Friday, November 24, 2017

Cards from SCC

It looks like I've fount a new trading partner in Matt from Sport Card Collectors. He's a Rodney Hampton super collector, which means I get to shop sportlots.com when looking for material to send his way. Double bonus!

Let's see what he sent my way this time!
 Ahhhh!  Another Cubs World Series related card from Update. Again, I need more of these for other binders.  Hit me up if you one!
 I'd like the Cubs re-sign Davis for 2018 and beyond. I know he can't pitch much better than what he did in 2017, but I think he can be solid as the last man out of the bullpen for a few more seasons.
 More Update goodness!  Woo-Hoo! Have an extra copy of the "History Makers"? Let me know! I could use another copy of the Duensing card, too.  Hoping to meet him at the Cubs Convention in January for an in-person autograph.
 Miiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiis!  Zobrist and Dawson are two of my favorite Cubs ever. Hard to go wrong with these two guys. Great athletes and even better human beings.
Lastly, we have a negative parallel or black & white parallel of Kyle Hendricks from 2017 Topps Chrome. Honestly, this card is kind of freaky-scary. It looks like Kyle, who is about as mild-mannered as Clark Kent, has some serious demons to exorcise. Am I right?

Thanks for the cards, Matt!  I'll see what I do about send something your way before the calendar turns to 2018.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Part 2: 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 2: 2017 Topps Inception

I kept searching Ebay on a weekly basis for "2017 Vogelbach," but nothing but autographed balls and pictures would pop up in my search. Finally, in the middle of May, Topps Inception found its way to Ebay.

Topps Inception is a high-end product: 7 cards in one box that usually runs over $80.

Luckily, Dan Vogelbach has yet to make a name for himself and his cards can be snagged a pretty fair price.
Each card is numbered in the upper right hand corner.  Somehow I was able to track down all of the parallels except the 1/1, which I'll probably never see or be able to afford.
 I love that these autographs are on the card. Not every product does this and I feel it makes for a cleaner looking card when stickers aren't used. These cards also work well with the different color versions.

2017 Topps Inception Haves (5):


2017 Topps Inception Needs (1):
The 1/1 "Inception" Parallel

Two sets down...   Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Red Cards for Gold and Blue

Matt, from Red Cardboard, recently unveiled a post asking for unbalanced trades. Heck, I like to trade, no matter what I'm getting in return.  So, I sent off a quick e-mail.

I sent him some unwanted Reds cardboard from my collection, which I hope found a spot in his collection.

Here's what I received:
 That's right, I'm still working on that 2017 Topps Fire set. I'm down two last base cards.  Anybody want to help?  Here's a link to my updated want list for the set.

Here's the gold portion of the trade package:
 Oooooh!  A shiny Fergie in the middle of a golden vortex!

Now, on to the blue within the trade package: one of the many Cubs World Series themed cards from Topps Update that I'm in search of.
I need about four more copies of this card for certain binders... the World Series binder and Rizzo player collection binder to name a couple.

Thanks for the quick and easy trade, Matt!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Part 1: 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.

So, without further delay, let's get to the first card.

Early on, many baseball pundits were predicting Dan Vogelbach would break camp with the Mariners in April.

Topps Now, arguably the first "set" to produce 2018 cardboard, jumped at this opportunity and placed Vogelbach in its 15-card team set of the Mariners titled Road to Opening Day.
Vogelbach opened the year with the Tacoma Rainiers in Triple-A, but I did have my first Vogelbach card of 2017. I picked up a single of  the above card from Ebay, as I did many of the cards, because I didn't want 14 other Mariner cards that came in the set if bought directly from Topps.

The Mariners only had sixteen more Topps Now cards produced in 2017. Four of them were of Nelson Cruz and eight of them were of the All-Star MVP, Robinson Cano.

Regardless, this is my favorite non-auto/relic of Vogelbach in my entire collection. It's a nice design, a rookie card, and the photo selection is top notch.  The man has a great smile.

