Cubs cards out the Wazoo!

February 20, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Posted in My Collection | 5 Comments

     I think pretty much everyone in the blogging community knows Eric by now, and knows how ridiculously generous he is with his trades.  He’s started his own blog, so if you haven’t had the chance yet, go check out The Pettitte Pursuit.

     I sent Eric a box last year with a few Andy Pettitte’s and various other Yankee’s cards, and I got a box back from him yesterday that my mailman was none too happy about 🙂  In his typically over-generous fashion, Eric sent over EIGHT HUNDRED Cubs cards!  There had to be at least one card from almost every set produced in the last 25 years.  Here are some of the highlights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You gotta love shininess and serial #’ing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love the Hill die-cut even though he’s gone 😦

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that I’ve seen these Stadium Club base cards in person, I kinda like ’em

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little bit of new old-school Cub-ness.  The Masterpieces are so nice.

 

     Eric also set a new record by sending me 51 Andre Dawson cards!  Many of which I had never seen, nor heard of before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The original Stadium Club releases are still my favorite.

 

     I also got another in a long line of packages from Mario at Wax Heaven.  If you have a blog, and you haven’t gotten cards from Mario, just wait.  You will at some point.  Mario is probably one of the most generous people I’ve met in my 30 years, and a few weeks ago he sent me another amazing card for my collection.

     It’s from 2002 Topps Finest, from the Finest Moments subset.  These cards are absolutely stunning in person.  They are all Chrome Refractors, all on-card autos, and most of the checklist consists of HOFers and superstars throughout the history of Baseball.  This one card has actually inspired me to try and collect this whole set.  It shouldn’t be too daunting.  The set consists of 15 cards, and the most expensive card routinely sells for around $40.   I should be able to put together the whole set for less than $400.  Of course it’ll take some time, but good things do.

 

     So once again, a huge thanks to Eric and Mario for their continued generosity!  If anyone else is interested in trading some Cubs, Andre Dawson, or Billy Williams, just check out the Trade Bucket link on the right hand side of the page.

It’s official, Rich Hill is an Oriole………

February 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Posted in My Collection, My opinions | 3 Comments

……….and the Cubs can blow me.  You can read about it here.

     I’ve been a die-hard life long idiot Cubs fan since I was old enough to know what baseball was.  I don’t know why.  I guess I like torture and misery.  I’m probably taking this a bit personally, since besides my retired player collections of Andre Dawson and Billy Williams, Hill was the only current roster Cubs player that I collected.  Now these are all but worthless to me.

 

     I think what really pisses me off about this whole situation is the fact that this is just another in the long line of epic failures on the part of the Cubs to develop players from within their own system.  Dontrelle Willis, Mark Prior, Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, and now Rich Hill.  That’s probably part of the reason why I sold this when I did.

 

 

     At this point, I’m just waiting for them to screw him up, or give him away for nothing.  Has anybody really taken a long, hard look at the Cubs off-season so far?  They got rid of one of the best 2nd basemen in the league last year in Mark DeRosa (he could also play every position in the game, except for pitcher).  His replacement is the so-so Aaron Miles.  They let Henry Blanco go to free agency and then sign Paul f’ing Bako for the EXACT same money that Blanco wanted.  They let Kerry Wood go to free agency.  They send Marquis to the Rockies for Luis “I forgot how to pitch” Vizcaino.  They sign a decent hitting clubhouse cancer in the person of Milton Bradley.  And then they basically trade Felix Pie, Ronny Cedeno, and Scott Olsen for Aaron Heilman.  An aging pitcher with an ERA upwards of 6 last season, who will be lucky to make the club out of spring training.

     And now, after Rothchild screwed with his delivery, and Pinella destroyed his confidence, they ship Rich Hill of to the O’s.  What did they get in return?  A player to be named later, who will most likely end up being a double or single A minor leaguer.

     Go Cubs Go!  Yeah right, I’m bitter.   Good luck Rich.  There’s one Cubs fan that’ll be watching a few Orioles games this year and cheering for you.

The best trade I have ever made!

