Sunday, November 23, 2014

Plethora of Packages

Thanksgiving Break has arrived... which means I finally can catch my breath, clean up my office desk, and finally open some packages from some fellow bloggers.

So without further adieu let's kick things off with a pair of PWE's...

A few weeks ago I sent Nick a set of American Bandstand cards... and he returned the favor by sending me a nice stack of Athletics.  Here are a pair of my favorites:  1961 Topps Don Larsen and 1976 Topps Vida Blue.  Thank you Nick!

It was sad to see Kurt leave the Bay Area again... but at the same time it was cool to see him finally make the all-star team as a member of the Minnesota Twins.  Whoever was in charge of photo selection over at Topps did a great job with Kurt's 2014 cards.  Jim... thanks for these awesome Suzuki cards!

Over the past six years I've collected over two hundred Oakland Athletics memorabilia cards and autographs, so it's always exciting to add something I don't already have to the collection.  Matt went four for four and sent me four new cards.  Thanks a lot buddy... the thoughtful note and cards definitely brightened my day.

Courtesy of Mr. Hoyle

Mr. Hoyle is synonymous with vintage, so I was very curious to see what was inside of the padded envelope he sent me.  Normally packages tend to be flat or rectangular in shape, but this had a unique curvature to it.  Like a kid on Christmas morning, I tried to figure out what was inside but was completely surprised by this awesome 1977 Royal Crown Cola can of Athletics legend Vida Blue.  I've wanted to add one of these cans to my collection for a long time and now I can finally call myself a proud owner.  Thanks Mr. Hoyle!

Last... but certainly not least was Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail box shipped to me by Woody over at Card Collectors World Forum.  It was filled to the brim with over 1,500 San Diego Padres cards.  I spent over two hours sifting through these cards and reminiscing my childhood and college years.

Some of my favorites were these 80's Donruss Diamond Kings... and of course anything featuring #19.  And if that weren't enough he also sent me this iconic rookie card:

I love seeing Ozzie Smith in brown and gold on cardboard.  Thank you so much Woody!  Like I said in my message... I have no idea how I'll every be able to even things out... but I'll try.

Thanks again guys for these wonderful packages.  You guys gave both my spirits and card collections a huge boost with your generosity.  I'll start putting together some care packages in return.

Happy Sunday and sayonara!

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Kid Found His Way Home

I wrapped up my final parent/teacher conference yesterday afternoon and when I picked up my mail... look who was waiting for me:

1999 UD Century Legends Epic Signatures #JR

After my recent postal hiccup, I honestly thought I'd never end up owning this card.  But thankfully the Cardboard Gods were looking out for me and I can now officially cross it off of my Top 10 Want List.

I want to quickly thank the eBay seller who sold me this card for going out of his way to help me track it down.  Regardless of whether or not his actions actually played a role in the delivery of this card, it's nice to know that quality customer service still exists.

With that being said... by the time this post is published, my Thanksgiving Break should have officially started.  I'm looking forward to catching up on some sleep and of course checking out everyone's blog posts.

Happy Friday and sayonara!

Oh... one more thing... thank you to everyone who took the time to leave me feedback on Monday

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Garter Belts and Groupies

While doing a little homework for my Roy Hobbs card last week, I stumbled across a great article over on Cardboard Connection.  The article showcased a great collection of cards based on baseball movies.  If you're interested in checking it out... click here.

Anyways... that's where I discovered the 1988 Gatorade Bull Durham set...

Bull Durham might not be my favorite sports movie.  Heck.  It's not even my favorite baseball movie.  But it's definitely a classic and when I saw these oddballs, I knew I wanted a set for my collection.

I'm a huge fan of the dual photos.  Let's face it... two photos of the lovely Millie is better than one.

Or if you're into older women, than there's the sensational Susan Sarandon card.

The one thing that might bother some collectors is their size.  Each card measures 4" x 5", which could cause some storage issues.  Personally, I love cards in all shapes and sizes... so these oversized beauties don't bother me at all.  Plus I like how the overall design is reminiscent of the 1975 Topps baseball card set.

Rounding out the four card set is this epic card of Ebby "Nuke" LaLoosh, Bull Durham's rookie sensation.  How often do you see grown men wearing garter belts on trading cards?  This card alone was worth the three bucks I paid for this set.

Well that's it for now.  I'm hoping my 20th Anniversary version of The Sandlot arrives soon.  It's suppose to come with a special card set that includes cards of Smalls, Squints, and even The Beast.

Until then...

Happy Wednesday and sayonara!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Case of the Mysterious Missing Parcel

Two weeks ago, I thought I hit the lottery when I won this auction...

When the auction closed, I was so excited about this purchase.  The price was right.  The eBay Bucks I had saved up were expiring that day, so it felt like I was hitting one out of the park during the bottom of the ninth.  And best of all... I was finally going to cross the 1999 UD Century Legends Epic Signatures Ken Griffey Jr. off of my wantlist.

I've been in love with this set for years and although I have accepted the fact that I'll never actually build the set due to some very expensive cards... this Griffey was going to be one of the highlights of my autograph collection and the final piece to this partial set I was building.

The only thing I had to do was sit back and wait.  So I waited.  And waited.  And waited some more.  Then finally after thirteen days, I contacted the seller to let him know I hadn't received the card.  He replied with a tracking number, which showed this:

What the heck?  So the package has been delivered... but unfortunately it was delivered to someone else.  I'm currently stuck standing at the crossroads not quite sure of what to do.  Do I suck it up and take the hit?  Do I open a claim and attempt to get my money back?  I sure wish Encyclopedia Brown lived in my neck of the woods.

Ironically this is the second time this year that I've purchased this card and I still have yet to hold it in my hands.  The first time took place back in March.  I picked it up with a BIN from Burbank Sportscards' eBay store, but they later contacted me and told me that it had been sold in their store and they no longer had the card in their inventory.

I'm starting to think that this card and I aren't meant to be together... which totally sucks, because you know how it goes.  The more you can't have something... the more you want it.

Hopefully things are going better for you guys and your collections.  Happy Monday and sayonara!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cardboard Clutter

I think working with kids over the past two decades has taught me to be patient.  When I was a kid, if someone gave me a present I'd tear into them immediately.

But thirty years can change a person.  These days I model a little more self-control.  I'm currently sitting on three care packages sent from:  Nick @ Dime Boxes, Matthew @ Bob Walk the Plank, and Woody @ CCW.

Unfortunately... I've made myself a deal to keep them sealed until I finish cleaning up the cardboard clutter that currently resides on my desk.  Most of the mess consists of cards from my recent flea market purchase.  But there are a few eBay purchases thrown into the mix as well:

Nick, Matt, and Woody... I just wanted to let you know that your packages have arrived safely and I'm eager to see what you've sent.  As soon as I bust them open, I promise to write up a "thank you" post.

I've got parent/teacher conferences this week, but I should have plenty of time to sort through cards over my Thanksgiving Break.

Thanks in advance for the packages and have a happy Sunday.