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I have collected baseball cards and autographs over the years. I still have boxes full of cards (as well as newer cards) that are just sitting there. So, I have decided to see how many of them I can get autographed. I use through the mail as my preferred route for this adventure. I also have an account on Zistle for trading purposes (stevienicks77).

I am currently in graduate school, so it may take me until the weekend to respond to trade requests! I can't get done with school soon enough!

Monday, February 8, 2016

2016 Topps Series 1

So, here is my 2016 Topps Series 1 post.  I have been shut out at Walmart for all baseball cards since before Christmas.  I'm not sure what's going on there, but they have a few hockey, football, and some Magic cards.  No repacked baseball or nothing.  So, Monday night last week, I walked into Target to get a few things, and I saw it...it was so great to see some actual baseball cards available to buy.  I bought a $20 box, because you know, I couldn't resist.

Base set


Ole Miss Alumni, MLB Player Collection, and Cubbie Player Collection

Token catcher card.  As I look through the photos of 2016 Topps, their are some pretty cool catcher cards in there.  

Token Gold card out of the box.

Rainbow foil

I love this insert set!  Yah!  The Cubs getting some love from Topps!  It's actually just another way to make another Kris Bryant card!

Topps went with the First Pitch subset again.  This lady is nothing short of amazing for everything she has overcome.

Walk off Wins

Back To Back

Berger's Best.  Eh.

Pressed Into Service.  Pretty cool story on the back.

MLB Debut.  I pulled a Jayson Werth Debut card, and it actually had the Blue Jays logo as of 2003 on it.  Nice detail, Topps.

Wacky Promos.  Wacky indeed.

MLB Debut Medallion.  Eh, I really have no use for these cards that Topps continues to pack into these packs.

Amazing Milestones


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Trade with The Angels, In Order

Tom over at The Angels, In Order proposed a trade with me that involved some swapping of TTM cards and other needs.  It was a great trade!  Thanks Tom!

"The Boys of Zimmer"


Other Cubbies

Current Royal and World Series Champion Edinson Volquez

Player collection goodies

Then & Now set.  I've been thinking about attempting some trades or buying the rest of what I need to complete the set.  Now I'm one closer!

Also, one closer on the Bowman Platinum set, too.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Avery Romero

I got mail this week!  I thought it might have been a return from the Arizona Fall League, but this return was from a TTM I sent out to the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Class A Advanced Affiliate of the Miami Marlins.  Avery Romero is a second basemen with the team.

Avery Romero
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Jupiter Hammerheads
243 days

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Zistle trade with rbarone5

My first Zistle trade in what seems like forever!  If you attempted to make a trade with me via Zistle in the last 8-10 months, I will be hitting you up and propose another trade soon!  rbarone5 sent me some player collection needs, as well as some 2015 Topps Series 2 needs.

 Player collection:

2015 Topps needs:

Royals collection:

Monday, February 1, 2016

Another stop at the LCS

After ripping open my hobby box of 2015 Topps, I needed to make a stop at my local LCS to pick up some singles of Series 2 and Update to hopefully complete my sets.  Of course, I couldn't just pick up the singles I needed, I bought some packs and some cards for my player collections.

A few of the 2015 Topps Series 2 singles I needed

Some of my favorite Update singles

This photo variation was in his singles box.  I am adding this to my catchers binder!

Now on to my player collection cards!

I was itching to buy a hobby box of something, but nothing caught my eye.  I told myself the 2016 new stuff will be out soon, and convinced myself to hold out.  Instead, I bought a couple of pack of 2015 Bowman Draft.  Nothing too fancy in these packs.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hopefully I'm getting back into the swing of things!

After Christmas vacation was over, and the new year had began, I took a look at everything and thought, "I *might* have time to start collecting, trading, and sending out TTMs again!"  One of my first goals was to finish putting together 2015 Topps flagship set.  I hadn't had the time to buy a Update hobby box yet, but I ordered it and it finally arrived.

Base cards...newest Cubs Jason Heyward & Ben Zobrist.  I really liked Zobrist as a player in the time he spent in KC in 2015.  If he couldn't stay with the Royals, I guess its just as well he went to my other favorite team.

 Base set catchers

One of the several foil cards I got

Token photo variation card

Lots of insert cards, but this is my favorite.  Love the power blues!

Topps originals.  For me, the jury is still out on these cards.  This is by far the most original cards I have ever pulled from a hobby box.

Pink Shark

Token black border

Several gold cards.  These are my two favorite!

Finally, what relic card did I pull from my hobby box?!?!?!  My very first 1/1 card!