Saturday, November 29, 2008

box of cards from gcrl

a huge box of cards came in from gcrl today. a large chunk of them were fairly new pirates, but i also received a nice selection of vintage cards, including a card i needed for my 1970 topps seattle pilots team set. i think the biggest surprises were the 1968 and 1977 topps cards of dave duncan. i've been wanting to find a card of his ever since his son chris made it to the majors. i kinda feel bad, though, because nothing in my collection of doubles can even approach the coolness of the cards in this box. i'll try to put something good together soon, though.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Quick note...

I finally got those packages that I meant to send out last week in the mail today, and I hope they'll get to where they're going soon.

I'll try to put up another Spotlight post sometime within the next couple days. Until then, I'll leave you with this awesome video I found of Magic Sam playing a song called "Lookin' Good" (something that, according to Connie, just happens).

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Blog Bat Around: What kind of collector am I?

After 20 years of collecting and 30 seconds of thought, I think I've decided what kind of collector I am.

I'm a packrat. I'll collect anything. I can buy Tristar boxes and be happy with what I got.

my collection

Here's my main collection. There's almost 28,000 cards here. Box #9 (bottom left) isn't full yet, but it'll be pretty close once I put these with the rest of my collection:

unboxed cards

Over the years, I've accumulated a BUNCH of doubles. Here they are:


I also collect weird subsets of players, which I've posted about here. My biggest card-collecting accomplishment was when I finally finished my "one card for every year Topps made cards" set. The last card I needed was a 1954, and I finally got one (Vern Law) this past August. I also finished four sets this year, which brings my total of completed sets to... four. :-P

The biggest hurdle I face as a small-town card collector is that there aren't any baseball card shops around here. There used to be one in town, but they closed up years ago. I have to go to Walmart to get new cards. All I have to say is thank God for eBay and people that like to trade cards!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The best laid plans...

Due to the downturn in the economy, the post office in my town was forced to cut its hours. When I got up this morning, though, I wasn't worried about any of that. All I wanted to do was to lay in bed, go to the bank and post office, and get stuff ready for my date tonight. Imagine my surprise when I see this at the post office:

I said a couple words I probably shouldn't have said, then as I bent over to pick up my umbrella (it's raining here), I dropped my cellphone and said a few more of those words.

I've got a day off Friday, so I should (finally) be able to get stuff mailed out to Thorzul, Steve, and Joe then.

Friday, November 14, 2008

WV Spotlight: Bill Mazeroski

For years, I thought Bill Mazeroski was born in Ohio. I remember going to the Rogers flea market and seeing a sign along the left-hand side of Ohio Route 7 (I'm guessing around Rush Run) that said "Home of Bill Mazeroski" in big letters. Imagine how surprised I was earlier this year when I found out he was born in Wheeling!

Maz was one of the best second basemen of all time, but he originally came up as a shortstop. Pirates president Branch Rickey moved him to second, and a star was born. He was involved in two of the last three Pirates World Series championships. He's best remembered for hitting a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series to beat the New York Yankees (boo hiss). He retired after the 1972 season, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

An election-related card story...

As many of you know, Topps and Upper Deck have released cards of the different presidential candidates. I went after the 2008 Topps Series 1 set really hard, and I got a bunch of doubles, including two McCains. I went after the '08 Upper Deck Series One as well, although not as much as I did with the Topps. I got two of the McCain cards with him drawn like Ted Williams. It wasn't until recently that I got my first card of the man who would later become President...


I guess some things are worth the wait. Congratulations, Mr. Obama.