Friday, January 29, 2016

To Patch or Not To Patch

I picked up these 3 manufactured patch cards on Listia recently.  They feature Josh Hamilton, Adrian Gonzalez, and Johan Santana.  I paid about 22,000 credits for the lot.  I actually have the rookie cards of Hamilton and Gonzalez featured on the patches.  That's why I bought the lot.  I am not really a fan of manufactured patch cards.  Unlike, a game used relic card, these patches were made for the sole purpose of becoming part of a baseball card.  The patch itself really has nothing to do with the game of baseball.  Still, I think I got a decent deal.  I may consider relisting the Santana card by itself on Listia to recover some of the cost. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

My First Zistle Trade

I recently completed my first trade on Zistle.  Zistle is a site that allows collectors to post what's in their collections, participate in forums, and trade cards.  The trade was fairly simple.  I gave up a bunch of 1991 Fleer base cards that I didn't want.  In exchange, I received a bunch of 2015 Topps that I did want.  I probably spend way too much of my free time posting the cards that I have on the Zistle site. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Random Diamondbacks Lot

I picked up a lot of 7 Diamondbacks cards on Listia for a mere 76 credits.  There's nothing too special here.  It's mostly mid-2000s base cards.  It was a cheap lot, and I didn't have any of these cards.  However, the shipping lesson here is to utilize the penny sleeve.  It will prevent many dinged corners.  I'm complaining about some damage to a few of the cards caused by a lack of protection.  I don't think it's visible in the scan.  But, it's a pet peeve of mine. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

2015 Topps Series 2 From the Dollar Store

The Topps base set is a lot a nice dinner.  Series 1 is the appetizer.  Much like filling up on bread and salad, I usually buy enough Series 1 to satisfy me for the entire year.  Series 2 is the main course.  It looks good, but I have had too much of the Series 1 product, so I only take a nibble.  The Update Series is the dessert.  I don't have any room for it, so I typically skip it.  I bought 8 packs of Series 2 at the dollar store.  This will probably be my only Series 2 that I buy.  My haul was rather ho-hum.  The highlight of the packs was the base card of hobby friend Pat Neshek, which comes in an attractive landscape format.  The only duplicates that I found were of Twins' infielder Danny Santana.  I got what I paid for.  No complaints. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Listia Mailbag: The Bossman

I picked up this game used jersey card of BJ Upton on Listia for just about 4000 credits.  The card is from 2014 Topps Heritage.  I wish I bought more Heritage, because I really like the card designs.  In 2014, he was BJ.  But now, he is Melvin Upton, Jr.  That sounds like the name of a scientist, not a baseball player.  The card came with a couple of small stress creases, but they don't take away from the card's overall appearance. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Listia Mailbag: Ricky Nolasco

I recently picked up this 2013 Allen & Ginter game used jersey card of Ricky Nolasco on Listia for about 5,000 credits.  I think that's about two bucks.  Or, it might be five hundred dollars.  I'm not sure.  In any event, it's a cool looking card.  I like how the A&G relic cards have the mini card inside the frame.  It's like a Russian nesting doll.  Nolasco was a Marlin on the card, sporting the then new Miami Marlin jersey. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Possibly My Last eBay Purchase

I scored a bargain on eBay by snagging a lot of 4 CC Sabathia cards.  I really bought the lot for the sole Yankee card from 2010 Topps.  However, the 3 Indians cards were all from brands that I don't have much of.  All of this cost me a grand total of 16 cents with free shipping.  So, why would this be my last eBay purchase?  Aside from being all around morons who ruined the site over the past decade, the powers that be at eBay decided to restrict my account from all selling because my performance level was below standard.  It's really my fault since my feedback rating was only at 100%.  Oh wait, that's the highest possible percentage from a mathematical standpoint.  So, I've decided to take the liberty of restricting my buying on the site and take my business elsewhere.  Anybody have any suggestions for a decent auction style site to buy/sell cards?

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pack Break: 2013 Topps Series 2

I broke open a pack of 2013 Topps Series 2 cards.  I didn't really pull anything noteworthy.  I did get a David Freese mini card.  However, I did notice something odd about the Jonathan Papelbon card.  It seems as though he is about to eat a large meal, possibly Bryce Harper.  If there was any doubt as to whether Papelbon is nuts, just look at this card.  

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I always view Thanksgiving as the perfect opportunity to show off my cards of Jimmy Gobble.  Gobble pitched for the Royals in the mid-2000s before ending his career with the White Sox.  This is a 2004 Topps Future Stars card that Gobble was forced to share with some other guy.  

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Listia Mailbag: Jose Reyes Silk Card

I picked up this 2013 Topps Update Silk Card of Jose Reyes on Listia for about 4800 credits.  I am a fan of silk cards even though they are kinda gimmicky.  However, I prefer the silk cards that look like the design from the given year.  Here, the Reyes card shows a rookie card from 2001. The card came with a small crease on the right side, which is visible in the photo.  Otherwise, it's a great looking card of a former Met.