Sunday, May 9, 2021

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Cards Over Coffee:My Dream Card Has Arrived!

*finally bought some coffee, it's brewed and ready for a new post*
I have something to admit, I make a lot of lists.

A LOT. As in the two words A LOT. Not the alot you tried to pull off in graded school, this is the highest grade of A LOT.

Here's just an example of some I make,
  • I make grocery lists so I don't forget something, while also saving myself from getting in trouble when I get home ;)
  • I make lists of my favorite movies, I guess so I don't forget when I get older. Sadly at 37 the grays are really showing
  • I make set lists to show which cards I am missing from a set. 
  • I have a list of my favorite collectors to trade with
  • I have a list of addresses to ship my favorite traders/RAKers
  • I have a list of my PC cards and which ones I am missing
  • I have a list of my favorite sport card blogs to read, not that I don't read all that I can and enjoy them, but some I prefer more
  • I have a list of things I want to do around the house
  • A bucket list
  • A hobby bucket list
  • My favorite Coffee Mate Creamer for my Coffee List
  • And even a list of my favorite Chobani Flip Yogurts I made just the other day. And yes, Peanut Butter dream reigns supreme over all.
Another important list I have is my all-time Dream Card Want List. These are cards I really want, but will most likely never be able to land. They are priced out of my range.

Here is that Top 20 on my Mount Rushmore,
  1. 1975 Topps George Brett
  2. 1977 Topps Andre Dawson
  3. 1977 Topps Dale Murphy
  4. 1988 Salt Lake Trappers Bill Murray
  5. 1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera Rookie Card
  6. 2011 Mike Trout Topps Update Rookie
  7. 1993 Sp Derek Jeter Rookie Card
  8. 1986-1987 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie Card (I mean who doesn't want one?)
  9. 1998-1999 Topps Chrome Vince Carter RC
  10. 1976 Topps Walter Payton RC
  11. Tom Brady Autograph Card 
  12. Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card
  13. Wayne Gretzky Autograph Card
  14. Mario Lemieux Rookie Card
  15. Mario Lemieux Autograph Card
  16. Mark Hammil Autograph Card
  17. Carrie Fisher Autograph Card
  18. Harrison Ford Autograph Card 
  19. Jennifer Lopez Autograph Card
  20. Britney Spears Autograph Card
*first cup of coffee is a go. I probably should had made my cup already before I sat down to type. I won't make that mistake again*

And those are spread across multiple sports/non sports. They are completely out of my range and I can't ever find a collector who has one for trade.

Well, until recently.

I saw that a good friend of mine had a 1993 Sp Derek Jeter up for sale on Twitter. Once again, I can't afford the prices on those things,especially in these times. Or at any time actually. So I sat back for awhile and window shopped-dreamed of it. The thing with that, it doesn't help ease your mind of actually wanting to hold/own the card. I had to at least inquire about a trade right? He has surprised me in the past with saying yes.

So I did.

And he said yes. I felt like one of those girls on the Jared commercials.

However, that was only part of the step. I would have to find something he would be interested. Sometimes that isn't easy, but this time it was. I was sitting on some Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes relics and a few other cards I was sort of "prospecting". But, just like those girls who see that shiny ring from Jared I couldn't just prospect a couple of guys when the right one was right in front of me. I had to say yes.

*first cup of coffee down the hatch!*
A few days later, the 1993 Upper Deck Sp Derek Jeter was in my hands. It is no PSA 10-more like a 6 or 7-but it's still a beauty and a Dream List item acquired. These Sp foil cards were so hard to keep in mint condition to begin with. But, even the lower graded cards are still in triple digits in value.

*second cup of coffee to celebrate*

The card back is just as sharp as the front.

Still can't believe I have this card now.

