Sunday, July 23, 2017

Ripping Some Sunday Packs from the BFG

Aloha, everybody, 

As you may remember, good ol' Wes sent over a big ol' box of assorted goodies to me from his Big Fun Game. 

There was sooo much good stuff in there, I still haven't finished ripping all the packs that he sent me. I've been holding them on the side just for an occasion like this. 

Let's rip a couple, shall we...

Let's lead off with 1988 Score - because these cards are "photo quality"!

These will work. A nice Molitor with a dirtied up uniform and a member of the Big Red Machine with big red stirrups. 

Here's a 3-D card that is spposed to commemorate Yaz's role as a hero in the 1967 pennant race.  

It turns out this card's claim to fame is to be an error card. Note the sentence on the back that has the Tigers playing in two stadiums at the same time (it should read, "the Twins were at Fenway"). 

I always love to pull a World Series hero, Joe Carter card...

The blue overtones and shadows make this a very attractive card...

Now the DonRuss pack...

We get a sentimental favorite and a Dodgers cuppa coffee man...

Yount is always a good pull...

We close with this simple puzzle piece. There's not much here but a fragment, just a bat and the top of a cap...but it's the perfect design. It would make a great wall painting. Doncha think? 

Thanks Wes, this is a prize that is still giving! 

Aloha and happy Sunday! 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Never Judge a Trading Partner by the Cover of his Blog

Aloha, everybody, 

I first became aware of Paul's TTM Autograph blog back in April. I spotted a Pee Wee Reese relic card on Paul's blog, and we quickly put together a one for one swap; he got a Jim Thome batting helmet card from me. 

I thought that was going to be a one and done trade for us, because I presumed Paul was only interested in higher end cards. You know, autographs and such. I could not have been more wrong, as Paul and I have quickly become regular trade partners. The kind that you just set a pile of cards aside for, and then ship them out when the pile is high enough. 

Paul recently came across an awesome $5 box-o-cards at a garage sale and he generously decided to share the wealth with little ol' me. Here are some select highlights...

Leading off is some vintage that chipped away at my team sets chase. 

Awesome! Pedro Guurrero RC!! Bonus: Rudy Law and some scrub. 

More from one of my favorite "ones who got away". I've officially got enough Konerko prospect and RCs to start chasing more...

Viva Puig! Viva ridiculous weather map backgrounds! 

Mas Nomo? Hai! 

These cool 3-D die cuts on Paul's blog got these trade talks going...

 I casually mentioned in the comments that I liked this Big Hurt photo, and Paul included it! 

 How about this? My first Davey Lopes relic, on a well-designed card...

And my first Paul Lo Duca auto...

This Topps Chrome Campy is absolutely beautiful in hand...(my scanner lopped off the bottom of it) 

Also beautiful is this 2007 Turkey Red refractor numbered 66/999
The colors in the sky are stunning.

Paul sent these sweet 2015 GQ Fernando minis to me in a PWE earlier...

This is the backside of its companion mini, numbered 95/199

Those are just a few of the many, many cool cards Paul sent my way. Now let's check out my card favorite of all...

1997 Dennys 3-D Jackie Robinson. Why is this my fave? First, Jackie. Next, the card designers chose an awesome, rarely used photo of an older Jackie (note the grey hair) in a play at the plate. That looks like a Cub patch on the catchers uni. Third, the 3-D effect is clear and true. The catcher's mitt really appears to be below Jackie. This card has quickly become one of my favorite Jackies in my collection. 

THANKS for the great new cards, Paul. I'm off to find a lucky yard sale! 


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Sweet Contest Win From Sports Card Info

Aloha, everybody, 

Are you familiar with Sports Card Info blog? SCI shows off cards of the day, reviews card releases, and runs contests giving away cool cardboard - which often features autos or relics. 

The contests are super easy because all you have to do is read the blog and make a comment. There's currently a giveaway for an Albert Pujols relic card. 

Great idea and cool blog, right? Right. I spotted a Dodger card contest and I threw my cap in the ring. BINGO! I hit and I scored. 

Welcome to my collection, 2017 Topps Finest Rob Segedin RC autographed RC. 

THANKS, SCI, for this very nice prize. 

I also got a cherry on top...

It's a cool (Dodger blue) SCI pin. Very nice! 


Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Golden Age of Blogger Events, Games and Prizes

Aloha, everybody, 

Is it just me, or have these past couple of months in the blogosphere been a whirlwind of contests, giveaways and big time trade-a-thons? 

It's not a bad thing. Not at all. Increased interaction among us is a great thing. Our periods of "quiet blogging" are punctuated by the occasional contest and blog bat around, but it seems to me this is different. We're in the middle of a golden period of interaction, trades and gifting in our community. 

Fittingly, my brother from another mother, who we all recognize as one of (if not THE) most generous of bloggers around, good ol' Wes, kicked all of this off with his revival of the Big Fun Game. That set the ball rolling and the blogosphere has been filled with one event after another ever since. Some events, of course, have bee more successful than others. 

One idea that I liked, which unfortunately has stalled (for now), was the Fun-at-a-Time book chain, which was launched by Matt, from Summer of '74. The book chain slowed up here on ATBATT, but it did spur some positive comments. A good suggestion came from Jon, the proprietor of A Penny Sleeve for Your Thoughts. He surmised we would have more time for reading books in the baseball offseason. I'm thinking we may have to revisit the book chain at that time. 

As I mentioned, the book chain stalled, but it won't stop. Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown mentioned he wants to read Mint Condition (the first book in the chain), so Gav, as soon as I'm finished reading it (I'm presently about a third of the way through), I'll be sending it off to you. There's no obligation that you run the book chain. I'm just completing my part in the chain, and I'm happy to pass off a good book to someone who wants it. 

But I digress. Back to our golden age topic. I'm backed up with winnings posts, so the next few will be featuring my loot from a few contests. 

Here we go with my winning item from The BFG over at Johnny's Trading Post. Check this out...

It's a heavy duty, and I mean HEAVY, bronze, Roberto Alomar RC from the Highland Mint. 

It's a pretty cool relic, but I'll have to admit, I'm not really an Alomar or Padres collector, so I'd like it go to a loving home. Anybody out there fancy a trade? My ears and eyes are open. 

John also included some bonus Dodgers for me that I do collect. Yahoo! 

 Finally, hard luck Julio Urias, whose out for who-knows-how-long with arm troubles. This despite the Dodgers' best-intentions of pampering him. I'm hoping for the young southpaw's speedy and complete recovery.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fun-at-a-Time Book Chain Part Dos

Aloha, everybody,

Time to follow up with my part of the Book Chain that Matthew, from Summer of 74 blog started up. I picked up Mint Condition from Matthew, and now I'm offering up a book for someone else to read. 

Here's how the book chain will work, ATBATT style. Below are a few books which I offer up to you, dear reader. However, choose just one. 

In return, all we (of the Book Chain) ask, is that you simply offer a book to the next reader in the chain. Pretty simple, right? Let's get to the offerings: 

There was a time that I was big on reading baseball biographies.  Let's lead off with a few...

There was also a time that I picked up most of my reading material from used book stores and library sales. A couple of these once belonged to the local library. 

Some of the best things about these old books are the photos inside. 

Here's an LA Ram bio. Seems football players need ghost-writers also...

Next up is my favorite athlete bio of the bunch. 

On to the non-bios. Of course, The Boys of Summer would be in my library. Although, it's a roundabout bio, of the World Champeen Brooklyn Dodgers. 

Men At Work was a surprise gem. 

In it, Will lays out the thought processes and methods of the men who made baseball history and lore, mostly in their own words. He explores the manager, the pitchers, the defense, and the offense. 

One of my favorite parts was Orel Hershiser telling us what he experienced in the Dodgers' run to the 1988 World Series, and his record-breaking scoreless innings streak along the way. 

And now, for something completely different...

Finally, the book that started it all...

If you want to read this one, I'll be happy to pass it on, but I ask you to indulge me, and give me a little time to finish reading it. It can be a fast read for someone with the time, but I suspect it will take me a few weeks. 

How do you get one of these books? Just comment below - and add the book you would like if you should win. I would appreciate a brief mention on your blogs or the twitters. Let's spread some book love, right? 

 I'll set a deadline of midnight Friday PST. Then I'll randomize the names (hopefully, there's more than one person interested) and the winner gets the book he or she chose. 

Easy as reading.