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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!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Trip to the LCS (again), part 2

Besides buying the Pro Debut hobby box, I hunted through the Bowman boxes to fill player collection needs.  I bought some really cool refractors and colored cards!

Player collection:



Friday, June 26, 2015

Back to the LCS (again) part 1

I was in the area of town where my local LCS is located.  Topps Series 2 came out and I was hoping to get a hobby box, however, they haven't received their shipment yet.  Instead, I was eyeballing the 2015 Topps Pro Debut last time I was there, and I decided to bite this time.  Topps Series 2 will have to wait.

Cub minor leaguers:

Royals minor leaguers:

Inserts & hobby box hits:

Keury is a wookie!

Blue Jays 2014 #1 Draft Pick

31/50 Giolito

Red cards:  Sisco 3/5 and Ervin 2/5 with an autograph!

Aplin autograph

Fragments of the Farm...Interesting

Gallo Patch

Thursday, June 25, 2015

John Farrell

It was about a year ago, I sent a TTM request to John Farrell, manager of the Red Sox.  I read that he had been signing, however, a year later he's too busy.  I received my cards back and a letter and short note saying he's too busy to sign.  I guess he is too busy when he has to check to see if Pablo Sandoval is Instagramming!

John Farrell
Signed 0/2
Sent c/o Red Sox
352 days

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Justin Nicolino

Justin Nicolino is currently with the Marlins AAA team in New Orleans.  He's the number 3 prospect in the Marlins system.  I received these cards back in a quick 12 days.  I love the Bowman Platinum!

Justin Nicolino
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o New Orleans Zephyrs
12 days

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Trip to the local LCS, part 2

I picked up quite a few player collection needs on my trip, as well as buying the hobby box of Archives.

A few more for the 2015 Topps collection:

Bash Brothers.  I have never seen the McGwire chrome before:


Orioles.  My first camo card!

My local LCS guy knows I love the Cubs, because I always leave with at least a handful.  He was nice enough to pull a few Cubs that he had just pulled out of boxes.  One of those Cubs was this sweet Kris Bryant card:

Mike Olt.  He broke his wrist and is currently on the DL.  It will be interesting to see what happens with him when he returns.

Ryne Sandberg.  I had never seen the Fleer mini, the Hot Shots, and the Ultra.

My local LCS loves Bowman, so he always has tons of Bowman singles to go through.  I also picked up several Chrome versions of these cards, as well:

Albert Almora:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Trip to the local LCS, part 1

Every year, I get so excited about Topps Archives.  The last couple of years, I have bought a hobby box, however, I always feel a little disappointed when I open the last pack of the box.  Unfortunately, I felt the same again this year.  Topps only chose 3 designs this year, instead of their usual 4.

Here are some player collection hits:

Token SP (bad scan job by myself):

A subset with 1990 Topps design: 

Other goodies from the hobby box:

I was hoping for the Will Ferrell Cubs card, but Will Ferrell in his catching gear will work, too.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

No Purchase Necessary

I always send an envelope to the address on the back of the wrapper for a chance to win a free card (No Purchase Necessary).  I was successful last year, and I received a Donruss card of Erik Johnson.  I received another padded envelope recently and it was another free card.

Gavin currently plays for the Daytona Dragons, the Reds Single A team.