2017 Topps Now Haves:
OD-204 (the card you see above)

2017 Topps Now Needs:
None!

It was a big year for Vogelbach... well, at least in cardboard. One set down... a dozen or so more to go!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Blaster of 2017 Topps Gallery

I've always been a fan of the cards, like Topps Gallery, that get away from the standard photo as medium. When I found a blaster at a neighboring town's Wal-Mart yesterday I had to snag one on my way to checkout.  Let's see how I did!
Good to see Mr. Trout, the best position player in baseball for my money, getting some love from Topps again.
 As the exterior of the blaster states, there are seven four-card packs and one exclusive artist proof  parallel pack.  Ooooh!  Fancy!

Pack #1:
 The first card is a Cub!  Woo-Hoo!  The borders of these are not purely white. They are somewhat slick and have a canvas like pattern only visible when the light hits the card just right. The player portion of the card has more of a matte finish to them and are a tad smoother.
The backs are nice, but I find it intriguing Topps went with the month-by-month statistical breakdown on the back of the cards.  Different.
Here are cards two and four of the pack. The back of the Ryon Healy card was actually the first card I saw, which was not a good sign for this collector. Keep in mind, Seattle just acquired Ryon Healy from Oakland to play first base in 2018... the same position a certain Vogelmonster plays.  Sigh.

Hall of Fame insert cards fall at one for every four packs. I made out with two in the eight pack blaster. Fair enough.
 I should mention that all the base cards are the artwork of Mayumi Seto and all the inserts I pulled are the work of Dan Bergren.

This card is from pack #7.  The pack felt thicker and I was pretty psyched when opening it... but then I found it was thicker because it contained the standard four cards and a non-numbered advertisement card of the main artist.

Pack #2
 No inserts in this pack. That's the second Brewer and second Cub in two packs.

Pack #3
I look at the Matt Harvey card and the Daniel Murphy card and I can't help but think they were done by different artists.  Nope, same artist. Oh, and a Nationals hot pack!

Pack #4 . . . Rizzo!

 Masterpiece cards appear at a rate of one for every seven packs. Again, this blaster is delivering what it promises.
I was pleasantly shocked to see Justin Verlander in Houston Astros gear. I figure a set with artwork would take more time and he would have been painted in Tigers garb.

Pack #5
 There's my second Hall of Fame card... Roberto Alomar.  That gives me a pair of second sackers for my HOF inserts.  I was hoping for Sandberg, but he wasn't granted an insert card, just a short print card.

Pack #6
 I actually like this pack quite a bit. Trea Turner, Tyler Glasnow and Max Kepler are all young players who ooze potential. Matt Carpenter?  Yeah, he's a Cardinal, but I'll find a taker.
 Carpenter's card is part of the 40 card Heritage checklist, which pay homage to the 1951 Bowman set. These cards fall one to every eleven packs, so I beat the odds there.

Pack #7
Diamondback hot pack! Georger Springer is the clear winner in this pack if you ask me.

Pack #8, the Exclusive Artist Proof Parallel Pack
I was very disappointed with my parallel pack. First the "artist proof" parallel only received a little bit of gold foil on the card.  Secondly, these are all duplicates!  Oddly enough though, these four cards were spread out among three separate packs. Different collation on the parallel pack.

The checklist for this product is 200 cards, with cards 151-200 being short prints. I did not pull a short print. 

There are four different colors for the base parallels (green, blue, orange, and red), but I didn't pull a color parallel.

There are four insert sets in this year's edition of Topps Gallery, but I failed to pull an Expressionist. That's a bit of a bummer.

Oh, and two of the main panels of the blaster box say, "Look for Rookie Autograph cards!"  Nope, that didn't happen either. That's okay, I never expect to get an auto in a blaster anyway.  For the record, there are 150 non-SP cards in the base set and there are 170 different autograph cards in this product. Yes, 170! The late 80's and early 90's are known as the junk wax era and I think we're currently living in the junk auto era. Just sayin'.

I pulled some nice cards, like Bryce Harper, three Cubs, Yoan Moncada, and couple of World Champion Astros. But overall, I felt my box was lacking.

The Cubs, Yankees and Brewers in this box are already claimed, but if you see something you'd like hit me up with a comment!

I hope you enjoyed my quick blaster break of 2017 Topps Gallery!