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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).

Sunday, January 20, 2019

2018 Panini Elite Extra Edition

I saw a blaster box of 2018 Panini Elite Extra Edition at my local Walmart recently.  It was a "new" product, and by new I mean something different than Topps products and Donruss.  The debate for me was do I buy a $20 box of cards and only get 5 cards in it?  I decided to pull the trigger, and I'm glad I did.  I would buy this again if it is at the store,  but I wouldn't be buying it like crazy, though.  Although I love the design and players in their college uniforms, the price tag is high.  Here's what I got.

Base card

Base set

Autograph, purple; and it's a Royals prospect!

Triple material, silver

Die-cut, red

Friday, January 18, 2019

TCDB trade with AirPete

Again, another small TCDB trade.  It's easier for me to do a combo of small and big trades right now. Anyway, lots of good stuff here, especially for my Iowa Hawkeye basketball collection!

Player collections

Catcher binder

Sending these out for a TTM request

Iowa Hawkeye basketball alumni

Thursday, January 17, 2019

TCDB trade with OraInPA

Another new trading partner on TCDB.  Again, a small trade, but this one was full of goodies!

2017 Topps Insert set need

Cubby player collection needs

A nice looking autographed card of Hal McRae

OraInPA was nice enough to throw in this card!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

TCDB trade with FiresNBeers

A fairly new member to the TCDB site, FiresNBeers.  We did a small trade, but again, I got some items that will help me achieve my collecting goals slowly, but surely.

2017 Topps Insert sets

Cubs player collections

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Another TCDB trade with bravefan1

A huge trade with bravefan1.  I got quite a bit of stuff for my player collections, while I was happy to give a Braves fan a whole bunch of Braves cards!

Player collection needs


Cubs mega collection needs

Royals mega collection need - He didn't have a Royals card issues (that I can find), so this will have to do.  It qualifies because he played with the Royals in 2017 and the card has the Royals stat line.

The grand finale - an autographed card and two oversized base toppers:

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mail Day!!!

I recently sent out some TTM requests to players home addresses.  I send out 5 and got 4 back already!

This is an exciting return!  I have quite a few of his cards, and it was hard to choose what to send for a TTM request!  He didn't have a great season last year, but here's to hoping he has a turn around year in 2019!!

Chris Davis
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Home address
15 days

Jeff Jackson is a former 1st round draft pick of the Phillies.  He spend his career in the minors, never making a major league roster.  I loved these 1990 Score cards!

Jeff Jackson
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Home address
14 days

This last one is a nice addition to my Cubs TTM collection.  Manny won 2 World Series rings; one with Oakland and one with the Phillies.  He was with the Cubs on two different occasions during his career, totally 7 years with the team.

Manny Trillo
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Home address
13 days

Sunday, January 13, 2019

TCDB trade with SeaKing

Another small PWE trade with SeaKing.  I sought out SeaKing because he had the Bregman card available, and now I only need one more to complete the insert set!  Again, it feels good to get near and complete sets and collections!  In 2019, I plan on making a huge push towards getting this stuff completed!  A lot of my mega collections are depending on certain teams and players, so I really want to get caught up!

Set needs

Iowan in the MLB

Saturday, January 12, 2019

TCDB trade with Noy

Noy hooked me up with cards that fit darn near all my needs in my collections!  Noy was also nice enough to include some extra cards, including quite a few for my Iowans in the MLB collection!

Iowans in the MLB

More extra cards for my catcher and player collections!

Token player collection card

Finally...I'm trying to complete my Royals and Cubs mega collections with every player since 1987 in a Royals or Cubs uniform to play for the teams.  However, not all players have a card issues in the teams uniform.  I've decided to place a card of the year they played for the team, and it has the team on the stat line on the back.  This one is of Juan Berenguer, and he played part of the year for the Royals in 1981.  He also played in 1992, but I decided on adding this card.

2017 Topps Insert set needs