Sunday, July 16, 2017

TTM Success #40 - The Brain

My latest TTM autograph success is from a WWE Hall of Famer and in my opinion, the top heel manager of all time.  After his wrestling and managing days were over, he became a broadcaster and is one of my favorite announcers ever as well.



As I was writing this post, I googled Bobby Heenan.  I admittedly didn't realize that he's had as many health issues and may not be in the best of health.  I feel badly for having sent this now, but I'm thrilled to get it back.


I love the Allen & Ginter's card because of the image.  I wanted to have both he and Harley Race sign the card on the right.  Unfortunately, he signed the cards on the back, so I won't send on to Race.  Nonetheless, I am happy to add these to my collection.


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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1972 Topps #53 Bud Harrelson

Even in the condition this one is, I'll pick up any 45-year old card for a dime!

1972 Topps #53 Bud Harrelson

1972 Topps #53 Bud Harrelson
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Make Sure You Know What You're Buying

One of these days I will learn to pay attention.  If you read my old blog, you might have seen this post about buying a card that I thought was something else.  The difference with today's post is that I bought these cards online.

The acquisitions were from Sportlots, where there aren't images for every card.  That's where I messed up.  It's all me.  The cards were listed as Auston Matthews but I had a brainfart and didn't pay attention that the card number was 400, which is a checklist.


I bought the card pictured on the left first.  It showed up later the day that I bought all of the others and realized my mistake.  I can't lie, it ruined my evening.  Oh well, at least I got another Stephen Johns out of the transaction.

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Dime Box Buy: 1988 Classic Blue #243 Gregg Jefferies

I need to get Joey from the Dub Mentality blog to tell me how much this card booked for in the early-1990s.

1988 Classic Blue #243 Gregg Jefferies

1988 Classic Blue #243 Gregg Jefferies

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Friday, July 7, 2017

TTM Success #39 - It's Been Awhile

It's been awhile since I've posted about and TTM autograph successes.  I sent out five requests last week though and the first returned today.



This is my second TTM success from Bob Cousy.  I have no plans to send him more.  I picked up two cards over a year ago, not realizing that he will only sign one per request.  So, I waited a year and was successful.  It came back in nine days, the same number of days as my first request.

If you've never tried requesting autographs through the mail, I recommend Mr. Cousy as one to start with.  He is very dependable and success will give you confidence and motivate you.

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Dime Box Buy: 1978 Topps #23 Bump Wills

After a successful rookie season in which he was given the Topps rookie trophy, his career in the majors was pretty short.  His last major league cards from his playing days were from the 1983 season.

1978 Topps #23 Bump Wills

1978 Topps #23 Bump Wills (back)
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1986 Topps Traded #120T Bob Walk

I wasn't passing this one up.  Something tells me that Matt at Bob Walk the Plank will give it a good home, no matter how many copies he already has.

1986 Topps Traded #120T Bob Walk

1986 Topps Traded #120T Bob Walk (back)
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1994 Denny's Holograms #24 Ozzie Smith

I have found a lot of Denny's Holograms in dime boxes.  Among collectors on Twitter, there is significant love for oddball cards.  At card shows, not so much.

1994 Denny's Holograms #24 Ozzie Smith

1994 Denny's Holograms #24 Ozzie Smith
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1977-84 Galasso Glossy Greats #24 Duke Snider

It's always cool to find a 40 year old card of a Hall of Famer in a dime box.  This isn't the first dime box buy of one that I've posted.

1977-84 Galasso Glossy Greats #24 Duke Snider 

1977-84 Galasso Glossy Greats #24 Duke Snider (back) 
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1933 DeLong #12 Pie Traynor (Dover Reprint)

I figured that for a dime, it was something cool to pass on to a Pirates fan.

1933 DeLong #12 Pie Traynor (Dover Reprint)

1933 DeLong #12 Pie Traynor (Dover Reprint) back
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

More Show Acquisitions From...a Month or so Ago

I was looking for something in the bag that I take to shows with me and found four cards that I forgot about.  Oops!  The seller didn't have a price on them and I offered a buck apiece.  He was happy to get rid of the "junk" and I was happy to leave with the "junk."

1994 Signature Rookies Tetrad Autographs #40 Darren Studstill

1994 Signature Rookies Tetrad Autographs #18 Jay Kearney
I miss the days when so many companies produced cards like this.  In this era there was Signature Rookies, Classic, Press Pass (I think), Star Pics and probably some others I'm not thinking of.  Former Mountaineers Darren Studstill and Jay Kearney were only in the Signature Rookies sets.  They never had other cards other than in WVU-issued sets.  In today's card era, they never would have had cards.


1995 Signature Rookies Draft Day Signatures #22 Bob Sura

1995 Signature Rookies Draft Day Signatures #22 Bob Sura
My short-lived NBA fandom lasted from about 1995 to 1997 and I was a Cavs fan.  Bob Sura was my guy.  I'll pick up any of these I find for a buck just for nostalgia sake.

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Dime Box Buy: 1995 Panini Stickers #51 Bobby Bonilla

I should have posted this yesterday on "Bobby Bonilla Day," but oh well.  Better late than never, eh?

1995 Panini Stickers #51 Bobby Bonilla

1995 Panini Stickers #51 Bobby Bonilla
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Contest Win Mail from Sports Card Info

If you don't read the Sports Card Info blog and follow on Twitter, you are missing out.  He posts weekly contests that it takes very little to enter.  That's what this was from.

John Smiley is one of the Pirates of my youth, though they eventually let him go.  Boooooooo!

Thanks for the contest!

2017 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFAJS John Smiley

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1991 Denny's Holograms #23 Wally Joyner

Here we have another "hot prospect" of the late 1980s that never quite ascended to superstardom.  Playing for the Angels, Padres and Royals can do that.  He certainly had a career that most anyone would love to have had.

1991 Denny's Holograms #23 Wally Joyner

1991 Denny's Holograms #23 Wally Joyner (back)

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COMC Mail - Three Gold Stars

After more than six months, I'm still trying to figure out "values" of Compendium cards.  COMC and eBay are the only gauges and numbers are not relatively consistent in my eyes.  What I do know is that there aren't too many copies of the gold parallels available out there.  Because of this, I likely value the cards higher than others.  Perhaps the fact that I have done the legwork for every gold card that I have plays a role in it.  

This post is in honor of the three gold Dallas Stars cards that now reside with me.  

2016-17 Compendium Gold #85 Tyler Seguin

2016-17 Compendium Gold #88 Antoine Roussel

2016-17 Compendium Gold #587 Stephen Johns
The Tyler Seguin and Antoine Roussel cards are going into the card show box.  The Stephen Johns is all mine.  I wonder how many copies of this actually exist.  It can't be more than a handful.  

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 2014 Bowman Chrome Mini #BMPPI2 Tyler Glasnow

Shiny, a dime and will be sent to a Pirates collector some day.

2014 Bowman Chrome Mini #BMPPI2 Tyler Glasnow

2014 Bowman Chrome Mini #BMPPI2 Tyler Glasnow (back)
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Old Acquisitions from a New Show

Not that the area really needs ANOTHER card show, but the new Fort Worth Card Show held it's first event earlier this month.  I stopped in to support the show and walked away with a few items.

There weren't too many sellers and it was a small room, but I was VERY impressed with the amount of people attending in the short amount of time I was there.  The next show will have more sellers.  Likely due to being in a different part of the metroplex, most of the attendees were folks that I did not recognize and I'm excited to see the show grow.

I only bought from two of the sellers.  My first handful of pickups were from Rich.

1994 Ted Williams Dan Gardiner Collection #DG9 Checklist
I picked this card up because of Michael Jordan in a Barons uniform.  I own a few of his cards in Barons or White Sox uniforms.  I don't own one basketball card of him.  I was born in Birmingham and have attended a few games as a kid when I'd visit town for the summer.

1995 Upper Deck Minors Michael Jordan One On One #9 Michael Jordan '94 Autumn

1995 Upper Deck Minors Michael Jordan One On One #7 Michael Jordan '94 Season

1995 Upper Deck Minors Michael Jordan One On One #8 Michael Jordan First Homer
I wasn't paying attention and ended up with two copies of this card.  If I was going to make that error, I'm glad that it was on this card.  I was in the stands when Jordan hit his first home run.

1994 Upper Deck Minors #MJ23 Michael Jordan
The final card that I picked up was for the wifey's Dallas Stars binder.  As much as it pains me, Derian Hatcher was one of her favorite players.  Sometimes in life we just bite our toungues!
1994-95 Upper Deck #127 Derian Hatcher
The only other cards I picked up were from the show promoter's table.  A couple of them follow the above trend...

1995 Collector's Choice #500 Michael Jordan

1995 Collector's Choice Silver Signature #500 Michael Jordan

The final purchase was a set that I had a few cards from already and planned to complete.  At the price he was asking, I just bought the set so that I needed to give it no more thought.  




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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 2013 Topps Chrome X-Fractors #25 Hyun-Jin Ryu

I thought my scanner was bad when I saw this one.  Then I looked at scans of other X-Fractors on Sports Card Forum and many were about the same.  I learned today that X-Fractors just do not scan well.

2013 Topps Chrome X-Fractors #25 Hyun-Jin Ryu

2013 Topps Chrome X-Fractors #25 Hyun-Jin Ryu (back)

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COMC Mail - 2016-17 Upper Deck Compendium Chicago Blackhawks Series 2

Since I put the series 1 set together, I figured I should do the same with series 2.  I haven't decided on series 3 yet.  If you're not up on Compendium, it takes 50 of the base cards to combine up to a red.  I have a hard time believing there are more than a handful or so team sets out there.

2016-17 Compendium Red #354 Artemi Panarin
 Artemi Panarin is no longer with the Chicago Blackhawks.
2016-17 Compendium Red #355 Niklas Hjalmarsson 
Niklas Hjalmarsson is no longer with the Chicago Blackhawks.
2016-17 Compendium Red #356 Corey Crawford


2016-17 Compendium Red #357 Ryan Hartman

2016-17 Compendium Red #358 Kyle Baun

2016-17 Compendium Red #359 Marian Hossa
Marian Hossa will not play for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2017-18.

2016-17 Compendium Red #360 Duncan Keith

2016-17 Compendium Red #361 Viktor Svedberg

2016-17 Compendium Red #362 Vincent Hinostroza

2016-17 Compendium Red #589 Mark McNeill
Mark McNeill is no longer with the Chicago Blackhawks.

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