Saturday, April 29, 2017

Thome Trade

I recently traded with Oscar at Stealing Home who runs the blog http://alltradebait.blogspot.com/ .  I sent him some Dodgers cards and received this Jim Thome Game Used Helmet card and some Thome and Vizquel bonus cards. This is my first helmet card. Oscar is a great trader and exhibits an extra care for where his cards go and who he trades with that I commend him for. I hope to pick up some more trade bait for him soon!

Intragalactic: a Spaceman return! Bill Lee

I received a much anticipated TTM return from Bill Lee. If any of you "youths" (said in an ostentatious old man voice) don't know about Bill Lee look him up. There is plenty of videos and interviews that will make him an all time favorite. Awesome Dude.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Winner of #TotallyDistortedTuesday


The twitter handle @MLBPAClubhouse puts on a contest every Tuesday called #TotallyDistortedTuesday in which they distort a picture of a baseball card and fans have the chance to guess the player and win prizes. It is a lot of fun especially if you don't cheat and look at other's retweets. I was fortunate enough two weeks ago to win by guessing Stephen Strasburg and promptly received a retail box of 2017 Topps Opening Day. Pretty awesome way to cure the itch of needing to mess with cards as I have no money for cards right now. I didn't get any hits out of the box but I was able to pull all the 2017 Rookies I have been looking for. Opening a full box is always exciting!
I have been out of town for a while so I have a lot of posts to catch up on including TTM returns and completed trades that I am excited about so stay tuned!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tigers Return

Tyler Collins has come a long way from the call up that gave all the fans the bird a while ago. I love the guy's lefty pop and when he turns on a pitch he can leave the park in a hurry. The auto on this card fits perfectly and looks awesome. I sent to a TON of Tigers players past, present and farm club and its crazy to me I have only had 2 come back so far. Its always strange to me which cards come back signed, which ones come back RTS or not at all and which ones come back like the Yu Darvish I sent out and now Elvis Andrus too:

I received another preprinted card from Andrus like I did years ago. This may be a Texas thing, I don't know. I saw somebody on Instagram got one from Lucroy and that makes 3 Rangers that send these out. I sent to Spring Training and have always wanted an Andrus return but will have to continue waiting.

Failure:
I got a RTS from the Brewers spring training for Joba Chamberlain on a card I sent. I know it reached Spring Training while he was there and I had also sent him a very special ball that he handed me years ago that I pray is in his possession and will be returned, signed or not. We'll see I guess. I will always be a huge fan of Joba and really hope this isn't the end of his career.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Incoming Tigers

I picked up some beautiful cards on the cheap recently. Can't wait to get the Allen and Ginter X McCann signed in silver to go with my Buck Farmer one. I saw the Tigers have some upcoming public signings in Detroit but the prices seem kind of steep for me. Pudge is pulling $100 a signature! I can pick up a Pudge signed card on Ebay for $20. Jack Morris is $50 a signature, you'll know why that is crazy from a previous post. I may go to the Nick Castellanos and the Michael Fulmer signings as I have 5X7's I want signed. I still need to pick something to get signed at the upcoming JD Martinez one. Meanwhile, the Tigers are hot and aren't even close to firing on all cylinders.

Friday, April 7, 2017

---NEW TRADE BAIT POST---


Rolen is 25/25 pretty sweet.

Jagr card has puck mark on jersey swatch.

Vida Blue is in a Topps Case so doesn't scan well. Davies is /250 and Stroman is missing Black plate.

SUPER Trade!

I'm really getting into this online trading thing. I am running low on trade bait so I need to do something to build up some product. I recently completed a trade with The Daily Dimwit a blogger I follow who has a magic touch and pulls amazing cards. Check out his blog for sure. He sent me some great cards and awesome bonuses for some Houston Astros cards. Here are the highlights I am super excited about:

Love this McCann /25! The Bondo was a bonus card. Some bonus!

