Saturday, February 28, 2015

2015 trade package #7: a February TPTP from SCFtDS (baseball)

That's right, it's another two-part trade package (TPTP) from Doug over at Sports Cards From the Dollar Store!  That means I have some cards to show off here and others that you can see this evening on Too Many Manninghams.

The trader from the Great White North--who's actually mostly east and just a tad north of me--sent me more great cards, some of which fit my PCs as shown on this here blog, namely:
A trio of Tigers.  All three of these guys were with the club this time last year, though of course AJax has since moved on to Seattle--and good luck to him in 2015!  He's bookended by two of the Tigers' most well-known core guys in Miggy and Verlander.

That wasn't all I got, though, as I have something oddball-ish to show off as well:
From the files of "I've never seen that before" comes this 1994 Super Slam framed...thing of Junior Griffey.  This thing is folded in half so you can display it standing up, which I might just do.  The front includes a framed photo--and a nice one at that--of Junior taking off out of the batter's box.  Here's the back:
I didn't end up scanning and cropping it so you could read the facts on the back because they appear to be the standard random answers--one of his hobbies is video games and one of his favorite TV shows is Fresh Prince.  No surprises for someone in the mid-90s.  Anyway, this is definitely a cool item that'll be fun to add to my Griffey collection, and better yet it's the kind of thing I never would have known about had Doug not sent it my way.

Thanks for these cards and everything else you sent, Mr. Canuck, and I happen to have good news for you as I dropped off a spanking new envelope for you at the post office just this afternoon.  It's chock full of stuff I know you like including another pretty big addition to one of your PCs.  Readers, if you're not already sick of winter like I am, head across the border to Sports Cards From the Dollar Store tonight!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 eBay purchase: JV and Charlie

After slogging through a very quiet January in terms of spending I upped my game quite a bit this month with purchases from COMC, eBay, JustCommons, and Sportlots (plus a show), so as it turned out it was very useful having that extra money in the budget.  I was goofing around on eBay one day about a week ago and found a BIN that I knew I was gonna grab.  Before long I was checking out the seller's other stuff for combined shipping (the best invention since blue painter's tape!) and caught another nice card available via BIN.

Ok, that's enough introduction, let's get to the cards:
Justin Verlander 2007 SPx Young Stars Signatures auto
Believe it or not, I'm leading off with this as it's the lesser card of the two!  For about $25--which seems to be roughly the going rate based on a very small sample size--I picked up what becomes my third Justin Verlander autograph ('05 Topps Chrome and '07 UD Black),  It may be a stickergraph but that's actually not terribly noticeable here on a lovely horizontal design with a great pitching action photo.  

Maybe I'm being overly optimistic thinking he could return to something close to his Cy Young form of a few years ago, but I still feel like this is a good time to pick up something like this just in case.  Even if he returns with a subpar year, surprises like another no-hitter or stellar playoff performance could change card values again quickly!  Hell, even if it goes down I'm thrilled to have another signature from my favorite all-time Tigers pitcher.

So really, what could be better than a shiny new autograph of the player after which this blog was named (eventually)?  Try this on for size:
Charlie Gehringer 2007 SP Legendary Cuts Inside the Numbers Cuts auto (#52/60)
Now this, this is the card I grabbed initially; I'd been searching high and low for a Gehringer cut auto that met two requirements:  reasonable price and good-looking.  To this point I had yet to find something that satisfied both, not that HOF cut autos and low prices tend to go hand-in-hand.  I'm more than just satisfied with this one, though, because the cut signature looks great and I'm happy with the design, one that actually includes an image of the player (such a novel concept these days).  I do have one other cut auto in the form of this George Kell, but this one immediately becomes my favorite because of the design plus the fact that old Charlie is a PC double-dipper:  a Michigan Baseball alum who played for the Tigers!

Needless to say I've since cut down on my spending for the rest of the month, but it's pretty obvious that what money I did spend was put to very good use, with another nice autograph of one of my favorite modern players to go along with a sterling cut auto of a HOFer that hits multiple collections.

And now you should stay tuned for a bevy (yes, a bevy) of trade packages as soon as I can get them scanned and ready.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Complete sets: 2002 Fleer Fall Classics HOF Plaques

At long last I can show off this set in its entirety!  For a quick refresher (not that I haven't mentioned it 100 times here), I first learned about the set and picked up 19 of the 30 cards for under $10 at a show last April.  A few months went by before I made another move, scoring three new ones--Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson, and Nolan Ryan--on COMC for just $5.50.  Needing eight cards at that point, I took advantage of COMC's Black Friday sales to move on picking up four more, and then found Ozzie Smith's issue during the Boxing Day promotions.  As I was nearing the finish line I lucked into digging out Lou Gehrig in a $2 box at a show a couple weeks ago, and that's when I really got my ass in gear.  Needing just the Ruth and Musial cards, I lucked into a very nice price on the Ruth from a seller in Michigan, and thus motivated, nabbed a nice BIN offer for Stan the Man.  The Ruth arrived today and that's all she wrote!