January 30, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Posted in My Collection | 5 Comments

     Let me start by saying that I FULLY appreciate every single person who has traded with me in the past.  Especially Mario, whose generosity toward other collectors/bloggers knows no bounds.  That’s been one of the best things about having this blog.  Connecting in some small way with other collectors all over the country has been great.

     That being said, the time and effort that went into this trade is unparalleled.  I was reading Marie & Sooz’s “Carboard Problem” a few weeks ago when I came across a post about a trade they had just made, and was blow away.  My mind instantly started to race with the possibilities of how I could get cards like these for my collection.  So, I contacted Topher through his blog Crackin Wax, exchanged a few emails, and what I got in the mail yesterday absolutely blew me away!

 

 

     Two of the most amazing cards that I now own, made just for me!  Topher was equally excited with what I sent him, but to me there’s no comparison.  I don’t know if I can ever thank him enough for the effort that he put into these.

     The even better part is that Dawson & Williams should both be signing in the Chicago area at least a couple times this year.  These cards are amazing to begin with.  Once I get them signed they will be prominently and proudly displayed alongside the best of my collection, and I will be sure to share the finished product with everyone later this year.

     Once again, a HUGE thanks to Topher.  When you have time, be sure to go check out Crackin Wax!

A gift of Hawks from the Man of Steal

January 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Posted in My Collection | 1 Comment

     First of all, this is WAY overdue, but life has gotten in the way of blogging lately.  I’ll be able to explain more about that in a couple weeks.

     Anyway, congratulations are in order for Brad at Rickey Henderson Collectibles as his “guy” was the head of the HOF class this year.  Unfortunately, Dawson did not get voted in this year, but should be a lock for 2010.

     As a consolation prize of sorts, Brad sent me a HUGE box of Cubs cards, including a heretofore unprecedented 39 Andre Dawson cards.  Far and away the most I have gotten from anyone since starting this blog.  Here are some of the nicer ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Brad also sent along a generous helping of Cubs shininess as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     You gotta love some Dufex Technology & 93 Finest.  Once again, a big thanks to Brad, and look for some more posts coming soon to a PC (or Mac) near you.

My Centerpiece

December 17, 2008 at 6:10 pm | Posted in My Collection | 4 Comments

     When I returned to collecting in earnest earlier this year, I was immediately ennamored and entranced by game used cards, certified pack-pulled autographs, patches, serial numbered refractors, and all the other hobby goodness that I had missed out on from 1992 till now.  I had never even heard of any of these things before.  Now I have almost 100, and all of my favorite player of all time.  I have more on the way, and I’m sure I’ll find more in the future.

     When I first saw that this was the topic for the second bat-around, I was exited, as I’m sure a lot of people were, to showcase part of my collection to a wider audience.  Then I kinda panicked a little bit.  How do you pick one thing?  I’ve got Triple Threads, patches, autos numbered to 5.  To finally decide what to choose, I had to ask myself this: If there was a fire in my house, and I could only save one item from my collection, what would it be?  It only took me a couple of minutes to decide on this…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     It is a Cooperstown Collection fitted hat in my size.  It is autographed in blue Sharpie by my bseball hero and all-time favorite player, Andre Dawson.  One of the reasons why it is the centerpiece of my collection is that it is the only autograph I have ever obtained in person, and I proudly display this right next to the hat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     I actually had the chance earlier this year to meet Mr. Dawson, and oddly, I was as nervous as a 12 year getting a chance to go backstage at a Miley Cyrus concert.  He was as cool as a cucumber though.  Dressed in all black (which is how I frequently see him pictured) he was very engaging and polite, and immediately put me at ease. 

     The coolest part about the entire experience, and the biggest reason why this is my centerpiece is the fact that not only had he never signed one of these hats before, he had never even SEEN one.  While we took the picture, and after he had signed it, we had a several minute conversation about how cool he thought the hat was, where I got mine, and if I could tell him how to get one.  So I actually had to explain to Andre Dawson how to go on eBay and search for the seller that I had purchased the hat from.  Aside from my wedding day, this was the single coolest experience of my entire life.

     So there it is.  This is the best my collection has to offer.  If you’re ever in Illinois and you see a house on fire, and a guy running out with a baseball cap in his hand, you’ll know why.

Hawk to the Hall presents – Highlights & Updates

December 11, 2008 at 4:46 pm | Posted in My Collection, My opinions | 4 Comments

     There are a ton of things I need to catch up on, so I couldn’t think of a more appropriate name for this post.  Trades, new aquisitions, new pages, new collections.  It’s all here.

     First off, I’ve added a lot of new Dawson cards to my player collection.  If you’ve never seen my PC before, or you’d like to see it again, you can check it out here .  I also have to say that I love the new Organize feature on Photobucket.  It’s so nice.

      I’ve gotten a few new Rich Hill cards as well.  You can see those here.  I really hope he can get his head out of his ass this year, and stay with the Cubs at the Major League level.  He is one of my favorite current players.

     In the last month or so, I’ve also decided to start a Billy Williams collection.  Not only because he is a Cub & a Hall of Famer, but because I love his autograph.  I don’t know why, but a player that I like having a nice, neat, consistent signature is very important to me in collecting.  I only have a few Billy’s so far, and you can view those here.  This is my favorite one so far.  I love me some Sweet Spot Signatures.

     I completed 2 very nice trades recently.  This has quickly become one of my favorite things about the blogging community.  The first trade was with Will at Box Busters, whom I sent a bunch of Pujols and other Cardinals.  In return, he sent me a gaggle of Cubs, including these 2 beautys.

I opened 2 boxes of 08 threads and got some great cards, but I didn’t get a single one of these bordered cards.  I think these were very nicely done, licensed or not.

He also sent me the hardest base card to find from 2008 A&G, which is awesome because I’m trying to complete this set.

 

And a whole bunch of Cubs shininess, including a Rich Hill Refractor.

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     The second trade was with Paul from Paul’s Random Stuff.  I had a TON of Mets cards.  So, I sent them to Paul, and he filled the box up with Cubs and sent it back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He sent me 2 great game used cards that I’d never seen before, and….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great lot of Dawson cards, 3 of which I didn’t have yet.  Thanks again to both of you!

 

     Finally, because of the success of these 2 trades, I’ve decided to add a Trade page to my blog.  You can see the new tab up at the top which includes my Want List and my e-mail address, and the link to my Trade Bucket on the right-hand side where you can see what I have to offer.  So, if you have something, or you see something you want, feel free to let me know.

     As promised, there will be more regular posts coming soon, including my at-bat in the second Blog Bat Around.  See you then!

Believe it or not, I’m still here

August 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Posted in My Collection | 6 Comments

     Man, do I have a lot of catching up to do.  First off, I’d like to apologize to anyone who checks the blog regularly(there are a couple of you, right?).  As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m in the middle of planning my wedding, and its grueling.  Planning and paying for a wedding yourself is a logistical and financial nightmare, so cards have had to take a back seat for a while.

     So, no wax for a while, but I have gotten a couple of really nice packages from readers and fellow bloggers.  The first one being an incredible package from reader Eric, which included 104 Cubs cards!!  Here are some of the highlights, including a great Derrek Lee Jersey card, and the only Kosuke Fukudome SP worth owning in my opinion.

So thanks again to Eric for reading, and for sending the cards.  He got a box full of Yankees cards for his effort.

     My second package marks the first time that anyone has sent me Andre Dawson cards since I started this blog.  Dave from Fielder’s Choice busted an entire case of 2008 Goudey, and sent me not only the base Sport Royalty Dawson.

……but also one of his case hits, in the form of this

a Taupe Back Mini SP numbered 8/8.  How friggin cool is that!, and how awesome is Dave.  Be sure to check out his blog.  It’s always a great read.

     Wedding or not, I have kept up the player collection a little bit, and have added a couple of great new Dawson cards from the Bay.

This is my second Lumberjacks Patch Auto #’d to 25.

And my very first Dawson Sweet Spot Autograph!  These are amazing cards, and I think when this year was made, they were still using actual baseball leather.  Not sure, but I love this card anyway!

