Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Times Change

You may or may not have noticed my lack of posting this year. A few weeks ago, I was lamenting about my spending on cards. I have since then bought some 2012 Topps baseball cards. After getting tons of doubles, triples, and a few quadruples, I gave up buying more. I enjoyed the initial feeling of ripping open the packs, but the lonely stack of cards was just a big fat nothing to me after that. I also experienced the frustration of misplacing valuable cards. I have sifted through thousands of cards, and still can't find the Magic relics. I am not "feeling it" with collecting right now. It seems gluttonous to me. If someone took a look in my card cave, they would probably say I am ; a hoarder, unorganized, messy, nerdy, wasting money, and clinging to old crap like it will be worth millions someday. I couldn't argue. The thought that keeps rattling around in my dome was inspired by a blurb here.
I need a car, we need siding and windows on the house, there are other things that need my attention and my cabbage right now.
I am currently unloading a bunch of stuff I love. The Magic's will soon be listed too. If there's something you've seen here on my blog that you want, let me know.
I've given this much thought and prayer. It feels a bit like a defeat, but it's the right thing for me to do at this time.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sports Card Show

I will have a table of stuff for sale at the big Lee High School show this Saturday. I am bringing tons of my most beloved collectibles. Yes, it hurts a bit thinking about parting with some of the stuff that I have toted around for the past 35 years. Hope to see some of my friends, family, and fellow collectors there.
The details of the show: 
LEE HS 4th Annual Sportscard Show & Auction
February 25th, 2012
Hours: 9am-4pm
Lee High School
1335 Lee St SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
All proceeds go to Stubby Overmire Field improvements and Lee Rebel baseball. Special guest signers will be former Detroit Tigers star Denny Mclain (4th Year) signing from 12:30-3pm. $5 per autograph, and Jacksonville Jaguar rookie tackle Cameron Bradfield signing from 10am-2pm. $5 per autograph. From 4:30- 8pm there will be a Sports Memorabilia auction. (Free food at auction) INFO: Ty Emelander (616) 443- 8568
75 tables
FREE Admission

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Other Bump Wills

No, not the 1979 Topps. This.
Cubs Manager, "hey fellas, the photographer from Fleer is here today". 
Bump, "OOOH! I want to go first. How's this?"

This card is just wrong.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Some 2012 Topps Tigers

The top three cards are the three that I got from my recent 2012 binge (Blaster, 2 Jumbo Hobby, 2 Loose Retail, and a Rack-Pack).
My daughter says, "It sounds like the announcer is calling him Dumb n Young". 

 This Cobb is a manu-patch. No serial numbering. An eBay score. Meh, probably coulda got it cheaper had I waited.
 These 2 Golden Moments were also eBay pick-ups. They would look a lot better with autographs on them.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

3's Company The Topps Way

There are major collation problems in 2012 Topps.
I mentioned yesterday that I got 4 Rex Brothers cards #72. Well that was just the tip of the iceberg.

I have 8 sets of triples! I could scan another 8 sets of doubles.
To recap; I bought 2 Jumbo Hobby packs, 2 Retail loose packs, a Retail Rack-Pack, and a Blaster box.
I was not thinking I would come close to a complete Series 1 set, but this is sad. I feel a bit ripped off.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

2012 Topps (Just the Hits)

I picked up a Blaster, a Rack-Pack, 2 loose retail packs, and 2 Jumbo Hobby packs.

The manu-patch came from the blaster.
I ended up with 4 Golden Givewaway code cards.
No auto's. No jersey cards. No serial numbered cards.
Lots of doubles. Weird collation.
If Rex Brothers makes it, I'll really be golden. I got 4 of his cards. Four.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Found One of the Missing Magic Relics

I found it at Sportlots for $10.85 shipped.
I have now replaced 2 of the 7 missing cards.
At just /25 copies of each, tracking them down is quite a task.
Paul's Coins & Cards in South Bend Indiana does not sell cards anymore. I was in the area today. I stepped into a clean, well stocked coin shop that I found on the web.
"No sportscards?"
"Got out of it six years ago. Too much dead inventory", said the owner.
"Anyone in the area sell cards?"
"Just some fella over in Mishiwaka. Premiere Collectibles. He might still be into it."
Every once in a while, I think about how I would like to give a card shop a go. And then I come across a situation like this, and I go back to my sewing machine store.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

1099 Forms Being Sent by PayPal

Sell a bunch of stuff on eBay? Think you don't have to pay taxes on those sales? Think again. Dang IRS.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Someday My Team Will Be in the Super Bowl (Can I legally say that?)

I am sick of everything being called the big game. It's the Super Bowl. It's OUR game. OUR event. The NFL can bite me.
Now that I have that off my chest, I am so very much looking forward to the day when my teram, the Detroit Lions, are playing in this game.

The closest we have come in recent memory was 1991. We beat the Cowboys in the first round of the playoffs. Went to RFK to play the Redskins in the NFC Championship, and were massacred 41-10.
Since then, we have been in the same division as Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. We've had a decade of Millen. We have not come close. With the new regime and coaches in place, I think it's only a matter of time before we get to play in the SUPER BOWL.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Someday This Urlacher Will Be Available

I have begun the process of replacing the 7 misplaced 2010 Topps Magic Relics. I have searched through approximately 40,000 cards with no luck. I probably have another 80,000 to go.
First off the list is this Brian Urlacher #21/25.
Couple of things... I hate the damn Bears. I hate paying for Bears. I hate buying cards that I know I already own. I spent $18.50 on this piece of crap. OK, it's not a piece of crap. It's actually a great looking card of a future hall-of-famer. I'm just pissed that I can't find the missing cards. When I do, this Urlacher will be available for trade or sale.

If you're wondering; I need Maurice Jones-Drew, Greg Olsen, Eddie Royal, Vernon Davis, Vincent Jackson, and Rolando McClain. And... oh yeah... almost forgot to mention, Dez Bryant.