Sunday, October 23, 2016

Whirlwind of a Weekend

I was able to secure tickets the Cubs game Saturday night.  Yes, that one. Game #6 of the NLCS. I had every intention of watching the game from home while nibbling at my finger nails, but the baseball gods sometimes smile favorably down upon me. This was one of those times.
I took lots of pictures, but this was my favorite!

Kyle Hendicks pitched a gem. Rizzo and Contreras hit homers.  There was much laughter, cheering and high fives for everyone throughout the game and at times the noise of the crowd was deafening.
Outside Wrigley after the 8th inning.

It was the biggest party I have ever been to and I'll it's a night I'll always remember. Thanks to all of those who sent me texts or messaged me on Twitter. It was really nice to share the evening with so many through social media!
 I hope the Cubs can #FlyTheW four more times this year!  Go Cubs, Go!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A FrankenSet PWE

Mark, whose Best Friend Collects Chipper Jones, sent me a five card PWE the other day. It takes a special day at the plate to go 5-for-5, but that's just what this special blogger did.

All five of the cards filled a vacancy within my Cubs FrankenSet. I now only need to track down cards for five empty pockets within the pages of one of my favorite binders.

 Hector Cruz seems to be quite happy about being added to the set!

 I'm happy to add a Hall of Famer in Andre Dawson!

 Fun fact of the day: Jimmie Hall once hit 30+ homers for Minnesota.

 Chuck McElroy was one of my favorite lefties back in the day.

 Rick Stelmaszek is a new one to me. Is it me, or does that "C" on the hat look a little off? Rick fills a hole, but I don't think he'll put up much of a fight if another Cub with #338 enters the collection.

That's what is great about the FrankenSet . . . it's always evolving!

Thanks for the PWE, Mark!  I really appreciate it!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Discovering a Parallel

A couple of posts ago I broke down a package from I Love the Smell of Cardboard in the Morning, but I didn't really understand how awesome it was until I was listening to the Cubs lose on the radio last night. Yes, I do a lot of my card sorting and collating during baseball games. The Cubs' radio guys do a fantastic job and it allows me to effectively multitask with cardboard.

So I was checking the cards from Tim against my Cubs FrankenSet and that requires me to turn over each card and look at the number for each. (For the record, Tim added a few to the ol' FrankenSet.)
 At first glance I thought this was just the regular edition of Kyle Schwarber's 2016 Topps card. I didn't buy any flagship and I'm still working on my team sets, so I didn't know any better.

Here's a picture of his regular base card:
Swiped from Ebay

As it turns out I have the Topps Series 1 card, but it didn't register until just now.

Here's the back on the card Tim sent me:
 A Topps New Era baseball card of Mr. Schwarber!  Check the number . . . Nice!

I never thought I would be able to score this card when the promotion was first unveiled, because prices were pretty high on Ebay. But now this one has fallen into my lap, even if unnoticed at first, and it was such a pleasant surprise!

It's got my attention now!  Thanks again, Tim!

Monday, October 17, 2016

PWE for an NLCS Travel Day

I'm writing this post in advance and have no idea if the Cubs will take a two game lead to Los Angeles, but that's what I'm hoping for. I'm also a realist an understand anything can happen in baseball and this post season is already been very interesting with 4 run rallies in the ninth, Cy Young starters closing out games, and pitchers going on the shelf for drone related reasons. I can't wait for the rest to unfold!

So, let's go with something more predictable: Cubs baseball cards on this blog!
Anyone else having trouble keeping track of which design is from which year during Panini's reboot of Donruss? They're blending together for me.
 Ben Zobrist. Local boy, done good. Go Ben, go!

One more card from the 2016 Donruss set, but this one is of Ryno. Very nice.

Big thanks to Jimmy, from S.Mack Talk, for supplying today's Cubs cardboard!
Go Cubs, Go!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

I, too, Love the Smell of Cardboard in the Morning

It's a drizzly Saturday morning, but I have my coffee in my favorite TOOTBLAN mug and a package to open on this raining day!

Today's cards are courtesy of Tim, from I Love the Smell of Cardboard in the Morning. And I do, I do love the smell of cardboard in the morning. Although, I personally don't think chrome cards smell like much. Flagship has a certain smell and I love the old school aroma of junk wax, but that is NOT your signal to send me your junk wax. I repeat: Do NOT send me your junk wax.

Tim is part of the #SuperTraders group and I send him all of my Rays when I can and I'll also slip in a few Yankees from time-to-time. He returned fire with some Cubs!  Woo-Hoo!
If I could sum up the package with a pair of pictures these two (above and below) would be it. There was a great assortment of present day Cubs and Cubs I have player collections of. Inserts, die-cuts, minis, rookies, veterans...  you name, and this package had it!
 It's hard to top cards of ROCK SHOULDERS and the VOGELMONSTER, but what really piqued my interest were new cards to add to my often ignored Ryne Sandberg collection
 When I first started collecting I used to know exactly which cards I needed and which I already owned just by looking at a card. Those days are gone. I don't visit the pages of my Sandberg binder as frequently and the number of unique cards is now over 800.  Of the three cards above, the 2010 Topps Tribute card is the only one new to this collection. But, that doesn't mean the other two are any less appreciated!

Here's what my collection is missing in a big way:
In the modern collection world relics, parallels, minis, die-cuts and autographs are all the rage. My Sandberg collection has some of each, but not many. The majority of Ryno's cards were produced before the aforementioned variations changed the hobby.
The Cooperstown calling card was produced in 2001 and Sandberg was elected to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2005. So, that's pretty neat!

Both of these relic cards contain pinstripes and those are my favorite kind. I also like that the card company paired the jersey swatches with Sandberg wearing the home white uniforms. Too many times I see a jersey card with the pictured player's uniform not matching the actually relic. These two are great looking cards and I'm thinking about incorporating them into a new display I've been tinkering with for my man room.

Tim, this was a fantastic package and it was clearly evident that you went to great lengths to pick out only cards that fit my collection. Thank you for going the extra mile and making my morning!