Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thinning the Herd

I've come to the conclusion (with or without some help from my wife) that I've got too many cards and not enough space to keep them.

My collection has narrowed in scope, but unfortunately, the cards that don't fit into that focus are still here.

I know the fate of my retirement fund is not dependent on what's in those boxes, but I'm hoping that there's something that someone, somewhere can use and provide a good home.

There's a random mix of years, mainly mid-2000s to now, containing baseball with some assorted basketball and football as well.

What I'd like to do is trade team card-for-card with someone in the same predicament as me, wanting to get rid of excess inventory for cards that really matter to them.

I collect Braves and Yankees in baseball, Redskins in football, and anything hockey, especially goalies and mid '80s O-Pee-Chee cards.

It's been a while since I've been active in the trade scene, but I'm highly motivated and have a lot to move. Drop me a line and let's get trading!


Long Time No Post

I've been in a funk lately when it comes to my collection, buying not a single card, let alone paging through a binder of player collections.

The biggest reason is a lack of time--from my kids' school and extra-curricular activities, work responsibilities, and projects around the house--I could not squeeze an extra minute to open and look through a pack.

However, the urge to get back into the "card game" came back, but not how I would have thought.

A regular at my LCS who was a trading partner at first and later a close friend passed away from cancer a couple of weeks ago. He had been battling the disease off and on since being diagnosed 17 years ago, and when the cancer would go into remission, it'd come back as if it never left. 

One of the crown jewels in his collection and perhaps his proudest accomplishment was his run of complete Topps baseball sets, starting with the 1962 edition. When I first ran into him, I was beginning my 1963 set, and he helped me out with a bunch of commons for almost next to nothing.
He was always encouraging me to be on the lookout for deals on common lots and occasionally take the plunge and spring for a minor star or star to keep the chase interesting.

About February or March, he found out the cancer was back again, but with a vengeance, and he would be lucky to have six months to live.

He tried to make a few visits to the shop, but by May, he was pretty much confined to his home and under hospice care. 

His passing has made me reflect on what a great hobby collecting is, and the friendships and relationships with other collectors are not to be taken for granted.

I'm going to get that '63 set finished, hopefully sooner than later, and know that he'll feel just as much pride and accomplishment as I will when I cross the last number off my want list.

 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Rain delay

I'm going to make the most of a rain day today and try to get caught up on my collection. Updating trade/want lists, sorting some piles of cards, and catching up on blogs will be the order of the day.

To start things off, here are the cards I need to complete my 2013 Topps Series 1 set:

12, 27, 77, 109, 121, 182, 209, 220, 232, 286

Here are the cards I have for trade:

2, 3, 3, 6, 8, 11, 11, 11, 14, 19, 20, 23, 25, 28, 28, 33, 33, 35, 36, 36, 37, 40, 41, 41, 45, 47, 49, 50, 53, 55, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 60, 61, 61, 61, 62, 64, 65, 66, 66, 68, 69, 69, 70, 70, 75, 78, 80, 81, 83, 84, 85, 86, 90, 99, 100, 102, 104, 107, 110, 111, 111, 111, 112, 113, 113, 113, 114, 114, 115, 115, 115, 119, 119, 123, 123, 125, 126, 126, 127, 127, 129, 129, 130, 131, 140, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 152, 155, 155, 157, 157, 162, 164, 165, 165, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 175, 177, 184, 187, 187, 188, 188, 190, 190, 191, 193, 195, 198, 200, 201, 203, 205, 207, 211, 212, 214, 223, 224, 226, 227, 227, 228, 230, 235, 235, 237, 239, 241, 243, 244, 244, 245, 246, 249, 249, 250, 250, 251, 252, 252, 254, 257, 259, 259, 259, 260, 260, 261, 261, 262, 262, 264, 266, 269, 272, 272, 276, 277, 278, 279, 283, 283, 284, 285, 287, 288, 289, 290, 295, 295, 296, 298, 299, 302, 304, 305, 305, 306, 307, 307, 314, 314, 314, 316, 316, 316, 318, 319, 319, 319, 324, 324, 325, 326, 326, 327, 330, 330.

I forgot to post a pic of the last 1963 I got at the LCS the other day....



As always, I'm looking for anything on my want list. Feel free to send me a trade offer and let's make a deal!

Until next time,

Ryan

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Trip to the LCS

It's not a good sign when you walk into your LCS and the owner acts like he just saw a ghost. That happened today.

I have been out of the loop for nearly 3 months now. Between work, family responsibilities, and my rekindled love affair with the NHL (a story for another time), my card habit has been put on the back burner.

Today the stars aligned and I had more than 20 minutes of consecutive free time for the first time in what seemed like forever. Naturally I made a beeline to my LCS.

2013 Bowman has released, and unlike most collectors, I do look forward to it. I'm not a prospector, because I don't have the time/money/patience (insert random excuse here) to bust a few cases and put together player lots away for a few years. The base set, prospects set, and chrome prospect set is good enough for me. I'm thinking this year might be the year I just buy or trade for a complete set rather than piece it together.

I've dabbled in 2013 Heritage, and that's where I'm going to leave it. I'm not a fan of the 1964 design, and the thought of trying to hunt down all those SP cards to build the set is discouraging. I'll look for Braves, Yankees, and Twins singles (hint, hint) to add to my collection.

I still haven't finished Flagship series 1...lame, I know...but as I said, I've had no time for anything, buying or trading. Series 2 will be here any day and I'll have another set to chase.

