Saturday, 27 September 2008

Trades with Matt and Jo

Another fine trade with Matt and Jo in the UK. Matt sent over this great 2008 Allen and Ginter Varitek and Jo the Dice K rookie. Another box of 2008 Goudey is due soon. I only need a few more to complete the Red Sox set.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Trades with White Sox Cards

Steve over at White Sox cards is a great person to send cards to. Not only does he appreciate any White Sox you send , possibly ones he already has, but he is grateful.

September 13 2008

August 8th 2008

July 10th 2008

March 1st 2008

I am looking to set up trades for all the teams in the MLB. So far I have linked with;

Kevin who collects the Orioles,

Steve the White Sox,

David from Tribes cards, the Indians,

Todd the Royals (and soccer),

Brian the Braves,

Cliff from Capewood , the Astros and Phillies,

Thorzul, the Brewers,

Bill at Boxbusters, the Cardinals

and recently Justin , the Bay Rays.

I am fairly new to 'blind trades' and I don't expect to receive too much back, but I am finding the experience interesting and enjoyable. Not only does it give me something else to write about but I have cards in boxes that I would like to give a good home to.

So if your interested in any of the following e-mail.

Expos, Tigers, Angels, Twins, Yankees, Athletics, Mariners, Rangers, Blue Jays, D-backs, Cubs, Rockies, Marlins, Dodgers, Pirates, Padres, Giants and Nationals.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Trade with 'O' card of the Day

I sent off a little pile of Orioles cards to Kevin. A padded envelope arrived today from Baltimore containing 4 packs of cards.
  1. 2006 Fleer Ultra Baseball,
  2. 2007 Upper Deck Future Stars Baseball,
  3. 2008 Upper Deck Baseball First Edition,
  4. 2008 Score NFL Inscriptions.

Thanks for the cards Kevin. I pulled a nice Joe Smith Auto from the UD Future Stars.

Hope we can trade again.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

2008 Goudey

A group of like minded collectors in the UK have been contributing to a Sports card forum for a number of months now.

There are UK collectors of baseball, basketball, football and hockey. Collectors of sports cards who are experienced seasoned vets and collectors new to the sports card arena.
But we have one thing in common, we enjoy collecting.
It was decided a while ago to arrange a 'Group box break'.
I joined in a break with Jo of 2008 Goudey.
After a blaster, a shared box and a few trades. I decided to collect the whole base-set. I am now 115 cards into the 250 card set, although I'm not sure about the Presidents.
The auto from the recent break was poor, there was no memorabilia card and no Yankee Stadium Legacy cards but I did get most of the Red Sox cards.
Jo, who collects just about anything but is concentrating on Tim Lincecum and Manny Ramirez cards.
Matt, who collects Yankee Stadium Legacy, Yankee memorabilia/autos and 2008 Goudey and myself decided to try another box in October.
We'll see if we get any closer to completing the set.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Trade with TribeCards

I sent out a few packages to some folks on 'Pack a Day'. The first cards to come back are from 'TribeCards' and what a whacking great big stack of cards it is too.

October 4th 2008

Dave over at TribeCards is bloody brilliant!

He is an experienced collector and sent me a great mixture of over 200 Red Sox cards and Red Sox odd ball stuff, the favourites of the lot being a Roger Clemens Kraft Cheese Singles card, a Wade Bloggs 'Collect a book' , three Red Sox badges and some Classic Red Sox Phone Cards.

However the Upper Deck B.A.T cards take centre stage today.

Thanks for the great cards and variety.
David take a bow.

All the INDIANS cards that I pull will make their way to you.

Friday, 12 September 2008

Trading cards 1

I traded some cards with a collector in the UK called Matt.

He is trying to collect and fair play to him, the Upper Deck Yankee Legacy cards. I had about 6 of these, some Road to 5oo A-Rod cards and about 4 Mickey Mantle inserts.

He sent me a pile of Red Sox cards including these two Jacoby Ellsbury's.
He included these as well:

2008 UD USA Baseball Robbie Grossman Relic,
2008 Allen+Ginter Jeff Francis Auto,
2008 Allen+Ginter Brad Hawke Relic,
2007 Topps Turkey Red Marcus Giles Jersey,
2008 Goudey Hanley Ramirez Jersey,
2008 Topps David Ortiz numbered 1902/2008.
2008 UD Series 1 Curt Schilling Jersey,

A great first trade here in the UK.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

1980 Topps Baseball

I know everyone has a blog.
They come and go quicker than a politicians promises.
I have started to complete some card trades and wanted to keep a record of the comings and goings, while in pursuit of the 1980 TOPPS BASEBALL complete set.

It all started in 1980 and this was the card that did it.
Card Number 320 Dennis Eckersley.
I knew nothing about baseball or baseball card collecting.
I knew nothing about Dennis Eckersley.
I knew nothing about his home town of Bay Village.
I didn't know where Fenway Park was.
I didn't know what ERA was.
I didn't know....
Well I didn't know a lot of stuff.
But I have spent the last 28 years finding out and collecting a few cards in the process.
It wasn't until two years ago that I made a serious effort to collect the 1980's.
Baseball cards are a rare item in the United Kingdom. E-bay has opened a few doors. For a while I tried to buy every card, every pack and programme that was listed in the UK. It was easy. There wasn't that much, there still isn't. I asked anyone I knew who was visiting the United States to buy me some cards. I amassed a decent collection in the 90's and 00's but the cards from earlier were the 'holy grail'. They eluded me.
Then to my surprise cards from the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's appeared on E-bay.
I bid and bid and bid.
I won some and lost most.
I decided to become more selective and set myself some goals.
  1. To collect packs and only packs,
  2. To collect a pack of baseball cards from every year starting at 1980, from the major manufacturers, Topps, Fleer, Bowman, Donruss and Upper Deck,
  3. To collect Red Sox cards.

And more recently;

  1. To collect Heritage, Retro and Oddball cards,
  2. To collect some game used and autograph cards,
  3. To collect the complete set of 1980's Topps baseball cards (all 726 of them).

By chance I discovered 'A Pack a Day' blog and from there 'Stale Gum', 'White Sox Cards', 'Thorzul will Rule', 'The Baseball Card Blog', 'Wax Heaven' and many more (check out the Baseball Card Blog Roll)

It opened a whole new world of card collecting. I intend to record my trades, discoveries and thoughts on card collecting. I don't intend on being a prolific writer just enough to keep an accurate record.

Please feel free to share your comments.