Topical Trade Bait Post!

My other Pete auto..

My other Pete auto is also available..

Gavin is 100% correct.  I’ve got tons of stuff to move, though barring unexpected commission money or eBay sales or something, I’m already pretty tapped out for January.  I’d definitely like to set some trades in motion that can be pieced together over the rest of the month and go out at the start of February, however.  So, with that in mind, and the good Gav directing some eyes to my new blog, it seems like a good day to post a little trade bait teaser sampler.

1962 Topps '61 League Leaders..

1962 Topps ’61 League Leaders..

The backs..

The backs..

Let’s start it off with some vintage.  A trio of early-’60s league leader cards full of Hall of Famers and stars of their day.  I’m guessing the reason they came to me cheaply enough to use them as trade bait is due to the writing on the backs.  They’re otherwise in pretty solid shape though.

OPC is alright by me..

More vintage Hall of Famers!

See? OPC, baby..

Cool Bob Watson stat, bro..

Like any good Canadian, this Seaver OPC is in more rugged shape.  It’s an OPC though, so you’re probably still needing it.😉

Framed GQ parallels from this past year..

Framed GQ parallels from this past year..

Moving on from the true vintage to the faux vintage with some 2015 Gypsy Queen parallels from several discount hanger boxes I picked at Walmart in December.  I actually have two of the white Goldy & Trout available if you’re in the market for one.

Heritage..

A little Topps Heritage..

Mini Votto back..

Mini Votto back..

I think the Ryan & Marichal are still around anyway.  I know the mini Votto is though, and he’s the big draw here.  It’s #’ed 8/100.  The mini Vottos from other years (also /100) that had sold when I went to check eBay figures on it went for around $8, so this should be able to fetch me something nice in a trade.

'90s refractor goodness..

’90s refractor goodness..

Now for the shinier/fancier/funkier stuff.  Kickin’ it off with this groovy late-’90s Adrian Beltre BowChro refractor.

2014 Topps High Tek Yangervis Solarte Whirpool Pattern

Never nervous Yangervis!

I upgraded my Solarte page with a diffractor #’ed /75, so now this whirlpool pattern version is available for trade.

Shadowboxes!

Shadowboxes!

These are cool.  I absolutely loves me the crap outta some Shadowbox cards, and pick up anybody I can get when they’re cheap enough.  Unfortunately they’re far too thick for binder pages, and 130pt magnetic holders can’t even contain them usually, so most of them end up as extremely bulky, unusually expensive additions to my vast trade bait reserves.

Blingy low tier flagship inserts & parallels with name value..

Low tier bling with some name value..

These are just shiny low level flagship things, but hey, a Hall of Famer, the best player in the game, and a fast rising star.  Surely someone will have use for them.

Are you feeling blue?

Are you feeling blue?

How 'bout now?

How ’bout now?

HOW 'BOUT NOW?????

HOW ‘BOUT NOW?????

Those Walmart discount binges tho… Eifert is a regular blue, and the rest are Pulsar Prizms.  A few really nice ones too.  I also have a Matty Ice Pulsar insert, regular blue Jerome Bettis insert, and regular blue Michael Floyd base in the pile.

Blue & Red Wave..

Blue & Red Wave..

Red, White, & Blue Power Plaid..

Red, White, & Blue Power Plaid..

Yellow & Red Pulsar..

Yellow & Red Pulsar..

 

Hulk and Drogba were keepers, but I have all the rest still around for trade because I never got around to throwing them back on eBay after I cherry picked my handful of keepers.  I also have Sergio Ramos Wave, Vincent Enyeama & Blaise Matuidi Power Plaid, and Walter Ayovi, Giovani dos Santos, & Wayne Rooney Pulsars available.

Elite Extra Edition..

2013 Elite Extra Edition..

Found a discount hanger box of these at Target.  The redemption auto of Jorge Alfaro eventually showed up damaged (it’s still available though), but these guys are alright.  So have at them.

Hall of Fame hits..

Hall of Fame hits..

We’ll head down the home stretch of this post with this Roger Staubach America’s Team relic I received in a trade many moons ago, whose time has finally come to find a more appreciative home.

A sketch card? What?! On THIS blog? No way!

A sketch card? What?! On THIS blog? No way!

