Sunday, May 16, 2021

Folder of Fun Additions and Mr. October in May

 Jeff, from the witty Wax Pack Wonders blog, reached out to me recently about some possible additions to my Folder of Fun. He offered up quite a selection, but it quickly became apparent that Jeff and I have very similar tastes in cardboard. Of the lot I found three I didn't already own a copy. 

Here they are in all their glory:

Jose Rijo flexing for the camera is an excellent way to start. Studio was always good for some unique poses. 

Speaking of unique, how about Dave Stewart in a tuxedo?
It's cards like this which make we want to start a new project: the nine best cards from each year of Stadium Club. That would be a fun one to tackle!

Last up is an ice bath celebration. I could have sworn I had a copy of this card, but I couldn't locate it for the life of me.

The PWE also contained a brilliant little surprise. 
My 1982 Topps set build, which I started in 2019, is now missing only twenty-three cards. Nearly every card I need is either a rookie card or a card of a Hall of Famer. I don't have any cardboard goals for 2021, but completing this set would be a solid win for my collection. 

One more little goodie, but this one came on the outside of the PWE.

Those are some old stamps! (Well, they're older than me at least.) Pretty cool!

Thanks for the fun PWE, Jeff!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

 We held our graduation ceremony for our seniors today. We've offered in-person learning since we re-opened in August, but there was a good number of students who chose the remote learning option and they never set foot in a classroom their senior year. 

Part of me feels like it's still all a dream. Another part hopes I wake up soon. The realist in me sees us doing it all again next school year. 

That's enough of that. How about a baseball card? 

This is a 2019 Panini Chronicles Prestige stick-o-graph of the VOGELMONSTER. It has a cracked ice feel to me, but this parallel is technically called holo foil which is numbered to /23. 

Um, let's not get too wrapped up in details. It's shiny. It's an auto. Panini's photo selection doesn't leave me missing Mariners' logo. Lastly, it's another new Vogelbach card to add to my player collection. Add it all up and it's a WIN!

Call your mother tomorrow and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

PWEs of Guys I Collect

 I have a few binders crammed full of cards of my favorite Cubs, but there are a handful of guys who get special treatment. In my collection I have five players for which I have cataloged all their cards in a Google Sheet. When I was younger and only collected Ryne Sandberg cards I was able to memorize every card in my Ryno binder. I'd hit a card show with my family on a weekend and I would instantly know if I had a card in my collection or not.

These days I do so much window shopping on Ebay I can't remember if I actually have a specific card or if I just keep scrolling past it online. I know some people prefer Trading Card Database, and I do have all of my Vogelbach cards listed on the website, but I prefer my Google Sheets which allows me the freedom to make additional notes. 

For instance, this beauty of a Kerry Wood relic, from 2004 Fleer National Pastime set, came from Greg, the proprietor of The Collective Mind blog. 

Adding in a note of where each card came from helps to remind me of what a great community we have here.

Greg is one of 30+ bloggers who have contributed to my Kerry Wood collection. Great stuff!  Thanks, Greg!

A second PWE arrived this week and it was one of those types where a 9-pocket page is folded up and stuffed into a business envelope. I've had great success sending and receiving cards this way.

Here's the layout of how the cards would have looked if I could have gotten the plastic page to lay flat for a picture. 
This surprise mailing comes from Johnny's Trading Spot. John and I have swapped cards many times over, but not so recently. 
I'm not so sure how he came about these non-certified autographs, but I'm not one to turn away autographs of the VOGELMONSTER! For what it's worth, that's only my second copy of Vogelbach's 2011 BoChro Auto. Love it!

I also really dig blue parallels of Cubs players. Check out this 2013 Bowman Platinum Vogey!
Yeah, that's some good stuff there for sure. One might think the best card in this PWE was one of the autos or the blue parallel. One would be wrong. 

At first glance I thought I already had every card non-auto card in this PWE, but I always double check with my Google Sheet. 

I had the base card of this 2013 Bowman Top 100 prospect card, but not the die cut parallel!
Man, that's a surprise!  Thank goodness for Google Sheets, because it's pretty clear to me I don't know my collection like I did 30 years ago. 

I can't wait to place those autos in top loaders and page-up this die cut in my Vogelmasher binder! 

Thanks Greg and John for thinking of me and spending the postage to send cards my way. Your acts of cardboard generosity will not be soon forgotten!

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 18, 2021

A Post because Vogelbach was Trending

 I was out in the yard helping my wife set up soaker hoses in FIVE different beds when I came inside and saw a Twitter notification on my phone. 

Oh, Yeah?  Let's goooooo!  (Big time hat tip to PKS!

Guess which shirt I'm wearing today? My sister gave me this gem for my birthday two years ago. 
I think I wear this shirt every weekend. 😁

Also, the shirt is right on the mark, as the VOGELMONSTER went deep twice today. 

If you're into watch big guys destroy baseballs here are the links to home run #1 and home run #2.

Just for good measure, here's the latest Dan Vogelbach card I added to my collection this past week. It's another one of those parallels from the 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition set. 

A ten year old, pre-rookie auto of my favorite masher for under a five spot (including shipping) on Ebay. 

Man, I'm living the good the life. Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Looking Back on Ten Years

 Ten years ago today I started blogging. My sister and wife each had their own blog and they posted on events and happening from their lives, so that's the angle I took at the beginning. I wasn't as carboard-centric as I am now with my initial posts, but I had jumped back into collecting in 2009 with Tri-Star's Obak set and found I truly enjoyed reading sports card content from other collectors. It was only a matter of time before I would begin blogging about cards. 

I started out with a food post inspired by the Chicago Cubs Cookbook. That was followed by vacation summaries, house projects, a Warrior Dash, bobbleheads, baseball games, posts about Gus (my first cat) and then my 33rd post showed off baseball cards for the first time. The cards were actually part of my table top epoxy post

Here's the first baseball card I posted on my blog:

1992 Upper Deck, Turk Wendell, #780
This card is now featured prominently in my Folder of Fun. Kind of neat how things work out. 

Scrolling through my first year of blogging has been a lot of fun. I never really intended my rambling posts to turn into a journal of sorts, but that's exactly what I'm looking at. For instance, I forgot how excited I was when rumors were first leaked that Theo Epstein had been seen in Chicago. 

Earlier this year I mentioned how I'm changing the way I'm collect and I believe I also see a slow shift in how I'm blogging coming on. Given that my life is largely focused around all things baseball and outdoor activities, perhaps a subtle shift of content, back to the early days of the blog, will be welcomed with open arms by my current audience. We'll have to wait and see what develops I suppose. 

Many changes have taken place in the last decade, but there's been one constant in my collection. I was chasing cards of this young masher back then, and this one arrived last week: 

What's serendipitous about my most recent Vogelbach purchase is it's a card from Panini's Donruss Elite Extra Edition set from 2011. That's kind of appropriate I think!

Thanks for reading and following along!