National Baseball Card Day.

This past Saturday was not only National Baseball Card Day, but it was also the day of our monthly card show. I’ll get to Topps’ promotion in a second, but first let’s see what I picked up at the show!

Whenever I get a message like this, I know it’s going to be a great show.

I’ve been through most of the dealers showcases in the room, so whenever Rich tells me he’s got new cards it’s usually to my benefit. Especially from that source. We ran into our usual show-goers Leon, Kin, as well as David and his son Justin(who promised to have new O-Pee-Chee at the next show!). Ang kinda mingled around the room with everyone while I went through Rich’s boxes.

When purchasing cards, mostly everyone focuses on the player on card/s and condition of said card/s. While Rich I’m sure does, he’s got a great selection of horribad cards too. Check these out:

A few that were mis-cut and aligned. I love that you can see the cut lines on the top two cards – obviously someone took half the day off. Or the whole decade off…

When I saw all of these together, I knew that I had to take a few pictures for Night Owl. Top to bottom, left to right, these really make the psychedelic 1975 Topps even worse.

Speaking of psychedelic…. Make sure to align the different print plates, otherwise you’ll end up with the above Jim Pappin.

If you’re in the printing business, you should probably cut along the lines – something I thought was taught in kindergarten. Check out this oversized Craig Swan. Von Joshua is the ‘standard’ sized for effect.

…and then there’s this Bill Mazeroski. It’s not even a straight slanted line! It’s curved off near the middle!

As for the cards that I actually bought… at the National Rich bought 1200 buybacks, several of which fit my collecting needs. Featuring buybacks of Twins and a Logan Morrison RC!

This poor conditioned Ron Perranoksi card won’t fit in with my 1970 team set, but will Shirley fit into my Topps misfits and oddballs binder! Once a 16 game winner(1963) as a relief pitcher, Perranoski spent parts of four seasons with the Twins winning 25 against 29 losses in 244 appearances. While with the team he received a few MVP votes(12th, 13th), and finishing in 7th place for the 1970 Cy Young Award(34 saves, 111 IP in 67 games probably had something to do with this…).

I swear I’ll never get around to categorizing all of these – I’m not sure if I need these or not until I open my binders/boxes.

I could say that for the majority of the above, but I know for a fact the Topps Traded  len Whitehouse and the two ’88 Leaf are brand new – and finishes off the ’88 Leaf team set.

These Topps Ticket To Stardom fall into the same category where I don’t know if I needed them beforehand, but this was a completely new Topps Heritage High team set. I love it any time I can pick them all up at once instead of ‘shotgun spread’-ing them a few at a time.

I saw this bright and sharp Jerry Zimmerman, and while it’s only a slight improvement, into the 1960s Topps binder it goes!

After leaving the show we went to the nearby shop for National Baseball Card Day. While the owner is normally an elderly curmudgeon, today he was particularly fiesty. Topps’ promotion was a free pack *PER* person, but with a 10$ purchase you’d get a special Mike Trout card.

Simple enough, but reading through it seems that not all shops got that message. Ours in particular decided that after a certain point, he informed us that he was restricting it to one pack per group. Okay, not cool – but that’s his decision. I understand these shops had to pay a certain amount per box of free packs.

WHICH would have been fine, had he enforced it to everyone who entered after us as well. Sexist stereotypes aside, the issue was that Angela didn’t get a pack, while every group afterwards of men and fathers and sons got multiple packs was enough to cause a melt down. Ang don’t play that shit.

Our free pack, for what it’s worth.
1989, 1994, 2006 Upper Deck.

For our 10$ we bought a few packs of S2, and one pack of Topps Heritage Minors, the only highlight of any of them was this Miguel Sano.

All for naught, we left after our purchase and she ranted on Twitter while we drove to our favorite LCS.

Not only did he make up for the other owner’s crud attitude, Ang got the Miguel Sano promo card in her free pack! Interestingly, outside of the LCS vendors, women outnumbered men the entire time we were in there(4-2!) – including a daughter/sister of the Ben/Tom Grieve clan!

Happy wife, happy life.

So that was our NBCD. A great show, a bad LCS experience, and our great shop sweeping in to save the day. I think we’ll stick to our favorite shop from now on….


#1975-topps, #bill-mazeroski, #craig-swan, #fleer, #jerry-zimmerman, #jim-pappin, #joe-mauer, #justin-morneau, #kin, #leaf, #logan-morrison, #miguel-sano, #national-baseball-card-day, #rich, #rite-aid, #ron-perranoski, #score, #topps, #topps-heritage, #topps-traded, #upper-deck

The National: Day one.

