Friday, October 18, 2013

Cards from the Dark Side...and Nebraska

Well, hey there, strangers! It's been awhile, but don't fret, I'm still here.

When I first started trading cards on the Internet many moons ago, I quickly found out that there are tons of amazing, generous traders out there in the world. When I started blogging about cards four-ish years ago, I found out that there is an even amazinger, generouser sub-group of people out there -- the card bloggers. Thanks to the Internet I've met some great traders and cool people. When I decided to reenter the blogosphere, part of the reason was because I missed interacting and trading with the other awesome bloggers.

One of the blogs I was super excited to see was still around is none other than that of Night Owl. He likes the Dodgers, but we can forgive him for that right? Anyway, I sent him a bunch of Dodgers I had laying around, including a manufactured Jackie Robinson patch card (seriously, though, I don't understand the purpose of the manu-patches, but that's a story for another day). And guess what!!! He sent me a nice stack of Phillies. So let's get to the show and tell...

2013 Triple Play #63 Ryan Howard
This is the very first Triple Play card I own. Well, outside of the ones from the early to mid-90's. I'm very happy to add it to my collection; however, I'm not sure how I feel about these cards. It's a nice looking card and a creative way to get around the lack of MLB licensing, it's just... It's hard for me to think of it as a "Ryan Howard card" since it doesn't really have him on it. I don't know, maybe I'm just weird. I did learn that he became the fastest player to reach 200 home runs. So there's that. Moving on...

2013 Topps Archives #47 Ryan Howard
2012 Topps Heritage #56 Cliff Lee
Have I ever told you how much I love retro cards? No? Well, I do. I absolutely adore this year's Archives set. So much that I decided to try to put the set together. Now, I am not a set collector by nature, so we'll see how far I actually get (again, a post for another day). Getting back on track, the addition of the Howard card above leaves me with 3 cards left to complete the team set: 28 Schmidt, 213 Samuel SP, and 240 Daulton SP. The 2012 Heritage set is another great looking set, in my opinion. Nice thick cardboard, too, which is always appreciated.

2012 Topps Opening Day #108 Roy Oswalt
2013 Topps Opening Day #57 Cliff Lee
I don't think I've bought a single pack of Opening Day since 2003. It's nice to get a couple every now and then to fill in the holes.

2013 Topps Chasing History #CH-39 Jim Thome
In addition to a bunch of 2013 Topps base that fit nicely into my team set, there was also this beautiful specimen commemorating Thome's left handed HR record. In 2003, he won the League HR title and also beat Chuck Klein's 1929 single season record for lefties by four.

2013 Topps Target Red Border #625 Dom Brown
Sometimes parallels work really well and sometimes they are really awful. Luckily the Target Red Border parallels that Topps have been doing work. At least for Phillies' cards I really love the look of the red borders.

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces #69 Chase Utley
Upper Deck Masterpieces is another set that I've always admired. I mean, come on, that's a damn nice looking card.


More retro goodness! This time from 2004 Fan Favorites, another set near and dear to my heart. Thanks again Night Owl! And keep an eye on the mailbox; I may have found a couple more interesting items for you...

I recently set up a trade on Sports Card Forum with a user named Shadowking86. Well, it turns out he runs a blog called Red Sox Fan in Nebraska and he is, you guessed it, a Red Sox fan in Nebraska! (Another offense that can be forgiven since he sent me some Phillies cards)

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini A & G Back #143 Mike Schmidt
The Man, the Myth, the Moustache. In mini format, no less. While my lack of Ginter love is pretty well know, even I have to admit that this is a pretty snazzy card.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #189 Cliff Lee
Gypsy Queen is a set I like considerably more than Allen & Ginter; however, I refuse to buy any more packs of it, since I've had terrible luck pulling Phillies cards out of it. Seriously, I think I've bought two blasters, a bunch of rack packs, and a ton of single packs and only pulled two Ryan Howard cards. Actually, I've had terrible Phillies pulling luck in general lately. Don't even get me started. 

