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