Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Trading my way to a mini-milestone...

Just a quick post, today, mostly to send a shout out to Chris (aka. casejonz).

Chris and I met through Zistle and have swapped Carter cards in the past. He's a solid dude, and has amassed one heck of a Carter collection. As I've been re-focusing my Carter collection, I reached out to him to see if there was a snowball's chance that some of my "discards", might fill a hole in his wantlist. Admittedly, I was surprised to be able to send him some cards he didn't already have, but he wasted no time in reciprocating, as he'd been setting aside some 1994 CC silver for me. And not just your run of the mill 1994 CC but some serious HOFers.

He also happened to have available the one remaining 'Team vs Team' card I needed, so he gets the distinct honour of being "that guy" that helped put that set to rest of me. To date, that means I've completed the Home Run All-Stars, and now, the Team vs. Team. Still have work to do on the other sets, but it's nice to reach a mini-milestone. And Chris' help didn't stop there.

He'd set aside a pair of Big Hurt cards for me. One I needed, and the other, I didn't *technically* need, but in turns out the one he sent was actually a solid upgrade to the one I had. A while back I bought a lot of 1994 Silver and quite a few of them were very scratched and even kind of dirty. Was quite happy to swap out for a cleaner/crisper card, and actually replaced a Clemens card the same way. And it's only now, as I'm typing this, that I see that Thomas is about to lay a tag on a diving Rickey Henderson. Cool.

The other Thomas card Chris sent along was the team card. The 1994 Collector's Choice has some excellent subsets. The full-bleed team checklists are as good as it gets. Awesome player selection, awesome images. Differentiating the gold and silver signatures on this subset can be tough. Still a really sweet set of photos.

Saving the best for last, The Captain. I couldn't agree to a trade fast enough when Chris mentioned that he had a Silver Jeter set aside for me. I managed to pull the base Jeter from the only Series 2 box that I opened, but not the silver. The gold definitely still eludes me, and will for a while, but I'm thrilled to have the silver in the mix. I read today that he's going to try to buy the Marlins along with a group of investors. No idea if it'll work out; it sounds like there are some other wealthy groups in competition for the team, but I'll certainly be watching that story unfold.

But there you have it. Was definitely thrilled to open this trade package. I'm now 48 cards away from completing the 1994 Collector's Choice Silver set.

Thanks for the trade Chris, and for including all of the extras!

Thanks for reading.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

And the survey says...

Alright, folks, the moment we've all been waiting for.

Can you feel the excitement?
Is the anticipation too much to bear?
Should I show the prize again just to remind everyone what they're playing for?

There it is. A 1911 T205 Gold Border George Gibson with a red Sweet Caporal Cigarettes back.

How about a drumroll?

Nah, I don't now how to type that.

Maybe I should make a speech?

Okay, well at the very least, I'd like to thank those of you that participated in the contest and are following the new blog. I'm really hoping to do a better job of posting to it regularly. I realize the content is a little older than what most baseball card blogs blog about, but I hope that's okay. With any luck, I'll develop some writing skills along the way and be able to keep folks engaged in the topics I'm writing about.

Anyway, who am I kidding? Nobody is reading all this crap, you're all just going to scroll past and look for a list of names, am I right?
Okay, so let's get to it.

As promised, the list was entered into and randomized 7 times, one for each game of the 1909 World Series.

Here are the results:

There were 6 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. NeedMoreCardboard
  2. Dave
  3. Mike Matson
  4. Kevin Papoy
  5. Matthew Scott
  6. Al
Timestamp: 2017-02-07 11:52:43 UTC
You have randomized this list 7 times.

So there you have it! Congratulations Andrew!
Hit me up through the contact form on the blog and send me your mailing address and all that, so that I can get this card out into the mail.

Thanks again everyone!


Monday, February 6, 2017

The show must go on!

This contest sure got off to a bumpy start. The new "dynamic" layout that I tried really wasn't conducive to "following". Thanks to Mike for pointing that out and helping me sort it out.

Then yesterday at some point, the new blog's domain went into "suspended" mode. I have no idea when that even happened, and it's still not fixed. I'm working with the dudes that I registered that domain with to get it resolved. What a pain.

Oh well, the show must go on!

So per my original "rules", today I'm posting the list of everyone that entered, and their number of entries. The new blog has 6 followers (5 who commented in the contest thread; one who commented on the new blog). In no particular order, each of the folks listed below gets one entry into the "draw", to be held tomorrow:

Matthew Scott
Mike Matson
Kevin Papoy

Stay tuned!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Last call! And some cardboard.

So for starters, the contest ends tonight!
Is it a bad idea to do this on the night of Super Bowl? Probably.
But if you're not already too far into a plate of nachos, some wings and the beverage of your choice, then it's not too late to enter.
Actually, even if you're well into all of those things, but you haven't entered, it might not be too late.

Right now, entrants have a 1-in-6 chance of walking away with an authentic T205 of Canadian great George Gibson.