Now that I've complained for the entirety of my post, it's time to focus on the positive. My trip to the LCS did pay off, as I was able to knock a few off of my 1963 Topps list:




I also picked up this card while going through a stack of random 70s stuff the owner had. I thought it was too nice to pass up.

When it comes to baseball, I consider myself a Braves fan, Yankees enthusiast, and Twins sympathizer. I guess you could accuse me of "baseball bigamy."

I think I might add one more team to the list. Something about these Pirates cards of the 60s and 70s grabs my attention and makes me want to add more of them to my collection. This "Pops" card is a nice start.

Until next time,

Ryan

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2013 Topps Want List/Trade List

Here are the cards I need to complete my 2013 Topps Series 1 set:

12, 27, 77, 109, 121, 182, 209, 220, 232, 286

Here are the cards I have for trade:

2,3, 3, 11, 11, 14, 19, 23, 28, 28, 33, 36, 41, 45, 47, 50, 53, 55, 59, 60, 61, 61, 64, 65, 66, 66, 69, 69, 70, 81, 83, 84, 100, 102, 104, 110, 111, 111, 112, 113, 113, 115, 115, 119, 119, 123, 125, 126, 127, 127, 140, 142, 144, 145, 146, 147, 152, 155, 155, 157, 165, 168, 175, 177, 184, 187, 191, 193, 195, 198, 200, 207, 211, 224, 226, 227, 228, 230, 235,237, 239, 241, 243, 244, 249, 249, 250, 252, 254, 259, 259, 266, 269, 272, 272, 276, 277, 278, 279, 283, 284, 285, 289, 290, 295, 295, 304, 305, 306, 307, 307, 314, 316, 316, 318, 319, 324, 324, 325, 327, 330.

Until next time,

Ryan

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Time flies when you're not buying cards

Hard to believe February is almost in the books and I won't even crack double digits in blog posts this month. So much for my goal of posting 3-4 times per week.

I could come up with a litany of excuses, most of them viable, but any time I hear the word "excuse," I have flashbacks to my junior high PE teacher who always used to say what excuses were like, that everyone had them and they all stink.

Discretionary income has been at a premium lately, and other than a couple of trades, I haven't acquired much recently. I have been able to put a dent in the 2013 flagship, the one set I will vow to complete because I am a traditionalist, and I would feel weird not doing so.

In the meantime, I have come across some cards needing a better home than what I can give them, cards that would fill up spaces in a binder or help boost up a player collection. My hope is to get these "care packages" together in the next couple of days and in the mail by Saturday. Kind of a "thanks for trading with me" and "thought you'd like these" gesture on my part.

I still am overwhelmed by the generosity that pervades the blogosphere. I have a trade recap that I am way behind in posting, but not for lack of appreciation. Let's just say the package I received was far and away beyond anything I would have expected.

If you are someone filling out a 2013 Series 1 set, I do have quite a few extras sitting around, so send me your list and I'll try to help you out. I should have my complete want and trade list for Series 1 flagship up tomorrow.

Until next time,

Ryan

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Spring has sprung (well, spring training anyway)

I am aware of three certain things in life: death, taxes, and spring beginning in February.

All you "by the book" types can stick to your conventional calendars, which indicate this year's vernal equinox will be happening on Wednesday, March 20. However, I'll already be into a month of celebrating my favorite season of the year by then.

"Spring training is like a cat with nine lives.  A baseball player has X number of lives and each spring is the birth of a new life."
--Steve Garvey
 
"Spring training means flowers, people coming outdoors, sunshine, optimism, and baseball.  Spring training is a time to think about being young again."
--Ernie Banks

Such optimism expressed in the above quotes. To me, that is one of the best things about spring training. The aches, pains, injuries, and disappointments of the previous season are in the rear view mirror.. Every team is 0-0 in the win/loss column, and if you were able to interview anyone associated with baseball, almost every one, to a man, would tell you that "this year is the year."

"People who write about spring training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball."
 --Sandy Koufax

Throwing a baseball overhand is one of the most unnatural and violent acts one can do. Throwing that ball at a high velocity repeatedly over the course of a season, year in and year out, initiates a lot of stress and wear to an arm. Spring training is very necessary, especially for pitchers, to get back into a routine that will be their livelihood for 8 to 9 months of the year.

"They don't put spring training statistics on bubble gum cards."
  --Joe Carter

Thankfully, the hype of a young prospect who has never played above single-A can be tempered somewhat, even though said prospect is raking against major league pitching. Spring training statistics have to be taken with a grain of salt, especially since a majority of at-bats aren't coming against major league pitching, and a lot of pitchers aren't facing major league hitting. It's a time to separate the men from the boys, and the girls from the little girls, and spring games aren't an exact barometer of judging talent.

However, it does mean we are that much closer to the start of another regular season, a season where we live and die with our favorite team and player, root against the divisional rivals, appreciate the ending of long-time careers and hitch our wagon to the "next big thing" when it comes to prospects.

The smell of the fresh-cut grass. The crack of a bat crushing a ball over the left field wall. The pop of the first baseman's mitt after catching a throw from deep in the hole at short. The smiles of young and old, fans and players alike. The dash and hustle of a centerfielder covering copious amounts of ground to snag a gapper and save a double.

Just a few reasons why I love this game, and why baseball is and always will be my favorite sport, nay, pastime.

Until next time,

Ryan