Friday, December 5, 2014

For the Birds

One month ago I officially lost my status as a night owl.  After 8 years of working 11pm to 7am, I'm now working a good old 8-5 day job.  Same company, just in a supervisory role now.

I love my job.  It keeps me very busy and the days fly by, but I'm exhausted when I get home. Combine that with a near non-existent budget and you get a blogging drought.  That doesn't mean I'm not still here.  I'm just struggling to find a balance that many of you have had from day one.  I still read your blogs every day and I apologize for not commenting more.  I will try to do better in that department.

A few weeks ago I happened to read that Ryan over at "O" No, Another Orioles Blog was trying to divest himself of some cards.  The stack of 2006 Allen and Ginter caught my eye and that's what Ryan was kind enough to send over.  I have the perfect thing to send in return, when I get a moment to hit up the post office.

I'd love to show a scan of every card because in their simplicity, the 2006 Allen and Ginter set is magnificent.  I wasn't quite back to the hobby in 2006 and so I missed out on this gem.  I'm always thankful to pick up a few when I can and I hope to have the full set eventually.  In lieu of showing off all the cards, I just took one simple pic with my phone.

I pulled out my three favorites from the stack Ryan sent over.  The Kevin Mench because he's a Ranger.  The Brandi Chastain because I've become somewhat obsessed with Team USA (my 2nd Twitter account proves that).  Last, but certainly not least, is Pope Leo XIII.

By the way, if you're following my Twitter account @bsnider_22 and you don't like the Team USA tweets, switch over to the more baseball card centric @patpdude.

Thanks for the cards Ryan and continued and unending thanks to all of you in the blogosphere for doing what you're doing!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A little pub for Caitlin

Caitlin over at Yankees and Jays is putting together a 2014 Topps Chrome Football Break and I told him I'd give a little PUB.

Here it is.  Go check out the break.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

You know what I'm going to say

From one veteran to all the rest.

Thank you.

Words could never express the love and respect and I have for all of you so I'll just say that.

Thank you.

Monday, November 10, 2014

You can enter, but I'm gonna win

Many will enter, but I will win.

Robert over at $30 a week is having a contest and the prize is amazing.

Check it out here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I wish some of you were right

Thanks to everyone who participated in the November contest.  I think any Hall of Fame autograph is cool, but I'd sure like to have some of the names you guys mentioned.

Thirty-five of you offered up two names as the Hall of Fame autos I picked up from my LCS friend.

Let's see who you picked.

Ferguson Jenkins - 5
Frank Thomas - 4
Carlton Fisk - 3
Tom Glavine - 3
Ernie Banks - 2
Johnny Bench - 2
Rod Carew - 2
Andre Dawson - 2
Dennis Eckersley - 2
Whitey Ford - 2
Tony Gwynn - 2
Rickey Henderson - 2
Harmon Killebrew - 2
Paul Molitor - 2
Ozzie Smith - 2
Willie Stargell - 2
Roberto Alomar - 1
Luis Aparicio - 1
Bert Blyleven - 1
Wade Boggs -1
Lou Brock - 1
Bob Feller - 1
Rollie Fingers - 1
Lou Gehrig - 1
Bob Gibson - 1
Goose Gossage - 1
Whitey Herzog - 1
Al Kaline - 1
Greg Maddux - 1
Mickey Mantle - 1
Willie McCovey - 1
Stan Musial - 1
Phil Niekro - 1
Jim Palmer - 1
Tony Perez - 1
O'Neill - 1 (Not sure who this is)
Jim Rice - 1
Cal Ripken Jr. - 1
Brooks Robinson - 1
Nolan Ryan - 1
Tom Seaver - 1
Warren Spahn - 1
Joe Torre - 1
Hoyt Wilhelm - 1
Dave Winfield - 1
Carl Yastrzemski - 1
Robin Yount - 1

That's a lot of guesses and again, I thank you for taking the time to play along.  Here are the two Hall of Fame autos I bought from my LCS friend.

The first Hall of Famer auto is Jim Palmer on a 1997 Donruss Signature Series Significant Signatures.  This is numbered 1962/2000 on the back.  Palmer was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.  The Angels in Order were the only team to choose Jim Palmer.

The second Hall of Famer auto belongs to Bob Feller on a 1999 Fleer Greats of the Game card.  Zach over at Autographed Cards (how's that for good luck) was the only person to pick Bob Feller.

In my contest post I said I bought three autos.  The third one, while not a Hall of Famer, is still nice. It's a 2001 Topps Archives Reserve auto of Herb Score.  I picked up a few relic cards as well, but I'll save them for another post.

Tom and Zach, instead of randomizing, I'm going to let you both choose.  You can have the auto you guessed or some other stuff.  Just let me know and I'll get your prizes out to you!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

How about a contest?

I know it's been a while since I had a contest.  It's been a little crazy around here.  Let's fix that right now.

I recently bought three autos from my LCS friend.  They were such a good deal, I couldn't pass them up.  Two of them were HOFers.

All you have to do is correctly name one of the two HOF autos.  Sounds easy right?  In the comments, put two players you think might answer the question.  You can also guess ONE team name.  I don't think it's going to happen, but if no one guesses one of the autos, I'll do a random drawing from the people who correctly guess one of the players' teams.

If more than one person guesses one of the players, I'll random their names and they can pick from one of two prizes:  one of the HOF autos OR a package containing their favorite team/players (whatever I can put together.)

Clear as mud?  Good.  Get started and good luck!

Friday, October 31, 2014

The other half

Happy Halloween.  That's a weird thing to say isn't it?  Happy scary day...strange.  Of course, it's the middle of the night and I'm in a half-coma, so what do I know.

I posted the other day about a few cards I got for 50 cents from my LCS friend.  I thought I'd show the other half of the cards and let you tell me again if I got a good deal.

2004 Heritage is one of my favorite Heritage sets.  I found this Todd Helton chrome version in one of the boxes I searched through and threw it in the pile.

At one time, these 1998 Flair Showcase Wave of the Future cards were popping up across the blogosphere.  I think the fact that they have actual water in them makes them a unique and weird collectible.   This is Paul Konerko with the Dodgers.  That sounds weird.

I found the Konerko and this Brad Fullmer in another box and decided I needed a couple of these right away.  They are perfect for the Doomsday Prepper who collect cards.  You can always use them as a source of drinking water.  (I would NOT drink that water...just sayin').

This 2002 Topps 206 Greg Maddux wasn't in the dollar group. It actually didn't cost me a thing as he gave to to me free just 'cause he's a nice guy.

The last card in the "buck" lot was this old thing.  It's not really vintage in my book, but I'm not turning down any early Cal Ripken Jr.  Even if he isn't going by Jr.

The other cards I bought will be revealed as a part of my November contest.  It starts tomorrow so I hope to see you back!

Be safe out there tonight and send me all your Reese's Peanut Butter cups.  You don't want those things anyway.