Friday, April 12, 2024

Victory To Be Had

 ddevito1988 sent me a trade offer on TCDB, and it was to help me with a set build. Who am I to say no?

2001-02 Victory is now 395 of 440 cards complete for me. All started with a box I bought, and from there, mostly trades, and a little help from some lot purchases, and getting to within striking distance now.

Oh, and had a Leaf tack on too...can't say no to that. Tucker is an important one too as he completes my Leafs base set for 2002-03 Upper Dexk Victory.

See - Victory!

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Another Small Timmies PWE

 Another pack-like trade for Timmies cards, and this one with TCDB member nordiques24.

How can anyone not like Al MacInnis? A great star for the flames and a great 'stache! We continue to creep on completing the base set, I just need to stay focused. 

I think it's part of collecting. We can focus, hyper focus, lose focus, refocus and need focus, but I try to keep in mind then need to ensure the hobby remains fun, no matter which applies.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Traded for Traders

 Had a small in person trade with fellow Burlington resident and TCDB member Sean_bren. The cards I gave him weren't actually cards he needed, but cards he needed to trade to someone else for their needs. Works for me!

Not able to finish any Leaf team sets or Timmies base sets, but these all sure helped.

Still really like the over the top flashy gold etchings inserts from Timmies.

A second Tavares is needed so I have one for the team set and one for the set build.

Always good to see you Sean.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Interesting Extras

 The package today to share is a trade with TCDB member jamestagli. The trade was for mostly Jays but we got a couple extras too.

The Pitching A Gem insert from 2022 A&G is a one and done Jays team insert set, and I am down to only one base Jay left from the same set.

The Carter purple ice prizm is the shinier of the bunch.

The packing extras were a surprise and though I have no plans to collect them, are an interesting look at non -English cards.

A great little trade and very much appreciated.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Player Highlights

The COVID lot decided today would be a good day to highlight a few players, and who am I to argue? 

Scott started with Minnesota in 1990 and it was his 20 win season in 1991 which had him as a star of the game very early in his career. It didn't last though as, he ended up leading the league in losses with 19 just two years later.

A move to Baltimore in 1995 helped a bit and he did well through the 90s. Truth be told, I don't remember him pitching after 1999, but apparently he had a few outings spread across four teams in 2004-2006 - which were not great, before calling it a career.

 He did get his World Series ring with Minnesota in 1991, but that was it. Wonder what the mind set is winning so early and whether it's really appreciated at the time, or more so over a career where it continues to be elusive.

Garret was almost a career Angel's organization player. The last bit of his career was with Atlanta and then the Dodgers. Over his career, he surpassed 2,500 hits and almost 300 home runs.

Getting his World Series ring in 2002, and winning the home run derby in 2003, he was a really great player, but as shown with his one year Hall of Fame voting (getting 0.2%), he wasn't in that top echelon.

The Marlins early years quickly saw Charkes be the guy behind the plate. He was a solid defensive catcher winning 4 golden gloves and helped the team in it's early years, including the 1997 World Series win.

After leaving the Marlins, he bounced around a handful of teams but only saw the playoffs again in 2000 as a member of the White Sox.

An interesting trio of stars from the 90s (mostly).

Sunday, April 7, 2024

It Doesn't Take Much

 I mean, the whole point of a PWE trade is to get a few cards you need for the cheap price of traders and a stamp. Here, it's like I got a pack from Timmies as I get three cards, except I know they are all needs before they even show up.

TCDB member CardDad78 sent these my way to help with the slow Legeds set build. These get me up to 70% complete on the and make for a great and quick April posting about cards. A bit of an Islanders hot pack.

Maybe after the business of this month, I can focus on this as being a set I can actually get completed.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Hockey Grab Bags

 Today, the couple random hockey card grab bags I picked up from which, given how the others went, I don't have high hopes for, but they should be a fun go.

From the showing cards, gather we are looking at the last decade or so. I guess this is better than cards from the overproduced early 90s.

With 12 cards a pack, that isn't too bad, but similar to what you would get at Dollarama. Most cards from the mid-10s.

The good news is, I do need a few of the 2016-17 Upper Deck flagship base cards, so at least I have some keepers.

One insert/parallel with the gold 2013-14 Score card, but 24 cards and no Leafs. 8 keepers though out of the 24 isn't a bad rate, so I think this is a better go than the game cards were. I still have a couple baseball packs to go, so maybe those will be just as good as these? Maybe?