And now that you're here, and I'm writing a post anyway, how about some cardboard?

Admittedly, my Carter collection has slowed down lately. I haven't really had the desire to spend money on it, and have been busy with the project linked to above. Despite that, I do still have my saved search for Joe Carter, and every now and again something pops up on it that at least catches my attention.

Such was the case about mid-way through 2016. What caught my attention was this: 

For those that don't know about this set, it's 1994 Post Canadian.The cards were available in Post-branded cereal. It's an 18 card set, but also includes a "gold" parallel of card number 1 (Joe Carter), and an autographed version of the gold parallel as well, making the true complete set 20 cards.

Of course, there was a catch. The autographed Carter card was the "chase" card, limited to only 1,000 (minuscule by 1994 standards), and put in there to jointly taunt little kids and have them beg their parents to keep buying sugary Alpha-Bits and whatever else.

Anyway, there has been a version of this card on eBay off-and-on for years, listed for around $200. Like the 1994 version in cereal boxes, it's been out there taunting me, and likely other Carter collectors as well. There for the taking, but at a price point that's outside of most comfort zones (or so I assume based on the number of times it's been re-listed).

And then that day happened. This card was listed with a BIN of $14.95. I looked at it only long enough to see that it was still in the cellophane, didn't look at my shipping options, and BIN'd it immediately. The seller didn't ship to Canada, so I routed this to my COMC mailbox and kinda forgot about it until recently when I shipped a bunch of stuff from my COMC mailbox.

It's finds like these that keep me on the fence about what to do with my Carter collection.

Thanks for reading!


Monday, January 30, 2017

Contest reminder!

Just a quick reminder that there's a contest going on, with some pre-war cardboard up for grabs!

Check it out --



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Happy New Blog ... the contest

Well folks, Happy New Year!

You'd never know it from this blog, but I am still actively collecting. I still read your blogs, and very much consider myself in the hobby. Through the second half of last year, I drifted away from Blue Jays and Joe Carter collecting. I grew my 1994 Collector's Choice set, but what I really focused on was my pre-war player collection. I've mentioned it a few times in the blog, but never really felt that this blog was the place to talk about pre-war baseball or my player collection.

But now there is a place to talk about it.
"It" really being Canadian baseball great, George 'Moon' Gibson.

London, Ontario born, Gibson starred with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1905-16. He was among the best of the best of Major League catchers from 1908-12 and starred in the 1909 World Series. In helping defeat the Detroit Tigers, he caught every inning for Pittsburgh. When the Pirates released him in 1916, John McGraw picked him up to play/coach with the New York Giants. After spending parts of two seasons with the Giants, Gibson would go on to manage and coach with stops in Toronto (IL), Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago and back to Pittsburgh. During his career, Gibson played with, and against, the who's who of pre-war baseball. Honus Wagner, Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Moredecai Brown, Tinkers, Evers and Chance, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson and on and on. Put simply, he lived an incredible baseball life. It's for that reason I collect him, and for that reason, a blog dedicated to him was born. The blog won't focus only on baseball cards, but baseball in general -- all centred around Mr. Gibson. My hope is that with such a wide array of subjects to cover, I can maintain a simple one-post-per-week pace and keep the blog active and interesting for all to read.

If you want to check out what I've got so far, visit

Now if you're still with me, let's talk about the contest.
I don't have much content on the new blog yet, but it'll come.
And I'd like to start getting some followers.

So the goal of the contest is to do just that. The rules to entering are simple:

a.) Check out the new blog, and if you think you like what you see, follow the blog. I'm pretty sure the blogger dashboard will show me that you've entered, but a comment on this blog to make sure, would be appreciated.

b.) To gain an additional entry into the contest, blog about the new blog on your blog, including a link to this contest. Confirm you've done that by posting a link in the comments of this blog to your post.

c.) On February 5th, 2017 at 11:59:59.999999 Eastern, the contest will close.

d.) On February 6th, I will post the official list of entrants, accounting for each entry you've gained.

e.) On February 7th, I will enter all of the names into, randomize 7 times (once for each game of the 1909 WS), and the name occupying the number 1 spot on the list after those 7 times, will be declared the winner.

f.) One special note. If the new blog manages to attract 25 new followers through this contest, then I will add a second, also Gibson-related, prize, tbd. If a second prize is added, the first place winner (entrant at the top of the list) will get to choose which prize they'd prefer. The second prize will then be awarded to the entrant at the bottom of the random list, provided it's not the same as the entrant on the top. If the entrant on the bottom matches the entrant on the top, I'll go to the second-last, third-last, etc. until I find a different winner than the first place entrant.

It's that easy.

Wanna know what you're playing for?

This. It's a 1911 T205 Gold Border of none other than George Gibson. If you're not familiar with the set, you can learn about it over at Old Cardboard. To be honest, I'm pretty sure the card is slightly trimmed. However, I'm quite sure it's authentic, and still presents very well for being over 100 years old.

So what'ya say? Interested in a contest?