Yep, I’m closing out this post with a sketch card, because of course I am.  Almost certain it’s of Dan Haren, but as happy as I am that the Cubbies picked him up at the very end of his recently finished career, thus justifying my owning two licensed sketch cards of the guy, one is good enough, and I still like the one received in a trade from years ago with long lost cardsphere favorite Wicked Ortega much better.  I sent a Zack Greinke auto + three other hits for that bad boy, but the one above likely won’t cost you quite as much (I’ll do it for just the Greinke, haha :P).

Alright, there is but the tiniest samplings of all the random ridiculousness I have available for trade.  If you see something you like, hit me up in the comments or at the email address that can be found on my Google profile (which isn’t actually linked on the sidebar yet).

Thanks for stopping by!

Until our next…

BenchWarmer Eclectic

Let’s send 2015 out on a high, with the final pre-Black Friday box: Benchwarmer Eclectic!  These things are hella monsterbeasts, I tell ya. 8-9 guaranteed hits + 60(!) packs, mostly from the days before Leaf came along and ruined things by turning Benchwarmer into an an almost exclusively high end affair.  Said packs usually drop at least 3 more hits (1 is guaranteed) and maybe a few early-mid aught chrome inserts & things.  It’s a very fun time, but collating and scanning can be pretty daunting tasks.  I still don’t have all the packs I set aside from my first box scanned.  They were originally intended to be posted over the summer & early fall on A Pack to be Named Later.  Oh well, if the extra strength, climate change-powered El Nino ain’t already doing it, then maybe they’ll finally make it in time to heat up your winter.😉

Anyway, here’s all the guaranteed stuff you get from every box (though #’ed parallels don’t always happen; my first box had none).  We’ll see if I ever get around to posting up the autos/chrome/inserts/high number SPs/etc. from the packs, but it’s well past time you at least had the chance to take a gander at the main stuff.

Eclectic autos..

Eclectic autos: Faded-ish Nicole Bennett, pink Nicole Bennett #’ed 20/25, Cassandra Lynn, and Sabrina Rose with a sweet inscription..

The backs, because Benchwarmer is the gift that keeps on giving... ;)

The backs, because Benchwarmer is the gift that keeps on giving…😉

Sabrina Rose is the only keeper here.  Love that inscription.  The rest are available, for your hottie binder needs or whatever.

Promo autos: Peggy Tanous & Tiffany Toth..

Promo autos: Peggy Tanous & Tiffany Toth..

Bootyful backs..

Bootyful backs..

In my first box, the promo autos were the highlight.  Both were keepers.  These two… not so much.

Carmen Electra bonus set thing, and random non-auto promos of..

Carmen Electra bonus set thing, and random non-auto promos of Shauna Sand Llamas & Brande Roderick..

Promos- Back

ALL OF THE BACKS..

The promos are available, but I think I threw all my Carmen Electras in a package that’s outward bound the beginning of next year.

Past set autos of Shay Lyn Veasy & Kerrilee Kaski..

Past set autos of Shay Lyn Veasy & Kerrilee Kaski..

#buttstuff..

#buttstuff..

#BUTTSTUFF..

We’re in the home stretch.  Now all that’s left is the Eclectic Swatch!

Tanous relic..

Tanous relic..

And the back, of course.. :P

And the back, of course..😛

Not sure if it’s just my monitor, or it actually scanned that light, but the swatch is pink and it looks like there’s an outline of a number or something rising out of the bottom of the window.  Pretty cool, but not a keeper.

There ya go.  That’s what you can expect (again, possibly barring a #’ed auto) from one of these boxes.  As noted, the post-break work is indeed a burden if you’re planning to show them off in any meaningful way. They’re still super fun breaks regardless.  You get upwards of a dozen hits and both my boxes were well below $40 (before shipping).  Definitely worth it at that price.

Sabrina Rose is my only keeper.  Everything else is available.  If you wanna make a deal on one, leave a comment or email me (see my blogger profile on the sidebar).  Thanks for stopping by!

Until our next…

Marvel Dangerous Divas Series 2

The next box in my gun-jumping Blowout Order, and definitely my favorite.  I mean, it had a sketch card in it, so the other two boxes would’ve had to have been ridiculous to surpass this baby (or conversely, a Ryan Waterhouse-esque abomination of a sketch card, the likes of which fortunately don’t seem to exist in most Rittenhouse releases).  But while they were decent enough to not leave me feeling much regret (outside of the lack of funds leftover for COMC Black Friday sales and all the scanning), they couldn’t surpass a sketch, maddening as the one I pulled has proven to be.

WHO ARE YOU?!

WHO ARE YOU?!

Alcione Silva is excellent artist for me to pull, because not only does he do great work, according to the sold listings on eBay, his cards typically sell for 2-3 times my usual price range on the low end.  So if I didn’t pull one of his sketch cards, I’d never get him in my binder otherwise  The problem is… I can’t figure out who the character is, and it’s still driving me nuts several weeks later.  I feel like I’m almost certain that I know who she is but the name just isn’t coming to me.  Help in identifying her would be most appreciated.

 

Lady Sinister & Daken..

Lady Sinister & Wolverine’s idiot son Daken..

The back..

Hehe, thrust..

On the plus side, Blowout was also kind enough to throw in an Embrace case topper with my order, which further sweetened up a box that was devoid of anything beyond the promised sketch, inserts, & parallel (and also helped ease the blow of foregoing the possibility of Black Friday packs with the Prizm box).  Part of the multi-product 75th Anniversary set (#’ed /75), Artifex autos of the fantastic artist and stone cold super hottie who did all the art for said insert set Rhiannon Owens, Diamond parallels #’ed /10, and framed comic panels all fall in the range of 1:4 boxes to case hit.

Black Cat Sultry Seductresses, Captain Marvel Milo Manara, Lyra Emerald #'ed 37/100, Nebula Artifex..

Black Cat Sultry Seductresses, Captain Marvel Milo Manara, Lyra Emerald #’ed 37/100, Nebula Artifex..

Marvel Dangerous Divas Series 2 Inserts- Back

Backs feat. Shulkie puzzleface..

Speaking of the other inserts & parallel, we’ll close out this post with them.  I think I’m going to try to collect that gorgeous Milo Manara set, and the other two inserts and the parallel will be available for cards from that set or any of the following:

Emerald #’ed /100- 36 Songbird, 43 Yelena Belova Black Widow, 51 Caiera, 57 Elektra, 69 Maria Hill, 80 Rogue, 83 Silk, 90 X-23.

Sultry Seductresses- S11 Psylocke, S15 Caiera, S16 Rogue, S18 She-Hulk

In addition, I’m also willing to trade the Case Topper for a either the X-23/Cyke or Psylocke/Fantomex Embrace cards, another of the above mentioned tough pulls, or multiple inserts and/or Emerald parallels, if you happen to have something more to my liking.

I don’t usually require specific things for my trade bait, because there’s usually no chance of it ever happening.  Unlike most box breaks though, there’s nothing in here I have to get rid of, so I don’t mind hanging onto them until they can definitely net me something of greater use.

Anyway, that’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by!

Until our next…

The Art of Wrestling Vol. 1

As I write this, day has barely even started to break.  It is Monday though (my humble apologies for the reminder).  While RAW is usually terrible these days, this is still the day for pro wrestling.  So it seems like the right time to unleash my first ongoing series on the unsuspecting masses.  Being a big fan of pro graps sort of inherently means wrestlers are a pretty regular staple of my portrait drawing, so from time-to-time, I will show off a bit of my work.

The champ is here!

The champ is here!

I can think of no better subject for my first subject in this ongoing series than the current NXT Women’s Champion, Bayley!  It probably wasn’t drawn up (hehe) that way, but Bayley and Sasha Banks ended up with these amazingly deep, diametrically opposed character arcs that played off each other beautifully and lead to a final, epic showdown that was something like two years in the making.  Between the heightened emotional state and the fantastic battle that ensued, their title match at Takeover: Brooklyn was unquestionably my favorite match of the entire year, and I know I’m not alone in thinking that.  Their rematch also has to be ranked amongst the very best matches ever fought under the Iron Man (most falls in a specific time limit wins) stipulation.  I’m sure this won’t be the last time I draw Bayley, and it’ll be an honor every single time.

That’s all for this post.  Thanks for stopping by!

Until our next…

Anime-Centric Sketch Cards!

I didn’t really want to post this yet, because my most recent post was also art of my own making.  Things are also going to get extremely sketch cardy around here for the next little bit.  Alas, this is the draft that’s most ready to go, so today you get some old sketch cards I pulled out & colored around the time I finally finished the McGriff & Seneca Wallace I owed Tim over at the GSNHoF.  Anyway, like almost all my own art, these are available for sale or trade (or some combination of the two; I’m pretty to easy to work with).  Get ’em while they’re hot!

.hack

Mimiru from .hack//Sign..

