Monday, October 26, 2009

You'd think I'd have this down by now... OY!

I know I should have all of your addresses, and probably do but don't have your blog names associated with your real names. So....

Here are the folks that I need your mailing address again, please:

AlbuqwirkE (unless you are aka Kris)

Rod (unless you are aka padrographs)

Collective Troll (how do i not have this!?)

Dave R

McCann Can Triple


Man, I feel like a retard (no offense to people with feelings or who may or may not be retarded or know someone who may or may not be).

As soon as you send me your addresses, I know the database will light up like a Christmas tree, er, a Jack-O-Lantern.

Please just send me your addy to Thanks!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Trick or Treat and Random Packs

Wow, I had no idea it has been nearly a whole week since I last posted.  Life has been keeping me pretty busy lately! Some bloggers out there will read this and say, "Well, if you had the passion to post, you wouldn't let that happen."  And to them I say, "pbtpbtpbt" in the vein of spitting raspberries. :-)

I am preparing the Trick-or-Treat packages to go out this week, and here is the list of victims for this year's endeavor:

  1. Baseball Dad
  2. Mark's Ephemera
  3. gcrl
  4. AlbuqwirkE
  5. Duane
  6. dayf
  7. Erin
  8. Rod
  9. The Diamond King
  10. White Sox Cards
  11. Brian
  12. night owl
  13. Collective Troll
  14. madding
  15. AdamE
  16. SpastikMooss
  17. Bo
  18. Dave R
  19. TheJaw
  20. JustinB521
  21. TSHenson
  22. PunkRockPaint
  23. Thorzul
  24. Don
  25. WickedOrtega
  26. McCann Can Triple
  27. Flyinloco
  28. FanofReds

I also owe a couple folks some random packs, and those will go out this week too.  My deepest apologies for not getting those this past Monday as I had said!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Breaking up is hard to do

I'm letting go... (sidenote - "Letting Go" is one of my all-time favorite Joe Cocker singles).

If you are reading this, and you are an Indians and/or Expos/Senators/Nationals fan, then you have been given the green light to take over my spot in I-Am-Joe-Collector's monthly box breaks.  The breaks have been fun and have netted me some very cool cards, but I am stepping out of the way for someone else to come in and take over.

I left a comment on Joe's blog, making it official, so those of you that want to step in and grab some Tribe cards, rush on over and tell Joe you want my spot(s)!

Now before anyone starts up the rumor mill, let me say that the reason I am bowing out is because the seasonal giveaways are coming up and I want to use my card funds for fun and games in sharing and spreading the wealth of card collecting!  Sure, I could forego "12 Days" this year, but, um, well, no I can't. I enjoy it way too much!

Tribe Cards from Westgate-on-Sea!

Do you know Jack?  How about John?

Most of you know him as JackPlumstead on The Pursuit of 80's(ness), and I usually refer to him as "John from across the pond."  No matter how you look at it, when a package of cards comes from Westgate-on-Sea, I know there will be cool stuff and that I am trading cards with a guy in England (and NOT England, Arkansas either)!!  I realize this is a bit of a digression here, but take a moment to stop and think about that - trading baseball cards with people all over the world.

When I was a kid, I had a group of friends (my brother, Mike, David (not myself, of course, another one), Anthony, a few others) that loved to trade cards.  We were young and naive then, so we liked to glue the cards into sprial notebooks.  Then, when it was time to trade, we would rip the cards off the pages and trade them.  We never cared what the BACKS looked like, it was all  about the fronts and who was on them.  We even made insane trades for checklists if the right person's name was on the thing.

Fast forward to today.  My circle of trading friends has grown immensely, and now it is more than the folks I see on a regular basis (or on any basis).  Thanks to Internet in general and "the web" & blogging specifically, I am trading cards with people from all over the US (one of which lives about 35 miles South or so) to other countries!  Perhaps I am being a bit dramatic to some of you, but I am young enough to se the world as flat as it has become, but I am also old enough to appreciate exactly what that means.

Whether you are a country music fan or not, Brad Paisley sings a song now in which one of the lyrics goes like this: 
"My grandpa was in World War II, He fought against the Japanese.  He wrote a hundred letters to my grandma; Mailed em from his base in the Philippines.  I wish they could see this now, Where they say this change can go.  Cause I was on a video chat this morning, With a company in Tokyo."
Web pages, online checklists, blogging, audio podcasts, online video box breaks, trading cards with far away lands.  We live in some pretty amazing times.

And speaking of amazing things, THANK YOU, JackPlumstead, for some VERY cool cards!  I am a huge fan of the thick Fleer eX and Flair cards!  I also like the Topps Attax cards. I know a lot of folks don't but, I am a big kid at heart, so anything that is 'gamish' appeals to me!  The Sizemore StarQuest foil card is a great example of how companies should use foil on cards - just enough for a WOW! factor, but not so much you can't read the bloomin' thing!  I like the blackout 2009 Topps cards, too.  They're different. 

I also appreciate the Joel Skinner card.  I think he got the royal shaft when he was cut from the team during the de-Wedging of the Tribe.  Skinner was not the greatest Triber to play for the team, but I believe he is one of biggest FANS of the team.  I don't know how many players feel about such things, but if I had played for a team and then was working on the team in ANY capacity after my career was over, I'd call that pretty fulfilling. 

I loved getting these! Again, thanks a bunch!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

very quick update

I am presently "borrowing" internt access from my mother-in-law, who lives across the yard from us.  We got a TON of rain over the past few days, and evidently our DSL runs in the open and dies when added to water.

