Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tell Her Hot Dogs Are Bad for Her.

 So, I was taking pictures from a package of Super Cubs Mojo the other morning and my wife asked, "Which guy sent you those?"
"Well, that would be a gal. Julie."
She motions to the computer screen, "Oh. Is that her blog name?"

"Tell her hot dogs are bad for her."   My wife. 😂
 I just had to share that little conversation with you all. For whatever reason, I found it to be pretty amusing. For the record, my favorite ballpark food to consume is a hot dog, which is closely followed by a bag of peanuts.

Do I care that hot dogs are bad for you?  No.
Check out this Tools of the Trade double relic card!  Did you notice the fielding glove on the left?
How about this? The oils from the glove are coming through on the back of the card. Too cool! For the record, this my 525th different Kerry Wood card.

 Julie made a huge dent in my 2018 Heritage Cubs team set.  I love the feel of the Heritage stock.
Julie's not stingy: she even sent the Zobrist and Wade Davis short prints!  Nice!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, "Something about chromey Heritage cards just doesn't do it for me." The chrome treatment seems out of place on a vintage card design.
 Regardless, Willson is my favorite current Cub and this card is BEAUTIFUL.

This is my favorite Cubs Heritage card from the 2018 edition:
I have a Dillon Maples rainbow because I thought he was going to be the goods when he was drafted. There was a time where I was wondering if he would ever make it, but it looks like he just may be a late bloomer. Jen-Ho Tseng is a two-time winner of Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Taylor Davis?  He's a journeyman minor league catcher who received a cup of coffee last fall, but is probably better known for this video:
Man, I love baseball.

How about some old school minor league baseball?
These are TCMA cards from 1982 & 1983.
 Here's a shot of the backs for those who are interested. For a "Photo Fact Card" there sure aren't a lot of facts on the back!
 Here's what my wife liked the most about Julie's trade package:
 These are from the 1994 Fleer Extra Bases set and they are extra tall, about 4.5 inches.

Here's a quick shot for comparison:
 Two Brooks Kieschnick cards, which gives me a great opportunity to show off the front and back. Very nice!
 This Brooks Kieschnick card brings my player collection of him up to 82 unique Cubs cards. That's a strong total for a guy who only played sixty-four games for the Cubs.

Julie, author of A Cracked Bat: Baseball Cards and a Hot Dog, sure does know how to create one heckuva trade package. Thanks for all the sweet Cubs mojo, Julie!  I'll be sure to get something out your way before too long!

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Dominating PWE

Modest as I try to be, I like to think I have a pretty extensive Cubs collection. I mean, it pales in comparison to Wrigley Wax', but it does require quite a few binders and four 3200-count boxes to house all of my Cub cards. So yeah, I'm doin' alright.
Matt, from the Sports Card Collectors blog, sent me a recent six-card PWE the other day and was it ever a winner! Each of the cards were new to my collection, which is not an easy feat for any trade package. His secret? Hit my collection where I've been most negligent: cards from the last couple of years.
I know, I know. Timing. It's my own fault, I decided to become a Dan Vogelbach supercollector and then the Cubs Win the World Series. I only have so much budgeted for cardboard in a given year and I had to make a tough decision. I actually went over budget in 2017 on my Vogelmonster pursuit, while nearly completely ignoring my Cubs collection.
I don't regret my decision to focus my funds on a player collection, because I know my blogging buddies. Blogger are generous folk, who pull lots of Cubs and send them my way. Eventually Cubs collection for 2016 and 2017 would get up to speed and through the best way possible: trades.
My main fear generated by solely focusing on Vogelbach was that I would miss cards like this Kyle Hendricks Dominator card. The front is nice, and I like the Donruss Optic product, but the back of the card is where it's at.

 Yep, I have a World Series binder and this one will find its final resting spot there. I like how the back mentions "waiting 'til next year." It's as though the card was made with me in mind!  Ha!

Matt, thanks for the surprise cards. Even though I'm short on time as of late, the cards were truly a nice surprise to break up the rabbit race I've been running. FYI, I have a box of multi-sport cards that I plan on sending your way. I'm still going through the sorting process though. 😏

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Baseball On My Mind

It's been a good ten days since I posted. That bothers me, but I knew with my high school baseball season starting up that I wouldn't be able to churn out material as often as I would like. There are only so many hours in the day.

Even so, my mind has been swimming with baseball related content as of late. So, let's ramble a little bit here.

