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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, October 30, 2013

Joe Wendle

My first return from the Arizona Fall League.  I was surprised to get this one back!  I had done some research, and couldn't find any thing on whether Mr. Wendle signs or not, but this is a great success, and on one of the 2013 Heritage Minors cards I had.  He's in the Indians minor league system.

Joe Wendle
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Surpirse Saguaros
9 days

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mike Stanton

WOW!  I had written these cards off!  Nice return from Mike Stanton yesterday!

Mike Stanton
Signed 3/3
Sent c/o Home address
371 days

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Zistle trade with sorphan10

More goodies from a Zistle trade!

One closer to completing 2011 Heritage:

Also, one closer to completing 2012 Bowman Platinum:

David Wright PC:

I just got this one in a trade, but I'll take another since he's a Creighton alumni:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Does this happen to anyone else?

I have a gift certificate to my local LCS, and I've been waiting for 2013 Topps Update to come out to use it.  However, I saw some hanger boxes the other day, and I decided to buy two of them.  Now, when I pick out boxes, packs, etc., I am superstitious (if that's what you want to call it), and I don't like to pick two that are next to each other.  Bad decision.  There are 72 cards in each box, so I purchased a total of 144 cards.  33 of the cards were duplicates!  Plus, three cards were damaged.  Ugh!  Topps, way to ruin my new product high!  Should I be mad?  Because I am!

Damaged cards:  Left corner on the Puig(!) emerald.  I love the emerald cards.  Right corner on the other two.  The scan doesn't do it justice, but no one should be getting damaged cards out of the pack!  The Puig corner is minimal compared to the other two.

Here are the 33 (!) duplicates.  All are for trade on Zistle or through here, excpet the Cubs, Royals, and the Jaso card (catcher collection).

Monday, October 21, 2013

Zistle trade with shoebox

I recently completed a trade with shoebox over at Zistle.  He was needing some Gyspy Queen's, and I helped him out.  Here is what I got in return:

Another one for my catcher collection:

Two closer to completing 2013 Topps Series 2:

Player collections:


Maybe new player collections or trade bait:


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Zistle trade with Rsgreen55

Another trade I recently completed on Zistle was with Rsgreen55, whom I have traded with before.

Royals player collection:

2012 Royals Team Set:

Player collections:

Creighton baseball collection:

Monday, October 14, 2013

Zistle trade with hiflew

I recently completed another trade with hiflew on Zistle.  I got some great stuff for my collections!

Gary Carter collection:

Another one checked off the 2011 Heritage checklist:

More player collections:

Cubs player collections:

Monday, October 7, 2013

Trip to my LCS, part 3

Final post of my most recent trip to my LCS.  The store has a bin where there are old packs of cards from the 80's, 90's and 00's of baseball, football, and basketball.  I can't resist this bin, because I remember the days of opening some of these packs of cards.  I sometimes get something I can use in my personal collection, but most of the cards go to my Zistle account and are available for trade.

Pack 1 was a pack of 1988 Fleer.  I really didn't get anything special, but I'll post what I thought was neat.  Remember these?

I have never seen this subset before!

Token Royal

Pack 2 was a pack of 1991 Upper Deck.  Again, nothing too special.  Some catchers doing some catcher-type things:

A couple of Cubbies!

Pack 3 was a pack of 1992 Stadium Club Series 1.  Here's Jerald Clark.  Looks like he's trying to kick Gregg Jefferies.

Wally Joyner

I got a total of 3 Lance Parrish cards in these packs, one in each pack.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Trip to my LCS, part 2

Part two of my LCS trip.  I have never bought a pack of the Heritage Minor League Baseball before, but I saw packs for sale, so I decided to try it out.  I do like it better than Bowman, simply because I mostly use minor league cards for TTM autos.  It's much easier to send out a Heritage card that I don't have to prep like I have to prep the Bowman cards.  Here's a sample of what I picked:

Pack 1: A couple of Cubs prospects and a Royals prospect.

Pack 2:  Heritage cover boy Carlos Correa

Huge hit!  Numbered 18/50!  This stuff hardly ever happens to me!

Pack 3:  Nothing special as far as my collecting needs, but some prospects anyway

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Trip to my LCS, part 1

I got off work early the other day, and I decided to make a trip to the local LCS since I was in the area and it was open.  The store recently moved, so I was eager to see the new place.  They did a great job.  The store is bigger, floor plan is more open, and didn't smell so musty!  I always get a good deal (or at least I think so) when I go, so I'll show you what I got.  This will be a three part post.  I spend a total of $20.00 on this trip to my LCS.

Cubs for my collection:

These George Brett's were in the $1.00 bin!  I got home and realized that I already have the 1991 Upper Deck, so that's now on my trade list on Zistle.

Ike Davis PC:

Cubbies PC:

Hosmer PC.  I also bought a duplicate here of the Hosmer/Belt.  I put that for trade on my Zistle page, too.

Royals collection:

Friday, October 4, 2013

2013 Topps Chrome

In the past, I haven't been a fan of Topps Chrome.  I really don't buy the product.  However, I really like the 2013 Topps design this year, and with the teaser photos Topps was posting on Twitter, I decided to buy this year.  I was at Wally World the other day, and saw a 3-fer pack that includes the 3 orange refractors.

Orange refractors:

Pack 1:  Not bad.   A Carlos Santana to add to the catchers collection.  I've been trying to decide if I want to start collecting Paul Goldschmidt cards or not.  If I do, this will be a nice one to add to the collection.

Pack 2:  A couple of rookies and a Cespedes 1972 Topps.  I have also been trying to decided if I want to start collecting Cespedes, as well.

Pack 3:  Winner winner chicken dinner!  A Trout Refractor, and two player collection Royals!  Score!

Overall, I like the cards I bought, and I might buy some more, but I will not try to complete the set.  Good job Topps.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Trade with BucCollector

Another first time trade, this time with BucCollector.  Here's what I got:

For my Joba collection:

Cubbie!  (Bad cropping on my part!)

A couple of mid-80's 'stashes for my 1987 Donruss set: