Monday, January 15, 2018

Joining JBF

While our blogging friend Wes isn't as active on his blog, he's still on Twitter.  The evening of the second, I saw him tweet that he was working to lose weight this year.  I know that it's easier to do when you have accountability, so I told him that I'd join him on his journey.  I'm getting married next January, so I need to get going myself. 

It's been a trying couple of weeks to begin the year between being sick, and losing our puppygirl on the third.  Last weekend we rearranged our living room to get rid of the "hole" where Coqueta would lay.  This weekend we adopted a sweet terrier this weekend and things are slowly getting back to "normal."  Hopefully next week I can get started with DDP Yoga and begin shedding some pounds.  

Even though I haven't put in the work yet, I have been weighing myself.  I'm going to be posting progress on the blog, because it provides me the accountability that I need.  

My initial weight, taken on the second.


My weight last Monday:


And my weight today...


If anyone else wants to join in, feel free!  

Have a great night and happy collecting! 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Box Break & Review - 2017-18 Parkhurst Hockey #5

I should have had this post up much sooner, but it is what it is.  I opened the fifth (and final) 2017-18 Parkhurst blaster I bought.  


In all five blasters, the stated odds have come out of the packs.  There was only one difference between this blaster and the first four.  In this blaster I only received two of the Parkhurst International cards (all others had three) and I pulled two "Blow The Horn" inserts after pulling just one in the previous blasters.  

Once again, the base card collation was good.  I did not receive any duplicates in the box.  The best news is that I got 34 of the 35 cards that I needed to complete my set.  The only card I need is #288 Alex DeBrincat.  I have a copy of it, but it's for my collection as opposed to my set.  I'll get one, somehow.  

I know that I have plenty of cards that Coast to Posts needs to finish his set and I'm hoping he pulled a spare DeBrincat that he can spare.  I've seen a few more blasters available in the last week, but I don't really want to buy more blasters to try and hit one card.  I do still need a lot of inserts, though.  

I have a post planned for tomorrow that isn't card-related, but I hope the card blogging community will have some interest in.  I've also started a new non-sports collection and should begin those posts in the next week.  I probably won't be posting daily anymore, but I will still post.  I'll also be reading and sharing others' posts on Twitter!  

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!

If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  You can also find me on Trading Card Database.  I love trading cards, when it makes sense.  Happy collecting!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hello, Secret Santa!

I know, I'm very late getting this post up.  To AJ (The Lost Collector), who was my BWTP Secret Santa, I apologize.  I had this sent to my work address and I was out for almost two weeks around Christmas.  Also, I've been sick for more than two weeks.  Then to top it off, eight nights ago our sweet puppygirl Coqueta received her angel wings.  It's not just a lack of motivation to write, I also haven't opened my laptop in almost a week.  It's been a trying few weeks. 

I'm back with a few posts to write, but AJ certainly deserves to have this post written first. 


WAHOO!  Four presents to open! 


Package number one contained a pack of 2017 Topps Update.  I am not going to show what was inside here.  You'll have to check A Pack To Be Named Later in the upcoming days.  AJ probably didn't know it, but he also gave me the gift of a second blog post from his gift. 


RUSS DAVID GOODIES!  In his note, AJ mentioned that he hoped I needed some of the Davis cards.  I was sitting at 70.5% complete, so the odds weren't in his favor.  He did very well!  I needed three of the six cards!  The 1999 Fleer Tradition Warning Track, 1997 Fleer Tradition Tiffany and the 1997 Ultra Gold Medallion cards are all new to my Russ Davis collection.  Of the ones that I had, he was really close of the Leaf Die-Cut.  A few months ago I needed it.  SO CLOSE!  I did have the Donruss autograph, but what player collector doesn't want more autographs?


VINTAGE MOUNTAINEER!  While I did have a copy of this card already, I'm thrilled to have another.  I can't get enough copies of vintage Mountaineer cards.  Hell, there's a Bruce Bosley card that I have about ten copies of.  I don't pass them up, I give them a great home.


