Sunday, January 14, 2018

2018 trade package #1: Sport Card Collectors

I'm gonna take a quick break from the Sportlots stuff because the other day I received my first trade package of 2018!  It was a PWE from Matt of Sport Card Collectors and it contained plenty of Tigers goodness:
This fun quartet starts off with Miguel Cabrera's base from Panini's 2017 Donruss Optic, the chrome-ified version of the base.  As is often the case I'm a fan of the regular design and the new finish is a plus.

Next is a 2017 Topps Rainbow Foil parallel of 3B (and maybe future RF) Nick Castellanos.  His bat was good enough that I hope Detroit finds a way to keep it in the lineup this season.

The only non-2017 card was one that came out the previous year in the form of an Al Kaline 2016 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball Legends insert.  It's always nice adding a brand new card of Mr. Tiger to my collection!

And finally, in another example that Topps can do right once in a while, there's a base card of starter Daniel Norris from 2017 Topps Gallery.  Like Stadium Club this is clearly a brand that should be available every year, and I like how the artwork here includes the "Mr. I" patch in honor of late Tigers owner Mike Illitch.

That was a nice little bunch but there were a couple more cards as well:
Wow, two autographs!  On your left is Bryan Garcia out of last year's Donruss Elite Extra Edition (a very useful brand for autograph collectors!).  I have to admit I wasn't familiar with Garcia so I looked him up and found that the pitcher was Detroit's 6th-rounder in 2016 and played at pretty much every level of Detroit's system last year.  He doesn't appear to be listed among the Tigers' top 10 prospects at this point but his quick rise in 2017 is a good sign.  Plus I'm always a sucker for an Elite auto I didn't have.

Joining him is another Tigers relief pitching prospect, Joe Jimenez, with an autograph out of Topps' 2017 Bowman Platinum.  The Puerto Rican amateur free agent had a rough go of it in his Major League debut last year but has been looked at as a potential future closer for a team that doesn't have any reason not to give him some chances to claim the job in the next couple years.  I'm hoping he succeeds where Bruce Rondon flamed out in Motown.

Matt, thanks for a fun PWE that got my year of trading started off on a high note!  I'm looking forward to sending stuff back your way once I pile up more of your favorite teams, and in the meantime I hope your Giants find a new coach that'll help turn things around.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

2017 Sportlots purchases: mo better Lous

See?  No "Happy Lou Year" in the title, just like I promised!

Of course that means today's featured PC guy is Lou Whitaker.  I didn't knock anything off his checklist in my Sportlots purchase but did find a few scans' worth of new stuff to add to his collection, mainly of the oddball variety:
Most of what I grabbed was from the 80s which makes sense since Whitaker's career spanned 1977-95.  This bunch starts and ends with Topps Glossy Send-Ins from 1984 and 1987.  I don't generally count stuff like that towards the mainstream checklist because I tend to limit it to box- and pack-pulled stuff.

As with many of the other players you've seen, Lou appeared in many of Fleer's prolific array of products that decade, and here you can see his issues from their 1986 Limited Edition boxed set as well as the Star Stickers offerings from that year and 1987.  The stickers are definitely odballish enough to leave off the checklist but I may change my mind on the Limited Edition card at some point.

Last up is the most oddball of this scan:  1986 True Value.  These logo-less cards (despite apparently being approved by the MLBPA?) came in panels of four when you bought stuff at one of those stores.
Here's the final four standard-sized cards:  Up first is 1989 Classic Travel purple, an update to the product that featured trivia questions on the back.  Next is a psychedelic design from 1992 Topps Kids, another product that's weird enough to leave off my checklists, at least for now.  I'd argue that kid-centric products look a bit better today.

