Thursday, December 28, 2017

Leaving 2017 and entering 2018 !

I am still here !! Although clearly lacking the discipline and time to leave a regular post !! Still, I wanted to leave 2017 and enter 2018 with one last post, a quick overview from a recent COMC package ! Happy New Year everyone !!

Again happy new year and I am fairly confident my posting frequency should go up in 2018 as is will be hard to be as low as 2017 ! Hope all of you are doing well and still happily collecting !!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A day of One on Ones !

This morning I received a package in the mail. Only one place this package could come from, as my trading has been very, very slow, and that's CheckOutMyCards ! COMC has been my standard mailbox in the US to receive my eBay loot and although it has been slow in recent months I was still able to collect a bunch of cool cards for my collection.

Here's what was in the package and let's focus on a huge collection of One-on-Ones ! First up, a cool Panini Pantheon card. A card with a button ! My 2nd button card after the 2014 Panini National Treasurers card of Glavine. Always a welcome variety versus all the jersey and bat cards.

Next up, two 2008 Moments & Milestones. The sporadically pop-up on eBay and if the price is decent I try to get them. I still have some 275 or so to go :-)

I was also able to get my hands on a cool 2017 Topps Tribute 1/1, pictured below. A really beautiful card. The Topps High Tek printing proof from 2014 is my second one of this series.

Lastly, two more 1-1s, a printing plate from the 2014 Panini Hall of Fame Baseball set (Magenta priting plate). Furthermore, a 2004 SP Authentic card, a set in which apperently there are a few 1-1s for several "events", this one for 15th April 2003.

That's it. Never opened a package with 7x 1-1s so really happy about it. I updated and checked my file and I now just passed the 2,250 different Glavine cards mark, representing some 31% of all different Glavine cards. As I own 47% of all Auto cards and 38% of all relic cards I should be able to lift the average to 40% or so by simply expanding Glavine's non auto/relic cards. Looking at the 1-1s, I now have some 15% of all Glavine 1-1s. A lot of statistics but love to track the numbers !!

Hope you all are doing well !

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Button me Bert !

Hi folks, yes, it has been a long time, way too long !! I have been moving house, work is hectic and the kids demand attention as well. So the blog has been suffering and my focus has mostly been on new Glavine and Blyleven cards through eBay and COMC and of course reading all your blogs. I think I don't owe anyone any package but if my admin is messed up due to the move do let me know !

Let's have a quick peak at some of my latest treasures ! First up, my latest Bert Blyleven addition, the Flying Dutchman ! Yes a 1/1 button card from Panini's Immaculate Collection, awesome card and my first Blyleven button card.

Next up, my latest Gypsy Queen 2011 addition. Still a little side project of mine, trying to complete this set. A slow but fun grind so great to be able to add Bernie Williams to the collection !

Last card is of course a new Glavine card, ffrom the 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes set

Hope the summer holiday bring a bit more time for blogging ! Hope you all are doing well !

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Redemption package & a Bonus !!

So today I came home from a long day at work to find a nice FEDEX package !! A Fedex package for me usually means only one thing: a Topps Redemption !!

The last redemption I put into the system had already been months ago, if not longer so I was curious to see which card this might be. Opening up the envelop a Rizzo card surfaced !!

Wow, that one took a few years to arrive. This card is from the 2013 Archives set and is numbered to /25. Yes, you read that correctly, 2013 !! He probably signed hundreds and hundreds of cards in the years thereafter. Nevertheless, I am very happy this one arrived !!

But wait, that's not all ! A second card surfaced !! Unexpectedly !!

Yes, it's a Kyle Tucker card !! Who ??? Yes, that was my reaction also, never heard of ths guy I must admit, a Astros Outfielder. Anyways, I happily take it !! The card came with an apology from Topps for the long wait (since 2013) so I was positively surprised, thanks Topps !!

Of course the Kyle Tucker card is for trade (or sale) and let me know if you did know him already !

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Gypsy Queen Addition !

Quick post with my latest 2011 Gypsy Queen addition. I am still trying to complete the auto and framed relic set so this is a welcome one ! A cool combo card (a shame of the stickers) with David Wright and A-Rod. I am not a big A-Rod fan but still happy to add this one to the collection!

Thanks for visiting my blog today !

Sunday, March 19, 2017

COMC package !!

Quick post today. Still swamped but rest assured, I am still reading all your posts and following your collecting adventures. I received a package from COMC yesterday with a bunch of cool Glavine, Rizzo and Blyleven additions !! Below a flavor of the cards !!

Some cool cards for my collection. Last but not least just a, probably worthless 1/1 cards but I liked it a lot. A Rizzo mini card from the One Star Chewing Gum Company. I guess just made by some hobbiest but in any event a cool nice one for a couple of bucks. Do you like these cards or do you feel the card below is a fraud and hence you are ignoring and avoiding them ? Love to hear your thoughts !

Hope to have some time for some more extensive posts soon !

Thanks for visiting my blog !!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

If America is first, let the Netherlands be second !!!

Usually I don't get involved in politics on my blogs but there were of course some big changes in the US political landscape in recent months. As a result, it seems it's now all about "America First"...and in that case of course, we want to be 2nd !!

Thanks for visiting my blog and as every post deserves a card, here's one of my latest Rizzo additions from 2016 Triple Threads.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Supersized Glavine & Die-Cut Rizzo

Hi everyone, quick post today with a few of my new additions. First up a cool die-cut Anthony Rizzo card that appeared on eBay a few months ago. I haven't checked yet from which set this one is coming from, might be Topps Update.

I was also able to pick up two larger size Glavine cards. Apparently, Topps sells these directly into the market and these are not from packs. They have variations numbered to 49 and to 10. The ones below are the the ones numbered to 49.

Not sure what to think about these. They look pretty cool given they are a much larger size, so something different. At the same time it feels a bit like another avenue for Topps to get my money and I now see them popping up constantly for most sets, which feels a bit like overkill again. But hey, as a Glavine supercollector what can I do :-)

What do you guys think about these ?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year !!

Happy New Year everyone !!! Yes, a few days late but as you might have figured I am still swamped with a lot of other stuff, hence my lack of posting in the last few months. Just wanted you all to know I am still here, alive and kicking, and more importantly, collecting !!

My Glavine collection has been steadily growing, as has my Blyleven collection. Kershaw is still on the way out (but still plenty for sale / trade so see my Kershaw list). I am behind with my Want list and Trade Bait as I still need to add my 2016 Gypsy Queen loot as well as 2016 Series 1& 2 and my Allen & Ginter needs. Hopefully I will have some time in the coming weeks to get up to speed on this one !!

Hope you are all still going strong ! Rest assure (in case you were worried, of course) that I am still following your blogs on a daily basis !!

As every posts needs some cards here are some of my latest additions ! First up a nice addition to my Glavine collection with Carlton and Zito as a bonus !

 Next up, from this year's Panin's Immaculate, here's Blyleven, together with some old stars !

Last, but certainly not least, 2 Allen & Ginter printing plates, Magenta and Yellow !!

Thanks for visiting my blog and sticking with me !! Hope to be back soon !!