I have card packages from John across the pond and my cards from the I Am Joe Collector Goodwin Champions break.  I think I might have another package, too, but I'm not looking at them to know for sure.

I will be posting the pics and packages once things are back to semi-normalcy (things are never normal for me, just ask my wife).

Monday, October 12, 2009

Going all Technorati on me...

So, I've decided to try my hand at Technorati, and they want me to do this: sfy56i74rg
Good luck to me, right?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Coincidence? Decide for yourself...

I was out of town for the past several days, though I had created a few scheduled posts so things wouldn't lie dormant for too long.  I have to admit, I like scheduled posting.  This is not one of those.

After I returned home, I had a package from BaseballDad.  When I opened it, I found a white insert-holder with the following written on it:
I wasn't in the blogosphere last year at halloween so I hadn't thought of blogger "tricks."  This pack was made up BEFORE your "Trick-or-Treat" post.  As Ripley says, "Believe it or not" Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!! (yes, verbatim!)
And then I began to reveal the cards.  It did not long to detect a pattern.  See if you can make it out (click on the photo to enlarge it):

So, did you see it?  I was "Alomared" in BaseballDad's own special way.  Every other card was a Steelers card!  How cool is that!? 

Oh, what?  You mean that WASN'T the "coincidental trick??"  Are you telling me that the trick WASN'T a stack full of Steelers card to an Indians/Steelers fan? 

What do you mean?  Are you saying that not only did he send every other card as a Kenny Lofton, but it was the SAME Kenny Lofton card? 

I just want to know if dayf put him up to that!?

As an aside, there are some very cool Steelers cards in there!  This was something of a trick AND treat!  THANK YOU very much, Baseball Dad!!  This was a lot of fun!  My wife laughed when I started showing her the pile of cards.  Well done.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Thorzul's Fleer Greats

Not long ago, Thorzul held his own group break.  He offered up cards from a 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game box.  One of the offers was for "Every other team."  Since the Indians were included in that group, I figured "why not?"  And, boy howdy did I hit the jackpot! 

Let's start with the "hits" of the box that I received.  How about an Earl Averill game-used bat!  Yeah, that's right, INDIANS! Wahoo!

Oh, but that isn't all of the fun in this group break!  You see, I also snagged another game-used bat...  How about Mike (friggin-ay) Schmidt!

And was that the end of the fun and games? Oh no!  How about a "Jack the Ripper" nickname card of Jack Clark!?

But, wait!  There's more!  We finish out the day with a Boog Powell autographed card!

And, I use the term "finish out" loosely, since there were TONS of cards in the stack!  Well, okay, 'tons' is a bit strong, but as you can se, there were tons of 'em!

AWESOME stuff!! Thank you, Thorzul!  I'm very happy with my decision to bite the bullet, pay a few extra bucks and go for it!  Well worth the price of admission!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Max strikes again!

I received a package from Max in the mail the other day (well, a few days, really).  I had to do a double-take because he just recently sent me some cards.  Sure enough, they were from him with a note stating, "these should have been in your last package..."

HOLY SMOKES!  These are very cool inserts and parallels of some GREAT Tribe players: Lofton, Belle, Carter, and a whole slew of Murray.

And then, just for fun, Max tossed in a 1957 Topps Gene Woodling!  Man, this was another great surprise from Max!

Thanks a bunch for some VERY noteworthy Indians!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

September JoeCollector Break Cards

For no good reason whatsoever, I had not posted these cards yet.  So, I figure this is a good time to do it!  These are the cards I won from IamJoeCollector's monthly group break in September.  He busted a box or so of ICONS and of Topps Finest and the coolest card of the bunch is the Kelly Shoppach LETTERMEN patch card:

It's a manufactured patch, but it at least LOOKS like it could have been cut from an Indians uniform.

Also for no good reason I could think of at the time, I signed up for the "Expos, Senators, Nationals" team in addition to the Indians for his group breaks.  Looking back, it is one of the best decisions I've made in a while, I think.  I have yet to come up empty-handed and some of the cards I end up with are not bad at all. 

And, there was a reason, actually.  I never seem to have enough Nats to go around for giveaways, so this was a way for me to accumulate some...

Of course, the real reason I jumped in on the group breaks was for the Indians cards!

I ended up with some doubles, so those will be, er MIGHT BE, tossed in to someone's trick-or-treat bag this year!

I am thoroughly enjoying the group breaks!  Way to go Joe!

Monday, October 5, 2009


Oh, yes, it is time.  It is that time of year in which you knock on my door and say those magic words ("trick or treat!").  And what do you get in return?  You get either a trick or a treat sent your way, just in time for Halloween!

All you have to do, if you dare, is respond to this post with the magic words.  If I don't know where your house is, I won't be able to send your tricks or treats, so please make sure I have your address!  I would venture a guess and say that I have most of the address of my victims, er, readers.  But, to be on the (un)safe side, you might want to drop me a noose, er a line, at or and I will add you to the list of victims, er, recipients.

Trick or Treat gifts will be mailed near the end of the month, as all hallow's eve approaches......  Make your request at your own risk!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Willie Blair Project

Sometimes, I am too smart for my own good.  Take my initial brain-jerk for Thorzul's Scariest Card contest:

Yeah, "The Willie Blair Project" was going to be one of my entries for this year.  I read his instructions.  I got a little sidetracked. I was watching "For Love of the Game" and saw "EW Top 25 1999" in Thorzul's post.  What I missed was the "Pre-1985" part until I re-read the post.  So, I present the incomplete work above.  Perhaps tomorrow I will take up the task once again, only this time I'll pay more attention.