Going a bit more mainstream are Whitaker's 1993 Pacific Spanish base (with that butt-ugly logo from the early 90s) and Upper Deck's Fun Pack from that year, another kid-friendly product.  I may also decide to put these on the main checklist at some point.
Lou was living large in the 80s--five straight All-Star Games, four Silver Slugger Awards, three Gold Gloves, and 43.4 bWAR are proof--so naturally he belonged on some oversized cards like this Donruss pair.  The first is from the 1985 Action All-Stars set while the other product's name simply opted for "All-Stars".  If you're familiar with either year's base set you can see some similarities in the designs, though they're notably different as well.
And now we have the oddballs of the oddball stuff:  undersized and other non-standard form-factors.  The first and third items in the top row are stamps produced by Fleer in 1982 and '83, apparently designed to be stuck in an album, much like stickers from the era.

Speaking of stickers, this scan is littered with them:

  • Topps:  (L-R, top to bottom) items #2 (1982), 5 (1983), 6 (1984), 7 (1986), 9 (1989), and 11 (1988).  The '88 sees Whitaker paired up with 1984 World Series foe Garry Templeton of the Padres.
  • Fleer:  #4 (1983)
  • Panini:  #8 (1989)
Item #10 is the first of four non-stickers, a Topps UK Mini from 1989.  Also from Topps I have a pair of coins from 1989 and 1990.  It looks like the company brought those back for a few years starting in 1987 after they were a mainstay of the 60s and early 70s.

Our final item on the day is also round, and it's a King B Disc from 1990.  The discs are food issues that came in packages of beef jerky made by a company I wouldn't know about if not for the cards!

And with that I have another nice bunch of Whitakers to beef up his collection and give it a ton more variety as I close in on 300 total cards.

Stay tuned for another Sportlots PC post soon, and in the meantime please check out a Michigan Football-related one this evening over at TMM.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2017 Sportlots purchases: listen all y'all, it's a Sabo-tage

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For today's post let's go with another Reds fan favorite: Chris Sabo, the 3B nicknamed "Spuds" who was the National League's Rookie of the Year in 1988 and was a World Series champ in 1990.

Spuds is another of my supercollections and as with others like Hal Morris, I had a ton of luck attacking his wantlist thanks to Sportlots:
We'll start with 1988 when Sabo was named NL ROY.  Future HOFer Roberto Alomar placed a distant fifth in that voting despite a fairly similar season, oddly enough.

The first five cards in this scan are from that year and they include issues from Donruss and Fleer boxed sets, pre-RCs from Fleer and Score update sets, and a Glossy parallel of the Fleer card.

Then '89 opens with an oddball Bazooka product produced by Topps along with more Donruss and Fleer boxed set cards.
This scan will take us through the rest of 1989.  As in several of my other Sportlots posts there's still more boxed set stuff, especially thanks to Score and Fleer being so prolific late in the decade.  Speaking of the latter I grabbed both of Sabo's Glossy parallels of the flagship set.  An exciting appearance by Sportflics is joined by one other base card in Chris' '89 Topps RC.  Seriously, I didn't have one!  Finally, a Topps Glossy Send-In and oddball Toys 'R' Us issue close the book on that year.
Here we start with a quick romp through 1990:  base cards from Leaf and Topps (again, seriously) and Topps' Tiffany parallel.  Then we start a ten-card run through '91 with a trio from Donruss, plus Fleer, O-Pee-Chee, and one of two Score flagship appearances.
We'll close out '91 in style by starting with Sabo's other Score appearance:  a World Series card that includes fellow Wolverine Barry Larkin flipping his lid.  That's joined by another Score boxed set, Topps Tiffany, and a checklist from Upper Deck.

1992 Begins with Bowman and Donruss, gets interesting with a Fleer Team Leaders insert, then returns to status quo with Leaf and O-Pee-Chee Premier.
Let's finish off '92 with base cards from Studio and Upper Deck, plus UD's stupid Gold Hologram parallel.  I'm a supercollector so I have to pick those up!