I wanted to love .hack//Sign, but I found the show soooo boring.  Later I would learn it was just one story in a much wider-ranging franchise, but as an introduction, it didn’t make me want to delve deeper.  Mimiru was one of the few highlights though, so I drew her a few years ago.

Cast in the name of God, Ye not guilty..

Cast in the name of God, Ye not guilty..

The Big O was another anime series I found a little dull, but it was fairly heady and more visually interesting than .hack, and I didn’t need any extra context for its story to click.  The post-apocalyptic Batman vibe didn’t hurt either, I guess.  I nearly botched the coloring on the eponymous Megadeus, but I worked through it well enough for the card to turn out fine in the end.

Roger the Negotiator..

Roger the Negotiator..

Next up, Big O’s pilot, Roger Smith.  A dark, brooding rich guy… with a badass butler… and a cool car… who protects his dying city from all manner of danger… and also has a thing for an equally badass, semi-antagonistic woman? Yep, he’s pretty much apocalyptic mech suit Batman.

Dorothy..

Cool, but kinda useless..

Finally, we have R. Dorothy Wayneright, the super strong/agile android gal who… doesn’t really do anything besides get kidnapped occasionally.  As with basically everything when it comes to this show though, she at least has a cool design that’s fun to draw.

Moving on to one of the all-time greats, in anime or any other medium: Cowboy Bebop.  Absolutely everything about this series is top-notch, and it regularly lands at, or near, the top of greatest anime lists.  It’s just a straight up sci-fi masterpiece, and if you have any interest in anime or science fiction at all, it’s an absolute must see.  I believe I laid down the pencils of 3/5 of the crew in Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, & Jet Black during a single epic binge that spawned the majority, if not entirety, of this post.  Unfortunately, you only get the first two today.  I still haven’t colored Jet yet (it could still be awhile, but he’ll most likely be in the next bunch I finish, along with some other anime staples I drew during that period of time but never colored like One Piece’s Luffy, and Dragon Ball’s Vegeta & Piccolo).

Spike..

Spike..

Faye..

Faye..

Not too shabby.  That’s it for this post.  I also take commissions.  Thanks for stopping by!

See You Space Cowboy…

Star Wars

It has finally happened.  No more waiting.  The Force Awakens is here.  I made a couple pieces of art out of it over the past few months.  Enjoy.

Rey Sketch Cover..

Rey Sketch Cover..

We're home..

We’re home..

Until our next…

Breakdown Trade

#dreamboat..

#dreamboat..

I suppose it’s somehow appropriate that amongst my first posts of note after my unceremonious return to WordPress would be a small trade with Gavin of Breakdown Cards, considering how prone to mental/emotional breakdowns I am.  Even the brief move to Tumblr was arguably the result of one.  He’s also had a noteworthy influence on the way I collect in recent times (adding a soft cap of 100 cards for full collections, and finally deciding to officially add another collection I’ll talk about whenever I get around to it).  But anyway, he sent some cool stuff.  So have a looksie, won’t you?😉

Shitweasel of the Year award winner..

Shitweasel of the Year award winner..

First up, the whole reason for this trade in the first place.  It’s a rookie card of borderline Hall of Famer and notable transphobic douchecanoe, Lance Berkman.  I was never the biggest Fat Puma fan in the first place, but yeah, to hell with him.  Curse my desire for as many RCs of star players as I can get my saucy little mitts on.  I would like to be rid of every other card of this asswipe I own by the end of the year though.  I don’t think I can even justify his inclusion in my blingy insert-laden 1-Star Binder right now, even though he was a more than good enough player to qualify.  Take a hike, buddy.

Fortunately, it’s all uphill from here.

A pretty good closer..

Damn good closer..

This Hector Rondon might have been the first 2015 Allen & Ginter card in my collection.  Don’t think I ever bought any myself, and I wasn’t around to make any trades in the middle of the year.  So yeah, until that Shot Not Taken trade showed up a little while later with some Ginter Goodies™, I think this was it.  Now I need more.  2014 too.  Pretty much every other year too.  Non-baseball inserts especially.  GIVE THEM TO ME NOW.

Tinker..

Tinker..

Chance..

Chance..

Next up, 2/3 of a legendary trio from way before my (and even ancient card blog mariners like Night Owl and Baseball Dad) time.  Just missing the keystone.

This might be a parallel. I don't know how this era of Bowman worked..

This might be a parallel. I don’t know how this era of Bowman worked..

