Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
It was my second full year back into the card hobby itself. I threw a very wide net over all the cards I had collected previously and decided that I would finish practically every single set I had ever started. I created a master checklist (I previously called it The Super Duper Checklist but realized that sounds really stupid) which at one point was over 100 sets. I discovered sportlots.com and picked cards off that site on what seemed like a daily basis. I also discovered Cleve’s auctions and was buying anything and everything I could get my hands on with no rhyme or reason.
- Knock Master Checklist down to 20 sets. I’m at 30 right now and there are a few sets I can knock out with only a handful of cards. Again, I expect to add some 2012 sets, so I really need to knock off some of the low hanging fruit soon.
- Add 15 more cards to my 2009 Topps Sterling set. I had a lot of momentum on this set early in the year but have hit the wall over the past few months. The cards I need are getting hard to find, and when I do find them, they are expensive. I need 27 more cards to finish this set, and if I can average just over 1 card a month and get most of that knocked out, I will be happy. I don’t mind taking two more years to finish this one.
- Get one of the “Big Cards” for my SPX 2003 Winning Materials Set. I only need 7 more cards for this set, but two of those are Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams. They will not be cheap. I’ll get one in 2012 and one in 2013.
- Finish 2011 Gypsy Queen Master set before 2012 GQ comes out. The green paper parallels may be difficult to finish, but the others will be pretty easy. I’m not collecting the relics or mini’s so I guess it’s not really a master set, but who cares.
- Hold at least 2 Big Fun Games. Folks seemed to like these, so I will make every effort to have a few more in 2012.
- Build a Topps Sampler album. Have one 9 pocket page for every Topps base set from 1951 to 2012. As the pages become complete, I will over the course of time replace common cards with better known players.
- Attend the Futures Game during All Star Weekend in Kansas City with the lovely wife and kids. Every time I see this event on TV, there are tons of empty seats. I would hope that means tickets are readily available. All Star Weekend in KC should provide plenty of blog fodder.
- Maintain organization of cards. I’ve done pretty well getting everything corralled, it’s just a matter of keeping up. I should probably thin out some of the bulk wax I don’t need any more.
- Set up a Trade Bait page with images of “good cards” I have available, and checklists of base/common cards available.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Blog Post That I Will Read The Most In 2012 And Stroke My Ego: Coot Veal And The Vealtones
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
As an experiment, I would like all of you guys with girlfriends to find a current picture of your gal, and one from at least two years ago. When she is your presence, hold up the pictures side by side and say “Huh. Note the fat and the aging.” Please document her response and send me a recap. I will compile the data and release an executive summary of my findings. Notice I didn’t ask the married guys to do this. I do not want to be responsible for any divorces.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Hope everyone is enjoying their day. I had to take a moment to show off this awesome painting the lovely wife got me for my office. The more I look at it the more I love it!
Also I keep forgetting to mention 2011 A&G blasters and rack packs and Topps Chrome 2011 blasters are all on Rollback 25% off at Walmart. FYI.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Holiday season! This experience in the blogging world has been a gift that has kept giving all year long through the contact and interaction I've had with all of you, and I appreciate it!
He certainly knew what he was doing with the cards he sent me:
Thanks for the great cards David, and I hope you enjoy what I sent you.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Dear Valued eTopps users,
Due to rising costs of doing business and increased costs to our shipping partners, eTopps will be raising its shipping rates beginning early next year. This is the first price change for eTopps in several years. Also at this time, eTopps points will no longer be accepted for shipping.
If you would like to take advantage of today’s current shipping rates, please be sure to visit your card portfolio in eTopps.
Thank you for your continued business!
The Topps Company
Being in the business world, I understand that sometimes things like this have to happen for a business to stay profitable. But using points for shipping cards was a huge deal to me. With shipping costs now from eTopps being $6.95 for the first card and $.85 each additional card, I shudder to think what the new higher costs will look like. I was able to tolerate these exorbitant charges because you also had the option of using points (1 point= $1 of shipping) to pay to ship cards. And while I like having cards in my port, eTopps cards in hand are really nice and at the end of the day I want real cards, not virtual ones.
But what really bugs me about the timing of this is that 2011 MLB, MiLB and T206 cards were stated to be available to ship on Dec. 8th. Dec 8th came and went and 2 weeks later these cards are still unavailable to ship.
With the unavailability of 2011 cards and the recent vague announcement about shipping costs/terms, I was curious if the 2011 cards would remain unavailable to ship until the new costs/terms went into place. That seems like a reasonable question and I sent eTopps a polite note asking just that:
I was wondering when the cards that were scheduled to be available for shipment a couple of weeks ago will be available? I was planning on getting them in for Christmas, but it looks like that will not be possible. How much longer do you anticipate the delay lasting on these? Will they be available before the new costs and shipping terms take place?
Here was eTopps reply:
Thank you for taking the time to write with your question, and please accept our apologies for any difficulties you have encountered while attempting to use our service.
In order to determine possible causes, at your convenience, please contact our Customer Service team (toll free) at 1-800-489-9149. A Customer Service representative will be available between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm (ET) Monday through Friday to help troubleshoot and resolve any problems you may be experiencing.
Thank you once again for taking the time to write. We look forward to speaking with you.
etopps Customer Service team
Somehow, I don't think my message was actually read. I simple "yes they will be available before the shipping changes take place," or "no they will remain unavailable until the shipping changes take place," or even "we had a problem with the printing of these cards and we are not sure when they will be available" would have been good. I'd even settle for, "the cards are available but we just don't want to send them out unless we can get more money for it."
I'm not dicking around on the phone all day over this, so I'm not taking their suggestion and calling customer service.
The response on the message boards has been intense. There have been a ton of minor issues with eTopps this past year, and the attractiveness of the final product may be starting to lose its leverage. Who knows how this shipping chage will impact the way the cards are purchased. Points were a big deal in eTopps world, but they just lost a ton of their importance, and it will impact the value of cards going forward. Case in point, here is my tracker for the week:
There were a couple of new cards this week, Tim Tebow and Victor Cruz. I didn't buy either, and it doesn't look like I missed out on anything:
I'm not a doom and gloom guy by any stretch of the imagination, but it's getting really hard to keep promoting and celebrating eTopps lately.
Thanks for another great transaction Mike!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Thanks for being a great trading partner Jeff, and I'll get some good stuff out to you soon!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Even with all my preparation, I came away empty handed for the first time ever at a Cleve auction. The stuff was just too rich for my blood, and the fact of the matter is that I am a small timer with this stuff. There were guys there Tuesday night dropping several thousands of dollars. I just can't do that. But, I still enjoyed myself and got to see some really cool pieces. The Turkey Red vintage cards were simply awesome. The Michael Jordan litho was incredible. And the vintage Cracker Jack cards were super cool. It was just all out of my range. There was a Triple Threads 2011 6 PC relic book of HOF pitchers that I made a feeble attempt to buy, but once it got past $30 I chickened out.
Cleve was kind enough to give everyone who attended a nice pack of baseball or football cards. I got a free pack of Allen and Ginter, but didn't hit anything.
So I'm sorry I don't have a more compelling story to tell. I'm hoping to get back on the small-time saddle next week when the standard auctions resume.