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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, July 30, 2022

2022 Topps Series 2...BLAH

Finally found some Series 2 out in the wild at Walmart, however, I am greatly underwhelmed with my blaster box.  I will say this is the first time in ages I have actually gotten Walmart blue cards since 2014!  I am not sure what I'm going to do with the HUGE Acuna helmet card.  That thing is a monster!  

1st pack

2nd pack

3rd pack

4th pack

5th pack

6th pack

7th pack

PC and catcher cards 


These blue cards are sharp!  Wish I could collect the whole set.

This thing is a monster!

My favorite insert set.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Since I don't have the time to trade...

 I've been grappling with reopening my TCDB trades, however, my fear is I will get a ton of offers and then I can't get to everyone, which is what usually happens.  I just don't know how to manage it.  I don't have time to look at it daily, maybe twice a week, so I wonder if I should do it again or not.  I really miss trading; I've been hitting up Sportslots and getting what I need/want instead,  but in the long run, I'd rather trade.  

Speaking of Sportlots, my last two orders have centered around getting cards of PC guys who I've been unable to trade for over the years on TCDB.  Then, following my rules, I fill in with PC guys to maximize my orders for shipping purposes.

This is only a sampling of all the cards I got of the three guys I was chasing:

Terry and Gary Carter were my guys during that time because I was a catcher in little league.

The next coming of the Bash Brothers that never was

Iowa Hawkeye baseball alumni

Some football

Packers are going to love this guy.  Wasn't used like he should have been at Iowa.

The other stuff

State of Iowa baseball alumni

Gosh, I love the minor league cards of the junk wax era

$0.18 Bobby Witt; I'm not a big money collector, so I'll take what I can get.

I would say this may be the first time I've "prospected" but there are literally no other Cubs to collect right now other than Happ and Contreras

Thursday, July 14, 2022

I screwed up my COMC order...

I had some cash in my COMC account, mostly for a rainy day, but I decided I wanted to spend it, so I did, or so I though.  D'oh!  Long story short, when I went to pay, I forgot to use my COMC balance and paid from PayPal.  I guess I still have some money for a rainy day.

I usually put these together in Cubs, Royals, etc., but today I grouped them by purchasing themes.

Cards I'd never have the opportunity to buy if it wasn't for COMC

I really like the Machado with the state in the back

Colors and Chrome - I bought a lot of Chrome this time around and blue parallels because blue is my favorite color!

Gosh, I'd love to try to put together this set

I can't afford to buy a box of sapphire, so I'll get mine off of COMC

Those A&G chrome cards look good, and I couldn't believe I didn't have this Hosmer RC

Inserts - These 4 cards are probably my favorite out of my whole purchase.  I just LOVE theses cards with the "70" logo on them.  They are beautiful in person.



Soon to be Yankee

This is a great looking card!

The rest

Cubs mega collection - I've had issues trying to trade for a card, so I just bought one

Royals mega collection

These will be displayed on my office wall along with the rest of my Iowa Hawkeye football autographs and relics.  Now, I need a Ricky Stanzi auto at a decent price.

Texas A&M baseball alumni