Things start to get kind of interesting again with some of the '93 stuff.  Donruss, Fleer, and O-Pee-Chee are fairly pedestrian but the year gets boosted by Flair, Stadium Club (Members Only Parallel) and the much-improved Studio.
A '93 Topps Gold parallel finishes up '93 before we get into 1994 and Sabo's Orioles tenure, which ended up lasting just one season.  Bowman and Collector's Choice base cards lead off alphabetically, and I also picked up the latter's Gold and Silver Signature parallels; it's always nice to knock off the rarer Gold versions.  Those are joined by an even better version of Flair, one of my favorite Leaf designs, a much better effort from OPC, and the start of a nice run of designs for Pinnacle.
This group completes the year of cardboard in '94, and you can tell we're going alphabetically, not chronologically, because there's some Reds outliers here.  One of those is from Score, though the company updated his team in its Rookie/Traded product.  Stadium Club's base set (and its Members Only Parallel) showed him with Baltimore while its Team card, while listing him as an Oriole, still had a shot of him in his Reds uni.  Finally, his Topps Gold parallel also had him with the Reds, though that's not a huge shock since its flagship product can arrive before players switch teams.
This scan--the last with vertically-oriented cards--shows Sabo with three of his four career teams.  Three '95 cards--Fleer, Score Gold Rush, and Topps Cyberstats--end his Orioles run, and that year's Leaf documents his short (20 games) tenure with the South Side Sox.  I did a quick Beckett search and came up with just four products in which Chris appears with Chicago including Leaf above, Fleer Update (which I already have), Upper Deck (which you'll see below), and UD's Special Edition.  I'll also note that while Sabo appeared in just five games with the Cardinals during that same '95 season, he never appeared on cardboard as a member of that team.

Chris' final MLB season was 1996 and fortunately for me he could be found on Fleer's outstanding matte design from that year (as well as Ultra).  I also snagged one of his much more recent cardboard appearances, 2015 Stadium Club.  See?  Topps can do good things, they're just not in the practice of doing them regularly.
This second-to-last scan is just cards aligned horizontally, the way your cell phone videos should be most of the time if you're not an idiot.
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Anyway, we have a nice assortment here, starting with a '91 Fleer World Series subset (not quite as cool as Score's), plus '92 OPC and Topps Gold.  Then 1994 is once again represented by Score's Select and Upper Deck (plus its not-that-great Electric Diamond parallel).  1995's Collector's Choice and its Gold Signature parallel--another one I'm glad to check off--finish us up here.
And here's today's final scan, which opens with the final two mainstream horizontal cards:  '95 Upper Deck and another Electric Diamond parallel.

The we go all the way back to the beginning with 1988 and '89 Topps Big, plus a miniature '89 Topps Leaders.  Those are followed by two '89 Panini Stickers, as well as Topps Stickers from the same year, one of which Sabo shares with AL counterpart Wade Boggs.  Last and definitely least (in terms of size), I grabbed Sabos Topps Micro issues from 1991-93.

All told this added a very nice 86 items to my Sabo collection and put me at 147/210 (70%) of his checklist, a great boost.

If that's not enough Sportlots action for you this evening, please head over to TMM for a nice little after dinner mint of a football post.  Either way, I'll send you off with a song:

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Sportlots purchases: Happy Drew Year

I promise this will be the end of New Year's-related puns in the titles.  I'm a man of my word, too, which is a good thing since I have Whitaker cards to post and tomorrow could have been "Happy Lou Year".

Anyway, with today my last day off before returning to the daily grind and sporadic blogging, I'm making sure to get one more post up.  Actually it's two since I'm showing off more Sportlots-sourced cards over on TMM this evening:  a nice little bunch representing that blog's inspiration.

In terms of what I have here, today's player is also affiliated with Michigan Football, but we're looking at his appearances on baseball cardboard instead.  Let's have a look at some new additions to my Drew Henson PC:
We'll open with Upper Deck's 2001 SP Top Prospects.  What's interesting is that Drew actually has a card in the '99 version, one where he's juggling a football and a couple baseballs.  Then we have a 2002 quartet from Bowman Draft, Fleer Triple Crown, Studio, and Topps 206.  Speaking of Triple Crown, I do own Henson's RC from the previous year's product.  And of course I'm a huge fan of the Studio design as usual.

