Monday, January 15, 2018

Days Like This Are Good

Well, despite having issues this morning with my bus that ended up making the kids that got on my bus this morning late, today was a good day. 
Even moreso when I received mail before I went back for my afternoon run. 

I received a trade with a member from the TCDB, herkojerko. 


Some Canadians for the binder, a Melky Cabrera, and a Ryan Howard for that insert set. 


This little beauty came into my possession courtesy of P-Town Tom. 
Readers of his blog would remember this one showing up in his Post Here.
I had commented that I needed this one for the 1978 set I'm putting together, and lo and behold, he sent it up.. The funny thing being is that it started out here.. It was in one of the repacks I had sent for his Secret Santa gift. 


Finally, some cards from Matt. We've been talking on Twitter and he mentioned he had some Fleer cards from the early 1980s he was looking to get rid of.. I sent him my want lists and got a few in return.. These are the 1981s I needed. 
Always nice to get a Stieb. 
Reggie Cleveland and Fergie Jenkins slide into the Canadians Binder. 



The others I recevied from him. 
Three Jays, Three Expos, and Reggie Cleveland. 
Finally, two Expos I didn't have for 1983. 

Thanks for the cards! I have cards going out to herkojerko and Matt soon. Hoping to be able to wiggle it in this week. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Score One for the Collections

I mentioned before I received a box from CrazieJoe and it had a lot of 1990 Score. I am now 380 cards into the collection of that set now with what I got.. 
Because of the number, I just scanned a few highlights. 


We have Hall of Famers Cal Ripken and Alan Trammell and the Personal Hero of Matt, Bob Walk..
It's still odd to say Hall of Fame and Alan Trammell..  


Dennis Martinez as an Expo is always welcome. 
Orel Hershiser and Eddie Murray as well. 


Ryne Sandberg!
The early 1990s might have been confusing for some people in the Twin Cities. Playing Short for the Twins is Greg Gagne. Wrestling for the Minneapolis based AWA: Greg Gagne. 
Twins Gagne's name was pronounced "GAG-ne" while AWA's Gagne was more "Gan-yay"

Mark Gubicza rounds out this trio.. I don't know why, but I've always just liked his cards. I don't know if I'd want to collect him though.. 


Bert Blyleven shows up.. Another Hall of Famer.. 
Bill Doran is shown simply because I love those Astros uniforms. 
Darryl Strawberry is a favourite of Peter at Baseball Every Night. 


Charlie Hough would become known as a guy who hit less than his age when he played for the Marlins in 1993. He was 45 and hit .032. 
Nolan Ryan shows here as well.. 
Mitch Williams is here only because I wanted to show him in a uniform other than a Phillies one. 


Randy Johnson and Gary Carter are former Expos here.. Benito Santiago is a future former Jay. 


Steve Wilson ups the Canadian content.
Dave Dravecky's card is interesting. He's in a sling on the front. 


This is the back. It summarizes his journey in 1989. 
1989 was his final season. From pictures I've seen online, it looks like he's lost his left arm.



The last few are rookie cards.. Moises Alou as a Pirate. Dean Palmer.. Bernie Williams.. Frank Thomas.. 
Rickey Henderson is part of the Dream Team subset.. 

It's an interesting set, I think.. Almost prefer it to the 900 card monstrosity that followed it.. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Showing More from the First Row

This is a little bit of a mashup post..

Part will be more cards from the CrazieJoe box.. Part will be a purchase I made from First Row Collectibles. 

In fact, I'll show the First Row stuff first..

There was a year end sale with 50% off the order. I figured if I found a few cards I wanted, I'd take part. I found a few and it ended up costing me right around $12 CDN plus shipping. 


This is a 1982 Perma Graphics Tim Raines. 


This is what the back looks like.. Yes.. It's a credit card style.. well.. card... 
I do like the line on the bottom, under the space where you'd sign your name.. 
"The bearer of this card is a certified loyal fan and is entitled to all ensuing rights and privileges"



I also picked these up. 
I liked the Topps Gallery cards, even though I have only seen a couple of them, and all of them well after the original run ended. I think I would have preferred them to be on the same kind of card stock that Upper Deck Masterpieces was on, but that's a minor quibble. 
I know I didn't have that Carter before hand, as I don't have much in the way of Bowman.. Of course, this is before Bowman went off the deep end with parallels and all that other crap.. 
Freddie Freeman fits into my Canadians collection since both his parents are Canadian and he played for Team Canada in the WBC. 
Finally, a Vladimir Guerrero MLB debut card from Upper Deck. 

Definitely check out https://www.firstrow.ca/
He's got baseball, hockey, football, basketball, and wrestling cards. Also sells autographed cards. Has autographed photos and other things like that as well.. 

Now.. Looking at more cards from the CrazieJoe box..


Some 1989 Donruss.. Since I decided to complete that set as well, these are welcome to see.. I believe they're going to go into the Expos binder, though.. I'll find out soon enough. 
The John Franco 1989 Topps will slide into the set.
Juan Gonzalez error card! For some reason, I was convinced this card would be a tough one to find.. Well, here we are.. 


The 1990 Fleer are Fleer Canadian versions. 
1990 Topps that I needed. I think the Grissom is one for the team binder though.


Bow-Spos..
A couple 1991 Donruss as well, both cards I needed for the set. 

Well, next time will be... Well... Next time. 😜😜


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

I BeLeaf..

Recently I proposed a box trade with Joe from CrazieJoe's Card Corner. He sent out a bunch of cards first. 

I'm going to take a bit of a page out of his book and show a few cards from it each post.. I'm not going to commit to it being a daily thing right now, but one difference I'm making is I'm going to show by set.. 

Today, as you can tell by the title, I'm talking about the 1987 Leaf set.. 


