Good afternoon sports card collectors. Welcome to another edition of This Week in Blogging. This week's buffet plate is loaded, so let's dive in before things get cold...
#1: Credit Card Addiction
My father warned me about the dangers of messing with credit cards when I was a kid. I didn't listen and had to learn the hard way. Back in the 90's, I found myself in a big pile of debt. I spent five years paying it off and it was one of the greatest life lessons I ever learned.
1981 Perma-Graphics Credit Cards #19
These days, the bulk of my credit cards look like the Rickey you see above. Last Sunday, Gregory reminded me of this set I bought a few years ago when he showed off his Keith Hernandez over on his blog: Nine Pockets. Here's a look at the set in its entirety:
These credit cards might not earn you any bonus points, but they won't leave you with a pile of debt either.
#2: Controversial Cardboard
2005 Topps Turkey Red
Topps included Tony Gwynn in their 206 set this year. On the surface, this isn't too shocking. However I thought Jongudmund made some interesting and thought provoking arguments on his blog .394 this past Monday regarding Mr. Padre and a card with tobacco roots. If you haven't read about it already, I encourage you to check it out.
Sorry... I don't have a copy of the 2020 Topps 206 Gwynn, so I decided to use another tobacco inspired card of him instead.
#3: Incredible Iwamura
2008 Topps Silk #243 (#'d 44/50)
This postseason has made me accept the fact that I'm oblivious to almost anything related to the Tampa Bay Rays. Thankfully, Jeremy listed his Top 5 Rays Moments back on Monday and recapped important events in their franchise history.
In his post, he made me realize how important Akinori Iwamura is to Rays' fans. I have a bunch of his cards sitting in my Japanese Athlete PC, but I thought the above card was perfect for this post, since his putout against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS sent the Rays to the World Series.
#4: Lemonade Stands and Penny Cards
1960 Topps #35
Dimebox Nick has inspired a fair number of posts on this blog. He shows off some of the most unique cards and has some of the most interesting card stories in the blogosphere. Earlier in the week, he showed off his Top 5 Whitey Ford cards and the card seated in the #1 spot was his 1960 Topps card which was given to him by his father.
Now any card passed down from father to son is a cool card in my book. But to top it off, Nick's father purchased it from some kids with a lemonade stand. This sent me on a trip down memory lane as I remember setting up a lemonade stand in front of my house as a kid with some friends. And guess what. We sold cards too.
By the way, the 1960 Topps Whitey Ford shown above is the latest autograph addition to my collection. Picked it up last Saturday off eBay for $30 (+ $6.56 in taxes and shipping). The seller didn't show a scan of the card back and I failed to ask about it, but I'm pretty sure the price reflects the condition.
#5: Better Than a Blaster
When it comes to fellow bloggers, I feel like Shoebox Legends and I share similar interests when it comes to collecting. One of the things we have in common is an appreciation for bargain priced graded rookie cards. A few days ago, he wrote about his recently purchased graded Kirby Puckett rookie card and I was truly envious. Shane seems to find the best deals on slabs. He's also really good at flipping cards for profits and using that money to buy more cards for his collection.
1985 Donruss #438
After doing a little digging, I discovered that I own my own graded copy of that card. I purchased mine ten years ago on COMC for $12. Back then... I went through a Puckett phase. Here are a few of the other collectibles in my Puckett PC:
1985 Fleer #286
1985 Topps #536
1985 Minnesota Twins Postcards #NNO
2003 Sweet Spot Classic Greats #CG-KP
1984 Fleer Update #U-93
The autograph and 1984 Fleer Update set me back a few bucks, but the pair of cellos packs and the slabbed postcard were all purchased for less than the price of a blaster box.
There were actually two more blog posts I was going to feature in today's post, but this one has dragged on long enough. But my plan is to write about each of them this week, so stay tuned.
Until then, here are a few questions to keep you busy...
What are some of your favorite controversial cards and/or Tampa Bay Rays sitting in your collection?
If you're a team collector, have you ever went through a phase where you collected a player outside of your team(s)?
Okay... that wraps things up another edition of This Week in Blogging. Happy Saturday and sayonara!