Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2018 - The One Thing

    I'm not big on New Year's Resolutions. I'm more of a either I do or I don't, and a new calendar year has nothing to do with it. However, there are collection wants that roll back and forth across my mind, and if I had to whittle those wants down to just one thing, what would it be? There are many cards I would like to add to my collection, and Cubs relics are at the top of the list, but I have a player collection that is so small that if I had to choose just one goal for 2018 as far as collecting is concerned, I would choose.... greatly expand my Ichiro collection.  

I have six Ichiro cards, and three of them are 2012 Panini Triple Play. Yeah, I hope 2018 is my Ichiro year. 


    The Double Header card came my way via Julie from A Cracked Bat: Baseball Cards and a Hot Dog.   I find it ideal for Ichiro to cover up Sammy Sosa. I don't think there are two players with a bigger difference in their philosophy for how to attack from the batter's box. I prefer Ichiro's take on batting. That being said, Sammy had WAY too many Cubs cards issued bearing his likeness, so did Frank Thomas for the South Side for that matter. Way too many cards. 

Ah, one of my favorite card pulls from a Topps 2017 Opening Day hobby box.  

    Ichiro's 1,000th hit. I like this card. I pulled it from a repack box that I picked up at Walgreens back in 2016. This was my very first Ichiro card. What one thing, would you like to work on in your collection? 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Baseball Videos & Winter Hobbies


    I'm already going through baseball season withdrawals. It's a good thing YouTube is there when we need it! I usually watch compilations when mixing YouTube and baseball, but this gem of a video is of Ichiro pitching an entire inning in 2015. What a treat!

    I've just about finished sorting the boxes of postcards containing my collections. I want to run through them one more time, and maybe take a count of some of the topics. I'm pretty sure lighthouses are going to be the largest theme.

    Below are a few more samples of the postcards of have in my collection. Formerly, I had started collecting tea cards as well, with the exception of the Zeppelin card, I have listed them for trade at the Trading Card Database.

Observatories and Telescopes 
(From Hubble to tourist view-scopes)



 Gold Mines, Ghost Towns, Gold Mining Camps etc... 

  Cryptids and Hoax Creatures 

    Jackalopes are probably found on postcards more than any other hoax creature. There are even postcards of cowboys riding giant rabbits while herding cattle. I'm not sure why giant rabbits are scary. When I was a kid I watched Night of the Lepus, and it scared the snot out of me. Food of the Gods did too. I still love monster movies.


Everyone have a great day!

Friday, November 10, 2017

First Snow and the Happenings

    It's more cold than anything, but today marks the first snow of the season for us folks in Chicago.  There's not much snow out there, but the flakes are growing larger, and the density is beginning to look like a blizzard.

     Earlier this week, I watched one of the best documentaries that I have seen in a long while. (Netflix) First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon.  

    I think what makes this documentary stand out from other first contact documentaries is that the Sapanawa tribe speak a dialect that is closely related to known tribal languages in the region. Because of the ability to use translators to communicate so early in the contact, we get very raw information that isn't diluted by narrator commentary. The exchanges are absolutely fascinating. To hear natives saying that the anthropologist's singing sounds like 'shit', or that they love clothes and were embarrassed to be naked was surprising! This doc does not disappoint. The hardships they endured are things that all of us can relate to, so if you have never watched First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon, take the time to do so. You won't regret it.

    Speaking of Netflix, The Battered Bastards of Baseball got a thumbs up from me, and now I find myself missing Big League Chew! Loved it as a kid! I've looked in all of the neighborhood stores, and no one carries it. What a travesty! Oh well. Hey, Netflix has recently added the Jackie Robinson biopic film '42'. I haven't watched it yet, but it is on my to-do list.

    Yesterday, I pulled out the boxes containing my postcard collection. I am enjoying going through them, sorting and reorganizing. It's nice finding gems that I haven't thought about in a while. With all the snow fall, I think today will be a good day to play with postcards.

    A few of the topics I collect on postcards:



Northern and Southern Lights 

    (I'll share more postcard themes in the near future.) Ah... the melody of snow blowers blasting cars with snow missiles. Time to grab another handful of postcards and party like an old lady. Peace Y'All!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Congratulations Houston!

   Congratulations to the Houston Astros, the 2017 World Series Champions!  

Now comes the long winter of no baseball, tempered by the warmth of trade rumor fires.  I can't wait to start over next year.  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Connecting Collections


    This morning, after reading a few blogs that I follow, I found myself wondering what reasons other collectors have for collecting players that are not based solely on their athletic prowess, but for other obscure connections.

    I know some PCs are chosen because of where or when they were born, or their alma mater etc.. I don't have anyone that I am collecting because of a connection that does not play into their talent. I collect Melky Cabrera because he is a joy to watch play, but it just so happens that he and Zipper share a birthday. That's cool. If I knew of ball players that have earned degrees in anthropology or archaeology, I'd enjoy putting together a collection of them.  Yeah... I would like that very much.

    Then there is Tetsuharu Kawakami the Zen hitter. I don't think I would seek to collect him if he was just another great batter, so his Zen practice plays a role in wanting to collect him.

    I believe Ichiro also possesses a Zen mastery at the plate, but I don't know that to be a fact. I do keep an eye out to add his cards my collection, and I am certainly thankful that his cards are easier to come by than Kawakami's cards.

    Who or what do you collect that has little to do with a team or player skills? If you answer on your blog, please post a link here in the comments. I'd love to read your answers.

Have a great day!

Friday, October 27, 2017

What Gives?


    Does anyone know why the Followers widget is no longer working? Temporary? Permanent? It is not working on anyone's blog today.

Freebie Fun!

Good morning everyone! 

    I'm posting two images here that my fellow bloggers may download, annotate, decorate and use on their blogs. Emily, who is usually seen only in her wedding day attire has donned the gear of both the North Side and South Side teams. -Sorry to the blogging fans of the other MLB teams, but we have only Chicago jerseys and jackets. Although Zip does have a Padres (blue & silver cap), and possibly other MLB travel caps under the hat stack, we have no torso garments to match.

    If you ever post one of these in a brilliantly altered fashion, please post a link here. I'd love to see what you've done.

Have a great day!