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!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Part 10: 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 10: 2017 Topps Heritage

2017 Heritage featured my second favorite design from the 1960's, behind the 1966 set. I've always referred to this set as the "burlap" set. Anyone else?

First of all, I should mention Vogelbach's Heritage card is my second favorite card of 2017, behind the Topps Now card shown in the first edition of this series.  Again, a great design and a solid picture.
The two cards above are the over sized 5" by 7" cards. I don't know if it's the camera angle or what, but don't the Vogelmonster's biceps look huge?

I bought into a case break of Heritage through Ebay, but I didn't really luck into anything special other than the chrome parallel numbered to 999, which is the middle card in the picture below.  I have quite a few base cards if you need one!
The top middle card is the yellow back variation, thus the reason it looks like a duplicate.

I missed out on a couple of the cheaper color swap variations, but eventually I found one in my price range. It turned out the Ebay seller lives just a few blocks from me! It was the quickest delivery ever, less than one day, and it went from $3 shipping to free. Nice! The color swap variation is the card in the top row on the right.

The hole in the bottom middle is now actually filled. I had been watching the blue chrome parallel (#/68) for a few months and finally decided to pull the trigger after I snapped pictures of all the cards in early November. I was too lazy to go back and take another snapshot.  Maybe I should remedy that.
 My sister gifted me a Paypal coupon, which made the price much more tolerable. Thanks, Jane!

Autos!
  I was a little shocked at how expensive the Real One autos were going for. The blue ink auto came down in price after a couple of weeks and I pounced on one for $5 shipped. Good deal.

The red ink autos (#/68) are still going in the $15 to $20 range to this day. Once I figured out the price wasn't going to come down anymore I finally took the plunge. What's weird is I've been able to purchase many lowered numbered autos of Vogelbach before and since then for a fraction of what I paid for the red ink auto. I'm not sure why that is... maybe it speaks to the popularity of the Heritage brand?

2017 Topps Heritage Haves (13):


2017 Topps Heritage Needs (4):
#613 - Heritage Gray Back, #/10
#613 - Heritage Flip Stock, #/5
#THC-613 - Heritage Chrome Gold Refractor, #/5
#THC-613 - Heritage Chrome Superfractor, 1/1

I have only seen one of the four needed cards. No, I did not pull the trigger.
As you can see, above, I use the note feature when watching expensive cards to keep tabs on price movement. I'll note the 2nd, 3rd, and successive price listings and maybe if it gets low enough I'll make an offer or buy the card. This card went unsold and it hasn't reappeared since. So it goes.

I never was a real fan of Heritage. Why did we need to rehash old designs?  That changed this year with my Vogelbach chase. I don't know that I'll ever bust a box, but it looks like a fun rip with all the chromey cards, variations, parallels and autos.

For what it's worth, I think I can close the book on my 2017 Vogelbach Heritage collection.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Cubs from North of the Border

 I received a package from Sportscards From The Dollar Store the other day, but it's been stuck in line behind an avalanche of Vogelmonster card posts. It's been pretty busy here in P-town as of late, and I can't remember if Douglas and I agreed to a swap, but nevertheless I know where to send my random Mets and hockey cards!

On to the cardboard!

I know a serial number 10,000 isn't much these days, but this is a card I've longed to have since I first saw it on the interwebs.
This Kris Bryant card is easily my favorite card of the package and it will go straight into my World Series binder. Fantastic.

But wait, there was an autograph, too!
 I was chasing Shawon Dunston autos a few years ago when his son was in the Cubs' minor league system. I never could find one to my liking. Hometown Heroes is a really fun break and one of the reasons I bought a couple of the boxes and completed this set was to have a chance at this exact Dunston card. This package is starting off on a really high note!

Vintage?   
 Colorful and in pretty fair condition?
 Yes, Please!

I remember there being a debate about whether hot dogs and onions is actually a thing at Wrigley.
 I don't remember how the debate ended and I can't say that I can answer that question.
 I always get the Chicago Dog or buy a plain one from a vendor, but hot dogs are my go-to food in Wrigley for sure.
 Topps Pro Debut!  I actually have two of these cards autographed in person. 😀
 Honus Bonus?  I just received the Willson Contreras card the other day... now my collection adds a Lester and Baez.  Man, I love the generosity of bloggers!
 I'm hoping the Cubs re-sign Wade Davis... and then I'm hoping I bump into him at the Cubs Convention so I can get this card signed. Black or blue ink? Which would go better?

