Saturday, January 2, 2021

The Great 2020 Computer Cleanup Finale!

 First let me point out two things about the title- first I realize its 2021 but what I have to show you today is all from 2020, maybe even before, so I didn't feel 2021 was correct.  Second, don't let the "finale" worry you, it's only a wrap up of 2020, not this blog.  While figuring out the future of this blog, I figured if I was going to start posting more often, and even if I didn't, I really needed to get caught up on cleaning up, so its better to clean up before scanning or taking pictures of more stuff.  As for the future of this blog, I will address that towards the end of the post, if I remember.  Long story short, I have no plans of ending it anytime soon.

So with all that out of the way, it was obvious that I didn't post much in 2020.  It wasn't by design, and I won't even blame the events of 2020 as the reason.  In reality, I was just in a rut and not sure what to write about.  I didn't collect too many cards in the last year, and for a few months hardly ever touched my cards.  I was working on other projects or interests in the last year and cards were the least of my thoughts.  However today, I do have some cards to show, so let's start with them.

It wasn't until late in the year that I decided to give Listia another shot.  It was almost a year since I last attempted to bid on cards, but for a month or two I did win quite a bit.  Another win or two and my credits/points/whatever they call them this month will likely be depleted and at that point I'll decide if I want to stick around.  Though I didn't win a lot the last few years, I think I got a lot out of the site especially since I only put one dollar into my account throughout 8 years or so.  In return I got a ton of cards and even a complete set of Simpsons cards.  Maybe if I do stop buying on there I'll screenshot all the wins I had, or at least the better ones.  Over 200 wins and counting, that might make for a long post.  As for these cards, I bid primarily for the Royals cards, but I can't complain when I can add Eckersley and Winfield as well.  I have a feeling I will stick around on the site and build up my points again, just for the fact its not costing me anything.  Wins are harder to come by, but even getting 1-2 wins a year is pretty good.

While trips to my local second hand store Savvy Seconds were few and far between, I did find quite a few cards there  during the year.  I've showcased them a few times during the year, but never sure if I ever got around to these.  Until the last year or two, cards weren't there so movies and music was what I looked at mainly, but for the last couple years, cards have been pretty steady and likely will be for a while.  I hope more come soon though because I've managed to pick through what they have now.  As for these oddball mix of cards, my focus was on the Royals, but I managed to fill in some PC's and even my Mizzou collection.  I predict by 2030 I will finish that Long John Silver's set, which is one of the few sets I'm building.  It would be nice to work on a Post set too, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.  Anyways, I think I'd rather build the 1993 Hostess set before I work on a Post set.

The Hell In A Cell card I've had for a few years, actually came in a DVD of Hell In A Cell.  I finally decided to scan it in 2020....PROGRESS!

The Steiner Brothers card was found while cleaning out a box in the storage unit I'm going to clean out at some point.  I forgot I still had any cards from that set but its a reminder that I really wish I didn't sell my set off in the early 2000's even if none of the cards had value.  Under the card is a couple stickers.  They were inside a green baseball binder my dad had.  It was a binder I loved because it really made me think of my dad collecting and seeing it made me happy.  A few years ago when finding it again I noticed it was in terrible shape.  So I spent a few years searching for one online, and finally a couple years ago I found a brand new one which I bought.  I've yet to use the binder, but its still in the box and I hope to take pictures of it (if I didn't already mention it in years past), and possibly fill it up with cards originally from my dad's collection.  I finally had to trash his binder this year but I kept these stickers because one day I'll find these exact ones and put it in my new one just to remember him.

The wrestling cards are a reminder that I actually bought a blaster box this year.  It was discounted, but I still got to open packs.  I planned to do a blog on it, but never did.  I however scanned these for the TCDB, which I don't think I ever uploaded, so there's that.  I don't know how my collection will change in the coming years, but I don't plan to give up collecting wrestling cards even if I may not have a desire to collect too many of the current products.

So far this post has been pretty long, so I think I'll just post a bunch of pictures next with little words.

Movies were from the Dollar Tree, one of my main time wasters of 2020 was movies.  The CD was from Savvy Seconds, one of a handful I got throughout the year.  I also got the color wheel there too, but it was free.

