Friday, August 21, 2009
Well, as predicted, My Heritage project has now hit a major bump in the road in that I am basically down to 77 cards (53 of which are all short prints). I guess that I could worse off in the short-print portion of the set, but nevertheless it is going to be a challenge and half to gather these up. Have you seen how much people want for these on eBay? Ridiculous! There has to been an easier way to get a few of these at a time. Did anybody pull any double of these that they have been hanging on to looking for the right trade? I have pulled a few that I would like to trade for ones that I need. How do the rest of you attack completing this set? Ideas?
Nevertheless, it never hurts to post a non-baseball card related blog from time to time. After all, there are lots of other things in the world to talk about. I have noticed lately a few hockey posts are starting to pop up, but in reality I know nothing of the sport. I have been to a couple local games and look like a deer in headlights. It would help if Portland would get its act together and snag an NHL team for the Rose Garden arena. But for now I cannot even pretend to know the players...I don't know my Vladimir Lutchenko from
2. The crew from "Ace of Cakes". Can you imagine going to a workplace every day where you LOVE being there and what you do? Me either.
3. Big Papi. I think besides Johnny Damon and Jacoby Ellsbury, Big Papi is Stacy's favorite Red Sox. Big Ol Teddy Bear. Plus he is finding his swing at the right time this season.
1. Grover. JD Grins ear to ear when you pull a Grover diaper from the pack (I think he is a SP too).
2. Elmo. Damn Elmo. Kids just dig him though.
3. Cookie Monster. Again, big smile when the CM-Man is pulled. Is there any truth to the rumor of Sesame Street renaming Cookie Monster "Vegetable Monster"? Google it.
1. Quentin Tarantino - A very polarizing figure. You either love the guy or hate him. Personally I think he is a genius. His knowledge of pop culture, his ability to write memorable dialogue, his pacing of movie scenes, and his uncanny ability to unearth catchy tunes that we have never heard of is just unheard of. I started with "Pulp Fiction" then back to "Reservoir Dogs", and on from there. Inglorious Basterds is out this week and I will be there on dollar popcorn night next Tuesday. Cannot wait.
2. Dave Matthews. Dave has got to be the coolest cat out there. His fiddle man is right up there also. I love (most) of the DMB albums, but if you can make it to a live concert you are really in for an unforgettable experience. From the crazy jam sessions to the moments on spontaneous ramblings and sounds that Dave makes, I would love to tip back a few with Dave and try to figure that dude out.
3. Tom Hanks. I have been a Tom Hanks fan since "Big", and "Dragnet" and enjoy most all of his movie choices minus the "Da Vinci" films. I think I have always looked up to him because he seems remarkably down to earth for being so wildly popular, and has never let his status go to his head. I guess if there were really any Hollywood role models, then he is probably the guy. His "knock-knock" joke from "Catch Me If You Can" is probably one of the greatest lines of his career.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I have always respected Bill Waterson, creator of "Calvin and Hobbes" for his intregrity in his product. He never sold out and mass created his creation into mugs, tshirts, Garfield-esque window suckers...whatevers. I have never really considered adding advertising banners, plugging Blogger, or linking up to a commercial baseball card collecting site. Doing so would probably increase my traffic, and its always fun to see the hits go up and read comments, but I would rather see that happen based on having good material (okay, so there is the occasional flop :), building good relationships, and completing a good, honest trade.
So why all of the buildup? Well, if you look to your right you will see a, GASP!! Banner for Zistle.com. Is JD rolling over in his crib? I don't think so, though he has learned to sit up in his cell and wait to be paroled each morning!
I learned about Zistle a few weeks back when I read some postings regarding the pricing differences between Zistle and Beckett. I had no idea that an alternative actually existed at all, and jumped in to check it out.
What I learned is that Zistle is created by two collectors (Josh and Ashley) with a love of sports and collecting. This is a community-driven site that invites collectors to log-in and archive their collection online, join forums, make trades, etc etc.
As I mentioned in previous posts, I subscribe to Beckett online. I pay the $5.99 a month!! because I want access to products lists so I am able to figure out what I have in my hand. Being a new collector, it can get a little confusing with all of the parallels and insert sets. I have never really thought much about the pricing, and really any new product does not even have a price for several weeks or months anyways, plus there are RARELY any card images to view. I basically use it as a database.
Zistle, on the other hand, is community-driven site that is working hard to not only make it easier to log your collection, but also show images of those cards as well. One of the beauties of the site is that you can search for cards based on tags. For example, in my own collection I can type in "rookie" and ALL of my rookie cards will pop up, images and all, within seconds. This same function is available in the community library where a convenient +/- sign will allow you to quickly add (or subtract) a card from your collection in seconds.
Zistle is not perfect. It is young, and therefore there are gaps in uploaded cards, many of which are lacking scans. But the concept is phenomenal which is why I have thrown my hat in the ring to try to help the site reach its potential by promoting and helping fill some of the card gaps. Did I mention that this site is FREE?
Some will say "what about the pricing discrepancy between Beckett and Zistle". Pricing a product is always going to be controversial no matter who you ask, but as collectors, we all know enough about the hobby to know that a card is worth what somebody is willing to pay for it. Zistle does have pricing methods in place. More accurate? Depends on who you ask.
