Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What did I just do?

Combined shipping.

Those two words can turn a small eBay purchase into something much, much more. I found a low-priced 1953 Topps card, and before I knew it, had added five more to my shopping card with combined shipping at $.10 per additional card.

So now I have the Rizzuto and these six. Does that put me on my way toward going after the Mantle-less team set? I am considering it.

The Yogi and Whitey will be tough, but not unattainable, especially at a low grade. Same goes for the rest. The Mantle will never happen. Even if I'm wealthy enough one day, I'm not sure I like cards enough to shell out the money that even a destroyed filler would cost.

Here nor there.

I do love these '53s. Some are in better shape than others, but all came at a really nice price. Can't beat that.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Napkin Doon is still out there...somewhere

Don't let him fool you. Napkin Doon is still out there. Lurking. Watching. Waiting. Creeping.

Just before I moved, Napkin Doon sent me a big old package of cards. He had the option of waiting until I was at my new address, but chose to send to my old one so I would have more things to pack. That's just how his sick mind works.

However, he did send me a very generous stack of cards, highlighted by the omnipresent Rance Mulliniks. I know you've all been Bipped, but being Ranced is equally effective.
Napkin was also kind enough to send a card for my son's binder:
Just kidding.

And I don't have much to say about this that is PG. Troy popping a nut.
While the above cards are certainly desirable, Nap did in fact send some less valuable stuff that made me equally happy, including this 1963 Topps Whitey Ford. I love vintage Whitey!
Any vintage card with Mickey Mantle on it is welcome. This poor kid only had a Ralph Houk and Mike Cueller according to the checklist. I think Mantle was mocking him with a sly look of disdain.
More vintage, including this sweet Virgil Trucks and a Thurman Munson that was was definitely some kid's #walletcard.

Oh wait, that's better!

In terms of the non-vintage, Nap found a pretty sweet Tino bat for me. I can't believe he played for the Devil Rays.
Pitchers batting is so stupid. It looks like Pettitte was getting ready for his three year cameo in the NL with this uninspiring swing versus the Mets at Shea.
Finally, some Big Mikes, and a Jeff Weaver shiny gold card. Weaver was pretty horrendous with the Yankees, but damn this card looks like it would fall out of a Wonka Bar.
Napkin Doon, thanks for the package. We miss you around here. Come back.

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Bazooka Blast

Do you ever see a card for sale so many times and automatically assume you have it? It happens a lot for me.

I'm usually pretty good about knowing which Tinos I have, but I missed this one. I had seen it so frequently on eBay I just filed it in my brain that it was a "have". However, I found one for cheap, and when I actually checked my master list, I realized I did in fact need it.

It was a happy accident, and anytime I can add a new Tino relic to my collection for a very small price, I do it.

It's a fun card from a fun set. The mid-90s Bazooka were a big deal to me growing up since the packs were so affordable. I could buy a lot of them. The bulky size was weird because of the piece of wrapped Bazooka. I remember not liking that.

I think Topps brought it back in the mid 2000s, but I wasn't collecting then so I don't know a ton about the sets, but obviously they went all 2000s by adding relics. I wouldn't mind seeing this set make a comeback at some point, as Bazooka has a rich tradition within baseball and the trading card industry.  

Friday, August 28, 2015

A positive eBay review

eBay can be a lot like going to restaurants. Most of my eBay transactions go perfectly smoothly, so there is no need to write about that portion of it. Similar to when you go to a restaurant and get good service, you aren't inclined to write a review. Good service is expected.

