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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).

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Trade with seal006

I just completed a trade with seal006.  I sent him a couple of duplicate 2014 Topps, and he sent me back this sweet Manny Machado.  I hope he starts playing soon; I drafted him late hoping he'll be playing sooner rather than later!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Erik Hanson

The second PWE I got on Saturday had mail back from Erik Hanson.  I wanted to make sure I sent cards with both Mariner's uniforms on the cards.

Erik Hanson
Signed 3/3
Sent c/o Home address
130 days

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Bob Melvin

Got a few PWE's back yesterday.  I was so excited because they are few and far between these days.  School and interviewing for jobs has left me little time to do TTM and trading.  I'm falling behind on my goal of 50 TTMs this year.

This was one I sent out last summer, to A's manger Bob Melvin.  Another Orioles card to add to the collection!

Bob Melvin
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Oakland A's
328 days

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Multiple mail day, but not in a good way

I got three PWE over the last weekend.  It's been a while since that has happened.  Unfortunately, only one of them was signed.  We'll start with that one.

Bryan Shaw
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Cleveland Indians
314 days

The other two envelopes were my cards back, but no autograph.  The first one was a return to sender. I sent this to Matt Carson on the day he got called up to the Indians last year.  He's with the Clippers to start out the year this year, but still got the RTS back.

Matt Carson
Signed 0/1
Sent c/o Columbus Clippers
227 days

The second PWE was from Detroit.  I got my small envelope back, so I thought it was a TTM.  However, it was just my card, unsigned.  At least they could have put a RTS on it; would've saved me a stamp, like the Clippers did.

Octavio Dotel
Signed 0/1
Sent c/o Detroit Tiger
Over 650 days

Friday, April 18, 2014

Zistle trade with Mandyjorose

Another first time Zistle trade partner.  I have quite a few cards that she needs for her player collections, so I'm sure we'll do another trade in the future!

Player collections!

I have decided to collect the sub-sets to 2011 Heritage, so I am two cards closer!

Ole Miss baseball Alumni!  I hope to get a Kessinger Cubs card someday!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wesley Walker, part 2

So a few weeks ago, I received an envelope in the mail.  The return address was barely legible.  I couldn't tell who it was from, and I wasn't expecting anything.  I opened it up, and this was the content of the envelope:

Pretty cool!  I had previously gotten a response from Mr. Walker back in March (see here).  I still didn't get my cards back, but now I have a photo to add to my collection.  Someday (!), we are going to put a small bar in our man cave, and I'm going to use all the photos, small cards, etc. that player send me in the design of it.  This will fit right in.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Zistle trade with dkrill

First time trade with dkrill through Zistle.  He was generous enough to sub out several Ryne Sandberg cards I needed for a couple of David Wrights that went missing.  He also hooked me up with several PC 2014 Heritage needs.  Thanks!




Here's those Sandberg cards I was talking about!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Craig Breslow

Well, this is one I thought was long gone.  I got this back on my birthday last week.  Breslow is currently with the Red Sox.

Craig Breslow
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Boston Red Sox
314 days

Monday, April 14, 2014

Another Zistle trade with hpennington22

It seems like hpennington22 and I do a Zistle trade about every other month!  Here's my goodies!

D'oh!  I had traded away this card on accident!  So, I had to get one back to complete my 2013 Topps Update set, again!

Player Collections.  I love those emerald cards!

One more down for my 2010 Bowman Chrome collection!

Another D'oh!  I traded away my player collection Castro, so I had to trade to get one back!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Darwin Barney

Return from Cubs Spring Training!!  Darwin Barney was nice enough to send me back my Heritage card.  Even though he's a Gold Glove winner, he's been criticized for his lack of offense.  I really like Barney as a player, and I hope he picks it up!  With Emilio Bonifacio tearing up the ball, it's putting pressure on Barney.  I bet the Royals are wishing right now they would have kept Bonifacio!

Darwin Barney
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Cubs ST
47 days

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Another Zistle trade with buckstorecards

This is a trade we completed awhile ago, but life and school has kept me from blogging, sending out TTMs, and trading.  Any who, we completed this trade awhile ago, and I got some goodies!

Iowa Hawkeye Nick Bell, former Raider

For my Royals collection:

Former Iowa Hawkeye basketball players:


Former River City Lancers (USHL):

Player collections:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Brendan Harris

Brendan Harris is a former Cubbie who I wanted to add to my TTM collection.  I unfortunately don't have a Harris Cubs card, but this Twins card will do.  He was in Spring Training with the Dodgers, but is now with their AAA team, Albuquerque Isotopes.  

Brendan Harris
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Dodgers ST
35 days