Hey, more Hometown Heroes! 
 How can you not love a set that features a bunch of guys who belong in the Hall of Very Good?

Here are two Rizzos to round out the show-and-tell portion of today's post:
 If I didn't know better I would say the picture from the '17 Heritage card was the one used for the smile on the '13 Triple Play card.
For the record, I don't see any onions on the hot dogs in the background of Rizzo's Triple Play card. There's a squiggly line, but that most certainly is a mustard line. 

Douglas, thanks for the cards!  I'll put something together for you before too long!

If you haven't seen my Contest Post, then please take a look!  There's still plenty of time to get your entry in!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Part 9: 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 9: Minor League Cards

I'm not exactly sure when the Tacoma Rainiers released their team set or when the PCL All-Star team set came out, but I was happy to add them to my collection.
I miss the days of Vogelbach wearing something other than a Mariners' uniform and these two cards, although not Cubs blue, were a nice change of pace. 

2017 Minor League Haves (2):


2017 Minor League Needs (0):
None!

You know what's great about team issued minor league cards?  No parallels!  Woo-Hoo!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gone Dark, but Active As Ever

It seems as though packages from Wes, also known as JBF, are popping up on blogs all over the place as of late. WILLINGHAMMER RISING is coming up on its third full month of going dark, but Wes can be seen active on Twitter and is still giving post office workers in Hazel Green a little extra job security.

I received this trade package late last week from Wes and, naturally, it packed a punch.

Might as well start this display of cards off with some autos, because the whole package was like hitting the jackpot.
 Pat Cline and Gioskar Amaya are a couple of failed catching prospects for the Cubs. I know the card for Amaya says "2B," but that was before the Cubs tried him out behind the dish. The Cline is a numbered green parallel and the Amaya is the refractor auto.  Yeah...  Wes says, "Go hard, or go home!"

 You don't often see a horizontal stripe and I'm not sure why that is. Triple Threads is another one of those products that doesn't hardly visit my collection unless it comes from Wes.
 I actually looked to see if Wrigley Wax had a Damon Buford relic card. He has a nice (and apparently very complete) collection of relic cards of players donning the Cubs uniform.  WW already has a Buford relic, so I'm keeping this one!
 I missed the boat on Panini Cooperstown, which is sad because I started a Hall of Fame binder recently. If I could track down a non-auto base lot on Ebay for a decent price I would surely hit the Buy It Now button. These Billy Williams die-cut cards are really snazzy looking. The one on the left is the purple parallel and has a low serial number... you know, because that's what Wes does.
 Speaking of low serial numbers... 03/10 and 14/50 on the Aramis Ramirez and Javier Baez cards, respectively. The Moments & Milestones insert set must have been a pain to complete if Topps is celebrating the 65th RBI of 92, which I assume means Ramirez has a card for all 92 RBIs. The Topps Bunt card is an awesomely sharp looking card, which looks like it belongs in Topps Fire. I like it!
 I thought I needed the 1987 Donruss Opening Day card for my Sandberg collection, but it turns out I was wrong. So, Ryne and Leon will fill in holes in my Cubs box instead. Nice!

 There's too many non-baseball cards in Panini's Golden Age for me to do a set build, but I'll take a card of Hack Wilson anytime I can get my hands on it!

Boom!  Kerry Wood Bat Card!
 The dude could hit a little bit, that's for sure. I don't know if I would compare him to Madison Bumgarner at the plate, but I do have fond memories of Kerry hitting a homer in the NLCS against the Marlins in 2013. Heck, he was a career batting average of 0.273 in the playoffs!
The above two cards are numbers 517 and 518 in my Kerry Wood collection, a collection which has largely in part grown due to the generous offerings from the blogs. Thanks everyone!
Here's that awesome Panini Cooperstown set again. Both cards are #86, and I'm not exactly sure how that works. The red card is numbered out of /35 and would look great in my Hall of Fame binder if I can ever track down a duplicate. The green card is numbered to /10. Wes, you are insane!  These cards are the 853rd and 854th different Ryne Sandberg cards in my Ryno player collection.

 Sandberg was the subject of my first ever player collection.
 Dan Vogelbach, aka The Vogelmonster, is my most recent.
Both of these cards are duplicates... and according to my records I first added these cards to my collection through... wait for it... Wes!   Yeah, both of these are awesome and I'm accumulating a nice little collection of Vogelbach duplicates that may allow me to create a little display in the man room down the road.