And now an updated look at my Top 20 Mount Rushmore Dream Cards,
  1. 1975 Topps George Brett
  2. 1977 Topps Andre Dawson
  3. 1977 Topps Dale Murphy
  4. 1988 Salt Lake Trappers Bill Murray
  5. 1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera Rookie Card
  6. 2011 Mike Trout Topps Update Rookie
  7. 1993 Sp Derek Jeter Rookie Card
  8. 1986-1987 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie Card (I mean who doesn't want one?)
  9. 1998-1999 Topps Chrome Vince Carter RC
  10. 1976 Topps Walter Payton RC
  11. Tom Brady Auto Card 
  12. Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card
  13. Wayne Gretzky Autograph Card
  14. Mario Lemiuex Rookie Card
  15. Mario Lemiuex Autograph Card
  16. Mark Hammil Autograph Card
  17. Carrie Fisher Autograph Card
  18. Harrison Ford Autograph Card 
  19. Jennifer Lopez Autograph Card
  20. Britney Spears Autograph Card
 *a soothing sip*

Lists are great to have especially if its one when you are able to cross things off from like the one today. It's an accomplishment, one that deserves a pat on the back. I can picture the confetti falling on me right now as I type. It better not get in my coffee though. Nobody touches my coffee.

The only issue I have found with making lists and having so many of them is keeping track of where I put them. Maybe I should make a list for that......

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Cards Over Coffee:Left A Bad Taste

*takes a sip of coffee* 

In my house, we have not one, but two coffee makers.

Why you may ask? Well, it seems that every time we buy a new coffee maker, it dies within a year or two. And guess when it decides to die, you guessed it, early in the morning when you wake up dead tired wanting that cup.

I use the phrase that makes me sound like an old person, but they sure don't make things the way they used to. It's true and you know it!

So my wife came up with the idea of suggesting a Keurig coffee maker to my mother in law for our Christmas present last year so we would have a backup plan in place. At first I wasn't really digging the idea as the last time we had one of those coffee makers I wasn't much of a fan. The coffee tasted watered down (it's not that I like my coffee black because I don't, but I don't add a lot of creamer in either because I like that coffee taste) and was missing that zing I need.

At the same time though, it wasn't like this one was going to be the main brew. It was a backup plan if the main brew broke. So I guess I was fine with that even though this time I am throwing in a new knucklecurve for it by having to be forced to drink decaf per doctors orders. It's challenging enough to find a good tasting drink that doesn't have caffeine in it, but to have had a cup of caffeinated coffee from the Keurig before and knowing it tasted watered down to add the fact now it's going to be decaf didn't sound like a great idea.

But, it had to be better than nothing right?

NO. NO IT'S NOT.

It wasn't long before I got to find out as our coffee maker died a month later forcing me to drink from the Keurig. And once again, same results but worse because of the decaf. I might as well just had a cup of water with creamer in it.

I could tell my wife knew I wasn't pleased with it as I didn't go for a second cup. So she began the hunt to find some new "pods" for me to try and hopefully find one I would enjoy. I can't remember how many different ones I gave a go on before finally striking gold. 

Finally, a coffee tasting magic pod known as Dark Magic created by Green Mountain Coffees. I can taste the actual coffee and it even smells like it.

Why did I just ramble on about Keurig coffee makers? Well, it's what I am having this morning. I messed up yesterday when we placed a grocery order to be picked up and I FORGOT THE COFFEE. How do you forget coffee? It's one of life's essentials.

That left a bad taste in my mouth for forgetting the coffee when I was right at the grocery store.

*Finishes up first cup, onto the second. It's one of those mornings*

That wasn't the only thing that left a base taste.

Recently, I found some "heck of a deal" steals on eBay....or thought they were.

This 1996 Trophy Collection Barry Sanders. These fell 1:24 packs and last one sold for $10. Mine, well, I got for .99

This Kerry Collins, rare/tough pull from 1997 Finest.

These are embossed and found 1:96 packs. Mine, I got .99. Most are $2 plus. So not a huge win there but still a win.

This 1997 Scoreboard Gems Of The NFL Kerry Collins was only .99. Normally, they can go $3 plus.

1999 Skybox Wild Wild West Ian Abercrombie autograph. Most listed at $10, I got this one for...well.. .99.

Roughly $4 spent. I thought I scored pretty well.

So you would expect $4 maybe combined shipping and I would be on my way.

Well, that wasn't the case.