Thanks again for the trade, Brad! Hopefully, we can do it again soon. Go check out his blog; I'm in a group break that he's doing right now, so fingers crossed I'll have some more sweet cards to show off soon.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Recently Acquired Phillies for Your Aesthetic Enjoyment

Sadly I sit here, all hope for the post season lost, sifting through cards. That's almost a lie; I couldn't tell you the exact moment I lost hope in a postseason, but it sure as heck wasn't too recent. Anyway, after two days of being sick, I think I've successfully infected every other person in the house. At this moment all other humans in the vicinity are taking a nap or watching cartoons, which means I should have about 15 minutes to update this poor excuse for a blog before someone needs something.

A few new cards have recently fallen into my possession. Really, you'd think it would be impossible to impulse buy via the internet. I mean, there is plenty of time with which to rethink a purchase. That being said, I am the Queen of internet impulse buying. That's how these cards came into my possession.
2013 Topps #26B Chase Utley SP

2013 Topps #6B Ryan Howard SP
Can I just say that I hate this "short print variation" garbage? As a collector on a budget, it usually means more cards that won't see the light of my collection as I typically don't have the money to buy a bajillion boxes and packs of cards. Sometimes I am lucky enough to find a person who is willing to trade these cards for one of my sad stacks of 1990 Donruss. Other times, I have to resort to trade sad stacks of money for these cards. That's what I did here, which means if anyone is still interested in 1990 Donruss, just let me know. On a lighter note, I love to see pictures of players signing for kids. It hits me right in the feels, ya know? Maybe because I know from my own kids how happy it makes them when someone takes the time to sign for them. Moving on.

2013 Topps Commemorative Patch 
Another fad I just don't understand is Commemorative Patches. Yeah, it's cool looking, I like the retro patch. But really, what's the point? Oh well, any Schmidt's a good Schmidt, as they say (I don't think anyone has ever really said that, but they should).

2012 Topps Black #259 Michael Stutes
I don't have the same disregard for serial numbered cards as I do for SPs and commemorative patches. I adore numbered cards. I can't explain it, really. Anyway, Stutes is one of the aforementioned players that signed stuff for my kids when he was with Reading back in 2009. If I remember I'll try to dig one of those things up and add it to my ever growing "To Scan" stack.

2012 Topps Tribute Tribute to the Stars #TSR-RHO 
2012 Topps Tier One Relic
The last two cards are fancy cards from fancy packs, i.e. packs I can't afford, so don't buy. I'll be honest with you for a minute -- even though "game-used" cards (and I use that term loosely) are over produced and a dime a dozen, I still get excited every time one falls into my possession. These two also happen to be low numbered, which makes me sqee a little inside. However, I don't understand why the Howard is encapsulated in 3 inches of plastic.

Oh yeah, and if anyone's interested, I guess I'll root for the Pirates. Because Pennsylvania and all that.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In honor of the Marlin's 100th loss...

1996 Pacific Prisms Gold #P52 Lenny Dykstra
I've come to terms with the fact that the Phils have clinched their first losing season since 2002. I'm okay with it, I swear. Honestly, I'm a pretty optimistic person; glass half full and all that. So while I might be crying into my Wheaties about the losing season, I do have at least one thing to smile about.

At least we didn't lose 100 games.

Last night we served those fish faces their 100th loss. I'll admit that it's a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing September.

So, while I was planning what to write about in this post (planning??? what is that????), I did a little research (research!). Way back in the dark ages of 1997, when the Marlins were from plain old Florida and not all fancy and from Miami, we traded some guy named Darren Daulton to them for Billy McMillon.

