Saturday, 19 October 2013
To gain access to the loft conversion, we lost a small bedroom to accommodate the stairs.
On the original plans we were losing the whole room, but the builders were able to move the stairs a little and only use half the bedroom. Hence a study was created. Some discussion took place about what to do with unexpected space, create a sewing room or a study for my daughters, surprisingly the conversation took a direction I wasn't expecting. A place to store my card collection and so that is what it is to become.
I haven't uploaded a blog post for the past five months for a number of reasons. In the building process, we lost telephone and internet connection, digital television, electricity and hot water for a short while. I have completed some one sided trades but besides this I haven't purchased any baseball related items, so things have gone quiet. Although I can assure you card collecting is still very much on my mind.
Today I took my boys to the local shopping centre to buy a game and wandered around while they made their selection. Just outside the shop there was a market selling paintings, wood carvings, rugs and such like. I paid little attention until I reached a small booth that was selling sweets. To my surprise they had a number of unusual chocolate bars with names like Hershey's, Butterfingers, Charleston Chew, Reece's Peanut Butter cups, Baby Ruth and Milk Duds. These may be all to familiar with our friends 'Across the Pond' but not in Kent.
The selection peaked my interest and I started chatting to the fellow running the store, who imported these products to his bigger store locally. I told him of my baseball interest and card collecting. I have found that I can get this into conversation with a few minutes. Lo and Behold he said he might have something that would interest me. There was a swell of excitement, when I imagined that he might retrieve a box of 2013 Topps or Panini from behind his counter, however this was not the case. What he did give me was a box of Cracker Jacks.
We chatted some more while I devoured the box of caramel coated popcorn and nuts. Very nice. It hadn't occurred to him to import American sports cards, his shop was primarily foods, drinks, sweets from the US and Canada. He said he would keep an eye out, so I agreed to visit his shop in Margate. I thanked him for the Cracker Jacks and bid him farewell, still feeling the aftermath of the surge of adrenalin bought on by the possibility of obtaining baseball cards or it could have been the Cracker Jacks!
The prize within my Cracker Jacks was a baseball sticker. Which was as close as I would be getting to baseball cards today.
Friday, 9 August 2013
Jeff from Cardboard Catastrophes was in the process of 'downsizing' his baseball card collection. We all know what that is like. He contacted me saying he had some 1969 Deckle Edge would I be interested?
Yes please... Not only did 10 1969 Deckle Edge cards arrive, but a large stack of 2013 Heritage, apparently he only bought one blaster and it was tailor made for me! Plus a few more Kimball Champions, which helped to finally complete this insert set.
This is the special thing I have encountered through blogging - people are always generous. These are people, fellow collectors, who you have never met and are never likely to meet. Just happy that the cards are going to a good home.
'Hey I found these and thought I would include them.'
Thank you Jeff.
Nothing beats receiving yellow packages in the post.
Saturday, 6 July 2013
I was watching some baseball highlights on the IPad, while my daughter looked, with mild fascination, over my shoulder. She then commented:
"Why do they do that so much?"She was referring to art of the 'High Five'. While it may be growing in popularity on this side of The Pond, it doesn't appear to be a regular occurrence in sport, or not that I noticed.
"These are only highlights," I wisely informed her. "It is a way of celebration in baseball. I'm not sure it happens that much."
I stand corrected - I think she might be on to something...
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
We started some building work on our house and for this to take pace we needed to condense our living space, which meant moving some unnecessary items into storage. A long argument ensured as baseball cards fell into the unnecessary category. I didn't really have a leg to stand on, but I argued none the less. My baseball card collection takes up a cupboard (or two), there were piles of baseball cards on various surfaces and packaging materials scattered about. So I did what any loving husband would do and purchased some large plastic boxes and packed away the majority of my collections. In doing so I realised that I have accumulated a large'ish' collection of Red Sox relic cards and a hefty portion of cards from the 1970's.
At first I thought about ignoring them, but like many collectors having a semi completed set is difficult to ignore, it's untidy and unsettling. I have already added a lifelong pursuit of 1964 Topps, so adding 10 more sets to the lifelong pursuit category, on paper, didn't appear to be too much of a stretch.
In the next few weeks I will add some checklists and although I may not attack them as aggressively as I did the 1980 Topps set, they will slowly tick away in the background and will one day become completed sets.
As of today, June 5th 2013, I will try to complete all of the Topps sets from the 1970's.
Where to start? 1970 or 1979?
Sunday, 26 May 2013
|Carcassonne just after breakfast|
The Hilton Metropol Hotel in Birmingham had pretty much dedicated the hotel to board game players, every possible table, chair and vacant space was occupied by people playing board games. Entire rooms absorbed in some of the more popular 'roleplay' games.
My sons were pleased that Komani had a stand wholehearted committed to Yugioh and although missing out on a tournament, they were the recipients of so many free packs of cards they almost filled the hotel room. They were pretty happy.
Topps have Attax Expos, which are predominantly attended by children and possibly an unhappy parent, who may be forcibly dragged along, unfortunately while I may enjoy collecting them, I do not fit into the Attax demographic. I do, however, fit into the board game mould easily- middle aged, carrying a little extra weight and male. There were people of the female variety, dutiful girlfriends or wives and there were some male and females in costume, which my son helpfully explained was 'Cosplay' or LARPing, which of course I knew. I do watch 'The Big Bang Theory' after all.
