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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.