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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Shawn Marion For My Birthday

I decided to clean through a box of randomness on Friday while at work and about halfway through a card caught my eye. I pulled it from the box, let out an "Oh yeah!" and showed it to my boss. He gave me a quizzical look and I explained that Shawn Marion is my favorite basketball player. He grabbed the card, took a quick look at it and handed it back while saying "Happy Birthday." Works for me!

Hand-numbered 50/315 -- probably not by Shawn himself -- this SAGE offering from 1999 features The Matrix in his UNLV garb. That's one obtrusive sticker but I do enjoy college and minor league cards. Pre-rookies are still rookies in my book.

Thanks Zack!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Trade With Coot Veal and the Vealtones: Vintage Dodgers Are The Best.

I completed my second trade with Dustin from Coot Veal and the Vealtones. Dustin contacted me about some Dodgers' bait he had and after a handful of e-mails we had worked out a deal complete with both new and old cardboard.

Vintage! Vintage first, because of course vintage first. This '57 Podres immediately caught my eye from a trade bait post Dustin put up and I just had to have it. That Brooklyn B had a lot to do with my desire to acquire.

Floating heads! Would you believe it wasn't Wally Moon that attracted me to this 1962 Topps Leaders card? Mr. Clemente has a strong and growing hold on me.

We round out the vintage portion of this trade post with a well-loved 1952 Bowman of Carl Furillo. It pairs nicely with the well-loved '52 Bowman Campanella I have.

Moving on to more recent cardboard we start with a triple relic of Don Drysdale. It's a bit creased but I'm not passing on game-used Drysdale cards. It's #'d 42/99.

I was able to add many a new Matt Kemp card, starting with this manufactured coin thing from 2013. It's also numbered, 47/99 to be exact. It's....heavy.

The rest of the Kemp pickups plus 5 new Clayton Kershaw cards for my Kid K PC. I'm closing in on 400 unique Bison cards and should be there by the end of 2015.

Dustin also added a pair of new Russell Martin cards along with a pair of much appreciated and needed Allen & Ginter inserts and a relic I sent to Stupienski.

Thanks for a wonderful trade Dustin!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Vin Scully Auto For My Birthday!!!

I turned 26 yesterday. It was a fun day as I worked at the card shop, pigged out at lunch with some pizza and wings, had the best gelato in town with my wonderful mom, and treated myself to a birthday gift I had been looking forward to for months.

From my Instagram account -- hey, give me a follow -- that's my bearded mug on the right marveling at the latest addition to my collection and probably the coolest or second coolest thing I own (depending on your personal sports preference): a sweet-spot autographed baseball from the GOAT, the legendary Vin Scully! My bosses were kind enough to order me the ball and their help in acquiring it will be something I am forever grateful for (thanks Matt and Zack!!!).

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Ginter-Themed Contest.

Matt over at Bubba's Bangin' Batch of Baseball Bits is holding a Ginter-themed contest.

Check it out here!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Getting Handed The Entire Contents of a 6-Hit Box.

One day a couple of weeks ago at work a really good customer was in selling some stuff to us. He bought a box of 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football while he was there and we were talking about some of his pulls as he broke the box. Right as he was about to leave he came over and handed me the box and said he wanted it to go to somebody who would better appreciate it. I thought he meant the store. He actually meant me. So yeah, I was handed the entire contents of a more than $100 box for absolutely nothing, just because. Thanks KN!

Todd Gurley is the only name I recognized from the six autos in the box, and that's both because he was suspended last year and was the best running back in college, going 10th overall in the draft to St. Louis.

Some random cards will dominate the final two scans. Melvin Gordon was the Chargers' first-round selection this year. The Welker is #'d out of 99 and shiny. Beckham is a beast.

A few cards of former UCLA QB Brett Hundley.