30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Takes a Licking and Keeps on Ticking!

Past their prime?  Someone forgot to tell these three guys...

2018 Wimbledon Champion:  Novak Djokovic

2008 Ace Authentic Grand Slam II Jersey #JC3

This morning Djokovic defeated Kevin Anderson in straight sets to take home the 2018 Wimbledon title and win his first Grand Slam title in over two years.

WBA Welterweight Champion:  Manny Pacquiao

PSA/DNA Signed 8x10

Last night, 39 year old Pacquiao knocked down Lucas Matthysse three times to take home the WBA "regular" world welterweight title.

UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion:  Daniel Cormier

2012 Topps UFC Finest Autograph #A-DC

And last weekend, Daniel Cormier (another 39 year old) knocked out Stipe Miocic to become only the 2nd guy in UFC history to hold two weight class titles simultaneously.

Congratulations to all three of these champions!  After seeing what these guys have done over the past 8 days, it's inspired me to man up and try something I haven't done in a while.

Smoked Garlic Habanero Wings

Today I went to Hooters with some friends, ordered twenty wings, and attempted to kill it in one sitting.  Uhh... I failed.  I guess I'm past my prime.  At least I have some delicious leftovers for dinner tonight.

Happy Sunday and sayonara!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Epic Winning and Lounging

This morning I woke up... and casually made the decision to stop and recharge the batteries.  I was going to play nine holes and grab lunch with a friend, but tweaking my neck on Thursday night put a damper on my golf plans.  So I rescheduled my lunch and for the first time in a long time I literally have no plans outside of writing this post.

1962 Topps #53

The only downside is this decision will likely end the step streak at sixty-one days.  I'll still go out this evening for my daily walk, but it'll be a casual stroll without the pressure to reach ten thousand steps. My new goal is to get 10k steps each day during the workweek and at least 10k steps over the weekend.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about cards.  Brian over at Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary (which happens to be one of the coolest blog names around) sent me a package of cards.

Today's post will feature ten of those cards that weren't chosen arbitrarily.  I hand picked them and plan on writing highly subjective thoughts on each of them.  Are you ready?

Okay... let's do this...

1968 Topps #169

I'm always excited to add a new vintage card of this legendary Oakland Athletic.  The fact that it's a 2014 Topps buyback makes this card even cooler.

2008 Stadium Club First Day Issue #102

I have fond memories of opening packs of 1993 Stadium Club in search for the shiny 1st Day Production holofoil stamp.  This card stirred up those great memories.  Barton gave A's fans a few great memories too, but for the most part... he never lived up to the hype.

1992 Upper Deck Denny's Grand Slam #22

I may or may not already own this card.  If I do, I never took the time to notice the Bay Bridge in the background.  That's pretty awesome.  I'm a big fan of famous landmarks, so I might need to track down the rest of this set.

1964 Topps Venezuelan #75

Before receiving this card, I had never heard of Wayne Causey nor had I owned a Topps Venezuelan.  Never say never.

2016 Topps MLB Debut Medallions #MDM-YC

Cespedes was a fan favorite during his three year stint in Oakland.  Now whenever I hear his name, I think about the trade that sent him to the Red Sox in 2014.  Four seasons later, the A's are only now showing any signs of life.

2017 Stadium Club Chrome Refractor #SCC-83

What happens when you combine Stadium Club photography with refractor technology?  You get this beautiful card.  It's just a shame that Cotton is out for the 2018 season.

1959 Topps #281

Mr. Craddock threw his final MLB pitch almost fourteen years before I was born and his Wikipedia write up is less than 150 words long.  I'm gonna give myself a pass for not knowing who this guy is.  

Beautiful card though.  Love that old school Athletics logo.

1979 Topps #201

Another very cool buyback!  I love seeing 70's baseball cards featuring the Oakland Coliseum I grew up with in the background.

Can't say much about Mr. Edwards.  Don't remember him, but according to Baseball Almanac, he still shares the MLB record for most unassisted double plays in a game (2) with three other players.

2018 Gypsy Queen Autographs #GQA-DF

I love the Oakland A's and Gypsy Queen on-card autographs... but what the heck is this chicken scratch?  D Pe?  Bob Melvin needs to pull this rookie aside and talk to him.

2002 Leaf Shirt off my Back #SB-THU

I'm a big fan of memorabilia cards and Tim Hudson.  Now that's what Charlie Sheen would call "bi-winning!":

Technically... this entire care package was filled with "epic winning".  I just didn't have the time to scan sixty cards.  Wait.  Actually, I do.  But that's not how I  want to spend my "responsibility free" Saturday.

Instead I'll be binge watching Sneaky Pete, taking a nap, and eating whatever I want without worrying about calories.

Thank you Brian for this generous package of cards!  I'm glad that I had the honor of writing your blog's 1000th comment.

Happy Saturday and sayonara!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Best for Last

When it comes to collecting cards, there are few things that rival 70's and 80's Kellogg's lenticular baseball cards.  My earliest memory of them was in the early 80's when my buddy sent away for a complete 1982 or 1983 set.  Compared to your standard Topps, Fleer, or Donruss card... they were in a league of their own.

The past ten years, I've made it a mission to collect each of the 80's sets.  I'm still looking for the 1981 set, but I've managed to pick up the other three.

When it comes to the 70's sets, I've made the executive decision to hold off on trying to grab these since they're scarcer and pricier.

