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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).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Zistle trade partner

glassnickels proposed a Zistle trade with me several weeks ago.  I have been busy with my 8 week grad school classes this summer, so it has prevented me from trading and sending out TTMs.  However, we were able to squeeze this trade in.  Here's my goodies:

Player collections:

Cubbies!  This is my first Cub relic card!


2012 All Star Game:

Some 2014 Bowman!  Slowly chipping away at this set!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Matt Thornton

Matt Thornton currently pitches for the Yankees.  He was nice enough to sign and return my card to me.  It had been quite a drought on PWE for me (as you can tell by my lack of blogging!)

Matt Thornton
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o New York Yankees
67 days

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dale Sveum

Dale Sveum, former Cubs manager, is now with the Royals.  He was promoted to hitting coach a little while ago, however, I have yet to see a huge improvement.  The Royals keep bouncing back and forth between 2nd and 4th place.  It's been a long baseball season in KC.

Dale Sveum
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Kansas City Royals
12 days

Sunday, July 20, 2014

2014 A&G (Aged & Greyed)

I bought some 2014 Allen & Ginter the other day.  I was starting to see all the posts from other bloggers about their hits.  I would say I have a lack of hits.  In fact, here's my stats:

Out of 48 cards:
11 Inserts (2 mini)
6 mini's (1 black, 1 SP, 1 "old dude")
2 Newsworthy & Personalities
4 SPs (no "old dudes" here)
11 main set current players
14 main set "old dudes"

It seems to me that 2014 A&G is more former players than current players.  Here are two of the "old dudes" that dominated my purchase:

Token catcher card for my collection:

My favorite insert set:

My favorite non-player insert card I got.  I will probably collect the cat mini insert set, though.

Overall, I will not be purchasing any more 2014 Aged and Grey.  I will trade for my favorite players from this set.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Slow month

I just noticed that I haven't had a blog entry since June 8th.  That tells me it's been a slow TTM month.  That got me to thinking about my 2014 goals.  I better get busy with sending more TTMs out, or I'll never get to my goal of 50!  Hopefully this weekend I can get some letters out.

I will be updating my needs/wants page soon.  I have bought 2014 Bowman and Archives, and I really like the sets, so I'm going to try to collect that whole sets.  I may wait until my summer classes are done to buy a hobby box of each.  Therefore, I'm motivated to finish strong in my classes!  Ha ha!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Kirk Nieuwenhuis

I have gotten a couple of Bowman Platinum cards autographed.  I really like the way they look with a signature on them.  I sent this one out to Kirk Nieuwenhuis of the Mets at the end of April.  Shortly after I sent it, he was shipped to AAA Las Vegas.  I thought it was a lost cause; not so fast my friend! I got this back over the weekend with a postmark from Las Vegas.  Thanks Kirk!!

Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o New York Mets
38 days

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Condition Chrome!

I did another Zistle trade with Rosenort over at Condition Sensitive.  It was a big trade, and I got a lot of good stuff.


Player collections!

Iowa Hawkeye Football Alumni:

I know several months back, I said goodbye to trying to achieve a Mike Trout player collection.  However, I wanted this card because it has him in his uniform from the ASG here in KC.  I'm trying to put together a collection of cards from the ASG in KC.

Iowa Hawkeye baseball Alumni.

Cubs and Royals collection: