Monday, June 17, 2019

Let's Talk About Sets Volume 7

Let's talk about sets baby
Let's talk about it with me
Let's talk about all the good things
And the bad things that may be
Let's talk about sets (1996)
Let's talk about sets (Holograms)
Let's talk about sets (Uh huh)
Let's talk about sets....

1991 song by Salt-N-Pepa was about a much different topic than I am turning it into. You see, I am staying on topic with cards. Not,well, what they were talking about. This newest segment about the 90's will focus on my set chases (the ones I have already used for a Origins Post or don't plan on using) and new additions to them along with updates on how far I have gotten.

It's time for us to sit down and have that discussion between your parents and you that you tried to avoid. You know, that conversation you have with them about the Flairs and the Pinnacles. Kids, it's time to Talk About Sets.

So grab a can of Surge and take a seat in the thinking chair and check these out.

In my trade with Julie from A Cracked Bat: Baseball Cards and a Hot Dog, I was able to knock a few more set needs down. Today, it was 1996 Sp Special Fx.

This is a set I didn't collect as a youngin'. It was the power of the hologram that drew me into wanting to chase down this massive set as an adult. Not to mention, you add in the special Fx micro etch technology you have one great looking card. Nobody knew how to make an insert or a base set even more than Upper Deck.

The hobby needs more Upper Deck.

Raul Mondesi

Paul Wilson

Fred McGriff

Kenny Lofton

Roberto Alomar

Edgar Martinez

Rey Ordonez

I still have a long way to go in this set, but this was a good amount to knock down here.

Thanks for the set help Julie! If you guys can help me out in my set chase, you can find the rest of my needs for this set and others in 1996

We go back and talk dirty again next time in Volume 8. But, if you need to get that dirty sets talk now, call 1-900-tal-kset. Well, don't really. Not sure where that will take you.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Origins Of A Cardboard Addict:Father's Day

When it comes to Father's Day, I of course reflect back to the good ole days I had with my father,

The backyard baseball games, well with a wiffle ball covered in duct tape. That ball could move though with a metal bat! The football games where he was all time QB and I would play against my friends. We were always on target because he knew my routes. The basketball games where he used to whoop me, then I practiced, practiced and practiced and started to whoop him on my three point shots. I still rub those games in his face.

Then came the video games of Madden, where he did actually beat me once. I thought I was going to break my TV. Also the Sunday afternoons we spent watching NY Giants games.

To top that all off, you mix in some card collecting and I have memories for life. However, not is all positive as I make it sound. There were some moments and still are, as I am sure we all have, but I am one to stay positive so we will keep it that way.

My father got me hooked on card collecting in 1994 end of 1993 area. So this technically marks my 25th year of collecting and it all started because of him. That one day I reflect on here often in my memories. You know,  that day we randomly bought a few packs of 1994-1995 Topps Hockey cards, sat in the car in the grocery store parking lot opening them that led to two life long collectors.

Two collectors that still collect today but not technically together anymore.

After I had moved out, my father sold off his half of the collection and went more than 10 years without collecting before I was finally able to bring him back. My collecting has never changed but since his return it has for him. He focuses more on flipping now instead of collecting. Though he does do some collecting to, mainly Hall Of Famer rookie cards and Mickey Mantle vintage, so I consider him a collector as it strictly isn't just flipping.

Even though we collect in two different worlds and don't collect together, we still spend hours on the weekends discussing it and occasionally pull off a trade.

We just did one actually just in time for Father's Day. On my end, I sent him some rookie card help which he ended up flipping but that's okay. I was pretty happy with my return.

A set of cars cards. I have no idea on these. I am sure Billy will shine a light on them.

Battlestar Galatica card and

Sticker set!

Then some other non sport oddities. He was just looking to unload this stuff.

Indiana Jones

Robert Smith rookie. Not sure why this was in there. He must have not seen it.

And like I said, we were big Giants fans and he is the reason I am one. However, I collect the Giants and he doesn't, even though he still is a huge fan, so I get the benefits of that.

He sent along some older 80's cards I didn't have. My Giants collection is weak in terms of older than 80's, the late 90's and the early 2000's. I have a ton of gaps there.


Phil Simms. We got to see him play when we went to a Giants game in 1993. They won that game vs the colts 20-6.

Joe Morris. wished I could have seen him play.

Wished I could have seen Bavaro play as well. I only have seen some highlights.

Sterling Shepard green Prizm.

And the final  card came from the love of the Yankees, and even  though I don't watch the Yanks much anymore, I still remember keeping track of them in the 90's mainly. He made me a Yankees fan as well just by letting me watch the 1996 World Series.

He also brought my passion for baseball at that point as well when I began collecting Ken Griffey Jr and followed all of those crazy late 90's home run chases with McGwire, Sosa and Griffey. If only I had known then it was all a sham because of steroids. But, I enjoyed it before I found out now.

Thanks dad for all of the memories. Thanks for helping me become the man, collector and sports fan I am today. I look forward to our usual Sunday conversation today about cards and probably the Yankees trade yesterday. Happy Father's Day if you ever can figure out how to stumble upon my blog (he still struggles with the internet)

I hope all of the father's out there, including those who may not be blood related or technically a father but a father figure, have a great Father's Day and go make your own memories with your kids. They will never forget it, just like I won't.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Bubba's Got Me Feeling The Blues

I have made some great friends in the hobby, especially thanks to Twitter.

I know a lot of the bloggers don't like the platform, but for this blogger, without it, the hobby would be even more dead around me than it already is.

For me, Twitter is a great trading spot, it also gives you a visual into some cards you may want to add (not that blogging doesn't), and a place where you can talk to people. Not just in a day post, but even a little bit more personal through messages and check in on them to see how they are doing. You know, that real friendship. Though most of us are miles apart, we can still connect through Twitter and be a friend there.

