Monday, November 23, 2015

Bloggers Need Cards Too

Baseball cards are great.  Bloggers are great.  Cards of bloggers...well, they are fantastic.

Like many of you, I've received actual cards of bloggers in trade packages.  It's possible that I have a few more somewhere, but hey, I'm writing a blog post, so I'll just enjoy that while I can.

First up on the list is a guy everyone knows and loves to read, the Great Fuji, writer of The Chronicles of Fuji.  I've received at least two (there may be another hiding somewhere) cards of Fuji, both signed in red.  Fuji's cards are great.  The card stock is Chrome like.  The 2008 design and colors are great and although I never watched more than a couple Southpark episodes, I do get the reference.

The first Fuji card was signed with a fine point Sharpie.

The second was signed with the regular tip I think.  I do think the red auto goes well with the colors.

As you can see from the back of the card, Fuji has a wide a varied interest in cards.  Some of my favorite Fuji posts include his many and varied finds at the flea market.

Next up is a very generous blogger, JayBarkerFan.  He hasn't posted in about a month (I'm not criticizing...look at my number of recent posts),  but when Jaybarkerfan's Junk gets a post, it often times leads to a crazy generous mailing of cards across the blogosphere.

Love the auto on the front and the hand numbering, 45/98.  I don't know if this is the Hambugler variation, but I love the whole design.

JBF was a pretty damn good hitter and with power too!  He is generous, obviously eccentric and yes, he does give a lot of stuff away.  In case you were wondering, 26.4 stones is 369.6 pounds.  I can relate.

Last, but not least is the one and only Topher, of Crackin' Wax fame.  Topher has a side gig called Varsity Trading Cards.  It's pretty cool.

Topher is a wax breaker of the highest order.  He has some pretty cool case breaks, many of which lead to healthy donations to charity.  So far he's donated over $5000 to charities.  That is very cool. I love the card.  I like to think he's staring off into the distance and thinking "Man, I should really pull some cool Rangers for Brian".  Hey, you never know.

The back of the card is also very cool.  I know you could easily bribe him with some Dark Chocolate M&Ms.

Rumor has it there is a Literal Quirk autographed card (that's his wife).  That's the one I really need to make the collection top notch.

Well, there you have it.  Some pretty cool blogger cards.  If any other blogger has one, I need to make a deal to get one.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day

To all of you who have, or are, serving our country, I salute you and say thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I count my service in the Navy among the highlights of my life.

Your sacrifice and duty to all of us does not go unnoticed and I know I share the thoughts of many that recognizing you should not be relegated to one day.

God bless you, whether your standing watch on a wall, in the air, in the sea or back home.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

One Hundred and Five

It's been 105 days since I posted on the blog.


I almost can't believe it, except I can.

In no particular order, I've been distracted by the following:

My wife's car accident over a year ago.  Which finally led to back surgery a few months ago.  Which led to another procedure last month.  Which has done exactly nothing to make her better.  She's not paralyzed and she wasn't killed, but thanks to a 17 year old girl who was most likely texting, my wife will never be the same.  Pain.  All the time.  I hope the text was a great one.

My now just over a year as supervisor of the group I used to be a part of.  I love the job, but I really have to work now and quite honestly do not know how you guys find the time to blog at all.

My, and I know Judson will make fun of this, season long obsession with NPF.  That's National Pro FastPitch softball.  It started out when I heard that Cat Osterman was going to be pitching for the USSSA Pride against the Dallas Charge on June 6th.  I went to the game and met Cat and the other players and got autos from a bunch of them.  My obsession for Team USA stuff led me to the game to meet Cat and I ended up going to three (I think) other games.  I will be writing up a post on all of that in the near future.

I really got into the TTM thing during Spring Training and beyond and once a few baseball cards started rolling in, I started sending stuff out to Team USA members and I've gotten some amazing stuff back.  Again, a post for the future.  Sooner rather than later.

Bunt.  As in Topps Bunt.  I got sucked in and I'm actually looking forward to the season being over so I can write about it.  Not that anyone wants to hear it, but I'm going to write it anyway.

I sorta stopped buying cards.  Just a little burnout.  I sent Jon from Community Gum $20 to buy me some Senators at the National.  I bought a few blasters and my mother-in-law bought me a couple of blasters of "football" cards.  If you follow me on Twitter (@patpdude), you might know what I'm talking about.

That's it in a nutshell.

Oh yea, and I signed up for Gint-A-Cuffs and just didn't get around to getting a box to open.  So, I guess I'm out by default.

I hope to see you all back here very soon.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Breaking things down because I can

No, it's not some deeply thought out blog post.

It's a contest pimp for Baseball Card Breakdown.  I hope you enter, but I hope I win.

Go get some.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Reorg Update, Live and In Color!

Exciting right?  Right?  I thought so.

I had a few diversions during my 9 days off.  My wife's post op recovery being the number one diversion and the reason I took last week off.  I was thinking she'd sleep a lot and I'd have lots of "Reorg" time.  Well, she didn't sleep that much and I didn't organize as much as I thought I would.  I did a lot of work, but I'm not sure it really shows.

My other diversion was going to see Cat Osterman pitch on Saturday night, but I'll save that for another post.

Over the weekend, I'll post up to date pictures of the piles of boxes so you can see what a difference I made.

One thing I did that I have been wanting to do for a long time is put my Rangers and Senators cards in binders.  Not all of them mind you, but I got Senators from 1961-1971 and Rangers from 1972-1990.

My Senators team sets are not complete and I sincerely hope that I left the correct number of blank slots for the missing cards.  I know I have a decent amount of other Senators cards in my vintage box, I just need to dig them out.  If you've checked my wantlists recently, and I don't know why you would, it hasn't been updated in a long time.  That's going to change in the next few weeks and this time I'm going to keep up with it.  *He says for the 1000th time.*

This is just another look at some of the Sens and the multitude of open spots among them.

This is my first Rangers binder.  I'm working on base Topps cards only right now.  Gotta start somewhere.

We start with the '72s and lord have mercy am I missing all the high numbers or what?  Figures.

This binder goes all the way to 1989 and has room for a few more.  I don't want to overstuff it, but I would like to limit the Topps base binders to 2 or maybe 3.  I haven't fully decided how I'm going to handle parallels and the like, but I think they'll get their own binder.  It really starts with the 1975 Rangers because I have a handful of the minis, but I don't want to stick them in with the regular '75s so I'll handle that when I get through the base.  

It's been a fun process so far, but a little irritating for the wife.  When we are watching television, I've been sorting through cards, so she feels like I'm not paying attention.  Well, I am.  To the cards.  The shows I could do without for the most part.  

More updates to come. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Reorg week continues.

I have a confession to make. You'll think it's borderline ridiculous for someone who has been collecting cards since 1981. I'll make it anyway.

This is my 2013 Allen and Ginter set in a binder. It's the first complete set I've ever put in a binder and I just did it. That seems like a crazy thing for someone who has been collecting cards for nearly 35 years.

These are my other Ginter sets which are both incomplete AND sorted. That's progress I suppose. I have more minis that are in another box.  Those are not sorted yet.  Baby steps.

Here is one of two boxes of Ginter dupes. Lots of dupes and very little completion. That's the plight of the collector I suppose.

REORG week continues. Until the next update..

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The great REORG project of 2015

In truth, this really isn't a reorganization project. That implies that I was ever organized in the first place. That just isn't true.

Semantics I suppose.

This is a 5000 count box of cards for trade. These are random cards I've been setting aside for awhile. They are now sorted by League, Division, and Team. I have a few other small boxes to sort into this, but I've mailed out some PWEs and packages using this box.

This does not include my organized boxes of Ginter, Heritage, or base Topps set dupes. That's another post.