In the run up to The National we had to update all of our checklists, and the blog feels a little rejected. Sorry blog, but we’re back and in full swing! Speaking of The National…

If you’ve never been you’ve gotta at least check out one show. It’s everything a local show could be with hundreds more card, memorabilia, and oddball vendors – more than you could want. Next year’s show is in Cleveland, followed by Atlantic City. While these cities are great hosts, there’s nothing like a Chicago show. GoGTS shared that they heard this year’s show was the most attended since 1991! With the crowds as they were, we were kind of suspecting a huge show as early as the first day.

After landing in Chicago, we took a shuttle to our hotel to check in early. As we were checking in with the attendant we bumped into our local show promoter Rich Klein. He’s a long time hobby member and we shared stories on the way to the show floor to get our passes. We had early access passes and there’s something unique about being on the show floor before they open the gates to everyone. Tables aren’t setup yet, there’s a hustle and bustle in the aisles, and busy employees shuffling around. After a quick look around, we decided to grab lunch and wait for general admission to open up.

A few hours later, and the show is in full swing. The first thing we hit was the Topps Party where several athletes were signing free autographs and there was food provided for all. Inside we bumped into Sooz and gave away our first trade package of the show. Anyway I can get rid of Derek Jeter and Yankees cards, I will. Angela checked us into the Topps Q&A set for that Friday’s show. We then decided to hit the show floor and meet up with a few friends.

After signing at the Topps event, Jose Canseco had a free autograph session on the show floor. It was here we bumped into Rich and Mel who had a package for us. Namely off-centered and miscut cards. While the Johnny Briggs is a buyback, it’s even off-centered being tilted left a few degrees.

Our friend Ben asked us to have him sign something unique. It didn’t matter to him what, just something different. Ask and you’ll receive:

There were several vendors at the show with .10 cent bins, and this is where we picked up this shiny Jose Canseco. The same vendor had a few cards for other people…

1975 Topps MVP subset, and 1975 Topps Bill ‘spaceman’ Lee buyback for NightOwl, Ron Gant for Dub, and Jason Heyward for CardJunk. I think I spent 10$ on dime box cards. Harmless. Wandering around the show floor I then saw what I would’ve bought if we were rolling in dough. A dual signed Goose Goslin, Walter Johnson baseball. Gorgeous. From the bottom left go right one, up one and try not to be sticker shocked.

As for actual pickups on the first day the best may have been a dupe for the Ryan Eades collection. A Bowman Sterling base auto for I believe 2$. Yes please.

While walking back to the hotels with Rich and Mel, we decided to grab a meal at their hotel’s restaurant. Between swapping stories, and enjoying the excellent meal we had the best waitress we’ve had in awhile so if you go to the Hyatt Regency across from the Robert E. Stephens convention center, Rosanna was top notch. After dinner, we retired to our hotel and we’d soon crash in bed dreaming of Thursday’s happenings. :).

#ben, #bill-lee, #david-ortiz, #jason-heyward, #jose-canseco, #mel, #rich, #ron-gant, #sooz, #the-national, #topps

Bought back.

1960: 0. 1970: 0. 1980: 0. 1990: 1.
1961: 2. 1971: 0. 1981: 1. 1991: 0.
1962: 1. 1972: 1. 1982: 0. 1992: 1.
1963: 2. 1973: 4. 1983: 0. 1993: 1.
1964: 4. 1974: 6. 1984: 0. 1994: 0.
1965: 0. 1975: 1. 1985: 0. 1995: 0.
1966: 1. 1976: 4. 1986: 0. 1996: 0.
1967: 3. 1977: 4. 1987: 6. 1997: 0.
1968: 3. 1978: 2. 1988: 6. 1998: 0.
1969: 1. 1979: 2. 1989: 6. 1999: 1.

Or, in English – the amounts of Topps buybacks I’ve gotten for each year. Naturally most are through Heritage, however there are quite a few from base sets as well. If I were to do a mid-year collecting focus it would be to add to the years that I’ve got none – mostly because there are so few years that I haven’t gotten a buyback yet. 1971 in particular. I’ve got a binder that I store my Topps oddball, buybacks, misprinted and miscut cards in, and I’ve yet to add *anything* let alone a buyback for 1971s black bordered, frequently chipped set. Just a quick ramble, hope y’all are enjoying your weekend. :).

Edited: 9/29/17.

#buy-backs, #topps

2017 Collecting Focus

In years past, I’d set where my focus for what I would like my collection to reach, and most years I surpassed them. I got the idea for this post, from twitter/blogger friend here, though I probably should’ve posted it towards the end of last year – not a month into the calendar year, eh? I’ve always had a sort of unofficial list of things I wanted to complete each year, but maybe this year’s being in “print” will hold me to them moar.

I’ve always set a percent that I thought the main Twins collection should increase up to, be it 70%, 75%, etc. While there’s only one team, all the base sets of Topps, Bowman, Upper Deck, Fleer, Donruss, Score, Pinnacle, Panini, etc…. do amount to a good bit of cardboard. This year’s no different, except that I’d like to see O-Pee-Chee reach 20%. That’s a tad under 100 cards, of which COMC orders like the next post detail, and later junk wax era production value should help finish easily.

While I can’t produce the cards for the companies, I can hope for more cards for my player collections. New cards for two of them are mostly out of reach, with one being a late 1970s/1980s player(Wayne Nordhagen), and the other(Kevin Millar) eschewing the MLBPA during the 1994 strike – decimating his amount of cards produced in later years of his career. The third(Ryan Eades), for my high school coaches son, kinda depends on his minor league success, and the Twins need for pitching – though hasn’t had any non-team issued cards since 2014. It’s arguable whether I’m actually collecting an old high school teammate’s(Logan Morrison) cards or not; having moved onto more team focused sets.

ALL of that said, I’d like to finish off my first hobby collection this year – Nordy. There’s a few ABPA cards that were produced that I never picked up, and while I’ve bought un-produced photo slides – I never did finish a few of his base O-Pee-Chee cards. Heh, oops. While I won’t turn any down, Millar cards may be pushed into 2018’s focus. I’m always looking for new Eades cards, having added a printing plate just this week! I should probably pick up the team issued cards for 2015, 2016 though… I should probably look into getting an updated checklist for LoMo and knock out some base cards, shouldn’t be too expensive.
Last year I knocked out pretty much all of the remaining major rookies at card shows:

This year my OCD won’t let that 1955 Topps PSA graded card be crossed off my checklist. The reason being? It’s not able to be put into the binder with the rest of the set. SUUUUURE I could scan it, crop it, and put a printed out copy there. I could also use one of the plethora of reprinted copies in it’s place. But none would sit right, so this year I’m on the hunt for a bargain Harmon Killebrew rookie. I could also use one of his 1955 Topps Double-Headers cards that he shares with future Twin coach Johnny Podres.

Finally, if I hit the card budget lottery, I’d love to finish the last of Topps. With the exception of the upcoming 2017 Flagship, the only remaining cards I need lie between the years 1961-1967 with no year having more than three missing. If I somehow nail these, next year’s resolution would probably contain 1951-1960 Topps.  But that’s all neither here nor there, what is however is the below summarized:

  • 20% of O-Pee-Chee set needs.
  • Finish off easy PC needs – Nordhagen, Millar, Eades, Morrison
  • Pickup another(ungraded) 1955 Topps Harmon Killebrew, and a 1955 Topps Double-Headers #111/112 Harmon Killebrew/Johnny Podres
  • 1951-1967 Topps missing cards. 19 remaining – 20 if you count the ungraded Killebrew.

How many of these will I actually complete? How many boxes of Diamond Kings will I open? Will Luke remain speechless in the new movie? Can Breath of the Wild be a better video game than Ocarina of Time(spoilers: …no? …but maybe?) Stay tuned!

#2017, #doubleheaders, #focus, #harmon-killebrew, #kirby-puckett, #o-pee-chee, #player-collections, #rod-carew, #topps

The National: Day Three

We had intended to be at the show each day on time and early it just never happened that way. If you got to the show early enough, between 11am and noon one of the auction house had their major pieces on display – “The Ty Cobb 7”, a Honus Wagner T206, as well as a game-used Babe Ruth bat. The bat was used during the 1929 season, and hit at least 6 of his career home-runs. Way above my pay-grade, but despite being 2 minutes late, the show attendees allowed me to hold it and take pictures with it.
Excuse the moron, acquire bats. Well, if you can ignore the FBI agents standing nearby, you’d think you had a chance to run off with it. lol. The bat was heavier than I expected, was cool holding a piece of history.
My Babe relic visiting it’s cousin.
Two Babe Ruth autos next to my Babe Ruth relic.
Here it’s visiting the Cobb and Wagner…
…and here’s the Barry Bonds visiting one of it’s relatives.
We stopped by the main show floor to rest our feet later in the afternoon and George from Cryptozoic handed us this Ghostbusters authentic animation card. This was around the time that we got called onto the stage to discuss our National/Cooperstown honeymoon with Ivan.
We finished out our day picking a few vintage cards. I absolutely love these Red Man cards, and one vendor had an entire binder to pull from. Ignore the foods, these were taken shortly after leaving the convention center.
1962 Baseball Bucks, 1970 Stamp Album – with Rod Carew stamped inside it, and a few 70s Fleer issues.
Goudey and Play Ball cards from the late 30s and early 1940s. Made the mistake of grabbing a dupe of the bottom right card. Oops. Pre-war cards are now listed and added to the checklist up above.
1950s Bowman – the 1955 Bowman completing my team set. The 1954 removed one of two at this point that I needed. Win. With the addition of two 1950 Bowman cards, we only need 26 vintage remaining. I’d later finish off 1954 Bowman, as the checklist shows “Complete!” :).
Near the end of the day, we found a vendor near the end of the hall that had 5$ 1952 Topps. Down to high-series remaining with these four picked up. The 1962 Topps brought me down to a similar “Rookie Parade” left for my team set. The 1965 Topps Embossed finished off that set. Very helpful vendor!
I couldn’t resist going back to the cheap vendor from the previous day with 10/1$, or 60/5$. Almost of these were #/d and I know for a fact that the only product here we’ve actually opened were the 2007 Topps Opening Day.

