Sunday, April 30, 2017

Action Packed

  Pete Pianelli from Trading Bases sent six Cubs cards my way, four 1989 Topps Big and two 1992 Action Packed cards. All are welcome additions to my collection. I had not known of Action Packed cards until these Cubs arrived in my mail box. I like these cards, and I like learning of new things to add to my want list.

#39 Santo 

#76 Kessinger 

  These cards are made by wrapping printed paper around 2"x3" pieces of cardboard.  I know this because one of my cards has the paper wrapping separating from the cardboard. It's not much of a problem because it'll be kept sleeved. Everything is glossy, except the background on the card fronts, which have a flat finish. The players are puffed out from the rest of the card. It gives these cards a nostalgic 3D quality. I don't think the cards themselves could be puffified (yeah, I'm making up words.), without making the card backs concave. Although I have seen cards with minor convex and concave lines on the front and back, I have not seen anything as dramatic as the entire player lifted out from the background. Nice. 

Thanks Pete!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Addison Russell's Card Collection

  This is a fabulous idea from the young Cubs' shortstop. He asks opposing team stars to autograph the back of thoughtfully selected Pokemon cards from his collection.

Gotta Catch 'Em All!

ESPN Article- 'Really bro, Pokemon?' Addison Russell is building baseball's most unusual autograph collection by Jesse Rogers

Saturday, April 22, 2017

One Thousand Cubs Cards

  I have two trades heading my way. The first trade, (coming from a blog reader!) contains this Cubs card.

  The second trade contains these five Cubs cards.

In all, that makes these cards the six cards needed for my Cubs collection to reach the 1,000 cards mark. A big thank you to TJ for reading this blog and making a trade, and a thank you shout out to corozco for trading the other five Cubs cards needed to reach 1,000.

The 2nd X-Files Reboot

  There will be ten new episodes of The X-Files, and if this luck continues, they will air this coming fall.  Since losing a big chunk of interest in The Walking Dead in season V, I have not watched series television since TWD season VI. So some good ol' fashioned Mulder and Scully should set me right. Yeah, this is the tv I want to see.

  TCG card back


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happy 420

  I picked up a copy of the Chicago Reader on my way home this afternoon and found a cool pot shot of Wrigley Field. Happy 420!

Chicago Reader Pot Shots

2017 Topps Opening Day

  Yesterday I opened a 2017 Topps Opening Day hobby box. A good time was had! When all was said and done I had complete base sets for the 3 teams I wanted- Cubs, White Sox, and the Yankees. From 36 packs I found 43 inserts, and only nine duplicate base cards. Not bad numbers.

  I was pleased to find two of the three mascot cards I wanted. I still need a Southpaw (White Sox) card. Fortunately, I have several mascot cards I can trade for him. Clark and Hank. I don't think baseball cards can get much cuter.

Mascots available for trade- Braves, Mariners, Mets, Pirates, Rangers, Rays, Red Sox, Reds, and Rockies.

  I pulled two of the three Superstar Celebrations inserts for the Cubs.


 I still need the Rizzo card (SC-4), and I have an assortment of Superstar Celebrations to choose from in trade- Francisco Lindor, Jayson Werth, Carlos Santana, Andrew McCutchen, Robinson Cano, David Ortiz, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jackie Bradley Jr.

  There were also six Opening Day Edition cards. These are much prettier in hand than in the online scans. Alas, none are Cubs. I have them listed for trade at TCD, along with the other wayward inserts, including eight Incredible Eats and four Opening Day (stadium) cards.
No Wacky Packages were found in this box. I especially wanted the Cubs Deep Dish Pizza. It's Pizza!

  Oh, and I pulled a Bumgarner Opening Day Stars card. (ODS-29) It's really thin. Is it a sticker? Are these rare? I ask because there are only three in collections at TCD.

Until next time!

🌠  TYZ

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In the Morning

  When I know it could be a really good mail day.

Have a great day everyone!


Friday, April 14, 2017


  It's been awhile since I've posted a random pizza photo, so let's rectify that right now.

 Because life CAN be better, and this IS Chicago! 

  Have a great weekend everyone!

Upper Deck In-Motion

  Last month I wrote a blog entry about a few 1991 baseball cards put out by Upper Deck. Oddly enough, about a week later, Beckett published an article on the same topic. Remember Upper Deck's Multiple Exposure Baseball Cards? I found the Beckett article yesterday while searching for a checklist for this card type. I did not find a checklist, but the Beckett write-up provided information on a few cards that were unknown to me.

  Last week, I acquired two more of the multiple-exposure cards.

1990 UD Bert Blyleven #527

1989 UD Jim Abbott #755 Rookie Card

  I like both of these cards, and I like the previous three cards I mentioned last month. I aim to collect all of them. According to the Beckett article, there were only about a dozen cards with this design. Having five of them, is a very good start. I had second thoughts about gathering the 'whole set', because a couple of the cards I saw at Beckett's site looked rather pointless. I mean, who really cares what Jose Canseco (1992 #333) looks like after he swings the bat?  And the card with Don Mattingly (1995 #210) fielding a ground ball, offers little, if any real movement. But for the most part, these are cool cards, and it's too bad this method is no longer being used in card production.

🌠  TYZ

A Special Gift

  To love is grand. To be loved by a baseball buff is to touch the edge of heaven.

  I really do not need to write any words, when I can post an image of Zipper's gift to me.



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Topps - Surf Laundry Detergent

  Yesterday was a mighty fine day. The sun was shining, the White Sox and Cubs both won their games, and the mail bought us much delight! 

  Milo Grummons, from Trading Bases, sent two Topps - Surf Laundry Detergent Baseball Cards Books, one for each of Chicago's MLB teams. (1987) I don't encounter promotional items very often, although I had recently added some promo baseball cards to my want list at The Trading Card Database. Pizzaria cards. How cool is it that someone could deliver a baseball card with your pizza? Or, to sit down in a pizza joint and order a thin crust veggie with a side of baseball card?! Yeah, those would be cool cards to have for any team.

  So, back to these glossy picture books. Very sweet books. We had a pleasant afternoon of looking through these books and remembering cards from our childhood. I love it when Zip tells me stories of her interactions with the White Sox players, and I got to hear more stories, this time with pictures.

  Thank you Milo!

Saturday, April 1, 2017