Thursday, April 17, 2014

How to up-size your PWE

We've all been through the drive thru at the local fast food joint.  You place your order and that little voice says "hey, up-size your order because you aren't fat enough already".  What, you haven't heard that voice? Maybe that voice is only in my head.

I recently received a PWE that had been up-sized.  It wasn't just a card or two.  It contained 13 cards, but it was the way it was packaged that I found most interesting.

Mark Hoyle sent the cards like this:

How cool is that?  He put the cards in a sheet and cut the sheet into 3 pocket portions.  These fit perfectly in a full sized envelope!  He sent over these great 2014 stickers and a couple of 1975 Topps Minis.

Using the pockets to their fullest potential, Mark doubled up so he could send more vintage greatness. A 1971 Senator and a couple full sized '75s.

Mark has great taste in vintage cards and loves to share them.  You simply can't go wrong with these Senators.  Just so long as they are ending up in my mailbox.

The last three slots reveal three more Senators.

Mark spent 70 cents sending these cards and I can't help but think of all the times I've sent a similar number of cards for $2+ dollars plus the padded envelope.  Using the sheets is a brilliant idea really.

Thanks for the cards Mark.  I'm putting together an assortment of Red Sox for you!

Red beauty

I misspoke when I said I had the best mini. I meant I pulled the best player to get on a good mini.

Masahiro Tanaka red mini #/99.

I think I'm done.

Did I really pull the best mini in this set?

I happened to be at Target and I happened to find this GQ value pack. I also happened to pull what is likely the best red mini you can get.

I'll post it later because it's going on EBay as soon as I get home.

Box 1-4 update, my computer and a dirty little secret

I think I'm going blind trying to sort the cards from the four 5000 count boxes I got from my LCS buddy.  I decided last night to sort them into sets by year, but not put them in numerical order.  I changed my mind tonight because I can't stand the thought of them sitting in their boxes all out of order.  Not to mention the fact that it's much easier to pull cards for others if the cards in the proper order.

My computer is alive!  One of my co-workers suggested I check the cables that connect the hard drive to the rest of the computer.  Those of you who are computer savvy are probably cringing at my lack of techno jargon, but that's the best you'll get from me.  Anyway, I took the cover off, blew out about 10 pounds of dust and sure enough, the cable was still connected, but not plugged in completely.  I plugged it in and two minutes later the computer was up and running normally.  The very first thing I did was back the whole thing up and now I at least have the backup if the thing dies for real.

I sort of teased a dirty little secret, but the dirty isn't really a secret, it's a card.

I picked up this 2014 Topps Museum Collection Elvis Andrus Momentus Material on Ebay.  It's #29/50 and is a filthy piece of cardboard.  That thing needs to go through the wash!  I like it and it was cheap enough for me.

I also picked up another Museum card.  This is a quad relic featuring Elvis Andrus, Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler.  I'm a little dubious about the four relic pieces actually being from each player.  Either the guy setting this card up was very meticulous in making sure the Andrus and Beltre pieces matched up or those two pieces are from the same swatch.  At any rate, its a cool card and I'm glad to have it.  Not that it matters, but it's #11/99.

I'm glad to have my computer and my scanner back in action.  I'm using a new flash drive now so I guess I have a lot of re-scanning to do.  

Ummm, not.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bloggus Interuptus

Life is doing it's very best to keep me from blogging right now.

In the last five days I have:

1.  Missed a step coming down a ladder and twisted my knee.
2.  Tripped crossing the street and fallen hard on both hands and my shoulder.
3.  Had my computer die on me (further exasperating the fact that I still haven't found my flash drive).

Without the computer, I can't scan images and I'm not overly thrilled with only using pics from my phone. I'm getting pretty far behind on my trade packages so I'll probably do a big group trade post later this week.

I'm moving forward with sorting the boxes from my LCS buddy.  I have box 2 almost finished and should have boxes 3 and 4 finished by the end of the week.  I'm aware of all the comments and requests regarding box 1 and will accomodate as possible.  I'll also post the contents of boxes 2-4 so you can all put in additional requests.

Thanks for your patience.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I spent $41.63 and this is what I got

I stopped by the home of the blue parallel on my way to see my LCS buddy last Thursday. The vendor who stocks the card aisle told me she didn't stock any Gypsy Queen because she had too much older stock to move. I just wanted one blaster to open and I really showed her by buying a Heritage blaster.

In your face vendor lady! (Hangs head in shame for buying blaster.)

That was $21.63

My buddy took me for a whole $20 for which I received the following:

2 5000 count boxes
1 complete set of Topps Archives 1953 reprints already in pages
1 800 count box of cards I picked
1 400 count box of cards I picked
1 plastic box of Rangers

I'd say I got a better deal from my buddy. I'd love to show off more of this stuff, but in addition to losing my flash drive, my computer crashed on Friday. My brother in law thinks it's the hard drive. Oh joy.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The First Box Update

I haven't really had time for anything other than sorting since I bought those two 5000 count boxes. Yesterday I posted the contents of the first box and several people responded letting me know what they wanted.

Last night I pulled all applicable cards for you guys.  I also pulled the stuff I wanted to keep and some stuff for a few other people.

Here's what I found.

Captain Canuck--54 cards
Mark Hoyle--115 cards
The Junior Junkie--4 cards
Tony L.--66 cards
Once a Cub--86 cards

That's a total of 325 cards.

I also pulled 204 Rangers, play at the plate cards and catchers for myself.

I pulled out 103 cards to take back to my friend.

Lastly, I pulled out 188 cards for 5 other bloggers.

That's a total of 820 cards that are claimed out of the box.

It's not too late to claim cards from the box.  Let me know if you want anything.  I'm going to sort the other box and add to the piles for everyone who already asked for stuff.

Also, CaptKirk...I wasn't sure if you had decided what you wanted.  Just let me know and I'll set whatever you want aside.