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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 and The Trading Card Database for trading purposes (stevienicks77).

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

One back from Spring Training

Andrew Knapp
Signed 1/2 (didn't return other card)
Sent c/o Philadelphia Phillies ST
102 days

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Mail back from the MLB

Catching up on my MLB TTM envelopes.

Blake Snell
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Tampa Bay Rays
59 days

Hector Santiago
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Minnesota Twins
36 days

Matt Szczur
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Chicago Cubs
30 days

Monday, June 12, 2017

A couple of MiLB TTM's back

 I've been way behind on scanning and sending out TTM requests.  I have had several back from the minor leagues in the last couple of weeks.

Ben Lively
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
35 days

Chris Ellis
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Memphis Redbirds
36 days

Brent Honeywell
Signed 1/2 (didn't return second card)
Sent c/o Montgomery Biscuits
62 days

Friday, May 12, 2017

Just Commons purchase

Not only did I shop at COMC, I also did some shopping at Just Commons.  I wanted to make sure I was getting competitive prices on the cards I purchased, especially because I purchased cards to complete my sets.  I also was able to snag cards for my player collections that I didn't get through COMC.

2010 Topps Pro Debut

2016 Topps Opening Day



Player collections

Iowa Hawkeyes baseball

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

COMC purchase - player collections

I was really excited to get some specific cards for my player collections that I would not normally have the opportunity to trade for.

Royals:  I love the Hosmer Musem and Triple Threads cards.

  Player collections:  I love the old A's uniform from the Topps High Tek set.

Cubs:  My first black A&G card.

This is my very first Desert Storm card from 1991.

Presidential collection:  I still need the Jackie mini from A&G First Ladies insert set.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 30

The last day, day 30.  This challenge was fun, inspiring, reflective and informative.  I'm not sure who came up with the guidelines, but I hope another challenge comes out in the future with different criteria.  The last day is your favorite card in your collection.  I chose this card because it is unique and memorable card in my collection, and it is one of my favorite cards.  The 2012 All Star Game in Kansas City was a big deal.  I knew Topps was giving away cards at their booth if you brought in 5 wrappers.  I stopped at Target prior to heading down to the festivities at Bartle Hall.  I went to the booth, gave them my 5 wrappers, and they asked me what player card do I want.  I didn't hesitate in saying Eric Hosmer.  Who knew a short time later, these Royals were making two World Series appearances and won a World Series trophy.

COMC purchase - the sets

I recently spent some time on COMC and Just Commons to look to see if I could fulfill some set needs.  As I browsed both sites, I couldn't help but want some other things for my collections that are not normally available for trade from my trade partners.  So, I decided to get some set needs and some player collection needs.  Here is what I got for my sets:

2016 Topps - 100 Years at Wrigley Field:  This one will probably take me forever to complete, with multiple Kris Bryant cards in the set, but I'll keep chugging along.

2012 Bowman Platinum:  After this card, I only need a Manny Machado and this set is complete!

2016 Topps Opening Day:  I'm trying to complete the base set and the insert sets.  Hopefully this one will be done sooner rather than later.  I have a feeling the Mascots will be the most difficult insert set to complete.

2015 Topps Pro Debut:  I will probably have to complete this set via COMC and Just Commons.  Not many people have Pro Debut for trade.

2010 Topps Pro Debut:  Still working on this set and inserts.  Again, not many people have Pro Debut for trade, so it's taken me awhile to work on this one.

1993 Upper Deck Then & Now:  One more down, several still to go.

2011 Topps Heritage:  I finally have the base set completed with the Desmond Jennings card!  I still have a bunch of SP cards to go, but I did snag one in my purchase.  I only have one more New Age Performer to go (Pujols), and I completed the News Flashbacks insert set!

2015 Topps Archives:  A couple of insert cards.  These were the last two Presidential Chronicle cards I needed to complete that insert set.

2014 Topps Archives:  A couple down, many more to go.

2010 Bowman Draft:  One of each.  Again, not many people have these cards for trade, so it's taking a lot of time to complete this set.

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 Bowman

When I saw what the 2017 Bowman product would look like, I was not impressed; same old stuff from Bowman.  However, when I opened my blaster box, I was quite impressed with the photos.  They are very sharp, and the design behind the logo doesn't look as bad as I thought.  I saw a blogger post what they received from their blaster box (which was a nice box), and I had very good success, as well.


Prospects base

Chrome Prospects

Unfortunately, not much for my player collections from this blaster.

World Baseball Classic - I'm not sure how I feel about these being in the set.



30 Day Baseball Card Challenge - Day 29

Two days left...day 29.  A favorite card before 1950, whether you own it or not.  This was tough, but I first chose a player, former Iowan Bob Feller.  While researching his cards prior to 1950, I decided to showcase his 1938 Goudy Heads-Up card.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tyson Ross

Tyson Ross was kind enough to sign one of my cards.  I wish he would have chose the other card I sent to sign, though (2016 Topps Chrome).  This is my second success from Mr. Ross.

Tyson Ross
Signed 1/2
Sent c/o Texas Rangers
22 days