Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

Hope everyone has a great Father's Day!

I love my dad and will ever be grateful for everything he's done for me, but I didn't get my love of baseball from him.

He's not a fan of baseball or any sport for that matter.

Despite his lack of interest in baseball, he took me to every Little League practice and game. He shuttled me to every card shop and card show in the Phoenix area during the late 80's and early 1990's and I even talked him into a trip to the baseball Hall of Fame one year as part of a family vacation.

One year for Christmas I got tickets to see the 1996 Dream Team while they were touring the country after the Olympics. My dad and I went and I cheered on Shaq, the Mailman, Grant Hill, and the Admiral among others and my dad fell asleep.

Like I said, he's not a sports fan, but I still love him.

I got a few packs of 2017 Topps Series II today from my wife and kids. Nothing big, but since I have three kids, I'll show three cards that will stay in my collection. The rest of the inserts will be part of a prize package for my 8th anniversary of my blog which is tomorrow.

A week or so ago we were at a Diamondbacks game and I saw that the D-Backs Authentics shop had a promotion going on where you paid $50 to spin a wheel for various autographed or game-used items. There about 20 jerseys to choose from, a helmet, a base, game-used balls, autographed photos and balls, locker nameplates, etc.

I got permission to to spin as my Father's Day gift and was hoping to land on a jersey. I ended up landing on a spot for an autographed baseball. The choices were somewhat bleak. There were about 4 or 5 players to choose from and Wellington Castillo and Brad Ziegler are the only ones I remember.

Somehow I managed to talk the guy into letting me pick a game-used ball instead. I picked this ball from Spring Training.

It's from a D-Backs vs. Cubs game on 3/23/17 and was a pitch in the dirt from Zack Grienke to Kyle Schwarber in the top of the first inning.

Anybody else get any sports related gifts for Father's Day?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How the heck did he do it?

I have no idea how he did it, but ARPSmith's Sportscard Obsession sent me a pwe with 9 Paul Goldschmidt cards that I needed.

There were 9 cards in the envelope. All the cards featured my favorite player, Paul Goldschmidt. I didn't already have a single one.

Well done Adam!

This brings my Paul Goldschmidt collection to 290 unique cards.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

1953 Topps

I picked up two 1953 Topps cards for my Topps Page-A-Year binder yesterday at my LCS.

The condition is rough and they aren't the biggest names in the set, but they are certainly recognizable.

"The Little Professor", as Dom was known, never reached the elite status of his older brother, Joe, but the 7 time All-Star enjoyed a great career with the Red Sox

Virgil "Fire" Trucks had a very nice Major League career and was a terrific ttm signer before he passed away. Virgil pitched two no-hitters in 1952 for the Tigers and won 20 games in 1953 with the Browns.

As you can see, both cards are not in great condition by any means, but at less than $3 apiece I had to pick them up for my binder.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Every Day's A Holiday - June

It's June. Let's take a look at the Every Day's A Holiday calendar for the month of June.

Here's the day by day breakdown.

1 - Go Barefoot Day
2 - Rocky Road Day
3 - Repeat Day
4 - Hug Your Cat Day
5 - Hot Air Balloon Day
6 - Yo-Yo Day
7 - VCR Day
8 - Upsy Daisy Day
9 - Donald Duck Day
10 - Ball Point Pen Day
11 - Kamehameha Day
12 - Red Rose Day
13 - Sewing Machine Day
14 - World Blood Donor Day
15 - Nature Photograph Day
16 - Fresh Veggie Day
17 - Apple Strudel Day
18 - Go Fishing Day
19 - Garfield the Cat Day
20 - American Eagle Day
21 - Go Skateboarding Day
22 - Onion Ring Day
23 - Let It Go Day
24 - Fairy Day
25 - Color TV Day
26 - Canoe Day
27 - Industrial Workers of the World Day
28 - Tapioca Day
29 - Camera Day
30 - Meteor Watch Day

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

TTM Tuesday: Peyton Manning

I don't always send NFL ttms, but when I do it's to a Manning.

Not sure how long this request was out, but it was a while. I got it back from his Foundation with a small donation.

This is my second time getting Peyton back ttm. I've also gotten returns from Archie and Eli.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

9 Repacks

Last week I had to go to a Dollar Tree store for some poster board for a end of the year school project for one of my boys. 

I always check to see if they have cards. Occasionally they'll have something decent. This time they had 30 card packs from a company called Presstine Marketing Inc.

Anyone else bought any of these repacks?

$1 for 30 cards makes them roughly 3 cents each. So I took a chance and bought 4 packs. I was pleasantly surprised. Later in the week I went back and bought 5 more.

I liked these repacks because while there was plenty plenty of 1990 Donruss there was also a nice variety of old and new with some stars, hall of famers and inserts. 

I won't show you all 30 cards from the each pack, but I'll show some highlights from each one. Let me know what you think.

What is the best card I got?

Here's pack 1.

Pack 2

Pack 3

Pack 4

Pack 5

Pack 6 

Pack 7

Pack 8

Pack 9