     I’ll try to post a little more regularly, but i may be MIA for a little while.  Definitely no more wax until after D-Day, otherwise known as my wedding on October 4th.  Wish me luck!

I told you I liked these

July 18, 2008 at 1:36 pm | Posted in My Collection | Leave a comment

     Hey kids.  Not a lot in the hobby world that’s exciting me all that much lately.  Except for my Player Collection of course.  I just made a few eBay acquisitions, and the first one just rolled in.

     I love these Check Cuts autographs.  This is my second one #’d 41/50, and I’m going to continue to try and get my hot little hands on every one I come across.

     More updates to follow as the Dawson’s keep rollin in.

Another mailday from Heaven

July 10, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Posted in My Collection | 1 Comment

     Wax Heaven that is.  A couple of weeks ago, Mario busted a box of 2008 SPX which just happened to include this.

A very nice Kevin Hart rookie auto.  Mario was even kind enough to give me a shout out in the video break.  I believe it wen’t something like “Charlie, holla”.  So, I “holla’d”, and here it is.  Thanks to Mario for once again increasing my Cubs collection, and maintaining the best baseball card blog on the web.

Josh Vitters Gold Refractor Auto + eBay = Player Collector Heaven

July 8, 2008 at 2:10 pm | Posted in My Collection | 8 Comments

     Hello all.  Once again my life has gotten in the way of keeping up with my posts.  I try to post at least once a week, but lately I have been working 60+ hrs a week.  So to make it up to you all, this post is going to be extra looooong.  However, I’ll also try to keep it as visual as possible.

     Anyway, on to this week’s post.  The subject of Bowman Chrome Autographs has been discussed and debated to death ever since the debut of the 2001 Albert Pujols auto rookie, and it’s meteoric rise in price.  Within a couple weeks of the release date you can witness the carnage on eBay as people bid and bid and BID on whatever Chrome autos are the hottest this year. 

     So, despite being a die-hard Cubs fan all my life, when I pulled this card out of a pack……

……I sold it immediately, and chronicled my bold stroke in this post.  I have absolutely no idea what Josh Vitters is going to become, but I already know who and what Andre Dawson is, and I know that he will always be my favorite player.

     So with that in mind, here is what I was able to turn my Vitters card into…..

A 2007 Sweet Spot Gold Signature Rich Hill

A 2008 Topps Chrome Black Printing Plate

Yes, I know these first 2 are not Dawson cards, but I still love Rich Hill even though he’s been exiled to Arizona rookie ball.  That actually allowed me to pick these up on the cheap.  I absolutely love the design & concept of the Sweet Spot cards, and even though I know nobody gives a rat’s ass about printing plates, I haven’t been back in the hobby long enough to be tired of them yet.

 

Another in the ridiculous number of parallels in the Fabric of the Game set that I am trying futily to complete.

My second copy of the Lumber Cuts autograph

Limited Lumberjacks auto #’d to 25

Limited Lumberjacks Patch Auto #’d to 25

September 1987 Beckett – when it was still a magazine

Absolute Heroes completely sick patch #’d to 25

Absolute Team Six

1993 Topps Finest – Still looking for an affordable refractor

Donruss Classics #’d to 49

My first Leather Cuts auto

Legendary Cuts #’d to 75

Donruss Signature Series

My second Absolute Heroes Patch #’d to 95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certified Cuts Check auto #’d to 50

My second and third copies of the Tools of the Trade Dual #’d to 250

The most bad-ass hat that I have ever owned!!  And I’m getting it auto’d later this month

And last but certainly not least, not 1…….

…..but 2 out the 18 made 2007 Triple Threads Patch, Bat, Autograph!!

And…..finally we come to the end.  Lest you think that I’m just bragging and showing off, the whole point is that Bowman Chrome Autographs are not the end all be all of the card collecting world.  I could really care less if the Vitters card ends up becoming more valuable.  Selling that card when I did allowed me to get all of these items which have taken my Dawson collection to another level entirely.

     So, I put it to you, my very few readers, once again.  Having seen all of the evidence, did I do the right thing by selling the Josh Vitters card when I did??

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