No matter your stance on pricing, Zistle is one amazing concept, and the best part is that it is all made possible by collectors like us. The more collectors who join and contribute, the better the site becomes. It is truly a site for collectors.
So I am not going to spend blog after blog preaching the benefits of Zistle. The best way for you to see what I am talking about is to simply take a few minutes and play around in there. If you like what you see, then give it a go and let others know to take it for test drive. The more members, the more collections. the more collections, the stronger the database. Everybody wins!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Nate McClouth - In Braves Uni...this refractor is slightly curled I guess due to packaging
James Shields - Blue Refracter #19/199
Nelson Cruz - Blue Refractor #45/199
Chenhao Li - Blue Refractor 129/199
Fu-Te-Ni - #465/500
Adrian Gonzalez - #456/500
Fei Feng - #484/500
Chi-Hung Cheng - 484-500
For me I just wrapped up my final?? box of chrome.
Monday, August 17, 2009
While this last box did no elicit many massive hits, it did quite well to fill in a lot of my base set. I have all but 46 cards (or 80% of the base set). Can you help me out with any of these?
Not too shabby. This is doable, but I don't here a lot of chrome chatter out there. Anybody collecting?
Thar she be. Unfortunately it did not survive 30 years frozen in carbonite. Every ten minutes I dare my wife to eat it. I think the joke is wearing thin. Onto the cards.
Ah Yoda, wise he is.
here is the equivalent of the O-Pee-Chee background mugshot.
Off to see Yoda...
More movie quotes...for these cards...
The Iconic Yoda shot, and a movie facts for the next card...
Clearly Lucas was proud of his AT-AT.
My Guess is that the artwork card is the "hit"of this pack.
Well there you go! A few thoughts on this pack. I don't really "get" the orange sherbet, neopolitan borders. It does not really say "Star Wars Darkest Chapter" to me. Also for only getting one pack, I was a bit disappointed not to end up with a Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando, or even a Star Destroyer (hell, I would have taken a Tie-Fighter".
Sunday, August 16, 2009
David has this great progam going called randomly random where all you do is leave your email contact, and he will send out a package of random number of packs of random cards. It sounded like a lot of fun (half the fun of collecting is the thrill of the unknown), so I decided to take a shot at it. I was beside myself, and beside that guy who was beside myself when I opened the mailbox, saw the magic key to the large package box, opened that up and found this inside...
The picture does not really do it justice, but this is one MASSIVE brown envelope. Inside were 11 individually wrapped packs of random cards, as David indicated, some for JD and some for me. Clearly David enjoys doing this, and the individual packages are a very nice touch. I showed the bounty to Jacoby...
JD's sights have locked on to target.....
and clearly he was as astounded as I when he saw the packets of treasure waiting to be opened! Lets take a look at some of the highlights (there are way too many absolutely fascinating cards to cover, so I will hit a few...)
Boy Howdy! How about some country lovin from the (Stars?) of the country music industry.
Then we have a couple classics...one disgusting, and one...well, borderline inappropriate! I love the placement of the team name as well as the outline of the chew can in his pocket. Not a shining moment for UD.
Okay...a confession here that I hope does not come back to haunt me...I am terrified of ET. That movie scared the living daylights out of me as a kid, and I am certainly not very fond of it now. Ironic that some of these would show up! That scene where Elliott takes the flashlight out in the woods and peeks in the bushes to find a screaming ET, terrifying to no end....I do love reeses pieces though.
HA! Jim Harbaugh getting dragged across the field by Derrick Thomas. No football in sight! 15 yard penalty at minimum. I will take MAXIMUM pleasure passing this one on to my buddy Ben, who bleeds blue and orange.
But the absolute winner of the entire package (beside the Petey relic) goes to this man right here...
Box: 24 packs x 4 cards per pack = 96 cards
Base Cards: 79 (33% of base set, 39 dups from last box! (ruh-roh) = 75 (box 1) + 36= 111=50.4% of base series.
I can now tell that by the duplicates that I am receiving, it is going to be pretty difficult to get the entire base from 3 boxes, and might now think about a 4th. Are any of you collecting Chrome and are willing to do some trades? I am going to hold off on posting duplicates for the moment until I finish up the third box, and I also will be adding a post for all available refractors soon!
The excitement came near the end of this box. I had not received my rookie autos yet when I pulled the first...
Sweet! Red Sox rookie George Kottaras! We'll see how ol' George end ups with the new Martinez Sheriff in town, but I have to believe that with Tek most likely hitting the road (I will miss the Captain) that Kottaras stands a good chance to do a fair amount of catching, considering that Martinez can platoon so many positions. This is a great pull.
Then it got even better.....
Wait for it......
YES!! This is the first time where I have actually hoped for a particular card and actually gotten it. This is a regular chrome Tommy Hanson Auto! There is no number on the back, so this is indeed the SP that had been rumored. I actually think I let out a nice little surprised yell when I saw this card. Now if only that last box contains Obama, I will be one happy camper!
I have to say, this product has surprised me more than I thought it would. Pulling variety refractors has been very suspenseful, and the results have been terrific so far. I hope my luck holds up.