That all changed three Saturdays ago at the Serramonte Mall Sports Card, Toys, and Collectibles Show.

Remember the guy who sold me the 1977 Topps baseball and the 1964 Topps Giants sets a while back?  Well he was back and this time he had more affordable vintage goodies.

On Tuesday, I showed off my 1968 Topps Poster football set and a partial 1971 Topps Pinups set that I bought from the gentleman.

Well... I've saved the best for last.  Today's post highlights three new Kellogg's sets for my collection.  They weren't the best deal I've ever found at a card show, but they're arguably one of the coolest baseball card purchases I've made.

See for yourself...

Set #1:  1974 Kellogg's  $50

Wait.  Before I show off the cards, I want to establish that I paid $140 for all three sets as a package deal.  He was asking a lot more for each of these sets individually.

Okay, let's get to the cards...

Out of the sets, this is the one in the poorest condition.  About 40% of the set has some form of cracking.  The card with the honor of having the most damage happens to be the most valuable card, which kind of sucks:

The good news is there are only a few in this poor of condition and there are plenty of cards that are in really nice condition like this Johnny Bench:

I'm debating on whether or not to replace the cracked cards.  If I do attempt this, it'll be a long term project where I pick up singles here and there when good deals present themselves.

Set #2:  1976 Kellogg's  $50

This set is beautiful!  Usually I'd use this adjective to describe a card's design.  Today I'm talking about the set's condition.  


These look like they're fresh out of a box of cereal.  No cracks, no browning, and no missing cards.

Set #3:  1977 Kellogg's Baseball  $40

Okay... so this set isn't complete.  It's missing two cards:  #23 Thurman Munson and #26 Mark Fidrych (rookie).

Besides that... this set is in excellent condition too.  I might be mistaken, but I didn't see any cards with cracks or discoloration, which kinda stinks because I'm gonna need to pay a little bit more to find clean copies of The Walrus and The Bird.  Don't worry.  I'm not complaining.  It's a small price to pay to have a mint condition set of 1977 Kellogg's.

Well that just about wraps up my card show purchases.

I did grab a few items I didn't mention since they're cards for some people I owe.  Plus I just requested my shipment from COMC, so I should have everything I need for my care and contest prize packages within the next few weeks.  I'm hoping to ship things out the first week of August.

Until then...

How do you store your Kellogg's cards?

I'm a little concerned about the long-term storage of these cards.  As you can see from the photographs, these sets came in penny sleeves with top loaders.  I was thinking of moving them into semi-rigid holders to conserve space.

Well that's it for today.  Happy Thursday and sayonara!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Card Show Appetizers

Summer break is about relaxation and recharging the batteries.  Unfortunately, my break is still four weeks away.  I'm not sure if it's my age... or if it's the kids... but summer school is kicking my butt right now.

Throw in my daily walking routine and I'm thoroughly exhausted by the time the sun goes down, which typically occurs around 8:30ish here in the Bay Area.

That's one of the reasons it's taken me over two weeks to write up my Serramonte Mall Sports Card, Toy, and Collectibles Show post.

With that being said... one of the purchases I made was truly an oldie, but goodie.  In fact, I've decided to split up my card show haul into two posts to give it its proper due.

Today's post will focus on the smaller purchases.  Let's call them the card show appetizers...

Purchase #1:  Some "Hits"  $10

As I mentioned in Sunday's post... I'm one of those collectors who still embraces "hits" like it was 2008.  Within five minutes of walking around the show, I found a guy with a $2 bin filled with some decent cards.

The seller offered a discount if you purchased three or more cards:  3 cards for $5, 7 cards for $10, and 15 cards for $20.

I struggled to find fifteen cards, so I put a few back, took the $10 deal, and grabbed these:



As an autograph guy, I was pretty stoked to see the Olerud signature sitting in the box as well as the jersey/stick card of The Dominator.

Purchase #2:  Dollar Bin  $5

I have a few buddies who set up at this show and one of them has a really nice dollar bin.  I probably could have spent $30, but I demonstrated self control and settled for these five:

It's kind of sad to see a first ballot hall of famer's rookie card sitting in a dollar bin.  That and the Riggins memorabilia card were my two favorite finds from this box.

Purchase #3:  The Other Dollar Bin $2

Have you ever talked shop with a dealer for so long, you felt obligated to make a purchase?  I was talking to this guy about basketball (which I don't even collect anymore) for nearly 10 minutes.  At least I walked away with a new Bonds insert for my binder.

On Thursday, I'm going to show off one of my favorite card show purchases of all-time.  These last two purchases in today's post came from the same dealer...

Purchase #4:  1968 Topps Poster Set  $25

Two years ago, I wrote about purchasing two vintage baseball card sets from guy who seemed to be purging his collection.  He was back again with more vintage sets and lots.

Although football normally takes a backseat to baseball, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to own a 50 year old insert set for a little more than the price of a blaster box.

Purchase #5:  1971 Topps Pinups Partial Set $15

This was sort of a "throw in" deal, since I was buying the 1968 Topps Poster set.

I figured the Starr and Unitas were worth about $5 each... which means I was getting 20 other posters for 25¢ a piece.  I'm going to try and finish this set, since I'm more than two-thirds of the way there.

Well that's it for today.  Stay tuned for the big ticket items, which will be unveiled on Thursday.  Here's a hint... they're vintage and they're gr-r-reat!

Happy Tuesday and sayonara!