Our final pickups of the day, not too much special here, but for 2$ a card… Logan Morrison adding to that collection, and the Fidrych went to my mom who idolized him as a child.

Of course, all three days we had to avoid the far end of the showroom floor, Topps hosted their several times a day giveaway chant-fest. I still hear “Topps! Topps! Topps! Topps! Topps! Topps! ….” in my nightmares.

#CollectFam Mel, Rich, Eric, and us. Ignore my snake eyes. I don’t selfie well.

For the most part we stayed according to plan and picked up mostly vintage cards, straying a little bit for cheap stuffs. Next year I think we’ll attend planning to *only* pickup vintage cards. Besides – at this point it’s practically all we’ve got left. After we left the show, we went to the boardwalk and dove into the Atlantic Ocean before returning to the hotel to pass out.

#babe-ruth, #barry-bonds, #baseball-bucks, #cryptozoic, #fleer, #goudey, #play-ball, #red-man, #the-national, #topps

2016 Topps Series 2 Twins checklist


360 Eduardo Escobar
475 Max Kepler
528 Byron Buxton
534 Eduardo Nunez
546 Ricky Nolasco
560 Kennys Vargas
561 Kyle Gibson
576 Tyler Duffey
591 Trevor Plouffe
624 Tommy Milone
645 Danny Santana


Futures Game Pin Cards
FGP-JM Joe Mauer

Berger’s Best
BB2-1971 Bert Blyleven

Topps Laser
TL-MSA Miguel Sano

MLB Debut Retail
MLBD2-15 David Ortiz
MLBD2-28 Rod Carew

Bunt Player Cards
Miguel Sano


Topps Laser Auto/Relic
TLAR-MS Miguel Sano

Baseball Leather Auto
GLA-MS Miguel Sano

Scouting Report Auto
SRA-BP Byung-Ho Park
SRA-JBE Jose Berrios
SRA-MK Max Kepler
SRA-MS Miguel Sano
SRA-TD Tyler Duffey

Scouting Report Relic
SRR-MSA Miguel Sano

Topps Laser Relics
TLR-MSA Miguel Sano

Own The Name Relic
OTN-BBU Byron Buxton
OTN-JM Joe Mauer

MLB Debut Retail Medallion Cards
MLBDM2-15 David Ortiz
MLBDM2-28 Rod Carew

MLB Debut Retail Relics
MLBD2R-DO David Ortiz

Double Play Rip Cards
Byron Buxton June 24, 2016
Byron Buxton July 06, 2016
Byron Buxton July 12, 2016
Byron Buxton August 16, 2016
Byron Buxton September 16, 2016
Byron Buxton July
Byron Buxton Novemeber
Joe Mauer June 18, 2016
Joe Mauer June 28, 2016
Joe Mauer July 06, 2016
Joe Mauer July 22, 2016
Joe Mauer August 20, 2016
Joe Mauer September 22, 2016
Joe Mauer October 02, 2016
Joe Mauer October 02, 2016
Joe Mauer October
Miguel Sano June 19, 2016
Miguel Sano July 02, 2016
Miguel Sano July 12, 2016
Miguel Sano July 15, 2016
Miguel Sano August 01, 2016
Miguel Sano September 24, 2016
Miguel Sano October 02, 2016
Miguel Sano 7/24-7/30/16
Miguel Sano August

#2016, #checklist, #series-2, #topps

2016 Topps Pro Debut – Twins Checklist

Twins Minor League system:
AAA Rochester
AA Chattanooga
Advanced A Fort Myers
A Cedar Rapids
Rookie Elizabethton

25 Jose Berrios
98 Stephen Gonsalves
117 Kohl Stewart
154 Nick Gordon
166 Tyler Jay

Image variation
25 Jose Berrios

Promo Night Uniforms
PNU-2 Fort Myers Miracle
PNU-12 Rochester Red Wings

Distinguished Debuts
DD-6 Tyler Jay

Pro Debut Autographs
25 Jose Berrios
Pro Production Autographs
PPA-JB Jose Berrios

Pennant Patches
PP-JB Jose Berrios
PP-NG Nick Gordon
PP-TJ Tyler Jay

Fragments of the Farm
FOTF-RRW Field Tarp – Oneok Field

#2016, #checklist, #pro-debut, #topps