LOW NUMBERED RUSS DAVID GOODIES!  The 1997 Rave Circa Rave card is numbered 80/150.  I do have a couple of copies of it, but I keep multiples of low numbered inserts and it's going nowhere.  The 2000 MVP Gold Script is numbered 20/50 and is one that I needed!  WAHOO! 

Thanks so much, AJ!  I am absolutely thrilled.  Adding four more cards to the Russ Davis collection is awesome!  You outdid yourself, my friend! 

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!

If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  You can also find me on Trading Card Database.  I love trading cards, when it makes sense.  Happy collecting!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Box Break & Review - 2017-18 Parkhurst Hockey #4

It may be a new year, but I'm continuing with the 2017-18 Parkhurst Hockey blasters.  After the third blaster I was 87.3% of the complete set.  Will I finish it with this blaster?  I'm thinking no, but we shall see.

Base Cards - 108 cards (36% of the complete set) with no duplicates.  This is what I've seen with all four blasters other than the one pack that contained two inserts.  There haven't been doubles in any blasters.

Black Parallel (1:12 packs) - 1 - #13 Jakob Chychrun

2017-18 Parkhurst - Black #13 Jakob Chychrun 
Red Parallel (1:3 packs) - 4 - #27 Sam Reinhart, #113 Alec Martinez, #246 Blake Wheeler, #300 Checklist (Auston Matthews)

2017-18 Parkhurst - Red #27 Sam Reinhart 

2017-18 Parkhurst - Red #113 Alec Martinez

2017-18 Parkhurst - Red #246 Blake Wheeler

2017-18 Parkhurst - Red #300 Checklist / Auston Matthews
International (1:5 packs) - 3 - #PI-8 Alex Ovechkin, #PI-11 Henrik Lundqvist, #PI-23 Nino Niederreiter

2017-18 Parkhurst - International #PI-8 Alex Ovechkin

2017-18 Parkhurst - International #PI-11 Henrik Zetterberg

2017-18 Parkhurst - International #PI-23 Nino Niederreiter
Prominent Prospects (1:12 packs) - 1 - #PP-16 Nico Hischier

2017-18 Parkhurst - Prominent Prospects #PP-16 Nico Hischier 
Blow The Horn - 1:10 packs - 1 - #BH-6 Auston Matthews

2017-18 Parkhurst - Blow the Horn #BH-6 Auston Matthews
East Vs. West (East 1:13 packs, West 1:13 packs) - 2 - #E-4 Erik Karlsson, #W-4 P.K. Subban

2017-18 Parkhurst - East vs. West #E-4 Erik Karlsson 

2017-18 Parkhurst - East vs. West #W-4 P.K. Subban 
Everything was in line again in this blaster.  As for my set completion, this is where collation frustration kicks in.  Before this blaster, I needed 38 cards to complete the set.  That's over 10% of the cards.  In this blaster, I got THREE cards that I needed.  That is it.  105 of 108 base cards in the box were multiples.

I don't have the answer and it's not my job to.  However, this is pretty ridiculous, to be honest.  It's another reason that I see set collectors becoming more and more frustrated with companies.  This gives me little confidence that I will complete the set with the cards in the final blaster.  That means I will have spent $100 and still not completed the set.  To be honest, it seems like a valid reason for why set building has all but died.  What are your thoughts?  Feel free to leave comments below.  

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!

If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  You can also find me on Trading Card Database.  I love trading cards, when it makes sense.  Happy collecting!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2018 Trading Card Goals

Over the last few days I've seen a few blog posts recapping the successes of 2017 card goals.  Before this, I was thinking about my 2018 goals after commenting on a thread on Net 54.  In the last couple of days I think I've finalized them in my head.  I think. 

I'm one of the lucky collectors whose "other" is accepting of my hobby.  My fiance isn't keen on buying me cards, but she does support my hobby.  I don't let it get in the way of paying bills or anything like that.  It's a hobby for me, but I haven't let it become an addiction. 

Our plan is to get married on January 29, 2019.  That is a Tuesday, but we share a birthday and it's obviously a very special day to us.  We're not doing anything big, but still need to save up some money for what we want to do.  This is why my first 2018 collecting goal is spend less money in the hobby and put the money away.  I don't know how much money I put in this year, so my success will be a guesstimated pass/fail. 

