Thursday, May 31, 2018

Mail x 5 and Writing On My Other Blog

I'm not really sure who knows, but before I started this blog, I wrote primarily on my other site, Bean's Ballcard Blog.  I'm going to be writing more hobby-related pieces (as opposed to writing here about personal collecting).   If you haven't already, please follow, subscribe, etc. to my other blog.

Today I wrote a piece discussing iconic cards.  Hopefully you'll take a look.

After a few days off over the weekend, Memorial Day and a couple days of job interviews, I posted a mailday post today on YouTube.  If you haven't, please give me a subscription and some likes on videos.  It does mean a lot and help keeps people going, no differently that bloggers with views and comments.

Today's post includes junk wax, buybacks and a 1990s autograph.




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Make sure if you're shopping online (including eBay) that you're using ebates.  Four times a year, the amount I get back is put into my Paypal account, and I have it for more cards.  Click on that link and once you've spent $25 (remember to go THROUGH ebates), you'll get $10 put into your account.  

My Sports Card Direct store - If you're only interested in a card or two, I can do PWE shipping and save you the money.  Just gotta let me know.  

Finally, please help me out by subscribing to my YouTube page and liking videos.  It does help out a lot.  You can also follow me on Twitter at @beansbcardblog.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

It's #Indianapolis500 RACE DAY!!

Today is my "other" Christmas.  There is no doubting the parallel. 

During that late-November and December time frame, it's really about how I feel.  It's a great time of year.  It's the build-up.  Then, Christmas Day comes and goes and it's over. 

The Month of May is the same for me.  Six or so hours from now, it will all be over and I'll be counting down until next year. 

This May has been a weird one for me.  I'm used to listening to "Trackside" and "The Talk of Gasoline Alley" on my drives to and from work, as well as through the work day.  However, I've been unemployed since the middle of April.  It's been hard to get into the "flow" of things.  I don't want to say my excitement for the month was gone, but I feel my dedication was. 

I've already cleaned off the grill to make the post-race burgers.  If you follow me on Twitter, you've probably seen some of my smoking (meat) and grilling pics.  It's become my "other" hobby.  I'm always excited to see how the food comes out.  Hopefully it's better than the last time.  I can say that my bride-to-be and stepson don't seem to have too many complaints. 

My point on the grilling?  It's kind of like the Christmas dinner.  It's tradition (albeit a new one for me).

Today is another celebration for me.  After 54 years, this will be the last Indianapolis 500 broadcast on ABC (for now).  MSESPN and ABC have shit the bed on their (limited) IndyCar coverage for at least a decade.  This day is long overdue.  I'm not going to go on about how bad they are.  If you care about IndyCar, you know.  If you don't care about IndyCar, you don't care. 

If you're interested to tune in for some fantastic, competitive auto racing, race coverage begins on ABC at 11am ET.

My predictions:

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:  It's a pretty strong crop among the four drivers.  Robert Wickens has been competitive all season and close to winning races.  Both Matheus Leist and Zachary Claman DeMelo have had a lot of speed the last two weeks.  Kyle Kaiser may be the "weakest" of the four, but he's the defending Indy Lights (the IndyCar equivalent of AAA baseball) champion. 

I'm going with Leist.   Wickens and Claman DeMelo have very limited oval experience and the track may eat both of them up today.  Leist has been fast and is with the (much) more experienced team with A.J. Foyt. 

LONGSHOT TO WIN:  If you have a solid, working knowledge of recent IndyCar history, you won't consider this name a longshot.  I don't think anyone reading this is a huge IndyCar fan, though, and has never heard of Carlos Munoz.  This will be his only IndyCar race of the season and it would be no surprise to see him win.

PICK TO WIN:  Alexander Rossi.  Maybe it's personal because I want an American to win.  But I pick the American with a European name. 

DANICA:  Not a serious factor.  Spends most of the race in the 10-15 range until she does something stupid.  Bye, Felicia!  Don't let the door hit you. 

Since every blog post NEEDS an image...I'll leave you with some of my 1960 Parkhurst Hawes Wax Indy (Parkhurst Indianapolis Speedway Winners) cards. 





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Make sure if you're shopping online (including eBay) that you're using ebates.  Four times a year, the amount I get back is put into my Paypal account, and I have it for more cards.  Click on that link and once you've spent $25 (remember to go THROUGH ebates), you'll get $10 put into your account.  

My Sports Card Direct store - If you're only interested in a card or two, I can do PWE shipping and save you the money.  Just gotta let me know.  

Finally, please help me out by subscribing to my YouTube page and liking videos.  It does help out a lot.  You can also follow me on Twitter at @beansbcardblog.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Time Has Come

I've talked about it a lot, and finally it's time to start the buyback frankenset.  I don't know who's interested, but I'm sure Shane is!




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Make sure if you're shopping online (including eBay) that you're using ebates.  Four times a year, the amount I get back is put into my Paypal account, and I have it for more cards.  Click on that link and once you've spent $25 (remember to go THROUGH ebates), you'll get $10 put into your account.  

