Dances with Trades #7 -Kershaw’s Stamp

I’ve been very lucky so far this year acquiring some great new trading partners.

First, Marc from REMEMBER THE ASTRODOME knocked off more than 100 from my 1984 wantlist. He’s an Astos fan and will take what you have of them!

Then, Greg from helped complete my 2014 Topps Heritage base set and sent about 67 cards for my 2011 Topps Update needs as well as a few inserts. His wantlists are posted as well!

And we have Jace from CARDS MY MOTHER DIDN’T THROW OUT. He just joined the blogosphere in the past several weeks and seems to be extremely active with the trading community. I sent him a few Diamondbacks including a 2015 Archie Bradley Auto and a Goldschmidt Relic. He sent over a stack of 1984 and 2003 Topps and also this beauty –

kershaw stamp

The kids and I were just driving home from Sunday School today when I checked the mailbox and found Jace’s package with this card inside. I was floored! This is now one of the coolest cards in my collection.

kershaw stamp back

I think Kershaw is my favorite active player not only because of his dominance on the mound but also due to his ability to be in the spotlight and shine his Christian light. I pray everyday that the kids, my wife and I can carry ourselves as we ought to in God’s eyes. I think Mr. Kershaw most likely does, as well.

Thank you so much for everyone’s willingness to trade and their generosity. Yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of my heart surgery. I’ve noticed in the past year that I’m doing much better mentally. A lot of days are a struggle with my PTSD popping up and keeping me awake but the Hobby is very calming and methodical and it’s great to be a part of  a community that’s helpful and generous.


Thanks for reading!


Hobby Box Break #13 – 2003 Topps Series 2

On to the second series!


I never noticed the circled “H” on hobby boxes until a seller from Ebay pointed it out to me a few weeks back.


You can sort of see some of the speckling from the stickiness of the cards. This box was much better than the last series’ but it was still a problem. I’m glad Topps changed the process in later years.

2003 s2 bb as

These are the Red Backs opposed to the series 1 Blue backs. Ichiro is a keeper for me but the others are available.

2003 s2 bb as01

Shiny. (Any Firefly fans reading this?) Only getting two in an entire hobby box does not motivate me to attempt to complete the insert set. I’ll probably be checking LIFETIME TOPPS PROJECT‘s wantlist and see if he needs them. Or I recently traded with CARDS MY MOTHER DIDN’T THROW OUT. He’s a Diamondbacks collector.

2003 s2 golds

More Golds! But no one I collect. It’s too bad because the design of this year’s set is so appealing to me! It’d would have been nice to pull a Pujols (HA! Say that outloud.) or an Ichiro.

2003 s2 hp

The backs of these cards show the Active Career Leaders in the category listed on the right side of the front. If not for the Juicers, Griffey would have probably topped each list. He’s listed as 5th on each.

2003 s2 rb

I really like this set. I think I will post my needs on wantlists.


337 of 354 base

18 inserts

5 doubles

Another box with no “hit”.

No worries. It’s just cardboard.

Here’s my wantlist for the set. Thanks for reading!

Hobby Box Break #12 – 2003 Topps Series 1

Time to start a new set via a fresh box! Unfortunately, 2003 series 1 boxes still suffer from the curse of sticky cards. It wasn’t as bad as the 2001 cards but it still irked me.


Here’s my first card.


I wasn’t following baseball too closely back when this set came out so this is an unknown to me. Sorry about the glare!

LIFETIME TOPPS PROJECT does a great job of writing up the info for each year’s set. You can find the 2003 one here.

Here are the inserts I pulled.

2003 s1 rb

I love the Record Breakers because they included team records as well as league ones!

2003 s1 otg

Shiny but none of the players interest me. It is funny to see a pre-long-locks Damon!

2003 s1 bb hm

These are the Blue backs! Pujols is a player I collect but the others could be yours!

2003 s1 golds

Not too many Golds in this box. I pulled two Braves but one of them seems to have put the wrong uniform on.

2003 s1 bb hm01

You can see the bulk of Pudge next to the unjuiced Jeter. I don’t think I’ll be collecting these, either.

Final Tally –

339 of 366 base

16 inserts

6 doubles

There was no “hit” in this box but getting a near complete set and being able to enjoy opening the box for under $30 is well worth it my eyes.

Here’s my wantlist if you can help me complete the set!

Thanks for reading!

2016 Collecting Goals & 2015 Topps Update Complete!

A new year brings new sets to complete so it’s serendipitous that I swung another trade with Nolan’s Dugout before the calendar switched and my package from him arrived today!

2015 update complete

That’s card US99 to complete my set! I still need some help with the inserts and about two dozen of the Update Chrome cards so let me know if you have some doubles to send my way! Here’s my list.

Besides that my collecting goals for the year include completing 2016 Topps Heritage, 2016 Topps main set (series 1 & 2) and update, 1984 Topps, and 2007 Topps Heritage.

I also have some boxes of 2003 & 2004 Topps coming in the mail but I’m willing to piece those together over the next two years.

I started this blog in 2015 with the hope of finding a trading partner to exchange doubles and binge my unwanted cards away. I have found several! Thank you so much to everyone who reads these posts and especially to those who have been willing to trade with me! The card collecting community has been wonderful for a guy trying to make sense of things post heart surgery!