Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Tripping Out 2: Electric Hullabaloo

Yesterday... wait I'm blogging two days in a row now?  Hmm... Anyways, yesterday I posted the details of a recent trip to Kansas City with my mom and my sister.  We hit a bunch of thrift stores and spent the night up there then hit an Antique Mall before we headed home.  I should mention the reason I picked the weekend we went was because Kansas City had a Sunday Night game meaning less traffic Sunday morning, and Mizzou had an away game, so I-70 shouldn't have been too busy.  It also was the weekend my other sister would have turned 41, so I felt it was a nice way to have a family outing and honor her.  I had it all planned out, nothing could have been a huge event in KC that weekend that would cause traffic delays.  If I waited a week, NASCAR had a race at Kansas Speedway and that would not have been fun hitting that traffic, so all was good... except... Ed Sheeran had a concert at Arrowhead Stadium the night we went.  I also found out that the Foo Fighters had a concert the night before at Sprint Center.  I guess that would explain why some of the hotels were sold out.  We also heard a wedding that weekend caused the hotel we stayed at to become sold out.  Possibly more on that in a bit.  Anyways, with more back story, let's dig into more adventures from the trip.

I mentioned yesterday that we made one more stop and only my sister and I went into the store.  The store was Five Below.  I really like that store but there's only one close to me and its about an hour away so I never go.  I check out their site often, and last time I looked I noticed these tubes of candy they had for 5 bucks.  I like Mike and Ike especially on a trike while I hike... sorry I thought I was writing a Dr. Seuss blog for a moment.  After opening these when I got home, I was a little underwhelmed so I think I'll stick to the theater boxes at the Dollar Tree.  Though I got another tube for my mom, but since she doesn't like Mike and Ike, and... nope, no more Seuss...

Again, not a lot of gummi bears in the tube, so I should have got the regular packages for her.  Oh well.  I also bought a new mouse for my laptop since mine has gave me fits lately.  It's taking some getting use to, so for now I'll keep using the one I have.  I didn't take a picture of the mouse though.  I also didn't take a picture of the headphones I got either since, well, most headphones look alike.

Something I did take a picture of though was this which I never heard of before.

I'm conflicted on if I'm going to drink it.  On one hand I kind of want to, but on the other hand I'm not big on energy drinks, and this one contains guarana which gives me terrible headaches.  I bought it though so my options are drink it or display it.  I'm also tempted to give it to a friend since he's a huge Simpsons fan and likes energy drinks.  That seems like the best option, but if I do try it I'll tell you how it tastes.  I'm sure it can't taste any worse than Steven Seagal Energy Drink which was a real thing and tasted horrible.

After this stop, it was around 2:30 and we were tired and quite hungry.  Mom and I hadn't ate all day and my sister ate around 7 that morning, so it was understandable.  We were close to the antique mall we planned to hit, and not far from the hotel we booked, so I gave directions to a local Sonic since it was either that or McDonald's and they were next to each other.  There were other options, but I figured we'd keep it simple.  So we stopped in and ate, and I have to be honest, I passed up Chick-Fil-A for Sonic and that was tough for me since its been about two years since I've been to Chick-Fil-A.  Anyways, I had a chicken sandwich at Sonic, and it might have been one of the best ones ever.  I would dare say it was as good at the chicken I used to eat when I worked at Wendy's.

As we left Sonic we noticed a car that made us all laugh.  Not so much the car, but what was on the BACK of the car... JUST MARRIED!  Hmm, I guess half price Ocean Water's are too hard to pass up, even on your big day.  When we left, we decided to check into the hotel since we could and figured at least we could rest a bit and if we wanted go to the Antique Mall later since it was open until 9 PM.  As it turned out, we just decided to stay at the hotel and rest.  My mom I think wanted to watch Mizzou anyways (which she later regretted, though I told her no way they'd beat 'Bama).  My sister and I did head out once more to go to a local grocery store across the road from the hotel.  We was curious since it was a Price Chopper and it had been over two decades since we last been in one.  They are a sponsor of the Kansas City Royals and on the side of the building was a giant "statue" of Alex Gordon with his glove outreached over top of the building as if he was trying to catch a ball.  I guess I should have taken a picture, but oddly enough my camera stayed in its case most the weekend.

Nothing else really happened that night and we woke up in the morning and got ready to leave when I was flipping through the channels and noticed a movie was on I wanted to see.  It was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and while I didn't catch the ending, I saw enough to know its on my list of movies to purchase.  As I gathered my stuff and watched the movie, my sister took her stuff out to the car.  When she came back she had a big smile on her face... YOU HAVE TO COME DOWNSTAIRS AND SEE THIS.  Take your camera.


It turns out a celebrity stayed at our hotel that night.  Well, kind of.  We didn't see them, but we saw their car, and honestly that was better than seeing them.

No it wasn't Ed Sheeran.


These guys took the time to do it right.  Its tough to see but on the dashboard you can see half a pack of cigarettes even.

This implies there is a BluMo 1 out there somewhere, which is pretty cool as well.  We wondered if they was there for the wedding that was the reason the hotel was sold out that night.  If it was, that would have been an awesome wedding.

This sh**box Dodge even had sunglasses in the back.  This car has everything!  When I got home it took a couple days but I found out what this was about.  It wasn't there for a wedding, but the guys who own this go to car shows and actually have another car (I assume BLUMO 1) and a couple other replica cars as well.  They ones that drive this one dress up as Jake and Elwood and even perform as a band (either as just the duo or the whole band with the horns).  I can't remember the site now, but it was fun to look at.  I might look into going to a car show if I know they will be there.

So after seeing this, we knew this trip was worth it.  We also had one more stop left.  Now I could tease what I got for next time, or just show it now.  I think I'll mostly show it now.  We made a trip to the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall and it was as good as I remember it.  While we didn't spend much, it was still fun to check out.  Though to be honest, I was still tired from the day before, so after this besides rain coming in we were trying to beat, I was ready to get home.

I didn't really take pictures like last time.  In fact I took three total once inside, mostly for reference in case we went back soon or in case I wanted to look them up on Ebay.  I liked this tin can of Pringles, as it was jumbo size and would be a nice display for Christmas.  I forgot the price but it was a bit more than I wanted to pay, plus I already have tins I can't display so a large one would be tough to show off.

I never saw a wooden cheese box before.  The price wasn't bad, but it was not very stable, I was afraid to move it because I thought it would fall apart.  It would have been fun to get and use to store cards though.

This brought back many memories from childhood and to be honest I really wanted it, but I couldn't justify getting it.  I forgot the price, but this falls into the "wasting money if I ever hit the lottery" category, and right now its good enough just having this picture.

So you may wonder what I bought.  Well, let's see.

Yes, I went 100 miles from home to buy a Larry The Cable Guy DVD.  To be fair it was cheap, and I was able to check to see if it was scratched.  It was pristine and I have actually wanted this movie for a while.  Sure it's nowhere near as good as the original, but I still enjoyed it.  Plus its not like I'll watch it all the time, once a year is good enough.  Plus in all honesty Santino Marella was a better actor in this than Larry.

This was a publication from the Kansas City Star from 1985 after the Royals won the World Series.  I have a few collectibles from the 1985 series, but never saw this before and it was cheap so I got it.  Maybe one day I'll try to make scans or just take pictures from what's inside.  It's a pretty good book.

I'm pretty sure I've said this many times, but growing up the Royals weren't on TV a lot, so most nights I would listen to the radio broadcast, and it was always Denny and Fred.  This book was 5 bucks and sealed in a plastic bag.  It was a good price for the book, but I also hoped maybe it was sealed because it was autographed.  It wasn't but I'm still happy with it.  I also hoped there would be pictures inside of them in the booth, possibly in their chairs, one of which I am sitting in right now.  That wasn't the case either, but I really need to start reading all these books I'm getting, right now this is about third in line so it might be a while.

How could I not buy some cards while I stopped in.  Full disclosure, the main reason I wanted to come back was to buy some cards.  I knew one seller had a bin with 25 cent packs of random cards, so I knew I'd get some.  But finding these were a nice flashback to my younger days.  I think I'll show off what's inside the packs next time.  There's a lot of packs...

Three dollars worth of packs.  Here's the deal, a quarter a pack, inside each pack was 25 cards.  So all I had to do was find a card I liked on the top of the pack and whatever was inside was just extra.  I got more football then I thought, but still it was worth it.  Next time I'll show off the packs, not every card, but a few from each pack including every top card.

More packs!  Well, team sets to be precise.  I was hoping to knock out some team sets on this trip, and even considered making a stop by a card shop, but I figured there is always next time.  However I made a list of what I had for the most part, but knew I didn't have these completed yet.  I'll show them off next time, but I will say the two on the right weren't exactly complete, but that's fine, missing one or two from a team set and paying under a buck for 20 or so cards isn't too bad.  The '03 set on the left was complete, and I can add it to the other Police sets (well, Kansas City Life Insurance) I have.

Another pack of cards, this one ALL Royals.  I could have got more, but I thought this was more than enough.  Plus I didn't see any other packs that grabbed my attention.

All in all everything I bought at the Brass Armadillo was under 20 bucks and it was a blast.  Like I said, next time I'll post what cards were inside, and I've already scanned them, so it might be soon.

So as we left, we noticed the rain beat us to the metro, but we already planned on heading home.  It took a while, but eventually we got ahead of the storm, and made it back faster than I thought.  When we got home, I had one more surprise.  So did my mom, turns out she had flowers waiting for her.

I on the other hand...

I had a coin pouch (two actually, one I gave to my sister) and a gaggle of stickers.  A website I frequent- Gottadeal.com sent me a package for taking part in a contest that has run this entire year.  They are my go to site for Black Friday shopping.  This year they are celebrating 15 years, and I've been there since about year two or three.  Back then I was really into Black Friday shopping, now days not so much, but I promote the site as much as possible because they are pretty nice and I usually win free stuff every year on the site.

I think I have about 9 or so shirts from the site, all won via contest.  I might have more, but its always fun to have something to wear.

So that wraps it up for today, I know this was a long post, but I had fun writing it, and next time should be fun going through the cards I got.  By writing these the last couple days, it has cleared up some backlog of posts, so who knows, maybe I'll write more often again.  We'll see.  Thanks for reading and have a great week.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Tripping Out

Earlier this month my sister asked my mom and myself if we wanted to take a trip to Kansas City.  It seems that she was intrigued with our praise of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall there and on a few trips to St. Louis she has become a fan of Saver's and she wanted to check one out in Liberty.  We didn't have plans, so we picked a weekend and then she said she'd prefer to spend the night up there just in case we couldn't fit everything in on one day.  The extra day proved quite nice though we may not have needed it.  I'll likely spread this out a few posts (maybe 3) but I figured I'd show some stuff off today.  I've been to Kansas City quite a few times, but for this purpose the goal was simple: go to Saver's, go to Brass Armadillo, stay at hotel, and then whatever I thought we might enjoy.  Basically this was a junking trip, and while I could have made a couple other stops, its possible this might become an event that happens every few months, so we can figure out what works and doesn't as we make a few trips.

