Monday, May 29, 2017

30 Day Challenge: Day 26

Day 26: A Favorite Oddball Card From the 80s

1989 Kahn's Cooperstown Collection "Cool Papa" Bell

My Uncle Ed got me this set I believe. The card stock is flimsy, but I think design is excellent. One of the cooler things about this set is that despite the numerous Hall of Famers Kahn's/Hillshire Farms could have put on this small 11 card set, they chose to honor a Negro League star. You didn't see a lot of that at the time, so cards like this helped fill the gap in the game's history.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

30 Day Challenge: Day 25

Day 25: A Favorite Oddball Card From The 70s

After 3 Challenges of cards I don't own, we're back to something I can pull from my personal collection.

1972 Kellogg's #2 Amos Otis

Maybe it's because the blue border compliments the Royals uniform perfectly, but I really like this card design. I think it may even be better than the iconic design Topps put out the same year. It just seems to hold up better, doesn't it? Besides, you can't go wrong with that groovy 3D effect!

Friday, May 26, 2017

30 Day Challenge: Day 24

Day 24: A Favorite Oddball Card From The 60s

Just like yesterday's post, I found this by doing some casual searching:

1962 Auravision Records Ernie Banks

That is just coolness right there. What could be better than a baseball player record? I wish I had one of these (and for that matter, a record player) so I could hear what they sounded like.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

30 Day Challenge: Day 23

Day 23: A Favorite Oddball Card From The 50s

The Challenge gets challenging. I don't own a lot of vintage cards, and my knowledge of oddball sets is close to nothing. For once, I actually had to research my choice. Fortunately, the TCDB made this a little easier. I started at 1950 and went year by year through all the oddball sets, focusing on any set names that caught my attention. I found a great one. Not because of the card itself, or the players involved. I found what might be the greatest advertising slogan ever put to print:

1956 Kahn's Weiners Smoky Burgess

Bravo, Kahn's Weiners, bravo...

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

30 Day Challenge: Day 22

Day 22: A Card Of A Common Player That Always Seemed To Elude You

We're going to do a 2-for-1 special here. To be honest, there was never a player that stuck out as elusive. Not that I could recall at least. However, in the time that I have started entering my collection into the Trading Card Database, two cards have made their elusiveness apparent.

1990 Donruss #15 Ozzie Guillen DK
1990 Donruss #6 Dave Stewart DK

According to the database, my 1990 Donruss set is 99.9% complete. I was certain I had completed this set, but after double checking, I found these two cards have gone rogue somehow. Someday, when I start taking my collecting seriously enough again, I'll acquire these two and restore order to the world again. For now, they elude me.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Repack Haiku

I've been contemplating what else I can post on here. Most of my posts have been centered on the 30 Day Challenge, with a few other posts sprinkled in. Although I've thoroughly enjoyed these Challenge posts, the truth of the matter is that once I'm done with it, I'm going to have to rely on my own creativity for future posts. I thought about doing a random card-of-the-day type deal, possibly going the weekly "Throwback Thursday" route. However, I'm too lazy to go through my collection and randomly select one. I decided to trust in the randomness of the repack. I like repacks - they're cheap, and contain a healthy mix of both cards I'm unfamiliar with, and cards from my heyday of collecting.

So here's the plan. I bought a repack, and will feature every card in it, hopefully once a week. And rather than write a paragraph or two giving my thoughts on card design or the player in question, I'm going to give each wonderful card its very own Haiku. Fair warning - this will probably be awful.

So without further ado, I present the charter member of my Repack Haiku:

First card from repack
It catches your attention
a shiny Pedro

2014 Topps Chrome #109 Pedro Alvarez

Not exactly Walt Whitman, is it?

30 Day Challenge: Day 21

Day 21: A Card Of A Rookie You Thought You Were Investing In

Again, I never collected with an eye towards investment. I was a set collector first and foremost. That being said, I was always aware of how certain cards were being valued, and hoped one day my set would be worth substantially more than it is now. Many rookies came and went, but everyone I knew was collecting Ken Griffey Jr.

1989 Donruss #33 Ken Griffey Jr. (RC, RR)
His Upper Deck card became the one most sought after, but I was happy to get his Donruss and Fleer cards when I could. I have a couple of each, and although they won't pay off my credit card debt anytime soon, I'm still glad they're in my collection.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

30 Day Challenge: Day 20

Day 20: Your Favorite Parallel Card Based On The Parallel, Not The Player

I generally don't like parallels. The card companies have overused it, and it makes collecting a hassle. I did find a parallel I liked, and I think it's one of the few instances where the parallel greatly improves the base set.

1992 Leaf - Black Gold #302 Randy Johnson

Let's look at the base set for comparison:

1992 Leaf #302 Randy Johnson

It's ugly. Gray (or grey if you prefer) is a bland color for a border. It didn't work well for 1989 Fleer, and this is no different. The parallel looks sharper with the black border and excellent use of gold foil trim. To be honest, I don't even mind the lack of the team logo. Even the back of the cards are better:

1992 Leaf - Black Gold #302 Randy Johnson (back)

1992 Leaf  #302 Randy Johnson (back)

Again, boring gray is replaced by a nicer golden color. Leaf should have made the black border the base set and left it at that.

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