Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ever Closer... 2010 World Cup Edition...

If you've never seen these cards in person, you're missing out. By far one of the greatest sets to be put out in the last 30 years. 2010 Panini World Cup.
These cards, IF you can ever find them, aren't cheap. Thankfully I don't need too many more, having tackled it back in 2010 until the pack supply dried up. I was soooooooo hoping for another go for the 2014 World Cup, but Panini crapped the bed by putting out Prizm instead. Prizm is probably Panini's ugliest set across all sports. And the feetsball was no exception.

These country cards are so shiny. You could signal aircraft with these things.
 North Korea
and Paraguay. My crappy scans don't show it well, but the country name is ghosted on the left side going from bottom to top.

 These next two are clear acetate cards. Two of the bigger stars I was missing. Thankfully Rooney, Ronaldo, and Messi are already tucked safely into my binder...

 I always wanted a son named Yaya.

 Wrapping up with two more base cards...

I was grateful to find a single seller with eight cards I needed. And even more grateful that he was having a sale. These set me back just under $9. His normal price was around $27. Yay sales!

I now need #'s 15, 27, 32, 34, 35, 46, 56, 88, 119, 153,

When I finish it, I'm scanning every page for posterity.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Ever Closer.... 1956 Edition...

Okay, so it's ONLY one card. I'm not really getting any closer to my set. But one card IS one card. And it's a beauty.

Big Bill set me back $1.13 shipped. It's been a looooong time since I found a good deal like that.

This particular version is a grey back, if you're into that kind of thing. It doesn't much matter to me.

This addition leaves me wanting #'s 10, 31, 95, 107, 172, 219, 254, 257, 278

Six relatively easy ones and three not so much. Some dudes named Aaron, Matthews and Spahn.

Pfffft. For now, I'm happy with Mr. Bruton.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Even closer..... 1972 edition.

Another two cards closer. Today we're talking about 1972 Topps. Unlike yesterday's post about 1976 Topps, today it's all about a team set.
If you think I'm going to try and make a '72 set without access to American card shows you are nuts.

I was able to pick up a couple of high numbers in nice shape for .75 cents each. Now these aren't the insane Series 6 high numbers.... these are the are you crazy Series 5 high numbers.

#591 Paul Casanova
 and #601 George Stone.
I now need one Series 3 card, one Series 5 card and five, yes, five Series 6 cards.

#348 Sal Bando
#540 Felix Milan
#675 Pat Jarvis
#740 Rico Carty
#758 Gil Garrido
#764 Dusty Baker
#787 Ron Reed

closer and closer....

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ever closer.... 1976 edition.

It's a hobby, not a race, right? Good thing. Some of these sets have been wanting for quite sometime.  Case in point, my 1976 Topps set.
Recently, I was able to acquire two new pieces of the puzzle.

#19, George Brett. His second year card. (Remember when second year cards were a big deal?)

and #194, The American League Home Run Leaders.
The back of this card is epic, listing the season leader and his team going back to 1901. Bring your magnifying glass.
(I did scan it, but who knows where it is now, and I'm waaaay too lazy to re-scan.)

These certainly look a lot better than the 2016 incarnation. But that's not a discussion for right now.

I'm now..... 10 cards away from completion. (including the Traded set)

If you can help.... #'s 1, 98, 100, 160, 230, 300, 346, 550, 592, 599

10! !0 bottles of beer on the wall, 10 bottles of beer............

Monday, February 8, 2016

Constructive. Constructive. B. E. Constructive.

Growing up my parents tried to instill values in me. You know, morals, the difference between right and wrong, kindness, compassion, etc....
One of the things my mother always said was; "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."
I miss my mom. But I can still see the expression on her face after I've said something I perhaps should've thought more about... and then there it was...
"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."

I was a quiet child.

Moving on.

As you all know, the new 2016 Topps baseball product hit the streets this past week. I've read a LOT of reviews on the product. From Night Owl on down.... everyone seems to have their opinion on it. I have yet to find anyone who actually likes it though. This may go down with '87 Topps and '91 Donruss as one of the worst sets of all time if believe what you read.

But in the interest of fairness, I say No. I will not just believe what I read on the internet. I will make my own decisions, have my own opinions, and NOT be influenced by others. (thanks mom.)

So here it is, my first pack of 2016 Topps.

Kevin Pillar as my first card. I think I had him in PATP's contest. I wonder if this gets me a consolation prize or something.

The gas seems to have overwhelmed Sanchez....

My first Brave! Matt went 8-8 last year.... I think we got him from the Padres...

look at the damage on that Greinke!!! That's not from Topps, that's from a card shop owner who happens to be a Dodgers fan.

A local boy! (According to MLB, Toronto is my "local" team here in Calgary.)
Who the hell is the Prince?????
Okay. So I've ripped open my pack and now, keeping in mind my mom's instructions, I will give you my review on 2016 Topps baseball.


Welp. There's always next year.

Friday, August 21, 2015

a quickie (trade) and an end of an era.

due to a lot of things, money, interest, cost of postage, lack of posting, etc.. etc... trading has been way down around these parts. i mean, waaaaaaaaaay down.

i remember when i first started blogging, almost seven years ago, the trading was glorious. i would send 100 cards out to someone, and they would send 80 back. someone would send me 120 cards, and i'd send them a brick of 90 back.

those days are gone.

and i don't see them ever coming back. thank you canada post and u.s.p.s.

so a little over a month ago, i made a concerted effort to update my zistle inventory. (it's still a work in progress, but it's getting there quite nicely)
the reason to do so was to up my trade game via the pwe. the glorious pwe. under 9 cards for only a .85 cent stamp. or $1.20 if we're headed south.

the results have been promising. 10 successful swaps in 6 weeks. and I'm looking to up the game.

here's the latest to arrive, and my smallest swap yet. only 5 cards.

my very first 2015 adam laroche card. i'm not sure how many people know that i try to be a laroche super collector. most of the people that knew don't hang out in bloggo land anymore. if you have laroche, send them to me. in a pwe.
this is one of those bronze paper parallel somethingorother that all the kids are agog about. #263/499 if you're keeping track at home.

there was a couple of cards to help towards my completion of the 2013 gypsy queen set.

some dodger
 and adam eaton's rookie.
 only 50 more cards to go.... (wantlist link here)

and two awesome cards from one of my favourite sets, the 1991 score set.

both black bordered coincidently.

i'm down to only needing five more to complete this bad boy. #'s 457, 577, 631,

anyone got minty pack fresh copies of those they could share?

such a great swap. each card goes into a slot in a page in a binder. in some cases, that slot has been empty for years.
but not anymore.

speaking of empty, we lost another blogger awhile back. jim form gcrl packed it in and closed up shop. he's still around, reading and (hopefully) trading.
i loved reading jim's blogs. he had three at various times if I remember correctly. he wrote about what he liked, what he loved. and he wrote it for himself. not for readers or comments or free stuff. it takes a lot to be that concentrated on one subject (the dodgers and garvey, cey, russell and lopes) and to make it interesting for others to read. he did it. and he did it a lot. i have no idea how that man could post so much so consistently. but there it was.

but not anymore.