She doesn't have a lot of experience driving in Kansas City, and my mom isn't too proficient with maps, so I took it upon myself to map out the best routes.  For those newer to my blog, a couple things about me- first, I don't drive.  So when trips like this arise, I try to make up for it by studying the maps to determine the best roads to take, potential traffic issues, and maybe find shortcuts that won't get us lost.  The second thing is I don't have a smartphone.  I communicate via laptop, and since I didn't expect having internet access while on the road (and also fear my battery wouldn't last), I spend as much time as possible beforehand figuring out all this.  Sure my sister has GPS in her car, but I've never trusted GPS.  I remember once a friend told me "that stupid Garmin sent me on a road with a SWINGING BRIDGE!"  Anyways, she mapped in the GPS as we left, but I pretty much had it covered, minus taking a road or two early, which seems to happen every trip.  I think she was impressed with my navigation skills, especially since 75% of our destinations were places neither her nor I had visited before.  In total on the first day, we made 7 stops and could have done a couple more, but my mom and I were a bit tired, so after late lunch at Sonic, we were happy we could check into the hotel.  More on the Sonic trip on a later post, but today I thought I'd show off stuff from some of the thrift shops we went to the first day.  Sorry for the long introduction, but hey, at least I'm in the mood to blog today.

Most of this is non-card related, but still good stuff.  Let's dig in.

The first stop was Savers.  None of us had been to this location, but my sister likes going to one in St. Louis and thought we'd enjoy it as well.  We got a bag which means we bought something!  Overall the store wasn't too bad, my mom and I have gotten spoiled to 10 for 25 cent books and 50 cent CD's so the prices were a little higher then we were use to, but they were still cheap.  I think my mom bought a few books, and I got a couple things.  I almost bought a DVD, The Best of Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live, but it was a little more scratched than I'd have liked, so I passed.  The store was a little more out of the way then the rest of the places so if we do this more often we might not go EVERY time, but still plan to go back.  We might even buy some furniture if they are still as cheap as we saw and have room.

I thought I bought more there, but I know for sure I bought this at either 99 cents or 1.49.  A few years back I wanted to be a big Coca Cola collector, but I grew out of it.  However I still like to find cheap pieces when I can and this will look good on my shelf of other tin items I've bought.  It was too good to pass up.

I'm pretty sure I bought this CD from Savers as well.  I am a big Kate Nash fan, have been for about a decade if not longer.  While this isn't her best CD (in my opinion) I still wanted it because I doubt I'd see too many of her albums popping up around my neck of the woods.  Even if you've never heard of her music, you might know her as Britannica from the Netflix series GLOW.  I was quite surprised to find out that was her after finishing the first season.  It will be interesting what happens to her character on season three.  It's about the only plot I really care about on the show anymore to be honest.

So after that we headed back towards Independence where most of the other shops were.  I didn't want to press to hard on too many stops so I decided we'd forgo Cargo Largo until a future trip since my sister and mom had never been before.  So we found a Salvation Army and stopped in there.  We only went because it was still early and it was close to another stop.

I might have got this at Savers.  It was a buck though and while I didn't need another version of it, I bought it because it was complete and I needed some dice anyways and it had some score pads.  While I'd prefer Triple Yahtzee score pads, I can complain on getting what appeared to be brand new sheets.

A while back I found a Fozzie Bear at my local thrift shop and made reference how he was missing his hat.  Then I said I'd like to get the Miss Piggy and Kermit that came out at the same time.  Well while heading down a random clothing aisle on top of the rack I spotted another Fozzie, this one with a hat.  I was ecstatic.  I mean I still wanted the other two, but come on, this was great.  We we close to checking out, but there was a line so we looked at a couple other aisles while it shortened.

BOOM!  My sister was laughing.  Hmm?

NO FREAKING WAY!  Not only was it a Miss Piggy, but it still had the original tag on it.  It was nowhere near where Fozzie was, but at this point we made it a mission to find Kermit...

We didn't find it.  But hey, 2 out of three ain't bad.  This also motivates me to search for Kermit on future trips.  Sure I have a few saved on Ebay whenever I want to pull the trigger but finding them "out in the wild" like this seems much more rewarding, plus probably cheaper.