Another four-spot takes us into the following year:  Absolute Memorabilia, Bazooka, Donruss Champions, and Donruss Team Heroes.  Absolute Memorabilia isn't a product for those that value subtlety but I think it looks pretty nice.  And even Bazooka manages to look reasonably good here considering how bland that product usually was.  Again, R.I.P. variety.
Our other scan continues with 2003 and remains there, and can you believe that was 15 years ago now?  Two very strong hitters in Leaf Certified Materials and Playoff Portraits are a great way to start before going on an Upper Deck run of Patch Collection, flagship, and 40-Man.  The Upper Deck base set looked great once again that year but I'd argue that the previous version of 40-Man looked nicer.

The one non-standard sized card is a tweener from one of a gazillion Fleer releases of the era, Double Header.  It's too large to call a mini and too small to be normal sized.  The artsy design is very cool, though.

Last up is one horizontal issue, this one from 2003 Upper Deck's Vintage that pairs up Henson with another top Yankees prospect at the time, Alex Graman.  He was a third-rounder like Henson, selected by New York in '99, a year after Drew was drafted, and like Henson he appeared in a handful of games over a couple seasons before washing out of the pros.  At least Henson had football to try to fall back on.

This fun selection bumped his collection up to 51 cards so I get to start 2018 with a nice little milestone.

Stay tuned for more Sportlots pickups at some point in the future!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Sportlots purchases: Hal-py new year!

It's New Year's Eve and I'm sneaking in one last post for 2017.  My next Sportlots subject is one of my supercollection guys, Hal Morris:
I knocked off a ton of needs for my Morris PC starting with this '89-'91 junk wax sampler that includes Fleer and Topps Glossy/Tiffany parallels, a couple Score boxed sets, and base cards from Donruss, OPC, and Topps.  I sure am glad the Yanks flipped him to the Reds in '89!
Here we finish up '91 before moving on to the following year.  The former includes another Score boxed set issue, Topps insert, Tiffany parallel, and the one oddball on the day from a Topps/Toys 'r' Us partnership.  For 1992 a couple more Score issues are joined by second-year Studio, Upper Deck base, and its pointless Gold Hologram version.  I did scan the back for the album but won't bother showing that here.
The first six cards here cover 1993 and hail from Donruss, OPC, Stadium Club (Members Only), Topps (and Gold), and Upper Deck (another Gold Hologram).  That UD card features a great shot!  Then 1994 opens with Gold and Silver Signature parallels from the debut of UD's Collector's Choice, plus a Flair base.  I was especially glad to track down the Gold Signature because those can get unreasonably pricey sometimes.
In this scan we finish up '94 with an out-of-nowhere OPC design and UD's Electric Diamond parallel of the flagship product.  Then '95 opens with a Collector's Choice trio:  base, Gold Signature, and SE Silver Signature.  Notice anything on the middle card?  I'll give you a second to compare it to the Silver one on the right.



Yep, that signature belongs to a different Morris:  newly-minted Tigers HOF pitcher Jack!  The error went uncorrected.

We continue that year with cards from Donruss' Top of the Order game, one of Leaf's coolest base sets, and an insert from that same product, 300 Club.  Hal indeed hit .313 from 1988-94 with a career high .340 in 1990, his first season with the Reds.  He'd finish his career at .304 over 13 seasons, during which he eclipsed the .300 mark six times.
You can tell I had a lot of luck finding Hal's stuff from 1995 because this whole scan is from that year and still doesn't finish it out.  The first row starts with Leaf's high end Limited product then moves on to Pacific's restrained Crown Collection and acid trip Prism set.  Down the middle is a fun trio of Score's Hall of Gold parallel, Pinnacle's high end Select Certified, and blog favorite Sportflix from the first of its two-year run.  The bottom features Topps' Stadium Club Members Only 50 (a boxed set available to club members), Pinnacle's Summit, and Topps' (thankfully) short-loved Embossed.
The first five cards here are finally enough to finish up '95.  The execrable Topps Embossed duo is complete thanks to the Golden Idols parallel, and then we have an UD trio of Electric Diamond, League Leader Predictor, and Special Edition.  The first year of Zenith is finally the end.

