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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).

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Vintage Stock

We recently stopped by a Vintage Stock store.  I was actually looking for some old CDs, but I didn't find what I was looking for.  However, they do sell some cards, and I found a few packs that are new to me.

I bought some 2014 Donruss, and I like them.  I usually am very hesitant to buy cards that don't have logos on them, but I really like these Donruss cards.  I bought two packs, and pulled a jersey card and an autographed card.  Bonus for me, the autographed card is a Cubbie!  I think it's pretty sweet that I pulled a jersey and an autographed card in two packs.  I love the Rated Rookies, and the insert sets are pretty cool, too!  Here are a few of my hits!

Player collections:

Jersey card:

Autographed card:

Rated Rookie:

Insert set:

Token catcher card:

Next, I bought a pack of 2013 Topps Finest.  I didn't really get anything that great.  They are all available for trade.  The Beltre is a Refractor.

Finally, I bought a pack on 2011 Heritage Minors.  Since I love the look of 2011 Heritage, I wanted to buy a pack.  I didn't get anything too exciting as far as players, but I did score a Red card.  That is my first one!

Friday, March 21, 2014

COMC purchase

I am really trying to complete some of my sets this year, as I have stated before.  I couldn't find any trade partners on Zistle who had what I needed, so I decided to check out COMC.  I was able to finish  three sets, and pick up cards to get me closer to completing two more sets.  Here are some of the goodies I got!

1 more to go on 2013 Update!  I accidentally traded away a card, so I'm one short...D'oh!

2010 Bowman Draft Chrome Main Set COMPLETED!

2012 Bowman Platinum Main Set COMPLETED!

2011 Heritage...still working on it!

Ryne Sanberg card for the PC!

2010 Bowman Draft Main Set COMPLETED!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Zistle trade with olerud363

A big trade back last weekend with olerud363.  He reached out to me first, which I'm glad he did because I had been wanting to propose a trade with him for a while.  He hooked me up with several cards for my Cubs and Royals collection, as well as some cards for my player collections.

 Player collections:

Cubs collection:

Royals collection:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Zistle trade with SDre31

This is my second trade with SDre31 off of Zistle.  I've been so darn busy with school lately, that it took a while for this trade to happen.  I'm glad he stuck it out with me!

Royals for my collection:

A  good looking Upper Deck First Edition for my Alex Gordon collection:

Ole Miss baseball Alumni:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mike Kingery

Mail back last week from Mike Kingery, former Royal.  Unfortunately, I didn't have any Royals cards for him to sign, but did get a Rockies card signed.  His 1987 Royals card was one of the first cards I ever had.

Mike Kingery
Signed 4/4
Sent c/o Home address
80 days

Monday, March 17, 2014

Terry Pendleton

Another great return last week, this one from Terry Pendleton.  I had a heck of a time deciding what cards to send for him to autograph.  I decided on one Braves card and one Cardinals.  He played so well for both teams, earning an MVP with the Braves in 1991.

Terry Pendleton
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Atlanta Braves
285 days

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Jon Rauch

Jon Rauch is currently pitching with the Royals as a NRI.  He graciously sent me mail back from Spring Training.  I wish him all the best in his chances of making the Royals roster.

Jon Rauch
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Royals ST
20 days

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Finally! Spring Training mail back!

This year, I decided to send out less mail to Spring Training than compared to previous years.  I had been reading on several blogs that others were starting to have Spring Training successes this year.  I was starting to get worried that I wasn't going to get anything back.  Finally, yesterday, I got two back.  This first one was a gamble, and I'm glad to have it back!

Wilin Rosario
Signed 1/1
Sent Rockies ST
22 days

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wesley Walker

I received mail back this week from Wesley Walker.  He played for the New York J-E-T-S his whole career and was selected to two Pro Bowls.  I had written this one off since I had sent it in 2011.  He didn't return my cards, but there was a signed piece of paper instead.  I'm kinda bummed that I didn't get my cards autographed.  I liked the old Jets green helmets.

Wesley Walker
Signed 0/2 (sent signed paper)
Sent c/o Home address
686 days

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Another LCS trip

I'm really getting  serious about completing some of my collecting goals this year.  So, to accomplish that, I needed another trip to my LCS.  I raided his 2010 Bowman Draft and Bowman Chrome Draft.  I *almost* completed the main sets of each, but still have some work to do on the prospects.  I have updated my needs list.

Here are a few that I got to help myself get closer to completing my sets.  Plus, I snagged doubles for players in my PC.

Cubbies:  As I was browsing the many boxes of Bowman at the LCS, I came across these for my Cubs binder.  Plus, the Sean Gallagher goes in my Cubs collection.

Royals:  Same thing here.  Snagged these while scanning a few big boxes.

Finally, a few for the PCs.  The Ike Davis is a purple refractor, but the scan sort of makes it look blue.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Another Zistle trade

Since I have gone back to school, it has really limited my time doing TTM and buying cards.  I haven't completed many trades, either, but hpennington22 helped me out recently.

Royals:  I really have a soft spot for those 2013 Topps Emerald cards.  Plus, I got a Rico Rossy to add to my Royals collection.

Player collections:

Cubbies:  I think I'm warming up to the 2014 Topps red parallel cards.  I think it looks especially good with the Cubs players.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Bill Spiers

This is my first 2014 return, now only 49 more to go!  It's March 1, and I set a goal of 50.  I think I may have aimed too high, but we'll see.  I sent out 10 to Spring Training.  I usually send more, but this year I decided to cut back because my Spring Training percentage has not been good in the past, and since I started school again, it's really been cutting into my hobby time.  Bummer, but I'll live.

Bill Spiers is a former first round draft pick of the Brewers.  He ended up playing for a total of three teams during his career.

Bill Spiers
Signed 3/3
Sent c/o Home address
39 days

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Billy Ray Smith

Another NFL player back...seems like I've had a lot of the lately.  I had actually written this one off because it had been well over a year.  He played his entire career with the Chargers.  Thanks for the mail back!

Billy Ray Smith
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Home address
645 days

He also included this on the back of the envelope.