My Sports Card Direct store - If you're only interested in a card or two, I can do PWE shipping and save you the money.  Just gotta let me know.  

Finally, please help me out by subscribing to my YouTube page and liking videos.  It does help out a lot.  You can also follow me on Twitter at @beansbcardblog.

Friday, May 25, 2018

2018 Trading Card Database Trade #25 - T206

This trade with Trading Card Database user T206 did not contain any T206 cards, unfortunately.


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Make sure if you're shopping online (including eBay) that you're using ebates.  Four times a year, the amount I get back is put into my Paypal account, and I have it for more cards.  Click on that link and once you've spent $25 (remember to go THROUGH ebates), you'll get $10 put into your account.  

My Sports Card Direct store - If you're only interested in a card or two, I can do PWE shipping and save you the money.  Just gotta let me know.  

Finally, please help me out by subscribing to my YouTube page and liking videos.  It does help out a lot.  You can also follow me on Twitter at @beansbcardblog.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Mail Backlog

One of the reasons that I've decided to start the videos is for efficiency.  When the mail days are heavy, I get backlogged.  Then, I start dreading all the posts that I need to write.

In this video, I get caught up on incoming mail.  I believe there are a couple of things you've seen before, but most is new.  Included are some cards from Kerry of Cards on Cards.  I have some things pulled aside for you and hope to have out next week, Kerry!

This is all a learning for me, so any constructive criticism is appreciated.  You don't have to mention the tripod falling over...I picked up on that being a bad thing. HA! 

 

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Make sure if you're shopping online (including eBay) that you're using ebates.  Four times a year, the amount I get back is put into my Paypal account, and I have it for more cards.  Click on that link and once you've spent $25 (remember to go THROUGH ebates), you'll get $10 put into your account.  

My Sports Card Direct store - If you're only interested in a card or two, I can do PWE shipping and save you the money.  Just gotta let me know.  

Finally, please help me out by subscribing to my YouTube page and liking videos.  It does help out a lot.  You can also follow me on Twitter at @beansbcardblog.

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!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

1960 Fleer #116 Hank Stram -or- Crossing Off One From the "Most Wanted" List

I wouldn't change a thing about how I grew up.  I lived somewhat in the country, but in a house that didn't have air conditioning or cable.  Those were two things I REALLY wanted.  Since I didn't havce cable, my current sports info came from the newspaper, local news or radio.  Seriously, how old am I?

The first half of my teenage years I spent fall Sunday nights listening to Jack Buck and Hank Stram call Sunday Night Football on the radio.  Those two are easily a part of my "voices of my youth" list.  While I have fond memories of both, it wasn't until a handful of years later that I know more about Hank Stram.  Most of my knowledge came from the "NFL Films" vault back when ESPN played them and didn't suck. 




Anyway, the card that I picked up wasn't hard to come into, I just hadn't crossed it off before.  I'm glad that I hadn't.  Getting this was pure happenstance.  It showed up in my Facebook feed from a vintage football cards group I'm in, but hadn't looked at in more than a year.  Sometimes you just get lucky.  

1960 Fleer #116 Hank Stram

1960 Fleer #116 Hank Stram (back)
The card is in great shape, other than that "x" written in pen on the back.  A quick feeBay search shows that the cheapest one of these ending recently went for $17.  I got this one for $10, delivered.  I'm happy that I waited!  

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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!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 Trading Card Database Trade #21 - CardsThatTimeForgot -or- A Favorite Buyback

This is one of my favorite trades on TCDB so far, because of one card that I picked up. 

2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Bronze #366 Mark McGwire

The combination of writing this blog post and the recent sale of some Mike Trout card for $400k has me thinking about "iconic" cards and I'll probably write something about iconic cards on my other blog (Bean's Ballcard Blog).  I'll stop short of calling this an iconic card, but it's probably among my personal top 10 cards of the time I've been collecting.  The opportunity to add it as a buyback was something that I couldn't pass on.  During my first year of card collecting (1987) this was one of the cards I was always hoping to find in a pack as McGwire hit more and more homers on his way to the rookie home run record. 

2017 Topps - Rediscover Topps Stamped Buybacks Bronze #US-326 Miguel Cabrera
Meh.

2018 Topps - 1983 Topps Baseball #83-66 Daniel Murphy
I'm still not sure if I'm going to do this set. 

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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!

Monday, May 14, 2018

T206 Kid Elberfeld -or- Which One Would You Rather Have?

Outside of my Scoops Carey cards, I didn't have any T206 duplicates until this one arrived from COMC last week.  I picked this one up over a year ago.  I was willing to pay $20 for it because it's scarcity ranking is 71, per T206 Insider.  I relisted it with a ridiculous price figuring nobody would buy it and I'd eventually have it shipped home.  It's home now.  

1909-11 The American Tobacco Company T206 White Border #NNO Kid Elberfeld (New York Variation)
Per the book "THE T206 COLLECTION The Players & Their Stories," Elberfeld was known as "The Tabasco Kid" because he often argued with umpires and was ejected frequently from games.  He was one of the top shortstops in the game and when he and Honus Wagner were in the minors, many considered Elberfeld the better prospect.  After his playing career he managed in the minors for 15 years and retired from the game at 61.  

As mentioned, this is my second copy of the card.  It's obviously in poor shape and not as visually appealing as my other copy.  


However, that copy is graded "authentic" because it's trimmed.  I'm also not a fan of cards in slabs, unless it's a high price card or I have another reason.  I ask you, which of the two would you prefer to have in your collection, and why?  I choose the raw copy, but I'm sure that many will disagree with me.  I'm interested to hear other bloggers' thoughts.  

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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!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Indianapolis 500 Signature Sunday - Bryan Clauson

My second Indianapolis 500 Signature Sunday takes me back to the last Indianapolis 500 that I attended.  My bride-to-be was completely onboard with roadtripping it from Texas to Indianapolis two years ago and attending the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.  If you wonder why we drove, two round-trip flights were going to be more than $1300.  It was a lot of driving and road time, but we did the entire trip for well less than that. 

This wasn't the year that I got autographs from Bryan Clauson, but it was the last time that I saw him race.  The Indianapolis kid even led the race (under caution) and I was fortunate enough to get a picture of him leading, no matter how bad of a picture it was. 


I had every intention of sending this picture to him to sign, but I never had the opportunity.  Less than four months later, Clauson was killed in an on-track incident in Nebraska.  We always want to find the bright side in dark times.  Bryan Clauson was an organ donor and his death did save lives.  

I met Clauson in 2012 at a get-together (not sure what else you'd call it) in his hometown (and where I lived) of Noblesville, IN in 2012.  The "local boy" was running the Indianapolis 500 that year for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.  

Sarah Fisher, me, Bryan Clauson
He finished 30th, falling out of the race with mechanical problems.  

Clauson was kind enough to sign a couple of cards that I had.  Asking him to sign a memorabilia card was a conscious decision since so few IndyCar drivers would have a mem card.  



For those that don't know, Clauson was on-track to race is NASCAR's top series, potentially full-time.  As is oftentimes the case in racing, bad luck kept him from making it to the Winston Cup (or whatever it's called now) Series.  Twice during the 2008 series he was set to make his debut but both times qualifying was rained out and he wasn't eligible to start the race.  He was supposed to race the full 2009 season in the Busch (or whatever it's called now) Series.  That may have provided him another chance at later running in the top series but his team's sponsor left and he could not find another ride and Clauson disappeared from stock car racing.  

Clauson returned to his roots, running USAC and other open-wheel cars, which gave him the opportunity to run the Indianapolis 500 three times.  The 2016 racing season was supposed to be a whirlwind season for Clauson.  Per wikipedia:  "Clauson was attempting to compete in 200 races in 2016 which is being billed as "The Chasing 200 Tour, Circular Insanity". The tour included the 100th Indianapolis 500, USAC Midget and Sprint cars, World of Outlaws (WoO) sprint cars, and wingless sprint cars. He normally ran about 150 shows per year; he hoped to double up by racing some 360 wingless sprint car class cars at 410 (WoO / USAC) winged sprint car events. Clauson traveled the country living out of a mobile home."  

Since I'm writing this post, I will take it as a chance to show the few other Clauson cards that I have.  

2008 Press Pass - Signings #14 Bryan Clauson

2009 Press Pass - Gold Holofoil #41 Bryan Clauson /100

2008 Press Pass Speedway - Red #41 Bryan Clauson /10

Even though you're gone, BC, you're not forgotten.  I still have my two t-shirts (just wore one of them last week), coozies and my BC Forever sticker on my car.  I wish you were running the race in two weeks.  


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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!

Monday, May 7, 2018

My Panini Problem -or- Saturday Show Spoils

I headed to the card show Saturday with one goal in mind.  I wanted to sell off the majority of the modern cards that aren't staying in my collection.  I've come to realize that if I'm not going to miss it if it's gone or if there's not a story behind it, I don't need it.  I just don't enjoy accumulating as much as I have the last 30 years.  I want to keep things that mean something to me.  

I came home with the cards, but I may meet up next weekend with someone interested in buying out the cards.  My fingers are crossed.  

I also came home with one more card than I went with.  I'm happy to add a Kyzir White to my Mountaineer collection.  I've come to the point where I'm happy just having one card of former players, so White is checked off the list unless I find an upgrade (the cracked ice look is nice).  

2018 Panini Contender #244 Kyzir White


My Panini problem?  You guessed it.  It's a damn sticker auto.  To me, they are worse than redemptions.  If I was an NFL card collector, I would be pissed off all the time with the amount of stickers they use.  Luckily I'm only interested in a handful of cards a season, so I can deal (thank you to my blood pressure medication!). 

I (over)paid $5 for this, but it was nice to pick it up in-person and get it out of the way.  I paid more for gas to-and-from the show and the show admission than I spent at the show.  That's not necessarily a bad thing.  I'm not complaining. 

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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!