My action plans are simple and easily achievable.  First, I will spend less money on ePack.  I don't enjoy it as much as I did months ago.  I don't spend as much time on there.  I can do it. 

The second thing I will do is to stop spending money on things that aren't strong fits into my collection.  I've successfully stopped the Walmart and Target impulse buys.  What I haven't stopped are the impulse buys at the card shows.  Too often I spot a deal and get sucked in.  It's caused me to come up with new projects that I don't need.  I've also bought many cards to trade or sell that I still have.  It's time to stop that.  I can do it!

The third thing I will do take no time at all.  I'm going to unsubscribe from most of the daily eBay saved search notices.  I'm keeping ones that are for tougher to find items.  Some of the general ones will be gone, most likely by the time you read this.

My second goal is to sell enough on COMC (you can see my items here) so that I can have the 300+ cards waiting to ship to me mailed.  I use the resell mode on COMC so when I buy a card, I don't pay the built in 25 cent fee on the card.  I have to pay when it's time to ship, though.  I need to get my account up to about $80 and get these cards home. 

There are cards I'd love to acquire in the next year, but most aren't easy to find.  A lot will depend on the items even coming up for sale. 

AUTO RACING

I would love to finish my T36 base set.  Right now I have 22 of the 25 cards in the set.  It really just comes down to availability. 


Another racing collector on Net 54 is also looking for a copy of the Barney Oldfield.  If it even comes available, I know that I will have to leave my financial comfort zone of T36 cards to get it.  

After reading a couple of books about Lloyd Ruby, I became a fan of his even though I never saw him race.  I want to add his 1962 Marhoefer card to my collection.  The cards aren't easy to come by and when they are available they aren't cheap.  I haven't seen a copy of the card come available on eBay and need to begin a deeper search.  I found a picture of the card, so I do know that it exists. 


BASEBALL

I want to add one of the two T206(ish) Scoops Carey cards that I don't have, in an SGC holder.  


I have the two most common copies already.  What I need to finish the run are the T206 Hindu back and the T213-1 Coupon copies.  Like most of the items that I am looking for, availability is the key factor.  These cards just don't surface often and when they do, I need to have money saved up for them.  

My other baseball goal is to start this same project with Woodie Thornton.  If I pick up one this year, I will be happy.  Every project has to begin somewhere.  

FOOTBALL

Much of the start of this post came from a Net 54 thread, so I may as well just copy and paste my comment from there.  

"1) I’d like to pick up a couple of National Chicle cards. I only have one, so it should be easy to get a couple of new ones.

2) I’d like to get to 80% complete on my 1955 All-American set. I’m at 69% currently."

Since then, I've thought of a third thing that I'd like to do. It likely won't happen in 2018, but I really want to add an 1894 Mayo Cut Plug card to my collection.  Of any of the things in this post, I feel this one is the least likely to happen.  

HOCKEY

I need to finish a couple of parallel Blackhawks team sets.  I love any Blackhawks cards with red or black borders and I really love Prizm.  The 2013-14 set had both a Red Prizm and Red Pulsar Prizm parallel sets.  I need to finish those off.  I need ten cards between the two sets, so it can be done.  

I've been passively working on the 2013-14 Score Blackhawks parallel team sets.  I want to make some serious progress on this project in 2018.  Each base card has a gold, red, black and (red) alternate back version.  I have most of the gold parallels.  The reds aren't too tough to find.  It's the black and alternate back parallels that are tougher to come by, and more expensive.  

For some perspective, I've never seen a copy of the Alternate Back Andrew Shaw come available.  They are likely sitting in common boxes somewhere and someone has no idea what they have.  The black parallel of Jonathan Toews is available on COMC...for around $40.  That may be the last one that I end up with!  

We shall see how it goes.  As long as I successfully spend less money this year, I am going to be happy.  Accomplishing any of the other goals is just an additional bonus.  

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!

If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  You can also find me on Trading Card Database.  I love trading cards, when it makes sense.  Happy collecting!

