Saturday, February 13, 2016

Saturday Trade Bait Mania

Aloha, everybody, 

I'm happy to say trade and gifting season is heating up once again, as I'll be shipping cards out to Tim B and Tony L early next week. 

Relic and swatch cards are loved or hated, and I place myself thoroughly in the love 'em camp. Heck, I'll even take a plain old white jersey swatch from the early days of the relic phenomenon. 

Which brings me to this single-colored swatch card. The fans wanted him in LA, but the Dodgers' front office didn't, so he's now pitching for the enemy. I have no need for this card...

2012 Gypsy Queen David Price 

Here are a couple of 2001 All-Star game badges for The Captain. One red bordered offense...

...and one blue bordered defense...

Next up is another card that I just have no use for. I hate this guy. 

But it's the hate that comes from respecting the way he plays the game. Now that he plays for the hated Giants - you guessed it, I hate him even more.

 2011 Topps Triple Threads Unity Relics Autographs Number 41/99

It's definitely a nice card, but I hate the guy! 

Finally, a wildcard...

 1991 Classic Four Sport Card #1 featuring Brien Taylor, Larry Johnson, Russell Maryland, and Eric Lindros.

Happy trading, aloha! 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Deciding What to Collect - AND Trade Bait

Aloha, everybody, 

Since the beginning of the year I've been thinking about the reasoning behind my collection and the meaning of this blog.

One of the beautiful things about our cardboard community is that we hold a rich variety of collecting philosophies. Some of us want every card ever produced for one team, or one player. Some of us focus on autographs and limited edition, high end product, while others chase rookies and pre-rookies.

The last time I blogged about this, I referred to myself as a shotgun collector, with fairly open interests. Since then I've made the decision that 2016 will be the year I work on collecting vintage Dodger team sets - from 1957 until 1980.

 Certainly I understand it's impossible to complete that task in a year, or perhaps over a lifetime of collecting. But we all know, it aint about completing the task, it's about the juice we get from the chase. 

That's where you all come in. I'm humbly asking that you consider my wantlists for these team sets (updated last week) whenever we trade. A few of the checklists are impossibly long, but I'm close to completing a few. With a little help, I should be able to close those out this year, while chipping away at the others.

Of course I'm still happy to receive cards from the other scattershot angles to my collecting, but I'm hoping some of you out there have some older cards that fit these new needs. 

I've got extras of a (small) few of these cards, so I'm hoping that might serve a need or two for you vintage set collectors out there. 

That said, here's some trade bait that's looking for new homes (with more to come over the next few days)...

 2001 Upper Deck Hall of Famers Robin Yount bat relic. These had a hobby pull ratio of 1:24.

1968 Topps Killebrew. 

And a wildcard throw in...

Who loves Pac-Man?