Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Blogging Changes

I'm making some changes to how I blog.  Some may like it.  More may dislike it or not care at all.  I talk about it in this short 3:31 video.

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I've decided to try selling on Sports Card Direct again.  Hopefully you'll take a look at my page and see if there's anything you're interested in.  I can always sell off the site and ship in a PWE if you're only looking for a card or two and don't want to pay $3 shipping.  I'm going to start listing more cards daily.  It's time to get out of a lot of my stuff.  


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.  FREE CARDS!  Another $40 was depostied into my Paypal account earlier this month.



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!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 Trading Card Database Trade #24 - bwvjones -or- Bravos Buybacks

The three cards that I acquired in this trade didn't have any images on TCDB at the time of the trade.  I was surprised to find that all three players were pictured in Braves uniforms, since all the cards I sent in return were Braves.  I guess he just doesn't like buybacks and I benefit!  

2015 Topps - Topps Originals Buybacks 1970 #367 Mike Lum 

Collectors have really been excited about the 2017 and 2018 Heritage designs.  I'm looking forward to this design, which will be used next year.  I might actually attempt the Heritage set.  Probably not. But maybe.  


2015 Topps - Topps Originals Buybacks 1976 #281 Dave May 

I love these uniforms.  The Braves should bring them back full time. 
 
2015 Topps - Topps Originals Buybacks 1976 #364 Elias Sosa 

Those badass warmup jackets need to come back too.  Viva la 1970s!!!

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I've decided to try selling on Sports Card Direct again.  Hopefully you'll take a look at my page and see if there's anything you're interested in.  I can always sell off the site and ship in a PWE if you're only looking for a card or two and don't want to pay $3 shipping.  I'm going to start listing more cards daily.  It's time to get out of a lot of my stuff.  


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.  FREE CARDS!  Another $40 was depostied into my Paypal account earlier this month.


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, May 21, 2018

First Scan Off the New Laptop -or- Another off the Most Wanted List

Just last week I posted about acquiring a card that was on my most wanted list.  It's funny how in this hobby we can go weeks, months or even years between acquiring cards like that.  Then there are other times, like this, where you get a couple of them just a few days apart.  

Also new is my laptop.  The old one was probably a decade old.  It still works and I'm keeping it as a backup, but it was time.  The new one works much faster with my scanner.  WINNING!

The first card I scanned was this beauty!  



1962 Marhoefer Indy Lloyd Ruby

1962 Marhoefer Indy Lloyd Ruby (back)
Reading bores me.  There's no other way to put it.  However, I picked up a book on Lloyd Ruby a couple of years ago.  Just learning about him, mostly who he was away from the track, made me a big fan of a man that I never saw race.  

Just two "cards" were produced from Ruby's driving days and this is the lone one that featured his Indianapolis 500 driving.  I've been wanting to pick this "card" up for a couple of years and this is the first time I've seen it come available.  Yeah, it has some writing on it.  I'll probably acquire a few more copies of this one over time.  That writing could have kept the price down.  With shipping, I happily paid around $25 for it.  

Did you notice that in the last paragraph I used quotation marks twice?  The reason I did that is because this isn't truly a trading card.  It was distributed in quite a different manner.

From Beckett.com:  "Marhoefer Meats of Muncie Indiana distributed this Indy car set in 1962 through its various meat products. The cards feature top IndyCar drivers in black and white photos. As is common with most issues distributed with meat products, the cards were produced with a wax film covering and are often found with product stains. The unnumbered cards are oversized (approximately 4" by 5-1/4") and contain rounded corners."


As I read that, I realized that it didn't fully give the story that I've read (somewhere).  These "cards" were part of Marhoefer hot dog packaging.  Because of the distribution method, many didn't survive and they aren't extremely easy to find.  Also, they are not a normal size.  Below I compared this card to a modern trading card.  



My hope it to someday pick up the A.J. Foyt card as well, but when it pops up for sale, it's usually overpriced.  There's one that pops up on eBay from time-to-time for $750.  Along with this Lloyd Ruby and some other drivers from the set, a Foyt was listed at $250, which is still too high.  At a true auction, the Foyt should be in the $100-150 range.  I can wait.  

Now that I have this card, the next part of the challenge has begun.  How the heck do I store this???

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I've decided to try selling on Sports Card Direct again.  Hopefully you'll take a look at my page and see if there's anything you're interested in.  I can always sell off the site and ship in a PWE if you're only looking for a card or two and don't want to pay $3 shipping.  I'm going to start listing more cards daily.  It's time to get out of a lot of my stuff.  


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.  FREE CARDS!  Another $40 was depostied into my Paypal account earlier this month.



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!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Indianapolis 500 Signature Sunday - Johnny Rutherford

This Indianapolis 500 Signature Sunday post is different (and shorter) than the first two.  In those two, I had met the drivers, and neither of them are with us anymore.  I've never met Johnny Rutherford.  That's highly unfortunate since he only lives about 30 minutes from where I do.  These cards were all TTM requests.  For the TTM fans, they were returned to me within a week.  The address is on Sports Card Forum.   