Better pic of that Viquel gem!
I'm listening to Opening Day right now on the radio. Had tickets but my buddy's daughter is sick. If he doesn't go, I don't go. He's that kind of friend. We'll make it up very soon. Go Tigers!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Adam Wainwright is amazing!


I have been a HUGE Adam Wainwright fan since his stint on Drury Outdoors Dream Season Celebrity. I have to support my fellow outdoorsmen and I implore you to research the good things this guy does off the field. He's the real deal and this is one of my favorite cards of all time now. I may carry it in my bow case this year for some luck.

I also received a pre-printed card from Yu Darvish. I didn't know what to expect from him but appreciate any return thats not a Return To Sender.

Incoming gems. Online trades and a card show.


Above is a small sampling of cards I traded for and purchased at the last card show. Below is an interesting Bill Freehan card I guess you would call it. I thought it would fit in nicely with the 5X7's I'm collecting.



Next, I completed a trade with a gentleman who had bought a number of Pirates cards from me on Ebay. I gave up on Ebay as the fees and difficult customers pissed me off too bad. But this dude named Nathan was a good customer so I offered to send him a package of Pittsburgh stuff if in return he would send me some Tiger stuff. The guy sent me an amazing package that I fear was way better than what I sent him. Now, he received my package first before he sent me one so its probably just my "homer" tiger fan thinking. Anyway, below is a small sample of some of the treasures from what he sent me.


This trade was so much fun I already have another one set up with another guy. This one was 100% mystery as we didn't tell each other what was coming. My next trade is all spelled out but I am sending bonus cards and I am pretty sure he is too. I'll post what I get...

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Starling Marte Return

Starling Marte returned an amazing piece of art. This card is gorgeous and Marte is poised to have a breakout season and become a superstar.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

THE JACK MORRIS - '78 Tiger RC Project


WARNING: This may be the longest blog post I've ever done. Things got crazy today in the ghetto. A few days ago while checking my Crave the Auto app on my phone I saw Jack Morris listed as doing a meet and greet at a Walmart kind of near me. I poked around on the internet like crazy to verify the posting but could find nothing. I needed my '78 Morris RC signed for my goal of completing my Whitaker/Trammell/Parrish/Morris '78 Tiger Rookie Card signatures set that I am hoping to finish this year. I now need Trammell and Parrish and I am done. I had been planning on heading to the West side of the state for a minor league game that he was supposed to be signing at in May. When this popped up I started freaking out over the excitement of getting the card signed and locally at that. I also had my reservations as the ad said nothing about what he was signing and I couldn't verify if it was just a April Fool's prank too. Long story kind of short, I got a bunch of Morris stuff together and decided to commit to going to this event no matter what. When I showed up at the Walmart there was about 40 people in front of me in line. The Walmart employees couldn't answer any questions about what he was signing or how many items or anything. The event was publicized poorly and the information given to the people involved was worse it seemed.
Jack showed up 30 minutes before he was even supposed to and started signing right away. I have heard many negative things about the man and his personality toward anybody, especially autograph seekers but I have to say today my experience was different. He was very pleasant, funny, and tried to entertain everyone. The line moved way too fast and I looped around a number of times and got countless items signed. He was amazing the whole time I cannot and will not listen to negative stories about the guy. He kicked butt today! I had a few short, humorous exchanges with him including some fishing pictures and an April Fool's story about his son that was great. This day totally made up for Tigerfest sucking. (Tigerfest UPDATE: Neither of the 2 guys I got signatures from are on the opening day roster and only one is barely on the 40 man now and the other, though a great guy, is unemployed.) While I was in line I met a guy who told me about a card show about a mile away that I headed to after getting too many signatures.
Now, I do feel bad making the guy sign a ton of cards for me BUT I do not sell TTM or in person autos and I have a great uncle, a nephew, a brother, and a son who would totally love to have some Morris ink and the dude got paid and there was no line or people who didn't get anything. So, I think I am alright this time. At the show I was looking for any unique Jack Morris stuff in case I could find something in time to have him sign it. I found another of the '78 rookie cards in better condition than mine for $3. I bought it and went back to Walmart just in time to be the last signature of the day for him. I returned to the card show and overheard a guy frustrated that he didn't know about the signing. I proceeded to trade him the card I had bought for $3 for a handful of Tigers cards. I spent the rest of my day wheeling and dealing and had a great time at the first card show I have been to in years. I will do a separate post on Trade Bait I picked up, the personal collection stuff I found, and what I pulled from a few packs I opened. Here (above) is the rest of my Morris pull minus the other Rookie I traded away. I also got one of the Donruss Jumbo 8X10 free pictures from the event signed.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Steven Moya Return!

