I'm still here, not reading as much as I used to, but I'm still active in the hobby... but I haven't opened a pack of cards in about six months. I look at the barely opened box of '88 Donruss and want to keep going, but I just can't find the time.
In my time away, I've been working full time and recently upgraded my computer to Vista Ultimate after holding onto XP Pro for about ten years. Since I don't have my scanner software installed yet, this post will be sans quality pictures. I've also gotten back into my old ways of knife collecting and have been spending more time drooling over knives than baseball cards... But here I am, ready to talk cards for a bit.
I've been working on a trade with reader Robert for a few weeks and some bad weather and bad timing got in the way. His end of the trade came in today, and I'm still pulling cards for him.
Going his way are a small stack of 1988 Score and as many 1994 Topps as I can give him. Coming my way are 12 Steve Avery cards (!), a few 88 Fleer that I needed for the set and some '81 Topps that pushes me a bit closer to my ultimate goal of completing that set some day.
We'll do this the old fashioned way and use some camera pictures.
And here's the Steve Avery haul...
In other news, I'm finally on broadband internet... after two years of waiting, Verizon finally let me have DSL.
So there you have it. Thanks again to Robert and as soon as you let me know what '94 Topps you're looking for, I'll have your cards in the mail.
My life, for the last nine months has been a pretty strange ride. I won't go into great detail, but after not having a job for a long time, I finally found one. Walmart. Not the best in the world, but I enjoyed it. But then I was offered a job with my former employer for pretty much what I was making before, and closer to home.
So after needing a job, now I have an extra one.
But with working, I'm exhausted. I'm still here though. I'm still reading, but my commenting has dropped to near nothing and my posting here, and at 1988 Donruss has been absent for a few days over a month now.
Well, it's time to get caught up, both here and at 88 Donruss.
We'll start here.
Three packages have come in filled with '09 Topps series 2 from Andy, GCRL and Howard.
With all the help I've gotten in these three packages, I'm only needing 13 cards to complete the set! Here's my current want list.
Just because I'm only going to post one doesn't mean that they weren't all greatly appreciated. They were.
But one card in particular jumped out at me. This has to be one of the most interesting shots in the set.
I think maybe this should have been a horizontally oriented picture just based on the cloud formations. But I don't know. Whatever it is, it's an interesting looking card.
Thanks a lot guys. It's been a while since I've written and I feel bad because I miss it. Hopefully this'll get me jumpstarted again.
Look for an update to 1988 Donruss in the next several days.
The end result wasn't as clean as possible because the RTAK is a good quarter inch thick (and seventeen inches long) and it kept hanging up in the soft cardboard, and I did manage to slice off the corner of Kirby Puckett, but that's ok. The little Spyderco slid right through the cardboard though.
I realize it's more of a slice than a hack... but I've spent too much money on guitars to risk losing a finger.
I didn't get around to posting the stack of 88 Fleer that Jeff from Card Junkie sent yesterday, and maybe it's a good thing. Becuase in the mail box today were two more packages. One from Fat Rat with more 1988 Fleer.
Before going to the mail box on Saturday, I had 509 of the 660 cards of 1988 FLeer. After going through both packages from Jeff and John, I'm down to needing less than 40!
So, any extra Phillies I get are going to John and I'm looking through my '09 Series 2 extras for Card Junkie.
I really don't know where to begin on these, so I'll just highlight a few of my favorite cards from the stacks.
Let's just look at a random sampling, shall we?
A very young Matt Williams. I always liked him despite the steroid allegations.
1980's glasses goodness.
"rrrrrrrrrrrrr... Zomberto Kelly eat braaaaaaaainssss..."
Like Bob Walk, Eric Plunk is a guy that I think, based solely on last name, should have chosen another career path.
In fourteen seasons, Eric only plunked 32 batters though.
Looks like Fleer stole a page out of the Topps Big Book of Bad Baseball Card Poses. I'm pretty sure there's no ball in that glove.
I have no memory of this guy playing for the Braves... or anyone else for that matter. Looks like his big league career consisted of 31 games with an 4-11 record and an ERA of over 6.
Here's a guy I really didn't want to see leave Atlanta. I like Yunel Escobar and Kelly Johnson (when he remembers how to hit) up the middle, but I miss Blauser and the Lemmer.
When I saw the 32 on his bat knob, I thought he was holding someone else's bat because I remember Blauser wearing number 4. But it looks like he had number 32 until Gary Eave was called up in 1989, at which point Blauser switched to number 4.
Well... that's it.
I want to send a huge thanks to both Jeff and John. I'm less than 40 cards from the end thanks to their generosity.
My want list will be updated pretty soon.
And check out A Pack to be Named Later sometime this afternoon for the first pack of 1988 Donruss.
Are all the series 2 boxes Lou Gherig? This'll be the third one I've bought and all three have been Lou.
So with two cereal boxes, five packs and a blaster, I'm 51% through the set. So let's see how I do with this one. I've only pulled a handful of Braves too. Only one from the first cereal box, and I think Chipper was the only one in the second... maybe this one'll be a bit better.
Before I begin, I should preface this by adding that I am substantially drunk, so any typos, I'll try to fix in the morning.
Again, I won't list all the cards because that would be boring...
I don't like Derek Jeter. I'm sorry, but I don't. I hate the Yankees, and I really just don't like Jeter. I do like him a lot more than Alex Rodriguez, who I disliked long before he was a Yankee, but sorry Jeter fans... he's just not for me.
But this is a great looking card. I can't get over how well Topps did with their photography this year. It's not as good all the way around as 1988 Score, but it's pretty damn close.
This is a nice action shot. But what I really want to point out here is the guy talking on his cellphone at a baseball game.
I have a cellphone, and I probably couldn't live without it since I don't have a landline. But I hate being around people who can't get off the damn things no matter where they are. If you're walking around downtown or in a store you don't need to be talking on the phone. People don't want to hear your conversations and it doesn't make you look cool to strut along with a phone in your ear. It didn't look cool 15 years ago when very few people had cellphones and it sure as hell doesn't look cool now that everyone has one.
And guess what, guy on a phone at a Rockies game? Now you're going to be the jackass that everyone who collects baseball cards will remember as the guy on the phone.
Hang the fucking thing up and watch the game. He's probably one of those assholes who sits on his phone the entire game talking to someone who's watching the game on TV.
Now that I've gotten that out of my system...
I'm not sure if I like this card or not. There's a lot of great action going on, and I really like how the ball is almost in perfect focus. But it's just a strange position to find a pitcher in at any time during a game. I'm guessing he's fielding a bunt and throwing off balance to first... or jumping a hurdle as he runs across the field.
It would be a great shot if the ball was the focal point of the photo, instead of the strained look on his face.
And now, the best card in the box (assuming the refractor isn't Ripken)...
Maddux in an awesome throwback jersey. You can't ask for much better.
This wasn't a bad box at all, very few doubles. But there was one damaged card and fortunately I already had it, so I can't complain about that.
Now the refractor...
Pretty spiffy. I've got Bob Gibson, Ty Cobb and now Cy Young.
Any doubles that I got out of the box will be up on my for trade list in the morning.