Then '96 begins with a nice bunch that includes another Collector's Choice Gold Signature knocked off; the artistically framed Emotion-XL, Flair, and Fleer.  The latter is, of course, part my favorite two-year run of Fleer's flagship product thanks to the matte finish and excellent overall design.
It won't take nearly as long to finish up Hal's '96 stuff--just the first six cards here.  A nice looking Bronze Press Proof from Leaf (just 2000 copies!) gives way to a couple more beauties in Select Certified and its Certified Red version (whoa, only 1800 of those!).  Second-year Summit and its foil parallel (one of three available) and a very nice UD flagship design close things out.

It's a very eclectic start to 1997 (which is 20 years ago for a bit longer!) with Bowman's International parallel and base cards from Fleer's Circa and Leaf.
We briefly cap off the year that was 1997 with Score parallels:  Showcase Series and its Artist's Proofs version.

Then we can move on to what's about to be 20 years ago very soon!  That's the year Hal joined the Royals for just a season before returning to the Reds.

Pacific is a big part of this can with cards from Aurora, Online (and its Red parallel) and Revolution.  Online was such a weird product and it's a huge pain in the ass trying to find the Web Cards and Winners versions!

Pinnacle's not terribly useful Plus product is the only example from that brand, and then we finish with a couple Topps issues:  an Inaugural Diamondbacks version of the base flagship card and then the Silver version of Morris' appearance in Stars (#3900/4399).
'98's Ultra Gold Medallion is the last example from that year, and the sepia-toned version is one of the cooler ones Fleer made.  1999 is then dominated once again by Pacific:  a very nice looking flagship product (they made a few around that time), Crown Collection, a less cringeworthy Prism, a Gold parallel from one of my all-time favorites in Paramount, and Private stock.  A lone Ultra card--another Gold Medallion--is the only other '99 challenger.
My horizontal haul is very parallel-heavy for some reason, which is totally fine.  Cards #2 and 8--'93 Upper Deck and Pinnacle's UC3 from '95--are the only base entrants.  The others are '92 Topps Gold, another Gold Hologram from '93 UD, '94 Stadium Club Golden Rainbow and Member's Only, '94 Topps Gold, and one of the bigger finds this time:  a '95 Pinnacle Artist's Proof.  Trust me, those can be tough to land!
Today's final scan opens with five more x-axis cards:  '96 Pinnacle Foil and Score Dugout Collection, plus '98 Crown Royale, Fleer Tradition, and SPx Finite (#7457/9000).  The latter gives me Hal's trio from the product.

We'll go small ball for the final cards:  Topps Micros from 1991-93, and a 1999 Private Stock PS-206 mini.

In all I added an excellent 96 cards to my Morris PC, 95 of which went towards his checklist to give me 254 of the 359 I have listed (about 70%), and 260 total issues.  This was a very productive purchase when it came to his collection!

With all of that out of the way, happy new year to each of you who read and follow, and may your year of collecting in 2018 be a great one!

Friday, December 29, 2017

2017 Sportlots purchases: hey, Abbott!

I'm doing my best to take advantage of the holiday break off from work to get some card stuff done, and yes, that does include doing up at least a few posts!

Before I get to today's content I also wanted to make sure to give a shout out to Kin of I Feel Like a Collector Again for the PWE he sent me recently, the contents of which are posted on TMM this afternoon.  I'm not sure how many of you who read/follow this here blog venture over there as well so I'm at least giving you a heads up to credit Kin for his Christmastime generosity.