Next trip was to a Red Racks store.  My sister had never been to one, and this location was new to my mom and myself, so we checked it out.  In addition it had a Dollar Tree on the back side, and lately I've been hooked on finding Blu-Ray and DVD's at Dollar Tree.  So much so, that I've gotten my sister hooked on it too.  Well, the Red Racks was mostly a bust, at least I think.  Its been a couple weeks and I have somewhat forgotten what I got where for some of the stuff.  We wasn't too impressed with the place and I doubt we go back, but we might give it another shot.  The Dollar Tree was pretty busy, and we didn't really find anything different from our local one, but the line was long and I found a small box of DVD's.  None worth getting, so my only purchase there was a bottle of Bacon Bits, which I just realized I haven't opened yet.  I only got it because I've never seen the name brand at our local store.

The next stop had three stores all next to each other, and one my mom and I visited a couple years ago.  It was another Red Racks, also a Goodwill store, and another Dollar Tree.  By the time we got here it was starting to tax us a little (especially finding a detour due to road construction) so we skipped this Dollar Tree.  Maybe next time we'll hit it.

The Red Racks store might have been the store with a pretty long line and my mom wanted a few books, but she decided to put them back instead of getting them.  She mentioned it a few times after leaving how she really wanted the books, so my sister and I kinda laugh about it.  She asked me the other day if my mom has mentioned "those books I should have got" but she hasn't really.  If we knew what ones they were we'd probably just buy them online, but she never said.

The Goodwill store didn't have as much to offer as I expected but did find something.  Again, I think it was there, by this point I was getting tired and wanted to rest for a bit.  Plus I was hungry so I needed something to eat.

Then I found a giant hamburger!

For 99 cents I could have this whopper!  It looks really nice, but what would I use it for... Who cares its 99 cents, I decided to get it.  I still don't know what I'll use it for, but at worst I could just display it.

After this stop my mom mentioned she was getting tired and needed to rest a bit.  Since this is all I scanned for this post I think I'll stop it here.  My sister and I made one more stop and we had something to eat before hitting the hotel.  Then my sister and I made a trip to the local supermarket for something for dinner, but I figure I can talk about that next time.  Next post should be bits and pieces before I show the cards I got from Brass Armadillo.  Trust me though, next post won't be one to miss.

That will wrap this post up for now though, thank you all for reading and I hope everyone has a great week.  I'm sure it will be a great week if you're a Red Sox fan, and one of disappointment if you're a Dodgers fan.  If your a fan of a team in Cleveland, I'm sure your just happy that YOU didn't get fired.  As I write this the Browns have just fired their head coach and offensive coordinator, this coming a day after the Cavs sacked their head coach.  Good thing Cleveland doesn't have a NHL team.  Though if were honest, Hue Jackson should have been fired last year, maybe sooner.  Plus I'm sure not too many people outside of Todd Haley are upset they fired Todd Haley.  Anyways, enough rambling, have a great week.  CLEVELAND ROCKS!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Desktop Cleaning

It's been a long month and it's been quite a while since I scanned some stuff so today I figured I'd clean my desktop off some.  Not a lot of stuff to show but it will knock out a couple folders so that's good enough for me.  Let's dig in.

Um, I think I got this on Listia.  I haven't won anything on there in a really long time so I'm not sure.  I still have whatever they call credits but hardly visit the site much anymore.  Once I run out I'll stop going.  I like Eliza Dushku so if I see a random card of hers I'll keep an eye on it.

I found this in a box recently while cleaning.  It's a lot more yellow than this picture shows and I'm tempted to open it up.  I remember when I bought this, a few weeks after he died at Daytona back in 2001.  It's rare for me not to open stuff so I'm happy I've kept it sealed this long, but the yellowing is kind of getting to me, and I have a bit of room to display it now.  I can also scan the card in the Trading Card Database if it needs to be, so there's that.

1992 was around the peak time of NASCAR for me, I had really got into it as a kid and there were a lot of names that could win every week.  I also liked the car designs, and to be honest, I liked the "southern roots" NASCAR more than the modern "corporate NASCAR".  Recently I've looked at adding all 8 cars of this set and they aren't priced too bad on Ebay, but its something else I guess I don't really need.