More Dollar Tree movies, except the VHS tape of The Blues Brothers.  I've been building a small collection of VHS tapes I remember from childhood as long as the tape box looks good.  I'm also converting stuff I recorded off TV and family videos to DVD.  It's another project I did in 2020 that took away from card collecting.

At this point I think I'll stop this post and do another one later.  I didn't realize I had this much to clean up.  I guess its not the finale.  However I have one more picture to show real quick.

So a weird thing happened in 2020.  My mom is under the impression that I'm lucky and in early 2020 she signed me up for Publisher's Clearing House.  I admit I have a string of luck at times, but I haven't had that kind of luck in years.  Anyways she was unaware that that once I entered my email, I would be BOMBARDED with emails from them daily.  At first I entered daily just to make her happy, then later just did it out of boredom.  Anyways in late August I was playing (side note at the time it took around 3 hours to basically do your limit of games on there), and I had the daily high score.  A few hours later I went to check and I fell to like 3rd place.  I then realized I forgot to play a few games and made my way back to #1.  I checked a couple hours before the end of the day and was still leading.  If you are the leader at the end of the day you win a money depending on what level you are.  I checked just after 11 PM Eastern and it reset, but I quickly got an email saying I was the leader.  I don't like to discuss money online, but it was a nice amount.  We'll say in the $200-$500 range.  I didn't expect to win it, and when the check came it finally hit me that I won.  It came at a good time too because we were in need of a few things, so I didn't get to blow it on much, but it was still a good win.  Since then I have kind of stopped playing because I'm tired of checking in daily and I have other stuff I've worked on, but it was fun while it lasted.  I had won a couple other instant prizes of 10-20 bucks a time or two, so I guess if you have a few hours a day to waste, its worth a shot.

So I guess that's it for now.  As mentioned earlier, I have no plans of ending the blog.  I've noticed a few bloggers have mentioned changing directions of their blogs and expanding it some, and I feel I've done that in the last few years.  I've shifted to showing more knick knacks and movies, and less on cards.  That aspect likely won't change, but if I do start writing more, my goal is to show off more of my collection again.  In fact once I get everything sorted and hopefully downsize some cards I don't want, it might be fun to show them off again.  No timetable on when that will be, but until then, I'll post whenever I'm in the mood.  Thanks for reading this and I hope everyone has a great weekend and a Happy New Year.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Finally Got Some 2020 Cards

 2020 has been, eh, you know.  Let's just say I haven't been a fan of it.  When all this began, I wasn't too upset about people staying in more, because I don't go out much.  As the months passed though it made me realize that even though I stay in a lot, I still like the chance to get out some.  The last month has kind of hit me hard just because I want to get out and do something but at the same time, don't want to put myself or my family at risk, and don't feel comfortable being around people.  So once a month, sometimes a couple times, my mom and I will take a trip to Walmart to get groceries for the month and maybe take a trip to Dollar Tree and our closest second hand store.  Though that trip isn't always guaranteed and just the Dollar Tree and Walmart suffice.  We've been blessed this year because of friends and family giving us food they had extra of and didn't want to go to waste, or food we couldn't find while out so 1 trip a month works out pretty well.  Sometimes a quick trip to the local Dollar General which is about 1000 feet from our apartment makes it easy to grab a couple things until our next trip.

Sorry for boring you all, but I have good news.  On my recent trip I made a stop to my local second hand store, Savvy Seconds, and found some cards which I will show off today.  In addition, I have other cards to show as well.  One of the most generous members of the Trading Card Database shot me a message a couple months ago asking how detailed my Mizzou collection is.  He had a card of a journalist who went to Mizzou and wanted to know if I was interested.  It was a new card to me and he was willing to just pay it forward so I let him.  A day or two later he also offered more cards, but this was different.

