Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The King of psychedelic minis

No one loves 1975 minis more than Night Owl.  That's why it's such a treat when he shares one with you.

This little gem will be heading to my catcher collection and eventually into a binder I hope.  I have to get more organized.

Night Owl isn't only about 1975 Mini's.  He'll throw down with Ginter minis too.  Like a few people he has a Franken mini set going.  I wonder if this Kinsler ever had a chance to make his Frankenset.

I scanned a bunch of other cards Greg sent, but instead of cropping and editing them, I thought I'd show what the whole page looks like and see how many other people scan like this.  I used to scan one card at a time with my old scanner and then discovered that was a terrible waste of time.  I started scanning 5 or 6 cards at a time.  I generally don't scan cards out away from the edges (like the Donruss Holland and Heritage Davis) just because it's so hard to get them oriented properly.

Thanks for the cards Greg.  As always, they are much appreciated and found a good home here in Texas.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thinking of throwing in the collecting towel?

I'm not throwing in the towel, but a few days ago my buddy Judson from My Cardboard Habit expressed a dwindling interest in his collection.  Judson and I don't live too far apart and share similar collecting interests so I gave him a call.

I get it.  I go through stretches where this hobby seems like more work than pleasure so I get the same feeling.   It generally goes away after a brief time.  I've had a couple of lengthy periods in my life where I was totally out of the hobby.  I actively collected cards from 1981-1992.  I took a 6 year break and then collected again from 1998-2002.  I won't rehash the reason I quit collecting the 2nd time because many of you already know, but if you want to read about it, it's right here.  

After I quit the second time, I got rid of nearly everything in my collection.  That post is right here.

The reason I'm writing this post now is to tell everyone who might be considering walking away from this hobby to tap the breaks for just a second.

If you want to stop collecting, that is certainly your right.  I'd like to suggest if you do stop, don't get rid of your collection.  Not right away at least.  My one big regret is practically giving away my collection the second time I stopped collecting.  I'm sure I could have handled that situation differently and come back to the hobby in 2008 with a huge collection that I would have happily shared with all of you.  I would suggest you hold on to the stuff you really like and have worked so hard to obtain.  Put it away and let it sit there. It's not going to hurt anything to give it a year or three or ten.  If you decide down the road that you want to get back into the hobby, you'll still have all the cards you once cherished.

You can always sell or get rid of your collection in the future, but you can't get it back if you dump it.  Give yourself time to see if the passion for collecting cards is really gone or if you're just having a temporary decline in interest.

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.