The seller was partially new to eBay, 47 rate but had 100% positive feedback. As long as that feedback is high, I will take a chance.

And guess what, he didn't know how to do combine shipping. NOT AT ALL.

Each card was $4 shipped for a total of $16 in shipping. SIXTEEN STINKIN' DOLLARS. His claim was that eBay customer service would not respond to him on walking him through on how to do combined shipping.

So my wife gave me the go just to get it paid for and not to purchase from that seller again. Instead, I suggested a few things to the seller because I still wanted the cards, I mean, they were good deals still. I just wanted to make up that shipping gap.

Here is what I suggested,
1. Cancel the order, re-list as one lot with the $4 shipping and send me the link to purchase it. (I have done this before with another seller who had a combine shipping issue)
2. Throw me in $16 worth of cards to cover that extra shipping and I suggested a few off from his store.

He went with the number 2 option. I honestly preferred the first one, but was curious what he would propose. Instead of offering me what I asked, he said he would ship me Tim Couch Prestige rookie card and a Pinnacle Inscriptions Artist Proof parallel Vinny Testeverde.

I laughed a hearty laugh to myself.

It wasn't I didn't like those cards, but they weren't anywhere close to the value of $12 to fix that gap. Once again, I reiterated the ones I would want in exchange for the $12 shipping and he said he would ship some with the package.

I should have known that things weren't going to be right when I got the package. This 1997 Excalibur 22K game used helmet was what he sent. This was the card I wanted most of what I was trying to claim, but no way this was worth $12. This is more of the $4-$6 range.

Swigging away on the coffee aggressively...the coffee helps take away the bad taste left on this deal

I like the cards I got in the deal, so I try not to think about the whole shipping mishap. I am sure many of us have had good and bad deals before. I just got to make sure the next steal I think I get turns out better than this one did.

Just like my second experience with the Keurig. You have that bad taste in the first round, but a much better tasting second round.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Cards Over Coffee:Music To My Ears

*sits down for the early morning cup of coffee, grabs laptop, turns it on and fires it up. It's time for a new #CardsOverCoffee*

Today is kind of a piggyback off from yesterday's post where I discussed how during the pandemic I have learned to appreciate the little things both in life and in the hobby.

Another thing I took for granted is music.

I, just like everyone else in the world, love music. Music soothes the soul and can take you places. Certain songs can take you back in time, bring back warm memories, and work really well for a calming center point during a pandemic.

I felt the impact of music over the past year and how much I took it for granted before. Certain songs I have played over the past year brought me such joy and memories in my life that made me laugh and sometimes even tear up. Yes, men can admit that they cry.

Over the past year I have played music on the way to run errands, while I sort cards, while I worked out on the treadmill and even while I blog. Yup, I am jamming right now as I type and enjoy this mornings cup of coffee. Music is simply needed in my life.

What I didn't know was that MusiCards were also needed in my life.

*takes a sip*

If you were to ask me over a year ago if I had any interest in collecting music related cardboard, I would have said no way. Though I saw many forms of them across the blogging world especially the MusiCards. But, that all changed recently when I saw a few posts on Twitter about them so I sought out the checklist.

When I saw that some of the checklist consisted of musicians I had spent the past year listening to, I needed the cards.

That's when I posted my need on my Friday Twitter "I Need" thread. This thread is specifically is aimed at specific cards that you need and others can try to trade, sell, or RAK you them. You're technically supposed to put a specific card but instead I put any and all of the MusiCards. That's when @jrl1828x8 saw my cry for help and assisted.

He not only sent along the musicians that I wanted, but also sent me an almost complete set just out of kindness!!!! 

Lets check out some of my favorites in the set.

*takes a sip, flips through a few cards to upload and begins to type*
Eric Clapton has had a ton of hits, but none hit me harder than Tears In Heaven and Change The World. I can't explain my love of both songs but Tears In Heaven I am sure hits everyone in the feels.

One singer I have listened to the most during the pandemic is Huey Lewis. Not only does he have some of the greatest music videos ever, but his tunes are catchy. The Power Of Love, Stuck With You and Doing It All For My Baby are some of my favorites.