C2Cigars on TCDB for the last few months has been buying spots on a couple Youtube card breaks and offering them up for members who claimed them.  It just so happened that on the day I looked, one of the teams was the Royals, and I made it in time to claim them.  We will look at those today as well.  Depending on how much time I have, I may also show off some movies at the end of the post, but we'll see.  For now let's dig into the cards

*First let me say since my posts have been sporadic, I'm still trying to get use to the hang of the changes Blogger have made.  Not a fan of them, but maybe it will grow on me the more I use it.

Let's start with the Allen & Ginter card on the bottom.  Derrick Goold was the card Chuck first offered to me.  I didn't even know a card existed but I was intrigued so it now has a nice place in my collection (which I have to work on the Mizzou collection some, but there's always next year, I think I'll have time).  The next scan will show the back of the card, and why he got to be on one in the first place.

The Royals cards are all those I won in the box break.  The breaker opened 4 boxes I believe, and the Royals weren't prominently featured in any of them, so I thought getting four cards was good enough.  To be honest getting 2020 cards at all made me happy.  I haven't focused too much on newer sets especially ones that aren't the main Topps set so not only were the cards new to me, so were the designs.  I like the Gallery cards a lot and if I decide to work on a team set of current cards, I might work on those next.  In fact only the Salvador Perez and the short print of George Brett are all I need to finish the base set.  Maybe I can find them on COMC at some point.

It's not everyday a journalist gets their own card.  I was really happy Chuck reached out to me about this card for no other reason than to be aware it existed.  I hope in the next year I will work on my collections a bit better, but this year besides having less focus on my blog, I've also focused less on my cards.  Will 2021 be any different?  I hope I get a passion for it even if I don't plan on adding a lot of cards next year.  I don't plan on making goals but if I do, I want to cut my collection in half, getting rid of cards I don't want, and maybe in return getting a few more I do.  I doubt I do that, but on the bright side, at the end of last month I did update my Royals collection, so that is a start.

The Ryan Howard card I'm pretty sure I won on Listia.  It's been awhile its been sitting on my desk, but if I did I got it cheap.  I have a love/hate relationship with Listia, but right now I'm loving it.  They switched from whatever they called credits to points, so I don't have a lot to mess around with, but the last month I have been able to add a few cards to my collection.  If you follow me on twitter you'll see a lot of posts saying I won something.  Everytime I win, Listia posts it for me, I don't like to brag about it.  It also kind of suck if you were to win a card to give to someone, because it would spoil the surprise.  As for the Howard card, not only do I collect Mizzou cards, but people from or associated with Missouri and Ryan Howard played for the Missouri State Bears.  While I don't plan to start a full collection of Bears, as a result of this "Missouri association" collection, I have in essence start to PC Ryan Howard.  Its one I don't try to hard to build, but if I get them cheap enough, then I'll get them.  Winning cards on Listia is as cheap as it comes.  In all the years I've been on there, I've only paid in $1 and that was to verify my account (which I didn't have to do, but back then I thought it would be an alternative to Ebay and become huge).  So any card I've ever won has been pretty much free.  My biggest win on there was winning a set of Simpsons cards.  While I was supposed to get the stickers with it, I only got the base set but still for a buck total a full set made me happy, and the 200 or so other wins meant they were all free.

Speaking of Listia, I won a few other auctions on there recently, and have more on the way.

All four cards I won on Listia in separate auctions.  We'll start with the Quisenberry card.  I hope to one day get all of his cards because he played at a time there wasn't an overabundance of cards.  Since most are Royals cards, most of his cards will be in that collection, but he also played for the Cardinals, and I have a few of them.  In total according to TCDB, he had 229 cards total, some as recent as 2015 and 2017.  I have 28 of his cards, so still quite a ways to go, but 200 is certainly reachable.  Just imagine he he played today, he'd have 229 Donruss cards alone from this year.

The other cards all fit into my Mizzou collection.  The Kelly Bryant card is my first of him, and in all likelyhood my last.  I don't follow Mizzou as much as I did around 2014 or so, but I still try to collect players.  Bryant went undrafted and I don't think he'll have many more cards made.  In total, he has 224 cards, which surprises me a bit, but a lot of inserts, so maybe not too surprising.  Then again, only 5 short of all the cards Quisenberry has.

The bigger surprise was the Ziggy Hood card marks the first card I have for him.  How this is possible I don't know.  What I do know is that I was a big fan of his when he was drafted and really hoped he'd have a big career.  To show how different 2009 and 2020 is, Hood has a total of 74 cards, one from a set that I can't find if it really exists from Panini in 2017 (Its a Mizzou set I never heard of until last week).  Recently Evander "Ziggy" Hood made the pages of Wall Street Journal, in a story of how he and his wife took care of their son who has autism after the help they'd been receiving halted due to the coronavirus.  Here is a link for those interested-

Yet another surprise was that was also my first Rickey Paulding card.  I don't have a ton of basketball cards, but I was stunned to see that was my first of Paulding.  I figured when I built my Kim English collection I would have at least got one of Paulding.  I know I did for Arthur Johnson and Linus Klieza, and older players like Jon Sundvold and Steve Stipanovich, so how Paulding was left out in the cold, I'll never know.  Paulding has 52 cards total, so if I decide to pursue it, I only have 51 more to go.  I should say that for my Mizzou and Missouri collections, my goal isn't to get EVERY card of every person, just a single card, and then maybe more depending on how interested I am.  Since I am a bigger fan of the basketball team than football (despite my focus for a few years being on football, its always been the case), I believe if given the chance, I'll add more cards to my Paulding pile.  One more card ties me with the most among TCDB users, and 2 more moves me to first.  I'M COMING FOR YOU BILLY KINGSLEY! AH HA HA HA!

Next let's look at cards I actually spent money on... kinda.  Some cards I won on Ebay.

First, the Salvador Perez was another Listia winning.  It was a card I need to finish the Royals off, which I think I still have a couple to add, but it was cheap enough that I couldn't resist.

Speaking of couldn't resist, I've been looking at random auctions on Ebay lately.  I still have money on a gift card my sister gave me last Christmas and honestly been looking at DVD and Xbox 360 game collections to buy cheap.  When not tickled my fancy (not even sure if I'd want my fancy being tickled) I looked at card lots.  I had my eye on a few cheap ones, and this one popped up.  I've had my eye on a few cards in this set for a while and no real interest on building the set, but I was quite happy to see this one show up.  The two cards I wanted in the set were Burt Reynolds and Kenny Rogers.  Even the Rogers I didn't need a whole lot because shortly before his passing, I bought it fairly cheap on COMC.  This listing was after shipping $2.49.  I thought a very good deal for the two cards I wanted, and a couple others I wouldn't complain about having (Jimmy Stewart could be shown off during Christmas thanks to It's A Wonderful Life, and Bela Lugosi could be shown off at Halloween, because... well it's Bela Lugosi).  As it turned out, nobody else bid and I won.  Shortly after I won, the seller sent me a message offering me a discount if I would buy the other cards from the set he was selling.  It was 5 more cards and would tack on an extra buck to the 2.49.  It was a good deal, and while I pondered it, I decided to pass because I wasn't too interested in the other cards.  So a few days later these showed up, and I was happy.  I've wanted the Reynolds card for years, and the same for the Rogers.  The Rogers card means a lot to me because both photos on the card are from his movie Six Pack, which my family loves.  Because of COMC's delayed shipping of 2020, I haven't had cards shipped from them in almost 2 years (not enough bought in 2019 to have them shipped last year).  Luckily that means I can sell the Rogers card I have on there, and not only make more than what I paid, but possibly make a bit more to cover what I paid to get them on Ebay.  I still have money on the Ebay gift card, and I plan to buy something on there soon.  Too bad I didn't get that $25 off that quite a few did earlier this year, or I would have went to town.

So at this point I've shown cards I've gotten across the interwebs.  Next I'll show some cards I actually bought in person.  My most recent trip to Savvy Seconds was the first in at least 3 months, and the card selection there didn't look much different.  In fact at first I almost skipped over it until I saw a couple random cards I knew I hadn't seen before there so I figured I'd take a look.

