Monday, May 25, 2015

In Remembrance

Because of men like this who came before us...


and many men and women since, we enjoy the freedom to worship the way we want, say the things we want, and collect cards the way we want.

Thank you to every person who ever served our country.  You are loved.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Winner Winner and a PWE question

By now most of you know that Night Owl won the Ebay gift card.  The amount on the card was $31.27 and after a few clues, he nailed it.  Several of you were close and Night Owl himself missed by only one cent early in the contest.

Congrats to him for winning and thanks to everyone who played along.  It's not too late to get in on the PWE action.  Just send your name, address, and collecting interests to playattheplatedude at yahoo dot com.  Between that email and my twitter @patpdude, I only had 15 people request a PWE. This is a no obligation deal so get in if you want.  No guarantees on what you'll get, but it will be something of interest to you.

On to the PWE question.  I've gotten a number of PWEs in the last year.  Some of them come with cards loaded into 1/3 of a nine pocket page that someone has cut apart.  My plan is to reuse those and ship the same way, but I was curious how many cards I can mail that way with one stamp.  Sure, I could figure it out my self, but what is the fun in that.  I wanted to see if any of you experience PWE mailers had an answer.  I want to maximize each one so give me some feedback if you have the answer!

Thanks everyone.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A May Contest To Remember

Admittedly, my blogging has become the definition of sporadic.  I'm loving my new job, but it is a lot of work and I have so little time for cards.

HOWEVER, I have a ton of cards to post and things to say.  Stuff about Josh Hamilton coming back to the Rangers, the Rangers 7-14 start, even the fact that I'm going to be at the game tonight.  IN A SUITE no less.  The new job has its perks.

That is NOT why you stopped by today.  You saw the word "CONTEST" so you want free stuff. Fine, let's get to it.

This is a two part contest.


I am about to do my first EVER mass PWE mailing.  I have 50 Forever stamps and 50 envelopes and I'm ready to stuff 'em.  In order to update and add to my address book AND if you want a PWE from me, send your NAME, ADDRESS and FAVORITE TEAM/PLAYERS to playattheplatedude @ yahoo dot com and I'll accommodate you the best I can.  I know some of you are thinking, he knows my address, he knows my favorite player, he knows I want 1952 Topps cards (I don't have any of those to give away).  Just humor me ok? If you'd rather, you can send me your info via twitter DM @patpdude.  If I'm not following you, just ask and I will.

Just so you know, part 1 is NOT required for you to partake in part 2.


I have an Ebay gift card to give away.  No strings attached.

You must have an Ebay account to use this card (their rules, not mine).  This card is one of those "add however much you want cards".  I did that.  You have to guess the amount. 

The amount is somewhere between $15.00 and $50.00.  You get up to ONE GUESS per hour to get the exact amount.  This might take a day or three and someone might get really lucky and get the answer right away.  Every so often, I'll drop in a hint of some type.  If you guess more than once per hour, NONE of your guesses for that hour will count.  Don't worry if you can't come back every hour to guess.  Just put a guess whenever you get a chance.  

Someone is going to win.  Why not you?

Thanks again for all the support, the nice emails, the mean emails, the where the hell are you emails, and the great card packages.  You are all outstanding people.  Well, except for one of you and he knows who he is.  :)

EDIT 1: The once per hour guess refers to once during the 9 o'clock hour, once during the 10 o'clock hour, etc.  Thanks for the question!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

On the horizon

Do you see it?  Out there, just at the edge of the horizon?

There's a contest coming...yes, it's coming straight for you.

You won't want to miss it.

May 1st.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

An Arbitrary Call

 I've seen a lot of box breaks.  I've seen a lot of case breaks.  I've taken part in a few of each.  I've only seen one group "trade" break and as it turns out, it was pretty fun.  (He says sheepishly since he still has to send his part of the trade out.)

Brian of the delightfully named Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary did just that.  He bought some boxes, busted them and all he asked in return was a trade of similar cards.

I'm not entirely sure John Wetteland understands how this is supposed to work.  John, you throw the ball, I catch ball.  Brian sends the cards, the other Brian sends cards back.  Got it?  Ummmm....maybe?

Brian sent a nice batch of cards, including the ever popular Deckle Edge cards.

Michael Young worn a jersey to an event and Topps chopped it into little bits and now I have one!  Ok, it's not that exciting, but still...

How about a little 1984 Olympic Gold Medal Allen and Ginter goodness?  I like it.  It fits in nicely with my growing Team USA collection.

Brian, I'll be working on your return package this weekend.  Thanks!

Friday, April 3, 2015

You know you make me wanna shout!!

Card packages are so much fun to open. Small ones, large ones and everything in between.  They are all great, especially when you don't know what's inside.

You might get a very excited Pudge with a silver signature.

You might get a Hall of Fame Catcher, a soon to be Hall of Fame catcher and...who?

You might get a card that combines the best of your two favorites...Team USA and Will Clark.

You might get a beautiful card that combines THREE of our favorites (shiny, Team USA and Joe Mauer) with one of your least favorites (Panini).

You definitely might get a shiny blue card that would be gorgeous if it had logos.  Said card might also be #2/75 on the back.

You could also get a shiny, non-logo card that is #17/25.

The package might well contain a 2003 Fleer EX Rafael Palmeiro #56/82.

You might also just happen to find a Jurickson Profar Finest auto in said package.

Yep, you sure might get a package that looks like that.  Except that I DID get a package like that and it came from Jon over at Community Gum.

Thanks a bunch Jon.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Greatest Bip of All Time

Every team has one.  It may not be spectacular and unbelievable like the Rangers', but every team has one.  I'm talking about the biggest Free Agent bust in team history.  You may want to say it was Alex Rodriguez and his 10 year, $250 million contract, but at least he produced numbers.  Sure, they were steroid induced numbers, but they were numbers.

Chan Ho Park on the other hand...well, lotsa dough, little production.  Chan Ho Park played 4 seasons for the the Rangers.  He went 22-23 and made $48,648,770.  That's exactly $2,211,307.73 per win. Nice work if you can get it.

I said all that to say this: being a team collector means you have to suck it up and collect a guy you'd rather forget.  That's why I say thank you to the great Fuji of The Chronicles of Fuji, for this Chan Ho Park tablecloth relic piece.

Fuji also sent me this not yet Ranger, but now former Ranger Alex Rios Diamond King dual bat relic card.  I'm betting he thought this was a Rangers card, because I've made the same mistake with that Toronto T.   I've also received a fair number of Toronto cards from this era in trade packages and I can only assume it's for the same reason.  It is a low numbered beauty, #49/50.

Not to leave out the real Rangers, Fuji threw in this Hank Blalock jersey/bat Diamond King.  One might think this was also numbered to 100, but one would be wrong.  This one is #75/100.

That leads us to the best Bip Roberts card in the history of Bip Roberts cards.

This is a wonderful, amazing, stupendous, out of sight, off the charts, PLAY AT THE PLATE 1993 Stadium Club Bip "F"ing Roberts!!!!!!  I'm in cardboard love my friends and it's all because of our little cupid friend, Fuji!

Thanks for the great package my friend!!