The sad news about Lewis I found out this year was that he is suffering from Meniere's Disease which sounds pretty awful because it consists of Vertigo, Hearing Loss and ringing in the ears. Which forced him to cancel all of his tours and possibly made it so he wouldn't be able to sing again.
Cheap Trick had many hits as well but my favorite is The Flame. Such a great tune.

Goo Goo Dolls was a band I couldn't stand in the 90's, but now I rock to. I actually bought a Greatest Hits CD within the last year. And yes, some people buy CD's still :) 

Some of my favorite songs by the Goo Goo Dolls are Iris, Slide, Black Balloon, Come To Me,Sympathy, Name, and by far my favorite song of theirs in Better Days. Better Days is a song we should all listen to.

Eddie Money just like the other artists on here had plenty of hits but none caught me like Take Me Home Tonight and especially I Wanna Go Back. Because I wanna go back and do it all over, but I can't go back I know.

And finally Tom Petty. Once again plenty of hits but none I liked more than Last Dance With MaryJane. I know the song probably relates to drug use but I ignore that part and use the song in my mind as a girl named MaryJane and his last dance with her. It's Good To Be King was another song I enjoyed.

Thanks goes out to @jrl1828x8 for the mail day. I really appreciate it.

*takes a sip before finishing up today's post*

I need to write down which numbers I am missing in this set and seek help in finishing it now. I would be interested in hearing your favorite songs from any of the artists I featured here today.

By the way, if you are curious what I am listening to as I blog today, it's a Pandora station on my phone from 1993. Songs like All That She Wants, In The Still Of The Nite, How Do You Talk To An Angel, and Have I Told You Lately.

*time for breakfast and another cup of coffee, Coffee Card Blogger Out*

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

The Summer Of Matt

Just like on Seinfeld with the Summer Of George, this will be the Summer Of Matt.

I am planning to take a blogcation from this blog and the Big Blue Cardboard blog, but I won't leave you high and dry without a daily post on here at least.

So from tomorrow until September 14th, I have already put in place daily posts. How did I make that possible, I spent one whole weekend to make it possible by spending four hours of putting it in place. Good thing I had some extra time for once.

Here is what to expect starting tomorrow for posts,

  • Cards Over Coffee republished posts. I am still trying to promote that blog and I feel the best way to do so is to post some samples from that blog and attach a link to each post. I also plan to be down to one blog by March 2022 so part of this cross promotion will help me with that decision next year as well. There will be close to 50 republished posts.
  • A few other fillers from May 9th to May 13th as I forgot to fill those days in with Cards Over Coffee posts.\
  • Summer Of Wes. I got a massive mail day from Wes back in December and have only posted a handful of the cards so far and figured what better time then to post my Top 100 favorite cards from the bunch. The Top 10 will have you stunned so be ready for those. Cards from 100-19 are in no order, however, cards 19-1 are ranked in order.
Why am I taking a break? I have a few reasons.
  • Need some time to fix my collection. Spending the extra time on all of the blogs is taking away from actual collecting. It's all a mess and it has taken away from my trading to as I haven't had time to make piles for my usual trading partners.
  • I want to be able to put some fresh new posts on Cards Over Coffee occasionally. That blog isn't a everyday blog which is what makes it great.
  • Mental. Just need a mental vacation from posting on here as my ideas have dried up, my stats are down and comments are nil to one. This could very well be the final year run of this blog and I know I have said that before, but this time is different.
  • Blogging In General. I am not tired of blogging by any means, but need to find my place again. Some break time may help figure out which blog I will stick with down the road
The published posts on here in that time frame will also only be available to those who follow or subscribe to the blog as I won't be sharing posts on Twitter. Like I said, I plan to slow down and take a break. I will do my best to reply to any comments left on here in that timeframe.

Most mail days I get will be tweeted out so follow me on Twitter at @collec_sport to see those. Other mail days with specific cards will be posted on Cards Over Coffee.

Hope you do enjoy the posts that appear on here and as I always keep saying, go follow Cards Over Coffee, add it to your blogroll, and share it as well!

I hope everyone has a great summer and I will be back on here in the fall!