"Lone Star J.R." is one of just ten men to win the Indianapolis 500 three times, winning in 1974, 1976 and 1980.  He also ran 35 NASCAR Cup races between 1963 and 1988.  He won his first career race, a qualifying race for the Daytona 500.  He went on to finish ninth in the 1963 Daytona 500, one of three career top-ten finishes at Daytona.  



Anyway, on to the three cards I have (for now).  




I have another TTM request that I need to get out.  Once it comes back, it will be an AMAZING addition to my collection.  I can't wait!  

Next week I'll bring you my signatures of a four-time Indianapolis 500 winner.  I feel that's the best way to honor Indianapolis 500 race day! 

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I've decided to try selling on Sports Card Direct again.  Hopefully you'll take a look at my page and see if there's anything you're interested in.  I can always sell off the site and ship in a PWE if you're only looking for a card or two and don't want to pay $3 shipping.  I'm going to start listing more cards daily.  It's time to get out of a lot of my stuff.  


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.  FREE CARDS!  Another $40 was depostied into my Paypal account earlier this month.


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, May 19, 2018

2018 Trading Card Database Trade #23 - minibbcards -or- Another Mini Trade

I posted in the TCDB forums that I was looking for buybacks and a (not-so) old trade partner got ahold of me about a trade.  When I was in Birmingham I picked up a bunch of mini cards knowing he'd be interested.  It was easy to make our trade.  


2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Bronze #654 Ron Pruitt  

2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Blue #537 Mark Grant 


2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Bronze #8 Bobby Thigpen 

I wonder how many modern card collectors/baseball fans have no idea that for a time, Bobby Thigpen held the single-season saves record.  

2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Silver #446 Craig Grebeck 

2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Silver #717 Steve Farr  

It's not exactly a beauty, but it is a card number in the 700s and may be in the set for awhile.

2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Silver #485 Kevin Millwood 

Thanks for the trade!  

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I've decided to try selling on Sports Card Direct again.  Hopefully you'll take a look at my page and see if there's anything you're interested in.  I can always sell off the site and ship in a PWE if you're only looking for a card or two and don't want to pay $3 shipping.  I'm going to start listing more cards daily.  It's time to get out of a lot of my stuff.  


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.  FREE CARDS!  Another $40 was depostied into my Paypal account last week.



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, May 18, 2018

A Card You've Seen A Lot Here -or- T206 Scoops Carey

You've certainly seen this Scoops Carey card if you read my blog with any regularity.  However, I couldn't pass up a raw copy of the card on COMC, considering the price.  I got it for the price of a couple of those Bowman blasters everyone's buying in hopes of hitting the lottery.  


1909-11 The American Tobacco Company T206 White Border #NNO Scoops Carey 
This is the second post in a row that doesn't change my monster number, but I'm more than okay with that.  

My monster number now stands at 28 (of 524).  On T206Insider, my set is now at 12.1, good for 48th.  You can find a gallery of what I have on my Collector Focus page.

If you'd like to learn more about the T206 set, there are plenty of resources.  A very popular one is Scot Reader's "Inside T206."  Others I like are Net 54 and T206 Insider (links above to both), as well as the blog on That T206 Life.


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I've decided to try selling on Sports Card Direct again.  Hopefully you'll take a look at my page and see if there's anything you're interested in.  I can always sell off the site and ship in a PWE if you're only looking for a card or two and don't want to pay $3 shipping.  I'm going to start listing more cards daily.  It's time to get out of a lot of my stuff.  

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.  FREE CARDS!  Another $40 was depostied into my Paypal account earlier this month.

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, May 17, 2018

2018 Trading Card Database Trade #22 - bkim -or- Thankfully, I Didn't Give Up Much

I love most of the buyback trades, but this one feels like it was for the most basic of buybacks.  Also, there was supposed to be a fifth card, but the trading partner couldn't find it.  BOO!  


2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Bronze #337 Calvin Schiraldi

2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Gold #780 Mike Flanagan

2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Silver #224 Tony LaRussa 

Didn't even notice the whatever on the card until I cropped the scan.  


2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Silver #312 Joey Meyer

I don't believe there's anyway to sugar coat it, but this isn't the most inspiring group of buybacks.  I can't see any of them staying in the set for too long, unless they are just unopposed.  Luckily, I didn't give up much in return for them.  

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I've decided to try selling on Sports Card Direct again.  Hopefully you'll take a look at my page and see if there's anything you're interested in.  I can always sell off the site and ship in a PWE if you're only looking for a card or two and don't want to pay $3 shipping.  I'm going to start listing more cards daily.  It's time to get out of a lot of my stuff.  


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.  FREE CARDS!  Another $40 was depostied into my Paypal account last week.



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!