Friday, December 29, 2017

A Set Builder's Friend

Set building is something I've gotten back into in the last year and I like to have them in binders.  I went more than a decade-long phase of not using binders and sheets.  A major frustration for me was that I couldn't use them for current modern day player collections because of new card thicknesses.  As I've gotten back into set building, that complication is no more. 

I don't like to actually sheet the sets up until they are completed or just a few cards from completed.  I have no idea what others do, but that's my thing. 

When I bought some Parkhurst blasters last week, I bought something along with them.  I had a few of these as a teen, but in one of the multiple card purges they left my possession.  Now that I'm back into set building, I'm thrilled to have one back.  I see a couple more in my future. 



In the cardboard set boxes, I dislike having to put space filler in an take it back out every time I add some cards.  The different sized compartments in this box help alleviate some of that annoyance.  Even leaving some empty space the cards don't move around too much.  For me, these are easily worth the $5 investment.  I'd prefer if the lid came completely off instead of being attached but at the price, you can't always get what you want.  

Does anyone else use these?  Maybe I'm the only grown collector that uses them.  Even if so, I have no shame in it.  

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!

If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  You can also find me on Trading Card Database.  I love trading cards, when it makes sense.  Happy collecting!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Box Break & Review - 2017-18 Parkhurst Hockey #3

On to the third blaster of 2017-18 Parkhurst Hockey...

After box two, my set was 71% complete.  I only had one duplicate, but as the set comes closer to completion, the multiples become greater.  The struggle of set collecting...

Base Cards - 108 cards (36% of the complete set) with no duplicates.

Of the 108 base cards in the blaster, I needed 48 of them for my set.  After the blaster, my base set is now 87.3% complete.  I need 38 cards to finish off the set. 

Black Parallel (1:12 packs) - 1 - 21 Torey Krug
2017-18 Upper Deck Parkhurst - Black #21 Torey Krug 
Red Parallel (1:3 packs) - 4 - 29 Kyle Okposo, 45 Noah Hanifin, 162 Rick Nash, 286 Kailer Yamamoto

It's disappointing that I now have 12 red parallels, and two of them are Rick Nash.  

2017-18 Upper Deck Parkhurst - Red Border #29 Kyle Okposo  
2017-18 Upper Deck Parkhurst - Red Border #45 Noah Hanifin 

2017-18 Upper Deck Parkhurst - Red Border #162 Rick Nash 
2017-18 Upper Deck Parkhurst - Red Border #286 Kailer Yamamoto 
International (1:5 packs) - 3 - PI-6 Mike Modano, PI-14 Pekka Rinne, PI-19 Leon Draisaitl

2017-18 Upper Deck Parkhurst - Parkhurst International #PI-6 Mike Modano 

2017-18 Upper Deck Parkhurst - Parkhurst International #PI-14 Pekka Rinne 

2017-18 Upper Deck Parkhurst - Parkhurst International #PI-19 Leon Draisaitl 
Prominent Prospects (1:12 packs) - 1 - PP-6 Alexander Nylander

2017-18 Upper Deck Parkhurst - Prominent Prospects #PP-6 Alexander Nylander 
Blow The Horn - 1:10 packs - 1 - BH-1 Connor McDavid

2017-18 Upper Deck Parkhurst - Blow the Horn #SH-1 Connor McDavid 

East Vs. West (East 1:13 packs, West 1:13 packs) - 2 - E-8 Carey Price, W-8 Vladimir Tarasenko

2017-18 Upper Deck Parkhurst - East vs. West #E-8 Carey Price 
2017-18 Upper Deck Parkhurst - East vs. West #W-8 Vladimir Tarasenko 
Three blasters down, two to go.  I know that I won't be able to complete the insert sets, but hopefully I can finish the base and end up with an extra Alex DeBrincat.  Hopefully.  

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out.  I also use it on eBay to get money back from purchases there.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $150 in a year (including $15 back on one Black Friday purchase last week).  FREE CARDS!

If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow.  You can also find me on Trading Card Database.  I love trading cards, when it makes sense.  Happy collecting!