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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, October 31, 2017

TCDB trade with rl16

I've had the opportunity to complete several trades lately.  Hopefully, next week, I can do several more trades.  rl16 wanted a bunch of Cardinals cards, so I helped out.  Here is what I received in return:

 2017 Topps Insert
 (What a terrible crop job!!)
Player Collections

Iowan in the MLB

Lots of Mark McGwire!

Monday, October 30, 2017

LCS visit, part 2

So, I had the choice of Bowman High Tek, Topps Gold Label, and Topps Triple Threads.  I ended up choosing Topps Gold Label, and mainly because it was the right price and I had never bought a hobby box of Gold Label before.  Every box comes with a framed autograph.  Here's the goodies:

Class 1
Class 2
Class 3
Class 2 card vs. class 3 card

Class 1 black
Class 2 black
Class 1 blue 14/150
Class 2 red 18/50
Legends relic
Red 17/25

Sunday, October 29, 2017

LCS visit, part 1

I had some time to kill this week while waiting to have drinks with my friend who is recovering from surgery.  I just happened to be in the neighborhood of my favorite LCS.  I was really wanting to buy some 2017 Heritage Minors and "an expensive box" of something.  I know the LCS just got Bowman High Tek in, but I wanted to take a look at the other options.  I'll post what I purchased as my "expensive box" tomorrow.  Here's what I got:

The singles:

2017 Topps Heritage Hobby Packs

Pack 1

Pack 2
Pack 3

Saturday, October 28, 2017

AFL mail

I received several small white envelopes this week.  Two are from the Arizona Fall League, and one is from the MLB.

Taylor Sparks spent the year between the Reds' A and AA clubs, Dayton and Pensacola.  He is currently playing more ball with the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Taylor Sparks
Signed 1/1
Sent c/o Scottsdale Scorpions
10 days

Logan Shore is in the A's minor league system.  He spent the year at Stockton.

Logan Shore
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Mesa Solar Sox
11 days

Finally, one back from a late season request for Mallex Smith.  He bounced back and forth from Tampa Bay to Durham this year.  He has quite an interesting signature!

Mallex Smith
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Tampa Bay Rays
33 days

Friday, October 27, 2017

2017 Topps Update

I told myself I wasn't going to do it...I'm running out of room for common cards...I don't like the 2017 design...There wouldn't be anything in the Update set I would be interested in.  Well, I didn't listen to myself, and bought a blaster box at Target.  I think this was the best blaster box I had gotten in a long time!

The Packs

pack 1

pack 2

pack 3

pack 4

pack 5

pack 6

pack 7

pack 8

pack 9

pack 10


Gold and Foil




Ole Miss baseball alumni

All Star Game and Home Run Derby

I don't like these All Star cards.  They really can't find a photo with these players IN the uniforms?
A couple of numbered cards in the box

Short prints