Since I've already described the cards, I'll now present them in all their glory without any further interruption, other to point out that "just" 1,936 complete sets are possible, and that this is the second ever all-serial-numbered set I've completed (the other being the 2001 Donruss Rookie Reprints).  Oh yeah, and one last thing:  I now have literally zero cards on my set wantlists!

Ok, all that said, please enjoy what I think is a fantastic set (especially since it was a lot of work acquiring the cards, scanning fronts and backs, and stitching them together)!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Player collection scanning project: It's Mag-Gibby-nificent

A couple weeks ago I announced that I was embarking on a crazy project to scan nine different player collections totaling more than 1,000 cards.  Well, I've been hard at work with that, sorting, scanning, optimizing, labeling, and uploading.  To-date I have about a quarter of the cards stashed away in complete sets scanned and in various stages of post-scan completeness, plus a number of singles as well.  Thanks to all that work I was at the point today where I needed to grab cards from just five more sets to complete the process for one of those players, so I went ahead and finished it and now I'm going to show off the fruits of that labor!

Today's subject is former Tigers/Dodgers (and Royals and Pirates, but that's just weird) OF/DH Kirk Gibson.  I had a few things scanned for him in the past, mainly his hits and a few interesting inserts, and to those I added another hundred or so, about a third of which hailed from sets I'd completed.

As of this post his collection comprises 126 cards including three autographs and two each of jersey and bat relics, plus a pair of RCs.  There's no need for me to show off every single card in one post, and I've already covered the hits in previous ones, so here's a few highlights I decided were worth showing off:

The RCs:
I don't know how I neglected to include Kirk's 1981 Fleer and Topps RCs in my significant Baseball RC collection, but rest assured I've already rectified that.

The Diamond Kings:
Gibby was part of the iconic subset as both a Tiger and Dodger in 1986 and 1989 Donruss, respectively.

The Greats:
Gibson appears in Fleer Greats of the Game sets in 2000 and 2006 (shown here) as well as 2001, which I totally need to track down.  The 2000 set is still one of my all-time favorite designs.

The oddballs:
I've acquired a number of oddballish Gibson cards, especially through trades.  The four I chose include, in order:  1986 Donruss Wax Box Cards, 1987 Boardwalk and Baseball, 1987 Coca-Cola Tigers, and Kirk Gibson 1988 Topps UK Minis.  I also have a few others from boxed sets and the like, but I think this group is fairly representative.

The ???:
I haven't seen it listed as an error, but this otherwise cool insert of Kirk from 2005 Throwback Threads called Century Stars has me scratching my head.  Can you see why?  I had to look at other cards in the set to confirm I wasn't crazy, but it would appear that Donruss didn't just randomly assign a position in the repeated text on the other cards (e.g. Ivan Rodriguez's says "catcher" multiple times).  Gibby never played a single inning in the infield, much less at third base!

The "That homer he hit that one time":
Six cards:  four from Upper Deck, one Fleer, one Topps, spanning 1989-2009, and they all have one thing in common--celebrating one of the most famous moments in World Series history.  In order these are from 1989 Upper Deck1995 SP Championship Classic Performances, 1998 Sports Illustrated World Series Fever, 2001 Topps, 2007 UD Masterpieces, and 2009 Upper Deck Goudy.

The goofball:
I did a quick bit of sleuthing on this 1994 Collector's Choice base of Gibson and I believe the player he's so helpfully carrying on his back is none other than former Reds star Eric Davis, who appeared in 60 games with the Tigers over the 1993 and '94 seasons.  This is a fun moment to have captured on a card for sure!

The competitor:
I do believe that's former Indian Jim Thome that Gibby is attempting to barrel over in this card from 1995 Pinnacle.  It hails from the year of his final MLB season and includes his stats from his penultimate year in the bigs in which he put up a resurgent 23 HR for his best total since '88.

The tribute:
Kirk was the recipient of a sole farewell card in 1996, the year after he retired, and it came in the form of this base card (along with Silver and Gold Signature parallels) from 1996 Collector's Choice.  I was dumb and didn't think to scan the back, which shows off his career's worth of stats, so here it is thanks to COMC:

There's just a little sampling of what's there, but please make sure to head over to the album for lots more!  Hopefully I'll keep adding to this as I find more of his stuff.

I'll get to other players soon enough, but for now I'd like to point out that I now have individual links for each guy in the project on the right side of the page above my blogroll and beneath my other collections.  You can also follow along with my Michigan-centric baseball and hockey PCs (including Barry Larkin!) at the Michigan Player Collections link at the very top to the right of my other pages.