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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.