A nice batch of photos here.. Mark McGwire, Devon White.. Bo Jackson.. Benito Santiago.. 
That Santiago shows the uniforms after the brown and yellows 


Expos and Kirby Puckett here
One difference between the Donruss and Leaf sets, aside from the card count, is the existence of "Canadian Greats" cards. They highlight a player from the Expos and the Jays and are done in the Diamond Kings style.
Garry Templeton shows the Padres uniform better here.. 


George Brett and Dwight Gooden show up here along Lou Whitaker and Fred Lynn. 


There's a few Hall of Famers here. Cal Ripken, Bert Blyleven, and Mike Schmidt. 






And there's the rest of them. I believe that the Donruss and Leaf cards both use the same photos, so nothing really interesting in that respect..

Next time will likely show some 1990 Score.. I say some because I have quite the stack.. 


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Trades and Stuff

Nothing more interesting on any given day than getting mail you weren't expecting (while still waiting on mail you were expecting.... ) 

A couple days ago, I received an envelope with four cards in it.. 
Three 1991 Fleer, and one 1992 Donruss The Rookies card. 
The return portion of the envelope had an address, but no name to it.. 
I just checked my transactions on TCDB, and it's from the user SteelPerogie


I forgot that I had a trade there, to be honest. I figured it out when I went to enter them into my collection and one was showing as "In Transit" so that mystery is solved. 

The other trade I made was conducted through Twitter. 

Curtis at First Row Collectibles put out an offer for those wanting to make trades with him to contact him. So I did..


I got these from him. Two Russell Martin cards for the Canadians Binder, a Larry Walker Indianapolis Indians card, I think for the Canadians Binder, if not the Expos binder. 
Two KayBee Jays.. 
These are happy additions to my collection for sure. 

With it being January and the new year, many people have been throwing their goals for 2018 out there. 

My only goals right now are to keep myself sane and continue working on my mental health issues.. 
That may mean I disappear for a while at points.. I don't know what will happen.
In any event, thank you. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Santa Found His Way Here..

I decided this year to throw my name into the Secret Santa exchange set up by Matt At Bob Walk The Plank. I figured it was something interesting and relatively inexpensive I could do.. 

Santa took a little longer to get to my neck of the woods, which is funny, since we have a Postal Code for him.. 
(North Pole, H0H 0H0)

I'll let you figure that one out.. 

Anyway.. Today after braving the mass of humanity that is the grocery store, I came home to a package.. 


It's from Stealing Home of All Trade Bait, All The Time. I've looked over his blog a couple times before but this is the first interaction really. 

So now that's out of the way.. Let's see the cards!


I smiled when I saw the Jacksonville Expos card. I don't know why, but I think I'm really beginning to love minor league cards.. Between the stadiums, the different uniforms (admittedly, the only difference between Jacksonville and Montreal is the removal of the "b" from the logo) they're just interesting. 
A couple late 80s and early 90s needs here as well. The Ducey is going into the Canadians binder now. 
I generally collect Molitor from when he was a Jay only, but I do like that 91 UD 


Some more mid 90s.. Peter Steinberg's favourite set is shown here with the 1995 Fleer Molitor. 
I got two copies of both Molitor Score card here. Both of the base ones are being kept since I'm trying to put the set together plus the Jays binder. 
Marty Janzen. One of those pitchers from the Era of Jays fandom we try to forget.. Janzen was part of a trade with the Yankees.. The Jays got Janzen and two minor leaguers who just took up space for David Cone. 
Expos! Justin Wayne autograph is the nice one here. Justin Wayne didn't actually play for the Expos. He was drafted by them in 2000, and in 2002 was traded to the Marlins in a large trade. 


Basically, when it comes to later year stuff, if it's not Flagship, I don't have access to it where I live.. These are great to see. 
It's funny.. A couple days ago, I got the Jose Bautista medallion.. Now I have the Donaldson one as well. 
Tulo Bat relic! Neat!


And the final three cards.. 

These are great! Thanks to my Secret Santa!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Trade Came In

Well.. Another Christmas gone. As mentioned on Twitter, the cards I got for Christmas weren't ones with photos of humans playing sports or anything else, really.. 


That's a bunch of Tim Hortons cards and a WalMart card. 
The Tims cards came from the kids I drive to and from school.. The Walmart card actually came from a few coworkers.. 

Anyway... Today was the first day receiving mail after the holidays. I received a couple things today.

I received an email before Christmas from a trader I've dealt with before named John. He had come across a Jose Bautista medallion card and asked if I wanted it.. I said sure. 
He ended up sending a couple other cards with it as well.. 


No unicorns there, but Yamil Benitez shows up on a Metal Universe card. 
Roy Halladay also makes an appearance. 
Finally, the Bautista card. I find these cards interesting. Same with the manufactured patch cards they did before these. 


The other mail came from a TCDB trade I made with user halos17. 


Some early Expos needs here with Raines and Reardon. 
An 2001 reprint of a Raines 1981 card.
Harold Baines Diamond Kings
OPC David Purcey. This is from the UD reboot of OPC where French is non-existent. 
Russell Martin slides into the Canadians binder here. 


Al Oliver Super Vet! 
That Heritage League Leaders card is a Jays Sandwich with Oriole filling. 
Love the Fleer sticker backs with the stadiums.. I've mentioned it before, but I'm a bit of a stadium geek.. 
Speaking of stickers, some Topps stickers here.. 
I don't like how they don't name the Jays' mascot. That is Ace.. 


Finally, a 2003 Donruss Estrellas poster of Vladimir Guerrero. 
This is rather interesting. The back has everything in Spanish aside from the copyright information on the bottom. 
In any event, an interesting piece for the collection.. 

Thanks for the trades!