Serial Saturday #11: Two more pages

For those of you who were part of the 100 words/cards giveaway, this is a heads up to let you know that I finished the order today and have requested shipment.  Hopefully I’ll have the cards in a couple of weeks and then I’ll start to work on shipping them to everybody. It certainly was an educational project for me, as I learned a lot about what people collect.   There were some interesting sets/collections out there, and I’m looking forward to what people thought about the cards I sent their way.Now, back to regular blog news, I decided to get a couple of SNI pages scanned and posted today.  I have approximately 1/2 of the serial numbered hockey cards into pages and hope to have them put away this week. Hope you enjoy pages 32 and 33 of SNI…Card 280:  Justin Upton, 2010 Topps triple threads #280/1350.  Arizona card #8Card 281:  Alexei Ramirez, 2011 Topps triple threads #281/525.  Chicago White Sox card #7Card 282:  Danny Espinosa, 2012 Topps Heritage #282/563.  Washington card #12Card 283:  Rod Barajas, 2010 Topps Gold #283/2010.  Toronto card #17Card 284:  Evan Anundsen, 2010 Bowman Chrome #284/777.  Milwaukee card #5Card 285:  Tyler Clippard, 2007 Bowman Chrome #285/500.  New York Yankees card #8Card 286:  John Danks, 2013 Topps Gold #286/2013.  Chicago White Sox card #8Card 287:  Tyler Colvin, 2011 Bowman Green #287/450.  Chicago Cubs #7Card 288:  Collin Balester, 2009 Topps Gold #288/2009.  Washington card #13Both the White Sox and the Nationals represented twice on this page.  The Milwaukee card leaves just the Pirates as the only team not to reach the 5 card plateau. The John Danks card was the only one on this page that I was responsible for, the other 8 were courtesy of the blogosphere.  The Night Owl sent me 2 of these, while 6 other bloggers sent 1 each.Card 289:  John Lackey, 2007 Topps gold #289/2007.  Los Angeles Angels card #15Card 290:  Brian Bannister, 2009 Topps gold #290/2009.  Kansas City card #11Card 291:  Colby Lewis, 2011 Topps gold #291/2011.  Texas card #11Card 292:  Joey Votto, 2011 Topps triple threads #292/525.  Cincinnati card #9Card 293:  Javier Vazquez, 2010 Topps Chrome purple #293/299.  New York Yankees card #9Card 294:  Lance Berkman, 2011 Bowman blue #294/500.  St. Louis card #16Card 295:  Brian McCann, 2011 Bowman green #295/450.  Atlanta card #11Card 296:  Tom Koehler, 2013 Topps gold #296/2013.  Miami card #11Card 297:  Anthony Ortega, 2009 Bowman blue #297/500.  Los Angeles Angels card #16I purchased 4 of the 9 cards on this page, 3 of the 4 coming via two different visits to the National in 2012 and 2014.  Both of the pages today had one card come from Ted who ran the Crinkly Wrappers blog (hope all is well for you Ted!). The most interesting card for me is the Brian Bannister card.  I thought that the placing of the glove over the mouth to prevent the other team from reading lips was a more recent phenomena, but I guess it’s been going on longer than I thought. Next page up will bring the set to over 20% displayed in page form.  Still quite a ways to go.Thanks for reading, Robert

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It has been 3 weeks since I posted anything that I’ve purchased on the blog.  That doesn’t mean to say that I haven’t spent any money on cards, because I had to put $$ into my COMC account to start shopping for everyone.  That post comes in the next few days when I complete my task.Today’s purchase was completed last week on ebay, and consists of a grand total of 4 cards.  There was one particular card that I’ve had sitting in my cart for a few weeks now, and I had totally forgotten about it until last Thursday.  Surprised is probably the right word for how I felt when I looked and it was still available!!I have a funny habit of not being able to purchase just one card.   It’s a weird idiosyncrasy of mine, and if you’re a seller on ebay, you’re probably happy when I come your way because you’ll know that you’re going to move more than just one card out of inventory.I’m very curious to see how this year’s Heritage set looks, as it will be the homage to the ’68 Topps set.  Instead I decided to buy 3 of the originals for $5.  They’re all in very good shape, probably 3 of the best ’68s that I own. For $32 I now have one of the two remaining whales from my ’64 set.  I sacrificed a bit of condition for some affordability.   Because of this, I may be inclined to spend a bit more on the AL Bombers card that is the other big ticket left for me (although a lot of the Aparicio cards I’ve been seeing for sale are more expensive than I thought). When I finish my COMC shopping for everyone, two of the final ’64s that I purchased a while ago that will head my way. After all this time, it’s great to be at 99% complete. $1904-$37=$1867 left for 2017.Thanks for reading, Robert

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Greatest of all Time?

