Friday, August 7, 2020

The Cards Before The Storm

I realize the old saying is, "The calm before the storm," but this is a blog about cats baseball and cardboard with uniformed men playing the game they love.

So, yeah, you get the title above. 

The storm? Well, that would be the upcoming school year. I'm just going to leave it at that. We all have outr own takes on Covid-19, masks, social distancing, quarantining, politics, and the pandemic in general. I'm not here to get into that. If you would, just wish me luck when we start up on August 13th.  
The package Hugo chose to use as his napping grounds contains the cards in this post. Needless to say, I didn't rip into this yellow mailer sent from Dimebox Nick right away. I'm sure you've heard of this old saying as well, "Let sleeping dogs cats lie."

Nick, who is one of my favorite bloggers, always sends great trade packages. 
Shame on me for thinking he would only send the Big League cards. Not sure where my head has been lately.

The Defensive Wizards Javy Baez card is otherworldly, but I think a photo of him applying one of his famous tags would have been so much cooler.

Insert help. That deserves a big Woo-Hoo!

This is my favorite Big League card from the trade package. A catcher in full gear adjusting his shin guards. What a unique photo.

Alright, we're going picture heavy here on the rest of the package. Remember, Nick wrote that he hoped at least a handful would be useful. Ha! There was only three duplicates out of three jam-packed team bags, and one of them was a Vogelmonster. (So, let's just say there were only two cards that'll go in the duplicate stack.) Quite impressive!

I actually have a saved Ebay search for the 1999 Old Style Cubs set. I will take singles any day of the week!

Bruce Sutter!  The photos are quire similar even if the uniforms are different. 

Fergie! The Sport King Gum is a winner for sure!

Randy Hundley deserves more cardboard. I would love for him to be included in Topps' Archives Signature Series. That product is always full of good, but not great, names from the past. 

I think every Ken Holtzman card in my collection has him making the face on the right. So glad to get a smiling Holtzman finally!
Here's the back of the playing card if you were curious.

Vintage Santo! You know you love to see it!

Here's some other great Cubs names from yesteryear. 
Bill Buckner on a Topps rub-off!  So much facial hair!

Ah, 1985 Topps designs. Now I have the regular edition, the O-Pee-Chee and the Tiffany.
Here's proof it's Topps Tiffany. I really enjoyed the bright colors Tiffany and the boxed Topps Traded sets used on the card backs. 

Ryno! This one gets me one closer to 1,000 unique Rynos. I'm now just ten away. 

The Hawk! 

This Shawon Dunston (and Junior) card was just added to my Folder of Fun.

Shooter in a Cubs uniform. Yes!

Shooter in a minor league Giants uniform? Weird, but a winner! For the record, I do have a Rod Beck Player collection.

Nomar and Dontrelle... they were exciting players in their primes (not with the Cubs so much).

Kid K! I'm debating if I should shoot for 1,000 Kerry Wood cards. I'm thinking no, but the cost of his singles aren't prohibitive if I change my mind.

This is my third D-Lee hit in less that three weeks time. I can't argue with that!

I think this is my first Nicholas Castellanos card in a Cubs uniform. Definitely a keeper for my collection.
Wasn't this an online only release? Nick treats me so good.

Here's a couple more cards for my Wrigley Field Folder. I have three pages of Wrigley cards in the folder so far and somehow Nick managed to send ones I don't already have copies of. 

I've heard a couple of bloggers mention how this could be their favorite insert set of the year. I'll admit, Spring has Sprung is pretty good. 

Caratini has become an integral part of the Cubs roster in 2020. 

Schwarber!  Yes!


Lots of Rizzo!

The Kellogg's card of Billy Williams is a sweet looking lenticular card. 

Ernie and more Kellogg's!
You can never have too much Mr. Cub!

Nick, I'm not sure where you find some much great Cubs cardboard, but this package was truly a treat!  I'll start making a new pile to send your way, because I certainly owe you after receiving this haul! Thank so much!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Cubs Cards from Nebraska

Brad is consistent contributor to the content within the blog-o-sphere, and when I saw he opened a blaster of 2020 Big League I had to see if he had any cards to help my set build.

A quick trade was worked out and before long these two gems were knocking on my door:
 In return, I sent Brad some Red Sox from the same set, because after all, he is a Red Sox Fan in Nebraska.

