Friday, March 24, 2017

Contest Winnings For The Wrong Guess!

Earlier this month there was a contest at Johnny's Trading Spot to guess the per-card cost of a massive haul of about 2500 cards John purchased at a card show. Five people guessed, all between .03 and .08 cents, but no one guessed .04. Can you believe it? John decided to declare us ALL winners. Now THAT'S generous!

John taylored the prize packages to the winners likes.
I got Angels of course.

1966 Topps Rub-Offs
Unfortunaltely some rodent had a tasty snack on this, but it's still a really cool piece for the team collection. Topps baseball products from the 60's are some of my favorites.


Weaver Brothers
Jeff was on the Angels in 2006 hence the 2006 Upper Deck #658 Special FX Green 95/99.
Brother came up also in 2006, so the two got to play together for a season.
I already completed the 2007 Topps Generation Now set for Mike Napoli, still working Jered Weavers cards in the set.


Triple throw-down on 2010 Upper Deck All World #AW-12 cards.
I believe that this card may be my most abundant duplicate Angels insert card.
I'll have to check on that.


Bunch of chrome and refractors, some numbered /299, some /561, some /150.
These are really helpful towards the team sets. Refractors, let alone numbered refractors, make team sets difficult to complete.


A nice grouping of rookies and parallels.


And my first 2017 Heritage.

Very happy to be a winner even though I guessed wrong!
Thanks John.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Trade Mail From Baseball Card Breakdown

Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown sent a few Angels over.
Lets dig in.


Woohoo! Big score on two REDISCOVER TOPPS cards!
Oh, wait a minute....

Now to the more serious cards:


2004 Donruss Elite Turn of the Century #4, 432/750
This one really is a big score!
The four dashes on the left immediately gave it a football card feel though.



1995 Pacific Collection Prizms #19
I still swear that Pacific has bad intentions towards collectors with these cards.
They mess with my brain man.


1995 Pacific Collection Team Logo #3
Much more pleasing to the eye and brain.
I love team logo cards so much I'm considering collecting this set.



2008 Upper Deck X Xponential  X-HU
I'm collecting this master set, and it's a beast.
When you get into the X3 and X4 cards it seems near impossible.
Its in my wantlist if you have any for trade.



The Two Faces of Fish.
Sounds like that would make a great movie or book title.
The Fish on the right is a 2000 Bowman Retro/Future card?
Thats the first I think I've seen of these, and I'm not impressed with the design.
I could use the excuse that its a bad scan, but in reality its just a bad card.
Glad to have it though!

Thanks for the trade Gavin.





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Trade Mail From Zippy Zappy

Seems I get Zapped a couple, if not several, times a year. This would be my first for this year, but it was such a big Zapping that Zippy might not have any Angels left for the rest of the year.

But first I want to talk about the package.
This is how it came. All beat to crap thanks to the post office.
(I scratched out my address, because, well, isn't what we're supposed to do?)
I looked at the return address and thought, "I don't remember sending an SASPE (Self Addressed Stamped Padded Envelope) to myself."
What?

So I flipped it over:
Oh My Goodness!
I thought someone just gifted me their Animated Batman card collection!
(See Animated Batman Want List tab at the top of the page)

When I got to the contents I immediately knew what it was and who it was from.

Only one person I know re-packages cards in used wrappers.
I've been Zippy Zapped!

Out of all those cards I'll just hit the highlights of the two-inch stack.

2016 Topps Changing Of The Guard #CTG-1
2016 Topps Bunt #1
So, how many of Mike Trouts cards are #1?

Wasn't there a superstar like Mickey Mantle or someone who always got the same numbered card in several Topps sets in the 50's and 60's?
I know they reserved #100, 200, 300... for stars back then.
Someone needs to do a post on that.


2004 Topps #697
I like this card because it's a really stupid crop job.
I also like this card because I want to think that it's Rickey Henderson getting denied at the plate by Bengie Molina.
Believe it or not, Rickey was still playing in 2003.
But Rickey was on the Dodgers then, Rickey hadn't played with the A's since 1998.


1976 Topps #512
Great card of Ellie Rodriguez minding the plate.
Fun Fact: Rodriguez caught Nolan Ryan's fourth no-hitter.

The back of this card is what I found most interesting:
Love the backs of 1976 Topps.

But what's that oversized bullet there:
Did the Topps editor use the wrong font?
Regardless, it just seems weird to me.
Is this a misprint? Do other 1976 Topps have wrong font-sized single bullets?

 A quick look at my 1976 Topps Angels Team set binder solved the mystery:
You got a bullet and fun fact if there wasn't enough room for a cartoon, but too much blank space.
You got nothing extra on the back if you had played too long and your stats took up all the space.
And ideally you got the well known cartoon on the back if all was right in the world.


Zippy also threw in a generous amount of Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects.
This is great because I'm way behind on sending out for prospects autographs and this should cover those cards that I never see again.

Thanks Zippy, always a pleasure getting stuff from you.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Certified For The All-Time List

There was a recent post over on Dion's Autograph Collection looking for traders (or purchasers for a couple bucks each) for a bunch of Certified Autograph Cards he wanted to part with as they were dupes to him. I took him up on it and purchased three 1996 Leaf Certified Autographs for my All-Time Angels Autograph Collection.

Mike Fetters was an Angels regular from 1989-1991.


Ken Edenfield played both of his major league seasons with the Angels in 1995 and 1996.


Craig Grebeck was with the Angels for only one season, 1997.

 I have "other" cards signed by these guys, even Angels cards I think, but these are the first certified autographs I have of them.

Dion also threw in a few Angels extras.
I love seeing Bo Jackson as an Angel!

I'm sure Dion has plenty more certified autographs left, go check him out via the link above.



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trade Mail From I Feel Like A Collector Again

Kin of I Feel Like A Collector Again reached out to see if I wanted the Mike Trout card he received with his Topps Now purchase. I gladly accepted. This was a card, I told Kin, that I had been coveting ever since I had seen several other bloggers show theirs off. I didn't really think that I had a chance of getting one without having to purchase one.

2017 Topps Now 25% Off Offer Card
Oh that's a cool card, and doubles down as a "Special Offer" card which I also collect.

Thats beautiful right there.

Kin also threw in a sweet Tim Salmon.
1993 Flair Wave of the Future #15
This, along with the Piazza card from the same subset, are two really sweet cards.

Thanks for reaching out Kin, and getting me a coveted card.




Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trade Mail From $30 Week Habit

I received a envelop of cards recently from Robert of $30 Week Habit, I'm pretty sure out of the blue!
I'm a bit disorganized so I may be way off on this, but I'm going with the idea that Robert saw I collected something and took it upon himself to send me some stuff.
Which is awesome.

1983 Fleer #33
The note Robert wrote said he had no idea I collected Patriots!
Imagine that!

1983 Topps #325, #333, and #330
All team set needs.

2005 Upper Deck Pro Signatures Gold #159/350
Ooh, super-nice gold-parallel, numbered card.

All great cards Robert, thanks!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 Cactus League Pocket Schedule


Sent for the 2017 Cactus League Pocket Schedule.
I collect those because, of course, the Angels play in the Cactus League.
I've sent a SASE every Spring Training for the last 7 years.
Always exciting to get that SASE in the mail to see the new design logo for the Cactus League.

This years design is kinda boring.

Plain vanilla.
I mean it’s nice and all, but doesn’t compare to logos of the past.
You’ll see what I mean in a minute.
For starters, you have to look hard to see the cactus, namesake of the league, there atop the AZ.
There’s another ghosted image somewhere in the vanilla background.
See if you can spot it.

Now compare the 2017 to those from past seasons.
Wow, some really nice designs, I can clearly see cacti in most of them.
And just look at all those Arizona-type colors.
Vanilla melts in Arizona.
Vanilla is not an Arizona color.

 You can see that I have a continuous run of Cactus League pocket schedules since 2010, one from 2006, and I think I also have a 2003, so I need fillers for all those missing years.

Any other Cactus League Pocket Schedule collectors out there?