We started with autographs so we might as well finish with them.
Wow! I actually just acquired Upper Deck's Century Legends complete set earlier within the last year or so. It's a great set and I suggest looking into grabbing a copy to place in a binder if you have the means. This Ernie Banks auto is super cool! I now have three Ernie autos in my collection, and two of them... yes, two of them have been gifted to me by Wes.

Wes, thank you again for your generosity and friendship! I'll see what I can do about sending you something for collection niches! But, be patient my friend, for my my vault of Willinghammers was emptied earlier in the year.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Part 8: 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 8:  Topps Definitive Baseball

Wow, and I thought Clearly Authentic was a high end set. Definitive Baseball boxes contain eight cards, all autos and/or relics, and the price is north of a thousand dollars per box. The card below is the base card and is numbered to /30. I suppose low serial numbers for base cards creative a higher demand due to scarcity?
Honestly, I could have done without this set. The card itself contains an ornate design in the background and is on super thick card stock, but other than the autographs the product doesn't really knock my socks off. Plus, doesn't this photo of Vogelbach look like it should be used in a Panini offering?
I'm glad I pounced on the cards when I did, because they seem to be pretty rare on Ebay these days. I paid a little more than I wanted to at the time, but I'm glad to have them in my collection.

2017 Topps Definitive Baseball Haves (3):


2017 Topps Definitive Needs (1):
DCRA-DV  -  Topps Definitive (Red), 1/1

You may be noticing a pattern here as of late. I'm doing pretty well accumulating Vogelbach's cards except for those pesky 1/1's. It is what it is.

Stay tuned... more to come!

Monday, December 4, 2017

What's in a Name: Scribbled Ink

I'll tell you what: there's more to a blog name than what one might assume.
I changed mine from Waiting 'til Next Year to Eamus Catuli! on November 14th of last year and I immediately went into a blogging funk. 

I feel like both names were fairly creative and if nothing else, very meaningful. 
Cubs fans had been waiting 100+ for a world championship... so Waiting 'til Next Year fit really well. Cub fans were always waiting for the next season. 
Eamus Catuli is loosely translated to Let's Go Cubs!  This blog name change served as a tip of the cap to the sign on Sheffield Avenue which keeps track of the seasons between major Cubs winning milestones, like the World Series. 
It never felt right.
Waiting 'til Next Year was averaging about 192 posts a year for the previous four years. Not too shabby a pace, but one I could keep up with comfortably.  Eamus Catuli was only around for 50 weeks, but 91 posts was really coming up short. Those posts? Many felt like a chore to churn out.
Since the change back to Waiting 'til Next Year, just forty days ago, I've produced twenty-three posts. Did I mention I'm a math teacher? Love me some math. Twenty-three posts in forty days works out to 210 in a calendar year.  
Yeah, I'm just more comfortable with Waiting 'til Next Year, as a blog title and ... well... literally waiting for the next year as stated in a recent post.
So when Paul changed the name of his blog to Scribbled Ink I was on board immediately. The name works really well for a guy who loves the TTM game. (TTM = autograph through the mail)
I got Kieschnicked!
I hope he's happy with the change, because I think it works really well. 
For the record, all the cards in this post are from Paul. He sent over 250+ Cubs cards my way.
Including new cards for my Kerry Wood player collection.  This one is numbered to /250 and is uncirculated!
Many repeats to my collection, but a couple of new ones, too!
Relic card!  This one would look good with an auto to the right of Kerry's head.  I may have to see what I can do about that at the Cubs Convention in January!
And a new card for my Ryne Sandberg collection.  Very nice!
Plus, since I've spent most of my cardboard resources acquiring Dan Vogelbach cards this year I've been missing out on new releases. Paul helped me out a ton as you can see!
Topps Finest has a stunning design and blue works really well with the Cubs alternate jersey tops.
 Diamond Kinds and Archives are above. The Bruce Sutter card is on top because it was one of my Top 5 Most Wanted Cards. There was actually two of this card in the package. Awesome!
Bowman... Bowman... and more Bowman!

Topps loves them some 1987 designs. I wonder if they can make it another five years before they bring the design back for the 35th anniversary?

Oh, and to top it all off, Paul included a bunch of early 80's cards, which filled many holes in my Cubs collection. 

So, what's in a name?
In this case... generosity. Paul's a solid dude and an excellent trader. All of the cards in this post and a plethora of other Cubs mojo came within a well-packed shoe box. How cool is that?  It was like reliving my youth all over again. Thanks for the cards, Paul!

The name, Scribbled Ink, fits your collecting habits well and I wish you much blogging, trading, and TTM-ing success in the future!