Thursday, December 14, 2017

I miss competition in the marketplace

When I have a little free time I've been working on cleaning up, verifying, and adding teams to baseball set checklists over at the Trading Card Database.  Part of that involves verifying that cards have the right card designations.  Meaning that if the card has a prefix or suffix it gets added.  So a few  month back while working through a bunch of the 2004 sets, and there were a lot of products released in 2004 with lots of inserts and parallels, I came across this Genuine Insider auto set.  One of my go to places to verify card numbering is COMC and I couldn't for the life of me figure out where the autograph was for these cards where.  I figured that maybe these were book cards.  I also found that the Brewers had a card in the set featuring former Brewer Scott Podsednik.  And what's more COMC had one for cheap.  I figure I'd pick one up just to see what these cards were all about.  

Much to my surprise the card was not a book card, but had a slide out autograph.  The mid-2000's were awash in trading card products, especially baseball and football.  Companies were trying everything and anything to get you to buy their products.  Of course after seen the card and playing with it a little bit it dawned on me why the set is called the Genuine Autograph Insider!  For a guy who didn't collect much between 2001 and 2004 rediscovering these great gimmick cards if a lot of fun and even more fun when you can add one for cheap to your collection.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Blackest of Fridays

I don't go out on Black Friday.  I do however open up my laptop and hit COMC.  It's been an annual tradition since pretty much COMC started doing their big Black Friday events.  To be fair not all the cards shown were bought on Black Friday.  As a matter of fact some of them where bought almost a year ago.  I've been slowly picking up a card here and there as they pop up and deals present themselves.  The deals seem to be fewer and farther between nowadays on COMC, but every now and then I find some gold.  I did manage to find a few deals on Black Friday as I needed to hit the minimum card threshold for the free shipping.  

This past Monday I finally got my cards in the mail.  I was able to finally add about 20 new Younts to my main PC and a nice smattering of cheap relics and autos for my team collections.  And I didn't even have to get out of my pajamas.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It pays to Play

I'm not adverse to a little gambling here or there.  I do love to play poker, blackjack, and craps.  And lets be honest the way trading card products are made these days it might as well be a form of legalized gambling. But for my money, just under 50 cents to be exact, I like to dabble in the no purchase necessary, or NPN, offers that trading card companies are forced to provide, especially for the higher end products.  I have no idea how many index cards I've sent to Topps and Panini over the years, but it's usually send it and forget it and I don't win.  But every now and then I get a surprise package in the mail.  I've never been lucky enough to snag an auto or relic, but I have gotten a couple decent parallels and inserts over the years.

Well last Friday I was surprised to find an envelope from Topps in my mail box.  And inside was a  nice Museum Collection purple base parallel of Astros rookie phenom Yulieski Gurriel numbered to just 99.  Not too shabby way to end the week.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Tales from the card shop.

It had probably been close to 2 months since I last stopped in to Don's Sportcards here in Anchorage, Alaska.  I had met a group of friends out to watch the Packer game and to celebrate the Packers narrowly escaping with a win I stopped down at Don's shop. 

I'll be honest currently I've not been buying much new stuff. OK in the last 3 months I've bought no new products. And I didn't end up buying any packs today either.  And I managed to get out of the store for less than $20, found a new card for my Yount PC, and whole slug of cards I needed to help almost finish my 2017 Allen and Ginter Sports Fish and Fishing Lures set, a bunch of Brewers cards and a few new Favres.  I also managed to walk away with a couple great relic cards for cheap. 

When I walked in a guy had just broke a box of 2017 Triple Threads and hit some pretty sweet cards.  As I was perusing the store another one of Don's regulars came in and they two guys decided to dual a box of Triple Threads too.  Ah the days when I had that kind of money to throw around.  But it was nice to talk cards and sports for a few minutes.  Nothing amazing came out of that dual, but one guy walked away with a stack of Triple Threads.

I ended up finding this Ryan Braun Black Prizm Refractor #/25 in the 50 cent boxes.

I also found this gold foil stamped Yount Rediscover Topps buyback in the 50 cent boxes.
It's seems pretty insane to me how much people want for some of these cards.  The gold foil is the middle tier of rarity for these buyback and for 50 cents it was going home with me.  I also found quite a few other Brewer's buybacks.
One of the features I love about Don's is his Drop Board.  It's pretty much two peg board walls with cards all over it and they each have a price.  The price usually starts a little below book value and keeps dropping every week until it reaches a dollar.  I've picked up some sweet cards over the years off that board.  
Here are few of one's I picked up today. Most were a buck and none were over $3.

Not a bad day out and about.  And I even managed to find part of my wife's Christmas present.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Insert snappy trade post pun here..

Well to be honest this wasn't a trade. Or was it?  Who can keep track of these things.  Regardless no good deed will go unpunished.  Ahem. I'm rambling, and not very coherently either.  Troubling.  So I've been fairly absent on the blogging scene.  I know it.  But there is a man who still manages to put out pretty top notch content on almost a daily basis. Of course I'm talking about Fuji over at the Chronicles of Fuji.  His flea market finds are still my favorite.  It reminds me of my youth when my father was stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas and I use to go to the different flea markets around town.  Sadly there are no flea markets up here in Alaska. 

So while I have been absent, save for my contests and the rare post about trades, Fuji has been hard at work shaping young minds and finding cool stuff and blogging about it.  Rewind to a couple weeks ago and Fuji contact me for my new address.  And last week I was rewarded with a nice pair of Brewers autographs.  

