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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, December 31, 2019

Top 5 TTM's of 2019

I didn't send out as many TTM requests this year, so obviously I didn't get many back.  Although a little lite this year, still got some good stuff back.

5.  Billy McKinney - former Cub prospect

4.  Charles Nagy 

3.  Pat Neshek - I am trying to get a card autographed with every team he's been with; unfortunately, he kept my 2015 Topps Gold with the Astros.  So I still need to get that autographed.

 2.  Jakob Junis - I think he's got some potential.  Let's hope!

1.  Chris Davis - I have quite a few of his Orioles cards, and the Orioles are one of my favorite teams, and I like the way all his cards look!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Top 5 'hits' of 2019

Here are my top 5 'hits' of 2019.  Probably nothing special to most, but I don't buy a lot of high end stuff throughout the year, so these are special to me.

5. Vlad, Jr. - I'm happy to have some of his cards in my collection so I can use them as trade bait.

4.  Daniel Ponce de Leon - I got this out of Gold Label, but when you buy a box, you're guaranteed a hit.  66/75

3.  Luis Urias - I hit this 1/1 out of the GQ hobby box I bought this year!  I think this is my third 1/1 in my collection!

2.  Salvador Perez - I got this out of the Topps Holiday blaster box I bought.  I have really enjoyed the new look of Topps Holiday this year.

1.  Austin Dean - This blue chrome card is beautiful!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Top 5 traded for cards of 2019

Here's my top cards I got via trades this year!

5.  Jose Canseco Topps Fan Favorite - I really like this Fan Favorite cards!  I got this from abebauman.

4.  George Brett SP - I love the Royals power blue uniforms!  I got this card from Godzilla8you.

3.  Kris Bryant National Baseball Day Card - I've never seen this card before, so I like to try to put unique cards in my PCs.  I got this card from itsjustoldcardboard.

2.  GQ Glassworks - Boy, I have never seen these cards in person until I got this in the mail, but they are just as pretty as I thought they would be.  This card was not a part of a trade, but a little surprise included in the trade by laloosh.  

1.  Ryne Sandberg Gold Chrome - I got this beauty from gapporin, who is also from Missouri.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Top 5 cards I've bought in 2019

These are my top cards I've bought and added to my collection this year.

5.  I'll forever be working on the 2012 Topps Update SP All Star cards.  I just love this one, but I need another one because I have PCs of both players.  Bought through COMC.

4.   Cooper Johnson - my favorite college baseball player.  Was at Ole Miss, but drafted this year as a junior and is a catcher in the Tigers organization.  Bought through COMC.

3.  Salvador Perez autograph - bought this at my LCS.  I needed this for the token autograph I need for my Salvy collection.  I decided to buy a Donruss because the way the picture is; you can't really tell they deleted the Royals because his catchers gear covers everything up.

2.  C.J. Beathard - I bought this off of COMC on Black Friday.  This guy is a former Hawkeye, so you know he's one of my favorites!

1.  Mark McGwire 1985 Topps -  The white whale of my youth and adult collecting years.  I bought this at my LCS.  Now, my new white whale is 2010 Pro Debut Mike Trout!  Eek!  I might have to wait another 34 years before I can afford that card!

Monday, December 16, 2019

COMC Black Friday!

It's that time of year, researching and scouring COMC for good deals for my collection.  I actually ordered one on Friday, and another on Sunday!  Here are some of the highlights:

Set needs

Player collection needs - quite a few relics & autos; I'm trying to get one relic and one autograph of every team a player in my collection has been on.

Iowa Hawkeye football alumni

Miguel Rojas

I got a single TTM envelope back last week from Miguel Rojas.

Miguel Rojas
Signed 2/2
Sent c/o Miami Marlins
121 days

Sunday, December 15, 2019

TCDB surpirse!

TCDB member, danaadk, reached out to me about some extra cards he wants to get rid of because he's currently getting rid of duplicates.  I got my envelope the other day, and it was way more than I expected!  And, he's from Lawrence, KS!

A red foil Starlin for my PC
2019 GQ needs - With these cards, I'm so stinking close to putting the whole darn thing together!

Friday, December 13, 2019

It's a COMC time of the year!

I made a purchase prior to Black Friday- Cyber Monday.  Stupid, right?  But I forgot about the sale COMC always has!  It's ok though, I followed all my rules for buying on COMC, so I don't think I made any bad or costly purchases.

Set needs

Cubs & Royals mega collection needs



Player collections

Iowa Hawkeye football alumni

Iowa Hawkeye basketball alumni

Omaha Lancer hockey alumni

Texas A&M baseball alumni

Creighton Blue Jays baseball alumni

Former Iowan in the MLB