You know, the term GOAT (greatest of all time) has been thrown out quite a bit over the past 24 hours for Tom Brady.I still have mixed feelings over whether I believe this to be true.  Has he done some amazing things with some less than amazing talent surrounding him?  Yes.Does he have more Super Bowl appearances & rings than anyone else?  Yes.Does he have postseason records galore?  Yes.So what is it about Tom Brady that just will not let me give in and say, “he’s the greatest to ever play the position.”I don’t hate the guy.  I respect his ability as a QB.  But there’s something about him that just gnaws at me.  I can’t put my finger on it….You tell me then.   Greatest of all time at the QB spot?   Why or why not…Thanks for reading (and hopefully commenting), Robert

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Shopping isn't as easy as I thought it was

Started buying for people yesterday on COMC.  My last (and final) count was 19 people who wanted some free cards, which is good, because free is good right?[EDIT:  Just got the 20th “volunteer” for the contest, so I’m going to consider it closed.   Thanks to all who stepped up!!] Well, I sat down in the afternoon and started with a couple of what I thought would be easier bloggers to buy for.30 minutes later, I shook my head and thought that I might have bit off more than I can chew.Not complaining my friends, no not at all.  But I severely underestimated the time it’s going to take to go through everyone’s want lists and pick out some cards to purchase.  By the time I’d finished the 6th person’s shopping list, I’d already burned through 90 minutes which means by the time I finish the 13 others, I’ll have consumed 5 hours (estimated).  SURPRISE!!No worries though, I’m glad that I can do this.  It’s also teaching me a couple of things about searching through want lists as well, kind of reading between the lines of what people want, if you know what I mean.  So while that project continues this afternoon before the Super Bowl kickoff, here’s page #31 of the baseball SNI set for your perusal.   Enjoy!Card 271:  Francisco Cervelli, 2012 Topps Gold #271/2012.  New York Yankees card #7Card 272:  Angel Pagan, 2012 Topps Gold #272/2012.  San Francisco card #7Card 273:  Gerardo Parra, 2011 Topps Gold #273/2011.  Arizona card #7Card 274:  Eric Thames, 2012 Topps Gold #274/2012.  Toronto card #16Card 275:  Joel Peralta, 2011 Topps Gold #275/2011.  Tampa Bay card #11Card 276:  Tom Gorzelanny, 2008 Topps Co-Signers #276/400.  Pittsburgh card #4Card 277:  Andre Ethier, 2011 Topps Gold #277/2011.  Los Angeles Dodgers card #11Card 278:  John Maine, 2004 Topps Gold #278/2004.  Baltimore card #9Card 279:  Elvis Andrus, 2010 Topps Gold #279/2010.  Texas card #10Favorite card on the page:  Nice shot of Gerardo Parra making a sliding catch is the winner for me.Totally by accident that there’s 8 Topps gold parallels out of 9 cards on the page.   Pretty sure that’s the first time that there’s been that many on a page.  Pittsburgh also still way behind the pack with only 4 cards so far, while Toronto becomes the first team to pass the 15 card mark.I did most of the damage on this page, as I was responsible for 6 of the 9 cards.  2 of the 3 others were from Michael at Nomo’s Sushi Platter, while the third was from Tom at Eamus Catuli (waiting til next year was much easier to type by the way, lol).  Back to the store….Thanks for reading, Robert

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Last call, because I'm going shopping today

I’ve got a few slots open for anyone out there who didn’t hit my 100 words posts the other two times I mentioned them last month.I have 13 people in so far that I can see.  Some of you I need addresses for, because we’ve never traded or haven’t traded in a long time so I’d like to confirm.  Send addresses/confirmations to rmitchell6700 @ yahoo dot com please.Crazie JoeDaniel WilsonGCRLRAZ (need your info please)Card Hobbyist (need your info please)Starting NineNight OwlRoyals and RandomsDime BoxesMike Matson (need your info please)Hockey Kazi (need your info please)FujiGreg A.I’d like to get 7 more “volunteers” to receive cards from me.  That will get the list to 20, which means 5 cards apiece off of your want list.   Free.  Gratis.  Costs you nada.  If I don’t get 7 more, well I’ll think of something.   Leave a comment on this post.One card rule:Although this post was just information, I’ll stick to my one card rule for each post.  I found this last week while rummaging through one of my many boxes of Jays cards, and thought it quite interesting.Someone out there has to enlighten me on these.  Chef Boyardee cards?  Never would have thought that they released anything that came in a cardboard package.  (further thought, pizza mixes maybe?)None the less, this is a great odd ball card of one of my favorite Blue Jays players of all time, George Bell.Even the back is full of information.  4 years of stats, 4 bullet points of career highlights, full bio.  Well done Chef!!OK now, 7 more bloggers that want cards.   Let’s go!  Someone out there must want free stuff…Thanks for reading, Robert

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