Thursday, December 14, 2017

Buying International Cardboard

I found an Ebay auction at the tail end of November for some serious Vogelmojo and pounced.

Tangent Alert: I can't claim "Vogelmojo" as my own word creation, but AJ used it in a comment recently and now it's part of my vernacular. Vogelmojo! It's almost as wonderful as Vogelmonster! Almost.

Okay, back to the international purchase. I had a little competition when purchasing this card, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. Perhaps the lack of interest derived from the location of the card?

Taiwan. Wow.  That's a long flight away from U.S. soil.
I put in a low bid, won the auction, and paid $4.00 for shipping.

Mini Rant Alert: I paid $15.50 to ship a 100-count box of cards to Canada the other day from P-town. Yet, it only takes $4.00 to send a bubble mailer from Taiwan to the USA? What is wrong with our postal service? Yeesh.

$6.04 for a Topps High Tek blue autograph parallel numbered out of 50! So what if it took about two weeks to reach me. It's a sweet card!
  So, yeah. Please revel with me in all this Vogelmojo!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Part 12: Vogelbach on 2017 Cardboard

I'm still hunting multiple websites for Dan Vogelbach cards which have eluded me during the 2017 baseball card collecting year, but the chase is finally starting to slow. I figure by the time I finish this series of posts we'll be counting down the days for 2018 Topps Series 1 to hit the shelves.

I'm going to go in chronological order from the first cards produced to the most recent. Each post will contain all of the Dan Vogelbach cards I've acquired from that set and I'll make a short mention of the ones I'm still on the look out for.
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Round 12: Topps Fire

So, yesterday I bragged about completing the base set of Topps Fire. I busted one hobby box, three blasters, and couple of hanger packs and I never pulled a Vogelbach.  Go figure. The rest of the set, including the base Vogelbach I traded for through the generosity of my blogging buddies!

As result you're looking at a bunch of Ebay purchases.  And actually, I'm still chasing one card, but more on that in a bit.
 There are three main base designs and my favorite of the three is the one on Vogelbach's card. The parallel colors really pop on this design, and I think it's pretty cool how the Vogelmonster is standing in the middle of the card's lightning display. I wish the framing job of the picture didn't cut off his right arm, but overall, I'm pretty happy with this card.

Once again, I picked up the blank back card from the Topps Vault. I didn't bother to take a pictue though... sorry about that!  If you've seen one blank back, then you've seen them all. No kidding... they're all the same.
I also picked up one of those 5" by 7" cards. I may be missing another 5" by 7", but I haven't seen a different variation show itself on Ebay as of yet.
 I believe all the autos in this set are stickers. The base auto, above, is numbered to 486.
 How often does a set feature purple and magenta parallels? The purple, in my opinion, is a little on the muted side. Also, no red, blue, or orange autograph parallels. Instead we get magenta. It's a little odd, but I think the magenta, below, works tremendously well.
Topps fire was a fun set to build, but waiting on a retail only product to hit Ebay really tries one's patience when trying to supercollect a player. Most of the big breakers on Ebay don't get their hands on this kind of product, so I was left relying on the little guy to post their auctions.

2017 Topps Fire Haves (13):
2017 Topps Fire Needs (4):
#82 - Topps Fire (Magenta), #/25
#82 - Topps Fire (Onyx), 1/1
#82 - Topps Fire (Inferno), 1/1
#82 - Topps Fire (Inferno Autograph), 1/1

The only card I'm really missing out there is the magenta base card parallel. Not one appeared on Ebay in October or November, but the first one did show up just a few days ago. Like I said, this set has tested my patience, but I'm winning!. I'm going to vulture that card at the last second and then I'll feel pretty good about Topps Fire overall... a complete set and all the non-1/1 Vogelbach cards!  Woo-Hoo!

Thanks again for reading! 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Joy of a Completed Set - Topps Fire

With confidence, I can once again claim to be a set builder. I started ripping packs of Topps Fire back in late September and the last two cards arrive via a trade package from Roy-Z, of plain gray swatch, just the other day.
It's been some time since I did a set build commencing with packs and finishing with trades. It's a good feeling!

