2008 UD Heroes Autograph

November 21, 2009

I made my semi-regular (read:  when I remember about the site) trip to Checkout My Cards.com the other day, and just recently my cards arrived in the mail.  This site is growing, and I really hope it succeeds long enough for me to get my act together and send some cards in.  You may think this is pessimistic, but it might take me years to get things together.   I like having my cards with me.  I hope for a long and happy future with Checkout My Cards.

I picked up two cards this trip, and was pleased to notice that pricing for ‘hit’ cards is becoming a bit more reasonable (even without having to make offers).  I snagged an autograph and GU card for eBay like prices.  This is good to see, as eBay has changed a lot in the past little while.  I still use eBay for selling my hits (its hard to get the same exposure anywhere else), but this could be an option for those more generic autographs and jersey cards everyone seems to have boxes of.

Upper Deck Heroes had a lot of Josh Hamilton cards.  He had a bunch of base parallels (which I am diligently tracking down), and a similar number of autographed parallels (which I am much slower at picking up.)  I think this parallel is referred to as ‘Charcoal’, but I am not too sure.  I call it Auto /150.  Serial numbers are not up for guesses.

Show Pickups

December 14, 2008

Well, my truck started so I headed off to the show.  Its not a huge show.  Admission is free, if you bring a donation for the local food bank.  Attendance was sparse,  but that wasn’t surprising considering the weather.  I didn’t even really make my rounds – I did all my shopping at a friend’s table.  He brings tons of stuff, and he sells at fair prices.  I started with his hockey boxes, and then he dug out his baseball stuff for a while as well.

Jordan Eberle 07/08 ITG Heroes and Prospects Update Autograph – Eberle plays for my hometown junior team, and he will likely be suiting up for Canada at the WJHC in the next couple of weeks.  He’s a solid player.

08/09 Upper Deck Black Shawn Matthias Rookie Auto Lettermen & 07/08 Upper Deck SPx Erik Johnson Autographed Rookie – I love the Black Lettermen, and Matthias is a Team Canada alum as well.   EJ had some bad luck with a golf cart during training camp and is out for the year (seriously), but he is still one of the good young defensemen in the game.

07/08 Upper Deck Sweet Shot Rookie Cards:  Jack Johnson, Erik Johnson, Anton Stralman (Auto’d) – I picked these up mainly to add to my trade list.  Stralman looks like he will be a good d-man, but he just can’t quite get things rolling and be in the lineup everyday.

2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Collegiate Patches Jeff Samardzija – I just couldn’t resist this – Notre Dame’s logo is so cool, and is a really great looking card.  Good job on Donruss for leaving lots of space on the material for the player to sign.  This is another card that I’ll be adding to my trade list, but won’t lose a lot of sleep if I end up keeping it.

2008 Upper Deck Piece of History Piece of Hollywood:  Kevin Costner Shirt from “JFK”, Jim Carrey Pants from “Bruce Almighty”, Christopher Reeves Cape from “Superman III” and Mel Gibson Pants from “We Were Soldiers” – I am working on this set, and these pickups get me down to only needing 5 more for my set.  I really like the idea for the set.  the lack of pictures hurts the set a bit, but its still a cool idea.   How else would I ever get a piece of Superman’s cape?  I really liked “We Were Soldiers”, and this is my first of the three Mel Gibson cards in the set.  The only disappointing thing is that the Gibson pieces are from some of his civilian costumes in the movie.  Fatigues would have looked cooler (and been more fitting).

So, that’s my haul.  I didn’t buy any packs to break at this one, but I did pick up a blaster of Upper Deck MVP Hockey when I was at Wal-Mart after.  I’ll post the results of that later this afternoon, if all goes according to plan.