And now, the subject of tonight's post:  Jim Abbott.
Jim Abbott.

I had plenty of luck piling up some cards of Abbott as I was filling out my Sportlots cart, and that's no surprise since his career spanned part of the junk wax era into the 90s (remember when we still had choices of brands?), plus he was enough of a fan favorite to appear in some recent products too.

In the following scans you'll see a nice mix of base from the 80s to today, a few inserts, and plenty of oddball too!  Essentially if a seller with something in my cart had anything of Abbott for around $0.25 or under, in it went.

I hope you all enjoy this look at the history of Jim's cardboard!
This first scan starts way back in '88 when I was just five, and opens with Jim's Topps Traded base highlighting his Team USA membership.  I think that's been talked about a decent amount here (and elsewhere), but as a reminder he helped lead the US to the 1988 Olympic gold medal with baseball as a demonstration sport that year.

There's also plenty of boxed set/oddball-type stuff from Classic, Donruss, Score, and Topps, an early-ish Fleer insert, and an example from the previous incarnation of Sportflix (Sportflics in this case, and not "Sportsflics" as you see so often).  Dead center is Jim's 1990 Collect-a-Book, and I'll show that in more detail at the end of the post.
This next group is mostly mainstream stuff with base and inserts from '91 Stadium Club, and 1992 Bowman, Leaf, O-Pee-Chee Premier, and Pinnacle (a solid early insert effort), though it does include oddball stuff from Toys 'r Us/Topps and a Jimmy Dean food issue along with another boxed set item from Score.
We remain almost entirely in 1992 with this bunch, beginning with a Score boxed set card and an insert (and a very nice, if simple, one) from the same brand.  Studio's sophomore version follows, then a pair of the superfluous Topps Gold parallel along with the more interesting Gold Winner version.  An oddball-ish Topps Kids card and McDonald's/Topps pairing close out the year while another Classic Game card begins '93.
Now we stay in '93, the year I hit double-digits and Abbott started appearing on cards as a Yankee.  Again there's mostly mainstream stuff here with the exception being that second card from Duracell.  Jim's first Angels tenure ends with cards from Donruss, OPC Premier, and Topps Gold, then his New York career starts with Select, SP, Stadium Club, the Yankees Stadium Club team set, and Triple Play's Gallery of Stars, which was essentially Diamond Kings 2.0.  The trio in the middle is a nice look at how the quality of cards continued moving in the right direction.
Here we finish up with '93 and Jim's UD base plus a couple from the kid-oriented Fun Packs.  The start of 1994 includes Bowman, Collector's Choice, Donruss (Special Edition), Finest, Flair, and Leaf Limited.  I feel like Finest took a step back in its sophomore season before making a small improvement the following year and finally getting back on track in '96 (other than the protectors, which I could do without).  There's some nice pitching action shots here, and even a bonus background shot of Abbott hitting, a relative rarity before interleague play.
1994 continues with OPC, Pacific (and its old, terrible logo), a Score Gold Rush parallel, Sportflics, Stadium Club Team, and another food issue:  Tombstone Pizza.
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That never gets old.  Meanwhile, 1995 opens with the second offering of Collector's Choice, that brand's probably unnecessary Special Edition (Silver Signature), and the slightly improved third year of Finest (boo protectors!).  The Collector's Choice SE card does have a great example of Pitching Face, though.
Now we get into the meat of '95, when Jim signed as a free agent with the White Sox.  That year's weird Fleer design along with Pacific's Crown Collection and Upper Deck Series I (and its Electric Diamond parallel) featured Abbott with his old team while Leaf (still one of my favorite designs of theirs), SP, Stadium Club Series II (Super Team World Series), UD Series II, and UD Special Edition depicted him with his new team.  One cool thing I noticed about this group:  no borders!
Jim returned to the Angels in a midsummer deal in '95, and all three '96 cards above--Emotion-XL, SP, and Summit (Foil parallel) capture that.  That SP design remains one of my favorites from the product's whole run.

