Sunday, January 17, 2021

Mail in, Mail out

I spent the day prepping return packages for eleven different bloggers. It feels good to get the "I owe cards to" list down to just a couple. 

Peter, the author of Baseball Every Night, sent me a sweet little package with a Sandberg refractor from 2015 Prizm. 

Also inside were five Kerry Wood cards from the Upper Deck 20th Retrospective set. I thought it was five copies of the same card until I inspected the numbers on the back and saw they were sequentially numbered. Then I realize the text at the bottom of the front of the card was also different. Upper Deck has me SMH. The same photo on five different cards? Ugh. 

Trevor, from the Bump and Run Football Card Blog, gifted me an orange parallel of the VOGELMONSTER from Topps 2020 Big League. 
This card is a beauty and I will take all the Big League parallels (orange and blue) that I can get my hands on. 

Lastly, Fuji's generosity makes another appearance on my blog.  This time around he sent a "Happy New Year" package with some rarer cards. 
I once did a box break featuring this set. I absolutely love products with a checklist full of notable retired players. I have a team set in my Cubs box, but now I can put Santo and Kessinger in a binder, too. 
Rizzo was the primary reason Vogelbach was shipped from the Cubs to the Mariners. Here the two of them are in the same PWE. Rizzo, for what it's worth, is one of my favorite current Cubs. (But, Chicago would have fallen in love with the Vogelmonster if Rizzo wasn't around.)

I have never seen a pack of these before. Very, very cool. 

Fuji must have busted a box because he sent me all kinds of tri-fold Cubs!
Rick Monday, Ken Holtzman and Bill Buckner are picture above. 
Fergie, Don Kessinger and Glenn Beckert. 
And, the storied Cubs infield from the early 20th century. Most Excellent!

A big thank you to Peter, Trevor and Fuji for putting a smile on my face when checking the mailbox in back-to-back-to-back days. 

I hope everyone's 2021 is off to good start. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Catching Up

 I've been struck with some motivation the last couple of weeks to get things done in my cardroom. The last package from a seller just arrived in my Sportlots box yesterday and I'm excited to get my hands on those cards so I can ship them out to some of my fellow bloggers. The USPS has been struggling lately, but I'm hopeful the cards make it to me by next weekend. We'll see!

I've also been sorting through my Dad's collection, which is mostly from 1989-1994. Throughout the process I've been adding cards to his large stack of boxes in an effort to downsize my collection. I'm thinking about selling these on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. There's some unopened wax, many sets, and plenty of singles... probably 20,000+ cards in all?  Anyone have experience doing this?

I've got a pair of packages to share today. The first one comes from Jeremy, the author of Topps Cards That Never Were. Jeremy took the time to create a couple of cards of two of my favorite professional baseballers. 

Vogelbach was drafted in 2011, so he never would have been given a 2011 Topps card, but I love it. The 2011 set is my favorite Topps flagship design since I returned to the hobby in 2009. The Roberto Batista cards will find their way to work with me and I'll pass them on to Roberto. He's such a great person and he'll be touched someone thought enough to make him some customs. Thanks, Jeremy!

Jeff, my "local" White Sox guy, sent me some cards a month or so ago. His blog, 2 by 3 Heroes, and mine used to play a larger role in the cardboard blogging community, but both of our lights have dimmed recently. I still have dreams of meeting up with him, Dimebox Nick and Tony Burbs at a post Covid card show in the Chicago suburbs.

Jeff and I used to swap packages on a semi-regular basis back in the 2010's. .

I'd sent a padded mailer up I-55 full of Sox and he'd retaliate with some boys in blue. 

It had been since the spring 2018 since I last sent him a package and then out of the blue there was a mailer waiting for me one day after work. 


I honestly don't know where we stand now? Are we even? Maybe. Maybe not. Perhaps I should gather some cards together to sent back up north? Truly, first world baseball card blogging problems. LOL 


I actually needed the Fire Voeglbach for my collection! Thanks for the cards, Jeff!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Looking to 2021

 2020 has been . . . well . . . let's not open up that can of worms. Let's just say I'm really happy, from a collecting standpoint, with how it's closing out. Here's my latest addition to my Dan Vogelbach collection, which is more than likely the final card I'll be cataloguing before the calendar turns. 

Behold, in all it's grand glory, a white whale!

2020 Panini National Treasures came out a a few months ago, but this one popped up on Ebay about two weeks prior to my winter vacation. I believe this is the cyan printing plate, although I can't find anything on the card to confirm my guess. 
It is a One of One and will be one of the special cards I'll turn to in my Vogelmonster collection when I need a quick pick-me-up. 

