it worth your while!

Oh, and much to my surprise I've found there are relics as well.  Behold!
 On the left is the base numbered out of /99 and the gold is number to 50. There's also a red to 10 and black 1/1, but those haven't popped up yet. 

Thought I should share the good news. 😁

Happy Fathers' Day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 15, 2018

A Quick PWE to Get You Out The Door

Hey, the weekend is almost here!  Here's some sweet Cubs cards from Daniel at It's Like Having My Own Card Shop to help you get your day under way.
 Fortune Teller cards? These were from 2017... aren't there tarot cards in the 2018 version of Gypsy Queen?  I like it.  Way to stay with a theme, Topps.
 I find it peculiar the fronts are different colors but there is absolutely no difference on the backs. Honestly, I'm not even sure which one is the parallel.  Maybe they are both parallels?

Oh, the cardboard world we live in! So confusing!
This is a parallel I'm familiar with. I've always loved Opening Day's blue parallels. They look so good with Cubs cards!
Daniel, thanks for the cards. Summer vacation has been going pretty good. Fall sports will begin before I know it though!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Taking the Cats for a Stroll

My wife and I like to get out and exercise. She has a running partner she meets up with religiously twice a week and I really admire her for that. I'll go for a hike at the local nature center or a jog around the neighborhood when I can.
Wild Turkeys running away from me at the nature center.
Often, when the weather and time allows for it, we'll traverse the neighborhood together on an evening walk. It's a great way to get the heart rate up and catch up on each other's day. During these walks it is not uncommon for us to run into dog walkers. I'm a dog guy, but my work and coaching schedule wouldn't be fair to the dog, so we've got a pair of cats to keep us entertained. 
Hugo is the tan tabby and Hoilday is grey.
Most the time, they just sleep around the house, like in the picture above, but they can be good company on occasion. 

Laura and I have joked the last few years about taking the cats for a walk. Cats are not dogs, and we know this. Their idea of a walk would be go from their chosen sleeping spot, to the food bowl, to the litter box and back to their warm spot to catch more shuteye. Cats. SMH.

Finally, we decided to go for it. Yep, we bought a stroller to take the cats out. 
Hugo seemed really interested in the box at first. He, like every other cat I've known, has a thing for boxes. 

Laura assembled the stroller and we've probably taken the cats out twenty different times during the last two months. I've done a little jogging with them, but mostly we're out just to have a nice walk. 
Holiday has gotten to the point where she'll willingly jump into the stroller, but Hugo generally has to be coaxed in. Holiday will typically lay down in a position where she can look out one of the windows. Hugo's much more active and likes to follow the squirrels and robins as we pass. 

To answer a couple of questions: 
  • Yes, I think the cats enjoy going out.  
  • No, this is not a special stroller made for cats. My wife did a lot of researching until she found one she thought would work.  
  • Yes, we've had many other walkers comment on how "cute" the cats are.
  • No, Holiday does not like lawnmowers and we have to steer clear of them whenever possible. 
  • Yes, an older lady once assumed I had a baby in the stroller from afar. She asked for me to stop and as she approached she became wide-eyed and started to laugh. 
In general, I think it has been a good purchase. Having the stroller motivates me to go out for a little more exercise than I normally would. It's been good for the cats in terms of socialization. Also, it's put a smile on everyone's face we've encountered.  

I hope this post about a forty-year-old man taking his cats for a walk in a stroller with his wife puts a smile on your face, too!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I Don't Remember The Astrodome

I've been to twenty-seven different MLB ballparks during my time, but I still have seven more to knock out. Unfortunately, I never made it down to Houston to see the Astrodome before the Astros moved into Minute Maid Park. I did attend a game at Minute Maid in 2015 and I was really impressed. 
There are many good baseball card blogging folk around the blogosphere. One whom I have really come to enjoy trading with is Bru, from Remember the Astrodome. Maybe someday, when I'm in his neck of the woods we could attend a game and he could tell me all about the Astrodome.
In the meantime I'll keep sending Astros his way and posting the Cubs and other cards he sends to P-town. By my count I believe we've swapped cards seven times now over the years. We've got a good thing going!
Al the cards in this post have been set help and I know early 90's Biggio and Bagwell cards could not have been easy to part with .

I really appreciate you sending them my way, Bru!
Cubbies?  Heck yeah!  Let's see what was in the package.
 I have not bought one pack of 2018 product, which means anything a collector sends from this year is pretty much guaranteed to be new to me. 4-for-4 with the Bowman!
 Archives... nice! 2018 Archives has to be right around the corner, right? I miss Arrieta, even more so that Yu Darvish has not worked out so far. Lester has been solid again this year.
Lastly, we have a Anthony Rizzo Diamond Kings card. Good stuff. I barely miss the logos on this one. Side note: It's okay for Panini to leave the Nike swoosh?

Thanks for all the cards, Bru!  I'll start stashing away Astros for our next trade!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Asking a question as Vogelbach Rides the Shuttle

 How about a quick Vogelmonster update?  Below is my second Dan Vogelbach card of 2018. Woo-Hoo!
The photo selection on this one is very solid. I also find this picture does well on a horizontal card.

The back?  Well, the reverse side leaves a lot to be desired.
This card is from the Road to Opening Day Topps Now Mariner team set from the preseason. From what I've gathered all the backs have the exact same blurb. Bleck.

Concerning the backside blurb: the Mariners are in the playoff hunt, but there's about a hundred games left in the season and anything can happen at this point. Topps may see Vogelbach as a "key player" but I don't think the Mariners do. The Vogelmonster has been riding the Seattle-Tacoma shuttle back and forth all season. His AAA stat line is quite fierce, but he has yet to produce at the MLB level. Hopefully that will all change soon!

I have 181 unique Vogelbach cards from 2017 in my collection, but only two from 2018. The first being from the Mariners retail team set by Topps and that gave me hope Vogelbach would be included in Series 2. Yet, I was disappointed to learn Vogelbach was not included within Topps' flagship product, which is to be released later this week. And this knowledge prompts the question...

Is a player featured in the retail team set guaranteed to have a card in either Series 1, Series 2, or Update? So far Vogelbach is 0-for-2 and and I'm holding breath he's included in Topps Update.

I know sometimes the photo selection changes from the retail team set to the flagship product, but often times the cards are identical except for the numbering on the back. That's pretty much where my knowledge begins and ends with these retail sets.

Anyone out there have any experience concerning player selection between the retail team sets and S1, S2 or Update?  I would love to hear from you!