In an effort to avoid Soviet style inflation on Listia, I spent most of my remaining credits on one auction. I spent about 40,000 credits on 4 game used jersey cards of Josh Hamilton, Garrett Anderson, Freddy Garcia, and Seung Song. I bought the lot to get the Hamilton card. The Garcia and Anderson cards will likely go into my collection. I will probably trade the Song card or sell it as part of a lot at some point. Song never made the majors, but he is still pitching in Korea. I have about 4,000 Listia credits left. I should spend them soon before they become worthless.
In my latest Zistle trade, I scored a bunch of 2012 Topps base cards, as well as a few additional cards that I needed. I was happy to acquire the 2012 Allen & Ginter cards as I don't have many of them from that year. The cards that I gave up were mostly Topps base cards from 1982, 1986, and 1988. I'm good with that. Here's a photo of the haul:
In my latest Zistle trade, I picked up a small Priority Box of base Topps, Topps Opening Day, Allen & Ginter, and Gypsy Queen cards. Most were from 2012-2014. In exchange, I gave up a bunch of star and rookie cards from the 1980's and 1990's. I'd rather have the modern common cards over the older star cards. Anyway, here's a picture of the loot:
In my latest Zistle trade, I acquired several later year cards, mostly of Yankee and White Sox players. Most were from the base Topps and Heritage set. In exchange, I gave up a bunch of White Sox cards from the mid to late 1980's. Anyway, here's a look at the loot.
I recently opened a 30 card value pack of 2015 Donruss. I know that because the pack said "value pack" in big letters. And, it said "30 cards per pack" in even bigger letters.
Aside from the fact that Donruss is essentially unlicensed bootleg baseball cards, I like the set and I like the old school Donruss logo. There seems to be a good mix of current and former players. The idea of a player being on the Texas Baseball Club instead of the Rangers is corny. But, maybe it also has some charm. I am a fan of the card backs. They remind me of 1990 Donruss. Although it's the worst of junk wax, the set carries fond childhood memories.
Of the 30 cards, 7 were inserts. I like the variety of inserts. Too many inserts for one pack? I don't know. This seems like a brand that I would buy a little bit of throughout the year, but that would be it. If MLB would grant a license to Donruss, I think I would be inclined to buy a little more of this product.
I acquired a decent sized stack of 2012 Topps base cards in a Zistle trade recently in exchange for a similar amount of Blue Jays cards from the 1986 and 1988 Topps set. The Blue Jays are one of those teams that I have always found difficult to trade because there seem to be few trade partners available. So, I am happy to find a Blue Jays fan who is willing to trade. Anyway, here is a sampling of all of my loot.
I found a certified autograph card of somebody I've heard of on Listia that was actually reasonably priced so I pulled the trigger. The card is a 2011 Topps Autograph of Trevor Cahill. The price was about 13,000 credits. The card is beautiful and in great shape. Admittedly, it is a sticker autograph. But, the signature itself is even borderline legible.
I completed another trade on Zistle. Here, I received some Topps base set cards from 2012 to 2015. For some reason, I don't have much of the base set from 2012, 2014, or 2015. In exchange for this bounty, I gave up a bubble mailer full of late 80's goodies. Zistle is quickly replacing Listia (which replaced eBay) as my favorite online source of individual cards.
I picked up a pair of Hank Blalock game used jersey cards from 2003 and 2004 Topps on Listia for around 9,000 credits. They are both good looking cards and in very good condition. I didn't realize that Blalock had actually been out of baseball for 6 years. Where have I been?
I have completed another trade on Zistle. I have found it very easy to use the site so far. There seem to be enough users so that everyone can have a trading partner. In this trade, I picked up 6 2012 Topps Archives cards. In exchange, I gave up a few 1980's-1990's cards, many of which were from 1987 Topps. I honestly think we should have a giant bonfire for all collectors to dispose of our 1987 Topps cards. In fairness, the set had some decent rookie cards. Anyway, my haul consisted of Desmond Jennings, Todd Helton, Justin Verlander, Hunter Pence, Aroldis Chapman, and Michael Morse.
I have been a New York Yankees fan for my entire life. I have collected baseball cards for over 20 years. I did take a brief hiatus from 1996 to 2004. Nine years is brief, right? I prefer cards made after 2004. I also prefer cards that measure 2.5 in. by 3.5 in. I also have a thing against baseball cards that don't feature a baseball player. I collect all teams and players, even the Red Sox.