Saturday, April 29, 2017
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!
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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!
Sunday, April 16, 2017
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
Friday, April 7, 2017
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:
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!
|Love this McCann /25! The Bondo was a bonus card. Some bonus!|
|Better pic of that Viquel gem!|
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
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
Saturday, April 1, 2017
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.