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Monday, April 20, 2015

Trade With Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits: ALL THE GINTER.

I completed my first trade with Matt from the new blog Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits. Go and give Matt a follow, especially if you have any Ginter needs. Matt contacted me out of the blue and let me know he could knock off a huge chunk of my remaining Allen & Ginter needs from the last few years. And Matt wasn't kidding when he said a huge chunk, as he demolished my needs list.

That picture could be better but hey, I'm just learning Instagram. And yes, I'm on there. Card-related things will follow on there too. All told, Matt finished off these set needs I've been sitting on for quite some time:

2013 Base Set + SPs (!)
2013 Across The Years
2013 Civilizations of Ages Past
2013 Palaces and Strongholds

Even when Matt didn't kill a set or subset he lessened it immensely, which is always appreciated, especially considering the snail's pace these years of Ginter were moving at. Matt also sent along a brand new Kemp, a new Russ Martin, and a sweet Corey Seager mini.

Matt, I can't thank you enough for the tremendous set help you provided me with. I'm still working on a return package, and hopefully it'll take us close to even!

Welcome to the card blogging community!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Truly Rare Archer 1/1 Sketch Card!

I'm down to chasing just wonderful sketches from Cryptozoic's Archer release, and one of my biggest remaining needs was a sketch courtesy of one of the handful of rare artists who contributed to the set. The rarer artists produced less sketches than the other artists commissioned by Cryptozoic, and they not surprisingly command a much higher price on the secondary market.

Thankfully my buddy Kyle -- who's provided me with probably well over half of what I have in my Archer collection -- came through once more. He had a pair of rare sketches available and gave me a great deal on the above one. It comes from Mason Easley and features Archer with gun in hand.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Matt Kemp Had Quite The Opening Day.

Matt Kemp had himself a great Opening Day in his first game as a pro not in Dodger Blue. Facing former running mate Clayton Kershaw, The Bison knocked in all three of the Padres' runs off of Kid K via a single and a double.

I'm still chasing plenty of Mattycakes' PC needs, and my latest addition is the above gorgeous auto-triple bat relic numbered 12/75. It hails from the Rising Stars subset of 2007 Topps Triple Threads and was acquired for a measly $9 shipped!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Welcome Back, Matt Kemp!

Matt Kemp returns to Dodger Stadium for the first time in a uniform other than a Dodgers' one as the Padres visit for Opening Day. It's going to be extremely weird seeing him lace 'em up for another team after a great career in Blue.

In honor of the return of my favorite player, here's a Crowd Pleasers auto out of 2011 Topps Tier One I was able to land recently for the low price of $12.53 delivered to my door. It's the gold parallel and is numbered 21/25, accordingly.

It goes very well with the base version /75 of this John Hancock I picked up many moons ago. It was only appropriate to feature a brand new addition to my Bison PC -- which now stands at 370 unique cards -- on the first day he jogs out onto the field at Dodger Stadium from a dugout other than the home one.

Welcome back, Mattycakes! Your hard work, effort, and productivity will never be lost on this here Dodgers' fan. All the best.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

'14 Topps Finest Cyan Plate: Matt Kemp

As 2015 products hit the shelves, I know the days are numbered for cards depicting Matt Kemp as he always should be shown: in Los Angeles Dodgers' Blue. I can still thankfully add reasonably-priced Bisons to the PC and the below Cyan 1/1 Printing Plate out of 2014 Topps Finest was certainly light on the wallet.

I long ago stopped trying to figure out why some plates display the image in the normal fashion while others, like this Bison addition, feature the image reversed. I'm just concerned with adding new Kemps to my collection, and for just over half a blaster this baby is a welcome addition, especially since I fully expected to be outbid and only threw my hat in the ring for giggles.