And one of those good friends I have met because of Twitter is Bubba's Sports Cards. Such a great guy and friend.

He recently surprised me once again with a package full of goodies even though they had me feeling some blue. Well, besides the fact they are Giants.

This one here reminds me of the greatest Pinnacle base card designs and product ever. Now it's no longer apart of the hobby.

 This card here reminded me dufex.  Can't ever see that again.

 This one here is a reminder of some Giants that have moved on.

 Same here.

 And here.

This one reminds me that Panini does have the power to make a great looking football card insert, but doesn't do it enough consistently.

These Rodney Hamptons remind me of the 1/1 Die Cut black autograph I almost had if the guy hadn't backed out on my deal. Now I may never see the two black 1/1's I need for Select to finish the rainbow.

 (sick patch)

 Both Davis Webb cards make me sad as I thought he would be the future for Eli. Guy never even had an opportunity. So many wasted draft picks the two seasons before this one on drafting a QB they never planned on using as Eli's replacement. And they were 3rd and 4th round picks that could have been better used on defense especially.

And for the final card, sigh, Landon Collins. Great leader but now a Redskin which makes it even tougher to swallow.  This is an incredible card though.

There may be a lot of sad things for my Giants and in the hobby, but at least these pieces of cardboard remind me there were are happy ones to.

A big thanks to Bubba's Sports Cards for this great mail day. I treasured every card. Can't wait to update my NY Giants PC numbers with them now :) I also gotta hit you back with something at some point

Friday, June 14, 2019

Rodney's Cardboard:2019 Legacy Gold Autograph

I know a lot of collectors seem to think box breakers are in it for the money most of the time, but not all are. There is at least one I know of who is into breaking because of the hobby. That guy is Ben over at Midwest Box Breaks.

I don't need to even tell you this myself. Ask around. His reputation is known for a guy who likes to help others in the hobby. It's probably why he has survived in the land of so many breakers and just celebrated one year in the biz. He has a group of guys on an app called Discord that's a great group, he slashes prices for newbies, tosses in extras, donates cards, simply gives stuff away and recently was a middle man in a trade I made with one of his customers. He let me know who pulled a Rodney Hampton, then connected us and it worked out great.

@AngelEyez2469 and I pulled off an easy, fast trade for the Hampton I needed. Unlike the last guy who was trying to trade me a Legacy Hampton autograph and claimed he would be easy to trade with. He wasn't. He valued Rodney way up and it just didn't work out which is fine because this one did and the one he had can be found on eBay for much cheaper.

So without further ado, here is the Rodney Hampton Panini Legacy gold parallel auto!

The base card looks great, but these foil/prizm cards look amazing!

The back shows it's numbered to 50.

Ben was also the one who still had the card when we completed the trade so it came right from him. Not only did he send that card, but threw in this cool inflatable for my Giants collection. It's going right on the shelf.
A big thanks to Ben and AngelEyez for the trade.

If you haven't checked out Midwest Box Breaks yet, please do. Very trusted and cares about the customer. See what they have available for breaks, HERE.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Origins Of A Cardboard Addict:I'll Stand By You

I'll stand by you,
I'll stand by you, won't let nobody eat you,
I'll stand by bake cookies

It was the 1990's and I was introduced for the very first time to an appealing dessert called no bake cookies. Wait...What? Cookies you don't have to bake? Am I eating raw egg? Should I dare try some? Well, I did and they were wonderful. As a kid, I would have eaten anything with the word cookie in it but these were by far the bomb superior of cookies.

My friend Aaron's mom made two wonderful versions of the cookie with chocolate (somehow plain chocolate without peanut butter in it) and peanut butter. I would go over to his house sometimes just to eat some of his moms food. I am sure I wasn't the only kid who would spend a night at a friends house to eat their moms food.

Ever since then, I have stood by No Bake Cookies making my own today. I can perfectly nail down the peanut butter version, but for some reason or another, I cannot do the plain chocolate ones. I have tried every recipe as well. I used some with some peanut butter in it, some chocolate chips and even baking cocoa and they never harden and are runny. Not that eating a spoonful isn't bad, but it's not the same as eating a cookie.

At least 90's insert/parallels  don't require a recipe and stay firm on their own. They always come out the same no matter which brand I get.

There was nothing better than pulling a 90's inserts/parallels and I will Stand By that statement all day long. I would take any of them over pulling a player worn single color jersey swatch any day.

In one of my Wes' mail days, it took me back to revisiting some of those great inserts/parallels. It brought me back to a time when the hobby was simpler and more fun. A time when base cards looked better than the inserts of today. A time when inserts were valuable and worth the time of finding them. A time when parallels were more than just a color change on a border or background. A time when the hobby wasn't about making money, it was about collecting because it was a hobby. A time I will always stand by and collect.

Here are some of those inserts/parallels. They don't need captions or words. They just need your eyes. Because once you look at them, it's hard to turn away.They stand by themselves.

You see what I mean now don't you?

The cards above are one of my reasons I find myself going back to the 90's to collect. And to be honest, it's even more fun now landing those cards. I understand the hobby better now and what I am seeing.

I can stand by 90's inserts, but can't stand by Aaron's moms cooking anymore as sleepovers are not a thing for adults and it may be a little weird if I showed up to his mom's house to do one.I am sure she still cooks great but can't stand by that as I do with the 90's inserts/parallels.

I'll stand by you 90's inserts,
I'll stand by you, won't let nobody take you,
I'll stand by you!!!!!!!!!!!

(I'll Stand By You was a great song by The Pretenders in 1994. If you haven't heard it, go check it out)