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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, December 31, 2016

Top 5 TTM's of 2016...#1

Number 1 of 2016 goes to the longest I think I've ever waited to a request to come back; 2, 053 days!!!!  I sent this card out when Omir was in spring training with the Tigers.  Currently, Omir and his wife own and operate Triple Crown Sport Academy.  Most recently, Omir is with the Indians minor league system.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Top 5 TTM's of 2016...#2

Number 2 of 2016 is Logan Moon, minor league outfielder in the Kansas City Royals organization.  He spent the year at Northwest Arkansas, which is the AA affiliate of the Royals.  Logan is a local player; he is originally from Blue Springs and went to college in Joplin.  Look forward to him moving up through the Royals system, to Omaha and then to Kansas City!!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top 5 TTM's of 2016...#3

Number 3 of 2016 is from one of the few NFL TTM requests I sent out this year.  Eli Manning signed my card quickly and sent it back.  I had bought a pack of Topps Platinum on a whim, and this was one of the cards in the pack.  The Topps Platinum is much like Bowman Platinum; I like the way they both look.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Top 5 TTM's of 2016...#4

Number 4 of 2016 is Marcus Semien.  I will echo the sentiments I stated on the post I made yesterday about Kennys Vargas, I love when spring training starts, and I love sending new cards to players in spring training.  Like Kennys Vargas, I sent these to Marcus during spring training.  The Topps cards is obviously photoshopped, as Marcus spent his first full season in Oakland in 2016.  I also love getting cards without gloss autographed; they are less prep work!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top 5 TTM's of 2016...#5

Number 5 of 2016 is Kennys Vargas.  Kennys was expected to compete for  spot on the Twins roster out of spring training, which is where I sent my cards, however, he started the year in the minors at Rochester, and bounced between Rochester and the Twin Cities a couple of times throughout the year.  Kennys signed 1 of 2 cards for me.  The card he did not sign or send back was a Donruss Studio card. I always get excited when Spring Training starts, and when the new Series 1 of the Topps set comes out.  I try to get some of the "fresh" new cards signed during spring training.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Taylor Ward

A nice surprise in the mailbox today from Taylor Ward.  I sent this out in August after 2016 Bowman came out.  I really liked the design of the card, and he's a catcher.  I sent this to Inland Empire, which is the A-team for the Angels.

Taylor Ward
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Inland Empire 66ers
134 days

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Zistle trade with The_Sandlot

While I was on vacation last week, I got an envelope with some cards from a trade I did before I left. I was able to sent The_Sandlot a lot of Mets cards, and he was able to help me with several needs.

Player collections

Jeff Conine

Oakland A's old guys

Cubs collection

Ole Miss Alumni

Former Cubbies (The Sandberg leather card is great!)

Current Cubbies

Royals (The George Brett is an awesome card!)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Tom Brunansky

I sent this a long time ago, and I had actually written it off.  Tom Brunansky was the hitting coach with the Minnesota Twins when I sent this off, however, he was fired after the 2016 season.

Tom Brunansky
Signed 3/3
Sent c/o Minnesota Twins
587 days

Monday, December 5, 2016

Zistle trade with Wrightfan85

Another small trade via Zistle with Wrightfan85.  I was able to get another Hosmer and another card for the 100 Years at Wrigley collection!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Zistle trade with SWATty67

A little trade before I go on vacation this week.  I was able to get SWATyt67 some Panini Prizm cards, while he hooked me up with a few player collection goodies!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Zistle trade with CardinalSauce

Another trade in the books before Christmas, and CardinalSauce is a new trade partner.  I was able to send him some old cards, while he was able to stock my Cubs, Royals, and player collections with 2016 Archives, Gypsy Queen, and Allen & Ginter.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Zistle trade with TNTCardsStg

Another Zistle trade completed this week with TNTCardsStg.  I was able to hook him up with a variety of things, but I was able to get him several Green Bay Packers, which are one of his favorite teams.  He was able to hook me up with several of my 2016 Opening Day needs.

First, Opening Day needs:

Former Cubbies


Ole Miss Alumni

Panini set I'm trying to complete

Iowa Hawkeyes Alumni

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Zistle trade with jaysfan46

I made a small trade with jayfan46 from Zistle.  I was able to hook him up with some awesome Blue Jay cards, while he was able to help my player collections.


Addison Russell

Greg Holland - He's currently a free agent, but I read that the Royals are considering bringing him back, which I hope they do.  I hope he can do what Luke Hochaver did after coming back after his Tommy John surgery.  By the way, Luke Hochaver is a free agent, and the Royals will probably not bring him back.



Former Royals

Matt Szczur

Monday, November 28, 2016

2016 Topps Holiday Box

I had read on the internet that Topps was doing a "snow flake" design in place of "the cloud" for the holiday season, and that these cards are only at Walmart.  Given the way my Walmart poorly keeps up-to-date cards stocked, I figured they would be sold out.  When I got there, I was pleasantly surprised that they had several boxes available.  I did notice on the box it said there was a relic or autograph in every box.  Here's what I got:



Player collections:

Token catcher card:

Metallic Snowflake cards:

And, last but not least, Yoenis Cespedes.  I think I got all of him (except the autograph) in one box!

Base card
Metallic Snowflake
Relic card