The CFL cards caught my eye, but as I looked I realized I didn't know most of the players aside from the Rocket!  I almost gave up until I saw a checklist card (I don't remember these sets off the top of my head) and realized I could find a few people I did know.  So I started looking for the Warren Moon, and was glad I got it.  Then I spotted the Flutie card, another PC so I grabbed that.  I then debated on if I really wanted the Theismann card because I don't really PC him, but before I could decide I found it, so I held on to it.  Cards were 10 cents each, so I like to get multiples of 5, so I could always put it back. I wasn't sure what to look at next, but the Justin Smith card jumped out at me.  It was one I didn't recognize before so I was 95% sure I didn't have it, and it was a great addition to my Mizzou collection.  Then I started to find other NFL cards, ones that I wasn't too interested in but still they were new to the store so I looked.  First I found the Tommy Maddox, which I don't PC, but I thought it would be cool to have an NFL card and maybe one day an XFL card.  Turns out I already have an NFL card of him, so I have more of his cards than I have of Ziggy Hood.  Next If saw the Trent Dilfer card.  In the 90's I was a Bucs fan, and at first I was hoping this would lead me to find some Mike Alstott cards, which it didn't.  But I held onto the Dilfer in case I needed another card.  Then I found the Ryan Leaf card.  I chuckled at first but then figured its not like I'd find too many of his cards so decided I'd get it, plus I liked the design of that Ultra set. Finally I saw the Frank Reich card.  Besides the Chiefs and Bucs, I also rooted for the Bills.  I guess that's why I PC Jim Kelly, Doug Flutie, Frank Reich, and other Bills players.  I think the biggest reason is because I still say the greatest game I ever saw was the Bills and Oilers on January 3rd, 1993.  It really got me more into football than any game I'd seen at that point, and made me a fan.  I also long for the days when the Bills wore those red helmets.  C'MON ENOUGH WITH THE WHITE HELMETS, BRING BACK THE RED ONES!

I wasn't done there though, I found a stack of older cards, and they caught my eye.

Holy cannoli those are some old cards.  I loved finding these but as I grabbed them I wondered how they'd fit into my collection.  None are really PC guys and I'm not set building 70s sets.  Then I thought about Diamond Jesters blog and his Time Travel journey.  For those unaware, in 2019 he bought a pack of 2019 Topps cards.  One pack.  What he wanted to do was trade all those cards to get older cards.  If you were interested in say and 2019 Topps Max Kepler, maybe you'd trade him a 1993 Leaf Don Mattingly.  Or if you wanted a 2019 Topps Ronald Acuna, you'd trade a 1997 Topps Scottie Pippen and a 1989 Fleer Mark McGwire.  Any type of card he'd trade for as long as they were older.  It has been fun to watch the journey and as 2019 started to dry up trade offers, he decided to buy a 2020 pack and continue the journey.  Since he began I've wanted to join in, but either before I'd get a trade organized the cards I'd want would be traded, or I wouldn't have cards to give in return.  So when I saw these, I thought, these may not be top quality, but still in good shape, maybe a 4 for 1 trade or the like could net me a couple cards in return.  I haven't offered a trade to him yet, but I hope to at the start of the new year.  From this batch the one that popped out at me was Davey Johnson which I had to look and make sure that really was him or another guy named Dave.  

A couple more I could through in as well, but I might keep the Pilots cards just because I don't have many.  The ones I do have came from my dad's collection.  Though Marty Pattin would fit into my "Once Royals" collection and odd collection I haven't worked on in a while.  It is basically a card from a player who once was on the Royals but in a different uniform.  This would be before he joined Kansas City, but it would be one of the oldest in that collection.

Another Quisenberry card for my collection, however when I finally got around to adding it to my collection, I realized I already had it.  Oh well, a ten cent mistake isn't so bad.  In fact this is the first time in a while that I had one or less cards that I already had.

As for the Ian Kennedy card, I was torn on if I should get it.  It looked like it was left out in the rain and paper on the front and back started to come off.  It wasn't until I turned it over that I decided I would get it.

This was part of a police set.  A very odd police set might I add.  I knew I didn't have it and that was the only reason I got this card.  When I got home and later catalogged it, it took a while to find anything about this card.  I believe it was a 2018 set, but the front design was from a 2012-ish Topps set.  Why they would use a 5 year old design still confuses me, but I'm glad I found it.  I seriously doubt I will finish this set, but at least having one card from it made me happy.