Alright, let's get into baseball cards.

I don't remember when or where I bought these, but my guess is Casey's back around August.  I haven't bought much 2018 product, and honestly not too upset about that.  The appeal to these however was Hunter Greene, as I hope he can be a big star after reading an article about him in Sports Illustrated for Kids.  As for anyone else in the set, I wasn't aware of who they'd be going in, so I wouldn't know most of them likely.  Though being Bowman, I forgot how much I hate their numbering system and how they mix minor league and MLB guys together.  Anyways, let's see what I got.

I don't remember which cards came from what pack, and I think I scanned them out of order anyways, but here is some of the cards I got.  I never heard of THAT Will Smith, so I was a taken aback when I saw it.  Nothing stood out to me at the time, and nothing does now.  That might not be a bad thing for now, but hope these guys make it big.

Okay, I've heard of these guys, at least most of them.  BOO Cano!  None of these really fit my PC, but it was nice to find some players I'm familiar with at least.  If any would one day be in my PC, it might be Paul DeJong.  Don't get me wrong, I have some Clayton Kershaw cards now, but I doubt I'd ever make an actual collection for him.  He's a really good pitcher but if I did PC's for every "good player" I'd have 10,000 PC's.

Chrome cards... yawn.  Now I remember why I never buy Bowman.  Are these Bowman Chrome, Bowman Chrome Prospects, WHAT ARE THEY!!!  I've heard of a couple so at least that's good.  At least they could have used different photos of Brendan Rodgers between the regular Bowman (or Bowman Prospect or whatever it was in the first scan) and this Chrome card.  Maybe they spend too much time with the numbering of the cards to have time to find different photos.

Here's some names I'm familiar with at least.  Granted I don't watch as much baseball as I used to, but I've heard of half of these guys before I opened these packs, and yet another Brendan Rodgers.  At least card had a different photo.  The best card so far is likely the Rafael Devers card.

So far I've noticed no Royals which is a bit upsetting, but I'm use to it by now.  Also why I don't miss buying so much new product.  Welp, one pack left, the bonus pack.  Not sure what appeal it has, but let's look at them.

Eh, to me it looks more like grass on the field than camo, but I have to admit, I actually like the border.  Never been big on the whole camo thing for cards (or jerseys... especially you Padres), but these seem to work.  What doesn't work is no Royals found in the pack, and no Hunter Greene.  Not even a Hunter Greene in Camo Green.  I can't say it was money wasted, as I enjoyed opening them, but it may not have been money well spent.

Well, that clears up a couple folders and that allows me to crop more scans and I still have a ton of stuff to show, including a recent trip to Kansas City, so hopefully I'll be back again sooner rather than later.  As for this post, that pretty much wraps it up.

Thanks everyone for reading, and thank you for keeping on reading even though I'm posting much less than even I anticipated.  I get a kick out of writing them while I'm doing it, but its just getting motivated to start doing them that I don't enjoy.  Oh well, I hope everyone has a great Fall season, and hope it doesn't start snowing too soon.  Lucky so far I haven't heard that word much in these parts yet this year, but I'm sure I will soon.  Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Four Weeks and Seven Hours Ago...