Speaking of a pick-me-up, I don't believe I have mentioned it on the blog this year, but I've rediscovered disc golf. I've played on and off the last fifteen years or so, but when things went down in March I really dove back in. 

There are about dozen different courses in the P-town area which I have frequented the six months. It's so great to get outside and meet up with a friend without having to mask up. (It's very easy to keep the 6' recommended distance between you and other players.)
My wife gave me the above bag for my birthday and my parents made some disc golf towels for me. They also gifted me four similar putters so I can practice my short game. 
I actually have this basket set up in my basement and I work on getting at least 100 putts in each day. I'm shooting for 90% accuracy from a certain distance before I allow myself to move to a further distance. My first big tournament, the Ice Bowl, is this Saturday. It's a partner best-disc format over 27 holes, which also doubles as a large fundraiser for two local food banks. Fun stuff. Wish me luck!

So anyway, this is what I've been doing with my free time and why I haven't blogged or traded nearly as much this year. In short, baseball cards have taken a backseat to disc golf. Honestly, it was the right decision for me. I have a huge competitive streak in me and I love being outdoors. It's a win-win.

I know I'm a day early, but Happy New Year, everyone!

Saturday, November 21, 2020

3 Highlights of My Week

No sense in burying the lede here. Acquiring a button relic card has been on my to-do list for years and I've been watching a Kerry Wood button card Ebay for quite some time. The price, unfortunately, hasn't budged.

Enter Panini's 2020 National Treasures. 

I can sit watch National Treasures case breaks on YouTube for hours. It's a fun break to watch for sure.. I knew Dan Vogelbach had a traditional jersey card in the set, but what I didn't realize was he had a button card!

I set a timer and sniped this auction at the last second for a very nice price. How cool of a card is this!?!

The back might even better as it recounts the story of Yusei Kikuchi giving his son the middle name of VOGELMONSTER Daniel.

From time-to-time I've stopped in at Dunkin' Donuts, on a Friday, to grab some coffee to help me finish off the school week with a little extra kick. I guess my students have noticed and one of them introduced me to Dunkin's app. I earned a free coffee right away and decided to cash in. While I was there I splurged on a donut as well. 
Behold! The Ghost Pepper Donut! It's a yeast donut, with pink frosting and sprinkles. I'm fairly sure the ghost pepper was only in the frosting. I picked up a tiny hint of hot pepper taste, but little, if any heat. I would definitely say this donut was far sweeter than it was hot. 
I think those who can't normally handle spicy foods would have no problem consuming this tasty, sweet pastry. See if you can locate one and impress your friends!

Here's a picture of Hugo on our back patio. I like to think he's protecting us from the sparrows and juncos who frequent the nearby feeder. 
He's wearing his vest of Kryptonite, as well like to call it. When we first introduced him to the vest he flopped right over on his side. Later he learned to walk, but he did so as though his joints were fused together. The Kryptonite within the vest has slowly begun to wear off. Or perhaps he's built up an immunity? Now the vest only hinders his mobility enough so that he is not a threat to our little flying friends.  Good times.

What were the three highlights of your week?

Sunday, November 8, 2020

A PWE for the Folder of Fun

 I received a really thoughtful PWE in the mail a week or so ago. 

I have a Cubs FrankenSet and a Folder of Fun, but Jeff is putting together a FrankenSet with some similar themes to my Folder of Fun
I'm guessing these are either duplicates or they didn't make the cut for his set. Regardless, I don't mind giving them a good home. 😀
This Jack McDowell is checks all the boxes for my collection! 

Eric Davis seems to be having a good time. 

The Saberhagen and Sutcliffe cards are duplicates for me, but I know a ten year old collector who will be so excited to have them. 

This Jose Rijo cards is so excellent!
I believe that is Kal Daniels getting checked out, but I'm more than likely wrong. (See the comment below.) What a great picture captured on cardboard!

I wonder how many card collectors these days know the purpose of Jeff Montgomery holding a fire extinguisher? The Sporting News started the "Fireman of the Year" award back in 1960 and it was renamed the "Reliever of the Year" award in 2001. It was last given out in 2010. For the record, Montgomery won the award for the AL in 1993, with 45 saves and a 2.27 ERA, while pitching for the Royals. The card above is from the 1998 Topps set. 

Thanks for the great selection of cards, Jeff!