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Sunday, February 19, 2017

An ebay Bargain Pack

I did a little ebay bargain hunting again last month.  These seven cards were won individually from a single seller for a total of $.83 shipped.

This 2004 Topps Chrome Jason Michaels was an easy buy at 15 cents.  I may have the base card somewhere but I know I don't have the Chrome.  Baseball is supposed to be a game.  Nothing wrong with a little whimsy.

The next two cards go into my Jewish athletes collection.  "The Baseball Talmud", ranks Shawn Green as the fourth greatest of all-time behind, Greenberg, Koufax, and Boudreau.  This 1995 Pinnacle rookie card was 6 cents.

Blomberg is notable for being MLB's very first designated hitter, back in 1973.  In 2007 he managed the Beth Shemeth Blue Sox in the short lived Israel Baseball League.  I also like this card for it's depiction of the terrible Bill Veeck "softball" uniform (no shorts, though).  Of the seven cards this was the oldest and priciest at 23 cents.

Sight unseen I'd pay 11 cents for a Jim Walewander card, wouldn't you?  Then look at the guy.  Awesome!  Looks like an accountant.  No surprise then that he ended up getting an MBA.  On a more personal note, he was born in my home town of Chicago and went to high school in the nearby suburb of Park Ridge.  On top of all that the guy was reportedly a bit of an eccentric and fan favorite.  I may have to start a Walewander collection.

I could look him up and pretend I know something but honestly I chose this card because I don't think I own a card of anyone else named Zigmund.  And I like the Gorton's fisherman sweater.
I couldn't pass up a nice Todd Helton for 11 cents.

Oops.  Posted this without mentioning Jon.  He won two championships after his appearance on this card.  Maybe not a Hall of Fame career but a really solid player.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Different Kind of Action Card

A few weeks ago I made a comment on Fuji's blog about one card he pulled from a blaster of 2015 Panini Rookies and Stars.  He generously offered to mail it to me.

Due to a couple of serious injuries the Bears' 2015 #1 draft pick has played just 4 games in his first two seasons.  Despite this, Bears GM Ryan Pace still has high hopes for White.
The fact that this is a Bears card is what attracted me in the first place.  More importantly I liked the multiple exposure effect.  
I know there have been other cards featuring a  similar "multiple exposure image".  I think it would make a really fun mini collection.  Anyone done this? Do any particular cards come to mind?  Feel free to send a link. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

I have no idea why but four of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks of all time wish you a Happy Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 6, 2017

2017 Topps Series 1 Cubs

If you asked me to define myself as a card collector I'd be hard pressed to give you an answer.   I own some sets but I'm not a set collector.  I haven't tried to "build" a set since I was a kid.  I have one major player collection (Ron Santo) and a few smaller ones but I'm very casual about them so I wouldn't call myself a player collector.   I love the Cubs and the Blackhawks and I'm a Bulls and Bears fan as well.  If I pull one of their cards from a pack I'm generally happy but I don't have a binder filled with them.

If you've read this blog (not too much to read lately) you'll recall that I had an odd reaction to the World Series.  When it comes to collecting I haven't gone crazy buying World Series memorabilia.  In fact most of what I have was given to me as gifts.  On the other hand it just seems stupid not to celebrate what for now is a once in a lifetime event.  So I bought myself one of the Topps World Series sets and today I received a 20 card team set from the greatly blogged about 2017 Topps Series 1 set.  I know it's getting mixed reviews.  I do like it.  Yes, the bottom part is taken up by "design" but it's otherwise full bleed which I like.  I'm neutral on the backs.  One negative for me was a relatively dull look to the cards.  It's a personal taste thing I'm sure but I like my sports photographs to be bright and saturated.  It's one reason I love Upper Deck's hockey cards.  Don't know if you would have noticed but for this post I used Picassa to enhance the fronts to make them more to my liking.  So that's a long winded way to say that for this moment in time I'm a team collector.  Here are the cards:


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