Bonus cards:
 I don't have any Panini Absolute cards fro 2020 in my collection yet. Schwarber is one of my guys!

This purple parallel of Willson was a nice surprise as well!  Would it shock you to learn Willson Contreras is also one of my guys?

Here's THE GUY.
I think most collectors know Dan Vogelbach, aka The Vogelmonster, aka Destroyer of Baseballs, is my main guy.

Thanks for the trade, Brad.  Good luck to your Red Sox this year!

Monday, August 3, 2020

Approaching 1K Rynos

Today I'd like to show off a nice little PWE exchange I had with Mike, who is the proprietor of A Life Shaped By Baseball.

I sent off some cards for his player collections and in return he sent me a hand written note on notebook paper. Very thoughtful! Mike and I are both high school baseball coaches who missed out on coaching our student athletes this past spring. Hopefully, things will shape up and our players will have an opportunity to play the game they love this spring.

In the meantime, there's always baseball cards!
 I don't remember London Bradley, but I'll take any Peoria Chiefs card I can get my hands on.
 It appears Bradley helps his high school team win the Illinois state baseball championship during his senior year. Very cool.

Next up, a new card for the Brooks Kieschnick collection.
I already had the base card and the silver foil signature. I didn't even know there was a gold foil signature parallel to chase. Most excellent. For those of you counting at home, this is the 104th different Kieschnick card, and Mike is the 23rd different blogger to contribute to this collection

A picture of this card doesn't do it justice.
This is from the 1997 Fleer Ultra "Leather Shop" insert set and the card actually has texture to the surface which resembles leather. Fantastic! This card is the 989th unique Ryne Sandberg card in my collection. Ever so slowly I'm getting closer to that round magical number!

Thanks again for the swap, Mike!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Folder of Fun: The Last Page

The Folder of Fun, as I like to call it, has been in the works for about three years. That's about the time I stopped buying retail and hobby packs and began tracking down cards which fit a certain general description: FUN.  Here's a link to the first post in this series if you'd like to go back and catch up. 

Page 28 brings us to the last page of the Folder of Fun. It's been fun showing off cards I've been squirreling away the last few years. Like Page 27, the last page also contains iconic cards and iconic players. Enjoy!

1990 Upper Deck, #34 - Nolan Ryan 5000 Strikeouts
I feel like cards of Nolan Ryan are littered throughout the Folder of Fun. I guess that's the result of being a kid when a generational talent like Ryan is breaking records left and right. He made quite an impression on me.

1996 Topps Mickey Mantle Commemorative Card Set, #2 of 19
This is a reprint of maybe the most recognized baseball card ever produced.

2011 Tri-Star OBak, #15 - Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn
When I was in middle school and trying to learn about as much baseball history as I could, I would flip through the pages of an old copy of the Baseball Encyclopedia looking for notable players, teams, and stat lines. When I got Old Hoss' 1884 season it blew my mind. It'll blow yours, too.

1991 Upper Deck, #744 - Bo Jackson
In downstate Illinois this card was one of the hottest back in 1991.

1976 Topps, #74T - Oscar Gamble
Off-centered, but I love my '76 Oscar Gamble card all the same.

1991 Topps, #170 - Carlton Fisk
This is artwork on a 2.5-inch by 3.5-inch canvas.

2011 Epoch, #PR6 - Sadaharu Oh
This card came to my collection through the generosity of Zippy Zappy. Sadaharu Oh hit 868 homers in his career. It's my only card of baseball's all-time home run king.

2016 Topps "Berger's Best" Insert, #BB-2 - Satchel Paige
This is a 2016 reprint of a card I would so desperately love to add to my collection. Maybe some day!

1990 Score, #697 - Bo Jackson
Bo Knows. Has there been a better sports marketing campaign in the last 30 years?

Well, that puts a wrap on my Folder of Fun. Over the past couple of years I've been more binder focused and I've centered my attention on adding to the pages of certain binders. I think if I had to assign a pecking order to my favorite binders it would look like this:
  1. Vogelmonster player binder
  2. Hall of Fame binder (one card for each HOF player)
  3. Folder of Fun
  4. Sandberg player binders #1 & #2
  5. Cubs Frankenset binder
I'm happy I was able to show off on of my most treasured binders.

How about you? Are you a binder person? Which one is your favorite?