Friday, August 19, 2016

Closing Chop, Opening Another

It's been a little over months since I've posted anything here on the blog, but that doesn't mean I've been away from the hobby. It's been a draining summer and the last thing I have felt like doing is blogging. That being said, I have published a few posts- just on a different site. During this time away I decided to close up the Chop.

You might remember earlier this year I explained the name change (not the url address, however) for something that would better reflect my collecting interests at the time. I had come to an end of team set collecting, focusing instead on a complete run of Topps flagship sets. Well, despite the change the 'cardchop' name was still there and I couldn't shake the name association with the Braves. Yes, I'm still pissed that ownership doesn't care and don't have faith in, or trust, the new regime (and I won't even mention Andrelton Simmons is proving them wrong with his hitting...).  Throw in my getting tired of Blogger/Google and I've decided to move shop to a different address- on Wordpress.

I made this with the CardChop a couple of years ago and saw readership plummet, so moved back. Was it the right move, coming back? I don't know. While I write for the enjoyment, there is also that aspect of being part of a community of like-minded collectors. And when there's no one reading it gets frustrating.

So...I'm giving it another go. With the move I'll be linking it more through different social media sites with the hopes of getting subscribers and I'm hoping those of you who have been reading this blog over the years will add my new blog to your blog roll. You can visit me at Collating Cards. I don't now if I'll post as much as I did here during my peak, but am hoping to average 2 or 3 posts a week. I hope to see you there!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Cubs for My Collection- Whaaaa?

There's nothing like coming home after a long day at work and seeing a couple of bubble mailers and/or PWE's waiting for you. I was fortunate enough to come home to exactly that last evening- one bubble mailer coming from a Sportlots purchase and the other a PWE from Peoria, IL. That means one thing, of course: P-town Tom.

Tom was a part of a trio of collectors, each of whom received a Red Lobster Cubs card from last month's card show and reciprocated by sending me a couple of... Cubs cards?

I thought he was the collector of Cubbies.

After what seemed like way too long being spent trying to figure out why I would be the recipient of Cubs cards it finally dawned on me: I'm working on those two sets. So I logged on to Google Drive and sure enough, I'm in need of the cards Tom was kind enough to send.

Whew. I thought maybe he was purging some of the doubles in his collection and trying to add passengers to what I'm sure will be a very big (band)wagon this year.

One of the '77 Topps cards I really remember well from my childhood was Jose Cardenal's. I think it was because of the afro he wore. And so imagine how confused I was for a minute upon seeing this Dave Rosello.

Now, look at Cardenal's 1977 Topps card:

See what I mean?

Finally, more confusion as I saw the Scott Servais card. (Are you detecting a trend here?)

Anyway, I knew this card looked familiar- but it turns out that I had a Cooperstown Collection (or whatever) parallel at one time.

Of that, I'm certain.

 Thanks again, Tom for the two #92.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

My First Blowout Buy

I saw an exchange on Twitter recently in which two or three people were discussing blogs, forums and the use of other social media for selling and trading cards. In the midst of the discussion, the Blow Out Cards forum was mentioned as one such destination. Now, I haven't been one to put too much time into forums (I think I used to use the Beckett one? But even that was minimal), but it got me thinking about other means to pickup items for the collection. 

So while sitting on a bed in the hotel room on our recent vacation, I signed up on the site and posted a few comments before heading over to the buy/sell/trade section. Once there, I found a guy who was selling stuff from 2015 Heritage High Numbers and for a pretty reasonable price. In case you haven't been over to Blow Out, they have a way of leaving feedback much like the one on eBay, so if the seller has positive feedback you should be pretty safe in buying. And best of all- for sellers- there are no fees.  Anyway, I picked up a nice sized lot of inserts and SPs to go towards finishing off my set. I forgot to count the number of cards, but judging from the photos below it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 40- all for $23 delivered. 

Once I get more familiar with the site, I too will be trying to sell some stuff on there. During our vacation, I talked to my wife about the desire to get back into doing card shows and selling online. I won't be going nuts on breaking large number of cases, but would like to do something on a much smaller scale- just to make a little extra cash and have some fun while doing it. 

The one negative thing about the BO forum (or any other such ones, I guess): trash talking, bickering and fighting. Of course, we can have plenty of that on the blogs, as well. One interesting discussion I came across was some of the big case breakers bitching about guys like myself who put their Kevin Costner autos (or whatever) on eBay and undercut them. They seem to think they set the market prices. I'm just a guy who broke a couple boxes and doesn't have to have some big hit to save my butt because I'm breaking 60 cases and am not getting a return on my investment. But I digress. Sorry. I just thought it was lame.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cardboard in the Morning...and at Noon...and at Night

I received some cards over the weekend from Tim at I Love the Smell of Cardboard in the Morning, whom I had contacted recently about some Heritage SPs. Turns out that Tim had a few, as well as some of my other sets needs- namely, 2015 Topps Update. I like the title of Tim's blog, except for me, cardboard always smells good. At morning, at noon, at night.

Part of my questions whether or not we will ever see Josh Hamilton out on the baseball field again. The man is one broken dude. What a shame, as he was such a talent...

Joc Pederson. I haven't looked up his stats, but I wonder if participating in last year's HR Derby was a bad idea. Seems to be all-or-nothing with him since then.

Didn't Todd Frazier participate in the same derby? Whatever the case, he's leading the majors in homers. Or at least he was, last time I checked.

Garrite Cole- yeah, he's pretty good.

Will the real Matt Harvey please stand up, please stand up. Oh, and another Pederson. Why did they produce one of these MLB Debut cards for him when it wasn't during the then-current season. Isn't that what they usually do? Anything to milk that RC logo, I guess.