But an Expo for sports cards collectors, football or American sports, I'm not sure would ever take place. It is a nice thought (or dream)though-strolling around a hall filled with various boxes, packs and loose cards/stickers of sports cards, instead of board games, role play figures and game books.
Truth be told, I actually enjoyed myself. It's not often that you get to sit around drinking Boddingtons, while trying to work out whether to build a road or another settlement. We met some interesting fellow gamers, had a chat to Larry Roznai the CEO of Mayfair games, the publishers of Settlers of Catan. and played so many different games in two days, it is unlikely I will ever remember how to play them again. Plus we met one of our favourite characters.
Sunday, 12 May 2013
This seemed like a nice arrangement, so I duly obliged and send football magazines, stickers, packs and a badge or two.
Little did I expect to receive a large assortment of baseball packs in return.
Packages go back and forth between us about two or three times a year, when new football cards or stickers are released a package works it way to North Carolina and then a baseball package will find its way to Westgate-on-Sea. I look forward to these surprise packages immensely, always jam packed full of baseball pack loveliness.
This Saturday another Alley pack arrived on my doorstep.
5 packs 2013 Topps Heritage
3 Jumbo packs of 2013 Opening Day
6 packs of 2013 Opening Day
2 rack packs of 2013 Topps Series 1
2 packs of Topps Series 1
1 block(60 cards) of 2013 Topps Series 1
1 pack of 2012 Triple Play
1 pack of 2012 Opening day
1 pack of 2011 Opening day
1 rack pack 2011 Bowman
2 packs 2011 Topps Chrome
1 pack of 2008 UD First Edition
1 pack of 2008 Topps
1 pack of 2007 Fleer Ultra
2 packs of 1989 Donruss
So there is some junk wax, who cares, these are packs of baseball cards.
You just have to love the internet and how it connects people from all over the world.
Monday, 6 May 2013
I have been a little negligent of this blog in the past 6 months or so. There are just so many other superior blogs popping up across the interwebs that it is difficult to keep up. One thing is still certain- I still collect baseball cards and still enjoy trading.
The set I looked forward to most in 2013, was Topps Heritage. The majority of the posts in 2013 have been about Heritage and the Pursuit to collect the 425 base set. With another blaster under the belt and a chunk of cards from e-bay there are only a 146 cards left to collect.
Follow my Pursuit of 2013 Heritage.
#25 Andrew Cashner Padres
#92 Chris Young Athletics
#93 Christian Friedrich Rockies
#193 Garrett Jones Pirates
#208 Huston Street Padres
#303 Grant Balfour Athletics
#322 Scott Baker Cubs
#393 Pat Neshek Athletics
#BF-WM Willie Mays Giants
#38 J.D. Martinez Astros
#42 Tommy Milone Athletics
#106 Mike Leake Reds
#138 2012 World Series game 3
#194 Mike Moustakas Royals
#262 2013 Cardinal Rookie Stars
#276 Nick Swisher Indians
#314 Shane Victorino Red Sox
#343 Daniel Nava Red Sox
#13 Adam LaRoche Nationals
#22 Andrelton Simmons Braves
#60 Will Middlebrooks Red Sox
#78 Mike Napoli Rangers
#214 Jean Segura Brewers
#216 Brandon Beachy Braves
#239 Joel Hanrahan Red Sox
#319 Jason Isringhausen Angels
#450 Matt Kemp Dodgers
#91 Chris Nelson Rockies
#201 Orioles Rookie Stars
#330 Johnny Cueto Reds
#340 Paul Konerko White Sox
#355 Chris Tillman Orioles
#401 Alex Presley Pirates
#419 Joe Saunders Orioles
#423 Giants Tops in NL
#MM-FH Felix Hernandez Mariners
#94 Reds Rookie Stars
#100 Robinson Cano Yankees
#204 Gregor Blanco Giants
#244 Jon Jay Cardinals
#249 Josh Thole Blue Jays
#359 Wilton Lopez Rockies
#402 Will Venable Padres
#406 Jaime Garcia Cardinals
#482 Nelson Cruz Rangers
#87 Bruce Bochy Giants Mng
#95 B.J.Upton Giants
#176 Ervin Santana Royals
#203 Alcides Escobar Royals
#216 Jason Kipnis Indians
#298 Buck Showalter Orioles Mng
#366 Ryan Dempster Red Sox
#391 Andy Pettitte Yankees
#NAP-FH Felix Hernandez Mariners
#3 NL Pitching Leaders
#187 Tyler Clippard Nationals
#223 James Loney Bay Rays
#266 Lucas Duda Mets
#273 Matt Moore Bay Rays
#362 Ezequiel Carrera Indians
#364 Russell Martin Pirates
#383 Mike Scioscia Angles Mng
#HC66 Roy Halladay Phillies 964/999
#56 Ross Detwiler Nationals
#160 David Freese Cardinals
#252 Yonder Alonso Padres
#264 Vernon Wells Angels
#272 Matt Joyce Bay Rays
#347 Carlos Marmol Cubs
#392 Mike Baxter Mets
#397 Clint Barmes Pirates
#440 Jered Weaver Angles
Not as impressive as the last blaster, although the Heritage Chrome is a lovely card. Maybe I was incorrect about an insert or short print per pack. I swear I heard it somewhere.
No variations, errors or Venezuelan backs present in this blaster.