Kodi is still bouncing around the Brewers farm system.  Will he come up?  Will he be traded? I guess time will tell.  The other auto was of the former and now retired Brewer Corey Hart.  Corey was one of the semi-stars on the team eclipsed by  Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder unfortunately, and of course injury.  When Corey was healthy he was a force to be reckoned with.  Plus he's freaking tall.  Sadly Corey was injured  a lot, or at least that's how I remember it.  I was kind of bummed I didn't at least get to see him at the 2012 Spring Training games I got to go to on my honeymoon.  He ended up having to have surgery and missed the whole 2013 season.  After that he spent a year in Seattle and then a year in Pittsburgh and I don't feel too bad, he made some good money those two years.  He retired after the 2015 season, but officially retired this year as a Brewer.  

Two very nice autographs to add to my Brewers Collection.  Thanks Fuji!!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Have you ever started something only to kind of regret it later?

This last weekend we got our first big snow fall.  I think overall it was lucky it happened during the weekend, but I hate going out onto the roads when the first significant winter event happens.  You would think that living in Alaska most of use would be good at driving in the snow, but alas that is not really the case, at least at the start of winter.  I consider myself a very good winter driver, but I'm not worried about me.  Anyway, so with a little over 3 inches falling Friday night into Saturday afternoon I decided to hunker down with the family and enjoy the snow in the back yard and not on the roads.  It also meant I got a good amount of time to cause trouble in my Sanctum Sanctorum.  More importantly organizing a collection that has been mothballed for the better part of 3 years. 

Last June the family and I upgraded to a much bigger house, over twice the size of our previous home.  Having that much space is awesome.  What is even more awesome is my wife gave me one of the spare bedrooms as my "office"/studio/man-cave.  I've posted about some of my efforts in the past.

When my in-laws were up here this summer my father-in-law helped me start another built-in bookcase for the man cave.  I'm huge on storage and I weighed the options on buying prefab bookcases verses building my own and in the end I opted to try and build my own custom shelves.

 I consider myself pretty handy and with Youtube and all the home improvement shows I've watched and all the handyman websites out there I put together a pretty well thought out design.  I couldn't find the plans I had drawn up to post here, but they were pretty detailed.  I did manage to snap a few photos as I went along.  Here is the base of the bookcase.  It's 8 feetish long.
 While my father-in-law was here I managed to stain and polyurethane the frame.
 I picked up a router from a garage sale a few year back and I love any reason to bring it out.
 So the project stalled for about 2 1/2 months with work taking me all over the state, but this fall I managed to get the rest of the pieces cut and put in place.  My plan now is to disassemble the unit this spring and stain and polyurethane the rest of it.
So fast forward to this weekend and I'm waist deep in organizing my comic collection.  My wife is very tolerant.  But even she has her limits and one of the rules she laid down was the craziness had to be contained in this room.  And I'm trying.  Sad, or maybe not so sad, that this in only about half my collection. I still have a ton of stuff sitting in my parents basement in Wisconsin.  So this weekend I buckled down, put on my best superhero pajamas and got to work.  I've been making make-shift dividers out of manila file folders, you can read my tutorial on that at my comic blog here, to try and get all the series together, then hopefully I'll be able to put those in some sort of order.  
 I've literally spread out over the entire room, but kept it mostly contained.
Some of my bigger runs like the Punisher, Iron Man, JLA, and X-men all get their own dedicated boxes. I think I'm only about halfway done, maybe.  I'll do a better post later of the room once I get it better organize a little more presentable.  I also have a major card organization to work on.  That includes my Brewer's team collection and just set's in general.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner - The 7th Annual Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web has a Winner!

Wow what a great series.  As someone who had no horse in the race it was fun to kick back and watch the show.  I really didn't care who won, I was pulling for the Astros a little simply because this would be there first World Series win in franchise history, but honestly the two best teams in baseball duking it out what could be better?.  And that game 5! 

In the end we had six participants correctly guess that the Astros would win it all.  Out of those six we had 3 that correctly guessed the match up, but only one who guessed it would go 7 games.  No one came close to guessing what a slug fest this would be, but in the end the Sportzcommish came out on top!!

The correct guess plus tie breakers would have been

Astros over Dodgers, 7 games, 25 freaking home runs!

The tie breakers run one into another so we had to go to total games to find the winner.

Here were the winning picks!

Sportzcommish - Astros over Dodgers, 7 games, 8 homers.

Nachos Grande - Astros over Dodgers, 6 games, 13 HR

Fuji - Astros over Nationals, 6 games 14 HR

Collecting Cutch - Astros over Nationals, 7 games, 17 HR  PIMPED

Jeff S - Astros over the Nationals 7 games 15 hrs

RAZ - Astros over Dodgers, 6 games, 18 home runs.

Now for the door prize winner.  I entered all the entries into a list randomizer over at and randomize the list 3 times.  Those that promoted the contest on their blog or other form of social media got an extra entry.

In an odd twist of fate our second place finisher RAZ is our door prize winner!!!!

Sportzcommish and RAZ I will be trying to contact you shortly unless you get a hold of me with your current mailing addresses.

I want to thank everyone who entered this year.  I've been pretty bad about finding time and stuff to blog about, but it's still nice to have a big turnout for the contest.  And since we are already halfway through the NFL season, man it's flying by, I'll be holding my 8th Annual Super Bowl contest in the near future.  

Thanks again everyone.