Heading down the stretch with a guy that failed at two sports, which is still two more sports than I’ll ever be good enough at to have the chance to fail at on a professional level.  If skee ball or being bad at sleeping were professional sports though, I might be onto something.😛

And finally, the unexpected crown jewel of this trade…

Breakdown Original!

Breakdown Original!

Gavin threw in one of his original creations and it is easily the highlight of this trade.  The design is 1989 Upper Deck and Kris Bryant is in a similar pose to Ken Griffey Jr.’s most famous RC.  Fantastic card, and there’s like a 1000% chance that if UD still had a baseball license today, they would have done something exactly like this.  Love it!

The back..

The back..

The design work carries over to the back, and in case you missed his excellent rookie season, there’s a nice write-up explaining why he was so hyped up in the first place.  I have quite a few personal sketch cards (including a glow-in-the-dark Rizzo from Gavin), but this is the just about the only custom print-type card like this to ever enter my collection, and I’m exceedingly happy to own it.😀

Thanks for a great trade, Gavin.  And thanks to everyone for stopping by!

Until our next…

2015 Panini Prizm Box Break

Gerrit Cole Jackie Robinson Prizm #'ed 40/42..

Gerrit Cole Jackie Robinson Prizm #’ed 40/42..

I got antsy and couldn’t wait until Black Friday to buy some cards, so I bought three boxes and a hit pack on Blowout.  It’s okay though.  The prices were plenty decent, and I didn’t end up seeing anything else in later waves or on Black Friday itself that were anymore compelling to me than the boxes I picked up.  This was probably my weakest box, and it might’ve been bolstered by the addition of a couple of Panini’s famous Black Friday packs, but it was still enjoyable enough that I didn’t really regret it.

Aside from that, the effect of bustin’ some boxes on my eternally precarious emotional state was absolutely wonderful.  For whatever reason, it’s just a very therapeutic thing for me to bust a box and then collate it.  The eventual scanning… not so much (though a better setup would help with that).

With that all said, time to jump right in.

Shinnies..

Puig, Puig Fireworks, Greinke, Yadi, Unit, & Spongybjork Shinnies..

That badass low #’ed Gerrit Cole at the top of the post is easily the hit of the box, but there’s lots more fun stuff to look through.  Here’s all the regular prizms from the box.  Lots of Dodger representation here.

It's Prizmness is CLEARLY denoted. #ThanksTopps..

It’s Prizmness is CLEARLY denoted. #ThanksTopps..

I’m considering keeping this Puig Fireworks Prizm as his entry in my 1-Star Binder/possible future Single Page Sensations collection, but I have good news.  I also pulled the base version of the card, which is definitely available for trade.

Base Fireworks..

Regular Fireworks..

See?  Miguel Cabrera is also well-represented in this box, but more on him in a moment.  First, more inserts!

Diamond Marshals are cool..

Diamond Marshals are cool..

Fresh Faces not so much..

Fresh Faces not so much..

2015 Panini Prizm Javier Baez Fresh Faces

But I pulled a keeper, so that’s cool..

They're called Passion, but clearly very little went into the design..

They’re called Passion, but clearly very little went into the design..

This particular horizontal insert is awesome, however..

This particular horizontal insert is spectacular, however..

This concludes the Captain Marvel Jr. portion of the post..

This concludes the Captain Marvel Jr. portion of the post..

And those are the inserts.  Yep.  Not much to say about them.  The better designs (Diamond Marshals, Fireworks, Field Pass) are really, really good at least.  Now for the bigger ticket items.  Things get better from here, but then jump off a cliff at the end.  Kinda like your sex life.

Dilson Herrera Red Power Prizm #'ed /125..

Dilson Herrera Red Power Prizm #’ed 7/125..

Nolan Arenado Camo Prizm #'ed 2/199..

Nolan Arenado Camo Prizm #’ed 2/199..

Miguel Cabrera Purple Flash #'ed 68/99..

Miguel Cabrera Purple Flash #’ed 68/99..

We close out the #’ed parallel portion of the box with that other Miguel Cabrera I mentioned earlier.  Probably the second best card in the box.  I also pulled my best, and only other keeper of note (there are also 3-5 base cards) in the form of that suh-weet Arenado camofractor Prizm.  So yeah, the #’ed parallels pretty much saved this thing for me.

Oh no..

Oh no… Also completely nonsensical!  Dude hasn’t been in the Phillies organization since like 2012.  WTF Panini???

Not much better..

Not much better, for me at least..

Yeah, the autos did their best to tank this box.  I watched a fair bit of this product be opened earlier in the year because I was considering entering some group breaks of it at the time, and the two autos that came out of my box are easily the worst I’ve seen come out of any box.  If nothing else, they are hard-signed and well designed, and neither player is terrible or anything, so they could at least be pretty tantalizing trade bait for the right collector.  They just aren’t any good for me.

That’s it for this one.  Everything but Arenado, Fireworks Prizm Puig, & Fresh Faces Baez are available, so make me on offer here or by email, which you can find here.  Thanks for stopping by!

Until our next…

The Shot Not Taken Connection

Ernie Colgan's Chips..

Ernie Colgan’s Chips..

Ray has easily been my most frequent trading partner over the years, and we made another deal that finally came to fruition earlier this month.  So it’s only right that he be part of my first wave of posts now that I’m back on a more fully functional blogging platform.  We both collect a little bit of everything, so there’s always some overlap that makes it pretty easy to strike up a trade.  Have a look at what some of what he sent my way this time, won’t you?😉

2015 black parallel & Trash Talkers insert from 2013..

2015 black parallel & Trash Talkers insert from 2013..

First up (well, besides suh-weet Ernie Banks at the top of the post), we’ll start out with a pair of AJ Lees.  There were two others that I already had, and they will go out to Gavin next time I send him stuff.

Dragon-Powered Steamboat, Lil Rey-Rey, Sad Cara, Snake? Snake! Snaaaaaaake!, Would you stop?, Greg "Not Actually a Middle-Aged Woman" Valentine, Jobber with the sickest finisher, and a Ugandan Giant..

Dragon-Powered Steamboat, Lil Rey-Rey, Sad Cara, Snake? Snake! SNAAAAAAAAAKE!, Would you stop?, Greg “Not Actually a Middle-Aged Woman” Valentine, Jobber with the sickest finisher, and a Ugandan Giant..

Next up is numerous stickers from the Heritage set from a couple years back that was mostly just notable for having a super turdy auto checklist.  It was still cool though, because there were Booker T inserts all over the checklist.  He was also in this sticker set with puzzles on the backs that I’m still trying to put together.  I think I still needed 3/4 of these, if you ever wondered how that nonexistent chase was going.  Maybe it’ll kick into a higher gear now that I have over half the set though (nearly all of which came from Ray).

Suck it, Ryder!

Suck it, Ryder!  Also, nobody in the history of wrestling has ever chanted that, Topps..

The Eve Torres cards still trickle in on occasion.  After ditching the ‘E, she got married, had a significant role in the short-lived El Rey series Matador, and then had a baby.  Sadly none of that had anything to do with me.😛

Paige at least has an actual chant that could have plausibly been chanted when the thing that happened happened..

At least it’s an actual chant..

Paige is cool.  I like her current angry old vet in a 23 year old’s body gimmick.  Her rage-inducing genre savvy rings true, and she’s actually been wrestling for like a decade, so the old vet cred is legit.

Brie Bella Relic..

Brie Bella Relic..

Fun fact if you’ve never been sick in the head enough to watch Total Divas: The origins of the stupid annoying “Brie Mode!” catchphrase apparently come from Brie’s tendency to get blackout drunk whenever she drank.

latest

Anyway, moving on from pro wrestling, it’s time take a look at the fake sports.  First up, baseball!

Hunter Pence Spring Fever Promo..

Hunter Pence Spring Fever Promo..

Hunter Pence ain’t fake, but playing at as high a level as he does in the wonkyass, awkward way he does might be scientifically impossible!😀

2014 A&G Beltre Framed Relic..

2014 A&G Beltre Framed Relic..

Happy to have my Beltre page nearly finished.  If I can’t come up with a more significant centerpiece on the cheap or via trade, this will certainly do.  It’s impossible to go wrong with a framed A&G hit.  Even the ugly, bright red 2010 frames still get the job done.  2014 is definitely one of the classier numbers though.  I dig it.

BowChro & Walmart Blues..

BowChro & Walmart Blues..

Always love throwback jerseys on cards, even though I haven’t actively sought them out in several years.  I used to love that particular jersey too, but I’ve turned on it pretty hard recently.  Not sure why.  Walmart blue/Target red are always pretty pointless, but Abreu’s rookie & pre-rookie stuffs can still be a tough get, so I’m more than happy to land any parallel of anything from then.  I’m not even really very much more discerning with his 2015 stuff, tbh.

Cubbie time..

Cubbie time, old-ish school edition..

Young Lions..

But we’ve also got the top prospects!

The back of the Sportflix card has Ryno ranked the 11th best player in the league following the ’86 season (7-12: Brett, Boggs, Gwynn, Hubie Brooks?!, Ryno, Tim Raines).  The Hawk Induction insert is cool, and Mitterwald was an unexpected surprise.  Can’t get enough of those Cubbie younglings, Bryant especially.  He’s wicked tough to get anything at all of right now, so even an unparalleled, unchromed, basic as heck Bowman card moves the meter in a big way.

Allen & Ginter Mini Party!

Russell & Soler are black parallels, Snoop is A&G backed, the kitty is an insert, and everyone else is regular backs..

Finishing off the baseball portion with an Allen & Ginter Mini Party!  Should be a fun one with Sheiky Baby and Snoop (a delightful snapshot of the 8 months he actually went by Lion, btw) around.  And I’m just gonna go ahead and say it, as good a ballplayer as Bernie Williams was, his music is even better.  It’s silky smooth like Addison Russell’s defense.  Love that card!

Rookies, shinies, and a dude that looks perpetually stoned..

Rookies, shinies, and a defensive stalwart that looks perpetually stoned..

We got basketball up in here too!  Couple major rookies in Wiggins and Parker for the RC binder, a couple of Panini’s famous crazypants non-numbered Prizms of a current beast and an all-time great, and a Joakim that probably won’t stick on his page, but I’m happy to have nonetheless.

Kendall Gill auto!

Kendall Gill auto!

Was always a low-key fan of Gill when I was but a wii youngling, so I thought I might start a Single Page Sensations collection for him.  At the very least, this can go in the basketball section of my bling-laden 1-Star Binder when it finally starts to take shape.

Melissa Rycroft /25..

Melissa Rycroft /25..

Jessamyn Duke 2-color Mat Relic..

Jessamyn Duke 2-color Mat Relic..

Closing it out with two hits that don’t fit anywhere in my collection except the “Hottie Binder”.  Jessamyn Duke is on a bit of a losing streak.  Melissa Rycroft is ???… Ray wanted to keep the Kid ‘n Play dual though, so I’ll just be thankful I managed to land a Pop Century at all.  Need more of that in my collection (Americana too).  I think my only other Pop Century card is a Pam Grier I had found in a last second search just to make sure I got all (but like 25¢) of my eBay bucks used one month, and I’ve been quietly fiending for more ever since.

Gonna call it a post here, but there was a fair bit more to this trade (a full Agents of SHIELD base set I didn’t scan yet, a lil regular sized A&G stuff that I accidentally dinged up somehow + a rad jumbo box topper I’ll post on APtbNL because it was still in its pack, a trio of 2015 WWE refractors, and a couple more random Cubbies).  Thanks again for another great trade, Ray!  And thanks to everyone for stopping by!

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Back from Outer Space

Heyo, the former Lonestarr here.  My very brief Tumblr experiment failed, so here I am, back on WordPress.  Turns out I like having the option for meatier, scan-heavy posts even though I don’t really intend to do them very often going forward, and Tumblr just wasn’t really built for that.  Of course, little as ever managed to blog in the past, I couldn’t just quit entirely.  Writing is an inherent and necessary part of my existence, so I’ll probably always need to keep one around for when the mood doth strike.

The old site linked above was an unfocused mess, so things are going to have to be different this time around.  The new plan is thus: In an effort to keep things more on-point, this blog will be devoted entirely to collecting.  The furthest I ever intend to stray from that will be the occasional batch of sketch cards of my own creation, because they basically count as a trade bait and/or for sale post.  When I get around to it/when it becomes necessary, I’ll just create separate blogs for my other various pursuits and link to things that may have crossover appeal.

I don’t know if any of this will actually work or not, or if I’ll just disappear for 6+ months after like 10 posts like I usually do.  It’s definitely worth a try though.  The card blogging community is just about the only place in this world I don’t feel like a total outcast most of the time, so it’d be cool if I could ever actually contribute to it in some worthwhile way.

I guess that’s it for my (re)introduction post.  Here’s an awesome card I own.

2008 SPx Gale Sayers Moments 1/1..

2008 SPx Gale Sayers Moments 1/1..

Thanks for stopping by.

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