Roy sent along some sweet Cubs-mojo as well!
 The smoke effect? Yeah, I'm not a fan, but for whatever reason I enjoy the techy look of the parallels. Actually, now that I think about it, I was amused by the snowflake parallels also. 
 The Kris Bryant gold parallel was made in 2016, thus there 2016 copies of this card out there. How is this my first copy of the card?
Rizzo!  These Diamond Marshals inserts are pretty sharp. Literally. I've salvaged a few of these from dime boxes in the past and those corners are quite pointy! This is the first Diamond Marshals card which will stay in my collection and I'm very happy to add this one to the Rizzo binder!

Roy recently busted more Panini Prizm than any one man should be allowed to take on by himself.
I found it funny when Roy mentioned in his blog post how his fingers hurt after ripping so many packs. I'm not a cruel guy at heart... I mean, I don't tend to laugh at the pain of others. Yet, I've been in his shoes before.  It's a lot of fun to open large quantities of packs, but it can come at a price.

I think that may be a complete Cubs team set from the 2015 Prizm edition. Very nice, indeed!

Roy, thanks for helping me finish the Fire set build and thanks for the extra Cubs mojo!  It is very much appreciated!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Part 11: Vogelbach on 2017 Cardboard

I'm still hunting multiple websites for Dan Vogelbach cards which have eluded me during the 2017 baseball card collecting year, but the chase is finally starting to slow. I figure by the time I finish this series of posts we'll be counting down the days for 2018 Topps Series 1 to hit the shelves.

I'm going to go in chronological order from the first cards produced to the most recent. Each post will contain all of the Dan Vogelbach cards I've acquired from that set and I'll make a short mention of the ones I'm still on the look out for.
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Round 11: 2017 Topps Gold Label

Gold Label is another higher end box break, which I can't ever see myself laying down cash for in an attempt to build the set. I'm just not that kind of collector. The base set is fairly sharp looking, but many have criticized it for getting away from its chrome roots.

Vogelbach wasn't included in the base set, and for that I'm a bit thankful. After chasing all of those parallels in Topps Chrome I wasn't exactly jazzed about the prospect of tracking down cards for Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3, each of which have three parallels. Yikes!
The Vogelmonster was included in the autograph portion of the Gold Label set, and I have to say, the cards look really sharp! There's a bit of a glare on the top two cards in the photo, but the bottom two really show how spectacular these autos can be: two pictures, nice design, crisp on card autos, and the cards have a thick gold framing.

Topps Definitive may have been the most ornate design, but I think Gold Label is the classiest.

2017 Topps Gold Label Haves (4):


2017 Topps Gold Label Needs (1):
#FA-DV - Topps Gold Label (Gold), 1/1

Missing 1/1s seems to be a bit of a pattern for me. So it goes.

Stay tuned, Vogelbach cards from the only set I built from packs in 2017 are on deck!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

'Tis the Season for Sawdust

The holiday season is here, which naturally means gift purchasing. I try to avoid going out to the stores this time of year and make use of Amazon and other on-line stores to get my shopping done. It's so much easier shopping from the comfort of your own home!

I will do some baking next weekend to pass out edible gifts at work, and that's always a nice way to go, but my favorite type of gift to give is of the homemade variety.

I have a friend who has a stellar man room, and there's a dozen or so baseball bats leaning up against the walls. I crafted myself a bat rack in the past, and figured I might give it another try.
The wood cost me about $12 and the stain around $6. The labor? Well, that's all me!

As you can see I went with a two tier design, which fastens to the wall with a couple of screws. Yes, I even have a couple of little wood buttons to place over the screw holes.
It will hold fifteen bats, and there's enough room on the top for my friend to stack autographed baseballs in their cube display cases.

 I wanted to hide all the screws, so I got out my Kreg Jig set and had a little fun.
The jig set creates a nice little pocket hole for such cases as building a bat rack or entertainment system. I've used it three times now and I feel like I'm getting pretty good at it.
All of the pictures were taken this morning after I applied the stain.  I still need to apply a couple coats of polyurethane, but I'll take care of that the next couple of days. 

It should be ready to wrap and gift by the weekend!