1994 Ultra Phillies Finest #3 Darren Daulton
I wish I had a Billy McMillon card to show you, but alas, he seems to be missing from my collection. (Instead I included good ol' Lenny because in my mind Daulton and Dykstra go together like peanut butter and ladies) So far, I've catalogued 1,324 Phillies cards and not one single one of them is poor, old Billy. This lead me to do a little more research (seriously, I must be sick or something). Apparently, Billy has 13 cards from 97/98 that picture him as a Phillie. I still have a lot more cards to go through, but I somehow can predict that nary a one will show me Mr. McMillon's smiling mug (full disclosure: I have no idea whether or not he smiles on his cards; I've never seen one). I may have to break down and buy one just to say I have it. Otherwise, how can I sleep at night knowing my collection will never be complete until I obtain a 1998 Donruss Billy McMillon card?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Updates, Mail, and Poorly Scanned Pictures

Well, happy Friday! Today is my Friday off, so I thought it would be a good time to actually update the blog with some of the things that have been going on around these parts. Let's jump right into the good stuff before I start off on some unrelated tangent.

2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Signs of the Future #FG Freddy Galvis

This lovely specimen came to me via Sports Card Forum. I think I bought it for $5.50 dlvd. A steal, I tell ya. This scan does the card no justice; it is nice and shiny in real life. I love autographs. I love it even more when a player has nice penmanship. Must be the former teacher in me. Freddy here is definitely not the worst I've seen and not the best. I can make out actual letters, which is a plus. I imagine when you are signing pages and pages of stickers it gets a little tiring. It would be interesting to compare how the signature deteriorates from the first sticker signed to the last. (At least I think it would be. Maybe I'm just weird) Anyway, I enjoy that he added the little #13 at the end. It's the little things.

1981 Topps #540

1985 Topps Glossy All-Star #4

1982 Donruss #585

1994 Ted Williams Mike Schmidt #MS4 "The Promised Land"
Moving on, here are four Mike Schmidt cards I picked up at the card show last weekend. The first 3 are pretty standard, you've all probably seen them a million and one times before. The last one is one that I had never come across before. So I used my awesome powers of Google-fu and looked it up. Turns out that this comes from a 9 card set highlighting Schmidt's career. They were inserted 1 per in 1994 Ted Williams jumbo packs. If anyone has any more of these cards, let me know.

Above are the random vintage cards I picked up at the aforementioned card show. I didn't pay more than a dollar for any of them, in fact most were a quarter or fifty cents. 

Thank goodness that is over with. Now I can finally move these cards from my desk into their respective homes. As I get back into the swing of blogging, hopefully posts will happen more than once a week. I can't promise anything though. There is a lot of behind the scenes action going on here at them moment. I'm in the middle of reorganizing the cards to make it easier to see what I need and what I have. I'm working on wantlists and tradelists that will hopefully be at least partially posted this weekend. You know, all the normal stuff.

As always, if you have anything you think I might like, feel free to drop me a line at Also before I forget, I think I fixed whatever was wrong with the comments, so if you tried to comment and couldn't I apologize.

Monday, September 9, 2013

So, a girl walks into a card show...

Ok, "girl" might be pushing it these days, but anyway. (I mean, I am of the female persuasion; however, I think I am fast encroaching on "lady" territory. Now, stop getting me off track or I'll never get this post written.)

Where was I? Ah, yes, card show. I did, in fact, walk into a card show this past weekend and walked out with a nice stack of cards nobody else wanted. First, you have to understand that I avoid any and all "high dollar" items. And by "high dollar" I obviously mean anything over a literal dollar. I sniff out quarter bins like a dog sniffs out stuff that dogs like to sniff. I'll gladly peruse through boxes of other people's junk.

To get straight to the point, here's some of the junk I found. I'll have to do a part deux of this post because I am too lazy to finish scanning tonight.

A lovely trifecta of 1981 Donruss cards featuring Mr. Pete Rose. I had no idea that Pete had this many cards in the ol' 81 set. I also have no idea what my scanner did to these cards, but the edges don't look so wonky in real life. I know you were probably worried. And, as an added bonus for you, a casual observation -- it's a good thing that Pete has all that beautiful flowing hair, because that batting helmet doesn't look like it would protect him in a pillow fight.