Since I wrote a bit longer than I planned I'll hold off on the movies for another post.  I'm not sure when I'll post again, or if it will have cards, so it might be about movies.  I have won some Listia cards, and hope to make one more trip to Savvy Seconds before the end of the year, so I might be able to squeeze in one more card post this year.  I have quite a few cards waiting to be shipped from COMC, but I seriously doubt I'll have them shipped until at least April and even then it won't be more than 30-50 card I'd imagine.  When I won the gift card from them a year or two ago, I still have about 30 bucks left in my account, so I plan to probably drain that a bit before I ship any.  A couple cards on there I hope to flip, and some I hope just to break even on (dumb purchases or doubles).  The rest will fill out some of my Royals and Mizzou collections, and maybe even build my Damon and Maddux collections some.

At any rate, thanks for reading and if I don't post again, have a Happy Holiday season, and a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Adding New Cards To My Collection!

 To say 2020 has been crazy would be an understatement.  I could say anything like "I've been busy" or "Where does the time go", or anything else, but the truth is- I just haven't felt like writing.  I may or may not have stated on here before that I used to write poems a lot.  None were that great but I improved each time and they were getting better.  In 2006 my father passed away and around the same time I started to develop writer's block.  I just couldn't write anymore, and I believe it was around this time in 2006 that I wrote my last poem.  After my dad passed I gained possession of his card collection, a collection that sit dormant since the MLB strike of 1994.  I myself sold my collection in around 2003 or so and was out of the game.  Even after gaining my dad's collection, I didn't have a real desire to collect again, though I did have fun sorting the cards he did have.  He was a set collector, and for the most part his collection was pretty complete among the sets he collected.  Fast forward to 2011 and I lost my job due to a back injury and while I recovered I bought a pack of cards here and there.  I wasn't full into the card game again, but it gave me something to do to pass the time.  It was around that time that one of my sisters (who would have turned 43 today) was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer.  All of that going on really needed me to get a hobby to take my mind off things.  When she passed away, I really needed something to do.  What started as finding a way to catalog all my cards to find their value or even unload them off turned me into wanting to collect again.  A year or so later I began to try out this thing called "blogging" for a second time (the first time was through a site called Xanga around the mid 2000's, and I wrote a few movie reviews besides using it as a journal).  For a couple years, I wrote a lot, then I set a goal of writing more than the previous year, and I believe because of that, I got burnt out of blogging.  To best experience blogging I think you should write when you feel like it, not to meet a quota.

This year I could have written more, maybe some of it was writer's block, but to be honest, I just didn't feel like it.  No sports for a while, then when it came back, I still had no desire to watch.  Since March I think I've watched 5 NFL games, maybe 3 MLB games, and a handful of NASCAR games.  My TV viewing has been mostly on free streaming apps like Pluto and watching wrestling and movies.  Anyways, during this time I've also spent very little time on my card collection.  My desire just isn't there much.  I've gotten a few cards and in the last month or so have gotten back into it a little more.  So I figured today I would post some cards I've gotten in 2020.  I have enough for two posts, but I'm not going to say when part two will be wrote, lets just enjoy this for now!

Let's begin with some cards I've had for a couple years.  These were inside an unopened Starting Lineup I got of Barry Bonds at my local second hand store Savvy Seconds, but the plastic was starting to yellow so I decided to free the figure and take the cards and add them to my Bonds collection.  I have no regrets and the figure looks nice near the Johnny Damon one I have as well.

On a trip to Savvy a couple months ago I snagged these cards.  Not a bad day when you can get a Gehrig, Feller, or Niekro.  I'm also a sucker for Post cards, so while Bagwell isn't a PC player per se, I can still be happy to get it.  Same with the Dairy Queen cards.  I would like to work on that set a bit more and I imagine it shouldn't be too hard to find more.  The Bobby Thomson card is similar to the top row but from another set.  A set I have a feeling I'll get more cards from soon.

WOW that was quick!  In fact on the same trip I picked these up.  I know these I guess are um... vintage modern vintage (I mean made to look vintage but are modern, but now old enough to be classified as vintage) but I'm still happy getting a Ted Williams, no matter the age.  This was a pretty good day of picking cards.

This was on another trip a few weeks later.  An odd mix of cards, but ones I wanted nonetheless.  A pair of Balboni Royals, a Long John Silvers card, and a Hakeem Olajuwon card are a pretty nice addition to the collection.  The two top left cards are well loved, but that was what made me like them and they will be nice additions to the collection.  The Alan Trammell card is a PC as well so I can expand that collection a bit too.  The Mark Einhorn card doesn't really fit into any collection, but I've never seen a Canadian Greats card before and for a dime I couldn't pass it up.  Overall I was happy with these pick ups.

Most exciting on the trip was pulling these Royals cards.  I never expect to find a team set complete or not so getting a few of the Police cards were really exciting.  I'm not sure when I'll be able to finish that set but for now just finding them was good enough.  The same goes for the Quisenberry sticker.  I have no idea when or how I can finish that team set, but it will be fun to try.  I think the main difference between the way I collect and the way my dad collected was I am more of a team collector and he was a set collector.  It's not that I don't want complete sets, I just don't know if I have the room for them and figure it might be easier and cheaper just to get the Royals cards and if I want build from there.

The Danny Tartabull I was worried I already had since I have a few from that set, but I didn't.  The other great part about scanning these cards recently was I also was able to put them into my collection and update my have and want lists.  I've been able to complete a few team sets as of late and expand my want lists as well.  A set doesn't go into my want list until I have at least one Royals card. That way I don't clog pages with sets I don't have any cards of and also I can crosscheck sets I either have finished or none at all and maybe can get a full team set.  It's been working good so far, but in the future I hope to find a way to keep a checklist on me when I go places.  I don't have a cell phone, so its tougher to check.  Though I did find my sister's old Nook which I might see if I can put checklists on there and carry that with me.  We'll see.

Before I wrap things up, I thought I'd share one more card.  I admit I don't read as many blogs as of late, but I sometimes find some and read.  One I recently read was giving away cards, and I asked for one, and it arrived a few days ago.

If you've never read Jon's blog, A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts, you are really missing out.  Besides being a great blogger, Jon is a nice and generous guy too.  When he posted this card at first I felt guilty since I don't blog as much and other people may want it.  Though I noticed it had been a few days and I felt if someone really wanted it by then, they would have claimed it.  One of my pet projects is collecting cards (not everyone, but at least one) of people from Missouri.  They can either be born in Missouri, grew up in Missouri, lived in Missouri at one point or went to college in Missouri. College ones are really a different collection, but just giving you an idea.  I also want to collect at least one card from every team who ever played in Missouri.  Anyways, Carl Hubbell was born in Carthage, Missouri in 1903.  While I can't say I've been to a ton of Missouri towns (though I have a list somewhere where I list every town I've been to), I can say I've been to Carthage.  I went in 2002 and stayed the night there as I made my way to a Music Festival just outside of Joplin.  Carthage isn't too far from Joplin, and is headquarters to Precious Moments the little Christmas ornaments.  I didn't do much in Carthage but at least I can say I was there. While I haven't catalogged my Missouri collection much outside of Mizzou I believe this is the first or second Carl Hubbell card I have and am really glad I have it.  Thank you so much Jon for the card.

So that will wrap it up for today.  I hope you enjoyed reading it and I hope to have another soon, but I won't say I will.  As for blogging, its tough to get back into after being away for a bit, but I've noticed changes on Blogger, and I'm not sure how I like them yet.  Maybe writing more will get me more comfortable in writing and the site.  Anyways, thanks for reading and have a great day!

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Busy Month, Time For Some Cleaning

I've been working on a few things this month and to be honest, haven't touched my cards much.  In fact aside from buying a few cards a couple weeks ago, I haven't touched any cards in over a month or two.  I'm in the process of cleaning up my storage unit, and deciding what to bring home and what to take to storage.  At the same time, I'm working on rearranging the apartment, so its kept me pretty busy and my mind isn't on cards much.  Despite all that, I've managed to find time to take some pictures and even scan a few things, so today this will be showing off some of those pictures and scans.  I'm not sure what I'll show off until I start to upload the pictures, so let's dig in!

While cleaning I found this static cling.  It's used, but I'm trying to straighten it up and will display it somehow.  It really pops on the white background of my scanner.

I think part of the reason I haven't messed with cards lately is partially being burnt out from sports, and because I don't really care if they play any sports this year.  I haven't watched any sports aside from NASCAR and maybe a minor sport or two since March, and I haven't been too upset.  I have watched wrestling, but more sparingly and usually pretty vocal with some of the stuff they do.  So with that, I just kind of ignored sports the last few months.  That makes for a sad blog, so its also why I haven't posted much either.

Anyways, today I will show you some scans from a baseball magazine I got a few months ago at my local second hand store.  It has some interesting things, and some not so interesting (at least to me), but when I cross post some of it to Pinterest, it really gets noticed.  Who knew John Madden in a beer ad would create so much interest?

I know nothing about this magazine, but I think it was 10 cents, and honestly the idea of scanning the ads was enough for me to grab it. 

I have to admit some of these scans turned out GGGGGGGGRRRRRREEEEEEEAAAAATTTTTT!

I think my favorite of this bunch is the Payday one.  I like how it looks like its coming out of the page.  The others are good too, its just that one caught my attention more than the others. 

Let's get those Pinterest folks excited!  I'm not sure why beer ads are popular on there, but many people have boards for them, and if it gains me some exposure on here, then I might do some randomly in the future.  No John Madden this time, but the Sharp's one I like because of the burger in the back.  I guess beer and alcohol advertisements aren't as prevalent these days so that's why they are popular.  Then again, I'm not sure how many people still read paper magazines anyways.  I figure most people don't or just read e-editions.  I can't get behind e-books or magazines but I understand why they are so popular.

Let's look at some baseball card ads.

I believe I have cards from all those sets except the last one.  I do wish I collected more of the Conlon set, but at this point I can't see myself every devoting much time to doing it, and I'm not sure I'd want to at this point anyways.  Maybe when Publisher's Clearinghouse comes to my door with the grand prize I will look into it more.  Until then, its a far along set I'll never try to work on because I have other's I'd rather do first.

Let's see what else I have.

We wrap it up with a few more ads that I scanned.  I find it funny for years I'd see ads for "illegal golf balls" that fly for miles, yet you never actually saw stories of golfers getting better because of them.

It's also weird to think that magazine subscriptions for the most part aren't a whole lot higher than they where 25-30 years ago.  I know some went up a ton, and on the newstand they have too, but $20 for a year may have sounded high back then, not I find plenty for that price (I even get a few for free).

Inside the magazine were these two items.  One is an ad for Sears carpet cleaning, which I scanned mainly for the Sears logo.  The second appears to be a ticket to um... an event.  I mean I guess it would be an interesting topic to hear from a survivor's point of view, but this had to be within a year or so of the Waco Massacre, so I'm not sure I'd really want to go around telling my story so soon.  Plus I'd imagine if I was a survivor of something like that, instead of going around talking about it, I'd rather just write a book, so I wouldn't have to discuss the details all the time.  Write it once, and be done with it until people would ask you about it daily I guess.  Either way, an interesting find inside of a magazine.

I figured I'd wrap it up with this photo.  In the last post or two I showed off a doll I've had since I was a baby.  Earlier this month was the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and I thought I'd dress her up.  The shirt is a relic and one I found in storage about a month ago and was so excited to find.  It was actually one of my shirts when I was a baby.  It might be tattered but I'm so glad I found it.  It was a little big for my doll, but I still thought it would be cute to put on her.  I sent a picture to my sister and she liked it.

So that wraps it up for today, I know it wasn't much, but as I stated, I've been a little busy on other stuff.  I'm hoping in the next couple months I'll get a few of those other projects done and I'll spend more time working on my cards a bit more.  In the meantime, I guess we'll just see when and what I post next.  Thanks for reading and have a great day.