The Tigers released Steven Moya due to not having a direct spot for him on the 25 man roster and he was out of options. Luckily, he found his way through waivers unscathed and is back with the organization playing in Toledo. I hope he finds his swing there. He is a giant man with all the potential in the world. I love to see him knock the ball around. I sent him two different letters with two different items to spring training and he sent both back signed for me.
Allen and Ginter are always perfect for a sharpie and this is my 2nd Detroit Tiger 5x7 Signed and 3rd overall. I love collecting these jumbos.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017 Detroit Tigers Predictions

Here are some predictions and hopes I have for the 2017 Detroit Tigers:

Team: 94 Wins
(UNLESS: 1. Cabrera, Verlander, Fulmer miss over 40 games collectively for any reason and 2. the greatest factor; Zimmermann starts less than 16 games and wins less than 68% of them)

Miguel Cabrera- Batting Average > .360 and 35 homeruns but loses out on MVP to an up and comer non 2016 all star player nobody saw coming.

James McCann- Break out season. Voted an all star starter and gold glover. 25 Homeruns

Justin Verlander- 19 Wins, ERA < 2.60 but not the Cy Young winner

JaCoby Jones- .268 average, 18 homeruns, 22 steals, AL rookie of the year


Pitchers' wins:
Boyd - 13
Norris - 14
Fulmer - 18
Sanchez -8
Zimmermann - 16 

Notable Players' Homeruns:
JD Martinez - 31
Victor Martinez - 15
Justin Upton - 28
Nick Castellanos - 35 Homeruns!
Kinsler - 22 with a .325 average
Collins - 18

Most starts in Center: Andrew Romine

Again, these are my very hopeful, somewhat lofty predictions for the season. Nothing seems too crazy or out of reach but you never know what the injury bug will do.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Box Breaks and Classic Cards

INSTANT CLASSICS

I love, love, love these heritage '68 Topps card game remake cards. They look terrific. I've only pulled the three above but talk about some good pulls. I am contemplating sending the Renfroe for a TTM signature. The Kaline I got for a steal off eBay. Its an original 1968 card and you can see they were a little smaller.

 

BOX BREAKS

I am so broke its ridiculous but I have the craving to get into box breaks. I won a spot in a Bowman one on facebook when their 2016 set came out and got decent cards. That hooked me though in the "first one is always free" crack dealer sort of way. I found a .99 Detroit Tiger team break available on eBay from a guy who had good feedback and thought what the heck. It was for 2015 Diamond Kings and if I added 2.67 he would send me my commons. I thought that was a good deal as the cards look great and hold ink well and I am chasing a James McCann Relic/Auto for my PC so I added the facebook group and watched the break and didn't get any actual hits. Long story kinda short; he forgot to send me the commons so I messaged him. The guy's name is Clint and he is a great guy. He was very apologetic and offered to send me some Tiger commons from some other breaks that nobody wanted. I was very grateful for that and offered to up the shipping but he said just enjoy the group and jump in on some more breaks in the future. My package came from him a couple weeks later loaded with cards!
He even tossed in the Upton jersey card. There were hundreds of cards, many of which will be sent out and brought to games hoping for some ink. I HIGHLY recommend joining the facebook group DUDE Sports Displays and Breaks Group. Check it out for a while, watch some breaks and then join in. Its a great group and from what I have noticed its hard to find a break leader who is trustworthy but this Clint guy is top notch! Check out his eBay offerings too at Clintob2000.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Flash Back Pack 1988 Score

I opened a pack of 1988 Score and got some nice surprises. Pretty sweet Tom Glavine RC. I didn't expect anything good as I couldn't think of any good cards from this set. I got lucky.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Flash Back Pack 1989 Topps

I opened a pack of 1989 Topps last night and got these gems. Pretty good pack! I'm probably going to save the Ryn-O for a TTM auto. I've sent recently TTM auto requests to:


SENT 3/11/17
1.    Tyler Glasnow Pirates

SENT 3/14/17
1.    JaCoby Jones Tigers
2.    Andrew Miller Indians
3.    Orlando Arcia Brewers
4.    Ross Detwiler A's
5.    Jose Iglesias Tigers
6.    Chris Davis Orioles

SENT 3/22/17
1.    Mark McGwire Padres
2.    Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
3.    Jhonny Peralta Cardinals

SENT 3/23/17
1.    Joe Musgrove Astros
2.    Ian Kinsler Tigers
3.    JaCoby Jones Tigers
4.    Marcus Stroman Blue Jays

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Flash Back Pack 1988 Topps

I've had some old packs of cards sitting around and last night I got bored and decided to open one. A pristine pack of 1988 Topps. The gum wasn't the greatest but the cards are gorgeous and have that feel that cards lack nowadays. Here are the highlights.
If I was a Cincinnati collector I would have been ecstatic. The Kirby and Larkin cards are terrific nonetheless.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Super Return!

I finally made it up to my return address to pick up any new returns and found only one. Which is crazy when I see all these other guys getting multiple return days and I check after 2 weeks and only a single one. I hope I can trust my mail carrier... At least there were no RTS's I guess thats a good sign.

My returned card today is a huge one that equals 20 decent ones in my eyes. "Mr. Tiger" Al Kaline on a Gypsy Queen card. It got a little beat up from the back and forth but is a perfect, magnificent, gem masterpiece to me. I don't think there is any Tiger as important to a collection than Kaline, Cobb comes close. I am so glad I finally have a Kaline auto. Definitely need to do something special to display it.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

REJECTION #1

Well as expected with choosing such big names to send to I got a rejection from Rick Nash for the first reject return. I also received my Freddie Freeman RTS but sent it knowing 99% of Braves spring training mail gets returned. I probably have a load to pick up at my delivery address and won't be able to get them until this weekend. I'm hoping for a good thick stack of fresh ink returns. I've also sent out a some more:

SENT 3/6/17
1.    Wily Mo Pena Indians
2.    Anibal Sanchez Tigers
3.    Josh Hamilton Rangers Salty Dual Card I posted earlier
4.    David Price Red Sox
5.    Joba Chamberlain Brewers
6.    Jacob Turner Nationals
7.    David Wright Mets

I'm probably bugging Joba by now but the guy is so cool I just needed another item hopefully signed. I've also ventured out to see what other people have been doing for baseball card related blogs. There have been one or two I follow but I never really dug around for any good ones. I found this very useful site: http://bdj610scblogroll.blogspot.com/ which led me one way or antoher to: http://www.thedailydimwit.com/
a fellow cardboard addict and Nolan Ryan enthusiast who's blog is uniquely humorous making it much more entertaining than most. I share the same sense of humor so that makes it all the better. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dunk You Very Much!

DC Sports has a few different locations here in Michigan and almost always has at least one signing going on or coming up. They had Detroit Pistons Reggie Jackson signing at their last one. Just like the Michael Fulmer signing, I couldn't attend but was able to submit a 5X7 card and had them send it to me after the event. I love these jumbo cards! I was holding my breath waiting to see if Reggie would be a Piston after the trade deadline. So glad we kept him.
Looks like a standard but this is a 5X7 and its AMAZING!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Like a Boomerang; Here They Come!