So it's been a bit since my last post, and to be honest I'm not much in the mood for blogging today, but I need to for a couple reasons.  First and foremost because I left everyone hanging on that last post where I showed off cards from Cards On Cards.  I showed off the college football, but I never showed the baseball, specifically, Kansas City Royals cards I got.  It wouldn't be fair to not post those or to again thank Cards on Cards for the amazing cards.  The second reason is if I don't start blogging then I'm more and more likely just to give it up and quit all together.  While I'm not one of the biggest card bloggers around, it has felt like a lot have hung them up this year, and I don't want my name added to the list.  I plan to keep blogging, I just need to be in the mood to do it.  Lately I've been hooked on other things and haven't devoted as much time to cards.  Hopefully that will change soon.  Another reason I needed to blog is because I'm getting backed up with stuff to show that I'm starting to forget what I have.  So in order to catch up, I need to blog.  While all this is happening I am going through (rather slowly) my collection and seeing what cards I can either trade or donate or sell to thin out my collection some.  Right now I have over 21,000 cards that I've sorted and once done it will likely be double that, then I need to figure out what I truly want to do with them.  If you're bored you can check my eventual progress on my backup account on Trading Card Database (2ndGenCollector) under my collection called "Potential Trade Cards".  I will keep some of the cards, especially if I'm close to completing some sets, but for now its easier to put them all there and figure it out later.

Anyways, you came for photos of cards, not talking so let's dive in.

UGHH!  I am not a fan of oversized cards, but I needed all three of these so it works out okay.  I guess because I didn't get Bowman cards until I was well in my teens but I never saw the appeal of these sets.  Even though I hate the numbering, I much prefer the more modern day sets they produce than these.  Having said that, Topps over-saturates the market with so much product even minor league stuff its a bit off putting, but thats for another time.  Speaking of Topps, I also got some Topps Big cards which were just a bit larger than the Bowman cards so I like them a bit less.  Though I liked the designs of the cards and how they had a portrait shot and an action shot, so not all is bad.  In addition I also got a MLB Chipz I think.  I have some of these in WWE form, but this was my first baseball one, and I'm glad I have one of Salvador Perez. Even though most of the team were new to most people by the end of the year, Salvy was the man who is still in KC after all these years.  I always liked him and hope he's here a lot longer.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, is MINI cards.  I don't enjoy them as much as regular sized cards because they can slip out easier, but I still like them.  Oddly enough while I don't have a lot of them, I did have pretty much the entire Royals 86 Fleer Mini's except maybe one, but it was still fun to get more of them.  What I didn't have was the other cards in this scan.  I don't actively seek out mini's or stickers unless I'm working on the team set, so the Vargas, Moose, and Sluggerrr cards were all new to me.  The Royals logo I've seen before but didn't have (also I think from the 86 Fleer set).  The other two stickers were from sets I have Royals cards of, but not these, so I'm glad I can cross them off.  Lastly is the Mondesi card which might not be my first of him, but I think is the first I have of him in a Royals uniform.  I have some of his minor league cards.  I have a feeling he might turn some heads next year, at least I hope.

Where would any blogger be without Triple Play cards and stickers?  Truthfully, since I have enough of the set, I might try to build it, but when I saw these I knew I didn't have the Hosmer and didn't think I had the Gordon, so I'm happy.  The Royals logo is from a Fleer set, maybe 1990, and while I have a lot from that era, I didn't have the Royals one so that works.  The A&G cards were new to me because 2017 I hardly went after any baseball product since I didn't like the Topps flagship design.  Maybe that's why my blogging has suffered since.  Anyways, new to me on both, and now neither one on the Royals.  Still teammates, but now on the Milwaukee Brewers.  I think a lot of Royals fans are Brewers fans this postseason since no less than 5 players were once Royals.  Moose, Cain, Kratz, Jeffress, and Soria.  No wonder some KC fans have dubbed them the Milwaukee Royals (or Kansas City Brewers).  A former Royal AND Brewer who wanted out of KC to play for a championship contender is sitting at home this postseason... Zack Greinke.  This Bazooka card I always liked but I already have it.  No worries, I collect doubles of cards I like, so that's a keeper.  Speaking of doubles, here's a Salvador Perez 2016 Topps I may or may not have a double of, and that's cool.  Besides building the team set, I really want to build a 2016 Topps base set for both series and Update and as many insert sets as possible.  I have about 2/3's of the base set done and a good start on the inserts, now I just need to devote time and energy to finishing it up.  Maybe once I finish sorting all these other cards I will.