Moving on.

Say hello to Howard, Halladay, and Hamels (oh my!). First, up is Ryan Howard on a 2007 Topps Stars card. Even though I was still collecting back in 2007, this is the first one of these cards I've seen. Eh. Let's leave it at that; even I, queen of all cards shiny and gaudy, can't find it in me to think this card is all that aesthetically pleasing. Next up, is a double shot of the Doctor. A 2013 base card for my team set and my very first Gypsy Queen. Now, I've been pretty vocal in the past about my dislike of the Ginter sets, but the Gypsy Queen stuff is growing on me. Full disclosure, I have opened exactly zero packs of it and am basing my opinion solely on this one card. I also really enjoy that Roy is immortalized in a chicken-esque dance pose. Being from Pa. Dutch country and all, the chicken dance holds a special place in my heart. Rounding out the post is Cole Hamels on a Starquest card. A Gold Rare something something, no less. I don't know what that means (Geez, I've been saying that a lot lately), but it's slightly shiny and that could be a goldish background. Is it actually rare? Do I care enough to look up any information about this card? Not so much and it cost me a quarter. 

Stay tuned for an unresearched, poorly written Part 2 Post. What's in store, you ask? Schmidt, Carlton, and some beat up vintage (non-Phillies! I am a sucker for any card that's marked $.25). 

Stay golden (and rare).

Saturday, September 7, 2013

First Trade Since Being Back

I am super happy to record my first trade since falling off the wagon - er, I mean, getting back into collecting again. This trade comes to me from a user named Mike on Sports Card Forum. (If you want to look me up there or be my friend or just stalk my sadly small number of posts, my name is PhilsFaninNY)

For the price of a couple 2013 Topps inserts I scored a couple Phillies for my collection.

Why, yes, that is a 2013 Topps Tyler Cloyd RC. It was just announced today that Cloyd would take Ethan Martin's spot in the rotation effective immediately. 

These next two might look like the exact same card, but I would have to tell you that you are sadly mistaken. Well, not really. Technically, I guess they are the same card, but the one on the right is... wait for it... HOLOFOIL! I don't know what holofoil means other than it makes the card extra shiny and that makes me extra happy. You may remember from my initial tenure on this blog that shiny cards are my favorite. The shinier the better. That has not changed at all; in fact, the shiny love may have even gotten worse. 

In other news, The Great Card Re-Organization of 2013 is still underway. I'm knee deep in cards and don't seem to be getting anywhere organizationally wise, but I'm having a blast sifting through all the boxes of cards I've neglected for the past 4 years. I promised the spouse that I would get rid of some, so if there is anything you're looking for let me know. I'm also working on updated wantlists and tradelists, so stay tuned for that, as well.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I have a blog???

Whoa, has it really been 4 years since I've posted here?

Let me repeat that for emphasis. 4 years???

Wow, so I guess I should make some sort of excuse for my terrible blogging habits. Um, I moved to Long Island. That's right, Met's country. With a smattering of Yankees fringe groups hanging around. I'll tell ya, it's painful. The cards got packed up in the move and just never got unpacked, I guess. A 4 year break from collecting; I thought was officially over the addiction. Well, a couple of weeks ago we started cleaning out the attic to get rid of stuff and I decided to pull down the boxes. That's exactly where I went wrong... Once I got my dirty mitts back on those cards I knew I couldn't part with them and the pack ripping, shiny card loving bug bit me again.

Which brings us to the present and this blog. I think I'll start posting again, if it's all right with all you non-existent readers. So, get ready for some cheap wax, junk cardboard, and Phillies fun (phun?). As always, if you have any Phillies cards that are burning a hole in your pocket or you're just sick of looking at, I will gladly give them a good home. And I might just have something special to stick in the mailbox for you.

It's good to be back. Even though those bums are in 4th place.