Here's the thing with the dates on my TTM's, I have them being sent to my parents house. I will not be living at this address much longer and don't want to miss out on a bunch of sends like I have before from moving. So, I do not have accurate (to the day) arrivals for anything I get back. I go pick them up when I can. Therefore, unlike other sites I won't post dates and lengths of returns.

This week I got my first couple of returns. First is an awesome card I have had forever of Wade Boggs. I have been a HUGE fan of Boggs since I can remember. I absolutely love this card. It is definitely one of my top 3 of my collection! He is so great for signing TTM's! Someday maybe I'll get to shake his hand.

How iconic is this card?

Next, I got a return from my favorite catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. I wish he was still a Tiger but I got him to sign a Tiger card anyway. Its too bad I never got to see him play in Detroit while he was here. I hope he works his way back to being a starter soon.

The signature over the printed signature looks so awesome!

Third early return is from Ned Yost. I watched a interview with him from an all star game he managed that blew me away. The depth of which he analyzes things before making decisions and his compassion for players that aren't even his own is amazing. Truly should be considered baseball royalty. I sent two cards as I do once in a while with a note saying to please send one back and give the other to a kid but I don't think most people I send to have time to even read my letter. So, I have both now. I feel that selling TTM autos is terribly bad taste and disrespectful so I will probably hang on to the extra and give it away to somebody at some point who would cherish it like I will the other.


While waiting for more returns I've sent out a few more:
JK Simmons (actor)
Aubrey Plaza (actress)
Steven Moya Detroit Tigers 5X7 Card
Mike Pelfrey Detroit Tigers
Bill "Spaceman" Lee former Red Sox Pitcher

Friday, February 24, 2017

Damn

Man, looking back at all I sent out I lost out on either some sweet auto's or at least getting my cards back. I moved from that previous address and well over 40 of the cards I sent out never came back. Oh well. Somebody out there got a sweet surprise.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 Spring Training TTM Hopefuls

Here is my sent list so far this year. I've attacked spring training hard. A LOT of these are long shots and two of them I sent with a "donation." I sent a ball to Joba Chamberlain that he handed to me at old Yankee Stadium in it's last year. Its been 20 days and nothing yet. Not even RTS so that's a good sign. I'm excited to see who breaks the ice and returns first. I think its funny when you see who people send to and wonder why the hell they choose the people they do. I know I have some head-scratchers. I will try to explain the connections as they come back.


SENT 02/01/2017
1.    Wade Boggs Baseball HOFer $
2.    Dean Cain Celebrity Baseball Card
3.    Jaromir Jagr Hockey Panthers
4.    Andre Drummond Basketball Pistons
5.    Tim Hardaway Basketball Pistons

SENT 02/12/2017
1.    Rick Nash Hockey New York Rangers

SENT 02/14/2017
1.    Shane Greene Tigers
2.    James McCann Tigers
3.    Adam Wainwright Cardinals
4.    Lloyd McClendon Tigers
5.    Grayson Greiner Tigers
6.    Steven Moya Tigers
7.    Brad Ausmus Tigers
8.    Victor Martinez Tigers
9.    Justin Verlander Tigers
10.    Tyler Collins Tigers
11.    Nick Castellanos Tigers
12.    Daniel Norris Tigers
13.    JaCoby Jones Tigers
14.    Matt Boyd Tigers
15.    Omar Vizquel Tigers
16.    Miguel Cabrera Tigers
17.    Kris Bryant Cubs
18.    Charlie Blackmon Rockies
19.    Ned Yost Royals
20.    Ian Kinsler Tigers
21.    Edwin Jackson Padres
22.    Justin Upton Tigers
23.    Jordan Zimmermann Tigers
24.    Dusty Baker Nationals
25.    JD Martinez Tigers
26.    Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
27.    Cameron Maybin Angels
28.    Jon Lester Cubs
29.    Mark Trumbo Orioles
30.    Kyle Ryan Tigers
31.    Ichiro Suzuki Marlins
32.    Austin Jackson Indians
33.    Evan Longoria Rays
34.    Fransisco Liriano Blue Jays
35.    Rajai Davis A's
36.    Billy Butler Yankees
37.    Jake McGee Rockies
38.    Omar Infante Tigers
39.    Mike Gerber Tigers
40.    Logan Kensing Tigers
41.    Josh Hamilton Rangers
42.    Alex Avila Tigers
43.    Curtis Granderson Mets
44.    Jarrod Saltalamacchia Blue Jays
45.    Rick Porcello Red Sox
46.    Joe Mauer Twins
47.    Miguel Sano Twins
48.    Joba Chamberlain Brewers BALL