I didn't care for the design of this Topps Heritage set, so I never chased it, but it was nice getting all these because I'm not sure if I had any of them.  I should mention when Cards on Cards gave these cards away, there was no guarantee that they would be ones I didn't have, so besides getting them free, getting just one card I didn't have was worth it, and I'd say almost half I didn't have, so it really helped my collection which I have admittedly neglected this year.

More A&G and Heritage cards I didn't have.  Despite not being a fan of the design, I must say I love the cardboard stock they use and prefer it over the glossy stock they use on Bowman and flagship Topps sets.  Got some good cards here including one of the AL hits and stolen bases leader Whit Merrifield.  192 hits and I think 45 stolen bases may not seem like a lot, but I was surprised a Royals player sniffed a top ten in any category much less lead in two of them.

OLDIES!  Sadly, I had the Purina Brett card, but I'll take any double of that card, especially if I decide to build that set.  The Tartabull was new to me but I'm sure I have other cards from that set.  Same goes for Seitzer.  The Heritage cards on the bottom are really nice, I like the design on those, so I might look into that set as well.

More Heritage and A&G I likely didn't have, so that's a plus.

Aside from the Blue Rocks card I think I did have all these as I think I bought a team set a couple years ago, minus the high numbers.  I remember the Yost card.  I am also glad I can add a few Jorge Bonifacio cards to my collection as well.  Something about him I like.

Here we go!  This might be my favorites of the bunch.  I just really like minor league cards especially from the 80's and 90's.  The CMC ones were my favorite so naturally the Tony Ferreira is my favorite, but the David Howard is a close second.  I don't think I have too many Memphis Chicks cards so it was nice to see.  The amazing thing is I might have more Pete Filson cards then I do of some of the current Royals players.  I'm sure this is my third different one if not more.  It's fun looking at minor league cards.  On the rare chance I spot some I get a little excited.

MORE MINOR LEAGUE CARDS!  YIPPY SKIPPY!  Besides the Bonifacio which is a double I already shown on here, the rest were all new to me.  I don't think I ever saw purple Star cards before, and I don't know if I ever saw the Team Best cards either.  So I was pretty happy to get all these.

More minor league cards, and all except the Rod Myers are new to me.  Only the Team Best was a design I don't remember, but I do remember Kyle Snyder.  I somewhat forgot though that Reggie Sanders was on the Royals.  Those were some bad years I tend to block parts of it out.

JOHNNY DAMON!  HECK YEAH!  Though I have it already, I'm not complaining one bit.  I don't think I had the King or Belcher cards so that works.  I was pretty stoked to see the two Khalil Lee cards since I've heard a lot about him but didn't have any of his cards.  Same goes for Nick Pratto.  Also pretty happy to get one of the last Yordano Ventura cards.  I'm not sure if he's still be a Royal or not, but I still miss him and would be rooting for him no matter what.

Another Ventura card, this one a rookie, and one I didn't have so SUPER SCORE!  All these were new to me and the Hosmer card I've never seen before so that was pretty interesting.  Once things clear up here I'll look into that set a bit more.

The last scan might be a let down to some, but it has a Greinke, Gordon, and BO!  How can you be disappointed.  In addition the Renie Martin is one I didn't have from a set I might have completed if my package didn't get stolen from my mailbox (another reason I might be into cards much right now, that package had a lot of early 80's cards in it that while not valuable, still would have completed a few sets).

All and all I have to give a massive thanks to Cards on Cards for the great amount of cards he gave away, and how so many were new to me.  While I don't open cards as much these days, it was a freaking blast opening them up and seeing what I could add to my collection.

Thank you all for reading and as you might tell from above, I haven't been getting a lot of cards lately so the next few posts might be more random and thrifting type blogs, but they will still have sports stuff to show off.  In fact I can't wait to show quite a few things off, but I'm not going to hype it too much since it might be another month before I blog again.  I hope everyone has a great week.