Dances with Trade #8 – Bloggergraph

Time to catch up on trades.

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Chris over at fanofreds.blogspot.com sent over some 2016 inserts, 2015 Archives, 2011 Lineage,  and some custom minis including the two shown! Is a custom autographed card of a blogger a Bloggergraph?

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Julie over at acrackedbat.blogspot.com sent over some 2016 Inserts, 2015 Gypsy Queen, 2015 Archives, and several Kershaw and Jackson cards including the two shown. Clayton Kershaw and Bo Jackson are definitely my top two player collections and I don’t mind getting doubles. Whenever you need to pad out a package to me you can slip in some Kershaws or Bos!

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Jared over at cmmdto.blogspot.com sent over some 2015 Gypsy Queen and some Kershaws including this 5 x 7 monster from 2015 Archives.

I’ve also completed a trade with Canadian blogger, Mike, from Not Another Baseball Card Blog.

As well as some trades with nolansdugout.blogspot.com and lifetimetopps.wordpress.com.

It’s been a busy year so far with trades! Thank you so much to everyone for your generosity and willingness!

I have a second call out for FANTASY BASEBALL enthusiasts! The league I’ve been in for the past 6+ years has an opening for one manager. Let me know ASAP if you are willing to join. The generic league info can be found at my previous blog post.

Thanks for reading and let me know if you’d like to trade!

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Dances With Trades #1 – Tatanka

When I first started to put some Topps sets together last year I stumbled across the Lifetime Topps Project during my search for info on the various subsets for each year. That blog was invaluable to me and I think it’s wonderful that I was able to complete my first trade online with the writer. I was able to fill in some of his wantlist and this is what he sent me back.

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I was able to get partial sets of 1987 and 1988 Topps from my sister and brother-in-law but there are still a few holes. Compared to the 2015 set, these cards look and feel archaic.

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I think this year’s set has received somewhat universal acclaim for its design. Seeing three different colored borders in this pic is truly appealing.

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Fernando going strong in Dodger Blue next to him trying to fight back to the bigs in the complementary orange. I fell in love with Fernando after seeing the 30 for 30 film on him.

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My great respect for Bo Jackson also came about after seeing his 30 for 30.

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Lifetime Topps threw in several Bo cards I didn’t have.

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I just realized Bo and Fernando are two guys who attempted to fight back after declining from their peak. That’s something everyone who goes through heart surgery attempts to do as well!

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I hate seeing him in a White Sox uniform but this is such a great pose and pic. Adding the Gold to the card really makes it classy, too!

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We’ll end the post with a smile! One of the main reasons I wanted to start a card blog was to complete some sets through trading.  Feel free to comment and let me know if you are willing to trade! I will keep on updating my wantlists and what I have for trade in return.

The EBAY Addiction #2 – Ichiro and the Masterpieces

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With a nice little PAYPAL balance thanks to the sale of my 1/1 Jose Abreu (The guy who bought it is currently trying to resell it at twice the price he paid), it was time to buy some cardboard!

I wanted to pick up some Ichiro rookies before he gets his 3000 MLB hit. I have a feeling some of them might get out of my price range by then. I paid about $5 for the PSA 2001 Topps. Doesn’t it cost more than that to even get a card graded by PSA?

2001 Topps Gallery Ichiro #151

2001 Topps Gallery Ichiro #151

I really like the look of this card, especially the Japanese text. I tried to learn the language once but didn’t get further than counting to ten.

Bo Grand Slam cards

These weren’t on my Bo want list but I love the look and dichotomy of them. I imagine the first is the moment after he nailed a dinger and the second is just after he struck out.

This was a great Diamond Kings catch for me. The 1994 and 1995 sets by Dick Perez seem more playful and “90s” to me. Images of the Fresh Prince of Bell Air run through my head.

2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces

2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces

I think some guy just wanted to get these out of his house because I picked up about 1000 UD Masterpieces for about $0.25 plus shipping.  After taking out a complete set I noticed I had about 4-5 more complete sets in the lot. If you have 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces needs – I’m the guy to come to!

The EBAY Addiction #1 – Cal Ripken and the Studio

I’ve always had trouble sleeping.

My hope was this would improve but since my heart surgery it hasn’t. On the nights my body doesn’t seem to want to shut down for rest my mechanical valve goes click, cliCK, CLICK like a jackhammer in my head. As one doctor has said, “That’s a good thing. If you don’t hear it then that’s a problem! You’ll get used to it.”

So, to distract my mind I jump on EBAY.

Being a stay-at-home-dad doesn’t pay much (I make $0.00/hr) but, thankfully, my wife let’s me keep track of the finances.  This allows me to spend a few bucks on The Hobby without worrying about being short for family expenses.

Here’s what the mailman brought recently from the worldwide garage sale.

DIAMOND KINGS

Since I stopped coIlecting baseball cards from about 1992-2013 thought it would be fun to get a few boxes of 1993 Donruss Series one as a change of pace in my pursuit of the Diamond Kings. Oh, we learn from our mistakes. Between the two boxes all I pulled was a total of 7 DK’s. Three of them were duplicates (Actually, one was a triplicate – anyone want to trade for a Roberto Kelly?).

Note to self – no more boxes for Diamond Kings

I came across a Cal RIpken Diamond Kings lot for less than $10. Usually, I see the 1996 DK’s for more than that.

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1997 Diamond Kings – Cal Ripken

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1996 King of Kings – Cal Ripken

I’m not sure if it’s going to be in my budget to collect the 1997 and 1998 Diamond Kings since they seem to be scarcer. This is a beautiful card, though!

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1998 Diamond Kings – Cal Ripken

Gallery of Stars? Also painted by Dick Perez? Oh oh. I might have to collect these, too.

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BO’s on FIRE

I’m not into football or football cards but I had to have this!

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2015 Topps Fire – Bo Jackson

1993 STUDIO

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Cardboard connection had an article about cheap stets from the 90’s. I’m still in the process of ripping the packs but this was the first card I saw.

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I live in MN so this made me smile.

2011 Topps Update Eric Hosmer RC 

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Boxes of 2011 Topps Update seem to go for 3x what they should on ebay thanks to some holy fish in California. I loved the way Hosmer played during the Royal’s playoff run last year and picked his card up for about a buck. Perhaps someday I’ll be able to get the complete 2011 update set for less than a Ben Franklin (Our GREATEST President)!