Crunching the Numbers

November 22, 2008

When I was a hardcore hockey player collector, I used to obsess over my completion percentages for all of my guys.  I had one collection that was entirely complete, one that was complete pending the issue of the single card my player had each year, and a few that were always around the 90 % mark.  All this ended up with me getting horribly frustrated with the whole endeavor and scrapping those PCs.  I had a lot invested in them, but they weren’t any fun anymore so I packed it in.  It wasn’t a split second decision or anything like that.  I thought about it for a while, thought about what else I might want to collect (if I wanted to collect) and so on.  Then I put my binders away for two weeks and waited….when I found I didn’t miss having new cards to add, that I didn’t miss cringing whenever a new product was released, and that I certainly didn’t miss picking up cards that I didn’t really like, I realized my decision was made.  I shifted my focus to completing the autographs and game used jersey sets from In The Game’s horribly underrated (at least in my opinion) 2007-08 O Canada set.  And I started looking at some baseball cards, and buying a few Hamilton singles.

Initially I went about my Hamilton collection in the same way I went about my hockey collections.  Then, I had an epiphany – I was being an idiot.  I was just going to make myself frustrated and miserable again.  So, I kept my checklist (doubles annoy me, not so much when I trade for them, but very much so when I am buying), but I didn’t have any of my completion percentages tracked.  I also wasn’t working off a ‘complete’ checklist anymore.  When a product came out, or when I was looking back, if there were cards I didn’t want to chase (cough…printing plates….cough) I didn’t add them.  It was so simple.  Now, when I go through a period when I don’t pick up many Hamilton cards, I am probably falling behind, but I don’t really care.  I pick up what I like, mark it off my revised checklist and go on my merry way.

Eventually, when I was pulling together my lists to post on JV’s marvelous idea for Have / Want, I realized my Beckett Collections were broke down into a list of the cards I have, and the cards I want (weird, eh?).  And, there were little numbers at the end of the collections telling me how many cards were in each collection.  So, being the geek that I am (the blog title does partially derive itself from quantum mechanics, let me remind you), I had to calculate a completion percentage.  And, because I don’t really have anything else to write about, I decided to make a post about it.  The magic number?  17.9 %.  For those of you who are curious, that’s 168 Haves and 769 Wants.  It might be off a little.  Not being as obsessive as I once was, I don’t add products to the list the day of release anymore.

Not one of the season’s highlights

October 3, 2008

This is from the Rangers series against the Cleveland Indians May 23-25, 2008. In a season chock full of highlights (I have a series of ‘year in review’ articles planned, if I could ever find time to get things organized), why would I post a picture of Josh getting tossed for arguing balls and strikes? Well, I think mustaches make men look funny, so there is that aspect. The ump has really nice dimples too, but we still aren’t on the right track. Barring a postal mishap (please mail Gods, help me out here), I’ll be revealing why I posted this picture next week. If there is a postal mishap, you will be able to find me in the corner, crying.

Josh is hot….my collection…not.

April 28, 2008

So, the hot start on the field has definitely increased interest in Hamilton’s cards.  I have been in a bit of a slump, since my current ebay activity Hamilton-wise has consisted of getting outbid.  Or watching cards soar out of my target range without even tossing in a bid.  Ahhh, well.  When I checked today, I believe he was leading the AL in average and RBIs.

I’d rather have that than a few more cards.  I can pick up cards later.  Its awesome to watch him having a great season in Texas.

I am also in search of some nice Rangers pictures to use for a new banner and avatar, but I haven’t found anything I like better than the Reds one from Mother’s Day last year yet.

Moments & Milestones Progress

April 1, 2008

Most of my scanning lately has been very boring, but it has allowed me to put together this little guy….

Hamilton M&M Progress

If you want to see a larger version of the grid, click here.  As it says – not quite halfway done.  I am also working on the blue and black versions, but those are coming much more slowly.  I kind of like this whole ‘player as a set’ idea.  I also have the base autograph of Josh from this set.

Week Two Numbers….

February 24, 2008

Got my numbers all crunched for Week 2 earlier today.  I have eliminated the ‘cards incoming’ category from the table, as it was one I had to tabulate manually, and it got a little bit unwieldy.  Pretty happy with how I have been doing, as soon as I get a handle on some of Josh’s 1999 issues, I should be sailing.  I generally consider my collection to be well under way when I have broken double digits in completion percentage for all possible years.  Obviously, that’s not a major concern with 2004 and 2006 in this particular case.  Thanks for following another week, and thanks for the look.

Week Two Status