The '99 Upper Deck Victory base in the second row hails from his final season, before which he'd signed with the Brewers.  Then we get a nice bunch of retrospective cards:  2002 Topps American Pie, 2004 UD Yankees Classics, 2005 Donruss Greats and Topps Rookie Cup, and 2013 USA Baseball Champions Highlights.  We're not quite done with his post-career cards, though.
Despite the stupidity of the Toppsopoly, at least they've thought to include him in various recent products.  The final three regular-sized vertical cards hail from 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen's No Hitters insert, 2014 Topps' Upper Class (with a great photo of a very young Jim in the old-school uni), and 2015 Topps Update's Pride and Perseverance, an actual good idea from Topps!

Then we're off to the beginning of the horizontal stuff.  Upper Deck celebrated a nice little milestone with its Fifth Anniversary insert that spruced up some of its cooler issues from the original '89 version, such as this multi-exposure that was Abbott's RC in that iconic set.  Sticking with UD but moving up a year, we have a 100% hologram card from that year's Denny's set (note that they weren't always completely holograms).  Also from '94 is a Fleer Golden Moments insert (one they'd use again, fortunately) that includes Abbott and two other pitchers:  Chris Bosio and the late Darryl Kile.  All three tossed no-hitters the previous year, though Kile's was not of the shutout variety as he allowed an unearned run on a wild pitch.
This scan finishes up the horizontal stuff, beginning with 1994 Stadium Club (the label-maker set!) and Upper Deck Electric Diamond.  1995 is represented by the pair of Flair and Studio (and its credit card design).  Three more cards for the following year:  Pinnacle's high-end (at the time) Aficionado--the set that taught us a new word for "fan"--Stadium Club, and its Silver parallel.  And finally, from 20 years later we have another example of Stadium Club, and a very nice one at that.
Last up is the stuff that came in weird sizes.  That includes Panini Stickers from 1990 and '92 (I should check to see if I have these in my albums), a 2010 TRISTAR Obak Mini, and tiny Topps Micro cards from 1991, 1992 (two of them) and '93.

And finally, here are the scans from the Collect-a-Book for those of you who were curious:
Back and front
Inside #1
Inside #2
Inside #3

I hope you all had fun poring over a crazy 92 cards of Abbott for his PC, giving me an excellent new total of 247!

I don't know who'll be up next, but stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017 eBay purchases: post-Christmas cards

As always I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas, I know I did!  Now let's have a look at a few presents I got myself:  eBay pickups from the last four months of 2017:
My oldest chronological purchase is this 2015 Topps Update Magenta plate of PC guy Clayton Richard.  Waaaaaaay back in early September I plunked down $8.50 delivered, nicely within my reasonable range for 1/1s, for what's now my sixth plate (and 11th hit) of the former Michigan QB/pitcher.  Clayton is pictured here with the Cubs after resurfacing in the Majors with them in 2015, but he later returned to San Diego in a 2016 trade.  Those appearances for the Cubbies mean he's pitched on both the north and south sides of Chicago!

If you're a big fan of plates, please check out this evening's TMM post.  With the above Richard and that post's additions I now count 94 1/1s in my collection!
My other two additions to show off here are oversized cards of this here blog's #1 PC guy, Rich Hill.  My most recent favorite eBay seller, markaguirre22, was asking just $3 with free shipping for each:  2016 Topps 5x7 Red (#1/5) and 2016 Topps Heritage 5x7 Gold (#01/10).  I believe both were available exclusive through Topps online, possibly as part of sets.  While I don't count them towards my Hill supercollection checklist I'm happy to have a couple new things to add to his collection in general (285 items strong!), even if they're a bit tricky to store.

That's it over here, but as I mentioned earlier, please head over to TMM this evening for lots more plate action, plus a lump of coal!