SENT 2/15/17
1.    Edward Mujica Tigers
2.    Angel Nesbitt Tigers
3.    Jeremy Hellickson Phillies
4.    Sonny Gray Athletics
5.    Yu Darvish Rangers
6.    Drew Pomeranz Red Sox
7.    Matt Moore Giants
8.    Zack Greinke Diamondbacks
9.    Jose Berrios Twins
10.    Lucas Giolito White Sox
11.    Jairo Labourt Tigers
12.    Al Kaline Tigers HOFer $

SENT 2/17/17
1.    Alex Bregman Astros
2.    Joc Pederson Dodgers
3.    Terry Francona Indians
4.    Phil Hughes Twins
5.    Kole Calhoun Angels
6.    Delino Deshields Jr. Rangers

SENT 2/18/17
1.    John Hicks Tigers

SENT 2/19/17
1.    Elvis Andrus Rangers
2.    Don Kelly Tigers
3.    Shin Soo Choo Rangers
4.    Ryan Braun Brewers

BACK BY NO DEMAND

Five Year Hiatus OVER



I've been a bit busy creating a family the last five years so I took a break from autos. Recently, I've decided to get back to it. Everybody needs a hobby. Up top is a Michael Fulmer 5X7 I had signed at a local signing. I bought a bunch of these 5X7 cards online and hope to start getting them auto'ed they look so much cooler than regular cards.

Here are 4 other autos I've gotten recently. All in person autos but one:

I attended Tigerfest for the first time in 3 years this year and its nothing compared to what it used to be. I used to meet and get autos from 10-15 players and lines were 2 hours. This year I took my brother and feel bad he had to suffer through it. We stood in line for 3 hours to get Mike Pelfrey's auto and then 4 hours for Buck Farmer. Don't get me wrong; I love the autos I got and am so grateful the Tigers put on the event but it seems like they sell 10,000 more tickets to the thing now making it so packed you can't move. Also, in years past I NEVER stood in line to get a single autograph. Usually there were 2-4 signers at the table. I don't know what caused the changes that made the event take a terrible turn but it needs to be worked out. I would rather pay $500 for a ticket to assure I'd get to meet at least half the team and only 1,000 people were in attendance than pay $30 and spend my day standing around for little reward. The Tigerfest FAIL was a big reason I decided to get back into TTM autos. The younger Tigers coming up are looking good and I have a big wishlist of autos from them so since I only got Buck from my list done at Tigerfest I decided I'll send for the rest.

Anyway, the Marcel Dionne I bought online as we share the last name I should own this card. The Buck Farmer is amazing looking. He said he had never seen the Allen and Ginter X card before. The Pelfrey card I had to trade a Fulmer RC for in line before getting it signed as I couldn't find any Pelfrey cards before the event in my collection. The Kevin Van Dam was one of the coolest moments of my life. I went to a fishing show just to see him and maybe get him to sign this card. I walked around peeking behind the scenes for hours trying to spot him. Suddenly I saw a small crowd forming and him in the middle. As soon as some kids got their picture snapped I dove in and handed him the card and a blue sharpie. He had a black one already open and asked what color I wanted. I've idolized this dude forever so I just stared and drooled and don't even remember if I answered him.

Welcome.

I recently took up the hobby of collecting autographs through the mail. I will update this blog as I collect.