  • I was watching the Cubs play the Indians the other night and it took nearly 45 minutes for the two teams to get seven outs. I know it's spring training and I happened to catch an inning (plus) with some scoring action, but WOW that's slow.
  • You know what else is slow going? Sorting 14,000+ baseball cards from The Collection. It's fun though!
  • I'm getting ready for fantasy baseball drafts and I'm slightly frustrated by Yahoo's system for automatic drafts. You can pre-rank your players, which is nice, but their rankings are constantly changing. For some reason I thought their pre-season rankings would be stagnant. I set up my draft order thinking that if I moved Kyle Hendricks up a round or so in my rankings that I would surely snag him, but then his Yahoo player ranking moved up as well. It seems Yahoo's pre-season rankings change based upon average draft position, which in many cases is fueled by spring training performance. My couple of hours tinkering seems to all be for not. Yet, oddly enough, I'm looking forward to going back in and playing around with my draft order even more. 
  • Shohei Ohtani is good for baseball. I'm not sure if he's good for the small time baseball card collector like myself (higher box/pack prices), but I think he's helping the hobby, too. I hear he has some flaws in his swing. Yet, if he's the pitcher everyone thinks he is, then his cards will still command a premium, much like Yu Darvish's did when he came over from Japan. 
  • I realized I enjoy hitting fly balls to my players and watching them chase them down just as much as I enjoyed catching them 20+ years ago. So much fun!
  • I heard that MLB has put strict guidelines on how teams must store their game baseballs. Some are angered by this because they think MLB is trying to lower the number of homeruns, but I don't see that as the case. Yes, by asking each team to store their baseballs in a climate controlled environment the homerun totals may drop from 2017. But honestly, it would be hard to top the homer output from last season. I see it as MLB eliminating one variable that causes offensive fluctuation from ballpark to ballpark and season to season. My question is, "Will MLB try to eliminate other such variables down the road?"
  • Someday I will wise up and move to a warmer state where, as a coach, I don't have to worry about not getting on our field before the first game. We've had two weeks of practice and I our first game is in one week. Our field is still a marsh. Thank goodness we have an artificial turf football field we can spend time on!
And one more point to make:  DAN VOGELBACH IS GOOD AT BASEBALL.
Yeah. It's spring training, but check out the batting average and the walk to strikeout ratio. The Vogelmonster is relaxed and having fun again.  I believe he is ticketed for Tacoma to start the season, but if he keeps hitting like this he may force Seattle's hand. 

That's it for today, but I have received a PWE (SCC) and a yellow mailer (ACB) that I'll try to get up in the near future. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Scribbled Ink Contest Winnings

I've got to be honest about this one. I completely forgot I entered a contest at Scribbled Ink to help Paul get revenge against Miguel Cabrera for backing out of Tigersfest.

Cardboard themed mail has been building up on my computer desk... there's that "Collection" in the basement I've been working on every night... school... coaching...  Yeah. Life gets in the way.

And then Paul sends you cards and a nice note to help you jog the ol' memory.
 I saw the first card and it all came racing back to me.
 It's an Eff Miggy 1/1. I think that might be Paul in the front row giving Miggy the finger, but I'm not quite sure about that. LOL

Let's move on to the Cubs cards...

It's the Rookie Cup Ryno insert from 2017 Topps. I guess I never thought about the 1983 set not having the rookie cup on any of the cards. How about that.  For the record, this is the 866th different Ryne Sandberg card in my collection.

Great start. Could it get better?
 How about some Peoria Chiefs? Fantastic!  The only two names I remember are Terry Adams, who pitched for the Cubs, and Bill Bliss. I've always liked alliteration and I think that's why I remember Bliss. Or maybe it's because he spent parts of three seasons in P-town?
1990 Fleer was nothing to write home about, but those League Standouts inserts were pretty neat to pull. The Sandberg Collect-A-Book is in much better condition than the one I have in my Ryno collection. Nice, an upgrade.

I'm getting much better at keeping straight the Topps designs from over the years. Although, the decade of he 1950's still gives me trouble. That's a 1973 Paul Popovich on the left, which gets me a step closer to finishing the Cubs team set from that year.
That's a Jody Davis Sportflics card on the right. Those blasted things are so hard to photograph/scan.

2018 Topps Inserts!  I love how the new cards keep rolling in and I've yet to purchase a pack.

Here's one I've been on the look out for the last few months.
 This Rizzo Heroes of Autumn card goes straight to the World Series Binder!  Now I just have to track down the Zobrist insert.

Last up, it's a Ball Park Franks stadium giveaway card commemorating Billy Williams Statue Dedication Day.
 I really like this card... the statue, nice picture of Billy, big Cubs logo... and full stats one back.
 The fact that it's an oddball only helps!  I'm not sure how Paul came across this card, but I sure am happy he was generous enough to send it my way.

Thanks for the cardboard contest winnings, Paul!  I'll be sure to return fire in the near future!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


There are hot boxes where the lucky breaker gets more autos or parallels that beats the odds. I've never opened a hot box, but I can only imagine how much fun that would be.

There are hot packs where you might come across the base card and insert of a player in the same pack. I've had this happen to me quite a few times, but it's never been of a Cubs player.

Is there such a thing as a Hot PWE? 🔥
Well, I think Marc, from Remember the Astrodome, just sent me one.

How about this?
It's a Hee Seop Choi Hot PWE!  For what it's worth, I think the 2004 Topps design is very underrated as a set.  I like the gray border the Opening Day cards offer, as well.

Forty percent of the cards in this PWE were of Choi, which I think qualifies as a Hot PWE. If I recall correctly, Hee Seop Choi was the first base prospect Jim Hendry traded to Florida for Derrek Lee. Good stuff. 

Two hard throwing righties: 
 Garza is still looking for a team to pitch for in 2018, as is Arrieta. I could see both of these guys joining the Brewers, but I hope not. I hope they both find new teams outside of the NL Central, especially Jake.
 World Baseball Classic!  I seem to be the landing spot for Anthony Rizzo cards as of late. I can't complain about that!

Thanks for the surprise package, Marc.  I'll be sure to send something back before too long!