But when something bad occurs, release the hounds! Off to Yelp or some other site to let everyone in the world know about it.
I'm as guilty as anyone. Just a few weeks ago, I had an exchange with a nincompoop on eBay and shared the experience with all of you.
Well, I'd like to post a positive review of an eBay seller who was a pleasure to deal with.
A while back, I won a Ryan Nassib autographed card (above). While I don't really collect football, and I'm not a Giants fan, I keep waiting for him to get a shot to play. He was fairly highly-touted coming out of Syracuse, and many expected him to go in the first round of the NFL Draft. He slipped a bit and fell to the Giants to serve as Eli Manning's backup. Not ideal. Had he gone to Buffalo like originally expected, he may be starting for them right now. But now he sits. And waits.
Figuring that at some point he'll get his shot, whether Eli gets hurt or just stinks up the joint, I decided to pounce on an auto. It was a couple days before I moved, so I gave my new address when checking out.
I waited and waited but no card showed up.
The seller did provide a tracking number, and everything went perfectly until it reached my local post-office, then all tracking updates stopped for 13 or 14 days. I checked with the post office and they had no idea. It had vanished.
The seller was most helpful. He thought it was unusual too. He even opened up a ticket with the USPS and had a few email exchanges with my local post office. Ultimately, he gave me my money back after we decided the card was just lost somewhere in space. You know, this is Northern NJ. Maybe it "fell off the truck."
Then, randomly, it showed up in my mailbox a couple of days ago. The envelope was perfect, no wear or tear. So odd. Maybe there was just a stack of mail that never got delivered or it was lost on a truck.
I reached out to the seller and let him know it arrived, and offered to re-send a payment. He told me not to worry about it.
He was a pleasure to deal with, and I appreciated the reminder that good customer service does exist, even on eBay.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Housewarming gift from P-Town Tom

Sweet mesh trucker hat, Tino.
After I moved, P-Town Tom reached out request my new address. He sent me a very welcome house-warming gift!

Tom is one of those guys who always pays attention and keeps an eye out for cards that fit your PCs. This package had a little of everything.

First off, some cool Tinos. The 1994 Fleer is a personal favorite of mine. I love the design - one of the best of the 1990s - and it also reminds me of the summer of '94 when Sunoco offered their Fleer set for filling up with gas. I used to get some many of these cards from my dad's co-workers.

And as far as I can tell, this Tino is from an away game at Yankee Stadium. Tino looks to be in a HR trot - he went deep against the Yanks on May 1 and 2, as well as July 21. However, he could have also been scoring off of someone else's HR. Part of the reason Tino was brought to NY was because he always torched them as a visiting player. The Yanks took notice.

Tom also included a few minor league autos, including Ty Hensley. The Jagielo is very cool too.
And as he usually does, Tom included something for Joey - a full set of 1980 TCMA All-Time Yankees. This set is awesome! I'll definitely add it to Joey's binder.
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Thanks for the gift, Tom!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Treat Yo'self to Tinos

In early July, I found a cool Tino Martinez I didn't have on eBay. Turns out, the seller had a bunch of Tino inserts listed, and of course, I had to take advantage of combined shipping and treat myself to some new Tinos. Seriously, combined shipping is really a worth it sometimes.

So I'll keep this post lite, as it's completely a "look what I got" post without much to say, other than a lot of these insert sets bring back memories of collecting as a kid. Most of them are rarer parallels to an insert or card I already have.

And I know a lot of people don't love cards from the late '90s or early '00s, but I always will. These are the brands I knew as a youngster, and are the sets I lusted for as a 12-year-old when flipping through a Beckett. Some seemed so high end, I could never have imagined that I'd one day own them.

Without further ado, check out some shiny beauties:


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Bird is the word

In what is becoming a weekly occurrence, the Yankees have recalled another top prospect. This time, 1B Greg Bird gets the call.

I was a bit surprised by this one, as I didn't hear many rumblings. However, with a putrid offense over the last week and playing with a 3-man bench, perhaps Bird can give the team a shot in the arm. Bird started the season in AA, but was called up to AAA a few weeks ago where he hit .301/.353/.500 in 34 games. Bird is a lefty with a sweet swing and a good eye.

Drafted as a catcher, he is purely a 1B now, so he won't back-up any other positions. He's going to spell Mark Teixeira at 1B and ARod at DH, and hopefully let those two recharge the batteries a bit. In fact, he's starting at 1B tonight and batting seventh.

I'd love to see him come up and do what he does best - hit and hit and hit. Go win a job, like Shane Spencer did in August/September of 1998. While that's unlikely, it would be great to see him give the team an offensive jolt when they need it most...right now.
Congrats to Greg Bird, and best of luck!