Anyway-- thanks, Tim, for the great cards and the trade.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


It started off innocently enough as a trip to the LCS to pick-up a box or two of 2016 Archives. We had just gotten home from vacation yesterday and I don't have to go back to work until Friday (it was going to be Monday, but that's a different story). Anyway, once I got to the LCS, I saw the $100/box price tag and said 'gimme one.' But right before paying I told the shop owner that I'd take a second box. I'm glad I did because I don't know which of these two came from which box.

The only question now is: auction, or BIN?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Now That's a Card

We are just finishing up our vacation and are getting ready to head home today, but I did scan a few things before leaving- just in case I felt like entering a new post. Today's will be short and sweet.

A few weeks ago I complained on Twitter about Topps failing to recognize Felix Hernandez' passing Randy Johnson as the team's all-time strikeout King, so when they issued a Topps Now card of The King passed Jamie Moyer as the team's all-time leader in Wins, I had to put my money where my mouth is.

*wanted to insert photos here, my iPad won't allow me to drag the photos--see below*

My thoughts on Topps Now after landing my first card: card stock was what I thought it would be. Card front isn't bad- not crazy about the 'brushed' look around the edges. The circles and line connecting them reminds me of that insert from 2015 Topps (I forget the name?). I'm not crazy about the design on the back, but I don't know what I was expecting. Perhaps the player's linescore from the game would have been nice. The packaging was a surprise, as earlier reviews were upset that they just threw it in a Card Saver. My card was in a penny sleeve, then placed in a top loader and then placed in the envelope. 

Overall, not bad- probably costs much more than it should be, but I'm not sure if it's sustainable. Cards every day, many of the same player and same type of moment (walk-offs) just leave me questioning whether collectors will get burnt out. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cards for My Collection from Cardboard Collections

When I decided to go back and begin adding Heritage sets to my collection, one of the things I was undecided on was whether or not to collect some of the insert sets. I do not do this with the flagship Topps sets, but the Heritage ones are a whole different beast. I really like how News Flashbacks and Baseball Flashbacks revisit the past and how Then and Now connects the past to the present. 

Once I decided to go ahead and add those to the sets I began scouring eBay for some of the inserts sold as sets. I did pick up a couple of lots, but I also decided that I had better depend upon trading for some of the singles. 

Shortly around that time I saw that Colbey from Cardboard Collections needed 2016 Topps I singles for his set, and I just happened to have quite a few of them. A deal was worked out and he was able to knock quite a few of the Flashback cards from my 2011 Heritage want list. 

Nothing like some ol' time trading to take care of your set needs, I say. 

Thanks again, Colbey, for the trade!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Food-Issue Friday: A *Food-Issued* Rookie

It's been a while since I've done a food-issue Friday entry- heck, it's been a while since I've posted anything- but I'm in a hotel room with not a lot to do, so what better time to catch up?

I remember mentioning a couple of years ago how I would really like to pick up an Ichiro 'Rookie Card' from the Keebler Mariner set. Part of this is due to a certain 'mystic' of other such oddball rookie cards from the past- Hammerin' Hank, Yount, and The Wizard-Ozzie Smith, just to name a few. I had since forgotten about that until recently, when Ichiro began his hot streak as he marches towards 3,000. About that time I saw a Keebler set listed on eBay for $10. It's not really a 'food-issue' but it's my blog, my rules. You dig?

I really don't know how much interest there is in the states these days, but I figured there might be some interest in the international market and decided I'd jump on the set just in case prices begin climbing. 

The cards themselves were a bit of a disappointment, as they remind me more of playing cards than trading cards. But the way they were distributed is an interesting story.

Handed out at Safeco Field on July 15, 2001, the 20,000 packs contained 28 cards- 20 of which were of all different players. The other 8, however, were all of the same player. The purpose of this was to encourage trading your duplicates with others in order to complete a set. 

Thankfully the set I received had all twenty eight unique cards. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2016 Spring Card Show #3: Thr3e

My final purchase from this past weekend's card show was done, at least partially, out of wanting to give a particular dealer some business. He's a nice guy who's a veteran of the local card scene and whom I've bought starter sets (among other things) from in the past. He was supposed to be on the other side of the table this time, but a table had been cancelled at the last minute and he was asked if he could fill a table.

Two of the items were not 'must haves' but with a discounted price I figured why not? Plus, they fit with my Heritage habit of late...

The other item purchased from this dealer was the thing I really wanted. In fact, it took me back to my early teen years- as I had one of these from a preseason Seahawks/Cardinals game we attended in August of 1984. For $2 I could not pass this one up. In case you didn't know-- 80s NFL was the best.

Well, that's it for my card show pickups. Thanks for reading.

Monday, May 16, 2016

2016 Spring Card Show #2- Lucky 7

In case you missed it this weekend, I published a post on Saturday afternoon in which I shared a few Heritage short prints that I had picked up for a mere $5 at that morning's card show. That was the first purchase of the day and today I'll look at the second one.

The dealer whom I bought these cards from was one of maybe two who actually had binders to look through. This has always been my preferred method of looking at cards, as it makes it much easier that sifting through boxes. Anyway, most of the baseball he had was from the early to mid-2000s so I began thinking I was just wasting my time. It was to my surprise, then, to find that he had some late '70s- early '80s Topps in there as well. Most were ones that I already had- but I did find the following four cards needed for three of my sets:

Not only that, but I also found the following three Red Lobster Cubs cards, which will be going out to three Cubs collectors (1 card per).

In all, I spent $2 for these seven cards. A good way to get rid of some quarters.

Next up, 3 items from the final of 3 purchases.